Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Let It Be

I am a huge fan of The Beatles. My favorite song by The Beatles changes depending on my moods and what is going on in my life. My most recent favorite is Let It Be. I love the melody, and the words.  The lyrics tell me to let go of problems, which sometimes I struggle with. And the song brings back happy memories of seeing McCartney live. And all of those times I saw people sing it at Beatlefest. Yes, I do like the song Let It Be.

As a rule I don’t like cover songs of where they really change a song by The Beatles, but occasionally one will stand out. And sometimes I may not like the cover that well when I first hear it, but later when it is more appropriate in my life it really strikes a chord. So when I heard the cover of Let It Be from the movie Across the Universe again it was time for me to say wow, this cover is almost as good as the original. Well almost at least. I think because of the lessons I’ve had to learn in patience, forgiveness, and well the death of a loved one over this past year has drawn out the interpretation of this song to me. It has more meaning than it did a few years ago.

So take a listen to this version of Let It Be, and let me know what you think of it. Which version do you like better?

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Five Year Old Tests Positive for Cocaine

When I read the news, I never cease to be amazed at what I read. And when I read that a couple was arrested in California after a five year old tests positive for cocaine. When I read the headline, I thought how on earth would a five year old have access to cocaine? But believe it or not it is possible. According to the stories I read, a man was arrested for possession of cocaine. In his car was his five year old son, who was sitting very close to bags of drugs. And I thought to myself what was the father thinking? Was this take your child to work day? Couldn’t he find a baby sitter, or did he just want to spend quality time with his child? And my mind wandered to the chase scene in Raising Arizona.

And I thought to myself, is there any circumstances that would justify a father taking his child along to a drug deal? I quickly thought no. And then I thought about the mother. I wondered if she knew that the child’s father was taking him along on drug deals. Needless to say both parents have been charged with child endangerment along with a few other charges.  And the five year old along with his two other siblings have been taken by child protection services. I know that I have made light of some of this story, but I do believe that taking the children away from their parents is probably a good thing.

And this story does make me angry in some ways. There are so many individuals who want children. They would be good parents. They would do nothing to put their children in danger like these parents reportedly have, but for one reason or another they are not able to have children. Good people have difficulty adopting children, and they are forced to go to foreign countries to adopt. And while I only know the circumstances that were reported in the news, I believe that these children would probably be better with some of those loving families. And I wonder what will become of the five year old whose father felt it was acceptable to take his child along on a drug deal. Will he be one of those children who gets lost in the foster care system, or will he be one of the kids who comes out and makes a good life for himself?

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Easy Bacon Cheddar Pretzels

Oktoberfest will soon be with us, and part of that great time of partying is the pretzel. So here is an easy bacon cheddar pretzel for your Oktoberfest celebrations. And I do mean this is easy.

easy bacon cheddar pretzels

First you need some pretzels. You know the doughy ones like you buy at Aunt Annie’s. You can make your own, which I prefer to do, but sadly didn’t have the time for today. Here’s a link to a great homemade pretzel recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction. They are whole wheat, so they may be a little healthier than the average pretzel.

But if you don’t have time to make your own pretzels, you can buy the frozen ones in the freezer section at the grocery store.

Now take those already prepared pretzels, and get your shredded cheese out. Spread a large handful across the top of the pretzel. Then sprinkle some bacon bits on top of the cheese. Next place those soft pretzels in the oven at 400 degrees.  And bake them for 4 to 5 minutes. Enough time for the pretzel to warm up, and the cheese to melt, but not overcook. And that’s how you make easy bacon cheddar pretzels.

Did you know that the traditional dip for pretzels is not cheese, it’s actually mustard. So don’t forget to serve it with mustard. And if you’re going all traditional, when you make a toast with your drink that is served with the pretzel. Say prost and not cheers. It's the traditional German toast.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

One Person

Keep in mind when days don't go well that you may be the world to one person.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Sensing Fall

There are times when your senses start to come alive. You just know something different is in the air. Recently, I’ve been sensing fall. Yes, I realized that it was fall on the first day of autumn. But my senses have been alive seeing the changes in the world around me and I wondered what are those things that I’m sensing that are different?

