Get your National Park senior pass NOW!

July 5, 2017

Currently if you are a U.S. citizen and 62 or older, you can get a lifetime pass to all national parks for $10 at your nearest national park. Not near a park? It will cost you $20 by mail. There’s about a six week waiting period so get it NOW.

Why?

Because on October 1, 2017 the cost of a senior lifetime pass will go up to $80. That’s right. $80. You can thank REPUBLICAN senator Udall from Utah.

Here’s information on the passes: https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm

If you are permanently disabled, the pass is still free. But knowing our current congress, I wouldn’t count on that continuing either.

I have my pass but will be buying a second one and keeping it in a very safe place just in case my first is lost. Because if I lose it, I’d have to pay for another. At $80, not likely.

Nice to see our public servants are looking out for the public and making sure we have access to all of the public lands that we “own.”

See them now before they are all sold off or desecrated for private profit.


Best live cam ever.

July 25, 2012

Okay, next to the Shiba Inu puppies.

Bears fishing for salmon in Alaska.


Oh, yum

January 10, 2012

Tried a bit of the mayonnaise. Better than the last batch. Not too sweet. But I think I want either a little more vinegar or to add some lemon juice.

This is what I did.

All ingredients must be at minimum of room temperature. So take eggs out early to warm. 

Separate eggs. (You can toss the whites or use them for something else.)

Place two eggs in a blender. Blend on lowest speed for 1 min. (Don’t blend too fast or you’ll cook them).

Add 1 tsp vinegar and blend for 30 sec. (The next time I’ll either add more vinegar or also add 1 tsp of lemon juice.)

Then add 1 tsp sugar (I use raw organic evaporated cane sugar) and 1/4 tsp salt.

Blend briefly until mixed.

Now here is the tricky part.

Dribble (and I do mean dribble) 2/3 cup of oil, very thin stream, almost drops through the hole in the lid of the blender while it is on the lowest speed. This takes a while. Be patient. Don’t rush it. This is why that center clear part of the cap can be twisted and removed. So you can dribble in oil to make mayonnaise.

What oil you use will determine the taste of the mayo. Some people love to use bacon drippings. (yuck). I tried olive oil twice. The first time I used extra virgin. WAY too olivey and it was awful. Even the light olive oil had too much of a taste. I then tried peanut oil for a neutral taste. Also a yuck. I’m current using canola oil with Omega-3 DHA. I’m having my most success with that. I only use it for the mayo. I use olive oil for all the rest of my cooking and baking. I’m considering trying melted lard at least once. I know lard is both natural and has a neutral taste. I just don’t know what kind of consistency I’ll get. 

After the oil is all in, shut it off and look inside to see if it’s really solid like mayonnaise. If it’s a liquid, you screwed up. You can fix it by starting all over from the beginning with, only instead of adding oil, slowly add the mayo you just messed up. You’ll end up with twice as much, but it will fix it.

After you are done add some whey from yogurt or cottage cheese. That’s the liquidy part. Add about 1 tsp. 

After you’ve added the whey, leave it on the counter for about 7 hours to ‘cook’. The whey will help your mayonnaise keep in the refrigerator longer but it won’t cook when cold. After it’s set, then refrigerate it. It should last a week or two.

This makes me more than enough to last two weeks. It’s cheaper than store bought mayonnaise and it doesn’t require me to go to the store if I’m out. 

I’m still trying to figure out a way to get the whiter, fluffier mayo that you buy in the store. I know there is a way of incorporating the whites back into the mayo, but I haven’t figured out why yet. Experimentation will continue.


What I hate about home improvement shows.

October 22, 2011
The thing I hate about home improvement shows, especially those “crasher” shows, is the utter waste.

Okay, so you’re going to gut the bathroom. While it makes great television to take a sledgehammer to a toilet or a pedestal sink, someone can use those fixtures. Take them out intact and recycle them to a salvage place. There is no need to demolish them and add them to our already full landfills.

Why break the windows and mirrors? It might take a bit longer, but they can be removed without breaking them. You an recut a mirror and you can send the windows to salvage.

Just because you don’t like it or don’t want it doesn’t mean it’s trash. Someone else might be crying to have it.

Wasteful. Utterly wasteful.

And so “American”.

We need to stop this mentality. Making TV ratings from it is the wrong direction and the wrong message.


Where are our solar subsidies?

April 12, 2011

What if solar power were subsidized like fossil fuels?

solar


More like Green Friday.

November 26, 2010

We all know where the term Black Friday comes from, right?

It comes from accounting. Red and Black ink was used by accountants to keep books. Black for money coming in or profits. Red for money going out or money owed. When all is said and done, if you’re in the red, you’re losing money, in the black you’ve made more than you’ve spent or lost.

Black Friday refers to the Friday after Thanksgiving, the one day of the year where there is so much money spent that retailer’s books go from red to black.

Imagine running a business that loses money all year and you depend on one day of the year, in NOVEMBER, to swing your account books from red to black.

No wonder the U.S. Economy is in such poor shape.

And how responsible are these corporate giants? I saw a Black Friday commercial about the great deals for buying presents for all your friends and out they all whip with their plastic credit cards. It that really responsible? Urging people to go further into credit card debt? Well, they don’t care. They just want to get into the black.

So spend spend spend.

I spent my day at home working in my yard. I pulled all of the spent plants out of the garden and weeded. Then I planted lettuce.

So my Friday had plenty of green. The healthy kind.

Now I’m not advocating you don’t buy anything for Christmas. But if you must, at least buy American.


aHA!

September 6, 2010

Organic is better. Big Agra LIES.