Living a balanced green lifestyle

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5 Signs That You’re Going Green

  1. The conventional products in your pantry are being replaced by bulk grains, dried fruit, and seeds; and brands like Annie’s, Back to Nature, and Let’s Do Organic.
  2. Glass jars of weird things are showing up on your counter, such fermenting kombucha and kefir, and a jar of raw milk that you’re trying to turn into whey and milk solids. (You need the whey to soak your grains in.)
  3. Plastic food containers are disappearing from your kitchen.
  4. You run out and buy a full-size freezer for the side of grassfed beef you don’t have yet.
  5. You trade in your SUV for a Subaru or Prius.


I know. I’ve done all of those — except the last one. And I did it all in the first year of turning into a 21st century Greenie.


There are many more signs, of course, such as Lysol and Windex disappearing from your house, and the weeds now coexist with your grass and you don’t care anymore because your lawn needs the biodiversity.


I’ve done lots of other things that I haven’t listed. Such as, I bought a $20 cowshare and would drive nearly 100 miles round trip weekly for “my” cow’s unpasteurized, nonhomogenized milk; got a job selling grassfed beef; and other fun things like that.


Today, I’m still doing some of those things and not doing some of those things. Why? Because life balances out after a while, and wisdom comes with age and experience — hopefully.






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A Green Way to Get Rid of Ants in the House — FAST and Cheap

Years ago, even before I went green, I came across a pretty cool way to get rid of ants.

We had had an ant problem one day in early spring. These little brown “sugar” ants were all over my kitchen counter. I called up an exterminator or two, and I was told that someone would come out and treat the entire perimeter of the house — probably with some sort of toxic spray. And then they would have to come out again X number of times a year, and blah blah blah. Something about a 1-year pest control plan. The cost was something around $300, if I recall correctly. And this was about a dozen years ago!

I didn’t like that price tag or exterminator plan. So I looked in the phone book — yes, there were phone books back then — and found a pest control type of store. So I got in my car and went to the do-it-yourself pest control store. (By the way, it went out of business years ago.)

The nice guy at the store sold me a $6.00 product called Terro. I paid for it, took it home, and followed the simple instructions on the package. Within one day, the ants were totally gone. No toxic sprays, no treating the perimeter of the whole house, no 1-year contract.

The reason I’m telling you about this today, 12 years after I had the first ant problem, is because pesky ants have since made an appearance a few times — today being one of them.

I have learned to keep a supply of Terro under my kitchen sink for times like this. If you haven’t seen Terro in action, I hope you don’t get grossed out at this photo. You have to leave the ants alone and let them drink deeply of this Terro solution, which is some kind of sugary substance laced with a bit of Borax. Terro is very effective.


All it takes is a few small drops of Terro. The ants eat it and then take it back to their colony. They tell their fellow colonists about this luscious food, the others come back, and then they all . . . well, they don’t come back any more. All this happens usually within 24 hours. No more ants within 24 hours. Can you believe that?

Terro does not kill on contact. It works slowly enough so that the ants can go back to their colony, spread the word, and then they quietly leave you alone in a very short time.

Whoever invented Terro should get an award.

You can buy Terro at stores such as Home Depot and Fred Meyer. I haven’t tried competing brands because Terro has worked so well for me.

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Never Buy Leather Cleaner Again

Okay, once a week I will share with you about an awesome green Norwex product. Norwex products will save you time and money, and will be better for your health and the environment.

The Little Cloth That Cleans BETTER Than Leather Cleaner

After I discovered that my Norwex Enviro cloth cleans BETTER than saddle soap or any expensive leather cleaner I’ve ever used, I stopped buying leather cleaner.

Here’s how you use the Enviro cloth to clean your leather furniture, purse, shoes, etc.

  1. Run the Enviro cloth under the faucet to get it completely wet.
  2. Wring out as much water as possible.
  3. Fold the cloth and wipe your leather.

You will see dirt, oils, and grime come off your leather and transferred onto the Enviro cloth right before your eyes.


