Thursday, June 11, 2009

You Gotta’ Laugh

Posted in fun, Humor, Laughs, Liberty, Life, Pursuit of Happiness tagged , , , , at 3:46 pm by Elaine Petrowski

or you’ll cry, for sure!

check this out… made me chuckle

Worst Slide Story

Thursday, March 12, 2009

No Trip to Italy in The Budget This Year?

Posted in Life, Pursuit of Happiness tagged , , , , , , at 1:12 am by Elaine Petrowski



If you can’t scrape up the discretionary funds to travel to Italy this summer, don’t despair. You can use that garden we discussed in the last post to plant Italian vegetable seeds instead.

Grow Italian, an online seed catalog,  features seeds for dozens of Italian vegetable varieties, including cultivated dandelion, arugula, basil, garlic, endive, chicory and tomatoes. ( They’re offering a special too – order 11 packs and the 12th is free!)

If Japan is more your dream destination –but you won’t be going there either– try the Asian veggie seeds at  Kitazawa Seed company. (Though they claim arugula as a native too!)

None of the greens or herbs require much room. And according to the sustainable gardeners at retrovore you can grow many of these veggies in small spaces like a sunny terrace or windowsill.

Just a row or two?

What are your thoughts? Participate in my poll, below.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Are You Ready to Grow Your Own?

Posted in gardening, Life tagged , , , , , , at 8:44 pm by Elaine Petrowski

Food, that is.

grow your own

grow your own

It seems vegetable seed sales are way up this  year.  And spring isn’t even officially here yet.

Just as I was mulling over the idea of tucking a few more edibles into our backyard landscape this summer, I stumbled on an NPR radio show on the topic. Leonard Lopate Show 3/5/9 about all the people who beat me to it.

And why not?

Home vegetable gardening is, as “they” say,  a win-win situation. You get fresh, better tasting, nutritious food without farm equipment and trucks polluting the earth to get it to you. You can save money and get some exercise.  (And it seems,  kids who grow veggies, eat more veggies.)

Start small.  Before it gets too hot, plant a row or two of leaf lettuces. Add some perennial cooking herbs (they come back each year) like mint, lemon balm, thyme, rosemary, oregano and chives in between the shrubs. Put some basil, parsley and a few cherry tomato plants in a big pot on your deck. Or just consider planting some edible flowers like nasturtiums and marigolds to improve the look, as well as the taste, of summer salads.  (But you can’t spray the flowers with pesticides!)

If you think this is all a great idea, but have no clue where to begin, check out and the National Gardening Association for  seed sources, a reading list and some how -to tips.

So … are you convinced?

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Are You Spending Less on the Holidays?

Posted in Pursuit of Happiness tagged , , , , at 7:00 am by Elaine Petrowski

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Proof of a recession?

Posted in Life tagged , , , at 7:53 pm by Elaine Petrowski

I live in an affluent town in Bergen County, New Jersey that’s known locally as a shopper’s dream destination. Great for the business owners, but annoying as hell if you live here and must pick up a prescription or get to your haircut appointment on time. (And yes, I do make every effort to support the local businesses and stay “off the highway”.)

The town is attractive and features a walkable shopping district with several one-of-a kind gift and specialty shops, boutique clothing and jewelry stores, chains like Gymboree, Chico’s and the Gap, and the ubiquitous Starbucks, along with far too many restaurants, nail salons and banks.

The resultant shopper’s congestion and snarl are so time-consuming that I’ve long considered errands in town, especially at lunch time or on weekends, a kind of hell-on-earth. Real-life rule #39: Any errands I carry out in my hometown must be conducted during the week, preferably in the hours before school lets out, when the fleet of moms in their  huge SUVs, who insist on driving while talking on their (illegal) hand-held cellphones (another topic), are still at home or at work.

This much-exalted consumer’s mecca has been not-quite-served by insufficient metered street parking, several municipal parking lots, and on busy weekend nights, valet parking for the restaurants. On a busy day, especially around the lunch hour, it’s not unusual to drive around the block four or five times, or to sit in the aisle of one of the lots waiting for someone to leave, before lucking into a spot to stash your car. Read the rest of this entry »