Helluva week, y’all. For those who regularly read my blog, some interesting stuff occurred last weekend that, if nothing else, has reminded me how much of an incredibly kick-ass strong bond my husband and I share with each other. I believe his favorite nickname for me right now is Wonder Woman. I am deeply appreciative of who he is, as well as two close girlfriends who have been unconditional allies over the years who supported us 🙂
Here’s what’s up on the EcoGrrl radar this week…
* Loving this article on Backyard Orchard Culture!
* In perfect timing for Thanksgiving, this Pumpkin Pie Fruit Leather sounds soooo delish. We’ll see if I have leftover pumpkin puree from our harvest (after making pie!) to try this out! Oh and definitely check out what Family Yield’s blog has to
* The Keystone XL pipeline is not just an environmental tragedy waiting to happen, it’s also a socioeconomic one already in progress, and continuing to devastate communities. This On Earth article tells the story of Port Arthur, Texas, and what the industry has already done to hurt the inhabitants of this town.
* Confused about the eco-friendliness of buying a Christmas tree? There is now SERF (Socially & Environmentally Responsible Farm) certification and you can go to their website to find out who near you has it to make a smart choice this season. Not one in your area? Google “sustainable Christmas tree” and the name of your state, and there are usually listings for those who at least use low or no pesticides.
* I am LOVING Ted Turner’s updated ten commandments.
* While I’ve read some articles in the past, I’m incredibly heartbroken reading about the extent of the little value for female life in India and China.
* And finally, I love blog posts about having kids that are less mushy-squishy and more upfront and honest about the experience from all sides. Things Learned in the First 3 Months was a way cool, funny, and touching, post. #5 gave me the giggles as my hubby and I have recently bought a few kids’ books from our own childhoods over at Powell’s that we’ll read to our little one in the future, and a bunch of his I’ve never heard of!
“Getting down on all fours and imitating a rhinoceros stops babies from crying. (Put an empty cigarette pack on your nose for a horn and make loud “snort” noises.) I don’t know why parents don’t do this more often. Usually it makes the kid laugh. Sometimes it sends him into shock. Either way it quiets him down. If you’re a parent, acting like a rhino has another advantage. Keep it up until the kid is a teenager and he definitely won’t have his friends hanging around your house all the time.”