Friday, May 23, 2008
This week Murv was able to do a workshop on our land for a high school economics class which may turn into a teaching position for him at an alternative high school doing a greenbuilding class next year-- very cool! It was really great to have enthusiastic kids come to our place and see what we are trying to do. One of the things he talked to the students about was that he does not want to encourage a "sky is falling" mentality or a critical attitude toward where we are today as a society, but that we would like to do all we can to give be more conscientious citizens of the planet and give future generations alternatives and solutions to some of the messes we are handing them. Hence the reason he is so passionate about using products generated from the waste stream in our own communities to put back into the community in useful ways that are healthy, as well as making less of a carbon footprint and harnessing energy sources that are limitless, etc...
I have seen three or four articles in the paper lately that are food for thought... This morning I read in the paper that an 18 wheeler diesel truck currently costs $1300 to fill up and gets between 4.5-6.5 MPG. Are you wondering why food prices are going up? Then I saw this awesome article about a FARM charter school in Austin that is teaching kids math, science, art etc.. by growing preparing and selling food! They also have a strict policy about making healthy eating choices at school. The teachers say since they have implemented this vision in their school they have seen the students be able to pay attention, learn more, have more energy and stay focused! Imagine that... cut out cheetos and coke and you can actually pay attention and learn better... ? Really? And teach them those habits while they are still young so its not so hard to give all the crap up. Give kids hands on opportunities to learn and give them lifelong skills of being able to grow their own food. How intelligent is that?
Last week my friend Jamie and I went to Farmer's markets and talked to local farmers and producers about supplying our food buying group with their products. They were very excited (like hungry animals almost) about the prospects of being able to supply what they grow to larger groups without having to travel to 5-10 farmers markets every week and constantly losing profit because of rising fuel costs. I looked into their eyes. They are a dying breed. They work so hard and can barely stay alive. If they get too much rain, or not enough, or some pest that wipes them out they could literally lose their livelihood. If some dumb kids decide to set off fireworks in their orchards, it could take them three years to recover (true story told to me by a peach farmer). They live by the sweat of their brow, and are largely unknown and unthought about. I promised myself I will buy their food whenever I can instead of opting for the grocery store convenience of hormone and pesticide ridden food grown hundreds to thousands of miles away and shipped across the country. TRY TO BUY LOCAL if at all possible-- we all win! That's my spiel for the day... and with it a tribute to Arnosky Family Farms-- they are about 15 miles down the road from me and along with growing exquisite flowers, they provide goat cheese, herbs and fresh vegetables-- and they have an inspiringly beautiful happy barn which came to be through an old fashioned community barn raising!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Yetserday Murv and i took a trip to see my midwife. As we were driving home he decided to stop by the Blanco River and wash his feet in the river and put on some new shoes-- He has been wearing his boots (with shorts) because he hasn't been able to find any shoes that are compatible with his very sensitive skin on his feet. Anyway he finally found a pair that he is going to try out and decided to get his feet nice and clean so he could put his new ones on. I happened to have some soap in my bag in the car (always ready if a shower opportunity presents itself) so I got it out for him. He was sitting on this steep incline washing his feet and all the sudden I heard a muffled "aaugh" sound and looked over just in time to see him slide all the way down the incline and up to his chest in water. I so wish I had before and during pictures of this moment. I have to say this is one thing I love about Murv too-- I would have been so mad-- he just started laughing and didn't mind that I was laughing too. Anyway the only dry clothing options in the car happened to be a pair of MY swimming shorts. They are like those soft felty board shorts and they happen to be pregnant size, and pretty girly colors. As he was putting them on he exclaimed, these are really nice! You might have to know Murv for this to be as funny as it was but, watching him wearing my shorts was on my top five funiest things this year...
A picture is worth a thousand words
Friday, May 16, 2008
Wednesday was the day. Diesel hit its all time high jumping from $4.29 to $4.45 overnight in our town...
And it just so happened to fall on the last day of our lease-- so with joy ( and a little sadness) we put a 5 dollar bill into the tank, which got us almost exactly enough fuel to drive it about twenty miles and drop the Jeep off at the nearest dealership. It was a little ironic to feel the liberation of letting "Liberty" go. We will miss her gutsy little diesel engine, her tow package and the AC-- she took us all over this country and without her we would not have been able to do all the things we have done on our cabin or our land
BUT We are downsizing to a 1971 Honda 600-- (40-50 MPG!) And she is cute to boot. Murv is in the process of now of getting her running.
Its a little scary and challenging to not be able to pull the trailer anymore and have all that space and power, but we are taking our stand. We are currently talking with neighbors and friends about some kind of "community truck" we all pitch in for and have access to-- to be able to get materials and supplies and haul stuff...(Murv says he is going to sue exxon for disrupting his quality of life-- he thinks he has a pretty good case-- the next erin brockovitch story).
I honestly don't know how our country can keep going this way...While diesel is horrible, gas is not much better...they say gas should hit $4.00 by next month! People, how are we going to be able to continue driving to work and school? How are all the trucks going to be able to continue to afford to drag all the crap we want to buy at walmart and target back and forth across the country? I mean seriously? Somethings gotta give.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
We also found an amazing art studio that we checked out. I took some pictures of this rusted sculpture of a man playing the upright bass-- he was padlocked to the back gate at this amazing studio. Its actually a studio and residence of the artist-- at the same time-- so cool.
Anyway I was definitley ready to get out of the big city but it was a great little weekend adventure.
Leaving Wimberley-- ahh so pretty...
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
A few months ago my sister heather posted a movie called once on her blog. i watched it and i thought it was brilliant.