As our garden evolves through the season, I wanted to show a bit of how our “potager” style garden is coming along. We have the four beds for our potatoes, carrots/onions, tomatoes, and peppers, but everything else is combined with the flowers which we are kind of digging. So here you can see I’ve labeled some of the things we are growing, for food and for bees and for…fun!

While I’m on my mini-leave (i.e., mandatory bedrest), here are some groovy things I am diggin’ this week…

  • Another thing for my To Do List – make a basic body lotion at home. Why has this not occurred to me?
  • So I detest the term “food porn” but if I were to use it, it’d be to describe this gorgeous web site, Food Republic.
  • In a burst of optimism, I loved reading the story of new mum Garden Betty and how she planted her placenta. Kinda awesome if you ask me.
  • The most thorough, profound and moving defense of Hillary Clinton I’ve ever seen. And unlike Trump’s verbal diarrhea, it’s all true.
  • Reading a lot of blogs of pregnant women (via IVF), some who talk about things like survivor’s guilt and/or , from the other side of the fence, telling infertile women still suffering to “never give up” and “it WILL happen”, I gotta just put this out there: if you want to feel better, if you want to support those of us still in the throes? Pay it forward. Do not act like because it worked out for you that suddenly it’s only a matter of time for the rest of us, and success only depends on “never giving up”. Here are three ways to more positively inspire AND make a difference:
    1. Make a Donation. There are a number of organizations who offer grants to infertile couples to help pay for the cost of IVF.
    2. Advocate for Adoption Benefits. Many infertile couples DO want to adopt but the costs are even *more* prohibitive than IVF. To adopt a baby in the US from Boys & Girls Aid, for example, costs a minimum of $33,000.  Our international adoption is expected to cost, in the end, around $18-20,000. This the equivalent of 2-3 IVF treatments (or 1-2 DEIVF cycles)! Here’s how to encourage your employer to cover adoption benefits and a great employer packet as well. Considering the average cost of a C-section is $15,000, an equivalent benefit is not a lot to ask and it doesn’t just benefit the parents in this world where there are still so many kids in foster care and orphanages.
    3. If you have them, donate your remaining embryo(s) to your fertility clinic to be used for a couple who can’t afford it, or to medical research. Parenting Magazine reports, “Researchers are interested in embryonic stem cells because they have the unique potential to become any type of cell in the body and may hold promise for treating conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, spinal-cord injuries, and others that involve the death of brain cells and other nerve tissue.” How beautiful is it to know that with your remaining embryos you helped others!!

“The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.”
~Pierre Corneille, Le Menteur


3 thoughts on “Eco-licious

  1. Wow I can’t believe my short little post has angered you off so much, just because I was thinking of the continued struggles from the many couples still battling infertility. Just because I don’t write about it doesn’t mean I have not done my part of paying it forward. I obviously will not get into the details and certainly will not bombard your post with negativity. Wishing you the best


  2. (cont’d) … and there are a lot of recurring themes that I come across and choose to comment on. I could write an entire post about all the people who think that their religious beliefs are what made them pregnant for example. Just because I have an opinion does not mean I am angry.


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