Tuesday, January 4, 2011

See What The Clicks Did in 2010! Hungry Americans. Fridge Photos. Reversed Polarity.

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Over 86 MILLION bowls for animals & 12,687 ACRES of rainforest saved

Thank you!  In 2010, your clicks and shopping provided over 86 million bowls of food.  Keep clicking to help shelter animals in 2011!
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438,608 BOOKS for children    &   832,425  helped with health care
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6,567 Mammograms   &  58.6 MILLION cups of food

Thank you!  In 2010, your clicks and shopping provided over 58.6 million cups of food.  Keep clicking to help the hungry in 2011!
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Speaking of Hunger: What about hungry Americans?

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From: News and information at The Hunger Site:
Did you know that one in four Americans must choose between food and bills.

"According to the 2010 Hormel Hunger Survey, 28 percent of Americans said they or their family members have had to decide between paying bills and buying food in the past year.

The study, released Monday by the Hormel Foods Corp., also found that 10 percent of the surveyed individuals went to bed hungry at least once in 2010, while 54 percent are concerned about the food security of other Americans, up 8 percent from last year, reports SouthwestFarmPress.com.

"We hope this survey provides facts about hunger and makes clear that it is still a problem both in the United States and abroad," Julie Craven of Hormel Foods told the news source.

Still, most Americans said their ability to pay bills hasn't changed in the last year, according to the study. A majority of respondents also said providing access to larger grocery stores would help hunger, malnutrition, life expectancy and low test scores, among other problems, reports the news source.

According to the Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service, 14.7 percent of U.S. households encountered some form of food insecurity in 2009."
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My thoughts on hungry Americans:
Speaking of hungry Americans;  I have been in line at the grocery stores, and seen the unwholesome food that Food Stamp recipients buy.  Very often they are not managing their food dollars very well.   (I even saw one buying expensive swordfish, I guess they wanted to try it!)

For instance;  expensive boxes of Mac & Cheese, Hamburger Helper, canned biscuits, loaves of white bread, sweetened cereals, instant rice, boxed and instant potatoes, TV dinners, big bags of white sugar, frozen French Fries, cartons of soda pop, deep-frying oil, etc.  Just a bunch of chemicals, preservatives, empty calories and carbohydrates.

Every one of these foods is a processed food, (and many have unhealthy High Fructose Corn Syrup in them,) and thereby cost more than real food, financially but mostly, health wise.
Wheat pasta, 100% whole wheat bread, brown rice, wheat flour, sweet potatoes, quinoa, lots of fresh fruits, juices, vegetables, and grass-fed meat, would give them a lot more bang for their buck, and their health.  
Doesn't anyone know how to cook these days?
About processed foods: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/five-foods-should-never-be-your-grocery-cart   and

Take the All or Nothing Approach
The Dr. Oz plan asks you to make some drastic changes in your eating plan, especially in the first week. Getting rid of all that processed food may seem impossible, but jump in and get rid of it all. The additives and preservatives in processed foods, designed to make them taste better than they do and last longer than they should, do nothing good for your health. Toss out all the processed foods containing anything but whole natural ingredients.
This includes the crackers, flavored chips, breakfast cereal, prepackaged meals and anything containing hydrogenated oil or corn syrup. A good rule of thumb is that if it has more than THREE ingredients, it goes.
Assess the Situation
Single ingredient foods are the best thing going for your body, because your body knows how to properly process the food. Look at your cupboard and the ingredient list of the food you have stashed. If you see a list containing a dozen or more ingredients in every other thing you pick up, you need to make some major changes. These chemical conglomerates of food additives were approved individually by the FDA, so who knows how they affect you when lumped together. Also, toss the ultra refined foods, the foods that have been through more processes than your computer system.
These foods include nearly anything not naturally white, like flour, sugar and bread. The bleaching these foods go through may be great for your clothes, but do you really want to be eating it? So clean out the unhealthy foods, shop the outside aisles of the grocery store and leave the food processing to your body.
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/11834-clean-out-fridge-dr-ozs/#ixzz1A5yhp0wC

And speaking of food, Nellie dares us to post pictures of our fridges: http://midlifecruiser.blogspot.com/2011/01/nosy-nellie.html
Frdige-doorHere is mine:
Lots of space, as
I keep most food
in the two freezers.

The only reason there
is Coke in the door,
is that it is Jay's!


Today:     Our confusing electrical problem.

May have been caused by Reversed Polarity:
For Your Info:    Why does polarity matter, anyway?
"Is there any danger? Contrary to what many people think, reverse polarity can also be a serious safety concern. Consider a light fixture with no bulb. If wired correctly, the only live part is the button at the base of the socket. A person is much less likely to touch this button than the threaded collar around the socket. If wired with reversed polarity, it is the threaded collar that is live! If you inadvertently touch the metal base of the bulb while it was in contact with the socket I can receive a severe shock.
Switched Appliances - Polarity matters with appliances that have switches. When the appliance is plugged in, power should only go as far as the switch. If polarity is reversed, power will go through the entire appliance back to the switch. If a wire comes loose in the appliance, the entire case of the appliance may be electrified, even though the appliance is not on. This is a shock hazard. Reversed polarity outlets often go unnoticed for a long time. Many appliances will work just fine."