First, I saw the school bus stop sign out on my way to work in the afternoon. That wasn’t going on a couple of months ago.

Then I was driving in the country, and someone had a small batch of leaves burning. No, it wasn’t just trash they were burning it had the distinct scent of leaves. You know the dry woody smell that is slightly different from wood.

I’ve started to hear talk about all of the new fall shows. And yes, I am going to see if Madame Secretary is as good as people are saying.

I was able to taste a fresh apple picked right off of a tree. It was so crisp and tasty.

And last, when I get up in the morning there is a slight chill in the air. Even though the days are warm you can feel the chill that will be with us all soon.

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My Secret Island

With Halloween coming up, and well the love so many people have of zombies. I thought I would share a video by a band called My Secret Island. The name of the song is What Was Yesterday.  The year is 2031, and life is pretty bleak. There have been wars that have changed life. The video shows how life has turned kind of awful. A man finds himself wandering through this wasteland into a bunker. And he discovers something scary. A beautiful woman, a scary doctor injecting individuals with something that turns them into zombies is what the man discovers in the bunker.  Yes, the video has a little bit of a dark theme. But I liked it. I like the woman’s style in the video. Her outfit is great. And it’s just a video that fans of zombies movies will enjoy.

But what about the band? The band is based out of Berlin Germany. The band has been around for a few years, and My Secret Island is the third album they have produced. Their previous releases have included I Miss the Day and The First Stories. And all three releases rock! So how do you classify them? Well they definitely fall into the alternative music category, but that’s a broad category. They are definitely influenced by metal bands and punk. It has that fast beat with offbeat themes. Toss in a little bit of goth, and some rockabilly. And then some of that grunge sound. And you have an idea of what you might hear when you listen to their music. It is diverse, and well worth listening to.
So watch the video, and let me know what you think.

And if you like the music you can purchase it on amazon of course.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thanksgiving in September

Thanksgiving is usually celebrated in November, with much feasting, football, and family. But Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be celebrated in November. It really should be a holiday that is celebrated daily. So today l am celebrating Thanksgiving in September with a list of 10 things I am thankful for today.

1.       Sunshine!

It is a beautiful day, with the sun shining. I am so thankful for the beautiful warm weather. Warm fall days are a blessing to us all. They provide us all with the chance to see the leaves changes colors. The first time it rains. The leaves all seem to drop off the trees.

2.       Good Health

I am fortunate to have good health. I am blessed with the ability to walk, talk, and breathe. Not everybody in the world has this ability.

3.       A Job

Yes, while I dread going into work, I am fortunate enough to be employed. There are many people in the world who cannot find a job. And there are still others who love to be able to work, but due to health reasons they are unable to.

4.       Great People

I am so thankful for all of the people in my life. Whether they are the family I was given at birth, or whether it is the eclectic group of friends I have gathered over the years. All of them are great.

5.       Free Speech

Yep, I like being able to say what I think, and it’s really cool that I have a place that I can say it too. I really enjoy the blog world, and of course all of those faithful followers.

6.       The Beasties

Yep, the felines in the house do drive me crazy on a regular basis, but I do love them, and I would be upset if anything happened to my furry little friends.

7.       Chocolate

Yes, chocolate is a gift from God. And my friend Billy used to say it was a vegetable because it came from a bean. I think he might have missed the mark on that one, but it is healthy, at least dark chocolate is. And well a trip to DeBrand’s is always a treat. Ask anyone who has been there just how good chocolate is.

8.       Facebook

I never thought I would say it, but I am thankful for Facebook. When my dad was sick over the summer Facebook made it so much easier to communicate with extended family. We were able to contact people that we needed to without hunting down phone numbers, and playing phone tag.

9.       Lazy Days

I love lazy days when I am able to sleep in, and I don’t have to do anything. It’s time to just relax. Isn’t it wonderful?

