Sunday, November 14, 2010
Sunday, Waging War, and Giving Thanks
Sunday mornings are my favorite -- There's no traffic on our road, the rock quarry behind us is shut down, and the quiet and stillness of our farm is a force to be reckoned with. It's beautiful. Sitting on our back door steps with a cup of coffee watching the rising sun burn off the fog across the fields is something I couldn't put a price on.
We nearly hit 70 degrees today, which I can't complain about, but it does make me feel bad for the horses since their winter coats are coming in strong. Mother Nature pays no attention to temperatures when it comes to protecting The Beasts. Nope, those coats grow in according to the amount of daylight. Living in Eastern NC it isn't unusual to see them standing still and sweating this time of year. Really not much you can do about it.
This will be our first winter with the chickens. We've been keeping a daily count of eggs since they started laying August 1st. We thought they'd be like the horses with internal clocks syncing with the sun and dropping off on laying so much as the days grow shorter, but so far they are still laying in full force. Between five hens, we still average 4-5 eggs a day. We date each egg with a grease pencil when we bring them in every day, and then write down the number of eggs we collected that day on a chart that I printed out. It's nice to be able to see how many eggs the girls have given us, but I think it will also prove useful in comparing months and knowing what to expect in years to come.
In other news, I've been going full-force lately with trying to reduce the amount of crap we throw away. Years ago we replaced our main trash can (in the kitchen) with a small office-size one and dedicated our big kitchen trash can as a recycle bin. It has been wonderful -- we recycle everything we can, we throw away only what we have to, and with that we really could get away with only taking our big trashcan to the road once a month (if not less). I'd like to reduce that even more. I'd also like to reduce the amount of "stuff" we buy, try harder to buy used when we have the option, and stop getting caught up in trends and disposable crap that is prety much forced upon you everywhere you go.
The Zero Waste Home Blog is a great source of inspiration for anything from decluttering your home to waging a full-fledged Junk Mail War with all of the companies filling your mailbox full of wasteful stuff. We're starting our own war now because we're tired of transporting so much paper from our mailbox directly to our recycle bin. Our biggest culprits, funny enough, are the environmental non-profits that we choose to donate to each year. I'm not at all trying to deter anyone from donating to them, but oh holy cow do they send you a lot of crap once you donate.... not to mention selling your mailing info to every other environmental organization under the sun. It's sad! My small donation each year is completely negated, ten fold, by the amount of wasted paper mailed to me as a result during the following months. I'll be calling these organizations directly to be taken off their mailing lists and inquire as to how they are promoting environmental protection by sending me a forest's worth of paper each year in the mail.
I'll jump off my soapbox for now (haha).... it's time to start working on dinner. My mind is brewing currently about what we'll be doing for Thanksgiving. With The Boy and I both being vegetarian, it's the perfect time to make our food choices shine for those who aren't. I get a free turkey from the hospital I work at each year for Thanksgiving, which we'll be donating to a family in need. I'm thinking stuffed acorn squash may be featured on our table this year, which I always refer to as an awesome excuse to serve dessert for dinner... People who regularly get compost from us brought me a bag of butternut squash, acorn squash and canned pears from their garden today, all of which I am super excited about using for Thanksgiving.
So many things to be thankful for this year... :-)