Pesto’s out with the wife

Nothing like Angel Hair, Marinara and Merlot. This is life.

-kia

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Tie Tuesday: “Just me and my Girl”

Happy 8th Birthday to my Daisey Mae

Another great one from the collection. Buggs and Daisey under a full moon… looks like a Harvest Moon, but just because it’s Carrot Orange. This would be my love for my wonderful wife. Her birthday isn’t for a few more months. But…

Here’s a better picture of my Daisey.

Doing what she does best, sleeping and ignoring the rest of the household. What a Princess. Enjoy the Day.

-kia

Frostian Wednesday: “Meeting and Passing”

((( Reposting in honor of the Birthday of Robert Frost, my favorite American Poet. -kia)))

 I love Robert Frost. I hope you do too. Have a great day. -kia

Meeting and Passing
As I went down the hill along the wall
There was a gate I had leaned at for the view
And had just turned from when I first saw you
As you came up the hill. We met. But all
We did that day was mingle great and small
Footprints in summer dust as if we drew
The figure of our being less that two
But more than one as yet. Your parasol
Pointed the decimal off with one deep thrust.
And all the time we talked you seemed to see
Something down there to smile at in the dust.
(Oh, it was without prejudice to me!)
Afterward I went past what you had passed
Before we met and you what I had passed.
– Robert Frost

My Journey pt 10: The Question, “Why?”

Some people just like questions 


From a thread over on Wallys blog post on Worship. I admit freely here that when he posted a Meme stating that Worship isn’t about discovering who we are, but about discovery who God is, my first comment from a former christian/minister/worship leader’s perspective probably came off a bit harsh and offensive.

KIA

September 25, 2016 at 13:00

Reply

The old jesus people song by maranatha rings in my ears as I read this. “Let’s forget about ourselves…”
It’s a mass self hypnosis/brainwashing activity designed to negate your individual identity and value. And to think I used to lead worship

Good memories of a wonderfully simple worship song, followed by a sharp ‘Ouch’

Then I got a curious question of why I ‘apostasized’ and what caused me to finally ‘defect’? I thought I had done enough damage, not only to the silly meme, but also perhaps to Wally’s original post and even my own self respect, having somewhat unfairly jabbed. 

KIA

September

Don’t want to hijack Wally’s post. You can read and comment on my blog if you like. I’ll answer any question you want to ask as honestly as I can

My efforts to respectfully decline answering the Spaniard’s questions only brought the kind of abuse that was the answer to what finally pushed me over the edge further towards deconversion. 

KIA
September 26, 2016 at 09:23
But honestly Spaniard, Wallys response to me in this thread is part of what motivated me to ask even more questions and uncover the answers I didn’t expect to find. This video describes similar treatment I received last year as I tried to ask questions both here and on a different blog you might also frequent. I was still holding on to my faith by a thread, but some people seem not to be willing to explore or think beyond their own understanding. Watch the video and tell me what you think on my blog please.

If you are still interested in why I left the Faith I knew, loved and trusted after 34 years, it was Answers that I wasn’t supposed to learn, Evidence that what I believed, trusted and ‘knew’ about the Bible, history and science was simply not true, and also Evidence about science history, archaeology, and christianity that WAS true. The final push out the Chapel doors, the ‘Left Foot’ versus the Right Hand of Fellowship as we say, was administered both at Wally’s blog and at another person’s named James.

I hope this helps. Please watch the video all the way thru and read some of the other posts I have here at the Recovering Know It All. And thank you for still asking questions. 

-kia

Xtian HaiKu: Happy Wednesday… sort of

Hope day 

Already sliding 

Two days down and more to go

Wednesday is Hope Day

Kia. 

Here’s to Super Hero Wednesday 

Wednesday marks the middle of our work week and the beginning of hopes for the weekend when we can sleep later on Saturday and Sunday mornings. 

What’s your week like and what hopes have you for the weekend? Tell me in the comments below. Like, share, and if so inclined… Follow the Journey of The Recovering Know IT All.

-kia

Meatless Monday: What’s for Dinner, grandpa?

(((From a previous post mirrored on my Blogspot blog in June 2016)))

What’s for Dinner, Grandpa?

