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Coming soon! I’m going to the small town of Mitchell, Oregon to watch from my aunt’s ranch. They are expecting literally bumper-to-bumper traffic even in small out-of-the-way places like Mitchell. It might be more fun to watch the people as watch the eclipse.

Be sure to follow the safety guidelines as outlined by NASA here. You can get eclipse viewing glasses from Eclipse2017.org here.

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Maxine for president?

From the internet…

Maxine for president?

Everyone concentrates on the problems we’re having in this country lately — illegal immigration, hurricane recovery, alligators attacking people in Florida …

… not me — I concentrate on solutions for the problems — it’s a win-win situation.

  • Dig a moat the length of the Mexican border.
  • Send the dirt to New Orleans to raise the level of the levees.
  • Put the Florida alligators in the moat along the Mexican border.

Any other problems you would like for me to solve today? Yes!

Think about this:

  1. Cows
  2. The Constitution
  3. The Ten Commandments

COWS

Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that during the mad cow epidemic our government could track a single cow, born in Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall where she slept in the state of Washington? And, they tracked her calves to their stalls. But they are unable to locate 12 million illegal aliens wandering around our country. Maybe we should give each of them a cow.

THE CONSTITUTION

They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for Iraq …. why don’t we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it has worked for over 200 years, and we’re not using it anymore.

THE 10 COMMANDMENTS

The real reason that we can’t have the Ten Commandments posted in a courthouse is this — you cannot post ‘Thou Shalt Not Steal’ ‘Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery’ and ‘Thou Shall Not Lie’ in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians … it creates a hostile work environment.

Also, think about this … if you don’t want to share this for fear of offending someone — Stand up and dare to be politically incorrect.

5-minute Chocolate Cake

From the internet, original source unknown…

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THE 5 MINUTE CHOCOLATE CAKE FOR ONE PERSON… LOOK OUT WORLD!!

5 MINUTE CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE

4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
A small splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug (Microwave Safe)

  1. Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well.
  2. Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
  3. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well..
  4. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.

Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts.  The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don’t be alarmed!  Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.  EAT ! (this can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous). 

And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world?  Because now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night!

Extreme Shepherding – the story behind the video

Working for Farmers Weekly has its advantages. If you ever want a bit of gossip or insider information about farming, there’s usually someone around who’ll tell you. I’ve managed, therefore, to find out some more about the Extreme Shepherding video that has taken Youtube (or should that be Ewetube) by storm and got nearly 3m …

Source: Extreme Shepherding – the story behind the video


Extreme shepherding – more details

By on March 27, 2009 

 

Samsung has been in touch about the sheep video that’s taking the internet by storm.

The 2 minute 45 second spot, set near a 13th century Welsh castle called Caregg Cennen, has now had nearly 4 million hits.

According to the creators, it works online because it is “completely original and unvarnished”.

The internet rewards newness – anything that pushes things to the limits,” says Daniel Evans, a creative director from Viral Factory, the company that made it.

“It’s respected because we were able to create it with just time and energy. It’s not some glossy, unattainable advert.”

It features shepherds and their highly trained dogs herding sheep (wearing jackets with LED lights on) through intricately coordinated stunts.

A total of 400 sheep were used in the unscripted video, 200 black and 200 white, and 43,000 lights.

The vid was released to help market Samsung Electronics’ 2009 LED TVs – it works, they say, by linking smart dogs, smart shepherds, and the company’s smart LED technology.

 

Crocus

 

The crocuses are in bloom. The idea of blooming crocuses has sent me meandering down the Google path looking up one thing and then inspired to follow another. I’ll share a bit of my mindless travels brought to me by the spring air and sounds of lawn mowers.

Crocus (English plural: crocuses or croci) is a genus of flowering plants in the iris family comprising 90 species of perennials growing from corms. Many are cultivated for their flowers appearing in autumn, winter, or spring. Crocuses are native to woodland, scrub, and meadows from sea level to alpine tundra in central and southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, on the islands of the Aegean, and across Central Asia to Xinjiang Province in western China.

