Monday, July 28, 2014

Quote of the Week: 7/28/2014

“Every bride is beautiful. It’s like newborn babies or puppies. They can’t help it.”
--Emme Rollins, Author

I was busy giving away the bride while I was away for a week. She is my beautiful niece Victoria.


Friday, July 25, 2014

PARENT FAIL

We went out the other night for a bite to eat. We were seated in a booth by the window. We ordered our drinks. We were looking at the menus when we heard it. . . a mom, dad, and two little boys about four and five years of age.

They were seated several booths away. Mom and dad had their noses buried in their phones, texting. The kids were jumping up and down in the booth. One or the other parent would holler at the boys to quit, never taking their eyes off of their phones. This went on for the whole time that we were there. The boys never quit and the parents never noticed.

These "parents," when their food arrived, never sat their phones down. The kids were still jumping around and being loud and messing in the food. Every now and then, the mom or dad would shovel some food into their mouths, and holler at the kids again, never setting the phones down. I saw at least one couple seated near them get up and ask to be seated some place else.

The two little boys threw food at each other and onto the floor. They boys had somehow managed to eat some of their meals, though with the biggest part of it on their faces and in their hair. The "parents" were still texting on their phones. The dad got up and went into the men's room, still texting. He stayed for more than 20 minutes. The mom keep on with her phone also, and kept hollering at the kids to set down and eat.

When the dad came out of the bathroom, he went right on by his wife and kids, and out the door to the parking lot, with the phone stuck to his ear and talking a mile a minute. I noticed that when he left he had a chunk of lettuce on the back of his shirt and a little hand print of ketchup above the lettuce. His wife and two kids sat there, mom still texting, for at least another 20 minutes or so.

You could tell that others around us were a bit miffed about the whole thing. I'm sure that a lot of them did not really enjoy their meals. The waitress was not given a tip when the family left. The booth that they sat at looked like a bomb had gone off. There was food everywhere -- on the floor, under the booth, on the booth, on the table, on the edges of the table -- everywhere.

We finished up our meal, left a tip, paid our bill, and left. I feel sorry for the waitress and the busser who have to clean up after these people. We wondered what that family's home looks like.

I know that I was not the best behaved kid around. But we were never allowed to act like that when we went out. Our parents laid down the law. They paid attention to us, there were no distractions back then, like phones now.

It would be nice to be able to go out for a meal and not have to put up with stuff like this. Maybe a place that has a soundproof room for families with kids who can't or won't behave. Or rules about not texting while eating! (Hint, hint for one of my friends.) Maybe earplugs should be handed out with each meal. Or restaurants can change their hours of operation. Like, adults only from 7pm till 11pm. Families with kids could go from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Or, just close down all of the restaurants and make it mandatory that everyone eats at home. Obummer could use his phone and pen and make it law in his favorite way -- executive action. And the Mrs. could tell us what nutritious foods we should eat. Just think how much money we could all save if we didn't go out to eat. And I bet our hearing would be better also.

I know my waistline could use a little less in the meantime.

Monday, July 21, 2014

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: 7/21/2014

"Since we cannot know all that there is to be known about anything, we ought to know a little about everything."
-- Blaise Pascal, French mathematician, physicist, and philosopher 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Too much stuff to do

I've got some things to do and people to help, so I'll be busier than usual. So, I won't be blogging this week. I'll blog again the week of July 21st, so come back then? Thanks, all!


DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know. . .
that The Beatles had the top five songs on the Billboard chart for a whole week in 1964?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

GHOST OF THE FOREST

The ghosts of the forest have been coming home for quite a few years now. Their packs are spreading. And, if you are lucky and in the right area, you may get a glimpse of one or two of them. As they run silently through the pine needles, and trees.
(Wolf photo by http://howlingforjustice.wordpress.com/category/wolf-delisting-lawsuit/)


A lot of people do not want them back. And then there are those who say it is time. Time to bring back a part of America that has been absent for too many years. I've heard coyotes howl in the night on many a hunting or fishing trip. I've heard them on my way back from a long day in the saddle. It's a sound that, after you have heard it enough times, it kind of makes you feel kinda lonesome somehow.

But when you hear a wolf howl, it's like you not only hear it, but you feel it, also. Once you hear that ghostly howl, you will always know the difference between the howl of a coyote and the howl of a wolf. It seems that when a wolf howls, the forest goes quiet. Even the sound of your campfire goes quiet also.

