Footloose and Dairy-Free – a guest posting from Karen Page, author of “The Vegetarian Flavor Bible”

Footloose and Dairy-Free – a guest posting from Karen Page, author of “The Vegetarian Flavor Bible”

   When I first received a copy of Karen Page’s ‘The Vegetarian Flavor Bible’ last year, I was truly amazed at how much information she packed into this gigantic 7 lbs. book.   New to cooking?  New to Veganism? This book is the perfect companion for you.  It is  page after page of foods, by category – cheese, greens, legumes, citrus etc.,  all organized to get you the most information about those foods in the most complete package. A few recipes, but fabulous details on which foods go with what, the best ways to prepare, where to find them in restaurants and so much more.  After delving into the ‘Cheese’ section of Karen’s book, I had to try out the Popcorn with Nutritional Yeast sprinkles she suggests.  Cheeses are my most missed dairy food, far more so than any meats I used to eat.   I know this ‘Cheezey’ treat is a tried and true snack in the Vegan world but somehow, I’d never tried it out.  I’m hooked!  Cheese never tasted so good.  If you’ve never tried this tasty treat be sure not to wait too long cause it’s simply a rare gift to non-dairy eaters. Karen has kindly…

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Presenting – Miss Jules and some thoughts about adoption♥

Presenting – Miss Jules and some thoughts about adoption♥

In mid December, my husband and I made the significant decision to add two more cats to our home.   We visited our local Animal Shelter and made our choice after going over all the details, expense and joys this would bring us. That’s how we came to know Miss Jules.  And her brother Jack.   In case you missed that post a few weeks back, the two 9 month old kitties we choose arrived at the Shelter in July of 2014 at just 2 month old.  Brother and Sister.   They were marked as “Strays” but were more likely dropped off by someone who couldn’t handle the kittens. Each year,  in the U. S. alone, about 3.5 million cats are taken to shelters across the country for care.  Of those, 1.5 million are then euthanized eventually.  The shelter in our county shares their building with the Police Animal Services and has a ‘no kill’ policy for the animals kept there.  This policy is rare though for an animal shelter in the    U. S. and we appreciate the many, many hours and dollars spent in behalf of these abandon pets in our area.   So many across the U. S. are…

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Jules and Jack – Welcome

Jules and Jack – Welcome

So Saturday, I finished up my 6th morning of working in the cold,  winter air and was just feeling blah.  Working Decembers are tough for me with the dark mornings, the onset of cold weather and the self-inflicted pressures to get all my work done in as few days as possible so I don’t get stuck with bad weather days disrupting my work schedule.  Anyway, I’ve been pushing myself to work long and hard this week.  On Friday after work,  we stopped by the County Animal Shelter just to walk around and get my mind off of the drag of work.  Probably not a great idea for a  Vegan who’s lost 2 of her pets in the last 3 years and cries at the thought of animals caged up. Well, we fell in love.  Maybe I shouldn’t say “we”, only because my husband fell in love with a tiny little ‘spunky’ black kitten.  I fell in love with the twins.  A brother and sister who’d been dropped off at the Shelter back in July at just 2 months old.  All they know of life was life in that cage.  As you see in the pics, they were just like twins,…

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Emily’s Breakfast Berry Smoothie with Cacao Drizzle and Chia Pudding – ‘Breakfast In Bed-Fest’ entry #10

Emily’s Breakfast Berry Smoothie with Cacao Drizzle and Chia Pudding –  ‘Breakfast In Bed-Fest’ entry #10

