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Angela’s Sugar Glider Food Recipe

I’ve decided to post my recipe for food for pet sugar gliders. I developed
the recipe when I was suspect of the artificially colored options, and
worried that the little guys were not getting what they needed,
nutritionally, from the commercial varieties available.

I supplement
this easy to make, at-home version of glider food with fresh
(non-chlorinated, non-chemical) water, and a variety of fresh fruits
(organic varieties), and some seeds and nuts. Apparently they are doing
well with it… and they seem to really enjoy it (they wipe it out!)…

Sex on TV Commercials: Ok, Maybe I’m just "out of touch"… but GEEZE!

I spent the night away from home recently and actually watched “normal” television. (I must say, I couldn’t get back to a “no cable” household quickly enough to suit me.) However… while I was there, I noticed something that I found simply shocking… something that may have “snuck up” on those who watch TV all the time…

Working Out with Your Treo?!?!

Ok, it was difficult for me to determine the category for this post… I mean, is it BUSINESS to get in shape or is it fun?

I think I need a "none of the above" category — but others may consider it "fun" so I’ll stick with that topic header.

Now, if you have a Treo 650 or an iPod Video (what I got my hubby for Christmas) you can now view workout instructions on your tiny screen.

The Effects of Organic Food and Typical American (Junk) Food on Children

Yesterday, we went to my sister-in-laws for the holiday meal. We took a broccoli and beef dish, zucchini with pepper jack cheese, a vegetable muffin with cashews and Hubby’s famous pasta salad (a regular recipe and an organic one he made for us).

Alex and I ate only the organic versions, as usual. Hubby (also as usual) sampled some of the typical fare. He usually eats organic with us, but occasionally eats regular food when he’s out. He doesn’t go nuts, though. Since we have started eating organic, he says he only really misses two things — bread and ham. I bake bread occasionally, but he’s SOL on the ham (simply out of luck, that is). So he ate ham at dinner.

He and Alex hated missing out on ice cream, so we got a machine and I make vanilla from organic cream and milk with organic vanilla and local honey.

We pack Alex’s lunch so she doesn’t eat the crap at school — have you SEEN the lunch menus lately?!?! And my seven-year-old reads the labels on her food herself and if she can’t pronounce it, or if she doesn’t know what it is, she doesn’t eat it. It’s pretty amazing.

Anyway, there’s the background and after Thanksgiving dinner, we went to visit my friend, Daphne. A member of her family was seriously ill and in the hospital in Lexington. Alex wanted to stay with Daphne and I said no. So she (*being a 7-yea-old girl who had not had dessert on Thanksgiving*) said she wanted to stay and eat the food she really wanted with Daphne, not the old organic junk I made her eat…

Losing My Senses…

The last couple of days, I have learned how important my senses are for the way I operate.

First, I’m too impatient to sit and watch water boil. Nor can I bear to wait (like a good cook) when things bake in the oven.

I have to get back to my other projects. I knew this, but didn’t realize how much I depended on my sense of smell to do my baking until the last few days… when I’ve had a cold from Hades that’s blocked all sense of smell.

It Feels Like Winter

Cold weather makes me take a moment to think about life. Life is good. This morning, when I got up (from a toasty-warm bed), it was cold in the cabin. Quite a chill hung in the air.

Then my husband got up and said "Want a fire? Are you cold?" and immediately began the wood-burning stove ritual to get a blazing fire roaring.

Life is good.

The Next Step – To Mobilize or Stabilize?

I’ve hit a wall. I have everything going exactly the way I want it to go with the business. It’s a bit busier than is comfortable — but how many people running their own business wouldn’t jump at the chance to complain about that?

Business is good. (check) My husband is awesome. (check, check) and my daughter has gone from struggling with single syllable words to burning through "chapter books" and novels on a fourth to fifth grade level in the last six months. (check, check, check).

But, we have taken time off, away from the farm, away from progress on the cabin, away from having a plan…and the limbo is dreadful!

Ahhh, a Day of Needles and Drills

Nothing makes you appreciate life QUITE as much as having blood drawn and getting dental work done. I, in my usual fashion, decided to get all the "yucky" stuff on my to do list done at once. And, today was the day.

Warning, what follows can only be classified as a rant. Proceed with caution.