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Sunday, September 28, 2008

A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on...

The announcement that a new little spirit is coming to join the family is a reminder that...

"A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on. "
US biographer & poet (1878 - 1967)

Saturday, September 27, 2008

I have permission to say...

a little bird imagetold me grandbaby number 20 is on the way - image

Thursday, September 25, 2008

...too TOO Cute not to share!

an important message - but such a cute way to share it - bless the good daddy's everywhere - smile

(Thank you, Aimee for sharing this! ((HUGS))

"Blargon" - I think I may be a "blurker"...

I think...I am a blurker!

I blog lurk...I admit it...and that is called blurking.

We have all our friends and family listed on the sides of our blogs...and - I click on the links!


Kel Richards writes:

In his New York Times column “On Language” William Safire recently referred to “blargon” – by which he meant blogger’s jargon – the jargon used by bloggers about their blogs.

It turns out that a “blurker” is someone who lurks on a blog: a blog lurker is a “blurker”.

I’ve reported in the past on some of the jargon words that have developed around weblogs (or “blogs”) and those who write them (“bloggers”). For instance, I recently mentioned “blook” – this being a book based on a blog. Now I come across one that is new to me – “blurker”. It turns out that a “blurker” is someone who lurks on a blog: a blog lurker is a “blurker”. Someone who reads many blogs but leaves no evidence of himself behind, or reads an online forum conversation without making a contribution, is a “blurker”.
The word is recorded in the third edition of Paul Dickson’s book “Slang: The Topical Dictionary of Americanisms.”

I've learned a LOT by blurking!

One of my dear friends won the sweetest dress ever for her little Granddaughter because of a contest I read about on another blog!

I've gotten some of the BEST recipes by blurking.

And I've found that the friends of my friends - not to mention the friends of my children's friends - are some of the nicest people!!!

Hmmm - maybe I'm not a true blurker - because sometimes I do post - I just have to say "Thank you" for the recipe or share a ((hug)) - and - I hope you don't mind - SMILE

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Emergency Preparedness - to Go !
What happens if an Emergency strikes when you aren't home...

Emergency Preparedness to Go
by Heather Beutler
Saturday, August 30, 2008

So, you have your neatly organized year supply of food and well-stocked 72-hour kits at your house. But what happens if you're not at home when the worst happens?


Disaster can happen at any time, in any place-and you and your family might not be at home when catastrophe strikes. There may not be a way to access your food storage or emergency supplies, so it is vital that you have some type of an emergency kit for each place where members of your family spend a signifi cant amount of time.

School Kits
Schools have emergency plans to help keep your children safe. How much do you know about them? It is a good idea to contact your school district to find out what their plans for an emergency situation include. Make sure you know your district's policy concerning how your children will be released from the school in an emergency, so you can designate a meeting spot to join them.

You can also help your children prepare a mini-disaster kit to keep in their desk or locker at school. This kit would be extremely helpful if your children are ever stranded or trapped inside the school, or if the school ever needs to be evacuated. They would have access to some necessities until help could arrive, and have an extra source of comfort to help get them through the crisis. This kit could include some of the following items:

• Compact emergency blanket
• Flashlight
• Food
• Water
• Condensed first-aid kit
• Identification card
• Contact information
• Their favorite comic book

This kit should be tailored to fit the specific needs of your children. If they are not comic book fans, substitute something else that could help them combat the stress and boredom that accompany emergency situations. Some children might also want a small toy to be included in their kit, and some might want an extra candy bar or two. Talk to your children about the kinds of things they think they would want in an emergency situation and include as many of their requests as possible. It is a good idea to contact your school district to find out what their plans for an emergency situation include.

Having said that, remember that this kit will need to be compact and contain only the essentials. It needs to be light enough that your child will be able to carry it for long periods of time without difficulty. It also needs to be small enough to fit inside a locker or desk without taking up too much room.

Similarly, it's a good idea for adults who work outside of the home to keep a small emergency kit at their place of employment.

Car Kits
Your car should be a bastion of emergency preparedness. If your car breaks down or you get lost in a remote area, would you have access to the supplies you need to survive? If you need to quickly evacuate your home, would there be enough basic provisions in your car to sustain you?

Your car kit should include water and food. Remember the temperature in your car changes drastically everyday, so choose food items that won't be damaged. Make sure you have a basic first-aid kit and enough blankets to keep everyone in your family warm. In addition to these essential supplies, your car kit should include the following:

• Flares and reflective triangles
• Flashlight or chemical light stick
• Emergency power source
• Tools to cut through seatbelts or break windows
• Fire extinguisher
• Heavy-duty rope
• Hand sanitizer and soap
• AM/FM radio with multiple sources of power
• Cell phone

If you are unable to contact help with your cell phone, tie a bright cloth (preferably red) to your antenna. This is generally recognized as a plea for assistance and can help rescuers find you. Try signaling for help using any other method you can think of: flares, lights, whistles, etc.

In addition to an emergency kit, you should always be supplied with some basic car-care necessities.

• Jumper cables
• Car repair kit and tools
• Map and compass

Customize your car kit to fit your family. Try to anticipate any special needs or circumstances that you may need to be prepared for. For babies you'll want extra diapers, formula, and blankets, while small children will need extra snacks and a source of entertainment. Consider allergies or chronic illnesses within your family and include any appropriate medications.

College Kits
Between books, tuition, and rent, money is stretched a little too thin for most students to devote much thought to beginning a food storage supply or an emergency preparedness kit, but it is still important that they have quick access to emergency supplies. If you have sons or daughters leaving the nest for school this year, help prepare a kit for them to take to campus this fall.

