Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Two fields in New Jersey were closed this week after state health officials detected what they said were unexpectedly high levels of lead in the synthetic turf and raised fears that athletes could swallow or inhale fibers or dust from the playing surface.
The artificial-turf industry denied its products are dangerous. But the CPSC it is investigating.
"We have a great deal of interest into any consumer product that could be used by children where children could potentially be in harm's way because of lead exposure," CPSC spokesman Scott Wolfson said.
The United States has about 3,500 synthetic playing fields made of various materials, including nylon and polyethylene, and about 800 are installed each year at schools, colleges, parks and stadiums, according to the industry's Synthetic Turf Council.
Pigment containing lead chromate is used in some surfaces to make the turf green and hold its color in sunlight. But it is not clear how widely the compound is used. The New Jersey Health Department found lead in both of the nylon fields it tested, but in none of the 10 polyethylene surfaces it examined.
Both nylon fields were AstroTurf brand surfaces.
Lead can cause brain damage and other illnesses, particularly in children.
Fibers don't break off easily on nylon fields, according to Dr. Davis Lee, a Georgia Tech professor and consultant to turf manufacturers. He said even if fibers were to come loose, the lead pigment particles still would not fall out.Artificial soccer, baseball and football fields are popular because they are durable and eliminate the need for watering, pesticides and mowing. Costs start at about $300,000 and go up depending on the type of turf, the size of the field and other factors.
Friday, April 18, 2008
The seder plate contains various symbolic foods referred to in the seder itself.
It will have bitter herbs, a shankbone, charoset, parsley, and a hard boiled egg. Today will be spent making a brisket and the Charoset. Charoset is made from apples, nuts, cinnamon, and wine. It is all ground together and symbolic of the mortar used by the Hebrew slaves to build Egyptian structures. The charoset is sweet because sweetness is symbolic of God's kindness, which was able to make slavery more bearable. Below is a link that explains the symbols to you with humor:
Pesach, known as Passover in English, is a major Jewish spring festival, commemorating the Exodus from Egypt over 3,000 years ago. I am hosting the first night seder on Saturday night with 31 other people in my home!!! The ritual observance of this holiday centers around a special home service called the seder (meaning "order") and a festive meal; the prohibition of chametz (leaven); and the eating of matzah (an unleavened bread). On the eve of the fifteenth day of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar, we read from a book called the hagaddah, meaning "telling," which contains the order of prayers, rituals, readings and songs for the Pesach seder. The Pesach seder is the only ritual meal in the Jewish calendar year for which such an order is prescribed, hence its name.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
- 1 spice or German chocolate cake mix
- 1 white cake mix
- 1 large pkg vanilla instant pudding mix
- 1 pkg vanilla sandwich cookies
- Green food coloring
- 12 small Tootsie Rolls
- New, cleaned litter box
- New, cleaned litter scooper
- Prepare the cake mix according to the directions on the box. Use any size pan. Allow the cake to cool to room temperature.
- Prepare the pudding mix and put it in the refrigerator for now.
- Crumble the white sandwich cookies in small batches in a food processor (scrape often to get every little piece) or by hand. Set aside all but about 1/4 cup.
- Measure 1/4 cup of cookie crumbs and add a few drops of green food coloring to it. Mix with a fork or shake everything in a jar.
- Crumble the room temperature cake into a large bowl. Toss it gently with half of the remaining white cookie crumbs and enough chilled pudding to moisten (not soak) the crumbs.
- Put the cookie crumbs and pudding mixture into a brand new, clean litter box.
- Heat three unwrapped Tootsie rolls in a microwave safe dish and until they're soft and pliable. Pinch the ends so they are no longer blunt--you want them to look convincingly like what cats put in the litter box, right? Repeat this process with as many Tootsie rolls as you'd like to add, microwaving them in batches of three.
- Bury the shaped Tootsie rolls in mixture and sprinkle them with the other half of the cookie crumbs.
- Scatter the green cookie crumbs lightly over the top. This will mimic real litter, where many of the grains are often blue or green.
