We've been talking about invasives and blooms and teaching school and pumpkin martinis. Now we are talking about covered wheels that take us from here to there and rhododendrons that bloom in November.
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beginning to develop a real hostility to the idea of "user names".
Want to sign up for a reputable on-line news site, but to register as a user need to select a user name. Realize I can use my own name, but I'm unwilling to converse with other people who are unwilling to put their own names to their contributions. I understand reasons for the use of user names, but I don't believe in shouting ones opinion from the shadows. In politics, at least, it may be a sign of the times, but I think it's very unhealthy.
Not complaining about user names on Dave's Garden! I'm complaining about using user names in matters of politics.
Maybe so, maybe their words belie their own reality.
If you think of it, we are faceless, silent, and all we know of each other are the words we write. We have no real clue who is behind these words. We can form an entirely new identity through our words if we are so inclined.
So can those in the political arena.
i am sure some do that very thing. But I am who I am, and it seems to show pretty consistently in my words, I guess. That's true of most of us on Dave's Garden. We don't have a hidden agenda. When we peel back the bark, we are what we are.
So... consuming an identity? Maybe so. Perhaps they are unhappy with what they see once the bark is peeled back. Politics is a great big arena, and there are some very small players vying for the championship.
Wish people could talk about politics on Dave's, Sharon, but am sure it's a good thing people can't.
Mind you, there's lots of room for disagreement on things like invasives. I really don't like Chinodoxa luciliae, but there's lots of nice people who do. Well at least we all agree on chickweed. I hope.
Best thing about Dave's is "meeting" real people like you!
Charlie, that is a great landscape. As far as politics, maybe DG could just put up a forum where we could kill each other, But to think about it I would rather garden because I do not think ANYONE can solve this problem. There are so many things going down that are not reported on the news in order not to panic the population. I would rather stay in my, "I really do not know what is going on". Some of my neighbors have gotten the message and some are still clueless. We, DG'r are all OK because we can grow what we will need to eat...
We are in deep **** God Bless. Get a Gun...
Agree with you Sharon (SKW).
I love the comment re "where we could all kill each other". It sounds like something our late girl cat, Pebbles, tried with neighbouring cats that stepped on her property (or who just looked at her). Safer to be a DG'r!
Sharon, hope you did something nice today (or have something nice stored up to do). Happy birthday again.
A few more pictures. May have used them before. Late summer/early fall.
Beautiful pictures. I had a great day, made greater by all my birthday greetings.
My friends in the NE forum even started a birthday thread for me, and one in the writer's group, one on the birthday forum...and nearly a hundred of them on Facebook. It was an amazing day.
Agree with you, too, Sharon. We can survive, we know how to make do with what we have, too.
Hi Sharon, Sharon,
Must say Sharon, nice to get a seasonal break from gardening, particularly on other folk's properties. In that case, you feel under some pressure to get it right, or rather, more challenging, to keep it right through the growing season.
Still the more area you have to deal with, the easier that is.
But overall, gardening is a great stress buster. Sure Sharon loves it. Me too.
Ya know, Charlie, I just really enjoy people, and I learn a lot from them. And people inspire me, too...
When do you and Carol make your trek to Florida? And I have forgotten where you stay when you get there, what town, I mean. Wouldn't it be fun if I visited my daughter at the same time? We could have a real gab fest. It probably won't happen, but fun to think about.
Now if Sharon would bring her imaginary limo and pick me up, she and I could both cruise on down to the land of sun and sand. We'd slip over and grab Christi, too.
My daughter is in Ft Lauderdale, so it is much further south than you will be.
Still it is a fun thought, and maybe someday it will happen.
Sorry I am so late tonight...it's been a long day and I am catching up on little things that need doing. Maybe I'll have more writing time tomorrow, but without my gardens I don't have much exciting to talk about. It's all about Christmas and holidays now I guess, then we'll start dreaming about gardens again.
I still have roses blooming, though, so that's fun.
Today, not completely sure will be going south anyway!
Buddy (who's diabetic) could have just had a mini-stroke (seemed catatonic at one point yesterday), and/or he could have eaten something during the kitchen floor work. He does have some digestive stress and is not eating that much. Re Florida; would not want to leave him here (or particularly at vets'), for a whole month. Let you know how it's going.
Do intend to meet you in the future, Sharon! Obvious time would be when I fold my small business and can drive south in summer months. Know all your routine commitments too. Goes without saying, you can stay with us any time.
Oh no, Charlie, that really sounds serious, but I hope it is just something minor.
I am completely blank at the moment but how old is Buddy?
When my ginger cat was about 16 she started having minor seizures (mini strokes) and it nearly scared me senseless, but they didn't happen often. She was healthy otherwise, but I know it is very scary. She lived another year +, and then began seizing too often. It was a very very painful decision for me, but it was best for her. The look in her eyes told me it was time to let her go.
I hope it is not like that for you, and hope also that Buddy is younger. Sorry I can't remember his age. Maybe he just ate something he shouldn't have eaten, and will be all better tomorrow. Please do let me know how he is.
I'll send little kitty angels to watch over him tonight.
Hugs to all of you.
Thanks for the angels and hugs.
Carol's the one who stresses over things like this. I'm the eternal optimist.
Took him into vets' today and he's there at least overnight.
Doesn't seem too bad to me. So far we now know he's hyperthyroid (treatable) as well as diabetic (being treated). Apparently "his metabolites were all over the place" and if we'd have not got him into today, he'd have been a goner.
Sounds like the digestive problems are something he ate, as you suggested, perhaps insulation material or maybe from christmas decorations!
So far as said, all sounds quite treatable and some is at least in part age related (He's 19). At least his kidneys are now OK.
Charlie, perhaps you didn't know. We follow the thread "Blue Hats, Blue Gardens" on the Parking Lot forum. Dusty, one of the most faithful members, son was in a terrible car accident Wednesday night and is fighting for his life. Everyone's attention has been concentrated on "Aaron" and his family. There is also another thread running for him on the Prayer forum. Our Sharran is our leader, no surprise there, and she has been doing all she can to funnel help to Dusty. The prayers of the faithful are all that can change the outcome of this terrible event. We are pleading to God the Father to spare his life and make him whole once again.
