Sunday, November 10, 2013

Cleaning out the Pantry

This is a good time to clean out the pantry.  It does take a lot of time removing all the cans and bottles and jars and boxes, but after your pantry is dusted and washed out, you realize just how much good food you have stored up and make plans for using it this late fall and winter.  Separate out the home canned goods from last year from the goodies you canned this year and get the old stuff used up first.  I have some apple sauce that will make a delicious bread within the week.

Got a good recipe to share?   This one looks good!  I would make it with dried cranberries.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Hard Times, Tough Times

The aftermath off Hurricane Sandy has left so many people homeless and without food, warmth and necessary supplies.  There are reports of people scrounging in dumpsters to find whatever food they can. Residents of Staten Island are out of food.  Power has not been restored completely in affected areas and people are suffering.

If you can, donate to the charity of your choice to help alleviate the problems of the victims of Hurricane Sandy 

The hurricane and the derecho storm this past summer should be a wake up call for us to be prepared for a natural or other disaster.  Here is a helpful website that will help you focus on what you will need. 

The Basic Rules of Survival During Hard Times

Friday, July 8, 2011

Busted for Gardening!

Do you live in an area that limits what you can grow in your own yard?  I know some folks live in neighborhoods where a neighborhood association controls what you can and cannot grow, but, for the rest of us, by and large, we have creative freedom on how we landscape our gardens.

With the weakness of our current economy and with the rapid rise in food prices, it only makes sense to try to grow some of our own food.   But not in Oak Park, Michigan!  After her front yard was dug up when a sewer line was replaced, Julie Bass decided to put in attractive raised vegetable beds instead of replacing the lawn.  Her new garden is a delight to see.  Very tidy and no weeds.

Unfortunately, Julie is facing 93 days in jail for planting a garden in her front yard!  Read more here.

Here are pictures of Julie Bass' tidy garden and yard. 

Friday, July 2, 2010

Green Eggs and Scam

With HEARTY apologies to Dr. Seuss and his heirs. A friend of mine posted this on Facebook and I added the last two lines.

Green Eggs and Scam

I do not like this Uncle Sam, I do not like his health care scam.

I do not like these dirty crooks, or how they lie and cook the books.

I do not like when Congress steals,

I do not like their secret deals.

I do not like the speaker Nan,

I do not like this 'YES WE CAN'.

I do not like this spending spree,

I'm smart, I know that nothing's free,

I do not like your smug replies, when I complain about your lies.

I do not like this kind of hope.

I do not like it. nope, nope, nope!

I do not like Obama's plan!

His hope and change, it is a scam!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Watch this blog

Make sure you take a peek at Unlimited Random. This gal does book reviews and is nice person all around!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Tragedy to Triumph - American Entrepeneurship at it's Best

The temporary cap on the Deep Horizon Oil Well is not adequate to collect the crude oil that copiously gushes into the Gulf of Mexico. This is a great environmental tragedy, but it is not the time to point fingers of blame at companies, to send down lawyers to threaten lawsuits or to lecture governors. Instead, it is time to encourage the American People to do what they have always done best, and that is to make the best of a bad situation by making it profitable to solve a given problem.

Technical solutions to this environmental problem are really straightforward and do not require any more studies by the federal government because these problems have been discussed for years. First, keep the oil off your main shoreline by all means possible. You can block it from coming ashore by dredging artificial islands and by filling the gaps with booms. Second, you can burn the oil on the surface of the water using fire boom technology which has been with us for years. Third, you can chemically disburse the oils, although this has been controversial lately as some fishermen have become ill from the disbursants. They are not hazard free, but less problematic than having the oil reach the shore. Finally, there are oil-water separator ships used by the Saudi Arabians and other allies that may lend us the vessels to correct this problem. These ships would siphon the oil off the water, separate it, and return unsullied water to the Gulf.

