Thursday, January 31, 2019


Hello, friends!  Can you believe this is the last day of the month?  January seemed to just fly by.  And with the cold temperatures we have been having, it's just as well.

It seems as if the entire country is in the deep freeze.  It went up to 17*F (-8*C) today and tonight is going down to 5*F (-15*C).  At least it's not as cold as Chicago.  I have friends there and I don't know how they are surviving.  The wind chill there is -55*F (-48*C).  Our house is old and drafty and it is cold in here even with the space heater going.  The only warm room in the house is the bedroom and I think I am going there soon.

But before I do, let's look back on this month.

The beginning of the month Joe and I met my brother Larry and sister-in-law Kim to celebrate mine and Larry's birthdays.  We went to a restaurant for lunch and had such a good time.

I worked some on my Advent scarf but the torn tendon in my left hand put an end to that.  I am feeling some better and hopefully will be able to pick it up again soon.  But I did finish my 2018 temperature blanket and start on my 2019 one.  Wait till you see the month of January in knitting!

I also started an afghan for my sister-in-law that is turning out beautifully.  But today I ran out of black yarn so I can't do anything until I go get some more.

We had a coating of snow, but nothing that lasted.  That was good.  But now we have the frigid temperatures.  If I can just hold on another day, it's supposed to warm up.

It's February tomorrow.  And so much going on.  Hope you had a good January.  On to the next month.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019


Hello, friends!  It is a winter day for sure today.  It isn't too cold... yet!  It has been raining for a bit, but the snow is on the way.

I made a quick trip to Shoprite this morning so we are all set on food and other necessities.  I think I will be staying in tomorrow as much as possible.

I made cupcakes for church on Sunday and they turned out so cute.  I frosted them in white icing and added little sugar snowflakes that I had gotten the last time we were in Lancaster.  They were good too -- very vanilla.

I've been working on the afghan for Mary a little bit at a time.  My hand hurts so much that I can't do a lot.  But I do have 11 months to do it.  It is looking so pretty.

It is taking a lot more black yarn than I anticipated, so I know I will need another skein of that.  And I might need another skein of the variegated also.  I love it and may need to make myself one next year.

I got a dentist appointment and an eye doctor appointment made today.  I really have to get myself taken care of.

I'm heading out to start dinner now.  We are having baked chicken, mashed potatoes and a salad.  I got us little pies for 99 cents for dessert.  So it's going to be a good one.

Hope you all have a good evening and see you soon.


Monday, January 28, 2019


Hello, Friends!  Hope you all are having a wonderful day.  It's Monday and I've finished another magazine so you know what that means.

It's another Martha Stewart Living magazine and this one is from January 2012.

In this issue Martha talks about having a dinner party.  When was the last dinner party you hosted?  Or attended?  It has been a long time for me.  Most of the time we either take friends to a restaurant or they take us.  As I get older I tend to not want the work of a dinner party.  But maybe sometime.

There is also a peek into Martha's dream room.  In her case it's a craft room with a mail station for her to wrap things to mail.  Do you have a dream room?  My dream room is in my dreams.  *sigh*

And finally she talks about "Kitchens We Love."  And some of these kitchens were beautiful!

Do you love your kitchen?  We had ours redone about 10 years ago and updated it about 5 years after that.  I'd like to update it even more but there is this thing called money that I don't have.  I do love my kitchen though.

Then there was one other article that I was fascinated by and might try to do someday.  They took a long baguette, sliced it like a hoagie (or sub) sandwich, divided it into fourths and made four different sandwiches on the one whole long loaf.  The first quarter was a ham and cheese sandwich (spread: chive remoulade; meat: French ham; cheese: Gruyere; vegetable: frisee; toppings:  sliced hard-cooked eggs and dill pickles).  The second quarter was a roast beef sandwich (spread: chive remoulade; meat: roast beef; cheese: Gruyere; vegetable: arugula; topping: salt and vinegar potato chips).

The third quarter of the sub is an Italian salami sandwich (sandwich spread: chive remoulade; meat: soppressata; cheese: fontina; vegetable: arugula; topping: shaved fennel).  And the final quarter is a chickpea sandwich (spread: chive remoulade; legume:  mashed chickpeas with lemon; cheese: fontina; vegetable:  shaved fennel; toppings:  sliced hard-cooked eggs).

