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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
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solar power, rainwater collection, and healthy living
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

hfh

HFH
stands for habitat for humanity
jimmy carter made this organization well known
because of his involvement in the builds


there are chapters scattered all over the world
we have one in williamson county here in central texas
houses have been built in jarrell georgetown round rock
leander and taylor
65+ of them
plus lots of rebuilds and rehabs of established houses
now in nearby austin they have the benefit of larger donor
sources
but
in williamson county there is really only one big company
dell computers
who regularly donates by donating to habitat for humanity
based on the donor hours of its employees
eg
if an employee works 6 hours they donate an amount equal
to part of their pay

but
thats the only big donor


the way habitat for humanity williamson county works
they have a restore that gets stuff donated to them like
lumber windows doors shelving plumbing etc
they sell it
the revenue helps offset the cost of operating the store
and habitat for humanity

but
the majority of the monies for its operations and
its houses it builds comes from donations

in the past a large group like a church or a business
eg a large well known bank use to sponsor at least
one house a year
they give enough money  to build the house

however those fundings from churches and businesses
have dried up
thanks to the economy
you would think since we bailed out the banks
and
since they are making a killing right now
they could still support house builds

the way habitat for humanity works is
a person must be gainfully employed
have a good credit rating
be within the federal guidelines for income
to qualify for a house

then they have to put in somewhere between
350-500 hours of actually working on their house
or with habitat or humanity


then the new owner signs a note for the mortgage
which is usually about half what its assessed value
usually around $60,0000+ at zero percent interest
most of the work is done by volunteers to cut down
on the cost of the house
some contractors like concrete plumbing electrical
have to be paid although many do it at reduced rates

these houses are built to look better than the houses that
surround them even in the subdivisions eg in round rock
they improve the look of the community
and
have increased the tax base for that area

so it all starts
when there is money raised to build the house
eg you have to have $60,000 to start
but
right now because of the lack of big donors the next
house funding is not in place

they or i say we since i feel like im part of habitat
need help
eg
i am diverting $250 from money i have accumulated for
landscaping to the house build
since if the house dont get built then there wont be no
landscaping

you can help financially by
making a donation for this house build

go to
www.williamsonhabitat.org

-click on donate today in the middle of the screen
put in your donation amount eg i will put in $250

-on the next line id like to make this donation click on  construction

-on the next line write in moonglow house
that way the money will go to the construction of that house
so we can get started on it

you can also use a form to mail in a check just click on that part

donate some of your tax refund

this family for this house
both are employed but are below the federal guidelines for poverty
to qualify
says something about what people get paid
they and their kids are excited to get the house
they already are working at our present build to get in
their hours
remember its not given to them
they have to earn it and pay for it

habitat for humanity williamson county has a successful
rate of folks who stay in their houses
much better than the banks or mortgage houses

please help

the organicgreen doctor

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

country n gardening

COUNTRY N GARDEN 
this last week i planted our winter onions

first you have to have good soil
the prerequisite for a good garden

last year i wrote a blog about the hugelkultur method
i used to prepare my beds
using cardboard newspapers leaves tree trunks and branches
all down in the bottom of my 4ft x 16ft raised beds
all of which i dug the soil out to about 2ft
filling it with the above stuff
all this stuff holds water deep in the soil for those dry times
which come each summer
then i layered the rest with newspapers leaves compost
soil newspapers leaves compost soil until the bed was filled

now after a year that soil has percolated and enriched itself
to where it is today
i then added a layer of compost added organic fertilizer
added molasses and humates
then just let it sit now for about 3 months
those onions are gonna love this soil

i start with onion plants since they do better here than the sets
i use 1015 onions a white sweet onion since
i have found it does better for us
keeps good
doesnt burn my eyes
tastes sweet

so i plant the onions about 2 inches deep
poking my index finger in the soil using a bare finger
i like to get that rich dirt under my nails and on my fingers

i plant them one hook em horn sign apart
since on my hand that is about 6 inches apart

i water them in with a solution of either johns formula
of fish emulsion seaweed or just seaweed solution

after getting all 200+ plants planted
i lightly cover them with a thin layer of the leaves you
gave me
thanks again

these plants will survive ok without much protection until
the weather warms
watching the weather close for some low 20s
if that happens i cover it up with row cover

some time in may based on when they get ready
the stalks start to fall over
we will pick them
and
eventually store them in onion chimes

well worth all the effort

next to plant are seed potatoes
sometime in early february when the soil is dried out some

i recently transplanted my tomato transplants from their
originally small pots that i seeded them in
to
4 inch pots
hoping they will take off and be ready for early transplanting
next month

we are harvesting out lettuces from our keyhole garden
i seeded them by broadcasting a mixture of lettuce seeds
now that they are ready
we just go out and use our scissors
and
cut what we need that day for our meals
leaving a small stub of lettuce left
which will soon grow back into more lettuce leaves

we do the same for beets and spinach

so we will have salad greens until the weather warms
in may or june

today i will harvest swiss chard kale broccoli cabbage beet greens
spinach for a pot of greens for our supper tonight

so thats whats happening in the country n garden

the organicgreen doctor

Monday, January 26, 2015

pssssssssssi

PSSSSSSSSSI
some think that was the sound that was made
before the patriots colts game
last weekend
i say
who cares
so what

when i was growing up we always had a basketball
goal outside
we a lot of times would leave the basketball where it
was when we finished playing
out in the weather
cold
rainy
weather

we always seemed to have an old basketball that had
a slow leak
so the air would gradually leak out
never all of it
just enough to make it sit flat on one side
on the ground
so it looked like a brown half moon
during the cold rainy weather

so
now we usually couldnt find that little needle
that you inserted in the ball to blow it up
maybe if we lived in new england we could have
borrowed a patriots needle
theirs it seems works well

so
what we did
was take it inside of the house
place in front of our big butane gas heater
and
warm it up for awhile
kapop it would go eventually
returning back to its full moon shape

hint nfl
heat applied to a cold gas makes it expand

out to the basketball court
well it was a worn out spot in the yard
and
the ball would bounce around maybe
slightly overfilled
like it was suppose to

so that was what i was thinking when i heard
about the patriots footballs loosing air
since
we noticed that happening every winter
when i was growing up
didnt need no reporter or scientist to explain
how that happened to our basketball

now in my opinion
who cares
it didnt alter the game
the patriots just beat the heck out of the colts
out manned the colts were
not out psied

so
they could have just called me and i would have
told them this story

just play the game please

the organicgreen doctor