    My ‘Breakfast In Bed-Festival’ this year is really just a sneaky way of sharing my favorite Vegan bloggers best breakfast recipes with you all and having a bit of competitive fun all the while.  As I have said too many lots of times before, I leave out for work in the pre-pre-dawn hours, more like the middle of the night for some, I’m sure. I don’t get the luxury very often to enjoy a wonderfully fresh home made breakfast to enjoy in the comfort of my home.  So I’m hosting a little monthly highlight this year of the best of the best in healthy breakfast ideas for days when I am able to spend more time enjoying breakfast. I’ve asked 12 of the most creative, health conscious and economically minded  bloggers to each share 1 breakfast that highlights both their own website and their own ingenuity for eating healthily, kindly and creatively.  At year’s end, we’ll have a little vote on which month’s posting you all enjoyed the most and congratulate the winner with a few kind words and some prizes.  There’s a Pinterest board you can follow to see how the event unfolds each month with all the recipes and news…

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Kristy’s ”Spiced Orange Cacao Nib Waffles with Fig Compote” from Keepin’ It Kind is ‘Breakfast In Bed-Fest’ entry #9

Kristy’s ”Spiced Orange Cacao Nib Waffles with Fig Compote” from Keepin’ It Kind is ‘Breakfast In Bed-Fest’ entry #9

  My ‘Breakfast In Bed-Festival’ this year is really just a sneaky way of sharing my favorite Vegan bloggers best breakfast recipes with you all and having a bit of competitive fun all the while.  As I have said too many lots of times before, I leave out for work in the pre-pre-dawn hours, more like the middle of the night for some, I’m sure. I don’t get the luxury very often to enjoy a wonderfully fresh home made breakfast to enjoy in the comfort of my home.  So I’m hosting a little monthly highlight this year of the best of the best in healthy breakfast ideas for days when I am able to spend more time enjoying breakfast. I’ve asked 12 of the most creative, health conscious and economically minded  bloggers to each share 1 breakfast that highlights both their own website and their own ingenuity for eating healthily, kindly and creatively.  At year’s end, we’ll have a little vote on which month’s posting you all enjoyed the most and congratulate the winner with a few kind words and some prizes.  There’s a Pinterest board you can follow to see how the event unfolds each month with all the recipes and news about…

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September 11, 2001 – Vegan Food Bloggers Remember

September 11, 2001 – Vegan Food Bloggers Remember

 Ann Oliverio – An Unrefined Vegan I’ll tell you one thing, We ain’t gonna change much. The sun still rises Even with the pain.  Can we go on like it once was?   –  from Another Story by The Head and The Heart On September 11, 2001, I was living a peaceful life in Cambridge, MA, working as a faculty assistant to then Professor Elizabeth Warren at Harvard Law School. Like It Once Was No matter what one felt on the morning of September 11, 2001 – shock, sadness, fear, anger, disgust, disbelief – the reality was universal: the world as we knew it had changed. Not just the smaller world that some of us call home, the United States of America, but the whole world. It was evident in the gaping holes left by airliner-missiles in three of our most iconic buildings; in the deep gash gouged into a farmer’s field in rural Pennsylvania; in the thousands of poignantly irrelevant pieces of paper lazily fluttering down from the sky before coming to rest on drifts of thick gray ash; in the stunned faces; the hopeful, heart-breaking “missing person” posters taped to fences, walls, and utility poles; the fiery political…

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Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck Week #2

Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck Week #2

Hey, hey, hey!!  You guys made the VVLP debut a fantastic success last week.  Thank you! So, we’re off to do it all again this week, and every Wednesday here after!  Don’t know what on earth I’m talking about? Here’s a review of how the link up works: Each Wednesday my web friends, Annie (An Unrefined Vegan) , Poppy (Bunny Kitchen), and I will host the Potluck party and you can submit your recipes to any one of our blogs.  The following Wednesday we will share the favorite recipe from each course.  As this is our very first party, please be patient in case there are still some bugs to work out!  The Virtual Vegan Linky Party is now a way to have a potluck each week and that bloggers can share their plant-based/vegan/cruelty-free dishes in the following categories:  appetizers, beverages, sides, soups, salads, breads, main dishes, desserts.  Entries can be voted on by ‘Liking’ them and at the end of the party (each party will last 1 week) we will all announce the ‘winners’ the same day as the NEXT linky party begins. Please link back to your blog in your entry.  You will need to include something like: “I entered…

