Thursday, December 30, 2010

So THAT is what is "wrong" with em!

Conservatives are now thought to have a "brain disorder".

check out the article, careful though you may just spew coffee on your keyboard at the absurdity:

CLICK HERE

Well, I DID warn ya! LOL!

Why not all conservatives go on "disability", maybe the system will crash that much sooner....?

Animal Behavior in Humans....is this a peek into the future?

I found this video on Black Friday Shoppers and it is quite interesting. I hope it posts.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Got a hangover?

Cure it with a glass of milk and honey on toast!

well, it might just work.

Check out THIS article that talks about it all.

Did Jesus heal with POT???

Ok, were the miracles that Jesus did really "pot" induced?

Found an article, here is an excerpt:

"As the day of Jesus' birth sweeps across the land, a sect of Christians will be celebrating with more than Christmas trees. A rising tide of Christians not only smoke pot, but think Jesus used the drug. They're gaining mainstream legitimacy, challenging religious and political dogma, and sometimes going to jail for their faith in unprecedented numbers. Sure, Jesus rocked some sandals, a beard, robes, and a message of everlasting love, but did he round out his hippie persona with dope?"

you can find the whole article right HERE

Now personally, I believe Jesus was the Son of God and his miracles were done with the power of his God.

But the article was interesting and pot does have many medicinal uses. It's only when it is abused that I worry.

Friday, December 24, 2010

can your faith cost you a job?

It seems it may have for THIS professor.

I find myself in the same quandary. While I knew ahead of time that I would be judged "unworthy" or "not quite smart enough" due to my faith; after there ARE so many in the field of science that think there is NO ROOM for GOD in there; I was surprised at just how much it has been so. And I was also surprised by just HOW MANY HIDE their faith. Oh yeah, there are those who pretend to be of no faith.

I myself, cannot hide my faith. My reasoning is: if God did create everything, then he is the greatest scientist of all. I'm not afraid to acknowledge a God nor the wondrous things he has created! Including all the processes which keep it all going.

I mean do evolutionists REALLY think that creationists believe that God is independently creating each and every living thing even now? Yes they do.

I see so many evolutionists who have false ideas about what many creationists believe; but in their behalf, I ALSO see many creationists who have false ideas about what many evolutionists believe.

balance people!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

I will never look at pumpkin pies the same way again....

A Plant That Out Grows its Container Needs to Be:

A very nice example of how WE can grow spiritually and since I am a budding botanist, appropriate: (totally snagged from a friends facebook, thanks sis!aka: Loida Samson)


A plant that outgrows its container needs to be re-potted, or transplanted into a larger area or else it withers or eventually dies. A good gardener needs to look for ways to promote growth. During springtime, plants need to be replanted to allow them REJUVENATE . Re-potting is our term for transplanting our self into a larger growth environment. Just as gardener, we look for ways to rejuvenate our lives.

Lessons from gardening:

Rethinking the landscape

Just as some plants need different environment to thrive, we need to adapt new perspective and start thinking in new ways. Reassessing the most important things, trading-off things and the likes are just some of the steps to successful re-potting of our lives. We try our best to bring more light and meaning into our personal garden by RETHINKING, REASSESSING our personal landscape and RE-SHIFTING our priorities.

Realize that planting is a process

Slowing down, creating time in our schedule are just some ways of letting our personal garden undergo a process. We don`t need to be afraid of "empty spaces". We have to cut back on our hectic schedule and utilize the free time slots with enriching and life-saving activities, this includes sharing the good news to others.

Let in more light

Maybe our plants need more light to grow . Similarly, for us to grow , it is essential to let our minds open to new possibilities and set attainable goals. If our lifestyle is constraining us (or even suffocating us) why don`t we choose to let more light in our lives in favor of a less constraining and simple life?

Tend your garden regularly

Whatever undertakings, whether it`s work, field ministry, or pursuing a new hobby and so on, we do something every single day to make a progress. We don`t let distractions take energies away from the tasks necessary to achieve our goals.

Cultivate your dreams

We can unleash our creativity side by allowing new ideas, concepts, and avenues run free in our minds. We can visualize our future lives under the new system of things for example. Would we be building our dream homes in pink (smile here) or yellow? Why not? We can let our imagination take over the current role we have and act in accordance with our dreams. It necessitates to work towards that goal and let the mind free for such.

Water your roots

We find the core values that motivate us. We make sure that the life we are living in is in sync with our deepest values and priorities. If we lack the spiritual goal and motivation, we see what we can do to realign to that.


Don`t forget fertilizer

Remember that when we expand our knowledge, we also expand our options. For personal growth, learning is crucial-whether we are pursuing a new hobby or realizing our new goals. The stimulation of learning fosters new growth and change at any age.


Plant a sample bed

Until we try a plant in our own personal garden, we would never know exactly if the conditions are right for growth. If that is not the case, we can always rip it out and try another one. Start all over again. Embrace trial and error method. No master is born.


Get input from other gardeners (this is the most important part)

One who instructs himself has a fool for a master. Top into our network- family, friends, and colleagues -whoever may be able to give us feedback. We benefit most from the wise advise coming from the source of all wisdom, the Bible. The great Gardener of all, Jehovah is the best adviser we can have.


Weed your garden

We have to eliminate the non-essentials, those weeds which hinder us from growing. We make a systematic and disciplined approach on how we get rid of them. It demands strong hands to pull them out, yes, we might be requiring a weed remover too. As long as there are personal weeds, our personal plants can not grow. If we allow vices, wrong desires, bad entertainment, vicious motives and so on thrive in our lives, they will soon take over our personal garden. It craves that we constantly remove those unnecessary and un-useful personal weeds in order for our garden to grow and aggrandize.

Monday, December 20, 2010

relaxin'

Different people have different ways to relax. I have a hundred and one....at least. lol!

One thing that really brings me peace and 'centers' me is playing in the dirt. yep, you read that right: playing in the dirt. I love to piddle in the garden and I got to do that these past couple days. I started a few seeds and cleaned up some of my garden.

I do not seem to relax while playing online....

Coffee also relaxes me.... until I've drank too much, then I just get paranoid, lol!

I also love snugglin' with my grandson! He and I will sit in my chair and just relax. Until he has had enough of relaxin' that is...which is usually about two minutes. But those two minutes are great, we talk...or rather he babbles and I listen and babble back.

take care and have a great day!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A History Lesson from "cuppajoe" from backwoods home!

For those that don't know about history ... Here is a condensed version:



Humans originally existed as members of small bands of nomadic
hunters/gatherers. They lived on deer in the mountains during the summer
and would go to the coast and live on fish and lobster in the winter.

The two most important events in all of history were the invention of beer
and the invention of the wheel. The wheel was invented to get man to the
beer. These were the foundation of modern civilization and together were
the catalyst for the splitting of humanity into two distinct subgroups:

1 . Liberals
2. Conservatives.

Once beer was discovered, it required grain and that was the beginning of
agriculture. Neither the glass bottle nor aluminum can were invented yet, so
while our early humans were sitting around waiting for them to be invented,
they just stayed close to the brewery. That's how villages were formed.

Some men spent their days tracking and killing animals to BBQ at night while
they were drinking beer. This was the beginning of what is known as the
Conservative movement...

Other men who were weaker and less skilled at hunting learned to live off
the conservatives by showing up for the nightly BBQ's and doing the sewing,
fetching, and hair dressing. This was the beginning of the Liberal movement.

