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July 3rd 2017 at 4:36 pm

Our first bell peppers we grew from seeds are coming in 🙂

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July 2nd 2017 at 8:38 pm

Our 5 Year Wedding Anniversary 🙂 I love you, Mat!

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Yesterday at 7:29 pm

Look what just appeared!

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June 10th 2017 at 8:47 am

My French style green beans

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June 8th 2017 at 7:25 pm

Our first cantelope is growing!!

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June 3rd 2017 at 8:05 am

Snap peas are growing! Oh snap.

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June Commitment to Reduce My Impact on Global Warming

My husband and I have been doing a lot of research on global warming. The information we have come across is pretty evident that we need to make a change or our planet is going to die. I mean, it’s great that the ocean is warming up, I mean, who doesn’t like paddling or boogie boarding through bath water, but seriously, ice caps melting is a bad thing.

Here is my pledge for the entire month of June. I hope that other people will jump on board and join me in my efforts, or share their own efforts so we can all unite and succeed at reducing the global warming epidemic.

1. I will not eat or buy any beef. This includes hot dogs with beef or pepperoni made with beef. No beef means no beef. By simply eating other forms of protein (chicken, turkey, fish, beans, etc.) I will reduce my carbon footprint. Here is a quote from the movie, Before the Flood:

“Of all the reasons for tropical deforestation, the foremost is beef. Beef is one of the most inefficient use of resources on the planet. In the U.S., 47 percent of land is used for food production and, of that, the lion’s share is just to grow feed for cattle. The things that we actually eat—fruit, vegetables, nuts—it’s a percent. Most importantly, cows produce methane. And methane is a powerful greenhouse gas … About 10-12 percent of total U.S. emissions is due to beef. It’s staggering … Maybe not everyone is ready to eat tofu 24/7. I get that. But even if you just have to have some flesh between your teeth, if you switch to chicken, you will have eliminated 80 percent of what you emit, depending on where you are coming from.”

The movie, Before the Flood, does a great job explaining why it is so bad for the planet to raise and consume beef, so I suggest you watch it.

2. I will use solar power to heat the water used for my showers for the entire month of June. That’s right, I will not use my electric water heater to heat water used to take my daily shower. We have installed an outdoor, well-water, solar powered shower, and I plan to use that. My other option is to use cold water. Now, I will have to use a very tiny amount of electricity to pump the well that I get the water from. I know that not everyone can do this if they don’t have a kick-ass outdoor shower, but hey, I didn’t either until we purchased and installed one. Something you can do though is to time your showers. Get in and out in 5 min or less. Turn the water off while you shave (this saves sooo much water). Turn the temp of your water heater down (our tankless water heater is set at 113 degrees).

I’m ready to start helping the planet. Right now. Who’s with me?

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May 13th 2017 at 3:17 pm

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May 13th 2017 at 3:12 pm

The view from our balcony.

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May 13th 2017 at 9:21 am

Wickles in first class on the way to Mexico!!