Back to the Good Earth And the Good Things

Today, has been an incredible day. It has been a day of reading, running, praying, juicing, and planting a garden. All things that are good for the body, mind, and soul. Today was a day of wholistic living. A day of just being.

First, I want to share with you a great tip I learned a few years ago. If you like listening to audiobooks, there is a way to do it without having to buy them every time through the library. Most county library’s have a service like this, so check out what your library offers.

We have an app called Hoopla that allows you to borrow and listen to 5 audiobooks per month. There are certain books that are deemed as classics and don’t count towards your 5 book borrowing limit. Today, I borrowed and listened to one.

Swiss Family Robinson. What a book! A family is thrown into a dire situation, being shipwrecked on an island, and they do absolutely everything they can to make the most of it. They turn the whole experience into an adventure. All four of the boys grow up on this island learning to hunt, fish, and forage for food. Though we are living in different times and circumstances, the book inspired me to look at this quarantine situation in a similar light. We can all make the most of this situation by learning new skills, reading more, and getting back to the basics of making our own food and focusing on where it is coming from instead of buying it at the super market. Such a good thing!

After listening to that book while running with Camille, we got home and had a packet of seeds in the mail from my mom. Perfect timing! I got to work and started pulling weeds in the back yard to clear a space for our garden.

Before

I started out by pulling all the weeds. There were a ton. Then I raked it out. And tilled the soil. The earth here is good. Fresh. A thick layer of hummus and mulch covers the ground which had been deposited by the needles from a nearby pine tree. The top 6 inches of soil were deeply organic and rich. Worms, beetles, and bugs crawled through the freshly turned material.

After

We also pulled weeds in the front yard where it looks like it was a flower box. The soil was sandier there then in the backyard.

We planted lettuce, zucchini, and leeks. All the ingredients needed for a fresh, home grown salad 🥗

While I was out planting the seeds, Camille made a delicious healthy juice for us. She took celery, carrots 🥕, apple 🍏, beets, zucchini, and ginger, juicing it with our KitchenAid to make a nutritious, delicious drink for our Sunday afternoon. Such a good thing!

After finishing Swiss Family Robinson, I started a new audiobook. The Blue Zones! It is a book about people groups around the world that love to be 100. There are certain locations that have more 100 year olds on average than virtually any other place. This could be because of the culture and life choices that people who live in these places make.

These zones range from Okinawa, Japan to Sardinia in Italy, and Loma Linda in California. So far, I’ve learned that health is wholistic. Don’t smoke. Don’t drink too much. Don’t drink too much meat. Moderation is great. Yet, one of the most beautiful things I’m learning is about how people who live longest have purpose, deep connections to people, and a youthful and fun spirit. Tips we can learn from and implement in our own lives!

Lastly, to finish out the day, I decided to make some bread from scratch. Using our KitchenAid mixer, I tossed this honey, oat dough and bled it in the oven. It was such a fun process. The perfect way to end this beautiful day.

Life is filled with good things. The good earth, the good fresh produce we can harvest and grow in our own backyards, and the good foods we can juice, make, and bake in our homes. Let’s not let covid19 defeat us and turn us into creatures of fear and dread. Rather, let’s put our skills to work, develop new hobbies, and do what we can to make the world a better place. We can’t control what goes on outside of us, we can choose how we respond to it though. And the place where we have the most power is in our mind. Let’s choose joy over depression, faith over fear, peace over anxiety, and prayer over worry. All such good things!

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