Solar flare danger – massive sunspot the size of Jupiter takes aim at Earth

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Red Dust:

Heads for her Faraday cage…..

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

The potential for a massive solar flare directed at Earth is looming large.

Sunspot-AR12192-Jupiter-EarthAn SDO/HMI view of the visible sun showing the largest sunspot of solar cycle 24, AR12192. Image via

Since rotating into view, the sunspot group AR12192 has continued to grow in size and complexity, becoming the largest sunspot of the current solar cycle, cycle 24 (SC24.) The region has produced numerous C and M-class flares including an X1 flare.

Xray[1]More at the WUWT Solar Reference Page

Animation of sunspot AR2192:

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NASA’s reports:

Solar activity is high. During the past 48 hours, monster sunspot AR2192 has produced a series of seven M-class solar flares of increasing intensity. The eruptions crossed the threshold into X-territory with an X1-class flare on Oct. 22nd. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded a powerful flash of extreme UV radiation in the sunspot’s magnetic canopy at 14:30 UT:


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This movie was fun, it has a “R” rating but compared to most movies this is really not R-ish…The worst is some cursing with the kid, giving him a little beer and a loaf of bread used to explain a boner.  There are many more jokes in this movie that made me giggle like when I was a kid and said curse words with my friends.

What do you do when you have an amazing talent and overwhelming passion for something and it totally takes over your life?  Sell it to the highest bidder and become a slave?  Work your ass off, almost kill yourself with stress, lose your family and friends, end up broke, desperate, and confused? Or maybe learn to become a master of your talents and passions. This movie gave me the giggles and was really fun to watch. I don’t like most movies that are out now. Their plots are like canned food, no nutrition and too much salt and bad fats. Most movies are all sex and violence, horrible writing, with too much action and all that gives me an upset tummy.

The Chef’s plot and character development are very surface skimming and fun, the relationships will warm your heart and lift you spirits. Don’t dive head first into this movie, nothing really deep to find. Added bonus, you get social media involved. I like how the writers figured out how to promote Twitter, super cute with product placement …wink-wink…


New study reveals that every single junk food meal damages your arteries

Red Dust:

I am so glad I stopped eating this crap 20 years ago! Don’t get me wrong, I still ate processed foods and until recently stopped at one of our local burger joints once a month as a treat. The food taste so bad now it’s not a treat and it makes me sick almost immediately. I am now off all processed foods and kicked my sugar habit. I feel so good! I will not shop the big brand-name places like Burger-King or McDonalds. I support our local small businesses. Took some time for me to figure out most processed foods are as bad as fast foods…our conveniences are killing us..

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02 NOV 2012
Mediterranean meals do not have the same effect

A single junk food meal – composed mainly of saturated fat – is detrimental to the health of the arteries, while no damage occurs after consuming a Mediterranean meal rich in good fats such as mono-and polyunsaturated fatty acids, according to researchers at the University of Montreal-affiliated ÉPIC Center of the Montreal Heart Institute. The Mediterranean meal may even have a positive effect on the arteries. The findings are being presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, which runs in Toronto until Wednesday, by the head of the study, Dr. Anil Nigam, Director of Research at the Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Centre (ÉPIC) and associate professor at the university’s Faculty of Medicine.

Bad fat vs. good fat

Dr. Nigam undertook the study to compare the effects of junk food and typical Mediterranean meal on the vascular endothelium: the inner lining…

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Apple Pie Is The Apple Of My Eye

Today on my task list besides cleaning my kitchen, steam juicing our wild apples and making an apple biscuit pie. I will be finishing up the first layer of color on my duck painting as well. I must paint during the first or middle part of the day. By evening I start crashing. I am a morning person for sure.


1 cup of wheat flour plus some, you may need to add more as you mix in liquid
1 cup of buckwheat flour
3/4 cup of butter or coconut oil
1 tsp of salt
1 tsp of baking soda
1 tablespoon of vinegar
2 eggs or 1/4 cup of pureed apple/pumpkin/squash, you get the idea
1/2 cup of yogurt or add more veggie puree (for the vegan folk)

Heat oven to 425 degrees

Mix dry ingredients together
Cut butter into dry ingredients until flour looks like fine sand.
Make a hole in the middle of the flour mix
Mix up liquid ingredients and dump the mix into the flour
Toss liquid and dry ingredients lightly together until everything is moist.

