In a recent catch-up chat with a dear friend, the absence of any recent blog entries was noted. Why haven’t I posted in a bit? Here’s what I’ve got to say for myself:
1. The sky turned off the faucet in California and it has been gorgeous outside. Until two weeks ago, of course, with an unbearable “record breaking” heat wave. Does it count anymore if any weather is now “record breaking”? Anyway, I had my non-permeable concrete patio ripped out (and recycled), and have been busy reviving the dead dirt into a pollinator-friendly garden, veggie beds, and a flagstone pathway with permeable seams for planting ground cover. Hauling soil and busting rock and creating something beautiful and more sustainable is such fun hard work! I’ve been tending to cuttings and seedlings grown in paper pots to avoid plastic pots. This decision to refuse plastic was only cemented when I discovered a plastic pot, intact and un decomposed under the thick slab of concrete that abutted my 1950’s home. Say NO to plastic… it never goes away. I hope to share more of my new little patch in a post to come.
Its also been time to get outside with the kids and go places! We’ve bussed to the top of Mt. Tam for their annual mountain play, trekked to beaches to soak in the sun, dig in the sand, splash in the waves and fly kites, took the ferry to Angel Island for an outdoor screening of Moana, went camping, and chased butterflies on our Father’s Day hike. Next up, we plan to enjoy blue Tahoe and raft down river in all of this snowmelt.
2. I’ve been royally pissed off and discouraged! My last post before the silence was about my efforts to stockpile local, organic, sustainably-grown, seasonal fruit for the year. Here I am painstakingly freezing individual blueberries to do what I can for the environment while our current president pulls out of the Paris agreement like a horny and irresponsible teenager without a prophylactic. How embarrassing for the United States! This move really nocked the wind out of my sails.
It’s a lot easier to tear something down than build something up, but this administration only wants to take a wrecking ball to the hard work of his predecessors in regards to climate change initiatives and environmental protections such as the clean water, air, and endangered species acts, our national parks, and California’s coastline. To what? Revive the coal industry and speed up emissions? Presidential-assisted suicide. Eat a turd burger, Trump.