No-Impact Man

Now that I'm a work-from-home-Scrimp, I find myself watching a lot more movies to pass the time and keep it from getting too isolated and quiet here at the house.

Yesterday, I watched a documentary about "No-Impact Man," a journalist who decided a couple of years ago that he was going to attempt to live for a year with zero impact on the environment. He and his family stopped buying anything disposable, stopped eating meat, only ate local food, and even went so far as to shut off their electricity for 6 months.

I don't really have an interest in being that extreme. But the lifestyle appeals to me nonetheless. Mr. Scrimp and I do what we can to eat local and we'd like to try growing food and doing other things to generally limit our involvement with the synthetic wasteland that is so much of the modern world.

What about you? Does it even appeal to you? Or do you think the whole thing is blown out of proportion?

What Do You Do?

What do you do when you have one of those days where everything seems to go wrong?

For instance, I'm going on a business trip today, but one thing after another has been going off the rails. All of a sudden, my flight leaves ten hours from now, I'm not packed, my car just got towed to the mechanic, Mr. Scrimp has to leave work early to take me, and there's not even anybody at his work today to approve him leaving because all the people in charge are out.

We could stress out, but instead I'm going to light a scented candle, try to relax, get things done, leave Mr. Scrimp some love notes, and look forward to the trip.

Homemade Cleaning Products

More cost effective over time (because you can make them in bulk), and not containing perfumes or long lists of strange chemicals, homemade cleaning products are a great option if you don't want to spend the extra money for natural cleaning products.

If you want to try making your own, you can try these recipes posted at Women's Day.

If you don't want to use ammonia, but do want to try some homemade recipes, google has tons to be found.

Happy cleaning!


Mr. Scrimp and I went away for Easter to visit my grandmother, fully expecting that when we got there, I'd be able to update the blog from her house. Sadly, we had no such luck--the phones were down and the Internet was wonky and I was a very sad Mrs. Scrimp.

What's the best part about going away on vacation? Coming home, of course! Our house was clean, our cats were frantic with excitement that we were back, and the weather is beautiful.

Posting will now be going back to a regular schedule, at last!


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