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The photos on this page are all due to Kit.
One of my sisters, on hearing that I didn’t have an operating camera, and that was the reason I had not taken or displayed any new photos for awhile, sent me a Nikon. WOW
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My thought for the day: I don’t know what I just said to myself. I’m hard of hearing in one ear and that’s the one I keep speaking into.

The neighborhood cat
I feed a huge female neighborhood cat breakfast every morning. Invariably I am awakened by incessant meows at the rate of 1 every 2 seconds until I put the dish down, and although the meows stop, she waits until I give her a pet on the top of her head or just say “Yeh, yeh” as an affirmation or something before voraciously devouring the food.
But, the other day she suddenly attacked my cat, while NoNey was in the process of peeing no less – tufts of fur all over the place. So, this morning I calmly told her, through the shutters, that she had to find breakfast elsewhere and she better do it fast before all the other cats get it all, because I was not going to give her breakfast today since she had attacked NoNey out-of-nowhere and for no reason. “Meow?” and then silence. She understood. I am constantly amazed at how my messages are received and apparently understood. Tomorrow, breakfast will be served as usual.

NoNey – my cat
I fed her a late night snack for which she had been patiently waiting over an hour because as I repeatedly told her, “you have to wait.. I just fed you two hours ago”. But finally gave in early when she put her paws, with claws tucked in, on my arm with a subliminal ‘gwark’. After eating, she comes to me and I say “You know, you’re a lucky kitty”. And she turns and walks away from me as if to say “I know. I know. Don’t bother me with the details.”
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The two spices which take care of everything
A must read if you are not absolutely and totally healthy: OREGANO OIL & LEAF (Origanum vulgare) Guess that includes 99% of us. It’s about Oregano – the dried spice leaves, oil, or capsules and why you might be interested in it. Not for pregnant or lactating women who according to one study have an aversion to food with oregano in or on it. Very well written – couldn’t put it down until I finished. Something I don’t ordinarily experience when reading about food, additives, spices, whatever. Thought that kind of concentration was reserved for short stories, news alerts, and such.
If I ever feel bad because of what I ate, I put a lot of cinnamon and oregano dried flakes (available in every market) on something (an egg, oatmeal, etc) and take a nap. When I wake up, the feeling is history. Not only are both of these anti everything including viral, bacterial, microbial, and fungal, but they also have a number of other beneficial properties you really should be acquiring to get you past the normal cut-off date. With these two and coconut oil, I plan to live to 100.
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Worth reading: a beautifully written piece.
Ann Hornaday in the Washington Post James Earl Jones: a voice for the ages, aging gracefully
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About this blog, its structure and theme
This was in answer to someone asking what structure I was using for the blog. Thought I would include it here for anyone interested.
Hi,
I’ll try to answer your question. This site is set up on WordPress from http://wordpress.org and coding is not necessary.
Although there are many possible themes, the one used here is the WordPress.org theme: Cutline 3-Column Split 1.1 by Chris Pearson
I’m using it through a site set up on http://yahoo.com – no downloading of WordPress.
Once you have a site, all you have to do is go into their blog link with WordPress.org, select the format and start writing http://smallbusiness.yahoo.com There are many web hosts which provide the same facility for WordPress, and for other blog structures, some more and some less expensive than Yahoo. Here are a couple of web hosts which are recommended by WordPress.org itself: http://wordpress.org/hosting/ As they mention, WordPress also has a website on which you can set up a blog for free: http://wordpress.com The differences between using the free com site of WordPress and setting up a full blog through a host using the org site is fully explained here: WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org — What’s the Difference?  Another good explanation: Self Hosted WordPress.org vs. Free WordPress.com Good luck

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A New Way of Looking at Language and Language Learning

August 22nd, 2014 · 1 Comment

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Index Current Post
A New Way of Looking at Language

The 18 Basic Conceptual Verbs
Conceptual Verb Chart I

How To Get Started Speaking
Examples
Full Conceptual Verbs Chart II
Why Create a Language
Development of Language Rules

Summary of Current Post: Development of an international language using a limited set of18 18 Conceptual Verbs which encompass most actions and states of being thus giving an almost instant basis for communication.
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A New Way of Looking at Language and Language Learning
Instead of having to learn hundreds to thousands of verbs with their different roots and ways of spelling, the current attempt is to develop a language structure using a limited set of logical verbal concepts by dividing most of the universe of action and states of being into a set of core concepts. Each core concept is then subdivided into the following logical progression: begin, in, out, result, follow-up. By learning these concepts (18 at present) and the internal process dimensions, it is possible to communicate in depth with full meaning and breadth of action or state. These 18 verbs would be the only verbs to learn.
This is not a technical language and is based on communication in social interaction. Through it, a person can be up and running with perfect grammatical structure, pronunciation and spelling within a matter of days. Initial development will be based on concepts and vocabulary in English and Spanish, with lessons learned from American Sign Language in the construction of accurate delineation and conveyance of meaning.This is only the first pass on the possible language structure. It was initially configured by taking 331 of the most commonly used verbs within the 3500 most common words in native English according to the Macmillan Essential Dictionary(1) and conceptually placing them together in what turned out to be 12-14 major concepts with subcategory verbs within each concept. This was followed up by the addition of 4 more concepts or dimensions in the next 153 most commonly used verbs. 
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The 18 Basic Conceptual Verbs (see charts I and II below which detail how the concepts are used)
interact
experience
move
get/give (exchange)
possess
use
learn
analyze
affirm
make
distribute
maintain (group)
maintain (personal)
recuperate
regenerate (plant)
regenerate (creature)
save
measure
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To help remember the concepts, they can be grouped into 5 categories represented by the anagram GRAMI:
get (exchange): get/give possess use
recuperate:        recuperate regenerate save
analyze:              learn analyze affirm measure
make:                  make distribute maintain
interact:              interact experience move
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The following illustrates the use of one of the 18 core verbs divided by the 5 internal action dimensions: initiation/begin, in/toward, out/away, fulfillment/result, and follow-up.

                            1                   2        3        4                5
concept      initiation/begin       in      out    fulfill        follow-up            
 Move      decide/happen   come   go   stay   check/evaluate

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The following charts can be translated into the individual’s original language in the development of skill in using this mode. While a number of conceptual verbs may be used to delineate a specific verb, use over time will determine which concept is most appropriate in any particular instance.
Table I – Interim Single Word Designation of Conceptual Verbs Chart as of 22/8/14

Here is the initial full set. This is open to discussion. To Enlarge: click image
For Updated Chart and Translate: click here  If problem see Reference 4 at end of this post
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Format for developing above chart
In order to develop an easily remembered format, the major verbs fitting into each category were capsulized into a single verb. As an example, I show the original verbs for the ‘Learn’ concept.

Learn            Initial                                           Final Single Word

begin:            contact/open-up/search/             search
in/toward:      use senses/find/think/try
                      /analyze/experiment/compare    think/analyze
out/away:      express/teach/reveal
                      /repeat/broadcast                       express
fulfill:             understand/learn/believe            understand
follow-up:     record/remember/rearrange/      remember
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How To Get Started Speaking
For the time being, until the spelling of words is worked out, the key conceptual verbs and other parts of speech will remain in their original English.
1. Translate one or both charts into your original language.
2. Learn the18 key concept words in English and their general meaning.
3. Learn the meaning of the 5 subcategories.
4. Study the charts until you have a feel for what they include. In most cases, it will be possible to use chart I – the one-word-for-each-category chart. It is not necessary to learn any of the verbs except the 18 conceptual verbs.
5. Take a verb in any language and decide which of the key concepts it might fit into. Then decide where it would logically fit within the subcategories for that concept, and use numbers 1-5 or the moniker for the five process subcategories (1=be 2=in 3=ot 4=co 5=te). 
 
Until you are totally familiar with the system, there will be a lot of error, but even at a beginning level, your translation will be mostly understandable because of the logic of the system.
At the beginning level, it is best to use short sentences. Of course it means learning the basic parts of speech such as major conjunctions, major nouns (for most elemental conversation, the list of nouns is relatively short), the most used prepositions, the major adjectives and adverbs you might use. This will be in English for the time being until a suitable set of words with correct spelling and pronunciation is developed.
Good luck
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Examples
 Example 1
We went to the store.
using subcategory number:
   We de move3 to the store.  
      note: the word ‘de’ means simple past.
or
using subcategory endings 
(be=begin, in=in/toward, ot=out/away, co=complete/fulfill, te=end/follow-up): 

We de ot/move to the store  
translation: (de=past, ot/move=go)
   We went to the store.
or
using the conceptual verb only:
   We de move to store.
note: when using only the conceptual verb, any preposition before an accompanying noun is especially important in determining meaning.
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Example 2
Original English:
‘Join me at the restaurant to discuss the company’s future.’
 
Using the conceptual verbs method, it can be expressed:
   ‘be/interact me at the restaurant to be/distribute the company’s future.’
   or
   ‘in/move me at the restaurant to in/analyze the company’s future.’
 
It conveys the following meaning (translated using the words in Chart I only):
   ‘contact me at the restaurant to map the company’s future.’
   or
   ‘approach me at the restaurant to define the company’s future.’
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If you love words and civil communication:
Every noon I lunch at a restaurant where, if you want, you can join me to discuss plans for the further development of the company.

note: (in this case, ‘|’ means either/or – Different CVs with subcategories which could be used)

Every noon I use2 | exchange2 | interact2 lunch at a restaurant where, if you maintain1 | affirm2, you can interact1 | move2 me to distribute1 | interact1-2 plans for further build2 | maintain2 of the company.

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Example 3
This shows the power of using only the 18 conceptual verbs
1. Original English
“Tomorrow … I’m speaking on “Thriving After 50″ at the … annual … conference, which has me thinking about what retirement means in our culture today. To withdraw, to go away, to retreat: These are the literal definitions of “retire,” but, increasingly, they fail to accurately describe the possibilities of modern retirement. If we were choosing a word today for what life looks like as we hit our mid-60s, 70s and 80s, it seems unlikely that we’d land on “retirement.” While these years bring many changes, for a growing number of people, this time of life is about anything but withdrawal or retreat.” Adrianna Huffington (2)
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2. Instead of having to learn all the verbs in the original quote, it is possible to instantly understand and, most importantly, convey the content of verbs in various texts through the use of only the 18 basic concept verbs and their logical progression:
How would the above quote be expressed? Keep in mind that the subcategory words in charts I and II can be learned in each individual’s primary language in order to gain understanding.
(subcategory designations: be=begin  in=in/toward   ot=out/away   co=complete/fulfill   te=end/follow-up) 
Tomorrow … I ot/learn on “co/renewal After 50″ at the … annual conference, which ot/move me in/learn about what en/renewal ot/affirm in our culture today. Te/interact, te/use, te/renewal: These are the literal definitions of “co/use,” but, increasingly, they no co/interact to accurately co/analyze the possibilities of modern en/renewal. If we in/affirm a word today for what life in/analyze as we in/move our mid-60s, 70s and 80s, it in/analyze unlikely that we’d co/analyze “retirement.” While these years in/move many changes, for an increasing number of people, this time of life ot/affirm anything but te/interact or te/use.
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3. Using the one word description chart (Chart I), the logical meaning of the quote is conveyed fairly well (verb tense not included).
Tomorrow … I express on “Growth After 50″ at the … annual conference, which cause me think about what retirement mean in our culture today. Close, dispose, replace: These are the literal definitions of “dispose,” but, increasingly they no resolve to accurately conclude the possibilities of modern retirement. If we accept a word today for what life define as we approach our mid-60s, 70s and 80s, it define unlikely that we’d conclude “retirement.” While these years come (with) many changes for an increasing number of people, this time of life support anything but close or dispose.
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Using chart I, these are the following equivalencies for the original verbs (be=begin  in-in/toward   ot-out/away   co=complete/fulfill   en=end/follow-up)
speaking=ot/learn,  thriving=co/renewal,  causes=ot/move, thinking=in/learn,  means=ot/affirm,  withdraw=te/interact,  go away=te/use,  retreat=te/renewal,  retire=co/se,  fail=no-co/interact,  describe=co/analyze,  choosing=in/affirm,  looks like=in/analyze,  hit=in/move,  seems=in/analyze,  land on=co/analyze,  retirement=te/renewal,  bring=in/move,  growing=ot/renewal, represent(about)=ot/affirm, withdrawal=te/interact,  retreat=te/use
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Let’s take another example and divide it into short sentences.
Example 4
 
English Original: Do you want to go to the store to buy some things, because we have nothing to eat and need to get food, since I think Mark and Julie decided to stay.

verbs to translate into CV:
  want go must buy have eat need get think decided stay
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note 1: CV stands for one of the 18 Conceptual Verbs
note 2: translate is for illustration only. Only CVs or CVsubs are used in communication
note 3: there is no ‘to’ between verbs.
note 4: ‘de’ means past tense
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Original separated into single sentences. 
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original:          Do you want to go to the store?
only CV:          You maintain move to the store?
using CVsub: You maintain1 move3 to the store?
translate:        You need/want go to the store?
 
original:         We must buy some things.
only CV:          We must exchange some things.
using CVsub: We must exchange2 some things.
translate:        We must get some things.

original:         We have nothing to eat.
only CV:          We possess nothing to use
using CVsub:  We possess4 nothing to use2
translate:         We hold nothing to consume.

original:        We need to get food.
only CV:         We maintain exchange food.
using CVsub: We maintain1 exchange2 food.
translate:        We need/want collect food.

original:         I think Mark and Julie decided to stay.
only CV:          I learn Mark and Julie de affirm (no) move
using CVsub:  I learn2 Mark and Julie de affirm4 move4
translate:         I think Mark and Julie decided stay/stop.

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Combining the sentences using 2 basic conjunctions (because, and), we have the following:

CV only

You maintain move to the store? We must exchange some things, because we possess nothing to use, and  we maintain exchange food, because I learn Mark and Julie de affirm move.

CV with subcategories:
You maintain1 move3 to the store? We must exchange2 some things, because we possess4 nothing to use2, and  we maintain1 exchange2 food, because I learn2 Mark and Julie de affirm4 move4. See translation above.

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Comments: The sentences make basic sense even using only the 18 learned CVs without the subcategory designations. In a case where the CV alone is opposite to the desired meaning, a simple negative (no) will help. Otherwise, when subcategories are utilized, a much clearer message is conveyed. Remember, in actual communication, the subcategory verbs of Charts I and II are not expressed. In fact once the verbs are translated into a person’s primary language and studied, the meaning of each subcategory is much greater than any single verb in Charts I and II.
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Example 5
Original Quote
“So, it’s understandable that we’d expect trees to save us from rising temperatures, but climate science tells a different story. Besides the amount of greenhouse gases in the air, another important switch on the planetary thermostat is how much of the sun’s energy is taken up by the earth’s surface, compared to how much is reflected back to space. The dark color of trees means that they absorb more of the sun’s energy and raise the planet’s surface temperature. Climate scientists have calculated the effect of increasing forest cover on surface temperature. Their conclusion is that planting trees in the tropics would lead to cooling, but in colder regions, it would cause warming.”  To Save the Planet, Don’t Plant Trees
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1. Quote with conceptual verbs inserted using subcategory numbers
So, it’s learn4 that we’d experience1 trees to save3 us from rising temperatures, but climate science save3 a different story. Besides the amount of greenhouse gases in the air, another important exchange4 on the planetary thermostat is how much of the sun’s energy experience2 by the earth’s surface, analyze2 to how much is exchange3 back to space. The dark color of trees analyze4 that they experience2 more of the sun’s energy and measure3 the planet’s surface temperature. Climate scientists have analyze2 the effect of meaure3 forest cover on surface temperature. Their conclusion is that renewal2 trees in the tropics would move3 to cooling, but in colder regions, it would move3 warming.

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2. For understanding with words taken from Chart I (tense taken from original quote and ‘to be’ verb remaining for this example)
So, it’s understood that we’d expect trees to protect us from rising temperatures, but climate science gives a different story. Besides the amount of greenhouse gases in the air, another important change on the planetary thermostat is how much of the sun’s energy is absorbed by the earth’s surface, defines how much is given back to space. The dark color of trees concludes that they absorb more of the sun’s energy and increases the planet’s surface temperature. Climate scientists have defined the effect of increasing forest cover on surface temperature. Their conclusion is that planting trees in the tropics would cause/go to cooling, but in colder regions, it would cause/go to warming.
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Using Chart I, these are the following equivalencies for the original verbs using subcategory numbers of conceptual verbs
understand=learn4   expect=experience1   save=save3   tells=exchange3/analyze4   switch=exchange4/learn4   taken-up=experience2      compared=analyze3   reflected=exchange3   means=analyze4   absorb=experience2    raise=measure3/see note2 below    calculated=analyze2   increasing=measure3/see note2 below   planting=renewal2   lead=move3/build3   cause=move3/build3

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Full Conceptual Verbs Chart II – major verbs within each category as of 04/9/14  Here is the full set. This is open to discussion. To Enlarge: click image
For Updated Chart and Translate:  click here  If problem see Reference 4 end of this post
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Why create a language
The basic question is ‘Why do it?’ In the future, we will all have a mechanism which will instantly translate whatever language we hear or see into our own language. We will no longer need to learn another language in order to fully interact at any level worldwide. And this is a problem I struggle with, because it may just not be useful. Or is it? Perhaps the answer comes from knowing the reason for me attempting to learn Spanish at an advanced age when I know that I will probably never use it in this lifetime. I certainly do not need it, because I can translate Spanish text into my own language, and I will not learn it to a level at which I will be able to pass it on to anyone else. So again, why do it? Perhaps to feel the beauty of being able to think, read, speak to myself in a medium which is foreign to me, and to gain the sense of achievement of making it integral. So, OK, now that I’ve thought that and gotten it out of the way, why, really, do it? We need to communicate, to integrate, to feel a commonality with another part of the world. And one of the primary ways in which we do that is through language. When we speak and are instantly understood, we feel a sense of relief, a oneness at a very basic level. When we think, and it is picked up by another, we do it through the emotions and images which we are generating in our minds and are giving off, but we also do it through the way in which we form our thoughts through language when making sense of the world around us. And when we generate our own understanding through talking to or communicating with ourselves through language, it is picked up on a subliminal level by others. The rest of the conscious world communicates on a subliminal level which, to a great extent, we have lost, or have learned to disregard because we have this complex tool called language. We can generate structures, disseminate meaning, communicate with those we do not interact with, pass on knowledge to other generations we will never see, and it is this that has distinguished us from the rest of the conscious world. In the future, even this subliminal communication will also be instantly translatable to all other languages. But the question of whether or not instant translation vitiates our need for a new language is very important. My answer is yes, it is, because the tower of babel is still there creating this barrier which we have learned to permeate but which still remains and continues to be a barrier at levels we cannot even begin to fathom.  Would the world be different if we all spoke the same language? At the moment, I cannot answer this question. But what I do know is that when we translate, we lose the innate structure of the thought patterns and the emotions which are generated by the communicator. Yes, we understand the concepts which have been translated into the structure of our own language, but we are missing out on a world of meaning which remains on the other side, and can only be understood by those who know instantly what is being communicated without translation.
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Development of Language Rules and Structure
Possible Rules of Use
The format as it develops will also attempt to overcome the problems of pronunciation and spelling, timeline delineation (tenses), verbal or sound overlap, and reduction of the use of the ‘to be’ verb. This is accomplished through the use of:
1. a single sound for each letter of the alphabet so that pronunciation and spelling can be perfectly reproduced once the alphabet is learned
2. the separation of verb tenses from the verb itself with most verbs following the rules for modals in English where there are no changes in spelling regardless of gender, tense, or singularity/plurality
3. the reduction of multiple meanings for any verb, or multiple meanings for the same sound
4. a reduction in the use of the verb ‘to be’ (in English: am, is, are, was, were, etc.) and other auxiliary verbs.
Other Possible Rules of Use
Only verb forms used are the basic concepts given above. They do not change except with the use of numbers 1-5 or special endings to replace 1-5.
If there is a verb which just does not fit within the parameters, use it and report it
The use of tense (past, past continuous, present, future, etc.) are separate words preceding the verb.
All verbs are treated similar to modal verbs in English: no changes in spellings or endings, no use of ‘to’ between verbs  
Until nouns are added to the logical system, they will be taken from English
Plural nouns add ‘s’ pronounced ‘se’ in front of noun as separate word. See the complexities of adding plurals to the end of nouns http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/plurals-of-nouns
Negatives of all verbs: ‘no’ + verb
Subject-verb-object can be in any order within sentence as long as the relationship is clear
Sentences do not have to have a verb, particularly in sentences which previously used ‘to be’ verbs
All verbs may also be used as nouns
No words which sound the same but have different meanings
No different meaning words spelled the same or sounding the same.
Only one meaning per word although unattached precursors can be used to change meaning
No subjunctive
No different endings of words based on gender
Pronouns not repeated in a sentence or paragraph unless there is a change of pronoun
We want to go. We want to tell you something you already know, but which we know you will enjoy
She has been here before. She Has photographed it extensively. She Hopes that it lives up to the expectations.
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Pronunciation Rules (suggested)
Emphasis on next to last syllable for words ending in a vowel.
Emphasis on last syllable for all other words
E at the end of words is pronounced  ‘e’ as in the English word pet
Does not use letters which may sound the same  (avoidance of  c-k   c-s   e-i   o-u   q-k-c  pronunciation similarities found in English)
No double letters
Each letter is expressed – no silent letters
Each letter has only one unique sound which does not change in different contexts or words
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The Tenses
Example using the CV interact

