Covid-19 spelled out in gel caps on a white background
Photo by Volodymyr Hryshchenko on Unsplash


With so many people refusing to take precautions, the new variants of Covid are spiking all over the place. Hospitals are running out of ICU beds and people are dying from preventable issues because there are no facilities that can take them until it is too late.

While I have…

I am a retired university library employee who lives in the wilds of North Idaho with my hubby and 2 spoiled rotten kitties. I am a fantastic cook who enjoys good movies, the great outdoors, and creating. I have been a fat/size activist for a number of years now, ever…


Wicker basker with a handle filled with several varieties of tomatoes in various stages of ripeness.
photo by author

Fall has definitely arrived and overnight temperatures have been dropping to below freezing last week. I decided to pull all my tomatoes off and bring them in the last day before that happened.

I cut a few of them up, sprinkled a little MSG, and let them mellow while I…


Uncooked catfish fillets covered with herbs, spices, and sesame seeds on beds of spinach leaves on a foil covered baking sheet.
Ready for the oven (photo by author)

Once upon a time, a group of us got together to do a formal 9-course dinner and I brought the fish course. I had about 10+ pounds of catfish in my freezer someone had given me and I finally had something I could do with them.

I looked around and…

Black bean and ground elk chili with shredded cheese in a black bowl.
photo by author


A while back I decided I wanted to try my hand at chili, esp as the weather was getting wet and cold but didn’t want to make regular chili. So I pulled some ground elk (I love friends who hunt)out of the freezer and set some black beans to soaking.


The orange paint marks the original footprint of my planned greenhouse (photo by author)

Since moving into our little homestead in a mobile home court, I have been wanting a greenhouse. Heck, I wanted a greenhouse at our old place out of town, but it never manifested.

I simply don’t have the room in the house to start everything I want to put in…

Two rinced Mortgage lifter tomatoes on a white cutting board
Washed Mortgage Lifter tomatoes fresh from the garden (photo by author)


If you like big beefy tomatoes, the Mortgage Lifter tomato is one to grow. This tomato was developed in the 1930s by a radiator mechanic who came up with the idea of cross-breeding four varieties of large tomatoes. By the 1940s he was selling the resulting plants for $1 each…

Back in the late 80s, there were some commercials with an actress named June Allyson. I used to giggle about the subject and wondered how anyone could star in them, especially an actress like June.

Now I understand and I’m not laughing quite as much anymore.

If you aren’t…

Middle aged fat woman in green tank top and purple shorts using a weight machine in a gym.
photo of author


So we’ve been hitting the gym on a regular basis, tho we’ve missed the odd morning here and there. We’ve dropped the pool, we just weren’t getting as much out of it as we would have liked. …

Dispatches from the little homestead in the mobile home park.

Looking down on a large tomato that is weighting down the vine of a tomato planted in a milk crate
Mortgage Lifter tomato (Photo by author)

The hot weather seems to be over (knock on wood). We won’t pull the air conditioner from the living room window just yet. No sense in tempting the Universe by doing something silly.

But our overnight temps are dropping, we’ve…

Photographer, artist, cook, fat activist, writer, and lady of leisure with a garden.

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