The many little things that we do every day/week to help the environment and to help stop global warming can add up and do a lot more good than we might realize. What LITTLE THING have you done today or even this week?
Below is what I did today. In the scheme of things, it was not much -- but like I said above, â€śLittle things add up!â€ť
This afternoon, my stepdaughter threw a little party for her older sonâ€™s birthday. Since her fatherâ€™s (my husbandâ€™s) birthday is the day after her sonâ€™s birthday, the little get together was for BOTH of them.
I knew that she was going to serve SAD cake and ice cream, so we brought over some of the McD-legal/global warming friendly (fat-free, part whole grain, VEGAN) chocolate birthday cake (containing pumpkin puree in place of eggs, milk, oil) that I made for my husband. Except some refined sugar and some white flour (which are OK to have on â€śfeastâ€ť or â€śspecialâ€ť days), this cake was VERY healthy, delicious, and earth-friendly. We also brought over a small container of fresh fruit, instead of ice cream, to eat with the cake.
To top it all off, we RODE our BICYCLES to her house (about 4 miles) with the cake and fruit in a small cooler strapped to the back fender of my husbandâ€™s bike.
The thing that amused us the most, at the party, is what my stepdaughterâ€™s other son did! He is only (almost) three and he PUSHED AWAY his little plate of SAD cake and ice cream and kept asking us to hand him grapes and strawberries from the container of them that we had brought. Of course, we were more than happy to hand him the vitamin and antioxidant rich fruit!
After we got home, my husband remarked, â€śLittle kids KNOW whatâ€™s good for them!â€ť
By the way, I used to visit the McDougall Message Board often and post here on a regular basis. However, for the past year, or so, I have been using what little free time that I have to learn about virtual 3D art, animation, etc., and have not had the time to visit and post here as much as I used to.
I am NOT very good at this 3D â€śstuffâ€ť, yet, and there is MUCH more that I need to learn about it. However, I am trying to do some â€śgoodâ€ť with what little knowledge that I have of this art form, with what few tools that my very limited budget can afford, and with my huge collection of downloaded freebie 3D figures and props that I have backed up on DVDs.
All of my 3D â€ścreationsâ€ť that I have uploaded to You Tube (and other sites) are free to view and are free to download for personal use. However, they are NOT to be used in anything commercial!
For any one interested, my YouTube channel is stinkbugb2008. My very first 3D animated little video has been on YouTube since last June. It is titled â€śSAVE OUR PLANETâ€ť and it mentions the McD plan along with MANY other things that can help â€śsave our planetâ€ť. My second one is titled â€śThe Beatitudesâ€ť and it is NOT McD related. It was made for a very religious friend of mine who introduced me to the art form of 3D posing and animation.
Currently, I am working on another little video that I HOPE will be finished by this fall. (I only have a few hours in the evenings, that I am home, to work on my projects -- so they take quite a bit of time to complete.) In this new video, I will stress the importance of REUSING/RECYCLING things and the importance EATING what is GOOD for BOTH US and our PLANET. This will be mixed in with a LOT of what I HOPE will be comedy.
There is even a character (in one small part of it) in it named DR MACK NOODLE! He advocates eating and living healthy and in a way that is good for the planet. (Canâ€™t image WHO HE is BASED ON??? Hahahahaha! I hope Dr. McDougall will NOT be offended! He shouldnâ€™t be. The animated character is somewhat good looking and is VERY CUTE!) Dr. Mack Noodle will be celebrating his 92nd birthday by VIGOROUSLY DANCING to a little tune that I composed and played and recorded using a halfway decent CHILDâ€™s keyboard and the free Audacity Audio program. My song is NOT very good -- but there will be NO copyright problems with my using it!
Unfortunately, if you look closely at my first two uploaded videos, you will see some little jerky places in them, in some spots, where the 1 to 3 second-long little 3D clips were joined together into one video. The other day, I FINALLY figured out what the problem was! The program that I am using to join these little clips together is cutting off either both the first and last frame of each little clip, or parts of these frames, or maybe just either the first or the last frame. So, for now on, I WILL add some extra (same first and/or last) frames to the little clips to try to solve this jerkiness problem. (I still need to figure out WHICH and HOW MANY extra frames are needed -- but I plan on running some little experiments, soon, to find out.)
SO -- If you-all donâ€™t hear from me for another long spell, youâ€™ll know I have been up to.
Also, I am still mostly MWLing, still doing some exercises most every day, still keeping the weight off, and I am still very healthy and physically fit. I just LOVE McDing!!!
Happy McDougalling, everyone!
I believe we McDougallers can have a loud enough voice to influence enough people to cut back on livestock consumption/farming that we CAN have a positive impact on global warming -- if we REALLY try!