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Ramblings for 2014.12.27

Posted in Blogging, Family, Health, Wordpress with tags , , , , on 2014/12/27 by rmolby

Well, I have not posted a ramble for over a year, now, actually one year, one month, and three days to be exact!

Dec14 Snow

Snow on Dec 27, 2014

Anyway, I took a nice panorama shot of our back yard this morning. The weather forecasters had predicted around 1/2 inch (~12mm) of snow on lawns, but we ended up with around 3 inches (~7.6cm) of the white stuff instead, so I decided to capture it this morning, and it was just natural for me to change the blog banner since I seem to have a little time on my hands.

I have a pot of mulligan soup simmering, and I am getting ready to watch “The Net 2.0” on Crackle via my Roku 2.

Anyway, I need to start rambling a little more than I have been.

On to other things, I decided to review my blog posts, and one year ago I talked about the environment and drought in the south western part of the United States. Today, one year later, this drought persists, and in some ways is worse. One of the key stories is that California is running out of water, and some farmers have been cut off from water supplies to maintain their farm land via irrigation.

Could this spell the end of California’s reign on the nations vegetable supplier?

Whatever the future holds for us, we should try to grow more of our own food in our own yards, as well as seek our local farmers, ranchers, and suppliers, to reduce our dependence on a few isolated producers. This will also reduce our greenhouse emissions and create local jobs.

Well, I’m getting tired and it is getting to be time for bed, so I will get this posted.

David Suzuki: A Canadian Treasure

Posted in Environment, Gardening, Health, Home with tags , , , , , , , , , on 2014/08/25 by rmolby

I could not have said this any better (see image below). This is why I pick out the aluminum cans out of the trash, collect all the napkins and paper towels to compost, and collect and save food scraps to feed to my chickens.

There is no such thing as waste unless it is nuclear in nature, all outputs classified as waste in most cases can be the input for another process if you manage to catch the output before it get mixed in with a lot of dissimilar items from other systems.

Let’s not mix grey water with black water, we can use the grey water around the exterior landscape.

Let’s not mix food scraps with metals, paper and plastics. Each of these have a use or can be recycled.

I do my part, why don’t YOU do YOUR part?

Collectively we can save the planet from getting trashed even more than it already is.

roger hollander

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Self-Improvement – New Start

Posted in Blogging, Business, Entertainment, Family, Health, Income, Internet, Liberty, LifeStyle, Wordpress with tags , , on 2014/08/21 by rmolby

August 21st, 2014

Have you ever questioned the purpose of your life, or asked, “with everything that is going on in my life, why am I going on? Is there a future worth living for?”

Piggybacking on my last post about getting a new job and regaining about 50% of my previous income, and trying to find something to inspire me to get re-engaged in life, I remembered a cool video I got from someone that was narrated by Earl Nightingale.

So I searched for any videos narrated by him, and among the list I found this particular video:

At the end of the video is a list of 12 points to remember, and I will try to go into each of those points as a separate post, but here is the list:

  1. Explore the work you are currently engaged in
  2. Realize that your own pasture is green – and unlimited
  3. The way you go about your job makes it good or bad
  4. Let yourself grow – avoid self-limitation
  5. Start preparing yourself for opportunities – NOW
  6. Put your imagination to work on ways of improving on what you are doing now
  7. Learn all you can about your job, your company and your industry
  8. There is no limit to your growth potential
  9. Our economy needs and will reward the uncommon person who participates in its growth
  10. Begin to build your library of reference material on your company, industry, your job and people skills
  11. Set aside an hour a day for study and research
  12. Remember the story of the acres of diamonds

I will not make Point 11 into a separate post, as this post you are reading serves as the post about setting aside an hour per day for research and learning.

I had originally thought about finding a short inspirational video so I could spend as little time as possible on this, but it turned out watching the 10 minute video in its entirety was the best choice I could have made, and it prompted me to spend that hour researching, learning, and writing up this blog post.

I want to touch briefly on a few other items that are tangentially associated with this post.

Recently I have been interested in finding mild climates to live in, and one place I found intriguing is Ecuador, specifically Cotacachi, as I described in a previous post. It is located in a valley at quite some altitude and has temperatures that range in the 45-72F (6-22C) range, placing it into the perfect temperature range for me and the wife. We both share this range as an overlap. She can handle, and prefers it colder, and I prefer temps in the 50-80F range, but this is about the most perfect place I can think of. So I was hunting for more information about living abroad and specifically living in Ecuador… in the process I found Blogger Abroad, a blog of a Canadian family living in the south of Ecuador where it is quite a bit warmer, but the culture is similar.

