I was tagged by Karen who has two blogs; 100 Mile Diet in Calgary and Green Sheep Herders. Both of these blogs are very interesting and I urge you to visit them.
If I'm not mistaken, 100 Mile Diet's concept is to only eat local foods grown/raised within 100 miles of where you live. With her being located in Calgary, during the winter this can be a real challenge if not planned for ahead of time. This means lots of preserving during the peak growing time to sustain throughout the winter.
Green Sheep Herders concept is to reduce the family's carbon footprint once small change at a time. She has many ideas I've never heard or thought of. Most I agree with, some I dont. (Sorry, Karen but I can't give up my Kitchenaid due to a shoulder injury! :) Like Karen says, not all the suggestions are for everyone, but there are many wonderful ideas and you should check out the neat way she has formatted this blog.
What are 7 amazing things about me?
I'm a lot like Karen and find it hard to brag on myself. These things are accomplishments I'm proud of but others might not find them amazing.
1. I have two healthy sons, one who is now an adult and a father himself. Yes, I'm a grandmother! Both my sons have been raised to be respectful and caring individuals. Although they both are onery as hell, they will give the shirt off their back and the last dollar in their pocket to anyone who needs it.
2. When I was employed I only missed two days of work in 8 years.
3. I live in a very rural area after living in a suburb my entire life and have learned how to "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without" after being raised by baby boomer parents who thinks everything is disposable.
4. I am proud of the fact that I have learned how to live better on less when it comes to our monthly living expenses, especially our grocery budget. I spend half as much but my pantry and freezer is four times as full as before. This has been done by learning the correct way to utilize coupons on sale items and stocking up when prices are rock bottom. Tracking sales trends on our most used items helped to figure out when a sale was rock bottom.
5. I am proud of the support I give my husband to do his job. He is required to work 12-14 hour days, so the majority of the daily running of our home is left up to me. Most days I'm ok with it and accomplish everything that needs to be done. I do have bad days once in a while and feel very overwhelmed. Me going from a full time employed mom to a full time stay at home mom was a SHOCK! It has taken all summer for me to adjust to being a 24/7 mom. I've never done that before. I commend all the stay at home moms, they have their work cut out for them.
6. I am proud of the fact that I do not squander my husbands money. I have no desire for designer clothes, shoes, handbags or diamonds. I am a very down to earth woman, and easy to please. I love new clothes, shoes, and handbags. But I buy for comfort and durability not name.
7. I am proud of the eco friendly changes that I have been able to implement in our home and to get my son and husband excited about the changes also. We are a team and enjoy working together to find news ways to become more eco friendly. We currently recycle more of our household waste than we send to the landfill.
Like Karen, I do not judge anyone for the choices they have made, but neither do I like to be judged for the choices I've made. We all live in different areas where some things are easier for some to accomplish than others.
I have chosen not to tag any blogs. If you wish to do this and share with me, then leave a comment so I can visit your blog and read your 7 Amazing Things.