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The High Price of Gasoline


After spending this past week back at home, my wife is heading back up to Michigan this Thursday. 8-D Our daughter Nora wanted to go see Megan, Jim, and Drew since she has a long weekend and invited Becka to ride up with her. Becka graciously accepted. I envy her the visit, but I don't envy her the highway time so soon, having done almost the same thing myself in March! Ugh!

Part of the downside of Becka and Nora's trip later this week, besides 22+ hours in a car, is the price of gasoline. With that in mind, I share the following....

If you think the price of gas (petrol) is too high, check out these prices per gallon. (Prices came from the internet, so they may or may not be accurate.)


Product Unit Cost Price per Gallon
Lipton Ice Tea $1.19/16 oz $9.52 per gallon
Ocean Spray $1.25/16 oz $10.00 per gallon
Gatorade $1.59 /20 oz $10.17 per gallon
Diet Snapple $1.29/16 oz $10.32 per gallon
Evian water $1.49 /9 oz $21.19 per gallon
Witeout $1.39 /7 oz $25.42 per gallon
Brake Fluid $3.15/12 oz $33.60 per gallon
Scope $0.99/1.5 oz $84.48 per gallon
Vick's Nyquil $8.35/6 oz $178.13 per gallon
Pepto Bismol $3.85/4 oz $123.20 per gallon
Visine Advanced Eye Drops $92.64/1 oz $741.12 per gallon
Revlon Nail Enamel $54.61/1 oz $983.04 per gallon
Chanel No. 5 Parfum $352.00/1 oz $45,056.00 per gallon

I know that the analogies are not exactly the same since we get a lot more "mileage" out of some of the products above, but it does highlight how overpriced some things may actually be. The following picture might bring a wry smile.

picture of gas gauge

Here's a little family news - Megan has to have outpatient surgery tomorrow (Tuesday) to repair something that didn't heal correctly from the C-section. Nora loves teaching pre-school and would be a worthy candidate for the "Best Aunt of the Year" award, if there were such a thing. Mark and Katie have about two weeks of school left and will wed in 40 days, but who's counting?

quotation...

"Godly disciple-makers will encounter opposition and persecution." - Dr. Drew Conley

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Rob

Despite the cost of living, have you noticed how it remains so popular?

It’s Insulting!


I was going through some email that had accumulated in my inbox and ran across a joke that just cracked me up. I decided to make it today's blog post.

As a woman was walking down the street to work, she saw a parrot on a perch in front of a pet store. The parrot said to her, "Hey lady, you are really ugly."

Well, the woman was really ticked at that! She stormed past the store to her work. On the way home that afternoon, she saw the same parrot and it said to her again, "Hey lady, you are really ugly."

She was now incredibly angry. And the next day the parrot yet again said to her, "Hey lady, you are really ugly."

The woman was so furious that she stomped into the store and said that she wanted to sue the store and kill the bird. The store manager apologized profusely and promised he would make sure the parrot didn't say that to her again.

When the woman walked past the store that day after work, the parrot called out to her, "Hey lady."

She paused and said,"Yes?"

The bird said, "You know."

Fox has a program called "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?" The questions some people miss are amazing! Yesterday a friend forwarded a link to an online quiz with some questions to test yourself. Three people in our house took the quiz yesterday, our scores ranged from 94% to 73%. To try it yourself and possibly have your intelligence insulted, click here.

For those who like to know what we've been up to.... We are back in Greenville again after a very enjoyable week with Jim, Megan, and Drew. It was a nice combination of activity and relaxation, and it was especially nice to be able to watch and hold our grandson Drew daily. He had a good check up on Friday and he was only a little the worse for the various vaccinations. Becka got to see all our children and our grandchild on Mother's Day, and I even got to see my mom for a couple of minutes when we dropped by to see her on our way through Ohio.

Our drive back was almost blissful compared to our drive up the previous weekend. I was reminded, though, of several likes and dislikes of car travel - I love the nice stretches of road that lie between road construction sites, I hate little cement walls right beside my car door with a semi right beside the passenger door, I love left lanes where semis are not allowed to roll, and I have a hard time loving lawless drivers.

We are really enjoying our new laptop computer and fast internet. We finally opted for DSL since Mainstreet Wimax wouldn't work from our house. Thanks to all who wrote with suggestions and advice when we were making our decision about a new ISP.

