Sunday, December 31, 2006
Monday, December 25, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
The video actually comes to you via LDP (from back in May), via Londonist.com, via YouTube. (There, now I've credited everyone who needs to be credited!) If you don't believe it's London, you can see the Eye behind the Elephant in the beginning.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
Friday, December 01, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
* My husband -- To be married to the same man for 29 years and still love him is a real accomplishment these days!
* My sons -- They're pleasant, intelligent, have integrity and have the character trait I most desired for each of them: a love for and a close walk with the Lord.
* My extended family -- I have a family I'm close to, as well as in-laws I love. I know so many people who dislike, resent and/or war with their inlaws; what a blessing to get an extra family!
* My salvation & the Lord's steadfast love, support & forgiveness.
* My friends -- the church ladies, stitchers, antiquers and gardeners.
* Unimportant things that add a sparkle to life (in no particular order):
Chickens (especially my girls)
Turner the dog
Vegetable plants & Perennials
London (in fact, the entire UK!)
Fountain Coke & brewed Iced Tea
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Beautiful sunny days
If you feel like it, comment with your own list!
Friday, November 17, 2006
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Friday, October 27, 2006
But, consider this: they had NO World Series experience and played the team with the second-most World Series wins.
AND they had a record-breaking losing season 3 years ago and are now the second-best team in the country. This has been quite a season!
I'm still proud of them!
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
I have a challenge to offer to all the Young Republicans (notice -- Jim the Wiser --that, in the interest of impartiality, I placed them first), Young Democrats, Young Libertarians, Young Centrists (if such people exist) and readers of MoveOn.org. If you truly value the freedoms our country offers and care about fair elections, please take a day off of school or work to become a poll worker! You won't make much, but you'll be aiding your country. You are much more capable of managing the voting machines than a technotard septuagenarian or octogenarian.
I also have a challenge to employers nationwide: give your employees the day off, with pay, if they choose to be poll workers!
I know it's fashionable to be cynical about our country and its freedoms and that patriotism seems to be the cloak of old people with magnetic ribbons on their car trunks and plastic American flags flapping from their back windows, but there are still some great things about America and one of them is the peaceful transfer of power every 2-4 years.
Voting is not only a right, it's a privilege -- and we should all (individuals and employers alike) be willing invest in it. Stop complaining about the system and start being part of the solution!
Monday, October 23, 2006
Not being scientifically minded, I was previously unaware of moles' existence (until today) and am still unable to comprehend their importance now. I am, however, relieved to know that someone understands moles. (Jim, maybe you can explain them to me sometime).
Saturday, October 07, 2006
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Sunday, August 20, 2006
No, Jim, we didn't find your glove, but we did find this!
While it feels quite virtuous to throw things out, give things away and generally lighten our load, it also is a little sad to realize that so much of this is family history that, quite possibly, no one cares about but me.
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Monday, August 14, 2006
1. One book that changed your life: Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey, because it started my years of reading mysteries, which allow me to escape reality and in which good always triumphs over evil. It also turned me into a lifelong (in spirit) member of the Fellowship of the White Boar (those who believe in the innocence of Richard III) and love of British history. For a serious book, I’d have to choose the book of Job and, in correlation, the semester I spent studying it under Rabbi Victor Reichert, who was an amazing man. It opened up the world of the mystery of God to me and helped me understand that I don’t understand.
2. One book you have read more than once: Lord of the Rings -- (does that actually count as 3 books (it shouldn’t)? There are many books I’ve read multiple times, but that one and Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers are the ones I’ve read the most.
3. One book you would want on a desert island: I can’t choose just one. I’d want Lord of the Rings, The Complete Dorothy L. Sayers (including her non-fiction offerings), and the Bible. Unlike Jim, I haven’t memorized most of the Bible, so I’d need to have the real thing.
4. One book that made you laugh: Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris. This book also made me cry, answering number 7.
5. One book you wish you had written: That’s a hard question, since I’ve never thought about writing a book. I think To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It always amazes me that she so eloquently evokes the sweetness of childhood summers and the evil of bigotry at the same time.
6. One book you wish had never had been written: I can’t answer this one. I suppose, like Jim, I feel I should say Mein Kampf or The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, but I agree with him that the concepts hateful books don’t begin the hate and silencing them wouldn’t stop it. Besides, if Hitler had been silenced, then who would Simon look like?
