Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
The elementary school that my daughter attends received a grant for an outdoor classroom last year... I felt very hopeful. I was so inspired that I called the head of nutrition in our county to see about implementing the Farm to School program in our distric. I didn't get much positive feed back from her at all. She said that it wasn't feasible....
As much as I hate to admit it...I dropped the matter and didn't fight for change.
This is a subject that stirs much passion within me ... as well as the starting of a Community Garden.
These things are important to me for a multitude of reasons.
Nutrition is absolutely a priority for me.
I believe that the makers of "processed food" are the biggest "Drug Lords" on the block. It is easy for society to back a "war on drugs" when they think the enemy is Meth, Heroine & Cocaine...
but what about MSG, growth hormones, pesticides, preservatives, artificial coloring. processing flour til it no longer holds any nutritional value... and REFINED SUGARS.
And don't even get me started on "genetically modified" anything... especially seeds.
I know that these things are making our families SICK!
I think most everyone will agree how difficult it is to get a "drug addict" off Meth, Heroine or Coke...
but what about refined sugar?
or artificial additives?
We are allowing the schools and our home to turn our kids into "junkies"...
and we are paying for it...
and paying for it...
and paying for it.
hmmm... lets see... we feed our kids food that makes them sick... the wondrous machine that our body is... recognizes that our bodies are sick... so what does it do...
it stores FAT...
and keeps storing fat...
then we get "sick"...
pay many of the same companies that make our foods more money to get us "well" with their drugs...
then we are back to it all over...
it is capitalism at it's finest!
"reel her back in Debbie"
Another reason for wanting these initiatives... is the environment
does anyone know what one of the top reasons historians believe the Mayan civilization fell, or for the Great Depression (the Dust Bowl ring any bells)?
Depleting the soil of its nutrients ...
don't take my word for it... do your own research!
But one of my biggest reasons is to help foster a deeper sense of community.
Where is my "Village?"
So, I apologize for the soapbox...
just check out these videos...
a little ... food for thought!
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
It certainly is no Buddy crow. However, Buddy had a pretty dysfunctional crow in the beginning to.
It appears that the momma who raised him isn't the momma that gave him life. I am guessing it was one of the momma Wyandottes. He sure has their markings.
It may be difficult keeping this space from becoming a pit stop area
for the comings and goings between Bill's shop and the rest of the house.
A New Skirt
We ended up having a great talk. It inspired some much needed dialog between us.
And I think that maybe now she is actually even excited that she gets to wear a one of a kind original design. At least she was bragging about it at school today.
This was supposed to be a costume for Mary's Birthday Tea Party, back in March. But because of my brother's surgery we decided to postpone her party. It was going to be this summer, but this summer has now been pushed back to this fall. She is going to help me with it. And a couple of her little friends want me to help them with a costume for them as well.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
is in the sharing between two SOULS.
This was her first attempt at sewing.
Her hubby was going to toss this old shirt of his away, but she LOVED it & had another vision.
No pattern either...
Can't wait to see the finished product... with waistband and red knee pads.
Way to go Ginny!
I LOVE THEM
It is getting a lived in look while things are still finding a permanent place.
I am still trying to find functional homes for all my tools & toys.
I love this book. Her sense of humor is right up my alley!
But her simplistic and economic solutions for a more intentional life is what really has me.
I have leaned toward the more simple & sustainable approach to living for the greater part of my life now. But, I have not always found it feasible or economical to make a lot of the choices I would like to.
I am guilty of falling prey in this mad world of capitalism and propaganda.
I gotta say, most people who know me know this to be truth...
as well as anyone who has been to my home...
Cleaning is NOT my favorite thing in the world to do.
Ok, I know that this isn't too many folks favorite pass time but some people are really just better at it than others.
Like many people I am sensitive to the toxic chemicals in most cleaning products. And after one of my serious cleaning sprees I get from time to time, I typically end up with a nasty chemical cold.
So, if cleaning it self wasn't reason enough not to tidy up... the cold really was.
I have tried many "all natural" products over the years but found none of them to really do a great job cleaning.
This summer has been filled with many adventures.
But the greatest adventure has been trying to make some permanent lifestyle changes in our family.
it isn't like popping a pill for a quick fix to life's problems.
And it isn't even really anything new to our family
And because I am rich in the abundance of friends and family I have been able to share openly many of my thoughts and actions.
