Saturday, March 28, 2009


I haven't written here in a while...

haven't been reading the blogs that have become family to me...

I have been politiking,
and I have discovered facebook as a way to communicate to all the others that I need to politik with me.

I guess it took my job being placed on the chopping block for me to leave the busy schedule of my children to stand up and fight this travesty that is occurring in our nation.

I am so sick of hearing about cuts because of economy.

Money is coming to our state from the feds, but our governor has refused some of it based on principle.

My biggest issues is that she intends to shut down the place I work, a residential facility that takes in children with complex needs that have been refused elsewhere.

I will fall on my feet if I loose my job, I have a degree and experience...and I'm a tough fighter.

I am worried sick about the children that we serve. The need our facility.

Here are a few links to coverage...

and yes, those are my posters...and my daughter is seen on her dad's shoulder with a poster in her hand.


sandwhichisthere said...

I have never understood the dietary restrictions of some cultures. I went three days without food once and I remember that my companions started to look very tasty.
I especially don't understand why a culture would reject beans. If you harvest one acre of soybeans, which renew the soil as they grow, and feed the soybeans to an animal and then use the animal for food, you will have enough protein to feed one human being for seventy-seven days. If you feed the soybeans directly to the human being, you will have enough protein to feed the human being for six years. Of course this would require cultures based on animal protein to completely change their ways.
Also, the resulting bean based economy would tend to increase global warming, more methane, and definitely increase air pollution. This would not be a problem for people that live in tents but would definitely would require people living in more permanent structures to sleep with the windows open.
I also wonder if your Governor would reject the Federal money if it was being direct deposited to her bank account.

sandwhichisthere said...

Tips on potatoes:
1. Heap plenty of dried leaves into the tires also as the potatoes grow. At least as many as the soil you add. The leaves will nourish the potatoes and prevent scab.
2. To deal with the inevitable potato bugs, plant chinese lanterns on the other side of the yard. The striped potato bugs will all go to the chinese lanterns and leave the potatoes alone.
New Potatoes MMMMMMMMMM!

sandwhichisthere said...

Rabbit manure and straw are the best, the absolute best. Rabbit manure doesn't have to be aged and if you leave a pile of it and straw on the ground, you will end up with an earthworm nursery. You get more earthworms than you ever thought existed. Moving the rabbit hutch once a month yields individual patches of ground that will be the most fertile patches of your yard.
If you have wire mesh on the floor of the rabbit cage, you need to put a piece of board on it so the rabbits can poop on it. To be properly fed, rabbits need to re-eat their poop. Their digestive system is not very efficient and they have to process everything twice. Try to refrain from kissing the rabbits.
Rabbits only become a problem if you mix males and females together. I did not read this, I found out from experience. The doe produces a litter every four weeks and her daughters are fertile at four weeks of age. You end up with a lot of rabbits. One thing that I remember, rabbits are very easy to house break. The Barnstable Fair has a 4H rabbit competion and the rabbits are beautiful. I especially remember the champagne rabbits. I also have fond memories of the draught horse competition and the fried bread dough.
If I remember correctly, the Barnstable Fair is the first week in July. It is enormous and clean and inexpensive. It is an all day affair that the whole family will enjoy and the rest rooms are spotless. About the Marshfield Fair I will not speak. It is a travesty

sandwhichisthere said...

I always plant seedlings in styrofoam coffe cups. They are a lot cheaper than the things from garden stores. I just poke holes in the bottom for drainage and when it comes time for transplanting, you can just tesr off the cup instead of digging the root system out. In the case of tomatoes, just cut off the bottom and you already have a cutworm collar. I always put them outside too early and I lose a lot of them.
I put the Chinese lanterns in a group about ten feet from the potatoes as it makes it easier to gather the bugs. Asparagas takes a very deep trench with a lot of good things(peat moss, manure, and other stuff) with the roots planted on top. It may take several years for the crop to come in. Kew Gardens has an asparagas trench that has been producing for over a hundred years. Kew made a trench six feet deep but then, he was an extraordinary gardener and he had a financial backer with very deep pockets.
If you can't get a male to eat something, just convince him that it is good for his prostate gland and he will become a believer. This doesn't work on young guys but it is very effective on those of us that get up a lot during the night.
Good luck with your garden. A garden doesn't just produce food. It somehow produces a peace of mind and a feeling of oneness with the Earth. The word Gaia comes to mind.
If you live in an area with a lot of gardeners, make sure that you lock your car each night. Otherwise you are going to end up with a back seat full of zucchini some morning.

Sherry at the Zoo said...

I too have been absent from the world of blogging, but I must confess I like facebook even less.

I popped on here today to visit with some of my favorites, and was saddened to hear of your stress. I hope you still have a job. I hope that things are going better. I hope that you've withdrawn Caleb from that school.

Hugs to you and yours