Thursday, October 04, 2012

Two Words; Justin Trudeau

Finally after all these years, possibly something exciting in Canadian politics. I am not completely convinced he is the man to lead the Liberal party but there certainly isn't anyone else worthy. I am mostly an NDP supporter but even they disappoint more often than not. Rest in peace Jack Lawton. In case you don't know what I'm talking about, Justin Trudeau has announced his candidacy for the leader of the Liberal party. This with all the talk going around about cooperation or even a merger between the Liberals and the NDP.

Justin Trudeau Announcement Speech

If Justin is even partly like his father then we have a chance of not only hanging on to our Canadianism, but to also correct the damage that Harper has inflicted on the middle class, low income, the disabled like me, low income seniors, the far north, GMO, our international reputation, and most importantly our environment. This is a country that is proud and loves our natural resources. Not gas and oil, but water, trees, rocks and at every turn Harper destroys it. Just google 'Harper destruction' to read the latest or at the end of this post there is a link.

I realize Justin Trudeau is his own man but surely such a powerful, colourful and intelligent man as his father, former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, must have had a strong influence on his children. Let me remind you of a few things our former P.M. had to say:

Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is affected by every twitch and grunt.
        Addressing the Press Club in Washington, D.C. (25 March 1969)

    Canada regards herself as responsible to all mankind for the peculiar ecological balance that now exists so precariously in the water, ice and land areas of the Arctic archipelago. We do not doubt for a moment that the rest of the world would find us at fault, and hold us liable, should we fail to ensure adequate protection of that environment from pollution or artificial deterioration.
        House of Commons Debate (24 October 1969)

Fuck off.
        Comment alleged to have been made to an opposition MP in the House of Commons, as quoted in Trudeau in Power (1971) by Walter Stewart, p. 47
Oh, I don't know...fuddle-duddle or something like that.
            Comment to the media, explaining what he told the MP.

I've been called worse things by better people.
        When it was reported to him that President Richard Nixon had called him an "asshole" (1971)
The next time you see Jesus Christ, ask Him what happened to the just society he promised 2,000 years ago.
        Reply to a high school student's question about what happened to Trudeaus' promises of a "Just Society", Regina, Sask., (1972)

Justin appears to be a 'say it as you see it' type just as his father was which will be sure to shake up the old boys club. I am personally tired of the politically correct script full of lies that has been 'harped' to us for years. Telling us what we want to hear even though everyone knows its a lie. Justin will probably never get away from being compared to his father, but in his own right he is being heard. Do a search for him at YouTube to listen to what he has to say. Canada needs to get rid of th e old boys politics and step into this century. I think it is horrible that it's 2012 and we have a prime minister who stills takes with one hand and lies with the other while at every turn destroying our environment. I could post my list of Harper complaints like like Tar sands, super prisons, GMO corn, destruction of our environment, bad mistakes in Iran, making it harder financially on the disadvantaged....  I'm willing to bet you have your own list. Check out the latest:

Harper Government Cancels 3000 Pipeline and Environmental Projects

Perhaps your not a Liberal, I'm usually NDP, but doesn't this news thrill you, at least a little? It thrills me to bits and I will be watching closely. Let me know yours thoughts by leaving a comment below.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Can You Tell If Your Kitty Is Constipated?

I have not posted in a bit, sorry, end of season clean up, canning, resting, more resting and just over doing it has kept me away. I have to post today however because during my quest to help one of my kitties become healthier I came across a fantastic site which I would like to share. First off it is about kitty poo, but don't let that put you off because it is a mini course about the whole digestive journey from one end to the other, explaining all that can go wrong, how to fix it and how to prevent problems occurring in the first place. What helps kitty stay healthy, what can cause problems and when you need a vet. Vets of course are very expensive and the site has many things that you can do yourself to solve digestive situations. I came upon it while researching about kitty constipation. I usually give a few spoon fulls of pumpkin puree but I was wondering if there was more I could do.

I'm quite aware that if you are not a cat person then this link is not for you, but you may just find it interesting regardless and could forward it to some cat lovers in your life. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Kitty Treat Warning - Purebites (but still buy them)

The treats that I give my three cats are called 'Pure Bites' beef liver. Three cats go threw a bag very quickly and when i run out i don't like to give them other things since purebites is such a healthy treat, one ingredient period. There is also a shrimp one, and some others but beef liver is fantastically healthy for cats.

I decided to save money by buying the 120 gram bag ( sounds small but remember it's dehydrated)  they make for dogs, same one ingredient; freeze dried beef liver. Now first off, if you have this in your home, wet your finger slightly and touch it to the top of one of these treats, it instantly sticks, keep that in mind as I go on. Yesterday i gave all three cats their treat and Tron started making bubbly hiss noises while flipping around the floor scratching frantically at his own face. He quickly recovered before I could grab him and spit out the treat only to eat it again without problems. I assumed incorrectly that he tried to swallow too big of a piece.

