First up this week, I have a new kitten. Those of you who are regulars will know that I love a cat in the house; and my last one disappeared some months back.
The full story on Got Pussy.
She’s had her morning play, 5am – 6:15am, that’s why I am here so early, and now she’s sleeping on the arm of the sofa which she seems to have adopted as her ‘place to be.’
Now that Clorinha has ensured that I am awake, I need my second coffee…
Last week one of my flip-flops flopped.
What do you do when this happens?
My story is on a post: Frugal or Stingy.
My second goiabeira (guava tree), which I didn’t expect to fruit until next year, has produced one small but growing goiaba. I watch daily for more, but so far in vain. My first tree has produced enough so far for several litres of fresh guava juice.
A couple of years ago I planted an inhame (cocoyam or taro) and it never did much except produce the distinctive dark green leaves which are at least decorative; well, I think so.
My first encounter with inhame led me to describe it to my mother as a hairy potato, I didn’t know at the time that it was taro.
I am in an artistic mood. It happens from time to time, I can’t help it. It’s an affliction that I suffer from.
This time I am recycling my oldest PC case, well beyond it’s ‘best by’ date. I want to use the case as a base for a small table for my laptop when I teach classes at home, because my present arrangement is rather precarious and threatens to send the whole lot crashing to the floor.
But that’s not the arty-farty bit.
A couple of weeks ago I rescued an old clock frame from the trash on the street. The clock was stuffed, but the frame was in good condition with the glass intact.
Having gutted the old PC – DDR266 which is so old it was steam powered and would grunt and wail if faced with today’s internet speeds, I was left with a circuit board and bits and pieces…
I am now preparing to combine the two and make a portrait of a PC.
I still have to prepare the background which will be an oil painting of some description, haven’t decided yet and assemble. So it’s a case of recycle, repurpose and hang it on the wall. All in good time; you can’t rush art, some would call this procrastination.
On with this week’s CTWW.
Last week we dealt with the ocean, this week is similarly a broad subject, the air.
But first, more coffee.
If you don’t drive or can’t do without your car, please choose other actions designed to reduce air pollution. Need some ideas? Avoid power tools (such as lawnmowers, weed whackers, leaf blowers, etc.) and use manual tools instead. Stop smoking! Choose water-based products (paints, solvents, etc.) instead of products which contain harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Avoid commercial indoor air fresheners. Drive smart (accelerate slowly, turn off the engine if the car is stopped for more than 30 seconds, combine errands for one trip, etc.). Reduce energy use (much of the world’s energy is derived in ways which pollute … think smoke stacks). Add house plants to your home. Plant a tree. Use natural, safe cleansers. Buy locally produced items (reduces transport pollution).
I do… no car. I
walk hobble everywhere, or take a bus.
I don’t have any pollutant machines. Last week I cleared the weeds from my gutter with a spade, nearly killed me, but I managed.
Stop smoking! I am a smoker, and while I have stopped at various times in my life, I am currently a smoker. At my time of life I have few enough pleasures, among them smoking, chocolate, wine and fine dining. I have long concluded that when I stop smoking I pile on the weight; last time 10kg (22lbs) in six weeks. So I have to balance, risks of being overweight with the risks of smoking. You may see this as justification, but it is a battle I have faced all my life, I don’t like being a bigger person.
I do have VOCs, well, I think they are VOCs… my oil paints and turpentine. I don’t do water colours, my style doesn’t suit them. I tried them many years ago, in fact my first forays into painting were with water colours, but an accomplished artist told me to try oils, it was my style. I did and have never looked back.
So, I claim artistic license on this one.
I do use air freshener… One quick squirt, twice a week in the living room only. I am a smoker and when I have students at home for lessons, who don’t smoke, I prefer not to subject them to stale smoke.
Drive smart, I used to. But I haven’t driven for 20+ years.
House plants – Done, I have many.
Plant a tree – Done, I currently have five trees, four bushes and many vege plants in my yard.
Natural cleaners – generally done, I have few commercial cleaning products.
Buy local, except for the supermarket, I buy where I can walk. The latest example is the new sacolão (fruit and vege shop) that has opened near home. I now buy all my fruit and vege there.
Need more coffee, and I must change the kitty dirt box. Here I use sand, can’t abide these bought products.