May 2007

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A Book Blog

Posted by on 31 May 2007 | Tagged as: blogposts, books, parenting, review, Uncategorized, website review

Upper Fort Stewart is a new blog I found… I think folks who enjoy reading will like it. The post that really caught my attention today was written May 28 by the blog author’s wife about kids’ books and libraries.

It matters, what you put in a child’s head!

More blog pages integrated!

Posted by on 31 May 2007 | Tagged as: crosspost, Uncategorized

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.

I’ve been Tagged!

Posted by on 29 May 2007 | Tagged as: blogposts, crosspost, fun, meme, Uncategorized

[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)

The rules:

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.

My stuff:

  • I am not afraid of heights like cliffs or airplanes, but elevators and ladders make me nervous. Really. As long as my arthritic knees let me I would rather go up ten flights of stairs! And the only reason I go up the ladder is because I now own the house, and want to protect my investment by keeping gutters and roof clear.
  • I read in spurts — I’ll go through five or six books in a couple weeks, then go for a couple months reading only things online. Not sure why. Perhaps it’s just easier to skim and surf than really get into a story? Which reminds me: there was a novel I set aside the other day…
  • I am a renaissance mediocrity. I am mediocre in lots of fields, from math to art to music to …. you get the idea. I like a lot of subjects enough to study them until I am familiar with the ideas and terms, then I lose interest and move on. Hence, I excel in nothing but can readily converse in lots of things.
  • Some of my trees have a sort of blight that I can’t figure out. It looks viral, but could be fungal, and unless I can find an arborist willing to give free advice, I may have to just cut them down. This does not please me!
  • I like to have things in order, generally speaking alphabetical from left to right, or color-wise from red to purple. When I have the opportunity, I arrange my books, paints, fabrics, spices… but I rarely have the time or space these days.
  • I think food allergies are the worst. I never know if what I am eating is going to make me get hives, or swell up, or whatever. Even when I make the food myself, occasionally I will have a reaction. A close second though are the airborne chemical sensitivities. Sometimes when I am away from home my skin starts to burn for no reason. That’s not fun.
  • I love animals. I like cats, dogs and birds. I think horses are beautiful, and goats are funny. I like the garter snakes in my garden (but when I was little back East the diamondbacks scared me), and the lizards that I see sometimes, sunning themselves on logs. I like turtles (box not snapping), fish, butterflies, dragonflies, worms (yes, they are neat and they feed my garden)… I draw the line at cockroaches though. Yuck.
  • I have the biggest crush on my husband. He’s neat. And he bakes yummy bread.

So, that’s my 8 facts. Who wants to play?

I always knew I was royalty…

Posted by on 28 May 2007 | Tagged as: crosspost, fun, quiz, Uncategorized

This is funny!

ButtercupWhich Princess Bride Character are You?
this quiz was made by mysti

New Site!

Posted by on 28 May 2007 | Tagged as: blogposts, fun, stidmama, Uncategorized

I have managed to get something done (finally) on my domain. is now open for business!


Memorial Day

Posted by on 27 May 2007 | Tagged as: blogposts, celebrations, holidays, passages, Uncategorized

postcard from early 1900s

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 and

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

Vietnam: 109,000

Gulf War #1: 760

Afghanistan and Current Gulf War: over 3000

However you spend this day, remember the sacrifices that led to our prosperity.

Food Reviews

Posted by on 27 May 2007 | Tagged as: allergy, blogposts, food, review, Uncategorized

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!

Cherrybrook Kitchen

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.


Posted by on 26 May 2007 | Tagged as: blogposts, Uncategorized, welcome

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.


Posted by on 22 May 2007 | Tagged as: blogposts, celebrations, good things, Uncategorized

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…


Geeks, Nerds and other Denizens of Cyberspace

Posted by on 16 May 2007 | Tagged as: crosspost, fun, quiz, Uncategorized

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!

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