Making Hay





round and round and round and round

each day the same, slowly racing toward nightfall, slow hour by slow hour, a  snail’s minute

the day like thick molasses or treacle, a numbness, a lethargy

the daily dailiness, dilly, dally, learn, learn, learning

leaning on me

some minutes sweet, some minutes bitter or sour or loud or quiet

its all the same.  to me. not to them. to me,

maybe i can remember in my old age, my dotage

maybe, maybe

Trying to get back in the saddle

I’d like to start blogging again but long, sustained periods of time to sit and write are beyond me.


Instead, I’ll try brief comments throughout the day and post at the end of the day. Maybe I’ll get all my thoughts out but maybe not. But aleast I’ll be writing.


Here goes.


Little curly-headed boy is telling me you could get Halloween treats at night time but you’d need a flashlight. He’s sitting at the table working on  his doodle board. The light of day backlights him as he earnestly draws.


Little Crawler is moving around trying to find things to put into his mouth. Or to bump with his heads.


I meant to just come over for my Mediterranean cookbook but got distracted by the computer.





We played outside today, the unusual (and scary) warmth of such an unheard-of day in January was too much to resist.  We dug in the dirt. Miles dug in the raised bed and in his flower bed. I started digging an edge around the bed closest to the house, where previously the mulch just ran into the grass.


Hugh is so content to be in the carrier while I dig. It’s so nice.  He watches the shovel spade up loads of dirt, he watches the mole chaser that looks like a windmill, the breeze in the trees, the clouds, his brother.


The dirt here is phenomenal. I cannot get enough of the tilth of our soil. It’s so beautiful. I love to look at it.  If it’s possible to wax rhapsodic about soil, then I do so.




And indoors there was this:






What Happens when you Forget to Check the Zucchini

Zukes Gone Wild

14 Years


m & t wedding, originally uploaded by mdwest2007.

14 years and counting.

Nickels & Dimes

Where does all the money go?  That’s what T always asks me every month. Short of  telling him the truth about my addiction to organic and/or slave free chocolate, I need to find a way to figure out a meaningful response.

This month I will track every expenditure that I put out and see, because the line on my credit card statement reading Target $37.89 tells me little of what I bought. And while I am sure it was CRUCIAL at the time, sometimes I can’t recall it at all.

Publishing this publically will also force me to cut down on things that aren’t absolutely necessary. Ok, so there is very little that is absolutely necessary. How about, things that I can’t quite justify even to myself?


Total: 14.51
Stonyfield Farm whole milk, for drinking:  2 @ 3.56  ea
Craft ribbon, to embellish present I am making for cousin’s daughter: 1 @ 1.97 ea
Topsoil, for garden, to pot up the veggies I don’t have room for in the raised beds: 4 @ 1.24 ea


Total: 14.00
2 hours of babysitting to foster mental health: @ 7/hr

Dirty Dozen

Here’s a list of the top 12 foods that have the highest rate of retention of pesticides and other residual chemicals according to the USDA. It’s listed from highest levels first:

1. Peaches
2. Apples
3. Bell Peppers (capsicum for you Kiwis and Aussies)
4. Celery (I knew there was a reason to hate celery)
5. Nectarines (pretty much all stoned fruit will retain a lot of the nasties)
6. Strawberries
7. Cherries
8. Lettuce
9. Grapes (imported; domestic are OK)
10. Pears
11. Spinach
12. Potatoes

In general, if you are going to spend money on buying organic foods but don’t want to break your bank account, these would be the ones you would want to spend it on the most, as well as dairy (and on free-range eggs because consider the poor chickens, if you will).  Lots of these you can grow in your own garden anyway.
Other veggies to play the organic/homegrown card on include:

carrots (apparently carrots are used as throw-away crops to soak up all the chemicals and gross stuff out of the ground, kind of like a vegetable roomba, as it were)
all leafy greens
green beans
winter squash
berries (except blueberries)

Interestingly, things like broccoli and cauliflower don’t respond well to pesticide use so little is used. Other things that you can eat safely include:

Brussel sprouts
sweet corn
sweet potatoes

From Vegetarian Times September 2008 and adapted for that article from To Buy or Not to Buy Organic by Cindy Burke.

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