Maryann gives her input in italics after each.
Have fun at the office with this one. Congrats to Kathy Peacock who go this right this morning!
I never was, am always to be,
No one ever saw me, nor ever will
And yet I am the confidence of all
To live and breathe on this terrestrial ball.
OK, the Farmers’ Almanac prediction for a Numbingly Cold winter is out, but what are the real experts saying? Here are some signs from mother nature:
Thicker than normal corn husks
Woodpeckers sharing a tree
Early arrival of the Snowy owl
Early departure of geese and ducks
Early migration of the Monarch butterfly
Thick hair on the nape (back) of the cow’s neck
Heavy and numerous fogs during August
Raccoons with thick tails and bright bands
Mice eating ravenously into the home
Early arrival of crickets on the hearth
Spiders spinning larger than usual webs and entering the house in great numbers
Pigs gathering sticks
Insects marching a bee line rather than meandering
Early seclusion of bees within the hive
Unusual abundance of acorns
Muskrats burrowing holes high on the river hank
“See how high the hornet’s nest, ’twill tell how high the snow will rest”
Narrow orange band in the middle of the Woollybear caterpillar warns of heavy snow; fat and fuzzy caterpillars presage bitter cold
The squirrel gathers nuts early to fortify against a hard winter
Frequent halos or rings around sun or moon forecast numerous snow falls.
Economists have finally proved what most of us have suspected for a long time — when it comes to apologizing, talk is cheap. According to new research, firms that simply say sorry to disgruntled customers fare better than those that offer financial compensation. Researchers set out to show whether customers who have been let down continue to do business after being offered an apology. They found people are more than twice as likely to forgive a company that says sorry than one that instead offers them cash.
I see a new position opening up. The “Apologist”! – Justin
A Missouri woman giving birth kept her Twitter followers updated every step of the way Tuesday. Candy Tai’s first post at 1:51am read: “Off 2 have a baby! This kid wants out NOW!” Once at the hospital she tweeted, “Contractions coming on strong….baby soon! Kids in room with me watching Bolt!” She also wrote about not using any pain medication: “1st time without pain meds..what was i thinking?!” Finally, she posted an update showing her newborn: “Fresh baked baby! Jacob David arrived at 6:59 a.m.” She attached a picture of her newborn son.
Would you be able to tweet through the delivery? – Justin
At a big corporation the IT department was doing a password audit — checking to be sure the passwords used by employees were strong. On one computer it was found that a blonde was using the following password: MickeyMinniePlutoHueyLouieDeweyDonaldGoofy When asked why such a big password, she said that it had to be at least 8 characters long.
According to askmen.com, here are three simple things many women are looking for in a relationship with their men…
 A man who understands her. Take the time to discover and understand your woman’s moods, interests and temperament. Remember: honest communication is the key to any successful relationship.
 A man who knows when to take control – and give it up. You’re going to have to flip flop on this one and know when to do so. Don’t be afraid to show your vulnerable side now and then.
 A man with an air of mystery. Maintaining a mystique will make your relationship last well past the early stages. Just know when to stop playing games for the sake of intrigue.
Sounds easy enough but I’m sure I’ll miss the mark on this one too – Justin
Did you know Mrs. Butterworth has a first name? An Illinois woman did and won a national contest. The contest was called, “Can You Guess Mrs. Butterworth’s First Name?” Cynthia Harmon of Champaign, Illinois knew Mrs. Butterworth was born in the early 1960’s, so she began to research. She looked at popular baby names in the 1960’s, and read that breakfast time was a big family tradition. After all of the research, she came up with the name Joy. The reason that clinched her the win was, “As mom’s were getting ready for school they wanted to bring a little joy in their hearts before they went off on their day.” The contest came down to two women out of thousands, and Harmon and another woman took home the prize. They won five hundred dollars and a case full of Mrs. Butterworth syrup.
Tips to train and communicate with your (or anyone else’s) dog
» Watch your dog’s ears. If their ears are standing up, and their tail is wagging, that usually means: “I’m happy” or “come on, let’s play.” If the ears are pitched back, and the tail is down, that’s a sign of anger, fear or stress. Your dog is thinking: “stay back and leave me alone.”
» Sniffing. Dogs sniff the ground for a lot of reasons. Usually, they’re just exploring an enticing scent, or looking for a place to relieve themselves. However, dogs also sniff the ground when they’re worried, or ill at ease. So if your dog suddenly starts sniffing the ground, take a look around to see what’s in the area. If there’s a bigger dog nearby, or a strange person, that sniffing could be your dog’s way of saying: “I see you. I’m minding my own business here, and I don’t want any trouble.”
» Any unusual panting, yawning or drooling. That’s often a sign of stress. You’ll usually see this when your dog is in an unfamiliar surrounding, when they hear a sudden loud noise, or when they’re left alone at home for the first time.
» Your OWN body language. Dogs are very sensitive to slight changes in humans breathing and behavior. So if they see you pacing around the kitchen because you’re nervous, happy, or angry, they’ll zero in on that – and respond accordingly. On the other hand, if you project a calm demeanor – by sitting comfortably, controlling your breathing, and talking in a steady tone of voice, your dog will be more receptive to your commands.
Man, I must stress my dog out, he yawns a lot! – Justin