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   BirdsNest posted on Main Page The Lobby  ‘We all learned that when you tell a lie three times and there is no response, then the lie becomes the truth.’

From the article
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2928081/Almost-impos
sible-human-mind-comprehend-Hundreds-gather-mark-70th-annive
rsary-fall-Auschwitz-remember-1-1million-Jews-executed-there
.html


Auschwitz 70 years later

Picture heavy. Moving.
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   BirdsNest  From another article.... The Prince finished his short speech by reading out a three-line anonymous poem scratched on to a wall by a victim of the Holocaust.

"I believe in the sun, even when it is not shining.

"I believe in love, even though I don't feel it.

"I believe in God, even when he is silent."
22 hours ago .

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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  When we start looking for certain veg seeds, once we get started it takes about 2 hours before we have had enough and decide on where to buy the seed. This year we have been specifically searching for items like hull less pumpkins, mini cukes, citron, watermelon with thick rind, Jerusalem artichokes, Carolina Allspice shrub, among other things.

Anyone going to order from Park Seed or Burpee??? I already ordered from Burpee, but they have a seed I am searching for but I don't want to pay the high shipping cost for just one pack of seed. If I needed 10 or more I would order easily. Same with Park. Tumbling Tom is what I am looking for(Red ). It is a gorgeous cherry tomato that is easily grown in hanging pots or containers. Hanging pots are best because they are indeterminate plants. Our friend R pots them in hanging baskets and sells the heck out of them. The vines are always covered in cherry tomatoes, and I do mean covered!! Red tomatoes sell better here than yellow.

If someone is going to order from either of those places I would appreciate it if they would add this one pack of seed and I will pay for the pack plus shipping to my post office box. One pack easily ships in an envelope with regular postage, the seed companies charge much more than that for one. Thanks.
Monday at 08:08 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Household Hints  I was scanning through the posts on one of the walls here and someone mentioned catching a cold, thinking it came from the grocery store. It likely did, shopping carts are as nasty as a public restroom floor. I read an article about how a test was done on several from various stores and the germs found on the handles and the front where parents park their wet diapered children are very toxic. First rule of shopping carts, wipe them down anywhere you might touch. Then your hands. Leaving the store, wipe your hands with a new hand wipe towel. Our 2 grocery stores have the sani-hands wipes available. The ones in WalMart leave a sticky residue but that is better than a cold. I have had a cold/respiratory thingy for going on 3 weeks, right now it is not as bad but still cannot smell or taste.
Monday at 07:56 EST .

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   MeiDei  That was me Bird, I have an impaired immune system so even the wipes don't help much. Never gave a thought to those pull down cart seats & will make that an issue next time I'm out - yes, little baby bottoms can leave a residue!
Yesterday at 15:04 EST .




   BirdsNest posted on Pet Peeves  Trying to find plain old barley in the 2 pitiful grocery stores and the equally pitiful WalMart here yesterday. Could only find quick cook, I don't want that kind, I want the old fashioned better-for-you kind that takes 25 minutes to cook. Wasted a lot of time and precious energy on that task. Driving the 65 minutes to Salisbury,MD was not even an option.
January 23 at 08:28 EST .

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   Balogreene  You can get it at either www.nuts.com, or Amazon. I have Amazon Prime (really worth the money ), so it usually ships free.
I live in a busy area, and can't find half the things I want at our groceries. I have 3 Giants, and one Shoppers Warehouse, directly on the way home from work. I cannot find even self-rising flour, or dark rye, or regular grits, or a lot of stuff. But, I can find 8 kinds of Mexican cheese!
January 24 at 09:09 EST .


   BirdsNest  You can make your own self rising flour. Regular grits should be easy to find. Dark rye flour is another toughie. We managed to get some rye berries, so we grind our own.

I had a peeve about Amazon, we had enough in our shopping cart to ship for free, or so we thought, one item 2# barley was not on the ships for free list, so we found another item, it also was not ship for free. So we gave up. Still need to buy miso and tahini, will wait til I am less pi$$ed.
Monday at 09:26 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Up til 2am searching various sites for seeds. Found a couple of interesting seed varieties.....I am gonna need a bigger garden. Maybe I will have to "take back" the 2 acres we let a farmer have for growing crops. I know that's insane especially since I cannot use the tiller and we don't have a tractor. If we DID have a tractor, Hagar would live on it and every piece of dirt would be tilled.
January 22 at 08:29 EST .

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   Linder  I can't imagine the hours of hard work you two put into your garden. Did you come from gardening families?
January 22 at 13:40 EST .

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   Balogreene  Oh Bird, can you container garden them until you decide if they are right for you?
January 22 at 20:00 EST .

