Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Cate, Katie, or Dorothy

I went to Amy's Hair Haven, armed with my Diana photos. Amy looked at them, then looked at my longer than normal hair, and said, "I have an entirely different idea." I love it when Amy has an idea because it means that I don't have to have an idea. Plus, she has great ideas.

If I dyed it black and cut the bangs shorter I could look like Cate Blanchette in Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Lost Mayan Space Alien.

Or, if I put on the big sunglasses and stood next to Tom Cruise, I could look like an aging Katie Holmes.

If I put on ice skates (which is something that causes me to tremble), I could look like Dorothy Hamill.

But, right now, I just look like me with a short, bouncy, easy to care for "do".

Thanks, Amy!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Diana or Diana?

I have needed a haircut for weeks. Just can't seem to find the time to get it done. It will happen on Tuesday, so now, the big question. What do I do with it? It has grown quite long, so I could go for a new long look. But, then, I don't have time to fuss with my hair. So, what to do. I have it down to two ideas. I have always loved Diana, Princess of Wales, or whatever she became after the divorce. The layered look is nice. Very 90's, I know, but I like it and I'm kind of a 90's kind of person. And, besides, being a decade behind isn't all that bad, I still have some clothes from the 80's.

So, here's one Diana look I've chosen. 90's, layered, regal.

Then, again, there is Diana Pierce. Local anchor. About my age. It's shorter, cute, and not too matronly.

Let me know if you have a strong opinion either way...before Tuesday, please.

Friday, July 25, 2008

I'm Going to This

Mindy singing her heart out.
Jeremy on drums.
Chris on electric guitar.
Can't wait.

Monday, July 21, 2008

I wonder...

...where Barb gets all her good quotes?
My definition of an expert in any field is a person who knows enough about what's really going on to be scared.
- PJ Plauger

New Blogger

I just realized that Patricia and Neval have a blog. I added the link, but thought some of you might want to know about it and see the adorable video of Julia.

Poetry Monday

Katie sang this with all the MACHE graduates two years ago.
We sang this at church yesterday.
It's an oldie, but a goodie.

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
by Robert Robertson

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy redeeming love.

Sorrowing I shall be in spirit,
Till released from flesh and sin,
Yet from what I do inherit,
Here Thy praises I’ll begin;
Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Here by Thy great help I’ve come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.

Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood;
How His kindness yet pursues me
Mortal tongue can never tell,
Clothed in flesh, till death shall loose me
I cannot proclaim it well.

O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.

O that day when freed from sinning,
I shall see Thy lovely face;
Clothed then in blood washed linen
How I’ll sing Thy sovereign grace;
Come, my Lord, no longer tarry,
Take my ransomed soul away;
Send thine angels now to carry
Me to realms of endless day.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

This One's For Mr. D

Mr. D is one of those Americans who doesn't understand the concept of "The Musical". You know, how life is proceeding as usual and suddenly, without warning, a bunch of people in the normal course of events suddenly break into song.

Here is what it would look like if it happened in real life.
"He's the most singingest janitor I've ever seen!"

Disturbing or Funny, You Decide

Friday, July 18, 2008

Yet another stolen quote

This one's from Barb who does the most amazing head up with her mom and a couple daughters for some wilderness camping in the Boundary Waters. Me, I like the wilderness camping that happens in my own house when we light a fire in the fireplace and sleep in sleeping bags in the air conditioned living room.
Here's the quote:
Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.
- Walter Lippmann

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

We're Free!

That's correct. Today is "Cost of Government Day". This means that thus far this year most Americans have worked for the government. Every penny earned has gone to taxes. But not after today. After today, until December 31st, you get to keep your money and spend it on luxuries like gas and food. So, happy COG Day to you and yours.
And, since I learned this fact on George Grant's blog, I thought I would also steal his quotes.

"It is a good thing that we do not get as much government as we pay for."
-Will Rogers

"The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin."
-Mark Twain

Monday, July 14, 2008

Poetry Monday.

Last week, I forgot.

This week, I offer you this poem in song.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

I'm Stealing Again

I have stolen another quote.

This time I stole it from the Dragonfrye blog.

Here it is.

"The humblest and the most unseen activity in the world can be the true worship of God. Work and worship literally become one. Man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever; and man carries out that function when he does what God sent him into the world to do. Work well done rises like a hymn of praise to God. This means that the doctor on his rounds, the scientist in his laboratory, the teacher in his classroom, the musician at his music, the artist at his canvas, the shop assistant at his counter, the typist at her typewriter, the housewife in her kitchen -- all who are doing the work of the world as it should be done are joining in a great act of worship." William Barclay

Sunday, July 06, 2008

One Fish, Two fish...or Cod Save the Queen

Last night we went downtown to Brit's Pub for dinner. Mr. D and I had only been there once before (during the 2006 Desiring God Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center) and we hadn't gotten the memo about the self seating outdoor dining overlooking the Lawn Bowling Green. Lovely.

Kate, Tim, and Beth had the cod. It was one fish for Beth.

Two fishies for Katie.

And three fish for Tim.

Mr. D started out with the Cock-a-leekie soup...

...and moved on to the Cornish Pastie.

I had the Chicken Pot Pie.