10.   The Public Library

Yes, I love to read, and I am so fortunate to be able to go to the library and get any book they have available for free as long as I remember to return them on time. Occasionally, that is something I forget to do.

So what are you thankful for this September day?

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fall Has Arrived

It started out as an ordinary day. A day like others with one exception. I had this desire to get rid of things. It doesn't happen often, but occasionally it does. So I gathered up a bag of items, and I ran them to the thrift store.

Yes, I felt better I had cleaned out some items, but why the need to clean? I drove through the parking lot, and I saw this.

And I thought to myself, wasn't that tree green yesterday? And it hit me. The reason I felt a need to clean was it is the first day of fall, And that means things need to change. Thus the need to clean.

I drove down the road and decided that since it is that since fall has arrived, I needed a pumpkin. After all I do have that bucket list which included making things chocolate covered pumpkin seeds this year. So I visited with the vendor, and bought this beautiful orange Cinderella pumpkin. Isn't that the greatest shade of orange?

And then I realized that my neighbors had a jump on me with fall decorating. Their porch looked so cute.

And when I arrived home, I wondered as I walked through my yard, was this the last day that I would be able to wear my summer shoes? My toes were feeling a little cold.

So I went into the house, and began to look through my long sleeved shirts, sweaters, and hoodies.

And that is how I realized that fall has arrived.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The First Day of Fifth Grade

Ah, yes, this time of year brings back memories. And like many people fall memories bring back days of going back to school. I always think of the first day of fifth grade this time of year.

This is the scene of our story.

Yes, the first day of school at a new school. The school was Susan B. Lindgren elementary school. My father dropped me off at school. And I entered my class. Mr. Johnson was the teacher. The day progressed normally, and I was introduced to my new classroom, and my fellow students.

The problem really began when I was dropped off at school. I had a little problem listening to all of the instructions while I was growing up. So I missed the part of the good-bye when my dad said he would pick me up after school. We had only lived in the neighborhood for a couple of days. We moved from Duluth, MN to St. Louis Park, MN the week before.

As I said earlier, I spent the day at school. It was a normal first day back in school. Then the bell rang, and school was out. I went outside with my classmates. Everyone began walking home. So I thought I should do what my classmates did. I began to walk. If you remember we had only lived in the neighborhood for a couple of days. And well the school was ten blocks from my new home. I walked and talked to my fellow students. And one by one they began going into their homes. And then it was just me walking down the streets. I looked for my new home, but it didn’t seem to be anywhere around. So I walked some more. I still didn’t know where my home was. I kept walking and walking and walking and still couldn’t find my house. Soon a familiar face appeared in a car driving down the street. It was my dad he found me three blocks over from our house, and he gave me a ride home. I wandered those streets for three hours. I must have walked in circles. But one thing was for sure. I got to see plenty of my new neighborhood on the first day of fifth grade.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Fall Bucket List 2014

It’s officially fall now. Yes, the season that in ways I enjoy, and in some ways I enjoy.  And with the new season, I have some projects for a fall bucket list. So here are some of the things I really want to do this season.

1.       Clean the gutters on my house. Yes, some years I’m good at this, and then there are years when I just don’t want to do it. And I put it off, and somehow it never happens. And the next thing you know you have little trees in the gutter in the spring. Not fun. This year I’m going to get it all cleaned out early on.

2.       I really want to go to Mississinewa 1812. Yep, one of the biggest battles of 1812 was fought an hour away from my home. The reenactment of the battle and the entire fair goings on in the area has always sounded like fun to me. So this is the year that I’m going to make it to the event, if the boss gives me the time off I requested.

3.       Carving pumpkins is a blast, and I have many plans for pumpkins this fall, but I really, really, really, am going to use the seeds, and make some delightful chocolate covered pumpkin seeds this year.

4.       Acorns, each year, the squirrel in the oak tree and I fight about acorns. He runs around burying them in my yard. I yell at him for digging so many holes, and causing all of those seedlings to come up in my yard. This year, the goal is to pick up most of the acorns, so he can’t bury them.  I’ve already started. I just have to figure out what to do with all of those acorns. Suggestions are welcome.

