Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Monday Morning Staff Meeting on Wednesday

Good morning everyone. Thanks for being patient and waiting for the staff meeting. Due to the holiday, and the fact that I lost the keys to the conference room, we're having the meeting on Wednesday this week.

I hope your holiday weekend was good. We were very lazy around here. There we no big plans. We simply relaxed. The most strenuous thing we did was to go to breakfast with the neighbors. It's a tradition. Those of us who are in town meet at the local coffee shop for breakfast. How about you? Did you do anything special last weekend?

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First and most important on our agenda is food. What's on the menu this morning? Something wonderful called cream horns.

These delicious, flaky treats are from a REAL bakery. I'll tell you more about this wonderful place later in the week.


I hope you received the memo not to wear black this morning. If you did you'll soon be covered with hundreds of little bits of pastry.

If you've never eaten a cream horn before, here's the technique - tilt your head back, take a bite and gently shake the pastry, releasing all the loose bits into your mouth.


Isn't it wonderfullly delicious? I knew you'd love them.

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Garfield Farm Museum recently held their Rare Breeds Show. I wasn't able to attend this year but Jerry and his crew put together another wonderful live exhibit. Stagefright Productions put together a short video. Take a look. You'll see those adorable Southdown Babydoll Sheep halfway through the video. I really, really, really want one of those cuties.

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Did you see the story about the overturned semi trailer in Lakeville, Minnesota?


The cargo? ......... 7,000 bee hives........ 17 MILLIONS BEES!!!!!!


Just the thought of it made the Farmer break out in a cold sweat. Remember when he got into a hornet's nest last summer?

The story states, "It's unclear how many the bees got loose." I'm sure nobody was counting.


Stephen King has produced 1,110 page tomes with less inspiration than this. i can see him right now hunched over his typewriter, turning this news clip into a best seller.

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Also from the pages of unbelievable stories is something I saw on one of the science shows. It was one of those miracles-of-modern-medicine shows.

It's seems a woman in England underwent fertility treatments and gave birth to a baby girl. She was 70 years old!!!!


You know, I'm a firm believer in the idea that just because we have the technology does not mean we should necessarily use it. I also believe that people have the right to live their lives however they see fit but this simply boggles my mind.

Later in the program this woman stated, "I never had children before because I was busy doing other things."


One of those things she was doing was spending 16 years caring for her ill mother. You'd imagine that she'd understand at least one of reasons why God did not intend for us to have children at age 70.

Later in the programs she's standing in the kitchen with an elderly woman...... probably 90 years old. She asks her friend for some advice.

"Do you think I should try for another baby?"


It seems we've traded common sense for technology.

Also featured was a 58-year old mother who kept begging her twins to take a nap.

"Come on, let's take a nap. You want a nap, don't you?" asked the mom.

It was pretty evident who needed the nap.

Two of my friends are the only children of older parents (much older fathers - May/December marriages). They talk of lonely childhoods with parents whose energy was spent.

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I'm still working on my sewing room and I'll show you some pictures after I've gotten a little father along in the process.

Thanks for joining me this morning. I'm turning the meeting over to you.


Farmchick said...

I had my second child in my early thirties. I thought that was some work. Can't imagine being pregnant at 70. Really not what nature intended.

scmom (Barbara) said...

Great meeting today. Never tried a Cream Horn -- thanks! ;-)

Looking forward to seeing the sewing room. My "sewing room" is currently a small corner of the finished basement amidst my daughter's toys that she can not part with but does not play with any more. It's not pretty but at least it's comfy and I have a nice lamp. Need to sew some skirts this week -- and post a ruffled skirt tutorial if any of your other staff members are interested.

Cactus Jack Splash said...

Nice to have the staff meetings back. The treats look good,but I am on a diet

Lisa D. said...

I love pastries. Never had a cream horn, but pastry and cream together? I just know it would be delicious.
We read about the bees here. I told my children, and they just couldn't imagine that many bees. They were glad Minnesota is a long, long way from northern Alberta!
I agree with you that just because we can, doesn't mean we should, and that applies to so many things besides technology! I cannot believe the selfishness of this woman. You are right - at her age, and with her experiences caring for her mother, she should have known better!

Diva Kreszl said...

I just love the way your mind works! we could be sisters :) oh please save me a cream horn too!

Vee said...

Love cream horns especially from the bakery and not from the Nissan package. Yes! Stephen King is busily at work writing about bees. I'm convinced as you of it. No, 70 year-old women should not be having children. It's just wrong. They should be enjoying their twilight years. I think it's an incredibly selfish thing to do. Oh-oh! There I go again...spouting off on someone else's blog when I should be spouting off at my own. I can't help it if you bring up all the interesting topics.

Taryn said...

I was in a near-panic state earlier this year when I thought I might be pregnant and I'm 43. My husband would have had to commit me if it happened at 70. lol

Anonymous said...

I just watched a documentary a couple of days ago about bees and how they get transported across the country by beekeepers in to pollinate all the almond trees in California. They said if the bee population in the U.S. continues at the current rate of declination that by the year 2035 there will be no more honey bees in the U.S. Many crops will also disappear because there will be no bees to do the pollination..... very sad. Sorry to hear the bees got away. I'm sure they were on their way to work.


Pamela said...

70???? Unbelievable! My new favorite quote is "along with rights come responsibility".

The cream horns sound great! I made lemmon blossoms for a meeting today. You should try the recipe - it's from Paula Deen - but it's not full of butter!

Leslie T said...

A woman who wants to birth babies in her 70's needs to be in the mental ward, not the maternity ward. Just my humble little ol' opinion. I wonder how those kids are going to enjoy visiting mom in the nursing home instead of her being in the audience at their high school graduation.
Thanks for another great thought-provoking post. I sure hope they got those bees corralled. Or maybe they are happily building hives in the Minnesota countryside. :)

myletterstoemily said...

goodness, i had my fifth baby when i
was 32, and now i feel 58... can't
imagine doing this at 70!

and all those bees!!!

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

I LOVE cream horns --that one looks divine!

Having babies at 70? I think the consensus here is that woman is NUTS!!! I had a child at 33 and felt pretty old! I've had a kid with an old daddy tell me that he hated it! He was the "token" child for his younger mom who had no kids before marrying the old geezer! The man had no interest in the child.

lifeinredshoes said...

I wore black at it was worth every single crumb:)
Having a child at 70 is just redamndiculous if you ask me...or just about anyone else!
And like you, I don't think anyone was couting the bees, just avoiding a swarm!
I am looking forward to seeing your room, mine is a mess.

Marfa (Crafting Marfa) said...

Hi Suzanne: this Memorial I was very different for me. I spent it sick in the hospital. But I'm out now and doing quite well.

I agree with you about the lady who gave birth at 70. That is so selfish! The kid is going to be an orphan very early in life, or have to deal with elderly parents during their teenage years. Having kids is serious stuff. I am amazed by how many people have them nilly willy just because they want to be parents.