Wednesday, August 16, 2017

August is a month many of us find ourselves much more comfortable indoors with the air conditioner running at full capacity than outdoors in the heat and humidity of summertime in Kentucky. I personally find the August heat invigorating, first of all, I know Fall is on its way. I love Fall. Turning of the leaves etc. But Winter is just that much closer. I am an outside girl.  Love nature and all its treasures. This afternoon I am getting scattered fragments from the garden. Green beans, corn, and lima beans.  Scattered showers are headed our way. Maybe it will bring on more vegetables.
Happy Hump Day!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Aren't these violets beautiful!
The American poultry industry is largely controlled by big agricultural firms, and some whistleblower farmers have provided some chilling insight into the lives of these poor animals.

One North Carolina farmer says that because the birds are bred for breast meat, they are too heavy to stand up and must spend their entire lives squatting. He likens them to “two toothpicks sticking out of a grape.” This position places them on the litter 95 percent of the time, which he describes as a mixture of pine shavings and fecal matter from the current flock as well as those that preceded it. Infections on the underside of their chests from contact with the filthy litter are common, with around 1,000 of the 30,000 chickens he raises every six weeks dying before reaching maturity.

Friday, August 11, 2017

A recent sewage dumping incident at Niagara Falls has prompted lawmakers to call for a criminal investigation into the actions of the Niagara Falls Water Board.

On the afternoon of Saturday, July 29, Niagara Falls State Park was full of summer visitors when a foul smell overtook the air and a black discharge clouded the Niagara River, engulfing the shoreline spanning from the Rainbow Bridge to the boat dock for the Maid of the Mist. Onlookers feared an oil leak and likened the sight to something out of a science fiction movie.

Many tourists expressed shock and disgust at the foul odor and unattractive sight of this black plume oozing through the river in an incident that could have a negative impact on future tourism in the area. Food stand operators reported significant business losses as the foul odor created an unappetizing eating environment.

The Niagara Falls Waste Water Treatment Plant was found to be the source of the inky blob, which expanded for several hours as they emptied a sediment settling basin while carrying out routine maintenance. They claimed that they had the appropriate permits to release the sewage and sediment in the water and that the discharge’s carbon residue and accumulated solids fell within permitted limits. The Water Board issued a public apology to tourists and residents, but that wasn’t enough to stop officials from looking into the matter.

Which one needs a nap? I say both!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Micah eating a donut. Looks good Micah!
With its distinct flavor, garlic is one of the most common vegetables used for culinary purposes, though it also has a number of medicinal uses. It is part of the Allium genus, and is closely related to other strongly flavored vegetables such as onions, leeks, chives, and shallots, according to It is an important ingredient in many cuisines all around the world, and has been in use for thousands of years, tracing back to ancient Egypt.

Garlic comes in bulbs, called heads, that are made up of separate cloves. It is covered in a papery skin that is often white in color, though there are some varieties that have purple skin.

It is produced all over the world, with China as the top producer, supplying up to 75 percent of the garlic eaten in the United States. Within the country, California is the top garlic producer, with smaller batches being produced in Oregon, Nevada, and Arizona.

Monday, August 7, 2017

time at the Library.

We are keeping Micah for a couple of days. Micah is enjoying his time at the Library.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Hopkinsville takes center stage during solar eclipse

This is a garlic grater. My friend from across the road brought it back from Washington. I just love it. And how though full was that?

Location. Location. Location.

When the Great American Eclipse blots out the sun along a narrow, swooping path from Oregon to South Carolina on August 21, astronomers pinpoint a farm 11 miles northwest of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, as the “point of greatest eclipse.”

Usually home to corn, beans, wheat in rotation, and hay, Orchardale Farm and its century-old barns will play host to NASA scientists, news media, and elected officials and dignitaries to watch the first total solar eclipse in the United States since 1979.

“We do not seek attention to our farm, but are pleased our farming neighborhood, our local community, city, and county will get to spotlight the many positives that generational residents have always known,” says Lisa Bell of Orchardale Farm.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

There Is A Yellow Finch On The Cone Flower! 
There are many lifestyle and dietary factors than can lead to chronic liver inflammation, and one of them is a Western diet. According to a new study, this particular diet, which is rich in saturated fats and refined sugars, can increase the chances of developing hepatic inflammation, especially among males. If left untreated, the condition may progress into more advanced liver diseases such as cancer.