Archives for: June 2006
This week we heard the crashing thump as 20 very old and very large mostly spruce trees hit the ground to be cut up and hauled away. My brother will also get much firewood for this winter. The dog yard lost 5 trees and it is noticeable because there were only nine. Now Tucker and Cassie will have abundant sun and the possible fire danger those trees presented has been eliminated. As with most of the felled trees, they were old, dying, and too near the house for comfort during high winds or a nearby fire. Three of the trees were very old aspens that were leaning precariously and if they fell, would obstruct the driveway or the road.
In addition, another 20+ spruce were trimmed to the height of nine feet. That is high enough that a grass fire wouldn’t reach the branches of the tree and cause a larger fire. Now, we’re able to see a lot more of the aspens, birches, and willows in the yard. There are still many more spruce trees, too, but the ones that came down or were trimmed really opened up the yard. The side yard looks like a park. The grass is covering a section that the chickens used for years. It is lush.
My garden planting has been completed. A couple days ago I was able to finish the planning outdoors. It has just been too cold for the plants to do well. The past few days it has gotten up into the low to mid 60’s in the late afternoon. The forecast is for warmer weather in the next several days. If the temperatures drop back down, I may have to wrap the leafy plant area with visqueen for protection and throw a “plant blanket” over them, too. I’ve never finished my garden planting so late in the year. The first frost is likely in just over two months. Sure hope the veggies have time to mature.
Today I picked a dozen small tomatoes from my “Tumbler” tomato plant. I’d been eating one or two a day for a while and then decided to wait a couple days and actually harvest a few. They are such a treat to just pop into the mouth. The other tomato plants are just beginning to set, so hopefully, we’ll have a long succession of tomatoes. One of the two Siberian tomato plants I had planted outside was dead so I plucked it and planted kale in its spot. The other one was trying to grow, so I left it and we’ll see if it comes back.
My eldest daughter and her family stopped by for a short visit before driving back to Anchorage today. They came down here to camp and fish. They were going to stop at a couple spots and fish for a while before completing their trip. It was nice to see everybody.
I can hardly wait for all that fresh, organic food to ripen and be eaten. Till, next time…
Well, the peas are doing well! The spring/summer has been unusually cold with the lows in the upper 30’s to mid 40’s. Daytime temperatures have pretty much stayed in the low to mid 50’s except for the past couple days where the temperatures have ventured into the 60’s. My Siberian tomato plants are all but dead. The parsnips look as though they might make it. The beets, broccoli, turnips and rutabagas all look pathetic and the lettuce doesn’t look any better, either.
I still have kohlrabi to plant, as well as pok choy, Chinese cabbage, Swiss chard, and kale. I can’t remember every needing to plant vegetables so long into the summer. It is barely warm enough now as the soil is still very cold.
My husband’s fuchsias are also looking quite bedraggled. The strawberries are doing okay, but my four bleeding hearts are looking lovely. My blue poppies are way late in getting any blooms. My rose bushes are still bare of flowers, but that should change in the next week or so. The wild roses along the roads are blooming and just lovely. Other wild flowers such as the wild geranium and lupine are putting on a nice display, too.
That fire around Nenana was reported at over 105,000 acres a couple days ago. Since then, there has been another flare-up due to windy conditions. My youngest daughter and her family are in Fairbanks for soccer tournaments. The smoke has settled over the area a couple times this weekend. The girls’ teams finished well.
There is a buffalo roast in the rotisserie now. We’ll have some good vegetables to go with it, although I’m not sure which ones, yet. I’ll choose them when it’s a bit closer to the roast being finished. I may make a banana, walnut, spelt cake, too, because I have a bunch of ripe bananas and it’s been a while since I’ve baked a cake. It was fairly warm outside earlier, but now the temperature has cooled quite a bit, so the house won’t get too hot from the oven being on while baking the cake.
We are planning our next trek northward. My husband wants to see the fire damage to his old stomping grounds. He’s hoping there will be more of his old friends around this time. It’s between hunting, trapping and fishing so maybe he’ll have a better chance of visiting with them.
That’s about all from this neck of the woods. Till next time….
das meine Liebchens, übrigens guten Abend, nennt sich Gesundheitssysteme in Europa.
