For The Love of Fruit …. and Compassion

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So my friend Kristina who loves figs spent last week continuing to eat raw during a hurricane that flooded our region and our city.

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Kristina volunteered during about five days (this is a guestimate on my part) during the Hurricane flood Harvey.  She somehow managed to exercise (running 6-10 miles) a day and then and rescued people in her really tall truck.

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This will have to do as I could not find pictures of her truck of awesome!

I just want to take a moment to give high props for keeping focus on your clients that signed up for your 21 day challenge, while vlogging about Harvy; I also suspect that you kept up with posting your Instagram stories…, and fundraising for the local farmers that previously supplied your co-op, as well as other locals in need deeply affected by Floodicaine Harvey.

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Inspiration to millions world-wide.

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A business woman.

I honor the business woman and the volunteer Goddess in you for all the love that you give and light that you share.   You have amazing focus to keep your work and lifestyle on track through these trying times.  Thank you!

Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram

Kristina’s old not for profit co-op.

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Bringing the world personal ground level coverage of the Flood of Harvey.

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Volunteering at the largest local shelter and calling out for more volunteers.

Kristina even took a turn as a person who assisted people who need aid when using the toilet.  She is a bright light in our world.  She is humble.

All the while Kristina is eating raw.

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Kristina also took the time to put together a Go Fund Me page to raise money for her friends who are the farmers and former suppliers of her Rawfully Organic Co-op who’s crops and lively hood were wiped out by the flooding.

https://www.gofundme.com/hurricaneharveydonationfund

Please donate, the goal for the fundraiser needs to be met.

 

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Kristina took time to acknowledge other rescue  people and volunteers.

(This image most likely not from Harvey; however it is from another time she also acknowledged volunteers.)

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Kristina, took it upon herself to do some more local ground reporting shortly after the water’s began to recede. The image was particularly poignant for me as a local; the overpass she is standing on normally has air flowing about 20 ” underneath. Not all bridges were verified safe to cross, this includes overpasses.

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I still have no idea how she managed to stay raw during this trial of the soul, mostly due to lack of fresh resources.

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Next, while still in the middle of the 21 day challenge she decided to up the anti by requesting people grab a partner and get them to go fully raw with you, preferably a family member.  (This image is from Kristina’s first Fully Raw Challenge with her mother. You will notice Kristina’s backyard is flood free.)

Those are the most fresh and up to date acorns I have on my friend Kristina.

About Thursday, after Harvey was on it’s way out Acorn Thrower saw butterflies, hummingbirds, blue Jays, dragonflies, squirrels, and a rabbit. So nature managed to handily survive the flood.

 

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BBQ Pits Incoming to Roast Nuts for Thousands, the Cajun Navy, A Set of Great Nuts, & Their Fellow Squirrelly Heroines and Heroes.

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So, my momma told me a story that she had heard that BBQ pit masters were driving in from all over the Southern U.S. to heat up their BBQ pits to cook for the evacuees in shelters.  Each team of people who volunteered drove cross country trailing a massive BBQ pit to cook for Texans in need.

 

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Thank you fine squirrely people!  I wanted to get this down while it was still in my head, as a lot has been going on in my head with the storm and not far off from my sweety’s salsa dancing heart.  More details upcoming on these fine squirrels who pull pork and BBQ trailers, but my mom is asleep. I will not disturb her nest to gather acorns of information.

 

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So the next set of squirrels who have come to serve and rescue are those from Louisiana.

 

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2017/08/31/the-cajun-navys-secret-weapon-for-saving-lives-the-human-voice/

The Cajun Navy is using Zello as their hybrid technology app to communicate with those in distress.

“The app allows flood victims and rescuers to communicate instantly. It also allows both groups to post voice messages to specific channels that have been set up to aid people seeking assistance, such as “Texas Volunteer Rescue/Support” and “Harvey Animal Rescue” and the “CajunNavy,” which has nearly 25,000 users.”

Thousands have been rescued  by the Cajun Navy. Thank you.

 

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Here are a few more images of rescuers …

 

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http://www.nola.com/hurricane/index.ssf/2017/08/cajun_navy_houston_roadways.html

 

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http://jalopnik.com/the-cajun-navy-has-descended-on-houston-for-better-or-1798537385

And more rescues

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Then there are the people with boats, that heard the call for help. They hitched their trailers and got on the road.

This guy has become an internet phenomenon for his rescues.

 

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This neighbor had the honor of a pick me up.

 

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and this gentleman got a boat load of survivors, Thanks!

 

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Another good squirrel in this great flooded park of a city.

 

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A man lends a hand and a paddle (board)

 

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More nuts on the storm tomorrow.

A Squirrel Gets Caught in the Rain.

