WELCOME BACK: We had a nice surprise this week when our grandson Camden came to visit. His
mother had a doctors appointment to see how the baby making is coming along
and they don't allow two year olds in the office, lucky us. As you get older
it's amazing how much energy a little tike like that can have. We were worn
down in about an hour and he still had a long way to go. I think we have a
better understanding of why babies are for the younger people. Us older
folks would be worn to a frazzle in no time. By the way mother and baby are
doing just great an on target for a late July or early August delivery.
I (Ken) am trying something new this spring. I've enrolled in an online college class through one of the local colleges. I haven't done this before so should be interesting to see how well it all works. More importantly how well I handle the discipline to get the work done and stay focused. I'm easily distracted with all the neat emails I get from you, our readers, and surfing the web looking for neat new stuff to share with you. I'll let you know how it goes as I get into it. I actually start this next Wednesday.
I just love the spring weather here in Western Washington State. Every single day we get a good variety of ever changing conditions. What's more fun is listening to the weather prognosticators trying to figure out how to tell you what the weather is going to do in as many different ways as possible. Today I believe we are supposed to have scattered showers with sun breaks and possible thunder storms. Tomorrow we are supposed to have rain, partial clearing and lightening. Now if those two don't sound the same I don't know what does. Yesterday we got some hail but since the weather person said "ice pellets" I guess it didn't count. What ever your weather we hope you are off to a good spring and can find a little time to enjoy it.
Speaking of spring, the Annual Tulip Festival in the Skagit Valley, Washington, runs all this month. If you've never seen all of these beautiful tulip fields you are truly missing one of the top events in the world. The Skagit Valley produces more tulip bulbs that anywhere else on earth. That's why it's so special. You can find out all about it at www.tulipfestival.org.
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What's New This Week? Daylight Savings Time is this weekend. Remember to spring forward and change
all those clocks ahead one hour. That is unless you live in one of those
strange little pockets that never change the time. Indiana has 76 counties
that do not change to daylight savings while eleven counties are on Central
Time and daylight savings and five counties are on Eastern Time and daylight
savings, whew! For more information check out, www.mccsc.edu/time.html#WHAT.
Hawaii for the most part does not observe daylight savings. The state of Arizona does not observe daylight savings except for the Navajo Indian Reservation, which does observe it. The Navajo Nation participates in the Daylight Saving Time policy, due to its large size and location in three states. Daylight Saving Time is observed in Alaska but is not observed in the Aleutian Islands or St. Lawrence Island.
There now go set your clocks and change the batteries in your smoke detectors.
Here are two things you might try. Before you install a piece of software check the box or instructions for machine compatibility, i.e. will it run on your version of Windows? If you operating system is not listed go to the software/hardware web site and check for the latest drivers. Install them and you should be good to go.
Secondly, if you know that your software is for your particular operating system then don't bail out when you get that screen but boldly go ahead with the install. Like all computer related stuff some things will work on one machine and won't work on another. These are only suggestions and I take no responsibility if your computer turns into a blender ;-)
SITE OF THE WEEK
This week we thought we'd provide a little community service. Poisonings are still one of the greatest killers of children. A lot of people just don't realize how deadly some of those chemicals under the kitchen sink can be.
We received an email from the American Assoc. of Poison Control Center's Chris Falk, AAPCC Media Director, telling us of the recently inaugurated new nationwide toll-free poison emergency hotline, 1-800-222-1222. Chris said, "We'd like to make families aware of this resource, as more than 1,000,000 children under six are exposed to poisons each year."
Place Card/Recipe Card
This project is really simple and it goes along with our woodworking project this week. When you are having family and friends over for that Easter brunch these place cards will really impress them. It will show off your artistic talents and give them something to remember you by.
Here is a list of the things you will need.
On the non-lined side of the note card either draw a pretty spring picture or us stamps to make a spring theme.
Color the stamping or drawing with colored pens.
Write the persons name on the card so they will know where to sit.
On the back of the card (lined side) write out the recipe for what is being served.
Place the card into the card holder and place it on the table.
Be sure to tell your guests that they can take the recipe card and flower card holder home with them.
Your guests will be wowed and will remember you every time they make that recipe.
We hope you enjoy Marilyn's Corner and look forward to all the fun things she brings you each week. If you have a fun project that would be suitable for our newsletter we'd love to share it with our readers. Just contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll do the rest.
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Add Salad Oil, stir well and cool.
Beat together White Sugar, Brown Sugar, Eggs and Vanilla.
Add Flour, Soda, Salt and Cinnamon.
Add the Oatmeal mixture.
Pour into two small loaf pans.
Bake for 35 - 40 minutes at 350 degrees F.
Spread over the Mush Cakes.
Put under the broiler until bubbly and lightly brown.
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