Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Things had their first white Christmas this year.

Here in Washington we get rain.
You may have heard this?

"It rains nine months of the year in Seattle."
That is a quote from Sleepless in Seattle.

The local weather channels actually provide us with charts to let us know "The Odds It Will Rain on Any Given Day."

According to the National Climate Data Center (they give you the odds of a white Christmas in most major US cities), Seattle has a 7% chance of having one inch of snow for Christmas.

The last time we had snow around here on Christmas day? 1990 (that was about an inch), and before that it was 1965.

This year? Croly hap! We had OVER a foot at my house!!

There is Thing One kickin' it in the Christmas spirit.

Thing Two received Zoo Tycoon from his brother who was DYING for this game...and who has already played it more than Thing Two...yes, we've had to have THAT talk now too.
Here is Mr. Logo entertaining himself with the packaging from one of his gifts. The roads, going over the river and through the woods, were pretty ugly in spots. The weather this week is predicted to go into the 40s for a while and so now there are going to be flood watches all over the place.
I'm of two minds about all this snow. I mean, parts of it are great! It is kinda pretty, sledding and whatnot are certainly fun, but, uh, its been TWO FREAKING WEEKS.
I am officially done.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Roti, and tree, and snow, oh my

Here you see Thing Two bravely trying a roti from the very first batch I ever made in my whole life. I was inspired by Lime. I also found a lot of helpful tips here.

Here is Thing One hauling in the trismas tree. Awwwa, isn't he big and strong and handsome?
Lastly, here you see the Princess in the snow. She cannot even walk in the snow, it's too deep, so she sort of gallups along in a completely ridiculous manner. It's quite amusing. One down side of having a dog with hair instread of fur is that it does not shed snow. Poor Ariella, she keeps trying to pee on the porch so she doesn't have to go 4 wheeling.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Friday, December 12, 2008

Happy second week of December!


this is what happens when you tell a group of disgusting male people that you really DON'T need any more pictures of them with fingers protruding from the orifices in their heads.


We have discovered the Play-away section of the library! YAY! They are teeny digital book. The patron supplies one AAA battery and earphones and life is good. I promise he is NOT trying to flip you off, really, he was merely attempting to show off the convenient little pre-loaded digital player.

This is a piece of wrapping paper that the Things decorated with snowmen and christmas trees, I helped too.

Here is a version of the project with credits.
Here is a little box I painted for Thing Two to use with his Legos and action figures and such.

What can I say, I was bored.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

It's Pearl Harbor Sunday

Do you know a Pearl Harbor survivor?
2,400 were killed and 1,178 were injured that day.

Here are some photos and the you can listen to Roosevelt's address to both houses of Congress too.

While perusing Pearl Harbor info online I found this, which I found interesting and heartwarming in an incredibly sad way.

Dick Fiske, a bugler on the U.S.S. West Virginia, wasn’t the only Pearl Harbor
survivor in his family. His father, Frank Fiske, was the Navy chief commissary
steward on the U.S.S. Tangier, and his brother Frank Fiske, Jr., was an Army
medic at Schofield Barracks. Dick Fiske was one of many servicemen to have
family at Pearl Harbor. The U.S.S. Arizona carried 36 sets of brothers (33 pairs
and three sets of three) and one father-son pair. When she was bombed on
December 7, 1941, 24 of those sets and the father-son pair died. Less than a
month later five Sullivan brothers—George, Francis, Joseph, Madison, and
Albert—from Waterloo, Iowa, joined the Navy hoping to serve together. A friend
of theirs had been killed on the Arizona, and they wanted to fight. The
Sullivans were assigned to the U.S.S. Juneau, which was sunk by a Japanese
submarine on November 13, 1942, during the Battle of Guadalcanal. All five
Sullivan brothers were killed. At that time the Navy and other military branches
began to consider separating brothers in combat. In July 1942 the Navy forbade
commanding officers from forwarding requests from brothers to serve on the same
ship or station. Mandatory separation of brothers already serving together was
considered, but no action was taken. On October 26, 1944, the War Department
announced a new policy to remove surviving sons from the hazards of combat. If a
family had lost two or more sons in the armed forces and had only one surviving
son, either the family or the son could apply for him to be removed from
hazardous duties. This policy is still in effect today, but Navy family members
can serve together on the same ship. —Marisa Larson

War SOOO sucks

Monday, December 01, 2008


Well, Mr. Logo has been unemployed since the end of July and may I just say things were getting a little tight around here?