Simple Present:           interact        interact
Present Perfect:     dei interact       have interacted
Simple Past:           de interact        interacted
Past Perfect:      de de interact       had interacted
Future:                    we interact       will interact 
Future Perfect  we dei interact       will have interacted
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 Verb TO BE
1. Before Verb
When the verb ‘to be’ (am is are was were, will be, etc.) is used before a verb, it is dropped.
Example 1: ‘This is denoted for future reference.’ becomes ‘This denoted for future reference.’
Example 2:
‘Autos were manufactured.’  becomes ‘Autos manufactured.’
2. When the meaning of the verb ‘to be’ can be translated as ‘indicates’
When the verb ‘to be’ has the meaning of ‘indicates’ it is denoted by ‘si’ 
Example 1: ‘The change is a different form.’ becomes ‘The change si a different form’ 
Example 2: ‘Their conclusion was that it continues’, becomes ‘Their conclusion de si that it continues.’
3. Theres: the one hold over from the verb ‘to be’ is “theres” (with apostrophe dropped) which is generally used in every day speech for both ‘there is’ and ‘there are’. Be sure to differentiate between theirs (plural possessive) and ‘theres’ as indicated here.
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Possible alphabet and pronunciation of vowels
The alphabet contains the 5 vowels (aeiou) and 11 consonants
b c d g l m n r s t w y
Not included are all consonants which may sound similar to another in the process of verbalization or are the least used.
Letter Frequency in the English Language: 
e t a o i n s r h l d c u m f p g w y b v k x j q z
Letter Frequency in the Spanish Language: 
e a o s r n i d l c t u m p b g y í v q ó h f z j é á ñ x ú ü w k (3)

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Pronunciation of vowels:
a = ah as in father
e = eh as in tent
i =  ih as in ‘it’
o = oh as in omen
u = oo as in moon

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Pronouns
Personal pronouns will use one form only (no changes for possessive, direct/indirect object, or self referent)   I, you, he, she, it, te, we, they. The form ‘te’ is a personal pronoun on the order of  ‘he’, ‘she’, ‘it’ to distinguish it from the impersonal ‘it’.

Initial proposed pronunciation:  
i = ee
you = oo
he=e
she=ne
it=se
te=te
we=bi
they=ti
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References
1 The First 330 Most Common Verbs in the 672 Most common English Verbs from the 3500 most common words in native English according to the Macmillan Essential Dictionary. Also see (not included here) The Last 189 Most Common Verbs
2 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/its-time-to-retire-our-definition-of-retirement_b_5774878.html It’s Time to Retire Our Definition of Retirement
3 Letter Frequencies / Word
4 Problems Opening chart in some browsers
Google Chrome – no problem – opens chart
Opera – no problem — opens chart
Netscape – puts a new tab at top. Must click on new tab
Firefox – may block automatic transfer to chart. Click allow.
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If you want to save ants drowning in your pet’s water bowl

July 20th, 2014 · No Comments

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Ants or other small creatures, when they try to drink water in a bowl, often fall in and can’t get back out. So, they float there, trying to move to safety but perhaps due to surface tension when they reach the edge, can’t get back onto the side of the bowl/pan so they just lie there until they drown or the water evaporates or, if it’s a dog or cat bowl, get lapped up and swallowed.
It’s very easy to save them. Normally, you will discover them when you go to the bowl to change water for your pets. Notice where they are coming from because there will probably be others headed for a drink. Get a number of squares of toilet paper (the more the better) or paper toweling torn into smaller pieces. Pick up the bowl and brush off onto a soft surface those on the sides and bottom of the bowl with a loose piece of the paper. Sometimes, it’s better to wet the end of the paper so that they stick to the paper which you can then lay down for them to just walk off (the paper having absorbed all of the water leaving only a thin wet surface). Then brush a square of absorbent paper across the surface of the water to pick up those actually floating. Be sure to use a new side of the paper or a new square for each sweep or you will only be putting the saved ones back in the drink. I have even been able to soak up ones which have sunk beneath the surface.
With small ants, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish them from the animal hairs and other stuff on the surface of the water. Just hold it up to the light and you can see which ’pieces’ are struggling and which are inanimate objects. This takes patience and some practice but it’s incredibly easy. When bringing the bowl back with fresh water, be sure not to put the bowl down in exactly the same place because others will be waiting there for a drink. I have found that pouring a bit of water onto soft paper several times a days, or making a puddle of water in a location where they are congregating, solves the problem so they don’t look for the bowl to drink.

By the way, various winged creatures can be saved in the same way. They just lie there in the water immobile looking as if totally finished, but once lifted out and put on a dry surface, paper and all, they start cleaning/drying their wings, and then take off.

 

 

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Consciousness of Being, Losing It All, and the Immediacy of History

June 4th, 2014 · No Comments

Covering:
Standing rock solid in the center of the universe
Stopped measuring time many moons ago
The consciousness of all living entities is the same
In the end all we have is the process and the memories
With dessert everything was suddenly right with the world
Life is a stand alone process
Too late doesn’t get any later
To put history into perspective – measure in ‘People Years’

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Are we moving too fast to take photos?
Forget the round brown whatevers with nuts and seeds on top. This was a total failure – well, not total – I ate it.
But, let’s concentrate on the holding of the camera steady. Big problem – this is the best of about 15 shots. If the tripod is too short for the kitchen sink and you are not in the mood to move the dish, and the vinegar bottle or olive oil or coke bottle just doesn’t work to stabilize your shaking hand or other physical conditions attending ‘too early’ in the morning, then stand perfectly still, take a deep breath and let it out before taking the shot. Of course, you still have to account for the speed of the earth turning, as well as the speed of its rotation around the sun (although if you’re a flat earther, than your problem is solved), or the speed of the expanding universe from the big bang (and if you’re a creationist, than again you’re home free). And you can forget about continental drift since it’s too slow to be registered. But don’t forget about air turbulence, convection currents and <…> add your own etc. here.  In fact, it’s amazing we can take a photo at all. Of course with all that, figure that you, along with the camera and the whatever it is on the plate are all going at the same speed, so it’s like you’re standing rock solid in the center of the universe.
 
And, if you must know: it’s leftover long grain rice and buckwheat, mixed with buckwheat flour, baking powder and water with coconut oil added, some date spread, raisins, walnuts (both in and on) and sunflower seeds fried in butter. And, with the addition of maple syrup – eatable. The yellow blobs? A loquat cut in half with seeds removed – truly great fruit – but don’t eat them with anything sweet. They have their own taste which can only be appreciated by eating them with absolutely nothing else.
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Tortilla Broc Pizza
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Speaks for itself (best enlarged)
Fried in coconut oil, folded and eaten by hand.
Can’t stop making them.
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Ran across this great list of life’s lessons by Susie Moore
 
Here are mine
1. Always leave the toilet seat down unless you live alone.
2. Take care of or help someone or something who needs it. All forms of life are part of the greater consciousness. They have as much right to be here as you.
3. Realize your limitations and the capabilities of others – like, never think you can outsmart a cat.
4. Get out of yourself at least once a day – Stop and really listen to all the sounds around you, or just really feel your environment – there is no absolute silence or emptiness. If you simply can’t do that, pet a dog or a cat.
5. Keep notes even if you never look at them again. Backup gives a sense of stability and purpose.
6. Remember something or someone who meant something to you. It is what and who you are.
7. Clean something. Cleaning is a matter of feeling that there is order in your life. It really doesn’t do anything else except perhaps attract certain species and keep all the rest at bay. We live in a sea of dirt.
8. Create something – take a picture, make a drawing, cook an egg.  It’s not what you do, it’s about adding structure to the world.
9. Learn another language. Doesn’t matter which one. Instant translation should never take the place of learning a language. The learning, knowing, experiencing, and connecting in a language which has become part of you opens up a totally new world – a process that builds on itself..
10. Have a daily goal, no matter how small. Mine is walking 2 km for a cappuccino and muffin.
11. Make a real connection by thanking someone or complimenting someone who really deserves it. But, don’t do it otherwise.
12. Get at least 10-15 minutes of direct sun a day. Forget about tan, your body needs the D. It’s the reason we’re all still here.
13. Listen to those who have nothing to lose by telling the truth.
14. Always read labels, even when you know exactly what it is. You may save a life by not giving the wrong thing to someone, but for sure, you will save yourself from many unwanted surprises.
That’s it.
I stopped measuring time many moons ago, so my list is shorter.
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This Is For Two, But…
So I Ate It All

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70% Pumpernickel slices with unwhipped whipping cream, maple syrup, embedded in a two egg omelet with walnuts.
I don’t have a mixer so tried to whip it by hand with a fork. Don’t even try.
This photo was made before I added the spices which tend to obliterate all signs of underlying structure and substance: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger (granulated).

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The consciousness of all living entities is the same. Think about it. The identical consciousness is mediated by the physical and mental structures with which we are endowed, which in turn determine to a great extent the type of social structure in which we are immersed. So, let’s take an example: if we have antlers, a digestive system which needs mainly grass, a social structure based on protection through density because of predators which are faster and can pivot faster when in full pursuit, a body structure which precludes standing on only part of the appendages without support, appendages which do not allow much manipulation of objects, and limited vocalization capabilities, then we would react quite differently than our human counterparts. And this goes all the way down and up the line of conscious life including all animals, insects, plants, microbes, have I left anyone out, etc.
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Gogi Berry Omelet
You’re not supposed to emulate this. It’s called Gogi Berry Omelet for want of a better name. Had to have some red in it or on it and I was out of sweet red pepper. Aside from this amazing fruit, it has all the ingredients for health, including the spices which are not shown. 000000000000000000000 (the 0s are editing by Cat on her way to the top of the computer). Milled flax seed was poured into the egg before it hit the pan along with a teaspoon of coconut oil and some garlic and rosemary oil. Now, that’s health. Really don’t have anything to say. May come up with something by the time I finish breakfast.
Re Gogi Berries: A good summary The Health Benefits of Goji Berries.  WebMD says they may interact with the blood thinning drug Warfarin, diabetes drugs and blood pressure drugs Goji Berries: Health Benefits and Side Effects. 
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Six Years of Inspiration, History, Documents LOST
Came back after going to get coffee, and the screen was blank.  Have had a lot of trouble with not backing up recently, and with what can only be described as old machine incontinence. If you have not had any troubles lately, be very careful. You’re in line for a hit. So how can I put this – Back Up Everything!. On disk, off disk – just lost 6 years because I did not backup off disk, and my disk tanked. Was charged $50 from some tech to try to open it up in order to finally do a backup, and another $50 for I don’t remember what – time is money and the kids have to eat. So before you have to go through all that, take my advice, if you don’t already do it. For a computer addict – 6 years of life erased. Only glad, thinking back, that I did a few other things – the salt and pepper of my existence, but the main course was smoke – now you see it and now you don’t.
I think I put some stuff in a cloud, but which one and where? I also paid someone to do a backup online but have lost track of who and when and where. All that information was on the disk. In the end, all we have is the process and the memories.
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Split Pocket Mushroom, Onion and Cheese Fried in Coconut Oil
This is superb – must learn how to spell that word. My regular means have failed – type what I think it is in the Google search line and get all the possibilities as I type. This time, apparently, not even close.
Open face, until I closed it, tomato sauce, oregano, salt, nutmeg (which I put on everything because of possible gout – supposed to help a lot – in fact no pain since using it. Coupled it with sauerkraut which is also good against gout, plus coconut oil as the cooking oil. Mushrooms and onions fried separately.
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Life is a stand alone process. Basically, you’re standing alone and every once in a while someone nudges you, and if you don’t fall over, you realize that there is still hope.
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Great Dish – Cheesed Cauliflower With Mushrooms
The cherry on top? Found this box of 3 left over cherries in the fridge. Suddenly felt I needed a cherry – but I have tremendous self restraint. Otherwise, you wouldn’t see it there in the photo. And I found that it had a function in this dish. Eating it (after the shot) really set my mouth up for the rest, which is: cauliflower (cut the florets small, and don’t ask me why, just do it) with red onion, garlic sliced, and mushrooms with all sorts of spices  topped with cheese melted in milk with a small amount of butter.
Really great dish. And afterwards I needed dessert. It doesn’t matter what it is as long as you call it dessert. It’s all in the label.
Had been doing some translating using Google Translate. Went to get something and when I returned it seems Cat had been walking on the key board. Google with its automatic ‘Detect Language’ facility had decided that it was one of the minor languages of the world – those which are in danger of disappearing when the current speaking generation runs out. Cat did not help in this regard. In any case, she was going crazy, walking back and forth on the desk and talking to herself or me or both. So, I finally decided that she should also have dessert – gave her kibble topped with powdered brewer’s yeast and a dab of coconut oil. Now that’s dessert. Just what she needed. After it, she went and lay down. With dessert, everything was suddenly right with the world.
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This was my dessert
A cherry on unwhipped whipping cream with cinnamon and maple syrup on pumpernickel.
What else could you call it?
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What Could Go Wrong? Absolutely Everything.
Decided to take 4 boiled eggs to someone. Put the four in water (plus 2 in case some cracked) on the stove and put those left (still in the carton) on top of the fridge. Opened the freezer door to get something and the egg carton which had been half on the freezer door (the half which had the eggs in it vs. the rest of the carton with nothing) found itself in mid air.There they were, half a dozen eggs on the floor conforming to the laws of gravity, material impact, etc. There goes 2 weeks worth of eggs or, according to the guy who eats 24 a day, a whole morning’s worth. Experimental results? Raw eggs don’t bounce well. I should mention here that I take the top off egg cartons so I don’t always have to fiddle with those two egg-carton latches. Normally, I’m very composed, but… I could have just walked out of the kitchen and let the ants take care of it. Could anything else go wrong? Well, I had to time the eggs (those on the stove not the floor). Opened the study door to check time, knowing that Cat was sitting in the planter just outside the window where she likes to sit. But no, she was right there – and out. Had to go get her. She was hiding until I stepped into the hallway and closed the door. Abandoned!  After a minute, opened the door, and there she was. She was purring as I picked her up. Aloneness is a terrible thing.

When the time for the eggs was up, checked them, and all but one were cracked – cold eggs – hot water – again the laws.
And then Cat was not satisfied with lunch – I told her the next meal would be in the evening, so she finished what was left, but had to complain – up on the desk knocking the phone to the floor which lay there until the unhinged receiver signal started. Now it might be too late to go out. Had to go anyway. But, after all this, I just had to make myself a coffee. I figured that too late doesn’t get any later – by definition.
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Two Mayonnaised Eggs On Toasted Bun
The best part about this is the bun fried in butter and the maple syrup which was sort of an afterthought and really doesn’t belong there. If you don’t want to use something, don’t have it sitting around.
On the right side of the plate is what an egg salad sandwich should look like, while the left is totally healthy with turmeric, black pepper, oregano, sweet basil, salt, cheese and the maple syrup.
Together? Not bad, except I don’t like egg salad, but what else am I going to do with all those cracked eggs?
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A No-Planning Breakfast
This sort of took shape in the doing. Planning runs a distant second to spur of the moment operations on my part. Saw the apple which had been sitting there in the basket for a week. Had to use the apple. It definitely wasn’t getting any better.  Normally, I don’t like apples but this apple tasted great after fried in coconut oil,  which gave it an excellent tan. Left the seeds in to show what you may not want to leave in. You’ll survive but there is a poison in the seeds which make it undesirable, although according to one reference it would take a whole lot of seeds in one take to do you in – like the seeds from a bushel of apples eaten in one sitting PickYourOwn.org. And again, according to other references, swallowing the seeds whole will not hurt you, but definitely do not chew or blend them as this releases the poison.
Just an aside: a very good reference on poisons in different foods Raw Food Toxins. Also, a most readable run down on seeds and their eatability or not by incredible smoothies
, and a run down supported by a video Healthy Foods that Can Kill You.
 
As for the rest of it, the leftover oatmeal (under the apple slices) was browned in a mixture of coconut oil and butter with all the spices (cinnamon, a small amount of bitter nutmeg and ginger for their purported effects on health) added at the end to preserve most of the nutritional value. Then, with the addition of the two eggs and the nuts, definitely covered nutrition-wise for the day.
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Question: You live alone, right?
– Yup, in the meantime.
– So, why don’t you just make a peanut butter sandwich and be done with it? What’s with all the cutting and frying and mixing and time wasted stuff?
– Well, let’s look at it this way: if your partner said ‘I’ll make dinner tonight”. And when dinnertime arrived, a peanut butter sandwich was placed in front of you, what would you say?
– I’d say that’s a deal breaker.
OK, now you know, plus the fact that I don’t have any peanut butter.
Moral of the story: don’t treat yourself any less than you would expect to be treated.
Plus, get some peanut butter. You just never know.
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Eggs Loquat
Before one month ago, had never heard of loquat. But then one day – my grocer looked at me and loquat came to mind. Of course, he had 100s of them (OK, a lot), so that’s what he probably saw when looking at everybody.
Seriously, the best tasting fruit around – when in season – which is all too short.  The second photo is the improved version with avocado and walnuts.
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Lunch and Iodine Deficiency – I thought we had solved that problem
This is Gouda cheese in a bread pocket with a sweet hot sauce and sauerkraut. Melt the cheese with some coconut oil and butter with a small amount of milk. Add salt if you think of it. I want to emphasize again the fact that many of us may have low iodine due to the fact that non-iodized sea and rock salt have taken over the market recently and iodized salt is not normally used in prepared foods. Might check into it and either embellish your diet with foods high in iodine or take a supplement under a doctor’s supervision. And this is very important – if you are pregnant, please read the first couple of paragraphs of the Salt Institute’s page on iodized salt (very informative). Even mild iodine deficiency has been linked to problematic births, lower IQs and brain damage. It is also instrumental in problems of goiter (enlargement of the thyroid gland at the base of the neck) later in life. For a good source of information on foods containing iodine, the amount needed and the dangers of both under and over concentration of iodine, see Natural Foods High In Iodine . A comment on amount from this source: “you only need 150 micrograms (mcg, µg), or 20,000th of a teaspoon, to meet your daily requirement.” Apparently you need it each day because it is not stored in the body. Also, the following source giving the best answer to the question “What is it with iodized salt?
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To Put History Into Perspective – Measure In ‘People Years’
Given the current lifetime of people today, the start of the Revolutionary War in the United States – the battles of Lexington with 77 minutemen and Concord with 500 minutemen against the British forces and the subsequent signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress, and read by General Washington to his troops in New York City - was no more than two and a half people years ago.

