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Thursday Thirteen – My 51st Edition

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

Thirteen Dishes That Will Almost Certainly Be At Our Church’s Potluck Dinner Tonight

1.  Miss Phyllis’s chicken pot pie

2.  Brownies

3.  Devilled eggs

4.  A chicken casserole

5.  Another chicken casserole

6.  Some kind of jello salad

7.  Ms. Edna’s cobbler – probably blackberry

8. A hashbrown casserole

9.  a beef roast cooked with potatoes, carrots and onions

10.  a tossed salad

11.  a loaf of homemade bread

12. some cornbread

13.  some homecooked vegetables

All in all, it will be a very nice dinner.  The best part, though, will be talking and being with some really good people.

UPDATE:  The potluck dinner is now over.  I had 10 out of the 13 correct.  I think that’s a pretty good average.  We didn’t have eggs this time – no roast beef or chicken pot pie, either.  However, one person brought a big bowl of ripe and juicy strawberries and another bowl of CHOCOLATE dipping sauce for the strawberries.  Needless to say, that was a major hit!

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Thursday Thirteen (My 50th Edition) – Green Things I Like

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

Thirteen Green Things That I Like

1.  Emeralds – RT gave me a beautiful emerald and diamond ring for Christmas.  I just love green gemstones.

2. Peridot (my birthstone)

3.  Broccoli – especially with cheese sauce on it

4.  A fresh salad with a combination of greens – a veritable medley of shades of green

5.  My eyes – It may sound vain or silly, but I’ve always loved the fact that my eyes are green.  Green eyes are somewhat unique – and I like that.  (RT and both my children have brown eyes.)

6.  Jade

7.  Green enchilada sauce – especially when it’s poured over chicken enchiladas.

8.  Kermit the Frog – especially his “Rainbow Connection” song from “The Muppet Movie”

Written by Paul Williams and used by Kermit the Frog, of The Muppets, Jim Henson Productions

Why are there so many songs about rainbows
And what’s on the other side?
Rainbows are visions, but only illusions,
And rainbows have nothing to hide.
So we’ve been told and some choose to believe it
I know they’re wrong, wait and see.
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection,
The lovers, the dreamers and me.

Who said that every wish would be heard and answered
when wished on the morning star?
Somebody thought of that
and someone believed it,
and look what it’s done so far.
What’s so amazing that keeps us stargazing?
And what do we think we might see?
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection,
the lovers, the dreamers and me.

All of us under its spell,
we know that it’s probably magic….

Have you been half asleep
and have you heard voices?
I’ve heard them calling my name.
Is this the sweet sound that calls the young sailors?
The voice might be one and the same.
I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it.
It’s something that I’m supposed to be.
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection,
the lovers, the dreamers and me.
La, la la, La, la la la, La Laa, la la, La, La la laaaaaaa

9.  Lush green lawns, freshly mown.

10. Drooping, flowing weeping willow branches.

11.  Limeade (quick & easy – Sprite or Diet Sprite with a slice of fresh lime in it)

12.  The first shoots of jonquils and crocus each spring.

13.  Four-leaf clovers.  I used to find them all the time.  However, it’s been a few years since I’ve had that particular stroke of luck.

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Thursday Thirteen (My edition #49) – Reasons to love March

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Thirteen Good Things About March

 1.  Spring break

2.  Flowers begin to bloom – especially daffodils and jonquils.

3.  The weather gets warmer.

4.  It’s still possible to have a snow day from school.  It rarely happens, but there’s still that possibility to cling to.

5.  The trees start to fill out with leaves.

6.  I can wear sandals again.  Well some days are warm enough for sandals.   I LOVE wearing sandals.

7.  Daylight Savings time begins.  It’s wonderful having daylight last well into late afternoon/early evening.

8.  Lots of birds are around – busy building nests and visiting the bird feeders.

9.  It’s easier to grill outside.

10.  I know that summer break is getting closer.

11.  Stores stock summer clothes, and I enjoy shopping for summery clothing.

12.  Everything looks so new and fresh.

13.  The greens of the trees and bushes and flowers are just spectacular.  Green is my favorite color, and spring is bursting with all the varied shades of it.

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What is a “meme” and how do you pronounce it?

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

I don’t believe I’ve ever seen an official definition of the word “meme.”  It’s one of those words that you see so often that you know the general meaning of it.  However, in the past twenty-four hours, I’ve heard the word pronounced two different ways:  “me-me”, and  “mim.”

