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When it snows, you have two choices: shovel or make snow angels! January 12, 2012

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No that isn’t Santa Claus

learning something new!)


You can never start early enough when teaching the art of making snow angels!!

All eyes on on the sky anticipating the first large snow of the season. We had an incredible run baby just suck it up and get ready. Break out the :

  • Shovel – one that feels good in your hands. Well it would feel better in someone else’s hands than mine but since I’m a single goddess, I guess it will be my hands eh?
  • Pam spray – what am I planning on making flapjacks? – Nope! My ex taught me that if you put it on the blower and shovel (yeah he’s the one that used to shovel and snow plow, I will miss that), that it will just slide right off. Hmmm do you think that if I go out and spray the entire driveway rigth now the falling snow won’t stick to the driveway? I wish….
  • The boots and snow pants – I bought myself some new boots with an adorable fur trim and black puffy snow pants that make a corduroy swishing sound while I walk. And yes they do make my butt look big, I don’t have to ask anyone about that!
  • The hot cocoa – cause yes you can now get the car out and wore your cute new snow outfit, but it’s a law that there is a cup of hot deliciousness to help soothe yourself after all that work!

Since it’s a learning type of day, I got these snow tips from and article I found:

Be Safe Shoveling Snow this Winter

by Marcus Pickett

Snow Shoveling Safety Tips

  • Don’t shovel soon after you wake up. A slipped disc injury is much more likely to occur in the morning due to the build-up of fluid in the disc from lying down all night.
  • Check with your doctor if you have even reason to believe shoveling snow might present a health hazard, particularly any heart condition.
  • Use multiple layers of clothing, shed layers to avoid becoming overheated, and use slip-resistant boots.
  • Spray or rub some type of lubricant on the shovel to keep snow from sticking to your shovel?the lighter the load, the better.
  • Before you start, drink some water to stay hydrated, and stretch like you would for any strenuous activity.
  • Take frequent breaks.

The False Security of the Snow Thrower
Loathe to shovel their snow, many homeowners own a snow thrower. It may seem almost too easy, getting out there with a high-powered snow, while your neighbor labors and heaves with a manual shovel. According to the Center for Disease Control and United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, snow thrower-related injuries account for 4,000-6,000 emergency room visits each year. More than 1,000 of these injuries will result in maiming or amputations.

 Unfortunately, too many people take snow thrower safety for granted until injuries occur. Most recently, NHL center Joe Sakic broke three fingers and damaged tendons by reaching into the snow thrower. This is the most common snow thrower injury, as most people don’t realize, despite manufacturer warnings, that the augur blades can continue to rotate even after the machine has been shut off. Despite recent quotes from Avalanche VP Jean Martineau, who was defending Sakic’s use of a snow thrower despite a bad back, using a snow thrower involves a lot more than “just going for a walk.”

Alternatives to Snow Shovels and Snow Throwers
Obligated to keep their sidewalks clear, many homeowners may feel like they have few snow removal options, especially if their neighborhood doesn’t have the entrepreneurial teenager. While most people know professional snow removal services are out there, few realize that contacting these professionals can be as easy as a few mouse clicks. Internet users can easily find an online referral service that will match homeowners with local contactors. Ironically, the industry leader for online home improvement referrals, ServiceMagic, is actually headquartered in Lakewood, CO, some 9 miles from the Pepsi Center?home of Joe Sakic’s Colorado Avalanche.

Have a Snow Removal Plan
This is the silver bullet for safely removing snow from your property. From young residents who are trying to get down on expenses as much as possible to older homeowners who need a low-maintenance solution to their snow-covered sidewalks, devising a plan, long before the snow begins to fall, that will ensure your health and safety is critical to handling the winter season.



Taming Lillian Pratt July 10, 2011

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Lillian in my vegetable garden

SUNDAY’s Sampler Platter – (imagine that).

Lately my life has been very VERY thorny. Perhaps you’ve guessed that that’s why I have not been blogging. I won’t drag you through the pointy details. But suffice it to say that I’m finding it hard to get by sometimes. I do tend to rely on my friends a lot for encouragement. And with the incredible amount of things that I must do and the additional things that I want to do, sometimes it’s hard to see the precious moments in the day.