When the oil does hit the shore, and it has, you had better be ready, and not wait for FEMA or some other Federal Agency to help you. Here is what states, businesses and individuals can do:

The great American oil refineries in Houston and across this country, but led by Houston and especially GATX, should to be given presidential permission to upgrade and expand their facilities and increase their shifts to 24/7 operations in order to receive the contaminated oil. Once they have that permission, they can receive the slurry of contaminated oil, re-crack it, and turn it into products such as the petroleum engineers determine. These could be everything from fetilizers, to plastics to asphalts. More than likely, the heavy oil would only be able to be used for heavy products like plastics and asphalt because of the evaporation that occurs at sea and the weathering effect of the sun and sea on the petroleum.

Once the American petroleum companies have received permission to expand their facilities, they should invite and encourage Fishermen, Watermen and other interested parties to be involved in all aspects of the oil cleanup operation with the incentive that they will pay fair market value for the oil collected. Usually emergency HAZMAT cleanup is pretty profitable, and it would keep Americans working instead of being laid off and sitting around at the marina, drinking coffee and feeling sorry for themselves. The best of the American Spirit would rise up - that we can do something to stop and even solve this massive oil spill problem.

The Seafarers know more about going to sea and handling cleanup than the government could ever teach them. Get out of their way and let them create their own plans to collect the oil. They'll do it.

Where volunteers and entrepreneurs are lacking, use forced labor because this is a national emergency. This means prisoners, others in trouble with the law, and welfare recipients, who should give back to their communities instead of taking. This is not about skilled work. We are talking about picking up blobs of oil from the beach, putting it in trash bags, and hauling it off to be dumped in an oil bin. Obviously, work camps would be segregated according to the risks demanded by the different communities.

This is a problem that is not going to go away in a a few weeks or even a few months. The oil spill problem may last for years the way the current leadership is handling it. We may need people to collect oil and contribute to oil spill clean up for quite a while, but it is one way to keep the American private flotilla of fishing and recreational boats and the American Merchant Marine ready reserve fleet fully operational. It would also provide economic incentive to help with the clean up operations.

Scott and Ruth Seiler

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Introducing a New Blog

The blog named "Seiler's Little Paradise" is about the transformation of a small piece of property into a micro homestead.

These folks will explore the joys of remodeling, gardening, poultry raising, alternative energy including wind, solar and hydro power, and self sufficient, self reliant living.

Having a little piece of earth to call your own and to try to live off of is a dream that this family is trying to make a reality.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A Diagonal Dishcloth

This one is a little more challenging as it teaches the beginning knitter add stitches and remove stitches.

Cast on 3
Row 1: Knit 2, Yarn Over (YO), Knit to end
Row 2: Knit 2, YO, Knit to end

Repeat these rows until you have 43 stitches on the needle or make the dishcloth as large as you want. Then......

Knit one, Knit 2 together, YO, Knit two together, knit to end

Repeat this row until you have three loops left.

Cast off.

This is a very nice simple dishcloth.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Knitted Dishcloths

Greetings, seekers of the simple life. How about a simple project that is not expensive, is relaxing, and creates a useful household item? I'm talking about knitted dishcloths. These cotton beauties are durable and attractive. The patterns are forgiving, and who cares if you mess up a stitch when you know that you are contributing to sustainable living by making a washcloth instead of buying one woven in China or some other place! Those may be cheap, but making these dishcloths and using a US or Canadian produced cotton thread helps to keep jobs here on this continent.

I won't ask you to grow your own cotton and spin the fibers into something that resembles a worsted weight wool, although some self-sufficient types have a thing or two to teach me about that basic aspect of the cotton fiber. You can get lovely cotton thread anywhere you can buy wool or fabric. I'm using the Peaches and Cream worsted weight cotton. It is perfect for the job.

If you are a beginning knitter, these are good learning projects for you. The first is a simple checkerboard/basket weave patterned dishcloth.

Basket Weave Face Cloth

Use size 8 knitting needles. If your tension is too loose, try a smaller needle.

