Sunday, February 20, 2011

OKAYYYYYYYY i suck......


and my deepest apologies ..... i've been away for so long... i'm not exactly sure where i've been... i did all the gardening things, canned and preserved things for winter.... and then the doldrums.... long doldrums... but not unhappy... just bleh... between driving grandkids back and forth to school and doing family things, and even a quilt i've been quite busy over the winter....
you (if i have any followers left) might have wondered what happened to me, i received several notes from people wondering if i was okay, i replied and hopefully you got them...
you might wonder what woke me up...... facebook did.. royally... a mental stirring if you will... the issue of trademarks and a certain family that have created quite a stir....... i suppose i'm not suppose to mention the issue at hand without referring back to them.. but tough... since URBAN HOMESTEADING (minus the damn trademark) has been around for a very very long time... the issue that they 'invented' it.. is obsurd... my grandparents were 'urban homesteaders'... they lived in a small town and had a huge garden, chickens, fruit trees, berries and the like.. my aunt and uncle lived next door and had a huge garden, chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese, sheep, goats AND 4 pigs.... all URBAN, all homesteaders... thats what people did to survive, have clothing often and other assorted things.. self sufficiency wasn't something that was hip/cool or anything else.. it just WAS..... as for today's world... the more URBAN HOMESTEADERS the merrier!!! we all need to be more self sufficient, to share and care and just be supportive of each other....
i've 'liked' several 'organizations on Facebook because they all 'give a damn' about the issue... for myself, i worry about the precedent that it's setting... i could go on about it, but i suspect that most of you are more than aware of whats going on... here's a link.. many articles and blogs are out there with their opinions etc....

ahhh i feel much better.... my rant for now is done... but definately not forgotten..

just a note.. was out in the greenhouse... i have tiny arugula, lettuces and cress which have popped their cute little green heads out into the big cold world........ bees are arriving during the warmer part of the day, my snowdrops, crocuses are blooming and the daffodils are a couple of inches up... i planted some peas yesterday, covered them with reemay and we shall see.... it's earlier than i normally plant peas but then again...

 YAYYYYYY spring is on the way........

see my new washing machine... i'm sooooo jazzed... been looking for a very long time!!! it's an 'apartment' sized one and will be perfect in the summer when my water is at a premium!!!  it was a very worthwhile $75.00 and is in mint condition...

13 comments:

Mrs. Mac said...

Nice to 'see' you post again. I read your rant .. and checked out the FB page and a few others. I do hope enough people petition the family in question. What nerve! Nice washer! Will you use it outside on a patio?

Roasted Garlicious said...

ohh thanks for commenting Mrs. Mac.. i really was in a terrible funk it seems... i would go to post and go do something else :(
i've signed the petition and hopefully many more will also... as for the washer, i will use it outside.. if my utility room was bigger it would have a permanent home indoors... i loved my old machine, this one is much smaller, but then again now there is just me, not a family with 2 babies...

Mr. H. said...

So nice to hear from you again and I'm glad that you are doing well...just busy, grandkids can do that to a person.:) Nice washer, I hope to get my hands on one like that one of these days...I'm jealous. As to the Dervaes clan, I feel bad for the kids. I don't think any of them realized what they were getting themselves into...poor fools. It's pretty sad when people start trying to own words...beyond my comprehension.

Roasted Garlicious said...

thanks Mr. H, yes, it's totally beyond my comprehension as well.. the letters that have been sent out to some bloggers, and some who have written books before the trademark etc., i find disturbing.. something isn't right :( i've always maintained that gardening and self sufficiency experiences should be shared, not for profit, a sense of real community if nothing else ...

MObugs said...

welcome back, and I look forward to hearing about what is going on in your life this spring and summer

Roasted Garlicious said...

thanks Mobugs... i LOVED your blog about the Crayfish!! errr Crawdad... i had no idea that they carried their babies like that... i hope she does well until it warms up!!!

Geno said...

Good to see your still there. I totally understand about not getting to posting... I should have about a hundred more!
I really like the washer as well. So long.

Roasted Garlicious said...

Hi Geno.. nice to see you too!! i shall try to be more faithful with posting... spring is on horizon so more to blurb about :D

Annie's Granny said...

I've missed you!

Love the wringer washer! I actually enjoyed doing laundry when I had one, now not so much. Hmmmm...I wonder how that wringer would work to roll out pizza or pasta dough ;-)

Out on the prairie said...

Nice to hear a little word. I love the washing machine.

Roasted Garlicious said...

Annie's Granny... what a great idea!!! i'll bet it would work great!! i could open up a roadside stand and sell wringer washer pizza with organic veggies... what do you think? too funny :D
thanks Out on the Prairie.. i have to admit it feels good to be back... must be the prespring in the air!!

The Gingerbread House7 said...

I love your washing machine, I had one in my younger days and wish I had one now just to do throw rugs...and messy canning cloths....

Roasted Garlicious said...

thanks The Gingerbread House 7... i'm really looking forward to using it.. and according to daughter it works great!!