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By: Proserpina , 2:31 PM GMT on December 29, 2013


How do you celebrate the New Year? Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If so, what are they? Do you follow through and actually keep the resolutions?
Please add a little post with some info about the above. Thank you.

"An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves...!!!"
Poet: Bill Vaughan...!!!

"A New Year's Resolution is something that goes in one Year and out the other...!!!"
Poet: Jaim J-Sohni...!!!

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From Encyclopedia Britannica:

Janus, in Roman religion, the animistic spirit of doorways (januae) and archways (jani). Janus and the nymph Camasene were the parents of Tiberinus, whose death in or by the river Albula caused it to be renamed Tiber.

The worship of Janus traditionally dated back to Romulus and a period even before the actual founding of the city of Rome. There were many jani (i.e., ceremonial gateways) in Rome; these were usually freestanding structures that were used for symbolically auspicious entrances or exits. Particular superstition was attached to the departure of a Roman army, for which there were lucky and unlucky ways to march through a janus. The most famous janus in Rome was the Janus Geminus, which was actually a shrine of Janus at the north side of the Forum. It was a simple rectangular bronze structure with double doors at each end. Traditionally, the doors of this shrine were left open in time of war and were kept closed when Rome was at peace. According to the Roman historian Livy, the gates were closed only twice in all the long period between Numa Pompilius (7th century bc) and Augustus (1st century bc).

Some scholars regard Janus as the god of all beginnings and believe that his association with doorways is derivative. He was invoked as the first of any gods in regular liturgies. The beginning of the day, month, and year, both calendrical and agricultural, were sacred to him. The month of January is named for him, and his festival took place on January 9, the Agonium. There were several important temples erected to Janus, and it is assumed that there was also an early cult on the Janiculum, which the ancients took to mean “the city of Janus.”

Janus was represented by a double-faced head, and he was represented in art either with or without a beard. Occasionally he was depicted as four-faced—as the spirit of the four-way arch.

A pretty bird in the rain. (Proserpina)
A pretty bird in the rain.
An Adorable Towhee... (Proserpina)
...wishes you and yours a very happy and healthy 2014.
An Adorable Towhee...
Take your photo if you must! (Proserpina)
This male Cardinal sat in a shrub by my deck for about an hour. He let me get as close as I wanted to without moving at all. Truly not afraid of me. I decided to give him the name of Scarlati.
Take your photo if you must!
Mimi, My Polar Bear (Proserpina)
Mimi loves snow!
Mimi, My Polar Bear
January Face (Proserpina)
Softly,—but this way fate was pointing, 'T was coming fast to such anointing, When piped a tiny voice hard by, Gay and polite, a cheerful cry, Chic-chic-a-dee-de! saucy note Out of sound heart and merry throat, As if it said, 'Good day, good sir! Fine afternoon, old passenger! Happy to meet you in these places, Where January brings few faces.' Ralph Waldo Emerson: The Titmouse |
January Face
Vegan Fare 2 (Proserpina)
I was sharing my vegan cookies given to me by a friend. This squirrel ate 'the whole thing'!
Vegan Fare 2

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167. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
7:54 PM GMT on January 19, 2014
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166. aquak9
5:06 PM GMT on January 19, 2014
why that confounded thievin' no-good fat-bellied furry-tailed little cute-faced overgrown roof-rat!!

hahaha mom- I am happy to see all the little animals enjoying the eats. All is good.
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165. palmettobug53
4:59 PM GMT on January 19, 2014
Oh, Pros. That's a lovely shot of your little wren. They are so perky and cute!

I'd title that squirrel photo with something like, "GLADYS! Look what I found at the after Christmas sales!" lol
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164. Proserpina
2:10 PM GMT on January 19, 2014
This Wren is a constant visitor to one of the bird feeders. I am guessing that she is one of the babies that was born and lived for a while in the birdhouse on my deck. Bug, this photo is for you.

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163. Proserpina
2:07 PM GMT on January 19, 2014
Aqua and Rain, recognize anything? I've titled this photo 'Thief'! Apt title don't you think?

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162. sandiquiz
8:52 AM GMT on January 19, 2014
Your plants are surviving in the "cold" conservatory, and will continue to do so, as they are out of the rain, wind and ice, even if they are cold. If you bring them into the rest of the house, the sudden shock of heat could actually kill them. It is best to leave them alone - just not too close to the outside glass of the conservatory, which will be a lot colder than the ambient temperature in the middle of the room:)

Funnily enough, Max was 11 months old yesterday and C said he is finally calming down. He does not climb the curtains anymore; he ignores the money tree plant in the dining room, as he has had enough of me shouting "NO" and throwing a rubber at him if he went too close; and he's stopped jumping up onto the kitchen cupboard top...he is too big now, and bangs his head as he jumps up!! lol
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161. Proserpina
3:25 AM GMT on January 19, 2014
WW, I am trying to stay warm. You do the same.

Bug, You stay warm as well! You are smart to keep the plants inside. My houseplants are in the sun room were it already is in the low 20, despite an electric heater that I have on. I am sure that the plants will suffer some damage but I am not going to bring them in the warm part of the house because of Mimi. Mimi is not behaving tonight and will eat the leaves just because she knows that I do not want her to chew on those leaves.

Good night.
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160. WeatherWise
2:42 AM GMT on January 19, 2014
Maria, Freezing in southern VA also! Stay warm.
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159. palmettobug53
4:57 PM GMT on January 18, 2014
Oh, Aqua! That is gorgeous.

yep, it sounds like you're the warm one in the bunch. I don't mind mid 30's for overnight lows, as long as it warms up during the day.

It's the 32F and belows that get me.

How wab and jus and the rest of them further north do it, I don't know. I guess they're used to it, though even they are having issues this winter.
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158. Proserpina
4:24 PM GMT on January 18, 2014
Hi Bug! I know what you mean. I keep absenting myself from the blogs and when I get back I feel that I have lost quite a bit! And catching up is 'hard to do' (thinking of a song title).
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157. Proserpina
4:23 PM GMT on January 18, 2014
Singing? Who was singing?

BEAUTIFUL! The Amaryllis is really beautiful! Was the Amaryllis that was singing? Certainly its color is singing to me.

Yup, we are freezing over here! It doesn't seem much warmer your way!
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156. aquak9
4:16 PM GMT on January 18, 2014
hi mom and everyone, I guess I am the warm one in the bunch, with temps in the mid-thirties expected overnight.

My goodness, I woke up to singing.

What a voice!
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155. palmettobug53
2:42 PM GMT on January 18, 2014
Good heavens! So much has been going on here since last weekend!

Amaryllis, soups, lemon bars, stews, cleaning ladies, cats, pups, old friends with new handles...

I need to make more of an effort to get online during the workweek evenings, even if just for a bit. It takes me WAY too long to catch up.

We're going to be cold for the foreseeable future, too, Pros. I've got my 6 remaining potted plants inside and that's where they're going to have to stay for the next week or so. We'll have some non-freezing nights but the temps are going to be so up and down, it's not going to be worth the trouble to put them out, bring them in, put them out, etc.
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154. Proserpina
2:24 PM GMT on January 18, 2014
Sorry Ylee, she is a cutie!
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153. Ylee
2:21 PM GMT on January 18, 2014
Hi, Pros! That panda cam won't work on my work computer! :( I'll have to try it from home!

Stay warm!
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152. Proserpina
2:17 PM GMT on January 18, 2014
Today our beautiful baby Panda (born at the National Zoo)named Bao Bao makes her public debut. Here is one of the cams:

http://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/webcams/giant-p anda.cfm

And here is a second cam:

http://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/webcams/giant-p anda.cfm?cam=panda03
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151. Proserpina
1:49 PM GMT on January 18, 2014
Good morning. Mimi got me up at 6am, sat on my lap for 40 minutes, we fed the birds, I had my first cup of coffee.

We are in the midst of a polar plunge, 27 degrees and going down. We also have a cold wind blowing. However the sun is out and I am inside where it is warm.

, I read somewhere about you wandering off to the area of your grandpa's land where it wasn't the most desirable for your olfactory sense. When my parents used to take me to one of their 'campagna' to supervise whatever work was going on, I used to wander off too. My favorite area was in a dry river bed, small canyon actually or deep depression caused by a long gone arm of a river. There were small caves along the sides of the 'canyon' and once or twice I peeked through the caves and found some large snakes! I was and am tremendously afraid of snakes, my parents were quickly informed of my 'distress' via screams that still reverberate in my memories. Another time we were higher up the mountainous areas, on grandma's hazelnut growing land. Again I ventured off and ended up in another small cave but this time I was in real danger. The cave had been used by soldiers from WWII (we were still at war at that time) Americans, Italians, Germans, British.,,,?)who had been hiding in the caves. They left behind ammunition including grenades but at the time I was too young to know anything about grenades and so I picked one up and brought my new 'toy' to grandma. Needless to say, she was the one screaming for me to drop the item while grabbing me and running away from the area. I do not remember what happened next but remembering grandma as I do, she probably reddened my little rear end with her ample palm of her hands.