You can see that a lot of the ingredients are passed from one quarter to the next.  And since it is in one piece, your guests can cut as big or small a piece as they would like and from whichever type they would like to try.  Such fun!

Hope you enjoyed taking a look at my magazine.  Now to get rid of it and move on to the next one.


Sunday, January 27, 2019


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Hello Friends!  Welcome to a beautiful Sunday.

Our opening hymn this morning is "Glorious Is Thy Name" by Baylus B. McKinney.  It is also known by the title "Blessed Savior, We Adore Thee."  He wrote it while serving as Music Editor for the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.  It was written and published in 1942.  Because it is so recent (less than 100 years) and there are copyright laws I could find very little about either this man or the hymn.  Everywhere I turned I ran into the words "We cannot show more because of copyright laws."  But here's what I could find.

It was first published in the July 1942 magazine The Teacher a publication for Baptist Sunday School teachers.  It was included in the Baptist Hymnal of 1956 and has been in all subsequent editions (1975, 1991, 2008).  McKinney's tune is titled "Glorious Name."

Mr. McKinney died in 1952 at 66 years of age.

And here is a sweet choir singing this beautiful hymn.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Saturday, January 26, 2019


Hello, friends!  I am glad this is not the view out of my window today.  We are supposed to get snow next week, but nothing like this.  Although it has been wicked cold, at least we can get around.

I find my days are either super busy or spent sleeping trying to catch up on what I've missed.

Joe and I were going to go to a Theology Conference last night, but he had a little seizure and wasn't feeling well so we stayed home.  He almost never has seizures anymore but every once in awhile he does.  There really isn't a cure for epilepsy but the doctors keep it under control for the most part.

I had nothing put out for dinner since we were going to eat there, so we ended up getting a pizza and chicken for dinner.  We order a pizza about once a month from Dominos.  Once we get enough points, our sixth one is free.  It was free pizza night.  Joe eats the pizza and I eat the chicken.  I am trying so hard to cut down on carbs.

Joe had an Elders Meeting at church this week and he was elected the delegate to our Annual Conference.  I said to the Pastor, "Again?!"  But since Joe is our only Elder there aren't a lot of choices.  Oh well, it's a little vacation for us each year.

I got a picture of Hadley this week.  She is at her grandmom's house.  Isn't this cute?  She is so big now.

I have some baking to do today.  It is my turn to bring the treat for Fellowship Time.  I am going to make cupcakes iced with white icing to represent snow and decorated with snowflakes.  And I want to make blueberry muffins for breakfast.  Since I have to wait an hour after taking my medicine before I can eat, that's the perfect time to make them.

I'm still working on my two blankets.  I have done a lot on the one for my sister-in-law and can't wait for you to see it.  I will take a picture this weekend.

I am going to have to go for now, but I will be back soon.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019


Hello, friends!  It's only Wednesday?  Yesterday I thought it was Saturday!

My life is crazy busy these days.  Sunday was church.  No kids showed up for Sunday School again and so I got a chance to sit in church and hear the message.  I enjoy that but wish the kids would show up for me to teach them.  Joe was sick on Sunday so wasn't able to get to church.  We usually stop in Shoprite for lunch, but I just went home and made us grilled cheese sandwiches.  Joe was so sick, though, that he didn't even eat dinner.  I ended up making a couple of waffles and some sausage for dinner.

Monday Joe was a lot better and ended up going to the nursing home to teach along with Rick and me.  They have a new Activities Director and he wasn't up on what was going on so was surprised when we showed up.  It was rather chaotic but I hope he learns quickly and it's better next week.

Yesterday Joe had an Elders Meeting in the evening.  I drove him over but Rick was nice enough to bring him home so I didn't have to go out again.  Instead I made chocolate chip cookies.

Today I have Youth Group and Bible Study.  Joe leads the Wednesday night group.  We are in Second Samuel chapter 16 tonight.  It's a small group, but we get so much out of it.

While I've been home I've been continuing on with the cleaning.  If Joe is home to help me, we tackle the kitchen.  If he is away or asleep, I work on the living room.  So yesterday I got a lot done and did some decorating.

Remember the lantern I bought at CVS around Christmas?  It looks wonderful on top of my little stove.

