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Twin Awards

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Today, I am blessed to write about two awards I have been graced with in the last few days. 

The first award, The Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award, was given to me by Terry1954.  Terry writes an inspiring blog about her brother who has Parkinson’s disease.  She shares her challenges and triumphs with her readers in loving and moving posts.  Please visit Terry1954 to read inspirational stories that will touch your heart and soul.

The Rules

Give credit to the one who nominated you

Tell seven secrets about yourself

Nominate seven others

The Seven Secrets of Grandmother Musings:

1.   If I tell you my secrets, will they still be secrets?

2.   I really enjoy listening to George Noory on Coast to Coast AM.

3.   I do not like using the touchpad on the laptop.

4.   Romance Novels are my favorite genre.

5.   Dogs and kids are angels in disguise.

6.   If I could play any instrument, it would be the piano.

7.   I had tickets to see Led Zeppelin in 1980, but the show was cancelled because the drummer, John Bonham, died.  

The Seven Nominees:

1.   Human in Recovery

2.   Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow//a journey through my days

3.   Nizy’s Life Compendium

4.   nyparrot

5.   MOUNTAINMAE

6.   A Nature Mom

7.   Worldly Winds

Please visit these wonderful blogs and share a comment or two.

The second nomination is for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.  The award, given to me by beyondthegreendoor was a delightful treat.  You will find delicious recipes, gardening advice, and DIY tips at beyondthegreendoor’s blog.  Check out their “Creative Kitchen Challenge” and some of their adventures in Wisconsin.  Thank you to Kenley and “L” for the nomination. Please visit them at beyondthegreendoor!

The Rules:

  • Acknowledge and thank the giver, link it back, and put the award on your page.
  • List 7 things about yourself
  • Pass it on to 7 bloggers who inspire you

7 Things About Me

1.   Although, I have been known to rebel, I try to follow the rules.

2.   I can recite the “Helping Verb Song” and so can every student I have ever taught.

3.   A really, good foot rub could bring peace to the world.

4.   I know someone, who knows someone, who works in South Africa.

5.   Fall River Road in Colorado is my favorite road, ever!

6.   A visit to The Grand Canyon is in my future.

7.   Disorganization is attracted to me no matter how much I try to shield myself from his advances.

7 Inspiring Bloggers

1.   timzauto

2.   adoptingjames

3.   Live Laugh RV

4.   Healing For The Nation

5.   The World is a Book

6.   Campfire Shadows

7.   PhotoNatureBlog

Again, take a few moments and go and visit all of these superb blogs!

Thank you to all of you for your constant support and comments. I appreciate every person who visits Grandmother Musings and wish you all blessings and love.

 

 

Copyright © Jamie Nowinski and Grandmother Wisdom/ Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jamie Nowinski – Grandmother Wisdom/Grandmother Musings with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

 

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Named for Naming: Things People Invented

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The “Joey” Smore, captured by D.S.

In our family, there is a thing called a “Joey” Smore.  This is a perfect Smore recipe taught to us all by a Joey. You can make your own “Joey” Smore by cooking the marshmallows just right (not too brown, not too white) over a campfire, placing one Hershey chocolate square and smooshing it between two graham crackers. Walah! You have a “Joey” Smore.  It really is not a skill, but an art in making the perfect Smore.

In history, there have been many things named for the inventor. Some of these items include, Booze, which is named after E.G. Booze.  He made and sold whiskey in log cabin shaped bottles.

E.G. Booze original whiskey bottle shaped like a log cabin

Then you have Clara “Tootsie” Hirshfield, the daughter of Leo Hirshfield.  Leo was a developer of the first paper-wrapped penny candy in New York, 1986.  He named the famous Tootsie Roll candy after his beloved daughter.

Tootsie Roll

 Dr. James H. Salisbury, and early food advocate, created the dish of Salisbury steak.  He advised his patients to eat the dish three times a day, and to limit their intake of “poisonous” vegetables and starches.  The Salisbury steak, an entrée made with cubed steaks and gravy, also became a huge hit for Swanson’s dinner night.

Salisbury steak in a TV dinner.

The most interesting story is of the Earl of Sandwich. Yep, you guessed it; he named that lunchtime favorite, the Sandwich.  The story goes that the Earl was a gambler and liked to play cards without stopping to eat.  He would have the servants bring him his meal and he would gather the meat, vegetables, and put them between the bread. This way he could eat it while he continued to play. Eventually, his “sandwich” became a staple of the American diet.

