All Else…

All else should stand aside
When gentle days of spring arrive
In the warmth of light remembered
There are weeds to pull
Seeds to plant
And sun in which to bask in joy

Tomorrow, stark fingers of winter
May yet reach out
To pull ragged, greying clouds
Across the sun
Plunging one and all behind
A veil of grim and mist

All else should stand aside
As spring days shine
Today is golden daffodils
Tulips newly budding
Purpose fresh and burgeoned
Hope and heart’s breath

Tomorrow is…. tomorrow

-kelley green

Furnace Wars

Okay…the idea of a furnace war in Texas is a little absurd; however, when I went out this morning it was well below freezing and it’s only up to 30 degrees F right now and we still haven’t turned on the heater this winter. 🙂

When we moved into this house there was a lovely gas log set-up in the fireplace. Beautiful ceramic logs with very realistic coloring glowed whenever you lit the line of gas vents underneath. The heat was lovely, but, there was no smell, no sound and our gas bill for the one month we had it on was…wait for it…$150 higher than the month before when we didn’t use the fireplace at all. Aack.

This year we took out the lovely ceramic logs. Sam removed the gas burner and capped the line. We bought a 1/4 cord of oak and collected all the pecan from the yard (very self-pruning trees) and we’ve had a fire in the fireplace. Now, I know Mr Green would like us to have a stove or burn a cleaner fuel, but we’re working one step at a time. Right now, we’re not using fossil fuels and I count that as a bonus. If we make it to spring without the heater, I’ll be really excited. If we’re having a furnace war, I suppose it’s against ourselves. Hazzah!


Living Local

Basket FullI’ve been meaning to start this part of the blog for a while now. Sam and I have always had a determination to live as lightly as possible. We have a vegetarian family. We recycle everything. We have a compost system and chickens and a rather large front-yard garden. And we have a lot of folks who think we’re nuts.
GingerNeighbors want to know why we don’t keep our vegetables in the back like normal human beings (‘well’ we reply, ‘the chickens are back there.’) People telling us that they can’t see that growing our own makes much of a difference. And lots of comments about what you can’t get if you confine yourself to locally grown, organic produce.

In keeping with our efforts, I went down to Boggy Creek Farm this morning and we’ll be going to the Farmer’s Market at the Triangle this afternoon to acquire much of the provender for our Thanksgiving feast tomorrow. Join us and see what’s happening. I’ll let you know what we get…