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Here are pictures of middle son – Tyler!
Here’s photos of our oldest son who is now almost 14!
Last night when Tom returned from his trip he brought us our copy of ILife 09 which includes an update to IPhoto that has facial recognition. We have been playing around with it today, it takes some time since you need to identify the faces and confirm that it has them correct. But, overall, it is pretty cool. Probably the most stark thing is the difference in the boys over the years, which you don’t realize until you have the pictures side by side as I did while it was identifying who was and wasn’t who.
Here are some pictures of Tim over the years – I am going to also do the other boys as well….. My how they’ve grown!
It is a little disconcerting to read about the 5th confirmed death and the 6th case of human bird flu in China. The geographic areas that these people were from are far removed from each other. Hard to imagine that there won’t be more, particularly in light of the celebration of the Chinese New Year. Even more disturbing is the fact that the WHO Global Pandemic Preparedness Plan is at a Stage 3 alert – which is Pandemic Alert. The scale only goes to 6 people, which means according to the WHO we are halfway to hell. The US pandemic alert is still at zero meaning that there are confirmed cases of infected birds/animals outside this country. If you look closely at the US alert scale, while we are at zero we have still crossed the line into the Pandemic Alert Period and our scale only goes to 6 as well.
I think that it is time to take stock of our stockpiles and re-assess our situation once again. I think Tom’s paranoia is rubbing off but honestly if the CDC and WHO are so convinced that we are OVERDUE for a pandemic of some type, I think caution is warranted.
Tonight was a night of accomplishments. The boys had Boards of Review for Scouts. I am proud that they all passed their respective ranks. I am now the proud mama of 2 First Class Scouts and one Tenderfoot Scout. Tim was just too pooped and not feeling well to do the Board for Second Class, although he has all the requirements completed except for his Review. I felt sorry for the poor little guy, he is really miserable with this cold. He came home and fell into bed.
Well we almost made it. We were less than 24 hours from Tom getting home. I thought we were safe. BUT NO…..she couldn’t do it. She was unable to resist the urge to screw with me. And thus the White Dog broke what I thought was going to be a streak. We made it almost to Tom’s return after being away for the week without a White Dog vs. Tammy incident. But tonight……tonight….well, she outdid herself.
I made homemade chicken soup for dinner since Tim has a heck of a cold. Quick dinner, simple since we had to be out the door for Scouts. When we returned 2 1/2 hours later, I find my ENTIRE kitchen counter and everything on it smothered in ….. chicken grease. Congealed, goopy, disgusting chicken grease. The measuring cup (only the biggest one I own, no less) was halfway filled with the grease I skimmed off the stock. I left it on the back of the counter since it was still warm and could not obviously go down the sink or into the trash since it was still liquid. Well, the White Dog saw fit to knock over the measuring cup and spill that luscious chicken grease all over my counter, my new kitchen scale, my utensil crocks, everything! I seriously could kill her which is why I am therapeutically writing this post—keeping my hands away from her neck. At 9:30 at night the last thing I really wanted — or needed– to do was to re-clean (mind you I really cleaned the whole kitchen last night) the better part of the kitchen counter, everything on it and the cabinets. I seriously, seriously, God forgive me, despite that animal. I know that my husband loves her but I will be doing the happy, happy dance the day she meets her maker. I have just had it. This on top of the fact that she destroyed the outside edge of the garbage bag trying to get into the garbage while we were gone. Luckily, I put a heavy container on the garbage can — didn’t stop her from gnawing it to shreds though. I really, really, really am not a happy camper at this moment in time. Cleaning grease from everything was not my idea of a fun evening. White Dog – I liked your predecessor so much better and SHE ate my bed! That’s exactly how much I don’t like you. ARGHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!
Well, there is an awful lot of snow out there, it has drifted into some of the biggest piles which is just plain crazy. My neighbor told me that another storm is coming Monday into Tuesday! Had to dig a path to the chicken coop since the drift over there was up to my chest. Luckily getting to the goats was easier, the field drifts were only knee-high.
The goats weren’t too fond of all the snow. Seems to have made it difficult to navigate to me.
It was windy as anything last night. The wind was howling and causing the house to creak all night long. Needless to say, it’s impossible to say now how much snow we finally got when it stopped snowing about midnight. Here are some pictures from this morning though.
One of the things that I tried desperately to eliminate from my diet when I realized that the sulfites in wine were bothering me was high fructose corn syrup. I learned that it contained sulfites in the processing of it and therefore it was something better avoided for me. Today results of a study were released which indicate that nearly 50% of tested samples of high fructose corn syrup contain mercury — which is yet another reason to avoid it. The press release in full can be found here.
According to the release, 55 brand name food and beverages containing high fructose corn syrup as the first or second ingredient were sent in for testing. “Nearly one in three products tested contained detectable mercury. Mercury was most prevalent in HFCS-containing dairy products, dressings and condiments. The brands that were tested included Hershey’s, Kraft, Smucker’s, Manwich, Nutrigain and Yoplait.
When I started looking to avoid high fructose corn syrup, I was amazed to find that it was in foods that I never would have suspected – like breads and believe it or not it was one of the leading ingredients. Do we really need it in breads?
How might you ask does one get mercury in the high fructose corn syrup? Evidently from what I’ve read it is a byproduct of the manufacturing process whereby the corn syrup is extracted from the kernel. Read here for more information and a complete list of the products tested and their levels of mercury.
Pretty scary stuff….our food is definitely going to kill us sooner or later. Another reason that I will ramp up my efforts to avoid it, not only for me but also now for my family.
Here are some updated pictures of the snow outside this afternoon at 3:30. The boys were outside and said that by the time they cleaned off my truck the snow was covering it once again. It is now mixing with some sleet or ice and it stings when it hits your face with the wind. Even the dogs are not all that anxious to be outside today.
Here are some pictures out our window at 1:30 this afternoon.
We are in the early stages of what is forecast to be a heck of a storm. They have gradually increased the snowfall forecasts over the past 24 hours and this morning they are calling for 20 inches of snow here. Needless to say, while there is only 2 or 3 inches on the ground right now, the bulk of the storm is hitting us throughout the day today, so school has been canceled. The boys are thrilled (with exam makeup day and a professional day) this is the third day off this week –well, they haven’t been to school this week. It is gray and somewhat dark outside and snowing like mad. It is also pretty windy in gusts, so I won’t be surprised if there is a blizzard warning posted at some point.
I will post some pictures later.