Do not use this method on buckskin or suede.

Where to Buy an Enviro Cloth

As you may know, I am an independent Norwex rep. Since Norwex products are not carried in stores, please go to my website and buy your Enviro cloth today. The price is $16.49 plus tax and shipping.

If that sounds like a lot to you, please remember this:

  • You will never buy leather cleaner again.
  • All Norwex microfiber have a 2-year warranty against manufacturer defects.
  • Norwex microfiber is the highest quality microfiber that I have found on the market.
  • Microfiber is NOT created equal.
  • The Enviro cloth has many, MANY, many uses–not just for cleaning leather (e.g., removing carpet stains–just with water).

You might want to poke around the internet to see if what I’m saying is true. It is.

However, while poking around on the internet, you may find a competing brand claiming it does as well as Norwex. It doesn’t. I have done side-by-side comparisons with this competing brand, whose name I won’t mention. Remember, you can’t believe everything you read on the internet.

And most importantly, this competing brand does NOT take the dirt and grime out of leather. I have firsthand proof of that.

Last Tip

Since the base shipping and handling rate is $5.95 for any order up to $49.99, consider buying the basic package or a second Enviro cloth for yourself or as a gift to your friend who has leather furniture.

Norwex also has a Leather Shine (another eco-friendly Norwex product) that you can use to condition your leather after you’ve cleaned it. A little Leather Shine goes a long way, and your furniture will not feel greasy, slippery, or sticky the way some leather conditioners do. (I know, I’ve used them!)

Leather cleaning has never been easier!

A Related Post

You can read my blog post about how the two cloths included in a “basic package” will clean your windows better than a pro.

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We Need to Talk

The other day, I was listening to a woman who had had a heart attack when she was in her mid-30s.


She talked about the experience as a terrifying one, not only because of the unspeakable pain she endured but also because of the aftermath of fear.


Fear of dying.


Her fear was so tremendous that it paralyzed her and, for a while, she could not function as a person. She needed someone to be with her constantly because she thought that if she had another heart attack, that person would be able to call 9-1-1 and get help for her.


I could not relate to her experience for a couple of reasons. One, I have never had a heart attack. Two, death is not frightening to me.


Be Not Afraid of Death

It wasn’t until a few years ago that I began to think of death in a whole different way. Of course, because I had been a born-again Christian for about 20 years at that time, I knew that when I died, I would go to Heaven and be with the Lord Jesus. But it wasn’t real. It was head knowledge. I think my heart got it to some extent, but it was still sketchy. It was kind of like grasping a slippery fish that’s fighting for its life. You got it, then you don’t.


In other words, the understanding of what happens after death was in my head but not in my heart.


Today, while it still is not real (I suppose it doesn’t really get real until you’ve died), it’s more real than it used to be. I think that slippery fish isn’t fighting as hard, and I’m able to hold it a bit longer.


The Difference

This woman: Today, she has an awareness crusade of sorts. Her message is directed at women to try to hammer into them that they MUST know that heart disease is the Number 1 killer of women. They need to go to the doctor and take all these preventive measures. They need to stay on top of diet, exercise, testing for this and that so they will not go through what she went through.


I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. But I have a better answer.


Me: We are not going to live forever on this earth. No, I’m not saying we should pig out and sit on the couch all day long.


Her peace comes from doing all the “right” things. My peace comes from resting in Jesus.


What’s Unseen is More Real Than What Is Seen

Most people don’t understand that God spoke into existence everything that we see on this Earth–all of natural creation. He is Spirit, and the spiritual world is more dominant–or maybe I should say more powerful–than the physical world.


That just goes over the heads of most because most people think that what they detect with their 5 senses is the only reality. But once that’s gone, you’re left with what? The spiritual.


We are not only flesh and blood. We have a spirit. Whether you believe that or not, it is not up for debate. Facts are not debatable, but you can choose not to believe them.


Is the Spiritual World Green?