, what a wonderful mother! She helped her daughter's Scouts group and you as well. Is your daughter gluten sensitive? I have a great niece who is gluten sensitive and her mom makes sure that the child's diet is gluten free. Annoying but it can be handled if one works at it. Have you ever tasted the gluten free Scout cookies? Are they good? You are a good mom to go out of your way to get and then mail the special cookies.
It is very cold here, how about where you live? By the way, hubby bought new phones, IPhones, and we are learning how to use them... Last night he was trying to get a map of our area to display but he kept getting your town! We have no idea why.

, you do have a 'personality' in your writing that is distinguished from that of others. I knew it was you but there is always that element of 'am I just imagining things?'. I guess you wanted to keep two identities one here and the other purely for your writings. I can understand the reasons. Glad that you are back.

, I did go visit the Phoebe cam. I did not read all of the story but I see that poor Phoebe is gone. Glad that humans took over the feeding task of those orphans. If I am can, I am going to put up the Panda cam from the National Zoo. Bao Bao makes her first public appearance today. I have seen her on the news (she is a constant on our local news as she should be) and she is the cutest thing around besides Mimi. I am going to visit Watchingthesky blog as you suggest. But first I am going to check out the Bao Bao cam.
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150. sandiquiz
12:07 PM GMT on January 18, 2014
Reading through your blog entries I was interested in the lemon bars.
On reading the recipe Linda posted, I had to smile at this phrase.

'Return to oven for 28 minutes at 350 degrees.'

What a precise period of time... not 25 minutes nor 30 minutes, but 28 minutes! lol

Hope your temperature does not get too cold again, it says you are 32, and freezing at the moment:(

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149. WeatherWise
3:56 AM GMT on January 18, 2014
Pros, She did find the gluten free Girl Scout cookies for me - called me yesterday and I picked them up as I was chasing the sunset last night. I even put them in the mail to my daughter, today.
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148. Thoughtsteader
1:33 AM GMT on January 18, 2014
Pros ~ Oh, yes, it's me, Linda. My note was a little hidden in my post - but of course everyone would focus on those lemon goodies first!

I've been fussing around for some time, trying to find a way to deal with both blogs, and why it never occurred to me to take on another handle here, I just don't know. But in the process of "cleaning up" my blog over at Wordpress, the solution just came to me. So here I am! It feels good - don't have a clue what I'll be up to here, but I can figure that out as I go.
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147. WeatherWise
1:32 AM GMT on January 18, 2014
Aqua, you asked where I came up with my screen name - You know, it was just a spur of the moment thing. When I first started here I registered my school's weather station which we no longer have. I did not really know what I was doing. And I had to choose a handle I think they called it back then in 2003. I don't know but must have just come to my mind as perhaps the weather channel was my favorite tv station back then. I knew nothing about the photos part of WU when I first joined and was a good while before I uploaded photos. Thanks for asking, Aqua, and wish I had a really good answer but that's about it.
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146. BriarCraft
1:07 AM GMT on January 18, 2014
Prose, I saw you wondering about the PhoebeCam hummers over at WeatherWise's place. You might want to wander over to WatchinTheSky's blog, which is all about Phoebe and the babies, which are now in the competent hands of a baby bird rehabilitation volunteer.

TS, thanks for the Lemon Squares recipe. Yes, I know it is for WW, but I'll save a copy, too, as I love lemony goodies.
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145. Proserpina
1:06 AM GMT on January 18, 2014
Aqua, I actually cooked a meal tonight! I prepared a beef stew and it is very tasty. I started the stew soon after the 'Maids' (that's what they call themselves) left and finished it about 25 minutes ago. Hubby is smacking his lips, well he said that it is delicious! Since you were nice enough to post photos of your 'efforts', here is mine:

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, I do not think that I have met you before under the previous incarnations (unless you are Shoreacres, you sound a little bit like her). Anyways, welcome! Your recipe sounds great, especially the crust. I think your crust would hold up nicely and not get soggy like the crescent dough. I bet Aqua is going to try it! Thank you for posting it.

