Everyday Miscellanea

1/12/15:  Just wanted a look-see of this post. Too bad the program doesn’t warn you. When I pushed “Update,” rather than “Cancel,” which scares me, the number of hits was erased. Why???? Some technological wizard probably has a reason for this. Beats me.                               Correction: Just looked again and the hits, over 11,000 are posted. They must have heard me wimpering.

8/15/14: A brief update. Not that it has anything to do with computer stuff, or does it? I sometimes think people are being replaced. At least using the noodle is.

When I changed banks, I was not told that in order to get the $10 per month perk for banking online had to be banking on line with Bill Pay. I called my HMO to have them discontinue pulling monthly payments direcly from my checking account. I paid early this month on Bill Pay and informed the rep. I watched my account. On a subsequent call, I was told to call on August 15th to make sure things were going as planned.

I was charged via my checking a/c on August 13. I called the HMO on the 14th, saying that the rep reassured me that things would be taken care of. This new rep told me it takes two months to remove payment arrangements. When I expressed my displeasure with this, that standard remark, “He should have told you” was thrown at me. I will file it under The Dumbing Down of America is Working. This file contains the Iron Lady of Phonedom’s remarks, such as “I didn’t get that.”

Onward Into 2015

1/8/15: Just over a cold. It lasted a little over a week. My bod must be in better shape than lasrt year. I hit the zinc lozenges fairly quickly. Think  that helped. Added plenty of rest and fluids, One factor: Had seen a new pulmonary specialist last Fall and gave in to new med (for me) Spiriva. Breathing improvement since.

Some of the healthy foods i should be eating daily include garlic. Had seen a nutritionist recently. We went over territory to help my digestive system. She gave me info about study done in Australia regarding short chain carbohydrates. My small intestine may be having trouble digesting these. Trying a Low-Fodmap Diet.  You can find the diet by Googling – or- go to www.ibsgroup.org

One of the food categories to avoid: garlic, onions, shallots. Huh? Not good. I read that shoots of certain vegetables are okay, so I am trying something new. Just call me Guinea pig. Recently started experimenting with a small hydroponic unit. The only thing doing well are some garlic cloves which I had started rooting in water changed daily. Sons a guns threw out great little roots down into the hydro unit quickly. Probably the pH factor. My thought was that if shoots are better than the bean on this diet, what is wrong with trying the garlic “shoots” chopped up in salads. Don’t know where to check this out. A university? Have no idea who may be trying this.

I suspect the cloves have carbohydrates, so cut off about five or six green shoots and cut them up into fresh salad leaves. Within days, the cloves send up more greens. When the garlic is newly planted in the unit, I water the top of the plants. Soon they are on their own and all I have to do is add liquid fertilizer and keep the aeration pump going. Parsley is doing okay too. The herb has good anti-cancer property, like pineapple, it has an anti-angiogenesis factor. I try to get one or the other into my system daily.

I have been using a fluorescent growing light, but today received a led red and blue light bulb. More efficient and uses less power. Let’s see how that goes. Will start some kale soon in soil. I had started a few for the hydro but they did not do well. I just have to play some more.

Happy Holidays

12/30/14:   See latest development in the life of this walking guinea pig. Don’t laugh. I think we are all in this catagory, what with ‘better living with chemistry” in our food, medicine et al. Think about it. I do not take a diagnosis of I.B.S. on face value, as you know. However, if part of my problem with digestion is my small intestine unwilling to handle short chain carbohydrates properly, the study done in Australia may help. See Getting It All -Nutrition on this site.

November, December/2014:    It feels good to breathe it in, that something in the air, people being nice to each other. Is it the “You betta watch out” syndrome? Nah, not everyone believes in the old whiskered one. It is just a human condition. The end of the year is near and you wonder how much you have done for people you don’t even know.  Yesterday, it was someone I don’t know very well that did something for me. I had been looking for something to suck up liquid plant food for my small hydroponic system. I asked the clerk in the pharmacy, I very nice young man, if he knew of a small syringe for drawing up the fertilizer, as I spill some every time I pour. I had looked at a syringe and spoon combo which was overpriced. “How about these?” he asked after pulling two from the back room. “How much do I owe you?” I asked. “Nothing,” He said. This is just an example. Makes one want to join in.

