Let 1 Corinthians 6 be a reminder to you. God lives in us, we are His temple. Take care of yourself; eat well, move purposefully and sing out praises…and don’t trash His temple!
But naysayers be damned!
I finally took the plunge last year and got some chicks in July of 2012. A few months later I started some seeds with my youngest daughter. Then we planted a 4×4 veggie garden and bought some meat rabbit breeders in the fall of 2012.
The one interesting comment I got from a lot of people was, “just go to the grocery store”. I was and am taken aback by this statement. To most people in suburbia the idea of raising chickens, even for just for eggs, seems nuts. To plant and work on a garden, especially in the desert is just too much work. AND how could you possibly consider EATING a RABBIT?!?!!
But I think, why wouldn’t you want to use the land, any land, that you have been gifted with to grow your own food. Why would you not like to teach your children about planting a tiny seed, caring for it and then later enjoying the fruits of your labor at the dinner table. And unless you’re a vegetarian…all your meat had feather or fur and a face!
I am happy to know that I care for the animals in my keep. They are not just treated humanely but with love. I guess that might sound strange if you think you might eat that animal later.
We are connecting to our roots, dreaming of a simpler time and life. We are growing traditions…
Here are in a few pictures and words maybe you’ll see the beauty in being a backyard homesteader. Remember we are just a year into this. It isn’t always “magazine ready” but we are proud of it.
The first Foto Friday, my sweet, obedient and loyal pups. LOL
Kow (black & white chihuahua mix), Kipper (her brother) and in the middle, Sunny Bunny Bear the mini-aussie (named by Miss Sassy Pants).
I find it funny that when the media portrays summer it is usually people frolicking on the beach or kids tossing frisbees in a lovely green park and families smiling on their bike ride through tree lined streets…lies.
That is not the reality I live in. Phoenix in the summer is not lovely or green and no one frolics outside. Our summer is about trying to get from one air conditioned building to another as fast as you can. Driving around a parking lot looking for shade, any shade, that will keep your car from feeling like an incinerator when you get back into it. Summer in Phoenix means trying to do any errand running before 10:00 am or after the sun goes down.
In the summer one might our family has gone vampire. We suddenly and abruptly stop any and all outdoor activities. Invitation to the zoo? Oh, you must be crazy. BBQ? Sure, let’s stand in front of open flames when it is 119 degrees outside; sounds like a blast.
Summer hits the valley of the sun and these activities become nighttime only!
*Playing at the park – and there are lots of other vampire families there to play with!
*Swimming (last night Sassy Pants, our youngest, and hubby came back from the pool around 9:30 pm)
*Taking care of the yard…well dusk at least
*Leaving the house
Ok, so we aren’t really vampires but you get the idea. Summer in Phoenix is like a slow boil…
So on the agenda today at our house!
Last night I dreamt that I was searching for the See’s Candy Store. When I found it, the store was a run-down shack in a dirty alley. There were no signs to announce it or attendees dressed with an apron and a smile. No, the “dealer” was dressed in rags, smelled horribly and had no teeth. She proceeded to weigh my chocolate on a filthy scale while chain smoking. All this before I snuck back into my car and sped away with the goods….I have some serious pent-up issues with food. 😛
In January 2012, after weeks of research, I made a bold decision. I decided to GO PALEO! I took my half-willing family along for this new adventure. It was great. I lost weight, I reclaimed energy and I thought I finally had my answer. Then the summer came, and along with it, rehearsals for Music Man. Days became shorter, cooking seemed less of an option and candy….well hello candy. From May to July I quit thinking about what I was eating and promptly fell off the Paleo/Primal wagon; and apparently right on to the weight I had lost with a few of its friends. 🙁
I spent the next few months yo-yoing back and forth between clean eating and easy/fast food. I gained a little more weight. Then in October I joined the cast of Father of the Bride and found another excuse to not prepare meals and eat like crap. All the while knowing and preaching the things I believed about food, GMOs and Paleo to others and on Facebook. Not easy to take food advice from a woman with 100 lbs to lose. (((((Some old friends who followed this link from Facebook just gasped. I know how-to angle a selfie…))))) THEN…..in December my right knee decided to hold it’s own protest. I ended up having surgery to clean up the meniscus and repair the ALC. I’m still not 100% but that is a thought for another day…
This entire year has been me bouncing between what I know to be good for me and what is easy and convenient…
So last night I ordered Super Nachos from Filibertos. Even as I opened up the styrofoam container I knew this was a mistake. I didn’t finish it, but I did eat it with corn chips and beans among the goop. By bedtime I was sick and my stomach still hurts.
So you may ask, I know I am, why will all my knowledge and conviction am I still struggling? That is the answer I’m searching for…
But today, T O D A Y, I am re-committing myself to the things I really believe in about food. REAL, GRASS-FED, FREE-RANGE, ORGANIC, NO BEANS/GRAINS/SUGAR. I’m not doing it to look like a super-model (I’m 41 and I am a realist), though I would like to lose enough weight to re-gain my health and stamina. I am doing this for longevity. To live a life that is about LIFE and not the next meal. Where foods have separate and wonderful flavors…not a carb-loaded blend of bland poo-poo. To be an example to the people I love!!!!
SOMEBODY PLAY THE ROCKY THEME NOW!
Interested in Primal or Paleo eating? Here are some links for great information, recipes, etc.
Movie: Fat Head (watch free on Amazon Prime and some portions on youtube)
Books: Wheat Belly, Primal Blueprint, Everyday Paleo, Practical Paleo…check Amazon.com