Environmental Stewardship

12/14, 63/59, rain, SE10-15 - On Wednesday’s shopping excursion, we ran out of time before we picked out everything we needed, so, after breakfast and showers this morning, we went out again. We tried a new supermarket, Kroger, in search of smaller packages of chicken. Without a freezer, the 3lb. packages of chicken breasts that Walmart sells aren’t practical for us. I was successful at finding a cut-up whole chicken for $1.49/lb. (versus $4.99/lb. for boneless skinless breast, and I like the legs and thighs for some meals, too) and it will serve us well this week. When we’re home and working regularly, we much prefer buying organic pasture-raised chicken from Flying Plow Farm - we know the chickens have a good life and a high quality of handling through butchery and storage. However, when we’re living off savings for the winter, we have to make some compromises to remain within our budget.

Kroger’s is EXPANSIVE - like an airship hangar - and a brief review of the WALL of cheese options was overwhelming enough to send us back to Walmart for the other items on our list. At the Kroger checkout, I was happy to see a notice that Beaufort County banned single-use plastic bags as of November 1st and a reminder for customers to bring their own bags (we always do). Paper bags were available. By comparison, Walmart has shamefully elected to offer heavier-weight plastic bags stamped with “re-usable 125 times” and a picture of some greenery - a representation of the very greenery those bags will likely end up strewn through when they blow away from the landfill. Shoppers were loading them up and carrying them away as if there was no change. I hope Walmart suffers financially for giving away these heavier bags that most people will continue to pull off the rack as mindlessly as they did the thin plastic ones. I applaud Beaufort County for taking the initiative to reduce plastic bag waste. I wish North East, MD would follow suit! Dobbs and I trained ourselves to remember our bags when going shopping by following a rule that if we forgot them, we had to get our purchases home with no bags at all. From the checkout, our items went back into the shopping cart loose and then we bagged them when we got out to the truck (where the bags are stored). If we forgot the bags at home, the purchases went into the truck loose and waited to be bagged for carrying into the house once we got home. It cost us time, but taught us the value of a simple bag for adding convenience to our lives.

Rain fell throughout the day. I wrote and worked on an estimate. Dobbs made the calculations for his sights yesterday and came within a mile of our latitude. I think that’s pretty good for a second try! (He was 14 miles off the first day.) We took Murphy for an afternoon walk and then relaxed, reading, before dinner.

Gazing north toward Port Royal Sound.

Gazing north toward Port Royal Sound.

Tonight’s dinner was the “Hot Dog Shop Special” - one with sauerkraut, one with chili, cheese, and onions, and a cup of the remaining chili. If only we had milkshakes… A favorite childhood memory of mine is going with my parents to The Very Best wiener shop in Pottstown, PA - it’s a classic!


Rain is still pattering on deck. My cleaning of the gasket in the head portlight didn’t help. I have the latch screws as tight as I can make them, but I think the gasket it just old and flat, missing the resilience required to make a good seal. The one in the hallway started to leak a little too; tightening the latches stopped it. Still, I think it could use a new gasket as well. We have drips at the port toe rail/genoa track fasteners that Dobbs thinks originate from the port aft lower shroud chainplate cover leaking. I’ll re-bed it once things dry out and then we shall see. This has been a good season for finding leaks above the waterline!

Suzanne Fryberger