Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Quaker - Simple Harvest
Here's a new product from Quaker Oats I just came across called Simple Harvest Instant Multigrain Hot Cereal. It's made from whole oats, whole wheat and barley, with real fruit and nuts and comes in 3 flavors.
Maple Brown Sugar with Pecans combines natural ingredients - like crunchy pecans, whole oats, whole wheat, and barley with just the lightly sweet taste of maple brown sugar. (pictured above)
Apples with Cinnamon combines the flavor of baked apples with natural ingredients - like whole oats, whole wheat, and barley with a touch of cinnamon.
Vanilla, Almond and Honey combines natural ingredients - like almonds, whole oats, whole wheat and barley with the great natural flavor of vanilla and honey.
To find out more about the nutritional information go to:
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
2/3 cup each, water, flour, and salt
washable tempera paints
squeeze bottles (which you can get in your local craft or perhaps a dollar store)
thick construction paper or card stock
In a bowl, whisk together the water, flour and salt. It will be bearly pourable. Divide the dough between bowls and stir in a few drops of the washable paint. Pour the dough into squeeze bottles.
From FamilyFun magazine - September 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
When going through your paperwork do the following - either:
Act on it
It said that 60% of papers coming into your office can be tossed immediately!
I'd say this would apply to your home mail as well.
Monday, August 27, 2007
An Exchange of Emails Between the Hostas and Kitten by Lynda Helmer
We've headed south to our "winter home" until next Spring when we will return to your owner's lovely garden. We look forward very much to playing with you again! Good job with the hard candy....impressive!
Until our return, here are a few ideas you might want to pass along to your owners that you will find helpful in keeping you in shape for Spring Sparring with us in 08:
1) Have your owners tie a piece of string to a wooden dowl. For some reason, the string comes to life when attached to the wood and needs to be killed.
2) If your owners own a "laser pen", it needs to be attacked as well. The pen itself isn't the problem. But, if your owners press the pen, a red light beam emits from the pen and THAT'S the problem. You will need to chase this light around to catch it but once you do, give it all you've got. Humanity will be forever in your debt.
See you next Spring!
I wondered where you were.
My owners do go "catfishing," as they call it, with string tied to a bamboo pole. It's fun.
Q says we will play with the laser pointer this winter when we have to stay inside. What is a laser pointer? And what is winter? That's what I want to know.
Hey, thanks for the "hat tip" on what that game is called. We never knew it had a name. We've seen owners of cats play the game outside but never heard them refer to it by name. Come to think of it, we probably didn't hear them because we don't have ears.
Ah, a laser pointer. Scary name for such a little thing. Looks like a pen. You've probably observed your owners sitting at a table moving one of their arms and hands in a rhythmic way holding a narrow object in their hand. THAT'S a pen. A laser pointer looks a lot like that. The difference is, owners can't "write" with it and "writing" is what they are doing in that rhythmic way when they hold a pen. (We think it's probably boring....it can't be half as much fun as having your buds tickled by a kitten.....). Anyway, a laser pointer will shine a small red light wherever your owner points it. IT'S THE RED LIGHT YOU HAVE TO ATTACK. What do humans use laser pointers for? We really don't know. All we DO know is that little red light should be treated like a piece of hard candy in a noisy wrapper.
Let's see...winter. Best way we can describe winter is to suggest you stand next to one of your owners the next time they open the refrigerator in the kitchen. The refrigerator is that big thing that holds some types of food, most of which you will think is tasty. Many cats and kittens like to hang with their owners when they open the refrigerator because some treat might drop on the floor they could enjoy. You may have tried this already. Anyway, stand by them when they open it and NOTICE THE TEMPERATURE. Better yet, if your owners open the freezer, DEFINITELY NOTICE THE TEMPERATURE. THAT'S winter. THAT'S why Q says you'll be staying inside. Trust me, you will want to. From time to time, should you glance out a window, you may see white stuff on the ground. That's snow. Same temperature as your owner's freezer. It's pretty and COLD. However, if you are a hosta, it keeps the roof on our southern home warm and, in turn, it keeps us warm. But, this only works for you if you are a hosta or one of our cousins called a perennial. If you are a kitten, you can only feel as warm in winter as we do by staying inside and playing with a laser pointer.
Hope these explanations help! Feel free to ask anything, anytime. We just relax and hang out down south now so we have LOADS of time on our hands.
Enjoy catfishing! Looks like great fun to us...we really enjoy watching it.
That's what winter is?!?
You've got to be kidding. I'll believe it when I see it.
Your sceptical friend,
We forgot to tell you, winter won't be a huge issue for you, even when you are older. You have a permanent fur coat. You're wearing the summer version of it right now. As the next several months pass, your coat will get thicker. If you were an "outdoor" cat, you'd have a REALLY thick coat. If you are going to remain an "indoor" cat, it won't be as thick, but thick enough to keep you comfortable. Next Spring, you'll begin to shed the heavier coat. Don't worry. It's perfectly normal. You'll just notice your owners running that huge, noisy machine called a "vacuum cleaner" more often. You probably don't like it. It's big and it's noisy and it seems to move fast when they are at the controls. Don't worry about that, either. It never moves without your owners at the control and the only thing it knows how to do is pick up dirt and debris off the carpets in the house. It can't hurt kittens. Doesn't even WANT to. Anyway, one of the reasons we go south is because along with no ears, we don't grow fur coats. You have both. You, my friend, hit the jackpot!
