November 15th: Clean Fridge Day, Recycle Day, Bundt Cake Day

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
November 15th, 2011

★~ Today’s Quote: The First Law of Ecology: Everything Is Connected To Everything Else -Barry Commoner, The Closing Circle, 1971

★~ Clean Out Your Fridge Day:

The first time I went to the apartment of the man who would become my dear (and, later, dearly departed) husband, it was to help him move to my apartment. He warned me before he opened the door by saying it “might need a little cleanup.” My first thought when I saw it was…What we really need is a book of matches, because there is no way to clean this place up. I agreed to tackle the fridge because there was no way in hell I was going into the bathroom. When I opened the fridge door I gagged, screamed, and slammed the door shut, at which Joe calmly announced, “I keep baking soda in it…I don’t know why it smells.” I suggested the smell might have something to do with the blue fur and green slime oozing out over takeout containers. I then told him to take the contents of the fridge, dump them into a garbage bag, and run for his life to the incinerator with the bag. I often thought of Joe’s apartment fridge later in our relationship when he would look at an apple in our sparkling clean crisper and wonder if it was old.

Clean your fridge, and then celebrate by buying a fresh new box of baking powder.

★~ Recycle Day:


Most of my recycling is done by putting stuff into the alley for the junkmen. We also find lots of ways to recycle plastic and paper bags. Plastic bags are so useful when you have a houseful of canine campers. However, they also work great when you stuff them into a box to protect stuff you are shipping. Paper bags work great for sending our campers’ gear back home at the end of their stay. I also use them for clever gift wrap. (Well, not really…but I have considered the idea.) I always tell checkers that we are “bi-sacksual” we use both paper and plastic bags.  Since you are judged by the company you keep…I consider myself a first-rate recycler. My dad’s garbage men tip him at Christmas. Cousin Carla turned empty plastic liter soda bottles into water wings for her kids. I even know people who do not use paper towels.

America Recycles Day celebrates all of the benefits associated with recycling. I am celebrating by being thankful for all my friends who recycle and encouraging them to keep on recycling for my greater good.

★~ Bundt Day:

It is a known fact that everyone has a Bundt cake pan. Everyone. So pull out your Bundt pan from the cupboard and get ready to make one of the great Bundt cake recipes that you have pinned to your Pinterest board (click to find out more about Pinterest if you have not yet heard of this phenomenon). Do not stick around to pin, or else the cake is not going to make it into the oven. Thank me. I am helping you feel like you are not wasting hours of your time pinning without a purpose. When your spouse asks you what you did today and your smartass kid says, “SHE PINNED ALL DAY,” you can respond “DID NOT!” and then serve everyone a piece of Bundt cake. Everyone, of course, except the tattletale kid.

★~Born Today:

♥~ 1887 – Georgia O’Keefe –  Described as one of the major American artists of the 20th century, Georgia O’Keeffe was born at Sun Prairie, WI. In 1924 she married the famous photographer Alfred Stieglitz. His more than 500 photographs of her have been called “the greatest love poem in the history of photography.”  O’Keefe  painted desert landscapes and flower studies.  When asked why she chose flowers as her subject, she said, “Because they’re cheaper than models and they don’t move

♥~ 1929 – Edward Asner Emmy Award-winning actor: The Mary Tyler Moore Show

♥~ 1932 – Petula Clark Grammy Award-winning singer [1965]: Downtown, I Know a Place, This is My Song, My Love

★~ Did You Know: 

♥~ A used aluminum can is recycled and back on the grocery shelf as a new can, in as little as 60 days.

♥~ An aluminum can that is thrown away will still be a can 500 years from now!

♥~ Because so many of them are recycled, aluminum cans account for less than 1% of the total U.S. waste stream, according to EPA estimates.

♥~ If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we would save about 25,000,000 trees a year.

♥~ If you had a 15-year-old tree and made it into paper grocery bags, you’d get about 700 of them. A busy supermarket could use all of them in under an hour! This means in one year, one supermarket can go through over 6 million paper bags! I

♥~ The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle can run a 100-watt light bulb for four hours or a compact fluorescent bulb for 20 hours. It also causes 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution than when a new bottle is made from raw materials.

♥~ A single quart of motor oil, if disposed of improperly, can contaminate up to 2,000,000 gallons of fresh water. Motor oil never wears out, it just gets dirty. Oil can be recycled, re-refined and used again, reducing our reliance on imported oil.

♥~ An estimated 80,000,000 Hershey’s Kisses are wrapped each day, using enough aluminum foil to cover over 50 acres of space — that’s almost 40 football fields. All that foil is recyclable, but not many people realize it.

