Mites, Cleanup, & 'Inherit the Wind'

Mites, Cleanup, & 'Inherit the Wind'

A few weeks ago I jumped into bed and noticed several tiny bugs crawling on my leg!  I couldn’t believe my eyes; there were probably 20 or more.  Allen couldn’t see them at all.  We nabbed one of them for microscopic examination and much to our chagrin, but not surprise, it was a mite.  Odd indeed but I didn’t think too much about it until a week later and Jessica had laid down on the carpet to read and they attacked her book.  Enough is enough, so I sprinkled the carpets with baking soda and diatomaceous earth, left that on for a few hours then vacuumed meticulously.  We have yet to see any more, so hopefully, that is the end of it.  Most likely Sparks, the lamb, brought them in, or perhaps the cats.  No matter, all suspects were dusted with DE.   I took Dallas to Mexico, Missouri for a week stay with my parents then he’ll come home with us on Saturday after our big family photo session.  Whilst he is gone (lucky him), I’m scrubbing down the four brooders and cleaning the grain bin where we raise the baby chicks.  This involves scooping out all the poultry litter (manure) etc, then sweeping, then spraying with water until the concrete floor is nearly spotless.  Then I lop out a gob of homemade soap and spray that around and out, followed by hydrogen peroxide (more environmentally friendly than bleach).  Once it is dry, then I sprinkle lime on the floor for that final aim at any possible pathogens.  It’s too bad we have to raise the little chicks in such a tight building, but everything is an enemy to baby chickens; heat, cold, rain, dogs, even the smallest of cats, and of course the whole gamut of hawks, coyotes, opossums, raccoons, foxes, rats (thankfully we have none of those).  So we keep them shut up very tight for at least two months, but what a mess they make.  They are all out on pasture now, so they are out of our pocketbook  so much as well.    Jessica and I watched “Inherit the Wind,” starring Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, and, Gene Kelly.  Many of you know this movie to be a Hollywood depiction of the famous Scopes Trial held in Dayton, Tennessee in 1925.  Whilst an interesting, fiery, and passionate story it is in no way an accurate account of the actual Scopes Trial.  Many of the characters are fictitious and the movie fails to point out that the character that represents John Scopes was hired by the ACLU to willfully teach evolution in direct violation of the Butler Act, which made it illegal to teach any origin of man other than that of divine origin.  Interestingly, Scopes wasn’t even sure he had taught evolution when he filled in as a substitute for the biology teacher.  But that didn’t seem to be an obstacle.  One of the most obnoxious inaccuracies is Hollywood’s portrayal of fundamental Bible-believing Christians; but then –nothing has really changed in that respect.  William Jennings Bryan is shown as a crazy man, but the reality is quite different.  So, watch the show if you like, but it is just a made up story with extreme license taken by its producers.  The full transcripts of the real Scopes trial are available in a book called, The World’s Most Famous Court Trial, published by Bryan College, 1990.  Summaries can be found online, but they will reflect the bias of the author.   An interesting note is that the Butler Act was not repealed until 1967.  Now, the reverse has happened,  Creation is out and Darwinian evolution is in.  Where’s the ACLU to defend the unbiased presentation of differing beliefs in origins?!  We teach our littlest children that it is a fairy tale about a frog turning into a prince, then allow our school children to be taught, as fact, that very concept of molecules to animals to man.    Here’s a lovely salad recipe I gleaned from the pages of Gourmet magazine.  Now hang on!  Usually I don’t give a thought about recipes from that magazine since they often contain ingredients not usually found in rural America and are entirely too time-consuming, but lately they have published several gems for those of us not bent for gourmet cooking.  This recipe is modified a bit to my own taste by halving the amount of jalapeño peppers recommended in Gourmet. Go straight to this site for a photo and the original recipe as listed in Gourmet.  Try it then cast your opinion! http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/recipe_views/views/234981 Cucumber, Tomato, and Pineapple Salad with Asian Dressing   1 large garlic clove ¼ teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 tablespoon sugar 2 tablespoons olive oil ½ of a 1-inch (2.5 cm) long fresh jalapeño chili, minced, including seeds ½ cucumber, halved lengthwise, then thinly sliced crosswise.  Best to use a variety with fewer seeds. ½ pineapple, peeled, quartered, lengthwise, cored, then sliced crosswise ¼ inch (15 mm)thick ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro ¼ cup chopped fresh mint 2 medium tomatoes (1 lb (500 gms) total), cut into  ½-inch     (1 cm) thick wedges.   Mince garlic, then mash to a paste with salt using side of a large heavy knife. Whisk together lime juice and sugar in a large bowl until sugar is dissolved, then whisk in oil, garlic paste, and chili.  Add remaining ingredients, tossing to coat, and adding salt to taste.

Posted: 2006-07-17


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