Memories Of Time Past

When I was a kid,  I use to think it odd for my paternal grandmother to recycle and reuse everything including paper towels.  After using a paper towel, my grandmother use to hang to dry the towel.  I thought it to be the oddest thing as she could have easily decided to trash it and get another.  She would never purchase starch in an aerosol can for ironing.  She would have one of my aunts go to the neighborhood store to purchase starch in a box for about $1.99.  She would mix it with water and "voila" starch.  That little box would last for at least a month before having to purchase another.  My grandmother, called “MaDear” by my aunts, was very resourceful.  She had to be.  She was living on a fixed income. Nothing was wasted including paper towels.  Meals were made from scrap.  I never saw frozen food of any kind in the freezer.  Fresh was key and the cheaper way to go.

Now I find myself doing similar things (with the exception of paper towels.  I’m choosing to use less of them and more of  kitchen towels.  Matter-a-fact, I use paper towels primarily when company comes over.  I have my children use and reuse kitchen towels instead.  I often hide the towels so that my children would not use them.  They are always reminded to use the kitchen towels).  Recycling and reusing is not only resourceful it is also practical and economical.  It also controls wastes (in a time when we are concerned about our global environment). 

When I think about my daily kitchen, I’m thinking about how I can save money, time and the earth.  I know "global warming" is a concern for my children.  I will do my part to help ensure that they will have a healthy future.  


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