Alleine schon der Gedanke lässt mich schauern, was wir heute darunter zum Teil verstehen. Hat man früher immer mehr Wert auf Lebenserhaltende Massnahmen gelegt- so scheint es heute gerade in die andere Richtung auszuschlagen!
Egal in welchem Lebensabschnitt...woooaahhh das klingt so sau-gut...palliative Pflege...d.h. wir haben uns sogar verpflichtet, dass jetzt jedes nochsokleines Klitschchen, namens Krankenstübchen, eine solche Abteilung vorzuweisen habe.... Früher rümpfte man das Näschen darüber...iiiigitt palliativ...ahaa der/die ist auch schon abgeschrieben.........
Gerade bei Krebs, kann man(n) sich so schön viel leisten- von Bestrahlung hoch x zu diversen invasiven
Massnahmen....alles zum Wohle des Patienten...und natürlich...klar doch ...geduldig muss er schon sein um all dies überhaupt ertragen zu können.
Jedoch versagen *Diese* in den einfachsten Aufgabenstellungen- wie Ernährung, ich meine nicht 0-8-15
Geschlabber oder einfach, ist ja doch wurscht...kannst (fr)essen was de willsch,,,,
sondern richtig lecker BTD-mässig um aufzufangen-abzufangen und wieder aufzubauen. Es herrschen Meinungen über diäthetische Massnahmen, dass diese sich überhaupt so nennen ist geradezu ein Witz!!!
Von der Anwendung von Orthomolekularen Einheiten und Stoffen schweigen wir lieber- ist verpönt,(kennt man auch noch nicht sooo...huh?!) und dann aber pfeiff rein was das Leder hält in Sachen chemischer Keulen und Bomben, einfach irre.........aber dass diese konsumierenden Prozesse echte Ware als Gegenpol brauchen, das will man garnicht sehen, und wenn, vielleicht nur bei Privatpatienten...gell und dann bitte tägliche Visiten .....man hat ja alles getan; gleichzeitig erlaubt man sich riesige Dekubiti, veranstaltet rasend teure Wundpflege mit Fachpersonal von Feinsten, die Stunde ca. 200 Franken- ohne Material.... und anstatt adequate Stöffchen wie Zink-Vit. C, B-complex,Aminosäuren etc...verschreibt der behandelnde Weisskittel...tja...halt mal grad nix!!!!
Der wunderschön anzusehende Dekubitus- mit rasend schön-schwarzschimmernder Nekrose wird einfach weggewischt und in das Nichtvorhandensein abgedrängt....muss man nix machen....eben nur palliative
Immernoch hält sich krampfhaft das Gerücht....lächel-lächel- nur die Schulmedizin taugt was, wir Natur-
heilkundler haben uns der Scharlatanrie verschrieben...berechtigte Frage meinerseits...wer war denn bitte zuerst?? Aus welchen Ueberlegungen und Denkansätzen wurde *Diese* geboren?
Was richtet heute die Schulmedizin mit und bei sogenannten *chronisch Kranken aus*???
Ich meine, wir sollten einen Patienten als einen wertvollen Mit-mensch betrachten, denn es genauso wahrzunehmen gilt und adäquat zu behandeln, und nicht meinen es seien nur Berechtigunspotentiale zwecks Ausschlachtung von Krankenkassensystemen und menschlichem Material....santé.......
The weather has continued to be cool this week. Most days’ the temperature stays in the 50’s and occasionally it does go into the 60’s. The sky has remained cloudy for the most part, with sunshine for brief periods of time. This is more typical of the summers we usually experience…cool and damp with nighttime temperatures in the low 40’s and sometimes in the upper 30’s.
My garden continues to look very sad. Hopefully, it won’t be too long until the plants begin to look a bit spiffier. It is, after all, still June and there are almost two and a half months left of summer. At least all my plants are cool weather types.
The rhubarb patch was trampled a couple days ago. It looks as though a moose calf or two were busy exploring. Several stalks were partially eaten and then spit out and half of the patch looked as though it was lain upon.
The fire around Nenana is now 40% contained at 70,000 acres. So much for my husband’s planned moose hunting trip this fall. It burned exactly in the area he planned to hunt, burned three homes, a couple cabins and several outhouses. It has rained a bit now so the fire’s progression has halted and gives the firefighting crews time to make a buffer. There have been over 500 firefighters working the fire.
