Stoves

15 Dec 18
Spirit of Cecilia

The organ is typically associated with bland church music, less favorite arrangements of Christmas carols, and haunted houses. But Mozart himself called it “the king of instruments,” and if the daring listener wishes to venture into solo organ music for the first time, then R. J. Stove’s “The Gates of Vienna” is an ideal starting point… (essay by […]

15 Dec 18
Thinking it Through

**This post is the first in a series about safety-click here to see the initial post- it is partly inspired by the Mike Smith Blog Post What does a well founded risk decision look like?**  In his article he says: Where does a well-founded risk decision start? First, it must always start with clearly identified […]

15 Dec 18
Chico Enterprise-Record
Some days the best thing that happens is that all the socks come out of the dryer in matching pairs. It’s the little things, really. Especially after a single day that included, in chronological order, the 12 worst days of Christmas rolled into one: 1) Stepping in cat vomit (5:30 a.m.) (Although I don’t know what I would do with it, a partridge in a pear tree would have been nicer.) 2) The coffee maker spontaneously going into over drive and gushing coffee and wet grounds onto the counter which then, before I could grab a cloth to wipe up or say “Bob’s your uncle,” streamed over the edge onto the floor (6:03 a.m.) (Again, would have preferred turtle doves, even flying loose in my house.) 3)   The flue in the chimney getting stuck in the closed position without any “I’m-breaking” warning and trying to light a fire only to have rolling clouds of bilious smoke come pouring out into the house (8:05 a.m.) (Really? Like there hasn’t been way more than enough smoke in life lately? OK well I guess I coulda smoked three French hens; at least there would have been something to eat.) 4) The smoke alarm screeching incessantly due to the clouds of bilious smoke pouring out of the wood stove (see No. 3) before I’d even had a cup of coffee (see  No. 2) (8:06 a.m.) (Not the kinda calling bird sound that really says “happy Christmas.”) 5) Having to turn on all the fans and open every single window and all five doors (see Nos. 3 and 4) resulting in the inside temperature dropping to 50 degrees (8:55 a.m.) (Could I trade the five doors for five golden rings? Please!?!) 6) The bank calling to let me know that a second person I’d never heard of had been “successfully” added to my account. (9:48 a.m.) (Forget the six geese a layin’, my goose was cooked.) 7) The computer gets infected with malware and every search redirects me to pornography websites where people are doing things I didn’t think were physically possible and can never unsee (11:10 a.m.) (Imma gonna have nightmares for weeks and none will include seven swans a swimin’.) 8) After sitting on the phone for four hours with tech support (see No. 7) my teeth are about to chatter right out of my head despite being bundled up in multiple layers of clothing plus a scarf, hat, gloves and coat  (see  No. 5) only to find that after having gone through about 50 different “trouble shooting” scenarios with eight tech guys, that the fix to the perpetual porn search is simply to turn the computer off and back on again. (3:15 p.m.) (Imma thinkin’ the eight maids of milking would have been more helpful than the eight tech support guys.) 9) The dogs bust through the screen door and take off howling and barking for parts unknown (3:20 p.m.) (Maybe they caught the scent of nine ladies dancing. Who the heck knows?) 10) Already dressed for the outdoors (see No. 8) I take off after the dogs channeling the tracking spirit of Daniel Boon while on the cellphone to the bank (see No. 6) only to return home to find the little buggers sitting on the front porch waiting for me (4:40 p.m.) (I then channeled the spirit of those leaping Lords and did a little happy leaping myself.) 11) Being 20 minutes late to an appointment for new tires because it took 25 minutes to get from the freeway exit one block to the appointment location. (I saw no pipers piping so it was all about the holiday traffic — bah humbug — and extra population due to those displaced by the Camp Fire – God bless them.) (6:05 p.m.) 12) Being stuck in traffic in the fast lane on the freeway and having a Santa on a Harley pull up along side of me and hollering “You have a flat tire.” So I had to get to the shoulder, call AAA and get towed back to the tire place (7:15 p.m.) (Really the 12 drummers should have been there to give me a drum roll upon return.) On my way home (finally) I did stop and treat myself to an extra-hot, non-fat, decaf, no whip, peppermint mocha to go. And when I got home to the cold but happy dogs I added two shots of peppermint schnapps to the mocha and took the laundry out of the dryer and there — ho-ho-ho — were all the socks. Merry Christmas to me.
15 Dec 18
Gastrohome

Ingredients 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, more for waffle iron 2 cups/240 grams all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon/15 grams sugar 1 teaspoon/8 grams baking powder 1 teaspoon/5 grams fine sea salt ½ teaspoon/3 grams baking soda 1 cup plain yogurt (or see note) 1 cup milk 4 large eggs Melt butter either on the stove or in the microwave. Set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. In […]

