Friday, April 30, 2010

Bumf - Word of the Day

Today I needed to look up a word that I had sent in an email.  Most friends ignore my typos, slang and other mis-use of words But sometimes I second guess myself and think that I may offend with words that I don't quite know the meaning for ... ?  of ...? ... See?  I can't even write!

While looking up the meaning for a possibly offensive word (TRICKSTER) at, I happened to glance in the right margin.  There I found a few words-of-the-day.  Of course, I read and quickly put to memory all of them (snicker snicker), but thought that I would share one with you.  Not only for your betterment, but you see I have nothing else to post, so this will have to do ... ?  due? ... suffice for today  :o)


Pronunciation  [buhmf]                                                                      
– noun British origin 

1. Slang for toilet paper
2. Memorandum, official notices, or the like


Use it in a sentence and impress your friends.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

JJ Heller - Love Me

Those that know me, know that I love a good cry ... I cry at sad movies, happy movies, romantic movies and my tears over flow onto great songs.  And today, folks, have I got a worth crying over song for you!
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Dreamer directed me to this youtube video featuring JJ Heller, a young Christian song-tress.  The piece is entitled LOVE ME and I was blubbering half way through it.
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I have included the words to the end chorus, but make sure you read all of the words on the video.  Enjoy and think about what is being said.
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I will love you for you
Not for what you have done
or what you will become
I will love you for you
I will give you the love
The love that you never knew
JJ Heller - 'Love Me'

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tofu Not Fo Yu

So Dreamer thought that she would try her culinary hand with a package of Medium Firm Tofu.

She chopped up the veggies ... a mix of carrots and orange peppers

 Then proceeded to chop and fry up some yellow onions in a bit of butter or oil

Then opened up that package of nutritious medium firm tofu and drained off all of the liquid

Diced the tofu up into squares or rectangles or trapezoids or whatever turned out

Then she found a bottle of Bragg's All Purpose Seasoning.  It contains only liquid soy but it far surpasses your expectations of a regular soy sauce.

I see that at this point in the recipe I have the order a bit muddled.  I am trying to be fancy with this post by alternating the pictures right left right left right left.  It doesn't take much to confuse a middle-ager like me. Bear with me ... besides remember the name of this post TOFU NOT FO YU ... You will NEVER be making this recipe any way!

Here she added some chopped celery.
Don't forget to quick stir ... quick stir.

Remove the tender veggies to a bowl. Add the tofu cubes to the pan.

Quick fry them till golden brown on all sides. I remember that at about this moment we are wondering how tofu could even be categorized as food.
Yet we continued.

Look how happy and confident Dreamer is at this point!

The tofu cubes browned up nicely.  Life is good.

Add a little of that Bragg's All Purpose Seasoning.  For those that don't know, tofu is virtually flavourless and needs ALL the help that it can get in the flavour department.

Add in the veggies, quick stir, and what's this?  Another spoonful of Bragg's to make the tofu go down?

And a sprinkle of sesame seeds ... Ah ... steaming veggies and tofu stir fry!  Fit for a king, but alas ... it ended up in the dumpster!  Turns out that this family is not ready for the likes of tofu.
A friendly warning ... heed the recipe name ...

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Story of Mr. and Mrs. Thing

This story, that appeared in our church bulletin this past Sunday, provides a vivid reminder of a vital truth ...

Mr. and Mrs. Thing are a very pleasant and successful couple. At least that's the verdict of most people who tend to measure success with a "thingometer". When the "thingometer" is put to work in the life of Mr. and Mrs. Thing, the result is startling.
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There is Mr. Thing sitting down on a luxurious and very expensive thing, almost hidden by a large number of other things.

Things to sit on, things to sit at, things to cook on, things to eat from, all shiny and new. Things, things, things. Things to clean with and things to wash with and things to clean and things to wash.

And things to amuse and things to give pleasure and things to watch and things to play. Things for the long, hot summer and things for the short, cold winter.

Things for the big thing in which they live and things for the garden and things for the deck and things for the kitchen and things for the bedroom.

And things on four wheels and things on two wheels and things to put on top of the four wheels and things to pull behind the four wheels and things to add to the interior of the thing on four wheels. Things, things, things.
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And there in the middle are Mr. and Mrs. Thing, smiling and pleased as punch with their things, thinking of more things to add to things. Secure in their castle of things.
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Do they sound familiar? Can you identify with any of their things? Mr. and Mrs. Thing may think that they are secure in their accumulation of things, but that's not the end of their story.
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Things don't last. They're going to pass. There's going to be an end to them. Oh, maybe an error in judgment, maybe a temporary loss of concentration, or maybe you'll pass them off to the second hand thing dealer. Or maybe they'll wind up a mass of mangled metal being towed off to the thing yard.
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When it's time for bed, remember to put out the cat.

Make sure you lock the door so some thing-taker doesn't come and take your things.
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And to think that someday when you die, they put only one thing in the box.