He's still in the vets'. Had X-rays and no blockage of digestive tract (no growth). Thyroid being treated and still on IV. Seems may be a bacterial problem, perhaps even E-coli, and awaiting DNA test results for latter. He definitely looks much better and was purring when we went in to see him today. At present, it seems like main problem resulted from something he ate, may well be during floor and basement work we just had done. At this stage, things are looking up.
Another sign of improvement in Buddy's condition today:
we could hear Buddy swearing when the nurse bought him to the visitors' room and we could hear him swearing when the nurse took him back. We thanked the nurse and vet on Buddy's behalf. I'm assuming Budd's also counting on us paying them too.
You should have been brought up in England, at least when and where I was, and you wouldn't even have heard of pumpkins. Was not sure what they were for when I first came to Canada. And truth be known, I wouldn't call them my favourite food now.
Don't want to be chauvanistic, but they also didn't have the highest opinion of corn, which was used to feed pigs. Strange how things turn out: now I eat the corn and I don't eat the pigs. Not bad in terms of reducing energy loss up food chains (Grade 10 Science here)!
Now you mention it, the guys looked very comfortable on the floor. Good to hear you're pretty limber yourself too. For me reaching the floor is pretty easy. It's getting back up that represents the (arthritis) challenge.
Buddy could be coming home tomorrow.
Charlie, when you get down on all fours, you can get up???? I can also but it takes a whole lot of thought and something to grab onto. Not a person, something stable like a tree, a big boulder or whatever. Getting old is not for babies...
Buddy not home today, hopefully tomorrow. Still waiting to get results for bacterial analysis and decide on appropriate antibiotic. Still has diarrhea, but much better than was. Went in to see him again today. Was purring again and quite relaxed (one of the vets said "mellow").
Lovely to see some bloom. Still almost no snow here yet. No standing snow and the ground has not started to freeze.There's been no snow at all in November in Toronto, which has never happened since they started keeping records, something like 60 years ago.
Sharon (SK), know what you're saying. I can get up, but with some difficulty. When gardening I usually push myself up with a long-handed trowel or with a spade. Find I do have to kneel to plant bulbs and frequently when weeding. In last few years have grown to really like the old-fashioned type of hoe for non-running weeds. Don't think gardening is for weaklings (let alone babies)! Actually, think it really limbers me up.
Sharon, interesting for me to review my records. Need to in order to make up next year's contracts. Was pleased with Garden #2 this year. Took about 100 hours. Also pleased with Garden #3, good for about 65 hours.
Spent much more time on own garden. Miss gardening at this time of the year!
Buddy's back. Seems quite happy, but a bit disorientated. He's now quite valuable (=the money we had to pay the vet). I'd offer to sell him to you, but you may not be able to afford him!
Bit of detective work on Christi's part. Think the Christmas tree was drawn by one of Carol's nieces for Buddy's late sister, Pebbles. Was cute that the little girl did it for a cat. We had the drawing laminated. True don't have grandchildred.
I like Sharon's idea of Buddy being insured by Lloyd's of London. Or perhaps we could get life insurance on him. But that may not be good for his health. Just kidding.
Actually the vet tried to tell us that Buddy had a miraculous conversion, while in his charge, and that he'd become a mild mannered, tolerant, all-round Mr. Nice Guy who wouldn't swear at a fly. However, I suspect Buddy just hasn't regained his old composure yet.
Not much doing and missing gardening a bit. Was still nice out till two days ago (when I actually planted the last few bulbs). Saw first ice on ground yesterday and today ground looks like it's starting to freeze.
Buddy's doing well. Only real problem is that we have to give him three pills, twice a day. He's remarkably good tempered, but it's getting to be quite a struggle. His appetite, however, is great, as usual, which is a good thing.
Hope your three are fine.
Think Lou mentioned it, but the son of one of the ladies who posts on one of my chat threads was critically injured in an accident on Thanksgiving Day, and even now it is a critical situation. He is in a coma even yet, though it is an induced one.
I have been very concerned about him, and that has taken up some of my time, also I still work in the little shop I mentioned, so that takes up another chunk of time. Then there are the articles...and goodness I am just running from one thing to another with no respite.
I really miss gardening. It is hard work, but seems that cares go away when I am digging in the dirt. Or when I am coaxing a plant to grow. I would be really lost if I couldn't write about plants.
At any rate, I didn't mean to neglect my friends here. I am so glad Buddy is eating well. When he stops eating, then I'll worry. But I would hate to be the one giving him meds.
We had our coldest night last night, think it got down to 27, but it was sunny and close to 50 today. Tonight it is even colder. I am not a cold weather person, but don't mind too much if I can see the sun.
Great to hear from you. And it was truly great to read your comment on one of my articles today.
Thank you for that.
My cats are fine. Daisy and Jazz have been arguing recently, nothing life threatening except when Jazz decides he's had enough and leaps like a fox from one piece of furniture to another. daisy just watches and hisses. I did turn the heat on in the corner of the garage for Cupcake, so she is fine as well. She probably has a cozier corner to sleep in than I do.
Take care, I'll be back when I am not on overload, just give me a day of rest and I'll be fine.
Be well, Charlie, and stay warm.
Weather emphasis here is cold. Going to be a snow storm tonight, first this year. Was at Council meeting tonight. More on the hot than the cold side.
Buddy still needing antibiotics, though has soft stools rather than the liquid stuff. His appetite is excellent, as ever. Looks like we may only be able to go to Florida for two weeks, because if we have to board him at the vets' (if he needs medication), we don't want to leave him there for more than two weeks. Oh well, lots to do here anyway.
