Category Archives: Just Stuff

Girl Scout Cookies

Well, I did my civic duty the other day and bought a couple of Girl Scout Cookie boxes. This year I got Thin Mints and Ra Ra Raisins.

Got me Googling to learn more about those cookies…

From Reader’s Digest

11 Surprising Secrets About Girl Scout Cookies

We dish up who-knew, fun facts about Girl Scout Cookies, America’s most beloved treat.

From January through March of each year, Girl Scout cookies are the number one cookie brand in the United States.


The rest of the year, Oreos top the bestselling cookie list.

About 200 million boxes of Girl Scout cookies are sold each year.


Americans loves themselves some Thin Mints.

Thin Mints account for a quarter of all sales. Samoas/Caramel deLites make up 19% of sales, and Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs come in at 13%.

How many Thin Mints?


During peak bake times, Girl Scout cookie producers bake over 4.5 million Thin Mints per day. That’s right, per day.

The Girl Scouts recipes are keeping with the times.


No preservatives, “zero trans fats per serving”—plus, Thin Mints, Thanks-A-Lot, Lemonades and Peanut Butter Patties Girl Scout Cookies are vegan.

The most fat and calories?


That would be the “healthy,” nutrient-enriched new Mango Crèmes.

The box might be a little lighter than you remember.


In 2009, the cost of baking Girl Scout cookies rose, but rather than opt for a price spike, the organization downsized the size of the Lemon Chalet Cremes and stuffed fewer cookies in boxes of Thin Mints and Tagalongs.

The first cookies were home-baked.


Before the business exploded, in the 1920s and 1930s, Girl Scouts around America baked their own sugar cookies and sold them to raise money for their activities.

During World War II, cookie sales were put on hold.


Due to sugar, flour, and butter shortages caused by the war, in 1942, Girl Scouts sold calendars in lieu of cookies.

In 1933, Girl Scouts of Greater Philadelphia Council sold cookies in the city’s gas and electric company windows.


Then, a box of 44 cookies rang in at 23 cents, or you could splurge for six boxes at $1.24.

Cookie sales aside, Girl Scouts are leaders.


Fifty-nine percent of women in the U.S. Senate and 60 percent of women in the House of Representatives are Girl Scouts alumnae.

Sources: ABC Smart Cookies, officially licensed Girl Scout Cookie baker for more than 75 years,,

Best Superbowl Ads

Here’s my favorite from yesterday’s game:

This Doritos 2016 Crash the Super Bowl Finalist commercial, created by Peter Carstairs from Perth, Australia, takes us through a couple’s ultrasound session. The director Peter made one of the best Doritos commercial. In this commercial The husband eats a bag of Doritos loudly, and the wife complains to the doctor about what she has to deal with. He begins to move a chip toward his wife’s belly and the baby reaches for it. Having some fun with this, he moves the chip back and forth and watches as the fetus pushes toward it, causing the woman to yell in pain. Fed up with his nonsense, she grabs the chip and flings it across the room. She suddenly lets out a loud scream, and the doctor and husband join in the screaming as the baby’s cries can be heard.

Followed by this one:

I love most any song by Queen, and the sheep are so cute (and very clean for sheep 🙂 ).

What was your favorite?

Magic After Harvest

Another computer helping story…

A pickleball friend is getting ready to market earrings that she found. The cool thing about these earrings is that they look like blitzy pickleballs.

In order to sell these earrings online, she needs pictures of them.

Without the correct tools, it’s rather challenging to take high quality pictures that look good on the Internet.

Here are a few of what she sent me and asked me to take a look at…

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They are good and show detail, but they don’t make the product POP.

I went online to ‘harvest’ copies of the separate components of the earrings: beads, posts, wires.

Then I cleaned them up a bit and did a little computer ‘magic’.

Here are the images that she’ll be sending to the retailers…

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And the best part for me?

I get some new earrings and some valuable time renting their pickleball machine in trade! Woohoo!

Oops, Good Thing I’m Not Eye Candy

I went to the gym yesterday for a little over an hour. I was hoping to try a yoga class, but that class was cancelled.

So, I did some machine work and then walked a bit on the treadmill.

Then I came home and then took Sophie for a long hike in the foothills.

yoga-pantsAfter I came home from all my exercise excursions, Rich informed me that I had a hole in my black yoga pants.

Right smack dab in the middle of my bum, my white underwear was peeking out…

While I’m not sure, I’m guessing that it was there when I left the house in the morning.

I have no clue if anyone noticed at the gym.

The good news is that the hole wasn’t THAT big.

And the even better news is that there were lots of very attractive people at the gym.


So, there was a lot of eye candy to attract all sorts of attention and keep others’ eyes off of pant holes.

Especially if those holes are in the pants of a nearly 60 year old woman! 🙂

Cute, but the answer is still, “No.”

I’m playing in a local pickleball tournament today and tomorrow.

It’s being put on by the Fort Boise Community Center which is a part of the Boise Parks and Recreation Department.


Coca Cola sponsors many of the activities of the Parks and Rec,  and they are sponsors of this small tourney.

Part of our SWAG (Stuff We All Get) is an adorable  winter polar bear that’s been outfitted for pickleball.


He’s very cute.

But he is not so cute that I’ll switch from Diet Pepsi to Diet Coke.  🙂



Sophie: “It’s Cold Outside…”

One of my favorite winter holiday songs is Baby, It’s Cold Outside.

It is sung as a duet where a man attempts a woman to stay a while longer for a romantic evening.

Just love that song…

Sophie tells me it’s cold outside in a different way.

The colder it gets, the closer to the house she does her ‘business’.

Must be really cold out because she is barely making it off the patio onto the lawn this week… 🙂



For the first  time in  almost two years, we had snow!

It was ever so lovely…


It snowed virtually all day and while only about a inch stuck, it was perfect!


I didn’t take any pictures, but Sophie and I had a blast shoveling.


It’s BOY-see Not boy-ZEE

Not long after Melissa first started at Boise State in 1999, she gave us a lecture on how to say “Boise”.

“It’s pronounced BOY-see not boy-ZEE.”

It took both Rich and I while to consistently get it correct.

The next city name pronunciation to work on was for the small nearby town of Kuna. Then Coeur d’Alene, or Pend Oreille. How about the really tricky ones like Kootenai or Pahsimeroi?

Now there’s a song that teaches newcomers and visitors how to pronounce Idaho cities names.