Friday, March 23, 2012

Why I'm A Conservationist, Not An Enviromentalist!

I have been a conservationist all my life. What is a conservationist? A conservationist advocates the planned management of natural resources. I believe in good stewardship of the natural resources God gave this great country. And they were given to us to be USED. I believe in  re-using and re-purposing instead of throwing things away.I believe in recycling where practical. I have often wondered how much the recycling in my community is really helping. Instead of one garbage truck picking up our trash, we now have two - one for regular garbage and one for recyclables. Twice as much gas used, twice as much exhaust out of those trucks. 

Good conservation of our forests means that new trees are planted when old trees are cut. Environmentalists want everything left to nature. That is part of the reason there are so many devasting fires in California. If the trees were properly managed and dead underbrush allowed to be removed, whether by man or nature, the catastrophic fires would be lessened.

'The fire problem in the West has resulted from an unnaturally large buildup of dry, highly-flammable excess wood in the forests.  Before the government began to suppress forest fires in the early 20th century, frequent small fires cleaned out the underbrush.  Large ponderosa pines, for example, often grew in open stands with densities between 20 and 50 trees per acre.  Now, as a result of preventing forest fires, smaller, crowded, less healthy trees often grow in the same places with densities of 300 to 700 trees per acre.' Our government has not been a good steward of our forests.

I also hate those new CFL's. Those of us with older eyes find them hard to read with. And they have mercury in them - a potentially hazardous material. Have you ever read how you are to proceed if you break one? Check out these directions from our government: And they really shouldn't be put with your regular trash. Eventually that mercury will seep into groundwater. Just another example of unintended consequences of government rules.

Many enviromentalists believe wind and solar are the answer to our energy problems. I don't agree. Petrolium is a product of Nature - did you ever think of that? And there is nothing (except nuclear) that can produce the energy we need as a society the way petrolium can. A side effect of windmills is birdkill. 'Windmills kill nearly half a million birds a year, according to a Fish and Wildlife estimate. The American Bird Conservancy projected that the number could more than double in 20 years if the administration realizes its goal for wind power."
I could continue to give examples of environmental and government policies that are not really helping our world, but I want to keep this short and start you thinking.


Monday, March 19, 2012

Will Love For Food - I Rescued A Human Today

Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her.
I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn’t be afraid. As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today. Sometimes the overworked shelter keepers get too busy and I didn’t want her to think poorly of them.
As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn’t feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone’s life.
She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.
Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms.
I would promise to keep her safe.
I would promise to always be by her side.
I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.
I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven’t walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.
I rescued a human today.
Written by Janine Allen CPDT, Rescue Me Dog's professional dog trainer. Janine's passion is working with people and their dogs. She provides demonstrations for those who have adopted shelter dogs, lends email support to adopted dog owners that need information beyond our Training Support Pages, and aids shelter staff and volunteers in understanding dog behavior to increase their adoptability. Copyright 2012 Rescue Me Dog;

We currently have 3 chihuahuas, 2 of which are rescues. We found both of the rescues through If you are interested in adding a pet to your family, I urge you to visit your local sheler or Petfinders. There are a huge number of animals waiting for a good home. And they might save you too!


Monday, March 5, 2012

Should You Have A QR Code?

Quick Response Codes are the next generation of barcodes - they can hold lots more information than the traditional barcode. A barcode can only be scanned across where the QR code can be scanned across and up and down, thereby holding much more information.

Anyone with a smart phone can scan my QR Code above and be taken directly to my Addoway store! How cool is that?  QR Codes are becoming more and more popular, and more people are shopping from their smart phones all the time. And predictions are that it is going to increase. You may have seen QR Codes at stores when you shop, and on major product brands. And people will scan them because they are curious.

So how do I use mine? I have it on my business card, put it on packing slips, and any other correspondence I have with a customer.
How can you get one? I got mine at And it was FREE. Enter in your URL, and select the size you want.  Then click Generate! Now that was easy.
How do you think you can use a QR Code? Have fun, be creative. And share your ideas in the comment section below.


Saturday, March 3, 2012

My Favorite Everyday Meatloaf!

Everyday Meatloaf (from Better Homes & Gardens Ground Meat Cookbook c. 1969)
This is my favorite meatloaf recipe - I've been making it since 1969! It has it's own topping, or you can bake it for 1 1/2 hours and then top it with my Spiced Tomato-Pineapple Jam,  Leftovers of this meatloaf makes great sandwiches!
     2 beaten eggs
     3/4 c. milk
     2/3 c. fine dry bread crumbs
     2 tbsp. grated onion
     1 tsp. salt
     1/2 tsp. ground sage
     Dash pepper
     1 1/2 pounds ground beef
Combine everything except the beef. Add beef and mix well. Pat mixture into a loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour.
     1/4 c. catsup
     2 tbsp. brown sugar
     1 tsp. dry mustard
     1/4 tsp. ground mustard
Spread over meatloaf and bake 15 minutes longer.
Makes 6 servings