It is Never Too Late to Buy Better Butter

Ahhhhh March! It's the only month which tells us something to do- on the fourth day..... March 4th! ( March "forth") I saw that on Facebook and loved it, so sorry for the repeat: :-) March brings flowers and puffy white clouds. Easter comes EARLY this year, at the end of March. We also have 3 French Birthdays :-) It is a beautiful month.

Soooooo I wont go into details, but I had a rather unfortunate exchange just before my birthday. It was an impossible situation with no way out. But, somehow, in my warped little brain, it reminded me of the old nursery rhyme I posted above. Only I remember the rhyme this way:

Betty Botter bought bum butter.

Blah said she! This butter is bitter!

And it's blended in my batter.

It's made my batter bitter!

So Betty Botter bought better butter,

Blended it into the bitter batter,

And made the bitter batter better.

Of course I prefer my version because Betty was able to fix what went wrong AFTER it happened. And thus sparked the topic of this Muse. We can March Forth and Make Things Better. It is never too late. I think that sometimes we think it is too late to apologize- just like the song says. That once something is done it is just DONE. But that is not so. This is the beauty of impermanence. We cut the flower and place it into a vase to admire. It is beautiful, but the plant is now missing it's flower. The flower in the vase decomposes, but the plant grows two new flowers. We have an argument and don't wish to spend time with that person. Hours, days, weeks, months can go by, but it is never too late to apologize and let it go. Even if you apologize and your apology is not accepted- you let it go, and it is now up to the other person to hold on to their resentment- which will only damage them, or to let it go.

I am a direct- heart -on- my- sleeve- kind of gal. I like to share what I am thinking about. I like to get feedback and ponder the possibilities. This often gets me into trouble. I have learned to filter what I share with certain people so as not to put them out of their comfort zone. There are other folks who just aren't that interested, so I work on shutting up when I can see their eyes glaze over. I am guilty of this with email too. I write too much too often. It is a burden to respond. But I do not always need a response. Sometimes it is just nice to see my thoughts on the monitor. It helps me to organize them. I love to exchange ideas and discuss them. I learn so much this way. I feel alive when I am learning. But I also understand that not everyone is the same.

Veering off topic for a moment. A terrible virus went through our house and knocked us off of our feet. For days. Because I could do nothing else, I watched one of the new sitcoms. And one of the old sitcoms. I was intrigued by the common themes of deceit which was the main plot of the story lines. Everybody was attempting to keep important news from everyone else in order to avoid a possible confrontation. In Modern Family the scene was that no one was supposed to be home. Dad was golfing, Mom was shopping with the toddler, son was at school. First, Mom came home, and since the toddler was sleeping in his car-seat, she decided to let him sleep, and she went to her room to relax. Next, the son and his friend ditched school and decided to go home for lunch (not knowing mom was there.) The son's friend pulled up unsavory websites on the mom's laptop and it froze. While they were in their room trying to decide what to do, Dad decided he did not want to golf and he too came home for lunch. Thinking he was alone, he decided to give the leftover dinner that Mom had cooked to the dog because he was not fond of it, and he did not want to hurt Mom's feelings. Just as he had the bowl on the floor, Mom came down the stairs and asked him what he was doing. She did not want him to learn that she had left the toddler in the car because the last time he became angry about that. Just then, the boys came down the stairs hiding the laptop. They took the car with the sleeping toddler to the computer store to try to clear the unsavory contents. I don't quite recall if they all got away with their shenanigans or not. But so much deceit. Then again, some folks can't handle the truth. I learned this the hard way. But I would rather state the truth and deal with the fallout than pretend that all is well when it clearly is not.

If you blend the bitter butter into the batter, go buy some better butter and blend it into the batter to make the bitter batter better! It is never too late.You know what they say "Time heals all wounds and also wounds all heels."

While I was hunting rhymes online, I found this favorite!!!!!! My dad used to say it to us when we were young and I really enjoyed it!

Catalina Madalina

There was a funny girl, she had a funny name
She got it from her pappy just the same, same, same.
Catalina Madalina, Hoopin Stina, Walla dina
Oaka, Poka, Loka was her name.
She had two hairs on the top of her head
One was alive and the other was dead.
Catalina Madalina, Hoopin Stina, Walla dina
Oaka, Poka, Loka was her name.
She had two eyes  in the front of her head
One was green and the other was red.
Catalina Madalina, Hoopin Stina, Walla dina
Oaka, Poka, Loka was her name.
She had two teeth  in the front of her mouth
One pointed north and the other pointed south.
Catalina Madalina, Hoopin Stina, Walla dina
Oaka, Poka, Loka was her name.
She had two lips, two beautiful lips,
Shaped just like two battleships.
Catalina Madalina, Hoopin Stina, Walla dina
Oaka, Poka, Loka was her name.
Her nose was so long that when she sneezed
It got caught in between her knees.
Catalina Madalina, Hoopin Stina, Walla dina
Oaka, Poka, Loka was her name.
Her ears stuck out like the sails of a boat
Her Adam’s apple wandered up and down her throat.
Catalina Madalina, Hoopin Stina, Walla dina
Oaka, Poka, Loka was her name.
She loved to polish her fingernails
She bought her polish in ten gallon pails.
Catalina Madalina, Hoopin Stina, Walla dina
Oaka, Poka, Loka was her name.
The language that she spoke was an awful joke
Her head was made out of solid oak
Catalina Madalina, Hoopin Stina, Walla dina
Oaka, Poka, Loka was her name.
Her feet were flat as bathroom mats
I forgot to ask how they got like that.
Catalina Madalina, Hoopin Stina, Walla dina
Oaka, Poka, Loka was her name.
A ten ton truck hit our Madaline
That was the end of that machine.
Catalina Madalina, Hoopin Stina, Walla dina
Oaka, Poka, Loka was her name.



