Monday, September 30, 2013

Fairies Dragons and Myths.

John Lennon
“I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now?”
John Lennon

Wise words spoken by people who have achieved greatness and yet we rob our children of greatness and wisdom, in schools and in life.

My very favorite moments in life were lying in bed with my children and them asking me to tell them a story.

I read many books in those days and would just love to see the reaction on their faces as they watched my
face and expression reading to them. The words ebbed and flowed like waves in the sea.
You would be the actor on the stage and anything and everything was possible.

You transformed yourself from a witch, to a bear, to a monkey, to a fairy, to a king, and to a Doctor in the deepest darkest Africa who flew on wings of eagles to meet so many sick animals who came asking for help of the good hearted doctor.
When your eyebrows went up the childs' went up .When your voice cried in tears, their little mouths would curl in pain feeling the suffering and when the story rejoiced, big open smiles and eyes would show you their delicate little souls.

Sometimes we had no books and then I would have to make stories up and I wish today I remembered what I told them cause they laughed and laughed egging me on to tell them more.

I talked so much until we would  get tired and the words would drift off as we would fall asleep, curled up in each others arms, in this other world of dreams.
The next day they would run up to me asking me to tell them the same story from the night before and I couldn't remember what it was I told them. Sometimes they would be so intrigued that when I would doze off, they lay with eyes wide open, thinking out the rest of the story in their heads.

And then one day, they leave your breast and go to school and the world , which fill their heads with other stories and other realities and other people, some nice and some not so nice.

But you hope some things still remain like the lessons of Mark Twain in his famous quotes:

If you pick up a starving dog and make him wealthy, he won't bite the hand that feeds it
and this is the difference between dog and man.

Don't say the world owes you a living. It doesn't. It was here first.

Always do right  . It will gratify some and astonish the rest.

If you wait for the moment, for a Prince to rescue you from a tower, as in the story of Rupunzel,
you'll be waiting for a long time for something that will never happen .

A story is as real as life . Life is as real as any story because life is a story.
It is a story lived by every person differently and yet still the same.

In the famous interview with God where he was asked what surprised him about humans, he replied.:

They get bored with childhood, rush to grow up, and then want to be children again.
They lose their health to make money and then lose money to regain their health.
Thinking about the future they forget about the present, so they live  neither in the present nor the future.
They live as though they will never die, and they die as though they never lived.

Throughout time, nothing really changes. We are all connected, the fairies,  dragons, the myths the
night mares .....
and God.


Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Actual Potential

"I count him braver who overcomes his desires than
him who conquers his enemies
For the hardest victory is over self."
Aristotle , when it comes to BEING , discusses
1) Actuality, whereby  something is seen in terms of perfection, realizing one exists and is and
2)Potentiality where one is imperfect, incomplete

God is seen as perfect and has no Potentiality . He IS.
God is Actual as opposed to every one else who are understood to be dual.
People consist of body and soul or Matter and Form.
To this is added Agent (efficient cause) and the End( final cause) which are reduced back to Form

.Aristotle uses a statue to show his 4 causes ( material, form, efficient and final)
The material cause, that out of which the statue is made, is the marble or bronze.
The formal cause, that according to which the statue is made, is the idea existing in the first place as exemplar in the mind of the sculptor, and in the second place as intrinsic, determining cause, embodied in the matter.
The efficient cause, or Agent, is the sculptor.
The final cause is that for the sake of which (as, for instance, the price paid the sculptor, the desire to please a patron, etc.) the statue is made. 

 Potentiality cannot exist without Actuality
Only God, who is Actual, can possess  complete reality.
 In discussing  metaphysics, Aristotle repeats Socrates' argument:

"What ever exists for a useful purpose must be the work of intelligence"

Motion is eternal but there cannot be an infinite series of movers and things moved.
There has to be one which is unmoved, to provide movement without being moved.

 So before matter and form could be composed of Actuality and Potentiality,
there must have existed a Being (of pure Actuality) whose life is self contemplative thought.

God or Actuality, imparted movement to the universe by moving the first Heaven, which emanated from the first cause which saw it as desirable.

 So the First Heaven, desireable of the Supreme being (as the soul is attracted to beauty) was set in motion
and affected the lower spheres leading to our terrestrial world.

Aristotles' theory is that God never leaves eternal repose where his blessedness consists.

Since matter, motion and time are eternal, the world is eternal and yet, it is also caused.

Today, Quantum Physics explains that before the BIG BANG there was more matter but it
evaporated and only a little was left to create what we see today.

Amazing to know that we are a part of the Actual, the eternal and are also caused because of desirability of the Supreme Being.
He is unmoved and unaffected by anything we do.
Progress in our world, changes nothing.
We cannot exist without the Actual.
If the eternal dies, then so also does the potential and cause.

Have a great Monday and hope it stops raining your end cause it hasn't in ours.


