Tuesday, May 09, 2017


Photo by Annisa Lam (former member of Stock.exchng)
Licensed photo DO NOT COPY

Currently I am keeping the following in my thoughts &  prayers:
-----Someone who is having a hard time figuring out the direction to take in life.
-----That some new friendships I and my children have started go well.
-----A man who is going to rehab and hoping that he finds his path afterward.
-----Flooding that has occurred in the Midwest. Recovery and repair.
-----All who battle mental illness. Those who deal with the side effects of the strong medicines that are given for mental "health." For advancements in this area of medicine! For areas of the country where there is little funding for mental health and people fend for themselves (on the streets).
-----I need to be in better physical shape and beat the symptoms of several thyroid problems. I am trying to rid myself of Chronic Fatigue, send Hashimoto's Disease into remission and lose gained weight.
-----Someone I used to know that committed crime and is now incarcerated. I am hoping that they come forward with any truths that may help victims and that they decide to go down the path of rehabilitation. I think that in this situation it would be great if the victims could somehow see that rehabilitation was occurring.
-----Homeless friends that may be moving out of  their temporary housing soon.
-----My feelings over some continued intellectual thefts. :-( For the changes I have decided to make in my life so that I can move on and not be so bothered. To keep the peace that I think I have come to about this...I guess that will be an ongoing process.


This post is in no particular order. Prayer/thought requests just go to the top as I hear more about what is going on. If you can think of a way to help these people, PLEASE do so. This post will be second-from-the-top during the midst of an emergency (such as an Amber Alert).

Note: I would not advise linking to this post...you will wind up with a broken link each time I have to change the post-dating to keep this a Vigil at the Top.

At JPUSA. Summer 2011.


Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup
5 medium red potatoes, skin on, half-inch pieces
2 small Vidalia onions, large dice
6 cups chicken broth
1 green pepper diced
Black pepper
Himalayan sea salt
Small amount of powdered ginger
Garlic, optional
Corned beef and cabbage leftovers (ours included red potatoes)
Himilayan Sea Salt, if needed
Boil potatoes until soft. Drain water from potatoes. Add onions, chicken broth, green pepper and some seasoning. Add minced garlic if it is not already in your corned beef. Bring soup to a boil. Simmer until onions are softened. Skim all fat off corned beef and cabbage leftovers and add carefully to the pot. Heat through, adjust seasonings and add salt (if needed).


The previous night's brisket I used for the above soup. It included cabbage, onions, an inexpensive dark German beer, ginger, basil, freshly ground black pepper, salt, minced garlic and red potatoes.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

I am reading the book for the Clean Sweep ARC Reading Challenge.

Monday, May 01, 2017

You have to love a reading CHALLENGE!

clean sweep 2017
So, for the "Clean Sweep ARC Challenge" I will be going through and reading any unread books but I have also decided to go back and do a more thorough job on some feedback and/or reviews. What I am starting with is below.

I know I have read this one...but I bet I could offer a better review, promo, do more activities with the kids, etc.

American Emma Hanson came to England to study at Oxford, but joined the Women's Auxiliary Air Force at the height of World War II. She is stationed at beautiful and historic Danesfield House west of London as part of the highly secretive Photographic Reconnaissance Unit.
Englishman Will Fleming is a handsome young artist who has been commissioned by the British government to record the changing landscape in paintings. His path intersects with Emma's when his real mission—tracking Nazi spies—leads him to Danesfield House, the target of a sinister plot.
Emma and Will become friends, but neither can reveal the true nature of their assignment. Can their relationship grow amid such secrecy? And can Will save Danesfield House—and Emma and her coworkers—before it's too late?

Retold from a turn-of-the-century (1897) tale collected in Calhoun, Alabama. This story about a pesky trickster rabbit and a little girl working her garden, has delightfully illustrated spreads throughout.

In this bestselling and delightfully quirky debut novel from Sweden, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.
Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?
Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.
A feel-good story in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Fredrik Backman’s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful and charming exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others.

---The movie is on Amazon Prime and I am in the progress of watching a bit-at-a-time.

Stormwater management as art? Absolutely. Rain is a resource that should be valued and celebrated, not merely treated as an urban design problem—and yet, traditional stormwater treatment methods often range from ugly to forgettable. Artful Rainwater Design shows that it’s possible to effectively manage runoff while also creating inviting, attractive landscapes.
This beautifully illustrated, comprehensive guide explains how to design creative, yet practical, landscapes that treat on-site stormwater management as an opportunity to enhance site design. Artful Rainwater Design has three main parts: first, the book outlines five amenity-focused goals that might be highlighted in a project: education, recreation, safety, public relations, and aesthetic appeal. Next, it focuses on techniques for ecologically sustainable stormwater management that complement the amenity goals. Finally, it features diverse case studies that show how designers around the country are implementing principles of artful rainwater design.
Artful Rainwater Design is a must-have resource for landscape architects, urban designers, civil engineers, and architects who won’t let stormwater regulations cramp their style, and who understand that for a design to truly be sustainable, people must appreciate and love it. It is a tool for creating landscapes that celebrate rain for the life-giving resource it is—and contribute to more sustainable, healthy, and even fun, built environments.

In the second installment of William Shatner’s Zero-G series, Director Samuel Lord must identify a mole sabotaging the top-secret NASA project aboard the US space station Empyrean, while also fighting a fast-replicating virus that threatens humanity.
In the year 2050, the United States sends the FBI to govern its space station, The Empyrean. Under the command of suave, eighty-year-old director Samuel Lord, the “Zero-G” men are in charge of investigating terrorism, crime, corruption, and espionage, keeping an eye on the rival Chinese and Russian stations as well.
Lord and his team are assisting NASA in conducting a top-secret project in the agricultural center of the Empyrean. Using microscopic robots called nanites, they plan to construct a vine that can survive in space. The vine will grow structural material for an elevator that will reach from the Empyrean to Earth. Unfortunately, a Russian spy inadvertently causes the growth to rage out of control, not only threatening the Empyrean, but the Russian space station Red Giant.
Under the guidance of Director Samuel Lord, Zero-G must not only identify the spy, but help find a way to stop the fast-replicating vine…and a form of “space zombie” birthed by the nanites. The surprising solution takes Lord and a Russian pilot on a dangerous mission to Venus—where a shocking discovery awaits.

-----One that I started reading but never finished.

Saturday, April 29, 2017


So, apparently the cough I got yesterday after being around a bunch of people and what I call a "fake fever" feeling from my thyroid issues might be related this time around. I still have the slight cough today and I am getting started on what's left of a 24-hour readathon in the evening...I was apparently exhausted. #AdventuresOfTheAutoimmuneKind #StayTunedForReading

I am starting with re-starting "Metzger's Dog." I am at the beginning of the second chapter and it seems there will be humorous characters and interesting characters.
Things I am learning...
---The definition of "anteroom" is basically "waiting room."
---The definition of "truculent" is basically "eager or quick to argue or fight; aggressively defiant."
---Languages I didn't know of...Bemba, Tswana, Luo, Dinka

Final count...171 pages and I am very happy I got some done. :-) I did really good, considering we had a houseguest, and now I really need to sleep a few hours.
Oh, and my cough turned out to be allergies. :-) :-) :-)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday 9

1) Subways can be bright and noisy. Do you need it dark and quiet before you can fall asleep?
Usually. I can go to sleep with all sorts of noise if really tired...as I did yesterday when I took a nap while Husband watched the playing kids. Occasionally, I am afraid of the dark.

2) In this song, Petula encourages her lover to talk it out instead of walking out. Do you usually remain reasonable during a disagreement?
Yes, always. To the point that it might seem like I am not paying attention...I generally think deeply about the other person's viewpoint (even if they think I am refusing to listen).

3) Petula was a child star in England during WWII. Her BBC broadcasts were very popular with the British troops, who nicknamed her The Singing Sweetheart. Soldiers pasted her photo onto their tanks for luck as they went into battle. Do you have any little rituals or good luck charms that calm/comfort you when you're afraid?
Well. I make sure that we say that we all love each other before seperating....that's about it. I generally don't do anything with "luck" or verging on superstition.

