Friday, June 29, 2007

Dodo Skeleton Found

Scientists found a complete and isolated skeleton of a dodo in Mauritius. Scientists were especially excited over the location and possibility of good DNA evidence:
Given the nickname "Fred" after the 65-year-old who found them, the remains should provide the first decent specimens of dodo DNA, he said.

"Then you can work out how it actually got to Mauritius, because it must have originally flown here before evolving into flightlessness and the big, fat bird that we know," he said.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

New Baby!

Erik and Liz had their new baby - William Miles. He had to be coaxed to come out, but he's a cutie - you can see pictures at Liz's Blog.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Summer Reading

I've been doing some serious reading now that things have settled down. While many of the new books I've tried have been bits of a dud, I did read two cool ones I thought I'd share.

The Cubicle Next Door by Siri Mitchell
This is a light Christian romance - a great summer read. Jackie is a civilian techie working for the Air Force and is forced to share a cubicle with a new instructor - Joe, a career Air Force pilot whose been grounded for migraines and is teaching European history (as a note, this is why I bought the book - history prof and thought it'd be cool...nothing in here about history at all). So Jackie starts a blog to vent her feelings about sharing a cubicle with Joe, who will never take no. They are Christians, but have had their issues. Jackie has major committment issues because she never knew her dad (he died in Vietnam) and her mother ran off to India right after she was born. It is funny, cute and great reading for catching summer rays.

The Little Lady Agency by Hester Browne
This is set in London and Melissa starts out really whiny and pretty draggy, but after she goes through one really bad job, she starts an agency - the Little Lady Agency - where she helps clueless bachelors with things like Christmas shopping, dressing right and by being their dates to get their mothers off their backs. Jonathan starts out as just another client, but soon Melissa starts feeling more. The book is cute and entertaining after you get into it and I definitely will be reading the next installment.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Hatshepsut's Mummy?

Archeologists think they might have found Hatshepsut's mummy - pretty cool!

Update

Well, we spent Sunday in the front yard working on our flower beds. We also managed to get to Kmart for a sale get some lawn furniture although they were pretty ransacked. Also found a good flea market. So overall a good day. BUT I was in the house (looking for a lost garden trowel) when I heard a huge crash. Well, the cable guy backing out of the driveway across from us hit someone coming down the road. Just a fender bender, but definitely made for an interesting afternoon. We need rain - really dry here as well.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Chicken Alfredo Stromboli

I just put up a new recipe. I tried another new recipe tonight - been on a roll, I guess. This one was really good - pretty much just a variation of a chicken alfredo pizza, but very good and very easy.

Olga Grading

Isn't she working hard at grading my papers?

My garden

Finding the stuff was the hard part cause we were so late, but isn't it pretty?

I potted these herbs so I can bring them inside in the fall and have year round herbs!

Clarence's Funeral Con't

These pictures came from Mary Weber.
The overall gang (Brian's suspenders were Grandpa's (Clarence))
Me, Ray and Pat

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Steak Strips with Dumplings

I just put up a new recipe I made today: Steak Strips with Dumplings. It is really just a stew with dumplings. While it was good, I'm not sure I'll ever make it again because of all the small ingredients that you can't get without having too much (part of a can of condensed cream of chicken soup for instance), so you either waste it or make it fit somewhere else. The part of an egg was particularly annoying! The point was to make it only for two, which is good, but I'd rather just have leftovers. My trick to only make four servings so we only have one day leftovers instead of 10. I don't mind the same thing for days, but Ray always complains. I'm working on him - I have him trained to eat at least one day of leftovers, which is much better than at first when he wouldn't eat any.

First Lady Pin Money

EHT just posted this at the APB and I find the story fascinating! It is all about pin money for the First Ladies. Henry G. Freeman left the each First Lady $12,000 in trust in "pin money" to use as they see fit. Because of the will's stipulations it actually didn't take effect until the first Bush's term and most of the First Ladies have simply donated the money. The post includes a history of the term "pin money" - definitely something to go over and read! It is an interesting look into the difference between money control then and now! I don't know about all you, but I control the purse in my family - my husband gets an allowance, not me. Maybe I should start calling it his "pin money".... :) Not saying he doesn't get a say in money matters, just that I'm the better budgeter, so I tend to make the day to day decisions. Definitely a change!