The mixture must adhere enough to form into a messy ball. Place dough ball (a little larger than a golf ball) on a well greased pan or a pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20 minutes or until the lumps on the biscuits are lightly brown. I use this same mix for my apple biscuit pie crust.

Cut a biscuit in half to make sure they are done before pulling the whole lot out of the oven.

If you don’t sift the hull out of your hand-milled flour you will have a very stiff-heavy product. I use a large fine mesh strainer for sifting. It’s really easy and fast, just rub flour against strainer repeatedly until all that’s left is grain hull. I take this product and hand mill again. You get a second batch of flour that isn’t as fine as the first but is still usable, sift again and add to your first batch of flour. Hand-milled grain with the hull sifted out does not behave like flour you buy in the store.  It takes more hand-milled flour  for your recipe from my experience. That’s why I have extra on hand to add to the mix just in case. The dough also seems sticker to me.  Another point, hand-milled buckwheat flour does not brown easily, especially if you use coconut oil. Butter will help the browning of product. Just a heads up on that. You biscuits may not brown at all if you mix wheat with buckwheat or you make an all buckwheat product. Buckwheat tends to fall apart easily as well. That is why egg or vegetable pureed product is needed.


Red Dust:

I love the picture and the thoughts that ride along.

Originally posted on hocuspocus13:

“Fear isn’t so difficult to understand

After all

Weren’t we all frightened as children?

Nothing has changed since Little Red Riding Hood faced the Big Bad Wolf

What frightens us today is exactly the sort of thing that frightened us yesterday

It’s just a different Wolf

This fright complex is rooted in every individual”


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To Do Lists!

Today it’s raining. That means I am inside today. I was able to plant most of my winter garden yesterday. My husband added to our huge pile of leaves as a mulch for the garden. So grateful for all his help. Winter gardens can withstand very cold weather if they have a lot of mulch and a heavy frost cover. Some winters here in Oregon I don’t need a frost cover. Depending on winter cycles here our winters can be wild, wet, windy, deadly cold, or very warm and dry.

My green tomatoes are ripening and the pile is shrinking. I will be canning tomatoes and painting a duck today. Cooking and canning, I am in heaven whilst watching it rain all warm and happy in our cozy little house. I love the rain!

Reflections, Light, and A Duck

Red Dust:

Follow my Art Blog if you want to watch me grow my abilities. You can follow my struggles, laughter, and tears that come with evolving the gifts we bring to this world that are meant to be shared. Maybe you can laugh and cry with me, keep me company for awhile as I walk the lonely path of an artist.

Originally posted on Red Dust Art:

I like to post the evolution of my work. Keeps me from slacking off when I post the progress of my work online. I don’t want anyone to know how really lazy I am…ha! I will be focusing on water this winter. I really struggle with it, so I figure I am going to master it! I will make a lesson of this struggle, fluidity and highlights will become my friends and guides. Probably something I need to incorporate into my life as well. DSCN0993

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Ebola hoax: the feared “bleeding” symptom

Red Dust:

I didn’t know bleeding could be caused from antibiotics. That explains blood in my urine tests for years! I used to get bladder infections and pneumonia a couple times a year, I was given antibiotics. It’s been over 20 years since I’ve used antibiotics or been in for bladder or lung infections.

Originally posted on Jon Rappoport's Blog:

Ebola hoax: the feared “bleeding” symptom

By Jon Rappoport
October 19, 2014

As I’ve demonstrated in several articles, the diagnostic tests for Ebola are unreliable and useless.

What does this mean?

It means that, for any patient labeled “Ebola,” there is no verification. No confirmation. None. Zero.

Asserting the patient “has Ebola” is meaningless, because there is no concrete evidence.