Signed, Anonymous

Monday, April 26, 2010

Visit to the Temple

On Saturday our family went for a tour of the new VANCOUVER BRITISH COLUMBIA TEMPLE (Temple for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints). The temple was open for public tours from April 9th through April 24th, 2010 and we caught a glimpse on the last day.
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Now before I go any further, please keep in mind that we are Baptist and do not follow the teachings of Joseph Smith or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We simply went for a curious 'visit' and do not wish to bash or condone the Mormons.

That being said, I must say that we had a very organized and informative tour of the new building. First was a short film on the other temples that have been built around the world, and then a woman took us around on a guided tour. She spoke generally of the different rooms and gave us short answers to our questions.

We had to put little booties on our shoes to protect the carpet as we (some thousands of viewers) walked through their temple. I have heard later that all carpets will be removed and replaced with new before their dedication service on May 2nd.
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No cameras were allowed inside the temple, but to say that the interior was grand would do a great injustice to the Mormons. It was VERY VERY GRAND indeed. To the Mormons, the temple is the most sacred place on earth and therefore only the finest materials and craftsmanship was used.

Atop the temple a statue of the angel Moroni is perched. Above is a picture of the gilded angel on another temple. I did a little history on the angel ...

Wikipedia states ...

The Angel Moroni is an angel that Joseph Smith, Jr. said visited him on numerous occasions, beginning on September 21, 1823. The angel was the guardian of the golden plates, which Smith said were buried in a hill near his home in western New York, and which he said were the source material for the Book of Mormon. Moroni is an important figure in the theology of the Latter-Day movement and is featured prominently in Mormon architecture and art. Three witnesses besides Joseph Smith said they saw Moroni in 1829 visions, as did several other witnesses who each said they had their own vision.
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Moroni is said to be the same person as a Book of Mormon prophet-warrior named Moroni, who was the last to write in the golden plates. The book says that Moroni buried them before he died after a great battle between two pre-Columbian civilizations. After he died, he was resurrected, became an angel, and was tasked with guarding the golden plates, and with eventually directing Joseph Smith to their location in the 1820s. According to Latter Day Saint movement theology, Moroni still has the plates and several other Book of Mormon artifacts in his possession.
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Hey ... I just found a pretty good video on youtube (yah youtube) that I have embedded below for your viewing. I don't know how they got interior shots, but they did. Check out this 4 minute video.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Here Horsey Horsey

Oh the unexpected joys of rural living. It is hard to believe ... at least to my husband and I ... that we have had the privilege to live on five simple acres of paradise. We had spent our first 10 years of marriage building and flipping 'yuppy executive' homes in Surrey, and needed a change. For a year and a half we searched for a homestead that we could afford. Gone were the new homes, manicured lawns and bustling city life ... we wanted out. One day I will share with you our farm restoration story, but for this post I will convey one of the joy factors of rural living.

The beautiful beasts of farm life. We had our years of owning horses and ponies. Not only for the fun of it, but also for great training for the kids. Every day, as part of our home schooling regime, I had the youngin's brush down, pamper, feed and water the horses and clean up their stalls. You had to give the little guys a lot of credit for looking after a pet that out weighed them by more than 1,000 lbs.

But for the last many years, the kids have grown up and have gone down other paths. We have , however, been fortunate enough to have a neighbour, more like a right-next-door grandmotherly type, who not only LOVES my kids, but LOVES for my kids to come over and enjoy her horses. This arrangement certainly saves on horse feed!

What a wonderful life we lead.
Thanks, Berta, for being there for us and for
opening up your heart!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

I See Yellow

SCORE ... Last week Johnnie-Girl and I frequented a number of thrift stores in a neighbouring town. A few days prior she landed a summer job at Focus on the Family and consequently needed a few additions to her wardrobe. She is so excited that the dress requirement is professional ... such a dramatic and welcoming change from the grunge dress code worn at her last job which was at a dog boarding kennel ... but I digress ...
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Take a look at the great find I purchased that day ...

I almost over looked this treasure ... a dusty box of yellow melamine platters and a few dishes. Used, but only gently. I couldn't imagine how anyone could make use of so many platters?

Then I thought outside the box ... Platters can be dishes ... Duh
Perfect for picnics or kids or camping or casual Saturdays
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36 large platters for main course
31 medium platters for smaller appetites
19 small platters for desserts
8 regular sized round plates for serving
and 1 small plate just for good measure
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I am thrilled with this find that only put me back $10

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Story of Stuff

Tonight, my youngest ... Johnnie Girl ... showed Hubby and I a 20 minute video called THE STORY OF STUFF.
Below is the youtube version, but for further information and other videos, I encourage you to check out their web site here. Apparently it was made a few years ago, but as with most things it takes years for us Baby Boomers to catch wind of the 'latest'.
Annie Leonard is a fast talking, yet easy-to-listen-to-narrator that not only entertains but also informs as she presents these videos.
I highly recommend that you take an evening and check it out. Enjoy!

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