Sunday, December 30, 2007

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Friday, December 28, 2007

Alternative Affirmations for the New Year...

Alternative Affirmations for the New Year...

1. As I let go of my feelings of guilt, I am in touch with my inner sociopath.

2. I have the power to channel my imagination into ever-soaring levels of suspicion and paranoia.

3. I assume full responsibility for my actions, except the ones that are someone else's fault.

4. In some cultures what I do would be considered normal.

5. My intuition nearly makes up for my lack of wisdom and judgment.

6. I need not suffer in silence while I can still moan, whimper, and complain.

7. When someone hurts me, I know that forgiveness is cheaper than a lawsuit, but not nearly as rewarding.

8. I am at one with my duality.

9. Blessed are the flexible, for they can tie themselves in knots.

10. I will strive to live each day as if it were my 50th birthday.

11. I honor and express all facets of my being, regardless of state and local laws.

12. Today I will gladly share my experience and advice, for there are no sweeter words than "I told you so!"

13. A scapegoat is almost as good as a solution.

14. Just for today, I will not sit in my living room all day in my underwear. Instead, I will move my computer into the bedroom.

15. I will no longer waste my time reliving the past; I will spend it worrying about the future?

16. The complete lack of evidence is the surest proof that the conspiracy is working.

17. Before I criticize a man, I walk a mile in his shoes. That way, if he gets angry, he's a mile away and barefoot.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

The aftermath

Slowly but surely I am getting over Christmas. Mental and physical exhaustion set in rapidly once the day came to an end. I think the day was a success. Everyone is complaining that they put on way to much weight. LOL As usual I cooked far too much food. I think I am always afraid that I will not have enough for everybody. I am the type that will eat leftovers. I do not waste the food I cook if I can help it. I do wish that I could get my family together again for the holidays. After the death of my mama we all drifted apart. I wonder if she ever knew that she was the glue of our family?

The kids all had a good day. Brook wanted the role of handing out the gifts. She hands them out so fast I can't keep up with her. The other kids were Kat and Quinn. They are the kids of my daughter's best friend. We have been having them down for the holidays for a few years now. Kat and Quinn had some special gifts under the tree. One of my long time readers contacted me and sent some gifts for the two of them. Quinn looked on the tag on the package and squelled there is a Santa! He was so thrilled with his gifts. Kat was eye wide. She could not believe that she was getting gifts from Santa! LOL I explained to them who the giver was but Quinn just said no, it was Santa. It was a rainy day so the kids had to stay inside. No going outside to play with the new toys.

Now comes packing up time. I hope to get all the decorations put up except for the tree before New Year's Day. New Year's is the day I take the tree down. I am debating leaving the outside lights up for a while longer. I kind of hate putting the stuff up. Seeing it makes me feels good. Hearing my toys play their music makes me feel good.

Seeing the happy faces of my friends and family makes me feel good. Hearing their vopices makes me happy and sad at the same time. I miss having all of us together. Maybe next year...

Thursday, December 20, 2007

USo and phone cards



This winter, thousands of U.S. servicemen and women are spending the holidays far away from their families, and calling home can cost them a large part of their paycheck. Troops stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the globe actually have to pay for phone calls to the U.S.—and many of them just don't have a lot of money to spare. Imagine being stuck in Iraq, Afghanistan, or Korea and being unable to afford a call to your spouse or kids on Christmas or New Year's Eve.

That's why we're helping the USO to provide thousands of phone cards to troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world to let them call their friends, family and loved ones this holiday season.

These phone cards don't cost a lot—only $15 each, but they are incredibly valuable, providing about 45 minutes of talk-time and holiday wishes for service members.  

Can you give $15 to buy a phone card for troops stationed overseas? Click here to chip in:

https://civ.moveon.org/donatec4/holiday_troops.html?id=11829-5562383-oh7uew&t=2

MoveOn members are committed to seeing our troops come home as quickly as possible, and we'll keep working to make that happen. But right now, supporting the USO is a simple way to make a genuine difference in the lives of brave men and women who've sacrificed a lot for our country.

Can you chip in to buy phone cards for troops stationed overseas this holiday season? Click here to contribute:

https://civ.moveon.org/donatec4/holiday_troops.html?id=11829-5562383-oh7uew&t=3

Happy holidays from all of us and thanks for all you do.