I find my favorite winter activity here is shovelling snow. It requires a lot less thought than gardening i.e. it's a lot easier. To be honest, I've missed the snow (takes my mind off missing gardening). As you say, gardening gets your mind off problems. Shovelling snow gets your mind off everything (except freezing if it's too cold!).
It has rained all day, but at the moment it is 56*...and there are tornadoes south of us. Not near me, though. The cold weather will get here soon enough. I still haven't dug out my coat yet.
Glad to hear Buddy is better. I do hope your trip will happen. Wish I were going to be there too. I am staying busy writing and watering houseplants, and picking up all the leaves they drop...sigh...that's a full time job.
Daisy is still mad at Jazz and Jazz is walking around grumbling about something. He grumbles much like the cat in the video above. I wish he could enunciate more clearly, but maybe it's best I don't know what he is saying.
Hi to Carol, stay warm, and don't over work when you shovel that snow!!
Yesterday we had high winds all day and I thought I might just be blown away. The winds brought with them cold temperatures and I shivered and shook all day long. Still I am shivering, think it is about 19* out there now.
I took another warm blanket out in the garage for Cupcake and turned a little ceramic heater on for her. She seemed snug and warm a few minutes ago.
I am not a cold weather person, not at all. If I could hibernate till about March, I would...maybe April.
How's the weather up your way, Charlie??
Weather not too bad here. Were periodically high winds couple of days ago and first big snowfall yesterday. Daytime temperature is generally a bit below freezing. Think it's going up to 4 degrees above freezing one day next week, but the snow and freezing temperatures are likely here to stay till spring.
Don't love the cold, but don't really mind it. Carol and I cleared the snow yesterday. As said quite enjoy that, though as you say, you have to pace yourself. Carol is much better at that than me, but the gardening in the heat of summer has forced me to pay some attention to it.
Thing I really don't like is the ice. Had to put a bit of sand down on end of driveway last night (for paper deliverer) because it was so slippery. Don't have the best balance (arthritis) and the ice really exacerbates the risk.
Biggest attraction of Florida for me, is being able to walk outside, without having to watch just about every step. The snow's fine. It's just the ice.
The roads get ploughed pretty quickly here and the sand and grit is great for traction. Exit incline up from local Canadian Tire store was pure ice today, but didn't need to gear down. Have the snow tires on. They're so much better than all season tires. Still don't like driving on ice either.
Was an offer on the cottage two days ago, but was too low. Also, the closing date was ridiculous (late January). You have to snow mobile in from an access road at that time up there.
Starting to decorate the house for Christmas. Tim put most of the lights on the tree, when visiting yesterday. Tim has to work Christmas and Boxing Days (junior guy, but gets 2 1/2 times pay for each!), so will have Christmas with Tim here on December 23: will go to neighbours' on December 25 and have Carol's family here on December 26.
Glad to hear Cupcake's comfortable. She's lucky having such a benefactor! Buddy, of course, also has very generous (=money spent on vet bills) benefactors. Guess a constructive way of looking at it is that he's now really worth a lot of money.
I don't like ice either. Don't know if you heard or not but we had what was called the Ice Storm of the Century last January. I was without electricity for 10 days, and we also lost a lot of trees and buildings at that time. My house was unhurt, I only lost all the food in my freezer and limbs from my trees, but it was a very huge mess.
I try to never have to drive in ice, it really scares me. Snow I don't mind as much. Luckily, our ice and snow don't normally last very long, if we have any at all. Even following the ice storm last year, we had 60* days, but still the electricity was down for 10 of them. The ice had broken and downed the lines for miles around.
So now I am just cold, though it was sunny all day long.
Be careful shoveling, both of you. And send pictures of your decorations. Bet your house is festive, you will enjoy 3 Christmas dinners, too. How fun! Any pumpkin martinis on the menu?? Or is it another flavor?
Be safe and be well...
Oh, have you been reading the threads started by Neil Muir on some of my articles? He often posts some delicious sounding English cuisine on them, particularly the last two on spices. You might enjoy them.
Read about the January ice storm. Know ice on trees fits the picture of a winter wonderland, but know how destructive ice storms can be to trees, houses and especially traffic. As said, my previous van was totalled last winter, because another driver did not know how to drive on ice. I really don't like no-fault insurance.
Looked up Neil Muir on Dave's. Read some of "Farm Life: European Union Madness". He really is a witty and informed writer. I must say, however, the thread contained some matter of a political nature. Am a bit sensitive to Dave's having a policy on no politics and then enforcing it inconsistently. Legitimate topics, such as Invasive Plants, generate enough vehemency, emotionality and dogma anyway!
Will definitely pursue the cuisine part. Tim's pushing me to cook and just gave me a vegetarian cook book with some great meals in it.
You are right in that Neil touches upon the politics as do some others. I think if it is a simple statement, not much is said about it, particularly if no argument ensues. I really don't know. I try to steer clear of it myself.
Hello all from Nevada. Las Vegas is having a little snow storm. Maybe rain early am. Baby Luke came by today to see Grandma an Grandpa. Only a month old but he beat GP at chess two out of three. It is amazing how smart these children are today.
I have cutting coming in the mail and it is so cold in my garage garden I may have to move my working area into the laundry room. That is great because I spent about 4 hours cleaning it last week. But then I will have something to do because I cannot garden outside.
Charlie, If I add up what my little schnauzers have cost me at the vet over the last 11 years I could buy a championship quarter horse.
Sharron, who is Cupcake and why is Cupcake in the garage?
Sharon, my dear, Cupcake was abandoned as a child, and I rescued her from a horrible fate.
Actually, she is a lovely little gray cat who lived next door to me. When her parents divorced, they moved away without a thought and left her stranded. Since they abandoned her long before they actually left, I had already been feeding her, and even last winter when they still lived next door, I made a bed for her in my garage so she could get out of the cold. She is my garden cat. In the garage she has two beds, one up on a shelf so she can see out the window if she wants, and one in a sheltered corner nearer the heat source.
