When life gives you lemons (or in our case, a foot of snow that doesn’t melt the next day like we’re used to here in P-town? You make the most of it. You take walks. You take pictures. You notice the little things. The blue sky of Thursday got us exploring all the way down to Peninsula Park, checking out fallen trees, icicles, and cotton-like puffs of snow collecting on tree branches. We also even did a bit of work on our duck coop, brushing off the snow from the tarped roof-in-progress to install the corrugated steel roofing that a neighbor had donated to our project on the eve of The Big Storm. Rock n roll!
Here are some things I thought were important to share going on in the world…
- The yellow cedar’s vulnerability “is viewed as one of the best-documented examples of climate change’s effect on a forest tree.” As a tree that can live up to 1,200 years, this climate study is worth heeding.
- Speaking of species that are being affected, even worse is the case of the rusty patched bumblebee, which is the first bee in the mainland US to be classified as endangered. This is serious shit, y’all. What does this mean? It’s been eliminated from EIGHTY PERCENT of its historic range, and as the NRDC goes on to report, “Bumble bees are essential to one-third of the nation’s crops, including blueberries, tomatoes, and clover, as well as native flowering plants. The economic value of bumble bee and other native pollinators is estimated at $9 billion per year in the United States, according to the White House.“
- As we prepare to become duck owners, we picked up our first order of edibles for them, including organic, non-GMO, soy-free feed from Scratch and Peck. Big thanks to Alaskan Blueberry for her duck-keeping tips as well – we are psyched to introduce Ruby to her new “kids” this spring.
- And with the shitshow of an unwarranted inauguration of a man who lost the popular vote by 3 million and a Republican majority congress vowing to strip women of their rights to their own bodies, here are 7 Things You Can Do to Help Planned Parenthood and the Communities it Serves. In my 20’s I went to PP when I had my first and only UTI when I was uninsured. They were awesome. Tons of women I know have been there for basic well-woman care, STD testing, pregnancy counseling, and more. The women-hating Republicans starting this want to defund an entire organization (whose services are 97% unrelated to abortion, by the way), and to shit even more all over women they want to allow women whose lives are in danger to die rather than have the pregnancy terminated, and to force women who are pregnant from rape to have those babies and then – as shown in multiple cases – actually give parental rights to the sickos who committed these crimes against them. I’m not exaggerating, this shit is happening all over the place. They have also introduced legislation to make birth control MORE expensive (beyond repealing the ACA). If this isn’t a dark introduction to the next 4 years, I don’t know what is.
“You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong.”
~ Congressman (and Civil Rights leader) John Lewis, 2017