Saturday, September 28, 2013

To Virtue

"Socrates’ Moral Intellectualism
The Socratic position on virtue that we’ve extracted from the
is this. 
Virtue is knowledge of (what is) good and bad. 
Thus, if you know all the goods and bads, you
are completely virtuous. 
Virtue has parts: Courage, Temperance, Justice, and Piety.
Courage is knowledge of what is good and bad
in the future
 Temperance is knowledge
what is good and bad
for oneself
 Justice is knowledge of what is good and bad
for others
 And piety is knowledge of what is good and bad
for the gods
. None of these
virtues is numerically identical to any of the others. But each of them is importantly like
the others, in that each is a
kind of knowledge of (what is) good and bad. 
 Thus, Socrates
accepts the Parts-of-Gold version of the Parts Thesis, and rejects the Identity Thesis.
Recall now that the
Apology suggests that Socrates also accepts the following picture of
the relationship between knowledge and happiness. His view is that if one discusses
virtue regularly then one will (ideally) arrive at knowledge of virtue. 
 But knowledge of virtue is sufficient for being virtuous. And being virtuous is sufficient for being happy.
This is why Socrates says that it is the greatest discuss virtue every day, and
why he says that he (Socrates), unlike the Olympian victor, makes others happy (by
engaging them in discussions about virtue).
There are arguments and passages in various early dialogues that connect Socrates’
position in the
with the picture we’ve extracted from the
You can get the rest at the link below.:
It was a horrible day today.
 Rained and Rained and Rained.
I brought more plants inside.
They loved the rain today. I saw them cheer up but the tomatoes are staying green. 
Some of them have bugs in the soil so I watered them with hot water.
They say it will not kill the roots but if there are any eggs they will not like the hot water.
The bugs like the coleus.
Tomorrow I will try to plant the baby strawberry shoots Next year we will have a lot more if we are lucky.
Right now I have two red ones outside. All I need is a cake, ice cream and some whipped cream.
Instead, I ate an Oh Henry and indulged in a glass of wine in the evening  while waiting for the
pork roast in the oven.

Have a Zippidee Sunday
Give a loved one a hug. :)



Friday, September 27, 2013

Flower Power

It's getting closer to Halloween.
You can become a real witch by visiting this blog and learning how to grow weeds in your garden to benefit your health.
botanical medicine blog posts below

Burdock – an herb to really get stuck to
Medicinal Trillium in bloom in Seattle
Thistle for your liver
Calendula for wounds, burns, bruises…. now flowering in Seattle
Mullein now in flower, Capitol Hill, Seattle Washington
Yarrow in flower in Seattle, WA
Feverfew for migraine headaches
Foxglove now in flower in Seattle
Sage tea for your sore-throat
California poppy helps you relax through coughs and colds
Anti-viral Elderberry in flower in Seattle
Comfrey in bloom at Interlaken Park in Seattle
Horsetail at Golden Garden’s State Park in Seattle
Nettles in flower at Golden Garden State Park in Seattle
Oregon grape flowering in Seattle WA

 A lady lost her handbag in the bustle of Christmas shopping. It was found by an honest little boy and returned to her. Looking in her purse, she commented, “That’s funny. When I lost my bag there was a $100 bill in it. Now there are 100 $1 bills.” The boy quickly replied, “That’s right, lady. The last time I found a lady’s purse, she didn’t have any change for a reward.”
 Children and Music

The Mozart Effect: Makes a child smarter and more mathematical along with a higher IQ

The Haydn Effect: Child is witty and quick on his feet, quite often bringing a grin to the faces of those around him. Despite this he exhibits remarkable humility.

The Bach Effect: Child memorizes Scripture and says his prayers every day; may overwhelm listeners with his speech.

The Handel Effect: Much like the Bach Effect; in addition, the child may exhibit dramatic behavior.

The Beethoven Effect: Child develops a superiority complex and is prone to violent tantrums; is a perfectionist.

The Liszt Effect: Child speaks rapidly and extravagantly, but never really says anything important

The Bruckner Effect: Child speaks very slowly and repeats himself frequently. Gains a reputation for profundity.

The Grieg Effect: This child is quirky yet cheery. May be prone toward Norwegian folklore.

The Wagner Effect: Child becomes a megalomaniac. Speaks for six hours at a stretch.

The Schoenberg Effect: Child never repeats a word until he has used all the other words in his vocabulary. Sometimes talk backwards or upside-down. Eventually people stop listening to him. Child blames them for their inability to understand him.

The Ives Effect: Child develops a remarkable ability to carry on several separate conversations at once.

The Stravinsky Effect: Child is prone to savage, guttural and profane outbursts that lead to fighting and pandemonium in preschool.

The Shostakovich Effect: Child only expresses themselves in parent-approved ways.

The Cage Effect: Child says exactly nothing for 4 minutes and 33 seconds. Preferred by 9 out of 10 classroom teachers.

The Glass Effect: Child repeats one word over, and over, and over, and over....

The Mozart Effect: Makes a child smarter and more mathematical along with a higher IQ

The Haydn Effect: Child is witty and quick on his feet, quite often bringing a grin to the faces of those around him. Despite this he exhibits remarkable humility.

The Bach Effect: Child memorizes Scripture and says his prayers every day; may overwhelm listeners with his speech.

