Friday, June 29, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
In light of last weeks anticipation of a milestone birthday and feeling blue in it's wake, I need to take the upper hand and plant myself firmly on the ground. I need to realize, as so many have reminded me, that age is relative and not a number. Great things await if only I leave myself open to opportunity.
1. Happiness is inward, and not outward, and so, it does not depend on what we have, but on who we are. ~Henry Van Dyke
2. Regrets are the natural property of gray hairs. ~Charles Dickens
3. I suppose real old age begins when one looks backward rather than forward. ~May Sarton
4. There is no cure for the common birthday. ~John Glenn
5. It is not how old you are, but how you are old.~ Marie Dressler
6. The older the fiddler, the sweeter the tune.~ English Proverb
7. Old age is like flying through a storm. Once you're aboard, there's nothing you can do.~ Golda Meir
8. The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it. ~Jean Paul
9. You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair. ~Douglas MacArthur
10. Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter. ~Mark Twain
11. Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone. ~Jim Fiebig
12. How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were? ~Satchel Paige
13. Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many ~Anonymous
Five Bad Habits:
Not pretty folks, but I don't go out often so I've gotten into the habit of not "fixing up." Poor darling hubman comes home to a bag lady most days.
Spend too much time on line.
Spend too much money on "stuff."
I am a horrible procrastinator!
My eating habits are awful...way too many carbs! Hardly any fruit/veggies...
Five Things You Like Doing:
Working in the yard with my plants/flowers (but not when it's 100 °!)
Spending quiet time with hubman and the "girls."
Spending time at the beach, even if for the day...
Five Things You Would Never Wear Again:
Never wore a bikini so let's go for two-piece bathing suit!
High heels (and not because I don't want to: I can't!)
Teased hair-do (and I'm talking big teased hair!)
Five Favorite Toys
I want - an IPod
I hate my cell phone - still can't text message...
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Wednesday, June 27, 2007
"Meat and Three," I present to you the following:
I remember many an afternoon sitting with my grandmother "snapping" green beans. She came to California in a covered wagon and I sat and watched the first moon landing with her! Can you imagine? I wonder where I'll be at the next decade marker.
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Monday, June 25, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
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Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
A new friend, Laura, tagged me with this one:
(I highly recommend "The Quotidian Mysteries" for anyone looking for a very intriguing blog!)
1. What were you doing ten years ago?
I have trouble remembering what I was doing ten minutes ago, but I can honestly say, I was getting ready to avoid my 50th birthday, er, celebrate. My kids pulled off a wonderful surprise party and my youngest and her husband treated us to a weekend in Santa Barbara.
2. What were you doing one year ago?
We listed our house for sale the first week in July so the month of June was spent preparing our home! We had a garage sale, boxed up "stuff," and all of the general things one does to prepare for the sale of a house!
3. List five snacks you enjoy.
It would be easier listing five snacks I don't enjoy! I guess my favorites are cinnamon graham crackers, kettle chips, anything with cheese or chocolate in, on or around it, and bananas (have to throw in a fruit).
4. List five songs you know all lyrics to:
This one is really hard because I started singing in choir in 6th grade; was in choir all through high school; sang in an octet as an adult, besides all the thousands of hours listening to CD's and the radio over a lifetime!
Favorites: Amazing Grace (surprise!); Be Thou My Vision; 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall (just kidding!); just about anything by the Doobies (Toulouse Street); Battle Hymn of the Republic;
The Lord's Prayer
5. List five things you'd do if you were a millionaire:
Okay, you've figured out that I'm a "Church Lady," so the obvious to me is a chunk of change to my church or missions or where I'm led to give; next, I'd pay off my children's mortgages (one needs a house!); we'd all take a "gynormous" trip to the Hawaiian islands and invest in a condo on the Princeville golf course; buy a home in Colorado, Oregon or Montana by water; help some dear friends that are in financial straits. (If this is limited to strictly $1,000,000, it would only buy a 4 bedroom tract house in Orange Co., CA!)
Echoed by Amazing Gracie at 9:19 PM
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Of all the sources of heat and all the possibilities, the one that bugs me most is the summer weather! I hate summer and it's vile heat!!! Okay, enough of that hobby horse. So, I choose one of nature's most unique sources of heat and discomfort, the heat emanating from hot peppers!
A scale developed by Wilbur Scoville in 1912, to
measure the heat level in chillies. It was first a
subjective taste test, but since, it has been
refined by the use of HPLC, the unit is named in
honour of its inventor.
The test officially measures the pungency level of a
given pepper. There are other methods, but the
Scoville Scale remains the most widely used and
respected. The greater the number of Scoville units,
the hotter the pepper. Of course, being a natural
product, the heat can vary from pepper to pepper,
so this scale is just a guide.
The original Scoville test asked a panel of tasters
to state when an increasingly dilute solution of the
pepper no longer burned the mouth. Roughly one part
per million of chilli 'heat' rates as 1.5 Scoville
PEPPER - PUNGENCY (SCOVILLE)
Bell, Sweet Italian 0
So, to celebrate Manic Monday, here are some photos of the gorgeous Capsaicin-soaked veggies and what to indulge in after injesting them! Please visit Morgen and join in!
Saturday, June 16, 2007
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Friday, June 15, 2007
BOOK EXCERPT - "Right You Are, and That's That"
By Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson
Neuroscientists have recently shown that biases in thinking are built into the very way the brain processes information - all brains, regardless of their owner's political affiliation. In a study of people who were being monitored by magnetic resonance imaging while they were trying to process dissonant or consonant information about George Bush or John Kerry, researchers found that the reasoning areas of the brain virtually shut down when participants were confronted with dissonant information, and the emotion circuits of the brain lit up happily when consonance was restored. Researchers also showed that reading information that goes against your point of view can make you all the more convinced you are right. So there is a neurological basis for the observation that once our minds are made up, it is hard to change them.
I found this to be fascinating information! So does this mean liberalism is a mental disorder??? (Just joking!)
Echoed by Amazing Gracie at 4:09 PM
The Weather - The old phrase goes "Everybody talks about it but nobody does anything about it..."
We had a huge amount of water in our river (not above) a couple of years ago and the city fathers have been able to keep it rolling through the city during the summer. This year is different. We didn't have a successful snowpack in the Sierras so the water is at a low level. Also, since the Southern California and Central California water boards fight constantly over the fate of the water, on a low year it can mean the difference between a lawn or not! What's worse is that the poor farmers and ranchers have crops and livestock to worry about.
Weather is the irony of all ironies. It's pouring in New York.
Echoed by Amazing Gracie at 3:52 PM
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
I was tagged last week by Linda, at "Are We There Yet," for another meme and the object of this one is to blog “8 Random Facts About Myself”. The rules are as follows:
1. I have to post these rules before I give you the facts.
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