Thursday, October 25, 2007

Busy Bee

It feels like forever since I've been able to add a new post to The Greener Bee. There are many, meany reasons for my absence. First, our internet has been down at the house. Second, I have been insanely busy at work, and third, I have been so tired that I haven't had much energy to do anything new to report on! However!! I do have many things started, ideas in the works, and some craft projects lying in wait-- so please don't go too far for too long! I will have much more to share in the near future.

AND. While I am here, I just want to say a big congratulations to my friend Doni-- the Illustrator on the Loose (check my "Get Personal" links for her blog site) For winning a FANTASTIC art competition and getting her own gallery showing in San Diego. Totally awesome.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

A Cleaner Clean

This week we switched to a new dish washing detergent. This is something that I honestly have rarely ever thought about. BUT. In the overall effort that we are making to try to be more GREEN, both my husband and I are suddenly much more conscious of what we do, how much trash we use, which items are not only recyclable but what numbers are they and will our recycling center accept them. On this journey of "learning as we go," my husband came across this new (to us) detergent at the store one night. I had actually seen it online -- I think at Gaiam, but I wasn't aware yet that it was available in stores. (Like I said-- Dish washing detergent was not really that high on my list of priorities before.) So far, it works great. And yes, this time I have taken the time to notice.

Click on the title above to go straight to LowImpactLiving.com's page about Green Cleaning Supplies.


Fall at Last

The first signs of fall have finally hit our Southern city, and the temperatures have finally begun to drop. Weather is a big deal in my house. We regularly start our days by tuning into the Weather Channel and seeing what's in store for us. Each summer day we'd watch with anticipation for even the modest amount of relief from the sweltering heat only to be disappointed when Marshall predicted temperatures upwards in the 90s and 100s. However, lately I have been elated by the somewhat sudden and wonderful turn of events that have finally brought us Autumn! Last Friday the air turned so cool and crisp, inspiration hit and my husband and I pulled out our camping tent for a fantastic night under the stars... in our back yard. We just couldn't resist. There is something magical about sleeping outdoors, snuggling down in your sleeping bag, being lulled to sleep by the sounds of crickets and, if your lucky, maybe an owl or two.

Our night didn't actually end up being quite so magical. The ground seemed to be exceptionally hard, it turns out our yard slopes at an awkward angle, and it ironically ended up being unseasonably cool in our little tent, even with two little heater dogs curled up beside us. We ended up abandoning the entire thing about five a.m. and returning to our big, soft, king sized bed indoors.

The moral of the story is this: if you are accustomed to camping on an air mattress, don't assume your own lawn will be more comfortable than that! All that being said, the next day, once the sun had risen again, I could not help but be beckoned back out to the tent where a luxurious nap took place out under the trees. I guess you live and you learn.