The Handel Effect: Much like the Bach Effect; in addition, the child may exhibit dramatic behavior.

The Beethoven Effect: Child develops a superiority complex and is prone to violent tantrums; is a perfectionist.

The Liszt Effect: Child speaks rapidly and extravagantly, but never really says anything important

The Bruckner Effect: Child speaks very slowly and repeats himself frequently. Gains a reputation for profundity.

The Grieg Effect: This child is quirky yet cheery. May be prone toward Norwegian folklore.

The Wagner Effect: Child becomes a megalomaniac. Speaks for six hours at a stretch.

The Schoenberg Effect: Child never repeats a word until he has used all the other words in his vocabulary. Sometimes talk backwards or upside-down. Eventually people stop listening to him. Child blames them for their inability to understand him.

The Ives Effect: Child develops a remarkable ability to carry on several separate conversations at once.

The Stravinsky Effect: Child is prone to savage, guttural and profane outbursts that lead to fighting and pandemonium in preschool.

The Shostakovich Effect: Child only expresses themselves in parent-approved ways.

The Cage Effect: Childs says exactly nothing for 4 minutes and 33 seconds. Preferred by 9 out of 10 classroom teachers.

The Glass Effect: Child repeats one word over, and over, and over, and over....

Have A Zipidee Week end.!!!

. It's Joke Sting Day

Sent by dear friend.

Short, Sweet & True!!!
I dialled a number and got the following recording:
"I am not available right now, but thank you for caring enough to call.
I am making some changes in my life.
Please leave a message after the
Beep. If I do not return your call,
You are one of the changes."

My wife and I had words,
But I didn't get to use mine.
Frustration is trying to find your glasses without your glasses.
The irony of life is that, by the time
You're old enough to know your way around,
you're not going anywhere.
God made man before woman so as to give him time to think of an answer for her first question.

 I was always taught to respect my elders,
But it keeps getting harder to find one.

A woman asks a man who is traveling with six children, "Are all these kids yours?"
The man replies, "No, I work in a condom factory and these are customer complaints".


A three-year-old boy was examining his testicles
while taking a bath.
"Mom" he asked, "are these my brains?"
"Not yet," she replied.
 Had to laugh at the last one.
Stinging Nettle soup. I never heard of it before . Its full of serotonin.

To make delicious nettle soup, all you need is a bagful of nettle leaves, about the size of a football, for four people. Also:
1 large onion and garlic cloves to taste2 or 3 potatoesolive oil, salt and peppersome stock or a stock cube (chicken or vegetable)cream to taste Firstly prepare the nettles. Wash and drain them. Trim the stems out of the nettles you have picked, leaving just the fresh, young leaves. Go through them carefully separating stalk from fresh leaf and discarding any discoloured or dubious looking leaf. You can do this easily by picking up the nettle tops by the main stalk, compressing the leaf stalks together with your fingers and cutting across the tops with scissors. If you are worried about being stung – wear some gloves.
  • Then chop up the potatoes, onion and garlic and sauté them in a 2 litre saucepan with a splash of olive oil and a bit of butter to taste. When the onion starts to soften and the potato is forming a slight crust, drop in the nettles and give them a quick whisk around with a spatula. Then add a litre of boiled water and your stock. Stir it all up and let it bubble for about 12 minutes, or until the potato is soft.
    Put it through a liquidiser once it has cooled, then return to the pan to warm it when you are ready to serve. To serve, pour the soup into a bowl and add some cream. Swirl the cream around with the back of a spoon to make an interesting shape. Add salt and pepper to taste. Roger Phillips suggests serving this soup with butter-made croutons although I prefer it without. It is also nice with a drop of wine.

If you come across stinging nettles and the pain is annoying from them, usually dock leaves grow beside them
and if you take one and scrunch it up to get the oils out, putting the wet leaf on the irritation will help it in a matter of minutes.

"Medicinally wise, stinging nettle was used for nearly anything from hysteria and gangrene, to things that have translated through time, including anemia and hemorrhoids. Historically, nettle was said to be used to expel worms caused by bad humors, according to Hildegard's Healing Plants (Beacon, 2001). The famous English botanist Nicholas Culpeper said drinking a decoction of leaves and seeds, or fresh juice, of nettle provokes urine and expels gravel, especially of the kidneys. It seems, though, the most noted and famous historical use of Roman nettle (Urtica urens) was used in flogging to increase circulation to inflamed or pained areas, and to also treat ailments such as rheumatism, bleeding wounds, stiffness of joints and failing muscular strength. On the other hand, the Native Americans had been using stinging nettle for ailments including colds, coughs, gout, hair loss, and for pregnant or recently pregnant women to prevent hemorrhaging and encourage milk flow for breast feeding. Lastly, some other notable historical uses of nettle includes bed wetting, impotence, stomach cramps, constipation, scurvy, blood pressure and lymphatic problems; sore throats and nosebleeds.
A stinging nettle in the Ecovillage of Findhorn, Scotland. 
Stinging nettle has the medicinal actions as a diuretic, anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, astringent, hemostatic and galactagogue. It is also very nutritious being high in vitamins A and C, potassium, chlorophyll and calcium. Besides being highly nutritive, it has histamine in its "stingers," hence its very good reputation in treating allergies and other inflammations such as eczema, poison ivy, psoriasis and arthritis. Nettle is also known, even presently, to stimulate circulation. It is often used to treat passive bleeding, which is why it is used in lessening menstrual bleeding, and to treat gallbladder, kidney and adrenal ailments. This herb is also used in building nourishing core energy, as its seeds were used to treat tuberculosis and improve lung function after bronchitis. For menstrual ailments, such as cramps and overly heavy periods, a good tea one can take to improve these symptoms over time is the following iron tea (this tea is very good for menstruation because when women bleed they loose calcium and iron). Take equal parts of yellow dock root, nettle, dry watercress, parsley, dandelion root and dulse; and steep for 30 minutes.ENJOY!"


