Monday, February 28, 2011

How to...

So I came across some really cool videos and thought I would put them all in one place -- I may even add links here as I find them.  With all the uncertainty in the economy, some of these videos will help you save money on groceries for your family by doing-it-yourself and making your food supply more organic because you grew it!

Most people today have lost touch with the art of growing their own food, raising their own herds, sustaining their own life...these videos will bring you back to days gone by.  ENJOY!

Bees and Beekeeping for Honey in Your Backyard
Raising Chickens this clip is from Cincott Nursery and Market Garden (Canada)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Miracle on Ice

Well the year was 1980 on February 22nd and the USA Olympic Hockey Team skated into history.  Most people talk about who they watch the game with and where they were watching as this was UNBELIEVABLE.  Here is a classic clip of sports infamy.

I was one who was privileged enough to actually hold one of the medals - Mike Ramsey #5 worked a summer job with one of my brothers so we were allowed to have a "family" viewing.  INCREDIBLE memory.  Do You Believe in Miracles?

Monday, February 21, 2011

Roses - What do the Colors Mean?

Being that Valentine's Day was just last week I found myself if a discussion about the meaning of the colors of the roses.  I had to do some research and thought I would share it with you here.  Interesting some of the facts I found and who knew, you could have been communicating more than you thought!


  • Red is the most popular rose color and is symbolic of everlasting or enduring love, romance, passion, affection, courage, respect, congratulations, "I love you" and a "job well done". It doesn't just symbolize love, but also denotes beauty, courage and even respect.  As you might know, red roses are widely used when proposing marriage and to reaffirm one's love in a very profound way.  

  • The color red itself is often associated with the Greek and Roman goddess of love. Weather sending a single red rose to say "I love you" or sending a bouquet including a dozen or more (which is considered the ultimate way to say "I love you") it makes for a wonderful gift for any romantic occasion.  You may not of known that a Red Rosebud is a symbol of purity and loveliness, as well?


  • In general, white signifies purity, innocence, honor, silence, secrecy, reverence, humility, youthfulness, sympathy, serenity,  divinity (heavenly), "I am worthy of you" and happy love.  Originally, white roses were the symbol of true love that is now conveyed through red roses. White roses are often seen at weddings so they have also become associated with unity and virtue. Because of their association with reverence and honor, white roses are often sent to a funeral as an expression of sympathy.

  • White roses are perfect for events where youth or innocence are celebrated, proms and even weddings. In a bridal context white roses (and especially white rosebuds) signify innocence and girlhood. A white rose is the ideal rose for young love. A white rose can play a role in commencing a relationship, indicating a man's special feelings for a woman, proposing marriage, or a husband expressing his love toward his beloved. When giving a white rose to a bride you wish her joyful and impeccable love. Lastly, coming back to the historical meaning of the color white, roses of this color can be used to show feelings like ' I am worthy of you,' or 'you are heavenly'.


  • Not to be confused with the white rose, cream roses indicate charm, thoughtfulness, grace, gentility, joy and gratitude.  They are used to express appreciation towards loved ones for loving you and when given in combination with pink rose they express "thanks".

  • Pink


  • Pale pink roses represent grace, gentleness, admiration, joy, gladness, perfect happiness, sympathy, sweetness, "thank you and "I am worthy of you". Light pink roses denote liveliness and fun. Light pink s a great color of rose to give to a good friend (use them to express feelings strictly confining to friendship.)  It's a great idea to bring pink roses for the hostess of a party or dinner since it also conveys sweetness and gratitude. They also can be used for your dinner table as a bouquet of fresh pale pink roses. They are among the most common roses growing in the wild.


  • Dark pink rose expresses gratitude, appreciation, praise, admiration and are often sent as a "thank you" and can be used to imply sympathy or empathy. They can also be given to a sick person to say: 'Get well'.


  • Similar to pink roses, the peach colored rose expresses gratefulness, humility and modesty.  It also can be used for appreciation, in "closing the deal" or "let's get together", sincerity, or gratitude.  (Peach roses are considered a shade of orange.)

  • Yellow

  • Yellow roses express friendship (platonic), joy, gladness, delight, promise (reassurance) of new beginning, given to congratulate life events, such as a birth, a wedding, a graduation, a promotion, to show affection, "welcome back" remember me, jealosy and caring.  Yellow roses have a platonic connotation that pink and red roses do not convey.    

  • If you present someone with a yellow rose with red tip you offer friendship or possibly send a message that one is ready to be free or to express the feeling of new love. For couples, however, the yellow rose can signify the idea of friendship and freedom within a romantic relationship. With other words you can show your significant other, that you feel free around him or her, and that you value their friendship within a serious relationship or marriage.

