Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Sandy gazing at Daddy

Day at the Vets 
Good thing my Dad is here with me.

Making Cards

Sent a box home to the kids with card making supplies. Here are a few possibilities. Punched out about a zillion hearts in all kinds of fun papers. Added some sparkly stuff a few stamps and ink pads and they should have a great time creating and giving.

Two of my favorite things.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Stairs make me happy

Oh happy day. The carpet is gone. 
Awaiting grout.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Eating Modified foods with fungicides and herbicides

Stickers on fruits and vegetables, are there for more than just scanning the price they determine if the product is genetically modified, organic or produced with chemical fertilizers, fungicides or herbicides.

A four-digit code beginning with a 3 or a 4 means the produce is probably conventionally grown. The last digits of the code represent the kind of the fruit or vegetable you are buying. For example, bananas are always labeled with the code of 4011. 

 If there are five numbers, and the first is “8″, then the product is genetically modified. The label on genetically modified banana (GE-genetically engineered of GMO) would contain the numbers 84011.

A five-digit number that starts with a 9 means the item is organic. Organic bananas are labeled with 94011.

EWG (The Environmental Working Group) analyzed pesticide residue testing data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration to come up with rankings for these popular fresh produce items.

The Environmental Protection Agency warns that the consumption of pesticides can lead to health problems such as “birth defects, nerve damage, cancer, and other effects that might occur over a long period of time.” Children are especially at risk of harm from pesticides.

Fruits And Vegetables To Always Buy Organic

The Dirty Dozen Plus

These foods have very high pesticide loads and should always be purchased organic or grown yourself!

Hot Peppers 
Nectarines (imported) 
Sweet Bell Peppers 
Kale/Collard Greens 
Summer Squash

Clean 15

The following foods were found by EWG to be relatively low in pesticide residue. They may be good conventional options for those on a budget.

05Sweet Corn [Editors Note: beware of genetically modified varieties. If you want to avoid GMOs, eat only organic corn/] 
10. Mushrooms 
12Papayas [Editors Note: beware of genetically modified varieties. If you want to avoid GMOs eat only organic papaya.] 
14Sweet Peas 
15Sweet Potatoes

The EWG also notes that 99 percent of apples, 98 percent of peaches and 97 percent of nectarines all tested positive for at least one pesticide residue, while the average (white) potato had more pesticides by weight than any other produce! 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Chilled Out Cookies

Cookies were baked coming into the three day weekend so all I had to do was decorate. This allowed me time to practice line work and other techniques. It is still a grueling process. Wow only three sentences in before I started whining. But I did get to enjoy the decorating this time, which is the whole point of me putting pen to paper, metaphorically.  These will go in four different directions, initially anyway. None of the designs were mine. I fell in love with them for their color, beauty and challenge. I knew the artist were skilled and after mimicking their work I am even more in awe. The line work in these particular cookies is the hook. I'm using a #1 tip and they are using a handmade parchment equivalent to .001 or some shit like that. Anyway the point being, you remember the metaphoric one, I set aside time to make cookies for giving away or not. Which allowed me to practice, experiment, enjoy the art of cookien. Did I just make a verb up.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Its how you look at things

I find this so relevant, loss teaches us more about ourselves than getting what we want ever does. Yet I spent most of my life pursuing and acquiring. Only to realize everything is impermanent. The upside really being the value is in the journey, what we go after, and of course what we do with the acquired knowledge or gain. 
Anyhoo Sandy's giving me shit.

Monday, January 2, 2017