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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Carnivores..............

Humans are carnivores. We were not created to be. When God made Adam and put him in the garden, there was no death intended. Man ate the vegetation and fruit. It was after man fell from grace and had to leave the garden that God took the skins of animals to clothe them both. The fear of man was put into animals for self preservation and man no doubt enjoyed his first steak. Well, man was created to live forever and it seems sort of a coincidence that his days were cut short after he began to eat meat. Well I am sure it's not that simple but anyway. That is a whole different story. Mans appendix is a left over from the vegetarian days.
Well, as time went on man developed farming abilities and could grow food as well as keep animals easy to domesticate. He found that the wool/fleece of different animals could be used for garments as well as their skins. So in the early days man took good care of his animals, he depended on them for everything. Now we do not take care of them, we abuse them. The farming practices over the last 100 years or so have become barbaric. We no longer care for the food animals with anything near respect or kindness. Not unless you are a small time farmer who raises animals for their own use. For public consumption they are raised on huge food lots and sent to slaughter under the most inhumane conditions.
The general public turns their heads and ignores this. I no longer can. I know I can't do anything about it other than protest but I can stop being a part of it.
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This picture above is of Dudley from the Gentle Barn in Tennessee. I fell in love after reading his story. The poor guy got his foot tangled in something and lost a foot. The farmer sent him to the Gentle barn and they got him a new foot, you must read his story. He is a wonderful personality and when you get to know any animal, you understand that they are individuals. They have feelings like we do and most certainly feel fear and pain.A farmer can not afford to become emotional or get attached to his animals, but this farmer did after taking care of Dudley. Simular stories about other animals you will hear at the Gentle Barn. Well, all animals and birds are like that. Get to know them and you are not going to eat them.
Give Dudley a kiss.
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When I was a child I was raised in a small village. I saw animals going in the back door at the butchers. The cattle market on Wednesdays. None of the animals were abused and all were very healthy. They ate good green grass and hay. They had grains and good food to make them fat naturally. The sheep were raised and shorn for wool and sent to market.
We would hand raise the babies who were rejected or sick and then they would go off with the rest. I think we were naive, I never thought about what happened to them.
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The sheep went off in a big truck but were processed locally and so the ride was a short one. I am sure they were afraid but they went to market and were bought and taken to the butchers where the deed was done. They live a good if short life until then.
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I never did like the taste of lamb or mutton and I have never eaten veal.
The thought now of eating a baby animal is just too horrible. After I found out how the veal calfs are treated I could never ever eat veal. Or lamb for that matter.
Don't get me wrong. I love meat. I am a carnivore. I love bacon and pork. Again, once I found out what happens to the pigs, how the sow is stuck in a small cage to feed her babies, cant move or ever see the light of day. No, its insane. Pigs seem to be treated the worst of all. I am not debating or getting into details because people who want to know can find out. Plenty of research has been done and proof of the cruelty of the workers in the factories are documented in plenty of detail on film.
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Henry and Horton from the Gentle Barn, they are funny and sweet. Very intelligent.
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The people at the barn tell stories of mischief, and you can see it in that face can't you.
I have videos of cows being released into a field after being in a barn all their lives. The joy and happiness melts my heart.
So I have decided to once more try to not eat beef or pork. I can not at this time go vegetarian. I will eat chicken and fish, turkey. Just not any of the big animals that I love.
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The dairy industry needs a complete overhaul too. How cruel to take away the baby as soon as its born to prevent it from taking mums milk. The cow has to have a calf in order for the cow to produce milk. If its a male then it is destroyed and female raised for milk or food. I am sure the males become veal cows. They are chained in a small hut so that they cant move and raised mostly in the dark to produce tasty meat.
I can't at this time not drink milk or milk products. I must make a start though and that is the line I am comfortable with at this time. No beef or pork. I already do not eat sheep or veal.
I try to get free range eggs, or non caged chickens eggs. When we are out and about we look for farms that sell eggs.
I am thinking of getting a few chickens for the back yard but have to figure out how as I cant keep a rooster because I live in town. Guess people don't want to get woke up at the crack of dawn? Anyway.......We had chickens once and about half turned out to be male and so we had the killed for meat. I could not eat it. I gagged when I cooked it and just could not eat it. When chickens are hatched for sale the males are all sent down a conveyer belt and crushed to death. That goes into pet foods. When did we become so hardened to all this.?
Yes animals have always had a hard time at the hands of man. Horses worked to death, abused for entertainment. I will never ever go or take a child to a circus. I will never go to Spain until they stop with the bull fights and so on.
It's not much but I make a stand where I can. I wish we could stop all the cruelty in the world but It's not possible. Some day man will realize what we have become.
All the hormones in cattle food has already had an impact. Our children mature at an early rate, most likely due to the hormone consumption. Now we have to worry about growth hormone and genetic modification. We do not know what we are doing.Even vegetables are not immune from that. Our food is no longer pure or even safe sometimes. So, go organic if at all possible. yes it costs more but what is your health worth?