Cast on 40 stitches
Rows 1 - 4: Knit
Rows 5 - 10: K4 *K4,P4* 4 times, K4
Rows 11 - 16: K4 *P4,K4* 4 times, K4
Repeat Rows 5 - 16 until desired length
Knit 4 rows
Cast off
Use a crochet hook to weave any extra threads into the cloth.

Since rows 5 - 10 make 8 squares to a row besides the garter stitch edging, I just made an 8 x 8 square.

To be continued......

How Simple is Life?

In my reading of articles and magazines, so many writers are bemoaning how complicated life is and how we need to return to a simpler lifestyle. Today's economic situation, the coming higher taxes and surcharges, and the rising unemployment (thanks a lot, Congress!)make a return to the simpler life and a lifestyle of less consumption increasingly attractive. The Radiant Times staff is examining our current lifestyle and looking for ways to uncomplicate our lives. There will always the reality of long commutes and job requirements, but we are beginning to develop a method whereby we can live healthier and more simply.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Sitting in their Ivory Palace

So now it is finally released - the hulking form of the House Health Care Bill. Incomprehensible, incomplete, impractical, oppressive, and Congress excluding, this onerous piece of legislation will be voted on next week!

And from her gilded Ivory Palace Nancy Pelosi peered down upon the lowly and ignorant masses (at least those she had deemed lowly and ignorant) and declared that only those in Congress knew what was best for the American People. Alas, Congress had long since become insensitive to the cries of their constituents. They were now sycophantic and self serving, with a false assumption of royalty. They had forgotten the wisdom of the people. They had forgotten restraint. They had forgotten humility and the sacred trust of the office they held. Instead, members of Congress became drunk on the money they were trusted to spend for the betterment of the nation. They, though mere elected officials, grasped the power of their office as a birthright. And truly, some of the people, their constituents, were so ill informed or so cowed and coerced or bribed or outright lied to with promises of entitlements that perpetuate dependency, that certain of their number - such notables as Barney Frank, Charles Rangel, Harry Reid, Barbara Boxer, Barbara Mikulski, Chris Dodd, Steny Hoyer, Benjamin Cardin, and many others - continued to be re-elected.

How does the travesty end? How does the modern reign of those who believe in the Divine Right of Representatives and Senators end? There are two possibilities.

1. The nation falls under the weight of its own bloat. Inflation rises, national debt rises, taxes rise, and the people continue to suffer more and more to the point of violent rebellion, or secessions as states fall away from the malignant pieces of legislation birthed from viewpoints opposed to the original intentions of the founders of the nation.

2. The people peacefully rise up, become informed of the acts of the great high Pelosi and those like her and seek to remove them from office. The will protest, and they will run for office themselves - the most capable among them - and they will win district by district. And common sense and wisdom will prevail in the land, and the people will see it and rejoice and be satisfied.

Rise up people! Peacefully protest! Call your Representatives and Senators!
Dethrone those who have made Congress an Ivory Palace.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Chicago Tribune Cartoon from 1934

Hello readers! Have a look at this old cartoon! Look familiar? Remind you of NOW?

Those who ignore the past are doomed to repeat it!

Thanks to Rex the Terrible for this picture.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Showing true colors?

Is Obama showing his true colors as a Socialist with Marxist leanings by giving in to the Russians and abandoning its plans for Third Site missile defence installations in Poland and the Czech Republic?

Whose side are you on, Mr. President? Our allies or our enemies?

Western Maryland Homeschool Choir

Now Hagerstown, Maryland has a premium music program for home schooled students!

Open Enrollment to October 1, 2009


Virginia Avenue Baptist Church
(South of the Halfway Blvd, Virginia Avenue intersection)
Hagerstown, Maryland


Thursday 2 pm


$50 first child in family, $40 second child in family, $30 third child in family
Parents are strongly encouraged to participate in Choir related fundraising activities.

