Saturday, November 6, 2010

A Smattering of Colors


Taken October 24, 2010.

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  1. Somewhere along the way the colors snuck up on us and it looks like that around here too.

    I left the last comment on last night's post, mostly for Janet. The frost hit the ground last night, as expected, so I picked the last tomatoes. The smaller ones went into a green salsa, I really don't know if it'll be any good or not. It probably wants cooking. Oh well.

    OK, I've smeared the VGW… waving for everyone coming by later. Mason & Moptop will be awake shortly, I'm sure…

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  2. Continuing from yesterday's hunting thread. Not a big fan of the testosterone fueled part of hunting culture or of the hunters who can't be bothered to confirm their target--I had to wear my "I am not a deer hat" while out walking the borrowed pups (also in blaze orange) yesterday. At the same time, I've got to say that there's something to be said for fresh venison, and I might even get a bow license if I could use it in my backyard. Our hosta-fed local herd is seriously overpopulated.

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  3. Thanks Farf, but I'm in shock 'n awe of my husband. He's cleaning up the dishes from two days of me cooking. I tend to go "Total Foodie" during high stress times and cook like a banshee binging.

    As to the bullying... I think kids imitate life at home. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. So many accounts of bullying in the news lately and you see the parents take on it and you realize why the kid is so messed up. Wes is doing okay but the friend or foe aspect of his life really has to be taken care of. He has to be his own advocate and truly embrace autism as well as his strengths and weaknesses.

    My daughter is her own self advocate and will stand up for others. Always has.

    Danni was bullied in elementary school. Why? For being "smart and skinny" I kid you not. Similar situation of the two girls who could do no wrong because they're Mommies were PTO Moms and part of the "let me shove my love of Jesus down your throat" crowd. But their daughters are saying that Danni eating a hot dog is equal to her giving it oral sex in the cafeteria...

    But we all know what happens when a kid is bullied. Other kids join so as not to be targeted. One boy in particular started to harrass Danni sexually. In the 3rd or 4th grade. Danni told asked for help from all she could. School did nothing. We went to the school many times... nothing. So Danni decided to take Judo and Jujitsui and went all went on the mat with her and got our purples after 2 years. Kids are not allowed to use their martial arts to hurt another student. Danni told him of why she joined and what was continuing on at school. The boy that week had grabbed her by the chest hard enough to give her two bruises where her none-exhistent breasts were.

    Her Sensei made an appt with the school principal and told her that since the school had failed her he had given Danni permission to defend herself from any future verbal or physical attacks from this boy. He lectured how Danni would not only break the bones arm in no less than 2 breaks but they would be twist breaks which would require at least a year to heal. Even though Danni was nothing buyt breath and britches she would flip the boy over her body and slam him into the ground or nearest piece of furniture possibly resulting in some facial injury.

    The next day, the boy was moved to another school district. No one ever teased Danni again. She walked taller.

    At this school - a young man with Down's whose name was Todd was surrounded by 3 football players in middle school. They were teasing him and pushing him around and were known for calling Todd "Tard" and "ReTodd". Danni, still a very slight, little thing. Stood up and told the boys to stop and what she thought of them. One of the boys made a move to hit her and Danni made an evasive move and warned him that he hit her she would have to resort to Jujitsui and everyone would see the big bad football player having his ass kicked by her.

    We had to go to the school and only one other parent of the bullies bothered to show up. They were upset that their precious boy had been threatened, "boys will be boys" and bullying is just part of that but no one had a right to threaten him with violence. Danni and Todd entered the room and the bully's parents looked down in shame. It. Was. Awesome!

    We see Todd's parents all the time at school functions. Todd calls Danni "SuperDanni". Even with all of her past history with bullies, she does not fit the "victim" role, she's very much a champion of the underdog and extremely confident young woman.

    Wes' program sees this all the time. Disabled kids get abused in many ways. Not just by other kids. I think it was Ghandi who said that a society can be judged on how it treats it's animals, disabled and elderly.

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  4. Thanks Farf, but I'm in shock 'n awe of my husband. He's cleaning up the dishes from two days of me cooking. I tend to go "Total Foodie" during high stress times and cook like a banshee binging.

    As to the bullying... I think kids imitate life at home. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. So many accounts of bullying in the news lately and you see the parents take on it and you realize why the kid is so messed up. Wes is doing okay but the friend or foe aspect of his life really has to be taken care of. He has to be his own advocate and truly embrace autism as well as his strengths and weaknesses.

