Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Anyhew...sometimes I find it odd...or maybe creepy...or freaky...okay, I need a thesaurus... that what comes to mind in the morning hits you between the eyes later in the day. I had decided to post some verses by the naughty mats for inspiration in difficult times. Yes, now it is mats, plural...lovely! Two spots for simultaneous weeping. One of the verses I picked, especially for Curious Georgette, was
...the Loverbrain came home late...and he's been gone on business for days...and me...wellllll....I was angry, grumpy, frustrated, okay...another thesaurus moment! What verse do you suppose popped into my mind!? YUP...
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I need to add that I do know that this verse is shortened. The entire thing ends with in Your Word. So, yes you should be seeing God in His creation but you should also be reading and seeing Him, and all His wondrous works, in His Word. I would indeed be remiss not to point you to the full text!
This is a Beebalm flower in my garden...and I thought about using "Is there no balm in Gilead?" Jeremiah 8:33... but didn't figure most would know why in the world I'd put it with this picture...so....this seemed more appropriate!
Thanks so much to all your many comments on my WFW last week. I do so look forward to seeing all your selections!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
by Karen MacInerney. It's one of those yummy sounding recipes that you copy down and forget about until, in my case, you have lots of fresh blueberries.
Here's a clue to how well it came out! Yummo!!
Wicked Blueberry Coffee Cake
1/2 c. butter
1 c. sugar
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 t. vanilla
1 t. bkg. pwd.
1 t. bkg. soda
1/4 t. salt
2 c. flour
1 c. sour cream
2 c. blueberries
1 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. flour
Cream butter and sugar. Add next 6 ingredients. Add flour and sour cream alternating with egg mixture. Fold in blueberries. Place in greased 9X 13 pan. Top with creamed brown sugar and butter...with flour mixed in until crumbly. Spread over top of batter. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. I added 10 minutes to mine...cuz it wasn't quite as set up as I like!
Saturday, July 25, 2009
2. Bobbi Jo (family mostly)
3. Schmoe (only my Daddy)
Three jobs I have had...
1. Jr Hi. Special Ed. Teacher (it was hard)
2. Third Grade Teacher (loved it)
3. Mommy (still lovin' it)
Three places I have lived..
1. Cincinnati, Ohio
2. Hancock, New York
3. Racine, Wisconsin (don't remember it...I was a baby)
Three t.v. shows I watch..
1. 18 kids and counting...
2. Barefoot Contessa
3. Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Three places I have been..
Three of my fav. foods..
3. Steak :)
Three things I am looking forward to..
1. Completing potty training of my son
2. Sleeping in Sat. morning (if you call you're in trouble)
3. Family time tonight
Friday, July 24, 2009
So, I started running....yikes! My sweet friend, Emily, talked me into a March of Dimes race in September. I remembered the first day I started training..."Oh yeah, i remember why I stopped running after college...I hate this..." BUT...I do love the results...and I love that it is FREE and FAST! I am enjoying the quiet, cool mornings...that's motivation cuz let's face it...there isn't much calm and quiet in the life of a mome to toddlers.
I made yogurt today...yup...my very own self! Can you say, "Cheap, cheap...come on let me hear ya! Cheap, Cheap!!" Ha ha ha! AND...tasty, smooth and creamy. I used 1% milk and it's waaayyy creamier than the stuff you buy. We decided to switch to smoothies in the evenings in place of ice cream. My Loverbrain loves ice cream...and smoothies...yeah! Any of ya'll pigeons out there with good smoothie recipes please feel free to share! I've been doing peach/blueberry...and blueberry/banana. In the words of Rachael Ray..YUMMO!!!
Oh, and in my fight against age...we've started taking vitamins. Incidentally, don't you love how I've pulled the dear hubs into this with me? Poor thing!! He's already older than me...but agrees we could be healthier. Really, what's the poor guy gonna say, right? So, we're joining in with my grandparents...who we've affectionately dubbed the "vitamin cultists" but who you have to admit are some of the healthiest "70 somethings" you've ever seen! Already, let me just tell you that B Complex makes me a much nicer person. If you've got the "grouchies" try some...but remember it takes a few months to really kick in!
