Sunday, July 22, 2007
Where Backward Is Forward
I am making changes around my home and when I opened my blog, something I'd not rearranged in over two years, I realized it needed a change, as well. Wednesday will be my blog's 3rd birthday--an opportune time to switch templates, I think.
I'm homeschooling myself again. You should see our dining room table, well, you almost cannot see the top for all the instructional books and Mary Jane's Farm Magazines and lamps and paper and pens. For years I've made tiny upgrades in our diet and lately I'm making huge changes. I am so tired of eating, sipping and breathing chemicals!
You won't believe this (and I'm not suggesting anyone else does this or anything else I mention in this post), but today I unplugged our microwave and lugged it all lopsided down to our basement. Well, after phoning Tom at work to see if he would mind. It's just that I read that microwaving food (and even water) changes the molecular structure. That makes me nervous. And since I found myself, even after hearing that bad news, popping food into the microwave like an automated zombie, I thought the basement would be a more proper place for it. Of course, on a trial basis. Maybe I will change my mind in a week. I don't know--I hope not.
Some people want sprawling, modern, stream-lined kitchens with all the latest, shiniest, space-age ovens and step-saving gadgets on Planet Earth and cupboards stuffed with boxed mixes for everything from whipped cream to fruit pies to a three-course meal inside a box.
Me? I want to be more like my grandmother. I want to travel what many would call backward, except that I call it forward. I want to slip on my apron and bake from scratch using organic flour and making pies with un-chemical-laced fruit and lemon juice. I want to return to baking in an oven, not inside a microwave. I want to raise my own vegetables, use vinegar as a weed killer and never sip another diet soda or eat a fast-food burger again.
And I want to dry my clothes on a clothesline in the backyard and use Vitamin C and cranberry juice to clear-up infections and use natural soaps for my skin and the laundry and use baking soda to clean my sinks. I want to make potpourri from the roses and lavender in our yard instead of spraying more chemicals inside my house to make it smell 'fresh.'
Through the years, I've done it both ways, natural and unnatural. Unprocessed and processed-beyond-belief. And lately I am crossing over to the natural side a final time--and remaining there. Already I'm feeling better--and I've only just begun.