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"Be a Rainbow in someone else's cloud"
--Maya Angelou

My heart leaps up when I behold
A Rainbow in the sky - William Wordsworth

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Gina will always be loved and missed

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When my mother was a girl, they relied on herbs and old wives's tales to keep healthy.   My grandmother was known as a "doctor" of sorts and she advised other people what to do for certain things and she kept "medicines" on hand to sell.   My Mom told me at the beginning of winter, she had to wear pieces of the dried root, asafoetida, around her neck on a string and she couldn't take it off until spring. It was very stinky.  I have no idea where they got such a thing but I've seen a picture of the plant and remember seeing it around my grandmother's house although it comes from Asia.   My mother didn't use it on me and my siblings but she did believe in a big dose of cod liver oil once a week all through the winter and I never got flu until I got to be an adult  and wasn't taking the cod liver oil.   Mama would often remind me I should be taking my cod liver oil.  Hmmmmmmmm...maybe I should

Asafoetida - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

My favorite video of the holiday
 Troops Surprise Families for the Holidays - YouTube


"Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories." ~From the movie An Affair to Remember

The People vs Winter - YouTube

18 perfect snowflakes [Photos] | MNN - Mother Nature Network

"Winter is the time for comfort - it is the time for home."
- Edith Sitwell

These Macro Photos Of Snowflakes Are Totally Breathtaking



Never let your children surf the net alone. Always check links from this column. I have checked them but they can be hacked between the time I put them in and the time you read this.

For a fun day, get your parents to help you with this. 
Salt Dough Fun
Take about 1 cup salt and dissolve it in about 1 1/4 cup water (or a little more). Then stir in about 3 cups flour ( one cup at a time), until it's a nice soft dough.
You can shape it or cut it out with cookie cutters. Let it harden or bake it at 200 degree F until hard. You can also use food coloring or paint with regular acrylics to decorate the salt dough.

Winter Coloring Pages

Animal Facts: The Polar Bear

Polar Bears Coloring Pages

How do snowflakes form?


Weather Safety - Outdoor Winter Safety

Winter Baby Clothes - How To Dress Your Baby for Winter Weather

 Games Definitely Don't Harm Kids, Says Huge Study - IGN

13 Things to Teach Your Children

'bout time!
More Dads Wiping Butts, Reading With the Kids | LiveScience

Warning to home schooling parents
Democrat: Investigate every home school parent

Taxpayers PAID for this study?  Good Grief--I could have given them the answer
Kids will eat more fruit and vegetables at school if paid


Snowman Skiing -
Guide your Skiing Snowman down the hill to pick up stuff.

Winter Craft Ideas

The Crafty Crow: Winter Crafts

Fun Indoor and Outdoor Winter Activities for Kids, Cures for Cabin Fever

JMcCornack's World

And then there was Ice!

Night of Solid Ice

John....Keeper of memories for all of us


12 Things You Didn’t Know Facebook Could Do -

I chose Carbonite
Carbonite Versus Mozy

 3 Easy Ways To Conquer The Net – With Tipnut! :

Do you need laptop insurance?

Beware Missing Dot in Email Address - Scam Alert - AARP Bulletin

HowStuffWorks "Introduction to How E-Mail Scams Work"

This is fun to do
Wanted Poster Creator - Tuxpi Photo Editor

WHAT ARE HTTP 401/403 Errors
401 Unauthorized and 403 Forbidden are two closely related HTTP status codes related to the server’s inability to give you the data you are requesting. When the web site you are visiting gives you a 401 error, it means that you have not properly authenticated yourself with the server’s security system in order to gain authorized access to the web page or data you wish to view. A 403 Forbidden error, by contrast, indicates that (authorized or not) you still do not have the proper access level for the material you wish to view.

Remember those who don't have enough to eat all year round


10 Things Food Banks Need But Won’t Ask For | Alternative

 5 lessons learned from Target security breach   -

UPS and to a lesser extent Federal Express have admitted to delays in delivering thousands of packages in time for Christmas. If the seller promised "guaranteed delivery in time for Christmas," contact customer service at the site to seek compensation or a refund of shipping charges. If you shipped goods that did not arrive within the time frame promised by UPS or FEDEX, make a claim under their on time service guarantees. Here is the UPS guarantee,
and the one for Federal Express
 [Note: Next week, Mouse Print* will examine the fine print of shipping companies' "on time" guarantees, and point out the clauses that let them weasel out of any liability.]
Go to to read

This is one YouTube EVERYONE needs to watch.
 Dos and Don'ts when pumping gas.mpg - YouTube

Study Says We’re Much Smarter Shoppers Now | Money Talks News

My personal experience tells me people don't care about service jobs and hate being in them so I agree with this article
Consumers have had enough, 'rage survey' says -

What your wireless carrier knows about you - and what they're selling - Dec. 16, 2013

The Year’s Best and Worst Products | Money Talks News

A Little-Known Credit Card Perk That Can Save You Big | Blog


I hope you got your flu shot !

