Greetings, Thrifty Sisters, and Happy Earth Day!
I don’t know about you, but I feel like someone forgot to tell the month of April that they don’t need to be a drama queen about their weather. In my neighborhood, March roared around like a lion, and April followed in the same manner. My Mom sent an email to us girls with the question, “If April showers bring May flowers what do April blizzards bring?” Fortunately, for Mom, she has creative daughters who were able to amuse ourselves with clever comments and entertaining pictures of the recent April blizzard. For those sisters who were not in the immediate blizzard risk, they sent “inspiring” words of how their weather was warm and even some daffodil photos (that were saved from a freezing rain storm), while the other sister sent her view of mountains of Rocky Mountain snow, complete with fox tracks by her front door.
I’m still waiting for some snow piles to melt, but with 60 degree days in our forecast, I do believe it is time to survey the gardens and start where I can! While I realize it might be a bit early to talk about bug spray, it is only a matter of time before the warmer weather and collections of standing water will be breeding clouds of mosquitoes. Consider making your own bug spray. Natural oils can be a wonderful deterrent for those pesky bitters, and it’s safe for the family, including your fur-babies: https://www.remodelaholic.com/homemade-natural-bug-spray/
Looking for ways to bring tradition to Earth Day? We all know that every day is Earth Day but being good stewards of our land is an important mindset that needs to be instilled in our families and younger generations. Why not start a family tradition for Earth Day (April 22) where your family begins, or continues a caring way of living, that can continue throughout the year? There are oodles of events in every city and state that promote Earth Day activities. State Parks often host events. One can decide to make their own home or yard more lovely and eco-friendly, or one can even decide to plan something simple that celebrates locally grown and in season foods with a celebratory family meal. For more ideas, visit https://earth911.com/living-well-being/events-entertainement/unique-earth-day-traditions-to-start-as-a-family/
Even if you can’t go outside and enjoy a new tradition, one can start indoors and create a renewed sense of mindfulness. Recycling is a great way to be mindful, but upcycling can be even more fun, and thrifty! As you, know, I love glass jars, and some of my favorite jars are ones that I reclaimed after emptying the original contents. Need some ideas to get those imaginative thoughts flowing? Try these 15 ideas for reusing jars: https://www.tasteofhome.com/article/15-creative-ways-to-reuse-glass-jars/
Recently, my hubby and son had a chance to meet up with one of my sisters and her hubby. The good-natured ribbing of not using too many paper napkins and wondering if I was at the point of carrying around my own cloth napkins was discussed. And while it is humorous, and everyone had a good laugh, I feel like I get to count this as a win. At least others were being mindful of their resources and talking about options! In case you are looking for reusable lunch packing and dining options, follow this link: http://masonjars.com/blogging/ecofriendly-lunches/?utm_source=reCAP+Customers&utm_campaign=17852a34b5-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_04_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_dc8db817d0-17852a34b5-107870733&mc_cid=17852a34b5&mc_eid=09a0c5f50e
And with that, my Thrifty Sisters, I am going to sign off. I just can not sit at the computer any longer. My yard is calling my name and I NEED to be outside! Enjoy the opportunities that each day brings. Consider making your own bug spray, repurposing glass jars, creating a waste free packed lunch, or creating a new tradition encompassing the idea of Earth Day. Every day is Earth Day, but today’s a great day to start with a renewed sense of mindfulness. Be good to yourself and each other, and keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun!