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wondering why I was sent this email..

Why does LJ think I never visit my account here? Is their a requirement to blog, and not jus visit friends' pages?
Wonder if anyone else received a similar email:

Dear (my name)

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If you wish to reactivate your account to avoid deleting, please visit http://www.livejournal.com and log in within 15 days of this notification.
If you do not remember the password for your account, you can reset it following instructions over here.

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What is a photo of a man bottle feeding a baby doing on an article which supports breastfeeding in emergency situations?
Maybe it was added by the same editor who misspelled the word *breastfeeding* in the headline?

Health Officials Encourage Breatfeeding During Disastors - KYPost.com

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how to make life difficult

During a discussion about cinnamon toast on one of my lists, somebody mentioned Fairy Bread.

Turns out that Fairy Bread is simply buttered bread which has been dipped into candy sprinkles aka hundreds and thousands. It is very popular with the children in Oz.

Do you really need a RECIPE for that?
Apparently you do!
And to make things even MORE difficult, you need to measure the ingredients, on a scale, in GRAMS.
Well, no wonder that Fairy Bread never caught on in the US.

http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/9535/fancy+fairy+bread

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No-guilt carrot cake

I have always liked the IDEA of carrot cake, but the ones I have sampled were heavy and greasy. When we cleaned out the fridge the other day we noticed a huge bag of carrots that were begging to be eaten, so I came up with this recipe. This cake is light without being fluffy, and freezes well.

If you prefer, instead of 2 whole eggs you can use 4 egg whites.
For vegans:
For each egg use 2 Tbsp. water + 1 Tbsp. oil + 2 tsp. baking powder.

4 c. carrots, grated (spoon, not packed into cup)
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple
1/2 c. apple sauce (if sweetened, then halve the sugar)
4 lg. egg whites or 2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 c. whole wheat flour
2 tsp. each baking soda & cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 c. raisins, plumped in boiling water and drained

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Coat a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with non-stick vegetable spray. Set aside.

In large bowl, beat the sugar and eggs.
Beat in the pineapple, apple sauce, and vanilla, then the flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon.
Stir in the carrots and raisins
Spread batter in pan.
Bake about 45 minutes until pick inserted into center comes out clean.
Cool on rack. Cut into squares.

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Frogs

While we do not have frogs in our beds, they do sing us to sleep at night.
In fact, their *music* effectively drowns out everything else.

Here are the sounds of our local frogs. Bear in mind that there are THOUSANDS of them, all singing their hearts out in chorus.

Spring peepers - Pseudacris crucifer
http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Pseudacris_crucifer.html
sounds - http://www.naturenorth.com/spring/sound/shfrsnd.html
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Green frog - Rana clamitans
http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Rana_clamitans.html
sounds - http://www.naturenorth.com/spring/sound/shfrsnd.html

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I have been busy!

See my comments at the Times Union online about a truly awful book and the new WHO-recommended baby charts:

http://blogs.timesunion.com/parenting/2342/unbuttoned-a-breastfeeding-book-you-must-have
http://blogs.timesunion.com/parenting/2592/wrong-growth-charts-lead-british-women-to-overfeed-babies

I also wrote a letter to the editor about CDC recommendations for nursing mothers with regard to the swine flu epidemic. Hopefully, that will be published soon.

cc to my other blog:
The Lactation Consultant is in!
http://normaritter.blogspot.com/

Happy Earth Day!

I have decided to celebrate Earth Day by posting more frequently in my Blogger account, "The Lactation Consultant is In".
My latest post is
"Breastfeed, because it's not nice to fool Mother Nature!"

happy days!

Checking my email this morning I noticed yet another update from gmail but did not bother to click on it right away. Eventually I got around to it... and laughed like crazy!

In case you do not have gmail (and if you don't, you are really missing out on a good thing!) then simply go to
http://mail.google.com/mail/help/autopilot/index.html
and read about Gmail AutopilotTM by CADIE

SPEW WARNING!
Put down your drink and swallow whatever is in your mouth before reading it!

Enjoy!

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The peepers are here!

Northern Spring Peeper
Pseudacris crucifer

http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/northern_spring_peeper.html

>Along with the return of the Osprey and the departure of Canada Geese, the Spring Peeper is a strong indicator of warmer days to come. The loud, peeping chorus of Spring Peepers means winter is finally coming to an end. <

Does this mean I can put away my winter clothes?
If only!

Who knew?

Who knew that we would be moving to a place where ice-jams and flooding are an annual event?
Our house looks out onto wetlands, but on a rise high enough to avoid the *A river runs through it* look. Nevertheless, from our bedroom window, yesterday, we saw ducks happily splashing away on the swollen creek. Hey, I am glad that THEY are enjoying themselves!
The sleet and rain forecast for this am turned into a minor blizzard. Bah! Now it is beginning to turn to sleet and (hopefully) rain, but this is still very depressing. just as we were starting to dream of pussy willows and forsythia, BAM! it hits us again.
Roll on spring!

Flooding on Mohawk River
http://timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=777909
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