Friday, January 27, 2012

Gerber has upset us. :-(

This is sad and scary. I am frustrated with Gerber.
I kid you not, I am calling Gerber as I have found what was definitely mold in the lids of baby food jars three times this month....two of those being yesterday and today.

We are now going to switch to Beechnut...but I have at least a couple hundred Gerber jars, 10 Gerber smoothies, a couple Gerber Grabbers and many boxes of the rice cereal. :-(

The moldy-lidded-jars all expired in 2013, all had the "pop" when opened and were stored well. I did notice that the first was hard to open. The second moldy one had a dent on the lid and was hard to open. No other anomalies.

Ham, pears and bananas. I don't know what store....we buy baby food primarily from Walmart but also two HyVees.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


1. In a traditional Dragon or Lion Dance, the loud drums and cymbals are thought to chase out evil spirits. How do you do YOUR traditional Dragon Dance to drive out any evil in your life? (Do you dance with dragons?......or just old Elvis records....inquiring minds want to know)
I dance to music that usually helps....I have eclectic music tastes so it can be anything from Glen Miller to John Lennon to the Aggrotech band "Grendel." Sometimes taking a shower helps. When angry, I tend to start cleaning and cleaning and cleaning. I try to attend two online prayer groups each evening.

2. Have you experienced any good or bad omens this year?
I do not believe in such. As far as how the year is has been mixed. There have already been many blessings and good times. There have been some less-than-nice people. I am worried about my Mother.
 ---I have decided to look into joining MADD this year. Our New Year started with great fun but then turned scary. We (myself,Husband,Little One and our good friend) were heading home from Walmart where we had gone to walk off the dinner we had at a was about an hour and fourteen minutes after midnight and the roads were pretty much EMPTY. All of a sudden what we could only assume was a drunk driver came halfway into our lane. They were doing at least 50 in a 35! Husband would have been badly hurt or dead, if there was a (head-on) impact. I am so thankful that my Husband is a good and quick-thinking driver.

3. I believe that good fortune has more to do with personal integrity, honesty and character than ancient symbolism. Treating people the way you would want to be treated goes a long way in warding off that pesky negative Karma.  Dragons are considered evil creatures according to European culture , but in Chinese culture the dragon symbolizes supernatural power and goodness. Which one do you believe? Or would you rather just try the good ole' Golden Rule.......
I believe in the Golden Rule and wish everyone else did. I do not like people that show no respect for others...especially when you have been only respectful and nice to them.

4. Chinese couples will attempt to have "Dragon babies" in the year 2012. In order to take advantage of astrological predictions of wealth and success, name one thing you should attempt to "birth" that could bring you good luck.
Again I don't believe in such. I want to be super-organized in the things I do online. I occasionally do paid reviews on this blog and I am going to be a deskman for DarkestGoth Magazine which premiers in June. I was going to culinary school in the Fall but have decided it will be best if I continue to pursue that study through my own efforts (which includes a lot of online studying which is easy to get disorganized or sidetracked on). I also may be taking a social marketing opportunity at some point. There is just to much info to keep track of on the computer in this day and age.

5. You are in charge of the Chinese New Year Parade in your town. Who will ride on the first float?
If he were alive, Don Ho....singing "Tiny Bubbles."  Since he died in 2007, I suppose a person dressed up as Snarf from the "Thundercats."

6.  What is your favorite Chinese food?
Kung Pao chicken.

7. Chinese people often think of themselves as descendants of the mythical Dragon creature. Do you have any mythical creatures in your family closet?
None. Little One is particularly fond of his stuffed dinosaur, a Christmas teddy bear and Spot (the dog) from the Eric Hill stories.

My second-favorite dragon sculpture.

