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    Saw this and thought you might find it interesting....

    America's best educated kids don't go to school - phillyburbs.com: Oped

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    You're in my thoughts, m'dear. Not much else to add, but since I know the blues and the difficulty of discord, I just wanted you to know that I'm thinking of you and the family Crabbies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ssn679doc View Post
    Saw this and thought you might find it interesting....

    America's best educated kids don't go to school - phillyburbs.com: Oped
    Thanks, doc! I just read it. I met Dr. Ray at a homeschool conference a few years ago - really nice guy, and very inspirational as well. His wife was so kooky wonderful that she almost immediately made me wish she were my crazy aunt or something. My favorite quote of the session at which I heard him speak is one where he baldly tells the audience that they decided to homeschool for a reason, so why should homeschooling parents copy their methods (as in attempting to recreate a public school experience in the home)?
    I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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    Day Whatever Raw Report - because I am now past 10 days, and no longer counting days...

    Still high raw with cooked and raw flesh added to. Still having fun - today was a raw corn chowder: fresh sweet corn, water, garlic, lime juice, sea salt, avocado wedge, pepper, garnish of chopped avocado and tomato and a drizzle of evoo, hubby got a dash of hot sauce. Was surprisingly creamy and delicate - I will make it again. Next up is a cucumber and basil soup - several kinds of basil are growing in the herb garden.

    Took my Ancient One to the vet - he turned up with a puffy lower jaw a day ago. We thought it was just one of his fangs cutting into his opposite gum, as he is semi-toothless, and as he really needed a thorough dental cleanup, he went under anesthetic for an extraction and tartar removal. I got a call halfway through the procedure - nope, not just an infection. That bump is a tumor that is consuming his lower jaw. Shit. As he is 19-1/2 years old, we won't pursue any aggressive measures. Vet says he has 4 to 6 months. What will happen is his lower jaw will fracture as the tumor makes his lower jaw bone more and more porous, if he doesn't choose to refuse food before that. So it will be daily cuddles until then, I guess. He bounced back from the dental just fine, and is upstairs pestering us for food as usual, so we aren't there yet obviously. At 4 to 6 months, he will just make it to his 20th birthday, which is Thanksgiving Day.

    Watching geriatric pets die really sucks.

    Third gets to start something new at the ST tomorrow - getting her slack-jawed eating habits under control. She always chews with her mouth wiiiiide open. We get to watch everything masticate. We are no longer willing to endure that, especially as she is almost 13. Like everything else, this has to be specifically trained and practiced under the guidance of a specialist as her muscles, especially the oral-facial ones, are not under her command. She is looking forward to it - a varied bag of snacks and foodstuffs is now to accompany her to every therapy hour - something real to practice with, you know. I am looking forward to seeing results in due time.

    Hubby announced to me that he wants to take my Sienna on his beer brewery trip, as all those guys won't fit into his Mazda, and I should take the old Astro or Venture. Nuh-uh - he should take one of those cars. Both of them seat 8, and if both of them are as trustworthy as he is making them out to be, he shouldn't have much problem taking an old Chevy to Cleveland, methinks. He is going on one of my therapy days, hence the car debates.

    My Internet service sucks everything you can think of out here, and just writing this is taking forever. The service constantly cuts out. Frontier has been here four times in the last ten days, sending a different man each time, mucking about, and nobody seems to know their stuff. They all contradict each other. Such bullshit - one annoyance about living in the sticks. It is barely better than satellite since they were here. I bet I could send a passenger pigeon and get faster service.

    Otherwise, we all are still healthy and stuff.
    I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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    Hi CC, so sorry to hear about your old kitty. Glad to hear she's still up for begging.
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    Crabbyone, I tried to PM you and I got an error message stating that you were using all your space or some such. I wanted to ask you something.

    Also, sorry about your cat. Sometimes I think it's harder to lose an animal because they never really do anything mean. They screw up, and even act out, but when all is said and done, they're just bundles of love.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoanieL View Post
    Crabbyone, I tried to PM you and I got an error message stating that you were using all your space or some such. I wanted to ask you something.

    Also, sorry about your cat. Sometimes I think it's harder to lose an animal because they never really do anything mean. They screw up, and even act out, but when all is said and done, they're just bundles of love.
    Okay - I think I freed up some space. Thanks for the cat condolences. Joanie. The tumor is growing wickedly fast already, so I don't think he will make it until November. Rudi is the last of the old guard...
    I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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    So. Time for an update.

