Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas Goose

This is a great Christmas song some one wrote . (click on the line)

" While at the mall a couple of years ago, my then four year old nephew, Spencer, saw kids lined up to see Santa Claus. Having been taught as a toddler that Christmas is the holiday that Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, he asked his mom, "Where's the line to see Jesus"?"

So these people sat down and thought hmmm . It would make a nice song.
Hope you like it.


After a huge meal of Thanks giving Turkey, I guess all the turkeys would give a sigh of relief if Christmas went back to the tradition of serving Christmas Geese instead. lol

I found the above book illustrated so beautifully with a gosling, that thinking of eating it would break ones heart.

It was Charles Darwin, who mentioned that goose for dinner in Victorian times, was a tradition.

The relevance of the goose throughout time is interesting. It represented the Egyptian God Amen and was deemed sacred. Amen was believed to be the source of all creation.

In 389 BC Rome, the goose was sacred to the gods Jupiter, Juno and Minerva. They saved the Roman Citadel by making such a racket when the Gauls approached to attack, they woke up the Roman soldiers.

Hunnukah is also celebrated with a roast goose.

It represents the return of Jerusalem from Syrian hands back into Jewish hands in around the year 165.

St Martin Tours, was a Catholic Saint against poverty, beggars and geese.Legend has it that he tore his cloak in half in order to give half of it to a beggar. The cloak was later miraculously restored.

Later, he hid in a barn full of geese to avoid being made a Bishop, but the noisy geese gave him away. He is said to have died around 367.

As a result, Saint Martin's day is celebrated on November 11, and goose became the traditional bird to be served that day.

Aesops' Fable, The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg, taught that if you let greed get out of control, you might lose everything.

Charles Dickens had Scrooge give the Cratchits a turkey instead of a Goose and may have started a new tradition but still, in spite of it, today, the Goose still means the same thing to many people around the world.

It means, to be thankful.

So whether you are rich or poor , with a big family or a small one, or even alone and looking to celebrate a special occasion like Thanks giving and/or Christmas, you can never go wrong with a goose.

It's symbolism and significance alone, gives one plenty to talk about around the table.

It's a beautiful bird as well as a delicious replacement for Turkey.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Winter Play Ground

This is a great shot taken of snow boarders enjoying a day of peace and beauty in clean
white beautiful quiet surroundings.
It's just you and the swishing of your board on the snow.
What a great life!

After begging my son to stick to skiis, snow boarding with his friends became something else he wanted to try and do. I should be happy since it gets him away from soccer but I still prefer skiis to snow boards lol.

The kids, loaded the van and went up to Mt Seymour, since I told them this is my favorite mountain for safety purposes but it turned out Mt Seymour was not ready and snow bound so my van got stuck up there and the kids decided they were going to try another mountain. So they headed on to Grouse.

When learning to ski, my son just got on the skiis and took off without a glitch but it took him a bit to relearn with the snow board.
He managed to get it quickly and knowing how concerned I was about him snow boarding, he made sure to put on a show, telling me he hurt his foot when he got back, knowing I'd be upset.

Well then of course it wasn't true, so they got into the details of their day and how much fun they had.How many times he fell, how hard the snow hit his face and required a ski mask and of course never without a helmet at the speed you go. I reminded him that if he can't seem to miss a tree to make sure he does not go into it head first. lol All tips kids today don't need because they already know everything . :)

Grouse was also inundated with snow. They have a lift to get up there and the view is so nice for even those like myself who do not ski anymore.
Unfortunately they did not take pictures so I am not able to show any.They also give buggy rides on Grouse, and the boys said they even saw some deer.

It's a place where they even speak of a few bears hanging around. So one needs to be able to ski or snow board fast to get away lol.

I told them in Scandinavian countries they have deer races, whereby you attach a reindeer to reins and it pulls you on skiis.
What fun this can be as well. Now this is something I'd love to try myself.
BC should look into it since we have ample deer living around here.

