31st day of 2013 – 234 remaining



Good Saturday Morning!



May 11, 2013





There never was show business like we know it until this day in 

, when Israel Baline was born in Tyumen, Russia. Maybe you don’t recognize this name; but we’re sure you’ll recognize and be able to sing many of the tunes he composed when he grew up.

Little Israel came to the United States with his family at the age of four. His father died several years later, so Israel took to the streets of New York, singing on street corners and in saloons, and as a singing waiter, all to earn money to help support his family. It was the beginning of a wonderful career in song, stage and movies. A printer’s error on the music sheet for his composition, Marie from Sunny Italy, accidentally changed his name. The change became permanent.

Mr. American Music, better known to us as Irving Berli


, wrote more songs than we care to count including Alexander’s Ragtime BandAlwaysDoin’ What Comes NaturallyPuttin’ on the RitzBlue SkiesOh! How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning and Play a Simple Melody. This man, who could neither read nor write music, also composed a song titled, Smile and Show Your Dimple. You probably never heard of that one; but seventeen years later, when produced, it became a hit as Easter Parade.


Kate Smith was the voice he chose to sing God Bless America, which he wrote in 1917. It became her signature and a major contender to replace The Star-Spangled Banner as the U.S. national anthem.

Berlin wrote the scores for many Broadway shows (Annie Get Your Gun) and films (Top Hat). Winning an Oscar for his composition, White Christmas, Irving Berlin had the unique experience of opening the envelope that contained his name. He was the presenter at this segment of the Academy Awards for 1942 and upon opening the envelope, said, “This goes to a nice guy; I’ve known him all my life. The winner is … me.”

The composer of There’s No Business Like Show Business truly knew the meaning of those words.



1927 - Mort Sahl
comedian: Broadway, night club acts, actor: Don’t Make WavesDoctor You’ve Got to be Kidding

1931 - Dick Garcia

guitarist: LPs: A Message from Garcia, Four Most Guitars [w/Jimmy Raney, Chuck Wayne, Joe Puma]; played w/George Shearing Quintet

1932 - Valentino (Garavani)
fashion designer: dedicated Collection Blanche to Jackie Kennedy [1967]; his ready-to-wear collections have been shown in Paris since 1969; founded Valentino Academy [1990]

1939 - Milt (Miltiades Stergios Papastegios) Pappas

‘Gimpy’: baseball [pitcher]: Baltimore Orioles: Baltimore Orioles [all-star: 1962, 1965], Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs

1939 - Frank (Francis Ralph) Quilici
‘Guido’: baseball: Minnesota Twins [World Series: 1965]

1940 - Butch (Larry) Hartman
auto racer: USAC: four stock car crowns [1970s]

1941 - Eric Burdon
singer: groups: The Animals: When I was YoungGood TimesSan Franciscan NightsSky PilotRing of FireHouse of the Rising Sun; Eric Burdon and War: Spill the Wine; soundtrack for: Comeback

1943 - Les (John) Chadwick
musician: bass: group: Gerry & The Pacemakers: How Do You Do It?I Like ItYou’ll Never Walk AloneI’m the OneDon’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying

1943 - Nancy Greene
skier: Olympic Medalist: Gold: giant slalom, Silver, slalom [1968]; Canadian Sports Hall of Famer

1946 - Robert Jarvik
physician: inventor of the Jarvik 7 artificial heart [implanted into Barney Clark in 1982: kept Clark alive 112 days]

1948 - Bobby Cole
golf: champ: Buick Open [1977]

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It has been 
​Last night Cindy and Patrick allowed me to bow out of their invitation to go with them to the drag races!  I needed to decompress after sooooo much activity!  Now today they’ve gone to Tahlequah for the annual family grave decoration day and afterwards they’re going back to the drag races that are continuing today.
Tonight We Watch The REAL Racing by NASCAR!!!   lol  On tv, of course!
Tomorrow my son and his family (they have 2 little girls)​ will drop by after some festivities they’re attending nearby and my other daughter who also lives in Edmond is expected to be here for awhile as well.  Poor Cindy—she’ll be in pre-op mode.
However, if I know my girl, she’ll grin and bear it and might even enjoy visiting in between runs to the bathroom!  Poor Baby.  BUT
she’ll be like new in less than 30 days and she’s rarin’ to get back to work, too!
An update is forthcoming as I have access to the net and I’m looking forward to it.
Thanks Everyone, for your shower of blessed notes of encouragement and prayers.
And Cindy says “Thank You”.
Don’t Go Way!!!  There’s some tags below for ya!  Handy Tips 2!
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​Love to all,
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UPDATE!  Cindy (my youngest daughter in OK) is preparing

UPDATE!  Cindy (my youngest daughter in OK) is preparing for a hernia repair surgery that includes removal of appendix, gallbladder and abdominal fat to help the mesh stay intact.  This is her 5th hernia surgery and it’s a different doctor who specializes in the surgery she’s having.  

I have come here to support and assist her during recovery.  I surely miss my husband of 23 years, our 3 cats and the yarden in South Carolina.  But it’s already wonderful being here and having fun now before the serious stuff begins.

I got here Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday my aunt from Tulsa came over with her dtr and s-i-l.  I’ve met my grandson Bobby’s girlfriend and her baby Isaac and it’s been family reunion all week! 

This is what we did today—her treat—at Wal-Mart–My Mother’s Day Gift 

from her and her partner, Patrick.  Hers is flowers & mine is shooting stars.  Then we went to Cherry Berry and had frozen yogurt!

Cindy will be admitted to Hastings Hospital at 8 a.m. Monday the 13th.  Thank you for all your lovely well wishes and prayers for her speedy and successful recovery from surgery.  I will send an update the day she goes home and perhaps by then I’ll have mastered this Windows Vista program and be able to resume the fun and love I always love sending you.

Wishing All You Moms, GrandMoms, GreatGrandMoms and Great-Great-GrandMoms

A Joyous Mother’s Day.

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Our electric bill was “sky high” so…’s time to re-adjust and wear extra clothing and consume foods and drinks that warm the body. 



busy but enjoyable.

Now here it is

february 01, 2010


Here’s a lineup for February that might interest you:

American Heart Month

Library Lovers Month

National Bird Feeding Month

National Black History Month

Responsible Pet Owner’s Month

Spunky Old Broads Month


From the Latin word februa, “to
cleanse.” The Roman Februalia was a month of purification and atonement.

February 2010 Full Moon:

Sunday, 28th, 16:38(universal time)

February Weather Lore

 There is always one fine week in February.
 If bees get out in February, the next day will
be windy and rainy.
 Fogs in February mean frosts in May.
 Winter’s back breaks about the middle of February.

Go Red For Women

Red Dress Tack Pin

Online Services Site

Medical Emergency Education


1862 – Julia Howe publishes "Battle Hymn of Republic" (My eyes have seen the glory of…)

1920 – Royal Canadian Mounted Police forms

1949 – RCA Victor countered Columbia Records’ 33-1/3 long play phonograph disk with not only a smaller, 7-inch record (with a big hole in the center), but an entire phonograph playing system as well. The newfangled product, the 45-rpm, which started a revolution (especially with the new rock and roll music), soon made the 78-rpm record a blast from the past.

1968Elvis Presley celebrated the birth of his daughter, Lisa Marie. Lisa Marie married and divorced the ‘Gloved One’, Michael Jackson, in the ’90s.

1982 – "Late Night With David Letterman," debuts on NBC-TV

1996 – Both houses of the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly approved a rewrite of the 1934 Communications Act. Some highlights: allowed local and long-distance telephone companies, as well as cable TV providers, to offer a mixture of goods and services; Deregulate cable TV rates; allowed consumers access to a greater variety of cable, telephone and other communications services; and, in one of the most controversial changes, it revised the National Multiple Radio Ownership Rule and Local Radio Ownership Rule, allowing most of the stations in the U.S. to be snatched up by a few corporations.


1901 in Cadiz, Ohio, William Clark Gable, ‘King of the Movies’ actor; "Gone With The Wind"; d. Nov 16, 1960
1926 – Stuart (Maxwell) Whitman
actor: Cimarron Strip, The Seekers, Trial by Jury, Private Wars, Omega Cop, Delta Fox, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, Rio Conchos, The Longest Day, Ten North Frederick, Silver Lode
1937 – Don Everly
singer: group: The Everly Brothers with brother, Phil: Wake Up Little Susie, Bye Bye Love, Cathy’s Clown, All I Have To Do Is Dream
1944 – Paul (L. D.) Blair
baseball: Baltimore Orioles [World Series: 1966, 1969-1971/all-star: 1969, 1973], NY Yankees [World Series: 1977, 1978], Cincinnati Reds
1949 – Dave Thompson
football: Clemson Univ. [all-American: 1970]; Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints
1954 – Bill Mumy
actor: Palm Springs Weekend, Twilight Zone-The Movie, Lost in Space, The Rockford Files, Sunshine, Babylon 5
1968 – Pauly Shore
comedian, actor: Pauly, Encino Man, In the Army Now, The Bogus Witch Project

Today’s Quote:

Acts of Kindness, even in the simplest ways, are what make out lives meaningful, bringing happiness to ourselves and others.

