Monday, May 31, 2010


It is the
not the preacher,
who has given us freedom of religion.
It is
not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.
It is
not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.
It is
not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.
It is
not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is
not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote. 


It is the
salutes the Flag,


It is
who serves
under the Flag,



Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Until We Meet Again

We have all lost someone, be it a friend, parent, brother, sister, son or daughter.  Often we wonder why, but we need to remember that our time here is just a sojourn, for some of us a short time, for others longer. But when our stay is over, we will meet again.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Healthy Recipes

How about some recipes today. Here is a site that lists recipes in categories such as Low Carbs, Low Fats, Diabetic, Dairy Free, etc.

The Baked Tilapia with Mango looks real good.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Mesa Hydration Donation campaign

Notice from the City of Mesa:

With temperatures about to hit triple digits, the City of Mesa is working with nonprofit agencies to provide supplies of water to the homeless and unsheltered.  The fourth annual Mesa Hydration Donation campaign will begin Tuesday, June 1.  Residents will be asked to donate water at various drop-off locations throughout the City:

Mesa Fire Department Volunteer Center
2830 E. Adobe (located behind Fire Station 206 at Lindsay and Adobe)
24-hour drop-off in parking lot

Red Mountain Multigenerational Center
7550 E. Adobe
5:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday

United Food Bank
245 S. Nina Drive (north of Broadway between Extension and Alma School)
7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday

Collection bins will be available on weekends

Paz de Cristo     
424 W. Broadway
9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday – Sunday

A New Leaf – MesaCAN
635 E. Broadway
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday in front lobby

Last year, more than 60,000 bottles of water were donated during the campaign.  The water is distributed through United Food Bank to numerous agencies in the valley, including A New Leaf-East Valley Men’s Center, Paz de Cristo, Saint Vincent de Paul, Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS) and City of Grace Church.

The Mesa Hydration Donation Campaign will be collecting water until Friday, August 27.  For more information, contact Mesa Neighborhood Services Management Assistant Mischelle Durkovic at (480) 644-3983 or

Sunday, May 23, 2010

35 Ways to Watch TV without Cable or Satellite

Are you tired of paying that cable or dish bill every month? Do you have 527 channels but only watch 2? Check out this blog entry at My Two Dollars. The article was written almost two years ago, but most of the suggestions still apply.

Also major networks have direct links to their popular shows. You can check them out directly at:

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Can you go 4 days without a water source?

Remember the water main rupture in Boston the first of May? Here is an article from a local TV station:

BOSTON -- A massive rupture in a critical water main that supplies water to millions of residents in the Boston metro-area prompted Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to issue a state of emergency Saturday, the governor urging residents in 30 communities to thoroughly boil water before drinking it.

There were over 2 million people impacted by the disaster. They were told to rapidly boil their water for at least 1 minute. What would have happened if they could not have used their electric or gas stoves? They were under these orders for 4 days.

Are we prepared for such an emergency? It could just as easily happen here. We need to store water, have proper emergency filters and know how to make our water drinkable.

More to come.

Friday, May 21, 2010

100 Items to Disappear First

Google the title and you will find this in various places on the web. I got it from the Prep group on Yahoo who referenced the website

This could lead to some interesting discussions:

