When a friend posted on Facebook the other day about the recent controversy in New Jersey over gestation crates for pigs and her horror over the reality of factory farming, I thought, “How in the world can anyone not know about this?”
The post was a result of Jon Stewart’s reaction to NJ Gov. Chris Christie refusing to sign a bill passed by the state’s legislature to ban the diminutive crates, which keeps breeding pigs from being able to even turn around for most of their lives.
But then I remembered I didn’t always know these things. Like most Americans, I was happy pretending my meat originated in that plastic wrapped Styrofoam platter at the grocery store.
The fact is that unless you’re buying your meat – any of it – from local farmers who keep their animals on free range, you’re likely buying factory farmed meat.
Living Largers love books and that’s why I’m extra excited to announce that my book, Living Large in Our Little House: Thriving in 480-square feet with Six Dogs, a Husband and One Remote, And How You Can Too will be published by Reader’s Digest Books and distributed by Penguin in Fall 2015.
Living Large, the book, will have a lot of new tips on how to live well in a small space and emphasize that Living Large is a State of Mind, no matter where you live.
The book will also contain stories of other Living Largers. Kent Griswold at the Tiny House Blog is writing the foreword.
I’m very excited and a little nervous. I’ll be working hard for the next four months getting this out to the publisher so our community will have it by next fall.
Thanks to all of our Living Large community for your continued support and yes, the book will be released in e-book form as well!
Well, for the most part.
Our beloved Kansas City Royals lost the World Series on Wednesday night. After a 29 year wait to see them in another Series, it came down to a very heartbreaking Game 7, bottom of the 9th, two out, man-stranded-on-3rd base-90 feet-away-from– the– tying-run-loss. I’m not a sports nut (and Dale doesn’t like sports at all, but even he didn't resist the hometown enthusiasm for the Royals), my history with baseball goes back to my grandparents who were die-hard Cubby fans in Chicago (this should tell you something about how resilient my family is when it comes to losing).
My mom was even at a Kansas City A’s game (before the A’s were moved to Oakland) on opening day when she realized she was pregnant with me. I have a lot of great memories of Royals baseball with my family at Kauffman Stadium. This team reignited my love for it. A lot of good things happened in the city because of this team and for that, we are grateful.
On a better note, Living Large the book is a few more steps closer to reality. I hope to have an announcement about that very soon.
Finally, the week is ending with Halloween, which means two things at Our Little House. It is our traditional first pot of chili night, which goes back to when my mom would warm our bellies before we headed out trick or treating.
We had a lovely Indian Summer weekend and it was made even more special because my good friend, a woman I call my soul sister, came and visited. Kathy and her husband came down Memorial Day weekend to help us kick off our summer of fun and it was great to have her back for probably one of the last truly warm weekends of the year.
It’s the end of October and soon we will be firing up our woodstove.
A company called Gray Stove was recently brought to my attention. They are a veteran owned company and make stoves custom to order, which includes little stoves for tiny homes.
When we built Our Little House, this stove wasn’t around, but if it had been, I would have definitely checked it out.
We try, when we can, to support American made and that this company is owned by talented veterans who have found a niche for their craft is great.