The spirit cares nothing about being green, because green issues only work with the flesh and physical part of us.


When I die, I won’t care if I eat organic food, or about GMOs that are destroying the environment and health, or about the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico.


The physical world and the spiritual world exist on two entirely different planes. Again, the spirit cares nothing about being green.


We must not just think about how green we should live on this Earth. We must come to a place of knowing who we are in the spiritual realm.


Be Aware

And I will say, emphatically, that while some people say there are many ways to the divine, there aren’t.


There aren’t.


I’m sorry if I’ve burst your bubble. But I have to tell you that. You can choose to accept it or reject it. If you reject it, I hope we can still be friends.


You see, the Lord Jesus said that He is the only way to the Father (John 14:6), meaning, the only way to Father God, the Almighty.


So either He’s telling the truth or He’s lying. It cannot be both “there are many ways to the divine,” and Jesus’s statement that “I am the only way.” One of those statements is untrue.


Spiritual Things Cannot Be Forced

If you’re not understanding what I’m explaining, it’s not because you won’t get it at some point. Spiritual things cannot be forced the way you can’t force a baby to grow into an adult tomorrow. The way you can’t force a 3-year-old to understand calculus no matter how many times you explain it.


You might be trying too hard to understand it with your brain. You cannot understand spiritual things just with your brain (in fact, your brain often helps you misunderstand spiritual things) because the spiritual and physical worlds do not exist on the same plane. If you don’t speak Russian and someone’s talking to you in Russian, you will not understand a word he is saying. But that does not mean he isn’t saying something. That just means you don’t know Russian. Spirit and physical, in a sense, are two different languages.


But God can open the eyes of your spirit so that you will see that not only is Jesus the only way to Him, but that He loves you so, so, so much, no matter what your background is. He will open your spiritual eyes if you are willing to let Him.


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Rare, Organic Heirloom Apples for 99 cents

I know we Greenies like to save money. After all, we have to balance things out because we sometimes spend more on high-quality green products. So here’s the deal I found today.

Rare varieties of apples (organically produced but not “certified”) for 99 cents a pound.

The lady at the market told me that they grow their produce organically but are not “certified organic” so they don’t advertise it as that. I can understand, because organic certification is quite a costly pain. I asked her if they use any synthetic fertilizers, and she assured me they don’t.

A balanced green person will take her word for it and not demand to see a “9” on the apple sticker, ’cause here, you won’t even find a sticker!

Rare Apples for 99 cents a pound

Notice I have alphabetized them just for fun: Chehalis, Cox’s Orange Pippin (an heirloom apple), Elstar, Jonamac, King, Liberty, Melrose. Some of them are heirloom; others aren’t.

  • Chehalis Apples


  • Cox’s Orange Pippin Apples


  • Jonamac Apples


  • King Apples


Maybe some of these are not so rare to you. Maybe you’ve heard of them and grew up eating them. But these are varieties I don’t see at the stores I shop at. That, to me, is what makes them rare.

Notice that the apples aren’t so uniform, unblemished, waxy, and shiny the way you’ll see them at the higher-priced stores. Balanced green people are okay with that, too.

99-cent Gala Apples

Now, Gala was also offered at 99 cents a pound, but since I don’t consider them rare, it didn’t make the above rare list.

Where to Buy Rare Apples at 99 cents a pound

These are offered at the one and only Maltby Produce Market (MPM) in Snohomish, Washington, which is owned by the famous Flower World, which is conveniently right across the street.

Flower World is a pretty cool place–very large–if you like plants and trees and want to shop at a HUGE, expansive nursery. I have not seen another place quite like Flower World. I repeat, it is huge. It also has a lovely park and little farm that kids would enjoy. You can easily spend half a day at Flower World.

But we’re talking apples today. Now MPM does have other varieties of apples, such as Fuji and Honeycrisp, but they cost more than 99 cents.

If you want any of these apples for 99 cents a pound, I hope you’re planning to take a trip to the Maltby Produce Market soon because these apples are seasonal and limited.