Some of these liberal men eventually evolved into women. They became known
as girlie-men.Some noteworthy liberal achievements include the domestication
of cats, the invention of group therapy, group hugs, and the concept of
Democratic voting to decide how to divide the meat and beer that
conservatives provided.


Over the years conservatives came to be symbolized by the largest, most
powerful land animal on earth, the elephant. Liberals are symbolized by the
jackass for obvious reasons.

Modern liberals like imported beer (with lime added), but most prefer white
wine or imported bottled water. They eat raw fish

but like their beef well done. Sushi, tofu, and French food are standard
liberal fare.. Another interesting evolutionary side note: most of their
women have higher testosterone levels than their men. Most social workers,
personal injury attorneys, journalists, dreamers in Hollywood and group
therapists are liberals. Liberals invented the designated hitter rule
because it wasn't fair to make the pitcher also bat.

Conservatives drink domestic beer, mostly Bud or Miller. They eat red meat
and still provide for their women. Conservatives are big game hunters, rodeo
cowboys, lumberjacks, construction workers, firemen, medical doctors, police
officers, engineers, corporate executives, athletes, members of the
military, airline pilots and generally anyone who works productively.

Conservatives who own companies hire other conservatives who want to work
for a living.

Liberals produce little or nothing. They like to govern the producers
and decide what to do with the production. Liberals believe Europeans are
more enlightened than Americans. That is why most of the liberals remained
in Europe when conservatives were coming to America . They crept in after
the Wild West was tamed and created a business of trying to get more for
nothing.

Here ends today's lesson in world history:

It should be noted that a Liberal may have a momentary urge to
angrily respond to the above before forwarding it.

A Conservative will simply laugh and be so convinced of the absolute truth
of this history that it will be forwarded immediately to other true
believers and to more liberals just to piss them off.

And there you have it. Let your next action reveal your true self.....I'm
going to have another beer.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

That first sip....

There is just something about that first sip of hot coffee or hot tea when it is cold outside and you are still half asleep....

Makes you warm inside and you give a slow lazy smile.

Ahhhhh.... love it.

I never did even like or want to like coffee UNTIL Jude! My wonderful friend and neighbor when I was about 23 or so. This woman is absolutely great and she can make coffee to die for! She is the one who fixed me my first cup of coffee. HEAVENLY!!!

LOL! Jude is someone very special. She has a strong personality and is firm in her standards. She literally has been through hell and back.

And she can cook! She and I had a great agreement, I buy food for her and her family and she would cook for me! I was at the time in a very good position to buy a lot of food for very little and was happy to help her and her family out since her husband was out of work. It was a win win for me because she cooked for me and my son quite often. I'll never be able to cook like that,lol!

Anyways, Jude is the one who got me hooked on coffee. I don't know how many times we would sit in her dining area drinking coffee and talk about the 'deep things' of life.

So here's to you Jude! :)

Friday, December 10, 2010

No better way to get your way

Saw a news item today about the cyber attacks due to the arrest of the founder of Wikileaks.

Ok, HE seems to be for full disclosure, even if it endangers the security of a country. Well, his followers/supporters decided to protest by the massive amounts of cyber attacks on capitalistic websites: credit cards, etc...

ok...... why not attack government sites? And are these cyber-terrorists (as they have now been labeled) not against MORE government control over the internet? yet their very actions are pushing for MORE governmental control.

So it seems that the effect of the attackers is actually going to support the government in the increase of their control over the internet. buh bye internet freedom!

Now the question begs, are those so called cyber-terrorists REALLY "protesting" the control the government already has OR are they actually working FOR the governments and doing all this mayhem in order to help the governments gain more control?

Reminds me of those eco-terrorists who go way beyond and extreme to protest, just so those "more sane" eco-'friendly' groups are getting their goals done because they are "settled for".

Make sense? lol! Just think about it. Let us say you wanted to get your goal of "A" done; but it was just kinda extreme; would not someone who had a much more extreme goal of "B" and actually tried it - was rejected.... would that not suddenly make your goal of "A" much more acceptable just because it would NOT be "as bad as B"? It sure would!

Yep, same way as a kid, when you went to mommy and asked for horse but 'settled' for a puppy.... which is all that you really wanted to begin with.

Now ya get it!!! Now get ready for MORE gov control in the internet!

have a great day!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Size DOES matter!!!

The size of your brain's visual cortex, that is.

LOOK HERE

Check out the link and see if your brain is fooled or not! Interesting article on optical illusions.

And HERE is another site that shows a video of all the known galaxies.

Monday, December 6, 2010

communication

A fairly long word: communication.

But a very important word. Communication is the key in any and all relationships. Not just family, friends, school, etc. But also the doctor - patient relationship.

DUH! Seems most everyone agrees on this but that agreement doesn't seem to be getting it done.

LOOK HERE FOR SURVEY ARTICLE

Both patients and doctors agree that good communication can be the key to saving lives; yet there is not good communication.

Could it be because doctors just don't care about their patients? After all, many patients now attempt to diagnosis themselves (thank you internet) and have no problem spilling their opinions to the doctor..... right?

Or could it be that doctors are so over booked (whose fault is that?) and cannot devote enough time to actually listen to the patients?

This seems to be the main problem: not enough time/too many patients. Which by the way will only get worse as more doctors step out of the field and get replaced with Nurse Practitioners. Who have far less training.

Oh yeah, the scene of the medical field/health care IS indeed changing!

And it is not for the better, IMHO.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Now a word or two about my Son

Ah yes, the apple of my eye! lol! He is an adult now with one son of his own and another on the way.

I think (I hope) he is finally growing up. maybe.

This child of mine is definitely my kid. He is stubborn, opinionated, hardheaded, manipulative, and cranky.

Today, he fixed the dry wall on two of my kitchen walls and painted my hall way. :)

And he managed to get out of bed and be here by 8am! that in itself is a feat and an half for him. He brought his girl friend and his son whom I got to love and dote on which always makes my day.

I must also say that my son's son, is definitely my grandson! He is stubborn, opinionated, hardheaded, manipulative, and cranky.

HAHAHAHAHA~!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

my "third" grandma: Granny

Yes I have a third grandma ... well actually I had four but the one last really never had an interest in me at all.

So this post is about my Granny. Now I can pretty much sum up this relationship in one word: FOOD! cause this granny could cook!

One of her sons lived with her.... all his life (that's right, he never married and stayed home so his mom could take care of him. but that is another story)

Now granny never really "TALKED" to her grand kids verbally. She talked to them by feeding them well. And did I mention she chewed tobacco?

Most of my memories of her are about her cooking and her garden, burning papers in the back yard burn barrel, and her 'spare bedroom' with the vanity.

I think mostly why we did not talk a lot is because us kids were always outside playing or had our mouths full.

Her living room was icy cold and the spare bedroom was warm. She slept with her windows open and I loved sleeping in her bed and listening to the sounds of "outside". I rarely fell asleep with my head where it was "suppose to go" because I could lay at the foot of the bed and be even with the window sill and listen to outdoors and watch fire flies.

But back to the food. Peach cobbler and pot roast. Oh My God! I wish I had watched her more often make these. It was like she had a magic oven: put in dish, pull out heaven! lol!

