I broke down and got a new blender before I read Jason's comments. He suggested I try the thrift stores for a professional quality blender. Why didn't I think of that?
Well, I will eventually do that, but for now I have an inexpensive machine, which will probably last for a while, since I'm careful not to overtax it. I feed the ingredients in progressively. If I find a better one, I'll pass this one along. Maybe Fierce Teenager can take it away to college.
I'd really like to do a smoothie feast. I know I'm not in a place for a juice feast, but the smoothies have been calling to me, especially since I dropped my Raw percentage over the holidays. It seems like it would be a good way to cleanse myself somewhat. I'm not ready to commit though, because I still have to use everything in my wonderful CSA basket and I have to prepare foods for the rest of the family. Well, I'm still playing with the idea, as I think it would help me go deeper into health--physically, spiritually and emotionally. Right now, I'm journaling a lot in order to better see the connections between my emotions and my spirit to what I'm putting in my body.
I just finished a great juice from the cafe at Mother's Market: apple, lemon, ginger & wheatgrass. It made me want to invest in a juicer and start doing that at home. I think I'll check the thrift stores.