The Quotable

May you have:
A world of wishes at your command.
God and his angels close to hand.
Friends and family their love impart,
and Irish blessings in your heart!

~~Irish Blessing~~

Monday, June 09, 2008

Think Green

It should be easy for us, of Irish descent, to think green. Green bein' the color we/I most prize. So I thought it appropriate to consider how we can all consider the "greenin' of the environment." My dad had a phrase, when it came to conserving heat in the house, when we failed to close the front or back doors securely in the winter..."Were ya born in a barn?!" We knew what it meant immediately. CLOSE THE DOOR!

Then I married an environmentalist. Yes, Ron was collecting aluminum/steel cans 4o years ago. He even worked in aluminum recycling for nearly 25 years before he went to work for Toyota. He even started a small business by which he would but scrap aluminum, melt it down and resell the product. (It helped put 5 of us through college.)

I remember when plastic bags replaced the paper grocery bags. What a deal I thought! But then what do you do with them when you are finished with them. Well, of late I have started using grocery bags that are reusable. The Schuncks here supplies reusable bag (for a price, $1.00). Wesselman's uses paper grocery bags with handles. If I were smart I could have just gone back to the store the next time and handed them the plastic bags they had given me at the last visit and reused them that way. At any rate, what I am trying to say, is I hope by starting in little ways I can help make us green at the Keller house. Oh! and before I forget! Target had a red bag that zips up small enough to fit in your purse...I love it!!!

Enough preaching! Will show you the recycling center in my kitchen sometime. It was a birthday present about 5 years ago. Have a Good day!!!


Thanks be to God!


  1. My friend has encouraged me to do more of this and our local government pushes it quite a bit. It's fine once you get into the habit!

  2. The trick is getting into the habit!!! I agree.

  3. One way to get people "greenin" the environment is to inform them that they can continue doing the same things they're doing now and still be green. Switching to bioheat is a great example. That's what I did! We all have to heat our homes, so why not help out the environment in the process.
    In case you've never heard of bioheat, it's very popular in the green community so I'd be surprised if you haven't. It's AWESOME! It's biodegradable and non-toxic, so you can forget about breathing in all of those nasty fumes and what not. The best part about it is that it's made up of heating oils blended with every-day products like avocado and corn. Cool right?

    I heard about it through my job here at NORA. I did a bit more research and found some more great tips and interesting info from:

    Check it out and see what other interesting info is out there that you might be able to use.

  4. We only use cloth bags now and they are much more handy than the plastic one's which had a tendency to break! I also changed our globes to er..hallogen big unspellable word thingy lol.

    Every little thing soon adds up:).

    Peace to you:)

    Marie xoxoxox

  5. was interesting. Will have to investigate more.

    You know, Marie, I think these bags hold more, too. At any rate it is a small start.

    Good day to you both! And Thank YOU!!

  6. We use those for groceries too now; we just put them back in the trunk of the car as soon as we've unpacked them, and we're all set for the next time! We're switching now also to the little solar lights outside, instead of electric.


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