Ahh! Nice to be young. People should never age so they have a chance to try everything there is to try in life. Nothing like having your soul rejuvenated and spiced up with a little harmless sport, fresh air and solemn quiet beauty.
Just hearing the stories made me feel like I was right there with them.:)

Vancouver and BC in general has a lot to offer in terms of mountains and things to do on them, all year round.
Grouse, Cypress, Seymour and Whistler are the best known but we have so many others to attract all kind of people for tobboganing, skating, cross country skiing.
The sky is the limit.

BC, is natures' way of giving us a glimpse of what heaven looks like.
Absolutely breathtaking!
It is also wild. You can see it in the eyes of flourishing Eagles perching overhead with 8 foot wing spans and in the eyes of other animals of prey who need to hunt to survive and have no set rules to live by.

Hope you come out and see for yourselves one day. It's an experience you will never forget.

A Priest was about to finish his tour of duty, and was leaving his Mission

in the jungle where he has spent years teaching the natives when he

realizes that the one thing he never taught them was how to speak English.

So he takes the chief for a walk in the forest. He points to a tree and

says to the chief, 'This is a tree.'

The chief looks at the tree and grunts, 'Tree.'

The Priest is pleased with the response. They walk a little further and he

points to a rock and says, 'This is a rock.'

Hearing this, the chief looks and grunts, 'Rock.'

The Priest was really getting enthusiastic about the results when he hears

a rustling in the bushes. As they peek over the top, he sees a couple of

natives in the midst of heavy sexual activity.

The Priest is really flustered and quickly responds, 'Man riding a bike.'

The chief looks at the couple briefly, pulls out his blowgun and kills them.

The Priest goes ballistic and yells at the chief that he has spent years

teaching the tribe how to be civilized and be kind to each other, so how

could he kill these people in cold blood that way?

The chief replied, 'My bike.'


Why does Santa owe everything to the elves?
Because he is an elf-made man!


What did Santa get when he crossed a woodpecker with kleenex?

Rapping paper

What is twenty feet tall, has sharp teeth and goes Ho Ho Ho?
Tyranno-santa Rex!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

New but Old

Millet caught a moment in time in this picture to show us today how butter was churned.
Today its so easy to go to the store and buy it ready made.

I love to learn the old ways because one never knows when one can get stuck, have things and then not know what you have and what can be done with it. It's like anything else, especially math, if you let someone else, or a machine do it , you never learn the process behind the madness and therefore are cut off from the real world.

It seems in the picture, they put in a lot of creme to make a lot of butter.

Today I find butter is not as tasty as it was before ( neither is coffee)bought from the store.
So I found a video which shows how to make a tasty batch, at home,two ways, one quickly, using a food processor.

So for special occasions when you want to make something extra to add to your table setting,apart from the home made bread, it is good to try making butter at home yourself and then using a cookie cutter make reasonable sized heart pieces or with cake icing dispenser, create Hershey Kisses made out of it for presentation purposes.

Just one more thing to do I guess, but well worth it.
Hope you enjoy this video. I know I did especially when it's so easy.

HOW TO MAKE BUITTER---WATCH THE MOVIE---Have fun ---then make some

Why did Santa throw out the butter?

He wanted to see a butterfly

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Fish and a Soap Bag

This is an interesting project to do with your child for Christmas.

It uses glycerin soap a little fish and a plastic bag. You melt the soap and fill the bag with it and add a rubber or plastic fish. Then just use a twist tie or ribbon and you have a very inexpensive present to give your favorite children or grand children. It's also a project you can enjoy doing alongside with your child.
I guess one could also use some other water creature like an octopus or shrimp but I think goldfish are favored.
Kids would have fun taking a bath with their pet soap.

The View showed so many new toys that even excited me. lol
Little push tummy toys where the toy opened its mouth and showed teeth and tongue.
Action figures with real people faces.
Marionettes kids could build and slap watches which seem to be a lot of fun.
They also showed a kit set where kids could use special saws and hammer nails.
Really cool stuff.
And a digital scrabble set.
Now even I want to take a romp in the Toys R Us Stores to see all these new things.

