Sunday, February 28, 2010

Puzzle #56


I finished this one with the close of the Olympics.

We rarely watch network TV. But every two years we watch the Olympics. My favorite is the winter games and I've decided my favorite event is speed skating of any variety, but especially short track. It's got speed, danger, calculation and strategy. (Amy says it's more fun to watch me watching short track that it is to watch short track itself. I have to make myself breathe.) It's amazing to watch the best athletes. There was one girl either from here or Korea, I don't remember, she was back in fourth place, but I could tell she was good. She was just being patient, watching for a spot to open up so she could make a move to pass those in front of her and sure enough she made her move and won. Then there's Apollo Anton Ohno. One of the most incredible to see, he is one of the best in the world. This was his third Olympics, so he may not be back in four years.

I noticed the best athletes were usually relaxed, focused, poised and confident. This was true of Ohno as well as the U.S. four-man bobsled team and others. They knew what they were capable of doing and just went out and gave it their all. And they weren't cocky about it.

On the sad side, besides the death of the luge athlete and the death of Joannie Rochette's mother, was an interview with Julia Mancuso, a skier whose friend (a skier) and just passed away. Her comments were that she realized that she needed to focus on her skiing because skiing is all there is, what life is all about, basically. My question to her would be, "What are you going to do if/when you can no longer ski?" I need to pray she'll find Jesus.

We enjoyed watching and now let the Olympics withdrawal begin. :)

Friday, February 26, 2010

The next quilt


I had a layer cake (Hello Betty) and a pattern so...

I put the binding on the next quilt today. I may start hand sewing it tonight, but I need to see how my finger feels since I did so much yesterday.

This tutorial is calling me. I've got some fabric for a quilt for Amy and I think I'll use this tutorial for it.

The Quilt is finished!

The first step was to trim the back and batting even with the top.



The next step was to sew all the binding strips into one long strip. Then iron it in half lengthwise. Once that was accomplished I started sewing it on to the quilt, right sides together. This is another part of the quilting process I don't care for because the quilt is so heavy by now. It actually went better than I expected it to, thankfully.



I spent the entire evening Thursday turning the binding to the back and hand sewing it down. Good thing I had the Olympics to keep me company. :)

I'm taking a day off to snow blow and visit the massage therapist in that order. I need it after today. Saturday I'd like to get the binding on the Avalon halved. Next week is the binding for the quilt-along.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

On the Road to Spring quilt-along week 5

Week five is the quilting process. The directions are to use the stippling method. It's just a random meandering all over the quilt. It's always been very scary for me, but this time it went relatively well. I've got a couple spots that aren't that great, but overall it looks good. After having quilted straight lines on the previous quilt (no pics yet) this went so much faster. "Practice makes perfect" is true.

This first photo shows the back along with the front.



Puzzle #54, 55

This first puzzle was a gift from a friend. It was difficult partly because it's a different brand than I'm used to, but also because of all the similarities of colors in the bushes and trees and the fences and barn. But I love it anyway.


This puzzle took me a long time even with working on it a lot since we've been watching the Olympics every night. It seemed like I had to labor over every piece.


Saturday, February 20, 2010

This week's quilting progress

First, I finished this quilt top. It took just about 5 charm packs, plus fabric for two borders. There are four plain cream colored squares near the center that need some embroidery. I need to come up with a design for that.




I got the queen size for my bed back on Friday. Quilting is finished and is gorgeous. She did a great job. Now I need to bind it. I'll at least get it cut out this next week and pieced together.





I also need to quilt two other smaller quilts. They have deadlines for mid-March, so I hope to get those done first before binding the other.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Beef & Cabbage Casserole


I just cut and pasted the original recipe below. My comments are after.
Beef & Cabbage Casserole
Makes 2-3 servings.