–Nita, Adam G., Karin, Marika, Noah, Laura, Joan, Wes, Justin, Jennifer, Anna, Eli, Matt, Ilyse, Daniel, Adam R., Carrie, Tanya, and the MoveOn.org Civic Action Team
  Thursday, December 20th, 2007
  
P.S. To learn more about the USO, a non-governmental, non-partisan organization, pleasevisit www.uso.org.  


Wednesday, December 19, 2007

baking day

Today was baking day as will tomorrow be. I baked 7 loaves of banana bread today and 10 loaves of brown bread. Tomorrow I will be baking rum cakes and more banana bread and brown bread are also on the list. Brook wants to make fudge tomorrow also. I did so much baking today that just the smell has filled me up. I swear I gained weight today.
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Monday, December 17, 2007

The Christmas House

The pictures are those of the Christmas House in Ringgold , Georgia. The decorations are an accumulation of years of shopping, gifts and yard sales. The sounds of Christmas drift on the night air while people wander through the yard and in the garage. Angels sing and elves play. The reindeer and horses prance on the lawn. Santa and the Mrs. are everywhere at once ( he is magical you know!). The trains chug along, planes fly and copters whirl by. The lights dazzle and the carousals play. If this place cannot get you in the mood for Christmas then ,nothing can. Tags: , , , , ,

Sunday, December 16, 2007

It's morning

It is morning and everybody is sleeping in except me and the animals. I got up this morning to feed them early because I knew it was cold out there. The horses were very glad of it. They were full of it. I missed some good shots. Should have just made a movie instead.

The wind is really blowing today. It is a good day to stay inside and snuggle up. I think I will do some laundry today and mabe some baking. I will have to go to the store sooner or later. I really need some stuff to eat now and to cook for the holidays. I need to finish wrapping also. But for now I am going to drink my hot tea, eat my grapefruit and play some games.

Yall have a wonderful day.

 


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Saturday, December 15, 2007

new

As some of you know I have a blog on Blogger. They have now made it easier for non Blogger people to make comments. You can use your AOL or AIM name to leave a comment without registering.
With that thought in mind.... I have posted there several times this week with photos.
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I use comment moderation so your comment will not show up right away. This was I can keep the spammers out of my blog.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

What men want in a woman

I found this to be interesting. After reading some of the articles around the net the last few days and comments on message boards, I was beginning to think there was no hope for those of us with a few extra pounds. I am curvy with a bit extra, some would say heavy, some would say super heavy. I just want to be curvy but a bit lighter weight. Some day I may get there, but until then I will live with what I have and try not to get more on me.

reprinted from AOL personals.
Ladies, here's a heartening news flash: Thin is NOT in. Men crave curves.
While American women see super-thin stick models and feel unattractive and unhappy about their average or curvy bodies, men don't feel the same way. Fully 80 percent of men ages 18 to 50 say they want a voluptuous woman, according to former plus size model Nancy Hayssen, who has written a book every woman could love based on the title alone: "101 Sexy Secrets: How to Be Hot, Sexy & Beautiful at ANY Size!" Another 15 percent of men prefer a woman of average size, while just 5 percent opt for a super skinny lady.

Twenty years ago, most fashion models were a size 8. Today, that's been replaced by an emaciated size 0. Meanwhile, during those same two decades, the average American woman, who stands 5' 4", ballooned from a size 10 to a size 14. Fun fact: A 14, which is now considered a "plus size," was approximately sex bomb Marilyn Monroe's dress size.

"We're being lied to everyday. The fashion industry and Hollywood have spread the myth that men want skinny, anorexic-looking women," asserts Hayssen. "The truth is it's plus size or curvy women who are considered beautiful."

That sentiment was echoed in a recent poll of 4,000 adults conducted by British weekly magazine Grazia to find out the ultimate attractive man and woman. Men overwhelmingly said they are most attracted to women who have curves, rather than skinny women, and prefer brunettes with "long, wavy hair." And 78 percent said a woman's most attractive feature is her smile.

Men are a practical lot. Three-quarters said the hobby they find most attractive in the opposite sex is cooking.

So what do women want in a man? A stunning 93 percent are looking for someone who makes them laugh, while 73 percent want someone who will "automatically" pay for a meal. Men who own their own home are five times more attractive than a man who does not. OK, so women are practical,too.


