Saturday, March 31, 2007
You have heard and read about my efforts to trim down. Sometimes I have talked about the "bad twin" who tells me to eat unhealthy or overeat. Do you think I have been playing devil's advocate? Time to unmask that voice and stop listening although I must admit it has been easier. I am not on a diet. Diets have starting and stopping points. I am just following a healthier lifestyle that will continue on. I guess that in itself is a miracle and I am grateful for abundant grace. I am also grateful for accountability and the support you have given me. No more secrets. Hold it up to the light.
To continue with my BB link. Scroll way down to the bottom of the column and see the Web site of the day. http://www.twincities.com/bulletinboard/ci_5559158?nclick_check=1
Friday, March 30, 2007
Marcel Juliet: One good Proust deserves another?
Reports The MOM in Stillwater: "My daughter dropped off a DVD of 'Little Miss Sunshine' last weekend, and I made time to watch it after lunch today. Steve Carrel plays a character self-described as the 'Number One Proust Scholar in the World.' That went over my head. There are holes in my education. I had never heard of Proust, the writer. (Juliet Proust, the dancer, I have heard of.) [Bulletin Board says: Actually, it was Juliet Prowse - R.I.P.]
"After waiting months on the library waiting list for Nora Ephron's book 'I Feel Bad About My Neck,' I picked up my copy yesterday afternoon. I started reading it last night and this afternoon started the chapter about cabbage strudel. She talks about people making references 'as if they had read Proust, which in most cases they haven't.'
"I may be ignorant of Proust's writings, but am comforted I may be like most people.
"Bulletin Board ruling?"
BULLETIN BOARD RULES: Sure. We'll trust you when you say you'd never heard of Proust - even as we guess that very, very few people who have read a Nora Ephron book have never so much as heard of Proust.
(Of course, it's conceivable that you've run into Proust sometime and forgotten all about it. Few of us, after all, have perfect remembrance of things past.)
D'ya suppose Nora Ephron has read Proust?
Or does she merely want people to imagine that she has?
Thursday, March 29, 2007
The Donald has supposedly accepted a challenge from Vince McMahon (another guy not on my list of most admired men in America). Each would have a wrestler representing him in a WWE match billed as the “Battle of the Billionaires”. Each had written a large check for charity and agreed to have his head shaved if “his wrestler” lost the match. Do you think Mr. Trump has a piece of the action and stands to profit financially?
The match will be a pay-per-view broadcast on April 1st. Oh. April Fools Day. Maybe the joke is on us. They can stop the barbers by saying “April Fool”.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Project one: Finishing a basement in our first house. My husband, the optimist, hauled home a load of sheet rock. The pieces were taped two-together for easier transport. Easier to keep track of, but twice the weight. We dragged all that heavy stuff down the stairs.
Lesson learned: Cut the tape to separate the pieces if you don’t want to hear your assistant whine. (Would you like some cheese with that?)
He measured twice and then cut it to fit. After burning out a power saw, he learned his next important lesson. You do not saw sheet rock. You score it and snap along the line!
Project two: A family room addition with double thick sheet rock around area of fireplace insert. Double thick sheet rock is double weight sheet rock. Oh, my aching arms. His taping was getting a little better, but we still had to hire someone to spray that ceiling to cover the inadequately camouflaged joints.
Lesson learned: Hire the tapers unless you have practiced your skills on someone else’s home project.
Project three: New house and new project “ finishing” the garage. This time the sheet rock was 12 foot length pieces to hang on the high cathedral ceiling in the workshop off the garage. As the assistant, I am on a ladder lifting and then holding the sheet rock on that ceiling that reaches 12 feet at the peak while hubby screws it in place.
Lesson learned. Professionals and other do-it-yourselfers use a T-bar to hold the material in place.
Lesson learned: I don’t do sheet rock.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
I heard a new use for rabbit ears. I met up with old friends for coffee and caught up on their lives. One friend’s oldest son is graduating from high school this spring and headed off to college next year. All of us who have been through this experience commiserated and offered solace and support. She remarked she has confidence they have prepared their son for his independence. He is a good kid. She even said she has always been forthright in talking about sex with their kids. “I had to” she said. When the first child was five he asked his father, “How can you tell the difference between boy and girl rabbits?” Her husband told his son “You can tell by the ears”.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Link to Dolly Varden if you don't believe me:
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
Today is the 6-month anniversary of our newlyweds, daughter Mary and Mike. Happy Anniversary and many more happy ones.
They were married on a rainy Sept. 23rd at the home of Aunt Jannie and husband Gordon. They had knocked themselves out for this garden wedding but it started to rain five minutes before the ceremony. It was a nice save getting married in the house instead. Jannie had decorated beautifully for fall, inside and out.
Link for "The MOM in Stillwater" today:
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Today I expected to see our new kitchen sink installed. Jon contacted his friend who is a carpenter, to hire him to install this heavy, cast iron beauty. The guy expected to be able to do it today, but never called back to confirm. The sink is heavy and Jon should not be lifting it alone. He has never done an install like this before and wanted the professional help. Now we wait. After it all it takes two to sink the sink 'n sync.
Yesterday Bulletin Board had my retort to the "Benediction nun" saga I blogged about on Mar 13. Their web format has changed. To find BB click on life + culture on the top tool bar, then on bulletin board on bar that opens below. http://www.twincities.com/bulletinboard/ci_5480437
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
The sound, like ice cubes tinkling in a crystal goblet, when the ice is breaking up on the Minnesota lakes in the spring.
The noise of peepers croaking in a muddy, shallow pond.
The first pussy willows.
Crocus and grape hyacinth, daffodils blooming in the warm soil near my house.
Waterfalls running at full force.
Fifty degree, warm, misty mornings.
The street sweeper making the rounds ridding us of the winter sand and debris.
Kids on bikes.
The first walk on the soft, fertile ground on paths through the woods.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
This guy held a grudge against a girl he had known in third and fourth grade. She had rejected his attention (in his mind at least). Years later, he began writing letters threatening her life if he could not have her. He drew pictures of tombstones with her name on. He wrote bad poetry with many mispellings. She lived in Connecticut. He put the harassing, threatening letters in a plain white envelope and left them for his mom to mail. Mom noted he had not put his return address in the corner and did that for him!
The FBI found the guy. He had purchased a gun and saber and had a backpack full of ammo.
Do you think he will be writing his mom from prison? I am glad the girl was not hurt and realize this is black humor but I find it "poetic justice" at it's best.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Saturday, March 17, 2007
seriously on that day and if anyone came to school wearing orange, they were sent home to change.
Friday, March 16, 2007
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
We booked his flight to China yesterday. I think all he earns there from the grant may be spent on the airfare! It is not about the money he will be paid. It is quite an opportunity for a college-aged kid and we hope will help him gain employment after graduation. Back "in the day" when I was studying science in high school a trip to the science fair in St. Cloud was exciting.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
From the Bulletin Board in St. Paul Pioneer Press on Mar. 13:
Or: CAUTION! Words at Play!
The MOM in Stillwater: "My husband faithfully composes his e-mail on Microsoft Word so he can spell-check it before sending it on e-mail. One letter was to his aunt the Benediction nun. He had addressed it to 'Sr. Helenette, OSB' (Order of St. Benedict). Spell-check wanted to change that to 'SOB,' which surely would change the meaning. [Bulletin Board notes: Yes. Then she'd be a "SOB sister"!]
"Oops, have I made spell-check a verb?
BULLETIN BOARD SAYS: You have. It's OK. "Spell-check," as either a transitive or intransitive verb, communicates quite economically, don't you think?
Of course, even Microsoft Word is powerless to "spell-check" words that are, in fact, words — but are not the right words (under the circumstances).
Like, just for example, "Benediction"!
Monday, March 12, 2007
I think the NASA's budget does benefit the common person. We have Tang, adult high absorbency diapers and now this!
Picture was in yesterday's paper. Apparently this was poster hung on the satellite that had nothing to do with the satellite. It wasn't a special john for people without enough fiber in their diet.
