Monday, December 8, 2008

Sleepy Musings

It's snowing like crazy here.

I cleaned up one more shingle pile, did a bunch of wash...and watched the gray clouds roll in. By 3 p.m., it was snowing hard -- by 5 p.m., the snow was blowing around, as well.

It'll be a miracle if there's school tomorrow. When our girlies were little, they used to watch the news with bated breath early in the morning, hoping... they blamed our lack of snow days on the superintendant-- "He's from Alaska, Mom -- he wouldn't know a blizzard if it bit him! And he's meeaaannn...."

That man is gone, and another in his place...but in spite of some humdinger storms, we haven't had a snow day in at least three years. Maybe tomorrow will change the pattern.

and now, from the "Stuff on the Way to Other Stuff" Department:

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Reindeer 'Jewels?'

An Illinois zoo is selling a new kind of ornament this year, featuring hardened and painted nuggets of reindeer poop dangling in the center of a star. They're calling them "jewels," and according to zoo officials, sales are brisk. Well, there's no shortage of the featured item!

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Dogs Have A Sense of Fairness...Well Sort of:

http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-general/20081208/SCI.No.Fair/

A recent University of Florida study paired up dogs for a "tricks" experiment. (Well, except for one border collie that insisted on trying to herd the other dogs up first!) Two dogs were positioned next to each other, with treat bowls in plain view. If one dog learned the "paw" trick (similar to "shake") and was rewarded, his companion expected the same. If Dog #2 did the trick and wasn't rewarded, he would stop responding -- even going to the extent of turning his/her back.

The researchers were surprised that the dogs didn't care what treat they got -- either sausage or bread, it didn't matter to them. (Monkeys, on the other hand, when given a 'lesser' treat -- and a better one in full view -- would band together and go on strike, refusing to do the trick until they got the more desirable item.)

I'm not shocked at the doggie response at all. Our two Weimaraners will eat anything, especially if they consider it people food. They wouldn't care if an elephant was served up, as long as they could gobble it up. (Preferably first, before the other one!)

On the other hand, if I give a treat to Buck, Goonie (Gunther) will automatically expect one, too. The only exception is if they've been a bad dog and are being punished. (For chasing the cat, stealing a ham off the counter -- Buck did this once -- chewing on things like wooden shoes and underwear, breaking a window because they were afraid of thunder, etc.)

So fairness, yes...in self-absorbed terms of making sure they get something. But I couldn't see a dog turning up its nose at an offered treat, just because his buddy wasn't getting anything. Goonie would just try to steal it from Buck, instead!

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Now, from a much more important subject:

The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum has received the 2008 "Best of Golden" award!

Here's the press release:

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum has been selected for the 2008 Best of Golden Award in the Non-Profit Organizations category by the U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA).
The USLBA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USLBA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.


Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2008 USLBA Award Program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USLBA and data provided by third parties.


I love this museum, and it's nice to see it getting some positive press! Visit them at
http://www.rockymountainquiltmuseum.com/

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Fill 'Er Up: If you're thinking of signing up for my classes at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival early next year, do it right away! I checked today, and all three are almost full. I'd love to have you join me in class -- either Crazy Quilting; Hanky Panky I & II (this covers the basic method, plus the upcoming sequel); and "Pioneers East, Pioneers West." Find out more at:

http://www.quiltfest.com/activities.asp?id=8

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And finally...
Almost Frugal is worried (but dealing with it):

http://almostfrugal.com/2008/12/08/waylaying-worries/

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Midnight...time for a long winter's nap. (And three quilts on the bed.)

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