Wednesday, September 17, 2014
It is the first cool cloudy day since I moved to the new place. But it is still warm in here even with a few windows cracked open! The bodes well for later in the season...perhaps I wont even have to turn heat on ...you just never know! It is such a well insulated house...
Everyone is starting to arrive later since we are moved to here. No one has the timing down, I guess, to getting to this place on time, now that it is further from the center of town. It is not a problem though...
Weigh in went smoothly, though I still may change where the scales are living right now, don't really like them where they are. But, on the other hand, it is the most logical place for them in terms of where we are meeting. No one has complained, as they are still off in a private little space ( the little hall by the door to go to the laundry room and rest of the basement)
Unfortunately I was the gainer today, up 3 pounds. I had mentioned yesterday that I thought I would be up because my feet were so badly swollen I had a hard time getting my flip flops on. They are usually extremely loose, not so, yesterday. My assumption is some drastic water weight as it came on very quickly during the day and I had not eaten badly all week previous to yesterday.
oh well, boo to me.
Our discussion today, I chose to talk about fruits and vegetables and which are prone to more use of insecticides/ pesticides than which aren't. I fortunately, managed to find a listing of such for comparisons
If pesticides are present on the surfaces of your fruits and vegetables, you can definitely remove a substantial amount of those surface pesticides through careful washing and light scrubbing. However, you will not be able to remove all of them nor can you remove pesticides that have been incorporated into the fruits and vegetables while they were growing.
From field to field and from year to year, the amount of pesticides used on different fruit and vegetable crops can vary greatly. However, some environmental organizations, like the Environmental Working Group (EWG) have sampled large groups of fruits and vegetables to determine which non-organic foods most consistently contain pesticide residues (and how many different residues they contain). They have provided a listing to the public, which I will copy for you here. They even have a nickname for the worst offenders..... "Dirty Dozen Plus."
the uppermost food contains pesticide residues on the most frequent basis, and the next food down contains pesticide residues at the second highest frequency, etc
Sweet bell peppers
The "Plus" in the "Dirty Dozen Plus" reflects types of produce that didn't meet the traditional Dirty Dozen criteria yet were of special concern. While they may not have met traditional criteria to rank them in the top 12, they were found to contain residues of insecticides that are toxic to the human nervous system.
Leafy greens, such as kale and collard greens
They named another group the "Clean 15" which are the ones that were found to have the least amount of pesticide residues. The list of these are:
Sweet Peas — Frozen
As we discussed this around the table, we came to the conclusion that even if a food is termed organic, it still is not free of the insecticides and pesticides, for the simple reason that these products have been used for many years. Ground waters would absorb some from the earth and the earth retains some as well, and those processes have been going on for many many years.
So a farm going "organic" may still get some leeching into the foods they produce.... EVEN if they farmed hydroponically, for the water still has residue chemicals in it. There is no getting away from that, as the residues of past uses have still been monitored in present day waters...whether high up in the mountains, far from civilization or just around the corner from your house.
Organic farm produce is interesting, to say the least. They do not use the insecticides or pesticides, so you would think that the costs would be far cheaper to produce their marketable goods. The costs of the chemicals and planes and machines to deliver the said chemicals to the crops, would be a high cost... Yet the produce from a organic farm costs more. So who are the ones lining their pockets on this issue?
As always, there are several more factors, that effect the pricing of fruits and vegetables But it does still make one wonder about the logicalness of the organic farming products costing more than the products that are coming off farms that are using the insecticides and pesticides.
But the fact still remains, that these chemicals do end up in our foods. We can only do what we can. I personally, wash everything well, with a 10 parts water/1 part vinegar solution. I do this for anything I bring out of my own garden as well, especially those squashes that I am holding over the winter. It is something my Uncle Reg taught me many years ago, and has worked like a charm for preserving for later use....along with making sure to leave at least one inch of stem and to cut with scissors so that the stem is not pulled off the vegetable at all.
After the light scrubbing, which also washes your hands clean of the surfaces chemical, peeling the fruit or vegetable will take away some more chemical that has leeched into the skins. What is left is the product with the least amount of chemical residue in it. That is the best you can do for yourself, if you are concerned about this issue.
Some people don't care. I have seen them at the grocery store, picking and eating grapes, cherries ect and eating them to see if they are sweet enough for them. They havent even been washed from coming off the trucks....and in some cases, not even from coming in off the fields and orchards, where they were sprayed again just before being put on the trucks.
Food for thought?
Have a great day everyone!
Saturday, September 13, 2014
It took awhile for me to get back...but I have finally returned!
Being without the internet for so long, well, that was a trial! When I first moved I was so busy that the landlords being away did not bother me....but when things slowed down some, I wanted to be online!
I watched for them to come home, but twice they snuck in and then left again within the hour or two they were home. Turns out the have a summer home, right on the beach, and have been living there for most of the summer. Don't blame them! It has been a beautiful summer here!
But that did not bode well for me , in the moment. So after a bit over two weeks, they came home for a stretch of days, and I got the Mr down here, so I could get the passwords onto the systems they have for computer and TV.