PS. -22 today. Yeah. I have been able to walk outside with this spring weather. The "Reverse Diet is going well. Skipped supper two or last three nights.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Friday, March 9, 2007
Owner better keep an eye out for Cruella deVille.
I think they should be called the Tigger shoe--bouncey, bouncey --
PS. A better day yesterday after two lousy eating days. I started with 30 min. at the gym followed by an hour of brisk walking. Did not eat between meals and think I can get back on track. I am approaching two months. Wish the weight was coming off faster. My self-encouragement yesterday was to say I was on the 5 Minute Diet. Don't eat anything for the next five minutes! I need to curb the impulses. I also remembered what my dad said when I was a kid and he decided to quit drinking; "People will be surprised!" To round it off I decided to follow what Jesus said that somethings are moved by "prayer and fasting" and dedicate myself to praying for someone elses's need.
Thursday, March 8, 2007
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Today I began reading a book recommended by my sister. It has been on the NY Times bestseller list many weeks and is called "Left To Tell", by Immaculee Ilibagiza. She is a survivor of the genocidal holocaust in Rwanda in 1994. She tells her story gently and espouses love and forgiveness after enduring the madness that enveloped that country. She set a good example I feel for how we must proceed. We need to tell the truth with love. To call each other to be better. To treat each other as brothers and sisters. To seek just solutions for problems.
Monday, March 5, 2007
TOP TEN DRIVING TIPS
1. One of the things he taught was the safety of the middle lane. You have options to move right or left as needed. Use the left lane to pass but it is the most dangerous. That is already what I do.
2. Carefully pass large vehicles and 18 wheelers. Don't follow them because you have no visibility ahead of them. Many in the class, including myself, thought of them as "running interference" and chose to follow them. My husband always passes them. I will change the way I drive and pass.
3. I was taught in the 60's to place your hands on the wheel in a 10 & 2 position. Later I heard 8 & 4. This guy teaches 9 & 3 for greatest control. I'll do that and continue to nag my husband who loves to cruise down the road with hands resting on the crossbar!
4. Do you remember being taught to keep one car length times 10 miles of speed you were driving from the car in front of you? I haven't done any driving classes since 1963 and still try to estimate that distance. The instructor had a good question. What is the length of the car you are using to estimate that distance? In 1963 cars were a bit longer. Lengths vary a bit now. He states leave 4 seconds between cars. Watch when they pass a landmark and count off "One Mississippi, two Mississippi "... to determine what a 4 second gap is.
5. Adjust the headrest behind your head to have the middle of the headrest line up with the middle of your ear. This will help prevent whiplash.
6. Some colors of cars are safer than others. Everyone thought red fire engines were the most visible until research showed they disappeared in the glow of sunset. Green blends in with the grass, my dark gray is the color of the road. White is one of the best although I felt nervous when my son had a white car and lived in Boulder, Colorado. Would they find you in a snowdrift? Some in Colorado may be painting stripes on their cars this year. A bright yellow-green is the safest but no one wants it. The answer is to use those lights 24 hours a day. Mine turn off automatically and I do that. Score 2 points.
7. Never change a flat tire by the side of the freeway. Gawkers will look at you and some may drive right into you. Your cars go where your eyes go, that is why people hit highway patrol cars and stranded cars. Drive slowly with the flat to the next exit to change it. Not much danger here to me as I do not change flats or clean fish. He didn't say anything about cleaning fish while driving. That is just advice I got from my mom. "Don't learn to change a flat or clean fish". Now if she had just told me not to learn to vacuum and cook....
8. We were spared the photos of mangled bodies from car crashes but I did work in an ER for years. Above all avoid getting T-boned at an intersection (hit from the side). Don't be the first one out there when the light turns green and don't be the one running that yellow light.
9. Hit the deer. Swerving to avoid the wildlife may cause you to go in the ditch, possible roll over. Hit the deer. This brought an unfavorable response from a few older ladies. I have never had a close encounter with a deer and know you should hit them, but wonder if I would just react from instinct and swerve. Hope they keep their distance from me a few more years.