15 Dec 18
Finding home in montana

12.14.18 There’s this interesting interlude in our weather, from mid-November to mid-December, in which the temperatures are low enough to make ice on the ponds and lakes, but before the snow arrives to cover it up.  Once, back in 2004, a few years after we had moved to the lake, a group of outdoor enthusiasts […]

15 Dec 18
Emma Woodthorpe

Hello Guys, me again. To set the scene for you, I’m currently sitting on my sofa – Christmas jumper and socks on – next to my cat Dave, with out log burning stove blasting out heat. Both of us are waiting for the snow that has been forecast – as I can’t think of any […]

15 Dec 18
Closer Weekly
Given her incredible work with child performers in E.T., Cujo, The New Lassie, and more, it should come as no surprise that Dee Wallace was one herself. But how did she first get started in showbiz? “Oh, I was born!” Dee, 70, exclusively told Closer Weekly in the magazine’s latest issue, on newsstands now. “Seriously, when I was four, my family was extremely poor. I looked like Shirley Temple and needed to help them make money.” The Kansas City, KS, native went from modeling and appearances as the “Dell Comic Queen” to 1970s TV guest spots and Hollywood success. Today, she said, “I go from family films to horror films and everything in between!” View this post on Instagram There was a flying friend at the party last night! 🐥 A post shared by thedeewallace (@thedeewallace) on Aug 15, 2018 at 3:34pm PDT Now, Dee can be seen in two new Lifetime Christmas movies, Every Other Holiday and Jingle Belle. When she’s not working, Dee enjoys spending lots of time with actress-filmmaker Gabrielle Stone, 30, her daughter with her second husband and frequent co-star, Christopher Stone. We talked to Dee about motherhood, how she overcame Christopher’s passing, and the stories behind her most famous roles — scroll down to read our exclusive Q&A interview with Dee!  It seems like you’re busier than ever these days. What projects do you have coming up? There’s Jingle Belle and Every Other Holiday, a beautiful movie I really love. And I just finished filming a zombie movie, 3 From Hell. It’s the two sides of Dee Wallace! And your most famous role is in a family meets-space-alien film. Did any funny things happen on the set of E.T.? We worked on Halloween, so the entire crew was supposed to dress up. Steven [Spielberg] walked in dressed exactly as the kids dressed E.T. in the movie, with the hat and pearls, and the kids just lost it. He was in their hearts forever at that moment. What’s your favorite E.T. memory? Absolutely, hands down, the connection with the kids. We really were a family. I didn’t feel I had to take care of Robert [MacNaughton], but I felt a lot of responsibility with Henry [Thomas] and especially Drew [Barrymore]. After playing his mom, how did you feel watching Henry play the dad role in his hit Netflix show The Haunting of Hill House? Very proud. Now I’m playing grandma roles! Time marches on. It’s great — and weird! Henry’s such a pure, real actor, and I’m happy he’s continuing to do great things. We had a real connection that the boys and I still have. You probably don’t hear this from most actors, but I love working with kids and dogs. [Laughs] Even the dogs that played Cujo? Did you ever feel you were in real danger? I didn’t! They were so incredibly well trained, and their tails were wagging all the time because it was a big game for them. The only time I wigged out a bit was when [Cujo] was supposed to have died on top of me. The dog had been put under, but not all the way, so I had a 140-pound St. Bernard on top of me and I was in a hysterical state, bench pressing this dog that’s growling! [Laughs] Have you had any other crazy experiences in show business? People don’t know the power of an actor’s adrenaline. Being told, “Don’t worry, Dee, you can’t break the glass” during Cujo was a great example. I hit [the car window] three times and the glass broke! Speaking of big breaks, what was it like working with Dudley Moore in 10? That was life-changing. One of the “grandest day[s] of my youth,” to quote a line from Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The cast and crew would hang together, and I loved Dudley. We danced on tabletops in Mexico! Today you act and do personal healing. When did you realize you had a gift for it? I would get “messages” as a little girl, but we all just thought it was imagination. One time I woke my mom up and said, “Something is wrong at Grandma’s house.” God love my mother, she got up in the middle of the night and we went over there because we couldn’t get her on the phone. The cat had gotten on the stove and turned on the gas. Wow. What is the work you do today? I started studying with a man named Charles Conrad. He taught us a technique where you get your energy very, very high so you surpass your mental mind. I was doing it in my acting, but when my husband, Chris, died suddenly [of a heart attack in 1995], I dropped to my knees and said, “I don’t want to be a victim, I just want a way to heal.” Within seconds I got a very clear message. I took it into my acting studio at the time and [students’] lives started changing, their careers started taking off and here I am now with clients all over the world. You seem like a positive, strong person… My father was an alcoholic and committed suicide when I was a senior in high school. I learned pretty early that I was strong enough to handle that and still be happy. Dee and her second husband, Christopher in 1981. Do you have any regrets? I certainly regret that I lost my husband at an early age. Chris and I were true soulmates, he’s Gabrielle’s daddy. It was up to me to pick myself up and keep creating the joyful girl who was born in Kansas City. How did you get yourself and your daughter through it? Love. I loved myself and my kid enough to rise up and take her through it. I think that’s why we’re best friends now. We’ve been through the downest downs and the highest ups together. She’s an actress writer-director, and I’m very proud of her. If you know the people around you love you unconditionally and will be there, you can get through anything. Do you have a special someone now? The guy I’m with now I’ve been with for five years. My [third ex-husband] Skip and I are very good friends and he’s still very much a stepfather in Gabby’s life. What’s your greatest life lesson? It’s always up to you to keep creating who you are. You can get hurt or rejected, but ultimately you’re the only one who can do that to yourself. That’s the biggest lesson I teach in my healing. You get to choose how to react, keep re-creating yourself and move on so that you like life. Any advice you can pass on at age 70? No matter what age you are, keep asking what you want to do, create and give. As long as you’re doing that, you live until you die. For more on Dee Wallace, pick up the latest issue of Closer Weekly, on newsstands now — and be sure to sign up for our newsletter for more exclusive news!
15 Dec 18
Stellar Stallion

