Five Things Friday
1. Fall- Ah yes, I am so basic that I am literally starting a post talking about Fall. But hey, it is upon us after all. Yes, I like cozy sweaters and flannel and fuzzy socks but as a gardener, fall is a bit more than that! While, pumpkin spice is a thing, it's not everything! The changing of the season means it is time for me to harvest the majority of the garden. Fall gardening is still very much in swing (for example, I have brussels sprouts, broccoli, turnips, beets, carrots, cabbage, kale, and chard that will still be happy for weeks to come) but in a few short weeks all of the summer loving plants will be done (think tomatoes, basil, squash, peppers). So this weekend I will be harvesting all that I can and preserving it for as long as possible. I'm planning to cut off all of the sweet pumpkin and butternut squash (I have at least 15 pumpkins and about 8 butternut) and have it decorate my home through Christmas (Winter squash lasts so long if you keep it inside uncut). Then I will be drying the rest of the hot peppers, eating all of the bell peppers, and possibly blanching some tomatoes so we can freeze them. I also will be making a few jars of pesto to keep in the freezer. My plan this year it to just cut everything at the top of the soil, rather than pulling it out, and letting the soil compost the roots. This a "no till" method that I've read can be very beneficial to your soil. When you till, you disturb the biome that has been developed, which means the natural process of insects and bugs and bacteria that is helpful to replenishing nutrients is broken. Nature knows what it is doing. I just want to help it along. So, we'll cut the plants down, then add a few inches of compost, and call it good. As for bushes and trees, I am going to leave those as is until late Winter/early Spring. It is easier to trim when the plants have gone dormant and when not disturbed, small animals and insects can make those areas their home over the winter. We didn't winter-ize the garden last year and I think that is why this year we had so many ladybugs!
2. Fitness- I have been so inconsistent over the last year or so! But I am recommitting. I've found that when I get a good sweat on and stay away from life's distractions, I feel so much better! I recently walk/ran a 10K with my friend, Heather, and it was so nice to be out in the chilly morning getting a workout with my pal while we burned some calories. I've been hitting the weights again and doing a little yoga... it all feels so good! Hoping to stick with it again.
3. Family- We've had a lot of great times spent with family recently! Tyler's parents were in town the beginning of last month, which meant lots of good home cooked meals and plenty of wine and beer sampling. Then there were all of the September birthdays! Cake was eaten, presents were exchanged, and we all celebrated one more year of love and happiness in one another's lives. Then I went to Nashville to visit family, which was a lot of fun! I had been there before but got to see some new things and most importantly was able to enjoy the company! And most recently, Tyler's sister is visiting. She brought her dog, Daisy, who has been keeping Winston company (while the cats hide and run away!). It's been a busy few weeks!
4. 4Ocean- I recently decided to subscribe to 4Ocean, which is an "United States company selling bracelets made of recycled materials. The company promises to remove one pound of trash from the ocean and coastlines for each bracelet they sell." My mom told me about this company and then I received a bracelet for my birthday and I kept wanting to do more. So, I decided to subscribe and plan to gift the bracelets to various pople in my life who I think will appreciate them and will share the message. I also might keep my favorite ones. The one I have now is in recognition of sharks. The one I just got was for the manatee population. I gifted it to my sister-in-law. She is a sailboat captain and I know how passionate she is about keeping our waters blue and free of plastic and garbage.
5. Juicing. I recently bought a juicer and have been loving making fresh juice in the morning. I have so much celery, cucumbers, and beets in the garden and I really enjoy combining those into a juice. I also sometimes add ginger and lemon or lime and it just makes every cell in my body feel good. I think there is something to be said about eating the whole food in its entirety, especially foods high in fiber, but I also think those veggies that are super high in water are nice to have for the nutrient dense juice. I've been really disconnected to food and my body lately. I do think it is good to treat yourself and not deny too many cravings, but this past year has been a smorgasbord of indulgence. From beer to bread to french fries to chocolate... my body has had MORE than enough for awhile. I'm not much of a moderator. I like things that are naughty or taste super good on the reg. For me, it is challenging to stop hitting that "pleasure button." But I recently read the book, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck" by Mark Manson and he said this,
“Because here’s the thing that’s wrong with all of the “How to Be Happy” shit that’s been shared eight million times on Facebook in the past few years—here’s what nobody realizes about all of this crap: The desire for more positive experience is itself a negative experience. And, paradoxically, the acceptance of one’s negative experience is itself a positive experience. This is a total mind-fuck. So I’ll give you a minute to unpretzel your brain and maybe read that again: Wanting positive experience is a negative experience; accepting negative experience is a positive experience. It’s what the philosopher Alan Watts used to refer to as “the backwards law”—the idea that the more you pursue feeling better all the time, the less satisfied you become, as pursuing something only reinforces the fact that you lack it in the first place."
So I think that denying yourself pleasure can actually be healthy. Otherwise we become glutinous or lustful or one of the other 7 deadly sins. There is space for that but the scale should favor more of the healthful choices instead.
What are your thoughts? What are you into these days?