Recycled by Julie Clemes

I recycle something every day

Julie Clemes

Julie Clemes
Adrian, Michigan, United States
September 22


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SEPTEMBER 19, 2012 4:54PM

Jean died of a brain tumor

I haven't written much this summer. It's not that there isn't anything going on. It's just that the everyday matters lost their meaning when my friend, Jean, died of a brain tumor in the middle of July. Writing about anything else just isn't cutting it for me during a time whenRead full post »

AUGUST 21, 2012 11:19AM

Electronic payment nightmare

I like to pay my bills with electronic (lightning bolt) payments. I do this because it's the fastest way to get a bill paid. Funds in my household are usually so tight that there isn't enough time to pay the bill with a check, whether I send it or the bank… Read full post »

AUGUST 7, 2012 12:52PM


My summer vacations during high school were the times when I did the most travelling I’ve ever done. It seemed that there were endless opportunities for adventure, and I was always at the ready.  It wasn’t uncommon for me to be away on a junket more than I was at home./… Read full post »

JULY 3, 2012 2:13PM

In defense of iceberg lettuce

I went to grocery store the other day and bought something that I have never bought before; a head of iceberg lettuce.  Iceberg lettuce has fallen completely out of vogue in these modern culinary times, and I've been a part of that anti-iceberg movement. I usually opt for romaine lettuce, withRead full post »

APRIL 14, 2012 12:52PM

Giving Up The Stuff

      I am constantly struggling with my belongings; the number of them I own, whether or not I need them; where to put them; whether or not to keep them. It’s an ongoing process of examining and re-examining, which usually ends up with everything going straight back to/… Read full post »

JANUARY 31, 2012 12:28PM

This year's garden

     Like gardeners everywhere, I'm starting to dream about this year's growing season. I'm dreaming about the seeds and seedlings I'll buy this year, and what I'll be able to harvest throughout the summer. I'm dreaming about tools I'd like to buy, and anything I can do to make th… Read full post »

JANUARY 24, 2012 9:52AM

Clivia in bloom!!

I wrote the other day that my houseplants thrive on a bit of neglect, and today, my proof was there when I opened the curtains.

My clivia is going to flower; a spike is emerging from the cluster of leaves. This flower spike will continue to grow and bloom for the… Read full post »

JANUARY 11, 2012 2:16PM

Beautiful blooms for winter

     The holidays are over, the decorations, are down, and the starkness of winter has set in. I'm glad I've got my flowering houseplants to bloom and add beauty to my indoor landscape. Although they are beautiful, they are very easy to maintain, and most will bloom year after yeaRead full post »

DECEMBER 29, 2011 10:45AM

Killing time in Petersburg

Killing Time in Petersburg

     The car repair was long overdue; we’d been talking about it for months. The power steering pump on my ‘97 Chevy Malibu was making a lot of noise, and needed to be replaced.    

     “Before… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 9, 2011 12:04PM


Tomatoes! Although I’ve had several vegetable gardens over the years, the garden of 2011 was by far the most challenging. Maybe that’s why it also became the most rewarding, and the one I’ll be thinking about for years to come.

Usually, I like to plant a garden the last week… Read full post »

AUGUST 12, 2011 12:07PM

Goodbye garden?

     It's with a sad and heavy heart that I am already looking toward the day when I have to recycle the garden.

     Anything that could go wrong with a garden went wrong with this one this year. Heavy, heavy rains in late May and early June delayed planting u… Read full post »

AUGUST 4, 2011 9:54AM

General recycling

I almost recycled my blog the other day, but decided to continue after I noticed that people continue to read it even though I'm not adding anything new. It's something that brings hope during times when our authorities figures seem to be completely short-sighted, which is bringing us to our knees… Read full post »

JULY 7, 2011 10:12AM

Am I obese?

I've been blessed with a body that looks thinner than it is. I can carry an extra 10 pounds without it being noticable. When I was a kid,  people would always comment on how skinny I was. This persisted into adulthood. People would ask if I'd lost weight, even though the scale… Read full post »

MAY 24, 2011 10:28AM

Where did the flip-flops go?

Could it be? Have we seen the end of flip-flops?

As a substitute teacher, I see a lot of teenagers at several school districts in my fairly rural area. This morning, I noticed something, well, new. Different, one could say. Is it a coincidence, or am I seeing things?

Flip-flops seem… Read full post »

MAY 4, 2011 12:49PM

My mother's vase

This is more a reuse than a recycle.

When I was a kid, my mother had a clear glass vase that we used for jonquils. It was about eight inches high. The body of the vase was rounded out,and it's fluted rim  flared out from a narrow neck.  In the spring, I'd… Read full post »

APRIL 27, 2011 12:28PM

Keep recycling

Today my job assignment got recycled. Actually, someone else recycled it for me. I got a call last night at 8:30 with a full day assignment at a school that 35 minutes away from my apartment. (I work as a substitute teacher.) Then I got there, the secretary looked surprised.  Seems… Read full post »

APRIL 25, 2011 12:44PM

My rear windshield

Last week I recycled the rear windshield of my Chevy Malibu. It was the latest in a string of incidents I've had with this car since the beginning of the year.  I had a wreck in mid-February - the first I've ever had in the 25-plus years I've been driving. The lack… Read full post »

APRIL 23, 2011 10:13AM

Start Recycling!

Life is full of recycling. I recycle something every day. This morning I took my recycling to the drop off site that is available every Saturday morning in my town. It's an alternative to the curbside option, which is great because so many people don't have a spot for the bin,… Read full post »