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Virtual Vegan ‘Linky’ Potluck Debut

Virtual Vegan ‘Linky’ Potluck Debut

    Well welcome to the Party!  The Potlucks have officially grown to a weekly event now!   Each Wednesday my web friends, Annie (An Unrefined Vegan) , Poppy (Bunny Kitchen), and I will host the Potluck party and you can submit your recipes to any one of our blogs.  The following Wednesday we will share the favorite recipe from each course.  As this is our very first party, please be patient in case there are still some bugs to work out!  The Virtual Vegan Linky Party is now a way to have a potluck each week and that bloggers can share their plant-based/vegan/cruelty-free dishes in the following categories:  appetizers, beverages, sides, soups, salads, breads, main dishes, desserts.  Entries can be voted on by ‘Liking’ them and at the end of the party (each party will last 1 week) we will all announce the ‘winners’ the same day as the NEXT linky party begins. Please link back to your blog in your entry.  You will need to include something like: “I entered this recipe in the Virtual Vegan LINKY Party” in YOUR blog post.  If you don’t have this reference, your entry will be disqualified.   Grab a Virtual Vegan ‘LINKY” Party…

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Fennel Frond Gluten Free Breadsticks and “A Writing Process Blog Tour”

Fennel Frond Gluten Free Breadsticks and “A Writing Process Blog Tour”

  This beauty is my web friend, Rika.  Isn’t she just an Asian goddess?   Rika asked me to join the bandwagon and write-up a post for the ‘A Writing Process Blog Tour’ that’s going around these days.  Thank you Rika.  You’re a very special lady and some day, if we ever get to meet in person, I’m gonna give you the biggest hug for having such a big heart.   Here’s a little more about my special web friend Rika: Rika is the recipe developer, food blogger and part-time photographer behind vegan miam. She runs a vegan food and travel blog with her photographer and partner Doni. Rika + Doni are based in Oregon, but living elsewhere as often as possible. The term “miam” is just a way of saying ‘yummy’ in French and represents their desire to discover decadent vegan cuisine and recipes around the world together. Follow vegan miam on Bloglovin’, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and Twitter.  Rika really only got interested in vegan cooking in the last 2 or so years and it was the travel that propelled her to cook more. In late 2011, she initially started her blog to share their experiences as vegan travelers but quickly found that their experiences abroad motivated…

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Let’s shine a light.

Let’s shine a light.

  What are factory farms hiding with “ag-gag”?  That’s just what Will Potter is trying to find out. “Ag-gag” laws are an attempt to silence whistleblowers who have exposed cruelty, like this injured and neglected piglet on a farm in Iowa.    Want to find out more? Check out Lindsay Abram’s article on new attempts against factory farms that could help expose the environmental effects of slaughter houses across the country.

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Fresh Fruit Fast is on!

Fresh Fruit Fast is on!

  So, we’re off to Alaska in August and I have just a few winter comfort meals left on my hips right now.  I’ve started a fresh fruit and vegetable fast of sorts in the past weeks to get myself into tip top shape for our trip at the end of the summer.  This winter’s sub-zero temperatures were anything but comfortable working outside.  And now I’m paying the price of warming my belly with hot baked goods to keep out the cold.   I’ve already dropped 20 but I’d love to fit into some summer favorites for the trip.  Another 15 to go I’m afraid.   My ‘Raw Foods’ mentors:  Gena, Julie and Kristina have all got me convinced that fresh foods are the way to go for maximum nutrition while dropping this extra weight.  I’ve always known the fresh, local produce tastes the best.  But for now, it’s helping to trim down the fat as well as giving me full flavored meals.   I try not to eat much after 2pm.  A salad or bowl of soup is enough to fill me up before bed.  And all the fiber from fresh fruits and veggies is actually making me feel more…

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Tasty Vegan Pet Treats & Mr. Floyde turns 9

