Hap hap happy Fourth of July!
July 4, 2012, 11:27 PM
Filed under: Biking, Buy Local, Community Building, Resilience, Uncategorized

Today was my kind of day.  I’m loving living in the city and making friends with my new neighbors. This morning Michael and I walked to the Farmer’s Market, where we  bought some lettuce and home- grown tomatoes  from a local grower. We ate both for lunch on our first-of-the-season BLT’s,  which we shared with a  friend that had borrowed our weed eater to get her rental property in shape. Her property is just a few doors away, so Michael carried our big ladder down to the corner for her and removed a fallen branch that had blown onto the roof,  and got her going with the temperamental string trimmer. She in turn, brought us a 5 gallon bucket of her beautiful compost to add to our raised beds! I in turn, invited her to take a break and have a sandwich and sweet tea with us. While she cleared the weeds around her house, I worked a block away clearing the spent plants from our finished bean patch in the Community Garden, and tilled in some bone meal to get it ready for replanting. According to the Moon Signs, today and tomorrow are good days for planting root crops, so I’ll go back in the morning and plant potatoes for a Fall harvest. Tonight the band Michael and I are in played at a private party up in Roan Mountain, complete with lots of potluck foods, a little Tennessee moonshine, an unbelievable fireworks display and good friends. 

I hope you’ll consider using this warm weather to open your windows, grow a tomato or a pot of herbs, ride your bike, check out the full moon, and to connect with your neighbors. Have a block party, hold  a block yard sale, borrow and lend  tools, support your local Farmer’s or help someone in need. It feels wonderful and is what we all need to help our cities, towns and villages TRANSITION to a more self-reliant and resilient society!

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