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The blog has split into two forms, in my Alabama cat who blogs at BloggingCat.com (using Blogger) and I do more of a photoblog now at BamaPhotos.com and its new mirror site at Flickr.


Yes! I am willing to sell the BamaBlog.com domain name if the price is right.


Keeping this blog has been a lot of fun. I have also kept two additional blogs, BamaPhotos.com and BloggingCat.com, so it has been a lot of work. I have other interests taking time now and knew I would not be keeping a blog forever. I would like to end this blog and encourage you to keep checking the other blogs for updates on my life -- BamaPhotos.com and BloggingCat.com.


Thank-you to everyone who dropped by here. I will not delete this one -- I use it for reference myself.


June 18, 2006 - Sunday

Happy Father's Day

My dad is  75 years old and he's the best dad in the world - a kind and gentle guy who would give you the shirt off his back, as they say. Happy Father's Day, Dad!



June 17, 2006 - Saturday

Global Warming

I know this is on many minds with Al Gore's new movie out, so here I am again with a thought or two. There's no doubt the earth is warming. I've heard it said that our world is coming out of an ice age and that it is still warming up from that.

At one time the polar ice caps were tropical forests, then the ice age hit. I suppose the big question is -- is this a normal cycle of the earth caused by nature or is man destroyng the earth? I don't know, but warming up we are and man has been an influence.

I heard an interview with a man who was in the original Greenpeace cause. He said they went after scientifically proven problems and issues back then. Some of them were radical concepts. Then he left Greenpeace when their desire to maintain a radical image was stronger than their desire to follow scientific fact. He felt that Greenpeace had supported causes that were harmful - just to stay radical.



June 16, 2006 - Friday

Answered a Poll

As a general rule, I don't answer pollsters who call on the phone, but then my nephew once had a job calling people and he said they got very excited when someone was willing to stop and talk (must have been rare).

This time the pollster caught me in a good mood. She had a sweet voice and truly did sound like a college student. She just asked a few questions about the state gubernatorial election and that was all.

One of her questions were how I felt about the issues between the two major candidates -- and then it hit -- I had no idea what issues each was promoting! Yikes! I need to do some homework.



June 15, 2006 - Thursday

More This and That

While winter here is heaven, the summers are hot. It was a little cooler today and walking felt so good.

I just saw Mr. & Mrs. Smith on DVD --a  good romantic movie - cute and humorous, too. I kept thinking how Brad and Anjolina fell in love during this movie.

Heard a news bit on the radio that coal does more damage to the air than nuclear energy -- much more radiation released by coal than any other energy source. That was interesting.

Got a chuckle from Flickr users having a hard time posting their SecondLife photos. Flickr just wants real life photos to be public, but for many people, SecondLife is more than real life. I know of some chair-bound people who can walk and fly in that world. I also have a deaf friend who prefers to be in a world where sound does not matter one whit. I think Flickr should lighten up and let the SL photos be posted. Maybe I will post a SecondLife photo to my Flickr account in support.



June 14, 2006 - Wednesday

Fresh Bread

I never knew this - and I wonder if it is still true in all places - but its a handy little grocery shopping tip from Lil S. She says:


How to Tell Fresh Bread


When you go to buy bread in the grocery store, have you ever wondered which is the freshest, so you "squeeze" for freshness or softness? Did you know that bread is delivered fresh to the stores five days a week? Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Each day has a different color twist tie.

They are: Monday = Blue, Tuesday = Green, Thursday = Red, Friday = White and Saturday = Yellow. So if today was Thursday, you would want red twist tie; not white which is Fridays (almost a week old)! The colors go alphabetically by color Blue - Green - Red - White - Yellow, Monday through Saturday. I thought that was interesting information to pass along.




June 13, 2006 - Tuesday

Unusual Cakes

Jennifer C. sent this picture. Its an edible cake winning awards -- both of them. No, really. Here's more pictures of these amazing cakes.





June 12, 2006 - Monday

Vacuuming Makes the Time Go By

I spent the day doing the daily online work, weekly house work and laundry, computer work and snatches of SecondLife.com in between  - plus talking to my sister on the phone, playing with the cats and watching a little TV. Whew! Why do days have to go by so quickly? Life is way too short.



June 11, 2006 - Sunday

CARS - The Movie by Pixar

We saw Cars yesterday -- and it is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. The animation is breathtakingly superb - above anything anyone else does. The story had me crying and laughing -- many jokes for adults and lots of subtle humor plus, of course, humor for children. (Its one of those movies I want to see twice because I know I must have missed some of the more subtle humor.)

