Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Easter


Happy Easter. We hope your day is great!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Quote of the Week: 4/7/2014

"Choose to be happy right where you are. Choose to have a good attitude with what you have or with what you don't have. It's all in your approach to life."
--Joel Osteen Ministries

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Purex Insider Review: Purex Pet Fresh

 Purex Pet Fresh Laundry Detergent
My dog Nugget has a lot of fabric collars, two dog bed covers, and toys. I do his laundry once a week. (Unfortunately, I still can’t get him to do his own.)

I was excited when Purex® sent me a sample of its new detergent specifically for pet laundry: Purex® Pet Fresh. 

Purex® Fresh Pet keeps your furry friends’ clothing bright and clean!

NEW Purex® Fresh Pet liquid detergent with Odor Control Action is a premium pet clothing formula that is specially formulated to eliminate odor while they wear their favorite outfits. Whether lounging around on the living room rug or strutting their stuff on a neighborhood walk, your pet's outfits will surely be noticed!
Nugget’s collars and bedding got fresh and clean. I usually use regular detergent when I do his laundry, but with Purex® Pet Fresh his fabric items weren’t as strongly scented as when I use regular detergent, they just smelled clean and fresh.

Nugget highly recommends Purex® Fresh Pet detergent with Odor Control Action for your pets’ laundry, too!

*Purex provided me with a sample of Purex Fresh Pet detergent for Pet Clothing in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Quote of the Week: 3/31/2014

Mix a little foolishness with your prudence: It's good to be silly at the right moment.
--Horace, Roman lyric poet BC

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

World Murder Statistics

A friend sent me this. It didn't give the source(s) or who compiled it, but it's interesting if it's true.

From the World Health Organization
The latest Murder Statistics for the world:
Murders per 100,000 citizens per year.
Honduras 91.6 (WOW!!)
El Salvador 69.2
Cote d'lvoire 56.9
Jamaica 52.2
Venezuela 45.1
Belize 41.4
US Virgin Islands 39.2
Guatemala 38.5
Saint Kitts and Nevis 38.2
Zambia 38.0
Uganda 36.3
Malawi 36.0
Lesotho 35.2
Trinidad and Tobago 35.2
Colombia 33.4
South Africa 31.8
Congo 30.8
Central African Republic 29.3
Bahamas 27.4
Puerto Rico 26.2
Saint Lucia 25.2
Dominican Republic 25.0
Tanzania 24.5
Sudan 24.2
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 22.9
Ethiopia 22.5
Guinea 22.5
Dominica 22.1
Burundi 21.7
Democratic Republic of the Congo 21.7
Panama 21.6
Brazil 21.0
Equatorial Guinea 20.7
Guinea-Bissau 20.2
Kenya 20.1
Kyrgyzstan 20.1
Cameroon 19.7
Montserrat 19.7
Greenland 19.2
Angola 19.0
Guyana 18.6
Burkina Faso 18.0
Eritrea 17.8
Namibia 17.2
Rwanda 17.1
Mexico 16.9
Chad 15.8
Ghana 15.7
Ecuador 15.2
North Korea 15.2
Benin 15.1
Sierra Leone 14.9
Mauritania 14.7
Botswana 14.5
Zimbabwe 14.3
Gabon 13.8
Nicaragua 13.6
French Guiana 13.3
Papua New Guinea 13.0
Swaziland 12.9
Bermuda 12.3
Comoros 12.2
Nigeria 12.2
Cape Verde 11.6
Grenada 11.5
Paraguay 11.5
Barbados 11.3
Togo 10.9
Gambia 10.8
Peru 10.8
Myanmar 10.2
Russia 10.2
Liberia 10.1
Costa Rica 10.0
Nauru 9.8
Bolivia 8.9
Mozambique 8.8
Kazakhstan 8.8
Senegal 8.7
Turks and Caicos Islands 8.7
Mongolia 8.7
British Virgin Islands 8.6
Cayman Islands 8.4
Seychelles 8.3
Madagascar 8.1
Indonesia 8.1
Mali 8.0
Pakistan 7.8
Moldova 7.5
Kiribati 7.3
Guadeloupe 7.0
Haiti 6.9
Timor-Leste 6.9
Anguilla 6.8
Antigua and Barbuda 6.8
Lithuania 6.6
Uruguay 5.9
Philippines 5.4
Ukraine 5.2
Estonia 5.2
Cuba 5.0
Belarus 4.9
Thailand 4.8
Suriname 4.6
Laos 4.6
Georgia 4.3
Martinique 4.2
And ............................................
The United States 4.2 !!!!!!!!!!!!
ALL (109) of the countries above America have 100% gun bans.
It might be of interest to note that SWITZERLAND is not shown on this list because it has
However, SWITZERLAND 'S law requires that EVERYONE:
1. Own a gun.
2. Maintain Marksman qualifications .... regularly .
Didja learn anything from this??
I think the message is - loud and clear - that gun bans and restrictions
DO NOT work!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


There are all kinds of preps. Do you know how to use all of the things you have stored away? Some things you may need to do some practice on. How's your medical prep? Do you think, if you had to right now, you could suture a wound? Or deliver a baby?  If you have a medical background, then you are one up on a lot of us.