Her kitchen was SO small the oven door almost hit the "opposite" wall. If there wasn't a nice big doorway... about four feet wide; you would not have been able to bend over to pull anything out of the oven. Seriously, her kitchen was so small the frig was in the dining room. I'd say about six feet wide and MAYBE four feet deep. On the back wall was: wall -> stove -> itty bitty counter space -> double sink, with small window above -> another itty bitty counter space -> wall.

But again back to the food.... another great thing she would do is each morning cook up a bunch of sausage patties... a plate full and over flowing. Then we could help ourselves as the day went on and we got a hunger pain or two.... what kid doesn't? lol!

Now this was all new and exciting to me since my mom never did anything like this. In my home, we had to ask for everything and any snack we felt we needed. But granny would get upset if we DIDN'T eat when we came over.

So when I was little she would toast a slice of bread... barely toast it... cut or pull it apart into four sections, place a sausage patty on one and cover with another and give me and my cousin each a small "sausage sandwich".... Oh My God! I have no clue what brand of sausage she used. But it was great! not too spicy but real sausage.

Back to the spare bedroom and the vanity. My cousin and I would spend hours at that vanity or laying on the bed, just talking about all kinds of things. Usually one of us would be on the bed, the other at the vanity brushing our hair.... girly things, lol! That was our 'haven', our home away from home. And granny had a box or two of 'jewelry' and just 'stuff' we could play with.

I had more free reign had granny's than at home; but shouldn't it be like that?

Now back to FOOD again, lol! In the summer, the bottom drawer of the frig was filled with cherry tomatoes. I'll never forget my cousin introducing me to them. I was always like "ick tomatoes?" and she dared me to try one.... so me being me, I did and never hated tomatoes again. We would grab handfuls of them and run outside to devour our treat! Granny would just smile and nod her head.

At this point I will mention that while granny was my granny, she was my cousins great granny... but my cousin is about two years older than me. My family dynamics is very complex and complicated. :)

Ah, I also should mention the "phone". See Granny had a party line phone and for those of you who may read this and not know what I'm talking about: see long long ago instead of those nifty cell phones we can carry around, phones use to either hang on a wall or sit on a table connected by a wire to phone lines...similar looking to electrical lines.

These were large heavy duty phones with the mouth piece and ear piece separated from the dialing part ... yes dialing part... of the phone by another wire. And in the "old days" many people would share one phone "line" although they would have different phone numbers.

So if you wanted to make a call, you picked up the handset and listened -if someone was already talking, you would politely hang up and try again later.... (well unless you are a curious young child with an older cousin who loved to teach you new tricks...then one of you would hold the button down on the phone while the other unscrewed the mouth piece, removed the microphone thingy...and then you both listen to the neighbor boy talking to his girl friend and laugh hysterically).

Anyways.... so we kids would also answer the phone and it took someone calling like four times asking for "Beulah" and me telling them they had the wrong number for Granny to finally ask who they were asking for. Well I thought Granny's name was "Granny"... but it turned out it was "Beulah".

And I hope you've enjoyed these memories of my "Granny".

Monday, November 22, 2010

it is just me?

or has everyone really decided to dump all sense of "responsibility"?

I'm thinking the latter.

Let's see, no one feels the need to 'be on time' anymore.

more and more feel that the gov should support them.

no employers feel the need to keep around good employees anymore

well, employees don't feel the need to do their jobs

parents do not put kids first anymore

divorce is up

marriages are down

shack ups and break ups are up

cheating is at an all time high in schools

oh the list could go on and on...

yes, I'm aggravated big time.... I'm tired of people saying they are going to do something and then NOT do it.

especially since I am the type who means what I say and does what I say I will do.

grrrrr.....

Saturday, November 20, 2010

loneliness

In this world of overpopulation and "interconnectedness" available via the internet; it seems to me that people are more lonely than ever.

One can be lonely due to no one being around on a regular basis OR one can be lonely while in a crowded room full of family and friends.

I like being alone. I can do what I want, when I want. However, that doesn't mean I would not like to share my life with someone. But I don't feel "lonely" too often. Mostly when I am in large crowds, I feel disconnected but not lonely.

However, there are those who NEED someone who cares about them close by all the time. They NEED that bond and when there isn't one, they suffer greatly. And it isn't really that easy to find someone who is willing to bond with you on such an intimate level that you KNOW you can trust. Too many times that trust is broken and then the person feels even more isolated and maybe even unworthy and even less likely to look and find someone to trust and bond with.

So what is a person who longs for trustworthy companionship to do?

well, they cannot force anyone to 'be there' for them; but they can work on themselves. Yes maybe they are already a super great person.... but no one is perfect! And we ALL can stand a bit of "refreshing".

Even old hags, like me can always benefit from some constructive actions.

First and foremost, maybe make a list of things you like about yourself and a list of things you would like to change about yourself. Think about all aspects of your life and YOU personally: mentally/physically/spiritually/emotionally. You can add your hobbies and talents, just anything and everything you can think of.

Really be honest with yourself. If you don't drag out things that make you uncomfortable, you are NOT being honest with yourself.... just saying. Be honest.

Then make a plan on how you can make those good things about yourself even better! That is right, put the bad list aside for now. For one month, just think about the GOOD~!

After actively working on those things for a month. Take out the list again and see what you can scratch off the bad list. There should be at least two things. Surprise!

Keep working on those positive things for another month, pull out your list again and see what else you can scratch off the 'bad' list.

AND see what you can ADD to the positive/good list.

You may just be even more surprised.

How does this help loneliness? Well the more comfortable and happy with yourself you are, the less you will feel the need for others 'approval' and 'presence'.

This 'new and approved' attitude will shine through and attract the kind of person you WANT to share a life with and give you the strength and confidence to forge a wonderfully strong bond with someone who is worthy of YOU.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Sometimes we need to check if "it's all good".

There are those days when we stop rushing around like chickens with our heads cut off.... and if you've never actually seen a real chicken run around like this, then you need to get your butt to a working farm.

Then we have those rare (or rarer) days when we actually can stop and take a breath.

These are the days to not only stop and breath but look around you and take stock of your life. Ask yourself some of those hard questions, not necessarily in this order but like:

Am I happy?

Am I where I want to be?

and:

If NOT, how can I change?

Am I living up to the morals I think are right and just?

Am I being a good mom/wife/husband/father/daughter/son/grandchild/etc....?

Am I taking responsibility for my actions?

Am I still growing; spiritually and mentally and emotionally? Is that growth in the "right" way?

Do I love enough? Do I SHOW that love enough?

Am I taking my loved ones for granted? Do I appreciate them and their efforts?

Does my heart still sing when I come home? Is my home a sanctuary? Is it filled with peace and love and harmony?

Am I serving my God to the best of my ability?

Are people happy to see me?

and the list could go on and on.... I think you get the point. Try not to let the 'bad stuff' you find overwhelm you.... just be determined to do better.

So on these still quiet days, think about yourself and see if "it's all good".

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

FINALLY!!

Ok, I know I can be stubborn, but my tomatoes really out did me. Here it is Nov 9th and I finally have two small tomatoes on one of my plants. I doubt they will make it but geeze! Why did they wait so long????!!!

gosh dern matoes!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Say what? II

these kids just want to play ball!

we wanna play!

I wish to vent!

I've had my morning coffee and now desire to vent a bit.

subject: welfare
(of course! lol)

what should 'welfare' be like? ideally a 'helping hand' for those rough spots in the road of your life. This can come from your religion, family, neighbors, etc... those who are willing to offer that extended hand.

what welfare should NOT be: forcing citizens to pay for other peoples laziness. I feel the same way about prisons also. We -the public, should not be forced to support these people: those who willingly commit acts of evil and the lazy.

