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Vive la Révolution!

I found myself filling with rage over a mix-up about the title to our vehicle and it is delayed in being sent and I’m just trying to register our vehicle in Maine and get our Maine license plate– and then I stop and think suddenly WHO HAVE I BECOME??

I used to be so impressed with myself when I actually paid a bill on time. Paying something before it was shut off or someone was calling you about it was like really impressive.

I had this realization of my adultish organization in the car and immediately starting singing loudly…

“I won’t grow up..”

A wonderful repeat after me camp song from my youth…soon realizing I had forgot most of the verses.

But growing up does have its conveniences and for the sake of the children its probably a good thing we sort out the best schools and pay the electric bill and all that.

I still find it important to be rebellious in some ways. If I’m going to follow tedious rules like paying taxes and recycling, I need to know; Which ones can I break?

Some rules aren’t really rules but things people created in order to sell something. A prime example is veterinary care. Sure, dogs need rabies vaccines, but beyond that, really? Dexie took a face (and mouthful) of porcupine quills a few weeks ago and google recommended a trip to the vet, hands down. I’m thinking, “Anestheisa after hours? What’s that going to set us back???” Plus, it’s the principal of the thing, getting quilled is a perfectly natural, albeit painful, event of nature. And I’m a doctor, come on! And thus the DIY quill removal went quite smoothly and every quill from Dexie’s mug was removed: about 100 from her face and at LEAST 50 from her gums…and tongue.

And of course she is fine. I am sorry I don’t have any gruesome photos to share. But really, does everything have to be photo-documented, shared, discussed in the moment? There is a value to letting an event/a feeling/a thing be, sit on it and then maybe consider it later.

Anyways, I’m not judging if you take your dog to the vet. Our late dog Maddie was on thyroid medication the majority of her life; I’m not a monster! Just saying there really are loads of rule-breaking possibilities to suit one’s needs. Pick your poison.

I recently learned what an “Influencer” is (someone who posts things on social media and mentions a brand and basically gets paid to advertise) and I thought “well I could do that!” but would I want to? Even though there are nice products out there that I would probably enjoy using, I ultimately feel like material possessions shouldn’t be too glorified. I’m frankly more impressed with how this woman uses her urine to better her garden than half the crap I see touted on social media. This “Vive la Révolution” business is inspired by this Viva la Revolucion post about how it is a good thing to share reality and our unique perspective on life rather than the watered-down drivel and product-pushing perfection that is quite rampant on social media.

(I had to make my post with the French title due to our proximity to Canada.)

I’m guilty of posting lots of pretty photos without regard to reality. I’ve fallen into a “silent Sunday/wordless Wednesday” trap instead of taking some time to share witty snippets of real life that might better temper the perfect ocean and adorable children. In fact my son made fun of me for the wordless posts and asked “Is it Thought-I-would-talk Thursday?”

Sharing “reality” means time (it takes plenty of time for me to attempt to appear witty) and being vulnerable. It is a little scary to admit that you eat meat or like Trump or whatever other thing from one’s reality that places one at risk for people trying to give you advice/shouting at you. Plus I do think pictures tell a fine story on their own and I’ve always wanted this site to be a creative, positive and rated PG outlet. The kids do read it and I tend to want to stick to lighter topics like garden deer fences or the merits of Birkenstocks. But it also does feel good to write, which sometimes involves sharing one’s opinion. And you know what they say about opinions.

I like the presentation of reality that is ordered, beautiful and creative, but those pictures of moms with their kids on the floor with objects arranged to make it look like they are at the beach, on the moon, wherever, are an odd trend (but yeah, yeah, I get it, making mothering creative and all that). But doesn’t art lose its art-ness when these carefully crafted mise-en-scenes are really just an ad for Tide detergent? And when everyone’s doing it? Or are the moms now the smart new advertising execs?

While I envision myself as a NY times bestselling author (the female version of PJ O’Rourke), the reality is I am a new nurse practitioner looking for my first job and have two children and one baby and just moved across the country. So should I spend time trying to sound witty? Is Trying To Sound Clever on a blog that makes no money a good use of my time? I like silence and do not think everything needs to be photographed, captured, shared, considered. Most things should just be. In the moment and all that. Like Dexie getting quilled.

But there is also expression and the desire to add to the discourse. The discourse I am supposed to be adding to is the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. My editor/advisor/torturer/whatever you want to call her is expecting a draft submission for publication of my doctoral research project ASAP.

Trying To Sound Clever sounds a lot more fun. And less like something a responsible adult would do. So writing about this nonsense is the appropriate counter act to beginning attempts to publish that long and tedious paper that is the purest reminder of the degree I’m FINALLY done with and the many, many rules that go along with the career I’ve chosen.

Along with attempts at wit, jumping in the freezing ocean (and getting your hair wet no matter how good of a hair day it is) feels like an effort in breaking some sort of convention of adulthood.

The ocean feels so vast and free…and thus, some pictures of the sea…

March 2017 in Spy Garden

I have been busy with a few things (you know…working full time, graduate school, kids…just a couple things! Ha!) and embracing spring by considering the season fresh, bright and energetic (instead of just “more busy”). (I’m all about a euphemism.) This means I am forced to be more organized. By nature I am more about spontaneity than preparation but planning does have its perks. Such as more free time for hobbies.

Painting in progress; light and bright!

Cheerful vibes

Checking out a gallery

One new thing I’ve started doing is making a general plan of dinners for each week. I notice this really helps avoid any produce being forgotten and spoiling. We’ve had a few delicious and super easy successes this week so just wanted to share. I am totally not a recipe person. (I feel they are too bossy.) So this is really just meant to be inspirational for trying new things in the name of the spring season!

