Friday, February 26, 2010

Monthly Photography Project


This is a Monthly project of mine. I'm shooting the same spot over and over as the seasons change. Just to see how the earth isn't dead, that it's alive and ever changing.

The ice in the shot is frozen. Under the bottom most branches tracks from trucks, and four wheelers are shown. Also a spot over to the right hand side is cleared off for skating.

This is near my home. I spend summer days here, and since it's a fav spot of mine. I check it out in all kinds of weather. I'm particularly fond of the area. I'm rather hopeful that it stays this way forever. Below this text are some other shots of the same general area. You can see each photo is quite different in terms of season, and even just lighting. Very fun & interesting to see.

Last light on the lake..

I can see clearly now..

Blue in my view

Thanks for looking, Heather :)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Yes It Is..

This is an adorable little hanger with original artwork from Kaliharo over on Very very sweet, indeed! --Heather :)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

BEEF..... it's what's for.. ahh.. u know..

Teriyaki Beef it's what's for dinner..

Kinda can't use that slogan, as this is NOT beef. Plus, that line is kinda copyrighted. It never mooed a day in it's life, and that's good. Damn good. AND OMG it's sooooooooooo sooooooo sooooooo tasty! This is what my kids get every single time we go to the city & eat at the Buddha Hut. "Vegan meat on a stick" is what they call it. We decided to buy some of the "meat" to take home. it's a very interesting species. It's so light, dry and airy. I believe made of rice. It's vegan & Gluten free. It's very dry, which means you have to add a ton of water & let it sit for 30-40 minutes. Then you drain it & add the marinade for another 30 minutes before cooking. This is my kinda food item to add as a "side dish" to the other healthful faire my kids love eating. Here veggies are the mainstay, not the other stuff.

Anyway a pound of this stuff (which is a HUGE amount) will run you $8. I'm storing it in a container for rice. I can take this stuff camping for cripes sakes & never worry about spoiling.. or nuthing. Oh & it takes on the taste of whatever dressing you marinate it in. I used teriyaki in this instance, hence the sesame seeds in the photo. Next time I might try Italian Dressing. Stuff is amazing! Tastes sooo good & is so soft, the texture is great too.

Meat eaters won't even know the difference!!

--Heather :)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Teach Your Kids Well.

I know someone who was raised vegetarian, knows it's better and eats some fish upon occasion. But, she's mostly veg, well read, educated.. knows the deal.. etc.. about the world ending & all that jazz. That the world's fish populations are being over-fished etc some to extinction, even. I know others who catch & eat fish all the time. I believe 90% of their meat is fish, and wild caught.

This is an interesting viewpoint, eating humanely raised meat, but it still doesn't work for me. Sounds like someone throwing her weight around & making her hubby eat something, he's not comfortable doing. I caved to my husband's meat eating will for a number of my married without children years. Forcing folks only leads to trouble.

Bottom line it's still a dead animal flesh that we don't need to ingest. (Our livers create ALL the cholesterol, we ever need in our bodies all on their own, all by themselves, without any added meat. Hence the cholesterol issues & heart attacks in people on a daily basis.) It's still a needless animal death. It's still putting more methane etc. into the atmosphere. I don't care who is raising it. It poops doesn't it? What next ethical milk production? IE: Cows who get to keep their baby cows & bottle feed them? JK!

I've read recently that we like the foods we like.. since our mom's ate them while we were in utero a study was done to prove this. So if you eat kale, your kids will eat kale. I have a two bite rule here now after that reading & my kids have to eat something green every day. If we serve a new food they have to try at least 2 bites of it. I explained cancer to my kids in a very simple way. They already knew about death. (We had a cat pass away three years ago now, I think. They knew her for a very short time. As she was my cat from a long time ago. They still miss her & talk about her to this day.)I told them; Cancer is a wasting disease. It's tiny germ that grows inside your body. Green veggies are like a *Super Ninja Kick* to the cancer, and it kills it off & keeps it gone. "Eat yer spinach already, kids!"

