Love & Loathe – Week of 01/16


* Tug’s attitude this week toward his cat, Snug. Snug had his teeth cleaned on Monday, so he went under anesthesia, spent the day at the vet’s office, and that night isolated for his safety. Now Tug is acting like he hates him, growling and hissing at him when he gets within eyesight. Poor Snuggy — he’s the one who should have been traumatized, not Tug. Speaking of irrational behavior, did you notice the full moon this week?

* Troubling or frustrating things that cause fear. We’re keeping it general this week.


* Grocery stores with bins. Bins with dried beans, bins with coffee beans, bins with different types of granola, bins with trail mix, bins with banana chips, bins with chocolate covered cranberries, bins with bulk items that I can buy as much or as little as I want. Bin heaven!

* Banana chips. Have I mentioned our current addiction to banana chips? It’s been going on for 2-3 months now, so it might be an addiction that’s gonna stay around for awhile.

* Snug snuggle time. Since Tug has been angry, bitter and abusive turning Snug away, Snug has been turning to me for love. Which I find to be very sweet, but also funny because the entire time Snug spends on my lap, Tug spends staring at him on my lap, growling. Jealous much?

* MLK week. Everyone was reminding me to remember MLK this week. I was sitting on the couch watching the Lakers game, glanced over to the other side of the screen to check the score, and there, big as an elephant, just above the score, was yet another reminder. So that night I went and bought some.

* Inspiration in the least expected places — like a traffic jam on the freeway today.

One Last Thing:

I had my first raw dairy convert this week. A lady at work was talking about how milk made her sick and she couldn’t have ice cream or any of that stuff. I asked her if she’d ever tried raw milk. She had no idea what I meant. So, I explained how the pasteurization process kills all the good bacteria that most people need for proper digestion of dairy. Something like 90% of people who think they’re lactose intolerant are actually “pasteurization process” intolerant. Milk straight from the cow, from a clean dairy, bypasses all that nonsense.

She expressed a strong interest in trying “real” milk but was afraid of it “not working” and then having to deal with the side effects. Oh, how well I understood (and remembered) that feeling from my sojourn into raw milk back in 2006.

We emailed back and forth a couple times, she was planning out her weekend to factor in any “downtime” and making the most of her possible malaise to annoy her husband. Ha!

As it happened, I was replenishing my inventory of raw milk, so I bought an extra jug and gave it to her. She tried it last night and emailed me this morning in absolute thankfulness. She’d daringly tried some last night and, to her surprise, she was miraculously OK! *happy sigh*

I love that my aunt encouraged me to try raw milk four years ago. I desperately love my raw milk. And I really, really love it when a small gift turns into a bigger blessing because of what it means to someone.



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12 responses to “Love & Loathe – Week of 01/16

  1. grrrace

    That was so nice of you to get her some milk! πŸ™‚

    I like bins, too. πŸ˜€

    I’m not a fan of regular banana chips, but I do like the salty plantain ones. NUM NUM NUM.


  2. Caryl

    Great on the milk convert!
    Poor Tug. I guess Snug smells like Slasher now?

    The children’s talent show was tonight. The class I’ve been teaching got first place thanks to the hard work of the students and TA’s.
    Love you,

    • I don’t know what Tug’s problem is. I think it’s the full moon. It’s quite ridiculous.

      Congrats on your first place class! That’s very exciting! πŸ™‚ I’m proud of you (and them).

  3. stacey

    i am still scared to try raw milk. i guess partly because i never liked milk in the first place. i just don’t want to deal with any consequences. so i am doing almond milk and canola margarine and coconut milk yogurt. it is just a pain when i want a baked good from a store. they always have cow’s milk and butter in them.

    • Hmmm. Well, if you don’t like milk to begin with, then it hardly seems worth it to chase down raw milk.
      Yes, I know well about the challenges of buying pre-made items at the grocery store. It’s frustrating how dairy is in EVERYTHING. A lot of people don’t realize just how far reaching dairy is as an ingredient.

  4. Praying the troubling things are not causing too much fear. This week I had troubling things causing bitterness and anger. I might prefer the fear.

    The full moon this week would explain much. It’s been a weird week.

    • No, I don’t think you want the fear. Fear is crippling and causes anxiety. Not sure bitterness and anger is a better option, though. That can move you to action, but perhaps the wrong action. (sigh)

      Yes. It’s been a weird week…

  5. I always loved Bins in Markets—there used to be three or four of these wonderful “Health Food” places and the Bins were FANTASTIC! I have no idea if any of them exist anymore, it has been such a long time since I was able to go to a market. Were you familiar with Mrs. Gooch? THAT was a great place. I think she sold out to Whole Foods at some point.

    • I’ve never heard of Mrs. Gooch, but I have heard of Whole Foods… where I’ve only ever visited a couple of times. Mostly because I think they’re overpriced. My favorite haunts are Henry’s Market and Mother’s Market. Henry’s has the best bins and Mother’s has my raw milk for less money. I really get excited when I “have” to go to Henry’s! πŸ™‚

  6. grrrace

    I find bins at Henry’s. I hardly go anymore…

    Also, Sprouts.

    Salty plantain chips: Trader Joe’s and Fresh n Easy πŸ™‚