This Choir will divide into two choirs after October 1 to provide a middle school/high school elective for older students and an elementary choral program.

Voice and piano lessons available upon request

For more information, leave a reply to this blog posting!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

What's in the Healthcare Bill?

For those of you who don't have time to read the bill, especially you Congressmen and women!
This is the bill as it stands in the house. Thanks to nutopia on LGF for posting this list!

Line by line provisions of the Obama Healthcare Plan.
Peter Fleckstein (aka Fleckman) is reading it and has been posting on Twitter his findings . This is from his postings (Note: All comments are Fleckman's)

Pg 22 of the HC Bill MANDATES the Govt will audit books of ALL EMPLOYERS that self insure!!

Pg 30 Section 123 of HC Bill - THERE WILL BE A GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE that decides what treatments/benefits you get

Pg 29 Lines 4-16 of the HC Bill - YOUR HEALTHCARE IS RATIONED!!!

Pg 42 of the HC Bill - The Health Choices Commissioner will choose YOUR HEALTHCARE Benefits for you. You have no choice!

Pg 50 Section 152 of the HC Bill - HEALTHCARE will be provided to ALL non US citizens, illegal or otherwise

Pg 58 of the HC Bill - Government will have real-time access to individuals finances & a National ID Healthcard will be issued!

Pg 59 Lines 21-24 of the HC Bill - Government will have direct access to your bank accounts for electronic fund transfers

Pg 65 Section 164 of the HC Bill - Payoff subsidized plan for retirees and their families in Unions & Community Organizations (ACORN)

Pg 72 Lines 8-14 of the HC Bill - Government is creating an HC Exchange to bring private HC plans under Government control

Pg 84 Section 203 of the HC Bill - Government mandates ALL benefit packages for private HC plans in the Exchange Pg 85 Line 7 of the HC Bill - Specs of Benefit Levels for Plans = The Government will ration your HC!

Pg 91 Lines 4-7 of the HC Bill - Government mandates linguistic appropriate services - Example: Translation for illegal aliens

Pg 95 Lines 8-18 of the HC Bill - The Government will use groups i.e., ACORN & Americorps to sign up individuals for Government HC plan

Pg 102 Lines 12-18 of the HC Bill - Medicaid Eligible Individuals will be automatically enrolled in Medicaid. No Choice

Pg 124 Lines 24-25 of the HC Bill - No company can sue the Government on price fixing. No "judicial review" against Government Monopoly

Pg 127 Lines 1-16 of the HC Bill - Doctors/AMA - The Government will tell YOU what you can make

Pg 145 Lines 15-17 of the HC Bill - An Employer MUST auto enroll employees into public option plan. NO CHOICE

Pg 126 Lines 22-25 of the HC Bill - Employers MUST pay for HC for part time employees AND their families

Pg 149 Lines 16-24 of the HC Bill - ANY Employer with a payroll of $400k and above who does not provide the Public Option must pay 8% tax on all payroll

PG 150 Lines 9-13 of the HC Bill - Businesses with payrolls between $251k and $ 400k that don't provide the Public Option must pay 2-6% tax on all payroll

Pg 167 Lines 18-23 of the HC Bill - ANY individual who doesnt have acceptable HC according to Government will be taxed 2.5% of income

Pg 170 Lines 1-3 of the HC Bill - Any NONRESIDENT Alien is exempt from individual taxes (Americans will pay)

Pg 195 of the HC Bill - Officers and Employees of HC Administration (GOVT) will have access to ALL Americans financial/personal records

Pg 203 Lines 14-15 of the HC Bill - "The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax". Yes, it says that

Pg 239 Lines 14-24 of the HC Bill - Government will reduce physician services for Medicaid. Seniors, low income, poor affected

Pg 241 Lines 6-8 of the HC Bill - Doctors, doesnt matter what specialty you have, will all be paid the same

Pg 253 Lines 10-18 of the HC Bill - Government sets the value of Doctor's time, professional judgement, etc. Literally value of humans

Pg 265 Section 1131 of the HC Bill - Government mandates and controls productivity for private HC industries

Pg 268 Section 1141 of the HC Bill - Federal Government regulates rental & purchase of power driven wheelchairs

Pg 272 Section 1145 of the HC Bill - TREATMENT OF CERTAIN CANCER HOSPITALS - Cancer patients, welcome to rationing!