Vegan ‘Plant Strong’ Burgers and Potatoes with Cucumber and Celery Salad

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Proper!! (with a small apology for the Velveeta slice)  😦

Dinner tonight was brought to you by Beyond Meat’s “Beast Burger” ™ weighing in at 23 Whopper ™ grams of protein and ZERO Cholesterol or Trans Fats. My Burger’s bun was ‘dressed’ with FDA/Unilever Fighting Egg-less and Dairy Free ‘Bad Boy’ and Vegan Industry Champion “Just Mayo” ™ from Hampton Creek and topped with Red Leaf Lettuce and Sweet Pickle Relish. (yes, that IS a small, thin slice of Velveeta ™ you see there. But hey, I’m not Vegan yet! Give me a couple more days till my 50th Birthday on Wednesday. I’ll get there). Included in the mix tonight playing ‘back up’ to the Beast’s Lead were Roasted smallish Yukon Potatoes and a refreshing side salad of Cucumbers and Celery for the save…

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Beyond Meat’s “Beast Burger”

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and Amy’s “Black Bean Burger” 

A Few Words about our Meal and it’s Constituent Contributors

For the last few years we have been trending… leaning… moving towards a more Plant Based, Vegetarian/Vegan Diet and Lifestyle. As my 50th Birthday has drawn closer and we learned more and more about the effects of regular consumption of Animal Sourced foods and other items in our normal everyday lives on the Environment, our Health and the extreme and unnecessary Cruelty, Torture and Deaths that Animals endure, we started in a direction of removing as much of these items as “possible and practicable”.

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We started with our Bath items and soaps. We went to Dr. Bronners Soaps for showering and handwashing stations, changed our laundry detergents and cleaning supplies to be more environmentally and Animal Friendly (no Animal Testing “Body Shop” vs “Bath and Body Works”), moved to my now shaving with an Old School DE Safety Razor, brush and natural shaving creme/soap, then worked our way to our Diets. Admittedly, this is the toughest part of our lives to deal with from a Health and Social POV. We already didn’t eat a lot of meat, eggs or dairy… well probably FAR less than most. I stopped eating Red meats in the late 90’s and had scaled down to chicken, fish, and occasionally eggs. When we went Vegetarian in January of 2015, The Wife’s ™mom was somewhat less than fully supportive, but she did respect our decision.

Our primary reason for going Veg was health and it paid off in Spades. My BP and Cholesterol both went down dramatically. If we had actually followed this up with regular exercise, my weight most likely would have also:) Gotta work on that bit.

Finding Different ‘Substitutes’ for Old Friends

Since we started looking for Meat, Cheese and Dairy Substitutes, we have found a few that fit the bill and MANY that didn’t.

  • We didn’t care for Daiya Cheese. (tastes like Feet)
  • Tofurkey Sausage was only passable.
  • and a couple of others that were apparently not that memorable

Winners of course did appear…

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  • Field Roast Sausages and Burger Patties:)
  • Chao Cheeses
  • “Benevolent Bacon” from Sweet Earth, (Tempeh Bacon)
  • Soy and Coconut Yogurts
  • and of course the Blackbean Burger and Beast Burger will be keepers.
  • “Just Mayo” Vegan Mayo for the Win!!

As we head towards our Vegan Experiment I am much more confident than I was last January about finding Vegan Alternatives that don’t suck, getting the variety and nutrition my body needs and making even deeper commitments to lessen my impact on the lives of Animals, our Environment, and our Health by reducing and eliminating Animal Products from our Diet and Lifestyle in an ever increasing manner.

We are not perfect by a long shot as you can see by the Velveeta still present on my Vegan Burger, but we ARE moving towards the goal. Why not come along with us for the ride? Why not start reevaluating your consumption and use of Animal Based Foods and Lifestyle Items? Reduction is the name of the game for a start. No one is asking for immediate “5th level Vegans” to begin with. Just try something. “Meatless Mondays” for example or going thru your bath and beauty items. Start small and educate yourself with all the Videos and Information freely available and waiting for you at the click of your mouse and the typing of your keyboard.

Come on now… we can do it.

  • For your Health
  • For your Family’s Health
  • For the Environment
  • For the Animals
  • For Life

-KIA