Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween Weekend

Have a wonderful weekend!
(Don't forget to change your clocks)

Friday, October 30, 2009

Daylight Saving - Weekend

It's FALL BACK time.

So that means we have more time in our day by one full hour.

But if you live in Arizona or Hawaii you don't have to worry about changing all your clocks because those states have never participate in Daylight Saving. And did you know that there isn't a federal law that requires states to observe Daylight Saving Time?

Why do we observe Daylight Savings Time? The answer to that goes all the way back to the 1800s, when railroads needed standardization of time so they could set their schedules. Eventually, the railroad industry set official time zones for sections of the country, and Congress signed it into law in 1918.

Part of that law was the inclusion of an observance of Daylight Savings, which was later repealed. Now it is up to state governments whether they want to follow it or not.
While most of us are indifferent to the time change, some people are actually affected. For example, farmers and other workers who wake early have to wait longer for sunshine. But on the positive side, research has shown that more daylight decreases the number of traffic accidents.



Why do pictures of clocks show the time to be 10:10?

This is done to give the face of the clock symmetry and to give it a sort of 'smile.'
Anything below 9 and 3 looks sort of sad.
Any hand pointed at the six could be 'broken'.
Hands that are straight across just don't look right.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


This was shared with me the other day. The conversation about friends has come up with my daughter and me many times over the years. So this is dedicated to her.
Love Ya, MOM

When I was little, I used to believe in the concept of one best friend, And then I started to become a woman. And then I found out that if you allow your heart to open up, God would show you the best in many friends.

One friend is needed when you're going through things with your man. Another friend is needed when you're going through things with your mom. Another will sit beside you in the bleachers as you delight in your children and their activities. Another when you want to shop, share, heal, hurt, joke, or just be.. One friend will say, 'Let's cry together,'Another , 'Let's fight together,' Another , 'Let's walk away together.'

One friend will meet your spiritual need, Another your shoe fetish, Another your love for movies, Another will be with you in your season of confusion, Another will be your clarifier, Another the wind beneath your wings.

But whatever their assignment in your life, On whatever the occasion, On whatever the day, Or wherever you need them to meet you with their gym shoes on and hair pulled back, Or to hold you back from making a complete fool of yourself ... Those are your best friends.

It may all be wrapped up in one woman, But for many, it's wrapped up in several.. One from 7th grade,One from high school, Several from the college years, A couple from old jobs,On some days your mother, On some days your neighbor,On others, your sisters, And on some days, your daughters.

Thanks for being in my circle.
"Friends are like bras: close to your heart and there to support you"

Monday, October 26, 2009

H1N1 - Swine Flu - Piggy Flu -Sick

I work at a high school as the Attendance Secretary.
Today was a true test of my nerves.
We had over 90 students out with the "flu".

So here is my advice:

1. Wash you hands, often.
2. Use hand sanitisers, often.
3. Learn how to cough in your arm.
4. Keep tissues handy and put used ones in the garbage.
5. Stay home when you are sick.
6. Don't go back until you are completely well!
7. Don't share drinks or anything else you put into your mouth.


This was passed onto me by a teacher at our school. I think it is thought worth while.
Prevent Swine Flu - Good Advice
Dr. Vinay Goyal is an MBBS,DRM,DNB (Intensivist and Thyroid specialist) having clinical experience of over 20 years. He has worked in institutions like Hinduja Hospital , Bombay Hospital , Saifee Hospital , Tata Memorial etc.. Presently, he is heading our Nuclear Medicine Department and Thyroid clinic at Riddhivinayak Cardiac and Critical Centre, Malad (W).
The following message given by him, I feel makes a lot of sense and is important for all to know

The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it's almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is.
While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced (instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):

1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications).

2. "Hands-off-the-face" approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (unless you want to eat, bathe or slap).

3. *Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don't trust salt). *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.

4. Similar to 3 above, *clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. *Not everybody may be good at Jala Neti or Sutra Neti (very good Yoga asanas to clean nasal cavities), but *blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.*

5. *Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C (Amla and other citrus fruits). *If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.

6. *Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can. *Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.

Dr. Cory M. Campbell DC
Campbell Chiropractic
3750 Dacoro Lane, Unit 135 Castle Rock, CO 80109 (303) 663-8365

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Mini Vacation in the town of Plain, Washington

I was so busy this past week with work (Homecoming) and meetings.
My co-worker invited me to join her at her family's mountain cabin for the weekend.
I couldn't resist the invitation. So we took off Friday, late afternoon.

We drove through Steven's Pass, which so beautiful at this time of year. The fall foliage and views were spectacular. After driving for two hours we reached the very small town of
Plain, WA. This town is so small, that if you blink, you have missed the whole town.

The Hardware Store

The Grocery Store

After a short drive through with more beautiful views, we reached the "cabin".

The cabin that overlooks the Wenatchee River

This is what we looked at, through the cabin windows.