    In Victorian times (the 18th Century), yellow roses were used to represent jealousy.  It would take time before yellow roses became associated with more positive emotions.


  • An orange rose means desire, passion or passionate, warmth, sweetness, fascination, enthusiasm and exuberance.  (Peach roses are considered a shade of orange.) These intensely colored roses remind us of flames and fire and fascinate us just the same yet they can be seen as soothing as well.  They are great roses to give when expressing interest in going ahead with a new romantic relationship. The first orange roses were developed by horticulturalists in the late 19th century. Since orange is made from mixing red and yellow, the orange rose is sometimes seen as a cross between romantic love and friendship.   Coral Roses are like orange roses, they are perfect for more passionate purposes as they reveal desire and passion.

  • Lavender

  • Lavender roses have traditionally been used to convey love at first sight, enchantment, romance, sincere love and appreciate.  They are a spontaneous choice to express the fact that you've had butterflies in your tummy from the first moment you met your love. They may also symbolize enchantment and romance. For centuries, purple has been the color of royalty, so lavender roses have a certain air of majesty. Lavender can also signify sincere love & appreciation.       

  • Black

  • They represent death, end of a relationship, end of life,  are used at burials as they signify death and bidding "adieu" or farewell.  In case you don't know, in truth there are no black roses. Florists actually dry roses and dye them black. Dead roses represent the culmination of a relationship or the end of life.  In Gothic culture black roses symbolize tragic romance.

  • Blue

  • The blue rose is symbolic of the impossible, they stand for love beyond reach, mystery or things that are unattainable. Blue roses do not occur naturally but researches have finally succeeded in engineering a blue rose which was previously missing from the genetic colors. Sometimes lavender and purple roses share these sentiments, because they are part of the blue color 

    Roses of different colors are often used together to enhance their original, single-color, meaning. The number of roses given can add additional significance to the meaning of the color and color combinations. Below is more information that I have found out about roses:

    • Red Rosebud:  Symbolic of purity and loveliness
    • White Rosebud:  Symbolic of girlhood.
    • Thorn-less Rose:  Love at first sight.
    • Single Red Rose: I love you
    • Single Rose ANY color:  suggests youth, beauty, delight, simplicity, gratitude,  utmost devotion.
    • Two Roses Entwined Together: says "marry me", signifies being engaged and heralding marriage. 
    • Two Roses (different color combinations):  emphasize best wishes for the happy couple.
    • Six Roses: a need to be loved or cherished.
    • Eleven Roses: assure the recipient they are truly and deeply loved.
    • Thirteen Roses: indicate a secret admirer.

    RED & YELLOW:   a symbol for joy, celebration, delight, happiness, happy feelings and jovial.

    WHITE & YELLOW:  communicate harmony,

    PINK & YELLOW:  communicates friendship.

    RED & WHITE:  signifies unity or an engagement.

    RED & PINK:  reveal an even deeper meaning to a romantic relationship.

    Sunday, February 20, 2011

    Welcome to Texas

    Interesting new song I heard that I thought was worth sharing.  I KNOW some of these people here in Texas who think this way.  I would like to think I am a bit more inclusive than the writers of this song.  Welcome to Texas is NOT a total look at Texas but it surely is a look.  Most Texans I know like their church and their politics too.  A bit of a bias state, but a great state to live in!  Welcome to Texas!

    Thursday, February 10, 2011

    The Minnesota Song

    Being a former Minnesotan and wanting to reach out to my Minnesota friends, I felt the need to share this sweet Minnesota tune.  Knowing you ALL are enjoying this wonderful, LONG winter, feel free to sing along with the Minnesota Song!

    Stay warm and don't forget to "shovel it"!

    Wednesday, February 9, 2011

    the Grocery Store - Jeanne Robertson

    "Don't Send a Man to the Grocery Store!" Jeanne Robertson said.

    This is an incredibly funny lady and her delivery is great.  I think I enjoy this story so much because I have a husband who is rather logical like her husband is.  I get the way the man thinks because I live here too!

    Anyway, I hope you enjoy this great clip!  Now for more fun, click here to watch Jeanne’s other videos:

    Don't Go Rafting With a Baptist!
    Don't Bungee Jump Naked!
    Men Don't Know the Style in NYC
    Flight Attendant Deals With a Bad Potato

    And - for those of you interested in the recipe...I have it here below! Enjoy!!

    7-Up Pound Cake by Jeanne Robertson’s  

    You’ll need: Flour, Sugar, Shortening, Butter or margarine, 7-up (or generic “Twist Up” like I’m using), eggs, vanilla, and a bit of lemon flavoring.
    Here is a bit closer shot of the flavorings.
    I usually use the cheap vanilla but if you swear by the real stuff or homemade or whatever, knock yourself out and I’ll still be happy.
    You just need a little bit of the lemon lime coke so you can get one of these cute little baby cans if you like.

