Friday, 15 December 2017

Busy on yooootoooob.

Hello. People keep asking for more videos, so I did one this morning. Off the top of my head, third attempt, not polished, very basic. Not at all like Scott's videos, he is very good at it. Mine are just thrown together, I run out of things to say towards the end, and waffle a bit.



I had a little pop up box on the corner of the computer screen today. It's very useful when I get notice of visitor activity on my yoootooob channel, I can go over there and see what someone has posted, and reply if necessary. I also get notice of any activity on Scott's channel because I subscribed to him. He left a message there for me, and I copy it here because someone suggested that he starts a blog. I fully understand his reason not to, it is very time consuming, and he hasn't the time. Anyone can subscribe to his yooootoooob channel, so if you are interested in his work, please do that.

I had a really busy day yesterday but just rechecked your blog this morning and saw that you published my comment so thanks for doing that but I wanted to get back to you here too. I can see that you put a lot of work into your blog and have a real talent for that type of thing. I really appreciate the comment above where one of your readers is interested in my progress. I've thought about doing many different social media type things like a website, a blog, facebook, instagram, twitter, etc. I think about how I want to spend my time each day and really the most important things to me are woodworking and painting. And right after that shooting videos and editing. By the time I do all of that and work to make a living (I'm an eBay seller and buy and sell all types of things including art) I'm exhausted at the end of each day. For now I don't see myself expanding to any more social media platforms. I can tell that you must put a lot of time into your blog and that its a passion for you. Thanks so much for sharing my videos there. For now I'm going to stick with youtube and try to show all the work I can on here. And it really means a lot to me that people halfway around the globe are interested in what I do. It really gives me a good boost of energy and inspiration to keep going :)

Right, I've been to town. I went to the bank and handed back my debit card and asked for a new one, without the contactless bit. She tapped a few keys on the computer and said a new card would be sent in the post. I dropped a bag of stuff off at the Age UK Charity Shop. I stocked up on cat food at the discount stores, and did a small Aldi shop. Now I have to go out and do my walk. It was raining earlier but has stopped now.

Thanks for popping in. Have a nice weekend. We'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip

22 comments:

  1. Hi Ilona

    Thank you so much for this post. The human race is slowly destroying this precious planet and we MUST wake up and do something about it. We cannot continue to exercise such callous disregard for our environment and the creatures that co-exist with us. Our oceans are under siege from plastic waste and marine life suffers terribly as a direct consequence. Who could not be upset at the sight of turtles, whales and seabirds slowly dying because of plastic waste mistakenly ingested as food? This is an issue that upsets me so much I now litter pick with my partner as often as we can because neither one of us can stand the thought of this rubbish ending up on our streets and in the our oceans. We take litter home and sort it into the correct bags for recycling by our local authority. Two people litter picking plastic waste and other rubbish from the streets and hedgerows will not change anything. However we are not content to sit back and do nothing. Every plastic bottle, tin can and piece of litter removed from the street and correctly recycled is a small but important victory in the effort to stop destroying our planet.

    We have to wake up and take responsibility. If we kill this planet there is no where else for us to go.

    Kind regards

    Julia

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    1. It is a worry, Julia. Good for you to litter pick. I must do more of it, take my stick and bag out with me every time.

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    2. Julia, I do the same as you with the litter. Sometimes I photograph the stuff I collect before recycling it. We have a village Facebook page and I post the pics on there with comments. Not to boast but just to raise awareness. If just one person changes their habits it must help a bit. I always think about the "ant and the rubber tree plant" song whilst doing anything that appears impossible.

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  2. This is a concern near and dear to me. Our state ran out of landfill years ago, all trash has to be trucked out of state (great-burning more diesel in the process) to a landfill, or is sent to our state trash to energy plant (better but not great and no one wants the toxic ash-again trucked out of state). I was lucky to have spent 27 years in a very "earthy-crunchy" town that has been way ahead of many as regards environmental issues, in fact, our state's recycling program modeled itself after the town's who continues to offer more initiatives for residents. Once a month, I would drive our trash and recycling over to the transfer station in my smaller, hybrid car.This was for a family of 6. About 1 1/2 13 gallon, tall kitchen garbage bags of actual trash, and 8-10 of the same size in recycling. I now live in a neighboring city, and I must engage the services of a commercial trash hauler. 2 gigantic bins on wheels are provided for the once a week pick up service. I asked for the smallest bin for the actual trash bin (green) and the standard one for the recyling (blue). We tend to fill up that huge recycling bin, I compost our kitchen prep waste, and create 2 small plastic grocery store sized bags of actual trash for our now family of 3. One bag is from the litter box, the other is mostly bathroom refuse. Another benefit to shopping second hand is that there usually is no packaging. I've toted my own canvas shopping bags for years, well before they were hip to do so. Errands today brought me near to Aldi, so I ran in for 6 cans of tuna. No bag needed, I grabbed the receipt and walked out with the stacked cans held against me. I'm the clothesline lady, the plan your errands so the car sits in the garage one, eat your leftovers to avoid waste, eat a lot less meat than the average American. Great post, Ilona, keep up the good work.

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    1. Glad to see you are organized with your rubbish disposal. I wish everyone was.

      I was behind someone at the checkout yesterday, buying large boxes of kids toys. They hadn't brought enough bags with them so had to buy more. More rubbish. People are so hopeless at shopping.