♥ ~ The US population discards each year 16,000,000,000 diapers, 1,600,000,000 pens, 2,000,000,000 razor blades, 220,000,000 car tires, and enough aluminum to rebuild the US commercial air fleet four times over.

♥~ Out of every $10 spent buying things, $1 (10%) goes for packaging that is thrown away. Packaging represents about 65% of household trash.

Does recycling have to be all about separating garbage and hauling it out to the curb? No it does not…it can also be about useful, clever and pretty.  Some of the sites I found while exploring the idea of recycling were so inspiring, People are very clever. Click on the pictures to check out some of the links.

On a side note, isn’t it interesting that artist Georgia O’Keefe was born the day after Claude Monet  birthday(11/14)?  The more I write  El Morno, the more I become aware of amazing amounts of synchronicity, around world events, weather, and people lives.

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Wishing you a Terrific Tuesday!

16 thoughts on “November 15th: Clean Fridge Day, Recycle Day, Bundt Cake Day

  1. I recycle. Even have different color coded bins. I do not own a bundt pan at least I am pretty sure I don’t. My fridge does have some mystery containers. I think New Year’s dip is in one-from 2010.

    Have a good one.

  2. What fun recycling tips!

    Yes I am already addicted to Pinterest. Good thing it does not work all that well right now or I would pin for hours.

    O’Keefe work is so beautiful-I just love her white flowers against desert scenes.

    I do own a bundt pan. TWO. Maybe I can share with Mike ^

    Have a tremendous Tuesday.

    • Fun recycling tips? Indeed. Let me know (with pictures) what you choose to whip up.
      Two bundt pans?? You are rich! Hang on to them tho…Mike needs to invest. . .His poker group will appreciate a good bundt cake!

  3. My fridge is clean. That’s one thing I do well. As for recycling, since we moved we now have streamline recycling, which means we CAN recycle up to 60% of our garbage. My son and spouse are big into recycling. I recycle plastic and soda cans, but that’s it for me. My oldest son just screams “I hate the environment” to piss his brother and dad off. I say more power to anyone in my house who has the time to rinse, remove lids, and recycle. I don’t because you invited me to join Pinterest and now I have pinning to do in order to make a bundt cake to serve my family to make up for my lame recycling efforts. My life is complicated…I’ll bet there’s a sign for that somewhere I can pin to my “saying” board. ♥

    • Isn’t it nice to open the fridge and have it sparkle back at you? I would organize by size and color but Cole will not cooperate. I have made it impossible for him to put two fiesta plates of the same color in the dishwasher…he tries but he can’t….I have appealed to his visual orderly side. I am hopeful fridge reform is possible.
      The son that says “I hate the environment.” can live with us. I’m not against recycling I’m against extra effort and space hogging recycling bins.
      I’m going to guess that demographically speaking there are more pinners in the southern states. So blame it on your location not moi. I gave you a way to show off your pining skills in a visual and delsih way…I am your friend. If there is not a pin that says: “I don’t recycle because you invited me to join Pinterest and now I have pinning to do in order to make a bundt cake to serve my family to make up for my lame recycling efforts. My life is complicated… “sign…you need to coin it.

      Have a frist rate day!

  4. First of all your Pinterest comments made me laugh but a litttle bitter because I do in fact have a bundt recipe and I kinda resent you for knowing that. No- ASSUMING that (correctly). Secondly, we use cloth napkins. RECYCLE!

  5. I had to laugh over your story of Joe’s refrigerator. Isn’t that just like a young single man?! Too bad I’m reading this so late — now I have “time” as an excuse for NOT cleaning the fridge!

    • Well….Joe was about 38 during this move so I am not sure young single man applies 🙂 He thought his television was going out on him…when he went to take a load of garbage to the dumpster..I grabbed a rag and dusted it off and when he came back in and noticed the much clearer picture he asked how I had “fixed it.” I told him it was a secret power I could teach him…and I did sort of. 😀

  6. I don’t have a bunt cake pan, nor do I want one.. I am done being a baker in this life time. Only bake an occasional cookie (chocolate chip) for my hubby or maybe brownies, but other wise, no. And those are made from mixes. Hate to cook and hate to bake.! My mother’s fault. She wouldn’t let me in the kitchen to even show me how to do these things, because I might make a mess!!!

    • No baking, no bunting…I’m with you! There is nothing wrong with a good mix…and it’s so good to know we blame our mothers forever. . . it makes me feel so close to mine 🙂

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