The Friday Feedback Forum

June 11th, 2010 - filed under: Furthermore » Feedback

IMG_2663Waits loves to fly!

IMG_2676. . . and drop drool bombs!

Oi! Oi! It’s the weekend again! (hallelujah amen, amiright?!) Time to kick off your shoes, relax for a spell, and have a fantabulous time. You deserve it! Also and always, here on Bonzai it’s time for comments, critiques, thoughts, support, and suggestions.

So what’s new in the world of You? What are you especially grateful for these days? (me = green plantfoods and raw nuts, sunny days, great girlfriends, Waits’ eyelashes which are the longest and loveliest I’ve ever seen, and forever and always my husband) What do you want to see here on Bonzai Aphrodite? More food, more fashion, more farm? More . . . furthermore (???)

As usual, the Feedback Forum will remain here at the top of the page all weekend, so if you’ve got an idea or a question or you just want to introduce yourself and say ‘Oi!’, you can stop back by any time. This is your community, so get involved and have your say!

Have a great one my dears. Be good to You!


  • Heather (Perspective Is Everything)

    Whoa! Look at the skillz Waits has with that drool bomb! :)
    Lately I’ve been grateful for the spinach and lettuce I had to harvest, as well as watching my tomatoes develop and grow daily.
    Oh how awesome it would be to have time lapse photography on the garden!

  • Crystal

    Waits is so adorable!!!
    I’m grateful for my husband, doggies, and my yoga practice.
    I had trouble trying to start a komucha mother, it let it set up for the 2 weeks, and nothing happened besides a funk-tastic smell! Any thoughts?

  • Minna

    More futhermore! :D:D:D

  • Courtney

    Once the hubby is ready to go, we’re off to put our deposit down on an apartment! We’re finally going to have our own place after living with gracious friends for over 2.5 years. I’m already compiling lists of plants for inside and outside the apartment (we have a patio!!). Any help about easy to care for plants would be a good one. I’m not that great at keeping them alive, but I’ve managed to keep two little pieces of bamboo alive, so they’re giving me hope!

  • Melissa

    That little Waits is just precious!!! Great pictures!!!
    Today, I am grateful for summertime in Florida and all of its perks (the intense sun, cool dips in the pool, afternoon storms, birds everywhere, crepe myrtle trees abloom, green, green, green all around)
    Always, I am grateful for my husband and our children. Our oldest son is gearing up for college and moving out soon and it is such a bittersweet time. I am grateful that we have made it this far with him on the amazing journey of parenthood.
    I would love to see more food and fashion is fun too. Thanks!

  • Jenny B.

    more gardening stuff would be great and since someone wrote in about moving to an apartment, i am curious, what veggies grow well in pots? and how big should the pots be? I know tomato’s are good, but it seems like other things might need to have shorter root systems to be in a pot. Any thoughts?

  • April

    We are stoked that our CSA kicked off this week! Organic local lettuces, spinach, scallions, radishes and bok choy fill our fridge. We need to eat, eat, eat before our next pickup on Thursday!
    In other exciting happenings, my family and I are in the middle of moving to our new home! We’re Homeowners! There is so much cleaning to be done. There will be a lot of baking soda and vinegar in our immediate future. Any other preggo-safe, enviro-friendly cleaning suggestions? One particular task in mind is an effective and safe wallpaper paste removal process.

  • Sharon

    Have not seen a reference to this item in here yet, but would like to encourage all here to research diatomaceous earth. This is a great supplement and natural insecticide, and I can’t think of another natural product that can make that claim.
    BTW, I am very grateful for all that life has unfolded for me, even the problems. Everything that happens in our lives is for a reason, even though we may never know that reason. Just some food for thought! Make it a wondrous week for yourselves and all around you.

  • Jen (and Ken)

    I am grateful for my tent! lol Seriously tho, we are in Kansas now on our cross country trike trek and the storms here are terrific. They make me feel so ALIVE and in awe of our world!

  • Jen (and Ken)

    Oh yeah! I forgot to ask you… What do you use for skin care? Or what can you suggest for someone who is out in the elements all the time and is prone to oily skin and adult acne? I am having a terrible time out here with this problem. Thanks!

  • ann

    Grateful For: After 5 years of fun and learning one of my most favorite students ever is going to college (an extreme rarity for our school) and I couldn’t be prouder or happier to have shared such good times with him! And yes, graduation for him also means summer vacation for me, so, yeah, I’m grateful for that too.

