Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
A weird occurance here this morning, two young men walking around singing, one strumming a guitar. I heard them coming through our back alley as they cut through our yard and they must have strolled around the campus and then returned and passed by the front of the house. Not a typical thing.
According to the UK Daily Mail, a tiny house movement is growing among Americans. The average tiny house is 100-400 square feet and is most likely to be purchased by and lived in by those in the millenial age group who do not want to have a 30 year mortgage and retirees who are downsizing.
Now that's downsizing! I'm doubtful most newlyweds in their 20's will still want a tiny house once babies make an appearance. But the architectural feature which helps these tiny homes seem somewhat spacious and not suffocating, is a higher roof line which gives more volumn to the inside. Really, though, living in one of these is for people who do not shop much or have a desire to have things because there just isn't room.
Also, these may be more suitable as vacation homes set on a lot by a lake or some such.
At the link there is a video tour of one of the houses.
According to a story in Slate, the rising cost of meat in grocery stores may give us all a chance to see how we'd like being vegetarians. The price of meat is being affected by all sorts of things.
Pork: a deadly pig virus is decimating the pork supply
Beef: the domestic cattle herd is the smallest it's been since 1951
Chicken: ok for now, but there's a rooster fertility issue which could affect the chicken supply in the future
Feed: Ongoing conflict in Ukraine—a major exporter of corn and wheat—has left farmers facing higher feed prices for what livestock they do have.
Who among us knew that we exported corn and wheat from the Ukraine? Our country with its endless fields of corn and wheat?
Vegetables on the other hand have seen only modest price increases so they become more attractive...
But, if you're paying attention to the news, you'll have learned about all the fruit recalls due to a Listeria contamination at the packing plant in California. Trader Joe's, Costco, Walmart, Ralph's, our own local Dierberg's and others have been asking those who purchased the various affected items to either toss them or bring them back for a refund. Even Wegmans alerted customers that baked goods with fruit should not be eaten.
It seems the local Schnucks chain hasn't been affected.
What this all means is food can be tricky no matter the cost or the type.
I am so tired of athletic shoes of any kind and their overlong laces which never seem to stay tied. I even end up cutting the laces to shorten them and still they lengthen and come undone and tripping me up. It can't just be me with this issue. I was talking to someone this morning who runs a lot and she has the same problem and recommended I take a look at a Keen shoe or one like it. Keen shoes are sold at REI and I had to laugh when I saw the "shoe features" section of the shoe choices. One of the attributes to chose from is "vegan". Vegan shoes?
I guess what I want is a shoe with lock laces or some such which require no laces but instead has laces which tighten with a locking button. Sort of like this.
A weird story. Boeing is deciding what to do with six newly manufactured commercial airplane bodies that fell off a train in a derailment in western Montana, including three that slid down a steep riverbank, a company spokeswoman said Monday.
The fuselages were being shipped from the Spirit AeroSystems plant in Wichita, Kansas, to a Boeing facility in Renton, Washington, to be assembled into airliners. Um. Scary thought that we might be flying on a future plane which had once slid down an embankment into a river.
Friday Fed EX dropped off a bound package at our door. It turned out to be 9, yes, 9, different ad books from Restoration Hardware.
Together they weighed a ton and for the life of me I cannot figure why I got this special treatment or why a company would feel the need to put out 9 books and special deliver them. I doubt we'll even look through them.
We've planted watermelons on campus this year and while we have no idea if this will bring about a decent crop, we're hopeful. But reading about watermelons I came across any number of stories on how to grow square melons. Yes, square. The process for this originated in Japan because the round melons rolled around too much and were the wrong shape for smaller Japanese refrigerators. To someone invented a plastic box into which the newly formed melon was placed. Then as it grew, the melon took on the shape of the box.
The problem is these boxes are expensive and when you add up the number of melons growing on each vine, the cost would be prohibitive for most of us. Maybe that's why these melons cost upwards of 100 dollars each in Japan.
It might be fun to try just one or two, though, if someone could construct a similar type box.
A food writer is trying to pressure the two largest beer producers, Anheuser Busch and Coors, to list all the ingredients which go into their beers. She believes it is very possible things like fish bladder and antifreeze could be part of the mix.
The beer makers have denied this of course. But if it turns out some beers have these things in them, it just makes me wonder which beer maker person first came up with the idea of using fish bladders. I mean, really, who'd think, "Ah, fish bladders would really help this process."
I needed a new gas can for our lawnmower today and discovered that you practically need an engineering degree to figure out how to use it, much less how to set up the cap, spout and locking mechanism before you can even use it.
I went to 4 places and no one carried any other type but the Briggs and Stratton gas can. Finally I gave up and asked the clerk at one of the auto parts stores in Collinsville to show me how to do this. Ha. Even she had a hard time and finally told me that it might be easiest to just remove the cap and spout and pour it in the mower without all that. Maybe use a funnel.
All the parts to the spout, and I do mean all-plural, are tucked into the can upside down from the way you'll actually use it. I bought the darn thing, but I know I'll be doing the funnel thing because the "Smart-Fill" can is just to smart for me.
I'd love it if companies would just go back to cans with a spout and a cap.