SHARE YOUR WORLD  12/7/2021 with bloggers and a holiday special from Melanie

(DI – 11-2-2021)  What really turns your stomach?  (politicians aside) 

Honestly? Fatty food, especially burgers. I know they look yummy on television — well, I don’t think they look yummy but obviously other people must or they wouldn’t run all those advertisements — but they nauseate me. All of this is both ironic and possibly funny since I had terrible eating habits when I was younger. I can’t eat any of that stuff anymore. I don’t even want to eat it.

Uxbridge Common at Christmas

I haven’t had a donut in years or a fatty burger in more than a decade. I get particularly sick looking at ads for KFC where they make piles of gooey stuff and it’s supposed to look delicious. Yuk.

Jim and Fandango (12-1-2021)    Recently in a FPQ challenge, a question was asked about fish.   That ‘sparked’ a further train of thought by me about (Jim and Fandango’s discussion) “Whether or not recycling is helpful OR if it’s really far too late for anything of that sort to make a difference?

First, recycling works if you build recycling plants. Around here, they pick up the recycling and I’m pretty sure they just haul it to the dump. We don’t have any recycling plants. I’m not even sure we have any in the state, but I would have to do some research. If there is anything, it isn’t much and it isn’t accomplishing anything either. When we lived in Boston, I remember seeing the garbage truck take our recycling and dump it into the garbage truck. So much for recycling.

In places — like Switzerland — where they REALLY recycle stuff — it works. Without the factories to turn recyclable materials into useful products, all such programs are meaningless. Another way to make us “feel better” without fixing anything.

Basically, that’s how we run all of our environmental programs. They are not functional programs and accomplish nothing. We want to “fix” the environment. We just don’t want to pay for it or be even mildly inconvenienced by it.

What would YOU do with the immense amount of ‘garbage’ in the world, if there weren’t dumps or barges to take it to be processed?  (Melanie’s question thought up from Jim and Fandango’s)

This is already starting to happen at places like Amazon where they are alerting you to minimal packaging so you won’t be shocked by the lack of overpackaging. We’ve gotten so used to everything coming in huge packages which were designed to help prevent theft — not to protect anything. Owen commented that it was getting hard to find cream cheese or butter mixes in containers because they are putting them into bars. “Yes,” I said. “It’s to minimize packaging so there will be less trash.”

We are going to have to get used to not having everything come in plastic containers. That’s just one small thing, but if we are going to really do anything meaningful, there will be inconveniences. Big ones. Little ones. Huge ones.

Reality is. We need to create less trash and the trash we create needs to be bio-degradable or recyclable — AND we need recycling plants to handle those materials.

Can it be done? Yes, but we all have to WANT to do it, be determined to do it. Then DO it and stop whining about it. I don’t see that kind of energy. I wish I did, but I don’t. I hope this changes. I’m not holding my breath.

Everything in my kitchen now is biodegradable or recyclable. The sponges (for example) work brilliantly. They are the best cleaning sponges I’ve ever used. They are made in Sweden, completely biodegradable, cheap, and can be washed repeatedly. When no longer washable (you can get 100+ washings from them) you can put them into a composter. When Garry and Owen looked at them and were obviously underwhelmed, but both have come back and told me that these are great, the best cleaning tools they’ve used. They just needed to get used to the difference.

The thing is, we all need to work together or it will be just another pile of bullshit. I am not overly optimistic about this.

Evil Squirrel posed the following (12-5-2021)   What’s the oddest container you’ve ever gotten a gift in?

One year, my sister-in-law (WAY back when) got me a desk chair. She turned it into a snowman. A BIG snowman. Unwrapping it was an enterprise.

Holiday themed question:

Do people behave differently during holidays like Christmas? Do they try to be better?
Do you (that means me) donate something to charities? Do you (aka ME) give something to homeless people?

Do people behave differently?

Which people? Where? Some do, many don’t. Some behave worse than usual.

Trying to be better? There are a lot of weirdos wandering around our nation these days. Their idea of “being better” is nothing like what I might think is “being better.” They think not getting vaccinated and attacking Congress is “better,” so I’d just as soon they not do any more than they’ve already done.

Now, about me. I donate as much as I can all year round. I donate monthly to Cornell’s Ornithological Group and to Durrell’s zoo on the Isle of Jersey. I don’t have much money, so that’s pretty much it. I don’t know any homeless people at the moment. I do give away a lot of clothing and other stuff which I hope gets used by people who need it.

This is an allegedly joyful time of year. How do you, personally,  FEEL?

We’re fine. We have our little tree, our window lights, the lights outside on the tractor. We aren’t involved in massive plans with dozens of relatives. It’s just us and friends and very near family. Easy peasy.

Categories: Anecdote, celebration, Christmas, Christmas cactus, Share My World

2 replies

  1. Thank you Marilyn for Sharing Your World! What a great answer to the recycle/garbage question. You are an example of what a person CAN do to minimize their carbon footprint, and I’m going to look into those sponges. It sounds like they’re a good start to trying to be more eco-friendly. I found it depressing to think that all the recycling done here is probably going straight to the dump. We have a particular bin for recyclables – paper, aluminum, tin foil, and other stuff, but not glass. They have a site here where it’s possible they do have a small plant functioning, because they recycle ‘big’ waste there…trees, manure, and other natural ‘waste’. I hope that’s the case. If it’s going to the dump, then my town is getting a fee for the special bin and that’s fraud IMHO. I do hope that at least a portion of humanity feels more compassionate and is kinder to our fellow souls on the road; but I fear you’re right and they act the same as they do the whole year round. Some of the bloggers I’ve gotten answers from do know some of the few special individuals who really try to do for others whatever time of year it is. I love the photography, that brings Christmas cheer to me! So festive! I bet the tractor looks beautiful with it’s seasonal ‘dress’! Have a happy and relaxing week!


    • I got depressed doing nothing. I know I can’t fix the world or even a little piece of it, but I decided that I would do what I can and maybe if a million other people gave it a try, it might accomplish something however small. The sponges are pretty cheap on Amazon, which is where I get them. I’ve never seen them in the grocery, but we have rather limited shopping so maybe they are available elsewhere. Wettex are the originals, but there are others (most made in Sweden or Germany) equally good. Not only are they cheap and effective, but they are washable and are great at doing things regular sponges never did like picking up crumbs.

      We leave the lights on the tractor al year, so each time we turn them on, we’re surprised they still work. The electric company came and changed ALL our light bulbs to LEDs. I think we only have two regular fluorescent bulbs in two fixtures. Otherwise, its all LEDs.

      I know I’m not going to make a huge difference but I figure I might as well give it a try because if everyone gave it their best shot, it WOULD make a difference. I’m baffled as to why so few people seem to be making the effort. It’s not exactly a monumental effort, either. It’s just substituting one thing for another — and the new things work better and cost less. Maybe not enough people realize what is available?

      I’m having some serious issues with Wi-Fi today, so I’m going to try to reboot again. This has to be the dozenth time. Some things are working, other are not working. I can’t figure out why everything was working a couple of hours ago but not now. Oh well. Later! And THANKS! This was an interesting one to do.


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