4) Now 84, she recently told London's Daily Mail that she's surprised and thrilled to have found love again with a new man. Do you believe you'll ever be too old for romance?
My Husband and I have been together for a long time and romance is important to me. I don't think I would start another relationship if he were to pass...I don't think I am wrong about this. I have "moved on" after a few tragic/tragedy relationships...I hate the phrase "moved on" as far as a positive relationship.

5) Her family is far flung. She lives in London, her middle daughter is in Paris, her son is in Los Angeles and her oldest daughter lives in New York with Petula's two grandchildren. Who is your nearest friend or relative? Which one is farthest away?
Our nearest friend moved to our town to be near us. The closest relatives I miss are not that far away but finances or other factors have kept me from seeing them.

6) In 1967, when this song was popular, Rolling Stone published its first issue. John Lennon was on the cover. Publisher Jann Wenner reports that, either individually or as a group, the members of The Beatles have appeared on the most Rolling Stone covers. What's the first Beatle song that comes to mind?
"Come Together." I really like it as performed by Michael Jackson. The assassination of Lennon makes me sad because I feel he could have done much for World Peace. Inevitably, I am now watching a documentary on the day John Lennon died.

7) In 1967, Star Trek was in its second season on NBC. Who is your favorite Star Trek character?
Kirk, Kahn or the man in Star Trek Nemesis. The characters who were confident most of the time.

8) RANDOM QUESTION: When you slip into jeans or slacks, which foot do you put in first?
The right.

9) As you considered #8, did you mime pulling on your pants?
No, but I did mentally picture the process.



Thursday, March 30, 2017

Thursday Thirteen

LICENSED photo by Carlos Sillero
-----Yellow Split Pea Soup.Vegetarian. Cheerful color to lend cheer to a dreary, cold day. #simplyrecipes
-----Veggie Shepherd's Pie with Split Peas. KIWI Magazine.
-----Greek Yellow Split Pea Soup with Red Onion and Lemon
-----Vegetarian Yellow Split Pea Soup
-----Pumpkin and Yellow Split Pea Soup

Sedum is up here and there in our yards. This plant is sometimes called "Live Forever." Like my Wandering Jew cuttings, I should be able to put it in water and grow it solely that way. Live Forever?
---My purple hyacinth are blooming and the pink are up. These are part of a living boquet that Husband gave me last Easter.
---The forsythia have been blooming for about a week now. In another week or so blooming will be done and we will prune 1/3 of all the branches.
#WelcomeSpring #SpringPlantingSOON

Kudos to our Kindergartner for helping me play the leprechaun peeing in the toilet prank on Daddy. He mixed up the green water and contributed the feet.
Mommy: Should we put the footprints on the toilet?
Kindergartner:That would be kind of creepy.
Mommy: We don't do creepy?
Kindergartner: Oh. Yeah, we do.

4. Ginger Chicken Fried Rice. Easy and on next month's menus.

Our Preschooler enjoyed painting with a rolling marble.
Our Kindergartner enjoyed painting with a rolling marble.

I very much appreciated this thoughtful and sentimental gift...the bottle plus two glasses etched with paisley. Amaretto and Cherry Coca-Cola smells and tastes wonderful.

Hearty Lentils and Beans was a dinner and leftovers earlier this month.
The jalapeños on top were for me only. A bit of homemade Sriracha Salt and a bit of cumin. I used milk and butter to substitute for heavy cream. Husband liked this.

Baked Cucumber Chips (pictured after a little over an hour in the oven). These were interesting and will be another lunch sack item. Definitely use parchment paper...I don't have parchment paper and achieved different degrees of doneness when these were pulled out. Kindergartner loves garlic salt and that is what I sprinkled on.
I found a way for the kids to be fond of cucumbers. :-) :-) :-)

Pickle juice and vodka. This was an interesting taste, made use of the pickle juice and sort of grew on me. The drink smells good.
---Dry vermouth can be added with the vodka. This can also be made with gin.
---Some people garnish. Some people experiment with the pickles used.

