Due to a sudden job interview that required some prep time, I was a bit off my independence days game this week and didn’t get nearly as much done as I wanted. On the positive side, I generally seem to be a good deal more aware of what I’m doing and why, and I’m consciously spending more time working on activities that will should help to make us a little bit more independent – every bit counts.
Plant something: planted more lettuce and cress
Harvest something: chives, basil, oregano, mint, and lettuce
Preserve something: froze rhubarb
Waste not: fed the worms produce scraps; bought a secondhand shirt and a handmade pottery bowl from the thrift store
Want not: stocked up on dried lentils and dried fruit
Eat the food: tried a new recipe nearly daily, including homemade pizza, corn and potato soup, tomato soup, buns, and strawberry-rhubarb pie
Build community food systems: shopped at the market; discussed food issues with friends; started planning food documentary screening; tried an independent local restaurant for dinner
Skill up: learned how to change bicycle tires; getting back to knitting (slowly, this time – no more starting with a sweater right off the bat)
In addition to these activities, I’ve gotten back to commuting on my bike, and I’m working to get in better shape than I currently am by biking, walking, strength training, and getting in some yoga. I’m also spending some time meditating daily, in an attempt to quell some of the worry and anxiety that is a pretty regular feature of my life. In an effort to make more room for these different activities, I’m actively trying to clear out and reorganize the apartment, and I’ve put together a pretty sizable donation pile – hopefully the first of a few – that’s ready to go out the door.
For next week, I’m planning on planting some more chard and perhaps some kale. I’d like start preserving herbs early this year, so I don’t have such a glut right at the end of the summer, so I hope to get that going. I also have some research that I want to do about a few different purchases that I’ve been considering, quite honestly, for what seems like forever. And finally, In the interest of doing something a bit more entertaining, I’d like to spend some time learning to play the guitar again, and work on some folk songs to play and sing along to – although food’s crucial, music can be pretty important too.