Massachusetts Wants to Ban Bake Sales

Massachusetts has banned junk food on school grounds during school hours but now they want to ban junk food 24/7 which would include evenings and weekends.  No more junk food at banquets,  no more door-to-door candy sales and no junk food at football games.  No more bake sales which help pay for many of the after school activities for kids.  No junk food at holiday parties.  They even would prefer that no milk or white bread be on the tables at school.

In other words Massachusetts wants to hold the record for being the best “Nanny State”.

Now don’t get me wrong we don’t feed my granddaughter junk.  I realize that a lot of parents do.  I also know that if kids in school want snacks they will get snacks.  Now you will have a whole new black market thing going on in the hallways of 1st graders.  Little Johnny from next door will be selling Sour Patch Kids for $3.00 and homemade chocolate chip cookies for $2.50 apiece.

How do you draw the line at what constitutes junk food.  I make Lilah Oat cakes. They have no sugar, lots of oats, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds and some pastry flour.  She loves them but if she whips one out at lunch how is the food patrol going to know they are healthy? Will they test them on the spot or maybe send it to a lab? Maybe have to take a bite?  Soon the food patrol person will be the one having to shed some pounds.

The whole thing is disturbing to me because I truly feel that our government is taking too much control over our lives and we are letting them.

This man knew what he was talking about when he wrote “1984” published in 1948.

I realize that everyone is going to have a different opinion about this and I do respect all opinions.  Fortunately we still have that right and the government damn well better not take that away from us.

We just better be careful that we don’t let our government take too much control over our daily lives.  Last time I checked we are not all stupid but if we choose to be stupid we should have that choice. I’m afraid that some day a chubby person will be eating fried chicken in a restaurant and the food police will give him a ticket.

Damn, those oat cakes look good.  I keep going back to that photo of them.  I think I will make some tomorrow.

Who should decide what you can eat: you? Or the state?…

It is no coincidence that the push for more food regulation came at a time when Congress obsessed about the rising cost of medical care.

When government pays for your health care, it will inevitably be drawn into regulating your personal life. First, politicians promise to pay. Then, they propose to control you.

Where does it stop? If we must control diet to balance the government’s budget, will the health squad next ban skydiving and extramarital sex? How about another try at Prohibition?

But what about reasonable-sounding policies like forcing businesses to post calorie counts?

Often the Food Police strike an innocent pose, claiming that they just want to give people information. Information is good. But it’s not free. Mandated calorie signs in restaurants cost money. Those costs are passed on to consumers, and the endless parade of calorie counts and warning labels make us numb to more important warnings – like, “This Coffee Is Scalding Hot.”

It’s not as if dietary information isn’t already available. Health and diet websites abound. Talk shows routinely discuss the latest books on diet and nutrition. TV diet gurus are celebrities. That’s enough. We have information. We don’t need government force.

The above article was just written in April about “The Food Police”.
Read more: http://www.foxbusiness.com/on-air/stossel/blog/2012/04/25/food-police#ixzz1uRNnOFpI

Sleep

If you read my last post you will already know that my 6 week old grandson, Silas, is a grunter.  I was hoping by now that he would have gotten over it but on the other hand I sort of like it.

I have had insomnia for at least 15 years.  I have a terrible time falling asleep and when I finally do sleep it’s for about 2 hours, then I wake up and then can’t fall asleep again.  My daughter gives me the baby around 10:00 PM and she goes to sleep.  I have the noisy little tot until 6 AM.  I give him a bottle about 1 AM.  I wake my daughter around 3:30 AM and she nurses him and goes back to bed.  I am up that whole time because he is so noisy, seriously noisy.  The sounds that come out of that baby’s mouth are, well,  downright strange.

At 6:00 AM I finally go to bed and sleep until around 1 or 2 PM.   Notice I said SLEEP.  Since I started doing this I go right to sleep and sleep like a baby, or at least the way a baby should sleep.  You know, quietly.  When I wake up I actually feel refreshed.  15 years of sleeping like crap and suddenly I am the world’s best sleeper as long as I go to bed at 6 AM.  What’s up with that?

I don’t really mind being up all night.  It goes by fast because I am either reading or doing computer stuff.  I do spend quite a lot of time holding the noisy one because he prefers my lap more than his crib.  I have learned to read and do my computer stuff with my left hand as I hold him in my right arm. I also know my daughter is getting a good night’s sleep which she needs because she works. That in itself makes it all worthwhile.