5.       I am actually going to go out, and enjoy some of the warm fall days. I always seem to get all caught up in everything that is going on around me, and I don’t go out and enjoy time outdoors like I should. And I really do enjoy time outdoors. I’m going to spend some time walking around, and actually looking at things so I see the season move from one point to another. And of course I’m going to take pictures of it this year. (wink, wink)

So these are a few of my plans for this fall, what are your goals for the fall, and I’ll let you know how much of my bucket list I actually accomplish this year.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Spicy Deviled Eggs

Okay, so the those Halloween parties will soon be here, and we'll all need a little something to take to those parties. You want something kind of traditional with a little twist. Why not try Spicy Deviled Eggs.

The recipe is simple, We all know how to make deviled eggs, the key to making them is add some a couple of tsp of wasabi sauce to the mixture, and sprinkle the tops with a little bit of cayenne pepper instead of the traditional paprika. 

Did you know that deviled eggs have been around since the time of the ancient Romans?

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Mushrooms Galore

So I went out into my yard the other day, and what do I see? I see mushrooms galore. At first, I think to myself the fairies are at work building a fairy ring, but no, it wasn't a fairy ring. They were all in a straight line. So here is some of what I saw.

So since I am not an expert when it comes to mushrooms, I decided to just leave them alone. While many mushrooms are edible, just as many are toxic. And if you don't know you should probably just leave them alone is my policy on that.

And here are a couple of fun facts about mushrooms

Different varieties of mushrooms can produce different colors of dye for clothing. The colors range anywhere from green to red to brown.

Under certain conditions mushrooms spores can lie dormant for hundreds of years and still grow again.

A Portabella mushroom has more potassium than a banana. 

Certain types of mushrooms that grow underground can sell for as much as $800 a lb. I should be so lucky to have those in my yard.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

93 Year Old Man Charged With 300,000 Counts of Accessory to Murder

If you are anything like me, when you read the line 93 year old man charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder, you immediately thought there is a typo in the story.  But as I continued reading the story, I realized it wasn’t a mistake. The gentleman was an accountant at the concentration camp Auschwitz.

As I read the story, I was surprised at reactions to it. There were some individuals who stated that it has been too long since the events occurred for a trial to have significance. There were others that stated on message boards that the gentleman was too old what good would it do? There were others who stated on message boards and comment areas, that he was an account and could do nothing to stop the murders. There were others who commented that so many of the original perpetrators of the crimes went into hiding and could never be found.

After reading the comments, I found myself asking more questions about this individual than when I first read the story. I looked up a little more information about the gentleman, and it seems as though he was initially charged in 1985 with crimes. But the charges were dropped due to lack of evidence. But what I found more surprising is that he has actively addressed the issue of Holocaust denial. He has gone public with the things he saw, but he has always stated that he was innocent of committing crimes.

Now this man did not operate the gas chambers, but he did help with processing the money from the victims. He claims to have seen things, and knew about the gas chambers according to reports. I guess the final question about this gentleman for me is did this gentleman do anything to help any of the victims while he worked at Auschwitz? I don’t believe that he could have stopped the machine, but did he have the courage or ability to save one person’s life? Did he try to make a difference to someone or did he simply say there is nothing I could do?

What do you think about the story? Should the man be prosecuted or is it better to just let it go?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Roxanna Music Review

Roxanna is a new performer from Canada. She has recently released her debut album called Exotica. And anybody who hears this singer’s voice will have to admit that her voice is beautiful. The music is relaxing, and would probably be categorized in the contemporary adult category.
Roxanna’s journey to recording isn’t your typical journey. As a child in Iran she enjoyed singing, and she comforted her patients as a nurse by singing to them. It was after doing this someone suggested that she pursue a profession in music. And she teamed up with producer Mark Portmann on this album.

So now you know a little bit about her. What about her music? Her beautiful voice is perfect for ballads. And many of the songs on the album utilize Spanish guitar to provide a romantic and soft feel to the music.