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   BirdsNest  My Italian grandmother was blessed with a green thumb. The entire time she lived with us she was busy planting, tending and sharing plants with anyone who wanted them. Her son, my father came to love gardening late in life and he was amazing with crops like tomatoes and peppers. He wore a green Speedo while he gardened, much to the embarrassment of all of his children. On my mothers side,both grandparents were avid gardeners. Their garden fed a lot of people, Grandmother did a lot of canning and freezing. My siblings and I were tasked with gathering any wild berries or crees greens to take to Grandmother for preserving. She loved us dearly because we embraced the gathering part of the job. We lived 30 miles away, but once we had gobs of berries or cress greens, we would pack them in the car and off we would go to Grandmothers house.
So yes, I DO come from gardening families.
Hagar comes from Farming families and Watermen. He also comes from hearty stock, not afraid of a bit of work.

There will be a lot of new things growing here this year, God willing. I am sure I will bore you all to tears with it. You have been warned!
January 23 at 08:16 EST .

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   Surfhut  Bird, you are never boring! My dear Italian grandmother taught me how to grow and preserve food. The time I spent with her, and the knowledge she gave me, are two of my life's greatest treasures. Bring it, Bird!
January 24 at 10:15 EST .

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   Gerty  Wow! Our Italian grandmothers did a good job!!
Yesterday at 19:16 EST .




   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Check this out...

http://awaytogarden.com/when-to-start-seeds-calculator/
January 22 at 08:03 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Length of day was 10 hours 0 minutes of daylight. Tomorrow will be 1 minutes 36 seconds longer.....time to do the happy dance. Plants will begin to come out of their sleep once the day reaches 10 hrs. Spring planting is just around the corner.
January 21 at 18:07 EST .

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   Balogreene  Oh boy, I should go out and do my fall tilling then : )
January 21 at 19:23 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Balo, you are so funny!!
January 21 at 19:39 EST .

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   Balogreene  I have worked so hard for the last year, I have little time to do what I want. I'm hoping it will slow down. My boss keeps promising to hire help, but he hasn't so far. I just want time to do things other than work.
January 22 at 20:03 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Suggested Viewing/Listening  Last night we watched "The Last Samurai" with Tom Cruise. An exhausting film, I say that because this morning I feel like I have been punched all night.
January 21 at 08:55 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Star Trek Into Darkness was last night's movie. We have watched it untold times. Our DVD library is large, but we have watched most of them more than once. Can't wait for warmer weather and yard sales where we can find $1 DVD's. Learned the hard way to open the box, check out the dvd for scratch lines. We have a couple that won't play because they are a mess on the back. I guess it is too much trouble to replace the disk after viewing. Now I know.
January 22 at 08:16 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Thrift store had a pristine copy of "The Replacements" for $2, it came home with us. Gene Hackman was enjoyable and made us laugh. Needed that after yesterday-what a frustrating day it was.
January 23 at 08:34 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Recipes  You all know I am all about "from scratch" but this is as good as you can get from a box....Hagar says they are divine, I still cannot taste or smell anything, but they were beautiful out of the oven and when the icing went on they were picture perfect. Our WalMart has the box for $1.98(Food Lion $2.49 ).

http://www.ghirardellibrownies.com/products/ultimate-fudge.a
spx
January 12 at 11:43 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Shopper's Beware Caveat Emptor  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/01/1
0/toxic-profits-shrimp-farming-tin-mining.aspx


Lots of tidbits here to make you NOT want to eat seafood unless you catch it yourself.
January 10 at 09:34 EST .

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   BirdsNest  This is from the srticle and you should remember it every time you go to buy seafood....
"Under the US federal Country of Origin Labeling Law, also known as COOL, fresh seafood must disclose where the food was farmed or caught. However, this rule does not apply to processed foods, including seafood that is boiled, breaded, or added to packaged meals. Nearly half of all shrimp sold in the US are processed and therefore do not bear country of origin labels. Restaurants are also exempt from this labeling requirement."
Exempt from labeling....that means you could be eating fish/shrimp grown in stagnant toxic ponds pumped with antibiotics to keep them alive til they are sold.
I love shrimp as much as the next person but I cannot bear the thought of eating shrimp like that. And Tilapia is the same way, grown in sewage ponds.

Hope this helps some of you.
January 10 at 09:41 EST .

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   Balogreene  I'm sure glad my Cod tonite was "fresh". (See Recipe Wall ).
January 13 at 22:37 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  We buy local, have a past customer's mom that has a fish farm. I have seen emails of the VietNam sewage plants farming seafood, enough to have to replace your keyboard. When we were in Windsor, our lake raised Perch for Cornell. As a little kid my Uncle and Dad took me fishing, gutting them turned me off eating fish, the DH will fry white catfish ( Auntie called them Bullheads ) or Talapia, I can handle that
January 14 at 15:25 EST .

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