replant, and plough no more

The Guardian reports that we’re seriously boned unless we change our ways … now.

‘It’s a groundswell’: the farmers fighting to save the Earth’s soil

I planted native southern Alberta wildflowers near the house this spring instead of watering and expecting green grass to grow there.  It’s supposed to be conducive to the lives of birds, bees, butterflies, and or course beauty.

Yes, I bought a larger van, but you have to remember that the embodied energy needed to invest into a new vehicle is quite serious – the fuel equivalent to somewhere around 130,000km of driving.  I didn’t even get that far in seven years in the Kia Soul.

I plugged in my little electric foot scooter today.  It costs – and I don’t care if you don’t believe me – I’ve done the research and calculations – about $1.00 of electricity to go about 1000km on this.  Of course, I can’t carry lumber or a family or suitcases and cannot drive in winter.  But it serves its purpose.

And of course there’s my favourite – my bicycle.  But my physiotherapist is frowning on using it just yet.  The bonehead to T-boned my car made sure of that.

cleaning ourselves sick

I don’t re-post many websites – only ones I think are somehow important – but I do believe this one is pretty important for our health.

Germ-Killing Brands Now Want to Sell You Germs

It seems, according to the article, that we’re cleaning ourselves sick.  I’ve always been a proponent of a more natural existence – for our physical health, mental health, spiritual health, and any other kind of health we’re supposed to be experiencing.

RRRRRR strong proponent

I’m a strong proponent of this.

One Thing You Can Do: Fix It

I’ve been fixing stuff my entire life.  Why throw something out that is 95% alright when only 5% of it is broken?

My idea of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle continues on with the RRR theme –

  • Refurbish
  • Repair Renovate (so long as you’re not like those home reno people on TV who bash the hell out of perfectly good cabinetry with a sledge hammer and pitch it all into a Smithrite)
  • Redistribute
  • Respect
  • Repurpose

and many, many more.

complete crap

This is amazing.  People are weird.  I switched from a plastic garbage bag in my home office space to a paper bag.  I don’t dump grease, spit, coffee, or any other liquid in it.  Never have.  But people feel compelled to carry plastic around with them anyway.  Aren’t there enough doo-doo bags out there?  You’d think that people would have wax coated paper by now.  “I don’t wanna cut down trees!”  Okay, then don’t.  Use recycled paper.  “Recycling’s not the answer!  Reducing is the answer!”  Okay, then get a smaller dog.  Besides, waxed paper can degrade, and so can poop.  Don’t like paraffin (fake wax from petrochemicals)?  Then walk quickly home with your poop.

Are Plastic Bag Bans Garbage?

The issue is that people don’t want to change their habits.  Back when I was a kid, my mother used a paper grocery bag for garbage with a couple of newspaper sheets at the bottom and stapled an old newspaper to the top of it when full.  Nothing leaked.  All good.

ASET Awards evening

The event is done.  At 4:30, I went down to meet T, C (T’s “old lady”), R, & S (R’s sister).  No one was there.  I wandered back and forth for a while and, eventually, received a text from Tyson.  “on my way”  I said, “I’ll message Randy, see if he needs help with his tie or something.”  Turns out I messaged T instead.  I called R.  “Yup, yup, we’re on our way.”  Everyone was in suits and gowns.

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at the hotel in Edmonton

I’m in the hotel room now in Edmonton for the ASET event.  We pulled up to the hotel via the new van’s navigation flawlessly and found that they had valet parking.  The front desk said that parking was $35 per night plus $10 for valet if we should choose, but apparently the payers of the room also covered parking.  Randy’s sister came by car on her own, so her parking was taken care of, too, along with valet service.

I went up to my room after arranging with everyone to meet downstairs at 4:30 in the Ballroom.  I seriously needed a shower.  I used scented antiperspirant, and it bothered me the entire trip and only got worse near the end.  I’ll never do that again!  The room is nice.  There’s one king-size bed, a desk, a chair with table & lamp, & a bureau for the coffee, TV, fridge, safe, and such.  It’s a standard hotel room, I guess, except nicer.  Shampoo, body wash, hand soap, shower soap, face cream, shoe polish stuff, all that.

physio, rental, van from K1Z, money, more money

Today …

  • I had my first physiotherapy appointment.  The accident has given me pretty poor mobility in the upper body.
  • I returned the rental van.  “You only put on 12km.”  Yes – I drove home then drove back again
  • F and I went to K1Z Auto Sales to pick up my new van.  Very pleased.
  • Mom paid for it using her line of credit until I get the Kia Soul settlement money.  Hopefully it’s not too long.
  • The van took $83 to fill from one-quarter full.  Wow.

insurance, job, lawyer, cards, rental, seed

Today …

  • I heard how much I’ll be getting from the insurance company for the Kia Soul.
  • I applied for another job.
  • The lawyer phoned me re- Father’s estate.
  • I paid all my credit card bills.  No interest charged, as per usual.
  • I traded the little Volkswagen Jetta for a larger van to go to Edmonton – a Kia.  Go figure.
  • I dig in the yard again and planted the flower seeds.