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Here's a picture of my 2014 Fair Cake, winner of Grand Prize. This was

my worst cake ever. Nothing would stay in place. 'Harry' actually fell from the tower during the fair last week. So, I killed Harry Potter with an 'egg whiteius disolvo' curse! The first picture is after I did a repair.

Posted by sinkingfeeling | Tue Sep 2, 2014, 09:39 AM (21 replies)

Thought I'd show you the 'Frozen' birthday cake I made for my 8 year-old

granddaughter's birthday.

Posted by sinkingfeeling | Tue May 13, 2014, 08:40 AM (10 replies)

Gotta Read: What makes U.S. health care so overpriced? It’s not what you think


U.S. medical care is getting ever pricier, but it’s not because so many old people are running up charges, experts reported Tuesday. Most of the money’s being spent on people under 65 with chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease.

The perception is that a bigger proportion of the population is getting old and sick, and using more and more services. But Moses and colleagues say their review didn’t show that.

“In 2011, chronic illnesses account for 84 percent of costs overall among the entire population, not only of the elderly. Chronic illness among individuals younger than 65 years accounts for 67 percent of spending,” they found.

“Price of professional services, drugs and devices, and administrative costs, not demand for services or aging of the population, produced 91 percent of cost increases since 2000.”

This is my counter-argument to those who are yelling about men paying for maternity and infant care. I don't have diabetes nor heart disease. Yet I've been paying for those who do for more than a decade. (I really do understand that this how insurance works, but it's my comeback to those idiots who think each and every policy should be customized and priced.)
Posted by sinkingfeeling | Wed Nov 13, 2013, 10:12 AM (6 replies)

Here's my 2013 fair Championship cake, 'Cinderella'. And my cookies.

Posted by sinkingfeeling | Mon Sep 9, 2013, 09:37 AM (12 replies)

What would you do? There's this abandoned dog in my neighborhood.

He's been here at least 4 years and I started feeding him from the first. I did have Animal Control set up a huge cage trap in my back yard, but had it removed the next day after one of my cats ended up in it. Anyway, soon found out that others also fed him and we decided he was the neighborhood dog and called him LBD, for Lucky Black Dog.

I was unhappy because he's not neutered and has back leg dew claws that can sometimes grow into the leg. And of course he's had no vaccinations. Over the years, he's hung out with my cats and I have been able to touch him a couple of times.

A couple of weeks ago, LBD was running around with another loose dog and got into trouble. Some say he snapped at them on bikes or walking their small dogs. Animal control has traps set up in my woods and in other parts of the neighborhood and he made the local news.

Well, it was picked up and now is kind of 'international'. The 'Daily Mail' calls him the 'craftiest stray dog' in the world, having escaped capture over 92 times and including actually being shot with a tranquilizer dart.


This is my LBD! I'm terrified that somebody will now poison him or shoot him (both illegal)! I am in direct contact with Animal Control and have allowed free use of my 2 acre woods for attempts to get LBD. We have signed agreements that he will be turned over to an animal rehabilitator and he will be moved from his 'turf'.

Anybody have any ideas on how I can get this dog off the streets and safe?

Posted by sinkingfeeling | Thu Jul 11, 2013, 03:53 PM (13 replies)

Here's a picture of my 2012 prize-winning fair cake.

Posted by sinkingfeeling | Tue Sep 4, 2012, 10:40 AM (55 replies)

A money 'black hole': rich hide at least $21 trillion in tax havens, study shows


Thanks to lax international tax rules the world’s super rich have siphoned at least $21 trillion -- more than 50 percent larger than the entire U.S. economy -- into secretive tax-free havens, according to a study by UK campaign group Tax Justice Network.

The report by James Henry, a former economist at international consultancy McKinsey & Co., shows how with the help of private banks the money has flowed into countries such as Switzerland and the Cayman Islands.

The figure of $21 trillion in off-shore funds is conservative and the true sum could be as high as $32 trillion, Henry said.

According to the study, the world’s top 50 private banks managed more than $12.3 trillion in 2010 in off-shore financial assets, up from $7.5 trillion five years earlier.
Posted by sinkingfeeling | Mon Jul 23, 2012, 11:46 AM (6 replies)

One of the most heatbreaking pictures I've seen. From National Wildlife Federation.

The pain shows so clearly in the mother's face. She's mourning the death of her cub and is being comforted by another.
Posted by sinkingfeeling | Sun May 20, 2012, 10:37 AM (34 replies)

Ann Romney and me

Ann Romney is a year younger than I am and her eldest son, Matt, is a year younger than my son, Mike. She and Mitt were wed a year after my wedding in 1968. So, I guess, maybe I can compare my life to hers.

I had a full 4 year scholarship to OSU when as a freshman, I met my husband-to-be. We had absolutely nothing in common: he was an Air Force 'brat' and I was a Vietnam protester. When we decided to marry, there was a selective service draft going on, so I was the only one who could drop out of college and support us. It crushed my parents when I did so. Not having many marketable skills, I went to 'key-punch' school and got a job six weeks later. There was no stock trust handed over by either set of parents and I ended up with two jobs.

My husband was in a five year engineering program, and started doing poorly in 1970. About the time that I became pregnant (BC failure). After Mike was born and we had set up a hospital payment plan, OSU kicked my husband out with about 17 credit hours to go. He had spent 4 years in the AF ROTC program and when the draft board told him to appear for a physical, the Air Force said 'hands off, he's ours' and so he went off to Colorado. I got $110 a month for child support from the USAF. When he shipped out for Thailand, I filed for divorce. Mike was 10 months old.

So, by 1972, I was a single mother. With the help of my parents, I bought a small house at age 21 and my dad's co-signature on the loan. I found a wonderful woman down the street that took care of Mike for something like $25 a week. I moved up in my 'career' and became a computer operator and then a programmer. When my ex left the Air Force in 1975, child support stopped for the next 12 years.

In the 70's I marched against war and for the ERA. I joined NOW. And I lucked out and was hired by IBM Corporation in 1973. That probably put me, by income, in the top 20% of all single mothers. I never had to get public assistance. I can probably locate by 1040's from the mid to late 70's, and show you how I made something like $29,000 and paid 35% in federal taxes and had no child care deduction or anything.

Ann never worried about who was going to watch her sons. I used to take mine, asleep, and put him on the floor of the 'CE room' when I was called out in the middle of the night. I had no options as I had to do the exact same things as the 'guys' with the same job. Although, when I was hired in there was a 15% difference in salary for the men.

Ann never had to move her sons around the country to continue her employment. She never had to miss that lousy $110 a month.

Posted by sinkingfeeling | Tue Apr 17, 2012, 04:48 PM (16 replies)

Another fantasy cake. This is last one I have online.

Posted by sinkingfeeling | Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:18 PM (5 replies)
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