Common Sense Home Good News Letter 4/22/23

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.

To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

― Buckminster Fuller

What would your new model be?

I’d like fresh, healthy food on every plate.

I’d like more appreciation for the people who get things done instead of the people who only seem to flap their yaps and look shiny. (Truth – I’d rather hang out with tradespeople than celebrities any day of the week.)

I’d like people managing their health by growing their own medicine, and making lifestyle and eating changes. (Watch for something special on this topic next month.)

Putting my intentions into action, I got a pedometer this week to help me be more mindful of being active. Some days are good, when we’re working outside and such. Other days I get caught up in working on the computer and I sit too darn much. Sometimes you need to tackle things one step at a time – literally.

What can you do this week to put your intentions into action?

All our best to you and yours,

Laurie (and August IV, August V, and Duncan)

This Week’s Featured Articles…

We had hail this afternoon, and the nighttime lows are in the 20s, but I know warmer weather will get here eventually. I sat down with my old friend, Jewelweed, and gave her article an update today. I’ve always found it interesting how jewelweed (which can help relieve nettle sting and poison ivy rash) often pops up near those plants.

​Learn more about jewelweed here.​


In honor of our tough little rhubarb plants poking their tops up in this chilly weather, I’m sharing this ​rhubarbade recipe​. I can’t easily grow lemons, but rhubarb makes a tasty substitute.

rhubarb pudding cake

Note – if you have a savory rhubarb recipe that you love, reply to this email to share it, as I am always looking for new ways to use our patch.

As the days are getting longer, it’s a perfect time to experiment with solar cooking. You can cook for free, and not add extra heat to the house. Some foods work better than others, and you can even make homemade solar ovens. We’ve put together ​a guide to get you started with solar cooking​.

solar oven

It’s time to give Duncan some extra work wrapping bread books for Mother’s Day! ​Order your copy here.​

Order a bread book here.

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