Taking a look at holiday time around the globe, we should all wish to be Finnish.  44 days each year.  That beats handy hubby, who began his 6 weeks vaca last week, eagerly nose-diving into projects: drip irrigation on the sexiest garden yet, coop 2.0 for the forthcoming meat flock, and the usual homestead upkeep that keeps him out of my hair while still fully participating in this household.  Goddess bless this rural life!

After 2 decades of nomadic life, neither of us could now imagine living anywhere else than in the sticks of East Texas.  Except maybe Finland.

I’m not going to preach more about our over-worked, over-consuming culture, because it seems to be either to the choir or the critic.  But, just one thing:

When we don’t take adequate downtime we become stressed, and when we are stressed, we often misjudge.  When we misjudge continually, our mental and/or physical health breaks down.

I’m just asking:  What does the Good Life mean to you?  What is keeping you from creating it?

When I tell friends they are often envious of the 6 weeks handy hubby enjoys, not to mention his 2 week on, 2 week off schedule year-round.

I’d love I job like that, they say!

So then get one.  Or take one.  Or create one.

Because it’s seriously worth it!  The changes we are making are absolutely improving our health.  Ok maybe that’s not some great accomplishment like saving the planet, but I believe it all starts at home.  I’m not trying to tempt fate here, but besides a stone or so in weight gained and lost according to the seasons, our combined health could only be described as pretty darn stellar.  Soon to surpass that of our youths.

If you’re not lucky enough to live in Finland, well then maybe you could re-invent wherever you are living, and whatever you are doing.

Why not?  Loads of folks have done it.  You probably have too, maybe without even realizing, at some point in your life.  But what have you done toward The Good Life lately?

Do something today that connects you to your calling!

Like what?

I don’t know what you can do, that’s up to you, but here’s what I’m doing.

I’m introducing a new segment in this blog called:

Now What?! For those times when your opportunity exceeds your skills or knowledge and the next step requires research.

This week’s Now What?! Radishes.

I love spicy crunchy radishes and they are one of the easiest veggies to grow in your garden, and one of the earliest to arrive.  But what to do when you’ve harvested several pounds of them at once?  They don’t freeze too well, but you can shred them first to flavor soups and stews.  It seems some folks also dehydrate them, but that sounds too hardcore for me.

radishes

Vegan Spring Salad

A Czech favorite dish of mine was Jarní Salat, a mixture of shredded carrots and celeriac in a sour cream based dressing.  With our first spring surplus from the garden I’ve created my own very healthy and delicious version of Jarní Salat (Spring Salad) that is vegan and full of earthy flavor.

Moravia

Moravia

Before you think you don’t like beets, try them fresh from the garden, they are sublime!

I’ll also be experimenting with a few of the pickling and relish recipes I’ve found.

Here’s 2 that look great:

http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/harvest/msg1021361225547.html

And one more:

Chili Tomato Radish Relish
1 1/2 cups tomato puree or crushed whole tomatoes
1 cup diced onions
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 T. minced fresh basil or 1 t. dried
1 T. fresh crumbled oregano or 1 t. dried
2 t. ground cumin
1 t. chili powder
2 t. lemon juice
2 T. sesame oil
1/4 cup vinegar
2 cups sliced radishes

Gently simmer all except radishes for 20 minutes. Pour the hot sauce over the sliced radishes, chill.  Yields 6 servings

Lifted from:

http://forums.homestead.org/forum_posts.asp?TID=12300&title=radishes

Where I also read this great quote:

The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways. JFK

Apparently my question last week was not very compelling.

Let me try again:  How much vacation do you take each year?