"Conservation may be a sign of personal virtue"
~ Vice President Richard Cheney

Sunday, July 24, 2011

The purpose of this blog

Dear Friends,
After taking a class on sustainable living this summer and hearing some inspiring stories from friends, I've decided to try and orient my lifestyle to be more in-line with my ideals (and my income). My hope is that we can use this blog to share tips on DIY projects and other methods for cutting down waste in our lives. These tips can be as grand as you like, or as simple as the observation that Gatorade bottles are rugged and relatively wide-necked and therefore better for reuse than most disposable plastic bottles. I'm talking about recipes, gardening, composting, recycling, energy savings, money savings, ideas for repairing, reusing and repurposing things that typically get thrown out, or finding cheaper and less ecologically impactful ways of doing things. Also please feel free to ask questions, for example does anyone know how I can get line dried clothes to be soft and unwrinkled like when they come out of the dryer?

If I've set it up right, everyone I've invited should be able to post their ideas.


  1. so how do I make a post?

    The softness of line dried clothes has to do with how humid & hot it is, and how much wind there is - a humid, not-too-hot day gives you softer clothes, dried dry and hot gives you crunchy boards.

  2. Thanks Rosa. At the upper right-hand corner of the screen there should be a "New Post" link.

  3. Now it's there! Google didn't believe in me yet before. Do you want us to vet posts w/you?

  4. I don't line dry clothes, I'm grateful if they just get cleaned, folded, and put away. I have heard that vinegar in the final rinse can help with stiffness when line drying.

  5. Oh gosh no, Rosa, you don't have to run anything by me. If you have something to contribute write it up and publish it please!