There are a few rolls of leftover wrapping paper from last Christmas, but I cannot seem to find them anywhere. I checked the basement, I checked the hall closet, and I even poked around in the garage. I wonder who moved the wrapping paper and where would they have put it? I certainly hope they were not stupid enough to throw it away. Wrapping paper is expensive and it does not go bad unless it gets wet. I am about on the war path about this. I had better find that wrapping paper by this weekend or there will be drama in this house!
I wonder why some streets and neighborhoods always seem to be clean and orderly – and others always seem to have trash scattered along the side of the road, piles of trash alongside the houses and old broken down cars left in the yards, driveways or streets? Is it really a function of the neighborhood and the standards of the people who live there? Or is there more to it than that?
My neighborhood is always spotless and yet I never see a clean up crew walking down the street picking up litter. That’s probably because there is not any litter left in the street in the first place. I know that I have to pick up an empty can or stray piece of paper from along the edge of the street every once in a while. If I see it there – even across the street by my neighbor’s property, I’ll pick up the litter and dispose of it. That only takes a minute and I don’t mind doing my part to keep the neighborhood looking nice.
Our neighborhood has two different companies service our area for trash collection. They are private companies that send out monthly bills. If you don’t pay these people, you have to carry your trash to the landfill, which is about 20 minutes from my house. The amount I would spend in gas alone is more than what I have to pay the trash company.
I decided to try to reduce the amount of trash that I put at the curb. If you have any tips on reducing and reusing household items, I’d love to read them as comments here. Thanks!
When I was a little girl, my parents had a huge white Dogwood tree in our yard. My mother especially loved that tree. She wanted to buy more Dogwoods and plant them around the house, but my dad said that buying trees was ridiculous and a waste of good money. He said that if God wanted us to have more Dogwood trees in our yard, then He would have some of the seeds from our tree take root and grow on their own without needing any help from us.
I never did agree with my dad about many things, especially the way he would use God as an excuse to not have or do things. But I do love Dogwoods, like my mother did. And I don’t mind spending $30 of my own money to plant one in my yard.
The weather forecast for this entire weekend is Hot Hot Hot. The temperature will be at least 100 degrees on Saturday and Sunday. Then when you add humidity to the air, the temperature will feel more like 106 – 110 degrees.
This is too hot for me to do anything outdoors unless I really have to. The yard needs mowing and weed whacking, but I’ll have to do that very early in the morning or wait another day or two. The problem with cutting grass early is that it not only disturbs the neighbors but the dew on the grass makes the cut uneven and clogs the mower.