What Part of Halloween Are You? quiz

You Are Candy

Anyone who meets you automatically sees how sweet you are. You love to make others smile.

You are fun and energetic without being overwhelming. You have a lightness to you that others appreciate.

You are an optimist. You allow yourself to indulge, and you take delight in new and colorful things.

You have a sense of stability and inner comfort that others lack. You know how to find your happy place.


The People Have Spoken

The People Have Spoken – by Dan Bubalo

"Like him or not, Mitt Romney ran a good race. In fact he ran a great race. He was "presidential", he's brilliant beyond anything I can imagine, he presented an alternative, and the voters of the United States said, "Take a seat on the bench."

WOW. WOW. WOW. The message is still sinking in.

Last night I discussed the lives of Mitt and Ann Romney and asked rhetorically, "Do you think they're sleeping well?" Nobody could ask for a better shot at the prize. Nobody could have picked a better running partner than Paul Ryan, and nobody could have presented a more workable alternative than Mitt Romney, and America said, "NOT INTERESTED."

Watch out what you wished for, because reality is going to land soon with a giant thud. Apparently the country wants foreign energy dependency, the country cannot wait to embrace the excessive taxation of Obamacare, it desires a neutered military, and cares not a whit about a strangling deficit. The questions are how and why did we make this decision, and what prompted the country to accept such a weak man as its leader after he's proven himself to be a naïve and incompetent poser...."

Robin Gibb, RiP

I'm a child of the 60s/70s. Andy Gibb's passing was a real shock to me when I was so loving his music, especially duos with Olivia Newton-John.
Maurice died roughly 15 yrs later and now his twin brother Robin is gone.

I came of age in a time when it was not really cool and kinda geeky but everyone at least secretly liked the Bee Gees. We knew that what we were experiencing was special, but to admit it would automatically draw the lines. "You like disco?!?!" 

I was always confused about that because I also remember desks on which kids had carved "Pink Floyd is gay!" or some such nonsense.   It's amazing I grew up somewhat normal.

Anyway, I am offering my deepest condolences to the Gibb family. I can't imagine Barry's grief over losing all of his younger siblings. God bless and keep you all, you're in our prayers. Thank you for all you've given to us over so many years.

This is probably my favorite live performance of an early song:

The last Bee Gees album I purchased was ESP, for this song alone:

Update, at long last

Not like those who are real-life friends with me don't already know, but we did indeed make the move to Idaho last July. Shortly after the last post about moving, a neighbor's tree fell on our house after a freakish summer rain storm that dumped an enormous amount of water in a short time. In hindsight it was a disaster waiting to happen, and it was miraculous that it occurred when it did since 1) we were mostly packed up, and 2) our buyers weren't moved in!   We're just grateful that they didn't run away from the deal. As it turns out they got better insulation, new roof on almost half of the house, new drywall, paint, new bathroom exhaust fan, and a better master bedroom ceiling fan with lights. Settlement was delayed by only three weeks as the repairs were done in about four.

We drove cross-country in 4 days, settled on our new Idaho house and have been loving living out west. Low humidity has been wonderful both in summer and winter seasons. 

First order of business was purchasing bedroom furniture in prep for my mom's visit last Sept., but prior to that we obtained our new dining room table and chairs and China hutch cabinet.

We are still awaiting our sofas, recliners, coffee table and sleeper sofa for the study in the next few weeks. It really does feel like not only a new chapter, but starting over in many ways.

And I have my dream kitchen which I've been using to the fullest!   Here's a recipe I'd like to share from a blog I recently discovered. I made a half recipe for the Super Bowl, used fat-free cream cheese, and it was terrific! Not your usual "buffalo chicken cheese" recipe which is typically a dip.

I used panko breadcrumbs, and here's what the finished product looks like. I also put them under the broiler for the few minutes to get them golden.

Tuesday Testosterone: Tim Tebow

Well, it seemed inevitable didn't it?  I mean, not only has he been an overachiever in his college years with Florida State, but he helped turn around the Denver Broncos to the point where they qualified for and beat the top-ranked in defense Steelers in the AFC wildcard playoffs. 

Here's a fair (IMO) article following the Sunday game about Tebow.     And the obligatory Wiki article so you can see for yourself just how much this young man has achieved in a fraction of most human beings' lives.

Being easy on the eyes is a top consideration here at T.T.   Being conservative is another (or at least if I don't know his political leanings because he chooses to "shut up and sing, act, otherwise entertain, etc."), and being Christian or Jewish is a yet another plus.

I think the only one who is right up there with Tim Tebow is Tom Selleck, one of my first picks a few years back.

Enjoy, ladies!


What If Tim Tebow Were A Muslim?

Good question. I think most of us know the answer.

From Godfather Politics

"What If Tim Tebow Were a Muslim?

Tim Tebow brought the Denver Broncos back from the dead when he took over as quarterback. Denver is 6-1 since Tebow took over in the top spot. In fact, the once beleaguered Broncos are now 7-5 and are the new co-leaders of the AFC West.

Tebow has been maligned by the sports media ever since he landed in the NFL. They declared him “not ready for prime time.” He has repeatedly proved them wrong.

