Monday, June 17, 2019

Making More out of Lazy Leisure Days



Making More out of Lazy Leisure Days



When the sun is out the last thing you want to do is spend a lot of time cooking a meal and when vacationing, the lure to purchase instant and snack foods is strong. Unfortunately, these convenience foods come with excess packaging. As we can see when we come across trash in the wilderness, snack wrappers and beverage containers are the most common litter we find. It is quite interesting that numerous studies prove tourists return to an area primarily for its cleanliness and greenery. In this era where the economy has come to rely more on tourism, cleaning up is truly a benefit for any community.

When leisurely paddling the canoe and watching the water, one can often see the muddy bottom, where it is easy to spot larger debris. Put on a mask and snorkel to discover some amazing finds. One of the first times we did this, we found an expensive diving mask in about 30 feet of water - enough incentive to continue this practice! We have also found antique bottles, jewelry, fishing lures and reels, rusting nails, swimming flippers, numerous toys and thousands of returnable cans and bottles. We clean up what we can for reuse or donation to thrift stores and the rest is sorted for recycling, returning or the trash bin.

It feels very good to clear up a beach with shards of broken glass hiding from view where an unwary toe could be damaged. It does not, however, feel as good to find a large fishhook by embedding it in the bottom of your foot (yes, this has happened). Imagine an innocent child stepping on that hook instead of you and decide if it is worth taking the time for activities like this.

Wildlife benefits too, when garbage is removed – even the smallest shard of glass can ignite a wildfire, while bits of polystyrene foam and plastic can choke the life out of a hungry animal. After big storms we find the beaches are full of floating debris that has washed up and have come away with bags full of trash from just an hour of strolling.

When you take a bit of time to clean up some trash not only do you have a better trail or beach to come back to, you have helped to make it safer and more pristine for everyone else.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Recommended Resources



Recommended Resources



Canadian Wildlife Federation educates, inspires, advocates and enables conservation of wildlife habitat. 


Pembina Institute helps communities maintain a healthy environment through innovative solutions.


Nature Canada hosts ongoing campaigns, advocacy projects, opportunities for conserving, enjoying and defending nature. 


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Saturday, June 15, 2019

quote of the day


Quote of the Day






 “I believe in wishes

and in a person’s ability to make a wish come true, 

...I really do. 

And a wish is more than a wish 

it’s a goal that your conscience 

and subconscience 

can help make reality.”  


~ Michael Jackson


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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

4 Easy Steps That Save Water


4 Easy Steps That Save Water


Too often the media is full of negative information. Studies show that by being fed negative information people tend to get into a state of apathy and become depressed with a sense of powerlessness in the face of the problems of the world. Sadly, this frame of mind has us ignoring how much impact very small actions can have. Let us look at some positive information.

Let’s examine 4 simple actions that can conserve water and save you money:

- Save 5 gallons of water per washing by doing dishes in a few inches of hot soapy water. Start with the least soiled items first, keeping the water as clean as possible for the upcoming items. It may seem funny to do this - but by turning the hot water tap on to rinse the dishes over the soapy sink the level will slowly increase and will maintain a hot temperature. This means you won’t need another sink full of water solely for rinsing. We use excess rinse water to pre-soak stuck on dishes as well. If the water is still usable and fairly clean once the dishes are done, use it to scrub the cupboards, the kitchen floor, the pet’s toys or wipe down the deck with it. Leave the hot water in the sink during cold, dry winter weather where it will release excess heat and moisture into the home.

- Dishwashers that are not built-in are wheeled over and a hose is used to drain into the sink. Use a screened basket to cover the drain to allow for proper flow of water but also to catch any crumbs and debris from going down the drain. Place stuck-on dishes in the sink (without plugging the drain) and allow the dishwasher to drain there. The water can be trapped in that soiled pot, where the heat is slowly released into the home, saving energy costs in the winter. Of course, the opposite applies in the summer, when extra heat is not desirable. This tip is only for those who are going to be near the kitchen just in case something goes wrong.

- Automatically reaching for the hot water tap is not always necessary. Usually, by the time we are finished washing our hands, the water is just beginning to warm up - so really, all we have done is heat up our pipes and burn some fossil fuels. So, practice reaching for the cold-water tap instead. Turn that laundry machine over to the cold-water setting, too.

- We can conserve water easily by turning off the tap while lathering hands. The running water is really only necessary for initial wetting, then rinsing - so running water in between is really a waste. Similarly, with brushing teeth; studies show that turning the water off when brushing your teeth can save over a gallon of water – per brushing! So turn that water off.

Imagine: these 4 simple steps will not only reduce hot water consumption and water use but also the utility bills will be a little bit smaller.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

quote of the day


Quote of the Day






"Those whom we have loved 

never really leave us. 

They live on forever in our hearts, 

and cast their radiant light 

onto our every shadow."


~ Sylvana Rossetti


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