I've said this before, but I have to repeat myself-- it is fun watching a matinee with little children in the audience. Hearing them laugh really made the whole movie-going experience even better. In some ways, I love being in a crowd.





June 10, 2006 - Saturday

Paint Like Jackson Pollock

I got this cute site from Jennifer C. Move your cursor over this screen and see how surprisingly easy it is to create a work of art. Click the mouse to change colors. Below is my own masterpiece. (P.S. I am going to see Cars, the new cute computer animated movie. I expect it will be very good.) (P.S.S. If you don't know who Jackson Pollock is, here's his Wikipedia info and picture samples.)




June 9, 2006 - Friday

This, That and the Other

I am in trouble now -- I subscribe to more podcasts than I have time to listen to. There's much good information in the world.

My iPod is getting well worn although it is still going well enough to not need replacing  -- its a 3rd generation /10 g -- a humble one, but it does everything I want. I use it almost every day and consider every scratch on the case with pride.

I just finished the newest book by Lynn Kurland, a fantastic author. Her books are wonderful and I've read everyone single one of them. Keep up the good work, Lynn!

There's no doubt about it - grandparenthood is much more fun than parenthood. SecondLife.com is good, too.



June 8, 2006 - Thursday

Facts About Sleep

We are subscribing to Discover Magazine thanks to a school fund drive by a niece or nephew -- and I found this article with facts about sleep. Here's just an excerpt of some of the more interesting facts.



  • Mattresses have an average lifespan of 8 to 10 years. They grow some nasty stuff in that time; one study links mattress bacteria to sudden infant death syndrome.

  • An adult bedbug can survive up to 1 year without feeding

  • A six-year study of a million adults showed that people who get only six to seven hours of sleep a night have a lower death rate than those who get eight hours.

  • In 1964, 17 year-old Randy Gardner stayed awake for 264 hours and 12 minutes, the world record. (And nobody has broken that record since then? I wonder why.)

  • The idea that it is dangerous to wake a sleepwalker is a myth. Given what they might do, it is a good idea to wake them.

  • Nobody knows why we dream.

More facts in the current issue of Discover. This entire article will eventually appear on their website at http://discover.com.


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About Me

I am a wife, mom and genealogist armed with a digital camera. (Genealogists like to record things.) My husband is a rocket scientist and gardener. I am a volunteer for a nonprofit genealogy website, www.GenealogyForum.com, as well as keeping very busy with various church projects and my own research. Our three cats are pretty worthless as jobs go, but they are good at being cats and have their own domain at MuddyPaws.info. One of my cats keeps a blog at BloggingCat.com.

As for fictional books and movies, I prefer ones with happily-ever-after endings. The real world is tough enough -- give me make-believe and a good romance.

Including my family history, I've posted over 6,000 individual web pages. (Genealogists like to find relatives on the web, er, well, we'd be just as happy finding relatives under rocks, too.) I run Windows 2000, dabble in Linux and enjoy tweaking and experimenting. (I can't tell you how many times I have crashed this thing.)
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My Domains

Matson.info - "Fast-Loading-No-Nonsense" main site for all of my webs.

MyPlace.info - Same as above only souped-up with gimmicks and colors.

BloggingMom.com - Same as above, but a new look with additional links.

BloggingCat.com - My cat blogs, too. Sneaky little thing.

BamaBlog.com - here.

BamaPhotos.com - my daily photo blog.

BamaTree.com - A professional-looking genealogy page.

TinyMovies.net - My Mini Movie Creations

PumpkinBreadMovies.com - My 2-Minute Movies (same as above)

BamaCats.com - Index to my many cat sites.

MuddyPaws.info - all about Muddy, our Himalayan cat (my mid-life crisis cure).

LightChatter.com - Keeping things light with only occasional rants (here).

MeAndMyBlog.com - Unusual front end - a little strange, I know.

LookAtAllThis.com - Same as the links page for now - a site index.

OneMoreBlog.com - (A name that seemed funny at the time. I couldn't believe it wasn't taken already.)

RelatedTo.Us - Complex, but pretty front end to the genealogy site.

RelatedToUs.com - a different entrance to the genealogy site (I got this domain because I figured folks would forget the .us and do .com for everything.)

BamaLinks.com - A list of ALL of my domains complete with excuses and explanations. I designed it to match BamaTree.com.


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