Hate mail, the usual. My glyphosate and wheat post earlier this week addressed a completely untruthful blog post about “toxic wheat”, went viral (by my standards) and I received a lot of traffic, a lot of comments and a lot emails. Mostly all good and encouraging, but then the usual anti-science, anti-ag rhetoric that I should be used to, but I’m not. When people call me a “horrible mother“, that I’m brainwashed, that we grow and feed our kids poison, it gets to a person after awhile. I’m a human, (a lady human), I’ve got hormones and emotions that get the best of me and it seems when all the negativity rains on me—it pours. In addition to that, an article that is very popular on The Genetic Literacy Project that I wrote garnered a lot of attention this week as it was recirculating (hence the ‘horrible mother’ allegations). Then Dr. “Wheat Belly” saw my interview in The Western Producer (?WTH?) and called me out on his Facebook page (more on that later), then of course ,this wheat post which (obviously) not everyone agreed on. Three big, controversial things in one week all pouring down on me. #agbloggerproblems
How much I love my kids, and the farmer too, of course. At the end of the day no matter who says what, I live a blessed life. Husband and kids who love me, health, roof over our heads, clothes on our backs and plenty of good food in my fridge and pantry (contrary to what many people think). I just don’t know where along the way human decency was lost? If you disagree with someone, why must that mean that we “hate” each other now? Call each other names? What happened to kindness and respect? There definitely are a few (very few) people that disagree with me that will talk respectuflly with me (on ag issues), but they are few and far between. When someone comes to my spaces online and starts yelling at me and attacking me personally? I’m going to implement a new rule: you come to my house and treat me that way, I kick you out.
To end on a high note, I’m also thinking about and anticipating going to the Grow Canada Conference in Ottawa with Jay in December! I’m very very excited!
Back at work lots, decorating for Christmas and blowing my nose. Ethan and I have the first head colds of the season “yay”. Truly though, as of this afternoon my house is fully decorated for Christmas and it’s cleaned as well, so that n itself is something to be very happy about.
Loving The Good Wife on Netflix when Jay isn’t around or he’s watching hockey and then keeping up with fall favourites The Walking Dead, The Big Bang Theory, Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy. I’m also loving our twice weekly trips to the rink to watch Braden play hockey and skate. I guess this isn’t technically “watching” but we love our nightly tradition of playing Mario Kart on N64 when Ethan goes to bed. Braden is getting very good!
How much Ethan is growing this week. His personality and his language have exploded. He can repeat most words on command now and suddenly has a clear understanding of things like “Finish your lunch and then you’re going for a nap!”, he just ‘gets it’ now which is really really neat. I also love that winter is here, there’s snow on the ground and the temps have been pretty mild.
So, that’s what’s currently going on.