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Friday, February 13th, 2009
12:37 pm
Mmmm...stuffed mushrooms
Dodo's Dad's Stuffed Mushrooms:

12 lg white shrooms
1 clove garlic
3 Shallots, minced
3T Butter
4T olive oil
1/2c bread crumbs
1/2c grated parm.
1t basil
3T parsley
salt, pepper

Saute garlic and onion. Chop stems, add to pan and stir until liquid is gone. Mix in rest; stuff caps. 25 minutes @ 350. Or steam in frying pan with water in bottom, covered, for 15 min.
Friday, May 23rd, 2008
5:32 am
Success at the thrift store
I started at the thrift store because they wouldn't take my children's books just before X-mas time. They said they had tons of books and nobody buys them. I went to look at the books and it was no wonder they weren't moving. They were old, dirty, dusty and moldy. I left the store slightly irritated, books in tow. By the time I got home, I'd decided to call and ask if they could use volunteer help.

Yesterday, my new manager told me she had put out nine big boxes of books last week. I organized and stocked four more boxes, and sold 23 books during my four hour shift. Two customers commented that they had start stopping in regularly to check out the books. I sent one grandmother out with an excellent start for her grandkids summer reading: Dahl, 'Johnny Tremaine', the Magic Tree House series and Junie B. It was a great day, topped off by a very entertaining show by the K and 1st graders.

O2 got up to the mic and said, "Good evening", and everyone laughed. He paused and said, "Good evening, I'm O2", then read his journal entry. The K performed a song written by a folksinger about the last panther killed in our town. It's called 'A Cage of Glass', as the panther is stuffed and resides at a local museum. I almost cried.

All in all, an excellent day.
Thursday, May 22nd, 2008
6:41 am
I thought I was busy before
A local group that focuses on improving health and wellbeing invited parents to come to a meeting to discuss nutrition and school lunch. I was the only one who came. I am now going to be working with the school to improve the lunch program. I have a partner, a woman I have been enjoying getting to know through cubscouts, so that will be helpful.

I'm looking for really healthy, flavorful, inexpensive and easy recipes that could be adapted well to cooking for a lot of people. Any suggestions?

I'm excited to jump into this challenge. However, I'm realizing something may have to go. I won't be busy with Habitat until late in the fall and I won't be at the thrift store over the summer. But there is still the BRAT and scouts. I'm enjoying scouts and it's getting easier. We made marshmallow shooters this week and will have a massive battle (which they will clean up after as part of learning their outdoor code of conduct) at our next meeting. Memorial Day I am leading their first hike and earlier this month we attended a camporee where the boys did a service project, did cool stuff, and got to see a Black Hawk helicopter and meet the crew. 01 thought this was the best day of his young life.

Time to get the boys ready for school, then to the thrift store and tonight is the K-1 program. O2 will be singing and reading from his journal, he's been glowing all week in anticipation of performing tonight. Just another lazy day in the life of a stay-at-home mom. Bonbons anyone?
Friday, April 25th, 2008
8:50 am
Still in recovery
I've been way too busy being Suzy Homemaker since getting home Monday evening. O1 developed an infection in his mouth, so most of this week was filled with doctor and dentist appts. He is better now. Now we are frantically working on the pinewood derby car, the race is tomorrow. Tomorrow is also the first day O2 has tee ball practice. And Bx comes home.
Sometime this weekend I have to finish painting the room at the office, and clean the house. I hung laundry wearing shorts and snow boots on Wednesday and Thursday, but the snow is really almost gone-any day now.

I've been thinking over all the excellent conversations and moments during 'thon. The food was just amazing, I can't even name favorites. I left feeling well nourished, if not well rested. It was the longest I've been at a 'thon since O1 was born. I didn't squander much of my time on sleep, so I'm still catching up. However, right now I am blowing off dishes and laundry and all the rest for a couple of hours to go run in the woods. hooray for spring!
Thursday, September 13th, 2007
2:05 pm
Heading South
Here I am getting ready to head south tomorrow and I have no plans yet of exactly what I'm doing this weekend. (Other than, of course, at 4pm Saturday!)

