P2 Week (Pollution Prevention Week): Day 4, Alternative Yard Care Solutions

Thursday, September 20th: Can we do it, can we do it? We Can, We Can! Celebrate P2 WEEK, POLLUTION PREVENTION WEEK. This week (September 17 – 21) is sponsored by the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable. The theme for 2012 is ‘Safer Chemicals for a Safer World’.

Day 1: Awareness and Education of Chemicals in Products
Day 2: Chemical Substitution for Home and Workplace
Day 3: Buy Less Toxic Cleaning Supplies or Make Your Own
Day 4: Alternative Yard Care Solutions
Day 5: Buy Local – Reduce Pesticides, Transportation Fuels, and GHGs

Day 4 (Thursday) focuses on: Alternative Yard Care Solutions. Here are some tips on safe and easily available cleaning supplies for your home or business.

— Over time, lawns and gardens using organic fertilizers or compost require less maintenance than those using chemicals.

— Suburban lawns and gardens receive more pesticide applications per acre (3.2-9.8 lbs. per acre on average) than agriculture (2.7 lbs. per acre on average). (1980 numbers)

— In 2004, more than 78 million American households used home and garden pesticides. Only 5 million American households used solely organic methods.

— Fertilizers account for 80 percent of the phosphate discharge to waterways.

Web Resources
http://www.greenscapes.org/Page-148.html
 – This link contains some smart tips for green lawn care.

http://www.beyondpesticides.org/pesticidefreelawns/resources/Read%20Your%20Weeds-Organic%20Lawns.pdf
 – This article explains how to “read” weeds in your lawn and respond accordingly without using fertilizers or pesticides.

http://www.beyondpesticides.org/lawn/factsheets/facts&figures.htm
 – This link has facts about commercial and chemical fertilizers.

http://greenliving.nationalgeographic.com/organic-fertilizer-should-use-vegetables-2523.html
 – organic fertilizers.

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P2 Week (Pollution Prevention Week) Day 3: Buy Less Toxic Cleaning Supplies or Make Your Own

Wednesday, September 19th: Can we do it, can we do it? We Can, We Can! Celebrate P2 WEEK, POLLUTION PREVENTION WEEK. This week (September 17 – 21) is sponsored by the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable. The theme for 2012 is ‘Safer Chemicals for a Safer World’.

Day 1: Awareness and Education of Chemicals in Products
Day 2: Chemical Substitution for Home and Workplace
Day 3: Buy Less Toxic Cleaning Supplies or Make Your Own
Day 4: Alternative Yard Care Solutions
Day 5: Buy Local – Reduce Pesticides, Transportation Fuels, and GHGs

Day 3 (Wednesday) focuses on: Buy Less Toxic Cleaning Supplies or Make Your Own. Here are some tips on safe and easily available cleaning supplies for your home or business.

— Baking soda and water can be used instead of ammonia-based all-purpose cleaners.

— Within 26 seconds after exposure to chemicals such as those found in cleaning products, traces of these chemicals can be found in every organ in the body.

— Levels of volatile organic compounds, found in household cleaners and paints, can be up to ten times higher indoors than outdoors.

— Many cleaners also contain unnecessary pesticides that can make bacteria stronger and more resistant to antibacterial drugs.

— In side-by-side tests, cleaners using mixtures of vinegar, lemon juice or baking soda with water perform better than commercial cleaners.

For more information on P2 Week, see here: http://www.p2.org/wp-content/uploads/p2_week_toolkit.pdf

NATIONAL CHEESEBURGER DAY

Tuesday, September 18th: Celebrate an American tradition; today is NATIONAL CHEESEBURGER DAY. There’s some debate about cheeseburgers’ origin. One story claims that cheeseburgers were first served in 1934 at Kaelin’s restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky. Another version says that the first Cheeseburger was served by Lionel Sterger at the Rite Spot Restaurant in Pasadena, California.

Regardless of which story is correct, it can’t be disputed that a cheeseburger is definitely an American creation. Louis Ballast of Denver, Colorado filed a trademark for the name ‘cheeseburger’ in 1936. He never enforced it though.

For some variations of your typical cheeseburger, like Garlic Herb Cheeseburgers, Caprese Polenta Burgers, or a Cheeseburger Mac, visit this site: http://www.beefboard.org/news/100915Newsfeed.asp

STAY AWAY FROM SEATTLE DAY

Sunday, September 16th: Who knew? There’s a STAY AWAY FROM SEATTLE DAY! This one is easy for me to celebrate, as I’m sitting in Texas 2,074 miles away. I’ll celebrate today and not go anywhere NEAR Seattle.

This day was championed by Tom Roy, in an effort to bring back the hometown feel and maintain a quality of life for Seattle residents.

The website promoting this unique holiday, http://seattletwist.com/2008/09/16/sept-16th-is-stay-away-from-seattle-day/, posts an array of marvelous ideas to reclaim their hometown and support local businesses and events.

“We can reclaim our home town. Vote. Attend community meetings, potlucks and any bake sales your local school or church has. Organize neighborhood yard sales, help build a pocket park, pick up litter, buy Girl Scout Cookies or whatever the neighborhood kids are selling. SUBSCRIBE TO THE SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER OR THE SEATTLE TIMES! Don’t let our local newspapers die. And while you’re at it, subscribe to your local neighborhood paper too. Listen to local radio, watch local television, weed your garden and sweep the sidewalk in front of your home.