These were all under 50 dollar toys and the push tummy toy was only $12.00

Well enjoy your day everyone.


Happy Thanksgiving

A blessing sent to all American Folk Celebrating Thanks giving today,
Enjoying the Macy Parade, and Each Other.

Hope you all have a great day!


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Santa is waiting here.......

Times are lean and Santa is too. This is the first time I have seen Santa, so small and skinny in North America.
The jolly old Elf's suit was sagging but otherwise his eyes glistened joyfully and his beard was as white as his hair. Nothing puts the old man down. Mrs Santa probably put him on a massive diet for his health. lol

He wore no make up since sitting all day on a chair gets to be very hot and instead of reindeer, he brought circus elephants and polar bears.
The reindeer must be in some other place getting ready for the children and the big night. Every one got a ride on the Santa train but it did not visit his work shop in the North Pole.

Sometimes I worry about the North Pole Melting. Where would Santa move then??

This is beautiful.



Hans Klok and his Divas - Fast Magic

Monday, November 22, 2010

Oriental Flavor

We celebrated my husband's birthday last night, wishing him all the best for many many more years to come!!
My son is 18 years old now and he used to get all the cherries off the cake, so we offered him our cherries and he thanked us and ate them. lol
This is what makes family great. We all share the same memories.Even the tiny ones. lol And years don't matter. :)

This is one of my favorite stores.
It seems to be liquidating everything so I am sure it will close down soon like the huge craft store next door did. That also was a great place to shop for crafters because it had everything from flowers to paints to little baubles and wooden structures trees, etc...
Many stores are trying to hold out but with the economy today and high rents, not many people are buying these days.The HST was a complete surprise. I don't know how it can help business owners when they can't sell their goods.
Sure puts a damper on holidays. Even with groceries which they said will not be taxed, we calculated the tax we paid and it came up to 6 dollars more than usual.So I do not understand how they figure food is not taxed. Maybe not in stores but before it gets there, prices go up, so therefore the product goes up.

We used to love making stuff so the house and tree was different every year.Lately we just enjoyed a tree with white lights and a motor which turned it in the window.
But I remember when I was a kid waking up to Santa's call and then seeing this beautiful tree in its splendor covered in jewels and all kind of elves and Santas and angels and horses hanging from it,as well as a manger and wise men telling the story of Christmas. All the excitement sure rosied up my cheeks. Kids don't have that today.
The Shirley Temple kind of stories, when things other than toys, were important.
If you ask me today, I remember the trees but not any of the things I got as presents.

This year I wanted my tree to be plastered with red birds. So I went to this mall to see if they had the feathers I needed to make my birds. Now I have to buy a down pillow and color the feathers if I want the same project to continue,But then I will not know if the feathers will come out but then again I will have a lot more feathers lol
Life sure has its' pros and cons.

Our countries need to support local crafters and thus bring jobs and quality workmanship back. People used to have such pride in the work they did and today with antique collectors, they are still recognized and appraised highly. It is not a good sign to have places like this closing down.
Pretty soon, the high rents, will close down many shops and people will run their stores from home, flea markets and garage sales.

As a matter of fact, it wouldn't be such a bad idea now would it?
They showed BC on TV covered in a blizzard of snow and here we have nothing.
Just the same ice from yesterday. I think Vancouver Island gets hit harder.


Women Friends chatting in office.

Woman 1: I had a fine evening, how was yours?
Woman 2: it was a disaster. My husband came home, ate his dinner in three minutes and fell asleep in two minutes. How was yours?
Woman 1: Oh it was amazing! My husband came home and took me out to a romantic dinner. After dinner we walked for an hour. When we came home he lit the candles around the house and afterwards talked for an hour. It was like a fairytale!

At the same time, their husbands are talking at work.