I should really get this procrastination thing under control.

I've been extra distracted this week getting ready for KITTIES! We adopted two four-month-old kitties from the Human Society yesterday. The boys were totally surprised, they had no idea. The cats are adjusting very well, like they've always lived here. They purr really loudly and almost nonstop. It will be hard to leave them for the weekend, but they'll be in good hands with the boys.

I better finish laundry and make some calls tonight!
Monday, June 25th, 2007
7:49 am
Friday, June 22nd, 2007
12:22 pm
Gone missing
Yesterday it was reported that canoes had gone missing from the local YMCA camp. The only identifying marks are the canoes names: Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility.
Thursday, June 21st, 2007
7:00 am
Wednesday, June 20th, 2007
12:37 pm
It's been an interesting week
Here's the quick rundown of our week. Last Wednesday, O2 got stitches for the first time. Once we wiped some of the blood from his face, things didn't look too bad. I just kept reminding myself that head wounds bleed a lot! He got two stitches just above his left eyebrow and learned that cinder blocks are hard and sharp.

On Thursday afternoon O2 choked on a grape. We got it out pretty quickly, he was a little shaken up.

Monday, O1 had a playdate and O2 had an appt. to get his stitches out. About an hour after O2 stitches were removed we got a call from the playdate's mom saying O1 had lost a chunk out of his arm when he bumped into a grindstone his friend was spinning. O1 got 6 stitches.

I'm hoping that is all three and we are done for awhile. In less shocking news, the garden is growing very well. This morning I made a list of more than 25 plants that are blooming right now. We have daisies in the thousands, and as pretty as it is here, I am totally looking forward to heading south next week!
12:35 pm
7 songs on frequent rotation
1. Matt Costa - Cold December
2. A.L.O. - Barbeque
3. G. Love - Beautiful
4. Kings of Convenience - Know How
5. The Killers - Sam's Town
6. G Love - Superhero Brother
7. The Fratellis - the whole CD
Wednesday, May 16th, 2007
8:18 am
what's growing
I've been really busy toiling away in the garden. I've dug holes for the 4x4 posts for the new raised bed for tomatoes, and I have the wood (the sides are already cut to length). My folks are coming up a few days after we get back so I can get dad to help build and mom to help plant.

Here's what has been planted so far: spinach, carrots, arugula, radishes, beets, onions, garlic, shallots, rhubarb, broccoli, cabbage, kale, 3 varieties of lettuce, strawberries, and a bunch of flowers. O2 has some pumpkin seedlings growing, he was given a kit as a party favor, and he is very attached to them. He was upset to hear he would have to choose two of the three seedlings to cut so that one would have the room it needs to grow well.

It's nice to be outside so much. The mosquitoes aren't bad yet, but I did get tagged by a couple of deer-flies. All the birds are back, this week we saw the orioles, a hummingbird (who flew up an stared me down from 2ft away, I think he's hungry), and a pileated woodpecker. Last night, O1 saw an owl in the hemlock just outside his bedroom window.

There will be a lot of change in the garden while we're gone, I just hope it is all for the good.
Thursday, May 10th, 2007
3:23 pm
From Iraqthemodel
Tyrants and murderers like Ahmedinejad, Nesrallah, Assad and Qaddafi must realize that we are not their possessions to pass on to their sons or henchmen. We belong to the human civilization... They can't take out our humanity with their ugly crimes and they can't force us to back off. The world should ask them to leave our land before asking the soldiers of freedom to do so.

The cost of liberating Europe was enormous in blood and treasure and thereafter it took half a century of American military presence to protect Europe's nations from subsequent threats—now if that made sense during a cold war, and it did, then I don't understand why would anyone demand a pullout from Iraq (and maybe later the middle east) when the enemies are using every evil technique, from booby trapped dead animals to hijacked civilian aircrafts to kill us and destroy the human civilization.

