I had a busy day so I was pretty tired after I finished carving.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
I had a busy day so I was pretty tired after I finished carving.
- Do not sit under a Hawthorn tree on Halloween if you do not want to be enchanted or carried away by faeries, but to release a person from ghost or faerie possession, throw dust from your footprint at them.
- To prevent ghosts coming into the house at Halloween, bury animal bones or a picture of an animal near the doorway.
- It is told that owls ate the souls of the dying by swooping to earth on Halloween.
- A clear moon on Halloween means fine weather ahead. Clouds racing across the face of the moon mean storms are on the way and the wind at midnight indicates the prevailing wind for the coming season.
- Seeing a spider on Halloween means that the spider could be the spirit of a deceased loved one who is watching you.
- On Halloween Don't: Go hunting.
- Go to a crossroads at Halloween and listen to the wind, you will learn all the most important things that will befall you during the next twelve months.
- Halloween babies have the gift of second sight.
- At Halloween all family members should put an ivy leaf without spot or stain into a glass of water overnight. If the leaf is still spotless in the morning, the person is assured of life for another year but if the leaf has spots on it, the person who put it in the water will die within one year.
- You should walk around your home three times backwards and counterclockwise before sunset on Halloween to ward off evil spirits.
- Like at anytime, bells ward off evil spirits.
- If a candle flame turns blue there is a ghost about.
- On Halloween Don't: Watch your shadow in the moonlight.
- When bobbing for apples, or when apple snapping, it is believed that the first person to bite an apple would be the first to marry.
- On the morning of November 1st throw a silver coin through the front door of the house. The coin has to remain where it has fallen in order to bring financial luck.
- On Halloween Don't: Turn around to see who is behind you.
- Unless you were born in October, the wearing of an Opal will be very ill-fated.
- It is lucky to catch the falling leaves from trees in autumn; for every leaf that you catch before it hits the ground, you will have a lucky month the following year.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Things My Mother Taught Me
1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.
'If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning.'
2. My mother taught me RELIGION.
'You better pray that will come out of the carpet.'
3.. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
'If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!'
4. My mother taught me LOGIC..
'Because I said so, that's why.'
5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC.
'If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me.'
6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
'Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident.'
7. My mother taught me IRONY.
'Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about.'
8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.
'Shut your mouth and eat your supper.'
9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.
'Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!'
10. My mother taught me about STAMINA.
'You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone.'
11. My mother taught me about WEATHER.
'This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it.'
12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
'If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!'
13 My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
'I brought you into this world, and I can take you out. '
14.My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.
'Stop acting like your father!'
15. My mother taught me about ENVY.
'There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do.'
16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
'Just wait until we get home.'
17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING.
'You are going to get it when you get home!'
18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
'If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way..'
19. My mother taught me ESP.
'Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?'
20. My mother taught me HUMOR.
'When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me.'
21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT..
'If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up.'
22.My mother taught me GENETICS.
'You're just like your father.'
23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS.
'Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?'
24. My mother taught me WISDOM.
'When you get to be my age, you'll understand.'
25. And my all time favorite: My mother taught me about JUSTICE.
'One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you.
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Monday, October 26, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Romancing Your Soul, Absolutely Brilliant!
by Jonathan Reed
It's up to you to make a difference.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
You will be surprised to see that you just CANNOT.....,
Monday, October 19, 2009
To learn more about pumpkin carving, roasting pumpkin seeds and the legend of the Jack-o-Lantern see: Blurt: Pumpkin Carving & the Jack-o-Lantern Story
Sunday, October 18, 2009
1 Trevor Adams, my assistant programmer, can always be found
2 hard at work in his cubicle. Trevor works independently, without
3 wasting company time talking to colleagues. Trevor never
4 thinks twice about assisting fellow employees, and he always
5 finishes given assignments on time. Often he takes extended
6 measures to complete his work, sometimes skipping coffee
7 breaks. Trevor is a dedicated individual who has absolutely no
8 vanity in spite of his high accomplishments and profound
9 knowledge in his field. I firmly believe that Trevor can be
10 classed as a high-calibre employee, the type that cannot be
11 dispensed with. Consequently, I truly recommend that Trevor be
12 promoted to executive management, and a proposal will be
13 executed as soon as possible.
The idiot was standing over my shoulder while I wrote this report.
Kindly re-read only the odd numbered lines.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
- Hashtags (#) are used on Twitter to highlight a topic of discussion. One can click on a hashtag like #beatcancer and see all of the tweets which carry that particular hashtag. This is useful for some people if they are trying to follow the news about a topic and for marketing.
