This fits into an earlier post about what things cost. Things being anything you want it to be – yes I used the word while trying to define ‘it’. =P Things can be material items, a job, a mindset, an idea, an action, etc. You get the picture. The original content can be found here. May we be less doing and more being.
Have you ever admired a successful person? What was it that you admired? Was it their fame? Their lifestyle? Their accomplishments?
Society teaches us that to be successful, we must achieve-we, must “do” something to earn it. We are taught to work hard to be “successful”. And to show our success we buy things – material “things” that prove our success “status”. When we focus on earning success we become “Human Doings”.
Human Doings overload themselves with long lists of goals, objectives and “to do” lists. They become emotionally drained as they spread themselves too thin. Worse yet, they are unavailable to respond to the emotional needs of those around them because they have so little left to give. Just as a hand becomes calloused to toughen sensitive skin, so does a human doing become insensitive to “feeling” the emotions of those around him.
“Human Beings” consciously chooses to slow down, prioritize and maintain balance. They understand the risk of getting too over responsible to their success at the cost of becoming insensitive, distant and emotionally unavailable. They make a decision to stay in touch with those they love by setting up boundaries that prevent them from becoming a slave to their goals.
After yesterday’s posting about weeds, I took out my camera and began documenting the kinds of ‘weeds’ I have growing in my side iris/lilly soon-to-be-lettuce garden. Dandelion and chickweed were the easiest ones to identify. Am working to identify the others, see if they are good eatin!
Tansy’s post about chickweed got me to thinking about what other wild herbs I may have growing in my yard/garden this year that may have a use other than for cursing. After Googling chickweed I found this site and, whatdoyaknow, there are several!
Aside from chickweed, I also have common lambsquarters, common purslane (I think), and prickly lettuce. My purslane has purply pink flowers on that bloom up the stem. Not very tall but very pretty. Before I pick and eat, though, I am going to take a picture and confirm what it is. Dandelions are easy and we have several growing now. Perhaps this will be a good addition to tonites salad! I found pictures of these beauties here.
p.s. today Ronnie and I both packed lunch and I ate in the lunch room. Missed having lunch with my honey; however, the savings sure felt good!
It has been an interesting week. Schools were closed on Monday as the shooter was still ‘at large’ so I stayed home with them. It is amazing on how many chores ones thinks they can get done with an unexpected day off – NOT! =) We hung out with my doing some cooking/baking/knitting and the girls reading and surfing the web. Late that afternoon Matt, the tractor guy, came and disc’d the garden. It looks sooo good!! Even the new ground was in great shape. So Monday evening we planted 8 rows of potatoes; four white and four purple cadillac (the meat is not purple, just the skins). In between the potatoes, I planted onions (white, yellow & purple). Then we broadcast seeded the carrots and radishes together. All of this is in my little book, to which I do not have access at the moment. The rains started yesterday and will probably continue through the weekend. Not a heavy, washing away dirt rain but a gentle, misting type – great for the garden!
I had considered planting partial shade loving plants in our front yard; however, since the girls enjoy playing in the front yard and we have taken over most of the back yard with the other garden, I believe these greens may be limited to what can be grown in the front flower beds. Perhaps lettuces and spinach?
Tuesday was spent working both jobs and then yesterday I hung out at home, fixed dinner, read and hung out with my chillins. Today I work both jobs and then will be off all weekend (yes, still work on Friday). As I read my schedule in print I am reminded of an article I read in Causabon’s book about the cost of our ‘lifestyle’ and it has made me think; is my family really benefiting from my working both jobs? The 2nd income helps to feed our technology addiction (cell phones and DSL) and when the girls have a field trip or need project supplies. What is the cost of my not being at home on those evenings? It sounds like a topic for a good family discussion. =)
It’s late (11:52 actually) and I am just getting home from the restaurant. While at work we get news that there has been a shooting at the Homestead; a chef and his assistant. You know what it was about?? Hours. This man’s schedule had been reduced so he shoot the man who was ‘responsible’. The shooter is still at large. *sighs* This is the first murder that Ronnie has ever heard of in the county – he has lived here for for 48 years.
I am tired and going to bed. The shot gun is loaded and is sitting by the bed. I am happy to be alive! Will write tomorrow.
Hola ma famille et amigos. I am still here and still reading everyone, posting comments, etc. Holding to the ‘make hay while the sun is shining’ motto, there have been many bartending hours at the Grist Mill, which I cannot pass up. Working two jobs leaves me whipped by the end of the day and ready for not much but a shower and bed. Zzzzzz.
I hope to write more soon, perhaps this weekend. The weather is predicted to be sunny and in the mid to upper 50′s. Yeah! Ronnie spoke about seed starting so I’ll be helping with that – rolling newspaper to use for seed pots.
