Sunday, April 23, 2017

Monday Stuff On the Way to Other Stuff: Bathrooms

I'm not sure how...God's grace, I think. But we made it through a night and a day of Worship Team, flu notwithstanding. I'm pretty sure we were both running a fever before practice this morning, but fortunately they (the fevers, that is) broke sometime during the first service's sermon. Whew.
     The Brick went out with Son #1 to pick up tile, the toilet and the vanity this afternoon. We got an e-mail from Home Depot that the vanity had arrived. When Son went down to pick it up, though, they informed him that they hadn't received any order for us! Maddening. Turns out there was a small scratch down the front that will need refinishing...but it also means that Home Depot cut the price (which was already on sale) in half. No problem with that. 
     We should have our guest bathroom finished by Wednesday or so. Then it's on to the master bath.
     Meanwhile, I plug away at these reports. Then on to some quilt restoration -- and packing up donations again. 

    Since the Brick took on shopping duties (what a sweet man), I was able to fit a short nap and reading the Sunday paper into my worktime today.  Feeling a little better. Hopefully, he will, too.

How to make money writing.  (From Amanda Bella)

Tartiflette pizza -- what's not to love about potatoes, bacon, onion, cheese...and pizza? (From Good Cheap Eats)




From kidnapping to kids, an amazing mini-memoir by Beth Rodden via Outside magazine.

The five best auction sites for watches.  (From Forbes) Plus a good blog that covers watches.

When bad times, hit...what do you do?  (From Funky Junk Interiors)

Hey, bring your pet to a Furry convention -- he'll have a great time!

A carrot cake...no eggs, butter or milk, and mixed right in the pan!  (From Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth)




When people can't agree to disagree.   I'm with Mavis on this one.  (From One Hundred Dollars A Month)

Chicken gyros. They need to marinate all night for best flavor...but it's said to be amazing. (Go ahead and call them shishkabob, instead -- it won't matter. From Amanda Settle)

How to get stuff DONE.  Even if it's tomorrow.  (From Raptitude)

A Chinese warehouse just cut its labor costs in half...by using robots. I don't know whether to like the cheerful music that goes with the video -- or be horrified.



Foolish money mistakes and other stupid decisions that affect your life.  How to avoid them.  (From Money Boss)

Have a productive week.


Triangle boy -- via Pinterest

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Happy Weekend

     Making progress...finally! Still behind -- but not as much. As usual, life at Chez Brick is anything but simple:

     *Son #1 is banging away in the bathroom. Today, he finishes the flooring and puts in the bathtub. Then it's on to toilet, tile and the vanity. He's staying overnight, which means I cook and do the Mom Thing.

     *Nitro, our old-dog friend (15 1/2, and shaky on his legs), is staying with us while his owners are at a conference. Which means:

     *Charley is busy trying to dominate Nitro, plus 'reassure' me that he (Sir Charles) is still Big Dog On Campus. (Abby could care less.)  Our granddog Karma is on-site, as well, making things even more interesting.

     *I'm trying to finish off these reports, so I can return several boxes of estate items tomorrow. (And cash some welcome checks.)

     *We have practice tonight, plus play/sing for Worship Team at a church down south in Palmer Lake.

     *Tomorrow morning -- early, of course! -- it's the usual Worship Team for Creekside Bible. It's a bluegrass service, which means the Brick's mandolin is essential.

     To top things off, the Brick feels awful. (Sounds like bronchitis.) He dragged himself off yesterday to drive schoolbus for a track field meet, and didn't get home until nearly midnight.

      Joy of joys, I'm starting to not feel so hot, either. 
                          (Maybe it's an attack of bad grammar.)





Gripe, moan, complain. 

We'll get through somehow. Hope your weekend is going smoother than ours. 








Friday, April 21, 2017

He Has to Eat, Too...Right?

   Still hip-deep...but slowly making progress. 
   Aunt Corrinn died early yesterday morning. Surprisingly, The Mama is doing better... I have racked my brain, trying to think how to make it to the funeral service. What with all the other chaos going on, I just don't think we can. 

Meanwhile, this interesting perspective:




Plus this jar from an estate I'm appraising: now you know the Evil One's side job. 
He's selling chili powder for Mexene!




Thursday, April 20, 2017

Visiting A Weiner Kaffeehaus

...or Vienna coffeehouse, if you're English-speaking.

Here's a guide to get you through it. 