Ylee, yes we have been warned that it will get cold again. We might even get a little snow. Nothing to worry about they say. I meant to come by and say hello and somehow I did not make it to your blog. I will do so shortly. By the way, my newest suet feeder got stolen a couple of nights ago. I did not know that Raccoons are active in winter, I thought that they hibernated. I guess not.
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144. Thoughtsteader
11:17 PM GMT on January 17, 2014
Well, lookie here. One of the first things I can do in my new incarnation as Thoughtsteader (aka S'acres, aka Linda) is to provide a recipe for Aqua. I've been using this one since ....um....1970 or so.

Lemon Squares

Cut in as for pastry
1 c. butter
dash salt
1/2 c. powdered sugar
2 c. flour

Press into a 9x12 pan and bake @ 350 degrees for 20 minutes

Remove from oven and cover with a topping made of:
4 eggs, slightly beaten
2 c. sugar
4 T. flour
4 T lemon juice
1 lemon rind, grated

Return to oven for 28 minutes at 350 degrees. Sprinkle with powdered sugar when cooled. Will freeze nicely.

As you can see, I've entered the nuWu year with a new avatar, new handle and new blog. Feels good - change is good! No more double posting of my essays, poetry, etc. They'll stay over at WordPress. All kinds of technical reasons for the change. I think it'll be good.
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143. aquak9
9:41 PM GMT on January 17, 2014
the lemon bars were a disappointment to me. I can totally taste the canned-ness of the crescent rolls. I need a GOOD lemon bar recipe! one that gets- and stays- HARD after baking(not one where the center is all goooey), with a BANG lemon flavor, and that uses REAL LEMON JUICE. Oh well.

The turkey soup was no recipe, just de-boned carcass and veggies. Nothing fancy, just really healthy.
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142. Ylee
9:15 PM GMT on January 17, 2014
Hi, Pros! Don't look now, but more cold weather's coming! It's about 20 here in Ky. now!

Take care!
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141. Proserpina
9:04 PM GMT on January 17, 2014
Aqua, only one contact? They must have their reasons for coming up with this solution. I hope your eyes adapt quickly.
Which soup recipe did you use? Is it from Giada's books? Let me know how the bars taste. I see lots of recipes starting out with crescents or other refrigerated dough but I have never tried the recipes.
One more day and your Amaryllis will be in its full glory! I like the salmony color! I believe that Amaryllis do come in different sizes and that accounts for the short or long stems. Just like people.
Looking forward to tomorrow's photos and the report on the goodies you baked or prepared today!
The cleaning crew is about ready to leave. See you later.
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140. sandiquiz
8:59 PM GMT on January 17, 2014
Hi Pros,

That Mimi will disappear in a flash of blue if she eats the computer cables!!
Max chewed through the cable for the Christmas lights, putting out the lights. Luckily, the lights were on a 12 volt transformer, and he bit through the section between the lights and the transformer and not the transformer and the mains!!

Aqua - that is a very pretty flower - they do move quickly once they begin to flower, but stay in bloom for weeks if you don't allow them to dry out.

Weatherwise, your amaryllis is a lovely deep shade and very tall. I once had one as large, and had to tie it back, too.
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139. aquak9
8:43 PM GMT on January 17, 2014
weatherwise- OH MY GOODNESS- that's a one-foot tall ruler?? that's HUGE. That's crazy. We have nothing like that here- even mine is not that tall, maybe 14" from bulb to top of stem? wow, yours is grand. And may I ask- how did you come up with your screen name?

mom- ok, today I 1- finished the soup (not a great pic, but you get the idea)

2- and then I made some lemon bars from a recipe from a co-worker, because I complained about having too many lemons. The recipe used refrigerated crescent rolls, but it did not go as the recipe described- the dough was not able to be spread or rolled out, so I had to rip it into strips.
Here they are, cooling on the back porch:

I doubt Rain will eat either the soup or the bars, so I made some brownie pecans w/extra eggs to make them chewier.

Here's my Scarlati- the one bloom is opening, and I hope to get a pic of it tomorrow.

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And - here's the fun part- I went to the eye dr today, and got ONE contact- it's a new way to treat short arms- so now I have to train my left eye to see far, and my right eye to see near. But I am functioning without those glasses, so far!
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138. Proserpina
8:02 PM GMT on January 17, 2014
Good afternoon. My cleaning crew just got here and now I can sit and play on the computer. Of course Mimi is not happy to be holed up in this room, she would prefer to be out there bothering the ladies. They sure adore Mimi!

