What is the Green Grass Project?

I suppose I should come clean right out of the gate; Captain and I aren’t very “green” folks, by any stretch of the imagination, so the name of our blog shouldn’t suggest that we drive hybrid vehicles, eat exclusively raw foods, and compost religiously. I’m actually a little bit ashamed to admit that we haven’t even recycled for about a year. We do, however, have a compost bin out in the back yard that I tried to get cooking starting last Spring, but it hasn’t seemed to work the way it is supposed to. I’m going to give it another go this year. And yes, we are going to start recycling, as of this posting. How can I have a degree in ecology and not recycle? Seriously?

More accurately, the name of this blog is derived from the old idiom, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” According to the American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, this proverb has origins dating back to the 15th century. It suggests that situations that others are in always seem better than one’s own. Apparently, people have been coveting other folks’ situations for a very, very long time…it is a part of the human condition.

One of the many reasons that we started this blog was for it to serve as a way to stay centered and grounded, and to serve as a testimony to ourselves to just how “good we got it”. The writings in this blog will be mostly by us, for us, though hopefully there won’t be a nauseatingly pervasive feel of “Yay us; look how fabulous we are!” But isn’t it the very nature of blogging to be self-serving? What other reason is there for sharing your thoughts and experiences online, other than to talk about yourself? You could potentially have an audience of hundreds of millions. It is the ultimate platform!

We are making 2010 our year to simplify. We’ve already started making our own bread, brewing our own beer, and began whittling away at our material things. Hopefully this year will see the start of our own photography business, the continued health and vigor of us and our beautiful baby daughter, a successful garden come Spring, new experience in the kitchen and the wood shop, and many other things we’ll be blogging about. Life is a project!

Anyway, we’re living on the greenest side of the fence. Its really nice over here…you should stop by.

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