Friday, June 26, 2009

Watching the garden grow....

I feel a little like a child these days watching our garden grow. The potatoes are looking good, the peas are reaching for the sun and I think I overplanted the turnip a bit! I am currently looking on websites trying to come up with some recipes for turnip other than the traditional. Can you freeze it, can you "can" it? 

I also will have beans, beets, onions and slowly but surely I will have carrots (we planted them a little deep.

When the carrots weren't coming up and the turnips looked like they had been nibbled on by something I had a "Little House on the Prairie" flashback to the episode when their garden didn't produce. "What are we going to eat Pa?", cried Laura

We don't have that problem, having a garden for us is not a necessity because we can go to the grocery store and buy what we need. But what if it was a necessity? What if we needed our garden to produce so that we could survive the winter? 


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Water, water everywhere...

We have water restrictions on in our community. They have been on since the 1st of May and they are fairly easy restrictions to follow. Even numbered houses water on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 4:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and odd numbered houses water on Thursdays and Sundays....same get the drift. Now the wierd thing about unenforced water restrictions is just that....they are unenforced. The only pennance you receive for watering beyond the restricted hours is losing your neighbour's respect and you know, sometimes that is enough. Peer pressure is sometimes all it takes.  

Monday, June 22, 2009

Greetings and salutations

You know when you don't do something that you are supposed to do and the longer that you leave it undone, the harder it gets to do? Well, that is what it is like writing in a blog. Unless you commit to writing regularly, it gets forgotten. Well I am back and I will be blogging regularly (here I go, setting myself up for failure.....)

I have almost finished reading "Sleeping Naked is Green" by Vanessa Farquharson. She committed to 365 acts of green, wrote a blog about it and then turned it into a book. She doesn't set out to write a resource book, she isn't writing it as a how to, she is just telling it like it was for her and with that comes some laughs and insight on how difficult it can be. I am enjoying it.

I am reading two books at the same time though. One is "Sleeping Naked is Green" and the other is "Slow Death by Rubber Duck". So I laugh a little reading Sleeping Naked and then cry a little reading Slow Death. Slow Death is a much darker book and is about how the toxic chemistry of everyday life affects our heath.....not a comedy that is for sure.

Now all I can think about now is the pacifier than my children had in their mouth for days, months, years!! Or the teething ring, or the rattle that they chewed on. Sorry kids....I honestly didn't know any better at the time.

The best part of reading books like these is that it makes you think and it makes you question and that is half the battle isn't it?

Until tomorrow.....