Gee, where was on this random caffeinated...oooo...caffeinated...hmmm.... Now, there...that...I'm not ready to give it up yet. My coffee...our coffee...still strong in the morning (and sometimes the evenings)...Until my Sweet Boobahs suck less energy out of my body and brain...this sweet chiccy needs...needs...her morning cuppa! Yeah, yeah...I know it's not h e a l t h y...and I am cutting back...some...
So, anyway...thought I'd share...randomely...I'm not really sure I could share any other way!!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Facebook's shadow culture
By Emily Walshe
Thu Jun 11, 5:00 am ET
Brookville, N.Y. –
I remember the day I became blood sisters
with my friend Kristine. We planned for weeks; but in the end,
nobody noticed us steal into the cornfield, prick our
prepubescent palms, and press them firmly together.
Kris is now on Facebook and she's pestering me to join.
She's one of the 200 million Facebook users who tend
networks of friends online. I am among a dwindling number
A common criticism of such social-networking sites is that
they cheapen friendship. But they're doing more than
reducing its value: They're creating a shadow culture of
friendship that spins cosmic sympathy into crowd sourcing.
With greater connectedness has come the ability for people to influence one another with more speed and efficiency. Social-networking sites – spurred by a resurgent "Secret" interpretation of the ancient Greek doctrine "like attracts like" – have become a potent medium for mass persuasion.
The age-old law of attraction is manifest and multiplied to the nth degree in social-media realms. Facebook's exponential success lies in its ability to get its users to do the work for them – friends persuading friends to join, comment, and feed. Twitterers compete to attract followers – 140 characters at a time. On sites like eHarmony, affinity is an algorithmic compatibility coefficient.
Friendship, like marriage, is a big attraction – a deep commitment to a nonblood relation. It is a relationship predicated on trust and nurtured, over time, through physical and metaphysical connection.
Critics consider the phenomena of chronic "friending" to be a kind of memetic narcissism, and excessive self-regard is surely part of its appeal. But these ever-widening concentric circles of congeniality are subtly turning the desire for friendship into sinister temptations for power or profit.
In these labyrinths of mutuality, the pulls and pokes of influence are embedded in Facebook's highly targeted Groups and Notes. New "apps" are turning Facebook into a colossal interpersonal ploy that, ever-so-subtly, blurs the distinction between community and commodity. On Kris's page, I can browse her lemonade stand – a widget that pays her when people buy items from her list of favorite things. I can link to her brother and buy his garage band's music. Or I can help out Afghan refugees by purchasing "gifts," such as a virtual United Nations tent for $10.
Influence is the elephant in the chat room. Self-promoting and moneymaking apps are deceptivelydisplacing the gold standard of trust with a fiat currency of clout.
As I watch our kids acquire the habit of thinking and experiencing on behalf of an audience, I worry that they won't develop the wherewithal to effectively relate one-on-one, or to appreciate people as people and not as payoff. I see their Ponzified friend-building schemes and resent the ephemera of new-age amity. To them, friend is a technical term – a time suck.
"A friend to all," said Aristotle, "is a friend to none." We need a renaissance of intimacy and commitment. Now is the time to renew, in our hearts and in our souls and in our First Life experience, the perennial sense that friendship is both miracle and magic, and treat it less as cohort and more as covenant.
Emily Walshe is a librarian and professor at Long Island University in New York.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
This guy's video on YouTube has been so popular that Obama “called him personally.” He said that he was very disturbed with the video and invited him to the White House. Obama also said he wanted the White House to handle the Press and not to talk about this video or the White House visit. That's interesting...
Monday, July 20, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Here's his truck cake....made by his amateur cake making MomE...who loves him very much!
For his cute birthday song go to MomE & Loving It!!!
Friday, July 17, 2009
Hot...fire is HOT! My kids really don't get this concept...so we had them sit far off!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
These pink ones are called "Martha Washington."
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Every morning (except for one that it rained)...we walked up the mountain. I figure it's about 3.5 miles round trip. It's chilly in the morning...~50 degrees! Lubby rode in the backpack until we got to the driveway coming back...He would pat Loverbrain's head and say, "Love, love....go go go!"