Project 40 & Figuring it Out - Day 37 - Another attempt at "Xeriscaping"


Day 37: another attempt at "xeriscaping"

Mike and I got rid of most of our grass last summer. The only grass we kept was a small patch for Mr. Sam's use. Hopefully he will forgive us.

Unless you like to cultivate a plot of weeds, most people will spray. This is not an option for us and it breaks my heart that we used to spray our gravel driveway. I would cry every time Mike did it and finally we decided it wasn't worth it. I will happily pull the weeds.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer did a study of herbicides & insecticides and classified them as "probably carcinogenic (cancer causing) for humans :(…/m…/iarcnews/pdf/MonographVolume112.pdf

If you are choosing to eat organically, perhaps some thought into landscaping organically would also be important for your health. I say this out of love for you and our planet.

photo: covering last bit of grass/weeds with landscape fabric and mulch. our lavender seems to make it through the winter, but not much luck with rosemary. this is our last attempt and then we'll pot it instead

Project 40 & Figuring it Out - Day 35 - Aversion to Fireworks

Day 35: aversion to firework

Mike will attest that I am not a fan of the firework tradition of the 4th of July. This holiday has been particularly difficult for me because Eudora allows fireworks from July 1-4 and it sounds and feels like a war zone.

My annoyance changes to sadness as I imagine what it is like for people who go to sleep with the reality of rockets and gun shot sounds every night.

Mike tells me I might think differently if I grew up with it. I hope this is not the case.

Can we stop and consider that the traditions we often connect to certain holidays don’t actually have much to do with what we are celebrating?

I offer no judgement if this is part of your tradition, but I hope we (including myself) will continue to open our eyes to how we can ~try to do a little better than yesterday~

Project 40 & Figuring it Out – Day 22 – Celebrating Other’s Efforts


Although people shared with me that they enjoyed the honesty in my post yesterday with my experiences with scorpion handstand, I want to spend some time celebrating other’s efforts to do a little better so my head can fit through the door. This Project is challeging that way and I appreciate that.

I won’t name names bc that’s not the point, but this friend gave me 5 rolls of compostable doggie poop bags and then decided to continue sharing this gift with his neighborhood by putting them in a dispenser on his fence for others. I love it!!!

Project 40 & Figuring it Out – Day 7 – Recycling Arts & Crafts with Hubby

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Day 7: recycling arts & crafts w/the hubby

As you all know, Mike loves good wine. He likes to drink, think about, study, tour, savor his elixir of life.

That being said, we obviously have an endless number of corks and it is time to do something about it! We used to hold onto the bottles but they just collected dust in the basement. We (I) thought we could make a cool backyard sculpture with them. Didn’t happen.

What I despise most about wine packaging & shipment: styrofoam. There is a place to recycle it in KC but I’m still unhappy. What to do?

Well, super glue is not the best product to use bc of the time it takes to adhere, so we will try something else today. We are making them for friends and going away gifts (surprise Geoff!)

Project 40 & Figuring it Out – Day 2 – DIY Home Products

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Day 2: DIY home products

After noticing so many lipstick stands in the airports, I started thinking about how harmful many of our beauty products are to the environment and specifically animals.

Mama and I ate fresh roasted beets last night and then we made our own lip balm with beet juice & coconut oil. So easy! Mama is showing off our product since she is cuter.

I’m tackling dish soap, laundry detergent, moisturizer, shampoo, and toothpaste next with the help of some of the ingredients shown in the photo. Looking forward to saving money & not buying as many plastic soap containers.

40 & Figuring it Out – Day 1 – Eat from the Garden

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New Project: Forty & Figuring it Out
Daily posts about things I love and more importantly about the beauty of trying to do better than yesterday.

I was inspired to do this after watching “Love Thy Nature” on the plane ride home. A film about renewing our deep connection with nature. I highly recommend it - a beautiful documentary with Liam Neeson narrating.

I have always felt a little squeamish using words like Mother Earth and the Divine Mother as it didn’t feel authentic coming out of my mouth. After spending much time contemplating this concept in India with the highest form of worship being surrender to the Divine Mother, I’m starting to GET it.

Day 1: Eat from the garden. I’m going to do my best to eat only from the garden from now until Mike gets home on Sunday. Breakfast: spinach,kale,daikon,snow peas,herbs,olive oil

Photo of our very weedy garden which basically goes all the way back to the house. A huge undertaking for the 4 of us, but how cool that we have access to all of this beautiful organic produce.