Once you remove the Ebola virus from the equation, all you have left is symptoms. Symptoms in West Africans, and in those few people in the US and Europe who are labeled with “Ebola.”

Symptoms like diarrhea, fever, cough, fatigue, vomiting, bleeding.

Obviously, these symptoms can result from a number of different causes, none of which needs to be a virus.

Let’s take bleeding, for example.

This is the hyped symptom that evokes the most fear, and convinces people that these patients “must be different and unique. They could…

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Fall & Back In The Garden

Working on the garden today as I did yesterday as well. Winter garden is almost finished. I still have to set the poles for row covers. I made really yummy chocolate lemon bars yesterday. My own recipe which I have produced consistent results 3 times. I post the recipe this week.

Honeysuckle Targets Viruses.. Researchers call it a ‘Virological penicillin’ MIR2911

Red Dust:

I have a bunch of honeysuckle growing in a corner of my garden!

Originally posted on

Honeysuckle, clinical tests may of just confirmed it is a powerful virus killer. MIR2911
– In a new study, Chen-Yu Zhang’s group at Nanjing University present an extremely novel finding that a plant microRNA, MIR2911, which is enriched in honeysuckle, directly targets influenza A viruses (IAV) including H1N1, H5N1 and H7N9. Drinking of honeysuckle soup can prevent IAV infection and reduce H5N1-induced mice death.
– Furthermore, one of their ongoing studies shows that MIR2911 also directly targets Ebola virus, which is pandemic in West Africa and is becoming a crisis of public health. Thus, MIR2911 is able to serve as the “virological penicillin” to directly target various viruses.
* Cell Research advance online publication 7 October 2014; doi: 10.1038/cr.2014.130 Honeysuckle-encoded atypical microRNA2911 directly targets influenza A viruses

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Roasted Squash & Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted squash and pumpkin seeds taste better than popcorn! Also they have more protein, super good fats, minerals, and vitamins than corn.

I like to boil my seeds after washing them off. Strain the water off, stick them in a bowl, add some butter and salt, stir up, and eat them this way. It’s really easy to squash the seed out with your teeth after boiling them for 30 minutes. After I eat my fill of boiled seeds I stick the leftovers in an oven at 350 degrees until they are crispy. Usually 20-45 minutes depending on the seed and how many you are roasting.

You can crack the seed and just eat the kernel or you can eat shell, kernel and all. My husband had never eaten pumpkin or squash seeds and was very reluctant. He is ruled by his nose…with the salt and butter the seeds smell just like popcorn. They crunch just like popcorn and taste better than popcorn. You can also make carmel covered seeds. My husband requested the carmel covering, it’s his favorite type of popcorn. He figured the seeds would also taste yummy. I will report back on this next project.

If you are looking for good fats like the omegas these seeds pack a lot in a small package.

Boiling seeds

Baking seeds

It’s Considerably The Most Important Nutrient Known To Man & Most Of Us Are Deficient

Red Dust:

Don’t be afraid of the sun!

Originally posted on peoples trust toronto:

There is a silent pandemic sweeping many parts of the northern world. In fact, the information in this article may be the most important information of the year for you and your family, according to Dr. Mercola. He is an osteopathic physician who has made it his life?s intent to provide the public with the most up-to-date information regarding personal health, beyond the lies of the conventional health care system.

In his one-hour lecture available on his website, Mercola states that vitamin D is one of the most widely misunderstood nutrients today, and that proper systemic levels of vitamin D has the ability to prevent and eradicate an impressively large list of diseases.

There are only about 30,000 genes in your body and vitamin D has been shown to influence about 3,000 of them.

That is one of the primary reasons it influences so many diseases, from cancer

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Kimchi And My Gut…

If you are in chronic pain and can’t seem to heal this maybe the reason why.

The doctors called my fatigue, asthma, skin rashes, chronic bladder infections, depression/panic attacks, fibromyalgia. I was told to go to therapy for my panic attacks and take antidepressants. I was given inhalers for my asthma and Retin A for acne like skin rashes. I was on antibiotics several times a year for bladder and lung infections. All that medication is poison to your gut flora and fauna. No one told me I was killing my gut by taken this medication.

