Tuesday, January 15, 2013

January Thoughts

In random order, like all my thoughts these days:

1. Why NOT have a flu shot? Well, I have many reasons- but I know I'm in the minority. I heard on the radio that over half of all Americans received flu shots for this season. The pediatrician I saw a few weeks ago for G was insistent that our whole family needed to receive the vaccine to effectively make a "cocoon of protection" for G. We didn't. Mostly, because I agree with Michael Savage on this one.

“. . . I believe the risks outweigh any benefit,” Savage said.
The vaccine, he pointed out, contains formaldehyde and thimerosal – an organic compound containing mercury, which impairs the neurological and immune systems – along with detergents, antibiotics and allergens that cause infertility.

The flu isn't fun, of course. It can be very serious. Still, I'd rather have a bout of influenza then to find out years down the road that the vaccines I thought were protecting us actually contributed to MS or Alzheimer's or Parkinson's or other neurological abnormalities.

2. Chicken Barley Bake
Yum! Nothing fancy, this one, but easy and filling and wholesome on a chilly night.

1 onion
2-3 carrots
3-4 garlic cloves
2 cups barley
1/2 cup rice
2 cups chicken stock/broth
3 cups water
2 cups chopped chicken
salt, pepper, dill
Parmesan for topping, optional
  •  Preheat oven to 350.
  • Saute onion, garlic, and carrot in a large pot over medium heat until onions are translucent.
  • Add broth and water and bring to a boil
  • Add chicken, barley, rice, and seasonings. Pour into a 9 x 13 pan. (Or combine in the pan.) Tightly cover with foil or lid. Bake at 350 for 1 hour (or longer), until barley and rice are cooked.
  • Remove from oven and top with Parmesan. Return to oven to melt cheese, or not.
3. LOVE, love, love the things the 2 year old says. Today, "Mom. I love your baby." Yesterday: "Your baby has beautiful blue eyes. And green eyes."

4. Lunches that work for us right now: baked potatoes, broccoli-rice, pita pizzas, quesadillas, lentil stew, butternut noodles.

5. Our very dearest friends here are moving. The past weeks have been a mix of sadness and celebration with them. The Lord provides. . . it has been so sweet to have such an easy friendship and to share life with this like-minded family.

6. Are Magic Erasers toxic?! I was shocked to hear that they might be. We use these weekly to clean scuff marks and dirt and grime off the walls and doors and trim throughout the house. I say "we" loosely- this is a job given to the kids. Usually T (5) has this job. After reading this post, however, I am rethinking our use of Magic Erasers. I just ordered some Norwex products and included their "hand pads." Not yet willing to completely lay aside the idea of erasing some of our mess. . .

7. Having fun memorizing Romans with our kids and the community at Scripture Typer. Really a fun way to memorize!

8. We received a bed for Christmas. Love it! After 13 years without a headboard or bed frame, it feels so luxurious to sleep in our beautiful sleigh-type bed. Thankful for the wonderful, thoughtful gift!

9. Sleep! G has slept 7-8 hours for the past three nights! Not thinking it will continue, but so surprised and grateful for it.

10. We are listening to The Pineapple Story as we drive around (in our "new" van!). The kids and I are enjoying it immensely. Another great gift we received. . .

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