~ The Dalai Lama








Hummingbirds aren’t likely to be near right now

but  please, do remember to feed the birds




Women hearts beat faster than men.

Three years after a person quits smoking, there chance of having a heart attack is the same as someone who has never smoked before.

The human heart weighs less than a pound.

The human heart can create enough pressure that it could squirt blood at a distance of thirty feet.

The first open heart surgery was performed by Dr. Daniel Hall Williams in 1893.

Scientists have discovered that the longer the ring finger is in boys the less chance they have of having a heart attack.

The right lung of a human is larger than the left one. This is because of the space and placement of the heart.

The human heart beat roughly 35 million times a year.

Olive oil can help in lowering cholesterol levels and decreasing the risk of heart complications.

In a lifetime, the heart pumps about one million barrels of blood.

In 1967, the first successful heart transplant was performed in Cape Town, South Africa.

People that suffer from gum disease are twice as likely to have a stroke or heart attack.

Most heart attacks occur between the hours of 8 and 9 AM.

The human heart beast roughly 35 million times a year.

At one time it was thought that the heart controlled a person’s emotions.

Every day 2,700 people die of heart disease.

During a typical human life span, the human heart will beat approximately 2.5 billion times.

In one day your heart beats 100,000 times.

For humans the normal pulse is 70 heartbeats per minute.






























Laugh And The World Laughs With You!


You’re in incredible shape," the doctor said. "How old are you again?"

"I am 78." The man said.

"78?" asked the doctor. "How do you stay so healthy? You look like a 60 year old."

"Well, my wife and I made a pact when we got married that whenever she got mad she would go into the kitchen and cool off and I would go outside to settle down." the man explained.

"What does that have to do with it?" asked the doctor.

"I spent a lot of time in the great outdoors."






Sanding Sponge for Foot Callouses

I use a styrofoam sanding block to buff off the dried dead skin from the bottom of my feet. It’s best to use them after bathing or showering while your feet are softer. It’s best to slightly wet the sanding block as well. Sanding blocks are less expensive, more coarse, and last longer than the coarse finger nail files that I’ve used. In addition, they leave your feet feeling very soft and smooth.

By anorman from Williamsport, TN



it’s a fact of life


Plan Now for Next Year’s Tax Time

Start out this month preparing for next year’s tax time! Label 12 business-size envelopes (one for each month), and put all your receipts in the respective envelopes. On the outside of each envelope, list amounts that may be needed for tax purposes (cash donations, donated mileage, work expenses, etc.).

You’ll be able to see at a glance which envelope has the amounts you need to include in your tax forms. When you’re done with the receipts and prefer to keep all of them in the envelopes, just put a giant rubber band around them and file with your tax papers. (Some people prefer to shred their monthly bills and just keep those receipts that might be needed if they’re audited – terrible thought!) By caseye from Plano, TX























It had been snowing for hours when an announcement came over the intercom:

"Will the students who are parked on University Drive please move their cars so that we may begin plowing."

Twenty minutes later there was another announcement:

"The twelve hundred students who went to move 26 cars may now return to class."

childrens songs nursery rhymes of the world


A-tisket A-tasketCircle Game

A-tisket a-tasket
A green and yellow basket
I sent a letter to my love
And on the way I dropped it,
I dropped it, I dropped it,
Yes, On the way I dropped it
A little boy picked it up
And put it in his pocket.

Game Instructions

The kids make a circle. One kid goes around the outside of the circle holding a handkerchief. At the end of the song s/he drops it behind one of the kids in the circle and runs around the ring. The kid who the handkerchief was dropped near has to pick it up and chase the 1st kid. If he catches the 1st kid before the 1st kid reaches his empty space in the circle, the 1st kid must go around again with the handkerchief.

Otherwise, the 2nd kid is the one to go around with the handkerchief, starting the game all over again.   Here’s a longer version of this song…

A-tisket a-tasket
A green and yellow basket
I sent a letter to my love
And on the way I dropped it.

I dropped it, I dropped it,
Yes, On the way I dropped it
A little girlie picked it up
And put it in her pocket.

She was truckin’ on down the avenue,
Without a single thing to do
She was peck-peck-peckin’ all around
When she spied it on the ground.

She took it she took it
My little yellow basket
And if she doesn’t bring it back
I think that I shall die.

(Was it red?) No, no, no, no,
(Was it brown?) No, no, no, no,
(Was it blue?) No, no, no, no,
Just a little yellow basket.






February Crafts For Kids and the Young At Heart



















Bring Your Own Coffee

Save money on the purchase of a coffee at the mall by bringing your coffee from home in a travel mug. You can still sit in the food court with the other shoppers to enjoy your coffee without the expense.

By Linda from Waterdown, ON

















In age, talk; in childhood, tears. – Hopi









Released: 6 June 1936
Runtime: 82 mins

Genre: Action/Adventure

Synopsis: A crime king is a fired police detective who goes to work for the city’s top gangster. Although he soon becomes one of the underworld’s most powerful figures, he is constantly stalked by a rival… A crime king is a fired police detective who goes to work for the city’s top gangster. Although he soon becomes one of the underworld’s most powerful figures, he is constantly stalked by a rival gangster who continues to remain suspicious of the former cop.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Blondell, Barton MacLane, Humphrey Bogart, Frank McHugh, Dick Purcell, George E. Stone

Director: William Keighley

This film was made as part of Warner Bros.’ response to the Production Code Administration and the Legion of Decency, which had condemned the studio’s previous gangster movies with Edward G. Robinson and James Cagney as glorifying the criminal life. In response, Warners had both actors make crime movies with their characters on the right side of the law, with Cagney playing an FBI agent in "G-Men" and Robinson playing an undercover cop here.

Johnny Blake, played by Edward G. Robinson, was based on real-life policeman Johnny Broderick, while Al Kruger, played by Barton MacLane, was based on notorious gangster Dutch Schultz.

"Bullets or Ballots" was so successful at the box office that it gave Edward G. Robinson the clout to negotiate a new contract with Warner Bros., which gave him rights of story and script approval and allowed him to make one movie per year for another studio.










photos courtesy of Sharon Clark

Near Oklahoma City Latter Part of Last Week

Just 100 miles south of this snow there was 2 inches of the white stuff and there was ice beneath it all over Oklahoma.










Quilt Me A Blue Cotton Memory

quilt me a blue cotton memory

quilt me a blue cotton memory

sunshine and shadow

brittle figure in blue cotton wave you

your age-spotted hands and catch the latch

as companionship swings storm doors shut

and alone in your home where Madame Alexander

dolls breathed in cradle kin’s imagination

seasons circle the pin oak, aging,

resurrecting, watching.

cockscomb and currants


blue cotton woman rock you before the hearth’s

red hot coals flashing the past, as aching finger

bones dance patterns on silk-bordered crazy quilt

and green eyes focus on China dolls waltzing

past midnight, sighing drops of love,

spinning bolts of dreams, heaving, fighting

the birth of loneliness.

bursting star


storm door, speckled silver and rust, groans, sighs

on its hinges and filigree shield shakes

as the door swings back, swings forth

to an old woman’s childhood until the white sheet covers. 


the storm door slaps shut.

blue cotton woman soars.

basket of scraps

nobody is left to catch the latch

this time.  Childhood’s home stands empty

but for bolts and drops of blue cotton spirit.

this was a poem written by a mother of 5 sons, Ann,  learning to appreciate and nurture the differences of her children.















1911 Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California

 (John Hall Collection)

1905: Annual New Year’s Day Frolic, Ocean Beach, SF, CA



Just A Thought…

The breezes at dawn have secrets to tell you.

Don’t go back to sleep.































2 lb. McIntosh apples, peeled, cored
and thinly sliced (7 cups)
2 T. lemon juice
2 T. granulated sugar
1 T. Butter Buds Sprinkles
4 packets Sweet ‘N Low
1 T. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground allspice
4 sheets phyllo dough, thawed
Nonfat frozen vanilla yogurt (optional)

Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Spray a 9-inch pie pan with nonstick
cooking spray.

In a large bowl, toss the apples with the lemon juice.
In a small bowl, combine the sugar, Butter Buds, Sweet ‘N Low, flour,cinnamon and allspice. Add to the apples and toss to coat.

Lightly spray one sheet of phyllo dough with nonstick cooking spray.

Fold in half and spray again. Place in the pie pan with one edge
hanging over the pan. Repeat the process with the remaining 3 sheets of dough, overlapping in the pan to cover the bottom completely.

