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Monday, April 17, 2017

You Go Girl

If you've followed this blog for a while or my old blog
"Wanna Buy a Duck" I'm sure you've heard me mention
my life long friend Marilyn. 

Marilyn is in training. Training for what, you might ask. 
Training for a triathlon to be held August 6. 
Not so unusual but Marilyn is 78 and triathlons are a passionate hobby for her.
You could say she is always in training because her exercise week is divided up by
swimming, running and biking.

I would never even get started at the gate, but I'm the one waiting at the finish
line,  flouncing the pom poms. I am bursting with energy when I watch her
commitment to her workout schedule.

She will be coming for a visit next month, driving her van with her bike
in it's rack. There is an olympic size pool at the Y and plenty of running
space here. She can do her thing while I hoe my spuds.

I planted potatoes yesterday and my Fed Ex guy said I'm late.  They should
have been in the ground by St. Paddy's Day. But then I read in the Farmer's
Almanac that we should never plant potatoes in the sign of Pisces and March
 17 is still Pisces. Oh dear, what to do!  I just got some old sprouted
organic red potatoes from my daughter. Nice sprouts but
Lily started chewing on them and  poof went some of the long sprouts.

Have a happy week and you A to Z'ers are on the home stretch.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

My answer was, "No Way."

I was in Bozeman for my weekly appointment when
a friend came up to me and asked if I heard that Assad
had released a killing gas on his people and there 
were videos all over the internet of Syrian people and
many small children dying from breathing this chemical. 
     "No way," was my response. I do not believe Assad would delibertly release a
deadly gas on his people nor did I believe he was guilty of the same thing four
years ago.  I don't think any country is supposed to be stockpiling that kind of
gas so I guess just having it could be a crime.

It really makes no sense at all but smacks more of False FLAG,  False FLAG.
Everything seems to be just kind of OK now...... no major crises and one fine
morning, Assad just decided to gas some of his people and especially the
children. Nothing tugs at the heart-strings, like watching little kids die and puts
Americans in a war-revenge mood. Some sources even suggested the  videos
were staged.

The next morning I woke up to the news that Trump had ordered an air strike
 on a Syrian air strip as a warning to Assad.  A warning for what? No proof
of anything.  Why so fast?  Is Trump another Allen Dullas and pulled the
wool over everyone's eyes. I would hate to harbor that thought for even a
moment.  It seemed to be common knowledge that the UN wanted Assad out
and Niki Haley was over there condemning Assad.

I saw too much of Allen Dulles' moving into countries where we had no
business to be, ousting Mossadegh from Iran in 1953, followed by deposing
Jacobo Arbenz from Guatemala and always setting up his own puppet
government. False Flags usually anger the people enough to accept our
government going in for the natural resources as the prize. Ha

Trump was so adamant about staying out of Syria on his campaign
promises. I know many Trump supporters who are now fearful that he is
pulling an FDR move.  FDR's campaign promise was that the Mother's
would never see their son's fight on foreign soil. Right. After being
elected, how long did that promise last.

Many of us are praying that this is a one time occurance and that
President Trump will hold fast to his promises. He has always talked
about our countries debt and that little air strike was another 90
million shot up like fireworks. Perhaps I'm not seeing the big
picture, but my gut tells me I am.

I hope history isn't repeating itself......as the saying goes.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Attempt at a Blueberry Pie

I am using new baking flour, an ancient non-hybrid wheat
flour known as Einkorn.  This miracle flour is touted to 
possess all the characteristics of the wheat grown when 
I was young, meaning, causing NO WHEAT ALLERGIES.

It makes very sticky dough and working with it takes some practice. I was so
frustrated making this pie that I almost threw the whole thing out but the crust
is most delicious. What I did throw out, was all my old wheat flour and I'm
definitely going to "stick" with this one (pun intended). lol

My previous Einkorn baking experiment was Kefir Sourdough Bread. It took 5 days of
preparation and then I forgot the salt but delicious in-spite-of.

I hated to cook, didn't even like to be in the kitchen but I did appreciate good health.
I came to the realization long ago that if I wanted good health, I'd have to cook.
Now, when I prepare nutritious, healthy food, I actually enjoy being in the
kitchen and I am absolutely in "good health heaven" to have discovered Einkorn
flour. If your cooking/baking is centered around good health, check out this one.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Little Kid Makes a Snowman

The report is that this is the most snow and lowest 
temps we've had in over forty years.  Swell.  But I
don't really care as long as the pipes don't freeze
and when the sun shines, it fills every room of this
old farmhouse with cozy bright.

