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Saying “I Love You” (and meaning it)

Posted on January 26, 2017 by Jeanne Roberts There have been 0 comments

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and there are hundreds of ways to say, “I love you”. You can give a gift, usually candy or flowers, but also food – in the form of dinner at a fabulous restaurant, or homemade pizza and a streaming movie or football game. You can even give fun and relaxation, in the form of a night on the dance floor, a camping trip, a skydiving lesson, or even a day at the spa.

Some of the best gifts are the kind that thrifty shoppers might not buy for themselves – for females, that includes a scrumptious set of organic flannel pillowcases, an organic cotton spa robe, or a 100% natural beeswax globe candle with that inimitable fragrance of heated honey (and you know how we ladies love candles!)

For eco-conscious males, it might be a recycled bike tube backpack, a hybrid solar LED flashlight (at 40 lumens, it’s bright enough to scare off a bear), or even a solar-powered grill.

All say love. All are delightful. However, there is another way to express your love. You can make sure that your loved one is safe.

Start by making yourself the go-to person in case of an emergency. Sheldon Cooper agrees: this is quite the romantic, caring gesture, whether from guy to girl, or girl to guy, or any combination thereof.

Build on that caring with a gift that literally says, “I can’t live without you”. Build a survival kit, including water, dried and canned foods, salt in an airtight container, and a hand-operated bottle/can opener (duh).

Include, a collection of cooking utensils (a pot, a pan, a knife, a spatula, a strainer, a soup ladle, etc.) and some bowls, glasses, and eating utensils. The latter should be compostable because if you have to live rough for a few days, you know you are going to leave stuff behind, and Mother Nature abhors litter.

Add medicines (a three-day supply at the very least) and supplies. Include soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, a brush and comb, cleansing wipes, and toilet paper. Also think of insect repellant, lip balm, sunscreen, and rash/bug bite ointments. All are essential whether you shelter-in-place or have to evacuate. Leaves are neither a safe nor a satisfactory substitute.

Fill a go-bag with a first-aid kit, a blanket, a groundsheet (big trash bags are fine), a multipurpose tool like a Swiss Army knife, a lighter, a flashlight/lantern (preferably solar-powered), a solar-powered portable phone charger, a radio, and batteries. Throw in a solar-powered night predator safeguard, because you never know …

If there’s room left, include a minimalist tool kit: a screwdriver with various bits (standard, Phillips, hex-head, etc.), a pair of pliers, a wrench, a hammer, WD-40 lubricant – even a mini-welder for electronic components. Because, face it, this is the 21st century and your SO knows how to use tools when you’re not around.

Re that last sentence, don’t forget to make a plan. What is your danger rating? Who makes the call? Where will you meet? What is Plan B, or Plan C?

Talk it out, loudly if necessary. A disaster may be scary, but nothing is as frightening as not knowing what to do next.



This post was posted in Blog and Green Library, Health and Safety, Holidays and was tagged with biodegradable, cleansing wipes, COMPOSTABLE, flowers, food, go-bag, green gifts, ORGANIC, RECYCLED-UPCYCLED, solar charger, solar flashlight, solar lantern, solar-powered, Valentine's Day


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