2022 Life Logs, Day 362: Another Laid Back Day
Date: Wednesday, December 28, 2022
Weather: Partly Cloudy: High 43, Low 35 degrees F
Sunrise and Sunset: 7:09 am & 4:20 pm
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Another laid back day. And strangely, it was warmer today, but felt colder to me. I guess it was the wind, but it didn’t stop Shadow and I from having fun outside. I love the fact that I live close to the water and Shadow, and I have daily water bird sightings while we are walking in the neighborhood or playing ball down by the water. Today’s big sighting was something I have not seen before. There was enough ice on the river that the geese looked like they were walking on water. The ice is thin, but evidently thick enough to hold the weight of the geese. And at sunset, when Shadow and I went to the water to play fetch, we witnessed one lone swan in the water under a gorgeous pink sky.

I went to Heather and Jed’s to feed the cats, took some kitty photos to send to the boys (Ollie’s request), worked on the mess of clothes on Sam’s bedroom floor as an early birthday present to him (teenagers!), collapsed a garage full of cardboard boxes to be recycled, and then came home to read through the articles I have chosen for the January Public Policy meeting that I will be leading. It is about how the decisions that we make three times a day about what we will eat makes an impact on the climate. The current research shows that for our own health and for the environment, we need to eat more fruits and vegetables and less meat. But for many people, saying that we should be eating less meat causes them to get very defensive. The current research and guidelines keep me going back to Michael Pollan’s 2008 book entitled In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto where he says all you have to remember is seven words—”Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” He goes on to explain that by “food” he means real food, not processed. His advice goes along with most current recommendations. If you have not read that book, I highly recommend it. I have one more day of reading and then I will send out links to the reading material to other group members.