2009年11月22日日曜日

setting the record straight

I get a lot of ribbing about being the youngest old woman on the block.

Many of my neighbours see me as a bit of an honorary senior citizen.

This is because I do stuff that other women my age around here don't do.

I garden, I pickle, I jam, I miso, I dry, I can, I freeze, I make etc etc.

I have both more time together with and more topics of interest in common with the over 60s crowd than your average me-age person does.

One of my neighbours told me today that she used me as an example when trying to encourage her DIL to preserve more produce.

Uh oh.

I think there is a misunderstandings at large here.

I am passionate about attaining as near to self-sufficiency food-wise as is comfortable for our family. (I can't grow coffee, cocoa beans, bananas or mikan here and don't see our family giving up those things...)

But, if I lived with my mother/ mother-in-law and she was going to make the family's miso/ pickles/ jam/ juice while I went and had lunch with friends or went out to work or sat around in front of the fire with my feet up, watching Oprah and eating Rummy chocolate would I take advantage of that?

Hell yeah!

Just setting the record straight.

And think of all the time I'd have to do up the flower beds and put in a pond and grow more herbs and build a bbq pit and.....

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Lulu さんのコメント...

Well if I had room for a mini farm like you I am sure I would pickle, preserve, make a lot more too- but apartment living doesn`t really lend itself well to this so I go out with friends for lunch etc.

My grandmother-in-law has a mini hatake about 10 minute bike ride from her place and she has seasonal veggies but not to the same extent as you have in Nagano. Maybe I should get her to show me some stuff!!! She is 84 and still rides her bike there to tend to the garden...

I wish we could be more self-sufficient where we are (although I know next to nothing about it, I could learn right?) so I admire what you do- even if you can`t grow mikan (how awesome would that be though!)