Sunday, January 22, 2012


I say ... and you think ... ?
  1. Rivals ::
  2. Muhammad Ali....Cassius Marcellus Clay. Bitter rivals. Arch enemies. Sibling rivalry. Coke vs. Pepsi...that reminds me, I haven't found a good cooking-with-soda-pop recipe lately and I should start a "CookingWithSodaPop" board on Pinterest. "There can be only one."
  3. Automatically ::
  4. Automatically...writing what comes to mind for this memory. "Automatic writing" in the spiritism sense, is scary. Don't automatically assume. "Well this car is automatic, it's systematic, it's hydromatic. Why it's greased lightnin'!"
  5. Bathroom ::
  6. The little girls' powder your nose. In movies, and on TV, the bathroom is always the place to go for an impromptu,urgent conversation.  Women going to the bathroom together. Toilet paper is expensive. I do not like public bathrooms.
  7. Jerk ::
  8. A dance. Jerked meat. Dennis Leary...I'm an asshole...A-S-S-H-O-L-E. 
  9. Preference ::
  10. Dark meat or white with chicken. Would you prefer to tell them, or should I? Preference Hair Color. Personal preference. They are retiring one of the lines of preference...."Dream Blonde" or something like that.
  11. Parenting ::
  12. My issues of Parenting Magazine have not been arriving and it is supposed to be a 3-year subscription.
  13. Helmet ::
  14. Thor's helmet. Football helmet. Motorcycle helmet and all the people who don't want to wear one.
  15. Wave ::
  16. Doing "The Wave" at football games. Little One is so cute when waving at people.Wavy Gravy. Ocean Waves.
  17. Judo ::
  18. Flat tire ::
  19. I know two people who have gotten a flat tire in the past week.

 How to Change a Flat Tire

Increased U.S. Postal Rates take effect today!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Saturday 9.....

1. Do you live close to where you grew up? Why?
I stay within the realm of arranging travel as there are many illnesses in the family. 

2. Have you ever been so angry that you almost lost control?
Yes, once. It was in reaction to someone who made a daily habit of LOUDLY and grossly provoking others. Among other maddening things, everyone they encountered knew way too much of this person's personal life and exploits. Not one person I knew (who knew them) was left out of being a target either for messing with or trying to shock. I hope things have changed as this person had so much potential to do good with their chosen career-path.                   

3. Are you a fan of a musical act that slightly embarrasses you?
I like "Nod Your Head" by Paul McCartney and "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins" sung by Leonard Nimoy. Some of the older New Kids on the Block music.   

4. Is there a movie that always makes you cry?
Anything where someone dies...particularly if it is similar to tragedies I have experienced with loved ones.

5. Who is the most famous person that you've met?
Alice Peacock.
I am friends with members of bands in the Christian Goth scene.
Eric Clayton.
One of the Miss America's.  

6. Before you leave your home, what must you have?
Keys, diaper bag. miniature Bible kept in the diaper bag, cell phone, pen and paper

7. What do you miss the most about being a kid?
Learning new things all day and being healthy enough to run in the sunshine. I may have asthma and I have leg issues. I don't want to jog...I mean run with wild abandon. 

8. Tell us about a passion of yours that your readers would not expect.
I want to have my Little One visit all 48 of the continental United States in some meaningful way at least once before adulthood. We have visited 5 last year and have plans  for others this year.

9. At what age do you think you'd be to think, “I've had a great run”?
As in being ready to die? I don't know. 


IKEA high chair recall.
This goes back to 2006! 

Friday, January 20, 2012

On my maybe list:
Butterfinger Cheesecake. I am not always fond of Butterfingers.
-----The only fireplace HEPA vacuum
-----Video Screen  Microscope. Perfect for homeschooling.

T-shirt I would like to have. 
Space, the moon & an upside-down tree.  

Friday Fill-Ins

1. When I looked out the window this morning _____.
I saw that it is snowing (still morning right now). I need to go get some blood taken and this is not good.

2._____ doesn't make sense to me.
Obama doesn't make sense to me. He does a lot of good....but he is just unpredictable. Some of his proposals just cause so much chaos.

3. Remind me _____.
that I have library books to finish and return in a few days. Also, I must check to make sure I got the return date right. I am reading "660 Curries," "Barbarians at the Dinner Plate," and a book about Chinese food. I finished "Cleaving"....a disgusting book, by the author of "Julie & Julia," featuring several infidelities and much self-indulgence.

