Random 5 for May 28 – Memorial Day, summer, crazy drivers, weather, germs

Memorial Day – People in the US will celebrate all military veterans tomorrow. It’s a solemn holiday but as we do, we will have fun with barbeques, patriotic concerts and festivals. Happy holiday to all and a special thanks to all military people.

Could it be summer? – This holiday always marked the start of summer here. It was the start of wearing white shoes (I know, so archaic) and using straw purses. This year (again) spring dallied in the Bahamas preferring not to visit for any length of time. Next week’s temperatures are looking warm while this past week was very cool. My laundry looks like a mix of an arctic expedition and a day at the beach.

The crazies are out – This week it happened to me twice. A driver had the wrong turn signal on. Sounds like a simple mistake but it created chaos as people were trying to pass them on the same side they were turning. Both were seniors, not that crazy driving is specific to seniors. Just when I thought it was over a lost driver chose to (kind of) pull over so they were half in a driving lane and half on a shoulder of a very busy road. I wanted to go home and not go out! Summer driving is always a little different.

What a difference – Prior to Easter (early April) I posted a photo of a local flower tent with a bank of snow around it. Here it is today. Beautiful!

Are you a germaphobe? — I found this slide show on food handling. Yikes! Did you know apples are full of pesticides? So are strawberries! I love grabbing one and eating it before washing them. If you want to make yourself crazy, here is the link.

So how was your week?

 

50 thoughts on “Random 5 for May 28 – Memorial Day, summer, crazy drivers, weather, germs

  1. If you want to feel better . . . read Eat Dirt:

    “In Eat Dirt, Dr. Josh Axe explains that what we regard as modern “improvements” to our food supply—including refrigeration, sanitation, and modified grains—have damaged our intestinal health. In fact, the same organisms in soil that allow plants and animals to flourish are the ones we need for gut health. In Eat Dirt, Dr. Axe explains that it’s essential to get a little “dirty” in our daily lives in order to support our gut bacteria and prevent leaky gut syndrome. Dr. Axe offers simple ways to get these needed microbes, from incorporating local honey and bee pollen into your diet to forgoing hand sanitizers and even ingesting a little probiotic-rich soil.”

    But I still want to avoid pesticides. 😀

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  2. Yes, the crazies are out. Twice in the last week I’ve seen cars go through red lights crossing over four lane highways after stopping for 30-45 seconds. Crazy that no one got hurt.

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  3. I don’t know that I’m as much a germaphobe as deeply concerned about pesticides. I even buy organic strawberries. For the few cents more I feel reassured. Some people think it’s a waste, but I’m not taking chances. On the other hand, it’s much more likely I will have a dreadful collision in Los Angeles traffic where the crazies are continually out in full force! I guess we live with what we can! 😀

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    • It is the pesticides. When I was young the fields in back of my home were sprayed with DDT during the 50s. (I often wondered why we had no squirrels or chipmunks.) Many of the people who lived in that area (which also had a cement quarry) have died of various lung disorders including cancer. Also, one of the kids at the time died of leukemia (which was rare then). I am vigilant and if I can get nice organic produce, I’m for it. For many years, the organic didn’t turn over enough to be fresh because of the increased price. That’s changing now.

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  4. Needless to say, I will NOT be showing that link to my wife. We have endless arguments about washing produce (one we had on mushrooms has never officially ended), and I’m sure this one would only provoke further ones. And don’t even get me started on our discussions about kitchen sink sponges. It can drive you mad. Mad, I tell you! 🙂 – Marty

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    • She’s a definite germaphobe! I never wash mushrooms. Makes them wet and soggy. I usually wipe celery with a damp paper towel and now I find that’s one with a lot of pesticides too. No wonder there are diseases around that we didn’t see as a kid.

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  5. Hi Ms. Kate. Enjoyed your post and ditto on the crazies being out…not even my relatives!
    Been too long away from the WP keyboard…saw your gracious comment in response to Ft. Firewood …and then without even realizing it…deleted same. How’s that for graceful? Ha!
    In any event, it is good to be back and I appreciate your best wishes…good study habits, lots of flash cards and a dash of luck? I like the recipe. Goes down smooth and packs a wallop!
    Until then,
    Your Friend in Chicago.

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    • I’ve seen that before but I’m still always amazed that apples with a thick skin are on it. Organic fruits are getting easier to find. It wasn’t that long ago that they were never in their prime, always old and wrinkled. The place I buy produce from only carries organic in some vegetables because they say both are the same price.

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  6. Love your line about how your laundry looks like a mixture of the arctic expedition and a day at the beach. So true for me as well!
    Drivers: Guess you have lots of “Miss.Daisy drivers, eh?” 🙂
    Germaphobe – Nope! I do take the proper precautions but I don’t go overboard.

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  7. Crazy drivers are everywhere but more so in larger cities. But then parking lots are the worse even in our small town. Summer temps have already arrived but Memorial Day weekend makes it official. Thanks for the recent visit to my blog! Cheers

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  8. What a beautiful flower market! I have a list of the “dirty dozen” fruits and veggies that have so much pesticides on them that we only buy organics – and apples and strawberries are on it. Even washing them when you get home isn’t enough to remove the poison. Yikes.

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  9. There are crazy drivers all over it seems. We are taking a trip to Reno (about 4 hours away) this weekend and I’m driving since my husband a) has trouble sitting still for that long with his back issues and b) has a bit of road rage issues when coming across people he thinks are stupid (most every other driver). I enjoy driving so I have no problems. Beautiful flowers!

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  10. Yes indeed I am a germaphobe. . . so I am happy that I didn’t find the link. And also – there are a fleet of crazy drivers in my neck of the woods now too. One fellow is in jail for going 65 mph in a 45 mile zone leading the police on a merry chase and ending with a collision with a deputy. Most of our crazies are now tourists though – people gawking at things and maybe turned around and lost.

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  11. I’ll never eat anything again! Crazy drivers. I think our state trains the demolition derby drivers. They seem to train everywhere and all day long. Oh yea, our city is full of “instant idiots”, just add water.

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  12. Oh, I hear you on the dangerous drivers. My least favorite driving season is Christmas. Many of the drivers still heading to the mall are those that predate the internet by decades. They rarely drive and their turn signals might as well be Morse code. The other categories of Awful Holiday Drivers in LA are 1) Confused Tourists, 2) Immigrant who didn’t grow up driving and is terrified of going over 25 mph, 3) Very Important Person In Their Own Mind who just HAS to answer a text while making a left turn.

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    • You could turn this into a post! I don’t live in an area as hectic as LA. I used to live in northern New Jersey. That’s where I really learned how to drive. Jersey drivers are crazy but then I was one of them. When I moved back here (which after that seemed like a third world country) it took me a while to ease off and get more laid back. Since then texting was invented and seniors got older. As soon as I win the big lottery, I’m getting a driver.

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