Archive for January, 2019


We had predictions of a serious snow storm but when I woke up yesterday and looked outside I thought it was not happening.

It was snowing in the morning and Alice took all my grandchildren skiing. Emily and Ingmar were both too sick to go out. Actually, Em and the girls came for dinner last night and I sent Ingmar a plate for his dinner. It would have been a night he might have come with them because the winter market is only every other week.

But by about 3:30 in the afternoon, I thought perhaps we would have the snow predicted. It continued to fall down on us, that cold white stuff!

blog jan 2019 snow on the 19th at 330pm

It was snowing then and continued snowing all afternoon, evening and night.

Andy went to the drug store rather late and told me he could only drive about five to ten mph because the plows couldn’t keep up, especially on the side roads.

I began to worry about Alice and Mike who had to drive up to a company party in Beachwood, far north of us. There were two student from Puerto Rico with them. They were at Mike’s workplace temporarily and had never seen snow before. They did get a rather dramatic introduction to it.

This morning when I talked to Alice she told me the drive back had taken two hours instead of the usual 45 minutes. This included stopping to help a driver whose car had slid off into the median. Alice told me that the lucky thing was that there were almost no cars on the road.

This morning I saw we had had about a foot of snow.

blog jan 2019 snow on the deck 1

blog jan 2019 more snow on deck

blog jan 20 snow by haziko

It’s windy, off and on, so a lot of snow has blown off the trees. But a lot has not.

And it’s still snowing.


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Random Things

From time to time I buy myself a present. Often I then give it to someone else I think would also enjoy it. Around Christmas there was an art poster on Facebook which I liked and found a way to buy from the artist who made it. This was an alphabet poster with excellent advice.

art poster with alphabet advice jan 2019

It was made by Lori Roberts of Little Truths Studio in Portland, Oregon. https://littletruthsstudio.com/

Lori donates part of her proceeds to organizations who are doing the work in which she believes. It’s well worth going to her website and reading about her work!

blog jan 2019 business card from little truths studio

I may need to buy another of these prints! My oldest daughter Alice was over when it arrived in the mail and she liked it very much and I gave it to her. It’s really a very Alice sort of art.

I also bought myself another Society 6 tote bag. They are getting more expensive and this may be the last I buy, but I like their idea of using original designs and giving the artist part of every sale. I also like the idea of using tote bags. Getting them back into the car to use again is the part I need to work on most!

This is the one I bought.

blog jan 2019 animals tote society 6

Some of my granddaughters will especially like this, but I think I will keep it for myself. I already gave them something very similar.

And then, because I mentioned recently that my orchids are coming back into bloom, I thought I would share some photos of them, even though this is a dark day. Snow just stopped falling….Each was given to me singly, as a gift on a different occasion. I know about the ice cube theory of watering them, but that is not what I do. I neglect them and water infrequently, but water fairly well when I do. They get a lot of light from my north facing windows, but no direct light.

blog jan 2019 orcs 2

The white one was the first to bloom. The pot on the right is a treasured one from my grandmother’s house.

blog jan 2019 orcs 3 and ingmars moms gift

I thought I would include a photo of this lovely Anthurium which was a gift from the mother of my sil Ingmar. She was here in June and this plant has been blooming ever since.

blog jan 2019 orcs 4 buds

These will be blooming soon. I chose the darker picture of them so you could see the buds better.

blog jan 2019 orcs 5 yellow

And in the northwest corner of the room is my last offering, a yellow orchid on top of a little cabinet of DVDs…I am proud of this cabinet. I had to assemble it all by myself and I did….Now with Netflix, Acorn TV, and amazon prime I’m not using DVDs as much as I once did. But I have many and I have a player. And it makes a great plant stand.

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Fun on Fridays

Andy has finished his Christmas gift to me and put it up to my delight. (He’s planning to do some more hand sanding, but they are essentially finished.)

andy jan 2019 his wooden names

Many years ago – nearly 40 – I bought two wooden cutouts of the names Alice and Emily at a craft fair in Westfield, New York…Andy was not born yet. but in 1983, when he was a year old, I found an “Andrew”, which went well with the first two, at a similar event.

