greenish girl

“It’s all very complex. Or else it’s very simple. Or perhaps both. Or neither.” — Unknown
July 7, 2010, 10:38 am
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Well.  That explains a lot, doesn’t it?  I thought so, too.  As cheesy as it sounds, this kind of applies to the actual point of this post: gardening.  It can be very complex, such as constructing raised beds and filling the paths between them with stone dust to make it look pretty.

Or it can be as simple as throwing a few herbs and cherry tomato plants into some clay pots on your deck.

Or maybe the complex maze of raised beds boils down to something very simple, the essence of a veg garden: growing your own food.

But maybe this concept is beyond ratings.  Something neither simple nor complex.  Other.

I love the veg garden.


“By health I mean the power to live a full, adult, living, breathing life in close contact with… the earth and the wonders thereof – the sea – the sun.” — Katherine Mansfield
April 22, 2010, 7:58 am
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Happy Earth Day, everyone!

This is one of my favorite Earth Day images.  (No, I don’t have the rights for it…oops.)  I love the idea of everyone uniting, if only for one day, just to care for, to enjoy our planet.

So, celebrate! Take a walk, pick up trash, plant a tree, hug a tree, eat lunch or dinner outside, plan your garden, go to a farmer’s market, take a nap in the grass, or just spend some time outside, loving our Earth.  That’s what I’m hoping to do.

“The greatest mystery is not that we have been flung at random between the profusion of matter and of the stars, but that within this prison we can draw from ourselves images powerful enough to deny our nothingness.” — Andre Malraux
April 21, 2010, 6:00 pm
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So, this is going to be a random entry.  I keep a fairly fluid list of ideas for future blogs in my head, and today* I actually tried to sit down and at least start entries for most of those ideas.  I could take the easy way out and choose one of them, but what the heck? Why not just cover all of them?

*Actually, in the continuing theme of randomness, I started this a few months ago, so “today” is (was?) actually sometime in February.  How weird.

1.  How cute is this shirt?  Love.  So much.  Even though it’s $26.50 and that’s kind of a ridiculous price for a shirt, even an awesome vegetarian/dinosaur one.

2.  This solar charger for mp3 players, cell phones, etc.  is so darn nifty.  First of all, it looks intriguingly futuristic, if you’re into that kind of thing.  Secondly, it seems to charge most standard-type gadgets.  Thirdly, and I quote from their description, its production “has been made ‘carbon neutral’ through tree plantings in protected forests.”  I haven’t actually tried this, nor do I know anyone personally who has, but the reviews seem positive… If you try/have tried it, let me know!

3.  In a similar vein, here’s an iPhone/iPod touch case that has solar panels on the back that can charge your phone while you use it.  It’s finally available and about $80, which is a lot for a case, but worth it in my opinion if it works.  And if you’re outside enough for the solar charging to be helpful.  I predict that tech-savvy hikers/outdoorsy people will love this the most.  (Again, haven’t tried it, so don’t blame me if it fails.)

4.  Finally, to get ready for Earth Day tomorrow (hooray!  any fun plans?), here’s a fun carbon footprint calculator that I’ve spent far too much time playing around with.  It’s by far the best footprint calculator that I’ve found online, plus it’s really fun to use.  The sad part for me is always seeing how many planets’ resources would be needed if everyone lived like you.  The only way I’ve succeeded in getting less than 1 planet is if I fudge my answers a lot, including pretending that I live in Australia, or something.  Any way you answer it is fun, though, so enjoy.

“You can’t turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again.” — Bonnie Prudden
February 20, 2010, 2:49 pm
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So, this quote from Bonnie Prudden – who, according to Wikipedia, was a rock climber – relates to this entry on a few different levels that I’m proud of.  First off: yeah, I didn’t stick with the every weekend blogging idea.  New idea, how about I blog when I feel like it/have time to/have something to write about?  Yes, I like that idea much better.  So that’s what I’ll be doing.  You may not hear from me for weeks on end and then get a few entries all at once, much like oh, I don’t know, most blogs in the entire world.  Not that I’m bitter about the time that it took me to realize that I could just blog when I felt like it (hint: it took a while…).  But I’m okay with that.  Actually, I’m more excited about blogging now that I don’t have to feel guilty about forgetting for months.  Oops.

Anyway, this quote also works on another level, because this entry is really about the coolest clock I’ve ever seen.  Disclaimer: I don’t actually own this, so I can’t verify for how well it works.  Still, if it does work, it’s amazingly cool.  And I kind of want one, even though I already have a clock.  So, I guess it wouldn’t be that green to order 10,000 of them right now for myself and everyone I know. Drat.

