Moxie the great Hunter

Standard

Here the great hunter has the humming bird cornered in the apartment. Garden&BIrd 006

 

I am attempting to convince her that if she does not get out of the way and let me take the bird outside she won’t get any treats for a weak.  

Garden&BIrd 008

Finally I was able to get her to listen to reason and so she backed off and let me in to take care of the humming bird.  Moxie was very proud of herself and was very excited at her prize so she let me take photos for a trophy since I told her she couldn’t have it mounted on the wall. Garden&BIrd 009

But here is the humming bird back outside and out of Moxie’s reach for the time being.  She has become a great hunter since we started gardening together. Nightly she will bring moths in to show me how awesome she is as a hunter.  I guess with a name like Moxie she can’t be help it.Garden&BIrd 010

Heidy’s Hawaii: Tire Swing Triumph

Standard

Hey everyone I have finally got some stories done that I’ve been working on for a while.  I am going to start sharing them with you and feel free to tell me what you think.  

 

Tire Swing Triumph

        I was 7 at the time.  I could keep up with the boys when it came climbing trees, hunting down toads, bugs and worms.  When you are one of the few girls in a neighborhood and actually younger than most of the boys, the boys go first so you learn to get awesome. I refused to think they were better.  I also found out they had a big weak point between their legs.  I used this knowledge to my advantage if they got pushy.  I won’t say that was a good idea but when they wanted to play the boys are better than girls game I was not ashamed of winning by kicking where it hurt.  Some of them didn’t like that but for the most part I got more respect by standing up and taking no prisoners when it came to boys vs girls.
        When my father decided to put a tire swing in the mango tree behind our house I was excited but so were the boys.  It took about two days to get the rope up the tree (this thing was huge!) tied securely with knots for climbing and the tire positioned at just the correct height.  My dad knew I was a good climber and wanted to go up the rope just as much as the boys did.  He held a ceremony of sorts and let all the boys try to reach the top of the tree. My father let the boys go first and that made me angry for a few reasons.  One, it was behind OUR house.  Two, I knew I was just as strong of a climber as the boys.  Three, I wanted to be the best and hated going last. Okay, that’s four.
Mango trees are tall and the rope was tied as high as my dad could secure it so it was a long climb. One by one we watched their attempts and failures to reach the goal. Finally it was my turn.  I could hear some of the boys saying I couldn’t make it because they couldn’t.  I was actually worried when I saw that no one was able to make it to the top but I had been climbing trees all summer and my calloused hands were up for the challenge.  Inch by inch I flew up the rope to the tree branch faster than I was expecting and touched it by way of a smack.  I could hear some of boys cheering and some groaning and I looked down to see my father beaming.

 

 

Whirled Peas!

Standard

Today I harvested peas a plenty and it was fun if not tedious. These are the peas that I planted from seed back in April and posted about.

Theses guys took a long time to give me peas because they were not exposed to enough sun due to being on the side of a building.  But finally several weeks after the neighbors peas were giving us peas I found the first pods.  Then they exploded with peas for me and as I would  work in the garden I would snag some for snacks.

The peas finally looked like they were done for the season so I decided to pull them so the rest of the veggies and plants to have more room.  That really took about an hour or so pulling and picking out the peas.  I ended up with just over 2.5 lbs of peas from the harvest so this was a good first year of peas.  There are actually more peas that i have to harvest because I have taken over the neighbors peas too but I was losing the light so I needed to call it a day. 

I’ll have more photos later of the peas and also the beats and carrots. Take care everyone and be good to each other cuz it is fun.

Sunscreen chemicals = Cancer and bad times

Standard

Years and years before I got melanoma I said to people I would get cancer from the tons of sunscreen I lathered on as a kid.  It was kind of a joke I would make but I did actually believe it and then today I read this: http://www.realfarmacy.com/scientists-blow-the-lid-on-cancer-sunscreen-myth/

BIG SIGH

So I read this article about a study done about the causes of skin cancer and found that people who are exposed more to sun are less likely to develop cancer.  Wearing sunscreen in fact increases your chances of getting skin cancer.  I guess like all things excess can lead to bad things and the exposed to something that could kill you in small doses it usually best.  Like becoming immune to poisons by injesting a bit each day.

I think life is meant to be difficult and to enjoy it we must learn to live it better and be smarter than our problems.  This is why I love science it is all about studying, learning, and then doing.

Anyway I am waiting on a call from admissions about starting school in the fall but beyond that I am still just applying for jobs and making my house cleaner.. slowly.

Adventure photos.. not many

Standard

I had a good week with job searching, going to the coast at 4am (I don’t recommend that if you want breakfast), and today on this 4th I decided to do some gardening.  

The plan is to bring some onions to a BBQ on Sunday and make some warm German potato salad but I wish my cucumbers were ready.  I am going to be digging up some of the potatoes and hopefully using those in the salad but I have normal store potatoes if there is not enough. 

Anyway I hope you have a wonderful day.

Chia Pets have evolved

Standard

Chia inspired Refrigerator Jam
Pectin-free and no REFINED sugar just honey and baby you will love this!

Get out a blender or food pro and blitz the following and sub out what you like but just keep the amounts the same for the type of fruit.

1 + 1/3 cup strawberries/gooseberries/blueberries/raspberries or find your own fruit or berry you like – raw Oh dear GOD in Heaven please wash your fruit before blitzing these!
2/3 cup rhubarb – raw Yes rhubarb is sour but it is actually a traditional medicinal plant and it adds a good balance to the very sweet notes of the fruit.  You can adjust this a bit but please try the recipe as is and adjust once you start your own scientific process of adjustment for you and your family. 
2 T raw honey (or to taste) Just a note about local honey it is good and it supports a local flowers and fruit growers in the area.
2 T chia seeds From the humble chia pets of days gone past have now given us an amazing versatile food that can give us extra protein and thicken up our recipes.

Process all ingredients in a blender, pour into jars and refrigerate overnight.  Good idea to label with a date on these just for good housekeeping.  Chia seeds gel up when they are gotten wet so they are great way to thicken up many things including the fruit puree.  Also as you can see even if you are afraid of using a stove you can make this because there is no need to cook the fruit. I have a friend who is terrified of making even a grilled cheese sandwich so this is something even he can make.  Provided he cleans up after!

Anyway I found this original recipe and I have made my jam with raspberries and it was great and I was thinking I am going to try this again and see about making blackberry jam too like this.