Heather, Rory & Liam

All that being said Meatless Mondays, if folks do that much for us. Because it is for all of us. It's trying to keep us here, as a species on this planet. Meatless Mondays are fine by me. It's all we can really hope for. Taking about 50% of the needless gases out of the air, will be better for all of us, including the earth. Folks don't think about the Earth and it's needs, not hardly ever. They think it's a dead thing for them to claim. However it's a living, breathing organism that needs us to care about it. We need it. It doesn't need us. Not nearly as much as we need it, that's for sure.

I'm much happier, healthier, thinner, and happier.. did I mention happier? Thinner doesn't even rate in my opinion. Happier is higher on the list. Without the meat. I haven't had a moody, suicidal thought since going vegan. I don't miss it at all. When my hubby tasted faux chix burgers for the first time.... he and I were like.. Why didn't we try them earlier? How did we miss them in the shops?? I just don't know how we didn't see them. Even just to try them & keep eating some meat productsoriginally. Especially considering how awful the real ones are in comparison.. cholesterol, fat, grease.. etc. Boggles my mind.

I do think to some extent we Vegetarians and Vegans are not doing our jobs right. We need to teach, explain and show our children why we are vegetarian a little bit more. I know it's delicate topic what kids can understand and what will keep them awake at night. I tell my kids the truth, as much as I know they can handle. I don't scare them though. Just show them what meat really is. I think if more folks saw open-air markets and what meat really is... more folks would see the Vegan light, far earlier in life.

--Heather :)

Friday, February 5, 2010

It's a Living Creature With a Heart Just Like Ours..


The following is a very long, and very graphic posting, on what happens when you turn your dog into a shelter or a Animal Control Person, or dump it somewhere hoping someone else will take the pet on as their own. This is why, when I found one I didn't turn it in. This is why I chose to adopt a pet, rather than buy a purebred dog like I had planned. This is why I chose a Black Labrador mix rather than a black Labrador with papers & a special name.

I borrowed it from The best of here.

"I am posting this (and it is long) because I think our society needs a huge “Wake-up” call. As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all...a view from the inside if you will. First off, this is a forum to for adoption and/or rehoming as clearly stated in the rules. All of you breeders/sellers on craigslist should not only be flagged (and I hope the good people on craigslist will continue to do so with blind fury), but you should be made to work in the “back” of an animal shelter for just one day. Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you would change your mind about breeding and selling to people you don’t even know…that puppy you just sold will most likely end up in my shelter when it’s not a cute little puppy anymore. So how would you feel if you knew that there’s about a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it is going to be dumped at? Purebred or not! About 50% of all of the dogs that are “owner surrenders” or “strays”, that come into my shelter are purebred dogs. The most common excuses I hear are; “We are moving and we can’t take our dog (or cat).” Really? Where are you moving too that doesn’t allow pets? Or they say “The dog got bigger than we thought it would”. How big did you think a German Shepherd would get? “We don’t have time for her…”. Really? I work a 10-12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs! “She’s tearing up our yard…”. How about making her a part of your family? They always tell me “We just don’t want to have to stress about finding a place for her…we know she’ll get adopted, she’s a good dog”. Odds are your pet won’t get adopted & how stressful do you think being in a shelter is? Well, let me tell you…your pet has 72 hours to find a new family from the moment you drop it off…sometimes a little longer if the shelter isn’t full and your dog manages to stay completely healthy…if it sniffles, it dies. Your pet will be confined to a small run/kennel in a room with about 25 other barking or crying animals. It will have to relieve itself where it eats and sleeps. It will be depressed and it will cry constantly for the family that abandoned it. If your pet is lucky, I will have enough volunteers in that day to take him/her for a walk. If I don’t, your pet won’t get any attention besides having a bowl of food slid under the kennel door and the waste sprayed out of its pen with a high-powered hose. If your dog is big, black or any of the “Bully” breeds (pit bull, rottie, mastiff, etc…) it was pretty much dead when you walked it through the front door. Those dogs just don’t get adopted. If your dog doesn’t get adopted within its 72 hours and the shelter is full, it will be destroyed. If the shelter isn’t full and your dog is good enough, and of a desirable enough breed…it may get a stay of execution…not for long though. Most get very kennel protective after about a week and are destroyed for showing aggression…even the sweetest dogs will turn in this environment. If your pet makes it over all of those hurdles…chances are it will get kennel cough or an upper respiratory infection and will be destroyed because shelters just don’t have the funds to pay for even a $100 treatment. Here’s a little euthanasia 101 for those of you that have never witnessed a perfectly healthy, scared animal being “put-down”. First, your pet will be taken from its kennel on a leash…they always look like they think they are going for a walk…happy, wagging their tails. Until they get to “The Room”, every one of them freaks out and puts on the breaks when we get to the door…it must smell like death or they can feel the sad souls that are left in there, it’s strange, but it happens with every one of them. Your dog or cat will be restrained, held down by 1 or 2 vet techs depending on the size and how freaked out they are. Then a euthanasia tech or a vet will start the process…they will find a vein in the front leg and inject a lethal dose of the “pink stuff”. Hopefully your pet doesn’t panic from being restrained and jerk…I’ve seen the needles tear out of a leg and been covered with the resulting blood and deafened by the yelps and screams. They all don’t just “go to sleep”, sometimes spasm for a while, gasp for air and defecate on themselves. When it all ends, your pets corpse will be stacked like firewood in a large freezer in the back with all of the other animals that were killed…waiting to be picked up like garbage. What happens next? Cremated? Taken to the dump? Rendered into pet food? You’ll never know and it probably won’t even cross your mind…it was just an animal and you can always buy another one right?

