“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. Tochange things build a new model thatmakes the existing model obsolete.”- Buckminster Fuller

Rain! A late spring storm is bringing much needed rain to the southland. What a tremendous blessing this is late in the season.  

There is so much going on in the world today – oil prices, pandemics, energy crisis, this speculation and that speculation.   Visit any news or blog sites and you can easily get an unpleasant case of information overload.   To keep ourselves sane and focused each day, all we have to do is look outside our back/front door and the scene brings us back to reality.   Walk away and leave the endless talk, reports, discussions and speculations – a new day means that it’s time for action on our part – let’s walk the path to become good stewards of the earth.

Toothpaste & deoderant

Mint Tooth Paste Recipe {from Pioneerthinking.com}Ingredients:6 teaspoons baking soda 1/3 teaspoon salt 4 teaspoons glycerin 15 drops peppermint or wintergreen extract Directions: Mix thoroughly. Should be a tooth paste consistency. Store in a container. You’ll be surprised with how fresh your mouth feels.

[ Note: I added a teaspoon of powered myrrh since Myrrh has antiseptic, astringent, expectorant, deodorizer, anti-microbacterial, and emmenagogue properties and is a common ingredient in toothpowders, mouthwashes, and is used with borax in tinctures.

Stick Deodorant {from Care2.com}
1 1/2 tbspn beeswax (yellow is best) 1/2 tbspn cocoa butter 1 tablespoon coconut oil 15 drops white thyme essential oil 15 drops rosemary essential oil 25 drops lavender essential oil 3 drops castor oil Melt beeswax in a glass jar standing in hot water, add the cocoa butter, and when it has melted, add the oils. Stir to mix thoroughly, then pour into a clean, discarded deodorant stick case and leave to cool and set.
[Note: since I didn’t have thyme nor any rosemary oil, I substituted lemon and sage essential oils]

Now it’s time to see how well these homemade natural care products work.


Sensibility pattern

We gals are excited as we are going to start making some clothes.  With a help from a friend who graciously offered her time and experience we are going to attempt to make a few homemade outfits. We’ve sewn on and off over the years, but it’s time to get serious.   Sure it’s fun thrifting for second hand outfits, but we really want to get comfortable with
our sewing skills, especially overseen by our friend who would be like a mentor to us. Today we received the  dress pattern that will be our project for spring.   I love the beautiful simplicity of this dress pattern. Should be fun, can’t wait to start.


Walk Out Day – India

Waking up, walking out, walking on.
Walking out from an institution, societal norm or dysfunctional mindset usually isn’t easy. Sometimes we find the courage to walk-out because the dysfunction is so great, or because we’re passionate about being the change we want to see in the world. This strength isn’t always there, however; sometimes the desire to walk out exists, but not the confidence and courage to make it happen. A little help is needed, a little encouragement for those of us generating new ways of living.
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[Thanks to Shilpa and all the fellow travelers and pathfinders in India for mentioning the PTF site in their recentSwapathgami Magazine ]

USDA’s National Animal Identification System (NAIS) is to small farmers, homesteaders, pet owners & consumers.
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Downshifting Week

This event has been designed to inspire Individuals, Companies, Children and Schools, by highlighting ways participants can live simpler, happier lives and be kinder to the environment at the same time.
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Turn Off TV Week

On average, children in the US will spend more time in front of the television (1,023 hours) than in school this year (900 hours).
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Spring vegetables

100 Mile Diet {EnergyBulletin.net}

On the first day of spring 2005, Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon made a commitment to live for a full year on food and drink drawn from within 100 miles of their home in Vancouver, British Columbia. The 100-Mile Diet was born
— and response to the local-eating experiment was overwhelming.

“We heard from people as far away as Norway, France and Australia,” said
MacKinnon. “This is what it’s like to witness the birth of a movement.”

Today, Smith and MacKinnon launched

, an online guide for anyone looking to dig into
local eating. The site features a unique mapping tool to instantly find your
own 100-mile ‘foodshed,’ tips for tracking down local markets and farms,
unusual food facts, and the couple’s 11-part series on a year of local eating.

First published on TheTyee.ca, the 100-Mile Diet column attracted 40,000
readers and was linked, reprinted and blogged across the internet. The
yearlong experiment has appeared in media from BBC Worldwide to Utne Magazine.

Smith and MacKinnon finished their one-year trial on March 20, 2006, but plan
to continue to shop at farmers’ markets, tend their community garden plot, and
preserve local foods for the winter. “We started the 100-Mile Diet because so
many people feel disconnected from where their food comes from,” said Smith.
“Now eating locally is a part of who we are, and we didn’t want to see it

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  1. Juli says:

    I love the afternoon dress! I look forward to seeing your final project! Sounds like fun. Thanks for the toothpaste recipe… I plan on trying that out!

  2. Liz says:

    I’m definitely interested to hear about your homemade bodycare products work. I’ve been a Tom’s customer for years and am heartbroken at the recent news.

    Have you heard about the Locavores Eat Local Challenge for May? A group of bloggers have just started a group blog about it: http://www.eatlocalchallenge.com.