Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Home made soap and hand woven linens delight me far more than buying them off the shelf in some fancy store. Big loaves of warm bread cooling on the window sill make me smile as do vegetables, just picked, still with dirt on them, filling a basket, waiting to be washed and cooked for the evening meal. The sound of milk hitting the bucket, foam rising as the bucket fills. A vase of flowers from our gardens, filling the room with a heavenly scent.
Monday, April 27, 2009
A little P.S. here, I do NOT believe God is punishing people with this flu, I think we make plenty of mess on our own, but I do think God can get our attention at a time like this when things are difficult.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Its a busy morning here at my house, Melanie and Casi are having Mei-Lings birthday party here today so I am doing some cleaning in preparation. I love music, world music and here is what I am listening to today. Cheb Mami has been a favorite singer of mine for years and years. I think Melanie has a pretty vast collection of his music. This in one of my favorite songs to clean by.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Mei-Ling enchanted by the beauty of otters swimming by her at the zoo
Thursday, April 23, 2009
This is really worth viewing. Its a sobering video
His reply....."The message is the fact that we are using the ocean as a garbage can by dumping things we don't see — such as chemicals and heavy metals — into the environment. Orcas are having problems coping with these toxins, and it all comes back to harm us — including in the food that we harvest from the ocean. So in the end, let's be very selfish. It's not the issue of saving fish and marine mammals, it's about saving ourselves."
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Clothes gently dancing on the clothesline, our only means of drying clothes. Very little new furniture in the house, and almost no manufactured wood products. No carpets, for easy cleaning and we created no demand for chemical laden carpets to be made. We opt for natural fiber clothing,most of which is what I tenderly call recycled clothing anyway, bought at yard sales and thrift stores.
We limit our paper product use and try to get recycled when we do need it. Last year I purchased two rolls of paper towels for the entire 365 days. We used one package of paper napkins, the rest of the time we use cloth for those needs. Small steps, gentle steps. We don't use fossil fuel to heat our home, but just burn downed trees, which burn cleaner than many woods. We drove a total of 10,000 miles in the past year. There is more we can do and there are probably things we do that are such habit that we forget we are doing them.
As I walked in from doing chores, I was musing over Romans 1: 20 "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse." With this being the case, why wouldn't every person that believes this, want to take care of the very handiwork of God ? I have had so many Christians tell me that all this "green stuff" is akin to Communism (which personally I see no connection whatsoever ) but, more than once I have been told that, so some folks believe it. Pollution hurts us. Carelessness causes destruction of so many delicate life forms. We are dying from the abuse of chemicals and so aren't the animals, the very ones that God thought we should have with us on this planet. Ignorance and/or denial, the kind where you spend your life having your head buried in the sand won't make things better for us or any future generations. This Earth Day, think about what you can do to live a bit more gently on this planet of ours. We are the caretakers, and we are the benefactors too.
Melanie, Mei-Ling and I are heading off for a fun day of celebrating and embracing the concept of doing our part in caring for this planet of ours.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Emery had to go to the neighboring towns Wal-Mart and its one of the few Wal-Marts around here that has a vast amount of fabric, lots of $2 a yard. I found several fun fabrics for play cloths for the grand-babies to play with when they come over. Most were $1.50 a yard and 60" wide which makes for a good size cloth to play with. The rainbow fabric was a bit more, but oh so perfect for little girls imagination !
While I was at Wal-Mart I found this cute cotton for $2 a yard that will make a perfect apron to wear while gardening. It was 50 % need and 50 % want !
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