ODDS & ENDS


Cat Stevens (Spanky) hanging out with Miss Clementine

The gloom continues to blanket the southland as we patiently await sunshine and warm temps to jumpstart the summer crops’ growing season. The sun looks like it just may break out of the clouds today; however, there is a chance of rain forecasted today and tomorrow. We are still wearing layers and even coats this morning because the air is chilly and damp. The hatching chickens project remains on hold until the weather stabilizes and warms up – without central heat and no sun it’s just too damp and cool in the house at this point.

The message board is still under attack from a virus that’s infiltrated the system. From what our hosting provider is telling us,  its whole message board system has been invaded and there is a security problem with the message board programs.   One solution is  we may have to take down the message board altogether and install a new board, another problem we really don’t need at this point.   So please bear with us as we figure out what our options are and we will try our best to get things back to normal.

If any of you were effected by the virus that invaded your computer, please email us and we will see what we can do to help you get rid of it.

We made some toothpaste yesterday and will be making deodorant today (details and photos will be posted soon)

Green onions, peas, broccoli, and an assortment greens is what’s for dinner these days. Today we’ll be making black bean soup to use up some of the onions. We looking at squeezing a few more fruit trees on the property – a kumquat, a few more dwarf peaches and mulberry bushes. There’s always room for more plants – honest.


Edible flower garnish {courtesy Peg D}

Business is picking up, especially with our catering clients, or as one of the chef’s called it “[they’re] slamming!” Parties are picking up and that means the need for edible flowers, garnishes and whatever extra we have growing that we can spare.   The “great wall of nasturtiums” that self-plants itself year after year is lush and the flowers are absolutely gorgeous. Too bad we have to pick them almost every day because of the demand. I’ll never have a picture of the nasturtiums plants fully in bloom with their vibrant oranges, salmons and yellows.   This is always left to our imagination, meanwhile they add a touch of elegance to a salad plate somewhere.

This is the season that we make the majority of our income for the year and we need to take full advantage of this and that means many other projects have to be put on hold for the time being.

We are certainly busy these days. Right now, we have to concentrate most of our efforts into our produce business which pays the bills and also feeds our family. The earth calls (demanding to be heard now, no putting this one off) and we have to plant now so we can eat later. Spring is a time for new beginnings and we hope that this year will bring us closer to finishing a few of our goals and also of reaching out and helping more people.
I just had to share another great letter.

From the PTF Mailbox:

I wanted to share some thoughts I had this morning. I visit your site almost everyday, looking for inspiration and ideas to further my own path. A consequence to that is that I think and pray for you often.This morning I was musing on the book Atlas Shrugged (don’t know if you’ve read it but its a favorite of mine). The movers in the story eventually leave civilization and create their own community high in the mountains. These movers are the ones with knowledge, determination and self assurance to make things work. I think of you guys that way. That you are movers of earth and information and self assurance. My ultimate thought is that you have found the balance that Dagny Taggart and her friends could not find in the story. They felt they had to leave and make their own place. You all have made your own place right where you are! I so respect and admire that you have taken what can be, in the future, a desperate situation and given yourselves the opportunity to succeed. The balance is that you are striving to be independent of the world but still be in it and affect an influence. I don’t think it will do much good for those who have the “guts” to work out their substance to disappear and leave those behind who don’t know. In each of our corners, I hope we all can make a change, one step at a time. ThanksM

Most days, when you find us working on the computer (especially on the website), answering emails we like to listen to a variety of music.

A little bit of uplifting inspiration from the “master of lyrics” from yesterday’s play list.
Trails of troubles,
Roads of battles,
Paths of victory,
I shall walk.
The trail is dusty
And my road it might be rough,
But the better roads are waiting
And boys it ain’t far off.

Trails of troubles,
Roads of battles,
Paths of victory,
We shall walk.

~ Paths of Victory Lyrics – Bob Dylan ~

BOOKMARKS

How to live without plastic bags {Squidoo.com}

Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. That comes out to over one million per minute. Billions end up as litter each year.
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Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. That comes out to over one million per minute. Billions end up as litter each year.
We are poisoning the birds, see proof in thisgraphic photo of contents from the stomach of an albatross. Need I say more?

We at PTF have made pledge to host “zero waste” events by providing reusable plates, cups, and utensils to ensure there is no unnecessary waste. All other waste (i.e., plastic wrappers, glass bottles, food containers, etc.) and food scraps are recycled, reused, composted or fed to Path to Freedom’s pet chickens and ducks. { Read more aboutzero waste }

In our personal lives:

* Shop using canvas/other bags
* Drink from stainless steel containers – no plastic
* Use cloth napkins
* For outdoor trips/picnics a few years back we purchased a stainless steel
eating set (plate, cup, utensils) to replace having to use paper or plastic.
* Buy as much as we can in bulk form to reduce packaging

In order to help the environment some coffee shops and markets give you a discount when you bring your own bag. Another small, but worthwhile incentive to BYO. Now if we can get this a mandatory program and move on pass the “environmental basics” that should have been taught and become habit at an early age and graduate onto more serious issues. If we are still having to be told to reduce, reuse and recycle a decade from now than apparently something’s not working.

Comments(2)

  1. Wildside says:

    ” There’s always room for more plants – honest. ”

    Makes me laugh. I love that statement!

  2. gerry medland says:

    Ref the 3 R’s,an enquiring mind does not stand still,it takes in knowledge and builds a more sustainable future that in turn gives a thirst for improvement above and beyond the accepted norm,’to decay is to stand still’to enliven is to keep on walking the possibilities around us each and every day.