Showing posts from March, 2013

Holiday Special—Happy Easter!

Happy Easter  ✽  Happy Spring

Sunday—A New Week of Productivity

Ben Franklin's daily schedule
The guy who said, "Time is money," "A penny saved is a penny earned," and "Never leave that till tomorrow what you can do today," placed a lot of value on productivity.  And, here's how he did it...

Ben Franklin's Daily Schedule
I love that he started each day with a morning question...

"What good shall I do this day?"

Isn't that wonderful?  He started every day with a positive sense of purpose.

Then, he ended every day with personal accountability...

"What good have I done today?"

He got up early:  5 a.m.

He got to work a little after 8 a.m.

He went to lunch at Noon and took a two-hour working lunch break.  I like that.  It was probably an hour to eat, then an hour to go over his morning activities.

Back to work at 2 p.m. until six when he knocked off for the day.  That's 4 hours in the morning, followed by a 2-hour working lunch, then 4 more hours of work.  If you don't count lunch, t…

tHE SaTurDAY sTorE—1966 Flintstones Comic Book

For the Flintstones fans! 

I was such a huge Flintstones fan, and I know some of you were, too!  This comic was purchased at Broadbent's Drug Store in Boulder City, Nevada, by my husband, the original owner.


Comic book adventures of kids living in the Flintstones' era. This issue features "The Great
Grotto-Potamus Battle." Issue also has one-page text feature "Do or Diet," the Gruesomes 
in "That's the Way the Crystal Ball Bounces," Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm in "Tots on the 
Town," Sheepy Shale in "The Bewitched Apple," and one-page strips. Last page features a 
pin-up and whimsical poem on the Swampasaurus in the Cave Kids' Zoo. No story/art 
credits given. 

On cover: 10044-603, March 1966. Cover price $0.12.

Publisher:  Gold Key

Title:  Hanna-Barbera Cave Kids with Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm — Cave Kids #12

Condition:  Good (unsealed) *  Click HERE for a detailed description of this comic book grading code

Price:  $22 (includ…

Friday—The Photoshop Gallery

My pix from this week_Still learning to use my Panasonic Lumix micro 4/3

Click HERE to go to my flikr gallery

Thursday Mini-Post—AT&T Werewolf

AT & T struck gold with this series of commercials

I really don't like ads on blogs, and I hate it when they pop up in advance of a YouTube vid, but this "It's Not Complicated" series by AT&T makes me want to watch these ads over & over.

I love 'em.  The moderator, Beck Bennett, has experience interviewing kids.  He has a YouTube series called, Fresh Perspectives, where he interviews a panel of kids about global economic issues, along the lines of John Stewart except with kids as the panelists.  He's a natural, a modern day Art Linkletter, and the kids are so funny.  

Wednesday—Good For You, Good For Your Playlist

Free music streaming from Playlist

Check it out!  
This week, I've been having fun creating playlists on!  It's free because the songs are being streamed and not downloaded, and the website pays a licensing fee to share the music.  
It is super-easy to use, and it will run on your iPad!  Isn't that great?  It's easy to add songs, delete songs, and search for new ones.  And, you can share an entire playlist or just a song directly to facebook from the website. 
Here are my playlists.  I'll be adding another playlist for All Things Zen and a few more for holidays.  Maybe one for show tunes?...One for Photoshopping...Hump Day? many possibilities!  Click on any song to start listening.

Tuesday's Cupboard—Homemade Thin Mints

Everybody's favorite Girl Scout cookie made in your own kitchen!

I'm going to be lazy with this post and just put up a link for you since I haven't tried this recipe, yet.  I'll post my pix when I do!

Averie Sunshine's Thin Mints recipe, 29 July 2012:  Averie Cooks

This recipe has all of the things that I look for in a recipe.  

1.  It's easy! 

2.   It simple with just few ingredients

3.  It's fast!  

4.  No cooking 

5.  It's fun!

6.  It's relatively healthy...well, let's say that it IS healthy!  Chocolate is good for you, and a Ritz cracker won't kill ya.  :)  

7.  It's vegetarian & vegan

Monday—The Reading Corner: Xericity

First things first...

My novel got a new home and a new name!

For the sake of continuity, I've moved the book to its own website, so it is now all in one place.  Because the domain name was not available for The Meadows, I had to change the title to something else, so I chose, Xericity, which means, "of, or pertaining to, or adapted to a dry environment."

It's a private blog, so if you are interested in reading it, please send me your email address, and I'll be more than happy to put you on the reader list!