    I have transitioned to cooked food now with no gain in weight or girth.

    I did some research into ancient wheats, and have decided to spend the money to get some einkorn flour in the house. I don't use flour anymore, neither do Second or Third, but First and Fourth do, as they are not really Primal yet, and I want to experiment with an ancient wheat to see what is going on there as far palatability/preparation/etc. I also dug up some traditional prep stuff from the WAPF people, so we will try soaking/souring/sprouting our flour/einkorn in addition to using that diploid wheat. My thinking is kind of "damage control" if those two are determined to eat wheat still.

    We took the kids to the zoo on Saturday - fun day. I got my very first pair of Vibrams, too! See -
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    They are nice to wear - I like the lace-up tops as they don't feel as constricting as the regular Vibrams. Wore them all day at the zoo, straight from the shoe store, without problem.

    And First and I are going on a road trip in October - we are going to the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough TN for the first time, just the two of us. It is the home of the International Storytelling Center, and I have a more than sneaking suspicion that First will decide that a little southern town, tucked away in the hills of the Blue Ridge, home to an international center concerning a subject she loves more than anything, is where she belongs. I won't mind - she could do a lot worse!

    We plan on camping in a tent at a TN State Park - first time evah tenting for us. Now we have to practice putting our tent up and sleeping in it here in the yard before we go...

    Had a statcare trip this evening with Third - she was bitten by some bug and it got infected inside of 24 hours, without her even scratching it. She has a minor history of such things - three years ago she was bitten by some nasty fly just as we were leaving a state park for the return trip home, and in the two hours it took us to get back to Dinkyville, her hand had swollen nearly 50%. So we dropped the trailer we were pulling, and I immediately took her back to town for the doc. Time before that she was bitten on the eyelid - that was a fast run to the ophthalmologist. Poor thing. But the doc told us that Third was his FIFTH bug bite patient of the day! The biting bugs are bad this year - Hubby and Second are getting eaten alive out there. Doc says it is because of our very wet summer this year. And it is wet - hubby's fave corn grower lost his crop already this season.

    Read a book that will turn my life on its head - "Zero Waste Home" by Bea Johnson. Every once in a while a book comes along that changes stuff, and this is another one. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

    And I have been losing some sleep researching this - Tumbleweed Tiny House Company - Welcome to our website !. And related sites. I think I really will build one.

    That's all for now, folks!
    I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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    Don't know how much space you have, or time, or inclination to do so, but there is a group out in california that sells einkorn seed. I thought, at one point, I wanted to grow some, and use a scythe to cut the grain. It would be a hellacious workout cutting grass with a scythe (and it makes for an awesome Halloween prop!) To grow enough wheat for your family would probably (VERY rough guess) take in the neighborhood of a 1/2 acre (depending on how much flour you use)......

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssn679doc View Post
    Don't know how much space you have, or time, or inclination to do so, but there is a group out in california that sells einkorn seed. I thought, at one point, I wanted to grow some, and use a scythe to cut the grain. It would be a hellacious workout cutting grass with a scythe (and it makes for an awesome Halloween prop!) To grow enough wheat for your family would probably (VERY rough guess) take in the neighborhood of a 1/2 acre (depending on how much flour you use)......
    Thanks, doc! We have a fraction less than 25 acres, subtracting what the house, driveway and yard take up. Almost entirely wooded hill, though, as when we moved out here, I was adamant that we not buy pasture or plowed field to mow as my kiddos were ages 1-1/2 to 7, Third had a four-day-a-week therapy schedule on top of tons of Clinic runs, hubby travelled lots, and the house was being redone on top of all that...

    But you have me thinking - I do have an unused flat spot down below. And I have tried a scythe before - my Oma used to have one and use it, too. Imagine a 4' 11" traditional Oma out there cutting tall grass with a scythe as tall as she is. This is the same woman who used to drag me into the woods with an axe, box saw, and length of chain so's I could help her drag fallen timber back out and cut it all up for the wood-burning stove she had in her kitchen.

    Do you think that the deer, groundhogs and bunnies will eat the sprouts and/or green stalks/seed heads??
    I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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