Today a judge ruled that he is eligible for unemployment, yay! Of course it is going to take a while to get here, but it's nice to know it's coming.

Also, barring any complications, it seems he has a new job! YAY!
We aren't sure when he will be starting, but just knowing that soon, someday very soon, he will toddle off to work EVERY SINGLE WEEKDAY, it's very comforting.

I would hate to imply that every individual moment spent in the company of Mr. Logo is not a universe of joy and delight, and yet somehow, I'm really looking forward to him not being here ALL the time.

In other news, I slipped down my porch steps like a cartoon character (I was wearing Mr. Logo's slippers, and just as the name implies, they were slippy!) just over a week ago and smacked my ribs and my head but I am all better :D yay!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Rough Science and other rough stuff

The Things and I have just finished watching Series 3 & 4 of Rough Science.
It is such a fun show! We also like History Detectives, which you can watch online.

I didn't post anything special on Veteran's Day, but not because I didn't have any thoughts on the matter, but, well... words fail me.
My husband, my brother-in-law, my father, a couple of my uncles, several of my cousins, my grandfather, and my great-grandfather are vets. Many of our close friends are also veterans.

Monday we went to Tahoma National Cemetery.
My grandparents are now interred there, in the this section.

Seeing the very young military men who performed the rifle salute, flag ceremony, and played taps, working with the quite elderly VFW volunteers who officiated was perfect. The holders of the past and the future working together in the present to honor those of their ranks who have died.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

We homeschool but...

we are NOT like this, REALLY! I promise.

Monday, November 10, 2008

The Animaniacs

Chopsticks and chopsticks and chopsticks and chopsticks and chopsticks and chopsticks and chopsticks,
chop chop!!

Friday, November 07, 2008

So tomorrow...

I am going to my grampa's funeral.

He was my last living grandparent. He was born in New York in 1919.
He was the eldest of 4 siblings.
He served in the Army and Air Force during WWII
(Pictured here with his father, also in the service).
He met my grandmother in England while he was stationed there.
She was attending nurses' training at the time. They met accidently in the darkness of a bomb shelter.
They were married in 1945.
They had 6 children and eventually settled here in Washington state where their kids had kids and the family started to grow to the staggering proportions it would eventually have.
Here is the whole famn damily in 1988,

and most of the current gang just last month, at Grampa's birthday party.

My gramma passed away back in November, 1995.

My grampa was an amazing man, and one who loved his family, life, and laughing.

Friday, October 31, 2008

The 2004 Oscar for Best Song

was won by a GENIUS, Annie Lennox (written with Fran Walsh and Howard Shore).
It was in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. In addition to my passion for Annie Lennox I will confess, I am a bit of a LOTR fan. I don't always love movie music, but sometimes it's just enjoyable stuff, like this.
Anyway, I've been really enjoying this song lately.

(I have to add a geek note. Though I make no claims to musical competence, it seems to be that Howard Shore did some amazing things with the sound tracks of these movies. I have no idea what he is doing these days but I hope he isn't starving in some tiny, drafty flat with a bunch of kids).

OK, and it's only barely Friday but here are 55 words.

I love my country.
I wish I could be proud of my fellow citizens, all of them,
but I can’t.
I love our rights.
I love our freedoms.
I believe in personal responsibility.
I believe we are our brothers’ keepers.
I hate the pettiness and prejudices recently brought to light.

I can’t wait for Tuesday!

Monday, October 27, 2008

This is a post to push the other one down a bit since it is clearly not the weekend anymore.

I have once again stolen my post idea from Lime.
She went all wacky with it and since I'm actually doing it on the exact same day I thought I should probably at least do it in a different style.
I shall attempt to play this one straight.
Wish me luck!

Where do I buy my clothes?

I'm not a big fan of the shopping, as some of you may recall, although I do love saving money. Often my clothing comes from secondhand shops, Ross, or TJ Maxx.
If I going to buy new I often do it online. Lands End Overstocks, baby, yeah!

Where did my furniture come from?

