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It Wasn’t Our Day

They had a great year!

Ticking People Off

I just came across a list called “How to Tick People Off”. These are some of the ones I thought were pretty funny! 4. If you have a glass eye, tap on it occasionally with your pen while talking to others. 19. Decline to be seated at a restaurant, and simply eat their complimentary mints […]

Ruby, Please Bring Your Bottles to Town

My son and I love Ruby Red Squirt! We definitely drink it more than any other pop. But, within the last month, we hadn’t been able to find it anywhere! None of the grocery stores carry it. Nothing at Target or even Walmart. We thought that this was the end – we would never drink […]

“Can’t I Have It Right Away?”

I spent many years in jobs related to the printing industry. I came across this poem, and what it says is as true today as it was when written in 1904. “CAN’T I HAVE IT RIGHT AWAY?” By Strickland W. Gillilan I sat beside the estimator’s desk one afternoon— He hadn’t had a smell of […]


I want to introduce you to our almost 9 month old puppy.  His name is Chester and he is a Golden Retriever.  We got Chester back in July.  He is a big boy – 80 lbs.  We never had a dog before, so this has been an interesting experience.  He just started training classes.  He […]

Wordless Wednesday: Our Orchid Finally Blooms Again!


Well, I hope to be posting more often again. My laptop issue has been resolved!

Down and out

Obviously I haven’t written a new post lately. My laptop is dying. After being on for about 10 minutes, it shuts itself off. I think it is overheating. The fan runs constantly. Good times. So, it hasn’t been as convenient for me to blog. I hope to be back soon though!

Blue Eyes

According to a Danish researcher, if you have blue eyes, you’re related to a common ancestor. He found that every blue-eyed person descended from one person whose genes mutated some 6,000 to 10,000 years ago. Before that, everyone had brown eyes. Geneticist Hans Eiberg says that blue eyes occur when the human default – brown […]

Futurliner and the “Parade of Progress”

A few days ago, I came across a posting on Autoblog about a 1939 GM Futurliner that is up for sale on eBay. I remember seeing one of these once but, for the life of me, I can’t remember where it was! So, what is a Futurliner? Futurliners are a group of 12 stylized buses […]


Less than two weeks ago, I wrote how warm it was and how it felt like Spring. Well, that’s just a faded memory now! It was 2°F when I woke up this morning and has warmed all the way up to 10°F at 4 pm. I guess it’s a good day to sit home and […]

It “Feels” Like Spring

The last couple of days have felt wonderful. The temperatures have been in the low 60’s – 30 degrees above normal! We had 7″ of snow on the ground a week ago, and it’s all gone now. It felt nice to go outside without a coat on! But alas, it’s only January. Spring around here […]

Old Maps, Ancient Trees

In the UK, 200 year old maps are being used to locate ancient trees. These maps show how the landscape use to look before deforestation, and also help to show where the ancient survivors are located. Ordnance Survey/Landmark has compiled a digital archive from more than 1000 maps which will be used to build the […]

Origins of Christmas Things

Have you ever wondered about the history of some of the Christmas items we are so familiar with? Here are a few examples: Christmas Lights – The use of small candles to light a Christmas tree dates back to the middle 17th century. The candles were glued with melted wax to a branch or attached […]

Catching Up to the Joneses

The U.S. Census Bureau has released a new report analyzing the most common surnames. Smith remains on top, followed by Johnson, Williams, Brown and Jones. What’s interesting is that, for the first time, two Hispanic names have cracked the top 10. Garcia comes in at number 8, and Rodriguez at number 9. You can search […]

It’s a Grand!

We went to pick out our Christmas tree tonight. We’ve been getting Fraser Firs for many years. This year we decided to try something different. The first tree we came to was called a Grand Fir. We had never heard of it before. They told us it’s common in the Pacific Northwest. It’s much softer […]

Evel Knievel and Topinka’s

Evel Knievel passed away today. He made quite an impact on us kids in the 70’s. Soon after we moved from California, we were eating dinner at Topinka’s, a long-closed restaurant at Seven Mile & Telegraph roads. It was September 8th, 1974, and Evel was attempting to jump the Snake River Canyon in Idaho. I […]

Buried Belvedere

As Oklahoma celebrated its 50th anniversary of statehood in 1957, the city of Tulsa commemorated the occasion by sealing a gold and white 1957 Plymouth Belvedere Sport Coupe in a watertight concrete vault under the lawn of the Tulsa County Courthouse. The car would be unearthed 5o years later, in 2007. Among the items included […]

My, how you’ve grown!

For those of you who haven’t seen Oscar in a while, here he is. I bought him last year around Labor Day. He was only about an inch long at the time, but now he’s close to 9″. I feed him mostly commercial pellet food, but he also nibbles on raw fish, lettuce, earthworms, beefheart […]