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Monday, December 10, 2007

Times flies when your having fun. LOL. That is if you define cleaning as fun.
Yesterday was a beautiful day once the fog cleared up. Fog, yep, in December! It is warm enough for fog. With a warmer than usual winter we are looking at maybe cutting grass IF we get rain. I am also looking at the possibility of bad weather if rain does come in. Warm weather= thunderstorms=tornadoes. I say this not the weather service. They don't say stuff like that unless it is coming. I am going by my gut and what I have seen happen in the past. Weird weather brings more weird weather. I pray that it does not happen. It was 73 degrees yesterday. Today they are predicating a high of 78-80!
Brook is 10 for sure. I just told her to brush her hair and she retorts back with I did, I know, go brush my hair, and throws the hand up as she walks away. Sometimes I want to smack her and other times I just want to laugh. It is so funny watching them grow up and go through these stages. Poor Pat has never been through them before. He will say things like , she did not do that until her Mama got a hold of her. He just does not understand that so many  things happen because they reach a certain age or stage in life.
Ok I am back. Had to take a break from writing to get Brook on the bus and feed the animals. If I start while it is dark then I am finished by daylight. LOL
Where was I? I guess I am just rambling on.
The weekend was pretty good. We went for a ride yesterday on the bike. We only rode for 2 hours but it sure felt good. Riding away seems to lift my spirits up. Feeling the wind on my face, watching the scenery go back. I love seeing people in the cars. The kids are something. They stare at you and I will give them a wave. That also seem to bring a smile to their faces. Kids love it when you acknowledge them.
Saturday Pat and I went to see Christmas lights. It was not an intentional visit. We went to get some food and decided to check out lights. We will be going back to where we went. It was awesome. I have to go back and take my camera. It is worthy of an entire entry for itself. Nothing else will be said until I have pictures. One more thing, I felt good afterwards.
Sunday, Pat's step-mother came over. I have not seen her since his dad died and we moved her. She is a simple-minded woman that is sweet and loyal to those she loves. I made dinner for us and we talked for awhile.
I got spammed on my cell phone this morning. I was sent a text message from am AOL address but when I checked it is not a known member. That makes 2 messages in 2 days. Really starting to make me mad. There is no way to block them either! One was for diet pills and the other is for a stock tip. Both want me to go to a web site. I can only imagine what would happen if I did. It will be porn or a virus or something. No way will I go there.
Gift wrapping time. LOL I buy little things all year long and pile it up in the closet. I have to get things wrapped so I know what I have and if I have missed anybody. One thing I know I need is stocking stuffers. I have to get something for the animals also. I saw a stocking full of little catnip toys that will be great for the kitties. For the dogs I will get them some treats. The horses will love some apples.
Isn't is amazing at how fast the babies grow?

Sunday, December 9, 2007

alert update

The American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes Join Forces to Deliver Holiday Cards to Wounded Soldiers

TAMFORD, Conn. & WASHINGTON, Dec 05, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- PBI | charts | news | PowerRating -- America's wounded soldiers are always grateful for supportive cards and notes - especially during the holiday season.

This season, communities across America are invited to mail holiday greeting cards along with personal messages of support to wounded service members at military hospitals around the country through a unique partnership between the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes Inc.

With the support of the Department of Defense, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and with help from Pitney Bowes Government Solutions, the American Red Cross will collect, review and disseminate holiday greeting cards to wounded military personnel. For security reasons, the Red Cross will only be able to accept holiday cards, not packages. Red Cross volunteers will receive and bundle the cards to be shipped by Pitney Bowes Government Solutions. Then, Red Cross volunteers at military medical facilities will distribute the cards to patients and their families in time for the holidays.

"So many Americans want to show their support and gratitude by reaching out to wounded service members at Walter Reed and other medical centers during the holiday season," said Neal Denton, American Red Cross Senior Vice President for Service to the Armed Forces. "With the support of the Department of Defense, Walter Reed leadership and Pitney Bowes, we can bring a little cheer to those soldiers," added Denton.

"It is an honor to provide this small measure of comfort at holiday time to those who have sacrificed so much," said Pitney Bowes President and CEO Murray Martin. "We want to make it as easy as possible for all Americans to show their appreciation to the men and women who serve this nation so proudly and selflessly."

Holiday cards should be addressed to:

We Support You During Your Recovery!

c/o American Red Cross PO Box 419

Savage, MD 20763-0419

Be sure to affix adequate postage. Cards must be received no later than December 27. Cards received after this date will be returned to sender. Senders are reminded that "care packages" are not part of the program. Cards and notes only - and please refrain from using glitter or any other inserts that would not be appropriate in a hospital environment.

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Friday, December 7, 2007

Alert!