4._____ is something I love to do!
Blogging (of course) Lately, I like putting things that I like on Pinterest. :-)

5. TP is _____.

6. I cleaned the refrigerator recently and I found _____.
The lemon juice had expired. It used to be we needed the concentrated lemon juice too much and now we don't get through the big bottle. We switched to the little squirt bottle.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to _____, tomorrow my plans include _____ and Sunday, I want to _____!
Shopping for bread, milk and using a pasta sauce coupon that is about to expire. A grandparent visit. IF this stupid snow lets up.
Having a berry cheesecake (homemade,no-bake). Showing Little One the swirling snow after I get done typing this. Editing some photos from a trip to the childrens' museum and other outings. Calling my Mother.
Having a homemade bean soup with lots of onions in it...I need to sort and soak the beans tonight.
Church...the (huge) cross below is on display at one of the churches I sometimes attend.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Thursday Thirteen.....

Coaster I eventually want to get a set of.
I have temporarily misplaced the name of the artist.

I felt sorry for this turkey.
Part of a temporary petting zoo. 
Sadly, I found a permanent petting zoo online where the cage was only SLIGHTLY bigger.
If the turkey would have somehow flown away, I would have applauded. 

3. LOVELAND CASTLE (Loveland, Ohio):

Resurrection Lilies.
The foliage comes up by itself ...
and these flowers  on stalks come up as a surprise later.
I want to try growing them. 

Roses at the hotel in Liberty, Kentucky.
We went to a music festival.
Small town.....has only one hotel and no all-night restaurants.


6. George Lucas plans to retire from making big movies. There may still be another Indiana Jones.

7. Recipe:
Greek Gingered Pear Drink. Simple recipe.

8. Recipes Using Bourbon:
Nutella Bourbon Cookies
Bourbon Meatloaf. Uses a 1/4 cup of bourbon. The recipe is from Harry's Bar & Grill in Milwaukee.

9.  12 New Year's resolutions for the TSA.

10.  "What Does It Mean to Be From Kentucky?" Humorous.

In My Life:
-----I finished reading "Son of a Witch." It is a part of the "Wicked" series (in case you didn't know or guess).  I did not like this as much as "Wicked" as it was not as fast-paced. I suppose the pacing of the book truly reflected the indecision and pace of the main character's life. I want to look up some of the many words I did not know in this book...particularly to find out what things are real. I especially want to know what plants and foods mentioned in this book (and the previous one) are real. I thought the ending was pretty clever.
-----I gave my Mother "Son of a Witch" when I was finished with it. I bought her the first book when she was hospitalized and she liked it a lot.
-----I have been watching some tutorials on how to do latte art. I was surprised to discover, it should not be too difficult to learn.
-----We took the little one to have professional photos done. Leaving the store was very cute...we were walking slowly because the parking lot was slippery in places and because Little One was holding onto the foot of the beloved stuffed dinosaur (Little One was in Daddy's arms and the big dinosaur was in mine).
-----I am finally on Pinterest. I couldn't figure out why I wasn't getting an invite. It turns out that it had gotten lost in all the e-mails I get and I could have been on there back in June!

12.  There is a new virus that may have time to raid your bank account without being noticed!!!


Cincinatti, Ohio 

I thing Husband took this photo. :-)
One of the 15 lakes in the cemetery. 

A pretty exit.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Apparently, the 7-year-old who wants to be a girl is now a Girl Scout. There is a call for a boycott of Girl Scout Cookies in response to this.

Monday, January 02, 2012

World Changes?

So the blog prompt that I was supposed to be working on today was "Social Media Goals in 2012." I ended up spending the day at Church and thinking about the blog prompt in ways I hadn't expected.

What are some of the things I would like to see changed that social media might be able to help with?
-----Drunk driving.
This year I will look into joining MADD. On New Year's Eve, we were coming back from a diner (and Walmart-wandering for exercise after) to pretty much empty roads when suddenly a drunk driver came into half of our lane. If this driver had hit us, my Husband would likely have been very injured or dead. It would have been a head-on crash and the person was doing about 50 (in a 35).
I feel there are necessary security procedures but I would like alternative methods to be looked at. Having to choose between invasive touching and radiation is not good.
Another thing I have mixed opinions on.
-----Holding politicians more responsible. This does not mean just complaining.

This was off the top of my head.
I have some further notes on this....but that is some of what I will be blogging about this year.

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