Monthly Archives: May 2015

Fox News kills Monsanto Milk Story



If I woke up…


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Fresh Basil Raspberry and Goat Cheese Salad

This looks absolutely delicious!

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Fresh Basil Raspberry and Goat Cheese Salad

Fennel BulbFlorence Fennel Bulb

Fennel which is sometimes confused with Anise, is one of the ingredients in this fresh salad.

Fennel is a hardy perennial plant, that is documented as an herb, and all parts of the plant are eaten, were as with the Anise, only the seeds are used for consumption.

The fennel has yellow flowers and feathery leaves. It is a native plant to the shores of the Mediterranean.

Because of its highly aromatic smell and flavor, it has found its way, becoming naturalized in many parts of the world, especially on dry soils near the sea-coast and on riverbanks.

Fennel has found its way into culinary dishes and the medicine cabinet, as it has medicinal uses as well.

The seeds are used whole or are ground into a powder and used in many culinary dishes of India, Pakistan, Ground fennel seedAfghanistan, Iran, and the Middle East.

Fennel seeds are the primary flavor component in Italian sausage.

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European Union Stance Ignores Humanitarian Crisis’ Roots.

“Facts don’t cease to exist because they are ignored,” Adolf Huxely.We should shame our governements to help these displaced people. I agree with the author of this post last paragraph.

The POVERTY of our century is unlike that of any other. It is not, as poverty was before, THE RESULT of natural scarcity, but of a set OF PRIORITIES IMPOSED UPON the REST of the WORLD by the RICH!! Consequently, the modern poor are not pitied, but written off as trash.” –John Berger


by Jerry Alatalo

ocean55Alphabet Professor of International Studies Vijay Prashad and former Deputy Speaker of the Belgian Parliament Lode Vanoost share their insights on the refugee/migrant crisis centered in Libya. Thousands of men, women and children are leaving their home nations in Africa and the Middle East and risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean Sea. The European Union is trying to pass a Chapter 7 resolution through the United Nations Security Council, which introduces military measures for dealing with smugglers facilitating desperate people’s dangerous journeys from Libya across the sea to Europe.

Both Mr. Prashad and Mr. Vanoost think the true causes for the situation which has led to thousands fleeing their homelands are not being addressed, with Mr. Vanoost stating: “if you refuse to analyze and face the problem (you’re) never going to solve the humanitarian crisis”. Vijay Prashad places the blame on raging wars in Syria, Libya, Iraq and other areas of Middle East-Africa regions, plus decades of operating…

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Green Thing

I really liked this post and had to share it.

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In the checkout line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bag because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.

The woman apologized to him and explained,“We didn’t have the green thing
back in my day.”
The clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. The former generation did not care enough to save our environment.”

He was right, her generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.
Back then, they returned their milk bottles, soda bottles, and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But they didn’t have the green thing back in that customer’s day.

In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn’t have an escalator in…

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First duckling that we have seen this year.

Hubby and I were sitting in the living room and we saw a duck cross the road with a row of duckling behind her. Hubby ran out with the camera to take a photo of the mother duck with her brood. We have a couple of ducks every year in this pond. It is quite remarkable considering we have foxes, cats  and our dogs that roam that area. They usually lose a few duckling every year.

The mother duck did not like hubby being so close. She tried to draw him away by faking a wing injury and hopping back across the road away from her chicks. The camera’s battery went dead so we have no pictures of it. Our dogs do not disturb the ducklings, the mother duck is great at hiding her brood.

May 19th garden update…


Beds have been weeded and rows made for planting.


Garlic is coming up.


Over veiw of the garden. Grass has already been cut once.


Coco and Dixie oversee the gardens progress. Grass needs cutting again.


86 of the corn seeds have sprouted up in the cold Poly-tunnel.We are so pleased, because this is the seeds we made from our last years corn harvest. This was the first time we turned the corn crop to next years seeds.


Just starting to set out my pots from the cold mini green house for the season. The only plant in it, that died this winter was my Rosemary plant. A  storm with strong winds broke the side panel of our mini green house. The Rosemary plant could not take the cold. Hubby has repaired and replaced some rotten boards.

birdbed2015 We started out having one lone woodpecker visit us. The following year it found a mate. They have been having babies. I do not know how many we have here now. I have counted 3 different ones yesterday. I believe there is more. They are nesting because they are frantic to find food now. We feed the birds from the fall, through the winter and into the end of spring. Swedish scientist recommend  feeding the birds passed through their nesting period. Bird populations are declining scientist recommend to help them feed their young. Every year we seem to buy more bird food. We ran out of the fat food balls that the wood-peckers preferred food. They started pecking apart our tree stump for grubs. One day I looked out the window and saw that one of the woodpeckers had made a whole inside of the tree stump that it could stand inside of it. We were given chicken wire to place around the stump to protect it. We were told by our landlord that woodpeckers could destroy the tree stump in less than a week if we didn’t do something.   woodpecker They are relentless trying to find a way in under the wire. Hubby keeps plugging up the wholes they have found or made under the wire. We drove around town yesterday trying to find fat food balls for them. Everyone is out of them for the season. I found one store that had a few of them left. The woodpeckers have started eating the food ball instead. Next year we need to buy a little more bird feed to insure this doesn’t happen again.

What Happened After One Family Went Organic For Just Two Weeks

Organic food in huge demand in Sweden. How one grocery store chain Coop is promoting organic food…


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