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April 30, 2006 - Sunday

Shopping Malls in Virtual Worlds

I used to love malls, then I got lazy and did not want to leave home to shop as much. Now, in SecondLife,com, I can walk around a beautiful mall, the kind with a big fountain in the middle and relaxing places to sit and watch people -- and even buy things based on photos.

What is really fun is having an avatar and looking like anything I want - and meeting people who all look like they want. It's one beautiful -- or crazy world. Here are some short videos that show what avatars can do there --> http://secondlife.com/showcase/media.php.

 

 

April 29, 2006 - Saturday

Stocking Up on Grilled Goodies

My husband is in a "grilled food" mood. Today, he is grilling up a lot of hamburger and hot dogs to freeze and take to work and eat (and for us here at home, too). Not only that, but we just received an order for a big batch of grilled pork from my son-in-law's brother - who is a professional, award-winning cook, traveling to national competitions. Jonathan is the best son-in-law ever and Jayson is the best cook -- I love relatives.

Also, I am loving SecondLife. I just bought an island there. If you ever want to visit, come see me at "Terry's Isle" in the Dreamland Community as I develop the land into a nice residence. I plan to build a little house with a beautiful outdoors garden. I have these two GREAT Aussie neighbors who took me out boating the other day -- loads of fun. We have a good community. (Oh my gosh -- it sounds so much like real life. I wish you could all see this place.)

 

 

 

 

April 28, 2006 - Friday

Privet - The Cause of Much Sneezing

My husband is allergic to this weed. "Privet" is invasive, stinks and causes much sneezing for many people. I was surprised to see it for sale in a plant catalog. It hurts native species and our city's botanical garden always pulls it out as a weed.

I took this photo of it along the greenway. The tiny blooms are cute even though the plant is does evil things.

 

 

April 27, 2006 - Thursday

Hystersisters.com

My sister Deborah, needed a hysterectomy and got much advice from a wonderful website, Hystersisters.com, the hysterectomy recovery support site.

This site has up-to-date information, news, message boards, medical articles including the latest research and personal help. My sister loved it so much that she became an official staff member and helps with the message boards. She was able to go through her own surgery with confidence. (Message board posting must run in the family since I have been a message board manager since the mid 1980's.)

If you are had or are thinking of having this surgery, check the site out. It also has the latest research on other medical conditions for women or men such as ovarian cancer or sexual dysfunction. They do nothing but good there.

 

 

April 26, 2006 - Wednesday

Best 46 Freeware Utilities

From "Tech Support," this is a good list - and pretty thorough --> 46 Best Freeware Utilities. I guess he couldn't make it to fifty because this is all there is (just kidding).

 

 

April 25, 2006 - Tuesday

Homemade Ministrone Soup

I love this soup and my daughter made some out-of-this world ministrone. It was a great success. Here's her recipe.

 

Ministrone Soup

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 2 onions, chopped

  • 2 cups chopped celery

  • 5 carrots, sliced

  • 2 cups chicken broth

  • 2 cups water

  • 4 cups tomato sauce

  • 1/2 fluid ounce red wine (optional)

  • 1 cup canned kidney beans, drained

  • 1 (15-ounce) can green beans

  • 2 cups baby spinach, rinsed

  • 3 zucchinis, quartered and sliced

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1/2 cup seashell pasta

  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese for topping

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

1. Over medium-low heat, in a large stock pot, heat olive oil and saute garlic for 2 to 3 minutes. Add onion and saute for 4 to 5 minutes. Add celery and carrots, saute for 1 to 2 minutes.
2. Add chicken broth, water and tomato sauce, bring to boil, stirring frequently. If desired add red wine at this point. Reduce heat to low and add kidney beans, green beans, spinach leaves, zucchini, oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Simmer for 30 to 40 minutes, the longer the better.
3. Fill a medium saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add macaroni and cook until tender. Drain water and set aside.
4. Once pasta is cooked and soup is heated through place 2 tablespoons cooked pasta into individual serving bowls. Ladle soup on top of pasta and sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top. Spray with olive oil and serve.

 

 

 

April 24, 2006 - Monday

Getting a Physical

It's time for one of those complete physical checkups this year. Everyone should get them from time to time and this year, I am getting tested for everything. I went through the heart stress tests and exams -- no problems found. Whew!

It was interesting at the lab -- about 3 women getting tested and 15 men. I know women must have heart problems just as much as men -- only women's heart problems are harder to detect. What I really didn't like was having to wear a hospital gown and NO BRA in front of 15 men. Oh well - I was proud of myself on the treadmill since I have had an exercise program for the past 10 years or so and I showed pretty good endurance.

On another note, I am not sure I like SecondLife yet. I feel so alone wandering through the stores and houses. Its like a big deserted city. Nobody is home, usually. There are clubs and casinos where people gather, but I don't know what to do when I get there ... find people to IM, I guess.

On the other hand, here's my current IMVU avatar.

 

 

 

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Please check out my sister's site, Hystersisters.com, the hysterectomy recovery support site.