So I am refusing to do this anymore. I will make sure I do not earn enough money each year to pay taxes; but just enough so that I do not take money from others.

Those in the prisons, should be growing their own food, trading any excess for health care; etc.... in other words, they should be self sustaining. A wind farm and solar can net them any energy they need; no TV or cable.... let them learn from BOOKS! I'm sure many can be arranged to be donated. Make them responsible for other peoples lives; if their "arranged partner" dies, so do they. Mix up the races. Make them responsible. There is a ton of other things they can be doing to benefit the society they wronged.

It is NOT justice for the victims to pay for the comfort and care of the wrong doer.

Those who are incredibly violent and have no remorse, despite all efforts to rehabilitate them, should be removed. Yes, humanely put down: killed. IMO.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

OMGosh! I cannot believe it!

This girl has SEVEN kids and she isn't but 17. Two sets of triplets! And she is living off of her government. (not in the USA)

HERE

Saturday, October 23, 2010

When I am an old lady

WHEN I'M AN OLD LADY

When I'm an old lady I'll live with my kids.
And make their lives happy and filled with such fun!
I want to pay back all the joy they've provided,
Returning each deed, oh! They’ll be so excited!
When I'm an old lady and live with my kids.

I'll write on the wall with red, white and blue
And bounce on the furniture wearing my shoes.
I'll drink from the carton and then leave it out.
I'll stuff all the toilets and oh! How they'll shout!
When I'm an old lady and live with my kids.

When they're on the phone and just out of reach
I'll get into things like sugar and bleach.
Oh, they'll snap their fingers and then shake their heads
And when that is done, I'll hide under my bed.
When I'm an old lady and live with my kids.

When they cook dinner and call me to meals
I'll not eat my green beans or salads congealed.
I'll gag on my okra, spill milk on the table,
And when they get angry run fast as I'm able!
When I'm an old lady and live with my kids.


I'll set close to the TV, through the channels I'll click,
I'll cross both my eyes to see if they'll stick.
I'll take off my socks and throw one away.
I'll play in the mud until the end of the day.
When I'm an old lady and live with my kids.

And later in bed, I'll lay back and sigh
And thank God in prayer and then close my eyes.
And my kids will look down with a smile slowly creeping
And say with groan "she's so sweet when she's sleeping..."
When I'm an old lady and live with my kids.

Author
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Friday, October 22, 2010

test your knowledge!

1. The maker doesn't want it; the buyer doesn't use it; and the user doesn't see it. What is it?

2. A child is born in Boston, Massachusetts to parents who were both born in Boston, Massachusetts. The child is not a United States citizen. How is this possible?

3. Before Mount Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain on Earth?

4. Clara Clatter was born on December 27th, yet her birthday is always in the summer. How is this possible?

5. Captain Frank and some of the boys were exchanging old war stories. Art Bragg offered one about how his grandfather led a battalion against a German division during World War I. Through brilliant maneuvers he defeated them and captured valuable territory. After the battle, he was presented with a sword bearing the inscription "To Captain Bragg for Bravery, Daring and Leadership. World War One. From the Men of Battalion 8". Captain Frank looked at Art and said: "You really don't expect anyone to believe that yarn, do you?" What's wrong with the story?

6. What is one thing that all wise men, regardless of their religion or politics, agree is between heaven and earth?

7. In what year did Christmas and New Year's fall in the same year?

8. A woman from New York married ten different men from that city, yet she did not break any laws. None of these men died and she never divorced. How was this possible?

9. Why are 1990 American dollar bills worth more than 1989 American dollar bills?

10. How many times can you subtract the number 5 from 25?

11. A taxi driver was called to take a group of passengers to the train station. The station is normally an hour away, but with traffic being extra heavy, it took a full hour and a half. On the return trip the traffic was still as heavy and yet it took only 90 minutes. Why?

12. How could you rearrange the letters in the words "new door" to make one word? Note: There is only one correct answer.

13. Even if they are starving, natives living in the Arctic will never eat a penguin's egg. Why not?

14. Which is correct to say: "The yolk of the egg are white" or "The yolk of the egg is white"?

15. In Okmulgee, Oklahoma, you cannot take a picture of a man with a wooden leg. Why not?

16. There were an electrician and a plumber waiting in line for admission to the "International Home Show". One of them was the father of the other's son. How could this be possible?

17. After the new Canon Law that took effect on November 27, 1983, would a Roman Catholic man be allowed to marry his widow's sister?


here are the answers: how did you do?

1. A coffin

2. The child was born before 1776

3. Mount Everest, it just hadn't been discovered!

4. Clara lives in the southern hemisphere.

5. World War I wasn't called "World War I" until World War II.

6. The word "and".

7. They fall in the same year every year, New Year's Day just arrives very early in the year and Christmas arrives very late in the same year.

8. The lady was a Justice of the Peace.

9. One thousand nine hundred and ninety dollar bills are worth one dollar more than one thousand nine hundred and eighty-nine dollar bills.

10. Only once, then you are subtracting it from 20.

11. An hour and a half IS 90 minutes.

12. "one word"

13. Penguins live in the Antarctic.

14. Neither, the yolk of the egg is yellow.

15. You have to take a picture of a man with a camera, not with a wooden leg.

16. They were husband and wife.

17. He can't because he's dead.

say what?

From Parade Magazine - October 14, 2001


How do you pronounce "ghoti"?

Answer: fish

Explanation: The playwright George Bernard Shaw
(an advocate of spelling reform) supposedly said
the word "fish" could be spelled "ghoti" because:

gh is pronounced like an f in "cough"
o is pronounced like an I in "women"
ti is pronounced like the sh in "nation"

Monday, October 18, 2010

Amazing Planet

Jehovah's Witnesses: Amazing Planet

very nice video of our planet!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

wise words from a woman:

The reason the human race has survived so long is that women correct men's mistakes, cover for them, clean up their messes, and feed them.

Otherwise, men would have gone extinct a loooooonnnnnngggggg time ago!!!!

- Jude M.

Bucket List

On a board I visit someone asked for our 'bucket lists' so I thought I'd spread the thought around on here. What is your bucket list? Do you have one?

Mine is mostly completed; here are the remainders:

1) visit Ireland
2) visit Australia
3) take grandkids out camping at the ocean (like I did my kids)
4) get Phd
5) swim with dolphins
6) make soap -good soap, lol!
7) keep doing random acts of kindness and not be caught

is it really better to have loved and lost....?

There is a saying that it is better to have loved and lost, then never loved at all.

I am not sure if I do or do not agree.

Seems LOVE is so shallow these days, I have to wonder if anyone has even felt real love. People hooking up with a different person every week or so -having sex...thinking that is all there is. It is no wonder our kids are so screwed up.

no one even KNOWS what commitment even IS! Vows are made to be broken if someone simply get bored or their partner doesn't cook dinner right or actually is exhausted and can not perform six times a day. So it is off to find a new partner.

No one really TALKS anymore either: it's all text messages, blogs, emails, instant messages, and an awkward "hi how are ya" when you actually do run into a person you know at the store.

People are becoming people-phobic. Forgetting (or not learning) social graces, respectful discourse, and genuine happiness at just seeing a loved one.

