Bone Dry

Growing up we all learned water was safe. Water was safe to bath in, swim in, drink, make food with, wash your clothes in – but those days are far gone. Now we all question if our water if safe. For some people it isn’t safe.

I, like many people, watched Gasland [LINK] and Gasland Part 2 [LINK]. My heart went out to the people who couldn’t use their water for their basic needs. I was outraged knowing some people couldn’t live in their homes because their water was that unsafe. The whole time I thought it could never happen in my area.

Every trip I take to Pittsburgh (PA) we go through the country, passing a lake I grew up on. The last trip – June 22, 2013 – to Pittsburgh I seen all the gas and oil workers slowly working. Their work of pipes and fittings touched the sky, ruining the beauty of the trees and farmland. I knew people were doing what they thought was right. I also knew some people signed their papers to make fast cash. Last of all I knew some people just didn’t understand what they were doing and the people handing them the papers did whatever they could to make it seem like it was the perfect thing for them to do.

Since that last trip to the city I love, I’m sacred to go through that area. I’m scared to see such a massive change in the scenery, knowing if I have kids they’ll never get to see the beauty that’s etched in my mind. Warm days were always spent around the lake with my grandparents. Every year you noticed a slight change in the trees, but now there are a lack of trees near the lake. Where crops grew from the ground making beautiful images and knowing farmers markets would be full, now huge metal aliens stand above the ground.

Thankfully we’ve be able to stay clear of such things around where I live. All except for the coal mining across the road. A hill, where I spent summers picking mushrooms and exploring, was cleared of all trees a few years ago. Leaving animals homeless and us having to deal with snakes for the first time in a while. They never did do everything they wanted when it came to mining the hill. It seems they had just given up after they started having machine problems – maybe it’s was earth’s way of telling them to stop.

They were able to do some things though. One regular day while reading I heard an explosion that shook the house. I thought it was something they did next door – where they work on big rigs. Turns out I was wrong. They were using explosives to break the ground free, so they could get closer to that money they wanted. In my memory that only happened a few times before they started having problems and seemingly gave up.

I thought to myself we were free from anyone else ripping nature apart and safe from anything happening to our water. A few weeks ago I was shown to be wrong.

Every few months – I think around 6 months – we get a paper in the mail from the water company. It shows the test levels for all the chemicals that are tested for in drinking water. The last time we got one of these papers I thought I’d just glance over it since I never really paid attention to one of those papers before. While looking the paper over I remember seeing two places where they didn’t test for those two items all year. I thought it was odd, thinking to myself ‘how could they do that’.

Well, they can’t do that.

The paper that came in the mail a few weeks ago from the water company was a warning letter. A letter saying not to drink the water or use it for cooking. When I read that paper my mind shot to the images of people having to have water hauled in, having to find other places to shower. I don’t want that to happen to me, or anyone who gets their water from the same company.

On this new paper it gave you the names of what they had not tested for.

Total Trihalomethane – which consists of chloroform, bromoform, bromodichloromethane, and dibromochloromethane – these are disinfection byproducts. Here in the US the highest level you can have in treated water is 80 parts per billion. Yet due to the fact that no one tested our only source of water of any of these we have no idea how much is in the water. Too much of them can have an impact on your health.

The other thing they didn’t test for is Haloacetic acids – monochloroacetic acid, dichloroacetic acid, trichloroacetic acid, monobromoacetic acid, dibromoacetic acid – known as HAA5. These five are “undesirable by-product of drinking water chlorination”.

Since reading this paper and looking up everything I could about these two items, I’ve only been using bottled water to drink & make food with. With not knowing the levels in the water, I sure as hell don’t want to take a chance to damage my body due to people not doing what they’re paid for.

I know to some people this won’t seem like a big deal at all, but we have to make a big deal out of it. It they”forgot” to test for these two things, what if they “forgot” to test for things that would have had an imminent impact on people?

In the end they raised water rates. I’m not joking. They take a chance with the health of people just to raise the rates for those people they could have hurt.

Though I have heard one story of someone drinking the water from one of the homes impacted by this. He urinated blood – no one is sure if this is due to the water or if he had another health issue going on at this point in time. He doesn’t live in the area of homes under this water issue.

The paper didn’t give a time period for not to use the water or what they’re going to do next. In the end I have to sit by a mail box to see if our water is safe to use at all.

 

Title: Bone Dry by Abolitionist

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Keep The Wolves At Bay

19 days until Christmas?! CRAZY!

Good news is all my Christmas shopping is finished, I finished it today.

I ordered my mom something the other day, and I had to do online shopping for her. She was looking for a ballerina jewelry box, turns out I had to order one from Amazon. She also had me order a Doc McStuffins doll and a Mickey Mouse puzzle.  Fingers crossed it all gets here online. It’s suppose to anyways.

Bad news is, I haven’t finished all my Christmas sewing.

I have everything cut out but I haven’t started sewing. Okay that’s a lie. I don’t have everything cut out. Since my mom is making my niece doll clothes to go with her new baby doll, I’m going to make her a diaper bag. I haven’t even picked fabric out for it! I guess the good thing is, it doesn’t need mailed so I can put it lower on my list of things I have to finish.

I really hope to have a chance to at least sew on the one thing that I really need finished since it has to be mailed. It’s just going to take some time since it’s something I’ve never done before.

While I was Christmas shopping online, I have to admit I bought myself a few things. I found underwear for under $2 (and free shipping) and I bought a skirt for $8 (free shipping). Today I bought a top that will match my skirt so well. I should have my skirt next week!

