Sunday, July 8, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
It's so exciting!
I'm finally official.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
I HAVE MOVED! PLEASE FOLLOW ME OVER AT:
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
I, in big, block, insistant capital letters wrote, "NO."
About four and a half years later (when Hollaback Girl by Gwen Stefani was at the top of the charts), I started Law School.
Things change. Life reaches out and grabs you, pushing or pulling you, opening new paths and shifting others. One thing I have always accepted about my plans is that they will change. I am always moving forward, but not necessarily in a hard, straight line. I love the changes life brings, and I love being open to them.
The other day, not for the first time, I was struck by how very much my life and outlook have changed since I started this little blog. At it's inception, MacGyver and I had been married just over 4 months; I had just come on active duty and was barely a lawyer; and while I was health and nutrition conscious, it wasn't even approaching the Ethical Eating, chemical free lifestyle we strive to live now.
I thought I would probably stay in the Marine Corps for 20 years. I thought I would probably only want one more child. I thought I would eventually go back to The City. Farming definitely never crossed my mind.
But Life, as it has a way of doing, intervened. Things, as they tend to do, changed. MacGyver and I, being who we are, have embraced it. We are ready to make a change.
We have a new aim. It is not a goal. (I accomplish my goals.) This is an aim. We might not land exactly where we're aiming if Life intervenes, but we're moving in a new direction. And that direction is toward a sustainable homestead - dare I say it? A farm.
Not a big farm. Not the neverending fields of corn that represented farming to me growing up where I did. No, our plan is more of a big, massive garden. With chickens. And maybe a couple cows and pigs and some peafowl. And possibly sheep. We'll see.
One day, I'll do a post on the fact that I'd rather call it a big, massive garden than a farm even though a farm is precisely what it would be, but the industrial farming complex has so changed what it means to farm that I don't even want to associate myself with the word.
And I don't want to be called a Farmer.
So - that's quite a direction shift. Well, sort of. I'm pretty sure anyone who's followed this blog could kind of see it coming. I mean, we're damn near a farm now with the three gardens and the chickens and whatnot. Really, this is just the next step.
Nevertheless, I'm owning this change. I'm facing the fact that I'm not really the same person I was back when I started this little blog. And I'm moving in a new direction. So, as much as it annoys me when people do this, I'm changing blogs.
Cheap Wine and Cookies will no longer be my primary blog. It will still be here. I may occasionally update it. But from this point on, the majority of my posts will be found at:
Friday, April 27, 2012
I think we all know that I'm not big on chemicals in my garden. I wouldn't eat chemical fertalizers, so why would I ever put them in my food? We create an excellent compost on our own with kitchen scraps, worms, and chickens. That said, the soil where we live is aweful. Really, just pathetic, and after three years of cultivating it, there are still areas where the nutrient profiles are just off.
I have been saddened by the prospect of having to resort to chemical fertalizers to try to get our broccoli to grow properly or prevent our cabbages from bolting, but companies like Whitney Farms® give me hope. Now, to be honest, I haven't done a full battery of research on this company, but the things I do know about them certainly but them head and shoulders above chemical fertalizer companies.
Products like their organic soil and organic plant food are free of additive and artificial ingredients, and - most imortantly in my mind - contain beneficial microbes. This is essential. This is what sets these sorts of fertalizers above chemical ones. The very best possible soil for any plantlife is living soil. And Whitney Farms® will help you get just that. They even have more specifically tailored products like Tomato and Vegetable Food and Plant Food.
I mean really, with a beautiful garden like this, and, more importantly, beautiful gardners, why would I ever put chemicals down?