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Kors Look

Michael Kor had this crochet outfit I loved. Wish I could make one but it would take too long.
Fabric trade shows require an invite and then there is such a long process between then, to when you have your collection of clothes to show on the runway and then to sell to the public.
Then I wonder about the people like me,
who only need a bit of fabric to create that one special dress.
No wonder the prices sky rocket.

Kors outfits sell at Macys and I can understand why. Some of his stuff is gorgeous!!

I think designing material for the companies who make them, is a much nicer job than trying
to run around buying them.
I think this is a job which will always be in style.

Pakart Alaska seems to have a real talent here.

Clothes are lovely to design but then you need  place to wear them too.

Have a great day!!

Now It May Be Slow but Nice.

If only the batteries would last and more places existed  to charge up.
You need no license, just a brain to drive it.
You need no gas but would be nice if you could depend on the little machine
with a small tank of it like for a lawn mower engine or maybe solar panels on the trailer
to keep the battery always charged.

I can see retired people having a caravan like this moving from neighbour hood
to neighbour hood in summer
taking a nap when ever they feel like it by a lake or even having a spouse in the trailer.
Grand children would love a ride to the local park or store or for picnics.
Grocery shopping would be fun as well.
Bicycle lanes would be great for them.

These things don't do well on slopes. Just not enough juice to power it.
I see many struggling up hill so probably this is where you get major battery drain.

I am not sure why they don't allow golf carts on city streets.
 If they did more people would drive them I am sure.
They are so much fun to drive.

We have an electric motorcycle but never use it.
You need to wear a helmet and police always stop you saying you need a license but the law says as long as it has pedals it's legal to drive on city streets without one.

Well we bought it for my son to drive to the local park for soccer and I guess he had a run in with police and lost interest. Plus the bike is faster. lol
He won't let me drive it saying I won't be able to even though I drove a scooter 9 months with him till he was born.
He was cycling, even before he was born which is probably why he is such a good athlete today. lol

Our family is all about running and cycling My Dad was a fast short distance runner.
My husband can run for miles and his Dad did the Tour de France.
I am a swimmer. Water never frightened me.
Sometimes I wish I had gills cause it is so nice under there.

Have a great day

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Scientific Jargon For Dummies.

Einstein was not only a genius but also a poet.

I believe  God, Who reveals Himself in the lawful harmony 
of the world, not in a God Who concerns Himself with the fate and
 the doings of mankind.

All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom. It is no mere chance that our older universities developed from clerical schools. Both churches and universities — insofar as they live up to their true function — serve the ennoblement of the individual. They seek to fulfill this great task by spreading moral and cultural understanding, renouncing the use of brute force.
The essential unity of ecclesiastical and secular institutions was lost during the 19th century, to the point of senseless hostility. Yet there was never any doubt as to the striving for culture. No one doubted the sacredness of the goal. It was the approach that was disputed.

The moral decline we are compelled to witness and the suffering it engenders are so oppressive that one cannot ignore them even for a moment. No matter how deeply one immerses oneself in work, a haunting feeling of inescapable tragedy persists. Still, there are moments when one feels free from one's own identification with human limitations and inadequacies. At such moments, one imagines that one stands on some spot of a small planet, gazing in amazement at the cold yet profoundly moving beauty of the eternal, the unfathomable: life and death flow into one, and there is neither evolution nor destiny; only being.

Its a dull day again today.
We shopped for a curtain rod to put up a few panels in the dining room to give it a homey look.
The pumpkins are starting to come out. Almost want to buy a few to bake.

