Wow! It's been awhile since I've posted. Lots of stuff going on the last few days...I was sick over the weekend, and it just took awhile for me to get back in the swing of things.
But, I did have the opportunity to do some online snooping today after getting caught up on work and housework, and I found out something interesting: nothing in the resident handbook says we can't plant vegetables.
The last time we lived in base housing, we were told it was against the rules to plant vegetables. So I assumed it was the same this go round. However, I got curious today, and looked at the handbook...and nowhere does it say, "Thou shalt not have vegetables in your backyard." So guess who's gonna be planting up a storm next summer? This girl! Although, I think I will play it safe and use containers.
Now I feel like a kid in a candy shop...so many different types of veggies....where should I start? Lettuces and salad greens are a must have, and tomatoes. Bush beans will be nice, and I can use trellises for peas and squash. Definitely need to plant some bell peppers, too. But what else? I think carrots? There are a bunch of nice compact ones that are suitable for containers...which reminds me; I found this great site that sells seeds especially for container gardening. Try www.containerseeds.com...great little site. they even have a blue sweet corn designed for containers that only grows 3-4 feet high...gotta get some of THAT!!!!
This is going to be fun. I'm itching to see how productive I can make my little 15x25 backyard next year!
So, I've been gone for a couple days. Stupid internet. Sorry about that. BUT...the enforced time away from the interwebs did allow me to get a lot of stuff done that I'd been putting off for awhile, so it wasn't that bad. Missed my blog, though. I did think about something while the net was gone-the fact that I LOVE my gray hairs!
I recently ran across a very intersting blog post about the carbon footprints of blogs...yep, your blog has a carbon footprint. Who'd have thunk it? "Making Your Blog Carbon Neutral For Free" on Green-Eyed View has some pretty interesting facts and figures on how much carbon dioxide is emitted by the average blog every visit. I know my little corner of the blogosphere isn't anywhere near average, but I was nevertheless shocked at the thought of my blogging causing carbon emissions, although when I stop and think about it, I do get it.
The answer? Plant a tree. One tree will neutralize the carbon footprint of your blog 100%. sounds pretty cool, but I bet you're thinking about the cost of a tree, care and maintenance, etc., right? Or if you live in an apartment, you're thinking about the fact that you can't plant a tree at all. But there IS good news: if you go to the post listed above, there are steps you can follow to have a tree planted FOR YOU....just by passing this bit of news onward in your blog. Pretty cool deal, if you ask me.
I would urge all of you bloggers to consider this option...anything we can do to green the planet will benefit us all!
Ok, I ran across this post and I had to share it...because I feel vindicated:
"Night Owls vs. Early Birds: Who Will Win? Morning or Night People?" from Looking For My Life.
See? See? There is scientific data backing me up! Hah! No more cracks about making marmalade at midnight, please. My DNA has given a statement and says it will take full responsibility for my vampiric sleeping habits; thank you DNA.
I can't help it if I sleep until 11am most days and stay up until 3am...it's just the way I am. The thought of getting up at 7am nauseates me. I have breakfast at noon. It's great...try it sometime.
so for all the Early Birds out there in my world who have ragged me about my sleep habits, and you KNOW who you are...you can rest easy in the fact that my nocturnal nature is one less thing you have in life to worry about.
It's me...again. I had hoped to get to my preserves today, but real life and work have intruded once again...darn it! LOL Had to give both the dogs a bath, which is always an adventure. So I have included a step by step manual on how to wash my boxer, if you ever find yourself in the position. Many of these steps and principles can also be applied to your own dog as well.
Hey all, just another quick post from moi. After spending the afternoon cleaning, I thought I would share some interesting ideas from a couple blogs:
"Ode To My Clothesline" from the Instead of the Dishes blog has some great ideas and thoughts about why hanging your clothes out to dry is preferable to running them in the dryer...something I would do if we were allowed to have clotheslines. "Natural Spring Cleaning" from Natural Mom, Healthy Child contains several really good recipes for natural cleaning products, something I use a lot due to chemical sensitivities AND a desire to find better ways of keeping toxins out of the ground. "Homemade Laundry Soap and Detergents" from Christian Homekeeper Network has another good recipe for homemade laundry products, although it has Fel-Naptha soap in it, which if I remember correctly, isn't exactly a natural cleaner, but worth a go for those who are interested in homemade cleaners. And finally, "Going Paperless-Paper Towel Edition" from The Diet Coke Diet has some good tips for reducing the amount of paper towels you use in your household.
So check them out, chicas, and have a good night!
Ah, hot July summer. Yesterday I was reading a post on Flour On My Face about blackberry picking, and it reminded me of my own childhood experiences picking blackberries in Tennessee.
Sorry I haven't been around to post: it's been a busy few days! Good things and not so good ones. BUT, it's another Monday, so back to the grind. I'm excited, because I start school in just about a week and a half....finally! Enjoy my last relatively free days before things heat up. Whoa...it's been....14 years since the last time I was in school, so this should be interesting, to say the least. I'll confess I'm a bit nervous, but I'm sure I'll be fine. And with Dale doing the same classes, I have a nice study buddy.
I haven't started on my preserves yet, since Dale is still home on leave. It's hard to get down to business when the man is so darn distracting! A boy and his dog: they spend most of the day wrestling on the floor, and the house is full of the sounds of toenails on wood, man yells and boxer snorts. Gotta love it. We don't need kids; we have Macey. Not sure if the hubby would be able to devote the necessary attention needed to raise a child for spoiling his girl.
On another note; my nephew Jonas graduated preschool recently, and I have awesome pics that I, as the proud Auntie I am, feel the need to share with all of you:
Well, yesterday was a bum day for blogging. My cable and internet went out at 10:00am and didn't come back on until 11:30pm. So no interwebs for me. I think I might have started having withdrawal symptoms. The upside was the fact that it was pay day, which meant I got to go get a bunch of goodies. I ran up to Lowe's Foods in Cape Carteret to do my grocery shopping; it was my first time going there, and I really liked it. They had an awesome produce section...think all the variety of Fresh Market or Whole Foods, but the size of Super Walmart's. And prices nicely in between. I mean, around here it's rare to find such tasties as fennel bulbs, celeriac, broccolini, leeks, radicchio, fresh brussels sprouts and wonderful, huge, fresh organic portobello caps. I had fun just in the produce section! And the meat section...I can't remember the last time I've seen such a huge selection of grass-fed beef and free range chicken. Seriously. I think I've found heaven. Quality, healthy, good selection, and prices right between Wally-world and Fresh Market. LOL, I was just happy the had Gardenburgers on sale 2 for $5.00. We stocked the freezer. Manda's a happy girl right now.