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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Farmers Market

It's really a stay at home kind of day but soon after my Rickster left for work, I headed to the Farmer's Market....to hunt down some green tomatoes....there were none to be found except those pointed out by one seller that across the way they had some tomato plants with green ones on them. He said you could pick those...hmmm, probably have to buy the plant so i would not get banded from the FM, and i have enough plants at home, but i am impatient for the tomatoes to appear! GOT BLOOMS =)
So I came home with the lettuce and swiss chard for our green smoothies, and I did get some shitake mushrooms....I am so excited to try the recipe i found online for mushroom gravy to go with mashed potatoes....the Rickster said he'd go on this vegan journey with me, if i would still make him mashed potatoes and gravy....problem solved...I'll think he'll love what I am having for dinner. Will make sauteed green beans with carrots and reserve the sweet and sour red cabbage he so loves!
I always learn something at the FM....saw a beautiful tree which turned out to have bay leaves as the leaves.....hmmm, never knew. He said you just help yourself, a dollar a leaf!
He also had a display of apartments for over 55'vers in which he managed, that had individual gardens in the surrounding land. It was really cool. I think I could live there. But I have a few years to go. Just a few....hope you lived your day with some laughing and loving!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I've been lazy in loftinland!

Most of the time I like being a bit lazy as a reward for long walks with the dogs, giving loftinland a good cleaning, working in the yard/garden, or just lazy for the sake of being lazy especially on the last few rainy days we've had! But the point I want to make is I've been lazy being who I want to be!

It is the animal lover in me that just cannot stand to eat an animal that has been killed for the purpose of keeping me alive, when there are so many other "much better" choices for my dinner plate! I have been a vegetarian for over ten years, I think I was around forty when I gave myself permission to be who I wanted to be. Growing up I ate what was put on my plate, and continued with those same meals for my family when I became a wife and mother. It wasn't until I picked up a copy of John Robbin's http://www.johnrobbins.info/ "Diet For a New America", that I wanted to live the lifestyle and eat the way this book suggested. It didn't take me long to read all of his books, plus numerous others on the subject, and collect LOTS of vegetarian recipe books and vegetarian "help" books.

However, in the last year or so, I have become lazy at living the true vegetarian way....I have eaten shrimp and fish...since I would make that for my husband in place of meat. Not a lot of fish but enough that it bothered me. Then just last week I watched "Earthlings", narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, a lifelong vegan. Watching it made me physically and emotionally ill, I made myself watch the whole thing because I never ever want to eat anything or wear anything made from animals, land based or in the ocean. No cheese, or eggs as well. No makeup that was tested on animals, period....period...period...I am pretty good at researching personal care products and ONLY buy those that an animal did not have to suffer. This documentary film covered much more than just food/diet. It also talked about all kinds of animal suffering and "my" part in it....which I am going to try to the best of my ability to not take part in knowingly or unknowingly. I hope that if you have not seen this film you will watch it, it will break your heart but it will open your eyes and may just change you. One thing that I have been lazy about is....not telling others about my choices and letting others answer for me...I have a fear of them thinking I am trying to push a lifestyle on them, or thinking that I think am better because I do this...or mostly just not being able to explain intellectually why I believe a vegan lifestyle is the best. I think I'll start speaking up though, if it is only on an emotional level, I can direct them to books I've read or films I've watched "if" and "only if" they really want the answers to the questions they are asking me...

My daughter, who also instigated me to be a vegetarian when she was in college over a decade ago, has also began the journey of being a vegan with me. It helps tremendously when you have support from family and friends, she fits into both those categories.....her blog can be found at: http://www.humblepantry.blogspot.com/ - I think you'll enjoy the flavor of her posts, a fresh and beautiful (just like her) read!