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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Winding Down 2008, Ramping Up 2009

2008 has been an interesting year for me. My theme for the year was Intentional Harmony and Bountiful Abundance. I would say by the garden harvest, it was certainly bountifully abundant! I must have harvested six bushels of tomatoes, at least. Can you say lots of tomato sauce?


For the year, I intended to indulge in hobbies/craft, enjoy my home and garden, move my body, think abundance and plentiful, honor my free time by staying present, acting with intention, and living consciously. For my family, I intended to cherish my parents, be open-hearted with Stephen, and spend time with my husband. For my career I set out to find-create additional sources of income for backup purposes and debt reduction, step into visionary and leading edge thinking, honor myself as a leader, and recognize my accomplishments. I would say I accomplished about 85% of that. Not too bad. I’m still working on being open-hearted with Stephen, and recognizing my accomplishments. I think it would be grand to create an “Accomplishments” page in a planner to make note of pinnacles and milestones throughout the year. If I had done that I could pull up that page and copy it down here.


In early 2008, I went from a worrying, struggling entrepreneur to being employed at my previous job as of April! I am so thankful to have the income which covers my living expenses on a regular basis. I'm also grateful for the fact that I know this job and am comfortable with the people and the activities. I am grateful that I no longer have to fret and worry over income. That was heavy and wore me down. That kind of stress crosses over into other areas of life, creating more stress and dis-ease. I now recall that I was sick for all of January last year.

The sacrifice of entrepreneurship and financial worries leaves me wanting to be home more and working out of my home office. I did it for eight years and am longing for that again, without the worries of money this time around.

New Horizons

I have been searching for a way to make extra income and do what I love. As a result, I’ve been developing a new business at the latter part of this year, with major launch pads during 2009. I have founded Conscious Living Circle and Green Queen Bee. Actually, Conscious Living Circle is the primary business, while Green Queen Bee is more of a playful alias. The focus is all about going green, organic, sustainable and being conscious of ourselves and how we “walk on this earth.” I’m here to model and help others make adjustments in their lives to live a life that will bring them more health, wealth, and abundance through living green and consciously. While the vision is big, it’s the little things that matter most, like daily practices of being mindful of recycling, turning off lights, using less energy, less resources, living simpler. Also, the practice stems inward as well: ensuring we give importance to the people and activities that mean the most to us, and that we pay attention to our own physical and mental health. Ultimately, it’s about living up to the best that we can be, tapping into all that is available to us, beyond just the daily grindstone of living.

What’s next? I’ll be starting the year by kicking off a very important workshop to set the tone for 2009, and to set intentions for your self, family, career, home, garden, and community. This will be a powerful workshop which will lift your success to the next level and bring a strong sense of balance in your life. I believe 2009 is going to be a big year of change for many on an individual basis and globally. Make sure you ground your intentions and keep your focus on your fortunes of the year to come.

In addition, beginning the first of the year, I’ll be starting a 6 week ezine course on Living a Greener Life. Each week will be a new topic that will move you forward on your path, helping you establish new habits which integrate nicely into your life. If you know of someone that would be interested in this, please forward this message to them so they may sign up. Or, they may simply sign up by emailing Greenbuzz at aweber dot com. Tell them to check their junk mail for a confirmation email so they can start receiving their goods.

See you in the exciting and fruitful new year of 2009!!!

Green Queen Bee

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

A Wonderful Thing

Shouting out to all my "followers" and subscribers a big Thank You and Happy Holidays! I finally put some decorations up and the living room looks beautiful. I skipped the outside lights this year, but saved a few bucks on electric bill. Presents are wrapped and under the tree. Fire in the woodstove. Groceries in the fridge. All is well. I'm looking forward to others opening the presents I picked out this year.

Here's wishing everyone a great holiday time and the best year yet: 2009! I feel big things are going to happen next year for many people on many levels. I'm looking forward to the adventure.


Monday, December 22, 2008

Holiday Savings

I've figured out a way to save on electricity during the holidays: don't put up your lights until late! It's nearly Christmas and I just put my tree up yesterday: no outside lights and no decorations yet. I've just been too busy! I haven't made it a high priority. Although, my electric bill should be much lower than in years' past.

