Ok, I survived the holidays. My Mom moved to FL the day after christmas, which made it sadder than usual. At least I got to spend cristmas eve and day with her before she left. Being that she has a 15 minute short term memory, it was a little easier to say goodbye. I was saying goodbye for her move and she thought I was just saying goodbye because I was going to work. Hard on me, easier on her.
I have been talking a lot lately about getting healthier and doing things in a more organic way. I am still using my home made deodorant, which has been going well, although I have been having a little irritation due to a pH imbalance issue, I investigated the issue and found that it is quite common and the solution ties in with another thing that I’ve been meaning to buy, apple cider vinegar. 1 tsp to 1 cup water applied before deodorant.
As I mentioned previousley in Step 2, I was going to start drinking a daily apple cider tonic. I have not gotten the organic apple cider vinegar as of yet, but I did try a prepared grape infused one from a health food store and it was pretty good. Next trip to the grocery store I will get my vinegar.
I also have been trying to figure out how to fit a little excercise into my daily routine. I’m thinking that maybe I can do some stretches, a few situps and a push up or two when I get home from work. I was initially thinking morning, but with getting my daughter up and ready while I am as well, I know I won’t follow through. I am going to try setting a reminder in my phone to remind me when I get home.
I have also been investigating different window garden ideas. As most of you know from my past posts, I live in a small condo with no yard, so I can’t really plant outside. Also, being in the Northeast, there is no winter growing, so I want to use my dining room window (which I never open) as the framework for a mini indoor greenhouse. I have seen many different designs and I’m kind of liking the hanging repurposed bottle idea.
I probably wouldn’t do the electric pump and reservoir, I’d water it by hand. I’m a little concerned about the use of plastic and chemicals leeching into my food, but I will look into it more before I do anything.
I’d like to plan some herbs, greens and maybe a couple of veggies or fruits. The other idea I like is using old windows and making my own window greenhouse like the ones that you can buy, but they protrude outside of the house, so I would have to make it so that it came inward instead.
I think since I never use that window anyway, I could use the top and bottom of the window giving me more shelves than the commercially made ones like below.
So I guess to sum it all up, I’m not really making a resolution to change something about me that I don’t like, I’m resolving to continue on my previous path of getting myself and my family healthier and more self-sufficient. I don’t trust the food that I buy in the stores anymore for the most part, so if I grow some of it myself, I can assure that we are not eating pesticides and GMO’s. I hope to someday have some land so that I can grow most of my own food on.
Oh and I also plan on learning to can my own stuff, that way I can cook fresh veggies, and make stews and soups, can them and have healthy stuff in the pantry instead of commercially canned goods with all the chemicals and preservatives in them.
Happy New Year!