Firearms: can you hit the broad side of a barn? Could you put meat on your table if you have to? Practice can be costly. Those of you out there who know firearms are one up on a lot of people. Can you use a bow or a slingshot? Can you set a snare? Those are just a few things you might need to know.

How about blacksmithing, or knowing what plants are good to eat, or which plants to use as medicine? Can you garden Can you sew? There is so much that we could learn on how to be more self reliant. When it comes right down to it, everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. What is one persons' weakness is another ones' strength.You can't do it all by yourself. If you have books on how to do certain things, have you put to practice what you have read?

Everyone -- young, old, or in between -- we need to push ourselves, family, friends, and your group, to see what each of us can or cannot do. Your life or your family's lives could be in jeopardy. If you can, try to get with other like minded people as yourself. Don't be afraid to show someone or others how to do something you're good at that they can't do.

Having all of your preps is good. What about having people preps? 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Quote of the Week: 3/24/2014

“It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want—oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” 

--Mark Twain
Photo (c) taken near Gateway Canyon, Colorado, in April 2010 by Jim Noland

I sure have Spring fever. I put up some garden fencing Kathi got for the brick planter in the backyard. The tulips are coming up back there. Sure makes me feel like Spring is almost sprung.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Slippin' and Slidin'

Well, I missed posting on Thursday. And I have a good reason why. I'm getting ready to tell on myself. So, get a cup of coffee, maybe something to snack on. Get comfy.

Yesterday, things were going pretty good, until I decided to take a shower. Now, most of my showers are pretty boring and routine, as I'm sure a lot of yours are. We live in a house that was built in 1959. Three bedrooms, that are on the small side. A small kitchen and dinning room, living room, and the attached garage was made into a family room with a fireplace.

There is a full bathroom and there is a partial bathroom in our bedroom. Now, the full bathroom is small. The toilet and sink are on one wall. When sitting on the throne, you can reach across the room to get to the toilet paper roll. There is a tub/shower on the opposite wall, and it is pretty small.

Anyway, as I was taking my shower, I was washing my hair and had my back towards the shower head. As I turned to stick my head under the showerhead, there was this loud POP! BANG ! The darn shower head hit me right between the eyes.

Of course, I stepped back, cussing, with shampoo in my eyes, and this flood of water beating me to death. As I stepped back, with the tub being slippery, I slid backwards. My butt hit the back portion of the tub that just happened to be at the right angle. My feet went out from under me, and I slid, with my feet now in the air, onto my back and then kinda on my shoulders, with my butt in the air.

I almost did a backward somersault! I was really worried that I might get the water spigot up my you know what. But I stopped short of that happening. I managed to get the water shut off, and managed to get to my feet. I still had soap in my eyes. So I turned the water back on. I never knew we had such good water pressure. It blasted me right in the chest. (I think it bruised one of my nipples.) I got all the shampoo out of my hair and got out of the tub.

Now, just to ease a few people's minds out there. I didn't get hurt when I fell. It kind of reminded me of when I was a kid in the tub and I would slide in the tub on my butt. The shower head I thought for sure would have left a knot and the impression on my forehead of the little holes on the shower head, kinda like a waffle.

After getting dried off, I took that shower head and threw that SOB just as far as I could in the backyard. Nugget must have thought I had thrown a ball or something. He chased after it, but didn't bring it back to the house.

