Wednesday, November 21, 2012

::Frugal Fodder ~2 ::

fru·gal

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adjective
1.
economical in use or expenditure; prudently saving or sparing;not wasteful: What your office needs is a frugal manager who cansave you money without resorting to painful cutbacks.  thrifty, chary, provident, careful, prudent, penny-wise,scrimping; miserly, Scotch, penny-pinching. wasteful, extravagant, spendthrift, prodigal, profligate.
2.
entailing little expense; requiring few resources; meager;scanty: a frugal meal. scant, slim, sparing, skimpy.luxurious, lavish, profuse.


fodder [ˈfɒdə]
n
1. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Agriculture) bulk feed for livestock, esp hay, straw, etc.
2. raw experience or material fodder for the imagination
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It's pretty cut and dried-- I wash my dishes in a dishpan. 

Several reasons. 
  1. I don't own a dishwasher. Some say they are cheaper to run. But I say...I get good use of the water (it doesn't just go down the drain); and I can limit how much I use this way. 
  2.  I've tried to find the right sized plug for the right side of my sink...and twice have failed. The water leaks out! Hmmmph...!!! So I bought a dish pan. 
  3. My dishwater helps to brighten my day and my yard... with Morning Glories!


We also live near a Lake Reservoir. Nothing brings the reality of drought and the need for water conservation, to mind more than watching the water rise and fall in the lake. 


The water from this lake is PIPED to Tarrant Co. ---That's Ft.Worth, as in Dallas-FT.Worth...the sister city to Dallas. Here for us...it is drinking water, resort water, fishing water. 

This past weekend, The Honey's brother came to help us cut down one of two Pecan Trees---The Honey is standing next to the tree on the right...(you can barely see him- His brother is on the ladder). Both of these trees will have to come down due to drought.  I hate to lose the trees on our property. I'm not sure the life span of a healthy pecan tree-- but the one on the right is young. I suppose it could be disease or infestation too. But the brunt of the damage was done last year-- during the worst part of the drought. 

It's odd to look out my window,past where this tree used to stand and  look at my chickens; while I wash my dishes. 


I don't know what the laws are in the city limits where you live; you can and should probably check the ordinances.(Big Gov. nuff said)  For us, I can take my water outside and water my plants 
(I use bio-degradable soap, non-toxic to plants) 
I water the grass, plants and trees. 


You wouldn't think washing your dishes in a dishpan would have anything to do with FIREWOOD...but it does. 
We gave some of the wood to his brother, for the help. He will use it in his smoker. We will use some in our smoker and use some for fuel to heat the house this winter. 

  • Bartering for work.
  • Burning wood for heat. 
  • Burning wood for cooking. 
  • Using Water to replenish the earth, trees and plants.

These are just a few of the reasons I wash my dishes in a dishpan. 


That...and the Morning Glories! 
I planted these in April or May... and they are just now blooming. They started this about 3 weeks ago. Not a lot...but enough to make me smile! 


 You can carry water conservation a tad bit further if you have animals, we have outside dogs and chickens. 

Here is a tip: If you drain water off your potatoes, pasta or veggies give it to them for the nutrient value. They get a good healthy 'V-8' drink... and  you've saved some water too! 

Maybe you have some other ideas on using water? Feel free to share in the comments! 




He has told you , O man what is good; and What does the LORD require of you?  
But to do justice, love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God. 
~Micah 6:8 

10 comments:

  1. I loved the information!

    http://theredeemedgardener.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks!
      and thanks for always stopping by Corn!

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  2. I live in the city and I'm sure the powers that be would frown on me watering my outside plants with my dishwater if they knew about it. I don't choose to ask them, I just do it. I have a dishwasher that was here when we bought the place but have only used it a few times. With must hubby and myself here we don't have but a few dishes and it would take a week or more to fill the dishwasher.

    Love the description of frugal. :)

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    1. Hi Granny!
      Thanks for stopping by here. Yes, I've heard stories of some municipalities--giving fines to those who try and capture rain water. They say it keeps the water from going into the natural aquifers and limits the water being used/ distributed even for all residents!
      I think that is preposterous! If you're using it after it runs off your roof- how is that different? I'll tell you how...you don't have to pay for it. That is what it limits. How much you pay the city water company to water your plants and animals.
      Just another way to make us dependent.

      Take care and thanks for reading faithfully!
      Happy Thanksgiving!
      Pat

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  3. I use leftover teakettle water to water indoor plants (when it's cooled off, of course). Sorry about your trees. I've lived in my dishwasherless house for almost 14 years, and we've had to take down 4 1/2 trees (split one with a neighbor). No wonder I'm broke! Can't stand some of these city ordinances-- how about no clothesline? Ugh! Fortunately, I can hand laundry!

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  4. We use the wter from our dehumidifier in the summer to water our plants. We have a well so we are conservative. I don't plant alot that needs watering. I'd rather have the water for a bath.

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  5. good afternoon, I have to confess that I often use our dishwasher but I did an experiment several years ago. I knew when our meter was read so that day for the next month, I washed all dishes by hand. Our water and electric both decreased, about $11.
    When I wash, I do use the sink but I rinse in a dishpan.

    I think that dishwasher save water bologna was started by the dishwasher industry. and have you priced dishwasher soap? It is so expensive and it doesn't work right since they took out the phosphates.
    Our dishwasher is on its last leg and when it does break, I don't plan on replacing it.

    How I save water- I capture the running water while I am waiting on hot water and use it for tea, coffee or the dogs bowl.

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  6. We like to think of ourselves are being "thrifty", since it's just a cool work right now. I waited 20 years to get a dishwasher in our kitchen. I love it, after washing/drying dishes for 20 years i feel I deserve a "modern" convenience. I use our pond water to water our plants, and capture water by closing the drain while waiting on hot water. When it gets hot I turned faucet to "hot" and test when it evens out instead of letting cold water go down drain. Also thanks so much for stopping by and liking our Burlap Wreath Drop cloth curtains. Can't beat the price.

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  7. I once read an article about a woman living in Houston (years ago) who used her "gray water" to water a garden - bathwater, dishwater, and she had her drains changed to go into her garden. I sometimes wonder why we don't do things like that here? I do not water my lawn - it just seems so wasteful. I will water a flower bed, or pots of flowers, but the lawn seems like too much of a waste. It'w been brown for two years...
    Revi

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