Turkey Tracks: Bright Quilt

Turkey Tracks:  January 2, 2014

Bright Quilt

The snow is flying outside.

The predicted storm is coming on in.

It’s been bitterly cold for the past three days, and I have stayed home.

But I have been quite happy inside working on a VERY BRIGHT quilt for the past two days and listening to the last of Watership Down, which I downloaded from our library’s collection of audio books.

The setting inspiration of setting simple 9-patch blocks into a BRIGHT fabric:  Bonnie Hunter’s “Sisters Nine Patch” found in her Adventures with Leaders and Enders.



The middle rows are being sewn together at the sewing machine.

Here’s a close-up of one block, because I LOVE the neutral fabric I’m using and wanted you to see it.  Flags Flying…







Here’s the focus fabric and two other fabrics I will use.


Loved on sight these bright boat sails.

The bright cherry red will be a narrow border.  I will use the boat sails both as a front border and as backing.  The blue stripe will be the binding and will be cut on the bias.

I think this quilt will be called something like “Sails Up and Flags Flying.”

And now I’m going to eat some lunch and make some soup for dinner.  Then I can sew, sew, sew!


Turkey Tracks: New Books on Food Issues

Turkey Tracks:  January 2, 2013

New Books on Food Issues


I’ve been waiting for this one to be published:


Denise Minger is the fiery and very funny young woman who took on T. Colin Campbell of The China Study fame and showed that he is so blinded by his vegan belief system that he is not “seeing” what his data is really telling him about meat protein.

T. Colin Campbell, you might recall, is the bona fide scientist who thinks that meat causes cancer.  Only his data does not support that conclusion.  And, you might also recall from earlier posts on this blog that one of the main critiques of The China Study is that the Chinese doctors did not come to the same conclusions that Campbell did about meat.  Indeed, in the very middle of the film (I will not call it a documentary as it is really an emotional and unscientific appeal to a belief system), the Chinese doctor filmed says that “meat and vegetables” support health.

The takaway here, as Minger notes early on in the book, is that we have to consider WHO is telling us what to eat and to consider their agendas a part of our vetting process.  Sometimes “experts” are not so expert.

Minger, as a teenager, spent a year being a raw food believer and learned the bitter lesson that one’s body needs nutrient dense food.  In that year, as she recounts in her book, she got 16 cavities and her dentist said he had never seen a mouth so badly hurt in one so young.  So, it will be interesting to see how she positions herself around “what to eat.”

She is very clear that there is no “one size fits all” diet that is magic.  We each have to know our bodies and figure out what gives us good health.  Still, she does list some foods that cause a lot of people trouble, and grains are in that mix.  But I will do a more formal review of this book when I finish it.

Michael Pollen’s book Cooked was the gift of Gina Caceci, who knows me well.


Apparently Pollen spends some time writing about Sandor Ellis Katz’s lacto-fermented foods (Wild Fermentation).  And, with Katz, of course.  (I have several blog posts on lacto-fermenting foods and on Katz.)  Recently I read a Dr. Joseph Mercola post that said the lacto-fermented foods have the power to detox the body.  I don’t doubt it.

Thanks you, Gina!








Turkey Tracks: Uploading Videos on the MAC

Turkey Tracks:  January 2, 2014

Uploading Videos on the MAC


The learning curve with the MAC continues, and I continue to LOVE this MAC.

I was having trouble with uploading one of my videos on WordPress–and I erased the video from my camera so could not use the PC laptop to upload the video.  (My neatness “moves” often get me into trouble.)

So, I called Archangel Computers and Dan Osier spent the time necessary to figure out how to upload the turkey video on the “Winter Turkeys” blog post.

It’s so cool.  Dan uses a program that allows him to see and manipulate my screen, and I can watch him while he goes about figuring out something or while he teaches me something.

What a very, very nice way to interact!

And you can scroll back, or search, and see the video.

I warn you, it’s not a great video, but as the winter deepens, the turkeys become tamer, and I will strive to get a really good video of one of the males displaying.