Wednesday, November 18, 2009

what about the new year?

Over the last few week's while my life was turning upside down, I really tried to focus on other things. One of the things that caught my eye was a show called the 100 mile challenge.

This show was on planet green and some people from a town in British Columbia could only eat food with in a 100 miles of their home, and they had to do this for 100 day's. Rusty and I talked about and we said that if we had to we could do. We are very blessed to live in southern California where we have a lot of food that is local.

So now I am looking forward to the new year and I am trying to think of another way to challenge myself. Could the 100 mile challenge really fly in this house? Well..... it could if I did it a little bit at a time. Rusty has to have his meat and he does not hunt any more, so I know our meat would not be local, but what about the rest of the meal? This is something I could do say once or twice a week and my husband would not complain.

So I thinking that once or twice a week I will do only local meals with the exception of our Meat. Now this also translate into one or two lunches a week that will fit into my 100 mile challenge.

As I sit here and look back over the last year I have reached my goals. I made all my blankets, and my no spending diet went great. I have learned a lot from both of the goals that I set for myself.

From the blankets I learned that I have to schedule in the time to make these works of art and I had to keep my eye on the goal. Twelve blankets for the shut in's. I can't wait to deliver all these quilts!

From the no spending diet I have learned just how much I can live without and how much I do have. I must say that I have gotten creative with some of my meals, and I have caught myself telling the girls to use what they have on hand. My mind has been stretched and wallet remained closed.

I am sure that at some point my children have learned something from watching me, and I hope they carry that with them.

Today I feel like crap. My ear is killing me. I know it is not infected, I know that it is just all this crazy weather we are having. As usual life and time march on even if I don't feel good. I did manage to get the house cleaned up, make dinner and tackle the pile of paper work that has been sitting on the desk.

I think the most important thing I did was chat with one of my boys. I always love hearing from them.

Well I hear the bed calling me, so I better get to it. Tomorrow is another day, and I am sure that it will be filled with all the usual and then some.


Paula said...

I'm with Rusty I like my meat. Like the good local green too though.

That corgi :) said...

you know, Murrieta/Temecula/Lake Elsinore have farmer markets so you could probably get a lot of your produce grown locally from surrounding areas. the meat might be challenging; too bad you aren't living in Montana (LOL) because the farmer's market up there the Hutterrites (like Menonites) come and they bring their chicken for people to purchase. that is an interesting challenge; I don't think I could do it; I admire you for it!

your girls have learned a lot from watching you live your live; you might not see the "fruits" of the seeds you are sowing for years but believe you me, I'm sure they are watching and learning and making notes in their heads for later times

sorry you aren't feeling good :(

glad you got to hear from one of your boys :)


Lori said...

I hope you're feeling better today. I like the idea of the 100 mile challenge. I'll have to give that some thought.

natalie said...

you're sucha geat mom that the kids learn oodles about life from you!
I like your idea to eat local food! you go girl!

Gerry said...

I have been trying to eat all local produce and home made foods ever since Farmer's Market opened their co-op store across the streeet 5 days a week, and it is working out pretty well. I think this is a great idea. I am even looking around for a feew gifts that I can afford in the handicraft sections. I am also giving away books donated from the residents, too. My goal is as many gifts possible from within a block radius. Thanks for reminding me. I got a kick out of your problem with cooking Thanksgiving dinner, even though I know you were practically in despair. I hope you enjoy the holiday a little bit in spite of yourself.

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