Husband 1: How was your evening?
Husband 2: Great. I came home, dinner was on the table, I ate and fell asleep. It was great! What about you?
Husband 1: It was horrible. I came home, there's no dinner because they cut the electricity because I hadn't paid the bill; so I had to take my wife out to dinner which was so expensive that I didn't have money left for a cab. We had to walk home which took an hour; and when we got home remember there was no electricity so I had to light candles all over the house! After all, I was so aggravated that I couldn't fall asleep and my wife was jabbering away for another hour!

Have a great day everyone :)

Creative Universe

This shot was taken at Lansdown Mall, in Richmond, BC.
They have this wonderful flower shop there which always has exquisite flowers
I love orchids . We saw so many planters on the streets of Singapore.
They were growing almost in every home. I do not know much about them I must admit, except that when they bloom, they are one of a kind of flower.

So the day went by quite nicely as we perused all the beautiful things the stores had on display.
We ended the day at our favorite Japanese restaurant, before going home for coffee and a nap.This morning is extremely cold here in Vancouver.
The back yard is fstill frozen at noon.
We rarely have actual frozen days here and if so it's gone by noon.

Thanks for visiting :)

Two Newfies were sitting drinking coffee when a truck went by carrying a load of turf.
One said to the other : That's what I will do when I win the big lottery.

What? Asked the other.

Send me lawn out to get cut.

Enjoy the following clip

Friday, November 19, 2010

Life's Canvass

Click to enlarge

My Egg collection is getting larger.
Some eggs are empty, some are boiled and some are fresh.
All painted in acrylic paints.

I can't believe what an excellent canvass these eggs really make
The egg in the center with the large face is not finished because the painting goes around the egg.
but she looks great from the front.
Now I still have to be extremely careful not to break them before spraying them with shellac.
Then they have to stand a year so the egg inside dries and then the eggs do not have to have a stand. They will be like punching men. You can push them down but they will pop upright again.
For the time being, I used childrens clay to stand them in. And it does dry and becomes hard but it's soft enough to take the shape of the egg to make a nice stand.

The empty eggs would make nice decorations for a tree but the full ones are great to display in a
dining room display case along with all the other dishes you may use on special occasions.
They are fun and easy to make.
To dry, I will put them away back into the egg container and forget about them for a year.
I don't have the old eggs I made, when I was a kid but my cousin still has the ones I sent her from 20 years back.
She says they are very fragile but she treasures them. I suggested she respray them so they continue to stay hard.


Where do we get our sayings from?

They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families
Used to all pee in a pot & then once a day it was taken &
Sold to the tannery . . . If you had to do this to survive
You were "Piss Poor"

But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn't
Even afford to buy a pot . . . They "didn't have a pot to
Piss in" & were the lowest of the low.

The next time you are washing your hands and complain
Because the water temperature isn't just how you like it,
Think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about
The 1500s:

Houses had thatched roofs - thick straw - piled high, with no
Wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get
Warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs)
Lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and
Sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof . . .
Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the
House. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs
And other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence,

A bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top
Afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other
Than dirt. Hence the saying, "Dirt poor." The wealthy had
Slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet,
So they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their
Footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until,

When you opened the door, it would all start slipping
Outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way.
Hence: a thresh hold.

(Getting quite an education, aren't you?)

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big
Kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit
The fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly
Vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the
Stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold
Overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew
Had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence
The rhyme: Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas
Porridge in the pot nine days old. Sometimes they could
Obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When
Visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show
Off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, "bring home
The bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests
And would all sit around and chew the fat.

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high
Acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food,
Causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with
Tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were
Considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt
Bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests
Got the top, or the upper crust.

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination
Would Sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days.
Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and
Prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen
Table for a couple of days and the family would gather
Around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake
Up. Hence the custom of holding a wake.

England is old and small and the local folks started running
Out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins
And would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the
Grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins
Were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they
realized they had been burying people alive . . . So they would
tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the
coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell.
Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night
(the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell; thus, someone
could be, saved by the bell or was considered a dead ringer.

