Is it the last day of June,
already? Why does time fly so fast? Why does it seem to
speed up as we get older?
Here's a cute website that
I saw on Leo's Canadian Call for Help. (He's released
avi files of the TV show he's doing up in Canada - yay!)
They talked about Gnod.net.
Type in names of authors, movies or books and it
will suggest others that you might like. Amazon does
this already, but this site is nice and easy to understand. I even took note of the suggestions
it made that I was not already familiar with. (Is there
a way, I can get more time to do all of these things?)
like what Kelly Ripa said on TV earlier today, "Why is
it that February seems to last forever, but June is gone
in a flash?"
I read an article in last
night's Huntsville Times about the BTK killer as he
described how he murdered people. I truly wish I hadn't
read those details. It was the stuff of nightmares and
it couldn't be dismissed as fiction.
There are a lot of blogs from soldiers
in Iraq. Find out what day-to-day life
for a soldier can be. Warning -- this can be very
depressing. What should we do as a country? Yes, I am
tired of the war taking so long, of our people, indeed,
of all people, dying. Should we pull out before the new
Iraqi government is ready? Will our work be for nothing
if we do? I think we need to finish what was started,
but I cringe at the number of deaths going on even
though, with Saddam's genocide horrors, probably even
more people would have died in the long run than already
have. I am torn in both directions.
made a recommendation that I am doing, but that I think
everyone who spends much time in e-mail should do. He
suggested buying a domain name. GoDaddy.com offers them
for around $9 a year or so. You can then have the
company direct e-mail to any account in the name of that
domain. In other words, I have an e-mail address of
(my domain). I can have e-mail directed to any existing
account such as AOL or Comcast.net or just anything. If
I change Internet providers, I just log into my domain
control panel and have the mail changed to the address
from the new provider. What this means is that I can
keep my e-mail address forever, never locked into using
any one provider. This is the best way to do it.
I have peculiar computer
problem. When I have iTunes running and my iPod hooked
up to my firewire card, the computer sometimes locks up
and I have to do a complete reboot. This was never a
problem with my old motherboard, etc. My husband read
that some systems have a conflict with certain firewire
cards. I guess I need a new card. Oh well, they are
Speaking of firewire, I
walked into Radio Shack yesterday and asked for a
firewire cable. They said that they were all out of them
and tried unsuccessfully to locate some in other stores.
Fortunately, I knew that the cable was officially known
as an IEEE 1394 and I found a whole row of them in the
store. I showed one to the clerk and said, "This is a
firewire cable." I felt so superior! I love being a
geek. (P.S. If you ever have a choice between firewire
and USB, go with firewire. At least my experience, in
general, is that I like firewire better - faster, less
conflicts with other USB devices, etc. In fact, I've had
more problems with USB.)
I've been unhappy with
several recent Supreme Court decisions. I just can't
comprehend that the law allows a private company
to take away someone's land. Can't we truly own land
anymore? I could rant further, but the point is - some
justices have lost touch with reality. I wish we had a
few younger judges there. Maybe we will get a younger
one when Renquist finally leaves. It's a new day and
age. We need judges who understand it better - who don't
let big business decide the laws for us.
After getting such high
reviews in PC Magazine and seeing my husband use it, I
decided to try out Spyware Doctor.
(There's a free version that will not actually delete
the offensive files, but it shows where they are located
so you could easily delete them yourself.)
It looks like a great
program. It found files the others had missed including
a key logger. This is a program that records all the key
presses I make and secretly sends them off to an evil
person somewhere. Especially be concerned for typing in
passwords to your bank account, etc. If this happens to
you, be sure to change your passwords (which I did).
But I am extra grateful
that many passwords are embedded in my browser -- so I
was not typing much of a private nature and I run a
checker regularly. The spyware wasn't on my system for
My daughter asked me to
make pumpkin bread and I enthusiastically agreed. I also
made a movie of making it (Pumpkin
Bread: The Movie).
I am having fun learning how to make a decent,
interesting movie. It's more work than taking still
shots due to having to watch and rewatch in order to
edit. A tripod is often required in a movie. And I use a
program to arrange the music, scene changes, etc. -- a
lot of work for one photo blog entry.
Editing is hard. I have to
use willpower to chop off much of the movie (the movie
upload limit on TextAmerica.com, where my photo blog is
located, is 25 mg each -- pretty generous in a way). I
love having access to GarageBand.com for most of the
In uploading an occasional
movie or two, I prefer to keep them short. That way,
more people will take the time to watch. Even with
relatives, few of us WANT to watch an hour-long recital,
but we all love a 30- or 60-second excerpt, especially one that
is online and easy to find.
The recipe I used was from
I tried their calculator to change this recipe down to
making two loaves instead of three. It worked well. Here's the original
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease
and flour three 9x5 inch loaf pans. In a large bowl, mix
together the pumpkin, oil, sugar, and eggs. Combine the
flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg,
and cloves; stir into the pumpkin mixture until well
blended. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans.
Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour. The top of
the loaf should spring back when lightly pressed. Optional -
add raisins, chocolate chips, nuts, etc.
I have an ongoing pet peeve
with the canned pumpkin industry - they pack a 15 oz.
can when most recipes call for 16 oz. (two cups). This is
a despicable financial ploy. I'd rather pay more for
the extra ounce and have a can that is exactly 2 cups
just saw Bewitched,
the new movie that started this weekend. Critics did not
like it, saying it was overacted, etc., but I find
critics often do not like comedies while I am not so
picky about them.
Did we like it? Yes. My
husband said he liked it even though I caught him
looking at his watch during slow moments. I don't think
it will be a blockbuster hit but it is definitely not a
It was fun to see Shirley
McClaine, Michael Caine, and the other stars here. Will
Ferrell fans should love this -- he does it all. Nicole
Kidman was just beautiful and fit perfectly in this
role. We enjoyed it -- in a mild sort of way.
My husband grew a
kind of green pepper this year. I don't know what type
they are (but we have made a lot of jokes over the shape
of them). The skin is thin and they made perfect
rellenos. Here's a simple, easy relleno recipe that my
husband discovered, which worked well for us.
Ours were mild peppers (no
heat at all) that did not need skinning, first, and they
had very little seeds inside - so easy to deal with. We
halved the recipe and only needed two of the large
peppers. It was delicious.
4 cans whole green chiles
(4 oz each) drained
3 cups shredded Mexican
blend of cheeses
6 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup milk
1/4 teasp. salt
1/4 teasp. pepper
Stuff chiles or peppers with
cheese. Arrange in a lightly greased 12x8x2" baking dish.
Milk eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Pour over chiles. Sprinkle
additional cheese on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes
or until set.