|This picture may be from the 16th, but the view is the same! YUCK!|
I accompanied my mom and aunt down to the hospital every day, and I don't know if it was because of my increased stress, impending weather changes, or what, but my pain level was really high the entire week. My neurologic issues were also raising their ugly heads! I think DAD was walking better than I was!! One day at lunch I couldn't keep my sandwich in my hand, nor pick it up when it dropped! I took my crocheting with me but was unable to accomplish more than about half a dishcloth over the course of an entire week! I just hurt too badly and was tremoring too badly to do much of anything constructive.
But, sitting there next to his bed for all of those hours (he slept a lot) gave me a really good chance to think. A post on firstname.lastname@example.org not too long ago got me to thinking about what items in my life I could "make" instead of "buy". Over the long term I really hope to make less of an impact in all aspects of my life. So I began thinking of the things that I have made over a span of many years that can be utilized more routinely to both save money and lessen my footprint...AND I began planning things I can make into the future to achieve my goals!
Here is what I have thought of so far...
Blankets and quilts to keep our heater turned down a little lower:
|"Solo Trip", made in the 1980s, is folded on our family room sofa to snuggle under|
|"Memories of Myrtle", made in 2012, is folded on our family room sofa to snuggle under|
|"Dorm Denim", made in 2006, is on our guest room bed. It keeps me warm when I sleep in there to avoid waking Dear Hubby with my tossing, turning and moaning in pain.|
|A "Ripple Afghan", made in 1981, for my then boyfriend (now hubby) sits on my Scrappy, Happy Place rocking chair to keep me warm while resting.|
Cleaning supplies to keep my house sparkling without all of the harmful chemicals: (Note: I still have a LOT of store bought cleaners to work my way through, but am changing over to homemade as things run out):
|A freshly brewed bottle of citrus cleaner|
|Citrus cleaner ready to spray|
|Homemade laundry detergent. Looks like it is time to make more!|
|Baking soda shampoo & apple cider vinegar rinse |
Reusables to replace disposables of many household items:
|A handmade Swiffer to use on my laminate and/or tile floors|
|A finished set of 3 washcloths for future use|