rosemary

Our first forecasted temps in the 30s will be tonight. So I harvested the rosemary. Michael made a tripod so I can cover it through the winter months.

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What I’m reading:

What I’m listening to: The Trials of Apollo 1

What I’m doing: still learning Welsh, still working on my church project, finally enjoying some autumn weather

Comfortable

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Autumn has truly arrived with much cooler (and very welcome) temperatures. Time for the closet swap out. My chief goal this year is to create comfortable outfits.

  • 9 colorful long-sleeve tops (red, orange, white, green, dark green, blue, navy, purple, and black)
  • 4 pants (2 black, 2 jeans)
  • 3 cotton zip up cardigans
  • 1 black dress + 1 denim skirt
  • red plaid scarf
  • black jacket
  • red peacoat (nicer) + blue winter coat (for farm/walking/hiking/quick trips when it is really cold — not in the picture)
  • Keens: black wool and brown leather
  • Trainers: Nike Free Run
  • I am still looking for the perfect pair of long boots to wear with the dress. Alas this is my 2nd year searching.
  • Totebag: in which I carry a smaller Tom Bihn purse, waterbottle, and grocery bag.
  • Purse: hmm  . . . You can’t see it in the picture, but I also have a black leather wristlet/wallet for dress-up.

Autumn!

From Braiding Sweetgrass: . . . Until we can grieve for our planet we cannot love it — grieving is a sign of spiritual health. But it is not enough to weep for our lost landscapes; we have to put our hands in the earth to make ourselves whole again. Even a wounded world is feeding us. Even a wounded world holds us, giving us moments of wonder and joy. I choose joy over despair. Not because I have my head in the sand, but because joy is what the earth gives me daily and I must return the gift.

I choose joy so I plant acorns and hope they grow into trees.

I choose joy so I plant trees in an effort to reforest our Idlewild farm.

I choose joy so I plant a small, intensive garden so that the wild things can enjoy the rest of the space.

I choose joy so I fence in the front yard so that Jasper may run and romp, but not hurt or hunt the wild things that live beyond the fence.

I choose joy . . .

I choose wonder . . .

I choose gratitude . . .

Eco-Living Project

See the Page: Eco-Living Project for a summary of the project in 2007-2008 that started this along with thoughts and goals for this on-going attempt to lower our carbon footprint.

Sept 2019 -Eco Living Project :

  • Gasoline — 40 gallons
  • Natural Gas —0
  • Wood — 0
  • Electricity — 374 kwh (so under the 600 kwh)
    • includes running the dehydrator to preserve food
  • Garbage — 20 pounds (4%)
  • Water — 4100 gallons (34%)
  • Consumer Goods — $250  (30%)
    • includes Christmas gift
    • includes Kim: shoes, wool socks, 3 t-shirts for winter, 1 jeans, and new pjs
    • Includes: Kim new travel bag
    • Does not include: $45 Rx, $400 eye doctor visit + glasses, $25 in ebooks/audiobooks
  • Food
    • $400 at grocery store
      • includes $30 donation to food pantry
      • includes $60 in take-out

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What I’m reading: Braiding Sweetgrass

What I’m listening to: sounds of leaves rustling as Michael and Jasper walk through them.

What I’m doing: Still working on the project for my church and still learning Welsh

Yeoman Duffel

My backpack died. It wasn’t even a slow death. It was go on a trip, come home and think “Well, that might need to be replaced before too long,” to packing for a trip and the seams blew out.

I did what I always do when something (like luggage) needs to be replaced. I went to the Tom Bihn on-line store. I decided to go with a small-ish, 17 liter, duffel bag instead of a backpack.  Backpack sizing is tricky for me since I’m so short, um err . . . petite. When the seams blew out, I borrowed Hannah’s duffel bag for that trip and really loved the horizontal packing. It felt right. It felt good.

I ended up with the Yeoman Duffel Mini in Verde 1050 ballistic fabric.

  • External Dimensions: 17.3” (w) x 7.7” (h) x 9.3” (d)
  • Weight: 14.8 oz
  • Volume: 1050 cubic inches / 17 liters

Into the bag I was able to pack:

  • Specter Small Cube: 3 shirts, 1 pair pants, 3 underwear
  • Specter Quarter Cube: PJs, 2 pair socks, bra
  • Specter Quarter Cube: cardigan
  • 3-1-1 bag: all my toiletries
  • Tech bag: phone stand, charger, earbuds, extra fountain pen cartridges, pencil, colored pencils, pencil sharpener
  • Blanket-in-a-bag (very lightweight)
  • Even a pair of spare shoes (that in the end, I left home)

It was very easy to carry and I never worried that the ballistic fabric would snag or tear. It stores in a travel sized pillow case along with all the packing cubes, kit bags, and the blanket.

In my zip-top shopping bag I carried:

  • My purse which includes: my iPhone 7, my wallet, glass case (I alternated between sunglasses and regular glasses in there), and my utensils-to-go kit.
  • My waterbottle (I took the Brita bottle so I could have filtered water.)
  • The book I am reading (Braiding Sweetgrass)
  • My passport size journal + fountain pen
  • My Welsh spiral notebook

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What I’m reading: Braiding Sweetgrass, A Canticle for Liebowitz

What I’m listening to: UpFirst, The Blood of Olympus (Percy Jackson),

What I’m working on: Eco-Living Project for home and for church, Igniting the Flame last 3 units.