I thought perhaps I’d blog about my rose. Because I was thinking about the precious moments I spent on her today. She’s called Auntie Lillian Pratt. A very close friend of mine moved away to Florida in October. I miss her a lot! Before she moved, she asked if I wanted Lillian. They dug her up, put her roots in a bucket of water for several days in the last terribly hot dry days of  summer last year. She was attached to the trellis and I got her to the yard and installed in her new home. She immediately decided to lose her leaves. Oh how dramatic she was!

So what’s with Miss Lillian? Why does she have a name? No it’s not the name of the plant that the breeder gave. She’s affectionately called Auntie Pratt. You see there was a real Lillian Pratt and she lived in Galesburg, IL. It was my friend’s neighbor.

This 7 sisters pink climbing rose travelled to Galesburg through Iowa on a covered wagon 100 years ago!!! I definitely find it amazing that I have a plant that is older than the house I live in (which is over 90 years old). Auntie Pratt gave them this plant and when my friend moved she could not bring herself to leave it to people who didn’t know her story. Being a gardener, she knew I’d appreciate and take care of Lillian.

Well I’m happy to say that not only did Lillian bloom last week, but she’s putting out lots of new branches for me to scratch myself on while I wind her around the trellis. She’s reminding me that with the bad comes the good. The thorns and scratches of my life are always there. But the beauty of things are there too.

Last year, I took a bunch of cuttings and stuck them in the ground under a cloche to root them. And when I visited my friend in Florida in May, I brought her a cutting of Lillian to put in her own garden. She was very surprised and happy. And she couldn’t wait to tell her folks that now Lillian has moved to another state. Only this time it wasn’t by covered wagon, it was by plane!

Today, I trimmed off her old dead wood, took more cuttings and put them under the cloche. I’m hoping to make enough cuttings to share with my garden club. Because I think Lillian would be happy to know that her plant is getting around!!!!

New cloche cuttings

“The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose.”

Isn't she pretty?

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Tribal Revolution June 25, 2011

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SO MUCH FUN SATURDAY – (the greatest day of the week!)

I hope you’re enjoying this beautiful summer day! I’ve been playing with my new kitty, mowing the lawn (boo hiss), and gardening. Got my fancy dress on and headed out watch Tribal Revolution. It is going to be a specatular show as it always is!!!

Check out the Blue Lotus Tribe. I love this improv group that has been running the Tribal Revolutionf or 10 years: http://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play?p=blue%20lotus%20tribe&tnr=21&vid=877758645446&l=292&turl=http%3A%2F%2Fts3.mm.bing.net%2Fvideos%2Fthumbnail.aspx%3Fq%3D877758645446%26id%3Dc8ac8e6accb6362063618cbc16aaa2c1%26bid%3DeBi1ZMwYEgHrLw%26bn%3DThumb%26url%3Dhttp%253a%252f%252fwww.youtube.com%252fwatch%253fv%253do9EvTjdLO8I&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Do9EvTjdLO8I&sigr=11audu4ji&newfp=1&tit=Tribal+Revolution+2009+-+Blue+Lotus+Tribe+Part+1

The Saturday show is the culmination of our great event, with performances by the Tribal Revolution instructors and some very special guests, including the celebration of Blue Lotus Tribe’s 10th anniversary with performances by former Loti.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Ballroom Doors open at 7:30pm. Show begins at 8:00pm.

Tickets: June 23, $25 at the door

Featuring the talents of:

Tempest (RI)
Celeste (IN)
Eliza (IL)
Ashar (WI)

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Tolerance People June 12, 2011

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SUNDAY’s Sampler Platter – (imagine that).

What are some of the most important lessons in life? Tolerance, acceptance and kindness. Think how our world would change if we were only to practice these few things? Doesn’t it just mean that we should all practice the golden rule? Perhaps they call it the golden rule because it brings your life perhaps not real gold, but gold for your soul…
June 10, 2011
Pagan Soccer Mom Wins Blog Contest Despite “Biblical Womanhood” Opposition Post by Julie Ingersoll

The Circle of Moms blog focuses on many aspects of mothering; the topics range from the innocuous (cooking, photography, baby names) to potentially controversial (adoption and LGBT issues). But it’s a safe bet this community didn’t expect a “best blog” competition to devolve into a witch hunt—literally.

