I have a question. So those energy saving light bulbs. We finally found some that put out actual light. (We kept buying these ones that put out this crazy blue light and it may as well have been pitch black for all I could see.)
My question: do they really save anything on your electric bill? Did you see a marked difference right away?
And I still don't understand how the mercury in them isn't hurting our environment ...
We had a huge garden growing up. Three or four rows of tomatoes, corn, beans, pumpkins, cantaloupe. There was a level down with a good-sized patch that was mine, about twelve rows, from about 4 - 9 years old. (Then my dad died, so there was no more gardening.) Anyway, I was pretty good at it then.
But I don't remember much. Is there a vegetable gardening for idiots guide?
Remember that show? Victory Garden or something, with that nice guy? I watched that twice a day with my Dad, LOL.
The tomatoes will make great salsa and tomato sauce presents come Christmas. Bummer that I gave away my canning jars a few years back.
Everything I think about, lately, has to do with investing in our future, saving money, saving the environment.
We pretty much cleared out any semblance of savings when my foot got hurt. (And they didn't even fix it! Don't get me started.)
But I thought today: even though I don't have much of a savings making interest, I have stories making interest. My stories are an investment, you know?
It's not like a job where you put in the time and then it's done. You get paid and that's all you get. With writing, it keeps growing.
That's one really cool thing about writing. When you write, you don't just put in the time, get paid, and it's done. No, even after you get done, it's like a bank: your writing keeps making money for you.
Plant a seed, and it feeds you all year.
Society is changing, I think. As much as I hate this economic crunch, it's forcing people to make changes, to grow gardens, to drive less.
Have you been to The Story of Stuff? It helped make me feel good about my changing values. I don't want any stuff; I keep getting rid of it. I refuse to buy anything that's not some sort of investment. I'm trying not to buy books; instead, I'm trying to save up for a Kindle, and then I'll just read ebooks.
Bush is trying to return us to a spending society this summer, but I'm not sure that's going to happen. The complexities of economics is something I haven't studied much. I know consumerism helps the world go around, but ... our priorities are different now.
The only kind of things I want to buy right now are seeds. A laptop to write stories to invest in royalties. Information to invest in my future. Seeds to invest in a harvest of food to feed my little family.
Are your values and wants changing? Do you notice more of those around you changing?
Anyone out there know more about economics than I? What do you think of Bush's stimulus plan?
What would happen if we, as a society, strayed from consumerism? Would our economic system collapse? What do you think of Time Banking, and building communities based on sharing that most precious commodity?
Where will we be in fifty years? A hundred?