I’m the Customer Service Lead at MLS4owners.com, a real estate advertising company that works with sellers who want to sell without using an agent, so when Mr. Wetzel and I started thinking about buying a house, I already had some exposure to the market and a pretty good awareness of what kinds of homes were [...]
A little installation that we have up on the wall of our new living room.
The Naturally Clean Home: 150 Super-Easy Herbal Formulas for Green Cleaning by Karyn Siegel-Maier Paperback: 223 pages Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; Original edition (December 1, 2008) ISBN-10: 1603420851 ISBN-13: 978-1603420853 Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 5 x 0.7 inches This handy little book has a lot of recipees for cleaning supplies you can make at home. [...]
I drive with the windows down. I love the fresh air, the wind in my hair, the sun on my arms. I get a kick out of smelling the changing seasons or feeling the true level of humidity, fog or misting rain in the air. Now that we moved, I take a 15 minute commute to my job, and I spend most of my drive on the freeway. The worst part of the commute is the “armpit of Tacoma,” on I-5 between the Tacoma dome and Highway 16. Even when the traffic is moving freely, the air on this stretch of freeway gets caught in a little valley, and the smog is unbearable. I roll the windows up and try to have faith in the little air filter in my car.
One hundred fifty-nine (159) – that’s how many calories I burn when I walk two miles round trip to the bridge on Trout Brook Road. I don’t, however, concentrate on that magic number. Instead, my attention is turned solely to my senses, to what I see, hear, smell, and feel as I become immersed in nature.
True coincidences are few and far between, and so this coincidence really makes me giggle. Mr. Wetzel and I are pregnant. Of course, being pregnant is enough to keep us giggling for awhile, especially since it’s our first baby. To top it off, however, we are 12 weeks pregnant. And this is week 12 of my CSA blog series. Holy freakin’ cow!
Joyful Tales – Guest blogger, Joy Healy, remembers swimming in rural Tomball, TX as a child. The rain has been coming down for the past four days. Not a problem – it gives me a lot of reasons to do other things – like quilt!! Interesting how water has played such an important part of [...]
In Oblivion, you find “Old World” food everywhere. These are the foods our ancestors would have eaten, and they include apples, mutton, leeks, cabbage, pumpkins, corn, wine, and you even find the occasional sweet roll or shepherd’s pie. Real Food advocates such as Michael Pollan and Nina Planck encourage us to get away from processed foods and fake foods and to return to Old World foods for many reasons. Old World foods have stood the test of time, whereas the fads of processed foods rarely last a decade. Old World foods are whole foods; when foods are processed many of their nutrients are lost. Old World foods make you feel better and healthier, whereas processed foods often leave you unsatisfied and lacking key nutrients while overweight and lethargic.
Sewing is not just material and thread. It is lace and hemming tape and rick rack. It is machine embroidery designs downloaded from one’s favorite sites. And, in the case of specialty items one might sew, it is cord and rulers and cases and, oh, so much more. And, sewing can be expensive.
Yesterday, Mr. Wetzel and I went to the Curran Apple Orchard in University Place, WA for their annual cider squeeze. Earlier this year, we “adopted” a Gravenstein apple tree at the orchard, and have attended the “concert in the park” series all summer, but this event was even more packed than all the concerts put together by far. Hundreds of men, women and children were roaming the orchard, picking apples off the trees, grounds or wherever they could find them, and getting jiggy with the blue grass band that serenaded the whole event.
Hi, there! I’m Erin. I’m a crunchy Christian mom and artist. I love to eat local farm food and shop at thrift stores. I blog about our crazy life and baby girl (born April 2011). I love rainbows. My hair is messy. ^_^ I hope you enjoy my blog! (Read More about me here...)