Last night’s dinner was so good. I fixed a sweet sour shrimp dinner that was served over jasmine rice, and broccoli. I made a few substitutions to make it BTD friendly. We continue to enjoy the fresh vegetable juices almost every day, too.
The summer solstice is almost here. Possible sunlight is over 19 hours now, but with the dawn/dusk figured in, we have daylight for 21 hours 45 minutes and then it gets just a hint of dark. All through the night, you can walk around outside and not need any additional lighting source. I really love the summer light, but almost miss not seeing any stars or the northern lights.
Till next time…
It is Pluto season all, time to rejoice!!!! For those poor souls who do not what a Pluto is, it is the perfect fruit, for anyone, but especially the A's among us.
here in one amazing fruit you get the impact of TWO, yes TWO beneficial fruits the apricot and the plum. Now don't get me wrong, both of these fruits have merits on their own, but for the time crunched, a pluto gives you two for the price of one..................all I can say is.........move over 'supersizers' it's the age of the dawning of the Pluto.
P.S. Combine this with a little pumpkinseed butter, for that valuable protien plus the detoxifying fruit and you get THREE beneficials
P.P.S. I don't want to hear nada from you 'but it's a genetically modified lab created fruit' naysayers. For goodness sakes, throw off those pocket protectors people and just go eat a piece of fruit
A couple days after we returned home from our trip up north, a fire started near the village of Nenana where my husband grew up. Somebody dumped what he thought was cooled embers from a burn barrel. As of tonight the uncontrolled fire is at over 40,000 acres. We do know that the fire went through the area where my husband and his family lived. We also know that it has come very close (as in yards away) from homes of some people we visited when we were there 8 days ago. It came within a quarter mile of the town itself. Three homes, some cabins, and outhouses have burned so far. It is also in the exact location where my husband and a friend were planning on moose hunting this fall. The winds are currently blowing it to the east, but winds are expected to turn and blow to the south and head towards Anderson, another small village next to an Air Force station.
Sunday morning just after 9 a.m. my daughter called from Anchorage to tell us one of our granddaughter’s soccer team was in the championship game. We had 3 ½ hours to make the 160 mile drive…BUT we first had to drive into Kenai and collect two grandkids from their other grandma’s home. Well, we did make it just a couple minutes after the start of the game. They won!!! Yeah!!! The team they defeated beat them last year with a 9-0 score. This year, that team lost with a 3-0 win for my granddaughter’s team. They were really proud. They didn’t lose any of the four games they played in the tournament.
Even though it seems to take forever to make, I’ve started making fresh vegetable juice every day again. Because my blood pressure is still high, today I made celery juice with some additions of carrots, an onion, and some garlic. I’m out of fresh ginger or that would have been a part, too. This afternoon, my BP was down 10-15 points over this week’s measurements. They say celery juice is good for high BP. Maybe it will help.
I think it was Suzanne that had the recipe for spinach with almonds, raisins, and ginger. It is now a favorite with my family. Tonight I made it using pignolia (pine nuts) because I was out of sliced almonds, and I used ground ginger because I was out of fresh gingerroot. Nonetheless, it still tasted quite good and got a thumbs up from my eldest son when he stopped by at dinnertime.
A few days ago I made banana walnut muffins using spelt flour instead of wheat. They were also very good. Next time, however, I’m going to add some raisin, too.
If all goes as planned, I hope to finish planting my garden tomorrow. The weather temperatures have moderated again and with it being this late in the month, I’m hoping the colder temperatures will stay gone and not freeze what I set out again.
We celebrated our 27th anniversary on the 9th and my husband’s birthday is on the 13th. One of my daughter’s birthdays was yesterday. Next Sunday is Father’s Day. June is a busy one for our family.
Take care. Till next time….
guede Daag woll, grrrrrüezziiii all dearles, hallo Liebchens :-)
also, wie fange ich wohl am besten hier an?- hmmm gestern Abend, man staune nicht schlecht; erstrecht Frau;.... :-)) kam hier über den swiss romoan-canal eine Sendung, hm eher ein sehr informativer Bericht; der unserer weltweiten Verhältnissen und Wahrheiten in Sachen Umweltmedizin etc...wohl doch sehr nahe kommt und auch gerecht wird.
