A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

Posts Tagged ‘recycling’

Repurposeful

I sometimes hold onto things for a REALLY long time, not necessarily knowing why. Other times I’ll purge “stuff” with abandon, but it seems like we rarely need to throw something in the trash. If it’s clothing or small household items, we’ll donate them to Amvets, Salvation Army, or Goodwill. If it contains metal, we’ll…

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Blog Action Day: Compost for Climate Change!

I’m happy to participate in Blog Action Day for Climate Change, because here at Bungalow Chronicles, we make an effort to lower our carbon footprint (I kind of hate that term, but whatever) every day. It didn’t happen overnight — and it doesn’t have to — but once we got started it became easier and…

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The PO, Tin Man, and Toto Too

Thanks for your comments on the previous post. I made my decision and called the PO last weekend (sorry Christopher and Joanne!). He likes to answer the phone by saying, “Joe’s Trucking” or something along those lines (he has caller ID). I said, “Say I had a couple of dining room cabinets that I was…

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Now That’s Some Garbage You Can Live With!

Remember Phil Hartman from Saturday Night Live as The Anal Retentive Chef? He would show some perfectly chopped red bell peppers and proceed to throw out one that was chopped just a little too big, one that was a little wrinkly, etc. until he finds fault with all of it and has to start over.…

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Building the WC

Earlier this week I mentioned that we finally started building our WC — not a Water Closet, as a flush toilet was originally called (and what bathrooms are still called today in German), but a Waste Corral to house our garbage, recycling and compost bins. Still housing waste, but a much less icky kind. We…

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The PO Visit

Yesterday we had the PO and his wife over for lunch along with a neighbor couple from across the street. We first really got to know this neighbor at the PO’s wedding a couple years ago and they’re a lot of fun. The PO always managed to get the husband, who is retired and old…

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Spring Cleaning

Say you have a bunch of old VHS tapes lying around, on which you’ve recorded various episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Or a drawer full of empty CD jewel cases. A bunch of old Zip disks perhaps? How 1995 of you me. All of this junk takes up a lot of space,…

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The Time Has Come

Pete decided to pull out the aluminum slats from the fence so that the neighbor realizes the fence removal is coming very soon. Instead of just yanking the fence out in one fell swoop, we’re kind of lessening the shock. We hope. It already looks much better. And, it’s Earth-friendly too:— leave it out for the…

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Recycling and Reducing around the House

Like Humphrey House and the other residents of Oak Park, we are also fortunate here in Morton Grove to have a recycling program that accepts virtually everything without our having to sort it all: office papers, newspapers, cardboard, chipboard, virtually all plastics including grocery bags, styrofoam containers, glass, cans (including the lid) —— even aluminum…

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No Kermit, it IS easy being Green

There is so much talk nowadays about being green, reducing your carbon footprint, the four Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle and restore, etc. I think it’s great that it has finally become more commonplace, and I hope it increases. While we’re by no means perfect, since at least the early ’90s both Pete and I having…

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