MSNBC is alerting folks that an e-mail hoax is going around involving US soldiers and holiday cards:

There are a few versions of this e-mail out there, this one being the most common:

When you are making out your Christmas card list this year, please include the following:

A Recovering American Soldier
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20307-5001

If you approve of the idea, please pass it along to your e-mail list.


It’s a great idea, but unfortunately if you send something addressed this way, it won’t be delivered. So please, don’t forward this e-mail.

The U.S. Postal Service will not deliver any letter, post card, or package that is not addressed to a specific individual. Anything sent to “A Recovering Soldier,” “Any Wounded Soldier,” or “Any Service Member” is unacceptable.


It's good to know this: It keeps you from sending along more useless e-mail, and it also keeps your good-hearted gesture toward the folks at Walter Reed from going to waste. The article also offers ideas to show your support for our soldiers that actually will work -- which is a good thing. So check it out.

http://www.snopes.com/politics/christmas/soldiercards.asp

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Update on Brook

Tuesday I took Brook to the orthopedic doctor for x-rays. He was real pleased with the amount of bonding that the bones were doing. He gave her permission to remove her restraining sling and move her arm around. She still has to  wear it in crowds. She is still not able to do PE or Tae Kwon Do. He did say that as fast as it is healing this time that she may be back in January to do Tae Kwon Do. Brook is happy! She is glad to get out of her straight jacket sling. Poor baby has a raw armpit and the muscles are sore but she will heal. He did tell her she can move as much as she wants. he also told her if it hurts she is doing too much or it is too heavy. He told her no weights for now.
Happy Brook now!!!

Here are the pictures from this past weekend of selling Christmas trees. Candy, Brook and I rode down early Saturday morning to Nicholson Georgia to the 7 G's Farm. Right away we were busy moving trees out! We had lots of fun and lots of work to do. Saws were handed out to everyone that came. No chain saws were allowed due to liability( hate to have someone cut a leg off!). When they found their perfect tree they would cut them down. Sometimes one of the guys would help with the cutting. Someone would then come around in a Gator and pick up the tree and bring it to me. I was the shaker. I ran the machine that would shake loose needles off the trees. ( remember the old machines where you wore a belt and it shook you to lose weight? Try holding a 100 trees and shake them LOL )Then if you wanted it we would run it through a baler and net it. Some people bought stands or had bought them in the past from us. If the bought a stand we had to drill the trees. This meant lining the tree up and making sure it is straight and then we would drill a hole in the bottom. The stand would then be driven on the tree with a hammer. It was a fun time. Everyone happy and smiling. How could you not be happy picking out your own tree for Christmas? One couple from New Jersey cut the biggest tree on Saturday. They cut a 12 foot tree and placed it on a small car. It was their first year here in Georgia for Christmas. She was sad and happy.(her mama was getting snow in Jersey!)
That's it for the weekend of selling trees.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

trees

I am going to Nickolson , GA today to help sell Christmas trees. Stop in and see me today. I will be at the 7 G's Farm.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

babies

Help to stop an endless occupation in Iraq

 Help to stop an endless occupation in Iraq

Hi, Have you seen the news? President Bush is negotiating a deal with Iraq to keep our troops there indefinitely--it could include permanent bases and a massive military presence for years! Bush is trying to tie the hands of the next president and every president to come.

Congress can stop him from setting up permanent bases in Iraq and block an indefinite occupation--but they need to hear a groundswell of pressure from us immediately and loudly so they act on this quickly.

I just signed a petition demanding that Congress stop the president from committing to a massive military presence in Iraq for decades. Can you join me?

http://pol.moveon.org/endless/?r_by=11723-5562383-KkGZxv&rc=paste

Thanks!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

getting there

I am getting there with all my Christmas preps. The tree is decorated, the stockings are hung and visions of sugarplums are dancing in my head. Or maybe that is the pain of the toothache making my head dance. There are daggers sticking in my leg belonging to a white kitty wanting my lap. He is there now.LOL He smells so good. He has been outside all day. His favorite place to be is in my lap. Right now he is laying on one of my arms making it a bit difficult to type.
I have done some more shopping. I love Christmas. I bought some stuff for the boy's sister. She is  6 months younger than Brook. She likes girl stuff. There is not a tomboyish bone in her body. I got her some baby doll stuff.
made some banana bread today. It tastes good. The only problem is 2 loaves came out of the pans nicely and two broke in half. Oh well. I guess I have some banana bread to eat!
Does anybody know why the more you clean the more there is to clean? Is it some sort of weird Murphy's Law?

