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Sunday Stroll May 31: At the Beach! May 31, 2009

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I had the pleasure of strolling the beach on Saturday to help my daughter plan for an upcoming field trip for her Environmental Science and Botany classes.  We scouted the floral and fauna along the shoreline, and as  always, I learned so much for her!

The Beach Roses (Rosa rugosa) were magnificent!

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Beach Rose was introduced to North America from Eurasia in 1872.  It has since escaped from gardens to the wild and has colonized beach habitat throughout New England.  The large fruits of this plant, called Rose Hips, mature late in the season and resemble cherry tomatoes.   They’re edible and high in vitamins A and C.  My late father used to swear by the benefits of Rose Hips!

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Beach Plum (Prunus maritima) was also in bloom (above).  Autumn Olive (Elaeagnus umbellata), below,  another invasive species, which resembles honeysuckle, added to the flora along the walkway.

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Asiatic Bittersweet (Celastrus scandens), an invasive plant we see almost everywhere, is choking off an Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana), below.

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Poison Ivy (Rhus radicans) was introduced by park personnel in the late 1960s as a deterrent to keep people from walking through the dunes, which causes extensive erosion.

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Abbie identifies plant life as we walk along the trail by the beach.  I was delighted to breathe in the salt air, soak in the sunshine, and enjoy the view!

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To see who else is strolling this weekend, skip on over to the Quiet Country Home.

 

And the winners are . . . May 17, 2009

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Drum roll, please . . .

Actually,  I’m a bit late in posting these, and for that I apologize, but somehome “everyday” life got into the way of “everydaywoman’s” plans!

All the same, I’m delighted to announce the winners of Everydaywoman’s recent Spring Green Give-aways:

Imelda of Greenish Lady is the winner of  “Love the Earth” green, organic T-shirt!

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Jena of  Married to the Farm is the winner of  “Love Her” XXL, Keith Urban organic  T-shirt.  (Hopefully, it will be just the right fit for her darling husband!)

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Congrats to you both!  If the winners would please e-mail a suitable mailing address to everydaywomanusa@aol.com, these delightful T’s will be in the mail shortly!!!

 

Bursting with Pride! March 28, 2009

It’s not a secret that Abbie over at Farmer’s Daughter is my daughter in real life!  That being said, can I brag just a little?

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Abbie was recently recognized as a “Woman Taking the Lead to Save our Planet” by the League of Women Voters.   She was honored at a  reception where she was lauded for all her efforts in Environmental Education as well as how she lives her everyday life as a role model for her students, family, and community.  Read all about by clicking here.

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I couldn’t help but notice that,  of the small group of six women honored, Abbie was by far the youngest.  Other recipients were about twice her age, so I can’t help but think this is just the beginning of great things for Abbie!  So proud of you, honey!

 

One Green Thing # 3, 4 & 5! March 7, 2009

OK, I’ve been shirking my responsibility again . . . instead of posting, I’ve been working!  So, let me catch up with my plan to post “One Green Thing” each day.

“One Green Thing #3”

Use cloth napkins instead of paper! 

Abbie over at the Farmer’s Daughter got me doing this and, besides saving on trees and keeping waste out of our landfills, it also feels quite elegant!  I now pack a cloth napkin for my lunch at school and it feels just a little bit “ritsy!”

“One Green Thing #4”

Ban store-bought bottled water and bottle your own! 

Click here for more on that!  Take the “Think Outside the Bottle Pledge!”

“One Green Thing # 5”

Plan one waste-free day!

It may take some planning, but plan one day where you accumulate NO waste at all.  I’m working on that; will post more later!

 

“Carbon Fast” March 1, 2009

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I just love what Lisa over at Retro Housewife Goes Green is doing!  She’s on a “carbon fast” for Lent!

I was raised in a Catholic family where we all fasted, giving up something we liked as a sacrifice for the 40 days before Easter.  As a kid, it always seemed strange to me to give up something you liked instead of perhaps doing something that you knew was good, instead.

Also, considering all the bad press that has come out of the Catholic church in the past decade regarding  immoral behavior of numerous priests, which in many cases seemed to have been covered up–and the fact that I have two brothers were served as altar boys–I haven’t been actively participating in Lenten fastings.  (I won’t go off on a religious tangent here; perhaps another time.)

But . . . when I saw Lisa’s idea to do something GREEN each day for 40 days, I thought what a positive thing this could be . . . to participate in a “carbon fast!”  So, I’m in . . .

In order to keep myself accountable, I’m going to try to post my GREEN ideas each day.  I’ve decided they can be something small, anything new, that I can be doing, each for at least a day.  Things that work well I’ll work into my everday life style.

So here goes. . .

Carbon Fast Green Tip #1: Walk instead of drive!

I just did this and it was easy!  My sister-in-law just called to say she wanted to stop by to see our new horse, Annabelle, and instead of jumping in the car to meet her at the barn, I walked crosslots through the orchard, even though it was COLD and I’d already made that trek a couple of times today.  It felt great!

 

Tulips in February! February 6, 2009

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I was delighed to be greeted by the sunny faces of these beautiful tulips which I’ve been “forcing” in my kitchen.   When I got home last night, I saw the blooms were just about to open, and this morning they were in full bloom.   With a windchill outside making it feel like negative numbers  for the last few days, it’s incredible to have some “sun” inside!

 

I’m dreaming of a GREEN Christmas . . . November 30, 2008

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There are LOTS of ways to celebrate a GREEN Christmas!  I’m really going to try this year not to get pulled in by the commercialism of the season and not to BUY, BUY for buying sake, but to try to please those I care about with thoughtful gifts that are a bit easier on our planet.  How many times do you end up with a lot of useless STUFF just because you get caught up in the excitement of the moment?

How about trying . . .

  • a live tree that you can plant outside and enjoy for years to come?
  • making a few gifts–the edible kind or perhaps some warms scarves and hats?  It’s a good time to dig out those needles as I’ve noticed that knitting is quite fashionable again!
  • electronic greetings rather than paper cards, stamps, etc.?
  • stringing popcorn and cranberries for the tree and then putting them outside afterwards for the birds to nibble on?
  • “Coupon Gifts,” a favorite of kids for parents . . . like a certificate for doing dishes, laundry, a backrub, or cleaning a room without complaints?
  • A gift in someone’s name for a worthy cause . . . like preserving wildlife refuges (see Sierra Club) or a donation to a favorite charity?

What are you doing to green up your holidays?  The best ideas are those that are shared!