Reading labels and window shopping

I am always appalled when I read the labels on commercial dog and cat food.  I imagine to myself, how can what is in this bag or can be considered a complete, balanced diet for any living being?  Just last week my neighbor asked why I fed my dogs meat when I would be feeding them the same thing if I fed them regular dog food.  I almost asked him if he’d eat the food he feeds his dogs, but I realized, he probably would.  Then again, this man’s diet is severely lacking in anything fresh or even remotely healthy.  He looks like he’s been consuming something akin to the food he feeds his dogs.  He’s only a few years older than me, but he looks to be about 80 or 90.

While at the grocery store yesterday, I bought a container of Food Lion brand orange/pineapple juice.  The front of the carton said “100% Juice.”  Okay, so when you look at the ingredients, you’d expect to see: “INGREDIENTS: orange juice, pineapple juice” right?  Wrong.  The ingredients are: “filtered water, pineapple juice concentrate, apple juice concentrate, orange juice concentrate, natural flavors, ascorbic acid and citric acid.”  One hundred percent juice my foot.  If I wasn’t already in line with people behind me, I would have taken this carton of NOT 100% juice back.  Then again, the premium brands of 100% juice are not much better:  Dole 100% pineapple/orange juice contains:  “pineapple juice concentrate and orange juice concentrate (water, and juice concentrate) and ascorbic acid.”  I guess juice manufacturers cannot rely on the fruit that they use to (1) supply ascorbic acid or (2) (as in the case of the Food Lion brand) not need natural flavors.  So much for truth in advertising and I know now why I usually avoid store brands.  You really need to bring a magnifying glass with you to the grocery store to read all the fine print.  I don’t know if my eye sight is getting worst or the writing in labels is getting smaller.

I’ve mentioned a few times now my experiences with on-line (Internet) dating.  I’ve since decided it is an incredibly frustrating waste of time.  The profiles that people put up on these web sites are right along the lines of the deceptive advertising on juice cartons.  So many of these people write things that are not at all true.  They put up photos that are years old.  They cannot be bothered to do any more than send winks or, if they write, it’s two lines of misspelled nonsense.  I don’t know what I was thinking when I thought that this might be a way to meet someone.  Farmers Only has the option of looking to see who has looked at your profile and what happens is, if you are on-line looking at the people who are on-line with you, they look to see who has viewed them, then they look at your profile, then you look to see who has looked at you and you look back at their profile.  It’s a crazy rat race!  How can you really tell anything about anyone from what they write in a profile?  As of 11:00 AM there were 78 men logged in to Farmers Only.  I have to wonder how all these “farmers” find time to be on-line browsing ads.  This is an important relationship we are talking about, not shopping for your next car or pair of boots.  This is not the way to meet a partner.  So, my profiles have been removed from all on-line dating sites (I was on two, Farmers and Green Singles) and I’m back to the decision that if I meet someone, fine, if not, fine too.  I really don’t need to be involved in a relationship with a man anyway, it’s too much work.  I’ve got too much to do.

I signed up to be a volunteer at the Carolina Farm Stewardship Program.  I’d really like to be able to go to their annual conference, but it is incredibly expensive.  Maybe I’ll see about going for one day …

Meanwhile, read your labels.