For fans of 80’s music, you’ll be pleased that she has done a cover version of Lionel Richie’s Hello. She hasn’t attempted to alter the song too much. She has added Spanish guitar in place of much of the keyboard work that was in the original song. I believe that fans of the song will enjoy listening to it. The album also includes a cover of Julio Iglesias’ El Amor which is showcases her talent.
But my absolute favorite song on the album is Here with Me. The lyrics of the song are based on a book of Farsi poetry translated into English. They are touching. And I love how the trumpet was used in the song. It just adds something special to the song. And I just like that Roxanna has brought something from her homeland to the music scene. She has combined the two worlds beautifully.

Okay, so who will enjoy this music? Women who enjoy romantic music will definitely enjoy this music. As I was listening to the music, I immediately thought of my friend Michelle. My friend Michelle passed away several years ago, but I clearly had an image of her singing along to these songs, and crying over the lyrics. Anybody who reads this and knew Michelle will know exactly what type of music is right now. And fans of Celine Dion’s music will also enjoy this album.

Faithful followers of my blog, make sure you listen to Roxanna’s music and let me know what you think. I think that many of you will be adding her music to your playlists because the girl has talent.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


I met with a friend this week for breakfast. She has a daughter that well has led a somewhat colorful life, and this has brought quite a bit of paint into my friends life. This has gone on for several years. There were years when she tried to help her daughter, and her daughter stole from her. She even left her with an infant to care for.  I have seen my friend cry, and I have seen her get so excited that maybe this time her daughter would go clean from the lifestyle she was leading. And I have seen my friend have to make the terrible decision that she could no longer help her child unless her daughter really gave up her drug use. And this meant that she felt that she could no longer have any contact with her daughter.

A couple of months ago I received a call from my friend, and she informed me that her daughter claims to have been clean and sober for two and a half years. She told me that she didn’t know if it was really true. She stated she wasn’t sure what she was going to do. She couldn’t let her daughter’s behavior take away the happiness she had worked hard to find.

This leads to the breakfast we had together this week. My friend was so excited. After cautiously talking with her daughter over the phone she decided that her daughter really had been clean and sober for the past two and a half years. I haven’t seen my friend that excited in years. And then she told me I wanted to make sure that you knew because over the years you were one of the few people that actually said that she could change. I was surprised. I fully supported my friend’s decision to not have contact with her daughter. But I never realized that so many people had told her that her daughter was incapable of change. And I thought to myself why do we give up hope so often?

You see to me, hope isn’t knowing how something will happen; it’s just that you know that it can happen. If you have hope you know that things aren’t going right, but you believe that there is the possibility that they will be different. It doesn’t mean that you have to sit and wait for another individual to change their habits, because that isn’t healthy, but that you have to open to the fact that people are capable of change. And I would encourage my readers to never give up hoping for people even though you can’t see how things will work out because one day you might get to see that someone you care about actually needed you to be hopeful for them.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Star Wars Humor

Just thought I would share a little Star Wars humor with you today. Come on, it's funny isn't it?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Blood Sugar Summer

Blood Sugar Summer is a doomwave band based out of the UK. Now, there are some of you asking doomwave, what is that? For those who aren’t up on all the subgenre’s of music, doomwave is pretty similar to goth. In fact I would classify it as goth.

So this song like many songs of the genre has a slight melancholy feel to it. It uses minor keys, and the tempo is a little slower than some songs. And the music doesn’t overpower the lyrics in this song. Many musicians struggle to find that blend. And Blood Sugar Summer has got it right in this song. It’s easy to understand the lyrics and the music enhances them. And like many goth songs the lyrics are sad. The song is the story of a famous model whose pictures are in billboards and magazines, but it isn’t enough for her. The lyrics state she’s so lonely. It’s a reminder to all of us that fame doesn’t mean that you are going to be happy.

