Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Memorial Day Weekend

CSA pickups officially start today! Outside of our monthly food coop order, our weekly food bill is mostly soymilk, fruit and veggies. Our food costs drop way down now thanks to the bounty from the CSA. For those of you still eeky about the idea of the weekly commitment and an initial cash outlay that a CSA requires, get to a local farmer's market! I discovered our CSA, years ago at a local farmer's market and then waited a few more years before making the commitment to join. Check out Local Harvest to find one near you.

I've enjoyed reading everyone's responses to the Memorial Day Weekend Challenge. (I'll be respondong to everyone's comments later today.) It seemed to me that everything on the radio this weekend revolved around sales of one kind or another. I heard several "buy now pay later" type ads. It just seems to me that no one is thinking about the "later" portion of that offer but I'll save that rant for another time.

We had a great long weekend just keeping it simple with the kids. We spent a lot of time biking and taking family walks. Biscuit, our lab mix liked the walks. I tried tying Biscuit to my bike so he could run a bit (I have no hope of ever running as fast as he does) but I really need something like walky dog because he kept crossing in front of the wheel. Aside from that, he really seemed to love the experience.

The boys, especially Am, enjoyed helping me tend my the blueberry bushes. He really has a love of gardening, even though he's still a little too rough for the job. My sister and her boyfriend gave him a pepper plant and eggplant plant for his birthday and he dotes on them like they were children. He's also fascinated by the potatoes growing in the garbage cans. Quite frankly, I am too.

We also went canoeing and the kids even went swimming. I only went in up to my ankles because although the air was warm, the water was really cold! The girls and our neighbor's daughter also embarked on that age old past time, building a clubhouse. The boys were just having the greatest time alternating between outdoor activities. All around us families were just enjoying being outdoors in the warm weather. This summer turn off those video games and get outside while the sun is shining. Save the indoor stuff for after dark or rainy days!

We did end up doing a bit of shopping on Friday. Despite my best efforts, you just don't find men's jeans in thrift stores and even if you do find jeans, you'll never find them in Jim's size. So on the way up to the Adirondacks, we headed to the factory outlet to buy jeans for Jim but that was all we bought. Sometimes you need to shop as if you had blinders on to maintain your thrifty lifestyle.


Taradactyl in a Modern World said...

I worked on my veggie garden this weekend some. Mostly weeding while my little 18 month old son ran around in the Florida sun. I'd rather be out in my yard than in the mall shopping anyday!!

Katie said...

That's great! Isn't it just a pleasure to be outside?