Saturday, March 15, 2014

Potholder, Scarf, and Doggie Kibble

Randy's favorite Potholder!

The back

The Front

I finished and gave the bright BIG potholder to my brother during his visit.  He had been bike riding and visiting his daughter, then drove up here to visit and bike ride! Found someone he had met at a race, and I knew the man's friend. Small world!  He stayed an extra day to ride with them again and really enjoyed the ride, and was very impressed with not only their abilities, but their generosity.

I will make my "little" brother a potholder, too.  He cooks a bit, as does his son.  His wife, my sweet SIL, is the main chef though.

I am making a scarf for a friend with her yarn.  It is Noro and the skeins are small, so the scarf will not be quite the length that I had hoped.  We shall see.  Wish I had made it smaller.   Here is a sneak peek at the beginnings.  I'll post more tomorrow.

I'm on a kick to make sure my dog Sami gets the best Vegan type food available as she has cancer in her digestive area and Vegan diets are known to help reduce the inflammation as well as tumors. Sometimes cure them.  As we did not test the tumor in this case, we are not sure exactly what it is, but it is inoperable no matter what. I figure the best I can do for her is feed her and make her happy and comfortable.
So in keeping with that ideal, I bought what is a Vegetarian Recipe called Healthy Skin by Nature's Recipe.  "Protein Rich, Soybean Meal"  - sounded great on paper. 
I did not read ALL the ingredients.  I will be taking it back. Imagine my surprise when I opened it up to give to her and smelled GARLIC. Lots of garlic….and ONION. 
Garlic and Onion are known to be toxic to dogs. Just a little can cause kidney failure. Garlic is actually worse than Onions.  KNOWN, not suspected. 
I can't believe a purported healthy conscious dog food company, in this case Del Monte Pet Products, would ever put such a product on the market.  It is not only stupid, mean, and irresponsible, it is down right criminal.
So pass this along to all your friends who have furry loved ones in their family. DON'T buy this product…and perhaps people should be wary of their other products until they read the whole label of ingredients. Who knows what lurks in those cans, bags, and boxes!

Have a great day! Be happy, be healthy!

Friday, February 28, 2014

WATER PIPELINE - from the East to the West

For years I have advocated that the USA build a pipeline from the East Coast flood plains (which ties in the the snow areas) into the West Coast and surrounding states so that those places that are flooded can have relief and those areas that are dry can have relief.  If there is too much water, it can be stored in the many systems in California, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and any other dry state.

I wrote to our last two presidents, to the Congress and the state congress at the time, to various governors, the Senate, and the state senate at the time.  Did I ever get a response? Nope. Why?  Makes too much sense I think.

My economics teacher at the University of Redlands told me that water wasn't expensive enough to support the pipeline. I did a thesis on it for him to show that about 8 billion dollars (that's right, 8 billion dollars) a year is lost in flooding.  It is for both personal property as well as crops and live stock.  Who bears the brunt of this expense?  YOU. ME. OUR CHILDREN. OUR PARENTS.

The insurance companies originally.  So who would benefit with the transfer of water?  All of the USA…even Mexico who doesn't get their fair share as it is because we divert all the rivers.  We have aqua ducts that bring water from Northern California and Utah and Colorado into Arizona. Why not from areas that are actually suffering from too much water?  Even the Mississippi Valley could use some relief at different times in the year.

I would like for there to be some sort of uprising, although I doubt I will ever see it, on behalf of the flooded friends and relatives and on behalf of all the farmers who are financially and emotionally impacted by the lack of vision by our government.  

Isn't that what they are REALLY supposed to be working on…our welfare?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


My brother loves the "magic" potholder.  I think he is actually in love with it.  I can't remember how many I have made for him, but now he wants a LARGE one.  I just started it yesterday and will be doing it in bright colors…even some pink! Hah!  He mentioned something about wanting to roll it to use…will have to ask him about that when he stops by next week. Below is the link to the Ravelry page. Michelle claims no rights to the pattern as she reworked it from an old potholder she had. I have seen patterns named various things, but believe it originally came in an old pamphlet.  Her explanation is excellent!

Michelle Gibbs:  Crocheted Folded Potholder
Please note the bright ORANGE Fiesta Ware pitcher…another handsome yarn bowl! 

I was dropping my BFF off at her house and next door she spotted a Road Runner!  I have seen them here and there, but never had the chance to grab the camera. Fast little devils and they don't stick around to see what you are doing.  I was able to get this photo (which is a bit yellow, but will up date later) of him!

Tamara Kelly, better known as "moogly" in some Rav circles, has a most lovely Mandala pattern. She calls it the Magic Spike Mandala. There are a lot of these patterns out there, but especially love hers.  If you have access to Ravelry there is a version of this in thread where "in twilight" has twisted the spike stitch and it looks so amazing! She made it in red, whihte, and light blue…it is stunning!  Another beautiful set is by "joykat95".

Last, but definitely NOT least…food!  I have switched my diet to vegan (almost totally…still working out a few kinks).  I also switched my dog Sami's diet to vegan.  The others are getting some, but not all … yet!   

I am using the dog food in which Ellen Degeneres has an interest.  It is called Halo, Purely For Pets.  I was amazed that she loved it straight out of the bag! I hear a store here carries the product, so will run down there and get some treats. I love that there is food like this. I switched my diet to help cut the risk of cancer and heart disease, and as she already has cancer I figure it can't hurt. Especially as she loves it!

And here is my latest dish…Yams and Butternut Squash, Leeks, with cinnamon, and roasted Pecans.  I have to admit it was the Pecans that caught my attention! Delicious! Next time I will roast a whole lot more of those wonderful, flavorful Pecans! (pronounced PEE Cans if you are from the south!)

Eat, crochet, and be well!