it's the only planet with chocolate !!!
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
The bottom is purposely left barren; the cat would really have fun otherwise!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
sometimes just a few comments on the happenings of the day or about a meal I have had.
Today I am sharing a copy of something I received as an email from Heartlight.
You don't have to be a religious person to "get it" (first is a verse and then the narration)
I hope you do and enjoy as well...
Love Beyond the Ledger, by Ron Rose
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent
his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since
God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever
seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love
is made complete in us (1 John 4:10-12 TNIV).
There was a time, before Television (BT), when families in the US would
gather in their living rooms and listen to radio dramas. "One Man's
Family," "Fibber Magee and Molly," "Groucho Marx," and "Burns and
Allen," were just a few. One of the favorites was "The Jack Benny
Jack Benny eventually made the transition to television as one of
America's most popular comedians. His on-air persona presented him as a
penny-pinching skinflint who would sooner die than part with a dollar.
Yet in real life, his character was anything but -- the flesh and blood
Jack Benny was a generous and kind man who treasured his friends, gave
generously to charities, and dearly loved his wife.
Jack Benny (real name Benjamin Kubelsky) was married to Sayde Marks
(better known as Mary Livingstone, the character she played on her
husband's radio show) for 48 years. Their marriage was far from
perfect. She was a quick-witted, high-maintenance, and a demanding
woman. He was a bit of a philanderer.
After his death, Sayde claimed Benny's signature gesture of holding one
hand to the side of his face came about from his attempting to conceal
scratch marks she inflicted after she caught him on the phone with one
of his female admirers.
Yet despite their shortcomings and imperfections, Jack loved his wife
and wanted her to know his love would last a lifetime and beyond. For
years, Sayde had received a long-stemmed red rose everyday. Then, even
after Jack died in December of 1974, she continued to receive a rose.
When she called to remind the florist of her husband's death, she
learned that Jack had included a provision for the flowers in his will.
One red rose was to be delivered to Sadye every day for the rest of her
Sayde passed away nine years later. Nothing could stop Jack's love.
Too many of us have grown jaded and shallow in our love. We are often
trapped in ledger sheet giving instead of genuine loving. You do this
and I will repay you by doing that. Somewhere in the back of your mind,
are you keeping track of giving and receiving, making sure to keep
You can see this ledger sheet giving this time of the year. You give me
a present worth $100 and I must give something of equal value. That
kind of giving robs us of the joy. It's void of spirit. We give, but
there is something empty in the experience. Why do we put up with it?
Do you really believe it?
God has shown us how to give beyond the ledger sheet ... to break the
mold ... to be an outrageous, unexpected giver who loves people just
the way they are.
Giving up the ledger sheet habit is not easy, but it can be done. God
has shown you how; he pioneered the way. He gave first! If you have
unwrapped the gift of his love, you are a new version of what you used
to be. Call it version 2.0. You now have an outrageous giver inside
you, a generous and grateful reflection of his gift to you.
Remember, he still loves you just the way you are, now it's your turn!
Do you believe it?
Do you really believe it?
Tis' the season! So live as if you believe it!
(c) 2007 FaithFitness and Ron Rose .
I am posting this because with everything I have experienced in life, it is the gift of love that far surpasses anything else.
Monday, November 26, 2007
We got to an area by a small pond and they clearly don't want you going out on the ice...I think!
Last week Pattie said the forcast was for 62 and sunny for Monday...well I am sure it was somewhere; but not here! Here they are pointing at the sunniest moment we had on the hike
We also met up with a lone horse and rider...see the special shoes for the horse to protect the hooves. They think of everything! double click to see the feet.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
That's what Chuck said when he took a taste of my Bolognese Lasagna at Biaggi's.
It was way better than Prego, it was Divine!
He had Farfalle Alfredo...it was yummy too.
We 'dabbled' a little bit with the special oil and variety of breads too.
I found several (maybe billions!) frozen leaves. Here are some...double click to enlarge.
After all of this we rewarded (?) ourselves with hot fudge sundaes at Culvers.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Nothing to do but wait for the bird and the guests...
This baby is finally ready! Here it is in one piece...
