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Monday, musings about mail…

Today is Monday, October 25, 2010


I have tried to simplify my life and to live with a bit more awareness of the  earth.  By that I mean  making my life more simple  will perhaps result in being kind to the earth.  I try to use less paper by using cloth instead of paper where possible; I don’t buy paper towels for instance.  I don’t leave the water running when I brush my teeth and I shower more than take baths.  The bath thing is a bummer–I do love a bubble bath.  I only wash full loads of laundry and full loads in the dishwasher.  Turn lights off in rooms I am not using–big for me because I hate dark rooms.  Recycle where I can.  Anyway, you get the idea.

So, to be mindful of the earth’s resources, I bank on-line and now I am setting up e-bills.  Not only is it good for Mother Earth but for me.  It is so much easier this way.  But there is a down side.–every thing seems to have a down-side.  Doing all this paper saving results in less mail. And like nice hot bubble baths I like my mail.

Now when I go to the mail box with happy thoughts of cards and catalogs and magazines and letters and notes and yes, even bills, there is often just an empty box.  I hate that!

copyright Louise Callen used by permission

Of course, I do have e-mail and I shop on-line catalogs.  I even look at on-line magazines.  But it’s just not the same.  I was so excited when last year a friend gave me a real magazine subscription for Christmas.  It’s okay if someone gives you a subscription as a gift–but not to buy one for yourself.

I do get a Netflix movie once a week–I do that because I am too cheap to go to the movies often.  And when I order something  on-line it comes in the mail but the cheap thing comes into play again so the ordering is rare.  I am not really cheap or frugal but learning to take care with my finances–I am a positive, glass half full kind of person, or I would have said lack of finances.

So, to be a good steward of the earth’s bounty I have turned to Cyber mail–but it is not the same as real mail.  It is not as enjoyable  an experience as real mail.  I imagine there will be a day when snail mail is no longer an option and all correspondence will be digital.  How sad–woe is me.


2 thoughts on “Monday, musings about mail…

  1. Hi Patricia,
    Thanks for using my photo. It emphasizes the humor in your post, I think.

    I address the dark room/electricity use with compact fluorescent bulbs, and I do e-banking, but don’t trust the system enough to have my info only digital, so I don’t save much paper… I used to try harder, but it was too hard!

    1. Dimple, I think the photo definitely added to the post. Know what you mean about not trusting the digital/cyber world completely. Some stuff just has to be hands on.

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