Is the ghost of the forest here to stay? Or will we again try to make him disappear as we have so many other types of animals in this world. The last wild one I ever saw was in Canada, so many years ago. A fleeting glance as it drifted through the trees. It glanced my way just briefly, without breaking stride. Its eyes. . . its eyes had the look of a hunter. Free and confident.

Monday, July 7, 2014

QUOTE OF THE WEEK : 7/7/14

"Laughter is an instant vacation."
-- Milton Berle, comedian and actor

Friday, July 4, 2014

What to do for the 4th of July

Those of you who are regular readers will probably remember that Jim's favorite nephew was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.

When that happened, we decided to adopt a soldier through Soldier's Angels. We have also supported the Green Beans Coffee's “Cup of Joe for a Joe” project in a small way over the past few years. It is a great way to say “thanks” to our deployed US troops by having a premium coffee delivered into the hands of a grateful service member overseas.

When the “Cup of Joe” project sent me information about collecting for a group donation, I had to say yes!

Sometimes, the troops who receive the coffee write a thank-you note in return. Here is one of the thank-you notes. 

I cannot explain how much the support from people like you back home means to us over here. These opportunities for coffee breaks really are a highlight to the deployment, a small reminder of home. If things go according to what is planned, I should redeploy and be able to spend the 4th of July in the USA! Almost there! Thanks again for your support and generosity. - CPT Jennifer

When we adopted soldiers, our commitment was to support them until their deployment was over. That was usually anywhere from 3 to 12 months. We have decided to support the Cup of Joe for a Joe project until the end of 2014 instead, for this year.

I hope that, as a group, we can provide at least 3,000 deployed troops with coffee by the end of the year. Will you please help us meet our goal of 3,000 cups of coffee?

Our group will be a little different than other groups in that we don’t work at the same place, we don’t worship at the same place, we don’t go to the same school, but are united for this common purpose.

Each cup is $2. Please contribute $2, $20, $100, $1,000 – whatever you feel you’d like to contribute to this project to help our service members know they are not forgotten and that we appreciate the sacrifices they make for us every day just for being there.

Thank you for supporting our troops in this way! Kathi (You can contribute through this link or donate button on the right. http://youcaring.com/coffeefortroops 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Dinesh D'Souza's "America"

We saw Dinesh D'Souza's movie America last night. It had great information and I learned things I didn't know before. I hope you get to see it.

Here's the trailer for the movie. I think you'll like it.



Wednesday, July 2, 2014

BEHIND

I'm behind in my blogging. Will try to catch up soon.

Have a good one.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

CLEAN PIPES

When my sister and I were in grade school, she in 3rd grade, me in 1st, we found out that helping around the house could be fun. We would take turns ironing pillow cases, towels, wash clothes, and handkerchiefs. We would take turns running the vacuum and dusting.

'Course, sometimes these things would have to be done over. And Grandmother would say "thank you" and my sister and I would then go off some place to play. Grandmother would then have to do some of the things over. We thought that we were being such a help. 

Then, we were shown how to wash dishes. Dishwashers were not really an everyday item in a lot of homes back then. They were done by hand. My sister would wash and rinse, and I would dry and put away the things in drawers. Plates and such had to be put away by Grandmother. 

One time, just before Christmas, Grandmother got out all of her good plates, silverware, gravy boat, and platters. She let me and my sister wash them up. I think we did a pretty good job of it. While we were busy with the dishes, our Grandfather walked into the kitchen smoking one of his favorite pipes. He watched us for a few minutes while he drank a cup of coffee. He made a comment about how dirty his pipes were. Every year, my sister and I bought Pappy pipe cleaners as a gift. Enough to last him almost the whole year! 

Well, we had already bought the pipe cleaners a few days before, and Grandmother wrapped them up for us to put under the tree. Pappy let us wash his coffee cup. He then went down into the basement to watch some TV. As I was drying the last fork and spoon, my sister made a comment about Pappy and those old stinky pipes of his. She said maybe we should wash them for him. It was Christmas Eve, and he would have all clean pipes Christmas morning. 