I had always assumed that Crocus were from England, as are so many of our lovely flowers. Where did Crocus come about their name? Google doesn’t say much.

In Classical mythology, Crocus (Greek: ??????) was a mortal youth who, because they were unhappy with his love affair with Smilax, was turned by the gods into a plant bearing his name, the crocus (saffron). Smilax is believed to have been given a similar fate and transformed into bindweed.

In another variation of the myth, Crocus was said to be a companion of Hermes and was accidentally killed by the god in a game of discus. Hermes was so distraught at this that he transformed Crocus’ body into a flower. The myth is similar to that of Apollon and Hyacinthus, and may indeed be a variation thereof.

In his translation of Nonnos’ Dionysiaca, W.H.D. Rouse describes the tale of Crocus as being from the late Classical period and little-known.

Interesting that in the first story a love is involved, it seems that is often the case with mythology.


Crocus. (2014, December 8). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 22:27, January 7, 2015, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Crocus&oldid=637228891

Crocus (mythology). (2015, January 4). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 22:28, January 7, 2015, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Crocus_(mythology)&oldid=640907783

Thanks Grandma

I was sorting through files on one of the computers to get ready to upload them to the cloud and I came across this note. It was written in 1998, my grandmother died in 2014 at the age of 103. I never sent it. It would have been so easy to. I post it here so that others might remember to write their grandmother.


 

I’m always forgetting to write to tell you thank you for the gifts and things you do for me.  You have been so faithful – always sending at least a card for every birthday and Christmas since I was little child. It’s not that I don’t appreciate it, it’s just that I’m often in my own world – thinking of everything, worrying about nothing, and forgetting the simple, day-to-day things that are the most important.  Things like saying “Thank you” in a timely manner.

 I want to tell you how much you have meant to me – not just the gifts you have given over the years – but you.  You are my inspiration to appreciate my surroundings and live life completely and to its fullest.  Without you, I would never have developed my love of the outdoors, courage around horses, and ability to learn to do anything with my hands.  The sewing, shooting, drawing, and painting that you taught me has transitioned to driving school bus, training dogs, and tearing appart computers.  Because of the love for the outdoors you have given me, I could never live in town or somewhere that I can’t have my animals close.  I need to see the trees, hear the birds, and smell life often and without interuption.  These are some of the gifts you have given me – I don’t know how I could ever thank you enough.

Please accept these few words that contain a lifetime of gratitude.

Thank you grandma, I love you.

A Thousand Marbles

Found on the internet:

 

May your Saturday mornings be special.

The older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday mornings. Perhaps it’s the quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise, or maybe it’s the unbounded joy of not having to be at work. Either way, the first few hours of a Saturday morning are most enjoyable.

A few weeks ago, I was shuffling toward the basement shack with a steaming cup of coffee in one hand and the morning paper in the other. What began as a typical Saturday morning, turned into one of those lessons that life seems to hand you from time to time. Let me tell you about it.

I turned the dial up into the phone portion of the band on my ham radio in order to listen to a Saturday morning swap net. Along the way, I came across an older sounding chap, with a tremendous signal and a golden voice. You know the kind, he sounded like he should be in the broadcasting business. He was telling whoever he was talking with something about “a thousand marbles.”

I was intrigued and stopped to listen to what he had to say. “Well, Tom, it sure sounds like you’re busy with your job. I’m sure they pay you well but it’s a shame you have to be away from home and your family so much. Hard to believe a young fellow should have to work sixty or seventy hours a week to make ends meet. Too bad you missed your daughter’s dance recital.”

He continued, “let me tell you something Tom, something that has helped me keep a good perspective on my own priorities.”

And that’s when he began to explain his theory of a “thousand marbles.”

“You see, I sat down one day and did a little arithmetic. The average person lives about seventy-five years. I know, some live more and some live less, but on average, folks live about seventy-five years.”

“Now then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3900 which is the number of Saturdays that the average person has in their entire lifetime. Now stick with me Tom, I’m getting to the important part.”

