Thursday, April 30, 2009

This Little Girl of Mine

Lola Abigail

Once upon a time there was a little girl...

These beautiful girls gave her a baby shower. On the left is her sister and on the right is her best friend.

She opened presents:

Here is my mother.  The baby's great-grandmother.  

Do they grow up and does time fly? Yes, indeed!  Please remember to enjoy life and all your loved ones.  

Little Sahara

We will be headed to Little Sahara this week-end to play with our new dune buggy.  Our son will be going with us.  We've got a house located right next to the dunes rented.  We can ride right from the house to the dunes.  It is really fun to ride at night with twinkle lights on top.

I made the little black vinyl top for the buggy.  It snaps on and off.  It will be a great help with the sun.  
We'll be taking one of our four-wheelers too.  

Here's a short clip of Little Sahara:

And here is a trail video of four-wheelers:

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wordless Wednesday-Relics

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'58 Bel Air

Not sure about this one:  maybe a Ford?  I'll have
to go back and see what it is.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Luna Moth

Waiting for nightfall:

Luna adult moths only live a week and they don't eat.  Their purpose in life is to mate and lay eggs for the future generations.  He/she is very colorful and pretty.  Here is a video about their life cycle:

Thursday, April 23, 2009


Cat in klompen

World's largest klompen

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Wordless Wednesday-Wooden Shoes

"Wooden" you like a pair of Dutch shoes?  

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Monday, April 20, 2009

The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler

I watched "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler" last night.  What a wonderful, heroic woman!  What an inspiration she is!  I loved the movie.  I had never heard of her before.  

During World War II, Irena Sendler worked for a unit of the Polish underground, Zegota, which was formed to help Jewish children in hiding. As a health worker, Sendler had access to the Warsaw Ghetto. In 1942 and 1943, she led some 2,500 children—twice as many people as Oskar Schindler—out of the ghetto to safe hiding places, the Jewish Virtual Library explains.

Dubbed the “Female Schindler,” Sendler saved babies and children while wearing a Star of David armband to show solidarity with her Jewish protectorates, wrote the Daily Telegraph in its obituary of Sendler. She was technically a welfare worker, distributing medicine and supplies in the Warsaw Ghetto, but she simultaneously “formulated extraordinary schemes to spirit children to safety,” according to the Daily Telegraph.

You can read more about Irena here.  
Also here is the story of Life in a Jar:  

Students from rural Kansas discover a Catholic woman who saved Jewish children. Few had heard of Irena Sendlerowa in 1999. Now after 250 presentations of Life in a Jar, a web site with huge usage and world-wide media attention, Irena is known to the world. How did this beautiful story develop? Read below for the answers.

In the fall of 1999, a rural Kansas teacher encouraged four students to work on a year-long National History Day project which would, among other things, extend the boundaries of the classroom to families in the community, contribute to history learning, teach respect and tolerance, and meet our classroom motto, “He who changes one person, changes the world entire.”

Three ninth graders, Megan Stewart, Elizabeth Cambers, and Jessica Shelton, and an eleventh grader, Sabrina Coons, accepted the challenge and decided to enter their project in the National History Day program (Eventually a number of other male and female students were added to the project). The teacher showed them a short clipping from a March 1994 issue of News and World Report, which said, "Irena Sendler saved 2,500 children from the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942-43." He told the girls the article might be a typographical error, since he had not heard of this woman or story. The students began their research and looked for primary and secondary sources throughout the year.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Wordless Wednesday-High Heels

Comfortable?  Yes!

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Fun Monday

Jil at The Adventures of Lil Mouse is the hostess this week.  "Today’s Fun Monday Topic: Strange Dreams. Do you have any dreams, particularly recurrent ones that you feel no one else has? Or, just tell us about an odd dream you had as a kid."

I have a recurring dream that probably other folks have had but it is indeed strange to me.  I will be looking for a bathroom and I am usually in a big old mansion and the bathrooms are very weird.  They are also very disgusting and dirty and overflowing.  But the weirdest bathrooms are not really toilets. They will be chairs and not have any plumbing.  I sit on these chairs and think "how can I go on a chair?" And they are never private.  Somebody always comes and interrupts me and I can never go!  It's hilarious since it's only a dream but it wouldn't be if it were real life.  I also carry this dream to many other buildings too.  There will be schools and hotels and shopping malls.  Public bathrooms with tons of toilets (all crappy)  and open to everyone with no doors.  I search and I search and no one helps me and I think I've finally found a private spot, but no!  The ones without plumbing are the worst!  Can you imagine?  I hope not.

Go visit LilMouse for more fun dreams!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Wordless Wednesday-Outstanding

This man presented this girl with a scholarship.  
She received The Mary Ellershaw Heckendorn Outstanding Student Mother Award

Outside of the historical Holmberg Hall.  This girl is outstanding.  Really.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Chicken Breasts in Lime Teriyaki

Growing up I never would have even tasted the ingredients below.  It's funny how your taste changes so dramatically.  I absolutely love ingredients like these now and I love trying new recipes.  I love experimenting and trying to find new ways to cook chicken and salmon especially.  I think I could eat salmon every day!

Here's a recipe for chicken that I tried and found to be delicious.  

1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup dry sherry (I did not have this on hand so I used chicken stock)
1 shallot or green onion, white and green parts, minced
Grated zest of 1 lime
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 chicken breast halves (about 2 pounds)  (I used boneless chicken breasts)

In medium baking dish, combine all ingredients except chicken.  Add chicken, cover, and refrigerate 3 to 4 hours, turning chicken occasionally.
I used a grill pan to cook the chicken.  You can serve this with rice and a side dish of steamed broccoli.  

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

From Kitten

A nice bit of sunshine for me!  Thanks to Kitten.