Sandy

Hope all of you guys living/working in Manhattan are fine after the crazy hurricane. I was supposed to be in New York Sat-Tue morning, that would’ve been fun. Glad the last minute events changed my plans.
Even in Toronto we had winds up to 75 km/h, most of Monday, and now there’s tons of fallen trees, broken houses and cars. At least it didn’t last all through Tue and Wed, like initially expected! Would have been very uncomfortable walking my mini-dachshunds at wind gusts of 100 km/h:)

Stupid Questions Vegetarians Are Asked – And Great Answers

Just spoke with my old long lost friend today on skype. She was trying to prove me that “people cannot go without meat” because “many famous people could not do it for <…different reasons>”. After conversation with her I feel exhausted. I understand that some people are simply not ready to switch yet, but these meaningless debates, when they try to justify their support of meat-producing because in fact their traditions are stronger than them and fun gatherings with their friends where they eat meat are more important for them than trying to reduce suffering and change their lifestyle……And this desire to only take into account the failed veg*ns, and ignore all the successful healthy veg*ns. uff…. So I found this page with answers to stupid questions vegetarians are asked http://kerryg.hubpages.com/hub/The-Dumbest-Things-People-Say-To-Vegetarians-and-Vegans# , will always use it in the future to avoid time wasted on those meaningless debates.
Seriously, it appears to me that if people are truly considering vegetarianism or at least *seriously want to know the truth* they would go and research, instead of starting debates with vegetarians for the sake of debates, not for the sake of finding the truth. Which still of course doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t provide them with information…Sent her plenty of articles and stories on successful veg*ns, hopefully that would have some effect.

Finally – tomato harvest!

My tomatoes are ripen at last, so I have harvested some of them today. Surprisingly, although growing them in tiny planters, not adding any mulch and only watering a lot, they’re very sweet and tasty like any field tomatoes. Yay, all my efforts paid off, here’s pics:

Finally - tomato harvest!

Here’s the salad I prepared from the large tomato.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tomato (obviously:)
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1/4 red sweet pepper
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 tbsp leek, sliced finely
  • 1-2 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • salt&pepper to taste

Instructions:

Mix everything and enjoy 🙂

Finally - tomato harvest!

Israel’s Bill to Ban All Fur Trade delayed (Please sign the PETITION to support the ban)

http://www.antifurcoalition.org/israel-fur-bill.html

Good for Israel, definitely a thinking country in which citizens’ opinions matter. If this ban passes, they will actually show everyone that animal rights activists efforts are not vain, and they *actually do bring results*! And oh Canada…..simply horrible.

Please sign the petition at the bottom of the article if you want to support banning the fur trade.

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Tomatoes

Yesss, all the efforts weren’t vain, the tomatoes are getting red! So far the only ones getting red are those right over the heating vent, but it’s already very exciting, as I was worried the low temperature outside might have switched something in tomato plants telling them it’s autumn and keeping them from ripening. Anyhow, the fact is I successfully grew my first ever own tomatoes, yay!

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Plants moving indoors

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in Canada! It’s a wonderful sunny day here. Although at night weather is getting really cold, so yesterday at 11pm I figured it’s a bit much colder than theweathernetwork forecasted, was supposed to be +3, but after seeing steam coming out of my mouth outdoors, I decided it’s already close enough to 0 to risk my beautiful lavenders, and started the emergency replanting. Neighbours were probably wondering what was happening when at midnight with large construction light I was running around my side-yard carrying different tools and pots. Anyhow, now the house is very much resembling a greenhouse with 6 lavenders, 2 basils, oregano, parsley, and even 2 huge tomatoes which I couldn’t leave outside in the cold. So much for the perennials that don’t require too much work…Ah well.
They also grew big time during the last couple months, so now instead of tiny seedlings I have full grown plants, each needing a separate large pot. The only ones staying outside are the mints and cilantros that completely turned into flowers by now. My major concern is that there is not enough sun here indoors, but I guess worst case scenario they would hibernate.

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