I found my frozen grape fruit juice. It was only 57 cents a can. I want to try out my home made wine
 It's a recipe I found under Science Experiments

1) 3 cans of 100% frozen grape juice (I use Welch's 100% grape juice concentrate). In total, the cans should make 144 fluid ounces of juice when properly prepared. We aren't properly preparing it, so that number is only relevant in determining how concentrated the juice is. Cost: Roughly $2.00 a can. Total: $6.00.
    2) 1/2 cup of sugar. I purchased a huge bag of sugar for $2.00, so I probably only used a dime's worth in this project. You can even steal packets of sugar and use them if you are REALLY, REALLY CHEAP. Just don't try to use a sugar-free sweetener, because it won't work.
    3) A 1 gallon container. I use a milk jug because it is free. You can buy an expensive container if you want to, but then why not just spend the money on an expensive bottle of wine instead? CHEAP is the idea here!
    4) Balloons. You'll need ONE unless it breaks. These cost a few pennies each, or you can get a bag containing dozens for $1.00.
    5) Water. Distilled water is a no-no, but almost any other type that is healthy will do. I use tap.
    6) A pin. You'll need to poke a few small holes into the balloon later.
    7) Magic Fairy Dust - AKA yeast. We'll talk more about this in a moment. You can purchase packets of baker's yeast at any grocery store. It will run about $0.75 to $1.50, though you will usually get more than one "packet" in a strip.
    In addition to these items, I'd also recommend a measuring cup, a rubber band, a siphoning hose (any small, thin piece of tubing will do), and a funnel. You don't NEED these items, but they'll help.
    Once you have all of the ingredients, place them together on a table and stare at them. You will be turning these common items into wine very shortly. But first...

Yeast eats sugar and water and excretes alcohol. Yes, you read that correctly - alcohol is basically fungus piss.  lol

Now thaw the concentrate and POUR IT INTO THE GALLON CONTAINER. Mix in TWO cans of water for each can of concentrate - NOT THREE as the packaging indicates. Because the yeast will eat a lot of the sugar, we need more concentrate than normal juice to make the concoction even remotely sweet. Thus, we use less water.

Once all of the juice and water is added, cap the jug AND SHAKE IT UP. Not only does this greatly improve how well-mixed the juice and water are, it will also put air into it. This is called AERATING THE MUST in proper winemaking terminology (the must being the juice). Just FYI.

Step 3: Add the Sugar.
    Dump that 1/2 cup of sugar into the jug with the juice. It is a lot easier if you use a funnel. After that, SHAKE VIGOROUSLY WITH THE CAP ON. Don't let the sugar settle at the bottom, or else there may be flavor problems later.

The concentrate, sugar, and water have all been added.

Step 4: Prepare and Add the Yeast.
    Preparing and adding the yeast is more complex than just ripping open a packet and dumping the powder into the juice. If you want the yeast to work properly, you need to HYDRATE it first. Follow the directions on the package in order to do this properly. If you're too lazy to follow them precisely, just pour some warm water into a cup and then dump the powder into it. DO NOT STIR the yeast right away - For best results, give it time to hydrate on its own before messing with it.

The dry yeast begins to hydrate.
    Once the yeast is completely hydrated, add a few spoonfuls of sugar and stir. How will you know when the yeast is hydrated? It will look like this:

The yeast is now MOSTLY hydrated.
    Wait for the yeast to foam up. And when I say "foam up," I mean FOAM! It is not uncommon for the yeast to foam up at least an inch. Pour the yeast into the juice once this happens and again SHAKE VIGOROUSLY WITH THE LID ON. Quickly move on to the next step once the juice and yeast are properly mixed.

Step 5: Add the Balloon.
    Here's an activity that may make a few readers nervous: Get a pin and put 3-10 holes in the top of the balloon. These holes will allow the gases the fermentation process creates to escape, but are so small that they will mostly close when the pressure of fermentation decreases.
    Once the holes are made, pull the balloon around the top of the OPEN gallon container. You don't need the lid for a while, but make sure to keep it around so that you can securely "seal" the finished wine in a few weeks.

A properly closed jug of grape juice begins its transformation.
    When placing the balloon around the opening, do your best to push it "down" into the container. It shouldn't stick up.. YET. If you want to make sure the balloon doesn't pop off during fermentation, place a rubber band around the bottom of it or tape it to the jug. Tying it with string also works.

Notice how the balloon is hanging downward?
    Congratulate yourself! Once the balloon is on, you've completed your part of the deal! Make sure the jug is in a warm place where it will not be disturbed and LEAVE IT ALONE.

Now It Is Time To Play.. THE WAITING GAME!
    Probably the hardest part of this whole process is allowing the yeast to do their work of convert the sugar to alcohol. How will you know if the little guys are doing their job? Within 12 hours, VISIBLE and AUDIBLE signs of fermentation should appear. These include seeing small bubbles rising inside the container and hearing a hissing sound. Even more obvious should be the balloon.

See the balloon? Fermentation has begun to occur in this jug.
    When the balloon begins to inflate, you know the yeast is working! If it hasn't started to inflate within 24 hours from the time you poured in the yeast, the fermentation has probably stalled and you need to try adding new yeast.
    It usually takes between one and two weeks for primary fermentation to stop. You'll know this has occurred when the balloon deflates considerably. Place the jug into a cool place like a refrigerator at this time. Also, put the cap back on the jug once the balloon deflates almost completely. These two steps will protect your alcohol's flavor, especially if you don't drink it right away.
    Once primary fermentation has stopped, the alcohol content should be sufficient for you to get a good buzz from the wine. If you want to improve the taste, though, you'll need to let it sit for a month or two before drinking it. If you REALLY want it to taste good, transfer it from the current container (called a "fermentor")  into another container, making sure to leave all of the gunk on the bottom in the previous vessel. This gunk, called "sediment" or "dregs" by most, is primarily made up of yeast cells that have died from alcohol poisoning (you try swimming around in your own urine for a while and see what happens!). Though usually not poisonous (at least not any more poisonous than alcohol normally is), they give the wine an odd flavor. To get the wine out without disturbing the dregs too much, siphon the wine out. Siphoning just means you take a hose and suck the wine from one container to another, leaving a lair of wine and sediment behind. If you don't want any saliva to contaminate the wine, rinse your mouth out with Listerine or vodka prior to siphoning and then use an aluminum foil tip on the end of the hose. Pull the foil OFF of the hose just before the wine gets to it and you should be fine.

