Monday, February 15, 2010

It's not easy being green in February.

It's snowing - still. Again.
I have a cold, a virus that's making me feel tired and unmotivated and, well, tired.
I just sent home report cards, and now I need to plan ahead to parent-teacher conferences.
And it's still snowing.

My spring garden looks so impossibly far in the future; all this snow has to melt before I can even consider getting out to turn the soil.

Students are getting grumpy, unwilling to tap into their work ethic (for some, what work ethic?), not happy about having to put on boots and snow pants but whining about staying inside for recess, too.

And the green blogging community's APLS (Affluent Persons Living Sustainably) Blog Carnival asks bloggers to post about maintaining sustainable living in the middle of winter. My garden is covered by at least two feet of snow, my compost bin is frozen, my attempt at making orange marmalade failed, and I'm supposed to think green? Well, maybe.

Winter is a good time to clear shelves and box up donations for thrift stores. I have two boxes started and will gather more. I have four books in my bag that I'll mail tomorrow for We took two boxes of Braille books to the school for the blind last week, expanding their selection and making space in a corner. Cabin fever might not be curable, but making space on the basement shelves or purging the excess from a closet feels productive.

With that in mind, I think I'll peel another orange, pour another cup of tea with lemon and (local) honey, and rest a little more. When this cold goes away and I feel a little better, I can fill another box with thriftables. When the roads clear, I'll take the goodies in.

And as the days get longer, minute by minute, maybe some of that motivational energy will carry me through March, too.

"Affluent" does not mean wealthy. In the APLS movement, affluent simply means people of middle class, people who make a decent living and believe in increasing their sustainable living habits. We're certainly not rich (I'm a public school teacher!), but we are secure and comfortable - long live the middle class!

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Anonymous Jen on the Edge said...

We have about 15" of snow on the ground, which makes taking kitchen scraps out to the compost bin a real challenge. I went trudging out there yesterday and dumped in a big pile, but didn't even bother to turn the compost.

And I really cannot imagine being able to plant spinach, lettuce, and carrots in three or four weeks.

2/15/2010 8:38 AM  
Blogger Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

For me March is the v. long month. But everyone else I know is crabbing about February. It's in the air.

2/15/2010 9:38 AM  
Blogger Flea said...

We're getting our fair share of sun, the snow is melted (for now - Tulsa's weather is bizarre), but everyone here is crabby, too. Weird.

2/16/2010 8:27 AM  
Anonymous Robbie @ Going Green Mama said...

Good reminders of everything we can be doing right now.

Thanks for participating in this month's carnival!

2/23/2010 8:00 PM  
Blogger Steph @ Greening Families said...

I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who starts spring cleaning in the winter! Feel better!

2/25/2010 9:16 AM  
Blogger Erin aka Conscious Shopper said...

Great tips. Winter is the best time for spring cleaning. In the spring, I want to be outdoors playing not cleaning!

2/26/2010 11:51 AM  

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