Meine Liebchens, halted Euch fest, von über 100'000 ja- woll einhundertausend...täglichen Toxinen in der Luft-zu Wasser-zu Lande etc...wissen wir gerade über ca. 20'000 Bescheid bezüglich deren Interaktionen und Wirkweisen in und auf unseren menschlichen Organismus!!!
Hey...AUFWACHEN.......HHHHHHAAAAALLLLLOOOOO.......AUFWACHEN............wisst Ihr was das denn wirklich für uns alle bedeutet??? nööööö gell....... wir dürfen uns vermehrt auf Krebserkrankungen bei Kindern, Kleinstkindern und Missbildungen im Mutterlaib vorbereiten.....
Wir erahnen heute nur vaguement, wie wir eventuell im Alter aussehen werden, das sieht aber garnicht schön aus...auch nicht mit der Schönheitschirurgie zu korrigieren....huh...oder auch hääää......denn wenn
wir alle uns damit einverstanden erklärt haben, dass nur einige wenige Firmen sich diese Dinge natürlich *zu unserem Wohle* erlauben dürfen...in Sachen Einsatz der chemischen Keulen überall...na denn än Guede :-(
Und der beste und tollste clou an der Sache ist... LEUTE.... ob Ihr wollt oder nicht... Ihr müsst auch da durch und werdet gezwungen mitzumachen...es ist total wurscht...keiner fragt Euch oder wird Euch fragen...na wo ist denn unser Geburtsrecht auf saubere Umwelt etc...häää??? Wo ist denn jetzt Dein Recht auf Selbstbestimmung oder Privatsphäre...häää??
Und all das weil wir alle (mehr oder minder damals schon vorhanden) einmal uns dazu entschlossen haben der Gewinnmaximierung unser Jawort einzuheucheln...ist das nicht toll???
Clarrooo chömmt gleich jemand angepurzelt und meint wir hätten ja auch ein Recht auf Arbeit etc...nah ich meine dies ist wohl eine menschliche Erfindung und absolut eine Ueberzeichnung von dem was wir angeblich darzustellen haben incl unserer ureigensten Produktivitäten (Kinderbasteln)...
Die Notbremse anzuziehen reicht nicht meine Liebchens, wir müssen schlichtweg etwas unternehmen, und nicht meinen UNS kanns ja nicht treffen; wärend Du gluschdig in Deinem Gärtli sünnelesch. kriegste grad mal ne Pracht von dem Zeugs ab, ohne dass Du es merkst, noch ahnst....hey das ist schlichtweg ne Sauerei....!
Geschweigedenn schaun wir auf...in..oder über die Nahrungsmittelindustrie hinweg, sie ist mehr als zweischneidig...sogar wenn wir heute Bio kaufen..ist nicht unbedingt alles BIO-BIO, auf alle Fälle bekommen wir immer irgendwelche anderen Leckerlies gratis mitgelieftert und jetzt mach mal ne Blutprobe von Dir auf Umweltgifte aus Möbel, Wasch-und Putzmitteln, Abgasen etc... Du wirst staunen was da lles rauskommt; übrigens mit meinem Vegatester geht das auch, gaaanz unblutig und wir brauchen einfach ein bisschen Zeit um alles rauszufinden...aber dann weisst Du wo Du dran bist.....
übrigens ich fands ganz nett, dass zumindest hier uns Naturheilern keinen Stein mehr in den Weg gelegt wurde; immerhin hier konnten diese zugeben, dass verschiedene Formen auch der Substitution von Antiokidantien dringen angeraten wären, wenn nicht schon fast Zwingend; dito gewisse Ausleitverfahren als valide angenommen worden waren............einfach famos..... und dann kommen ein paar Gartenzwerge und erstellen, obwohl absolut nicht vom Fach, noch von und mit Wissen gesegnet, einen
sogenannten *Codex Alimentarius* auf.....LEUTE....wann wacht IHR auf und unternehmt was?
