Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Travel is a Broadening Experience

Things I learned visiting my southern grandkids:

Always check out new equipment by seeing what the maximum G.V.W. is.

Swings are gender specific. There are girl swings and boy swings. Always make sure you use the correct swing.

Once a day, view the world from a different perspective.

Uncommonly good looks run in the family. (It was bound to happen since they are related to Wilbur and me.)

Wheels make the most mundane things more fun.

No matter what fashion experts may say, every shade of pink is REALLY a neutral color. This neutral color goes with everything, makes you feel good, and should be worn on every occasion.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Spinach Salad Dressing Recipe

Spinach Salad Dressing

1/3 c. sugar
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/4 c. unsweetened applesauce
1/4 c. cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons water
2 Tablespoons oil
4 teaspoons prepared mustard
1 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper

Combine the first nine ingredients in a blender or food processor; cover and
process until smooth. Serve over fresh spinach. Yield 1 1/3 cups

Above is the recipe as printed. When I make it, I use my homemade applesauce
which does have some sugar in it. I usually double the recipe because we
have spinach salad a lot and use up the dressing quickly. I never put
onions in the blender because it seems to make them taste yucky hot. I use
my food processor to chop the onion. Just combining everything else and
stirring with a spoon works fine.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah

Hello muddah, hello faddah
Here I am at Camp Granada

Camp is very entertaining
And they say we'll have some fun if it stops raining.

I went hiking with Joe Spivy
He developed poison ivy
You remember Leonard Skinner
He got ptomaine poisoning last night after dinner.

All the counselors hate the waiters
And the lake has alligators
And the head coach wants no sissies
So he reads to us from something called Ulysses.

How I don't want this should scare ya
But my bunkmate has malaria
You remember Jeffrey Hardy
They're about to organize a searching party

Dearest faddah, darling muddah,
How's my precious little bruddah
Let me come home, if you miss me
I would even let Aunt Bertha hug and kiss me.

Wait a minute, it's stopped hailing.
Guys are swimming, guys are sailing
Playing baseball, gee that's better
Muddah, faddah kindly disregard this letter.

Love, Barak

Sunday, March 01, 2009


Sometimes church events cause squirming. Most of our cub scout committee was squirming when the person bringing the taco meat, taco shells, plastic knives and forks, paper plates, and napkins did not show up for the Blue and Gold dinner Thursday until 5:55 p.m. The dinner was supposed to start at 6:00. Squirm, squirm.

On Sunday as I left church, I heard a ten year old girl in my Primary class ask her Dad was sexual promiscuity was. Naturally she asked him in a long, fairly narrow hallway hall as two-thirds of the members of our ward shuffled by on their way out the door. And she asked her Dad in front of the three or four men her Dad was visiting with. Squirm, squirm.

The super scouter in our ward asked my if the scout training I received was helpful. I never want to lie, and I don't want to hurt her feelings. Squirm, squirm.