As the world gets smaller, we pull ourselves in even tighter; pretending that we are reaching out via all this faux means of communication.

We are forgetting about our fundamental need to physically see and interact with each other.

We are accepting less than what we are truly needing.

What does that say about us? And where is this going to lead us?

I've watched our species go from neighbors knowing neighbors and children outside playing (ALL the kids) all day long -every day and mostly not needing supervision -to us not even knowing, let alone saying 'hi' to the neighbors and kids INSIDE playing video games or on the computer as they get fat.

Worry about child predators scooping up our kids if they go outside and they are hunted online.

Worrying about where our next paycheck is coming from in this economy. Worried about being able to feed our kids.

Some have taken steps to ease many of the worries. They have become 'prepared' or are in the process of 'preparing'.

Many teach their kids what it is really like out in the world and teach them to protect themselves for those times they are not around mom and dad (or just mom or just dad). Many raise gardens, chickens, etc... so they know there will be food to eat. Others buy on sale and stock up that way so they also know there will be food to eat. Many have begun to make things last! No more toss it in the garbage cause I can get another one -type of mentality. Rinse, reuse, fix, reuse again...etc. People are getting their bills paid off so no one can take their car or home if they lose their job.

And remarkably, a small amount of people are actually getting to know real people again. They may meet them online but then they meet them in person and really get to know them. Friendships are being forged. These ones are proving the old age adage that everything is basically neutral: it can be used for good or for bad.

So I hope more begin to use all this "new technology" in good and positive ways. And do not allow it to be the ONLY form of communication with people you have.

So is it really better to love and lost? I still don't know; seems I went off on a tangent in a totally different direction...yet it does still tie in. lol! typical me. I guess I'm saying that we will never really know since so much of what we now think of as 'love' really isn't. Too many are NOT experiencing real love; the kind you DO fight for and DO take seriously.

Have a great day!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

big court cases

So I got a notice yesterday in my email on how I am a potential party to a case against a company that is being sued. A link was given so I could review my rights; but what caught my eye was that I would get to share in the settlement of something like $250,000 which would be shared by all the plaintiffs which would net me about $20 if the case was settled yet the lawyers would get 1.3 million dollars.

so now we know the real reason our courts are backed up and suck. lawyers should be getting a LOWER amount than the plaintiffs. Like less than 30%

yep this system sucks!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

another funny from my mom!

When Women Lie:

A likely story !!!


One day, when a seamstress was sewing while sitting close to a river, her thimble fell into the river. When she cried out, the Lord appeared and asked, 'My dear child, why are you crying?' The seamstress replied that her thimble had fallen into the water and that she needed it to help her husband in making a living for their family..



The Lord dipped His hand into the water and pulled up a golden thimble set with sapphires...




'Is this your thimble?' the Lord asked.

The seamstress replied, 'No.'

The Lord again dipped into the river. He held out a golden thimble studded with rubies.



'Is this your thimble?' the Lord asked. Again, the seamstress replied, 'No.'

The Lord reached down again and came up with a leather thimble.



'Is this your thimble?' the Lord asked. The seamstress replied, 'Yes.' The Lord was pleased with the woman's honesty and gave her all three thimbles to keep, and the seamstress went home happy.

Some years later, the seamstress was walking with her husband along the riverbank, and her husband fell into the river and disappeared under the water. When she cried out, the Lord again appeared and asked her, 'Why are you crying?'


'Oh Lord, my husband has fallen into the river!'

The Lord went down into the water and came up with George Clooney.


'Is this your husband?' the Lord asked...


'Yes,' cried the seamstress.


The Lord was furious.. 'You lied! That is an untruth!'

The seamstress replied, 'Oh, forgive me, my Lord. It is a misunderstanding.

You see, if I had said 'no' to George Clooney, you would have come up with Brad Pitt.


Then if I said 'no' to him, you would have come up with my husband. Had I then said 'yes,' you would have given me all three. Lord, I'm not in the best of health and would not be able to take care of all three husbands, so THAT'S why I said 'yes' to George Clooney.

And so the Lord let her keep him.


The moral of this story is:

Whenever a woman lies, it's for a good and honorable reason, and in the best interest of others. That's our story, and we're sticking to it.

Signed,

All Us Women

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Thank you Hermit!

One of the blogs I follow, "Coffee with the Hermit", had these on his blog this morning and I liked them enough to share. Enjoy and have a great day!

A paraprosdokian (from Greek "παρα-", meaning "beyond" and "προσδοκία", meaning "expectation") is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part. It is frequently used for humorous or dramatic effect, sometimes producing an anticlimax. For this reason, it is extremely popular among comedians and satirists.

Some paraprosdokians not only change the meaning of an early phrase, but also play on the double meaning of a particular word, creating a syllepsis.

Ø Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

Ø Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

Ø The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.

Ø Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

Ø If I agreed with you we'd both be wrong.

Ø We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

Ø War does not determine who is right - only who is left.

Ø Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

Ø The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

Ø Evening news is where they begin with 'Good evening', and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.

Ø To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

Ø A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.

Ø How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?

Ø Some people are like Slinkies ... not really good for anything, but you can't help smiling when you see one tumble down the stairs.

Ø Dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish.

Ø I thought I wanted a career, turns out I just wanted pay checks.

Ø A bank is a place that will lend you money, if you can prove that you don't need it.

Ø Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says "If an emergency, notify:" I put "DOCTOR".

Ø I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

Ø I saw a woman wearing a sweat shirt with "Guess" on it...so I said "Implants?"

Ø Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?

Ø Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

Ø Why do Americans choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America ?

Ø Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.

Ø A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

Ø You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

Ø The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!

Ø Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back.

Ø A diplomat is someone who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you will look forward to the trip.

Ø Hospitality: making your guests feel like they're at home, even if you wish they were.

Ø Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.

Ø I discovered I scream the same way whether I'm about to be devoured by a great white shark or if a piece of seaweed touches my foot.

Ø Some cause happiness wherever they go. Others whenever they go.

Ø I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure.

Ø I always take life with a grain of salt, plus a slice of lemon, and a shot of tequila.

Ø When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water.

Ø You're never too old to learn something stupid.

Ø To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

Ø Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

Ø Some people hear voices. Some see invisible people. Others have no imagination whatsoever.

Ø A bus is a vehicle that runs twice as fast when you are after it as when you are in it.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Home Truths For Mature Humans...

I've gotten this like at least five times now and I laugh every time, so I figured it's time to share: enjoy!

1. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.

13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.

14. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

15. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

16. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.

17. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.

18. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

19. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?

20. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

21. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

22. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

23. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time!

24. The first testicular guard, the "Cup," was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important.

Ladies.....Quit Laughing.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

seeds for a small donation

I found a site I want to share. For a five dollar donation, you can get seeds. I'm sending off two five dollar checks so I can get their 10 pack tomato seeds, that is 10 varieties of tomatoes -btw: my choice out of a LOT of varieties; and another set of seed packs (6) of their choice. I think this is a great deal!

So here is the url: WinterSown.org

for some reason the link thing is not working...

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

a short story on emotional survival

My Dearest,

Here it is, friday night. I am waiting for you to bring the kids by. You're a no-show.

I know you will probably never see, let alone read, this.

God, I miss you so much. My whole soul is gone. I have no spirit left. You have completely broken me.

I never thought you of all people would do it. All I have are tears. And pain.

