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VideoPost 2/23/12: Even Md Governor O'Malley ...

Thursday, February 23, 2012


... can mess up on the National Anthem.

When he was Mayor of Baltimore he had to be told it was time to give up the band - O'Malley's March - because he had a real job now, but he got the guys together for the Maryland Irish Festival. Remember him because he will probably be running for President in 2016.

He is such a jerk, with the Bishop there to offer a blessing, at the end of which Catholics do the Sign of the Cross, O'Malley alone among everyone on stage did not. He is Catholic.



PhotoPost 2/23/12: I have absolutely no clue ...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

... what this is supposed to represent, but I sure am glad I carry a camera with me when I run.



I pass by a medical equipment supply store on Catonsville's main street Frederick Road. The store is named, cleverly enough, Medical Equipment Supply.

Running by this window display caught my eye. I do not know what it was meant to convey.

But at least I know where to get a bedpan.

When I need one.

How comforting.



PhotoPost 2/21/12: DaffyDillies

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

This has been the mildest winter I can remember around here. I have seen winters with less snow, but they were dry. We have had plenty of precipitation this year, but it has just never gotten cold. We normally have a couple of weeks of hard freeze. This year, none. More days over 50 than I can recall.

We have had fresh rose buds all winter.

Daffodils -- or my mother used to call them "daffy-damn-dillies" -- always call to mind Easter to me. We might get a warmish spell in February and see crocuses and snow drops appear, but Daffodils were for late March. Sometimes I would go to the florists and buy potted daffodils or jonquils in January or February just to cheer myself up. No need this year.

Today's picture is the third vase of daffodils we have had this year. Out of our garden.



The ground hog said six more week of winter.

You gotta have a winter first.



For Lent I am going to give up ...

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

... wasting my fitness time.

When I was young, Ash Wednesday was always of time of saying what you were going to give up for Lent. It was about as useful as New Year's Resolutions.

Somewhere along the line I actually listened to a sermon about Lent. Yes, it's a time of penitence, of being repentant for our sins. It's a time of preparation for Easter. Fridays are days of abstinence. Abstinence means abstaining from eating meat. I have been never sure how fish qualifies as not eating meat, but ... (actually I do, but that's another blog)

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting also. That means eating one small meal a day.

My Jewish friends think that is to laugh. For Yom Kippur you eat nothing from sundown to sundown.

My Muslim friends think it is to laugh. For Ramadan you eat nothing from sunup to sundown every day for a month.

What else does Lent mean?

It's about renewal. It's about making changes. We are told "21 days to a new habit." Lent is six weeks. That's twice as long. Surely I can establish a new habit in that time.

And isn't that part of what we are trying to do here? We're trying to change things in our life. Our eating. Our activity. Our lifestyle. Pick something. Work on it for the next six weeks. If it helps you to think about it as a time of repentance, well then go for it.

It doesn't have to be about "giving up" something for Lent. You say, "I'm going to give up smoking for Lent."

What are you going to have when Lent is over?

A cigarette.

Better to say "I am going to stop smoking for good on Ash Wednesday." That says you are done with it. You are just using Lent as a period during which you can concentrate on that task.

Pick a part of your life you want to change -- FOR GOOD -- and start at it during Lent.

I have allowed my strength training to slip since I was injured at Thanksgiving. During Lent, I am going to get back into the discipline I was in before Thanksgiving.

I am not going to give anything up.

I am going to get something back.



Creation by messing up

Monday, February 20, 2012

Yesterday, I put a really good dinner on for the family. Nothing special, it just turned out well. A stuffed bird, mashed potatoes, green beans, you know, Sunday Dinner.

At one point I needed/wanted some broth so I grabbed one of those boxes of they package it in and only after I opened it did I realize I had grabbed a butternut squash soup left over from Christmas. Into the fridge it went.

Today I wanted a veggie lunch so I found that butternut soup. That's kind of plain. Hmmm Sweet peppers, Yes! Still a little plain.

In the pantry I had a jar of Peanut Butter and Co. The Heat is On. I thought put that on some crackers next to the soup but I had no crackers and about a tablespoon of hot peanut butter.

Well, why not?

I stirred the hot peanut butter into the soup.

Oh yeah. That was it.

Hot Peanut Butternut Squash Soup.

All because I didn't read the label first and had no crackers.



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