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They Didn’t Have the “Green Thing” Back In Her Day

My Mom showed me this true story from a friend’s friend.  I really enjoyed it and thought you all might too.

In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. The woman apologized to her and explained, “We didn’t have the green thing back in my day.”

That’s right, they didn’t have the green thing in her day. Back then, they returned their milk bottles, Coke bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, using the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.

But they didn’t have the green thing back in her day.

In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two blocks.

But she’s right. They didn’t have the green thing in her day.

Back then, they washed the baby’s diapers because they didn’t have the throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts; wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. Cobblers repaired their shoes, so they lasted decades.

But that old lady is right, they didn’t have the green thing back in her day.

Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house, not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a pizza dish, not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by hand because they didn’t have electric machines to do everything for you. When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used wadded up newspaper to cushion it, not styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.


Back then, they didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised by working so they didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she’s right, they didn’t have the green thing back then.

They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty, instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. They refilled pens with ink, instead of buying a new pen, and they replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But they didn’t have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar and kids rode their bikes to school or rode the school bus, instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. They had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But they didn’t have the green thing back then!

(Thanks, Tom Dooley!)

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Cinema Thursday #4: Preparing A Turkey

Here is a fun video about an alternative way to prepare your turkey!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Chickens & Fences & Hawks, Oh My!

Yesterday the chickens met a hawk for the first time.  It swooped down across the chicken yard and sent them all running into the coop!  They stayed in there for about 30 minutes.  One of my poor barred rocks (not sure which) tried to run for cover into the trees.  She would have made it if the electric fence hadn’t blocked her path.  As it was, she ran into the live fence and tried very hard to scramble through it, her tail bobbing with each effort.  (This story is really so much funnier when my Mom tells it.)  She did make it safely into the coop though.

Also, a few days ago, I went outside to check on the birds and was standing outside the fence.  Well a barred rock (Sabrina, I think.) decided she would try to perch on the top wire of the fence.  At least I know the fence works.  🙂  So she jumped atop it, and her feet told her that was a bad idea.  Much flapping ensued and she jumped to the ground rather gracefully for an electrified chicken.

That was my week.  How about yours?

Such shocking stories!

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Cinema Thursday #3: Back to the Start

A while ago I saw this video on Milkwood and really liked the message.  (Cute animation doesn’t hurt either.)  It’s a simple summation of what has happened and what really needs to happen in agriculture.

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Cinema Thursday #2 – Vanishing Of The Bees

This Thursday, I want to show you the trailer for the new documentary Vanishing of the Bees.  It’s about honeybees, their place in agriculture, Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), and what needs to be done about it.  I really want to watch it when it’s available.

From the Vanishing of the Bees Website:

“Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives.

Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables.

Vanishing of the Bees follows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. The film explores the struggles they face as the two friends plead their case on Capital Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees.

Filming across the US, in Europe, Australia and Asia, this documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and mother earth. As scientists puzzle over the cause, organic beekeepers indicate alternative reasons for this tragic loss. Conflicting options abound and after years of research, a definitive answer has not been found to this harrowing mystery.”

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Storing Chives

I realized (after a hard frost and an inch of snow) that it was time to harvest our chives.  They’re in a pot on the back deck.

I simply washed them and let them air dry.  Then I chopped them into approximately 1/4″ pieces and froze them on a cookie sheet.  In hindsight, I should have put them in the plastic bag first, then frozen them, since they thaw instantly.

These took forever to dry!

Their pot has gotten crowded enough that in the spring I’m going to divide the chives.  One clump can stay in the pot; the rest get to move to the garden.

Lovely green chives.

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Cinema Thursday #1 – Condit Dam & the White Salmon

Today is the first of (hopefully) many weekly posts of a video that I have found interesting, or informative, or just plain humorous.

Last month the Condit Dam in Washington was breached; the start of a terrific plan to remove the entire dam and rehabilitate the White Salmon River.  Biologists expect the endangered white salmon population to double in this river.

It is very encouraging to me to see PacifiCorp carefully removing the dam in a way that will benefit its surrounding environment.  Also, it’s encouraging that they will be restoring the area, not just pulling out.

Read more at MSNBC

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