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Ms. Elaine Kneeous

Jennifer is a one in a million stay-at-home mom. (More like one OF a million stay at home moms!) She graduated from a liberal arts college but there is nothing liberal OR artsy about her. She is married to Kevin Fischer of This Just In, and together they have a beautiful young daughter Kyla Audrey. In no particular order she loves dogs, wine, a good bargain, her family, pizza, and entertaining. Follow her blog of all things miscellaneous including but not limited to cooking and baking, entertaining and party planning, being a mommy, and homekeeping.

Shedding LIGHT On A New CLEAN

Every other Tuesday you will find our blue recycle bin filled to the top, waiting at the end of our driveway for pickup by the fine folks at Johns Disposal Service. I don’t mind recycling, really. It takes very little effort to toss a 2-ltr Diet Pepsi bottle in the bin instead of in the regular trash. I will even go so far as to cut up any plastic bottle rings that hold multi-packs of soda together. I know that we don’t have a population of bottle nosed dolphins in Lake Michigan but Catholic guilt tells me that MY ring would be the death of one of those beautiful creatures, some how, some way. So yes, I have a small but present environmental conscience.

I am NOT, however, a tree-hugging enviro and the last thing on my mind when my weary head hits my pillow after Kyla is tucked in is, “Did I reduce my carbon footprint today?” You’d never see me win – never mind, ENTER – a contest like this. I don’t need a new TV that bad; I’ll continue to use paper tissues to quell my allergies, thanks.

Now… call me strange, but I like to read & perform tasks by more than “the light of the silvery moon.” I enjoy being able to see what I am doing without eye strain. So yes, that means turning on electricity and offering silent thanks to Thomas Edison. For years I have been hooked on GE’s Reveal light bulbs.  They are in every socket in every room of our home. I will not buy anything else. Admittedly they are a bit more expensive but the difference they make far outweighs any additional cost, in my opinion. Bonus? I don’t have to call the HazMat team when I want to toss a burnt-out bulb in the trash. If necessary, I will hoard every incandescent bulb on the store shelves if those nitwits in the Obama administration get their way. Stan Harrison, I like the way you think.

Here’s another way I’m a little odd… I like clean dishes and clear, sparkling glasses. There was a time not long ago when I could place my dishes and glasses in the dishwasher and they would come out – are you ready for this? – clean! Now I’m supposed to worry if my dishwasher detergent contributes to algae growth?  As of last July, thanks to Gov. Doyle, I now have to rinse (actually, almost WASH) my dishes and glasses before I put them in the dishwasher. Despite this there are many times I have to pull out still-dirty dishes, glasses, and flatware to re-wash either by hand or by ANOTHER cycle in the dishwasher. Thank goodness I only have three people in the house to do this for… I can’t imagine what a large family goes through in a single day!

I’ve tried to adjust and I simply get more irritated every time I do my dishes. With the holiday season coming up I will be cooking & baking more than ever. I think it’s time I took matters into my own soapy hands. 

Perhaps I should look on the bright side: at least with these new light bulbs I won’t be able to see how cruddy my dishes are.

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