So for Earth Day today, I didn’t mow my grass.
Okay, so I probably wasn’t going to mow today, anyway. I have real grass, the grass that was here when the bison were still eating it, and it don’t need no stinking fertilizer and it don’t need no stinking water — during last year’s record-setting drought, it stayed green long past the time when most grass and many trees in central Indiana were dead or dying — and it’s tougher than most mowers. So it takes a bit of mental gearing up to challenge this grass.
I did, however, set aside a box full of items for Goodwill and Salvation Army while de-cluttering (reduce, reuse, recycle!) and I did all my cleaning with environmentally-friendly products. I live on a well, with a septic system, so environmentally-friendly is important to me; whatever I put down the drain I’ll eventually be drinking. I wish more people thought of it that way….
I’m not quite as decluttered as my sister-in-law Kelly, however, who’s been reading 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess. I haven’t read it yet myself, and frankly the idea of limiting myself to 7 options seems really frightening in some areas, but I can certainly see the attraction in other areas.
I’ll be flying out to join Kelly at the Northern Colorado Writers Conference this week, which should be fun. I’m still trying to decide what opening chapter to take…! If you’re out there, please say hello and introduce yourself.
In the meantime, check out my friend Shawndra’s post below on solar cooking. She’s always posting her current dishes on Facebook, making the rest of us hungry, and she’s got great tips for reducing your carbon cookprint.