Bathroom Conundrums

The endless debate–does the toilet paper roll feed over or under?  Should the toilet seat lid be left open or closed?  The my-way-or-the-highway folks already know and are only too happy to share their opinions–whether wanted or not.

“I never made mistakes–only found 300 ways of doing something wrong.”  A statement attributed to the great inventor, Thomas Edison.

The toilet seat lid and ring lean forward–ready to strike.  When seated, it strikes you smack in the middle of your back; as it attempts to close while you are doing your business.

It never opens fully to rest on the tank.  It’s purposed to close after usage.  For those of the male species, the lid has to be propped open with one leg or arm during usage.  The design couldn’t be more wrong.  The point of buyer’s remorse has long passed.

I want a good toilet seat, not fancy or gimmicky, reasonable priced, that lasts longer than a minute.

Snow Birds

Spread your tiny wings and fly away…

And take the snow back with you

Where it came from on that day

And if I could you know that I would

Fly away with you

–Anne Murray–

 

Every winter

Southward, they flee

From cold and snow

In larger numbers

Than the year before

Checkout lines stretch

From here to eternity

Restaurant reservations

Almost an impossibility

Can’t complain, I’m afraid

A few years back–this

Snow bird came and stayed

 

 

 

 

 

On and On It Goes

Highway construction was the big news last year.  Errant drivers ignored the dead-end street sign and came through with everything from delivery vans to tour buses.

Normally a quiet neighborhood, this year two storms are brewing below the surface.

Notorious free-range pet parents are being sued for allowing their dogs to threaten–even bite people in the neighborhood.  What will come from this is unknown.  I hope relief is granted, and those in question will be forbidden from owning dogs.

The other problem–someone new to the neighborhood has been riding ATV’s on private lands and right-of-ways.  Muddy washouts will interfere with natural drainage and destroy wildlife habitat.  Some of this land is in a city park.  This can not be allowed to go on.

 

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Mother Road

Brick-paved section of Rt. 66, near Auburn, Illinois.  Exploring by-ways, old links to the past are a passions of mine.

North Broad Street, became Rt. 66, as it left the city limits.  The pavement was narrow–one car had to drop off on the shoulder to pass.  A highway designed for the Model T Ford era.  Cars got bigger, faster, motorists demanded better highways.

The 1926–1930 alignment of the Mother Road wound through the central part of the county where I grew up.  Parts of it were narrow–seemed to follow property lines.  Two boys–who shall remain nameless, enjoyed driving to Springfield around the ninety degree corners in their fifties-era, Corvette sports car.  They weren’t the Rt. 66 television show guys–but tried to act like it.

Hope I’m alive and in good health in 2026 to enjoy  the Rt. 66 centennial celebration.  There’s pending legislation to fund the celebration–“The Route 66 Centennial Commission Act”–HR 66, sponsored by Rodney Davis, Rep. from Illinois.  The purpose is to preserve what’s left of the old highway.  The expressway, and later alignments bypassed most of the county–except for a little bit of the southeast corner.

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Beets Beat Kale?

Deep red root vegetable.  Not on too many kid’s favorite vegetable lists.  Who grew up liking pickled beets?  …Harvard beets?  …Creamed beets?  As a kid, I liked the earthy flavor of beets.

King Kale has certainly had its brush with fame.  Touted in all corners of the known nutritional universe.  Will beets provide the knockout punch and dethrone the king?

Beets are high in iron, vitamins, and minerals.  Aunt Margaret’s beet soufflé, brought to family gatherings was politely tasted–nobody wanted to hurt her feelings.  Her scratch-made cakes more than made up for it.

Still wouldn’t eat a beet on a bet?  There are beet supplements, dried beet chips, beets disguised in veggie drinks.  Beets are good for you, according to http://www.mercola.com/.  Beets were originally grown for their edible green, red-veined tops.

  1. Beets lower blood pressure.
  2. Beets boost stamina.  Drinking beet juice before workouts is suggested.
  3. Beets have anti-cancer properties.
  4. Beets are rich in nutrients and fiber.
  5. Beets support detoxification.

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