References:
Timeline of the Revolutionary War http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/revwartimeline.htm USHistory.org
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Personal View On Relieving Severe Dry Throat, Snoring, and Possibly Reducing Apnea

May 13th, 2014 · No Comments

This is an interim post
Perhaps it will help someone relieve a dry throat during the night, reduce snoring, and perhaps even reduce the possibility of apnea (a condition in which the tongue falls back and covers the windpipe forcing the individual to fight for breath. This post is not medical advice nor have these methods actually been tested. I have used them now for some time with the hope that they reduce all of the above. Only you will be able to tell if it works with the first, your partner with the second, and your doctor with the third.

Severe Dry Throat At Night: First, this method actually does reduce the occurrence of severe dry throat and mouth during the night. The method does not treat or diagnose the reasons for this condition but it does get you through the night.
Coconut oil or butter: I drink a quarter glass of water just before bed to reduce dehydration during the night. Then I eat 1/4 of a teaspoon of coconut oil with or without something like jam, date spread or chocolate/nut spread to help get it down (the sweet stuff actually reduces the antibacterial effect of the coconut oil but it at least gets the oil to cover the back of the throat). I have also placed a small cracker with this combination in the refrigerator so that if, during the night, the effect of the treatment has worn off, it will be easy to re-institute (an otherwise difficult preparation in a half sleep state). If you don’t have coconut oil, try butter. The best, of course, is to use the coconut oil straight in order to get the full effect in covering the back of the throat and also gain all the benefits of its anti-microbial-oxidant-fungal-bacterial properties. One of the best articles I have run across on Coconut oil is Health Benefits of Coconut Oil (including its antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial and soothing qualities). Backup articles: Seven Uses For Coconut Oil by Wellness Mama, The Benefits of Coconut Oil – Howstuffworks by Editors of PureHealthMD
 
Reducing Snoring: I have attempted to reduce snoring and with it the possibility of apnea, if such a condition is a hazard to me, by learning to sleep on my side. I have done this by not allowing myself to lie on my back while in bed, although once in a while for 1 or 2 minutes as a relief from the side stuff but with the admonition that it is simply a temporary respite. You do not want to let your brain know that it’s an OK position. I’ve found that bending both legs or at least one leg (preferable the top depending on the side you are on) will help keep you from shifting onto your back. This can be helped by possibly short sheeting the sheets a small amount at the bottom  – folding one or both sheets so it is impossible to fully stretch your legs. I have not tried this. One internet site suggests wearing a shirt with a pocket, but putting it on backwards with a tennis ball sewn inside the pocket. Again, I have not tried this. A variation of this is suggested in an excellent article Snoring Mouthpiece Guide by Robert Thomas who gives a personal review of different anti-snoring devices tried. 
Also, a truly comprehensive article on snoring, its possible causes, preventive measures, and partner interaction How To Stop Snoring.
 
Possibly Reducing Apnea: Both of these, coconut oil before going to bed, and lying on the side during sleep may be helpful in preventing apnea since the tongue can not as easily fall backwards covering the esophagus and getting stuck there either due to a prone position on the back or the dryness of the throat. I was tested for apnea by being given a tape to record my snoring during the night as proof that I needed a very costly Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. But, because I was successfully sleeping on my side and possibly reducing the occurrence of snoring, I failed the test – leaving me to my own devices.
I hope this can be of help to someone.

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First Steps In Cleaning Up

April 26th, 2014 · Comments Off

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As for cleaning up, nature comes in with her own design
(Be sure to click on this photo to enlarge)

Click on the photos below to enlarge and really see the beauty of the most unplanned dishes on earth

VERY IMPORTANT     Reproduced as a public service.
If you cook or if you are the daughter, son, husband, wife, relative, or passerby of someone who cooks, this is a must see.
Grease or Oil Fire In the Kitchen
Just put a wet towel or dish cloth over the pan to smother the flame. Do not move pan, do not use flour, do not use water – “Inside the confines of a kitchen, the fireball hits the ceiling and fills the entire room.” from original post
Video 1: How Would You Put Out A Kitchen Oil Fire
Video 2:How to Prevent & Douse a Kitchen Fire – Deep-Frying  This video is more instructive but does not show fireball.
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The Ultimate In Breakfast (a basis for Ketogenic?) No, no, don’t leave yet – read below

When ketogenic is mentioned, many immediately think of meat or the caveman diet, but if we had been meat eaters in the beginning than we would have claws, fangs, be faster on our feet (have you ever tried to keep up with a buffalo herd? Thought not), have a penchant for raw meat (my cat’s cat food just doesn’t appeal to me), sleep most of the day except when we’re hungry (forget about 9 to 5), be able to see at night (I won’t add have a penchant to howl at the moon), and have a tendency to lick our hands clean. It must be remembered that the use of fire came pretty late in evolutionary terms. Fire changed it all. But by all the criteria, we are vegetarian except for eggs which are pretty easy to get and initially were all range free and not laid by frustrated chickens. To carry it further, the process of gathering food took a lot more time than hunting (herein lies the evolutionary basis for our 9 to 5).

So on to the dish you see in front of you. That’s oatmeal with flax seeds (milled), coconut oil and there’s an egg there which was thrown into the middle.  It’s cold because I had to charge my cellphone – at least up to the crossover point of about 6% charged at which point the cell lets you through without locking the use of the camera – I haven’t tried the new 30 second load yet. It’s also cold because I gave cat her 15 minutes (in many cases it’s 4 or 5 minutes) of lap time since she won’t leave me alone until I do. Further, tried to find something I can use to stabilize the camera – came up with the apple cider vinegar bottle – but have found that hand held is much better than trying to balance a cell phone on top of a bottle. And lastly, the oatmeal sat covered without the flame while it was still hot in order to let the oats really soak up the remaining water – it’s amazing how much more bulk you get – really helpful when on a diet since the plate fills up faster with less. So you’ve had it with Ketogenic, or are wondering if you should try it – for a balanced view of our diet and health which sidesteps Ketogenic -: Can A Ketogenic Diet Cure Cancer
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The Real Behind the Scenes Oatmeal and Egg
This is what it usually looks like when there is no butter, the oatmeal is left over from the day before – or before that, you’re not feeling very creative, and breakfast is just that – breakfast. This is with salt but without the cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger (granulated) that, when added, totally changes the landscape.
Fried in coconut oil – much healthier and gives a great browning to whatever.

- And you thought I had no class. AprilUpload_001
Note to self – Once eaten, cannot be reshot. That’s why there is no enlargement – too fuzzy.
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Another version of the Oatmeal Dish
Liked the stripe
That’s turmeric which is truly a great cure-all (they say it’s great for Alzheimer’s, lowers risk of heart disease, improves brain functioning, and many other conditions). A very good summary if you are not already using it or don’t know what it is  Top 10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin

And then there is Fantastic Coconut Oil (can’t remember if it was added or not to this particular dish).
There are some 50 things coconut oil
has been found to do for the body which Dr. Fife, an expert on coconut oil, lists. These are replicated on the  Naturalnews site,
but I’ll try to simplify it:
Antibiotic/parasites: expels, kills, or prevents viruses,  parasites, disease causing bacteria including those found in periodontal disease and tooth decay.

Energy and endurance: provides energy and boosts endurance for physical tasks and athletics.
Weight loss: lower in calories than other fats, increases metabolic rate, promotes loss of excess weight
Organ support: helps protect against kidney/bladder/liver infections and diseases, dissolves kidney stones, supports the thyroid, and reduces epileptic seizures.(see this blog for further information on this The Essentials For Good Health), for heart, skin digestion, immune system – you name it.
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Repeat of several images from before just for the beauty of them
Zucchini Squash Peppers Ginger-With-Avocado
Hot Zucchini Squash Soup

Spelt Fruit Nuts Power Breakfast
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The Perfect Non-grain Pancake
Put water, an egg, milled flax seed, buckwheat flour (a seed and not a grain), some coconut oil into a jar (broke my one good mixing bowl), shook and fried in butter. Add more or less whatever to get the consistency you want. Do something else, so you’re not constantly trying to turn it over to see how it’s doing (drink some coffee or whatever, but don’t leave kitchen)..
Add butter, cinnamon, nutmeg (good against gout), maple syrup, and side it with a loquat, half an orange, and one strawberry which I ate.

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Another pancake (don’t remember what’s in it, so discussion is out, but great enlarged).
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This is what it looks like except I don’t remember the name of the orange things (loquat). But one thing I have read is that the seeds are poisonous because they are similar to apple seeds (same family). So, should not be eaten where small children could accidentally swallow one. Whether or not the stomach processes could break it down so that the poison is released is not covered. And for an adult, you can chuck it or take your chances like we do with apples everyday. They are delicious – especially when ripe. But, to put it all in perspective, a great article by a mother and loquat tree owner Much To Make With Loquats. A Little Respected Fruit. Also, see this for a description of Loquats (similar to apples, peaches). They are not like kumquats which are a citrus fruit like lemons, etc.

As for the oatmeal, it’s the left over from yesterday’s batch, fried in coconut oil with cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg added at the very end of reheating.
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Cat was kneading me about petting her
I have found that logic goes a long way when things are really laid out for her. I explained that I didn’t bother her while she was eating, that I wanted to eat without being bothered, and that when I was finished, things would be different. She was really listening to me – eyeball to eyeball. There was a pause, she turned around, and went back, including the full body stretch, to where she usually sits when not attempting to get something from me. She tried one more time, but a short repetition of statements and she left me alone.
By the way, never drink anything hot near or over an animal (for cats, that also includes cold liquid which although not disastrous like steaming hot coffee, does have many consequences. A sudden unexpected movement or event can cause a minor cat-astrophe.
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The Saga of the Previously Un-photographed Plate of Oatmeal
I have just developed a new look for the apartment with the help of Cat. Oatmeal On Floor. Very seductive, healthy looking, great placement, all the ingredients for a healthy and long life. But this is where it is with one of my best pieces of china. Buy good plates? Not worth the money if you have pets, children, people who have a tendency to trip (like me) – in fact if you don’t live alone – and even then it’s not worth it. Unless you totally realize and have internalized the fact that material possessions don’t mean anything – and here’s the test: if you can imagine yourself continuing without it, than you have passed the master class in imaging and finding what is really important in life. In the end, it’s all going to go to someone else anyway, unless you just like giving gifts, and in any case it’s not you, but your estate administrator.

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So there I was, a major display of oatmeal with raisins and broken plate on the floor, and me feeling bad because I had clapped my hands in surprise when I suddenly and unexpectedly had a 10 pound (4.5 kilo) cat on my chest (I shouldn’t slouch in the chair), because that was the only open spot left on my body for a cat who just wanted to be petted. As for this particular version of breakfast, I had actually reached the point of feeling that I had eaten enough, and suddenly found that my problem had been solved. Always see the positives. And here I had decided not to photograph this particular dish, because I had shot it, or its facsimile, too many times in the past. At least I can get a little sun while cleaning it up. But first I have to go find NoNey and apologize.

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Spaghetti, red bell pepper, onion, and tomato in olive oil
I said to myself, ‘must have some green’. So I went into the kitchen and just started throwing things into the pan – not diced or thinly sliced or anything, just had no inclination to do all that. It all goes to the same place. And as for the broccoli and chard which have been sitting in the fridge for 5 days, do you see it in there? Had no inclination for it. When I looked in the refrigerator, I just didn’t see it.

The world is built on inclination. Someone has an inclination, and the rest of us are paid or coerced (in its many forms) to follow it.
And the above is the finished dish with some cheese-melted-in-milk on top. This is before adding the spices (thyme, turmeric, black pepper, couldn’t find the oregano, salt, basil) and some butter. Missing something, so I added some soy sauce. Great improvement though not quite what it needed.
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Tortilla Pizza Cooked In A Skillet
Straight out of the pan, add whatever (that’s the 2 green/yellow things there), plus basil and salt
But first there are some caveats:
If you don’t want sticky fingers (of course you could use a fork), put the tortilla in a hot pan on top of some melted butter. Brown it while the tortilla soaks up most of the butter.
Flip it.
And this is important: turn off the flame, take the pan off the stove, or better yet, move the tortilla to a plate and
add any tomato sauce you’ve found wherever.
Cheese – If you don’t want to cut yourself, prepare the slices of cheese before hand when you’re not in a hurry.
Lay them in.
Turn on flame, cover and wait until you can’t stand it any longer but before the bottom gets charred.
Fold and eat.
And another. Just can’t stop making them.
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The Cure – the Fantastic Spice Cayenne Pepper and how to eat it without getting burnt.
This is for when you feel bad after eating the above pizza or any of my dishes.
Drink a glass of water.
Then, mix – hummus, cayenne pepper, turmeric, and lots of sweet red pepper.
Without the hummus or tahini or both and especially without the sweet red pepper it’s just too hot to handle, although it won’t hurt you. The cayenne can stop a heart attack in its tracks or stop bleeding instantly if put on a cut. It’s an amazing spice – and that includes what it does health wise for your total body. I carry some in my pocket no matter where I go. You never know.
Add cinnamon if you really want to get whatever is causing the feeling, but taste wise I don’t recommend it.
Be sure to really mix it in – not like in the photo.
Cup of green tea or camomile
Lie down. I felt better in 26 minutes.
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Veggies On Burned Rice
That’s one of the great things about this site. You see dishes you would never see in a restaurant or on any other cooking blog either.
And the cheese white sauce? — that yellow stuff on top to match the base – made in the same pan as the burned rice, washed of course.
And the microbes down there looking at what’s coming down saying ‘Not again!. Doesn’t he know that we work our tail off down here and he keeps throwing that burned stuff at us’. And they continue ‘Maybe millions of generations ago, our ancestors got all this burned stuff, but that was when this creature had just discovered fire’.
Well, I had to apologize! That’s what you call an upset stomach.

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Interacting With the Sorrounding World

April 17th, 2014 · 6 Comments

Sunset on the Mediterranean Many Sets Ago
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Content of this post
Early Morning Egg
Lunch and Ants
Training Cat Or Not
Great Spaghetti
A Dry-Poached-Egg On Oatmeal
Delicious!
Late Night Repairs
Sweet Roll Chips
Communication Central Of A Previous Era
When you’re homeless, even a non-woven wipe is home
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Note: Be sure to click on the photos to enlarge for full effect

Early Morning Egg
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There are two of them in there with maple syrup on the nuts and seeds. Even early morning eggs need design. Doesn’t need it but gives a dimension and quality which is too often missing in our lives.
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Lunch and …
Ants!

Photos of lunch will have to wait until I download them, but the ants…
Small ones right where I want to fix lunch. Toilet paper – the greatest invention on earth. It has 10,000+ (don’t want to get too exact here)  different uses. I’ll concentrate on only one. For dealing with ants without hurting them – They’re only doing what I want to do. But their incentive has to be cleaned up to make the spot undesirable for anything except passing over on the way to somewhere else. So I take a square or 2 and dust it over them in the direction of a safe place where they no longer have the necessity of obeying the queen in unfriendly territory.  It’s best to do the sweep in the direction from which they are coming. And since the sweep is being done by a soft object without really touching them, it  takes a lot of sweeps because they are insistent on completing their mission. So, once they are off whatever it is, I put whatever it is where they have gone, or just clean up so they no longer want to go in that direction. The only way to deal with ants is to keep everything covered, swept, cleaned up, or in the fridge.  Finally nudged the stragglers in the right direction and picked up what they were after – in this case, Breakfast-I-Don’t-Know-What because it was so small it was unidentifiable.

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Now Lunch
Pizza made from a flat bread sliced down the middle, and one half fried in olive oil with Maasdam cheese (lots of it), fried (beside it, before, during and after) onions – and  a lot of the spices which really make it a healthy meal: oregano, turmeric, black pepper, sweet red pepper and salt.

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Training My Cat Or Not

Spoiler alert: she won – sort of
Ha, you thought it couldn’t be done.  All the nos, nots, don’ts, and stops don’t do it. And reasoning is of no consequence since she’s already heard it and her logic or line of reasoning does not extend to what would benefit me. But, I finally found a way. Very easy. But it takes a minimum of 30 minutes with a cat who when she wants something has no limits of ingenuity to get it. But to my chagrin, this was only the first stage.
Backing up a little to the beginning of our relationship – we sort of had a laissez-faire1 arrangement  – I ignored her and she ignored me. What she got out of the arrangement was good meals, water, a place to pee other than the plants, and a recognition based on some form of mutual respect for a co-existent self-contained entity – I’ll keep out of your way if you keep out of mine type of thing.

Now, I have a very determined cat who wants to walk on my computer keyboard when I’m working. Maybe not catastrophic but I don’t want to have to get her an agent. First, I found out why the keyboard – it’s the straightest route to my lap. There are all sorts of other routes, but over the keyboard is more or less in line to the goal, also gets some real human interaction, even if it doesn’t lead to the lap, and gets a possible petting at the end and told she’s a nice kitty when in fact she’s sitting there bunching her muscles for the next leap. First stage of the session: every time a paw gets put on the computer or on the desk, she gets gently picked up with the word ‘lo’ and put on the floor with no petting or “nice kitty” stuff. Basically, for the trainer, nothing else can be done during the 30 minutes because the jumping up and being put back on the floor is almost automatic, as she tests the limits. Finally, she decides that this isn’t getting her anywhere and just goes and sits on the periphery.  At which point she gets a petting and the coveted ‘nice kitty’ just for sitting there. The evolution of the ‘lo’ comes from the fact that the word ‘no’ has been used so often in the past, and ignored, that it has become a positive. Plus, the fact that her name starts with  ‘no’ as in NoNey which stands for No Name. The second part of the training actually has her winning by getting what she wants at least twice a day – sitting in my lap, sun or no sun. But, for this to work, it has to be long enough for her to finally stop purring which, by the way, doesn’t happen often, so instead, I use her willingness to jump down  when nudged in the right direction – about 15 minutes more or less (in practice it is about 6-7 minutes if there is some food left, or there are other distractions. Effectiveness of the sitting usually lasts 6 to 7 hours. I even gave her a third sitting. Some rules need to be bent to resolve certain situations – she was going through some redefining moments and general confusion.  In general, the second day started off with her not getting up on the desk. And then all …. broke loose as she leaped up (just couldn’t take it any more) and over to the keyboard on the first attempt, followed by going behind the computer for an attempt at the keyboard and my lap which all took place exactly like the day before except in slow motion – with each leap carefully considered before activation.  Again, the gentle lifting and putting on floor with a simple ‘lo’. Finally she got tired of it.

