Sunday, May 31, 2009

How my garden grows

How my garden grows...cont'd

Some flowers have come back from last year, a lot have been planted by us this winter and spring. The fence is new and some of the old fence has been utilized to provide screening from our next door neighbors. We like them, but it is more pleasant for both of us is we feel like we are alone. There is so much reward from the work put into a garden. The extra tomatoes in the little white cell planters will be potted up for our fall garden. Our garden is very large....and keeps us busy. And we still have a lot of plants to get in the flower beds. I failed to get pictures of the red amaryllis while it was blooming before the pink lillies bloomed. I'm still awaiting the Star Gazer lilly's bloom. My cousin gave it to me last year.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Breaking News...something else to make me go hmmm

This just in a little while ago....Women who took estrogen and progestin are more likely to die if they get lung cancer from smoking in the past. My question is....DOESN'T EVERYONE die from oat cell carcinoma?? I haven't heard any happy stories on that front ever.

Here is the link to the story

Melli-Got the dusting done and I'm so glad you looked at that knitting page. That just stunned me. Yard stick size needles would really be unwieldy for me. The yarn ball was enormous!

Anil P-So glad to see you and I will try to get a slideshow made tonight or tomorrow.

Maribeth-You've had you puppy kids to deal with lately. Hands full!

NW1-I'm thinking about having to get someone to help me with the tasks around here. I've found someone to help my mother in law and I may ask her to come to my home, too.

Quilly-already told you I'm on my way to Hawaii to dust your house!

Friday, May 29, 2009

TGIF and more

Must clean house today! I've lost some time this week and we have been, well, make that hubby has been planting flowers out in the garden this week. I have helped when I can and supervised a lot. I've fallen in love with perennials and am so happy seeing them come back this year. Since we cut back the Vitex to be able to put in the new fence there are LOTS of purple cone flowers that have been languishing in the shade out there for years. They have their perky pink heads up tall and proud now.

There are some new flowerbeds and I'm going to put the seeds saved from last summer in them. That way, there will be another bed of purple cone flowers, butterfly bushes, and peppers-real and ornamental to come back every year from now on. That is a very good thing.

I've Hubby has got my cantaloupe/squash bed started. Pics to come later.

Later when I have time I'll post the pictures of the lillies when they bloomed. The stargazer isn't quite ready yet.

Now I must go and clean before we die from dust.

Well, I really am going in just a minute to dust...and other things cleaningwise. But first I had to go out an plant a couple of things and weed a little, very little, and take a few pictures. Then I had to check to see who actually did win the Byron Nelson golf tournament, cuz I just forgot to keep up with it. Now all the golfers, except Tiger Woods is over here in Ft. Worth to play at Colonial. Amber Star and her family do not belong to Colonial Country Club, but I have been out to watch the tournament from time to time. It is very, very elite and snazzy and all.

Like all the other sports I don't play golf, but sometimes like to watch. My son does play golf and is pretty good at it and did caddy for one of the better players during a practice round or the Pro Am, when he was taking golf as a subject in high school. It put him on cloud 9 to be in the action up close and all. He is much older now, 45, and understands why I always wanted a cart. He thought I was such a weenie then. HA! Now he knows.

For real I'm off to dust. bbl

Before I get started dusting there was this magazine just laying on the sofa next to me...calling my name. There is an article in there about an ENORMOUS rug made from the wool of shorn sheep that has been felted and the knitter made her own needles the size of yardsicks to be able to get the gauge and size she wanted. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Be sure to click on her name to see how HUGE the yarn is and the knitting needles!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

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Storms in the night

We had big storms around here early this morning. The sound of the wind blowing woke me and I almost never wake up when it storms during the night. I got up at 1:03 to check the weather radar and it had pretty much blown through by then, but it had sounded like what I would think a tornado would sound like. In true Texas style I turned on the radar. If it had been light out, I'd have gone and stood on the porch looking for it. I'm a true Texan alrighty.