“It took me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all this in any detail”, he went on, “and by that time I had lived through over twenty-eight hundred Saturdays. I got to thinking that if I lived to be seventy-five, I only had about a thousand of them left to enjoy.”

“So I went to a toy store and bought every single marble they had. I ended up having to visit three toy stores to round-up 1,000 marbles. I took them home and put them inside of a large, clear plastic container right here in the shack next to my gear. Every Saturday since then, I have taken one marble out and thrown it away.”

“I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused more on the really important things in life. There is nothing like watching your time here on this earth run out to help get your priorities straight.”

“Now let me tell you one last thing before I sign-off with you and take my lovely wife out for breakfast. This morning, I took the very last marble out of the container. I figure if I make it until next Saturday then I have been given a little extra time. And the one thing we can all use is a little more time.”

“It was nice to meet you Tom, I hope you spend more time with your family, and I hope to meet you again here on the band. 73 Old Man, this is K9NZQ, clear and going QRT, good morning!”

You could have heard a pin drop on the band when this fellow signed off. I guess he gave us all a lot to think about. I had planned to work on the antenna that morning, and then I was going to meet up with a few hams to work on the next club newsletter. Instead, I went upstairs and woke my wife up with a kiss. “C’mon honey, I’m taking you and the kids to breakfast.”

“What brought this on?” she asked with a smile. “Oh, nothing special, it’s just been a long time since we spent a Saturday together with the kids.

Hey, can we stop at a toy store while we’re out? I need to buy some marbles.”

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A Holding Pattern

Found on the Internet:

A Holding Pattern

Many times God will allow a painful situation or a painful circumstance in our life to “swallow us up.” This season in our spiritual growth is a holding pattern.

We can’t move to the left or the right. All we can do is sit, like Jonah sat in the belly of that great fish, so God can have our undivided attention and speak to us.

God put Jonah in a holding pattern because He needed to speak to his heart. Jonah was all alone. There were no friends to call, no colleagues to drop by, no books to read, no food to eat, no interference’s, and no interruptions.

He had plenty of time to sit, think, meditate, and pray. When we’re deep down in the midst of a difficult situation, God can talk to us. When He has our undivided attention, He can show us things about ourselves that we might not otherwise have seen.

A Few Of God’s Holding Patterns:

  1. When you are sick in your physical body and you have prayed, but God has not healed you yet, you are in a holding pattern
  2. When you are having problems with your children and you have put them on the altar, but God has not delivered them yet, you are in a holding pattern.
  3. When you have been praying for the salvation of a loved one and they have not been saved yet, you are in a holding pattern.
  4. When you are in a broken relationship and you have given it over to God, but it has not been restored yet, you are in a holding pattern.
  5. When the doors slam shut before you can knock on them, you are in a holding pattern.

When we are deep in the belly of a difficult situation, there are no interruptions. God has our undivided attention. All we can do is sit, think, meditate, and pray. We cannot run from God because there are no mountains that are high enough, valleys that are low enough, rivers that are wide enough, rooms that are dark enough, or places that are hidden enough from Him. We must remember to praise Him while we’re waiting and remember three things:

  1. The pattern has a purpose.
  2. The pattern has a plan.
  3. The pattern has a process.

So stop struggling and start listening, praying and trusting. He’ll keep you right where you are until you can clearly hear Him say, “I love you.”

Prayer: Father, forgive my unbelief. I know you love me and will turn anything around to benefit me. You have planned nothing for me but victories and I am ready to receive them regardless of how difficult the path. Amen


The shortest distance between a problem and a solution is the distance between your knees and the floor. The one who kneels to the Lord can stand up to anything.

From the Internet

I’ve been wanting to do this for a while. See, I’ve got a mom. I’ve got friends. My mom’s got friends. They all send me stuff through the email. Some of this stuff is really good/cute/meaningful. I’ll put them in under this category as it moves me, giving consideration for things like copyrights and royalties. Enjoy. Today we have photos of what cats can do that dogs can’t. From the Internet.

 

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