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I invested a few hours in learning with Melissa yesterday - some exciting new techniques to try out on you all!
Do you know what a Saskatoon Berry is? They grow wild here, ripening - well, right about now! There are several trees where we live, so I took advantage of the mild weather to fill up a ziplock bag and try them out. My Grandmother used to pay us 50 cents for every ice cream pail we could pick and she turned them into the most amazing, delicious Saskatoon (Jam) Jelly which we smeared on the bread she was famous for, which kept her a pretty busy Gramma, considering there was eight of us kids! I believe she actually cooked the berries down and strained them and used the PEACH jam recipe from the Certo box. At any rate, its memory is indelibly etched on my toungue!
Saskatoons are not much to eat on their own. They are woody, with loads of big seeds inside. But to me, they are almost like tradition, so I eat them and pretend to enjoy them raw. But I have a desire to find the recipe which will transform them into something delicious without having to 'do jam' in the heat. I hunted on the internet yesterday and found a recipe for muffins, which I modified. It turned out pretty good, considering - even Miles ate a few, and he's not much for the berries. But I need to do some fine tweaking to the recipe and make some substitutions - then I will share with you all! At any rate, it was worth being outside for the our on the beautiful day & for the memories.
ALL MAN - but with a GREAT sense of humour!
Ok - I had to BEG to be allowed to publish this photo. I snuck this shot when my sweet MANLY husband was hosting a workshop with the Gifted Kids (brighter than avarage) in the school district. Part of his job is to work with the Gifted Kids, and I've helped him put on many challenging and interesting workshops over the past year. It's been a ton of fun and the kids really respond. We've had tremendous feedback from the children and from the parents - kids just love Miles! The hat, by the way, was provided by the Desert Center - its not his own (giggle!) ... there is a big hat box with all sorts of exotic, fun hats to 'play' in - cuz it can get HOT there - it's the Desert, y'know?
I mentioned yesterday that we had a young couple to our house on Sunday to do some pre-marital counselling. During their visit we shared from our own experience and I also read from a book - an excerpt from Love Life, by Ed Wheat MD. I'd like to share what I read, with you, too - as its good do even for ourselves! I may have published this before, but its valuable anytime:
NINE WAYS TO EDIFY (your spouse)
1. Make the irrevocable decision to never again be critical of your partner in word, thought or deed. This may sound like an impossibility, but it is not. It is simply a decision backed up by action until it becomes a habit you would not change if you could.
2. Study your partner. Become sensetive to the areas where your partner feels a lack and think of ways to build up your partner in those areas particularly.
3. Think every day of positive qualities and behaviour patterns you admire and appreciate in your mate.
4. Consistently verbalize praise and appreciation for your partner. Be genuine, be specific, be generous. You edify with the spoken word.
5. Recognize your partner's talents, abilities and accomplishments. Communicate your respect for the work he or she does.
6. Husband, show your wife publicly and privately how precious she is to you. And do not express admiration for another woman. This is never edifying to your wife. Keep your attention focuse on her!
7. Wife, show your husband that he is the most important person in your life - always. Seek his opinions and value his judgement.
8. Respond to each other physically and facially. The face is the most distinctive and expressive part of a person. Your mate wants to see you smile, eyes sparkling in response to him or her.
9. Always eshibit the greatest courtesy to each other. You should be VIP's in your own home!
INFLUENCE IS A TWO WAY STREET -
YOU GET IT AND GIVE IT.
"A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly"
Don't wait for your spouse to be the one to 'do the right thing' or make how you treat them conditonal on their behaviour - you might be waiting a long time. Instead, be the one to set the standard, make a change. Sometimes in the emotional tug - of - war it pays to be the one to give in.
I was browsing through some old magazines yesterday and was actaully shocked to find a column in a 1977 McCalls which was called "The Heinous-Husband Award"... well folks, that just struck me as horrible - lets not only try to think up the worst, embarassing thing our husband has done, and send it in to be published in a national magazine. Duh! (what if the tables were turned, ladies?)
SUNSHINE WITH PETALS!
Today in History:
0240 - BC Eratosthenes estimates circumference of earth
1586 - English colonists sailed from Roanoke Island NC
1756 - 146 English people imprisoned in Black Hole of Calcutta
1812 - US declares war on England
1846 - 1st baseball game-NY Nines 23 Knickerbockers 1 (Hoboken - NJ)
1862 - Slavery outlawed in US territories
1867 - Mexican Emperor Maximilian executed - Mexican republic restored
1875 - Formal opening of US Marine Hospital at Presidio
1910 - Father's Day celebrated for 1st time in Spokane Wash
1917 - After WW I King George V ordered members of British royal family to dispense with German titles & surnames They took the name Windsor
1931 - 1st photoelectric cell installed commercially West Haven Ct
1934 - Federal Communications Commission (FCC) created
1946 - 1st TV sports spectacular - Joe Louis vs Billy Conn
1947 - 1st plane to exceed 600 mph - Albert Boyd Muroc Ca
1955 - Mickey Mantle hits career HR # 100
1961 - US Supreme Court struck down a provision in Md's constitution requiring state office holders to belief in existence of God
1963 - Valentina Tereshkova 1st woman in space returns to earth
1977 - Pope Paul VI makes 19th-cent bishop John Neumann 1st US male saint
1981 - Boeing Coml Chinook two-rotor helicopter gets certified
1986 - Artificial heart recipient Murray P Haydon died in Louisville Ky
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