Spoon the apple mixture into the pan. Fold the edges of the dough
over to cover the apples.

Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Bake 35 minutes, or until the dough is crisp and the apples are tender when pierced with a sharp knife.

Cool slightly before serving.

Serve with nonfat frozen vanilla yogurt, if desired.

Makes 1 (9-inch) pie,8 servings.

Seven cups of sliced fresh peaches or pears, or fresh blueberries,
may be substituted for the apples.

Per serving (1/8 pie): 115 calories, 1g protein, 29g carbohydrate,
1g fat, 1g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 65mg sodium
Diabetic exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1 1/2 fruit


Yield: 6 to 8 servings

2 or 3 parsnips
2 pounds winter squash
4 carrots
1 firm eggplant
1 to 2 fennel bulbs
2 large red onions
6 cloves garlic
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh rosemary
crushed red pepper, to taste
1/4 cup olive oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Peel and cut up the vegetables into attractive wedges and cubes. Arrange vegetables and garlic in a single layer in a large, oiled roasting pan, and sprinkle them with rosemary, crushed red pepper, and olive oil to coat.

Roast vegetables, turning them occasionally so they don’t stick or burn, until they are browned and tender, about 1 to 1-1/4 hours.








Pet Game













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Wednesday 16 September 2009


         September 16, 2009


Step Family Day

was established to recognize and
show appreciation for the importance and value of
step-parents and extended families. Research
discovered that this holiday was founded by
Christy Borgeld of Grand Rapids, Michigan.There’s
also some references to this event as
"National" Step Family Day. No documentation was
found that this holiday is a true "national day",
 which requires an act of Congress.

Step Family Day was first celebrated with a picnic on
September 16, 1997. The suggested method of
celebration is a picnic at a park. Since it’s inception,
it has slowly gained recognition and popularity.

Step families are created through death of a parent,
divorce or separation.

Decades ago, most marriages lasted for life. Separation
and divorce was often looked down upon. In today’s
society divorce and remarriages are commonplace
Over 50% of all marriages end up in divorce. That
means over half of us are divorced and/or children of
That gives us cause to recognize the extended family.


1782 Great Seal of US used for 1st time
1890 News writer George Whitney Calhoun names Green
        Bay team the Packers
1893 Cherokee Strip, Oklahoma opened to white settlement
1908 General Motors founded by William C Durant
1951 Betsy Rawls wins the US Women’s Open Golf title
1963 "Outer Limits" premiers on TV
1977 Ringo releases "Drowning in the Sea of Love"
1983 Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes a US citizen

1914 Allen Funt Bkln NY, TV host & creator (Candid Camera)
1924 Lauren Bacall Staten Island, actress (Dark Passage, Key Largo)
1925 B(lues) B(oy) King Itta Bena Miss, blues singer (The Thrill is Gone)
1927 Jack Kelly Astoria Queens, actor (Bart-Maverick, Get Christie Love)
1927 Peter Falk Ossining NY, actor (Colombo, Scared Straight)
1933 George Chakiris Norwood Ohio, actor (West Side Story)
1934 Elgin Baylor NBA star (1958-59 Rookie of the Year-Lakers)
1948 Rosemary Casals tennis player (US Open doubles 1967,71,74)
1949 Ed Begley Jr LA Cal, actor (Eating Raoul, St Elsewhere, Parenthood)
1949 Susan Ruttan Oregon City Ore, actress (Roxanne-LA Law)
1953 Jerry Pate Macon Ga, PGA golfer (US Open 1976, Canadian Open 1976)
1956 Anatoly Beloglazov USSR, 52 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic-gold-1980)


Blessings to those of you celebrating your birth today!
 I hope you get lots of huggz and kisses and PREzENTS too!

Last week’s marinara sauce won’t leave your plastic container . . .
Rub the container with a damp cloth dipped in baking soda.
Or fill the stained container with water, drop in one or two
foaming denture cleaning tablets, wait 20 minutes, and rinse.











  • 160 billion emails are sent daily, 97% of them are spam.
  • Spam generates 33bn KWt-hours of energy every year, enough to power 2.4 million homes, producing 17 million tons of CO2.
  • 9 out of every 1,000 computers are infected with spam.
  • Spammer get 1 response to every 12 million emails they send (yet it still makes them a small profit).


The art of being kind is all
this sad world needs.



Last man on the moon
The Apollo 17 crew were the last men on the moon. With Ronald Evans
in the command module, Commander Eugene Cernan and scientist
Harrison H. Schmitt drove 34 km (21 miles) in the lunar buggy. On
December 11, 1972 they left behind a plaque that reads: "Here Man
completed his first exploration of the Moon, December 1972 A.D.
May the spirit of peace in which we came be reflected in the lives of
all mankind."
Cernan was the last man to have set foot on another celestial body.

This essay reminds me of me a few years ago.
I found it entertaining as well as informative.  Nice little read! 
Enjoy!      Janey

I call it frugal gardening; my daughter calls it just plain embarrassing.
What seems reasonable to the gardener can seem quite strange to the
onlooker. But why pay for something when we can get it for free?

For example, when I stop to admire a flower, I can’t help it if some of the
seeds fall out into my hand.  They would have just fallen onto the
sidewalk or been eaten by a bird.  Once, while in a restaurant, I noticed
a lovely bouquet of some wild columbines that I had never seen before.
While admiring the bouquet, some seeds fell out of a ripe seedhead.
 Now, I enjoy that plant growing in my garden, while my family can’t
believe I kept the seeds.  What should I have done, left them as a tip?
 Now, when I stop to admire flowers growing in a public place, my
family starts to walk away

real fast and act as though they don’t know me.

Now, what is so embarrassing about manure?    I consider it to be a
valuable addition to my compost pile and I’m not about to buy bags
of it when I can go and scoop it up for free.  Anyone would
appreciate your help in cleaning out the corral, right?  They just think
I’m crazy because there are much better things to do than going around
scooping up poop.

And who wouldn’t ask for those leaves that your neighbor is bagging up?
 I’m concerned about the landfills just like everyone else.  The fact that
they help to make that black gold has very little to do with it.  I am also
helping out by bringing large boxes home from work to lay under my
lasagna beds.  Is it strange that I put dibs on any container at a party that
would work for winter sowing?  Or that my tupperware now has
a "better" use?

One of my favorite coffee shops packs their used grounds into large trash
bags that are just too heavy for me to carry.  Apparently it’s embarrassing
to my daughter when I have the young man carry it out to her truck for me,
so now I have to go to the coffee shop when I go to town alone.  She sure
doesn’t complain in July when she’s biting into a big juicy tomato!

I used to go to the post office twice a week.  But now that I participate in
round robins and seed trades on Dave’s Garden, I’m there every day!
The postmaster is a long-time friend and she just smiles when I send off
my SASE like a child sending a letter to Santa.

I think joining Dave’s Garden is probably the most frugal thing I have done.
 Where else can you end up with hundreds of seeds for nothing but the
cost of postage?   Gardeners love to share their extra plants with "newbies"
and you can save by getting in on co-ops with other members.  It’s a place
where I feel right at home in spite of my "embarrassing" habits!  Yep, I’m
convinced that Dave’s Garden is the best resource for the frugal gardener.


Bean Soup Mix in a Jar
2 cups dry black beans
2 cups dry Great Northern beans (or any small white bean)
2 cups dry red kidney beans
2 cups dry pinto beans
2 cups dry green split peas
In four 1-pint canning jars, layer beans in order given, dividing
evenly between jars. For seasoning packets, use four individual
small sandwich bags or four 6-inch squares of plastic wrap or foil.
Into EACH seasoning packet (you’ll need FOUR times this amount
TOTAL for all four jars of soup mix), place:
3 teaspoons beef (or vegetable) bouillon
3 tablespoons dried chives (chopped)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried savory
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 bay leaf
To Prepare Soup:
3 hours before serving, rinse beans with cold, running water.
Remove stones or shriveled beans. In a Dutch oven or stock- pot,
bring beans and 9 cups water to boil for 3 minutes. Remove from
heat and let sit for 1 hour. Drain and rinse beans. Place beans, 5 cups
of water, and seasoning packet contents into pot. Heat to boiling,
reduce heat to low and simmer gently for 1 1/2 hours until beans are
tender. Stir occasionally. Add one 16-oz. can stewed tomatoes with
liquid (break up tomatoes). Heat to boiling. Reduce to low, and cook
15 minutes more. Discard bay leaf.
Each jar of soup mix will make approximately 6 – 8 generous servings.



                       CLARK GABLE

Rhett Butler in Gone With The Wind
                                  Born: February 1, 1901 in Ohio.
                                  Died: November 16, 1960 California

Josephine Dillon (1924-1930)
Maria "Ria" Franklin Printiss Lucas Langham (1931-1939)
Carole Lombard (1939-d.1942)
Sylvia Ashley (1949-1952)
Kay Williams (1955-1960)

(1)Gable had a daughter, Judy Lewis, the result of an affair with
    actress Loretta Young that began on the set of
    The Call of the Wild in 1934.
(2)On March 20, 1961, Kay Gable gave birth to Gable’s son,
     John Clark Gable, born four months after Clark’s death

His acting coach was a theater manager in Portland, Oregon,
Josephine Dillon (seventeen years his senior) whom he was
married to 1924-1930. Dillon paid to have his teeth repaired
and his hair styled. She guided him in building up his
chronically undernourished body, and taught him better
body control and posture. She spent considerable time
training his naturally high-pitched voice, which Gable
slowly managed to lower, and he gained better resonance and
tone. As his speech habits improved, Gable’s facial expressions
became more natural and convincing.

In his long film career, Gable appeared opposite some of the
best and most popular actresses of the time. Joan Crawford,
who was his favorite actress to work with, was partnered with
Gable in eight films, Myrna Loy was with him seven times,
and he was paired with Jean Harlow in six productions. He also
starred with Lana Turner in four features, and with Norma
Shearer in three. Gable was often named the top male star in
the mid-30s, and was second only to the top box-office draw
of all, Shirley Temple.

Gable spent most of the war in the United Kingdom at RAF
Polebrook with the 351st. Gable flew five combat missions,
including one to Germany, as an observer-gunner in B-17
Flying Fortresses between May 4 and September 23, 1943,
earning the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross
for his efforts.
Adolf Hitler esteemed Gable above all other actors; during
the Second World War he offered a sizable reward to
anyone who could capture and bring Gable unscathed to him

Gable’s last film, at age 57,  was The Misfits, written by
Arthur Miller, directed by John Huston, and co-starring
Marilyn Monroe, Eli Wallach, and Montgomery Clift. This
was also the final film completed by Monroe. Many critics
regard Gable’s performance to be his finest, and Gable,
after seeing the rough cuts, agreed.

Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Los Angeles, CA.
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard (1908-1942)
are buried side by side.Not far away is Jean Harlow (1911-1937)
Plot: Great Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Benediction, Private Family
Mausoleum Room #34, Crypt B The blonde bombshell who
starred in six movies with Clark Gable. They were very close
friends and Gable was a pallbearer at her extravagant funeral

Nicknamed "The King of Hollywood" in his heyday.
In 1999, the American Film Institute named Gable seventh
among the greatest male stars of all time

Doris Day summed up Gable’s unique personality,
"He was as masculine as any man I’ve ever known, and as much
a little boy as a grown man could be – it was this combination
that had such a devastating effect on women."

Longtime friend, eight time co-star and on-again, off-again
romance Joan Crawford concurred, stating on David Frost’s TV
show in 1970, "he was a king wherever he went. He walked like
one, he behaved like one, and he was the most masculine man
that I have ever met in my life."

Robert Taylor said Gable "was a great, great guy and certainly
one of the great stars of all times, if not the greatest. I think that
I sincerely doubt that there will ever be another like Clark Gable,
he was one of a kind.


(these scenes made us hate scarlet for not doing his bidding and kissing his feet – but that was then….)

With enough courage, you can do without a reputation.

Take a good look my dear. It’s an historic moment you can tell your
grandchildren about how you watched the Old South fall one night.

Now that you’ve got your lumber mill and Frank’s money, you won’t
come to me as you did to the jail, so I see I shall have to marry you.

Vivien Leigh (Scarlett): Rhett, don’t! I shall faint!
Clark Gable (Rhett): I want you to faint. This is what you were meant
  for. None of the fools you’ve ever known have kissed you like this,
  have they? Your Charles, or your Frank, or your stupid Ashley!
  No, I don’t think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly.
 That’s what’s wrong with you! You should be kissed and often,
 and by someone who knows how.

"Quite frankly, my dear, I don’t give a dam."





       Fall In Love with Autumn Potpourri Excerpted from Creating Fairy

Garden Fragrances
by Linda Gannon

The earthy colors and scents of the equinox
celebrate the depth of the secret presence at the
heart of nature. As autumn arrives with a vibrancy
even in its dying, so sweet and sensual. The
hillside is ablaze with burnished
copper leaves, russet vines, ripe
red berries, and velvety
mosses,as this glorious season
seduces the earth.

Enchanted Forest

A rich, autumnal potpourri blend, Enchanted
Forest is rich in balsam, vanilla, and patchouli –
earthy, sensual, and mysterious. It is gorgeous in
forest green and shades of brown, with sprinkles
of moonlight thrown in.

You will need:
Dried Flowers and Herbs
2 cups deer’s-tongue leaves
2 cups patchouli leaves
1 cup balsam fir needles

Essential Oils
20 drops patchouli oil
10 drops sandalwood oil
8 drops vanilla oil

1/4 cup cut or ground oakmoss

Textured Elements
1/2 cup orange peel
1/2 cup sassafras root bark
1/4 cup sandalwood chips
1/4 cup cinnamon chips
1/4 cup vanilla bean chunks

Finishing Touches
1/4 cup vervain blossoms
1/4 cup silver-painted pinecones
1/4 cup foxglove flowers
1/4 cup silver glitter

Foxglove Facts

It was believed that if you
picked the tall spires of
foxglove — the most
legendary of fairy flowers
– you would offend the
fairies, but growing them
in your garden would
surely please the pixies!

The delicate pink or white, bell-shaped blossoms
are covered with tiny flecks that are said to be
fairy fingerprints.

Foxglove derives its folk names of fairy gloves and
fairy caps from these splendid blossoms, which
became props when the fairies played dress up.
Other names include fox’s glew and, because of
the poison found in its exquisite "cups," witch’s
thimble and bloody bells.

Digitalin, obtained from the blossoms of foxglove,
is used to treat heart ailments.



                  This floral photo became someone’s digital art project.  cute!











The working section of a piano is called the action.

Shoemakers are commonly called cobblers but correctly speaking
a cobbler is a shoe repairmen. A shoemaker is a cordwainer – they
also made leather bottles and harnesses.

The device at the intersection of two railroad tracks to permit the
wheels and flanges on one track to cross or branch for the other
is called a frog.


Why does water not calm the tongue after eating hot spicy food?
The spices in most of the hot foods that we eat are oily, and, like
your elementary school science teacher taught you, oil and water
don’t mix. In this case, the water just rolls over the oily spices.
What can you do to calm your aching tongue? Eat bread. The bread
will absorb the oily spices. A second solution is to drink milk.
Milk contains a substance called "casein" which will bind to the
spices and carry them away. Alcohol also dissolves oily spices.




Having your company this morning has been a pleasure.  I must admit
I would have enjoyed it much more had I been able to have my usual
dose of hazelnut creamed coffee. Thanks for being here for me.

Going in for routine blood work this morning to check the cholesterol &
stuff so I’ve kept my mouth closed and my hands in my lap all night!
It doesn’t matter much to me but the doctors fret about it so I go to please them. :-)




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Tuesday 15 September 2009

                                September 15, 2009





It’s always exciting to me when new readers subscribe.
I like to guess from each email name what they might like
best about the Daily Dose That Does Ya Good.

What’s even more exciting to me is when someone sends
me a comment TELLING me what they like.  That sends me
into “hunt” mode for those things to put in.

And you know what a partier I am.  Birthdays make the best
parties and those of you who’ve shared your birthday with
me for the HONORS LIST get a special greeting right here!

Remember, Tags means you can snag and Things are
thrown in for more fun and those are adoptable as well.
It’s all free fun to share.


           Felt Hat Day

Felt Hat Day is today. On this day, men traditionally wear a felt hat.
Women can participate in this day, too. They just have to have a felt hat.

Back in the early to mid 1900s, hats were popularly worn by both men
and women. It was stylish. At that time, felt was a common material for
men’s hats. With cooler Fall weather approaching, the guys went to the
coat closet and dusted off their felt hats , and began to wear them again.

Celebrating this day is easy….just wear a felt hat. It can be of any style,
as long as the material is felt. No other hat material will do.


