Saturday, August 31, 2013

What's That Noise?

I did it again! Not once, not twice, but for the third time. I know what you're thinking, but my age has nothing to do with the problem!

The kitchen garbage disposal – listed as a modern-day invention. Did you catch the word 'disposal'? Not an accurate description because not every item gets completely destroyed in that deep, dark pit.

At times during operation, I hear an extra loud objection as four blades rotate at high speed. But if I leave the switch in the 'on' position and wait long enough, the grinding stops and I can hear the quiet, satisfied whirl of the cutting blades.

Yesterday I scrubbed my kitchen sink, pushed the vegetable debris down the drain hole, turned on the water, then the switch. I tried to analyze the sound. It wasn't loud and metallic like a spoon. (I know that sound!) I heard more like a dull, chewing noise. The sound diminished thirty seconds later. The object must be a plum seed. Our juicy yellow plums make a favorite treat this time of the year, but you must eat them over the sink.

All was well – until this morning. I wanted to clean my stove top, but couldn't locate my favorite green scrubber.

My friend Marguerite crochets fabulous scrubbers using nylon netting from the fabric store. I declare them totally indestructible! I've proven this fact over and over again in the garbage disposal.

Here's to our clean kitchens!

Happy Birthday!! Craig #75, Ruth, Mother #94, Dianne and Nancy B. 

Happy Anniversary!! Brad & Dawnita and Gary & Betty

"If I eat equal amounts of dark chocolate and white chocolate, is that a balanced diet?"



Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Waxing and Waning

Greetings to you, dear friends.

Occasionally, I wax my upper lip, but please don't tell my husband. He would not understand this woman pride thing. I'm hoping someday I'll be old enough when the unwanted hair will quit growing. The hair on my head comes out by the handful, but my legs are still producing a forest.

Tell me why a man would shave his chest as seen on TV. My husband is proud of his few hairs. I could understand a man shaving his arm pits though. That might help reduce the odor problem. Besides, his hair is so long there!

My muscles are waning – badly! It's very noticeable when I stir the pot on the stove. Flap, flap! I told myself years ago this deterioration would never happen to me. Yeah, right! Gone are the sleeveless tops and short shorts. I wonder if it is too late for this 72 ½ year old lady to start using her muscle machine effectively.

I planned to write about our moon, but I got carried away describing my body. Sorry about that! Are you smiling?

Do you know when the moon waxes and wanes?

When the moon is completely invisible on a clear night, the New Moon has waned 100%. The next day, the moon begins to wax and show itself to us. It continues waxing until we see the full moon. There is a full moon tonight, August 20, 2013.

Tomorrow the moon begins waning, showing less of itself. Seventeen days later, we are back to a fully invisible New Moon.

Have you ever seen the crescent moon laying on its side?  I have, once! Awesome!

There's more info about the Crescent and Gibbous phases, but I've probably bored you enough.

To demonstrate the scientific wisdom I shared with you today, I'll show you two moon paintings I recently created.

            Waning Crescent in spray paint with stencils.

            Waxing Crescent in exterior paint with brush.

Happy Belated Birthdays! Patty, Barb, Loretta, Billy, Bobbi

Happy Birthdays! Clayton, Gene, Dawnita, Nancy, Klyee, 

and husband Craig

Happy 53rd Anniversary! Lois and Donn in Montana.