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the lonely art of survival

Posted on 2017.07.28 at 20:00
"This American Life," is playing that amazing episode again, including the two kids who were forced to conspire in lies with their schizophrenic/narcissistic mother.

Anyway, ever since getting/installing the AC, I have been soooo tortured by illness, intermittently but in long spells. One main prob has been severe, weird headaches. No way I can think or post during these. But I have gotten a few things done, like cooking, so all I'm going to mention is food, for now.

Managed to walk early to a farmer's market, bought some veggies while they were closing. Went to other stores and walked home. Veggies languished until tonight.

I also made a big batch of spanish rice, but included split peas, lentils, mushrooms, etc. Very good, but not really Spanish rice. A little seasoning on top and it was great. Just too much of it. So I decided to make burritos using it. I got the burrito bread during my excursion on Saturday. Also bought two small pizza shells. All were gluten-free.

All at the same time: Made six burritos, which included refried black beans. However, the bread broke at every fold. Also made tow little pizzas. I retrieved the home-made sauce from the freezer, and also cooked in fresh basil from the farmers market, etc. It honestly turned out to be the best sauce I have ever made or tasted! It was amazing. But the burritos were just bland, pretty much. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Also, I made...??? - oh! I made a big bag of popcorn. All popcorn is non-GMO, btw.

The next day - Tuesday - I went to do laundry and shop. The bus driver offered to sell me organic eggs, so I will get them next Tuesday. Even though I feel really horrible at the moment, I am thinking of walking down to the farmers market again tomorrow, and doing the same thing. I have too much vegginess, but I still would buy things like mushrooms, herbs, tomatoes, who knows.

Tonight, I have been boiling kale and Swiss chard. I saved a good deal of kale for me and dog to eat in freshness, over time. I will freeze the rest. I found that Swiss chard is pretty nutritious. I am boiling that up separately. I am saving much of the fresh stalks for whatever. I will also be boiling some beats, to be sliced, and then to be fermented, and then to be pickled and put away in the fridge. Beats are great - lots of silica, etc. I could use twice as many for this projects, so please pray that, tomorrow, I get beats, and not beat.

My computer is freezing up again so I will need to shut it all down which takes time, and start all over again. I really am going to have to do something serious about this soon - because it is now happening only 2-3 days after any reboot.

One thing I can sometimes do when ill and fatigued is to just become a vegetable and stare at a movie, hopefully to appreciate it. Latest movie: "Tristan + Isolde," which I hope to post about. Have seen it once, and then twice with each commentary - and soon: once again. This is what I do when I really study a movie. And, I sometimes miss a few things the first time around, due to the holes in my brain. Time to turn off the chard...


meowmensteen at 2017-07-29 03:51 (UTC) (Lien)
I miss growing kale and chard. I always end up with a mealy aphid problem, so I don't grow them now. At least I have turnips and beets to make up for it. They both have good greens too.
where hypotheses come to die
madman101 at 2017-08-13 02:28 (UTC) (Lien)
Ahhhh... Here is this comment... OK...

So, I looked up chardness on internets and it looks like you shouldn't have a problem with those specific aphids when it comes to chard because they only love the cruciferous veggie types lile kale and broccoli. So, maybe this helps, but possibly you might be able to grow chard again.

Although - the amount of MATTER one gets back from chard, considering all the water and space that goes into it, idk.

That whole aphid thing sucks. here are some links I followed...

I do know chard is pretty yummy and nutritious, but so would shoes be if you boiled them down to a thimble, lol.
meowmensteen at 2017-08-13 13:49 (UTC) (Lien)
Ick, just looking at those aphids makes me shutter. They took over my mustard earlier this summer.

Maybe I'm forgetting what plants they took over the year I decided to quit growing chard. I remember the kale was devastated. I had some rainbow chard in the garden as well. I mostly used it fresh in salads, I might try the boiling technique if I get my hands on some. I have a new batch of turnips coming up, so for now I do have something green to boil.
where hypotheses come to die
madman101 at 2017-08-13 14:52 (UTC) (Lien)
Maybe you have had dif kinds of aphids. But I hope you get to regrow turnips and mustard - I don't even know where they classify. I hope your latest garden is working out pretty well.

I don't know if I have commented already, but the cures I know for aphids are mainly soap solutions, or maybe diatomaceous earth, or maybe ladybugs hopefully not from China.
where hypotheses come to die
madman101 at 2017-08-13 15:09 (UTC) (Lien)
Beet stalks are really awesome, and not recognised enough, I think.

They still have slightly too much sugar for me. I just recently fermented some beet slices - including some beet stalks. Beets are so nutritious!

Like the wolf that he is, my dog avoids anything ground-wise. He will eat spinach or broccoli, though.


(Just for the record, I am thinking that mustard greens trigger CFS probs).

BTW - One thing I hate the most is the invasive species: GARLIC MUSTARD. But, I understand that it can be used as a food or relish. Probably not, but have you ever considered this? Hopefully not, Because every shoot sens out 10000 seeds. I hate China!
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