Sunday, December 15, 2002
Monday, October 7, 2002
Wednesday, October 2, 2002
River Ratt #1 - We were passing through Lewiston and wanted a quick and easy one to stretch our legs. I looked at that mountain of rocks and was afraid we would never find it, but then, of course, we did!
Tuesday, October 1, 2002
Uncle Lane - This was our second find of the day. RacerDude had the GPS and was rummaging around in the bushes several feet away from the hiding spot. I walked right to it because it was hidden just exactly where I would have hidden it! Loved the spot!
Sittin' By the Dock o' the Bay - Great little hike, and looks like a good place to fish, too.
Lower Wilson Creek - Quite a drive in for our old van, and then quite a hike for our old out-of-shape selves! But, we made it! And it was worth it! Beautiful area!
Prehistoric Cartography - We had a cache to hide somewhere and leave for my brother to maintain, and he suggested Map Rock as a neat location. As I was thumbing through my print-outs, I told him that someone had beaten him to it! So, of course, we had to make a special point to find this one. Very interesting historical site!
MD's HideAway - We arrived at the parking lot and saw signs which said ALL PUBLIC ACCESS PROHIBITED... RacerDude thought we shouldn't attempt it because of that, but I thought maybe it would be okay if we went around the signs way off to the side. Dummy me! I should've listened to him! We got to the area where the GPS said the cache should be when all of sudden BigSister (age 9.5) let out a blood-curdling scream!!! She had been stung by a hornet. We rush to help her when LittleBit also started screaming. She had also been stung. We took off at a dead run for the van, but not without all four of us (and the dog!) getting multiple stings!!! (From 2 to 5 each.) OW! OW! OW! We literally had to fight the things off, and had the kids hide under blankets in the van while we chased away the hornets that had followed us to the van. That was our first experience with Attack Hornets! I have never seen insects be so aggressive before! We wondered if that was why the signs had been posted?
Bumpy Ride - Didn't find this one. Climbed all over the place, looking in all the nooks and crannies, but no luck.
Lake Lowell - We didn't find this one either. We spent way too much time looking for it! Too many hiding spots.
Old Scout Camp - Here is where we hid the geocache we brought along for my brother to maintain.
Sunday, September 29, 2002
Saturday, August 31, 2002
Soldier Creek Stash: This was our second find of the day. We drove around in circles a bit trying to decide on the best way to approach the location, but did end up parking fairly close. We had noticed several dirt-bikers on the road, so when we located the cache we smuggled it back to the van to log it and look through it. Pickin's were gettin' kinda slim in this one, so we left more than we took to kinda help restock it. I think maybe it had been found accidentally a time or two recently and maybe those folks didn't have anything to trade or something. Anyway, we left a batch of goodies for the next finders! The bridge was very interesting-- cool seats-- although we didn't have the nerve to try them!
Cougar Rock Cache: After a couple of easy finds to start the day, this hike was more of a physical challenge to us. As we were hiking up the last part of the road I told RacerDude that I was hoping for a nice view at the top to make it worthwhile. He said he suspected I would get my wish. And, boy, did I! It was well worth hike. We sat on the rocks and enjoyed the gorgeous view of Priest Lake as we caught our breaths and logged the cache.
Shoe Tree Stash: Campers VERY near the tree and we decided to not bother them. We would've had to go right through their campsite to look for the cache, so decided to try again another trip. Very fascinating landmark, though. The kids were full of questions! I only had one... WHY???
Hunt Falls Cache: I'm starting to lose track, but I think this was find #5 for today. We were able to drive fairly close to this one, to give us a break from the previous two moderate hikes. Beautiful falls! Thanks for showing us the way. We would have never found this area on our own.
Hanna Flats Stash: Find #6 of the day. I love these easy hikes through ancient forests! So peaceful and relaxing. The history of the area is fascinating. We stopped to read each marker. Beautiful area. Thanks for letting us know about it.