The past couple of days I've not been feeling well. The medicine for the rhuematoid arthritis I take on Monday makes me feel pretty bad on Tuesday and by Wednesday I still feel like I've been hit by a Mac truck. Maybe tomorrow I'll feel better. This week has been worse than the past ones.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Memorial Day

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved, and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from falling hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

John Macrae (1872-1918)

Remembrance graphic by Li'l Doc's Patriotic Graphics

You may want to visit the virtual wall-a virtual Vietnam Veterans Memorial is at that link. You can look up names of those lost, leave a memorial, or find out the MIA status of a loved one who did not return.

Those of you who have known me for a long time know that among other things I'm very patriotic and have practically been called the "Flag Nazi" for suggesting to others their flag is up WRONG! Just so you don't make this mistake that many do, you know, I'm putting a link to the Betsy Ross website where you can learn how to display the flag on any occasion at any time under any circumstance, and how to care for your flag.

Remember "She" served, too. Many forget about the nurses, doughnut dollies, and other women who served their country during times of war. Here is a webpage dedicated to those women who served, died, and came home with PTSD just like the men from the wars. Click here to see what "She" did in those wars from the Revolutionary War to the wars in these times.

Memorial Day originally honored the men who lost their lives during the Civil War, but now it also honors those from the Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, Korea, the Vietnam War and all others.

No one really knows when or where Memorial Day was first observed, but according to tradition it originated during the Civil War. Southern women chose May 30th to decorate soldier's graves. They placed flowers on the graves of the soldiers of the Confederacy, and the Union soldier's graves as well. That is how the name Decoration Day came about. Flowers and flags are placed on the graves of servicemen. Military groups have parades and picnics follow on this day.

After World War I veterans sold paper poppies to help disabled veterans. I remember nagging my grandmother for a few cents to buy one to help disabled veterans. It was as important to me then, as it is now.

The above was originally written by me and published on my website at
AmberStar's Place on May 8th, 2000

After the patriotic remembrance pile in the car and head to Ennis again! They are having the National Polka Fest there this weekend! It isn't far from here and it is such a quaint little town. Take a picnic along or buy corny dogs and cokes there. But, it is supposed to rain this afternoon, so get your polkaing done early.

Remember, if you drink, don't drive. It would be too much to have on your conscience if you hurt someone. And it would be a real tragedy to have to spend time in prison.

Friday, May 22, 2009


Finally it is it makes a big difference to me anymore since I'm not working. Anyway, after being jarred out of bed by my mil on the phone this morning I've had a cup of coffee and been outside looking to see what all needs planting. Lo and behold my poor little peppers planted by me from seed this past winter have little peppers on them. PJ over at No Deep Thoughts had posted a pic of their first pepper, so you know I must post pics of mine soon. While out in the garden area I found there were a BUNCH of little weeds that had come up after last week's rains. They are easy to pull up, but it is a real stretch in the hip area...aie aie aie. Good for me, though to stretch it out. I'm getting enthusiastic about planting again after assessing the area and also, the weather. It is getting cloudy out from that low that came over Florida the other day. Hopefully no hurricane yet. We need a break from that stress! However, the clouds will help keep the heat down and maybe we can get all the rest of the planting done. Yay!

We watched SYTYCD last night and there was one guy I think is going to be great. His dance was very strong. Hope he can keep it up. I just love to watch the dancers and their growth over the course of the show. They have the same judges and choreographers as last season. It takes very little to entertain me.

Have a safe holiday. Memorial Day is the time to remember the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform who died for their country. So, fly your flag and say a prayer for those who gave all, then have a hot dog and some friends over. I gave up having a Memorial Day pool parties after several in a row got rained out.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Cat funnies

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Taking a little break to get some stuff done.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Having been brought up in the U.S. and learning our weights and measures, I always get stumped when the British talk about stones as a measure of weight. I don't wonder how it came about, but how does it relate to our pounds. (not their money) Aieeee...

This afternoon I was watching "Gordon Ramsay's F Word" he and a guest chef were talking about how heavy they had been in the past. Gordon said he had gotten up to 28 stone and the little skinny oriental guest chef said he had been 21 stone. Gordon looked at him funny and said...""