Yep, we washed them pipes. We washed them so good that the black yucky stuff in the bowls was all gone. The stems were shiny. All of that brown stuff on the outside of the bowls was gone. I had a hell of a time drying the bowls of those pipes, and my sister and I blew so much air through those stems to get them dry, that we were dizzy. We put the pipes back in the pipe rack and couldn't wait for Pappy to smoke from one of his clean pipes on Christmas morning.

The next morning, my sister and I were up early. Like, 5 a.m. early. We tried to be quiet as mice. (Yeah, like that would have happened.) Everyone finally got up. My sister and I were bouncing off the walls. Grandmother wanted to eat breakfast first. So, my sister and I had cold cereal with milk. Then we had a sugar rush going along with it being Christmas morning. None of the gifts had been opened. Pappy walked into the room with a cup of coffee and sat in his chair. 

He sat the coffee cup down, and picked up one of the pipes. He packed it with tobacco, lit a match, puffed once, puffed twice. He had kind of a funny look on his face, puffed again, looked at his pipe, smelled it. Then looked at the match he had used, smelled it, puffed again on the pipe. He then took a sip of coffee and put the pipe in his mouth. Puffed a few times and set the pipe down. He didn't pick it up again until after all the presents had been opened. 

He didn't relight the pipe; he dumped out the tobacco and put the pipe back in the rack. He had another cup of coffee, then went in to read the paper and smoke his pipe. This time, same pipe, he puffed and puffed and got the same funny look on his face. He looked at the pipe, and then looked at his pipe rack. He picked up one of them, and gave it a smell. He then picked up another pipe and smelled it. He got kind of red in the face. When we saw those little veins on his forehead sticking out, we knew we were in deep doo-doo. 

So, my sister and I did what every kid on the planet did back then. WE RAN! He didn't catch us, which is good. We went right to Grandmother and told her what we had done. She gave us a stern look, with a bit of a smirk, and then a grin, and then a laugh. Pappy came storming into the room. madder than an old goose. His face and head were so red, I'll bet we could have cooked an egg. He calmed down enough to let my sister explain. At least she didn't put all the blame on me.

From then on, we never touched Pappy's pipes. He still got pipe cleaners from us every year at Christmas until his last one. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

QUOTE OF THE WEEK : 6/23/14

"You can't stay in your corner of the forest for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes."

Winnie the Pooh

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A COWBOY QUOTE OR TWO

"Don't judge people by their relatives."
"Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer."
                         and
"Don't interfere with something that isn't bothering you none."

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

BOOKS : What would you take with you?

If you had to leave your home, if you had to leave your bug out location, knowing that you would not ever be able to return, and knowing that, at some point, you and family and friends would have to start all over again to rebuild your lives and homes --

what books would you take with you, or have with you, to help you rebuild? Think about it, and let me know in the comments what books you would have.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

ASKED BY A FRIEND - PREP

A buddy of mine called the other day and asked if he could ask a few questions about prepping. He has been "bitten," so to speak, and wanted to know what I thought. I told him that it is a good idea to do some prepping since we do not know if and when the SHTF, and that it is a good idea to be prepared for other types of disasters. He was concerned about firearms and what to get.

I told him not to worry about any new firearms right now (he has plenty). He would like to get an AR or an AK. He still has his pistols, shotguns, and hunting rifles and plenty of ammo. He also does some reloading. I told him these are fine for right now and that he needs to stock up on other things, without breaking his bank account. He has medical training, which is a plus for he and his family.

Now, we have done some camping, hunting, and fishing together over the years. He knows his way around the outdoors. I would trust him and we have had each other's back. He was worried and has been trolling the Internet for prepping. There is a lot out there, and plenty of things that you might need or think you need. But you need to look and take some of this with a grain or two of salt.

There is so much out there in terms of packs, bags, tents, tarps, tools, knives, kits, cookware, water purification, fuel enhancers, stoves, fire starters, pants, hats, and tons of other things that maybe you need. Or do you? I'm sure, a lot of us, are going to be using what we have had for years of camping and what not. And if/when the SHTF-- if you don't have it you will get it, if the need comes along, from somebody that didn't make it.

We covered quite a lot of topics and I gave out a few blogs for him to check out. He wondered if he got all of the stuff he and his family needed how he would be able to bug out if the need arose. You can only carry so much on your person. With what he has looked at and read, he said he would need a semi truck to move it all. So, we talked about having a bug out place, some land, maybe a cabin so he could store some of his preps there.

