*Caution! In the following post I dump out lots of things that are in my brain right now, cause I need a place to put them. It’s also akin to taking a lady’s handbag and turning it over to dump out the contents…no telling what might fall out.
For example: I’ve always admired other bloggers photos of their chickens, and well, I finally had an opportunity to catch some chickens with my camera. I helped some friends this past weekend, who have a small farm, with a wedding they hosted at their house. I took the opportunity to head out to their coop. I also got a portrait of their tom turkey.
Moving on… I titled this post beauty, convenience & the apocalypse, because the other night I was scrambling for dinner ideas. I went to the store after work and decided to buy convenient food. Some of the easy to prepare, because most of the work is done for you, kind of food (alright dammit – I bought two boxes of hamburger helper, and some pre-made salad). You don’t know how much I hate admitting to buying hamburger helper, because I am so not that kind of cook – SO NOT! ; ) Anyway, by the time I had finished “making” this meal, I had opened and disposed of 14 packages!!! It made me physically ill to realize how much garbage I had generated in order to make a convenient meal.
Later, I’m reading an article about all the chemicals we are exposed to in health and beauty products. I start thinking about all the stuff we use around here and what is in those products. I counted that up too. When I get ready in the morning I use no less than 11 products from soap to eyeliner. And every single one of those products is contained or comes packaged in plastic, and has ingredient lists longer than my arm.
Preceding these monumental thoughts I had read two books. I don’t recommend them because they were really awful books (Sorry Margaret Atwood – your latest is a stinker!). They were both set in the future and had apocalyptic themes. And while both were fiction, they might not be too far off the mark if we humans continue down this god-forsaken path we’re on. I know, perky aren’t I?
Well, here’s a little project to assuage some of the guilt. I first got the idea when I saw this project on design sponge for cocktail napkins using vintage sheets. A couple of years ago I participated in a vintage sheet swap via oh fransson. Some of the fabric is going into my quilt, but I have so many fat quarters I decided to make everyday napkins. These are fun, didn’t cost anything, and do not go in the garbage when we’re done using them.
I have more stuff to dump, out of my brain, but I’ll save up for the next few posts. And does anyone have any good recipes for shampoo, body lotion, etc.?