4th Earl of Sandwich

So many more things have been named after people. Do you know of any?  What to share?

References

Feeding America:Historic American Cookbook Project. (n.d.). Michigan State University Library.

Ranhofer, C. (1894). The Epicurean. New York: Charles Renhofer.

Stopera, D. (2012). 20 Things You Never Knew Were Named After People . Retrieved from BuzzFeed: 20 Things You Never Knew Were Named After People

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timzauto photo challenge:Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden

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Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden, Las Vegas taken and submitted by www. Grandmother Musings. com

Timzauto is starting a NEW Photo Challenge! Here is my entry.You can enter too, just submit one photo of your favorite flower or flower garden.

Please post a link to these comments with the photo’s location at http://timzauto.wordpress.com/2012/07/22/timzauto-photo-challenge-please-everyone-submit-one-photo/

Please also reblog this post to your respective blogs so everyone gets the word.

Also remember to tag your photo timzauto photo challenge.

Thanks for entering! 🙂

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20 Lines a Day Weekly Challenge: Camping

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I do not camp.

 It is not because I am a princess or because I think I am better than that.

It is because I have had some hair-raising experiences camping that I do not wish to repeat.

 For one, Camping =wet.

The last time I camped, my suitcase was floating in the tent.

Literally, it was floating.

 It seems that nature does not wish to be kind to me when I sleep outdoors in it.

 I have had a tree fall in front of my car, a giant spider taking up residence in my sleeping bag, and an attempted murderer prowling the campground.

 Camping is just not my cup of tea.

Do not get me wrong, I enjoy bonfires, smores, and playing cards by lantern light.

 I love to cook over the open fire and eat mouth-watering bacon for breakfast.

 So there are some great things about camping, however, no matter where I set up my sleeping bag, there is always a stray rock that ends up in my back.

  I also think bug bites and hot tents are unappealing.

Finally, I like air conditioning, running water, and showers that do not have spider webs in them.

 I like room service and movie channels.

  I guess I am kind of a princess.

 I just do not like to camp.

 

Submitted for 20 Lines a Day Weekly Challenge: Camping

 

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Bye, Bye Birdie

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Pete the Parakeet

I was put in charge of taking care of my grandson’s pet while he went on vacation.  Pete the Parakeet was dropped off at my house while I was out.  This is what I found when I came home.  It is the most adorable thing I have ever seen, and I just has to share.  It just makes you want to say “awww….” .  

 

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The Best Follower Award

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Thank you to Robin, who hosts one of my favorite blogs to read and comment on, for nominating Grandmother Musings for The Best Follower Award.  At Bringing Europe Home, Robin hosts an inspiring challenge entitled: Quotes from the Masters.  I wait with anticipation every week for the newest quote! Feel free to join in on the challenge by visiting BringingEuropeHome.

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The Rules of The Best Follower Award are as follows:

1.   Thank the giver, link the page, and add the award to your site.

2.   Answer the question: “Who was my first follower?”

3.   Pass it on to your three Best Followers.

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 My first follower was GYA Today, the blog of Paul Mark Sutherland.  According to Paul, GYA stands for “Give Yourself Away.” “GYA today.com” is for people with an interest in learning about, and/or contributing to, the choices and lifestyle associated with growing happiness, tranquility, and abundance by way of helping others.”

Thank you, Paul. You sure made my day as a “baby” blogger by not only liking my post, but by following it, too.  I was so excited to have my first follower!

I would like to pass The Best Follower Award on to my three best followers.  Their honest, intelligent, and warm comments have not only inspired me, but also encouraged me to continue to write daily.  I really appreciate all the support and love I have received from all of my followers.  So without further ado…

NMNPHX– Nicole is an excellent writer who has a great sense of humor and writes brilliant “slice of life” articles. You can witness her humorous posts under “Commuter Chronicles” and “Silly Spam” You will love her writing and her wit. Go follow her, NOW!

Hometogo232 – Diane is a wonderful and encouraging woman. She always has a kind word or a superb piece of advice to share.  Her website mirrors her faith, thoughts, and creative writing.  Her poetry is phenomenal!  Check out Diane’s blog and follow her, TODAY!

