Archive for November, 2009

Getting Ready to Drive!

November 30, 2009

As I prepare for the long drive home (I’ll probably hit the road sometime this evening for the 15-hour trip) . . . I’m hoping that it does not become too soporific.


[sop-uh-rif-ik, soh-puh-]

1.  Causing sleep; tending to cause sleep.
2.  Of, relating to, or characterized by sleepiness or lethargy.
1.  A medicine, drug, plant, or other agent that has the quality of inducing sleep; a narcotic.

“Go Placidly . . . “

November 29, 2009

Here is a wonderful quotation that got me thinking about one of my favorite poems (Desiderata) by Max Ehrmann.

“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.”   — Saint Francis de Sales

Not a Good Day for the Big Ten!

November 28, 2009

The Michigan State Spartans (#2) were handed their first loss of this year’s college basketball season yesterday by the University of Florida Gators.  Too many turnovers, missed shots, and fouls led to their demise.   😦    Surprisingly enough, it was the Spartans first road game.  The loss leaves them at 4-1, and they should drop a bit in the polls this week.

Three other “top-25” Big Ten teams managed to lose yesterday as well: the University of Michigan Wolverines (#15), the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers (#16), and the University of Illinois Fighting Illini (#21).

My philosophy on this . . . better to lose early in the season than in March!  Go Green!

Tis the Season!

November 28, 2009

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, we are well into the Christmas season (although the trappings [advertising, merchandising, decorating, music, etc.] of the holidays seem to be starting earlier and earlier each year).

Here is another piece from my collection.  This was actually a Christmas card that I received many years ago from a friend — stamped, embossed, and hand colored/decorated — truly a work of art (and love).  The artist: Sylvia Quin0nes.  Simply beautiful!  I have several other greeting type cards that are original works of art from my friends at the Color Connection Gallery that I will be getting framed eventually as well.

This Word is Huge!

November 27, 2009

In more ways than one.  In addition to being 5 syllables and 14 letters, the definition is also fairly “large.”   And, this was how my belly felt after our Thanksgiving meal yesterday (I did try to moderate my intake).


\brob-ding-NAG-ee-uhn\ , adjective;

1.  Of extraordinary size; gigantic; enormous.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26, 2009

Eat, drink, be merry, and be thankful!  Happy Thanksgiving one and all.  Here are some fun facts for you to enjoy.  


709 million pounds
The forecast for U.S. cranberry production in 2009. Wisconsin is expected to lead all states in the production of cranberries, with 400 million pounds, followed by Massachusetts (190 million). New Jersey, Oregon and Washington are also expected to have substantial production, ranging from 16 million to 54 million pounds.

13.8 pounds
The quantity of turkey consumed by the typical American in 2007, with a hearty helping devoured at Thanksgiving time. Per capita sweet potato consumption was 5.2 pounds.

Number of places in the United States named after the holiday’s traditional main course. Turkey, Texas, was the most populous in 2008, with 456 residents, followed by Turkey Creek, La. (361) and Turkey, N.C. (272). There are also nine townships around the country named Turkey, three in Kansas.

For some more fun facts, check out this link.   (Courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau.)    And if fast fact aren’t enough for you, here are some Thanksgiving statistics (graphically represented of course) courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics).


November 25, 2009

As Thanksgiving approaches, the following quotation will help keep me grounded in all that I have to be thankful for . . .  despite my perfectionistic tendencies.

“Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.”  — Robert H. Schuller

Say What?

November 24, 2009

Here’s a great quotation utilizing an assorted variations of the conjugated verb “to be.”

“I’d rather be a could-be if I cannot be an are; because a could-be is a maybe who is reaching for a star. I’d rather be a has-been than a might-have-been, by far; for a might-have-been has never been, but a has was once an are.” 

— Milton Berle

Latest from “the Hood!”

November 23, 2009

Buffalo Warrior

Here’s one of Larry’s smaller pieces (an original watercolor measuring 13″ x 14.5″ with nearly 3″ of matting on each side).   But again, when considering the color as well as the American Bison theme (on the shield), what’s not to like.

There are only two more Larry Hood paintings from my collection that I have not yet posted to this blog.  Before the end of the year I will have successfully posted/documented my entire collection and will just have to post the new pieces as they are acquired.  Of course, highlighting an older piece later on (if the situation warrants) is never a bad idea.

Spartans are 4-0!

November 22, 2009

A great weekend for Spartan basketball.  (Not so good for Spartan football — lost to Penn State — it was ugly!)   The basketball team played twice: a Friday night contest against Toledo where the Spartans won despite looking a bit ragged and unfocused, and a Sunday game against Valparaiso where the Green cruised easily.  A couple of tough games coming up: University of Florida (Friday, November 27th) and then their first road trip — down to North Carolina (rematch of last year’s championship game) on Tuesday, December 1st.  Go Green!