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I am NOT a Vegan…Unfortunately


I really really try to be. But alas, animal products and animal by-products permeate everything we eat, see, touch and wear.

Ice Breakers Ice Cubes gum has gelatin in it.

My specially made foot inserts are made of leather.

My Vitamin B3 is made from lanolin, the oil from sheep wool.

My work/tenny shoes have bits of leather in them.

That 5 hour energy drink my hubby made me drink last night is full of animal by-products.

Anything we eat that is processed contains [mostly] dairy.

Anything that is cooked on a restaurant griddle uses butter.

Even the ‘vegan’ cheese has casein in it.

Glossy candy is coated with shellac from the Lac beetle and anything colored red is made from bugs and silk from worms.

Not to mention all the things with honey, lactose and butter fat.


All long as world eats animals, there will be plenty of by-products left to add into anything and everything.

So for now I stake my claim in vegetarianism.

I’m healthier, happier, my fingernails and hair grow fast and come in thicker. [hey, without that so-called dairy calcium!!]

Eat less meat. It does a body good.

World Vegetarian Day ~


It’s not Just about Eating/Not Eating Meat

It’s also about….

Too much American and now Mexican land that is literally a big huge shit pile

that is making people sick.

Genetically manufacturing/mutating animals for humans to eat.

Being put on this earth to dominate it, yes, but to destroy it and  human lives in the process, no.

Greedy corporations that own and have power over, well, pretty much everything in America.

Putting manufactured food into our bodies that is not healthy, necessary or even safe.

Allowing the rest of the world to suffer from hunger by..

Using American land and grain for feeding meat.

Having 1 or 2 big corporation run the country lawmakers, media and even        non-profit charities.

It is down right appalling to me that Americans can not look past their plate and their stomachs to see the rest of the world suffering because of our consumption.

It is not just propaganda that we could feed the world if we just stop producing meat for ourselves.

It is ridiculous that we can not sustain our greedy fat stomachs so we move ‘meat production’ into other countries where there is little to no regulation on workers and land.

It is scary to think 1 or 2 huge corporations run, literally, run this country. They control how the government votes, what and how farmers grow, how animals and other people get to live.

It is greed and power, people, pure and simple.

We, as Christians should be ashamed at how we can compartmentalize our ‘charity’, our ‘love’ for others.

How we can not see past our bellies to help others to have simple food to keep them alive. EVEN in our own country.

If we stopped eating meat and processed foods, and looked at how we can feed the world with grain and produce, each and every one of us, we could really make a difference.

I don’t want to speak for God, but really, if we looked past how an animal tastes and saw, really saw, how the animal suffers, how production impacts the animals, the workers and the people who live around the factory farms….. we should weep, God is weeping.

Instead of covering our ears when someone tries to tell about animal and human suffering, try listening with a global perspective.

Instead of whining how we couldn’t go one day without eating meat or at McDonalds, try listening to the doctor when they tell you you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and/or clogged arteries. Try going for a walk! Try taking your meat money and giving to local food pantry.

Even if we feel that animals don’t have a soul and should not be treated humanly … we should at least feel for the people who do not have enough food and can not afford meat or processed crap in a box we eat here.

We serve the poor our throw-aways. We serve the poor by having them work in slaughter houses in foreign countries to feed our fat bellies or slave in sweat shops to clothe us in ridiculously expensive clothes.

Eating meat literally makes people sick, may not make you sick personally, but it is making millions of people sick, from hunger, from heart attacks, from slaughter house accidents and gas emissions.

Now that I am on a roll…. The excess in this country saddens me and disgusts me.

I am buying items for the shoeboxes for the children in other, poor countries.

As I look at websites and see all the plastic toy pvc-filled, cardboard crap we make to satisfy our entertainment, I am overwhelmed. Greed, people. Think of all the food and housing that could go Haiti with the money spent on county fair prize crap.

As we sit on our butts in front of the TV griping because we are cold in our 70 degree fully insulated houses, my little Compassion child, Josue is homeless in Haiti, his parents

having to move because their house was destroyed.