And that's the truth . . . . Now, whoever said History was boring!!!

So . . . get out there and educate someone! ~~~ Share these
facts with a friend.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Piggish Feat

This Pig was born with only two feet . The owner did not have the heart to kill it so he trained it to walk on two legs and this is the result.
It was born in Henan Province, China.

The 10-month-old animal, known by villagers as Zhu Jianqiang,
which means Strong-Willed Pig, weighs 110 lbs.

A circus even offered a high price for the pig,
but the owner refused to sell.

This is a sad story turned into something good about survival and perseverance.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

It's A Nun's Story

Sitting by the window of her convent, Sister Barbara opened a letter from home one evening. Inside the letter was a $100 bill her parents had sent. Sister Barbara smiled at the gesture. As she read the letter by the window, she noticed a shabbily dressed stranger leaning against the lamp post below.

Quickly, she wrote, "Don't despair. Sister Barbara," on a piece of paper, wrapped the $100 bill in it, got the man's attention and tossed it out the window to him.. The stranger picked it up, and with a puzzled expression and a tip of his hat, went off down the street. The next day, Sister Barbara was told that a man was at her door, insisting on seeing her. She went down, and found the stranger waiting.
Without a word, he handed her a huge wad of $100 bills. "What's this?" she asked.
"That's the $8,000 you have coming Sister," he replied.
"Don't Despair paid 80-to-1."


Monday, November 15, 2010

Edible Cakes....artistic but ...for real...

ALL these cakes are completely edible cakes made by a lady in Russia . Unbelievable! and they are said to taste as good as they look...pleasing to the eye...and a delight to the taste buds....Yummy

All you see below are cakes that can be eaten without any part of it left out. No plastics or any other artificial stuff is being used--everything is made of natural ingredients. All the cakes by Zhanna from St. Petersburg .

Beyond the Beyond.

After the big bang about 15 billion years ago, the universe was not expanding very quickly and Einstein attributed it to gravity slowing it down.

Today the Universe is expanding faster and scientists do not understand why.
They also say that the universe is a flat disc.

They came with the name of dark matter which is something the universe is expanding into.
This dark matter doesn't seem to have enough matter in it, so scientists say the reason the universe is still expanding in disc form is because there is also dark energy which fills in the spaces in between and sorta compare it to a magnetic field.
This dark energy changes the speed of expansion to either being faster or slower.


Einsteins' gravity theory says that if you throw an apple up into the air it will fall down but with dark energy it doesn't.

So either dark energy, in a space vacuum , has a an expansion pull or Einsteins' theory is wrong.
I do not see them include that maybe our universe is a cell itself, with a vacuum of space.

In biology we have cells growing, dividing and multiplying. Maybe our universe does the same thing????

Verdi related the big bang to music and he said if we study the waves of the sounds, they should be able to tell us something.
The Hubble telescope has also been measuring super novae and the explosion of dwarf stars.

After one explodes, the light from it travels towards earth. This is known as a red shift.
The higher this red shift is, means light has been traveling longer and further back in time from when this explosion happened.

Since the universe is a vacuum, maybe something entered it from the outside and made a hole which then allows vacuum to escape and or maybe things to enter to create these expansion changes?
These are certainly interesting studies.
from beyond the beyond and talking about heaven just might be beyond our comprehension of what and where this is.

If we study cells, we expect a certain kind of behavior from them. If they become cancerous we try to destroy them. If they become too weak they die of their own accord but healthy cells remain and function normally because they receive the right upkeep but eventually they get old and used up and die too.

If man was a part of a cell, he is a part but not all, responsible, in the way a cell behaves.
He will live but faces mortality.

God's world is immortal. So where would his world be where cells do not die but keep the form
of man and some form of intelligence?

By studying two ends of a spectrum, conception and birth of mankind and the big bang in a vacuumed flat disc universe and the expanding universe, limited as we are, it doesn't take a genius to understand that there is soo much that we do not know and understand.