And they have reciprocated... with their own.
One of the similar themes has been in the removal of artificial preservatives and additives from our children's consumption and use...
real food, whole foods.
I wish this was as simple in action as it is in theory...
On this journey I am revisiting my younger years... and reclaiming some of the less toxic ideals and weaving them into my always evolving life.
An Old Friend
Mixed with ...
Dr. Bonner's & Tea Tree Essential Oil
Last week I had a MAJOR epiphany.
I wish the battery in my camera had not been dead that day.
I decided to put into action one little nibblet from Raleigh's book.
My sister had shared with me earlier how she had used most of the ingredients suggested in a blog of a
good friend who happens to be related to us by marriage...
How blessed are we to call her family.
She couldn't believe what a GREAT job it had done on a really gross bathroom they never used.
Now, I read this blog religiously... and I must say I was not inspired to try this concoction for lack of faith.
I just assumed she was one of those gurus that was incredibly gifted at the art of keeping a clean home and she didn't need anything with serious deep cleaning ability like I did... you know cuz I such a unique and all.
Anyway... the ideas and seeds began to germinate and I asked myself why did I have the information at my finger tips (the book) and even the supplies if I wasn't willing to use them.
So, I grabbed my book... and found her suggestions for a " Soft Scrub"
I rolled up my sleeves, hiked up my skirt and headed for the bathtub.
1 c baking soda 1/4 c liquid castile soap
3-5 drops tea tree oil 2 aspirins, powdered
Mix all ingredients together & add enough water to make a paste. Keep in a shampoo bottle. To use, apply with a sponge, scrub and rinse thoroughly.
Now because I am not very good a following instructions (more will than ability)...
and because I didn't have any powdered aspirin, I decided to wing it.
I threw baking soda all over the bathtub, sprinkled Dr. Bonner's and added a few drops of tea tree oil... pulled out my wash cloth and started cleaning.
I was first amazed by the pleasant smell...
then the lack of elbow grease it took to clean the tub.
It wasn't until that point that I had my epiphany...
how wasteful was I?
The amount of baking soda and other ingredients was enough to have cleaned that tub MANY times over.
And why in the world had I been so reluctant to even try something else?
I bet that makes corporate earnings go up...
Most of those "all natural" cleaners were made by the same folks that made the toxic stuff... why would they want me to find out the "truth"?
I was filled with mixed emotions.
I was so excited...
but at the same time I was sad and angry that I had been duped for so long.
This is very non earth-friendly of me to admit...
I threw those other toxic bathroom items in the trash..
nope I didn't even try to recycle them...
my emotion got the best of me.
Shampoo, conditioner, foot scrub... you name it ...it was history.
The only bathroom items I held on to were, my husbands items...
he might be a harder nut to crack.
My daughter followed easily and quietly.
I personally like to just use the good dr. for my hair and everything else.
What's in Your Laundry Room?
actually we don't used it at all since we re-routed the water flow for grey water use.
This is what I have been using for a while now...
I am considering making my own laundry soap... we'll see.
I started to work on these while some of Mary and her friends were busy painting some gourds of their own.
The Final Days of Summer
The countdown has begun...
Next week, back to the grind... so we had an impromptu camp-out with 4 of her friends...
No More Pink Boots
I can not say that I am sorry to see Mary's "people pleasing" pink phase go.
What's good fer the gourd is good for the giddy-up.
I think they turned out nicely.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
But, I was dyeing to get started!
I found an awesome online shop out of North Carolina, that caters to the gourd enthusiast.
All kinds of cool products.
I couldn't wait to get them at the NC gourd festival or the VA gourd festival. I was ready to play!
So, I purchased some new dyes and applicators from them a while back and I have been letting them collect dust in my newly renovated studio.
I could stand it NO longer. I had to break them out... new packaging HAD to go!
So, I PLAYED!
This was really a first for me.
Typically I paint my gourds with acrylic paint and then give them a clear coat.
I tried dying some a while back with some left over fiber dye.
It didn't work out the way I had hoped. I had to use a LOT of dye and still got a very muted tint.
I really like how this koi turned out.
This bowl will get a few background touch ups and of course the inside...
but for the most part this one is ready to be waxed.
This one will need a little more work.
The background needs a second dose of dye and then I need to do some detail work.