Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday Photo

Apologies for not posting yesterday. We had a bug invasion and I had to take the house apart, get rid of the bugs, and then put it together again. I was too exhausted to do a post after that.

But it was a great excuse to rearrange the entire house again! :)

We have stunning sunsets here, and I managed to get a couple of fairly good pics out of the 7,000 or so that I took. >.<

Enjoy, and have a great weekend. See you on Monday!

Sunset, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Business District, Port Moresby

Anchored cargo ship, Bootless Bay

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

No Poo Loo

The problem with moving into a pre-owned house is dealing with other people’s dirt. Sometimes you’re lucky and the previous occupants were fastidious, other times the house has lain empty for a while and there’s a build up of “abandoned house” dirt. On occasion you’re downright unlucky and the place is a tip.

Whichever type of dirt you’ve inherited, a new home always needs a good clean.

We got lucky in this house and it was pretty clean. I had to clean out drawers, with the usual collection of dust and unidentifiable bits that generally gathers within, but there was no major ickiness.

Except in the loo.

Now, I have learned since we’ve been here that the loo poo tends to build up on the bottom of the bowl relatively quickly, so maybe it was just that the previous tenants were not as fussed about it, or maybe they didn’t have the secret I know.

Whatever the reason, the bottom of the bowl was thick, black, and disgusting.

I’ve heard that a gallon of coke cleans off the grime, but who wants to waste coke? Admittedly, it’s probably healthier to pour it into the toilet than down your throat, but I don’t remember claiming ANYWHERE on this blog that I was going to be healthy! Just clean and happy.

Besides, I’d heard another little trick involving dentures. J
As the bowl is porcelain, I purchased a cheap packet of Steradent denture cleaners and dropped two of the tablets into the bowl, left it to soak for half an hour, and gave a quick swoosh with the toilet brush before flushing all the gunk away.

Voila! Shiny clean no-poo loo. It looked like I’d had a new one installed.

Maintenance involves one tablet a week. Another soak, quick swoosh and flush.

Now that’s housework as I like it! 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Only in Texas!

Bacon, Texas 76301 (these numbers are the zip codes of each city, helps with
Noodle, Texas 79536
Oatmeal, Texas 78605
Turkey, Texas 79261
Trout, Texas 75789
Sugar Land, Texas 77479
Salty, Texas 76567
Rice, Texas 75155
Pearland, Texas 77581
Orange, Texas 77630

Why travel to other cities? Texas has them all!
Detroit, Texas 75436
Cleveland, Texas 75436
Colorado City, Texas 79512
Denver City, Texas 79323
Klondike, Texas 75448
Pittsburg, Texas 75686
Newark, Texas 76071
Nevada, Texas 75173
Memphis, Texas 79245
Miami, Texas 79059
Boston, Texas 75570
Santa Fe, Texas 77517
Tennessee Colony, Texas 75861
Reno, Texas 75462
Pasadena, Texas 77506
Columbus, Texas 78934

Feel like visiting another country?
Athens, Texas 75751
Canadian, Texas 79014
China, Texas 77613
Dublin, Texas 76446
Egypt, Texas 77436
Ireland, Texas 76538
Italy, Texas 76538
Turkey, Texas 79261
London, Texas 76854
New London, Texas 75682
Paris, Texas 75460
Palestine, Texas 75801

What about Washington DC?
Whitehouse, Texas 75791

We even have a city named after our planet!
Earth, Texas 79031

And named after our state:
Texas City, Texas 77590

Energy, Texas 76452

Blanket, Texas 76432
Winters, Texas 79567

Need Office Supplies?
Staples, Texas 78670

Want to go into outer space?
Venus, Texas 76084
Mars, Texas 79062

You guessed it. It's on the state line.
Texline, Texas 79087

For the kids...
Kermit, Texas 79745
Elmo, Texas 75118
Nemo, Texas 76070
Tarzan, Texas 79783
Winnie, Texas 77665
Sylvester, Texas 79560

Other city names in Texas, to make you smile......
Cactus, Texas 79013
Notrees, Texas 79759
Best, Texas 76932
Veribest, Texas 76886
Kickapoo, Texas 75763
Dime Box, Texas 77853
Old Dime Box, Texas 77853
Telephone, Texas 75488
Telegraph, Texas 76883

And our favorites...
Ding Dong, Texas
West, Texas (it's in Central Texas)

Here are some little known, very interesting facts about Texas:

- El Paso is closer to California than to Dallas

- World's first rodeo was in Pecos, July 4, 1883.