My furniture...hmmm, well, my bedroom set was passed on to us by my husband's family. We have supplemented with Pier One type finds (sometimes at Ross).
One of the kids' dressers and one small book shelf was passed on from my family.
My breakfast room table, hall tree, fruit stand, corner table, and living room coffee table all came home with us from Italy.
My buffet was found in a garden shop, on it's last little leg. I sanded it for about two weeks straight, my uncle replaced the veneer on top and we replaced the bottoms of the drawers. We also replaced all the hardware and covered up the damaged cupboard corners. It was a lot of work, but we are very pleased with it.
The dining room table, wall table, and end table all came from an antique mall.
The kids' beds, night stands, one dresser, our computer armoire, living room book shelves, and our TV stand were all d-i-y projects to one extent or another.
My school room book shelves were slated for disposal when the Navy bookstore in Naples moved. The staff happily sent the thing home with us when Mr. Logo voiced some interested. We have some oddly shaped shelves in the school room we got that way as well.
We have a desk handed down by an auntie, a coffee table that was once a missile crate, and a table from Mr. Logo's mom.
The rest of it we bought here and there at unimportant furniture stores that steal the soul of humanity with their faceless conformity.

Where do I live?

I live in a house, in the woods, near the Puget Sound, in Washington state, in the United States, in North America, Earth, Milky Way Galaxy.

Favorite books?

All time favorites are too hard, so let’s just talk about current favorites. The Things and I just read Island of the Blue Dolphins, which was pretty good. I read Eating Heaven this weekend, which was enjoyable, but the current favorite is The Pig Scrolls.

Favorite movies?

I’m in a 6 hour BBC Pride and Prejudice frame of mind.

Favorite music?

According to Rob, my favorite tune in the CNN theme music.

Favorite TV show?

Life, Heroes, and My Own Worst Enemy are my favorites at the moment

Who gets hit?

In the grand karmic sense, those who deserve it.

Friday, October 24, 2008

When the going gets rough...

I run away and visit my sister in Eastern Washington for the weekend.
Have a good weekend ya'll!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Ooooooh, I found something interesting

Check it out!

If you didn't find it as fascinating as I did, well, then check this out.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Are you freaking kidding me?

The gal with the odd accent and interesting grasp of English , as well as a secessionist husband, is going to slam a guy who knows a guy who was pardoned for acts committed over 40 years ago?

Seriously, could our potential leaders PLEASE try to grow a little dignity and address matters of national and international importance with some sense that the American public deserves honesty and clear answers rather than bluster and word salad?

Lewis Black says a monkey should choose our president.

A friend of mine says all elections should be held with a phone book, a blindfold, and a stick pin.

Since we are revamping that whole free market capitalism idea, maybe we should take a look at our election system too.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

I'm in such a state!

States in which I've been
Make yours @

Now, it is true that not every state in which I've been is clearly marked on this map. Insanity for example, knows no borders, but I bring that with me from place to place so I decided not to confuse the issue any further.

As is true of many of my left coast kindred souls, my US geography catagories are;


the middle,

down south,


back east somewhere.

Being from over here on the coast it's never really made sense to me that people refer to states that are clearly on the eastern half of the country as "the mid-west."

If you ask me, the mid-west starts at Colorado.

What is the problem here?

Are people still operating off maps from before the Lewis and Clark expedition?!?

Merriweather would be very offended that his hard work is being so pointedly ignored.

Missouri is the mid-east if ANYTHING, people, come on!

Anyway, here are a couple more maps to cheer you on your way.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

I'm so adjective

Join me for some Toothpaste for Dinner?
I purchased some organizer thingees for my 'puter desk.
You might not be able to tell, but this is the "After" picture

Imagine what it looked like before, hmm?

Saturday, September 06, 2008

I have been ill *cough, cough*

I skipped the barfing sound effect, just for you, because I love you THAT much.
So here is a pic
Six days into this I feeling horribe I finally decided to run to the doctor.
I hate going to the doctor and paying to have them tell me to rest and drink fluids. I already KNOW that. If I am going to bother with the trip and the co-pay I want to make sure I've got something impressive.
Though this may not be a positive trait I'd rather hear,

"I can't believe you waited this long to come in!" than
"You came in for this?"

