We’re three weeks until Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. This year I plan on something quite different. Enter the 100 Mile Diet. I’ve made a list of those items I know I can get locally and a list of other items either out of season or just not available to me here in the upper Ottawa Valley. I’ve come up with a plan of my must haves and can live with-outs just to get started. I know about how far the 100 mile circle takes me. So I’ll dive in with that in mind.
The blanket of snow this morning, although beautiful, is not conducive to spring veggies and the like. This is my current plan:
- Limit coffee to Madawaska Coffee Co. – expensive but not impossible. Yes, I know, coffee is not 100 Mile.
- Limit tea to what is in the pantry. I’ll forage for spruce buds for tea when I run out.
- Meat – from a great butcher near by. (Milligan Meats)
- Grain and hay for the rabbits from a local farm
- Grow lots of sprouts and micro greens
- Flour from a 100 mile mill (currently using spelt to make sour dough)
- Dairy from local sources
In order to make this work for 40 days I will need to eat out of the cupboards but being mindful as I do so.
What’s out of reach?
Lemons, limes, avocados, bananas – you get the picture.
I’ll let you know how I/we make out. Plans for the garden have these ideas in mind.
Here’s a short article to get started: https://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-you/green-living/6-tips-to-help-you-follow-the-100-mile-diet/
What’s next? Local clothing made with local materials, recycled fabrics, and good business practices. Stay tuned for what’s next.
Saturday afternoons have a different flow from the normal Monday thru Friday. I fine tune the sermon for Sunday, continue knitting/spinning projects, and enjoy the view.
The orchid was a gift from Lemonville. The woodpecker, a gift from the universe. The white stuff? That’s left over from the snow fall last night.
I’m so grateful to live and serve in Denbigh. Our home is warm and cozy. Life is full of many blessings.
Where do you see blessings?
Have a great weekend.
Don’t you just love days when the atmosphere around you is filled with hope? I do. Such enthusiasm was apparent at a church meeting this morning. Fund raising activities and ideas brought excitement and joy to the table.
I know, not all meetings can be like this. Let’s face it meetings can be pretty dry. Do they have to be? What needs to happen to move them forward?
Many folk I know have a feeling of dread when they anticipate board-room settings, with talks of over-spending, and under-funding. I get it. Sometimes I’m the same way. The key is to look for the positive and bring to light all that creates energy. At least try to balance out the heavy “stuff” with laughter and perhaps even song.
Are you dreading an upcoming meeting? What steps can you take to perhaps enliven the time you meet?
I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Slow start today and as I sit at the kitchen table I’m inspired to “tweak” the clutter right out of the space. Easy? Not likely but perhaps I can dig in my heels and “git ‘er done”.
I guess you could say I’ve got the spring cleaning bug now that the days are warmer with no hint of snow in sight.
- Clear the counter
- Clear the top of the fridge
- Tidy the plant stand in the corner
What are you “tweaking” today to make your space more welcoming?
Pictures are not edited.
March – lion, March, lamb or the other way around.
So warm here today I sat outside with my spinning wheel and got work on some new fibers. The yarn will be a gift for someone so I won’t show the pictures – yet.
As I continue simplify my life I’m realizing that simple is best; that simple creates calm. Centering on simplicity has helped me to find balance – heart, home, and beyond.
Is living simply easy for you?