Monday, September 13, 2010

My country

OK I think I have had enough of the bickering and the crap coming down the tube for the last couple of years. I can say this with complete accuracy and mean it. If you guys can't get along then take your toys and go home because this is my country. You got it, mine. I am the Native American and you are just interlopers here. The Cherokee have always had two villages within the nation. The War village and the Peace village. My ancestors came out of the War village but I bet you already guessed that.

Of course I am just kidding about picking up you stuff and going home. That would be a hoot. Hello Europe here is another half billion people for you. Seriously though can't we all just get along?

September at last

I haven't really kept up with my posts this year as well as I should have. I think perhaps I am coming more to terms with myself as a single person. I hope this brave new world is ready for me.

I vacationed last week and got lots of things done. Most of the roof leaks got fixed. It appears that we have one elusive one that will get tracked down soon. Not bad leaks, understand this is where a room was made from an existing patio with a low slanting roof added. I trimmed all the hedges and I trim by hand the old fashioned way. I have exactly 4 holly bushes left to do. Moved the dogs to the other side of the yard and I'm hoping that they will like it on this side of the fence. I will make a new garden with raised beds on the other side over the winter. I promise to take pictures. I will try to transplant my chives and rosemary and also take a stab at moving the asparagus, surely it can be moved. The lavender will also get moved.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Cold front

At last it is beginning to cool off a bit. I call the lower 90's cooler, I don't know about anyone else.
It has been an interesting summer. Some insights into other people, some reconnections, some learning experiences; all in all a good season. It will soon be fall and with it I will turn back to my knitting. Everyone is getting socks for Christmas. This should be fun.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Excessive heat warning for today. I wonder how long this spell of weather will last.

Monday, June 7, 2010

hoop de hoop

OK 3 weeks in to the hoop spinning. I have lost 2 lbs and 1/2 inch on my waist. I am getting faster at it as well. 10 min. twice a day for me at this. Now I am not a large person but at my age I was getting thicker through the middle and I was not happy about it. You truly have to know me to understand that when I get pissy i take care of things. I refuse to move up another jean size. I will remain a size 8 until I can fit into my size 6 again.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

the hoop

I have purchased a fitness hoop. Yes it is a hula hoop, only larger and heavier. I bought it over at Amazing Hoops here in town. I had been looking at hoops online and even tried a couple of times to make my own with the irrigation tubing that they talk about online, which was a total bust but I only spent $12.00 on the venture and still have the tubing. I can make smaller arm hoops with the tubing I think. Later I may even be able to use the tubing for larger hoops (after I get better at this).

Thursday, April 29, 2010

milk for the fairies

Yep, tonight is moving night. If you by chance see the little folk wandering by or wonder why your dog is barking more tonight than normal, then you are forewarned. Put out a bowl of milk for them to drink and perhaps they will pass you by this night. They move twice yearly. Walpurgis Neicht and Halloween. They will like it even more if you put a cap full of irish whiskey in it.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Sam got new shoes!!

Sam (Samantha) is a blue 2001 Ford Focus. Originally Sam was my husbands car and he had a habit of naming things. His car was Sam and his gun was named Sancha. He polished and cleaned both all the time. I have a habit of talking to the car at times. Apologizing for not washing it as often as he did, or for carrying hay bales in the hatch back. I do occasionally drive her through the car wash and use the wax cycle. I have learned to change her tail lights and I keep her in good repair. It has been a real fight saving up the money for tires though. I hate using credit and prefer to save for things and every time I would get close to having the cash saved up something else would happen. First Sam got new brakes and then a gasket needed to be replaced and then the thermostat and then a wheel bearing went out. I was beginning to think I was going to be running on the steel belts before long. But today I got Sam some new shoes. Finally.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


We are taking off on an experiment into Stevia here at the house. It is fueled in part by a need to better control blood sugar for one member of the house. I think that from now on I will blog about the supplements we give a trial run. Think zero calories and sweet without a glycemic index at all. Interesting. Apparently it also has some effect on blood pressure as well and the girls are hinting I should try it out as well. I may as well, but I don't really look for it to make any difference as it would take me over a year to go through a whole 1 pound bag of sugar anyway.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

lazy Sunday

We did hair today, cuts and colors both. The girls both got theirs cut and Erin and I have both colored. I think Ashlee may be on the agenda for a color job later.

I realized today that I am always giving advice to people about what supplements to take for their health. I really have no qualifications for this other than years of personal experience. I was drawn to organic gardening in my early 20's. After my first child came up with a full blown milk allergy at 2 months I started reading every health book I could get my hands on. I will list the things we take here and why.

Astragulus Every fall starting about September I buy a bottle and take 1 a day to boost my immune system. I do not take flu shots and I can't remember when I last had the flu or a cold. Allergies on the other hand.....especially Elm and ragweed are hard on me. Keeping the nose flushed with Saline helps some.