Bigs Flat Tire Blues Cache: Cute theme for a cache, Don! And a great hiding spot! I can't believe how soft the forest floors are in this area. Just years and years of decaying vegetation building up to make a carpet, I guess. It was pretty cool. We left a bungee (that almost fits the theme, doesn't it? kinda? maybe?) and bunch of car-safety stickers and an old-time radio comedy tape to help you forget your blues! This was find #7 for us for the day.
Huff Lake Cache: Another interesting site. Find #8 for the day. I'm so glad there are caches hidden at so many of the Must See sites around Priest Lake. It makes us go out of our way to find them, and then we are so glad we did. This was a fascinating area. The kids loved the floating dock!
Roosevelt Grove Cache: This was our 9th and final find for the day. Good thing, too, 'cause this hike just about did us in. The nice thing was there were two highlights to the hike-- the breath-taking falls and the awesome ancient trees. THIS is where I want to camp when we get to come up here camping sometime! Thanks again for taking us places we would've never found on our own! It was a great day!
Friday, August 30, 2002
July 21, 2002: Well, it goes against my grain to post a Not Found but I suppose to be fair, I should report that we attempted to find this one, but finally had to give up... for the day anyway! After about 2 hours of wandering around in circles in the blazing hot afternoon sun, we finally decided to cool off and try again another day. I guess we're not yet up to niskibum's sneakiness! Looking forward to posting a Found It! soon!
August 30, 2002: I found it! I found it!! I'm still not gonna tell you how many times I went back to look for it. (Although, I did confess in the actual cache log.) Great hide... and it's been such a fun challenge! Now, on to the next challenge!
Sunday, August 25, 2002
Oh, and there were a couple of guys eating their lunch down by the river who asked me exactly what we were trying to accomplish! I was glad I was with a bunch of other idiots thrashing around in the bushes looking at our little gizmos! I just told them we were playing a game, looking for a hidden box using coordinates. They probably still thought we were idiots!
Back at the shelter we enjoyed good food and good company. Great bunch of people! RacerDude and I later commented on how interesting it was that it was such a diverse group of people. Lotta fun!
Sunday, August 18, 2002
We've been waiting a year for this bike trail to open up, so were very excited to see a cache there. We grabbed the bikes and took off. Beautiful bike ride! The segments that we've been on so far promise that this is going to be a really great bike trail when it's all opened up. (RacerDude tells me it's due to be officially open by the end of September!!)
Great spot for a cache. It was late in the evening so we didn't take a picnic, but it would sure be a good place for one! Oh... and we decided to pass on the mountain oysters!!!
Saturday, August 17, 2002
Mustang #1: We took the long way in (unintentionally). It was a nice hike, but kind of a hot day for it. By the time we reached the cache location we were huffin' and puffin'! RacerDude gets the credit for finding this one. Good hiding spot!
Tubb's Hill Cache: Interesting to find an active cache that's so old. (I guess a year can be called old, huh?) Still a pretty good little cache. This was our second one on Tubb's Hill today. Found Mustang 1, also. After a long hike all the way around the hill it was nice to have 2 caches to look for!
Cache Art, Study in Camo 1: Boy, was I tickled to find this one on the first try, after the luck I've been having with Camo 2!!! I actually discovered this one myself, then I quickly rehid it and called RacerDude over to see if he could recognize it. He did, after I pointed him in the right direction. Love the camo! Reckon the Wall gallery has more works of a similar nature?
We were a little baffled as to why this area has a sign proclaiming it a park... but whatever! LOL!
Thursday, August 8, 2002
Sunday, August 4, 2002
We thoroughly enjoyed the hike. The trail is simply beautiful! It's amazing to me that more people don't know about these gorgeous places, but I guess they're off the beaten path far enough to not attract the general run of commercial-type tourists. The kids took off their shoes to wade in the creek but they didn't last long as the water was COLD!
