Friday, June 29, 2007

Food

Food is important, tasty, healthy, needed and wanted, but it is also a brilliant display of how creative and amazing God is. The panorama of food (if you will) covers a broad and deep land inhabited by mountains, valleys, plains, rivers and lakes of flavor. In it He thought to place all good things that would please our tastes, salty, sweet, tangy, hot, spicy and sour to name a few. There are things that loved by one nation and not another, such as the Durian fruit of Asia. It would seem that to some, this is a choice fruit, much loved and adored. While by others it has been described like this "its odor is best described as turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock. It can be smelled from yards away" Despite its great local popularity, the raw fruit is forbidden from some establishments such as hotels, subways and airports, including public transportation in Southeast Asia. However here we love dairy, over in Asia often they find that disgusting. Ambrosia to some and well, less then appealing to others, yet God created it and gave it to us to savor.

In this world of packaged foods, premade dinners, "forever bread", twinkies and caned goods people are missing out on one of the great blessings we have been given. Not just the eating of, but the cooking, baking, frying, chilling, freezing, sauteing, chopping, grating, seasoning, kneading, slicing,pickling, diceing, crushing, melting, broiling, dipping, zesting, sifting, folding, rolling, grilling, frosting, boiling and whipping of delectable food. When we stop eating things made with ingrediants from home, from scratch with loving hands we loose. Plain and simple, we miss out and loose. At the least health breaks down, appreciation falls, and a skill is lost. At the most I would like to put forth that, when only imbibing of bland and cellophaned food, we miss out on enjoying the Lord. And in a small way show contempt for what he has given us. So stand up, praise and thank Him for gifting this blessing to us, then pick up your bowls, whisks and Kitchen Aids and COOK!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Go Green

In light of Sheryl Crow's infectious words to the world on the proper use of paper products, quote "I propose a limitation be put on how many squares [sic] of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting. Now, I don't want to rob any law-abiding American of his or her God-given rights, but I think we are an industrious enough people that we can make it work with only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where 2 to 3 could be required" end quote. I was inspired to come up with my own list for Going Green. This took up the good part of the morning yesterday while I was driving to the city, "gasp" I was driving "oh no!!".

Now dear Sheryl only covered the paper side of life but that seemed a little narrow minded to me, why not go the whole hog? Hit every area and hit it where it will hurt 'em, be mean and nasty.

To get this started I'll put forth my ice-cream bowl idea. Never EVER get your ice-cream in a paper or styrofoam bowl. Always request the waffel cone or bowl, at the very least demand glass or china. Stand on your rights (you're saving the world remember) don't take "we don't have glass bowls" for an answer, stomp over to a table on which rest a glass ash tray and shake it in the servers face, ask that this be used as the vessel for your dessert.

Stop using makeup. Those little plastic jars, bottles, tubes and compact cases are never going to decompose. What are you thinking? Every time you throw one away you kill a tree.

Stop with the hair spray, 30% of ozone layer damage has been directly linked to hair spray.

If you must use makeup always put it on with cotton balls, then save those balls. Gently wash them out, when dry and fluffy get a cotton pillow sham and stuff it with the cotton balls. Give as Christmas gifts.

Hey put down the hair dryer! With most of our electricity coming from damned up rivers how can you be using it to dry your hair. Remember, every time you turn on the hair dryer you kill a fish.

Wear one set of clothes for a week. The benifit to the earth will be unmeasurable, saving on water, heat and laundry detergent. Also it will cut down on your social life....less driving!

Always and only buy 100% cotton, linen, wool or hemp clothes, these are earth friendly and are also very hip. When they start to wear out do patch them or make them into a quilt. But when making the quilt please use a foot powered sewing machine otherwise we will classify you with the capitalist factory owners. Oh and please shop exclusively at thrift stores, garage sales, church bazzars and consignment stores.

Take public transportation every where you go, ride the grayhound or train, metro or tram. It doesn't stop where you want to go? To bad, we didn't say being Green was going to be easy you pansy! Ride a bike or walk.

If you must buy a car purchase a used one, where do people get off buying new cars? Ok, ok, low emission, lower gas milage bla bla, but you are creating more waste by not using up what is already there. Hey how about fixing it up so it will run on old cooking grease? Good old golden arches would probably be happy to give their oil away. Perhaps it does stink but remember "tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows"....

Use canvase carrying bags, spurn those plastic abominations from Safeway or Wal-Mart. If it takes four or five trips from store to home (while riding public transport) carrying food oh well you are doing your part.

Stop buying Kleenex or paper towels, use cotton hankies and cotton rags.

