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Establishing Roots

So much has changed in life, in culture, and in every interaction with other people.

But still, I am surprised, and feeling the need to sink into my bubble.

I feel happier being surrounded by plants.

So that is what I do, I am a gardener after all. And now that I am staying with my family for a month, it is the backyard where I take my refuge. Under the canopy and amongst the herbs that we have planted over the years, I feel chill and at peace.

Even though the rest of the world still feels like the world is deeply out of balance.

I guess what surprises me most is the awkwardness. Every interaction is full of calculations and assumptions. IDK what is normal anymore and can’t seem to fit into whatever others think is normal.

My version of being “normal”

In conversations I have learned to avoid entire subjects, those subjects that might refer to other subjects. Those subjects that are a point of controversy. I dread the inevitable question: are you vaxxed? and why not?

Am I letting fear get to me then? Is my desire to keep conversations comfortable just a disguise for another emotion? I always say I hate fear and who much is controls us. And here it is controlling me!

Okay enough of this, I know the solution – eliminate fear, avoid discomfort, and go hang out with the plants – that is my plan!

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my Travel Log: Argentina to California

This may seem like an odd time to travel across the world. And the trip itself was stressful. But I feel it is time to move forward and leave some of the more self-restricting aspect of the pandemic behind us, plus, I had a good reason to embark on this trip! All in all I made it here to California, just in time to see my sister’s Halloween play and spend the holiday itself dressed up and (wo)manning the front door at my parent’s house. And here are a few of my take-aways.

A candle my partner lit for my from our home in Argentina – – Gracias por la buena onda ❤

Traveling from South America to North America is quite a trek, and although busing, flying and training for 50 hours or so is draining, it is nothing compared to crossing countries on bike. So, I count myself lucky to have pulled this off. I jumped through all the hoops needed and was able to fly into the states without being vaccinated. In fact, vaccination is not necessary to fly either domestically or from another country in the United States, though a negative test was required. Anyway, I am here in Northern California and super thankful for all the prayers and planning that made this trip possible!

This post isn’t about navigating these chaotic times, in particular. Crossing borders is always confusing, and the needed tests and permissions seem to be constantly in flux, so if I were to report any specifics here, they would probably not be accurate in a couple of months. All I will say is that being prepared, with lots of tickets, tests, and everything you could possibly need printed out ahead of time is necessary.

Also necessary is traveling with food, lots of snacks, and mini-meals. Now with all the restrictions, it is harder than ever to find healthy, low-packaged food. For this reason being prepare with, say, almond cookies as pictured below, is much recommended. A cup of coffee can always be found, but high-protein healthy snacks are few and far between.

espresso break with some homemade almond cookies.

Alongside a dozen of cookies I also carried dried mulberries, oranges, and cranberries, packets of tea, whole wheat crackers, sprouted nuts, a meal of quinoa with vegetables, seeds bars, crystalized ginger and one or two other edible items I am now forgetting. And besides food I brought books and a set of almost-finished-zines to be sewn when I had time, and I had lots of time. I probably spent an entire 24 hours waiting broken up into segments throughout the almost 3 days of travel but I tried to make the most of this time!

That is all I have to report: just the simple survival info – that cross-country travel without being vaccinated is possible (and seems that it will mostly continue to be) and that bringing healthy snacks is a must on all trips. Hope you all have safe travels and expect a gardening post soon!!

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Analog Log

Over and over I am getting the same message – to lessen my time spent online, and separate my creative life from my cellphone.

Instead of aimlessly scrolling, I am setting a goal of doing more in the real world and keep going with this blog as a log of some of these real life activities.

It probably sounds paradoxacal but, I am trying to find a balance between sharing and keeping my life totally private. I’m working on a middle ground between living the reclusive homestead life up here in the mountains and also feed my need for connection with the world wide web.

Still, I am not exactly sure how this will look, but I have a few ideas of how to replace time in previously spent scrolling on instagram…

 More time reading books and writing letters (with my phone off and far away).

 More time working on the projects that really matter to me, my fam, and my community – like fixing up our garden and collecting around the farm.

 More time finding simple solutions to ecological problems.

 More time re-wilding, in nature with ones I love, and getting back to roots.

 And finally, less time lost on social media means more time dedicated to making beautiful things, creating art to share here and now as well as here on this blog.

So, I will be plotting my next post out on paper. You know, living the analog life!