Ranting at Random

20 Aug

We’re gonna take this here blog in a different direction for awhile to see if I can find my Blogging Mojo again.

Presenting our new feature – Ranting at Random! Drum roll, please…

We all know we should be using fewer one-use things, right? Nevermind Lord Dampnut is now going full-tilt, batshit crazy for more oil consumption – let’s stay on track to not destroy our planet before our grandkids are grown, ‘K?

We take our re-usable grocery bags on our weekly shopping trips. Some of us even use cloth produce bags.

We buy foods in bulk to avoid having to take home and dispose of extra packaging.

We take re-fillable cups to fill with our daily indulgence at the Coffee Shop – they keep our drinks colder/hotter, too, so why doesn’t everyone do this?

We put pretty much everything you can imagine into Mason jars.

We women use Diva Cups, which can last a woman’s whole menstrual life, BTW, saving (literally) thousands of dollars. Sorry, guys, no multi-use condoms yet 😉

Etcetera, etc…

I have no problem with using less, re-using more, having less garbage, less Stuff, less stress, but the constant need to give things cutesy names is driving me NUTS!

Take “un-paper towels,” for instance. Here’s a random Google Image pic –


There are little snaps on each one so they all hook together into a “roll” just like your actual paper towels. There are a million tutorials online if that’s your thing. I mean, it’s cute, yes, but what a bother! You know they don’t stand up nice and neat like that, and winding them on after washing would drive me nuts. Also, they’re crazy expensive to buy!

I remember this sort of thing from when I was a kid. We called them “kitchen rags,” (as opposed to “rag rags,” which were used for dirtier jobs,) and they lived in the third drawer down from the silverware drawer in the kitchen. Or maybe it was the bottom drawer…anyway.

We seldom used paper towels because they were (and are) expensive and they just don’t get the job done like a wet rag and some elbow grease*. Except cleaning up poo or puke – paper towels all the way for that kind of mess and straight into a plastic grocery bag, cinched tight and carried immediately out to the big garbage can outside. Yech!

There’s also un-plastic wrap made from fabric coated with beeswax. WTF? People are all about getting rid of plastic lids on their glass bowls and using this un-plastic wrap that can’t be washed by any conventional means and just doesn’t do the job they claim it does. It ain’t cheap, either.

You know what works perfectly, costs nothing and is easy to get clean? Behold –

stacked bowl-plate

That’s right! Quite often, those plates you never use (you know the ones – they’re smaller than a dinner plate and too big for a tea cup? Yeah, those) will stack neatly on top of the bowls in the set. You can stack them, like the pic above, and put them directly into the fridge to eat later. Zero waste, zero cost, and no un-naming required.

Just stop with the stupid, cutesy names for the love of all that’s holy!

*One time when I was about 9 and my Sis about 7, Mom told Sis to “use some elbow grease” when cleaning something, I don’t remember what, but we were in the kitchen. “Is it under the sink?” Sis asked. I cracked up! It was sooooo funny to me that Sis didn’t know what elbow grease was! I felt so grown-up. Until Mom glared at me – I don’t remember what she said, but I felt terrible that I’d made fun of my little Sis and made her cry over something so stupid. Funny the things we remember…


1 Comment

Posted by on August 20, 2018 in Uncategorized


One response to “Ranting at Random

  1. JackieP

    August 20, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    I heartily endorse this rant. 😉


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