1620 Mayflower departs from Plymouth, England with 102 pilgrims
1904 Wilbur Wright makes his 1st airplane flight
1928 Cards set NL record of 18 men left on base beating Phillies 8-6
1949 The Lone Ranger premiers on ABC-TV
1965 "Lost in Space" premiers
1978 Muhammad Ali beats WBA heavyweight champion Leon Spinks


1789 James Fenimore Cooper 1st major American novelist (Prairie)
1890 Dame Agatha Christie mystery writer (Murder on the Orient Express)
1903 Roy Acuff, Maynardville TN, country musician (Hee Haw)
1906 Penny Singleton ,PA, voice (Jane Jetsons)/actress (Blondie)
1907 Fay Wray Alberta, actress (King Kong)
1907 Jack Bailey Hampton Iowa, TV host (Queen for a Day)
1921 Jackie Cooper LA CA,actor/director (Hennesey, People’s Choice)
1925 Forrest Compton Reading PA, actor (Gomer Pyle USMC, Edge of Night)
1933 Henry Darrow NYC, actor (Harry O, New Dick Van Dyke Show)
1938 Gaylord Perry baseball player (1972 AL Cy Young winner)
1940 Merlin Olsen,UT,NFL tackle(Rams)/sportscaster/actor(Father Murphy)
1946 Oliver Stone NYC, director (Wall St, Good Morning Vietnam, Platoon)
1946 Tommy Lee Jones actor (Executioner’s Song, Bloody Monday)
1953 Jerry Page- golfer (largest PGA victory margin)
1960 Scott Thompson Baker, Minneapolis, actor (Gen Hosp, All My Children)
1961 Dan Marino- NFL quarterback (Miami Dolphins)
1984 Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales, 3rd in British succession





               This is YOUR special day Sparky3—Have A Brew & Eat Cake!



SEPT:16-Stepfamily Day
         17-Constitution Day
         21-International Day of Peace
         22-1st Day of Autumn
         25-Native American Day
         27-Gold Star Mother’s Day


Your garbage disposal smells like a swamp . . .
Scour food particles from the walls and blades, and remove
unpleasant odors with this trick: Combine 1 cup vinegar
and 1 cup water, pour into ice cube trays, and freeze.
Remove the cubes and grind them in the disposal, then
flush with water for 1 minute. Grind some lemon or orange
peels for a pleasant fragrance, too.


























The term Baby Boomers is from the time after
World War II when there was a sudden increase in births.
77 million American babies were born until the birthrate
started to decline only in 1964. These were the happy
hippies that used to send people to the moon.




The only place in the universe where a flag flies
all day, never goes up or comes down, never
flies half-mast and does not get saluted, is the moon.

It is, of course, the American flag, the only country
to have landed people on the moon even though
British Interplanetary Society engineers had in 1939
designed a ship to carry people to the moon. Since
Apollo 11 landed on moon on 20th July 1969 until
1972, 12 American astronauts walked on the moon,
spending 170 hours roaming over 60 miles (100 km),
planting 6 flags in total. They brought home 880
pounds (400 kilograms) of soil and rock, and
30,000 photographs.

The 6 American flags on the moon were planted
during the missions of Apollo 11,12,14,15,16,and 17.
The flags of the European Union, Russia, and India
are also on the moon but they are displayed on
equipment or probes.

The first landing of the moon is celebrated in the
festival of Evoloterra on 20th July.

      Farmhouse Soup Mix in a Jar

2 tablespoons dried minced onion
2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
2 tablespoons beef bouillon flakes
1/2 cup quick cook barley
1/2 cup dried split peas
1/2 cup rice, uncooked, do not use instant
1/2 cup dry lentils
1/2 cup alphabet pasta, uncooked
1 cup flavored spiral, macaroni, uncooked

In a small zip-type bag, add and mix the onion, parsley,
salt, lemon pepper and bouillon.

Using a funnel, layer the ingredients in this order in a
1-quart jar: Barley, peas, rice and lentils, small pasta
 Add the zip-type bag with the seasonings.

Fill rest of jar with the spiral macaroni that is placed
in a baggie. Seal the jar.

Attach the following instructions on a gift tag:

Farmhouse Soup:
Contents of jar
3 quarts water
2 stalks chopped celery,
2 sliced carrots
1 cup shredded cabbage
2 cups diced tomatoes

Put all ingredients into a stockpot over medium low heat.
Cover and simmer about 1 hour, or until vegetables are tender.
Add macaroni last 15 minutes of cooking.

Gone With The Wind publicity photo featuring Scarlet & Prissy (Butterfly McQueen)
framed with a check signed by Butterfly

   Thelma (Butterfly)


 The Augusta Chronicle celebrates 2000 by taking a look at the
contributions local African-Americans have made to our community.


Seventy-five local students were invited to write essays for the
Black History Student Essay Contest.

•Butterfly McQueen
•Amanda Dickson
•Jessye Norman
•Charles Larke
•Springfield Baptist
•Martin Luther King

High school, first place: Butterfly McQueen
Web posted February 23, 1999

By Fallon A. Hampton
A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering High School

Many important and influential people have passed through the
great city of Augusta, Georgia. In my opinion, one of the most
important is Butterfly McQueen.

Butterfly McQueen was born Thelma McQueen on January 8, 1911,
in Tampa, Florida. She was the only child of a stevedore and a
cleaning woman. She attended grammar school in Augusta, Georgia
and graduated from a Long Island, New York high school, where she
was able to cultivate her interests in music and dance.

In a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, she danced in the
`Butterfly Ballet,” thus acquiring her stage name. She made her
Broadway debut in George Abbott’s Brown Sugar. Butterfly McQueen
achieved fame primarily as a film actress in the 1940′s. She was noted
for her role as the slave maid, Prissy, in Gone With the Wind in 1939.

People often said they recall feeling anger and shame for the
seemingly dimwitted roles she often played.  
To protest a line she was asked to read as a colored servant, McQueen walked
out of the studio. When she declined similar movie assignments, casting agents
boycotted her for more than a year. She quit movie acting in 1947 to avoid
further typecasting.

During the next 20 or so years, McQueen returned to Augusta and took a course
in nursing at the Georgia Medical College. She later enrolled as an undergraduate
at a city college in 1975 at age 64. She earned a Bachelor of Arts with a major
in Spanish and political science.

In later years, McQueen decided to devote her life to children. She “adopted”
a public elementary school. She patrolled the playground, picked up litter, and
looked after the children. Unfortunately, we lost one of our great
African-American women and role models to tragic injuries suffered in a
kerosene heater accident at her Augusta, Georgia home December 22, 1995.

    Polly (12-Nov-1989)
    The Mosquito Coast (20-Nov-1986)
    Amazing Grace (30-Aug-1974)
    Duel in the Sun (31-Dec-1946)
    Flame of Barbary Coast (28-May-1945)
    I Dood It (Sep-1943)
    Cabin in the Sky (9-Apr-1943)
    Affectionately Yours (10-May-1941)
    Gone with the Wind (15-De


   Ms. McQueen overcame her humble roots to star in movies and on Broadway.

NOTE: McQueen in the movie as Prissy was delightful.
Her character made us laugh when we felt like crying so bad we couldn’t cry without sobbing.

Crying, watching Gone With The Wind is acceptable, even expected



             Indian Prayer

" Oh Great Spirit, Whose Voice I Hear in the wind,
Whose breath gives life to the world, hear me.
I come to you as one of your many children,
I am small and weak, I need your strength and wisdom.

May I walk in beauty, make my eyes behold the red
and purple sunset, make my hands respect the things
that you have made, and my ears sharp to hear your
voice. Make me wise so that I may know the things
that you have taught your children, the lessons that
you have hidden in every leaf and rock.

Make me strong…not to be superior to my brothers but
to be able to fight my greatest enemy.. myself. Make me
ever ready to come to you with straight eyes so that
when life fades as the faded sunset, my spirit will
come to you without shame."









                                    A HELPFUL SPICE

      •                                         ALLSPICE
        This spice comes from the unripe fruits of an evergreen tree
        (Eugenia pimenta—commonly known as Pimentos) that grows
        in South America and the West Indies. It tastes and smells a
        bit like cloves and is used to season meats, curries, and pies.
      • You can make a remedy for stomach upset and gas by
        simmering ½ to ¾ teaspoon of the spice in a cup of hot water
        for ten minutes. Be sure you use a non-aluminum pot with
        a tight lid.
      • When the tea has cooled, strain it through a coffee filter and
        take in a tablespoon dose.Dilute it with water if too strong for your taste.
      • Three or four cups of strong allspice tea added to bath water
        can also help those suffering from arthritis or rheumatism—
        it is warming and it eases pain. You can also soak a washcloth
        in the hot tea and apply it as a compress to an arthritic joint.








Real charity doesn’t care if it’s tax-deductible or not.






    • The apparatus used in alcohol distilleries for freeing the spirit
      from water is called the dephlegmator.
    • One that speaks two languages – is bilingual – can be said to be diglot.
    • Ducks are never male. The males of the species are called drakes.
      In a casino, however, ducks is a nickname for a pair of deuces


Why does wet fabric appear darker?
When fabric gets wet, light coming towards it refracts within the water,
dispersing the light. In addition, the surface of the water causes
incoherent light scattering. The combination of these two effects causes
less light to reflect to your eyes and makes the wet fabric appear darker.












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Monday 14 September 2009


          September 14, 2009

              It’s Cream-Filled Donut Day

Cream Filled Donut Day is a sugary, sweet day. Doancha just love
special days like today!? Sure, you were watching your weight. Then,
along comes a special day that is just packed with calorie and carbs.
And, that special day encourages you to eat one of your favorite
breakfast treats…. cream filled donuts.