( It's the spices that make it special- Jewel original)


2 llbs ground beef

1 llb Rotini pasta

1 jar Spaghetti sauce

1/2 cup sour cream

2 cups shredded mozzarella

1 cup Parmesan

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tsp tarragon

2 tsp granulated garlic

1 tsp white pepper

1 tsp season salt

1 tbsp dried Basil


1) cook the pasta per directions

2) while the pasta is cooking brown the ground beef

3) drain the fat

4) add the sauce, sour cream, spices, 1 cup of the mozzarella and 1/2 cup of the Parmesan to the meat mixture and mix well.

5) drain the pasta

6) mix it altogether

7) place in large casserole sprayed with Pam for easy cleanup

8) top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan

9) Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes

This is an easy recipe as there is no vegetable chopping ( though you can add onions and celery if you like ) mine don't like the added veggies. Very hearty and filling and keeps for a week.

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God conceived the world, -that was poetry;

He formed it, - that was sculpture;

He colored it,- that was painting;

He peopled it with living beings,- that was the grand, divine, eternal drama.

-Charlotte Cushman


It is my custom every night, so soon as the candle is out, to run over the words and actions of the past day; and I let nothing escape me, for why should I fear the sight of my errors when I can admonish and forgive myself?

I was a little too hot in such a dispute; my opinion might well have been witheld, for it gave offense and did no good. The thing was true; but all truths are not to be spoken at all times. I would I had held my tongue, for there is no contending, wither with fools or with our superiors. I have done ill, but it shall be so no more.

Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it every day, and at last we can not break it.

-Horace Mann


It is far easier to be wise for others than to be so for oneself.

-Duc De La Rochefoucauld


There is much satisfaction in work well done; praise is sweet; but there can be no happiness equal to the joy of finding a heart that understands.

-Victor Robinsoll


ABOU BEN ADHEM ( May his tribe increase!)

Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace, and saw, within the moonlight in his room, making it rich, and like a lily in bloom, an Angel writing in a book of gold: Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold, and to the presence in the room he said, "What writest thou?" The Vision raised its head, and with a look made of all sweet accord answered, "The names of those who love the Lord."

"And is mine one?" said Abou. "Nay, not so," Replied the Angel. Abou spoke more low, but cheerily still; and said, "I pray thee, then, write me as one that loves his fellow-men."

The Angel wrote, and vanished. The next night it came again with a great wakening light, and showed the names whom love of God had blessed, and lo! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest!

-Leigh Hunt


Happiness is not the end of life; character is.

-Henry Ward Beecher


We need some imaginative stimulus, some not impossible ideal such as may shape vague hope, and transform it into effective desire, to carry us year after year,.... through the routine-work which is so large a part of life.

-Walter Pater


Let me go where'er I will

I hear a sky-born music still:

It sounds from all things old,

It sounds from all things young,

From all that's fair...

Peals out a cheerful song.

It is not only in the rose,

It is not only in the bird,

Not only where the rainbow glows,

Nor in the song of woman heard,

But in the darkest, meanest things,

There always, always something sings.

'Tis not in the high stars alone,

Nor in the cups of budding flowers,

Nor in the redbrest's mellow tone,

Nor in the bow that smiles in the showers,

But in the mud and scum of things,

There always, always something sings.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson


I have told you of the man who always put on his spectacles when about to eat cherries, in order that the fruit might look larger and more tempting. In like manner I always make the most of any enjoyments, and, though I do not cast my eyes away from troubles, I pack them into as small a compass as I can for myself, and never let them annoy others.

-Robert Southey


A loving heart is the truest wisdom.

-Charles Dickens


The greater the man, the greater courtesy.

-Alfred, Lord Tennyson


Talk not of wasted affection affection never was wasted;

If it enrich not the heart of another, its waters, returning,

Back to their springs, like the rain, shall fill them full of refreshment;

That which the fountain sends forth returns again to the fountain.

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


It is better for you to be free of fear lying upon a pallet, than to have a golden couch and a rich table and be full of trouble.



A teacher who can arouse a feeling for one single good action, for one single good poem, accomplishes more than he who fills our memory with rows on rows of natural objects, classified with name and form.

-Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


Nature imitates herself: A grain thrown into good ground brings forth fruit: a principle thrown into a good mind brings forth fruit. Everything is created and conducted by the same Master,- the root, the branch, the fruits,- the principles, the consequences.

-Blaise Pascal


Sentiment is the poetry of the imagination.