That is when I had to get the computer out and try to figure out how much that is.

Twenty eight stone equals 392 poounds and 21 stone equals 294!?! That's some STONES! My next thought was they must have been on "The Biggest Loser" before they started these cooking shows.

I found the stones to pounds conversion chart here:

If I've got it wrong, please let me know. I can hardly fathom this amount of weight.

PS-the F word stands for Food. I've started to like this show filmed in Britain very much. He sems very happy and relaxed..unlike "Hell's Kitchen".

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Who knew and when did they know it

Who knew....well, I did, but had forgotten this stuff from when I was working on my degree in research psych and a minor in biology. While taking chemistry and studying the structure of cholesterol, because I had to draw the chemical structure on a test. I got to looking at it and darn but the chemical structure of, say hydrogenated fats are the same as cholesterol when they added hydrogens to make it more solid. I asked my instructor about this and wasn't it like just the same as the evil cholesterol? He thought for a moment and told me that the companies did something to it so that it wouldn't hurt you! Huh?? Hell, that is what trans fat is. I should have hung in there with my questioning...cuz if a stay at home mom, except for the school part at the local community college could figure it out...what about those really smart folks up at Harvard and all.

And here is another one that sort of explains the the whole triglyceride thing. And OMG he even talks about when your triglycerides go rancid! Yuck!

I'm not sure that getting your health information from You Tube or my blog is the best way, but it is an alternative way. Take it for what it is worth.

Monday, May 18, 2009

A prayer from a child

A child's prayer:

Dear God,

Please send clothes for all those poor ladies in Daddy's computer.


What a sweet and thoughtful child.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Nobless Oblige

The Nobless Oblige Award

Details of Noblesse Award:

The recipient of this award is recognized for the following:

- The Blogger manifests exemplary attitude, respecting the nuances that pervade amongst different cultures and beliefs.

- Their Blog contents inspire; strives to encourage, and offers solutions

- There is a clear purpose at the Blog; one that fosters a better understanding on Social, Political, Economic, the Arts, Cultures, Sciences and Beliefs

- The Blog is refreshing and creative

- The Blogger promotes friendship and positive thinking.

The Blogger who receives this award will need to perform the following:

- Create a post with a mention and link to the person who presented the Noblesse Oblige Award

- The Award Conditions must be displayed at the Post

- Write a short article about what the Blog has thus far achieved – preferably citing one or more older posts as support

- The Blogger must present the Noblesse Oblige Award in concurrence with the Award conditions

- Blogger must display the Award at any location at their Blog.

OK, what has this blog achieved so far? This blog began as a way to connect with friends and to make new aquaintances. My blog has stayed true to to eploring many different ideas. I am passionate about a few things, such as knitting, weather, surfing and my garden. My favorite topic has been the greenhouse we put together this past fall. Food interests me to some degree, but I don't post many recipes. I have very ecclectic taste in music and from time to time share my likes with my readers. I have retired after a brief 5 years working part time for a government agency. I was a stay at home mom before that and am again.

Cite specific examples ... There are many pictures and references to the greenhouse, plants and my little herb garden.

I'd like to pass this award along to some people who have made me smile. I hope that they will enjoy receiving this award as much as I have. Skeeter made me feel sort of special by gifting me with this and I'd like to pass it on to:

Melli - A force of nature with a winning smile, good naturedness to the max and a love of life, family and her friends. I've been so lucky toget to know you.

Quilly - One of the more interesting bloggers who always has something going at her blog. She is one of the most friendly bloggers around.

Judy - A new friend who has one of the most upbeat blogs I've ever seen. I really enjoy visiting her.

PJ- A long time friend who has lately become the cat lady of her neighborhood. She has wit and love for her family of cats, husband, and kids, and grandkids.

Maribeth, the dackel princess - A new friend who breeds long haired dachsunds and has a new litter just in the past couple of weeks. She has a love of life and family.

NitWit1- has a blog that is upbeat and interesting. She is a retired pharmacist and her mind is a happy place to visit.