Turns out both my machines were too old for these two systems! Ugh! So another week goes by, then I had to be ready for overnight company! My cousin and her husband were coming in off the sailboat for the season. That was the final push to get boxes dealt with once and for all! So now that is done and over with.
After they left, I made arrangements for a few hours in town...It is now a production to go, so I need to arrange several things to be done each time I go, so I don't waste Graeme's or anyone elses time. So I visited two banks, mine and the one for the TOPS group, went to the grocery store, walmart the Dr's office for an appointment, the drugstore with my prescription renewel, and finally the electronics store.
And the fellow there knew exactly what to do! Yay! I had to wait again, to catch up with the landlord again, fortunately it was not such a long wait this time! I had his passwords into the machine where the device wanted it and here I am once again!
The view I look at whenever I sit at the computer is beautiful! Yes, there are two roof tops in the way when I sit here, but there is big gaps in between the houses to see the ocean and the various islands around here. Marine traffic of tugs, barges, sailboats and speedboats leave something to always be looking at. There is an occasional ferry as well as the scarcer cruise ship. I can see across to the airforce base on Vancouver Island at times, when it is super clear out, but it is very small and far off in the distance. Next I want to get some binoculars for watching
The TV is still a dead issue. I guess I will have to start buying DVD's or something. There were a few shows I really liked but on the whole, I did not watch the thing that much so it is no great loss. Lots of other things that I prefer to be doing instead. I will get a few children's movies for whenever my great nephew is around, which I was going to have to do anyways as his mom doesn't want him to be watching regular tv anyways.
So really not a big issue with me, not like it would be for some other people I happen to know! Also keeps me on the quieter side, which is good for upstairs lol The landlords have commented that they don't even know that I am here...this could be a good thing as they decided to put me on a 3 month trial! Yikes I don't want to go through finding another place! And now, I am feeling pretty confident that I won't have to, not when they just think of me as a ghost in the basement LOL
TOPS group... The group was not too excited about the move in location, as it is farther away for them to arrive here. They were won over the first meeting! ( we have had 2 here) They took one look at the view on the way in, and one look at their new surroundings and quit griping.
I told them I would sign transfer papers if the wish to go to one of the groups in the town center ( there are 4 or 5 to chose from there where we were. ) We are now the only group out here in what is called the townsite. It is the original beginning of where this town started to grow from. The paper mill is about a mile further along the coast from here.
By the time we got to this week passed and the second meeting here, everyone was settled in. Graeme spoke up at the last meeting and said he thought he spoke for everyone at that moment...thanked me for moving the club here. He also stated that he woke up happy and excited to come to the meeting that morning. He drive slower than usual so he could take in the view before turning up to my road, then said he walked up my sidewalk backwards so he could watch the view come back into sight once again! He commented that he claimed the seat at the back of the table for one reason... he could stare out the window at the view while the meeting was going on, while everyone else had to crank their heads around to look lol
He can be such a funny guy... as the first meeting here, he said our opening pledge straight, no goofing up the lines... he said it was in honor of our new home! This week, we were back to him sliding in an offbeat line that would throw everyone off lol He does it on purpose, and never the same line, the same way. Most of the time it is something to cause snickers, but always to do with weight loss and its issues. I am sure he sits and dreams these things up !
And we have come to expect these little asides of his lol
So while it is a little ways out of the ways for everyone, I am sure it will work out fine.....may even end up with new members as there is not a another group, here in the townsite
My neice's comment was it is awful small. I just sighed. There is no pleasing some people. Yes it is small. One large room (kitchen, living room, computer room and dining room, all in the one room) Just a tad bigger than the room we had in the old place, actually, probably the same size if I were to add the kitchen and its space onto the end of the room at the old place.
I think I have it looking okay though...have to live with it for a few weeks to see if there is anymore changes to make. I did downsize a lot, and may still have to do a little more yet, I will see....
Havent got all the pictures up yet, still working on that.
But it is already home.
Has been since the first day I was here
The old place has faded very quickly out of my mind, as have all the feelings that went with it. I did not realize how much that place sucked me dry, wore me down and depleted my sense of self worth and self esteem. The negativity it spawned in my mind and heart, mostly towards myself, the depression that was slowly creeping into me, the feelings of degradation and worthlessness, living on the edge of homelessness... the feelings of being an invisible throw away disabled person living like a ghost in a society of able bodied people that pay no attention.....gone!
I suppose that is why I liked my friends here so much. Thank you to all of you.
You never , any of you, made me feel that way here!The encouragements, the kind words and thoughts, always let me know there had to be a better place than where I had got to.. that old shack that was someplace to be for a month or two while I found the better place...that took 15 years to arrive!
All the people that prayed for me, here and at my church, praying for a better place, a happier place...those prayers have been answered! I have arrived to where I am supposed to be! I truly believe that. I think God needed me to get so down and out, to really appreciate the gifts that he has bestowed upon me at this time. Thank the Lord for these gifts!
Have a terrific day, and enjoywhat life brings to you this day! God bless you all!