    Wanting More: I’d love to hear some goodness about vegan pregnancy and even vegan baby-dom as Waits moves on to non-mom foods. He is an adorable little argument for vegan pregnancy!

    Thanks for sharing all your knowledge, energy and humor with us!

  • Meghan


    I have grown in pots on my apartment balcony: tomatoes, bell peppers (they didn’t get huge, but they were tasty!), jalepenos, and assorted herbs. I tried growning zucchini, but they were no match for the spider mites that plague my balcony for some reason. Plus they got kind of big and sprawling and were sort of in the way.

    If my husband were home, I’d tell you how big my pots are… smaller than is generally recommended, but my tomatoes have always done great. We have something similar to this (can’t find my exact model) that we put three plants in.

  • Sayward

    @ Heather – Time lapse in the garden would be so awesome! Have you seen the new BBC series ‘Life’, by the makers of ‘Planet Earth’? Holy amazing, some of the most stunning time lapse photography I’ve ever seen.

    @ Crystal – Well first, you put it into a caffeine and sugar-rich medium, right? If yes, hmm . . . was it especially hot, or especially cold? Too much air flow/breeze? Was there a cloth on top to allow breathing? Other than that I’m not sure – maybe just give it another go!

    @ Minna – Like what??!

    @ Courtney – I just got my patio garden going, and I’m also doing some ‘experiments’ on my house plants. So yes! Plant stuff to come. Congrats! =D

    @ Melissa – MMmmm, Florida is sounding real good from overcast Portland! =(

    @ Jenny B – Like Meghan said, peppers and jalapenos are great, as well as all the herbs. Also greens do great, from the delicate salad greens to the hardy bitter greens like kale. They’d be champion patio-growers. You could even try cabbage, or cauliflower. Radishes of corse, and beets too with a deep enough pot. Carrots too, for that matter! You just need to get some nice big vessels. 1/2 wine casks are great and pretty, or building your own wooden boxes. If you’re less concerned about looks there’s always cheap plastic tubs!

    @ April – Congrats on the homeownership! Wow, tons of awesome big changes for you. =)

    You’ve got it right with the cleaning – bs and vinegar will get you sooo far. Add a little liquid castile soap and you’ve got a great ‘soft scrub’ for mildew, tile/grout, stove grease, etc. Sorry, I don’t have a wallpaper remover recipe! Let me know if you find one!

    @ Sharon – I am also grateful for my struggles, so thanks for the reminder of that. I need to look into diatomaceous earth, I’ve heard all sorts of great things. Thanks!

    @ Jen (and Ken) – Hey guys! Great to hear from you!

    Unfortunately I really don’t know much about skin care regimens. Well, I guess that’s fortunate for me – I’ve always just used plain water and never had any major skin issues, but I think that’s just my lucky area of the gene pool. I wish I had more to offer, I get this question a lot and I just don’t have any experience to speak from. I have heard really excellent things about the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM), if you want to give that a Google. Sorry Jen!

    Keep in touch!

    @ ann – That is so touching! You must be incredibly proud (and proud of yourself, too, I hope) How very rewarding. =)

    I’ve got a series of pregnancy/baby related articles in the works, starting this week in fact . . .

  • Minna

    Actually I’m very-very happy with everything on Bonzai! I love reading about the garden (and looking at the pictures!) and dreaming about my own, but cause I don’t have my own garden, I guess I’m more interested in all sorts of DIY projects and experiments. I love your DIY recipes under the fashion – can’t wait to try the toothpaste, hair gel and cleaning stuff! So, I would love to see even more of that (although I do realise such experiments probably take the most time of all) – diy perfume, moisturizer, lip balm etc.

    I saw you wrote that you’ve got baby articles coming, which is awesome!

    About the “more furthermore”, I just thought it’s a funny pair of words :) But not only that, I would also lovelovelove to read about HOW you manage to be so “mindful” (as you call it) and organized. Do you have any tricks for getting motivated? Where do you get the energy? Is that how you’ve always been or have you had any help from books or philosophers/thinkers?

    Sorry if I confused you with that previous comment! :D Didn’t mean to.

  • Sayward

    @ Minna – Ah yes, that does sound sot of funny together. =)

    I’ve been very abstractly batting around a few concept articles on mindfulness, etc. Maybe it’s time to put the proverbial pen to paper . . .

  • Kelly H.

    Thought of your sweet baby today as I watched the movie The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. Tom Waits was in it…