Had a very first this evening. DH and I were walking the dogs and getting the mail. Pine tree across the street had a large Owl perched on the top. Have never seen an Owl anywhere near here. I will have to investigate and see if they eat Koi. Have a very peaceful sleep Sharron #1.
For sometime now we have had a hawk in our area, very unusual. Can pretty much be assured when it is here as the crow go mad and carry on till they run it off. I think he is stalking the squirrels and that would be alright with me. His habitat has been destroyed by the building of 15 more houses just a block from here. He is easier to spot now that the trees are bare.
It is 42 and raining. I am going to braise some short ribs and DH is making brown rice/wild rice. Also have fresh Brussels Sprouts for me. DH think they should be outlawed. Think of us around 7pm we will be having a wonderful hot meal. Have a wonderful day. I will check in later. If you have not figured it out Charlie, I have invaded your thread. I am a friend of Sharron's and I had to escape another thread and landed here. I will try to be constructive. I am 67, married 35 years, mother of 4, grandmother of 11 and retired. Gardened in Las Vegas for 49 years. Got it right about 15 years ago, but still learning. Especially from DG.
No Christi, it was not you. Just please do not let anyone know where I have gone. I do not want to move again. Sharron, I am also cold. I have the temperature at 68 and I have two very thick throws over my legs. Last night I got real cold but I had cup of hot chocolate and that took care of it. I use to use Crown Royal to warm me up but I stopped drinking except on very specials occasions and being cold is not one.
Actually, I par boil my brussels sprouts in salted water with a splash of olive oil for 7 to 8 minutes. Then just a little pepper. Have never tried cheese. Probably will not. Unless I want to buy a whole new wardrobe when I gain weight.
I am making a big pot of chili tomorrow. DH loves when it gets cold because I make him all his Texas comfort foods. Have to make cornbread also. That should take care of him for the majority of the week. One thing I really appreciate about DH is he will eat left overs. We actually get left overs from neighbors because they do not eat left overs.
I have four very large bags of leaves for my worm bed. Just getting started with that. I have more coming Monday from the Hoa landscapers. Got the idea from Soil and Composting Forum.
Stay warm and dry. I am going to get on Google and come up with an idea on how to get Sharron warm. My idea is there has to be some kind of food that will raise her inner thermostat. Wish me luck.
Oh please do, I am so cold and I hate this. My fingers and toes actually hurt. And my nose.
Right now, I have on long knee socks, my winter fuzzy lined crocs, long knit jammie bottoms, a long knit sleep shirt, and a fleece robe. If I could type in gloves, I'd have them on too. My house is set at 71*, and it is 41* outside. This is totally ridiculous. And I am drinking Earl Gray tea with tons of honey and lemon in it.
Just got back from a fraternity alumni banquet. Good friends, very pleasant, but I also miss dancing. Got a wedding coming up and know there'll be the opportunity there.
Sharon SKW - thanks for trying to make us feel better about the current costs of running Buddy. I suspect your schnauzers may be more deserving of the expense than Buddy. You can't imagine the number of times I've warned Buddy to shape up.
Sharon SKW, of course it's no invasion. Any friend of Sharon or Christi is a friend of mine.
Another good cold temperature warm-up (if you're not driving) is rum.
Sad about the habitat destruction, Christi, Sharon. Very uneasy about grants for cultural activities, in our town, being given out by developers.
They have most of the money, not the conservationists.
Must admit I don't love brussel sprouts, but they're very useful, in junior chemistry, to illustrate the taste of a base (bitter). Of course, the students must never taste a strong and concentrated household base like draino.
Have spent a lot of time reviewing town council meetings recently. Just an idle academic interest. Very interesting. Today, it was announced that one member of our town council is suing five others, plus one of the two newspapers, for 5.25 million dollars. Her allegations include" malfeasance in public office, intimidation, injurious falsehood, conspiracy, intentional infliction of mental suffering and breach of confidence". Personally, I'm firm in my belief that she's an idiot.
Good morning. We had a nice rain all night long. It is weird but the swimming pool is just about full. Our pool is not large. It is actually a spool. That mean a larger spa. The grandchildren always ask where the wheelchair ramps are. They have their own gigantic pool but still have to make fun of grandma's spool.
I got two packages from DGer's with plants. One is cutting of a hardy hibiscus and another is an invasive plant in New York. I told my friend Pirl, invasive in New York is probably not invasive in Las Vegas. Anyway she warned me.
Going to make a large pot of chili and then cornbread to go with later this afternoon. DH is dancing in the street. He loves my chili. He is not stupid, he loves anything I make.
All i well but I do not think I am going outside and run around. My get hit by a falling tree. Got a big broken branch in the driveway. Have no idea where it came from. It is different than our trees. I looked for the Owl but he was probably blown into the next state. Love to you all.
Goodness, Charlie. The world of politics is sickening isn't it.
After the chatter about brussel sprouts last night I cooked a package (in the package) for my dinner. Ate everyone and would have eaten a second package if I had it. It was a night of catch as catch can for Mike and I...just whatever you want. I sometimes crave just one particular vegetable so that is what I have.
The little madarin oranges are in season here for just a few weeks. Purchased 10 boxes Friday and distributed them around the neighborhood. Sometimes I eat 3 at a time. Takes that many to equal a sunkist orange. Oh sooooo sweet and no seeds, peels very easy. Hope they are available where ever you are.
Christi, I am with you. Nothing better than pinto beans, brown rice and cornbread unless it is rosemary olive bread, toasted, buttered and smeared with roasted garlic and dipped in olive oil with balsamic vinegar with fresh ground pepper.. DO NOT GET IN BETWEEN ME AND MY BREAD..LOL
Carbs will not hurt you. It is the amount you eat that will. A fresh loaf of hot bread is my enemy. Out comes the butter and when I am done I would like to shoot myself. That is why I do not make bread anymore. When I am ninety five, I am going to eat whatever I want. But right now I have to watch what I eat so I can live that extra one to two years...When my mother was dying, someone brought her a box of chocolates. She knew she was dying. She was already in hospice. I offered her a piece and she said, "I cannot have candy. I am a diabetic." I responded with, "Mother, you are dying, eat the whole box." She had one piece but I do not think she enjoyed it because she had been brain washed for so long.
