Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Friday, June 17, 2016

Double Protection

It is easy to forget sometimes that you already put your shoes on, and then put on another pair.

I mean, we all have done this, right?

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Cowboy G

The kiddo had his first pony ride.

With luck he won't tease for one (like some of us did with promises we would feed it, groom it, ride it, and never grow out of it...but I digress). There is something about riding a horse (even if it is a tiny horse) that does make a person grin.

Monday, June 13, 2016

The Allure of Blue

The male satin bower bird in Australia creates a work of art as his way to attract a female to come by and get to know him. It is a special marketing process the bower bird uses to help lure the female to come check him out. Once the female stops by to review his art work, the male bird then does a little dance, and with luck, there may be some mating nookie going on after the dance.

These bower birds have been decorating with blue hues around a grass bower as part of their luring process for 50 million years. I find this absolutely fascinating that these birds have an inner compulsion to not only decorate, but to decorate with a specific color - BLUE! They use anything blue - flowers, blue shells, blue feathers, blue trash. Sometimes they even paint object with blue pigment they grind up from fruit pulp with their beaks.

What this tells me is that some species may have some built-in sensitivities to certain types of subtle energies, like colors. In Qigong medical treatments we use different energy frequencies, such as colors, sounds, intention, to create the right energy frequency needed for different organs, so seeing how this bird uses the color of blue (which is the energy frequency of communication) to create a specific desired outcome, too, was an unexpected delight.

If you are interested in things like this, you may want to check out "Survival of the Beautiful - Art, Science, and Evolution" by David Rothenberg.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Tooele Family Home

My dad was one of those hard working guys who seemed to be able to do anything. When he was 20, he built a basement home in Tooele, UT. Then, WWII broke out, so he joined the navy and left his bride and baby behind, serving in the pacific. When he returned from the war, there was a shortage of supplies, but there were some old military barracks not far away, and the government was allowing people to bid on them, tear them down and use that resource. So my dad bid on a few of the dilapidated barracks and won the opportunity to tear them down. He painstakingly disassembled them, pulling out the nails and preserving them along with the wood. Eventually this was used and helped become part of the family home, which was built above the former basement home he built.

This photo is the home he built in Tooele, UT.

I'm rather amazed of his skills and abilities. I mean, I have a difficult time building homes from legos with the grandkids, so am rather in awe of what my dad did.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

so many choices

The trials of the kiddo's 11 month photo shoot

"OK people! I'm ready for my 11 month photo shoot. Let's get a move on!" announces the Bambina.

"What am I supposed to do with this prop? This was not in the script."

"Hey, this is supposed to be MY photo shoot!" the Bambina continues. "What is he doing in MY picture?"

"Get my attorney on the phone (aka Gramps). I'm not happy about these changes at all!"

"I was just trying to help" reports the Bambino.

"OK, how about this shot?"

Monday, June 6, 2016

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Bambino gets his dream home

The kiddo found his dream home - one right in front of the train tracks.

All it needed was a few personal touches

and voila! It was ready for move in!
Home, sweet home!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Metamucil recipes

Metamucil is made from psyllium seed husks and is a fiber supplement used to help a person poop. The company website specifies the need to consume Metamucil with a large glass of liquid. Alcohol is a liquid, but the website also says "there  may be a negative interaction with alcohol."

OK, it doesn't specifically say"no" which means some are probably going to interpret this one of those gray areas - like the FoodMonkey. They even have Metamucil and bar recipes such as
  • The Regular (Metamucil mixed with vodka)
  • The Backdraft (Metamucil, vodka, and tabasco)
  • The Copacabana (Metamucil, vodka, and fizzy vitamin supplement)
But wouldn't the better base be wine? After all, wine is liquid fermented grape juice. But then again, why would anyone want to ruin wine?

So rather than trying to find a way to make psyllium seed husks be more palatable, maybe the BEST option would be to just eat more natural fiber, like an apple a day, and bypass the ground up seed husks altogether.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Girl stuff

Shopping with mom

Trying on shoes

Checking the food label

Giggling at a sleepover....

Guy stuff

Home Depot...
Video Games...

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Switching Sides?

The little princess may be switching sides.
Her red-haired roots are coming in as a blond.

Monday, May 30, 2016

The sleep master

This kid can sleep at a party...

or in a shopping cart...

or even while eating dinner....

He is the sleep master.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Buckhorn Wash Pictograph Panels Digital Reconstruction

Tuscoro shared this video of the Buckhorn Wash pictograph digital reconstruction. This pictograph is located in the San Rafael Swell of Central Utah and is over 2,000 years old.

This is an image of the whole Buckhorn Wash Pictograph panel

I have taken the digitized image from the video, and created a single image frame. Next, I placed them in the order this ancient culture would have told their story; from right to left.

It could be that all of these panels are linked together as one story. Or more than likely, each panel is its own story relating an event that happened in this sacred area of the earth.

This is the first panel

and then this image further left than the one above.

Then this panel, which is left of the one above...

then this panel....

Then this panel...

and under that panel, this digitized image...

and then this image to the left of the one above...

and finally, this one - the furthest left panel.

In my opinion, the panels are the recording of different spiritual experiences that either happened in this wash area (Buckhorn Wash), or are stories of the holy people who routinely visited and cared for this area.

Friday, May 27, 2016

A new techie sleuth

"Guess what I found?" declares the princess. "Dad's iPad! It was hidden away with the hopes no one would find it. But I did!"

"And now I'm chatting with his buddies. They think I'm him!"

"I love this game!"