So how are those 2019 resolutions coming along?

So, after finishing my 4th book and nearing the final chapters of 2 more (I read and alternate between 2 at a time) it’s safe to say that upping the goal from 19 books to something more ballsy like 36 would make it more…..challenging? I love historical fiction, with a little fantasy and contemporary fiction on the side, but on a whim I also started Plato: Complete Works. I don’t know if that was a wise thing to do; I’m only 1% in and already Plato is making me crazy.

Another goal this year: being more aware of how much plastic we use in the household. To that I’m going to add reducing our carbon footprint, because now companies are creating more ways to live green: biodegradable and compostable freezer bags, recycled aluminum that can be recycled again, and baking paper that is also biodegradable and compostable. I’ve only tried the baking paper and I like it, but the sheets are precut and not practical for my larger baking pans. The nice thing is disposing used paper into the organic waste bin which brings me to these buckets and trash bags in the garage.

Yellow is for paper, green for organic refuse (i.e. kitchen scraps), blue for glass, light purple bag for plastic, and clear bag (provided for free by the municipality) for everything else. Previously we had regular round buckets with snap-on lids that neighborhood dogs would knock over, but now everything is square, secure-lock, and orderly. Different days for each bucket and bag, and in summer, there’s pickup twice a week for organic waste.


We’ve been experiencing warmer than usual temperatures (25°C today!) which may or not be a good thing, but any opportunity to have a barbecue on the weekend has got to be a positive!

6 thoughts on “So how are those 2019 resolutions coming along?

  1. Anonymous

    Different days for the different bins??!! Well, I guess that keeps one “mindful” of what day of the week it is:-) Our town is very good at making it easy for us to recycle. We’re very spoiled, actually. My resolution for not wasting food this year has been an eye-opener. We are consuming and wasting less, and thanks to the internets, I do believe I’m becoming the queen of using leftovers in creative ways. Thankfully, we are always food adventurous.

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    1. Rowena Post author

      Mindful indeed! With glass, paper, and plastic pick-up scheduled every other week, it’s good exercise for the brain. We have the calender (supplied to residents of the comune) with colored and lettered icons so that helps. We have not gotten a day wrong since!

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  2. Cyranny

    LOL This is soooo me! When I first read the first part of your post, I thought “What?? She’s done with her 4th book, and almost finished 2 more?? And I didn’t even know you were writing books to begin with??” LOL Silly me 😛

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    1. Rowena Post author

      Ha! That would take some serious typing skills but I would rather be behind the pages of a book instead of mired in the middle of it. If you know of any historical fiction written by a Canadian author, I’m all ears.

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