Monday: Roasted chicken, spinach garbanzo cakes*, lemon garlic tahini dipping sauce

*A block of defrosted and drained frozen spinach mixed with a cup(ish) of garbanzo bean flour and a little water and then just cook like pancakes. I also added garlic but you could add any spice/combination of spices. These are delicious and were a big hit. I plan to make all different variations of these (you could use any vegetable too).

Tuesday: Wild caught salmon marinated with orange and thyme, baked sweet potato chips, orange slices

Wednesday: Pork Steaks, Peas

Thursday: Rabbit (Bun-Bun) Stew…Hahah just kidding. But seriously though I think our rabbits would be delicious. They eat all of our scraps of organic produce, fresh alfalfa hay…And just think, if we did raise rabbits for meat (and fur; hello ear muffs!) we would get to have way more rabbits as pets, which would mean greater variety of bunny photos…tutorials on hide tanning…it would certainly make for fresh blog content, right?

Adorable Dinner?

“Bunny TV”

Thursday (seriously): Carrot Lentil soup with ginger and garlic, Flat bread*, Quinoa cakes (eggs, quinoa, parmesean cooked up like pancakes or in the oven)

*Homemade bread on a weeknight you say?! Yes! Whole grain flours (I like a mix of garbanzo bean flour, ground flaxseed and coconut flour), water and a little oil and you are in business! Flat breads don’t have yeast so you don’t need to wait for the dough to rise; after kneading you just let the dough rest for ten minutes or so. Roll them out and they bake up in minutes in the oven or on a griddle. You can also add spices or seeds to these.

While I’m cooking dinner I also make our lunches for the following day (with the exception of Babyzilla who eats very nice snacks and lunches courtesy of the Forest School chef).

Here is her school’s menu from this week for even more easy meal ideas:

And check out the construction going on at Forest School; they are expanding!

In garden-food news, we started eggplants, tomatoes and peppers; several different varieties of each.

I didn’t buy any new seed packets this year (yet) as I was trying to use up the supply of seeds I already have. Some of the seed packets are a few years old so some may not germinate well but in my experience seeds are usually fine for several years past the packaged date.

Today in the garden I saw quite a few honeybees. We plant lots of herbs and flowers to attract bees.

One of two lilac bushes in the garden

Tulip (my favorite)

Thanks Nana and Pop for the basketball hoop; the kids are loving it!

Check out that purple!

Awesome, right?!

Before I go rest up for another busy energetic spring day, I want to share two awesome new blogs of old friends of mine from Wesleyan University.

The first is Boheme Voyage; the stories of a couple traveling around the world. The photos and writing are excellent and the food looks amazing (hello, more recipe/non-recipe ideas)! I especially love that she focuses on architecture…and plants!

Architecture in Hue, Vietnam by Ashley Trudeau

Vertical Garden in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by Ashley Trudeau

So check it out! Here is the link again: Boheme Vogage

The second is Dr. Elizabeth Winter’s website. The design of her site is impeccable. She shares excellent and practical health advice on the blog and there is also great information on the other pages of the site. Here is an excerpt…

Unlike conventional Western medicine which focuses on disease, integrative medicine focuses on all the aspects of a patient’s life—physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and environmental—that contribute to a patient’s health and well-being. Science has unequivocally shown us there is a real and profound connection between the brain and the immune system and our emotional state and disease. When we ask, “How are you feeling today?” we really mean it, and we spend the time to explore your relationships, happiness, work environment and stress level, believing these all contribute to one’s health and overall wellness.

Whether we are talking about migraines, joint pain, infertility or constipation, we are talking about symptoms, all of which have an underlying cause. Often times in conventional Western medicine, symptoms are misinterpreted as diseases. Integrative medicine works to treat the underlying cause of your symptoms. In doing so, your underlying health status is improved overall.

Functional/integrative/environmental medicine is the field in which I plan to practice when I finish this excruciating invigorating doctorate program so I am especially interested in her site. Check it out! Here is the link again: Dr. Elizabeth Winter 

Hope you all have a wonderful Friday and are feeling energized by spring!

Happy 2017!

WOWZA

WOWZA

Wowza; that beach is gorgeous; and is my sister and her husband’s FRONT YARD!!!  Islands in the gulf; paradise!!! Hoping to visit in 2017!

Mushrooms

Mushrooms

Globe

Globe

Garden Sledding

Garden Sledding

Hairdo

Hairdo

Hairdo

Hairdo

Wood ear mushroom

Wood ear mushroom

Playing with toys ("Lila" the horse)

Playing with toys (“Lila” the horse)

Firepit

Firepit

Firepit

Firepit

Figs

Figs

Dining room

Dining room

Table

Table

Track

Track

Dexie

Dexie

Nightstand; just finished Islands in the Stream by Ernest Hemingway: strongly recommend!

Nightstand; just finished Islands in the Stream by Ernest Hemingway: strongly recommend!

Couch

Couch

Lamp

Lamp

Dining room and man cave door

Dining room and man cave door

Just another day

Just another day

At Forest School!

At Forest School!

Purple fog

Purple fog

Window/Fog

Window/Fog

Dusk in the woods

Dusk in the woods

Unicorn Icycle

Unicorn Icycle

Fallen tree

Fallen tree

Driveway

Driveway

Waffles mmmmm

Waffles mmmmm

Wood ear mushroom

Wood ear mushroom

Trail

Trail

Matching lights

Matching lights

Moss

Moss

Terrarium

Terrarium

Woods

Woods

Icicle

Icicle

Dry Creek Bed

Dry Creek Bed

Orchid

Orchid

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Happy new year to all! I am praying for adventures and good health; no really specific resolutions in mind this year. How about you?