Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Anyway Project for November

The categories for the Anyway Project are:

Domestic Infrastructure - these are the realities of home life, including making your home work better with less, getting organized, dealing with domestic life, etc...

  • getting the tin roof done on the back of the house
  • finishing the plastic on the crawl space insulation
  • sealing up the cellar foundation
  • build a cold closet in the heated basement

Household Economy: Financial goals, making ends meet, saving, barter etc...

  • selling off a Les Paul guitar that hubby doesn't use much
  • finding cheaper house insurance (done! and savings have gone to charity donations)

Resource Consumption : in which we use less of stuff, and strive to live in a way that has an actual future.

  • reduce daytime light use as much as practical
  • batch cooking

Cottage Industry and Subsistence:: The things we do that prevent us from needing to buy things, and the things we produce that go out into the world and provide for others. Not everyone will do both, but it is worth encouraging.

  • knitting socks for myself, mittens as a Christmas gift
  • putting together some baking mixes for Christmas gifts

Family and Community: Pretty much what it sounds like. How do we enable those to take the place of collapsing infrastructure?

  • teaching a celiac neighbor how to make no-knead gluten-free bread

Outside Work: Finding a balance, doing good work, serving the larger community as much as we can, within our need to make a living.

  • volunteer work with Peterborough Greenup's Urban Forest project (GIS mapping and data analysis)
  • volunteer work with the Festival of Trees' Green Team (we sort recyclables out of the festival's waste stream, saving upwards of $3000 in tipping fees so more money goes to Hospice, Hospital, and another health agency).

Time and Happiness: Those things without which there's really no point.

  • Nordic walking to enjoy the fall sunsets and warm afternoons
  • fiction reading (second-hand or borrowed books)
  • making digital photo collages of our year's travels for our scrapbook

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