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What a rain storm by the name of Harvey did to my home forest:

Harvey is being called the 1000 year storm.  Harvey hit at a Category 4 Hurricane.

http://m.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Maps-show-what-Harvey-s-weekend-impact-would-look-12161601.php This size of the area the flooding in Texas. Rainfall varied by location from 51″ down to as little as just over 19″ on the edge North side of the metroplex, thus the difference in flooding in areas around the metropolis. College Station was affected by flooding and it is up in the hill country, so Houston as generally flat as is did not have much hope of ease on the whole. Galveston received 22.84″ in total as of 8/24. http://www.businessinsider.com/hurricane-harvey-2017-rainfall-map-2017-8

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We Squirrels in Houston shelters all around the city are still welcoming volunteers to assist with shelters and recovery efforts. I suspect we will need volunteer squirrels for at least into late September, so please keep the prayers coming, as well as the donations of acorns. I want to thank the Cajun Navy for coming to our rescue, as well as all those people who generously donated boats, sea-dos, and very tall trucks.

Cost of damage estimated between 20 to 190 BILLION dollars. That is a whole forest worth of acorns and then some! This is just Houston and does not include the surrounding communities. I just heard through my mom that Walmart is matching funds dollar for dollar for all Harvey recovery donation, which go to the red cross.

Fortunately our city was built to take heavy rain and drain quickly. We should be drained by mid next week with some controlled levy releases over the following week as the rivers and bayous subside. I heard

Not all of my squirrely family made it out: 28 deaths in Harris County (Houston) and 36 total today in the area affected by Harvey, so far as of 8/31/17. Please light an acorn candle for these people’s families. 9/2/17 The waters are receding, the death toll is rising locally and further out. I have not heard numbers yet. I will blog as I have the numbers.

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Please Please Donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/hurricaneharveydonationfund.

Kristina is an amazing soul, a force for good, compassion, and Love. Compassion is why she started her co-op and why she does everything that she has ever done.

9/2/17 Houston, I have heard, has plenty of donations and volunteers. The smaller communities surrounding Houston who do not have national media coverage need Supplies, donations, and volunteers.

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Mosques around Houston are sheltering those devastated by Harvey. I just want to give special that are helping people of all faiths in their local communities. Brand Lane Islamic Center in Stafford, Texas, Champions Islamic Center.

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“On the eve of the Eid al-Adha festival, one of Islam’s holiest days, it’s become the temporary home for 15 of the thousands of Harvey evacuees, Muslim and non-Muslim. And though it will host hundreds of people during the Friday morning prayer for the so-called festival of sacrifice, the mosque’s leaders have been adamant: No matter how many people attend the prayers, the evacuees aren’t going anywhere.” USA Today

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/09/01/houston-mosques-open-doors-harvey-victims-muslim-holiday/624170001/

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/30/us/mosques-shelters-trnd/index.html

“M.J. Khan, president of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, told Mic on Tuesday that helping others in need was “a religious obligation.””

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/houston-mosques-turn-shelters-aid-harvey-victims-article-1.3456479

Here is an update posted about Harvey moments ago from the Houston Chronicle our local Newspaper: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-weather/hurricaneharvey/article/Hurricane-Harvey-timeline-12169265.php?cmpid=moengage

Yesterday my tree received my first USPO mail and my first Amazon delivery.

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Today my tree received mail and my second Amazon delivery held up by Harvey.

Today was the first trash pick up since last Wednesday, when pick up is normally Wednesday and Saturday. So life is returning to normal in my area, Yes our tree where we nest is at the top of the hill. Ironically the last USPO mail I received on Saturday was from Noah the Seer.

My mom’s neighborhood is receiving mail, but they seem to have a substitute mail person, as they put mail in the

 

Philosopher Squirrel # 7

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Speak Only When Your Words Are More beautiful Than The Silence.