Back in college days, I spent a summer in Austria (Osterreich) and Germany, and a big chunk of that time was in Vienna. Cousins Tim and Joan Cumings were missionaries there, and  had an apartment not far from Schonbrun, the emperor's summer palace.

A few peaceful afternoons were spent there, wandering through the palace flower gardens and marveling at the rooms' elegant walls, painted ceilings and huge ceramic stoves. For an awkward farmer's daughter, this was unexpected territory.

Here it is, in all its glory  (courtesy Wikipedia)


My stay in Wien (pronounced "Veen") didn't provide for a lot of free time. For one thing, I was there to help out with Tim and Joanie's girls, and help pack for their move further south to Villach, ("Fee-lach") I didn't have a lot of extra money.

A few times, though, I visited a coffeehouse, both in Wein and in Heidelberg, Germany. (Deutschland, for you German-speakers out there.) My impressions:

*Elegance.  Why did I wear jeans and a sweater, when even the waiters were dressed better? Everything was presented with a flourish -- even the cloth napkins and china cups.  (Get that, quilting students??)  I had to repress an urge to double-check my wallet, for fear I'd end up washing dishes to pay.  (Yes, I was that poor.)

*Glass. Everywhere glass...and mirrors. You weren't supposed to stare directly at people, but that wasn't a problem. You just peeked into one of the mirrors, and gawked to your heart's content.

*The best, thickest coffee in the world.  Not only was it dark and practically leaped out of the cup -- if you didn't finish with a good solid batch of grounds in the bottom, it wasn't good kaffee. 

*Plan on sitting down? Then you'll pay extra.  Many people drank their coffee standing up, reading newspapers arranged on POLES. (Bear in mind that this little farm girl had not been to many big cities, at this point. Although somewhat familiar with Chicago, I'd never gone in a coffee place, been in a taxi, spent very few nights in a hotel, or eaten in a really upscale restaurant. I was pretty green.)

*Don't skip dessert -- no matter what.  If you love sugar, especially frosting, Austrian and German pastries are the best in the world. I'm not a big frosting girl -- to my mind, wedding cakes should be served au naturel. But the delicate, flaky pastry, lightly glazed and often decorated with fruit, did me in. So did the huge sort-of gingerbread cookies, Lebkuchen ("leb-koo-khen") that the Brick and I love to this day.

Oh my.

*TAKE YOUR TIME.  Rest. Look around, while you sip and crunch. (If you're a hickster from Michigan, try desperately to look sophisticated while you're doing it.) Don't rush; this is An Experience. Enjoy it.

Fortunately, there are some spots in America that still foster this grand tradition. My favorite, so far, is the Neue Galerie in New York City. They have a great collection of German/Austrian art, including some iconic Klimt pieces. Stop at their restaurant afterwards for kaffee mit schlag (coffee with whipped cream). For a moment, I almost felt back in college days, counting Austrian schillings with leather backpack at hand and a Solzhenitsyn novel nearby.

Even if you can't head to Europe right now, take time to bake some Sachertorte...it's been the signature dessert of the Hotel Sacher -- and Vienna -- for centuries. (Almost pronounced "soccer") Sachertorte remains the Brick go-to for birthdays, as well as Christmastime.

Sachertorte, in all IT'S glory (courtesy Wikipedia)

In spite of his years overseas, traveling for the Navy, the Brick never got to Austria -- or Germany, for that matter. I never made it to Paris, London...or Venice, even though Villach was within spitting distance. (An omission I forever regret -- but I was young and stupid. And overwhelmed.)

     We hope to see these again.  Sometime. Soon.


St. Stephen's Cathedral -- another amazing place in Vienna

Its tile roof, closeup   (courtesy Wikipedia for both photos)


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Can You Bear It?

I am hip-deep in appraisals, clothes washed and ironed, dust and bits from the bathroom-in-progress...and thanks to grabbed meals and unfinished tasks, a house that looks like a bomb went off in it. I need to clean up, for the next tour. And we still don't have it officially on the market! 
    To make life even more interesting, our Aunt Corrinn in Michigan is not doing well. The Mama is terribly worried.  I've been trying to finish up a report while getting/giving phone calls and texts. Our wonderful cousin Dave took The Mama to the hospital so she could be with her sister-in-law. (My brother or another cousin will bring her home.)

    These are times I wish I lived in Michigan, instead of Colorado.

