Spring snow

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Of cherry blossoms

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Let’s be random

  1. Why aren’t there more cooking tv shows that actually mention working with whole wheat flour? I mean, it’s becoming a big thing in the grocery store – a lot more people actually eat whole wheat bread. Yet I’ve not yet seen a single show that mentions baking of any sort with whole wheat flour or other flours. Why not?
  2. Once again, advertising ignores the deeper reality in a way that I find annoying, because it emphasizes the shortcut over the actual investment of time and effort. Advertising Miracle Gro planting dirt, they show a normal soil in a suburban yard, which is less than desirable. And do they suggest that it might take a while to correct this problem? Do they even hint at the idea that it would be good to feed the soil compost, mulch, or any other kind of nutrient to feed the soil? Of course not! they only suggest that the answer is to mix in the Miracle Gro “soil” that will allow your plants to grow. It makes perfect sense!
  3. I am so tired of this chilly weather. No longer are we getting really cold weather. Just chilly. But still…I am tired of it. I want some warmth. (whine, whine, whine, yes, I know)
  4. I had an idea of a bag using the wrapped cord technique that I learned at guild. But, a really big tote bag, not a small little stiff bowl. I wonder if it would work?
  5. Last night and tonight, and probably the next few nights, I am madly scanning in photos, etc. in order to create a slideshow for my parent’s 50th anniversary party. I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a while, so it is a good opportunity to get moving on the job.

Roundup March 2011

What special or unusual event occurred?

Computers in Libraries 2011

What were my accomplishments this month?

Did quite a lot of work

What were my disappointments this month?

Honestly, I couldn’t think of any when I sat down to write.

What books/music/shows did I enjoy this month?

  • Love in the afternooon by Lisa Kleypas
  • Pluto book
  • another Nero Wolfe ebook
  • others

What crafts did I work on this month (not what I finished, but what did I work on)?

  • socks #19
  • baby blanket for charity
  • quilting on feathered star
  • baby sweater for gifting
  • started a body strap for the small electronics, but didn’t get very far

What fun things did I do with my family, friends, or by myself?

Retreat weekend in Lancaster with the ladies from church

What gifts did I give and/or receive?

jigsaw puzzle to my SS; received a plate, bowl, and mug that is quite lovely (why only one?) from my SS, also some gladioli that I will definitely plant

What special or unusual purchases did I make?

DVD for the guild

What illnesses or health concerns did I have?

ongoing fight against sinus infection

Anything else noteworthy to include?

My mind is blank.

Why so many pictures?

You know, but I am starting to get irritated with bloggers who seem to feel the need to put lots of irrelevant pictures in their posts. I’m not sure if it is becoming a pet peeve, but I am definitely upgrading it to a mild annoyance.

Now, let’s be clear: I like pictures in a blog post. But I like them to be relevant to the topic. Stray pictures of pretty items in your home or your neighborhood that don’t really have much to do with the topic at hand? While I might enjoy them, I don’t really want them IN the post. They just take up lots of space and bandwidth that make it slower for the page to load and be read. However, I will acknowledge that I am often a minority in this. But you see, I like words. I like long, narrative text without the interruption of pictures. If you add a picture that illustrates something or is connected to what I am reading, great, but otherwise irrelevant pictures? they don’t really add any interest for me. If you enjoy taking those pictures and want to share them, put them in a sidebar widget, not in the post where they don’t belong.