I feel as if the last few months have vanished down the rabbit hole. And no – I haven’t been reading Alice in Wonderland.
I haven’t forgotten about you. I don’t even have the excuse of having nothing to share. I have, however, lost track of how long its been since I’ve blogged at all, let along regularly. We’re moving toward getting internet at home, which means I will soon be able to write in the evenings.
In the meantime, to placate my conscience and my small, loyal band of readers – here’s a list of things I’ve learned this spring:
- Too much rain is as bad as too little. I desperately want to plant a garden. Nothing fancy, for now just some herbs, tomatoes and zucchini would suffice. Between rain in the skies and stones in my garden, I’ll be lucky if I get anything planted this year.
- Stones are heavy. I’m so tired of seeing the stones in my landscaping (put there intentionally to keep out the weeds – its not working), but removing them is a far bigger pain than I’d anticipated. And now we’ll have a big pile of them in our backyard. Free for the taking (but you have to come get them yourself)!
- South American literature takes FOREVER to read. Its not that I don’t like Love in the Time of Cholera. I really do want to know if the guy will get the girl in the end. But reading more than a page or two at night has been difficult. Especially when distracted by other reading.
- Cheating on South American literature means it takes even longer to finish. Okay, its true. I haven’t exactly be diligent in my fiction reading. I’ve been reading cookbooks, nutrition books, homeopathic books, herbal remedy books and as much information as I can find on making my own personal care products (toothpaste, shampoo, deoderant, etc) and cleaning products. Of course, I haven’t taken the plunge and actually MAKE anything yet.
- Research can last forever if you don’t just suck it up and try things. At some point, I’m going to have to get out of the library and into the lab. Its days like this I curse my perfectionism and wish I had more of a let’s-just-try-it-and-see attitude.
- Crocheting is hard. Never try to start by learning to make baby hats. Consider something small. And square. Like a dishcloth.
- Trying to help plan a vacation for six people who are scattered across two states isn’t easy either. Especially when you’re trying to figure out how to take your diet on the road with you.
- Amish bulk food stores rock my world. Sucanat, sorghum, sprouted wheat flour, cinnamon sticks (my husband makes this wonderful South American drink called canela), herbal teas, spices, free range eggs, locally made cheese, unsweetened shredded coconut, real honest-to-God vanilla. All far more affordable than can be purchased in town – if I can even find it in town. If only their hormone free, grass-fed meats weren’t so darn costly.
- I need a deep freezer. The only way I’ll get us free of the bonds of grocery store meat is if I can buy meats in bulk and freeze. Until I have a deep freezer, it just isn’t going to happen.
- Raw milk is impossible to find. I’ve decided that I’m tired of the government telling me what I can & can’t consume. I think I would like to be able to decide if raw milk is bad for me or not; I would like to have the responsibility of choosing a healthy, clean farm with health, clean animals over poorly treated, poorly farmed dairy cows that never see the light of day and are pumped full of hormones and soy beans. I would also like to not have to drive across state lines or purchase my own cow to have the right to drink raw milk. And I will now get off that soap box and go back to my low-temp pasteurized, non-homogenized milk from Eagle Creek Farms.
- Cheating on my diet even a little is just going to have to stop. We cheated a lot between Christmas and March. I’ve gained most of my weight back and all my skinny clothes don’t fit any more. Makes me so stinkin’ angry! It also means I’ll probably starve my poor husband to death over the next few months. And buy out the farmer’s market every week. Speaking of which – is it May yet?!
- The blogosphere is a wonderfully scary place. Talk about the ultimate rabbit hole! Only a few months ago I followed one fabulously well written foody blog, which I’ve mentioned often: The Nourished Kitchen. That blog led me to a link. Which lead me to another link. And another and another and another. I started following them all. I have a Google alert set up for Weston A. Price, which opened yet ANOTHER rabbit hole. I’m in serious trouble. When is it time for an intervention?
- I LOVE LOVE LOVE meal planning. I also get really stumped and discouraged. I like a widely varied diet and a widely varied cooking routine. I planned a couple of weeks out thoroughly, but then fell apart with my planning. Now I’m trying to get a whole month’s rotation going so I only need to revise about once a season. Wish me luck!