So, I looked it up.  Both the pronunications I heard before were wrong.  The correct pronunciation rhymes with the word “theme.”  Long e in the middle – silent e at the end – “meem”.

The official definition is:

A unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another.

It comes from the Greek word “mimos” which means “mimic.”  And that really explains the use of the term “meme” in speaking of practices such as Thursday Thirteen, and Sunday Seven.  They’re definitely cultural information that is transmitted online repeatedly from one person to another.

Whew!  I always like to get things straight. 

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The T13 Cat’s out of the Bag

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

Looks like the cat’s out of the bag about Thursday Thirteen.  There is lots to do to get everything switched over.  Look for more information coming very soon.

Click HERE to read about it.  And it isn’t just me – THIS is my partner.

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Thursday Thirteen – Edition #48 – Thirteen Things I’d Like to Write in the Sand & a Quotation for Each

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Thirteen Things I’d Like To Write in the Sand

Once when I was getting over a heartbreak I went to the beach for a few days by myself, and I wrote the name of the person who had broken my heart in the sand.  Then I watched as the waves washed away the letters – symbolically washing that experience from my mind.   I liked the symbolism of it.  So this week I have listed thirteen things I’d like to write in the sand and then have the waves wash them away.  I’ve also included quotes about each hurtful habit or attitude.

(1) Unkindness  (Be kind to unkind people — they need it the most. ~anonymous) 

(2)  War  (War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse. A war to protect other human beings against tyrannical injustice; a war to give victory to their own ideas of right and good, and which is their own war, carried on for an honest purpose by their own free choice — is often the means of their regeneration. ~Mill, John Stuart)

(3)  Selfishness  (Love is what is left in a relationship after all the selfishness is taken out. ~Richardson, Nick)

(4)  Foolish Pride  (The owl of ignorance lays the egg of pride.  ~Proverb)

(5) Gluttony (Gluttony is the source of all our infirmities and the fountain of all our diseases. As fire extinguished by an excess of fuel, so is the natural health of the body destroyed by an intemperate diet. ~Burton)

(6) Regret  (A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams. ~ Barrymore, John)

(7) Worry  (Little minds have little worries, big minds have no time for worries. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson)

(8) Impatience  (A populace never rebels from passion for attack, but from impatience of suffering.  ~Burke, Edmund)

(9) Unloving attitude (Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all.  ~Chesterton, Gilbert K.)

(10) Terrorism  (In every child who is born under no matter what circumstances and of no matter what parents, the potentiality of the human race is born again, and in him, too, once more, and each of us, our terrific responsibility toward human life: toward the utmost idea of goodness, of the horror of terrorism, and of God. ~James Agee)

(11) Disorganization  (The fact is, the old clichés work for us in abstract terms, but they never work out in real life quite the same way. Life is messy; clichés are clean and tidy.  ~Hugh Macleod)

(12) Clutter (Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies to play as well as work. A day merely survived is no cause for celebration. You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. No more busy work. No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow. ~Og Mandino)

(13) Superficiality (Do not judge men by mere appearances; for the light laughter that bubbles on the lip often mantles over the depths of sadness, and the serious look may be the sober veil that covers a divine peace and joy. ~Edward Chapin)

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Thursday Thirteen – Thirteen Reasons I Love the USA – Edition #47

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007


(1) Just look at the variety of landscape – mountains, oceans, beaches, rivers, forests, snow, sun.  There is something for everyone here.

(2)  If our elected leaders don’t follow our wishes, then we won’t vote for them in the next election. 

(3)  Alaska – what a wild, unusual and wonderful frontier

(4) Hawaii – what a gloriously colorful and magical place

(5) The Great Lakes – lakes so big they’re almost like the ocean -  well, no salt water!

(6) The people who are against the war in Iraq can say so without fear of being arrested or otherwise officially punished in any way for disagreeing with the administration’s actions.  While I might not agree with the people who protest, they have that right, and that is a positive thing about the USA.

(7)  We’ve reached the highest level of human and civil rights of any nation on earth at this moment in time.

(8) We live relatively free from fear. 

(9) There is NOWHERE in the world where people have as many freedoms and privileges as we have in the USA.

(10) We have a system of capitalism.  That means that if I want to prosper, I must work for it.  However, what I earn, I get to keep (minus taxes).  Except for Welfare cheaters, I’m not working to benefit those who choose to be slackers.

(11) Materially, we have more than our forebears ever dreamed of.  Unfortunately, we tend to take our bounty for granted. 