We are not humane. We may kid ourselves we are, but we are not.



characterized by tenderness, compassion, and sympathy for people and animals, esp. for the suffering or distressed.

1. merciful, kind, kindly, kindhearted, tender, compassionate, gentle, sympathetic; benevolent, benignant, charitable. See

1.  brutal.

Anyone who has had the pleasure of adopting a pet can see that the pet loves, lives, breathes and has emotions. They cry when you step on their paws, they wag their tail and lick your face when you come home; they limp in pain when they are old, they shake with fright at loud noise, they bark and growl to protect their homes, and they love and nurture their young.

Pigs, cows and chickens do the same! Rats, bulls, elephants, frogs, monkey, horses and ostriches, too.

Yet, for our own greedy wants and desires, we test on them, we kill them inhumanely, we allow them to suffer for our entertainment [bull fighting, circus, etc], we keep them pregnant for drugs, milk and veal. We discard boy chicks by the thousands in garbage bags because they can not lay eggs.

Now for the Christian perspective; I, for one, do not eat certain foods from any sort of piety or because I think God said for me to just eat veggies. Nor is there any scripture that entitles you or me to judge the other for their own food consumption.

My basic desire to eat better, feel better, to keep the world a better place for animals and humans to live. To live like Jesus told me to live; to love others, to do good deeds, to glorify Him in all that I do.

How do you love others?

Think about that next time you open your box of mac n cheese or fire up the BBQ…….

Musings on…. Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows


Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism

Carnism is defined here:

In her groundbreaking new book, Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows, Melanie Joy explores the invisible system that shapes our perception of the meat we eat, so that we love some animals and eat others without knowing why. She calls this system carnism. Carnism is the belief system, or ideology, that allows us to selectively choose which animals become our meat, and it is sustained by complex psychological and social mechanisms.

Like other “isms” (racism, sexism, etc.), carnism is most harmful when it is unrecognized and unacknowledged. Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cowsnames and explains this phenomenon and offers it up for examination. Unlike the many books that explain why we shouldn’t eat meat, Joy’s book explains why we do eat meat—and thus how we can make more informed choices as citizens and consumers.


Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
Aldous Huxley [quote from book]


She discusses the three N’s of justification of eating animals: eating meat is normal, natural and necessary.

The three N’s act as mental and emotional blinders, masking the discrepancies in our beliefs and behaviors toward animals and explaining them away if we do happen to catch on.

and also

the Cognitive Trio of objectification [viewing animals as things], deindividualization [viewing animals as abstractions] and dichotomization [viewing animals in categories] distorts are our internal perception of reality.

The first part of the book sounds like any other pro-veganism book, describing the horrors of animals abuse and slaughter.

The second half gets more interesting as she gets into the psyche of why we eat meat and how we rationalize it, even after knowing its bad for humans, animals and the earth.

Good little book, I read it in 2 nights.

It still amazes me after reading these kinds of books how humans can continue on this horrific cycle of using and abusing life for its own greedy prideful end.

Musings on….. King Corn ~ Movie Review


I watched the King Corn Movie last night [4-19/2009]

It was really good. Slow but good.

Two friends who have roots in Iowa decide to go back to Greene, Iowa and plant an acre of corn to see how its done and see where the corn goes after its picked.

After planting and harvesting, they find they are in the hole for several tens of dollars, but the government is there to subsidize their offering.

The corn tasted terrible and isn’t edible until it is processed. Half of Iowa’s corn goes to feed cattle and the rest to processing into, well, processed foods.

The reason antibiotics get fed to cows is because their system can’t digest the 60 to 90% corn diet and to fight off infection from being held in feed lots.

Some baby cows go up eating grass and running free, but as soon as the cattle rancher or slaughterhouse buys them, they go into a feed lot and are held for 150 days, in tight quarters, unable to move and are fed constantly. To gain weight, and if they move too much they don’t gain the weight. After the 150 days they are  shipped to their death.

The first of the movie was very interesting. They take a hair sample and have it analysed. They come to find out that the amount of corn in their hair is very high.

So they set off to find out what foods have corn in them.

