Sunday, October 9, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Canada

Yes - tomorrow is Thanksgiving in Canada.  Our boys are home for the weekend, so I cooked dinner yesterday, and we had a great day transplanting 46 small trees :)  Sometimes it's good to have boys! lol
All the fresh air yesterday made me tired, so I was in bed by 9pm, but that meant I was awake at 3:50am this morning!! Made 2 salads for lunch, now I'll go play with a little dog that is boarding here. Should be a good day :)

Hope everyone has an amazing Sunday & Thanksgiving!

Here is a little poem I got in an email from a fellow school bus driver.




TWAS THE NIGHT OF THANKSGIVING,
BUT I JUST COULDN'T SLEEP.
I TRIED COUNTING BACKWARDS,
I TRIED COUNTING SHEEP.

THE LEFTOVERS BECKONED -

THE DARK MEAT AND WHITE,
BUT I FOUGHT THE TEMPTATION
WITH ALL OF MY MIGHT.

TOSSING AND TURNING WITH ANTICIPATION,

THE THOUGHT OF A SNACK BECAME INFATUATION.
SO, I RACED TO THE KITCHEN FLUNG OPEN THE DOOR,
AND GAZED AT THE FRIDGE, FULL OF GOODIES GALORE.
GOBBLED UP TURKEY AND BUTTERED POTATOES,
PICKLES AND CARROTS, BEANS AND TOMATOES.

I FELT MYSELF SWELLING SO PLUMP AND SO ROUND,

'TIL ALL OF A SUDDEN, I ROSE OFF THE GROUND.
I CRASHED THROUGH THE CEILING, FLOATING INTO THE SKY,
WITH A MOUTHFUL OF PUDDING AND A HANDFUL OF PIE.
BUT, I MANAGED TO YELL AS I SOARED PAST THE TREES....
HAPPY EATING TO ALL - PASS THE CRANBERRIES, PLEASE.

MAY YOUR STUFFING BE TASTY,

MAY YOUR TURKEY BE PLUMP.
MAY YOUR POTATOES 'N GRAVY HAVE NARY A LUMP.
MAY YOUR YAMS BE DELICIOUS.
MAY YOUR PIES TAKE THE PRIZE,
MAY YOUR THANKSGIVING DINNER STAY OFF OF YOUR THIGHS!!


Thursday, September 29, 2011

I am WAY to busy!

I think I've stretched myself a bit thin.....
Started a new team on Etsy in July, and just started a Blog for the team last week. Have way to much going on...


I have managed to make a few new Christmas ornaments and coasters for my shop:




Oh well. Of course this means that I don't have time to blog on my own blog!! Shame on me!!


Here are some funny signs a friend sent me in an email!!






Sunday, September 25, 2011

How a Horse's A$$ Controls the world

Who Knew?? All makes sense in the end as you will clearly see

Railroad tracks.
The US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches. That's an exceedingly odd number.

Why was that gauge used?
Because that's the way they built them in England , and English expatriates designed the US railroads.

Why did the English build them like that?
Because the first rail lines were built by the same people who built the pre-railroad tramways, and that's the gauge they used.

Why did 'they' use that gauge then?
Because the people who built the tramways used the same jigs and tools that they had used for building wagons, which used that wheel spacing.

Why did the wagons have that particular odd wheel spacing?
Well, if they tried to use any other spacing, the wagon wheels would break on some of the old, long distance roads in England , because that's the spacing of the wheel ruts.

So who built those old rutted roads?
Imperial Rome built the first long distance roads in Europe (including England ) for their legions. Those roads have been used ever since.

And the ruts in the roads?
Roman war chariots formed the initial ruts, which everyone else had to match for fear of destroying their wagon wheels.

Since the chariots were made for Imperial Rome , they were all alike in the matter of wheel spacing. Therefore, the United States standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches is derived from the original specifications for an Imperial Roman war chariot. In other words, bureaucracies live forever.

So the next time you are handed a specification/procedure/process, and wonder, 'What horse's ass came up with this?' , you may be exactly right.

Imperial Roman army chariots were made just wide enough to accommodate the rear ends of two war horses.

Now, the twist to the story:

When you see a Space Shuttle sitting on its launch pad, you will notice that there are two big booster rockets attached to the sides of the main fuel tank. These are solid rocket boosters, or SRBs. The SRBs are made by Thiokol at their factory in Utah .


The engineers who designed the SRBs would have preferred to make them a bit larger, but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the factory to the launch site. The railroad line from the factory happens to run through a tunnel in the mountains, and the SRBs had to fit through that tunnel. The tunnel is slightly wider than the railroad track, and the railroad track, as you now know, is about as wide as two horses' behinds.


So, a major Space Shuttle design feature of what is arguably the world's most advanced transportation system was determined over two thousand years ago by the width of a horse's ass. And you thought being a horse's ass wasn't important? 
So, Horse's Asses control almost everything...
...Explains a whole lot of things, doesn't it?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

My Dining Room - almost done

I did remember to take photo's of my dining room before and after I painted it.  We aren't quite done yet.  There will be a "chair rail" (oak) running around the room - as soon as hubby cuts the pieces, they get stained and installed.









I didn't realize that the room was so dark!  It was hard to take good photo's.  

Hubby didn't know about the red :)  It's call "barn" and the top is "sunbeam", not yellow, but more of an ivory color.  We are slowly getting used to it :)

I will take photo's once we have all the oak up, the oak shelves back above the windows and new blinds.

The Kitchen is next!  oh dear....
 

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