Been Busy Since I Last Posted

We have been busy these past few months.  Had to get a few things done.

We got a handicapped parking hang tag for hubby as he can’t walk long distances or stand for extended periods of time.   Comes in handy when we have to go shopping.  Just an FYI, we only park in a designated spot when we are together.  If I am alone, I park in another spot and leave the handicapped place for those who need it.

One of my cats had kittens, her first litter and hopefully last.  She had them in the bed next to me. So that was extra work I had to do as far as cleaning goes.  They are now almost 8 weeks old.  She had 3 initially, but one was stillborn.

LF and kittens

Towards the end of March, I planted a garden.  Actually 2 small gardens near my blueberry bushes.  One with a few vegetables and the other with herbs.  Some I planted in pots.

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Veggies – bell pepper, beans and tomatoes

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Herbs – parsley, cilantro, basil, sage, mint, sorrel, rosemary, thyme, oregano.

The black thing you see is a soaker hose snaking its way through both gardens and the blueberry patch.

I keep the areas covered with leaves and pine straw that will eventually decompose and fertilize the gardens.  I also use vegetable waste, coffee grounds and egg shells.

I use a homemade bug killer on the plants when they are not blooming.  It’s made of Neem oil, water and dish detergent.  It is effective, but once the plants start producing buds, I have to be extra careful with it so as not to kill any bees.  We need our bees.

Well that’s what we’ve been up to.  Hope your last few months have been productive.

 

 

 

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Lots of Things Going On

I haven’t posted in awhile.  Lots of things going on in my life.

Developed a sudden intolerance to wheat products.  Have no idea where that came from.  I don’t eat a lot of wheat products to begin with.  But after eating a sandwich one day,  I developed some severe joint pain. Weird! huh!

Initially I thought that was just a one time thing.  I didn’t eat wheat again for a few weeks. Let me say I have pain in my knees routinely due to an injury that happened last year.  So I have good days and bad days.  That is the reason I felt this was just a one time thing.  Any way, I ate  wheat again and got up the next day with severe joint pain.  What The “F”????

So I decided I better try gluten/wheat free, because I really do like being pain free, at least as pain free as possible at my age.

Learning to cook with gluten/wheat free products is a whole ‘nuther story.  I do have to say that the products are way better than they used to be.  Thank goodness for that.

Another thing that happened …..I developed a rash on my back .  Sometimes it itched and sometimes it didn’t.  Of course I checked everything on the internet that it could possibly be and started eliminating anything that could be causing it.

First thing to go was my statin med.  I’ve had problems with it before.  But the rash didn’t go away.  Then I thought maybe it was caused by bed bugs.  I washed everything and cleaned the mattress and box springs, checked and sprayed for bugs, etc.  Still did not go away.  (No bugs, BTW)

Then I thought it might possibly be scabies (mites), but it didn’t act like scabies. No constant, 24/7/365 itching, no head to toe rash.  I used every cream, solvent, soap, etc. available, including homemade ones.

Got on the internet again looking for things that could cause a rash.  Read that in most cases it is caused by laundry detergent and/or dryer sheets, especially if the rash is concentrated in areas where your clothing comes in constant contact with your skin.  You know…at your waist, bra, etc.

So here we go again, washing everything (without laundry detergent or dryer sheets).  I am using two aluminum  foil balls in the dryer and they work pretty well  to keep the static down.  I will be using some Castile soap in the laundry in the future since it is very gentle.

Oh, the concoction I am using for the rash is a mixture of Neem oil, Tea Tree oil, Olive oil and Vicks Vapor Rub.  Yes you read that right, Vicks Vapor Rub.  It seems to be working.  The rash is going away….slowly.  The only drawback is that you stink for a few hours.

So I am hoping this all works to get rid of the rash.  Will let you know if I am successful.

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LISTEN UP STATUS QUO POLITICIANS!!

Stop harping on President Elect Trump not being qualified to hold the office of President! 

No One Is!!

You’re afraid things are going to change.  Your “cushy” job and extravagant salary may be changed.  You may actually have to work for your money.

You’re afraid the “good ol’ boy” network you are a part of will be dissolved. The perks at the expense of the American people may be a thing of the past.

Get Over It!!.

