Becoming a Locavore.

I just finished reading a book about living for a year only on what you can produce in your own garden.  It was a very good book and I enjoyed it.  It made me think about my own experiences with gardening over the years.  We have had vegetable gardens in many different places.  Virginia, Heidelberg and Washington being the prime examples.  Now I am thinking we need to tear up all the grass in the backyard and see how much we could grow in a year.  The best sunny spots are right up next to the house.  I haven’t mentioned this to dad yet.  He may be willing to get rid of the grass (and mowing) if we can harvest enough green beans and tomatoes to put some away for the winter.  Of course my real dream would be to have an acre to play with, to have some fruit trees and a big strawberry patch of my own. 

If any of you want to read the book it is by Barbara Kingsolver and is called Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.  I don’t know if I would be willing to keep poultry since most places are not zoned for that, but the big garden would be fun. 

I am now reading a book about new energy sources and it is quite interesting.  Maybe someday we can all get solar panels to produce our energy, yes even in the northwest it is feasible. 

This reading is in addition to studying Preach My Gospel everyday during which we look up and read all the scriptures that are mentioned.  Which turns out to be about 45 minutes of scripture reading each day.  We also spend some time deciding what message we will leave with the families we are visiting that day. 

We are at the ACS in Vilseck because our first appointment wasn’t home.  We tried to find another person but they weren’t moved into their quarters yet and they aren’t staying on Post at the Crystal Inn, which is the army’s version of a long term temporary quarters.  So this was the other option besides wandering around the furniture store. 

We had a fun dinner appointment last night with a couple who live in Freihung.  He is retired military and is working as a civilian now.  She is in the RS presidency and he is the stake executive secretary.  We had a delicious dinner and then talked for a while before we gave a message and came home.  Katie Gage was there with her little girl, her husband left for Iraq 2 months before the baby was born. 

Today we have a dinner appointment with the Pomares family, they are fun to visit.  The older daughter was in the hospital yesterday, so we are anxious to find out what happened.

This is too long, but we needed to use up some time.  Hope you all have a great day.

Today is Lacy’s birthday!  I know it will be wonderful. 

2 thoughts on “Becoming a Locavore.”

  1. Lacy: “I know she will come,” referring to Mom
    Me: “Honey, she’s in Germany. She can’t come.”
    Lacy: “She can ride her car. WAIT! I can go to Germany when I’m FOUR!!! Right?”
    Me: “Uh, I don’t know…”

  2. LOL. Lacy is such a cutie. I’m going to start reading that book soon–it’s on hold and I should have it before too long. Maybe I’ll have my backyard torn up before you get back! Just kidding. I don’t get any sunshine in my backyard. I’ll have to go tear up yours or Carolyn’s. 🙂

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