It's Earth Day people!

Every day should be "Earth Day". But this is the one day that everyone takes the time to notice.

Last night on the national news the price of a barrel of oil was making/breaking records....again. Here gas is $3.48 - $3.50 per gallon for regular unleaded. Diesel fuel is a whopping $4.05 per gallon. My brother, who lives in Florida, is paying about $4.50 per gallon for diesel. This is why the price of milk is also $4+++ dollars a gallon. I've been saying I wanted to buy some horses for the purpose of going to town once a week to buy the essentials we all need to live on and/or visiting friends & family. One man a couple of counties over made the local news this morning because he went through the McDonald's drive-thru riding his horse. I expect to see tie off posts in front of local stores and businesses soon. My husband said that it would take too long to get to the store. I told him that it would be a good opportunity to spend time as a family talking about how our week went. Instead of putting the kids in the back seat with their GameBoys, mp3 players, or popping in a DVD. Seems like a better idea to me. Better gas mileage, less emissions, more time with what is important.

This morning I've been seriously considering starting a garden. I've never had a garden before. I've planted flowers, but that's about it. We don't have a tiller either, nor do I know anyone who does. I do, however, own a hoe. No, not that kind of hoe, but one that's gonna work just as hard if I can convince the hubby that we need to grow some of our own food.

"We" are stuck in such a situation that we are forced to buy gas to go to work to pay for the gas to get there. Believe me when I tell you that if I could afford to replace our 12 year old cars with a newer one I'd go buy a Toyota Prius. But like many, many other Americans, this weeks' paycheck pays for this weeks' bills/groceries/gas/etc. and next weeks' check will pay for that weeks' bills/groceries/gas/etc. There is no leeway. I already spend less than $100 at the grocery store for a weeks worth of food for a family of 4 + a dog. Needless to say, "Hamburger Helper" is worth it's weight in gold at the moment.

Food costs keep rising, fuel costs keep rising, energy costs keep rising, the cost of health care is already insane, simply trying to live is almost impossible ...where does it all end? Who finally puts their hand up and says this has to stop? Obviously not the "great American government" who seems to care more about other peoples' problems then our own. When people immigrate here now, we should say, "Welcome to America. Now, ....."

I know that most of this has nothing to do with Earth Day as a whole, but these are the things that come to mind when I begin to think about conserving what we have before it's gone. Think about the future generations of people who will be here when we are long gone. Try this...instead of putting all your groceries into plastic bags that take about 1,000 years to biodegrade, buy just one or two reusable canvas grocery bags (about $1) every time you go to the grocery store. After two months, you will have enough to not need the plastic bags anymore. Think about how much energy, resources, and land we could save by doing that one thing. Just think about it.


  1. Also, I forgot to tell you, I changed my slideshow for some newer pictures...

  2. Also, Also- the big dummies that were using aren't anymore so I TOOK IT. Now, we are like you, the-bewleys, only we are the-labelels, and uhh, yeah yeah I know, I'm always causing you more internet work, so I'm taking that flying leap right now......WEEEEEEE