Tag: reduce

getting back to it...

i have been away for a long time but even before that i had lost the original purpose of this blog.

as a family we are trying hard to reduce our footprint. often times i am asked how i do this. i chose to start this blog to share some of the tricks that i have learned and share the journey of so much more that i plan to learn.

we have been more focused lately on reducing and i am trying to get back to finding more ways to repurpose and recycle.

so much has changed this year in and out of our home that we are reassessing how we consume and what is really important to us.

exterior house painting prep

exterior house painting prep

we closed on our house three years ago in march. we spent several months stripping wallpaper, pulling up carpet and flooring, cleaning, painting and stripping out some of the kitchen. then last summer we finally decided that we were ready to begin the structural work that needed to be done. we hired our amazingly talented friend tom johnson to design our new kitchen and he hired his fabulous builders to do the construction.

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we finished construction last october. i began some of the painting/priming on the new exterior last fall and I have begun again now that the weather is more consistent here.

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our entire house and garage have been waiting to be painted since before we moved in. last week i began power washing the garage. my husband and i have had great concerns about lead paint. when we were living in our last house which was 100 years old we had a lead expert come and do an evaluation for us. he was a wealth of knowledge and he was very generous with his time and expertise. we are still a little over the top when it comes to the lead paint removal and containment.

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when i first began the power wash we were concerned with all the paint coming off the garage. my husband suggested that I put down a canvas to catch the paint chips. i thought that might be a disaster given that we are still working on growing a lawn since we did the re-grading in our back yard. i thought maybe if i bought some screen material that might work to catch the paint and let the water through. it really did a great job. i bought a 25b x 72b roll of synthetic screen and laid it under where i was to spray. it caught most of the paint. i then i folded it over a few times and laid it on the driveway with a few rocks to hold the ends down so that it would dry. i dumped the paint flakes in a bag after a few hours and wow! this was very effective. please be sure to wear a hepa mask when dumping the paint and/or try to cover it as you dump the best you can, adults can get lead poisoning too. also wash clothing separate from family laundry.

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~sunshine and happiness

we fit

we fit

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we are very excite to have found a new car that "fits" our needs. we were considering getting a prius but decided that we it might be better for us and the environment to get the new honda fit.

the gas mileage is really great and the repairs on this car will be more affordable than on the prius also there is the concern about the battery on the prius.

we are a family that would prefer not to have a car but where we have chosen to live really requires that we have one. we are unusual in our area in that we only have one car for our household and we are still maintaining that after being back here for over 8 years.

many blogs have been talking about making one small change for the environment this year. i first found it on shivaya naturals blog, i love to visit there, it is like taking a deep breath and letting it out slowly. hip mountain mama is sponsoring the challenge. go check it out, great ideas if you aren't already doing many of them.

the new car is one way that we are trying. we took our 7 year old wagon off the road and we went with this car which is much smaller and better on gas mileage. can you tell we are feeling pretty excited about this?