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Change the World Wednesday – 8th Oct

First of all welcome back Small, so nice to see your avatar popping up all over my blog. Pleased to read about your mom, hope all goes well.

Here’s an update on the kassod tree in the praça, it’s now in full flower.

KJassod tree in full flower

Kassod tree in full flower

Earlier this week I was in town, and I passed by the small stall where I bought my sage plant. They had it, tomilho (thyme), they also had alecrim (rosemary), but it’s been a tight month this month, I only got the thyme. The plants are R$3 each (about $1.20). Now the thyme is in the same can as the sage.

Parsley, sage & thyme

Parsley, sage & thyme

You can see one lot of parsley in the background, these I was lucky enough to find seeds for and planted about a year ago. I use the parsley almost daily in the kitchen.

I hate wasting food. Yesterday’s lunch I used three staleish hamburger buns, pressed down the middle to make a hollow, toasted them off in the oven, then made the hollow deeper. I filled the buns with chopped green tomatoes, and and egg mixture, topped them off with grated cheese and a sprinkle of sesame seeds; popped them back in the oven for 10 minutes.

In the past here I have complained about not being able to buy bulk goods here. I have some good news. I have found a shop that sells cooking ingredients in bulk. The downside is they use plastic bags. As I am a new customer, I haven’t broached the subject of resusing my own bags; but I will.

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Moving right along…

CTWW – Need vs Want

This week, before spending any money, consider whether a purchase is a “need”, a very important “want” which supports a need, or simply a “want” (you might want to start a list). Consider each item carefully based on it’s contribution to your survival. Next, take a look at the want list and avoid spending money on those items. The idea with this challenge is to evaluate our spending habits (raising our awareness on wants versus needs) and reduce spending on unnecessary stuff.

I want all sorts of things, but I rarely get them.

Most of you will know that this year I have struggled a bit, and most of the time I have been strapped for cash, so the need vs want issue has become the norm for me. Actually it always has been, it’s just more poignant at the moment. I live frugally, I always have done, and I generally take the view that I don’t buy things that I don’t need. But then I am a little more Bohemian than most; I am not ashamed to make do when I have to. I don’t need to ‘keep up with the Joneses’; that’s bullshit.

I want a wardrobe (closet), I don’t have one. Not having one won’t kill me. I want a computer desk, I am using upturned drawers to support the side of an old wardrobe. Not having one won’t kill me. I want a TV stand, My current arrangement is parts of this and that with four fruit boxes. Not having one won’t kill me.

Oh, yes, I have wants, but they are not needs.

Small mentioned TV advertising, here we have new cars, big screen TVs and the latest smartphones being thrust down our throats all the time. On me the advertisers are wasting their money. I don’t want a car, I wouldn’t have a big screen or HDTV if you gave it to me, and the idea of a smartphone sends chills up my spine. I have never rushed out and bought something advertised on TV. For me the only advertising on TV that I heed is when & which supermarket has my coffee or milk on special. I watched a supermarket ad last night, the only thing they advertised that I needed was milk, and the brand was crap; there was nothing else that I would contemplate buying – I neither need nor want it nor use it.

The only thing that I want rather than need and buy is my booze. I collect booze, wine, liqueurs, spirits and some beer. Not on a big scale, my collection is modest. I only buy when I have a bit of extra money.

For me that is the little frilly bits in my life.

I am considering a purchase this week. I badly need new bed sheets. Two of the ones I have have started to fray badly, and one will give up the ghost the next time I use it, the other is not far behind. The other day when I was in town I looked at two shops to get an idea of prices, I have another two to check. Then I will make my decision. I don’t just rush out and buy the first thing I see.

The old bed sheets, one will become table napkins for BBQ use and kitchen cloths and one will become curtains for my bedroom.

That’s my offering, at 2:20am it’s time to go beck to bed.

Change the World Wednesday – 18th Jan

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I woke this morning, and there it was… Change the World Wednesday.

I must admit that I did miss our weekly challenges. I even wrote a pseudo CTWW last week in a desperate attempt to regain my sanity.

I even took the time and made pickled onions and bottled beetroot as an attempt to remain ‘green’ during CTWW’s absence.

But let’s box right along and see what Small Footprints has for us first up this New Year. BTW, Happy New Year to all those who I didn’t get round to contacting.

The first CTWW for the year is a toughy. It’s one of those without a real topic that makes you think.

And by think, I mean think hard. All those who know me understand that when I think it sends danger signals around the known world. I try not to upset the proverbial ‘applecart’ but sometimes it just, sort of, happens.

This Week’s Challenge:

January is typically the time of year that we set goals, make resolutions and start anew. So, in that spirit, let’s take a look at “road blocks” to green living and find some solutions. Here you go …

This week, please share road blocks to green living. For example, perhaps you’d really like to compost but don’t. We’d like to know why. Maybe you don’t recycle … let us know why. We’re looking for all the reasons for NOT adopting a green activity. If you’re not struggling with any road blocks at this time, then please share ones which you’ve heard from others. For example, one of the most common reasons is that it’s too expensive.

Then …

Take a look at the road blocks shared and offer solutions. For example, to people who say green living is too expensive, we might share examples of how green living is actually frugal. The idea of this challenge is to help us all find solutions and “bust” all excuses for not living green.

Long ago I discovered that making resolutions was a fools game; New Years ones particularly. I don’t make resolutions, that way I never disappoint myself. But that’s not to say that I can’t enter into the spirit of things.

I guess most will be thinking along the lines of, “local bodies won’t do this,” or perhaps, “the government won’t do that,” or even “the local supermarket is not doing…”

Getting down to the roots

But I am going to tackle this at a more ‘grassroots’ level.

The ‘road blocks’ are not put up by the local bodies, government nor the supermarkets, well, they are; but they are not the primary road block.

The primary road block, as I see it, is us. Yes, me, you, them, the neighbours, the teachers, Santa Claus and the people at the bus stop, yes, everybody.

Yes, we are the primary road block, all of us.

Our attitude to life stinks. It reeks of “want and want now!”

We have become careless, selfish and egocentric. We have become soft, lazy and useless. We have become reliant, we have become greedy and we have become self-righteous.

It is US that needs to change. Society needs to STOP and take account of itself. The western governments worldwide have brought us to the brink of ruin, and we have let them. Technology has taken us, within a very short space of time, from the industrial age to high-tech with promises of ‘the more technology, the more progress, the more progress and our lives will be easier.’

That’s bullshit!

We are working harder, longer hours and for less money than before. The ‘golden years,’ the ‘American dream (or national equivalent)’ has gone. With the passing of the consumer years it has left us weak and defensless.

We need to stop ‘wanting’ and start ‘giving.’ We need to stop ‘taking’ and start ‘doing.’

Until we change our attitudes and stop buying PS3s or whatever, stop buying gas-guzzling SUVs, stop wanting that new [X] because the old one is the wrong colour or has two more megapixels, or “I have to get the kitchen remodeled because oak is out this year;” the world will continue on its course to ruin and damnation.

The world needs to focus on education. The people need to make the local bodies, governments and local supermarkets know what we want. Because without voice, nothing will change, nothing.

The few who read this blog are, in the main educated. I am really preaching to the converted, what we need to do is convert, your family, your friends, the people in power.

The people have become tainted, poisoned, engulfed by consumerism. It is this consumerism that is our downfall.

We need to change!

We need to change our mentality, our thinking and our priorities.

That is what I see as the primary ‘road block.’ I rest my case.





On Tuesday – I defy you


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