As it happens, he and his wife blog to make a living, and because of the reduced cost of living in Ecuador if you eat on the economy, you can make it on the income made online. Mind you, Bryan also blogs for About.com, so I imagine they make decent money between all their income streams, as he describes on his blog’s Start Here page. One of the things he writes about is Affiliate Marketing, and Amazon being one of the first and oldest affiliate marketers around. So I jumped in head first and signed up for an Amazon Affiliate account.

Even though I don’t plan on making any huge sums of money from this blog, I figure it would not hurt to try to monetize some of the work I have accomplished on this blog so far and into the future. One thing I plan on doing is to shed my Cable TV bill by getting an iView 3500 TV tuner (review) so I can get my local channels, and then sign up for Amazon Prime for all the pay TV Shows, Movies and Music. In addition, as time goes on I may get Netflix and Hulu, maybe Crackle and a few others.

Anyway, so I spent my hour a day doing this research, and another hour or so writing up this post, fulfilling Point 11 of the above list. As I find time, I will write up the other 11 points of the list and make the whole series available on the blog.

December 27th, 2014

Check my blog today I realized I never posted this to the blog, it had remained in draft mode all this time. I have made some progress on some of the things I mentioned above, including purchasing the iView TV tuner converter box. I will write up a new post and comment on the device, soon, along with several more reviews of different devices that have come my way.

February 21st, 2015

I updated this blog post to fix some typos, and to add a link to a product review.

Health – Zeal of Life – Day 69

Posted in Blogging, Food, Health with tags , , , , , , on 2014/05/09 by rmolby

Wow, I don’t make a consistent blogger… there is just too much to do in my life.

Alright, so I was going to document my Zeal Wellness 30 day challenge, but this product gave me so much energy and clear mindedness that I ended up being too busy to blog!

Except for about 3-5 days scattered throughout the last sixty plus (60+) days, I have had a Zeal Wellness, Chia Seed & Lifeway Kefir shake every late morning or early lunch. I don’t really notice how much this product helps me keep going, but on those days when I don’t have it I start running down by lunch time, and I usually become useless by early evening.

I would say the most significant symptoms I notice myself is how tired I feel and the foggy or spacey mind, I can’t seem to focus on anything and have no drive when the Zeal Wellness effect wears off.

All I can say is, you really should go try Zeal Wellness. Order a 30 day container and try it, and then not use it for a few days, I guarantee you, withing 48 hours of not taking the product, you will go back to feeling run down the way you feel day to day before taking the Wellness Challenge.

 

Health – Climate Comfort

Posted in Blogging, Economy, Family, Health with tags , , , , , , on 2014/04/28 by rmolby

Have you ever thought about your own comfort levels, physically, and if you are not comfortable with where you live, maybe moving to a part of your country or somewhere on this globe that might be more to your liking?

Well, the wife and I are extremely sensitive to extreme temperatures. The wife has a genetic condition that doesn’t allow her body to regulate heat very well because she cannot perspire sufficiently to stay cool, so when temperatures rise above 72ºF (22.2ºC) she starts struggling. Her comfort range realistically ends at 70ºF (21.1ºC). I personally feel fine until we get above 80ºF (26.7ºC), and start hating the heat above 85ºF (29.4ºC), but I can tolerate all the way to 92ºF (33.3ºC). However, I feel like I am getting less and less tolerant to heat, so I prefer to stay below 78ºF (25.6ºC).

Now, going in the other direction, the wife will wear shorts and sandals at temps below 50ºF (10ºC), and only wear a light coat and Capri-Style jeans at temps between 30ºF (-1.1ºC) and 50ºF (10ºC). She won’t start wearing sneakers or boots until temp reach below 30ºF (-1.1ºC)! However, this winter she has become less tolerant to colder temperatures, and anything below 40ºF (4.4ºC) seemed uncomfortable for her. My personal lower limit is 60ºF (15.6ºC), and I start putting on a light cotton knit sweater and jeans, anything below 50ºF (10ºC) I am wearing at least a light to medium weight jacket, along with the sweater, and if we dip below 40ºF (4.4ºC) I am wearing a decent medium to heavy coat, gloves, and something warmer than sneakers.

The consensus the wife and I have come to is that we need places to live where temperatures do not exceed 78ºF (25.6ºC) on the high side and don’t go below freezing very much in the cool season. This limits the choices we have, and I have been looking for places all around the planet that come close to our ideals.

The wife has been dreaming about moving to Anchorage, Alaska, and looking at the last 5 years of weather there, temperatures are between 6ºF (-14.4ºC) and 71ºF (21.7ºC), so the wife would feel fine there, but it would be too cold for me in the winter. The other issue is that you are pretty much cut off from civilization if modern air and ship travel get impacted by weather or natural disasters, and the other factor is that it is very expensive to live in Alaska, even in Anchorage.

