Monday, September 09, 2013
(I don't know who came UP with this, but it cracked me UP!)
This two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is'UP.' It is listed in the dictionary as an [adv], [prep], [adj], [n] or [v].
It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP?
At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP, and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report? We call UP our friends, brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and fix UP the old car.
At other times, this little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.
To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special.
And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.
We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night. We seem to be pretty mixed UP aboutUP!
To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look UP the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4 of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions.
If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.
When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out, we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, it soaks UP the earth. When it does not rain for awhile, things dry UP. One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP, for now . . . my time is UP!
Oh . . . one more thing: What is the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do at night?
Did that one crack you UP?
Friday, September 06, 2013
This has been a very full, busy week, and I'm glad it's Friday!
Each day I made time to plan my fitness and nutrition and stayed on plan. Woohoo!
I have a new walking buddy . . . Bad Leroy Brown. Well, he's not actually walking with me, because he's a sticker and bur magnet. So he walks with me at the beginning while we're still in the grassy and gravel areas, but when we get to the stickers and burs, he goes into the infant carrier and I carry him the rest of the way. He loves it. He just snuggles in and watches the scenery go by. And the extra 7 pounds gives me a better work out.
Yesterday I stopped into the local organic produce grower and picked up some delicious ripe tomatoes, lemon cucumbers, chives and onions. Chopped them up, added a bit of salt and made a delightful salad.
DH will be home soon, so it's time to get busy making Coach Nichole's peanut sauce since he's making Chinese veggies for dinner. Yummmmy!
Remember all the good reasons you have to stay with your plan this weekend.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
This is a picture taken by a neighbor of the retardant plane that went right over my house last Friday. The wildfire fire (another arson!) was about one mile over the hill from our house. It happened at the time of day when the afternoon winds really begin to pick up speed.
The first call had all units dispatched from our local volunteer fire department. The initial report was that there were no tankers or helicopters available. We were terrified.
Within 15 minute it grew from a football size field to a 3 alarm out of control wildfire moving into the forest canopy and units from 30 miles away were coming to fight it.
Somebody must have yanked some chains because within 45 minutes, we heard the sound that could only mean the air tanker was in range, along with 4 helicopters with buckets. That was a music to our ears!
This is our local Fire Department and Chief at the staging area.
This is the view of our valley taken from about 20 miles away at the beginning of the fire.
The fire was contained and mop up began after 3 hours. It covered about 20 acres. I drove past it today and it was right between several homes.
Our Chief has absolutely amazed me as I've listened to him (over the scanner) as he's called the shots in so many situations (countless fires, vehicle accidents, etc.) and his command, mingled with such compassion, has nearly moved me to tears. I couldn't do it, but I'm sure glad we have him and our volunteers.
The Labrador Fire that has been burning for over a month is 0% contained but it is static. Crews have been able to keep it from spreading beyond 2023 acres. It will probably burn until it consumes all the fuel within the borders or the rains come and put it out.
Thankfully, for now, we are out of danger. Woohoo!
Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and concerns.
PS Sounds like someone saw a meth-head with a lit cigarette heading back into the woods near where the fire started. . . . everybody's wondering if this could be the same arsonist that burned down our post office 3 months ago, and started so many other fires in our area.
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