Well, I’m still sick. I have been sleeping for about 2-3 hours every 2-3 hours. Yuck! I did manage to finish the first sock last night between 4am and 6am during one of my wakeful times. That is one of the most annoying things about being sick, when you sleep a lot, you are up at very strange times. I guess really, it wasn’t so bad, I got to watch the sky go from pitch black, outside my window to a deep, inviting blue with a black shadowy effect with the trees against it. Very pretty. It kind of reminded me of the colors in my socks. Which I LOVE, by the way. I did 3″ of the spiral stitch since I really like socks that are just above the ankle, or go all the way to the knee…not a fan of the mid length sock. I’m hoping to finish the other during my next wakeful stint.
If you haven’t read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, I highly recommend doing so. Though be warned, you will never look at food the same way again…at least I don’t know how you could. I’m adding a new category on this blog, “Locavore”…or someone who strives to eat locally (generally foods that were planted or raised within 100 miles of your home), whether it be vegetable or animal. I’m part way there already, as all our meats come from a local farm who raises them in pasture their whole lives, even the last 6 months, when many farmers, even organic/all natural farmers tend to switch them to a primarily corn diet, to fatten them up. The beef and chicken we buy from this farm is just so yummy! If you are in NH and looking for a good local farm, Lasting Legacy Farm is where we go.
I have not been eating local fruits or vegetables, however. I just grab whatever is in the grocery store, organic, but not local. After reading (well, okay, listening on audio book so I can knit and read), Barbara’s book, I see so many reasons to be looking for local produce. I have gone on the internet and located several farmers markets and farm stands in a 15 minute drive from my house!! I sort of knew they were there, but I can’t believe how many there are. I plan on purchasing items from them, but I am also starting my first garden!
I used to garden as a child, and I must admit it has taken almost 30 years to get over the emotional scarring caused by weekends spent weeding in the hot sun. I was between 6-10 years old when my parents were working the 3 family garden and it was not the years I would appreciate all that the garden offered in the way of healthy, whole foods.
I have been pouring over websites filled with bountiful lists and pictures of the most amazing produce. I want to plant one of everything, but know that I am still going to be a little shaky on my legs starting out on my first gardening venture since the years of slave labor, as I like to refer to them as…Mom is going to help, but we still need to be realistic with space.
I will from time to time, update you on the progress of an aspiring “locavore”…I guess it’s just the natural next step for the do it yourself gal…What did she do today?
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