I Am Back From An Adventure

My husband and I are still living in Oklahoma, I’ve been doing all the things I love to do as well as spending time with my oldest daughter and her children. I’ll be posting more content WordPress and exploring a new site called Steemit .

I’m exploring urban gardening and still painting. Isn’t the world getting even more crazy since I left WordPress back in 2014?


From Oregon to Oklahoma -1

Pictures taken from my car as we traveled from Oregon, through Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico. I will not be traveling through Texas again, probably never visit the state unless they change their revenue gathering habits. The State Police are worse than the TSA at airports when it comes to harassing travelers. We were stopped because our license plates were not put on correctly per Texas rules, although our plates were just fine by Oregon rules. We were given a warning, however, each state is different regarding these stupid rules. Traveling without harassment is part of our legal contract with our government. Looks like our contract with this government is broken…

Anyway, my pictures will be heavily Photoshoped, I am getting to know this editor through pushing buttons and seeing what happens.

I’m not going to label where the photos were taken, you can guess if you want.

Straw Bale Garden Update – 1

My Husband helped me move our straw bales to a sunnier part of the front yard. Pictures of straw bale gardens … The straw bales are heavier now because I soaked them with water for the last 10 days to help the bacteria in my fertilizer and in the straw break down the straw into usable elements for my plants.

The reason I moved the bales, I had a dream last night that my tomatoes had become leggy without enough sun, nothing worse than leggy tomatoes. I will plant some shade loving flowers and salad stuff where the straw bales used to be. I am also keeping my neighbors entertained. I am sure they are thinking, “What is that crazy Oregonian doing now?”  I think I will plant more calendula and wild flowers too. Maybe I will make my front yard one big wildflower meadow, no need to mow or weed!

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▶ Ursula Le Guin’s Viral Video: “We Will Need Writers Who Can Remember Freedom”

One of my favorite Authors as a child and adult, I watched her lecture on this subject.

Rise Up Times

Bill Moyers interview with Ursula K. LeGuin about “Lathe of Heaven”

In accepting the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at this year’s National Book Awards, eminent sci-fi writer Ursula Le Guin made a knock-out speech about the power of capitalism, literature and imagination that, as she put it afterwards, “went sort-of viral on YouTube.”

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Today my Husband and I had to go shopping and take our car in for an oil change. I didn’t want to go out, I loathe shopping, really, really loathe it. But once I get out and about I’m okay but not very happy.

We always go out for lunch when we go shopping and I can’t eat much on the menu because I am on detox. It’s a nice little burger-joint type drive-in, nostalgic 50ish establishment. We sat in a bright red and white booth near huge windows and the sun was out in the happy blue sky. I was feeling pretty gloomy and I felt the suns warmth on my face. I sat in that warmth, closed my eyes and relaxed. I found that moment of happiness and sat in it, I was it and relaxed.

The next moment my husband started teasing me with his lame jokes and I could laugh, I mean really laugh, not the polite laugh one makes to not hurt someone’s feelings.

Backyard Vine Maple

Detox and Green Smoothies

Link and info about detox and green smoothies.

Scratch Living

Detox with Green Smoothies

One week of detox and hard part is over, the next 3 weeks are going to be easy. Another savory green smoothie with garden fresh leeks, collards, tomatoes, carrots, home-grown-canned tomatoes, and kelp powder. I found a surprise in my garden! I forgot I planted some Kohlrabi. I thought they were purple Russian Kale lol

Quart of water and a cup of greens, leek, carrots, tablespoon of kelp powder, mix greens with a little water until finely pureed. Add 1/2 cup more water and tablespoon of kelp powder mix. Pour in enough water to the mix so you can pour into a container with lid, add the additional water and shake. Drinks for the day. The mix does not sit well over night. I try and make enough for one day.

I found out you do not want to strain the fiber out of your green smoothie. I have a…

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Scratch Cooking Tofu

I thought I had blogged my homemade tofu recipe. I was wrong, here is a link to a great recipe. I’ve developed my own recipes now. La Fuji Mama’s website is fun and her recipes are very easy to follow. If I can learn how to make organic homemade tofu, anyone can!

Scratch Living

Scratch Cooking Tofu

Soaked my soybean overnight. Ready to grind raw bean up into a pulp, cook it, press out liquid, save pulp for drying. Okara from dried soybean pulp makes a great flour. Cook up liquid to just boiling, add trigger for coagulation (nori). I will save some liquid, soy milk before second cooking, I add it to my green smoothies. Some of the beans I’m saving to sprout, add the sprouts to my seaweed soup. Sea Veggies are from the Atlantic because of Fukashima radiation problems here on the Northern West Coast of America.

Before I healed my gut, through eating organic foods and growing my own veggies, I couldn’t eat any beans or wheat. My stomach and lower gut didn’t have the proper flora, fauna, “blood pH” balance was way too acidic, killing off much of my gut bugs and plants, which broke down food so my gut could easily…

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Codeine could increase users’ sensitivity to pain

For me it’s all pain medication.


