7-29-12 BABY FLASH POP

Minute Maid® PINK LEMONADE MADE WITH REAL LEMONS

Fanta ORANGE 100% NATURAL FLAVORS Contains No Juice

Talking Rain BERRY Sparkling Mountain Spring Water ZERO CALORIES

FredMeyer FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS™ spring water

Balance bar® BARE SWEET & SALTY peanut butter

Cascadian Farm ORGANIC SINCE 1972 chewy organic whole grain granola bar with vanilla chips

Teeth flossing thing. I see lots of these but I don’t pick them up unless I have gloves.

black bag

ziploc bag

pen case

clear packaging fragment

NEW BIGGER SIZE! Sun Chips FRENCH ONION Great Multigrain Taste!

BABY FLASH POP Flavor Crystal Bits Blue Raspberry. The pictures illustrate how to remove the cap, then the nipple top, dip the nipple top into the candy and lick it with your tongue. WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD – Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. ITEM NO.: C493 NAME: BABY FLASH POP. HARD CANDY INGREDIENTS: SUGAR, HIGH MALTOSE SYRUP, WATER, BUFFERED LACTIC ACID, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, ARTIFICAL COLOR (FD&C BLUE NO.1). SUGAR CANDY INGREDIENTS: SUGAR, GLUCOSE SYRUP, CITRIC ACID, GUM ARABIC, ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, CARNAUBA  [sic] WAX, SHELLAC ARTIFICIAL COLORS (FD&C YELLOW NO. 5, BLUE NO. 1, RED NO. 40). ALLERGEN INFORMATION: THIS PRODUCT MAY CONTAIN TRACES OF GLUTEN, SOY, PEANUTS, TREENUTS AND SEED. IMPORTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY: KIDSMANIA INC., 4380 BALDWIN AVE EL MONTE, CA 91731 WWW.CANDYNOVELTIES.COM. LOCATION OF PRODUCTION: ZHAOQING, GUANGDONG, CHINA. FOR NUTRITION INFORMATION, CALL 562-946-8822, KIDSMANIA INC. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: MADE IN CHINA. WARNING: WIPE THE PRODUCT WITH DAMP CLOTH BEFORE USE.

Great slug!

What came in with the garden lettuce. Internet says it’s Limax maximus, “great slug” or leopard slug. It has an internal shell! This photo shows its pneumostome well (breathing hole). It has lungs. It is definitely worth reading about (and seeing pictures of) its mating habits.

limax maximus: really big slug

7-19-12 Juicy Oozers

orange giraffe baby with ring growing out of its back

QFC PURIFIED drinking water WITH MINERALS ADDED FOR TASTE

THE ORIGINAL BLACK FOREST® Where the Best Gummies Come From! Juicy Oozer NATURAL & ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS

rubber band

FRUIT BY THE FOOT LOOK FOR FLAVOR HERE FRUIT FLAVORED SNACKS Color by the Foot E2CR30 06:54 1B PEEL FROM PAPER BACKING BEFORE EATING

black bag

clear wrap fragment printed ARNING: To avoid danger of suffo ag away from babies and children Do eds, carriages or play pens. This bag is ag, and any other packaging materials in moving product. Do not re-use this bag

white wrapper

pedialite bottle shredded by lawn mower (and dog)

ROGUE CREAMERY PLAIN CURDS CHEDDAR CHEESE package

I read Alice Notley. duh.

Last night at Paul Maziar’s in Portland, OR, the poets got together to read their favorites. A sudden thunderstorm added some summer drama, and cooled us down.

Jesse Morse :: the Flaubert he happened to have in his bag

Jennifer Coleman :: Etheridge Knight

Kris Doty :: Larry Fagin

Sam Lohmann :: Ronald Johnson

Paul Maziar :: Ron Padgett

Cindy St. John :: Robert Creeley

Kyle Schlesinger :: Ted Greenwald

James Yeary :: Ted Berrigan

Rodney Koeneke :: Brent Cunningham

Sam from the point of view of Madame Bovary

 

ants ranching aphids, oh my

A little more summer bounty

peas n lettuce

My first garlic harvest! This is garlic from my neighbor Lou, who died back in February at age 82. I planted it in the fall and it has just now ripened into these gorgeous purplish bulbs. It’s a heritage garlic that his mother brought from Austria. Lou grew it his whole life, and his kids grow it too. It’s quite mild. You can just nibble on it raw.

