Sometimes changes sneak up on a person and then there is a moment of realization that you really aren’t quite where you had once been. Today was one of those moments.
A couple of months ago I found out about a local co-op from which I could purchase a bi-weekly box of organic produce. I was delighted by this discovery because it’s virtually impossible to get organic fruits and vegetables here in our little town. Well, apparently Wal Mart carries a small variety but I quit shopping there two years ago. Anyway, I now pick up a box of beautiful produce every other Tuesday. Today was my pick-up day.
I had already loaded the back of my Prius with our recycling so I could drop it off on my next trip to town. We’ve recycled for many years now but I have recently become hyper-vigilant about it. In fact, we are doing so well that I just got two week’s worth of household trash in one biodegradable bag. Of course, when I hear about the family that produced that much trash in a whole year, I know I still have a ways to go.
I had a series of errands to run and started at the recycling center so I could clear out the back of the car. I was delighted to see an elderly couple there dropping off their recycling, too. Guess you can teach old dogs new tricks.
Next stop was the co-op site. I had a nice chat with the woman who works it and picked up a flyer that I plan to put up at church in the hopes of finding additional co-op members. I think it’s important to support things like this and to share the information with others.
I then made a quick stop at a small grocery store where I brought in my re-usable bag rather than using the plastic bags offered at the store.
There happens to be a used book store across the street so I decided to run in for a minute. I hadn’t been in there for a few months as I’m trying to curb my book-buying habit. However, I do like to take a quick peek once in awhile because occasionally I find a real gem. Today wasn’t one of those days, though, and I left empty-handed.
Next up was the library. I adore public libraries and even though ours isn’t anything special, it is still a veritable wealth of free books, magazines, music, and movies. I have a stack of fiction books at home that I am working my way through but since I also like to have a variety of non-fiction to browse through at any given moment, I figured I’d see what I could find. Here’s what I left with:
- Tying Clouds to Rocks: Meetings and Conversations with Wise and Spiritual People by Wm. Elliott
- The Heart of Compassion: A Practical Approach to a Meaningful Life by His Holiness, The XIV Dalai Lama
- How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman
- Mary Jane’s Ideabook*Cookbook*Lifebook: For the Farmgirl in All of Us by MaryJane Butters
- Whole Green Catalog: 1,000 Best Things For You And The Earth
- Made From Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life by Jenna Woginrich
- an audiobook by Ram Dass, A Spiritual Journey
By this point things were becoming clear.
After picking up a quick lunch at a small, local drive-through, I went to Tractor Supply for cat food and pine shavings for the chicken coop. I also picked up the premier issue of “Urban Farm” magazine which contains articles on how to live a sustainable life, even in an urban area.
Last up was to drop off some organic kiwi at my daughter’s house (part of our co-op order and not a favored fruit in this household). I showed her the books I had picked up at the library and she told me that Jenna Woginrich (the author of “Made From Scratch”) is one of her Facebook friends and has a blog I would like. We chatted about a lot of things, including our mutual interest in what we jokingly refer to as “Hippie Stuff”. Yes, somehow…despite living in rural Oklahoma (not exactly a hot-bed of unconventional thought), the two of us have gradually become hippies of a sort. I had to chuckle to myself as I realized I was even wearing Birkenstocks and my peace sign necklace today. But don’t worry; I still bathe and wear makeup. 😉 Which is why one of my blogs is called “The Well-Groomed Hippie”. I guess my inner-hippie has finally taken over and there’s just no more hiding it. More to the point, I don’t think I want to.
Captain Dave says
I love my hippie!
That "Tying Clouds to Rocks" sounds like a good one.
Suburban Turmoil says
Sounds like a great day! We began making the trek to downtown Nashville every week last summer to get fresh fruits and vegetables at the farmers market. It absolutely revolutionized my cooking and now I can't wait for summer time!