21 SEP 2013

Using large and frequent doses of the pain-killer codeine may actually produce heightened sensitivity to pain, without the same level of relief offered by morphine, according to new research from the University of Adelaide.

Researchers in the Discipline of Pharmacology have conducted what is believed to be the world’s first experimental study comparing the pain relieving and pain worsening effects of both codeine and morphine.

The University’s Professor Paul Rolan, who is also a headache specialist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, says codeine has been widely used as pain relief for more than 100 years but its effectiveness has not been tested in this way before.

“In the clinical setting, patients have complained that their headaches became worse after using regular codeine, not better,” Professor Rolan says.

“Codeine use is not controlled in the same way as morphine, and as it is the most widely used strong…

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Obese stomachs tell us diets are doomed to fail

Oh this is a good one!


21 SEP 2013

The way the stomach detects and tells our brains how full we are becomes damaged in obese people but does not return to normal once they lose weight, according to new research from the University of Adelaide.

Researchers believe this could be a key reason why most people who lose weight on a diet eventually put that weight back on.

In laboratory studies, University of Adelaide PhD student Stephen Kentish investigated the impact of a high-fat diet on the gut’s ability to signal fullness, and whether those changes revert back to normal by losing weight.

The results, published in the International Journal of Obesity, show that the nerves in the stomach that signal fullness to the brain appear to be desensitized after long-term consumption of a high-fat diet.

“The stomach’s nerve response does not return to normal upon return to a normal diet. This means you would…

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Sugar is toxic to mice in ‘safe’ doses

There is also a lot of hidden sugar in processed foods, fruit drinks and alcoholic drinks.


New test hints 3 sodas daily hurt lifespan, reproduction

SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 13, 2013 – When mice ate a diet of 25 percent extra sugar – the mouse equivalent of a healthy human diet plus three cans of soda daily – females died at twice the normal rate and males were a quarter less likely to hold territory and reproduce, according to a toxicity test developed at the University of Utah.

“Our results provide evidence that added sugar consumed at concentrations currently considered safe exerts dramatic adverse impacts on mammalian health,” the researchers say in a study set for online publication Tuesday, Aug. 13 in the journal Nature Communications.

“This demonstrates the adverse effects of added sugars at human-relevant levels,” says University of Utah biology professor Wayne Potts, the study’s senior author. He says previous studies using other tests fed mice large doses of sugar disproportionate to the amount…

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Black Throated Bushtit


Red Dust Art

Finished, on to finish François and the Flower Girl.

Prismacolored Pencil Prismacolored Pencil

Aegithalos concinnus – It ranges from the foothills of the Himalayas, stretching across northern India through Nepal, Bhutan, northern Burma, Vietnam, and Taiwan. Disjunct populations also occur in southern Vietnam and the island of Hainan. It lives in open broadleaf forest as well as pine forest, generally occurring in middle altitudes. (Wiki)

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Flower of Life

Christmas vacation is over, back to work!

Red Dust Art

After several days of holiday craziness and cooking insanity it is time to get back into the drawing saddle. I did a little drawing using some Prismacolor markers. The pens have a really nice hard nub, I like them. I think I will outline the design with some skulls. Three on the top and three on the bottom, probably use a Tibetan skull design. I love Tibetan iconographic art, they have some of the coolest skulls around.  I really suck at drawing nice even lines, my hand shakes a little. How do artist get that nice clean line?  Practice me thinks…

Flower of Life

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Hanging around artist is the coolest thing in the world. I get to see new techniques (it is old) but new to me.

Red Dust Art

I had to try this new technique.  A new friend of mine over on FB, Mike Chitwood, an amazing young artist, was working with alcohol over colored pencil. I didn’t know about this technique and wanted to try it immediately. I went for the effect on my Cerulean blue background. The alcohol laden brush rubbed over the paper covered with colored pencil evened out and blended my pencil strokes. It’s easy and cheap!DSCN1427

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97 Articles Refuting The ‘97% Consensus’ on global warming

People will sell their intellectual integrity for grants and paychecks. Corrupt intellect smells like dog poop stuck on your shoe. It only has to be a little bit of poo stuck to the bottom of your shoe to stink up everything you walk on.

Watts Up With That?

97_percent_bustedThe 97% “consensus” study, Cook et al. (2013) has been thoroughly refuted in scholarly peer-reviewed journals, by major news media, public policy organizations and think tanks, highly credentialed scientists and extensively in the climate blogosphere. The shoddy methodology of Cook’s study has been shown to be so fatally flawed that well known climate scientists have publicly spoken out against it,

The ‘97% consensus’ article is poorly conceived, poorly designed and poorly executed. It obscures the complexities of the climate issue and it is a sign of the desperately poor level of public and policy debate in this country [UK] that the energy minister should cite it.

Mike Hulme, Ph.D. Professor of Climate Change, University of East Anglia (UEA)

The following is a list of 97 articles that refute Cook’s (poorly conceived, poorly designed and poorly executed) 97% “consensus” study. The fact that anyone continues to bring up…

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