Ok, I'll share: V and I were married at the church we now attend 22 years ago. We've lived up and down the east coast in the meantime, but we started out in this town long ago. My wedding dress was purchased at a local thrift store for $25. My mom had it dry cleaned and did minor repairs but nothing major. I don't think at the time I was thinking about environmental or sustainability issues (who really was 22 years ago) but I was definitely frugal, even in my younger years. I still don't understand spending $400+ on a dress that you will wear once for a few hours. I liked the dress, it fit and it was a deal. I guess people think that's strange, I didn't really think about it at the time. I also shared with her that when we got married, there was another wedding scheduled later the same day. As I didn't care what kind/colors of flowers were in the church and didn't see the need to have more flowers picked for no good reason, I called the other bride and offered to split the cost of flowers with her, telling her she could pick what she wanted. Evidently another thing that people seem to find strange... Maybe it's just me.
J's mentor, Kathy, was also fascinated with our rain barrel when she was over picking J14 up for an outing, asking lots of questions and looking at how it fit into the downspout system. But she is also trying to make changes in her life. She evidently had her first free range chicken this summer and says she won't go back. In fact, we are planning an outing to an organic farm just north of here on the 22nd. The farm is owned by one of the ladies I purchase from at the farmer's market (the one we've dubbed 'the bacon lady'). Kathy evidently has an in at the farm since one of her sons' friends has been working there, raising chickens (the farm has been mostly pork and lamb, I think). I'm excited to get to go, see the farm and actually place an order for some meat, stocking up even more for the winter. YEAH!!
Well, after this article comes out. People won't have to just think we're a bit strange- they'll have it in black and white. Maybe it will open some eyes.