Monday, August 29, 2016

What Would You Like To Learn More About?

Well, there's a question!

Chickens, permaculture, homesteading, bee keeping, fall gardening...CSA's, farm stands, market gardening...

and on and on and on.

To help me along this endeavor I got The Market Gardener by Jean Martin Fortier and Four Season Harvest by Eliot Coleman. I watch Justin Rhodes of Abundant Permaculture for inspiration and am in the process of experimenting with how things grow, when they grow best and whether plant starts or starting from seed is best. I want to learn how to extend the garden season and hope to get some seeds started in the next few days, weeks and the next month. All of this effort to feel satisfied with knowing where our food is coming from, that it is being grown without funky stuff and to know that there won't be waste - that's where the chickens come in handy.

I am not going into this expecting to be rich. What I want is to be tired at the end of the day because I'm doing more good for the earth and my potential customers.

This dream has been long in coming and I am ready.

Ready for a change.

Ready to make a difference.

Friday, August 26, 2016

What Can You Learn From Today?

Well, it's a Friday. So, I'm not sure what I can learn from today.

Friday here at the fire station is pretty quiet. More than half of the staff on the admin side of the building are off. With fewer people at work, there are fewer phone calls, fewer visits etc.

Maybe I should start researching how to get my hobby farm started and maybe doing a farm stand at our house next growing season. Which means I would need to figure out what to grow during the different times of the season...spring, late spring, summer, late summer and so on.

Yeah, well, I have learned that I REALLY want to start up a market garden biz...not just a lesson from today - it's a forever lesson...dream.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

What Did The Last Text Message I Received Say?

Yeah, so I communicate via Hangouts with my cousin during the day and that is on my computer at work, so I don't consider it texting.

However, I had a text hanging out there in a neighbor wanting to invite them for dinner in a couple of weeks - yes, I plan ahead. Then nothing. So, I thought that I would just forget about it, but decided to try again and sent another text around lunch time yesterday to Neighbor Robin and waited.

Just after 5:30 I FINALLY received a reply and she had said,

"Literally just got home from Pullman, Derbee's surgery. We should be available, no other plans we are aware of. Would love to join you!"


I like that I don't have to talk to anyone on the phone. That would be the introvert in me.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

What Did You Win?

Hmmm...what kind of weird question is this?!

Here are things that I don't win:  Any form of the lottery, raffles, auctions/silent auctions, special drawings at an event etc.

What I have won would be a game here and there. If we have a game night with friends I am almost always the "biggest loser!" However there is the occasional win like once a year.

One of our favorites could be Carcassonne. We don't play often enough so I don't always remember the rules. Another one that is in the Top 10 would be Dominoes. We like to play Mexican Train. Again, I don't win very often and manage to get "high score" which means big fat loser score! At least we have fun with our people.

Now, if I am playing an online game such as Words with Friends - I win more often than not which is nice, but not nearly as satisfying as playing a game in real time with real friends sitting around the table.

I'm pretty much okay with not winning - it's not necessarily that important to me. Just as long as a good time was had by all. That's where we all win!

Oh man! I have to do both of these?!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

What Did You Have To Wait For Today?

The Doctor.

Just like yesterday - my wait for my doctor was more than 5 minutes. It wasn't like when I used to go to the oncologist and she would be "with me shortly" an hour later sometimes longer - it was still waiting.

I like all of my Vancouver Clinic doctors. They are personable and really take the time to listen and try to help along whatever ailment or problem I am dealing with. So I don't mind the wait.

After I met with the doc I had to wait to leave! I like that we get a summary of the visit before leaving the office. That never happened before. It's so great because I can look back and see what I'm supposed to be doing if I forget which is a plus because I need to be taking a certain medication and I haven't - so I'll have to add that to the pill box this evening!

Our days are filled with a lot of waiting...for so many different things! Sometimes even before getting out of bed I'll be laying there waiting for the alarm - I get tired of waiting so I get up before it goes off. So, the day begins...waiting for coffee to be made, waiting to take a shower...for the laundry to get done...for the people at the local coffee shop to make the coffee (just the way I like it)...and so on and so on.

Check this out...a quick search on Mr. Google Pants:

"Americans spend about 37 billion hours each year waiting in line. Other than waiting in line, the average person spends about 43 days on hold with automated customer service in one lifetime. For those people who take a train or bus, they will spend about 27 days of their lives waiting around on the platform or at the bus stop. Studies show that when people have to wait for a shorter time than expected, they are happier than people who have to wait for a longer time than expected."

Just let that sink in...we as humans wait A LOT! I want to tear this apart a little, but I don't have the energy to do that right now. Besides at this moment I'm waiting to leave for an appointment at the dentist office.

And so on...