You are suppose to be here to comfort me and hold me and tell me it's gonna be ok. But, you're not here. I thought I had finally found someone who loved me for me. Wrong again. I thought when said our vows, that they meant something....no matter what. Come hell or high water, we would be there for each other. Our vows were suppose to be forever.

Together -I believed nothing could stand in our way.

Your reasons for betraying me are flimsy at best. If only you would have TALKED with me.... we could have worked it out.

I use to say it didn't bother me that you weren't home, well it did. I said that so that you wouldn't feel guilty.

How many times did I try to talk to you??? Tried to get you to talk with me??? You sold us short and although you say you have tried, you didn't to extent you were capable....you just didn't WANT to try. And there lies the truth. You have never really wanted this to work....your scheming started long ago. Be honest with yourself...all those excuses you gave me....just a smokescreen. You simply never wanted this. Why did you even bother? I mean really, you would have saved us all a heap of pain if you would of just told me the truth.

I know that nothing I say here will change your mind, nor will you feel any guilt over what you have done. Nor will you feel the need to correct it in any way. I just hope that someday, you will understand where I am coming from; but, I hope you don't have to go through what I am going through. I would not wish this on anyone.

Since you won't ever see this, I guess I can say what I want to.

I love you. And although you have totally shattered my heart and soul, I will always love you. You are my other half, you are my reason for living. And most of all, you can never be replaced. I wish you would tell me your secret to turning off love. It's like you have a switch that you flipped.

I pray that this love doesn't change to hate...because then instead of just feeling dead, I would be dead.

There is so much more I want to say to you. I want to look in your eyes and tell you how much I love you. But because I know how you feel, I can't even look at you... the pain is just too great. I see a much loved face; but, feel your anger and hate.

I thought I could handle this. But, I can't. You've made me soft. My love for you has made me weak. I just want to go to sleep and never wake up.

The best parts of me, those things that I like about myself, went with you when you left. I have NOTHING left.

The worst part is how stupid I feel. I fell hook, line and sinker. I NEVER gave up hope! I always thought we would work it out and the whole time you were lying to me. You had your little plan already. You were telling me not to give up hope and you were bailing at the same time.

HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO ME????? HOW COULD YOU LIE TO ME??? HOW COULD YOU BETRAY ME??

Of course, you will probably start twisting this up and down and sideways so you don't have to face the truth. Or answer for all the harm you've done. And yes, it's true (it's true) that I have forgiven you; but, I cannot forget. Not when the pain is so bad so much of the time.

I don't know what to do. I don't know HOW to pick up the pieces and put them back together again. I don't even know how I keep breathing each day. I don't know how to stop the pain. I don't know how to live again. I can't find any peace. I can't find sleep. I can't even find myself. I am so lost without you.

I am ashamed that I had let myself become so attached. I should have known better. Just look at my past. I am ashamed that I let myself believe in another person. I am ashamed that I gave all of myself. I am ashamed that I dared to think that I could mean something to someone. I would rather die than go
through this.



My Dearest,

I am whole again –without you. My heart and soul are mended. My back is straight and strong. My eyes look forward. My mouth smiles with warmth.

By the strength and grace from God, I am SO over you.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

confessions of a pack rat

yes, I am a pack rat. I fully have always disclosed this.

And now I know why. Yes, there are physical things going on in the brain, our brains do indeed work differently. We tend to overly attach meaning to 'things'. Everything we 'keep' has a sentimental value to it.

We love and hate those sentiments.

Those 'memories'.

Those 'moments' we've tried to freeze in time.

We have not yet learned that time keeps moving forward. Oh but we can fake 'moving forward' real well. But we will go back and pick up one of our treasures and relive past events.

We will then pack up our various treasures and probably not even look or think about them (too much) until the day we unpack that particular box and then relive those bitter sweet memories.

And as the years go by, we simply keep adding to our treasures, not really wanting to 'let go' of the past; even if it's already let go of us.

So yesterday and today I've been "unpacking" a LOT of my boxes (yes I know I moved over a year ago...I'm a pack rat!) and I had to stop. The memories were just TOO strong: the love, laughter, tears, and pain all came rushing back as if I WAS in 'yesterday'. I couldn't handle it anymore.

I found so many things that made me smile: my eldest daughters drawing of a nicknack I have, very well done too; the home made "pea-knuckle" board my ex husband and I used to use playing cards -something I'll never use again most likely; books I bought for one or another of my kids; and other things. Things that have no value at all; I wouldn't get a penny for them on ebay nor would any one claim them on freecycle -but so very valuable to ME.

These treasures remind me that despite the lies and deceptions and disloyalty; we did have some great moments. And even though it will be only me that treasure them; they will be treasured.

So the next time someone you love or come across has a whole lot of what you'd think is junk; remember -it goes way beyond just the things; it goes into their very heart of hearts and has value.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

country grandma

Now for my mom's mom; my country grandma! It was a real adventure going to visit grandma! She lived on 40 acres right next to some federal land; so we had plenty of room to roam! (and get chased by bears!)

This is the grandma who let us pick out our own chicken in the spring when she would get an order of 100 chicks in each year and of course, we always knew just which one was "ours" (lol!) each time we came to visit. I don't know how many times I would go into the chicken coop and walk around with the chickens. I had a blast catching grasshoppers and feeding them to the chickens.

Now come the end of summer, we would go up to visit and we would have a big grilled chicken dinner! Yep, we got to help her kill "our" chickens. We held them steady while she cut their heads off. A modified plastic gallon milk jug helped also. She would slide the head of the chicken though the 'mouth' of the jug from the inside (the bottom of the jug was cut away) and we would hold the body of the chicken, she would grasp the head with one hand and cut it's neck with a wickedly huge knife with the other hand. Then we would toss them in the air and they would run around for a bit with their head cut off and we would have to chase them down. We also plucked our own chicken!

This is the grandma with no bathroom indoors. She had water to the kitchen but an outhouse out behind her house. (it was a two seater but only one person used it at a time)

This is the grandma who taught me how to tell when a berry was ripe. And boy did we pick some berries! Blackberries, blueberries, raspberries! YUM! And grandma could make some pies!! My favorite of hers was blueberry! I can still remember the taste.

I must also confess that this is the grandma that I inherited my "ratapackotosis" from; yeah we saved everything.... although I am not up to saving bread wrappers! I'm pretty sure that since she has moved from there and now lives in a real city, she no longer 'saves' like she use to. But I do enough for both of us!

This is the grandma I learned perseverance from. She dug out and built a two story addition onto her home by hand by herself. Laying each cinder block and hammering each nail. The basement was block and the top floor was wood. It was a nice addition! Not huge but doubled her small house size at least.

She is a fiery little domino who does not quit for anything, not even heart surgery! (we found out AFTER it was done)

I am very blessed to have such a grandma in my life! I'm just glad I was smart enough to learn from her!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

city gramma

I was blessed to have four grandmothers however I'd like to pay honor to my "city" gramma (dad's mom).

Now one would think that it would have been my country grandma that spiked my interest in gardening but it wasn't. I wasn't allowed in her garden. I could go any where else, chicken coop or even keep an eye on her "wild" asparagus growing in the front field; but going into the garden was a no no.

It was my city gramma that really spiked my interest in gardening. She would buy me every year a small "green pepper starter kit". And every year I would grow green peppers. I managed to wheel and deal and whine my way for a few feet of growing space from my mom in the back yard.

One small spot was in the raised bed right behind the house and by the back door. It held my six pepper plants perfectly. Mom planted some strawberry plants there also. I loved that garden.

