The Accountant's Garden

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

"Buy Organic and Local"

That's the heading of one of the sections in a new book that I am reading, called "The New Health Rules" by Frank Lipman, M.D. and Danielle Claro. It's easier than I expected, each page giving snippets of healthy changes to make in your everyday life. The one I quote above seems quite straightforward, but I thought I would expand on it a bit, as later on this page, the writers urge people to try and eat "hyperlocal" if possible, also known as growing your own food.

That got me thinking, "So, what if I had to produce my own food? What could I grow here, in my own back yard?"

Well, I wouldn't be growing grains, beans (maybe green beans and peas, though), exotic fruits, and certainly not sugar cane. Given the mild climate, there are several possibilities, which include:
  1. Leafy greens - probably everything from lettuces to cruciferous veggies, although pests can be an issue.
  2. Starchy vegetables: potatoes, yams, carrots, and beets.
  3. Poultry: mostly for eggs, but possibly for meat. There is quite a bit of wild game in the area that could be potentially caught and eaten: turkeys, deer, but I don't know how I would feel about cleaning a large catch. I could probably handle fishing once or twice a week, though. 
  4. Goats or sheep - sheep have the allure of producing wool, but I think goats provide more milk. Both could survive by eating the natural vegetation here. A cow would not work out so well, since I don't have a lot of grassland, but someone else might.
  5. Berries, citrus, apples, and stone fruit (that does include almonds). Also seasonal fruits like tomatoes, squash, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, etc.
  6. Tree nuts like walnuts, pecans, and pistachios would probably be okay.
  7. Mushrooms
  8. Honey - I'm not crazy about the idea of keeping bees, but it is possible, and it would be good for keeping plants productive.
  9. Grain: I'm not entirely against the idea of growing grain, as my daughter has proved that you can grow it, and in fact, grow many plants from one. It would just take a lot of space and work to grow enough grain ourselves to have enough flour for bread, pasta, cakes, and cookies. Maybe its better to just eat the wheat berries? 
I can't possible foresee me having enough time or energy to cultivate all those things, but that would be a pretty good variety to choose from, wouldn't it? For now, I think I will content myself by starting to grow alfalfa sprouts again.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Cards

Ah, Christmas cards. For so many years, you were coveted and treasured by me, but now, I feel that they are one less thing I need to do each year. With the exception of my non-techie relatives, it seems redundant to send out a card with a newsletter detailing the events of the year. With environmental concerns, it seems wasteful also. And, as my dear husband points out, it is also a little bit disingenuous if I do a mass mailing to everyone with the same information.

So this year, under the heading of "Less" I will be giving up Christmas cards and starting afresh on the notion of blogging on a regular basis. Although there are no cute babies to photograph in this household anymore, I did realize that they (the children) produce an incredible amount of artwork, writing, and other creations. Between the two Blogs, I hope to share those, and in many ways, to catalog their little accomplishments. For today: our home-made Christmas cards.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Second Week of December

It has been an interesting week here. I spent much of my free time finishing up home-made gifts for friends and family, which finally got to the post yesterday. Now I have some costumes to repair for the Christmas pageant, and then a sweatshirt to make for Helen. Our Christmas cards are slowly going out. I think I've done all of five and one of those is still sitting here waiting for a stamp!

On Wednesday, the girls wanted me to take them out, so they could do their Christmas shopping. It was very cute, seeing them walk around each other in the store, trying to find each other gifts, without the other seeing it. Well, that's what the girls were doing. John just kept finding things that he wanted for himself, and then melting down because I said 'no'. He's also having a problem keeping out of the presents under the tree, and then the girls get all upset because he's moved them. I remember why I hid all the presents until the last minute when the girls were three and four years!

It rained heavily here this week. The roof still leaks. I guess the upshot of that is that Rudy has finally given me the okay to re-roof the house. I just hope that no permanent damage is done while we weather these rainstorms, as I can't get a new roof until the dry season comes.