It took us a long time to finally find the cache once we got to the hillside... (In my out-of-shape book it's more than a hillside! LOL!) Even with the spoiler picture it was quite a challenge to find. We had no signal at all on the hill.
Friday, July 26, 2002
Sunday, July 21, 2002
English Point: Great hike! We've discovered the neatest hiking trails around here with this hobby. RacerDude found this one. BigSis selected a pin-on compass. Li'l Bit took a flashlight key-ring. I took 2 state quarters. We left a comic book, a pocket tire-gauge, a bungee cord, and something else, but I can't remember what.
Thursday, July 4, 2002
It was interesting to note that the cache location was only 15 miles from our home, yet it took us 45 road miles to get there! We enjoyed the drive!
After we turned on Yellow Dog road and at the dead-end discovered we were still a 1.5 miles from the cache, we decided that there must be a different road that would take us closer. So we went back out to the highway and drove a little further till we saw the signs posted on the cache page. Then we were on the right track! We decided the hider must've named it Yellow Dog for that very reason! Great trick!
Two Mile Cache: Great spot for a cache! It's nice to have them along the interstate for those traveling through.
Ginny's Cache: Great hiding spot! What a trail! BigSister gets the credit for finding this one. Fascinating story about the Ginny ghost!
Sunday, June 30, 2002
We sat for a few minutes just to soak in the view and catch our breaths, then we headed down the trail to the other Mineral Ridge cache.
Great cache! Great location!
Saturday, June 22, 2002
Sunday, June 16, 2002
We came up over the ridge and noticed a couple of people right where I thought the cache should be. Sure enough, we interrupted Lobo and his companion. (I hope we didn't rush them! ) But it was fun to introduce ourselves, and he had some good advice about getting a GPS.
We left an OTR cassette tape and a little craft kit. The kids took a bike license plate thingy, and a golf ball!
Thursday, June 13, 2002
This cache at the Mullan Tree nature trail sounded like it would be easy enough to find using the spoiler picture, and my kids are young enough (6 and 9) that it was a challenge just for them to find the right area by looking at the picture. Thank you SO much for making it accessible without a GPS! It was a perfect start to what looks to be a fantastic hobby!
We've been meaning for 4 years to stop and do that little hike, but after hundreds of trips over the Pass, today was the first time we stopped long enough to do it. It was absolutely beautiful! Well-marked trail... perfect for young children, but lovely enough for everyone to enjoy!
We left 3 South American coins, a small bean-bag animal, some small plastic stencils for kids, and a button. We took an old penny and a different bean-bag animal. The kids were absolutely thrilled!
The answers weren't what I thought...
East: Believe it or not... Alaska! (Apparently Alaska straddles the line of the Western and Eastern Hemispheres, so that makes it both the furthest east and the furthest west! Pretty tricky, huh? )
Monday, June 3, 2002
"Some people are just interesting. They can't help it. They just are."
"A yellow school bus came and got them and took them to school, and they only had to walk three miles to catch it..."
"The coffee would boil, the smell mixing in with everything else, and Charlie would begin to make the gravy. Ava would make grits, and fry up a mess of eggs, and twist open the top of a jar of preserves, and they would eat like rich people, only rich people don't really eat this good."
"Charlie would scoop up the fish and turtles--turtle soup was a fine thing then, even if you were not hungry--and leave the snakes. It may taste like chicken, as some people said, but it probably also tastes a little bit like snake, and even a little bit is a reason to gag."
Monday, April 22, 2002
Today I made---> 6 Sausage/Egg Muffin sandwiches... 2 Lasagna casseroles... 1 Rice Pie... 1 batch of Taco Rice for burritos or taco salad... 1 Chicken Divan... 1 Chicken Supreme... 1 Sausage/Rice casserole... and 2 pizzas!!!!!!
