Happy Valentines

Happy Valentines Day.  Here is a video done by History about the history of Valentines:

Google created an interactive Valentines Day Google Doodle it can be found here: Doodle Archive.

Links in Article:

Bet You Didn’t Know: Valentines Day | History (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neb7dbPW0Sk)

Google Doodle Archive (https://www.google.com/doodles#archive)

Book Review: “92 Pacific Boulevard” by Macomber

“92 Pacific Boulevard Cedar Cover series #9” was written by Debbie Macomber, and published by Mira Books in 2009. I rented the book from the library. I am not being paid for my review.

Ratings (1-5 scale):

  • Overall: 1.5
  • Read more than once: No
  • Read others in the series: No; most likely because I started with book 9.


The novel is set in a small town and follows the lives of several of the couples in the town. With how the book moves from one couple to the next with each chapter reminded me of a television soap opera. There are two small mysteries tossed in; however, they are treated as sub-plots.

There are too many characters to track through the book. Even the author referred to a character named Grace Sherman Harding as either Grace Sherman or Grace Harding throughout the book. There wasn’t really one hero or heroine as each couple had their own issues to get through in this book; some did and some didn’t. Also as the book is the ninth in the series a lot of the details about their relationships have already been established. Had I read the first 8 books in the series I might have understood why two characters took a trip to Las Vegas, and because they only found one hotel room; got married.

The book also did a lot of telling instead of showing things. For example there is a potluck. One character attends and then tells another character all about the event. Some of the details move other story lines forward and it would have been better to have the reader be at the potluck.

There were also some mistakes such as low gas mileage being cited as a benefit for a car. I tend to believe that the higher the gas mileage the better when it comes to a car, but that is just me.

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Quote of the day-H. L. Mencken

“All of us, if we are of reflective habit, like and admire men whose fundamental beliefs differ radically from our own. But when a candidate for public office faces the voters he does not face men of sense; he faces a mob of men whose chief distinguishing mark is the fact that they are quite incapable of weighing ideas, or even of comprehending any save the most elemental — men whose whole thinking is done in terms of emotion, and whose dominant emotion is dread of what they cannot understand. So confronted, the candidate must either bark with the pack or count himself lost. … All the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre — the man who can most adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum.
The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” –H. L. Mencken Baltimore Sun (26 July 1920)

Cheesy Noodles

One of my favorite dishes is cheesy noodles. Here is a simple way to make them:

  1. Boil noodles per instructions on box.
  2. Grate medium or sharp cheddar cheese; or any preferred cheese.
  3.  Drain water from noodles when they are done.
  4. Add a little milk or butter to the bottom of the pot.
  5. Set it back onto the stove, turn the heat to low.
  6. Add the noodles and cheese in layers and stir until the cheese melts. Add a little salt and pepper to taste.

When it comes to the amount of noodles it depends on how much you and your family eat at one time. The amount of cheese also depends on how cheesy you like your cheesy noodles. The amount of milk depends on how creamy you want the noodles.


Daily Prompt Simple.

Quote of the day-Babylon 5

In one part of the episode, “The Deconstruction of Falling Stars” the main characters find themselves as holograms. It appears that the current governments info-speak department wants to edit history to fit their current agenda. At one point the following exchange between the engineer Daniel and Captain Sheridan happens:

Daniel: We have reconstructed your thought patters and your forms for purposes of a series of vids designed to help…”

Captain Sheridan: “designed as propaganda to justify your break from the interstellar alliance.”

Daniel: “Hmm. Not propaganda, good-facts, as opposed to real-facts. Facts the government has endorsed.”

Garibaldi: “I don’t get it, why are you doing this why the break with the Alliance?”

Daniel: “500 years of working with the Alliance has weakened the position of humans in the greater scheme of things. We have lost our uniqueness, we have been polluted by too many outside ideas.”

Captain Sheridan: “That’s a great story. I’m sure that’s the one you’re putting out. Whats the real one, the real fact not the good fact?”

Daniel: “Earth needs room to expand. The Rangers and Alliance pose a hindrance to our plans to expand.”

Here is the short video:


Quote of the day-Franklin D Roosevelt

“We must scrupulously guard the civil rights and civil liberties of all our citizens, whatever their background. We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization.”  Franklin Delano Roosevelt January 9, 1940

Quote of the day-Margaret Thatcher

“We are not in politics to ignore peoples’ worries: we are in politics to deal with them.”
Margaret Thatcher, 1978