The majority  of the American people have voted for change.  They are tired of paying for your “freebies”.  They are tired of you voting opposite of what they elected you to vote for.

They are tired of the Obamacare fiasco and terrorists being able to slip into this country under the guise of refugee.

It’s time to pull your head out of your ass and start working for the American people instead of for your own selfish means.

‘Nuff Said.

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The Side Effects of Rushing Somewhere

This post is going to be about folks who are in too big of a hurry to get somewhere.  Of course, I am going to spout off my opinion on that too.  After all, it is my blog.

Recently there seems to have been a rash of crashes involving school buses.  I don’t get the mental faculties that cause an individual to take risks driving around school buses.  They carry our children and there are laws in place to protect them from wayward drivers.

But evidently there are some folks who don’t care about those laws or the lives of the children they endanger with their reckless behavior.

About a week ago, in Albany, New York, a guy in a BMW rear ended a school bus and ended up dangling from a concrete barrier.  He got out of his car and didn’t even bother to see if anyone was injured on the school bus.

Then just a few days ago, in Kentucky, a Cadillac Escalade tried to pass a school bus on the RIGHT and hit 3 kids, seriously injuring them.  He also wrapped his car around a tree, injuring himself in the process.

What was so important that either of them had to get to that they would risk the lives of others to reach their destination?  Did they think that laws don’t apply to them?  Do they feel that they are entitled to only obey those laws that are convenient at the time?

Okay here goes my opinions on this.

  1.  You are not above the law.
  2.   If you are going to be late to your destination, call and inform them so.
  3.   Habitually late?  Get your effing ass out of bed earlier and leave for work earlier.
  4.   In the habit of texting and driving?  STOP NOW!!!  There is Nothing, I repeat Nothing on that phone that cannot wait until you have reached your destination.

Now for my opinion on these infractions:

Not stopping for a school bus or trying to pass on the right are misdemeanors in most states that carry a monetary fine and maybe a few weeks in jail.   Maybe they should be TOUGHER.  Maybe there should automatically be prison terms of 6 months or greater  and loss of license for passing a stopped school bus.  Hitting a kid while doing so should automatically be a 20 year sentence and if the child dies as a result of your negligence, it should be an automatic manslaughter charge and possibly a death penalty.

I am so tired of seeing drivers out there who think the driving laws do not apply to them.  Karma’s a Bitch, folks.  Your day is coming.  I hope I am there to see you get your just desserts.

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Essentials to a Good Pantry

Everyone has certain items they keep in their pantry/refrigerator to prepare meals for their families.  I am no exception.

These are the items you consider necessary to prepare any and all meals, to make those meals special.

Here’s my list:

Fresh Vegetables:

1. Potatoes – a versatile vegetable used in many recipes and as a side dish. Can be prepared numerous ways.

2.  Carrots – another versatile vegetable

3.  Celery – again, versatile in its uses

4.  Onion – used in almost everything I prepare

5.  Parsley (fresh) – 1/4 cup  curly leafed parsley (leaves only)  can make a dish pop with flavor

Canned items:

1.  Diced tomatoes – great in stews, soups, chili, marinara sauce

2.  Tomato paste/sauce – a must have for Italian and Mexican dishes

3.  Salsa – not just for Mexican dishes

4.  Creamed soups – cream of celery, chicken, mushroom, etc., make delectable gravies

5.  and of course, all canned veggies

Packaged items:

1. Rice

2. Quinoa

3.  beans/peas

4. pastas

Spices (used most frequently:

1.  Garlic powder

2. Chili powder

3. Cayenne powder

4. Onion powder

5. Paprika

6. Salt and Pepper

7. Hamburger seasoning (recipe can be found on Allrecipes.com)

8.  Bay leaves

These are just some of the items I make sure I have stocked well in order to create enticing dishes for my family.

What are some of your must have pantry items?

 

 

 

 

 

The Cost of Medicine in America

First I am only relating what is/has happened to me.

I have high cholesterol.  I have tried diet to control it, but really didn’t put a lot of effort into it.  I exercise but knee problems prevent me from becoming the world’s next champion body builder, LOL!

Anyway, my doc has had me on several Statins to control my cholesterol and I relied heavily on them.  It required very little effort on my part, other than to swallow a pill.

