Answer to the plate riddle

Friday, November 28, 2008

Susan has invited her family to Thanksgiving Dinner. As her plates are not the best, Susan wants to buy new plates – one for each person at her Thanksgiving Dinner.
There’ll be a grandfather, a grandmother, two fathers, two mothers, four children, three grandchildren, one brother, two sisters, two sons, two daughters, one father-in-law, one mother-in-law and a daughter-in-law.
At least how many plates does Susan need to buy?

Correct answer, Susan needs at least 7 plates.
• The grandfather is also a father and a father-in-law.
• The grandmother is also a mother and a mother-in-law.
• The father is also his parents’ son (and child).
• The daughter-in-law is also a mother.
• The grandson is also a brother and his parents’ son (and child).
• The two granddaughters are also sisters and their parents’ daughters (and children).

So we have
• one grandfather
• one grandmother
• two fathers (grandfather, father)
• two mothers (grandmother, daughter-in-law)
• four children (father, grandson, 2 granddaughters)
• three grandchildren (grandson, 2 granddaughters)
• one brother (grandson)
• two sisters (2 granddaughters)
• two sons (father, grandson)
• one father-in-law (grandfather)
• one mother-in-law (grandmother)
• one daughter-in-law


Thanksgiving Funnies # 3

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Gladys who?
Gladys Thanksgiving. Aren't you?

What's the best dance to do on Thanksgiving?
The turkey trot

Why did the police arrest the turkey?
They suspected it of fowl play

Why did they let the turkey join the band?
Because he had the drumsticks


Favorite Board Games

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Most people know we love board games in our house, even though we don't get a chance to play as often as we would like. Shaun wanted to list his favorite games, just in case any one wanted to know. Feel free to leave your favorite game list. Never know, you might convince us to try a new game.

Shaun' Top Board games that we own

  1. El Grande
  2. Capital
  3. Puerto Rico
  4. Candamir
  5. Alantic Star
  6. St. Petersburg
  7. El Capitan
  8. Settler's of Catan Series
  9. New England
  10. Conspiracy
  11. Ticket 2 Ride Series
  12. Smarty Party


Thanksgiving Funnies # 2

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

A man in Jacksonville calls his son in San Diego the day before Thanksgiving and says, “I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery is enough.”
‘Pop, what are you talking about?’ the son screams.
‘We can’t stand the sight of each other any longer,’ the father says.
‘We’re sick of each other, and I’m sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Denver and tell her.’
Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone.
‘Like heck they’re getting divorced,’ she shouts, I’ll take care of this.’
She calls Jacksonville immediately, and screams at her father, ‘You are NOT getting divorced. Don’t do a single thing until I get there. I’m calling my brother back, and we’ll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don’t do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?’ and hangs up.
The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife. “Okay”, he says, ‘they’re coming for Thanksgiving and paying their own way.’

How can you make a turkey float?
You need 2 scoops of ice cream, some root beer, and a turkey

What kind of music did the Pilgrims like?
Plymouth Rock

Which side of the turkey has the most feathers?
The outside


Thanksgiving Funnies

Monday, November 24, 2008

Those of you who like comics. We will post two or three comics each day along with some jokes all the way through Thanksgiving Day. Some may be good while other may be lacking. Hope you enjoy the post and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Susan has invited her family to Thanksgiving Dinner. As her plates are not the best, Susan wants to buy new plates – one for each person at her Thanksgiving Dinner.

There’ll be a grandfather, a grandmother, two fathers, two mothers, four children, three grandchildren, one brother, two sisters, two sons, two daughters, one father-in-law, one mother-in-law and a daughter-in-law.

At least how many plates does Susan need to buy?

We will post the detailed answer on Friday for those of you who dared to answer.

Joke time
What did the turkey say to the man who tried to shoot it?
Ans- Liberty, Equality and Bad aim for all.

Asked to write a composition entitled, "What I'm thankful for on Thanksgiving,"
little Timothy wrote, "I am thankful that I'm not a turkey."

What will a turkey with a dramatic bent of mind say to another turkey on Thanksgiving morning?
Ans- To be or not to be roasted, that is the question.

Why can't you take a turkey to church?
Because they use such FOWL language


Headache Update

So its been a number of months since I have given an update. Yes I still have a headache every day, many days I will go for brief periods without one, and I can not say how grateful I am for these brief periods. The use of what I call the Lido cream (see list below) when my headache start to turn moderately severe, and Ambien have made the most improvement. One to two times a week I still get those pesky Migraines and I still struggle to cope with them.

