Random Quote Wednesday!

Here it is Wednesday again! First I have to give a shout out to Jill at Jill’s Art Journal who correctly identified the source of last weeks quote…

Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.

as that rascal Sir Isaac Newton. Yay Jill! Not only is she a very talented artist (check out her site and see) but she is a quote master as well!😊

Now onto this week’s random quote:

As you get older, you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself and one for helping others.

hint: Hollywood glamour and humanitarian (and incidentally, one of my favorite people)

Remember, the first person to identify the source of the quote in the comments below is awarded amazing prizes! Actually all you really get is bragging rights and a shout out at the beginning of next weeks post! 🌞

Random Quote Wednesday

I love words! I love the power they have to make us think, to make us laugh or even make us cry. And I love it when someone uses words eloquently.

So, just for fun and to celebrate the awesome power of words, I’m going to post a random quote each Wednesday. It may be a quote from a famous person or from a book, a movie or even a song. I’m not telling!

Your mission, should you choose to accept it (and I sincerely hope some of you do or else this whole idea is going to crash and burn) is to post the source of the quote in the comment section below. The first person to get it right (don’t be afraid to guess if you don’t know), will receive bragging rights and a shout out at the beginning of the next weeks post! Fabulous prize, right!

Ready! Here goes….

Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.

hint: think science

Grade School the Second Time Around (part 7)

Here we are at the end of the school year so this will be the last installment until September (unless I learn something really exciting over the summer)!

  • Some salt marsh birds build their nest out of  straw that grows in the marsh. Because the straw is hollow, the nests float and move up and down with the tide water. The birds “anchor” the nests with seaweed tied to mussel shells buried in the sand. This keep the nest from floating away.
  • The male fiddler crab has one large claw and one small. He waves this large claw in the air to attract female fiddler crabs.
  • Mudskippers are fish that can live on land as well as in the water. They use their fins to drag themselves along on the sand and they breath through their gills by storing water in pockets on their sides that keep their skin moist.

And with that bit of water related trivia I’m off to the beach!!

Grade School the Second Time Around (part 6)

We have moved on to our next science topic “Oceans”! Here is what I rediscovered this week…

  • The Pacific Ocean has more salt than the Atlantic Ocean. Not sure what other differences this makes but one neat fact is that it is easier to float in the Pacific.
  • Fish, such as sharks, tuna and salmon move their tails side to side when they swim but sea mammals such as dolphins and whales move their tails up and down.
  • A shark’s skeleton is made entirely of carterige. That is why it can almost bend in half when it thrashes around.
  • This one is very depressing: Due to the way the currents move, there is an “island” of trash and garbage about the size of The state of Texas floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii. 😞

Something to think about, huh?

Grade School the Second Time Around (part 5).

Stuff that made me go “Hmmmm?!”…

  • Bamboo is an incredibly useful and versatile plant. It can be harvested to build furniture, buildings and even cloth! It is also great for the environment because it can replenish itself in only 3 to 5 years as opposed to trees, which take 50 years to mature.
  • Baby elephants suck on the ends of their trunks for comfort in the same way human babies suck their thumbs.
  • Elephants throw dirt and dust on themselves to ward off insects and to protect their skin from the sun.
  • Horseshoe crabs have been around since prehistoric times.


Grade School the Second Time Around (Part 4)

It’s that time again! Here are a few interesting little tidbits I learned (or relearned) this week:

  • All meat eating dinosaurs had three front facing toes on their feet with a shorter fourth toe in the rear, just like birds.
  • Uranus is the only planet that spins on its side. Scientist believe that it may have been hit by a meteor the size of Earth causing it to tip onto its side.
  • Pluto (the former planet) was named by an 11 year old English girl named Venetia Burney. She suggested the name Pluto to her grandfather, in honor of the Roman god of the underworld. Her grandfather forwarded the name to the observatory where Pluto was discovered in 1930.

I guess I either slept through this stuff the first time around or my brain just pushed it out in order to make room for other stuff like recipes and song lyrics? No matter. I got it this time!

I is for Information

Hubby and I love to watch the kids roll their eyes whenever we start a sentence with “When I was a kid….” so I think I will dedicate this post to them, just for the fun of it.

Gathering information sure has changed. When I was a kid we couldn’t just turn on the computer or our iPhone and search Google. No sir. We had to work a lot harder.

