My husband came back from a
business trip to
Germany and told us how they allow their pets to go everywhere. People
bring their dogs into stores and restaurants - all over the place.
Germany was an
interesting place, he said. I had
sent a camera with him and he took photos along the beautiful Rhine
River. (If anybody wants me to post a few, I will.) Southern Germany is
picturesque -- much history, old churches, statues and buildings. He
said the food was very, very good.
Richard also spent enjoyable time in Switzerland.
traveled to the top of Mount Rigi and walked all the way down. He has ancestors from there, so it was fitting (the
famous Wampler Sausage folks). Better yet, he brought home some real Swiss
I have never been to Europe although I
hope to go someday. The only foreign country I have been to is Mexico.
Have any of you traveled much?
Our area received a spotty covering of the
first season's frost last
night. When I stepped outside to walk, the air smelled of many fireplaces
in use. After I got home and cleaned up, my husband was seated at the
computer in the next room where I could not see him. I asked him if he was warm. (Having just showered, I was
freezing.) He shouted back, "I am managing."
I walked out to
find him like this! No doubt
about it, now is the time to switch from air conditioning to heat. (Our
cat is no fool, he was like this in the
same cold house.)
"The Incredibles" today. It came with a cute
cartoon starring a sheep who was sad after he had been sheared (enjoyed
the cartoon a lot). "The Incredibles" is about a family with
super powers trying to live a normal life. My husband loved it. Critics
love it. They are even talking Academy Award with this one.
As for me, I liked it fine. It had
several cute moments, but I did not enjoy it quite as much as Finding Nemo
or Monsters Inc. I think the constant family bickering: the whining
teenager, the nagging mother, the sneaky moonlighting father, and the kid
pulling pranks on his teacher, slightly annoyed me while my husband
thought it was endearing and typical. Some scenes were boring (to me - my husband was
delighted). Still, it is worth the cost and I expect most people will not
agree with me about the boring parts. The ending was very exciting. I
liked the little kid on the tricycle who kept stopping by the house --
This movie is supposed to come with a preview for the next
episode of Star Wars. Since we went to the first showing in that
theater room, the staff forgot to run the trailer. For a while, we didn't
even have sound. Movie problems happen more often these days, it
Too bad for them because an
inspector for a consortium of major movie companies (like Paramount, etc.)
was there, evaluating the previews, recording what was shown, getting
audience reaction, etc. I had a chance to talk with her -- very interesting
job. I trust she will report that they did not show the Star Wars trailer
like they were supposed to. So there. (I saw it later online but not with
the powerful effect that a big screen has, alas.)
I am glad the whole thing is over. I hope the
next four years will be better. I watched a little dig to bloggers from
Dan Rather He just said on tonight's news that exit polls are notoriously
incorrect and this should be a lesson to "Internet bloggers."
I suppose Dan has a reason for disliking
bloggers after his little brush with the
truth. I don't feel sorry for him at all. I think the networks are a
embarrassed about quoting those exit polls themselves.
I just created a new
page with thumbnails of the most recent images from others
who also keep TextAmerica moblogs. The images will always be updated with the
latest photo they have posted.
It takes the page a while to load, but I can
use it to check on everyone at once and see what is new by going to only
one page. Page loading has speeded up for me since I discovered that
Comcast offers a higher cable modem connection than what they were giving
I love to take pictures and practice using Photoshop.
Several photos are uploaded to my site daily. Many of these
other folks do, too. I have even more incentive since I bought my new
Canon camera (20D). It's the best one of its kind out here right now. The
reviews have been
fantastic. Here's one of the first photos
I took with it.
My husband bought Brussels Sprouts to grow
in a fall/winter garden. They can stand the winter cold and, in fact,
taste better after being in cold weather. We have picked them in January
before. When the plants got bigger, he walked over and took a good look at
them. This is what he found --> Brussels Sprouts.
They all look
the same to me when the plants are little.
I think I am going to make soup tonight.