7. One book that made you cry: I cry at everything! The first book I cried at was Charlotte’s Web (in third grade), when Charlotte died alone. The last book I cried at was Delights and Shadows.
8. One book you are currently reading: Actually, there are 2: The Saddlemaker’s Wife by Earlene Fowler and Delights and Shadows by Ted Kooser.
9. One book you have been meaning to read: I've been meaning to read a few theology books that Jim has given me, but the one on top of the pile is Kingdom Ethics. I also have Flu (about the influenza pandemic of 1918) by Gina Kolata, which I’m about 2/3 through, but keep putting down. I find that we talk theology so much at work that when I get to read at home, I always pick up fiction.
10. One book you wish everyone would read, and why: Again, I can’t name just one – there are SO MANY. I think everyone should read Leaves of Grass, because it's complex and beautifully written and the Bible, because it could change the readers' lives and is also complex and beautifully written.
I can't tag 5 people with blogs, because I don't know 5 people with blogs who haven't already been tagged.
I will tag Christy, though, Tom (through her blog), Jim the Wiser, Don and Cindy (also through Christy's blog or mine -- Don, email your answers and Cindy's to Christy or me and we'll post them).
Saturday, August 05, 2006
Now I see where all the antique dealers get their stuff, though -- I wish I could just go to auctions all the time and start my own business. But since we can't afford the lean times of being an antique dealer, I'll just have to be content with eBay. And, speaking of "crossing the line", does anyone want to buy a 10' by 9' cemetery gate? It's going cheap!!!
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
He was featured in a newspaper article at Calvin two years ago and now, he's made the cover of the Livingston Press & Argus.
It all started when he wrote a letter to the editor asking the citizens of our area to petition White Castle to open a restaurant here. The editor, immediately recognizing Charlie's interesting personality and witty writing style, had one of the reporters do an interview with him, which was published today. Front page, good picture -- way to go Charlie!!!
I wish he'd asked for a Skyline, though. That's something I could really get into!!! Sliders are fine, but coneys and 3-ways are the perfect food!
Sunday, July 30, 2006
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Friday, July 28, 2006
One baby is still in the nest and and still making plenty of noise! If you want to see what the nest and babies look like, this is a good site. One family of swifts can eat 12,000 insects A DAY, so if I can figure out how to keep the chimney and fireplace from being covered in bird poo, I'll let them nest there every year. Now I have to figure out how to get Jim to go along with THAT scheme!
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Have a safe trip, Scotty!
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Friday, July 21, 2006
I doubt that anyone cares about this, but to my mind, it's just as interesting as the political points of view posted on thousands of other blogs. Here it is:
We moved into this house 12 years ago (this Labor Day) and the only color outside came from 5 geranium plants the previous owners put in because they were having a wedding at their house! We added a 50 x 50 garden the next summer and only figured out how to deer-proof it last year (hence, the 8 foot fence). This year, it's probably the best it's ever been.
In the foreground is one of the two strawberry pyramids. Also, on the right are 2 gates with pickling cucumbers on them. To the left are peppers (red, green and yellow bells) and behind the ladder are broccoli. The ladder is there on purpose -- soon the "Baby Boo" (tiny white pumpkins) and "Jack Be Little" (tiny orange pumpkins) will be climbing on it. The airy plants at the back left are asparagus (which we're now finished cutting and are letting grow to put strength back to the plants) and the tomatoes -- romas, cherry and slicing tomatoes -- are next to those.
Here you can see the "Sugar Baby" watermelons and "Blue Lake" bush beans. All along the back are raspberries -- which are REALLY coming in right now.
Raspberries on the canes
Raspberries in the bucket -- we've picked at least
10 times this much already
Turner eating Raspberries off the bushes.
Who knew he'd have a sweet tooth -- he "picks"
from the outside while we pick from
A "Sugar Baby" pumpkin, still small
Growing things and playing in the dirt is one of the great pleasures of life. It's also very therapeutic -- whether listening to the weekend shows on NPR or working in silence and thinking things through. I often think about the nature of sin as I weed -- the little bit of weed shows above ground, but there's usually a big root system under ground where it spreads. You never can get rid of all of it, either.
Then, when the work is done, I like to just sit and look at the fruits (literally) of my labors! It's one of the few places where I put aside restlessness and follow the command to "Be Still"!