Tasty Vegan Pet Treats & Mr. Floyde turns 9

  My Mr. Floyde (pronounced Mistah ♪ ♫ Flooiiiyydeee ♪♪ ♫ )  turns 9 years old this month.   He’s got a life about as good as a cat could get.  The first 2 nights after we brought him home from the humane society, he was barely conscious with the cat flu from the pound.  At one point on the second night of taking turns staying up with him, we really thought he wouldn’t make it.  9 years later, he’s such a pain dream, we can’t imagine life without his constant care and attention.    Just last year, we lost our oldest cat, Taz, to old age.  Now Mr. Floyde rules and reigns supreme in the house.  And he knows that too!  I’ve never tried to make cat treats of any kind homemade, let alone Vegan treats, so this recipe was challenging.   So, not something I’d do very often, but a nice birthday treat.   For when you really want to spoil them….   The number of dogs and cats euthanized each year in shelters has decreased, from 12–20 million to an estimated 3–4 million. However, there’s still work to do: An estimated 2.7 million healthy shelter pets are…

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VeganUnite.com – ‘Be the change you want in the world’ – Site launch May 12th

VeganUnite.com – ‘Be the change you want in the world’ – Site launch May 12th

Vegan Unite is a marketplace for cruelty-free and vegan products.   Vegan Unite is a place where like-minded people can support each other’s creativity and become the change we want in the world. As you know being cruelty-free isn’t just about eating habits, it’s a lifestyle. Visit us at  www.veganunite.com for all of your cruelty-free shopping desires.    Share the love FACEBOOK: Vegan Unite Facebook TWITTER: http://twitter.com/veganunite PINTEREST: http://www.pinterest.com/veganunite/ INSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram.com/veganunite Cosondra Sjostrom Owner/Operator Living the cruelty-free lifestyle since age 8 as an on-and-off again veggie to vegan, fully vegan now. Her parents fought with her ‘radical’ choices to not eat meat at first but simply had to give in to her animal loving nature. She was a very persuasive 8 year old. Currently living in Los Angeles working as a creative, actor, writer, and running this amazing site which has become her passion. She enjoys outdoor activities in the shade, cooking, wine, watching StarTrek, and telling jokes on her twitter. @cosondra  More information about the site from Cosondra: What is Vegan Unite?Vegan Unite is a marketplace for cruelty-free and vegan products. It’s a place where you can shop from people that are like-minded and purchase with a clear conscience. I encourage everyone to bookmark us and…

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Spring has sprung here in D. C. !!

Spring has sprung here in D. C. !!

  I’ve spent more time out of the kitchen the past weeks with the warm Spring weather finally arriving here in D. C.   So not much going on in the recipe sharing files right now.  I do have a wonderful book review coming up next week for Zsu Dever’s new book, ‘Everyday Vegan Eats” that you’ll love.  Dark, rich chocolate fudge brownies with a gooey caramel sauce….mmmmm.  Can’t wait to share that. For now, just some local signs of Spring! Poplar Tree leaf.   Apple Blossom Honeysuckle.  Kwanzan Cherry. Wild Violets. One of our Canadian friends come to visit….     Thanks for visiting!  For more Canned-Time.com,  follow me on Facebook,  Twitter,  or Pinterest, subscribe via Email.    

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February ’14

February ’14

One uniquely quiet winter moment in the city.   Less than a mile from Reagan National Airport, I could even hear the cold wake of the river knocking up against the shore in the chill of the morning.   Ducks on the Potomac at dawn near Old Town Alexandria.  Old Town, looking towards the Masonic Temple.  Christmas lights still hanging on the trees, pre-rush hour. In mid-February this year, the Washington area had a string of days that hovered right at or just above zero outside. I didn’t work the day it only got up to 2 degrees with a windchill of 18 below O.  I did stay home under the covers and discovered sometime around noon just how little insulation that there was around our stairway windows.  The ice was frozen to the curtain coming through the outside.  I pulled the curtain free from the ice build up to see this lovely row of frozen window frame.   Can’t really explain to a cat why they can’t go outside to see the birdies today.  The snow against the door was higher than Mr. Floyde’s little mind could comprehend…….. No weather conditions really stop the traffic in D. C. but it…

