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Monday, May 27, 2013

Notes From Tacky Cards

"I've always wanted to have someone to hold, someone to love.
After having met you, I've changed my mind."

"Looking back over the years that we've been together,
I can't help but wonder: What the heck was I thinking?"

"As the days go by,
 I think of how lucky I am that you're not
 here to ruin it for me."

"Congratulations on your promotion.
 Before you go, I would like you to take this knife
out of my back. You'll probably need it again."

"Someday I hope to get married, but not to you."

"I just want you to know that I'm sorry for what happened, especially since you survived."

"Happy Birthday! You look great for your age...
Almost Lifelike!"

"Congratulations on getting married!
It's not every day you decide to ruin your life!"

"I always wanted to be rich, powerful, and well respected.
While I'm dreaming, I wish you weren't so darn ugly."

A Little Advice

1. If you want your dreams to come true, don't oversleep.

2. The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention.

3. Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.

4. The best vitamin for making friends....B1.

5. The 10 commandments are not multiple choices.

6. The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.

7. Minds are like parachutes...they function only when open.

8. Ideas won't work unless YOU do.

9. One thing you can't recycle is wasted time.

10. One who lacks the courage to start has already finished.

11. The heaviest thing to carry is a grudge.

12. Don't learn safety rules by accident.

13. We lie the loudest when we lie to ourselves.

14. Jumping to conclusions can be bad exercise.

15. A turtle makes progress when it sticks its head out.

16. One thing you can give and still keep your word.

17. A friend walks in when everyone else walks out.

18. The pursuit of happiness is: the chase of a lifetime!

This Is Remarkable!

Take four minutes to look at this. The skill of the performers is amazing. They tell a life story in shadows, I have not seen anything similar ever done.

Click Here for the video.

We Know We're Getting Dumber When?

1.   You accidentally enter your password on the microwave.

2.  You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.

3.  You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three.

4.  You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you. 

5.  Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses.
6.  You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in your groceries.
7.  Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen.
8.  Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't have the first 20 or 30 (or 60)  years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it. 
10.  You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee. 
11.  You're reading this and nodding and laughing. 
12.  Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message. 
13.  You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list. 
14.  You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on this list.

And you know this applies to other computer addicted friends and none of you would log off in fear of missing something! 

Twenty Years Ago

Twenty Years Ago:
Miss Lichtig receives an apple from an anonymous student
and shows it to her fellow teachers.
  Miss Lichtig receives a package from an anonymous student
 and shows it to the bomb squad.

Twenty Years Ago:
  Ed Navis, the class clown, is caught reading Playboy.

 Mrs. McMahon, the art teacher, is caught posing for Playboy.
Twenty Years Ago:
 Nurse Dweezel treats the fifth grade's first case of whooping cough.
 Nurse Dweezel treats the fifth grade's first case of morning sickness
Twenty Years Ago:
 Students find mercury, lead and cobalt on the periodic table.
 Students find mercury, lead and cobalt in the drinking water.
Twenty Years Ago:
 Each class begins with "Show and Tell."
 Each class begins with "Search and Frisk."

Remembering Our Heroes Of All Nations Past And Present On This Memorial Day

The Keepers of Our Liberty
Those men and women
Brave and true,
Who risk their lives for me and you
so that we can have tomorrow.
 If tomorrow starts without them
 And they're not here to see
 The sunrise in the sky
 Or the birds upon the tree
Remember they gave their lives
For you and me.
They've fought in bloody battles
On the land, in the air and sea.
They've fought in mud and sand and dust
Fighting enemies wherever they must.
Even tho some wars are unjust
They gave their lives
For you and me.
As tomorrow starts without them,
We'll keep this special day.
A time apart, to show from the heart
Our thanks in every way.
Now they rest in Gods arms you see,
Because they gave their lives 
For you and me. 

Sandi V.

The Green Book

                                                   From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

The other evening I was watching a program on PBS and they mentioned a book called "The Green Book" for African - Americans back in the late 1940's.

The GREEN BOOK with its list of hotels, boarding houses, restaurants, beauty shops, barber shops and various other services can most certainly help solve your travel problems. It was the idea of Victor H. Green, the publisher, in introducing the Green Book, to save the travelers of his race as many difficulties and embarrassments as possible.”

I did a search and I came up with this site: Click here and you can view a pdf. file of the book.

Source: Internet

Compound Tomato Pills

Did you know tomatoes were sold as medicine in the 1830's?

In November 1834, Dr. John Cook Bennett announced that tomatoes could be used to treat diarrhea, nausea, indigestion and even fight Cholera.  Bennett went as far as to predict that a chemical extract of the tomatoes would replace Calomel – a toxic substance used frequently by the physicians then for its laxative effect. Bennett resigned from the study in 1836 however, due to ill health.