Today I took my niece to the mall so she could Christmas “shop”. She bought her dad (my brother) a pillow with a moose on it and she bought his girlfriend a nail polish & lip gloss kit. In the end though she bought more for herself – she is 2. She bought herself a bowl that has Santa on it, Sophia the first stickers and a Hello Kitty “makeup” kit.

Hello Kitty Nails

The kit had chapstick (strawberry), lip gloss (watermelon), clear sparkly nail polish, a nail file, a little zipper pouch and fake nails. The fake nails stayed on for about 10 minutes, then she wanted them off. I told her she wouldn’t be able to do anything with them on.

As I said before I bought myself the top that will match my skirt and I bought another top. They’re both “crop” tops and sleeveless. This means I’ll be wearing them with sweaters and such. But I really loved them both and plus they were both on sale and they had a buy one get one 60% off. So I walked out of the store with two shirts for like $5.

While I was out I picked up the last gift for Jason. I just hope he doesn’t have anything like it and that he’ll like it. When I first seen what I bought him I thought of him but I didn’t want to get it right then – I’m glad I waited! They had them on a major sale so I saved $30.

I did buy Jason something a few weeks ago but it’s something that needs painted and put together, I just started painting it. I guess the good thing is it shouldn’t take me very long to put it together. Key word: SHOULDN’T. Which means it will. Haha.

Earlier in the week I did go out with my mom so she could finish – or get close to finishing – her Christmas shopping. Which was mostly just buying for my niece and my “nephews”. I also used the $10 gift card I got when I bought my tablet for a 16gb sd card to be used with my tablet. I only got a 16gb because that’s all they had – so I thought it was better then not having one and I can always get a larger one later. I didn’t get the screen protector like I wanted though. I figure after Christmas I’ll get that and a stylus. It did come with a case that hold the tablet & keyboard, so that’s a good thing…but I an going to make a sleeve that it all will slide in. ^_^ Not until after Christmas though so I can measure it and everything. I admit, it is kind of killing me knowing it’s under the tree and I can’t have it yet. I can survive though.

My mom still has around $5 left to spend on me so I figure she’s going to go to some place like the dollar tree and get me some lotion and bubble bath. I have no problem with that. I know some people look down on others if they shop there, but it doesn’t matter to me. Plus most of their bath stuff smells SO good compared to larger stores. I love the creamy apple bubble bath they had last year.

Oatmeal Cookie Bath

While I’m talking about baths, I made my first bath item! It’s a oatmeal cookie bath. You just put however much (or little) you want in running water and enjoy. It really does smell like an oatmeal cookie and it will make your skin soft. It’s not listed in my shop [LINK] yet. But I have one container like the one in the pictures (the lid is yellow and white though) – which is 12 tablespoons. And I have three smaller square containers – 4 tablespoons.

I’ve always wanted to start making bath items, so I think this was a great way to start. I’m going to hopefully do a few bath salts sometime soon – but it may not be until after Christmas.

When I do finally finish my Christmas sewing I’ll have at least one new thing to add to the shop though. It’s the new thing I’m trying out. ^_^

Tuesday was the last episode of Supernatural [LINK] until January. So I’m going to feel lost until then, I’ll have nothing to watch Tuesday nights now. But I’m glad they ended with the episode they did because I really can’t wait to see how the rest of the season plays out. I used to be so into Supernatural but Season 6 they just kind of lost me, mostly for the fact of Dean having a love life that was one person all the time. Season 8 I got back into it, but that wasn’t until a few weeks before season 9 started. I was able to catch up though thanks to a friend. I’m just a nerd when it comes to Supernatural. I can’t help it. ^_^ I mean I have a tattoo on my arm because of the show.

I guess Tuesday nights I can work on finishing Futurama [LINK]. I think I have like four episodes left in season 3. It’s not new to me at all, I’m just going through and watching all the episodes.

And I can’t wait until I can get season 3 of Wilfred [LINK]. I have the first two season and I could honestly watch them non-stop. I have the first season of the Australian (original) version, but I haven’t watched it yet.

I know it sounds like I watch a bunch of TV, but usually I’m sewing or working on something. Though the other night I did watch a bunch of Futurama while playing my DS…it was just a lazy night.

I have been having those sleeping issues again lately. Last night I fell asleep before 12:30, but I was up at 6am and finally I just gave up on trying to sleep around 8:30am. I just can’t sleep through a night and I think that’s the biggest part of my problem when it comes to feeling so tired. Tonight I’m super tired because of the whole mall adventure too. I was looking at the clock at 9:30 and thinking the clock was way off because I thought I was going to have to go to bed – but I knew if I did I would have been up at 4am ready to start the day.

There’s another wild weather storm coming across the US again. This the weather people are thinking we’re going to get INCHES of freezing rain. Freezing rain is bad, but INCHES of it is just super bad. So everyone is stocking up on food as well as batteries for flash lights and such. I’m hoping they’re wrong and we don’t get the inches of freezing rain they’re staying because I really want to see Jason this weekend. I miss him to pieces.

I have to leave this entry on a sad note.

Today Nelson Mandela [LINK] passed away. There will never been another person like him. Though it’s not a time to mourn him, it’s a time to celebrate everything he did throughout his life. I came across the news of his passing about a half hour after news stations started reporting it. I was shocked at the news, but I knew I shouldn’t have been because of his age and the fact he had been sick for a long time. My thoughts are with his family.

So on Friday, do something kind for another person.

 

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