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July 2014

Interior design for function over form

Climate Justice and Environmentalism, Community, House keeping, Social Justice By July 22, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments
If I were to live in a tiny house, it would be a fancy one like this.  Picture obtained from http://tinyhousesmallspace.tumblr.com/

If I were to live in a tiny house, it would be a fancy one like this. Picture obtained from http://tinyhousesmallspace.tumblr.com/

Lately, I have been reading about tiny houses and dense living conditions. Living in a tiny house has a lot of benefits, both personally and environmentally. The smaller your house, the less you spend to heat and cool it, the less you spend on utilities, the less crap you tend to accumulate. Smaller houses are cheaper, and use fewer resources both in building and maintaining. It also frees up more space in your yard, you get more yard out of a smaller property if your house is taking up minimal space.

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Positive sedation

Climate Justice and Environmentalism, Community, Current Events, Feminism, Poetry, Social Justice By July 18, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

As long as others have less than me
I shouldn’t think about wrongs in my community.
I should just be grateful for what I have
And ignore the fact that I’m getting the shaft
It could be much worse, you see
There are those who can’t feed their family
And children sold into slavery
So I mustn’t examine my own tragedy
But I’m feeling like this is just a means
Of hiding the fact that we haven’t seen
A small few have managed to accumulate
Enough to ensure our lesser fate
Maybe gratitude makes it harder to see
That the shit has been dispersed less than evenly,
That we pay the price for what the few take
And bear the weight of our collective mistake
I want to be grateful for my blessings in life
To focus on positives, not just strife
But sometimes it’s just too hard to ignore
That those with the most just keep taking more
And I may be better off than some
But in the end we’ve all been robbed, each and every one
By those few who hoard what we work to create
And toss us the scraps from their golden plates
And I’m tired of being told “be glad you’re not he!”
As if his life exists to drive fear into me
That’s not gratitude, no, it is fear mongering
The truth is we both deserve more

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Tomato blooms, squash growth, and tiny citrus. More rocking on the homestead

DIY, Gardening, Home cooking By July 16, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

I figured I’d catch you guys up on how the gardening is going. ┬áHere is the view from the deck.

Our patio garden

Our patio garden

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Adding my drop to the bucket

Climate Justice and Environmentalism, Social Justice By July 11, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

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I’m not a person who does well in the heat, but running the AC uses so much energy. Energy that not only costs a fortune, but comes from power plants burning coal. That coal burning is putting loads of shit into our air that not only contributes to global warming, but contaminates our air, food, and water with dangerous toxins like mercury, that are very likely major contributors to a variety of serious health conditions like asthma, ADHD, ASD, and cancer.

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Deep convos with my oldest child : Boobs

Feminism, Parenting By July 8, 2014 Tags: , , , , No Comments

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I love Elijah more than life itself, but sometimes I wonder how he came from me. It just seems like we have so little in common some days, I want to scream that both nature and nurture are bullshit!

And then there are times we have these little conversations that make me think “Oh yeah, there’s my handiwork!” Today was one of those days.

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How the homestead is rocking

Food Producing Animals, Gardening, Home cooking By July 2, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments
Here's Freja helping mommy garden.  Please excuse the smudge on my lens.

Here’s Freja helping mommy garden. Please excuse the smudge on my lens.

Well, our garden is in and like every year gardening, I’m learning a lot. We have 13 tomato plants (I think), 7 peppers, carrots, radish, lettuce, kale, spinach, 5 or 6 zucchinis, 3 spaghetti squash, 3 watermelon, 1 cantaloupe, 3 summer squash, 18 or so strawberries, herbs, and two pumpkins (just for S’s and G’s). I never ended up getting my cucumbers in and at this point I’m just going to have to live with that.

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