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Vegan Peanut Butter Cocoa Cupcakes – for “The Lunchbox Fund: Feeding South Africa”

Vegan Peanut Butter Cocoa Cupcakes – for “The Lunchbox Fund: Feeding South Africa”

FEED A CHILD, NOURISH A MIND.      ON FEBRUARY 10, 2014,  FOOD BLOGGERS ARE DONATING THEIR POSTS TO SUPPORT THE LUNCHBOX FUND. WE ARE RAISING MONEY TO PROVIDE A DAILY MEAL TO 100 SOUTH AFRICAN SCHOOLCHILDREN FOR ONE YEAR.  Last year in The Giving Tables  event,  I shared a wonderfully delicious meal idea, “The Vegan Value Meal”,  that emphasized the need for us to concentrate on healthy diets as well as inexpensive.  This subject is dear to my heart.  I am more and more concerned about the way advertisers and the food industry promote low nutritional food items for reduced income families.  Fast food doesn’t have to be full of sugars and empty carbs if we educate what foods are really best for our health.   This year, The Giving Table  has partnered with The Lunchbox Fund in a new campaign to feed 100 needy children in South Africa.  Their goal is to provide 1 meal, each day to 100 children while feeding their minds about nutrition as well.  To support this effort, I’m sharing a lunchbox idea of my own which features these lovely, easy, inexpensive and nutritious peanut butter cupcakes.  They are actually so packed with good flavor…

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Cold weather Bunnies ♥

Cold weather Bunnies ♥

Some of you may have heard me mentioning last week that we had record low temperatures here in D. C.  It was – 18 degrees with the wind chill at night and my thoughts as I lay in my 65 degree cozy bed, went out to all the wild life having to endure hour after hour of those cold temperatures.  Sure they might be able to adapt to weather changes like that, but I know it was just bone chilling for them.  Well, the good news came this morning around 4:30 when I was on my way out to my car for work.  Some of our funny bunnies I talked about last summer were out running around the parking lot same as always.  I’ve been seeing them lately in the mornings hip hopping around the  bushes.  I’m pleased to say they made it through the cold last week.  I know they’re ready for spring time and so am I.

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If Cows could talk:

If Cows could talk:

 Three years ago, when I stopped eating all dairy products in an attempt to reverse swelling in my joints, it never occurred to me that the animals who had been providing me with all that yummy cheese, milk and cream for the previous 47 years had lived horrific lives filled with more pain than my own joints ever thought of enduring.  I was oblivious, as most of the world is, to the hell inflicted on Cows in our world.  The daily constant pains and restrictions they are forced to endure by the Dairy industry are unthinkable.   Don’t care about what cows are subjected to?  Maybe you would rather consider the lies we’ve all been filled with in the last few decades.   Like all animal protein, milk acidifies the body pH which in turn triggers a biological correction. You see, calcium is an excellent acid neutralizer and the biggest storage of calcium in the body is – you guessed it… in the bones. So the very same calcium that our bones need to stay strong is utilized to neutralize the acidifying effect of milk. Once calcium is pulled out of the bones, it leaves the body via the urine, so…

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Meet Annie – What the heck is a “Virtual Vegan Potluck” anyway?

Meet Annie – What the heck is a “Virtual Vegan Potluck” anyway?

My first Virtual Vegan Potluck that I participated in last October sent me into a tizzy of sorts. Not necessarily because of cooking or posting a recipe.  But because  here on the East Coast of the U.S. we were bracing for Hurricane Sandy to push her nasty self up the coast. No one knew then how bad, how long or what the power (or lack of) situation would be. Luckily we were spared here in Washington D.C. all but days of dark dreary cold rain. So what I remember of my first Potluck was not being too sure how things would play out and then wondering if I would have electricity to cook or light enough to take photos. I didn’t know Annie Oliverio at all. Or Somer or Jason. And I was pretty nervous about showing off anything Vegan back then as something that anyone else on the planet might actually want to cook for themselves. What I did know was that everything I’d seen on the Virtual Vegan Potluck site looked really fun and cool. I wanted to meet, if only virtually, my fellow Vegan bloggers.  And I wanted to be a part of it in my small, self-doubting…

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On being Vegan…& Floyde has a new friend…sort of?

