English: (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
That was a headache. I updated the little blurb that gives my identity at the side of my blog and it took forever. I first published this blurb when I signed up to write my blog a few years back.
Having finished my history degree in the intervening years and aged a bit, I decided to update. Goodness knows what else I changed.
A week or so ago, I listed a couple of goals for my upcoming summer (and probably the rest of my life) including joining Weight Watchers which I have done online. Now that site is about as complicated as the WordPress site, but slowly I am teaching myself how to navigate it and enter my daily food intake plus any activity I might undertake in addition to blogging (which gets me no points).
I notice a few of the bloggers I read daily also belong to WW and I have looked for you online, but your privacy settings deter any communication. Probably just as well as I would find yet another way to spend more time on the computer and less time doing any physical activity.
As part of my new WW regimen, I went to the grocery store yesterday. Our new grocery store carries a diversity of produce and I am learning how to eat veggies again. WW charges me 0 points for fruits and veggies (and turkey too in some forms). So, yesterday noon, David and I had chef salads and last night I fixed a big mess of mustard greens. We really prefer collard greens, but David says it killed his arm to chop the mustard greens and collards are worse. Yes, he helped me. Both of my sons can cook and David is learning how to prepare a few simple things.
Our new local grocery carries produce with the origin marked. Thus, we can find organic, locally grown (farm identified) produce and produce grown in the NAFTA countries (Canada and Mexico), as well as the rest of our hemisphere free trade zone. Although we can buy produce year round from where ever it grows, I try to avoid buying oranges from Africa or other exotic places owing to the energy used to transport it. I have been reading about locovores via Tom Sightings http://sightingsat60.blogspot.com/ (post he wrote last week) and learned there is a term for people who try to shop for and eat local produce….locovore. Now, I can feel virtuous on several counts, including supporting local farmers and losing weight.
Speaking of farmers, last semester, I learned in my class on the Gilded Age that the USDA (Department of Agriculture) was established in 1862 by Lincoln and the Republican Congress. USDA is celebrating 150 years of existence today.
This revelation surprised me because I had always thought the USDA was a creäture of the New Deal. My Dad worked for USDA and, although I have posted his photo before, and I am doing so again today. Dad worked for the Soil Conservation Service, a USDA agency, around the time my sister and I were born in East Texas. In the photo above you can see he drove a government car as part of his job which included working with the local farmers. Later, Dad worked for the US Forestry Service and we moved to North Carolina. My Dad was one handsome dude.
When my oldest son called on Mother’s Day, we got to talking about my Dad. My oldest son is a lot like my Dad in his good looks and personality. Unlike my Dad who left government service, Richard has 26 years with the Navy as a civilian government worker. Richard is literally a fourth generation civil servant. My Maternal Granddad was the first generation. Grandpa worked for TVA, (established under Roosevelt).
Before TVA, granddad had worked for GE as an electrical engineer trained by the great Charles Proteus Steinmetz a famous mathematician and engineer. (photo below)
Charles Proteus Steinmetz, theoretician of alternating current. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Government workers are talented folks.
Happy Birthday USDA.
Marconi Wireless Station in Somerset, New Jersey in 1921. Steinmetz is at centre; he died two years later. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)