There is no shortage of food related "special days". We are certainly
glad that someone chose to create a day just for cream filled donuts.
It truly is a special treat.

The most popular cream filled donuts are chocolate cream and
vanilla cream.  This author’s favorite is cherry cream.

Whatever flavor is your favorite, just make sure the day does
not go by, without having one or more cream filled donuts.


16-Stepfamily Day
17-Constitution Day
21-International Day of Peace
22-1st Day of Autumn
25-Native American Day
27-Gold Star Mother’s Day


1716 1st lighthouse in US lit (Boston Harbor)

1752 England & colonies adopt Gregorian calendar, 11 days disappear

1814 Francis Scott Key inspired to write "The Star-Spangled Banner"

1930 Detroit Lions (as Portsmouth Spartans)play1st NFL game, win 13-6

1948 Milton Berle starts his TV career on Texaco Star Theater

1954 Hurricane Edna (2nd of 1954) hits NYC, $50 million damage

1964 Walt Disney awarded the Medal of Freedom at the White House

1972 "Waltons" TV program premiers

1982 Trevor Baxter sets skateboard high jump record of 5′ 5.7"

1991 Magic Johnson weds Erieatha "Cookie" Kelly

1849 Ivan Pavlov Russia, physiologist/pioneer in psychology
1867 Charles Dana Gibson illustrator, drew "Gibson Girl"
1887 Stanley "Midnight Assassin" Ketchel HW boxing champ (1908-10)
1899 Hal Wallis movie producer (Maltese Falcon, Barefoot in the Park)
1908 Clayton Moore Chicago Ill, actor (Lone Ranger)
1924 Jerry Coleman 2nd baseman/sportscaster (NY Yankees)
1938 Walter Koenig Chicago Ill, actor (Checkov-Star Trek)
1947 Jon "Bowser" Bauman Queens NY, singer (Sha Na Na)
1959 Mary Crosby LA Calif, actress (Kristin-Dallas, Ice Pirates)
1964 Faith Ford,LA-actress (Another World, Corky-Murphy Brown)





Your toilet sweats like a marathoner . . .

Toilet tanks perspire on hot days because flushing fills them
with cold water and condensation occurs. Picture a tall glass
of cold lemonade in the sunshine, and you’ll get the idea.
Tanks also will sweat if they, like a long-distance jogger,
are "running" all the time.

This condition can be caused by two things: a leaky flapper
valve or a ball that is set too high. Test to see if you have a
leak by putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank. If it
ends up in your bowl without anyone flushing, try lowering the
ball and replacing the flapper valve.

If it’s not a leak but your toilet still perspires due to flushing,
try insulating the tank. Drain it, then use silicone glue to affix
one-half-inch sheets of Styrofoam cut to size, or purchase a
kit at your hardware store.






A number of primary schools were doing a project on "The Sea."
The children were asked to draw pictures or write about their experiences.
Teachers then compared the results and put together some of the ‘better’ ones.

1. This is a picture of an octopus. It has eight testicles. (Kelly age 6)

2. Some fish are dangerous. Jellyfish can sting. Electric eels can give you
a shock. They have to live in caves under the sea because I think they have
to plug themselves in to chargers. (Christopher age 7)

3. Oysters’ balls are called pearls. (James age 6)

4. If you are surrounded by sea you are an Island. If you don’t have sea all
around you, you are incontinent. (Wayne age 7)

5. I think sharks are ugly and mean, and have big teeth, just like Emily
Richardson. She’s not my friend no more. (Kyle age 6)

6. A dolphin breathes through an asshole on the top of its head. (Billy age 8)

7. When ships had sails, they used to use the trade winds to cross the ocean.
Sometimes, when the wind didn’t blow the sailors would whistle to make the
wind come.My brother said they would be better off eating beans.(William age 7)

8. I like mermaids. They are beautiful, and I like their shiny tails.

How do mermaids get pregnant? (Helen age 6)




Did you know that in the time of Jesus a person of 33 years old was a senior?
In the time of Jesus a person of 33 years old was a senior. Even just 100 years
ago, the average life span of Westerners was 47 years – only 4% of people
reached age 65. Today, more than 10% of Westerners are 65 or older.
One in 3,300 Westerners are 100 or older.) That puts huge pressure on pension
schemes. 50 years ago every pension beneficiary was supported by about 40
workers. Now, when the Baby Boomers – those born between 1946 and 1964 -
retire, there are only 3 workers per beneficiary!



The Remarkable Bee

Bees can be used to detect landmines. Tiny radio plates the size of a rice grain
will be attached to honey bees to detect antipersonnel landmines, of which
there are about 100 million in 70 war-torn countries.

The tiny radio plates are engraved with serial numbers to keep track of the bees,
which are being conditioned to develop a preference in addition to nectar, in
this case TNT, or any other material that releases metamphenamine. Special
spectrometers that can "smell" TNT are placed in movable beehives to indicate
landmines in specific areas. Bees that "smell" of explosives can then be tracked
to the landmine. The bees won’t detonate the landmines.

This is just one of many reasons why bees are important to us. Without bees,
there will be no flowers or crops. Although birds, other insects and the wind also
pollinate plants, bees do most of it.


                            Nothing caught my fancy for gardening today so here’s something NOT to do!




Scenes at TARA (O’Hara Mansion) and TWELVE OAKS (Wilkes Mansion)
          Mouse-over each photo for a description. I Love GWTW!

Avenue of Oaks at Boone Hall Plantation near Charleston, SC.  Those treetops now
overlap each other, a lot.  I have loved each visit there.

After Rhett and Scarlet married he built them a mansion in Atlanta, Georgia.  Scene where the servants first come to work there attending to the Butler family




                   KITCHEN MYTHS

(the author’s intro)
We’ve all heard of urban legends, those plausible sounding but false
stories that circulate so widely on email and news groups, such as
the old lady who microwaved her cat or the Nieman-Marcus $250
cookie recipe. There are several web sites devoted to researching
and exposing these fake stories. The same sort of thing happens in
the world of food and cooking, although on a much smaller scale.
This page is my answer.

How do I know these are myths? Why should you believe me over
someone who says that something I call a myth is in fact true?
I can’t answer that question for you but I can say that all of the
information on this page has been carefully researched. I do not
claim that something is true or false just because I heard it
somewhere or because it seems to "makes sense." I require that
something be backed by a credible source (the key word here is
"credible") and/or that it be in accord with accepted scientific
knowledge (I am a scientist by training). In most cases this is also
backed up by my personal experience. I certainly do not claim to
be infallible but I do try hard to present accurate, verifiable information.






















For the healthy cook who wants something rich in flavor, beans
are an excellent choice, since they are loaded with all sorts of
nutrients such as folate and boast a mineral content with high levels
of iron and manganese. In addition to their creamy texture, beans
are top on my list because they happen to also be high in protein
and very high in soluble fiber, which is beneficial for everything
from controlling diabetes to preventing colon cancer.

If you’re sensitive to sulfites, the sulfur-based compound used as a
preservative in everything from wine to jarred condiments, you
might want to include beans in your diet when enjoying those foods,
because beans contain molybdenum compounds that detoxify sulfites.

If you prefer using dried beans:
Start by rinsing the dried beans under cool running water. Then add
the beans to a two quart container that fits in the fridge. Add the
beans, a pinch of baking soda, and fill to the top with water.
Soak over night. The next day drain the beans and add them to a
large stock pot. Cover with water and bring to a boil, cooking 1 to
2 hours until the beans are soft. Drain, at this point you can add
them to any of your favorite recipe or the one here today.

 If you are preparing a soup, you can cook them in water until
they are partially soft about 30 to 40 minutes, and then drain.
Add your broth and a cup of water and continue to cook until tender.

Black Baked Beans Using Canned Beans

Serves 6 to 8

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 pound nitrate-free turkey bacon, chopped
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 medium carrot, peeled and grated
1 stalk celery, trimmed and chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 medium jalapeños, seeded and chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup ketchup
3 tablespoons dark molasses
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoons freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 15-ounce cans black beans, drained and well-rinsed
1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high.
Add the bacon, onion, carrot, celery, garlic,
jalapeño and salt.

Cook 7 to 8 minutes, until the vegetables start to soften.
Reduce the heat to low and add the broth, brown sugar, molasses,
mustard, ketchup, cider vinegar and black pepper.
Stir until well combined. Add the beans and stir to coat.

Transfer the beans to an 8-inch-by-8-inch pan.
Bake uncovered 45 minutes to 1 hour, until the beans are
hot and a dark crust begins to form on the top.
Sprinkle with cilantro and serve immediately.
      Jennifer Iserloh, The Skinny Chef



The distance that a place holder falls from a glass when it is
lifted (you know, place holders sometimes get stuck to the
bottom of a cold glass when you lift the glass) is called a
bevemeter, a sniglet coined by comedian Rich Hall
(who also coined "sniglet").