Aqua, the Amaryllis is beautiful. I bet today the buds are in full bloom. I am sure that you will post at least another photo. Thank you.
My son loves sweets as I and his dad do,but they sure can do a job on the waist!

. I can understand why you had to secure the Amaryllis in any way possible. The stems are not strong enough to hold up the huge bloom.

Mimi is chewing on the wires attached to my computer. She has a penchant for getting into trouble!
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137. WeatherWise
4:59 PM GMT on January 17, 2014
Aqua, nice photos - yes, once they start opening it does go fast. Mine grew so tall that I had to stake it and tie it and the stake kept falling over. Think I finally tied the stake off too to the curtain tieback hooks. Just so one could see how tall....that is a foot size red ruler so more than 3 ft tall. Was amazing to watch it grow. Thanks for posting some updates. Your pink is SO pretty!
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136. aquak9
6:10 PM GMT on January 16, 2014
it's happening so fast it seems-

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135. aquak9
2:33 PM GMT on January 16, 2014
hi mom- we must've posted at the same time-
my coworker, who shared the zucchini casserole with me- LOVED IT. I think I am going to enjoy the cookbooks a lot. I have only read the first chapter of one book so far- can't wait to see what else there is.

Your son LOVED the Trader Joe's coffee, and we brought some home. He also LOVED the little pistachio cookies- he was just wandering aimlessly, when I bought everything, so he really had no idea what I purchased- but BOY was he excited when he opened our package we mailed home.

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134. aquak9
2:22 PM GMT on January 16, 2014
g'morning to all-
weatherwise, you are right- it is hard to take a good pic of an amaryllis! but you did yours justice, those a re really good pics. I don't remember what the name of mine was.

Here we are this morning, with a different background-

Mom- I purchased the hull-less seeds, last time I bought birdseed. Looks good enough to eat! we have had some very happy fat bluebirds recently, too. Luckily- or unluckily?- the Wild Birds Unlimited store, is right near where the Trader Joe's will be. I have not purchased any WBU seed, as I'm afraid of the cost! but now, I will have to go there and see what they have, costwise, compared to Walmart.

Today I am slow-boiling the turkey carcass (from the thanksgiving turkey torso) to make soup. Of course, unlike your magic soup, mine will have bones to be removed.
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133. Proserpina
2:21 PM GMT on January 16, 2014
Hello! Here I am!

Yesterday was a looong day. Left the house at 11:30 and got back around 5. Spent a few hours with friends from the Foreign Language Department where I worked. We meet several times a year at a restaurant for food and chat. The first get together of the year is always in January to celebrate the January birthday of 4 of us! January 1, 15, 22, and 28! We exchange little gifts, tell stories, get away with some naughty remarks and retorts, and enjoy each others company. Good way to start the year.

After our lunch I went shopping for bird 'stuff', drug store items, and then grocery shopping. By the time I got home I was exhausted and my back was displeased with me. So I and a heating pad curled up on the sofa with Mimi. Well, Mimi rarely 'curls' up but she had the pleasure of chewing my hands, arms, chin, and ears. She has a thing for my ears!

BUG! At the Wildlife Bird store I dutifully asked for worms for my Wrens. I was asked 'alive or dead'! I knew I was in trouble. I immediately said NOT alive. He showed me several varieties of dead warms at which point I recoiled... I just could not stomach the idea of bringing home plastic containers full of dead worms! Interestingly, when I garden and a worm or two crawls over my hands, it does NOT bother me! But a few thousand dead ones creeped me out. (Is creeped a word?). I was assured that wrens are happy with the suet and the seeds that I usually put out every morning. How do you do it? A few hundred dead worms don't bother you?

Hi Sandi. Good news about your Max. He really must be a good kittie to allow you to put a harness on him. I am still waiting for the smallest glint of hope that Mimi will settle down. To be honest, some days I am truly disheartened! I do not see the light at the end of the tunnel! Not at all. Today I will call to sign Mimi up for obedience classes. I am also going to get the name of someone who comes to the house to help with the worst problems such as biting and potty training. She is good in the morning, she lets me know that it is time to take her out. She basically wants her treats but she does what she is expected to do to get the treats. The rest of the day is a different story.....

Hi NumberWise. There are so many opinions on cholesterol. One doesn't know which opinion to accept as valid. I have been on Simvastatin for a long time and my cholesterol is the proper range now. Last week a report came out saying that cholesterol meds are good as they prevent some of the effects of Alzheimer disease. Yet I have read reports that say that these meds can kill you. I just follow what my docs say and let it go at that.

