Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Monster Mash....

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Fall Birthdays are the best!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

In general I do not care for school photos. My kids do not react well to a stranger saying smile and all the fussing involved. I think they are very expensive and not very good quality. I did a photo soot for the kids "official" yearly photo today, M turned 7 yesterday and it was a very colorful day outside. Under certain photos are letters or numbers, if you wish to vote on your favorite that would help alot. I can not order every single print. I would like one nice one of each child for the grandparents and a few wallets for the uncles. help me out. take care Kim

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Wedding Bells

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Sweedish Apple Pie

We taught Aunt Mo how to make a new pie recipe today. Our only BIG issue, the pies were about 80% done cooking and the juices started making so much smoke in the house that we had to open up all the windows and doors and finish baking the pies at my neighbors. So basically her house now smells all appley and nice, while our home stinks of smoke and burnt butter! Regardless the end results were delicious.

1. Fill pie tin with apple slices, sprinkle 1.5 TBS cinnamon, 1TBS of sugar, 1TBS Lemon juice,1/2 teas nutmeg

2. In a large bowl combine (*NOT BEAT) 3/4 cup melted Butter, 1 Cup sugar, 1 Cup Flour, 1 LG egg, 1/4 teas salt then pour the mixture over the cut up apples and bake for 350 degrees for about 45 min, the top must look Golden Brown not like raw batter. Let it stand for 10 min and then serve. YUM YUM with out the mess of rolling out the dough!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Trick or Treat

Monday, October 5, 2009

Harvest Time

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Ethiopia Gears up For Malaria Outbreak

Ethiopia is stockpiling medicine to counter an expected surge in malaria cases due to hotter weather.(AFP/Getty … Sat Oct 3, 8:00 am ET
ADDIS ABABA (AFP) – Ethiopia is stockpiling medicine to counter an expected surge in malaria cases due to hotter weather, its health ministry said on Saturday.

In a statement, Kesetebirhan Admasu, head of the disease prevention directorate, said the El Nino effect would raise temperatures, reduce rain and generally aggravate conditions for the spread of malaria.

In response to the threat, he said, "there is sufficient medicine in store that could treat 12 million people," for which 12.6 million birr (685,000 euros, one million dollars) has been spent.

The government has already purchased malaria diagnosis kits and medicines, insecticides and spraying equipment, and plans to distribute 13 million mosquito nets, he added.

Good Hair

Thursday, October 1, 2009

4.4 million-year-old hominid skeleton 'Ardi' discovered in Ethiopia

The fossil, known as 'Ardi', is the oldest specimen on the hominid branch that led to modern humans yet unearthed
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Recommend? (5) The discovery of a 4.4 million-year-old skeleton in Ethiopia has allowed scientists to retrace the first evolutionary steps of our ancestors after they split away from those of modern chimpanzees.

The fossil reveals our earliest predecessor to have been a stocky, stooping creature, covered in hair, with a protruding face, long arms and a grasping big toe.

The fossil, known as “Ardi”, is the oldest specimen on the “hominid” branch that led to modern humans yet unearthed. It is more than 1 million years older than the famous “Lucy” skeleton.

Quoting Charles Darwin, Dr Tim White, the paleoanthropologist who led the original “Lucy” investigation, said: “The only way we’re really going to know what this last common ancestor looked like is to go and find it.”

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At 4.4 million years old, the Ardi fossil is the closest specimen yet to that common ancestor. It possesses a strange mosaic of human and chimpanzee traits, combined in ways that scientists say they would never have been able to guess by simply triangulating between the modern versions of the two species.

Ardi has a relatively small skull, suggesting a comparable level of intellect to modern chimps. The angle of her head relative to her spine shows that she would have been able to walk upright in a stooped posture. However, she retains the “grasping” big toe of our more primitive ancestors, as well as long arms and big hands, which point to her being an able climber. Unlike chimpanzees and orangutans, though, she would not have been able to swing through the trees.

The almost complete skeleton of Ardipithecus ramidus was scattered in hundreds of pieces in volcanic ash in Afar, which lies in the Great Rift Valley in northeastern Ethiopia.

The skeleton was excavated bone by bone by Ethiopian and American scientists between 1994 and 1996.

It has taken almost 15 years for scientists to piece together and analyse the specimen. In 11 separate articles published tomorrow in the journal Science, a team of 47 scientists describe and interpret in exquisite detail the skeleton and its implications for our understanding of where we come from.

The fossil has prompted scientists to recast their thinking on the evolution of chimpanzees. The assumption of many had been that chimpanzees had undergone much less evolution than the human line. “A lot of people predicted that when you found something at 4.4 million years ago, it would look like a chimp,” said Dr White.

However, “Ardi” suggests that our last common ancestor was as remote from chimpanzees as it was from humans.