Molly and I had moved out from Missouri to Virginia Beach in 1985, as a stop over for contracting work with the phone company.
Our plan was to tour the country and let contracting pay for it. We were young, in our late twenties to early thirties. Not a bad plan, but the only problem was that I had never seen so much work.
Houses and businesses were going up at a breakneck speed. The phone company couldn’t hardly keep up so they contracted out most of the work that needed to be done.
Even though we had planned on Virginia Beach being just a stopover, we really liked the area. We had the ocean, cool Navy jets flying overhead and plenty of work, what else could you ask for…kids?
By this time, we had moved from a hotel along the beach, to a townhouse and now we were in a house. Molly was building clientele for her business, a franchise of Decorating Den. I had started my own company Proctor Splicing.
Things were very busy, and now, a baby!
Caitlin was born 1989. Caitlin, being the first born was not spoiled at all. Well, maybe just a little bit.
Caitlin is going to have her first anniversary in a few days, and is now living on the eastern shore of North Carolina. Her siblings; Kelsey and Carolyn are still in Virginia.
John & Caitlin
The rest is history or history being made.
Molly is no longer with us. She died April 16, 2013. I know she is still with us in spirit and celebrating along with us.
Caitlin is now almost the age her mother was when she was born.
The circle of life.
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Caitlin’s Birthday 2017
Molly’s Birthday 2012
Molly’s Birthday 2013
Life is hard, but no one told me it would be this hard. Enjoy and celebrate every birthday.
Hurricane Florence. I went to Oriental, NC to see if I could help with cleanup. I, as others have, taken a lot of pictures of the destruction. But what is not so easy to capture is how the local people have pulled together to help each other.
I went out to Camp Don Lee to help with cleanup. I have been there several times and have enjoyed the beauty and peacefulness of the area. Unfortunately, the camp was hit pretty hard by Hurricane Florence.
Numerous trees had been blown down, some cabins had been flooded by the waves, plus trash and debris from places other than camp lying around.
This is were our focus was, to get the camp cleaned up. It seemed a very difficult task when we first arrived. Looking around, all you could see was things that needed to be picked up, sawed up, and hauled off.
We had about twenty volunteers, everyone younger than me, thank goodness. We started in on the cleanup and it was amazing how quickly forty hands picking up trash and debris could make a difference.
It was warm, everyone was sweating, yet it felt good knowing that a difference was being made. The difference could be seen in the camp and the reward on the faces of the volunteers, knowing they had made a difference.
When we have these times of natural disasters, it is very easy to focus on the devastation. Though in times like these, this is when we need to think of our neighbor and their needs. Some lost a little and some lost a lot.
The town of Oriental is really pulling together to put things back the best they can. They were hit hard and have roads to repair and debris to haul away, yet in the short time I was there, I saw vast improvement.
In fact, the town of Oriental is still going to hold the Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival Friday -Sunday, October 5-7. Funds raised will be donated to the Pamlico County Disaster Relief Coalition, in partnership with the Pamlico Partnership for Children, to provide help to families affect by the storm.
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So as the area prepares to move forward, remember in these times when all seems lost that every storm has a rainbow. It is hope that gives us the ability to get through the storms.
With the available fresh herbs and vegetables, it is time to bring out some recipes to put them to work. While at our local farmer’s market, at one of my stops, a savvy young man from was selling vegetables selected to make fresh salsa all in one container. I thought, why not?
Even though I have never made salsa before, I wanted to give it a try. A recipe was placed in the container along with the vegetables that read:
Fresh Salsa Make fresh salsa by:
Dicing various colored tomatoes
Add chopped onion, garlic & hot pepper
Season with sea salt, a splash of apple cider vinegar, and a touch of sugar
cilantro & or fresh lime juice
Sounds easy enough except I do not have a food processor so the blender will have to do. I asked Laurie Calloway, what I should do since she helps provide recipe articles for the magazine, her experience is way beyond mine. Laurie suggested to “spread the vegetables out on a tray like in this picture. I do not put oil on them, although I spray the sheet with PAM first.
I roasted them at 425 degrees until the skins crack and slightly char. Then, I let them cool, then blended them together in a blender.” Now that doesn’t sound too bad. I decided to give it a try.
This is what I had to start with.
I spread the vegetables out on the table to see just what I had. I thought about adding to them, then decided it would be best to just use what was in the container so I could evaluate what I had purchased.
A quick rinse before the cutting board.
I did remove the seeds and core of the jalapeno pepper. I am not able to eat very spicy food even though Molly did her best to change that over the years, I still can’t eat as spicy as some. Some like it hot and some not. I was worried that just the one might make it too hot, but that was not the case.
I quartered the larger tomatoes and diced the jalapeno, onion, and garlic. Then sprayed the foil lined cookie sheet with a no stick cooking spray and spread the vegetables out on the sheet. I had the oven preheated to 425F.
For the skins to start to wrinkle took about 10 minutes at 425F.
I started blending with the garlic, jalapeno and green onion.
Tomatoes and more tomatoes.
Almost done and the blender is working fine.
I didn’t add any other ingredients such as sea salt, vinegar or other things you might ordinarily add. I just wanted to see how the salsa tasted on its own. If I do say so myself, not bad for the first time. If you like it hot, add more jalapenos. This year we have a bumper crop. I am sure that many of you have your own salsa recipes, if you would like to send them to me please do and I will publish them to the readers.