I also cooked---> 10 pounds chicken parts... 5 pounds ground beef... 3 pounds of sausage... and 9 cups of rice... some of which I used in the above dishes, and some I just bagged up to have pre-cooked in the freezer.
The thing is, now I don't want to eat all these wonderful dishes I have my freezer... I just want to admire them!
Wednesday, April 17, 2002
I found this website about Gilligan's Island and enjoyed this blurb on their welcome page:
Welcome to the "Gilligan's Island Fan Club" run by the 7 stranded castaways. The Professor found a way to make a computer out of coconuts and bamboo shoots located near the lagoon. Broken transmitter parts were also salvaged and used to make excellent conductors. During a heavy storm a telephone cable was washed ashore and we tapped into the internet in hopes that somebody would find us (The 300 baud modem was built from an old projector). The computer isn't the prettiest thing in the world but it works. Oh I almost forgot to mention..... SEND HELP!!!
LOL! They're still stranded but they managed to access the internet! What more could they need?
Friday, April 12, 2002
1 lb. hamburger
1 onion, chopped
1 can whole-kernel corn
1 can Rotel tomatoes
1 can pinto or red beans
3 tablespoons taco seasoning
2 chopped jalepeno peppers (optional)
Brown hamburger with onion. Add all other ingredients and heat through. Add extra water if needed. Serve with tortilla chips. Top with shredded cheese and sour cream, if desired.
Lodging: The cheapest lodging for road trips is often camping. While camping typically involves carrying along a lot of extra gear, or pulling a travel-trailer, it can be done quite simply when you just need a place to sleep for the night. We spent one night in the van as we traveled through Yellowstone Park last summer. Seems like the camping fee was about $15. Much cheaper than staying in one of the lodges, but it still allowed us to spend more time in the Park. Another year while traveling, we rented a cabin at a KOA campground rather than a motel room. It was very comfortable, with a double bed, plus a set of single bunks. We needed our sleeping bags and pillows, plus towels for the bathhouse... and of course, there was no TV, but the cabin was heated and completely adequate. The campground had a playground and a pool. It cost about $25 as compared to $50 or more for a motel room.
Food: Take a cooler! Pack chilled, canned pop rather than buying it from the convenience store every time you stop for gas. Although, some convenience stores do have a good deal on refills, so it might be worth it to take along your travel cup to fill up when you come across deals like that. Sometimes they will let you fill up your cup with ice for free when you purchase gas, too. Also, fill some water bottles three-quarters full and freeze them. They will help keep your cooler chilled, and when they melt you will have cold drinking water.
Plan to stop at rest areas or parks for picnic lunches rather than fast-food places, if the weather allows. If it's too cold or wet, you can also eat as you drive along, but we don't do that much as it's good to stop to stretch at mealtimes. Buy your picnic stuff at a regular grocery store before you leave home, or a regular grocery store along the way... Yes, picnic foods are more expensive than cooking but regular grocery stores are typically much cheaper than convenience stores where you get gas.
Pack snacks to take along, too, rather than buying them at the convenience stores. I usually make a big batch of oatmeal-chocolate chip cookies to take along. These are great for breakfast, as well as snacking. Pop some corn the night before and put in bags for snacking. Buy large bags of M&Ms or Skittles and divide into smaller zip-lock bags for traveling. Do the same thing with chips... get 2 or 3 kinds and divide into smaller bags. If you have stuff like this in the car, you won't be tempted to buy the over-priced snacks when you stop.
Take along your coffee pot if you will have electricity when you stop for the night. There are several things you can make with hot water... ramen soup in a cup, oatmeal, hot cocoa, tea, coffee, etc. If you won't have electricity, a good thermos will keep water hot for several hours. Another idea is to pack a thermos full of heated hot dogs for a hot picnic lunch.