12/18/14:: Update added – found a BPA-free canned organic pizza sauce. Enjoy that chiffon pumpkin pie. Tomorow it is all over except for the leftovers. When you are back to normal eating, I have something for you. See Getting It All-Nutrition. 

Who Is Responsible

The recent snowstorm in upstate New York has us paying attention.  When the hurricanes wipe out whole communities close to our neighborhoods, we keep it on the front burner for a while. Tsunamis and other happenings are far away, affecting people not associated with us. This sounds cold but its human nature.

I tried to find articles on the internet regarding the polar cap meltdown. There were quite a few debunking global warming. Why these jerks poo poo what has been happening to our planet, I will never figure out. Most people understand that weird weather is happening at an increasing rate. One comment from a viewer citing the recent snowstorm in upstate New York as proof that there is no global warming. Why? Because snow is cold? Stop and think. It has been explained that the atmosphere is so warm, large lakes do not freeze over. The water evaporates into clouds and adds volumes to snow. That is why eight and nine feet of snow came down in one storm.

According to a 1995 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, by the year 2100, the sea will rise 20 inches. In the early 21st Century, hurricanes have done tremendous damage in the U.S. During a recent northeastern storm, catastrophic damage was caused because the ocean has risen one foot. NASA has reported that the melting has been happening sooner than expected.

Climate change? Was that terminology used in the ‘90s? When they fool around with labels, I wonder if it is to pacify the populace. Climate change sounds so much more natural than global warming. Takes the guilt off, doesn’t it? Mother Nature doing her thing. Not our fault.

News To Me

11/19/14: Sorry. Haven’t had chance to bring you anything new. Busy with writing groups. Something has pulled my attention away from my self-appointed rounds. It is a method that a writer friend spoke about recently. Seems it has been around for a while. It is called proprioceptive writing. Please use your search engine for that one. Hard for me to explain. It is something beyond stream of consciousness writing. If you let yourself go, there are little spaces in the brain that speak up. You just keep writing everything down quickly without thinking about grammar or the sense of it. The thoughts come quickly. My first attempt filled a page as I waited in a dentist’s office for a friend to have her teeth cleaned. Afterwards, I went to the next step and circled key words. A felt like a therapist asking myself who was he and why was she important. There is a book out on this , or course, and classes, currently in he USA. Another friend was heading for China and said there was one coming up there. Don’t think I will take a course. As a matter of fact, I had been examining my past, going way back, and have come up with plenty to write about, semiautobiographical style. This new-to-me method should help the creative process. To learn more, Google proprioceptive writing. One teacher/coach named Nancy Nicolazzo explains it in a concise manner. Proprioceptive Writing – Explore Your Mind Through Writing. Try it.

Time To Plant

11/19/14: Sorry. Haven’t had chance to bring you anything new. Busy with writing groups. Something has pulled my attention away from my self-appointed rounds. It is a method that a writer friend spoke about recently. Seems it has been around for a while. It is called proprioceptive writing. Please use your search engine for that one. Hard for me to explain. It is something beyond stream of consciousness writing. If you let yourself go, there are little spaces in the brain that speak up. You just keep writing everything down quickly without thinking about grammar or the sense of it. The thoughts come quickly. My first attempt filled a page as I waited in a dentist’s office for a friend to have her teeth cleaned.        Afterwards, I went to the next step and circled key words. A felt like a therapist asking myself who was he and why was she important. There is a book out on this , or course, and classes, currently in he USA. Another friend was heading for China and said there was one coming up there. Don’t think I will take a course. As a matter of fact, I had been examining my past, going way back, and have come up with plenty to write about, semiautobiographical style. This new-to-me method should help the creative process. To learn more, Google proprioceptive writing. One teacher/coach named Nancy Nicolazzo explains it in a concise manner. Proprioceptive Writing – Explore Your Mind Through Writing. Try it.

