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Saturday, November 13, 2010

My neighbor just turned 76; she is more disabled than I am; her daughter is coming to move her back east to live closer to them. We got boxes and have been slowly packing her items for her so it is easier on her children when they come. A friend put many of them in the smaller bedroom, and then we put many in her front room. The items she no longer wants, or needs, is packed on my deck currently, waiting for me to take to Salvation Army for her.

Today  she wanted me to throw good food away out of her fridge freezer; I said, no, I will take it home! and did so; she had lined up a man who was going to take her full freezer full of food; for some unknown reason, he said he didn't want to have it. So I was blessed to be able to fill my freezer full of food, and give quite a bit to another neighbor who welcomed it gladly! She then baked some bread pudding with some of the bread and shared it with all of us!

We also got quite a bit of beans, spices, etc; which are always welcome! Some of the bread was a kind I am not fond of, but it is going to be fed to the birds! Didn't get to much time today to watch them for a long time, but did enjoy seeing them feeding on the ground, and on the feeders; and took time to speak with, pet and feed my cat, Mr B. He had been acting skitterish again, but now seems to be calming back down.

What a wonderful surprise this turned out to be! Was cold outside today; and even my hands were like ice cubes from the frozen food; had to rearrange food, etc; to get the other in. It felt like Christmas to my neighbor and me!  It was really a delight as I had just about cleared my pantry and freezer out for others who were in need. Now I got treated! Joy joy joy!

Happy thanksgiving to all!

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simple solutions!
Monday, November 08, 2010

Today when the sun finally broke thru a short time, I went outside and filled my bird feeders; some of them, wet from the rain, had to be brought into the house, washed, dried, and then filled. I was using my car hood to set feed on as I filled various feeders; I had opened a bag of "regular: bird seed; a 20 lb bag; what I do is to mix the black sunflower seeds in with it as while it comes with some, not very many, and this way there is a very good mixture; I put in various other odds & ends as well;

Now, the "hood'" of my car of course has a slant to it, downwards; in the midst of filling, feeding, etc; the large bag slid off and some was on the ground. Thinking I would sweep it a little later, but wanting to run to the store quickly while it was still sunny; and not raing, I went to get cat food, as I had very little and needed to feed a hungry cat as well. (remember, I was "adopted" by a Siamese);

Upon returning about 15 to 20 birds flew away; they had been feeding on the spilled bird seed! And better yet, they were dry as it was under the carport awning! This way, the birds can eat, the birdseed stays dry, and all are happy campers!

A scarecrow moment for sure! " if I'd only had a brain, i  would have thought of this a long time ago!"

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the sheer JOY of it all!
Friday, October 01, 2010

The store that my bank is in, that is very close to me, normally is higher priced than others, but I STILL look to see what I might find that is a great buy! Found: marked down organic buffalo meat: that I am going to cut up for stew meat; and freeze (3 packages!); 2 packages of wild fresh caught fish; got a Tablespoon of cumin to use in chili I am going to cook shortly (FAR FRESHER to buy spices, and seasonings by the Tablespoon than in the higher priced packaging where it sits in your cupboard to be used! Heavenly smell!

Further on down in the store was a shelf with marked down items: including organic and fair trade teas: Earl Grey, one of my favoritest! and also Ceylon black! not only marked down but an additional 50 percent off the lowest marked price! YES!

I stocked up on these, and gave my neighbor a package of fish, and of buffalo meat and told her what I planned on doing with mine! (she's been having a hard time lately just recently last month started getting a steady income! And in return, she blessed me with some fresh figs, and 2 dinasour eggs; looks like an apple but is soft like a plum! I am looking forward with delight to TASTE one tonight! 

I went to the grange and they STILL had 20 lb bags of birdseed 3 for $9.99!!! normally it's $6.99 or more for the same item! and they had a HUGE bird seed feeder made for woodpeckers for only $6.99!!! I had looked at some previously that were not even a 4th of the size for $3.97! All kinds of nuts galore; at least 2 lbs of them I would think! AND: last but not least: they had a beautiful bird dripper on a rock base marked clearance from $36 to $8.74!!!!! Got one for both me AND one for my neighbor, who has joined me in gardening, and in feeding and watering and watching the birds!

I had been wanting a bird dripper for a VERY long time; EVERYTHING comes to he who waits: and for the PRICE that they are WILLING to pay for it! TWO beautiful drippers: with all the supplies needed; for LESS than 1/2 the cost of what ONE would normally run!

