Friday, July 31, 2009


Didn't die.
Didn't get lost.
Didn't forget about you.

My internet connection is.......

Unfortunately for a week now I'm having issues with my internet. One last thing to try before I start to cry really really hard.

My deepest apologies for not reading and commenting on everyone's fantastic blog posts and hubs. I miss you guys.

Hope to be back online ASAP.
Alas, but not alack, for when things hit rock bottom, they can only go up (my computer better be listening to this!!!!)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Elbow Room

I have had so much to blog about (rest assured it's on it's way) but I've been a bit sidetracked as of these last couple of weeks. I've been working on a little something on the side. Quietly. Thoughtfully.

My husband says that I have developed a glow about me. Much akin to the glow of pregnancy. NO! Rest assured I'm not pregnant! Been there done that too many times.

No, there is something else giving me a glow. Something in the works. Something on the way. Something I adore and hope will grow (not too big, but just right).

Contributors are welcome, either as a regular with your own pages and editing privilages and your own ads, or as a smaller contributer who wants to share a post or two here and there.
Take a peek and see what you think.

Remember, it's still under construction so to speak, and I'm still working on figuring out all the details. Any questions, please feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me.

Here is the main link: Please feel free to browse around.
More posts in this blog on there way!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Happy Birthday Vince. Snoopy say's, "hi."

As you may or may not know, Vince Guaraldi is a famous American Jazz musician, San Francisco born and raised. (I wonder if he was ever a street musician.) You've all heard his works, I'm sure. Ever heard of Charles Schultz' comic strip "Peanuts"? Ever seen a Charlie Brown cartoon? If you answered yes to either of those, then chances are, you know who he is, even if his name escapes you.

Well, today, July 17th, was Vince Guaraldi's birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY VINCE!

Vince would have been 81 years old today. Sadly, he died at an early age: of a heart attack in 1976. He was only 47 years old.

What he left behind, however, lifts the spirits, speaks of festivity and gentle times, of times of fun. It speaks of Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Marcy, Snoopy, Woodstock, Pig Pen, Schroeder, and the rest of the gang.

This is how it all began:

"While searching for just the right music to accompany a planned Peanuts television documentary, Lee Mendelson (the producer of the special) heard a single version of "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" by Vince Guaraldi's trio on the radio while traveling in a taxicab on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California. Mendelson contacted Ralph J. Gleason, jazz columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and was put in touch with Guaraldi. He proposed that Guaraldi score the upcoming Peanuts Christmas special and Guaraldi enthusiastically took the job, performing a version of what became "Linus and Lucy" over the phone two weeks later. The soundtrack was recorded by the Vince Guaraldi Trio, whose other members were bassist Fred Marshall (who later married Bev Bivens of the folk-rock group We Five) and drummer Jerry Granelli. Guaraldi went on to compose scores for sixteen Peanuts television specials and the documentary A Boy Named Charlie Brown. Click here for more info."

In honor of Vince, here are some memories of childhood days gone by, family game night, Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas decorating, Caroling, and Charlie Brown specials.

We'll start off with a bit of music and bio.

And here's some not so familiar Vince...

And of course there's one of the all time favorites from the Christmas special, here played by Vince himself... on guitar!

I found this interesting related info: The Eric Mintel Quarted (or EMQ) performs the music of Vince Guaraldi, while Peanuts specials play on the big screen. For more info go to

Karen K Brees Ph.D. author of an Idiot Guide and one smart blog

Karen Brees is a published author as well as Master Food Preserver/Food Safety Advisor for the Extension Service... and... She has a Ph.D.

She's the writer of three blogs. This one: The Practical Preserver (c)... this Blog is fantastic! (I haven't gotten a change to view the other ones yet, but am definitely planning on it.

For tips, recipes and information on all things food, as well as other very intriquing bits of information this is the place to check out. Her posts are easy to understand and give those tidbits of info that most fail to mention. She does her research, she knows her stuff, and she's got a food fact of the week for everyone.

Karen is definitely a writer, her posts have been most pleasurable reads. Want to know what she's up to next? Follow her on Twitter. There's a link to her twitter page on right in the sidebar of her simply marvelous blog.

This weekend, she's "Off to Boise and the Idaho Green Expo." Book signing included. She is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Preserving Food. You can buy it through her blog. Now that is one Idiots Guide I wouldn't feel like an ideot buying. And now that I've read her writing and know her in person (well, sort of, you get what I mean), I'm actually more likely to do so.

I'm a new follower and glad to be. New posts on The Practical Preserver (c) blog every Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays.

Let me know what you think. (And yes, that would be that is mentioned in the Lavender post =D.

PS Join me later tonight for a sweet Jazz video I stumbled on.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Sweet Thursday Samba Night - Recipe for Caipirinhas on the house

Tonight I'm in the mood for a bit of sweet samba music from Brazil. So, I suppose we should order a Caipirinha (national cocktail of Brazil) or two and enjoy these sweet samba sounds. Barefoot is best so, kick off those shoes, let your hair down...