The duo that forms the band are Benj├│ James – vocals and Jack Wilson – guitars. They only formed in 2012, and they have already put out a song with strong lyrics and a great melody. I hope this band continues all of its hard work because I believe that they can produce some really great music in the future as they develop their style.

So go listen to their music, and let me know what you think of this band. 

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Q & A with Paula Margulies

Remember the book review I completed on the book Favorite Daughter the other day? Well if you don't you should read the post. It's a good book. The author Paula Marguiles has provided me with some questions and answers about her book, herself, and her writing process. So a big round of applause for our guest today Paula Margulies.

1) Where and when do you write? In my home office mostly, although I try to sneak away to artist residencies whenever my teaching and client work schedule will allow. I usually write on Sundays, but that all depends on how much life intrudes (and it does that often, believe me!).
2) Why did you write your book?  I’ve always been fascinated with the story of Pocahontas, and since so much of her history has been told to us by English explorers like John Smith, I decided that retelling her story, from her perspective, might make for an interesting read.

3) There have been many books written about Pocahontas. How is this book different? There are a number of differing versions of the history of that time, and much of what we know about Pocahontas comes from the writing of John Smith and the other colonists, who reported on what they found in the new land when they returned to England. Favorite Daughter, Part One is based on my research on works about her by Native Americans, many of whom tell a darker tale than the English history. Also, there aren’t many fictional works about that time from a Native American perspective, and the majority of those that do exist are written for young adults. Favorite Daughter, Part One is written for adults and focuses on Pocahontas’s coming of age into womanhood and becoming a wife and mother, in addition to her work as a representative of her tribe and, eventually, as a celebrity in England (that part of her story will be covered in Part Two).

4) Are you of Native American heritage? No, both of my parents are of Italian descent. But my father, Douglas Roccaforte, loved Native American history and was a collector of American Indian artifacts, so I grew up with a deep appreciation of Native American culture and history.
5) Whose work inspires you? So many authors inspire me that it’s hard to choose! I’ve always been a huge fan of the Southern gothic – William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor are my all-time favorite writers. As a graduate student in English Literature, I studied Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Bellow, Doctorow, Didion, Heller, and Pynchon. Recent authors whose stories have haunted me, stunned me, or made me weep: Sherman Alexie, Ha Jin, Vikram Seth, David Mitchell, Barbara Kingsolver, Louise Erdrich, Jane Smiley, Jane Hamilton, Sena Jeter Naslund, Anna Quindlen, and Elizabeth Berg.
6) What do you like to do in your spare time? When I’m not working on my publicity business or teaching classes, I enjoy meditation, reading, writing, and experimenting with artisan bread recipes. In the summer, I try to go to as many local Native American powwows as I can (there are quite a few here in the San Diego area), and I’ve been known to enjoy an Indian taco (or two) on occasion.

7) What are the words you live by? Less is more (except when we’re talking about Indian tacos).

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Bento Box Butterfly

Like I stated in an earlier post, I've been playing around with bento boxes in order to try and eat more healthy, and have food that is just a little more fun to look at. So this week I created a Bento Box Butterfly. It turned out pretty well. And of course it tasted great.

It's simple, and it is made up of ingredients you have around the house. Turkey, pickles, apples, oranges, some sort of flat bread like pita bread, carrots, and a leafy vegetable for the background. In order to keep the apples in place I used a yogurt cream cheese and tumeric mixture on the bread. 

If you decide to make this box, keep in mind, it may not fit into a normal size bento box. It actually filled a small pie pan. So that was my lunch box for the day.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Easy DIY Kitty Cardboard Cutout for Kids

Okay, we all know that all of those cardboard boxes end up in the landfill if you forget to put them in the recycling bin. But they are actually a free craft material for the kids. You can make an easy diy kitty cardboard cutout for kids by using one of those boxes that you were just going to throw in the trash.

Here what you need
a cardboard food box
modge podge
black and white paint

What to do 

Draw a circle with two triangles on top of it, a couple of little circles, a rounded triangle, two little triangles and some thin strips on the cardboard. Next cut all of the items out.