- Shape 3 more Tootsie rolls and scrape them on top of the cake. One can hang over the side of the litter box. Sprinkle them lightly with cookie crumbs.
- Place the box on a newspaper and sprinkle a few of the cookie crumbs around. Serve with a brand new, cleaned litter scooper for that extra touch!
- Stir the batter well! Although you may find clumps in a litter box, clumps in delicious cake aren't very good.
- If you decide to skip the green food colouring, drip a few drops of yellow colour onto one spot of the cookie "litter" to make it look like the litter box had been used recently!
- Keep your cat/dog away from the cake. They might try to eat it and could get sick from the Tootsie rolls. They probably won't mistake it for a real litter box, but it's better to be safe than sorry in this case!
- Make sure that the litter pan and scoop are NEW and most certainly are NOT USED. Also, do NOT bake the cake in the litter pan. Bake in a similar sized cake pan and then flip the cake, when cooled, into the litter pan.
- If you want to preserve the look of using a real litter box, but are worried about the plastic, it couldn't hurt to line the inside of the litter box with plastic wrap, and just lean the scoop against the side as a decoration.
- For safety reasons, (i.e.toxic plastic) rather than use the real litter box, you may want to use an aluminum baking pan, which you could place into the kitty litter pan. It has the same gross effect.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Ethiopia - Mursi Tribe
The Mursi tribe lives in Southern Omo Valley in Ethiopia. In a very secluded area in southern Ethiopia, only a few Mursi villages are left: the women still wear large lip-dishes and the men are fierce (and feared) warriors The Mursi people live in one of the least accessible areas of Ethiopia. When a British anthropologist visited them for the first time in the early 1970s, they had never heard of the country of Ethiopia where they lived. The Mursi are survivors whose isolated geographic location, combined with the crises of drought, famine, war, migration, and epidemic diseases has shaped their identity. Cattle raids and civil instability between bordering ethnic groups is merely a means of survival. Every aspect of daily life revolves around cattle and crops, which set the economic standard among the Mursi. When they trade in the market, crops and cattle are exchanged as money. When a young Mursi girl reaches the age of 15 or 16, her lower lip is pierced so she can wear a lip plate. The larger the lip plate she can tolerate, the more cattle her bride price will bring for her father.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Sign over a Gynecologist's Office: 'Dr. Jones, at your cervix.'+++
In a Podiatrist's office: 'Time wounds all heels.'+++
On a Septic Tank Truck in Oregon : Yesterday's Meals on Wheels+++
On another Septic Tank Truck: 'We're #1 in the #2 business' +++
At a Proctologist's door: 'To expedite your visit please back in.'+++
On a Plumber's truck: 'We repair what your husband fixed.'+++
On another Plumber's truck: 'Don't sleep with a drip. Call your plumber.'+++
On a Church's Billboard: '7 days without God makes one weak.'+++
At a Tire Shop in Milwaukee : 'Invite us to your next blowout.'+++ On a Plastic Surgeon's Office door: 'Hello. Can we pick your nose?'
+++ At a Towing company: 'We don't charge an arm and a leg. We want tows.'+++
On an Electrician's truck: 'Let us remove your shorts.'
+++ On a Maternity Room door: 'Push. Push. Push.'+++
At an Optometrist's Office : 'If you don't see what you're looking for, you've come to the right place.'+++
On a Taxidermist's window: 'We really know our stuff.' +++
Outside a Muffler Shop: 'No appointment necessary. We hear you coming.' +++
In a Veterinarian's waiting room: 'Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!'
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Each year the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are held at the Regional and National levels. One must first place in their own region before being able to move on to the National level. My daughter won a Gold Key Award at the Regional level for her art portfolio. So they send her portfolio on to NYC where the National awards are judged. With a little luck and a lot of talent her portfolio qualified for a silver medal award! That means that she will be honored at a special ceremony in Carnegie Hall in NYC. She will walk across the stage to collect her medal. (if we can swing flying there and making it back in time for her high school graduation) Only five people got a Gold Medal above her! We are so proud!!! http://www.artandwriting.org/ Here are three of her pastel drawings from her portfolio: