“That’s how I’m feeling right now – really lucky and blessed, and I just want to enjoy my appetite. To some people, not caring is supposed to be cool, commenting is more interesting than doing, and everything is judged and then disposed of in, like, five minutes. I’m not interested in those kinds of people. I like the person who commits and goes all in and takes big swings and then maybe fails or looks stupid; who jumps and falls down, rather than the person who points at the person who fell, and laughs.”
~ Amy Poehler
Catching up on Slow Living after a few months that kept me away from this monthly summary! But I’m happy to be back contributing to Christine’s Slow Living Essentials posts, and documenting some of the things that made February special…
We got the cold and the snow this month, so it was definitely a time to stay warm. After much procrastination, I finally tried my hand at making a large batch of miso soup in the crock pot, and it was surprisingly good! (Well, not that many ingredients to mess up, but you never know). But I admit, when the snow was here, just like most inner city Portlanders, I was spending a lot of time at my local cafe where the coffee was hot, the breakfast was nourishing, and the neighbors were making the most of the strange white stuff that covered our streets.
Being wintertime, there wasn’t a ton of preservation going on, however I’m a big fan of making chicken stock from the carcass of the delicious local chicken I like to roast, by just tossing it in a pot of water, throwing in a few herbs, then pouring it into glass canning jars, letting it cool, then freezing it into manageable quantities for later use. YUM.
This month, it was all about shopping for an eco-friendly wedding dress. I discovered the awesome boutique Camp Hollyhock, who makes their dresses out of vintage linens, lingerie, and other articles, and got some wonderful inspiration for what I’m going to be wearing (stay tuned for March’s Slow Living to find out what I ended up with!).
While February isn’t a huge growing month, it’s a step up from January! Thanks to the Native Plant Sale, I picked up some inexpensive and beautiful ferns, wild ginger, and salmonberry to add around our property. In addition, the peas got planted – more than ever grown in the past, so fingers crossed for a banner harvest! And of course, got the rest of my seeds including some new heirlooms I can’t wait to plant indoors in March!
Repurposing our old media cabinet went to the next level this month. In January, my fiance had taken a piece from the top, sanded and stained it, then attached it to the bottom legs to make a coffee table as my birthday present. So in February, I took the rest of the skeleton, flipped it over, and reinvented it as a potting station for all those things I’ll be planting in the garden this year. The only thing that hasn’t been repurposed so far are the doors – and I’ve got some ideas rolling around in my head for those…
I made our wedding invitations, created by hand and on recycled paper, and for the bigger dinner afterwards, had inexpensive, postcard-style, recyclable invites made on Shutterfly with pictures of us (who needs expensive invites that ultimately everyone tosses? These can go straight into the recycle bin after the event!).
This month I continued my 2014 plan to donate 2% of my income to nonprofits. In January it was the NRDC, who I’ve been a member with since 1992. In February, it was The Portland Kitchen, where I’ve volunteered over the past year or so and loved! With TPK, I am looking forward to attending an upcoming fundraiser with several friends at the Oregon Culinary Institute. Should be fun!
I spent several lovely days over a rare snowy Portland weekend discovering through my camera how beautiful the neighborhood and our home looks blanketed in white. Through my new blog column, Green Wedding Chronicles, I learned about the history of many popular wedding traditions while sharing my own experiences in planning our big day. And finally, I kicked off my new 1+Why interview series, and started to discover what inspires those around me, and share them each week.
February was so incredibly busy that I was really grateful to have scheduled times to relax – yoga classes during the week and a monthly massage kept me sane, and long breakfasts with friends – but I did have several reminders from my fiance to slowwwww down, take time off from the work, the planning, the everything to just chill. I’m a lucky gal