DETOUR RANT: It’s so annoying. They turned off the electricity in our entire neighborhood for some stupid repairs to transformers or something and that means no internet, which means I had to seek out a public location and buy a carrot/celery/beet/wheat grass juice so I can use their wifi.
This is NOT one of my favorite things to do, especially in the summer when tourist season is in full swing and the entire downtown area is jammed up with whiny children and obnoxious parents WHO DON’T SEEM TO KNOW HOW TO SAY NO.
I’m trying to ignore the coughing and sneezing (please keep them home when they’re sick, OK?) and whinging and FOCUS.
Also, ‘rents? If you could PLEASE teach your children NOT to put their dirty shoes on sofas where people sit, that’d be great.
Back to today’s post after the brief ranty detour to once again complain about untrained parents. It’s hard to blame the kids when the ‘rents ignore them to stare lovingly at their smartphones.
What a sad generation of neglected children we’ve created.
#1 You know by now that I never throw anything away without first trying to find another use for whatever it might be.
We all have variations of those caddies that swing awkwardly from the shower nozzle with those worthless little suction cups, right?
What else are we supposed to use to contain shampoo and conditioner and scrubs?
They’re useful but after a while, the paint flakes off and they get rusty and need to be replaced.
Don’t throw them away!
Instead, transform them into an EASY wall planter for drought tolerant succulents or other plants if you’re lucky enough to live in a rainy part of the world.
I transplanted donkey tails and a variety of other succulents clipped from around the garden.
When these little plants grow and fill in, they’ll cover the plastic containers and spill over to add interest to the fence right off the deck.
I like the rustic look and I didn’t spend a single penny!
#2 When I completely purged my son’s room (Empty Nest Moms, This One’s For You) I found this obsolete artifact from the 90s, a CD holder (remember those?) and tucked it away into the garage until I could conjure up another use for it.
Three little plastic containers (saved from purchasing seedlings) fit perfectly.
So easy! Turn it on its side and line the bottom with a coconut planting mat cut to size (I think I bought the mats at a dollar store.)
More drought tolerant plants, added some Spanish moss, and attached to the fence.
The moral of this story? Don’t throw anything away EVEN if your husband tries to sneak it in the trash. Almost everything can be reused, reharvested, and upcycled.