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goodbye Marco

Marco Love

On Saturday, we had to put our dearest family member, and beloved cat Marco to sleep. It was a horribly sad and difficult decision. Unfortunately, his 21-year old body couldn’t keep up with his tenacious heart and spirit. Although I thought that I had prepared myself for the tragic day, it seemed to happen so fast and now my home and heart feels such a huge loss; a hole where his life used to be. There’s a certain part of my kitchen, where his bed and food bowl sat, that I have a hard time even being near.

I miss him more than words can express. Marco was such a huge part of my life and a big part of my husband’s life; he wasn’t even a cat person until he met Marco. *sniff* It’s been so hard. I feel such grief, sorrow, guilt– wondering if we did the right thing at the right time?– mostly I miss Marco like crazy. We love you, Marco. And… miss you so much.


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Following is just a tiny snippet of examples of the benefits of recycling. Please do your part to chip in. Think about not only your generation, but the generation of young people who deserve the quality of life that we are so accustomed to; the quality of life that frankly we often take for granted.

Most cities have curb-side recycling programs. If not, there are many drop-off recycling centers all over the country. Check Earth911.com to find your nearest recycling center or sign-up for the program in your county.

  • Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour! Most of them are thrown away!
  • Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures every year.
  • Every month, we throw out enough glass bottles and jars to fill up a giant skyscraper. All of these jars are recyclable.
  • The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle can run a 100-watt light bulb for four hours or a compact fluorescent bulb for 20 hours. It also causes 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution than when a new bottle is made from raw materials.

  • The average household throws away 13,000 separate pieces of paper each year. Most is packaging and junk mail.
  • Each ton (2000 pounds) of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4000 kilowatts of energy, and 7000 gallons of water. This represents a 64% energy savings, a 58% water savings, and 60 pounds less of air pollution.
  • The 17 trees saved (above) can absorb a total of 250 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air each year. Burning that same ton of paper would create 1500 pounds of carbon dioxide.
  • If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we would save about 25,000,000 trees a year.
  • Recycling aluminum cans saves 95 percent of the energy required to make the same amount of aluminum from its virgin source, bauxite.
  • An aluminum can that is thrown away will still be a can 500 years from now!
  • Recycling one PET bottle can conserve enough energy to power a 60 watt light bulb for 6 hours or a 15 watt fluorescent bulb for a day.
  • Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours — or the equivalent of a half a gallon of gasoline.
  • To produce each week’s Sunday newspapers, 500,000 trees must be cut down.
  • Recycling a single run of the Sunday New York Times would save 75,000 trees.

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dogs make the world go round

Dogs Make The World Go Round

On my to-do list: Take this little guy for a walk. I heart Saturdays…

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happy holidays

Linda and Harriett Sweater Tag

Photo by Linda and Harriett

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday– with some well-deserved rest and time with loved ones.

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Family Photo

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thomas wold

Thomas Wold Furniture Family Affair

I’m sitting here on a Sunday morning ooo and awe-ing over the furniture Thomas Wold creates from what most would consider trash. The transformation from a “heap of junk” to an artistic and whimsical piece of functioning furniture is so awe-inspiring.

Thomas Wold Furniture Pile

Thomas Wold Furniture Design

Thomas Wold PiecemealTable

Thomas Wold Fractured Fairytale Case

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creative spaces

The Selby

If you find yourself with time to spare, check out the website, The Selby, which features photographs, paintings and videos of interesting people and their creative environments. Click on the images to get the super, in-depth look of their spaces.

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