And the third day she abided by the rule except for one paw on the desk to check out a cup of coffee, and then the plate of oatmeal which deserved two paws.  Later, she decided to try the behind-the-computer-route but backed off when I said the magic word, to which she stopped dead in her tracks and didn’t move until I simply asked her if she wanted me to put her down on the floor. She immediately went back to the safe zone on the table (must have been the sound of logic and reason although I assume she knows more English than I do Cat).

On the fourth day, I awoke to the sound of crash as something which sounded like a piece of electronics hit the floor. The cat – and what I surmised was the router.  I waited for a follow up sound, to be sure that she was OK – routers can be replaced. No sound. Got up and looked through the glass door into the study and could see her sitting in my chair in snooze mode. As long as she was all right, the router could wait until the morning. Got up to the sounds of hunger meows and went to the study to find that the router was where it should be, and the new laptop computer was on the floor. Taking care of the living, I fed the cat, and myself, (important to remember this as robots become more and more lifelike and may be even more demanding and/or persuasive than those of us who breathe and eat to live) and then checked the computer. It worked fine. How she had knocked it down I don’t know, but if you have a cat like mine, the ASUS laptop computer is the computer for you. Of course, this is on the basis of only one test case, but I have to admit, quite impressive.

I made two mistakes
Cats can count.
For a cat, if you are not willing to do something to the end of time, don’t do it the first time. Weaning her off of having lap time for the third time in a day is proving to be more of a challenge than even I could imagine. And to go back to once a day is going to be a monumental task.  Once she knows that something is possible and she wants it, there is no going back. Now it’s a question of who trains whom.

Cats have phenomenal memory.
If you have established a rule, do not break it except for an extremely good reason, like the house is burning down type of thing. On the second day, while on the phone, I was absentmindedly petting her. When I got off the phone, I found that all the time I had been petting her, she had been sitting on the desk – in the forbidden zone. So this is how it plays out in her mind – my conjecture only. She has been lifted down (aka removed) 9 times, and on the 10th time she gets petted for 3 minutes. Not bad odds. In fact, 1 out of 100 is still not out of the question, and once she gets a reprieve, you’ve lost all that training.

Social Consciousness
By the way, she has a need to provide justification to herself for obeying a command, or to prove to me that she is actually in control. This time, she was on the desk when I said ‘Lo!’ She just looked at me as if to say ‘Not again’, then paused, turned around and went back to the table top, but when she was half on and half off the desk, she did this full body stretch with front paws outstretched, toes spread, and rump in the air as if to say, “I’m doing this because this is what I really wanted to do”. By the way, this wasn’t a one time thing – did it on 5 other similar occasions.

Latest: She just got up on the desk, lay down and put two paws on the keyboard with her head on one of them – sort of a noninvasive domination and usurper of territory type of thing.
I have found that staying off the desk is possible if it coincides with her schedule. Otherwise
I give up!

1 laissez-faire – a policy or attitude of letting things take their own course, without interfering Google definition
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spaghetti
Great Spaghetti
I rarely start off with a picture in mind. Which is good since it changes from moment to moment. This grew out of a sort of decision to use tomato sauce on spaghetti, which changed to onions and garlic in spaghetti with the tomato sauce, which shifted to onions, garlic and swiss chard which I came across in the fridge, well, you get the idea. Fried in coconut oil and some butter once I decided to add the swiss chard.  topped with cheese melted in a small amount of milk and the spices turmeric, black pepper, sweet basil, oregano, salt.
The most important take away from this is if you are adding pepper without a limited access/exit cap (like with coarse grain pepper) always pour some pepper into the cap so you can see what you’re doing and also have greater control over one of the fastest demolishers of excellent dishes known to man, but essential together with the turmeric to increase the cells ability to utilize the curcumin in the turmeric .

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A Dry-Poached-Egg On Oatmeal

Free range egg poached on oatmeal (nth day portion of previously cooked), with turmeric and sweet basil. Oatmeal mixed with some of the compote which I made of the fruit and nut basket sent to me by my sister. Had to have something to put the maple syrup on. Can’t just put it on eggs – the tastes just don’t go together. Use very little syrup anyway. That stuff is expensive – the real stuff, that is.
This is probably the best breakfast I have had – not counting all the others.  Took the photo of it in the pan because I didn’t think it would land on the plate in photographable condition.
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summersquashwithall
Delicious! Now all I have to do is describe it.
But first I have to find the photo. Couldn’t find it so I’ll substitute what was an indescribable taste treat – summer squash topped with spaghetti, swiss chard and a lot of spices.

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Late Night Repairs
I was walking along a neighborhood street and came across a fairly large hole or sizable depression in the exact middle of the one way street. For cars, it would probably not be a problem since they would pass over on either side.  And even two wheeled vehicles would possibly be OK although they would go into it quite unexpectedly and would probably come out of it all right though a bit shaken. So I continued walking and promptly forgot about it. Later, after it became dark, I started to worry.  What if a cyclist was not alone (like a child not belted in to a kiddy seat, or a pet in a basket)?  It could be a disaster, because in the dark there would be no warning. So I got dressed and went back to the spot to see just how dangerous it really might be, and to call the city for emergency repair if necessary.  From the level of the driver, the hole would not be seen since everything was the same color and visibility would be significantly reduced at night.  As I stood there, 3 cars passed over the hole without going into the depression – in fact, possibly not even aware that they had passed over it.  A fourth car’s right hand wheels went in, and from the reaction of the driver, it had been totally unexpected, although after pausing briefly, he continued. Suddenly, I saw a motorcycle coming, so I signaled the driver to stop. I showed him the hole that he was about to go into, saying that I did not know how dangerous it might be. He said “very dangerous. I will call the repair number for the city which is 166 or 106″. I thanked him and gave him the address of the house opposite . Now, I could sleep.
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Sweet Roll Chips
Fried in butter and enjoyed with my sister’s gift of strawberry preserve. If you don’t have a sister, get one.

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Communication Central Of A Previous Era
(Telephone pole otherwise functional)
communicationcentral             And another one
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findingaplace
When you’re homeless, even a non-woven wipe is home

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How Decisions Are Made

March 20th, 2014 · 1 Comment

OCCASIONAL ART
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Artist unknown.
A new wall was built around a  garden here. And on the following day, what looked like a layer of cement was added on top of the original blocks.  I thought – Brilliant! A way to keep wall painters from doing their own concept of wall art. This is a new form of art. And then there was the next day. A new layer of real concrete had been added and smoothed down flat. Oh well, so much for that idea.
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FOR THE CHILD IN ALL OF US
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HOW DECISIONS ARE MADE
After a lot of thinking on how to save money, I decided NOT to have a muffin with my daily cappuccino, even though it is the one thing that gets me out of the house for my walk each day. So, there I was crossing the street: Can’t remember whether I was thinking about my decision or not, but I do remember thinking ‘That’s a strange place to stop a car, right in the middle of the road’ as I passed in back of it. Suddenly, it backs up and knocks me down. And as I fell, I do remember hoping that I would be able to get up. Two guys, one more shaken than I — must have been the driver —  rushed over and lifted me to my feet. The getting-up problem solved!
Then, all the questions about ‘Are you all right?’, ‘Do you need an ambulance?’, ‘etc?’ I tried to reassure the driver that indeed I was OK – although a bit shaken. Then, while I was walking away still reassuring everyone that I was all right, I was trying to figure out why he had indeed backed up. Seems he had overshot a left turn.
I needed a muffin!
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Selfie – together with what looks like a portrait of my last year
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A LUNCH TO CURE YOU OF WHATEVER

appliedturmericandcayenneYou’re thinking ‘Good grief. I’d throw it out’. But see what it does for you before doing that. And, by the way, it tasted great.
Not knowing how long I had with with my backup gas canister, I cooked the vegetables for the evening meal along with the two grilled cheese sandwiches. I even fried the grilled cheese as open face (shown in the photo) to be sure both sides got an equal amount of the gas that was left.
guaranteedinner

This is one lunch for the books. Covers a lot of healthy stuff including:
Turmeric on the grilled cheese.
Fantastic sauerkraut which will solve problems you didn’t even know you had as well as some you do know. Check this out Surprising health benefits of sauerkraut. You might decide to start eating sauerkraut every day, or at least every other day… once a week?
A healthy portion of cayenne pepper (that’s right, the stuff that will make you wish you had never seen it. But, I found that you can get it’s health benefits and even enjoy it by mixing in some hummus along with a lot of sweet red pepper to take out some, if not all, of the bite.
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TAKING CARE OF THE NEAR FUTURE
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In order to save on gas as well as having to wait for whatever to cook, I have taken to making 3-4 times the amount of base (rice, beans, oatmeal, etc) at one time once every 3 to 4 days.  If the already cooked and saved base is something for dinner, then I simply add a new batch of slightly undercooked vegetables each day. The more stuff I add each time, the richer the base becomes, until it’s so rich even the fungus can’t resist it. When you find yourself fighting for space, it’s time to start fresh.
The example shows thick oatmeal (takes longer to cook than the regular quick cook or instant oatmeal but gives great texture (mush is mush, which this isn’t), raisins, walnuts, sunflower seeds, ground flax seeds, coconut oil. Added: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, maple syrup, butter.
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WHAT FALLS TO THE BOTTOM?
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I went through the store with the word ‘salad’ in my mind. Otherwise, I end up getting everything except salad stuff (and I needed it). Well, It worked, but I got the other stuff anyway.
Made the salad and decided to take a photo, but all the good stuff was at the bottom, so I had to go get it and put it on top. Remember this the next time you’re down, ‘the good stuff always falls to the bottom’. What you need is someone who cares enough to bring you piece by piece up to the top again.
Of course, there is another way and that is to turn the utensil you have prepared it in upside down onto the plate. Would have worked except that half the good stuff I had put on top was now on the bottom. Can’t win.
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Still In Dream Time
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FOCUSING

January 31st, 2014 · Comments Off

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Sat down at the table and noticed the flower

‘That’s a nice touch’ I said to myself, before taking out my phone and starting to work. Closed the phone after a bit. And the flower was gone. They were also gone on all the other tables. No, this is not the Twilight Zone. It’s just that I was so concentrated with what I had been doing, I wasn’t conscious of the guy who came and took them all away, only to bring new ones back about 15 minutes later. They weren’t as beautiful, but it didn’t matter because I was focusing on my food, which had been brought in the mean time. I need to say something pithy and brilliant here like

‘Misunderstandings are the result of  focusing on something different from those around you’
‘If you see someone focusing, give them a wide berth – the world is different for them than it is for you’
‘Success occurs when two or more people focus on the same thing’
or ‘Life without focus is a total waste’.
But I won’t.
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2. Before I go out, I usually clean the sink
That’s so if I don’t make it back, the people who come to collect my stuff will say something like ‘well, he lived alone, but his sink is clean’ sort of thing.  The rest of the apt will not be mentioned. But recently, on the threat of the insurance people coming “to do an inventory of the contents of the flat” for continuation of the coverage (they should have come every 3 years but I haven’t seen them for 7) , I started cleaning. Took me 5 days and I’m still in the middle. Things that haven’t been cleaned for maybe 15 years – like behind my desk, the top of the kitchen cabinet (which hasn’t seen a hand except for dumping something) for at least 7 years, and under the bed – at least 7 months. Do I feel any better for it? Well, there is a certain sense of accomplishment when I sit with my cappuccino and muffin.

But there are certain things I have to do before I go:
1. My cat sits on my lap while I’m getting my natural vitamin D. And when there is no sun, she gwacks (her version of meow) and runs over to the window ledge. Sun or no sun, we sit there for 6-7 minutes with her on my lap purring as I stroke her – as close to heaven as you can get without being there.

2. Recharging my cell phone because I don’t have that convention of doing it at night. So it’s relatively short, but at least I don’t get the ‘need to recharge’ notice – because there is only 5% 4% 1% left – AND THEN BLANK.

3. An extra cup of coffee before the long walk to get the muffin. Which would seem to be counterproductive what with the usual timing of coffee passing through the system. But, the 4 km walk does seem to take care of the problem.
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3. Hanging On
Late Night Eggpanclet
This is a second writing – the first was dogged by the cursor disappearing half way through sentences, so if I wasn’t a touch typer I’d be in real trouble, although I’m not usually looking at the screen anyway. Then, because I was concentrating on getting the words registered and fighting the ads, I forgot to save when the system rebooted automatically. Think I’ll get a new machine. 10 years is enough – apparently – although until I got hit by some virus, which even the technician couldn’t remove, it was doing great. I get really attached to things, so I keep working.IMG_20140128_222016 (1)

Now to the eggpanclet which was late night snack – so called because I found this leftover pancake mix – very little – in a jar in the frig. Why was it there? Because I said to myself ‘you can’t waste anything’. I do that a lot – talk to myself and save stuff which after two years in the refrigerator is unrecognizable.

So, added some water, too much, to uncongeal it from the bottom of the jar and added an egg. Poured onto butter in a hot pan.
My apologies if you are diabetic. But except for the maple syrup, this is all the stuff for healthy living – buckwheat flour, almond flour, water, egg and nuts with cinnamon, nutmeg and powdered ginger. 

A link to a formula which helps in cases of diabetes by stimulating the secretion of insulin to help regulate sugar levels has been removed since there are several counter indications for some of the ingredients which may not be clear in translation such as it should not be used during pregnancy or nursing or those suffering from hypoglycemia.
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My apologies if you are diabetic. But except for the maple syrup, this is all the stuff for healthy living – buckwheat flour, almond flour, water, egg and nuts with cinnamon, nutmeg and powdered ginger. And for the maple syrup, there is something new called shugarcom which stifles the sudden rise in glucose when sugar hits the system. “The formula stimulates the secretion of insulin in the pancreas and helps in regulating the sugar levels in the bloodstream , as well as helps absorption of glucose in the duodenum (small intestine)” <translated badly from Hebrew>. Tevacom  This is one time it might be worthwhile to put the text from this page into Google for translation http://translate.google.comContains 5 plants I’ve never heard of. So, I’ll let you see them for yourself. Otherwise, I’d have to check each of them out before listing. But here is one of them: http://www.rain-tree.com/bitmelon.htm#.UulDefvNVSM5 drops per meal, so it lasts a long time. לענה שיחנית מ”ג Artemisia arbor. 150

מלון מר מ”ג Charantia momordica 350
זרעי חילבה מ”ג Trigonella foenum graecum 250
ג’ימנמה מ”ג Gymnema sylves. 300
עלי ארטישוק מ”ג Cynara cardunculus. 400 – See more at: http://www.tevacom.co.il/?wpsc-product=shugarcom-%d7%a9%d7%95%d7%92%d7%a8%d7%a7%d7%95%d7%9d-2#sthash.vqI7m8Ls.dpuf
לענה שיחנית מ”ג Artemisia arbor. 150
מלון מר מ”ג Charantia momordica 350
זרעי חילבה מ”ג Trigonella foenum graecum 250
ג’ימנמה מ”ג Gymnema sylves. 300
עלי ארטישוק מ”ג Cynara cardunculus. 400 – See more at: http://www.tevacom.co.il/?wpsc-product=shugarcom-%d7%a9%d7%95%d7%92%d7%a8%d7%a7%d7%95%d7%9d-2#sthash.vqI7m8Ls.dpuf
לענה שיחנית מ”ג Artemisia arbor. 150
מלון מר מ”ג Charantia momordica 350
זרעי חילבה מ”ג Trigonella foenum graecum 250
ג’ימנמה מ”ג Gymnema sylves. 300
עלי ארטישוק מ”ג Cynara cardunculus. 400 – See more at: http://www.tevacom.co.il/?wpsc-product=shugarcom-%d7%a9%d7%95%d7%92%d7%a8%d7%a7%d7%95%d7%9d-2#sthash.vqI7m8Ls.dpuf
לענה שיחנית מ”ג Artemisia arbor. 150
מלון מר מ”ג Charantia momordica 350
זרעי חילבה מ”ג Trigonella foenum graecum 250
ג’ימנמה מ”ג Gymnema sylves. 300
עלי ארטישוק מ”ג Cynara cardunculus. 400 – See more at: http://www.tevacom.co.il/?wpsc-product=shugarcom-%d7%a9%d7%95%d7%92%d7%a8%d7%a7%d7%95%d7%9d-2#sthash.vqI7m8Ls.dpuf
מלון מר מ”ג Charantia momordica 350
זרעי חילבה מ”ג Trigonella foenum graecum 250
ג’ימנמה מ”ג Gymnema sylves. 300
עלי ארטישוק מ”ג Cynara cardunculus. 400 – See more at: http://www.tevacom.co.il/?wpsc-product=shugarcom-%d7%a9%d7%95%d7%92%d7%a8%d7%a7%d7%95%d7%9d-2#sthash.vqI7m8Ls.dpuf
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. Great Dish
Nothing new here. Just liked my photo – swiss chard base with veggies on top, and tempeh.
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5. Aging and Stuff – What It Will Be Like In the Future
 Was standing in line behind a guy very advanced in age, but carrying himself with dignity and apparently still self sufficient. In the not too far future, we will have solved the physical appearance of age problem. And we may also have figured out how to judge the span of years for each individual. Without the telltale signs of age letting others know where they stand in terms of a possible lasting romantic relationship or productive years left for a job, we’ll have to indicate somehow where we are in terms of lifespan. Perhaps wear a sign saying ‘If not hit by a truck, I have 10 minutes left.’ But we always figure that we can beat the odds (I ate apples, nuts, no sweets, except the chocolate chip muffin, and sauerkraut). On the other hand, maybe it’s better not to put a number on some things.

Our Robot Selves
Or, we’ll use a look alike robot, with constant connection, to represent us (I predict that this will be possible within 10 years). [....] And love will be a matter of falling in love with the robot-self. In such a case, when we have ended the cycle, the robot won’t know what to do with itself except turn itself in for figuratively-a nose job and a wipe clean. Of course, there will always be the problem of a robot with it’s own head, which poses a large number of other problems.
Where we are today World’s 10 most amazing robots
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6. Fried and Fried and… the leftover oatmeal in butter to get it brown and crispy.
To show the difference between regular leftover oatmeal and the present, I put some of the original on the side (that’s the off white stuff on the right). In my rush to get to the eating part, forgot the nuts sitting there in the strainer after pouring boiling water on them. Warning – takes a lot of frying to get it to the browned state. Also, be sure to use thick oats and not instant or regular steel cut oats in order to get the textured, crunchy effect, and not just end up with fried mush.
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. This is something to die for – or at least stop for a minute
Eggplant, tempeh, apple, red onion, bell pepper
That small blob at the top right is date-spread or date butter. Putting that together with a bit of fried apple and the fried tempeh in one bite is a true taste treat. Remember that fried eggplant can be cut and be cooked soft all the way through, including the skin, in no time. Didn’t know that until I tried to fit a large eggplant into one skillet. Necessity is the … and you know the rest. The stuff in the middle is red onion and bell pepper.  
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8. Cold thick oatmeal
with egg and baking powder, to give it some lift, topped with nuts. Expiration date – never
Process:
Number 1. To save on gas, cook 3 batches of oatmeal at the same time. It’s amazing what you can do with cold oatmeal. Of course, this does not include the first batch which is hot off the stove.
Number 2. Can be flat and crispy if done in a large pan, or as seen in the photo in a small pan. IF it is a small pan, be sure that there is enough butter, or hot olive oil, or coconut oil on the bottom of the pan and on the sides when turning the cake over to be cooked on the second side, or you’ll be scraping.
Number 3. If you start with a moderately cold pan and it’s covered, it doesn’t have to be cooked on the second side. If not, the egg will be uncooked on top while the bottom is burnt.
Was out of raisins, sunflower seeds, pecans or you would be seeing them.
To get a handle on the different forms of oats:
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9. LEARNING SPANISH BY MYSELF – until now.
Finally decided that I should get a teacher – live and in person. So I did. But, this teacher is so intense that I am constantly under tremendous pressure. After she leaves, I just have to sit there unable to move for a couple of minutes. I am learning a lot, but perhaps I should just continue by myself and if the true Spaniards don’t know what I’m saying, at least all of us self-taught will be able to communicate with each other. Of course, we won’t have much to say.

