Showing posts from April, 2015

Throw-Back Thursday—Race Cars!

Indianapolis 500_Grand Prix Monaco_Le Mans

Indianapolis 500  1966-71

Grand Prix Monaco 1994

Le Mans 1992 & 94

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday: Good For You, Good for The Home—My New Clothesline!

An Act of Green!  Clothes really do smell better when they're dried on the line

Brabantia Lift-O-Matic All Weather Rotary Clothesline 

$118 on AmazonSmile Prime

It's been a long time since I've hung laundry.  

Boy, it felt great to do it again!  We are drastically lowering our gas bil, and more importantly, making good on an Act of Green pledge.  

What's Cool About This Clothesline?

It comes with a bracket that you drive into the ground, then the pole pops right in & is ready to use.  You can purchase additional brackets to place elsewhere around your property so that you can move your line as the seasons change.It rotates with the wind.It comes fully assembled.It comes with a cover for storage.It arrived in 2 days from Amazon.It's made in Lithuania!

Are Line-dried Clothes Stiff?

Yes & no...but mostly yes.  Some of the towels & washcloths were pretty crunchy, but some weren't, so I guess it depends on the material.  All of my linens are 100% cotton.  The so…

Tuesday's Cupboard—Lemony Sugar Snap Pea Salad

Adapted from

Makes 2 large dinner salads or 4 side salads

Lemony Sugar Snap Pea Salad

The Recipe

2 cups uncooked sugar snap peas, about 7 oz.Big bowl of Spring greens + torn watercress2 T. extra virgin olive oil2 T. lemon juice (or juice of 1 lemon)2 T. red wine vinegar1 T. chopped garlic (jarred in H20 or fresh)1/2 tsp. kosher salt1/2 tsp. cracked black pepper1 Japanese cucumber, peeled in stripes & chopped into 1/4" half-circles1/4 c. crumbled feta cheese3 T. fresh chives, chopped3 T. fresh mint leaves, thinly sliced (DON'T LEAVE OUT!)
Make It
Dressing In a small bowl, combine olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, chopped garlic, kosher salt & pepperWhip briskly to combine; taste & adjust salt, if necessary
Salad Wash sugar snap peas & drainAdd clean fresh peas to Spring greens & watercressAdd chives, cucumber & mint leaves to salad bowlToss salad & dressingPlate up individual servings; top with crumbled feta

Enjoy Springtime dining …

Monday—Prom Pix 1974

41 years ago...

✓  Yellow Rose Boutineer & Corsage

✓  Greenish-Yellow Dodge Dart Swinger
✓  Dinner in Vegas at The Rathskeller

✓  1974 Halter dress

Saturday Finances—Vote for A Woman on the $20 Bill

Don't miss this opportunity to cast your vote for the first woman on a U.S. currency note

Check it out!  WomenOn20s

Click HERE to cast your vote!

11:49P ET on Mother's Day (10 May)

The nominees are...

☐  Rosa Parks
☐  Wilma Mankiller
☐  Harriet Tubman
☐  Eleanor Roosevelt


Sunday—Eagle Family Update

The chicks are getting big!  

Eaglet Toddlers

Eagle Facts

Eagles mate for lifeBoth parents tend to the nestThe Pennsylvania eggs were laid on 14 February & 17 February 2015Eggs begin hatching after 35 daysFeathers develop by 3 to 4 weeksEaglets walk in the nest at 6 to 7 weeksEaglets begin to fly at around 3 monthsYoung eagles separate from the parents in the FallAdult eagles do not breed until 4 or 5 years old

Click HERE to see the live web cam

GIF by dsmp

Enjoy the week!

Saturday Finances—Personal Budgeting Software:

Complete budgeting software for managing your money & IT'S FREE

Showing Your Money Who's Boss
STEP 1:  Good Tools

Click HERE to check out

Here's what it does:

It gathers all of your personal information into one user-friendly, secure websiteYou connect your bank account(s), credit cards & billsIt crunches your data & tells you what you have & what you oweIt tracks your spending patterns, savings & investmentsIt provides a realistic & easy-to-understand budget, based on your financial statsIt provides you with 20 kinds of reminders & alerts, from bill paying and late fees to unusual spending and running over-budgetIt provides a weekly summary of your spending, broken out into spending categoriesIt categorizes your transactions & provides spending details, e.g. ATM withdrawl broken down into cash & transaction fee; or, buying different things all in the same place, i.e. clothing & groceriesYou get a free credit report within Mint.c…

Friday PS Gallery—Adding Haze

2B Lesson #11 Color Play & More_Lightroom /ACR Haze

Throw-Back Thursday: UC Berkeley Housing 1978-79

Pages from the housing booklet I was sent for my first year at Cal

Home Was Never Like This

Welcome to Cal

Live in a Co-op & Go Insane

Bring Money

All good reasons to graduate!

Good For You, Good for The Planet—Happy Earth Day 2015!

A hokey, but enlightening little quiz from the Earth Day Network

Click HERE to take the Carbon Footprint Quiz

Click HEREto find ways to reduce your carbon footprint

Support The Canopy Project through Sevenly
Design your own tee & donate 7 trees...Cool!

ClickHERE to order a Sevenly teeshirt & help the planet!

Click HERE just to donate $1 for every tree

 Earth Day 2015! ☯ Commit • Pledge • Act

Tuesday's Cupboard—Brewed Ice Tea

A perfect beverage for celebrating Earth Day 2015

Freshly Brewed Ice Tea

I have an older model West Bend ice tea maker, which I love.

Click HERE to go to Amazon for newer models

Enjoy the outdoors & have a fantastic week!

Monday—15 Easy Ways to Reduce Energy Usage

Step up to the challenge of reducing energy usage in your home

Good Practice
When it's time to replace an appliance, choose an Energy Star® rated product.

Mostly FREE Ways to Reduce Energy Use

1.  Reduce the temp on your water heater (free).  Down one notch or down to 120°F.

2.  Unplug vampire chargers (free).
Anything that displays an LED is constantly drawing electricity.  Unplug vampires when gadgets are fully charged.

3.  Raise the a/c temp on the thermostat a couple of degrees (free).
PGE recommends keeping your a/c thermostat on 78°F during the summer time. 
Open up the house when it cools off outside & let room fans circulate the cooler air.  Fans use less energy.
If 78°F is too uncomfortable, raise the a/c by just a degree or two.

4.  Eat dinner before it gets dark (free).

5.  Run the dishwasher before 10 a.m.  or after 8 p.m. during non-peak hours (free).

6.  Set the refrigerator temp to 38°F (free).

7.  Clean the refrigerator coils (free).
Dust & lint on the coils in back of you…

Sunday—A Week of Earth-Friendly New Habits

Earth Day 2015 is on...

Click HERE to find out what's going on around the world

Wednesday, April 22

Do laundry before 10 a.m.

Set your dishwasher on wash only.  Let dishes dry in the dish drainer.
Stay tuned for more easy changes!
(We are doing all of them.)

Saturday Finances—4 Practical Financial Tips for Women

From Fidelity Viewpoints_6 May 2015_"Four Financial Tips for Moms"

Take Charge of Your Money

Practical Tips for Moms & Everyone Else

90 percent of all women will have to manage their money on their own at some point in their lives.  That is good news!  And, what it means is that we women (and men, too) need to incorporate solid financial hands-on management into our skill set and not just turn it over to someone else.  

Women set aside careers to raise families; we ratchet back to care for elderly or sick family members; women get divorced; and, many become widowed.  It makes sense that we take responsibility for our financial health, along with taking care of all of the other important aspects of our lives.

I like the 4 common sense tips from Fidelity Viewpoints, and I would add one more:  Start young.

Here we go...

1.  Get involved in finances.

Accounts—Know what accounts you & your spouse each have.  Keep an up-to-date file with current hard copy statements for each accou…

The Photoshop Gallery—Waikiki 2013

Pix from Steve's trip to Honolulu post-processed in PSCC & Lightroom_2B Day 14_Curves Play & Color Range Selection


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Thursday Mini-Post: Cheryl's Birthday

This logic problem was originally posted by Kenneth Kong, a television host from Singpore.  It originated from a high school math olympiad.  

I solved it in 5 minutes by writing down the possibilities, then using a process of elimination to knock out the non-possibilities.  Pay attention to Albert's statement, "I don't know when your birthday is, but I know that Bernard does not know it either."  That tells you a lot.

Cheryl's Birthday

Albert and Bernard just met Cheryl.  

"When is your birthday?" Albert asked Cheryl.

Cheryl thought for a second and said, 

"I'm not going to tell you, but I'll give you some clues."  

She wrote down a list of ten dates:

May 15, May 16, May 19June 17, June 18July 14, July 16August 14, August 15, August 17
"My birthday is one of these," she said.
Then, Cheryl whispered in Albert's ear the month—and only the month—of her birthday.  
To Bernard, she whispered the day, and only the day.
"Can you figure…