And climb the stairs to the beach...

Monday, October 31, 2005

Morning Folks 10 31 05

Happy Halloween-I thought I would share some of the Halloween pictures from our family album. These pictures are of my boys, Doug and Bill, now 28 and 29, and their cousins Angie, Cindy's daughter and Jessie and Lizzie, Chucks girls. They are all in their early to mid twenties now.

I think this one was from about 1982. Doug would have been 6, Bill 5 and Angie 3. Cindy always did such a great job with costumes. Doug won a dracula prize that year at the Sudbury Pines Nursing Home Halloween Party. He had Vaseline in his hair that night and school pictures the next day. Needless to say, we never got it all out and he was pretty slick that day at school


And one morning, I don't remember which year, they all woke up the next morning and they were the Farkles. Angie Farkle, Bill Farkle and Doug Farkle. We don't really know what happened. They just woke up that way. It was very scary. Fortunately, they outgrew it.


This next group of pictures are from 1984. Angie was Strawberry Shortcake. Doug and Bill were pirates-I actually sewed those costumes. I still have them!

Home with the loot! Jessie looked so cute as Miss Piggy.
After the Trick or Treating, it's time for a taste.

Then the after-party begins!

And they danced the night away...

until 9:00. School the next day.


In 1985,(I think), we had some very colorful participants!

Lizzie A little Hobo

Jessie, a little Clown.

I dont know What Doug was, but he was very scary and quite formal.

Aand Bill was Blackbeard the Pirate.

A much scarier pirate this year.

Angie was a pretty little witch.

Here is the whole crew!


In 1986 we had a ghoulish theme going on with Bill and Angie. Doug was walking wounded.

Oooooooooh. Angie was very weird looking. .

Bill has last year's beard on his head.

Poor Doug. He looks like he is in a lot of pain, and bleeding and everything!


We had some great Halloweens. These kids are all grown now, but I remember it like it was yesterday. So, enjoy them while they're young, if you still have little ones at home to enjoy! If not, I think the Farkles have some extras!

Happy Halloween everyone! Trick or Treat!


PS Dont forget RAbbit Rabbit Rabbit on Tuesday!

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Morning Folks 10 30 05

We fall back an hour as we change from daylight to standard time 2 a.m. Sunday for most of the country. Most folks will set their clocks back before going to bed on Saturday night, giving themselves an extra hour of sleep. Daylight-saving time returns April 2. Congress has voted to change the dates for daylight-saving time by 3 weeks, but that doesn't take effect until 2007. We will switch back to standard time, falling back an hour on the first Sunday in November.

Even though Congress decrees the existence of Daylight Saving Time, states are free to ignore it if they so choose.

There are three states where this is the case:

Arizona: The Navajo reservation observes DST, but the remainder of the state stays on standard time. The Navajo reservation has the Hopi reservation in the middle, so there's a bit of a mixture of the two time zones in the north-east of the state.

Hawaii: does not observe DST at all

Indiana: The south-western tip of the state is in the Central time zone, and this part of the state does not observe DST. Therefore, while the rest of the state goes to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)-4hr, this tiny area remains on GMT-6hr. The result is that driving along I-64 from Louisville, Kentucky to St Louis, Missouri, you will start at GMT-4hr, then have to put your clocks back 2 hours after only 70 miles. After a further 70 miles, you'll have to put them forward 1 hour.

When daylight-saving time starts 3 weeks earlier than usual in the United States come 2007, your VCR or DVD recorder could start recording shows an hour late.
Cell phone companies could give you an extra hour of free weekend calls, and people who depend on online calendars may find themselves late for appointments.


So I hope you enjoyed your extra hour. I am up at 4AM writing this. I think this might be my extra hour, but it might have been an hour ago. I am not sure.

By the way, did you ever wonder...(This is kind of gross) but when we wake up, why do we have crust in our eyes? -

“Eye crusts” (yuck) or "Sleepy Seeds" or "Sandman Sand" are the leftover protein and fat from tears that have dried up. Tears are made up of three things:
Salty water, Protein, and fat.
'Tears do lots of jobs. They clean the eye. They fill in tiny imperfections in the surface of the cornea, which needs to be perfectly smooth for maximal vision. They also deliver nutrients to the cornea, which has to be clear to let light through to the iris, and therefore has no blood vessels to deliver a “food supply.” And of course tears flow at times of emotion, when the tear glands power up and produce more salt water. '

So, as Jerry and the Pacemakers once said "crying's not a ba-a-ad thing. Just stop your crying when the birds sing. Oh Oh Oh... Don't let the sun catch you crying. The night's the time for all your tee-ee-ee-ee-ears." Are you humming it? If you are more than 40, I bet you are!

Have a great day and enjoy your hour.


Saturday, October 29, 2005

Morning Folks 10 29 05


I started to do a blog about home. No reason, just came to me. Of course the first quote I found was "Home is where the heart is." It is attributed to Pliny. I got to wondering, who is Pliny? or more accurately, who was Pliny?

I found a picture of a reconstruction of his home in Italy. (Where his heart was.)

Here are a few more quotes by Pliny, all of which seem so wise and true

An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit.

Grief has limits, whereas apprehension has none. For we grieve only for what we know has happened, but we fear all that possibly may happen.

Hope is the pillar that holds up the world. Hope is the dream of a waking man.