(12)  I can attend our little Methodist church.  We have friends who attend a Catholic church.  Others go to Jewish synogogues, while still others go to a Muslim mosque.  Still other choose not to worship God at all or even to believe in God.  And that’s okay with our government.  It’s our choice.

(13)  I was born in the USA.  It is my home.


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Thursday Thirteen – Valentine Edition – #46

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

Here are the thirteen people and things I love most in this world

(1) RT – What a great husband!  He keeps me laughing at his antics, and he’s still just as romantic as he’s always been.  We have fun together, and it is almost spooky how often we start saying the same thing at the same time.  Building the house with RT is fun because our tastes are so similar.  We have agreed on everything of importance.

(2) Our daughter – Stinkeroo – She’s my good friend and confidante.  We talk with each other just about every day.  I’m so proud of her.  She’s funny, and we laugh a lot together.

(3) Our son – Scalawag – Such a motivated and industrious young man.  He started his own business and is doing great with it.  He’s kind and funny.  We laugh a lot together, too.

(4)  Our oldest granddaughter – Sweet Stuff – Such a gentle and helpful spirit.  She’s always eager to do whatever she can for others.  She’s funny, smart, sweet – and precious.

(5) Our youngest granddaughter – Sunshine – Such an independent and loving spirit.  She’s funny and cuddly and smart – and precious.

(6) My mother – Ruth of Ruthlace – She has demonstrated in her life the “can do and will do” attitude that accomplishes so much.  She’s not only a wonderful role model, she’s a wonderful mother.

(7)  My six siblings – I won’t even start on each of their character traits.  Each of them is talented beyond measure, and I love each of them so much.

(8) The children I teach

(9) The teachers I work with each day

(10)  My church family – RT and I have only been members of our small United Methodist church for a little over a year, but the people have welcomed us with open arms, and we love the friends we’ve made there.  The minister is led by God, and we feel that specific church is where we belong.

Okay, I could go on and on and list “all the people in the world” but I’ll stop there with the people.  Now, what “things” do I love/enjoy?

(11) Blogging – It may sound silly to some (not to other bloggers, probably) but I love blogging.  I enjoy writing, and I enjoy seeing my words in print.  I love reading other blogs.  I enjoy it so much I started a new meme last week – SUNDAY SEVEN.  It’s a great way to end one week and start the next week with a little review and thankfulness.   (P.S. If you want to join – do it now.  Just email me and let me know.  We’ve already got a great collection of headers and a good blogroll.   Everyone who joins in February becomes a charter member of the Sunday Seven meme!)

(12)  A good night’s sleep – I probably mention this too much, but I still marvel at how wonderful it is.  There are few things better than a good night’s sleep.  And I am thrilled that I normally sleep very well now.

(13)  Computers – they save so much time.  I guess they waste time, too.  I love the convenience and ease of email and word processing and web surfing.

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Thursday Thirteen – 45th Edition – Why I Want To Go To A Beach

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007


(1) I’m cold.

(2) I want a little bit of a tan.  Yes, I know it’s bad for me, but it looks so nice, and it feels so good to have the sun shining on me.  Pasty white skin is not very attractive.

(3) I like to watch the waves.

(4) I enjoy the sound of the ocean.  It is soothing and relaxing.

(5) It’s winter.  Did I mention that I’m cold? Snow is forecast for tonight . . . and tomorrow night.

(6) Walking along the beach is good exercise.  It doesn’t even feel like exercise.

(7) The sunset over the ocean is a spectacular sight.  I could take some great photographs.

(8) The feel of cool sand under my feet and between my toes is wonderful.

(9) The ocean breeze softly blowing through my hair feels good.

(10) Maybe I would find a beautiful shell.  And if I don’t, I can stop by one of the tourist shops and buy one and SAY I found it on the beach.  No one would know the difference.

(11) I haven’t been to a beach in several YEARS.  I can’t believe it has been so long since I’ve been to a beach.

(12) A fresh seafood dinner – and/or lunch – would brighten my day.

(13) The warm air would feel good.  Did I mention that it’s COLD here in Tennessee right now?

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Thursday Thirteen – (My 44th Edition) – 13 Items on my Desk

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

Thirteen Items On My Desk

  1. three bottles of hand lotion
  2. a white carousel of pencils, pens, rulers, emery boards, markers and glue
  3. a tape dispenser
  4. a magnifying glass
  5. a Better Homes and Garden cookbook
  6. a box of legal-size envelopes
  7. a hair dryer
  8. a Christmas card
  9. a box of blank CDs
  10. a stapler
  11. a nail buffer
  12. a camera case
  13. a hair bow that the grandgirls left here

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

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