1. Generators (Good ones cost dearly. Gas storage, risky. of thieves; maintenance etc.)
2. Water Filters/Purifiers
3. Portable Toilets
4. Seasoned Firewood. Wood takes about 6 - 12 months to become dried, for home uses.
5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (First Choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile ANY!)
6. Coleman Fuel. Impossible to stockpile too much.
7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots.
8. Hand-can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks.
9. Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugar
10. Rice - Beans - Wheat
11. Vegetable Oil (for cooking) Without it food burns/must be boiled etc.,)
12. Charcoal, Lighter Fluid (Will become scarce suddenly)
13. Water Containers (Urgent Item to obtain.) Any size. Small: HARD CLEAR PLASTIC ONLY - note - food grade if for drinking.
14. Mini Heater head (Propane) (Without this item, propane won't heat a room.)
15. Grain Grinder (Non-electric)
16. Propane Cylinders (Urgent: Definite shortages will occur.
17. Survival Guide Book.
18. Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, etc. (Without this item, longer-term lighting is difficult.)
19. Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula. ointments/aspirin, etc.
20. Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer (for Laundry)
21. Cookstoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene)
22. Vitamins
23. Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder (Urgent: Small canister use is dangerous without this item)
24. Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products.
25. Thermal underwear (Tops & Bottoms)
26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets, Wedges (also, honing oil)
27. Aluminum Foil Reg. & Heavy Duty (Great Cooking and Barter Item)
28. Gasoline Containers (Plastic & Metal)
29. Garbage Bags (Impossible To Have Too Many).
30. Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels
31. Milk - Powdered & Condensed (Shake Liquid every 3 to 4 months)
32. Garden Seeds (Non-Hybrid) (A MUST)
33. Clothes pins/line/hangers (A MUST)
34. Coleman's Pump Repair Kit
35. Tuna Fish (in oil)
36. Fire Extinguishers (or..large box of Baking Soda in every room)
37. First aid kits
38. Batteries (all furthest-out for Expiration Dates)
39. Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies
40. Big Dogs (and plenty of dog food)
41. Flour, yeast & salt
42. Matches. {"Strike Anywhere" preferred.) Boxed, wooden matches will go first
43. Writing paper/pads/pencils, solar calculators
44. Insulated ice chests (good for keeping items from freezing in Wintertime.)
45. Workboots, belts, Levis & durable shirts
46. Flashlights/LIGHTSTICKS & torches, "No. 76 Dietz" Lanterns
47. Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks (jot down ideas, feelings, experience; Historic Times)
48. Garbage cans Plastic (great for storage, water, transporting - if with wheels)
49. Men's Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, etc
50. Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient)
51. Fishing supplies/tools
52. Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams
53. Duct Tape
54. Tarps/stakes/twine/nails/rope/spikes
55. Candles
56. Laundry Detergent (liquid)
57. Backpacks, Duffel Bags
58. Garden tools & supplies
59. Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies
60. Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.
61. Bleach (plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite)
62. Canning supplies, (Jars/lids/wax)
63. Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
64. Bicycles...Tires/tubes/pumps/chains, etc
65. Sleeping Bags & blankets/pillows/mats
66. Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)
67. Board Games, Cards, Dice
68. d-con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer
69. Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets
70. Paper plates/cups/utensils (stock up, folks)
71. Baby wipes, oils, waterless & Antibacterial soap (saves a lot of water)
72. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
73. Shaving supplies (razors & creams, talc, after shave)
74. Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)
75. Soysauce, vinegar, bullions/gravy/soupbase
76. Reading glasses
77. Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)
78. "Survival-in-a-Can"
79. Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens
80. Boy Scout Handbook, / also Leaders Catalog
81. Roll-on Window Insulation Kit (MANCO)
82. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix/Jerky
83. Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts
84. Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc. (extras)
85. Lumber (all types)
86. Wagons & carts (for transport to and from)
87. Cots & Inflatable mattress's
88. Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.
89. Lantern Hangers
90. Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws,, nuts & bolts
91. Teas
92. Coffee
93. Cigarettes
94. Wine/Liquors (for bribes, medicinal, etc,)
95. Paraffin wax
96. Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.
97. Chewing gum/candies
98. Atomizers (for cooling/bathing)
99. Hats & cotton neckerchiefs
100. Goats/chickens

City of Mesa Job Openings

Census 2010

Mesa residents interested in working for the Census should call the LCO at (480) 270-8361 and say they were referred by the City of Mesa. They can also call the main jobline at (866) 861-2010.

Here is the link to the jobs webpage: To be eligible for any of the Census jobs, a person must pass a test and background check and this process takes some time, so we encourage people to apply as soon as possible.

Luekemia Benefit Dinner

As some of you know, Troy Hatch has been working for some time with the Leukemia Society. He asked if I could post this for him.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Exotic Plants and Fruits


Want to grow pineapples, guava, loquats, bananas, blueberries, or blackberries here in Mesa? How about dragon or passion fruit? If so, visit the Tropica Mango Nursery. They now have an East Valley location at 10520 Apace Trail.

