Chicago, Chicago, that wonderful town.


Well, we have no free Internet here at hotel. We’re too cheap to pay so I’m posting from my phone again.

As you can probably guess from yesterday’s post, I haven’t bought anything yet. Almost positive it won’t be clothes anyway. My thrift shop clothes are fine by me. I’m actually finding better quality than what’s in the stores these days unless I want to spend around $80.00 for a sweater, which I don’t.

Here’s the interesting thing though and it’s very appropriate for this month of thankfulness I’m doing. When you’re truly thankful for what you have, it’s easy to not get caught up in wanting everything you see. Yesterday, while shopping the Magnificent Mile, I realized just that. It was totally freeing.

That’s not to say I won’t buy something. There’s a store in Watertower Mall that carries books called “Story People”. ( I would give you the author’s name but I don’t remember it. You can google the title and it will show up.) It’s a wierd series and is not a novel or a non-fiction. It’s more a book of truisms combined with colorful weird cartoon-like people. I’ve wanted it for a couple of years. I think it’s because a number of years ago I created some sketches of weird creatures that really appeal to me bit I’ve never known what to do with them. I think I might try to develop a story-line for my “people” as well.

Plus, I have to buy a hat. Left mine on the train and Chicago is really cold in the winter. Did I tell you, I lived here for a couple of years when I was eighteen. That’s a story in its-self- how a young, inexperienced and totally trusting young woman lived two years in a big sophisticated city and left unscathed. I’ll tell you about it sometime soon. Chicago has brought back lots of memories.

Anyway, heading out now although why I’d leave a gorgeous hotel room with ten foot ceilings that is bigger than “Teeny Tiny Red Cabin”, I’ll never know. Remember, please overlook any errors. Working on a minuscule screen isn’t easy us I can’t review first.

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Water, warmth, wash, watch, watercolor, waves, wealth, weather, wheel, what, when, where, whole, window, winter, wisdom, wonderment, write.

Today was also easy. I’m thankful for water. I live in Michigan. We have more lakes than any other state. Yes, more than Minnesota.  And, of course, we are also bordered on three sides by the Great Lakes. We have a lot of water in Michigan.

Water is one of those natural resources it’s easy to take for granted. I don’t. I probably did at one time but no more. I’ve come to understand through documentaries and other sources that water is scare in the rest of the world and not just Africa. Even in Europe water is at a premium.  Ocean water is not fresh water and requires more purification which also means higher cost to the consumer.

We turn on the faucet and there it is-water. We think nothing of taking baths with the water filled to the top of the tub, or long showers. Can you just imagine the wonder a little child from a third world country would feel the first time he took a bath? It would be like Christmas.

Impure water is the cause of many diseases in other parts of the world. Many faith-based organizations have taken up the cause and encourage donations for the procurement of wells. I’ve taken a stand about the use of water in our home. Showers are timed. I have a timer and I know how to use it! We keep the water stream slow for dishes. The water is not left running when we brush our teeth. The water is not left running period. The toilet is not flushed every time it is used. There’s a saying that goes like this, “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down.” That’s our standard. (Just so you know, these standards do not apply to guests.) We don’t do this because we’re cheap or can’t afford to do otherwise. For me it’s a show of support. It keeps me in touch with the realities that people in other parts of the world deal with every day.

I’m not a saint. When we travel, I do like to take a long, hot bath but even then I’m careful not to overdo. Just because I’m not paying for it doesn’t mean I can take it for granted. I follow the same standards when I am at someone else’s house as well.  Water is not infinite. We act like it is but it isn’t. If global warming is true, then the world could most definitely face a world-wide shortage.

Here’s an article from the British Broadcasting Corporation from June 19, 2012.

Shortages: Water supplies in crisis

By Roger Harrabin Environment analyst

Most countries will have to make do with the water they’ve got, but there are stark disparities

 Over the past 40 years the world’s population has doubled. Our use of water has quadrupled. Yet the amount of water on Earth has stayed the same.

Less than 1% of the water on planet blue is for humans to drink.

About 2% is locked up in ice. The rest is for the fish.

Seawater is only good to drink for humans who live near the sea and can afford the cash and the energy to take out the salt.

For most of the population this is not an option.

Desalinated water costs maybe 15 times more than regular water. It burns polluting fossil fuel energy, as solar-powered desalination is in its infancy.

Shortages: Resources running out

 No, most places will have to live with the water they’ve got.

Many countries are awash; they’ll be fine. Others are desperately mining fossil H2O that seeped into rocks during the last ice age.

And as underground supplies run dry, water shortage sets in.

Large parts of Africa, Asia and Europe, including the south east of Britain are categorised by the UN as facing water stress or scarcity.

And for all the UN’s recent boast about hitting drinking water targets, experts estimate that maybe three billion people worldwide still lack safe water to drink.

And it might get worse with climate change, although scientists’ projections of future rainfall are notoriously cloudy.

So is it any wonder I’m thankful today for water?