Monthly Archives: May 2014

Love by Maya Angelou

RIP Maya Angelou

Vincent Egoro

Today the world is saddened by the death of  a truly great individual. A woman who has touched the lives of millions of people all over the world, with her words, and her person.  A woman  who lived her life with gratitude and grace and gave so many gifts to this world. Though she may be dead, her words and works live on as she herself once said, ” Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” – Yes not even death can dim your light Maya Angelou! I celebrate you. RIP!

May these quotes on love by Maya Angelou inspire you to live your greatest life;

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Blessings in Burdens

I found this inspirational and reaffirming at the same time.

Vincent Egoro

I was gifted with this piece, and I thought it is worth sharing here;

There is a fable about the way birds first got their wings. The story goes that initially they were made without them. Then God made the wings, set them down before the wingless birds, and said to them, “Take up these burdens and carry them.”

The birds had sweet voices for singing, and lovely feathers that glistened in the sunshine, but they could not soar in the air. When asked to pick up the burdens that lay at their feet, they hesitated at first. Yet soon they obeyed, picked up the wings with their beaks, and set them on their shoulders to carry them.

For a short time the load seemed heavy and difficult to bear, but soon, as they continued to carry the burden and to fold the wings over their hearts, the wings grew…

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Greenpeace Bust Myths Around Renewable Energy

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RENEWABLE ENERGY MYTHS

6 MYTHS ABOUT RENEWABLE ENERGY, BLOWN AWAY

The evidence is in: Renewable energy is viable, reliable, and ready to go – all that’s missing is the political will to kick start an energy revolution in South Africa.

On this page we’ve grouped some of the most common myths about renewable energy, explaining why they are just that – myths that don’t stand up to reality.

But here’s the thing, although we’ve busted the myths here, we need you to make the myth busting go beyond this page.

Please share it widely. Tweet, Facebook, and talk about it freely.

Now, let’s get going!

 

MYTH 1

RENEWABLE ENERGY IS TOO EXPENSIVE

Right now, renewable energy is actually already cheaper than coal and nuclear power at every step.

  • A unit of electricity from Eskom’s new coal plants will cost about 97c while a unit of electricity from renewable energy…

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Putting The Community Back In Gardening

Putting The Community Back In Gardening.

The New Raised Bed May 18, 2014

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Our raised potato bed is three boards high. If you look at the pictures of the borlotti beans and corn you can see what I am talking about. Hubby decided to take off the top board and make two new raised beds, because the dirt has settled in it. The dirt doesn’t even reach the top of the second board.  He unscrewed the boards to half of the potato box and sawed it in half. We just lifted it up and placed it on the ground, where he wanted it. He measured the spot.  He prepared the ground by cutting the turf and rolling it.

 

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Instead of buying a new board or using the  boards from the other half of the third board of the potato box. He decided to rock it to match the other bed beside it. He filled it with excess dirt from the potato box. It is looking good.

My suggestion was to use the lumber for the new green house, because that would cut down the cost of making it. He pretended like he listened to my suggestion. He made the new bed anyway. He is already planning where the other half or the second one is going to go right now. Then I saw his post on his Facebook page showing the garden’s progress. He wrote that I wanted the new raised bed and how hard I was working him. Our friends and family praising. When I called him on it, he just cackled one of his mischievous  laughs.

MEN or maybe I should say MY HUBBY seems to need a project going to keep him busy. I wanted to try French intensive gardening to save him the work and the need of making a new bed. He had his own ideas… Can you tell that we are an old married couple? I appreciate the new bed don’t get me wrong. I worry because he is over doing it.

I have no problem coming up with projects. I have to admit that, but My Project suggestions was a bench and porch swing.  I showed him some projects on Pinterest. That were pretty simple and inexpensive, because they used reclaimed materials.  I saw how his eye lite up and those wheels got to turning. He is looking at that as a winter project.

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Oh well!! The work is getting done and the garden is looking great. Half of the rock raise bed is planted ( Garlic, onions, cauliflower, broccoli,chard and Cabbage). I will keep posting our progress. We have to get everything planted and build the green house. The tomatoes have out grown their milk cartons. They are flowering and we have our first tomato. This is a busy time of year for any gardener. We are just enjoying the warm weather.

First batch of corn is planted 2014

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First batch of corn hardened and planted. The leaves had grown too long and were weighing the stalks down. I cut them off and now they are standing up straight and tall. It was a little windy yesterday  but they are still looking good today. They should have been planted two weeks ago but weather was not cooperating. The second batch is hardening off. The third batch to be planted inside tomorrow.