I went to Home Depot and got the things I needed to fix the shower. Picked up the shower head from the back yard. Put everything back together. Now, we will see how Kathi does in the morning with her shower. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Foods from Childhood -- Uh, oh, Spaghetti-O's (A Kathi Post)

I was having lunch last week with my work unit for someone’s birthday and the topic of conversation shifted to foods we ate in our childhood that we may or may not still eat.
One lady’s husband asks her to make “projects food.” I asked what that was and she said it’s basically fried potatoes, hamburger, and onions -- something they ate when she lived in the Projects. Hmmmm. My Dad made that a lot and I would still eat it. It’s so good, especially if you add a can of pork ‘n beans or top it with ketchup.
Another lady’s mom used to make mayonnaise sandwiches and sugar sandwiches (not in the same sandwich), especially when it was close to payday. She told us the mayonnaise sandwiches were just that – mayo on white bread. Sugar sandwiches were butter and sugar on white bread. Hmmmm. My Mom made the sugar sandwiches, which was a shortcut of lefse. My Grandma used to feed us lefse when we were at her house. Don’t know about lefse? Look here to learn about it.
My leader in Girl Scouts was not a very good cook, I think. We had day-camp for a week in the summer, and the highlight of our days was cooking for ourselves. The leader provided the “recipes” for us to make our lunches. None of them were very good, but the worst lunch was when she instructed us to open cans of Spaghetti-O’s and mix it with cans of corn, which was then served in ice cream cones so we didn’t have to use plates and wash many dishes. It looked and smelled as if someone had already eaten it. Bleah!
I remember one of her more “elegant” recipes was to take a can of Spam, slice it in 8 equal portions, but not all the way through – it was all connected at the bottom. Then we took a can of pineapple rings, cut them in half, and placed one (flat side down) in between every two slices of spam, then sprinkled brown sugar over the top and baked it for about 25 minutes. It was kinda pretty, but I don’t remember actually eating it. I’m not opposed to Spam – Jim and I still brown up slices sometimes for our breakfast with eggs.
My sister Karen and I used to make our own concoctions. Our favorite snack was something we called “Mouse-type Cheese,” which was just little cubes of Velveeta that we dipped in Miracle Whip. We also liked ring-bologna slices dipped in ketchup.  My sister Kristi used to suck the mayonnaise out of those little individual serving packages. I guess maybe most everyone had weird foods that they made or ate when they were kids.
Did you? What did you have? Would you still eat it now?

Monday, March 10, 2014


"Depend not on fortune, but on conduct."

--Publilius Syrus, Syrian writer of maxims

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


I'll be stepping out for a day or two, to help a church member and his wife. See you soon.

Monday, March 3, 2014


"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent. "

--John Donne
English poet and preacher

Thursday, February 27, 2014


On this date in 1973 the American Indian Movement started the occupation of Wounded Knee.

I was 17 years old. Geez, that seems like life times ago.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


What the??? The other day we had really nice weather here in Denver. Today is was 64. Now, Monday night, they are talking about snow. Did spring's spring get sprung or what?

One of the lakes near us was thawed for several days and then the other morning it was frozen over again. 'Course, I would not want to venture out to see how thick the ice was. 

Mother nature needs to get with the program. I swear, I saw a fish last week at the lake that Nugget and I like to walk around that was wearing a coat.  There was also some geese with their butts frozen to the ice. We watched as a coyote tried to get a frozen goose dinner. He slipped and slid right by those geese. As the geese took flight, they left all kinds of feathers stuck to the ice.

Nothing like seeing a bunch of bare butted geese taking off. And some of them geese? I could have sworn that their honking was a few octaves higher than they should be. I'm ready for some warm weather. I'm sure the geese are also.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Quote of the Week: 2/24/2014 and Purex Crystals Winners

"Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday, and of course, this being America, it will be followed by Even Fatter Wednesday, Obese Thursday and Fat-Ass Friday." 
--Jay Leno, American Comedian

Thanks to all who entered to win the free bottles of Purex Crystals  Fresh Mountain Breeze last week. The winners are: Toystory, Donna Cheatle, and kcmcgrew213, and their prizes have been mailed.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


She is over 80 years of age and still gets around. Her side of the family has not treated her the best over the years. My side of the family has done what it can. She stayed with my parents for weeks on end after she broke her leg. My parents took her to doctor appointments. They ran errands, went to the bank, and wrote out her checks to pay bills.

It got to the point that I would drive to Loveland (CO) three or four times a week to help my parents get my Aunt and her wheelchair upstairs then out the door and off the porch, so they could get her into the car to take her to her doctor. I didn't mind. It's family. I know that it was rough for her, after all these years, having to depend on others to help her, after years of taking care of herself.

When my sister and I were every young my aunt and uncle lived on the ranch. All seemed right with the world. We had horses to ride, cows to chase, and cousins to bully rag with. It was new and different for me and my sister. For our three cousins, it wasn't as much fun. They would go horseback riding with us, of course, but seemed to get bored pretty quickly.

They had tons of comic books. My sister and I would end up taking stacks of them home with us, and our cousins always seemed to have newer comics the next time we'd come to visit. The hired help also keep a eye on my sister and me as we went around the ranch. There were a lot of things that you can get hurt on at the ranch. They would always hold their breath when my sister and I would jump out the hayloft door to land in a big pile of hay next to the barn. 