This is my opinion on the Nutters in the big white Tree in DC, as well as the rest of the country.
Due to things that killed a beautiful squirrel last week.  With full permission of my anonymous Jewish friends I am blogging her hard nut of Wisdom…
“Periodically, current events make me post something not whimsical and fun. This is long, and it’s not as eloquent as I’d like, but Nazis tend to get my dander up.
Some of the people who attended the Charlottesville rally — whether they marched with Tiki torches (looking like a horde of Todds from River Oaks upset that their party ran low on martinis), or marched with shields, sticks, batons, and/or firearms — have said they’re not racist. “Oh, I am not a white supremacist. I just agree with some of what they have to say.” Here’s the thing: If you like what white supremacists have to say (even in part), and you attend their rally where you know the speakers are white supremacists, speaking to other white supremacists about white supremacy, guess what? You are either a white supremacist, or you should seriously think about your belief system and who you choose to follow. Because if you yell like a Nazi, and goose step like a Nazi…well, you can fill in the rest.
If you are one of those people — the “I think the Nazis have a point here. Oh, but I’m not one of them” people — this is for you.
Let me tell you a little story: Once upon a time, when my parents were children, a group of “really fine people” in Germany wanted to kill them. Actually, those people wanted my whole family dead, along with other “undesirables,” simply because they had the audacity to exist. In the case of my grandmother — my namesake — and other relatives, they succeeded. Those “really fine people” were called Nazis. They started by staging rallies and appealing to disillusioned, easily persuaded people who might agree with a little of what they said. The Nazis said they stood for Germany and patriotism, and if those people did too, all they had to do was to get rid of the Jews…oh, and the gays, and the mentally challenged, and the Roma, and…well, everyone not considered “Aryan.” Those disillusioned people bought into it, because of course they loved their country. Also? They were not Jewish, or Roma, or mentally challenged, or gay or whatever. Then, POOF…Germany had Nazis in power. Nazis stood for white supremacy. They stood for the genocide of anyone not Aryan. They took their campaign of “racial purity” and invaded neighboring countries, imprisoning and killing non-Aryans as they advanced and occupied. These actions escalated into a war in which the entire world, our country included, eventually became involved. Your family lost people to a war fought against Nazis and their allies. When you get a chance, read soldiers’ accounts of what they saw when they liberated Nazi concentration camps. They were aghast. Look up some of the photos of people in those camps. This is what the “really fine people” involved in Charlottesville would love to see happen again. No, that statement is not rhetoric or hyperbole. Those people consider themselves Nazis. What do you think is at the core of what they want, silly moustaches? Looking at history, Charlottesville and other rallies and marches are just the beginning, and people like you, who like a little of what white supremacists have to say, are playing right into their hands with regard to making white supremacy appealing to the mainstream.
How would your older family members feel to hear you say, “I’m not a Nazi, but by golly I do like some of their points. I’m going to join them at this event.” Please excuse me as I imagine General Patton slapping you across the face. Because, yeah. That. Think about this: Our country joined the world in a fight against Nazis and fascists, and defeated them. Now, Nazis are marching in OUR streets, carrying Nazi flags, wearing swastika patches, and yelling about the eradication of Jews, blacks, gays, etc. Let me say this slowly so that it sinks in: Nazis. A defeated enemy of the United States. Are marching in American streets. Under the flag of our defeated foe. To spread Nazi propaganda to Americans. This is not OK. I say this, not simply because I vehemently disagree with their propaganda. I say this, because…come in closer, so you can hear me clearly…THEY’RE FREAKIN’ NAZIS! We’re Americans. We FIGHT Nazis. This isn’t rhetoric or hyperbole. It’s actual history. Look it up. Besides, if you really thought being a Nazi in the USA was OK, you would not be distancing yourself or rationalizing why you were at a white nationalist event.
Look, Bubba. If you want to throw a tantrum over statues, go for it. I literally could not care less about what you do (within the law) or what you say on the matter (for reasons that would deserve a separate conversation), as long as — and this is important — you don’t do it armed and/or at events hosted by Nazis, or the KKK, or any of the groups listed as a hate group by the SPLC. If you do? 1) Be my guest to STFU when people say you’re a racist, and 2) be prepared to see my happy ass there, standing against Nazis, like a real American.”
I completely agree with her. Thank you for your impassioned shot to the heart of those who need to hear this message of Love for those who stand firm against Hate .

Juicing My Nuts

(Don’t be a nutter, get your mind out of the gutter.)

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Sunday I managed to finally assemble my Hurom Juicer.

Tomorrow juice the world!

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On Monday is juicing carrots, beets, celery, oranges, and maybe a couple of sweet potatoes.

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I will have to soak my nuts before I can juice them, I look forward to trying making nut milk, specifically Pecan milk. I just looked up juicing pecans, apparently my juicer can handle juicing nuts!31

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I had to wait until the last to juice my nuts as they have to soak.

A Right Good Nut.

Scheduled day to write absconded with like a hungry squirrel with an acorn.

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I have joined the ranks of the Premier movie goers: this past Wednesday was the Houston premier of The Dark Tower.  Which I thoroughly enjoyed, as did my sister who is a long fan of the series and positively levitated her way through the screening. I acquired an additional set of tickets so that both her and her husband could attend with my husband and I. Amy nearly squoze my head from my shoulders in joyous gratitude. Squeee!!! Patrick, my husband made a brilliant observation, this is the first “kung fu” western of the year. The gunslinger was positively mesmerizing in his skill.

 

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So what I was up to today … Finishing this artfully written trilogy.  I wrote a review. I highly encourage alling under the authors’ spell. I was entranced.

The Cecelia and Kate Novels by Patricia C. Wrede
The Cecelia and Kate Novels: Sorcery & Cecelia, The Grand Tour, and The Mislaid Magician 
by Patricia C. Wrede


3 novels:

Book one is in an unusual format. Sorcery & Cecelia. It was a bit slow to get into, what kept me going was the amount of vocabulary words I learned from this novel, as well as the pithy dialogue betwixt cousins. I further had to give the first work a through observation, as one of my new favorite authors has a hand at this piece of literary divinity.

Book two: The Grand Tour starts off where the first prose concluded. I eased into this peculiar work and was further ensorcelled by each of the bespoke familiars from the character inception. There was one page of description that seemed to have for an instant lost her voice; again the verbiage and turn of phrase was most delightful

Book three: The Mislaid Magician Again this book was slow to get out of the shoot, it nearly hit the rails… wait for the read of this to get the pun. Well worth staying on board for the journey. Written much after the last novel and especially after the foundation novel, I could feel the ladies laying on their bonnets to be conversant as they enliven their ink wells. Once The Mislaid Magician got on track it did pickup speed and came to a smashing end.

 

 

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