Field Trip to Goodwin’s

We will be entering another renovation phase in the coming months. The items we will be tackling are fairly simple and straightforward. The kitchen needs some task lighting. We’re also going to pull up the tile floor and restore/replace with heart pine that will match the rest of the house. With the floor change, the backsplash will need to change. We’ve already determined the tile for the backsplash and it’s going to have an island look and feel. I almost forgot to mention that the french doors into the office will also be replaced. The mullions from the original have been chewed by various dogs through the years. We’ve picked out some gorgeous replacement doors.

The tile floor resides on top of the original pine floor. We’re not confident that much of it can be restored given the way the “bad news contractors” gouged it back in 2001. So, we have met with Rudy (the floor guy) and he will be installing, sanding and finishing the floor. Our contractor suggested we take a ride out to Goodwin (near Micanopy) to see their offerings and talk about our floor.

Log pond

Out at Goodwin’s we met a terrific guy named Jeffrey who talked to us about everything and even took us on a tour of the operation. It’s quite fascinating. The above log pond is where reclaimed logs from rivers are stored. Back in the day, before the railroad, logs would be transported via rivers and they typically lost 10-15% of them along the way. The resin in the logs protects the inner part from water.

Our floor

Our floor is combo of heart and elder pine. See the tile at the top of the image? This is what we’re going to replace.

2 3/8″ width

Our floor is 2 3/8 inches wide. It’s not a standard size these days so our wood will be milled custom for us. It’s not an inexpensive venture but replacing the kitchen floor is going to transform the space.

We’ll check back in as renovations begin.


Peanut Update

Peanut has had a bit of a setback. She banged her surgical leg and started limping badly. We tended to her for a few days and it was getting worse so we decided to bring her in for a recheck with her surgeon.

Still a little groggy from sedation.

X-rays indicated no damage to her hardware! Yay! We were so worried the screws or plate got messed up. She does have swelling around the knee that goes down to her ankle. It’s possible she has a small infection that is causing some of the swelling so we’re going to give her another round of antibiotics.

Obvious swelling.

We’re so relieved no damage was done to her hardware. We’ve both been sick to our stomachs thinking a serious setback had occurred that might require more surgery. The surgeon wants an update next week on her progress.



Peanut on the Mend

On July 20, 2019 Peanut ruptured her left cranial cruciate ligament (CCL). We were able to get her assessed a few days later by Pea’s primary. It was confirmed, Pea had blown out her knee and would most likely require surgery to repair her injury.

We consulted with a specialty surgeon who gave us Peanut’s options and after receiving a very comprehensive evaluation- we committed to surgery. Although, Pea’s 13 years old she’s in good health and we felt the procedure was warranted so she could enjoy the remainder of the time she has left. If you know anything about the “Nutter” then you know that to describe her as active is an understatement.

The procedure she had is called a Left CORA Based Leveling Osteotomy (CBLO). Yep, it’s a mouth full. She came through the surgery well and from all indications, appears to be recovering well. We did receive a 15 week protocol for post op therapy. Yes, it’s going to take several months to get her back on track.

Shorty after surgery.
She received a plate and screws and some nylon.
She was fitted with a special halter that allows us to control and assist her movement.
She spends a lot time resting. She’s only allowed a few minutes of exercise at a time.
She’s a sweetheart.

As Pea’s dutiful caregiver, I was able to work from home her first week back so she didn’t have to be confined to a crate or wear the cone of shame all day. She’s been good about resting and not licking her wound. We just need to get through another week and she should be off cone restrictions soon.

We’ll post some periodic updates on her progress. Please keep Peanut in your thoughts…


US Dietary Guidelines a Joke?

The 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee was accepting comments recently. This was one of the best. Take a listen…it’s only 3 minutes.

I couldn’t have said it better. But will anything change? Doubtful. Too many vested interests involved in the decision making. It will take “we the people” to demand change after we’ve been able to reverse our own diminishing health with real food.

My New Favorite Mayonnaise

For those who know me, I’ve avoided the use of store bought mayonnaise for many years – because of the ingredients – particularly the insidious and highly inflammatory oils used.

I recently noticed my local supermarket carrying Primal Kitchen items! Yeah!

Out with Hellmann’s and in with a superior replacement!
Compare ingredients – convinced yet?

But how does it taste? Delicious. Best mayonnaise I’ve eaten. It has definitely passed muster in my household.

Soybean oil is bad. Don’t believe me? Read the following:

“…when the health dangers of trans fats became nationally known, liquid oils began to be used in…frying and cooking in restaurants, cafeterias, and other food-service operations.”

“The main problem with all these newly developed fats and fat replacers coming out of food company laboratories is that their effects on health have barely been studied.”

“…early clinical trials using diets high in soybean oil showed subjects dying of cancer at alarmingly elevated rates. Gallstones were also associated with diets high in vegetable oils. And a large body of subsequent research has demonstrated that these types of oils, which are high in a type of fatty acid called omega-6, compete with the healthier omega-3s, found in fish oils, for vitally important spots in every cell membrane throughout the body, including those in the brain. The tsunami of omega-6s that have entered our diets via vegetable oils appears to have literally swamped the omega-3s (the supply of which has remained relatively constant over the past century).”

“A large body of literature has now documented the apparent results: while omega-3s fight the kind of inflammation that is implicated in heart disease, omega-6s are largely proinflammatory. More speculatively, research over the past decades has shown that omega-6s are related to depression and mood disorders.”

“…it remains an astonishing fact that although vegetable oils constitute around 8 percent of all calories consumed by Americans, a large, well-controlled clinical trial testing their impact on health beyond just their cholesterol effects has never been conducted.”

Excerpt From: Nina Teicholz. “The Big Fat Surprise.”

I’ve got an extra copy of Nina’s book. If you’re interested in reading it – let me know and I’ll send it to you. Beware – you’ll be pissed when you finish – because you’ll learn that it’s all been a big fat lie.