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General Discussion / Re: Current Events - US Politics Edition
« on: January 11, 2018, 10:09:08 pm »
This is the face of America to the world.

"Why are we having all these people from s**thole countries come here?"
Maybe Congresswoman Mia Love (R-Utah), the first Haitian-American elected to Congress, can furnish an answer.



* Crawls down a deep hole & pulls dirt in over head *

ETA comments by Rep. Mia Love:

Creative Corner / Re: Throw-together recipes
« on: January 11, 2018, 09:27:27 pm »
I like corned beef hash, & I don't mind if it comes from a can, although home-made is unbeatable (but that's a lot of work ;D)  Right now I have some heating in a pan on the stove. I heat it until it has a very slight crisp, stir it around, break an egg into it & scramble the whole thing around until the egg is cooked to preference. Have for dinner with a green salad or fruit. Yumm.

Optional: top with shredded cheddar cheese & let it melt before serving.

Creative Corner / Re: Throw-together recipes
« on: January 11, 2018, 09:19:36 pm »
Roper: I wonder how that recipe would work with sweetened condensed milk instead of sugar.  Oooo!
That would be so rich, you could only stand a spoonful of it!!! :P  And all the critters would be waiting for you to fill their saucers. ;D

Creative Corner / Re: Throw-together recipes
« on: January 11, 2018, 02:46:46 am »
Hot spiced apple cider, no recipe needed (vary ingredients according to taste):

Bottled apple juice, desired amount
2-3 cinnamon sticks per quart of juice
2-3 cloves per quart, lightly bruised
Nutmeg and/or allspice (optional, to taste)
1 tsp real maple syrup per quart
Fresh apple, favorite variety, thinly sliced (I like tart apples)

Put juice in saucepan with cinnamon sticks & cloves, nutmeg or allspice if desired (add gradually & check for taste). Heat but don’t boil, stir in maple syrup, simmer about 15 minutes stirring occasionally, & let sit for 5 minutes. Before serving, put a couple of thin apple wedges in each mug. Pour cider into mugs.

Variation: Add 7-8 fresh crushed cranberries per quart of juice before heating, & distribute the berries into the mugs along with apple slices before serving.

Forum and Member News / Re: Thousand Year Egg Awards
« on: January 10, 2018, 01:39:32 am »
Roper is getting close. The Thousand Year Egg Club is within reach!

Go, Roper!

(log in to see the whole post!)

Just looking back through old threads, & see what KQ said a couple of months ago.

I had hoped, with most of the state being ut of drought for once, we would have a milder fire season. But it didn't happen. And now if we have another heavy rain year, the mudslides are going to be horrific to add insult injury for those areas that have fires this year.
How right you were, KQ. This is awful.

Mormon Life / Re: PRAYER LIST
« on: January 10, 2018, 01:22:35 am »
Scruffy, how is Sister Scruffy doing? I hope she’s continued to mend well. The flu is especially wicked here this year & it seems half the people I know have had it. I may have just had it, or perhaps it was a bad cold, but it was an unpleasant couple of weeks. Anyone with pneumonia, bronchitis, or other nasty respiratory ailments has my sympathy. :(

If anyone is ailing that I don’t know about, you’ll be in my prayers as “Sick Nauvoodle.” I know the Lord will know who that is.

All of California would appreciate any spare prayers. Nature bashed us again. The major wildfire in Ventura County that began in early December, & became the largest ever in California, was finally put under total containment a few days ago. New Year’s weekend & we’re fighting wildfires  ::) . We hadn’t had huge rainstorms in a few weeks, but then one moved over the entire state over the last two days, with 7-10 inches of rain in some places. And because the wildfires in Ventura County (near Santa Barbara, north of Los Angeles, for those who don’t know California) were so recent, there hasn’t been new plant growth to replace what was burned, & the soil is in bad shape, & there’s ash & loose fire debris instead of buildings on foundations, & you name it, overall conditions were ripe for disaster. And it happened last night while folks were asleep – like in Santa Rosa where the wildfire sprang up in the middle of the night & dozens of people never had a chance. IIRC, Santa Barbara or Ventura county was where Jacaré used to live; I don’t remember which town.

At least 13 people are dead. More probably, once the searches are complete. Any prayers may help people needing help or needing comfort.



General Discussion / Re: Current Events - US Politics Edition
« on: January 09, 2018, 06:34:59 pm »
Did everyone pay their tithing? Did you have tithing settlement & give the bishop an honest accounting? Are you RIGHT WITH GOD - or would you ROB GOD?

Don't you dare lie now, or you will face His wrath.


General Discussion / Re: Grades in Elementary School
« on: January 09, 2018, 05:15:55 pm »
It seems that everyone pretty much agrees – it does students or parents no good to be deceived about how well a child is doing in school. I can only speak from a non-professional viewpoint, since I am not a schoolteacher & don’t have kids.

