I was thrilled to find a soapberry tree growing in our NE Texas property. I found it far back in a remote pasture. The berries on the tree had already turned yellow in those cool autumn days.
As a matter of fact, it was the yellow orbs that attracted my attention to the three. So I took photos of the tree, leaves, bark and the berries and sent them to my extension agent for proper identification.
She reported back that the tree was a Western Soapberry Tree (or Sapindus saponaria ssp. drummondii)
RancherMan & I had a wonderful porch addition built to augment our back porch. Even before the porch addition, we’ve always spent our evenings out there enjoying that Texas sunset.
And when we have company, we all naturally congregated on the back porch. But now with the addition there’s even more room to spill outside & visit. And I’ve landscaped it up (on the cheap though, y’all)so it really is an oasis!
Recently I found several cute glass jar lantern lights at various craft & antique shops when we took a fun quick trip to Granbury, Texas. Of course I thought to myself: “I can make that!”
I’ve been on a journey toward zero waste for years. Will I ever be truly zero waste? Probably not. But I know each step I take is just that much more waste diverted. One place I was bothered mightily was the sheer waste of disposable razors.
Buy – Use – Throw Away – REPEAT…
PLUS not remembering which replacement heads fit the particular brand of disposable razor I’d purchased weeks before meant I was replacing the whole shebangie every time. More plastic, more money, even more waste!
I wanted to try a safety razor but I was nervous. Aren’t they dangerous? Maybe I’ll cut myself?
As it turns out, all those fears were unfounded. A safety razor has been one of the most awesome (and frankly luxurious) zero-waste steps I’d taken so far.
Coffee canisters are easy to repurpose for any number of things. And repurpose them we do!
Y’all know we love our coffee. We prefer Folgers to other brands of coffee. But at least their coffee canister is food-grade plastic. So in addition to other non-food repurposes, I’m able to do even more with it.
I can store large quantities of dried herbs in them.