The study of creatures such as Bigfoot, the chupacabra, and the
Loch Ness monster is called cryptozoology. Zoologist Bernard
Heuvelmans coined the term to describe his investigations of
animals unknown to science.






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Grandparent’s Day





National Grandparents Day serves as a day for Americans to honor grandparents
– not just those to whom they are related, but each and every senior citizen who
has helped to make home, community, and country what it is today.

GrandparentsDay credits its origins to Mrs. Marian McQuade. Herself a mother of
15 and grandmother of 40, McQuade was motivated to action by the plight of elderly
persons whom she saw spending the final years of their lives alone in nursing homes.
Not only were these individuals losing out on important part of life, McQuade
believed, but their grandchildren too were missing out on the wisdom, knowledge,
and rich cultural heritage grandparents could supply.
In 1973, McQuade launched a campaign to the United States of America set aside a day
to honor its Grandparents. Five short years later, her cause reached all the way to the
White House where then-President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the Sunday after Labor Day
to be National Grandparents Day.\

        September 13

1788 New York City becomes capital of the United States
1927 Waite Hoyt became the only 20 game winner of the 1927 Yankees
1961 "Car 54 Where are You?" premiers on TV 
1963 "The Outer Limits" premiers
1970 IBM announces System 370 computer


1851 Walter Reed US Army Surgeon, proved mosquitoes transmit yellow fever
1857 Milton S Hershey , chocolate manufacturer/philanthropist
1903 Claudette Colbert (It Happened One Night/co-star Clark Gable)
1916 Ronald Dahl (author-Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
1924 Scott Brady Bkln NY, actor (China Syndrome, Gremlins, Johnny Guitar)
1925 Mel Torme (singer-nicknamed The Velvet Frog)
1944 Jacqueline Bisset(actress-"The Deep")
1948 Nell Carter (actress/singer won Tony Awar for "Ain’t Misbehavin’")
1959 Jean Smart (funny on "Designing Women," dramatic on "24")

A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun.
Enjoy the trip.  ~Author Unknown



16-Stepfamily Day
17-Constitution Day
21-Inter-National Day of Peace
22-1st Day of Autumn
25-Native American Day
27-Gold Star Mother’s Day




The Gift of Grand-parenting

Open your heart to your grandchild,
and your days
will suddenly fill with moments
of gladness and delight.
No bands will be marching,
no trumpets will be blaring,
so wake up and pay close attention,
or the gifts they’re bringing
might quietly slip out of sight.
- By Judy Ford

Wonderful Ways to Love A Grandchild

Grandchildren are God’s helpmates
in charge of softening our hearts
and opening our eyes and ears’
to the simple sights and sounds
that bring us joy.
Grandparents are in charge of
gentle loving and forgiveness,
for persevering and strengthening
the heart connection in your family.
- By Judy Ford

Grandma’s Brag Book

"Just happen to have them with me…"
This is what I say.
But when it comes down to it,
I plan it just that way!
Just happen to have the pictures
Of my sweet grandchildren here—
I like it when folks say, "He’s cute,"
Or, "isn’t she a dear?"

Grandparents keep these photographs
And show them near and far…
Their pride is understandable—
That’s how grandparents are!!!
- By Katherine Nelson

Grandparents Poem
Grandparents Day Poem
From early in the morning,
Until I go to sleep each day,
I know my grandparents love me,
In a very special way.
Sometimes it’s tea and crackers,
Sometimes a walk in the park,
Sometimes it’s just a hug when I’m scared and in the dark.
I love to hear their stories,
About the past and where they’re from,
And I know their hearts are filled for me,
With never ending love.

Funny Poems for Grandparents

Grandparents’ Advice

Don’t pamper the baby,
Don’t run to each cry;
Don’t rock that new infant
And don’t lullaby;
Don’t coddle or cuddle,
That’s all there is to it!
Don’t spoil that sweet baby
Let us grandparents do it!
- By Mary R. Hurley


Grandfathers are a special breed
Of kinfolk, all their own.
They love you and hug you,
And spoil you to death.
And then, they send you home.
- By Joyce C. Lock

Grandma’s Off Her Rocker!

In the dim and distant past,
When life’s tempo wasn’t fast,
Grandma used to rock and knit,
Crochet, tat and baby sit.
When we were in a jam,
We could always count on gram.
In the age of gracious living,
Grandma’s life was one of giving.
But today…
Now grandma’s at the gym,
Exercising to keep slim,
She’s off touring with the bunch,
Or taking all her friends to lunch.
Driving north to fish or hike,
Taking time to ride her bike.
Nothing seems to block or stop her,
Now that grandma’s off her rocker.
- By Unknown Author

Grandparent Rap

It’s Grandparents’ Day and we’re here to say,
"We love our Grandparents in a major way."

So sit right down and take a seat,
And we’ll put on a show that can’t bebeat!

Some Grandparents are skinny. Some eat a lot.
Some are funny. Some are not.

Some short, some tall, some big, some small.
It doesn’t matter. We love them all.
- By Unknown Author


Here is an easy fly repellant from Elsa… Fill a Ziploc or other kind of
baggie half full with water and add 4 pennies. Just hang in the
doorway of where the flies are a problem and they will not enter.
O I know it sounds crazy but it does work!!!!!


Heating Pad:
 5 pounds of rice (I get the cheap stuff) and sew a bag with heavy
material, cut the leg of a pair of jeans, or some other heavy type of
material. And I make the bag a little bigger then the bag of rice.
Sew any sides if you need and one end. Pour the rice into the holder
and sew the end and then place in microwave for about 5 minutes
and you have a heating pad. Last for about 45 min at a time. Maybe
longer depending on how and where its used. Works great for my
earaches. And other body aches. Or if you don’t like heat then keep
it in the freezer for a cold pack. Works great!









Grandmothers Love? – children say it best:Age 10
-Sweet, kind, gentle are the words to describe my loving
grandmother–her heart as big as the ocean not to be
filled with water but love.





This is a picture of a unicorn. A real, live unicorn. While technically not
a corncob, a single horn protrudes from the center of the animal’s head.
The deer, which resides in Tuscany, Italy, has a twin with regular horns.
It was born in captivity after its mother was struck by a car and unable
to fend for herself in the wild.

The earliest mention of the beast was by the Greek historian Herodotus
in the 5th century BC.






Tomorrow’s edition of Gone With The Wind will be photos of
the Tara and Twin Oaks Mansions rooms and shots of scenes
in them.  You won’t want to miss it!










                             Old Fashioned (coming back into use)Cold Remedies

Mix 20 drops of Sandalwood in 3 oz. of base oil. Sweet AlmondGrapeseed
and Safflower oils are some carrier oils to try. This blend is said to
strengthen the immune system against colds and flu.
Use as a massage oil. Massage feet before bed put on socks and go to sleep.
At the first signs of cold or flu begin diffusing a blend of essential oils
known to be effective against viruses. This may nip the infection in the
bud or at least help reduce the severity of your symptoms.
The Eucalyptus oils , Oregano, Thyme, Cinnamon leaf and Ravansara
aromatica have been helpful against upper respiratory viral infections


Home remedies are made at home & work out less expensive
than other alternative forms of medicines.  Generally, homemade
remedies are harmless when compared to other forms of modern
medicines and rarely cause reactions or side effects.

Since ages ago, herbal remedies & home made medicines have been
used by our ancestors to cure common ailments.
This link is provided as general information only, and should not be
treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor.








Shifting with Nature’s Energy
              Change of Season
In today’s world, office jobs and supermarkets have made it
possible to work and provide for ourselves and our families
regardless of nature’s cycles. While most of us no longer
depend directly on nature’s seasons for our livelihood, our
bodies’ clocks still know deep down that a change of season
means a change in us too. If we don’t acknowledge this, we
may feel out of sync, as though we have lost our natural
rhythm. These days, autumn is more likely to bring thoughts
of going back to school than harvesting, but in both cases,
the chill in the air tells us it’s time to move inside and
prepare for the future.

We can consciously celebrate the change of season and shift
our own energy by setting some time aside to make the same
changes we see in nature. We can change colors like the falling
leaves and wilting blooms by putting away our bright summer
colors and filling our wardrobes and living areas with warm
golds, reds, and browns.

While plants concentrate their energy deep in their roots and
seeds, we can retreat to quieter, indoor pursuits, nurturing the
seeds of new endeavors, which need quiet concentration to grow.

We can stoke our inner fires with our favorite coffee, tea, cider,
or cocoa while savoring the rich, hot comfort foods that the
season brings in an array of fall colors: potatoes, apple pies,
pumpkin, squash, and corn. As animals begin growing their
winter coats and preparing their dens for hibernation, we can
dust off our favorite sweaters and jackets and bring blankets
out of storage, creating coziness with throw rugs and heavier
drapes.We can also light candles or fireplaces to bring a
remnant of summer’s fiery glow indoors.

