Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Meatless Monday and the PB&J Campaign

Bill and I are carnivores.   And we rarely eat in restaurants.  When we do eat out, it's good advice not to get caught between me and the buffet tables.  But for an everyday life style, I don't need or want the Hungry Man size portion of meat.

If you haven't already heard about the Peanut Butter and Jelly Campaign, stop what you're doing and head to http://environment.about.com/od/greenlivinginthekitchen/a/peanut_butter.htm or PB&J Campaign .

As members of the PB&J Campaign  like to say, “You don’t have to change your whole diet to change the world. Just start with lunch.”

So in an effort to eat healthier with more plant based meals, we have Meatless Mondays.  We have our own hens, so eggs are a good fit in this plan.  So are bean burritos, salads, vegetable soups, etc.  There are great vegetarian recipes online.  The rest of the week?  I cut back on the amount of meat and see if I can add beans or veggies instead.  It works out pretty good.  Instead of getting 2 meals from that pot roast, I can get 5.

I also try to use as much as I can that has come from our own property -  potatoes, onions, garlic, tomatoes, etc.  But not my chickens.  I can't eat Ozzie and Harriet (hens don't care what you name them).

Bill and the Country Bumpkins

Bill has been following my posts regularly.  He wants to make sure that I'm not going to blog anything bad about him, I guess.

He's been fairly amused by most of the entries.  Of course, he's living the life with me, so he knows all the details not posted.  But he also is nervous that people are going to think we're country bumpkins.  I think it was writing about cooking on the wood burning stove that prompted that.

No, we're city people that foolishly thought that living in the country would easy.  Har.

It's not that country living is hard, it's just lots of hard work.  There's always something that needs to be done.  Of course, we're always behind on something as we continue to work on building the house.  But overall, it's a great life.  You couldn't pay me enough to move back to the city.

I also think it's important to share all the things that went wrong, not just the successes.  I'm thankful that I am constantly learning new things.  And I'm really thankful that I can see a sunrise like I never did while being a city dweller.  It kind of makes all the chores worth it.

Considering Full Time RV Life

The thought of living in an RV for the rest of my days is weighing heavily on my mind.  Of course, Bill was excited when we were first discussing it.  He was talking, I was listening (in a state of panic)...this being the exact opposite of how it usually is at our house.  I continue to research on the Internet about the pros and cons of such a lifestyle.  The funny thing is that there are so many blogs about people that love it, but I have yet to read about anyone who tried it and then hated it.  I'm sure there are some, maybe they just don't write about it.

What has surprised me over the past couple of months is that I hear of more and more people that we actually know that are either considering it or actually planning to do it. Are the baby boomers growing up to be nomads in their old age?  Apparently some of them are.  Kinda makes you want to keep a sharper eye on the road when you're driving.

The one thing that no one misses with this life style is a snow shovel.  They probably don't miss pulling weeds, either.  But I do like to garden.  Bill suggested that I could grow potatoes in the back of the pickup truck, but it just doesn't seem ...well, right.  I don't know that one tomato plant in a pot would do it, either.

Some of us have roots and we like them.  I like the sense of 'home' and everything that's associated with that.  And I like my 'stuff'.  Could 'home' be wherever I hang my hat?  Maybe it could.  Maybe it's just different, something that I would love if I gave it a chance.

I did tell Bill that I would commit to one year RVing, but I would want an actual house if I didn't like it after that period.  I actually was okay with that at the time.  The next morning my mind was hitting the brakes with all kinds of 'what if's'.

Yes, today I am considering it.  That kind of move is at least two years away, so I have time to change my mind, too.