I feel for the guy. He has a lot to think about and lots more reading and such to do. He said he would be checking some of our blogs. He will try to cut back with his thinking that he needs all of this new stuff. 

'Course, there is some new stuff I wouldn't mind having my own self!

Monday, June 16, 2014

QUOTE OF THE WEEK : 6/16/14

"It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something."
--Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd U.S. President

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that you can call a group of ducks a flock, a brace, a badling, a sord, a plump, or a waddling? If they are flying together, they can be called a string, a skein, or a team. If they are just setting in the water, you can call them a paddling, a raft, or a bunch.

Myself, I call them yummy to eat. 

Now you know.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Blast From the Past: Betty Crocker's 1970 "Foods Men Like" (A Kathi Post)

I'll bet you never knew that there were foods that men like. This little booklet from Betty Crocker from 1970 has 28 recipes that men will like when you want to "say 'Thank you,' 'Please' or 'I'm sorry.'"

There are some standard recipes, such as Chile con Carne, Blueberry Cobbler, Hungarian Goulash. 

I had never heard of a Jelly Omelet until I saw this booklet. Basically, you make an omelet in which you drop 3 T. of jelly into the eggs. That sounds unappetizing to me, and I am sure that it's not something my man would like.

I can imagine that Jim would totally like the Chocolate Cake, especially with an ice cold glass of milk, though.

It's kinda fun to look at what a food company in 1970 thought would be foods that men like, even if I don't agree 100%. Well, at least the booklet was free.

Monday, June 9, 2014

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: 6/9/14

"The only good is the knowledge, and the only evil is the ignorance."

--Socrates, Greek philosopher

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Monday, June 2, 2014

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: 6/2/14

"Laughter is, by definition, healthy."
--Doris Lessing, Nobel Prize in Literature recipient

Thursday, May 29, 2014

BLAH

It's good that you can't hear my voice right now. I sound  like a cross between Andy Devine and Barry White, with a little bit of Popeye's girl Olive Oyl thrown in. I have a cough that rattles the dishes in the kitchen. And I should buy stock in Kleenex and toilet paper. 

'Course, to my way of thinking, a shot of Jack Daniels every couple of hours couldn't hurt much. Might even help some. Maybe some chicken soup, with a shot of Jack Daniels in the soup, and one on the side. The doctor says it is a combo of a bad cold and allergies thrown together. I'd rather have a combo from McDonald's. 

Maybe some Chinese food with that hot mustard they have. Oooh, some egg drop soup, with a splash of Jack Daniels. And a pupu platter. What is it they say? Starve a fever, feed a cold? Feed a fever, starve a cold? Aw, what the hell. Feed them both. But I must say, Kathi has been a real help. She keeps me on schedule with my pills and other meds. I seem to be a bit befuddled and I know that I have had a fever several times.

Also, I've answered the phone several times over the last few days and people think they have the wrong number. A friend told me it sounded like three people answered the phone at the same time. I called my aunt yesterday. She said she was sorry, but I must have the wrong number then hung up on me twice. I hate these springtime colds and seasonal allergies. They really mess with you.

So, watch yourselves. Stock up on your meds and allergy meds. And don't forget to also stock up on chicken soup and pupu platters. 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Cup of Joe for a Joe

Jim is feeling blechy, with a cold on top of seasonal allergies, so please read this post on our fundraising project to bring a little bit of home to deployed troops. Thank you. Kathi
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Those of you who are regular readers will probably remember that Jim's favorite nephew was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.

When that happened, we decided to adopt a soldier through Soldier's Angels. We have also supported the Green Beans Coffee's “Cup of Joe for a Joe” project in a small way over the past few years. It is a great way to say “thanks” to our deployed US troops by having a premium coffee delivered into the hands of a grateful service member overseas.

When the “Cup of Joe” project sent me information about collecting for a group donation, I had to say yes!

Sometimes, the troops who receive the coffee write a thank-you note in return. Here is one of the thank-you notes we received. (I removed the soldier’s name for her privacy) Mr. and Mrs. Noland, Thank you for your kind words and the COJ. We are doing great things in Afghanistan and will be back home soon! Take care, 1LT M---- R------, US Army

When we adopted soldiers, our commitment was to support them until their deployment was over. That was usually anywhere from 3 to 12 months. We have decided to support the Cup of Joe for a Joe project until the end of 2014 instead, for this year.

