Friday, March 16, 2007

(thanks to F. Curry @ sxc for permission for use of reference photo!)

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Here are some interesting facts about crocodiles and alligators:

Estuarine crocodiles are the biggest of all 26 species of the crocodilian family.

A crocodile can run up to a speed of 11 miles per hour.

The sex of a baby crocodile is determined by the temperature in the nest and how deeply the eggs are buried.

A crocodile can open and close its jaw but cannot move it side to side.

Early British explorers misnamed the East Alligator River in Australia's Northern Territory. It contains crocodiles not alligators.

The first known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000 B.C.

Female alligators lay about 40 eggs that hatch in 60 - 70 days.

An alligator has about 80 teeth in its mouth at one time. An alligator can go through 3,000 teeth in a lifetime.



Packing and waiting, waiting and packing... so go my days. But its a good excitement! You know I have been completely humbled this week by watching Oprah and also listening to the BBC. Oprah has been featuring stories all week about women who have done amazing things. In particular were school aged girls who were forced to raise their siblings, due to horrible circumstances in their lives. One girl had her parents ripped away from her when they were murdered by a robber in their jewellery store. The girl went on to raise her four or five siblings, put herself through college and now the kids are going to college too.

Another young lady had a mom who was addicted to drugs. When this girl grew up her home was a flophouse for all the druggies and her mom was 'so gone' she was not a mother at all... the girl singlehandedly held it all together for herself and her two siblings, while attending school. When eventually someone reported it to Social Services, the family was seperated... but the girl managed later to bring them all together again. The mom, in the meantime had recovered, had a set of twins and has now been 'clean' for three years. It brought me to tears to hear the young lady defend her mother and say publically that her mom is her best freind and has forgiven her. We all have a lot to learn from this young lady - who of us does not have a (spot in our eye) - an area of our life we have failed someone, or them us? How gracious to forgive.

LUKE 6:42

How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,' when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.

I also was so moved by the african woman who has to work every day for mere pennies to support her family and others she has taken in. Her life is an endless cycle of working. Who am I to ever complain?



(amazing, hey?)

I heard on the radio the other night that there is a new concept 'out there'... Its the concept of web-cast funerals. I was immediately repelled by the idea, but then when I thougth about it more, and listened more I can see it might have it's place. What happens is, the entire service is caught and cast on streaming web. The viewers have to be "invited" with a secure email and code. I imagine, for someone who was medically or financially unable to attend, this might be a viable option.

I also was listening to a very interesting article by a doctor this morning on NPR. As many of you readers have ailments, I thought it might be relevant and perhaps even helpful to some of you. This is what it was about:

Dr. Jerome Groopman

holds a chair at Harvard Medical School.

His latest book is called How Doctors Think.

Jerome Groopman is a doctor who discovered that he needed a doctor. When his hand was hurt, he went to six prominent surgeons and got four different opinions about what was wrong. Groopman was advised to have unnecessary surgery and got a seemingly made-up diagnosis for a nonexistent condition.

"Usually doctors are right, but conservatively about 15 percent of all people are misdiagnosed. Some experts think it's as high as 20 to 25 percent," Groopman tells Steve Inskeep. "And in half of those cases, there is serious injury or even death to the patient."


What is a Mom?

A woman, renewing her driver's license at the County Clerk's office was asked by the woman recorder what is her occupation. She hesitated, uncertain how to classify herself.

"What I mean is," explained the recorder, "do you have a job or are you just a......?"

"Of course I have a job," snapped the woman. "I'm a Mom."

"We don't list 'Mom' as an occupation, 'housewife' covers it," said the recorder emphatically.

I forgot all about her story until one day I found myself in the same situation, this time at our own Town Hall. The Clerk was obviously a career woman, poised, efficient and possessed of a high sounding title like, "Official Interrogator" or "Town Registrar."

"What is your occupation?" she probed.

What made me say it? I do not know. The words simply popped out.

"I'm a Research Associate in the field of Child Development and Human Relations."

The clerk paused, ball-point pen frozen in midair and looked up as though she had not heard right. I repeated the title slowly emphasizing the most significant words. Then I stared with wonder as my pronouncement was written, in bold, black ink on the official questionnaire.

"Might I ask," said the clerk with new interest, "just what you do in your field?"

