Monday, September 17, 2018

Write Here in Ephraim 2018!

Guess what?! I'm headed to the 8th annual WRITE HERE IN EPHRAIM conference this weekend! (You can come, too! My son, Professor Andrew Robert Bahlmann, designed the logo. Good looking, right?) 
The conference is in, (no surprise!) Ephraim. (Not Mt. Ephraim, New Jersey. Turn around and head to Ephraim, Utah.)

Click here to check out the exciting schedule, where I'm presenting a class on brainstorming. (Fun stuff, Maynard!)



(All the links are in Google Docs. Hope they open for you!)

Conference held in the Noyes Building, Snow College Campus

Do you like writing?

Monday, September 10, 2018

Dust Devils

Once upon a time, I was in Manti when a tornado blew through.
(I didn't see it, though.)
To make up for that lost experience, I see a bunch of dust devils when I drive Utah's highways and byways.)


Have you ever seen these atmospheric whirlwinds where you live?

How about this: have you ever tried to get in the middle of a whirling column of air to see if it would pick you up and take you on an adventure?
(Well, the emergency room COULD be an adventure to some people...)

Monday, September 3, 2018

Unwanted Walking Companion

My sister Carolyn and I met someone on our walk last week.
Well, we met someTHING.
 The funny thing is, when dogs rush at us with barking throats and slathering tongues, Carolyn stands her ground, puts her hands on her hips, and tells them to leave.
When we ran across this little fellow small enough to step on (if you don't mind the crunch!) she nearly climbed up onto my shoulders. 
I sent a picture to Bob, and he said it was, indeed, a tarantula. (I have my shoe in the picture for size reference. Don't quibble if it doesn't look like a shoe to you. The only time I completely cover my foot is when I ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO, such as in 12 inches of snow or places that don't accept open footwear. Believe it or not, there are such places!)
Also keep in mind that my footwear is a glorious size 11, so that makes the tarantula even bigger than you first thought on seeing it.
Perhaps we should have used one of Carolyn's shoes... but I'm not sure she would have survived the trauma of having her footwear in such close proximity.
From what Bob told me, and what I read online, tarantulas rarely bite people. If they do, it may feel like a bee sting.
Worse than a bite, if threatened, tarantulas can scrape stinging hairs off their abdomens and flick them at intruders, which can cause a painful rash. (And a bald tarantula belly!)
Tarantulas may sometimes eat their own legs.
I prefer to keep my legs intact so I can keep on walking!
Do you like to go on walks?

Monday, August 27, 2018

Bird Attack! (Alfred Hitchcock was right!)

I was at the library minding my own business with my attention tuned to my laptop when I heard a tapping noise. I turned my head to see a feathery attacker just outside the window!
I don't know what this bird's issue was, but when it saw me staring at it, it glared back fearlessly.
When it turned its beak skyward, I wondered if it was summoning reinforcements. (How many birds would it take to break a window? I know it's possible, with their sharp beaks and pointy toenails. Put enough of those together with a flying leap behind them, and put up your laptop to deflect shattering glass!)
It was all a ruse. This feathered creature was such a force unto itself that I actually feared to step outside alone.
My fear may have stemmed from my older babysitting sister offering to let me, at 10 years old, to stay up late and watch a movie with her on television while the other children slept. (Or, as it turned out later for my two brothers, hide behind the couch to watch anyway.) The title of the movie?
The Birds!
 Did you ever watch Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds?
(If not, you can click the title and watch it online... if you dare! I kept covering my eyes with a blanket, so maybe I should give it a grown-up try.)

Monday, August 20, 2018

This Car Belongs on Penny Lane!

When I was little, I actually thought an object's value was determined by placing money on it. When it was covered over with coins and/or bills (determined by the seller to be pennies or $100.00 bills or anything in between) that was the price one paid for it.
So this car, covered in pennies, makes perfect sense to me. (I would have gotten a closer shot for you if we'd been in a parking lot instead of an intersection!)
I wouldn't mind paying the price for a car by adding up the pennies covering its surface! I have to wonder, though, do kids try to pry the pennies off?
I once found four pennies on the sidewalk in front of our house, but couldn't pry them up. When I mentioned it to my family, one of my sons confessed that he had super glued them to the sidewalk because he thought it was funny to see little kids struggling to pick them up.
Are you familiar with the rhyme, "See a penny, pick it up, all the day you'll have good luck?" Do you believe it?
I was with someone a couple of months ago when we both saw a penny on the ground. When I asked if she wanted it, she said it was tails up, which meant bad luck. If it was heads up, it would have been good luck.
Since I'd never heard that reasoning before, I picked it up and instantly became one cent richer than she.
If you see a penny, do you pick it up?

Monday, August 6, 2018

Horse on the Hood

Ever since I was old enough to listen, I've heard of cars having "horse power." According to Google:
(Click the quote above for its origin.)

When I came across this car in a parking lot, I was stopped by the unique hood ornament. I'd never seen one like it before.

It didn't look to be the kind of vehicle that could transport a horse.

Not unless it had a lot of HORSEPOWER under the horse statue!
Speaking of horses, I would rather try to maneuver a horse into the gap between these pillars at a local theater than the car that is somehow magically stuck in there.
(I dunno, do those wheels actually turn sideways?)
That is some fancy maneuvering. 
If I tried to drive it in there, you could expect the car to be covered in bumper bandaids, like this one I idled behind at a stop sign. (Looks like I need to clean my windshield.)
Do you like detail-oriented things, like horse hood ornaments or maneuvering cars into small spaces?

Monday, July 30, 2018

Fun Las Vegas, Nevada Holes-in-the-Wall!

Las Vegas's hidden Cornish Pasties shop!
Since I choose to eat a breadless diet, I ordered some mushroom/spinach/walnut soup. Yep, folks, walnuts in soup! 
Go ahead! Throw some in your next soup bowl and see how you like it! (You won't know unless you try.)
My son Brian (pictured with his cute wife, Aspen) found it from an online recommendation by my husband's cousin, Debbie Bahlmann Bagley, who was born in England. (That girl knows her pasties!)
The walls had interesting historic pictures of miners from the 1800's. Some of the more sobering showed boys who looked to be no older than 8 or 9 with black mine dust on their faces and clothes, staring solemnly at the camera. It was certainly a different time, different traditions back then.
One thing I recall from learning about pasties is that they were intentionally made with one thick roll of baked dough on a side that the hungry worker could hold onto like a handle while the meat and vegetable filling was eaten with the rest of the crust. Then, I suppose, the handle was eaten, too.
Of course we shared tastes of all our food! 
Do you like to try new food?
Or are you happy with the tried-and-true dishes that you already love? 

Write Here in Ephraim 2018!

Guess what?! I'm headed to the 8th annual WRITE HERE IN EPHRAIM conference this weekend! (You can come, too! My son, Professor Andrew R...