Sunday, January 17, 2016

Monday Stuff On the Way to Other Stuff: January Thaw

You may think that Colorado is all snowflakes and sleigh bells this time of year. Truth is, in my neck of the Colorado woods, we're looking at brown dirt and grimy, crusty piles of white that shrink a little more each day. The chickens spend a lot of time in a 'tunnel' which juts out from the regular yard. The Brick fashioned it from a library table covered with chicken wire. The chickens spent a lot of time staring out over the yard from it. In the summer, they like to watch me garden -- but right now, there's nothing to look at. What are they thinking, all jammed in there?

Taken in mid-December, when we had more snow. See Castle Rock in the background?

   Sure, the mountains are getting some fresh snow now and then. But nobody along the I-25 corridor is at present. (At least until this weekend.) 
       What do we care -- the Broncos just beat the Steelers! 

Alan Rickman died. I was a big fan of this multi-talented actor, not only for his sterling work in Die Hard (Not-so-good German accent...but menacing). I 'met' him first via a less-known movie, Truly, Madly, Deeply, where he dies -- but still hangs around his true love's place. (Because she wants him to.) Oh, and Quigley Down Under, as well as Robin Hood. (He was a terrific villain. "I don't play villains," he once said. "I play very interesting people.") One of the richest, most nuanced voices in the business: Helen Mirren said his voice "could suggest honey or a stiletto blade."

"I do take my work seriously. And the way to do that is not to take yourself too seriously."
                    -- Alan Rickman

A very creepy Bigfoot report from a 1999 sighting, just posted. If you live anywhere near Kewanee, IL, you're going to want to read this. WARNING:  You might want to set this aside for now -- Yahoo is saying it's been compromised. I've read it for years, with no problems...must be a temporary problem.

A desperate plea on a GoFundMe page...from a woman whose family blew all their money on lottery tickets for the recent Powerball drawing! (Needless to say, they did not win.) Here's the weird part: she actually got some people to contribute. Especially since she promised to blow any money given on more lottery tickets.

A Spanish princess may be headed for the slammer. She's currently on trial for tax fraud, and it's not looking good. But that's not the least of her troubles. Her kingly brother also stripped her Duchess title last year, making her just regular royalty. (Ouch)

A luxury Manhattan apartment building with two doors: a 'poor' door and a 'rich' one. Tenants on each side even have a different address.

Ten weird lawsuits that were ultimately dismissed. (Or, even sadder, settled.) Can you imagine suing because someone sang "Happy Birthday to You?"  (From Listverse)

Banoffee pie -- the recipe. Have you heard of this? Toffee, bananas and cream topping...mmm. (From Paula Deen)

Is the stress of paying for it worth the joy of having that toy you've always wanted?  If the answer is yes, then you're fine...but often, it isn't.  Donna Freedman tells it like it is.

Funny cat jokes and quotes from Reader's Digest. Like this one:
    One night while I was cat-sitting my daughter's indoor feline, it escaped outside. When it failed to return the following morning, I found the beast clinging to a branch about 30 feet up in a spindly tree. Unable to lure it down, I called the fire department.
    "We don't do that anymore," the woman dispatcher said. When I persisted, she was polite but firm. "The cat will come down when it gets hungry enough."
    "How do you know that?" I asked.
    "Have you ever seen a cat skeleton in a tree?" she said.
Two hours later the cat was back, looking for breakfast.


Marathon runners who cheat. Shades of Rosie Ruiz... and if you've found this interesting, try

Eleven ways to cheat at long-distance running -- and almost get away with it.  (From Mental Floss)

Hollywood's biggest cheapskates -- a slideshow. For some of these, you might want to take notes... (From Radaronline)

A new blog I found -- Crazy Mom Quilts. The ideas are easy, and the colors are wonderful.

Have a great week.

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