Urban Lifestyle

Seattle will permanently close 20 miles of residential streets to most vehicle traffic. The streets had been closed temporarily to through traffic to provide more space for people to walk and bike at a safe distance apart during the coronavirus pandemic. Nearly 20 miles of Seattle streets will permanently close to most vehicle traffic by the end of May, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced Thursday.

Seattle will permanently close 20 miles of residential streets to most vehicle traffic.

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/transportation/seattle-will-permanently-close-20-miles-of-residential-streets-to-most-vehicle-traffic/

New Eating Habits

A lot of people these days are buying produce in bulk. How to eat yummy and well organized healthy meals when you buy produce in bulk. It is easy if you keep your produce well organized. We can always keep our produce safe, fresh and ready for cooking and eating. To ensure that your produce stays fresh you have to cook it in bulk as well. Cook produce not just for one meal but for two or three meals at the time. That method will ensure your foods are fresh and appealing for eating. Refrigerate, organize and plan to consume your cooking during the same week.

For example, I bought a pack of white mushrooms today. I cannot really eat all these mushrooms at the same time. But I can cook all of them at same time and eat them during the same week.

Hm, how do you cook mushrooms so they are appealing to eat the next day and the next day? It is very easy to do if you like mushrooms. Cut each mushroom in two, plays them on a baking sheet; the flat halves go down and bake them in an oven. Before you bake them. Sprinkle salt, pepper and touch of your favorite vegetable oil that is useful at the high oven temperature like 350F.

Put baked mushrooms leftover in a glass sealed container and use it the next day as a site dish again. You will probably end up eating baked mushrooms 2-3 times during the same week. After that week you might not eat mushrooms for 2-3 weeks in a row. Which is totally Ok.

In case you’re a vegetarian or just exploring, the baked mushrooms is a great substitute for a cooked steak. Baked mushrooms are juicy with tons of flavor. Just something to think about. Also, when you bake your vegetables on a baking sheet you organized them well. They look nice on the baking sheet and they taste so delicious because you took a good care of them. Even children can bake vegetables on the baking sheets. It is safe, delicious, effective, and nurturing.

baked white mushrooms on a baking sheet up to 350F.
White Mushrooms and some red onion are ready to be baked in an oven. 350F

Recycling beverage containers & aluminum

In 2017, Americans recycled nearly 54 billion aluminum cans, a figure that stands for over 53% of the total cans created in 2002. The aluminum market paid over $800 million for the used beverage containers.

Inning accordance with statistics reported by The Aluminum Organization, the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), and also the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), the aluminum beverage container is by far the most recycled consumer drink package in the United States and also internationally, by units, pounds as well as percentage reused. It totals up to greater than twice the recycling rate and recycled material percents for drink containers of various other products, including glass and also plastics.

Since the aluminum beverage containers and cans are 100 percent recyclable, the majority of them can and are recycled right into new drink cans. Recycled aluminum cans are back on the grocery store rack in about 90 days, and also the procedure could be repeated countless times. This is achieved due to the fact that the aluminum can is the only product packaging material that greater than covers the expense of collection and re-processing for itself.

Guide on recycling used beverage container and aluminum.

Recycling in San-Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — How do you throw away a cup of coffee in San Francisco? You take the lid off and put it in the recycle bin. The soiled cup goes in the compost bin. Nothing goes to a landfill. That’s the law.

San Francisco residents pay less per month for their recycle and compost bins than they do for their landfill bins. It’s a financial incentive to encourage participation.

  • San Francisco Department of the Environment creates policy, develops outreach and education programs and deals with policy compliance.
  • San Francisco Department of Public Works oversees the residential refuse rate.
  • Recology is a privately owned company that contracts with the city to haul garbage. It has a monopoly on San Francisco garbage collection as it holds all the permits issued by the City’s Refuse Collection and Disposal Ordinance of 1932.

“A lot of city governments have contentious relationships with their haulers,” said Julie Bryant, a zero-waste coordinator for the city. “We know we can try and experiment with a lot of things because Recology is going to be here for a long time. The partnership with them is one of the keys to our success.”

The Valley has a more competitive market, with several big-name waste haulers such as Waste Management and Republic Services operating side by side.

https://www.azcentral.com/story/entertainment/dining/food-waste/2017/08/03/san-francisco-mandatory-composting-law-turns-food-waste-money/440879001/

Frozen

It seems like everyone is feeling frozen right now.  It is OK to feel frozen, this is what your therapist would say, because this is a simmering time before you start boiling or doing things.

We are going through a natural progression of things. There are new developments, the new and familiar things to do in the near future.  Keep praying, keep staying occupied and positive and we will get through this in a better shape then when we started it.

I had this thought today, I can do this better.  I can do this better.  I can learn how to do this better.  I can learn how to do this better.

Exercises

Here are a few exercises for you to download.  Keep your energy moving and feeling positive.  Do these exercises every day, a few times a today.  Be gentle and respectful to your body. These exercises are very easy to do.  They are very nurturing.  Download this pdf file and feel better.  This is a free gift from me to you.  Feel better my friends.

Grounded

You are grounded.  We all heard that before. What does it mean to us as of right now? Almost all of us are grounded: children, adults and elderly.  How to use this incredible situation to our advantage? How to benefit from being grounded? How to improve our communities, families, work environments by being grounded?  One way to do this is by promoting self-discovery, self-recognition and self-love.  Accept this incredible living situation by feeling blessed and supported by Mother Nature and God.  

Every person has time to meditate, to contemplate, and to conduct self-discovery.  I know those are big words. Let’s find something small to think about in the mist of it.  Let’s think about how we eat, especially when we are single.  I’m sure a lot of single people are watching news or something and eat at the same time to stimulate their senses.  There is nobody to talk to; it is hard to focus on food.  This is how bad it is right now in the world.  People have hard time focusing on themselves.  They need somebody to distract them or they will become depressed and overeat every time.  They do not like what’s happening outside. They cannot except it.

For example, there are some news coming out of post-quarantined China displaying the high divorce rates.  We do not want to see these patterns in US or in any other country.  Divorces are very expensive and overrated.  In most cases when people get married they believe in forever together. We have to believe in that and work hard on our marriages.  Only time will tell if a marriage is successful. There are ups and downs in life and in marriages.

Exercise:

Let’s go back to the improving our eating routine. Turn off all your devices that are making noises and voices. Before you start eating take a close look at your plate; admire your plate. Smell the beautiful food. Chew slowly.  Use your senses to smell and enjoy the food.  Eat normal portions to let the food digest properly.  Leave the table a little bit hungry.  Look at your children this is what they do subconsciously.  Children usually do not overeat, they leave the table early.  Learn from them how to eat normal portions.  Breath, seep your favorite hot tea after an amazing meal.

Mistakes

Right now, it is very important to make less mistakes because they could be life-threatening mistakes. How to make less mistakes? There are opportunities around us that help us to make less mistakes. One of the opportunities is “to stay home guideline” from authorities. It came to us as a guideline. It means as a citizen you can do it or not; it is up to you. It means you are a decision maker. When we make decisions, we could make mistakes.

Do you want to be smart about your decisions? I assume you do. So, what do smart people do? Smart people learn from other people mistakes. This is why they are called the smart people!