My current home doesn't have a verandah but I'd like it to! A long porch surrounding the entire house. With a porch swing, potted blueberry plants, and a long strong dog laying at my feet. The sweet smell of lrosemary and freshly-turned soil wafting across my yard. The chickens clucking contentedly as they scratch for goodies in the fertile dirt. Knowing we have a full root cellar, trees in the orchard about to drop their bounty, and soup made all from hand-picked harvests bubbling in the crockpot. Heaven.

Please move with me over to my current blog, www.rosemary-ridge.blogspot.com ... thank you!

Big Grocery Day

I can't believe how much we spent at the grocery today.... between Sam's Club for sodas and such for Hubby, and Wally World for cans and cans of baked beans, fruit cocktail and pears for the Kid, and many other miscellaneous things, well, let's just say that I'll be soooo glad when we out on our property and taking care of ourselves.

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How can a person cut out a dependency on sodas and other non-water drinks? I'm ok with water, as long as it's filtered, and I like making herbal teas. I like an occassional soda but can do without. My Hubby, on the other hand, well, it took a lot to get him off of caffeinated sodas. Now he gets a couple flats each of 7-up, Gatorade and Lipton Tea at the first of the month, and often goes back for more by mid-month. I worry about him.

The Kid, however, drinks about a gallon of water every 2 days. I'm glad. He drinks rice milk with his cereal, and very seldomly will ask for a soda, but for the most part, it's only water.

Great!

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I'm tired. We didn't get much sleep last night. The people in the apartment above us turned on the TV very loudly at 1:30 and didn't seem to mind the neighbors yelling at him. Them. Very inconsiderate. Obviously, no news on the house. Yet.

Worked on the Kid's schoolwork last night. I have at least 2 months planned for all subjects except for World and US History, and Life Skills (manners, dating, gardening, etc.). Will work on it tomorrow.

I've been coughing so much that the right side of my chest aches. I hope I'm not doing any permanent damage. But I'm faithfully taking my meds, drinking lots of liquids, staying away from gluten and all milk products, and taking hot showers to loosen what I can.

Guess I'll quit for now. Not much self-sufficiency learning going on here. I hope to get back at it on Monday. Meanwhile, enjoy your weekend! Vikki

3 comments:

Happy Hermit (happilyhiddenhermit@gmail.com) said...

I am such a big soda addict myself , I am working on a mountain dew clone with lacto fermented soda.

You can learn about that @ http://happy-hermit.blogspot.com/2009/12/soda-alternative-lacto-fermented-soda.html

or HERE

I am working on and through it , eventually I will get a MD clone.

Till then I continue to experiment and live on 99 & 88 C dr Peper

Melonie said...

I have had my struggles with soda too, especially Dr Pepper. I wanted to get away from it entirely, so I started out with Lipton tea mix and chocolate milk. I'd really like to get away from the Lipton tea (it's hard on my teeth and I'd much prefer to just have the occasional glass of herbal tea instead) but at least it's gotten me away from soda for the most part.

I still have a soda or a Frap every now and then as a treat, but I don't buy them for home as I did as recently as 3 years ago - I was buying a case of each and they wouldn't last me a week. :-(

Anyway, your hubby's start with the caff-free ones is a good start... if he's a milk drinker I'd say try to get him drinking more milk or if he's a coffee drinker, well, it's not easy on the body/teeth either but it's less expensive than soda and lower calories as well.

Vikki said...

Melonie: He's not a milk drinker because he's lactose intolerant, and doesn't drink coffee. So it's basically a matter of getting him away from sodas and other bottled things like tea and gatorade. One small step at a time, I believe! Vikki