Vancouver: The Savvy Guide to November

November 2007
Vancouver: The Savvy Guide to November

It’s true, November is certainly the most disagreeable month of the year, but keep these tips in mind and the month will be a cinch. 

DO
Light a fire and get cozy.
Why? Because it sets a great atmosphere for relaxing family time.

PLAY
Tomato
Why? Because it’s a funny, simple game and we know how to play:

Everyone sits in a circle. The one person who stands in the center of the circle is “it”. Each person takes a turn asking “it” an appropriate question. The only answer to every question can be “Tomato”. The first person to make the center person (It) laugh wins a try in the middle. Ex: What color is your hair? Tomato. What do you brush your teeth with? Tomato.

GET
Your eavestroughs cleaned (if you haven’t already done so).
Why? Because you need to get all those leaves out before the inevitable rainstorms mean clogged drains and overflowing down spouts.

GO
To a cenotaph ceremony with your kids on Remembrance Day.
Why? Because it’s never too young to be grateful for a war-free childhood. For a moving Canadian music video that will help put that minute of silence in perspective, click here and listen to A Pittance of Time.

GREEN IT
Wash your laundry with cold water
Why? 80-90% of energy used to wash clothes is from heating the water. Cold water can save the typical family over $120 a year and significantly reduce your carbon footprint.

HELP
BC Children’s Hospital by purchasing their 2007 holiday cards. 
Why? Because sick kids need our help, and getting a head start on the holidays doesn’t hurt either. Order online or find them at Overwaitea/Save-on-Foods.

Enjoy the month (if you can).

Green It tips courtesy of our friends at Green Living Online.

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First published 2007.10.25

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