Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tuesday Tidbits

Tidbit One.

I was trying to tell the Dan Jansen Olympian story to Ray and Cali this past weekend. The only tidbit I accurately remembered was that he had a sister named Jane that had cancer. I completely slaughtered the story. Completely. Imagine my gladness when I saw this today and could recapture the truth.

Tidbit Two.

Einstein felt badly about his scientific research aiding the building of the atomic bomb. He spent the last decade of his life in politics trying to minimize future destruction. He warned that without heavy sanctions there would be bigger and more disastrous wars. Someone asked him what he foresaw the third world war looking like and he said, “I don’t know, but I know what the fourth world war will look like. They will be using rocks.”

And if that isn't enough of a thinker tidbit for you, get this: The man that created the Nobel Peace Prize, Alfred Nobel, invented dynamite and always felt badly for the destruction it caused. Some think that is why he created the Peace Prize.

Tidbit Three.


A couple of days ago I read a magazine with homemaking tips in it from the ‘50’s. (Now, you must know I really enjoy homemaking tips. In fact, when Abe was about to be born, we were at a routine doctor’s appointment when the doctor sent us straight to the hospital. We first stopped at a drug store to get a toothbrush, fingernail clippers (our babies always came with a fine crop of fingernails ready to scratch their little faces), and . . . a book of household tips for me to read during labor. Yes, yes, I have since learned that few people buy themselves a book of homemaking tips for a time such as that.) But back to the magazine with old homemaking tips . . . I thought these were especially funny tidbits:

How to Master your Mister . . .

Just feed him delicious brown patties made by combining left-over sausage meat, mashed potatoes or chicken salad with plain pancake batter. Sit back to bask in his praises, but not too long . . . he’ll want more.

Do not buy until you try . . . It’s then too late to question why.

When buying that home, tap ceiling with a broom stick. If the plaster falls, look for another house. You don’t want it.

Slap the walls and stamp on the floor. Does the house shake? It won’t stand many storms if it does.

How to Subtract and still get Added results.

Take advantage of your pilot light by putting small pots over them. They warm little things very thoroughly, and since you pay $3.00 a year for that light, use it.

If any of you are expecting to go into labor soon, just let me know . . . I’d be glad to share my book with you.

One Last Tidbit.


Cali came over for a dental appointment and we have had a great time with her. She ran errands with me today, which included picking up the picture and frame I told you about yesterday. Cali also went jogging with me. Puff. Puff. Puff. She said she wondered if she might have to resuscitate me once or twice and though I don’t think she wanted to use her valuable air on my lungs, it was nice to know she could have.


Becky said...

The frame is every bit as beautiful as I imagined it.

So, so, so many great tidbits! I'm thinking this is your winner for Tuesdays so far...

"Vintage" homemaking tips are my favorite. I have an entire book of them that used to be Jeff's grandmas...I think it was printed in the late 50s or early 60s...I actually use it occassionally. :)

michelle said...

I saw that commercial, too! Such a good story.

Very interesting thoughts about Einstein and Nobel. And rocks.

I'm so glad you posted a picture of the frame! Beautiful.

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

Master your mister... is there such a thing? I'm sure if her mister knew she was giving out tips (by which she mastered him), he would quickly become un-mastered.

I also hate to say it, but those sausage and chicken salad pancakes seem more like garbage gut than a lethal kitchen weapon. I’ll keep you posted on whether or not I master Ray with them.

Wasn't that book you read while giving birth to Abe also about as useless? I think I tried reading it and didn't even turn a single page... five sentences was enough.

Thanks for sharing your humorous tips.


Marie said...

I'm loving the Tuesday Tidbits.

Aren't the Olympic Athlete's inspiring? I'm enjoying this winter games so much!

Ben or Cortney said...

The frame turned out looking very nice. I have one thing in common with Abraham Lincoln. I am his 13th cousin. my family likes to joke that is why our noses are so big!

s said...

My dearest Jane,

I love the frame!! It is so beautiful. And a great picture besides.

Keep puffing on those runs! Soon it will be sooo much easier. Just remember, chocolate milk and bananas and advil, the cocktail of runners.

Love the oldies tips. Funny.

Derek-Jenny-Kaitlynd-Ethan-Dylan said...

:0, interesting information and tips! LOL,Hmmmm.

Lucy said...

I love all the Olympic stories. The Dan story is a good one.

I've been reading in the book of Mormon about all the fire that will accompany the great destruction. Seems appropriate considering dynamite and nuclear energy.

I've never thought of using my pilot light to warm things up. Genius!