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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Creative Recycling QUESTION

We do try to reuse stuff in our household, not let things go to waste. Just last night, we had tickets for the Albany Symphony which our friends, a couple at our church, could not use, and we were fortunate to get a babysitter.

The evening started with a lovely Italian dinner; some of that food we will eat again. The music, Memories of the Old Country featured Stephen Dankner’s Out of Endless Yearnings: Klezmer Fantasy for Cello and Orchestra, which "brilliantly combines symphonic sound with traditional Jewish folk music." The composer called it rather like a "Cellist on the Roof." So the klezmer theme was recycled. The concert also included the familiar Schubert "Unfinished" Symphony, Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1, and Bartok's Rumanian Folk Dances.

Many of Lydia's early clothes we got from others, and we've passed along her clothes, toys, and equipment when it's in good condition.

But here's a new one for us: we're getting a Christmas tree today, used. Other church friends of ours cut it down a couple weeks ago, but they're going out of town through the holidays, so they'd just be tossing it.

Recycling a recent theme: What's the oddest, and/or most creative ways you've reused an item?



Anonymous said...

Dryer (or is it drier?) lint, candle stubs and egg carton fire starters

Take wads of dryer lint and put some in each cup in a cardboard egg carton. Melt down candle stubs carefully in a double boiler (coffee can in a sauce pot of water). Add melted wax to each egg cup to make fire starters for use when camping. Can rip one off as needed. ---MRR

EM said...

I spent the summer buying interesting looking boxes and containers at yard sales for fifty cents or less. I'm going to use them to "wrap" my Christmas gifts in. That way, folks will get a gift and a cool box (lots of them are wooden) that they can use for other stuff. Almost none of the continers have any holiday theme or motif, which I think makes them look extra cool with a red ribbon on them sitting under the tree.