“If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled, or composted, then it should be restricted, designed or removed from production.”

Oh no, it’s cloudy. It’s so dark you need the light to read. Rain is predicted. Every now and then the wind blows so strongly even the big branches are tossed.

The windows are closed. The back door is open for Henry, and I can feel a chill when the wind blows through it.

My dance card has been empty for a while. I have a meeting tomorrow at the library but that’s it for the week. I am still hoping for another movie night. The Lady in White, not to be confused with the Collins’ novel The Woman in White, will be the last movie. It’s a good one.

I have a list of projects, a list which has been around a while. I want to catalog the Christmas gifts I’ve bought, organize the cabinet under the sink upstairs, clean the tile grout in the kitchen and go through the big cabinet to check dates on the jars and cans. I suspect after reading the list you can totally understand why it has been around so long.

I don’t collect shoes, but I do seem to have a large number of them. The reason for the large number is partly because I don’t throw any away until they are beyond repair. I used to have several pairs of heels, short heels, which I donated to the Salvation Army when I retired. Most of my shoes are built for comfort. My favorites for winter are the wool clogs which I have in four different colors. In summer, it’s always sandals. I have a new pair of red sneakers, the first shoes I’ve bought in years. I love the bright red.

In Ghana, nothing gets thrown away. It all gets repurposed. My sandals were resoled with pieces of tire. My rice from the market was wrapped in the Sunday New York Times, my meat in banana leaves. Old bottles held palm or groundnut oil. Old cans were good for storing stuff and for scooping water. Paper helped start cooking fires. I learned so much in Ghana about the country, its wonderful people and about myself. Peace Corps volunteers always say we get more than we give. Even learning to repurpose was part of the getting.

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6 Comments on ““If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled, or composted, then it should be restricted, designed or removed from production.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Much the same weather over here except for the wind, it hardly blows at all. Still it has been rather warm though so it was quite nice to take a walk after work.

    I don’t have many shoes at all. One pair for work, one pair for after work and one pair of winter boots. I used to have rubber boots too but they had a hole in them and there’s really no use to have rubber boots with holes in them 🙂 🙂

    I have a tendency to save glass jars. I always think I’ll make lots of jam or preserve fruit and even if I actually do I still have loads waiting to be used and I know I’ll never make that much jam, still I collect more 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Tomorrow the humidity and the warmth will be back. It will rainwater in the week but we will have some sun for a couple of days.

      I love my clogs. They keep my feet warm. I have a couple of pairs of Timberland boots and three pairs of Converse high top sneakers.

      I save glass bottles. Egg nog came in them last Christmas. I also keep thinking I’ll do something with them, but I never do.

      Have a great day!!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Last week was my busy dance card week. This week is pretty quiet. Knitting on Thursday and Saturday. That’s it.
    The bathroom had an odd, musty smell this morning so I washed it. Walls, floors, ceiling, fittings. All of it. That’s my project limit for the week, I think.

    Same weather up here. Dreary and cold and wet. Soup or stew weather.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      After my meeting tomorrow I have nothing. I’m just fine with that. I’m reading the Patterson/Clinton book and I’ll get more at the library so I’ll hunker down and read.

      My laundry is in the washing machine so I’m getting there-finally finishing my laundry.

      Have a great day!

  3. Bob Says:

    Today was cloudy and cool. Not much rain but the high temperature was in the mid 70s. The heat will return later this month because we usually don’t get our first freeze until mid November.

    Nessesity is the mother of invention. In poor countries nothing goes to waste. People eat every part of domestic animals. Here we are filling landfills with stuff that could be either used, recycled or reused.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      The rain started this afternoon and it has been on and off. Right now it is raining heavy enough to be heard. It will be hot and humid tomorrow.

      If you think about it, you’d realize that we, the developed countries, have been striping the world of resources so the emerging world has far fewer. That is part of the reason they recycle everything they can.


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