Today at treat time the same thing happened to 22lb Bobby. I'm still bleeding but more importantly so is Bobby from self-inflicted wounds. (He will be fine). It turns out there is a difference between the cat bags and dog bags of this treat besides saving money, in the cat bags the pieces are around 90% broken where in the larger dog bags the pieces are approx. 20% broken. Each piece whole (same size between cat and dog bags) is about 1" x 1.75" perfect to jam into the space on the roof of a cats mouth and 'stick' there with its end 'sticking' down into his throat. If you have ever observed the roof of a cats mouth, the center is a deep space between the gums, about 1" wide. One of these treats whole fits snugly and firmly into the space. Bobby who is a food addict did not bite a piece off delicately as some cats might, but neither did athletic 10lb Tron. 8lb Dory did and always will with all her food.

If this happens you need to quickly hook your own finger nail into it the piece and flick it out of the space. The actual answer to this problem is in fact to break unbroken pieces from either the cat or dog bags into quarters before feeding them to cats and keep fresh water nearby. Its that easy ( I now know ). So if you don't already know this, go ahead and save by buying the bigger bag for dogs, but break them up. This may also be true for the chicken one which is about the same shape. The fish and shrimp ones are much smaller pieces but I only have experience with the liver.

So go ahead and break them up and save money they really are one of the healthiest treats that can be purchased at pet stores. High in crude protein, low fat, one ingredient, no preservatives, no fillers or colour, 10 calories per whole piece, and high in nutrients that cats need to be healthy.

I'm currently researching how to make my own though it would not be freeze dried but dehydrated. I may be too grossed out about handling liver in that way since I'm currently not a meat eater. Will keep you updated if I do this.

Have a puuurfect week.

Update: I have contacted Purebites regarding this and hope they will expand their faq entry regarding feeding instructions to include cats, not just dogs as well as perhaps feeding instructions on their products. Will post the reply if I receive one.

Thursday, June 28, 2012


2 good sized zucchini were hidden beneath the leaves. The largest of the 2 is 1 lb 8 oz.
The only fertilizer so far is good old matured cow manure. Matured means old poop not
 old cows. What is so surprising to me is that I transferred them in late and it is not even
 July yet.

Friday, June 08, 2012

Chive Blossom Vinegar

Chive Blossom Vinegar I found on a site I visit weekly. Kevin, the owner of the site lives in a beautiful, historic estate, with wonderful gardens and the inside is to die for. He and his partner have restored it to its original beauty.  You can visit his site to get information on joining a garden tour this summer.
Kevin posts about his grandmother secrets in the kitchen, his indoor and outdoor gardening plants and tricks, and most of all his kitchen recipes. I often try many and usually have wonderful success such as recently the chive vinegar he posted. Here are my results as follows.
I had bought a couple cute wine bottled shape glass bottles with old fashioned lids on it at the dollar store and intended to use them for homemade syrups for coffee. Instead I used one for chive vinegar because my two large groups of chives were in full bloom when I saw Kevin's post. I gathered blooms, and rinsed them to get rid of bugs. Instead of wine vinegar I used regular white vinegar. Filled the bottle halfway with vinegar and pushed threw all the chive blooms. It was so pretty just like that:

The directions are to leave the bottle outside for two weeks in a sunny spot. I left mine on my back porch which gets full sun all day long. As the days ticked by the vinegar turns pink and after two weeks it not only looks wonderful but smells and tastes delicious and I could barely wait to dribble it on greens from my garden and a few wild strawberries. Feta is also a great addition to the flavour.
Thank you Kevin for this vinegar and your wonderfully educational site.

Beautiful pinkish colour and very garlic/chive flavour
Not garlic scapes pictured but leek scapes and heirloom italian brocoli leaves, kale & wild strawberries.

Note: if you are struggling with an african violet or bulb problem, check out his site for that reason too.

Please feel free to comment or ask questions and I would love to hear ideas on how to make other vinegars though I have experimented with many. Just think, you will be the first to make a comment on this blog if you do!!!!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Strawberries and Blueberries

Well the garden  is off to a great start this year. So far 3 new fruit and veg beds and two new flower beds. Lots of work for sure which is why I am still lying in bed at 2:45 pm. Some of last years planting are finally showing life this spring. Most importantly to me is the blueberries, they have already bloomed and are now forming little blue berries, so cute. I think all the used tea leaves have been dumping around their trunks are great help because they took off like a rocket this spring.

The wild strawberries that were everywhere when I first moved here have been somewhat contained and this year they are fruiting at least a month early which is as a result of our freakish weather. Talk about global warming, we are setting many records. March was pretty much like the middle of summer. It cooled off slightly in April and even had frost one night and now it is May and it might as well be August. I am not complaining though, my health is so much better in warmer weather. Back to the strawberries, I have already had a few bowls full and even my mother sounded surprised when I told her about them. Well here is the proof, little tiny sweetness:

The dahlias are just poking out as are the Canna lillies. The irises and regular lilles are already blooming and a beautiful site in my front yard is the foxglove and clematis in full bloom not to mention my french lavender. 


Happy Gardening!!! Feel free to comment below!!!

Sunday, May 13, 2012