Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Yard Sale!

When I hear "yard sale" this time of year (as a skier) I think of a total wipe out. Not just a fall but a wipe out so severe that it looks like a yard sale because you have lost all your gear at various spots on the hill. At the first sign of trouble you dropped a pole the second falling shortly thereafter. The next item to go was the gloves; how?, not even sure. You lose a ski, then two and before you know it the goggles and hat are also no longer on your person (most times the yard sale happens so quickly and unexpectedly that you don't even know what you're missing until you have found yourself face down in the snow). You stand up (if you can) and survey the damage. Yeah, I'm not talking about that kind of yard sale (what I'm talking about is much more fun for the person participating versus those lucky enough to have caught a glimpse from on the lift). 

I am talking about a good old fashioned yard sale.The idea of selling at a yard sale; where you get rid of the things that you no longer use but continue to clutter your space. Your trash that is likely to be just the thing that someone else has been (or never knew they were) looking for. I haven't often participated in selling (although I have even been giving that a try these days) but I have been a full participator in buying. I take pure pride in getting great deals. I also think it's great to reuse items instead of trashing them. It's great to know that even if money is tight that you don't necessarily have to give up the great styles or brands you just have to know where to look. I have gotten some amazing finds at yard sales; some of my children's favorite things.

 I love yard sales. I am a fully committed upcycler.. when the right items come along (maybe you should give it a try). I do warn.. bargain shopping can become a compulsion .. only buy what you actually "need" otherwise you find yourself featured on a show called Hoarders (also.. reduction of stuff is the first step in the cycle.. REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE).

Monday, February 25, 2013

Whatever you do..

Don't eat the yellow snow!

I just read an article in Waste and Recycling News about a ski resort in Arizona using sewage effluent as their primary water source to make snow. I am obviously all about recycling, reusing, compost, natural fertilization (I guess) and skiing. I'm just not sure that I want to take a big spill on this mountain, especially the kind of spill that involves snow going everywhere (inclusive of your mouth).

When the resort first fired up it's new "recycled water" machines the snow came out yellow. The representative from the resort stated the source of the yellow snow was really from some residual rust in the pipes and not the recycled water. I just wanted to throw a blanket warning out there .. no matter where you are.. no matter what you are doing.. don't eat the yellow snow!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Come On.. You'll love it!

We have gotten a few pictures and they are great but we'd love to see more. Almost everyone has some great pictures that capture breathtaking scenes that you can't help but admire. We want to provide some motivation in the form of a picture. Sometimes we get too wrapped up in our day to day lives to take a moment and realize all that we have! We all know what they say, a picture is worth 1,000 words.

We have great prizes that will be worth your while, plus you'll be motivating others to take care of our fine planet (which could be motivation enough .. ) .