Our tulips are totally going like gangbusters!!! Woo hoo!! Got a zillion different colors out there (obviously I have a thing for red…), just seeing the beginnings of the white and yellow ones and will have some multicolors coming up soon as well. By far my favorite flower…my only wish is they’d bloom all year…
Getting to the middle of April and spring is slowly starting to have sprung here in the Rose City…daffodils are in their last act while tulips are going crazy and lilacs are just around the corner…which also means that I’m on mega aphid patrol with the neem oil to protect my roses, as those little bastards can take down a whole plant in no time! And of course all the while in the midst of PIO shots, yay! So here are some other things to contemplate this week that I’ve run across…
- In our dreams of building our own home on a great plot of land someday, one thing I know is that if it happens, we’ll be using geothermal energy for heating and cooling. Here’s an awesome article that both educates and dispels a lot of myths about this form of renewable energy.
- Not sure how productive our bees will get this year, but I’d love to start doing things with beeswax. In the meantime, this rad little project with purchased beeswax to make food wrap is totally on my list.
- While I still have nightmares of her as Blossom, Mayim Bialik is pretty fucking cool in real life. I’ve seen a number of interviews with her on everything from her academic and intellectual pursuits, to her thoughts on parenting, and a lot of what she’s had to say when it comes to feminism. What particularly brings solidarity with myself and Ms Bialik is our agreement that people need to stop referring to women as girls. While many don’t mean harm, this constant use of a term referring to us as children “changes the way we view women, even unconsciously, so that we don’t equate them with adult men…In fact, it implies that they are inferior to men.” So whether it offends you as an adult woman or not to be referred to as a girl, consider changing this when you speak – it can make a huge difference.
- Read Grist’s short piece on Dallas Goldtooth, who is fighting for indigenous rights (including battling the repulsive Dakota Pipeline) and also happens to be a comedian. Pretty awesome.
- This is pretty cool as well – a Bay Area e-bike shop lets you trade in your car for an one of their sweet rides. Now that’s a great concept!
- I’m ashamed that our beautiful state of Oregon has seen a massive increase in factory farms, particularly when it comes to “mega-dairies”. Along with how CAFOs are horrific when it comes to animal treatment/conditions, they are hugely detrimental to not only the groundwater but the air quality, including 160 different air pollutants. Here’s what’s being proposed to address their environmental impact…but of course, those who think corporate profits and a few extra jobs (actually stolen from small farms) strip the right to clean air and water are fighting it tooth and nail. Along with this, I was aghast to learn that Tillamook is now partnering with one of these hugely destructive CAFOs in Eastern Oregon to get their milk for their cheese – gross!!! Needless to say, we have stopped buying their products.
- And speaking of water, the ocean came up with another Titanic find, this locket that belonged to one of the survivors…with all the crap going on in the world, we all need a bit of sweetness as we start off our week, don’t you think?