-Alphonse De Lamartine


Leave something to wish for, so as not to be miserable from very happiness.

-Baltasar Gracian


To err is human.

-Victor Hugo


He is advancing in life, whose heart is getting softer, his blood warmer, his brain quicker, and his spirit entering in living peace.

-John Ruskin


Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.

-Mark Twain


The perception of the Comic is a tie of sympathy with other men, a pledge of sanity. We must learn by laughter as well as by tears and terror.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather.

- Washington Irving


It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.

-Marcus Aurelius


Life is too short to be little.

- Benjamin Disraeli


Correction does much, but encouragement does more. Encouragement after censure is as the sun after a shower.

-Johann Wolfgag Von Goethe


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( From The Understanding Heart- a book published in 1966 which I spied at my Mom's! )

If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life from aching, or cool one pain, Or help one fainting robin unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain.

-Emily Dickinson


We are all citizens of one World, we are all of one blood. To hate a man because he was born in another country, because he speaks a different language, or because he takes a different view on this subject or that, is a great folly. Desist, I implore you, for we are all equally human... Let us have but one end in view, the welfare of humanity.

-Johnn Amos Comenius


Give us grace and strength to persevere. Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind. Spare to us our friends and soften to us our enemies. Give us the strength to encounter that which is to come, that we may be brave in peril, constant in tribulation, temperate in wrath and in all changes of fortune, and down to the gates of death, loyal and loving to one another.

-Robert Louis Stevenson


When I remember something which I had, but which is gone, and I must do without, I sometimes wonder how I can be glad, even in cowslip time when the hedges sprout; it makes me sigh to think on it, but yet my days will not be better days, should I forget.

When I remember something promised me, but which I never had, nor can have now, because the promiser we no more see, in countries that accord with mortal vow; when I remember this I mourn, but yet my happier days are not the days when I forget.

-Jean Ingelow


Quick sensitiveness is inseparable from a ready understanding.

-Joseph Addison


Two chambers has the heart,

Wherein dwell Joy and Sorrow;

When Joy awakes in one,

Then slumbers Sorrow in the other.

O Joy, take care!

Speak softly,

Lest you awaken Sorrow.

-Herman Neuman


He who has more learning than good deeds is like a tree with many branches but weak roots; the first great storm will throw it to the ground. He whose good works are greater than his knowledge is like a tree with fewer branches but with strong and spreading roots, a tree which all the winds of heaven cannot uproot.

-The Talmud


There are three men that all ought to look upon with affection: he that with affection looks at the face of the earth, that is delighted with rational works of art, and that looks lovingly at little children.



Those who have the largest hearts have the soundest understandings; and he is the truest philosopher who can forget himself.

-William Hazlitt


Half the joy of life is in little things taken on the run. Let us run if we must - even the sands do that- but let us keep our hearts young and our eyes open that nothing worth our while shall escape us.

-Victor Cherbuliez


True love's the gift which God has given,

To man alone beneath the heaven:

It is not fantasy's hot fire,

Whose wishes, so as granted, fly;

It liveth not in fierce desire,

With dead desire it doth not die;

It is the secret sympathy,

The silver link, the silken tie,

Which heart to heart and mind to mind,

In body and in soul can bind.

-Sir Walter Scott


The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together; our virtues would be proud if our faults whipped then not; and our crimes would dispair if they were not cherished by our virtues.

-William Shakespeare


Pride may be allowed to this or that degree, else a man cannot keep up his dignity. In gluttony there must be eating, in drunken-ness there must be drinking: 'tis not the eating, not 'tis not the drinking that is to be blamed. So with pride.

-James Selden


"Lift up one hand to heaven and thank your stars if they have given you the proper sense to enable you to appreciate the inconceivably droll situations in which we catch our fellow creatures.

-Sir William Osler


Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny.

-Carl Schurz


Each heart is a world. - You find all within yourself that you find without. - To know yourself you have only to set down a true statement of those that ever loved or hated you.

-Johann Kasper Lavater


Grief is a matter of relativity; the sorrow should be estimated by its proportion t the sorrower; a gash is as painful to one as an amputation to another.

-Francis Thompson


I asked God for strength, that I might achieve; I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey...

I asked for health, that I might do greater things; I was given infirmity, that I might do better things....

I asked for riches, that I might be happy; I was given poverty, that I might be wise...

I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men; I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God...

I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life; I was given life, that I might enjoy all things..

I got nothing that I asked for - but everything I had hoped for.

Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered. I am, among all men, most richly blessed!



What a man is contributes much more to his happiness that what he has... What a man is in himself, what accompanies him when he is alone, what no one can give him or take away, is obviously more essential to him than everything he has in the way of possessions, or even what he may be in the eyes of the world.

-Arthur Schopenhauer


A child's kiss set on thy sighing lips shall make thee glad;

A poor man served by thee shall make thee rich;

A sick man helped by thee shall make thee strong;

Thou shalt be served thyself by every sense of service which thou renderest.

-Elizabeth Barrett Browning


Do all the good you can,

By all the means you cn,

In all the ways you can,

In all the places you can,

To all the people you can,

As long as ever you can.

-John Wesley



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