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Authentic = slightly unpopular or Superstar

The day you decide to be authentic and not give a toot about what others think, is the day you will become both unpopular and gain superstar status at the same time.

How quickly people will judge honesty as bitchiness. Saying what is true to “you”, speaking your thoughts out loud, uttering your opinion and sticking to it even after you have heard others….well, it is quite “unladylike”.

LOL

On the other hand, there are those who respect you because you are authentic. Because you say what you feel, wear what you want, like who you want, eat what you want, write what you want….In general, you do what you want. It is a stage in life that comes when you no longer give a toot, because, quite frankly, those that matter love you as you are, on good days and on bad. And the rest, well, they really don’t matter.

Just my thought to take you into the lovely weekend.
With love,
The Real Me

Authentic = slightly unpopular or Superstar

The day you decide to be authentic and not give a toot about what others think, is the day you will become both unpopular and gain superstar status at the same time.

How quickly people will judge honesty as bitchiness. Saying what is true to “you”, speaking your thoughts out loud, uttering your opinion and sticking to it even after you have heard others….well, it is quite “unladylike”.

LOL

On the other hand, there are those who respect you because you are authentic. Because you say what you feel, wear what you want, like who you want, eat what you want, write what you want….In general, you do what you want. It is a stage in life that comes when you no longer give a toot, because, quite frankly, those that matter love you as you are, on good days and on bad. And the rest, well, they really don’t matter.

Just my thought to take you into the lovely weekend.
With love,
The Real Me

Stay away from my babies, and why I hoard coffee cans & pickle jars.


Spring has sprung here in my neck of the woods……and when spring springs, we PLANT!

It is like the sun awakens urges deep inside of me, making me want to dig, plant, nurture……

So I have planted tomatoes. Six varieties. As soon as I dug up the ground, tilled in the compost and alfalfa, nurtured those babies until the frost past…planted. After three day we had a freak cold spell.

Now you know why I save every coffee can and pickle jar (that is what I told my dh anyways, who likes to go through my stash and grumble!).

We have hung up a Topsy Turvey for strawberries.

I went to the Seed Bank in Petaluma and bought “Gypsy Tomatoes” and “Huckleberry” seeds. Sigh….this is the first year I actually grew cucs and the above, as well as Cistus Incanus (rockrose) from seed in little seed pods.

I set out my cucs a few days ago. Yesterday I went out to talk to them, and they have been chomped on my by “???”. Oh, you nasty little critters, stay away from my babies!!

Today, I will spray my babies with:

Garlic & Heat
Crush 6-7 large garlic toes. Put in sprayer with about 1.5 cups of warm water. Add 4 crushed chilli peppers (or a few tablespoons of tabasco). Shake. Let sit for 12 hours. Spray baby seedlings to keep away munching slugs and caterpillars!

P.S. Works on herbs too, but you will have to wash them well as they will absorb the taste of garlic…….

Stay away from my babies, and why I hoard coffee cans & pickle jars.


Spring has sprung here in my neck of the woods……and when spring springs, we PLANT!

It is like the sun awakens urges deep inside of me, making me want to dig, plant, nurture……

So I have planted tomatoes. Six varieties. As soon as I dug up the ground, tilled in the compost and alfalfa, nurtured those babies until the frost past…planted. After three day we had a freak cold spell.

Now you know why I save every coffee can and pickle jar (that is what I told my dh anyways, who likes to go through my stash and grumble!).

We have hung up a Topsy Turvey for strawberries.

I went to the Seed Bank in Petaluma and bought “Gypsy Tomatoes” and “Huckleberry” seeds. Sigh….this is the first year I actually grew cucs and the above, as well as Cistus Incanus (rockrose) from seed in little seed pods.

I set out my cucs a few days ago. Yesterday I went out to talk to them, and they have been chomped on my by “???”. Oh, you nasty little critters, stay away from my babies!!

Today, I will spray my babies with:

Garlic & Heat

Crush 6-7 large garlic toes. Put in sprayer with about 1.5 cups of warm water. Add 4 crushed chilli peppers (or a few tablespoons of tabasco). Shake. Let sit for 12 hours. Spray baby seedlings to keep away munching slugs and caterpillars!

P.S. Works on herbs too, but you will have to wash them well as they will absorb the taste of garlic…….

On my quest for authenticity….

Every day I discover a new thing I can “naturalize” in my life. I always thought I was pretty natural & crunchy, but, by Goddess, there is still so much out there!!

