I'm currently reading Blessing the Hands that Feed Us by Vicki Robin and found the following:
"We can build levees but we cannot control the vehemence of storms. We can, as farmers know, plant and tend and water and watch, but we only work with nature, not command it. Especially now, as we watch the skies and wonder if the storms sweeping in again and again are harbingers of climate change or just-as we hope-El Nino or La Nina."
The weather is always worth considering.
The weather report: Sunny at the moment, but there has been rain and wind and there is supposed to be more heavy rain again soon. It is warmer, probably 50 something.
"Food vulnerability is the last thing any of us wants. In fact, agriculture is our sustained human attempt to control our food supplies. Without predictability of "food income," the energy of a family or culture is necessarily focused on survival. Once those needs are met, we liberate our hands and minds for invention, for the arts, for dreams, for so much of what we identify as human."
Because it is a topic that I care about, I'm familiar with most of the points she's making and the information she's sharing. It's still very worth the reading to me. I read it and think, "this is a community that I belong to."
This video is worth the watching too.
My sour cherry tree. The cold snap we had last week came so quickly many trees still had green leaves. Now they are frost damaged, dead on the tree but still attached.
I wonder how many wind storms it will take for the leaves to detach and go their way?
Because I am interested in a variety of things, I found that I wanted to blog about an abundance of things. And so (despite the tips that can be found about how to be a successful blogger) I blog about a variety of things and I've always done it in one place. Recently I've reached a point where I want to separate the topics I blog about.
I'll still write about making, mending, and being creative here
Based on a quinoa patty recipe from Super Natural Everyday by Heidi Swanson (similar recipe here).
Mine is 3/4 cup quinoa (a mix of red/white/black), 1/4 cup ground and dried almonds (almond meal?), 1 egg, 1 tablespoon diced shallots, a sprinkle of salt, 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan and 2 tablespoons of smoked salmon. Enough for a generous serving for one, a part of a meal for two, or two snacks.
The almond was a substitution for bread crumbs, something I didn't have in the house. The almond meal was leftover from making almond milk.
Spinning and Knitting:
Over the last couple days I've been cleaning the house.
A bowl of scarlet runner beans ended up on the table with the knitting. It inspired me to spin up just a bit of black yarn on my drop spindle to add a black row.
One advantage for using the drop spindle, it's easy to just make a tiny bit of yarn.
I'll be planting the seeds this spring.
And currently reading The Power of Myth
a thought as a seed:
"I think of mythology as the homeland of the muses, the inspirers of art, the inspirers of poetry. To see life as a poem and yourself participating in a poem is what the myth does for you."