30 days. Day seven. Rain and shine.

2013-10-21 15.21.45yin yang today, 9:00 am.  rainy.

observation:  something is working.

the monday morning began with a ten-year old who didn’t want to get up.  getting to school on time is a daily objective around here.  at around 8:05 it became clear:   not going to happen.   typically a realization such as this leads to chaos.  not today.  she was late for school.  not ideal, but not a disaster.   acceptance.  heard about that on the mat.

i made it to yoga on time.  yin yang is…

The best of both worlds!  Enjoy the sweetness of your Yin practice followed by an energizing Yang flow to prepare you for your day.

when people say (when I say),  “up the ying yang”  they may not mean what they think they mean.   today I got it.  still on fire from  yesterday’s vinyasa, the class started out with drop pressure, let the earth hold you yin.   it was shift change, but i was able to get into it.   slow breaths, gravity-based practice where you sink into the pose, sink into the earth,  it felt in a good way.

ying zing bang – the yang.  the music changed – fast and strong.  holy mother – what’s next…. poses empowered, defy gravity.   go with it, and let fly.  wow.   it all soaked in with a savasana.  puddle-jumped out of the studio.

a little later, in a yin yang like balance, came the sunshine.

The Yard Sale – Conclusion


The sun shone and they came!   The yarn was cut at 9:30, and over the next few hours so many people dropped by, browsed, tried to barter and bought.  The kids helped – a lot, learned a lot, and had a great time.

About $130 came in, and most if it is in a jar to meet the “I need $7 for a field trip… I need 55 cents for milk…. I need $2 for the school fundraiser…”  That will save a lot of stress in the mornings.  Some has gone to the Humane Soceity, courtesy of the 14-year-old and the proceeds from her sales.

The deals were good, but not quite enough for those who like to ‘yard sale’ as a vocation.  I had a knife sharpener, $20 retail, priced at 50 cents.  The customer wanted it for 25 cents.  Neither of us would budge.  Funny really.  But we both had our stands and we stuck to them.  Hat’s off sir.  Thank you for making me smile.  

Meeting people is half the fun.  A woman wanted a CD to work out to, and in an effort to inspire her I sang a few bars from ‘too many fish in the sea’, ‘The Committments’ CD.  She dropped it fast!  Sad that my singing totally undermined the music, I gave it to her.   She accepted, and promised to give it a try.  I hope it worked.

Most importantly, good stuff has gone on to a new home, and there is more room in ours.  The kids learned to let go a bit (and so did I).  And the little snowman magnets featured in the last post were purchased by someone who really liked them:  joy, sustainable.


The Yard Sale



Not only ‘too much stuff’ but ‘too much stuff that we don’t use’.  ie clutter.

reduce, reuse, recycle, clear out the cupboards and make it so that you can find what you need and use.   it’s therapeutic.

i’ve just wiped off neat little dress-the-
snowman fridge magnets my kids loved when they were younger.  they are still good, but there’s no room on my fridge.

a bargain at 50 cents for the lucky buyer, but priceless to me for the fun we had when we played with them, and the smiles they drew from me when i was prepping for the sale.

i hope other little children enjoy them just as much.

the future of green – children say

no green to be seen today – st. john’s is white with snow, but these kids show that there is green in the future!   in the summer of 2011, thegreenrock.ca Green Team chatted with the 12 and under set to learn what they see as sustainable practice.  check out what they have to say!

worn well – the sustainable shirt on your back!

why was kathy wearing a bag?

a few weeks into summer 2011, thegreenrock.ca green team felt the need to branch out from the very cool but worn-a-lot conservation corps t-shirts.  kathy, mike, and anna (devin stayed home) checked in with carol-ann at frenchy’s.  they got good gear!

summer is now long gone, but t’is the season, and frenchy’s has more great stuff – to give as well as to get!  check it out!

Frenchy’s Thrift Boutique ~ Best Dressed. For Less. ~ Torbay Road Mall
141 Torbay Road, St. John’s     579-7390    http://on.fb.me/Frenchys

our greenest strengths – about habits for your habitat

Through the summer of 2011, a Conservation Corps Green Team of four excellent videographers – Anna Westin, Mike Fardy, Kathy Oke, and Devin Shears – took to the streets, shops, swimming holes, gardens and markets out and about St. John’s in search of greener practices.  They found much.

Each week a new installment of what they found, our ‘greenest strengths’, will be released here.   To get started, thegreenrock principal kim todd gives a big picture look at what thegreenrock.ca is all about.  Check it out, please and share by any and all means!

vermin in the kitchen

vermin under the sink

i am at a happy place where composting and clearing out the storage room excite me.   true.

and i’d been excited about a vermi-composter – a tub of worms in the house – since i’d first heard that such things existed.   the rest of the family did not share my enthusiasm, but a summer of emmets touring the house increased their level of immunity to little things that crawl.

and last weekend we were in the right place at the right time:  the trouter’s special worm farm in bay bulls.  we were there as part of (an excellent!) jfw expedition.

bought the kit from krista (=~$60.00 for a pound of worms and a big bin), and it fit perfectly under the sink.

we were in the kitchen compost business.  woo-hoo!   the process is fairly simple – feed the worms compostable matter. to do this you dig a hole in the dirt in the bin, drop a scoop of ‘food’ (i use a cat litter scoop, but it’s a bit weak and bendy), and cover it back up.  mark where you put it.  and they eat it.  after a while you dump the worms, claim the compost, and start anew.

we are six people, so even a thousand worms can’t consume our leavings, so our worm composter supplements the composters in the back garden.

(make that 997.  three escaped and were found, dead, toward the door.  that was on day 1.  i think the message made it back to under the sink.  no escapees sighted since.)

and the kids clamour to feed the worms.  who knew how good life could get?