Our trip up to Chatanika was wonderful and exhausting. We averaged almost 300 miles of driving each of the four days. The weather was cool to cold which is very uncharacteristic for this time of year. However, in Alaska the weather can be very unpredictable at any time of year. We found snow flurries both going to and coming from Chatanika from around Denali National Park on Saturday to Fairbanks and headed back on Sunday. I was surprised to see how much snow and ice was left on the ground from winter. A couple waterfalls were still in their frozen state with the movement of water frozen.
Even though we were able to see Mt. McKinley on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, it was cloud-free on Monday morning. The lodge where we stayed on Friday night and Sunday night is just 41 miles from McKinley’s peak. Even in Denali Park (the entrance is about 100 miles further north) and driving back to Wonder Lake, you are further away from the mountain than from the lodge. Anyway, it was magnificent. In all our years living here (89 between the two of us), we had never gotten such a clear view of the mountain. As a general rule, the full mountain is visible about a dozen days in the summer. So, we were blessed.
I brought home some gold from Chatanika, too. We were tired from traveling and didn’t pan for it ourselves, but it is a nice souvenir. The birthday party went well. Everybody had fun, but before we left, we all acknowledged a couple great guys and friends of the birthday gal who had died in the past year. One was Col. Norman Vaughn and the other the Alaska’s former governor, Jay Hammond.
Col. Vaughn was such a delight and inspiration while he was alive. He was with Admiral Byrd at the South Pole, ran the Iditarod race when he was in his 80’s, gave the commencement address at my eldest son’s graduation, and had turned 100 five days prior to his death. We first met him when he worked at the university while my husband and I were students. His motto was to: “Try, but not be afraid to fail.”
Jay Hammond was also a terrific governor and great guy. He was known as the Bush-Rat Governor because he lived the true Alaskan life, out in the bush and away from civilization as much as possible. He was a pilot, trapper, and pretty much lived a subsistence lifestyle across the inlet from here. He was a much loved and respected governor and person.
We had originally planned on overnighting at Chatanika lodge, but they got the reservations mixed up and there was no cell phone service available. So we headed south into Fairbanks where we stayed with a friend. It was so nice to be able to visit with them and for my husband to be able to get caught up on all his friends and politics.
Food! The available food at the breakfast buffet at the lodge made sticking to the BTD guidelines a bit of a challenge. I did manage to eat fresh melon and pineapple, scrambled eggs, and oatmeal with raisins. They also had pastries, bacon, sausage, and potatoes. For the dinner menu, we had even more difficulty choosing from the menu, but finally settled on chicken and coleslaw. With it came French fries.
At the birthday party we had a delicious halibut casserole, beef roast, coleslaw, and salad. I know there was more, but I didn’t try any so I don’t remember what was available. The A’s there had a more difficult time finding acceptable foods, but didn't know it. The food I selected and ate was very good. However, I’m not sure that the kaluha (sp?), rum and cream drink met my dietary considerations! I haven’t had anything other than red wine in many years.
On the way home yesterday, we stopped at a family greenhouse outside of Wasilla where I bought two more blue poppies and a gorgeous pink lily. The blue poppies were developed at Sutton which is about 20 miles away from there. Anyway, bright, true-blue poppies are gorgeous and I’ve had a few plants for a few years. Now, I can add to them and have a nice corner of blue.
I came home to a frost-killed garden. Fortunately, the only things in the garden were zucchini and summer squash. I might be able to get some starts from the greenhouse down the road. The weather had turned quite cold when I was going to plant, so I decided to finish after we got home. The peas haven’t come up yet, so they should be safe. I may try and find some zucchini plants tomorrow and then wait another couple days before setting them out.
Well, this is a recap of our outing. Now my husband is talking about heading north again next month! Till next time…..
The cold spring temperatures returned. With highs in the low 50’s and winds, I decided to postpone putting the seedlings out in the garden. I did get the peas planted and put out the summer squash and zucchini, but the rest will have to wait until next week. Hopefully by then the temperatures will be back to normal for this time of year.
One of the twins came up to me last night and said, “Did you know that moose growl just like a bear? That is how that mother moose sounded when she came charging out of our wood towards me!” Apparently she had a least one newly born calf with her and was in a very protective mood. When she saw my son in our yard, she decided to let him know not to mess with her or especially the babies.
