With the passing of Memorial Day, we can safely say that summer is officially here and celebrations are in the air. It is time for boating and camping trips, family and fun. The winter blues are gone and summer excitement has taken over. We are making our plans for a boating trip next weekend and hope to be on the river, with tents and gear loaded and stored for an entire weekend of fun. At least four other families are planning on joining us, so it should be an amazing time. Here is a picture of the river.
Archive for the ‘environment’ Category
Spring is my favorite time of the year. Everything is fresh and new and so unbelievably GREEN! After the winter blues and the constant browns of the dead trees and grass, the lovely colors of spring are refreshing. The flowers are blooming and we can take lovely walks along the nature trails. The kids are so happy to be able to go outside and play without heavy coats and boots on.
We are currently planning our Memorial weekend camping trip to the Land Between the Lakes in Kentucky. We are meeting up with family and friends for an amazing weekend of boating, four wheeling and BarBQing. We are so excited about the trip that the next few weeks are going to be hard to deal with. Between the preparations and the kids wanting to know how much longer till we can go, I am going to be hard pressed to deal with it all calmly.
I have been doing this gardening technique called Xeriscaping. It is basically the proper planning of your landscape and garden that helps to protect your home from wind and sun. It helps with soil erosion and water conservation as well. It is really neat when you read about it and then plan your own. Putting it into action and seeing actual results from what you have done is awesome. I totally recommend that you research it and give it a try.
Oh no, the fridge has decided to go on the fritz! I am going to have to call Viking Appliance Repair and have it fixed right away. It will definitely be cheaper to have it fixed then to replace it. I think the hot weather is to blame for it. I haven’t bothered to turn on the AC, because we are all just trying to thaw out from winter and haven’t wanted it on. It has unfortunately have an effect on the fridge. I prefer to fix appliances with a reputable company than to replace something every time it breaks. It is definitely less costly that way and if you keep it maintained, they last much much longer. Here are a few reasons why;
- If the repair is less then 50% of the cost of a new one
- If it is still under warranty
- Repair companies guarantee their work
- Better for the environment (no packaging or old appliances going to the land fill)
These are just a few that my reasoning says repair is much better then replacement. Of course there are probably more, but you get the idea. In our family we try to minimize our ecological footprint and preserve the environment as best we can. It is important to try and keep our landfills to a minimum. Repairing appliances and other such items really help in a large way to do that.
If you are unsure as to whether you should repair or replace, I recommend finding a good company and having them take a look at your appliance. I can never hurt to check first and many times you can buy a refurbished appliance from them, if your needs replaced. It is definitely less costly that way and they will haul your old one off and refurbish it for resale later. Makes much better sense to do that then to buy a breand new appliance.
Finally the weather is good enough to go boating this weekend. We were supposed to have rain for days and then cool again, but it seems to have passed us by and we didn’t have any. Now it looks as if we can get out on the water and at least do some fishing. The water will be too cold yet to swim, but we really don’t care about that as long as we can get out there. I am soooo happy about it as are the kids and my hunny. I hope you have as great a weekend as we are going to. Doesn’t the lake look awesome?