Monday, March 30, 2009
Saturday's Earth Hour didn't go quite as planned, though we did turn off all the lights and the computer for the whole evening. We did cheat a bit and watched the newest James Bond movie "Quantam of Solace" - so our Earth Hour evening wasn't entirely pure. Though I did look up and down our road and saw neighbours with their lights on - disappointing. I just looked up our city's stats and am totally surprised that we managed a 1.5% cut in electricty up from the paltry 0.2% of last year. The provincial average is down from last year's 2% to a 1.1% for 2009.
Yesterday, it felt like spring had finally arrived. Though the snow has gone down over the past week, yesterday was a glorious sunny day. Our house faces south and we have a front porch with large comfy chairs. Husband and I spent most of the day sitting, drinking coffee and soaking up the vitamin D! It was a wonderful lazy Sunday. (This morning it is snowing again with 4cm expected - UGH!)
My parents came for dinner yesterday and I made a ham. It was wonderful! I purchased a very large ham (bone in) from the butcher. I purposefully bought a large one as then the kids will put it on their sandwiches for school, we can make soup with the bone, and use the leftovers in other meals.
We stopped buying luncheon meat (other than salami) several months ago. Husband has hated the thought of luncheon meat for a long time, and with the Maple Leaf listeriosis outbreak last summer, we were finally prompted to stop purchasing deli meat. I'm glad with the decision, as last week I read another news story about sewing needles being found in deli meats. Hmmm, I'm resourceful, perhaps I should think about ditching the salami too and making my own.
Speaking of making my own... I ran out of my Dove deoderant and I really don't want to buy any more.
Some of the reason I no longer want to purchase it is because it is not a natural product, and Dove which is owned by Unilever, has a lot of criticism against it involving deforestation, race issues, sexism and mercury dumping. Here in Canada it seems hard to imagine because we are constantly being bombarded with Dove's 'Campaign for Real Beauty'
I have tried using natural deoderants in the past, but I feel like at the end of the day they made me smell worse than if I had used nothing at all. This morning I am experimenting with a homemade deoderant which I found at One Green Generation. I changed the formula a bit to 2 parts baking soda to 3 parts cornstarch. I'll let you know how it works.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
At age 73, I am sure he was wondering what I was doing when I made him put on the pink headphones attached to my iPod. He had a puzzled expression on his face, but I would not tell him what he would be listening to... it would be a surprise.
I found the podcast I had chosen for him and put it on play. The funny expression turned into pure joy when he began to listen to stories in Plattdeutsch. The same Platt he grew up listening to his parents speak in Germany - it was even the same dialect from the same area of the country.
Today I meant to give my father a gift, but I think it was I one who received the gift instead. It was so wonderful seeing how happy I made him!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
We are already planning out our Earth Hour evening. Last year we kept the lights off the entire evening. I imagine this year we will do the same. We plan to use our emergency oil lamps (which luckily we didn't have to use this winter) and play board games.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Purple Russian - Indeterminate (80 days) A Ukraine heirloom, this variety produces beautiful, rich plum-coloured and- shaped paste tomatoes that are 3-4" long, very meaty & blemish-free. Heavy producer. Although they're paste tomatoes, they're juicy enough that they're one of my favourites for fresh eating.- From The Cottage Gardener
Friday, March 20, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
I ordered 25 Black Sex Link pullets from Berg's Hatchery in Manitoba. I did some research and discovered that the Black Sex Link (also called Black Star) is a combination of a Rhode Island Red rooster and a Barred Rock hen. They are called Sex Link because the chicks can be sexed by colour whether they are male or female.
Black Sex Link hen and rooster
Black Sex Link hen
I also ordered (so far unbeknownst to husband) 15 Ameraucana unsexed chicks. I really want to try these as they lay green, blue, pink, white, and brown eggs. Hopefully I won't have too many males in the batch.
Ameraucana hen and rooster