But there is another aspect to Tebow: His Christian faith. More specifically, his understated public display of his Christian faith on and off the field. Jen Floyd Engel asks, “What if Tim Tebow were a Muslim?”

Imagine for a second, the Denver Broncos quarterback is a devout follower of Islam, sincere and principled in his beliefs and thus bowed toward Mecca to celebrate touchdowns. Now imagine if Detroit Lions players Stephen Tulloch and Tony Scheffler mockingly bowed toward Mecca, too, after tackling him for a loss or scoring a touchdown, just like what happened Sunday [to Tebow].

I know what would happen. All hell would break loose.

The “What if Tebow were a Muslim?” question is not that far-fetched. We have a perfect example of a sports figure who is a Muslim, made public displays of his faith, made it part of his very vocal worldview, and is venerated by today’s media. In 1999, he was named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Century. His name is Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. Many of you who are too young to recognize the name might know him better as Muhammad Ali.

Originally known as Cassius Clay, Ali changed his name after joining the Nation of Islam in 1964, subsequently converting to Sunni Islam in 1975, and more recently practicing Sufism. In 1967, three years after Ali had won the World Heavyweight Championship, he was publicly vilified for his refusal to be conscripted into the U.S. military, based on his religious beliefs and opposition to the Vietnam War. Ali stated, “I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet Cong… No Viet Cong ever called me nigger” – one of the more telling remarks of the era.

Today, Ali is considered a cultural icon.

The public display of the Christian religion by Tebow controversy is not as heated and controversial as the public displays of the Islamic religion by Muhammad Ali. After his conversion to Islam, Ali would bow toward Mecca and pray in the boxing ring before a bout. Consider this:

Aligning himself with the Nation of Islam made him a lightning rod for controversy, turning the outspoken but popular champion into one of that era’s most recognizable and controversial figures. Appearing at rallies with Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad and declaring his allegiance to him at a time when mainstream America viewed them with suspicion — if not outright hostility — made Ali a target of outrage, as well as suspicion. Ali seemed at times to provoke such reactions, with viewpoints that wavered from support for civil rights to outright support of separatism. For example, Ali once stated, in relation to integration: “We who follow the teachings of Elijah Muhammad don’t want to be forced to integrate. Integration is wrong. We don’t want to live with the white man; that’s all.” And in relation to inter-racial marriage: “No intelligent black man or black woman in his or her right black mind wants white boys and white girls coming to their homes to marry their black sons and daughters.” Indeed, Ali’s religious beliefs at the time included the notion that the white man was “the devil” and that white people were not “righteous.” Ali claimed that white people hated black people.

Compared to the controversy that Ali’s religion brought to sports, Tebow’s is mild. Is there a double standard? Would the sports media make similar negative comments about a sports figure’s Islamic faith? I don’t think so."

Having moved to Idaho this past summer, I'm glad to be able to root for a winning team for a change.  (Those who don't know me, I'm a VA native, and die hard Redskins fan. Yeah, I know. :-/  But what can I say? It's a loyalty thing.)

It started with Boise State Broncos and the phenomenal Kellen Moore getting me excited about football again.  And now it's Broncos of the NFL kind. 

So yes, my default loyalty will always be with my beloved Redskins (can we replace Dan Snyder, please?) but I'm also becoming an official Denver Broncos fan starting this season.


Tuesday Testosterone: Anson Mount

Don't even remember the last time I posted a T.T. entry, but lately I've noticed Anson Mount. I've only seen him in the new AMC series "Hell on Wheels" so far (which is excellent, if you haven't seen it. It follows "The Walking Dead", also a great series).

Here's an interview with Mount re "Hell On Wheels": "There Are No Heroes or Villains"

Gotta say, just like Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn I think he looks best with facial hair! But then again, I'm partial to that.
And by the way, Mr. Mo wears it well.

Current-day males with long hair + facial hair often look like bums (Yeesh! What's up with the Dallas Cowboys D-coordinator Ryan?),

but for some reason when they're an actor portraying a character that existed in another time, that's quite OK with me.

Writer's Block: Blast to the past

If you could travel back in time, what would you tell your 10-year-old self?
Submitted By madamelafarge


You're going to feel your life is over after sudden fame/success is followed by quick rejection all at the tender age of 21. It isn't. Don't make drastic decisions. It gets better. You'll be glad you waited. Life gets even better at the "OMG OLD!" age of 40+ :-) Hang in there, you're just beginning the journey. Expect to be disappointed at times (that's life), but expect to be deliriously happy as well. Just don't forget to whom the glory goes, and you'll do well. (I'm still telling myself this at age 47, and I hope I never forget to tell myself this decades into the future, if it's God's will to keep me on this earth for that long.)


Settlement is June 24th, and we're heading out the day before. Settlement on our house in Boise will be the 28th.

My first cross-country drive, and it's kind of a shame that we can't take time to visit landmarks along the way, but we'll be in a race with the movers and also need to get there in time to close, of course!

And we decided to take the BatschMObile, too, via car hauler. Will be fun to drive along the foothills this summer.