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Christmas preps

Thanksgiving I got my lights up outside. I had bought some blue and white icicle lights after Christmas last year for 50 cents a box. I was determined to get them up if I had to do it myself. (I am afraid of heights but I do overpower my fear when needed).
Now come the inside work. Yesterday I put my Thanksgiving and fall decorations back in the box and started hauling out the Christmas stuff. LOL Now my living room is full of boxes to be emptied. My tree is up, lights on but the branches are bare. I am not sure if I am going to wait on the kids to get here(they may not even show :( today ) or do it myself. I feel like changing things up a bit this year so I am not sure how I am going to decorate. It will be a challenge. The birds cannot be moved since they have babies. I moved the love seat outside and put it in the van so I would have a spot for the tree. That leaves less seating but that is okay. I don't get many visitors here. No one stops by and knocks on my door except for the electric guy when I forget to pay the bill. I can count on one hand the number of times Pat's family has come down in the past 14 years, invited and uninvited times. Oh well. I decorate for me, for my enjoyment.
I have a bicycle in my living room right now. I bought it for a little boy that will not be having a great Christmas. His mama has not been able to work much in the last year because of a seizure problem and his daddy has been short of work too. New construction plumbers don't work much if no one is buying houses. It is not much. I got it at Wal-Mart for $29 on Black Friday. Yes that is right, I shopped that morning. Pat went with me and bought my Christmas present. He has already given it to me. He got me a new camera! I love it. It has 10x optical zoom! I have already been snapping pictures with it! I have taken pictures of my toes (ugh I need a pedicure!), Donna, the birds, the stove, lol.
It is cold here. Yesterday it got up  to 47 for our high. They were calling for sleet and snow last night. I did not look! Snow is fine but not sleet! Sleet last night, rain today, thunderstorms tomorrow, then sunshine for the rest of the week, what a mixedup weather forecast!
I guess that is it for now. I need to get busy cleaning a few spots up so I can decorate them.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Donna!

I had a wonderful morning! I got to meet one of J-land's favorites! Donna, Mosie1944, of My Country Life, and her husband Cliff. They are on their way home to Missouri and traveling near by so we got to meet! It was wonderful. They are just folks. The kind that when you meet them you are comfortable with them. We met at the Waffle House and I knew Donna as soon as I walked in. Usually when I meet people that I have never met it is a bit uncomfortable but not Donna and Cliff. I felt that I have know them forever! I really hated that they had to get back on the road. We could have talked forever. Hopefully they will be able to come down again and we can all go bike riding among our hills.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

ummmm

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
I feel like a turkey, stuffed.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Wednesday my daughter and I took Brook to Atlanta to an Education Technology Conference. What an experience! The technology available for schools to use is fantastic! Forget the old chalkboards we had or the white boards. Now there are smart boards and vision boards. Electronic, computerized passes, programs for record keeping, learning programs for math, reading , science and  everything else.  The computer age is here in full force. For the schools that have some money, the sky's the limit or maybe not. There were programs to take the kids to outer space also. The kids in the technology club at brook's school had a booth set up where they demonstrated how to set up a slide show with music and other stuff like fade and ken burns  and stuff like that. I was real proud of them all.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

tired

I am so tired. Today we went to an Education Technology Conference in Atlanta. I will update tomorrow when I get a chance to.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Common denomimator

If you are searching for the common denominator in your life, you are in luck. You are it. Now that you know you are the only consistent factor in any situation, you can begin to figure out how you are contributing to your recurring challenges and problems. This is great news because, once you realize you are at least part of the problem, you can begin to change your behavior, beliefs and attitudes that are contributing to the situation. Keep in mind that you have to concern yourself only with you, not with anyone else. You are the only one you can change. So don’t focus outside yourself. Focus on the common denominator. You will be amazed at the difference this process will make in your life. ~Rachelle Disbennett-Lee, PhD

Friday, November 9, 2007

Brook

Well we had to go back to the hospital with Brook today. She fell at school and was hurting. She broke what bond had formed and the bone has moved again. This time she is in a sling that does not allow her to move her arm at all. She is back at square one with the healing process. Actually a  bit worse, the bone is almost puncturing the skin. We now have to watch for any redness at all. If there is any we are to go straight to ER. She will now have to wear this sling until at least Christmas.

gifts

The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than its value
- Charles Dudley Warner -