This seems to be part of what we sometimes disparagingly call “social promotion,” where kids are continually advanced in school even if their abilities & their product do not merit moving them to a higher grade. We all know of teachers who give “courtesy C’s” to keep kids moving along even if they can’t read, write, form a sentence, express themselves orally, add, or subtract. In many cases, I’m sure teachers do it partly to keep parents happy, partly to get rid of problem pupils, & partly to avoid tangling with certain politically correct attitudes that affect not only education but every area of American society – one of which is that equality has to mean equal outcomes.

As students keep getting promoted while their skills and achievements lag further & further, they end up in 7th or 8th grade with minus-4th grade verbal or math skills. Such young people have a good chance of becoming dropouts, unemployed & probably unemployable, & ultimately, because they were too much of a problem for a 3rd grade teacher to deal with, they become problems for the police, juvenile & superior courts, any employers or military services that take a chance on them, health & welfare agencies, neighbors, & the people they end up marrying or cohabbing & their future children.

I went to school in a time when teachers actually did give failing grades, & I knew students who were not promoted & had to repeat a grade. I know I felt bad for them – some were friends of mine. And I wonder what has become of some of them now. Back then, it wasn’t that humane: a kid was flunked, period. There has to be a kinder, gentler way of doing it, & it must never be a surprise – students (& their parents) have a right to know all year how they are progressing. But it is not humane to keep telling kids, or just passively making them believe, that they are doing fine when they are not, & that has lifelong consequences perhaps even worse than the year-long unhappiness & embarrassment of having to repeat a grade.

News of the Church / President Monson has earned his rest
« on: January 03, 2018, 06:48:52 am »
President Monson passed on Tuesday night at home at age 90.

We will remember him for his tireless work as God's servant, a minister to all in spiritual or temporal need, and the face of the Church to millions of people around the world. He  truly lost himself in the service of the Lord and his brothers and sisters. I am sure that as he crossed over, he was comforted by hearing "Well done, thou good and faithful servant; welcome home."

General Discussion / Re: Cabin & Porch
« on: December 30, 2017, 12:11:27 am »
I found out about this memorial for animal victims of the NorCal wildfires too late to take the critters, but they saw the pictures & seemed to understand what it was about. Animals are important in people’s lives & folks wanted to remember those that had been close to them, whether as farm or ranch livestock, sources of food, companions, almost-family members, or wildlife that came & went in their lives but enriched the world for them.


I’m planning a low-key New Year’s Eve here at the Cabin. Since it’s Sunday night, we won’t have a lot of entertainment, just social time, playing with the critters, moon-gazing (full moon is New Year’s Day), listening to the owls & coyotes, & the traditional midnight supper. I’ll make ham hocks & black-eyed peas & a sweet potato pie. If anyone feels up to it, maybe others can bring corn bread, salad, & perhaps another dessert.

General Discussion / Re: Cabin & Porch
« on: December 29, 2017, 12:26:50 am »
I’m still feeling cruddy. It seems about a quarter of the people I know have colds or flu at the moment. We were able to have the Christmas Eve open house here & had a nice turnout – thanks to all who came to socialize in the afternoon or enjoy a light dinner in the evening, & I apologize that I was a little grumpy. At least my cyber-germs won't hurt you.  :D  The ribbe that Jana brought was delicious – thanks, Jana! And thanks to others who chipped in gourmet offerings, & a couple who brought favorite Christmas music or movies.

As all Incabitants know, Punkin is very interested in bats, & she still does the bat census once or twice a week. She was thrilled to know that these maintenance workers in California called Animal Care & Control rather than a pest control company when they unexpectedly uncovered a colony of bats. Animal Care was very good to the little critters :) & brought them to release in the woods up the hill from the Cabin last night.


General Discussion / Re: Christmas Eve ~ Christmas Day
« on: December 26, 2017, 07:30:47 pm »
Belated Christmas greetings to all! I joined several friends on sick call the past few days. It doesn't feel like the flu, but it's a pretty cr*ppy cold. I ditched a couple of social commitments & didn't even leave the house from Friday to today, & I slept most of Christmas & ate chicken soup & watermelon. My best friend texted me today (she can't talk because her throat is sore) & said she hasn't been out of the house in days either. Hers sounds more like the flu, like being confined to the bathroom at times  :(. She had family over, & she kicked them out early to go to the movies or the zoo to get them out of her hair.

In some ways, it's handy to be sick on holidays because then you don't have to socialize, ha ha ;) . IRL, that is - socializing here with Nauvoodle friends is great :)  .  For instance, I still got to host the Christmas Eve open house at the Cabin, make the food, hang out with everyone & not worry about cootie-sharing, play with the pets & not get wheezy, etc. 8)

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, got to see all the loved ones you wanted to & none of the ones you didn't. ;D

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