I was thinking of other ways to save on energy consumption this holiday season. Here are some ideas I thought of:

1) Get timers for all your holiday lights and set them for half the time you would usually have them lit! Please do not leave your holiday lights on until morning - such a waste!
2) Buy LED Christmas lights to replace strands as you need them. I think it would be just fine NOT to consume more if you don't need them. We just consume way too much in our society. So, unless you have someone who desperately needs lights, or you want to donate your lights to someone in need, please don't buy just for the sake of buying.
3) Burn environmentally friendly candles, but make sure they don't catch anything on fire. Candles make such a nice ambiance in the cold winter.
4) If you have a woodstove, try cooking your slow-cooking recipes on it, rather than using your stove-top.
5) Turn off other lights and appliances so you can counter-balance your holiday lights being on.

If you have any other suggestions, please feel free to write them in to me.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Be open, practice your awareness daily.

Let’s start with the basics. While some of the tips you may already know, there will be new ones to give you pause for thought: a deeper sense of realization. Stay open to the information and really examine how you can best integrate these practices into your life and influence others.

Being Green can mean so many different things for different people, and it can be taken to varying levels. If you’re operating on green principles already, ask yourself to what level have I lived this, and what level can I take it? Can I take it one step further? Be open; practice your awareness daily.

They say it takes 21 days to establish and integrate a new habit into your life. Let’s face it, though, one only keeps the habit for as long as they want to. Sometimes habits drop, and we need to become mindful of them again, reestablishing the 21 day implementation period.

Sign up for the Green Buzz ezine today and participate in the next 6-week program to establish new habits in your life. Together we will establish the foundation of our living green, organic, and sustainable. You will examine how you REALLY choose to live, and take it to the next level

As a result you will:

- Be living more consciously, feeling alive and vibrant.
- Be making a great contribution for the betterment of yourself, others, and the planet.
- Have valuable information to share with others that are like-minded.
- Save money and reduce costs by making economical, eco-friendly choices.
- Have an arsenal of tools and bright ideas for your launch pad toward future green and sustainable living.

First step is to sign up for Green Buzz ezine, confirm delivery in first email (check junk mail just in case), and begin buzzing your way toward conscious living.

Second step, write down everything you’ve accomplished thus far toward a green, organic, and sustainable journey. Then, write down what you’re grateful for. This step is very powerful in itself to create mindset shifts. Write down what you would like to gain over the next six weeks. Finally, send them to the Green Queen Bee to declare your intentions.


Monday, December 15, 2008

[Green Buzz] Twitter and 6 weeks toward change

This is amazing! I hit over 100 followers today on Twitter. It's been less than a week, and I'm sharing and trading twits with others that enjoy the concept of going green, organic, and sustainable. It's like being surrounded by people that are all on the same wavelength. Very cool!

Also, exciting news. I'm ready for sign-ups for my ezine (see top right hand side of page). I have a six week program I'll be rolling out in my ezines which will help people focus on making new habits in their lives toward more green living. If you're interested in getting all six, be sure to sign up now and you won't miss them.


Sunday, December 14, 2008

gift of free music download

In the summer time, when my pool was set up, and it was very hot out, I was listening to reggae music, relaxing. One of the bands I recently was turned on to is Rootz Underground. Low and behold, I heard they were going to be in concert during July in Santa Cruz - on my son's 18th birthday! I had to take a road trip with my son to see the show. It was a lineup of about 4 or 5 bands, and Rootz Underground stole the show. They kicked ass! They had such high energy, and -- well, I have to admit, the singer is very attractive :)- I digress! Mostly, though, they captured my attention 100% mesmerizing. I was in the groove with them. I love their songs, rhythm, and ENERGY! This band is definitely worth while seeing if you ever have the opportunity. In the meantime, they are offering a FREE download of their entire LIVE album for a limited time. Go get yours here:

Friday, December 12, 2008

GQBEE at it again

Demanding green at local stores and saving big $$$. How? I went to Kelly-Moore to get some samples for exterior paint, but I fretted about buying paint that was bad for the environment. They stopped carrying another brand that was enviro-friendly, saying it didn't sell. Well....did they advertise it well enough? They had it for six months: I never heard they had it. Anyways, I saw a poster about their environmental friendly paints that are mostly for interior. I then noticed e-coat for both interior and exterior. I asked about that. They don't carry it in the store, but can order it for me. GREAT! Order it up. It's recycled paint! Yay for Green Queen Bee.

