Random Thoughts, Recycle

What plastic can be recycled

Plastic Bottles & Containers

Here is a list of what plastics can be recycled.  My first rule is to eliminate all waste first, so if you can use a water filter do that to cut down on plastic bottles.  Make your own cleaners and reuse your old bottles over and over.  Use a kcup filter that used ground coffee.  No waste is always best, but if you do have plastics, recycle them.

  • Water bottles
  • Soda bottles
  • Milk jugs
  • Liquid containers
  • Jars and tubs (yogurt, margarine tubs, etc.)
  • Detergent and all-purpose cleaner bottles
  • Soap and shampoo bottles
  • Rigid plastic product packaging, such as clean rigid clamshell containers (Remove any plastic film or aluminum)
  • Plastic cups
  • Kcups- remove the foil top, coffee and filter inside cup.  The plastic cup can be recycled

Make sure to remove labels from containers, remove caps, and clean them out.


Keep the following items out of your recycling cart:

  • Plastic bags (i.e. shopping bags, cereal bags, trash bags)
  • Plastic wrap (i.e. thin plastic food wrap or shrink wrapping/product packaging)
  • styrofoam packaging or food containers
  • household garbage
  • shredded paper
  • food waste
  • yard waste
  • cartons (i.e. juice boxes, chicken broth cartons)
  • bulky plastic items (i.e. toys, hangers)
  • batteries
  • light bulbs
  • electronics
  • clothing and shoes
  • construction debris (i.e. wood, insulation)
  • rope-like items (i.e. garden hoses)
  • medical waste (i.e. syringes)
  • diapers or sanitary products
  • propane tanks
  • aluminum foil and trays
  • motor oil and cooking oil
  • paint


Random Thoughts, Recycle

Recycle Water Bottles

water flows from the tap to sink
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I am in the process of learning how to recycle.  This first post will be about water bottles!  Everyone is on this kick of drinking out of water bottles all the time.  I have even heard comments from people that they can’t drink water from the tap at all.  In Georgia our tap water is very good.   I love the way it tastes, so I don’t mind drinking it at all.  Of course, if you live in an area with bad water, you may think bottled water is your only option.  This is not true!  Zero water pitches are great alternatives to bottled water, and there is nothing to recycle!  You get the pitcher, fill it with your tap water and it removes 99 percent of the bad stuff.

If you still prefer bottled water, then recycling them is a great way to keep them out of the landfills!   To do this correctly, then follow these basic guidelines.

  1.  Remove the cap, most recycling companies cant recycle the plastic bottle if the cap is still on.  The cap is made from a different plastic than the bottle, so to prevent contamination, just remove the cap.
  2. Remove the plastic label is your bottled water has one.
  3. Put the empty bottle in the recycle bin.

Check with your local recycle center to find out what number plastic the accept.  Usually it’s 1 or 2.

Have fun recycling your water bottles!  for every ton of plastic recycled, 1 barrel of oil is saved!    Here are some fun facts I

1.)    Only 1 in 5 plastic bottles are recycled

2.)    Americans consume over 8.6 billion gallons of bottled water

3.)    Most tap water is more heavily tested and regulated than bottled water

4.)    Plastic water bottles can take between 400 and 1,000 years to decompose

5.)    It requires 3 times the amount of water to produce a plastic bottle than it does to fill it

6.)   Bottled water costs over 1,000+ times more than tap water

7.)    Last year, the average American used 167 water bottles, but only recycled 38

8.)    In many taste tests, tap water was preferred over bottled water

9.)    The NRDC conducted a comprehensive four-year scientific study of 1,000 brands of bottled water. The results showed that one third of the bottled waters violated their own industry standards for water quality

10.)  It takes 17 million barrels of oil to produce plastic bottles yearly. This could fuel 1 million cars for a year

about water bottles.



Friends & Family, Random Thoughts

Blessings and how to bless someone

The word Blessing has many definitions.  I am talking today about the blessing that means a beneficial thing for which one is grateful, or something that brings well-being.  These are the blessings that you can do everyday to help bring someone well being or gratitude.

In the past, I have paid for a stranger’s groceries.  I happened to be behind them in line and for what ever reason they didn’t have the money.  I pulled my card and helped them along.  I have tipped unsuspecting waiters and waitresses a hundred dollars.  Once, the waitress followed me into the parking lot crying and wanted to hug my neck.  I love surprising people with small gifts that I find out and about.  These gifts are usually things that just remind me of that person, and I want to get it for them.

I don’t share any of this because I want to pat my own back or have recognition at all; but to help you find small ways to be a blessing to someone everyday.  You don’t have to be rich to bless others.   Anyone can do it!

