Published on May 17 2007

silkyarn.JPG There is nothing better than the arrival of a new hand-dyed lace yarn. I'm trying something new for the new scarf/shawl. Silk. 100% silk. If it knits up as good as it feels and looks, I can't wait to cast on, although I probably should decide what pattern to use first, lol.

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Published on May 16 2007

My best bud from school forwarded this link to me, the report on the closing ceremony at my alma mater in England. Reading it, I sat and cried like a baby. Silly, huh? I can't even write about it right now. Those two years I spent there were among the best in my life. I would have given just about anything to have gone back to visit one last time. Just to see. Stars and Stripes: London Central closes its doors for final time
London Central closes its doors for final time By Bryan Mitchell, Stars and Stripes European edition, Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Sean Kimmons / S&S London Central High School 1978 graduate Sean Kelly, left, and his brother, Duff, a 1982 graduate, pose with their senior jackets during the school's closing ceremony Tuesday. Purchase reprint Sean Kimmons / S&S Seventh-grader Wesley Tomjack, far left, plays his trumpet along with other members of the London Central High School Concert Band during the school’s closing ceremony Tuesday. Purchase reprint Sean Kimmons / S&S Members of the London Central High School Concert Choir — from left to right, sophomore Alexis White, senior Kristine Fontanilla and junior Lauren Parnell — sing the National Anthem during the school's closing ceremony. Purchase reprint Sean Kimmons / S&S Festive balloons hover above hundreds of audience members at the closing ceremony of London Central High School Tuesday. Purchase reprint
RAF DAWS HILL, England — The brass wore their sharp dress uniforms. The educators were clad in finely pressed dress shirts, skirts and blazers. And the local British mayor wore her traditional decorative necklace. But Marine Corps Maj. Duff Kelly felt he had to honor the class of 1982 the best way he knew how. “I really wanted to dress up for the whole ceremony, but then I thought I would dress just like I did in high school: jeans, T-shirt and my letterman’s jacket,” a beaming Kelly said as he stood outside the London Central High School gymnasium, his faded jacket one size too small but still Bobcat proud. “I had to represent what is widely considered to be the best class in the history of London Central.” Kelly was one of the several hundred people who jammed into the school’s gym Tuesday afternoon for the official London Central Elementary and High School closing ceremony. Students and educators past and present joined military leaders from across the United Kingdom and Europe as well as local British dignitaries in marking the closure of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools’ only boarding school. The closure will displace more than 200 students who come from all over the country and whose parents are stationed across the globe. The gym was strewn with blue and white balloons and streamers, while the band and chorus performed stirring renditions of the alma mater and fight song one last time before the June 7 graduation. American ambassador to England Robert H. Tuttle was scheduled to be the keynote speaker, but sent U.S. Embassy in London deputy chief of mission, David T. Johnson, in his place at the last minute. Dev Parker, a parent of a London Central student, read a May 11 letter from President Bush. But it was the words of past educators and present students that reflected the spirit of the ceremony and the closure. Polly DeYoung, who taught at London Central from 1997 through 2005 and was described by a fellow teacher as the “Queen mother of London Central,” reminded students that — despite the challenges that might lie ahead in new schools and new countries — London Central has prepared them well. “We’ve been through a lot together: problems and protests, drawbacks and shutdowns,” she said. “We’ve been through peace, and we’ve been through war. And, like always, we’ll get through with it and move on.” Another fellow educator urged those on hand to honor the school’s history and tradition rather than rue its demise. Yet, it was a member of the final graduating class, senior Darius Pruss, who found just the right words — short, sweet and to the point — that best captured the feelings of London Central students from 1951 through today. “The legacy is us and the memories we share,” he said. “We are the legacy that is LCHS.”
Duff Kelly was wrong about one thing, though. The class of '82 was NOT the greatest class. His older brother Sean, class of '78, should have corrected this. Everybody knows the class of '78 was the best there ever was. Thirty years later, I still think about all you guys. We *are* the great legacy of that wonderful place and time.

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Published on May 13 2007

Yes, Mother's Day was yesterday... but go watch this video. I sat here and laughed at my email watching it.
Remind you of anyone?

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Published on May 13 2007

Wis. festival sells deep-fried testicles
Around here, it may be tough to pass up anything deep-fried. Wisconsinites have deep-fried cheese curds, candy bars and Twinkies. They now have deep-fried livestock testicles, too. More than 300 people paid $5 for all-you-can-eat goat, lamb and bull testicles Saturday at the ninth annual Testicle Festival at Mama's Place Bar and Grill in Elderon in central Wisconsin.
#1 daughter told me about this. I thought she was joking. I really thought she was joking.
Butch Joubert, 58, likes the parts sandwiched between bread with tartar sauce. They're not so different from regular meatballs also served at the festival, he said. "After a few beers, you can't really tell the difference," Joubert said.
It's going to take more than a "few" of these.