And the Results Are...
     By the end of this process, you should have the equivalent of two VERY drinkable bottles of wine for the low-low price of about seven dollars (that's three dollars and fifty cents a bottle). Sure, you can get wine CHEAPER than this at some stores, but it is usually REALLY BAD wine that has the alcohol content of tap water. If you want to lower the price even more, you can try adding less juice and more sugar, or use a cheaper brand of juice. With science, the possibilities are limitless!

Have a great day  and remember to look up 
and have some fun. 


Monday, September 23, 2013













Although interesting I agree that playing with GOD'S PLAN IS DANGEROUS.

We know with the best intentions all the good we do is used  by negative forces because man is
not perfect. Man is a flawed design.
The only reason God allowed man to live is because he knew the end would come anyway
no matter what we did or do.
So from a universal perspective, we are nothing. We fight for nothing and all that we possess means nothing.
This is the ultimate truth.
Dust to dust, ashes to ashes. Life is a gift to enjoy.
The only thing we can do for ourselves, as a favor to ourselves , is to live in harmony and peace.
This will never happen because of the desire for power and control by man in general.
The only thing we truly value is our freedom to be.
Not to be enslaved by dictatorship.
This does not mean however that we are free to self destruct or to destroy another.
So in the end, maybe to send man genes DNA to another dimension is the only hope to escape
extinction. maybe this is how man was put on this planet.
Will we ever know?
If God did it once, he could do it again.


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Today Is Yours To Shape.

Morgan Freeman does a wonderful job here explaining  parallel worlds.
We are our experiences and if our experiences are good then the world we live in is good
If our experiences are bad then the world we live in is bad.

It all makes sense from a Biblical perspective too as the Bible always says to be good
for how do you know how the physical energy you possess will not affect the final outcome?
People are confused asking about existence of truth and lies. Well truth and lies exist on a myopic scale
as we understand them to be. They make a difference only in how they affect our conscience or how
we become desensitized to a conscience. On the grand universal scale we are dealing with something totally other an this we will never understand.

Another question was so who am I if I am in many places?
Well you are you and your experiences.
You can be you, as a changed person, because of different experiences.
Even in todays' world you can take 5 people of you and let them live different lives
and the changes will be seen.
But basically if you take 5 of you and raise them with say a constant "God ".
then the scale tips towards God  goodness and white light.
The further away you are from the constant, the less of good and white light will be seen.

You get lost and everything becomes a joke and fault lies with every one except you.
Then you go to government and force them to change God goodness and white light to your way of thinking
and your thinking has no value because you are not educated to make a judgement decision.

Education, philosophy math and science is what turns the mind into a powerful thinking machine
 able to out think the bad, and to see it as bad and wrong and this is why education is important.
and the Bible and God are not  nonsensical things.

Otherwise an untrained mind will never see or understand truth and will fight against it
causing harm to many people.
They don't accept the word NO so doors may open unto them.

I found this to be an inspiring video. Hope you watch it.

Have a Zipidee Day!!!

And they Die...

This is an interesting thing to know, one never thinks about but we have plenty of bones at home.
We don't really need antlers or tusks to create beautiful objets d'arts.

With a few simple tools, anyone can cut them and carve them into anything they like.
This person made an awl, another video showed jewelry and even inlays for various things.
I showed an awl since I am into survival things right now. It would make a nice needle and can be sharpened on a rock.

I woke up very early this morning . Around 4 am.
I made the coffee, began a new croc pot of soup with fish potatoes
onion , garlic and peas. It should be ready by 2 pm.
Let the dogs out.
Then went back to bed only to be woken up by tremendous rain falling down, which didn't last long, and then party people came outside hootin and hoolerin and laughing, having a great time without a care in the world people were still sleeping at 5 am. It lasted 10 minutes.I am sure the neighbours across the street from them, must have loved it. lol

It didn't take me long to curl up and doze off again, once all the excitement was over. They stay away from my house cause they see I take pictures which is what the police said to do and to give them to them. Easy with internet. I have to do it cause they park, and then leave their garbage behind.
So why don't they do it in front of their house?
They stopped coming here.
This is the  only safe way to do neighbourhood watch since they don't know you are doing it, unless you show them and then they get the idea real quick lol

. Cars, license plates, faces. If they do it once, they will a second and third time and one day they will be caught doing the wrong thing once police know who to look for.They love quiet green spaces to buy and sell drugs and then we have to look at them sleeping in the middle of city streets, too high to know the difference.

