Sunday Revue: pancakes!

Every Sunday I revue – the fun kind of review – the past week. I base this on the old style Friday Chicken from Havi’s blog at The Fluent Self.

What worked

  • taking it easy
  • writing down my accomplishments
  • getting ready for bed earlier
  • tapping (EFT)
  • massaging my toes
  • Anat Baniel exercises
  • focusing on art

The Hard

  • the stress of driving new places
  • being around a lot of people

The Good

  • something new!
  • a skunk family visited and the babies were sooo cute
  • lots of progress on my art project
  • finally figured out my plant babies’ nutrient deficiency – it’s magnesium, easily remedied by adding epsom salts to their water supply
  • I made pancakes! I followed this Eincorn pancakes recipe from Jovial and used buttermilk, mmmm

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Sunday Revue: golden milk

Every Sunday I revue – the fun kind of review – the past week. I base this on the old style Friday Chicken from Havi’s blog at The Fluent Self.

What worked

  • doing tasks for 15 minutes
  • 40-20 rule
  • asking myself if I really wanted to do something (and I did)
  • tapping (EFT)
  • not judging myself
  • looking at my Must Do/Could Do list before getting ready for bed

Next time I might

  • ablutions at 9pm and get back on the computer if I want to

The Hard

  • feeling sleepy
  • feeling bored and antsy at work
  • my plant babies: they have scorched leaf tips, but I re-potted them last week in new soil; so, since it takes a while for plants to show physical symptoms of a nutrient deficiency, I can’t tell if a week is long enough for the new soil to have corrected the problem or not – also I don’t know what the problem is because the symptoms can be the same for like 10 different conditions!
  • my partner gets really talkative about Big Things and The Future around 10pm, and I really want to talk about those things too, but I also want to go to bed.

The Good

  • working on an interesting project at my job
  • lots of sun : )
  • good progress on my digital art project by drawing 15 minutes a day
  • going to my mom’s and having yummy noms!
  • finally posting my Maria Sibylla Merian post
  • had a bunch of great ideas during meditation
  • feeling grateful
  • made some turmeric milk and it was pretty good (I tried two recipes and combined them – see below)

I tried two recipes from Wellness Mama and Fresh Bites Daily, and I liked lots of ginger bite but also wanted some cinnamon, so here’s my combo recipe:

to serve 2 (1 cup):
1 cup milk (any kind of animal or plant milk)
1/2 teaspoon turmeric (or 1/2 inch fresh turmeric thinly sliced or diced)
1/2 teaspoon ginger (or 1/2 inch fresh turmeric thinly sliced or diced)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 pinch black pepper
1/2 teaspoon honey

Mix the spices separately. Heat milk on medium and add spices and honey as soon as liquid is warm. Heat for 3-5 minutes. Stir every minute or so to prevent a “skin” from forming on the liquid surface.

Being a first-time plant mom

plantmomI love being a plant mom! I didn’t expect to be smitten so hard the day I saw my first green seed sprouts reaching up out of the soil. I also didn’t expect plants to be so cute, but they are super cute! Even when an older seedling starts growing a new tiny leaf, it gets me right in the feels.

Why I decided to become a plant mom
My first motivation was to save money by growing my own food , because I don’t make a lot of money but I would like to eat safe and nutrient-rich food. I would absolutely love to forage wild food, but it’s not practical where I live; plus, growing my own food means I know exactly what conditions the plants have experienced, whereas I can’t tell if a wild plant has been sprayed with insecticides or is drawing up water from a contaminated creek nearby.

Second, just knowing how to grow your own food – let alone doing it – is one important way to empower yourself and disengage from the agribusiness industrial complex. It gets you in touch with the source of your nourishment and connects you to the cycles of life. And in the case of a natural disaster, the odds are in your favor the more self-sufficient you are.

Third, I was (and still am!) playing Stardew Valley and figured I should try growing real plants to see if I liked it. My previous gardening experience was mostly weeding – removing things, not growing or nurturing things.

Why I chose heirloom plants
I had read an article in Discover a long time ago about popcorn made from heirloom corn and it always stuck with me. The author of the article said that most plants, especially corn and potatoes, have been bred to be tasteless vehicles for salt and butter into our mouths. How sad is that?

An heirloom plant – also called heirloom variety, heritage fruit, or heirloom vegetable – is the result of selectively planting seeds over decades or even centuries for taste, color, texture, shape, and/or size. A variety grown before 1946 is generally a good bet, as this is when people started cross-pollinating plants to create hybrids on a large scale.

The plants you (United States dwellers) buy for food in virtually all stores belong to one of a handful of varieties, which have been bred and/or genetically modified for ease of planting, growing, pesticide application, harvesting, and shipping long distances. Not only does this make for boring and nutrient-deficient food, it’s dangerous.

