Friday, June 24, 2016

Book Beginnings: Running in Place: Scenes from the South of France

I almost passed this book up until I read the first sentence. My husband did some clearing out and found a box with 32 books, mostly memoirs, in it. He has read them all and I haven't so this is a treasure trove for me.
Here is the first sentence from "Running in Place: Scenes from the South of France": "A man jumped into my wife's tub while she was taking a bath." Well, that captured my attention. He goes on to write "This happened in Paris, in our hotel, at seven o'clock in the morning."
Now I want to know more and maybe you do too.
I am linking to Rose City Reader for Book Beginnings.
On Friday 56 is another to link to at Fredas Voice where we post a sentence or two from page 56. Here is a sentence from page 57, I skipped ahead: "It is a difficult place to describe - a haunted, hard, magical place."

Monday, June 20, 2016

Mop refills and 14 billion Keurig K-cups in garbage dumps


Why does it cost almost as much to buy a refill sponge for a mop as to buy the entire mop and handle? This bothers me. 
Today I bought a sponge mop (a major brand) and an extra sponge for when I need a refill. Why did I buy the refill today? Because I have found that in future when I need to buy the refill sponge it will no longer be available and none that will fit will be found. I like to be kind to the earth and to use resources wisely.
The sponge mop was a good deal, $9.99. But the refill sponge was $7.99. This doesn't make sense. Is the entire long handle and holder area for the sponge worth only two dollars?
The companies are pushing us to throw away the entire old sponge mop where it will rest for 100 years in the garbage dump. Sad. It might take hundreds of years to decompose, what a waste.
This is just one example of thousands of wasteful habits we are cajoled to engage in. Those nonrecyclable Keurig coffee maker K-cups are another. I know some K-cups are recyclable and bless the people who buy them. Apparently though even the "green" cups are not very recyclable, since the plastic part is made with type 7 plastic which most recyclers can not use, and the cups need to be taken apart by the coffee drinker if they want to recycle. 14 billion K-cups end up in garbage dumps every year. That would look like a Mount Everest of garbage.
There is an article in Atlantic Monthly on k-cups waste at A Brewing Problem
There is a twitter campaign #killthekcup I know lots of you dear readers love your Keurig coffee makers and I hope you don't get mad at me, I just hope Keurig changes over to all recyclable cups!
Does this waste bother you too?
Do you have any tips to share about reducing waste? 
And thank you friends for your comments, I am learning some new things and tips when reading them. I suggest you all scroll through the comments to see other bloggers' clever ideas.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: Forget-me-not

Here is a bouquet I bought at the organic Farmers' Market on Saturday.
I like the shadow under the vase in the first photo. Do you adore that color blue too? When I saw these Forget-me-nots I thought "I want to grow these." But, guess what, I think that whenever I see a flower I like. Photos on some of your blogs inspired me to buy a hydrangea, Green Bombshell, which is a smaller hydrangea. I saw incredible blue delphiniums on blogs and bought "Blue Mirror" delphinium this spring. Now I read on a blog there is a small lilac. There is so much beauty all around us, it is unending. As I grieve for the people in Orlando, I share these pretty photos here to lift spirits.
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Ephesians 6:12
"Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 15:27
I am linking to Wordless Wednesday

Friday, June 10, 2016

Book beginnings: Elizabeth and Her German Garden

The first words of "Elizabeth and Her German Garden" by Elizabeth von Arnim
"May 7. I love my garden. I am writing in it now in the late afternoon loveliness, much interrupted by the mosquitoes and the temptation to look at all the glories of the new green leaves washed half an hour ago in a cold shower."
This was published in 1898 anonymously and von Arnim went on to write novels that are still loved to this day. Elizabeth von Arnim is on my list of novelists I want to read. This book explores how she found escape from domestic duties by creating a garden in her husband's family property which had been abandoned for 25 years.
The edition I bought has the above cover and is a Virago Modern Classic, 1985.
I am linking with Rose City Reader

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Wordless Wednesday Roses

This pretty bush is a rare old-fashioned rose I bought from a university plant sale about 20 years ago. I call her our Mary rose for the concrete statue of Mary that often stands near her.
I am linking to Wordless Wednesday

Friday, May 27, 2016

Book Beginnings: Altogether Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman


"Inspector Manchego's office wasn't, strictly speaking, an office. "
This is the first sentence of "The Altogether Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman", which begins in Madrid, as Atticus Craftman's parents in England begin an official search for him. He was last seen in Madrid several months earlier.
There are several love stories in this novel, one twisted and two beautiful, and I recommend this book. Detective work is involved, gypsies, some weaving of love spells, and the atmosphere of Madrid, Granada, Spanish food, wine, guitar music and song in the caves of Granada, culture and Catholic traditions.
I am linking with Rose City Reader for Book beginnings.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: The Bay and Cute Seagull

I took this photo above while walking near our home on the central coast of California. Below is the happy seagull on our front porch who greets visitors. He is so cute; I found him at a Goodwill store.

I am linking to Wordless Wednesday