It will take some effort, it may cost a bit more or be less convenient, but it’s a matter of our quality of life here in Seattle.”

Today, I’ll celebrate in more ways than one. I’ll not only stay away from Seattle, but I’ll borrow some of the suggestions and support my own local hometown. Have a happy, local day!

A GOLDEN GIRLS kind of day

Friday, September 14th: Today is a GOLDEN GIRLS kind of day. The Golden Girls premièred September 14, 1985. The new sitcom starring Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty brought laughs to America for almost seven years before their final episode May 9, 1992.

The series, featuring these four feisty, spunky women, won several awards, including the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series twice. It also won three Golden Globe Awards. All four women each received an Emmy Award throughout the series and had multiple nominations.

I discovered an interesting tidbit about The Golden Girls. Originally, Betty White was cast as Blanche and Rue McClanahan was cast as Rose. These roles were similar to previous roles each lady played. Not wishing to be typecast, they switched roles at the last minute. An unusual twist, but they’ve both become known for their roles and personalities of Blanche and Rose.

Tonight, celebrate with a little Golden Girls spice to your evening.

INTERNATIONAL CHOCOLATE DAY

Thursday, September 13th: Now we’re talking, today is certainly a day to celebrate. Today is INTERNATIONAL CHOCOLATE DAY. It’s not a hard decision to celebrate today. The hard decision is what follows …. Deciding on your celebration of choice!

Milky Way Dark, Lindt’s, Ghirardelli, Three Musketeers, Twix, See’s; so many chocolates, so little time.

Now, if I were back in California, I’d be making a stop at my favorite candy shop; Halgren’s Candies in Ontario. David and Margaret Halgren established Halgren’s Candies in 1957. The store was started from the washroom and garage Mrs. Halgren’s aunt who had been living in Ontario, California since 1904. The space was used to make and sell jams, jellies and pectin candy (Citrus Delights).

My favorite ‘poison of choice’ had always been a See’s Bordeaux. Until the day I tasted a Halgren’s Bordeaux. I was hooked. Now I’m in Texas, so I’ll have to find another way to celebrate. But I don’t think I’ll have a problem. As Deanna Troi said in Star Trek: The Next Generation, “I never met a chocolate I didn’t like.”

FALL HAT MONTH

Wednesday, September 12th: It’s all about the hat; the fall hat that is. September is FALL HAT MONTH. It’s a month of celebration during which the straw hat is put aside by men and women in favor of the felt or fabric hat.

I guess it makes sense, since now it’s after Labor Day and women aren’t supposed to wear white shoes after Labor Day. I guess the straw hats have to go too. (Huh? No white shoes after Labor Day? Do people actually pay attention to these ‘rules’? I know I don’t, but maybe that’s why I’m a member of the Fashion Brigade.)

This month was originally sponsored by the Headwear Information Bureau. It’s widely observed in the fashion industry. Local businesses and the media are encouraged to plan hat-related activities. Hey, I’m not in the fashion industry, but I’m all for celebrating whenever I can. Hmmmm …. What kind of crazy hats can I come up with to celebrate Fall Hat Month with?

PATRIOT DAY

Tuesday, September 11th: Remembering … All other holidays and celebrations pale in comparison after September 11, 2001. A Congressional resolution in December 2001 designated September 11th PATRIOT DAY. (Public Law 107-89, December 18, 2001) In 2009, Congress approved the day as an annually recognized “National Day of Service and Remembrance.” (Public Law 111-13, April 21, 2009)

According to the proclamation:

“Today, we pay tribute to the selfless heroes and innocent victims of September 11, 2001, and we reaffirm the spirit of patriotism, service, and unity that we felt in the days and months that followed.  By volunteering our time and unique skills, we can enrich communities across our country, and together, we can strengthen our Nation to meet the challenges of the 21st century …

… As we join in serving causes greater than ourselves and honoring those we lost, we are reminded of the ways that the victims of 9/11 live on — in the people they loved, the lives they touched, and the courageous acts they inspired.  On Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, we pledge to carry on their legacy of courage and compassion, and to move forward together as one people.”

In honor of those that lost their lives, this day will forever remind us of our nation’s loss.

SWAP IDEAS DAY

Monday, September 10th: That’s a great idea! Today is SWAP IDEAS DAY, a day to share and trade ideas and concepts. Sit down today and make a list of ideas. Are there any you can trade or pass along?

I think I’ll stay off of Pinterest today; otherwise I’ll come away with more ideas than I can even try in a year.

Let’s share. Ideas are always good (well, usually good). What are some of your ideas today?

NATIONAL GRANDPARENTS DAY

Sunday, September 9th: A day for those rockin’ our world, our grandparents. Today is NATIONAL GRANDPARENTS DAY, celebrated annually the first Sunday after Labor Day. Grandparents Day has been celebrated in the US since 1978. Other countries have joined us in this celebration (although many celebrate on other dates), including: Australia, Canada, Estonia, France, Italy, Poland, Singapore, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

Today is to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children and to help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance older people can offer.

If your grandparents are still alive, love and honor them today (and everyday). I’ll send my love and hugs to the heavens; thinking of you today Grandma (Beatrice) Jones and Grandma (Mildred) Cline!

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