Pg 280 Section 1151 of the HC Bill - The Government will penalize hospitals for what the Government deems preventable readmissions

Pg 298 Lines 9-11 of the HC Bill - Doctors that treat a patient during initial admission that results in a readmission - The Government will penalize you

Pg 317 Lines 13-20 of the HC Bill - OH MY GOD!!! - PROHIBITION on ownership/investment. The Government tells Doctors what/how much they can own

Pgs 317-318 Lines 1-3 and 21-25 of the HC Bill - PROHIBITION on expansion - Government is mandating that hospitals cannot expand

Pg 321 Lines 2-13 of the HC Bill - Hospitals have opportunigy to apply for exception BUT community input required. Can you say ACORN?!!

Pg 335 Lines 16-25 and Pgs 336-339 of the HC Bill - Governmtent mandates establishment of outcome based measures. HC the way they want. Rationing

Pg 341 Lines 3-9 of the HC Bill - Government has authority to disqualify Medicare Advanced Plans, HMOs, etc. Forcing people into the Government Plan

Pg 354 Section 1177 of the HC Bill - Government will RESTRICT enrollment of Special needs people!

Pg 379 Section 1191 of the HC Bill - Government creates more bureaucracy - Telehealth Advisory Committee. Can you say HC by phone?

Pg 425 Lines 4-12 of the HC Bill - Government mandates Advance Care Planning Consultant. Think Senior Citizens and the end of their life!
Pg 425 Lines 17-19 of the HC Bill - Government will instruct and consult regarding living wills, durable powers of attorney, etc. Mandatory!

Pg 425 Lines 22-25 and Pg 426 Lines 1-3 of the HC Bill - Government provides approved list of end of life resources, guiding you into death

Pg 427 Lines 15-24 of the HC Bill - Government mandates program for orders for end of life. The Government has a say in how your life ends

Pg 429 Lines 1-9 of the HC Bill - An "advanced care planning consultant" will be used frequently as patients health deteriorates

Pg 429 Lines 10-12 of the HC Bill - "advanced care consultation" may include an ORDER for end of life plans. AN ORDER from GOVERNMENT!

Pg 429 Lines 13-25 of the HC Bill - The Government will specify which Doctors can write an end of life order

Pg 430 Lines 11-15 of the HC Bill - The Government will decide what level of treatment you will have at end of life

Pg 469 of the HC Bill - Community Based Home Medical Services = Non profit Organizations. Hello, ACORN Medical Services has arrived!!!
Pg 472 Lines 14-17 of the HC Bill - PAYMENT TO COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS. 1 monthly payment to a community based organizations. ACORN?

Pg 489 Section 1308 of the HC Bill - The Government will cover Marriage and Family therapy. Which means they will insert Government into your marriage

Pgs 494-498 of the HC Bill - Government will cover Mental Health Services including defining, creating, rationing those services

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Dear President Obama


You told our lawmakers to "buck up" and pass health care legislation quickly. I am very concerned about your haste in wanting out nation to again spend money we do not have on a program that will be as unsuccessful as the universal health programs of Europe.

If this legislation passes, the people who will suffer are those who are the weakest among us - the elderly and those on fixed incomes. A rationed health care program does not benefit the health of a nation. It demotivates research for cures and causes needless suffering for those who have to wait for health care.

You want to tax the wealthy and employers heavily for this health care. Do you not see that you are making our nation unfriendly to businesses? Do you not see that you are promoting the transfer of business, jobs and wealth to other countries? Do you not see that your programs will cause greater dependency on the Government, and that our country will not be able to bear the bloated cost of providing for every person?