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use HEALTHY cookware!
Thursday, September 30, 2010

If you are fortunate enough to have the older cast iron cookware you are in fortunate shape! REASON: the IRON which is required by your body, cooks into the food, and then into you! Additional bonus: you can make cornbread and other items in your oven with it!

Going to the Good Will As Is store today: I picked up two glass pyrex pie pans; $1 each; joining my glass bread pans i picked up for 10 cents each at a garage sale. Glass is extremely safe to cook in or the older ones certainly are. No inkling what they might be adding to the newer ones.

The non stick teflon is horrid folks; flakes off into foods, kills birds instantly if left on without anything in it; toxic gas; 100 percent of nursing mothers years ago were found to have this substance in their milk; get rid of these if you have and they should not even be being sold in this country or any other, for that matter. Todd English and Joy Magnono I believe is the spelling; have a green technology that is amazing; little pricey for my book, but once bought, will have forever. At the As Is store today, was a wonderful Paul Revere ware skillet; the handle was in need of a little care, but this cookware is also good, or was. Can't say it is the same today.

Democracy "works" by targeting and harming us the people; for their personal profit and their personal gain; it is NOT and never HAS been a Gov system that was FOR the people at any time. It is NOT the will of the people either; for NO ONE wants to be exploited; or harmed in any way, shape or form. Exploitation: our Gov claims is the "way" democracy works. It is a crime. So do not expect ANY Gov agency in the USA to be doing anything in any manner to help the people of this nation or globally with THEIR stated plan of global dominion; which is "intellectual elites and bankers" running the world.

Democracy literally means setting the truth to the side and presenting a different idea. You will find with little research that it is the manufacturing and fabrication of THINGS or LIES or STORIES instead of the TRUTH. The AMA is done this way; the FDA works hand n hand with Monsanto, a chemical company who also owns a pharmacutical along with Dow & Rockefeller. So what we HEAR, SEE, and READ: is made up poppycock, given to us by a so called "expert"; It takes LITTLE TIME to research and find out the TRUTH. is a great site; lots of information, lots of green living and healthy ideas; and petitions to sign. This is where I signed petitions re all  the chemicals in the milk being fed to our children. Sure enough, it apparently has a "shelf life" of twinkies; because after getting a gallon and keeping it 6 weeks past the "expiration" date: it had not soured, no rotten smell; poured it down the drain and now get raw milk from a local farmer.

The information being given out to us the people is manufactured and fabricated stories; when you connect the tremendous profit: being forced to buy from their Corps; and then pay again the same folks when we get ill to "cure" us: and being way overbilled for everything, perhaps one day we will know and understand that "democracy" has nothing at all to do with freedom; in the mean time, we must educate ourselves and others as much as possible; for our own health and that of our neighbors, and our communities, and then onto the states.

Now, undoubtedly you have seen "experts" and "so called" authorities telling you they have not got a clue how to cure Alzheimers or prevent it. This is quite simply not true at all.;; and googling it and researching it takes little time. WELL worth the time spent as ignorance is NOT bliss!

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Wonderful new sight today!
Sunday, September 26, 2010

I was out in my yard repotting some plants: and took a break on my back steps; I heard a ratatattat of a woodpecker but it always takes me a minute to figure out what the sound is.

   This time it sounded decidedly different so I sat still and watched; shortly a woodpecker came over the top of the fence and it went SIDEWAYS on my fence, up and down on the fence panels themselves getting itself ants I am sure and whatever other insects it could find! I have NEVER seen a woodpecker do THIS particular thing before! Of course I am only 30 (for the 2nd time!)

Just LOVE to see the "new" birds arriving and the various varieties of woodpeckers as they migrate on their way to more sunny weather! While 88 degrees today, it does remind me as the leaves keep falling into my birdbath that fall is indeed on it's way!

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treasure looking!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I shop frequently at the Good Will As is store; the other day I found a beautiful colorful peasant skirt I could not pass by for 32 cents! clothing there is by the pound: $1.29 a lb;  brand new george foremans $3; if no drip tray, simply put on cookie sheet, or the edge of a plate under the grill.

Book was $1.00; shoes run $1 to $2; many are brand spanking new; beautiful quilt was had for $6; thick thirsty towels (BE selective!) $1.50; yard art $1 or less; beautiful oil paintings $2;

Do NOT be afraid to LOOK: once I found a Lena Liu, one of my favoritest artists, picture under a very dusty, dirty glass; it was $10.00; I quickly figured that few if any would take the time to KNOW what the painting consisted of and $10 was a little high for me then; returning at a later date, just a couple of weeks later, still there, now marked 1/2 price; so for $5 I got an exquistely beautiful painting that all it took was looking BENEATH the dirt and grime! (picture glass folks, washed off wonderfully with microfiber cloth!