* 1 pound ground beef
* 1-2 tablespoons unrefined coconut oil
* 1 medium head of cabbage, chopped into 1-3 inch pieces
* onions, garlic, and fresh herbs of choice, optional
* ocean sea salt & fresh ground pepper, to taste

All spices and dried herbs must be organic or certified organic from the health store because all commercial products
are irradiated (zapped with radiation) which change and damage the body's cells if consumed.

1. In large dutch oven pot brown the ground beef in the coconut oil.
2. Add optional ingredients, i.e. crushed and chopped garlic and onions, herbs of choice, and sea salt & pepper, to taste.
3. Add chopped cabbage and cook until the cabbage is well cooked.

This recipe can be doubled and put in the freezer for emergencies.

First of all this recipe feeds way more than 2 or 3! We all thought it was pretty bland. I've already added Emeril's Essence to the leftovers so we'll see how that helps it. For the herbs I just used two tsp of Simply Organic's Vegetable Seasoning. If I make this again I'll try something else. Got any suggestions?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Remember this the next time you take a medication

Big Pharma researcher admits to faking dozens of research studies for Pfizer, Merck (opinion)

(NaturalNews) It's being called the largest research fraud in medical history. Dr. Scott Reuben, a former member of Pfizer's speakers' bureau, has agreed to plead guilty to faking dozens of research studies that were published in medical journals.

Now being reported across the mainstream media is the fact that Dr. Reuben accepted a $75,000 grant from Pfizer to study Celebrex in 2005. His research, which was published in a medical journal, has since been quoted by hundreds of other doctors and researchers as "proof" that Celebrex helped reduce pain during post-surgical recovery. There's only one problem with all this: No patients were ever enrolled in the study!

Dr. Scott Reuben, it turns out, faked the entire study and got it published anyway.

It wasn't the first study faked by Dr. Reuben: He also faked study data on Bextra and Vioxx drugs, reports the Wall Street Journal.

As a result of Dr. Reuben's faked studies, the peer-reviewed medical journal Anesthesia & Analgesia was forced to retract 10 "scientific" papers authored by Reuben. The Day of London reports that 21 articles written by Dr. Reuben that appear in medical journals have apparently been fabricated, too, and must be retracted.

After being caught fabricating research for Big Pharma, Dr. Reuben has reportedly signed a plea agreement that will require him to return $420,000 that he received from drug companies. He also faces up to a 10-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine.

He was also fired from his job at the Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass. after an internal audit there found that Dr. Reuben had been faking research data for 13 years. (

Business as usual in Big Pharma
What's notable about this story is not the fact that a medical researcher faked clinical trials for the pharmaceutical industry. It's not the fact that so-called "scientific" medical journals published his fabricated studies. It's not even the fact that the drug companies paid this quack close to half a million dollars while he kept on pumping out fabricated research.

The real story here is that this is business as usual in the pharmaceutical industry.

Dr. Reuben's actions really aren't that extraordinary. Drug companies bribe researchers and doctors as a routine matter. Medical journals routinely publish false, fraudulent studies. FDA panel members regularly rely on falsified research in making their drug approval decisions, and the mainstream media regularly quotes falsified research in reporting the news.

Fraudulent research, in other words, is widespread in modern medicine. The pharmaceutical industry couldn't operate without it, actually. It is falsified research that gives the industry its best marketing claims and strongest FDA approvals. Quacks like Dr Scott Reuben are an important part of the pharmaceutical profit machine because without falsified research, bribery and corruption, the industry would have very little research at all.

Pay special attention to the fact that the Anesthesia & Analgesia medical journal gladly published Dr. Reuben's faked studies even though this journal claims to be a "scientific" medical journal based on peer review. Funny, isn't it, how such a scientific medical journal gladly publishes fraudulent research with data that was simply invented by the study author. Perhaps these medical journals should be moved out of the non-fiction section of university libraries and placed under science fiction.

Remember, too, that all the proponents of pharmaceuticals, vaccines and mammograms ignorantly claim that their conventional medicine is all based on "good science." It's all scientific and trustworthy, they claim, while accusing alternative medicine of being "woo woo" wishful thinking and non-scientific hype. Perhaps they should have a quick look in the mirror and realize it is their own system of quack medicine that's based largely on fraudulent research, bribery and corruption.

