Earth Day is coming up and I never quit know what to do to 'celebrate'. Is this a party holiday? A protesters rally day? A peaceful examination of life? A joyful look at spring and her beauty?
Earth day is of course "a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment" (wikipedia) How do you go about this? What are you doing specifically? Yes I am talking to you, leave me a comment...please?
As a family we are pretty earth aware:
we short shower
grow our own food
shop farmers markets
support local ag
raise our own meat and eggs
turn off the furnace in summer
line dry ALL laundry May through September
Last year I had an earth friendly mandate for us which was to quit using paper towels and napkins. I bought 48 red and white plaid wash clothes and we pretty much use those as napkins and for paper towel replacements we use old clothes cut in to rags. It worked well for us and now
I have 2 new earth friendly mandates for our family:
1) are going to catch and reuse our rainwater this year
2) we are going to build a solar oven to cook our food with for the summer
I think those are both totally doable and great ways to leave an even smaller foot print.
Now for some food! My food day was pretty normal for me:
breakfast-yogurt, golden flax seed meal, honey
hot coffee with milk
snack-Newman's Own Organics Alphabet Cookies-good! These are a PERFECT preschool snack
lunch-bean soup (last of it!!)and salad
snack-homemade iced coffee
dinner-grilled chicken, whole wheat spaghetti, dry fried green beans and mama Tso and Tso's sauce
This last weekend I made another Banana Cake and it was so good the plate came home empty.
Spring has come at last and suddenly we are all systems GOOOOOOOO! for summer. That's really exhausting. Here is our rhubarb poking it's head up for the first time this year! I am excited because last year I pretty much hacked it out of the ground in the fall and chopped it to pieces because it was so over grown. All the pieces seem to be rooted and oh holy cow I know some friends are going to find rhubarb plants abandoned at their back door like zucchinis
Oh and the biggest news of ALL-our robins are back! Woot.