The Zarb Homestead

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Happy Cake Day January 31, 2012

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Today is my one year anniversary for It has officially been 1 year today that I started on my blogging adventure. I couldn’t be happier that I started keeping record of my life in a very public virtual scrap book. This blog means more to me than just words written typed on a webpage. I have grown so much post by post. I love that I can express my feelings and share my life, even though sometimes boring. I can look back to where I was 1 year from now and see what I have achieved, or didn’t achieve.  I get to see life’s ups and downs and bumps along the way. I have Mrs K for inspiring to start my blog, thanks

So, Happy Cake day blog.  You are 1 year old today, time to celebrate.


Did You Know? January 30, 2012

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Oh I just love some fun facts, but i normally have seen them all. Tonight, bored, I found some new ones I haven’t seen before and thought fellow bloggers would enjoy.

One out of ten children in Europe are conceived on an IKEA bed.

Antarctica is the only continent without reptiles or snakes. 

An eagle can kill a young deer and fly away with it. 

In the Caribbean there are oysters that can climb trees. 

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair. 

The world’s youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910. 

When George Lucas was mixing the American Graffiti soundtrack, he numbered the reels of film starting with an R and numbered the dialog starting with a D. Sound designer Walter Murch asked George for Reel 2, Dialog 2 by saying “R2D2”. George liked the way that sounded so much he integrated that into another project he was working on. 

The youngest pope was 11 years old. 

Mark Twain didn’t graduate from elementary school. 

Proportional to their weight, men are stronger than horses. 

Pilgrims ate popcorn at the first Thanksgiving dinner. 

They have square watermelons in Japan – they stack better. 

Iceland consumes more Coca-Cola per capita than any other nation. 

Heinz Catsup leaving the bottle travels at 25 miles per year. 

It is possible to lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs. 

Armadillos can be housebroken. 

The first Fords had engines made by Dodge. 

A mole can dig a tunnel 300 feet long in just one night. 

Peanuts are one of the ingredients in dynamite. 

Ancient Egyptians slept on pillows made of stone. 

A hippo can open its mouth wide enough to fit a 4 foot tall child inside. 

A quarter has 119 grooves on its edge, a dime has one less groove. 

A hummingbird weighs less than a penny. 

Until 1796, there was a state in the United States called Franklin. Today it is known as Tennessee. 

The flashing warning light on the cylindrical Capitol Records tower spells out HOLLYWOOD in Morse code. 

Every time you lick a stamp, you’re consuming 1/10 of a calorie. 

The average person has over 1,460 dreams a year. 

One in every 4 Americans has appeared on television. 

The average American will eat about 11.9 pounds of cereal per year. 

Over 1,000 birds a year die from smashing into windows. 

The State of Florida is bigger than England. 

Ants stretch when they wake up in the morning. 

Thomas Edison, light bulb inventor, was afraid of the dark. 

During your lifetime, you’ll eat about 60,000 pounds of food. That’s the weight of about 6 elephants. 

Some ribbon worms will eat themselves if they can’t find any food. 

The world’s oldest piece of chewing gum is 9000 years old. 

In space, astronauts cannot cry, because there is no gravity, so the tears can’t flow. 

About 3000 years ago, most Egyptians died by the time they were 30. 

More people use blue toothbrushes than red ones. 

Your ribs move about 5 million times a year, every time you breathe. 

In the White House, there are 13,092 knives, forks and spoons. 

Slugs have 4 noses. 

Recycling one glass jar saves enough energy to watch TV for 3 hours. 

Lightning strikes about 6,000 times per minute on this planet. 

Owls are the only birds who can see the color blue.



Project 365 – Week 2 January 28, 2012

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Cleaned up my great-great grandmothers owl cookie jar. Love it ❤

Maya having a lazy rainy day

Watching the game

Nagini – Taking her daily stretch

Found my new favorite type of Wine, Moscato

Miss Heidi Cat – 9 years old

I noticed that my baby wash (which I use for the dogs) has a Harry Potter Bear on it 🙂


2011 in review January 26, 2012

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The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,200 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.


Football and Food = Happy Me January 24, 2012

I normally follow football pretty good every year however this year I just can’t seem to find the time to sit and actually watch a game. I have been able to kind of keep up with the play offs but I by no means an expert. As everyone knows, there were 2 big games played over the weekend and my in-laws decieded to have a little get together at their place to watch the games.

Phil and I joined and cheered on the our favortie teams, which was hard to figure out who we thought deserved to go to the super bowl. The Giants and the 49ers have always been by B list teams and to have them playing each other, wow, it was hard to pull for one over the other. In the end, the Giants pulled it off but I think the 49ers played the better game.  I can’t wait to watch the super bowl to see if the New York Giants can beat the New England Patriots, I don’t have high hopes.



Ice Skating January 23, 2012

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It was my friend, Maria’s, birthday on Friday and we had the day  night planned out. First, we meet up at her and her boyfriend, Joey, apartment after work for a few drinks before hitting the ice. I haven’t ice skated since I was a child and I didn’t think it would go too well. We arrive a little late, due to have an extra glass (or two) of wine. Once we arrive the place is packed with children but we go in anyway. After fighting the crowd we get our skates and hit the ice. Everyone says it is ice skating is like roller bladeing but slick.  On that note, I haven’t been on roller blades in over 10 years years so that wasn’t any help. We step on to the ice and it is slick but thank goodness for the wall. I was like a small child trying to learn to walk. I was very wobbly but I will say in my defense that the skates were a size too big and were rentals. Maria did the best out of all of us. Phil was pretty good too. Joey couldn’t really skate because they didn’t have a skate big enough for him.  We are looking into purchasing ice skates and giving it another try. It was so much fun and can’t wait to go again. Next was off to dinner at PF Changs, so yummy, and then back to the apartment for some wine an scene it Harry Potter.


My Soap Box Moment January 22, 2012

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I live in the bible belt and I don’t fit in at all. I am not religious (I’ll give you minute to catch your breath), okay better? I know it is shocking. Many in the south think that their religion, Christianity, is the only religion. They do not understand there are many people who believe in different theories and different gods, or no god at all. I really think this is pure stupidity. When I was in college my beliefs changed. There I meet many different people from all across the world. I listen to their stories and how they lived their lives and how others treated them.

Anyways, the reason I am writing this blog entry is because this year is election year and I am hoping that when I look back at this blog years down the road that things have changed for the better. All day you hear different people on TV trying to convince you why you should vote for them. What do I look for in our next leader?  My hope that our next leader will keep religion out of government. This goes from every religion not just Christianity. That we will quit discriminating against people based on our religious views.

I saw that Tennessee is trying to pass a new law that would protect students who engage in anti-gay bullying if they do so for religious reasons. This is basically telling these students it is OK to bully as long as you do it in the name of god. Tennessee should be ashamed of its self! This just hurts my soul to think we are encouraging our children to hate others because they are different.

This is the most outrageous campaign add I have ever seen! I love how he can have a super anit-gay campaign but is wearing the jacket from brokeback mountain 🙂

I saw this on reddit and thought how the bible really views marriage. I love how people edit out what they don’t like.

Please keep an open mind to others and show respect, because everyone is not like you.