Now take your black paint and paint the big piece. Next paint the remaining pieces white. And add a couple of black dots to the little circles, and a line to the rounded triangle. Next glue the round pieces on as eyes, the rounded triangle below it. Then the little triangles to the area for the ears. Finally, add your whiskers. And you have an easy cardboard kitty that your kids have created.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I Thought I Was Prepared

I was listening to the reports from Mesa, AZ today. You know the place where all that flooding has been going on. I heard a gentleman say I thought I was prepared, but I guess I wasn’t. The truth is nobody is completely prepared for a flood or any other natural disaster. And I realized most of us aren’t prepared for a disaster. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the Zombie Apocalypse, Hurricane Katrina, or that flood that we didn’t think would happen because we live in a low to moderate flood risk area.

So, I after thinking about this I went to FEMA’s site and looked up emergency supply kit. According to them you should have these items on hand.

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1. Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation.

 2. Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food

 3. Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both

 4. Flashlight and extra batteries

 5. First aid kit

 6, Whistle to signal for help

 7. Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place

8.  Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

 9. Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

 10. Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)

 11. Local maps

So after reviewing the items I have in my house. I actually have three items on the list. I have parts of a first aid kit, but since it’s incomplete I decided not to include an item I have. I have a flashlight, but no extra batteries. What I have on the list is a manual can opener, a wrench or pliers, and garbage bags. So if the great disaster occurs don’t come to my house because I’m not prepared at this time, but then how prepared are you for a disaster?

Music to blog by It's the End of the World by R.E.M.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Favorite Daughter Book Review

I was so glad to receive a copy of Favorite Daughter by Paula Margulies. I began reading Favorite Daughter as soon as I received it.

Favorite Daughter is a book about a young Indian princess named Pocahontas. Yes, the book follows the story of young Pocahontas at the time when Captain John Smith first enters her tribe’s life. Pocahontas is a lively girl who is her father’s favorite. Pocahontas along with the rest of her tribe is very curious about the newcomers. The story shows that while Pocahontas was a favorite of her, he still used her as a political tool. While he doesn’t force her to marry a man she doesn’t want to marry, he certainly encourages her to marry a young man who will bring the tribe political advantages. When John Smith is captured and brought to the tribal village Pocahontas saves his life. At this time she becomes the person her father relies on to obtain the gifts that newcomers have promised in exchange for food. Pocahontas is fascinated by John Smith, but she has difficulty getting him to deliver on his promises.

I really enjoyed reading this book. The author portrays a young woman who is making decisions about her life. We often view women from the past as unable to make decisions without the help of a man, but Pocahontas is quite the opposite. She influences her tribe’s policy with the newcomers. I also like that this books shows what life was like in a tribal village. I also like how the book shows Pocahontas as a young girl with an upcoming marriage, and the emotions that go with it. This book took me back to a time, and once again made me ask the question what if Pocahontas hadn’t saved Captain Smith? Would life be different for all of us?

This book also reminded me that cultures that we may think were primitive were far more advanced than we give them credit for. The members of the tribe can’t understand why a group of individuals who were clearly struggling to survive would devote so many of its resources to looking for something the natives knew was not in the area. They had even informed the newcomers of this. But they continued to search for gold, and they were suffering due to it.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to know what life was like in the Americas at the time explorers from Europe began to settle the area. Marguiles has done her research, and she includes a glossary of terms at the end of the book. You will want to use this glossary at times while reading the book. I also encourage individuals who enjoy romances will enjoy this book. There is the love story between Pocahontas and her betrothed, and of course the fascination Pocahontas has with John Smith.

Overall, this is good book, and I hope I will get to do a review on Part 2 of the series when it comes out.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Question of the Day?

Do you sit around wondering you know weird things? Sometimes you come up with a question of the day. This is my question of the day.

It involves watching two videos.

Here's the first one
Raccoon Table Manners

Emily Post Table Manners

So my question of the day is did the raccoon with better table manners than some people I know jump on youtube and view the video of Emily Post's table manners?

Let me know what you think.

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