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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sunday Sermonette (Mother's Day Edition)

Happy Mother's Day!


I've posted a photo of my four girls, all of whom are married and mothers but the youngest. It's a special thing to have your own become mothers, and to have grandchildren. When the girls complain about the grandkids misbehaving, I tell them. "Karma..."

All that notwithstanding, they're great mothers and they make me very proud.

It takes a lot to be a mother. They're all stay-at-home mothers. No success in life can compensate for failure in your home.


Junk at Lunch

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue signed a proclamation that relaxes standards for the upcoming school year in three key areas: whole grains, salt and milk.  Michelle Obama is furious, 

The Trump Adm. is scaling back some of the Obama Administration's disastrous guidelines on school lunches. Former first lady Michelle Obama expressed concern Friday:
"You have to stop and think, 'Why don't you want our kids to have good food at school? What is wrong with you, and why is that a partisan issue?" Obama said at the annual summit of the Partnership for a Healthier America, a nonprofit that works with the private and public sectors to fight childhood obesity. "Why would that be political?"
A number of people took exception at the change in school lunch that took place on Barack's watch. I think it would help Michelle Obama if she resolved to eat a typical school lunch every single day. You know, the lunches where catsup is considered to be a vegetable. Go to any school and look at all of the Obama standard food that the kids throw away. It speaks volumes.

Why not hire mothers to oversee the preparation of lunch for their (and other) children in school? Make sure that they're within school district guidelines, but let the mothers see how the "sausage is being made".

Involving mothers directly will do more to improve the nutrition of children than any other option. Mothers have a way of transitioning politics where the welfare of their own kids is involved.

Sub-Zero and Wolf

I'm at that phase in the construction of the White Wolf Mine/hovel where I need to pick out specific appliances so that the general contractor can schedule their install. I spent the weekend going from here to there picking out different things and the most expensive stop was at the Sub-Zero/Wolf showroom. They are very proud of their products and that pride translates into hefty prices.

At the same time, it seems poetic to have a Wolf stove at the White Wolf Mine, doesn't it? Or am I being seduced by the name alone? Quality is one of those things that I'm trying to build into every aspect of this project, and Wolf does make a really nice stove. Thus it will be a full on Sub Z/Wolf kitchen, and I hope that I don't regret it.

I was also out looking at propane powered back-up generators, kitchen countertops (quartz or quartzite?), lighting products, etc. There are a lot of decisions that have to be made in a relatively short period of time and I'm also trying to sell the primary residence. People are wandering through the principle domicile and I don't really like that - even though much of what was once there is boxed and in storage.

The family will be over for Mother's Day - the fare will be simple - tacos and enchiladas. Yes, it's a combination Cinco-de-Mayo and Mother's Day.

20 comments:

  1. Beautiful girls. We had the same problem - only two of four are married. We're having one daughter and her family over for lunch as well as her in-laws. Any plans LL?

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    1. Church, family dinner - grandkids playing (loudly), the usual.

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  2. Great fam8ly p8c and for sure, a W9lf is a must.

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  3. Aren't you glad they don't look like you.

    School lunches are no good if the kids don't eat them. I'm still confused who gave the power to Mooshell and Washington to regulate school lunches in the first.

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    1. I think that Mrs. O'Bama wanted to find something that she could do that would leave a lasting mark. Naturally, the Bamas can't do anything right, so we have a "school lunch crisis", and more swamp that needs draining.

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  4. With you and all your young'uns moving in with ya, two stoves makes sense. Enjoy the day.

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  5. I hate moving, and I hated showing my house, but it is a necessary evil if you are moving. My vote would be for quality, so you only have to go appliance shopping once.

    So far as counters go, make sure whatever you get resists stains, and needs minimal up-keep (a wipe down regularly with warm soapy water is my favorite).

    If the kids don't eat the lunch, but throw out the food instead, it is no bargain, nor are they getting healthy. Just hungry, which affects how they learn. Let them eat some fat, salt and sugar, and then run it off in recess and gym. More important to move daily then to eat super-healthy. That's what I've found anyways. And, no, catsup is NOT a vegetable!! Plus it is loaded with salt AND sugar!
    It is a condiment!

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    1. The Department of Education considers catsup a vegetable portion even though it's mostly salt and sugar (which is why it's delicious).

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  6. If I could afford a stove like that, and had room, I'd buy it in a heartbeat. I don't see how you could go wrong.

    Happy Mother's Day to all the women in your life! God bless you all! :-)

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    1. The nice thing about having your own home built is that you can say, 'this room needs to be longer and that room needs to be wider'. You don't have to 'fit things in'. The down side is paying for it.

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    2. >Happy Mother's Day to all the women in your life! God bless you all! :-)

      Seconded.

      Sub-Zero: So my friend E. moved into a new place and determined that he needed a new refrigerator. Chatting with his elderly parents, he was agonizing over Kenmore Elite vs Amana (or something like that) when his dad said, "You should get the kind we have. Can't remember the name, but it was in our retirement condo when we bought the place. Some weird off-brand I've never heard of, but we like it."
      E (dubiously): Okay, lemme know what the brand is when you get home.
      Dad (2 hours later, by phone): The brand is called Sub-Zero. Probably some Chinese knockoff, but it seems to work pretty well.

      "There ain't no Coupe de Ville hiding at the bottom of a Cracker Jack box" ... until you find one!

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  7. Enjoy your day with the family, LL.

    Speaking of the WWM, I *finally* found all the articles on the two-post and four-post lifts I was looking for.

    I'll get them scanned and emailed to you while my wife is out with her oldest to see a movie....his treat for Mother's Day.

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  8. The question about school lunches that never gets answered is why Washington should have anything to say about them in the first place. No love goes into government-regulated school lunches. How did we ever get talked into going along with trying to replace naturally-occurring institutions based on love, human nature and natural law, like families, communities and nations with artificial, ersatz government organizations? Let parents pack lunches for their own kids!

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    1. The Federal Government seized the money, then it created tightly regulated programs, that began with 'income redistribution' with less well-off children getting free lunches and in a metaphoric sense (sorta) the rich kid's parents paid for them.

      Let it not be said EVER that I oppose lunch for poor kids at school, because I don't. I'd much prefer that each district figure out what the kids will eat, what's good for them and pay poor parents to work at the cafeteria and prepare wholesome food. I don't mind paying the lunch tax for poor children. But I want the parents directly involved. It's the only way we can insure that the kids get a fair shake.

      Washington and Michelle Obama need to get their claws off local government and to his credit, President Trump is making that happen. Decision making should ALWAYS occur at the lowest possible level. Dictating from on-high is popular with progressives, but it leads to disaster...North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, the old Soviet Union, etc.

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  9. Beautiful young ladies, and yes, Karma! :-) You'll like the Sub-Zero gear, once you get over the sticker shock.

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    1. I've had bad refrigerator karma with some high end units over the last few years. Time too try Sub Z with the 30 year lifespan. It will out-live me.

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  10. You have beautiful daughters, I hope their day was special.
    School Lunches made by a couple of local ladies, that know how to cook balanced meals and what kids will eat, have gone by the way. Can you say CSEA union.
    I've heard SubZ's are great. Congrats on the Wolf. I have a friend who when building his house was instructed by his wife that that range was the only thing she had to have, all the rest was up to him. It is the center piece of her kitchen! Someday I'm going to get to cook on one. It's on my list.

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    1. The school unions need to be dissolved. Turn the job over to mothers and fathers of students. It's not a career, but it's a job and those skills can be taught. At the very least, they will be executed with love and care, which is more than that labor unions provide.

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