It's a complete work of fiction,'ll see why as the story progresses.


I have a fun movie that I'd like to recommend!  We watched it last night on Comcast.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel  ★   ★   ★   ★   

The story of a group of British retirees who travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel.  Wonderful character development, fantastic actors, and just a …

A New Week—Battling Cultural Famine with Music

Rap musicians in Mogadishu bring messages of peace to Somali youth

Do you remember what you were doing in 2009?  If you were in Somalia, you were living under the brutal control of the Al Shabab, a terrorist regime linked to Al Queda that was so threatened by the freedom of music and dance that both activities were deemed un-Islamic and banned.

Think about it.  A population of 9 million (in 2009) with a culture is so deeply rooted in folklore and so renowned for its poetic fluency that scholars refer to it as a "Nation of Poets," and no one was allowed to sing.  Pretty incredible.  It was in keeping with the more than 20 years of devastating conflict and suffering triggered by the fall of Mohamed Siad Barre's ruling dictatorship to extremist Islamic insurgents in 1991.

But today, things are changing.  Although Al Shabab is still trying to recruit young Somalis into violence, it was driven out of the capitol city of Mogadishu by African Union forces in 2011.  Terrorism…

tHE sAtuRdAY SToRE—Beatles Memorabilia

A neat curio for a Beatles fan!

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Music Box with Dome

The Franklin Mint Beatles ™ Product
© 1993 Apple Corps Ltd 
Limited Edition No. XV?2?

Condition:  Used

There are a few condition notes, but this is a neat virtual garage sale item, and you won't be able to beat this price on Ebay.  The certificate of authenticity is missing, but it looks & sounds great!  

Plaster sculpture
Colors are bright & clear
No chips
Clear sounding music "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
Original dome
Size:  3" W x 5" H 

Price:  $30 (free shipping + insurance + delivery confirmation)

14-day guaranteed return in original condition


Condition Notes:

1.  Invisible repair—George's right hand holding the flute has been glued back into place (see photo). 

2.  The edition number is partially rubbed off:  "XV?2?" (see red arrow in photo of bottom)

3.  One of the pads on the bottom has chipped off.  I hadn…

Friday—The Photoshop Gallery

My pix from this week...

The first one was done entirely in Photoshop.  We were given a source photo to play with, so I sunk it behind some really big text, added a yellow background and a grunge texture, plus that cool date stamp (June 6 for Caralee's birthday), and saved it as a jpeg.

Then, I dropped the whole thing into that neat grunge frame created by Leslie Nicole of French Kiss Collections.  Super fun!

This second photo started out as the key photographed against a white piece of poster board.  I added a black chalkboard background and lightened it up, erased the texture from the key, the string, and the tag, making sure to keep all of the natural shadows.  Then, I added the George Eastman quote in white text. 

The assignment was to follow a tutorial on creating a chalkboard effect with text, so that it looks as though the text were written in chalk.  Pretty cool, huh?  And, fun too!

Thursday Mini-Post—Misunderstood Spiders


From I Freakin Love Science on facebook

Poor Misunderstood Spideys

Wednesday—Good for You, Good for March Madness

I'm catching up, so even though this is a Wednesday post, I wrote it on Sunday during the third round

Here are a couple of good links for those of you who are still in it.

Printable bracket

March Madness Team Mascots

My Blown Brackets
Betrayed by the West!

Sadly, my bracket was blown when Harvard lost to Arizona, because I chose Belmont over Arizona.  There is a certain amount of poetic justice to this.  I am being punished by the college basketball gods for a.) going against a Western team in the Western region and b.) going against a neighboring state to my home state of Nevada.  Belmont had 13 straight wins, and they beat Duke earlier in the season.  Even though they were ranked in the bottom half, it was no more unreasonable to expect an 11th place team like Belmont to upend an 8th place team like Arizona than it was to expect 10th place Iowa State to blow out No. 2 Notre Dame.

Rewarded in the East, but still blown

I was rewarded in the East with CAL over UNLV.  I know, it was a tough…

Tuesday's Cupboard—South of the Border Pizza

Use premade cornbread pizza crusts available at Whole Foods for these delicious & easy homemade pizzas!

Adapted from Weight Watchers Pizza, Pizza © 2003

Serves 4 (1/2 pizza each)

Use any leftover cooked chicken in this recipe.  Store-bought tomatillo salsa (also available at Whole Foods) and a pkg of shredded cheddar-jack cheese makes this super easy and so delicious!

South-of-the-Border Pizza

•  2—8" organic cornbread pizza crust (Vicolo) •  3 or 4 boneless & skinless split chicken breasts, cooked & cubed •  6 T. fire-roasted mild tomatillo salsa •  1 red bell pepper, chopped •  1/4 c. Best Foods lite or regular mayo •  1 pkg. shredded cheese (your favorite Mex-blend or cheddar-jack blend)
Make it!

1.  Prebake the cornbread crusts for about 10 minutes (follow package directions for cooking temp).  Vicolo crusts bake on 425°F.

2.  In a large mixing bowl, combine the following:
-- cooked, cubed chicken -- salsa -- chopped red pepper -- mayo 
3.  Top each crust with half of th…

Sunday—A New Week of Luck

Luckhas been described as a set of events or circumstances (good or bad) that happen beyond one's control.  
Like the 57-year old guy in Missouri who (in 2010) hit the lottery twice in three months.  He won a million dollars in June, then another cool $2 million in September.  I'd say that was pretty lucky, even if it were a matter of probabilities—the number of lottery tickets, the number of tickets purchased, and the number of draws.  Still, I'd call winning $3M in 3 months lucky.   
The appearance of white animals seems to be a sign of good luck in a number of different cultures.  But, it's not a matter of luck as much as it is simple genetics.  White elephants, white buffalo, doves, white kitty cats who raise one paw up in the air...all signs of good luck.
As it turns out, some people really are luckier than others because of a very specific set of personality traits.  Last week, I put together a happiness list for real people with real imperfect lives, and because to…

tHe sAtUrDAy StOrE—A new troitreasure!

A lovely vintage Springtime print!  

This is one of my favorite prints from my personal collection by Bessie Pease Gutmann.  She was known for her sweet baby prints, but she also created lovely moments like this of adults.  

This print is number 655, c. 1917 in its original frame. 

The colors are clear with a lovely vintage patina, and it is in very good condition overall.  The print is entitled, "Home Builders."

This would make a fabulous wedding gift!  $150 (+ 7.5% sales tx for Cali residents)  

Click HERE to go to troicollections for more info & pix.

Friday—The Music Studio

So much talent...

Vandy student, Michael Pollack, asks Billy Joel if he can accompany him on the piano while he sings, I'm in A New York State of Mind 

Thursday Mini-Post: How To Wash Your Hands

Some product placement by Dial, but pretty cute, anyway...and instructive!  

Wednesday—Good For You, Good For Chickens

With Spring officially just around the corner, it's time to start the garden!

To get you inspired, here's a really fun website for urban chicken keepers. by Katy Skinner has everything you'll need to get started with your own city chickens.    
Check out the fun chicken house ideas HERE!

Other Spring fun facts:

✿  Spring 2013 begins with the vernal equinox at 7:02 EDT on Wednesday, March 20 (northern hemisphere).  The first day of spring in the southern hemisphere is the date of the autumnal equinox in the northern hemisphere.  

✿  10 Tips to Ease Spring Allergies

✿  Catch the queen of this summer's yellow jackets around your property by placing yellow jacket traps NOW  ::::bzzzzzzzzz::::

✿  Baby songbirds learn to sing melodies specific to their species somewhere between 10 and 60 days old.  The following year at around 300 days old, they are capable of singing complete melodies on their own.

✿  Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Monday in April.  The fir…

Tuesday's Cupboard—An Irish Cup of Tea

A celebration of Irish culture & an excellent cup of tea!

I've been drinking this wonderful tea all week.

Sunday—A New Week of Happiness

What is happiness...and how do we make it last?

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about happiness.I like happiness lists.  They are quick effective guides for stringing happiness along day-by-day.  And, they are always general enough that most people can get on board with at least some of the suggestions.

Here's a good one that's been making its way around the Internet.  It was written by blogger Jacob Sokol of

We are looking at the usual sensible tips:
✓  Gratitude ✓  Optimism ✓  Don't compare yourself to others ✓  Practice kindness ✓  Friends (real friends, not facebook friends) ✓  Coping skills ✓  Forgiveness ✓  Hobbies (flow) ✓  Stop & smell the roses ✓  Goals ✓  Find your spirit animal (spirituality) ✓  Healthy living
Lists like this make great reading on Sunday mornings when you're drinking coffee and surfing the blogosphere.
But out in the field of everyday life, or even worse, in the trenches of coping with insurmountable daily stress, these things fall to t…