I found a great article on Google but I do not know how to cut and paste. But I have read up on it and I am going to give it a try. If DG's blows up, I am so sorry. This article is get Sharron warmed up...
Winter is on the wane now and as usual, it is going to be very cold. It is a season full of mist and mellows. It is the best season to enjoy abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. This is the time of the year when market places are overflowing with many fresh appealing foods and because of the lower temperature, appetites are high.
The shorter days and cooler temps enhances desire for comfort foods and TV-watching. If you want to stick to comfort foods this winter, you may. But how about eating foods that actually keep you warm this winter?
Food is the foundation of the body and it has the most amazing effects on our system. The concept of foods which have an intrinsic capacity to warm the body is an ancient one and is found in Ayurveda, Unani and Chinese medicine therapy. Now even modern science has started studying and researching a very important aspect of nutrition called "The Post-Digestive Effect of Foods". Simply put, it means that foodstuffs have certain qualities outside the body and once they are eaten and digested, they affect individuals in a certain pattern which is determined by the person's constitution and genetics.
Certain people have a warm constitution others have a cold one. In winters when the outside temperatures are dropping, individuals with cold constitution need specific foods which have an intrinsic ability to warm the body by stimulating certain neuro-transmitters in the body. Conversely, consumption of such foods in excess by individuals who already have warm constitution can lead to mouth blisters and loose motions (according to ayurveda, vata people have cold constitution and pitta people have warm constitution).
As I mentioned previously, it is very important to keep yourself warm in winter and it is really easy to do so. Just add these foods to your daily diet and you'll be able to enjoy your winter to the fullest:
* Til (sesame seeds): Both black and white til have been known to provide heat to the body after digestion. That is exactly why til gajjak, rewari, til laddus are standard winter groceries.
* Garlic: It is not only effective as a cholesterol lowering agent but also as a warming food. Winter is also a bad time for people having bronchitis and asthma. A wonderful remedy for them is to substitute a heavy dinner with a black channa soup with lots of vegetables and curative garlic for the zing!
* Ginger: You can have it in chutney or add it to soups or cooked vegetables.
* Cinnamon: Pulaos and Biryanis taste awesome when you add cinnamon sticks to them
* Onion: Have it as a hot French onion soup or add it to curries.
* Cumin seeds: Add it to flavor green veggies or simply garnish the rotis with it.
* Pepper: It is excellent for asthmatics; you can simply sprinkle some on your breakfast omelette.
* Clove: A great mouth freshener and it is also known for its antiseptic abilities.
* Fennel: Really good for the stomach and can be used as a digestive after meals.
* Fenugreek: Have 1 teaspoon pre-soaked methi seeds early morning; really good for diabetes.
* Almonds: Have 10 soaked almonds in the morning.
* Pumpkin seeds: Have it with sauté channa or murmura with a dash of oil. Also, tarbooz seeds go well with tea.
* Millets: Bajra, jowar rotis with green saags; simply delicious! (makki ki roti with sarson ka sag was invented for a reason). However, people with gas and flatulent tendency should go easy on it.
* Peanuts: we all love it! But because it is very gaseous, avoid over consumption.
* Honey: You should switch to this natural sweetener; great complexion is an added bonus.
* Saffron: Add it to your milk or pulaos. The rich taste will get you hooked!
* Fruits and Vegetables: Winter is the time when warming foods are in abundance. Fruit chat of like oranges, plums, peaches is most welcome. Also, you can make a salad of carrots, oranges, beetroot or just make a vegetable punch!
Foods which have to be avoided:
Maida, white-bread sandwiches, processed chips, aerated drinks, curd, raita, cold coffee, cucumber, alcohol, rice at night, too much butter and ghee and cold water after meals.
Lastly, avoid overeating at night as it overloads your metabolism and diminishes the digestive fire. There are a myriad of recipes online, which can be printed out and can be made in winter months. Perhaps you have your own recipes handed down from generation to generation. Treat the whole family to these exquisite meals that are not only healthy but are guaranteed to make you feel warm always.
Oh, I cannot believe I finally did it. Still do not know how to send the link but the article had some interesting things.
hold the right click down as you go over the entire area you want to copy. it should have a shadow of some color over it as you go. click "edit" in the master toolbar and the drop down menu will show copy. go to wherever you want to put it and click right finger again and a drop down menu shows paste.
Thank you Christie. I have been told many times how to do it but the light finally went on. Yes, you have to open the site where you want to place your copy. DUH. Goggle is so good I thought it could read my mind...
Not much being achieved here. Lots of things to do and lots of distractions.
Really need to get back on track with Christmas preparations. For instance, have only half decorated the tree and Carol has only just started inside decoration.
Would like to think things are more relaxed for you. Unlikely, with all your wide commitments.
I am pretty far behind too.
But my tree is up and decorated, and I have lights out front beside the door, and most of my shopping is done. I still have cards to mail, but not many of them.
I will be out of town the week following Christmas I think, so there won't be many here to enjoy the decorations anyway. The cats seem to like them though.
I am trying to get all my writing done before I leave, and also get caught up on all my chores. I hate coming back home to chores.
It is cold here and I miss summer blooms. I do have two amaryllis that i found on the floor of my hall closet last weekend. Forgot I had them. But they are already about 6 inches tall, so they might be blooming by New Years day. Or maybe they'll wait till I get home to bloom for me. I will have a daytime house sitter to care for the cats while I'm gone. Maybe she'll care for the plants too.
Hope you are staying warm. My fingers are like icicles.
Hope all going well. Bet you're busy too.
Have almost finished decorating the tree (will send picture when done) and almost finished wrapping presents. Got to be ready for Tim's Christmas on Dec. 23 (as said he's working on Dec 25 and 26). He wants a trifle too, so there's two to make.