I hope that those of you that have read this are bawling your eyes out and can’t get the pictures out of your head…I do everyday on the way home from work. I hate my job, I hate that it exists & I hate that it will always be there unless you people make some changes and realize that the lives you are affecting go much farther than the pets you dump at a shelter. Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die every year in shelters and only you can stop it. I do my best to save every life I can but rescues are always full, and there are more animals coming in everyday than there are homes.


Hate me or flag me if you want to…the truth hurts and reality is what it is…I just hope I maybe changed one persons mind about breeding their dog, taking their loving pet to a shelter, or buying a dog. I hope that someone will walk into my shelter and say “I saw this thing on craigslist and it made me want adopt”…that would make it all worth it."

Thanks for reading. I'm sorry it's so sad. But, sometimes the need to know & learn something is so great, it far outweighs the horror.


Pitties in the Hartford CT pound

Love Love Love

Purple Hibiscus

We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it's going to get on by itself. You've got to keep watering it. You've got to really look after it and nurture it."
-John Lennon

Posted By, Heather :)

Monday, February 1, 2010

Please HELP! We Need You!

My friend Jodi of thisisit creations, just found out that three bulls who graze on her land are going to be slaughtered. So she asked the owner if he would sell them to her instead. He agreed. Now we are raising money. He needs to have the money in two weeks. So please donate, don't delay!!

I am donating 100% in my etsy shop.

Several others are also stepping up with a portion of proceeds and other donations.
Please check the Veganetsy blog & also Etsyveg's blog for updates as they come along. Jodi's blog is here. I will also update this blog if I see get any news.

If you would prefer send a check here:

This Is IT! Creations
P.O. Box 1252
Jacksonville, OR 97530

Thanks for your help! XOXO Heather :)

I Won A Contest!

I won a contest online! Yes!! So excited. Look what arrived for me via the UK. Yvonne of Karramandi sent these to me in Central Mass. I've been sniffing each of these over and over. They are so delightful & my skin is so soft after using them. Also they don't make me break out. They are nice and mild on my delicate skin. The first one pictured is Passion Shea Butter soap. The second one is Eucalyptus & Lemongrass Shea Butter. I love them both. I can't tell you which is my fav. Cause they both are.

Yvonne has some new products in her shop now. Lip balms and Shea creams. Salivating just thinking about the shea creams. She also has another shop called Kakirra and it has some lovely necklaces in it. And Yvonne also runs a blog dedicated to us Handmade folks. It's called Handmade Designers. You should check it out and submit your shop to it. Great idea & gets folks lots of exposure on the web for their hard handmade work.

Thank you Yvonne for the soaps. I'm going to enjoy using them!

XOXO Heather :)

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