Friday, October 13, 2006

Random Round Up

I discovered this site through a link some time ago and just thought it was a great place to learn to save money. I love the name--and how can you not? Hillbilly Housewife is the site and I highly recommend it for those cutting the costs at home. Aren't we all? :+)

"Who has controlled the Middle East over the course of history? Pretty much everyone. Egyptians, Turks, Jews, Romans, Arabs, Greeks, Persians, Europeans...the list goes on. Who will control the Middle East today? That is a much bigger question." This interesting blurb came from a link that was shared with me. "See 5,000 years of history in 90 seconds." I cannot endorse the website as I don't know anything about the group, but the flash map that this link takes you to changes and covers the whole course of written history in the Middle East is really very interesting. (Especially for you history fans!)

For those of you studying the San Francisco earthquake, you will find this devastation picture engrosing. It is a huge picture and make take dial-up folks a while, but you can scroll and see the whole city from a camera that was raised by balloons after the fire had died down. It is a dramatic picture.

For those of you who like to understand some of the stories in the news from a creationist viewpoint, you might find Answers in Genesis' new News to Note helpful. I have found it to be a worthwhile resource for understanding some of the evolutionary stories we hear so much about as well as helping to grapple with the more horrific stories like the Amish shootings.

Hunting for Geography sites? This one is pretty substantial and full of great resources. Paula's Archives is also a huge wealth of information from book lists to Latin and Greek roots, to non-homeschooling topics. It is really something and I have only scratched the surface! Are you looking for educational games for your family? Well look no further. I was amazed at the selection here.

It is fall. Huzzah! To celebrate we have been lighting candles every day and enjoying the warm scents provided to me by Homestead Originals. I can now say with authority that her Gingerbread and Homestead Kitchen are absolutely the BEST! Especially Homestead Kitchen! If you like your home to have that wonderful cinnamony yummy warm smell then that is the one for you. For only $4.00 for a half pint soy candle that lasts for, no kidding, 45 hours--well, you just can't find that anywhere. I will be buying more before the end of winter at the rate we are using them! What fun!

And I leave something for us all to chew on. I really like this quote and may have put it here before, but it bears mentioning again. I hope you have a wonderful family-filled weekend!


"We think of God as a miser of happiness, keeping back from us all that would make us happy. We think that by running away from Him we will be happy, wild, and free. But it doesn't work that way. Instead of happiness we find misery. Instead of freedom we find the debilitating bondage of sin."
- James Boice


PreschoolersandPeace said...

We lived in Stockton in 1989 during the Loma Prieta earthquake. We were watching the news when it struck and the news guy dropped under the news desk!

When we moved to SF three years later, we kept emergency supplies in the trunk of our car the whole time we lived there. Can't say I want to live there again!

UndertheSky said...

That is SO funny that you kept e-supplies in the car the whole time you lived in SF. You are so smart (and unusual for actually following the emergency advice!) I love it! I lived right through that earthquake too--on the third floor of a 22-story high rise building built over landfill. We could not walk the movement was so strong and everything was blurry. We had to crawl to get under the desks at work and we were surrounded by glass. It was terrifying. I remember thinking that either we were having one heck of an earthquake or a plane had flown into the building. This was, of course, pre-9-11, and I really did think that because it was so strong. And that was less strong than the 1906 earthquake!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you stay well!



PreschoolersandPeace said...

It's always funny to me how those outside of CA think earthquakes are so terrifying and say they could never live here. Hmmm. One earthquake every few years isn't such a bad thing, especially since the majority are inocuous.

Now, yearly hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes- THAT'S scary!

Were you in the city during Loma Prieta? Have we talked about this before? Am I behaving like a pathetically forgetful pregnant woman?

UndertheSky said...

No, I was not in SF at the time, but about 25 minutes from there in Foster City on the Peninsula. It was very scary, but I completely agree with you that hurricanes and tornadoes--now those are really frightening--and happen regularly! I will take the occasional earthquake to those any day. :+) Now that I think of it, I think we talked about earthquakes at IKEA, but I didn't know you were in SF. Perhaps we are both having pregnant moments? (And how does that work for me, exactly?) LOL



Marie said...

I was in Richmond CA for Loma Prieta. My husband crossed the Bay Bridge about ten minutes before the quake, on his way to SF; my father in law when through the pancaked portion of the freeway about twenty minutes before the quake.

I grabbed baby Bubba from his high chair and stood in a doorway. Then I wondered for a few hours whether my husband had made it across the bridge!

I was just going to comment on that wonderful history map. I'll gather all the kids around and watch it with them on Monday. I never even heard of some of those empires! Amazing!