Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Reduced, Re-used...

And too tired to recycle a post.

Hey, guys, Happy Earth Day.

Now - we've overstayed our welcome.  The place is a mess, the oceans needs scrubbing, and our host is running out of food - let's get our rears in gear and start colonizing other planets.

Just a thought.

I was watching TV last night, and was impressed by the number of ads that now manage to work "green" into their pitch somehow.  I can't blame them for jumping on the "green" bandwagon - they have to keep people buying their products, even though eco-friendly policies frown on the mass accumulation of material goods.  

There's a strong irony in the possibility that if we really went green, we'd tank our economy, which is absolutely not geared towards the idea of "reduce, re-use, recycle".  


I'm heavily into "I'll sleep when I'm dead" territory - my current event list goes something like this:

FS/WS get-together this weekend
May 3-4 - Maryland Sheep and Wool
May 10-11 - Jamestown Landing Days
May 14-19 - Plimoth
May 24-25 - Sapphire

...and after that, house stuff in time for July 4th (Bob will be doing house stuff while I am busy), when a number of people descend on the place, and will need someplace to sleep.

My to-do list is as follows:

Get shop on-line (priority) - there is a large subset of things that need to be done still for this, too.
Update web site (almost done)
Make Dr. Appointments (priority)
Emissions Inspection (tomorrow)
Finish sleeves for Bodies I'm wearing to MS&W and Jamestown
Make display board for MS&W
Hem curtains for guest room (I managed to get that done yesterday)
House stuff - can only do while at Farm
Record song for Bob's sister (she's in the music business, and I have this song...)
Organize October Gardiner's event
Organize Attack Laurel party at Pennsic
Make  elizabethnmafia's Laurel Scroll

And then, I have the list of things I want to make:

Re-do white doublet completely (sleeves, tabs, collar, trim)
Pair of sleeves (I have this great silk...)
Doublet from silk/figured velvet (okay, the leftovers from my curtains - but they are silk/figured velvet)
Blue silk cushions w/ applique
Knitted stockings for Bob
Embroidered laurel wreaths on blue and white cotehardie
Embroidered bedspread
Velvet trousers for Bob
Knitted mittens
Hand-sewn cassock for Bob
Linen jacket 

...and I know I'm forgetting several things.  

Sleep when I'm dead.  Sleep when I'm dead.  Sleep when I'm dead.


( 4 brains — Leave a chunk of brain! )
Apr. 22nd, 2008 12:54 pm (UTC)
NotYourBob and I were talking about reduce reuse recylce the other day and how contrary it is to the way our post-War economy works. But we're riding a high-speed train and the track is running out. We're going to learn to reduce reuse and recycle now or eventually we're going to be forced into it.

I prefer a "soft landing", of course. A gradual, increasing consciousness of what we throw away and what we could conserve by buying quality would allow the economy to adjust gradually and there would be no big crash or depression or economic disaster. It's only swift changes that screw everything up.

Producers of disposable goods will suffer. But if it happens slowly enough, they can be replaced by producers of lasting quality goods. And the economy won't feel a thing.
Apr. 22nd, 2008 12:56 pm (UTC)
Happy Earth Day! :)

Don't you just love how events tend to congregate? You'll go a whole month with nothing you have to go to and then BAM! every weekend in two months is taken up!
Apr. 22nd, 2008 01:48 pm (UTC)
The economy's tanking as it is.

For the life of me I can't see why people seem to think that the economy can perpetually grow. All industries eventually reach a saturation point, at which time they're selling a small amount of product to new consumers, but mostly they're selling upgrades and replacements.

The first thing that happens in lean times is people postpone upgrades to working items and make their current stuff last as long as possible. This in turn slows down manufacturing and makes the lean times leaner.

I'm amused by the push to get us all to high def/digital TVs -- It seems to me that a lot of people really don't care one way or the other, so they're making analog TV go away to force consumers to upgrade. There'll be a brief spike in sales, then it'll flatten off again.

We have to shift to a more sustainable economy, or we're going to have an economic crash that will make the Great Depression seem like a saucer set next to the Grand Canyon.

Things are going to get very "interesting".

Apr. 22nd, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)

That /does/ make me feel better about my own to-do list, I must say!

*points husband at post to prove I haven't got too many projects*

And here here on the colonizing! Come on, world, off your doof!

Attack Laurel party at Pennsic? OMG. There are more of you? *gets scared* Do you know Mistress Elywenor? (Not sure if I'm spelling that right. ah-loo-in-or) Um... she's cool. She fights. She's cool when she fights. She's from here in the Middle, somewhere near Indianapolis. 'Cuz I bet she'd love to attend such a gathering. I'll be faaaaar faaaar away.
( 4 brains — Leave a chunk of brain! )

Latest Month

April 2017


Powered by LiveJournal.com