In these matters the only certainty is that nothing is certain.

Such is the audacity of man, that he hath learned to counterfeit Nature, yea, and is so bold as to challenge her in her work.

The depth of darkness to which you can descend and still live is an exact measure of the height to which you can aspire to reach.

The lust of avarice as so totally seized upon mankind that their wealth seems rather to possess them than they possess their wealth.

The real sin against life is to abuse and destroy beauty, even one's own -even more, one's own, for that has been put in our care and we are responsible for its well-being.

Truth comes out in wine.

So who is this wise guy? Well, it wasn't that easy to figure out. There were two Plinys. Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger. The elder was the uncle of the younger.

Here is what I found, in a nutshell, about Uncle Pliny:
In A.D. 77 a workaholic called Pliny the Elder published the first encyclopedia, Natural History. Headless people were among the many marvels

Gaius Plinius Secundus, the man we know as Pliny the Elder, was born in Como, Italy, in A.D. 23. By the time he died 56 years later, he had been a cavalry officer, an adviser to emperors and the author of at least 75 books, not to mention another 160 volumes of unpublished notebooks. He is remembered today for just one of those works, his 37-volume Natural History, in which he planned to "set forth in detail all the contents of the entire world."
It is a wonderful melange of the real and the fantastic, the never was and the never could be. He wrote of dog-headed people who communicated by barking, and people with no heads at all, their eyes in their shoulders. He wrote of snakes that launch themselves skyward to catch high-flying birds, and of the "basilisk serpent" of Africa, which kills bushes on contact, bursts rocks with its breath and is so venomous that when one was killed by a man on horseback, "the infection rising through the spear killed not only the rider but also the horse."


But Pliny the Younger was the one to whom these quotes are attributed. He is fascinating. Here is a little bit of what I found out about him:

Pliny the Younger or Caius Plinius Caecilius Secundus (62-c.115): Roman senator, nephew of Pliny the Elder, Governor of Bithynia-Pontus (109-111), author of a famous collection of letters.

The Roman senator Pliny the Younger is one of the few people from Antiquity who is more to us than just a name. There is a long inscription which mentions his entire career, one or two of his houses have been discovered, and -more importantly- we can still read many of his letters. They are often very entertaining: he tells a ghost story, gives accounts of lawsuits, guides us through his houses, describes the friendship of a boy and a dolphin, informs us about the persecution of Christians, tells about the eruption of the Vesuvius. But we can also read his correspondence with the emperor Trajan. With the senator Cicero and the father of the church Augustine, Pliny is the best-known of all Romans.

He had a lot to say and the few excerpts I've read are really fascinating. Some day, I would like to read some of what he wrote. If you go to the following website, you can read his account of the eruption of Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompei, when as a teenager in the nearby town of Misenum he and his mother survived the catastrophe while Uncle Pliny perished. It is a fascinating account and I have always been intrigued by Pompei...)ever since that National Geographic showed those poor people and the little dog preserved by volcanic ash from the eruption.)

Pliny the Younger and his mother at Misenum during the eruption of Vesuvius.

Wow! I never know where this blog is going to take me. I hope you enjoy coming along for the ride.

Have a great Saturday.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Morning Folks 10 28 05

"Each day is a new canvas to paint upon. Make sure your picture is full of life and happiness, and at the end of the day you don't look at it and wish you had painted something different."-- Unknown

For some beautiful pictures of sunrise on the Cape, and other inspiring photos, copy and paste this address in your browser and enjoy.

I wish I had read this quote yesterday morning. Maybe yesterday would have been a little different. Thank goodness, if we are lucky, we get a "do over" every 24 hours. But, today, I will make a day that I won't want to do-over. I hope you make today a masterpiece!


Thursday, October 27, 2005

Morning Folks 10 27 05

There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October. - Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Chrysanthemum
The Flower of Happiness, was so revered that in Japan only the nobles could grow it. It has been grown for over 2,000 years all throughout in the Far East. It has come to mean love and truthfulness. We may see it carved on the throne of the Emperor of Japan and on many Chinese artifacts.

A Chinese Legend
Three thousand years ago an elderly Chinese emperor heard about a magic herb that would give him eternal youth. This herb could only be picked by young people. The old emperor sent 24 children to an island where this plant was said to grow. They arrived after surviving perilous storms and attacks by sea serpents, and found neither inhabitants nor the magic herb. All they found was a flower—the golden chrysanthemum—that gained a reputation for conferring long and vigorous life.The Chinese now hold the Double Ninth Festival on the ninth day of the ninth month of their lunar calendar. Double Ninth started out as a day to drive away danger, with customs that included the drinking of chrysanthemum wine, considered to have cleansing qualities. Today it is a celebration and an occasion for chrysanthemum appreciation: chrysanthemum tea and wine is served, children learn poems about chrysanthemums, and many cities host a chrysanthemum exhibit.

What kind of flowers do you give to King Tut? Chrysanthemummies.

Have a great Thursday.


Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Morning Folks 10 26 05

"Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful." Buddha


Thanks for the kind and healing thoughts everyone. I am on the mend and have officially stopped feeling sorry for myself. I am now thinking good thoughts, having received all of yours, and will get back to work with a vengeance. Well, maybe not a vengeance, but I will show up.

Have a great Wednesday, everyone.


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