- The Flagship Hotel in Galveston is the only hotel in North America built over water. Destroyed by Hurricane Ike - 2008!

- The Heisman Trophy was named after John William Heisman who was the first full-time coach at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

- Brazoria County has more species of birds than any other area in North America.

- Aransas Wildlife Refuge is the winter home of North America 's only remaining flock of whooping cranes.

- Jalapeno jelly originated in Lake Jackson in 1978.

- The first word spoken from the moon, July 20, 1969, was "Houston," but the Space Center was actually in Clear Lake City at the time.

- King Ranch in South Texas is larger than Rhode Island..

- Tropical Storm Claudette brought a US rainfall record of 43" in 24 hours in and around Alvin in July of 1979.

- Texas is the only state to enter the US by TREATY, (known as the Constitution of 1845 by the Republic of Texas to enter the Union) instead of by annexation. This allows the Texas Flag to fly at the same height as the US Flag, and Texas may choose to divide into 5 states.

- A Live Oak tree near Fulton is estimated to be 1500 years old.

-. Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in the state.

-. Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. There is no period in Dr Pepper.

- Texas has had six capital cities: Washington-on-the Brazos, Harrisburg, Galveston, Velasco, West Columbia, and Austin.

-. The Capitol Dome in Austin is the only dome in the US which is taller than the Capitol Building in Washington, DC (by 7 feet).

-. The San Jacinto Monument is the tallest free standing monument in the world and it is taller than the Washington Monument.

-. The name 'Texas ' comes from the Hasini Indian word 'tejas' meaning "friends".. Tejas is not Spanish for Texas.

- The State Mascot is the Armadillo. An interesting bit of trivia about the armadillo is they always have four babies. They have one egg, which splits into four, and they either have four males or four females.

- The first domed stadium in the US was the Astrodome in Houston.

Cowboy's Ten Commandments posted on the wall at Cross Trails Church in Farlie, Texas:

(1) Just one God.
(2) Honor yer Ma & Pa.
(3) No telling tales or gossipin'.
(4) Git yourself to church meeting.
(5) Put nothin' before God.
(6) No foolin' around with another fellow's gal.
(7) No killin'.
(8) Watch yer mouth.
(9) Don't take what ain't yers.
(10) Don't be hankerin' for yer buddy's stuff.

Y'all git all that?

Lord, keep Your arm around my shoulder
and Your hand over my mouth.

This was a viral email from my mother-in-law in, yup, Texas. I thought it was cool, but I had to shorten it, unfortunately.

The clipart was obtained with thanks from

Monday, September 26, 2011

100 Book Challenge... Ready... Go....

The idea of creating a 100 Book Challenge seemed like a really good one, at the time. However, I started thinking about it and realized I needed to establish some parameters.

For example: what constitutes a "book"? A magazine takes a while to read, if you read it through. Does non-fiction count? When does the "year" start?

A colleague is leaving on Saturday and I found out that Saturday is the 1st of October. Cool! That sorts out when the "year" starts. I'll post my first reviews on Monday 3rd, and I have until September 2012 to win my challenge.

Books are books, so I figure non-fiction counts as well as fiction. Some of them will take longer than the fiction books to read, so I reckon I should be allowed to count them, as reward for working through them all!

Magazines are not books, and at about 100 pages each to a book's average of 3-400, with at least a third of that comprising pictures and advertising, they just don't measure up.

So, watch for my first review on Monday, and the 100 Book Challenge is under way.



Tuesday, September 13, 2011

We apologize for this break in transmission...

Apologies for the long break between posts, I'm working on this blog, tweaking it to make it better. Unfortunately, due to my inexperience and need to study how to do things, it's taking me a little longer than anticipated. Please forgive the delay, and check back on Monday. Ceterus paribus, I'll begin regular posts from then. Even if I feel like this at the moment!