When I was a bit older, I confiscated a small three foot long and about 8 inch wide strip of yard against the garage for some snapdragons. It was for a trial run that first year but they looked so good, I was allowed to grow them every year and yep it was my city gramma who bought me the seeds.

Did you notice I spell gramma for my city gramma?

Gramma lived in the heart of Flint Michigan ...in the middle of drive by shootings and home invasions. She was left alone thankfully. It was a time when even the 'bad guys' had some respect for the elderly.

I remember racing hot wheels up and down her side walk and talk the city bus to go visit her with my older brother.

And while my dad didn't like us visiting with her without him, we did it anyways.

Gramma was great! She charmed squirrels to come knock on her door for acorn and other nut treats: both the front and back doors. She had a huge basement that was our play room and a small pantry off in one corner with home canned goods in it. Lot's of pickles.

In her small back yard she had a small metal shed a couple trees not really right for climbing and a TALL fence in the back and down one side of the yard and a smaller fence on the "good neighbor" side of the yard. Thus we could see into the 'good' neighbor's yard but not the others.

When you walked out her back door, you could 'hang a left' and see where she had fenced off the very small area under her bathroom and back bedroom window. It must have only been about 5 feet wide and maybe at the most 17 feet long. But that was her garden.

Now in this old neighbor hood, all the trees were mature and it was a shady area but this small garden got plenty of sunlight for her to grow a few of her favorite things: green peppers, green beans, tomatoes, a few stalks of corn, and a cucumber or two. I think she even managed to grow some pumpkins and squash.

I could go in there and "check on" the plants looking for ripe and ready fruit or nasty ole bugs. The bugs I could pull off and toss over the fence for the birds to nibble on (I tossed them onto the side of the garden fence where there was a concrete sidewalk from the front yard).

But I could only report if I thought a fruit was ripe or not. Then Gramma would come and double check and it was, we harvested it together.

This love for growing your own food somehow stuck with me and I've always tried to have something growing in my home or yard.

I've also tried to instill this love into my kids; but I'm thinking that this modern world with all it's toys for kids has flushed out any patience for gardening. Being able to simply walk into a grocery store any time of the day or night now, gives kids and adults a false sense of security. They don't think about a time that may occur (sooner or later) where there won't be a grocery store around.

I now have a grandchild of my own. A grandson. And again I will attempt to instill a love for dirt and the things one can help to grow in it. I don't know if it will work, maybe -maybe not.

But I do hope to pass on this incredible gift given to me by my "City Gramma".

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Creation vs evolution

It always amuses me when an evolutionist mocks a creationist. Recently I saw this happen when a creationist asked: 'if man evolved from monkeys, what are there still monkeys'? Which I think is a legitimate question. However, for a different reason than what is normal.

Being a 'biologist', I have found that many creationists do not realize that science has changed the definition of 'evolution'. It's current definition is "a change of allele frequency in a population over time". However, scientists STILL assume a lot. They take this definition and expand it over MORE than just a population...and MORE than just a species.

I doubt any creationist will ever deny that there is variety and differences among individuals within a population and that the environment can drastically change a population's dynamics.

However, where the creationists have a problem is when science attempts to say that those changes go beyond species and "populations" (because science does not hold that individuals 'evolve') will keep changing until they are no longer the same species.

Now also scientists try to get around the "frogs from fish" or "humans from monkeys" by saying that these had a common ancestor; in other words, there was once an "organism" that had at least two offspring that were divergent from each other. Kinda like a woman who had two children, one dark haired and one light haired. Then these two 'offspring' kept diverging and diverging with each generation or every so many generations.... until one day, these 'cousins' looked so different from each other, they would be considered two different species.

However, the evidence shows that no matter how many offspring, the organisms are still the same. There was a ten year study with the E. coli bacteria and they were literally able to view thousands of generations; yet while they contend that they "saw" evolution because they found a new trait 'appear'; they still ended up with E. coli bacteria. And they have yet to show how that new trait appeared. (I jokingly say that God could have slipped it in)

Personally, I do think science needs to stick to more exact terms. Variation is simply variation. And they need to drop their faith in the word "evolution". Or redefine it clearly and then stick with that definition and do not expand it to include speculation and assumptions.

Finding that life shares many genes, does not equal evolution. Considering all life is made up of four basic nucleotides aka: building blocks, it would be expected from a creator. What a mind to conceive of using such a simple plan to build such complex organisms and such a variety of them. If 'evolution' were true, it would be expected that at least ONE of these would have 'evolved' or been discarded over the billions of years of life, especially if one was arguing that time is the reason we have so many changes and variety.

The fossil record also only shows when a specific organism lived at a specific time. Yet so many organisms have no fossil record to prior of 'transitional' forms. Also, saying that something similar looking yet complete within itself, is a transitional form, is bad science. We have MANY organisms NOW which look similar yet scientists do not claim they are 'kissing cousins' or closely related.

So science: get your act together and just keep finding facts. Quit speculating and assuming and quit applying terms to theories without evidence and quit stretching their definition beyond what it is.

and creationists; you also need to cool it! Find out exactly what science is CURRENTLY teaching before using half baked arguments that are out dated and against things science is not teaching or supporting.

Scientific knowledge keeps changing: both sides need to remember this!!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

all brown thumbs

I am a person who loves plants. I love saving seed, planting seeds, watching the young seedlings grow, doing all I can to help them along....etc.

But.

I have the brownist/blackist thumbs ever. Currently I have about a half dozen tomato plants and NONE have any fruit. A couple had a few flowers but none have any fruit.

I have two green pepper plants that I had in the green house from last year (from which I had only gotten ONE fruit from) which now each have one fruit. These are plants that I practically ignored since LAST year.

I think my problem is I'm trying to use just pots this year. I will be working on raised beds for my yard and hopefully get them going this fall for next year. There will only be a couple, three at the most. It's all I really need.

But sometimes I wonder why I ever bother. MOST of the seeds I start don't make it. Those that do, only grow "so high" and then stop growing for some reason. So I usually end up buying a few plants at a local nursery and those have grown this year but are not producing anything.

No tomatoes, no cuc's, no squash, and only six beans so far.

UGH! Why do I have to love plants SO much and yet be SO bad at growing them?????

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Finding interesting blogs

Have you ever checked out someones blog and then clicked on those they follow? and then those THEY follow? lol! I do that a lot! And in doing so today, found a blog that caught my attention:

HERE

I've not read the whole thing yet but it seems to be updated regularly and has some really good links on it.

oh, btw, it's on wilderness medicine from what I can tell.

Now if you like to read about TEOTWAWKI stories; HERE is a good writer! This is the beginning of just one of her stories. She also has a 'zombie' story going on HERE.

I warn you though, her stories are addictive, so plan on losing sleep, missing work, and ignoring your kids while you read! lol!

take care and happy trails! (have you ever noticed that if you misspell trails, you get trials?)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

So I went fishing this morning but after a short time I ran out of worms.

Then I saw a cottonmouth with a frog in his mouth. Frogs are good bass
bait.

Knowing the snake couldn't bite me with the frog in his mouth I grabbed
him right behind the head, took the frog, and put it in my bait bucket.

Now the dilemma was how to release the snake without getting bit.

So, I grabbed my bottle of Jack Daniels and poured a little whiskey in its mouth. His eyes rolled back, he went limp. I released him into the lake without incident and carried on fishing using the frog.

