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Bread machine, part two

I tried again with the bread machine. I measured the ingredients, then turned the machine on. I watched to be sure the ball of dough was forming and was the correct texture. The blade was not turning. I took out the pan and checked to see if the motor of the machine was working. It was. Then I checked the bottom of the pan to see if the blade was turning. It was not. The blade is completely stuck and won’t turn. It had some gunk & a little rust on it, so I cleaned it off. It still won’t turn. Now I have to see if it is more cost effective to buy a new pan or a new bread machine.


Yesterday, a friend that I work with found out that her cousin had a seizure at work and had to be taken to a local hospital. Her cousin is in her middle thirties and has two children under age ten. My friend received a call this morning and had to immediately go to the hospital because her cousin was not doing well. Her cousin passed away this morning. She had no history of illness and was well until the seizure, as far as everyone knows.

I am very sad and disturbed by this.
It has made me really think about how short life can be.

Oldest daughter in the car tonight. DS took this photo from the backseat.  Posted by Picasa

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The park across the street from my home. DS is on the playground waving.  Posted by Picasa


My sister just told me that her pomeranian Lilly. who looks like this little dog, is wearing this Cinderella costume for Halloween. She ordered it from http://www.disney.com last week. Her 7 & 2 year old daughters have been informed that they also have to dress up as Cinderella so they will match Lilly’s costume. My sister is going to dress up as the fairy god mother and wave a wand around saying, Bippity Boppity Boo! Good grief. I just thought I’d seen it all.  Posted by Picasa

Bread Machine

Last night, I went to bed thinking how great it would be to awaken to the smell of fresh cinnamon raisin bread baking in my bread machine. I had the timer all set so the bread would be finished baking at 6:15am. This morning, I wake up at 5:30 and cannot go back to sleep, so I wander downstairs and check on the bread.

Is bread baking, creating lovely smells in my home?
Well, lovely smells, yes.
Baking, yes.

Has it actually been stirred, kneaded & baking an actual loaf? No.

It’s baking a big flour-ey blob.

I guess I didn’t get the pan down in the machine properly & it didn’t stir up the dough. Darn it. No freshly baked cinnamon raisin bread for me & the kiddos this morning. 😦

Today the kids and I looked at Halloween costumes. There were hundreds of them. Some were really silly and some kind of gory that possibly even could be scary on a dark night. We saw pet costumes for dogs and cats. Costumes for babies. Home and yard decorations. Strings of orange and purple twinkly lights. Rows and rows of cauldrons, witch hats, brooms, masks, robes, crowns. Aisle upon aisle of candy. Light up pumpkins. Yard signs. Signs that light up. Banners. Candy bowls. Candles. I’ve never thought of sending Happy Halloween cards to people, but those were on display as well.

Some of the banned books I have read:

All five Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Earth’s Children Series by Jean M. Auel
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Blubber by Judy Blume
Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margeret Atwood
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Are You There God? It’s Me by Margaret, Judy Blume
Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
The Witches by Roald Dahl
Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A. N. Roquelaure (Ann Rice)
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Banned Books Week

is this week… September 25 through October 1, 2005.

Have you read any challenged or banned books lately?

Today, my twelve year old daughter got four “Where’s Waldo?” books at our local library. I didn’t know why these books were on the banned books list. I found out that they are on the list because in one of the books, there is a topless sun bather. A cartoon drawing of a topless sun bather. So someone challenged the appropriateness of this book for children. Silly, isn’t it?

Go read a banned book today!

Another overheard conversation

person #1: You are just out of control!!

person #2: What? I’m a TROLL??

person #1: No! I said you’re out of control.

person #2: Oh. I’d rather be a troll.

LOL It was so funny!


person one: My friend called me last night.. she is worried about the thunder becoming so much worse lately.
person two: Yeah.. it is much louder now.. and so much more scary.
person one: Things are gettin worse.. it’s the last days you know.
person three: And the lightning too!

It was absolutely the dumbest conversation I have heard all week. I am still amazed by the stupidity.

A friend says that I should tell them it is quieter where I live and that I think God is coming after them soon. What a hoot!

Native American Prayer

I found this prayer and keep it near my desk at work.

O’ Great Spirit

Let me walk in beauty, and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have made and my ears sharp to hear your voice.
Make me wise so that I may understand the things you have hidden in every leaf and rock.
I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother, but to fight my greatest enemy – myself.
Make me always ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes.