Kitty Cosmo has advanced yet another step toward using the toilet!!! The litter pan is in the toilet and she has been using it without complaint for several days. We’re so so proud of her!! Here’s the new setup: First, we tied elastic tightly around the lid and tank. This is a safety precaution in case kitty Cosmo hits the lid while trying to use the toilet. I don’t want it to fall on her. I saw a video of a cat jumping to the seat from the tank, the cat accidentally caught the lid on the way down, the [Continue Reading...]
The other night Melanie’s grandparents, Gma Petey and Jim, took us out to dinner. After dinner we all decided to walk to Starbucks to extend our wonderful time together with some warm drinks. I thought it would be fine to just get my yummy raspberry hot chocolate in a paper cup without the plastic lid. However, the server informed me that their company policy mandated that they must put a plastic lid on the cup. He said it was because of the McDonald’s hot coffee lawsuits from way back. I explained to the two servers that we had committed to not purchasing any new [Continue Reading...]
Are you ready for the latest update on how kitty Cosmo’s toilet training is going? One day last week, in an act of cunning and James Bond-ish skill, Mark and I secretly hid kitty’s old litter box in the storage closet of our patio and left only the intermediate box in the bathroom. Then, I sat at my desk (which has a view of the bathroom down the hall if I lean back in my chair), and waited for her to discover the changes. Several minutes later, she wandered into the bathroom. She had two paws up on the box. [Continue Reading...]
The other day, Mark and I went to our beloved Whole Foods to get groceries. As always, we made our way to the cheese counter and munched on the samples, bemoaning our inability to find plastic-free cheese. Then, I had an idea. I asked Brian behind the counter if there was a certain day they cut the wheels of cheese so we could get some not wrapped in plastic. He explained to us that they cut different wheels every day. Then, he asked if there was a certain cheese we would like that he could cut fresh for us right [Continue Reading...]
I’ve just found an incredible resource! I found this website that has links to free patterns (33 of them!!) to make your own grocery bags, produce bags, totes, etc. All shapes and sizes and materials, including produce bags made from sheer curtain panels (no extra weight – why didn’t I think of that?), a reversible bag with a boxed bottom, a larger tote with boxed bottom, and many more. Check it out! (P.S. I have to admit that I giggled a little every time I wrote “boxed bottom”. Hehe.)
Laundry detergent in big plastic bottles? No Way Man! Ever Since Mark and I read about ingredients in laundry detergent and how they harm the environment in the book, Easy Green Living: The Ultimate Guide to Simple, Eco-Friendly Choices for You and Your Home, we’ve been making our own. It’s easy, cost-effective, fun, and better for the environment. Best of all, IT WORKS!
Yesterday, Mark and I were running lots of errands and suddenly became very hungry. I’m sure you know how that goes. Well, we decided to stop at Einstein Bros Bagels. At first, I was thinking of just getting a bagel to carry me over until I could get some real food. Then, Mark and I saw that they had some yummy sandwiches. As we placed our order, we asked Andrew, the gentleman taking our order, if there was any plastic packaging involved. He said the side Caesar salad (so delicious!) came in a plastic cup, but after explaining our project [Continue Reading...]