Just finished a fascinating book by Gavin Menzies which documents the world wide exploration and colonizing of the entire world by China between 1421 and 1423. Packed full of facts and theories, this is a well documented examination and explanation of many mysterious and previously unexplainable findings all over the world. For example, he credits the round tower in Newport, RI, to the Chinese who built an identical sturcture in China years before. He also has a logical explanation for the Bimini Road and for the writings of Verrazzano, in which he describes finding golden skin people living in RI when he landed long ago. Did you know that a huge Chinese junk, was found buried under a sandbank in the Sacramento River off the NE corner of SF Bay and that the wood that it was made of is only grown in China? (p. 203-204) The last quarter of the book is filled with appendices, footnotes, and bibliographies. One bit of advice, skip the chapters that hold no interest to you. I skimmed chapters 6 and 7. The author says he's set up a website at www.1421.tv. Check it out.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Today I had the perfect sub job all lined up, 4 hours at an elementary school one block from my house. Winter interferred with those plans. School was cancelled due to an early morning snowstorm. I did spend time shoveling, so when the rain arrived in the afternoon, the driveway cleared up perfectly. Now the rain has stopped and wind is drying everything up. Of course the ever pessimistic weatherman tells us that any remaining water will freeze tomorrow morning. Even with snow falling, John caught the bus to work and managed to get a ride from a co-worker to BK for his shift there. I'm pleased that he got himself where he needed to be on his own. Tomorrow should be clear.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Not sure if it's spelled correctly, but I went to my first 30 minute class at the Y today and enjoyed it. Of course there was calm, meditating music on and it was very peaceful. Maybe I liked that aspect?? Actually I also enjoyed the exercises and figured that what's good for millions of Chinese can only help me. Went swimming today, too.
Monday, January 12, 2009
I finally unpacked my big suitcase and balanced the checkbook. Lucky for me, Teddie balanced it on Dec. 3 and not many checks were written. Still, when one leaves their checkbook with someone else, it always takes time to detangle it and make minor corrections. Lots of icy snow yesterday. Church was cancelled (just like WI). Scraped Teddie's car and area around her car today. Even in 32 degree temps, the sun feels great!! I got a call at 6:30 am to sub today and told SK that I would not be available till next Monday. So this week is a Vacation!! I've had a sinus infection (earache) for 8 weeks and am going to the doctors in 2 hours. Hopefully I can wean myself from sudafed and feel better.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Have been home a day and a half and I finally took a shower and unpacked my carry-on back-pack. Have done the preliminary sorting of a pile of mail and taken my first trip to the dump.. so I guess I'm settling in. Today I will tackle the suitcase, buy a new dish pan, (to replace the disgusting one) and throw another load of laundry in. Snow expected tonight. (That sounds familiar.) Wish you were here, Ted.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
When the cookbook says to BAKE the potatoes, don't boil them. Gnocchi made with BAKED spuds are 100 times better than those made with boiled ones. I made a batch of spinach ones today, Jesse. They're safe in your freezer, along with two other containers of plain ones.