Yesterday, when shopping, there were people walking around the parking lot asking people to take their carts back, so they could take a looney from the cart.
The same guy who comes to us was looking more ragged and he seemed high on drugs.
We see so much of this and one day they will begin attacking people as they unload groceries.

There is one frail old East Indian woman with a bad leg, who begs for money, saying if she goes back home with nothing, her son will beat her. Many times I wanted to call police to take her to social services so she could be helped. Instead, I just reported her to the store. I am a sucker and always give because you never know. It might just be a person going through hard luck and will get back on his feet. At least you pray it does.

At the Brick  we see many ladies of the night walking around. You know because they are all
pricked up, scratched, bruised, torn up a bit. They hang in small groups around cheap stores to buy food coffee and bandages. There is just no excuse for them to be in such  a condition but again drugs and alcohol
are to blame.
Thing is they like how they live and don't want to change. They hate everything about the 10 Commandments.
Sometimes they preach about God a lot to make people feel guilty so they give.
They hate the system which protects them and gives them social welfare and their numbers are growing
cause we see them on the street. Bad language spills over as this is a normal way to speak.

You chase them from one place, they go to another.
 Young people raised in a free society, where parents have no right to raise them properly , get lost and are intolerant to the word NO which every one has to live under. Schools have problems with these kids cause they don't study.

There is no such thing as a free society, especially when you have a job. Boss says no. So it's no.
Driving laws exist which say no, but people don't like that word and prefer doing harm to others.

Under the word of God and the 10 Commandments they would learn NO early in life which would make it easier on them. Instead...... they run away from home and begin a life on the street thinking they are smart
to beat the system. The only thing they do is outsmart themselves.

There was one street person they found dead , with a million dollars in a back pack.
Eventually these people's soul dies and they find them when it is too late. They refused to obey society's laws but then the law of nature took over and no one can say no to Mother Nature.

Until people understand that the word NO exists, right and wrong exist, good and bad exist, they will keep fighting a losing battle.
The young are susceptible to their pressure groups. They are always available in malls,
libraries, drug stores, parties and they are the first to tell the kids go for it. I would.
Listen, it's ok.  Parents have a thing called a job so they are never there to see it or stop it.
Even if they are, a child with a video phone in a bathroom pretending to take a bath, does other things which gets onto the net and then we have to listen to stories about bullying and suicide.
Under God's teachings, such things would not happen.

Freedom is what it's all about but everything in life has limits, including freedom.
Since kids are not always good at making judgement decisions and parents are always the bad guys, they go for it. They buy into it, without understanding what they are buying....
And they die.....

Have a Zipidee day
May God Bless.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

In His Glory

In his glory, I sing a song today
Carrying a tune, I heard the other day
Telling a tale, that was once told long ago
Loving him tenderly, as I know that he loves me.

In his glory I sing, to a child so long ago
Who speaks of love, wherever I go
Who cries for those, who in pain and sorrow walk this shore
I sing a song, he sang once to me.

I walk the walk and I talk the talk
I go fishing in the stream, the lambs come home to drink,
I play in the rainbows and no rain gets me wet
And I pity the poor fella, who lost him in his sleep

In his glory, I sing a song today
Carrying a tune, I heard the other day
Telling a tale, that was once told long ago
To live a life, I was meant to live today.
A Lady's Life

I guess every day is a new day and we are blessed to wake up to see it.

Let the dogs out to a rather chilly morning.
Beau drank water and threw up every where He is not eating his dog food and went into the garbage can yesterday, tipped it over, opened the lid and made a mess.

.He knows where Tanyas' food is and he goes and drinks her water and ate all her dog food in the bag. I keep it separate for her cause he eats and drinks all her stuff. She has to sit and guard it and the moment she is distracted he goes and gobbles it up.
So when I eat, I share people food with her and dog food is for snacks. lol

I think I will put his dog food in her bag and he will find it and eat it. So much competition there from this dog. Since Nugget died he thinks he is the boss now. He barks at noises and then walks away, the coward that he is lol I don't know if you saw the lion king but he's like the lion kings' brother. Very old and

We came home from shopping to a big mess and he was standing wagging his tail, snorting  for more. Nothing goes past him.
Good thing I didn't have much in the garbage can but I did throw some food from the dishes in the  sink and it was covered in soap. This dog doesn't tolerate garlic either.
He will throw it up.
Tanya keeps hunting for the rabbits and it takes her twice the time to pee outside and sometimes she forgets.

I tell ya animals are just like people in so many ways.
When things are not normal in the house the animals are affected by it. They need a schedule.
Well nothing much to say again.
 Just got up and had my coffee 

The news  makes us all  ill.
It is so depressing to listen to, I just shut it off.
Since I did, I feel much better.
Otherwise they keep talking the same thing, all day, every day.

The other day I met a man and he said he stopped working his trade job and began a small bakery business and he is so much happier.
He says he makes pastry and it's all gone by days end and he has no head aches. So I told him I would much rather buy from him than a big store cause I am supporting local jobs and he agreed saying ya we need to all go back to basics. It would save gas from transport too.

