‘The way we experience the world around us is a direct reflection of the world within us.’ ~ Gabrielle Bernstein
Turning The Page
Seeing December 31st come and go is like taking a breath of fresh air. I love ‘New Year’s’ because it marks the end of a two-month long consumption period which goes against my grain. We nature types prefer to be outdoors rather than at the mall or shopping center.
It’s not been the best year. It’s also not been the worst. As far as 365 days go, 2018 was relatively normal. There were no hurricanes to wait through. Outside of spring break week and Big Bend in December, there wasn’t a whole lot of traveling. What stands out for the year were all the non-human animals on our property.
The Carolina Wrens raised yet another family — five babies — on our back porch, third successive year. (Not to Daddy Wren: Thank you for not doing it in the garage again!).
Daddy Wren, with lunch
We watched several White-tailed Deer fawns come up on our property again; some lived, some died. The herd’s leader — our ‘Siobahn’ that we’ve known since an orphaned fawn in 2011 — perished as well.
Unnamed Fawn 2018
(He didn’t make it to summer.)
RIP, Sweet Mama
We took in a giant lost traveler, finding him a good home the best way we could. His is a story worth telling .. if I could just get to it already.
Rescued giant Sulcata Tortoise
What began as a temporary shuffle in a friend’s move, their Budgerigar wound up becoming another permanent member of our family. Welcome, Little Budgie!
Pericles – Cage-free and Loved
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Backward .. and Forward
It was a crazy year for politics; needless to say I steered clear of much of the ‘regular news.’ Outside that, there were other external articles that didn’t make into any blog posts. Being notable to the year, I want to remember them here.
It is always refreshing when people outside my own family recognize methane for what it is as compared with CO2: a far greater contributor to an alarmingly warming climate. (Deniers: WAKE UP.) But attempting to reduce these emissions by scouring the oceans for seaweed — instead of corn and soy which have their own issues — entirely misses the point.
Aren’t we smarter than that? Wouldn’t it be simpler to just eliminate the cause which is raising animals for food .. something entirely unnecessary for us to survive?
Home-grown Lunch: Mustard greens
and Oyster Mushrooms
Moving forward into the future, it’s good to have goals, particularly attainable ones. It’s what we all like to do at the beginning of each year, right?
Though I’m doing most of these handy and easy DIY habits already, I definitely plan on tackling the fine art of fermenting foods — sauerkraut, sourdough bread, kimchi and beer — with my family. It’s always good to know what to do when the garden provides a glut of leaf veggies, or to save money at the grocery when the budget gets tight. Exploiting microbes and stewarding soil to feed my family rather than enslaving another keeps us on a compassionate path forward.
Then there is this business of looking way, way forward into the future. So how exactly does one plan for her future self? It’s relatively easy, it seems, once you let go of that which is inconsistent with an older you. With DirtNKids Blog to keep me on target, I’m able to bloom right where it is I’m planted .. and grow and morph into the person I’m becoming.
Look out mycology, entomology, soil ecology. Here I come!
Me with the 40-year tree I planted
Top Posts of 2018
It has been a great year of blogging, notwithstanding the fits and starts in getting all 23 posts out of the drafts folder. It’s only half of the once-per-week target I strive for, but it’s better than the previous year.
Perhaps I’ll hit all 52 weeks in 2019. Let’s call it a resolution, shall we?
In typical hyper-organized fashion, these Top 5 posts also appear in the Blog Posts page that is always a couple clicks away from the Home Page. They, along with other top posts from the previous six years, is like a sample platter from which newcomers can taste. In looking back, I’m still keeping it right on track.
This blog ain’t dead yet!
#1 Gratitude and the Simple Act of Camping, July 6, 2018
#2 Big Bend Birding: Off the Grid, December 8, 2018
#3 Cold (Finally) Arrives in Houston! November 13, 2018
#4 Once in a Lifetime: Super Blue Blood Moon, January 31, 2018
#5 Birding Here, Birding There, Birds and Babies Everywhere, May 5, 2018
I am happy (relieved?) to bring DirtNKids firmly into the eighth year of existence. Apparently, I still have a lot left to say. With four young adults (still) watching and listening, I plan on saying more of it next year.
Thank you all for sticking with us.
~ Shannon @ DirtNKids Blog
Future Soil Stewards
Happy New Year, everyone!