About Me:
Snarky housewife from Upstate New York. Into gardening, fiber arts, smallholder farming.
About Me:
Snarky housewife from Upstate New York. Into gardening, fiber arts, smallholder farming.

Pull Up a Chair: Getting Ready for Cold

By: Saturday October 18, 2014 4:00 am

It’s almost Hallowe’en – do you feel ready for winter?

NOAA National Weather Service just released their ‘through January’ predictions, and though here in the Northeast we seem to be getting off easy through the end of the year, the ‘Polar Vortex’ is slated to dip way down into the US in January and February, bringing our temperatures way down.

Just like last year (oh, yes – this is where I say, “Climate change is a hoax’).

New FDA Guidelines on Livestock Antibiotic Use. A Big Deal or Not?

By: Friday December 13, 2013 5:43 pm

Earlier this week, there was a lot of excitement (nay, elation) expressed over the new guidelines from the FDA on antibiotic use in production livestock situations (i.e., factory farms). It sounded like a huge thing. It sounded as if finally, the FDA was going to do something which would end up cleaning up the dynamic on large-scale factory farms so that regular usage of low dose antibiotics would be eliminated (and frankly, this is way after the horse, ahem, has long left the barn in terms of antibiotic-resistent bacteria being out in the population, but hey, what the heck).

As usual, it’s the details. It’s the ‘I did not have sex with that woman’ thing.

It’s all about antibiotic usage in feeds… to promote growth.

Livestock Producers Are Causing MRSA – We Now Have Proof

By: Saturday April 6, 2013 12:00 pm

Louise Slaughter (who represents the Rochester area of Upstate NY) has put forward strong legislation to basically shut down the routine and uncontrolled use of antibiotics in livestock food and water which is causing this. Please take the time to read her release AND the legislation (HR 1150), which contains the history of knowledge of livestock antibiotic use in livestock and the promotion of resistant bacteria.

OK, all you women at the top: Zip it. Right NOW.

By: Saturday March 23, 2013 12:20 pm

we now have another in yet a seemingly endless stream of women from elite backgrounds, who are playing at the top of their respective games, who are telling other women a) how to live their home and work lives, and b) that they are not trying hard enough. This one is from Katharine Weymouth, who is the publisher, chief executive, and heir of The Washington Post.

Pull Up a Chair: Where Does the Shade Go?

By: Saturday February 23, 2013 5:00 am

Something which, even after 35 years plus of gardening together, the DH and I are still fine tuning is the issue of where to put stuff to grow, keeping in mind the path of the sun versus the orientation of our garden beds.

Pull Up a Chair: Ready or Not, Spring Is Coming

By: Saturday February 16, 2013 5:00 am

Life gets in the way sometimes, even for gardeners, so here I am with no seeds started (oh, the horror!), and scrambling around at the last minute (didn’t follow my own advice last fall, but what the heck) trying to figure out what we’re going to do. We’re still snow-covered here, but unless we get some major snow (sorry people in New England who are still digging out from the last snow; in Upstate NY, we didn’t get very much and have since had warm weather and some rain), not for long.

And without snow cover, we know what is going to happen: the soil is going to warm up. What to do…oh, what to do?

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Jon Krampner, Creamy and Crunchy: An Informal History of Peanut Butter, the All-American Food

By: Saturday December 22, 2012 1:59 pm

You are 8 years old. It’s lunchtime at school. You grab your milk from the ‘lunch lady,’ pay your money, and sit down with your friends to eat. You open your Roy Rogers lunchbox or brown paper bag and pull out your sandwich and unwrap it. You look at your neighbor who is doing the same thing.

NYC Threatens to Shut Down Occupy Sandy Relief Sites

By: Saturday December 1, 2012 7:00 pm

While the history of relief efforts for Sandy victims in places such as Staten Island and Red Hook is still being written, a move on Friday by New York City will probably go down as one of the stupidest moves any governmental authority EVER made.

Romney on Mormonism and What a Conservative Bad-Ass Governor He Was

By: Thursday November 1, 2012 3:29 pm

This is who the Republican Party has put up to be the president.

Pull Up a Chair

By: Saturday October 6, 2012 5:00 am

Being someone who has more grey hairs than Clairol™ can cover these days, along with a grandson to match, I look at my kids and ask myself on numerous occasions, “Did we do the right thing by our kids?”

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