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"A modest little person, with much to be modest about." - Winston Churchill (who gave some classic insults)

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Rob

the sig line is from another master of insults... "I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it." - Groucho Marx

The Cost of Love


We are thoroughly enjoying our week with Jim, Megan, and Drew. The last time we saw him in person, he was still hooked up to all kinds of things in the NICU. Now he's a strong, constantly wiggling, newborn-size baby boy. He goes to the doctor's office today for a well-baby check up and to get four shots. We hope to hear that he's grown a lot since his last check up. Below is a picture of Drew with Megan holding up to him the smallest of his preemie clothes - something he fit into just a couple of weeks ago. He's already into newborn diapers and the largest of his preemie outfits are beginning to be too small.

picture of our growing boy

Now that he's big enough to use the baby bathtub, he is actually enjoying his bathtime....

picture of bath time

We went to Ohio a few days ago to see my mom. She really enjoyed meeting her newest great-grandchild. Below is a four generation picture from that visit. As of right now, I was the only one in the picture whose eyes aren't blue.

picture of four generations

Yesterday Megan took us to a store we'd never been to before - IKEA - and within five minutes Becka commented, "Well, I've found my new favorite store." As I said, this has been a great week for us!

It's been fun to watch our oldest child parenting this week. We are quickly reminded of how much time and work goes into caring for a newborn. It brought to mind this final Mother's Day post for this year. All you moms out there enjoy your special day this Sunday. All you kids out there, spoil your mom!

The Cost of Love

A little boy came up to his mother in the kitchen one evening while she was fixing dinner and handed her a piece of paper. After his mom dried her hands on her apron, she read what he had written.

For cutting the grass: $5.00
For cleaning up my room this week: $1.00
For going to the store for you: $.50
Baby-sitting my kid brother while you went shopping: $.25
Taking out the garbage: $1.00
For getting a good report card: $5.00
For cleaning up and raking the yard: $2.00

Total owed: $14.75

As the mother looked at her son, he could see that she was thinking. She picked up the pen and turned over the paper he'd written on. She wrote:

For the nine months I carried you while you were growing inside me: No Charge.
For all the nights that I've sat up with you, doctored you, and prayed for you: No Charge.
For all the trying times, and all the tears that you've caused through the years: No Charge.
For all the time that I've pondered what I knew was ahead in life for you: No Charge.
For the toys, food, clothes, and even wiping your nose: No Charge, Son.

When you add it up, the cost of my love is: No Charge.

When the boy finished reading what his mother had written, there were big tears in his eyes, and he looked straight up at his mother and said, "Mom, I sure do love you."

And then he took the pen and on his side of the "bill" wrote in great big letters, "PAID IN FULL ".

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Rob

Children will soon forget your presents; they will always remember your presence.

Choices in Life


With an eye towards Mother's Day coming up this next Sunday and Father's Day in a few more weeks, I'm posting a version of an pictorial email I've received from several people.

Choices in life

Many of life's decisions are not simple. The importance of the initial decision should always be examined in light of the longterm consequences. Consider the following two choices....

Should you get a dog ....

picture of dog and chewed up couch

...or have children?

picture of kids covered with paint

I would choose children again in a heart beat. They are indeed a blessing from the Lord! And then there's grandchildren - icing on the cake after enjoying your children! Here's a picture of our little guy taken this morning...

picture of Drew in his frog suit

We had a relatively uneventful trip up to Detroit this past Saturday, except for having to fight our way through Kentucky. It rained a lot, sometimes in torrents, plus there was an accident around Berea, KY, that had the traffic backed up for quite a distance. Fortunately when we had to stop, it was literally right beside the exit to Berea. We got off, stretched our legs, and enjoyed a Frosty at Wendy's before taking a detour on US 25 to Richmond. Unfortunately, by that time half of the nation's drivers who were on the road that day were also on that same detour.

The baby dedication Sunday morning was very nice, and we were happy to have been able to be there. We have already enjoyed holding Drew and doing our job - spoiling him. 8-)

Today I spent some time setting up my Mother's Day present to my wife and our daughter Megan. I got the idea several weeks ago from a long-time ivman reader who has grandchildren living far from her - it's webcams on Meg's computer and on ours. I got everything installed today, and it works! We'll have to see how it works when we get back home. 8-)

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"In three words I can sum up everything I know about life: it goes on." - Robert Frost

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Rob

A baby usually wakes up in the wee-wee hours of the morning.

Parental Readiness Test


Grandma and I plan to leave ASAP after graduation this Saturday to head up to Michigan. A baby dedication has been planned for grandson Drew on Sunday morning at Jim and Megan's church, and we're looking forward to being there. Nora and Mark will be holding down there fort here at our house, watering the garden, caring for the cats, etc., while we're up north for a week. We hope to drive down to Ohio one day so that my mom can see her latest great-grandson.

Today's blog post is a parental readiness test. I know of several people who read my blog who are awaiting their first child (or second, third, etc.), have small children, have recently adopted, or have even raised their kids and are now enjoy having grandkids. Today's iv is advice especially to those are thinking about having a baby for the first time. I don't know who wrote the following, but I personally found that some of it may be at least a tiny bit exaggerated.

Are you ready to be a parent? Take the following parental readiness test....