Not once was I asked by any of my doctors about my diet. We did talk about my relationships with family.  I had horrible very dysfunctional relationships with family. Maybe I was clinging to my past and had horrible toxic relationships and that was causing all my physical problems. Nothing really seemed to work no matter what medication I took or how much therapy I went too. Plus I was getting really fat, my bones and joints were falling apart and that made everything depressing because I was in constant pain. My back was totally screwed, disks bulging and cutting off nerves in my leg so I couldn’t walk. I was fat, tired, sick, my feet hurt all the time! Come to find out years later, thyroid was going out, pancreas and gallbladder weren’t functioning correctly. No matter how healthy I ate I was not digesting and absorbing the nutrition I took in.

I finally figured I would be the one who had to fix myself because my doctors and medication seemed to make everything worse. So I walked away from allopathic medicine and psychology. I started researching and reading alternative data about physical and mental health. It’s been a twenty year journey to find my health. I learned a lot along the way and made many mistakes. I learned a lot from my mistakes too. What did I learn? How healthy we are is all about gut health, even the mind is tied to gut health. If you can’t absorb your minerals because your gut is all screwed up your mind will go friggen crazy!

I learned to meditate figuring that will help my mind out, I won’t be so tired and moody. I can samadhi all over the universe, sit so still I disappear, generate all sorts of compassion and loving kindness (being sarcastic here) but eventually I have to get off the cushion and live my life. You could have the most wonderful relationships, be sitting on top of the world without a worry but if your gut isn’t healthy it’s all going to go down the toilet with lots of smelly farts to stink up everything. Meditating in a big Dharma hall with lots of people, one is full of gas, stinky farts that curl the hair in one’s nostrils really challenges one’s equanimity. I have butt loads of equanimity now…ha!

Your gut has a whole world of little beings living in it that help you digest the food you eat. If they are out of balance your world will be out of balance too! Sitting in retreat I got to see the body is like a universe and it is full of the most amazing beings. It’s funny how I feel like I am just one being, but really the I that I call me is made up of billions of different little beings and if given the right information function perfectly together. It’s amazing how everything I call me works as one. Too bad humans couldn’t work together that way. Maybe they could if given the right data and nutrition.

Most of the ingredients came from our garden.

This is the recipe I used…well kind of, I added extra stuff to my taste… If you want to know my recipe, just ask and I’ll post it. This recipe is very easy and well written out, easy to follow directions

Pumpkin and Pepper Soup


  • 4 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 Tsp of salt or salt to your taste. I like salt, it makes everything taste better.
  • 1 medium sweet white or yellow onion diced
  • 3 large cloves of minced garlic
  • 3 Jalapeño peppers
  • 2 Tsp. of curry powder
  • 1/2 Tsp of ground ground cumin
  • 1/4 Tsp of cinnamon
  • 6 cups of baked pumpkin, one medium pumpkin should be enough
  • 1 quart of chicken broth
  • 1 cup of greek yogurt (the thick stuff)
  • 1/4 cup of molasses
  • 1/2 cup of sugar

Cut in half and seed pumpkin removing all the seeds and stringy meat. You can cut the halves in quarters if you want. Add some water to the baking pan and place pumpkin skin side up. Place peppers around the pumpkin if you want. I like my peppers roasted to a dark brown color. Roast pumpkin until soft at 350 degrees. I think that takes less than an hour. You can use a fork to poke through the pumpkin skin to see how soft it is.


1 Melt coconut oil, add diced onions, salt, and spices. Watch the onions turn translucent. Scope out the baked pumpkin meat and set aside.

2 Have your blender ready and add pumpkin in batches with baked peppers, onions, and spices. Blend until smooth with your chicken broth.

3 The last batch of pumpkin add your yogurt, sugar, garlic, and molasses, blend until smooth and transfer to a soup pot

4 Cook on medium low until the soup is at the temperature you like, don’t boil or you will curdle the yogurt. Plate up with your favorite kind of tortilla.