This statement is so true.I know people that think they need to spend loads of money on gifts and the person they gave it to really did not like it. Many times it is because the person giving the gift does not have a clue about what the other person likes or maybe it is because they don't care. What they want is for people to ooo and awww because of the expensive gift. It is a matter of prestige. I got a vacuum cleaner for Christmas one year. There were people saying that they could not believe that Pat would give me something like that. I loved it. I am a practical person for the most part. I needed a cleaner and I would not have bought me anywhere near as good of a machine as he did for me. I am easy to please.LOL I like things for my kitchen and my home. I wear very few pieces of jewelry, no fancy clothes and I am not a shoe person.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Brook

I forgot to tell everybody this. I took Brook to the doctor yesterday to have her shoulder checked out. It was not the best of news. She is healing very slowly. The bones have moved but not enough that they are going to operate YET. She still has to wear  the sling. It was stressed to her that she MUST be still. She has a big problem with that. She was pretty upset. She looked at the xrays and saw what we were talking about. It could be longer than 3 months at this rate of healing. She is so disappointed. She cried.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Dancer

Introducing Dancer! Dancer is the Arabian gelding that was being thrown away. He has settled in very well.

It took 2 days to get him here. We tried for 3 hours to load him and he was not going to get on the trailer. The next day Candy went with Dee to pick him up. they got some calm and cool to help him load. Dancer's ex owner was there and helped load him. Dancer skinned up his nose poor thing when he slung  his head up and hit the roof. Once here he unloaded very well. He was so happy to be out of the trailer and into the field. He started running around and prancing like a young colt. It did not take long before the other horses realized that something was happening in the front field. All at once they came thundering through the field racing to the front to see what was going on. Imagine their surprise when they spot another horse. Snorting and pawing, kicking dust up they voiced their displeasure. Precious gives a kick thru the fence which scared me a bit. That was barbed wire that she was kicking thru. He snorted and Crystal went berserk. From that moment on she knew that this was a man horse! Her tail went to swishing and curling to the side. She was snorting and winking like nobody's business! She is a hussy! We let them run around and basically ignored them. Just let them do horse stuff, running, kicking and bucking.

 About the comments on the video. Some people may find them offensive or just funny.

Monday, November 5, 2007

kids

I got this in an email today and I thought it was cute enough to share.

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY?

(written by kids)


You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.

-- Alan , age 10


No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with.

-- Kristen , age 10




WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED?

Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.

-- Camille , age 10




HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?

You might have to guess, b ased on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.

-- Derrick , age 8




WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON?

Both don't want any more kids.

-- Lori , age 8




WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?

Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.

-- Lynnette , age 8
(isn't she a treasure)

On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that Usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.

-- Martin , age 10



WHAT WOULD YOU DO ON A FIRST DATE THATWAS TURNING SOUR?

I'd run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns.

-- Craig , age 9



WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE?

When they're rich.

-- Pam , age 7


The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to mess with that.

- - Curt , age 7


The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It's the right thing to do.

-- Howard , age 8



IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED?

It's better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.

-- Anita , age 9
(bless you child)


HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN'T GET MARRIED?

There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there?

-- Kelvin, age 8 ( just LOVE this one)


And the #1 Favorite is........

HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK?

Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a truck.

-- Ricky , age 10
 

Friday, November 2, 2007

update on horses.

OMG OMG OMG. I cannot believe that this poor horse is still alive. I have put a call in to a rescue organization.  I can never take care of this horse. Actually it is a pony. There is NO excuse for the neglect this poor pony has gone through. We cannot take her except to put her out of her misery.  She cannot walk. She is skin and bones. Her hooves are horribly deformed. This pony has been foundered numerous times. She has a shoe that has grown up in her hoof! There is about 4-6 inches of hoof BELOW IT. I cried. It would take thousands of dollars that I do not have just to MAYBE get this horse on her feet. She is a sweetheart but you can tell she is in horrible pain.  I am crying again trying to tell you. I am so torn. I am afraid to leave her there because I know her life will be over tomorrow but if I bring her here it could just be more pain that she cannot take anymore. I don't have the money to help her in any way.  It makes me sick.

horses

We are going to pick up a horse today and look at another one. Not sure about the second horse. There is a guy here that is giving away his horse and plans on putting the other one down tomorrow if we don't take it too. He was going to just open the gate and turn them loose and let them go wild. He claims he cannot feed them anymore. We are going to have a tough time with hay ourselves but to just turn them loose.... The first horse is a registered arabian, chestnut with black mane. The second one I did not get a discription of except to hear that it has been foundered. He says it happens every spring. Makes me wonder if he is confusing foundering with colic. Pat is going to check out her feet and see how she is walking and stuff. She is supposed to be kid safe. If she seems ok we will take her. I know we are worried about hay but......

