On a lighter note, after getting home and going through all the emails (answering over 50 yesterday alone – whew. really need to get ourselves a secretary’s secretary!) we received an email from the ABC network. They wanted to know if we would want to be a part of their newest hit TV show “Wife Swap” The email said:
“…seeking families who live by the “voluntary simplicity” philosophy – families who feel that all of the excess technology and “stuff” is unnecessary – families who keep it simple and don’t get involved with the craziness of the outside world. We’re looking for those great folks that spend true quality time with each other and don’t rely on tv, video games, or other electronics to entertain their children 24/7. We’re looking for outspoken, outgoing, lively families who are passionate about their beliefs and their lifestyle – and are eager to teach others what it’s all about!”
Sounds like our family, but they forgot one minor detail, Jules Dervaes needs a wife to swap! 😉 Anyhow, from brief snippets we’ve seen, these “reality” shows purposely generate conflicts. They want to create tension and whip up some sort of “explosive” episode.
We received an email tip the other day from a reader, saying that if we placed Google ads on the PTF site, we could be making ~ $1000 (considering how many hits each month the site receives). This $ bonus would definitely pay for the hosting, bandwidth fee and the extensive work that needs to be done to update and redesign the website (adding more reading content, PDF and video files). The question we asked ourselves: Are we incredibly stupid (or hardheaded) to keep our principles and maintain PTF as an ad free site? Hmmm?
Winter squashes are being harvested, the avocado tree is still giving us yummy avocados, peppers are pouring in, also few new tomatoes, eggplants and beans.
Parts of the garden are starting to become leggy and “tired looking” after expending all their energy throughout the growing season. From now on, plants will go into a slowdown preparing for their winter hibernation. The summer harvest cycle is nearing a close; it’s time to shift gears as we follow the earth’s natural rhythms. Time to starting planting cool weather crops. Before we left for San Francisco we planted peas, broccoli and an assortment of green crops. The sweet potatoes are growing well, so we will hopefully look forward to some tasty tubers come Thanksgiving time.
PTF has taken a break from hosting the monthly slew of workshops/gatherings. Not because we don’t want to (it’s a great community experience) but we feel that we need to spend the time progressing further along the path instead spending endless hours promoting events and worrying if we will cover the cost of the speaker. I am sure this decision will disappoint many; however, we feel there is a danger of our standing still. Repeating the same old — becoming stagnantand going in circles.
We still have to tackle the waste and water aspect here on the urban homestead and to us that’s more of a challenge now than hosting workshops or even tours. Many sustainable centers rely on memberships, donations, tour and workshop fees to survive. But to be a true, viable eco home, urban homestead or sustainable living resource center we feel that we need to make our living from our land and hands.
There are so many new skills that need to be learned and we are frustrated how inadequately we tackle all that’s needing to be done/learned. It’s a struggle to keep up the daily tasks and add new ones. To be a complete renaissance/ pioneer man or women certainly requires one to learn the fine art of time management.