Here is a small tour of the cabin.

See the small couch? That is where I parked my rear. It was close to the fire and I could look out the windows. I read my book, looked at the view, sipped my coffee and texted my family to let them know I was having a great time.


Saturday we drove to the Bavarian town of Levenworth,Wa The town is set high in the mountains. I almost expected to see Heidi. Each year in October, the town celebrates October Fest. We were with all the tourist who were shopping. We visited each store and stopped only for something to eat and take pictures.

Herzlich Willkommen!

The fall foliage is incredible!

The views were specticular!

We had so much fun. I saw so many things that would make great gifts. But I kept thinking about the Hardware Store in Plain. It had the best gifts and prices. Don't tell anyone, but I did my Christmas shopping there!

No, I won't forget this Hardware Store, in Plain Washington! And they probably won't forget ME!

THANKS DANA for a great restful and fun weekend!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

"Egg - actly" what I wanted

Tonight I'm going to a friends 40th Birthday Party.
No gifts, just bring an Hors d'oeuvre.
A lot of my co-workers and other acquaintances will be there,
so I wanted to bring something yummy.

But here's a little secret, I don't like to cook.

I remembered a post from one of the first blogs that I ever read, Like Merchant Ships.
Meredith has very clever and unique ways of presenting her homemade goodies. I refer back to her posts all the time.
She said the easiest and cheapest appetizer was Deviled Eggs.
So I thought, everyone likes Deviled Eggs! I have the eggs and all the rest of the ingredients.
Plus, I have the perfect basket.

I'm set!



Peeling hard boiled eggs: Start eggs in cold water with 1/2 t. salt and 1T. oil. Bring to full boil. Now you have two choices: you can reduce the heat and simmer the eggs for 12 minutes or cover the pan, turn off the heat and wait 15 to 20 minutes. Put eggs in cold water to stop cooking process. Crack the shells and run them under cold water again. The eggs should peel easily.

(as my daughter can attest, I love things with a theme, presents, parties and now this blog posts)

Monday, October 12, 2009

Our Fourth Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest

This was our annual carving event weekend.
It's a time when we get together as a family and
laugh, talk, think, create, eat, decide things and especially show our love for each other.
It is also a great time to decide about the upcoming holidays. We can make decisions about who is going where, when and with whom.
The prizes were wrapped and waiting.
The food was plentiful.
What would a pumpkin craving contest without
Carmel Apples!
Let the planning begin!
Decisions, decisions, decisions!
We cleared the floor and spread the newspaper.
We worked at our own pace, taking breaks for Hot Cider and snacks.
Does your mom know you have a knife?
Grandma was the supervisor.
Look what I was supervising!
The finished products

Pretty good, don't you think?
We all have a great time.
I alway enjoy having my family at home.
(By the way, everyone was a winner and got a wonderful prize.)


To keep brand new red clothes form bleeding all over your other laundry, soak it in vinegar before the first washing.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Dinner at Cafe One Fifty

This was the view from our table.

This was our table for two.

This is why we call it the 1-50 Cafe

There is Tom ordering our dinner. looks like he might have other plans... Pizza, maybe Ice Cream?

No, he order the usual! Two Polish's on a bun.
All for $1.50 each.
After spending $247.60 at Costco, it was a perfect dinner.

The sunset was a show stopper.
Ah, dinner at the 1-50 Cafe was perfect.


If you leave the clothes in the washer for a day or more, especially in warm weather, they will smell bad. Rewashing with 1/2 cup a ammonia gets the smell out better then laundry detergent does.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The List

The most destructive habit..............Worry

The greatest joy.......................Giving

The greatest loss.............. Self-respect

The most satisfying work.......Helping others

The ugliest personality trait.....Selfishness

The most endangered species....Dedicated Leaders

Our greatest natural resource.......Our Youth

The greatest shot in the arm.....Encouragement

The greatest problem to overcome.........Fear

The best sleeping pill..........Peace of mind

The most crippling failure disease....Excuses

The most powerful force in life..........Love

The most dangerous pariah..........A gossiper

The most incredible computer........The brain

The worst thing to be without............Hope

The deadliest weapon...............The tongue

The two most power filled words......."I can"

The greatest asset......................Faith

The most worthless emotion..........Self-pity

The most beautiful attire............A smile!

The most prized possession........Self-esteem

The most powerful communication........Prayer

The most contagious spirit.........Enthusiasm

Our greatest teacher............ Experience



When putting a curtain on a metal rod, slip a plastic sandwich or freezer bag over the metal end first, so that it doesn't snag the curtain and it will also go on much easier.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

What's new?

I "installed" vinyl lettering.

One blank wall is now a focal point in our dining room.

I couldn't believe how easy it was.

Have you used vinyl lettering? Where?



A teaspoon in the glass will prevent it cracking when boiling water in poured.

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