Here's the best part: it's only $8.95 a gallon! I'm telling all my friends. Here you go: If you're planning on painting, go green, well recycled that is. Or, get the Enviro-friendly version.

All this because I chose to be a little pushy, or buzzy, and demanded green. The more we, as consumers, start asserting ourselves because we believe in it, the more suppliers will respond.

My next maneuver is to find organic chicken food that's not triple the cost. Or, start writing letters to the chicken feed company, demanding they be reasonable in their pricing.

[Green Buzz] Go Local for holiday shopping

My friend was getting set to travel out of the area and hit some big box stores for holiday shopping. It would have been about 100 miles round trip, and after calculating carbon emissions at I'm guestimating it would have produced about 88 lbs of carbon into the atmosphere. Instead, they decided to SHOP LOCALLY! What a great concept. They probably only produced about 10 lbs of carbon and --- here's the bonus --- supported local business!

Don't get me wrong! I'm an avid online shopper myself, and intend to sell Green products online in the very near future. That in itself saves time and money, and perhaps my own carbon footprint to a degree. However, those items do have to be shipped from far away. The one thing I can say, is they are usually "ride-sharing" with other packages. And, when one buys locally, those products typically had to be shipped to that location. So, all in all, I've just deduced that shopping online and shopping locally are both good for the planet and for the people.

When shopping locally, please pay attention to the small "ma and pa" shops in your area. These businesses are owned by people that are your neighbors, that you shop with, and that do business with other businesses in the area, such as yours! In these economic times, it is important that we support each other and help each other out. Shop local, too.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Great Idea for everyday printing- Eco Friendly Font

A company called Spranq experimented with and created a font which prints best at 9 or 10 points and saves on ink! It's called EcoFont and it uses much less ink. Now when you print on your recycled paper, you can use the EcoFont and really save. Check it out at:

I downloaded it. It's very cool.

Here it is close up, but at 9 or 10 pts, you can't tell on a printed piece of paper.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


Have you checked out Twitter yet? It's growing like wildfire. At first it was really confusing to me, but then I got it- and, guess what? It's a lot of fun. You can check me out at:

It's really cool! Sign up, post a picture (it's a faux pas not to have one up), and start's really fuuuuuun :)

Bush puts exclamation point on the worst president


I just read this article about the EPA approving a last minute rule change by our lovely lame duck President Bush. This rule change will reverse the protection of the streams from getting mining wastes dumped over them. This threatens our water sources from the high country. Hello people! Healthy water availability is an increasing problem throughout the entire world. What the hell are they thinking?

Read more here:

I'll be seeking out a petition online somewhere for this.

This train is rollin’

Are you on it?

Here it is: Law of Attraction in full force. What we think about, and feel an emotional connection with, we attract. I have obviously been thinking a lot about this “green” movement and as a result have been receiving numerous, no, massive quantities of green this, and green that, clean technology, green economy, green jobs initiatives, go green, sustainable, and on and on it goes. There is much movement being made by Corporations, Government, businesses, and individuals. That’s a great thing! We are in a time of great change and it truly is exciting to watch it unfold.

However, it is giving me a bit of anxiety and a sense of urgency. I have been a strong supporter and “believer” in this movement for several years now, and have made strides in my own life and home to make changes. It is past due for me to share with the world, become an important figure in this change, and make a profitable business related to it. I want to live my passion and be a successful entrepreneur. It’s time for me to examine where I am presently, where I want to go, and develop all the steps in between in order to ensure that I am on the train and not on a hand cart behind it. Where are you?

