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Sack number 1

Well, maybe I’ll be a Midwestern trend-setter, right?  Thanks for the input.  I’ve got one sack made, I’ll make a few more and see how it goes.

My husband thinks I’m a little nuts, but that’s really nothing new.

After posting earlier, I did some searching, and found this tutorial for making a shopping sack using an actual plastic bag as the pattern.  Duh, what a concept.


I’m not sure how long it took me.  An hour maybe?  I’m sure the next one will go faster.  Part of the time was spent walking across the house to my computer to check the instructions for the next step.  I didn’t want to print the instructions out, that seemed like it defeated the purpose of trying to be a little more environmentally friendly.  And hey, I guess it meant I got a little more exercise.  Right?  LOL

The whole thing folds up into the pocket on the front.  Sort of.  It’s a little bit bulky across the bottom of the sack.

The instructions were a little confusing when I first read them, particularly the part about how you fold to form the sides.  It made a lot more sense when I actually looked at the plastic grocery sack and realized how it was put together.  After that, the instructions were crystal clear.

I got most of it done earlier, but I had to go to the movie tonight.  I had to!  Instead of Alvin and the Chipmunks, our theater had Enchanted for a second weekend.  I went with SIL and her daughter.  It was just as good the second time as it was the first!

And I almost forgot:  last Sunday, while we were stuck in Minneapolis waiting for a plane:  Hillary Clinton made a campaign stop in my little town.


I wish I’d been here so that I could have gone just for the experience.  As I said before, I don’t intend to talk about my politics here on my blog, but just the fact that we had a national candidate in town – wow!

And now, thankfully, the candidates have moved on to other states and we can once again answer our phones without wondering if it was yet another political message.  And we can watch TV again.  Phew.

Have a good night!



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Taming the plastic sacks

I just got back from a shopping trip.

Between Staples, PetSmart, and SuperTarget I came home with 20 plastic bags.

I only go grocery shopping about once a week, we try to push it to about 1.5 weeks between trips, but not more than 2 weeks.  We do have a local grocery store, and we do get some stuff there, but they can’t compete on price and selection.  Yes, I know, I spend money to get to the bigger stores, and maybe if I compared the money I spend on gas with the money I save on the groceries, the savings might not be as big as I’d like to think, but the selection would still convince me to make the trip.

I’ve been reading about people buying or making reusable shopping bags, and I know it wouldn’t be hard to do, but egads.  Can you see me strolling into SuperTarget with 15 or 20 reusable bags?  The cashiers don’t ever pack the bags as full as I probably would if I were doing it.  And even if we stuff everything into fewer bags, that’s still a LOT of bags to haul into the store with me.  Maybe not.  Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad.  Maybe I wouldn’t feel like a total weirdo doing it, but something’s got to give here.

The cabinet in which we stuff plastic bags got so full that I finally pulled them all out a few weeks ago.  We do use the bags to line the small trashcan under the kitchen sink, but we don’t generate enough trash to equal the amount of sacks being brought into the house.

The bags I pulled out of the cabinet are still sitting in the garage — in a larger (plastic) trash bag.  I need to remember to take them with me sometime, because I think one of the big stores has a place where you can drop off bags to be recycled.  I’d like to figure out how to not have so many to begin with.

Any suggestions?  Going shopping more often, thus buying less at a time is not an option.  It’s a 30 minute drive one way.  Should I try making a bunch of bags (hey!  a fabric stash busting project!) and see what happens if I try to take them to SuperTarget?  Will they even let me use them?

Sign me,

Drowning in plastic bags

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Most of the rest of my journal pages are going to be about the text — I wrote a lot when I was at my sister’s!   When I copied and pasted the text, I found some typos.  I’ve fixed my original, but the image below does have some misspellings.   Joe was looking through the printed journal one day and found at least one typo that I missed.  I should have him and Will check the whole thing for me!

December 25, 2007

Christmas Morning — not having our luggage seemed to put a damper on all of our moods. I have discovered that we didn’t
manage to take a single picture in the morning. Colin was up early, but everyone else slept in. We opened our stockings, and the
presents from Santa and the Ellsworths. Colin opened “Rocket” just about first thing, and after that he wasn’t interested in any-
thing else. He played with it and the four “guys” for hours! He did manage to help unwrap the rest of his gifts, but after care-
fully pulling the paper off and handing it to his Dad a piece at a time (Here you go!) he went right back to Rocket.

The boys especially loved the remote control helicopters that Santa brought, and buzzed those around our heads for most
of the day.

Debra made Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake and it was quite yummy. Most of us ended up taking naps while we continued to wait
for our luggage — which finally arrived at 12:30. What a relief it was to shower and have our belongings. We didn’t even bother
wrapping our gifts at that point. We just handed them out as we opened suitcases and started digging through them.

We managed to draw Colin’s attention from Rocket for a little while — we had gotten him a toy John Deere Backhoe Loader,
which turned out to be the same exact model as the real one that he could see out his window at the construction site next to
the condo.

The boys tried to go to Liberty State Park and play outside, but it was colder down by the water than we had thought it was,
so they pretty much turned around and came right back. Mark had not been feeling well in the morning, and by the afternoon
he was quite sick, running a fever and feeling generally miserable. He ending up sleeping a lot.

Debra made a pot of mashed potatoes to go with the Honey Ham for supper — it was quite yummy.

Except for the helicopters, it was a very subdued day.

Sunday the 23rd was “Christmas Day” at our house — the boys got a Nintendo Wii from Santa. They started playing at 10 AM and
quit at 5:30 PM. No lunch, no drinks, and only a few quick potty breaks. They were VERY crabby afterwards, and we were pretty
well convinced that their behavior afterwards was good evidence that too much video game time rots your brain.

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