The “Faith Blog” category seemed dominated by homeschooling, “Biblical Womanhood,” “Biblical Patriarchy,” and so-called family values moms, and who apparently thought they own the category of faith (though Circle of Moms doesn’t exhibit any signs of being explicitly religious).

It turns out that someone in the community of Pagan and Witch moms, many of whom also homeschool, nominated Mrs. B at the blog Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom.

Then many of the biblical women got concerned about witches and pagans in the contest, expressing shock and horror. They organized to vote for the Christians and apparently did so in a rather ugly manner. (The links to those posts and comments have been removed.)

What was supposed to be a competition over quality work turned into a race between the Christians and the Pagans. But what happened next might be even funnier. A number of the Christian bloggers, appalled at what their “sisters in Christ” were saying, started posting supportive comments and even apologies on the Pagan blogs, and voting for them in the competition.

In the end, Mrs. B came in first; six of the top ten blogs were Pagan/Wicccan; several others made the top twenty-five. Isn’t it nice when the girls get together to tell the bullies they’re not in charge?

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Those sneaky snakes June 2, 2011

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learning something new!)


They say there are snake pits on Wall Street.

Chase has learned there are snake pits on Main Street too.

Last year, the J.P. Morgan Chase banking unit foreclosed on a home near Rexburg, Idaho, that is infested with garter snakes.

They slide through the yard, the crawl space, the walls, the ceilings, even across the floors. Sure, they’re harmless, but there are perhaps thousands of them. They give off malodorous secretions when alarmed, and can even leave the well water tasting a bit like the way they smell.


Two families have fled the house in scenes reminiscent of horror-film classics. One turned to a local TV station in 2006 to document the infestation, complaining of not being able to sleep at night. The video is still available on YouTube and is doing absolutely nothing for sales. Watch the video on snakes in the house.

The next family appeared on TV’s “Animal Planet” earlier this year. They said they were told the previous owners came up with the snake story to explain why they stopped paying their mortgage. But, it turns out, the story was true.
Search “Idaho snake house” on the Internet and several intriguing posts emerge. Zillow.com offers a sales description that mentions “a large kitchen with center island,” but nothing about snakes on the kitchen floor.

The house, built in 1920 and remodeled about five years ago, has somehow become a hibernaculum, where snakes gather en masse for winter. It’s so famously infested that Chase has taken it off the market.

Earlier this year, the five-bedroom home at 675 W. 5000 North was listed for $109,200. That’s about $66,000 below its market value. But somehow there were no takers, even in a region known for its Snake River.

Chase is now in the unenviable position of having to be delicate with snakes that continue to live in the home despite a defaulted mortgage. Once a house has been featured on “Animal Planet,” you can’t just burn it down or otherwise slaughter its reptilian residents. You have to be nice to snakes. It’s just good business.

“We have contracted to have the snakes trapped and released,” said Darcy Donahoe-Wilmot, a Chase spokeswoman in Seattle.


“We plan to seal the foundation and install a barrier around the foundation to help prevent future access,” she said. “A report will be issued by the contractor to be provided to any potential buyers.”

Possible buyers might include some guy with a flute and a turban, or maybe a slippery salesman looking to replenish his line of proprietary oil. More likely, though, Chase is going to be stuck with the Idaho snake house for a long time.

Protesters recently appeared in Ohio at the annual meeting of Chase’s parent, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., to complain about the company’s foreclosure practices. There have been similar protests at all major banks, as if these institutions actually love foreclosing on homes.

Banks currently have about 1.9 million homes on their books or in foreclosure proceedings, according to RealtyTrac, a real estate market researcher.

Imagine all the disrepair, the pet-fouled carpets, the mold, the bugs, the rats and the snakes.

Foreclosures have slowed in recent months, but that trend is largely attributed to legal delays, including banks’ dubious use of “robo-signers” on court documents.

Yes, major banks have major problems. But they’re still swamped with more foreclosures than they can handle, and Americans are still slithering away from their homes like it’s not a snake-like thing to do.

The Mortgage Bankers Association recently reported that about 8.3% of homeowners missed at least one mortgage payment in the January-March quarter. In a healthy market, that figure holds at about 1.1%.