I hope that, as a group, we can provide at least 3,000 deployed troops with coffee by the end of the year. I hope that we can make a significant portion of that contribution by Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. Will you please help us meet our goal of 3,000 cups of coffee?

Our group will be a little different than other groups in that we don’t work at the same place, we don’t worship at the same place, we don’t go to the same school, but are united for this common purpose.

Each cup is $2. Please contribute $2, $20, $100, $1,000 – whatever you feel you’d like to contribute to this project to help our service members know they are not forgotten and that we appreciate the sacrifices they make for us every day just for being there.

We will share some of the thank-you notes that come in.

Thank you for supporting our troops in this way! Kathi (You can contribute through the link or donate button on the right.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Quote of the Week: 5/26/2014

"God sometimes removes a person from your life for your protection. Don't run after them.” 
Rick Warren, Pastor

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

LOVED ONES WITH FOUR LEGS

I would say that just about everyone has loved a pet of some kind. And, I would say that said pet was like one of the family. Also, I'm sure that there are a lot of people out there who have loved more than one pet in their lifetime. There are those out there who breed animals for profit and showing and for hunting. I have no problem with that.

I, myself, have had two wonderful dogs in my lifetime. My wife Kathi, has had at least three that I know of. We are dog people. Nothing against other types of pets, we just like dogs. My first wonderful dog was a little stray dog that was hanging around a college campus in Denver. When I got her home, and bathed her, and fed her, she slept for three days. 


She was part Terrier and Cocker Spaniel. She went with me everywhere -- camping, fishing (she would jump in after the fish),  and hiking. She once saved my grandmother from a attack by a German Shepard. She was hit by a car in 1980 on Halloween night. I buried her in our favorite spot up on the Gore.
You all know our dog Nugget. We have posted pictures of him more than once. On Thursday the 15th, our beloved Nugget had to be put down. I won't go into details, it is still too fresh on our minds. Just know that we were there with him when the end came. He was almost 13 years of age, and we had him since he was 6 weeks old.

You could look in his eyes and see that he seemed to have a very old soul. Plus you could see how bright he was. I swear that he could understand how we spelled certain words. Like truck, if you said truck, he would go bonkers and run to the back door with his leash in his mouth. He always went with us. If we spelled truck, same thing, bonkers, leash in his mouth, and right to the back door. He was loved and adored by family and friends.


Now, I'm going to say that I know there is a place in heaven for our pets. They will meet us when it is our turn to go. God gave us a soul and he gave animals a soul. 

Ever since I can remember, I have been able to see what are called auras, the life force around all of us. Nay-sayers, say what you will. I feel that it is a God given gift. I've watched family pass and have seen how their auras fade away. I've also seen it with pets and other animals. I have had people witness this ability.

Nugget, you touched so many people and their lives. And we will see you again when the time comes, Little Man.





Monday, May 19, 2014

Quote of the Week: 5/19/2014

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. ”
- Anatole France, French Poet





Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Another video: Jim and Marc Get in Trouble with Marc's Mom

Jim tells a story about how he and Marc got in trouble with Marc's mom for throwing snowballs at Marc's sister Tracy.
(ps -- I love the expression on his face here. He cracks me up! -- Kathi)

Monday, May 12, 2014

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

"Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you."
--Langston Hughes, American poet

Thursday, May 8, 2014

On Best Friends

Jim talks about his first best friend, Marc. 
My (Kathi) apologies for the not-so-great quality of the video. Next time we'll do this on purpose and I'll do a better job. 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

STASHING STUFF: II

For years, a lot of people did not trust banks. Grandma might stash her egg money in a mason jar then bury it in her flower garden that she could see from her kitchen window. Or granddad might bury some of his earnings, from selling hogs, in the hen house. The chickens were his alarm if someone or something was around the hen house. 

Sometimes, they might stash some cash in the root cellar or maybe out by that old truck next to the barn. Some might hide valuables behind a loose brick in the fireplace. One such occurance happened years ago in the town of Central City here in Colorado. One of the store keepers needed a place to stash some of his family's treasures. 

