Wednesday, June 2, 2010

spring update

Seems I fell off the blogging bandwagon these last few weeks! I do have a decent excuse though: I've been working hard getting ready for the Bellevue Arts Fair. I am almost finished my last large piece for the show, then it's on to matting and framing. I think there's light at the end of the tunnel!

And last week my baby, who will always be my baby poor kid, turned two!! How did that happen?? He got a ridiculously large Tonka truck, which he approved of, and a quiet celebration at home with us and Grandma, and, of course, a chocolate zucchini cake. And for the long weekend we went up to Canada to celebrate all over again with our family and friends in my parents' new home. They had moved in two days prior, already had paintings up, and my mom navigated her new kitchen as though she'd been cooking there for 10 years and served us a delicious lunch. And to make a good weekend absolutely perfect, my dad and I escaped to a book sale and, both being bookaholics, each returned with a large box of books which we've wasted no time devouring.

What else has been going on...inspired by this blog, and utterly disgusted by the gargantuan islands of plastic trash in our oceans, I've been on a mission to have a plastic-free kitchen, and have replaced (donated) all our old, scarry plastic tuperware with glass storage bowls for leftovers and canning jars for grains and dried foods. I've also become keenly aware of the ridiculous amounts of plastic packaging that is used for food, and have begun opting out of these irresponsible items. Thank goodness for Farmer's Markets, bulk sections, and re-usable bags. I had my first ever all plastic-free shop today and I'm happy to report that it wasn't all that difficult. Even with a toddler in tow.

And last but not least, we've ripped up a big chunk of grass in our front yard and replaced it with raised flower and vegetable beds. Looks great, involves less mowing, and hey, what's better than eating your own front yard?