A Long Hiatus

So, I apologize for the long absence.  To be honest, it started last fall with a flurry of stuff to do.  DH started back to college to finish up his last year in a mad rush.  We adopted a new four-legged baby, Missy.  A 67 lb retired greyhound.  So I have ended up not getting the PC really for a semester at a time since DH needs it to post for classes and do homework and that sort of thing.  The up side is I’ve spent a lot more time in the sewing room, sewing, crocheting, plotting my eventual takeover of the world.  I’ve started exercising and even eating breakfast!  Generally it’s not been that bad, though I’m now cheating because I have a new smartphone with internet so I hope to at least post more often.

So the real reason for this post.  I still declare that I am in no way about to put on my Save the Planet cape and go flying off with the rest of the Captain Planet crew.  And my love of all documentaries, even those of a different opinion than mine, has gotten me to watch the No Impact Man documentary.  And this has me thinking (which is why I like documentaries) about what I agree with in this whole organic movement and what I find ridiculous.  First, I completely agree with the importance of local food sources, and knowing your food source.  I’m all about Real Milk and local meat and knowing your farmer.  As a sub-class, I do not agree with never using antibiotics to treat your animal.  If its sick, it can spread to your herd or group of animals and kill them all, plus its really inhumane to just let the animal die of a treatable disease.  Second, I completely believe in conservation of materials – reusing old T-shirts as rags, reusing pillow cases and sheets as sewing materials.  Reusing is good and cheap.  It’s not as much about helping the planet as helping yourself.  You save money, breathe new life into something old and save a trip out to find what you need.  Third I do like more natural cleaning and household products.  Homemade cleaner and laundry detergent rock, and are really really REALLY cheap to buy the ingredients for and make.

But I’m by no means throwing out my TV or my Wii.  Heck Wii’s EA Active is how I get in at least 1 exercise a week!  So my question is, is this movement for real?  I read recently that a lot of products sold as organic, aren’t really organic.  And it comes down to, you’re still having to trust a company, with a factory somewhere full of workers.  I’m reminded of that incident back in the 90s where someone found a used hypodermic needle in their can of Pepsi.  We don’t know where our stuff comes from.  Tom’s of Maine may possibly still have to come from Maine, which is a long way from Virginia.  Traveling that far isn’t exactly “organic & local”.  But it probably doesn’t come from Maine.  I don’t know where it comes from, or the Digiorno Personal Pizza I had for dinner.  Just buying something labeled organic doesn’t make you organic. If I get a strawberry out of my garden, I know where it comes from.  I know the soil, the care, the fertilizer used.  I know exactly what I’m eating.  I don’t know the same thing about my grocery store’s produce.  And let’s face it guys, “Made in China” isn’t descriptive at all.  Do you know how big China really is?!?!  Anyways . . .

I’m still not cool with the term “green” since some people have been “green” for decades.  Like my grandfather who has always had a vegetable garden we ate out of and used cow manure as the ultimate fertilizer (it’s the best anyways) and would grab perfectly good items from people getting ready to toss them in the landfill.  It wasn’t to save the planet or because it was cool or he could get brownie points with someone else.  It was simply to not be wasteful.

So I think I have arrived at a conclusion.  For me, this year, it will be to know my food sources.  And eat more of food that I know it’s history.  And to not be wasteful.  To use what I already have instead of buying more.  To save things from the trash by coming up with a creative repurpose.  To simply be more aware.



The camera is still suffering from battery withdrawals, so I’ll try to update as best as I can.  The DH is currently having fun playing Madden ’08.  I hate football, so I’m knitting hard in protest.  I’m almost to the heel flap on my second Pomatomus and I can’t wait to finish and get to wear them.  Almost have another set of beaded stitch markers done in glitzy black and silver.  I got my KnitPicks yarn on Thursday, which was a nice pick-me-up considering that my left kneecap dislocated earlier that day at work, I had to go home and felt like a dork.  Even though I couldn’t move really for the rest of the day, at least I could sit and pet my yarn.  I got some Merino/Silk blend lace and sock weight, and picked up beads on Saturday at Plumb Alley to go into my Swallowtail Shawl.  That’s right, I can finally start the thing.  As soon as I locate all my circulars that have mysteriously gotten spread all through the house.  It must be their migratory season again.  Also got the superwash Merino for my newest “nephew’s” sweater for this winter.

Thursday we also got a quote on putting in the new driveway, which is $2400 for the whole deal.  DH has a bit of sticker shock, but I think he’s coming around.  I have a couple of other companies to call, and get estimates from, but for now, this one company seems the best work for the price.  They guarantee no cracking as long as proper maintenance, ie using sealant at the recommended intervals, is continued.  They were extremely nice, easily accessible, and most importantly, did not sound like they were talking with gravels in their mouth.

Magnus continues to get hunormous.  He’s at the moment sleeping on the floor next to the desk while I type and knit.  He hasn’t gotten in my yarn recently, but maybe it’s because I’m doing a better job of hiding it from him.  We did get him a nice big pillow for his crate, since he’s now up to using the whole thing, and a new Jerry the Giraffe, since the other was getting very thread bare.  Shhhhhh . . . don’t tell him but he’s getting snipped on Wednesday.

Dogs on Thursdays

Well, raising and loving this dog of mine has been interesting. First, the cute factor seems to increase everyday. There is such intelligence in his eyes. He is aware of so much and has learned so quickly everything that I’ve taught him. He has also caused a bit of trouble. He doesn’t like DH and I cuddling, at all. He would prefer all our attention go to him. The other night, he decided to nearly chew the plug off a cord. And attack the carpet. He’s pretty much housetrained at this point which is good, so he’s not peeing in retaliation. That is always appreciated.

The newest toy: a simple tennis ball. He is absolutely fascinated by it. He can play with it solo, by dropping it, nudging it with a paw and then chasing it. It’s an easy toy for the hubby and I to use while we do other things. He can chase it for hours as we bounce it off the floor and walls. I really need to get Jerry and his pillow stitched though because he really loves those two toys. They have small holes and I honestly am not sure where Jerry is at the moment.

And for an idea of size:

My wonderfully smart DH had the brilliant idea of getting on the scale by himself, and then picking up and holding Magnus while on the scale. Our scale will calculate the difference and by this means will tell us how much Magnus actually weighs. Ready for this . . .

28.6 lbs. That’s right, he was 14 lbs when we got him about 2 months ago, and he has doubled his weight since that time. It’s all muscle and he is far from lazy. I’d say he will easily reach 65 lbs in the next 2 or 3 months. We’ll see. And that is all on the Magnus.

Doesn’t he look like his dad!