- Tweets simply are messages someone sends out kinda like a text message on a cell phone or like updating your status on Facebook. You are limited to 140 characters per tweet.
- RT stands for Retweet. This means to send the message out again. When someone Retweets your Twitter message then their followers can see the message. If enough people RT your message it could be seen by the entire Twitter community. This is done by copying their message including their username putting RT in front of their username and message. For example: RT @oldmanblurts My mother #beatcancer (This assumes my message was My mother #beatcancer)
- A follower is someone who follows your tweets. When you send out a tweet it appears on your followers home page.
- The @ symbol is used in front of a person's username so the message being sent will appear on their Twitter home page. Also if they are using a cell phone for their tweets the @ symbol will send the message to their phone as a text message. I only use the web page so I am not too familiar with how Tweets work on a cell phone.
I hope that clears up a few things about Twitter. I enjoy using it myself. So sign up for Twitter and start tweeting to the world. You can follow me on Twitter. My username is @oldmanblurts. Just click the link and it will take you to my profile page and then click the follow button.
Happy Tweeting and Thanks for supporting #beatcancer.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Image was taken from Louis CK's website; you can check out his website here for all of his most recent updates and live performance dates.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I apologize for the late posting of this post on Blog Action Day 2009. Blog Action Day was founded by Collis & Cyan Ta'eed in the summer of 2007. With the support of their team at Envato in Australia as well as numerous volunteers, they recruited over 20,000 bloggers to write about the issue of Environment on October 15, 2007 - making the first Blog Action Day an immediate and quite unexpected success. To learn more about Blog Action Day follow this link to their website.
This year the Topic is Climate Change. This is being done to limit the amount of greenhouse gas pollution. According to their website, "More than any other country, action taken by the United States to limit greenhouse gases and build a clean energy economy is needed to achieve a sustainable solution to our global climate crisis. This December world leaders will gather in Copenhagen to negotiate a global response to climate change. As a world leader in greenhouse gas pollution as well as clean energy technology, the United States needs to take bold action by implementing comprehensive clean energy policies to curb emissions. President Barack Obama has said that climate change is an urgent threat, and that he wants to restore America's responsible leadership in the world."
Today I ask you what you personally can do to affect the amount of greenhouse gas pollution. My ideas include:
- Ride a bicycle to work at least one day a week.
- Walk to the corner store for that loaf of bread.
- Turn off your lights and appliances when not in use.
- Think green in all you do concerning the environment.
- Recycle, Reuse, Reduce.
Those are five of my ideas, what do you do to help the environment and reduce greenhouse gases.
Here's the trailer for Death Sentence.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
5. God knew that if the world was to be populated, men would never be able to handle childbearing.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Many developments occurred in the Nineteenth Century. Italian-Americans began observing the holiday as a celebration of their heritage in New York City in 1866 and in San Francisco in 1869. In 1892, President Benjamin Harrison called upon the citizens to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the event. During this celebration, politicians, preachers, teachers and other citizens used the holiday to promote and teach patriotism. It was the first time the Pledge of Allegiance was recited in public.
In 1905, Colorado was the first state to officially observe the holiday largely due to Italian-Americans successfully lobbying in Denver to establish it as an official holiday. It wasn’t until 1934 that President Franklin Roosevelt officially proclaimed it Columbus Day. This occurred as a result of lobbying before Congress by the Knights of Columbus. The Knights of Columbus is an organization originally started by Catholic immigrants who took on the name to fight discrimination and support their right to citizenship using Columbus as a fitting symbol since he was a fellow Catholic who had discovered America.
It is only a coincidence that today is 12th day of October because the holiday was officially declared the second Monday of October in 1971 by President Richard Nixon as most holidays have been moved to fall on a Monday. Coincidently this is also the day Canada celebrates Thanksgiving.
So have a Happy Columbus Day! Or if in Canada, Happy Thanksgiving!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
GREAT NEWS!!! Joseph is OUT OF SURGERY NOW!! He is doing MUCH BETTER!! They were able to stop the bleeding and his blood is clotting much better now! His oxygenation is much higher as well! Thank you SO MUCH for your prayers and support!!! Please continue to pray as Joseph goes into recovery.
October brings in a season of harvest and with it comes the beautiful landscapes of Autumn leaves, the celebrations of Oktoberfest, pumpkins, hayrides, crisp morning air, and of course All Hallow's Eve or Halloween as it has come to be known. Today I offer a few videos. The first is a video from National Geographic on the history of Halloween. The remaining videos are from the History Channel offering a series on the Haunted History of Halloween. I hope you enjoy.