Saturday, January 31, 2009

Healf Foods

This is a conversation that I overheard which I think shows how people's views on what foods are healthy can be different.

Katherine (4) and Reagan (3) were sitting at the table, eating cake batter. Katherine brought up the subject of health food.

Katherine: "Reagan, there are certain foods that are healthy for you. Can you tell me what one is?"

Reagan: Slurp, slurp, lick, slobber: "Cake makes you healfy."


Katherine: "Reagan, cake does NOT make you healthy. Apples do."

Today, I did a little interview with the Director of the Health and Nutrition Department, age 3. Here is her list of what makes you healfy:


At this point, she stuffs her face with cereal and proclaims, "I'm making myself healfy."

I think I like this expert's views.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Is anyone there?

I'm just wondering if anyone actually ever reads this blawg. PLEASE, if you read this post, comment!!!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Look here to see the rest of the horse color posts.

Sabino is a paint pattern that is fairly common, but not as much as Overo and Tobiano. A Sabino horse typically has 4 white stockings, a blaze or bald face, and white under the belly. This pattern is very common in Clydesdale's. A horse can also have the sabino gene and not have any white on its belly, so the horse only shows a bald face and stockings.

Here are 2 Clydesdale sabino horses:

Here is an example of a horse that does not have white on its belly.

This sabino foal has a very high stocking on its back left leg:

This is a good example of classic sabino.

Monday, January 19, 2009

There IS a Creator

I have decided to do a post on Creation Evidence.

Today, in public schools, evolution is taught as a fact. Just like 4 x 3=12 is taught as a fact. Public school teachers are not allowed to teach about creation as a fact, and that's making a big impact on how people view creation.

Here is a quote from a great book, Out With Doubt, that shows how many people view God and creation.

Tommy really thought Mr. Hinson was a great teacher, and all of his friends
But Tommy had one big problem. Mr. Hinson taught some things
about the universe that Tommy had not been taught at home. For instance,
when he taught the unit on dinosaurs, he said that some of their bones were
around 150 million years old. And when he explained about the meat-eating
Venus Flytrap, he said that it just happened by genetic mutation. None of
these things had really bothered Tommy until today.
Today in Mr. Hinson's science class was different because he talked
about God, or to state it more correctly, the idea that there is no God.
"Today in class," said Mr. Hinson, "we are going to talk about the
origin of the Universe. Who can tell me how it got here?"
Eugene Lepton, the class genius who read his science textbook for
fun, said, "It started out as a tiny, dense ball about the size of a period at
the end of a sentence. Then it exploded in what is called the 'Big Bang'
and sent particles flying all over. Eventually the planets organized in
"Very good", Hinson commented, "That's exactly right. Now, can
anyone tell me how old the Universe is?"
Lucy Landsdale, who always tried to outdo Eugene, piped
up: "Most scientists say that the Universe is about 8 to 20 billion years
"Right again," said Mr. Hinson. "And how did life originate on
our planet Earth?"
This time no one answered, so Mr. Hinson began to explain.
"Hundreds of millions of years ago, in a chemical swamp, a single-cell organism
formed from nonliving compounds. It genetically mutated and evolved into
multicellular bacteria. Those bacteria adapted and evolved through more
mutations and natural selection, and changed into different types of plants and
animals. Eventually, mammals like apes and monkeys evolved, and we humans
evolved from a common ancestor we shared with them."
Suddenly, Jimmy Johnson-whose dad preached at a large church in
town-blurted out in a rather nervous-sounding voice: "That is not
true. The Bible says that God created the Universe in six days, and
created man out of the dust of the Earth."
Tommy knew he had been taught the same thing about God, and he
silently wished he had the courage to do what Jimmy was doing.
Mr. Hinson chuckled and said: "Yes, Jimmy, that is what the
Bible says," as he walked over to his desk and pulled out a black Bible from the
top drawer. He read several verses from Genesis about God creating
the whole Universe. The Bible was a King James, and many of the words
sounded strange to the class. Then Mr. Hinson continued: "You see,
the Bible is an old book filled with old ideas and lots of mistakes. Very
few really smart people believe in the Bible anymore."

What the teacher says about the Bible pretty much sums up what many people think about creation and the Bible these days. The general idea is that the story of creation is just some outdated science possibility that people believed before the idea of evolution was invented.

The very FIRST verse in the Bible says, "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth."

One of the primary rules of science is the rule of Cause And Effect. If there is an effect, then by the rules of science, there must be a legitimate cause. For instance, if a vase falls off of a table and breaks, of course it did not happen because an ant crawled by, but it could have happened because a toddler reached out and grabbed it. Or if a rainbow appears in the sky, it certainly was not caused by a bird, but because the sun was shining on a rainy day.

Yet even scientists refuse to acknowledge this rule when it some to creation. Remember what Mr. Hinson taught Tommy? Well, what caused the chemical swamp? An the non-living compounds from which the single-cell organism supposedly morphed? And if they have the answers for that, I want to know, what caused the causes? And the causes of the causes?

Also, here's another interesting point: I know that there are small mutations in the animal kingdom today, such as an albino lion, but has it EVER, in all of history, been recorded that a monkey and its offspring mutated into humans? And I don't mean where scientists have "recorded" that is happened millions of years ago. I mean an actual documentation by man of this supposed event. If monkeys morphed into men million of years ago, why haven't we seen even the SLIGHTEST change in monkeys for as long as history has been kept? If it happened then, why not now?