See, I told you it was a beautiful night for outdoor dining.
We then walked up and down the Nicollet Mall with our final stop at WCCO where we stood by the window and watched the beginning of the 10:00 news. Did you see us?

Saturday, July 05, 2008

4th of July Memories

It worked!
Doesn't it look pretty on the new platter I purchased at Crate & Barrel?
I hope you noticed that I got out my piping bag and filled it with freshly whipped cream to make the white lines.
The clerk at C & B said she has a Jell-O™ mold of the USA. That sounds to me like a nightmare. Can you imagine trying to get that out of the mold. I'll bet Florida is a problem every time. Come to think of it Florida always seems to be a problem!?

A lovely day. Perfect for eating fajitas outside.

Every year we have the discussion about buying the electric motor for the White Mountain ice cream maker that Mr. D bought me for my birthday about 10 years ago. And, as you can see, every year we decide against it. This year, every time I looked Scott was cranking, but everyone took a turn, I think. I did (for about 2 minutes!)

The unveiling of the ice cream.

Red strawberries, White ice cream, and Blue blueberries. Get it?

We played "Pass the Baby". Everyone who played was a winner. Here's Mom taking her turn. (Note: Although she is a very glamorous mother, the sunglasses are due to recent cataract surgery.)

Carol got a turn.

Mr. D took his turn as Mark ate some ice cream.

An adoring crowd gathered and watched as...

...the Dahlens took on the Dugans in volleyball. I'm not saying who won, but it might have been the Dugans. Note: next year move the net to the middle of the yard.

Will figured out how to spin the dealie on the bottom of the car to make the sounds happen. What a brilliant boy.
Swimming in Lake Minnetonka. Not all of us did that, but that's Katie on Tim's shoulders. Beth is near them and Mindy is on the right. Terry, Chris, and Jeremy were parking the cars.

Red licorice, kettle corn, and Pit. It's an annual event while waiting for the fireworks to begin.
Here's what we look like while glowing.

Here's what we look like while glowing and saying the word "prunes".

The fireworks were lovely as they were shot off a barge in the middle of the bay and reflected on the lake, but we all ran out of batteries for photos. So I will describe them. They were multi-colored. Some fizzled as they came down. Some filled the sky. Some were colorful circles linked together. Others were very sparkly and looked almost like a dandelion gone to seed in the sky. A couple looked like sheaves of wheat. Others looked like a smiley face. One even seemed to have the letter "D" inside it. Then, at the end, there was a magnificent, lengthy, burst of color and sound for about 2 minutes. Amazing.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Red, White, and Blue

The fourth is two days away and we have a little family tradition.
Fajitas on the grill, homemade vanilla ice cream cranked by all who want to partake, and "flag" Jell-O™.

Ahhh, the nightmare that has turned out to be.

Here was my try from 2006.

2007 was worse. We tried to fix it with Cool Whip™ and blueberries. No workie.

So, this year, I Googled® and found a recipe. Older and wiser from my past failed Jell-O™ experiences, I decided I needed to first make a prototype Jell-O™ flag. This recipe and method resulted in a much better product. I followed the recipe exactly. Sprayed that mold like crazy and dipped it in warm water for 7 seconds (by the 1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi, 3 Mississippi method of counting seconds). Had I gone 8, perhaps that little corner wouldn't have needed repair. Or, then again, had I gone 8 perhaps the whole thing would have melted. The agony of creating the proper Jell-O™ Flag. Oh, and by the way, it was delicious. Loved the middle layer.

Here's the recipe followed by the photo of the prototype. I must find a lovely red platter to put it on for our meal on the 4th rather than the old baking sheet I used last night.

And, if you need a Jell-O™ flag mold, go here although I got mine free at Cub Foods during a promo event.

Red, White, and Blue Jello™ Flag

1 quart boiling water, divided
2 (3 ounce) packages Jell-O™ brand berry blue gelatin mix
2 (3 ounces) packages Jell-O™ brand gelatin powder, any red flavor (I chose cherry)
3 cups ice cold water, divided
1 (3 ounce) package lemon Jell-O™ gelatin
1 (8 ounce) container Cool Whip Topping™, thawed (remember to put it in the fridge part the night before)

1.ADD 1-1/2 cups boiling water to dry berry blue gelatin mix in medium bowl; stir at least 2 minutes until gelatin is dissolved. Dissolve dry red gelatin mix in 1-1/2 cups boiling water in separate bowl. Stir 1-1/2 cups ice cold water into dissolved gelatin in each bowl.

2.SPRAY 10-cup flag mold with cooking spray; place on baking sheet. Pour red gelatin into mold. Refrigerate 45 minutes until set but not firm (gelatin should stick to finger when touched and should mound). Meanwhile, refrigerate berry blue gelatin in bowl for 45 minutes.

3.MEANWHILE, stir remaining 1 cup boiling water into dry lemon gelatin mix in bowl at least 2 minutes until dissolved. Refrigerate 25 minutes or until slightly thickened (consistency of unbeaten egg whites), stirring occasionally. Stir in whipped topping with wire whisk. Gently spread over red gelatin in mold. Refrigerate 10 minutes or until set but not firm. Gently spoon thickened berry blue gelatin over lemon gelatin mixture in mold.

4.REFRIGERATE 4 hours or overnight until firm. Unmold.