Against one of the inside walls to his store that was all brick, he found 4 loose bricks. He managed to remove the bricks and found that he could place a metal box on end in the wall and could then replace the bricks. Once the bricks were in place, he checked from several different angles and you could not tell that the bricks had been removed.

The store owner did not tell anyone in his family about his stash hole. In it he placed some of his wife's jewelry, a diamond necklace and matching earrings that had belonged to the wife's mother, a couple of stock certificates to one of the mines outside of town, some gold coins, and a pipe and a gold pocket watch that had been his father's. Years went by and his business was good. Then the flu epidemic hit the town. 

His wife caught the flu and passed. A few weeks later the store owner caught it also. He never told anybody about his stash. Years later all of the shops that were on main street were remodeled. Some opened as ice cream parlors, rock shops, or a little burger joint. Tourists came to Central City to pan gold or go on tours.The store from our story here was opened as one of them stores were you could buy cowboy hats, rubber tomahawks -- you know, the kind of tourist trap stores. 

Anyway, at the back of this store they had a glass case set up. In it was the contents of the metal box that had been in the wall for all of those years. The new owners wanted a bigger store, so they bought the shop next to them, and busted out the inside wall to make a large walkway between the shops. They found the box and contents. I must have been around 7 or so when I first got to see this stash.

Now its gone. Gambling is now the thing of Central City.

Another good place to maybe stash some of your stuff might be in your laundry room. Laundry soap has come a long way since I was a kid and the packaging has changed also. Tide, and some others, now have these little pod things with soap and brighteners and such. Most people buy more than one of these plastic containers. 

Why not, after using up all of those pod things, stash some of your goodies in the plastic container? Place it right back up on your laundry shelf with all of the other laundry goods you have. The containers are of a good size. You should be able to load it up pretty good. Just don't load it so heavy that you can't pick it up. When you need to stash things, try to "think outside the box." I've thought of some other places to stash things. But I'm going to save those ideas for now.

Monday, May 5, 2014

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: 5/5/14

"I've always tried to go a step past wherever people expected me to end up."
-- Beverly Sills, opera singer

Thursday, May 1, 2014

STASHING STUFF

Just about everybody stashes stuff around the house, in the garage, or shed, RV, truck, car, or even at work. People have a pretty good sense of how to go about stashing things.

The things that get stashed are varied also. Kids, might stash their favorite toys, CD's, books, and who knows what else. As a child I stashed one of my favorite toy pistols, a German Lugar, that I still have to this day. A few old Hot Wheels cars that have seen better days. Some marbles and other items that I cherished as a child.

Today though, we stash other things, that are more valuable. Coins, paper money, stocks, bonds, gold, silver, paintings, books, maps, firearms, and ammo. The list could go on and on.

Some times we go to great lengths to stash and protect our things. There is the story of the old couple that stashed thousands of dollars in seal-able plastic bags and placed the bags in ice trays in the freezer of their refrigerator. They had filled the trays with water, put the mechanism that you pull up on to break the ice cubes out on top of the plastic bags. They had filled so many trays, that there was no room for anything else in the freezer. If I remember right, the little freezer in the fridge held like $20,000 dollars or so. 

They found other stashes around the house, in the basement, under the stairs, in the garage, in tool boxes. All told, these old folks had close to $300,000. It was back in the early sixties, when I was told about it.

Stashing stuff of value can be a good thing as long as you can remember where you stash things.

A good little stash would be to take a empty pepper can, pop the lid off, rinse it out. let it dry, and you could stash cash or jewelry in it. Now, people I know buy several cans of pepper at a time. When you stash some of your stuff in one I would put that stash right back up on the shelf with the rest of the cans of pepper and other spices. That pepper can will hold quite a bit of cash. And the lid will pop on and off, so you can get to your stash in a hurry if you need to.

That's just one little idea for a quick stash. Next time, we will check out a bigger type of stash.

Monday, April 28, 2014

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: 4/28/14

"The world stands aside to let anyone pass who knows where he is going."
--David Starr Jordan, ichthyologist and peace activist

Monday, April 21, 2014

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: 4/21/14

"A smile is a curve that sets everything straight."

-- Phyllis Diller, American comedian

Friday, April 18, 2014

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.

This is FASCINATING !!
WORLD MURDER STATISTICS
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
NO MURDER OCCURRENCE!
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!