Remember at the start of the COVID-19 quarantine, when we all panicked that we would run out of food? Living solo and minimally, I had very little on hand. I visited several grocery stores and the shelves were vacant. I declared to my daughter that I would die of starvation rather than from the virus. Hearing my plight, a friend suggested a store outside of Cambridge and I bought much more perishables than I needed. I lived, but much of what I bought didn't. Recently I read a statistic that 25% of the food we buy goes bad. Two remedies: Don't buy so much–which means don't grocery shop in-store or online when you're hungry, and get into the habit of moving your older food to the front of your refrigerator.
Vitamin D has so many health benefits. There are people in sunny climes like Hawaii, who still have Vitamin D deficiency. Check with your doctor for his/her advice.
Drains by James visited recently to clear my disposal and drain from cantaloupe skins. He advised against putting any kind of vegetable or fruit skins into drains because the skins stick to the sides of the pipes. I thought it was really nice of him to let me know, considering that he makes his living clearing drains.
According to Consumer Reports On Health, avoid processed meats like cold cuts, hot dogs, etc., even if the label says uncured and nitrite-free. The USDA allows these labels, even though nitrite-free foods–meaning the nitrites come from celery or other vegetables–still contain nitrite levels similar to the levels from synthetic nitrites.
Another reminder about English ivy, an invasive species that strangles and kills trees, like this one in West Cambridge. It's our local kudzu, all too evident in Cambridge, Belmont and Somerville, taking over gardens and climbing trees. At the beginning of the climb, the roots can be pulled from the trees; once securely attached to the tree or wedged within the interstices of the trunk, the roots of the plant need to be sawed to destroy the vines.
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