Today we heard from cousins of ours who live about a mile or so from where we reside. They are STILL up north! We couldn't figure out why until we all realized they are much older than we are and can stay north longer. We wish you were nearer to them as we've told them all about you and they would love to play with you. They send their best regards. They'll be joining us in the south shortly. They also told us that today is a lovely day up north. Enjoy it! If it was like that every day of the year, we would stay up north. In a few months, you will see for yourself why we can't. We are really anxious to hear from you once you see what winter is. In a way, we think you'll like it. You'll probably want to train the snowflakes that fall from the sky. (Very tiny, very pretty, weigh absolutely nothing and disappear altogether if it's warm enough. If it's cold enough, they assemble on the ground as if they were holding a convention. They stay as long as it's cold enough. Once it gets too warm, they have to head north. It's just the opposite of what we do).
Winter won't be here for awhile so in the meantime, keep enjoying summer! Wait until you see Fall....the next season on the calendar. It's GORGEOUS. VERY colorful. And, as an extra special treat, the leaves on the trees change from green to various bright colors and eventually fall off the tree so that you can play with them if you like. They come back to the trees, always green, next Spring. Fall can be cooler than summer but not as cold as winter. You'll know Spring is coming back when the snowflake convention is almost over and you begin to see new friends, like us, return north from our winter vacation. (You'll also see your owners in the garden. ALOT).
Friday, August 24, 2007
Go here: http://www.frankenmuth.org/
There's also a nearby outlet mall in Birch Run, MI
Copyright © 2007 Deborah Sharp Loeb
Thursday, August 23, 2007
The World's Largest Christmas Store
To read more trivia about Bronner's go to:
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Detroit - Gateway to Freedom
A description of their "Gateway to Freedom" is shown above. There is debate about the use of symbols in quilts in the Underground Railway. Here is one such article and there are others on the internet. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quilts_of_the_Underground_Railroad
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
To learn more about the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy go to:
Monday, August 20, 2007
Just Like Matt Said . . .
Friday, August 17, 2007
Guatemala, Part I of II
This is Part I of II of our Guatemala experience.
We departed from JFK at 8 a.m. for Guatemala via Miami and landed in Guatemala City on May 30, 2007 at 12:15 p.m.. However, our destination that day was a small town called Jaibalito located on the shore of Lago de Atitlán (Lake Atitlán), a 4 hour bus ride away. So after much confusing communication with the frenzied taxi drivers at the supermarket-looking airport, we finally hopped in a taxi and drove 5 miles to this dirty old bus station in the heart of the city. We were about to attempt to take a "chicken bus", an American Blue Bird school bus, to our destination. By the way, I noticed that on almost every block there is a security guard weilding a shotgun on the sidewalk. I suppose that really is an effective way to deter crime.
Our bus was supposed to leave at 2 p.m. but after 2 hours of waiting we were informed that the police had put a padlock on the bus door because the bus company had not paid their license fee. But at around 3 p.m. they somehow secured another bus for us. The only stipulation was that we had to lie down in the seats for the first 10 minutes so the police didn't see us. Once we got outside the city limits, we were allowed to sit up - and our 4 hour journey from Hell began. I had no idea what I was getting into. For the next 4 hours we made God knows how many stops to pick up anyone who hailed the bus or asked to be dropped off. We were 3 to a seat and some crouched in the aisles. All our stuff was (hopefully) strapped to the roof of the bus. No air conditioning. No bathroom. No bathroom stops. Crazy driver passing cars around blind curves or blind curves ahead - if he didn't make it past the car in front, well, we were 3 vehicles to the road just like we were 3 to a seat. And a lot of times we were on the side of a mountain. Not to mention the questionable safety of the bus itself - apparently when North Americans deem their school buses no longer safe for their children, they’re shipped to Central America. Grrrrrreat. I suppose for all of those reasons our entire trip cost us about $2 each.
So we arrived in the main town of Panajachel on Lake Atitlan at about 7:15 p.m. - just in time to catch the very last "La Lancha" or water taxi for the night to take us several miles along the lake to our hotel, La Casa Del Mundo, in El Jaibalito, perched on a cliff and only accessible by foot or by water. We were stunned by how nice the place looked
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Okay I'm working on it.
Anyway, hold your horses and I'll write my post about my 1 year anniversary trip to Guatemala and Belize shortly.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Watch for the HP Guest Writer!
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Happy Birthday Dad!
Monday, August 06, 2007
$1.50 Off Coupon for Dawn Direct Foam
Just go to:
Friday, August 03, 2007
Need a Haagen-Daaz Fix?
Now there's a company that helps to serve their customer's addiction! : )
Thursday, August 02, 2007
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 cup blueberries (or other berries of choice)
Mix all ingredients together stirring in the berries last. Pour into greased muffin pan. Bake: 350' for 20-25 minutes. Makes 1 dozen.
Freeze berries up in 1 cup increments and with your little mix already made up you can quickly make muffins anytime!
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
At http://www.freepatterns.com/ you can find patterns for 2,451 FREE and easy to download popular patterns for Crochet, Cross-Stitch, Knitting, Quilting, Sewing, Plastic Canvas, and Paper Crafts.