Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Four Twenty: Word Counters


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Counting my words again. 

Today my fellow Word Counters and I are sharing our monthly group post. Each month one group member picks  a number between 12 and 50. All participating bloggers are then challenged to write something (or a few somethings, as the case may be) using that exact number of words. Today we all share what we came up with.
This month's number is 42
It was chosen by Diane of On the Border.




~ This month, I'm talking about today's number. Sort of. But switching it up adding a zero, to be exact. Inspired by the number Diane chose, I'd like to discuss 420. No, not blackbirds, that's four and twenty. I love pie, but blackbirdless.

~ And I'm not talking about my anniversary, (though it is 4/20) nor how I celebrate (although spoiler alert: I don't bake bird pies and I only once spent it searching for pot, and found it, but, that's a story for another day).
~ You may have guessed, what I'm talking about is 420 in the context of World Weed Day. I was set on this path by two diametrically opposite political attitudes. First, Biden commuted the sentences of 75 Americans convicted of nonviolent drug crimes.

~ The other is Nebraska's governor attempting to sue Colorado over Colorado's marijuana legalization. Talk about sticking your nose in your neighbor's business. Nebraska's Ricketts has (yes, fairly recently) said that cannabis is a gateway drug, and legalization "is gonna kill your kids." 

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~All of this is easily paralleled to the Covid situation. Ignorance should not trump (yes, pun intended) science, and yet it does. In both instances. There are also parallels to prohibition, which didn't end alcohol use, just made the distilling unregulated, unsafe.
~Fun 4/20 story: Back in the 1970s a group of California high school kids (called themselves "the Waldos") used to meet after school at 4:20 to smoke pot together. Later, according to urban legend, they'd search for a rumored deserted marijuana patch.

~ The Waldos never found it (ha, Waldo humor), but 420 became their secret code. Not for long (after all, there are no secrets in high school). AND, the brother of one of the kids in the group was friends with a musician.

~ That musician's band? The Grateful Dead. The boys shared with the band, their secret code for getting high (I can imagine the conversation, over heart shaped munchies, I'm sure). The band began using it and sharing it, and the rest is history.
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Peppermint Heart Meringues

~ Like alcohol, marijuana is here to stay. The schedule one status is obsolescent, the punishment associated with it, abusively severe. Legalizing it, acknowledging this drug's therapeutic value ensures its properties can be appropriately studied, dosages scientifically developed, and medical use sales regulated.
~ I don't advocate everyone smoke pot. I believe that pot, including recreational, should be legal. But let's at least start with compassion, for those with chronic pain, glaucoma, anxiety . . . we cannot continue to allow an archaic unscientific stance to usurp their relief.


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Peppermint Heart Meringues

3 egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup finely crushed candy canes or starlight mint candies

3 TBSP multicolored nonpareils

*Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
*Beat the egg whites, on high speed until they get foamy. Add the cream of tartar and salt, and continue to beat until soft peaks form. 
*Add the peppermint extract and, 1/4 cup at a time, at about 30 second intervals, add the sugar and the finely crushed mints. Continue to bear at high speed until stiff peaks hold.
*Using a pencil, draw 15 hearts on the parchment paper, about 3 inches tall each. Turn the parchment paper over. This is important, do not pipe your hearts onto the side with the pencil on it.
*Spoon about half of the meringue into a piping bag or a gallon sized plastic bag with the tip cut off. Following the lines on the other side of the parchment paper, pipe the outline of the hearts.
*Using a knife, scoop the remaining meringue into the hearts and spread to fill them. Sprinkle with the nonpareils.
*Bake for 15 minutes. Turn the oven off, leaving the meringues inside for another 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, allow to sit for 10 minutes, then and carefully peel off of the parchment paper.


  1. We legalized it here in Canada and it is a complete non-issue. Everyone opposed predicted dire results and, for the first year, there were a few issues. But now? Peace and tranquility. Except for the fact that so many shops sprang up that some have now had to close.
    As far as I've heard, there haven't really been any problems!

    1. It's legal in many states here too, just not all, and it needs to be all.

  2. Excellent medical uses abound.

    Recreational use comes with the same caveat as that of alcohol. You might be able to indulge on occasion with no trouble, you might become addicted. Be careful and use common sense.

    As with alcohol, i'll just go ahead and be the designated driver, my family history with alcohol and anything stronger is not good so i just say no. I tell friends, you enjoy, my job is to stay sober and make sure you don't come up dead or pregnant by night's end.

    1. I'm glad you made a healthy committment when it comes to alcohol. I commend you for being the permanent designated driver.

  3. The only way legal cannabis is going to kill residents of my New York State is people dying of old age while they wait for the state to iron out all the kinks of how they are going to regulate and tax its recreational use (it's been legal recreationally since 2021 and medically since 2016). They finally (as of the end of December) have some dispensaries open in NYC. I think it's going to be a non-issue here, too, but we'll wait until the sales are fully operational. NY government is the experts in overregulation, although, obviously, some regulation is needed (just like with alcohol).

  4. I'm glad that people who have a medical need are getting access to the drug, and legalization is probably inevitable, but I've seen firsthand that marijuana isn't as innocuous as it seems. It may not be a 'gateway drug', but it can definitely be psychologically addictive.

    And on an unrelated note, I made your Oreo caramel pie over the weekend. It was a hit. If I had known that your next recipe would use the three egg whites from the eggs I separated I definitely would NOT have thrown them into an omelet!

    1. I'm so glad that pie was a hit, and not that rhere's anything wrong with an omlet, but I always use any egg whites to make a meringue cookie of some kind.

  5. People should not be in jail for small amounts of weed when it's legal in so many places now. It's legal here in Nevada and I have no problem with that even though I don't smoke at all. Those cookies are so cute.

    1. Yes, there are many of us who don't smoke, but still understand the value, especially medically, it has for others.


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