Some will keep on blaming America and her policies and they will consider anything America did and does wrong whether America stayed or left, fought or ran away, negotiated or boycotted. There will always be those who blame America for everything that goes wrong in this world but that doesn't mean America has to listen to them. America instead should listen to the spirit of America and what it stands for.
Reaping the fruit won't be today, it will be in the future after patience and great fighting.
8:25 am
Life update
The spring has, as usual, been amazingly beautiful. We've been keeping very busy around the house and with volunteer activities (although I had to bail out on one after the car broke down last Friday). I've declared a 6 month moratorium on dryer use, although I'm going to make an exception for towels. Even on the windiest day, they still don't dry nicely. I've made it since MM without using the dryer, but now there are towels to wash again.

The veggie garden is looking really good this year. I've cleared another compost bin of berry vines, and sifted and applied many wheelbarrows full of rich, dark compost from last years bin. The carrots, arugula and radishes are planted. And last night, I had a wonderful dandelion and sorrel salad with cranberry vinaigrette and violet blossoms on top. Maybe dandelions aren't so bad.

O1 is playing baseball and we have all enjoyed going to his practices. O2 plays on the playground with all the other little brothers and sisters, and I hang out with the parents chatting and cheering on our players.

The fire chief stopped by the other day to check on us. He said that every member of the fire dept. had said he should let me know that I can call on them if I need anything. He offered to take trash to the dump, or rototill my garden, or watch the kidlets when I could only come up with one task I needed help with. I am very touched by all the phone calls and offers of help I've received from our friends here.

And, saving the best for last, in 8 days we will be in California! Woo-hoo!
Monday, May 7th, 2007
8:35 am
I know it's Monday morning, but please take a moment
Our politicians are quietly trying to pass legislation that would be a major blow to any future effort to curb global warming and preserve our natural resources.

S 807 and HR 1398 would exempt Animal Feed Operations (AFOs) from reporting the pollutants relating to manure and (this is even more important) would exempt them from liability should they mismanage the manure.

The 1997 Farm Census reported that 35,000 miles of rivers in the US had been contaminated by pollutants from manure. AFOs are also responsible for the majority of ammonia, as well as other air pollutants like nitrous oxide and methane, from decomposing manure. The recent spinach contamination and the most recent algae blooms in California were both traced to cattle manure that wasn't properly managed.

Please take a moment to let your reps know that manure should be classified as a hazardous waste, and that you want the EPA to continue to track pollutants from manure and fine AFOs when they mismanage this waste.

You can go through Sierra Club and they will fill in your info and send it along to your reps. It only takes one minute!
Thursday, May 3rd, 2007
1:45 pm
Purple asparagus!
I have darling little purple spears popping up in the garden. The rhubarb that I planted last summer is already going strong, along with the chives and sorrel (and dandelions).

Any recipe ideas for the sorrel? I didn't use much of it last year.
9:30 am
Those who can't do, teach?
I heard this morning that McGreevey is teaching ethics classes at a NJ state college. What's next, Corzine lecturing on auto safety?
Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007
10:14 am
Crocheted Penises

I'd like to go, but I'm not quite sure what I'd tell the boys.
8:34 am
Happy Buddha Day!
When a wise man is advised of his errors, he will reflect on and improve his conduct. When his misconduct is pointed out, a foolish man will not only disregard the advice but rather repeat the same error.
Friday, April 13th, 2007
10:23 am
Let it snow!
It actually has stopped snowing in the last couple of hours, now the blobs of heavy snow are falling from the trees and it sounds like a downpour. It's a beautiful morning, I think it's hot tub time. (First, I have to shovel it out.)

It's hard to believe, looking outside right now, in 6 weeks there will be veggies growing in the garden. I can't wait to visit springtime next week, and hopefully all the snow will be gone when we return home.
Sunday, April 8th, 2007
9:46 am
Is it all about evolution?
When we look at history and the people who pushed society on moral grounds such as slavery or women's rights we call them enlightened. We proclaim them as heroes who forced an important issue of their day; however, in their time they are usually called wacky, kooky, self-righteous, or are said to be suffering a mental affliction. Is this just part of how we evolve? Will we have to evolve beyond torturing animals before we can evolve beyond war?

"Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages."
Thomas Edison

"As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields."
Leo Tolstoy

"For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love."
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