In the chilling read categorie we have The Age of Stupid from Climate Progress and Reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmetic, and moral reasoning from Casaubon’s Book. The post from Casaubon’s Book I have personally witnessed on the local school system. It is chilling. Virginia has the Standard’s of Learning (SOLs – accurate name), part of the no child left behind mandate. The school’s funding is based on those scores and if teachers want to keep their jobs, the classes must average a certain SOL average. Teachers ‘teach’ to pass the test, notto relay important information/knowledge/concepts. *shivers* I cannot say which I find more scary!
My posts have been infrequent and perhaps too thought provoking. Nothing like a good shake in the boots to realize that homesteading is more than the ‘in’ thing to do; it is a matter of survival; to teach my kids how to live in a world that will be less hospitable than it is now, less technology based. Here in lies the challenge. What about my grandchildren?
We all know there are more scary things than what I have posted. It is just too mind boggling. Can we save overload?? I think I need a cup of tea.
Today’s post at Two Frog Home, had this link about HR 875. From what I can tell, this bill would require seller’s at the Farmer’s market to register with a newly created Food Safety Administration and be subject to inspections. Record keeping would be required and fines for non compliance max out at $1M. My coworker says “welcome to socialism”. I find this very scary.
There was some interesting discussion on this site about the bill with this point being made,
thudson said: “Please point out what text prohibits backyard gardening. Also, you should divulge any consulting contracts you have with interested parties.”
The bill does not explicitly prohibit backyard gardening. What is does is include backyard gardens in the definition of Food Production Facilities. Here’s the definition (section 3-14)
(14) FOOD PRODUCTION FACILITY- The term â€˜food production facilityâ€™ means any farm, ranch, orchard, vineyard, aquaculture facility, or confined animal-feeding operation.
This is a broad definition that could include backyard gardens, a backyard chicken pen with 2 or 3 hens, a backyard bee hive, etc. One might hope that regulations and courts would clarify the law in such a way as to exempt food produced for one’s own use. But don’t forget U.S. Supreme Court decisions, such as the New Deal era opinion which held that a farmer growing corn to feed his own pigs was engaged in interstate commerce, because growing his own corn meant that he did not purchase as much corn, thus having an effect on the interstate market for corn. Having laws on the books that could conceivably be construed in such as way as to regulate backyard or homestead food production is awfully risky.
In addition to this, the law could very well put small farmers out of business, as it is generally far more burdensome for them to comply with regulations than it is for large companies — plus small farmers do not have the wherewithal to bribe regulators, whereas large corporations do (I use the term bribe somewhat broadly to include such things as free trips, pretty women, and cases of expensive whiskey).
Can we say slippery slope?
This weekend was busy with Ronnie’s birthday on Saturday and our outdoor frenzy on Sunday: we relocated the compost pile, planted two pear and two blueberry bushes, transplanted red raspberries from various parts in the yard, fixed the grape arbors and cleared out a slew of forsythias. These forsythia had taken over about 8 foot of yard! While cleaning out these bushes, I somehow contracted poison ivy. Now in the past boiling broom sage has produced a lovely, see through brown liquid that is fantastic for drying this stuff out. Well. . . . boiling it this eve did not produce this result and I am trying to figure out what I did wrong… Has anyone else used this before? Any other home remedies that work? The web has a slew from white vinegar (which I am going to try) to banana peels and miracle whip!
Now for the odds n ends. I am taking Sharon‘s class, Adapting in Place, and this week’s discussion is on water. What to do if the power goes out and we are left to our own devices for water. Aaron, who is co-teaching this class, posted this link for a Slow sand filter. Sharon’s assessment protocols can be found at the oil drum.
I stumbled upon this blog and thought the parallels to be very interesting – and scary!
This post was thrown together. Today was a very odd day; it felt as if I were trying to think through a thick fog. *bleck* Hope it clears up for tomorrow as I bartend and may be out late. Time for bed.
Nite ya’ll! =)
The Grist Mill purchases its breakfast pastry’s from a bakery in Staunton. Over lunch, Ronnie and I were talking about my baking those pastries here. Hmmm. Croissants and scones are the usual fare. Scones are fairly easy and could be whipped up in no time. Croissants are another matter. There are several articles online about how to make croissants ranging from those that look like canned biscuits to the buttery, flakey ones that I have tasted from a French bakery – these would be the ones to make. After speaking with one of the managers, we would not be allowed to make pastries for the Inn as we are not FDA approved. *rolls eyes* How ’bout we just make sure that cottage industries die before they get started? Anyway, while I am here, thought I would post a few pix of our wood cook stove biscuits. These puppies are about 3 inches in diameter and 1-1.5 inches thick.
Oh and Riana with Those Days in French Life talks about food storage in her March 1st post including oilcloth sandwich bags. From here I Googled and found this article on how to make oilcloth. Seems simple enough. When I am ready to try, I’ll post the outcome. =)
This week my little bird dog ‘puppy’ (10 months old) pulled this bird out of the air, killing it almost immediately. With my Peterson Field Guide in hand, I tried to identify and am stumped. Anyone have an idea? These were taken with my camera phone so the quality is kinda poo. There were no markings around the eyes. A finch or sparrow? I am hoping that this is not one of the pair that live in the eave of the house. *sighs*