Of course the first thing they did was name the kittens. We have Caramel, Raider (Oakland football - boo, hiss), Demon, Fidget, and the other one ?? Elcie is wearing what used to be my heavy flannel duster. Sometime after they go back to school I'll do something about their small bookcase. It holds most of their arts and craft and all of the paper, etc. they need for schoolwork. I organize, they disorganize. They pitched in on the living room yesterday except for Rochelle who was with me and earned her keep that way. Everything picked up, all their videos back in cases and orderly, vacuumed, etc. L., the reason I can't find a vacuum cleaner bag is that my machine doesn't use them. I bet if I went through my closets I'd find some that no longer have a matching machine.
Fahrenheit to Celsius - (212 (boiling) - 32) divided by 1.8 = 100 Celsius (boiling). Celsius to Fahrenheit - (100 Celsius times 1.8) plus 32 = 212 Fahrenheit. Much simpler than the 5/9's formula. Someday my country will join the rest of the world.
It's almost 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 31st here. Happy New Year Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. New Year's Eve for Europe still and morning for me, our midwest and Rocky Mountains, and western Canada. Ontario and our East Coast are early afternoon.
Andrea in Japan has a feature on her sidebar with links to time zones, conversion tables, and other useful international information. I can do rough calculations in my head but it's always a double think for me as I'm sure it is for you when I start talking about miles, ounces, and temperatures.
I spent much of last night browsing through my archives from late September on. Mollie had done an online retrospect which started me wondering how long she and I have been corresponding. I couldn't believe it was just late October; seems like we've known each other forever.
That's how I feel about all of you. I ran across an early comment from L. which, in retrospect, was really funny although I'm sure she didn't intend it to be. She hadn't begun a blog yet and she was one of the main arm twisters to convince me to begin. When she began, she really took off.
I'm glad so many of you liked the picture of Ray. I passed on Roger's comment about tickling to him and he actually smiled. Caught himself quickly though. He has a persona to maintain.
My trip back down the memory lane of my archives reminded me of how much you've all come to mean to me. You've cheered me on through the happy times and been a strong shoulder through some of the sadder moments. You've helped me when I've struggled with computer ineptness, added variety to our diet with recipes, passed on child raising suggestions, told funny stories on your own blogs as well as mine. I've learned more in a personal way about the world and the wonderful people who inhabit it since September than I had in the twenty years preceding.
Too many to list (and the blogroll keeps growing). You all know who you are. Or you can read my neatly organized blog roll. Most of you (except for the non-bloggers) are there.
May 2006 be better for us all than 2005. May we learn to live in harmony with each other and the earth around us. It's the only home we have and I, for one, would like to leave this place for my three generations of kids (5), grandkids (9 & 1/3) and greats (3 living with me) better than I found it.
Happy New Year everyone. I'll lift a glass of Martinelli's at midnight in a silent toast to all of you.