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. Truth In Cooking – Burned Rice
Yes, the first batch of rice burned and you can see it there on the right side.
Yes, the eggplant was not quite done. I found myself politely putting (aka spitting)the skin on the plate in some cases. I have to admit that this is rare, but I’ll get to that.
The vegetables were overcooked while waiting for the eggplant. I only have one burner working – basically means I cook only one thing at a time, which is why there is as much as possible in the pan at once, all with separate cooking instructions.
OK, so now the process:
Got home and within 2 minutes had put the rice in the pan with some boiling water from the coffee maker and turned on the burner to low, thinking that I was going to be way ahead of the game – since I can never wait for rice to cook – although that includes about everything I do. Well, I totally forgot about it – changing clothes, checking the computer, etc.
So, had to start from scratch… and… well,… wait. Got the new batch almost done and put it on the side – to do its thing by itself (didn’t do it), so after everything else was ready, had to finish cooking the rice.

Now, why was the eggplant slightly undercooked
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If there is a door or window and a draft however slight, then anything on the windward side gets undercooked.
This time I put the eggplant to the door side of the stove because that’s where the olive oil was – my stove tilts to that side. So I had both the draft side and the floor tilt working against me. Since the floor tilt thing is relatively recent (don’t know whether I should notify the housing committee or not), the end result is that the eggplant got ever so slightly undercooked.
Had this image of red in the middle of the rice. As you can see, the effect wasn’t total because there’s no red garlic.With the addition of the salt, turmeric, black pepper, thyme leaves, oregano after the shoot, that’s my dinner unless the building collapses.
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Life is a series of trials and errors – if you’re not making some, you’re not living

January 14th, 2014 · 3 Comments

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Wasn’t going to eat (9:00 at night and could actually go to bed without dinner) – I know how well that type of thinking has worked for me in the past. Then I felt the paws of my cat reaching over from the top of the box next to my legs where she likes to sit when I’m on the computer. And these paws had claws. I told her ‘no claws’ and put the paws back where they had been. Again, the paws, but this time, in fact, no claws. Well I can’t resist that. It’s the little things in life that count. I ask her if she wants to eat, and she jumps down from the box. Perfect communication. So while I’m  forking stuff from cans and putting brewer’s powered yeast on top which she seems to like (other than the fact that it keeps fleas off of her and does a lot of other great things which I should also be taking advantage of), I am thinking of only one thing – feeding the cat, because I’m male and have just been told (by a female) that I have no multi-tasking ability. But, when I finish – yes I had actually finished – there I am starting to cut an onion. Well, one thing led to another, as it usually does, and I have just finished eating one the of the most ‘chef special’ dishes that I have had in a long time. In fact, so good that I have to write it down so I can do it again and take a photo since I have 1000 on my cell phone and that happens to be the limit. Don’t want to eliminate them until I’m sure the drop box has worked successfully and that the computer is not going to be totaled in my attempt to fix the constant deluge of popup ads which make life online miserable.

 

Have found the solution to that problem:

free very exact instructions on how to ‘Remove Pop-up Ads from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome’  by Malwaretips.com  which is the first of other problems I have suddenly acquired:  automatic shutdowns (about 5-8 an hour), cursor disappearing all the time in the middle of typing, which means that I will be typing in thin air until the cursor finds its way back to the page and I have lost 2-3 sentences, non-responsive programs which I can only get out of by ctrl/alt (on the left) and del on the right meaning that I lose all of my tabs, sudden loss of internet sites with subsequent inability to open up any net-pages at all, inability to shutdown so that I have to pull the plug (literally since I have no on/off switch), etc.  I have a lot of patience. But it is bus drivers who amaze me. Infinite patience. They should be paid extra. How many time have you heard one of them swear or hit the horn? I heard my first today in a long time, and the deserving driver of the car had done a really stupid thing totally oblivious to everyone else.

But, back to the dish. As I was cutting the onion, a picture came to me of tempeh with the onions (sudden urge to increase my protein intake). Cut some thin slices and put them in with the already cooking onions – there really is no planning here. Thought of garlic, so added 6 cloves, and that was going to be it. Then I saw the swiss chard and cut it, followed by fortuitously seeing the mushrooms sitting there frozen in the freezer. Dumped them into the pan without defrosting, slicing, etc. Decided to add a small amount of spaghetti to give body to whatever I was making, and then started to add the spices: salt, turmeric, black pepper, coriander, sweet paprika and decided to add a small amount of Stevia (about 5 drops) to give it some hint of sweetness. Put the contents onto the plate since they were going to burn, and in the now empty pan added the spaghetti (which had been soaking in boiling water), the chopped up swiss chard, and some bits of cheese. Another 3-4 minutes until the chard had totally wilted and the cheese had almost melted (most of my cooking is ‘almost’ which means more nutrients, and a lot of anti-microbial spices as a result). Great! I get a really great dish once a week, which means 52 a year. Will add a photo when recreated – which necessarily means a lot of planning, and will probably not be done, so don’t expect to see a photo any time soon.

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BROCCOLI

Decided to get a lot of broccoli.

“What will I do with so much broccoli” I ask? “Put it in the fridge”, he says. To which I declined and put it back on the shelf. He said ‘It’s only (round figure here)’. I reconsider the broccoli and added some  swiss chard. “You like green I see”, he says. I found out later the Super sold the broc for half price. So this is only the tops of the broccoli with cherry tomatoes fried together in olive oil. Then, while basically still uncooked, I added an already cut slice of some unknown cheese with holes in it, and wondered what I would put on the other side of the plate. But, too much heavy thinking can spoil your appetite.

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It’s sort of cold here, a
nd I have been using a small heater on the floor which has two coils (one for low, and two for high, no gradations, and no off/on button – have to pull the plug out of the wall. Probably the simplest contraption around. So I was sitting there looking in the general direction of the heater, when suddenly, there sitting in front of me, well, over to the side about 7 feet away, was a small something which by its shape gave cold or hot air, I didn’t know. And it must have been there for at least the last five years. How it got there, I won’t go into. But, if someone had shown me a facsimile of it and asked if I knew about this appliance, I would have said that I’ve never seen something like it. And I’m not going senile, except for the fact that I didn’t get the spelling of that last word correct.

Talk about blocking things out! And once I had figured out how it works and discovered that it was a heater AND a cooler, much better then the one sitting beside it and with an off and on button and gradations of heat, etc., I realized that it wasn’t because I didn’t need it. It had just been invisible. An example of our not seeing what we don’t want to see, have no use for, in a different shape than we would expect it to be, or for some other reason invisible (at least to us). And I’m sitting here warming myself and wondering what else in the house I haven’t seen. We don’t have to travel the seas to discover new things. All we have to do is actually look at what has been right in front of us all the time.
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An average day

Yeh, I was carrying too much and fell on the stairs. Fortunately up and not down. My cat likes to sit on my lap when I’m getting some sun for 15 minutes in the morning. She can’t settle down and those claws are sharp Someone has advised nail trimming but never declawing since that is like cutting off your toes). Also bought myself an ice cream (deserved it after the car accident) and biting into the cone, my front tooth fell out. Must go to the dentist). Got up from the computer to go to the kitchen with my dinner plate and soup cup in hand. Had my headphones on. Yes, attached to the computer. I’m looking at losing another of my best plates. But fortunately I looked down and saw the cord. Get so used to having the phones on, I think they’re a part of me. And, after the car incident, when I went to get my cappuccino and muffin, the coffee shop owner stood there looking at me and said “Are you OK?” Something he’s never said to me before. I thought I was doing OK, so I must have really looked shaken.

 

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Tempeh and Swiss Chard
This is without the spices which totally obliterate it.
Five stages
1. Decision time: had to get rid of (urr, use) the swiss chard. Great stuff. Cooks fast, tastes great (better than spinach) and has almost all of the nutrients of spinach, plus.
2. Instructions: just throw whatever is lying around after washing and cutting into the pan.
3. After slightly cooking the swiss chard together with diced stems, onion, and garlic, transfer to plate. Put in the tempeh, mushrooms, and the tomatoes in separate parts of the pan so the tempeh can brown.
4. photograph
5. throw what you see (together with the spices) back into the pan to reheat since it has gotten cold.

Google photos of swiss chard

 

If you haven’t tried tempeh, you must. It’s like tofu, but fermented the way the Japanese have used it for centuries. Much healthier for you than tofu. While you might find it in some supermarkets, it is always sold in health food stores. Has a slight nutty taste as against the non-taste of tofu. Use it the same way you would use tofu.

Except for one thing. I have discovered that fried together with apple slices is truly fantastic. For a comparison of tempeh with soy, see Soy Wars: Tofu vs.Tempeh

 

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Super Tempeh Dish      
Can be prepared in next to no time. The most costly being getting the hulls off the garlic and then, it’s nice to have the tempeh browned (which takes a lot of time) – it’s best if sort of fried crunchy, the thinner the better (the ones in the photo are too thick).

This is before putting on the spices which as usual obliterates the dish. However, when the spices are all mixed in, it sort of looks like the above but a lot grainier, speckled and whatnot. I could have taken another photo but the phone was charging. What better excuse to give when you’re hungry and have had it with taking photos which given my smart phone is just not going to come out anyway.

Only secrets here are:
chunks of apple to go with the tempeh
super thin sliced broccoli
1/2 tomato and tempeh fried in separate parts of pan and sidelined
greens, onion, garlic added to the pan and undercooked
noodles soaked in two changes of boiling hot water from the coffee maker before adding at the end
7 cloves garlic (that’s no secret after you’ve eaten it)
Spices: turmeric, black pepper, coriander, oregano, sweet basil (think), salt, dash soy sauce (which I forgot).

Google images of great looking tempeh

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PROBLEM of getting up during the night and how I solved it. Had a problem. There were nights when I would get up 6-7 times and other nights when I got up once. Because it’s cold here, that once is too much. Multiply that by 7 and you get the reason I had to find out why there was the difference between time A (which is most of the time) and time B.Well, last night was a time B. Out of nowhere after many nights of 7s, I actually only got up once. What was the deciding factor?

Chinese vegetarian
I thought it might be my daughter’s chinese vegetarian dish with rice from last night. Humm, that’s it. Nothing else. So, after this 1 minute bit of research during the day, I ate some more of my daughter’s dish at night.
Nope! Didn’t do it.
So the next night I stood there at the sink to guess what I might like to eat at 9:00 at night which wouldn’t keep me awake, I thought of a buckwheat pancake with oatmeal. Nothing particularly novel. And as I was preparing it, I realized that the one time night had been preceded with oatmeal which wasn’t fully cooked, either with the length of time or the amount of moisture, and it acted like a sponge as it expanded during the night. Problem solved. All I had to do now is wait to see if this logical reasoning actually solved the problem.
Made enough for 2 nights. Here are the ingredients: buckwheat (which is not a grain and easily digested with a minimal turning-to-sugar property of normal grains (carbohydrates), egg (free range), oatmeal, baking powder, salt (actually put it on after cooking), topped with butter, coconut oil, cinnamon, nutmeg, 7 drops of Stevia, a date (from the date palm) spread.
Results: Experiment failed. Got up 7 times.

Both the chinese vegetarian dish and the buckwheat pancake with oatmeal. They are now both reserved for when they might solve some other problem – like hunger.

Probable answer: Green Tea

Today I realized the commonality of the failed nights. I drank green tea (other teas might do it also) after 8:00pm, while on all the nights with numerous trips, I had had coffee much closer to bedtime. So everyone will say ‘We know that!”. Well, I wasn’t thinking and was starting to think I have a real physical problem. Solved, but I will try it a third time regardless of what I eat in order to test the hypothesis under different conditions.

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Keeping the Old Working
5 minutes to open up outlook express which normally takes 1 second. You know the feeling. And if not you either are lucky or you know someone who knows what they’re doing. Gives me plenty of time to think about where I’m going to spend my next vacation – right here where it usually is.
Most of our learning is by registering reactions which are usually very fast in coming. If we had to wait minutes or hours for things which normally take seconds, we would not learn very much, mostly because we have forgotten the context.
When you’re willing to wait for a long time before getting a reaction – that’s called science — or love.
But, what I’m experiencing right now is just an old computer.

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Moments In Life

December 17th, 2013 · Comments Off

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 Concept Art: The beginning of winter

 

IMG_20131212_152936-004 Reality Art: cigarette, leaves, curb, photographer

 

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If you want to deny yourself winter colds, fevers, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, cancer and a whole host of unpleasant things, this is the dish to prepare. Plus, it is really a taste treat. Made of some of the things you probably would normally try to avoid like quinoa, swiss chard.

 
Anyway, it includes, aside from the above, 5-6 garlic cloves (I live alone), red onion, button mushrooms (do not pick them yourself unless you are an expert on mushrooms), summer squash, top grade olive oil
 
And on top: melted on the stove slices of maasdam cheese (any hard cheese will do), mixed  with 2 heaping spoons (it’s winter here) of coconut oil and a small amount of milk (this one has too much, but it worked out) photos of Dutch maasdam cheese
 
Plus salt, turmeric, black pepper, leaf coriander
 
Instructions: dump everything into the pan on some olive oil and start cooking. when almost done to less than fully cooked, add the swiss chard plus the chopped up stems and cook for another 2-3 minutes. One note: make the black quinoa (small grains) the day before, or use another type of quinoa. In my experience, unlike other quinoas, the small black quinoa which I bought takes double or three times the time to cook. I finally gave up and fixed myself something else the previous day, and let the quinoa simmer until done.
 
If you have not tried quinoa, this is definitely one grain you should try. Considered a superfood, quinoa is a complete protein and contains phosphorus, magnesium, iron, calcium, and is gluten free. “…quinoa is being considered a possible crop in NASA’s Controlled Ecological Life Support System for long-duration human occupied spaceflights” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinoa
 
Things I could have added but didn’t in order to save for lunch tomorrow: tomato, more onion, butter and although I have enough for lunch, oregano and thyme which adds to the power of neutralizing unwanted microbes, mold, viruses, along with the awesome power of turmeric when added along with a small amount of black pepper.
 
Spices against illness – ingredients to help against sickness: coconut oil (very good against Alzheimer’s), turmeric (curcumin plus black pepper helps avoid/cure cancer).  
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While on the subject of turmeric, this is a letter written to a young girl who is fighting cancer.
 
Hi,
I assume that you have received many helpful suggestions from well wishers and this is just one more. But I hope that you will at least watch the first video below. The reason I am writing this is that when I was in a difficult situation, everyone knew about alternative possibilities which would have made life much easier and just didn’t think about mentioning them, or thought I already knew, so why tell me. I therefore send this to you with the hope that it might generate some searching of things which, with some simple changes, could lead to overcoming your diagnosis and which may actually be the path to freedom from your condition without or along side of your current medical treatment. I hope you have someone there to help with everything you are going through, even if it’s just a cat…First, please take a look at this one video
 Cancer Cure | Turmeric | Natural Cancer Cure http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqj6EqjSWW8
    If you are interested, this is his book 
 
Second, if you are still interested, you should definitely take a look at this: 
Turmeric: One Spice Fits All Imbalances by Dr. John Douillard http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxlPYGOjfME 
I personally use at least 2 heaping teaspoons daily on things like vegetable dishes, soups, egg dishes, sandwiches, spaghetti. Given its effect on the body, this amount will give you a fighting chance and if you continue with chemo, may increase effectiveness and reduce side effects (see References at the bottom of this letter). 
 
<Important note:> Be sure that you do not confuse turmeric with cumin (which is a different plant) or with curry, which may in fact have no curcumin in it at all. Available at health food stores to ensure quality. 
 
Third, and this may be very helpful: Tips for cancer recovery http://www.outsmartyourcancer.com/tips_for_cancer_recovery.html
Reportedly, ‘Outsmart Your Cancer’ has helped many people overcome their cancers including ovarian cancer.
 
References
Curcumin induces chemo/radio-sensitization in ovarian cancer cells and curcumin nanoparticles inhibit ovarian cancer cell growth, Journal of Ovarian Research 3/1/11 http://www.ovarianresearch.com/content/3/1/11

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The Here and Now

December 2nd, 2013 · Comments Off

A WinnerAn enterprising coffee shop with a patio put out a  chalkboard for the kids. 
                                                        This is a winner. 
 
Solving problems
Had a dream (some of them are good, and may even portend something which is about to happen or gives advice which it would  serve well to follow). Anyway, in the dream, I was standing in a long line which wasn’t moving. Asked why and got the answer that they had no change to give out on the purchases, and were waiting to receive it. So, I went over to the manager who was sitting on the outside and suggested that instead of waiting for someone from headquarters to rush over change through city traffic, at least half of the line could be served if they had the exact change. Whereupon he walked back into the shop (hopefully a good sign), and I woke up. And then I thought of all of the other possibilities: the customers can make the exact change between themselves, or there is someone with change who can make a loan and be given a percentage in return, or exchange their coins for larger notes, or the change received from those with exact amount will give the change needed for all the others who are waiting in line. Or, at the very least, go next door to the nickel and dime place and trade. Some things are simple if one has the right frame of mind. The solution is usually right infront of us. Or take Haks’ advice column which is really rather simple at base. It’s different forms of: dump the guy, tell everyone to mind their own business, get married anyway, cut the connection, ignore the in-laws, call the authorities, move to another city, adopt a kid, or grow your own (talking about a garden here). Of course, she has a better way of putting it, but in the end it’s all quite simple – until you actually try to do one of the above, which usually means that advice given is usually not taken and people follow their own path wherever it may lead. But, at least they have the feeling they have tried (which is very important). I’m still waiting to see if my dream is a sign of some sort to me.
- – – – – – – – – – – – –  an indication of time passed
Nope, not yet.
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Just had to photograph this – for the artistry of it. It’s a wonder what a little bit of warmth can do. Goes for many things. The underside we won’t talk about except to say that its sort of yellowish and white and very unappetizing. But when we get to the part of completing the ‘made for’ stuff, the taste is great. There are some similes here which I can’t come up with
so are apparently better left unsaid.

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I surpassed myself with this
Started off with something else which rapidly changed into something different when I decided to use the last of the tempeh, which wasn’t that much.

But it’s the end of the month and I figure that I could survive another 6 days with what I have in my refrigerator and cupboard – which is basically nothing. Pickles made by my daughter, pickled cabbage (whatever that’s called), 7 eggs – 4 of which will go to the guy living on the street, the other half of the summer squash, some frozen hummus, some butter, and … well, that’s the refrigerator. Outside are some nuts and sunflower seeds, 2 tomatoes, an onion, oatmeal, spinach spaghetti, and some non-wheat flour, rice (which is really in the refrigerator for some reason), and that’s about it. At least I have cat food (no, for the cats), $10 and some change.

