Uncle Bob and I don’t have many things in common; sure, we like digging around in the garden and we like spending time on The Farm, but we are different in our approach to life. Uncle Bob is “laid back” and I am not. He’s interested in practical things; I’m interested in beautiful things.
Yesterday, I went over to The Farm to check on the Trumpet Vine I planted along the fence. Uncle Bob was there too, getting ready to mow the path to the barn and beyond.
He was about 100 yards from me so we just waved to each other. Then I got my clippers out of The Jeep and started clipping around my vine. It was perfectly logical and practical. If I keep the area around the vine clipped, there is no way he will “accidentally” mow it down on the day he mows the path along the fence.
I swear I heard him say “what the HELL is she doing?”
Although Uncle Bob and I see the world in different ways, there’s one thing we have in common. We don’t throw out much. In fact, the other day I asked Uncle Bob about a tool I needed and he reminded me where to find it and then said, “I don’t throw anything out.”
Some things that don’t get thrown out are easy to repurpose. There are other things, though, that pile up over time. Like that pair of Spanx high-waisted nylons with the run in the right leg. The control-top section is just fine and the darn things cost an arm and a leg, no pun intended. What am I going to do with them? Then there are all fifty of the tee-shirts in my tee-shirt drawer. Some of them are for causes and bands I don’t care about anymore. Can these be responsibly repurposed?
What about old socks, the ones with a hole in the heel or with no elasticity?
Oh happy day! Old socks are the easiest things to repurpose and there are other bloggers who have written posts about it. Search and see. Some of the forty or so things suggested are absurd, like “make a sock patchwork quilt.” Others are practically beautiful in their ingenuity, like “use them for dusting” and “use them to wash and wax the car.”
I won’t belabor the lists; I’ll only add “use them to wash just about anything in the house, even the dishes.” They’re not glamorous, sexy, and overpriced, like an old pair of Spanx, but I’ll never need to buy another dusting or cleaning cloth again. The little hole in the heel doesn’t matter when I’m dusting furniture or washing windows.
I think I’ll get my sock on right now.