Let me preface this by saying that the curry I made for dinner tonight was so intense (and not in a cannabis-enhanced kind of way) that I actually feel almost high after stuffing myself with it and there’s a good chance I shouldn’t be posting because I probably won’t make sense but I might as well because I never update any more and some person from China has been trying to log in as me all day and haha person from China you failed and instead I am logged in and writing groundbreaking stuff like this!
So lately I’ve been reading (and kind of becoming obsessed with) this blog written by this woman who is Mormon and has like 800 kids and never leaves the house. That’s not why I’m obsessed with her blog, though. I’m obsessed because she does all this awesome shit like grow all her own food and cut everybody’s hair and put buckets in the shower to catch the water that normally would be wasted so she can use it to water plants or whatever. (I’m not linking the blog first because I want you to think it’s less weird than it is and second because I’m sure this woman would be totally creeped out to be linked from the site of someone who is me.)
The thing is, she does all these things to save money, what with being Mormon and having like 800 kids and all. And that’s great, but the thing is saving money should but never will be my inspiration to do or not do anything. This is probably obvious, but I am very much not money-motivated in any way.
What I am motivated by is trying to become, like, a radical environmental crusader or some shit. Also someone who DIYs everything — not because I’m worried about the end of the world and living in post-apocalyptic chaos or anything (although I might be, what with having just read The Dog Stars and The Road) — but because I like the feeling of self-sufficiency that comes from doing things myself and not depending on other people to do them for me (e.g. why I’ve never had a pedicure) (I have also learned that I hate the inherently false interactions we have with people who are paid to do things for us). So I’m excited to think about stuff like putting a bucket in the shower or making my own herbal tea (Why has that never occurred to me?).
Anyway, I haven’t put a bucket in the shower yet because we have nothing in the garden to water in early March, but I have done a few other things that might qualify me as a prudent wanna-be frugal/environmental homesteader.
* I’ve started using Soren’s old cloth butt wipes instead of paper towels. Is that horrifying? I don’t know. I don’t think it is. They haven’t been used as butt wipes in almost 2 years and I wouldn’t have cloth diapered if I didn’t think our washing machine was capable of adequately cleaning things that once touched butts. They’ve just been sitting around, taunting me to put them to good use. I considered family cloth (seriously) but then I realized that the highest and best use of old butt wipes was as a stand-in for paper towels, which, honestly, shouldn’t be used at all but for, say, things dogs do on your floors sometimes when you’re not home.
What you see here is a week’s worth of cloth wipes, fresh from the laundry (with some of Soren’s art in the background — he likes to hang his own works around the house) and a stack of clean fresh wipes stored under the sink. I wash these with a load of towels every week, so I’m not even adding a load of laundry.
* I ran out of facial moisturizer and instead of buying more, I started using coconut oil on my face. It’s totally fine! It’s a little more greasy than regular moisturizer and comparable to the facial oil I sometimes use. When I run out of hair product (which right now consists of some kendi oil and a few random old things I rarely use), I’m going to try coconut oil on my hair — just the ends, because my hair gets greasy and I don’t want to go overboard. (If you want to know more about my hair (you don’t), I haven’t had it cut by a professional or colored by anyone in about 3 years and I don’t dry or style it. I just put a little oil on the ends, part it in the middle most of the time because I’m a goddamn hippie, and try to comb or brush it a few times while it’s drying so it doesn’t do that thing where it gets all wavy in the back but nowhere else.) About once a year, I try to cut my own hair and then have my husband fix it because no matter how hard I try to get it straight it ends up coming to a point in back like Marcia Brady.
* To save water, I tried shaving my legs before getting in the shower, using just a trickle from the bathtub faucet, but that kind of sucked. Long showers are, aside from driving, probably my worst anti-environmental guilty pleasure. I am physically incapable of taking a shower without shaving, but I hate how much water I end up using. The bucket-in-the-shower idea might be a better option.
* I’ve been doing this forever: Make your own toilet bowl cleaner: 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup white vinegar and several drops of tea tree essential oil. It’s fizzy and totally fun!
* We’ve been saving our vaporized weed to eventually use to make cannabutter or canna oil. I’ve never baked/cooked with cannabis and am excited to try!
* In addition to making my own lotion (recipe) and deodorant (recipe, with the ingredients as listed in the comments like so: 3 T shea butter, 2 T cocoa butter, 2 T baking soda, 1 T cornstarch, 1/4-1/2 t. jojoba oil), which I’ve been doing for a while, I’m going to try making my own solid perfume using beeswax, oil, and essential oils. I’ll let you know how it goes!
Upcoming projects I’d like to do: homemade dog bones, homemade frozen waffles, drying herbs, sundried tomatoes, and eventually canning.