Now it is ready for the table
and...the table is ready for it
Now for a little dessert
Tough to pick just one!
So first get the bird ready and the stuffing...
Then the potatoes and the extra stuffing that did not fit into the bird
Then check to see if everything else around the house is in order; some of us have it made!
I think the cat has the best end of this deal!
Monday, November 19, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
She kept it fat and plastered;
And when the price of pork went up,
She shot the little bastard.
MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB
Her father shot it dead.
Now it goes to school with her,
Between two hunks of bread.
JACK AND JILL Went up the hill
To have a little fun.
Stupid Jill forgot the pill
And now they have a son.
SIMPLE SIMON met a Pie man going to the fair.
Said Simple Simon to the Pie man,
"What have you got there?"
Said the Pie man unto Simon,
"Pies, you Dumb Ass"
HUMPTY DUMPTY sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the kings' horses,
And all the kings' men.
Had scrambled eggs,
For breakfast again.
HEY DIDDLE, DIDDLE the cat took a piddle,
All over the bedside clock.
The little dog laughed to see such fun.
Then died of electric shock.
GEORGIE PORGY Pudding and Pie,
Kissed the girls and made them cry.
And when the boys came out to play,
He kissed them too 'cause he was gay
There was a little girl who had a little curl
Right in the middle of her forehead.
When she was good, she was very, very good.
But when she was bad........
She got a fur coat, jewels, a waterfront condo, and a sports car.
Friday, November 16, 2007
We stopped today at IHOP and had an interesting mix of meals.
The food again was worthy of memorializing so here they are:
Len and Marlene shared this single meal order...Imagine 3 pancakes, toast, and a country omelet the size of New York City!!
I got the international crepe plate which had eggs, meats and these beautiful Swedish Crepes...They were the BEST!! I ate everything else then had them for dessert with my never-ending cup of coffee
Patti had a great looking Bacon Lettuce and Tomato sandwich w/fries.
After sufficiently stuffing ourselves we hiked for 5 miles through forest and grasslands.
I saw this Paper Wasp nest from the trail and bushwhacked a bit to get this close-up of it.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Here's Chuck with the map, yes we rode every piece of it for a total of 12 miles. This is a shorter than my current average distance of approximately 20 miles, but these were pretty tough miles and in my mind the effort was still equivalent to 20! See? It works for me!
Then the best from all of this activity...I made macaroni and beef for dinner. High calorie but who cares? MMmmm Good!
despondent over the recent death of her husband. She decided that she
would just kill herself and join him in death.
Thinking that it would be best to get it over with quickly, she took
out his old Army pistol and made the decision to shoot herself in the
heart, since it was badly broken in the first place.
Not wanting to miss the vital organ and become a vegetable and a burden
to someone, she called her doctor's office to inquire as to just
exactly where the heart would be on a woman. The doctor said, "Your
heart would be just below your left breast".
Later that night........ Mildred was admitted to the hospital with a
gunshot wound to her knee.
Monday, November 12, 2007
I was quite surprised to see three deer just beside the trail; of course once they noticed me, they went back into the woods and I missed a nice close up shot of them. Then to my surprise, they came through the woods just a few feet ahead of me and jumped the rail and crossed the nearby road, so I ended up getting good action pics of them instead of still ' posed ' shots! Wow!
Here is a little canoe launch spot along the trail and a view of the Fox River
another 8 or so miles down the trail we stopped at Benedict's for brunch
and it was another great meal. We all ordered something different and it all looked so good I got a pic of each meal!
Chuck ordered the Breakfast Burrito...this one looks healthy; hard to believe!
Dave ordered 'plain old scrambled eggs and bacon' I had to hold myself back from stealing some of that great looking bacon!
Patti got the Fall Salad Plate and it looked scrumptious as well
I got the Asparagus Strada; a mix between french toast, scrambled eggs and a fritata...Yummy!
We sat in the special room that holds a real live tree that goes right up and through the roof... now that is something you don't see every day!
Here are Patti and Dave in the foreground and the tree in the back
On the return trip we passed a cute looking hot dog stand and I can't wait to try it the next time we get another 60 degree day in November!