Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Easter Decor

It’s time for the Easter and spring decorations. The arrangement I have on the table in the foyer will stay through spring. The rest of the decorations are specifically for Easter. When I went up to the attic to dig them out, I was surprised at how many decorations I already had. I’d totally forgotten about some of them. I especially love the fat little bunnies. I put Cadbury pastel eggs in the bottom of the glass candle holder on the mantel, but you can't see them very well. It seems a few got eaten before they went into candle holder. Hmm, I need to get another bag. Mom said she thinks the bunnies in the doll room are multiplying.

Monday, March 23, 2009

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

Living in paradise does have its downside occasionally.  Right now we are in the midst of the spring pollen season.  When you are outside, it threatens to close up your throat…your hands feel gritty if you touch anything…the air is so thick with it, you can even smell it. 
And then the yellow haze insidiously sweeps onto your screened porch.  This is what happens after four cats trample through it.  Imagine the amount collecting on the furniture and the floor.
Now think how much of it is tracked inside.  Even without opening the windows, the pollen finds its way into the house.  Thankfully, this plagues us only a few weeks.  Then come the no-see-ums and the mosquitoes.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Just How Much IS a Trillion Dollars?

When you hear all the media talking about a trillion dollars, they throw out the term casually and you don’t really think about what that really means.  A trillion is one thousand billion.  A billion is one thousand million. 

To put this into perspective, if you could spend one million dollars a day every day since Jesus was born, you still wouldn’t spend a trillion. 

I found this neat graphic online, courtesy of www.pagetutor.com/trillion/index.html.

The graphic depicts an average human being, and the denomination of the money is $100 bills.

A bundle of $100 bills is equivalent to $10,000 and that can easily fit in your pocket. One million dollars would fit inside a standard shopping bag while a billion dollars (stacked on standard sized pallets) would occupy a small room of your house.


With this background in mind, 1 trillion (1,000,000,000,000) is 1000 times bigger than 1 billion and would therefore take up an entire football field - the man is still standing in the bottom-left corner….and notice, the pallets are double stacked!

Eye-opening, isn’t it?