  1.  Hold the door open for someone and smile at them
  2. Stop and help someone in a store if they are looking for something or can’t reach an item.  I see this all the time, especially people on scooters.
  3. tip 20% always.  My rule is a 10 dollar tip for any amount less than 50 dollars.  I think servers deserve at least 10 dollars regardless of how cheap the mean costs.
  4. Call someone out of the blue and tell them you are thinking about them.  You could also text them this.
  5. Give someone your items that you really have no need for anymore.  I always offer any items I may have sitting around to people.  My kids usually benefit from this!  I have also blessed people with clothing I no longer wear, or no longer fit into.
  6. Offer to babysit children for a couple so they can enjoy some alone time.  Granted everyone is not going to want you to babysit their children, but I’m sure there is someone out their that would trust you.
  7. Keep on moving when you see a post on Facebook post that you don’t agree with.  Ok no one will no you did this, but it isn’t really necessary to blast your feelings all over social media.  Just keep scrolling and say no to that educational comment that you are wanting to share.
  8. Invite people over to have dinner.  I do this all the time!  I love having people over!  My food is not anything great, but the fellowship is truly amazing!
  9. Help someone with cleaning or another service that you may be good at.
  10. Donate blood
  11. Shop local.  Small business really need our business to stay in business!  Support your local businesses.
  12. When you see someone taking pictures, offer to take a group picture for them.  I don’t how many times I end up with pictures of everyone and I am not in the pictures because I was taking the pictures.
  13. Send a college student a care package.  College is tough!  Students need money for household items and personal care items, and often can’t afford them.  Bless a college student you know with a care package today.  You could include restaurant gift cards, laundry items, movies, or just a special surprise to help make their day.
  14. A close college friend taught me this,  never forget someone’s birthday.  Call on special occassions and let them know how special they are to you.  I suck at remembering birthday, but Facebook always reminds me now.  You can post on their facebook, or call them, or even text them.  Just tell them you are thinking about them and you love them.  You could take them out to lunch or dinner.


These are just a few things off the top of my head that I have mentioned.  My point is that you can always be a blessing.  Open your eyes and pay attention to people while you are out and about.

What are some ways that you know of to be a blessing to others?  Share them in your comments.

Random Thoughts

Gimme Shelter

I have been watching some movies on Amazon Prime and one in particular really made an impression!  It’s called Gimme Shelter, and it’s based on the true story of Darlisha Dozier.  She is a homeless pregant teenager who wants to keep her baby in spite of the fact that she has no means of taking care of a baby.

She finds a shelter that takes her in, and she immediatley bonds with the women and their children.  A bond so strong, that she continues to stay on at the shelter after the birth of her baby girl.

The shelter in the movie, is actually a shelter that was started in 1981 by a woman that opened up her home to pregnant women.  The shelter has grown and now offers help to many women.

If you get a chance, this is such a great movie!  At the end it shows actual photos of women and their babies.  I loved this movie because it actually shows you another option for pregnant women besides abortion.  I have been in shelters, and the fact that this women formed a bond with the girls was shocking.  My shelter experience was not a great one.


RV Living, Side Dishes

Spaghetti with garlic butter sauce


Last night I tried a new recipe.  I love one pot dinners, butter, and garlic.   This dish had all those wonderful things!

I cooked some spaghetti for about 6 minutes.  drained it and put it into a bowl.  In the same pot, I took a half stick of butter and a jar of chopped garlic and sautéed that in the pot.  I added some Mrs Dash garlic and herbs seasonings because my husband can’t have salt.

I tossed the noodles into the sauce and then added Parmesan cheese.  It was amazing!!   It was easy!  It was low sodium!  Win for my family.

We grilled salmon to go with our pasta, but you could honestly serve it with chicken or shrimp.  It is very versatile!

Random Thoughts, Reviews

Five Church in Charleston

One of my favorite places to go in Charleston is Five Church.  The fun atmosphere, food, and the relaxed setting is just the perfect place to take visitors.  To me, it demonstrates the hospitality of Charleston.  It sets the tone for the rest of the day.

While my son and his girlfriend visited us for Memorial Weekend,  and we went to Five Church for their brunch.  I love the Holy $hit Breakfast.  It costs 50 dollars but is plenty of food for 4 people.  It comes with 4 pieces fried chicken, 2 large biscuits, bacon, 6 eggs, and 4 doughnuts.  Oh and two drinks are included.   It is my favorite!!!

The servers here are very pleasant and just fun to be around.  They know the menu, and can offer advise if you aren’t sure what to order.  They bring you extra goodies if you have waited a while for your food.  Once we got a side of biscuits with sausage gravy to munch on while we were waiting.

The decor is amazing too.  The whole ceiling contains the words from the book The Art of War:  a 2500 year old strategic military manuscript.  Written in the 5th century BC, this treatise holds guidance and strategic thinking applicable to many situations, even restaurants.  Artist Jon Norris is responsible for 5Church’s black hand-painted ceiling, which features the text from all 13 chapters of The Art of War in chalky white paint. Not surprisingly, the broad strokes tracing Norris’ personal history fit Tzu’s doctrine, as well.

Following are some pictures that I have taken or found on the internet, enjoy them.  If you are really interested, go eat there!  Take in the beauty of your surroundings, and enjoy the great attitudes of the servers.  There my a wait, reservations are encouraged; but it is well worth it!

Random Thoughts

Highway time

Living on the road can be both stressful and pleasurable.

Being on the highway is stressful because I hate riding and driving for long periods. Our commute time back to our home in Georgia is about 5 1/2 hours. It’s wasted time. Time just getting somewhere. People on their phones or driving slow in the fast lane always make me tense.

Being on the highway also means I’m about to see the people that are important to me. I have friends that always want to get together and catch up. They keep close tabs on when I will be in Georgia. They make me feel loved and valued in their lives. I like that. I am loved.