You just have to laugh, actually, when you hear pushers of vaccines and pharmaceuticals claim their medicine is "scientific" while natural medicine is "unproven." Sure it's scientific -- about as scientific as the storyline in a Scooby Doo cartoon, or as credible as the medical license of a six-year-old kid who just received a "let's play doctor" gift set for Christmas. Many pharmaceutical researchers would have better careers as writers of fiction novels rather than scientific papers.

For all those people who ignorantly claim that modern pharmaceutical science is based on "scientific evidence," just give them these three words: Doctor Scott Reuben.

Drug companies support fraudulent research
Don't forget that the drug companies openly supported Dr. Scott Reuben's research. They paid him, in fact, to keep on fabricating studies.

The drug companies claim to be innocent in all this, but behind the scenes they had to have known what was going on. Dr. Reuben's research was just too consistently favorable to drug company interests to be scientifically legitimate. If a drug company wanted to "prove" that their drug was good for some new application, all they had to do was ask Dr. Reuben to come up with the research (wink wink). "Here's another fifty thousand dollars to study whether our drug is good for post-surgical pain (wink)."

And before long, Dr. Reuben would magically materialize a brand new study that just happened to "prove" exactly what the sponsoring drug company wanted to prove. Advocates of western medicine claim they don't believe in magic, but when it comes to clinical trials, they actually do: All the results they wish to see just magically appear as long as the right researcher gets paid to materialize the results out of thin air, much like waving a magician's wand and chanting, "Abra cadabra... let there be RESEARCH DATA!"

Shazam! The research data materializes just like that. It all gets written up into a "scientific" paper that also magically gets published in medical journals that fail to ask a single question that might exposed the research fraud.

I guess these people believe in magic after all, huh? Where science is lacking, a little "research magic" conveniently fills the void.

The whole system makes a mockery of real science. It is a system operated by criminals who fabricate whatever "scientific evidence" they need in order to get published in medical journals and win FDA approval for drugs that they fully realize are killing people.

What is "Evidence-Based Medicine?"
The fact that a researcher like Dr. Reuben could so successfully fabricate fraudulent study data, then get it published in peer-reviewed science journals, and get away with it for 13 years sheds all kinds of new light on what's really behind "evidence-based medicine."

The recipe for evidence-based medicine is quite simple: Fabricate the evidence! Get it published in any mainstream medical journal. Then you can quote the fabricated evidence as "fact!"

When pushers of pharmaceuticals and vaccines resort to quoting "evidence-based medicine" as their defense, keep in mind that much of their so-called evidence has been entirely fabricated. When they claim their branch of toxic chemical medicine is based on "real science," what they really mean is that it's based on fraudulent science but they've all secretly agreed to call it "real science." When they claim to have "scientific facts" supporting their position, what they really mean is that those "facts" were fabricated by criminal researchers being paid bribes by the drug companies.

"Evidence-based medicine," it turns out, hardly exists anymore. And even if it does, how do you know which studies are real vs. which ones were fabricated? If a trusted, well-paid researcher can get his falsified papers published for 13 years in top-notch science journals -- without getting caught by his peers -- then what does that say about the credibility of the entire peer-review science paper publishing process?

Here's what is says: "Scientific medicine" is a total fraud.

And this fraud isn't limited to Dr Scott Reuben, either. Remember: he engaged in routine research fraud for 13 years before being caught. There are probably thousands of other scientists engaged in similar research fraud right now who haven't yet been caught in the act. Their fraudulent research papers have no doubt already been published in "scientific" medical journals. They've been quoted in the popular press. They've been relied on by FDA decision makers to approve drugs as "safe and effective" for widespread use.

And yet underneath all this, there's nothing more than fraud and quackery. Sure, there may be some legitimate studies mixed in with all the fraud, but how can we tell the difference?