When you do eat out, order ice water to drink. It's usually free with a meal, but I've noticed some fast food places charging a dime for it recently. (That annoys me, if I'm ordering food!) Pop at restaurants is way over-priced and can add quite a bit to your meal cost. If you have chips and drinks in the car, sometimes just a .99 sandwich from a fast food place is enough for a meal. (I know, most sandwiches are more than that, but you can usually find at least one for that.)
Entertainment: I am somewhat of a history buff, and over the years that has "somehow" rubbed off on my family. As we drive along, if we have time, my husband knows I always want to pull off and read the historical markers to know what happened on this site. Before a trip, I will scout out the road atlas for historical places, and then research to see if it looks like there might be some interesting museums, visitor's centers, or state parks along the way. We've hit a few duds, but typically these types of places aren't very expensive (often free) so we just go on our way. Usually, though, we find the stops very interesting, educational, and yes... fun!!! We try to plan in time for "scenic detours" like this when have a long roadtrip to visit relatives or another destination. It breaks the trip up, creates memories, and is not very expensive at all.
Last summer we took our bikes along. We planned one night's stop at a place that had a bike trail, so that was our "entertainment" for that evening. It was a beautiful trail along a river and through a park... something we would have never seen from the car. If you don't have room for bikes, the same trails can be used for walking or roller-blading. Also, we often try to plan to stay at places that have a place to swim included in the lodging cost.
Well, there's much more I could post on the subject, but I guess that's enough for now. I'm posting this for my own future reference... if anyone has any other tips on this subject please post them!
Thursday, April 11, 2002
6 oz. frozen fruit juice or beverage (doesn't have to be 100% juice)
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup water
1 cup milk
5 or 6 ice cubes
Blend on high until the ice cubes are completely crushed. Serve immediately, if possible. (My husband was late getting home for lunch, so I actually stored it in the freezer for about an hour before serving, and it was fine.)
I used a 12-oz. can of frozen juice and made two blenderfuls for my family of 4.
Wednesday, April 10, 2002
As with any "luxury" this one takes some planning and personal sacrifice... We don't yet own a home. We currently live in a rental, and we may need to move soon to a smaller house to lower our monthly rent. Would I rather have a nice house of our own? Of course! But would I rather have a nice house, or raise my kids myself? No contest!
Last spring I totalled our one-and-only car. It was an 8-year-old station wagon with 200,000 miles on it, but it was paid for, it ran good, and it got good gas mileage. I was just sick! Especially since we were only carrying liability insurance, and there was no money to replace it. For 3 months we borrowed a vehicle, and now we are making small payments on an even older full-size van with 150,000 miles on it, that gets horrid gas-mileage. Should I have put my kids in day care so I could get a job and we could afford a decent vehicle? Not worth it to me!
I spend more time cooking to save money on convenience foods and eating out. I buy most of our clothes second-hand. Our kids don't get everything they see advertised on television that strikes their fancy. Are we depriving our kids? I don't think so. Thirty years from now which will make a better memory in their mind: "Oh, remember, we got McDonald's happy meals twice a week... and remember that one toy that looked so cool on tv, but broke the second day we had it... and remember the great frozen pizzas we used to eat?" ...or... "Oh, remember, Mom used to play board games with us... and she took us to the park, and for walks, and on bike-rides... and remember the stories she used to read to us?" Those are the "luxuries" my children enjoy. Probably they don't see them as luxuries now, but one day they will! I can say that with certainty, because I had the exact childhood I'm describing... not many material things, but a mother who stayed home and raised her own children!
To begin with, if I got a job, we would undoubtedly need a second vehicle, plus insurance, gas, and maintenance. So subtract that from my take-home pay... Then subtract the cost of child-care... And I'd probably need a nicer wardrobe than I currently have, to wear to work. Would there really be very much money left after all that? Maybe there would be... then we could afford a nicer house, etc. In any case, I am willing to fore-go whatever we "might" could afford for the privilege of raising my own children.
In future blogs, I will share ways I have learned to save money on the "cost of living," as well as creative ways to plan family fun times without spending a lot of money.
