Are you a smoker? Do you know a smoker? Share this with them. Here's the deal. Don't throw your cigarette butts out of your car. Don't throw them on the ground. Would you take a burning coal from a barbecue and toss it out where it can start a fire? Would you walk around dropping lit matches everywhere? You shouldn't do this any time of year but during the hot, dry weather it is critical that you don't do this. Forest fire season is in full, early swing and we are low on water. There is a large patch of burnt grass on our highway right between the lanes. Use some common sense people. Don't even get me started on the dirty mess part of this issue.
Jun 30, 2015
In all of the world there are only a two known people still alive that were born in the 1800’s. Can you imagine that?
Emma Morano who lives in Verbania Italy, and Susannah Mushatt Jones of Brooklyn were all born in 1899. The oldest, Jeralean Talley of Detroit, recently passed away on June 18th.
Emma is still fairly healthy and is on no medications at all and Susannah has some high blood pressure but otherwise is in good health. Jeralean was still bowling at age 104.
They have had different diets with Emma eating raw eggs every day but little fruits or vegetables. She does come from Sardinia though and there seems to be a lot of centenarians in Italy. I would like to think it is that Mediterranean diet but as we see Emma never followed that much.
Susannah eats bacon, scrambled eggs and grits every day. Jeralean’s favorite foods were chicken wings and head cheese but had stayed away from butter and cheese recently. This was not for medical reasons however.
Emma and Susannah never had children and were not married for very long. Jeralean, however, was married for many, many years and did have a daughter.
Can you imagine the changes in the world these women have seen? It is incomprehensible to me. The advances in medicine. Technology. Wars. Laws. Rights. They are living history.
Susannah will turn 116 next week and Emma is a few months younger.
Happy Birthday to both of you.
Have a really big piece of cake.
Jun 19, 2015
There is plastic in our oceans. Lots of plastic. Literally tons of plastics. 300 tons generated per year.
The birds eat it and die. The fish eat it and die.
There is more and more added every day.
What are we going to do?
He is young, very young, but he is wise beyond his years. He has come up with a concept for cleaning the ocean of plastic debris that has been proven out through many feasibility studies.
It is a very complicated task due to ocean conditions, weather, sea life, sheer volume and costs involved. I believe he has the right idea.
I am not going to get all technical and scientific on you but there is a word used throughout his work that we need to understand first.
Gyre : definition from National Geographic Education: An ocean gyre is a large system of circular ocean currents formed by global wind patterns and forces created by earth’s rotation. The movement of the world’s major ocean gyres helps drive the “ocean conveyor belt”".” The ocean conveyor belts circulates ocean water around the entire planet.
It is gyres that are moving much of the plastics into an area known as The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This is not the only patch but is the biggest.
It was discovered by a racing boat captain named Charles Moore while sailing from Hawaii to California and becoming absolutely surrounded by the plastic debris. Some of it washes up on the beaches but tons of it just floats around decomposing and leaching chemicals into the sea water.
So what can be done about it besides the obvious point of not polluting our waters to begin with?
Become aware and support the brilliant minds that are trying to clean up what is there. Have a look at Boyan Slat’s video that show them in action developing their ideas into something that most certainly can work.
Since the areas are so far out to sea individual countries are not taking responsibility for the clean up. Does that surprise anyone?
How about a video of the young guy nervously giving a TED TALK speech https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROW9F-c0kIQ… click here….
The thing is the collected plastic will be recycled into other uses paying the costs for the collection and then some.
So what do you think?
May 18, 2015
This birdhouse used to sit to the side of our porch in the old house. Birds used it most years to nest in. They were used to us going in and out of the front door and they were far enough away that they were not too concerned.
The old birds nests have been turfed out the hole on to the ground and a new family has moved in. They are not very happy with me using the front door and were really concerned this morning as I watered some plants out there.
I feel bad for them but I can't move the bird house as it is too big and also needs to be sheltered so it doesn't rot any further.
I want to arrange some nice plants around it but I don’t want to distress them. I know the plants would give them more privacy and a more natural habitat but every time I water they will again freak out. What to do, what to do?
Apr 18, 2015
Last week I roasted a big meaty chicken for dinner. Not one of those scrawny ones from the grocery store but a full grown bird from a meat market.
I stuffed it with a couple fresh lemons and rubbed that bird with some salt, pepper and a bit of Italian mix spices. Into the oven to roast up with an onion on the side. It got nice and brown and was so delicious.
I had chicken wraps for lunch for a few days and also some leftover chicken for dinner twice. It was just that good. There was still a lot left.
My BB Guy had developed a sore throat and was not feeling well. I developed the same symptoms as he did a day later and ended up with a very sore throat and constant headaches. Ugh.
Time to make Chicken Soup:
- 1 chicken carcass (I left the lemons in and I highly recommend this)
- 2 onions, rough chopped
- 3 large cloves garlic
- *4 carrots
- about 20 black peppercorns
- 11/2 Tablespoons of salt – note this is a really big soup pot
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 hot red chillies – don’t worry the heat tempers down but it is essential
- a baby finger sized piece of fresh turmeric root
- *4 more carrots
- 1/2 cup quinoa grains – added almost at the end
- handful fresh chopped cilantro – added at the very end
Put the first 9 ingredients into your big soup pot and cover with water to just above the contents. As the soup cooks the bones will collapse and everything will be very well covered in the broth.
Simmer for a few hours and then strain out the contents saving all the chicken meat and add the meat back into the pot with the broth.
Cut up the remaining 4 carrots into big chunks and add to the strained broth along with the quinioa grains and cook another 20 minutes or so until the carrots are tender. Toss in the fresh cilantro and serve.
You will not need any more salt or pepper and the gentle heat from the chillies will have you craving more and more. The hint of lemon comes through as well and it is such a bright fresh tasting soup.
This was the best chicken soup I have ever made or even had for that matter. I have been eating it daily to help with my sore throat and have reached the end except for some broth that I poured into two containers and froze for a later date when I will toss in some fresh ingredients for a quick lunch or dinner.
Apr 16, 2015
The other day on Facebook I saw a photo of a man in a t-shirt that cracked me up. That set me on a quest, albeit a very short and easy quest, to find the source of this shirt.
I had to order something to surprise my BB Guy.
(Big Burly Guy for you new folks)
For those of you familiar with the HBO series Sons of Anarchy you will get the humor here.
Have a look at some of their product line. Father’s Day is coming soon so keep these in mind.
I live in Canada and it usually takes forever to get things that I order from the US but my package came so quickly I was amazed.
We are very happy with the merchandise and highly recommend ordering from them. Easy to use website as well.
And for those whose arthritis is of the rheumatoid variety they have a line for you too.
It is not just men’s shirts. They have a line of ladies as well.
This is just a sample of their product line. Go on over and have a look for yourself to see the rest of their fun gear.
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