New Stuff

Notes about new stuff

This file contains items most recently added to the website. The things are also in the appropriate files. I did not include minor items - such as individual page toppers or song titles added to an existing list, the addition of an author, updates to broken links, etc. These items are in no particular order.

Things added in December 2016

Scrapbooking Ideas

I completely updated the Holiday and Celebration Calendar pages.

Order Matters

Oldest Child - I make the rules.
Middle Child - I'm the reason we have rules.
Youngest Child - The rules don't apply to me.

What is Love?

(Bobijean Neher)

Dependability, caring, protection, listening and kindness. Love does not demand, it asks. Love does not manipulate into dark ways, but leads to illumination. Love does not accuse, it questions in a positive manner. Lose is not always being together, but is an intersection of two people in a world of fast moving fates. Love is like a solid comfortable hide-a-bed...sturdy, provides excellent support and is durable. It you know how it works, you can even sleep on it.

Welcome November!

(Elizabeth Coatsworth)

November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring."

Scaredy Turkey

Gobble Gobble said the turkey
Soon it will be Thanksgiving Day
How will you treat me?
Will you eat me?
I think I'll run away!

Kitchen Prayer

God bless my little kitchen
I love its every nook
And bless me as I do my work
Wash pots and pans and cook.

Apache Blessing

May the sun bring you new energy each day.
May the moon softly restore you by night.
May the rain wash away your worries.
May the breeze blow new strength into your being.
May you walk gently through the world
and know its beauty all the days of your life.

Creation of the Cat

On the first day of creation,
God created the cat.
On the second day,
God created man to serve the cat.
On the third,
God created all the animals
of the earth to serve as potential
food for the cat.
On the fourth day,
God created honest toil so that man
could labor for the good of the cat.
On the fifth day,
God created the sparkle ball
so that the cat
might or might not play with it.
On the sixth day,
God created veterinary science
to keep the cat healthy
and the man broke.
On the seventh day,
God tried to rest,
but he had to scoop the litterbox.

Stop, Look and Listen

I stop, look and listen,
Before I cross the street.
I use my eyes,
I use my ears,
And then I use my feet.

Note: My daughters learned this in kindergarten. I think it helps children better learn to be careful when crossing the street than just telling them over and over.

My Secret

(Christina Rossetti, 1830 - 1894)

I tell my secret? No indeed, not I;
Perhaps some day, who knows?
But not today; it froze, and blows and snows,
And you're too curious: fie!
You want to hear it? well:
Only, my secret's mine, and I won't tell.

Or, after all, perhaps there's none:
Suppose there is no secret after all,
But only just my fun.
Today's a nipping day, a biting day;
In which one wants a shawl,
A veil, a cloak, and other wraps:
I cannot ope to everyone who taps,
And let the draughts come whistling thro' my hall;
Come bounding and surrounding me,
Come buffeting, astounding me,
Nipping and clipping thro' my wraps and all.
I wear my mask for warmth: who ever shows
His nose to Russian snows
To be pecked at by every wind that blows?
You would not peck? I thank you for good will,
Believe, but leave the truth untested still.

Spring's an expansive time: yet I don't trust
March with its peck of dust,
Nor April with its rainbow-crowned brief showers,
Nor even May, whose flowers
One frost may wither thro' the sunless hours.

Perhaps some languid summer day,
When drowsy birds sing less and less,
And golden fruit is ripening to excess,
If there's not too much sun nor too much cloud,
And the warm wind is neither still nor loud,
Perhaps my secret I may say,
Or you may guess.

The Lion and the Ant

Every day a small ant arrives at work early and starts working immediately. She produces a lot and is happy. The chief, a lion, is surprised to see that the ant is working without supervision. He decides that if the ant can produce so much without supervision, she should be able to produce even more if she had a supervisor. The lion recruits a cockroach who has experience as a supervisor and writes excellent reports.
The roach's first decision is to set up a clock in system. He also hired a secretary to help him write his reports and he recruited a spider to manage the archives and monitor phone calls.
The lion was delighted with the roach's reports and asked him to create graphs of production rates to use as presentations at board meetings. The roach had to buy a computer and a laser printer and recruited a fly to manage the IT department.
The department where the ant works is now a sad place where nobody laughs and where everybody is upset. The ant, who had once been so productive and relaxed, hated all the new paperwork and the meetings that used up so much of her time.
The lion concluded it was time to put someone in charge of the department where the ant worked. The position was given to the cicada, whose first decision was to buy a carpet and an ergonomic chair for his office. The cicada also needed a computer and a personal assistant, who he brought from his previous department, to help him prepare a Work and Budget Control Strategic Optimization Plan.
Having reviewed the charges for running the ant's department, the lion found out that production was much less than before. So he recruited the owl, a renowned consultant, to carry out an audit and suggest solutions. The owl spent three months in the department and came up with an enormous report that concluded the department was overstaffed.
Guess who the lion fires first. The ant, of course, because she "showed a lack of motivation and had a negative attitude."
And that explains why we are still in a recession and why it's a bad time to be an ant.

Food-Related Team Mascots

There are many of these but here are a few I ran across during other research.

Miscellaneous Facts

Quotes on Various Subjects

Humorous Quotes on Various Subjects