Saturday, July 27, 2013
we had a family grill dinner after the show. i should have taken a pic of the girls helping us take down the stand. not beets but purple potatoes.
Since I grew tired of calling that golden sparkly stuff in Murano glass “gold sparkly stuff, I looked up Aventurine. It’s some sort of quartz, but I stumbled across a web page that made me laugh. Stick with me. I’ll tell you why.
Before I poke fun at anyone else, I must admit that I’ve fallen into fits of hyperbole myownself , , , , upon rare occasion. However, I must bow to an Internet seller of Aventurine when it comes to hype.
To me, this sounds like someone who’s gotten stuck with a truckload of Aventurine and desperately needs to recoup. (Been there, done that.) He says:
“Aventurine: stone of prosperity - reinforces leadership qualities and decisiveness - Promotes compassion and empathy - Encourages perseverance - Relieves stammers and severe neuroses. It stabilizes one’s state of mind, stimulates perception and enhances creativity - aids in seeing alternatives and possibilities - calms anger and irritation. It promotes feelings of well-being. and balances male-female energy - encourages regeneration of the heart - protects against environmental pollution.” DOES WHAT !? “. . benefits the thymus gland and nervous system - balances blood pressure and stimulates the metabolism, lowering cholesterol. Aventurine has an anti-inflammatory effect and eases skin eruptions, allergies, migraines, and soothes the eyes. It heals lungs, sinuses, heart, muscular and urogenital systems.” (I’ve never heard of a “urogenital system, but I’m sure mine could use a little healing.)
SATURDAY INQUISITION BLOGGING
crushing under 100's of pounds of dead weight. called the 'turtle'. sometimes w/ a wood wedge. late 1500's image
Friday, July 26, 2013
THE SQUIRREL MENACE
Plague-infected squirrel shuts down California campground
The squirrel, trapped July 16, tested positive for the infection on Tuesday, prompting a public health advisory. The campground will remain closed while investigators test other squirrels in the area and dust for infected fleas.
"Plague is a bacterial infection that can be transmitted to humans through the bites of infected fleas, which is why we close affected campgrounds and recreational areas as a precaution while preventive measures are taken to control the flea population," L.A. County health officer Dr. Jonathan Fielding said in a statement.
Plague is caused by Yersinia pestis, and although it wiped out more than half the European population in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionreport an average of seven human cases per year in the U.S.
Modern plague cases typically appear in the rural West, and plague has been known to reside in the San Gabriel Mountains ground squirrel population.
Plague transmission through flea bites causes bubonic plague, with symptoms including rapid onset of fever and chills and enlarged lymph glands near the bite. Untreated bubonic plague can progress to infection of the blood or lungs, causing pneumonic plague. All forms of the plague can be fatal if left untreated.