It's a more or less layered dessert made of sponge cake (we're using ladys' fingers), jam, fruit (could be raspberries), custard/pudding, with (heavy) cream on the top. The sponge layer is often soaked in sherry or rum. We're using sherry this time.
Took Italian as my undergraduate language:
Heard it in Italian as zuppa inglese (English soup!)
Carol reminded me we're making it on Tuesday. The cream.
Wish I could send some.
It's really good.
English food, when I was a kid, tended to be pretty plain stuff.
What was good were desserts, cakes, cookies (biscuits), candies (sweets).
See where I'm coming from!
Nite my friend,
Christi, make sure you watch your trees. If the snow is heavy, it will break branches so you will need to have someone knock off the snow if it does settle. I learned the hard way. Also be careful walking in it on sidewalks because under it could be ice. Now you know why they call me Mother Winter. Even if you are two days older than I am.
As per SharonKW's advice, the snow can melt a bit during the day, on asphalt or concrete, and the melt water refreeze at night. Gives icy conditions. Then it's safer when sidewalks and roads have rock salt or sand on them. Worst situation is freezing rain (when seasons are changing). Very ill-advised to walk outside, or drive, in that case.
I know Charlie. We have people from the northern states make fun of us because the weather can completely shut down Dallas. It is because it quickly becomes pure ice and no one, no one can manipulate on ice.
Sounds like the people in Dallas are smart, Christi. If it's unfamiliar weather conditions, common sense says go very carefully.
We have people here who aren't used to winter driving, including don't get snow tires. As said last winter, we hit a car that came across the median, after it was hit by another car whose driver didn't know how to handle ice. Our van was totalled. If we hadn't been exercising due caution in maintaining an appropriate speed and distance between cars, the accident would have likely been much worse.
...And then on Christmas evening the snow started and snowed and it snowed and it snowed...and it is gorgeously beautiful. I have lots of pictures, and will post them when i get home. Hope your weekend was beautiful and I also hope you have a safe and Happy New Year.
Take care my friends, I'll be home on Sunday.
Well here in Las Vegas it is cloudy and overcast but no snow or rain. Actually the great thing is no wind. Had a great Christmas and I am spending this week putting the house back together. All the kids are skiing so we are alone and it is quiet. Been ordering seeds for spring. Need to get my heirloom tomato seeds planted next week. We plant outside early March. Happy New Year, Christi, Charlie and Sharron #1. Also Elvis, Betty Davis and Cary Grant...
Well I threw in Betty Davis because I felt she had to be an evil woman. Or at least mean. I could have said, George Clooney and believe it or not I know no other names except DH, Vern... Love you all...My cat is 18 and only loves Vern so I am getting me a new cat.
hahahahahaha! You two are a scream. FYI. Have *unwatched* the saga.
Still at Marcus' home and am enjoying myself immensely with my DIL and two teen granddaughters. The girls have taken the jeep and gone to see Avatar. 15 and 16 years old. Will try to get pictures when they get home.
Amie has a new Singer and although she is a professional genius on a PC or any other kind of electronic device, she has never messed with a sewing machine. I was born watching my grandmother with her Singer treadle and went on from there. Expecting another snow storm by afternoon and there is still 2 feet on the ground. Marcus flew from Tulsa to St. Louis yesterday and is due back tonight. Will feel better when the girls are back and Marc is home. You already know I am a professional worrier.
Glad you are enjoying your visit Sharran. SK, when you are finished with your home, flights are cheap between Las Vegas and Dallas and you could come work on my house.
Hi Sharon, Christie and Sharon.
Remember feeling disappointed when Christmas was over as a kid.
Now somewhat relieved. Also, first step to St Pete Beach, then St Patrick's Day and the first bulbs (snowdrops).
Did have a good time though and the creme de cacao/peppermint schnapps martinis were quite popular.
Happy New Year All,
I need the pink boots the little girl is wearing!!! It is so cold here.
Your house is very festive, very beautiful. I love the nutcrackers, the bouquets on the table, the holiday decor, and I would have loved the 'martini', too. I am glad you had such a good time. I had to search for Buddy's ears, but hope he is doing well. The painting on the wall is nice, too.
When do you leave for Florida?
I am enjoying playing in front of the fireplace...I know the house is warm, but you know me and the cold. One whiff of it and I carry it around with me all day. We came in an hour ago from the grocery...I still have a scarf around my neck and a hat on my head, I am such a winter wimp. Ethan thinks I'm funny, but I tell him I am making a fashion statement. I am still Princess Leia, and as such can wear whatever I want.
You all have a good tomorrow...stay warm, stay safe!
Charlie, you better have your computer with you when you are in Florida...don't you think?
Definitely! Going to attempt the highways today to go home. Snowed again last night from here to there. We have no experience for this kind of weather.
Have thoroughly enjoyed our visit with our son and his family. He and Amie have been married just over 3 years. We brought his daughter, Payton (the ballerina) with us. Amie has a beautiful daughter, Sydney so we have had a houseful. A 15 and 16 year old girls keep the place hopping. Never seen so many electronic devices in my life. Even in the store. hahaha
Pray for our safety today. Mike is a good driver but too many others drive like there is nothing to be careful of. oooowww bad grammar.
Hi Princess Leia and Kilikina and the mere mortals like me,
Sounds like everybody has had a happy and good time. As Christi says, the kids are very electronically orientated. Tim's much more tech savy than me. Will use the Library computer in St Pete Beach.
Think those are indoor pink boots, Sharon; we don't wear outside shoes in house. Think they might be fashionable among the kids, well the girls (pink!). They're rather conspicuous because Alyssa had knee surgery, so has foot resting up. Alyssa's allergic to nuts and fires! Can always add the almonds to the runner beans, but can't have fires. Just read about excitotoxins (specifically from MSG) in foods. Have long assumed food and other additives are having a major effect in promoting allergic reactions and all sorts of other health problems.
Picture was painted by Carol's late Mom's. Carol changes Mom's pictures with the seasons, as her mother did. Next will be daffodils, but some time to wait!