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Thursday, November 1, 2007

next day

Halloween is over and now on to Thanksgiving and Christmas. Thanksgiving is my big meal. I love cooking for that day. Christmas, well, Christmas is eating from Thanksgiving until Christmas Day. I have already started buying what I need to cook with and of course there is much more to get. Did I mention I love to cook? Looking for some candied lemon peel and candied orange peel at the store now. I need it very soon. I really do not want to make it but if I do not find it soon I will.

Here it is I am talking cooking and eating and I need to lose some serious weight. My weight has been creeping up and I am not sure if it is because of my thyroid being out of whack or if I am overeating or both. I have had heartburn everyday. that usually happens when I hit over what I was weighing. Ok over 190. There i said it for everyone to know. I have been thinking of just stop eating. I won't do that so please don't get on to me. Been there, done that and never want to return. Ok. . Today I did not do so good. I actually did bad. No walking today.  Tomorrow I walk again.

It has happened. We are under mandatory water reducions. We have been ordered to reduce our water usage by 10% and no outside watering at all. Nothing has been said on what happens if we don't do it. Since they only read in the 1000 part how will they tell? I do not use 10000 gallons a month! I use far less than that. I already conserve. I take 5 minute showers. The toliet is not flushed everytime(unless there is poop in it), the dishwasher is only ran when full. the washer is also fully loaded. I use paper plates for less washing. Any leftover water in teapot goes to birds or animals. I have no inside plants and the outside plants are dead or dying. I do not run the water when brushing teeth. No drips anywhere (unless you count my next door neighbor, he is a drip) I am saving on electricity also. I have changed almost all of the lightbulbs with the curly bulbs.

I am by myself again. Once again a night in front of the computer by myself.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Buddy and the rooster

Buddy is a curious cat.  He decided that the rooster needed watching. I think he was wondering what the rooster was eating. He does not like it if somebody eats and he does not!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Is this you?

By Cathryn Conroy, Netscape News Editor
...you could be sleep deprived and putting yourself at risk for an early death. That stunning conclusion was reached by researchers at Penn State College of Medicine, who determined that when we get just six hours of sleep a night, we are actually sleep deprived. And sleep deprivation not only makes us sleepy during the day and decreases our productivity and performance levels, but also promotes the potentially dangerous process of inflammation. Inflammation of this sort can lead to a variety of problems, including heart disease and hardening of the arteries, reports WebMD.

Previous studies have examined the effects of severe sleep deprivation, which is five hours or less of sleep. This one looked at the effects of modest sleep restriction, something that many people live with day in and day out in order to meet the pressing demands of work and family. The levels of inflammatory factors skyrocketed in the 25 study volunteers--who spent 12 consecutive nights in a sleep laboratory--when they had just six hours of sleep, compared with eight hours. So when you pass up sleep to watch more television, talk to your spouse, or clean the house, you are putting yourself at risk for cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis.

SPECIAL POEM FOR OLDER FOLKS

Special Poem for Older Folks

A row of bottles on my shelf

Caused me to analyze myself.

One yellow pill I have to pop

Goes to my heart so it won't stop.

A little white one that I take

Goes to my hands so they don't shake.

The blue ones that I use a lot

Tell me I'm happy when I'm not.

The purple pill goes to my brain

And tells me that I have no pain.

The capsules tell me not to wheeze

Or cough or shake or even sneeze

The red ones, smallest ones of all

Go to my blood so I won't fall.

The orange one, very big and bright

Prevent my leg cramps in the night.

Such an array of brilliant pills
 
Helping to cure all kinds of ills.
 
But what I'd really like to know...
 
Is what tells each one where to go!

There's always a lot to be thankful for if 
 
you take time to look for it.

For example  I am sitting here thinking

how nice it is  that wrinkles don't hurt...

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Analog Tv

There are some people that are wondering about when digital TV will completely replace analog. The date mandated by Congress is Feb. 17, 2009. On that date all analog signals will cease to be broadcast. You will need to have a digital TV or a convertor box for your old analog TV. In Jan of 2008 you can request a coupon good for $40 off the purchase price of a convertor box. Here is some information I have.

