Sunday, June 30, 2013

Treading lightly - Making a mark

For these past 10 years or more I've been reducing my usage of utilities, resources, and consumables.  I've searched for like-minded people who could inspire me with new ideas.  I've joined online challenges to make small changes that add up to big (eco) savings, from breaking the bottled water habit to refashioning clothing from secondhand shops.  I've found all sorts of incredible folks out there who have lived in converted school buses run on recycled vegetable oil, or make a living from creating things out of salvaged bits.  I've strayed from the "mainstream" mindset of wanting more (and going deeper into debt to obtain it!)  I try to make less of a "footprint" on the earth.

So as I traveled through NYC to meet my new grandbaby on Saturday, I was struck by this incredible view from the train

5Pointz was a former meter factory that has been converted into studios for the world's most renown graffiti artists.  Operated by Meres, one of the most prominent artists, potential crafters must present a portfolio to be accepted.  Along with the incredible designs on the outside of the building, separate spaces inside the building showcase these gems.  It has been an epicenter for aerosol artists from around the world.

If only the train had stopped so I could get better pictures!  In checking this online, I found that the owners of the building are going to demolish it and plan to build multiple level luxury housing.  As saddened as I am when I see graffiti creeping into rural areas, with bright paint contrasting Nature's deep tones, I feel more of a loss that this collaborative effort will be destroyed.  I'm hoping for another option, so that they can continue somewhere.

...and it was a WONDFERFUL visit with my grandson, and his mom and dad!


Thursday, June 20, 2013

The 2013 Garden

It all started with a single tomato plant......

Even though I was determined NOT to put any containers on my deck this summer, I just couldn't keep that resolution.  I "bent" my rule enough to allow some potted herbs (lemon balm, mint, dill, basil) and one small pot of zucchini.  I really don't want to have to worry about watering and caring for loads of pots like I did a few years ago!)

This morning I "harvested" 2 lovely flowers on the zucchini plants, stuffed them with goat cheese, and put them in the fridge.  All day I thought of them.....

While some leftovers were reheating I dipped the flowers in milk and flour, then fried them in a drizzle of oil.

They made a quick and tasty appetizer :)


In another year or two I will once again be working in my own garden, but for now a few pots on the deck sure do make life cozier!

.....and there's a small vase on my desk at work filled with basil, mint, and dill that smells heavenly!

Wishing you a wonderful Friday!

Sunday, June 16, 2013


Our family was blessed with a baby boy this past week!  I decided to skip this pattern that I already have and ordered one for overalls like I used to make for my sons; easy, durable, and with snaps on the inside legs for diaper changes  :)

....and he came just in time for Father's Day! 

Wishing every Dad a special day!  And a happy week to everyone :)