LIke nutcracker men; think they came in in Austrian in Victorian times.
Agree with you Christi about being especially careful around some other drivers. Good that Mike thinks the same.
Thanks to all of you for your concern for us while we were traveling. Saw lots of automobiles in ditches, turned sideways and heavily damaged. No one was around them so guess they happened before we got there. We are both tired from simple tension of driving on ice. Snow crunches, ice is deadly. We have a CRV with all wheel drive, even that doesn't compensate for ice.
That is history and we are wrapping up another year. Does this count as a decade?...2,000-2009...or must we include 2010? It has already been 10 years since the scare of the millennium business. Seems like yesterday.
Having 4-5 very close friends to ring in the New Year. Sometimes we don't even make it till midnight. Now that is *old*.
Praying for the very best for all of you for the New Year. I am glad to put 2009 behind me.
Have a blessed day all my friends. I think everyone is ready to say farewell to 2009. We are taking the grandchildren to this gourmet hamburger place at 1pm. That will take about two hours and then we will be home for the rest of the year. Getting my black eyed peas ready for tomorrow. Have a great day all my friends.
Back home and we are staying home. The lunch was a bust. The company was great but my burger was goopy. I do not goopy but our youngest son Brian loved because he got two burgers. The grandchildren loved it and that is all it is about. Sharon, I just got my latest issue of Fine Cooking. They have some really fine looking vegetarian recipes, I will copy and send them to you. But you will have to cook. Do you cook? Love you all. DH is watching, I think two football and one basketball game. Anyway he is very happy. I am busy studying about worm growing because my worms should be here in about 10 days.
Got a good joke for you people. At lunch one of my granddaughters asked me about why I was growing worms. So I explained about worm castings and with the casting, you could make worm casting compost tea. Three people, DH, Granddaughter and Daughter in unison said yuck. My daughter asked, "how can you drink that?" I said, "I do not, the plants do."
It's been a while...
Charlie, I have been missing our indepth conversations, of course with frozen ground it would be difficult to get very indepth right now. From here in the frozen tundra I can tell you that my moments outside are only to get from here to my car and back again. And it's hard to see what's going on out there if your eyelids are frozen either wide open or tightly shut. Did you know snowflakes sting like the dickens when they fall into your eyes?
I had fun with my little guy too, also fun with my big guy because he is an excellent cook. We must have had every kind of homemade pizza and salad imaginable.
I very definitely have the winter blahs, as do Jazz, Daisy and Cupcake. But we are all trying to stay warm and trying not to get in each other's way on those days when we have cabin fever...which is most of the time.
I hope you had great holidays, and are looking forward to spring and warm sunshine as much as I am. Shouldn't this winter be over already? I think so. Maybe we should take a vote. Oh no...Charlie is making a mad dash to Florida, so I guess we have to wait till he returns. Speaking of...how's Buddy? I am going to assume he was happy with his Christmas gifts.
Can't work in the yard to get ready for spring planting, so spending the days working out a graft of the yard and planning where to plant different flowers, shrubs, trees,etc according to their need for sun, part shade or full shade. So far have half the yard grafted. Now to work on the rest.
Can't work in the yard to get ready for spring planting, so spending the days working out a graft of the yard and planning where to plant different flowers, shrubs, trees,etc according to their need for sun, part shade or full shade. So far have half the yard grafted. Now to work on the rest. Got to plan walkways, veggie garden and where to plant my elderberries when they arrive.
I'm still have some cabin fever. This is my first winter in KY and I'm really missing year round gardening like I did in Calif. In Bakersfield, where I was living you can take any yard waste, tree trims etc down to a special area where they run it thru a giant chipper/shredder and than for $15.00 you can buy a pickup truck load of compost for your garden. A load of landscapers go in with their big dump trucks and buy enough to do their work with. One scoop is $15.00 and will fill a pickup truck, so the price is per scoop with a big tractor. Its less if you just want chips for the garden walkways. I can't find anything like that here in Somerset. Of course, I don't have a pickup truck now either.
Sympathize with Marti, re no year-round gardening, but do probably need a break from heavy labour here.
Very pleased you had an excellent time with the boys in Chicago, Sharon.
Interested to read the blog. Tim loves trains and like your son is a good cook. The Julia and Julie film has introduced Tim to Julia Child's cooking.
He speaks fluent French, so he does it in style.
He's done Boeuf bourguignonne (Carol, he and Buddy loved it). As said, I don't eat red meat or veal. Last time up here he made chicken cordon blue (using turkey bacon). I made the dessert under his directions: baked pears with grated macaroons, brandy, etc.. Not bad! Of course, we also have wine and baguettes with the French cooking. Problem for me is that I can't eat bread (which I love) without more butter.
Picture below: we met Tim and went to the Tutankhamun exhibit in downtown Toronto today. No pictures allowed inside; outside Anubis (the jackal-headed god). Just about no snow in Toronto. We live to the north in a snow belt.
Saw 1979 Tut exhibit here. This one is a fair bit larger, with excellent historical interpretation. It doesn't have the sarcophagus and gold mask of the first one (security concerns). Relearning Tut. It's ironic that the ancient Eyptians wanted to forget the heretic pharoah, Akhenaton, likely Tut's father, and those associated with him and so the location of Tut's tomb was lost. Now Tut's the most famous of all the ancient Egyptian pharoahs.
Also the youngest of the pharoahs, wasn't he? I love Egyptian history, the hieroglyphs fascinate me, their ways of mummification, it's all so interesting. I'd love to have been with you today. I'm glad you got to see the exhibit again, Charlie.
Your pear dessert sounds great too...when I come for a visit, I want the pear dessert, ya hear?
The weather is wrecking my legs and back. I am sure it's the weather and certainly not old age, right? I keep telling myself that every day. But I have seeds accumulating, and I am anxious to meet spring face to face soon. Can't wait!
Marti, I hope you get used to the ways of KY soon. It can be frustrating even for native Kentuckians!