Check out their website at

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

U. S. Homeland Security CERT Warns Cyber Risks from Social Networking - The Emergency Email

U. S. Homeland Security CERT Warns Cyber Risks from Social Networking

Have any of you received emails from a friends email address asking for money due to some sort of emergency, like being stranded in a far away airport? I have, you have to be careful.

Good information to understand and heed. 

Friday, May 14, 2010

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mason Bee Tenants

We discovered our first Mason bee tenant today. She is building a nest in the nesting box on the Southeast corner of the house.  In fact, there is another nest already sealed just two holes below her.

Here she is backing out of the hole.


Here is a picture of the sealed nest.


She signed a short term lease until next spring, a sweet deal!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's Day Dinner

Husbands/Sons - did you make dinner today and clean up after you were finished? The only way she should be able to tell you have been in the kitchen is that it is cleaner now then before you started. 

We had the entire family over today. Good menu, tried something new, Onion Baked Chicken from the McCormick recipes.
  • Onion Baked Chicken - recipe on Dutch Oven page
  • Garlic Potatoes
  • Corn
  • Green Salad
  • Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake
Only issue I had was everytime I went outside to check on the ovens, the Rhode Island Red would run over and try to help. Sheesh, she is worse then a dog.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics

I attending a short training session last  night given by Jim Jenkins on Leave No Trace principles. These have been adopted and endorsed by BSA as the way to value our wilderness and preserve it for generations to come.

This concept is so important to BSA that they have designated the Leave No Trace trainer as an official youth leadership position for qualifying for the Eagle rank.

The seven main principles, or features, of LNT are:
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Fire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
I will not go into detail here on each of these. You can check them out at the Leave No Trace website, or Jim’s excellent blog at Hair of The Bear.

The are important issues that are not only relevant to camping and wilderness but to our everyday lives. As we try to live providently we need to remember who we are and where we are and be good stewards of our earthly home.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Wonder Washer

Given any thought on how you would take care of dirty  clothes if you could not use your washing machine? Scrub board? Rocks? Or how about a Wonder Washer?
This is getting a lot of airtime right now on some of the preparedness blogs.

One source is, and they state: “The principle of operation is based on the physics laws of pressure and heat. The hot water heats the air inside the container. The heated air "tries" to expand but is prevented so by the hermetically sealed container. When the expansion of the air is prevented, the result is that the pressure is built up inside the container. This pressure causes the soap and water to penetrate forcefully through the garment and the stains are released. Turning the container causes the previously released stain to be removed from the garment.”

Check it out.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

May’s Watering Schedule

A reminder from the City of Mesa:

Welcome to summer. While temperatures have been up and down and blown around, May through October is considered our summer season. Temperatures will continue to rise, and Bermuda grass and many landscape plants will look a little stressed as they transition into the warmer season. These recommendations are for plants that are established in the landscape (in the ground about 2 years).

Lawn watering:
    Summer grass (Bermuda) – once every 4-5 days
    Overseeded cool season grass (rye) – once every 3 days
If trees and shrubs are on the same valve:
    Desert Adapted – once every 17 days
    High Water Use – once every 8 days
Tree watering:
    Desert Adapted – once every 20 days
    High Water Use – once every 10 days
Shrub watering:
    Desert Adapted – once every 14 days
    High Water Use – once every 6 days
Groundcover and vine watering:
    Desert Adapted – once every 14 days
    High Water Use – once every 6 days
Cacti and succulent watering – once every 24 days
Annuals watering – once every 3-4 days

Note: These recommendations are a general guideline only and may need to be modified for your specific site conditions.

Monday, May 3, 2010

New Web Site to Help Unemployed Find Work

The LDS Church has established an interactive Web site designed for job seekers, regardless of religious denomination, to locate employment, increase or improve skills through education and start or refine a small businesses. All the services are free.

There are currently approximately 250,000 job listings and 9,000 employers.

Read the article on LDSLiving or visit the site at You will need an LDS Account and if you are not a member of the LDS Church you can register as a Friend and get access.