Like home-brewing my own kombucha:
Brew, baby, brew!
Kombucha is delicious. But the whole scoby-fungi-fermentation thing still freaks me out just a little. But I'm being adventurous and trying new things, so that's fun. And funny. And just a little weird.
But, kombucha isn't the only thing that's brewing around here. Taking a blogging break has given me the opportunity to spend time exploring other things. It has given me a chance to read books, and I don't mean e-books or blogs (though I love both of those too). I mean a real book with paper pages...and it's been wonderful to step into another world. I read the book "The Accidental Farmers," which was fascinating. For the first time in the 11 years that I have been a vegetarian, I am honestly considering eating meat! That is, if I raise it naturally, myself. I am not sure where that journey will take me, but I think I'm having to admit to myself that *whisper* I secretly want to be a farmer.
I used to imagine that I was Laura Ingalls when I was a kid. (And I have read every book that she, and every relative of her, has ever written that I am aware of). I did not sleep in a bed, it was a wagon loaded up with my [stuffed] animals and children. And we rode through the great big woods...I was a pioneer! But living in an industrialized food system stopped me from allowing that dream to grow. I have always valued living naturally and I appreciate independence, but I don't think I ever realized that I could make it a reality.
Currently, I am taking the challenge to not buy processed food. Now, that's not exactly possible since I don't have my own cow to milk every morning...but I am baking my own bread, pizza dough, hamburger buns, and I hope to continue to expand this. I shop at the farmer's market each week, as I try to buy more locally.
It's new and exciting. And a challenge. I am striving to live as I believe we were intended to live, and as I try to ask myself Where does my food come from & how does that effect other people?
What has been so amazing about this journey is how the right people have come into my life at the right time. From my "Anthropology of Eating" class, to my homeschool co-op, a Ladies Homestead Gathering, and even my design client (more about her down below), there have been so many people on similar paths that I am learning from and sharing the pursuit of this lifestyle with. It simply blows me away. Okay, I better stop before I start tearing up. There is nothing like the feeling that comes with knowing you are at the right place, at the right time in life.
Another completely unrelated development that I have been incredibly excited to share with you is that I am working with a design client in Athens to redesign her guest bedroom! I cannot wait to show you the room. But in the meantime, you can follow along with our inspiration on my Pinterest: Rebecca's Guest Bedroom Pinboard!
Have a wonderful holiday weekend! It's good to be back on the blog.