Recipe for Caipirinhas:

1 lime

1 1/2 tsp sugar (raw is best) plus sugar for rim of drinking glass

1.5 oz Cachaça


  • cut lime in half
  • place cut sides up
  • crush lime and sugar with a pestile until sugar is disolved
  • wet rim of glass
  • lightly press or roll rim into sugar until coated.
  • place muddled lime and sugar mixture in glass
  • fill glass almost to the top with ice
  • fill glass with Cachaça
  • stir

Cachaça (pronounced ka-shah-sa) is much like rum, though it is made with pure sugar cane as opposed to molasses. You may substitute Cachaça in this drink with high content rum. The taste won't be exact, but it comes near and is still enjoyable. There are many variations to this drink, adding fruits, for example. Experiment, or check out some Caipirinhas variations recipes on the web.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Happy Birthday to the man obsessed with airships

Today is German born Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin's birthday. As you probably guessed, he was the aeronaut that created the idea of the famous Zeppelin, precurser to the aeroplane. He was also a Count.

Intrigued with air balloons since he was about forty years of age, Count von Zeppelin took it upon himself to learn as much as possible from professors in America. Balloons, for those of you who don't know (I didn't) were used at the time of the American Civil War. They had balloon camps that were off limits to regular folk. Military only, I believe. It was not until 1909 that they were allowed to be used by civilians.

That did not stop him, he found people to teach him all they knew regardless. But it was not the balloons that Count von Zeppelin was so keen on as he was the idea of guideable balloons.

You know what they say, when there's a will there's a way. Count von Zeppelin may not have been lucky enough to ever see a successful Zeppelin flight in his lifetime, but he had much backing from donations, to lotteries, to other funds and colleagues who contributed their monies and dedicated work to the Zeppelin Foundation.

Unfortunately, Zeppelin had to die dreaming and hoping that one day, his theory would be a success. It took a while, but it did finally happen. Zeppelin died in 1917, just before WWI. Once the Treaty of Versailles (which caused a hault to "zeppelening") was no more, his successor, Hugo Eckener, who resurrected the Zeppelin project and made all of Count von Zeppelin's dreams come true.

In honor of Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin, I believe some LED ZEPPELIN is in order. And yes, they're right up there with Pink Floyd in my book! Way up at the top. Enjoy...

for more information on Led Zeppelin and how the band's name possibly came about, visit

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Mr. Ban Ki-moon sends his apologies and a nice compensation package.

Okay, some of you may remember my sharing with you of a letter via e-mail which I received a while back: Dear God Could This Be For Real? Well, apparently... I was scammed! Yes! It's true! It was a scam!

I had no idea that reading that e-mail would constitute being scammed, but apparently so. Who knew?

I have wonderful news! A kindly gentleman in Africa by the name of Mr. Ban Ki-moon has been gracious enough to inform me of a nice compensation package that the United Nations has put together for me. Yes, little old me.

It's quite a package, may I add. I'll have money left over. I can finally pay off my house, my bills, buy some environmentally friendly vehicles that seat eight, I can go on vacation, I can take friends out to lunch, I can buy some underwear and bras and maybe some really cool outfits. The possibilities for me are endless.

All I have to say is, thank goodness I don't have to go to the slammer for anything. And... here is one prime example of how it pays to be scammed. Not to mention the fact that you don't need to be edumicated good to be in with the higher ups - though perhaps I shall use some of my small fortune to help educate my Mr. Ban Ki-Moon. )

Now, I hope you all will excuse me, I have some personal information to share with a Mr. Jim Ovia. (Crazy names these people have.)


Attention: My good friend, How are you today?
Hope all is well with you and
family?, You may not understand why this mail
came to you. We have been having a
meeting for the past 7 months which just
ended Few days ago with the secretary
to the UNITED NATIONS. This email is
to all the people that have been scammed in
any part of the world, the
UNITED NATIONS IN Affiliation with WORLD BANK have
agreed to compensate them
with the sum of US$ 500,000.00.

This includes every foreign
contractors that may have not received their
contract sum, and people that
have had an unfinished transaction or
international businesses that failed
due to Government problems etc. We found
your name in the list of those who
are to benefit from these compensation
exercise and that is why we are
contacting you, this have been agreed upon and
have been signed. You are advised to contact Mr Jim Ovia of our paying center in Africa, as he is our representative in Nigeria, contact him immediately for your Cheque/ International Bank Draft of USD $500,000.00.

This funds are in a Bank Draft for security purpose ok?, so he will send it
to you and you can clear it in any bank of your choice. Therefore, you should send him your full Name and telephone number your correct mailing address where you want him to send the Draft to you. Contact Mr. Jim Ovia immediately for your Cheque at the given address below:

Bank Name: Zenith Bank

I apologize on behalf of my organization for any delay you might have
encountered in receiving your fund in the past. Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hoping to hear from you as soon as you cash your Bank Draft. Making the world a better place.

Ban Ki-Moon.

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