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Monday, April 23, 2018

Salud! at Whole Foods: Parisian Potatoes with Fennel

Picked up a new recipe at a recent class at Whole Foods.  Parisian potatoes with fennel is a different way to do a scalloped potato dish.  The fennel adds a hint of flavor without over powering the rest of the dish's goodness... that being Gruyere, Asiago, and Parmesano cheeses!

What's not to love?




Saturday, April 21, 2018

Planting Cannabis

Yesterday I saw a lot of stuff about it being 4/20 Day, so I looked it up to see what that was about.


Seriously?  A 'holiday' for marijuana?

~sigh~

But I have my own story about 'weed'.


A while back the local Agriculture Extension Office offered an informational workshop in Kentucky  on industrial hemp.  And if you didn't know... industrial hemp is a plant in the cannabis family, the same as marijuana, of a variety that is low in the compound delta-9 tetrhydrocannabinol (THC) aka as 'happy juice' to weeders.  There can be no more than .03% on a dry weight basis.  

That is not going to make a person or a parakeet high.

But ALL plants in the cannabis family are illegal to grow.  You can possess parts of the industrial hemp plant but you cannot grow it.  

Who can grow it?

China.

~sigh~

All sorts of people were there for the program; farmers looking for a crop that could be produced on a small amount of land, people who were interested in the commercial end of the product, and there were a few dope-heads too.


Industrial hemp has many uses;  the hemp fiber makes an incredibly soft material...


...food items...


...cosmetics...


...skin lotions and balms...


...supplements and remedies...


... and food for people and livestock!

Plus a lot of other things.


They fed the participants a free lunch that offered "Kentucky Dawg" hot dog.


So of course we tried them!  (Did you think we wouldn't?)

I found them to be very much like a summer sausage.  They definitely tasted different than regular hot dog.  Can't say if it was from the hemp or some regular seasoning they used so it would be different.  Himself liked them, I didn't care for them.

This is the form of cannabis that is in the news right now trying to be made legal for medical use.  It's already been proven to dramatically help with epileptic seizures, especially in children.  And it shows great promise for treatment of chronic pain.


The second part of the program was a visit to a farm that grows industrial hemp.


It's done basically the same way that tobacco is produced.


It is a really pretty plant... something that would make a great looking house plant.

I got bored listening to all the farming production details, so I headed down to watch this man for a while.


He was taking puny seedlings that were left from transplanting and putting them back into the grow trays.  They would get babied so they would grow into healthy plants for the next time around.


We visited for a while, then he asked if I'd like to try it out.

Hmmmm... does this mean I've helped to grow WEED?

😉



Thursday, April 19, 2018

Storm Season

I think nature has April mixed up with March.  "In like a lion"...

'Wet' is coming two ways.  When it is not snowing, there's probably a thunderstorm happening.






We haven't had to go to our storm shelter (tho we have taken Persia down just in case ~ you just don't want to be chasing a cat down when you have to take shelter).


Sunday, April 15, 2018

Smile! You're On Google Street View!


So... I wonder if he was recording or just traveling?

Guess I'll have to do some checks of that intersection at intervals.  LOL



Friday, April 13, 2018

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Collecting Yamadori... And a Little Something Else

A couple of weeks ago, Himself and I went out collecting 'yamadori'... trees from nature.


In this case, Eastern Red Cedar who had several years of "pruning" by the highway department mowers as they groomed the ditches along country back roads.  We found four cedar and one mystery tree that are promising as future bonsai.


The next day I set up a table and potted them in their first training pots.  Did some very mild clean-up of some bad places too.

Here's how they turned out:






And here is the mystery tree up close.  Still not sure what it is, but I have time.

However... in our excitement over very cute trees just waiting to come home with us, we forgot one extremely important thing we should have remembered here in Tennessee.

Poison Ivy.


Himself was loaded up on his hands... and arms... and collarbone...


While I had it mostly on my face and neck.  Must have scratched while I was potting.
(These photos are before it got really bad...)

It's been almost 2 weeks since we were 'contaminated' and it's still doing a job on us.  We were both put on prednisone.  Enough so that I nixed going back for 2 more trees I wanted.  They'll be there next year and we'll be prepared to collect them without poisoning ourselves!