Archive for April, 2012

I enjoy appreciating in Cee’s Share Your World.   You can, too by following her instructions and reading what everyone else has to say.  It’s a lot of fun.

Here are this week’s questions and my answers: (more…)

It’s time for WordPress’ weekly photo challenge.  This week’s theme is Together. I’ve created a slideshow of scenes from many of the places we’ve visited:  a herd of cows in a field; cars and planes in the Western Antique Airplane and Automobile Museum in Hood River, Oregon; feeding birds at the Oregon Zoo; waterspouts in Depoe Bay, Oregon; American Bison (buffaloes) at NorthWest Trek; mushrooms growing up the side of a tree.

I hope you enjoy them.

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I have just found the most extraordinary web site.  It’s been around for a few years, but I just discovered it through a blog on the New Hampshire Writers’ Network.  The blog is about how you use words and how to learn new ones.  It suggested playing word games to help improve your vocabulary, and included a link to Free Rice.  I’d never heard of this site.  The name intrigued me and, being a word junkie, I had to look it up.  Now I invite you to become as excited about this site as I am.

Free Rice in run by the United Nations World Food Programme.  The website has fun educational games that you can play.  For each correct answer, 10 grains of rice gets donated to the World Food Programme by corporations whose advertisements appear on the site.

The games start out easy but get increasingly more difficult the longer you play.  I’ve just been trying out the site for the first time and have earned 270 grains of rice.  That doesn’t come close to feeding one child for a day, but I’ll play some more after I finish this blog.

The games are appropriate for adults and children alike, so this is a wonderful opportunity for parents to teach a lot of lessons, I would think.  Free Rice has games for all the standard school categories and even have one for SAT preparation.  Your children can prep for their college entrance exams while helping to end world hunger!

How much rice does it take to feed a person for a day? How many grains of rice in a gram?

The composition of UN World Food Programme food basket varies from country to country and region to region, depending upon the eating habits of the people WFP feeds.In countries where rice is a staple part of the diet, World Food Programme provides, on average about 400 grams of rice per person, per day (for families, including children and adults). That is intended for two meals that include other ingredients to ensure a minimum of 2,100 kilocalories per day.
There are about 48 grains of rice in a gram.
So check out Free Rice, and then help spread the word.  Feed a hungry person and your mind at the same time.


I’m late with my Share Your World entries because I looked at the questions and thought they were too hard.  I’ve had to chew them over.  Now I’m going out to look at everyone’s to see if they found them as challenging as I did.

WARNING!  I just bought Cee two new books of questions.  (more…)

WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge is sun.  That’s a tough one because (a) it rains in my part of Oregon nine months out of the year and (b) any shots of direct sun usually get thrown out as being too bright and washed out.  Here are a couple shots of the sun shining over bridges and some others with shadow and implied sun.  I hope you enjoy them.

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Preview my Alice Anne Murder Mystery!

I have to tell you about a secret love of mine, balloon twisting.  I love balloons.  I can’t think of any single thing that can bring an immediate smile to the face of a stranger than seeing balloons.  They are instant happiness.  I love balloons.

Cee and I recently attended a Red Hat Society Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. (Cee has more pictures on her blog.)  They had prizes for different types of hats (smallest, largest, most creative, etc.), but my hat took first prize.


I’m late with this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge, but better late than never. The topic is two subjects and I have multiple of twos for you, our kids.  Two dogs, Shadow and Mackenzie.  Two cats, Charlie and Freddie.  Two girls (the pugs) and two boys (the cats), and two species (feline and canine).  That should definitely count as two x two x two x two x two subjects.

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We’ve never had them all in one place before.  I was holding a jar of treats while Cee was snapping the photo.