This time of year is a natural one for reflection, looking back at past accomplishments, and looking forward to the new year. It’s no wonder there are so many “business” planning workshops. I’ve participated and conducted business planning sessions before. I’m in the process of developing a more holistic planning program for myself, and to share with others. It’s more about a “life theme” for the next year, and includes some business stuff, too. It’s about being content with your journey you take next year through visualizing, planning, and creating the adventure. Yes, milestones are wonderful, and acquiring things and accomplishments is gratifying. However, have you ever noticed it’s only temporary before you move on to the next want or desire? Therefore, becoming consciously aware of the process, noticing the transitions, and importantly staying in the flow of life is key. Anybody interested?

Thursday, December 4, 2008


Once you start getting in the green loop, it’s everywhere. Everyone is touting going Green and/or Sustainable. However, what does that really mean? If they change out their light bulbs to CF light bulbs, does that mean they’re green? What about a vineyard that installs solar power and wind power, but still uses chemicals on their grapes, rather than go Organic? To what degree do we as individuals take this? That is the grand questions.

In my opinion, if we gradually awaken ourselves to the needs of the environment and ourselves and our future, then we can gradually awaken ourselves to the changes we choose to make. That is the key word, choose. All of our choices are ours to make. We have the curse and the privilege to make. But, how do we, as a society of humans, individually make our decisions? Is it based on assumption, or values, or both? We make assumptions based on outside factors combined with beliefs. Most of the time, we make our evaluations and assumptions from input received in short, perceivable, snippets. Maybe its sparked by a conversation with someone, or from a commercial on TV, the “news,” or sometimes from thin air – out of our own heads. More importantly, when it’s something we have a passion for, or are interested in the moment, it seems to come into our reality more often. Have you ever been in the market for a new car and then all of a sudden, you see that same car everywhere you go? My Dad recently sent me a video on the net which exemplified perception really well. The speaker showed a short video of a group of teens throwing the basketball back and forth. Before hand, he asked that the audience count the times the basketball was being tossed for a subset group within the video. He also upped the ante and said usually one gender gets it wrong. I, along with the audience, intently watched and counted until the end. The speaker asked if anyone noticed anything unusual. I did not see anything unusual. I simply counted. Hence, there was a person in a gorilla suit that entered the middle of the circle and jumped around. I never saw it. My perception was focused and eliminated any unnecessary information. Virtually, it’s the same with everything we do in life. How we do anything is how we do everything. Therefore, when there is something we are focused upon, we perceive it a certain way. It does not mean that all the facts are there, nor there’s anything else to take into consideration. A song I once knew goes “It’s all how you look at it and how you perceive.” - Pele Juju. What a great verse.

How does this all relate to my topic today? I feel the more we look at things from an observer or macro perspective, and the more we gather information, the better off we’ll be to truly make our own decision toward the progress we want to make in this world with our own contributions to making it a better place.

My intention is to provide information from many perspectives and resources to you in and around the topics of consciously living as it relates to self, others, animals, and planet. My specific focus is saving our environment now and in the future, becoming healthy beings through spiritual nourishment and earthly nourishment (organic foods that we consume), and doing good for others and community through social change. It’s broad and I suspect I will either have a great time exploring and sharing with you on these, or I will narrow it down. Either way, I’m all about having fun with this, following my passion, and believing and trusting the money will come – for we all deserve our own fortunes, abundance, and prosperity. I type this as I remind myself, it’s not about the acquisitions, it’s about being in the flow. Being in this genre of sustainability is my flow.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Abundance and Prosperity