Coolly, without any trace of fluster in my voice, I heard myself reply, "I have a continuing program of research, [what mother doesn't) in the laboratory and in the field, (normally I would have said indoors and out). I'm working for my Masters, (first the Lord and then the whole family) and already have four credits (all daughters). Of course, the job is one of the most demanding in the humanities, (any mother care to disagree?) and I often work 14 hours a day, (24 is more like it). But the job is more challenging than most run-of-the-mill careers and the rewards

There was an increasing note of respect in the clerk's voice as she completed the form, stood up and personally ushered me to the door. As I drove into our driveway, buoyed up by my glamorous new career, I was greeted by my lab assistants -- ages 13, 7, and 3. Upstairs I could hear our new experimental model, (a 6 month old baby) in the child development program, testing out a new vocal pattern.

I felt I had scored a beat on bureaucracy! And I had gone on the official records as someone more distinguished and indispensable to mankind than "just another Mom."

Motherhood! What a glorious career!

Especially when there's a title on the door. Does this make grandmothers "Senior Research associates in the field of Child Development and Human Relations" and great grandmothers "Executive Senior Research Associates"?

I think so!!! I also think it makes Aunts "Associate Research Assistants".

Please share this with another Mom, Grandmother, Aunt, and other friends you know.


More Maps! - Weather This Time...

This is a very handy website too, a marriage of weather and maps and live webcams. Enjoy!



  1. Love the freebie He is Very detailed.. I want to say he's cute yet repulsive at the same time.. LOL.. Well YOu did a GREAT job at the realism, we'll say that. I know my son is going to love it on a page with him. LOL THANK YOU SO MUCH! :)

  2. I love reading your blog! It's in my RSS "favorites" folder. I love that you share God's word with people. I am trying to do that more. You always are so interesting.

    I would like to invite you to my blog party! Please come! It is simple to do.

  3. Good Afternoon Barb:)
    Thank you soo much for adding a crock to the ark.Hope you kept him separated from the birds and smaller animals.LOL Maybe that is why Noah had to have five of the flying creatures a piece.LOL (JK).You did a fantastic job on him.:)
    Well...I managed to open the oven door.And if I repeat...I think I can..I think I can...maybe I will convince myself that I can..clean it that is.:)I really feel sorry for my dh..cause once I get that baby clean..I am NOT going to want to cook in it again for a while.LOL

    Have a fantastic day!It's damp and drizzly here.But at least it isn't hot.:)


  4. Barb,
    I just have to ask... Are you on a map high? Going to become a cartogropher? I mean it's been nothing but maps for several days now. (I'm not complaining just curious) I love the what is a mom? portion- I forwarded it on it's way. Wonderful croc today- I love all their teeth. Thanks again for all the little bits of trivia. Your quote hit a chord within me today. I've been thinking a lot about my sister and how I know she needs some help and guidance in her life right now. I wish I could bring her to church with me but she lives 3000 miles away and that makes it hard. I'll have to think about this before I go out for my visit in a little over a week.
    Well I hope you have a fun filled weekend!

  5. first, thank you for today's awesome download :) :) and second, i saw your blog on candles so i took a pic of the recent purchase from local swapmeet, posted it on my blog to share with you :) i hope you like it too!!

  6. Hey little lady. A question for you. When you and Miles go for your walks, do you have a destination in mind or is it more about just getting up and going together? I am one of those who doesn't mind where we end up, just as long as we are going together, but dear old hubby likes to know where he is headed before he ever will get up the gumption to go anywhere.

    Just a random thought I wondered while I read your blog today.

  7. I am really enjoying all you animals and eagerly await each new installment. Thank you for all the work you are putting into them.

  8. Hi Barb ((hugs)) I love the croc! Nick as sitting with me while I was looking at all the paintings again and he said I was to tell you "Barb is a good painter!!" and "Barb did a good job!!"...all said with a huge smile :-) He's your biggest fan! *LOL* Have a wonderful weekend! It's snowing ice and rain here right now :-( So much for my 70 degree weather..

  9. well barb he is kind of cute ..but kind of you known....soon girl you will be all moved and enjoying that new home ....

  10. Thank you for the newest addition..It's always nice to come and read...Rosemarie

  11. Love the croc! Thank you! Neat photos of the goats! Do they really climb the trees like that??


  12. Mrs. Miles:
    Thank you so much for all of the zoo animal elements you've been posting. I've downloaded many of them of them and look forward to scrapping with them soon.

    Our zoo offers children a ride with a camel. Could you please make a camel element?

    Thank you so much for sharing all of your beautiful work with us.


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