ObamaCare’s New Year’s Day Surprise: Deep Cuts to Medicare | The Daily Sheeple

 No, You Can't Keep Your Drugs Either Under Obamacare - Forbes

Done with cartoons but a good tutorial on Obamacare
The YouToons Get Ready for Obamacare - YouTube

Obamacare: You can’t choose hospital, either

Obamacare: Mandatory Annual Physicals, Fines For Not Taking Drugs Prescribed by Your Doctor? - YouTube

Obamacare Seen As Making Coverage Worse For Some: Poll

High Deductibles Fuel New Worries of Health-Law Sticker Shock -

YAHOO: Eight Ways to Opt Out of Obamacare | Clash Daily

Are you SAD or sad? | MNN - Mother Nature Network

Eat Nuts, Live Longer? -

Don't Mix Your Meds With These Foods - Consumer Reports

NOTE:  If you are on a statin drug, have your B12 checked as statins rob your body of B12

Shouldn't they have told us this sooner?
 Drug company warns morning-after pill does not work for women over 176 pounds -

Herbs and Nutritional Supplements

How to cure a cold sore yourself !
Combine one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with one tablespoon of honey (preferably raw honey), and dab the cold sore with a cotton swab dipped in this mixture. Do this three times a day (once in the morning, afternoon and evening). The sore should be gone in less than a week.


Winter Landscaping Tips

Natural Organic Home Garden Health Howard Garrett Dirt Doctor

 Is Your Home Ready for Winter?

Preventing Home Burglaries

DIY Home Security - YouTube

 Safe, Natural Hardwood Floor Cleaner


Sissel Kyrkjebø - Hymn To Winter - YouTube

Michael Bublé - Baby, It's Cold Outside ! (with Anne Murray) - YouTube

Winter Song by Ronan Keating - YouTube

The Caesars - Winter Song - YouTube

Sarah Brightman - Winter Light (Live At Die Weihnachts-Show) HQ - YouTube

Sissel Over the Rainbow - YouTube

Blessed are the purr and grrr of heart.

Retired Military Working Dog discovers first kitten - YouTube

Cats Inherit Money and Mansion in Tennessee - PawNation

When, Where Did Dogs Become Man's Best Friend? - MedicineNet

Protect Your Dog's Paws from the Snow | Family

 Compilation of cats stealing dog beds (VIDEO) | Best Animal Videos |

All Dogs May Go to Heaven. These Days, Some Go to Hospice. -

Managing Multiple Cats in a Home

What to Leave for Your Pet Sitter

Pet Food Safety: Public Reactions to FSMA Animal Food Rule | Food Safety News

 Best Animal Moments of 2013 - PawNation

If It Fits, I Sits: The Supercut - YouTube

But of course !
Cats recognise their owners' voices but never evolved to care, says study - Science - News - The Independent

Daisy - the Little Pup Who Believed - YouTube

God Bless this fireman who saved this beautiful dog
 Wellesley Police Web News Update: Dog Rescued From Icy Charles River - YouTube

Pet Food Safety: When Pet Food Makes Pets and Humans Sick | Food Safety News#.UsFjOMaA2Uk

The Movie For Dogs | No More Lonely Dogs with Separation Anxiety with The Dog DVD to Watch on TV

This graphic and recipe below comes from Nabu's Kitchen in FelineWebWorld ~ January 2014 Issue
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Fish-tive Pretzels
3/4 cup canned tuna or salmon, drained well 1/4 cup warm water
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup whole-wheat flour

Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. In a medium size bowl, mash canned fish well with a fork and combine with water and butter. Add flour to form a dough. Divide dough into 24 pieces, roll each piece into a rope, and shape into a pretzel. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes until lightly browned. Makes two dozen.

Note: dough can be rolled out and shaped with cookie cutters before placing on cookie sheets.

There are two means of refuge from the misery of life - music and cats.
~Albert Schweitzer

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6 Tips for Safe Winter Driving

I won't get to all these places but so nice to see them
27 Surreal Places To Visit Before You Die

Do you feel like a sardine on an airplane?   It's going to get worse
On Jammed Jets, Sardines Turn on One Another -

If it's too cold where you are,come to Florida
Welcome to Florida State Parks

Travel Scams and How to Avoid Them - ABC News

Follow this One Trick to Beat Jet Lag

Travel Detective Tip: How to Avoid Hotel Bed Bugs - YouTube

10 Tips For Sleeping On Planes

Frequent flier miles worth less as airlines roll back benefits

Comparing Last Minute Airfare Sites

A note about cruises... you might be tempted to buy cruises that take place in the summer because they are cheaper.  There's a reason... Hurricane season.
Carnival Triumph: Passenger Rights & Cruise Industry Changes

