Monday, 9 May 2011

How Wasteful the Older Generation Was

This was forwarded to me via email and I liked it so much, and it is so true, I thought I would share it here.

...... In the line at the store, the young cashier told the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bag because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.

The woman apologised to him and explained, “We didn’t have the green thing back in my day.”

The assistant responded, "That's our problem today. The older generation did not care enough to save our environment."

He was right, that generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.

Back then, they returned their milk bottles, pop bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilised and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.

But they didn’t have the green thing back in that customer's day.

In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go half a mile.

But she was right. They didn’t have the green thing in her day.

Back then, they washed the baby’s nappies because they didn’t have the disposable kind. They washed clothes by hand and dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts – wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that old lady is right, they didn’t have the green thing back in her day.

Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house – not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief, not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by hand because they didn’t have electric machines to do everything for you. When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, they didn’t fire up an engine and burn petrol just to cut the lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised by working so they didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she’s right, they didn’t have the green thing back then.

They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. They refilled their writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and they replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But they didn’t have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the bus and kids rode their bikes to school or caught the school bus instead of turning their parents into a 24-hour taxi service. They had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they didn’t need a computerised gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful the old folks were just because they didn't have the green thing back then?

Saturday, 11 September 2010

New payment processor


There is a new payment processor coming next year called Paybox.

You can sign up now and have a look, they will give you $50 but for that they want you to give them something in return. That is your feedback and being active.

You will get an amount for logging in and while you are there you have to fill in one survey a week. if you get others to join they will give you $5 for every person that joins from your link.

Have a look and if you join you could have quite a good sum when they launch next year.

Go to Paybox.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

One year old today.

Today is Laxey's first birthday.

Here he is getting his birthday treat, a saucer of Danette. (This is a bit like custard but not quite.)

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Go away !!

Tonight I went to take Laxey's photo but as you see it seems that he did not want it taken.

Really I took his photo cos he looked so cute.

Friday, 16 January 2009


Tonight Laxey was lying beside me on the sofa asleep.

He stretched and ended up like in the picture.

I think he wanted the lights out !!!

Thursday, 25 December 2008

Christmas Day

Christmas day in the Paxton house hold and yes the animals got presents too.

Joy, Ian sister sent them both a present and here they are enjoying them.

Laxey, the cat, got a catnip bag in the shape of a mouse and tried to get into the wrapping before we could stop him. A picture here shows him playing with it.

Cubie got a rawhide Christmas card. As he was a year when we got him and he has always lived outside he was not used to getting presents. At first he just looked at it and did not think he was allowed to have it. A little while later and he realised just what it was for. Here is a picture of him making sure we knew it was his!

I took some video of Laxey chasing and playing with his catnip toy and I will upload some here when I get it out of the camera.

I hope you enjoy the photos.

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Look I'm sitting up.

Yesterday Laxey was sitting on my knee asleep.

He then got restless and ended up as you see him in this picture, he did not even move when Sue went for the camera. I think he was trying out sitting like a human.

Today we got Cubie our dog. We did not know how they would react to each other but Laxey stayed away at first but was curious like all cats are. Here I think he is asking himself "Is that a dog ??" Cubie did not know he was there until he got close and looked up, then got a shock.

Here is a picture of Cubie in a typical pose.

Now Cubie has decided it is fun to have a cat around and he wants to play with Laxey. The main trouble is Laxey has only known dogs to chase him and see him as a meal, so while he will get close he does not want to trust the dog. Poor Cubie now barks and tries to get Laxey to play but Laxey is having nothing of it. They need to sort out their differences and decide who is boss.