FrancineinRetirement–  Francine takes gorgeous pictures of her travels and shares them on her blog. From Kayaks to the streets of New York, her vivid photos make you feel like you are there. Francine= Encouragement.  In fact, every time she comments on a post she writes, “BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED! I love this. Just seeing her words brightens the day. Go and be encouraged by Francine’s wonderful blog, right this moment!

 

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Stupid is as Stupid Does

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It is 2:00 A.M. and I am working on my computer at the kitchen table.  My eyes are blurry and my back hurts.  I decide to go out in the back yard to see if it is still as hot as it was earlier in the evening.  I save my work and go to the back door.  The dogs come running as soon as I open the back door. I squeeze past them so they do not get out. If the dogs get out they will wake up the whole neighborhood with their barking, and that is not good.  I close the door behind me.

It is still as muggy and stagnant outside as it was earlier in the evening. I instantly begin sweating in my purple P.J.’s.  A moth flies toward my head, and I slap it away.  Enough of this, I say to myself, and turn to open the door and go back into the house. I turn the knob and it is stuck.   I turn it harder. Damn! I have locked myself out of the house.

Another bug of some sort buzzes my ear, and I swat it away.  What am I going to do now?  I do not want to knock on the door and wake the whole house.  Then I remember the spare key we placed in a well-hidden place in the garden.  In bare feet, I cautiously walk through the flowers and weeds to get to the statue of a gnome.  I slap the mosquitoes away and bend down to find the key under the gnome.  It is not there!

Not knowing what kind of creepy crawly creature I may be touching, I put the gnome back and walk out of the garden.  Maybe the key is in the garage.  For the life of me, I cannot understand who took the key from the gnome.  Shouldn’t he be protecting my keys or something?  Isn’t that what garden gnomes are supposed to do?

I go to the side door of the garage. We do not usually lock it, so I am happy when the knob turns. I push the door.  It will not open more than an inch.  Oh, there is a refrigerator blocking my entrance. This said item is the refrigerator my daughter dropped off earlier to keep in the garage for drinks.  The refrigerator is hanging over the door just enough so I cannot budge the door open.  Double Damn! Why didn’t they check to see if the door opened after they placed the refrigerator in the garage?

I carefully make my way from the garage to the front of the house. I am cautious and avoid cutting my foot on something I cannot see.  I am hoping that the front door is magically opened.  No.  Ahhh….I retrace my steps to the back door again, trying the knob again in vain.  The two dogs have their noses crushed against the window looking at me.  I know they would open the door for me if they could.

Having no other choice, I leave the back yard once more. I head for my bedroom window where I dread waking up my husband; however, at this point, I have no other choice.  Like a thief in the night, I sneak up to the window and tap gently.  I know if anyone on the block looks out their window and sees me, they will think I am a burglar.  I am just about to tap on the window again, when lights blind me, and a voice booms in my ear.

“Please move away from the house and put your hands up.”

My heart falls to my feet.  I quickly turn around ready to explain, and I see that standing there is my husband.  The flashlight is in his hand and it is shaking due to the deep belly laugh he cannot control.  I am furious now and slapping bugs away from my ankles.  I probably will have malaria from all the darn bug bites.

“Jerk!” I mumble to my husband who is crying in hysteria.  I walk around to the back door that he has left open.  The dogs are happy I am unharmed, and I give them both a loving pat on the head for their good intentions.

Trying to control his humor, my husband follows me into the house.  It seems he heard me rummaging around the back yard and got up to see what was going on.  Seeing that I was locked out, he grabbed the flashlight and snuck behind me. He then waited for just the right moment to ambush me.

With a chuckle still vibrating in his chest, my hubby kisses my cheek and goes back to bed.  The bugs really bit me up and the bites require a little Benadryl cream to avoid the itching that will inevitably come by the time I wake up.  Other than the bug bites, I am doing okay.  I did learn a few lessons about locking yourself out of the house.  The first lesson is never trust your husband. Second, dogs only want to love you and let you in.  Finally, do not depend on garden gnomes to hold your spare keys.

In the end, I understand that I need to pay attention when I wish to wander outside in the middle of the night.  I am going to put a spare key somewhere accessible to me. I never want to be locked out of the house, again.

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