Meanwhile, you'll enjoy this bear sign, taken from a vintage advertisement. Look closely at it -- notice the raggedy fabric patch? Why do you think that's there?  (smirk)




As the Brick and Daughter #2 pointed out, "Why would you be okay with your ammo 'usually' working?"


Back in a bit.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Oh Deer...






Home update:  After two different showings to the same family last week, they decided 'no' -- our house sits nearly at the top of a steep hill, and the mom decided her clients couldn't drive up it. (Mine do this all the time with no problems -- but I couldn't persuade her.) 

    The same realtor says she has another family who wants to see the house, too. I'm not holding my breath...but there's a lot of interest right now in our neighborhood.  Which is good.
    The first bathroom renovation is in progress -- everything's torn out, and the new walls are almost in place. The Brick and Son #1 got a bathtub; the toilet and vanity are due in later this week. 
    Meanwhile, everyone uses the master bathroom, or trudges downstairs for that one.

More junk is slowly being cleaned out. The dumpster should be delivered in the next few days. 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Monday Stuff On the Way to Other Stuff: Meet Me in Pueblo on Monday!

Want to hear some silliness (and a lot of history) about various quilt styles and textile events? Stop by the Pride City Quilt Guild's meeting in Pueblo -- I'll be there! 

Monday, April 17 --    Westminster Presbyterian Church  10 University Circle   Pueblo, CO
    Registration is at 9 a.m.; meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. 


   

 Last week was hazy, filled with work;  hours of practice and music for both Good Friday and Easter; bangs and crashes (the guest bathroom getting obliterated, thanks to Son #1);  frantic cleaning...and two house visits by a possible buyer. (She brought her husband the second time.) We're told they're interested. If the offer's reasonable, we're interested, too! 
     I have a lot of partially-completed projects -- now just have to finish them. But Pueblo comes first.







What Mr. Money Mustache does right -- and wrong.  You can learn a lot from this popular blogger, even when you don't agree with him.  (From White Coat Investor)

A creepy interview with a 12-year welfare recipient.  What's astonishing is her matter-of-fact answers to the questions she's asked. It is what it is...

Getting a bunch of strawberry plants from a few parent plants -- free!  I can't garden much right now, so enjoy this blogger's adventures even more.  (From Our Life in the Country)

Five-layer carrot cake -- with cream frosting, drizzled with salted caramel sauce. Oh my.  (From Betty Crocker)




Cheater prints...or 'Printed Patchwork,' as they were apparently called in the 19th century. History and LOTS of photos.  (From Barbara Brackman's Material Culture)

Gold coins found on a shipwreck...in the desert!    If you're thinking Clive Cussler's Sahara at this point...you should be.

The one-dollar prom outfit!  And it's lovely.  (From The Prudent Homemaker)

David Letterman's mom died. This sweet lady was 95; she died a day before Dave's 70th birthday.

Thriving at rock-bottom.  Another classic from yours truly...mostly about groceries.

Absolut does quilts. If you're curious about the designer behind the quilt on the Absolut bottle, meet Libs Elliott here.



Making pizza -- in the woods!   (From Urban Daddy) I realize this is an infomercial of sorts. (This one definitely is.) But I'm fascinated, nonetheless.

Fred Astaire, smooth-dancing during the 1970 Oscars. The man was 71! I guess I shouldn't be surprised, though -- according to his wife, Astaire continued dancing until a few weeks before his death, more than a decade later.



A man gets run over by a deer...on April Fool's Day!  His family didn't believe him, until he got the surveillance footage. (I wouldn't have either, quite frankly.)

Another interesting twist to the Roanoke mystery. This one's jewelry-related. (From the Smithsonian)

A Tennessee woman insists that President Obama said we could ALL print our own money -- and does just that.  (She went to jail for it...but I'm impressed at her fervor.)

Ten incredible 'last photos.' Including shots from 9/11, Princess Diana's car crash...and Elvis' visit to the dentist.  (From Listverse)

Babies and dogs. A boatload of "awwwww" photos.   (From Dogsome)

Museum pasta salad.  Chicken, mandarin oranges, snow peas...ummm.  (From The Prudent Homemaker)




Homemade rose lotion.  Including helpful links for the ingredients.  Except I'd make mine lavender-scented.  (From The Herbal Spoon)




Two almost-identical applique quilts...that shouldn't be.  Attributed to two different quiltmakers; are they, or aren't they?  (By Alden O'Brien, from Barbara Brackman's blog.


