Sunday, November 23, 2008


Urgent: Sign USDA Petition Demanding Stronger Regulations for Genetically Engineered Crops!

The petition is below. Click link above to sign petition! Monday, Nov 24, 2008 is the last day!

Why is this important???? Once again big brother is telling us what to do. You should have the right to choose NOT to feed your family and animals genetically modified foods. These crops that have been genetically modified could cause serious health problems. Do you want to do that to YOUR family? There needs to be full disclosure of products containing these genetically modified crops. I will not grow or eat or feed these crops to my family and animals. Without legislation, the big corporations will sneak this into our lives. WE MUST NOT LET THEM! Stand up and be heard now! Read the petition below and click the link above to sign the petition.

Docket No. APHIS-2008-0023
Regulatory Analysis and Development
PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8
4700 River Road Unit 118
Riverdale, MD 20737-1238.

Re: Docket No. APHIS-2008-0023, Importation, Interstate Movement, and Release into the Environment of Certain
Genetically Engineered Organisms.

I am very concerned about the risks genetically engineered crops--especially those engineered to produce drugs and industrial chemicals--pose to human health, family farmers, wildlife, and the environment. I urge USDA to close the gaping loopholes in its proposed rules, and put stronger--not weaker--regulations in place. In particular:

1)Please follow the advice of the National Academy of Sciences and make genetic engineering the trigger for USDA oversight so that ALL experimental GE crops are properly regulated. This approach is scientifically sound, administratively efficient, and more protective of public health, the environment, and the interests of farmers. Eliminate loopholes that exempt any GE crop that has not undergone a determination of non-regulated status from USDA regulatory oversight.

2)Please do NOT incorporate the "Low Level Presence"
policy in the final rule. Instead, make zero presence of
experimental GE crops in food and feed your management goal, and gear your implementing regulations to achieve it as fully as possible. In particular, make all field trials of experimental GE crops subject to strict gene containment standards at least as stringent as those now applied to pharmaceutical-producing GE crops.

3)Please reconsider your "business as usual" pharma crop policy, and instead adopt one of two alternatives you proposed in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement - a simple ban on outdoor cultivation of all pharmaceutical-producing crops, or at least pharmaceutical-producing food crops - to best protect public health and the environment.

4)Please regulate as necessary pesticide-promoting,
herbicide-tolerant GE crops in order to address the rise in pesticide use these crops have fostered, and to mitigate the growing threat posed by herbicide-resistant weeds to farmers and the interests of American agriculture.

5)Remove any preemption clause that bars state and local authorities from enacting laws or regulations to control GE crops as they best see fit.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


I ran across these words.... they just were so appropriate for how I have been feeling lately. Thank you, Erma......

IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER - by Erma Bombeck?
(written after she found out she was dying from cancer).?

I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

I would have talked less and listened more.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.

I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.

I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, 'Later. Now go get washed up for dinner.' There would have been more 'I love you's' More 'I'm sorry's.'

But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute.look at it and really see it..... live it and never give it back. STOP SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF!!!

Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what.
Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us!

Sunday, November 16, 2008


Do you ever feel like the cliffs of life are getting steeper and steeper?
That life is like a snowball rolling down the cliff?

Sometimes you just have to slow down and enjoy the simple things.

So that is what I am trying to do!

I do miss my blog buddies.
I am here as much as I can be.
Thanks for your understanding and support!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Time for Pondering....

These last couple of months have been crazy at the homestead.... I work full time outside the home. (6-7 days a week). Blogging is my relaxation. (Thanks to my friend, John at Potpolitics~he started this pondering today!) Some times there are just not enough hours in the day.

This summer several things happened.
  1. Changed jobs.
  2. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.
  3. Holding my mom's hand through chemo 800 miles away.
  4. My 20 yo son moved back home.
  5. My best friend has been in total upheaval for about 6 months.
  6. My son's girl friend came to visit for a little over a week.

The job change is great. With the economy the way it is, I feel blessed to have a job I enjoy and pays the bills.

I was able to go home for mom's surgery, but have had to endure her trials via daily phone calls during her chemo. As the oldest, that is hard on me. I feel like I should be there to hold her hand, wipe her brow, dry her tears.... but that just isn't to be. (She lives with my younger sister~ but it should be me taking care of her!)

My son's father died one year ago. My son went to basic, then really had no where else to go. I welcome him with open arms. It is a great big adjustment to have another person added to the household in the small environment of our little house. (one bathroom)

Then to try to be a good friend.... can't even go there!

Then my son's girlfriend came for a visit. She is sweet and totally adorable! But again, entertaining a guest wears and remember... only one bathroom.

Well, last evening, best friend and I loaded up the car with army stuff and the kids.... Son had to report for training and Son's girlfriend had to report at her new duty station.... and off we went to Fort Bragg. We got them situated and took them to dinner. By the time I got home, I was exhausted. I had an early meeting this am. And now, I am home. In a quiet place. No lines for the lone bathroom. And kind of at odds... You mean I really have time to sit and do a real blog post! I feel kind of lost. So bear with me my dear dear dear blogging friends. I hope to have some new and fun stuff to write about soon! Now it is time to put this post to bed and curl up with the sweetie for a quiet evening!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Dona Nobis Pacem

Many thanks to Mimi, Queen of Bloggingham, for her many hours of organizing the blog blast for peace. Read her stories of the origin of the Peace Globes. Read here on how to get your own peace globe. Visit the Peace Globe Gallery to see all the lovely globes from around the world.

Sunday, November 2, 2008


Another beautiful Sunday.

"Reflections through the trees"
"The Minstral"
"Serenade on the Lake"
"Lake through the trees"
"The Beginning of Fall"
"Fishing in the sunset"
"Colors of Autumn"
"Coming Ashore"
"Light through the trees"
"Golden Leaves"
"Lake at Dusk"

Thank you for joining me on another Sunday hike!
Have a great week!