Here is something special, a virtual tour of the Smithsonian Museum room by room. It is really something with a 360 degree viewing by using your cursor. You easily spend days/weeks looking at everything. Just marvelous for kids and adults. Follow the blue arrows on the floor to move into new rooms.
Shows inside and outside of the museum and there little cameras here and there which show detailed info on certain things. If you click on the floors (upper right corner) you get a floor plan of that floor and you can click on a blue circle and go directly to that room.
Truly incredible web site.
Watch it in full screen when you open this up. Use the roller on your mouse to move in and out. Look for the "arrows" on the floor and click on them. They take you to other places.

Recipe for snow ice cream in recipes



"Old people shouldn't eat health foods. They need all the preservatives they can get." (Robert Orben)

You might want to skip this and just not know
The Naughty List of Holiday Foods Pictures Slideshow on

The Best Oils For Baking | Kitchen Daily

Supermarket Guru - Power Greens 101

Diet Plans That Work - US News Best Diets

This has bugged me forever
Consumer Reports: Fast Food Not as Pictured |

I don't want foods from China and I certainly don't want my chickens to come from there.
What's Going on with Chinese Chicken Processing? | Food Safety News


Snow Ice Cream Recipe : Paula Deen : Recipes : Food Network

16 Glorious Ways To Make Mac 'N' Cheese

105 Favorite Slow-Cooker Recipes - Cooking Light

The Southern Lady Cooks | This blog will have some great Southern Country Recipes of my own. We will also feature

17 Warm And Cozy Breads To Bake When It's Cold Outside

Mama always made a casserole or stew for Sunday lunch.   She put it together Sunday Morning and then into the oven and by the time we got home from church, lunch was ready !
Sunday Supper: Christmas Casseroles | Your Hub for Southern Culture

17 Red Lobster Recipes In Case The Seafood Chain Goes Away Forever

Beef Marinade
Juice from 1 orange
Juice from 3 limes
2 garlic cloves
3 chipotle chilies in adobo sauce
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
This is for roughly two pounds of meat, so for a gang, you would have to adjust. It's best to let it marinate overnight. The meat will be delicious, tender, and flavorful. Don't skimp on the fruits either. Use fresh, not bottled juices.

Cool whip cookies

1 box cake mix (any flavor- chocolate, red velvet, lemon, etc.), 1 tub Cool Whip (8 oz), 1 egg.
Mix ingredients. Drop spoonfuls into powdered sugar to coat. Bake at 350 for 12 mins cool before removing..

Coffee Drinks | Food & Wine

Looking for something to cook with kids on a snow day?
Chocolate-Filled Crescents recipe from

A Drink for a Frosty Day
4 cups ice cubes
1 c pineapple juice, chilled
1/2 blue curacao
1/2 c Blue rum
1/2 c cream of coconut (NOT COCONUT MILK)
Mix together and serve

MY SISTER ALWAYS SAYS IF IT HAS MORE THAN 3 Ingredients in it, forget about it.  Pam, this link is for you !

3-Ingredient Pumpkin Angel Cake Bars |

Crab Pot Pie Recipe |

I've decided to be vegetarian 3 times a week.  I think that makes me a flextarian
10 most loved vegetarian and vegan recipes of 2013 : TreeHugger

Busy Cooks Recipe Box

Give me a sense of humor, Lord,
Give me the grace to see a joke,
To get some humor out of life,
And to pass it on to other folks.

My husband and I purchased an old home in Northern New York State from two elderly sisters.
Winter was fast approaching and the years first snow came early and I was concerned about the house’s lack of insulation.
“If they could live here all those years, so can we!” my husband confidently declared.
One January night the temperature plunged to below zero, and we woke up to find interior walls covered with frost.
My husband called the sisters to ask how they had kept the house warm. After a rather brief conversation, he hung up.
“For the past 30 years,” he muttered, “they’ve spent the winters in Florida.”

Since I've moved to Florida, I don't have to do this anymore

Thought for Today
It is extremely embarrassing to come to your senses and find that you have none.

How Blessed is the Nation whose God is the Lord Ps33:12

Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America”

Diamond Rio: In God We Still Trust -

"If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under."- Ronald Reagan

All this time, I thought this was Billy Graham's prayer.  It isn't.
Billy Graham's Prayer for Our Nation

'Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your Forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word Says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have Done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We Have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded Laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it Choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable... We have Neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem. We Have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbor's Possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity And pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the Time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search Us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from sin and Set us free.
In Jesus name, amen!' With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and Wholeheartedly become our desire so that we once again can be called 'One Nation under God!'

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