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Hometown: Oswego County, New York
Home country: USA
Current location: Lake Ontario Snow Belt
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About Me

I've been a female working a "man's job" (mechanical engineer), stay at home Mom (6 kids), working Mom (6 kids to put through college), unemployed, underemployed, temporarily employed and now working from home! We live on an old, small farm with 2 dogs and 2 cats in the house, variable number of chickens out in the yard.

Journal Archives

"So, Mayor, that's a real nice bridge you got there. It'd be a shame should something happen to it..

The Children's Blizzard

What the settlers did not know — could not know, because the Army Signal Corps chose not issue a Cold Wave warning the previous night — was that a dynamic blizzard was just then sprinting across Montana and northern Colorado. A massive cold air mass had formed around Jan. 8, shifting from Medicine Hat, Alberta, to Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan. Both places saw violent wind conditions and extreme temperature drops. On Jan. 11, the mass raced full bore across the United States, covering more than 780 miles in 17 hours.


In many areas, notably parts of Texas, high school football is a religion.

Therefore, shouldn't high school football be banned as a state sponsored religion?

Any Beaders here? I bought some lampwork sqirrels intending to

hang them on a necklace as pendants. The problem it that the hole runs vertically head to tail and is too wide for a head pin. I'm afraid if i use a cap bead to secure the head pin, it will look like the squirrel is, well, pooping. Any ideas? Anyone ever use glue to secure the head pin inside the bead?

Anyone here in a choir, chorus? Any pet peeves?

Mine: Arrangements of religious music that sound like the end of Act 1 showstopper of a Broadway musical. Mind you, I like Broadway musicals. It's just that the hymn that ends on a crescendo of "gloria, gloria, gloria, Gloooooooria to the Looooooooord!" has become rather a cliche, IMO!

Ahem......My Christmas Gift to MFM!


What would baby Jesus eat? Pope supports breast-feeding in public

Source: La Stampa via NBC

“I said to her: madam, I think the child’s hungry.”

“Yes, it’s probably time…” she replied.

“Please give it something to eat!” I said.

“She was shy and didn’t want to breast-feed in public, while the Pope was passing. I wish to say the same to humanity: give people something to eat! That woman had milk to give to her child; we have enough food in the world to feed everyone.”

Read more: http://www.today.com/moms/what-would-baby-jesus-eat-pope-supports-breast-feeding-public-2D11765613


A Lyme disease warning for dog owners:

We left the dogs in good shape Saturday morning, came home Sunday evening and one dog was so weak he couldn't bark or raise his head. God bless our vets - they opened up the office and checked him out right then and there and started him on antibiotics. He's in good shape now ( and the sound of a dog rooting in the kitchen garbage can never sounded so sweet!)

The takeaway is that Lyme disease can hit dogs, and it hits hard and fast. If we'd waited until Monday morning, i don't think he would have made it.

Good advice for all of us:

How to Survive End-of-Year Binge Drinking

Parties and gathering celebrating Christmas and the end of the year fill up people's calendars in December, but the pressure to consume vast amounts of alcohol with friends, family members and coworkers can take its toll.

The first principle is not to drain glasses of beer or liquor on an empty stomach. There is a tendency to encourage people to drink quickly in Korea's drinking culture, such as by downing jaeger bombs or shots of soju mixed with beer. But chugging down drinks rapidly accelerates the onset of inebriation and usually leads to a longer and more painful hangover.

If such drinking rituals cannot be avoided, at least make sure you head to the party after lining your stomach with some food to help it better manage the alcohol. A light meal, rice porridge or soup is recommended, but even a cup of milk will help.

Meanwhile, nibbling on snacks like peanuts, seaweed, fruit or whatever is at hand will slow down the speed at which the body absorbs all the alcohol, meaning you will be able to enjoy the social gathering longer.


Keep that seaweed handy!

So - Seattle Children's Hospital is upset that it is being dropped by some insurance companies -

Left off many networks, Seattle Children’s sues

People buying insurance through the exchange may not realize that the pediatric hospital is not in the health plan’s network of providers, Children’s officials say.


Maybe this has something to do with it:

Revenues Compensation
SEATTLE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL WA $707,928,519 Thomas Hansen - CEO $1,209,562 $1,209,562

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