EARLY BLOOMS

After the deluge of rain in early January, we’ve enjoyed a chance to dry out for a few days.

The brief interlude of warm weather certainly gave wrong vibes to some of our fruit trees. Thinking it’s spring, they’ve started to produce blooms — a bit early. The last frost date here is sometime in March, so there’s still a possibility of having cold weather … which could possibly ruin the premature bloom set.

However, the warm weather was short lived. Towards the end of last week, dark clouds and rain visited us once again, bringing light showers and cooler weather.

Dozen manti egg cases

NATURAL PEST MANAGEMENT

Gardening organically is tough, especially if you have to contend with pests. However, when you have a slew of good bugs to defend the realm, then, it’s not so bad.

As the guys were cutting back the lemon verbena they had to remove over a dozen praying mantis egg cases — from just one bush! We have never seen so many in one place. Usually their egg cases are spread throughout the yard. 

TIRED

Having worked six of the last seven days at the tea house, we gals are waaaaay behind in our wanting to overhaul and update the PTF website. Instead, we are working on a power point presentation because PTF has been asked to speak to various organizations around town about the urban homestead project.

And, it’s soon off work again today. There’s a TV crew coming to the tea house tomorrow to do a segment about “hideaways in LA.”

One of the “perks” of working at our new job is cooking on the wonderful radiant heatedAGA stove (of which thetea house is a dealer of). No preheating, no dials, no flames, no mess… it’s amazing! OK, didn’t mean to go into a sales pitch! The stove is quite expensive (costing as much as a small vehicle) but cooking with the AGA is a pleasant, unique, and flavorful experience.

DEAR PTF

Yours is one of the best websites I’ve seen dealing with an authentic method of revolution. You do not drown your message in reactionary banter and debate, but clearly present your position in how you live.

The power to be free is truly within each of us, and not something that belongs to the so-called elite groups. Fortunately, people like Thoreau, Gandhi, MLK and countless others saw things from outside the box and showed who really gives the power to whom. Billions of dollars and social status are worth nothing if people do not want it.

Finding your website was like finding a lost coin or sheep. After reading Gandhi’s words and life, which led me to a renewed insight into the message of the Sermon on the Mount, I have been researching for viable, sustainable methods of revolution. I’ve recently joined the Jubilee USA movement for the cancellation of unjust, oppressive debts in third world countries, but have had doubts about street protests or appealing to politicians and decision makers.

So I looked deeper into MLKs speeches and the lives of the main players in the Civil Rights movement. I’ve read about Dorothy Day and Fannie Lou Hamer; St. Francis of Assissi, Vandana Shiva and Ruskin; I talked to people and researched the global justice movement. Then I found the simplicity of Tolstoy’s religious writings, which left no doubt in my mind that the poor have had it right all along — their way of life represented a balanced community approach to work and living that was perfected and handed down through countless generations. (Until, of course, someone else came along and turned profit-making and resource plunder into an economic goal, and invalidated the culture and traditional wisdom that preserved natural wealth.)

I was researching about various forms of “subsistence living” (almost a derogatory economic term at this time) when I came across your website. I was starting to feel resourceful enough to start planting veggies and owning chickens in my suburban yard. All remaining doubts evaporated when I saw your ongoing “experiment with truth”.

I hope to have as much success and learning experience in my planned Seattle area homestead, together with my wife and two young daughters. While I shall continue experimenting with traditional forms of activism, I hope to incorporate this “spinning wheel (khadi) movement” in my life and help propagate its meaning in this media-obsessed society.

Hope to see you in the path.

E.S., Washington

Weather Report: Cooler

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