So pretty and cozy.

The Christmas swag is down and the January sled is up on the front door.

I got this cute little snowman at Kirklands this past fall.  He is living on the front door in the living room.

A crystal snowflake is in the front window.

The little Swiss chalet I got at Target in Lancaster is on the table by the front window.  It looks so nice all lit up at night.  I also have a Ferris wheel music box that lights up and turns but it needs new batteries.  I'll have to do that today.

You can see the two amaryllis plants on this table too.  I thought I would give you a look at them.  The pink one is still all leaves with no sign of a flower anywhere.

But that sure looks like a bud on the red one.

I put the sticks from my birthday bouquet in the pots to help support them as they grow.  I just stuck the pine cone in there too.

And finally I want to show you the progress I am making on my temperature blanket.  This is through January 20th.  That cold spell just went on and on as you can see from the wide band of dark blue.

Here is the one I am making for my sister-in-law Mary.  I'm trying to make it look like stained glass and I think it's really pretty.

I have the second row done but no picture yet.  I'll take one soon.  I have to lay off of it for awhile because it is hurting my hand too much.  Glad I have until December to finish it.

And now I have to get busy with my day.  I need a quick dinner for tonight so I'm having a ham steak and sweet potato patties.  Yum.

Hope you have a good day.  Until later...


Sunday, January 20, 2019


Hello, friends!  I woke up early thinking I would need to get out the shovel and ice melt and all we got was rain.  I am so thankful for that.  And for a warm house because it is very cold out there.  So much to be thankful for if we will only open our eyes.

Today's opening hymn is Our God, Our Help.  It is also known a O God, Our Help.  Again has been a tremendous help to me.

The words were written by Isaac Watts in 1714 shortly before the death of Queen Anne of England.  (Poor Queen Anne -- a tragic figure and one of my favorite monarchs to study.  But that's another story.)  This was a time of great crisis and stress.  Queen Anne's successor had not yet been chosen.  There was a great fear that the next monarch would begin a persecution of the Protestants again.  Just about anyone in line to the throne was a Catholic.  King George I who succeeded Queen Anne was a Protestant, so the persecution did not happen, but there had been great fear.

Isaac Watts was the son of a schoolteacher.  He was born in Southampton on July 17, 1674.  He began to study Latin at age 4 and by the time he was 7 he was writing poetry in that language.  At age 16 he went to London to study.  In 1698 he became assistant minister at the Independent Church, Berry Street in London.  He later became its pastor.

Isaac Watts was a prolific writer composing poems, hymns, sermons and lectures.  His collected works were first published in 1720.  In his lifetime he published more than 800 hymns.

He died on November 25, 1748.  There is a monument in his honor both in his hometown of Southampton and in Westminster Abbey.

The tune to this hymn is entitled St. Anne.  It is attributed to William Croft.  William Croft, Mus. Doc., was born in 1677.  He received his musical education in the Chapel Royal under Dr. Blow.  In 1700 he was admitted a Gentleman Extraordinary of the Chapel Boyd; and in 1707 at the death of Jeremiah Clark, he was appointed joint organist with his mentor Dr. Blow.  In 1709 he became organist of Westminster Abbey.  He died in 1727 at age 50.  There are a large number of his compositions still in manuscript form.  Perhaps someday they will be published.

This hymn is a declaration of trust in God to provide for our needs and a reminder of our own limitations.

And now for your video of this hymn.

Stay warm and dry everyone.


Saturday, January 19, 2019


Hello, friends!  Hope you are in a warm place on this cold night.  Right now it's 38*F (3*C) but by tomorrow night it will be only 8*F (-13*C).  According to AccuWeather it will feel like -15*F (-26*C).  It sounds so much worse in Celsius.  Ha, ha.

I had plans to do so much today and didn't get much of anything done.  I just slept.  I am so tired lately.  I know I say this every post, but it's true.

Joe and I are continuing on with the kitchen clean up.  Yesterday we did the refrigerator door and today we tackled the freezer.  I found hamburgers shoved in the back corner that I didn't know I had.  Yippee!  Another good meal.

Tonight we had pierogis with onions for dinner.  So good.  I have chicken thighs defrosting for dinner tomorrow.  I haven't decided how to do them yet but I'll come up with something.

