Brand New Day

by Stefani on 30-June-2007

Alright, a complete life change in one week was maybe a little ambitious. I’ll give ya that.

Though, we did make lots of headway. Our rooms are all clean, decluttered and lovely. Our school room is organized and ready for action. All that’s left is the kitchen, laundry room and garden room. Not too shabby.

But wait, there’s more!


I have never, in all my married days, had my own recycle bin. The boys are excited about this, which I think has something to do with a recylcing episode of “The Magic School Bus”. They are so very excited, in fact, that Luke is picking up cans and bottles any old place he finds them and bringing them home for our bin.

There’s this too:


Our first ever local produce delivery from Greenling! We aniticipated this bucket like Christmas morning. See that roundish thing in the bottom right corner? I don’t even know what that thing is! I love that! Whatever it is, we’re going to eat it, just like we ate okra for dinner tonight. OKRA! I’ve never had okra in my own fridge and skillet. So exciting. And so good! My boys wolfed it down and officially declared it palatable. Thanks Eren, for the fried okra how-to. That’s right, we fried it, and I’m not a bit sorry.

We also, for the first time ever, attended the Austin Farmer’s Market.


We came home with wildflower honey, buffalo meat, and two kinds of artisan cheese. There was something really wonderful about seeing the people who worked so hard to provide this stuff. Even Luke commented that , “those farmers must have gotten up so early to set up their tents and get ready to sell their stuff.” Yep. Hopefully, that’s lesson number one in appreciating what’s on your plate.

At the market, were particularly taken by a young man, about 10 years old, who gave us the low down on the honey. He was selling alongside his grandmother. It was clear that he knew much about his product, had bottled and labled it, and had done the heavy lifting for his grandma during the morning’s set up. We will think of him, no doubt, when we are enjoying his wares.

I like that. I think we’re coming along just fine. (and no… I haven’t yet succombed to the still burning desire for a Diet Coke – Don’t I deserve a chip or something by now?)

onehappymomma June 30, 2007 at 10:02 pm

Is that unknown green thing an acorn squash? By the way, I’ve loved reading your blog for the last few weeks…you always make me laugh. Hop over and learn about me if you have time but be warned, I’m not nearly as funny as you.

Sarah July 1, 2007 at 6:06 am

I also think it is an acorn squash, but it is hard to tell from that photo. (And not really acorn squash time of the year.)

Ellie July 1, 2007 at 6:16 am

How wonderful that your family are wholeheartedly jumping into this unknown. Eating unusual foods, meeting farmers, recycling. Kids are amazing creatures – but these ones are so lucky to have a Mum who is consciously helping to stear them on a compassionate + regenerative path. But remember, if you do *accidently* have a sip of Coke, its not totally the end of the world (I hope..) – my thoughts are do it without guilt if you do it occassionally. Also, okra is lovely in a tomato, yoghurt curry sauce thing.

Leigh-Ann July 1, 2007 at 6:58 am

love it love it love it!!! this is so good! i’m a coke addict too… it’s SO hard to quit…congrats on not letting it suck you back in. i’m not as strong… and i like the real hardcore stuff; the red bottle! lol.

erin July 1, 2007 at 7:37 am

oh, that looks like one good farmers market! and your produce – woo hoo! enjoy all of it (fried or not!).

EvaB July 1, 2007 at 4:15 pm

One week is long enough to announce to everyone you mean business and help put some feet & hands to your ideas, though.You have accomplished much. Wahoo! I love the produce. My kiddos would say they look like “real” veggies. (as opposed to veggies from the store!)

Molly July 5, 2007 at 10:27 pm

Ah, ignore that previous comment about a CSA, as it appears you have joined one. 🙂 Love farmer’s markets… so wonderful. Have I told you my sister moved to Austin?

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