Drinking Straws Quotations

The QuipperyThe lighter side of the Drinking Straw Ban.

You think people will stop at 3D printing guns? Next they’ll print straws and then we’re all good as dead.
– Comfortably Smug, Twitter –

“Dude, what are you in here for?”
“Grand theft auto, aggravated assault, and homicide. You?”
“Unauthorized distribution of an inexpensive, single-use beverage accessory.”
“Dear God. Good luck, man.”
– Current Events, Politics, Parody And Other Musings –

Hey California: What happens if an illegal alien uses a plastic straw in a sanctuary city?
– Charlie Kirk, Twitter –

Don’t ask for a straw with your smoothie, but definitely take an ecotourism trip to Costa Rica.
– s.e. smith, bitchmedia –

Looking back to my childhood, who would have thought that #drinkingstraws would be banned but #pot would be legal. #ThingsThatMakeYouGoHmm
– @SamLapradeCFRE, May 17 –

If Straws Are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Straws
– Jim Treacher, PJ Media –

Yesterday morning, we learned of PC-driven news from two of Americans largest corporations.
Starbucks announced its goal to eliminate plastic straws from all its stores by 2020, while Costco said it would ditch the Polish hotdog in favor of a fruit bowl and a plant-based protein salad.
– Charles Payne, Townhall Finance, July 10, 2018 –

“What’s your mom in for Jimmy?” “She got 6 months for doing the crime. She put a straw in a customer’s drink.”
– The Queen of Damn Near Everything –

Try to wrap your minds around this: we’re legalizing the sale of marijuana, but criminalizing the use of straws. Sanctuary cities are refusing to report illegal aliens, but threatening to put waiters in jail for providing their customers an unrequested straw.
– Current Events, Politics, Parody And Other Musings –

Last year McDonald’s debuted an exclusive, highly engineered straw dubbed the “Suction Tube for Reverse Axial Withdrawal,” or STRAW, for short. The name took longer to say than the actual length of time the STRAW was around: It was only available for two days, February 24 and March 1, with a scant 2,000 of them spread across the entire country.
– Chris Woodward , LifeZette –

I’d suggest Californians start using lead straws. Then this would all be a self correcting problem on multiple fronts.
– Anonymous comment, California Introduces Bill to Criminalize Plastic Straws –


The Piano Guys Indiana Jones, DoodleChaos Beethoven’s 5th (Videos)

The Piano Guys

The Piano Guys combined music from the score of “Indian Jones and the Last Crusade” with the classical arrangement of “Scheherazade” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in a video that was filmed in Petra, Jordan.


DoodleChaos makes kinetic art and synchronizes ‘things’ to music. In this video, the Little Line Rider bumps along to Beethoven’s 5th.

Arts and Crafts Quotations

The Quippery

Abstract art: a product of the untalented sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.
– Al Capp –

A child’s definition of art: first I think, then I draw a line around my think!
– Author Unknown –

A painting is what you make of it, besides which, ‘Moon, Weeping’ has a better ring to it than ‘Paintbrush, Dripping.’
– Robert Brault –

Artists can color the sky red because they know it’s blue. Those of us who aren’t artists must color things the way they really are or people might think we’re stupid.
– Jules Feiffer –

Asking a seamstress to mend is like asking Michelangelo to paint your garage.
– Author Unknown –

Been there, done that, scrapped a page about it.
– Anonymous Scrapbooker –

Crafters are not complicated. How hard is it to say “You’re a genius” and give us chocolate?
– sizzix.com –

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
– Scott Adams –

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
– Pablo Picasso –

Given enough glue sticks, I could rule the world.
– thirdyhandmadedays.com –

I can make anything with a hook and yarn. What’s your superpower?
– Author Unknown –

I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.
– Sir Winston Churchill –

I don’t know why my husband says I’m hard to shop for. Surely he knows where Hobby Lobby is.
– agirlandagluegun.com –

I like to take slow, romantic walks down the craft aisles at Michaels.
– agirlandagluegun.com –

I’m a craftaholic on the road to recovery. Just kidding. I’m on the road to the craft store.
– Factory Direct Craft –

I might look like I’m listening to you but in my head I’m sewing.
– beatnikkids.com –

I’m in a good place right now. Not Emotionally. I’m just at the craft store.
– agirlandagluegun.com –

