Monday, September 21, 2009

Happy Monday, everyone!

This past week has been abnormally busy, but I'm glad I've found small ways to make sure I'm living my Five. I decided at the beginning of the week I'd take five or ten minutes out of my day to think about ways I'd like to pay it forward. Last Monday, one of the magazines I subscribe to arrived in the mail, and when I flipped it open, an advertisement fell out advocating ways to save the environment. Since I knew it was going to be one of those weeks when I was crunched for time and I was going to be at home every day, I thought it was serendipity – I could pay it forward to the environment! I looked over the list, and decided to put a few earth-saving tips into practice. Here's what I did:

  1. Power down. I consider myself an energy-conscious person, but this week I made a special effort to make sure all the lights, computers and video game consoles in our house were turned off each night before bed.

  2. Drought-proof your landscaping. I live in Colorado, and due to soil conditions, we're not allowed to have sprinkler systems within six feet of the house, which means I've gotten quite good at choosing water-efficient flowers and shrubs. However, I'm not always quite as contentious about the water I put on my lawn. This week, with the cooler fall temperatures settling in, I decided to water my lawn once and see what happened. To my surprise and satisfaction, it's doing great! It's just as green as it was last week, and used far less water. I've also been keeping an eye on the weather, and avoiding using the sprinklers within three days after a rainstorm. It feels good to know I'm doing my part to conserve one of our world's most important resources.

  3. Home Grown. This week my husband volunteered at High Plains Environmental Center, and while I wasn't the one out in the fields picking vegetables, I was home watching kids, so I'm going to count it :). I've been incredibly impressed by the mission of HPEC, which is to explore the connections between sustainable living and ecological processes and to understand the interactions between the natural and built environments. This week, volunteers, including my husband, picked over twelve thousand pounds of produce, which the HPEC donated to people in need in our community. I'm making it a goal right now to volunteer to participate in planting the seeds for next year's harvest.

    So that's how I'm living my Five. What about you guys? What have you been doing lately?

    Are you living your Five?


  1. WOW! That's amazing!
    1. I've recently been cutting down on electricity by lowering my screen brightness on my computer and only charging when needed. I also turned off my air conditioning and am now using a fan! I'm pretty happy about that!

    2. My family wastes a lot of gas by using two with my dad, and one with me and my sisters for school. I persuaded my folks to let us use the school bus now! YAY! It's a something worth doing!

    3. I volunteered for an animal shelter here and donated some dog food. Playing with the dogs and cats is really a fun experience!

    4. I'm volunteering for a charity called CCV (Chosen Childrens' Village). It's an orphanage for those who have disabilities and abandoned babies. I made friends with a lot of them!

    Well, that's it for now! Great job on your FIVE Becca! :-)

    Reggie :-)

  2. Terrific stuff, Becca! You gotta love that kismet. :-) And I think that if you're staying home to watch kids so other people can go volunteer, that's totally making a contribution on your part too. Way to go!

    And Reggie - You are doing awesome! Keep up the fabulous work!!!

  3. my 5 year old daughter and 2.5 year old are in charge of turning out lights when we head out the door in am.

  4. Way to go, Becca. As a California kid I definitely applaud your water-saving effort. And yay you (and hubby) for getting closer to nature with your food. Awesome!

  5. I'm all about the drought proof yard too! It's the only way to go in drought ridden California!

  6. Hey, guys! Thanks so much for the comments! Reggie - GO, YOU! Seriously, you are amazing and inspiring me :)

    Shelli - that's not a bad idea. Maybe I'll give my kids an M&M every time they remember to shut off the lights in the a.m.


  7. Great job on your five Becca! =]

    At the moment I'm working on trying to convince my mom to stop using plastic and paper plates when we have perfectly good dishes in the cabinets. It bugs me to death because it's just going to be put in a landfill some where and I can't stand eating off of them. D:<


  8. Go, Becca, go! I have to admit I knew about Living Your Five for a while, but this is the first time I've actually tried it out, and now I'm really going to think about my Five as well as other ways I can help!