If you're in the Pueblo area (pronounced "Peb-lo," for you outsiders), stop by and say hi! 

Have a great week.





Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Dyeing Easter Eggs -- Naturally

Try these...simmer the chopped items gently for 10-12 minutes, drain (capture the water), then submerge your boiled eggs in the colored water. .

(Quilters use a similar process when tea-dyeing fabrics for a more vintage look.)

Use the parboiled veggies for other dishes.



This step-by-step guide is slightly more complicated, but makes some good points:

*Add a little vinegar to the solution, to help set the dye. (Salt helps, too.)

Steeping your eggs in the solution, even as long as overnight, will give you richer colors.

I'm Guest Posting on Frugal Farmer Today!

Yep...live again.  Actually, I'm (a)live ALL the time. 

Here it is -- 

"How to Save Money When 
           You're Living Paycheck to Paycheck"


As if this never happens to you...




Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Easter Baskets -- For Guys! PLUS Updates

The auction of Libby Lehman's quilts is almost done.  A number of these pieces are iconic -- and worth considerably more, in this appraiser's humble opinion, than they're going for. Auction closes the evening of April 12 -- go take a look. Quick!
    (Or, if you're not sure who Libby is, go here first.)

I'm starting a new "Moneysaving" series this week! Each post will cover a different area. First on the list will post in a few days:  Saving (and making) money on that bugaboo, credit cards. 

Want to REALLY clean up your house? Try planning to sell it. I spent an hour or so last night bagging up newspapers and other burnables around the woodstove. Found all sorts of things under the piles, too, including rocks, a pair of leather gloves, firewood (didn't know it was there) -- and to my embarrassment, a large garbage bag of scrunched-up Christmas giftwrap from at least three or four years ago. Now that's hoarding.





ON TO OUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED PROGRAM:

      EASTER BASKETS FOR THE MEN IN YOUR LIFE


It's easy to buy frou frou stuff for Easter baskets:  chocolate bunnies, bright-colored grass, flowery hairbands and such. But what about the guys in your house -- the ones that would rather die than admit they like jelly beans?

Make them a basket of items they really enjoy.

Fellow blogger Who Needs A Cape got me started thinking on this, after she talked about her men. She doesn't have any daughters. We have two -- and I've generally gone the dainty route for them before. This year, though, Daughter #1 is on vacation, and Daughter #2/Son #1 won't be in town.

     That leaves the Brick. What can I do that he'll enjoy? 

*Chocolate peanut butter eggs.  He loves peanut butter cups -- he'll like these.

*A video he hasn't seen.  (DVDs are a standard item in Brick family Easter baskets.)

*An IOU for brownies.+  The man lives for them.  Plus:

*A coupon for a long backrub.  Ditto.

*His favorite dark chocolate -- or a bag of nuts. Or chocolate-covered nuts.

*Kenyan coffee beans. He's currently hooked on these, and Sprouts has them on sale this week.

+Normally I'd just make these up -- but we both have to sing and play for church not only on Good Friday, but two services on Easter, as well.  Plus the attendant practices. Holidays are exhausting when you're on Worship Team.


My blogger friend swears by jerky, beef sticks and gift cards -- more good inclusions for guys.
     And no pretty pastel grass in their baskets.

Now you're in the Easter mood, enjoy these festive offerings:





Gives a whole new meaning to 'toothsome,' doesn't it...

Monday, April 10, 2017

Do The Bunny Hop...er, Roll

Use this recipe, plus special cutting instructions, to make the cutest Easter-themed rolls in the world.




(Thank you, Midwest Coupon Clippers, for showing us.)


Easter chick rolls need two round pieces of dough, one larger than the other. Put together, snowman-style, then squash the larger roll into an elongated shape, like those shown below. Add sliced almonds for the 'beaks.' (I'll also make two 'eyes,' similar to the bunnies.)






Be sure to hum this while you're doing them:






Sunday, April 9, 2017

Monday Stuff On the Way to Other Stuff: Parts is Parts

Does Partly-Done count for anything?

     Let's see. This week, I have quilts to finish rebinding (and restoring); several appraisal reports to finish up; and a messy house that a possible buyer is coming to look at on Friday. 
     Plus we need to order the vanity, tile, toilet and bathtub that Son #1 is going to use to redo the guest bathroom. (Hopefully, he starts this week.) 
    Extra Worship Team singing/playing duties, because of Good Friday and Easter.
    Don't forget taxes, either. 