    My daughter is her own self advocate and will stand up for others. Always has.

    Danni was bullied in elementary school. Why? For being "smart and skinny" I kid you not. Similar situation of the two girls who could do no wrong because they're Mommies were PTO Moms and part of the "let me shove my love of Jesus down your throat" crowd. But their daughters are saying that Danni eating a hot dog is equal to her giving it oral sex in the cafeteria...

    But we all know what happens when a kid is bullied. Other kids join so as not to be targeted. One boy in particular started to harrass Danni sexually. In the 3rd or 4th grade. Danni told asked for help from all she could. School did nothing. We went to the school many times... nothing. So Danni decided to take Judo and Jujitsui and went all went on the mat with her and got our purples after 2 years. Kids are not allowed to use their martial arts to hurt another student. Danni told him of why she joined and what was continuing on at school. The boy that week had grabbed her by the chest hard enough to give her two bruises where her none-exhistent breasts were.

    Her Sensei made an appt with the school principal and told her that since the school had failed her he had given Danni permission to defend herself from any future verbal or physical attacks from this boy. He lectured how Danni would not only break the bones arm in no less than 2 breaks but they would be twist breaks which would require at least a year to heal. Even though Danni was nothing buyt breath and britches she would flip the boy over her body and slam him into the ground or nearest piece of furniture possibly resulting in some facial injury.

    The next day, the boy was moved to another school district. No one ever teased Danni again. She walked taller.

    At this school - a young man with Down's whose name was Todd was surrounded by 3 football players in middle school. They were teasing him and pushing him around and were known for calling Todd "Tard" and "ReTodd". Danni, still a very slight, little thing. Stood up and told the boys to stop and what she thought of them. One of the boys made a move to hit her and Danni made an evasive move and warned him that he hit her she would have to resort to Jujitsui and everyone would see the big bad football player having his ass kicked by her.

    We had to go to the school and only one other parent of the bullies bothered to show up. They were upset that their precious boy had been threatened, "boys will be boys" and bullying is just part of that but no one had a right to threaten him with violence. Danni and Todd entered the room and the bully's parents looked down in shame. It. Was. Awesome!

    We see Todd's parents all the time at school functions. Todd calls Danni "SuperDanni". Even with all of her past history with bullies, she does not fit the "victim" role, she's very much a champion of the underdog and extremely confident young woman.

    Wes' program sees this all the time. Disabled kids get abused in many ways. Not just by other kids. I think it was Ghandi who said that a society can be judged on how it treats it's animals, disabled and elderly.

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  5. Sorry for the double post!

    Farf, fried green tomahters! :) We worked in a new garden this year. We really have no idea what we're doing :) But got a Maritime Gardening book and headed out to the organic nursery. We just put in strawberries (Wayne built a clotch for them) tomatoes and various chiles. We got about a handful of berries, I think 5 tomatoes and the rest was a huge Slug Salad Bar. But this area had a strange spring/summer and many got zilch. But it was fun and we've got cover crops and compost going.

    I've replanted the lavendar I killed accidentally from cutting them back too far. We also planted CatMint along the driveway and I found this radiant red echinacea that's called "Tomato Sou". All seem to be thriving. So far.

    I grew up hunt to eat with my grandparents. Elk hungting. Sadly they only spawned redneck bubba "sports hunter" types who haven't any respect for others, the outdoors or for gun safety. At. All. I lived up in Northern Cali where men treated their guns like a girlfriend. Get all liquored up and go shooting. Then go hit the local McDonalds for a crapburger.

    We almost gave up meat while in Calif due to the crap they sell you in the stores. But here in Oregon, at the New Seasons, I get fantastic meat and I know where it's from, the people are using good practices and the meat isn't filled with chemicals or hormones. I love supporting our ranchers, herders and fishermen who use sustainable means. We need to keep our farmland for generations to come. So I know where my meat comes from. Many at work have visited the ranches. Some helped build "hoopah" sp for a pig farmer who couldn't get his pigs for fair, consistent market price. We give him a yearly price. So he can continue using good practices. Can google New Seasons Markets videos and see the ranchers and farmers we support and how they feel about us, too. :)

    But Oregon is different than most other states. We could totally secede from the nation and be okay. Berries, cheese, ranchers, wine, fruit, vegetables. And we have all the wonderful types of land. Seaside, rainforest, Willamette valley for farming, mountains and even desert. I love it! Almost all of my food is local. What isn't is usually direct or fair trade and usually from local companies. Yogi Tea and Stumptown coffee for example.

