A blog about "nothing"!

Saturday, March 19, 2011


Living out in boonie land, I have always used mail order regularly. My mom was almost fanatic, so we have always had an accumulation of catalogs. I guess I never realized just how many until we moved out and still got all these darned catalogs at the old house. The last straw for me however was when ones all of a sudden started arriving for my dad--he's been dead for 22 years, and he never lived at that address!!! I suspect that someone got his name out of my mom's obituary for a mailing list, but never bothered to read the entire obit where it stated he was dead. Grrrrr..................

I spent some time trying to figure out what to do about this because I couldn't have mail building up in the mailbox in between my trips to check the house. I started by calling each company and having the name removed and then tearing the back off the catalog so I know which ones I'd called already. Well, it is now just over four months since I started this little "project". To say it has been interesting is putting it mildly. It took a little bit, but I did start to see a significant reduction in the number of catalogs after my initial push. Over the holidays I didn't do much with it, but after the beginning of the year, I decided to go after it again. I'm proud to say that there was actually one week this month that we didn't get a single catalog--whoohoo!!! This week there was one, and there was one last week and it was from one of the last places I called. A lot of these places said that it could take up to 90 days before I would quit getting catalogs, some places use other companies to print and mail them. I can deal with that.

Part of this was just out of frustration. The other part of it was because I felt a certain responsibility to the environment. Sure, I could have easily put a forward on my mail and let the post office toss them in the trash for me. But that doesn't solve the problem, does it? It just becomes someone elses problem. I wonder how many hoardes of unnecessary catalogs are tossed away because of this?

The companies I won't do business with anymore because they seem to have no disregard are only two. One is a conglomerate of a bunch of catalogs--Potpourri, Catalog Favorites, Serengeti, The Stitchery and a bunch of other ones are all distributed by this same company. I sent them an e-mail back in November, and didn't get any for a while and then all of a sudden I started getting them again, so sent another nasty e-mail, and informed them that I would cease shopping with them because of their lack of environmental concern. The other one that I will not buy from (either catalog or retail) may surprise all of you--Eddie Bauer. Surprised me too, they are supposed to be so nature oriented. I've called twice, and I'm still getting catalogs, got another today. I tried, and they didn't listen, so I will forget they exist. I've been a good customer of theirs too, and that's why I'm posting this because I think EVERYONE needs to know that they are a bit of a fraud. I'll be cutting up my frequent buyer card today.

For some of you reading this, it may be a re-run from another posting I had at another site. Apologies if you have already read it. I just wanted to post it in a more public forum to get the word out about this.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Top Tens

I’ve been thinking about different things that have changed since our move. Some good, some not so good (althought that list seems to be MUCH smaller). In David Letterman style, I decided to share some of those things:

Top Ten Things I Miss From Our Old House
1. Wildlife. I really miss looking out our back window and seeing deer, turkeys, an occasional fox, and the infamous bird feeder raiding bear
2. New snow first thing in the morning. So pretty on all those trees
3. My big garage. I have not enjoyed scraping snow, especially after the winter we’ve had
4. Alll those kitchen cupboards. Say no more.
5. My 15 minute drive to work. Hopefully the new drive won’t be forever when I find something closer
6. The light in all those big windows. Certain times of day it hit just right (particularly in the kitchen) and I have lots of memories of that for some reason.
7. My front loading washing machine (when it worked). I could do huge loads of laundry, and not even think about it. Darned thing broke just a couple of months before we moved, and I wasn’t about to spend that much money on another one after that experience.
8. My family room. I had carte blanche when we redid it to do what I wanted with it, and I was so pleased at how it turned out. More of those big windows to miss too.
9. A front porch. Probably the only thing about the new house that really bothered me since it doesn’t have one! Might have to fix that 
10. The smell of clover in bloom. But I can drive somewhere to smell it if I really need to.

Top Ten Things I Don’t Miss From Our Old House
1. Birds. Because we bought new bird feeders at the new house and we are getting some reasonable amount of traffic now that they have discovered it. Anxious to see if the blue birds we saw after we moved in are back, something we could never get before.
2. The snow when we had to shovel it. Way too much driveway!
3. This is kind of gross, but not having to worry about being able to flush the toilet when there is too much water in the ground.
4. Not having to drive 15 minutes just to get milk (or pop, or pizza, or anything else for that matter). I’m there and back in the time it would have taken me just to get there now.
5. The great big yard. Sure it was pretty and all, but lots of work. I’ll be glad when it is sold and we don’t even have to mow it anymore.
6. Cleaning the house. It was big—too big for just two people and was a bear to clean. Definitely a huge improvement.
7. Having to walk to the mailbox to get the mail. And the spider that hung out in it! I really like just reaching out my front door!
8. Only having one bathroom. Not that we need that second one all that often, but once in a while it does come in handy!
9. The yucky basement. Loving having a finished one.

And the top ten thing I don’t miss about our old house—