I made a run to Rite Aid this afternoon before the storm started.  I need cat food and cat treats (the only way we make it through dinner with our little beggar).

I also got Joe and I each a small bag of popcorn.  Today is National Popcorn Day (at least they said that on the news this morning) and I thought we would celebrate.

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I have the first row of my new blanket finished and the second row started.  I may have to stop for a few days since it is really hurting my hand to crochet.  Knitting is not as painful so I think I will do my 10 minutes a day on the temperature blanket and let the stained glass one sit for awhile.

Joe just headed to bed so he can get up for church tomorrow morning and I think I am going to do the same.  The rain is coming down now, but I expect to see snow tomorrow morning.

Have a good night, everyone.  Hopefully I will be taking some pictures to show you tomorrow.


Friday, January 18, 2019


Hello, friends!  Our snow event happened last night.  Well, I should say our first one.  This wasn't too bad, but the one tomorrow night is supposed to be a big one.  Not in the amount of snow, but in the amount of ice.  Not my favorite thing by any means.  I am actually debating about going to church if it is very slippery.  I don't need a car accident or a fall.

Yesterday Joe and I went to Shop Rite.  First we went to the older one where we used to shop.  Joe's bank is in the store and he needed to stop there.  We were going to shop in there too but...

I dropped Joe off to do his banking and looked for a parking spot.  After driving the entire lot twice and finding nothing (not even one far from the door), I saw Joe come out of the building, picked him up, and we went to the new Shop Rite.  We still had problem finding a spot, but at least I got one not too far from the door.  All the handicapped spots were taken, but it was just the other side of the aisle from them so it wasn't too bad.

I had been buying veggies, but I was entirely out of meat and fish, so we headed that way.  I ended up hitting all the sales and now have enough main dishes for the next 30 days.  We also got some frozen veggies since they were on sale along with pierogis and latkes.  And for not much money.  I'm already making up menus for the next few weeks.  Very seldom do I have this much food in the house and it feels good.  Especially with all this bad weather.

After we put the groceries in the car, we went back in and had lunch in the food court.  It was nice to just sit there and relax for a little bit.

When we got home we put the food away and then I said I wanted to clean out the fridge.  Joe said he would help me.  It didn't take us long and it looks so nice now.  And pretty empty.  (The freezer is a different story.)  We are going to do the refrigerator door today.

Last night for dinner we had stir-fry beef and veggies.  I had never made it before and had to look up a recipe for the sauce.  I had ramen noodles in the house and made some of them to put the stir-fry over.  Let me tell you, it turned out delicious!  Joe asked me to make it for him again. Good thing I used only half of the beef and half of the frozen veggies.   

This morning I woke up at 2:30 a.m. and couldn't go back to sleep.  So I spent 4 hours ripping out the blanket I'm doing for my sister-in-law Mary and re-doing it in another pattern.  I liked the colors, but I did not like the way it was turning out.  I decided to do granny squares instead and now I really love it.  I have three more blocks to go and then I will show you the first row.  I am attaching them as I go along so at the end all I will have to do is the border around the edge.  Five squares down, 75 to go.

I finally fell asleep around 6:30 a.m. and didn't wake up until 10:30 a.m.  I feel better now.  I needed that extra sleep.

It is almost noon and I have just finished breakfast.  So now I guess I will just get on with my day.  I want to finish putting all the Christmas decorations down the basement.  Time to winterize the house with my snowmen and snowflakes.  Just for a few weeks and then it's red hearts.

Hope you all are having a great day.  Until later...


Wednesday, January 16, 2019


Hello, friends!  Welcome to a bitterly cold morning here in Philly.  I woke up and can't go back to sleep so thought I would do the Wednesday Medley this week.  Thanks to Terri from Your Friend in Florida for these questions.

Wednesday, January 16th, is National Do Nothing Day!!  National Do Nothing Day was proposed in 1972 by columnist Harold Pullman Coffin.  This day has been observed annually since 1973.  Of course, the way to celebrate is to do nothing!

1.  To commemorate Do Nothing Day in SOME way, tell us something about your life (or the life of someone close to you) in 1973!!
I had graduated from high school two years before.  Right after graduation my grandparents became ill so instead of working, I took care of them and the house.  My sister was graduating from high school that year and my grandfather passed away the summer after her graduation.  It wasn't the greatest year for me, but I was with the ones I loved and wanted to take care of.  I learned a lot about taking care of a house and cooking too.

