Sunday, December 30, 2012

Read Before You Eat Another Onion

In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people there was this Doctor that visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu... Many of the farmers and their families had contracted it and many died. The doctor came upon this one farmer and to his surprise, everyone was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then). The doctor couldn't believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions and place it under the microscope. She gave him one and when he did this, he did find the flu virus in the onion. It obviously absorbed the bacteria, therefore, keeping the family healthy. Now, I heard this story from my hairdresser. She said that several years ago, many of her employees were coming down with the flu, and so were many of her customers. The next year she placed several bowls with onions around in her shop. To her surprise, none of her staff got sick. It must work. Try it and see what happens. We did it last year and we never got the flu. Now there is a P. S. to this for I sent it to a friend in Oregon who regularly contributes material to me on health issues. She replied with this most interesting experience about onions: Thanks for the reminder. I don't know about the farmer's story...but, I do know that I contacted pneumonia, and, needless to say, I was very ill... I came across an article that said to cut both ends off an onion put it into an empty jar, and place the jar next to the sick patient at night. It said the onion would be black in the morning from the germs...sure enough it happened just like that...the onion was a mess and I began to feel better. Another thing I read in the article was that onions and garlic placed around the room saved many from the black plague years ago. They have powerful antibacterial, antiseptic properties. This is the other note. Lots of times when we have stomach problems we don't know what to blame. Maybe it's the onions that are to blame. Onions absorb bacteria is the reason they are so good at preventing us from getting colds and flu and is the very reason we shouldn't eat an onion that has been sitting for a time after it has been cut open. LEFT OVER ONIONS ARE POISONOUS I had the wonderful privilege of touring Mullins Food Products, Makers of mayonnaise. Questions about food poisoning came up, and I wanted to share what I learned from a chemist. Ed, who was our tour guide, is a food chemistry whiz. During the tour, someone asked if we really needed to worry about mayonnaise. People are always worried that mayonnaise will spoil. Ed's answer will surprise you. Ed said that all commercially-made mayo is completely safe. "It doesn't even have to be refrigerated. No harm in refrigerating it, but it's not really necessary." He explained that the pH in mayonnaise is set at a point that bacteria could not survive in that environment. He then talked about the summer picnic, with the bowl of potato salad sitting on the table, and how everyone blames the mayonnaise when someone gets sick. Ed says that, when food poisoning is reported, the first thing the officials look for is when the 'victim' last ate ONIONS and where those onions came from (in the potato salad?). Ed says it's not the mayonnaise (as long as it's not homemade mayo) that spoils in the outdoors. It's probably the ONIONS, and if not the onions, it's the POTATOES. He explained onions are a huge magnet for bacteria, especially uncooked onions. You should never plan to keep a portion of a sliced onion.. He says it's not even safe if you put it in a zip-lock bag and put it in your refrigerator. It's already contaminated enough just by being cut open and out for a bit, that it can be a danger to you (and doubly watch out for those onions you put in your hotdogs at the baseball park!). Ed says if you take the leftover onion and cook it like crazy you'll probably be okay, but if you slice that leftover onion and put on your sandwich, you're asking for trouble. Both the onions and the moist potato in a potato salad, will attract and grow bacteria faster than any commercial mayonnaise will even begin to break down. Also, dogs should never eat onions. Their stomachs cannot metabolize onions. Please remember it is dangerous to cut an onion and try to use it to cook the next day, it becomes highly poisonous for even a single night and creates toxic bacteria which may cause adverse stomach infections because of excess bile secretions and even food poisoning.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Hobby Lobby Appreciation Day

Hobby Lobby like CFA is being lambasted by the left for being a Christian company. In case you had not heard recently Sotameyer screwed them over and said they have to provide things they dont believe in for their employees or face a $1.3 million fine/day. She has a lot of nerve after the lefty unions and businesses got a reprieve. So to support HL like we did CFA, Jan 5 is HL Appreciation Day. Since I got a gift certificate for my retirment I plan on being there. See you there.

Christmas Gifts

I got some books for Christmas. The Goth doll book I thought make great dolls for Halloween. The cinnamon roll book will get used every monday as I work my way through the book and the Vintage cake book will get used everytime I host knit group. The eagle book is from this year's nest at Decorah and since we lost 2 of the 3 babies it has a special meaning. The ripple book will come in handy when I need to make an afghan for some reason. The knit kit is great for a beginner wanting to learn how to knit. There are a pair of small straight needles and 4 skeins of yarn, enough to make 2 kettle holders as they call it, potholders for you and I. Did you know Larry the Cable Guy made food now, must make some chili next week and make up the corn bread and let you know how it turns out.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas at the Rainbow Bridge