Milk Thistle Flushes toxins from the liver and supports its work. The liver supports your body in all things. Keeping it healthy is your best bet.

Lecithin will make you thinner if taken long enough. It is a fat emulsifier and will take the cholesterol with it. Cholesterol is made in the liver as well and this helps to keep it from settling there.

Apple Cider Vinegar (unfiltered) This will kill germs inside and outside of your body. I drink it straight but you can put a tablespoon in a glass of water and get the same effect. This will help as a spring flush for the entire system. But we use it all year here. It is just good for you.

Chia seed I prefer the white Salba seed. Energy, fiber, stamina, omega 3 & 6. I usually put it and the lecithin in my yogurt.

Cayenne I use this liberally in cooking. Vitamins galore and it will heal anything that bleeds.

Dandelion and Chickweed both grow in my yard and I use them in my salads spring and summer for their cleansing and support of my body. They also come in pill form at the health food store.

Selenium is an antioxidant mineral that fights cancer. I try to be preemptive on that front after having watched my mother in law lose her battle to it.

Vitamin E (I prefer Tocotrienol over the Tocopherol) This is good for your skin. Tocopherol will kill the pain in a burn and prevent stretch marks. Tocotrienol will help keep you young by cutting your cholesterol and opening up your arteries, as well as is a potent cancer fighter.

Other things I use: Green Tea, Black Tea, Broccoli, Grape Seed Oil, Olive Oil, Violet, Rosemary, Bananas for their potassium content, Kelp, Garlic.

I like my veggies frozen not canned and I only use real sugar. We are trying to avoid high fructose corn syrup here so we make our own bread most of the time. The bread machine is your friend. I am planning to start purchasing hormone free meat at a local meat market. I think it may be just the thing to put us over the top here. It will be a little more expensive but I will get my over 55 discount of 10% and I would rather support the market than the doctor later on.
Speaking of doctors, I really don't have a very high opinion of them. They tend to forget who is paying their salary. They are after all only people the same as we are. After having dealt with them while three different family members were terminally ill in the last 5 years or so I have only one word for the medical profession. NO. Aren't they sworn to "first do no harm"? I am sure I remember that from somewhere. But I do seem to ramble, and this post is the culmination of two weekends.

Blessed Be.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Snow Day

It seems that Nature is reminding us all that she still has the upper hand today. It is currently snowing large fluffy flakes. At least I don't have to go anywhere today. My flowers are still covered in leaves and the only thing in the garden is asparagus and onions, both of which can weather the snow. They have predicted 6+ inches accumulation here. I had planned on spending Ostara outside planting seeds. I guess I will have to settle for a few peat pots instead.

Last night at the grocery folks were stocking up for the storm. Why? It's supposed to be 50 degrees again on Monday. My favorite customer service guy, who graduated from Rhema and I'm sure has an inkling that I am an infidel, quipped up that the Bible says in the end times the weather will be unpredictable and wild. I just looked at him and said "This is Oklahoma, it's always been like this here." He had to think a second and then he nodded his head up and down in agreement. Poor boy didn't have a chance. I was raised on that rhetoric. My mother had me scared silly by the time I was 10 with the end times this and the end times that. It took me years to talk myself through that and back to being just a normal person.

Anyway, Erin and I will go buy some wine later today to go with Ostara dinner. I may even venture to the grocery again in search of salad items.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sometimes I wonder why idiots are in charge of the world. Those who espouse to know everything and damn you if you don't believe them. I love nothing more than making havoc with them. Perhaps I am authority challenged. For instance the current health care debacle. I really just want to shake someone over that one. Just let me have insurance at a decent rate and continue to cover my daughter until she is however old she needs to be. Who cares who is paying for it? I have paid for her insurance since she was born and now just because she isnt a full time student she is no longer insurable? What changed here? Is my money no longer good enough? Did she suddenly fall into the looking glass? Alice do you see my daughter in there? Then there are those who must your own adjective here.....excel, command, be right, be admired, be in charge. The ironic thing here is that it is usually the underlings who make their fame for them.
It seems that I must share the chair with the cat this morning. Jubie cat, my oldest kitty sits with me every morning. I must take a picture of him.

I need to try to hook my old hard drive up to the new computer and retrieve all of my pictures. When the computer died on me I thought they were gone for sure. Erin tells me that she can get the info out with a cable and it was only the mother board that died on me. Also there are some pictures that I need to scan and save to disk.

I have a long list of things to post and such. Sometimes the dialogue in my head gets out of hand if you know what I mean. Sometimes the words just flow and sometimes not.

The new computer has a webcam and I have watched Brigid two nights in a row now while she winds down for bedtime. Winds down I think is a good word for it. LOL.

Monday, March 15, 2010

New Toshiba

TaDa! New computer!! Finally.