There were also other claims made by researchers that tomato sauce remove headaches, improve bowel movement and relive tightness in one’s chest.

The health claims made by the various researchers were quickly undone in modern day’s ketchup with the addition of salt, sugar and preservative.

The most popular recognition of tomatoes’ medical benefits came with the launch of Dr. Miles’ Compound Extract of Tomato and Dr. Phelps Tomato Pill Box.

The former, named after its creator, Archibald Miles, is a series of pills that possess an extract of tomato.

The pills were said to have an effect on our biliary organs and were sold at 50 cents per bottle. The Compound Extract of Tomato was a cure for a wide range of diseases, from cold to liver infection and like what Bennett predicted, indigestion as well.

Tomatoe extract was said to be an effective medicine.

The mania for tomato pills only lasted till the 1840 as Phelps ended his advertising in spring while Miles, in summer.

Source: Internet

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Elvis A. Presley

I found a great website that you may not be aware of. It is the Elvis Presley's Australia Fan Club. It has photos and history and music mp3's. I am posting a link from my site to theirs.

Click Here to go to their site.

Memorial Day Grilling Safety Tips

Smoke formed from charcoal and food contains known carcinogens. Take a few extra steps while grilling this Memorial Day to minimize the damage of these cancer-causing agents.

The smells of barbecue sauce and sizzling hot dogs signal the beginning of outdoor grilling season. However, many are unaware of the detrimental health effects caused by improper grilling. Cancer-causing agents could be deposited on the meats and other grilled food if the right steps aren't taken to insure proper grilling techniques.

"High-heat grilling can convert proteins in red meat, pork, poultry, and fish into heterocyclic amines (HCAs)," according to the Dana-Farber Cancer Center. HCAs are associated with several cancers including breast, colon, stomach and prostate cancers.

When fats and juices from the meat drip down and generate smoke, a cancer-causing chemical called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) is formed and deposits onto the food.

Vegetables are a better alternative for the grill because they don't contain as many precursors to carcinogens as meat. Vegetables also take less time to cook, minimizing time to form or  be exposed to carcinogens.

Cook with caution by following these safety tips to ensure that your grilling experience will be safe this Memorial Day.

5 Tips For Healthy Grilling:

1.     Choose meats that are lean, such as chicken, fish, and beef which are at least 93 percent lean-dark meats over light meat. These choices tend to cause less dripping which produces less smoke.

2.     Clean your grill prior to using it. Removing the debris and old "gunk" will help to decrease the smoke.

3.     Line the grill with foil and poke small holes in it so the fat can still drip off, but the amount of smoke passing over the meat is reduced.

4.     Use marinades, they produce smaller amounts of carcinogenic HCA and PAH when cooked. A study conducted at Kansas State University found an 87 percent decrease in the HCA when using marinades.

5. Precook your foods so they spend less time on the grill, minimizing Memorial Day Grilling Safety Tips For Reducing Carcinogens In Your Food  exposure to carcinogens.

Source: Internet


Sunday, May 19, 2013

In 1958...,

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day...& Grandmas, Too!"

While we honor all our mothers with words of love and praise

While we tell about their goodness and their kind and loving ways

We should also think of grandma She's a mother, too, you see

For she mothered my dear mother as my mother mothers me! 

Author: Unknown

Friday, May 10, 2013

"Warshing" Clothes Recipe

Never  thought of a "warsher" in this light before...what a  blessing!   "Warshing  Clothes Recipe" -- imagine having a recipe for  this! Years ago, an Alabama grandmother gave the  new bride the following recipe exactly  as written and found in an old scrapbook with  spelling errors and all.


Build  fire in backyard to heat kettle of rain  water.

Set  tubs so smoke wont blow in eyes if wind is  pert.

Shave  one hole cake of lie soap in boilin  water.
Sort things, make 3 piles -- 1 pile  white, 1 pile colored, 1 pile work britches and  rags.

To make starch, stir flour in cool  water to smooth, then thin down with boiling  water.

Take white things, rub dirty spots on  board, scrub hard, and boil, then rub colored don't  boil just wrench and starch.
Take things out  of kettle with broom stick handle, then wrench, and  starch.

Hang old rags on fence.

Spread  tea towels on grass.

Pore wrench water in  flower bed. Scrub  porch with hot soapy water.
Turn tubs upside  down.

Go put on clean dress, smooth hair with  hair combs.
Brew  cup of tea, sit, rock a spell, and count yore  blessings.

"Warshing"  Clothes Recipe

Paste  this over your washer and dryer. The next time you  think things are bleak, read it again, kiss that  washing machine and dryer, and give thanks. The  first thing each morning ,you should run and hug  your washer and dryer.
For  non-Southerners - wrench means rinse  

Monday, May 6, 2013

"Great," Deep South Recipes

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

13 Rules You Did Not Learn In School

Here are some basic rules that children should be learning in school, but unfortunately don’t. Not all of these have to do with academics.