Vatican on Driving

The Vatican issued a set of Commandments for driving! I know the people around here could sure use it! What are they?
The "Drivers' Ten Commandments," as listed by the document, are:
1. You shall not kill.
2. The road shall be for you a means of communion between people and not of mortal harm.
3. Courtesy, uprightness and prudence will help you deal with unforeseen events.
4. Be charitable and help your neighbor in need, especially victims of accidents.
5. Cars shall not be for you an expression of power and domination, and an occasion of sin.
6. Charitably convince the young and not so young not to drive when they are not in a fitting condition to do so.
7. Support the families of accident victims.
8. Bring guilty motorists and their victims together, at the appropriate time, so that they can undergo the liberating experience of forgiveness.
9. On the road, protect the more vulnerable party.
10. Feel responsible toward others.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

New Recipe

I just put up a new recipe - Swedish Oatmeal Cookies. I actually made them months ago, but just made them again yesterday, which reminded me to get them up on the website.

Military History Carnival

The Military History Carnival is now up at behind AotW.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Olga the Tight-Rope Walker

Our cat has decided that being ON the door is quite fun

Breaking the Garden

Hopefully I'll get this planted tomorrow!

Big News

You might notice something new at the bottom of my blog....yes, I'm pregnant!!:) I'm due in late January. Took us awhile, but we got there! We had an ultrasound today, which gave us a due date (because my cycle is absolutely no help...which explains why we had trouble getting pregnant). Everything looks good so far and we have our first official OBGYN appointment a week from Monday.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Needed Kitchen Inventions....

So I was peeling potatoes today from dinner (yes, yes, my life is THAT exciting...), and I was thinking that I really don't like peeling potatoes. I don't mind peeling some things - carrots or cukes aren't bad. But potatoes just suck. As to apples, but I do own an apple peeler/corer - not perfect, but better than hand doing it. Anyway, back to my thought - they have stupid gadgets for about everything today - I mean they have quesadilla and pancake makers! I mean how lazy do you have to be? Unless you are in the business of making just that constantly, it really isn't necessary. But a universal automatic peeler - wouldn't that be great? Just stick in whatever you want peeled and it'd do it. Potatoes, carrots, apples....wouldn't that be nice?

Well, those are my crazy thoughts from today. I finally finished spring cleaning last night - YEAH. Took me forever - kept getting distracted, but the house is so nice and clean! Feels great. I even have a pile of stuff for the tent sale that Summit County Right to Life later this summer. Always feels good to clean everything out. Found some stuff I'd lost as well:) A lot of kitty toys that Olga had lost as well.

Monday, June 11, 2007

New Lincoln Letter Found!

The National Archives has recently found a new letter of President Lincoln to his generals. In the letter Lincoln urges his generals to pursue Lee after Gettysburg, which they didn't do allowing Lee time to regroup. Interesting little nugget of history!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Ray trimming the hedges


Ray and his parents




Pictures from Grampa Weber's funeral

Pat and Jennie



Ray and his Gramma



Dave, Brian and Pat

Olga's New Throne

Ray bought this carpet remnant for the garden (to kneel on), but Her Highness stole it as soon as we brought it in the house!

New Grill

We finally bought a grill last week - I'm so excited to use it (while make Ray anyway)!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

What's up?

Not a lot. Still trying to finish spring cleaning - keep getting distracted. But I did finish the main floor, so just the 2nd floor to go and that's the easier (why I worked up instead of worked down). I think we've found about 10 catnip mice so far - Olga did a good job of hiding them! I feel better though that my winter decorations are down and I put summery stuff in their places.

We're off to Michigan for the weekend for Ray's grandfather's funeral. I made three strawberry rhurbarb pies today to take with us.

