The Garden’s Coming Along Nicely

I know.  It’s been a while since my last post and I missed this past week’s Misplaced Myths.  I apologize.  A lot’s been happening and there were unforeseen complications recovering from my recent surgery.  Life happens, but I’m still here because I’m too far gone 😉

One of the things I wanted to use this blog for is to document my adventures as a wannabe homesteader.  I say wannabe because I’ve barely gotten the garden together, after several years of trying. In my defense, my problems with keeping plants alive started only when I tried to over-do it and go too big at once.  This year, I decided to start small.

We took down the fence last year and rebuilt it this year.  It delayed putting the garden in, so I didn’t get my cools in this spring and worried I was too late with my warms.  In the garden, I got some maters, okra, sweet peppers and a watermelon plant in.  In the shady side at the back, I transferred collards and 2 types of lettuce.  In the “corn/grain patch” on the other side of the barn, I planted heirloom corn and came back a couple weeks later and planted green beans with them and transplanted my yellow squash.

Fast forward, something like 1 or 1.5 month, and things are coming along nicely.  The corn’s near shoulder-height (so glad I went with a 90 day heirloom and not the typical 120 day sweet corn!) and some yellow squash are forming.  The maters are flowering, as is the watermelon plant, and the okra is gaining on the maters.  The collards and lettuces are lively and growing.

Of the failures, it looks like the peppers may not have survived and the green beans don’t seem to have sprouted at all.  I may have misjudged the peppers readiness for transplant, though, and the green bean seeds were from a couple years back.  May be contributing factors…

The yields aren’t likely to be huge, since I only planted a small bit, so there won’t be any canning this year.  I will probably be processing some to freeze, if it isn’t all eaten fresh.  I may still try to put in some cools for a fall harvest before it’s too late.  Been a while since I’ve had carrots I grew myself.  May try for those and some beets, cabbage and what-not.  I have seed onion, shallots and purple potatoes that I’ll give a go…I believe they can over-winter for a late spring harvest if planted and thickly mulched before the frost (but don’t quote me on that – I’m still a novice).  I’m hopeful for a more cultivated green thumb and an ever-expanding garden as time goes on.

I wish I had a picture to post.  Still gotta replace my worn-out digital cam.  Maybe there will be a pic come harvest time.

If you’re gardening this year, how are your plants coming along?  Leave a comment and let me know!

 

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Misplaced Myths Monday #3 – Pandora

Back in the day, I had a blog called Misplaced Myths. It contained various myths, legends and tales turned sideways and over-analyzed, sometimes to a comedic extent. Needless to say, it was fun to write and I decided to bring it back here as a regular feature. (Re-)Introducing Misplaced Myth Mondays!

Pandora’s Box:  Highlighting Misogyny?

Sensing a theme here?  I was thinking the same thing, but it wasn’t intentional.  Honest.

The Pandora myth is most known for the box that, once opened, unleashed all the horrors mankind has to contend with.  Illness, sadness, anger, injustice, etc…only hope was there to ease the suffering.  What’s less widely known is how Pandora came to possess the box in the first place.

Zeus was angry with Prometheus for tricking him and giving fire to the humans.  Punishing him sadistically wasn’t enough, it seems, and so he decided to mess with his brother, Epimetheus, as well.  He had Hephaestus create a woman from clay.  She was the first woman and was given gifts from several of the other gods, from beauty to grace.  Some versions of the story claim she was created to be deceitful to man and that these gifts contained a bit of nastiness to aid her to that end.

Zeus gave her to Epimetheus as a bride and gifted them a locked box, telling them it should never be opened under any circumstances.  The couple agreed and Epimetheus was given the key.  Ol’ Zeus has anticipated that he would give in to curiosity.  However, it was Pandora who took the key while her husband slept and opened the box.

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Once she realized what she had done, it was too late.  The damage was done.  Humankind, from then on, was plagued with numerous ills that threatened their survival and well-being.  From old age and jealousy to pain, they were doomed to suffer.

Sounds surprisingly similar to the Eve myth in Christianity, doesn’t it?  I’m not sure when this story began circulating but the ancient Greeks did have contact with Middle-Eastern nations at a certain point, so the stories influencing one another would not be outside the realm of possibility.

Both stories are about the first woman screwing things up for all humanity, for all time.  Or are they?  Sure, they depict the woman either being devious or ignorant enough to make a destructive decision.  These stories place the women in a bad light – poor little ladies who are easily led (or given to temptation), highlighting a need for women to be looked after by men.