     The balls are still up in the air, but some fancy footwork will be needed to keep them rolling around smoothly.





A five-figure Etsy shop...how to start, how to keep it going.  (From Mr. Money Mustache)

The royal family -- and height differences. Did you know that if he becomes king, Prince Williams will be the second-tallest British monarch ever, at 6' 3"?

Frugal homemaking tips from the Great Depression...courtesy of Janette Oke.  (From Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth)

Beginning in 2018, some state drivers' licenses aren't going to be accepted by TSA. That means you're going to have to carry an additional form of i.d., like a passport, if you live in 9 states. (Additional states are being considered for this ban, as well.  (From AARP)

Five dreams that didn't come true, by retiring early.  (From Retire By 40)

Eating on $10 a week.  A classic from yours truly, via Tight-Fisted Miser.

Things you should (and shouldn't) sell at a garage sale.  (From One Hundred Dollars A Month)

Trendy colors for exterior house trim, from three experts.  Apparently gray is very big right now.  (From Apartment Therapy)

Did Andy Warhol copy a photograph of Prince for his painting series on the same subject? Ironically, the Warhol estate is suing the original photographer that dared say it, alleging that Warhol's changes made the photo fair game. (Warhol's work has often become more famous than the originals. I've always wondered if he got permission to do so...obviously, he didn't.)

A green Masters golf champion jacket, found at a thrift shop in 1994 (and purchased for $5), just sold at auction -- for more than $139,000.  Yow. Apparently golf memorabilia is big right now.  (From Appraiser Workshops)


Have a great week. Hopefully you're keeping up your juggling, too.






Saturday, April 8, 2017

Pride Goeth Before...A Bathroom?

We're off to stroke our vanity today. 

As in bathroom vanity!

(I hope I made you wonder there for a minute...)

Son Keith is getting ready to start on the guestroom bathroom. But he won't put the tile in until we get a vanity -- to match the tile, or vice versa, he says. Then, of course, it's on to the bathtub/shower, painting, etc. etc.

We have looked and looked, on Craigslist and Habitat for Humanity's Restore stores. Nothing doing.

So now it's a triple visit -- to Lowe's, Home Depot and IKEA.

Wish us luck.

In honor of the search...and North Carolina's recent victory:










Thursday, April 6, 2017

How Will You Go?




...or a Tostito lime tortilla chip.

For the Brick, it probably would be chocolate chip cookie crumbs (known in the family as "pogeybait").

I could also see collapsing from a needle or pin stuck Somewhere Important.
     It's thought that writer Sherwood Anderson may have died from an imbedded fishbone. I'd rather it was sewing-related.)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Places to Go, People to See, Things to Do

I'm here...just trying to keep all the balls in the air.

It stopped snowing.  Actually, what's on the ground is melting fast, thanks to the sunshine. We had it pretty thick for a while -- the Brick was supposed to drive for school field trips the past few days, and both were cancelled. (He was heartbroken. Yeah, right.)

I have an armload of appraisal reports to finish up -- but first comes some Depression Era quilts I'm rebinding for a client. Fussity work...but strangely pleasing.

Meanwhile, we live on whatever I can quickly whip up for meals. (We're not down to frozen pizza yet, but are heading there -- fast.) The house is full of piles of Stuff, dusty corners and little rolls of dog hair. And it has to stay that way until this weekend.

Back in a bit. 









Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Monday, April 3, 2017

They Did It!


North Carolina beat Gonzaga 71-65 for the NCAA College Basketball Championship.

Neither team played spectacularly -- NC missed an awful lot of three-pointers, and didn't seem to wake up for defense and rebounds until the second half. Gonzaga had its share of missed baskets, too.

But NC still won.




I should mention here that although our hearts still belong to the University of Michigan (Go Blue), the Brick grew up in Jacksonville, NC -- which makes it easy to root for the Rams.

(When the Brick gets "tarred" or goes hunting, his "Suthern" accent magically reappears. Which I find very amusing.)

Go, Carolina Blue!

How 'bout them Carolina boys...