This morning Ray came over to tell me that his living room electricity kept on going off during the night again, so we hadn't found the cause yet.

This time we delved into the breaker box inside the guest house  There was one breaker that looked old, but it tested out OK with my ohmmeter.  The confusing thing was that two circuits would go out, east and west sides of his living room, but wouldn't trip those two breakers inside, but the new breaker outside.  Another confusing thing is that there have been no electrical troubles since we, my late DH and I, built the place in 1990.  It was moved here after the flood of 94, and that back wall where the breaker box is, was rebuilt and double glazed windows installed then, but it has been lived in all that time.  Nothing electrical has been added lately, and suddenly this happens.

Then I got my "campground pole checker" out of the RV, and we found two outlets, on the west side of his living room which had reversed polarity.  One looked old and anodized, it was the first one out of the breaker box, and it fed all the receptacles on the west wall.  Ray replaced that outlet with a new one, and wired it properly this time.  I hope that we have found the problem.
When I was showing Ray how the "pole checker" worked, we found one outlet with reversed polarity in my house, too, but that doesn't affect his, as the houses are on separate meters, and even different transformers.

By the time we had fiddled and faddled with breakers and receptacles, he didn't get to the other outlet today.


The Good Luck Duck said...

Nellie goaded me into that, too. It's shameful the way she throws her influence around. Your fridge looks a lot tidier than mine, though. What gives??

LakeConroePenny,TX said...

Thank you for your comment, Roxi or Annie.

As I said I have two freezers packed with food that I have bought on sale, even milk, wheat bread and real organic butter. 1/2 gallon cartons of milk take 2-3 days to defrost, so I have to think ahead!

I see you have 2 cartons of milk in your fridge, but there are two of you. But I think yours is soy, whereas mine is coconut milk, as I don't 'do' soy, as it is usually genetically modified. I try to stay away from anything that has been genetically modified.

I am not a vegan, but I only eat a small amount of meat for protein, and it MUST NOT have come from a factory farm. Eggs must be Organic Free Range.

I don't have to think about what to eat for dinner, I just get out the oldest item.

Happy Tails and Trails, Penny, TX

Dizzy-Dick said...

Howdy from Cut & Shoot. You mentioned grass-fed meat. Do you know of a local place where I could get certified grass fed beef? There are places in other states that I have purchased it and had it shipped to me.

You should never eat anything with corn or peanuts in it, nor eat any meat that was fed either. Micotoxins, you know.

Rod and Loyce Ivers said...

Neutral on the White and tied to the neutral bar is really important these days. But years ago, we didn't even polarize AC and had no ground circuits what so ever. I guess we didn't realize the importance of such things until we shocked ourselves repeatedly!

ThE MidLiFe CrUiSeR said...

Whoo Hoo! I think I found someone who eats like me! (well, for the most part. I think I'd die if I didn't splurge every now and then!)

*almond milk (you use coconut, which is great too!)
*no GMO anything
*Free Range organic eggs (farm fresh when possible)
*Grass fed beef on occasion
*Tons of fruits and veggies (organic when it looks fresh)
*No plastic fats
*Raw milks and cheeses (when available)

Love your blog...Love your HONESTY!
I'm gonna tune in as an official "follower"!! I'd love for you to keep coming back to mine so we can be blog buddies!


Thanks for playing with me today :) I sure had fun checking out your fridge.

pidge said...

I'm with you on the food stamps. I think they should have regulations on them. If they want all that other crap, let them get a job and buy it.

We also eat lots of whole wheat products, and stay away from preservities. I have a hard time buying the special milks and eggs because they are so expensive. I guess medicine is expensive too when you think about the long run of eating all the things that are bad for you.

LakeConroePenny,TX said...

Thank you Nellie and Dizzy-Dick for your comments.

Dizzy-Dick, I found a grass-fed beef farm near us, but they haven't returned my emails. I suppose they just sell wholesale. So, for now, I buy the Nolan Ryan grass fed, no antibiotics, meat at Krogers. I hope it is all it is cracked up to be! It is more expensive, but what price do you put on health? Meat should only be eaten in small quantities, anyway, so the cost difference isn't that much more. I would not want to contribute to factory farm beef and the cruelty that they go through.

Nellie, I like almond milk, too, but the coconut milk was on sale this time! Yes, I became your follower, too. Now you will want to see pics of my freezers,too, I suppose? I wonder what yours looks like?

Happy Tails and Trails, to both of you, Penny, TX

LakeConroePenny,TX said...

Thank you for your comment, Rod.

That still didn't solve the problem, the power still keeps on going off. I have someone more knowledgeable coming to look at it today.
Happy Trails, Penny.

LakeConroePenny,TX said...

Thank you for your comment, Pidge.

I wait until the organic grass fed eggs at Krogers are on sale, when they are nearly outdated, then they cost less than the factory farm eggs. Eggs do not expire on the Use By Date. It takes a long time for a refrigerated egg to go bad. I break them into a little cup first, anyway, old war time habit.

Milk at Walmart and Krogers says that it is hormone free, they have a little place on the label that says that, but I don't know how they treat their cows. But I won't eat Walmart meat.

Happy Shopping and Trails, Penny, TX