Monthly Archives: February 2011

Eat Your Vegetables

We went out to visit Eden’s Organic Farm today to see if we wanted to purchase a share of their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).  If you’re unfamiliar with how a CSA works you essentially purchase a share of the produce that will be generated that season upfront and you go pick up your fruits and veggies each week either at the farm or a nearby pickup site.  This particular farm is only about 15 miles from downtown Dallas and we’d be able to pick up at a site that’s only a few miles away.  We arrived just a few minutes early and were greeted by these little guys:

Some Roosters!

They’ve got a few critters on the farm but none for eating; just working.  Unfortunately the cold weather and snow/ice we received last week killed off about 90% of their crop for the winter season so we’re not going to be buying a share right now.  It was inspiring though for being able to grow our own food once we have the land to do so.

Some other things of note from the trip.  If you saw a few of these beasts roaming around would your first instinct be to walk your 5 year old kid right up behind it?

Iron Hoofed Killing Machine

If so you surely would have fit in well with the crowd there today.  It wouldn’t have surprised me if this beauty decided to let loose on a small child.  There were 8 children out there today of which 7 were boys under the age of 8.  I don’t remember being so destructive as a youth however these children were very satisfied with kicking the crap out of pile of ice for about 10 minutes straight and then pelting the roosters with chicken feed.  It made me happy to hear that some of the only crops that survived the freeze were spinach, brussel sprouts, and diakon radishes.  All things that these kids would probably love to throw rather than eat.  I don’t condone children on a leash but come on people! Keep your kids from killing the wildlife.

-Taylor

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Snow Days

After 6 months of discussion this blog of ours has finally come to fruition.  And it is all thanks to the ice and snow storm we had this week – Taylor has been at home for 5 consecutive days since school has been closed and I have worked from home all days but one.  The Super Bowl is tomorrow and Jerry Jones has commandeered all the snow plows for himself.  In short, we have run out of things to do in our apartment so we are finally creating this blog.

Our apartment faces a courtyard that looked quite beautiful yesterday morning right after the snowfall.

Pretty Courtyard

Unfortunately this pristine snow was marred by all the people in our apartment complex including:

1. French students that started out with a playful snowball fight and ended with a petite French girl slapping a French boy and calling him “un enfant” after he smashed an epic snowball in her face.

2. Why is it that when you want a dog it seems like everyone else has one?  Every single resident in our building brought their dog out to romp in the snow and take pictures.  There are 6 courtyards in our apartment but they all seem to want to come into ours to rub it in our faces.  Especially that Great Dane.

3. But the best of all was this:

No caption could capture the essence of this picture

This man must really love this woman.  Yes he is wearing a moose hat.  And yes that is a hairless cat he is holding (who is wearing a sweater that you unfortunately can’t see at this angle).  The cat was absolutely livid for numerous reasons probably including the eager dog you can see in the top right corner of the picture.  I unfortunately did not get a picture of when the woman was holding the cat and LAYING DOWN IN THE SNOW.  A ground floor apartment has truly offered us views we could never have dreamed of.

God Bless Texas.

Sara

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