    Place your sugar, shortening, and butter in a mixing bowl.
    (1 cup butter or margarine, 1⁄2 cup shortening, 3 cups sugar)
    Mix that up until well blended.

    Add your lemon extract or flavoring or whatever it is you found in your pantry or went out and bought.
      (1-1⁄2 teaspoons lemon extract) 

    Add in your vanilla.
    (1-1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla extract*)

    and all of your eggs.
    (5 eggs)
    Mix that up really well

    Add in your flour.
    (3 cups all-purpose flour)

    and your 7-up-ish type beverage.
    (7 fluid ounces 7-Up (Can use diet)

    Mix all of that up.

    Then you’re going to pour that into a greased and floured bundt pan.
    Pour into greased & floured tube pan (Jeanne just uses Baker’s Joy to spray on her pan to make this easier).

    Bake at 300 for one hour, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
    Jeanne says to let it sit for thirty minutes before turning out

    Goodness, can you smell that?

    Now we need to make our glaze. Place your confectioner’s sugar in a bowl. Add a wee bit of lemon flavoring.

    And a wee bit of milk. Stir that up until it looks kind of like school glue. Don’t worry, it won’t taste like glue If it is a bit thin, just add more confectioner’s sugar. I always end up making mine too thin to begin with and have to add more.

    If you end up with any bad spots because you had a friend who was about to leave and you needed to turn it out sooner so you could send some with her, don’t worry about it. We’re here to eat our food, not build a shrine to it.

    Enjoy your cake!

    Jeanne Robertson’s 7-Up Pound Cake

    • 1 cup butter or margarine
    • 1⁄2 cup shortening
    • 3 cups sugar
    • 1-1⁄2 teaspoons lemon extract
    • 1-1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla extract*
    • 5 eggs
    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 7 fluid ounces 7-Up (Can use diet)
    In a large bowl, place butter, shortening, and sugar. Beat until it is fluffy and well mixed. Add in lemon extract and vanilla flavoring. Add in all of the eggs and beat again until blended in.  Add in all of your flour and then seven up. Mix until smooth and creamy. Pour into greased and floured tube pan (Jeanne just uses Baker’s Joy to spray on her pan to make this easier). Bake at 300 for one hour, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Jeanne says to let it sit for thirty minutes before turning out. I let mine sit for ten because that is just what I’m used to but I’ll give thirty a try next time!


    • 1-1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
    • 2 tablespoons milk
    • 1/4 tsp lemon extract
    Combine all and stir until smooth. Add more milk if too thick, more confectioner’s sugar if too thin. Pour over cooled cake.

    *I added the glaze but the original recipe didn’t have it on there. If you make these to freeze, don’t glaze them first, wait til you thaw ‘em!

    Now for more fun, click here to watch Jeanne’s other videos:
    Don't Go Rafting With a Baptist!
    Don't Bungee Jump Naked!
    Men Don't Know the Style in NYC
    Flight Attendant Deals With a Bad Potato

    Tuesday, February 8, 2011

    Write Me a Love Song - Michael Tiernan

    Write  Me a Love Song by Michael Tiernan is a friend of one of my old friends from Minnesota.  She posted this link on her facebook wall and I listened to it and thought it was worth sharing.

    She (my friend) has had a hard life due to the decisions of others in her life yet she still believes in love.  That's because she understands that all Love comes from God, because God is love.  Anyway, enjoy this song...and I pray that you live a love song and just don't have to wish that someone would just write you a love song!  And if they do write a love song, may it be for you!

    Monday, February 7, 2011

    News Reporter and a Sled

    This is unbelievable.  Just telling you about this clip will not do it justice!  You will have to watch as this News Reporter is taping a story on two sleds racing down a hill.

    This is now on my classic list! 

    Sunday, February 6, 2011

    Doc Watson Teaches Guitar

    Doc Watson Teaches Salt Creek (with host Steve Kaufman) guitar is and incredible video.  On this video, legendary guitar player Doc Watson will teach a fiddle tune Salt Creek from his Homespun Tapes DVD, Flatpicking With Doc. Steve Kaufman, also a flatpick virtuoso and acclaimed teacher, helps breakdown the melody and backup parts for this standard.  This is a must for every picker out there to have under their fingers.  Enjoy!

    Saturday, February 5, 2011

    Incredible Contortionists

    These two incredible contortionists will cause you to hold your breath as you see what they can do. At first you may think, yeah, so - this is quite boring....just wait. You will NOT be saying that for long.

    Incredibly flexible and  pretty much inconceivable what they are able to do.  Watch and wonder.