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Sun Protection: Rigid Canopy for Our Mid-Size Tractor

by Texas Homesteader ~

RancherMan & I work outside every day, rain or shine.  We’re either working cattle or fixing fences.  There’s garden work and tractor work.  Day in, day out – we’re outside working.  Now we LOVE our lives here don’t get me wrong, but sun protection is something we take very seriously.

We’re careful to wear our Sun-Protective Shirts when we’re working outside.  And for my small blue Ford 32 hp tractor, RancherMan made sure I had a heavy canvas canopy to protect me from the sun. But his larger tractor didn’t come with a canopy, just a ROPS (roll bar).

Now I hated that he wasn’t protected and constantly nagged I mean reasoned with him to get something to protect himself from the sun.  But he protested mightily, saying: “I’m having trouble finding one that fits the ROPS on my tractor.  Plus I’d want a rigid canopy. And since I often work around trees when I’m mowing I just don’t know if I should get one for my tractor”

Sun protection is important! See what we did to assure we are properly protected from the sun while on our tractors. #TexasHomesteader

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Review: Compostable Bamboo Toothbrush

~by Texas Homesteader ~
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Recently I became interested in something I’d previously never really given much thought to: our toothbrushes. 

What a shame that these things are sold entombed in a hunk of plastic (not recyclable in my area) and the toothbrush itself was made of plastic too. How crazy did it now seem to use this plastic toothbrush for 3-4 months and then toss it in the trash only to replace it with a new one and repeat ad infinitum.

Maybe it was time for me to put my money where my mouth was (groaaaaan – bad pun intended.  LOL!) 

So I started researching and found there are toothbrushes made of biodegradable, compostable bamboo. I’m intrigued!

The Woodzee company graciously sent a small supply of their bamboo toothbrushes for me to try.

BIODEGRADABLE BAMBOO TOOTHBRUSHES reduce contribution to the 50 million pounds of plastic toothbrushes thrown in landfills yearly #TexasHomesteader

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Low-Waste Hydration: Reusable GLASS Water Bottle

by Texas Homesteader ~
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Y’all know I hate plastic. Hate. Yes, HATE. HAAAATE plastic, so I wanted to get rid of the plastic tumbler I’m using to drink water throughout the day. 

I’ve had aluminum water bottles & wasn’t pleased with the experience. I’m assuming maybe stainless steel wouldn’t have the same issues? 

But although I’ve shopped for stainless water vessels, I really, REALLY would prefer to drink from glass.

As a matter of fact the last time I had multiple-day tractor duty mowing pastures I used a canning jar filled with ice water so I could enjoy that icy refreshing water in glass. And I loved it.

But the jar was so big around I was afraid I would drop it. Especially since my grip was ‘iffy’ after hours long maneuvering of the tractor’s steering wheel.

I need a glass water vessel that would be much easier and safer to grip but still holds a lot

I hate plastic, and I hate disposable water bottles or cups. I'm reviewing a 60% Recycled GLASS reusable water bottle - see what I found. #TexasHomesteader

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