After they have tried prescription after prescription and countless MRI's and lots of physical torutre (I mean therapy)all to no avail. They have come to the conclusion that the root cause of the headaches is due to a combination of sleep problems, and inflamed nerves in my neck and back of head due to authritis and minor bulging disks.

This week I will under go cervical facet joint injections, these injections are done while under general anesthesia and requires the use of a flouroscope which is used to track the exact placement of the needle to deliver a small dose of cortisone and lidocain. The goal here is to block the nerves which are triggering the headaches. If it is successful, it is the first step of three to permanently deadening the nerves which cause the headaches. On the down side is I will have two days of bed rest (over Thanksgiving, sorry dear I have to watch that football game dr.'s orders. Milk shakes, flowers and lots of gifts would be nice too.) and lots of ice packs for the days to follow.

I will let you know how that goes. In the mean time here is an updated list of the medications I have tried since my last post on the topic. Basically none of them worked, except for the ambien and lidocain cream.

Nadolol (generic for Corgard): 40mg twice a day- no side effects, but no benefit

Ketorolac 30mg and Promethazine 10mg compound suppository, taken needed not more than 2-3x a week

Lidocane injections

Diacetazone/Epidrin cap EXCE– (generic for Midrin)- droggy, but unable to sleep. Reduces headache

Vitamin D 50000IU: one per month, then moved to one per week

Lunesta 3 mg: took one for a sleep study at hospital

Methocarbamol (generic for Robaxin): take up to 2 tablets, three times daily max

Metoclopramide (generic for Reglan)

Bupeopion HCL 75 mg (generic for Wellbutrin) 2 tablets each morning, J reduces morning headaches, more energy

CPAP machine-

Tylenol w/ codine 30mg

Cymbalta 30 Mg

Toridal shot

Topamax prescribed, but ended up not taking it

Lidoderm Patches

Zolpidem 10mg (generic for Ambien)

Specially made compound of Lidocaine and Neurontin creame

Tizandidine 2mg

Meloxicam 7.5 mg (Generic for Mobic)

Home Cervical traction device (ouch)

Old list of medications from April to June Just incase you really like reading long lists of nothing.



And the Winner is....

Sunday, November 23, 2008

The winner is Jef. Hooray!!!!!

A thank you to those who entered the healthier dessert contest. We only had two entries and they were both great entries. Now some of you have questioned if healthy and dessert belong in the same sentence. I guess we may have misspoke our intent, which was to find a yummy dessert and have a healthier twist to make it less fattening or sugary or so forth. The example we will now use is our low fat brownie recipe. It has two TBS each of butter and light sour cream and one egg. Not great I know, but much better than a brownie mix from the store. And best of all they taste good. Nothing like the applesauce brownies for those of you who have tried that. The texture is just all wrong in brownies made with applesauce.

Infact on, Here is an example of one of their brownie recipes, It has twice the eggs and fat in the form of shortening. Both to be cooked in the same size pan. Who even knows if that recipe even tastes good.

The fact is food should taste good, and at the same time there are often ways we can adapt it to slow the artery clogging and so forth. I remember my last conversation with my grandmother before she died of heart disease. She wished she had indulged less on the pastries. Now I know my grandmother liked pastries, but she loved fruits and vegetables even more. She would always send me newspaper articles on the health benifits of various foods. She told me, " I just wish I had more time." I didn't know then that it was to be a matter of a few days before she would be called home, but I think she had that feeling, just by the conversation she had with me. Now she was in her 80's, and ate a balanced diet. She exercised and had lived a full good life, but she wanted more time. She died two and half months before Abigail was born. She loved Anna so much, as she was her only great grand child. I miss my grandmother even as much today as then. She would have loved her next two great grandbabies as much as the first. I guess in the big picture of things, she will have her wish of more time, but not in this mortal life.

Thank you to all who entered and for the long awaited results. Please feel free to send us any recipes if you have any. If we get enough, maybe we have another prize.


Can you guess what this is?

We found this recently in a plastic cup. Can you guess what it is?


More Fall Color

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

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A video that is too funny

Friday, November 7, 2008

I guess I have had too many callings dealing with visit teaching (three to be exact). I think this is too funny to not post. I hope none can relate.-DG


Synchronized Swimming

Love this talent Show clip