2.  Now that we are thinking back, please tell us what your favorite pastime was as a child.
There were so many things I liked to do as a child.  I loved all kinds of crafts.  I loved playing in the huge yard we had.  I loved playing dolls with my sister.  But I think what I loved most was reading.  (And I still love books!)

3.  What is the best way to cheer you up on a bad day?
The best way is to leave me alone.  I rarely have "bad days" but when I do just plop me down in front of the TV and let me chill.  I usually am OK in an hour or two at most.

4.  How old were you when you first started dating?  Do you remember your first date?
I was 19 years old.  My first date was a walk in the woods at the Schuylkill Valley Nature Center with my boyfriend and his two kids (ages 4 and 3).  Our favorite thing to do through our entire relationship was to hike.  Often we had his kids along.

5.  Today is also National Fig Newton Day.  Do you like figs/Fig Newtons?
I have never had a fig.  Hard to believe isn't it.  It is for me too.  However, I love Fig Newtons.  The other day in Shoprite there was a woman giving out samples of fig and orange jam.  I loved that too.  So I guess I like figs!

6.  Tell us something random about your week.
Wednesday is always the busiest day of my week and today is no exception.  This morning I have to get Joe to the doctor's office for a fasting blood test.  This afternoon I help lead our Youth Group at church.  Then it's hurry home to eat and get back in two hours for Bible Study.  Thank goodness not every day is a Wednesday.  The rest of the week looks pretty calm!

Thank you, Terri, for putting together these great questions.  Please check out her blog to link up with the others who are answering the Wednesday Medley questions today.

Hope you all have a great Wednesday -- one a little less hectic than mine!


Tuesday, January 15, 2019


Let's make mine a Lady Grey tea.  Or maybe a hot chocolate.  Hello, friends!  Hope you are having a great day.  Yes, I am a little behind.  I wanted to post this yesterday and got so busy that I forgot all about it.  But nevermind.  We are doing a Monday Magazine on a Tuesday.

Here is the latest magazine that I finished.

It is another Martha Stewart Living and this one is from January 2009.  As I said last time she really doesn't have a page for me to use, so I am using the cover.

In this issue she is talking about "Fresh Thinking."  January is a time when people feel as if they can start fresh with things since it is a new year.  Really, it's no different than changing the calendar page from July to August, but changing the year seems to give people the perspective of something new and clean and an opportunity to begin over.  How do you feel?  Is January a new beginning for you?  Even though I know it's only a new month, I do feel it's a new beginning and a fresh start.  Perhaps it's because the whole holiday season is behind us and life goes back to "normal."

This issue also has several "Bright and Easy Citrus Dishes."  Do you like citrus?  What is your favorite citrus fruit?  Although I like most citrus fruits, they often don't like me.  I do not like grapefruit or lime, but I love orange and lemon.

Martha is making citrus marmalade in the cover picture.  Have you ever made marmalade, jelly or jam?  When I was little my great-grandmother made peach jam each year.  It was the best ever.  I have never found anything to equal it.

She also talks about "Closet Makeovers."  I desperately need a closet makeover in every closet in the house.  Not that I have that many.  This is a hundred year old house and they didn't have as many clothes and "things" so there aren't many closets or a lot of storage.  My so-called coat closet is a series of hooks in the stairway leading to the basement.  How about you?  Do you need a closet makeover?  Or do you need a closet?

Yesterday Joe went with Pastor and Rick to the nursing home service and I had a chance to stay home alone.  I had a opportunity to talk to my sister who has been very sick.  She missed a week of work and that is definitely not her.  She went back to work today but is still not feeling well.  Please pray for her.  She works in a hospital and has a very difficult job.

After I picked Joe up, we headed over to Walmart.  Lots of people love Walmart.  I'm not one of them.  It's the only place I have ever been robbed.  Yesterday it happened again.  I was getting eggs out of the refrigerated section and someone came along and helped themselves to what was in my cart.  But there were things there that Joe wanted, so we went.  While we were there I got some yarn to make a blanket for my sister-in-law.  She had admired my temperature blanket and it gave me the idea to make a blanket for her for next Christmas.  Starting it now gives me a year to make it.  I want it to look like stained glass.  I know just how it should look, so I hope I can accomplish that.  I have three blocks made so far and I like the way it looks.  I will be showing you it as I go along.

