Thursday, January 29, 2009

Mother Earth News

Received my latest issue of MEN the other day and of course I read it from cover to cover in the bathtub. (my favorite "library") I am glad to see that the magazine has gone back to it's roots because for some years in the 90's it really got lost in the "yuppie" movement to the point that I stopped subscribing or ever reading it. I would like to know when it went back to it's old ways so I could catch up on those issues. If any of my readers knows, please let me know in the comments section here on my blog. TIA!

How I would love to be able to incorporate some of the alternative energy sources subscribed to in MEN. The best I can do is open the blinds in my sons south facing window on a sunny day in winter and get some passive heat into our mostly East/West facing home. Better than nothing, though, as I am able to keep 3/4 of the mobile home warm that way here in southern Alabama. Our electric bills in this all-electric home are terrible in the winter, running about 300.00 in December and January so far. I hope and pray that February is not a cold month.

The sun is trying to peak out today and it will be a big help since it is only in the 50's. Unfortunately, it is not burning off the overcast sky like I hoped. It is now 10:11 AM and still mostly cloudy.

The days are now over thirty minutes longer than they were a month ago and that makes me thrilled. I look for this every winter because I know that the sun is higher in the sky and that causes everything to start waking up here in the deep south. My poor Forsythia bush by the dock is blooming it's head off and has been for the past week. It's in a protective spot where it enjoys a micro-climate position. I also have a Chinese Fan Palm tree and tropical Bambusa in that spot but neither can stay evergreen throughout the winter. They do come back in late spring but will never be at their best because of the die back every year.

This is it for today so later gator!

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Happy New Year

Well, it has been a hell of a week! We had to take our little nine year old Chihuahua mix to the vet the day after Christmas. She had developed an infection of her uterus that was so bad that she ended up infected in her pancreasis, liver, and kidneys! We thought we were going to lose her for sure but the wonderful Vet, Dr. Trotter, in Prattville pulled her through and I finished the healing process with my homeopathics and herbal remedies. Now she is almost back to her old self. No, she was not a "breeder". My husband in his innocent ignorance, just couldn't stand the thought of her going through a painful surgery when she was younger....guess what? She ended up having to have a complete hysterectomy anyway! Hard lesson to learn, eh?

I have no desire to make any New Years Resolutions as one never sticks to them so why bother. I will be 60 on Groundhogs Day so I am just thankful to still be alive and kicking and will take what comes along with as much grace as I can and help those I am able with as much zeal as I can. You can't do more than that.

The economy has really struck us here in Alabama like many of the US. When I think of how inept our government is in handling the country, it sickens me to my stomach; and I mean this "literally", not figuratively. Crooks, sex addicts, demons....that is what is running this country right now.

Our country is now a Plutocracy and has been for quite a few generations. Of course not many people study up on governments and what each entails so the word would seem foreign to most folks. Look it up and learn!!!! You will see that I am right on this.


I guess I am going to expand the gardens this year in order to supply as much of our food stuff as possible. Even Db is hyped up on this project. He is not a big vege eater, but I am and will try and make sure to get as much growing as possible to help stretch the meager food budget we find for ourselves now. With food prices doubling in the past year, it has been very difficult for us. If I had the pasture land, I would definitely raise a couple of beef cows, but that is not an option here on our wetlands. I could raise a couple of pigs, but Db will not hear of it. Too bad. Since he was a butcher in his younger years, he could have even done the butchering....unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on how you look at it, Db is soft hearted as mush.

I will leave you here now from warm but overcast southern Alabama till next time. God's blessings on you and yours, Amen!