Sustainable living- the next step is food.

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I’ve been growing sprouts for over a year.  They’re a low-maintenance source of leafy green goodness and grow from seeds to edible plants in just 5 days.  Just add water.

Sprouts, ready to eat.

Sprouts, ready to eat.

I’ve wanted to take the step from sprouts to a viable micro-garden for a while, but it was an accident that pushed me to take action.

If you’ve been reading along the last year, you’ll know that I’m focusing on creating a sustainable lifestyle here in the desert.

The most recent milestone was knocking my burn rate (the amount of money it takes me to live a month) below the 4 figure ceiling. It used to be in the low five figures. Now it’s in the hundreds.

That’s like giving myself a twenty-thousand dollar a month raise, folks. I recommend it.

We’ve got shelter, heat, cooking, plumbing, etc. pretty much handled. We’ll be starting on the water-catchment system in the spring so that we’ll have plenty of water.

I had to make a trip to Austin earlier this month. I wanted to clean out our last storage building, meet with a couple of bankers in person, and possibly hear some live music.  That’s what I wanted to do. What I had to do was eat some Thai food. Read the rest of this entry »

When the student is ready…

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When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.

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As you know if you follow this blog, I’ve been seeking clarity.

the video interview with “The Tea Guy” is at the bottom of this page – it will eventually be in 5 parts, I’ll upload ‘em as they’re edited.

I know I’m through with the path I’ve been on and I’m curious about what my next path might look like. Of course, it’s all one path -

A decade ago, when I was a “Broke Blues Guitar Player,” I was most concerned with paying my bills. Apparently, there weren’t enough $50/night gigs near the trailer I was living in to pay for the trailer, and I recall being somewhat panicked when the trailer got repossessed.


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30 Days to Clarity Update

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I’m currently doing a 30 day lifestyle cleanse. You may want to play along.

 

 

 

I initially posted about what I thought I was going to do HERE.

Here’s how it’s really going.

1. Personal – Betsy and I did get married. It’s nice. I wasn’t expecting it to be any different- after all, we’ve been together for 17 years- but, surprisingly, it is a little different.

2. Health – like most Americans my age, I had high cholesterol and was pre-diabetic. That’s an interesting combination because to reduce the cholesterol I need to cut out animal products: meat, cheese, eggs. To fight the diabetes I need to reduce carbohydrates. The recommended Carb diet is 24 grams or less per meal. A cheeseburger has 300 grams of Carbs.

So… that leaves vegetables and some fruit. What’s surprising to me about a veggie/vegan diet is that I’m discovering that vegetables, properly prepared, are delicious!

I’m doing a supplement regimen- Omega 3s, Niacin, multi-vitamin, C, D3, etc.

The other supplement is exercise, which I have a resistance to. Betsy and I are taking short walks daily.

3. Mental Health – this is the most interesting one to me. Read the rest of this entry »

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