This award was given to me by Skeeter over at blog, AtomicZebra7, who is just a very sweet guy who loves his girlfriend, Sunshine, and his work, even if he calls his employer "The Evil Corporation". Thank you, made my day even if I didn't have a clue how Noblese Oblige fit in with my blog and had to look it up. Still not all that clear, but like it anyway.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Rainy Days

Oh man it is raining today and I love it! I'm going to open the drapes and just watch today. Maybe put something in the crockpot for dinner and go to the library to pick up the books I'd asked for through interlibrary loan. Those crazy Larry McMurtry's The Berrybender series is now out of print. The books are available at Amazon and even in a full price bookstore, but I think $28 + for two paperback books falls into the realm of "not gonna pay that much"! I had forgotten how stress inducing the library can be. My card had been purged as well as being lost by me, but it did upset me that the library had cast me out. They took me back in with open arms though. The deal is I have to read the books on their time schedule so sometimes I have to rush a bit to finish. I read the last or newest Blossom Street book this past week, so I can go pick up the ones waiting for me.

Scooter over at Atomic Zebra 7, gave me a prize yesterday, but I didn't get it put up yet. He is a real sweet guy, but there are a LOT of questions. Maybe, if I can stay awake long enough I'll get that up so i can link back to him. It is one of these kinds of days

I love this song by Jack Johnson ...nearly as much as rain. *happy smile*

Friday, May 15, 2009

Tornadoes and stuff

While I've been surfing around and reading your blogs I've had the Weather Channel on tv. I know that is really desperate, but I wanted to know if it is going to rain tomorrow. I finally looked up and they were having an interview with one of the guys on the Vortex2 tornado chasing group. Chasing is something I'll never do, but like the dancing shows, I love it when others do. I was a real fan of "Twister" the movie....even though I've never been in a tornado, thank you God! A couple of years ago I had attended a severe weather seminar so that I could call in severe I'd be out in it..HA! Anyway, they showed us how a tornado forms and what it looks like, etc. All day seminar that I thought would never end because it started so early in the morning. That is another post as to why in the world do things have to start so early in the morning. Anyway, back to the original thought process about the genesis of a tornado. The clouds start to rotate in a counter clockwise and sort of look "raggy". Imagine my surprise when a couple of weeks later I was coming home from work and saw the same formation right over the road I was traveling. I thought to myself that looks like that tornado....but decided I was just thinking about that class. Just a little after I got home that tornado touched down a few miles away. That was a very spooky.

We live in "tornado alley" here in Texas, and even though we've only had one big one here in Ft. Worth, that was enough. Our downtown area was like a war zone for a long long about a year or more. One of the buildings was a high rise office building that had all the glass was blown out. Actually there was a restaurant at the top of the building getting ready to open for the dinner hour. The workers saw it coming and got to safety in time. However, the restaurant has now moved to ground level. Another story was about a church that had a Tower of Power where volunteers sat in the tower and prayed for people. The wall of that tower was blown completely away and the women inside were left looking out and probably offering up a prayer or two for their safety that day.

Anyway, getting back to the Vortex2 project here is the link so you can follow them on twitter or get a live feed

Or here for more info

They are expecting to find one today in Kansas. Maybe it will be like the movie "Twister"....ya think?

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Star Trek Adventures

Yesterday was movie day for us...we are trying to get back in the groove of going on Wednesday afternoon again. I've had some health problems since the first of the year and we just got out of the habit, but we went back with a bang! We saw the new "Star Trek" movie and we really enjoyed it a lot. Not going to tell anything about it so I won't spoil it for anyone, but there were a few surprises in it...actually there were a number of surprises in it. We were original Trekkies and didn't watch any of the following tv shows that followed the initial series. But we lined up on the sofa each week with the kids to "go where no man had gone before" with Captain Kirk and Spock on the starship Enterprise. Those really were the days and after the movie was over I told hubby it was like a time warp back to when we were 20something. My daughter who lives in Houston/Galveston area can't wait to see it, either.

