keep your fingers crossed!

Posted by mountainmelody On 11/30/2008 05:41:00 PM 0 comments
It's raining/sleeting right now, and it's very cold outside.

The weatherman says: We have a great setup for snow showers across the northern half of Alabama late tonight and tomorrow morning. . . . The best chance of a dusting on grassy areas will be across high terrain locations northeast of Birmingham.

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Posted by mountainmelody On 11/27/2008 10:20:00 AM 1 comments
Happy Thanksgiving from the New Madrid Seismic Zone!

(No, the zone itself isn't actually wishing you happy Thanksgiving. I am. I just happen to be in that lovely area.)
Posted by mountainmelody On 11/26/2008 03:36:00 PM 0 comments

predictions from 1969

Posted by mountainmelody On 11/24/2008 08:11:00 PM 0 comments
  • The workweek will drop to thirty-six hours in 1976 and to thirty hours by the year 2000.

  • It will be possible to phone home and turn off the oven, turn on the heat, leave a message, turn off the lights.

  • Portable phones will be available.

  • Two-hundred-day school years including summer sessions are predicted.

  • Cars will have TV, radio, telephone, stereo, and tape recorders.

  • Leisure spending may go beyond all imagination.

another exciting update

Posted by mountainmelody On 11/23/2008 08:44:00 PM 3 comments
We walked to the lake today.
The water level was lower than I expected. People in Birmingham are going to have to stop taking such long showers!
On the positive side, we did get to see shells and rocks that would normally be hidden under the water.

only in Alabama...

Posted by mountainmelody On 11/22/2008 08:19:00 PM 1 comments
Only in Alabama can you follow a car with the license plate "Praiser" until it turns at a sign labeled "Divine Design Studio."

helping you become smarter

Posted by mountainmelody On 11/21/2008 11:11:00 AM 0 comments
More people live in India than in all of North America, Central America and South America--combined.
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Posted by mountainmelody On 11/18/2008 06:22:00 AM 0 comments
Message on gum wrapper: calorie content of this size piece has been reduced from 5 to 3 1/2 calories.

That's good to know. I generally refuse to eat gum with over 4 calories in it. It might ruin my figure.


foiled again

Posted by mountainmelody On 11/16/2008 02:37:00 PM 3 comments
For some reason I felt like walking down to see the Valentine cow today.
Unfortunately, the cow was once again uncooperative.
The horses weren't very helpful either.So I just gave up and looked around a bit.

Maybe next time.

say what?

Posted by mountainmelody On 11/14/2008 02:37:00 PM 3 comments
I read the word entelechy in a book and wasn't sure what it meant. So I looked it up.

Here's the oh-so-helpful definition from

1: the actualization of form-giving cause as contrasted with potential existence

2: a hypothetical agency not demonstrable by scientific methods that in some vitalist doctrines is considered an inherent regulating and directing force in the development and functioning of an organism

If I wrote like this in my dissertation, I think (hope) my professors would ask for a re-write.


Posted by mountainmelody On 11/13/2008 06:05:00 AM 2 comments
Leader: Our missionaries this month are Tom and Sonya Hattaway.

Girl: Oh! They must be brother and sister!
Posted by mountainmelody On 11/11/2008 06:46:00 PM 0 comments

random memory of the day

Posted by mountainmelody On 11/10/2008 07:05:00 PM 2 comments
I remember before everyone had the internet. (I told you I'm old.) It was rough.

Our library promised they could find any information we needed to know. So since I didn't have Google, I just called them with my questions.

One time I asked how my train bridges ran across the Mississippi River. (No reason--just curious.)

I think they connected me with people in six or eight states before all was said and done. (In case you're wondering, there were 19 bridges total.)

I think I prefer using the internet to answer my questions today. I'm sure the librarians do!
Posted by mountainmelody On 11/09/2008 04:03:00 PM 0 comments
Yes, I have lots of pictures of leaves. It's fall.
Posted by mountainmelody On 11/08/2008 02:37:00 PM 1 comments
Today is my birthday.

I'm getting old.

Happy birthday to me!


Posted by mountainmelody On 11/07/2008 09:07:00 PM 0 comments
Leader: How do you think the people in these pictures were feeling?

Girl 1: That person looks happy.

Girl 2: That person looks sad.

Girl 3: That person looks Japanese.
Posted by mountainmelody On 11/07/2008 08:39:00 AM 0 comments

customer service chat

Posted by mountainmelody On 11/06/2008 09:06:00 AM 1 comments
Customer Service Representative 14 has entered the session.

Me: Hi, I can't remember my account number.

Customer Service Representative 14: Thanks for using Click to Chat. My name is Cheryl. May I have your account number please?
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