November 9, 2017 Uncategorized
As some of you know, I suffer from Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). A lot of people have asked about which respirator I use to protect myself from things like exhaust fumes, perfumes, cigarette and campfire smoke and any other variety of unknown chemicals.
I know some people have been using Vogmasks, which are very stylish. However, the combination of a HEPA filter and an activated charcoal cartridge has been quite successful for me.
The combination I am currently using are both made by 3M. First, the mask is a 3M Medium Half Facepiece Reusable Respirator. (The one in the picture of me above is a different 3M mask)
To this I added the 3M Organic Vapor/Acid Gas Cartridge/Filter.
The combination does a really good job of keeping me from inhaling odors, VOCs and particles...Read More
October 27, 2017 2017 October Black Hills
The last few days have been fairly interesting. This illness leaves a person fairly isolated from the world.
I am a very social introvert. That means that I need a lot of time alone to recharge my body, mind and soul. However, at the same time, I have a great need for socialization. The tricky part is striking a healthy balance. One of the ways I accomplish that is by going to for lunch many days and often going to a coffee shop late in the afternoon. I often take my laptop with me so I can get some work done and at the same time have some social interactions.
While camping in Custer, SD, I have tried to go out for lunch a few times. Many of the restaurants are closed as they cater to the tourists from about May through September. A few are still open...Read More
October 24, 2017 2017 October Black Hills
Sunday was a really tough day. I traveled from central South Dakota to Rapid City.
BTW, this is what the Sacajawea statue/sculpture looks like in the daylight. Pretty impressive. She is 50 feet tall.
Then came the challenging part – finding a campsite. I am used to camping a lot on BLM land in states like Wyoming, Montana, Utah, etc. Although boondocking (dispersed camping) is allowed in the Black Hills National Forest, it has proven to be more difficult than the BLM land. Much of the National Forest is actually private property. That makes the search much more interesting.
I had stopped at the information center in Rapid City. They gave me a list of National Forest campground that were still open...Read More
October 22, 2017 2017 October Black Hills
Having already gone on two other sabbaticals in 2017, I am now on #3.
My health had gotten much better spending a good part of September in Wyoming. I returned to Minnesota two weeks ago. Immediately, my left leg quit working. Over the last two weeks, right right leg was starting to no longer work, either. Now walking on one leg and a cane is hard enough. Walking with zero legs is a completely different story. There were even times where I resorted to crawling on my hands and knees, or even just crawling on my stomach to try to get somewhere.
I also started blacking out again. My brain and body would go limp with no warning. It was very scary for both my wife and myself. Even last night, we were sitting watching TV after enjoying a dinner together...Read More
This recipe presents a skin-on boneless chicken breast where the skin actually has a crunch. Pair that crunch with a naturally sweet and sour pan sauce made with shallots, pickled cherry peppers and thyme.
September 17, 2016 September 2016 - Seattle
Today I found the best chocolates truffles I have ever tasted, and I have tasted a lot of chocolate.
Welcome to Arrowhead Chocolates in Joseph, Oregon. I was passing by their store today while idling through the galleries and gift shops along main street. Since my supply of Stumptown bottled cold brewed coffee had dwindled to nothing I needed another fix for this afternoon. Entering the store and asking at the counter, they did have cold brewed coffee and it was even from Stumptown beans. And, they have dark chocolate truffles.
Win, Win, Win.Read More
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Since changing to a grain-free diet, I have been trying different types of waffles, both sweet and savory with marginal results. I finally found these which are very satisfying. I would say that they even have a better flavor than typical wheat waffles. The whipped eggs and baking powder combine to give the some lift.
They can be made either sweet by adding some cinammin, or savory by using an herb. Thyme sounds good.Read More
My wife usually cooks ribs (one of her favorite meals) in the oven with just salt and pepper for seasoning. Since she was away playing with the grand-kids today, I grabbed the ribs from the refrigerator and emptied the spice cabinet!
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