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Wednesday, June 14, 2006
We went to Jim's graduation from Fuller Seminary this weekend & had a great time! Here are some of the obligatory graduate pictures~
We also went to Chinatown (had a great dinner and bought junk), Santa Monica (just a large, open-air upscale mall), the Rose Bowl Flea Market, Tribe and the Reagan Presidential Library. The Flea Market was great fun, both for buying junk and watching people.
I really enjoyed meeting Jim's friends and worshipping at Tribe -- I was surprised to find how much I liked the drum circle (I guess it was the aging hippie in me coming out).
The Reagan Library was interesting and impressive -- I don't think I enjoyed it as much as James the Wiser did, though, since he liked President Reagan so much. I especially liked seeing his love letters to Nancy Reagan and the glimpses into the close relationship they had. The mock-up of the Oval Office was interesting, too.
We also had dinner with my Uncle Lloyd, cousins (minus Laurie) and their wives and assorted children. I always enjoy seeing them so much -- I wish we lived closer together now and also that we had known them growing up. Lloyd is as interesting and sharp as ever -- doing great for 88! Seeing him is like seeing my dad or my grandma again, which is a real treat.
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Sunday, May 21, 2006
On another positive note, it finally stopped raining! We still can't plant anything tender, though, there are frost warnings for tonight -- and it's almost Memorial Day (isn't Michigan great?)
West Wing is over and I'm very sad. I think the last year was as good as any of the years were; so good, in fact, we were all wondering if they'd change their minds and continue. All of the characters have become so real to me that I almost wonder what's going to happen to them all while we aren't watching anymore. We didn't get the retrospective, either -- we'll all have to wait for the boxed set to come out to see that -- what a disappointment.
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Monday, May 15, 2006
We have a new dog! He's a 10-month old Border Collie/Lab mix. He's housebroken and (until we undo all his good training) obedience trained. He likes everyone and seems to be a really happy guy. The cats and the chickens don't like him much, though...
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Sunday, May 14, 2006
This is my favorite picture of my mom and me! She looks so young and happy and it brings back wonderful memories of a very happy childhood, with endless summers of play, swimming and fun. Of course, she'd be an old lady if she were still alive and would have deteriorating health, a desire to keep her independence in spite of her ever-shrinking world and -- probably -- a great amount of CRABBINESS! If Libby was nothing else, she was outspoken!
But today I'm thinking about all the good things. My mom always told us to "stay with the happy people" -- good advise, since discontent is contagious. She was highly competent and organized, two qualities I really admire. She taught me to sew and, later, I taught her to quilt. She could type faster than anyone I've ever known and helped me work my way through many an English paper. She had a great reserve of faith and used it to get through a childhood of poverty & neglect and my dad's terminal illness. She didn't, however, have a reserve of "joy" to keep her from getting angry at those tough things and I've always been sad about that for her.
I think I've got alot of Libby in me. I've got an opinion about everything and seldom back down from an argument (though I DO hope I've learned a little more tact & sensitivity)! I like to organize things and accomplish tasks -- very Libby traits. I enjoy making things and keeping my hands busy. I hope that I have some of her personal strength and ability to get through things. I also hope she'd be proud of some of the things I've done and the way I've dealt with my own blows in life.
I've also been thinking about my grandmother, Ningle. My sister said this weekend that Ning was my "true mom" and in most ways, I think that's true. Ningle taught me to bake and to sew, to iron and play cards. Since she moved in with us when I was just a few weeks old, Ningle was my caregiver and my companion most of the time I was growing up. Her cool, dry hands are the ones I remember on my forehead when I had migraines and she's the one I'd talk to when I was upset. I remember stealing just-made homemade noodles while they dried, licking the beaters when we baked, and sharing many evenings of 500 Rummy, Perry Mason and M&Ms. I also remember Cindy and I writing pretend love-notes from Ningle to Buck, the egg man and to the milk man (very funny!) Ning never minded when we teased her, seeing that it was just another expression of love.
So, this Mother's Day brings a tribute to the two women who helped make me who I am today.
Anyway, thanks for reading to the end of this long post (Charlie says he never finishes them!) -- and... thanks for visiting!