Why are you pushing so much change in this early part of your presidency? You have, with the stroke of your pen, already quadrupled our national deficit. You have taken over General Motors and you demand complicity with the Waxman/Markey Cap and Trade bill. I thought you did not want to raise taxes on those who earn less than $250,000 a year? Waxman/Markey is the biggest indirect tax on all energy consumers.

I question your wisdom, Mr. President. You who rose to your position of great power dependent on Government provisions, Government grants and even Government Affirmative Action programs. Is your goal to make everyone like you.....dependent on and provided for by the Government? God forbid. You are taking our nation down a dangerous path. Our enemies see us as weak because of you. Chinese students laugh at your Treasury Secretary when he claims the dollar is "safe". I hope the people of our nation will rise and oppose your plans and goals. I pray that many in Congress who approve of your reckless agenda will be replaced in 2010, and that our nation will have that beautiful bloodless coup to replace you in 2012, if you are not impeached before then.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

George Washington's Rules!

1. Every action done in company ought to be with some sign of respect to those that are present.

2. When in company, put notyour hands to any part of the body, not usually discovered.

3. Show nothing to your friend that may affight him.

4. In the presence of others sing not to yourself with a humming noise, nor drum with your fingers or feet.

5. If you cough, sneeze, sigh, or yawn, do it not loud, butu privately; and speak not in your yawning, but put your handkerchief or hand before your face and turn aside.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Death by Cheney

I think Dick Cheney is a good man and, had his health cooperated, may have been a very good president had he run and been elected. Thanks to my friends at LGF for this hilarious tidbit.

Click on the picture for a clearer view.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Mr. President, who's side are you on?

When President Obama sides with Hugo Chavez, Daniel Ortega and the Castro brothers, he gives rise to the possibility that he prefers a Marxist Socialist political model.

Here is what Reuters is reporting this morning:

U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday the coup that ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was illegal and would set a "terrible precedent" of transition by military force unless it was reversed.

"We believe that the coup was not legal and that President Zelaya remains the president of Honduras, the democratically elected president there," Obama told reporters after an Oval Office meeting with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.

Zelaya, in office since 2006, was overthrown in a dawn coup on Sunday after he angered the judiciary, Congress and the army by seeking constitutional changes that would allow presidents to seek re-election beyond a four-year term.

Yes, Manuel Zelaya is an elected president, but he was acting extra-constitutionally to grab power and institute a Chavez-like dictatorship in the Honduras.

Listen to what Charles Krauthammer has to say about this:

Here is another opinion about President Obama's decision about the Honduras coup:

So if Obama's foreign policy has already failed or is in the process of failing throughout the world, why is he refusing to reassess it? Why, with blood running through the streets of Iran, is he still interested in appeasing the mullahs? Why, with Venezuela threatening to invade Honduras for Zelaya, is he siding with Zelaya against Honduran democrats? Why, with the Palestinians refusing to accept the Jewish people's right to self-determination, is he seeking to expel some 500,000 Jews from their homes in the interest of appeasing the Palestinians? Why, with North Korea threatening to attack the US with ballistic missiles, is he refusing to order the USS John McCain to interdict the suspected North Korean missile ship it has been trailing for the past two weeks? Why, when the Sudanese government continues to sponsor the murder of Darfuris, is the administration claiming that the genocide in Darfur has ended?

The only reasonable answer to all of these questions is that far from being nonideological, Obama's foreign policy is the most ideologically driven since Carter's tenure in office. If when Obama came into office there was a question about whether he was a foreign policy pragmatist or an ideologue, his behavior in his first six months in office has dispelled all doubt. Obama is moved by a radical, anti-American ideology that motivates him to dismiss the importance of democracy and side with anti-American dictators against US allies.

One more source of information from the incomparable Neal Boortz. His article spells out the Honduran situation with great clarity.

President Obama, whose side are you on?