By making a conscious celebration of the change, we usher in
the new season in a way that allows us to go with the flow,
not fight against it. We sync ourselves up with the rhythm
of nature and the universe and let it carry us forward,
nurturing us as we prepare for our future.




                French Stew – Potée Champenoise
Potée is a French stew that you will find served up in various ways.
Each region has its own version of potée although all contain a variety
of vegetables, a little broth, and various meats. Here’s a look at some
of the variations, and one easy vegetable stew recipe, called Potée
Champenoise. The term Champenoise indicates that it comes from the
Champagne region of France.

                                                  Vegetable Stew Recipe

This French stew makes for simple, hearty eating. Be sure to start preparing it plenty
of time in advance, because it calls for slow cooking, although I have seen some potée
recipes made in a pressure cooker. (It is interesting to note that pressure cookers, or
cocottes minutes, are very popular in France).
You can use whatever vegetables and meat you have on hand – just get everything in
a pot with a little water, put it on to simmer and wait a couple of hours. It’s really as
simple as that.
You can imagine that this was originally peasant food because it could be adapted to
whatever was on hand. If carrots were plentiful,
into the pot they went. If potatoes were scare,
turnips could be used. Slow simmering is also a good way to make sure every bit of
meat came cleanly off of the bones.
Nearly every region in France boasts its own version of potée, but many are quite
similar, and people are not always in agreement as to what distinguishes the potée
of a particular region.
Techniques for eating this French stew can vary some as well. In some cases, the
meat and vegetables are separated from the cooking liquid, which is served as a
first course. In other cases, notably with Garbure, the stew receives a bread and
cheese topping and is then baked in the  oven until golden on top. Sometimes 
wine is poured into the soup bowl and the stew served on top of that.
So French stews vary from region to region, but some ingredients appear frequently.
Popular vegetables in a potée are:
Celery Root
Various cuts of pork dominate many versions of this French stew, but you’ll find
other meats as well:
Sausages (many regions boost their own special sort of sausage)
Salt pork
Ham hock
Pigs feet and tails
Other possible ingredients
Bouquet garni – This is a bundle of herbs (the exact contents can vary) tied with
a piece of string. If you can’t find a bouquet garni, you can make your own, or
substitute whatever dried herbs you’d like.
Onion spiked with cloves, called an oignon piqué
Salt – Most times the meats add enough salt, so salt is rarely included.
1 pound  lean salt pork or 1 pound ham hock
1  tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
8 ounces bacon, sliced in small pieces
4 large carrots, scraped and sliced
4 turnips, peeled and cubed
bouquet garni
1 cabbage, thinly sliced
4 large potatoes, scrubbed and cubed
1 pound sausages (Toulouse sausage work well, but you could try others)
1 teaspoon black ground pepper
Blanche the salt pork to remove the salt by soaking in cold water for two hours and
changing the water several times.
In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil on medium heat and cook the onion for
several minutes. Add the bacon and cook, stirring occasionally, for five minutes.
Add 1 quart of water, then the desalinated salt pork (or ham hock), carrots,
turnips, and the bouquet garni. Bring to a boil then turn heat down and let the stew
simmer for 90 minutes. If the water gets very low, add a bit more, but you don’t
want to end up with a lot of liquid.
Meanwhile, cook the sausage according to package  directions. The Toulouse
sausage is boiled for about 20 minutes to cook it through. Boiling is a great method
for cooking sausage that allows it to retain all of its juice.
After the stew has simmered for 90 minutes, add the cabbage, potatoes and sausage.
Another cup of water may be added as well. Cover with a lid, but stir often. At first
stirring may be difficult – more like rearranging things in the pot – but as the cabbage
gradually shrinks, it becomes easier. You can then stir in the pepper.
Simmer another 90 minutes and serve hot. To serve I like to slice the sausage and
pork into  bite sized pieces and return them to the pot.
Makes 6 servings.
Special note on cooking cabbage: Some people find that cabbage gives them gas
because of the sulfurous compounds that it contains. To control this effect, try
blanching the cabbage in boiling water for 5 minutes then rinsing it well with cold
water before adding it to the soup pot.









Mid-men, the male versions of mid-wives, are called accouchers.

The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.




Grandfather Poem

Just Like Him
©  Jackie
He taught me how to build a fire;
he gave me hope and desire.

He taught me how to build a chair;
he told me that life wasn’t fair.

He watched every basketball game
and treated me like fame.

He bought me ice-cream
and listened to my every dream.

I talked to him everyday,
we never ran out of things to say.

Without him I don’t know who I’d be,
but one things for certain I wouldn’t be me.

He taught me how to be just like him,
and I already am within.


"In the Cookies of Life – Grandmother’s are the Chocolate Chips!"

To all grandmothers, whose wisdom, courage and love have paved the
path for future generations – we thank you!
Grandmother-grandchild relationships are simple.
Grandmas are short on criticism and long on love.
– Author Unknown

Grandmothers are ladies with silver in their hair and gold in their hearts.

Grandmothers are voices of the past.
Role models of the present
They open the doors to the future.

A Grandmother’s Love Is Always In Bloom.

Grandma’s my name, spoiling’s my game.

When you need a hug call 1-800-Grandma 


Grandmas are for stories about things of long ago.
Grandmas are for caring about all the things you know…
Grandmas are for rocking you and singing you to sleep.
Grandmas are for giving you nice memories to keep…
Grandmas are for knowing all the things you’re dreaming of…
But, most importantly of all, Grandmas are for love. ~ Author Unknown ~

"It’s the strength of your convictions that inspired us to believe. It’s
the courage of your character that led us to achieve. It’s your faith that
gave us confidence to follow our own stars. it’s the good and guiding
spirit of the wonderful grandfather that you are."
Focus on the wonderful role grandparents play in the lives of young
children by:
1. Giving of themselves When we make time for young children,
something wonderful happens….we become embedded in the child’s
memory. A few moments on the porch listening to the birds, a walk
down the street to visit a neighbor’s dog, or just sitting together and
looking out the window at the snowflakes–these moments make a young
child feel secure, loved, and able to better understand the world of which
she is a part.
2. Bringing Comfort and Culture ….grandparents offer soothing care -
the gentle, familiar voice of a grandparent can offer comfort and can calm
an upset child. ….grandparents help us discover our roots – whether a
native language or a favorite family recipe, children discover their
background and understand themselves better through the things their
grandparents share…and grandparents often discover how creative they
can be!
3. Second Time Around Grandparenting often brings opportunities to do
things you have not done in years–coloring, playing on a swing set, going
to a play ground. Sometimes it can also be a chance to reflect on routines
and practices you did with your own children when they were young.
4. Try to spend one day a week at my grandchild’s home for a ‘grandma’s
day in’ in order to bond with my grandchild and give Mother and Dad time
to themselves. It has been wonderful and the parents love it. It’s been a
"win,win" thing!  Causes close relationships
Grandparents and Communication:
Research by the Newcastle Family Studies Centre suggests that
interpersonal communication is fundamentally important to a successful
ageing process. The grandparents in this study said repeatedly that what
mattered to them was being able to chat to someone ("anyone who’ll listen")
about anything and everything – the ordinary, everyday things. It was clear
that many of these grandparents were the ones who maintained the family
networks, who made it their business to keep in touch.
Grandparents and Child Development:
Grandparents are a tremendous resource for their grandchildren. They can
share their past through stories and songs – an important step towards
literacy – and help children discover their roots by sharing a native language,favourite family recipe or hobby.
British families are changing rapidly but grandparents are a constant source
of support both to their own children and their grandchildren. They are
often "the glue that helps to bind a family together."
A study by the Newcastle Family Studies Centre concluded that
grandparents are viewed by grandchildren as fun companions nowadays,
rather than the authoritarian figures of the past. Many children confide in
their grandparents if they have problems.
Grandchildren are to grandparents like sunshine is to day.
If nothing is going well, call your grandmother. ~Italian Proverb
Grandchildren are a grandparent’s link to the future, and grandparents are
the child’s link to the past.
I may not be rich, but I do have priceless grandchildren.
Life is easier if you hear the steps of grandchildren walking beside you!
Grandchildren fill my heart with pleasure.
Each a joy for me to treasure!
That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his/her
little fist, you’re hooked for life.
I’ve learned that the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly
How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it!

Grandmas are for stories about things of long ago.
Grandmas are for caring about all the things you know…
Grandmas are for rocking you and singing you to sleep.
Grandmas are for giving you nice memories to keep…
Grandmas are for knowing all the things you’re dreaming of…
But, most importantly of all, Grandmas are for love. ~ Author Unknown ~





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