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Salsa Recipe With Tomato, Jalapeno, Onion & Cilantro on the Stovetop : Salsa Ideas 2:26
I have made a conscious decision to stop consuming sugar as much as I can. With all the sugar in processed foods, I know I am better off avoiding it, as much as possible if not all together. But what about honey?
I am a beekeeper and I love honey. Should I feel guilty about still consuming honey while trying to avoid sweets? A little yes and a little no.
First let’s decide why or why not to consume sugar. Since almost everything you buy to eat in the store or restaurant has sugar in it, do we want to consume more? It is not that the food is bad per say, but that so much of our food that we eat and drink is heavily loaded with sugar, our bodies just can’t handle it.
Honey vs Sugar_Macros
We have so many cases of diabetes, obesity and other medical problems that arise from this overconsumption of sugar that in my opinion I should try and get away from adding sugar or eating additional sugary food. The health risk is just too great. In a strict comparison between honey and sugar, honey contains less fructose and glucose when we do a comparison to sugar, yet honey has more calories. Processed sugar is higher on the glycemic index than honey. This means that blood sugar levels can rise more quickly. Sugar starts out as a natural product. Most of our fruits have natural sugar in them. The problem arises when one tries to eat a balanced diet with fruit, we end up with too much sugar in our system. When our bodies are overloaded with sugar and the effects from sugar, we end up with severe short term and long-term health problems. Does honey do any better? Honey still has an effect on our body, to some degree like sugar. Too much consumption can cause health issues. The good thing about honey, is that honey has beneficial effects more so than sugar.
Vitamins Honey vs Sugar_Micro
The problem with honey is that not all honey is the same. I prefer honey over sugar, even if it is just off the shelf in the store. But processed honey has lost a lot of its natural benefits. Plus, honey off the shelf can be diluted with fructose or corn syrup. Processed honey is heated, so it will have a longer shelf life without crystallization. It is also filtered so it looks nice and uniform. You can still eat honey that has crystallized, I do all the time.
Minerals Honey vs Sugar_Micro
The nice-looking honey is what most consumers want, and they may not realize that they are buying a product that is not as good for them as it could be. This brings us to what I consider the best type of honey, raw honey. This type of honey has many health benefits even over regular shelf honey and definitely over sugar.
Honey vs Raw Honey
You can find honey labeled raw on the shelf along with the other honey products, but this will be heated and filtered. The best way to get the most wholesome honey is to buy it from a local bee keeper. You will see pollen in the honey and maybe even a bee wing or two. But all the enzymes and nutritional benefits will be in that jar. Remember, you always get what you settle for. If you want to buy cheap sugar and cheap honey, that is fine. Remember most processed food and drink is loaded with high fructose corn syrup which is definitely not good for you. Combined with your choice of additional sweeteners, health benefits might be minimal. If you want to follow a healthier route you might have to spend a little bit more up front to get the short- and long-term health benefits.
Your body, your choice!
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Substituting Honey For Sugar
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) named water fluoridation as one of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th century. This all started back in the mid 40’s when Grand Rapids, Michigan was the first city in the U.S. to fluoridate its water. They found that by the early 1950’s, the results were clear: Compared to school children from nearby areas that did not fluoridate their water, children in Grand Rapids had fewer cavities.
Before this event no municipalities fluoridated their water, afterwards almost all did.
Almost all water contains some naturally-occurring fluoride, but usually at levels too low to prevent tooth decay.
Water fluoridation is the process of adding a small amount of fluoride to public water supplies to a level known to make teeth stronger and prevent cavities. What has brought about some concern to this practice is that we now have toothpaste with fluoride. If some fluoride is good, is more better?
Apparently too much fluoride can have some adverse health consequences. The bones tend to absorb fluoride leading to osteosarcomas (bone tumors). The National Cancer Institute says that “researchers found no indication of increase cancer risk associated with fluoridated drinking water”
The most notable effect of too much fluoride is a condition called fluorosis. Small white specks on the teeth. This is not supposed to cause pain. So, if you swallow too much toothpaste will this cause fluorosis? The American Dental Association recommends fluoride toothpaste and states that dental fluorosis does not harm the teeth or your health. What about mothers that don’t breast feed and mix formula with tap water? The ADA still recommends the fluoridated water.
What about other countries that don’t fluoridate their water, yet have seen decreases in cavities and tooth decay. The most common reply is that they get fluoride through other sources such as milk or salt. Maybe adding fluoride to the water is not such a bad idea! I personally have to wonder if this is the best method to medicate the public population. I am not passing judgement for or against. But you have to wonder whose best interest is at stake here? I am not writing a conspiracy theory, just that it would be nice to have a choice rather than a “one dose fits all”.
With that being said, there are ways to remove or avoid fluoride from the water if you are so inclined.
Water Filters: You have to use reverse osmosis, deionizers, or activated alumina filters. Activated carbon filters will not work. Drink spring water or distilled water.
These are the main ways to circumvent drinking fluoride water from your public water supply.
Avoid Fluoride Exposure
So, one way or the other drink up.
They say you should drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day, with or without fluoride?
Why The Government Puts fluoride In our Water 3:13 Seeker Published on Feb 19, 2015
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Fluoride Cleansing Herbs
National Research Council, Subcommittee on Health Effects of Ingested Fluoride. Carcinogenicity of fluoride. In: Health Effects of Ingested Fluoride. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1993.
Top Ten Reasons to Oppose Water Fluoridatioon
W. (2018, May 07). Top Ten Reasons to Oppose Water Fluoridation. Retrieved from https://iaomt.org/top-ten-reasons-oppose-water-fluoridation/
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