Greens for Kids

I thought others might be wondering how to get their kids to eat more of the good stuff so thought I would throw these out there. Sweet Baby (currently 8 years old) eats raw broccoli and cauliflower, not cooked.

She eats brussels sprouts sauteed in butter with salt and garlic powder.

We saute coleslaw mix in olive oil with tamari, garlic powder and a little ginger powder.

She will eat spinach, kale or chard if I chop them small and cook them with eggs (saute greens first then add eggs, cook like omelet but greens will be mixed in eggs) then add shredded cheese before folding.

So far, I cannot get her to enjoy the deliciousness of sauteed baby bok choy in olive oil with tamari, garlic (minced), and ginger powder. Ohh! I just thought maybe since she’s not eating it anyway, I’ll try a little onion with it. I don’t know. Thinking about it, it sounds a little weird. Maybe leek instead…

Any good kid-approved recipes for greens out there?

Time – 1/3 of the Year Gone Already!

A third of the year already gone. Time flies, whether you’re having fun or not.

I hate the passage of time. I’ve finally realized that the reason I go to bed late every night and fight it until I’m too tired to stay up any more is that I don’t want each day to end. I want time to stop, or at least slow down. I have to get so many “things” done, but I desperately want to have more time to play and spend time with my daughter. How to work it all in? I haven’t figured it out. I hate time!

I keep thinking that maybe if I organize better I can get more caught up. Or maybe if I go to bed earlier and get up earlier I can get more done. It’s just so hard to go to sleep when it’s getting late and we haven’t had a chance to play together yet. I don’t want these days to slip by.

Any time savers people can point me to?

Cracks in the Walls

I have made a discovery. I have had the meme that people don’t like me (unheard of, I know). I have made the discover that’s it’s actually been me putting up walls to try to keep people out, with my subconscious screaming that it’s dangerous to be emotionally close to people. However, I recently started going through two workbooks and have realized that the “issue” really was me.

I was, subconsciously, so busy putting up walls to keep myself safe that I was coming across as not liking the other people around me and being uninterested in being friendly. I finally saw that when I did the first exercise in both workbooks; neither exercise pointed it out alone.

Instead of hiding with that knowledge, I put on my big girl pants and actually spoke up to someone whom I felt I had been blocking out. I’m proud of myself for taking that risk to put myself and my feelings out there. I feel like finally there might be cracks showing up in the walls. Freedom beckons!


Does It Get Easier?

We recently had another doe, Friday, go into labor. Unfortunately, the baby came wrong; it only had one front foot out instead of both and the head. I didn’t know what to do and called the vet. Since we’re kind of out of the way, the closest large animal vet is 45 minutes away. The vet came right away, gave mama a shot of pain medicine, then went in and got the baby out. Dead.

On the positive side, the doe survived and the vet said she didn’t see any reason why she couldn’t be bred back (no obvious problems with mom’s health). Friday cried part of the next day, but she had seemed to realize at the time of birth that the baby wasn’t alive. She had cleaned up the messy parts but didn’t bother licking the kid.

Our oldest doe, Friday may only be bred two more times before retiring to the doe pasture permanently. She’s a nice girl, second in command, polled, and I’m hoping to get a good looking doe (or 2 or 3!) out of her before that happens. She also has the largest udder of any of my does and I wonderfully thick coat.

I’m so looking forward to getting some live little kids. After the cold killing most of our February kids, I really, really want Emma’s late-March baby(ies) to be alive and healthy! I need a little restoration in my faith in the process.

Tapping World Summit is Here!

It’s time for the Tapping World Summit for 2014! Ten experts in Emotional Freedom Techniques (tapping) give free seminars, 2 per day, with replays available for 24 hours.