He perceived instinctively his slip up at the wine bar. A most unnatural event that was first of its kind did not go unnoticed and unpunished. The part he could not put together was how the contacts given to him by CIA became the same ones that set him up. Was this a setup too? Was this their plan all along?

15 Dec 18
Club Penguin Mountains

A new Better Igloos catalog has been released on Club Penguin Rewritten, filled with lots of items themed around Christmas, winter and the Holidays! View all secrets here As always, in this post, I will be sharing all the secrets/cheats inside the catalog! A green circle/blue arrow represents that a secret is hidden there and […]

15 Dec 18
Seeker

In a desperate attempt to relive some of my childhood memories, I have recently delved into Aum Kunzang Choden’s 2006 edition of ‘Folktales of Bhutan’ with its illustrations that help make the stories even richer, especially since the descriptions of migoi, Rolong, dermo and Lu have become hazy on the bumpy road to adulthood. However the first […]

15 Dec 18
NutriHealth Inspirations

During my pregnancy, I tried to come out with many healthy recipes that could help me satisfy my cravings. Some didn’t turn out as expected while some were great and approved by others too. Here in this blog I share with you three of them which are easy and quick to make.

15 Dec 18
Jace Rockland

7/Rockland’s 52: Ofelia confides in her friends, Jake and Fran with a relationship advice.

15 Dec 18
Gs Engineers Group

Coal Procesing & Handling System Manufacturer ahmedabad Coal is the most vital petroleum derivative in India and records for roughly 55% of India’s vitality needs. Coal has contributed altogether to India’s mechanical legacy as far back as the presentation of steam trains in 1853, and keeps on doing as such, because of India’s consistently expanding […]

15 Dec 18
Augusta Free Press

Researchers from the Virginia Tech School of Neuroscience are teaming with the University of California San Diego and the U.S. National Institutes of Health to develop a drug – now in its earliest stages -– that can treat certain types of chronic pain without the addictive consequences of opioids.

15 Dec 18
Russia News Now

At the age of 50, Gerry cycled (that’s right) from Germany to Vladivostok. Inspired by Dostoevsky, he yearned to study the Russian soul and see the vast Russian expanses in the flesh. It was his first trip to Russia. Three years later, he moved to Siberia and is now unable to imagine life in another […]

15 Dec 18
humorwriterblog

There’s still time to book a bolthole to see in 2019 – some with hefty discounts. We pick hideaways from the Highlands to the West Country Tresillian is a spacious, dog-friendly farmhouse with sea views, great walks and a good local pub. Beamed ceilings, an inglenook fireplace and wood-burning stove create a cosy feel, and […]

15 Dec 18
News Exc Celebrity

Article and photos from hienalouca.com

Chopping wood, fetching water, stacking hay, sewing and cooking – Lyudmila Vyacheslavovna has a busy schedule starting at 4am every day.

And this Christmas period will be no different, because she is the only resident of a remote Russian village, meaning the 70-year-old has to carry out all these chores by herself, no matter what time of year it is.

We know about her daily routine not because she has started posting to social media, but because her life has been documented in a fascinating and poignant series of photographs by Olga Kouznetsova, who spent time with her last July, December and January.

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