So, back to the dish which was great, unlike its predecessor (only eatable). Includes fried in olive oil spinach noodles (after soaking in boiling water for a while), onion, garlic, summer squash, the last of the tempeh fried in a separate part of the frying pan, and the spices oregano, turmeric, black pepper, salt, coriander. Try it sometime, but hopefully with more in the refrigerator as backup.
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I’m Going Down 
I have been going down in my views per month. More recently had 3,000 views per month, which by ‘going viral’ standards is a drop in the bucket – in fact, not even noticeable except under a microscope. And now I’m down from that so must be doing something wrong. Perhaps I should stop eating, or taking photos of what I do eat, or get a better camera, or retire from the blogging business entirely. Any other suggestions? Trying to get comments switched back on so I can register the complaints, or advice which I clearly need.

I think WordPress turned off the comments because I was getting so much spam. Maybe a sign.
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Words To Live By
If I had known in the past what I know now, my life would be exactly the same. There are some things better said than done, and they’re the things which should not be said. All the things I have to do, I’ll do in the next life, which gives me complete freedom to enjoy myself now.
 
And my attempt at Spanish (with help from Google) for the above: Si hubiera sabido en el pasado lo que sé ahora, mi vida sería la misma. Hay algunas cosas que mejor dicho que hecho, y ellos estan las cosas lo que no debe ser dicho. Todo las cosas que quiero que hacer, voy a hacer en la proxima vida.
 
And then there is ‘Este es un ensayo’.
Actually translated as ‘This is a rehearsal/test’ – which is in response to the sign I saw the other day: ‘ENJOY life. This is NOT a rehearsal’. My response: this IS a test so you can screw up as much as you want because you’ll get another chance, which is the way most of us live anyway, so why not acknowledge it and relax.
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Fried apple and Tempeh
Fried apple slices and tempeh – and the green stuff
The broccoli is fried just enough to be eatable and still crunchy, along with red onion and garlic.
But the real winner is the tempeh with apple slices fried in olive oil. It’s really a taste treat.
 
Winter Patterns

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Life is counter intuitive. Everything you thought would happen is eclipsed by the unforeseen

November 18th, 2013 · Comments Off

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My cat Attackit is doing great except she’s upset with something right now. But usually, time is passed just sitting and waiting for the next meal (A repeat note on her name: As a small kitten she somehow found her way through the window into my apartment which is on the second floor, and in the total commanding fury of small kitten fluff defending territory, threw herself at top speed toward a hugh tom which had also interloped. I’ve never seen a big cat move so fast conceding territory to something 1/8 his size.)
Fast forward three years – Now she’s looking for a place to pee in the flower boxes, and when I tell her she’s not to, she flicks her tail as if to say ‘wish you hadn’t seen that’. I told her to go in the catbox or go outside. Seems she’s done the latter – or at least is somewhere contemplating it.
 
Wrote to a friend a number of days later:
Attackit has apparently left me. After coming a number of mornings from long nights away, she would come to me for petting, purring, and eating which was followed by disappearing to only reappear the next morning. Did this three times. I think she was sort of telling me she had found a new home, and that was her way of breaking it to me gently. She was a great kitty. I will miss her. I just hope she is happy where she is.
No-Ney never leaves. So I guess that’s some form of compensation, but there are some things that are irreplaceable. Have tears in my eyes.
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Five Minute Omelet
Fast track to an omelet early in the morning after having fed No-Ney, the cat who gets what she wants, when she wants it, where she wants it by meowing and weaving in and out of my legs with constant purring. See, you can get what you want in life – it just takes using the right amount of meows, purrs, athletic dexterity, and singleness of purpose.
Of course, having the source or provider close at hand does help.
 
Procedure: Heat pan on low flame with sufficient olive oil to cover bottom. While heating, mix 2 eggs, a bit of water, some buckwheat flour and a small amount of baking soda (all carefully measured by eye) in a jar and shake, with the lid on of course. By this time, the oil is smoking. Pour and cover to cook while putting sunflower seeds, pecans, walnuts into a strainer to be rinsed with boiling water from the coffee maker. And by this time, the omelet is ready. All of about 5 minutes. What takes time is taking the pictures. Solution: take no pictures.

This is what it looks like with the spices which almost obliterate all. Of course, it would have been better if I had put the spices on before the nuts and syrup but that would have taken forethought, something I’m in short supply of early in the morning.
 
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Couldn’t find the omelet so this is the same thing (eggs) in a different form (scrambled) after putting all the spices on top. Includes cinnamon (powdered), ginger (powdered form), nutmeg (powdered), salt – and since we’re defining types (granulated).
Would have used milk instead of water, but I’m trying to find out what I’m allergic to, and milk is the next on the list to leave out. 
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This isn’t pretty, but it gets the job done.
two egg answer

If you are on a low or non-sugar and a low or non-glutin diet, or trying to find out what is causing an allergic reaction and rash sort of thing, or on a ketogenic diet to lose weight, or trying to stem epilpsy, or want a power breakfast, or have run out of sugar and bread, or just like what you see, this is the breakfast for you.
 
Two eggs fried in butter with slices of goat cheese on top (no, I can’t find them either, but if I said they’re there, then they’re there), pecans, hummus with cayenne pepper and the regular spices turmeric, black pepper, thyme, oregano, salt.
 
I’m not going to say anything about the cayenne since I’ve covered it elsewhere, but it is absolutely amazing stuff. Just keep it in proportion to the hummus or tahini you have it in. Look it up or click here Cayenne Pepper  or here 17 Health Benefit of Cayenne Pepper 
 
And when we get to turmeric, it beats pharmaceutical drugs in preventing cancer

To see what else each of these these spices do, see The Healing Power of Spices
The spices of Asian cooking: Spices of Life

After that, you can see why I put so much of the spices on my dishes and why I add them after cooking. One of my dishes as an illustration:
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A dark chocolate chip muffin.
The only thing that gets me out of the house each day for a 4 km walk. This gets me there – 2km. Then I have to get back home somehow.  Day before yesterday I cheated and took the bus. Wow, that felt good seeing all that scenery flash by.

Why I walk 4km each day

Why I walk 4km each day

Had to show you the inside with the dark chocolate!inside chocolate chip mufin

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Cauliflower?
scrmbled eggs with spices 
Have resisted buying cauliflower because it seemed too big for one person. Then I heard someone say that cauliflower should be cut with a knife into small pieces. Just cut across the top. And the very next day I saw a small cauliflower — things sort of come together like that. Life is made up of things occurring in tandum.
Plus the fact that it does some amazing things for the body – just take a look at this for its health benefits and an amazing mashed cauliflower dish cauliflower
eggplant (cut into small pieces)
mushrooms
onion
green stuff
garlic if I had had it
turmeric
black pepper
thyme
basil
oregano
salt
coconut oil
Don’t cook it too much.

This has changed my thinking about cauliflower. Will actually buy it again – when I can find a small one.
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This is cheat oatmeal
oatmealwithcoconutoil
There are things which should not be in there, But I added them in token amounts as psychological support to enjoying breakfast – 5 raisins, 1/4 cap maple syrup (and let me tell you, that’s next to nothing), but you’d be amazed how much I look forward to the next bite knowing there might be a taste of them. I am trying the no sugar, no grain diet – and really, it’s not as hard as I thought it would be. There are an amazing amount of things which I never thought of eating before which are actually quite good – like heavy (whipping) cream (unsweetened and no additions), lots of real butter, multiple eggs per day, lots of tomatoes, broccoli, sauerkraut, oatmeal, and the list goes on and on. It’s amazing the amount of stuff you really don’t require that we have based our life on – not only do we not need most of it, but because it gives so little of what we do need, we look for more and more as we try desperately to make up for whatever is lacking.  The keto diet basic principle: Instead of carbohydrates (sugars, grains, fruits),  get the body to start burning fat by giving it nothing but good fats, proteins, roughage and ….really does give all of the nutrients and roughage you need once you’ve made the transition. It’s making the transition that’s the difficult part psychologically, and just getting to the point where you have stocked up on what is really necessary without all of the sugars, fruits, and grains.
 
Ingredients: whey powder, pecans, walnuts, sunflower seeds, oatmeal, coconut oil, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg.
About 9 small drops of Stevia take up the rest of the necessary space in the taste department.

An excellent overview of protein powder and alternatives Is Your Protein Powder Toxic
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Doesn’t Everyone Eat Swiss Chard?
Found the photo for this dish. It was so out of focus that I can’t use it. But, the dish itself was incredible – for swiss chard. So I’ll talk about it anyway, and below give another rendition of chard with a better photo. 

This dish does 3 things which are very important:
First, it cooks all of the chard which otherwise would just sit there in the fridge and rot after the first few leaves are cooked. Swiss chard is one of my favorite greens, but have you had chard 3 times in a row?
Thought not?
Second, it uses the second half of the red pepper which would otherwise gather mold in the fridge.
Third, gave me a chance to pet the cat. Well, I didn’t have a third, and she didn’t come to me until I made  the smallest movement away from the desk in order to take the photo of the dish.

O.K., so after the photo, I shovelled it back into the pan with all the rest until I figure out how I’m going to keep two days worth of chard in the refrigerator. I’m running out of plastic boxes.
One of the great things about swiss chard is that the stems become tender and eatable, unlike celery, after just 3-4 minutes on the stove. Also, so as not to overcook the leaves and lose most of the vitamins, etc., another 2-3 minutes is enough. And it tastes great with onion and bell pepper with salt and whatever other spices you decide to put on it.
The process: I put the sliced onion and the cut bell (never have figured out the best way to cut a bell pepper) in the pan with some boiling water first (used the coffee maker to boil the water since I can never wait for that to happen), while thoroughly washing all of the chard, cutting the stems and leaves and adding them.
Spices: salt, pepper, thyme, sweet basil, oregano (didn’t have it), and za’atar.
Oil: 2 teaspoons of coconut oil, two heaping tsps pure butter.

 Another use for swiss chard
tempeh swiss chard squash spaghetti
Includes: swiss chard, summer squash, tomato slices, some strands of spaghetti, and separately fried tempeh. It all disappeared within 2 minutes after this photo.
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Attackit came back today!!!!!
Gone for three weeks. She was suddenly there, acting sort of distant and unsure, so I almost thought it was another cat. When  I said “Attackit, you’re back!!!” and went toward her, she continued to act like a stray cat and wouldn’t let me touch her or even get close. So, I fed her and she disappeared, only to return about an hour later, all loving and as if nothing had happened. Almost as if she had been afraid of my reaction to her having left in the first place. Interesting… Can’t get out of her where she was all that time. But she’s much thinner. So dreams do have their down side.

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Not Again!

October 16th, 2013 · 1 Comment

 Notice: Recipes, such as there are, forthcoming when photos are available

Another Day 
‘Anyway’ should be my mantra – not ‘any way’ which would mean that I can do any thing, but ‘anyway’ with a sigh meaning something like ‘well, that’s the way it is, can’t expect anything more’. Just fell – again. That’s 2 times in the space of 3 days. Not good as an average type of thing. And I had good reasons for each, like I lost my balance putting on my socks, and the second time, I tripped over a box I had put there right in my normally traveled pathway, ready to be thrown out. I guess the box had to have its due. And the socks thing? I usually put on my socks first, so there I was lying naked on the floor with my socks on, wondering if I could get up. My age sometimes gets the better of me. And someone was passing in the hallway on the stairs outside my door, but due to my state of dress, there was no way I could call out for help. In any case, I did get myself up. And the second time, I was carrying breakfast – well that was the end of the oatmeal (that’s the second time in two days that the oatmeal has ended up on the floor. I wonder if I’m being told something), with the scalding hot coffee all over my face. Got up with the aid of the chair but couldn’t find my glasses. Finally found them on the top of a shoe box under the sideboard – in perfect shape. I swear I’m being looked after. That’s aside from my klutzy movements from which I cannot be saved. 
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Talking about getting up – was watching a child just learning to walk, with lots of encouragement from mom. He would fall down repeatedly and just get up with no problem and continue. That’s the way it worked. But once you have learned to walk, that’s when the problems start. Even then, it’s amazing how a mother’s kiss on the wounded limb solves everything and stops the crying for a four year old for whom falling was no longer the norm. That’s what it’s all about – expectation, and mom’s support. 
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The Dinner To Possibly End It All 
I’ve been trying to get myself to remember some cooked sweet potatoes that have been left in the refrigerator. Tonight was remember night. Opened the plastic whatever up and there they were, with little white spots on them. Can’t remember those from before. What to do?  
Step by step: and if you don’t see this comment, well… 
Cooked them again in its original water (should have added some onion and garlic to the mix for all of the antimicrobial stuff they contain) with some broccoli which, by the way, did not have any white spots. 
Once on the plate, put lots (and I mean lots) of turmeric on (with some black pepper to help in the digestive process) because according to one source it takes care of “antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antitumor, antioxidant, antiseptic, cardioprotective, hepatoprotective, nephroprotective, radioprotective, and digestive activities” problems http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92752/  
Added a layer of cinnamon because it fights its own corner of the world by taking care of different forms of bacteria, fungus and parasites http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-cinnamon.html  For other medicinal uses for cinnamon.

Would have added oregano and thyme which guard against their own bevy of microbials and fungi but felt I had already covered the field.  
 
We’ll see
 
Update: the taste was not bad (with plenty of butter) and I’m still here. But don’t take this as the end-all of how-tos. Your white spots may be different from my white spots. But at least you know some of the spices which do have an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-whatever effect and can be used whenever and however there is any question. That may be one good reason to put cinnamon on the top of a cappuccino – aside from the fact that it may solve some hard to handle health problems, it’s great – being slightly sweet and having its own unique taste. 
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latest
Decided that I really may not have much time left. I pressed the blue dot on my phone-camera and it didn’t register. No matter how many times I did it, no click, until suddenly out of nowhere it reacted – I think my frustration level got high enough to register as plausible force. I will have to take the phone in to be checked, and if they notice me, maybe I’m doing something wrong. Always think positively.  This dish should not be emulated – tasted terrible. But at least I got some greens (swiss chard) which I haven’t had in 2 or 3 days – very bad. Maybe one of the reasons for the non-registry. I’m out of spices except for turmeric – if I live it’s because of that. Was going to cut up an onion but forgot – not much of a game plan in my cooking. Almost out of olive oil, so cooked it in water. Also, by the way, out of coffee. This living alone sucks. Added a tomato, and 5 cloves of garlic. Put half of the remaining butter on top of the finished product. Didn’t help in the taste department. 
Lessons: eat greens at least once a day 
                buy olive oil so you can fry stuff 
                buy coffee 
                find someone to live with, hopefully better at  
                  remembering things and better at cooking. 
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Just another morning until…
I was not putting the food down fast enough and the stray cat that I feed breakfast to each morning got confused – I’m giving her the benefit of the doubt. Like before when she bit me, it was because my petting her got in the way of eating – confused or not, she knew what she wanted. But for me, doing the same thing and expecting different results is a sign of insanity – to paraphrase a quote misattributed to Einstein – or my case a sign of stupidity. For other great quotes attributed and misattributed to Einstein, see http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Albert_Einstein. So next time, I think I’m going to put the food down before opening the window.  
And as for the bite, I immediately put on one of the best and most immediate sources of stopping bleeding as well as providing instant antibacterial activity – cayenne pepper. Of course, let it bleed a bit to flush it out (usually not a problem as those teeth are sharp). 
And as for the cayenne itself, I could have used powder instead of flakes but then I wouldn’t have gotten the artistic effect I had on my arm. Carry plastic bag of the stuff in my pocket. It stops bleeding in 10-20 seconds or faster, and if taken as 1 teaspoon to a glass of warm water, will stop internal hemorrhaging in about the same amount of time. It is truly great stuff. And also for all the other things it does for you – it is an incredible herb. When half a teaspoon is taken in a glass of warm water on the occurrence of a heart attack it will stop the attack in its tracks. It is also very good for the pain of arthritis, ulcers and many other conditions: Natural News , Global Healing Center, BellaOnline   
This is one herb you want to know something about.  
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Another day following its predestined path

August 1st, 2013 · 3 Comments

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Saying for the day, or month or year depending on when I have the next: As with many things, the beginning is always the easiest. We are sort of just in the middle of it before we realize. It’s the continuation that’s difficult. Which is why most things only have a beginning. 
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I did tens of thousands of moves today and accomplished a great deal, but made few if any conscious decisions. Everything just flowed, one after another without thinking. There was a moment when I did not know what to do, so I just stopped and stood there until I found myself moving in a direction I had only contemplated previously as a possibility with very little probability. Such is most of life. If you think you’re in total control, think again.
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2eggsheavycreammushrooms 
 
Eggs With Whipped Cream and Cottage
Photo says it all except for the turmeric and pinch of black pepper I put on afterwards when I was just too hungry to photograph.
 
Preparation: shook the cream in a smallish jar until it was simply unshakable. Added two eggs, shook two more times and poured into a hot pan with melted butter. Slid onto plate and added cottage cheese (in this case 3%) plus oregano and salt. Fried the mushrooms, and then added lots of turmeric.
 
One of the best answers to the yokes vs whites controversy that I have come across
Are Whole Eggs or Egg Whites Better for You In brief: whole eggs much healthier since the yoke contains the main nutrients, and the body itself balances out the cholesterol, while its higher calories actually help burn off body fat. This is especially so from free roaming chickens. The yoke is gold. Doesn’t say anything about the contentment factor and what that may mean in terms of the recommended eggs from range free chickens who get to eat what they want from the barn yard. And talking about contentment, there is the part about always having your eggs swiped each morning or whenever. But then, without access to the rooster, it may be a case of ‘who cares?’
 
The meal above was accompanied by green tea (2 bags, both of which had sen [seen] better times – like last night). 

One of the few if any decision points which I faced today: whether to add the letter ‘e’ before or after the ‘e’ which is in the word ‘sen’ above. Never had something like this before. I decided to put it before although, as I was in the process, it felt wrong. Should have been put after, but once it was in place, a seemingly pointless operation. Of course, I took it out to preserve the original state for purposes of this comment, with the ‘ee’ in brackets flowing naturally in perfect order from left to right. Problem solved? Not really.
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Lemon and Apple Cider Vinegar together?
For a while now I’ve been drinking half a squeezed lemon and 2 tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar with 7 drops of Stevia and water to the top of the glass. Just thought it was healthy. Now I know why. I ran across this article which is great – includes all the health benefits of 10 advantages of morning AVC tonic: apple cider vinegar, lemon and water  – be sure to rinse your mouth afterwards – the article warns: since apple cider vinegar and lemon is acidic and can erode tooth enamel, it is best to rinse your mouth afterwards with fresh water and NOT brush your teeth for about 1/2 hour.
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firstup
 
OK, this is the first real photo with my NEW phone. The bad photo has nothing to do with the camera or the phone but only the fact that I was hungry and didn’t know what I was doing or its effects, etc. 
Took me 12 minutes to find the camera (yes, the lens is on the back). Don’t like reading instruction booklets. Haven’t even looked to see if there is one. The wall almost received the phone. I swear I’ll get the hang of this system – one of these days. 
Somehow the ‘wake up’ setting had been set and I couldn’t seem to turn it off, the only thing which reacted was the snooze button. So I ended up snoozing even though I was up and fixing breakfast. Doesn’t give you long. Finally, just had to let it run out – at least the sound is not so bad. 
 
