Posted Dec 11, 2012
My cataloger brought some peanut butter fudge to work. Tastes wonderful. Thing is, it is extremely easy to make.
1 small (15-16 oz) jar peanut butter
1 can of ready to spread vanilla frosting
Dump both into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute on high. Remove and stir until blended. Pour into a 9"square dish or pan that has been lined with aluminum foil. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Remove from dish, turn upside down and peel off the foil. Cut into small squares. It is very rich, so a small piece is enough.
Absolutely no excuse
Posted Dec 6, 2012
So, I hope everyone is healthy and happy and remembers who I am. *hanging head in shame*
Things at the old WCPL are chugging along. We're just 4 months away from the start of our Centennial celebrations. Mom is still hanging in there and is still crabby beyond belief. She'll be 92 in February. Sometimes I suspect she'll outlive me. Little DooDah is all dressed up for the holidays. The Christmas parade is Saturday, but the library is not having a float this year. The parade rules from the Chamber of Commerce changed quite a lot and it was just too much of a bother to comply with them all.
Spice, my mama sheltie, died two months ago. She had advanced stage pancreatic cancer. She was still a few months shy of 8, so it was quite a shock. I thought I'd have her for many more years. I still have her pups, Hamish and Heather. They were quite upset but are acting more normal again. They still check her favorite spots sometimes. I buried her in her favorite flower bed.
The weatherman announced that this has been the warmest year in our area since they started keeping records back in 1903. This winter is supposed to be both warmer and wetter than normal. Thing is, no one knows what normal actually is anymore. I'm just hoping that the wetter part means snow and rain rather than ice.
Drop by, if you have the time, and let me know how you've been and what you're up to.
Notes from Little DooDah
Posted Aug 14, 2012
It's finally happened. Little DooDah is getting a roundabout. I know, I know. You can stop laughing now. The purpose is to funnel traffic around the east side of the city away from Main Street to make it possible to get out of town faster. Most people would agree with that sentiment.
Here's the problem. At least 50% of the drivers here aren't smart enough to figure out a four way stop. Nor can they understand that their half of the road isn't square in the middle, that they don't have to come to a complete stop before making a right turn or that it is ~not~ ok to make a left turn out of the far right hand lane. And don't get me started on the folks who think it's perfectly fine to use the left turn lane as a driving lane. So, please tell me, how are these inept drivers going to figure out a roundabout? It boggles the immagination.
Remember that old Kingston Trio song about the MTA? "Did he ever return? No he never returned, and his fate is still unlearned. He may ride forever 'neath the streets of Boston, he's the man who never returned." Or something like that. I have this vision of cars going round and round forever, not knowing how to get off of the roundabout.
On to happier things. The library will be 100 next April. I'm planning a year of events to celebrate. One of the things I want to do is feature a decade each month. Start with the teens in April, 20s in May, etc. I'm thinking of showing a popular movie from the decade, have a song and dance program for each one, feature the prize-winning books, that sort of thing. For the 30s I want to show King Kong and have one of those huge blow-up apes climbing the outside of the library.
Anyway, I'm trolling for ideas here.
Another depressing primary election
Posted Aug 7, 2012
It is primary election day in Missouri. Elections are being held at all levels - county, district and state. Once again, in my backward part of the state, there are no Democrats running for county offices. Nor is there a Democratic candidate for Congress. So in order to have any say at all in the political process on a local level, one has to take a Republican ballot in the primary.
I have long wished that there was a viable third party in the US. At this point, I would settle for a viable two-party system in Southwest Missouri. There is a lone Libertarian candidate for sherrif. He is actually well qualified and would do a good job - like that will make any difference to the voters. And the Libertarian Party has a decent candidate for President this year. I am sorely tempted to ask for a Libertarian primary ballot just to stick a finger up at the local establishment. There aren't any hotly contested state races in the Democratic primary, so the loss of my vote there won't make any difference.
About the Olympics
Posted Aug 3, 2012
I used to follow the Olympic trials and then the Olympics itself closely.Loved all the track and field events and the swimming and diving. Enjoyed the gymnastics. Generally liked all of it. I don't have the interest any longer for some reason. I'm basically too tired to care about much of anything these days. So what I know about this year's events is through news stories and comments from other people.
I don't remember badminton being an Olympic sport. Did I just miss it all those years? It makes me wonder if things such as badminton are added to the Olympics in order to give small nations a chance to compete in something. I mean, surely no one actually gives a toss. And I am gobsmacked to learn that there is actually an international governing body of some sort for the sport. I didn't even realize it was an actual sport. A backyard game for kids, yes. A sport of Olympic caliber, I'm not so sure. Having it as an event seems to diminish the importance of the games. jmho.