In 1985 I put them above the door to the kitchen from our new addition, the family room. Now Andy has made wooden cutouts of the names of my grandchildren. We are not sure of the final location, but they look pretty good where he put them for our Friday night dinner.

family jan 2019 family dinner andys letters up

Emily, Sofia and Clara came for dinner Friday. I was trying out my new slow cooker which had a random pot roast in it. For my vegetarian offering I made a new recipe of spaghetti squash stuffed with cheese and broccoli. It was a big hit and I was asked for the recipe. It’s rather a fun recipe because you can do so many things with the concept of baking the squash, removing the strands, mixing with other things and baking again. I found a few other ideas here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yPvjLQilxY

family jan 2019 fri dinner happier em

family jan 2019 family dinner fia

family jan 2019 fri dinner andy

Andy’s wearing his new Christmas T Shirt from Em. It says, “Plays well with Otters”.  I’m sure this is true of my dear son!

After dinner, we played Trekking, a National Parks based game I had given my granddaughters for Christmas. ( I especially loved it because our local National Park, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, is part of the game.) I’d been a bit afraid it might not be fun, but that fear was false. We all loved it and apparently Em has been playing it with the girls fairly often since Christmas. Sofia is especially good!

family jan 2019 dinner game trekking

In other news, all my orchids are beginning to re-bloom. I’m really lucky with them doing this so often. I think they like the high but indirect light in my north facing family room.



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More Winter Wonderland!

It’s been snowing all day, with those huge slowly falling flakes that take me back to my childhood and looking out my grandmother’s kitchen window. It’s a bit below freezing and I watched a deer resting in the snow and wondered how it could be comfortable at all….

deer jan 20109

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How many people of different faiths and/or astrological signs does it take to change a light bulb?


Charismatic: Only 1 – Hands are already in the air.

Pentecostal: 10 – One to change the bulb, and nine to pray against the
spirit of darkness.

Presbyterians: None – Lights will go on and off at predestined times.

Roman Catholic: None – Candles only. (Of guaranteed origin of course.)

Baptists: At least 15 – One to change the light bulb, and three
committees to approve the change and decide who brings the potato salad
and fried chicken.

Episcopalians: 3 – One to call the electrician, one to mix the drinks,
and one to talk about how much better the old one was.

Mormons: 5 – One man to change the bulb, and four wives to tell him how
to do it.

Unitarians: We choose not to make a statement either in favor of or
against the need for a light bulb. However, if in your own journey you
have found that light bulbs work for you, you are invited to write a
poem or compose a modern dance about your light bulb for the next
Sunday service, in which we will explore a number of light bulb
traditions, including incandescent, fluorescent, 3-way, long-life and
tinted, all of which are equally valid paths to luminescence.

Methodists: Undetermined – Whether your light is bright, dull, or
completely out, you are loved. You can be a light bulb, turnip bulb, or
tulip bulb. Bring a bulb of your choice to the Sunday lighting service
and a covered dish to pass.

Nazarene: 6 – One woman to replace the bulb while five men review
church lighting policy.

Lutherans: None – Lutherans don’t believe in change.

Amish: What’s a light bulb?

How many members of your horoscope sign does it take to change a light

Part 1:

Aries: Just one. You want to make something of it?

Taurus: One, but just “try” to convince them that the burned-out bulb
is useless and should be thrown away.

Gemini: Two, but the job never gets done–they just keep arguing about
who is supposed to do it and how it’s supposed to be done.

Cancer: Just one. But it takes a therapist three years to help them
through the grief process.

Leo: Leos don’t change light bulbs, although sometimes their agent will
get a Virgo to do the job for them while they’re out.

Virgo: Approximately 1.0000000 with an error of +/- 1 millionth.

Libra: Er, two. Or maybe one. No – on second thought, make that two. Is
that okay with you?

Scorpio: That information is strictly secret and shared only with the
Enlightened Ones in the Star Chamber of the Ancient Hierarchical Order.

Sagittarius: The sun is shining, the day is young and we’ve got our
whole lives ahead of us, and you’re inside worrying about a stupid
light bulb?

Capricorn: I don’t waste my time with these childish jokes.

Aquarius: Well, you have to remember that everything is energy, so…

Pisces: Light bulb? What light bulb?


A: Three. One to change the lightbulb, one NOT to change the lightbulb,
and one to neither change nor not change the lightbulb.


A: Eight. One to call the electrician, and seven to say how much they
liked the old one better.


A: The Unitarians wish to issue the following statement:
“We choose not to make a statement either in favor of or against the
need for a lightbulb; however, if in your own journey you have found
that lightbulbs work for you, that is fine. You are invited to write a
poem or compose a modern dance about your personal relationship with
your lightbulb, and present it next month at our annual lightbulb
Sunday service, in which we will explore a number of lightbulb
traditions, including incandescent, fluorescent, three-way, long-life
and tinted, all of which are equally valid paths to luminescence.”


A: Ten. One to change the bulb and nine to pray against the spirit of

Q. How many Mormons does it take to change a light bulb?
A. Seven. One to change the light bulb, one to say the opening prayer,
one to say the closing prayer, and four to bring green Jell-o salads
and red punch.

Q. How many agnostics does it take to change a light bulb?
A. We can’t know.

Q. How many motivational speakers does it take to change a light bulb?
A. One to do it, and every other one on earth to stand around saying
that they did it first in the 80’s.

Q. How many deists does it take to change a light bulb?
A. None. If the light bulb no longer interferes with the world, why
bother interfering with the light bulb?

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Recently some of us began talking of lyrics of hymns we misheard when we were children….I remember the friend who thought there was a line in “Onward Christian Soldiers” which said, “Christ the Royal Master, Leans against the Phone.”

Other misunderstandings came out when, as a teenage babysitter, I asked the little boy next door to draw something from the Bible. He was busy a few minutes and then gave me a picture of a car with one man in the front seat and two people in the back. He told me it was God driving Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden.

This afternoon I had a phone call from my younger daughter. She and her children were trying to remember  the parody lyrics to “We Three Kings of Orient Are” which I had told them about a few weeks ago. The lyrics which mention rubber cigars and explosions. I imagine most of you know these, but if not friend Google will help you out. Today is the feast of the Epiphany, of the Three Kings, of course.

And then there is this list of apropos hymns:

  • The Dentist’s Hymn – Crown Him with Many Crowns
  • The Weatherman’s Hymn – There Shall Be Showers of Blessings
  • The Contractor’s Hymn – The Church’s One Foundation
  • The Tailor’s Hymn – Holy, Holy, Holy
  • The Golfer’s Hymn – There Is A Green Hill Far Away
  • The Politician’s Hymn – Standing on The Promises
  • The Optometrist’s Hymn – Open My Eyes That I Might See
  • The IRS Agent’s Hymn – I Surrender All
  • The Gossip’s Hymn – Pass It On
  • The Electrician’s Hymn – Send the Light
  • The Shopper’s Hymn – Sweet Bye And Bye
  • The Realtor’s Hymn – Mansion Over the Hilltop
  • The Massage Therapist’s Hymn – He Touched Me
  • The Pilot’s Hymn – I’ll Fly Away
  • The Paramedic’s Hymn – Revive Us Again
  • The Judge’s Hymn – Almost Persuaded
  • The Psychiatrist’s Hymn – Just A Little Talk with Jesus
  • The Credit Card Holder’s Hymn – I Have A Charge to Keep
  • The Zookeeper’s Hymn – All Creatures of Our God and King
  • The Postal Worker’s Hymn – So Send I You
  • The Waiter’s Hymn – Fill My Cup, Lord
  • The Gardener’s Hymn – Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming
  • The Lifeguard’s Hymn – Rescue the Perishing
  • The Criminal’s Hymn – Search Me, O God
  • The Baker’s Hymn – When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder
  • The Shoe Repairer’s Hymn – It Is Well with My Soul
  • The Travel Agent’s Hymn – Anywhere with Jesus
  • The Geologist’s Hymn – Rock of Ages
  • The Hematologist’s Hymn – Are You Washed in The Blood?
  • The Menswear Clerk’s Hymn – Blest Be the Tie
  • The Umpire’s Hymn – I Need No Other Argument
  • The Librarian’s Hymn – Whispering Hope

I’ve had a bad cold since the 28th of December and may be a bit punch drunk by now. There is hardly any other explanation for this post!

Be thankful that I have not included the list of how members of various faiths change light bulbs!


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