If you wanna be fancy you can add a dollop of yogurt and sprinkle more more peppers or pumpkin seeds.

My husband said please remember this recipe. He said he could eat this soup once a week. The tortillas are made with our hand milled red wheat, stuffed with cheddar cheese and pickled sweet peppers, topped with Salsa Verde made from our own tomatillos! I’m so happy I could grow most of this meal in my backyard. The wheat was bought from one of our areas local organic farmers. I wash the grain and dry it before hand milling. I find if I don’t wash organic grains I still have an allergic reaction that mimics gluten intolerance symptoms. I am guessing something is sprayed on the grain to dry it out and inhibit fungus and mold.  I have no allergic reaction to wheat when I make my own organic wheat products.

It’s Pepper Canning Time!

I’ve never grown peppers. Back in 2013 I saved a lot of seeds from the peppers I bought from our local organic grocery store. Sprouted the seeds this last spring, planted the sprouts and prayed over them all summer long and this is what I got! Lots and lots of sweet, hot, spicy, yummy peppers. So far I’ve made salsas. With this last batch I am going to make pepper jelly and pickled peppers. Let’s get our canning on!

The Last Of Our Tomatoes

Rain is coming and  bringing  the cold weather with it here in the foothills of the Oregon Cascades near Eugene. I can feel it in my bones.  We, that is my husband and I, picked all our tomatoes, red, green, and in-between! After we picked our tomatoes we pulled half the bushes leaving the other half for the flea beetles. If I pulled everything the flea beetles would move into my green leafy veggies like collards and kale. I pull the rest of my tomato plants after the first frost. Next year I am growing a small garden at the other end of our property just for the flea beetles. They love radishes. If they have radishes to eat they leave everything else in my garden alone!

My husband doesn’t get involved in the canning process but he is a big help with the garden. He is doing pretty good being a city boy and all. He has learned a lot about gardening and caring for chickens these last four years. I bet next year I’ll get him in the kitchen as my prep-boy. He is so cute, I will have a hard time staying on task!  We have also grown closer working on our little garden projects together. Working as a quality engineer my husband has also helped refined some of my gardening and food preserving processes. I am very grateful for his help and his keen interests in all things healthy and organic. We both have become so healthy together, working out in our gardens and eating organic foods we look and feel like different people. We are so happy and man do we sleep good! Out like a light as soon as our heads hit our pillows.

As the tomatoes ripen I will be making tomato sauce and having ripe tomatoes to eat through the end of November. I check the green tomatoes every day for mold and fungus. Pulling the ones that are ripe for processing. If I keep the green tomatoes in a cool room they ripen very slowly. I wash them in vinegar to prohibit bacterial and fungus growth. I also will be drying the cherry tomatoes as they ripen. Dry Cherry Tomatoes make excellent toppings for pizza and ground to a powder a wonderful tasty addition to soups and stews. You can see my garlic braids hanging over the green tomatoes. We had a bumper crop of garlic, both braiding and hard neck varieties.

Some of Our Oregon Garden Harvest and Fall Is Here!

Hello everyone! Fall is here and my gardens are transitioning from late summer to fall. Today I am canning salsa. I will be pulling tomatoes for the compost pile and storing green tomatoes for ripening. I have a ton of pictures and recipes to share with you this fall. I also will be starting a separate page for my art. My family projects for winter and fall will include learning to read and play music on our piano and little Melody Lap harp, learning some Spanish, planting and tending our fall and winter garden, articulating a chicken skeleton, and of course painting! We have a huge reading list as well. This fall and winter will be filled with family, food, art, and laughter. So much fun can be found while working on things we love to do.

Peace Rocks

Still gardening and canning like a mad woman. Life is good and peaceful here on our little hobby farm. I’m watering like crazy and planting fall and winter garden. Canning beans today. Tomatoes, peppers, tomatillos are almost ready to pick. Tomatillos are over seven feet tall. I think it’s the chicken poop. The seed package said they only grow to four feet in height. I will be back on WordPress the end of September. Just checking in to say #Peacerocks.Photo on 8-16-14 at 8.32 AM #2