If our cousins did it, we wanted to do it also. My cousins once talked me into trying to ride one of the bull calves that was penned up. This is way before mutton busting. I made it about two thirds of the way across the pen on that little bull. He slipped one way, and I the other. He was okay. Me? I landed, I swear, in the biggest fresh cow-pie on the place. They laughed, I cried, then I laughed. And then my aunt showed up.The boys got a chewing out. I got a bath, and the hired help chuckled. I was called "cow-pie" for several summers after that.

There is so much that is done on a ranch. Besides all of the cows, our aunt had chickens and some baby lambs. She would feed these little lambs from these big bottles with nipples on the ends. My sister and I helped her every morning to feed them lambs. From there, we would feed the chickens she had. Then she would make us wash our hands and she would start breakfast.

It seemed that there was always way to much food for all of us. But then some of the hired hands would come in to eat also. There was eggs, bacon, juice, milk, coffee, hash browns, pancakes, biscuits, gravy, and fruit. The woman could cook! We all ate 'til we thought we would burst. When we finished, she told us to wash up again, and she would clean up the kitchen.

After she finished the kitchen, she would take us out to a shed by the chickens and lambs and produce some fishing poles. She would then load us up, me and my sister, in one of the old Willies Jeeps and drive us out to some beaver ponds not to far from the house. Boy, were we surprised when we saw her bait her own hook, and then bait ours for us. We would catch brook trout and put them in a cooler. After we had caught it seemed like a hundred fish, she would load us back up for the trip back to the house. She had lunch to get ready.

Lunch for everybody was, of course, brook trout. She would brag and blow about how my sister and I had caught the biggest part of the fish. She would take us on walks, and we would pick up all kinds of neat rocks, arrow heads, fossils, and even some real small bones from lizards and frogs. We learned lots of things from her over the years. It was so hard for us to go home every time we stayed on the ranch. But, there was always next summer.

Now, after all these years, she does not get around like she used to. The lease to the ranch was given up by my uncle years ago. She has since lost her two oldest boys. She is living in a "home for old ladies," as she calls it.

But she remembers my sister and I coming to the ranch. She still remembers and talks about all of the things we did. My sister and I remember right along with her. She has earned every gray hair, wrinkle, and scar. She would like to go back to living on a small ranch or cabin she could call her own.

She still has that sparkle in her eyes when she talks about those times, and we share a recipe or two, along with our stories of back then.

I remember, with a bit of a tear or two, in my eyes. And we both just look at each other and grin.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


A 102 year old Missouri man, Eric P. Newman, hoarded nearly 2,000 rare American coins over 90 some odd years. The coins sold for $23 million at auction. He started collecting the coins in the 1930s, and paid about $7,500 for the 1,800-piece collection.

A 1795 U.S. silver dollar in "almost pristine condition" sold for $910,625.

Now, I'm thinking that I should have checked out all of the coins my Dad had collected over the years, instead of just selling them for the silver content for my Mom.

So, check them silver coins you all have. You never know what might be setting there waiting for you to discover.

Monday, February 17, 2014


"There is no failure except in no longer trying."
--Elbert Hubbard, American writer

Friday, February 14, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Purex Crystals – Fresh Mountain Breeze (and giveaway!)

My favorite thing (well, really the only thing I like) about laundry is the scent of freshly laundered clothes and linens. I’m always so disappointed when that fresh scent is gone by the time I use a towel or wear a shirt.

But! Purex Crystals Fresh Mountain Breeze helps my laundry smell fresh for a long time, not just that day. The first load I did using the crystals was sheets. There is nothing like the scent of freshly laundered sheets, even better if they line dry.

It’s been below zero here and I don’t have a clothesline up right now, so that wasn’t going to happen. So I added a capful of Purex Crystals Fresh Mountain Breeze to see if it would replicate that scent.

I was a little skeptical, but I ended up being pleasantly surprised. Not only did it make my bedding smell nice, but it lasted a long time. I've been using this on every load of laundry that I want that fresh scent on. If you like scented laundry, you will really like this.

Purex sent me a bottle of Purex Crystals Fresh Mountain Breeze to use in exchange for my honest opinion and review of the product, PLUS three coupons for FREE products that I can give to blog readers. Just comment here or email me at
and tell me why you want one of the coupons for a free bottle. I will choose three responses at random on Wednesday, February 19th, so be sure to post or email by midnight the 18th. PLUS, to celebrate the release of New Purex Crystals Fresh Mountain Breeze, Purex is hosting a sweepstakes. One grand prize winner will receive $500 while 100 second place winners will receive a coupon for a free bottle. Be sure to enter to win!