In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed – they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace and what did that produce…? The cuckoo clock.
– Orson Welles –

It all starts with one little bead.
– Author Unknown –

I’ve been doing a lot of abstract painting lately, extremely abstract. No brush, no paint, no canvas, I just think about it.
– Stephen Wright –

Keeping house is like stringing beads with no knot at the end of the thread.
– Author Unknown –

Knot tonight. I’m beading.
– message on a t-shirt –

Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.
– G.K. Chesterton –

My Husband Said If I Buy More Crafting Stuff He Will Leave Me… I’ll Miss Him!
– Author Unknown –

Of course I talk to myself when I craft. Sometimes I need expert advice.
– favecrafts –

Oh, there you are, Albus,’ he said. ‘You’ve been a very long time. Upset stomach?’ ‘No, I was merely reading the Muggle magazines,’ said Dumbledore. ‘I do love knitting patterns.’
– J. K. Rowling –

Scrapbooking is all fun and games until someone loses an eyelet.
– Anonymous Scrapbooker –

Sew much fabric, sew little time.
– Author Unknown –

Some call it empty nest. I call it new craft room.
– Author Unknown –

The chances of running out of yarn on a project are directly related to the difficulty that you will have getting more.
-Stephanie Pearl-McPhee –

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
– Pablo Picasso –

There is no wrong way to knit. … We should all agree to stop correcting each other and deal with the more important issue. How wrong crochet is.
– Stephanie Pearl-McPhee –

When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college — that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared at me, incredulous, and said, “You mean they forget?”
– Howard Ikemoto –

Whoever said Disney was the happiest place on earth has clearly never been to Michael’s.
– someecards –

Whoever said handmade is cheap obviously never purchased craft supplies.
– SweetlyScrapped.com –

Why buy it for $7 when you can make it yourself for $92 of craft supplies.
– Author Unknown –

You haven’t had enough coffee until you can thread a sewing machine while it’s running.
– Author Unknown –

You might be an artist if you chose to buy that new Russian Sable Number Six Round Brush instead of a Big Mac, a large fry, a milkshake, dessert, and five gallons of gas.
– Author Unknown –

You never know what you have until you clean your craft room.
– Author Unknown –

Life and What it Is Quotations

The Quippery

It’s not true that life is one damn thing after another – it’s the same damn thing over and over.
– Edna St. Vincent Millay –

Life is like a jigsaw puzzle but you don’t have the picture on the front of the box to know what it’s supposed to look like. Sometimes, you’re not even sure if you have all of the pieces.
–  A Whack on the Side of the Head –

Life is easier if you dread only one day at a time.
– Charles M. Schulz –

Life is hard. Then you die. In between you are a volunteer.
– Author Unknown (This was my ‘mantra’ during all those years of being on Volunteer Boards!) –

Life is lumpy. And a lump in the oatmeal, a lump in the throat and a lump in a breast are not the same lump. One should learn the difference.
– Robert Fulghum (I collected quotes like this when our youngest child had cancer.) –

Life is rather like a tin of sardines – we’re all of us looking for the key.
– Alan Bennett –

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.
– John W. Gardner –

Life is so very simple when you have no facts to confuse you.
– Peg Bracken –

Life is tragic, but not necessarily serious.
– Author Unknown –

Life is full of choices – Remove your shoes or mop the floor.
– Author Unknown –

Life is short… ask directions.
– Author Unknown –

Life is an endless struggle full of frustrations and challenges, but eventually you find a hairstylist you like.
– Author Unknown –

Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.
– John Lennon –

Life isn’t like a box of chocolates. It’s more like a jar of jalapenos. What you do today, might burn your butt tomorrow.
– Author Unknown –

Life isn’t a vicarious experience. You get it figured out and then one day life happens to you. You prepare yourself for grief and loss, arrange your ballast and then the wave swamps the boat.
– Garrison Keillor –

Life itself is like an onion: it has a bewildering number of layers; you peel them off, one by one, and sometimes you cry.
– Carl Sandburg –

Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.
– Mark Twain –

Mid-life means that you become more reflective…You start pondering the “big” questions. What is life? Why am I here? How much ‘Healthy Choice’ ice cream can I eat before it’s no longer a healthy choice?
– Author Unknown –

