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Thursday, May 16, 2013

A visit to the landfill

I work for our local county government & had the opportunity today to have a tour, via car, around the local landfill.  It's now a transfer station as the trash is now taken to the next county.

What amazed me was the amount of recycling  and reusing that is happening at this facility.  For instance, the facility would like more land space.  So the answer is to use the concrete, brought by local contractors, to fill in one of the lakes on the property with the concrete pieces.  The piles are already building up.  The shrubbery brought in by the local pickup and the local landscapers is now being bought from a company who is converting it to ethanol.  Very clever.

There is always going to be trash - yucky stuff that is not reusable or recyclable, but it's great to see innovation take place and reduce what is sent to the landfill.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Starting the Compost Pile

For my birthday this year, I asked my husband for a composter.  After searching Home Depot & Lowe's, we couldn't find one that I wanted.  After searching online, reading reviews and viewing videos, we settled on the Compost Wizard by Good Ideas.  They have 2 sizes, but we decided to just buy the big one. 

We actually found it at Tractor Supply in Ft. Pierce, so after his mountain bike ride, DH brought it home.  It was in 2 pieces:  the barrel and the base.  As it was empty, he could pick it up & bring it to the side of the shed, where we thought it might work.  But, the beauty of this composter is you can roll it where you need it once it makes compost.

Today, I threw in some tea bags, an old banana, some peelings from a zucchini & carrot, leftover broccoli, dryer lint, leftover rice, and then I gathered some twigs, leaves and a small cardboard box.  It's a beginning and since it hold alot, I imagine it might take awhile before I get it half full.  I hope that isn't the case.

Stay tuned for more details on how this pans out!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Primal Workout

So I recently discovered a blog called, Mark's Daily Apple.  It's a blog about primal eating & a primal way of life.  It peaked my interest because I know the way we, as Americans, eat is not right.  Primal eating is eliminating anything our caveman ancestors didn't eat - no sugar, wheat, processed foods.  Basically, it's fruits, veggies, meats, nuts, water.  Many people also follow a Paleo diet, which is essentially the same thing.

But I digress.

In his blog, he has something called the Primal Workout.  As a former athlete, Mark feels we are destroying our bodies by these hard core, all out workouts several times a week.  He feels that we should have 1 set of sprints per week and then easier workouts of bike riding, walking, etc.  He also feels that 2 days per week you should do some lifting, but he eases you into it & only focuses on major muscle groups.  After all, our caveman ancestors didn't spend hours in the gym, and neither should you.

I've been tracking my workouts in Evernote, and today was a 'lifting' day.  Since I'm following his Primal Fitness book, I'm not into the weights yet, but I like the exercises because it's a quick workout and very effective.  Today my workout consisted of knee pushups, lat pulldowns (I don't have a way of performing chin ups yet so I do the opposite), squats and plank - straight and side.  I do 2 sets & am done in about 20 minutes.  My arms are shaky right now, so I know I pushed myself.

Good job, Jan!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

What's Project Life?

Before 2011 hit, I discovered Project Life.  It's a system designed by Becky Higgins that allows for the most basic, simplistic form of capturing everyday moments and scrapbooking them.  Click her name to watch a short video that explains it.

For me, I use it as a hybrid of documenting our everyday lives and incorporating Project 365, where you take a daily photo.  It's a way to document through journaling and photos or memorabilia what happened in our life on a particular day during a particular year.  I like this system for several reasons.  First, all you have to do is take a picture, write something on a journaling card, slip it into a page protector, and Voila!  you are done.  Of course, you can haul out some of your scrapbooking supplies and doctor up the page, but you don't have to.  The second reason, and more importantly, is it's a way to record those everyday fleeting moments in life.  I think we all stop every once in a while and think, 'wow, life is flying by.'  or 'where did the time go?'.  Now, with this system, you can look back and see where the time went.

I plan on sharing more of my version and others' versions of Project Life during 2013.  I am also developing some products to help make your version of Project Life more fun.  Stay with me as we journey through this thing called life........

“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.” 
 Dr. Seuss


- Jan

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Coming Back to Life

It's been a loooonnnnggg time since I've written on this blog and a lot has happened.  Bought a house.  Began renovating it. Moving.  Adjusting.

It's all good, though.  Throughout it, I've discovered Project Life by Becky Higgins, and I began documenting life.  The good, the bad, the fun, the everyday moments.  It's a rewarding journey and bits and pieces of it will be shared on this blog.  I've missed blogging and I hope to add a few, meaningful, fun posts each week.

It's December 18th and the year is almost over.  Take this holiday season to enjoy your family, friends, the season and life.  In the words of Becky Higgins, "cultivate a good life and record it."

Welcome back, my friends.

- Jan

Saturday, March 10, 2012

One Drawer Done!

The bottom drawer of my armoire houses my shorts - work out shorts, biking shorts, cleaning/yucky shorts & everyday shorts, along with my workout pants.  IT'S A MESS!

I didn't take any before or after photos - I basically tidied the drawer on a whim.  I threw out 5 pairs of old biking shorts that weren't comfortable and actually folded and sorted the rest of the items.  By completing this task, I realize that I need some everyday shorts, and I have my clothing allowance to spend from this paycheck, so it looks like I might be headed to Target.......

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I'm inspired!

I've really been into the organizing blogs lately!  I found some great ones that I will share in the future, but today this inspired me:


I found it on this blog: Delightful Order 

She found those baskets at a Dollar Tree, and wouldn't you know we had one open just down the road from work.  I think a trip during lunch will allow me to scour their baskets & see if I can find something similar.

Since we are moving this year, the better our cabinets look, the better chance we have of selling our place!

Just the Scraps.....

Bits and pieces of our lives.