Day 88: Garden Progress!!!

The garden is exploding! Weeks of rain followed by all this sunshine and now we can’t keep up with everything ready to be harvested. The herbs especially are going nuts. There’s so much dill, oregano, sage, and cilantro we’ve had to cut it back. Anyone want some fresh herbs? We’ve also got a ton of kale and lettuce ready to go. Fortunately, I love salads, … Continue reading Day 88: Garden Progress!!!

Day 66: Change your Perspective about Weeds

In a previous post, I discussed the importance of organic gardening and reasons why we should avoid herbicides and insecticides. We can take it a step beyond that and learn to appreciate weeds. Now, nobody wants a weed growing in their garden, taking up space and depleting nutrients from your vegetables and herbs, but we can rethink the importance of weeds and come up with … Continue reading Day 66: Change your Perspective about Weeds

QUARANTINE CHALLENGE #8: No More Pesticides!!!

Pesticides are not new. They include a wide range of compounds like fungicides, insecticides, herbicides, etc. They grew in popularity in the 1960s and have been commonly used in households since despite numerous reports of their negative impact on the environment and our health. Though they can control harmful pests and yield better crops, the disadvantages of pesticides far outweigh any benefit. The World Health … Continue reading QUARANTINE CHALLENGE #8: No More Pesticides!!!

Day 50: Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexican Independence Day…and other things.

In my hometown, the lock down started on St. Patrick’s Day and is slowly starting to be lifted today, Cinco de Mayo. I doubt we’ll fully reopen until sometime in June. We’ve been doing this for 50 days now. It feels like some kind of weird accomplishment. I wonder which other holidays will be affected by the pandemic? We’re set to miss Mother’s Day, and … Continue reading Day 50: Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexican Independence Day…and other things.

Day 49: May the 4th be with You

I just wanted to check in on you guys. How are you doing? Are you getting through this pandemic OK? This has been difficult for some people, and it’s not always easy to tell when you’re being separated from your friends. Sometimes I get stressed and I become preoccupied with the future, but I’m trying to practice a new mantra; Learn from the past. Plan … Continue reading Day 49: May the 4th be with You

Day 12: Get out and enjoy nature.

Being under quarantine does not mean you have to stay cooped up indoors (unless you’re feeling sick). You can still go out and practice safe social distancing and what better place to do it than the woods, the lake, or the park. I have the great privilege of living in the Midwest and it’s absolutely beautiful. The roommate and I decided to go mushroom hunting. … Continue reading Day 12: Get out and enjoy nature.

Day 10: Spring is Here! (and other reasons to be thankful)

It’s easy to fall into a pit of despair among all the chaos, sadness, and uncertainty, but keeping a positive mindset is not only good for you and your health, it’s good for those around you, too. If we’re going to spread anything during this time of caution, it should be positivity. Today I’m grateful that spring is here. What better time to be stuck … Continue reading Day 10: Spring is Here! (and other reasons to be thankful)

Day 5: Mimosas and Sunshine (practicing gratitude)

It could be worse. It could be much worse. What if there was no champagne? What then? As we slowly transition into this new reclusive lifestyle, it’s important to be grateful for the little things, like being able to drink mimosas. While some countries are experiencing societal collapse, food shortages, martial law, and the constant risk of death and injury, we’ve had to endure boredom, … Continue reading Day 5: Mimosas and Sunshine (practicing gratitude)