-----Alton Brown's Pepper Vodka recipe. From "Good Eats."
-----Horseradish-Black Pepper Vodka
-----Tex Mex Pepper Vodka Infusion. This takes 2-4 days.
-----Chicken Thighs in Ghost Pepper Vodka and Coconut Milk
-----Cheese Ravioli with Ghost Pepper Vodka Sauce. Apparently, not spicy like it sounds.
-----Pepper-Vodka-Soaked Cherry Tomatoes with Seasoned Sea Salt. I am not entirely picturing how this would taste.

Becker's Mongolian Beef from "The Joy of Cooking." 60th Anniversary Edition. Takes a while to make...sauce done by hand, cooking the rice, slicing the beef properly, cutting about 27 green onions into matchsticks. Home-made is definitely well worth it. Other than one pet restaurant of ours, this is the BEST Mongolian Beef I have ever tasted.
Tip: Put the beef in the freezer until just about frozen...then take out to cut. This will make the beef more manageable.
What 27 matchsticked green onions looks like. This was a rotisserie chicken container.
I did the chopping with this Damascus Steel knife that I got as a birthday present. The first what I consider "real" kitchen knife that I own. PRETTY and sharp!

"Stained glass" ornament that Kindergartner painted for me a while back. He asked to buy this craft for one of his school presentations and it seemed really important to him...it turned out he also wanted to surprise me with a gift because he knows I like butterflies. #SweetLittleBoy

My son's favorite species of shark is currently the Goblin Shark. What would you name this one?


Sunday, March 12, 2017

So, the clock change is giving me a bit of insomnia...that along with drinking too much water, having too much in the back of my mind and needing to be up to take medicine at the right time. Anyway, I stayed up and watched "Forces of Nature." That got me thinking (about Love, of course). I would recommend you watch it and fast-forward through if there is a part you find objectionable(not what you think) and the ending is not what I thought. I was actually surprised at the ending at first but then realized there was more than one character that the story needed to stay true to or develop happiness...yes, I like the ending.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Facebook begins testing reactions and 'dislike' in Messenger.
I think I don't really like this unless it is perhaps controlled by the person posting...as in, some statuses have the dislike option but not others. I already see people making plenty of use of the 'angry' reaction when that doesn't seem appropriate. Facebook seems to be a highly emotional, and sometimes irrational, place anymore...sigh.

Monday, February 27, 2017

-----Pickle Infused Vodka
Artichoke Pesto
---I am wondering what the texture would be like.
---Freeze for up to 6 months.
---The recipe was inspired by piccata-style dishes.
---We have a food processor. Unfortunately, when it was getting put together, one piece got put on prematurely and now I have to wait until I find a special tool for removing that piece (vintage). The recipe mentions making 4 or 5 cups of pesto at a time in a large food processor...that would be nice since the small quantities of store-bought pesto run out so QUICKLY.

Friday, February 24, 2017

-----Hungarian Mushroom Soup with Fresh Dill
So yummy!
This was No Churn Vanilla and Chocolate Creme Cookie Ice Cream that I made with the kids last Summer. The cookies were the generic Great Value(Walmart)...we used maybe 3/4 the amount one might use in the No Churn Oreo Ice Cream recipe I adapted. Of course, this was immensely better than store-bought. :-)

This weird picture is ice cream hardening in the fridge for at least 6 hours. Another great use for those sturdy Blue Bunny containers with the stay fresh seal. The kids helped crush the finer cookie pieces with a rolling pin...crushing things is fun.

Perhaps we will try these:
-----No Churn Chinese Five Spice Ice Cream
-----Fresh Peach Ice Cream (no churn)
-----No Churn Strawberry Cheesecake Granola Streusel Ice Cream
-----Balsamic Plum Ice Cream. No churn. Dairy-free.
-----No-Churn Black Sesame Ice Cream. Only 3 ingredients.

-----No-Churn Cinnamon Ice Cream
-----Fig, Vietnamese Cinnamon and Coffee Ice Cream

Friday, February 17, 2017

One of our next planned (homeschool) reads for Preschooler. The growth of an apple tree and a family of robins throughout the year. Pollination is summed up nicely. This books gives a basic idea of how to make an apple pie...plus there is a recipe that I am excited about trying with the kids. I have very little experience with pie-making...I intend to fix that but have only myself and the internet to teach me.