The trees are almost fully leafed out, my rose bushes and the lilacs bushes are green and showing flower buds, too. Our tulips have their leaves, but so far no flowers are open. They should be flowering sometime next week.
Tucker, one of our outside dogs managed to dig himself out of the big fenced-in yard and then came up to the door for us to let him back inside his yard. That fenced-in area is about 1800 square feet of space. Anyway, he does this every summer and then has to go back on the run until the snow arrives in the fall. Although the run still enables him to wander through much of his yard, it doesn’t give him as much freedom as without. We don’t want him getting hit or hurt. We certainly don’t want him to harass any moose, especially those newborn calves. Unfortunately, many people here just let their dogs run and many baby moose are killed by them annually.
Well, that’s about all for tonight. Take care. Till next time…
I gave my lecture on Monday to the CEO group to which I belong and I think I had a hit. The chair had scheduled me in for 1 hour and because it was going so well, I ended up speaking for 2.5 hours with no breaks!!!
I decided to structure my talk on some true and false questions mostly about the latest media topics related to food and nutrition. I then talked about Nutrigenomics and SNP's and then for the last 2 hours I talked about Blood Type.
I also brought in a selection of walnuts, black cherry juice, almonds, sweet potato pow cookies, flax cookies, flax oil and spelt and sprouted grain breads. I spoke after lunch (lunch was a piece of salmon, spinach salad and selection of vegetables).
My cohorts were extremely interested throughout the presentation, and of all the speakers that day, I had the most questions and the most "aha's."
I didn't do a power point presentation, instead I wrote up a handout booklet. (I will post once I get it cleaned up a bit more).
I had so many questions I couldn't answer in the time period, that I need to write emails to another 5-7 people to answer the questions.
I spent the last couple of weeks listening to the lectures from last year's conference and reading the various books. What it really distills down to is everyone needs to eat sufficient "greens (vegetables and fruits)", the correct type of protein (whether it is red meat, tofu, beans, fish or fermented milk and cheeses) and appropriate oils from nuts and seeds for their type. In all of the books specifically related to conditions, grains and breads seemed to be a luxury that didn't necessarily improve one's health. I never did find one grain that made it on a top food to fight....
Green tea made it on almost everyone's list!!!
So after my big presentation, I am feeling a little like what's next????
On the food scene, I am determined to make it through my freezer full of beef. It is summerlike here so it is really easy to make steaks and spinach salads for supper every night. Lunches are getting tougher these days, I am trying to be creative but the pull of the soccer field is winning out over school lunches!!!
grrrüazziii Ihr Liebchens :-)
so also bin mal wieder im alten Fahrwasser.... aber reduced ein bizzele, habe schaurig Samos-Heimweh
und wenn ich hier die ollen Ch- Leutchen anlächele (röchel-röchel) so habe ich immer das Gefühl diese würden auch nur ihre Zähndli blecken....
Ich vermisse *"meinen Köter*"....ich vermisse Alek & Co... ich vermisse die super Küche von Agapi und den wunderschönen Blick auf's Meer und die Ruhe und die saugüdä Luft...hhmmm Leute Ich Leide...schaurig...-
aberrr eine gute Sache hat's es gibt und gab mir Auftrieb weiterzumachen und doch etwas noch zu bewegen, yup dranbleiben..reinbeissen und nie wieder loslassen = BTD....ich kooooommmmeeee.... :-)
aber auf meine Weise und auffi, mache due...fummle und etwas auf die Beine stellen...yup das habe ich mir jetzt fest vorgenommen, für Madls, von Madls, mit Madls, vielleicht auch ein Mutter-Kind-Projekt und-oder auch...aber mit BTD als Leitfaden....(3-Beiners sind auch willkommen :-)
Also nochmals herzliche Grüsse nach Samos, Alek & co, Carlo oder Carlito??...chuckle.....Barbro...danke für den Augenöffner...habe viel von Dir gelernt..... muah-muah....
"Coockie" mein Samos-Hündle...yup sie ist einfach ne Süsse und soll auch dort ihre Freiheit geniessen,
omG nächsten auch auf der Blutgruppenernährung...huh....
Wir müssen strukturiert miteinander arbeiten, um unser gemeinsames Ziel zu erreichen, ok...here we go:alle für EINEN.........EINE(R) für alle.........