Prime numbers are what is left when you have taken all the patterns away. I think prime numbers are like life. They are very logical but you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all your time thinking about them.
– The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon –

Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never leave. Our lives are measured by these.
– Susan B. Anthony –

The answer to the great question of… Life, the Universe and Everything…is… Forty-two.
– Douglas Adams –

The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.
– Bill Watterson –

We believe in the individual’s capacity to grow, develop and change throughout life; that life is the process of becoming, not simply being.
– CP/RA –

Winners expect to win in advance. Life is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
– Author Unknown –

Wine Quotations – From the Vintner’s Cellar

The QuipperyThoughts to put you in a Wine Frame of Mind:

Age is just a number. It’s totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine.
– Joan Collins –

[A] hangover is the wrath of grapes.
– Youngman 1987 –

A man who was fond of wine was offered some grapes at dessert after dinner. ‘Much obliged’, said he, pushing the plate aside; ‘I am not accustomed to take my wine in pills.’
– Jean-Antheleme Brillat-Savarin –

And the wine tastes of grapes – unusual, this: most wine tastes grassy or hyacinthy or beechy or plasticiney or nasturtiumy or gitaney or moron-on-food-and-drink-showy.
– Johathan Meades; The Times, 11 June 1994 –

I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.
– W.C. Fields –

If penicillin can cure those who are ill, Spanish sherry can bring the dead back to life.
– Sir Alexander Fleming –

If your Doctor said you could drink wine or be skinny, would you choose Red or White?
– Author Unknown –

I have great faith in the people; as for their wisdom, well, Coca-Cola still outsells champagne.
– Adlai Stevenson –

I thank god for my children everyday. Without them I’d never have known how well red wine complements chicken nuggets.
– Author Unknown –

It is difficult to enjoy a good wine in a bad glass.
– Evelyn Waugh –

It’s no longer ‘box wine’. The classy term is ‘Cardboardeaux’.
– someecards.com –

Okay, so it has sophisticated assertiveness, presumptuous breeding, crisp authority, complex balance, elegant power, and respected finesse: What does it taste like?
– Marvin O. Myers –

Red with meat, white with fish except lox or herring. Rose with any endangered species or an ice-cream cone.
– Richard Smith –

Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water.
– W.C. Fields –

Temperamentally they go together like port and… something that doesn’t go with port.
– Nancy Banks Smith –

Well, dinner would have been splendid…if the wine had been as cold as the soup, the beef as rare as the service, the brandy as old as the fish, and the maid as willing as the Duchess.
– Sir Winston Churchill –

What wine goes with Captain Crunch?
– George Carlin –

The Quippery

When I am asked, as I sometimes am, what is the bottle of wine I have most enjoyed, I have to answer that it was probably some anonymous Italian fiasco that I drank one starlit Tyrrhenian night under a vine-covered arbour, while a Neapolitan fiddler played “Come Back to Sorrento” over the veal cutlet of the young woman I had designs on, and all the world was twenty years younger. Or, now I come to think of it, the bottle of cheap and dubious St Emilion that was all that the pub across the road had to offer when my wife and I had our first restaurant meal together after our son was born….
For not only is taste in wine as subjective as taste in women, but its enjoyment depends more on circumstances than does that of almost any other pleasure.
– Cyril Ray (1908–1991), “The Wine when it is Red,” In a Glass Lightly, 1967 –

When you get a wine hangover, it’s called the Grape Depression.
– Author Unknown –

Why do we call a wine sampler a ‘flight of wines’?
The other names used for a group of similar things didn’t take off.

Why can’t I be comforted by carrots? Why does it have to be chocolate or wine?
– someecards.com –

Wine prepares the heart for love, unless you take too much.
– OVID –

Not a Sweet Tooth – a Chocolate Tooth

quip cardI started my Not Fueled by Chocolate Diet and Exercise program in April of this year. Six months into the project – I’ve come to the realization that it is going to take a lot longer than six months to achieve my goal! That means I still can’t have a stash of dark chocolate in the house.

Why?  I am  1/3 a Chocoholic. That is to say, on the few occasions I have had access to a dark chocolate bar,  I am Chocoholic Signal 1 – not particularly good at limiting my intake to, lets say, a square a day. Fortunately,  I am not Chocoholic Signal 2 – having intense cravings and Chocoholic Signal 3 – eating it despite the consequences!