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  3. Ive just watched your video and i so agree with you.It is madness how much stuff was used to pack those few beads,but this was just the same when my daughter and my grandkids were young.Its just a money making thing,to have a big brightly coloured box full of cheap tack.And yet people still buy it!!...With no thought of whats going to happen to all the packaging that they will cram into their already overflowing dustbins.I recycle and reuse everything i can.Infact my dustbin is less than a quarter full,sometimes less,most weeks now......And this is where Im going to have a moan,lol...someone where i live..I dont know who..has started putting their excess rubbish into my bin.I noticed it again this week,when i put my bin to the middle of the street.A plastic bag with toilet roll holders and tins and a couple of plastic bottles.You could see them cause the bag was clear plastic....It sounds petty i know..but i just wish they wouldnt!!!.More so because its stuff that should be recycled!!...Ok,rant over,lol.Anyway,Im looking forward to my weekend because me and my daughter are off on our Mystery Tour weekend!2 towns, overnight hotel,coach travel there and back,Bed,breakfast and evening meal in hotel and was only about £44 each.I will let you know on Monday where we went!Have a great weekend all,Debi,xx

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    1. That will be interesting to read about your trip, and what you thought of the towns you visit.

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  4. Do you ever use your fireplace? Maybe your could burn the cardboard boxes.

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    1. Hi. No, I have a gas fire in front of it, and behind that is a redundant back boiler. I could have the whole lot taken out and converted to a grate with real fire, but I don't want the mess and dust to clean up every time the fire is lit.

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    2. I have a wood burner & an open fire but they do mal<e a lot of dust.I have had to not notice anymore x

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    3. I love that flis "I have had to not notice anymore". A cheerful attitude to the stuff that annoys us, but we have to deal with, I need to remember this. Karen

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    4. I hope you don't think I am houseproud. I have enough dust and don't want to add to it, ha ha.

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  5. Hi Mean Queen, Just watched your video on waste and rubbish. I am on the south coast near Brighton and we have just been issued with a wheelie bin to recycle our waste ... all of it.... in one bin !!! So your right, councils are doing nothing.

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    1. Hi. That sounds a bit bonkers. Our council is reported to be quite good at recycling, but I suspect a lot is still being thrown in a hole in the ground.

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  6. Great post Ilona. I am sad that so much plastic food packaging is not recyclable.I really miss the fruit and veg shop in my village. They had paper bags if you really needed a bag. I am amazed how much plastic gets into the sea. Apparently cotton buds are a huge problem. How do they get there? I have never flushed a cotton bud down the loo in my life. Why would you? Plastics are necessary for some things. I wish the packaging industry would invest in the making biodegradable products.

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    1. Yes, it is strange that cotton buds find their way everywhere. People have strange ideas of what they can flush down the loo. Out of sight out of mind. I have seen toilets that have a machine fixed to the back of them which minces up everything sent down. That seems like a good idea to me, although it doesn't get rid of the problem of plastic floating out to sea.

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  7. One of the scary things I read last week Ilona, was that once a piece of plastic is made it never goes away. If something isn't done soon, the planet is going to be destroyed. I have personally been trying to think carefully about the packaging before I buy. I put 12 loose sprouts in my shopping trolley in Morrisons yesterday, and then straight into my own bag at the checkout. However it is difficult to deal with small things like that in your trolley, they roll about and fall through the mesh, and what do you do with raspberries? The supermarkets need to move to paper bags and those paper based green trays they used to have, for these types of items like in the old days, or encourage people to bring their own containers. I investigated an old fashioned Fruit & Veg shop in my local high street, and there was a lot less packaging there, so in future I am going to try to shop there and if necessary just buy what they have, even if it means changing eating habits. Perhaps other readers could suggest things they do to avoid the unnecessary use of plastic, to give me and others some more ideas. We have to give the shops the message by hitting them in their profits, as I think that is the quickest way to get them to change their ways. Great video :) Eilidh x

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  8. I thinl< it ridiculous that some people picl< their doggy poo up in the countryside then drop it on the ground or sling it in the trees.I don't eat a lot of prepared foods but I now seem to have more recycled in my green bin than in my blacl< normal household one.I thinl< mine is dog food,tomatoe,bean tins and soya mill< cartons though x

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  9. I agree, as consumers we need to use our power to do more. I have some little net bags to take for fruit and veg shopping but the new scanners on the tills dont scan them and I ended up having to take everything out to scan which is a nuisance. we certainly could use more cardboard instead of plastic and i think the recycling bins are too fussy about what they can take although Yorkshire is very good on the whole for recycling waste.I have tried to go for zero waste but not very successful, toiletries are difficult. I could easily go a month to 7 weeks before any of my bins need emptying.

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  10. Lots of good stuff there Ilona, thank you fur the video! I've been banging on to people about the need to recycle less, not more they look at me like I've got three heads. And roll their eyes when I say we should recycle less because we should buy less in the first place. If you get hold of the Times newspaper of 14th December there is an excellent article about recycling.
    Also, thanks to you, I've finally asked my bank to replace the contactless cards for my husband and myself, something I had meant to do but let slip.
    All the best and thanks again for your fantastic blog.

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  11. Ilona, I just love reading you...it's the common sense stuff eh? I have railed against plastics for years, but others even family keep saying we can't live without them...I say bull squirt, people di and still can live with out them if they wanted too.

    I have a landfill not far from our home, trust me when I say NO ONE having seen that great gaping hole in mother earth would want one any where close to them, so why should they be close to anyone. If I can't recycle it, I don't need it.
    Keep up the good work, you are a blessing and a hoot!

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