    Believe it or not, Ms. Pink Trouble does know how to shoot. I respect the power of a gun, but I also know that once a gun is brought out, it changes all the rules for everything. Besides Wayne is completely anti-hand gun and has had his fill of weaponry. We have a disabled, curious child in our house we don't need a gun for "protection".

    Someone wants to break in our house, they can take anything they want. They want to hurt one of us, we're peace talkers and if we can't talk them into peace, we can fight for our lives. But there's nothing in my house worthing gunning someone down for. I wouldn't want to live my life knowing I had shot someone down even if they were meaning to do me harm. If I can't resolve the situation with my brains, mouth or my own hands... I don't know. Guns would change our household and our way of living, thinking and so much more... "Kids we're anti-war, but if some drugged out kid breaks into our house wanting to rip off our tv and computers, you'd better gut shoot him"... naw, doesn't gel with us. :)

    If I got to the point I was so hungry because there wasn't any meat good enough to buy... I would barter or buy with the local ranchers. We don't eat meat every night anyhow.

    Have to run to my store, the apples and pears are in full swing right now. They make great side dishes at dinner.

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  6. Today I'm not going to hit the rink, I'm going to rake leaves.

    Boston (where Wayne is from) has beautiful Fall colors but they seem to last only a few weeks. Here in Portland, we get these deep reds for months. Kids hate that there are months and months of raking though LOL.

    And I didn't mean to offend anyone about hunting... or bullying (I've seen people defend bullying just as much as Heston defended the NRA) ROFL

    Many chains of violence have been broken in my life. But my life is mine and I don't expect others to walk my life or live my talk.

    Oooh Wayne is begging for me to get my errands going so I can get back and bake some cookies. OMG! I forgot to tell you authors...

    I may be being published soon. I'll let you chew on that for a while. :P

    Antici-----pation! xoxoxo

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  7. Heh, yeah. I can understand that, Janet. The Boy had a problem with a gay kid sexually harassing him in middle school. I refer to this kid as "the future Darwin Award candidate," because he was 1) a head shorter and 50lb lighter than The Boy; 2) he thought he could take The Boy in a fight; 3) The Boy and I had been taking karate for a while (he started, and I joined in for the workout). And we went through many of the same issues as you — going through channels achieved nothing (the kid's parents were buddy-buddy with the principal). I taught him (and Daughter Dearest, who never took karate but is built like a freight train with an attitude) that they were never to start anything… but if someone else started something, finish it quickly and decisively. Our sensei said pretty much the same thing. (I think I would have preferred the approach Danni's sensei took.)

    So one day this kid and two of his friends followed The Boy into the bathroom. The friends grabbed him and held him on the floor, while the kid started punching The Boy in the back of the head.

    Hitting him in the head doesn't hurt him, it just makes him angry. He threw the two friends off, got up, and threw a roundhouse punch that dislocated the kid's jaw and broke a knuckle. He also launched a round kick that thankfully didn't connect; I held one of those huge foam pads once when The Boy was round-kicking and it hurt through all that padding. He would have broken ribs had he connected. Then he put the kid in a headlock and bloodied his nose before starting to drag him to the office. The friends jerked him away; The Boy continued to the office to explain the situation.

    So they went to get the kid — who is sitting in his next class, blood all over the place and his jaw somewhere up around his right ear, pretending nothing happened. The parents never contacted us, which was for the best — I would have offered to pay for a vasectomy for the kid because he shouldn't be allowed to breed. Anyway, they left the county in time for next year.

    A little girl in our karate class, who was a good ways ahead of us in rank, also wound up turfing a boy who was picking on her and wouldn't stop. She didn't use quite as much force as The Boy though.

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  8. Hooray for The Boy.

    We like Judo and Jujitsui due to it's self-defense as opposed to the offensive arts like TKD and it's "spirituality" of all the arts. It means "the gentle way".

    Danni just walks taller with more confidence. Judo teaches you that you don't have to fight in order to win. :) But it does help her know that most of these boys around her - bullying or datewise, she could totally kick their ass.

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  9. Hi Kelly, Farf, and Janet.

    I'm not much in a talking mood today but it doesn't look like I need to be. :)

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