Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Joining the Facebook Resisters?

I'm trying a little experiment.  Based on the ideas in this article.  I want to connect to people more.  I know I'm not really connecting to people by typing this blog, but this blog is more of a journal for me than a way to connect.

I find myself checking Facebook way to many times a day instead of REALLY living.

I will update you as I go.  I will say that I have already wondered what is happening on Facebook without me (I've already deactivated my account).

Then, I realized I probably wasn't really missing much,

We could all learn a little from this Guy.

Back to my roots.

Yep! That's me and my brother and there I am with the silly grin on my face.  I was 10 in that picture.  This was my uncle's "garden."

Going to the "garden" was something I dreaded. As you can see, it wasn't quite the small, quaint garden you think of when you hear the word.  My family spent many early morning hours picking and hoeing and caring for this beast of a garden when I was younger.

I used to fake illness in hopes that I wouldn't have to go to the garden.

But, something in all those early morning hours must have stuck with me because last year I asked my husband if we could do a garden. He thought I was crazy and really didn't want to because he hates most vegetables.

But, I begged and pleaded. And, because my husband is amazing, he let me have a garden.  Soon, he found out that yellow squash cooked with the Our Best Bites Garlic Bread Seasoning and Parmesano Romano Cheese until the cheese is crispy is one of his favorite ways to eat vegetables.  In fact, he learned how to make it himself and started making it a couple times a week at least.

This year, we are getting started a little earlier, and can plant a few more things than we did last year.  We have planted snap peas, beets, carrots, radish, Swiss chard (my favorite), spinach, Kale, lettuce, and arugula. We have also planted some herbs (basil, chives, garlic chives, parsley, dill, cilantro, rosemary).

In March, we will plant yellow squash, zucchini, watermelon, tomatoes (already started indoors), peppers (also started indoors already), and cantaloupe. We may also possibly plant some cucumbers and butternut squash, but I haven't decided yet.

There's just something about watching a plant grow that makes Spring to amazing.

(A row of Arugula)

An Introduction of Sorts

My name is Allison. I'm a freckled face kid from southeastern Arizona. I grew up in a tiny town.  A tiny town with no Walmart, no grocery stores, no McDonalds, and there was definitely no mall.  My mom usually went grocery shopping about every other week in a town a little bigger than ours 45 minutes away.

Growing up I didn't play video games, I built forts on the hill behind our house.  I didn't go to the movies, I took 4-H cooking and sewing.  I didn't go to the zoo, I entered my rabbits in the county fair (Did I mention that I won Reserve Showmanship one year?!? he he).

In high school, dates didn't rent limos or go to Disneyland for Prom, they rode 4-wheelers and drove old beaters that their parents had passed down and graciously let them drive.

Needless to say, life was different.

It's no surprise that I chose to marry a man as backwoods and down home as I am (if not more so). My husband grew up in a small town in northeastern Arizona and loves to hunt and fish and do anything  outdoorsy. He's basically perfect! (I might be biased though)

Now, my two kiddos, husband, and I live in the big city.  Some of the culture here is a bit of a shock to me, and I want my kids to learn at least a bit of the way of life I used to know and love.

You are welcome to follow along as I share our experiences and endeavors.