Friday, June 19, 2015

a drive-by post

It's been a busy time, complete with a a bunch of vaccines (dog and kid), some stitches being removed (from Harry the dog, he had surgery last week, he's fine) and a kid's nasty ear infection.  I've been rushing around from the vet to the pediatrician's office today.  I am beat!

However, here are a couple new articles, one on the CBC online about the province's recent cosmetic pesticide ban...(no secret, I'm in favor of the ban...)

Local food, dandelions, and harvesting the lawn

Another article came out last week, about finding different avenues to prayer.  I actually called it "Davening with the angels," but it's the same article here, under a different name:  (davening means praying in Yiddish)

Finding holiness in different ways

Finally, in celebration of 3 different family birthdays this month, our upcoming 17th wedding anniversary, and the release of my new eBook-- Three Ply--, all my other Ravelry patterns are on sale until June 28th.  They are all 20% off with this coupon code:

OK, that's the news from here!  I'm off to go make tempting breakfast foods for a kid whose ears hurt a lot...and he feels nauseous and hates the taste of the new antibiotic so much that he is yelling "THROW IT IN THE GARBAGE CAN, MOMMY!"  at the top of his lungs.  Gotta admire the volume he achieves, I guess...

Makes writing about dandelions, or better yet, being outdoors admiring them, very appealing about now.  :)

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Blogger Getty Stewart said...

Hi Joanne,
Thanks for mentioning the Prairie Fruit Cookbook in your CBC article! It was a pleasure to read about you and your kids rescuing surplus fruit. My kids and I used to call it "I Spy an Edible"! I think providing information and opportunities to discover what's growing around you and how those things (whether they're apples, cherries or dandelions) can be used is important. Food for thought!

June 20, 2015 at 4:49 PM  
Blogger Joanne said...

Getty,I was thrilled to find a way to support what you do! I think is a great idea and wish every city and town did it. The only thing that has kept me from signing up has been uhh, twin preschoolers--it is super hard to take advantage of these organized activities right now. However, we seem to find no shortage of food to forage in an informal way. What concerns me most is how few Manitobans even think of local food as a first or important option to have. Having a basic knowledge of how to eat those local growing things IS so important! Plus, I am a great fan of your book, too. :). Thanks for writing it!

June 20, 2015 at 6:25 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

I have come to appreciate dandelions: with the drought in California, our lawn is gone to dust--and the weeds have taken it by storm and their taproots run deep to try to get any residual (nonexistent) moisture.

And there are a few dandelions, surviving the dry. Unlike the other five species I'm dealing with, they have no prickers. No stickers. No spiky grab-your-socks that hurt when you step on them, they just bloom and do their thing and brighten the place while harming nothing. I've been picturing my granddaughter learning to walk and toddling through that back yard and yanking yanking yanking all those others. The dandelions? I picture her giggling over the flowers. They stay.

June 26, 2015 at 1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love both your articles. Here in Maine the local foods scene is thriving, so I feel really lucky to be here. I applaud your city for banning pesticides!

July 5, 2015 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger Joanne said...

Thanks for your kind words and checking out the articles! Maine has a famous local foods movement...what a gift to live nearby. As for the pesticides, well, they still spray our mosquitoes with malathion in the summer so sadly, we're still being exposed to carcinogens in any case.... Great to hear from you!

July 5, 2015 at 3:31 PM  

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