Thursday, July 29, 2010
I planted my seeds one week ago. It's been a hot and dry week until last night, when the skies finally let go and Mother Earth blessed us with a good, hard rain. Today the air feels cleansed and the skies have cleared. A warm sun and gentle breeze grace the world around and within me.
Last night when I got home I moved my planters away from the house so they could get rain. I walked outside this morning to dispose of this week's compost pile collection and discovered glorious specks of green pushing up through the soil! I am always excited and amazed at this process--some tiny Life coming from such a seemingly inanimate object--conjuring up the strength to push all the way up through the earth.
So far the basil and both of the flower mixes have sprouted. I'm waiting yet on the chives and the experimental spinach...
Friday, July 23, 2010
Wishing everyone a lovely weekend!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Remember doing mazes as a kid? The incredible thing about a maze is that although all those squiggly black lines seemed to create a giant, overwhelming blob of places to get lost or stuck, it always told you exactly where to start and where to finish. Oh, and you get to use a crayon...but that's beside the point.
I must say, in many ways, what I learned from kindergarten has led me somewhat astray. No one tells me when to take a nap anymore; no one tells me it's snack time or how many animal crackers I can have. No one says it's clean-up time or time to play outside.
I grew to love and rely on the routine and order of the kindergarten classroom. For me, a lack of order has often felt overwhelming, chaotic, and quite impossible to overcome. To be quite honest, I spent many a morning in kindergarten crying next to my teacher. When my mother came in for parent-teacher conferences, "Miss Kind" told her about my tearful morning ritual. My mother was rather distraught by this and asked Miss Kind why she hadn't told her sooner about the issue. Miss Kind said it best: "Michelle just needs to cry. So, she cries until she's done and then she goes and plays."
I have a confession to make: last night I cried. In fact, I sat beside a woman whose kindness I also greatly admire. She let me cry and when I was done, and had slept through a night, I went outside and played.
Even though I am in my new Cave and wanting for it to be Home, I have found it overwhelming to even start that process. The space is covered with stuff, and unplanned events (demonized kitchen faucets for instance) seem to cramp my style of being overly uptight and addicted to order. And, in whatever order events do occur, my health is not where I'd like it to be. For all my desire to control my environment, my body has become the one environment I struggle to control and have no means of escaping. It's not that I lack knowledge of how to care for my health (or my Cave for that matter), but I have no idea where to start.
So today I took some advice from the Great Outdoors. I walked out to the yard and saw my Lovely Housemate's garden:Yup, it's in full bloom. Now here's mine as of today:
Some lessons from kindergarten still hold true. For instance, chocolate milk tastes best when consumed with a straw. (It tastes even better when you blow bubbles in it with the aforementioned straw.) Additionally, playtime is by far most enjoyable when shared with a friend. Kisses and a good cry make boo-boos feel better. And, when you can't figure out where to start, or you get stuck or lost, it's OK to pick up another crayon and start again.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
A friend of mine recently posted this recipe for homemade laundry detergent on her Facebook page. She got the recipe from one of her favorite magazines, Contryside & Small Stock Journal.
- 1/3 bar of Fels Naptha, 5.5 oz. bar
- 1/2 cup of washing soda
- 1/2 cup of borax powder
- 1 Tbs. of essential oil (optional)
Two 1-gallon jugs
Grate the soap and put it in a large saucepan with 6 cups of water over medium heat. Heat the mixture until the soap melts. Add the washing soda, borax, and essential oil (if desired), stirring constantly until all has dissolved. Let it set for 5 minutes over the heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let set for another 5 minutes. Using a funnel put half the mixture in each gallon jug. Fill each jug halfway with hot water, and shake well. Continue to fill the jug to the top with hot water. Shake again then put aside for about 24 hours. This gels up and looks like egg whites.
My friend uses 1 cup in her HE front loader and adds a cup of distilled vinegar to items that require extra deodorizing (she's got an adorable baby boy and hence, cloth diapers).
Friday, July 16, 2010
A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.