I am dreaming of hot springs today. It is chilly here in Sonora in the AM, but not cold (100 degrees during the day). The destination that I am longing to jump in my Jeep and drive off to is Benton Hot Springs. It’s a quiet, unassuming place at the end of Hwy 120. The drive there is to die for! My favorite way to go is over Tioga Pass through Yosemite, which cuts the drive down to about 3.5 hours for me. After driving through one of the most beautiful (but severely overpopulated tourist-wise) places in America (Yosemite) , the road ends up on Hwy 395, another breathtaking and somewhat desolate stretch of highway that varies between Nevada-like desert and high windswept passes. After a brief sojourn around Mono Lake Highway 10 splits off from 395 and that’s where the real fun begins.
It’s about 50 miles to Benton Hot Springs from the split, and the road is my very favorite. As you go through winding highway, the scenery changes completely. First, stunning old Red Pine forests, with gravel-like rock that makes the forest look like it’s been paved; eerie but still beautiful. Next up: rock formations from old lava flows, piled up alongside the road in strange drips and lumps. After that, desert and sagebrush, with cattle browsing around small man-made lakes out in the honest-to-god nowhere. I like to crank up my favorite “I’m going to the hot springs song”: Rain in the Summertime by The Alarm, an old 80’s tune that was meant to travel by. The road has severe dips that when driven at 60-plus MPH launches the car into space briefly, leaving one weightless and giddy. Finally, after all of the twists and turns, you pull into the bowl-like valley that drops into Benton Hot Springs, which is a sleepy little resort on the edge of a reservation. It’s a great place to camp, with individual tubs you can fill with hot spring water. There’s also a B and B there that I intend to stay at on a trip.
http://www.historicbentonhotsprings.com/ I can barely restrain myself from grabbing my gear and taking off! Next week, my precious! Soon I will take real vacation time. Then I will be off!
Oh yeah! In the quest to regain my former stellar health
(been very sick off and on since I got out of the hospital in September
due to a problem with an old birth defect kicking my butt and being
poisoned by the hospital staff). I am back to work now, yay!
I have been working the nutritional angle overtime. Nourishing
bone broths every day, whomped up via the crock pot. Lots of
cod liver oil and high vitamin butter oil. Good high quality meat
has been very restorative as well. I have dropped 15 pounds
since getting sick this go around, losing tons of puffy water weight.
The only nice thing was looking younger in spite of the moon face 😉
I also have been working on an exercise DVD called TTapp.
Theresa Tapp is trying to kill me! Or at least mangle me a bit.
The exercises are brutal, in terms of tiring a body out, but not hard;
more complicated. I will find a sample to post. What is nice is there
are no dance moves, no jumping, no weights, and no horrid music.
My energy levels are beginning to come back, and I am as sore as hell
having not moved for months.
I hope to regain my former strength and “intestinal fortitude”
after the surgery I had on Monday afternoon (which will hopefully
cure the defect) to help with an optimum outcome (AKA living and
left in relatively good shape…). I can’t imagine what it will be like,
no longer having the kidney spectre hanging over my head, weakening my body.
One could only hope.
I could only aspire to such ripply niceness, being a girl and shaped like a pear that is a wee-bit shall we say “over-ripe”?
Tho I wish I looked like this lovely fat girl:
Note about this picture: is is a pic of Mena Suvari from “American Beauty” that has been altered to make her “fat” to shame readers into buying their yogurt product. Dumbasses.
I am thinking about installing a nifty module I found for Joomla that is a weight tracker. I may start using it secretly, then when I feel like I need to go public, I will set it for “public”. I make no bones about my being FAT. But, I am in a slow recovery process from SAD, so take it for what it is worth. I have lost over 100 pounds, but still have a loooong ways to go. I find that this blog, along with support mailing lists help keep me on the straight and narrow. Maybe my going public with a weight tracker would help even more. Or I might just run and hide. Who knows!
Celebrating can be exhausting. Pretending to have Thanksgiving in June can be doubly exhausting. We weren’t event drinking when we came up with this idea!
Lots of good weird friends made this celebration a blast!
can’t move…stuffed to eyeballs….heaven…..sigh*burp**
ham glazed with last summer’s strawberry-blackberry jam, with raw honey and lemon
mashed yams with coconut milk, heavy cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, butter
mashed potatoes with cream and butter
stuffin’ muffins (stuffing made from sourdough bread cubes, apples, onions, celery, pecans, chicken stock and sage sausage parceled out into muffin cups and baked crispy) I got the idea from Rachael Ray, same recipe I always use tho…
green bean casserole, but with fresh boiled green beans, bacon drippings, heavy cream, pepper and salt, mushrooms, and battered deep fried leeks substituting for that stuff in the can…
fruit salad with sour cream sauce
greens in butter and bacon drippings, with onion
assorted cheeses, pears, nuts, chips, fruits, cherry and vanilla cream sodas, apple cider, sparkling apple cider, root beer, olives, celery, carrots, different dips
homemade apple and pumpkin pies with hand whipped cream
I got a brand-spanking new mini-stove yesterday, which means I can start cooking again! (old one died due to mouse infestation. Long story!) My sourdough starter is gently bubbling in it’s crock; been feeding it fresh ground wheat out of my back-to-basics hand mill (don’t get one of these… the only virtue for me was it was free… takes 20 mins to crank out 2 c. flour)
I have chicken brining right now; really meaty free range drum sticks. Gonna fry those up in refined coconut oil (so they won’t taste too coconutty) with a batter coating that has been soaking the last 24 hrs. Gonna make fresh biscuits tonight (started the buttermilk soak last night, so they will be PERFECT for tonight…)
Green salad with veggies fresh from the garden, along with a stir-fried veggie combo of squash, onions, garlic and herbs. Can’t forget the lovely mashed potatoes with cream and butter, and a small amount of coconut milk for richness, and cream gravy made with pan drippings. I am gonna bring out my lil’ electric icecream maker and make blackberry icecream with a combination of really nice heavy cream and raw cream from Organic Pastures and bb’s from the back yard, picked last summer and frozen.
I have soup bones perking away in the crock pot, to make stock for soup for everyone all week long. I just keep adding bones and water and draw some out every day, then make fresh soup in the AM and put it in thermoses for everyone.
The sourdough starter will be ready in two more days, then I can go back to my old habit of making bread and rolls every three days.
Gotta go buy some nappa cabbage so I can get more veggies fermenting… almost out. Gotta start some yogurt tomorrow, too, when the new batch of raw milk arrives.
Hurray! Life back on track again!
Had a marvelous time last night with good friends… drank wine and ate a great NT dinner… sprouted wheat pizza with raw cheese, organic sauce, organic mushrooms, olives, onions and Niman ranch bacon, buckwheat pasta with grilled veggies and homemade pesto, casaba melon straight from the garden, coconut cream corn, green salad with balsamic vinaigrette, and loads of good local wine, Ironstone Vineyards Merlot. It was rich with fruit, blackberries and cherries, and had a very smooth finish. We sat in their un-airconditioned straw bale house (when I got there, outside temp was 102 degrees F. Inside, it was 76 F. (that’s right, NO airconditioning, just a couple of open windows.) When it cooled off, we jumped into their wood-fired redwood hot tub, drinking cool well water and telling tall tales. We talked about everything, from death to taxes to spirit possession to Rudolph Steiner. Whatta night, to talk to people that speak the same language! I was there til 1 AM, and had to get up and go to work today. Boy am I bushed but happy. They are beautiful people, and a grand time was had by all.
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
Robert Heinlein as Lazarus Long “Time Enough for Love”