Tuesday, February 23, 2021

And so it begins....


In about a month it will officially be Spring!  I put sweet potatoes in jars of water this morning to grow slips for this year's garden.  It did my gardening soul good.  Happy Gardening 2021!!!  That is one thing the pandemic did not affect.  I was still able to grow food. I enjoyed it very much last year. 

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

It's almost winter here!


It's snowing a little this morning.  :)

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving!

 Here in the United States of America, on the 4th Thursday of November each year we celebrate "Thanksgiving Day."  It is a time when families and friends gather together and share a special feast and thank God for our blessings. The last time our whole family was together for Thanksgiving was in 1991.  Then our children started growing up and leaving home.  Today, partially because of the worldwide pandemic, my husband and I celebrated Thanksgiving with each other.  We had a lovely time.  

In May of this year, we began eating a "whole foods plant based" diet.  Essentially, that is a vegan diet, but with important conditions.  We eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds and legumes.  We don't use any added oils or fats.  We don't eat any meat, poultry or fish and we use no dairy or eggs. We avoid most processed foods.  I do buy whole grain pasta and certain condiments, but nothing with added fats. I make my own oat milk and it is very economical.  It's not something we really drink, but we use it on porridge and in cooking.

We started this after watching this movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1LUj3kxB9M&list=PLvFgN9QYT1HtoYPfyIEn8aiuLL3KjCM8o

My husband has heart disease, and his cholesterol level has always been very high.  Mine was high, also, but not like his.  Since changing what we eat, our cholesterol levels are normal. I know it will take time for the full benefits to happen to us, but very quickly we noticed improvement.  Here is a list of what I've noticed for myself.  

1. Within two days I had a lot more energy.  I could go out and work in the garden for hours.... work hard and never become tired.  Sometimes I got tired of being hot and would come inside for a while, but I was not fatigued. Keep in mind that I am nearly 72 years old.

2.  I was able to stop taking the things I was using for hot flashes and my hot flashes are not nearly as bad as they were.

3. My varicose veins have improved and the spider veins on my legs are nearly gone.

4. Last year I was diagnosed with "macular puckering" which caused some blurring of my vision.  That is entirely gone.  I can thread a needle now with no trouble.

5. I rarely feel hungry and there are no cravings at all.  I do not miss the foods I quit eating. I remember that after two weeks, my husband said,"I don't crave chocolate anymore."  I was astounded!  He has always craved chocolate.

6. I can eat all I want and my weight stays normal.

7. I work out with weights some in our garage.  I used to do 3 sets of 5 reps squatting with 90 pounds.  Now I just go ahead and do 20 reps in one set.  It became that much easier. I've also begun a little jogging.  My husband and I walk 3 miles nearly every morning together and now I can do some jogging.  I hope I can increase that.  I have not done any running in decades.

8. My hair and nails are growing faster.

9.  I got to buy some new cookbooks!  

Here is a picture of me and our little Thanksgiving meal that we had today.  I was very proud of myself.  It was all delicious.  It's been quite a "learning curve" to get into this, but if you have health issues, or want to do all you can to avoid (or cure) heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and many cancers, you can eat very simply and be perfectly healthy this way.  In fact, you could live on sweet potatoes and steamed broccoli and be fine for a long time.  I recommend this book as a wonderful place to begin:  https://smile.amazon.com/s?k=the+starch+solution+by+dr+mcdougall+paperback&crid=136SVW9HL1NAL&sprefix=the+startch+solutio%2Caps%2C568&ref=nb_sb_ss_sc_1_19

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 15, 2020

It's like having a tomato vine in my kitchen!

As the weather has gotten colder this fall, I've been bringing our green tomatoes from the garden into the house.  When frost threatened, I brought them all in.  This project has been wildly successful!  We set up a little card table and covered it with newspaper, then placed the tomatoes on there, slightly spaced apart and as they ripen, I use them in cooking or for fresh eating. Very few have gone bad.  I love how it looks.  I am sure I'll still have some at Thanksgiving.

I know that some people wrap each tomato in newspaper and lay them in boxes, but at least for me this is much better.  I don't have to keep unwrapping and checking them for ripeness.  It does take up some space in our small house, but it's worth it!

Here are the ones I "harvested" today.  I used them in spaghetti sauce. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Garden report 2020

 This season, we weighed all of the fresh vegetables that we harvested in our garden.  I've never done that before, but I'm so glad I did!  The total came to 1,027 pounds of produce!  And that doesn't include the 57 pounds of luffa gourds!  Here are a few pictures from this year.  We had plenty to eat, still have plenty to eat and I was able to can and freeze many things to carry us over until next spring.

It's been an amazing year and I'm so grateful!

A rescued quilt top...

 About an hour away from here, during the warm months of the year is a huge flea market.  They are open on Wednesdays and there is always TONS of fresh produce for sale.  Two of our daughters and two granddaughters and I went there a couple of weeks ago.  I spied a little threadbare quilt top and I asked the seller how much she wanted for it.  I think she said $2.  So, I got it.  It was obviously lovingly made, all by hand,  by a person who did not have any extra money, out of odds and ends of fabrics. It deserved to be honored and rescued.  Tonight I backed it with some heavyweight unbleached muslin and repaired it with my sewing machine.  I think it's sweet.  It will make a very nice decorating item, or even a tablecloth. I hope the person who made it would be pleased.

Monday, October 26, 2020

I'm "Famous!" :)

 Just wanted to share this with you Gentle Readers.  "David the Good" from YouTube and The Survival gardener featured our garden on his blog. I feel so honored! 

1000 pounds of food!

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