About Tricia

I am Tricia. Momma of nine, homeschooler, artist, foodie and maker of all kinds of things. It's a pleasure to share here our family homesteading adventures, the things we make, and what inspires our days. Read more about my family and work here. Thanks for visiting!

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and we’re back

I have been MIA for a week or two. We took baby Olivia on her first car trip (of course we her royal subjects went along too). Our journey this time took us home to Miami. We got to see many of my Mom’s family members and visit very dear friends.

The kids especially loved visiting my aunt Olga. She lives on the beach and is one of my youngest aunts (she is one of 14) She would probably not be happy anywhere else. When she moved from NY I was in my teens and I remember a trip to the beach with her. We got stuck in traffic and if you have even been stuck in Miami traffic you could probably appreciate the fact that aunt Olga got out of the car and layed down on the grassy median to jump start her tan.

The kids had a blast with her and my other aunt Lochi and adorable cousin Jordan. We had a wonderful meal cooked by Olga’s husband Tony (thank you Tony) and we all got to walk along the shore (too cold and windy to actually get in the water.

We got a last minute visit from one of my very favorite uncles. Uncle Teo is the eldest of the boys in my mothers family. He will always be the movie stunt driver to me(when I was little I could tell he was at my house because I would here him screeching around the corner full speed). I always think of him while fishing and I don’t see him very often but he is near to my heart and it was great to see him and his wonderful wife. God has a funny sense of humor, this is the same uncle whom dealt with me as an unruly teenager. Thanks for sticking around all these years.
Of course the highlight to visiting home is seeing my parents, getting to eat amazing cuban food, visit all of our old favorite digs, you know, sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name.
I am so grateful to Our Lord for
the grandparents he has given my children. My parents and in-laws love to spoil and spend time with their grandchildren and add something to their lives that Eddie and I as their parents could never give them. Our kids love their Abuelo and Abuela and Grandma Yoli and Grandpa Fred. Here is Olivia with Abuelo (my Dad, isn’t he the cutest?)
We got to see our beloved Father Omar who is recovering from a delicate surgery. The kids got to play with the therapy bunnies and spend time with our sheperd in Miami. Father Omar is one of the most special and holy men that I have ever met. He married us, baptized our babies, and gave our children their sacrements. I miss his sunday sermons and warm hugs but it is good to know we can always stop by and visit.

All and all it was great to be back for a little while but sadly we have to say goodbye, our little farm needs us!
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Happy Earth Day

OK, so every day is really Earth Day!! I remember the very first Earth Day that I celebrated when I was 13 in 1986. My brother and I came home from seeing an Earth Day show on TV and we tried to implement a recycling system but then we realized that we did not know where to take whatever we wanted to recycle, hey we were just kids.

The funny part is we are dealing with somewhat of the same problem in our new home town, there is no recycling pick-up so we have to take our recyclables to the town organic market where they have a collection area. We try to recycle everything that we can.
Ways we live what we say:
Most paper gets shredded and goes into our compost pile, cardboard can go into the earthworm bin
All food leftovers go to the chickens or ducks which get recycled by them into eggs.
Grass clippings and weeds are given to the chickens and also put into nest boxes before making it to the compost tumbler or pile.
Any old clothing which does not pass my criteria for looking presentable is demoted to cleaning rags and when they get yucky then they go to the can or we burn them during a bonfire.
We do not use plastic products, we don’t buy ziploc bags or plastic wrap, we put our food away in pyrex glass containers or glass mason jars. Plastic leaches nasty chemicals especially when it gets too hot (microwave) or cold (freezer or refrigerator).
We use cloth napkins and cloth wipes for the babies. We use cloth towels to wipe counters and cloth diapers for our babies.
We use Dr Bronners to clean practically everything and make the rest of our cleaners.
We take our own bags to the supermarket, even our own produce bags as well as bulk grain bags. You can get an idea at my store The Green Market at etsy.com
We grow whatever we can and are trying to learn to improve our gardens more and more every day. We are also adding every fruit tree to our land that we can find. Growing food is powerful. I have been very inspired by a family in Pasadena California that I have been following on their blog for a few years now. Go visit the Dervaes family at Path To Freedom. This family grow 6,000 pounds of food per year from their home in the city of 1/10th of an acre of growing area. Whenever I do not want to get out to the garden I will just watch on of their videos and I am back in!!!
I am not much into buying more stuff so I try to see if we already have something that can do the job before we go out and consume more stuff. The exception here is fabric and fibers, I cannot resist buying fabric (my Dad has always sold the stuff and I have been hooked since I was a child) and I love all types of yarn, the softer the better!!! I own enough yarn and fabric to have my own store.
I don’t do any of these things because I feel the world is coming to an end, I do them because I think as Americans we are way too greedy and wasteful. I love living a more natural life and I hope that on this Earth Day maybe my readers can change one thing in their life, it all starts with just one thing at a time.
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