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Saturday, July 02, 2005

Independence Day Quotes

Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace — but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! - Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775

Read this and other Independence Day quotes at Vision Forum.

Sew Your Own 18 in. Doll Clothes

This website has patterns and instructions for sewing your own clothes for 18 inch dolls, such as American Girl, Gotz, the Faith and Evangeline dolls from Vision Forum, etc. These doll clothes would make nice Christmas presents or handwork lessons.

Cottage Primrose Aprons

Visit Cottage Primrose for these cute aprons. From top to bottom: June Cleaver, Avonlea, and Primrose. The lovely seamstress also sells clothing, tote bags, and doll clothes.

NPR Essay: Apron Strings

Maybe it's old-fashioned, maybe even politically incorrect, but when Weekend Edition essayist Bonny Wolf is in the kitchen, you'll never see her without her apron on.

Listen here.

Article Features Disturbing Comments By Writer of P&P3 Script

This article of an interview with Deborah Moggach, author of Tulip Fever and the new Pride and Prejudice movie script, includes several frightening quotes:

On Pride and Prejudice, West Hampstead Oscar-winner Emma Thompson was brought in to make changes to the script, without consultation. Deborah, who likes to appear in all her films as an extra, says: “She re-wrote a scene where I was going to be drinking in a tavern, by setting it in an oak wood, so I didn’t do it.”

“There’s a lot of rain in our version,” rejoins Deborah, “and as a homage to Colin, our Darcy writes a letter describing how he tore all his clothes off to go swimming, before the arrival of a gamekeeper ‘put a stop to such foolishness’.

“In the book he’s cold and snobbish and pretty unsympathetic but I’ve made him much more human by depicting him as an intelligent man rendered restless by endless female tittle tattle at a country house party which goes on for two months.

“The film also puts the Bennett girls in a very old-fashioned house with dresses so old they’ve practically got stains under the arms. So it makes it really matter that they get married.

Thanks to AustenBlog for the links.

My Independence Day Menu

Bubba Burgers
Southern Potato Salad (family recipe) - like this one except just plain salt and some celery seed.
Baked Beans (another family recipe) - canned pork & beans, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, onion, mustard, and brown sugar.
Deviled Eggs (another family recipe) - hard-boiled eggs, mayo, mustard, sweet pickle relish, paprika, green olive slices.
All-American Trifle

This Week in Review

(June 26, 2005 - July 2, 2005)

Sunday: I spent the day doctoring H, who had his four wisdom teeth out last Friday and developed dry socket, and D, who has swimmer's ear from her swimming lessons.

Monday: Laundry Day. Tried to get caught up on dishes. Watched a DVD with H.

Tuesday: Finished up laundry. Watched a DVD with H. The family went to Barnes & Noble to browse and H and I had coffee. Finally, I remembered to bring proof of homeschooling and was able to get a teacher discount card for 20% off. Afterwards, H bought materials (to be picked up on Wednesday) for our family room & porch construction. Spent quite a bit of time tonight tweaking my templates for my blogs. Learned a new code: strike

Wednesday: H is still home from work - in agony from his dry socket - and he'll be missing class tonight, too. (He takes night classes for his BA degree.) The good news is D is nearly recovered from her swimmer's ear and is almost finished with the antibiotics. H took D & S to meet with the contractors and pick up the construction materials. Meanwhile, I got some peace and quiet to sip coffee, eat breakfast, and blog. Of course, I was nearly scared out of my skin when someone showed up and started walking around the house. I don't answer the door when H isn't here since a violent crime was committed against a neighbor (by another neighbor - juvenile) last December. It took a bit of courage to find out who the woman was - she was taking measurements of the house for our insurance company.

Thursday: H still home from work due to dry socket. He has been to the oral surgeon every day this week for packing. O.S. says it is finally looking better. H hopes to go to work on Friday. We went to Super Walmart and then to the newly-opened, local Cracker Barrel where H proceeded to accidentally swallow the packing. Oops! Luckily, he goes to get new packing tomorrow morning at the O.S. The wait at Cracker Barrel was 55 minutes so we got to look around plenty. Btw, Their coffee buttons candies are yummy.

Friday: H finally went back to work - right in time for the long holiday weekend. He's still in terrible pain. We hired new contractors for family room/porch construction. The old ones just weren't getting any work done. The new head guy, Hezekiah, is great. He said, "If the good Lord is gonna do his work in the afternoon, we'll be doin' ours early in the morning." He was, of course, referring to the summer rains we get in the afternoons in this area. The men worked very hard, were quite polite, and made wonderful progress. If it can just stop pouring every day, we just might get this building finished.

Saturday: H and I woke up late and had to rush to get the kids to swim class on time. D is doing well, as she has had swim lessons before, and S is improving. He stops swimming every few seconds to take off his goggles and wave to Mommy. He's such a cutie. To help prevent swimmer's ear, the kids wore ear plugs. I'm trying to finish up Amusing Ourselves to Death. I'm enjoying it. It's very deep and cautionary and more intellectual than the practical The Plug-in Drug, which I also enjoyed. I'm working on reviews for both books. I'm also reading and working through The Thinking Toolbox for Mind & Media. I can tell you that this is a great book. It says for 13-adult but my kids (7 & 9) really like it and easily understand it.