Take cold showers, the hot water heater is a silent but deadly enemy of our world. Eating up massive chunks of energy in a day, this killer must be stopped. The best way to clean up would be to buy biodegradible soap and take your showers on the lawn. That way you will be instantly recycling water back into the earth and not be using the killer. This goes for laundry as well, get a front loader (they use less water) and wash in cold, never hot. In the summer take several lengths of vaccume cleaner hose and hook it up to the drain on the washer. Run it out your door on to the lawn and water it. Don't touch that dryer, another viper in our bosom, dry clothes in the basement,. Don't have one? Then use the living room, hung right clothes lines are virtually unnoticeable.

Save all the yogurt, sour cream and cottage cheese containers and re-use them. Perhaps as just left over food holders or cut down one side and around the bottom, take the sides and flatten out by placing under your mattress. When flat use to roof a house, dog house or trailer. Take the bottoms, hang on string and place in doorways as you would those bead curtains.

By the way do you have carpet and furniture in your house? Tisk, tisk go Japanese style bare wood floors with cushions and sleeping mats.

Eschew that pool, not only does it confuse poor bugs and other wildlife,it is filled with chemicals. Turn it into a root-celler for the big garden you are putting in your back yard. There is also a place in every loving family for a compost heap, live in an apartment? Use your balcony, hallways or bathtub, you won't be using that anymore right?

Ice-cream boxes, oh ho ho I know you guys have these, when empty wash well and cut like yogurt containers. Then place your foot on it and cut to shape, stack four or five layers together to form a foot bed. Take hemp rope and tie on to your foot as sandles. If you want more water proof shoes take an un-flattened yogurt container and place in a U shape over sandle, stitch on with hemp twine waalaa!

There are many things lurking in your bathrooms that are deadly to this green earth. The toothbrush and toothpaste tubes for one, those things are over flowing our landfills. I implore you, stop using them! Do what the mountain men did, get a twig and chew on it, if you must have a paste create your own out of salt, baking soda and a little water. Be sure when you are done with the stick to put it on your compost pile. As for flossing use cotton or hemp thread, that other stuff must go. As for shampo I hope I don't find those things in your house. They come in plastic, plastic, PLASTIC. Get with it, the new thing (or old thing really) are dirt washes. There were Indians of old that would put wet clay in their hair then allow it to dry. Once dry it would be rinsed out and all the oils and bugs would slide away. How amazingly earth loving is that? you use dirt and then return it.

Well that is it for now but I will leave you with one last word, a 'must' for all earth conscience people..... Outhouse!

Sunday, June 24, 2007

The Blessed Land......

......otherwise known as Northern Idaho.


S and I are quite happy to be home, back where the air is cool and smells clean, back where you're not look at neighbors on all fours sides, back where the water is cool and clear....and you can drink it straight out of the tap. Yes life is good up here in the North, the garden is growning, the green house is almost done and we aren't in Texas anymore. Well I don't want to hit to hard on that state, there are lots of people who love it...I'm just now one of them. However I can take heart and hold J's words before my eyes, "it was just training for Georgia". Sweet crunchy pickle! here we go again, I'm heading out to the heat of the South, why, why? On top of that I'm going to be hot and sweating on four or five sets of scaffolding. Compounding the horror by three fold I think.



But more about the 2000+ mile drive. S and I were in Grandpa's little white truck the whole way. We listened to LOTR, P.G Whodehouse, sang (ok I sang, he didn't) and grooved to some hot tunes. Around the middle of Montana we found that the oil was leaking horribly in our truck and from there on out it guzzled a quart every hundred miles. God was watching over us because when S check the dip stick there wasn't even any oil on it, if he had waited till the next stop to check..... The worst thing was the pressure gage wasn't working. It sat at normal the whole time, making it hard to judge just how much we where loosing. But we did make it home, albeit on a heightened sense of awareness of what our engine was doing. Grandpa has unloaded all this things and moved the Penske truck back to where it belongs. He will probably be starting on house plans this summer or at least mobile home plans. He declared that no way, no how was he going to live in our spare bedroom for six months or a year. I can't understand why, 7x15 foot rooms are the best.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Sons of God

You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, the heirs according to the promise.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

I found out....

......I no longer love popcorn.


......but I do love spicy food.


.......The third Pirate movie was about a hour and a half to long.


.......There is no bed like my bed.


Things are going well here, we are still packing and Grandpa is working hard on sorting stuff. I think when people move you just have to get into a cold blooded mindset. Slaughtering memories and stuff left and right, take no prisoners, kill all in your path. When in doubt throw it out. Otherwise you just will not survive the move. For Grandpa we have found that beer and brownies are the answer, slip him a beer with lunch and at least his nap will be longer. Feed him a brownie in the afternoon as a pick-me-up. It seems to help. Well speaking of moving I should be out of here or he and Schyler will be yelping about how long I've been gone.