But each time I am on a Statin, I end up with severe muscle pain.  So this recent visit resulted in a discussion about which would be better for me.  He decided to use Livalo, not as potent as the others, but far less side effects.

So I get to the pharmacy to pick up my meds.  First , they tell me they don’t carry it, but they  do check its cost for me.

$210.00 every friggin’ month as my co-pay!!!!!!!!

That is totally ABSURD!

Of course, I tell the pharmacist I cannot afford that…who can?.  Then I call my doc’s office and tell them the same thing.  I don’t know what he will order, but I know one thing……I’m sure going to change my ways….I plan to put forth more effort into losing weight and eating right.

I just might get lucky and not have to be on a Statin to lower my cholesterol.  I sure hope so.

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Newfie Gloves

I really enjoy making Newfie Mittens.  But recently I was wondering if there was a corresponding glove pattern.

I searched several different places but was unable to find one. So I had to come up with one on my own.

I am posting here what I did to accomplish this project so that you can also make them if you wish.

Newfie gloves

 

 

Newfie Gloves
Please if you have never knit gloves before, try a simpler pattern before doing this one.  This pattern assumes that you have experience knitting gloves.
Supplies:
Fingering yarn in 2 different colors, i.e. verigated and solid, contrasting each other
US 2 (2.75mm) double pointed needles
Stitches:
k = knit
s = slip
p = purl
Increase stitches:
kfb = knit into the front and then the back of the designated stitch
m1 inc = lift bar between 2 stitches, from the back and place on left hand needle.  Knit through the back of this new stitch
p1 inc = lift bar between 2 stitches, from the back and place on left hand needle. Purl through the front of this new stitch
Pattern:
Pattern 1: *k4, s2*,  repeat to end of row
Pattern 2: k1, s2, *k4, s2*, repeat to last 3 stitches, k3
Instructions:
With varigated yarn, cast on 64 stitches.  Join and k2 p2 until cuff measures 3 inches, increasing 2 stitches in last round (66 stitches).
Attach solid color yarn and work 5 rounds of Pattern 1.
Purl 2 rounds with varigated yarn.
With solid color yarn work 5 rounds of Pattern 2.
Purl 2 rounds with varigated yarn.
Thumb gusset (worked on round 1 of pattern 1 in example below):
Now comes a tricky part. With solid color yarn, m1 inc, k1, m1 inc. Place marker at this point.  (3 thumb gusset stitches before marker)
kfb into next stitch so that you will have the same number of stitches you had before beginning the thumb gusset (66 stiches not counting any of the thumb gusset stitches)
Alternate Pattern 1 and Pattern 2 (5 rounds each) and at the same time increase the thumb gusset every third round until you have 17 stitches before the marker.
Example:
Pattern 1
round 1  increase thumb gusset as described above (3 stitches)
round 2
round 3
round 4 increase thumb gusset m1 inc at beginning of gusset and again before marker (5 stitches)
round 5
Purl one round with varigated yarn, including gusset stitches
p1 inc at beginning of gusset and again before marker, with varigated.  Continue purling to end of round.
Just remember that if you have to increase the gusset on a knit round (solid color yarn) you will  m1 inc and if it is on a purl round, you will p1 inc.
Once you have 17 stitches before the marker, work 2 round, then slip them to waste yarn or ribbon.
Continue  in pattern until you have completed a total of 10 patterns or desired length to fingers.
Break verigated yarn leaving a long tail to weave in later.
Beginning with index finger pick up 16 stitches and cast on 2.  Divide on three needles and knit until yarn is just one round above fingertip.
Decrease in this manner:  K1, K2tog around.
K2tog around.  Cut yarn and thread through loops and secure.
Continue in this manner:
Middle finger: 18 stitches + pick up 2 stitches (20), remembering to pick up at least one stitch from index finger.
Ring finger: 16 stitches + pick up 2 stitches (18), remembering to pick up at least one stitch from Middle finger.
Pinky:  16 stitches + pick up 2 stitches from Ring finger.
Knit all fingers as you did for index finger.
Thumb: 17 stitches + 3 stitches at hand part of glove.  Knit as for index finger and finsh off accordingly.
Repeat for 2nd glove.
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