What we should understand, is that everything we touch to analyze, has some or is the result of, some kind of order.
The universe is not chaos. It has order to it if we look upon it from a macro view.
It has cause and effect attached to it.
Conception and birth has order and a genetic plan or we would not all be born looking like men with intelligence.

But the universe does have its' big bangs and explosions as people do in life, lol
and then things calm down.

I don't know but somehow, this gives me peace of mind, knowing this.
This, awesome power, in which we live, in a vacuum, has air for us to breath, water to drink, sunlight to keep us warm, snow to continue the process going, food for us to eat etc....

This is all amazing creation and why would we not live knowing that we are truly blessed to experience it all and cherish this planet, which offers it all to us.
Man, is nothing for God to worry about because this is not his world . He has another one for us.
He is not impressed with us. You cannot please him by fighting wars, in his name.

The devil claims this to be his world and he is nothing but a cancerous entity in a cell, trying to create war and havoc. He has his uses, to help man continue to evolve and to think
but he will never win because his world is mortal and it is tied to this planet.

Life is not a vacuum. It's not stagnated. It's alive and vibrant and enlightened.
The universe is alive and vibrant and so there must be a beyond the beyond which is also producing a cause and effect that is alive and vibrant but not what we can ever imagine or understand or reach unless we are taken there and to be taken there, God requires us to understand that there is an order to life and living.

Chaos produces storms, which are like cancerous cells and kill
everything in its path for it's own survival.
They stifle growth learning and understanding and production.
They kill life before it's time to go naturally on an already ordained path made for them to go on.

I can't help but think of all the children which will have to go through radiation just to fly in a plane today.
Now why would the devil want to hurt a child ? He caused the effect.

Anyway, I got off the subject of dark energy.
It will be interesting to see what else they find up there and where this is all headed.
It also inspires one to believe in the beyond the beyond and have faith that it will all come out ok and to do this requires what we believe to be unrequited faith.
It got us to believe in our own existence and so in the end, it will also take us where we need to go.

The below link is worth a look at
It has cities on the right hand side you can visit all over the world by just clicking.
Right now I just explored Calgary

Come Visit the World or explore just a city with me

Saturday, November 13, 2010

We Are Bound Together

I found this to be interesting.
This is a picture of a protein called - Laminin.
Laminins bind our cells together
and why is it surprising that they come in a shape of a cross?

Laminins are cell adhesion molecules that hold us together.
If we did not have them, we would fall apart .

Just think how many laminins or shape like crosses, we have inside all of us,
and how science finds similar shapes in common elements created naturally or by some
mistake. or accident.

Christians got excited about finding Laminins in people because of the King James Version of the Bible.
Colossians 1:15-17 states:

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

This, for them, further confirms that man was made in God's image and it made it more so believable that the birth of Jesus and the path his life took, to be knowingly and obligingly, crucified on a cross, was pre ordained.

If a person believes in symbolism, then it all makes sense, to find - Laminins in man, crosses, elements, Christianity, the Bible and God - all related.

What are the chances that Laminins end up looking like crosses?
Why not circles or squiggles or triangles or some other polygon?

I found this to be quite intriguing, especially on such a blah day we are having today, so thought I would share.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Pink Pink Pink

I was happy to finish these.
They look so small

You soon forget, that once you had your own little one, who now weighs in, close to 200 pounds. lol
Life, love, innocence, is all wrapped up in the bright smiles found in such tiny hats and booties.

They bring families together who have to pitch in to help raise this loud bundle of joy and after all the complaining. looking back, you wouldn't have it any other way.

Yes, people are given things they may or may not want, but it is clear it is things they
need in their lives to go full circle.
Families are important.
Families are teams that work together .
Families give that extra inch, needed to make it all good.
Families turn an otherwise dark world into the color pink and
this is why the color pink is such an inspirational color.