Church sales are FANTASTIC: spotting black garbage bags on the sidewalk not gone thru, or put out, I quickly discovered a mine of equistely beautiful super expensive leather bags; for $1 each! Probably cost more than I pay for rent each!

Birkenstocks: first I found a pair brand new for $8; didn't like them as didn't know that they had to be worn each day a little to "break" in; finally learned that and loved them! however, when it came time to get some, they were $100!  My sister lives 6 miles from Woodburn Oregon; they have a "shoe emporium there; visiting her, 2 pairs of super nice sandal Birkenstocks far cuter than any in my area, $39 each or 2 pair for $60.00; we split the 2 pair; she got one and I got the other!

Prior to leaving from my visit, I returned and picked out 2 more pair; total THREE pair for LESS than I would pay for ONE here. And I had red, a thong type black pair, and another black pair. I will NEVER need another pair in my LIFE! and these are WAY cute!

Curtains: yard sales, thrift stores, church sales! Just got 2 beautiful new pair which fit my corner of dining room, have 2 windows each one set in front, one set to the left side: complete with lace and swags that I have not yet put up; not sure that I will; beautiful sculptured; $4 for the entire SET!

Do NOT be in a hurry to BUY: WAIT until you KNOW that it is PERFECT; and will be PERFECT in YOUR home. It ALWAYS comes TO you: if you WAIT! Rather live reading a book with a flashlight than to have to live with a mediocre lamp that is NOT a thing of beauty! THIS is what a QUEEN does folks! THIS is what FRUGAL LIVING is: not 'making' ends meet; but KNOWING how to LIVE, savoring excellent, superb cooking (your own!) where your tastebuds JUMP for JOY! using the BEST and healthiest foods available, even if you get them over the internet! And SURROUNDING yourself with the things YOU LOVE!

Gastronomical delights for the EYES: is a David Austin apricot rose; yes, I looked for YEARS before I got this one: as a GIFT! his rose catalogues are FREE, and fill the dark gloomy days of winter; with sheer delight and joy of just SEEING them! THIS is how I finally made my selection! previously however I got TWO of them marked way down, and buy one get one at end of season. They had been bareroot plants, and had foliage and blooms on them. Not supposed to get them then or that way. I not only DID; after soaking them well in water, I planted them, and cut down and off ALL foliage; wanting all the energy of the plants to go directly to the ROOTS. Sure enough, they lived, bloomed out again, and have provided me with hours and days of JOY!  (these are NOT fussy like hybred teas!)

Happy hunting! And what JOY you get from the treasures you find!

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health tips
Sunday, September 12, 2010

oganic salt contains minerals that the body needs; grinding your own salt and peppercorns not only makes you feel like a queen it is SO incredibly nutritious for you! won't need to buy all the supplements etc to replace the minerals that were taken out from regular salt.

  Easy to find old pepper grinders and same can be used for salt folks; at thrift stores; incredible taste! you will find your body actually craves the organic salt to begin with; once it realizes that it will now have a steady supply of it, it calms down; and you will discover that the majority of foods cooked in restarurants, and canned or boxed foods contain so much sodium that you will learn to make your own, which again, will save a great deal of $; and be incredibly delicious!

    Now: SOME of the "sea salt" is chemically treated as well; others have a huge price tag; avoid these folks; you can easily seek out nutritious and good for you foods at a fraction of cost; just like everything else: compare and buy; 

Get your 'spices" a teaspoon or so at a time from bulk, rather than buying containers of them that will sit to be used for a very long time, if ever!

NOTHING tastes as good as grinding your own salt, and your own pepper on foods folks. The cheapest foods taste incredibly delicious!

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life is fantastic!
Friday, September 10, 2010

I love to garden; feed and water the birds; and just delight in my yard; seeing all the various kinds of birds, and their antics!

  The chickadee has to be the clown of the bird world; extremely curious it will visit every feeder in the neighborhood; it will do somersaults; it likes to get 1 single sunflower seed at a time, then hop or fly from branch to branch til it finds just the RIGHT one; then it cracks open the seed, and savor it; then it flies back to the feeder, to select another one, and goes thru the same routine. NOTE: not always is the same branch the RIGHT one to eat it's new seed on!

This particular bird, KNOWS how to live like a queen, and be frugal. It chooses wisely, if to light etc it drops it on the ground to get a GOOD one; then it goes to a place that is perfect for it to enjoy and savor the delight it has chosen.

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