Day #142: Washing Dishes

Several years ago, we stopped using our dishwasher. It is not a popular decision when we have morning-after dishes to do for a potluck party for twelve. But the rest of the time, I find it meditative. My hands in warm water, memories of the people who shared our table, thoughts of delicious food, reflections on life, and clean dishes! I am grateful for the opportunity to commune with an integral part of our lives.

washing dishes

Day #106: Travel Mugs

Time for a practical post. In our never-ending search for using fewer of the Earth’s resources, we wanted a solution for taking beverages in the car, into meetings, and into hotels. We’re taking water or herbal tea along with us, so an insulated travel mug is vital. It has to be easily washable, made out of stainless steel, leak-proof, and able to leap tall buildings (well, maybe not that last one). Ideally, it would have NOT had any plastic parts but we’ve discovered that’s wishing for the moon. A bonus we discovered after using these mugs … they keep liquids cold or hot for DAYS, not hours. Great for a multi-day driving trip. The plastic top is BPA free (which is good, but we are striving to be a no-plastic household). I’m grateful to be able to take our hydration with us wherever we go without throwing anything in a trash can. Here’s a link:

Travel mugs

Day #76: Showering

What’s your best place to think? Mine is in the shower. All kinds of ideas are borne in that soothing cascade of water. I get a lot of writing done. I have to focus to remember what I’ve composed in my head until I can write it down. I’m grateful for the privilege of taking a shower. I have to think fast. I am sharply aware that the world’s water resources are threatened so my thinking has to occur quickly. How about you? Where do you do your best thinking?

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