Thursday, September 9, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Here is our hoop house awaiting seedlings that are a little too small yet. Soon the hoops will be planted with broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, and maybe some lettuce. Then covered with an insect cloth to hopefully keep the nasties away. We also hope to extend our growing season this fall using our hoops with some heavy duty remay or plastic.
Monday, March 29, 2010
We also ordered two pear trees for the yard, I hope they produce enough to eat and preserve for winter.
Something new we are trying this spring is a raised bed with a hoop cover made of remay. This insect cover will provide a little frost protection but most importantly protect from the nasty pests. Maybe someday we will have our soil healthy enough where we won't have pests to deal with. More companion planting this year should also make a big difference.
I'll follow up with pictures as the hoop house takes shape.
Monday, March 8, 2010
The author of this article lives in South Dakota and appears to be very active in attempting to maintain our freedom. Google Kitty Werthmann and you will see articles and videos.
I believe that I am an eyewitness to history. I cannot tell you that Hitler took Austria by tanks and guns; it would distort history. We elected him by a landslide - 98% of the vote.. I've never read that in any American publications. Everyone thinks that Hitler just rolled in with his tanks and took Austria by force.
Our education was nationalized. I attended a very good public school. The population was predominantly Catholic, so we had religion in our schools. The day we elected Hitler (March 13, 1938), I walked into my schoolroom to find the crucifix replaced by Hitler's picture hanging next to a Nazi flag. Our teacher, a very devout woman, stood up and told the class we wouldn't pray or have religion anymore. Instead, we sang "Deutschland, Deutschland, Uber Alles," and had physical education.
In 1939, the war started and a food bank was established. All food was rationed and could only be purchased using food stamps. At the same time, a full-employment law was passed which meant if you didn't work, you didn't get a ration card, and if you didn't have a card, you starved to death. Women who stayed home to raise their families didn't have any marketable skills and often had to take jobs more suited for men.
Before Hitler, we had very good medical care. Many American doctors trained at the University of Vienna . After Hitler, health care was socialized, free for everyone. Doctors were salaried by the government. The problem was, since it was free, the people were going to the doctors for everything. When the good doctor arrived at his office at 8 a.m., 40 people were already waiting and, at the same time, the hospitals were full. If you needed elective surgery, you had to wait a year or two for your turn. There was no money for research as it was poured into socialized medicine. Research at the medical schools literally stopped, so the best doctors left Austria and emigrated to other countries.
As for healthcare, our tax rates went up to 80% of our income. Newlyweds immediately received a $1,000 loan from the government to establish a household. We had big programs for families. All day care and education were free. High schools were taken over by the government and college tuition was subsidized. Everyone was entitled to free handouts, such as food stamps, clothing, and housing.
In 1944, I was a student teacher in a small village in the Alps . The villagers were surrounded by mountain passes which, in the winter, were closed off with snow, causing people to be isolated. So people intermarried and offspring were sometimes retarded. When I arrived, I was told there were 15 mentally retarded adults, but they were all useful and did good manual work. I knew one, named Vincent, very well. He was a janitor of the school. One day I looked out the window and saw Vincent and others getting into a van. I asked my superior where they were going. She said to an institution where the State Health Department would teach them a trade, and to read and write. The families were required to sign papers with a little clause that they could not visit for 6 months. They were told visits would interfere with the program and might cause homesickness.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
5 pics, two days, completely different conditions.
Sun-day: Cheat Mountain. Sunny. Air temp about 10 degrees. Real feel of 50! No kidding I
was roasting all day.
Wednesday: Bickles Knob. Cloudy and snowing. Air temp 12 degrees. Real feel -30. 50 mph wind gusts and sustained winds in the 20s.
Both days were awesome and made very thankful to be alive and able to do what I want to do when I want to do it. FREEDOM!
Friday, February 5, 2010
The riding conditions lately have been down right miserable. But nothing has been keeping Mandi and I off our new Fuji bikes. The snow has been heavy and wet which makes for slow going and an awesome workout. This weekend looks as if it will be a wash for the riding so it may be back to the skis for a few days. Anything to stay of the trainer.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
My mug ruining an otherwise beautiful picture.
Sunday: Mandi, John and I headed up the the ultimate XC ski destination of Canaan Valley. We headed over to Whitegrass so John could rent some equipment. What a spectacular day! The conditions there are the best they have had in 4 decades. Snow up to your butt. We had an awesome day of skiing followed by some good food and fellowship.
This winter has been awesome, I hope it continues as it is.
Let it snow, Joey.