That is if we are discussing me as the patient, if we're discussing my Things, the rules of evidence are different and Mr. Man, well... he has his own deal going.
Anyway, I am much better now, and my breathe is WAY better.
Just in time for school.
I have an obsession for school/office supplies that is way beyond unhealthy. Back to school time for me is like New Year's to alcoholics. Oh yeah, baby. YEAH!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Another stolen meme

If Lime did it, it has to be good, right?

I give you money and send you into the grocery store to pick up 5 items.
You can only pick one thing from the following departments, what is it?
Produce: Bok choi, baby, because it's fun to say!
Frozen: Vanilla bean ice cream
Meat: Pork tenderloin
Dairy: Extra sharp cheddar
Canned goods:
Canned whole chicken

Let's say we're heading out for a weekend getaway. You're only allowed to bring 3 articles of clothing with you. So, what's in your bag?
something new
something borrowed
something blue,
oh wait...

If I was to listen in on one of your conversations throughout the day, what 4 phrases or words would I be most likely to hear?
It's a thingy, a fiendish thingy!"
"Fine, go, you've stayed your hour."
"OK, I love you, buh bye."
Stop harassing your brother!

So, what 4 things do you find yourself doing every single day, and if you didn't get to do, you probably wouldn't be in the best mood?
Drinking tea
Inhaling and/or exhaling
Spending a few quality moments on my own

You're driving down the road, and suddenly you're hit with this sense of road rage.
What 3 factors probably contributed to it?
I don't really do road rage, but if I were to experience a passing sense of exasperation it would probably be because:
Someone tried to kill me through blantant stupidity,
Someone is driving as if they are the only person on the road, OR
The person in front of me is weaving around, going 15 mph under the speed limit, has had their blinker on for the last 5 minutes and they are talking on their cell phone.

Sweet, you just scored a whole afternoon to yourself. We're talking a 3 hour block with nobody around. What 5 activities might we find you doing?
Roaming a museum,
going for a motorcycle ride,
taking a nap

We're going to the zoo. But, it looks like it could start storming, so it'll have to be a quick visit. What 3 exhibits do we have to get to?
Komodo Dragons

You just scored tickets to the taping of any show that comes on T.V. of your choice. You can pick 4, so what are you going to see?
Myth Busters
The Daily Show
Good Eats
The Price is Right (Damn you, Bob Barker, damn you!! Threw that in there for old timers, if you want to catch up, you'd have to go

You're hungry for ice cream. I'll give you a triple dipper ice cream cone. What 3 flavors can I pile on for ya?
Dulce de leche
Vanilla Bean
Tin Roof

Somebody stole your purse/wallet…in order to get it back, you have to name 5 things you know are inside to claim it. So, what's in there?

Driver's License
Military ID
Member's card to the Pacific Science Center
Debit Card
Stamp card to my
tea shop

You are at a job fair, and asked in what areas you are interested in pursuing a career. Let's pretend you have every talent and ability to be whatever you wanted, so what 4 careers would be fun for you?
Test Pilot
Queen of Everything

If you could go back and talk to the old you, when you were in high school, and inform yourself of 4 things, what would you say?
This too shall pass.
The wedge hair style of the early 90s will be better in concept than reality, skip that.
Look both ways before crossing, dumbass!
Rice is not like waffles, you don't have to have a rice maker.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

It's not as bad as it could have been, that's for sure

Megan's neck, contrary to initial impressions is intact. Her neck brace is off. After a few days to heal up she is off the ventilator, and her blood oxygen levels are way healthy. After a barium swallow test they decided she can eat soft foods. Today she seemed much more her regular self, although weak, and her neck is hurting still a bit at times and she is on antibiotics.
It's been amazing how well she's healed.
Thank you for your concern and prayers.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

On my way to Spokane...

Once upon a time 2 ten year old girls met and they liked each other right away.
Unfortunately, they lived about 75 miles away from each other.
They wrote letters to each other, and kept in touch. They only managed to see each other once a year or so for a long time.
they learned to drive.
They would go and visit each other for weekends, and during the summer.
When they grew up they finally got to live in the same town for a while.
When Logo had her first baby her friend Stephanie was there with her,
and 8 months later Stephanie had her first baby.
Years went by, more babies were born, and across continents and oceans,
the two of them remained kindred souls.

