Showing posts from August, 2012

So, I guess now I'm an Environmental Activist...

I've been an outdoor enthusiast my whole life. I started camping and hiking when I was 4 years old and canoeing not too long after that. My fondest childhood memories are of visiting state parks and nature preserves. That love of nature has carried over into my adult life. I've introduced my husband to a lot of outdoor sports and now our vacations are spent exploring the wild places of our planet. I've been a member of the Sierra Club since 1999 and recently "retired" from a 10-year position on the board of our local Sierra group. It's been two years since I stepped down from that position and I've been looking for a new volunteering opportunity. A new project. Well, I now have one. It's not really what I had in mind. I was thinking of something a little less stressful...

A.F. Gelhar Co. is trying to get permits to mine silica sand on 160 acres (in the Town of Union, Waupaca Co.) just a few miles from our peaceful farm. I could type for hours and hour…

Yarn Along - Rocco and The Happiness Project

I'm linking up with Ginny for this week's Yarn Along.

This picture was too funny not to post. I take a lot of photos out on our deck because the light is good. But since we've gotten the kittens, my photography has become a bit more challenging! The 3 little rascals always want to be the center of attention.

Knitting: Rocco the Raccoon Hand Puppet
Last week I stumbled across some furry-looking yarn on clearance so I decided to finally knit up this pattern that I've had saved for a very long time.
Yarn: Moda Dea Silk'n Wool Blend in Pewter held with NY Yarns Wild Thing.
Pattern: Rocco the Raccoon by Sherry Graziano

Reading: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
I am loving this book and it has been a real eye-opener to me in some aspects. For instance, Gretchen talks about wanting more energy so she takes a good look at how much sleep she's getting and decides it's not enough. Well, since I got married and moved out to the country, I went from getting 8-9 hours o…

On Our Menu: August 6 - 12

It's that time of year when the folks who grow zucchini are looking for new and interesting ways to cook it. We have one very prolific zucchini bush so many of our meals as of late incorporate zucchini in some way, shape or form. I always have my eyes open for new zuc recipes to try and this one is a new favorite of mine: 

Zucchini Ribbon Pasta with Light Creamy Lemon-Basil Sauce
Oh so good! The dish is about 1/2 regular fettuccine noodles and 1/2 zucchini "noodles". What a great way to get some extra veggies in your diet! I loved this dish and it will be making it onto our table during zucchini season for many years to come.

Here's what I'm cooking this week:

The Latest Additions to Our Farm

Three little identical kittens:

They are barn cats but don't like it when they are outside and we are not. They sit at the door and cry and cry and cry. And then when we still don't come outside, they revolt!