I love tapping. Progress for me has been slow (I have a lot of aspects, aka issues!), but Sweet Baby had a complete turn-around on an issue. We were driving on the highway at about 70 mph when the derecho of 2012 hit. We were almost hit first by a flying tree branch and then a collapsing power line that I floored the accelerator to make it under. We followed a rig into a gas station and sat in the car with our dogs for an hour and a half, crying, praying, scared that we were going to die. It was terror.

We had bought our house less than 1 month before and couldn’t make it there due to trees down. We stayed at a hotel on the way that, thankfully, had both solar panels and wind backup for two of their floors.

After it was all over, Sweet Baby was unable to go outside in the rain. She would panic any time the wind got over about 20 mph and anytime it rained even remotely hard. I did surrogate tapping on everything I could think of. Only marginal success. One day I had the idea to tap on the fear of death from the rain and wind. Literally, the very next day it rained and she came outside to play in the rain, laughing the entire time.

It was like a miracle to me. She still gets a little nervous if the wind is strong, but usually not even enough to mention it.

I personally have several of the programs by Carol Look and a program by Rick Wilkes. I’m still going through them, slowly slowly, but I love that healing can be quicker and easier than talk therapy!  :-)

Try the free lectures. I think you’ll love it!

Got Food?

In light of the situation in California, please start growing some of your own food if you don’t already. Not consider it, do it! Pick a method you like–conventional tilling, raised beds, square food, Back to Eden, whatever–just do something. Even if it’s just growing something in containers, it’ll help.

California is going into its third year of drought and news reports are already talking about prices on things like melons being affected. According to this article on, prices on artichokes, celery, broccoli, and cauliflower could rise at least 10 percent. It’s even worse according to this article on They list several types of produce that are only grown in the USA in California: almonds, dates, figs, plums, raisin grapes, olives, clingstone peaches, pistachios, pomegranates, sweet rice, walnuts and kiwis.

If you’re just learning or would like to check out a different style, check out some of the following books:

(Or you could skip the garden and buy food already stored at

What kind of garden are you going to work on (because you are going to work on a garden, right?)?


Deaths, a Shooting, and a New Growth – Not the Right Kind

I feel like a lot has been going on. To the deaths first.

I had to “cull” my first chicken. We had a hen who prolapsed an oviduct with an egg inside it. The egg prevented me from being able to push the oviduct back in. I called an exotic animal vet 1 hour away who does work with poultry (he treats the local zoo) and tried to get her in; chickens are my daughters favorite animal in the whole world and I wanted to try to save the hen for her. Unfortunately, we would not have been able to get to the only open time they had that day. The receptionist said we could come in on an emergency basis, but that would have put our bill over $100 just for showing up, not including the surgery to actually fix the problem. I jut did not have $200 available to be able to fix her.

I shot her with bird shot, close range, to the head to make sure that her death would be as fast and as painless as possible. I cried for her but made sure I didn’t shut my eyes. I didn’t want to miss and have her suffer.

She had already been walking around with her feathers fluffed out and I thought she might have already had a fever and infection setting in so decided to bury her. I had to put out food for the pigs and try to get her buried before the pigs finished and came to investigate. I got the last of the dirt on her just as Zeus, one of the boys, came trotting up. I buried her where the pony is buried.

Our next death was beautiful Princess Stacy, our polled baby doe Nigerian Dwarf goat. I think she was smothered in her sleep be a cow — all of the animals had been sleeping on the hay on one side of the run-in. I found her at the entrance to the run-in, unfortunately with Zeus the pig. He only ate one part (the head) and left the rest. Unfortunately, the ground was too frozen by that time for me to bury her. I moved her body back by the woods, thinking that the pigs and chickens could take care of the body. I didn’t know what else to do with it!

Sad as the whole thing was, when I told Sweet Baby about it, she paused for a few seconds and then screamed “Zombie pigs!” So we were gifted with a running joke.

Now to the new growth. Unfortunately, it’s in my right breast. I already had two biopsies in my left breast 5 years ago that we’re found to be fibroadenomas — benign tumors that just grow and cause pain but don’t metastasize. I’m hoping that the new lump on the right is the same thing.