So, this clock.  Apparently, it runs on water and lemon juice. . . here’s their explanation: “Just fill the tank with natural tap water … add a splash of natural lemon juice … and you’re set for 6 to 8 weeks of accurate timekeeping before refreshing.”  Interesting.  Unfortunately, there aren’t any product reviews yet, so I can’t tell if it actually works.  Anyone intrigued enough to shell out $16 for a potentially awesome clock that you will never, ever need electricity or batteries for?  Let me know if you try it!

“Whatever it is, I fear Greeks even when they bring gifts.” — Virgil (70 BC – 19 BC), Aeneid
December 27, 2009, 6:32 pm
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Hi everyone,

Sorry for the prolonged absence…it’s been a busy few weeks.  There were a few days with little to no free time at all, besides when I was sleeping, and then I was sick, and then I procrastinated about blogging because I had been planning on finally writing my greenish gift guide and at this point that might not be so useful.  So I’m pretty bummed about that; I had some pretty cool products I wanted to recommend to y’all. But maybe I still can…

Here’s my idea.  Clearly, trying to blog every day didn’t quite work out.  But I’m okay with that!  So how about I promise to try my best to write at least an entry every weekend about some kind of fun, greenish product out there – we can call it “Shopping Sunday (or Saturday, depending when I write the entry)” and then any other entries that I write are just extra gravy*.  Sound good?

*Vegetarian gravy, of course.

Before I get into today’s Shopping Sunday feature, though, I want to get some information from you guys.  For any non-product entries, what do you want to hear about? (Feel free to comment, also). 

Shopping Sunday!

I received this book as a Christmas present (Merry Christmas, by the way, or happy holidays!) and I just love it.  I’m a pretty big fan of Jamie Oliver’s TV show, Jamie at Home, and this book goes right along with it.  Jamie (why, yes, we are on first name terms…) basically lives off of his garden, and the book is separated by season, discussing what’s ripe at that time and even gives you growing tips for different plants.  Basically, if you have any interest in growing your own food, any type of gardening, being like Jamie Oliver, cooking interesting dishes, or all of the above, you should own this book.

“If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.” — Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865)
December 11, 2009, 8:41 pm
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Just a quick post to pass on a great idea that a friend of mine passed on to me.  So, without further ado, here’s your Greenish Christmas Tip #13: When you’re enjoying your winter cups of tea, you usually have two options: use loose tea leaves and try to strain them out or use wasteful paper tea bags.  But what if you could make your own tea bag (just one necessary) out of fabric and just re-use it whenever you wanted?  Heck, this would even make a nifty greenish Christmas gift with some nice loose tea and maybe a small teapot or nice mug!  Enjoy!

“Oh look, yet another Christmas TV special! How touching to have the meaning of Christmas brought to us by cola, fast food, and beer… Who’d have ever guessed that product consumption, popular entertainment, and spirituality would mix so harmoniously?” — Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes*
December 9, 2009, 8:57 pm
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Greenish Christmas Tip #9, 10, and 11: This may be a bit of a cheat, combining three tips into one, but these are all related to wrapping presents, and none of them are exciting enough to post as its own separate entry, so they’re all here together.  Here goes nothing.

So, let’s face it.  Wrapping presents is a pretty common occurence this time of year, but not a greenish tradition at all.  And while, sure, not wrapping presents at all is definitely the greenest way to go, that might not always be an option.  Hopefully my suggestions can inspire you to re-think traditional wrapping methods and be creative!  The most uniquely wrapped presents are always more fun.

  • Re-use wrapping paper!  This may seem either obvious or completely radical to you, depending on your personal preferences, but it’s a really easy way to save paper but not compromise having pretty presents under the tree.
  • Re-use bows, ribbons, etc.  And while we’re talking about decorations, try using fabric ribbon you can buy at a craft store – it’s probably cheaper, you can save on packaging (plastic bags around plastic-y bows? No thank you!), and your gifts will look very professional.  Plus it’s so easy to re-use.
  • Make your own cards/tags.  Save old Christmas cards to cut up and collage (is that a verb?) into your own unique holiday tag.
  • Use pre-wrapped boxes.  Take your time and nicely wrap the cover of a box and then tie a ribbon around the whole box.  After you give the present, that person can re-use the box on another present, saving paper and time!
  • Think outside of the box – literally.  Try fabric, felt, old newspapers (the comics section looks particularly festive, and make sure not to use the obituaries or any depressing headlines), or whatever else you can think of to wrap presents creatively.  (Don’t forget to save and re-use materials afterwards, though.)

*This really has nothing to do with the entry; I just liked the quote.