Hello, friends. I wanted to say many years ago, I was given permission by the owners to be on the hay fields and access road I wrote about in the last post, a privilege I don't take lightly, and treat with the highest respect. That said, it's onward to frugal doings. On our thrift store foray in Asheville, I bought a fleece vest for $3.99, and vintage linen dresser scarf/table runner with lace edging for .41. The runner was at a Goodwill clearance center, one of those places where you pay by weight, and is in excellent shape. I've slowly been gathering white linens, looking forward to when I experiment more with dyeing with plants and other natural materials. Pet Perks points were redeemed for a free bag of natural cat food. I enjoyed two movies at home; Sully via Netflix, and The Dressmaker via Amazon Prime. I knew Sully would be intense, and sure enough, it was a couple of hours before my adrenaline rush faded so that I could sleep. The Dressmaker had several dark moments I could have done without. I'm aware of the dark side of human nature, but don't choose to dwell on it for entertainment. Overall, it was a decent movie.
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I made my Swagbucks goal several days, and redeemed points for a $25 amazon gift card. I've been harvesting two or three asparagus spears at a time, and finally had enough to serve for dinner one night. I'm not sure if it was all the walking in Asheville that reset my metabolism, but I'm finally beginning to lose weight. Hooray! A large amount of chard was harvested, which I steamed for dinner one night. We enjoyed the leftovers another night. I noticed a bluebird looking in one of the birdhouses, and hope they'll decide to nest there. When J went to buy spinach seeds at a local small business, he was offered last year's seed packs at .25 each, and bought several. I planted it more heavily than recommended, in case the germination rate is lower. We often use seeds more than one year, so I'm not too worried, and saw that Margaret compiled a list, which showed a great deal of variation among the experts. I boiled small sweet potatoes for the pups, and am using those and chopped chard stems to supplement their dinner kibble, along with kefir.
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“We struggle from the absence of our village and then we blame our symptoms on what we believe is our own lack…thereby ensuring the village we need can never appear.”
The individualism that manifests as self-blame — that feeling of not being enough, for ourselves or anyone, better off alone, beating ourselves up along the way.