How are we to trust this system that claims to have a monopoly on scientific truth but in reality is a front for outright scientific fraud?

Keep up the great work, Dr Reuben
Thank you, Dr Scott Reuben, for showing us the truth about the pharmaceutical industry, the research quackery, the laughable "scientific" journals and the bribery and corruption that characterizes the pharmaceutical industry today. You have done more to shed light on the true nature of the drug industry than a thousand articles on ever could.

Keep up the good work. After paying your fine and serving a little jail time, I'm sure your services will be in high demand at all the top drug companies that need yet more "scientific" studies to be fabricated and submitted to the medical journals.

You may be a dishonest, disgusting human being to most of the world, but you're a huge asset to the pharmaceutical industry and they need you back! There are more studies that need to be fabricated soon; more false papers that need to be published and more dangerous drugs that need to receive FDA approval. Hurry!

Because if there's one place that extreme dishonesty is richly rewarded, it's in the pharmaceutical industry, where poisons are approved as medicines and fiction is published as the truth.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

On The Road to Spring wk. 4

I got the back pieced together, taped to the floor. Then comes the batting, then the top. I trimmed the backing and batting some, then pinned it all together. Next week is quilting. That always makes me tense.



Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Valentine Puzzle

My dh lovingly picked this out for me. :)




It's a 24 piece puzzle that look me 3 minutes to put together.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

A dress for Valentine's Day

I actually make this several weeks ago. Etta is modeling a very 70s style dress. :)



Valentine Swap

Here's the outfit and accessories I received from the AG Fans Board Valentine Swap.






Friday, February 12, 2010

Avalon halved

I finished this top this week. (Elizabeth, from e made this, this one should make it to you as soon as it's done.)



I added this little square mainly so I wouldn't have to piece so much of the sashing. The sashing is a Kona cotton in pale yellow. Everything else is from the Heidi Grace We Are Family collection available at Joann.





Quilt-along Wk. 3

The beginning strips.

All the strips laid out. This is probably the hardest part for me besides the machine quilting. It's difficult to get a quilt well balanced without over analyzing it.

The finished quilt top.


Next week's task is making the quilt sandwich.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Winter wild life


Usually we don't see starlings in the harshest part of winter, but not this year. We've had several. They must be attracted to the food we put out.


I really thought that squirrels hibernated. Apparently they don't. Here's a bit of information about the American Red Squirrel.


Here's another bird we don't see very often. The American Crow decided to pay us a short visit. Their habitat includes woodlands and farmlands. We've got both around us.



This year has been the year of the mourning dove. The family is large. ;-) They've been fun to watch. We have a large feeder on the bench on the deck and usually they have to fight over the bottom holes since they're ground feeders. After we got quite a bit of snow there was a mound of snow next to the feeder. Most of the doves were doing their usual fighting, but one smart dove found the mound of snow and had the middle hole all to itself. Unfortunately, we didn't get a picture of that. But here they are congregated. This is a daily occurrence.


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Cauliflower soup

Another recipe from the pile.


Rosemary Cauliflower Soup with Bacon
1 head cauliflower
1 medium onion, chopped
5 inches chopped rosemary, or 1 or 2 tsp dried
2 cloves garlic, mashed, chopped
2 tbs butter or coconut oil
3 cups chicken broth
Celtic sea salt to taste
Crumbled bacon (opt.)

1. Steam one head of cauliflower about 20 minutes.
2. Saute onion and rosemary until onion is golden. Add garlic for 2 minutes.
3. Add cauliflower and broth to pot.
4. Blend in blender in batches.
5. Return to another pot to heat through.
6. Season generously with sea salt.
7. Garnish with bacon.


I made the mistake of adding the garlic (whole, not chopped) right before blending instead of sauteing it with the onions. Amy coughed after her first bite because of the "heat" of the garlic. I think the soup will be fine leftover, but we'll see. It's was good with a little butter added to the soup bowl. DH was thinking of adding sour cream.