Wednesday, April 3, 2002
Once in awhile I'll pick up a magazine at the library and read articles on "economical" fashion alternatives. They'll show how you can put together an outfit very similar to a $900 designer outfit for "only" $150!!!! Only?? Excuse me?? $150 for one outfit? I don't think so! One article I read recently was telling how some of the stars are willing to scrimp on one thing, I guess to justify the item that they splurge on. There was one that "scrimped" by buying $30 Old Navy jeans so she could splurge on a $300 sweater. I sat there thinking, my splurge would be a $15 pair of store-brand jeans, only because I can't find jeans in Tall at garage sales, while my scrimp would be a .25 t-shirt from the garage sale! LOL! Okay, so I know how to economize on clothes. Fashion's just not that important to me... as long as it fits, and is neat and clean and has been in style within the last 5 years I'm happy! Right now, I'm not even concerned about clothes. What we have can and will last us through this tight spot!
But how to stretch the grocery budget, that's another question. Years ago our grandparents rarely bought anything. They raised everything they ate. Since we live in a rental with a very small yard, and the rental contract does not allow vegetables gardens, that's not an option for us.
Many of the articles on the websites suggested things like: buy store-brands or generics (already do), stock up when things are on sale (already do), only shop once every week or two (already do)...
Some of the more practical suggestions involve more work, but as I have more time than money at this point in my life, these are the ones I'm going to have to learn to apply: Give up non-nutritional food. (No more coffee, pop, potato chips, candy). Cook from scratch. (No more box mixes). Use up left-overs. (Don't waste food!) Plan menus ahead. (No more waiting till 30 minutes till time to eat to decide what to have.)
Here's a couple of interesting articles on "bare bones" grocery shopping... and who knows? It may come to that!
The $5 Stretcher Challenge (Can you eat for a week on $5?)
The-Cupboard-Is-Bare-And-The-Money-Is-Low Grocery List
Another thing I thought of was to learn to get by without things like paper plates and paper towels. Again, more work. But I can wash plates and towels. Haven't figured out how to get by without toilet paper, though! An old Sears catalog isn't exactly an option! LOL!
What are your best money-saving tips? And please don't tell me something like-- Eat out at lunchtime instead of dinner! When eating out at all is not even an option, that's not real helpful! LOL!
Monday, April 1, 2002
I also made the bunny cake. DH took the kids out for two or three hours on Saturday morning, so I made it and had it sitting on the table for them when they came home. The kids were very impressed!
Friday, March 29, 2002
Our pastor's wife said something last Sunday that has really stuck with me. She said something that really bothers her in the story of the Crucifixion is not so much that Jesus died... after all, that's what He came to do, for our salvation... but how awfully rude the people were to him about it. Jeering and spitting on him and beating him and all that... That was not necessary! I've been told that dying on a cross is one of the most painful, excruciating deaths there is. Wasn't that enough? Why did the people have to be so mean to Him on top of that?
As I thought about this, I decided that probably the shadow of the Cross was weighing so heavily on Him at this point in time, that maybe the rudeness was just a minor nuisance... but I also find it comforting to know that He understands when people annoy us and are out-right rude to us. He has been there!
"Oh My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will."
Wednesday, March 27, 2002
And here are the lyrics I was looking for!
WHEN HE WAS ON THE CROSS, I WAS ON HIS MIND
I’m not on an ego trip, I’m nothing on my own
I make mistakes and sometimes slip
Just common flesh and bone
But I’ll prove some day just why I say
I’m of a special kind
For when He was on the cross
I was on His mind
A look of love was on His face
The thorns were in His head
The blood was on that scarlet robe
And stained it crimson red
Though His eyes were on the crowd that day
He looked ahead in time
For when He was on the cross
I was on His mind
He knew me, yet He loved me
He whose glory makes the Heaven’s shine
So unworthy, of such mercy
For when He was on the cross
I was on His mind
For when He was on the cross
I was on His mind
Tuesday, March 26, 2002
Here's a good article on The Art of Letter Writing that got me to thinking about this.
