We went and saw Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on the weekend. We were very pleased with it. It was well done all around. Luke Evans’ Gaston was brilliant. He played the narcissist to a T. And, while Emma Watson’s vocals might have been a bit weak, her performance otherwise was not. She played a girl who could do what she needed to do. Empowered by her father, an inventor, a reader.
While at the movie, we saw a trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight. It’s one of the best “Girl Power” type things I’ve seen in a long, long time. And I think it’s best because it’s Girl Power without being Anti-Boy in any way.
She says to us: “I was — just a normal kid. Before my world fell apart. Some kids used to tease me. They’d say, ‘You run like a girl. You throw like a girl. You fight like a girl.’ Fight like a girl? Yeah. I fight like a girl.”
It’s coming up Daylight Saving Time again on Sunday. Time again to set the clocks ahead with the spring and mess with our internal clocks once again. Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Arizona don’t mess with this and neither should the rest of the country. Livestock doesn’t go by clocks. Pets don’t go by clocks. And their feeding times will get all discombobulated. We should just stick with regular time and leave it that way.
Sometimes you can’t or don’t want to do some of the spring cleaning. Amazon Home Services can help in those situations!
Thursday the windchills were in the double digits below zero Fahrenheit and today they closed some schools due to regular temperatures in the double digits below zero Fahrenheit and it isn’t officially winter until Wednesday. These polar vortex temperatures are spreading across the Midwest from Omaha to Columbus and beyond and it’s this time to be sure your heating and cooling Columbus system is in tip-top shape.
I’ve been in my house for nineteen years now, but I remember when I had first moved in and my heating had gone out. I hadn’t really noticed it at first, the blower came on and the with the use of the stove and open blinds during the day the house had been retaining some heat. I just put on sweaters and put them on my kids and we used blankets. My dad came over and noticed how cool it seemed in the house and we checked the thermostat. It said we were down to about 55ºF.
This is when we want an excellent heating and cooling company that can come out on an emergency basis to get us back to where we needed to be. That gradual decrease in temperature, because it was so unnoticeable, was scary. The kids were small and didn’t tell me they were cold; probably didn’t even know to tell me they were cold. They were in those comfy, warm blanket sleepers at their ages. We were out during the weekdays; me at work and the kids at daycare and school. Weekends we were mostly at home. I’m so glad Dad came by and we were able to get professionals in right away to fix the furnace and get our heat back on.
Professional services getting the heat back on, especially when it’s so bitter cold outside is so important. Tune-ups of your HVAC system are a great thing as well. So is a check of your built-in humidifier (or installation if you don’t have one.) Getting that duct work cleaned out isn’t a bad idea either, especially if you have pets, small kids with small toys, or have been doing any work on your house.
Early on a beautiful Sunday morning 75 years ago, the world changed.
At 7:55 a.m local. December 7, 1941 the attack begins.
The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor to remove what it saw as a threat to the empire’s southern expansion. The Pearl Harbor attack hurt us badly, but it also hardened our resolve and brought us fully into WWII.
Snopes has some photos that were purported to be found in an old Brownie camera years after the attack. The story was untrue, but the photos are archival and genuine.
The U.S. Navy has a Pearl Harbor site with more photos.
Armistice Day, Veterans’ Day, Remembrance Day
The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month…
In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Written by Lt-Colonel John McRae (1915)