Ray's summer classes start on Monday - he's mostly ready I think. The one I'm currently teaching started about two weeks ago. I have one other one, but it doesn't start until July so I have a bit of time left.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

T-Rex was a slowpoke

New research shows that T-Rex would have turned very slowly and not moved much faster than a jog!

Dr. History: A Little Knowledge of History is a Dangerous Thing

Dr. History: A Little Knowledge of History is a Dangerous Thing

This is pretty funny (as well distrubing by lack of historical knowledge!)

Monday, June 04, 2007

Harry Potter Trailers

If you want to see Harry Potter trailers, they are available here: http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/harrypotterandtheorderofthephoenix/hd/

Mamie Eisenhower and the Election of 1952

I found this article in the November 1952 issue of Good Housekeeping and thought it was worth sharing. I like it for how it shows Mamie Eisenhower's personality, but also its message. First look at the percentage of voters it quotes - and although 2004 was a "good" year, it still wasn't that good! People are continually complaining about the government and its officials - especially President Bush. While I can't say that President Bush is always among my favorite people, since I voted, I have the right to complain! Doesn't matter WHO I voted for - just that I made a choice and went out and cast a ballot. For those of you who didn't bother to vote - you can just SHUT UP. If you don't vote, you lost your right to complain because you didn't DO anything about the elected officials. Yes, I'm on a rant, but it's a valid one. If everyone who didn't vote because "what does one vote matter?" actually voted, we'd make a huge difference! If elected officials were actually afraid of being booted for voting against popular opinion, they'd change their tune quickly! Anyway, enjoy the article!

“Vote for my husband or for Governor Stevenson, but please vote
by Mamie Eisenhower

When Good Housekeeping asked me to write this piece, my initial reaction was to say an immediate an emphatic “No, thanks.”

I am not a writer.

And then I changed my mind – about this article, anyway. I said “Yes” because of a letter I received from a young girl whom I do not know, have never seen. Here is what she wrote:

Dear Mrs. Eisenhower:
I live with my parents and I am a high-school senior. Although my fellow students and I like to have as much fun as anybody our age, we still have a serious side. Most of our boy friends are now about 18 – old enough to fight, but oddly enough not considered old enough to vote! As a matter of fact, my own boy friend has just been drafted.

Because your son, John, is now in Korea, I thought you of all important Americans would understand what I am going to say. I feel so useless at home, not being about to do anything. Besides, I read that during the last presidential election (when I was still in grammar school) only half of the eligible voting public ever got to the polls! I don’t think this should happen again, so I’ve dreamed up a way to help. On Election Day I am offering my services for free (baby sitting, dishwashing, cleaning house) to any neighborhood mother or wife so she can get out and cast her vote. I talked the scheme over with my girl friends, and they agreed to join me in this teen-age crusade.

But I’d like to reach more people. That is why I am writing this letter. Through you – perhaps – my idea could spread to other towns and other teen-agers.

Respectfully,
Jeannie C-

I am proud to publicize Jeanie’s letter. I hope other teenagers will follow her example. Our sober-thinking young people put to shame the kind of woman who claims she has no time to vote, or who argues “What does one vote matter?” With the right to vote goes a public trust that must be exercised just as surely as any official must exercise his.

During the past year when my husband’s title was Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, I recall walking in Paris and seeing what looked to be window boxes smack against the cement subway wall. I thought, How clever the French are with their flowers. Then I went closer. Though the flowers were still beautiful, I saw they had a purpose. I didn’t have to know much French to understand: Above the buds were seven plagues in memory of six boys and a girl, their ages ranging from eighteen to twenty-two, each shot to death on that spot, August, 1944. Their markers face the Place de la Concorde, where Marie Antoinette lost her royal head, but somehow Marie Antoinette did not concern me; it was those young others dying in my time and even in Jeanie’s time in grammar school. I stood still, as every woman stands when she sees those markers, and I closed my eyes and prayed to God,” Please don’t let this happen again!”

I believe one way to keep it from happening is to use your vote. Whether your ballot goes for an Eisenhower or a Stevenson, cast it. Cast it while you thank your stars you live in a land where you have the privilege of declaring your choice.