Friday, March 22, 2002
Does anyone do much entertaining any more? During the 16 years I've been married, we've done relatively little entertaining... nor have we been invited to others' homes very often. Is that a geographical thing or is it a generational thing? I've always heard about "southern hospitality" but since it's been many years since I've actually lived in the South I wonder if folks down there entertain their friends more than people around here do.
But then again everyone everywhere always seems to be so very, very busy... with work and school and church and recreational activities, that lots of people don't seem to even be in their own homes much any more, much less visiting friends. And when we *are* home we have computers (the internet), dozens of cable channels, videos, etc. to where we don't "need" to visit, or play games, or interact with other people at all to be "entertained." So I wonder... is "visiting" something else that is "gone with the wind?"
Take me back to Mayberry! I'd love to sit out on the porch and rock with Aunt Bea, while Andy plays his guitar, and Barney suggests goin' down to the fillin' station to get a bottle of pop! Doesn't that sound SO relaxing??
Well, anyway, what got me thinking about all of this was the this article: Hospitality vs. Entertaining
Thursday, March 21, 2002
Wednesday, March 20, 2002
1/2 c. peanut butter
1 c. Spanish peanuts
5 oz. chow mein noodles
egg-shaped candy (jelly beans, M&Ms, malted milk eggs, etc.)
Melt butterscotch chips, add peanut butter and blend. Add peanuts and chow mein noodles and blend well. Form into nests on waxed paper and cookie sheet. Tuck several egg-shaped candies in the middle of the nests. Cool in refrigerator.
Tuesday, March 19, 2002
Of all the Anne books, (there are 8) it's a toss up between the first one, Anne of Green Gables, and the last one, Rilla of Ingleside, as to which is my favorite. I think I lean a little bit toward favoring Rilla the most. It's a beautiful coming-of-age story about Anne's youngest daughter set during World War I.
Here are some good links to all-things-Anne!
Sullivan Entertainment (the movies)
Project Gutenberg (e-text of several of the books)
Virtual Green Gables (on the official PEI website)
The books at Amazon.com
Saturday, March 16, 2002
There were other similar series that I enjoyed that were not a part of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, but some of them were probably produced in much the same way. These included Trixie Belden, Alfred Hitchcock and Three Investigators, The Boxcar Children, and others of a similar genre.
I've been exploring around the internet, taking a trip down memory lane. Here are some of the neat places I've found:
The Series Bookcase
Jinkies! It's a Trixie Belden Web Site!
Three Investigators Headquarters
Many of these books are now out-of-print, but you can often find them at public libraries. Here are a few that I did find still in print at Amazon.com:
Nancy Drew #1: The Secret of the Old Clock (facsimile of a first edition)
Hardy Boys #1: The Tower Treasure
Bobbsey Twins #1: Of Lakeport (revised edition)
Three Investigators #1: The Secret of Terror Castle (reissue edition)
The Boxcar Children, Books 1-4 (boxed reprint editions)
Thursday, March 14, 2002
The Cherry Ames Page
Wednesday, March 13, 2002
Here's a great site for decluttering and getting your home under control... still working on it here!
Here are some a few more helpful websites I've found with ideas for decluttering. What it boils down to is that we just have too much stuff! Way too much stuff! Why is it so easy to accumulate and so hard to get rid of? Maybe that's why we think we have to work as hard as our grandmothers did at maintaining our homes. We have all these modern conveniences, but about 40 times as much "stuff"! And maintaining "stuff" is work!