Today, my friend sits in the pediatric wing of a hospital in Spokane with her daughter Megan.
Megan is 8, and her neck was broken in a tubing accident on the river over there while they were on vacation.
I am on my way over there.
All prayers, good thoughts, or well-wishes are very welcome.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Show and tell

This is food I cooked, well, part of it, but the point of interest here is that those are tomatoes we grew our very own selves. OK, so maybe I'm not much of a gardner, but forever I will be able to say I help grow something and then we ate it.
Oh, key point, and it didn't make us sick or anything!
These are baby birds that have been growing in our yard. This is the second batch from that nest. Mama robin is unstoppable! Also, she has quite an attitude.
This is my Thing Two at a museum. He loves the interactive displays. They have little fisher...person outfits for the children to try on and then they can board the trawler and make like they are starring in The Deadliest Catch, with less swearing though, I hope.
Here is my motorcyclin' galpal and I when we were out on our ride last week. Good tmes.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

...and the pendulum swings.

OK, now it really is raining.

Oh, and by the way,
migraines suck.

Linda Causey

Friday, August 15, 2008

Friday Flash Nonfiction in 55 words

Wind and engine noise combine into a song as I ease into 5th gear and lean into a curve. Pressure on the handlebar, lean just a little, roll on the throttle, and Red Molly flies through the twisty like a low-flying plane. The sunshine sparkles on the water, it’s a beautiful day for a ride.

Today I am taking Red Molly to the Olympic Peninsula which will include a ferry ride. I will visit with some friends there and then head home this evening. It is another gorgeous day and I am so looking forward to the ride.
Oops, I mean, it's raining... again...still more.
You'd hate it here.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

My motorcycle galpal and I are going on a ride again tomorrow.
(Photo from our last ride, in July)
Have I mentioned lately that I think Red Molly is about the prettiest bike ever in the world?
Waaaaaaaay back in the mists of time (some of you may recall the days) the VStar was merely a wish, a hope, a dweam within a dweam.
Then one day, about a year and a half ago, my darling Mr. Logo bought me the bike of my fantasies, and there was much rejoicing.
I do so love riding my Red Molly. We are planning to ride Chuckanut Drive. In addition to being fun to say, it's also beautiful, and it is also fun to ride, much with the twisties :D

Oh and just as a shout out to the internets at large:
759 spam mails in 8 hours? Chill the **** out, would you?!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Thing Two has been loving the Honda ATC 70 his daddy bought him. He has learned to pop wheelies on it and had put a ton of miles on it driving through our yard. The Things and their father went to an off road vehicle area last week and they all had a very good time.
I went to See Mama Mia!
Merle Streep was great, of course, and the interaction between her and her two friends was so much fun to watch. Pierce Brosnan gets an A for effort and a polite request that he never ever again make those faces while singing.
My latest attempt to go golfing was thwarted by rain, which was tiresome, but instread my pal and I went out to eat and roamed an outlet shopping mall. There may have been mocking.
While sorting through Netflix, attempting to find appropriate family viewing, we happened upon the A Team and Knight Rider. We watched the pilot episodes of both shows. Thing One enjoyed them both but Thing Two definitely preferred Knight Rider. Mr. Logo and I, in a fine display of SNL damage, both turned to each other as the credits were running and said in unison,
"Germans LOVE David Hasselhoff."
Trying to explain why that is funny resulted in one of those, "I guess you had to be there" moments. My children exchanged looks that clearly indicated they think their parents are at least mildly retarded. Ahhh, the joys of family life.
Tomorrow Thing One heads off to camp for a week. I have plans for another girl's day out on the motorcycles.
I can't believe summer is almost over.
What the heck happened??

Saturday, August 09, 2008

well, piss!

I was suppose to go golfing today.
It is raining...hard.
I am not golfing.
I am displeased.

Sunday, August 03, 2008


Now think of politics and religion,
he has a point, hmmm?

Thursday, July 31, 2008

A mini-tour

through my bookmarks is the featured special of the day.
In addition to all the lovely blogs and such listed over there >>>
I also have some other favorite spots.

The Seattle Daily Photo blog is a fabulous view of our fair city. Kim, the photographer, always seems to find something interesting, beautiful, or thought provoking to share.