Aqua, love your Amaryllis plant! I am looking forward to the photos of the blooms themselves. I used to force theses bulbs for Christmas color. It was fun and relaxing. Now I just look at photos, I have lost my patience.
A Trader's Joe in your area? Fabulous! I know how much you love this store! Imagine the fun you will have shopping there, sipping their coffees in the tiny cups, sampling their goodies, and bringing home lots of treats. Chocolate almonds anyone?

, so glad that you too enjoy growing Amaryllis! Your photos are lovely and they do provide 'pretty' memories. As far as I know, the photos in the gallery still have to be taken en plein air. Weather photos, nature photos, and anything as long as it is outside. At times I have taken a vase of flowers outside to photograph, others do the same. I always have something in the background to show that indeed the photo was taken outside. I suspect that some of the closeup photos of flowers are really taken inside but being a rule follower, I would never resort to 'tricking' the photo volunteers who ok the images.

GG, glad to see you at anytime. I know that you are a working girl, NOT that kind of 'working girl'! I like oatmeal myself as does my hubby, but I have never offered it to Mimi (nor Koko before her). Maybe I should, good roughage. I usually by the packets, ready to plop in the microwave. Hubby likes to prepare it from scratch and add raisins etc.
I plan to go take a look at the kind of cameras that you just purchased. It will take me a while to get to the camera store we have in mind. The people at Best Buy just do not have the expertise to answer our questions. We tried to get a camera there and did but our questions were not answered as they 'did not know'.

Dixie has to be gassed? I have no idea what you mean. Whatever it means, poor Dixie!
Years ago I read that eating oatmeal helps lower cholesterol, did your doc mention this? I have been very careful with eliminating fat from meats and other sources, I still have high cholesterol levels if left untreated. I think that inherited genes have a lot to do with having or not this artery clogging problem. Diet is just one element of the cause.
So, you, the car, and Max are all checked out and 'maintained'!
I have not had a chance lately to go read your posts but I will make sure to read the one on the Santa Fe Trail. Of course it has been one of my interests since I chose to be a Spanish teacher and culture is one element of being a teacher of Spanish. I did not know about the Mint Juleps but my guess is that I would have left this element out of our cultural 'discussions' in the classroom. But it is interesting and I am looking forward to your article.

Today ALL of the Christmas items must be put away. Tomorrow my cleaning crew comes so I want every surface to be ready for their ministrations (basically vacuum clean and dust). Yesterday hubby put away the small artificial tree that we bought this year and he will give away our large one which now is too much for us to handle. I also need to go out and buy those 'lovely' sneakers that I must wear in two weeks after I graduate from the little booties to sneakers. The weight is off my foot but this blue bootie is annoying! I limp of course, due to the two different heights of 'shoes' on my two feet. No matter which shoe I put on my good foot, it just isn't the same height as the bootie. I have been limping for three months! First month in pain, next two months due to the boot. Ugh! Well, in the scheme of things, not a big problem. I am good enough to walk around and to complain on my blog!

Have a good day everyone!

The bold sections of this post are not my doing! Well, I am sure it is but not on purpose.
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132. sandiquiz
7:33 AM GMT on January 16, 2014
Hello Pros....
Great news on the smaller boot! Things are looking up for you, at last!!

Talking of things looking up ... is Mimi settling down now?
Max is now 11 months old and beginning to stop his silly kittenish games, like climbing curtains and scratching the carpets!
He was very good yesterday - I had to take him to the vet and he wore his harness without a murmur, which gave me something to grab hold of if he tried to jump off the table...but he didn't, he was so good!
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131. NumberWise
3:39 AM GMT on January 16, 2014
Shoreacres said in Comment 124: I said I probably could, if I cut back on my favorite foods. Oh, sez she- what are those? Well, I said... Ice cream. Gelato. Cheese. Eggs. Cream sauce with anything. Chocolate. Bacon and sausage. She just rolled her eyes and said, "In a month you could be back to normal if you cut out all that."

I've been reading some interesting alternate opinions about cholesterol. Of course, these opposing ideas don't get much media coverage, for there is no money in not taking statins. I don't know what the truth is, but a Google search for "elderly women high cholesterol" yields some very interesting articles.
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130. WeatherWise
6:55 PM GMT on January 15, 2014
Neat Aqua! I had one last year - perhaps Red Tiger or something like that. The blossom was big and the stem that held it grew so TALL. I have photo but did not post on WU as was not outside. Have they lightened up on that rule? Do you know?
So you can see how tall it grew here is a photo.