So, yesterday a friend called and invited me to his house for lunch. He had made a big pot of beans and some cornbread. And you all know how I like cornbread and a big bowl of beans! Well, I arrived at his house at 1p.m. as he asked me to. 

As I was let into his house, he was on the phone. No biggie. He finished his call, hung up the phone, and one of his sons showed up at the house with one of his friends. We were all going to eat lunch. Or so I thought. His son had picked up his friend after getting off work so his son decides that he needs to take a shower first.

So off he goes to shower. Meanwhile, I'm starting to get a little more hungry. We then went into the kitchen to have a seat. There was nothing on the stove and I didn't smell anything cooking. My friend and his son's friend started talking as we sat at the table.

After about 45 minutes or so, I broke in on the conversation to ask if we are going to eat. My friend said "Sure, in a couple of minutes." So I grabbed a cold can of Mountain Dew out of the fridge. I saw this big Tupperware bowl with beans in the fridge. Now, with some friends, you can make yourself right at home and help yourself  to a drink, or chips, and even a sandwich now and then.

Well my friend is just such a friend. I got that big old bowl of beans out of the fridge and saw that he had made his cornbread in a loaf pan. So, we were coming up on 2 hours. My stomach was talking, growling, and making all kinds of racket. I asked again if we were going to eat.

He says that WE need to make some more cornbread first. He wanted me to show him how to cook it in a cast-iron skillet. If I had known that I was going to be doing some cooking, I would have started over a hour ago. The skillet was big. And he brought out this little box of cornbread mix. It would of been just enough to make one big pancake of cornbread about a half inch or less thick.

I told him he either had to have a smaller skillet or another box of mix. We used two boxes of mix. He did not have any bacon grease for the skillet! (What?!!!) So we used olive oil. A nice thin coat. Whipped up the batter, poured it in the skillet, and placed it into the oven.

After about 25 minutes or so it was done. My friend just could not get over how easy it was. I mean there is not much for it to be difficult.

I'm used to doing cornbread in a skillet. He is used to using a bread pan. It all comes out tasting great. The beans we reheated. White beans with onion, dried celery flakes, and cooked ham, added just before they were done. I add the ham with the beans before cooking when I make them. It's all in how you were raised and what you grew up with.

Lunch was good. The company was also good. Later, we all started to have a rootin' tootin' good time. Like I said, it's all in how you were raised.

Monday, February 10, 2014


"Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana."

--Groucho Marx, American comedian

Monday, February 3, 2014


"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."

--J.R.R. Tolkien
British writer, from "The Hobbit"

Friday, January 31, 2014

DID YOU KNOW: On this date

Did you know. . .
On this day in 1876, the government declared that the Sioux must return to the reservation or be considered hostiles.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Parties with Personality (A Kathi Post)

I found this booklet, How to Plan and Give Parties with Personality, in with some cookbooks that I got at a garage sale once upon a time. 

It's from 1953, published by Thos. D. Richarson Co., the company who made those little pillow mints that were popular in the 1950's and 1960's. Every little wedding shower, baby shower, or anything back then had nuts and these mints. Do you remember them?

I remember thinking, when I was a kid, that I would surely grow up to be at parties like this, dressed like this, with Frank Sinatra songs playing in the background.

Never. Not even close.

This booklet was fun to look at, but it's weird to think that anyone ever really used the information in it or took it seriously.

But those were some tasty mints!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Quote of the Week: 1/27/2014

"If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience."

--Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States

Thursday, January 23, 2014


Okay, fellas, how many of you were Cub Scouts when you were a kid? I was back in the 1960's. Do you remember any of the songs you used to sing? (Keep it clean now!) Do any of you remember singing Cub Scouting We Will Go to the tune of Jingle Bells?

"Cub scouting we will go
To a den where we can play:
Sunshine, rain or snow,
Happy on our way.
As buddies we will greet
Faces gleaming bright:
What fun it is when we can meet
And do the things we like!

Cub Scout days!
Cub Scout days!
Dear old Cub Scout days!
O what fun for everyone
In a den where we can play, O
   (Repeat chorus)

Nothing like a bunch of young guys whose voices have not changed yet singing this song and the poor den mother covering her ears. I'm surprised that we didn't bust a window or two with our caterwauling. But, it was fun.

Now, I hope this does not get stuck in your head. It has in mine. It is starting to make me a bit loopy.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Quote of the Week: 1/20/2013

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.