I used to teach (university) a component of osteology on palaeopathology. Had a great slide show on mummies of the world, including ancient Egypt. Was one of the most popular lectures I gave! Remember reading that there were/are probably a million mummies buried in Egypt. Means still lots to find.
Think as you say, Tut was young, about 19 at death. Suggestions as to his cause of death have certainly changed over recent years. Most recent (heard today, at exhibit) was a fracture of the shin bone (X-rayed) which turned gangranous (said to have died very soon after the fracture). Sounds quite speculative.
Been cold here, but not very windy recently. Good winter clothing helps.
I don't want to also rely on insulation from Tim's French cooking! We are looking forward to spring too. As said, St Patrick's Day (March 17) is the time when we see our very first flowers (snowdrops). It's another reason to celebrate that Day (Carol's heritage is very Irish and my father's mother's too).
Think we're interested in lots of things.
Sharon's a vegetarian, I'm a semi-vegetarian and Christi is a full spectrum diner.
We (me at least) reluctantly follow Dave's dictates about no politics, but I guess it's for the good.
We're all pet owners.
Sharon and I include a lot of pictures in gardening season. Sharon's great at photography, picture composition and the like, as well as flower gardening.
I love colour.
And I'm out of my league with these wonderful people. As plain as homemade soap. I try to learn a lot but don't have much to share. My beautiful tropical garden is history after the past week. Last Saturday it was 13 degrees. Forecast this Saturday is for 67 degrees. Nothing has a chance to actually go dormant so it is always a liability. Even my greenhouse is sad.
I am so sad about your plants Christi. We had the same here in Las Vegas but not as drastic. We always have a 10 day winter. Cold, wind, all tomatoes, peppers, basil, you get the idea, gets destroyed and then great weather and getting warmer every week. If it was easy, everyone would be a gardener.
DH and I had Doctors appointments today. Not Good. Our appointment is tomorrow. My mistake. Not good when we are both going down the tube at the same time.
Todd, Heather and baby Luke made it to Spokane yesterday evening. I now have Skype. Supposedly can see everyone on the other end so we can see Luke grow. My 16 year old granddaughter Sarah is coming over next week to show me how to work this new technology. Maybe we can all get Skype and talk to each other and you can also talk to your own children and grandchildren. And it is free. This is not a commercial, just a happy grandmother finding out how to see new grand baby and son every day. I wonder if I could get George Clooney on Skype????
If you get George Clooney on Skype, then I'm getting Skype, too.
I have a bunch of sewing to do tonight, so I'll save my words for another time...not much going on here anyway, but it was in the upper 40's today, and I did a little walkaround in the yard. Felt a little like spring, but not enough to trust Mother Nature.
Beg to differ, Christi, about leagues.
You provide interesting and friendly input.
Something that particularly stuck in Carol's and my minds was your description of Katrina damage you saw in coastal Mississippi. It's always very interesting to hear about things like your extreme weather and your growing conditions. Texas is a very exotic place for us up here! Great to also hear about things like your granddaughter's ballet and Mike's barbecuing skills.
Getting warmer here too.
Off to bed. Some council minutes came in that I requested and I find I have to be wide awake when I go through them. At least these are hard copy. Found counting up things from a computer screen is a bit of an eye strain.
I can truly sympathize with the political thing, Charlie. The 5 years I was HOA president nearly drove me crazy. Since I resigned there has been no HOA. No one wanted the responsibility or the daily work that went with it. I was really surprised as I was called for everything. Instead of calling Animal Control, someone would call me to tell me there was a dog loose. I made a lot of friends at City Hall that has continued to benefit our "Village". Seems like yesterday but we started the HOA 10 years ago and it has been languishing now for 5 years. When we formed, it was discovered that of 140 rooftops, 120 were the original buyers over 40 years ago. After all the kids got grown we had lost our network and everyone so happy to discover each other again. Sad, but in these last years we are loosing our friends and neighbors to attrition. At least 20 have passed on. We all moved here as youngsters with new babies and we are growing old together. Those who have moved in have just taken up where others left off. We are the most stable area in our little city of 60,000...2,000 when we moved here in 1967.
We are The Village that Hillary Clinton wrote about in her book "It Takes a Village". All of our children are closer to the neighbors as surrogate aunts and uncles than they are to blood relatives. Out mayor is in his 70's and lives in the farmhouse where he was born and raised. Has nothing to gain on a personal level. He prefers to be called Bobby rather than Mr. Mayor.
We are a suburb of Dallas and metroplex, as it's called, has a population of over 4 million now. Within 30 minutes driving distance we can be in a very sophisticated shopping/dining area or a small town with all the charm of over 100 years ago. Putting all of this down makes me realize just how fortunate I am. And to sit at my own desk and visit with friends from every corner of the world...well, there are no words to express the wonder.
Hi Christi, Sharon,
Very interesting Christi. You did a lot to make a community. Things change, but things go on. Sounds like your Mayor is a humane and socially conscious person like you.
May have said, but was on a condominium corporation board and had some similar but also some different experiences to you. Think the problem was that some of the people in the condo (our starter home) were quite uncouth. Your's sounds like a nice neighbourhood.
I was threatened (physically) both by the the president of the board once I was elected to it and apparently by the manager before. I don't consider myself the person to be intimidated, but I did eventually resign from the board. The reason was that 'our side' fought the good fight against abuse and unfairness and won. Then when we assumed control, some of our side started to act as badly as the people we replaced.
It really reminds me of my graduate school, where we said we'll never treat our students the way (some of) our professors treated us. But, as far as I know, nothing changed.
Christ, I tend to like people like you and Sharon, people of quality!
You may be fortunate, but it's so nice to hear about good things happening to good people. You talk to people from so many places because they like and respect you.
It would be good if the survivors can end up at least better off economically than they were before the earthquake.There's certainly a lot of people willing to help them, US, Canada and in dozens of other countries. Was hearing about a rescue team from Iceland.