August 18, 2017

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Why I do NOT work in the morning when it’s cool

Lately just about EVERYBODY tells me how I need to get up at sunrise and work outside until it’s too hot.  And I refuse to do so because I don’t need more injuries, don’t need to be miserable all day and it just doesn’t work for me.

So I had to watch Marjory Wildcraft’s video on SLEEP and how she almost lost her leg:

Yup, she was lucky!

In theory, getting up at 5 am and heading outside, working until it’s “too hot”, then doing lunch and siesta until 5 pm or so sounds great.  In reality, if I sleep during the day, I don’t wake up refreshed at all, but then can’t sleep at night and it just screws me up even more.  Both my grandpas used to take naps in the afternoon, but it’s not for me.

And then there’s the “too hot”.   During last week’s heatwave, it was WAY too hot when I got up around 10 am and approaching 100 F.  I remember that I felt too hot even by 8 am the few times I tried to work in the morning.   Sometimes I’ve been screening dirt till 11 pm and it was still 90 F — but DARK.  It’s nice to work outside with a bright moon (snakes are out too!)  But working in 90 F in the SUN is totally different.

Not to mention that I can’t water or transplant in the morning, the poor seedlings would be fried by evening.

I need a bout 8 hours of sleep to be fully functional, but especially when I have to get up early, I can’t sleep at night.  And then I actually need to make up for the lost hours, if I get 4 hours one night, I should sleep 10 or 11 hours the next night to make up for it.  That’s just how it works for me.

I’m very busy, managing a new Airbnb house and trying to keep everything going in the gardens.  Fortunately have a helper here and he goes to bed early and gets up at 5 or 6 am and works then.  But he’s also completely fried the rest of the day, not good for much of anything.  That’s what the heat does.  It’s ok for him because he has to do absolutely NOTHING the rest of the day.   I got 10 hours of research, web work and decision making to do on the average day in addition to the outside work.

Of course it’s also extremely important for our health to get plenty of sleep as sleeping RESTORES and HEALS body and mind.

Every person is DIFFERENT.  Some people need less sleep and love napping.  Do what works for YOU and stay healthy!

The Sacred Plant: Healing Secrets Exposed — free documentary

This 7 part series is free on Youtube, but each episode is only available for 24 hours and it started yesterday.   I just watched the beginning of the first episode and it is about the medical benefits of cannabis (marijuana).

I really wish I could grow hemp as it would help so much with wind breaks and it also has so many incredible uses.

So if you or a loved one has serious medical problems, check it out for free right now:

Docuseries

Girl power: Joshua Tree rescue

It’s been CRAZY here in the Joshua Tree desert.  Farmers are clearing entire square miles of Joshua Tree forest for almonds and other fruit and nut trees.   They’re using the water in our aquifers without any well monitoring, they clear-cut without any environmental review and they destroy one of the most beautiful Joshua Tree forests anywhere.

So I’ve attended water meetings and I’m working with groups to stop not only the Joshua Tree massacre, but also the exploitation of our very limited water resources.   Incredibly, they are growing alfalfa in the middle of the desert!
I’ve been struggling to recover from many rain and wind storms, fixing washouts and fences.  Lived here since 2000 and have never experienced a winter with so much rain and clouds.

Finally we’re getting ready for some serious planting and transplanting.  Today we started with planting a rescue Joshua Tree.  We hope it will live!

transplanted Joshua Tree
Girl power: transplanted Joshua Tree

New pictures of the Joshua Tree massacre

Sweet potato harvest

My neighbor Patty just harvested their sweet potatoes:

Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes

 

Red racer
Red racer

This picture was taken on 10/10 when a red racer was racing through their garden.   They have been harvesting lots of tomatoes and Patty has been canning.  I’ve been enjoying their extra eggplant and peppers.

It’s incredible that it’s mid November and their tomatoes are STILL loaded!

Pete and Patty are currently building a little greenhouse and an aquaponics system.  They also planted fruit trees and I just love to see retirees do more than watch TV.

So inspiring!

GMO Crops Headed for Ban in Sonoma County | Election 2016 | KQED Science

I realize that secession is unlikely, but if the West Coast was to secede, I think I’d be moving!  As much as I love Arizona and especially the Joshua Tree desert, the many tourist and Muslim hating right wingers and the absence of any appreciation of “good” food in Mohave County is starting to frustrate me.  All our supervisors are Republicans, do-nothing corporate shills, supporting idiotic ideas like uranium mining and ruthless corporate farmers plundering our water and clearing the desert of established Joshua Tree forests with trees literally hundreds of years old.

No place is perfect, but it sure is good to see that there are still people who care in other parts of the country:

… Sonoma joins five other California counties that have already passed bans on transgenic crops: Mendocino, Marin, Trinity, Humboldt and Santa Cruz.

Proponents say the ban is necessary to protect the county’s organic fields from cross-pollination. …

Source: GMO Crops Headed for Ban in Sonoma County | Election 2016 | KQED Science

GMO corruption: Grocery Manufacturers Association fined $18 million for violating campaign finance laws

(Law360, Los Angeles (November 2, 2016, 10:45 PM EDT) — A Washington state judge slapped the Grocery Manufacturers Association with a record $18 million fine Wednesday for violating campaign finance laws while fighting a GMO labeling ballot initiative, levying what state prosecutors say is the highest campaign finance penalty in U.S. history.

The court previously found that the Grocery Manufacturers Association unlawfully hid the names of contributors to its account funding opposition to Initiative 522, a 2013 ballot measure requiring the labeling of genetically engineered foods, and that the group failed to file required disclosure forms….

They got a slap on the wrist.

The Organic Trade Organization also sold out to the biotech industry and SUPPORTED the DARK Act. 

https://www.organicconsumers.org/press/60-groups-call-companies-withdraw-organic-trade-association

Sometimes I could cry.  It is so frustrating to see so much deceit.

Things aren’t getting better, but WORSE!

Giant melon and wonderful dinners

The other day we were cleaning up in the orchard, cutting back and taking out plants that were killed off by the hail.  Lost one of my Armenian cucumber plants and had to harvest damaged veggies.

One of my helpers was pulling on a melon vine, it didn’t move and he went to investigate. Wedged behind the growbags and the fence he discovered our biggest melon of this season:

Moon and Stars Melon
Red Moon and Stars Watermelon

Everybody got to hold it and we thought it was around 30 – 35 lbs.  My scale stops at 10 lbs.

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