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Winter Blues.................

We have snow now, plenty of it. Today it was wet and heavy, sleet came down along with fluffy snow. It's not that cold really all concidered. So it stayed wet an heavy. Gerry did get the snow blower going so didn't have to do it all by hand. Midway through afternoon I heard the dripping start. Our roof leaks. It's hard to find out where it's coming in. The roof is new, but it's an add on so it could be from where the two roofs join, or more likely the ice gets up under the shingles. In any case, until Spring when we will redo the roof it has to be dealt with.
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I went out to take a picture. Gerry said Tristen has taken the axe and didn't know where it was. He needed it to chop the ice off the roof.
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Gerry was not at all happy. Tristen could not remember where it was and so tomorrow I guess I will be digging in the snow to try to find it. We have to clear the roof in any case. The weight of the snow can damage the roof and destroy things when it comes off. Last year the ice came down in chunks and I thought the porch would cave in. Next year when the weather is good and he redoes the porch and the roof I want an electric barrier thing put up so it keeps it from freezing. Icicles can inpale a person when they come down.
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I took a few pictures this morning. The snow was deep heavy and wet. No school today. Roads too bad.
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Look at my bird feeders
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Tristen was determined to have fun. He was yapping to the man over the road who was shoveling his drive. Poor guy.
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The fence all but disappeared. This is looking up 9th st from my front path.
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The front of the house
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The branches are weighted down
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Looking up Oak street.
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The poor Apple tree will get it's branches broken pretty soon. Every winter it holds heavy snow and some of the branches are dying, so at some point I will need a new tree.
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I will have to trim it heavy this Spring.
Can you see the wheel Barrow under all that snow? Looking towards Bud's house, the blue one. I( can barely make it out, the postman must be careful not to fall over it if he cuts across.
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Well, the birds are fed. I put out food, bread for those who need it. The squirrels eat a lot of it but I am trying to feed the Crows. Any scraps go out for those who want it. This weather keeps most in hiding. Can't say as I care to be out myself when its so wet. Certainly not fit for driving. Winter has been short this year but when it comes, it comes.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Winters afternoon...................................

The sun came out and the sky was blue. So I asked Gerry if he wanted to take us for a ride.We went. Tristen has another cold so was not really into it but we went and he was fine with it. I think it was about 30 degrees and no wind. So we headed out to Empire. I wanted some pictures. The last time we went in Winter there was a lot more snow. In fact piles of it. Today there was hardly any. I took a few pictures along M72 on the way. I love the old barn, in summer it has held antiques (for a long time) and then an art center. Now I think it will be antiques again. Will wait till summer to find out.
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The trees were looking pretty.
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We headed into Empire and down to the beach.
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There were more people on the beach than I expected. There were people out on the small lake in ice shanties.
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From there we went on into Glen Haven. I just took a quick couple of pictures there. It was a bit colder there.
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We went via the Lighthouse as the parking lot was clear.
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There were people up on the Dunes, some were sledding. What a great idea. Maybe another day.
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D H Day barns and house look lovely in the snow.
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On through Glen Arbor and got delicious coffee and pastries. Then on to our fav beach at Port Oneida.
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And back up we go, harder going up
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The trees just look so beautiful.
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No wildlife but the red barns sure look lovely in the snow.
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Poor Tristen was just not into it but made a valient effort. Gerry doesn't get out of the car. I could have walked forever but, well, time to go home. There is always another day. At least we got out.




Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The worst of me..................