I heard somewhere that the 2 guys tried to eat corn-free for a determined amount of time. Don’t know if they were successful. but Jesse and I are going to try it. Tomorrow, Thursday the 21st.

I will let you know the results!

Update: Thursday: Jesse ate cereal. I ate licorice. It has corn syrup in it.  We messed that day up before lunch time! We will try again.

Year End ~Stuff~


Looking at other blogs this day I am feeling compelled to write about this past year.

But really, ever since January, this year has really, really sucked.

I will put some [all time, which would be 2 years] blog stats down, if you are interested….

Top Referrer: with 847 views [which i think most of them are my sweet dear friend Ashley!]

and then WordPress Dashboard with 722 views

Top Posts and Pages:

Is This a Truly Awesome Transformation? 5,185
Get Your Mammograms, Ladies! 4,577
Grant Wood Country B and B 2,832
Advent Family Devotions: The Third Week 2,027

I am highly ecstatic that the mammogram post gets some top honors, the word needs to get out about how important it is to get a mammogram.

Search Engine Terms:

depressed 3,269
breast cancer 2,718
chesapeake bay retriever 2,570
american gothic 1,406

I’m assuming this means there re a lot of depressed people out there….

Things people clicked on from my site:… 313 278… 219                        187

So, I have to crack up that my buddy, Kevin got lots of clicks!

Blog Stats Summary Tables

Total views: 94,552

Busiest day: 374 — Thursday, October 18, 2007 [and on that day this post got the most hits]


Posts: 466

Comments: 1,745

Categories: 49

Tags: 7

I have 25 blogs i subscribe to, I did delete a few, but still check in on them.

‘nother subject: Christmas was good. we [or should i say hubby earned the cash, i just kept track of it and didn’t spend it] earned a bit of cash to get ourselves a new bed and a couch for downstairs. The boy bought for himself a PSP.

We spend Christmas eve with my family and Christmas day morning at church and afternoon at Hubbys family.

We drove about 50 miles in that awful snow and he got my car stuck in the driveway, his dad yelling at him and an hour with 4 guys getting it unstuck, while i sat in the house trying not to stress about it. i had to ride for an hour with 4 guys in my car, 2 of them teenagers. you can’t even imagine the conversations….. and my car now stinks. like boy. ewwww.

But it was all good.

Looking forward: getting this boy out of 10th grade and into “Running Start” a program where he gets a high school diploma and 2 year AA degree at the same time. Free! yeah!

continuing to knit [ i have a whole box full of stuff i knit, then don’t know what to do with]

continuing to eat healthy. Trying to make most of my days vegan days.

I am coming up on the 5 year anniversary of my hysterectomy and am seeing a cancer doctor to discuss my course of action, staying on fake estrogen or getting off. [I’m sure my family would want me to stay on.] I’m considering taking this test

Taking a trip to the east again! To visit my favorite pig.

Trying to write shorter posts.

Getting back into Precepts bible study. I miss it so!

And last but not least, striving to live a life worthy and full of gratitude for the One and Only King of Kings.

Blessings on your new year!

The Home Engineer

VeganMoFo and Cuteness


It’s vegan month of food, I guess one is supposed to blog about vegan food for the whole month, but, alas, I don’t have time.

but i can tell you who I look to to give me good recipes and stuff:

Have Cake Will Travel (Celine Rocks)

Knits with Carrots

Fatfree Vegan Kitchen 

The Urban Vegan (I would love to live in a place where vegan restaurants abound *sigh*)

Tofu for Two

Vegan Yum Yum

Two Little Vegans

Veg Cooking Blog (from

And last, but definitely not least, the author and chef, dad and hubby and Canadian (Yah)

Vegan Dad!!

I’m hoping to live long enough to make all his recipes. I don’t know how he does it, but he’s brilliant and I spent the last 3 days eating chocolate chip pudding cake to die for!

If anyone knows of any other good vegan recipe sites, please let me know!


I have had the cat and the dog look like this on more than one occasion!

Hope all is well in your little corner of God’s earth.

I took my first test for my qualifying class to homeschool, got 4 wrong 😦

Ciao, Kristina

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12