I’m really starting to hate Bambi and his relatives…because of them, I’m not going to have any produce to put in the freezer for the winter this year. They have feasted on all the plants from my $130 worth of organic seeds, and the seedlings that I bought to replace plants that weren’t doing very well. The arugula and the leeks are the only things they haven’t eaten. My total harvest so far has been three or four salads, a few meals of spinach/beet greens (before the deer got in the first time), one zucchini, and three meals of green beans/peas (I put away some 40 bags of green beans last year!). I have fewer than 10 green tomatoes (of various sizes and varieties) that they have not discovered and devoured. The root vegetables have virtually no leaves on them…I had hoped my rutabaga, beets, and carrots would be spared…I was wrong!
About a week-and-a-half ago, one of my Market vendors asked me to put a new product they were carrying on our website: it was billed as “The world’s most amazing breakfast cereal” and was called Holy Crap. The cereal had been featured on CBC’s Dragon’s Den (a program where entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to experts) last fall. I read the literature, and decided to [gulp] pay the hefty $13 bag price tag (8 oz. or 225 grams) to try some. The cereal is a mix of three organic grains and seeds: chia, hulled hemp seeds, and buckwheat, and three organic fruits: raisins, dried cranberries and apple. It is gluten and lactose-free. Every morning since last Saturday, I have stirred a tablespoon of Holy Crap into a container of yogurt, let it sit for five minutes, and eaten it for a mid-morning snack. I’ve been bringing half my bag lunch home with me…I haven’t been hungry enough to eat it all. In the evening, instead of sitting down with a bowl of chips, I’ve been eating more Holy Crap with yogurt. Here’s the best part: I’ve been watching my considerable “muffin top” get smaller and smaller all week. My clothes fit better! The first bag of cereal lasted nine days. I’m going to keep using it, and try to get Jim on to it when he gets back as well. If I can lose weight just by eating a certain food, I’m going to keep doing it!
Last night, Dad and I stayed in town after work to see a performance of Hamlet – one of our friends had a lead role (Claudius). The play was being performed in a tent behind the Saint John Theatre Company’s new building on Princess Street (billed as “Shakespeare in the Parking Lot”). We paid our money and took our seats in folding chairs. As we waited for the performance to start, we noticed music and loud voices coming from a party in the courtyard of the building next door. Unfortunately, it continued, getting louder and louder throughout the first act of the play. Shakespeare is hard enough to follow when one isn’t being distracted, but actors trying to perform while competing with beer-swilling yahoos and top hits of the 1970′s was more than either of us could take. We made our exit, vowing to contact the theatre company to see if we could come back and see the whole show without disturbance (at no cost) next week. The acting was wonderful, especially the man playing Hamlet – he showed how loopy the Danish prince truly was!
I sent a message on Facebook to the director of the play, and she is graciously providing free tickets for the Tuesday night performance…there’s an 80% chance of rain that night…perhaps that will keep the partiers indoors! I look forward to seeing Act 1 again, and Act 2 for the first time!
Jim and the kids are back Tuesday from their vacation adventure…looking forward to seeing their pictures!
Have a good week…I hope to read some of your blog posts in my spare time…