Being in the river of life, so to speak, can sometimes be overwhelming and interesting, particularly for those of us that need to have everything under control. Yesterday, I noticed manifestation in full force when my husband announced he wanted to get my art studio built, and when I was able to lock in a refinance rate of 5.0%. I have been visualizing these things for a couple years now. They are coming to fruition…and I am so excited. I was awake most of the night mulling them over in my head with a whirl of thoughts. Some overwhelm, some excitement, some worry, etc. It’s interesting to notice the times where I’m not “going with the flow” but worrying and doubting. I recognize this as the place where “flow” stops – an eddy perhaps? I was cognizant to get back in the flow this morning. So I did my recent visualization of mentally receiving an additional $1,000 each day and then mentally spending that money. This morning, I was up to $11,000 to receive and spend. I also recognized this morning that I have consciously been giving more, like on Freecycle, and just in general. This is all part of the flow. I’ve read about it before in books. When I mentally received my money, I took 10% off the top to pay myself first and then I spend a portion of it to pay my Mom’s mortgage payment to alleviate her from paying it, and from my best friend paying rent for this month. This still left me with enough to pay for a new art studio (all virtually of course). But, since I’ve started this, I’ve been able to visualize paying off my credit card debt, socking away some money toward retirement, acquiring solar panels, and helping others. I’ve noticed this practice creates a great flow of energy. Tomorrow I’ll have $!2,000 to spend. I’m looking forward to the day I receive enough money to pay off my student loan, and then there will come a day when I can pay off my mortgage. All this in one year! Can you imagine receiving this kind of money? It’s fantastic!

Monday, December 1, 2008

I'm Back

I'm back from my Thanksgiving trip. I had a great time: a lot of cooking! My Aunt and I cooked a Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday and a Pasta Bar spread for my cousin's baby shower on Saturday. Cooking, dishes, relax, cooking, dishes, relax. That's what I did. I didn't even exercise or blog like I thought I would. It was so nice to have a vacation away from all that needs to get done in daily life.

Thanksgiving TIP: When you boil your potatoes, green beans, sweet potatoes, etc., dump the used water into large stock pot. When you make your turkey soup next day, utilize the saved water, chock full of flavor and vitamins and minerals. It contributes to a great stock/soup.

I managed to save nearly all the compost-able scraps from Thanksgiving and came back with a large bag full to add to my compost pile. It's easy to do. Just put a bowl or tupperware container on the counter while you're preparing your food and throw the scraps in for easy access. This is such a great time of year to bulk up the compost pile for next spring. The secret is to have equal parts "green" and "brown" with a sprinkling of dirt in between. For example, you can take food scraps (obviously no meat) and/or fresh green clippings for your green part. Then, layer with brown, either dried grass or dried leaves (anything brown). Then, sprinkle a small layer of existing dirt and sprinkle with water. Continue to layer until you have a big pile. You can make compost in several types of containers or simply make a big pile. I have boxes that we made. Each layer nests inside each other, leaving an inch gap between each layer for aeration.

The combination of green with the brown contents is what heats up and makes the compost "cook." I believe the dirt adds minerals, but also acts as an insulator to help keep the brown and green cooking. If you simply leave it alone, it will compost in about six months. You can also opt to stir it up, adding more air to the pile which will compost it faster. The trick is to get it heated up first, though. If you're having troubles getting your compost to heat up, it may be too dry or too wet, or not layered properly. It should have the moisture content of a damp sponge. You can try covering it with plastic to solarize it which will hasten the composting, especially in winter. Otherwise, just let it sit for six months. It will eventually be feathery soft soil. If you need to supplement your compost, manure and/or alfalfa pellets will help. Remember, though, these items are considered green. Make sure you balance it with brown contents.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Travel Day and Progress for change

I'm joining the masses of people out on the roads today to travel and see family for Thanksgiving, one of my favorite holidays. The sad news on the environment, my husband and I are taking separate vehicles because he's only staying a couple days while I stay longer. The good news on the environment is I'm picking up my cousins at the bus station in Vallejo. So, maybe that counter balances some of the gas consumption and the carbon foot-print. The other good news is I don't travel very much, so I've saved up my "travel" all year long!

We're having an organic turkey this year and lots of other food. Typically we spend the day(s) cooking in our sweats and jammies and drinking champagne ;)

My cousin, Jennie, is having her first baby and we're having a baby shower for her on Saturday with a pasta bar for food. That will be really fun, too.

