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Since I can't send all of you a warm quilt in this early Arctic storm, I will post a diary on quilts for you to enjoy. Many quilts patterns have names rooted in political events.
Illinois 1937 Quilt~ New York Beauty~ Quilt by Elizabeth Wehking
Some of the vegetables from this week.
This week I went picking tomatoes at the CSA farm. The members were invited to you pick sun gold tomatoes. They are little yellow cherry tomatoes with a very sweet flavor. I have 3 plants of my own that I have had growing in pots. Mine wasn't as sweet as the ones from the farm. Sun gold is indeterminate and grows into a tall vine and the rows at the farm was very tall. I could hardly reach the top so I mostly picked from the bottom and middle. I picked until my shopping tote got heavy. [Read more]
Today I picked up my first CSA box of vegetables, as you can see it covered my whole stove. The share was more generous then what I was expecting. This was also the first time I have been to the Geraldson Community Farm. It is located in a wonderful historic part of Bradenton, Florida. Just a stone’s throw from where DeSoto set foot on West Florida. It was a enjoyable ride for me to go out there on a Saturday morning. It had rained and everything looked fresh and the sea air smelled good.
Senator Elisabeth Warren has been in the news again as the media speculates whether she has a chance to become President or whether she can be talked into running in 2016. I think her bill to bring back the Glass Steagall Act is more note worthy for discussion.
This is the pdf file of the bill that is being introduced to the Senate by Senator Warren. It is the 21st Century Glass Steagall Act. Senators McCain, King and Cantwell are cosigners. The bill is straight forward and reinstates the Glass Steagall Act. It is very readable and only 26 pages long with all the changes. [Read more]
A couple of weeks ago on a Saturday, I was in the check out line at a local store. Just ahead of me was a lady checking out only she was over her budget and was having items taken off the bill. It took a while but I was not in a hurry. Shopping is just about the only thing I do to get out of the house these days, so I don't rush through it. After she got her over spending adjusted, she discovered she had left her EBT card at home. I could see her embarrassment in her face as she apologized. She said she would come back in a few minutes. There was tears in her eyes as she left the store. So all of us were switched to another register and I asked the young man checking me out if he thought she would come back. He said yes because she was a regular customer. Her tears of shame bothered me all day. In my head I had visions of her being a single mom that is over worked and tired. I think it is time that our politicians stop shaming people for being in need of SNAP and do something to remove that need. [Read more]
According to USDA, one in six people in the USA are food insecure. That comes out to forty-nine million people which includes children. One child out of five lives in a home that is food insecure which means that child does not know where his next meal will come from. Food insecurity is spread over all communities not just in urban ghettos but in rural and suburban communities also. The fastest growing group of families falling into poverty is hidden in suburbia. Families that are struggling to hang on to their homes, keep the utilities on and maintain a car. These families are least likely to qualify for SNAP or commonly known as food stamps. To put it simply they have too many assets that disqualify them for help. In 2011 4.8 million people over the age of 60 was food insecure and that is only going to grow as the baby boomers retire. [Read more]
Geraldson Farm is my local CSA farm. The community supported organic farm was started in 2007 when the Geraldson family sold the land to the county for this use. The Geraldson family wanted this land to be used only in agriculture.
Last winter I planted my first urban garden. I did what you call square foot gardening which you plant very compact in a small space.
From left to right. California wonders green peppers. okra, and Kentucky wonder pole beens.  [Read more]
This struck me really funny. I am still laughing. Some one had a good time putting up this site. Enjoy and laugh a little at the republicans. http://www.gopshutdownlive.com/ Anyone want to predict what the out come will be with this shut down? I am at a loss at their glee in screwing many fellow Americans.
The first round of non partisan voting took place on Tuesday for the primary race for Mayor of St. Pete. The top 2 winners will now run for mayor in the fall election. It is looking very good for the Democrats. Even thought this is non partisan everyone knows which party they have a history with. The currant Mayor Bill Foster came in first who is a Republican and the second place winner was Rick Kriseman a Democrat. But because the third place winner, Kathleen Ford a Democrat Council Women, received a large amount of votes that will likely go to Kriseman in the fall election exceeds the amount of votes that Bill Foster received.