Homestead Happenings

This area is where I will share news and events of our ventures into homesteading. We hope to turn 10 acres of sagebrush and cactus into something a bit more verdant and productive through the use of a very limited supply of irrigation water, capturing and putting rain water & snow melt to good use … Continue reading Homestead Happenings

What’s This About?

My interests are many and varied. A few are represented in the categories for this blog. The opinions expressed here are mostly my own, but, I will also share from time to time things that I read from others which I find of value. Some will be things I agree with. Some will not, particularly … Continue reading What’s This About?

My Mother’s Gardening Secret

My mother was widely considered to always have the best garden for miles around, for as long as I can remember. When asked what her secret was, she would always tell people, “The secret is in the soil.” That’s all. Just, “The secret is in the soil.” Some would then ask her if she made … Continue reading My Mother’s Gardening Secret

Busy Days! And Seed Saving

It's spring! That means outdoor activity around here has sprung into high gear. The hyacinths and tulips have finished their bloom cycles. The strawberries, peaches, apricots, plums, and nectarines are blossoming. The onions that overwintered, as well as the freshly planted ones, are coming up strong and healthy and happy. The rhubarb that the chickens … Continue reading Busy Days! And Seed Saving

Climate Denier/Climate Realist

Okay, I'll admit it. The term "Climate Denier" rankles me because NO ONE denies that climate exists, and no one with any real knowledge denies that climate changes, and IS changing. So how about we quit with the Sophomoric name calling and look at some real facts? Please? The climate is changing. Yes. Accepted fact. … Continue reading Climate Denier/Climate Realist

Cheesy Chicken & Green Bean Casserole

This yummy and colorful casserole has an Italian flair thanks to the basil and oregano. Serving suggestion - bake some potatoes in the oven alongside the casserole. Yes, it's colorful with red diced tomatoes, green beans, white (and dark if you wish) chicken, all topped with spices and both yellow and white cheeses. My husband … Continue reading Cheesy Chicken & Green Bean Casserole

All-Day Beef with Wild Rice and Carrots

This is another one of my favorite 1-pan dinners that slow cooks all day and yields a delicious dinner with very little work, especially at dinner time when I am the most tired and wanting to get a quick, hearty meal on the table as fast as possible. Add a green salad and fresh sliced … Continue reading All-Day Beef with Wild Rice and Carrots

Another Look At COVID-19 & Masks

Before you get "all het up" over the title, please  read and carefully consider ALL  that this practicing physician has to say, and even take a look at the scientific studies he cites. It just might surprise you. And please take a look at this one also: https://eclecticmusings.blog/2020/04/07/face-mask-fact-vs-fiction/  And again, please don't make incorrect assumptions … Continue reading Another Look At COVID-19 & Masks

James Madison – Republican Government – No Nobility

James Madison, Federalist, no. 39, 250--53 16 Jan. 1788 The first question that offers itself is, whether the general form and aspect of the government be strictly republican? It is evident that no other form would be reconcileable with the genius of the people of America; with the fundamental principles of the revolution; or with … Continue reading James Madison – Republican Government – No Nobility

Montesquieu – Democracy versus Aristocracy/Tyranny

Montesquieu, Spirit of Laws, bk. 2, CH. 2 1748 2.--Of the Republican Government, and the Laws in relation to Democracy When the body of the people is possessed of the supreme power, it is called a democracy. When the supreme power is lodged in the hands of a part of the people, it is then … Continue reading Montesquieu – Democracy versus Aristocracy/Tyranny

Another Look at COVID-19 Statistics

A Rational Look at the So-Called Covid 19 - Pandemic Monday, 13 April 2020 Hugo Salinas Price 2,835,205 Americans died in the year 2018. (Source: National Vital Statistics System). Humans have a habit of dying, and as the population of the US has grown since 2018, the figures we shall eventually see for total deaths in … Continue reading Another Look at COVID-19 Statistics