1. If you missed it (oh, wait… the MSM didn’t report anything on it!), the Red Envelope Project did pretty darn well. An estimated 2.5 million red envelopes arrived at the White House. No official comment, of course. Lifenews did report, however, that a mail room staffer confirmed the volume, and commented that it was one of the most impressive mail campaigns he’d seen at the White House mail room in thirty-five years there.
2. Perusing the newspaper today, my husband came across a good news article (local section, of course). Apparently, the city police and fire departments are fielding a soccer team for a charity match. The team’s name? Guns and Hoses. (If you don’t get why that’s funny, you don’t remember 80’s rock bands.)
3. Jen at Conversion Diary (the host of “7 Quick Takes Friday“), had a comment about desert hermits on her post this week. Initially, with four children four and under, she thought three weeks of silence would be great. On further thought, however, she realized how spiritually difficult it would be. We recorded Into Great Silence, the award-winning documentary about a monastery of Trappists. (Trappists take a vow of silence; from what I understand, they only speak for prayer and emergencies.) A bit of vicarious silence would be good for me, right?
We recorded the movie in October. It’s still sitting, unwatched, at the bottom of the DVR program list. *sigh* Really says something about how my life goes.
4. The daffodils are fading, and the irises are coming. Woo hoo!
5. The figs have put in an appearance, too. They start tiny and perfect, and grow slowly over weeks. The leaves will be bigger than your hand at the height of summer, but these open the size of your thumbnail and beautfully translucent. Spring is nothing short of miraculous.
6. I’m very, very late planting my greenhouse this year… I’m partly blaming the greenhouse company, which promised that the backordered new plastic would be in in “a few weeks”… it’s been more than a month. Of course, it’s mostly my fault. I put off doing it, afraid that the whole thing would fall down again. This was the “cheap” greenhouse that started all metal and plastic, then fell apart in bad winds. So, I rebuilt it with all vertical parts in 2×2 pine. It wasn’t crossbraced enough, so the whole thing leaned… badly, but together. (Can you say “parallelogram”?) So, I braced it diagonally. And it shifted badly in winds (again) and fell over, smashing even more pots. I nearly gave up. I pulled it out one last time, found some hanger bolts and wingnuts, crossbraced the whole stupid thing the last direction… and it’s staying up.
It would’ve been cheaper to build it from scratch in the first place! Oh, well, live and learn.
This is sort of like the story about the “free” sheltie (shetland sheepdog… wonderful dogs!)… that cost $400,000 because the owners fell head over heels over the dog, got involved in a dog club and found out it was a great herder, and got inspired to finally move to a farm and take up sheep raising so the dog could indulge its instincts to herd things.
7. I’ve been thinking more and more about lessening our spending and trying to increase our self-sufficiency (as far as you can in suburbia). More on that later. Solar oven out of cardboard and tinfoil. Seed saving. Food storage. Canning. Of course, the biggest problems are the a/c, furnace, and hot water… I really like those too much to dump them. *sigh* Anyone know of a good do-it-yourself solar panel or wind power kit?