Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Waste Not Want Not

When I was growing up in California, we were in the midst of a very long, hot drought. I remember that there was a guest teacher that came in to teach us about water conservation. The thing that stuck with me all of this time is that he said, "one day you may tell your grandchildren that water flowed out of the faucets and that you were able to take a shower, because someday that water could be gone." YIKES!! My grandfather and my extended family were farmers and they were always talking about water rights and running out of irrigation water. That was pretty scary to me.
So now I'm always thinking about water and how not to waste it. Which brings me to the potted plants that I love. At the end of the day I go around and pick up all of the leftover water bottles, half empty glasses of iced tea or lemonade, the melted ice from the coolers, and use them to water the plants. I'm not saying that it will solve the water crisis, but every bit helps!! It doesn't hurt the plants at all, and mine seem to love it!



  1. Grandpa would be proud!

  2. I love it. I do the same thing. I HATE that they kids pour water and forget if it is theirs, then they fill up another glass. Vicious cycle I tell yah.
    I cant imagine not having clean running water. WE are blessed.
    great post!

  3. Good for you!
    I love your Blog & always look forward to some of your hilarious posts.
    My husband is in the "water business" & he would tell you that there is not one drop less of water, than when God created the earth. There are seasons of drought, but the water is dispersed someplace else. We live in Michigan, so unlimited water, surrounded by lakes. In Colorado, our friends tell us of water depend on snow fall : ) We were there a few yrs. ago when lake Dillon was completely dried up (Denver's water source )
    His job is to make sure that we are good stewards of our water.
    ( & not dump tons of oil in it)
    Just an FYI : )
    ( & someday I will get your address & send you a "Dale" sweater. I used to do Ebay & they were hot sellers... I still have one in my stash that I would love for you to have : )

  4. Good idea! I do the same with the water from my dog's little plastic pool. I'm trying to keep him out of the fish pond... we call him "Swamp Dog"!

    Talk to you soon ;)
    Bunny Jean

  5. What a great idea! I know someone at work who gathers all the water that drips out of his A/C and uses it to water the garden.

  6. Gorgeous flowers! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. I do this, too! I also pick up any bottles of water I see lying on the street when I'm walking and bring them home to my plants. I can't believe people pay $1 or $2 for a bottle of water and don't even drink it all...

  8. Great idea! I will start doing this. It's easier than dragging a hose to my potted plants around front!