However, what’s often missed is that Pandora and Eve were led to their decision by men, who exploited their innocence.  Zeus and the serpent, who many assume is male (i.e. Satan).  Many ancient stories in which men make bad choices, it was often out of defiance or other deliberate reason.  So, why are women who make bad choices depicted as ignorant or otherwise “weak”?  Why isn’t the blame for the results placed on the men who deliberately pushed for them?  Food for thought.

Perhaps soon I’ll offset the feminist themes with a story that swaps the victim/villain roles.  After all, we must have balance and there are plenty of female villains to go around. 🙂

Got a myth you wanna see misplaced?  Gimme a holler!

It’s Essential Deal

I wanted to pass along an It Works! deal that’s going on for a limited time also.  Right now, the It’s Essential snack bars are 50% off.  That means you can have a case for only $12.50!

They’re marketed as a weight loss aid, but I also use snack bars like this to help hold my sugar steady in-between meals.  Loaded with fiber and plant-based protein, they have organic dark chocolate in them too.  What’s not to love about that?

If you wanna try these, or other It Works! products, click the link to my distributor site or use the contact form here.

Wildcraft’s on Sale!

Heads up, y’all!  The Wildcraft game is on sale, until this Thursday.  Typically, it only goes on sale in the winter, around Christmas-time, I believe.

For those who hadn’t heard of it yet, it’s a board game that teaches herbs and is cooperative (rather than competitive). My kids were stoked to get it for Christmas a couple years ago.  And, us adults enjoyed playing it too.  I also got their Herb Fairies set last year, when I was homeschooling my youngest.  Heck, the whole she-bang they offer is very cool.  If you’re into herbs at all, Learning Herbs is definitely worth a look-see!

If you have heard of it and  been on the fence about buying it, or waiting for it to go back on sale, now’s your chance.  Till Thursday, it’s down to $19.99 and you still get all the bonuses.

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Misplaced Myths #2 – Medusa

Back in the day, I had a blog called Misplaced Myths.  It contained various myths, legends and tales turned sideways and over-analyzed, sometimes to a comedic extent.  Needless to say, it was fun to write and I decided to bring it back here as a regular feature.  (Re-)Introducing Misplaced Myth Mondays!

Medusa:  Ancient Anti-Feminist Rhetoric?

According to legend, Medusa was a Gorgon who had snakes for hair and a face so hideous, it would turn a person to stone.  She lived with 2 Gorgon sisters, who shared her distaste for mortal man.  Perseus killed her by cutting her head off, aided by a reflective shield given to him by Athena.  He then used her head as a weapon before giving it to the goddess Athena to place on her shield.

Another, less known, aspect of the legend was that Medusa was once beautiful.  So much so, in fact, that she was said to inspire jealousy everywhere she went.  She was raped by Poseiden in Athena’s temple, which enraged Athena so much that she made her the hideous creature of legend.  Perseus was credited with saying he felt her punishment was deserved.  Some hero.

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It seems the story is rife with victim-shaming, but is it also a piece of anti-female propaganda?  If Medusa was, in fact, a victim of rape, wouldn’t it make sense that she’d prefer living apart from men, with other females who felt as she did?  Perhaps, it left her not caring about her appearance, or even trying to be less attractive.  Was she really cursed by Athena, or did her hair simply become so disheveled that it resembled snakes to those who looked upon her, turned to stone in their shock and disgust?

What is the takeaway from a story like this?  It makes you wonder who’s really the hero and who’s the monster.

Got a myth you wanna see misplaced?  Gimme a holler!

Some Nola Eye Candy!

NOTE: The original post, linked to from the image I included, have since been removed from that site.  Neither are showing on my post anymore.  I will certainly add some more Nola eye candy in the future.

 

If there’s one thing I love, it’s old houses.  Another thing I love is New Orleans.  The food, the music, the vibe…it’s just too awesome!  Today, I ran across the best of both worlds.

The place is tiny (no big get-togethers here) but it’s cute.  It’s also right in the heart of the French Quarter and near the Treme.  Some of the best of Nola, without having to bother with a hotel room to sleep at?  Count me in!

Happy 4th of July!

I can’t believe it’s the 4th already.  We are solidly through the first half of 2017.

Today, we celebrate the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence here in the U.S.  Many of us have the day off and will be spending time with family (I’ll also be finishing up some tasks in the garden myself).

With that in mind, I’ll keep this post short and sweet:  Enjoy your Independence Day, y’all…Eat, drink and be merry!