I don’t live close to MPM. If I did, I’d shop there more often. If you don’t live close either, it’s worth the trip, and you can load up on rare apples.

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Free Artesian Well Water

God gave us water. For free.

USGS says about 70 percent of Earth is covered with water. God is a generous God and He knew we need water to survive. Without water, everyone and everything would die. So the Lord God gave us water to keep us alive. And He did not charge us for it.

So when people are alarmed that we will run out of water, maybe they have forgotten how plentiful water is. Of course, sourcing it, packaging it, and marketing it is another story, but that isn’t my focus here. We do know, however, that companies have made tons of money selling water to you. Isn’t that amazing?

Free Artesian Well Water

There is a place in the Seattle area that still gives artesian well water for free. I am so grateful for that because when my water company decided to put fluoride in the water about 8 or 9 years ago, my family did not want to drink it any more. We have been going to this artesian well source ever since our water got fluoridated. While lots of other people know about this free artesian water–because sometimes you cannot even get into the little parking lot and have to wait, and wait, and wait in line–I am still grateful for it. Some people drive hours just to get this water. It IS that good.

On the bright side, occasionally, I have been the ONLY ONE there! So it’s a matter of timing.

How does the water taste? Really good.


Am I concerned about contaminants? No. The municipality that set up this free water resource tests the water for fecal contaminants. And as a testament, we have been using it for about 8 or 9 years and we’re still here. Healthy as ever.

Here is the information sheet that the Alderwood Water & Wastewater District puts out about their artesian well water.

Do I filter it after I bring it home? No. We drink it straight–good minerals, contaminants (if any), and all. If I die from contaminants in the water–which I don’t expect–then I die.

I am not afraid of dying. That’s all part of living. (I will talk about living and dying in a future post.) Okay, I digress.

How do you get this free artesian well water? Just bring your own bottles, drive to the 164th Street Artesian Well in the Lynnwood/Mill Creek, Washington, area (just off Interstate 5), park in the little lot–which accommodates about a dozen cars, and stand in line (if there is one–and there probably will be one) and wait your turn to fill your bottles.

If you don’t live in the area but someday will drive near it, it’s worth stopping for. It’s nothing fancy, so don’t expect fancy. It’s just about the water. Cold, clean, and refreshing. Ahh.

What about the lines? Sometimes there are decent people who patiently wait. Other times there are grouchy people who are rude. Human nature, unfortunately.

I must admit it can be frustrating if there’s a long line with people who have a gazillion little bottles. Bring a book or knitting or something to do while you make the best of standing in line. BUT, that said, it’s not always a long line. I’m just trying to prepare you for the worst.

Why are there a few bad reviews about this well? It’s the grouchy gripers and complainers. Some people, you just can’t seem to please.

Free Mineral Springs Water

By the way, when we were in Manitou Springs, Colorado, over the summer, we found FREE bubbly mineral water. The town itself was…er…interesting. Touristy, shall I say? But if you like that kind of atmosphere…

I am glad there are still a few places in the country that aren’t trying to capitalize on the free resource that God gave us.

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Secrets of Green Window Cleaning – Better Than a Pro

Today, I’ll jump right in and recommend a green product that a professional window cleaner told me he did not want.

Why didn’t he want it? Because he said it would be a THREAT to his business. That’s how good, easy to use, and effective this product is. He said if people saw him using this, they would buy the products and not hire him. This is a true story.

And I’ll be up front with you. Because I am an independent Norwex consultant, I was trying to sell him these amazingly easy-to-use, green products. The products would

  • cut his cleaning time by 50 to 75 percent
  • eliminate the need for a drippy, messy squeegee
  • eliminate the need for any chemical sprays, window cleaners, and even vinegar
  • give streak-free, spot-free, shiny, and absolutely amazing results
  • save him money because he would never have to buy another squeegee or any window cleaning fluids ever again

What Is It?

