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Thoughtful Thursday Part Two-Woo Hoo :)

A much anticipated phone call woke me up 20 minutes ago.  Jerry is on the plan in Paris!  Tunisia is left behind and in a little while if all goes well he will begin his journey back across the big pond and eventually to this little green house some time late this evening.  That of course depends on a lot of different things and people so today will not only be filled with work but me checking his flight, oh say, 50 times maybe?! The work is welcome.  I always tell myself I am going to finish all my work before the day he comes home but maybe I don’t for a very good reason.  What would I do all day if all I had to do was sit and think about him being 30 thousand feet in the air for 12-13 hours?  I think it might be best to be busy.

I also woke up to two great emails from Amy Pennington.  The first being a note saying she was sorry we didn’t get together yesterday to get a little something done up for you all. No worries Amy! Wednesday was evidently wild all over the place!  Wow, what a great reason to be so busy ~ finishing up her second book due out in March 2011! How exciting!  I am going to put my name in now for two copies one for me and one to giveaway here.  The other email was really addressed to you happy peeps!


Now get over there and get that recipe!  Didn’t I tell you it would be wonderful! Woo Hoo!

See you happy folks on the flip side.  Remember to leave a comment to enter the drawing for Amy’s book.


Wednesday ‘s Woman: Amy Pennington from GoGoGreenGarden

You seriously need to check out this chick-a-dee’s blog and website.  TOO cool.  Such a great business mind and then to put her back into it and really make a difference in the urban frontier.  Not only does she say how much she loves food (good food) but she practices what she preaches.

If you were by here yesterday you know I am giving away a copy of her book Urban Pantry. It is a gem…a GREEN GEM!  You will adore the book and Amy.  I promise.


The drawing for the book will take place on Sunday of this week so get your name in.  Either on this post or the previous.  I don’t want to give too much away because her website and blog are really worth your time to go and read…PLUS…she just might be dropping in for a visit later if we can get our cabbages in a row! I sent her a message letting her know I was so in love with her book that I was giving a copy away to my readers and she sent me back a very sweet note saying she’d be happy to post a note for all you happy people.  VERY COOL. Hopefully she will allow me to post a picture or two…she’s adorable on top of everything else!  So check back later.  Hopefully we can get it all together today for you!  But while you are waiting…go check her out for yourself!

Happy Wednesday everyone.  I have a crazy busy day today ~ orthodontist, Chemistry Class (30 miles away), dentist, grocery shopping, gift delivery, plant nursery (gotta look for some pansies) and then back home to cook and clean because Jerry will be headed over the big blue ocean tomorrow! Can’t wait to see him.  It has been a long month. He won’t notice if everything is just so…but I like to do it anyway;)

Oh one more thing.  I found this article and I think the idea is a winner!  It pains me to think of books being destroyed.  YES, I have an IPAD and I do buy some books for it…but, I still love a “real” book as evidenced by my enormous collection of reading material. Plus an 8×10 storage building FULL of books from my Mom’s home and old homeschooling books and books we just don’t have room for.  I know, I know, I need to donate some of them.  It’s on my list.


Image by Ellen Forsyth via Inhabitat and Recylart


Treehuggin’ Tuesday – Giveaway! WOO HOO!

When you begin to surf the net looking for green products and websites, you immediately begin to recognize certain catch phrases and words. In fact we have heard about going green, living green, thinking green until frankly, the color green isn’t the first thing that comes to my mind when I hear the word “green“.

  • Think Green
  • Clean and Green
  • Sustainability
  • Urban Farming
  • Go Green
  • Earth Day is Every Day
  • Conservation
  • Global Warming
  • Carbon Footprint
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Freecycle
  • Locavore

My personal favorite:


While I was doing my research for this post (yeah, I actually do read and try to get the facts and not just feed you from my very small bowl of useful knowledge) I figured out pretty quickly that I am really more of a Celadon, than actual true Green. However, I was very happy, when taking the Carbon Footprint quiz at, to find I was below the national average for CO2 emissions. I will probably go take it again, because it just doesn’t seem right.  I certainly don’t feel like I am doing that well.

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I think what gave me such a great score was our home energy slice of the pie.  Maybe you would find it interesting to take the quiz.

Yeah, I love the idea of leaving things better than I found them, but I fail miserably most of the time.  Likely, because I am not radical enough.   Or at least I don’t see myself as radical.  I think of a radical as being bold and brash and public with their cause or causes.  I suppose I might have been classified as a radical cloth-diapering, co-sleeping, non-vaccinating, breastfeeding,  homeschooling mom.  But I did these things mostly in a quiet personal way.  Sort of.

I did use disposable diapers and cloth diapers.  I hated using disposables at all but time and work load with a large family sometimes made it necessary.  But I loved using cloth and even made some of my own diapers from recycled baby blankets.

We had a crib when we had our first child.  We put stuff in it.  Pretty much everything but the baby.  We moved when he was 8 months old and never put it up again.  We had a couple of bassinets over the years but Jerry built us a cradle and it was big enough that a little one could sleep in it until they were about 18 months old.  But mostly they  slept with us or each other until they wanted their own bed.  I suppose a lot of people would consider that unusual.

We didn’t vaccinate on time.  In fact Hannah, Rachel and Ben were 17, 14 and 10 when we started them. About a month after the second whooping cough vaccination in the series both Rachel and Ben got whooping cough and I have never seen anyone sicker than Rachel was.  I was more than a little agitated at myself for giving in but with them headed to university, I felt I had to.  Or should.

Breastfeeding is maybe my most radical behavior to date.  It wasn’t so much the fact that I exclusively breastfed, it was the length of time.  Both Hannah and Ben were 4+ when they weaned.  Crazy huh?   And the homeschooling thing might have been radical when we started in 1988, but it certainly isn’t anymore.

I suppose I do my small green things fairly privately as well.  Except for the few things I have shared here. And I suppose according to that big old green pie chart, I am not doing too bad.

Anywhoodle, I have a giveaway for you today!  YAY!  This is a great book called Urban Pantry: Tips & Recipes for a Thrifty, Sustainable & Seasonal Kitchen written by Amy Pennington.  Amy is a food writer, organic gardener, and owner of GoGo Green Gardener, an edible gardening business that builds, plants and tends edible gardens for city folk.  You can learn more about Amy and her work at  So if you would like to have your name dropped in The Mason Jar, just leave me a comment and say you want to enter to win and hey, if you have a few minutes to spare, share a tip or website or book title with us.  Isn’t the cover beautiful? The inside is chock full of good stuff!  You will love it!


Okay, Happy Tuesday everyone!  See ya’round!

NOTE: Don’t forget about the photo contest!


Prince Charles, HRH hosted a PAR-TAY! A BIG GREEN PARTY! Click here to visit the website and read the article.  Some VERY interesting green things! I love the Royal Family.  With all their quirks and controversy.  Prince Charles seems to have always just wanted to live in the country, dig in the dirt and teach sustainability.  Not the hand he was dealt I am afraid.


Image by B. Alter: the Royal Vegetable Garden

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