Rule #1: Life is not fair. Get used to it. The average teenager uses the phrase, “It’s not fair” 8.6 times a day.

Rule #2: The real world won’t care as much about your self-esteem as much as your school does. It’ll expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself. This may come as a shock. Usually, when inflated self-esteem meets reality, kids complain it’s not fair.
Rule #3: Sorry, you won’t make $40,000 a year right out of high school. And you won’t be a vice president or have a car phone either. You may even have to wear a uniform that doesn’t have a label.

Rule #4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure, so he tends to be a bit edgier. When you screw up, he’s not going to ask you how you feel about it.

Rule #5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grand-parents had a different word of burger flipping. They called it “opportunity”. They weren’t embarrassed making minimum wage either. They would have been embarrassed to sit around talking about Kurt Cobain all weekend.

Rule #6: It’s not your parents’ fault. If you screw up, you are responsible. This is the flip side of “It’s my life,” and “You’re not the boss of me,” and other eloquent proclamations of your generation. When you turn 18, it’s on your dime. Don’t whine about it, or you’ll sound like a baby boomer.

Rule #7: Your school may have done away with winners and losers. Life hasn’t. In some schools, they’ll give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. Failing grades have been abolished and class valedictorians scrapped, lest anyone’s feelings be hurt. Effort is as important as results. This, of course, bears not the slightest resemblance to anything in real life.

Rule #8: Life is not divided into semesters, and you don’t get summers off. Not even Easter break. They expect you to show up every day. For eight hours. And you don’t get a new life every 10 weeks. It just goes on and on. While we’re at it, very few jobs are interesting in fostering your self-expression or helping you find yourself. Fewer still lead to self-realization.

Rule #9: Television is not real life. Your life is not a sitcom. Your problems will not all be solved in 30 minutes, minus time for commercials. In real life, people actually have to leave the coffee shop to go to jobs. Your friends will not be as perky or pliable as Jennifer Aniston.

Rule #10: Be nice to nerds. You may end up working for them. We all could.

Rule #11: Smoking does not make you look cool. It makes you look moronic. Next time you’re out cruising, watch an 11-year-old with a butt in his mouth. That’s what you look like to anyone over 20. Ditto for “expressing yourself” with purple hair and/or pierced body parts.

Rule #12: You are not immortal. If you are under the impression that living fast, dying young and leaving a beautiful corpse is romantic, you obviously haven’t seen one of your peers at room temperature lately.

Rule #13: Enjoy your youth time while you can. Sure parents are a pain, school is a bother and life is depressing but someday you’ll realize how wonderful it was to be a kid. Maybe you should start now.

By Charles J. Sykes
Printed in San Diego Union Tribune
September 19, 1996

Interesting Animal Facts

All species have their own unique abilities.

Humans have highly developed brains. Ants never sleep. Elephants can smell water 3 miles away. Snails can grow new eyes…

Enjoy this little journey to the miraculous world of animals. Hope you learn a thing or two along the way!

