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May 14th, 2024 at 08:20 pm

First of all, a big thank you for all the positive remarks on my last post. Life has changed quite a bit, but I can say lots of positives have happened. I think one of the hardest things is to tell friends of the changes and I consider you my friends although I've not ever met any of you.

I'm living about 40 minutes from where I used to live in a rural setting. Close enough to a small town, but very peaceful. One big change is there is not recycling so I'm working on figuring out how to reuse things that I normally would have put in the recycling bin. I looked to see if there was a recycling facility in any of the small towns near me, but sadly there is not. But having time to be creative is a gift so I've been doing that. I repurposed a dishwasher pod container that had a hinged lid into a car trash can with some Mod Podge and scrap material. 

I planted a small garden. I've already had a few radishes and green onions to supplement my meals. Hopefully there will be more to come! 

One thing was I went through a bunch of my stuff and donated a lot of it to area thrift stores. It was both difficult as well as freeing to get rid of a lot of things that I originally thought I had to have. Plus, all the stuff I left at the house when I moved out. There are some things I wish I had, but they aren't vital and maybe it's a good lesson in learning to live with things I don't need.

Again, thank you for the supportive, positive remarks! 

4 Responses to “Grateful”

  1. anonymous Says:
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    There are a lot of repurposing ideas on the website https://www.hometalk.com.

  2. Suemn Says:
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    Hi Robin, Isn't it surprising how many things we have that we think we need but are able to do without? Good for you in your downsizing. I know you'll be okay.

  3. LuckyRobin Says:
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    One of the things I try very hard not to do is buy things in plastic containers. Glass bottles I can reuse and not worry about them leaching. I can use cardboard and paper in the compost bin or when building new garden garden beds. And I try to make things from scratch instead of buying things in cans or can my own veggies and fruits in jars instead of buying them in cans. It's not easy and not everyone can do it, but I've cut my recycling substantially. I do still buy some things in cans, though. I will also burn some paper to start my charcoal grill and then use ashes in the garden. Even when there is no regular recycling you can still usually find someone who buys aluminum cans. I'd check for them. Sometimes they are attached to junk yards or salvage yards.

  4. VS_ozgirl Says:
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    Rob I’m sorry to hear about your very new life change but am glad that you have found a place to settle into and are finding your feet by doing the things that you love to do. May you find your way to a better future and be happy in your life! You are so resilient.

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