Mark and I celebrate 21 years of married life today.
The friend who acted as MC at our wedding reception was cleaning out his stuff and found the speech he made on that day about how Mark and I met. (He admits he is a hoarder.)
He very kindly typed out the whole thing and shared it on my Facebook wall!
The younger son is now 14! He has grown about 7 cm (almost 3 in.) in one year and is taller than his two older siblings.
Borrowed the audiobook version read by Jonathan Cecil from our local library.
I like Wodehouse — that is to say, I am trying to acquire a taste for Wodehouse — and I have tried reading several of his books in the past. Sometimes, life gets in the way and I don’t get to finish the book before it is due back at the library.
I have to say, experiencing the book this way was quite enjoyable and rewarding. Listening to an audiobook freed my hands up to do other things, eg knitting. Also, other people could listen and enjoy as well.
My mind is officially blown!
Today, Grammarly posted this on their Facebook page:
This happens to be one of my pet peeves. While many Grammarly subscribers also agreed with the post, some came out and said that it is not really a mistake because, well, because their teacher told them so.
Don’t believe me? Take a look!
This happened last month, but I am only now writing about it.
We have been involved with this club for over ten years now. What started out as a way to ‘outsource’ Physical Education for our home-schooled children has turned out to be a full-on family commitment.
Mark is the President, and no, that does not make me the First Lady.
I am the Results Coordinator Manager. I collect all the results sheets at the end of the day’s events and enter them into the system.
Older son Jeremy served as the Chief of Officials.
Older daughter Susannah helped out at the track field, zapping athletes’ barcodes and aligning that with their track results.
Younger son Benjamin completed his ninth year of little athletics and because he went every single week bar one (he was away at a Boys’ Brigade camp that weekend) and took part in every single event, he managed to rack up enough points to get First Place!
Younger daughter Elizabeth received her Five-Year Award. As an U9 athlete, she is one of the youngest recipients of the award.
She also attended every week bar one (Girls’ Brigade camp) and competed in every event, but did not collect enough points to get a placing.
Our Saturday mornings are now a lot quieter and less rushed, that is, until October when the season starts up again!
Chinese New Year is here again!
Clockwise from far left:
* Fish in Assam Sauce (used packaged sauce)
* Chinese Roast Pork aka Siew Yoke (made from scratch!)
* Chinese Roast Duck (Chinese takeaway)
* Chinese BBQ Pork aka Char Siew (used packaged seasoning)
* Cabbage, carrot, wood ear, lily flower, glass vermicelli stir-fry
* Fried noodles
* Szechuan Eggplant
Oh, and the rice (MUST have rice!!) is just off on the right.
Yes, that is a lot of food for just the six of us. But, I think I cooked enough extra so that we would have the obligatory leftovers to take into the new year without it being too overwhelming. I know this because the leftovers all fit comfortably in the fridge! There have been times in the past when I went overboard and it was a struggle to find room in the fridge to fit the leftovers. Maybe I’ve gotten better at cooking the ‘right’ amount. And maybe also my kids are getting older and eating more.
Orange Chiffon Cake and Red-and-Gold Fruit Salad for dessert. The cake tastes a LOT better than it looks.
Wishing you all a VERY Happy Chinese New Year!
A very interesting article on The Natural Historian.
No matter how much YECists deny it, the fact that they accept adaptation and speciation means that they do accept evolution.
Please welcome David MacMillan* as a guest author today on Naturalis Historia.**
As the strict young-earth creationists at Answers in Genesis work to complete their Ark Encounter “theme park,” they have expended an impressive amount of energy organizing the millions of species of land animals alive today into a handful of small groups they call “baramins.” They claim these groups represent the original created kinds of which Noah would have brought pairs onto the ark. This consolidation of numerous species into single “baramin” groups is driven primarily by the space on Noah’s purported vessel. The smaller the menagerie the Ark was purported to have contained, the more feasible it seems, and so the “baraminologists” at Answers in Genesis have gone to great lengths to explain how the vast array of species today could have been represented by a relatively low number of ancestral pairs.
One well-known hallmark of modern young-earth…
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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,200 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
The post has generated a long discussion. I am posting redacted parts of it here now to make it easier to read. I welcome readers to add their thoughts to the discussion.
I apologise for the length of this article!
Miss Seventeen asked if she could have a cheesecake for her birthday. Much to her older brother’s chagrin, it was not a chocolate cheesecake she wanted, but a strawberry cheesecake.
This is a no-bake cheesecake.
- 1 cup sweet biscuit crumbs
- 1/3 cup butter, melted
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. gelatine, dissolved in 1/4 cup water (sprinkle gelatine over cold water, stir to combine, and then microwave on high for 30 seconds)
- 2 x 250g cream cheese, softened at room temperature
- 1 x 400g can sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1 1/2 cups mashed strawberries
- sliced fresh strawberries
- 1 x 57g packet of strawberry flavoured jelly crystals
- Combine biscuit crumbs and butter. Press into base of a 22cm (9-in) spring form pan. Chill until firm.
- In a blender, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add gelatine mixture, sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice and mashed strawberries. Blend until well combined.
- Pour into crumb base. Return to refrigerator and chill until firm. This will take at least four hours.
- Place sliced strawberries over the top.
- Prepare jelly but only use half the amount of water needed, ie, if the instructions call for 500mL of water, only use about 250mL. We want a jelly top, but we want it to be firm and not too wobbly.
- Return to fridge and chill until firm. This will take at least a few hours (preferably overnight).
To serve, run a knife along the edge of the pan before releasing the spring form to unsure the jelly stays intact.