Sunday, October 20, 2013

May I Quote You?

I’ll admit to never being one that enjoyed having to memorize things. It didn’t matter if it was the Preamble or the rules of algebra. I usually retained things as long as needed then quickly moved them to the useless knowledge bin in my brain. One exception has become second nature to me. I am a “quotaholic.” It started when I was in the sixth grade. My teacher, Mrs. Williams made us memorize a quotation every week. They always fascinated me, whether they were funny, inspirational, or deeply profound. Quotes are one of the few things that I can hear once and recall years later. This comes in very handy when playing Jeopardy. If it weren't for the computer making storing quotations so simple, I would have probably been featured on a segment of "Hoarders" buried under piles of papers, notebooks, and "Favorite Quotes" books. I seriously have a file full of them separated in categories. If you don't believe me, click on my Pinterest link. There are several boards dedicated to quotes. It's not just me though, right?!?
Here are some that we've all heard from sources we know:

The Bible: “For God so loved the world” – John 3:16
Politicians: “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
Movies: “Here’s lookin’ at you kid.” – “Casablanca” (1942)
Gossip: “And then she said…” – This statement is usually emphasized with air quotes
Authors: “To be or not to be: that is the question.” - Shakespeare / Hamlet (Act III, Scene I)
Parents: “If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times.” “Don’t make me turn this car around.”
Television: “Yada, yada” – “Seinfeld”

As you can see, a person doesn’t have to be famous to be quoted. They are everywhere you look. You can see them emblazoned on tee shirts, coffee mugs, posters, car bumpers, and billboards. Many people have their favorites tattooed on their bodies. When I was researching this topic, I noticed several blogs are primarily on the subject of quotes. It made me feel a lot better to know that I am not alone in my obsession. Let’s face it…quotations have made their mark. Feel free to quote me on that!

Chocolate Éclair Desert


2 (3.5 oz.) boxes vanilla instant pudding
3 c. milk
1 (8 oz.) container Cool Whip
Graham crackers

1/3 c. cocoa
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. milk
1 stick (1/2 c.) butter (or margarine)
1 tsp. vanilla


For the filling:

1. Combine pudding mix and milk; beat. Stir in Cool Whip.
2. Place a layer of graham crackers in the bottom of a 9x13" dish. Spread 1/2 of the pudding mixture over the graham crackers. Repeat with another layer of graham crackers and pudding; then top with a final layer of graham crackers.

For the topping:

3. Bring cocoa, milk, and sugar to a full rolling boil; boil about 1 minute, stirring very frequently. Remove from heat and cool one minute. Add butter and vanilla; stir until butter is melted.
4. Pour chocolate topping over the top layer of graham crackers.
5. Refrigerate overnight.

October is American Humane Association's Adopt-A-Dog Month

What Can An Adopted Dog Bring To Your Life?

There are as many responses to that question as there are dogs in this world! That’s why -- during American Humane Association’s Adopt-A-Dog Month celebration in October -- we’re encouraging people to adopt a rescue or shelter dog and experience the joy of finding their own answers.
Are you looking for:
•an exercise buddy?
•a best friend and confidant for your child?
•a dog you can train with to learn animal-assisted therapy?
•a partner in agility competitions?
•a constant companion for your favorite senior citizen?
•a fuzzy face to greet you after a hard day at work?

An adopted dog can be all these things -- and so much more!

Your local shelter is the perfect place to find dogs of every type, size, age, and personality -- all waiting for a loving home. Or, if you prefer a particular breed that isn’t currently available at a shelter, go online to find a breed-specific rescue group in need of adopters like you.
Find out what a shelter or rescue dog can bring to your life this October during Adopt-A-Dog Month!


  1. Thanks for the follow! I'm still waiting for the time (and garden) to be able to properly care for a dog.

  2. I like your promoting this. I found your great blog through the WLC Blog Follows on the World Literary Cafe! Great to connect!


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