Nourish - Hubby and I are ready to make a few adjustments to our diets, we are both looking to lose a few pounds and take another step toward healthy eating. We are doing this in a step process so that the thing we do now will become a habit and then we move on. We are reducing carbs a little bit again and see how we feel. I made a very satisfying chowder using cauliflower instead of potatoes, it made it into the recipe rotation.
Prepare - Went through and inventoried the home canned goods from last summer. We ran short on canned tomatoes but have some left in the frozen category. This summer we will add a couple of tomato plants and plan on canning more plain sauce/juice. That turned out to be the most handy stuff.
Reduce - See under create, re-using old patterns, I'm hoping I can make this work, I have lots of old patterns that I would like to be useful again.
Green - I finally tried a laundry soap recipe my daughter in law recommended and has used for quite awhile now, this is the recipe from Budget 101 and I have used it twice, it made 2 quarts of soap and while mine did not have the goal of 'mayonnaise' consistency it was close (more like a frosting) I am happy now and we will see if it pans out over the long haul - but it felt good to get it done after all this time!
|quart number one!|
Grow - We are working toward the day the thermometer says we can plant and are getting all the yard areas in shape. Sometimes that involves cutting things back - See this post for details and photos of my adventure with the electric hedge trimmer - which I found to be an awesome tool!
|This is an example of the weirs that we will be replacing|
Enhance - This month was the annual meeting of our irrigation water association that hasn't taken place in about 10 years! It was a case of entrenched 'good ole boys' getting by and no one complaining or in some cases knowing that they should complain. The result is that the system that delivers the water we all use for our yards etc. for flood irrigation is crumbling. Hubby will be working to take out one of the cement 'headgates' that needs to be re-cemented and we have committed ourselves to be involved in the activities with an eye to perhaps being more involved in the running of the association in the future. This is a fascinating process and was fun to meet all the people who live near us but not next door. We are in an area of just under a half (us) to ten acre parcels, kind of a hodgepodge!
Enjoy - We are making plans to go to see the kids around Miss Lily's birthday, cannot believe she will be a year old in a couple of months! Time really does fly doesn't it. We will enjoy the chance to visit and cuddle and spoil her so we are already putting together things to take along!
|we may need to go shopping!|