Lighting was not that great in that photo for the blossom, so one more shot. Not an easy plant to get a photo of and do it justice. Was a deeper red but the flash was needed for it to show - so a bit lighter than it really is. Also, this photo was taken next day and all three flowers were in bloom.

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129. aquak9
6:28 PM GMT on January 15, 2014
hi bug- it was an after-christmas sale, my co-worker bought it for me as a late christmas gift, she knew I'd love it-

MOM!!!! they're going to put a Trader Joe's here in Jacksonville!!! and it will only be about 5 miles away from me!! I am SO HAPPY!!! but it won't be until October, but I am so happy!!!
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128. palmettobug53
5:13 PM GMT on January 15, 2014
YAY!!!!! You've moved from the 'Clodhopper' to a sleek and fashionable mini-boot!

Oh, Aqua... that amaryllis is going to be gorgeous.
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127. GardenGrrl
4:21 PM GMT on January 15, 2014
Good Morning and Belated Happy Birthday to Everyone!

My work week always has me a bit short on blog time until my weekend. Have eaten a large breakfast of oatmeal, always make too much. I end up sharing it with the dog and bird then we all feel like taking naps.

Did you know a small cockatoo can eat a golf ball size amount of oatmeal and still want more?
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126. aquak9
3:21 PM GMT on January 15, 2014
hi mom and everyone-
here is my scarlati, she is about to bloom
and the anticipatory bud is so full of energy-
plant buds remind me of a choir, when they've taken in their breathe, all together, right before they start singing-

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125. WeatherWise
4:49 AM GMT on January 15, 2014
Prosp I did go for a walk today after it finally stopped raining sometime after lunch and the sun came out. Saw lots of birds and squirrels along the way and then headed out about 5 to chase the sunset. It was not a knock out but was pretty. Then I got a few moon shots so yes a nice photo day.
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124. shoreacres
2:36 AM GMT on January 15, 2014
My goodness, I've managed to get here just in time to celebrate! I'm SO glad you've got that crazy, big, heavy boot off. You're going to feel like tripping the light fantastic, for sure. And only two weeks for this little one before you can do "real shoes" again. Hooray for you - of course you're more than ready to get back to what passes for "normal".

It's been appointment time around here this past week, too. Princess went in for her 20,000 mile check up, and all was well. Dixie went in for her annual physical, and all was well. (If you don't count the fact that she still has to be gassed, of course!) I went in for my physical and just got the results of all the blood work and such. For the first time, I have slightly elevated cholesterol and all that (though my good cholesteral's high, too). The nurse asked if I thought I could bring it down with just dietary changes, since it's not really much above normal. I said I probably could, if I cut back on my favorite foods. Oh, sez she- what are those? Well, I said... Ice cream. Gelato. Cheese. Eggs. Cream sauce with anything. Chocolate. Bacon and sausage. She just rolled her eyes and said, "In a month you could be back to normal if you cut out all that." I suggested I might try for three months and cut out part of "all that". ;)

Other than that, all's well. I had a wonderful weekend doing research for my latest post, and learned all sorts of things about the Santa Fe trail. For one thing, some travelers planted a big patch of mint at Diamond Springs, Kansas, and for years everyone who came along stopped and had mint juleps! What's not to like? Happy Hour on the Santa Fe Trail! Little tidbits like that are wonderful.

I'll be anxious to hear how you get on with the new boot. I suspect it will be like being let out of jail. ;)

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123. Proserpina
11:49 PM GMT on January 14, 2014
Hi Sandi, BC, and WW, thank you for stopping by. This afternoon I went to see the doc and he determined that my foot has healed enough to stop wearing the huge boot and to graduate to a little boot. I now have a light blue boot, the latest designer shoe according to the doc. I wear this new boot for two weeks and then I have to wear sneakers for two weeks. I go back to the doc in four weeks at which time he decides if my foot is 'cured'! If so, he and I go dancing. That's what he said. Incredibly he was walking with a cane, something happened to his knee! The doc is healing himself!

Today is dress up your dog day. I tried to tie a lovely boa on Mimi but she insisted on chewing it and not wearing it. She won the short battle, I gave up without a fight.

Sandi, glad that you received the proxy hug! I knew you guys would enjoy that bottle of champagne. I no longer drink but I remember and miss my Asti Spumante.