Lou's garlic

And finally, ants ranching aphids on a zinnia.

ant ranch

In the close up, you can see the clear bubbles of honeydew, which is the sugary stuff the aphids produce that the ants are after, and little white lozenge things, maybe aphid larvae?

aphid ranchin

7-12-12 Dave’s killer, gloves and . . . blood?

For many weeks I have been somewhat stalled in my plastic collecting process, not wanting to pick up many things I encounter with my bare hands, but also not wanting to use disposable plastic gloves. What to do?

Gloves used to be made of latex — natural rubber — until lots of people apparently had allergic reactions to them. Latex gloves are still made, but I couldn’t find any in my local drugstore. Most were vinyl — made of PVC, yikes! PVC is softened with pthalates, linked to deformed sex organs in baby boys. Check this 60 Minutes story, which quotes a doctor saying that pthalates “in several subtle ways make boys less completely masculine.” We could spend a long time unpacking that.

But anyway, back to the gloves. The only other, more expensive, option was nitrile, which a web site called “Glove Nation” tells me is a is a synthetic rubber made by combining acrylonitrile and butadiene, invented in the 1980s. I have no idea how long it takes these gloves to break down, but the package contains warnings about keeping them out of sunlight, fluorescent light, x-rays, moisture and ozone, which makes me think they won’t last forever in the environment. I sighed, and bought some, in a lovely shade of lavender.

I guess today I was glad because in my plastic gathering I picked up a white styrofoam block on the side of the road and it wasn’t until I turned it over at home that I noticed it is spattered with something that looks a lot like blood. It was near a shred of wrapper printed with the letters EMT, like emergency medical technician, but I have no idea whether these things are related. Other findings:

blue cap

white foam peanut

white fork

white wrapper

torn apart pieces of bottle

shredded chocolate milk wrapper

tiny green shovel-shaped thing

wrapper for DAVE’S Killer Bread. “Just say no to bread on drugs!” 21 WHOLE GRAINS Killer taste and texture no animal products GMO free – all natural. With a cartoon picture of Dave — big muscles, mustache, long hair, and his electric guitar and another cartoon of a piece of bread wearing a visor playing cards with some shapes that might be fruit. For those who just have to learn more about Dave, an ex-con, and his bread: http://www.daveskillerbread.com/

 

 

7-10-12 Nutritional Compass™

DUBBLE BUBBLE ORIGINAL 1928 FLAVOR!

KING strawberry ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR

HOT POCKETS (just the corner of the wrapper)

eese ‘n’ icks EESE SAUCE ACKER STICKS

blue lid

clear fragment

WONKA® Kazoozles® ewy Candy Now with 4 ROPES Greetings to you from Willy Wonka himself! Tremendous things are in store for you! Many tasty treats await you! Inside this Scrumdiddlyumptious package you will find MYSTIC & MARVELOUS SURPRISES that will Entrance Intrigue & Delight you BEYOND MEASURE. So don’t just STAND THERE with your mouth open. Go On. Feed Your Imagination. Feed Your Imagination at WONKA.com Want to know where WONKA candy comes from? Read all about it in CHARLIE & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY by Roald Dahl http://www.roalddahl.com INGREDIENTS: SUGAR, WHEAT FLOUR, CORN SYRUP, WATER, AND LESS THAN 2% OF CITRIC ACID, SORBITOL, MALTODEXTRIN, SODIUM CITRATE, GLYCERIN, MALIC ACID, ARTIFICIAL And NATURAL FLAVORS, GELATIN, SALT, VEGETABLE JUICE COLOR, BETA-CAROTENE (COLOR), CONFECTIONER’S GLAZE (LAC-RESIN), BLUE 2 LAKE. CONTAINS WHEAT INGREDIENTS. DISTRIBUTED BY NESTLÉ USA, INC., GLENDALE, CA 91203 USA WONKA® and KAZOOZLES® are trademarks of Société des Produits Nestlé S.A., Vevey, Switzerland. NUTRITIONAL COMPASS™