To all who have lost a furbaby to Rainbow Bridge...... You might need some tissues handy THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS AT RAINBOW BRIDGE T'was the night before Christmas, at Rainbow Bridge too. We Bridge kids were thinking as always of you. We'd seen how the holidays weren't bright this year, Heard you whisper so often, "I wish you were here!" We know how you wish you could just stay in bed And sleep through the holiday lying ahead, When all celebrate with their loved ones so near... Unless they have loved ones on this side this year. But we're no less alive here, on the other side. If you could just see us, you would've laughed and not cried. The dogs all in harness, pulling the sleigh. The cats all in Santa hats pointing the way. The pet birds all flying back over the rainbow, Bound homeward in spite of Earth's darkness and snow. All the pets that you've lost, pets for whom you've cried, Flying home on this Christmas to be by your side. If you feel warm fur brush you when no pet's around, Hear a soft bark or purr, just a ghost of a sound, We're trying to tell you we're visiting this way, And our visits, even rainbows, can be on any day. But for Christmas we have something special to do, A sleigh full of happy dream visits for you. On doggy, on kitty, on winged friend and ferret! The love that you lavished, we mean now to share it! We're fetching that love home, the way we once played, With the closeness we shared and the memories we made. Our Earth lives with you were too short for us, too, And on this Christmas Eve we have so much to do. So all through this night as you sleep in your beds, Sweet visions of fur babies dance in your heads. This one special night we can bring you Home for a while, Your true home in Heaven, where again you will smile. Over the rainbow you'll fly, for a short while this night, Hours that you'll be happy, hours that will feel right, Hours to cuddle and hug us, to run and to play, Before the return to Earth in our magic way. And when you awaken and face Christmas Day, We pray you'll remember your trip on our sleigh, But in case you forget, just remember our love. Remember us watching you, your angels above. Sending love wrapped in rainbows, shining and bright, Love that will guide you through the darkest night, Love found in each memory unwrapped through the year, Replacing dark sorrows with Christmas cheer. Leave the toys to St. Nick, we Bridge kids bring dreams, Sweet visits to remind you all is not as it seems When you look all around you with tired Earthly eyes. If you saw as we do, there'd be joy and surprise. There are fur angels waiting by those Christmas trees, Always there for you and hearing your pleas. We're never more than a thought away from your home, You're never forgotten, you're never alone. Nor are we alone here, with our Rainbow Bridge friends. We know only joy here, the celebrating never ends, And after our reunions with you Christmas Eve, We Bridge kids will party like you'd never believe. But we'll slip away often to be by your side. Sitting there watching you, eyes open wide, Praying you'll be able to catch a glimpse of us, too. But whether or not you see us - Merry Christmas to you! Cindy Morgan

You are gonna be lunch soon

I heard churbling and noticed dad (editing to the right parent) on the Y branch, he had something in his talons. He must have been calling to mom although she never came. He had a trout and before I could find my camera 3 large crows came and went trying to steal his lunch. What they dont' know is they could have been his lunch if they got too much closer. He finished the fish and then moved to the higher of the Y branch and sat for about an hour. A squirrel started up the branch, and then like a deer in the headlights, quickly scampered off. I have seen too many of them become a snack. Isn't he beautiful. Sorry the pictures were taken with my cell from my laptop.

Friday, December 21, 2012

First Snow

Yesterday we woke to 50mph wind and blowing snow. It started out with rain so that of course turned to ice and we ended up with 2.5" snow on top of that.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Saving The Eagles

✰✰✰✰✰ SOAR (Saving Our Avian Resources) lost another Bald Eagle to lead-poisoning. A senseless and preventable death, that could have been avoided by hunters us ing non-lead ammunition.... ❖From Kay Neumann (SOAR): “The lead from a scavenged meal damaged his liver and kidneys, bound to his red blood cells making them unable to carry oxygen, and caused seizures and death. There are no more excuses. If you hunt use non lead ammunition, if you know someone who hunts make sure they are using non lead. Causing this kind of suffering is unacceptable. Be responsible. Be ethical. Respect the resource.” As we have seen with D12 and D14 from Decorah, raptors face a myriad hazards everyday, trying to live a natural life in a non-natural world. Through the Deer hunting season, we will see more deaths from lead ingestion... ❖From Bob Anderson (RRP): [a statement made concerning D1, the 2011 juvenile eagle from Decorah] “I am a little concerned about D1’s safety and will be following her on a daily basis. We are half way through deer season and I’ve already heard of several lead poisoned eagles. I’m hoping the total number of poisoned eagles will be down this year given the publicity surrounding lead poisoning. Last week, a friend from Decorah stopped by my house to ask where he could obtain non-lead/non-toxic shotgun slugs. He told me that the copper clad slugs were all sold out at our local Wal-Mart store. This is a good sign." PLEASE SHARE THIS. Especially with those who do hunt and fish. Please ask them to consider using non-lead ammunition to help to stop unintended harm to both scavenger animals AND humans.....A simple change that can have a huge effect

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Je Suis Finis

The stockings are FINALLY done, now I can move on to other things. I give you the Angel and Soldier.