Website for the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
The lady in the gift shop gave us a Educational Resource Guide. It lists all sorts of activities that you can do to build a unit study about the Oregon Trail. It included a section of recipes. Here is one that intrigued me:
Trail Lemonade To make this proper you want real vinegar, one with the "mother" in it. If you don't already have it, ask around; it is like sharing and passing a sourdough starter. The lemon essence was often added to improve the flavor of brackish water found on the trail. This "lemonade" is refreshing. Some emigrants claimed that when ginger was added to cold water, a body could drink as much as one wanted without feeling bloated or get an achy stomach. Start with 1 cup real vinegar. Add cup of sugar (try raw sugar for a more authentic taste), 2 oz. Lemon essence, 2-3 cups water. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Taste. Adjust sweetness to your liking.
Okay, so does anybody have "real vinegar" with a "mother" in it? I never heard of that, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the "mother" must be some sort of fungus growing in it that keeps the vinegar fermented? Sounds absolutely nasty! Wonder what regular apple cider vinegar that you can buy at the grocery store would taste like. And what is "lemon essence"? Is that different than lemon juice?
Honestly, I'd be willing to give some of these old pioneer recipes a try if I knew where to get the ingredients! I'm not sure that we would actually like them, but it would be a good learning experience, huh?
Prior to 1582, every year divisible by 4 was a leap year. Since a year contains only 365.242199 days (slightly less than 365.25 days), an error of ten days accumulated over the centuries. To compensate for this error, Pope Gregory XIII (after whom the Gregorian Calendar is named) decreed that the ten days between October 5, 1582 and October 14, 1582 would be eliminated from the calendar. This made October 1582 the shortest month, with only 21 days. After 1582, years divisible by 100 are not leap years unless they are also divisible by 400.
Is that not weird? What about the people who were born during those 10 days? Did they not get a birthday? It makes researching genealogy during that era very interesting to say the least!
Saturday, March 9, 2002
I did read one site that was by a doctor whose theory was that all head-aches (migraines included) were caused by caffeine-withdrawal. In other words, if you were used to having caffeine and then went too long without it you would get a head-ache. That can't have been the cause of yesterday's head-ache, because I did have my coffee yesterday! Interesting theory, though.
Caffeine and Headaches
Thursday, March 7, 2002
Birds and Blooms
Springtime in the Ozarks
For lo, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the
earth; The time of singing has come, And the voice of the turtledove Is heard in
our land. --Song of Solomon 2:11
Wednesday, March 6, 2002
For food and drink and happy days
Accept our gratitude and praise.
In serving others, Lord may we,
Express our deepest thanks to thee. Amen.
Looks like that "dusty ol' book" is still in print! Must be a good one to have stayed around this long. Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Four Kings
Who was she? http://www.womeninworldhistory.com/heroine2.html
Tuesday, March 5, 2002
I think recording our day-to-day lives is very important... for our children and others who come after us, and also for our future-selves, to look back at where we've come from. I'll add some links to articles about journaling as I find them... hopefully this will inspire me to get started again, writing down all the things I want my children to know.
The Tradition of Journaling.
So You Think Your Life Is Boring?
Creating Journals for You
Inspired to Journal
"This shall be written for the generation to come; and the people which shall be created shall praise the Lord." Psalm 102:18
Monday, March 4, 2002
She watches over the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her: "Many daughters have done well, But you excel them all." Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, And let her own works praise her in the gates.
Welcome to my "blog" site. I tried this once about a year ago, but wasn't sure what direction I wanted to go with it. After all, I have a regular website... but finally I've decided that I would like to have a quick and easy place to go to quickly jot down some of my ideas and thoughts as I'm surfing the web. I'm always coming across an interesting website or article, so I'll bookmark it... and then later I'll forget about it... or come across it so much later that I'll forget why I bookmarked it to start with. So I thought this way I could comment on places I find... and share some of what I think about along the way. Maybe you'll find something you enjoy here, too.
But, to start with, I gotta this place decorated! That's the first thing I always do when I move into a new house. I can't feel at home until I have my curtains up and my pictures on the walls! So I'm off to find some pretty graphics!
Watch for more "content" soon!