Preparation for parenthood is not just a matter of reading books and decorating the nursery. Here are 12 simple tests for expectant parents to take to prepare themselves for the real life experience of being a mother or father.

1. Women: To prepare for maternity, put on a dressing gown and stick a beanbag chair down the front. Leave it there for nine months. After nine months, remove 10% of the beans. Men: To prepare for paternity, go to the local drug store, tip the contents of your wallet on the counter, and tell the pharmacist to help himself. Next, go to the supermarket. Arrange to have your salary paid directly to its corporate office. Go home. Pick up the paper and read it for the last time.

2. Before you finally go ahead and have children, find a couple who are already parents and berate them about their methods of discipline, lack of patience, appallingly low tolerance levels, and how they have allowed their children to run wild. Suggest ways in which they might improve their child's sleeping habits, toilet training, table manners, and overall behavior. Enjoy it - it's the last time in your life that you will have all the answers.

3. To discover how the nights will feel, walk around the living room from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. carrying a wet bag weighing approximately 8 - 12 pounds. At 10 p.m. put the bag down, set the alarm for midnight, and go to sleep. Get up at 12 a.m. and walk around the living room again, with the bag, until 1 a.m. Put the alarm on for 3 a.m. Since you can't go back to sleep, get up at 2 a.m. and make a pot of tea. Go to bed at 2:45 a.m. Get up again at 3 a.m. when the alarm goes off. Sing songs in the dark till 4 a.m. Put the alarm on for 5 a.m. Get up. Make breakfast. Keep this up for 5 years. Look cheerful.

4. Will you be able to stand the mess children make? To find out, smear peanut butter onto the sofa and jam onto the curtains. Hide a fish stick behind the stereo and leave it there all summer. Stick your fingers in the flowerbeds then rub them on the clean walls. Cover the stains with crayons. How does that look to you?

5. Dressing small children is not as easy as it seems: first buy an octopus and a string bag. Attempt to put the octopus into the string bag so that none of the arms hang out. Time allowed for this - all morning.

6. Get an egg carton. Using a pair of scissors and a can of paint, turn it into an alligator. Now get a toilet paper tube. Using only scotch tape and a piece of foil, turn it into a Christmas tree. Last, take a milk container, a ping pong ball, and an empty packet of CoCo Puffs and make an exact replica of the Eiffel Tower. Congratulations, you have just qualified for a place on the play group committee.

7. Forget the Miata and buy the mini-van. And don't think you can leave it out in the driveway spotless and shining. Family cars don't look like that. Buy a chocolate ice cream bar and put it in the glove compartment. Leave it there. Get a quarter. Stick it in the cassette player. Take a family-size bag of chocolate cookies. Mash them down the back seats. Run a garden rake along both sides of the car. There! Perfect!

8. Get ready to go out. Wait outside the bathroom for half an hour. Go out the front door. Come in again. Go out. Come back in. Go out again. Walk down the front walk. Walk back up it again. Walk down it again. Walk very slowly down the road for 5 minutes. Stop to inspect minutely every cigarette butt, piece of used chewing gum, dirty tissue, and dead insect along the way. Retrace your steps. Scream that you've had as much as you can stand until all the neighbors come out and stare at you. Give up and go back in the house. You're now just about ready to try taking a small child for a walk.

9. Always repeat everything you say at least five times.

10. Go to your local supermarket. Take with you the closest thing to a pre-school child that you can find. A fully-grown goat is excellent. If you intend to have more than one child, take more than one goat. Buy your week's groceries without letting the goats out of your sight. Pay for everything the goats eat or destroy. Until you can easily accomplish this, DO NOT even contemplate having children.

11. Hollow out a melon. Make a small hole in the side. Suspend it from the ceiling and swing it from side to side. Now get a bowl of soggy Fruit Loops and attempt to spoon it into the hole in the swaying melon by pretending to be an airplane. Continue until half of the Fruit Loops are gone. Tip the rest into your lap, making sure that a lot of it falls on the floor. You are now ready to feed a 12-month old child.

12. Learn the names of every character from 'Barney and Friends', 'Sesame Street', and 'Power Rangers'. When you find yourself singing, "I love you, you love me" at work, you finally qualify as a parent.

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Here's something that combines the parental readiness theme and this Saturday's being the Cinco de Mayo....

One young woman didn't think she'd ever have a mother's intuition. One day her sister left her alone in a restaurant with her 10-month-old nephew. She asked the child's mother, "What do I do if he cries?"

She said, "Give him some vegetables."

It turned out that jalapeño was not his favorite.

picture of extreme baby food

quotation...

"What people don't know can hurt them." - Dr. Steve Hankins

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Rob

There are three ways to get things done: 1) do it yourself, 2) hire someone to do it, or 3) forbid your kids to do it