10. If you do breakdown by the side of the road and call someone to rescue you, have them park their car behind you. This will leave a car for them to hit instead of instead of hitting the car with the people in or around it.
Sunday, March 4, 2007
Friday night we entertained friends who had expressed interest in watching our "home movies" of our Oct. European adventure. My husband is a retired professional filmaker/videographer and we have better than average vacation movies. I am glad for his skill and love to relive great memories through his work.
Saturday, March 3, 2007
If you have ever watch the Tonight Show when Jay Leno does his "Jaywalking" segment the following email I received might astound you. Standards might have been a little higher then. Certainly some of the Tonight show contestants who do not know who is the vice-president or when Columbus sailed would be put to shame. Some of Jay's miscreants are elementary school teachers and college students. They might not make it past 8th grade in 1905. I was always chagrined when my 70 yr old mom would solve a problem using algebra. Picture is of my dad Cliff's one room school classmates from Dalton, Minnesota taken around 1916. They all look shy, especially my dad the third from left on the bottom. He is leaning away from the girl!
"What it took to get an 8th grade education in 1895 --Remember when grandparents and great-grandparents stated that they only had an 8th grade education? Well, check this out. Could any of us have passed the 8th grade in 1895? This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 in Salina, Kansas, USA. It was taken from the original document on file at the Smokey Valley Genealogical Society and Library in Salina, KS, and reprinted by the Salina Journal. 8th Grade Final Exam: Salina, KS -1895 Grammar (Time, one hour) 1. Give nine rules for the use of capital letters. 2. Name the parts of speech and define those that have no modifications 3. Define verse, stanza and paragraph 4. What are the principal parts of a verb? Give principal parts of "lie", "play", and "run". 5. Define case; Illustrate each case. 6. What is punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of punctuation. 7 - 10. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar. Arithmetic (Time, 1.25 hours) 1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic. 2. A wagon box is 2 ft. deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold? 3. If a load of wheat weighs 3942 lbs., what is it worth at 50cts/bushel, deducting 1050 lbs. for tare? 4. District No. 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals? 5. Find the cost of 6720 lbs. coal at $6.00 per ton. 6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent. 7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft. long at $20 per metre? 8. Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent. 9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance of which is 640 rods? 10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt. U.S. History (Time, 45 minutes) 1. Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided. 2. Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus. 3. Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War. 4. Show the territorial growth of the United States. 5. Tell what you can of the history of Kansas. 6. Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion. 7. Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton, Bell, Lincoln, Penn, and Howe? 8. Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849, 1865. Orthography (Time, one hour) Do we even know what this is?? 1. What is meant by the following: Alphabet, phonetic, orthography, etymology, syllabication 2. What are elementary sounds? How classified? 3. What are the following, and give examples of each: Trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals 4. Give four substitutes for caret 'u.' (HUH?) 5. Give two rules for spelling words with final 'e.' Name two exceptions under each rule. 6. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each. 7. Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word: bi, dis, mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, sup. 8. Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name the sign that indicates the sound: card, ball, mercy, sir, odd, cell, rise, blood, fare, last. 9. Use the following correctly in sentences: cite, site, sight, fane, fain, feign, vane, vain, vein, raze, raise, rays. 10. Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks and by syllabication. Geography (Time, one hour) 1 What is climate? Upon what does climate depend? 2. How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas? 3. Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean? 4. Describe the mountains of North America 5. Name and describe the following: Monrovia, Odessa, Denver, Manitoba, Hecla, Yukon, St. Helena, Juan Fernandez, Aspinwall and Orinoco. 6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S. 7. Name all the republics of Europe and give the capital of each. 8. Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the same latitude? 9. Describe the process by which the water of the ocean returns to the sources of rivers. 10. Describe the movements of the earth. Give the inclination of the earth. Notice that the exam took FIVE HOURS to complete. Gives the saying "he only had an 8th grade education" a whole new meaning, doesn't it?! Also shows you how poor our education system has become... and, NO... I don't have the answers, and I failed the 8th grade test!! "
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