As much as I love this old house,  puppy and I still have to go out for our
daily exercise.  On our drive to the park, I noticed a small boy, alone in
his front yard, trying to make a snowman. The day was a little warmer
and the snow was perfect for rolling a big snowball. There was a slight hill
in that yard and I actually stopped for a second to watch the little boy push
the snowball UP the hill. He was very small, perhaps 4 or so.

The little nipper was really working hard trying to push that big snowball
and then I wondered why his mother didn't come out and suggest it would
be easier if he pushed the snowball DOWN the hill.  Maybe it was one of
those teaching experiences, like, "Figure it out yourself, kid, it's a hard-
knock world out there."

If it had been my kid, I may have hollered out the door that it would be
easier if he rolled the snowball down the hill. Is that pampering too much
or is it better to let kids figure out certain things on their own? Just
wondering what you think as it's too late for me anyway. My kids are
now grandparents themselves.  If there were mistakes to be made in raising
kids, I made mine many years ago.

What do you think?

Monday, March 6, 2017

As Long As I'm On The Dog Subject.....

Lily will be 1 year in a month. I saw little drops of blood
on the floor. Oops....Lily is in heat. I had pads all ready
for the occasion but now I don't know where I put them.

I think everyone knows I'm 87 and I can't recall a time when we didn't have a dog or
dogs. When I was young, dogs always lived to see their 20's and never were ill with
any of the diseases dogs can suffer from now.

As I was examining Lily to make sure it was her season, my mind wandered back
to our dogs that seemed so much healthier. What could it be that made the difference?

For one thing, dogs were not spayed, neutered or vaccinated. I can't even remember
a small animal vet in our town.  Nor do I recall ever seeing commercial dog food.
Dogs just ate the same food we ate.

I will also interject here, that I never heard of people having cancer or all those
diseases of the organs until perhaps in the 60's or 70's. But this is a dog story, not
a people story.

I looked up a lot of vids by Vets on YT and there seemed to be a sharp division  of
opinions about the above dog subjects. I'm in agreement with the vets who say,
"Do not spay or neuter.  Or each year you hold off adds another year to your dog's
life. All the medical info is on YT but it appears that if the sex hormones are
removed, the adrenals will still produce a small amount of sex hormones but
those little buttons soon become over-taxed and many kinds of diseases can
take over the pet's body.

One informative video by a Dr. Becker, states that in Canada the vets can do
a tubal ligation, that is far better for the dog but unfortunately US Vets are
not even taught this as an option.

Then there's the dog food. I've never understood how a dog could live on
those hard little nuggets that lack enzymes, so I've always made my own
dog food. I've never given them processed food because I don't own a
can opener. LOL I wouldn't eat those things so why would I give it to my dog.

There are a few things I have to conform to because of laws but I pretty
much raise my dogs as we did back in the 30's.

I realize many people have to give their pets the commercial pet food but
it would add to their nutrition to mix in a raw egg each day,  some meat
scraps, some kelp and a shot of wild salmon oil. I know..... I read that vets'
say, "Don't give your dog table scraps, but trust this old broad, the dog would
love it and love you too.

Now I gotta look for those pads. Where did I put
them? That's what 87 will do for you. Haha

Monday, February 27, 2017

One bad thing, one good thing


This is Lily,  10 mo. old Australian Shepherd
who side-swipped me from behind and sent
me flying. I landed hard (very hard) on a
pocket radio and broke my hand. This happened
last fall so I spent the winter with my right arm in a cast.  She is a
Sweetie and smart, smart, smart, like all Aussie dogs. I worked
with her in the house this winter and it's absolutely stunning to
see the results of our training hours.

But here's the bad thing. I love my home-made
sourdough bread and how could I knead bread dough with
my hand in a cast?

Here's the good thing.
Bosch bread dough mixer to
the rescue.  I am totally in love
with this appliance.  It mixes my dough
in 5 minutes. Why didn't I have this
years ago?  Perfect loaves. I have
always considered bread making an
art. I guess it took Lily to show me
an easier way.

My arm is now out of the cast and
recovering fast...... just in time
for summer gardening.

Ain't life grand.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

A Fitting Punishment

I just read this in the New York Times.

A sentence was handed down to 5 teenagers in VA who spent
a lot of energy writing  racist graffiti on a historic black school-
house. 

They are ordered to read one book each month for the next
12 months and write a book report on it.  Not just any book 
but the Judge gave them a list of 35 works from history's 
most divisive and tragic periods, from which they can choose.

Their sentence also includes a mandatory visit to the Holocaust
Museum in Washington and the Smithsonian's Museum of
American History exhibit on Japanese-American internment
camps in the US. 

I hope more judges follow suit in that kind of punishment  of
Judge Avelina Jacob.  Do you think people would 
continue to riot if they actually knew and understood history?