Back to the egg. This is an eggalmonlete. That’s some almond flour in with two eggs. Minus the egg shells fished out, plus some brewer’s yeast to protect against a flea problem I have almost conquered, and some milk. Put some bits of swiss cheese on top. Added turmeric which makes you live longer and sterilizes everything (well not everything but close to it)  and does 20 other things you never knew you could solve with some simple yellow stuff. Just so you’re in the know, a very good article on it,  The Health Benefits of Turmeric  plus a warning at the end  “…normally has no side effects but…”, high doses should not be taken if you have gallstones or bile obstruction, or are on blood thinners (consult doc).”  By the way, can take it as a pill, like just about everything else.
 
If you have never tried turmeric (curry is not the same thing), you are really missing out on something which could just add some serious living to your life. And if you want to go early, forget I ever said anything. And, then, if you don’t try it after the next article, you are either: 
on the short trajectory to the end,  
you can’t stand the color yellow,  
you don’t know where to buy it,  
or you didn’t read the article. 
NOW, continuing with the inexact measurement of everything – a bit of oregano, salt, and some black pepper to help digest the turmeric. And now to enjoy it cold after finding the photo thing to take the what turned out to be a lousy picture. 
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Sunflower Sprouts and Juice
salad shootsScallions cut to tips (both ends), tomato, cucumber, sunflower sprouts and juice (the juice being one of the best parts, so don’t keep draining it out. Although how to drain it at the end? I just tip my plate up, but then I live alone. The juice is made up of water still dripping off the well washed vegetables, plus soy sauce (and this is where the real art comes in: 3-4 swigs – swipes, chugs (whatever you do when  making some go out the front end while swiping it forward in a sidewise position and stopping suddently – there must be a word for it. And here I teach English?), and the spices: thyme, oregano, turmeric, black pepper, za’atar, and salt. Add some Stevia (only 3 small drops of Stevia unless you want dessert), organic/natural  apple cider vinegar (ab 1 tbsp). See Cathy Wong on Apple Cider Vinegar – Health from soup to nuts (no, that’s not the title)  7 Health Benefits You May Not Know About (wow)  
The only problem with Cathy Wong’s version of ACV is that once you get to the ‘Side Effects and Safety Concerns’, you don’t want to use the stuff. But remember, she’s talking about undiluted, and long term use, excessive doses, and theoretical drug interactions.
 And did you know that you have the makings of a porch garden or whatever in the parts of greens you are throwing out when making vegetables or salads? According to the article below, it includes leftover parts of scallions, garlic, romaine lettuce, carrots, basil, lemmon grass, celery, onions and bok choy… we’ll stop there 13 Vegetables That Magically Regrow Themselves.
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And to an entirely different but related topic:
The Constantly Miraculous
Call it what you will, but we really do not know what is going on in this world. 
I have to admit that there is something which we tend to write off as fortuitous, or luck or just random occurrences, but when we ask ourselves, we have to admit that there is actually something much more – whether built into the protracted occurrences of the entire system, the unseen hand of an overarching world or mind(s) which intervene(s) on what we would call the cause and effect level, or a mechanistic world in which everything is set from beginning to end. 
This does not have the great romantic overtones of a fateful moment or the great aha moments that occur in life, but a very mundane occurrence which was one of the hundreds occurring every day without our even noticing them. But in their own small way they are miraculous. 
 
Whatever you want to call it, this was one of those times. Had a small but constant leak in the bathroom which I could not stop. I went into the local hardware store and asked if he had a round wheel which would fit the screw of the plumbing so I could turn the valve and close it, to which he said “no”. So then I asked if he had a wrench which would fit the valve screw and he asked if I meant a wrench which can be adjusted moving back and forth to fit the size of the screw.  He showed me several and I said “no”, I had one of those and it didn’t work. So then he showed me another type which was precast to specific sizes and exactly what I had in mind but they were all too large. As he was showing me, something dropped on the floor which both he and I ignored. But, as I was finally deciding that all he had would just not help since they were all much too large and there was nothing which was the very small size I needed, I looked down, and there on the floor it was. I knew without measuring it that it was the right one, bought it, took it home and it was perfect, allowing me to turn off the water and save myself 100s of dollars in water bills. Yes, I know, just fortuitous, but then again… 
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 buckwheatnutsginger
One of the local delicacies 
Yup, made it myself. With the labor intensive part of breaking up the walnuts and pecans making me truly appreciative of those who de-shell these nuts. What a way to make a living. 
 
The ginger is on the side, because I really don’t like it that much but what it does for you makes it an almost necessary part of any omelet or pancake which requires maple syrup (gives a balance to the tang of the ginger). If you really want to know what it does: 11 Benefits of Ginger That You Didn’t Know About 
 
Just noticed while taking the photo that one of the disks beside the dish (which I dragged out from somewhere to keep the cats off the desk) says 1980 written in my sloppy handwriting. Can’t imagine that I was saving stuff on disks that far back in time. Before most of the readers of this blog (if there are any) were born. The ingredients, since I am trying to keep away from white flour, is buckwheat flour (would have put almond flour in it but the ants have found their way through the plastic (actually biting holes in it) and I can’t hurt them, so at the moment I have a supply of flour which will keep the ants trundling up here for the next 10 years. Have to find a way of carefully separating the two. There are enough other sources of sustenance for the colony.  
To continue, two eggs and a bit of milk. The milk is kept in a jar in the freezer since the milk goes bad in about 4 days in the refrigerator (actually keep it in the original container since it was sterilized and will last far longer than any jar). Add coconut oil – no measuring on quantity. All on the fly, making each breakfast slightly different and some unphotographable, although not ineatable – depends on what you’re ready to eat. With my bad experiences in the kitchen, just about anything. 
Fried on smoking hot olive oil (yeh, I know, not good, but the only way to keep the stainless steel skillet from bonding with the egg – too many instances of that). And of course, cinnamon – makes it all worth while. Fantastic! 
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Living Alone
If I keep going out with the feeling that each time may be my last, and keep coming back, I’m going to have to wash the floor.
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I’m Back

June 16th, 2013 · 1 Comment

 

justchecking Just Checking Him Out

 

Most of my dishes I’ll never try again. Not because they’re not good but just because I never seem to have the same ingredients when I want something for lunch or dinner, and my appetite gives me exactly 12 minutes to satisfy it. But this one was something which I will actually try my hardest to replicate, which means keeping it in mind when I go shopping next time, which I have done for oatmeal with nuts and seeds for breakfast for about half a year now, but for nothing else.
So, in lieu of a photo, here is a verbal description – Delicious.
That is a word which I would not normally use for a lentil dish.
And the ingredients:

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– that’s a symbol for pause while I went back and finished off the plate (it’s that good).
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I’m back!

Ingredients:
lentils – as much as you think you’re going to eat, which depends on how much you can’t stand lentils, body size, size of hunger pangs, etc.
Boil in water while the rest is being prepared.
cut up and dice 1/2 red pepper, 1/2 red onion, 4-5 garlic cloves
some dried wakame (very good for the iodine which you may be low on causing all sorts of problems (check it out. You really may be low which is really not good for you). And if you’re pregnant – extremely important for the new baby in terms of IQ and a lot of other things (see the link below).
Put it all in when the lentils are done, (more or less) and add lots of coconut oil, and if the water has just about disappeared, a small amount of water and cover.
Cook for another 3-4 minutes; transfer to plate
Add salt, oregano, sweet basil (didn’t put it in but would have made it even better), turmeric (and I’m talking about at least a tablespoon or more, and not the way we usually use spices, which is something on the order of the way we use salt, which is just not enough), a small amount of black pepper to help in the digestion of the turmeric, and, if you have it, a bit of butter.

Resources:

Iodine in your pregnancy diet
http://www.babycenter.com/0_iodine-in-your-pregnancy-diet_667.bc 
7 Foods Rich in Iodine
http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/iodine-foods/

 

The great pick-me-up
Since lemon juice and apple cider vinegar are both so good for you for any number of reasons (from cleaning out, shoring up, keeping it going, destroying what needs to be destroyed and settling everything, what have you), I decided to mix the juice of half a lemon together with 2-3 tablespoons of ACV (that’s apple cider vinegar for those of us who don’t do so well with initials – can never get the hang of it), and 8 drops of Stevia to make a truly incredible cocktail before everything else in the morning. It tastes great. Then, since I can’t wait for that freezing part of grating frozen lemons onto whatever to add all of the extras which the peel of the lemon gives you, I just grate (on the large part of the grater) some of the peel on my oatmeal and nuts, under the cinnamon and maple syrup, and I figure that I’m ready for another day of disappointments (why not tell it like it really is most of the time) with the surprises which make life more than worth living. Which is why I know that I’ll come back in, after it’s all over. Which is maybe why I’m learning Spanish, because I certainly don’t plan on using it on this round.


She wanted more of the attention than the food
Although she didn’t turn that down either.
But immediately asked for more petting when she finished, before leaving me again for the night. I’m just very glad that she enjoys wherever she has found an alternative whatever.
I’m talking about my cat.
And I’m left with no-ney (short for No Name) who never leaves. When she doesn’t like the smell of the cat sand box, she digs up the flower pots to pee. And when I pet her, she constantly moves, turning to mock bite me, making her sound interspaced with purring. Whenever I move away from the desk she is immediately out of the delivery box which she has temporarily designated as THE sleeping place, and is weaving back and forth between my legs with her incessant meow, which in her case is maya-awwwwe. And when she is not waiting on the other side of the door to dart into the room I don’t want her in, she’s going out the window and up the sheer wall to my second floor porch to the part of the apartment which is off limits. And when I tell her that she’s “a pain in the a**,  but she’s a nice kitty” she doesn’t seem to hear either the disapprobation or the complement, and just keeps doing whatever is so exasperating, whether it’s sniffing the cat litter and then searching for a nice potted plant, or constantly getting between me and what I’m trying to do, if it’s on her level, wherever.

By the way
check out http://www.spellchecker.net/spellcheck/ for excellent spell checking (most of the time) and grammar checking. I’m not being paid for this advertisement, but I use it so often I thought I really should give something back. Haven’t used the grammar part, which is why I can get away with such grievous errors.

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Flea Infestation: How to sleep and go out

May 26th, 2013 · 2 Comments

What to do about a flea infestation: As a public service

I’m talking here about a real flea infestation where an individual is constantly bitten by cat fleas. I have lived with a cat for 4 years and never before can I remember being bitten by a flea, even though she had them. This time is different.
These fleas which are causing the infestation I picked up outside from a spot where there were a lot of ‘homeless’ fleas. I know exactly where it was because they bit as soon as they landed. And there were a number, so that when I got home the pregnant ones gave birth and the others did their thing to keep the population going.

First off, there is a temporary solution in brewer’s yeast

Finally found a solution to being bitten on the legs.
The adding of brewer’s yeast to your food, taking vitamin B1 pills, and drinking apple cider vinegar may help to some degree – but only to some degree unless you increase the amounts of one or all to much larger quantities than you would ordinarily stand. So, in field testing, I’ve found that the following gives some relief. Put an amount of brewer’s yeast (I use powder) into a jar, add water until you have a fairly thick solution (not a paste), shake it each time (preferably you have a jar with a top), and apply it with you hands to the legs below the knees and to the feet. If you are still bitten, add another layer. It works! It only lasts for about 2 hours (perhaps less in summer when you are sweating), and up to 4 hours depending on the layers or thickness of the solution. If you use this in conjunction with the low lights over a dish or tray of soapy water in each of your rooms, you will obtain some reduction of the problem until you find a solution which will rid you of the fleas altogether.

Neutralizing of the flea problem for the cats
As for fleas on my cats, since the start of the infestation in the apartment, they were scratching a lot until I started putting about a level tsp of brewers yeast powder in their breakfast once a day, thoroughly mixed in, but making sure to put a bit of ‘untreated’ cat food on top, although the cats don’t seem to be bothered by it. The cats were really scratching, but after doing the above procedure each morning for about 3-4 days there was no longer any problem – no scratching (and I didn’t have to bathe them or do anything else). The fleas just can’t stand the taste or the smell of brewer’s yeast.

House cats not the usual source of infestation
I find that the only room in the house where I am not bitten is the porch (workroom) where my two cats sleep. Cat fleas really prefer cats – hence the name. From personal experience, house cats are not usually the cause of flea infestations. I have had my initial cat for years now and never been affected until now, even though she is allowed to go outside on her own. Also, during all this time, neighborhood cats have snuck into the apartment to eat whenever I’m not around. It would seem that most people pick up the fleas which become an infestation, as I did only recently, somewhere outdoors where the fleas can’t immediately find a cat, or in places where there is already an infestation.  

What to do so you can sleep and go out without fleas
So, what do you do when you have 100s of fleas, you are being attacked and it’s not just the normal fleas which every cat has? Until I get rid of them, I have developed a method for doing two extremely important procedures which enable me to sleep without being bitten by the fleas, and a way of getting rid of the fleas on me before I go out of the house.

How to go to bed without the fleas 
One thing to know is that fleas do not cling to skin, clothing, hair, etc. and slide or jump off when disturbed in the slightest way. It is claimed that fleas can jump 8 to 10 inches, according to some sources, and the height of the bed is 480 mm or about 18 inches which the fleas cannot navigate. These two pieces of information are important in understanding the following procedure which usually gives me a totally peaceful sleep during the night. First, if it is suspected that there are fleas in the bed itself, shake out the sheets, pillow case, and blankets. After a while, this is not necessary. The following procedure would appear to be a lot of work, but believe me, it works when you get it right. When wearing a nightgown or similar clothing, be sure to shake it out before putting it on. If lying down in house clothes, wearing loose fitting pants and shirts with short sleeves is helpful. If wearing socks, be sure that they are thick so that the fleas do not burrow through the material as easily, and also be sure to dust off your feet thoroughly with the socks or your hands when putting them on. As for me, since I work in the workroom with the cats, basically I just have to deal with the fleas in the bedroom, or other rooms I have to pass through to get to the bed. Just before lying down, run your hands over both arms and hands about 5-7 times, or just the hands if wearing long sleeves, although going over the long sleeves is also helpful. Then if there may be some in your hair, lean over and vigorously move the hands through the hair, and then do the hands and arms thing again. Then shake out the shirt or night clothes while on you, in particular lifting the bottom of the shirt or night gown up to shoulder level and then down before shaking it all out again. Then shake out the loose fitting pants about 40 times, then, take a step back and this is very important, go over your hands and arms again for any which have hopped off of the shirt and pants. Then sit down on the bed. When sitting down, be sure that your legs are against the bed so you don’t miss the bed while concentrating on the fleas and the procedure. Then, the critical part – while lying flat on the bed and your legs stretched out over the floor, brush your two feet over each other, and over the bottom of the pants and socks being sure to keep your legs level or just below the level of the top of the bed. If done correctly, there are usually no fleas left and is 100% effective. Sometimes it is not totally effective with 1 or 2 still remaining, but the more efficient the procedure becomes over time, the higher the percentage of success. Remember that this procedure has to be repeated after every trip to the bathroom during the night. It sounds like a lot of work, but it’s worth it. 
 
If, while lying there, there are leftover fleas on the hands, arms or lower legs, hold the effected limb over the side of the bed and brush the effected area off thoroughly, being sure to also brush off the hand or leg doing the initial brushing. Also brush off any part of the bed onto which a flea could have jumped. It may take one or two times to get effective at this, so do not give up. If I am bitten on the torso or upper legs, I generally suffer the bite and by not scratching find that the intense itching goes away in about ten minutes. However, if it’s more than one or two fleas, it might be necessary to get up and do the procedure again. 

Going out of the house without the fleas 
When going out, I can usually go out with almost no fleas, and in fact sometimes none, by adhering to the following procedure:  Wash the clothes, socks, etc. in soapy water and machine dry. Use a large plastic bag or cloth to put the clothes on near the door. Be sure to shake out the bag or cloth prior to transferring the clothes from the dryer. Wash the floor around the dressing area with water and some liquid soap. Be sure to wash the top of the baseboard and any other surface which might be a staging area. Take a shower, and if you suspect there are fleas in your hair, wash your hair. I have found that using a cat or dog flea comb can be helpful here. Go directly to your clothes, dusting off your legs and arms about 2-3 times before getting to the clothing area. It might be helpful to put apple cider vinegar on your legs up to the knees and on the arms. Dust off your feet and lower legs at a spot which is away from the door before putting on your socks and pants. Once you are fully dressed, dust off your lower clothes, socks, lower legs just above the socks, and arms before going out. Sometimes I can’t go into the coffee shop to get my cappuccino because my routine doesn’t work as well as most of the time.

One thing I have found is that fleas seem to be quite faithful and do not jump off if there is hair or clothing to wait in until the next meal, even if you have used all of the methods they can’t stand. So, any that make it through the procedure above will normally stay with you nestled in hair or under clothing until whatever you have used to neutralize yourself wears off. 
Part of this was added to Grandma’s Home Remedies http://www.grandmashomeremedies.com/cat-fleas.html Excellent site with many good comments.

As for fleas on my cats, since the start of the infestation in the apartment, they were scratching a lot until I started putting about a level tsp of brewers yeast powder in their breakfast once a day, thoroughly mixed in, but making sure to put a bit of ‘untreated’ cat food on top, although the cats don’t seem to be bothered by it. The cats were really scratching, but after doing the above procedure each morning for about 3-4 days there was no longer any problem – no scratching (and I didn’t have to bathe them or do anything else). The fleas just can’t stand the taste or the smell of brewer’s yeast. 

Neutralize yourself (the other methods which give some extra protection)
Some methods which I have found helpful in dealing with a flea infestation. 
For myself, I put about a teaspoon full of brewer’s yeast into my own oatmeal in the morning. If I took an equivalent amount based on weight alone of me and my cat, I would have to take an amazing amount of brewer’s yeast – about 17 teaspoons (10 lbs weight of a cat to 175 me). I also drink about 2 teaspoons worth of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water once a day.  Adding a little bit of sugar or stevia can help get it down.
Vitamin B1 is very helpful up to a point. I have found that 4-5 100 mg B1 pills last about 5-7 hours at which time you start smelling good enough to eat again. They’ve just been sitting there waiting, wondering when dinner will be served. 
Also B complex has some B1 in it although not much. But every bit helps. If you become too inhospitable, they will remember and wait until the next passerby, hopefully a cat. 

Reduction of flea population 
I have found that putting 2-3 empty plastic cheese cartons under lamps about 4 inches above each one with some water and liquid soap is very effective, up to a point. The fleas are attracted by the light, and fall into the liquid drowning almost immediately and apparently somewhat painlessly because of the soap film on the surface of the water which cannot be navigated. The liquid soap used is a soapless soap called Dermapon which comes in a yellow plastic bottle. Other people have found other liquid soaps helpful. 
 
A lot of other methods people have tried would appear to cause some pain and dysfunction over time to the fleas, so I don’t want to use them. The first time I tried the soap and water, there were about 1200 fleas in the soapy water within a period of 7 days. I guess I really had it bad. After that, the numbers diminished quite rapidly. But there were always some too savvy to be attracted by the light. So bites continued but to a lesser degree. 

I don’t want to kill them. They have as much right to live as I do. But they constantly bite me, when they’re not biting the cats. And now they are all over. And I know that I must do something. Others suggest that I bomb the place – you know with anti-insect stuff, which all the web sites say doesn’t always work the first time. And where am I going to get all that money to have the professionals come again and again. Plus the fact that to die from chemicals would be one of the worst ways to go. Me and my cats would have to vacate for however long it would take until we could go back in and not be listed as some of the victims.