Local farms, local butchers, local condiments, cheese, berries. You buy old chedder cheese today and it has no smell and no flavour but when you buy it from the local deli guy who makes it at home, it is always good cheese.

I remember shoe makers had jobs and even made wonderful shoes and boots. Today we buy throw aways from China and they are not even comfortable and make blisters.

I had a pair of good shoes once I would rather have died than replace, so I kept repairing them till my Mom got mad at me and ordered me to throw them away. One day they just disappeared. They were slings,suede with a small heal and I just loved them. Man, did we do a lot of walking together.
It's hard to find a shoe maker today. I only know of two and you have to drive far to get to them.

I think the message hits home for many people. Pays to buy quality from people who take pride in what they do.

I wish you all a Zipidee day
Enjoy the sunshine while you can.


Friday, September 20, 2013

Zipidee Day To You All!!

Yesterday I filled my croc pot soup with my home made ravioli
It's nice to be able to do that and people gobble it all up
I finally managed to have some this morning before people woke up lol

So now I will put on a new batch of something different.
Yesterday I made a crochet cover for my round pillow.
It's been lying there for a while so I figured about time and I put a flower on top
but the camera doesn't give it justice since it's the same color.
The back is all pink.It didn't take long just an evening and a morning.

I like color thrown around a room I especially love granny squares but haven't
done any yet Maybe I will as I collect all these pieces and then one day, it will be
put together day, to see the surprising end results.

I like it when you don't know the end result.

I got bunnies every where and lots of babies just like this one.
Soo Sweet.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Patates Croc Pot

J'aime les patates!!
Here is a way to grow them in a city so keep it in mind for next year.

Another way 30'bed x 18inches wide = 145 pounds of potato yield.
sweet potato is even better more nutritious and stores better.
You get 5-10 potatoes from one seed potato with two rooters

I am always looking for ways to do things at home esp container planting. using less space.

Another way is to use a big pot or bucket and begin at the bottom and keep filling it to the top with compost
mushroom manure and straw.

I guess you can always find ways to entertain yourself. lol even in winter.

Here is a book that seems to be very popular to read:  After Midnight.

I made croc pot soup with lamb and it came out very good.
I added dumplings.
Now that I know how to do this I guess I can make gnocci and stuffed ravioli
for the croc pot as well. They are easy to freeze.

The dogs took off after a rabbit today which came to eat my tomatoes.
My husband said he saw a Mom with babies the other day.
All the dogs are doing is hunting now.

Poor Bunnies.

We see a lot of bunnies but you have to watch very early in the morning.

Have a Zipidee day!!

Zipidee Survival

When I was a kid I got a kick out of the old french people. They were so much fun to be around
and always had their own way of doing things.
They were survivors and you could smell the couriers de bois
blood in them.

I could relate to this young man so  I put his you tube - Hobo stove on my blog.
It requires a big tomato can or coffee can.

I always think about survival and kits, to keep a bag ready for such an occasion to just pick up and run.
However it is always spoiled cause people know I have it and raid it.
This is how you lose your independence,
Your way of life
Your way of thinking,
 when irresponsible people surround you,who laugh at you for being a little crazy, and who don't care but are the first to cry when they are stuck and are totally unprepared to know what to do next, to survive.

A survival kit doesn't take up much space in a car but it is always there to pick up fast and run.
Living in an earthquake prone zone where anything can happen, any time who knows?
If it can't help you, it might some one else.

Having a hobo stove is always a good idea. You can fill it with things in a back pack
and top it off with a small pot you don't use at home or empty pop cans you can fill with things like:

fishing hooks vaseline fishing line sinker chlorine tablets for water purification, matches lighter sulfur powder
pain killers,allergy ointment, bandages,cotton, alcohol, salt and sugar for dehydration razor blades,mirror, alcohol, magnifying glass,knife big trash bag for shelter and small one for water collection, scissors, 20 meter parachute rope,lint.needle and thread,duct tape,
forks spoons knives.soap toilet paper.candles.vitamins.
Add a few metal skewers and you can boil anything and have all these other things with you too to help you survive a few days.
The tops from metal cans you can cut zig zag and they make for great tips for spear fishing and also as cutting tools.

Before you leave make sure to add plastic zip lock bags of some dry food like noodles,porridge, rice, lipton soup,tea, coffee granola bars in zip lock bags and a tarp and always keep blankets in the car and a small tent.It all helps for a quick get away if tragedy strikes.
I don't keep batteries cause they spoil over time but a solar lamp would  be great.or solar panels on a back pack you wear with connections to a light bulb or something else.

Making toys like dolls filled with rice and beans your kids can play with is good too.
Nothing like an edible doll your kid loves to carry. lol
Keeping feet warm, so socks are important.
Could make for nice little worm dolls.and black gloves can turn into stuffed spiders lol
Even child size can be used to keep hands warm.
These are basic survival things to have and keep together in a container or back pack.
Remember, you need at least 7 days for help to reach you and during that time you need to stay strong and warm.

Have a Zipidee day folks