I wonder if anyone under the age of 25 can tell me what these are:

These were the Google And Wikipedia  of my childhood. If you had to do a report for school about the rain forest or you needed to know the population of San Juan then you whipped out one of these babies. They are called encyclopedias. Say it with me…encyclopedias. If you were lucky, mom and dad had invested in your education by purchasing a set of these information pods. If not, you hauled yourself to the library and found a set in the “reference” section. That meant you could look at  them while you were in the library but you couldn’t check them out. I remember scribbling down as much information as I could before the library closed. Occasionally I would have to ask the librarian to make a photo copy of a page for me to take home but that cost money.

Here’s another one:

The card catalog and the exciting Dewey Decimal System. Each drawer contained a little GPS to the information you required. There was always a little box of scrap paper on top of the cabinet so you could write down all the numbers you needed. These days you can find card catalog cabinets in antique stores. Some people use them for sewing or craft supplies.

Here is my favorite:

The microfilm viewer. These babies were used to view information that the library didn’t have room to store in paper form. I remember using them to look up old newspaper articles that had been photographed and put on a long spool of film. You had to load the film and then crank the handle past various articles till you found the one you wanted. They always had a funny smell, kind of like my dad’s old super 8 movie camera.

So the next time my kids whine about how slow the Internet is or how the copier/scanner is low on ink, I’m going to pull up this post and say “When I was a kid…”. 😄

Grade School the Second Time Around (part 3)

Hear is what I learned this week….

  • Cumulus clouds (the big fluffy kind) are made up of water molecules while cirrus clouds (the wispy kind) which are higher in the atmosphere, are made of ice molecules.
  • All meat eating dinosaurs walked on two legs.
  • Venus is the only planet in our solar system that spins clockwise. Earth and all the others spin counterclockwise.

I don’t know about you guys but I’m feeling smarter everyday! 😊

Introverts Unite!

Yesterday I came across an article online called “25 Signs That You Might be an Introvert”. Now I’ve always figured I was more of an introvert than an extrovert but I was surprised at how many traits I actually have including some weird little quirks that drive my family up a wall! For example:

Introverts dislike small talkI put off getting my hair cut for this very reason! Making small talk with the hairdresser is painful!!! Waiting rooms are just as bad. I always take a book so I can avoid eye contact.

Introverts don’t like to be surrounded on all sides.Yep, I like the aisle seat and at big parties I tend to stay near the door. Even in school, I sat around the edges of the classroom.

Introverts need quiet time to “recharge”…I get very crabby if I have too much to do. Hubby knows not to plan things for two nights in a row. Which brings me to the next trait….

Introverts tend to be in relationships with extroverts…True again. Hubby paces if he has too much free time. The whole concept of a “lazy Sunday” is totally lost on him. The article said that we marry extroverts so we can “ride on their fun bubble”! He does do most of the social planning. If he didn’t we probably would never go out!

Introverts have an ongoing inner dialogue….I’m a little embarrassed to find out that not everyone does this. I mean, I talked out this post in my head 10 times before I started typing!

Introverts don’t like talking on the phone….Caller ID is my best friend. I much prefer email or text. I can think things out first (see above).

Introverts notice the little things and are very good with detail oriented work….I am the official form filler of the family and I have always handled the finances including balancing the checkbook. Also, when I go to the movies or shows  I tend to notice stuff my companions don’t regarding the plot and characters. This is probably why I love to read mysteries.

According to the article, being introverted is not the same as being shy. My children will tell you that I am not the least bit shy. They often complain that I will talk to anyone-“OMG, Mom! You’re embarrassing me!!” It’s just that introverts need quiet time. They recharge their energy by being alone. Extroverts do this by being around people.

So being an introvert is not a bad thing and it’s pretty nice to know that my personality actually makes sense!  As far as the whole “Introverts Unite” thing? Well, maybe it would be better if we just grab a good book and find a quiet spot to read instead.😊





Grade School The Second Time Around (Part 2)

My latest plethora of interesting tidbits:

  • The legendary Pony Express was actually only in business for 18 months! They were able to deliver mail from Missouri to California in 10 days. The Pony Express operated from April 1860 to October 1861 when the invention of the telegraph rendered it obsolete.
  • The term “Manifest Destiny”‘ (Wikipedia definition: In the 19th century, a widely held belief in the United States that American settlers were destined to expand throughout the continent.) Simply put, some early Americans felt it was their right or duty to expand and explore the continent from one coast to the other. This concept, endorsed by Democratics, was nonetheless unpopular with many powerful men, including Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant.
  • You can jump 6 times higher on the moon than you can on Earth!

There, doesn’t everyone feel a little smarter?!? 😊