No, I am not inclined to nibble a mere 70 calorie chunk and be content. It takes a full 200 chocolate calories (or more) to satisfy my palate.  I’d have to add another 3 miles of walking a day to make that calorie neutral. That isn’t going to happen, which brings me back to where I started – I can’t have chocolate in the house.

But I’m down 6 to 8 pounds on average (can someone tell me how a woman’s weight can fluctuate by several pounds from one day to the next!) and some of my clothes are visibly too big – that’s the progress that keeps me going. There is no grand secret to my success. It comes down to changing a few habits.

I kickstarted my Not Fueled by Chocolate program by reading the book The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. It is an excellent book to read if you want to change something in your life, but you don’t seem to have the willpower to make the change ‘stick‘!

Rather, to change a habit, you must keep the old cue, and deliver the old reward, but insert a new routine… This process within our brains is a three-step loop. First, there is a cue, a trigger that tells your brain to go into automatic mode and which habit to use. Then there is the routine, which can be physical or mental or emotional. Finally, there is a reward, which helps your brain figure out if this particular loop is worth remembering for the future: THE HABIT LOOP… This is the real power of habit: the insight that your habits are what you choose them to be.
― Charles Duhigg, The Power Of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life And Business

What habit have you changed or what habit would you like to change?

Where is Your Codex Vitae?

Is Codex Vitae a technical term for a part of your body or does it sound like a disease?  To answer that, I’m going to start you with Twitter, drag you through YouTube, and deposit you in a Book.

Twitter – What do you Seek?

Twitter receives a lot of criticism, but like everything else on the internet, the value is there if you take the time to look around. Think of Twitter as an almost endless series of doors. You open one door and if you don’t find anything of value, you can close it – but you might find another door there that is of more value to you.   It is through this exploration of doors that I have found a growing movement of people who don’t identify with ‘tribes’. They are open to listening to others they may not agree with. They have discussions and share ideas. Many of these people can be found at the Intellectual Dark Web Site.

It’s the great agony and the ecstasy of the Internet today. I think we have more great stuff to read than we ever have before, but of course the downside of that is we have more great stuff to read than we’ve ever had before.
– Robin Sloan –

What do You Want to Seek?

The QuipperyThe Intellectual Dark Web is populated by a number of individuals who have been vilified by those who identify with a ‘different tribe’. One of the more controversial figures in recent years is the Canadian author, clinical psychologist and professor at the University of Toronto – Dr. Jordan Peterson. A lengthy but extremely interesting summary of his thoughts is presented in this video: Dr. Oz interviews Dr. Jordan Peterson.

Dr. Peterson has written several books, does podcasts, and lectures about the value of having an aim in life. He has become the self-help guru for many young people who find they are unprepared for the realities of an adult world. What is ironic, to me, is that this same sense of ‘aimlessness’ sometimes happens to older people when they retire. Free time isn’t so free feeling if you’ve got a lot of it, and you don’t know what to do with it.

OK, now write for 20 minutes. Don’t worry about grammar or spelling. This isn’t a composition exercise. You get to have what you want three to five years down the road. What does your life look like, hypothetically? Write it out. That’s the first part. The second part of the exercise — now you’ve got your thing to aim at. You think, “well, now I’m motivated, because I got my thing to aim at.” It’s like, “you’re not as motivated as you could be, because you don’t yet have your thing to run away from. If you really want to be motivated, you want to be going somewhere, and you want to be NOT going somewhere else.”
– Jordan Peterson in a discussion with Lewis Howes

Once You Have Found It

Last stop is a book. I just finished Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. This book is, to me, the ultimate intersection of old-world handwork, Old Knowledge, books, digital technology, fantasy and a Codex Vitae (which is the capture of all you’ve learned throughout your life – Jordan Peterson’s ‘what does your life look like’.)

In the book, and in real life, a Codex is a printed book. ‘Mr. Penumbra’s’  fictional character, Griffo Gerritszoon, was the real life Francesco Griffo who was born in 1450. The book’s character Aldus Manutius  was a real life printer and publisher. Aldus commissioned Griffo to cut the first slanted italic type. Aldus also invented pocket editions of books with soft covers and normalized the use of punctuation. The books fictional fifteenth-century font called Gerritszoon is perhaps the font we call Garamond – Claude Garamond worked with Aldus Manutius and Francesco Griffo.

