Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wheaton College: Class of 2020

New students of the Music Conservatory 

Today is the official first day of  Fall 2016 classes at Wheaton College.  New Student Orientation began on August 19, 2016, and here are the stats on the Freshman and Transfer Students: 

2000 college applications submitted
640 students:  591 Freshman, 49 Transfers

48 Nations represented
All states represented;
 Except:  Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, & Utah

27% Illinoians
71% reside outside of Illinois

10% MKs
4% International students
16% US Ethnic Minority
24% Children of alumni
17% Siblings of  students
3% children of WC employees

46% from Public Schools
34% Christian school
7% Private school
12% Home School

35 Conservatory of Music students
56% Female
44% Male
Ages: 17 (our son?) to 21

Class Scripture Passage:  Psalm 107

My dear, brave husband -- thick accent and all (but God's Word will always have free reign) -- shared the verses below during the Parents' Service of Blessing  and Dedication:

Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:

That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Thessalonians 1:11,12

Closing Program with the Reverend Blackmon

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Candied Spiced PECAN Recipe

Here is a recipe for Spiced Pecans from my friend whom I consider a really good cook.  What a great gift idea or snack for Christmas, birthdays, any celebrations:

Candied Spiced Pecans

1 egg white 
1 Tbsp water
1/4 Tsp Vanilla
2.5 cups Pecans
.5 cup Sugar
1 Tsp Cinnamon
.25 Tsp Cloves
.25 Tsp Nutmeg
.75 Tsp Salt

Mix egg white, water, and Vanilla.  Add Pecans and coat.  Add all dry ingredients and stir to coat Pecans.  Place in baking sheet with parchment paper and place each Pecan flat side down.  Bake in pre-heated oven at 300 degrees for 30 minutes.  Let cool.  Be careful ... very addicting.  Enjoy!

photo credit: RAM, fb


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Southern California: Huntington Beach

SoCal Vacation 2016, Part 1:   One of our California relatives, when told of our visit to this pretty spot, snootily said that this was a "dirty" beach.  I am glad the kids were not close enough to hear her remark as they would have learned to be complainers just as she is. (Contentment has never been this cousin's strong suit. She must always have the best.  Also, she had recently gotten divorced for a frivolous reason, IMO).  As the pictures below show, our children had a wonderful time.  They know that we do not get these kinds of waves in the Midwest, LoL. Why not simply enjoy themselves?!!

Son, where are your sisters??

Girls ... where is your brother??

carry me on your shoulder, dear Bro

oooops, I think I'm a little tooooo heavy


here come more waves!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Prediction of the Richest Cities in the World in the Near Future

These cities are suppose to be the richest cities in the world in the next 10 years. Before you plan to buy properties there consider these thoughts:

1) Doha,Qatar - I disagree with this one. Even though it was growing so fast, the price of oil which is its main source of income is down and will continue to be in the $40 or lower range for a long time. This place was over built when oil was $150/barrel.

2) Bergen, Norway

3)Trondheim, Norway - I agree with these two Norwegian cities, but not as rich as some had predicted. These two cities are financial hubs of Norway...a country most blessed by the North Sea oil bonanza. The Norwegians , however, did a very smart thing ... they invested their oil profits. They created their sovereign fund which is now one of the biggest in the world and worth hundreds of billions. They are not dependent on their oil revenues for continued prosperity.

Hwaseong, South Korea

5) Asan, South Korea - I agree with these ones. South Korea has one of the most vibrant economies of the world...thanks to very smart economic policies of South Korean Government. If the U.S.A. would just adopt same economic policies, we would truly Make America Great Again.

6) Macau, China - This is a wild card. It was the richest one a few years ago but the Chinese Government clamped down on its gambling Industry because of its corrosive effect on the Chinese people ( Asians are some of the biggest gamblers in the world. Its genetic). However, the Chinese are a resourceful people. The same genes that makes them gamble, makes them take risky but lucrative ventures.

Blessings for the day: The promises and gifts of God are irrevocable.

Willie P -  07/31/2016,_Gyeonggi#/media/File:Gyeonggi-Hwaseong.svg

I wanted to put my friend's thoughts down in my blog for the record.  He's been wrong concerning a variety of subjects; but he's also been right and is very knowledgeable. I want to see how accurate he is in his assessment of these countries' wealth in ten years, God willing. -- Mrs E

Friday, August 5, 2016

Nail Art: Part 1, Nail Land

Some of my recent nail colors and nail art
 through Nail Land 

Green, Dark Green, Glitter
Pink, Yellow, White, Multi, Rhinestones

Various YELLOWS. Left hand

Right hand; with pearls and rhinestones

pink/light peach

Mermaid's tail- look

gray/purple nails with mackenzie-childs tumbler