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Published on May 13 2007

The Little Beauty!scott-and-gator.jpgGator catch Well, Living in the south has its adventures. I'll bet MAD doesn't have this one on her "Things to do" list. My friend found that he had a uninvited Alligator in his fish pond and she was helping her self to his catfish. Animal control would not do anything because it was only believed to be about two feet long. Since he has a young boy who likes to fish, we figured it wise to relocate the Gator before it tried to relocate his son. So we decided that we had seen enough episodes of Crock Hunter and we could take this one by ourselves. After some coaxing we were able to capture the little beauty and restrain it. We relocated it into one of the local rivers where the fish occur naturally and were not bought and paid for like in my friends pond. Once released, she happily swam away and I think she winked at me as she submerged. :) Of course we could not miss the photo op. I've got to admit, there is one thing nice about fishing in Wisconsin. You don't have to worry about who is fishing for who! This one was about 4 feet, but I have seen them well over 8 feet and as big around as me.

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Published on May 13 2007

Bleary-eyed and shuffling about in my jammies, I opened my 'fridge this morning in a desperate hunt for half 'n half for my coffee, the elixir of life, the bringer of all good things before 8 am. To find my Mothers' Day gift:
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Oooooh yeah.
 
No, I did not drink one for breakfast. I'm not quite *that* far back into single mode yet. They also brought other gifts: Vanilla-Lime scented candles. Brazilian nut body butter. Chocolate. And a BALLOON!!! I love my children. They know exactly what makes Ma's heart go pitter-patter, lol. Beer, body butter and balloons!

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Published on May 12 2007

I am getting a little lot woozy, just looking at this photo. Just what somebody who's scared of heights needs to keep them awake at night.... swing.jpg Ananova - Worlds highest swing
The world's highest swing has been set up on a 1,100ft TV tower in Harbin city, China /Lu Feng The swing is set on a 700ft high viewing platform on the tower in Harbin city, Heilongjiang province. Participants sit on the steel seat and swing out over the city, beyond the edge of the platform. The swing is called "Game for brave people", reports Harbin Daily.

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Published on May 11 2007

Wis. farmer finds new calf has two noses
MERRILL, Wis. - Mark Krombholz had to look twice at his new calf, Lucy — one time for each nose. "I didn't notice anything too different about her until I got her in the barn," Krombholz said, "and all of a sudden I went to feed her a bottle of milk, and I thought maybe she'd been kicked in the nose and there were two noses there."

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Published on May 9 2007

A study conducted by UCLA's Department of Psychiatry has revealed that the kind of face a woman finds attractive on a man can differ depending on where she is in her menstrual cycle. For example: If she is ovulating, she is attracted to men with rugged and masculine features. However, if she is menstruating, or menopausal, she tends to be more attracted to a man with duct tape over his mouth and a spear lodged in his chest while he is on fire. No further studies are expected.
I'm wondering exactly why this was sent to me, hmmmmmmmm?????

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Published on May 9 2007

Yeah, yeah... I know I promised an update on the thing that nobody could figure out. So I'm a little slow. But first..... the eagles are nesting!! Isn't this a cool pic?! eagles.JPG Beautiful birds, aren't they? Looks like one of them caught a fish. Although I've been watching ospreys fishing, I haven't seen any eagles fishing yet this spring. Ever watch an osprey fish? I always used to wonder how a bird could fly 70 feet above the water and spot a fish, dive down and catch the thing all in the space of a few seconds. How on earth does the bird see the fish? It's simple-- the bird doesn't actually fly-- he hovers in one spot for up to thirty seconds, flapping his wings just enough to keep from falling. If you're close enough you can see his head whipping back and forth, scanning the surface of the water for movement. If he spots something, it's a short fast dive to the water. At the last second, the bird pulls up with talons down, and basically bellyflops into the water. I've watched ospreys completely disappear beneath the surface and come up spitting and sputtering. 'Course, right now the water temp is probably about 40 degrees. I'd probably be spitting and sputtering after a dive into that, too. But I digress. I think we need a wider shot of these birds.
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bear-and-bees.JPGPretty neat, isn't it? The thing nobody could figure out is becoming a totem pole, completely carved by chainsaw. There's even a bear cub about to raid a bee's nest. I don't think the bees were done with the chainsaw, but they are very lifelike. Note to self: Just because it hits 75 degrees does not mean one needs to try a 15 mile trailride when one has only done a couple of little 4 or 5 mile jaunts. One finds that one cannot walk this evening.

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