Sunday * January 15, 2012
I came across a page I wrote five years ago today -- it's January 15,
2007 (click on this to read it).

It strikes me was bizarre that "they" decided to have the day off from
school to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  I'm pretty sure that he'd
want the kids in school learning something instead of staying home
playing video games, watching television or out and about at one of
the many "mattress sales."

Never understood WHY they always have a mattress sale on the real
and the fake holidays. What's that about?

Not only Dr. King, but I'm pretty sure all of our former presidents would
also want the students in school.  These holidays are part of the
problem with education.  Learning and teaching have become less
important than holidays, pensions and sick days.  

However, there are excellent teachers with whom I'm personally
acquainted who are extremely over-burdened when it comes to filling
out USELESS forms.  Who the hell is reading that stuff anyway?

When I think about the amazing books, flowery speeches and
insightful essays that were written by people who weren't bound by
mandatory education, I'm always happily surprised.  Let's see,
Abraham Lincoln comes to mind.

Everything has become weird and strange.  Wouldn't it be great if we
could just KNOW everything.  Wait a minute.  WE DO KNOW
EVERYTHING because we have the INTERNET!!!!

Ranting and raving is over.  I have to go buy some gloves.  see ya
later, djb
The function of education is to teach one
to think intensively and to think critically.
Intelligence plus character - that is the
goal of true education.

~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, January 19, 2012 - This entire week was spent in
anticipation of my blood draw yesterday for the new batch of
autologous serum tears!  It's been almost 90 days.

For some reason, it makes me anxious and antsy - especially
on the Tuesday before.  It doesn't hurt, and I love Dr. Lee but
there's something about this whole process that makes me
edgy. Yeah, I wish I knew...

There was absolutely NO problem, no pain, good vein.  All I
know is this:  I'm glad when it's over.

Speaking of SNOW STORMS:  We're supposed to be
getting more snow tomorrow.  They're saying 3-6 inches -
mas or menos - depending on various meteorological
factors, like if you're lucky or unlucky.

We've dodged one entire month of winter this year, so no one
can really complain about this being too much to handle.  I
think the problem is that we're not used to it so it becomes
more of an annoyance than joy to world.

I've got to get stocked up on supplies so I can hunker down for
the coming onslaught.  There is one nice thing about edging
toward the end of January:  the days are getting longer and
lighter.  As in, lighter, later.  oh boy!

Yes, I did buy some gloves for the next shoveling adventure.  
They seem to be pretty sturdy and warm.  Plus, I saw some
leather work gloves that I can use for my summer (beautiful
word) chores, so I got those, too.  I'm ready.

It's time to find my skedaddling boots.  see ya later, djb
Milo came to visit Aunt Donna on Monday -- Krissy, too.
Andrew's plastic nativity set from about 25 years ago.
January 15, 19 & 20, 21, 2012 * Journal
Friday, January 20, 2012 - !Severe Weather Alert * Yikes!
The sky is falling, the sky is falling!!!  No, it's just *snow* (and
lots and lots of it).

Now they're saying we're in line for up to 8 inches of snow
starting after 9 a.m. this morning and continuing until midnight.  
They really make it sound like a humongous blizzard.  

It's almost February
(leap month) and we've managed to dodge
the snow bullets thus far.  This isn't really THAT much snow
considering the fact that we do live in
northern Illinois - much
closer to the Arctic Circle than my Florida kinfolk.  ha

This morning, when I got up, it was 4 degrees outside and 58
degrees inside.  That's the coldest it's been in the house in the
morning. brrr  In fact, it was 64 degrees in the garage, so I went
out there and did some laundry since it was so warm.  

Last night, it was 2 degrees --- outside.  WOW!

It's good that we're finally getting normal winter weather because
the plants and animals were all getting confused during
December and early January.  It was way too warm.

It's 9:50 a.m. - no snow yet, but I just heard that it has started
snowing in Ogle County....not that far away from us.

I went out and got the newspapers and took some "before"
pictures of the pool, the boys' candles and the driveway so that
I'll have comparison shots of the views I see through the window.

I'd better get busy and begin hunkering down for the storm of the
week, the month, the year, the century.  So much hype!

Snow ya later with the latest and greatest up-to-date photos, djb
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