Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Decor Advice for the Novice

Lord willing, we are going to completely renovate our two bathrooms, re-do all of our floorings (except the bedrooms), and maybe tear down a wall and re-do our entire kitchen. Talk about fear, numbness, and paralyzing indecision on my part!  Added to the mix is the inability of our busy Contractor to give us a firm starting date other than "...sometime at the end of April".  

 We must also make room in our packed-to-the-rafters home to accommodate the boxes and boxes of supplies and parts that will eventually be delivered.  What to keep, what to throw away, what to donate?!!  And dogs --- the bark at any and all strangers/noise variety -- I have 3 of those, eeeek.

A very good hint from Domino Magazine:

"Hi! Melissa from @thefauxmartha here with inspiration for adding character to a new build.  To build something out of nothing is an amazing experience.  But it's also stressful from the sheer amount of decisions you have to make -- to everything from window selection to trim height to door hinges.  Don't be afraid to scale back and go simple.  A quote I live by from Leonard Koren: 'Pare down to the essence, but don't remove the poetry."

In my case: for each room that is to be renovated, I choose one or two essentials; things that I really, really like; at prices that aren't too excessive.  Then, I'll encourage hubby to decide on the rest.  He knows what I basically want (nothing tooooo ugly). He'll find them quickly and most likely at a bargain price. He's good at that.  Tada! My stress level will remain within normal range, and he'll feel like the boss-man that he thinks he is, ha!

Of "essence" to me at the moment:

1.  A modern light fixture I've had my eye on for 2 years; pricey, but discounted.

2. Patterned ceramic floor tiles for one of the bathroom floors at a price (89 cents each) that didn't break the bank. I needed 17 boxes of these. They will be installed in a random pattern which is quite popular nowadays.

IG: DominoMag


Monday, March 19, 2018

Colorado: Cannabis/Marijuana Use 5 Years Later

Last week (November 2017) marked the fifth anniversary of Colorado's decision to sanction the world's first anything-goes commercial pot trade.
Five years later, we remain an embarrassing cautionary tale.
Visitors to Colorado remark about a new agricultural smell, the wafting odor of pot as they drive near warehouse grow operations along Denver freeways. Residential neighborhoods throughout Colorado Springs reek of marijuana, as producers fill rental homes with plants.
Five years of retail pot coincide with five years of a homelessness growth rate that ranks among the highest rates in the country. Directors of homeless shelters and people who live on the streets tell us homeless substance abusers migrate here for easy access to pot.
Five years of Big Marijuana ushered in a doubling in the number of drivers involved in fatal crashes who tested positive for marijuana, based on research by the pro-legalization Denver Post.

Five years of commercial pot have been five years of more marijuana in schools than teachers and administrators ever feared.
"An investigation by Education News Colorado, Solutions and the I-News Network shows drug violations reported by Colorado's K-12 schools have increased 45 percent in the past four years, even as the combined number of all other violations has fallen," explains an expose on escalating pot use in schools by Rocky Mountain PBS in late 2016.
The investigation found an increase in high school drug violations of 71 percent since legalization. School suspensions for drugs increased 45 percent.
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health found Colorado ranks first in the country for marijuana use among teens, scoring well above the national average.
The only good news to celebrate on this anniversary is the dawn of another organization to push back against Big Marijuana's threat to kids, teens and young adults.
The Marijuana Accountability Coalition formed Nov. 6 in Denver and will establish satellites throughout the state. It resulted from discussions among recovery professionals, parents, physicians and others concerned with the long-term effects of a commercial industry profiteering off of substance abuse.
"It's one thing to decriminalize marijuana, it's an entirely different thing to legalize an industry that has commercialized a drug that is devastating our kids and devastating whole communities," said coalition founder Justin Luke Riley. "Coloradans need to know, other states need to know, that Colorado is suffering from massive normalization and commercialization of this drug which has resulted in Colorado being the number one state for youth drug use in the country. Kids are being expelled at higher rates, and more road deaths tied to pot have resulted since legalization."
Commercial pot's five-year anniversary is an odious occasion for those who want safer streets, healthier kids and less suffering associated with substance abuse. Experts say the worst effects of widespread pot use will culminate over decades. If so, we can only imagine the somber nature of Big Marijuana's 25th birthday.

-- Colorado Springs Gazete


Saturday, March 17, 2018

RITUALS Brand Cosmetics

Got more gifts of RITUALS cosmetic items.  Love the various aroma (though it is my goal to wean myself of any ingredients containing perfume). My daughters cannot get enough of these goodies. The source/ enabler has been my DIL, Barb, who says that RITUALS is a favourite among European women. 
 BTW, Barb now also happens to be the "source" of something far, far better: our new grandchild.  The baby will be born towards the end of Summer, God willing. We are ecstatic.  Thank You, Jesus!

Turning routines into RITUALS

a. Reviews

b. Reviews

c. Reviews

d. Reviews

e. Reviews


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Physicist Albert Einstein's Birthday

Today's post is in honor of Albert Einstein's date of birth, March 14, 1879.  His intellectual abilities go far above what I possess; his writings I can not say I completely grasp. He was one, smart man! Here are a couple of his quotes that I'd read recently that I *do* understand. 

God doesn't play dice with the universe.

The lot is cast into the lap;
but the whole disposing thereof 
is of the LORD
(Proverbs 16:33)

If I were not a Physicist, I would be a Musician ...

denaturing Plutonium
intelligent children

DENATURE (verb) -- destroy the characteristic properties of (a protein or other biological macromolecule) by heat, acidity, or other effects that disrupt its molecular conformation.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Happy Birthday, Songwriter Neil Sedaka!

Oh! Carol is my favorite song by Mr Neil Sedaka  because:

1. My mom's name was Carol, and I can imagine her enjoying this catchy tune during her youth in the 1950s

2. The song is about the great songwriter, Carole King, whom Mr Sedaka dated while still in high school.

3.  Daughter recently saw a performance of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical