Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
According to a story in Slate, the rising cost of meat in grocery stores may give us all a chance to see how we'd like being vegetarians. The price of meat is being affected by all sorts of things.
Pork: a deadly pig virus is decimating the pork supply
Beef: the domestic cattle herd is the smallest it's been since 1951
Chicken: ok for now, but there's a rooster fertility issue which could affect the chicken supply in the future
Feed: Ongoing conflict in Ukraine—a major exporter of corn and wheat—has left farmers facing higher feed prices for what livestock they do have.
Who among us knew that we exported corn and wheat from the Ukraine? Our country with its endless fields of corn and wheat?
Vegetables on the other hand have seen only modest price increases so they become more attractive...
But, if you're paying attention to the news, you'll have learned about all the fruit recalls due to a Listeria contamination at the packing plant in California. Trader Joe's, Costco, Walmart, Ralph's, our own local Dierberg's and others have been asking those who purchased the various affected items to either toss them or bring them back for a refund. Even Wegmans alerted customers that baked goods with fruit should not be eaten.
It seems the local Schnucks chain hasn't been affected.
What this all means is food can be tricky no matter the cost or the type.
There is an influx of a new mosquito bite disease name Chikungunya which causes a 5 day fever and joint pain for a much longer period. St. Louis is on the alert for this at the moment. There is no specific treatment available should you be stricken but some medicines may reduce the symptons.
Mosquito control is the best prevention, and this control is best done by local city spraying. It is also said that another way to avoid these mosquitos is to avoid being bitten. Well good luck with that. Hopefully our local municipalities will be taking care to spray on a regular basis especially after all the rain we've had.
The interesting thing on the link is how the surrounding cities of St. Louis city are figured in and this harks back to a post I did yesterday on the population of St. Louis. Here are the areas which figure into being part of the St. Louis area.
Saint Louis, MO-IL; Bond County, IL; Calhoun County, IL; Clinton County, IL; Jersey County, IL; Macoupin County, IL; Madison County, IL; Monroe County, IL; St. Clair County, IL; Crawford County, MO (pt.)*; Franklin County, MO; Jefferson County, MO; Lincoln County, MO; St. Charles County, MO; St. Louis County, MO; Warren County, MO; Washington County, MO; St. Louis city, MO
Just in time for Memorial Day grilling, one more thing to worry about:
Don't let food poisoning put the kibosh on your barbeque
From WTOP in Washington DC: "After a long tough winter, a welcome three-day weekend is here, and many of us will invite family and friends over for a good old-fashioned cookout.
But there is no faster way to end a party than by serving up a case of food poisoning."
Here is the advice to keep you from getting sick from your own cooking.
1. keep raw meet and fish separate from cooked items, and separate from veggies and fruit.
2. After you put the burgers on the grill, make sure you take the plate back in the house and bring out a clean one for the cooked meat. If you fail to do that and put the cooked meat on the plate, "you've done what is called cross contamination.
3. If you want to be extra safe and just careful across the board, I just go in and rinse them under hot, sudsy water bring them back out and use them as things are cooking
4. "the number one thing that grillers are being told this weekend is to cook your burgers well done
5. When the grilling is done, and the eating has begun you need to keep an eye on the clock because bacteria grows at room temperature. With that in mind "two hours is the maximum amount of time that you want items to sit out. And if it is an especially hot day, that time limit should be reduced to an hour.
6. To decrease the chances of your food going bad, use smaller dishes and refill as you go. Also, consider putting side items on ice as that will allow you to leave them out longer
This is really really cool. What began for fun by window washers in one city, has begun to spread to other cities. The guys dress up in super hero costumes and hang on the outside walls of Childrens Hospitals while cleaning.
I can just imagine what fun this is for the kids inside the rooms to see. Here's a link to many pictures from different hospitals.
From a KSDK viewer tweet, she and her horse in a selfie. Here's the picture in case you don't want to go to the twitter link.
The best by far.
And speaking of selfies, the American Psychiatric Association has classified selfies as a mental disorder. The disorder is called selfitis, and is defined as the obsessive compulsive desire to take photos of one’s self and post them on social media as a way to make up for the lack of self-esteem and to fill a gap in intimacy.
APA said there are three levels of the disorder:
Borderline selfitis : taking photos of one’s self at least three times a day but not posting them on social media
Acute selfitis: taking photos of one’s self at least three times a day and posting each of the photos on social media
Chronic selfitis: Uncontrollable urge to take photos of one’s self round the clock and posting the photos on social media more than six times a day
A new study, this time out of Cambridge University, concludes that saturated fat does not cause heart disease while so-called ‘healthy’ polyunsaturated fats do not prevent cardiovascular problems.
In contrast with decades old nutritional advice, researchers at Cambridge University have found that giving up fatty meat, cream or butter is unlikely to improve health.
So we can go back to using butter instead of the fake margarine. No longer will cream and meat and butter be a guilty pleasure. I'll confess now that this news is out, that we have never substituted the imitation food products for the real thing. It just never made sense that non natural ingredients made to look like the real thing could be all that great. Imitation dairy creamers. SMH
It's true. A new study from researchers from the Department of Food Science & Technology at the University of California, Davis suggests that beer is a significant source of dietary silicon, a key ingredient for increasing bone mineral density.
Not that you want to switch baby formula to beer but still.