Archive for December, 2016

“Party On, Wayne . . . !”

December 31, 2016

On this, the eve of the new year, what better quotation to reference than the title of this post from the epic comedy “Wayne’s World” (1992).  Let this also serve as a reminder though that as you find yourself partying this evening . . . exercise common sense and moderation, and if you do overdo it on the consumption of alcohol, don’t even think about driving.

Allow me to also share with you the list of the states with the most and the least number (percentage) of senior adults (age 65+) who report either binge drinking or chronic drinking.  But before we get to the list, how about definitions of “binge” and “chronic” drinking?

Binge drinking is defined as five (5) or more drinks on one occasion within the last month (for men) or four (4) or more drinks (for women).

Chronic drinking is defined as more than two drinks per day (for men) or one drink per day (for women).

Highest percentage
1. Wisconsin (11.1%)
2. District of Columbia (9/8%)
3. Nevada (9.2%)
4. Hawaii (9.1%)
5. Oregon (9.0%)
6. Florida (8.9%)
6. Alaska (8.9%)
8. Washington (8.6%)
9. Vermont (8.5%)
9. California (8.5%)

Lowest percentage
1. Tennessee (2.9%)
2. Mississippi (3.2%)
3. West Virginia (3.3%)
4. Oklahoma (3.4%)
4. Utah (3.4%)
6. Kentucky (4.0%)
7. Alabama (4.3%)
8. Missouri (4.7%)
9. Kansas (4.9%)
9. Georgia (4.9%)
9. North Carolina (4.9%)
9. Indiana (4.9%)

Source: AARP Bulletin (December 2016) and the 2016 “America’s Health Rankings Senior Report.”


Fun Fact(s) Friday, Number Five!

December 30, 2016

Today’s fact(s) involve the alphabet (courtesy of  Did you know that . . .

  • the letter “J” was the last letter added to our alphabet? (“Real Fact” #336)
  • the Hawaiian alphabet only has twelve (12) letters? (“Real Fact” #26)
  • the most used letters in the English language are E, T, A, O, I, and N (“Real Fact” #184)
  • there are seven letters that look the same either upside down or right side up (“Real Fact” #233)
  • the name of the city we call Bangkok is 115 letters long in the Thai language (“Real Fact” #815)
  • “forty” is the only number whose letters are in alphabetic order (“Real Fact” #1014)
  • “one”is the only number with its letters in reverse alphabetic order (“Real Fact” #1015)



December 29, 2016

accountability_largeAnyone who has followed my blog for any period of time will know that I am a huge fan of “demotivators” (pretty posters with cute sayings that are heavy on the sarcasm and humor and, more often than not, more true than anyone would care to admit).  So, when rolled out their “new” demotivators a couple of weeks ago, I just had to start sharing them.

This one, “Accountability,” has the following caption . . . “A word leaders use right before the scapegoating begins.”  Enjoy!

Snowy Pine!

December 28, 2016

SnowyPineThere is one art fair (in Michigan) that I always look forward to attending  . . . it is always on the last weekend of July on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City.    I have managed to acquire quite a few works of art over the years from this annual fair, and this year proved to be no different.  Here is an original oil painting that I acquired at the 56th Annual Outdoor Art Fair  (sponsored by the Crooked Tree Arts Center).  This is yet another painting by Katie Chichester-Mester.  She is a very talented artist and a true delight to visit with, and, she is rapidly becoming one of my most-collected Michigan artists. I’m posting this one this month specifically for those of you who do not necessarily have a white Christmas (I grew up with them in Michigan and miss having them regularly since I moved to Oklahoma more than 30 years ago).  The title of this one: “Snowy Pine” and it is positively beautiful in its simplicity.   My other paintings by Katie include the Rooster and Hen, the Bison (a real favorite of mine), the Poppies on a Dune, and the Loon.  You just never know what treasures you will find when you attend this outstanding Outdoor Art Fair . . . in a little under ten months, I will find out yet again.

Same Ingredients, Different Recipe!

December 27, 2016

I have been making a Sausage and Cheese Tortellini Alfredo recipe for several years now (which is positively awesome).  So when I ran across a recipe for this Italian Soup, I immediately thought that this should be a recipe I try (in the not too distant future).

Italian Sausage Soup with Tortellini

1 pound of Italian sausage
1 cup of chopped onion
2 cloves of garlic, minced
5 cups of beef broth
1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup of red wine
4 large tomatoes (peeled, seeded, and chopped)
1 cup thinly sliced carrots
1/2 Tablespoon of packed basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano
1-1/2 cups of sliced zucchini
8 ounces of fresh tortellini pasta
3 Tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley
Parmesan cheese


1. In a 5-quart Dutch oven, brown the sausage. Remove the sausage and drain, reserving 1 tablespoon of the drippings.

2. Saute the onions and the garlic in the drippings. Stir in the beef broth, the water, the wine, the tomatoes, the carrots, the basil, the oregano, the tomato sauce, and the sausage. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.

3. Skim the fat from the soup. Stir in the zucchini and the parsley. Simmer covered for 30 minutes. Add the tortellini during the last 10 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese on top of each serving.

Amazing Adjectives, Number Ten!

December 26, 2016

“In less than an hour fire had reduced the shed and its contents to a cinereous residue” (source: The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjective for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich).  This word originates from the Latin cinereus meaning “ash-colored.” Has also been depicted as cineritious (sin-uhrishuh-s).


\si-neer-ee-uh s \, adjective;

1.  in the state of or reduced to ashes
2.  resembling ashes
3.  ashen; ash-colored; grayish
Related words: cinerarium (noun) and cinerary (adjective).
Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjective for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich)

Merry Christmas, 2016!

December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas, one and all!  Here’s one of my favorite acapella groups to help us celebrate this glorious day!  Peace and love to all as we remember the reason for the season!

It’s Not Always What You Think!

December 24, 2016

Sometimes you just never see the punchline coming . . .

An off-duty police officer, familiar with radar guns, drove through a school zone within the legal speed limit when the flash of a camera when off, taking a picture of his license plate.

The officer, thinking the radar was in error, drove by again; even more slowly.  Another flash.  He did it again for a third time, at an even slower speed.  Same result.

“This guy must have screwed up the settings,” the off-duty officer thought.

A few weeks later, when he received the violations in the mail, he discovered three traffic tickets: each for not wearing a seat belt!


Fun Fact Friday, Number Four!

December 23, 2016

Happy Friday!  In this installment of “fun fact Friday,” I’ll be sharing some facts about dolphins (courtesy of  Did you know that . . . ?

  • Dolphins can jump up to twenty feet in the air.
  • Dophins sleet with one eye open.
  • Dolphins are unable to smell.

Source: (Real Facts #129, #760, and #970)

Gardening 101!

December 22, 2016

Now this is a creative way to help out your wife . . .

A prisoner in jail receives a letter from his wife:
“Dear Husband, I have decided to plant some lettuce in the back garden. When is the best time to plant them?”

The prisoner, knowing that the prison guards read all mail, replied in a letter:
“Dear Wife, whatever you do, do not touch the back garden.  that is where I hid all the money.”

A week or so later, he received another letter from his wife:
“Dear Husband, you wouldn’t believe what happened, some men came with shovels to the house, and dug up all the back garden.”

The prisoner wrote another letter back:
“Dear Wife, now is the best time to plant the lettuce.”