I have imported posts from the blog I maintained mostly for family and close friends. You will see that posts I integrated since I started this blog are marked with the category tag “crosspost.” Obviously, any posts before the “welcome” post on 26 May 2007 are from previous efforts and so were not marked. I will try to let folks know if I have posted to more than one site simultaneously. Eventually, I intend to drop most of the other blogs and keep just the one or two sites that actually hold my interest.
[This was posted at blogspot first… Nancy is Journey Woman.]
Thanks, Nancy! — I think…
Tagged on 29 May, here is my contribution to the thread. Like Nancy, I am not going to actually tag anyone, but if you would like to play… (hint, hint)
Each participant lists eight facts/habits about themselves. The rules of the game are posted at the beginning of the post, before those facts/habits are listed. At the end of the post, the player then tags eight people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.
So, that’s my 8 facts. Who wants to play?
Memorial Day is about the fallen, those who didn’t make it home from war. Our family does not have any graves locally to visit. But our hearts are full for the families who do, whether the grave is still bare or covered with grass and wildflowers.
Since the United States was founded, there have been over 1 million deaths of servicemen and servicewomen against military forces. These numbers do not include civilians on either side who were caught in between, or non-military actions that caused military deaths.
Data from http://www.usmemorialday.org/memorialsfull.htm and http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0004615.html
Revolutionary War: approximately 4000
War of 1812: 2000
Mexican War: 12,000
Civil War, Union: 364,000
Civil War, Confederate: 133,821
Spanish-American War: 11,000
First World War: 116,000
Second World War: 406,000
Korean Conflict: 55,000
Gulf War #1: 760
Afghanistan and Current Gulf War: over 3000
However you spend this day, remember the sacrifices that led to our prosperity.
Some of you may already know from reading my other blogs, that I have multiple allergies and chemical sensitivities. While I don’t generally let them run my life, I do have to watch the ingredients in things I eat.
At the local food cooperative, they have some very nice convenience foods for people like me: dairy-free, vegan, gluten free, kosher… not all of these apply to me, but you get the idea.
I thought other people might benefit from my experience with these products. Here is the first of my “food reviews:”
I find that I do better on wheat-free foods, though I am not gluten-intolerant. So when a new gluten-free cake mix showed up, well, I just had to try it!
Chocolate Cake Mix
This cake mix is simple, and quick to pull together. Following the directions (except that I used a small rectangluar pan instead of round), the result was moist, very chocolaty and soft. Unlike some rice-flour products, the cake was not gritty. And although the box says there are 8 servings in a package, I think you could get ten or twelve and still leave people satisfied. This was a very rich, decadent-feeling cake! A caution, DO grease the entire side of the cake pan, or you will get something that is very tall in the middle and thin at the sides. The rice flour and baking soda will do a good job of making the whole cake light and fluffy. This is definitely a treat for the whole family — even the ones who don’t normally eat the stranger things!
As a side note, I also used Cherrybrook Kitchen’s Vanilla Frosting Mix. I don’t recommend it. It uses 1 1/4 cups of margarine (or butter) and doesn’t have much flavor beyond a touch of sweetening. It was too greasy-feeling in my mouth. Instead, make up a simple, and lower-calorie, frosting yourself with a smaller amount of margarine, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla flavoring to your own taste, adding extra liquid as needed to gain the consistency you desire.
First post on the official Stidmama website. [Test….1,2,3…] Welcome Visitors!
After becoming known by this name on several websites over the years, I decided to go whole-hog and just name a domain after myself. Here it is.
You will see that this website reflects a diversity of interests and talents (not always coinciding, unfortunately), and offers a safe space for anyone, from birth through maturity, to hang out.
Please let me know if there is something you would like to see on this site. I may not agree with you — but it’s worth a try! And if you see something on this site that is offensive, or on a site I link to, let me know. I will remove things that don’t belong.
Welcome again. Have a cup of tea or glass of lemonade and set for a bit.
Some days, good things happen. Today, my mother received the Teacher of the Year Award for her school district.
Here it is, obscured to protect the privacy of my parents and her students…
WAY TO GO MOTHER!!!!!
This cute test was on both nrkii and featherbee’s websites! So of course I played lemming and took it. Twice. Same result both times. I am, apparently, Pure Nerd, scoring 82 % Nerd, 21% Geek, 34% Dork
This test tracked 3 variables. How my score compared to the other people’s:
||Higher than 93% on nerdiness|
||Higher than 24% on geekosity|
||Higher than 58% on dork points|
|Link: The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test written by donathos on Ok Cupid|
Note: the previous is significantly less exact than the Geek Test, one version of which can be found here. My score on that is, predictably, quite low, today I scored 27.61341%, making me a Total Geek, far below my dear Tom’s!