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Hey, genius!

Ah, sarcasm!  My friend, my standby…  Wait, I wasn’t being sarcastic this time!  You really are a genius!  In fact, everyone is a genius, but if Beethoven had never been introduced to a piano would we even know who he was?

Unlikely!

Instead of putting yourself down, why not take a moment to jot down the things you totally rock.  Don’t worry I’ll wait while you go get a paper and a pen that actually works.

Seriously! Get up! Go make a list of things you’re good at.

Now on the other side of the page write a list of things you’ve thought or been told you suck at.

Done?  Good.  Now mark off the ones that really don’t matter to you personally or that you aren’t passionate about.  All that’s left is the things that require research, experimentation, and the grit to keep pursuing.  Nobody ever got called a genius about something they weren’t passionate about.

Not passionate about anything?  That actually happens in our society.  The passion is beaten out of us by day to day living in some cases.  In other cases, certain people in our lives beat the positive right out of us.  As the child of an abusive parent, I know this all to well.

My solution to not being passionate about anything is to simple start trying lots of things; from crochet to fence fixing to blue water sailing!  There is something out there for everyone, but in most cases there are a lot of things out there for each individual.

FIND YOUR PASSION(S)!

When I was growing up, I was told that I would never be any good with plants.  I was told that I was ugly.  I was told that I was stupid.  I was told that all my ambitions were silly.  I grow a garden that has inspired more than a few of my coworkers and neighbors.  My daughter looks just like me and she makes people run into things when she smiles at them.  That just leaves my ambitions…

When I was a child I was going to be a cowgirl.  I was going to have a ranch.  I was going to have a garden and live like the people back in the old west that were completely self-sufficient.

My dream has changed somewhat.  I no longer want a ranch, but I’d love to have a much smaller homestead with milk goats, chickens, rabbits, a huge garden, and that self-sufficiency that I still crave. How is that an unrealistic goal?  Sure it’s a long way away in a lot of ways, but I’m on my way the moment I start.

Truth be told, I’ve already started right here in suburbia.  I already have a garden and my city just changed the law.  I can now have chickens in my backyard as long as I can obtain the permit.

Guess what I’m researching right now!  That’s right! Chicken coops and yogurt making, and cheese making and plants for this coming year and…

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Posted by on November 15, 2014 in Thoughts

 

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Lavender in November

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Someone forgot to tell my lavender that the old saying is: the first year new plants sleep, the second year they creep, and the third year they leap.  This started out in a four inch container.  It is now roughly three times the original size and despite the first frost, it is still growing and blooming.  I wonder if the aquarium water I’ve been pouring on it every couple of weeks has anything to do with it.  I’d guess so.

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2014 in In the Garden

 

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Why a garden?

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My window herb garden.

1. I love plants in the house.  They make a house more welcoming in my opinion.

2. I love to cook, but am a snob about my herbs for said cooking.

3. I have always loved the looks of window herb gardens.

4. I had the perfect south-facing window.

I just had to try to do herbs in the window. Then it was a container garden. Now I’m up to raised beds and eyeing roto-tillers.

I’ll warn you now, gardening is addictive.

It is also highly rewarding. There is nothing like my homemade marinara made with herbs from my garden.

I’m not an expert and I’m not claiming to be one.  What I am is someone who is trying, failing, trying again, and eventually succeeding.  Come along and let me show you what I’ve got so far.

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2014 in In the Garden

 

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Introducing BG!

Many will think that I’m arrogant or overly doting for labeling this category the way I did; however, I think, it is appropriate since my not quite three year old is already reading, doing math, and understanding principles of science, even if she does stick her head in her father’s snow boot.  Basically, this is a spot for us to talk about what is and is not working with our BG.

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Posted by on November 9, 2014 in Baby Genius

 

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Much different, much the same…

Life has changed a lot since last I posted here, but some things are still the same. I’m now a home owner. Is it my ideal place? No. Is it better than an apartment? By a long sight! Is this blog going to change? Yes and no. I’m still going to express my opinion, but I’m also going to start posting all the things that I’m doing to be happy where I’m at. So many people wait until everything is perfect to start being happy, which is why we have so many pissed off, grumpy people. Nothing is ever perfect, but life is good. With that in mind, stay tuned for lots of weird projects between me and my partner; things like making yogurt, recipes, gardening, starting fires with sticks/flint and steel/ etc., and other off the wall things. We will also be including the trials of being the parents of a baby genius. Pray for us to whatever God or Goddess you worship, we need all the help we can get!

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2014 in Thoughts

 

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