Ok, unless you have been living under a rock for the past 2 years, it is very clear that a once innocent trip to the supermarket has now become a rather unpleasant experience for your wallet. Prices in food (Specially Organic and Low Carb.) have been raised sky high while salaries have been sliced right down to the bone…and then you wonder why the fast food chains are making billions now at days and obesity has become a way of life for the masses.
Well many think that having a garden is too much work and not worth the time…WRONG! In the last couple of years I have saved tons of money in food, I cook more often and healthier thanks to my own private mini farm…oh and the best part is that I don’t live in a house, that’s right people I live in modern high rise with a glass balcony slammed in the urban noise of the downtown Miami area.
Here are some ideas and costs:
Take a trip to Home Depot or Wal-Mart and buy a few essential potted herbs like; Basil, Culantro, Cilantro, Mint, Oregano, and Rosemary (these are like $3 or $4 bucks a pot)
Get a bag of soil (any kind really for about $6-$8) and one of those long square pots so that you can fit 4 or 5 herb plants nicely.
In Addition to the herbs “Pepper Plants” or “Onion Plants” are very cheap and make a great investment in the long run. Choose an area of your patio or balcony that receives a lot of sunlight and place your plants. Water every other day and BOOM!!! In less than a month you will have your very own Mini-Farm…lol Here some photos from when I started my garden…enjoy;
Today is all about my little girl Shanti. Turning 6 years old this spotty hottie still looks like a young and stylish pup. She has kept her figure, her stamina and her undeniable beauty. These past few years she has brought everyone that knows her but specially me a great deal of joy and happiness and therefore she deserves to live a 100 years more! For those of you who don’t know, her name means “Peace” and it derives from the ancient hindu/indina language; SANSKRIT…and yes as surprising as it may sound she is a Dalmatian and contrary to some belief although she can be hyper at times, she is a wonderful quiet dog as well, great with children, other dogs and even other animals. She makes my life so much better everyday and I only hope she can see how much I love her not only today on her birthday but every single day! I love you my princess…Happy Birthday
Who doesn’t like a trip to the old barn? That’s right! The irresistible hay stacks, pony rides and petting zoo make the whole experience worth your while. So here I was Saturday afternoon strolling down the tree paths of the old Amelia Earthart Natural Park in Hialeah in search of curious squirrels, goose,ducks and everything in between I could point my camera at. Ignoring the sounds of nearby birthday tents playing Reguetton and Salsa Music (this off course is due to the heavy latin population that take over this park on the weekends) I managed to find a few quiet moments of intimate encounters with some of the park most infamous residents, Oh and a rather violent episode involving a white goose who clearly didn’t like me or my camera and decided to show me the best mother nature can offer…lets just say I ran my ass off for quite some time there. After 3 hours of walking,shooting and running from vicious goose under the heat of the mighty Florida sun, I decided it was time to end my journey and peacefully park my fanny near the lake and rest!….ahhhhhhhhh so nice and breezy until I realize that I was sitting near an ant colony and judging by the pain of the bites I endured by the some of it members they weren’t happy so I fled in terror back to my car and that was the grand finally. Hope you enjoy some of the photos I took below;
This is my neighbor’s doggy who greets me every time I’m out in the balcony. There is nothing like a big furry face with droopy eyes and floppy ears peeking through calling at you for attention, to provide you with an instant warm feeling of AWWWWWWW!
If you stop and smell the roses once in a while, you might see a God or two! Miami’s lifestyle has a way of robbing its middle-class residents of the beauty and history that surrounds them. Long work hours, insane traffic, speedy drivers who don’t seem to stop for anything or anybody, and constant cellphone conversations while in the car. You could be missing some of the wonders that make this city worth visiting. I guess what I am trying to say is, “live a little”, disconnect and explore the town. You’ll be surprised to find many hidden wonders within walking distance.
During my hour of lunch today, I took a stroll around Brickell Avenue and part of South Miami Avenue near Mercy Hospital. Just look at what I stumbled upon:
The majestic statues are all over and I got see some of them during my one hour lunch today!
If you are like most people in Miami, you probably think that there is only 5 things to do here for fun; dining, going to the movies, partying in a club, visiting an art gallery or going to the beach. WRONG – I urge you to give your city a chance! Just recently I rediscovered Bayfront Park for example – who knew this little park stuck in the center of greasy downtown would have such wonders – This hidden urban oasis is filled with life and beauty not to mention all the activities that take place on a weekly basis that go sadly unnoticed to general public. I dare you to become a tourist in your own city and I guarantee you that you will be amazed with your findings. The shots below are all from Bayfront Park and were all taken one morning a couple of weeks ago, enjoy!!!
Bayfront Park, was redesigned in the 1980s. An attractive feature is the electronically controlled Pepper Fountain. Other highlights include an amphitheater used for musical performances of all kinds, a tower for laser illuminations, and three important monuments: the Torch of Friendship, symbolizing Miami’s relationships with the countries of Central and South America; the World War II Memorial; and the Challenger Memorial, commemorating the crew of the Challenger spacecraft which exploded in 1986.
This are some black & white shots from there as well…enjoy
It is quite quiet here in midtown Miami tonight… for a Saturday night that is, usually when I sit in my soft and comfortable papasan chair nicely located in the 27th floor of Midtown 2 I’m accompanied by the never resting soundtrack of the city traffic, people yelling and walking down by the streets, horns calling residents to come out and join the party, etc. I ask myself could it have anything to do with this terrible economy? I myself hardly go out anymore on Saturday nights – I have exchanged going to the movies for netflix and itunes which conveniently provide me with everything I need… this is sad but true! Biscayne blvd. is absolutely empty not even the homeless are out in the corners. Is funny I always hate the noise of the city when im out here online and I try to block it out of my head so I can concentrate and tonight that is so quiet I kinda miss the freaking noise because I cant seem to think of anything else but the fact that is so quiet! Time for bed I think…Peace