And speaking of knitting, I was putting my Advent scarf away the other day when Jack decided that it was his and actually grabbed it out of my hand to lay with it.

And I've finished the last of my Christmas candy.  Have you ever seen Christmas candy corn?  I haven't, but Joe found it at 7-11 and put it in my stocking.  How clever!

And that's it for today.  I'm going to go get breakfast.  Back to healthy eating starting today!  I'm looking forward to reading your answers to my questions so be sure to comment.  Until later...


Philly at 8:00 a.m.  The snow is gone but it's a little hazy today.

Sunday, January 13, 2019


Yes, folks, it's snowing.  But that will not stop us from praising and worshipping God together with our brothers and sisters today.

Our opening hymn today is "Come, Thou Almighty King."  I expected this to be written by Charles Wesley or one of his compatriots, so imagine my surprise when I found out it was by.... UNKNOWN. says it is probably English before 1760 but the source is unknown.  We do know it was part of a hymnal published by George Whitfield in 1757.  The new British national anthem "God Save the King" was just becoming popular and this hymn seems to be modeled on that reminding people who the real King of the Universe is.  The first stanza speaks of God the Father, the second God the Son and the third God the Holy Spirit.  The fourth and final stanza worships the Trinity.

The tune is entitled "Italian Hymn" and was written by Felice de Giardini.  He was born in Turin, Italy in 1716 and died in Moscow, Russia in 1796.  He was living in London at the time he composed this tune in order to raise money for the Lock Hospital.  He studied violin, harpsichord, voice and composition in Milan and Turin.  From 1748 to 1750 Giardini conducted a very successful solo violin tour on the continent.  He came to London in 1750 and for the next forty years he was a prominent violinist in several orchestras.  He also taught and composed operas and instrumental music.  In 1784 he traveled to Italy, but when he returned to London in 1790, Giardini was no longer popular.  His subsequent trip to Moscow was also a failure and he died there in poverty.

All of this information is taken from, a wonderful site for information on any hymn.

And now here's the hymn.

Have a wonderful Sunday!


Philadelphia this morning at 8:00 a.m. -- it's snowing.

Saturday, January 12, 2019


Hello, friends!  I am in a real slump.  Not just with my blog but with life in general.  All I want to do is sleep.  I'm really tired.  Sometimes life just gets to you.

One good thing is I now have my medicare card.  Now I can make an appointment with my doctor and see if my thyroid levels are off or something else that is making me so tired all the time.  I had gotten my medicare card in November and promptly lost it.  After searching for it for two months I decided to just go online and order a new one.  I was told it could take up to 30 days to get one and it showed up in 8 days.  This is one happy girl.

I got some of my Christmas decorations down.  The stairway looks bare without them.

I always put my cards on the stairway.

My little tinsel tree on the stove.

We found this tinsel chain at Rite Aid.  It reminded me of the chains we made of construction paper as kids to put on the tree.  I'm sure that's what they were thinking of when they manufactured this.  I just hung it on the banister.  I was going to put lights through it but it didn't work.  Well, I tried.

I'm working on getting more done tonight.

I ordered dinner from Dominoes tonight.  I now have enough points that the next pizza is free.  We order once a month and it takes six months for us to get enough points to get a free one.

This was our 8:00 a.m. weather picture yesterday.  It is the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and it is so sunny.  It might fool you into thinking it is warm.  It's not.  It's in the 30s but feels like the teens.  It's frigid.  And we are to have snow tonight and tomorrow.  (I used to work on the Parkway just a block from where this picture was taken.)

I began my new 2019 temperature blanket.  It takes me about 10 -15 minutes to knit the one row a day and that's all I do.  My hand is getting better!  Finally.  I'm so thankful about that.  Here is a picture of the first 10 days of 2019.  The red is temperatures in the 60s, the purple the 50s, the light blue the 40s and the dark blue the 30s.  There's going to be a lot more dark blue in this blanket.

Dinner is here so I'll end for today.  Hopefully my life will get more interesting and I'll have something to blog this coming week.  Until later...