Sorry for the delay in posting for the past couple of days…ah, you know how it is: “real” work comes first!

I was watching a show called “Sister Wives” recently, and it caused me to think about my values, and those of others.  Now, I’m guessing that many people see polygamy as “wrong”….but, is it our place to judge what others do with their lives?  I’m all about monogamy myself, but for consenting adults to enter into a polygamous relationship (note: CONSENTING. ADULTS.), is this really a harm to our society?  (Gosh…this may spark a heated debate, which I welcome!)

QUOTABLES.

“We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path.”

Paul Coelho

I’ve always found the discussion about “true” religions interesting.  For, don’t we all believe that our religion/God is the “right” one?  If we ALL think that way about our beliefs, and God(s), what makes one more “right” than the other?  I’m not necessarily saying that there isn’t, or can’t be, a “right” God (although I’m perhaps more inclined to believe that we all end up worshiping the same God in different ways), but am interested in others’ thoughts.

I could write a LOT more on this, but hey…this isn’t really a blog about my ideas on religion, so let’s move on to the fun stuff, shall we?  🙂

CELEBRATIONS.

February is:

Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month

American Heart Month

Bake for Family Fun Month

Canned Food Month

Dog Training Education Month

February is Fabulous Florida Strawberry Month

Grapefruit Month

Great American Pie Month

International Expect Success Month

International Friendship Month

Library Lovers Month

National African American History Month

National Bird Feeding Month

National Cherry Month

National Children’s Dental Health Month

National Embroidery Month

National Hot Breakfast Month

National Macadamia Nut Month

National Mend-a-Broken-Heart Month

National Pet Dental Health Month

National Snack Food Month

National Time Management Month

National Weddings Month

Potato Lovers Month

Responsible Pet Owners Month

Return Your Cart to the Supermarket Month

Sweet Potato Month

Youth Leadership Month

February 1, 2012 is…

National Baked Alaska Day

National Freedom Day

National Girls and Women in Sports Day

National Women’s Heart Day

Robinson Crusoe Day

What things do YOU do to live a “heart-healthy” lifestyle?

THE WRITTEN WORD.

Another book, from Wee One’s Nana, by a favorite author:

Little Pookie

By Sandra Boynton

I’d never heard of “Little Pookie” before, but it’s awfully cute.  AND, there are other books in the “Little Pookie” series…in fact, a box set can be found here:

Yay!

DO RE MI.

Isn’t it so funny how some songs just pop in your head, for no real reason?  This song came to mind on our car trip today.

My Hat, It Has Three Corners

Sung by The C.R.S. Players

To purchase and download “My Hat, It Hast Three Corners”, sung by The C.R.S. Players, click below:

My Hat It Has Three Corners

Lyrics:

My hat, it has three corners,
Three corners has my hat
And had it not three corners,
It would not be my hat._____ hat, it has three corners,
Three corners has _____ hat
And had it not three corners,
It would not be _____ hat._____ _____, it has three corners,
Three corners has _____ _____
And had it not three corners,
It would not be _____ _____._____ _____, it has _____ corners,
_____ corners has _____ _____
And had it not _____ corners,
It would not be _____ _____._____ _____, it has _____ _____,
_____ _____ has _____ _____
And had it not _____ _____,
It would not be _____ _____.

To download the piano trio sheet music for “My Hat, It Has Three Corners”, click here.

I had totally forgotten about the blanks in the song…fun, fun!

PINTEREST BOARD OF THE DAY.

February 1: Wascally Wabbits (Rabbits, silly!)

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NOURISHMENT.

I have seen this site around for quite awhile, and it is VERY well-written.  Detailed instructions can be such a plus, as are the step-by-step photos.  I don’t know that I want to attempt Baked Alaska any time soon (wow, it looks so complicated!), but for those who do, here’s a great recipe:

Baked Alaska from Zoe Bakes

Difficult, but looks tasty!  Canelle et vanille also has a delicious-looking pumpkin and pistachio recipe available here.

ACTION.

For Wee One, this was a day of a long car ride, long lunch with a friend, and shopping.  We had to change a bit of a mess today at the restaurant, and I was reminded of something we do frequently:

Explain actions and plans.

I learned from a dear friend, and wonderful mother of three, to explain the day’s actions to babies, even newborns.  Whether it’s a description of daily plans, explaining that “Mama will be right back”, describing the process to get dressed (“Okay…I’m going to take this arm out of your onesie now…YAY!), or praising of baby’s “help” (“Thank you SO MUCH for helping mama take your socks off.  You are such a good helper.”), it’s important to continually interact with your wee one, and explain what’s going on!

EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT.

My Facebook “feed” showed a lot of people commenting on The Komen Foundation’s decision to stop providing grant money to Planned Parenthood clinics for breast exams.  I was pretty surprised to hear this.

Susan G. Komen foundation ends Planned Parenthood grants by Seattle Times Staff Writers

Excerpt:

Two Democrats in Congress — Sen. Patty Murray of Washington and Rep. Michael Honda of California — issued statements denouncing Komen’s action.

Murray, in her statement, said, “I am extremely disappointed that politics is once again coming between women and their health-care needs. Breast-cancer screenings should not be a political issue, and I am very concerned that this decision by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation will cut women off from the health-care providers they rely on for critical preventive care.

“At the heart of this issue is the shameful ‘investigation’ of Planned Parenthood by House Republicans trying to score political points and appease their extreme right-wing base. Komen should not allow these sort of partisan games to put women across America at risk.”

Anti-abortion groups, in contrast, welcomed the news. The Alliance Defense Fund praised Komen “for seeing the contradiction between its lifesaving work and its relationship with an abortionist that has ended millions of lives.”

Are you surprised by this news?  Happy, or disappointed?

WORK IT.

Circle Hop Squat

(From health.com)

Targets: Legs, arms

Stand with feet wide and turned slightly outward. With chest lifted, lower into a squat and reach arms toward ground. Push into feet to jump up, turning to the left 180 degrees while in the air; at the same time, circle arms up and over from right to left. Land softly in a squat facing the opposite direction, arms back to the ground. Repeat, jumping to the right 180 degrees while circling arms from left to right; alternate for 1 minute.
Make it easier: Instead of jumping, step around.

A PICTURE IS WORTH 1,000 WORDS.

We visited family tonight, and this is a glimpse of some of the artwork in our room:

Great quotes!

WWW.

If you are a baker, you really need to check out today’s site:

Baking Bites

TONS of recipes, including (oh my gosh, I’m so excited!) recipes for homemade Girl Scout cookies!

Homemade Girl Scout Cookies on Baking Bites

That’s right.  Not just ONE recipe….SEVERAL recipes for DIFFERENT types of Girl Scout cookies.  I cannot wait to try these!!  HOW COOL!

HMMM.

Today is National Freedom Day.  What does “freedom” actually mean to you?

I know the question of the day sounds a bit like a middle-school essay question, but give it some thought….

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