Category Archives: cats

Yes, I’m caught up with show notes! Let’s talk feral cats. And cute rescued farm animals.

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Yes, I’m caught up with show notes!

Scott Beckstead, of The Humane Society of the United States, gives us his thoughts on the feral cat controversy in Central Oregon. Plus, stories of cute rescued farm animals!

In this episode, we catch up with Scott Beckstead, Oregon Senior State Director of The Humane Society of the United States. He gives us his thoughts on the feral cat controversy in Central Oregon, plus tells us about some animals that were destined to be laid out on someone’s dinner plate, but instead were rescued by caring people and now have a wonderful home in Oregon. You’ll hear about the surprising proclamations made by the mayor of Portland and the mayor of Eugene. And we bring you an update on Missy, the German Shepherd who was stranded for 8 days on a mountain top.

And, of course, we highlight the latest News from the Vegan Frontier, let you know about vegan related happenings in and around Central Oregon, and more!

CSA Basket #17: September 26, 2012

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CSA Box #16, 2012

CSA Box #16, 2012

In the box:

  • Arugula, bunched
  • Corn
  • Carrots
  • Grapes, Canadice {we love these}
  • Kale, Red Russian
  • Onions, sweet
  • Peppers, Red
  • Potatoes, Yukon Gold
  • Radish, French Breakfast 
  • Spearmint, Kentucky Colonel
  • Tomatoes, Cherry

Not pictured: Garlic, extra grapes, and 2 giant bunches of collard greens. Mine did not do well this summer, so these will be nice for collard wraps and stir fries.

I just cleaned an embarrassing amount of expired produce from the last few weeks out of the fridge. Sigh. I really hate wasting food and it was unintentional, but there’s been so much going on over the last few weeks. At least the worms in the compost bin will benefit.

Now that it’s almost fall weather, I’ll start making soups and stews that will help use up some of the produce. And after Jill Nussinow’s presentation at Portland VegFest, I now am seriously thinking about getting a pressure cooker. I may need to check out her book first: The New Fast Food: The Veggie Queen Pressure Cooks Whole Food Meals in Less than 30 Minutes.

What was in the prior boxes?

CSA Basket #16: September 19, 2012

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CSA Box #16, 2012

CSA Box #16, 2012

In the box:

  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage, Green
  • Canadice grapes {so cute!}
  • Cilantro
  • Lettuce, Red Butter
  • Peppers, Red
  • Salad mix
  • Shallots
  • Watermelon, Yellow Doll

I bought extra grapes before I realized that they had included some in the box {not pictured}. I probably wouldn’t have if I had known how much they were going to cost! Still, they’re yummy and not too tart.

What was in the prior boxes?

Pip came to investigate while I was taking photos. The perspective in this photo is funny—between the closeup of the veggies and the large sofa sectional, she looks so tiny! Also, I had to take this photo after dark, so the lighting is not great. And, the kids unpacked the veggies and put them in the fridge, so I’m not sure that this is everything, but I think it’s at least one of everything.

My Ruby day

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I had a good day at the Ruby on Rails workshop. So good to stretch my brain in a different way. Plus, I got to meet some great new people from a totally different tech crowd than normal (from Bend, Portland, Seattle, and even Wisconsin). We built a very basic app today – I can’t wait to explore RoR more. I’ll have to divvy up my time between Ruby, WordPress, and keeping my SharePoint skills sharp.

Attending the all-day workshop made for some creative swapping with the kids and hub, since we only have the one car, and I couldn’t even consider taking the bus since I needed to drop the kids off at school. We’ve got to figure out the bus thing for the twins, especially with the price of gas now!

I can hear it snow

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Sitting here in my home office {aka, the living room}, I can hear it snow. That can’t be right. Is it raining ice crystals? Hailing? Windy plus snowy? I can’t see much out the window, so I guess I’ll find out tomorrow.

Today I got the stray calico spayed by BendSNIP {yes, she’s still in my bathroom}. She seems to have come through fine and has been jumping all over when I visit her, even though I wish she’d be still.

I also got my laptop backed up and Windows 7 reinstalled {finally}. Just barely got it done and then took it tonight to Install-fest, pre-cursor to the RailsBridge workshop, a free intro to Ruby on Rails workshop {part of Ruby on Ales}. It will be fun, because I know next to nothing about Ruby, and since I’m not a developer, it will be a good challenge. We got a lot of stuff installed tonight. I have little idea what I did, but I did it, and it seems to “work.” I’m sure tomorrow it will all become clear.

I also snuck in an interview at the station tonight, in-between the cat and the Install-fest. That, plus dropping the kids off this morning, treadmill at the gym, and talking with a client, made for a full day.