Archive for August 17, 2009

More about earrings

I can’t help it, I just ♥ earrings. Saturday was the first time I wore different earrings in my second pierced hole in my ear. I wore my Amethyst hearts in the first hole and my square Amethyst earrings on the French wires for the second. When I was taking the piercing earrings out, one of the backs came apart, they are the backs with a metal center and plastic around it. Anyway, there was some brown stuff too, couldn’t tell what it was though. Anyway, I decided that instead of putting those earrings back in I would put in my little hoops. The problem was, I couldn’t get the little hoops to close.

Sunday I wore my other hoops in the second hole, a plain gold post in the first and the piercing stud in the third. I decided to try to see if Zales had any little hoops for a reasonable price. I found these wee tiny hoops with butterflies on them. Can you see the butterflies? Probably not. I can’t see them and I know they are there! They are just the size I was looking for, and they are very pretty.

Here is better picture of the earrings. I took it from the website. There was another pair of hoops that I actually liked better, but the store only had white gold in stock. I will be ordering them from the website in yellow gold. I had a moment of concern, when I got in my car I took the hoops I was wearing out to put these in and when I took the right earring out, my ear hurt! When I took the left earring out there was gunk on the post. So I am back to vigilantly cleaning my ears with the sea salt. I am planning on putting the other hoops in my third piercing hole, I think it will be easier to keep the ears clean with hoops.


August is peak water use season and with a few simple tips from EPA’s WaterSense program homeowners can save water and as much as $110 annually on their water bills.

“Peak water use can be expensive, taxes local water systems, and threatens future water supply and quality,” said Peter S. Silva, EPA’s Assistant Administrator for Water. “A few simple changes can help consumers reduce their water bills, and in turn, save them money.”

On average, an American household uses about 260 gallons per day, but this amount climbs to around 1,000 gallons per day during peak water use season with some households using as much as 3,000 gallons a day.

Here are some tips to help reduce water use:

  • Water yards only when needed.
  • Consider using WaterSense labeled toilets, faucets and faucet accessories, which use at least 20 percent less water and can save $60 per year.
  • Water landscapes only when needed. Watering in the very early morning or evening is best.
  • Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes, and scrape dishes instead of rinsing when loading the dishwasher.
  • For summer refreshment, keep a pitcher of water in the fridge instead of running the tap until it is cold.
  • Put your favorite handyperson to work fixing leaks around the home, which can waste about 200 gallons per week. Fixing leaks can add up to about $50 in utility bill savings annually.

In 2008 alone, WaterSense labeled toilets, faucets, and faucet accessories helped Americans save more than 9.3 billion gallons of water and realize more than $55 million in savings on water and sewer bills. That is enough water to supply 100,000 average households for a year.

WaterSense is a partnership program sponsored by EPA to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by promoting and enhancing the market for water-efficient products and services.

More tips and information on WaterSense: Click here.