V is for a Friend of Dr. Seuss


Dear Verna.  She tries so hard. After all these years, she's not any better.

But I still love her.


USEFUL IDEAS (with a hair dryer)

I learn so many things during the A-Z blogging challenge.  Stuff about germs and crafts and how few words start with Q.  One cool thing I discovered this time around was this:

USES for a HAIR DRYER - almost 50 of them!

Jillee from ONE GOOD THING posted this recently, and I thought it was great.  My favorite uses are drying your toothbrush before packing it for travel, and softening plastic eye glasses for making a few adjustments yourself.

Here's another cool idea - coil up a too-long cord.

Neat, huh?

Check out the site and see what tip is your favorite.

This A-Z post was brought to you by the letter U and Jillee from ONE GOOD THING.



T is for teapot.  Here are a few facts about mine.

1.  It was a free gift from something my husband ordered.  He doesn't remember what.

2.  I don't really have any other facts.  I'm just out of ideas for the letter T, and my brain is fuzzy from the a-z challenge, and isn't a picture worth a thousand words?  So, feel free to come up with your own words on this one.

3.  Yes, this is a dud of a post, but every year during the a-z, I have at least one.  I think this is it, don't you?

(Tomorrow, Uncle Ubs' Underwear....)


S is for Seedy

On my pathway to better health, I've discovered a seedy snack that is easy to make and is a perfect grab-on-the-go treat. If you appreciate the nutritional value of seeds, these are for you.


1 C. unsweetened shredded coconut
1. C. pumpkin seeds
1 C. sunflower seeds
1/2 C. dried cranberries
1/2 C. raisins
optional: 3 T. chocolate chips or cacao nibs

1/2 C. sunflower butter (in health food stores)
1/2 C. agave nectar (coconut nectar can also be used)
pinch of sea salt (if using salted seeds, omit salt.)

In large bowl, stir first six ingredients together.  In separate bowl, whisk together sunflower butter and nectar and salt. Pour mixture over seed mixture and fold to evenly distribute ingredients.  Batter will be sticky.  Refrigerate mixture for two hours.

Roll dough into balls and stack between layers of waxed paper.  Store in refrigerator. 

Recipe adapted from Terry Walters.



If you visit the Ballpark off and on, you probably know I overhauled my diet recently.  I'm embracing more veggies and organic food.  It's one of the adventures I talk about here in the dugout.

One of the more interesting veggies I've discovered is the rutabaga.  Before I began eating better, I only knew the humble rutabaga from "The Number 10" song on Sesame Street. (If you've never seen that charming video, you can view that HERE.)

I had to learn what to do with rutabagas, so I found this video, which is great: RUTABAGA 101.  If you're trying to adopt a healthier diet, rutabagas might find their way into your kitchen. 


If I could just get them to dance like they do in "The Number 10," song, they'd be my favorite vegetable.