I found out last week that I don't have gout, but do have rheumatoid arthritis and a number of other ghastly things that are making life pretty much a drag right now. The only reason I'm posting this is in case I'm gone for a while you will know why. The meds I'm taking are pretty yucky. Hopefully I won't have to take this stuff very long, but one of them takes 12 weeks before it will show improvement in the symptoms. The doc told me one would make me very sick the day after I take it, but it didn't this week. I was all prepared, but felt ok that day. Hopefully that will be the way of it in the future, too.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.

4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.

5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.

10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.

Take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them. Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without God's critters. We do not have to wait for Heaven, to be surrounded by hope, love, and joyfulness. It is here on earth and has four legs!


Monday, May 11, 2009

So You Think You Can Dance - Season 4

Ooooppss....they did it again!

This is awesome when he tried out for Britain's Got Talent. The story on the link is so funny. I think they have a LOT of REALLY talented people in Britain!

Which reminds me that "So You Think You Can Dance" will be returning May 21st!!

Mother's Day recap

Mother's Day for me was the whole weekend. We went to lunch with my youngest on Sat. and she came over on Sunday morning to make us brunch. She is very thoughtful and will have me in a mu mu before long...she is a good cook. Just kidding...she is a great cook and is totally health conscious.

After the brunch my husband and I went to my mother in law's for her Mother's Day. She liked her gift and we visited for a good long while. It is difficult visiting with them because neither my mil nor fil can remember anything for two minutes. I talked to them some about assisted living and that didn't go well at all. Not a big deal....she had forgotten what I was talking about later on. Something is going to have to happen in that situation, but I think it is going to have to be my husband who tackles it.

Our son had been in Louisiana to attend a wedding over the weekend. Our dil's not having a lot of luck with her fractured foot healing, so she stayed home with our grandson. She has even gotten one of those bone generator contraptions to help. I have NO idea what the bone thing is but I've seen them before, but can't find anything on google. My son's plane landed about 3pm so we me our son and grandson, and dil for dinner at Outback. It was all fun.

Our oldest daughter who lives in Houston/Galveston area sent beautiful roses with a small box of candy. She, too had been in Louisiana this past weekend. Her best friend's mother's birthday was this weekend and it was the first since her husband had died earlier this year. Janet, the friend, wanted C, my daughter to drive with her. They all had a good time and it was good that Janet's mother had the girls there to keep her mind busy.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Wishing all you mom's out there...whether you had your own, fostered, adopted, or just helped out with nieces and nephews or the kid down the block, a very Happy Mother's Day.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Twenty "Firsts"

I don't think there is a real order to who did this first, but I saw it on Melli's blog the other day and today on Quilly's. I thought I'd do it, too....hope it isn't one of those you have to be tagged for.

First Job: Baby-sitting for the neighbors.

First Real Job: Working in a grocery store headquarters in shipping. It was the first time I'd had a chance to use the high tech IBM skills I'd learned in high school. Actually instead of using a system that worked with real computers they had punch cards we counted out for each store. It wasn't a good job, but it put food in my kids' tummies.

First Favorite Politician: I've heard tales that I had a Dewey button that I feared might be stolen if someone broke in to my grandmother's house, but I don't know what happened to it. The first politician I really liked was John Kennedy, but I was too young to vote for him.

First Car: I was allowed to drive my step father's Austin Healy convertible...but then I ran off and got married and we had the oldest Chevy even had a hole in the floorboard in the back.

First Record/CD: My first record was a 45 "Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis but the first one I really loved was Buddy Holly's album

First Sport Played: Except for some games at the end of school...girls didn't really play organized sports when I was young. Not like today's kids!

First Concert: I believe that would have to be Sly and the Family Stone way back when.

First Foreign Country Visited: Mexico

First Favorite TV Show: Superman (what sadness and confusion when George Reeves died)

First Favorite Actor: Rock Hudson...the old doctor on Dr. Kildare, Lionel Barrymore

First Favorite Actress: Debbie Reynolds and/or Elizabeth Taylor...I thought ET was gorgeous....and for some weird reason Terri mother couldn't stand her, but I thought she was good.

