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Relaxing weekend

March 4th, 2018 at 02:36 pm

It's toasty warm here as I'm running my kerosene heater in the kitchen. I decided that as we approach the end of the heating season, I could begin to "run down" my 5-gallon supply of kerosene, since it can't be stored from one season to the next.

It's just the 2nd time I've used it. I cracked open a window for ventilation.

I turned the furnace off when it was 68 and I see that in about an hour, the kerosene heater has raised it to 70 degrees.

The woman at the company said don't expect it to heat your entire house if the heater is in the basement and you have insulation in the ceiling. (I do.) So I filled it to nearly full outside and was able to carry it up my outdoor stairs where I lit it (there can be a small amount of smoking when it's first lit), and from there I carried it into my kitchen.

It's about 37 degrees outside; I'll be interested to see how well the heater maintains indoor temps as the temps fall outside.

I went to an interesting program at the town hall on our regional recycling program. It's actually rather complicated what you can and can't recycle. When it comes to plastic bags, I was recycling the bags you buy frozen produce in, and these actually cannot be recycled; you can only recycle soft plastics like bread bags, supermarket produce bags and the like. I also learned that small items like metal bottle caps or other small items cannot be recycled either because they fall through the whole assembly line all the trash is sorted through.

All of my state's trash goes to an incinerator that produces electricity from the burning and supposedly filters out harmful emissions, particulates and mercury, although high asthma rates are reported in the city where the incinerator is located. All of our state's landfills were closed 25 years ago.

They place a lot of emphasis on recycling, particularly organic (kitchen) waste which takes up 25% of overall household waste.

I made a wheat berry salad with chopped green and red apple, celery, golden raisins and currants, walnuts and a bit of orange juice.

Tomorrow's my first 10-hour day at work under my new schedule. I usually take my lunchtime walk between 2 and 3 pm; maybe I'll move it to 4 or 5 pm to break up the day better.

4 Responses to “Relaxing weekend”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    Our city has totes for kitchen waste that you set out with your garbage can and recycle bins and they compost the contents and then sell the compost to gardeners. We don't use them because we either feed everything to the ducks and rabbits or put them in our own compost. But I like that they have them for people who don't have those options. We are a very green county when it comes to stuff like that.

  2. PatientSaver Says:

    I like the idea of being able to put out the kitchen waste curbside. But here they let you help yourself to the compost made from it at no charge!

  3. rob62521 Says:

    That's great about putting the kitchen waste outside.

    Hope your first day with the new schedule went well.

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    I think they charge $1 a bag. It's minimal, but they don't do anything for free here.

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