11/15/14: Latest on microgreens: See Getting It All – Nutrition.                                                                  After checking out Getting It All, see Household Tips for latest blurb on a terrific use for white vinegar. The tip is a little personal, yet I put it under household stuff.

10/22/14: Update. Things are coming along. Tomorrow I will use the greens produced from wheat berries. They must be ground in a juicer or, as I had done months ago, placed in the Bullet Juicer and processed, then with added frozen fruit, diced celery, almond milk, processed again. These are just a few things that can be added to the nutritious greens. I was telling a friend that after cutting the “grass,” within hours they shoot up and I will have more for juicing in days. I have done this harvesting three times from one planting in the past.

Buckwheat is coming along nicely. Will add the greens to salad. Tonight, I planted kale for the same purpose. I had put peas on the growing media, but so far only have a few leaves showing. Lots of root, though.

A possible failure is the thinner white medium. It was either this or the fact that I planted clover that has been sitting in jars in my kitchen cabinet for too long. Keeping the growing medium moist brought on mold. Will try again with seed I acquired last week. I washed everything with liquid dish soap and added water and vinegar (about half and half) to soak for several hours, rinsed and  laid them out to dry.

Another planting  a few days ago was fenugreek. Great aroma. Will add to salads. I usually just sprout these seeds and they are a delicious addition to lettuce and such.

Off to the kitchen tomorrow. Sweet dreams.

10/08/14:  Spicy foliage can be seen along the roads. Beautiful coloring on deciduous trees lend to one of the best times of the year, before the organs of photosynthesis and transpiration complete their life’s work and descend to the ground. Before the leaves pile up on lawns and walks and drive us nuts.

It is time for fall planting. Planting, you say? Yes, I am a little late. Should have done this weeks ago. Are you still confused? In the cold weather, I grow several edibles indoors here in Massachusetts. With the help of a grow light, I am able to pick kale and lettuce and a few herbs in fall and winter. I try to eat all the organic and unfooled-with food I can. My backyard and the indoor crops have kept me on a straight path. Well, almost. Lunching out at least three times a week is a must. I save enough on wholesome food to be able-walleted.

Several years ago, I tried micro greens. At the time, I used potting soil. Messy. I tried clay pellets. I had so-so success with these. The seeds for micro greens are small and tend to lodge between the pellets.

I will attempt something new this season. I searched around the web and found what looked like a good deal. Of course, I could gather some of the items at a local branch of a gardening supply company. In the spring, they throw out things like 10 x 20 plastic trays, large sturdy pots, you name it. Now, I have little choice.

I have already planted seed for items I will be needing for salads and some cooking, kale, romaine lettuce, parsley and basil. I am trying Swiss chard. Some nutritious and tasty additions will be the micro greens. I ordered trays to hold smaller perforated trays and will follow instructions shown on You Tube, Growing Microgreens – Hydroponic Method – Parts 1 and 2. The mini gardens can be grown with the light from a window. Once they sprout, the plants need only about ten days of upgrowth.

The word hydroponic may be misleading. A complicated irrigation system is not needed. Small mats about one eighth inch thick hold the seed as they sit in the inner tray. Adding a squeeze of lemon to about two cups of water in the 10 x 20” tray wets the mat and creates the pH greens like. These mats are made of tree bark and come in easily cut pieces and several textures. I ordered two types and trays to start about four or five varieties. I ordered liquid kelp fertilizer and a few seeds. I have some on hand, as I have done sprouting in jars in the past.

The assortment of materials with free shipping for a $60 purchase was from Sproutpeople.com. I expect delivery by the end of this week. I will let you know how things turn out. Wish me luck and don’t slip on the wet leaves.

Spam It

Sorry to say, with this new program on Godaddy, I have been swamped with weird. Where there are supposed to be comments coming in, gobbledegook reigns. Out of the hundreds of spammy looking messages I have received, one appeared normal. I hung onto it for a while, but inadverdently pitched it.

Sorry to say, I will probably have to get the comments section turned off. Too bad. I suspect this junk is sent by a few people. The style of multiple messages is the same, with misspelled and nonsensical stuff usually coming from someone selling T shirts, “Uggs,” “Jordan Jeans” or some other piece of junk Cheap. Some come in Oriental symbols I do not understand. Nothing in Klingon, yet.