Several years, before I married my current wife, I had read about a place in Ecuador named Vilcabamba, in the southern part of the country, that I read was a health nut’s paradise because the temperatures are between 68ºF (20ºC) and 89ºF (31.7ºC) all year long, and the land is so productive that you can grow anything all year long. I would be able to live there just fine, but the wife would struggle with the warm season.

About 3-4 years ago I came across an article about another place in Ecuador, Cotacachi, near Quito, that stays between 48ºF (8.9ºC) and 70ºF (21.1ºC), the perfect overlap range for both of use to be happy, and the cost of living is below that of the USA, and after the last currency default, the Ecuadorian government decided to adopt the US Dollar as their own currency, and being in a trade agreement with the USA, many American citizens decide to retire in Ecuador because of the lower cost of living.

There are warmer and colder areas than Cotacachi, and several of the larger cities in Ecuador offer high-tech jobs and many of the these same cities are progressive and modern and offer many conveniences like equivalent cities in North America and Europe, so there is employment opportunity for younger folks, too.

So, it seems to be the perfect place to move to, until today, when I read about a town in southern Chile, Punta Arenas. It is at the tip if South America, and was the port city of choice for any ship circumnavigating South America, to stop and resupply at, until the Panama Canal went into operation. Today the city is know for excellent tourism, wool, fish and beef production, and forestry products. Temperatures are between 29F and 60F, a little cool for me but I can live with it.

So, I think I would prefer to live in Cotacachi as my first choice, due to to the economic ties to the USA. And with so many American ExPats living there, I would imagine it would be the better choice. Also, since Ecuador is pushing hard to attract high-tech jobs, I think this is where we should go if we decide to become ExPats ourselves.

The other thought that had crossed our mind is to have several places we call home, and move with the seasons from Alaska, to Ecuador, to souther Chile, and maybe a place or two in between.

I will explore that idea in another post, later…

Bread baking – loaf 010

Posted in Baking, Food, Health, Home with tags , , , , , , , on 2014/03/02 by rmolby

Wow, it’s been around 6 months since I made my last loaf of bread!

Being unemployed, I figured I should get back into baking bread, especially since I have some flour left. Since I don’t have any sourdough starter, I opened my bread machine manual, and decided to go with the deafult Country White bread recipe, I did slightly modify the recipe:

  • ¾ cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp. Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¾ cup warm filtered water
  • 1½ tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • ½ tbsp. organic cane sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ tsp. Himalayan salt
  • 3 cups Bob’s Red Mill unbleached White Flour (superb for bread baking by hand or machine)
  • 3 tbsp. Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Oat Flour
  • 1 tbsp. Hodgson Mill Stone Ground whole wheat flour
  • 1½ tsp. bread machine yeast

This time I added all the wet ingredients including the eggs and butter in the bottom of the mixing bowl, then added the flours on top, made the hole for yeast and added that, put the sugar on top of the yeast, sprinkled the salt over the flour dome, selected the basic bread mode and medium, and let her rip.

The dough turned out to be nice and thick, and the machine knead it well. During the rising process, it rose to form a nice dome without flowing over the edge of the baking pan.

It held the dome shape through the first few minutes of the baking, and then dropped a little, but not as much as in the past. Once the baking was done, instead of a dome it was almost flat, but it didn’t collapse deep into the center of the loaf.

I wrapped it in bakers towels as per my fathers instructions, and it is resting now. I can’t wait to cut into it and see what it tastes like.

Health – Zeal of Life – Day 02

Posted in Blogging, Food, Health, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 2014/03/02 by rmolby

Alright, so here is day two, but before I get started, I wanted to comment on yesterday. Since I didn’t get my Wellness taken until later in the day, I only mixed up a partial serving, and it seemed to help a little, but I did notice as I was approaching 10pm, that I was running down and getting very sleepy, but I had not had enough sleep these last few days, so that may have contributed to that state.

So this morning I made a cup of coffee and mixed up a full serving of Wellness, added the Kefir, and in addition I added a teaspoon of Greek yogurt. I had most of the Wellness shake after I sipped a little coffee to get me started, and then it took about an hour before I started feeling good. I didn’t really notice the Wellness taking effect on me, but all of a sudden I felt energetic enough to mop the master bedroom floors, get a load of laundry started, and complete my weekly unemployment claim. I was almost multitasking, something I am not very good at to begin with.

So I would venture to say, the Wellness had a positive effect on me, and I will continue to use it and document my feeling and effects on me.

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