The Friday Feedback Forum

September 24th, 2010 - filed under: Furthermore » Feedback

This is a pirate riding a peg-legged chicken.

Oi there! Oi Oi! Aren’t you glad it’s the weekend? The first weekend of Autumn, yay! So excited! And as always, here on Bonzai the weekend means it’s time for comments, critiques, thoughts, support, and suggestions. I’d love to hear from you!

And now to kick off the weekend right, with a mini love list just three items long. So, please tell me three little things that you adore (mine = 1. afterdark walks and all the neighborhood kitties who greet me – I know them all now, 2. frozen banana with nut butter – dessert doesn’t get better as far as I’m concerned, 3. my darling house plants – and leveraging them into even more house plants . . .) Now tell me yours!

Don’t forget! The Great Bonzai Seed Exchange is on! Please keep this in mind as autumn weather rolls in and you’re pulling up plants. Save those seeds!

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!

Enjoy the first of fall, my friends!

  • Tine

    That is by far my favorite picture of the day.

    Ah, since you mentioned seeds, I’ve been meaning to ask… as there a really good way to actually harvest seeds? I’m a bit of a gardening noob, so I’m sure it’s actually really easy… but I’m not sure how to go about it. (I have a giant cucumber plant and acorn squash if that helps any)

    And while I’m asking, what about strawberry plants? I love my little green berry maker, but have no clue what to do with it T_T

    Any suggestions?

  • Melisa

    1-Learning the word “petrichor”, which is the best word ever! Thanx for that.
    2-Canned pumpkin has returned to stores after a recall left me pumpkinless for almost a year! There are muffins. Oh, yes, there are muffins.
    3-I have two full days off to spend with my husband and my growing-up-so-fast three-year-old girl.
    Loved the fall photos, and poetry, in your previous post!! I feel alive in Autumn in a way totally different from the rest of the year.

  • Laura Louise

    1. Plain soy milk, without the huge amounts of sugar they add to most of the ones they sell here.
    2. Finding out I’m probably originally left handed (or maybe just both handed?)
    3. Chickpeas!

  • Maureen Thomson

    1. homemade breakfast of fruit salad and fresh-from the-breadmaker bread. (why do my favorite things inevitably include food? note to self–next 2 things can NOT be food-related…)
    2. watching the world change from pastels to bold fall colors (in everything from nature to clothing)
    3. My husband (who had back surgery this week and is getting back to his old upright self). So, oh yes, that brings me to a 4th thing I adore–Dr. Daniel Rohrer and all the staff at St. Vincent’s who gave us our lives back. Woo hoo!

  • erosan

    1. Sleeping till a bit later since it is Saturday
    2. Waking up to the smell of my girlfriend already cooking breakfast!
    3. My girlfriend cooking breakfast! (she seldom cooks, so I love it when she does)

  • Beens

    1. Waking up to pancakes and coffee (and he did the washing up!)
    2. Walking around the lake a stone’s throw from where I live
    3. Getting an email from my parents saying that they’re coming to visit at Christmas \o/

  • CBR

    1. Sitting outside and reading
    2. Listening to my favourite music
    3. Going home from university to visit my dog

    I have a question that I’ve been wondering about for a while. What kind of pet food do you use for your dogs? Are they v*gan as well?

  • Amanda

    1. Watching my chickens frolic in the yard.
    2. Running in the drizzling rain.
    3. Dark chocolate. Anytime.

    Hope you are having a great weekend!

  • Hyla

    1. Enjoying a lazy Sunday made complete with mimosas.
    2. Playing in the kitchen and creating some fun raw goodies.
    3. I’m still celebrating the equinox. Autumn makes me soooo happy!

  • Nathalie

    1. Reading a book to a kid on my lap.
    2. Veggies so fresh they glow.
    3. Nighttime walks with my love.

    p.s. I’m having a finger puppet coloring contest and the grand prize is an autographed book, Thora doll, and button set. Spread the word if you know anyone who might be interested!

    …and have a great week! :D

  • Squiggle

    Things I am LOVING so far this week;

    1.Having *finally* finished decorating my room and having a tonne of stuff to donate to the charity shops

    2.Re-working loads of non-veg*n slow cooker recipes to be full of veg*n awesomeness!

    3.Achieving a certain degree of ‘zen’ about my housemate/living situation…stress free is much better :)

    OOH, and one extra one…having harvested about 5 kg of elderberries from around where I live to turn into delicious wine and jam!

  • Rebecca

    I love that you felt that picture even required a caption…ha ha

  • Sayward

    @ Tine – Harvesting seeds totally depends on the species. I have a few tutorials if you look back through the farm posts. Cukes and squashes are both pretty similar and pretty easy – remove seeds, rinse, dry out thoroughly (in sun is best but any warm-not-hot place will do) and then save. Pretty straightforward! =D

    For strawberries you don’t save the seeds, you propagate them asexually. I wrote an article about it here if you’re interested. Luck!

    @ CBR – My dogs are not currently veg*n, but I’m finally (FINALLY) in the process of transitioning them. Yay! I’m really excited about it and plan to blog a lot about the whole process. Coming soon!

    @ Nathalie – Love it! And I seriously LOVE that photo, haha. I’ll promote the contest in this week’s Friday Feedback Forum. =)

  • Melisa

    As a vet tech, I’m curious as to why you’d want to transition a dog to a vegan diet. I guess you’ll probably explain when you blog the experience, eh?

  • Sayward

    @ Melisa – It’s an ethical decision. Same as with myself, if I don’t *have* to contribute to animal suffering in order to feed my dogs, than I feel like it would be wrong for me to do so. And as you know, dogs are not obligate carnivores like cats are. They are true omnivores, actually opportunistic scavengers just exactly like people. They don’t require meat any more than we do! =D

    So I’m taking it slow and so far they’re responding really well. We’ll see how it all pans out!