Environmental Eleanor

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Loved the stark look of the film adaptation.

Little did I know that while watching Katherine Hepburn in “The Lion of Winter”, portray Eleanor of Aquitaine, I was seeing the story of my children’s greatest grandmother. If the family histories recorded at ancestry.com are to be believed, their family links all the way back to the Grandmother of England.

I suppose there are truly thousands of descendants by now, so we’ll work our way slowly back up the line with the magnifying glasses to inspect a little more closely at those little waving green leaves on the family tree at ancestry.com.

Looking back at my posts on the environment, you might get the impression that we’re some sort of urban hippy wannabe’s, well then I guess you’d be right. We do have worms in the backyard making good earth for the garden, or should I say Yarden? We planted edible shrubs in the front yard. We’re not going to be eating the azaleas, we planted blueberry bushes. We were pleased to find out our neighbors had some already and more neighbors are interested in growing tomatoes and fig trees.

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Water water every where

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At our house, we drink a lot of water. We drink it filtered from the refrigerator dispenser. You press a cup up against a lever that releases chilled and filtered drinking water into your glass.  It’s lovely. We wanted more.

We change the filter in our refrigerator on schedule, but having the option at the tap appeals to us.  Ms. SF Daddy installed a PUR water filter a the kitchen sink a few weeks ago. After a couple of weeks, the thing started to completely fall apart.

It started out slow. Instead of a clean circular jet of water pouring down into sink we had a spray shooting down like the spokes of a twisted umbrella.

“We’ll just have to take this back and get a new one.”

We lived with it for about a week before the filter part litterally exploded on me. Water shot up at my face and  hit the ceiling.

I do not claim to be useful with a wrench by any means, but soon after that–I had to let my kids get sprayed a couple of times–I took the whole thing off and found a big gaping whole in the metal mesh that aerates the water. It looked like it was rusting.

I found the original hardware for the faucet and it’s all back to normal.

In the United States, “normal” means I could drink the water straight from the tap. Sure, it’s full of fluoride and chlorine, but it’s quite drinkable. I’m told the chlorine keeps it from giving you gunk from the pipes. See: http://environment.about.com/od/earthtalkcolumns/a/chlorine.htm
The fluoride (See: http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/feeding/fluoride_water.html) is good for you teeth.

(Insert debate about these chemicals here if we want to start missing the point.)

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Excellent. Isn’t that great? Even though I have a few stumbles with a few pieces of plastic we picked up at The Home Depot, we don’t have it that bad. I don’t have to walk miles with a  vessel of contaminated water everyday to ration out to my cooking, cleaning and drinking.

This post was inspired by Blog Action Day. I hope you get a chance to read more about the state of Water in the world.  http://blogactionday.change.org/

Do you enjoy clean, drinkable water from your tap?

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Blog Action Day 2010 Prep

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Blog Action Day 2010  October 15th

I’m preparing an entry for Blog Action day. Have you heard about it? My kids try so hard to conserve water they rarely flush and have to be sent to the shower. Do we take our access to water for granted? In the US, we absolutely do. This year the Blog Action day theme is water. I bet we’ll learn a lot.

This week I learned that there are people in the United States that don’t have access to other basic services we take for granted.


A fire rescue team let a man’s house burn to the ground because he failed to pay his fire service fee. They had abundant water to available to wet down the perimeter to protect his neighbors from the flames. The neighbors were all paid up.


Blog Action Day 2010: Water from Blog Action Day on Vimeo.

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