Friday, December 9, 2011
I've been Freecycling and the kitties are very happy.
Don't they look content? Lucy (all white below the eyes) and Georgette (the other one) were very pleased with my acquisition. I got it from an interesting lady whose cats died 3 years ago but she's been unable, for sentimental reasons, to get rid of this used-but-sturdy piece of kitty furniture.
I decided to use Freecycle to find good homes for:
1. 36 copies of Fine Gardening magazine donated to me by Gardener Susan -- about 4 years ago. If I haven't read them in 4 years I'm never going to.
2. 24 small cans of cat food that my picky kitties wouldn't eat.
3. 11 containers of partially used cleaning products that my neighbor no longer wants in her house. Toxic! says she, and she's right. I told her that I could find a good home for the stuff on Freecycle. Then I had to wrestle with the following question: is it better to find a toxic waste dump for such stuff or just pass it along to someone else who will breathe in the fumes while cleaning? I went with the latter of course, mostly because* I don't really believe that there are SAFE toxic waste dumps. All that crap we put in so-called safe dumps eventually ends up in the soil anyway (in my not-so-humble but ever-so-skeptical opinion). If not, why is there so much ruckus about Yucca Mountain? Back to the subject at hand. (But if you're interested in a discussion of toxic gardening products check out the comments on this blog post. Most of these people are so optimistic and trustful of what we're told about disposing of toxic products. I wish I could be so optimistic and trustful. But not in this lifetime, baby. Maybe the next.)
4. a couple of 2-way radios that belonged to Marv. I still have boxes of his books around here that I told his daughter I would either sell or find good homes for. I found the radios in the bottom of one of the boxes. Which is a good sign. It means that I at least opened the box and took something out. I give my buddies Anne and Susan credit for that. They're both in major cleaning modes and that led me to be in a minor cleaning mode.
*A more honest reason? Lazy.