 

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Ground breaking for the new Greenhouse

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Hubby has wanted to build a second green house for some time now. He wants one that we can stand up in and that gets full sun all day long. He chose this spot.  Apparently there was a green house here years ago. The lark fence post needed moving any way. The pile has started falling down.

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He had a lot of nettles to pull up.

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He marked the spot and cleared the grass. The rain started and he had to put it on hold.

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We planted a package of tomatoe seeds for the first time this year. We usually buy our tomato plants. I do not know why, but I thought tomato plants were hard to grow for some reason.  A friend gave us an old package they hadn’t used. We were unsure if the seeds were still good. I planted the entire small package. I was wrong and now we have 23 healthy tomato plants. Woo hoo! I was hoping that I would get two or maybe four plants out of the whole package. That is if we were lucky.

I gave away 6 to the neighbors, which they divided up between 3 families. I would have given them more, if they would have taken them. Now we have 17 left. Thus the need for a green house for them, because our climate is too cold otherwise for tomatoes. We usually have cool nights even in the summer time. I plan to keep some of my spices and herbs in there as well. I will be posting more picture on the progress on our new green house later.

A break between rain showers

We have finally had two weeks of much-needed rain.Our water barrels are over flowing. Today was the second time in two weeks that we have had a glint of sun. We hurried out and planted the second batch of borlotti beans.

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We have planted garlic, cabbage, broccoli and Cauliflower a little over two weeks ago. You can see it in the picture below. We have celery coming up in the green house. My strawberries have buds on them already. We can now begin to harden off the first batch of corn in the green house.  The borlotti beans are planted in the veggie bed, which freed up space in the greenhouse for the corn.

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The plan is to have the corn planted outside by this weekend. That is if the weather cooperates with us.

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Many hair-straighteners contain a Formaldehyde-based

http://www.ewg.org/hair-straighteners/our-report/executive-summary/

I like many other woman use hair-straightener products with my flat iron. It shocked me to discover, that these products can be formaldehyde based. The above link discuss this and gives in depth information on this.

I wanted to share with you, why I am so concerned about chemicals insecticides and pesticides are doing to us and our environment. I was diagnosed with stomach problems and given medication three years ago. I had an Anaphylactic shock shortly after taking the medication. I have always been sensitive to chemicals in products. I have always felt like the canary in the mine shaft.

I had already been debating to stop dying my hair for over a year before this latest reaction to my stomach medication. I have learned from experience that I become hyper-sensitive to many products after such a reaction. I had been dying my hair for 10 years. I have always pictured myself aging and having white hair. I always pictured myself growing old gracefully. I guess for me the only thing holding me back was the in between stage of letting my hair grow out. I stopped dying my hair three years ago and never looked back.

I had been concerned about all those chemicals in hair dye, developing toxicity level, and environmental waste. Have you ever wondered how many people around the world dye their hair? It is not just woman but many men as well. Just think how many chemicals are being dumped into our drinking water by hair dye products. When I asked myself that question, it boggled my mind. What do those chemicals do to our water system and environment? I watched a news report a while ago talking about hair dye that had been banned in Sweden because of the toxic chemical compounds that they contained. They stated the EU was allowing these products in Sweden now. I listened in horror at the side effects and health problems of some woman in Sweden after using these products. It only verified for me that I made the right decision to stop dying my hair when I did.

About 30 years ago I suffered chemical burn on my face, neck and hands after being exposed to pesticides drift while visiting the USA.I was asleep in a air conditioned home while a field was sprayed next door. The covers and my pajamas protected the rest of my body from chemical burn. My skin had burns. My face was swollen and disfigured. It was a very painful experience. It played havoc on my immune system after-wards. I have even been more sensitive to chemicals after that experience. My immune system is very weak and has never fully recovered. It made me hyper sensitive to chemical products (lotion, shampoo, creme rinse..) for a couple of years, which has made me more vigilant in what products that I use.

It boggles my mind what everyday choices impact our world and our bodies by using make up, nail polish,sunscreen… .I for one am going to be thinking about products that I use in my everyday life and re-evaluating if they are truly needed and beneficial for me. I like most of you had taken for granted that government agencies who suppose to be monitoring the safety of food and products were doing their job. I question their decisions are based on public safety. I truly thought that I was being vigilant in limiting chemicals in my daily life but I guess that I need to re-think about how many products I use every day. I am tired of feeling like a human guinea pig.

Here are is a consumer guide link to give you some food for thought.
http://www.ewg.org/consumer-guides

below gives information on,” 10 craziest things pesticides are doing to your body”.
http://www.rodalenews.com/agrochemicals

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