Thursday, May 19, 2016

One Final Batch of Pics.... PCB

This was a great couple of weeks.  For 4 or 5 days, there was a Para-Glider Convention going on nearby.  The sky was full of 'em.

The water was pristine, but a chilly 79 degrees.  I can't believe that when we first bought this place, I'd swim in March!

As usual, spent Happy Hours at The Liq across the street.

More sightings of hammerhead sharks off Panama City Beach

This was the other day.


There have been more sightings of hammerhead sharks off Panama City Beach.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) officials said they spotted a school of the sharks at the county pier this weekend, a lot like the group viewer Tina Rudisill snapped a picture of last week.

Research biologist Dr. John Carlson said this is not uncommon as the Gulf of Mexico is currently very clear and more people are getting out on the water. As for why they're coming so close to shore, he said that's natural instinct.

"They're just looking for bait. They're looking for food, like everything else. Some of them may be on a migratory pathway, basically the same pathway that the cobia are following right now. They're moving along shore, down the edge to the west side of Florida," Dr. Carlson said.

Carlson suggests people don't swim at dusk or dawn when it's harder for both people and sharks to see in the water, near people fishing as the bait attracts sharks, nor with jewelry on because it can look a lot like the shiny fish sharks eat.

He also added it's best to shuffle your feet while walking in the water because your chances of stepping on a stingray and being stung are far greater than being bitten by a shark.

Fun on the Intra Coastal Waterway

I just got back from PCB yesterday.  Had a great 2 weeks.

This was the highlight of the trip.  Dear friends Keith and Lauren have a houseboat on a slough of the Intra Coastal Waterway.

They live in White City, Gulf County Florida..... 55 miles from the condo.

Last Sunday, I met Keith at his business in Mexico City Beach then followed him home.

Lauren had all of our overnight supplies ready.  We hopped in their 19 ft. boat and zipped about 3 miles to the houseboat.

I was in heaven!

When we weren't fishing off of the houseboat, we were zipping around the waterway and exploring little sloughs.  ("sloos")...  Headed down to St. Joe Bay and up to Lake Wimico.  Gorgeous.

Spent 2 nights and had a great time. This was the first time that they had spent the night on the boat.  It won't be the last!

Monster Salt Water Catfish

He caught an eel

Sunrise and Mist on the Slough

A visiting Gator

Bald Eagle

Flowers Galore

Intra Coastal

Waterway Approaching Lake Wimico

Huge Lake Wimico

Saturday, April 30, 2016

A Great Recipe- Greek-Inspired Quinoa

Hi gang-

I had to share this recipe with you.  It's one of our new favorites.

I've been on a Quinoa kick for the past couple of months.  It's a grain that's packed with protein and very versatile.  It's great for a meatless dinner once or twice per week.



3 1/2 cups chicken broth
2 cups quinoa
1 cup halved grape tomatoes
3/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup sliced pitted kalamata olives
1/2 cup minced red onion
 Sliced pickled pepperoncini
1 can of garbanzo beans- drained
4 ounces chopped feta cheese, or more to taste
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lemon, halved
salt and ground black pepper to taste


Bring broth and quinoa to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer quinoa to a large bowl and set aside to cool, about 10 minutes.
Mix tomatoes,garbanzos, pepperoncini, parsley, kalamata olives, onion, feta cheese, olive oil, vinegar, and garlic into quinoa. Squeeze lemon juice over quinoa salad, season with salt and pepper, and toss to coat. Chill in refrigerator, 1 to 4 hours.

(I marinated my veggies separately for a couple of hours before mixing it in with the Quinoa.... wanted to get my garbanzos tasty!)

As it's just the two of us, I only cooked 1 cup of Quinoa, (Use half as much chicken broth) but basically used all of the original measurements.

This was out-of-this-world.

Friday, April 29, 2016

California Widow Sues Monsanto For Killing Her Husband

Teri McCall of Cambria, California, lost her husband of 40 years, Anthony “Jack” McCall, to terminal cancer in December 2015. For nearly 30 years on his 20-acre fruit and vegetable farm, Jack had used Monsanto’s herbicide, Roundup.

Now, Teri has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Monsanto Co., alleging that Monsanto had known for years that exposure to glyphosate—the main ingredient in the agribusiness giant’s flagship weedkiller Roundup—could cause cancer and other serious illnesses or injuries.

And she just might win.

A growing body of evidence is accumulating, which indicates that Jack’s death might, indeed, be linked to his exposure to glyphosate.

Glyphosate, which is the most widely applied pesticide worldwide, was declared as “probably carcinogenic to humans” in March of 2015 by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

Besides the “convincing evidence” the herbicide can cause cancer in lab animals, the IARC also found:

“Case-control studies of occupational exposure in the U.S.A., Canada, and Sweden reported increased risk for non-Hodgkin lymphoma that persisted after adjustments to other pesticides.”

Teri’s husband, Jack, died shortly after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

The evidence linking glyphosate to cancer is continuing to mount.

California’s Environmental Protection Agency issued plans in September of 2015 to add glyphosate to the state’s list of chemicals known to cause cancer — making it the first state in the U.S to do so.

And then, just weeks ago, a team of 94 scientists co-authored a report, published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, which stated:

“The most appropriate and scientifically based evaluation of the cancers reported in humans and laboratory animals as well as supportive mechanistic data is that glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen.”

Glyphosate is applied to 89% of U.S. corn crop and 94% of the soybeans, as well as being used with dozens of other crops. Since the herbicide (and the genetically engineered crops that were created to withstand its use) is a core component of today’s industrial farm landscape, the results of this debate will have far reaching consequences.

The United States now uses about 280 million pounds of glyphosate per year, compared to only about 30 million pounds a year before genetically engineered crops were first commercialized 20 years ago.

Thanks to genetic engineering, we’re now literally spraying our food crops with a pesticide that, increasing numbers of scientists believe, is causing cancer.

The truth is that Jack and Teri McCall are just the tip of the iceberg. How many farmers and consumers, are being exposed to glyphosate on a daily basis? And what is real the impact of 280 million pounds of a probable carcinogen being sprayed on our croplands?

Monsanto and its spokespeople insist that glyphosate is completely safe. Some have even said you can drink it. Although, as this hilarious video illustrates, they may not actually mean it.

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If you want to avoid eating glyphosate, the top thing you can do is to choose organically grown foods. And when you avoid GMOs, you’re also making a big difference.