Sunday, January 30, 2005

Cheesy Goodness

Here's a yummy stuffing for celery sticks or other vegies. Also goes good with crackers.

2 cups of cheddar cheese (grated)
8 ozs cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup plain low fat yogurt

Mix together. Can also add green onions or chopped walnuts or unsalted sunflower seeds
From: Healthy Cooking on the Run

Friday, January 28, 2005

Pathetic Statistic

In conference with a high school guidance counselor today, found out that over 40% of the freshmen class at our local high school has at least one F on their report card. Is this alarming to anyone???? In a town that has probably a much higher percentage of college grads then most, what does this say about our society? Said counselor says Video games/TV are a huge problem, creating kids that have to be constantly entertained. Other factors: one parent families/parents on drugs/parents who don't care. What has happened to motivation and a desire to get the good things in life? Or does this generation have the good things and figure they will always have them? How does one motivate students that just don't care? I'm not on a rant here, just truly concerned. You know the old adage, you can lead a horse to water , but you can't make him drink.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Desperately seeking...

Help! We're in the middle of some Tri-City gray days here and I'm desperately seeking sunshine!!! Tri-City gray days induce: crabbiness, lack of energy, need to keep a light on in the house all day, desire to hibernate under a warm blanket, taking naps, sitting in front of the pellet stove, and wanting mochas and chocolate (Oh, wait a minute, that happens every day). Basically, it is feeling bearish without being able to hibernate until spring comes. Help!!! Desperately need handsome prince to take me away from all of this.........................

Monday, January 10, 2005

Another great old house blog

Came upon another great old house blog. This is an old victorian being rennovated by a couple in Richmond, Va. They have great photo walking tours through their neighborhood. Like a lot of neighborhoods in big cities back east, theirs is an eclectic mix of old homes ( some rennovated, some ghetto, some trashed, some abandoned and boarded up), interspersed with empty lots (from houses that burned) and a few curious structures where no one remembers what they might have been used for. It's a great study of a neighborhood, once respectable, that has gone through hell and is on the rebound. I'll post the link.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Cape Horn Blog

Old/Victorian homes are a favorite hobby of mine. I love watching all those rennovation shows on HGTV and daydreaming about having the energy/money/knowledge that it would take to rennovate one of my own. In fact, it all started with "This Old House" on PBS about 20-25 years ago. I recently found a letter they had written thanking me for writing to them about the show. Hubby doesn't share the dream, however. His comment is "Over my dead body". So, Kerry was wandering around blog-land the other day and found a blog where I can rennovate vicareously. It is called "capehorn" and is the blog of two guys that are rennovating an old farm house in upstate New York. Lots of pictures and horror stories and $$$$ signs. I'll try to list it in my links. Thanks, Kerry!

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Political Correctness come full circle

This morning "Dear Abby" had several letters from deaf people in her column. The main point they made was to get help for children as early as possible if a hearing impairment is suspected. However, the last letter stated that many deaf people do not consider it a handicap or impairment to be deaf. Therefore, they should not (said the letter writer) be referred to as hearing impaired, but should be referred to as "deaf" or as "having a hearing loss". What a refreshing attitude!!!!! Now can we get rid of some of the other gobbledy-gook that permeates our language today???

Rite Aid Woes

For many years, I refused to shop at Rite Aid because of the bad/untrained attitude of the staff. It has been so long, I don't even remember the details. Within the last year or two, I decided to give them another chance because a new store had opened by us. First thing I noticed is that, like many new stores, the layout was designed by a marketing genius who decided that if the customer feels like a rat in a maze, this must be conducive to spending more money in said store. Instead of being laid out so that one can walk up and down or go straight to the back of the store (where the pharmacy is), one must instead walk willly-nilly down off-angle aisles, hoping to arrive at the pharmacy by some stroke of luck. Jack skirts this problem by sticking to the outside wall and not walking down any aisles. The second thing I noticed is there is still no customer service, or people behind the cash register that even give said rat's ass about the customer. Third is that the last perscription filled there was several days short of what was supposed to be in it. Since some meds cost well over $1 a pill, this can be costly to the customer! Said shortage problem was made right by the pharmacist with nary a coment on his part and definately not even a "sorry for the mistake" leaving me to believe that this was not an unusual occurrence. New way for companies to make a profit???

Monday, January 03, 2005

How's this for lame?

I bought a new diet scale, but haven't resolved to use it!

Bought a 2005 "at a glance" schedule book. Will it help me stay organized??