Sunday, July 5, 2009

Goals & Accomplishments

Last week's accomplishments:

-Mailed styrofoam packaging to a place in Erie, PA, the closest one to us, for a mail-in recycling program.

-Mailed old books to one of those online places that buys used books. Not a way to get rich, certainly, but a nice way to pass on books to other owners.

-Bought a plastic barrel, out of which we are going to make a compost tumbler. Just need a few more supplies to complete the project.

This week's goals:

-Make the compost tumbler. This is primarily Ryan's area of expertise, but I've been helping find materials to keep the cost to a minimum.

-Buy some environmentally-friendly paint & paint stripper. This will take some research, but I'm confident it won't be too hard to find. Our bathroom is in desperate need of a makeover, and the previous owners of our house painted over the fabulous gumwood trim on the second floor. We want to strip it and return the wood to its natural charm. More our style.

-Buy our fruits & veggies, and who knows what other surprises, at the local farmer's market on Thursday night. We keep missing it but it's such a great way to support local growers, and get good food for cheap.

-Investigate & experiment with giving up paper towels. I read it on another blog, and found the idea intriguing. Ryan isn't as thrilled, but I'm convinced we can make this work.

Four goals is realistic, I think. I'll let you know how it goes!