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Downsizing and packing up in such a short period of time (two weeks) is exhausting. And in between those things, changing address arranging cut offs and hook ups, gathering people to help with the moving day, AND showing people things that have been listed for sale...well, I am finding the hours in the day are not enough!
I fall into bed around 12:30 or 1 am and I am up again by 3 and doing some more. Thankfully I am coming to the end...maybe get one day to rest before actually moving on wed. I am not sure how quickly my computer will be hooked up again, but have no fear , I will return lol
I am, of course, still not eating well, most stuff is packed up. I had split the cans of cat food so there was some left out to find my cat.... and didnt realize I had packed up the first lot when I packed up the second lot later in the day....needless to say, I could not find the box with the cat food in it and had to make an SOS call to my cousin to pick up 5 cans to get us over the move lol
There has been a fe w mishaps unfortunately. A wonderful and very realistic ceramic frog my mom made slipped out of my hands and shattered on the cement.... so he will not br gracing the gardens I will be building in the future. That saddened me, as I really liked it. But on the other hand, I thought...no more shattered treasures because of cement, the only cement at the new place is the 2 stairs down to my door and its landing and the sidewalk outside. Yay!
I did have one bad fall during all of this so far, and have a badly scraped and scabby knee, but I think I have already mentioned that in a previous blog. There have been a couple close calls, but fortunately have saved myself from falling. The save, of course, is with the wrist that was broken in th elate spring, so that has not helped that at all.
Really putting that wrist through the paces, with all the packing and lifting, but though sore at times, is holding up fine. Better than I thought it would, if truth be told.
One of the ladies that lives in the neighborhood I will be living in, mentioned to my new landlord that she knew I was moving into the basement. He was surprised that she knew. I guess just as I didn't know of him, he didn't know of me. It is turning out that everyone I know and have spoken with, telling them where I shall be living, Know him and his wife. And are very pleased that they will be my new landlords. I can only hope they are being told they will enjoy having me as a tenant!
One friend of mine told me exactly that yesterday, that they are lucky to be getting me as a tenant. Doug is a landlord himself, and has some rentals close by where I will be living. I have known him all my life as we went to school together. I thanked him very much, because that was a high compliment from him, along with him saying he would have taken me in a minute if he had had a vacancy.
I still have a couple things to dig out of the yard, hoping to get to that this afternoon or tomorrow. Putting it off until I have the house completely packed up first. Seriously, I do not want to have to come back to this house once I have left it this week. Friday I will come back for a final wipe down, washing the floor s on the way out the door.
I will miss the yard creatures...deer, raccoons and the bear that appears every spring and fall, who knows maybe he will find me at the new place, but I really doubt it. Right close to the high school, will be quite public compared to all my other homes in the past.
So my little break is over and time to get back to the tasks at hand....take care and hopefully be able to chat with you all next week
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
There will not be much of a meeting today, probably just weigh in and go. Boxes are all over the house, under the table and around it so barely any room for anyone to sit down.
I had tried to cancel meetings for today and next week, as I figured it would get like this. Maybe now they will understand and forgo meeting next week and week after... here s hoping anyways
I will probably off line in a few days and likely be until the end of the month. Meanwhile, take care and I ll catch up with you all then :)
Saturday, August 09, 2014
my goodness but life is a crazy mix of business right now! I am surrounded by boxes full and empty. Life is getting difficult to move around in this small place, and will be worse once I get moved cause it is a smaller space!
I have sold a couple things, but mostly I am putting stuff at the road curbside, stuff I could have got money for, but I dont have the time to mess around with a garage sale. Obviously my stuff is in good shape as it is gone from the curb within an hour...and there is not much traffic on my street!
I am glad people can find a use for things I no longer can use. In a weird way it makes me feel like I am helping someone out.
I am getting so excited! I am wishing the days away to moving date... then I put the brakes on and say slow down! I don't have enough time to pack everything! LOL I suppose everyone goes through this when moving....
Every one I talk to that wants to know where I will be living and who my new landlord is.....wow! they tell me what a good guy he is. Everyone I know seems to know him, yet I have never even heard of him before! AND we are both born and raised here so even odder!
But I am thilled to have everyone tell me that he is a wonderful person, kind and caring.
Another weird thing, he belongs to my own church. You would think I would know him and his wife....the congregation isn t THAT big! I went to school with 600 kids and knew everyone....I am in a church of 350, you would think I would know of the mr. and mrs, at least by sight!
I put the call for help, with moving boxes, to the church congregation, via email through the church adminstration. I have been able to find a truck and van type car, but no one to help pack the boxes . I believe God will help provide some people for me, as he will know I am trying to help myself and he only helps those whom help themselves.
Address changes and phone number changes are almost completed, just the out of town ones to notify now, other than those on my email list. Hardest will be all the specialist docs I have. That one is going to cost me as all I have a re phone numbers. I tried yesterday for addresses from the medical clinic. All I can say....fat lot of help from them! I am sure they know the addresses because docs have to do referrals all the time, sure it is the age of computers BUT not everyone has one so they would have to tell patients the addresses in some cases... just a lot of wasted time there
so... here's me....going nutty realizing only 11 days to moving day!
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