Two days ago I had a few hours to myself, and headed to the thrift store for my weekly session.

I found “Back to Basics – How to Learn and Enjoy Traditional American Crafts”.

Wow…

This book can teach me every from making toys, planting food, canning it, making tools from scratch, surviving a disaster, making a rocking chair, skinning a rabbit and making leather from hide, making soda, making beer. I can also build a fence and a house. Once that is done, I can make cheese and other dairy products from the milk of my cows and goats. I can tap a maple tree. I can build a pedal bike that creates energy. Make masks & ointments. I will clean the hooves of my draft horses. I can build a root cellar. I will make my own sauerkraut.

The universe has sent me this book for a reason. My ranch is waiting….just have to find it :).

I am off to find a coon for my coon hat.

On my quest for authenticity….

Every day I discover a new thing I can “naturalize” in my life. I always thought I was pretty natural & crunchy, but, by Goddess, there is still so much out there!!

Two days ago I had a few hours to myself, and headed to the thrift store for my weekly session.

I found “Back to Basics – How to Learn and Enjoy Traditional American Crafts”.

Wow…

This book can teach me every from making toys, planting food, canning it, making tools from scratch, surviving a disaster, making a rocking chair, skinning a rabbit and making leather from hide, making soda, making beer. I can also build a fence and a house. Once that is done, I can make cheese and other dairy products from the milk of my cows and goats. I can tap a maple tree. I can build a pedal bike that creates energy. Make masks & ointments. I will clean the hooves of my draft horses. I can build a root cellar. I will make my own sauerkraut.

The universe has sent me this book for a reason. My ranch is waiting….just have to find it :).

I am off to find a coon for my coon hat.

The Poor Man’s Food that will keep you healthy….


In Germany, there are so many traditions around spring time!

In Frankfurt, you would know spring is coming when the market stands began selling “Gruene Sosse”, packets of herb that you used to make a traditional food for Green Thursday, the Thursday before Easter. Of course, you can eat this any time you want, the Green Thursday has a reason :).

As the lore goes, the farmers, poor and famished, would always have potatoes that they grew themselves, and their chickens, who also fed themselves, would lay eggs. As the spring rains fell over the land, herbs and weeds grew abundantly. The farmers picked the herbs and weeds, and turned it into a green sauce, which they served over potatoes and boiled eggs. The green sauce was said to have magical qualities, helping the farmers ward of sickness (now we know they were packing the vitamins!), and so it was eaten every year on Green Thursday to keep them healthy all year!

Gruene Sosse

7 green herbs, including parsely, sorrel, dandelions, cress, borage, dill, chives (I had borage & sorrel in my garden, bought the others. Also added Miner’s lettuce, as I happened to find a patch on my walk today :)….in the spirit of the dish).

Chop fine in food processor or mixer. Or go the ‘old way” and hand chop very fine….

Add just enough sour cream to make a thick sauce.

Add salt n’ pepper to taste.

Serve over boiled potatoes (new ones are best) and boiled eggs that have been halved.

Voila! 🙂

The Poor Man’s Food that will keep you healthy….


In Germany, there are so many traditions around spring time!

In Frankfurt, you would know spring is coming when the market stands began selling “Gruene Sosse”, packets of herb that you used to make a traditional food for Green Thursday, the Thursday before Easter. Of course, you can eat this any time you want, the Green Thursday has a reason :).

As the lore goes, the farmers, poor and famished, would always have potatoes that they grew themselves, and their chickens, who also fed themselves, would lay eggs. As the spring rains fell over the land, herbs and weeds grew abundantly. The farmers picked the herbs and weeds, and turned it into a green sauce, which they served over potatoes and boiled eggs. The green sauce was said to have magical qualities, helping the farmers ward of sickness (now we know they were packing the vitamins!), and so it was eaten every year on Green Thursday to keep them healthy all year!

Gruene Sosse

7 green herbs, including parsely, sorrel, dandelions, cress, borage, dill, chives (I had borage & sorrel in my garden, bought the others. Also added Miner’s lettuce, as I happened to find a patch on my walk today :)….in the spirit of the dish).

Chop fine in food processor or mixer. Or go the ‘old way” and hand chop very fine….

Add just enough sour cream to make a thick sauce.

Add salt n’ pepper to taste.

Serve over boiled potatoes (new ones are best) and boiled eggs that have been halved.

Voila! 🙂