Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary to Amy and Mark!

Sunday, August 19, 2007


What is it that causes you to feel comfort?

For me, on a Sunday night, it is Betty Sandwiches.

There is nothing like experiencing the aroma of bacon cooking as Joy begins the process of assembling these tasty treats.

The history of the Betty Sandwich is an Erickson history. Joy's mother taught Joy how to make them and Joy's mother learned about them from her sister.... Betty.
I only assume that Betty created them.

You start with toast (my favorite is whole grain or seven grain) slathered with mayonnaise.
Now bacon (turkey bacon) goes on.
Next comes sliced tomatoes (today, they are fresh from our garden!)
Now add slices of cheese - I prefer cheddar.
Next add sliced green olives (I only can tolerate green olives on this creation).
Then Thousand Island dressing and top off with sliced hard-boiled eggs.

Place in the oven under the broiler for three minutes and then serve.


Now, there are a lot of other things that are "comfort", but tonight thank God for Betty.

Monday, August 6, 2007



I haven't posted for some time.
It hasn't been for a lack of material or ideas....

I've been rather busy with some interesting projects and problems.
Perhaps more on that at a later time.


On June 13, I posted about a wonderful shirt I had seen on a man at "R" Place Restaurant in Morris. It said, "Living with a German Builds Character."

The story I heard about today confirms the strength and resolve of those Germans.
The different aspects of this story amaze me.

Pencil removed from woman's head

59-year-old suffered from headaches, nosebleeds for 55 years

BERLIN - A 59-year-old German woman has had most of a pencil removed from inside her head after suffering nearly her whole life with the headaches and nosebleeds it caused, Bild newspaper reported on Monday.

Margret Wegner fell over carrying the pencil in her hand when she was four.

“The pencil went right through my skin — and disappeared into my head,” Wegner told the newspaper.

It narrowly missed vital parts of her brain.

At the time no one dared operate, but now technology has improved sufficiently for doctors to be able to remove it.

The majority of the pencil, some 3.1 inches long, was taken out in an operation at a private Berlin clinic, but the tip had grown in so firmly that it was impossible to remove.