“It” is a pair of cloths. I use these cloths all the time at my house. They are the Norwex Enviro cloth and window polishing cloth. You can save a few bucks if you buy them together as a basic package.

Believe me, I’ve tried lots of window cleaning methods and techniques over the decades, and I can tell you that there isn’t one that comes close to this pair of Norwex cloths. Yes, you do need to use both cloths to get the highest quality results.

How Does It Work?

In my pre-green days, I used things like Windex and paper towels. In my greener days, I used vinegar, squeegees, balled-up dampened newspapers. None of those works as well as the Norwex cloths.

Let’s take each cloth, one at a time.

Cloth 1 – Norwex Enviro Cloth

Made of the highest quality microfiber I have found on the market. In order to be called “microfiber,” I’m told that the fiber just has to be 1/6th the thickness of a human hair. Norwex microfiber is 1/200th the thickness of a human hair!

People have told me they shouldn’t have wasted their dollar on the dollar store microfiber once they had a chance to use the Norwex Enviro cloth. The two types of microfiber are NOT in the same class. Here’s a profound statement: Microfiber is NOT created equal.

There are approximately 300 yards of microfiber in 1 square inch of the Enviro cloth! Yep, you read that right: 300 yards of microfiber in 1 square inch of the cloth. That was not a typo. At this super-fineness, the cloth cleans better than anything I have seen. It will even pick up the residues left on your windows from previous stuff you’ve used. In fact, it cleans so well that your windows will stay clean longer because there isn’t a film of something on your windows to attract dust back as quickly.

The Enviro cloth also has microsilver embedded in it. Silver is a natural anti-bacterial agent, so bacteria that is picked up by the cloth will die in the cloth. You know, the saliva or mucous that a kid or dog might leave on the window. Loaded with bacteria.

How to use the Enviro cloth –

  1. Run it under the faucet to get it completely wet.
  2. Wring out as much water as possible.
  3. Wipe window.
  4. There is no number 4.

That’s it. Are you beginning to see why the window cleaner guy didn’t want it?

Cloth 2 – Norwex Window/Polishing Cloth

After you wipe your window clean with the Enviro cloth, dry and polish the window with your polishing cloth. Just wipe the window surface with the cloth. It takes no special skill, no special trick.

Now, you will have super clean, streak-free, spot-free, and shiny windows.

That’s it! Now you see why the professional window cleaner guy didn’t want it? Because YOU can do it yourself and get absolutely amazing results. He would have charged you hundreds of dollars. Instead, you can buy the two cloths for $31.99 (plus tax and shipping) and use the cloths over and over and over . . .

Other Helpful Information about the Norwex Cloths

  • All Norwex microfiber have a 2-year warranty against manufacturer defects. What other microfiber will give you that? Also, the cloths will last way, way more than 2 years if they are not abused. One lady told me she’s used hers for 10 years!
  • IMPORTANT! Steer away from trying to save a couple of bucks by buying from an auction site because you won’t get the warranty. In order to have the warranty, you need to make a valid purchase by buying it through an independent Norwex consultant like me. In fact, all Norwex products have warranties. Some products are warrantied for 5 and 7 years! But, again, products purchased through an auction site are not covered under warranty.
  • Why do you have to buy through a Norwex consultant? Because Norwex is a direct sales company and their products are not carried in stores. It’s just the way some companies do business. Instead of paying a store to be the middleman, the consultants take the place of the store.
  • You can use the cloths on nearly everything, not only on windows.

I will share some of the many other uses of the Enviro cloth in an upcoming post. And when I say many other uses, I mean MANY. The cloth will eliminate the need for up to 90 percent of cleaning supplies!

P.S. – For savvy professional window cleaners, you will want to own these cloths and maybe use them when your clients aren’t watching! The cloths will cut your cleaning time by up to 75% and reduce your window cleaning spray and soap costs down to zero. It will also be healthier for you. You should not see these cloths as a threat. They are your friend.

Order the “basic package,” which includes the two cloths I talked about: order your cloths today at my website

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