Happy New Year!
And remember not to say the sky's the limit
when there are footprints on the moon.
May you soar in 2015!
*I volunteer one day each week as an English tutor and also at the local library and on other projects on an ad hoc basis. I have no personal debt, do not smoke and do not drink alcohol. I recycle, generally live frugally and save money. I am over-educated as it is! I am happily retired.That leaves mostly things that seem to fall under a general category of healthy living. Eating healthy food and getting proper exercise ("get fit") undoubtedly are means to maintaining a healthy weight. They also help reduce stress, as taking a trip might do.
"And the waves beat upon the one hand, and upon the other the dead leaves ran; and the clouds raced in the sky, and the gulls flew widdershins." — Robert Louis Stevenson, The Song of the Morrow, 1896Although my research shows disagreement about the origin of the term and its varied meanings over time, according to Merrian-Webster, "English speakers got widdershins from an old German word meaning 'to go against,' and by the mid-1500s we were using the word as we use it today – as a synonym for counterclockwise."
My mother tells me that my grandfather used to make the same complaint about my father's hair. By the time I knew my father, he did not have enough hair for me to tell which way it grew.I never could make sense of what that meant. To me, if hair was growing backwards, that meant it was growing into my head and not out of it. Of course, what he meant was that it was falling the wrong way. Today I am painfully aware of this truth since I can never get a decent haircut, at least not one that looks good for more than two or three days. My hair has cowlicks in all directions. The hair on the left side of my head behaves normally and lies down. The hair on the right side prefers to do a Dagwood Bumstead imitation and grow out and up.
Make sure you take a minute, before you go to bed, to step outside and listen to the quiet for a moment. If you do it will make the bed even more "nice & toasty" than it already is.I took his advice and went out onto the deck for a few minutes before going to bed. It was too warm for snow, so no White Christmas. And too overcast to see the Star of Bethlehem or any suspicious flying sleigh-like objects. Since we live in the country, it was quiet, though, the only noise being the wind gently rustling the dried leaves on the red oaks. I listened, was calm and went to sleep.
We recently changed our television service provider and have been entered in a drawing for another 42 inch television. Maybe the spirit of my father -- who was always winning things like that -- will intercede for us so that we win. Because that's what we most need -- another big television besides the one in the basement and the one in the living room.This afternoon, Tom got a phone call from the Reedsburg Utility Commission, our provider, to let him know that he won the television. Since he won a rifle in another drawing back in September, we wondered if this would be a good time for him to go out and buy some lottery tickets. But he figures his spate of good luck is over and done with now.
An explosion Friday in the town of Delton was intentional, the Sauk County Sheriff’s Department said.
About 12:10 p.m., the Sauk County Sheriff Communications center was called about a loud explosion with accompanying black smoke near County Highway P and Birchwood Road in the Town of Delton.
The location and source of the explosion was located nearby, and it was found that the residents had intentionally caused the explosion by the use of a firearm and tannerite while on private property.
Tannerite is a legal explosive purchased as two ingredients that have to be mixed before an explosion can occur. It will not explode with a fuse, but will if hit by a bullet. It is used primarily to make exploding targets for firearms practice so those practicing can see if they hit the target without having to walk and check on the target.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the recommended use of Tannerite is in one pound increments, and in this case, it appears that the residents used well in excess of that amount, the release said.The location of the blast is about a mile and a half away from us. No charges are expected to be filed unless further investigation determines that they were using a prohibited amount of Tannerite.
In beauty I walk
With beauty before me I walk
With beauty behind me I walk
With beauty above me I walk
With beauty around me I walk
It has become beauty again
Today I will walk out,today everything negative will leave me.I will be as I was before,I will have a cool breeze over my body.I will have a light body,I will be happy forever, nothing will hinder me.I walk with beauty before me.I walk with beauty behind me.I walk with beauty below me.I walk with beauty above me.I walk with beauty around me.My words will be beautiful.In beauty all day long may I walk.Through the returning seasons, may I walk.On the trail marked with pollen may I walk.With dew about my feet, may I walk.With beauty before me may I walk.With beauty behind me may I walk.With beauty below me may I walk.With beauty above me may I walk.With beauty all around me may I walk.In old age wandering on a trail of beauty, lively, may I walk.In old age wandering on a trail of beauty, living again, may I walk.My words will be beautiful…