-----Spiced Apple Pie
-----Almond and Apple Pie
-----Double Crust Apple Pie

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Just Out of the Oven...

I was having a day where most everything I did turned into klutziness...so, I decided to keep dinner simple tonight...Seasoned Oven-Roasted Chicken. This was yummy. I would recommend making sure to use thicker chicken breasts to avoid drying out (I achieved varying degrees of juiciness).
I will have to explore all the variations in the recipe comments. :-)

Recipes I am considering:
-----Homemade Tartar Sauce. Includes grated onion and I love capers. I just don't know what kind of fish we will be putting with it...not much selection around here. I am hoping I can pick up some nice fish fillets on a roadtrip.
-----Asiago Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Soup
-----Crustless Rhubarb-Custard Pie
-----Garlic Roasted Cauliflower with Toasted Asiago Bread Crumbs
-----Easy Alfredo Sausage and Potato Gnocchi Bake
-----Cauliflower Hash Brown Egg Cups

Looking for:
-----A good Chicken Burger recipe.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Pink Saturday

It is hard for me to find pink in my house...beyond my daughter's loads of pink clothing (her favorite color). This is Daughter's piggy bank...a present from her great-grandmother.

So, it looks like there is nothing much on that shelf...but I have started Spring Cleaning early. This dental pick with mirror and light was part of some blogging opportunity several years ago. Back to the bathroom it goes.

Candles from Great-Grandmother who is a big fan of cakes and celebrations. I need to have a cake and a celebration.

Ornaments that have both very sentimental memories and, more recently, troubling memories...the two are not related. Usually these are on a shelf all year but the troublesome parts of life have kept them off the tree last year. Our tree is always kept up late for certain visitors...late like February-April, depending on who is coming....so, today I made the move of ignoring certain things and on the tree they went.

CD that Kindergartener painted for an etching project with Daddy...reminding them of it later. Candle holder from college and some tealights...cue romantic dinner plans and maybe Valentine's, too.

And now there is just this Nativity that I received back when my Mother passed. It is reminiscent of another piece that she had which I am looking into restoring. I am happy with my progression from a pink item to a blue item...now to dust.

Monday, January 09, 2017


If Seal put a tiny bit more effort into this...it would be one of those things that sounds amazing if one is in the audience fairly close...his voice just seems suited for this song.
Now, you may ask, how did this number come about in the first place? I figured that one out pretty quickly.
The man on the left is Trevor Horn...a very talented man....lead singer of The Buggles ("Video Killed the Radio Star"), sometimes vocalist of the band Yes(who sings this song), often-producer of the band Yes, and Grammy Award winner for producing "Kiss From a Rose" by Seal. So, this cover was obviously an easy, and epic, pair-up....one that I wish conveyed better to the audio on this video.

Freddie Mercury as Larry Lurex (a play on Gary Glitter's name). Cover of a Beach Boy's song. A single that was released at the same time as Queen's first album.

Fun and not a Queen rip-off.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

One Pot Tomato Lentil Pasta
We did not have vegetable broth and are not vegetarians...so a package of chicken Ramen seasoning, white cooking wine and water did nicely as a substitute.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Saturday, December 17, 2016

This cover of "November Rain quickly grew on me.

Easy Recipes:
-----Cherry Cream Cheese Danish. Someday I will have experience with delicate pastry but this will do for now.
-----Peanut butter M & M's Fudge
-----Peppermint Fudge

Preschool Girl: Let's do our favorite things. Let's say our favorite colors and girls' stuff. Let's do that in the other room with Kindergarten Boy.
Mommy: I don't think Kindergarten Boy likes girls' stuff.
Preschool Girl: He will this time. Because I said so.

-----Brazilian Black Bean Soup. This will be made as soon as I find some non-puny hamhocks...they are hard to find around here in any size.
-----Bobby Flay's Honey-Rum Baked Black Beans

*laments the fact that I don't own an ugly Christmas sweater. I should have an ugly Christmas sweater.*

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

(Licensed photo by jerry_b)
Recipe I am making soon:
-----Cayenne Pretzels. Taste of Home. Since we have problems with soy, I will make a simple ranch dressing mix to use in this recipe. Also cutting back a bit on the cayenne (more sensitivities...sigh).

Other recipe finds:
-----Copycat Frank's Red Hot Sauce

Sunday, November 27, 2016

From the British Monarchy Instagram account. This is Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in 1947...the year they got married. The couple celebrated their 69th anniversary recently!
Donald Trump has named K.T. McFarland as Deputy National Security Adviser. This is not a position that requires Senate confirmation.
In general, I am not a fan of Fox News (McFarland's current employer)...but I will have to look online and see some of her work.
McFarland was a part of the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations.
What I am listening to.
The album is 35 on the iTunes chart...though it came out 3 years ago.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Thing I like...the character Hope's eye makeup on "Days of Our Lives."
It looks like Hope will be going to prison after shooting a person who had tormented her for decades (she was under the impression he had committed a crime that contributed to her husbands death and this villain was taunting her about that). So, I am predicting that she will go to prison and then change her mind and finally fight to defend herself.
-----The producer has said that anyone who dies on Days from Sept. 2015 onward will stay dead. Stefano "The Pheonix" DiMera will not be rising from the ashes this time.
I am slowly watching this on Netflix.
Due to budget constraints, I haven't been to a sit-down restaurant in several years...well, I remember us going to Steak N'Shake twice and a chain BBQ once (when we had a REALLY good coupon). Despite that, I do consider myself a foodie and one day hope to be a gastronome.

From the documentary:
-----"So, I think that'll be 60, 70 dishes I'll be eating within these 24 hours."
-----Katie Keiko's blog..."K's Luxe Dining Table."
-----"Luxeat: In Search for Beauty on a Plate"

-----Fortissimo Films is recently defunct. :-(

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Kindergartner likes this cover. He hasn't watched the video (and won't be watching it). I like the "oh" parts at about 2:30.

Very pretty. The Rolling Stones song.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Banned Books Week is Over...
Of course, we are continuing to read.

This year's Banned Book's Week ran from September 25th-October 1st. We participated well but I don't feel like we are finished...so we will go on for a while.

We went to the library and found we have read many of the books in the children's Banned Books display. Among the books was Shel Silverstein's "The Giving Tree." We did not get around to reading that for the week but have read it before. We probably watched the reading/animation below this week...but I don't remember for sure...that is how busy a week it has been.
SO: Yes, we did start to watch it...but Kindergartner informs me he feel asleep. We can't have him miss hearing Shel Silverstein's voice. :-)

During the week, we watched the movie of "How to Eat Fried Worms" but have not gotten to reading the book yet. The book was award-winning. This title was banned for being gross. There was a joke made by a three-year-old about an anatomy part...but it seems that natural joke-telling that kids do was not enough to get it a ban. People were afraid kids would do things like eating fried worms. Our Kindergartener has no intention of eating fried worms...though he did observe that the recipes would make doing it easier. Some great lessons about bullying.


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Our Homeschool's Banned Books Weeks Choices

This years Banned Book's Week runs from September 25th-October 1st. We have picked our reading.

"The Giving Tree"

-----"How to Eat Fried Worms" movie and book are on our library hold list.

-----I will get "Little House on the Prairie" out of my hope chest. The kids love what they have read of these stories but Grandma's book has not made its debut yet. I can remember going with her to buy it...the cover is in good condition for being that old.

-----"The Lorax." This was our Kindergartener's first movie in a theater.

-----"Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" by Bill Martin jr. Eric Carle. The reason it is on the banned list is somewhat humorous...well, sort of...it was something like the people determining were confused with another author

-----Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, by William Steig. The kids have been read this several times.

What are you planning to read?


-----The Washington D.C. library system will have a scavenger hunt this month in which hundreds of once-banned books will be hidden.
-----List of Books Banned by Governments. It includes "Alice in Wonderland."

Thursday, September 08, 2016

"7 Trader Joe's Snacks That Are School Lunch Sugar Bombs." Say it ain't so...the ever popular Joe Joe's are on the list. Someone did point out that the snacks are healthier than their brand name counterparts...but it does not seem by much.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Saturday Nine Meme

1) When the song was written, "Surf City" was a fictitious town.* Tell us a song that is set in a real place.
"Little Old Lady From Pasadena"...also Rob Zombie's "Go to California." Husband and I used to really want to move to California and "Go to California" is our song. Who knows maybe we will have that ranch in California one day still.

2) In the song, Jan and Dean sing about riding around in a 1934 station wagon, which means the car was 29 years old when the song was recorded. How old is your vehicle?
Both are somewhere around a decade.

3) Are you good on a surf board?
I wish. I have not been to the ocean. I love photos of barrel and tube waves and I am fascinated with wave pools.

4) When you spend time out in the sun, are you careful about applying sunscreen?
Yes, me and my children burn easily. We have many different forms of sunscreen. I have lotion and makeup with sunscreen, too. Yet, I still get slightly sunburned often...sigh.
The original tune and video. :-)

5) Dean's original partner was Arnie Ginsburg. When Dean was drafted into the Army, Arnie didn't feel like waiting so he abandoned show business and went back to college. Today he holds several patents. What is something you wish someone would invent?
A holodeck where can I persuade my (holograph of my)husband to dance.

6) Jan was a perpetual student who juggled college with recording. He not only graduated from UCLA, he completed two years of medical school at the UC Irvine School of Medicine. Have you ever considered going back to school?
Yes, often...I had always seen myself getting a Phd. but have not been able to due to circumstances beyond my control. When the kids get older, I may go for a scholarship that I am pretty certain to get if it is still available. Right now, I do take courses on philosophy and Biblical topics (like the rise and fall of Jerusalem) via Coursera.

7) In 1966, Jan was sidelined by a serious car accident. During the years that he was unable to perform, partner Dean became a graphic artist. He designed logos and album covers for Steve Martin, Diana Ross and others. Do you feel you respond most to words, pictures, or music?
Words...especially if there are new terms for me to learn within those words. There's never enough time to look up all references or vocab though. I hate reading without total comprehension.

8) In 1978, CBS made a TV movie about Jan and Dean. If they approached you about a made-for-TV movie of your life, who would you like to play you?
Well, I am pretty gentle (just an honest assesment)...so I guess an actress of the kind you don't see much anymore. A younger Melissa Gilbert with bolder hair or Ali McGraw in the "Love Story" years. Maybe a woman who has played Peter Pan since I am appalled by unfairness in the same way that Peter was. Perhaps Sophia Loren...but more conservative...because I try to ENJOY life like some of her characters do.

Maybe Ann Margret could be my double at times...because I used to have that kind of energy, and sometimes that color hair, before my thyroid automimmune problems got much worse. I can still sometimes muster this much activity for dancing but not much else...chronic fatigue, etc. Some day I feel confident I will be the woman my Husband first met many years ago...who had more energy than any women he had ever met. #LoftyButNotImpossibleGoals

9) Random question: Growing up, how did you learn about the birds and the bees? (From books/the web, from parents, from your friends...)
My parents did not talk about this at all. I learned entirely from school, movies and oddly enough, the "historical romances" that my mother liked to read (apparently for the actual history). Now I have inherited a large amount of these books that are sometimes rather detailed and I am skimming them for the history tidbits I want to pick up...then putting them in the "Take and Leave" library or finding someone in a nursing home who likes that sort of thing. Our children are homeschooled and we have a friend who has taught Christian "Sex Ed" at a teacher-staffed homeschool co-op...we will consult her when the time comes for such learning.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Scenic Weekends Meme

Cypress knees peaking up out of the water in Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum. 
Cincinnati, August 2011.

This is one of 15 ponds there.

I was visited by and enjoyed visiting the author of "Photo by Manka." Their post made me long for sun, waves and salmon. As soon as it cools off here, I will be getting the salmon part(out of the freezer).


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