Monday Stuff On the Way to Other Stuff: Blossoms And Blue Skies

Well, sort of.
    Today, it's bright blue with a wisp of white clouds. The fringe of gray and black over the mountains reminds that the next storm is on its way.  No matter -- we really need the moisture. 
     The flowers in Denver have been out for a few weeks. Ours are just beginning to pop. The crabapple by the deck is wreathed in rosy pink, and hyacinths have joined the earlybird daffodils.
     Gee, this is a pretty time of year.


Are these marble countertops? Naah...they're formica.  (From My Old Country House)

The Temple Mount Sifting Project may be forced to close.  As you know, both the Brick and I are very curious about this research. Can you help keep it going?

"The Pie and the Patty-Pan:" a FREE downloadable Beatrix Potter story/coloring book.  (From Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth)

Scamming the scammers.  (From Quora)  One gem:
     "Another time, I kept interrupting and telling the telemarketer to speak up, because I couldn’t hear him. This went on until he was nearly hoarse from yelling into the phone. Then I stopped him and told him I would never buy anything from someone who was yelling at me over the phone and hung up on him."
     !!!!!

A very strange Bigfoot post.  Yes, I'm still interested.  (From MyYeti)


From Pinterest via Etsy


Spring cleaning done in 20 min. for 20 days?  I'll bite.  (From Apartment Therapy)

Pay to watch TV...whether you get cable or not!?? Apparently Brits have to apply for a license to do so.  (From Life After Money)

An interesting book on needlework samplers. Really old ones, from the Joan Stephen collection.

Lifestyle design: an intriguing way to think about life as a whole, rather than just day to day.  (From Go Curry Cracker)

Being a stay-at-home dad. What's it like when your kid starts school?  (From Retire by 40)

Are your appliances looking grubby? Paint them! This post focuses on washers and dryer.  (From Duct Tape and Denim)

Easy S'Mores and Taco Meatballs.  I am thinking Taco Heroes...  (From Who Needs A Cape)



Raising chickens -- for meat, not eggs.  (From Pretend to be Poor)

Some really jerky moves, thanks to copyrights. Or the willingness to file expensive lawsuits. (From Cracked)

Pieced alphabet quilt blocks -- this link takes you to 'H.'  (From American Quilter's Society)

A 7.44 carat diamond -- found by a young boy at the Crater of Diamonds Park in Arkansas.

Mike Pence won't have dinner alone with another woman -- except his wife. The cad. (By the way, fellow women, this has nothing to do with disrespect -- in fact, it's showing his wife more respect! Now, if ex-president Clinton would consider doing the same...)

Cheeseburger mac soup -- fast, easy...and it uses ketchup, as well as mustard!  (From Betty Crocker)




Ten terrorist attacks you (and I) probably didn't hear of.  (From Listverse) Also from them:

Ten treasures found in unexpected places. Like payment for a taxi fare, in a pizza parlor, and used as decoration in the garden.

Earning passive income -- when you've got no money to invest. He makes a lot of these sound easier than they actually are. But still...  (From the College Investor)


Have a great week.


Daughter #2 calls mountains back east "speed bumps."



Saturday, April 1, 2017

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells...

It's been raining and/or snowing like crazy here for the past two days in Colorado

Wonderful.

We've been dry as a bone for weeks, and the spring plants need the moisture.

Charley the dog, with his thick coat, loves it -- he'll run out, plant himself so his belly is cushioned on a snowbank, then reach out to take bites. An instant snowcone.




I hear it's raining in Denver and Fort Collins. 
We're 1000 feet higher -- the precipitation is a lot thicker around here. (Wimps.)




March came in like a lamb, it goes out like a lion. 
Based on the weather predictions, April's going to get its licks in, too.





No matter -- we still like living here.









April Fool -- and One Who Wasn't

Today is my dad's birthday. 

He was anything BUT an April Fool, but suffered The Mama's efforts to yank his chain on his natal day. Her favorite was salt in the sugarbowl, which she did year after year after YEAR.

I asked him once why he patiently spooned salt into his coffee every April 1, knowing what he was getting. 

He grinned at me. "Because she likes to do it," he said. 


HAPPY BIRTHDAY with love, Pa.  See you soon.






If you'd like to torture your favorite people on this day:



Youtube has dozens of videos on the subject.
         Just skip salt in the sugarbowl, though...

Monday Stuff On the Way to Other Stuff: Bathrooms

I'm not sure how...God's grace, I think. But we made it through a night and a day of Worship Team, flu notwithstanding. I'm pret...