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Nov. 18th, 2007

I predicted that I would skip church today and indeed we did. Not to miss any reading recommendations, exactly, but because there was no sunday school for the kids and Victoria didn't want to sit through the adult service. This afternoon we went on a guided hike out to an Adena burial mound and then came back to throw spears with atlatls and make smoke with a bow drill. I did actually make smoke. The only person who managed to make fire was using a flint and steel. Anyway, it was a very fun afternoon.

November was my get-greener month but so far all I've managed to add to my routine is the proper disposal of kitchen compost. I mean I am doing it but my system could benefit from some tweaking, especially before the weather gets warmer. Oh, and I am using my own bags instead of the grocery store's but that was my birthday present to myself so it happened last month. I want to use cloth napkins, weatherstrip the doors, make storm windows, and intall low-flow toilets. That was my mental list for the month. I just noticed that the month is more than half over. Maybe writing it down will help.

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mrz80
Nov. 19th, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC)
November was my get-greener month but so far all I've managed to add to my routine is the proper disposal of kitchen compost.>
Good on you! :-) I've gotta get a new set of compost bins built. The ones we had at the old house are pretty much compost themselves now; they were too weatherbeaten to survive moving, and I just haven't gotten round to putting up anything more than just a circle of chicken wire at the current digs.

...and intall low-flow toilets...
The new house had Sloan Flushmate system commodes installed. Those things are amazing; they'll just about flush a small car :-). They use a special flow geometry and a tank pressurized by the water main. The only problem we had was they're LOUD when they flush and it used to scare Laura so she wouldn't ever flush. :-)
koralleen
Nov. 19th, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC)
Well, not flushing saves more water still! My friend's brother (I know this only by hearsay) has a composting toilet that's just a 5-gallon bucket with sawdust in the bottom, a seat (with a lid, very important), and a pail of sawdust next to it. Really low-flow.
grimclown
Nov. 21st, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm sure he has to empty the bucket every now and then. Does he have a poop-chute or something?

I read that human life expectancy increased in northern climates with the advent of indoor plumbing. Apparently the prospect of using an outhouse in sub-zero temperatures would cause people to hold it for as long as possible (in some cases, days), thus causing toxic buildups.

In any case, be aware that meat products will taint compost. It took a while (and some nagging, and a web search) for me to realize this.
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