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Hello All,

I know that I pretty much gave up keeping this updated quiet a few months back.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed blogging but between doing the garden and green lifestyle and blogging about it, I just was not keeping up!  So I am back again in middle of a dark and snowy winter to once again take the reins of a “green” lifestyle and experiment.

My garden unfortunately petered out about midsummer.  I did get some fantastic herbs, there was a lot of homemade mint tea and rosemary meats.  I got a decent handful of potatoes but I think I crowded them in my excitement.  The bulbs that came up were beautiful, I put up some pics of the early ones mostly crocus.  I did spend a few solid weeks eating many varieties of lettuce.  That was a real treat and proved how easy it was in the cool Seattle climate to get some early greens.

Gardening aside, my eco-friendly household has been pretty steady with its changes.  I have not used a standard home cleaning product in at least a year (My one exception is dishwasher soap, it is hard to find a good one!)  I successfully cleaned my burnt food covered oven with baking soda, vinegar and elbow grease.  It was a real relief to not have to use a conventional oven cleaner; I had a lot of pies to bake for the holidays!!

Of new interest to me are the “no-waste” households I see in the news.  Every person has a slightly different way they go about achieving their lifestyle and I am going to be bringing you at least a few posts on this topic.  I want to understand how to make the transition and what prevents more households from making these changes.  Also there will be lots more book reviews!  The subject of “green” is ever-growing on bookstore shelves and I can’t wait to see what’s new!!

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I decided it was time to “go green!”  Ok, it didn’t happen exactly like that.  It was more like a perfect storm of inspiration that led me on my current journey to a “green” life.  I am coming from the absolute first step a person can take, having had no previous desire to embrace green-ness outside of some recycling and turning off a light when I leave the room.  I hope to inspire those people who consider the idea but poo-poo it for a variety of concerns or simply believe it requires too much extra in an already too busy life.

I should start with my rudimentary take on what the term “green” means to me.  Here is a sort of word/picture flow chart because a long paragraph seems dull and well…wordy.

GREEN = using what you have and making it last

GREEN ≠ waste

GREEN = thinking about the impact of the things/substances you use

GREEN ≠ (always) buying “green” things

GREEN = eliminating from you life the things/substances that harm you

I know the definition will change, expand and become more detailed over time.  It has already expanded considerably these few short months of work.  I hope to revisit the definition of this concept every so often to see how my successes and failures shape my thoughts on living “green.”  The topic of going green is quiet vast, taking in every single aspect of a person’s life.  My initial interest was sparked with a favorite subject of mine, cleaning.  So that’s what this blog will start with and forever be peppered with.  I will however branch out to personal care, gardening, eating/cooking and day-to-day activities where I think a touch of “green” may successfully be attempted.

I have no idea how or when I decided to start my “green” adventures.  All I know is that it is an addicting process that once begun is now impossible for me to drop.  So here’s to our Adventures in Green from the Emerald City!!

p.s- I live in the Seattle area and the charming nickname for this fabulous city was too good to pass up J

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