This….That….. and Whatever

By the time you read this I will most likely be out. of. the. house.

Just typing this is causing me to  hyperventilate with excitement.

To add to the awesome, I received an invitation for our family to be included in Sharon Astyk’s new book, Making Home.

Sharon’s other books include:  Depletion and Abundance: Life on the New Home Front, A Nation of Farmers:Defeating the Food Crisis on American Soil , and Independance Days: A Guide to Sustainable Food Storage and Preservation. And if that isn’t enough, you can find her blogging at Casaubon’s Book.

Sharon is smart, passionate and even has a son with special needs.  She’s  who I wanna be when I grow up.

Sharon’s lastest book takes on the topic of Adapting In Place.

What is adapting in place, you may ask?

Think…….Bloom Where You Are Planted, Even After all Hell Has Broken Lose.

All Hell Breaking Loose can encompass a number of situations.

  • natural disasters
  • job loss
  • depletion of resources
  • issues due to peak oil
  • or trying to keep your medically fragile child alive while still putting food on the table and a roof over your head  (Oh, yeah.  That would be us.)

Learning to adapt in place is something best (and most comfortably)  done before the hell breaks loose.  But there are those who have been caught by surprise and are now engaged in crash courses of survival.

Families like ours who are making changes in our lives….really hard changes….and not only living to blog about them, but living to blog about the joy we are finding in them.

Sharon thinks that our experiences with Parker are one example of adapting in place.

And she thinks I write about this adaptation eloquently. <—-Oh, yeah.  That is totally the word she used, and it pretty much made my year so far.

Speaking of crash courses in survival, remember the making yogurt at home post?  I have updates:

  • If you don’t want to buy store bought yogurt for your ‘starter’ you can use 1/4 of a teaspoon of a probiotic. You may want to take a few minutes and explore this website more in depth.  Especially if you have kids with food allergies.

Who loves ya, baby? (She queries oh,  so eloquently.)

Friday will find me making a huge batch of yogurt with goat milk to use in a certain Brave Hero’s blenderized diet, as well as hopefully perfecting my bulgar.   Who would have thought baked wheat could be such a pain in the butt?

I’ll also be announcing the winner of our Discount School Supply giveaway.  And announcing another giveaway for a Voice4u application for iPhone and iTouch!


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