Monday, August 16, 2010

Random Post

I am calling this a random post because there isn't much going on in the garden. It has been extremely hot. 102F with a heat index of 119F hot, and I wish I could say I was exaggerating. But, God is good, and we know Fall (with a capital "F") is on the way. Pre-season Monday Night Football is playing in our house tonight - Giants vs Jets. You have no idea how happy Chip was to hear the theme song. He did a little dance while he cooked dinner. Eli received a massive hit and is getting 11 stitches.

I've been away from home a lot recently - for work - in Dallas. I feel like my gardens have suffered because of it.

I haven't had a chance to fertilize my tomatoes, so they have been prolific but small. I would generally like to apply Garden-Ville's Sea Tea once a week, but I haven't been doing it that regularly. We've been eating the tiny tomatoes in salads. If you remember, I planted my cucumbers later in the season. This decision ended up being a great one because the vine borer moth was gone, and it's babies didn't suck the life out of my cucumbers. I'll be harvesting my first cucumber this week!

If I sound negative, then it's because of all this darn heat and how busy I've been at work! I had to work all day Saturday (second Saturday in a row), but thankfully on Sunday I got some down time. I had a chance to take a walk in the early morning before it got too hot. Then I watered my coleus, vinca, and petunia containers. As I was moving the foliage out of the way of the hose, a mean ol' red wasp popped me on my left ring finger. It hurt like hell, and it still itches like crazy. Cortizone 10 has been my best friend lately.

Lastly, I am going to rant about a product I saw an ad for this week: Kleenex Hand Towels. Paper towels for your bathroom at home. Made from 100% virgin trees.

Do you know anyone who has ever gotten sick from drying her hands on a cotton bathroom hand towel? No? Me either. Is it really that difficult to wash and fold a load of clean hand towels anyway? That are probably only as costly as these disposable paper towels? Then why do we need paper towels in our home bathrooms? I know they are trying to take the cleanliness angle to market this product, but rest assured it is the obscenely lazy that will buy it.

I briefly bought in to the Swiffer craze a few years ago, but when it broke in two (because I had to press down so hard on it to pick up grime), I bought a real, NOT disposable mop. I am still embarrassed about ever buying one of those stupid disposable Swiffers. These days I use a bucket, hot water, eco-friendly soap, and a real mop to clean my floors, and it works better than any disposable mop ever did. Hot, almost boiling water works wonders on grime. The "disposable" trend drives me nuts. Do families really need to eat off paper plates every night? Believe me, there are people who do this. Do we really need paper napkins with every meal? Or styrofoam cups?

I try to be conscious of the disposable things I buy. To-go food is the worst offender in my house. Thankfully, many plastic containers can be recycled.

To my few readers: please, let's show companies out there that we aren't interested in buying more disposable products. Instead of buying cheap disposable crap, why not invest in an effective product that will last? Washing and reusing may not be the easiest option, but it is better for our planet.


Shirley said...

Lisa, when I first looked up this posting I thought, what, no pictures? Rather shallow but now I am glad I stayed and read your comments. I too dislike the trend toward disposables, if you can call it a trend. My husband bought me an H20 mop that I loved. It heats the water and the steaming action cleans and disinfects without cleansers. The cotton pad on the bottom just washes up in the washer. Alas, it quit on me not long ago and I am back to the regular mop. It just doesn't work the same.

I hope it cools off for you soon.

The Clem Family said...

You have been in Dallas? Don't you know you are suppose to give me a call? :) Next time you are here if you have time, give me a ring! And I agree...this heat is miserable. I feel like I have been grouchy every day since the 100 degree weather has started. ugh. Fall cannot get here soon enough!

Leah Maria said...

I saw those "hand towels" a little while ago and thought, really why does anyone need this. I do admit we use the Swiffer (well mainly Brian since he does the mopping) more than we should. Mopping is one of my least favorite chores. :)

I'm with you on the heat! We were talking last night how we are so over the heat and summer. We are ready for fall and cooler weather. I'm ready for those cool nights where I can curl up in my snuggie and read/knit/cross-stitch with a glass of wine or cup of hot chocolate!

Casey said...

Good I don't feel so bad for wishing away the rest of the summer. I'm so ready for cooler weather! I was introduced to the swifter when I met Michael and I've noticed that it mostly just swishes around sloshy grime on the floor. Lovely! ha. And here's for a delayed response... meant to tell you that that coffee we drank at my house I had bought at the Honey place downtown. Didn't realize how flavored it was. I forced myself to finish the bag and I apologize for making ya'll drink flavored coffee all weekend :)

challie west said...

Amen Sister! We try to eliminate as much disposable as possible. Your post is a nice reminder to all of us. I haven't see the towels you reference because I have been in the heat. Ugh :( said...

Lisa!!! The disposable handtowel thing is totally weird! It's like the automatic soap pump for your house, which you have to buy refills (and I assume batteries for)... Have you seen that? Don't most people wash their hands after the touch the soap pump??