A little later, I felt a nudge on my foot. There was that same snake with two more frogs in his mouth. Life is good .


yes a joke, lol!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Bluebird update

Bluebird season will be over (for me, not the bluebirds, lol) on the 8th. I've many pictures on my phone which I hope to be able to transfer to my PC via bluetooth - but I'll have to find my software which will allow me to do this. I have to reload it. I took a picture this morning of a nest with NINE eggs in it!!!

Hopefully an update will come soon.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

one more

and then there is this one:

Sweet Delicious Irony.
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found a new site

some really ironic pictures! some are well -stupid; but many are funny.
So click HERE to check it out!

here is an example of what you will find:
ironic photos
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Monday, May 10, 2010

Make sure email is correct!

Just had to post this one, very funny!

A Minneapolis couple decided to go to Florida to thaw out during a particularly icy winter. They planned to stay at the same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier.

Because of hectic schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules. So the husband left Minnesota and flew to Florida on Thursday, with his wife flying down the following day.

The husband checked into the hotel. There was a computer in his room, so he decided to send an email to his wife. However, he accidentally left out one letter in her email address, and without realizing his error, sent the email.

Meanwhile, somewhere in Houston, a widow had just returned home from her husband's funeral. He was a minister who was called home to glory following a heart attack.

The widow decided to check her email expecting messages from relatives and friends. After reading the first message, she screamed and fainted.

The widow's son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen, which read:


To: My Loving Wife
Subject: I've Arrived
Date: October 15, 2009

I know you're surprised to hear from me. They have computers here now and you are allowed to send emails to your loved ones. I've just arrived and have been checked in.

I've seen that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then!!!! Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was.

P. S. — Sure is freaking hot down here!!!!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

a redneck what?

Hi all, first clutch of Bluebirds have slacked off so I now have a bit of time to post some humerus pictures.

This is a redneck mailbox. I happen to have two gallon jars and some purple duct tape and I'm sure I can find some spare wooden posts somewhere. I think I'll make me one of these.










Here we have a nice redneck sprinkler. I also think this would be great in any garden and am also thinking of making one.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Spring has sprung

I've managed to get a bit of outside work done these past few days. We are on spring break and I have a lot to do, but I just could not resist getting outside.

I've made four flower beds with one to finish up today if the rain slacks off a bit.

I kinda went crazy with the flower seeds. I planted them all. That would be hundreds and hundreds.....of packets. LOL! Ok, maybe just one or two hundred. But it was a lot! I still have some sunflower seeds I want to plant over there by the fence.

I also planted two blueberry bushes and two rosebushes. (Yellow and supposedly fragrant)

We shall see what pops up! I did have a reason why I planted so many. Many of the seeds were older, from a couple years ago, that I got for about 2 cents a pack on sale. So basically ALL the seeds cost about five bucks. I love after season sales.

I'm also trying my hand at some heirloom seeds. I've got about five different tomatoes poking their heads up.

Now to find some dryer drums to make my raised garden!

A few funnies sent by my mom

One day a 12-year-old boy was walking down the street when a car pulled up beside him and the driver lowered a window. “I’ll give you a large bag of M&Ms if you get in the care,” said the driver. “No way! Get lost!” replied the boy. “How about a bag of M&Ms and 10 dollars?” the driver asked. “I said no way,” replied the boy. “What about a bag of M&Ms and 50 dollars?” asked the driver. “No, I’m not getting in the car,” answered the boy. “Okay, I’ll give you a gab of M&Ms and 100 dollars,” the driver offered. “No!” replied the boy. “What will it take to get you in the car?” asked the driver. The boy replied, “Listen, Dad. You bought the Volvo - you live with it!”

The teacher asked one of her young students if he knew his numbers. “Yes,” he said. “I do. My father taught me.” “Good. What comes after three?” “Four,” answers the boy. “What comes after six?” “Seven.” “Very good,” says the teacher. “Your dad did a good job. What comes after ten?” “A jack,” says the little boy.

Arriving home from work at my usual hour of 5 p.m., I discovered that it had not been one of my wife’s better days. Nothing I said or did seemed to be right. By 7 p.m., things had not changed, so I suggested I go outside, pretend I had just gotten home, and start all over again. My wife agreed. I went outside, came back in and, with a big smile, announce, “Honey, I’m home!” “And just where have you been?” she replied sharply. “It’s after seven o’clock!”

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Everyone concentrates on the problems we're having in this country lately -- illegal immigration, hurricane recovery, alligators attacking people in Florida ....



cid:X.MA1.1265085834@aol.com


......... not me -- I concentrate on solutions for the problems -- it's
a win-win situation.

* Dig a moat the length of the Mexican border.
* Send the dirt to New Orleans to raise the level of the levees.
* Put the Florida alligators in the moat along the Mexican border.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Top Ten Scientific Discovers According to Nat Geo

Top ten stories picture 10. Ultra-Rare Megamouth Shark Found, Eaten


In March, the 41st megamouth shark ever found went from swimming in Philippine waters to simmering in coconut milk.


Top ten discoveries picture 9. Ancient Gem-Studded Teeth Show Skill of
Early Dentists


The glittering "grills"http://www.blogger.com/post-create.g?blogID=4810038111232334563 of some hip-hop stars aren't exactly unprecedented. Sophisticated dentistry allowed Native Americans to add bling to their teeth as far back as 2,500 years ago, a May study said.

Top ten discoveries picture 8. Alien Giant Snakes Threaten to Invade Up to
1/3 of U.S.


Nine giant snakes could be on the verge of causing ecological catastrophe if they establish themselves in the U.S. wild—at least two have already set up shop in Florida—according to an October report.




Top ten discoveries picture 7. Biggest Snake Discovered; Was Longer Than a Bus


The 60-million-year-old reptile was also heavier than a car, scientists said in February, adding that the fossil could shed light on climate change.


Top ten discoveries picture 6. Gold Rush-Era "Ghost Ship" Wreck Found


With boots thrown hastily on deck and cooking utensils scattered, the last moments of the crew aboard the gold rush-era paddleboat A.J. Goddard are preserved in the ship's recently found wreck, archaeologists announced in November.


Top ten discoveries picture 5. Oldest Skeleton of Human Ancestor Found


There was never a chimp-like missing link between humans and today's apes, according to an October fossil-skeleton study that could rewrite human evolutionary history. Said one scientist, "It changes everything."


Top ten discoveries picture 4. "Extinct" Bird Seen, Eaten


Long believed to be extinct, a rare quail from the Philippines was photographed for the first time ever—then sold at a poultry market, experts said in February.


Top ten discoveries picture 3. New Cloud Type Discovered?


Nicknamed "Jacques Cousteau" clouds, these "turbulent" seas in the sky could be examples of the first official new cloud type since 1951, experts said in June.


Top ten discoveries picture 2. Fish With Transparent Head Seen Alive for First Time


Perhaps the most bizarre nature discovery of the year—though Stephen Colbert put it a bit less delicately—a Pacific barreleye fish shows off its transparent head and barrel-like eyes in pictures released on February of the first specimen ever found alive.


Top ten discoveries picture 1. "Missing Link" Found: Fossil Connects Humans, Lemurs?


The 47-million-year-old, exceptionally preserved primate fossil "Ida," unveiled on May 20, was hailed by some as a major discovery in human evolution.


All of these were found on National Geographic's page:
click here to go there!