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.
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, the teacher will appear.
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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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 »