Heirloom food plants are essential to human survival and happiness because:

  • They provide genetic variation. It’s easy for a disease to wipe out an entire crop when each plant is identical. This very situation originated the Irish Potato Famine – the Great Hunger. (A situation made infinitely worse by the horrifying British government response.)
  • Growing them is not always friendly to mechanization – which is good. Agribusiness is killing our planet and our ability to feed ourselves food that has actual nutrients in it. Alternate/traditional ways of growing food don’t strip the land of all its nutrients or pollute it with pesticides.
  • We are seriously missing out on a mind-blowing array of tastes, colors, and shapes for our food. Just look at Glass Gem Corn. LOOK AT THIS:

Glass Gem Corn; photo by Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co.

I headed straight to Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co to buy my seeds because I had seen their catalog – the cover of which had Glass Gem Corn on it! – in my local organic grocery store. To be honest, I really liked their photography, but since then I’ve read about all their efforts to preserve and share heirloom seeds and it’s really important work. They even encourage you to share seeds from extra-rare crops so those varieties survive.

Things I’ll do differently next time (technical stuff)
Nothing beat seeing my first little seedlings come up – I planted the seeds in dirt (in containers) and waited to see what happened.

Since I’ve already experienced that delight, though, I will germinate my next seeds in water to see if they are even viable. The strawberry seeds I planted had a very low germination rate: my first batch (killed by larvae) had only three sprouts out of about fifteen, and my second batch have sprouted two out of eight.

I will plant seeds close to when I receive them in the mail. My low germination rate was probably due to the fact that the seeds sat around for several months before I planted them.

I planted my seeds too deep and I didn’t water them enough – the soil needs to feel like a damp sponge all the time. I should have covered the containers before the first shoots came up to keep them warm – and they weren’t very warm due to the dreary spring here, so I should have put them under lights.

If I can afford it, I’d love to buy a professional camera and macro lens so I can take pictures from the first day of sprouting – it’s been my #1 regret that my phone camera can’t zoom in far enough to get good shots.

In conclusion
Being a plant mom is delightful, sometimes tragic, and lots of fun! I’ll post more photos as my babies grow. For now, here are some photos from the past two months:

 

Welcome, April

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I write a Monthly Passage, which I learned from Havi’s blog at The Fluent Self, to let go of last month and enter the new month with intention.

What worked in March, Month of Pleasure

  • baking blackberry muffins – I didn’t know blackberries turn red when you bake them!
  • reducing or eliminating my to-do list as needed
  • 15 minutes of 4 things per day, 5 days a week
  • asking and being honest
  • dancing
  • recognizing when I’m ready
  • welcoming feelings and desires
  • quitting what wasn’t serving me
  • remembering my monsters’ sneaky methods
  • going ahead with imperfect creations
  • resting
  • nourishing myself
  • remembering I am capable

Next time I might

Qualities I want for April
Health. Rest. Right Ingredients. Boundaries.

Things I’m working on

  • returning to more health/more wholeness
  • speaking up
  • finding the Right Ingredients
  • exploring my relationship with technology

Looking forward to

  • growing in wholeness from this illness
  • warmer weather

Asking and hoping for

  • the Right Ingredients

I’m ready for

  • Glowing Fiercely

Tarot Message
I drew Temperance, card of “combining properly”. It represents:

  • the Right Ingredients
  • balanced, flowing emotions
  • healing
  • merging, connection
  • subtle shifts
  • bridge between mind and body
  • reconciliation of opposites
  • a middle path

My Tarot resources are The Tarot Directory and Tarot Teachings.

Sunday Revue: blueberry muffins

Every Sunday I revue – the fun kind of review – the past week. I base this on the old style Friday Chicken from Havi’s blog at The Fluent Self.

What worked

  • watching videos at work
  • Oasis journaling by myself
  • drawing at lunch
  • dancing every day
  • calming self-talk

Next time I might

  • STOP and go to bed
  • eat yogurt every day
  • plan my weekend mornings so I have something fun to get up for

The Hard

  • it’s been very cold
  • I’ve adapted a little to watching videos at work – the level of happiness I experience while watching them has plateaued, I think, and I’m starting to feel a little bored again
  • tummy troubles because I forgot to have yogurt
  • feeling like I’m being forced to make big decisions when I’m really not
  • promises made – I’ll believe them when I see them

The Good

Super yummy breakfast all week!

  • my partner has been less depressed and has been taking some steps forward
  • it was sunny the past two days
  • I like watching Crash Course World History
  • I finished a sketch of my next artwork