Monday, April 5, 2010

What is the Sunrise/Sunset Calendar for 2010?

I just found a really cool website that allows a search of your own area for sunrise and sunset and for what phase the moon in in. Check this out: SUNRISE/SUNSET

On this website CIVIL TWILIGHT is defined as "In the morning before the beginning of civil twilight and in the evening after the end of civil twilight, artificial illumination is normally required to carry on ordinary outdoor activities." There is more information on that site that explains it even further. It explains why we usually see "daylight" about a half hour before sunrise and a half hour after sunset.

That reminds me...has anyone noticed how bright this past winter was? I'm in the northeastern US and almost all winter, any time I got up during the middle of the night and looked out my window I was not surrounded by complete darkness. Something seems different this year. Can anyone explain that for me?

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The View - Should Siblings Be Invited to the Birthday Party?

Catching part of The View this morning, I happened to hear Sherri Shephard ask for opinions regarding an upcoming birthday party. "Should siblings (of invitees) be invited to the birthday party"? Here's my question..."HOW CAN THAT EVEN BE A QUESTION!!???" Ok, if you are inviting children because YOU are really inviting YOUR adult friends and they happen to have children, then yes, invite all of your friend's children. If you are inviting the children because they are the age and friend/playmate of your birthday child, DO NOT INVITE THEIR SIBLINGS. What are you thinking? What are you possibly teaching those children if you invite them? That they can tag along to EVERYTHING their sibling does? Good luck if you set THAT precedent!

About not inviting the whole class because there are too many, you are NOT obligated to invite the whole class. Pick a limit on the number of children allowed to attend. You are the parent - you make the decisions. Either let the five-year-old birthday boy choose which kids will attend or put all the names into a hat and have him pull out that number of names. If you have decided on a limit of ten, you could possibly have him choose five and pick the other five out of the hat. BUT please, do not leave out only one or two children!

If this problem is about inconveniencing the parents because the parents don't have a place to bring their other child, then:
a. Remember that being a parent is ABOUT being inconvenienced and
b. The parent should welcome this occasion and use it to spend special alone time with the child who is not invited.

If I have a birthday party for my husband I will invite his friends, but I will NOT be inviting his friend's siblings! That would look ridiculous in the adult world and should look just as ridiculous in a children's world.

Joy had an idea too -- If the child is one, invite one friend, if the child is two, invite two friends. THERE IS A MAJOR FLAW IN THIS PLAN, TOO! One year old babies do not actually have friends! The birthday party for a one-year-old baby should include the family, not the babie's so called friends.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Linda asked: Which is better, a flat cut corned beef or a point cut corned beef?

Hi Linda, A flat cut corned beef brisket is much more lean than a point cut brisket. A flat cut is usually a little pricier, too. Whichever one you choose, make sure you cut it correctly -- at an angle against the grain. Check out my article on How to Correctly Cut Corned Beef

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Goldie asks: What is the difference between a green pepper and a red pepper?

This one is easy -- When it comes to Bell Peppers, the green ones are not yet ripe and the red ones are ripe. What I don't know is if there is any nutritional difference between the two. If anyone knows the answer, please help us out.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Lydia Asks: What was that "thing" over Allison's dresser on Gary Unmarried?

Gary Unmarried, January 21. Is there anyone out there who can tell me what that thing was over Allison's dresser that looked like a window cornice?

Friday, January 16, 2009

Patricia asked: Why are some towels more absorbent than others?

The less absorbent towels are the ones that contain fabric softener. Fabric softener is a waterproofer, which of course, prohibits absorption. They initially contain fabric softener because it makes the towels feel softer and more luxurious and makes them more enticing to purchase.

When I purchase new towels, I wash them and then rinse them in white vinegar to remove the factory fabric softener. A white vinegar rinse after you have had them for a while, will also help remove detergent buildup (which can make them feel stiff).

Cotton is quite soft on its own and I can never understand why people would add fabric softener to their cotton towels.