Young adults living on their own for the first time probably won't have enough space to store an extensive collection of emergency supplies. The kit you put together needs to be something they can keep under their bed or in a closet at their apartment or dorm. Young adults also usually don't have funds to replenish a lot of perishable goods or to keep up anything too elaborate. Keep the kits simple, including only basic supplies:

• Essentials: three-day supply of food and water and a good first-aid kit
• Clothing: jacket or coat, raincoat or poncho, and extra clothing, underwear, and socks
• Bedding: blankets or a sleeping bag, an extra set of sheets, and plastic ground cloth
• Lighting: flashlight, batteries, candles, waterproof matches, lighter, and flares
• Tools: pocketknife, radio, can opener, utensils, dishes, sturdy rope, and duct tape
• Hygiene Supplies: toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, soap, hand sanitizer, shampoo, dish soap, feminine hygiene products, sunscreen, and basic and prescription medications
• Personal Documents: scriptures, patriarchal blessing, legal documents, identification, insurance policies, and vaccination papers
• Money: cash and credit cards
• Miscellaneous: prepaid phone cards, pen and paper, bags and containers

Some of these supplies will need to be rotated or replenished throughout the year. In the winter, sweaters, gloves, and hats should be included in the kit, while during warmer times of the year, a small supply of light clothing should be sufficient. Remind your students to keep everything updated.

It doesn't take too much to piece these kinds of kits together. Start compiling things for them today. Being prepared will help you and your family face the uncertain future with a sense of courage and peace of mind.

LDS Living, July/August 2008, 81-82

Sunday, September 21, 2008

"I Love to See the Temple..."

The "Hubby tag" made me think about - where it all began...
We were married for "Time and All Eternity" - July 8, 1961 -
in the Los Angeles Temple
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Lovely thoughts for the Sabbath


It takes about 14 minutes to view all 126 temples,
they are beautiful!!!!
Be sure to put your screen on full view.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.


Saturday, September 20, 2008

Hubby Tag!

Hubby Tag!
This challenge came from Aimee's blog -

I don't know whether to thank her
(we really need to take the time to appreciate each other more often - smile)
freak (I am very private - yikes)

1) Where did you meet? (the first time):
The very first time I saw him was working to get an "MMen & Gleaner" (now Single Adults) Conference set up - when we were all part of the Palmdale Stake (1967) - (my friends love to remind me that I told them "if there was anyone I could marry - it was him" before we even dated - LOL - what an "Attitude")

2) How long did you date before you were married?:
We dated 3 months - then were engaged for 3 months before we got married - smile

3) How long have you been married?:
41 years! (July 8, 1967)

4) What does he do that surprises you?:
He gets right down with the Grandkids to play with them - SMILE - they love to play with Grandpa!

5) What is your favorite feature about him?
He has an amazing aura of comfort and strength about him.

6) What is your favorite quality about him?:
As demanding as he is of himself - I'm always amazed at how very patient he is with others!

7) Does he have a nickname for you?:
"Mutti" (it's German from his Mission to Austria)

8) What is his favorite color?:
cyan - a light blue (like the background of his website http://hallcw1.u.yuku.com/)

9) What is his favorite food?:
I know he really likes a good pie - smile

10) What is his favorite sport?
Probably Tennis right now (to watch) and swimming (to do) - he Lettered in most sports.

11) Who said "I love you" first?
Probably me - chuckle - blush

12) When and where was your first kiss?:
I'm embarassed to say ... I don't remember

13) What is your favorite thing to do together?:
Quiet things...now days - smile

14) How old is he?:
He looks much younger than his 68 years (March 31, 1940)

15) Do you have any kids?:
LOL - 10!!! - 5 sons and 5 daughters - smile

16) What is a hidden talent he has?
He makes Giant Cinnamon rolls that are to die for!

17) What is his favorite type of music?
He loves to sing!

18) What do you admire most about him?:
He has a fantastic Gospel and Scriptural background!!!

19) Do you think he is going to read this?
He doesn't even know I have this website - yet - giggle
(he is sooooooooooo busy right now with genealogy - seminary - and Prop. 8!!!)

How to 'Peel' Hard-Boiled Eggs Without Peeling

(I don't know if I have the energy to blow an egg out - but it is certainly fun to watch!)

Warning: Video contains mild profanity, parental guidance suggested.

Hard-boiled eggs can be annoying and time consuming to peel. In this video, master of time management Tim Ferris (author of the great book, The Four Hour Work Week), demonstrates how easy it is to get the egg without having to peel it!Instructions:Cover the eggs with water and boil on low for about 12 minutesCool the eggs by placing them in cold water with 1 teaspoon of baking soda and ice. The baking soda raises the pH level and reduces adherence. If you choose not to use baking soda, be sure to move the eggs into cold water with plenty of ice immediately after boilingCrack the top of the egg and remove a small pieceCrack the bottom (wide end) of the egg and remove a small pieceHold the egg in your hand and blow vigorously into the narrow end of the egg, which will expel it out the wide endDoesn’t get much easier than that! Just be ready to catch it when it comes out…For tips and guidelines on selecting the freshest and healthiest eggs, please see the links listed under Related Articles.Sources:Four Hour Work Week July 2, 2008

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Which Sports Car Are You???

I'm a Ford Mustang!


You're an American classic -- fast, strong, and bold. You're not snobby or pretentious, but you have what it takes to give anyone a run for their money.

"Take the Which Sports Car Are You? quiz.