Wednesday, August 27, 2014

It's Wednesday!

Mr. Red-bellied Woodpecker.

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday

1. As August draws to a close, share what's been your favorite weekend of the entire summer?

It would have to be one of the weekends I spent with Punky Doodle and the Punks. The dance recital one weekend and on another a trip out to the sunflower fields. Fun! 

2. Labor Day is marked in the US of A on Monday, September 1st.  What paying job have you held that you've loved the most? Liked the least? 

The job I have now is my favorite. Not the best paying, but the best as far as being interesting and enjoying the people I work with. My least favorite job was the summer after I graduated high school. I worked 2 1/2 days at the bra factory. I had to spend all day long sewing halves of bra cups together. I couldn't make myself go back after lunch on that third day!

3. Does the new school year start before or after Labor Day where you live? When do you think it should begin? There is much discussion now about older students having later start times to their school day...your thoughts?

I don't pay much attention to when school starts around here since I don't have a horse in the race. I do know I have been seeing school buses the last week or so, so I'm saying before Labor Day. I don't really have an opinion re the start times. My first thought would be no to the later start. I think it would only encourage teens to stay up even later.

4. What's something you've worked at recently that could be deemed a 'labor of love'?

JD wrote a short story about our meeting before we were married. Last year I had it bound and gave it to him as an anniversary present. But that wasn't labor intensive. Each year I put together a picture book containing pictures of family, friends, and stuff. It's my Christmas present to my kids. It is time consuming. I don't think the two words, labor and love, work well together, the things we do for love shouldn't be work. 

5.Which of the following work idioms can you most relate to right now...'A woman's work is never done.', 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.' 'Many hands make light work.'

I pick 'a woman's work is never done'. Seems like that's all I do these days. Work at work and work at home. Too much to do, too little time.

6. Crab or lobster or thanks, but no thanks? Favorite way to have your choice prepared?

I like lobster, but it's hard to find here in middle-of-nowhere Illinois. So, I pick crab. My favorite way to eat crab would be Crab Rangoon. I'm not a fan of oriental food after living for a few years behind a Taiwanese restaurant, but love those!

7. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, 'Three rules of work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.' Which of the three do you consider to be the most important? Share one of your own 'rules of work'.

"Out of clutter find simplicity" Disorder on my desk causes stress. I like to have all my work finished by days end. Yeah, right. That's impossible. So, I try to organize and prioritize. I do the things I dread most—first.

My rule: When you pick up a file or start a project, do everything you can possibly do before you send it back to file or call it done. Saves time in the longrun. 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Saturday evening, our air conditioning unit decided to take a break. It was the hottest weekend of the year. Bob got to work on Sunday. Fergus and I sat in front of the fan sipping ice water and panting together. The repairman was out first thing Monday morning and it is now working fine. 

Saturday, before the a/c went out, I canned tomatoes. It's the first time I've used a pressure canner. 


Linking to Wednesday Hodgepodge


EG CameraGirl said...

AH! Red-bellied woodpeckers have so much personality!

TexWisGirl said...

SO glad you got the a/c back! eek!

love mr. red-belly! so dashing!


LOVE your labor of love.

Those canned tomatoes look scrumptious. It's been eons since I've seen anything around here in a "Ball" jar. lol

Mama Zen said...

I love your picture of the woodpecker! So pretty!

Anonymous said...

Love the woodpecker! Your answers are great, too. A bra factory...I wouldn't be happy there, either. The pressure canner took me back to when I was small. I was always afraid of my grandmother's pressure cooker. It would hiss and spit, as the top spiraled around. I was always afraid it would blow up!

Marie said...

Wonderful woodpecker shot! Great job canning those tomatoes with a pressure canner! You'll be so happy when you can open a jar up and use them for recipes or soup in the winter!

Anonymous said...

That is a handsome example of a Red-bellied!
Canned tomatoes make me think of spaghetti sauce which makes me think of meataballahs!

Debby Ray said...

Love those woodpeckers...they really do love the suet blocks that we put out. The tomatoes look amazing. I have to admit that I have never canned anything...except for refrigerator pickles. I know, I know...that's cheating! On a side note, if you have received any spam email from me it's because I was hacked! I hope to have it under control now and hope you and everyone else didn't open anything.

Ginny said...

This is an awesome woodpecker photo.You gifts are really what gifts should be all about, from the heart and special to the receiver. Not just something shopped for and chosen at random.

Stephanie said...

Nice job on the tomatoes and beautiful shot of the bird. His head just pops off the screen. I agree about Woman's work is never done.

Brian King said...

That's one of my favorite woodpeckers!

eileeninmd said...

I love the pretty woodie! Great shots. Living in Maryland, I have to say Maryland Crab cakes and eating some steamed hard cabs are the best.. Have a great evening!

Anonymous said...

Nice looking red belly and canned tomatoes!

Tanya Breese said...

great capture and why do a/c's always pick the hottest day to break down?

Gunilla Bäck said...

He's a very handsome fellow!

Anonymous said...

Mr. Red-belly is very handsome, and your tomatoes look amazing, especially for a first time in the pressure canner. I'm still trying to get the nerve up to use one of those. I wouldn't be 'as' concerned if we had a gas stove, but we have a smooth top electric. Glad your A/C is operational again.


Phyllis Oller said...

I put tomatoes up this year too! Great red-bellied pic! Phyllis

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Good for you to can. All I have are a few cherry tomatoes...