So there I am, deciding that the only way to do it is by a light over a number of bowls of liquid soap water in different parts of the house, where I am told they die instantly, almost mercifully without pain through drowning. I live alone or this could not have gone on as long as it has. Others say that it is almost as if I don’t even want to get rid of them. What do I want them for? And I beg off by saying that I just can’t do them in with anything which would cause pain or prolonged suffering. And the new spray which someone found out which would solve the problem? – In my mind it would cause a more catastrophic end than I find is justified for the fleas, for all other insects and even mice and rats. So it doesn’t just effect those with a certain physiological structure. By taking out the rats and mice, it could also take out my cats, and possibly even cause me problems.

Other possibilities
Of course the main goal is to get rid of the fleas entirely. There is also the possibility of using a vinegar spray on the floor which is a deterant to the fleas. Have not tried it, but for a good discussion of the use of vinegar, see http://fixfleas.com/vinegar-kills-fleas-effectiveness-of-vinegar-for-fleas/

Just ran across another method which I have also not tried yet. Will give the passage in full since it is short: Comment by Angelina in response to an article: “I found the solution to flea infestations when I discovered that my fleas had become resistant to commercial poisons. I cought (sic) several fleas and placed them into a container and then proceeded to find a household chemical that would kill them. This is what works best for me.  Mix four teaspoons of dish washing detergent and four shotglass full of rubbing alcohol with one gallon of water. Spray this mixture over your entire floor. Be careful with wood floors and test before using on valuable flooring. Your goal is to dampen all the rugs and flooring in the house at the same time, the flooring should be wet to the touch. I usually spray before bed or when I’m going away for a few hours to allow it to dry undisturbed. The spray drowns the fleas in about 30 seconds. You have to repeat the spray for a week to ten days to kill all the hatching eggs. This really works and is non toxic” source: http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/natural-flea-control.aspx#ixzz2UDmhoNDz.”

 

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The Best Way To Improve Your English, Spanish (or any language)

April 22nd, 2013 · 5 Comments

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What this latest post is all about:
Three ways to help improve and speed up learning a language. Emphasis is on English and Spanish but it works with any language.  Includes listening (understood or not), speaking to oneself (correct or not), looking up words, phrases, idioms. Gives useful links.  Be sure to scroll down for previous posts on cooking by a single guy when hungry and thousands of other topics.

 

1.
Listen to the language (without looking at any text) for a minimum of 15 minutes a day. The more the better.  Do not attempt to understand, just listen. This is exactly how the unborn and newborn child experience language.  Later, when you speak, the correct phraseology will feel right, and you will use the accent you have heard in the pronunciation of words. So, unless you want a particular accent, be sure to listen to speakers from various parts of the world or country and you will form your own pronunciation patterns. You can actually do other things while you are listening.   

 
English Readings with Text
http://esl-bits.net/ BITS English Lanaguage Learning
Free English site with readings and accompaning texts – Incredible range of subjects and speakers (both American and British) with two reading speeds – faster and slower. This is one of the best sites I have come across for improving your English.   
How to use:
Click on the major titles for all listings of available readings:
Audiobooks
Sherlock Holmes
Intermediate
Advanced
Songs
Audio Dramas
Or click on the featured title just below each major category.
Also, you can scroll down for all of the major titles
plus English idioms, Saying & Slang
Reading Activities and Test Preparation for the PET
Practice Using Articles ‘a’ – ‘a’ – ‘the’ 
Hosted by Skip Reske
 
 
Spanish Readings with Text
http://www.audiria.com/
A fantastic site made by 4 young people in Spain is perfect for listening to different individuals on many subjects. On this page you can select the type (category) of podcasts you want to hear, including the most popular and the best podcasts. Also take a look at all the categories covered including sections on phrases, idioms, vocabulary and a lot of tips and pitfalls (on this one, just click next to go from tip to tip – very useful). Remarkable site.
 
 
Other Resources for Listening:
Another way to listen is to copy a Spanish paragraph or article and put it into Google translate and just listen, without even looking at the translation. Also, be sure to add
whichever tool you usually use to the Favorites Bar at the top above all your tabs on IE (click the yellow star with the green arrow) hint: add it when the input is empty. Otherwise you will get whatever was pasted into input every time. 
http://text-to-speech.imtranslator.net/
Copy a paragraph or article into this text-to-speech facility of IMtranslator.net. Very good speaking voices. You can control the speed of reading the text.  

2.
Speak the language to yourself at least twice a day. It doesn’t matter what you say. It also does not matter whether or not it’s correct. What is important is the experience of speaking the language and the flow of words which is created, so that you will feel comfortable with it when you actually want to use it. Whatever comes into your mind. Have a paper and pen or recording devise available to record expressions or words which you do not remember or want to learn, although this part is not important. Eventually, these meanings will be learned in the process of listening to and learning the language. Do this for whatever period of time is comfortable. 
 
 
3. 
Look up at least 3 words, expressions, or idioms each day
a.  Translate them with  
     Google http://translate.google.com/
     Microsoft’s Bing Translator http://www.bing.com/translator
 
b. Linguee  

http://www.linguee.com (Fantastic resource)
Many examples of how phrases or words have been actually translated by professional translators.
If you are studying one of the languages and your native language is not one of the languages covered, just enter the word or phrase of interest and you will get many examples of how it has been used in context.
Languages currently covered: English, Spanish, German, Portuguese.

 

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Life Is Worth Living

April 11th, 2013 · 2 Comments

 Co-pilot 
 
Yes, life is worth living. 
My cat meowed because she wanted to tell me it was dinner time. And then after she had finished, went to her favorite perch, and meowed again. This time I figured that she just wanted to be petted. So I pet her, and she was butting the top of her head against my leg and purring. Is there more to life? 
 
Plus, because today is a special holiday, and I was basically out of everything, I was looking in the cupboards to see what I might have left, and saw two bottles of beer that had been there for over 5 years just waiting for the right occasion. Well, this was it. The world holds things in reserve for just the right moment. We really have nothing to do with it, except as recipients. I had looked in there many times before and don´t recall ever seeing them. 
Plus, for the first time ever, I had decided to purchase a wedge of swiss cheese several days before. Matza and swiss cheese. What else is needed? 
 
And then to hear Alexandra Burke sing Hallelujah. 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaWLsgxDzuw
 
My Dish For The Holidays
1. Put already rolled up flat noodles which do not need much cooking, having already been cooked to enable the rolling process, into the pan of boiling water from the coffee maker.  
The rest of the ingredients are put in after the noodles have cooked for about 3 minutes.  
The secret here is putting the greenery and garlic and onions in for as little time as necessary, just to get the stems of the broccoli crunchy but soft enough to enable you to chew them.  
2. slice up the broccoli, about 3-4 buds with diced stem (dont’ leave the stem out, except for the very bottom, because there are a lot of nutrients in there) 
3. slice up half an onion or 1/4 if large. Remember, you’re cooking for 1 person, unless you are lucky. I wasn’t.   
4. put in 5-6 buds of garlic (diced) – if you’re not planning on working or otherwise being with someone in the next 12 hours. I so, 1-2. 
5. 1-2 leaves of swiss chard 
6. And most important, 8-10 raisins. Believe me, they give just the added sweetness you need for this dish. 
7. add 2 heaping tsp of coconut oil, if still cold enough that it is congealed, otherwise, the equivalent in liquid form (staves off Alzheimer’s plus any number of other benefits which I have talked about exhaustively in other entries).  
8. lay on a glob of butter 
9. put the spices on after everything is on the plate, in order to preserve the benefits of the nutrients still left in the spices after what they have already been through in the packaging process, making sure that at least one or two of the spices are anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. I usually put more than most people would. In fact, most of my dishes are just the base for the spices which by themselves could probably support you to the level of health to which you have become accustomed once you stopped eating junk food, using less sugar and less flour, and if you’ve decided that vegetarianism is the way to go, less meat/fish/seafood, and started eating ‘under-cooked’ greens to be sure to retain most of their nutrients, etc.  
za’atar  
turmeric – major antimicrobial 
sweet basil 
oregano – major antimicrobial 
thyme – major antimicrobial 
salt 
10. Serve to yourself with a quarter glass of the wine your sister sent you for the holidays (not required part of the dish) made palatable with 4 drops of stevia.  
 
 
 
Fried Oatmeal Crunch Flat Cake 
You know, most of what we eat has a great taste but no personality. This has crunch, and if that isn’t personality in food, I don’t know what is. 
Ingredients: 
half of two eggs – well, that would be one egg you say. Well, not if you broke two eggs yesterday and managed to save them in a jar. So, this recipe calls for half of 2 eggs. 
Then a small amount of water – depends on how runny you want this mixture to be before you pour it into the pan. 
And some whole oat oatmeal. You can use instant but I can’t promise anything – not the crunch nor the halfway done oats which give it character (halfway done because you can’t just stand around doing nothing while you wait for it to really cook the whole oats) – so go ahead and try the instant stuff, but don’t blame me if it doesn’t live up to the reputation of this rescepie, recepe, reciepe, receipe – all the variations I went through until I searched for it on Google, and Google suggested ‘recipe’. Well, hell yes, why didn’t I think of that. 
And then add some buckwheat, the less the better until you shake the jar or whatever you do to the container you’re using to mix up stuff. But then, the buckwheat isn’t like wheat. True, and that’s the important part. Wheat instantly turns to sugar inside you while the buckwheat, not being a grain, does not. But then, oats is a grain. But, they’ve found (I love to say ‘they’ve’ as if that gives it authority and experience, and experiments and all the things that make authority, you know, authority. Even though there may be none of that stuff behind the ‘they’ thing. So, they’ve found that the body reacts differently to oatmeal, metabolizing it, or whatever the body does, more slowly and giving the turns-to-sugar thing a gradated, time-release quality which can be handled by the system and doesn’t create sucrose overload. And this is very important in diabetes for instance, where sugar overload in the system can cause all sorts of problems.  
Shake, and add more of whatever is needed to make it the pourable consistency you want. Then shake again. 
Now, this is the important part. Have the frying pan just on the edge of smoking hot and pour. This makes it non-stick-to-the-bottom safe which for most of my early years trying to survive with my own cooking, the truly one thing I couldn’t get a handle on. And then, tip the pan or use a fork or spatula to spread the mixture out thin if it wasn’t think enough. Cover and stand around, or make yourself tea. I really wanted coffee, but coffee makes me get up at least 5 times during the night while I’ve found the tea actually reduces the trips.  
When you have stood around enough, and have flipped the cake a number of times, transfer it to the plate, doesn’t matter if you haven’t sashed it since supper, since supper wasn’t that long ago and its still early spring. put on a glob of butter, pour on some syrup and enjoy. If you’re worried about the microbe thing on the unwashed plate, pour on some cinnamon which they say is one of the best anti-microbial, anti-mold, anti-a lot of other things spice around. If you’re really worried, put some oregano on or some turmeric both of which are even better. 
 
Totally Awesome Dish. 
Well, that was yesterday.  
Today, not as awesome as last night’s, and it was the same recipe using half of the quinoa and lentils left over from last night, plus some starting to rot mushrooms.  
So what went wrong? What had I left out? 
No, it wasn’t the starting to rot mushrooms. If anything they gave some extra flavor – not the rotting part which I threw out.  
So, I had to figure out what was missing,or too much, etc. And if nothing else, start from scratch. 
Had to figure out what was different: 
Was it the:  
oregano? because I had run out of it. 
turmeric? not much left but dumped in what I had. 
coconut oil? too much  
virgin olive oil? had put in more than I really needed because the mushrooms were sticking to the pan. 
coriander? which I had not unpacked last night. 
butter? left out because I felt that the olive oil and coconut oil were already an overload. 
The quinoa and lentils sitting in the refrigerator overnight? 
 
According to this, the cooking business seems to be complicated. Don’t get me wrong. It’s easy as all getout especially when you only have one pan, don’t know how much spices to use and just go by feel – which in my case it probably way too much spices, but I figure you can’t really go too far wrong with spices, particularly the ones I use, which have the added feature of taking care of any microbial overgrowth. 
Use your intuition and the voice in your head which basically tells you what to do if you are really listening, are not trying to impress anyone, use what you have and are creative by substituting what you do have for what you don’t. I always tell my English students: ‘If you don’t know the word you need, think of another way to say it. And the more creative you are, the more interesting your speech will be.’ One bright student during the first lesson said “Yesterday I couldn’t think of the word for moon”, and indicated that it was very embarrassing. When I said “Find another way”, she said “That round thing in the sky?’ Exactly, if you are speaking at night, and we’re not talking about spaceships, what else could it be. And you get the meaning across without missing a beat. Because language is all about communicating meaning, and only the sticklers are concerned with grammar and always having the right word. 
 
To get back to the dish. It appears that I will just have to start over again. 
So, here is the basic recipe: 
Dump dry quinoa and lentils into a pan and plenty of water. The more of everything you put in, the more meals you can create at one time, which: 
a. saves on gas or electricity 
b. saves the waiting time for them to cook. 
c. saves you from having to think about quinoa and especially about lentils because if there’re there, you just use them, whenever, without thinking. which I really don’t like doing,  
d. makes the next 2 or 3 meals much easier to prepare. 
e. keeps you fed even if that’s all you have, especially if you have at least one tablespoon of humus left. Have you ever tried quinoa, lentils and hummus. Great!!! 
Back to the recipe. 
1 diced red onion. 
5 cloves of garlic since I don’t have a date tonight. In fact, I never have a date. Maybe it’s all the garlic I eat while not thinking I have a date.  
2 and 1/2 leaves of swiss chard – when I pulled the leaves out of the pack, that’s what came out. Cut up the 2 and 1/2 including all of the stems. What’s so great about swiss chard? It tastes great (much better than spinach) – I would assume that kids would like the green stuff better if they were given chard instead of spinach, cooks a lot faster than spinach, the stems are very tasty and has a lot of fiber, has almost all of the nutrients as spinach without all the drawbacks, and costs a lot less because the marketers have figured out that spinach is what people look for when thinking about healthy eating, so they package it specially and charge more for less, while chard is just thrown in there, with all the original dirt, etc. You just have to go where the marketers haven’t been. 
Now, when the lentils are chewable without breaking a tooth, and the quinoa has a lot of small white circles – if you’ve never cooked quinoa, you’ll know what I mean when you see them – it’s done – which happens before the lentils. Drain, mix in a small amount of virgin olive oil, and put the onions, garlic on top and cover. Cook for another 5 minutes, and it’s ready, plus you have preserved most of the vitamins of the last three items.  
Then, add the spices after it’s on the plate so as not to lose any of the nutrients which, beside the taste factor, are what spices are all about, except for the antimicrobial, anti-mold, anti-whatever quality of some of the most widely used spices, which is necessary when cooking for yourself and undercooking, under-refrigerating, under-peeling/paring/scraping of the lone cook-for-yourself cooker. 

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March 27th, 2013 · 1 Comment

Best of Friends
 The dog was brought to the park, and a
young cat living in the park came running
over and nuzzled up.
 
Learned something different today 
I know that my cat knows time. She comes to me within 2-3 minutes of 11:00 for lunch every day. 
Once she didn’t come and I was very worried. Sauntered in towards the middle of the afternoon. Had had other fish to fry – so to speak. There were two other times when she was gone for a day or two. Apparently, someone had fetched her ‘found her fetching’ and had thrown the lock. Now, I feel for the ‘new’ owners because she did not come back. Very sad. But she has been with me since she was a kitten, and we’re getting up there – both of us, so I guess precedence rules. And anyway, I like to think that she would run away from them again, even if they did find her, causing them to realize that the situation was hopeless.  
 
Well, to get back to today. My younger cat started making noises for lunch.  So I looked at the clock. It was an hour early, and I told her that she would have to wait. Much too early. She acted like she didn’t hear me. Does that a lot. I gave her a treat – didn’t help. She was rubbing up against my legs and talking. Suddenly, my eldest, Attackit, came in and made her time-for-lunch sound. I was fixing a snack for myself and told them that it was much too early – what had happened? But as I sat down to eat, realized that if I was going to eat, so should they. Laid down the plate, got up and fixed lunch – for them an hour early. Apparently, all of us were working on the time since breakfast and not the clock. I had gotten up an hour early this morning which I almost never do. And they eat first. So now it’s quiet around here. 
 
Middle Eastern Cure  
This is a culinary surprise which is the Middle Eastern Cure you won’t find anywhere else. 
It’s the sanitizing dish that can solve so many of your health problems you’ll certainly know you ate it.  
None of this working at the computer and looking down only to find your plate empty. 
Actually, I don’t know what it does but it tastes great, and each of the ingredients does so much for you on their own that together your body will figured that it’s finally been saved. 
 
All the measurements are approximate since I never measure. So take the tablespoon measurement as merely a helpful guide to whatever is really in there. 
 
Ingredients 
heaping tablespoon or 2 of hummus 
From a heaping teaspoon upwards to a heaping tablespoon of cayenne pepper flakes (if ground, be sure to use less) 
1-2 heaping tablespoons cottage cheese 
2 heaping tablespoons of freshly ground flax seed 
1 teaspoon cinnamon 
3-4 drops Stevia or a capful of pure maple syrup. 
To really put the finishing touches in, add a teaspoon of the fantastic yellow spice turmeric. 
 
Only 3 comments:  
1 Have a glass of water handy, but don’t skimp on the cayenne pepper. That alone can save you. 
2 The cinnamon, the cayenne and the turmeric are all sanitizers in their own right. Which I think has saved me many times from questionable food (get a lot of that living alone and cooking for myself). There are a number of foods and spices which are actually antibiotic besides each having many other healthful qualities for the body.   
3 Oh, and the turmeric. Be sure it is not curry powder, which besides having the turmeric in it as one of the ingredients also according to various sources may or may not have any combination of other spices: bay leaf, caraway, cardamom, chili, cinnamon, clove, coriander, coconut milk, cumin, curry leaf, fennel seed, lemon grass, mustard seed, nutmeg, different peppers. In other words, the turmeric and its curcumon which is the basis of much of its medicinal value, may be highly diluted. While turmeric is generally considered safe to ingest, there might be some side effects, and certain persons probably should not use it at certain times – see http://ezinearticles.com/?Side-Effects-of-Turmeric—Discover-the-Dangers-of-Turmeric-Supplementation&id=3141480. I, on the other hand, use a lot of it – about 2 tablespoons a day. 
 
 
Some of the things coconut does for you 
A great article which I just ran across by a guy 73 years old who lives in Hawaii and knows why coconut oil does what it does. He mentions quite a few things the it will do for you, and doesn’t’ even get to mention Alzheimer’s which I think is one of the great pluses, but then that discovery is rather recent. I think he uses more coconut oil than I do, which is getting up there.  Why coconut oil stands out as today’s most amazing superfood  http://www.naturalnews.com/039320_coconut_oil_superfood_sulfur.html#ixzz2OlJdDzr5
 

Never use the last of anything 
Unless it is the absolute last. The bread was getting stale and had a slight mold. Put it in the oven to toast. Put butter on and realized that I had nothing else. Remembered I had finished the honey, but kept the jar. There was half a teaspoon of honey left for half a slice of bread. Seemed fitting. Still did not throw away the jar – by heating it and melting the very small amount on the sides, could get one more serving out for next time. Probably still won’t thrown it out because honey jars are just the right size for shaking batter for single pancakes. 
 
 
 The cats are doing what cats do
- eating and sleeping. Except that the ‘new’ cat is very particular about the cat box. Need to change it every day or she digs up the flower boxes which is not my preferred method of gardening. Plus the fact that the flowers don’t seem to like it much. And as for my cats and eating, sometimes they won’t eat until I pet them. Maybe it’s like having an official taster. If I pet her she figures I’m not trying to get rid of her. But then again, maybe it’s just that form of communication and love we all need. 

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