  1. Australian termites can build mounds twenty feet high and at least 100 feet wide.
  2. Birds don’t urinate.
  3. Ants never sleep. Also they don’t have lungs. Worker ants may live seven years and the queen may live as long as 15 years.
  4. Horses and cows sleep while standing up.
  5. If you lift a kangaroo’s tail off the ground it can’t hop – they use their tails for balance.
  6. The horn of a rhinoceros is made from compacted hair rather than bone or another substance.
  7. The bat is the only mammal that can fly. The leg bones of a bat are so thin that no bat can walk.
  8. Bats always turn left when leaving a cave.
  9. A tarantula spider can survive for more than two years without food.
  10. Even when a snake has its eyes closed, it can still see through its eyelids.
  11. Despite the white, fluffy appearance of Polar Bears fur, it actually has black skin.
  12. The average housefly only lives for 2 or 3 weeks.
  13. Male mosquito's do not bite, only female mosquito bites.
  14. For every human in the world there are one million ants.
  15. For every person there are roughly 200 million insects.
  16. Even a small amount of alcohol placed on a scorpion will make it go crazy and sting itself to death!
  17. Alligators and sharks can live up to 100 years.
  18. Rats breed so quickly that in just 18 months, 2 rats could have created over 1 million relatives.
  19. A bee must visit 4,000 flowers in order to make one tablespoon of honey.
  20. A honeybee has two stomachs- one for honey, one for food.
  21. A bee can see the colors green, blue and ultra-violet – but red looks like black.
  22. Great white Sharks can go as long as three months without eating.
  23. Mayflies live for a year or more as larvae; but as adults they live for only a few hours.
  24. Killer whales kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark’s stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.
  25. Killer whales are not whales at all, rather a species of dolphin.
  26. Most elephants weigh less than the tongue of a blue whale. The heart of a blue whale is the size of a small car.
  27. A cockroach can survive for about a week without its head before dying of starvation.
  28. When a dolphin is sick or injured, its cries of distress summon immediate aid from other dolphins, who try to support it to the surface so that it can breathe.
  29. A dragonfly can spot an insect moving 33 feet away.
  30. The heart of a shrimp is located in its head.
  31. A snail can sleep for 3 years.
  32. The oceans contain 99 percent of the living space on the planet.
  33. The fastest bird, the spine-tailed swift, can fly as fast as 106mph.
  34. A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.
  35. A newborn kangaroo is about 1 inch in length. It then grows inside its mother’s bag.
  36. Dolphins sleep with one half of the brain at a time, and one eye closed.
  37. The leech has 32 brains.
  38. Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from the blowing sand.
  39. The average outdoor-only cat has a lifespan of about three years. Indoor-only cats can live sixteen years and longer.
  40. It takes a lobster about seven years to grow to be one pound.
  41. On average, pigs live for about 15 years.
  42. Sharks are the only animals that never get sick. They are immune to every type of disease including cancer.
  43. Goat’s eyes have rectangular pupils.
  44. The placement of a donkey’s eyes in its head enables it to see all four feet at all times.
  45. A dolphin’s hearing is so acute that it can pick up an underwater sound from fifteen miles away.
  46. A mosquito has 47 teeth.
  47. No two zebras have the same markings.
  48. Butterflies taste with their hind feet.
  49. The sex organ on a male spider is located at the end of one of its legs.
  50. Birds do not sleep in their nests. They may occasionally nap in them, but they actually sleep in other places.
  51. Lobsters can live up to 50 years.
  52. The ears of a cricket are located on the front legs, just below the knee.
  53. Bees have five eyes. There are 3 small eyes on the top of a bee’s head and 2 larger ones in front.
  54. It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.
  55. Polar bears cannot be detected by infrared cameras, due to their transparent fur.
  56. A snail only mates once.
  57. Flies have 4000 lenses in each eye.
  58. Shrimp can only swim backwards.
  59. The owl can catch a mouse in utter darkness, guided only by tiny sounds made by its prey.
  60. Strands of spider web are stronger than steel wire of the same thickness.
  61. Squirrels can climb trees faster than they can run on the ground.
  62. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
  63. Rattlesnakes gather in groups to sleep through the winter. Sometimes up to 1,000 of them will coil up together to keep warm.
  64. Cows have four stomachs.
  65. The honey bee has been around for 30 million years.
  66. An elephant can smell water up to 3 miles away.
  67. If you cut off a snail’s eye, it will grow a new one.
  68. Oysters can change from one gender to another and back again depending on which is best for mating.
  69. A starving mouse will eat it’s own tail.
  70. Sharks have been around longer than dinosaurs.
  71. A butterfly has 12,000 eyes.
  72. The lifespan of 75% of wild birds is 6 months.
  73. A Giraffe has the same number of bones in its neck as a man.
  74. The blue whale is the largest of all whales and is also considered the largest animal to have ever existed in the world.
  75. An adult lion’s roar can be heard up to five miles away, and warns off intruders or reunites scattered members of the pride.
  76. Many fish can change sex during the course of their lives. Others, especially rare deep-sea fish, have both male and female sex organs.
  77. The average hen lays 257 eggs a year.
  78. A scallop has 35 blue eyes.
  79. When a dog licks you with a straight tongue, he’s saying “I Love You.”
  80. Spiders are believed to have existed for more than 300 million years.
  81. Dinosaurs lived on Earth for around 165 million years before they became extinct.
  82. We humans share 98.4% of our DNA with a chimp.
  83. Each year, insects eat 1/3 of the earth’s food crop.
  84. The blood of mammals is red, the blood of insects is yellow, and the blood of lobsters is blue.
  85. You should not eat a crawfish with a straight tail. It was dead before it was cooked.
  86. Of all known forms of animals life ever to inhabit the Earth, only about 10 percent still exist today.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Giving When It Counts

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare and serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year-old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, “Yes, I’ll do it if it will save her.”

As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheeks. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, “Will I start to die right away?”.

Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.

Author Unknown

Benefits Of Struggling

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared, he sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole.

Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and it could go no farther. Then the man decided to help the butterfly, so he took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily.

But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time.
Neither happened!

In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings.

It never was able to fly.

What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were God’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If God allowed us to go through our life without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been.

And we could never fly.

Author Unknown