My fav web comics are Questionable Content and xkcd (where you can order this shirt), which is why they are both in the side bar.

I do also quite enjoy Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.
This next one is an AOL site but I swear it doesn't suck. Ficlets is an idea vaguely related to flash fiction but its MORE... check it out.
Susie led me to these puzzles ages ago. They are pretty interesting and once you get the hang of how they work it's a fun way to kill some time. If you like that at all you will love THIS, courtesy of She Who Shall Not Be Named.
Into documentaries? Get a load of this. And if you are a total history geek, not that we know any of THOSE, this is a pretty cool resource.

Then there is
I will stop there, share some of your favorites in the comments, hmm?

Saturday, July 26, 2008

a meme

So a week ago, roughly, Lime did this meme she stole from APJ a long time ago. In a show of solidarity and support I decided to do it too.
No! It has nothing to do with lacking personal inspiration and original thought, thank you very much! No, really, it doesn't, I swear.

The idea is to write your first reaction to the prompt and not change it.
Watch out.

1. My 'ex' is still.... not someone I keep track of, there is a reason he became an 'ex.'

2. I am listening to... The Mountain playing Beck, I'm a Loser

3. Maybe I should... let my husband live, maybe.

4. I love... that Thing One scored as post high school level in most language art subjects in his end of school year testing, he just finished 6th grade (Thing Two finished out the 3rd grade testing the vocabulary and listening skills of a seventh grader. Much is explained, I should have KNOWN he was listening about as well as a 12 year old, just kidding, I am very proud of him). As a home school teacher that especially makes me happy.

5. My best friend(s)... are a blessing.

6. I don't understand... why.

7. I've lost my respect for... Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, oh wait...

8. I last ate... saucepan brownies, from a recipe courtesy of Lime, mmmmm.

9. The meaning of my display name is.... I love words! I love to read them, write them, hear them, speak them. I love me some words!

10. Love is.... a four letter word.

11. Someday.... I will be a librarian.

12. I will always... know what you did last summer.

13. Love seems to be...more complicated than the press release indicates. Maybe we are still in the beta testing stage?

14. I never ever want to lose.... my keys.

15. My mobile phone is.... waiting for your call. You never call, you never write, don't you love me any more?

16. When I woke up this morning... I rolled over and tried to ignore the talking. It's Saturday, dang it!

17. I get annoyed at/with.... selfishness.

18. Parties…. should be fun, not stuffy. Take note

19. My pets... are never as much trouble as people.

20. Kisses... feed the soul.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Thing One has learned 5 new katas (sets of memorized moves in karate). Thing Two has learned all his stuff too. They will both be testing again this week. Thing One for orange belt: Thing Two for yellow.
In 2 months Thing Two has grown 3/4 of an inch. I thought he looked taller when he got back from camp so I had to check. Thing One had grown as well.
The amount of food the two of them consume could fuel a small army.

I watched The Notebook ~ gah, THAT was an emotional wringer.

We have mountains of the never-ending mundane and few possibly earth-shaking situations in the works. Life just keeps happening, hm?

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

I'm not really here ** updated

because I have a lot of living to do.

I've been visiting family,

and getting my car worked on,

and testing driving cars,

and taking my dog to the vet (annual deal, no big whoop),

I went for a little hike in a lovely park not too far away,

browsed in my local indie bookstore,

mowed my lawn,

watched my husband play softball,

went to the movies,

all because...


Thing One is visiting the Aged Ps and Thing Two is at camp.

Tomorrow, a galpal and I are going on a much anticipated motorcycle ride together.

Thursday I'm going to hang out with another pal, till I take him to the airport.

This week is flying by and the weather is AWESOME!
Photos from the gal's day out.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Summer is a berry good thing

Above you see a 100% compostible cup. It is filled with dulce de leche ice cream and 4 shots of coffee. Yummy, and earth friendly! Thus suitably armed against any stray warmth from the glowy thing in the sky I set out to get...

strawberries! No, I didn't pick them! Silly billy, I bought them at a stand. Two flats for $21. Not too shabby. You can add a little of this...
and viola, you have freezer jam. Delish!
Then, of course, you have to save some for strawberry shortcake with real cream.
Am I drooling?
Lastly, here is Thing Two riding his little Honda ATC 70, isn't he cute?