So Here's to pink. :)

Al Pucino 's Inspirational Speech.

Respectful Humble Remembrance

A Lady's Life would like to take a moment to
give thanks to the many men and women,
world wide,
who gave and continue to give all of themselves
to see that goodness, in a free world, prevails.

You will never be forgotten.
May God Bless you and keep you safe
and may the world know why you are out
there doing the difficult selfless
work that you do.


The minister was preoccupied with thoughts of how he was going to ask the congregation to come up with more money than they were expecting for repairs to the church building.

Therefore, he was annoyed to find that the regular organist was sick and a substitute had been brought in at the last minute. The substitute wanted to know what to play.

"Here's a copy of the service," he said impatiently. "But, you'll have to think of something to play after I make the announcement about the finances.

"During the service, the minister paused and said, "Brothers and Sisters, we are in great difficulty; the roof repairs cost twice as much as we expected and we need $4,000 more. Any of you who can pledge $100 or more, please stand up"

At that moment, the substitute organist played "The Star Spangled Banner."
And that is how the substitute became the regular organist!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Skins and Chickens

I tried something new to see if it would work.

My parents used to collect chicken skins which my Dad would roll up and freeze and then chop up,

since its easier to chop when the skins are frozen.

Along with other leftovers, they would place everything outside on a flat board they attached to a post.

I must say, I was impressed with the collection of birds they had amassed on that board.

Such an assortment would sit and wait for their daily meal and they all got along.

As soon as they would put out a board full it would be cleaned off in a matter of minutes.

Sparrows, blue, king fisher looking types, mocking birds, and even falcons, would all share.

My parents would sit , watch and enjoy behind their sliding door.

These birds became friends.

I guess the smell attracted other animals because they would also have deer, rabbits and other critters

which would show up and make their yard home.

Well I don’t feed the birds here as the winters are mild but I do collect the chickens skins like my parents did,

always thinking maybe there will be a time I could use them to feed the birds if we ever have snow and frost.

Since that never happens and I keep collecting the skins, I decided the fridge is meant for food , not chickens skins loll

So I took some out and dried them in salt. I then scraped the underlying fat off of them and dried them again.

Now, in the fall, I collected some dry leaves and boiled them. When the liquid cooled, I put the chicken skins

into the colored water to see if they would absorb the tannin from it.

I didn’t know how long they had to be kept in this water but I kept them in there two days.

After drying again, this is what I got.

Nice flexible yellow pieces I can sew up into something and even paint on.

Another batch I didn’t dry first and just put them into the tannin right after defrosting.

They changed color to a deeper brown..

I put one in the middle to show you the color difference.

Then I dried them as well.

I like the first batch better since the color is nicer, more natural.

I don’t know how many chicken skins one would need to make a vest out of but I would imagine quite a few.

But for small things like a change purse, clothing name tags, or maybe clothes for a doll, I think they can become very useful

things to recycle.

I was also thinking that maybe if the skins were curled and dried, they would also make good chewies for dogs.

But then we are told not to eat chickens skins so why would we give them to mans’ best friend?

Birds are different, since they eat everything they find in the wild anyway.

For Thanks Giving I got a large turkey and for the first time I skinned it and rolled it out on an open pizza box to absorb the fat that drips off of it when salted.

Now this made for a real nice piece of skin one can sew or paint on.

Like they say, preparation is half the fun but you learn something. Maybe next time I will boil the tannin leaves with a few beets in it and see how the skin turns out.

It's good to be back I was off line for a while. It's amazing how the internet affects one's life and it took a while to get used to not having it. But then I had more time for other things like visiting the library and cleaning house lol

Things I used to do but have no time for anymore. It's so easy today to have this marvelous machine at your fingertips but now I have to debate if it is really that good to be so dependent on a machine.It hurts other things which may fold as a result leaving people with nothing but one thing.

I do hope libraries don't suffer as a result of internet. There is still nothing better than a good book in hand.

Have a good day everyone.