By the end of Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore I had the answer to why, or what, ties me to blogging. This is my Codex Vitae – and I can only keep writing new chapters if  I am learning from all people, not just the ones that share my bias. I can only keep writing if I keep aiming for better and moving away from the person I don’t want to become.

How have you preserved a record of your life? Scrapbook? Calendars? Photo Album? Blog? Journal?

Ghost – Puppy Classes… Again

my name is gHosT.   i am this blogger’s grand-doggie.   grandpa car guy said… or maybe suggested… or even asked “shake a paw.!?”

as near as I can recall.   i said “why? what do you seek in this engagement?”

i may have said or done.   a few other things too…

so I’m back in a dog training class again.   apparently I could be the dog.   that gets the ‘most improved’ award.   but it is much too early to tell.   whether I will ‘paw the line’.   early days…

this isn’t the first time.   i have been in the gamma dog’s blog.   you can see more of me at if you click.   one of the tag links below.   pick the one.   you think will work.

(The quotation “What do you seek in this engagement?” is from the book Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore. The photo has had a Rembrandt filter applied in Topaz Studio.)

Indoor Cold Storage – Project Accomplished!

New fridge

The new fridge finally arrived. Twice actually. The first time, the delivery truck couldn’t negotiate the deep snow in our drive way and had to abort the mission. With little hope that the snow would melt before spring, The Car Guy abandoned his plan to mow the grass one more time this fall. He removed the mower from the tractor and installed the snow blade. I helped him. We had some brief discussions about either buying a new tractor with easier implement changing, or moving to the city…

Two days later the fridge was delivered. If you have been following the Fridge in the Middle Story, you will note that the fridge just fit into the cabinet and all is right in the kitchen again. Now, and here is the ‘cool’ part, we have a water and ice dispenser – and not just cubed ice – crushed ice too!

Think of the summer drink possibilities – except now it is fall.

Fridge with a graphic filter

Or, it should be fall except  winter arrived first. The two seasons have been exchanging blows – snow, some melting, more snow, some more melting. Today we are back into snow.

I tried to dig the potatoes during one of the melting spells, but the garden was one large mud patch. It just wasn’t worth the effort for a bucket full of potatoes. It really is too bad, because the hills I did dig yielded very few potatoes, but they weren’t scabby. First time ever. The weather forecast says we return to normal fall weather next week. Maybe I’ll get the spuds out of the ground yet.

Spuds, taters – is there another word for potatoes in your part of the world?

I bought a big bag of potatoes and it’s growing eyes like crazy. Other foods rot. Potatoes want to see.
– Bill Callahan, Letters to Emma Bowlcut –

Another snow day

Canadian Thanksgiving

Fall grass with a molten gold filter

Canadian Thanksgiving is today (the second Monday in October).  It is a celebration of thanks for a good harvest – and it occurs earlier in the fall than American Thanksgiving because Canada’s climate is colder and our harvests end earlier. At least, our farmers hope they end earlier, but the early snow we’ve had here in Alberta has delayed harvest somewhat.

Fall grass with a cartoon filter

We’ve had our family Thanksgiving feasts already. On Saturday we hosted a Thanksgiving lunch. The featured ‘guest’ was a fairly large ham. Though we bagged up a lot of ham and sent it home with the family, we still have a lot of ham left over.

Eternity is a ham and two people.
– Dorothy Parker –

Grass with a scratchy line drawing filter

Yesterday (Sunday) we went to the daughter’s house for a Turkey Dinner. Son-in-law got a little carried away in the selection of the size of the turkey. This caused them to own a bird that just barely fit into the appliance that cooked it. There was also lots of mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry jelly, several salads, three kinds of desserts. Delicious. They bagged up a lot of turkey and sent it home with the family. They still have a lot of turkey left over. Another kind of eternity.

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!
– Author Unknown –

Tonight The Car Guy and I will dine on left-over ham and turkey. Tomorrow – maybe a casserole with ham or turkey. The next day, maybe split pea soup made from the ham bone. The next day – anything that doesn’t involve a bird or a pig.

Happy Thanksgiving, Canadians! Happy Columbus Day (or Indigenous People’s Day), Americans!