Sunday, July 29, 2007

backyard predator


It seems that I'm not the only one who noticed how much butterflies like this plant.

at the flea market on Sunday....

no comment...

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

incredible weather for July


What a wonderful week it has been. Highs in the 80's or even 70's during the day, cool at night. Not at all typical for NC in July. After our stay in the mountains it has made our return extremely pleasant.
Reading the book, Not Buying It, My Year Without Shopping. The author, Judith Levine vowed to spend the year buying nothing that was not essential. Granted, one person's "essentials" might be another's extravagances. She decided that essentials were food and the items that she and her companion needed to make a living. She found that far from being a hardship, the winnowing of desire and resistance to the mind control of advertising made her more cynical at first but gradually more spiritual and forgiving.
I do try to consume less, but I am certainly not "pure" by any means. I do believe however, the most powerful thing an individual can do for the environment is to consume less, and to make conscious choices in buying that reflect the impact the production, transportation, and the people who made or grew this thing.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

birthday in Dark Hollow




my brother is quite wonderful...he went to great effort to make Liz's birthday special.
as for the cake, the theme is there are so many candles that the fire department had to be called out.

Serenity now, and then




Sleeping to the sounds of water over rock

After almost a month down in the “holler” we are back home. After getting used to the sounds of the creek and the cool mountain air flowing over us we are having a difficult time sleeping indoors under air conditioning.