BC, isn't it nice that my brother and his friend want to celebrate my birthday early? Tomorrow I get to celebrate two friends birthdays which are also this month. Actually we meet annually to celebrate our three January birthdays. We have been doing this since the 70s! I am sure there will be one or two more celebrations later in the month.
You are so generous with your compliments of my photos. Thank you so much. And remember that your photos are also enjoyable to look at.

WW, I always look forward for that first sign of spring, a crocus, a swollen flower bud, a little yellow on the Mahonia shrub (it is always the first shrub in my yard to bloom). I too have problems remembering words at the moment that I need the words! But they always pop on my mind later when I no longer need the words! As the popular cartoons I see on Facebook say 'we have too much info filed in our brains and thus a few words get lost'. I will go check the photo gallery to see if you went on a walk today and if you found worthy material for a photo or two.
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122. sandiquiz
8:08 AM GMT on January 14, 2014
Good luck today... will be thinking of you :)

Edit . Thank you so much for the virtual hug.... V gave me a hug and said it was from you. We have had a lovely meal, and more champagne the we ought to have had - then drove home!! But both home safe and sound:-)
{{{{Thank you}}}}
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121. BriarCraft
11:35 PM GMT on January 13, 2014
I see that this blog is now on its second page and can't see who posted a comment. Ylee, was it you who asked about my foot or maybe Bug? The answer is that I am still wearing the boot! And I am exhausted from its weight and from limping! Also there was a question about the camera. Well, my doctor went on a two weeks vacation. The day that I swallowed the camera is the day he went on vacation. After his return and he catches up with work, he will call (or write) with the results.

That was me who asked about the camera. Not fair to have to wait two weeks or more for results!

How fun that you are celebrating your own birthday early and (hopefully) often.

I see you've posted some more photos. Gotta go take a closer look...
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120. WeatherWise
7:10 PM GMT on January 13, 2014
No, Proserpina. I did not go out for seafood last night but I will one day this week and will celebrate for you. I did have lunch with a friend today but just lunch type stuff. It is beautiful here in the 60's already. Going out for a nice long walk and hoping all of the birds will call out to me. Would love to see the deer but has been several weeks since an encounter with beautiful neighborhood deer. I keep hoping. Have a wonderful afternoon and keep watching for those little plants peeping up. Notice at church yesterday some kind of little bulbs peeping out of ground - either jonquils, buttercups or those little ones that always pop up first. Name of them is not coming to me right now - all I am thinking of is hyacinths but don't think that is what I am thinking of - but then again - maybe that is it. Will come back later if the name comes to me. Okay finally came to me after my walk from right out of the blue - CROCUS!
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119. Proserpina
6:54 PM GMT on January 13, 2014
Hi Sandi. Yes, lunch was very enjoyable and the chat was pleasant. We took our time and lingered over our food.
I am almost finished with the putting away of the Christmas paraphernalia. I'll be glad when I reclaim the house as normal. Of course normal is a messy family room - kitchen areas, Mimi has wall to wall toys/doggie bed/etc. It is worse than having an active baby!
Hubby is off to play golf, taking advantage of the warming up to 57. Of course it will be back to nasty weather come Wednesday.
It will be interesting what the doc says tomorrow, I am so tired of this lead ball restraining my foot. Well, that's how it feels.
I hope your day is going well.

WW, did you go out to a restaurant? As it turned out, I ended up with a vegetarian dish. I just wasn't up to a heavy meal. I even eschewed dessert! I did taste my brother's Panna Cotta but that was it. I did enjoy a doppio espresso.
I hope your day is as nice as it is here. Sunny and dry. I went out trying to find photography material but not much is growing yet.
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118. sandiquiz
6:16 PM GMT on January 13, 2014
Hi Pros,

How did the early birthday lunch go? I do hope it went well and you enjoyed it.
You have an appointment with "boot" guy tomorrow, I see....hope the X-ray shows things are improving, and the dratted boot can come off sooner than later!
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117. WeatherWise
7:20 PM GMT on January 12, 2014
Aqua, that pizza looks like a buffet within itself! Yum! Glad the birthday celebrations are still going on.

Sounds like a great plan, Maria, a week or month of birthday celebrations - seafood in your area is probably wonderful. Manhattan Clam Chowder I have learned is entirely different from New England Clam Chowder - like two different dishes entirely. Enjoy!
Perhaps I will celebrate for you and go to a seafood restaurant here - even though am sure seafood in your area is REALLY fresh!

Oh, okay, really going for that walk! Bye!
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