I will continue to bitch, blast or sometimes talk cuddly (this pattern of writing is usually reserved for puppies and other adorables). I go on Facebook under Jeanne Savage. I rarely get feedback there, but comment anyway. If you see my page there, I do not bother putting much on it, as on occassion, someone rearranges things and/or limits the way I can answer. I will continue to visit Facebook. Though I am not a very active activist, mainly because age limits my walking, I like to visit others to see what they are up to. Good people. They have the guts to get out there and try to better the planet.

 

Give ‘Em a Raise

  9/18/14:  See  Getting It All – Nutrition  for related post.

For you Dunkin’ers:  Do you hang out there? Often, I see people working on their computers at the fast food hangout. Some, particularly in my neighborhood, play host to regulars who get together after their softball workouts (senior guys) or chat in improptu groups. You can buy a beverage, a sandwich, muffin . . . they do not throw you out if you linger.

I  was not aware that going online would bring you something other than a donut . . . watching my diet to some degree. On the receipt, there is a note at the bottom of the paper that you can get a dollar off your next purchase.

The folks that work there are pleasant and helpful. They manage to survive on their wages with a litle help from the tip cup. Here is my thought on how to give them a raise. Go online at telldunkin.com and answer  the questions. If you do this often enough, you will whiz through the process within minutes. Take the receipt with validation code to the Dunkin’ for your next purchase. Ask for $1.00 discount and leave a dollar in the cup. Even if you buy a cup of coffee this way, you will save (whatever your tipping habit is) and you will help the crew pay some expenses.

Flash Boys, the book

8/24/14:  Flash Boys is a terrific read. Of course, my reading is by ear, while I drive from one town to another. Perhaps it is better to hear this one. The actor reading emphasises at the right points for those of you that are put to sleep by things like math. This one should be made into a movie. Characterization is already written in by the author. Amazing.

To say the book was inspirational to me may sound peculiar. Please see Bitching Corner on the sidebar of this blog. It illustrates how quirky the mind can work. For instance, when you greet someone you haven’t seen for some time and get the angsts because you can’t remember her name. You leave the scene and on the way home, the name comes to you in a flash.

8/16/14:  Just a note:

Trying to straighten out what I moved from my files. Crazy spaces are added and some removed when they are copied and pasted. Will try to get this site in order but hope I don’t have to start all over again. Still don’t know why categories don’t wind up on the sidebar and things like  Bitching Time appear in subcategories. If Only is my motto.  If only they kept it simple.                                                                                                                                                                             Good night.

They’re Doing It Again

8/17/14: Methinks I found the problem. Seems Akismet is connected with WordPress.com          Wonder who is sending me all those Japanese comments. There are other gobledegook comments as well. You would think Godaddy would provide a block option. This keeps some of the crap down. With all the bells and whistles,  the basics have been forgotten . . . or is it that I have to throw more money at it?

Trying to get an upgrade to Akismet. I can’t create a new user name and/or password. They suggest using my Word Press user name and password. Ha! That is why I left another web hosting company. Every time I tried to use the codes to get in, they didn’t like it. Who the “they” are I have no idea, but some entity out there doesn’t like me. At the other company, a money-grabbing little monster kept throwing me out.

As for Akismet, I read the l-o-n-g terms of agreement, tried to sign up to get still another code or “key” and they did not like my newly created password, even though I followed the instructions – – – letters, numbers and the symbols they specified. It was then they said I could use my Word Press user name and password. After this umpteenth rejection, I clicked on “forget your password?” and the suggestion was to make up a new one. Huh? No! Why? Go back to square one? Throw another letter/numbe/symbol out there to add to the confusion?

I will try to handle the spam without the upgrade’s help. At least once a day, I have to throw out some Japanese gobbledegook, three or more per day. When I had my old blog, I received a lont of Klingon junk. YOu would think Godaddy could do something about that. Too bad there isn’t a block option in the Comments section.

If you want to learn the latest with my banking fun, see Bitching Corner, 8/7/14.