So, I have had some serious blogging anxiety throughout the week. I have never read a blog so needless to say I have never blogged. But, today people, I am a blogger. I am a bloggerrrr. So, what does this make you people? My bloggees? My blogents? Bloggowers? (I realize I am probably so, so unoriginal in my attempts at poking fun at the blog genre) And, by the way, I am feeling rather uncomfortable with this whole unknown internet universe of people who might be reading these thoughts from my brain. Maybe we could make this blogging a little more interactive so you bloggees aren't as passive in this process. I say we inter-blog. So please introduce yourselves and let's blog-talk.
I might be supposed to introduce myself here in this blog. But, so many profoundly exciting things have been happening since I have moved into the farmhouse, I have decided to talk about these things and maybe weave in a little about myself. I have been told that in blogs you can talk about whatever you want. So, I am.
I am in a whole new current here at the Abundant Table Farm Project/Join the Farm farmhouse. I can feel myself swimming (well, technically I am just living not swimming, but I love metaphor and imagery so I am going with the water metaphor here) faster, lighter, more excitedly, and more at peace supported by a current of people looking to live in a more sustainable and connected (and I mean connected in a very specific vague way).
In my previous current, I was trying to live in these ways also. I was also connected to others who wanted to live in these ways also, but I was much more isolated than I am now living with my intern sisterfriends. It can be an overwhelming and a sometimes guilt inducing process trying to make conscious decisions on your own (actually I wasn't really on my own, my mom was very supportive). Examples: I acquire reusable bags (oh jeez, did these bags come from a plastic product which comes from (gasp) oil?) I forget said bags when I go to the store. I put reusable bags in my car. I still forget to bring into the store. I put reusable bags onto the front seat. I bring reusable bags into the store, slightly more than I used to. I buy organically (when it is convenient for me). I don't eat a lot of meat products (except when people I love prepare it for me. I like this exception-it's staying). I ride my bike (when it doesn't involve me having to wake up earlier than I want or go farther than I can go comfortably in a dress). I was doing some things and feeling guilty about not doing enough or not doing things consistently. But, as Julie and I discussed, guilt really isn't a particularly helpful emotion. What has been helpful in this new current is a support system. Finding others who are interested in sustainability and living lighter on our earth, interested in sharing knowledge, and interested in acting in ways consistent with our beliefs. We want to try new things! We are composting! We put a tub in the sink and we are saving water (and using biodegradable dish soap) to use to water our plants and trees. These two things, specifically, are goals we set and are accomplishing. So, like Julie said, we are starting small and doing. When a tub of water goes down the drain, I still wish it went to our plants, but we are trying and doing more than we aren't. And I love that.
Homesteading in the 21st Century #1
On my way back from a run I found a certain intern (I didn't ask for her consent to mention this story, so she shall remain anonymous as I don't know about issues of consent when blogging) weeding in the veggie patch Kyle planted. She was chatting on her cell phone and seriously getting down on the weeds with a hoe. 21st century weeding or pioneer communication?
Turns out I didn't weave much personal information at all. So, I guess I will be weaving personal information throughout my Friday blog series.
Personal Info #1
My name is Erynn.