New President of the United States

Well, we have a new President of the United States… Donald Trump.


Regardless of who you voted for, there were something’s that I saw and read during this election that were sad.

Probably one of the best thing I read was posted on Facebook by someone I went to school with. 

“Today’s obviously a big, passionate day for a lot of us. Please, please, please don’t let the emotions lead you to gloat over the outcome. People on both sides are worried and have strong beliefs. And the “in your face” kind of attitude we saw with the last two elections does nothing more than further divide this country. I will pray for whomever is elected. I don’t put my hope in man because they’re only imperfect humans. Get out there and vote, but put your hope in God. I know mine is.” Thank you Kim.

I really hope that people don’t gloat or gave that “in your face” attitude. But from what I’ve seen, I’m afraid that there will be people who will be doing that. 

Let’s take the high road and agree that everyone has the right to their own opinion and no one has a right to bully you because if your beliefs. 

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2015 in Review

Look what I got the other day.

My 2015 Annual Report from WordPress. I have always said that I am amazed that there are people out there who read my blog.

I want to thank all of you and WordPress for having a place where I can post whatever pops in my head. Looking forward to seeing what comes up in 2016!

Here are some of the highlights of the report.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

Crunchy numbers

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 24,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

There were 299 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 46 MB. That’s about 6 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was November 18th with 402 views. The most popular post that day was Chicago.

Posting Patterns

In 2015, there were 168 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 1,911 posts.

Longest Streak

  • 15 September – 10 October

Best Day

  • with 30 posts total

Attractions in 2015

These are the posts that got the most views in 2015. You can see all of the year’s most-viewed posts in your Site Stats.

Some of your most popular posts were written before 2015. Your writing has staying power! Consider writing about those topics again.

Where did they come from?

That’s 119 countries in all!
Most visitors came from The United States. Canada & United Kingdom were not far behind.

 

Click here to see the complete report.

Things Your Mother Should Have Told You

You know how much I love lists. Here’s one I recently show posted on Facebook.

I like tip #15 and what are “leftover Snickers?”

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THINGS YOUR MOTHER SHOULD HAVE TOLD YOU

1. Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

2. Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!

3. Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

4. Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.

5. To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up.

6. For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed. Melt Andes mints in double broiler and pour over warm brownies. Let set for a wonderful minty frosting.

7. Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.

8. Leftover snickers bars from Halloween make a delicious dessert. Simply chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place them in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes!!! Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream. Yummm!

9. Reheat Pizza
Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.

10. Easy Deviled Eggs
Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.

11. Expanding Frosting
When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.

12. Reheating refrigerated bread
To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.

13. Newspaper weeds away
Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers, put layers around the plants overlapping as you go. Cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.

14. Broken Glass
Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can’t see easily.

15. No More Mosquitoes
Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.

16. Squirrel Away!
To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn’t hurt the plant and the squirrels won’t come near it.

17. Flexible vacuum
To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.

18. Reducing Static Cling
Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and … guess what! … static is gone.

19. Measuring Cups
Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don’t dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out. (Or spray the measuring cup or spoon with Pam before using)

20. Foggy Windshield?
Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!

21. Re-opening envelopes
If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals easily.

22. Conditioner
Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It’s cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It’s also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn’t like when you tried it in your hair.

23. Goodbye Fruit Flies
To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2′ with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

24. Get Rid of Ants
Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it ‘home,’ can’t digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don’t have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!

25. Dryer Filter
Even if you are very diligent about cleaning the lint filter in your dryer it still may be causing you a problem. If you use dryer sheets a waxy build up could be accumulating on the filter causing your dryer to over heat. The solution to this is to clean your filter with with a toothbrush and hot soapy water every 6 months.

Motherhood

Now, I’ve never been a mother, but I took the time to read this. I think there are a lot of lessons in this that ANYONE can use in their lives.

What I Know About Motherhood Now That My Child Has Died

By Sheila Quirke
May 10, 2013

Being the mom to a child who died means that Mother’s Day is never, ever the same. The cloying commercials encouraging manicures, jewelry, brunch, bouquets, and all things pastel are like sucker punches that start in April and don’t stop until the day itself is over. I breathe a long sigh of relief the Monday morning after Mother’s Day.

That said, even though my first born child (and my own Mom) died of cancer at a young age, that sad horror continues to shape my parenting in some unexpectedly positive ways. Cancer is a perspective changer. If you can get past the oppressive nature of the grief and make room for it in your day to day life, then you can get to a place where you start to see not just the bad, but the total experience of what living through that trauma does to you, the wisdom it provides. And, yes, that is some hard earned wisdom. Here is some of mine:

Motherhood is an endurance event. The day-to-day aspects of mothering can be brutal. There are diapers and sticky fingers and “Whys?” and misplaced shoes and shrieks and spilled milk and poor report cards and endless other opportunities for failure and disappointment and inconvenience. It is so very easy to get stuck in the muck of mothering. It is tough freaking stuff. I work hard to not get caught up in the minutia anymore. It just doesn’t matter. This is not a sprint, this is a marathon. If we get tripped up over the little stuff, we will not be prepped for the entirely of the event. If you have a bad day, go to bed knowing that you can make tomorrow better. Even if you can’t change the muck in your life, at least you can change how you deal with the muck.

It is important to enjoy the moments. I used to work in a retirement community. During my first pregnancy I got lots and lots and lots of unsolicited advice from very well meaning older ladies who often told me the same thing, “Enjoy it — it passes so quickly.” Those words used to annoy me no end. But you know what? It’s true. Those gals knew what they were talking about. Our children’s childhoods do pass quickly. Enjoy it. Work hard to find the beauty in each stage of your child’s life. When you are washing the jam off your face, know that someday you will pine for that unsolicited kiss of a child. When you are cleaning the crumbs from the car seat, know that one day they will be driving away from you. When you are in the midst of whatever battle royale you find yourself in, know that every moment is a gift, even the sucky ones.

Life is full of wonder. I will always and forever, for as long as I live, be the mother of a 4-year-old. A beautiful, clever, smart, and creative 4-year-old. Four-year-olds know a lot of things that we manage to forget as we grow into adulthood. They see and appreciate the wonder of the world around them. Dandelions are not a nuisance; they are a sweet smelling flower worthy of a vase on the kitchen counter. A rainy day is not something to be avoided, but an opportunity to stomp in puddles. Public transportation is not the awful thing that happens to you when your car breaks down, but an adventure. See the wonder, appreciate the wonder, don’t lose the wonder. Find it every day.

Eat dessert. When our oldest turned one I made carrot cake as I didn’t want to serve her chocolate at such a young age. HA! I laugh at that now. While our friends might raise their eyebrows, we serve our son dessert every night. Now mind you, it’s not a heaping plate of chocolate cake, but there is not a single thing wrong with a few bites of sweet at the end of the day. It won’t rot his teeth, it won’t make him obese, it won’t spoil him. A little something sweet every day is not a bad thing.

Learn from your children. There is so much wisdom I have gained from my daughter who died. Every day I try and remember what she taught me. Harder is thinking about what our healthy 4-year-old is teaching us. What lessons can we learn from him? Each kid is unique and has something to offer. Look for the lessons and opportunities to learn. They are there, but we don’t always notice them.

The hardest thing I have ever done is over. It’s true. I honestly believe that the hardest thing I will ever do in my life is say goodbye to my child, knowing that her last breath was near. Will anything ever match the feeling in my palm of the course rope that lowered my girl’s body into the ground? I don’t think so. Everything else related to my mothering is a privilege. Everything. I try and remember that every day.

Choose hope. I believe that hope is a conscious choice that we make. When things are rough it is easy to jump to the worst case scenario. It is harder to believe that things could improve, to hope that life can be better, to imagine a life where even if you don’t have what you want, you can live with that. All things are possible with hope. I am using this last nugget of wisdom quite a bit these days as we wait to adopt. When prospect after prospect falls through, I work to feel that either our baby is out there and will find us, or we don’t have a baby out there and the life we have right now is pretty damn good. Hope is what makes that possible.

Over 1,500 Post

Over 1,500 posts and still going.

When I started this blog back in August 2007, I never thought I would be still posting almost six years later. Then I saw that I hit another milestone of posting my 1,501 post. Who would of  believed that?

My blog is filled with posts of things that pop up in my head. Some of it is serious and some of it is fun and silly. I have enjoyed reading the comments that people have left me (I am still amazaed that there are people who read my blog!)

So the next milestone will be my anniversary of my blog in August. I wonder what will pop into my head these next could of months?

Thanks to all that have read my blog and hope you continue to do so!

Make it a great day!  ~ Sylvia

 

Dancing with the Stars (Season 16)

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Today was the day that they announced the Stars for Season 16 of Dancing with the Stars.
As in the past, I will be posting my 2-cents worth on the show and who are my picks for: Best of the Week, Worst of the Week and Favorite Song(s) of the Week.
I will be posting my Early-bird Picks of who I thinks might win this season next week.
Here is a list for Dancing with the Stars – Season 16.

Dancing with the Stars’ Cast

From the Wall Street Journal and Pictures from abc.com – Dancing with the Stars

Aly Raisman
Olympian No. 1, Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas: The 2012 Olympic gold-medal gymnast becomes an overwhelming favorite before she steps on the ballroom floor. She won on floor exercise for a spirited number to “Hava Nagila.” Mark was partnered with fellow gymnast golden girl Shawn Johnson in Season 8, so it’s not surprising he’s with Aly.
Dorothy Hamill
Olympian No. 2, Dorothy Hamill and Tristan MacManus: The figure-skating legend of the 1976 Olympics is 56 years old??? She looks amazing, and she doesn’t think she’s worthy to be paired with Irish cutie Tristan. BTW, for three of his four seasons, Tristan has been paired with the oldest woman of the cast. Is this going to be his modus operandi forever?
Wynonna Judd
Wynonna Judd and Tony Dovolani: The country-music star, arguably one of the better-known names this season, said she had been asked for six years to do the show. She makes a joke about wanting to get back to her original weight of “8 pounds, 15 ounces” and said it’s the year of doing things that scare you. I see the inevitable “weight loss/personal growth” arc. Tony, who won last season with Melissa, is back with his usual kind of partner.
Kellie Pickler
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough: At last, reality giants collide, as Kellie is the first former “American Idol” contestant to compete on “DWTS.” Will she split the country vote with Wynonna? Does her past as a roller-skating waitress help? Kellie said she’ll have experience with falling. Many expected Derek to leave after last season, but he’s back.
Victor Ortiz
Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold: Other than Season 4 finalist Laila Ali, boxers have a middling record on “DWTS.” (Think the likes of Sugar Ray Leonard and Floyd Mayweather Jr.). Victor, a former WBC welterweight champion, looks to change that streak. In keeping with the country theme, Brooke said he’s also wanted a career as a country-music singer.
Jacoby Jones
The aforementioned football player, Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff: He shows some swagger at 8:20 a.m. as he’s introduced and flirts with Karina. He’s also known for his end-zone dances and demonstrates for “GMA” viewers. He’s not shy at all. Len’s probably not going to like him; I see Ochocinco Take 2.
Andy Dick
Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess: He’s a comedian/recovering addict, so it’s hard not to think of him as this season’s Steve-O or David Arquette, especially as he “trips” as he walks in. Sharna looks a little like former pro Lacey Schwimmer, and Lacey had been with Steve-O.
D.L Hughley
D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke: ABC dips into its 1990s well with sitcom star D.L., who was the lead on “The Hughleys” for a few seasons. He’s continued to act and also has appeared on CNN as a political commentator.
Lisa Vanderpump
A Real Housewife, Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko: Real Housewives have been rumored to be joining the “DWTS” pool for years. Lisa, from “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” is the first. She’s also responsible for the most random piece of trivia Tuesday: She was one of the first people to water ski barefoot in England.
Ingo Rademacher
Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson: After Kellie Monaco’s successful stints on “DWTS,” it’s not surprising the show has raided the “General Hospital” cast again. The man better known as Jasper Jax played up his surfing background Tuesday. At least visually, he and Kym make a very striking couple and share Australian backgrounds.
Zendaya Coleman
Zendaya Coleman and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: The obligatory Disney Channel star, Zendaya appears on “Shake It Up,” the same show that brought us Season 14’s Roshon Fegan. At 16, Zendaya is the youngest contestant this season. This is also the first time we’ll have Val but no big brother Maks.
 
I have seen some of the comments that have been made already on this cast. And I only have the following to say:
Really, what did you expect?? This show is meant to be fun and entertaining. If you get that bent out of shape because you don’t like the “star”, then you need some help.
If you don’t like who is on the show this season, change the channel! No one is making to watch this show.
If you don’t know who these “stars” are, that doesn’t mean that they are not famous to other people. It only means, you don’t know who they are.
Don’t be a bully! I have read some comments about age, weight and height already. Really? Do you personally know these people that you can make such comments? And who cares how old they are, how much they weight or if they are tall enough?
 
I’m sure there are going to be some people who disagree with my “2-cants” worth of comments, but this is my blog and I’ll try hard not to be hard. I have been doing this for several seasons and I do it because it’s fun.
So I’m looking forward to this upcoming season.
Side note:
Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko     
Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess   
Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold

Save Second Base

I just love some of the pictures that are posted on Facebook, Here is a good one and an important one.

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), also referred to in America as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.

US National Breast Cancer Awareness Month website

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