For anyone who doesn't think that emails and phone calls for political action do not make a difference, think again. The Organic Consumer Association (OCA) puts out an e-newsletter contained with valuable information, and recently I read that P.E. Obama's team was considering former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack for position of USDA Secretary of Agriculture. The article went on to state "Vilsack has been an ardent supporter of Monsanto, genetically engineered crops, and corn and soy-based biofuels." I sent my opposition via an online petition and forwarded to several friends and family. News today says the OCA received 8,000 signatures urging Obama to take a strong stand in organic food and farming. As a result, Vilsack's nomination has been removed. There are numerous other people up for nomination, some good and some not, so the work isn't over. We must continue to support the better path of future food production and support organic. If you wish to read more on this from OCA, click here.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

New doo

Just got my hair cut - like 9 inches off!

I'll take 8 please about being in the flow of the river of life.

Lately, I've been having some great and meaningful conversations with The Money Mentor, particularly around the concept of abundance and Law of Attraction. Instead of focusing on "the stuff I want, but can't have," turn the focus and shift it to "I could have it if I chose to." I've been implementing that in my daily life practice, and I've been "virtually" receiving and spending $1,000 compounded daily. I think I'm up to $8,000 to spend in my imagination today. Today I'm going to mentally purchase a solar system for my home because I choose to.

I just saw a commercial this morning about Sharp and solar panels. They've had solar panels for several years now and have implemented solar energy in various situations and places. So, I proceeded to their website: and selected Solar on the side bar. Low and freakin' behold! Lol! I'm visualizing people across the nation and world buying them like air conditioners or flat screen tv's: affordable to most consumers. Brilliant! They have a great Cost/Savings Calculator on their site. I was exploring around and I have to check a few facts and figures, but it appears that even if I (forgive me Money Mentor) charge it (*cringe*), my payoff time would be a little over eight years! Now that's not bad. In fact, that's very do-able. Eight years will be here before we know it. Pretty soon, it will be several years from now, and I'll be saying..."if only I had..."

I'm visualizing solar panels in the back yard.I'm thinking of putting them on top of my tin roof area.

This seems to be the most logical place I can think of. I don't really have southern exposure that's not shaded by trees. I'll look into having a consultation soon. If I choose to have it, I can, by making it a priority and visualizing the "what" and the "how" will work itself out. Leap Frog! into the reality you want. Act as if. Write down your wishes and desires, find a picture and post it on the fridge....
like this one...(not my home)

Mostly, though, jump in the river of life and start allowing all the possibilities into your existence.

Monday, November 24, 2008

New Logo

Oh my gosh....before I start here, I just looked out my window and the sunset is absolutely beautiful...very magenta with deep purplish gray.

Anyways, I created a new logo for Conscious Living Circle. I'd love to hear your feedback on it. I wanted to exemplify recycling, the planet, gardening, the sun, etc. I think I captured it pretty well. What do you think of the colors?

Thanks to all those who have signed up to be "followers." I just changed the settings so you can leave a comment without having to have an account, so please feel free to do so.

Thanksgiving is coming....I'm heading to my Aunt's house in Inverness as I do every year. I'm looking forward to drinking champagne and relaxing!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Out in my yard today

- loving it!!! I took care of covering the plants so they won't freeze in the upcoming weeks. I also gathered seeds for next year, and even harvested some vegetables!! This is the longest growing season I've had that I can remember. Although, we have had some absolutely gorgeous weather lately. Who would be thinking tomatoes right before Thanksgiving? I also picked beautiful eggplant and a couple of lovely bell peppers.

Chickens and duck were out scratching around in the yard, eating my earthworms, but they were enjoying themselves so much. They cruise through the whole back yard and have their favorite spots, one being near the compost pile. It was just a lovely day.

It's so great! I have a bunch of Flat Leaf Parsley seeds for next year, and two different kinds of Echinacea, Coriander (cilantro), Basil, Artichoke (yes, artichoke seeds- they look like Safflower seeds), Sunflower, and Blue Morning Glories.

I'm going to attempt to extract some tomato seeds, cucumber, zucchini, crook neck, and eggplant. I've never done tomatoes before. I understand you have to put a mashed tomato in a bucket of water and let it get a mucky film over the top. Eventually, the good seeds will fall to the bottom of the water. Then, you dry them out until planting time. I'll let you know how it goes. This is self-sustaining in the garden! It truly is a miracle that an entire huge plant, bountiful with food can grow from such tiny seeds.

