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Earth Day…My Favorite Day

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Earth Day is tomorrow and I get so excited when for this one day everyone is talking about what I talk about all year.  I am one of those girls that thinks “Earth Day is everyday”.  I truly wish that everyone would be more like-minded, and I know that more and more people are. But, I will take this one day a year to talk up the environment and how easy it really is for us to make it better.

Anyway…  I will absolutely be watching Oprah tomorrow, as she always has a great Earth Day Special.  I can’t wait!!!  And The City of Redmond is holding it’s annual Earth Day Dry Cannon Litter Pick Up on Saturday the 24th from 10:00 to 2:00@ Sam Johnson Park.  Be there if you can!!!  Check out what you can do to chip in in your community.

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Great Insight…check it out

Since my last pity party about how I hate everything winter, I decided to read a book.  I figured if I couldn’t DO anything, I could at least educate myself more while I wait for warm weather.

So, I went to the library and picked up a book .  Now,  I have never been a “reader”.  I just couldn’t seem to get through a book, until this one.  So for me, finishing this book meant more than just what I got from it.  It was quite an accomplishment for me, plus I liked the book.  I tend to be drawn more to the tried and true stories than the instruction manuals.  Don’t get me wrong, I use them too, but I really think that knowing this story had been lived made me want to turn the page.  The book…

Farewell, My Subaru

best described as “One man tries to kick oil, live locally and keep his goats out of the rose bushes” Check this one out if you haven’t already.

A couple of months ago I watched a movie that I can honestly say changed the way I thought about my food.  I realized that I didn’t know half as much as I thought about my food (call me naive).  I grew up raising my own pork, chickens and beef and so did everyone around me.  I was under the impression that most animals were raised the way that we raised ours.  When you came to my neighborhood/town/county/state you saw and still see acres of farm land with cattle roaming on plenty of space, eating grass.  To me, that is how we did it.  WRONG.  That apparently, is not the way things are done for your local “grocery store USA”.  The movie…

Food, Inc.

best described as “You’ll never look at dinner the same way” This is a MUST see

If you have any thoughts on these feel free to let me know.  Also, I am looking for cook books that focus on ingredients in the garden.  If anyone knows of any, I would love to hear about it.

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No room to Garden? Yes you do!!!

 

I have referenced to EnviroMom before as they come up with some great stuff.  This is another one of those brilliant posts. 

I absolutely LOVE this.  I have plenty of space for my garden and this makes me want to strap a piece of gutter onto a wall and plant.  I really think I am going to.  Now obviousally there is no root vegi’s going on here, but let the greens grow!!!  Herbs and yummy strawberries too.  There are no excuses for not growing something edible this year.  Get plantin’.

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OPRAH, thats right, Oprah

I hope that you were able to watch Oprah today (4-22-09).  I know, I know, normal people work and have lives.  I never have time for t.v. during the day anymore, but today was Earth Day.  I took part in my 2nd annual Oprah Earth Day program.  Last year was good, Julia Roberts was on and they showed how vermicomposting works.  This year was exceptional, if you did not see it you need to go on line and watch it.  You will not be disappointed.  I promise.  I felt myself wanting to cry through most it.  I am hoping that was a normal reaction, I think so????  Anyhoo I never push things unless I mean it, and I mean it, check it out!

On another note of being the proud parent that I am…  My son came home from school today asking if he and his friends could go up and down the street picking up trash.  I am so tickled with his compassion!

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HAPPY EARTH DAY

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Happy Earth Day!

I hope you all feel like this is your day!  I sure do.

I know it is Wednesday and it is still the middle of the work week, but be sure to do something great today for our planet.  Check with your city’s website and see what is going on this weekend in honor of Earth Day.  Redmond Oregon has it’s annual litter pick up in the canyon.  Head on down there and take part, you will feel so good about what you have done.  Be sure and include everyone, the kids and all of their friends can only make for a more exciting day. 

 

-MY PART-

Well, the garden is 1/2 in.  I cant wait for the rest of it.  Don’t forget to leave a little room for regular reseeding.  We want to be able to enjoy our garden as long as possible, not just all at once.  I feel so accomplished, I can hardly stand it.  I really do feel like that is my baby out in the corner.  I am trying rows this year for the firs time.  My friend Ann gave it a shot last year and is totally pro row girl now.

The chicks pullets are doing well, I swear I will get the coop picks up soon.  I am working on a huge project that I cant wait to tell all of you about, just not quite yet.  Anyway, big personality’s (those 3 girls).  Trixy is my fave.  Then Omerosa and Crystal.  Yesterday Trixy started squawking very loud.  I have just recently been letting them out of the coop as I don’t have the pen built yet.  I ran over there to find that she had been around the corner from the others and started to panic.  She is now known as the chick that cries wolf.  The next couple of times that happened, I didn’t run.

I put up my clothes line.  I put the clothes out @ 8:00 last night and pulled them in this morning, I love this weather.  I thinkI have convinced my husband that laundry doesn’t have to be done every day, we can shoot for every other day.  Baby Steps, I guess that is what it is all about.

Again, Have a Great Earth Day and actually embrace it and everything that it stands for!!!

 

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Random Useful Facts (I think)

I subscribe to a blog called Enviromom, they are a great inspiration of a green way of life to shoot for.  I say shoot for because it has always been my motto that you do not have to do everything, just do something.  Everyone can tweak little things in their lives to live a greener lifestyle.  Anyway, there last post was short and to the point.  I thought it was great enough to spread it on. 

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Evidently Michelle Obama is on her way to digging up a plot of grass at the White House and replacing it with a garden of  organic vegetables.  How cool is that?  It isn’t like she NEEDS to do it, I am pretty sure that there is enough food over there.  So good for her!!!  Way to set an example not only for the country, but for her girls.  Maybe a compost is on the way???  It could happen!!!

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Next on the docket… The Farmer’s Almanac.  It was brought to my attention that I really should look into the Almanac, as it is pretty reliable.  So, today I decided to read up on what it has to say.  Of course, I will only spend time to tell all of you if it tells me what I want to hear.  LOL!  I have yet to get really into it, but what I did see makes me say “I knew that I knew what I was doing”. 

Today is the 22nd and you should plant your cabbage, and yesterday you should have been starting your vegi seeds indoors.

The bottom line…  At least this year,  if you need conformation because you are chomping at the bit and everyone else says WAIT, read the Farmer’ Almanac.  It made me smile!!!

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Serious Question

free_2794718I have been doing a lot of thinking about sustainable/green/eco-friendly/etc. jobs.  While there are many businesses that are going greener (Great Job), I am speaking of green being the focus.

So, my question to you and I really do want as many opinions as possible.  Where in your community is there a need for something in this area? Is there something you have been looking for and cant seem to find or are you tired of having to order your sustainable supplies?  I don’t know?  But, I honestly want to hear all of your input.  Thanks everyone, cant wait to see what we come up with!!!

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