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
I was almost hit twice! One woman in a huge diesel truck backed out of a parking place to within 1 foot of me as I walked past her. She didn't stop until I yelled to her and then she got mad at me -- as though it was obviously my fault! My friend told me she probably couldn't see me. If she hadn't been driving an oversized gas-guzzling truck, she would have been able to see pedestrians.
Then, I almost had the front of my car taken out by an oversized load truck turning left next to me that took up two lanes. If I hadn't swerved out of the way and slammed on the brakes, I'd have been smashed. He couldn't see me either, I guess.
Then, a co-worker (who will NEVER get this web address) called me to help her with her computer because her screen was upside down and she didn't know how she had done it! I'm the "help desk" at my work and that was a new one for me! It turns out that she does it about once a month, NEVER knows how she does it, and always calls another co-worker to fix it. The "helper" had written instructions for fixing it, which my co-worker couldn't find and couldn't remember and couldn't follow anyway because, once the screen is upside down the mouse had to be upside down, too, and she can't figure it out!!!!! After I rotated it back to normal I disabled rotation for her forever.
Stupid person day is fun... I'm glad to be home.
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Thursday, May 04, 2006
I remember the shootings and all the universities closing down early. I was dating a guy from UC and all my friends were in college and it was a very big deal. There was so much turmoil, even then without around-the-clock meaningless and information-less news coverage! It was about a year after we all marched out of class for Moratorium Day in October, 1969 (either to protest the war or to get out of class -- depending on how you felt). I walked out to get outside! Check out this site to learn about Moratorium Day and other interesting things.
We just had a protest here in a middle school (which started the conversation in the first place) over teachers' contracts -- what a contrast, illustrating how petty and self-absorbed we've become. The funny thing is that the 6th graders were punished and the 7th graders were not...
Nothing else to say about any of that -- just wanted to remind everybody of the anniversary.
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Friday, March 10, 2006
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Monday, March 06, 2006
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Thursday, March 02, 2006
So here’s my take on Project Runway:
All along, I’ve though Daniel V had the nicest designs. He seemed to capture the essence of the weekly assignment with well-constructed, classy garments. Chloe’s, though well-made, often were unimaginative. And Santino’s . . . well, Santino’s designs had too much imagination. They reminded me of the dresses I used to make for my Barbie and Ginny dolls – I just had to use one more piece of fringe or one more bead! Santino’s clothes were so over-the-top they almost were laughable.
I’ve been hoping that Danny V would win, but now I’m not so sure. The garments that they showed last night – which were the result of months of thought and effort -- were so different from what the three had done before. Danny’s were unimpressive, Chloe’s were some sort of bizarre, blown up construction (they looked like Japanese animé costumes) and Santino’s were beautiful! Who would have thought!?!
So, I guess anything can happen and we’ll just have to wait to see their collections on the models. I can hardly wait!! I’d like to hear what other people think, but never will because NO ONE KNOWS THIS BLOG ADDRESS!!!!
So, if you happen by, share your thoughts and . . .
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Saturday, February 25, 2006
Estate sales are ALWAYS sad -- to think of pawing, as a stranger, through the leftovers of someone's life -- all the things that the family didn't want. With old people, sometimes it's an art project or handmade item that one knows they spent hours on, just to have it have no value to their children or grandchildren. At my first estate sale, I bought a handmade apron I didn't even want just because I wanted SOMEONE to value the legacy of the little old lady who left it behind.
In today's case, though, it was somehow surreal. There were shiny, sparkley blouses and dresses, lipsticks, dishes, tools and collanders and all the things we all use in everyday life -- just collected there, abandoned in mid-life. The thought that this couple had lived there until the moment of their end and that their end was so sudden and violent left a pall over the entire house. Had I found a "treasure" there, I wouldn't have bought it for any price! It was too much like blood money -- like a vulture feeding on carrion.
What drives people to such acts of desperation and hopelessness? How do their families carry on afterward, or their friends? One can only pray that they find peace and an eventual silencing of their unanswered questions!
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Friday, February 24, 2006
This is the first entry...a day that will live in infamy! Do middle aged moms have blogs or is blogging the private territory of preteens and twenty-somethings?
If you happen across this (I'm not ready to tell anyone I know about it), you'll get the ramblings of a mom in Michigan, who has no kids at home (except those who boomeranged back) and several chickens.
I'll have to work up to sharing my inner-most thoughts. check in again to find them!
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