I don’t have insurance but I did find out about a program for uninsured women called the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. The program will call an OBGYN exam, PAP smear, and the whole process with the breast specialist at least through the biopsy. I don’t know what happens after that if one still needs more services.

I should be getting the sign-up forms within the next 2 weeks and will have an appointment to see the breast specialist in February. The impression I got was that they didn’t have the available appointment times yet from the doctor.

I also tried to apply for Medicaid. Unfortunately, since The state I’m in did not opt to expand Medicaid coverage for adults, I didn’t get it. I tried to apply for Obamacare and guess what? I don’t make enough money to qualify for a rebate! Apparently, you have to make at least 100% of the federal poverty level in order to qualify for the payment rebate. Since I make less than that right now (which I’m trying to change!), no rebate for me. And since I don’t happen to have $200-$300, plus copay expenses, sitting around, no insurance for me yet. My employer does not offer insurance and none of the grunts are allowed to even come within spitting distance of full-time hours.

On the positive front, I have an appointment today to meet with the local federal Obamacare navigator (not a volunteer). Maybe he’ll be able to give me some good news.

“Patriot Dawn: The Resistance Rises” by Max Velocity – Free Kindle Download 11/23 and 11/24

“Patriot Dawn: The Resistance Rises” will be available for FREE download on Kindle this weekend November 23/24.

HERE for the Amazon Kindle Page

From the back cover:

The United States has descended into Civil War.
The storm was rising for some time, a Resistance in the hearts of American Patriots to the strangulation of liberty by creeping authoritarianism.
The scene was set. It just took a little push. A terrorist attack on the United States leads to war with Iran, followed by collapse, as the economy goes over the cliff.
The final blow is a widespread opportunistic Chinese cyber attack, taking down the North American Power Grid.
From the ashes, the Regime emerges. Liberty is dead.
What remains of the United States of America is polarized.
The Resistance Rises.
Jack Berenger is a former Army Ranger Captain, living in northern Virginia with his family. Following the collapse, they fall foul of Regime violence and evacuate to the farm of an old Army friend. Jack is recruited into the resistance, to train the fledgling forces in the Shenandoah Valley.
The fight begins.
Live hard, Die Free.

Patriot Dawn was written as more than just a novel. The concept was to use a near future scenario of collapse and civil war as a vehicle to portray real combat and tactics; to bring to life the concepts described in the manual: ‘Contact! A Tactical Manual for Post Collapse Survival’. It is open to opinion which is the best order to read them, but either way they are designed to be complimentary to each other.

New Kids on the Farm!

One of our goats, Emma, had two babies on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 – one boy and one girl. We’ve named the boy Captain Hook (Captain) and the girl Princess Stacy (Stacy). Captain has a hook-shaped white mark on his side; Stacy has a row of dots along the back of her head that look like a crown/circlet.

They are Nigerian dwarf goats and will be ADGA-registered. Their paternal grand-dam was a champion and reserve champion at state shows. The kids will be for sale for Christmas!

Mom’s been leaving them to sleep in the run-in and has been really good about coming to nurse them when they wake up and call to her. Unfortunately, she has not been very good about letting me try to milk her. I do not have a milk stand yet and was just trying to hook her collar to the side of the run-in. She’ll let me whip off her udder, but starts kicking when I go to grab a teat. It doesn’t help that her teats are only about 2-3 fingers-width long.

That makes the order of building projects: coop expansion (minimum first, to be added on to again after the other projects are done), nesting boxes, milking stand, cat house for the barn cat, straw-bale house for the pigs since it would be cozier than them sleeping in the big run-in, new roosts, and more coop expansion.

Anyway, way to go Emma!

Captain Hook and Princess Stacy


The business end of Emma.

Emma's Udder

PS. Anybody have more pointers on getting a reluctant doe to let us hand milk?