I just read this.........and I need to improve when it comes to my distaste of certain "celebrity" "political" people who really get on my nerves. I must do better............."Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice."Proverbs 24:17...........sigh!!! we need to instead, pray for them. I am guilty. I have also criticized another for doing just that when it was someone I liked (politician) who fell from grace......................I see my fault, confess it and hope to do better. I am not happy about it but I do see that we can not be "Christlike" by behaving in that way. I need help with this.
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I wrote this on Facebook yesterday. I am so sick of politics. I am not political simply because I can not vote, I am not a citizen and nor will I become one. I do believe in the right to vote but more than this I believe we should stay apart from this world. At least for me this holds true.
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I believe in paying my taxes, being a good citizen and following the laws of the land as best I can. I follow my conscience and I am a Christian. That means I try my best to do what God wants me to do. Having said that, I fail, often. That is one reason I need Christ in my Life. I think I was reminded of this when I read a page of "Our Daily Bread".
I despise people like Donald Trump and Sara Palin for that matter. So I was reminded it is NOT my place to judge. More than that it is not my place to put them down. I get angry when I just see that mans face. That must stop. I think it very unfair that a man like Borak Obama who has worked so hard to make this country better, has succeeded in many areas to make us better off after his 8 years in office, kept us pretty much from war and all that. While the previous lot made billions on the war effort, profited from the death of other peoples sons and daughter and left the country in such a mess. Yet they can not see we are better off now. I do NOT want to see Republicans get back in. They say they are Christian, well I don't believe that, not the way they behave. I could but won't get into all that.
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Oh I have my opinions and I am vocal when it comes to expressing them. I see so much that is unfair. The poor are condemned, the immigrants trashed. Well............then, what can I do?
Instead of spouting off about it I need to do something. I have no idea what. I don't have money. Well, I waste money, that's another issue I have to work on.
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I can help people when an opportunity arises and I think I do, but I should be able to do more. I will work on that. My first love is animals. I have a heart that loves them. Maybe that's my place but I also feel for the homeless and I am not sure what I can do about that because no opportunity to help has arisen. I am sure the Lord will lead me. So far I have had enough to do within my own family but.....I can do more.
Back to the original thought. Mr Trump is none of my business. I will try to avoid anything to do with him. It will be hard to not be sarcastic or to name call because I despise him. I have no right to do that. Then there is Rush Limbaugh and that hateful swine. There I said it. See thats what happens to me when I think about those people. Bigots and haters. I must NOT become one and I think the Lord has pointed that out to me. So for what it's worth. I promice to do better. I have said it publically and I must try very very hard to follow through. Everything is in God's hands and not mine I must remember that too. We each have our own journey and I must not get sidetracked.

Monday, January 4, 2016

When a cat comes to call..................

When a cat comes to call and moves right in. What the heck happened, here I was happy enough being a one cat family and along comes this bundle of nonsense. Ok so it was cold and hungry and apparently homeless. Laura fed it but couldn't take it in because she has 7 already and didnt't want to leave her alone with them all, besides she can't have any more. (she has orders) So as she had an appointment, very convenient that.............she brings this midget cat thing over here. Well.... by the time she came back it was all settled in and not going anywhere. Meanwhile it has fattened up and is now terrorizing the house.Does she look like she is going anywhere? (below)
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So Boots is a more dignified cat, well apart from the constant yowling when food is present she is. Sort of... or unless some one comes to visit, then she will squat on anyone's lap who won't dump her. Mainly she is an outside cat. Unless it rains, or apparently if it's cold. Then she does the same as the poodles, she goes out, sniffs, turns and comes in. I have to be the doorman and stand and wait for her to decide if it's in or out, or in, or out or............
So Boots does not like moist cat food. She does not like treats except for cat nip, that she loves and gets all silly like cats do. Then she must have a head ache because she proceeds to smack poodle faces if they try to see whats wrong with her.
Anyway.........the two are becoming used to each other. They sit opposite and stare. Then last night and the night before I heard them thundering across the ceiling must have been playing tag or something. It also explained why my linen closet door was open and the towels were falling out on the floor. Hmmmmm. Boots never did that.
To day I gave Betty, that's her name, some milk. Boots came around the corner and saw it.
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Well........the air turned decidedly chilly. She has milk? I do not have milk! I want milk.
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....and proceeded to get closer and closer until Betty stepped back.
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Boots finished the milk and Betty retreated to the cupboard for a wash giving Boots a threatening look.(below)
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This afternoon I was working trying to sort my sewing stuff, all the drawers and cupboard got sorted. I got a lot of help from Betty.
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I emptied out a drawer and in popped Betty. Tail hanging out the hole. I put the drawer back and into the drawer she popped again.
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I was sorting on the table and she jumps on a vacant chair, stretches over to me and got as tall as she could to get into my face. I ignored her. Opened a drawer and by golly into that one she goes. What a pest.
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I went to the bathroom and yes, she came too. I like to stand in the bathroom window to take pictures of birds so naturally she has to get into the window to block the view and natter at the birds. That ended that project because I could not see around her. Next time bathroom door will be firmly shut. I have to clean the window every time I want to take pictures because there is kitty snot all over it. She bout broke her neck when a Chickadee flew past and she fell off the window sill. She has explored the toilet bowl but has discovered the water bowls taste better I just hope she does not notice that the poodles do not drink from the water bowl but from my glass. She is adapted already to being housebound. So far she is enjoying the stay. I reserve judgement.