It has been raining heavily. Usually, this is
not a problem for us. We live by a creek that flows rapidly and can
heavy runoff. The Tennessee River is cresting near us on Thursday. Again,
this is usually not a problem for us. Our sturdy creek, which feeds
directly into the river, comes to a standstill when that happens. (This
photo is a picture of a near flood last year.)
BUT, when the Tennessee Rivers crests
at the same time as more heavy rain is expected, our creek can not
handle it. The local weather office is warning us of floods on Thursday.
We were flooded out of our house in 1999 so we have lived through one
before. It was not a pleasant experience. I hope we don't have to do this
again, but as of right now, it looks very possible.
Here's a link for anyone who wants to watch
the creek level near our home. Look at the third white chart down the page
to see the depth. When it reaches 4 feet high, it is flooded in spots
along the trail that I like to walk. It is higher than that right now.
If possible, I'll let you know whether or not we flood by posting a
picture from my cell cam to BamaPhotos.com, my
Science Cartoons, This & That
Here's a page of science cartoons from
several different cartoonists. My husband is working on the space
shuttle - I got a chuckle from this one.
Right now, I am sitting
here watching Regis and Kelly. Does Kelly Ripa look too thin? I
used to think she was the most beautiful woman on TV, but now she's
looking a tad starved.
I finally installed the newest free version
of Ad-Aware. It took FOREVER to complete a scan. This is much, much slower
than it used to be. On the other hand, it found 181 objects that the
previous version had missed.
I am running the
virus-scan that AOL just gave us. I started getting a virus alert
everytime I received e-mail from Outlook Express. After much googling, I
learn that it clashes with Outlook Express in Windows 2000. The solution
was to turn off the incoming mail scan and just let the background scan do
its job since it will catch a mail virus sooner or later.
The mall was beautiful yesterday. My daughter
and I spent some time among the gorgeous Christmas decorations. I was
happy to discover a See's Candy booth again this year. Their almond
are so-o-o-o-o good. The Hickory Farms booth has great
candy-covered pretzels, too.
Then, I made the mistake of stepping
into a Hallmark store with the cutest holiday decorations in the
world. I was lost. I wanted half the stuff there. I couldn't leave without this
statue of Santa. It is sitting here right by my mousepad for the rest of
Whenever construction work is going on
nearby, we see an increase in critters. The last time something was being
built nearby, I saw more chipmunks and
jumping spiders. This colorized picture of a jumping spider is just plain
fascinating. There's more critters and things at the Electron Microscope Image Gallery.
The world is ceaselessly fascinating.
Inspite of that, all the good ones are not
yet gone. Since GoDaddy.com offers them
so cheaply, I loaded up on a bunch myself.
Here's a list of most of mine. If nothing else, its an easy
way to direct others to your site. For me, it was also an excuse to
create different web pages. Once the name is registered from GoDaddy, they
will provide redirection.
"Domain administrator VeriSign
announced this week that over five million new domain names had been
registered during the third quarter of 2004 alone, with 66.3 million
domain names currently registered worldwide. The quarterly and total
numbers are the largest ever in Internet history, VeriSign said. The
study found that a higher number of domains are "live." Also, domain
name owners in the third quarter were renewing at a higher rate than
in previous quarters." From BetaNews.com
I tried typing in words that just came to
and sticking a .com at the end of them to see where they lead. Any word that
comes to mind like Christmas.com, chocolatechip.com, or frogs.com. (Okay,
so most, if not all, of the single words are taken and, yes, I had some
time to kill today. I also surfed around using the Firefox "Stumble-Upon"
plug-in. Firefox does ten
kazillion more things than IE and is safer, too.)
Now that it is dipping below 30 in the
mornings, there are fewer people out walking the greenway. As for myself,
I am out there with a few other dedicated folks. As long as I dress correctly, the
cold is not bothersome. In fact, it is MUCH better than the sweltering
heat we get around here.
I like winter. Bring on the comfortable
sweatshirts, hot cocoa, soup, fires
in the fireplace and weather cool enough to snuggle in.
Here is Deborah's fabulous
crescent roll recipe. These were tender and rich. Thanks to olegraymare for
reminding me to post the recipe. (I also posted a photo of these little
treasures of goodness.)
Crescent Rolls - From
1 Tbsp dry yeast, 1 pkg.
1/4 cup warm water ---> Mix; sprinkle with a little sugar; set aside
and let bubble.
3/4 cup milk
1 stick butter---> Heat until butter melts.
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 tsp salt---> Add milk to this. Stir.
3 eggs---> Beat well. Stir in yeast mixture
4 to 5 cups bread flour (4-1/2 avg.--needs to be sticky dough. Don't
add too much flour!)
Let rise until double; about 2 hours. Cover and let rise in cool
place for 5-6 hours OR let rise at room temperature for a couple of
hours. Turn out on lightly floured surface. Divide in half & roll
into two 14" circles. Spread each circle, one at a time, with
softened butter and cut into 16 wedges with a pizza cutter. Roll
each wedge from the wide end to the narrow one & put on greased
cookie sheet. Freeze.
To BAKE ---> Thaw on greased cookie sheet. Let rise about 4 hours
or until double. Bake at 375 degrees for about 12 minutes until
lightly golden. Sometimes it takes me only 8-10 minutes at 350
instead so be sure to check your oven. One recipe makes 32 crescent
rolls. I have used half regular bread flour and half whole wheat
flour and they have turned out great also. Good Luck!
I don't know why, just that I get a kick out
of funny name translators. Thanks to del.icio.us,
here's a site that
reveals your secret Santa name. Mine is Tumbleflump Dancing-Tummy.
My husband is Smiley Dancing-Cheeks. H-m-m-m-m ....
I used to love this show with Leo
Laporte and Patrick. TechTV had many good shows and was
finally producing a profit when Paul Allen sold it to Comcast. Comcast
kept the show, but fired many of the staff and moved the rest out of town.
Ok, I thought. I will see how it does. I
liked Kevin and Alex, the newest host, but the show made drastic changes
for the worst. (Who runs things over there? Are they living on a different
Two months later, they fired almost all the
rest of the staff, did away with the studio audience and changed the
format so much that they alienated their older viewers. Watching it that
first day was like eating cardboard -- hard to swallow.
Oh well, I hope Leo's Canadian Call for Help
TV show comes into the U.S. soon. I hope Alex does well. He is very talented.
From Popular Science comes
this new list of the worst jobs in science. Ugh!
job’s bad? Try dragging a bedspread around tick-ridden thickets,
pausing regularly in the 100-degree heat not to squeegee the sweat
from your brow but to tweeze dozens of the tiny pests into a
collection jar. Reconsidering your career choice? Imagine training
for years as a veterinarian, only to find yourself engaged in
labwork designed to make the tail-wagging puppies in your charge
sick, knowing all the while that when the study is over, the pooches
will be euthanized. Having a bad day? Just be glad you’re not
spending it in minute examination of unusual growths on a dozen or
so people’s posteriors."