Common Sense Home Good News Letter 5/28/23

“Patterns repeat all around us and in us. Until you see it, you can’t change it, and shift to a different pattern that serves you better.”

I was talking to my chiropractor this week about the exercises he recommended to help protect my knees as I get older, and changing up my routine to improve my stamina and flexibility. (Mom had to have knee replacement surgery when she got older, so I’m trying to avoid that.)

He noted that during menopause and perimenopause, the body tends to set the metabolism point that it will operate at post menopause. I rather figured that will all the hormone shifts that happen anyway, mid-life is a good time to work on positive shifts, and he confirmed it. (He’s also trained in clinical nutrition, and an avid researcher. He’s also said he’s willing to share his knowledge in the Growing Healthy membership.)

The more we can do to make “good” habits = easy, or at least “default”, the more likely they are to stick.

If the walking shoes are right there staring at you, the walk is more likely to happen. (Add dog who needs a walk, or outside animals that need care, and you will be going outside, ready or not.)

If the kitchen is stocked with healthy food instead of junk food, and you have a prep routine and tools that making cooking easier, you’re more likely to eat better food.

If the garden is in direct line of site, and/or you need to walk past it all the time, you’re more likely to take care of the garden, and to notice what’s ready to pick.

As we head into these warmer months, think about your patterns, where you are, and where you want to be. Start making the shifts to get there.

All our best to you and yours,

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

This week’s featured articles…

If you need a little more growing space, and are thinking about using a container, you may want to check out how to make a self watering planter. As dry as it’s been around here, it’s nice to have the reservoir to keep the plants from drying out. (We’re under a burn ban with extremely low humidity. There’s been no significant rain for over a month.)

​Check out the article and how to video here.​

My cucumber plants are small yet, but for those of you blessed with fresh cucumbers, you may want to check out this creamy cucumber salad. This is one of our summer favorites when the cukes start rolling in.

​Get the recipe here.​

These dilly beans are another summer favorite. They’re easy to make and store in the refrigerator (no canning required). We love adding them to meals for extra crunch.

​Get the recipe here.​

Popular on Instagram this week – ​it’s nesting time for the fish in the pond​ and ​Miss Sarah gets an escort back to the flock​.

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