Notice – the links in this post should be very disturbing to Anyone. We have bunnies!! Wild bunnies that is. I guess it’s wrong to call them ours since they are on their own for food and shelter.   But our woods are full of bunnies this year to watch and enjoy ♥ If there’s anything cuter, I don’t know what it would be with the twitching nose, the radar ears…and of course that cotton tail thumping up and down when they hop through the grass. His fur coat is just gorgeous. Isn’t it?  But then would you wear your dog? So Mr. Floyde, our spoiled cat has become a solo pet in the house this summer since our Taz left us last month and my Sophie died a few years ago.  Floyde has literally taken over the house with no more territorial boundries limiting his gall domain.  He rules the house, but not the yard….these bunnies seem to have a terrifying effect on Mr. Floyde.  Facination with their constant chewing and hopping keeps him occupied for hours perched in the window sills just watching…and waiting for the next Hippity HOP! Some rabbits today aren’t  lucky enough to be jumping through…

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April 2013 Ominum-Gatherum

Whether you prefer Pink or White, they are the highlight of the mid Atlantic in April.  You can keep your Cherry Blossom Festival. In my mind, the Dogwood Tree wins hands down for bringing in the Spring.   Luckily, I don’t have to choose between colors, they are both in view from my front door! On to May……  The Virtual Vegan Potluck will make May proud on the 11th. Check it out here: Virtual Vegan Potluck 

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Food Bloggers Against Hunger – The Vegan “Value Meal”

Food Bloggers Against Hunger – The Vegan “Value Meal”

 Mc Donald’s Quarter Pounder has 750 Calories, 380 of those from fat, 19 grams saturated. Add a large fry and that’s another 500 calories and another 25 grams of fat…..convenience and low cost meals have a high price to pay for families on a budget.  My Vegan ‘Value Meal’ was ready in 15 minutes and came in at just under $4 in ingredients. It’s spicy Chipotle and corn flavors make a burger better than any fast food I’ve tasted and provide great fiber and nutrients without a lot of clean up.   With just 3 grams of fat, no saturated, and 5 grams of fiber per burger, it’s a healthy alternative. They taste just as luscious, messy and juicy as it’s fast food rivals.  Fried up in the same pan that I did the potatoes in, it took just 5 minutes to cook through. The 2 store-bought Black Bean Burgers came 4 to a pack for $2 and will keep in the freezer for months.   The fries came from a huge 5 lbs bag that I got from Sam’s Club for just $3.99.  I used a little olive oil drizzled over the fries and sprinkled them with a  homemade…

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March 2013 Omnium-Gatherum

March 2013 Omnium-Gatherum

March? What a peaceful way to end my March.  After working in miserable, cold weather all winter, I got to enjoy one last beautiful snow….from the comfort of my bedroom window Monday morning. And as beautiful as this spring snow was, was because it was all gone by the afternoon…. I’d much rather be snapping pics like this one from last spring out my windows. Didn’t expect to be taking snow pics at the end of March in DC. Earlier this month, I drove through Antietam National Battlefield on my way home from work.  I thought it was cold that day too so maybe I’m just ready for real spring weather.  23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or went missing on these fields in just 12 hours in 1862 and paved the way to the Emancipation Proclamation.  I’m almost certain that I was the only one in the park that day and with the wind howling it was kind of creepy.  Beautiful fields though. And I’m really glad that I wasn’t the one who had to build this fence that seemed to go on forever all through the park. I have a slight obsession with these fences I guess.  This one is…

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