Big Sister, Lilah, loves her baby brother.  I wonder how long that will last.


                                                                 Look how well rested my beautiful daughter, Sarah, looks.

My daughter, Sarah and my son, Damon

It’s 4:00 AM.  Silas is in a deep sleep because he is quiet right now.  This can last up to an hour or so.  I am going to watch an episode of “Supernatural”.

GBS

Silas is now almost 3 weeks old.  He is such a sweetheart.  Unfortunately he has GBS~~Grunting Baby Syndrome.  When I say “unfortunately” I mean for us.  We had noticed (hard to miss) that he grunted all the time.  It sounded like he was constipated though he is far from constipated.  He poops like a trooper.

“The baby with grunting baby syndrome will push, squeeze, grunt, change color and carry on only to produce a soft bowel movement. Parents will report that their baby is constipated and seek help. Very often we’re lead down the primrose path searching for a solution. But there is no problem. The grunting baby’s problem is one of primitive in-coordination. While we all take for granted our understanding of the need for simultaneous relaxation of the pelvic floor and abdominal pressure to poop, not all babies have this figured out. And it’s this lack of coordination that makes us believe that our babies are in trouble.”

Silas is the noisiest baby I have ever seen.  It is actually very funny to watch him grunt, groan and turn red.  He makes these amazingly crazy faces while he is doing it.  He also does it through the night when he is sleeping.  Needless to say, I don’t get much sleep because he is in my room at night.  Sarah has to go back to work and she needs her sleep so the little noise maker bunks with me.

Here are a couple of photos of him while being Grunt Boy.


This is a Non Grunt photo just to show that he doesn’t grunt all of the time.

According to what I have read he should be over this by the time he is 8 – 12 weeks old.  I sure hope so.

A Great Giveaway for New Moms or an Old Noni

My grandson, Silas Kano York, was born on March 26, 2012 at 1:43 PM.   He weighed 7.5 lbs and is  18 3/4 inches tall.    I just found a giveaway for a Fisher Price Newborn Rock ‘n Play Sleeper  which my daughter wants.  It’s on a web site called Networking Witches

I will write more about Silas in the coming days.

Tempus Fugit

Is it just me or does time seriously go by much faster after you hit 60 years of age?  It’s been 11 days since my last post.  If you had asked me how many days I would have said 3.     It’s sort of scary.  I remember when I worked years ago a minute seemed like an hour.  Now it’s just the opposite.  I keep really busy so I suppose that has something to do with it.   I’ll start doing something (usually having to do with my computer) and before I know it 5 hours have gone by.

There’s so much I want to do before I kick the bucket.

 

Well, the bucket is still upright so I guess I have some time left but I think I am going to make one of those bucket lists.  There’s a crap load of stuff I want to do but I ‘m thinking I should be realistic about what I can do and can’t do.  It mostly has to do with money.  Realistically I probably won’t be spending a month in England.

I’ll let you know what I come up with for the bucket.

Martha’s Vineyard Patch

I am now a blogger on Martha’s Vineyard Patch, a local website which is obviously all about the Island. The blog is going to be about me and getting to know the island my way.  Please check out my first post there and please leave a nice comment for me. I want them to think I am not just some crazy person who likes to write about all the dumbasses I come across in my life. Speaking of……..

Why on earth do people like to walk behind moving cars?  Cars that are backing up!  I mean, seriously, doesn’t it occur to them that the driver might not have seen them?   That the driver doesn’t have eyes in the back of her head!    DUH!!

I have said my piece about dumbasses for the day.  Hopefully, I don’t run into anymore.

Thank you in advance for leaving a comment on my other blog.. 

I received an award! How exciting!

Rooha over at Envisioning Future presented me with “The Candle Lighter Award”‘  Please visit Rooha.  She lives in Pakistan and writes a wonderful blog.

 

 

Thank you so much Rooha!  I want to pass it on to someone else. The person I want to pass it on to is Claire at Cadence of Life.  Claire is one of the first bloggers I met when I first started writing.  She is now one of my best friends even though we have never met each other.  I love reading her posts.  Her beautiful soul shows up in everything she writes.

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