It doesn't take much to start growing your own food. One can start with some fresh herbs in a sunny window, like Basil or Parsley, and grow from there. Container gardening works really well for those with limited yard space. If you have plenty of garden space, it's time to plant Spring bulbs: daffodils, narcissus, iris, tulips, hyacinths, etc. If you have iris, now is the time to divide them and give them breathing space. It's always nice to give bulbs as gifts, too. I won some iris bulbs and have no idea what color or type they are, but it will be a surprise. It's also time to plant your cover crop if you haven't already, it's not too late. I'm going to plant fava beans. Cover crops protect your soil throughout the winter, and legumes such as favas provide nitrogen into the soil The trick is to whack them down and till them in right when they begin to flower. That's when they have little pink nodules on their roots which contain NITROGEN.

Beautiful Pumpkins! Yes, I'll save some of the seeds if I can keep from eating them all.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Great Friday!

Today is a beautiful day and I feel like life is really flowing for me. I know that sounds cliche, but you probably recognize when you've had times in life that really clicked, everything just starts falling into place. We become aware of it, and it happens more. Then, somehow we get distracted and stop being aware of it, and it doesn't click again. I've been listening to Abraham-Hicks Law of Attraction, the one for money!, and I feel like I've fully stepped into the "river of life". (What's the concensus? quotation before the period or after?) Abraham-Hicks presents a story about river rafting, correlating it to how we live our lives. They claim that it's not about the attainment or acquisition of the things we want, it's about enjoying tapping into life and feeling the flow of energy move through us and our lives, and yes, we deserve to have all the abundance awaiting us. The story, in it's summary, is about river rafting and that we don't take our raft out and say let's just get to the bottom of the river so we can "get there." It's about the enjoyment of going down the river, in the flow, not fighting it. One doesn't typically raft upstream, either. Go with the flow...enjoy the ride. Where are you in relationship to "the river?"

Today I found out the grant I was working so hard on in October for the Agency I work for has been funded! It was highly competitive and it will be highly beneficial. Mother Lode Consortium was awarded $485,730 to serve Veterans over the next few years, helping them with job training, licensing and certificates, and ultimately sustainability through valuable and meaningful work. I'm so thrilled.

Also, tonight is my first night of gathering of close friends to start the go-green group. What it will evolve into has yet to be determined. I just knew I had to be a leader in this area of going green, sustainability, etc. I've been intending this for a couple of years now: it's time for action!

Have a beautiful day ;)


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Freezing Temperatures Are Coming

I was just reading an article today which highlighted protecting our plants and vegetables as best we can from freezing temperatures. It's been beautiful weather lately, but I know the cold is coming. I don't want to get caught in the cold- Lol!

With busy holiday times coming up, it's best to be proactive about these things. I previously purchased a product called Reemay or Row Cover. It's a spun polyester-type fabric which allows the light and water in, but keeps the freezing cold out, to a certain degree.

I put it over some select plants last year, like my lemon tree, Gardenia, and some potted plants which are stored outside. This year, however, I have a fall vegetable garden planted. Most of the plants can withstold some degree of cold, or even freezing temperatures. But, let's face it, not too many plants prefer that kind of treatment. Particularly, the lettuces, and the mustard greens need to be covered. They are in raised beds, so I'd like to come up with some kind of elevated supports for the row cover, even though it's light enough to float right on top. I just know that we get terrential downpours and it could easily mush the row cover ontop of the plants which are still pretty young. I'm pondering some way to get something like plastic tubing and arch it over the beds, creating one long archway to lay the row cover on top. I may have to look at the hardware store for some lightweight pvc pipe or something and then maybe something like rebar to insert the tubing over? I'll keep you posted.

Just a reminder for those that have plants outdoors which are tender to frost, please don't procrastinate. Get them covered. Note: plastic can sometimes "bake" plants on warm sunny days - not advised if you're not being mindful.