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Quick Takes – Weekly Recap

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Just a quick recap of the week.

1.  The garden/moat is underway.  There are 4 pumpkins plants and a row of green onions so far.  I still want to get the corn, jack-0-lanterns and maybe some carrots and radishes in before I call it quits.  The moat idea has actually kept the plot from flooding completely and I’m rather proud.

2.  I ventured out to my local Farmer’s Market this week, it was great.  I love being in the middle of local commerce like that with it’s range of people from the older lady with her small selection of honey, to the hippie kids with their CSA across from the Mennonite baker with the great smile.

3.The container plants are doing well.  Any advice on harvesting cilantro?

4. We’re making plans for the summer – trips to visit the other grandparents, birthday parties and possibly THE State Fair.

5.  Speaking of the State Fair I’m considering completely embracing my old-lady-ness and submitting some craft projects for judging.  I have to admit I’ve always wanted to win a blue ribbon from a State Fair, and though I doubt I will with anything I have ready to show right now, it’d be a great thing to strive for in the years to come.

6.  Speaking of crafting I’ve got some fun projects in the works crafting wise – I can’t wait to share!

7.  And lastly I leave you with a little more State Fair-ness.  (After looking for this clip I fell in love with this movie all over again)

What are your plans for the summer?  Going to your state fair?  Going to my State Fair?


Quick Takes #3

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Thoughts and tidbits on the last week.

1) Though I think this everyday… my little boy is getting too big!  This needs to stop, he’s put the finishing touches on lifting his head while on his tummy (a big accomplishment for Megamind here) which means next week he’ll be walking and then off to college!

2) Well last weekend went off without a bang… no people being pulled up to heaven, no massive earthquakes and no zombie apocalypse.  Though I never believed it was going to happen, I’m a good little Catholic-light girl and believe that whole “no one will know” passage, I did think a lot about how I’m happy I’m here in Iowa, with my family, if a major catastrophe were to occur.

3) I always think of one of my favorite book series, The Emberverse Books by S.L. Stirling, when people are decrying the end of the world.  In them all technology stops working, taking humanity back to the dark ages.  Not only is there no electricity, etc., the is no gun powder; nothing that uses kinetic energy works.  In it there are two places in the U.S. that really survive well, though the majority of the world dies within a year, the first is the Willamette Valley in Oregon (which I lived at the end of during my stay in that state) and … drum roll please… Iowa.  Yup, because of our naturally fertile soil, easily maintained and traversed roads, access to water and relatively flat landscape, Iowa is the only State to really keep itself together.  Ben and I always joke that we’re in the right place if the worlds coming to an end.

4) Like I said I’m not an end of the world nutter, but I do take comfort in knowing that I have a good number of skills to use if something were ever to happen or even if my life were to change (perhaps a loss of a job or if gas gets to expensive or food prices soar, something more realistic than a zombie apocalypse) I have skills to get through rough patches.  I know how to grow my food, make compost, make healthy meals that don’t need boxes of stuff from a grocery store; I can make, care for and mend clothing for my family along with other skills.  It’s nice to know that if things got rough I’d have the skills to get through it a little better.

5) Anyways, the garden/pond is still underway.  I’ve decide to make my rows go the length of the plot with the hopes that if we have another big storm (which we will) the rain will irrigate instead of flood. So far I’ve dug a trench around the plot to (hopefully) divert some of the excess water in the future.   Cross your fingers

6) For my last two bits I’d like to share some articles I was shown this week that made me think.  This article on the “Quaterlife Crisis” suggests a lot of what I’ve thought about over the last few months, perhaps many of my feelings of inadequacy have come from a sense of entitlement… or at least comparing myself to those with the views of “I deserve it all, now”.  However, part of the article reinforces the reason I chose to leave behind my last career and really focus on family and a simpler life… sure I wish I had my own home, but other than that I’m pretty darn content with my simpler, dare I say it more traditional life.

7) I’m not really hippy-dippy, über liberal or anything like that and I’m only a transitioning Catholic-Light so I have to admit I don’t pay attention to a lot that comes out of the Vatican, but I do have to commend Pope Benedict for taking a stand on the climate and “green” issues.  Honestly I don’t care if you think the Earth is a gift to us from God, blah, blah, blah, and we don’t have worry about it because here’s my two cents about it all –  my mother taught me a few things about getting gifts… you say thank you and you show you’re thankful by treating those gifts well.

and as an extra here’s an opinion post in my local newspaper about the college/liberal arts education system.  They bring up a few good points that I ‘ve experienced myself.  I believe I’m better off for now have a “trade” or skilled labor ability under my belt and my experience with this has enforced an idea about making sure my children have a skill to rely on as well as a formal education if they choose to pursue it.

How was your week?  We’re you secretly holding your kids a little tighter last Saturday, just in case?  Any gardening advice?  What’s your two cents about my generation, earth saving and the value of a college education?