Foreclosed homes made up 28% of all U.S. home sales in the quarter, according to RealtyTrac. And 2011 is on track to be another record year, with about 1.2 million foreclosures expected. This dashes any hope for a housing market recovery any time soon.

The snakes are just starting to awaken at the Idaho snake house. Chase can’t chase them out just yet.

“Hopefully, in a few weeks,” Donahoe-Wilmot said. “The contractor feels there is not yet enough activity to perform the capture.”


Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Pole Dancing May 1, 2011

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SUNDAY’s Sampler Platter – (imagine that).



May Day is related to the Celtic festival of Beltane and the Germanic festival of Walpurgis NIght. May Day falls exactly half of a year from November 1, another cross-quarter day which is also associated with various northern European pagan and neopagan festivals such as Samhain. May Day marks the end of the unfarmable winter half of the year in the Northern hemisphere, and it has traditionally been an occasion for popular and often raucous celebrations.

As Europe became Christianized the pagan holidays lost their religious character and either changed into popular secular celebrations, as with May Day, or were merged with or replaced by new Christian holidays as with Chrstimas, Easter, Pentecost and All Saint’s Day. In the twentieth century, many neopagans began reconstructing the old traditions and celebrating May Day as a pagan religious festival again.

May Day may be best known for its tradition of dancing the Maypole and crowning of the Queen of the May. Various neopagan groups celebrate reconstructed (to varying degrees) versions of these customs on May the 1st. While February 1 was the first day of Spring, May 1 was the first day of summer; hence, the summer solstice on June 25 (now June 21) was Midsummer. In the Roman Catholic tradition, May is observed as Mary’s month, and in these circles May Day is usually a celebration of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In this connection, in works of art, school skits, and so forth, Mary’s head will often be adorned with flowers in a May crowining. Fading in popularity since the late 20th century is the giving of “May baskets,” small baskets of sweets and/or flowers, usually left anonymously on neighbours’ doorsteps.

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Record Store Day April 16, 2011

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SO MUCH FUN SATURDAY – (the greatest day of the week!)

Record Store Day is an internationally celebrated day observed the third Saturday of April each year. Its purpose, as conceived by independent record store employee Chris Brown, is to celebrate the art of music. The day brings together fans, artists, and the over 700 independently owned record stores in the US, along with hundreds of independent record stores across the world. Record Store Day was officially founded in 2007 by Eric Levin, Michael Kurtz, Carrie Colliton, Amy Dorfman, Don Van Cleave and Brian Poehner and is now celebrated globally with hundreds of recording and other artists participating in the day by making special appearances, performances, meet and greets with their fans, the holding of art exhibits, and the issuing of special vinyl and CD releases along with other promotional products to mark the occasion.

Record Store Day 2011 Official Ambassador: Ozzy Osbourne

The fourth annual Record Store Day will take place on Saturday, April 16, 2011. The Experience Music Project in Seattle is kicking off Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses, an exhibit based around the grunge band Nivana. Panda Bear has brought forward the release of his fourth studio album Tomboy. The Flaming Lips are to release a new box-set collection of their Warner Brothers albums issued under the title Heady Nuggs: The First 5 Warner Bros. Records 1992 – 2002. Sugar Hill Records will release a trio of Nickel Creek titles on deluxe vinyl. The Rolling Stones will be releasing a limited edition 7-inch of Brown Sugar. Superchunk and Coliseum will release a limited edition 7-inch covering Misfits’ Horror Business bundled with Bullet. Phish will release Two Soundchecks, a Limited Edition 7-inch vinyl record, marking the band’s first ever live vinyl release and their first release in conjunction with Record Store Day. Phish bassist Mike Gordon will also be releasing his 2003 solo debut Inside In on vinyl for the first time as a deluxe double-LP set with three previously unreleased outtake tracks, as well as Moss Remixes, a Limited Edition 7-inch with two remixes from his latest solo album Moss.” Gorillaz are going to release a limited edition version of their fourth studio album The Fall for the event. The album gets a CD release two days later. Green Day and Husker Du are releasing a split for Record Store Day, while Foo Fighters have announced they are releasing a covers album. Radiohead will be releasing a two-song release that contains the songs “Supercollider” and “The Butcher”.

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!




Singing Frogs April 7, 2011

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something new!)

Sing it!

Ribbit, ribbit! I’ve been hearing the singing of the frogs near my house since I live near the Fox River

If you’ve ever spent some time near a frog-filled pond, then you already know that familiar sound is the call of a frog! So, why do frogs croak??

Why do frogs croak?In most frog species only the males croak. They croak to attract female frogs for breeding, and to warn away other male frogs from their territory. Female frogs think croaking is very sexy.

Many kinds of frogs puff themselves up enormously with air when they croak. This amplifies the sounds made by the frog’s vocal chords, kind of like how the stretched membrane of a drum works. This is why a little critter like a frog can make such loud noises! Enjoy this old cartoon. You’ll just “croak” up. Hee hee! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRnX4quv5W4&feature=related

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!


Can you trust the review? February 24, 2011

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THINKING THURSDAY – (enjoy learning something new!)

The AP reports that TripAdvisor, one of the Web’s biggest travel review sites, is warning travelers that some unscrupulous hotels are using the site to post fake reviews to improve their own image or hurt competitors. Last month, the there were new warnings on the site.

TripAdvisor has reasonable cause to believe that either this property or individuals associated with the property may have attempted to manipulate our popularity index by interfering with the unbiased nature of our reviews. Please take this into consideration when researching your travel plans.

TripAdvisor spokesman Brooke Ferencsik told the AP, “The 23 million reviews and opinions are authentic and they’re unbiased and they’re from real users.” In June, BeatOfHawaii.com, a Hawaii-centric travel site, found over 90 hotels sporting the warning label. Currently, only 16 of the warnings remain. Jeff Tucker, co-author at BeatOfHawaii told the AP, “I’d really like to see TripAdvisor deal with the public in kind of an openhanded way, talk to people [about] this issue.”

NBC mentioned a website that discusses this issue: http://www.oyster.com/

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



PEEP SHOW!!!! February 17, 2011

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YES! It’s time again for the PEEPs art show. Artists create weird wonderful art filled with PEEPs. I’ve always be intrigued by them.

If you’d like to compete, here is the link: http://ramart.org/ram/International-PEEPS-Competition.html

RAM’s Second Annual  

International PEEPS® Competition

April 1 – April 28, 2011


Artists of all ages are invited to be part of the first and only museum competition of this kind in the world. Enter to win amazing prizes, including two exciting PEEPS® Brand Prized Packages. Your PEEPS® creation will be on display at the Racine Art Museum!  

Deliver your artwork inspired by PEEPS® to RAM before 4:00 pm on Sunday, March 27, along with completed entry form.

Your entry will be judged on creativity and the best use of PEEPS.®

Entry is FREE, and open to all ages and members of the family (except pets!).

Use any variety of PEEPS,® or create your own representation. No other food items may be used.

And I even found a cooking with PEEPs website: http://www.topoimagery.com/peeps/main.html

Peppers and Peeps Stir Fry

2 tsp. soy sauce
2 tsp. dry sherry
2 tsp. water
2 tsp. cornstarch
12 oz. Peeps Chicks and/or Bunnies
3 1/2 tbsp. cooking oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 large green pepper, cut into strips
1/2 cup sliced bamboo shoots (optional)

  1. In a bowl, combine soy sauce, cornstarch, sherry, water, and a dash of white pepper
  2. Add Peeps and toss to coat
  3. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons of the oil and let stand 15 minutes
  4. Prepare cooking sauce by mixing together, then set aside
  5. Place a wok or frying pan over high heat
  6. When pan is hot, add 2 tbsp. of the oil
  7. As oil heats, add garlic and stir once
  8. Add green peppers and stir fry until crisp-tender
  9. Add remaining oil to pan, add Peeps and bamboo shoots if desired
  10. Stir fry for 1 1/2 minutes or until Peeps are tender
  11. Stir cooking sauce and add to pan
  12. Cook until sauce bubbles and thickens
  13. Remove from heat and serve over rice

Cooking Sauce:
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp. dry sherry
2 tbsp. oyster sauce
1/4 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. sesame oil
1 tbsp. cornstarch

The original PEEPs artist:http://www.peepsshow.com/

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!