And here's something else very interesting: In some canyons, layers in the rock can be seen. Scientists claim that each layer took a million years or more to be built up by the flowing water, yet there are fossilized trees standing up through 3 or more layers! If each layer really took a million years, the tree would have rotted down to a stump before even a little bit was covered with rock!

There is much, MUCH more evidence for creation, so much more that I can't list it all! And still people insist that the world just happened to come into existence through some phenomenon.

It seems to me that people will believe whatever they want to believe, regardless of the evidence proving that belief wrong. Why is this? Why do people want to deny God's existence over and over again? I think it's because they are afraid to admit that there might actually be a real God, because they don't want to have to obey Him and to what He tells us to. What they don't know is that they are missing their only chance to have eternal life. I don't say "eternal salvation" because, no matter what we do, our souls are going to live eternally. We only get to choose if we have Eternal Life or Eternal Death.

Saturday, January 17, 2009


Reagan has a very bad cold recently, and the worst part is her cough. Sometimes she can't stop coughing, and usually what brings it on is A) She went outside in the cold or B) she was crying about something (which she happens to be doing quite a lot).

Anyways, when she gets coughing really bad, sometimes we have to put her in the shower and let it get really steamy.

Anyways again, earlier, for some reason, she was crying about something completely irrelevant, such as, let's say, her hair clip was blue instead of green. Here's an interesting conversation that I heard:

Mommy: "Reagan, stop crying. You're going to make yourself cough."

At which point I mouth to her, that's exactly what Reagan wants.

And right on cue, Reagan says, "Can I take a hot shower?"

Me: "I told you!"

Mommy: "No, there's no hot water left right now."

Reagan: "Then can I take a cold shower?"

Mommy: (giggle giggle snort) "NO! You'd be freezing!"

Reagan: "But I LIKE cold showers!!!!"

Mommy: "It would be too cold!"

Reagan: "I don't care if I ever get cold. I NEVER get cold!!!"

Then she goes off to do something else. Or so we think....

A few minutes later I walk into the bathroom and see Reagan in the shower, just standing there, waiting for water from Heaven to pour onto her head.

Sometimes she never gives up.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Because I'm Bored

Did you know....

The oldest recorded goldfish lived to be 49.

At one time in England, taking a bath was punishable by death!

To stop the spread of germs, one king outlawed kissing!

Goldfish don't have stomachs.

Goldfish can weigh as much as 10 pounds.

Scarlet Fever is the same as really bad Strep Throat.

Yarn can be made from recycled plastic bottles.

If a butterfly's wing is magnified, it appears to be covered with fur!

It is a myth that goldfish will only grow as large as the tank allows.

Alligator Gar can grow to be over 10 feet long! Don't believe me? Look here.

Bison are not the same as buffalo.

A kangaroo can jump the length of a school bus in one hop!

People did not evolve from monkeys.

Once, a group of dolphins protected shipwrecked sailors from sharks!

What appears to be a horse's knee is really its ankle.

The tallest recorded horse was over 7 feet tall at the shoulder!

Bats are not blind.

Elephants can signal to other elephants by stomping.

The Canadian Goose population grows 8% every year!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

My Guppies

You might have read on my previous posts that I had one female guppy and several young guppies. Well, I had to give them away when we moved, but I bought 3 male guppies to live in the new tank I got for Christmas.

Here are some pictures:

Sadly, my blue guppy, who was my favorite, died, and now my other two guppies are acting sick. I think it has something to do with the filter. I think it's stressing the fish because they're having to swim against the current all the time, but I don't know what to do because the filter needs to run to keep the tank clean. Does anyone have any advice?

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Pattern Test

Here's the paint pattern test. I'm going to show 7 pictures, numbered 1-7, and you can comment to tell me what pattern you think each number is. **Be sure to carefully study the 2 previous posts before you try to take the test!**








Number 7 is a trick picture! One horse in it is overo and one is tobiano. Looking only from the back, and reading the information I put in the previous posts, can you tell me which is overo and which is tobiano?


Tobianos and Overos are the most common paint patterns, but until you have seen lots of horses or pictures of horses from each pattern, they can be hard to tell apart. Here are some overos compared with a tobiano:







Notice that all of the overo's have blazes or bald faces, and that if they have white legs, it is because of white stockings and not becuase the pattern runs off of their body and onto their legs. Also notice that the overo's pattern covers the middle of the body, while the tobiano pattern usually leaves the middle of the body dark. Also, the overo's pattern is much more jagged than the tobiano's, and the overo pattern does not cross the horse's back. Tobian's look like someone poured a bucket of white paint over them, while overo's look like someone took a piece of chalk, drew a pattern on each side, and colored it in.

Look at the next post up for a test on how much you know about paint patterns!

Thursday, January 8, 2009


Before I start this post, I just want to say that if you posted a comment about, I don't know, A MONTH AGO, and it just got approved, it wasn't my fault.

Mymomconnie "forgot to tell me". ;)

Now for the horses.

Tobiano is probably the most common paint pattern in the U.S. The "standard" tobiano has a dark head which may or may not have markings, and the white covers at least some part of the shoulder & hip and extends to all 4 legs. This is a good example of a classic tobiano:

Here is another:

This one has the classic pattern, but is a little unusual because you usually don't see tobiano's with a bald face.

And, of course, there are the extremes: hardly any white, and a lot of white.

Here's a good example of a tobiano that has pretty minimal markings:

And here are a couple who have quite a bit of white.

If you have a request for a horse color that you want me to post about, please leave a comment and tell me!