First Boyfriend: Little Ray who lived down the street from my grandmother's. I was something like 3 or 4 at that time. He might have been a little younger. It has been a while.

First Encounter with a Famous Person: I was standing next to Randy Quaid at the airport in Orange County...or in New Mexico. It was at the end of a very long vacation and we were checking in at the counter. We started talking and he was telling me all about moving his folks out from some really cold northern state to something like Sun City. He knew I couldn't think exactly who he was and he was giving me a hard time. I saw him in a movie later and he used the exact same dialog.

First Brush With Death: Other than my grandfathers dying within two months of each other and my mother dying when I was 19, it was when I nearly died after surgery. I didn't see a bright white light, but did start saying the 23rd Psalm in a hurry. After a short while it was the most peaceful I've ever felt before or since and I know I'll not feel it again until I die a natural death when it is my time.

First House-I inherited my mother's home.

First Film Seen: My grandmother took me to see "Gone With the Wind", but I'm not sure that was the first. My grandmother and I spent a lot of time at the theaters and we saw a lot of movies. We saw King Kong and My Friend Flicka, and The Boy With Green Hair but not when it came out.

First Favorite Recording Artist: Buddy Holly

First Favorite Radio Station: music station that has now gone to all talk radio.

First Book I Remember Reading: The Black Stallion

First Meme You Answered on Your Blog: November 11, 2008...I just got through with an interesting little trip through my blog. I knew it was in there somewhere.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Socks

Your Socks Say You're Charming

You Are:

- Infinitely enchanting

- Simply amazing

- An incredible person

- A true star

Look...right there...I'm a true star!

'puter problems

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Between the two computers I'm having to do this a lot lately. One or the other gets all hosed up and I have to control, alt, delete and start over. Irritating as everything.

btw-CNN has finally noted that the Governor of Texas is a little weird about that whole secession thing....and their viewers had plenty to say about it, too. I wasn't the only one to recognize weirdness when I see it.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

How do you think?

I stopped by Dr. John's to tell him how much I enjoyed Melli's description of Pigeon Falls and got sidetracked with this little do dad he had put on his blog.

You Think Creatively

Your brain works best when you let your intuition be your guide.

You like to imagine, speculate, and fantasize. You have fun playing with ideas.

You are interested in theories. You enjoy studying and developing them.

You are drawn toward art, philosophy, and even math. Almost every subject is interesting to you.

I must have answered something weirdly...because I have no math apptitude....except sometimes. Every now and then my math skills are better than my husband's, the Math Major!

Cinco de Mayo explained

A very succinct explanation of Cinco de Mayo....much better than I could explain it. In Texas it is a good time to eat Mexican food and maybe have a margarita.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

The rains came and came again

We pretty much got caught up on rain yesterday! At our house we got 2.5" during a several rounds of heavy rain. There was even some small hail at our place and the Dallas Cowboys' practice facility came crashing down on them yesterday afternoon. They experienced some very strong winds that wrought havoc with the tent they were using. Twelve had minor injuries in the incident and one coach was seriously hurt. with a broken back. The tent was pretty much done for, though, and was in shreds.

We attended a party last night against all recommendations about congregating in crowds, due to the swine flu risk. We had a great time and got caught up with lots of our friends and made a few new ones while there. The underlying topic of conversation was the swine flu and how it was perceived that closing the schools wasn't probably the best choice. We figured all the kids were at the movies watching "Wolverine" or hanging out together at the mall rendering the isolation attempt useless. I hope the flu scare is over. Our schools will reopen May 11th. It has been a major headache for parents to try to get child care for the days school is closed. Some companies have allowed parents to take sick leave in order to care for their children.

Today while looking at some blogs I enjoy this one at the Central Station in Antwerp was posted over at Rocks In My Dryer and is such fun you can't watch without smiling.

This link was on there, too. I think if you don't visit any other blog, please visit this one. I had tears in my eyes almost immediately. It is most overwhelming. It is called "I've been ridiculed and lied to." It is really something special.