Thursday, March 29, 2012
So what did I learn from this?? First, if you're trying to be green and natural--STICK TO YOUR NATURAL hair color!! I'm not really sure what part of adding chemicals to my hair to make it change color seemed OK to me, but now I've learned my lesson. I also learned that coloring your hair while pregnant can make it do funky things. Had I KNOW I was pregnant when I did the black I never would have tried it, but I didn't and I did so now I have to live with my mistake. It's just like the acrylic nails. I sit in that salon and everyone around me looks so PRETTY! I have on my maternity yoga pants and a too-small sweatshirt of my husband's that I've claimed that I don't care if it gets bleach splashed on it. It all combines to make me think, "I need this to look pretty, just like them!" (FABULOUS marketing by the way salon-folk!) But then my little girl (?? the ultrasound tech said she was being uncooperative so she's only 60% sure this kid is a girl.) fluttered a little and put things in perspective for me. I remembered why I started on this whole journey 3 years ago when I was pregnant with my third. I don't want ANY of those chemicals leaching into her little world, no matter HOW much I feel like I need to beautify myself.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
I looked up the Kent Farmer's Market and these are the dates/times they're open:
Remaining Haymaker Winter Market Dates
At Kent Roosevelt High School in the auditorium lobby, 9am – noon:
The Green Off-Season Farmer's Market is open these dates and times with these vendors:
The City of Green Off-Season at the John Torok Community/Senior Center will continue once a month throughout the winter months. The next Off-Season Market of 2012 is Tuesday, March 13 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by Tuesday, April 10, and Tuesday, May 8 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Off-Season Market Vendors:
Aida's Bakery - Pastries
Bittner Bees - Honey and bees wax
R & T Hawk Meats, LLC - Grass-fed Beef, pork, and free-range chicken
Noon Sharpening - Blade sharpening
Our Daily Bread - baked goods
Out of a Garden - Vegetarian patties
The Pierogie Lady - Pierogies and sausage sandwiches
Whipple Farms - Eggs
Monday, March 26, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
a little environmentalism.
To me, that's what an environmentalist is-a person
who cares about the environment and acts, in big or small
ways, to protect it. I'll bet, since you're reading this, you care
about the environment, too. You probably act to protect it.
Yet, although I think of myself as an environmentalist, I don't
read environmental books. So many of them are "preachy,"
doom-and-gloom, or both. Those approaches to the environment
(or, really, to any subject) leave me cold. They don't
inspire or empower me-they make me want to run away.
So I was delighted to find an environmental book that was
neither. I actually read it! My Green Manifesto: Down the
Charles River in Search of a New Environmentalism by David
Gessner is funny and inspiring. We interviewed Gessner for
Wild Ideas...the Podcast, in episode 147.
Gessner puts forth many ideas. I found myself thinking
"amen!" over and over again. One idea in particular was brand
new to me-environmental hypocrisy.
I know I'm not perfectly green. I drive a car and heat with
gas. I create trash, eat non-local foods, and waste electricity.
I'm not a paradigm of environmentalism and look up to many
of you who do much more than I do.
I try. I drive a higher-mileage car and keep the thermostat
down. I reuse what I can to generate very little trash, join a
CSA each summer, and replace worn-out appliances with
more energy-efficient models.
Yet, there are some things I just don't want to give up. I love
long hot showers and sit coms. (Talk about wasting electricity!)
I like having an automatic transmission. I love some
very non-local foods like oranges and tea. (That's enough.
I don't want to tell you all my environmental "sins.") And
I'm sure there are some environmental actions I've barely
Before My Green Manifesto, I really let that bother me.
How could I take a stand on anything, when things I do
cause the demand for it? I felt like a hypocrite and let my
hypocrisy handcuff me.
But of course no one's perfect. In fact, no one can be perfect.
We all, even the "greenest" among us, impact the environment
simply by existing. Even though we care for and about
the environment, we have to be hypocrites. We can't live up
to our own best intentions perfectly. We are hypocrites. We
act for the environment.
So, here's the environmental advice I'm taking to heart.
First, know that I can't be perfect. I will damage the environment.
Then do what I can to damage it less. If we all let
our environmental "sins" stop us from all action, no action
will ever be taken.
I'm convinced that every effort helps, even though every
effort made is by us, the hypocrites. We'll "talk the talk" and
do our best to walk the walk. We know we'll stumble on the
way. But, when we do, we'll still keep trying.
By: Joann Ballbach, Education Director"
Thursday, March 22, 2012
This also has me thinking about what I'm going to plant in our garden this year. I keep asking the kids for suggestions, but apples keep coming up so I'm not really sure they really GET the whole garden thing. This might be a decision I make on my own. I'll have to go to the garden center and see what they have. I DO know that they're all really excited to DIG in our garden so that might come in handy when it's time to clean it up for planting!
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Speaking of the nice weather, I was out running errands with the little kids Monday and almost drove over the the nursery to get some seeds or plants to put in the vegetable garden...then I realized it's only mid-March. I'm still a novice about gardening, so I'm not sure what the rules are when the weather turns warm so early. I got my email from Breezy Hill Farm (that does the organic produce that can be picked up at Hazel Artisan Bakery) and he mentioned how detrimental it will be to the fruit plants and trees if we get a frost now that they've all bloomed so early. Guess I should probably wait on my plantings.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Sunday, March 18, 2012
In addition to cooking, I'm planning the meals differently. I'm going to use the new food pyramid, MyPlate, and make sure my family's plates are divided into about equal quarters of veggies, fruit, grains and protein. As usual, I'm struggling with the grains...why is it so hard to find good rice recipes?!?! For this week, I think I'm doing ok. Next week I'll try to delete even more processed foods from our diets, I'm thinking breakfasts, and see how it goes. I think if I work at this slowly, and I've BEEN working on it for awhile, so it's not like we've been eating nuggets and mac n cheese every night, I can transform our family meals into something I feel comfortable with. Maybe THEN I can read books about the dangers of our food supply and feel GOOD about what my family eats. Of course, I think I might need to quadruple the size of our backyard garden and buy a few chickens and goats for that to REALLY happen, but for now, I'll start with homemade bread.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
Some people count on the crocus to tell them spring is here, for some, it's the green stalks of tulips and daffodils, but for my, it's the !@#$% willow tree in my back yard. That tree and I have a love/hate relationship (actually, I'm not really sure of the Tree's feelings for ME, but I can speak to how I feel about The Tree.) If you've ever seen my willow in my back yard, you can't deny that it's a beautiful tree. My kids can hang from the wispy branches and swing like Tarzan. When the wind blows you actually CAN hear it whisper in the willow. However, that !@#$% tree drops branches ALL YEAR! It is the messiest tree EVER! But, you take the good with the bad, and my willow is my season-meter. The earliest signs of spring I see are the teeny tiny yellow buds that start on my willow. I watch it from my kitchen window and as the weather turns warmer, those buds get bigger and bigger, until they're tiny green leaves. It's always encouraging for me as we slide back into gross cold weather after these few warm days to see that my willow is still forging ahead to spring, no matter how it may look outside today. Next thing I know, I'll be sitting with my family watching a summer thunderstorm on the glider in the Florida room counting, seconds between lightening and thunder and hoping no big limbs fall off my willow.
Friday, March 9, 2012
OK, just decided to add a link to Jessica Seinfeld's page for the reference to her cookbook and found she has written another one! This is not the same idea, but I'm excited to check it out just the same. It also looks like she has a lot of recipes listed on the site...woohoo!! Check it out!