Coffee, Walk poodle in woods, Stretching, Shovel snow, Find place to stay in Georgia, Notes from yesterday’s 4-hour truck ride in a snow storm (yikes!), Call G.M., Wrap presents, Label preserves, Compost, Trash, Dry more apples, Can apple butter, Store apples in back stairwell, Boomerang donations…
Book reviews for some of my favorites.
City Bountiful, Laura J. Lawson: fascinating look at the history of communal, urban agriculture in North America. Lawson uncovers the thirst for democracy and connection to land that have brought us to the city soil for over 100 years. 363 pages.
The NEW Farmer’s Almanac 2013, Greenhorns: This is a new take on the traditional Farmers Almanac, made by young farmers. Organized in monthly installments to take you through the growing season, it has something for everyone: poetry, agriculture policy, farm games, soil science, recipes and more. I’m savoring the month of December right now. 311 pages.
On Thanksgiving in Wyckoff New Jersey, I was asked on the spot to express gratitude before the meal. As some one who grew up bowing our heads & holding hands before every meal, it felt like prayer. I don’t remember what I said. It was short & referenced farmers & climate change. Here’s my second draft:
Thank you all for
this time together
& the hands that grew & prepared it
the distances we’ve crossed to be here
the preparations we’ve made
the warmth of this house
the health we’re each enjoying
our will to face uncertainty
our commitment to mutual support
& our hope for the future.
First snowfall overnight!
Now: “Light Ice Pellets”
Earl grey, Walk in Franklin Park, Bulk apple order, Make half-sheet food storage guide, Logistics for NE VegFruit Conference, Freezing basics handout, Pickling basics handout, Canning basics handout, Reach out to fruit farms, Finish recipe cards, Chicken pasture template, Pasta lunch, Stretch, Register for NOFA Winter Conference…
Possible Paths Forward: Making a pot of Red Lentils, Meditation, Stretching, Reading under a quilt, Herbs <Rose Nettle Elder>
Low energy. Mourning the end of the season. Feeling regretful. Superstitious.
Thursday in Bed:
Mint tea, Reading Dillard’s The Maytrees, Scheming christmas gifts, Interview thank you note, Call Bill, The poodle & I.
Stretches, Braeburn apple, Vegan gingerbread, Coffee, Farmers market research for next season, Poodle in the woods, Arugula pesto pasta, Fried potatoes, Lung tea
Choices for Early Evening:
Laundry, Reading, Dishes, A large-scale keeping track project, Sitting in a new meditation spot, Poodle in the neighborhood with a down coat, Organize spices, Pull out everything warm I own from the basement…
Listening to Claudia Horwitz on the usefulness of quiet practice for activists. Looking for a winter retreat.