Award winning jelly makers, we are!

You may now refer to me as an “Award Winning” apple jelly maker, thankyouverymuch. H’s sister took in a jar of jelly to submit to the Target Corp. HR’s annual applefest today and it won in the recipe competition – the word just came from the contest judges. Hey, those Target people aren’t easy to please or persuade, dontchaknow! Ok, ok, so there were only a half-dozen or so other entries it had to beat, but we’ll just keep that small detail to ourselves, shall we? As H’s mom said when I called to share our success, “so far everyone who tastes it says it’s the best apple jelly.” Too damned bad I didn’t know about the half-pint jar requirement, or I could have entered it in next year’s State Fair. I told Karin nobody would mess with her now that they know she’s a serious jelly maker – nobody wants to tussle with people who are at ease handling boiling pots of lava! A suitable end to a week, dontchathink?

To see the entry from earlier this year when we made our jelly, click here.

Someone got a new dress!

Could you guess who, even before you got here? In my defense, I will tell you it was Harald who bought the dress for her last Sunday when he took her to the pet store, but doesn’t she look cute?

However, I can tell you that she was definitely NOT amused by the experience. (Shhh … between you and me I suspect she’s the kind of dog that prefers flannel and boots!)


Now here is a line you won’t see repeated very often, fresh from Yahoo news:

“This year, the World Toilet Organization celebrates World Toilet Day by highlighting the plight of 42 percent of the world’s population, especially women, who do not have access to proper toilets,” the statement said.

Yes, there really is a World Toilet Organization, not to be confused with the American Restroom Association. And to think we just missed the World Toilet Summit 2005! Oh, and do visit that last link there, paying particular attention to the Summit Objectives page. Go ahead, I’ll wait on you.

How could anyone, referring to the event, say something like “This an extremely prestigious event…” I’m sure.

Or, what about this compelling teaser of one the speakers – “who will set out the Singapore model of public toilet excellence.” Ugh.

I’m sure the attendees where the butt of jokes amongst their friends. Thank you, thank you, I’ll be here all week.

What do you speak?

Well, I’m more of a linguistic mutt than I would have thought. I guess it makes sense given my Southern roots, my Yankee stepmother and her family, and having spent the last 10 years in Minnesota. Take the test and see what it says about you.

Your Linguistic Profile:

30% Dixie
30% General American English
25% Yankee
10% Upper Midwestern
5% Midwestern