Today is World Turtle Day, so I think it’s fitting that we were able to save a box turtle yesterday.
Dale called me yesterday morning and said, “I have a box turtle in a box.”
Ok, I’ll bite. “Why would you have a box turtle in a box?”
“He was in our bathroom, and I’m going to bring him home and let him go.”
“In your bathroom at work? That’s weird,” I said.
“Better than the skunk they found in there a few years ago,” he replied.
It was a fine idea to bring the turtle here, considering that there are busy roads all around his job and not only that, he works with some really immature and evidently cruel people.
Some of the other men at his work tossed a huge snapping turtle around a couple of years ago until it died.
When I told a friend about this, she said, “Grown men?” Yes. Sadly.
You know the old song, “Working for the Weekend”? Operative word is for, not through.
I have never been the one to answer the call of housework when there is something else I could be doing, and this past weekend was no exception.
On Saturday, we did have to go and do grocery and bank errands early in the morning, but we got sidetracked as well visiting a couple of antique stores and pawn shops. We rarely buy anything, as we didn't on Saturday, but I still like to go “junking.”
On Sunday, we had a zillion things we could have been doing around the house – spring cleaning, finishing the clothes rotation, laundry, yard work, installing the window air unit…the list goes on.
I have a new theory: All I have to do to ensure one of our Six Pack gets hurt is start a big project.
Tuesday, I was rotating the closet from winter to summer clothes. It was unbearably hot that day; we hit record highs in the 90s, just two days after hitting record lows.
I heard Dale pull into the drive and Sade run off of the deck to greet him. She loves lying in the sun on the deck. About 5 minutes later, he called for me to come outside.
I climbed over the mountain of clothes ready to be packed away and found him standing with a shovel over a snake.
This will be the biggest garden I’ve ever tried with 4 different types of tomatoes, 4 varieties of peppers, cucumbers and cilantro (which was a huge fail last year).
I container garden due to the very rocky terrain and the difficulty in keeping gardens out of the paws of critters.
We might just have to rename The Party Deck to The Plant Deck.
I’ll be glad to not have to buy some of these things when my plants start producing. I’m growing everything organic, which can get expensive at the store.
When I paid a visit to the doctor last week, we talked about our new healthier lifestyle and how it was going. We got on the subject of soda and diet soda and how bad they are for us. I told him we try to drink green tea, and he asked me if it was organic. I told him Dale had shopped for the tea and brought home conventional.
Tea, evidently, is one of the big no-nos to buy conventional (who knew?) as it has tested high in pesticide residue. Tea is not listed among the Dirty Dozen, but I trust my doctor, so we purchased organic green tea this week. It did get me to wondering again about the “Dirty Dozen,” so called by the Environmental Working Group for the foods that have tested the highest in pesticide residue.
Because of the cost of organic, if I can get away with not buying organic avocados and bananas, I will (they rank #48 and #35 respectively on the list of having lesser pesticide residue).
I read this list a while back, but had also read somewhere that if you can peel it, the food should be ok. Generally true, but not for potatoes, which I’ve been buying conventionally grown (#10 on the list, oops).
Here is the Dirty Dozen. For a list of all 48 tested foods, go to the link for EWG above:
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Hot Peppers
Keep in mind that this list tested for pesticide residue only and didn't take into consideration genetically modified foods (GMOs). While corn is not on this list, we always buy organic to avoid buying a GMO, as up to 80 percent of all corn produced now is genetically modified.
Other foods they recommend you purchase organic are meat and dairy products. If meat and dairy are not marked organic, the animals could have been fed GMOs or been given hormones and antibiotics.
I bought 9 of the items on this list this past week and all but the potatoes were organic.
What’s your score?