$40 COUPONS

WILL BE AVAILABLE

FOR CONVERTERS

Starting January 1, 2008, each household in

America can request up to two coupons from

the government to use toward the purchase of

certain converters. Each coupon is worth $40.

Coupons will expire 90 days after they are issued.

The government agency responsible for this

program, the National Telecommunications

and Information Administration, will issue

periodic updates on the Coupon Program.

Please check back at the beginning of 2008 to

request your coupons. Requests cannot be taken

until January 2008. Call 1-888-DTV-2009

or 1-888-388-2009 or visit www.dtv.gov

later in the year to find out.

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Halloween is coming. Are you ready? Are you REALLY ready? You know what happens next, right? Thanksgiving followed by Christmas, 2 of the biggest eating holidays of the year!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

horse meet horse

Loads slow for some reason.

General stuff

My little sweetie has an eye problem right now. She came home from school today with a stye on her eye! OUCH! Poor thing could not tolerate the moist heat for very long on her eye. She will just have to live with it. Hopefully it will pop soon. So glad it is not pinkeye.

My TV is trying to go out on me. It makes a loud humming noise. It is only 2-3 years old! I was hoping it would last until we had to get a TV for digital signals in 2009. Well I am keeping this one until it is completely gone.

It rained most of the day today. We so need it. I hate that the winds came withh it  though. The leaves are all on the ground here. Looks like we have some more rain coming overnight too.

 It is soupy down at the barn. I will have to put waders on and open up a stall. Precious and Crystal decided that Spirit cannot get into the stall next to them. They get in the same stall all the time. They both went in the stall she was in and ran her out. She went in the other and they did it again. The third stall is one that they never would go in. It is a shorter stall.

I have not dealt with flies at all this summer. Now they are swarming in the house. I hate them!

The main black belt test is Friday. We will be going to it to cheer on our friends. I hope I can keep from crying.

Monday, October 22, 2007

hmmmmm

 

Brook took one of the test for her black belt Saturday. She passed. It was a reading test. Sort of a test on endurance and patience. To be honest I am shocked she passed! LOL I think he was a little bit lenient with the kids. The main test is this Friday. I am sure she will want to go.

It has rained today. Blessed rain. Once again we are under a total watering ban and burn ban. This time even businesses are effected by the water ban. This will hurt the nurseries and carpet mills. Somehow I bet that the carpet mills get all the water they want.

I think I am going to be seriously lonely this week. Brook will be with her mama all week.

Don't fret

From the very moment we were born, we were dying. So why sweat the small stuff? Learn to accept things for face value and enjoy life. Cherish every moment as though it were your last because this is your last time you will see today.~unknown
Must remember this. Could prevent a stroke or heart attack.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

farm equipment

Theses are pictures I took last Sunday when we went to Praters Mill. Praters Mill is a craft festival that is held twice a year at the Old Praters Mill in Dalton, GA. It is on Mother's Day weekend and Columbus Day weekend. Crafters from all over come to it along with a large number of local crafters.

Above are pictures of old farm equipment. They made life easier for farmers back in the day. I know that farmers are glad that those pieces of equipment have been improved on!

 

The contest

 

"I am a big deal blogger and deserve to win this funny t-shirt and win $500 because..."

 

 

 

3 years and counting on writing in this journal. AOL had made a killing off of me with their ads and their fees. I am free now but they STILL make money off of me. Oh well.  I write this for me and in the process I have met some wonderful people. Vote for me if you like me, snuff me if you don't. LOL By clicking the picture above you can find out what it(the contest) is about.

There are lots of bloggers listed on the site. You may even find one you will like. Click here to vote for me  You will be asked to register but it only takes a few seconds. You can then put your own blog there and find others to read maybe.

 

Friday, October 19, 2007

Fuel my blog

 Thought I would give it a try. Vote for me? Only if you want to. The button will always be on my sidebar. Depending on how many votes I get I could win a t shirt or what nots.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Busy baking and baking and baking

This is going to be a busy busy night and day tomorrow. I am in the process of baking 3 cakes and 2 pies. In the oven right now is a Spiced Rum Cake. Next on the list to go into the oven is a German Chocolate Cake. A Pumpkin Coffee Cake is on the list and 2 pumpkin pies.  Why? Well Saturday is the Fall Festival at Brook's school and we are sponsoring the cake and pie walk. A lot of the parents will be bringing store bought stuff. I understand that. There are a lot of working parents out there without the time to bake. I am not one of them. I have the time. I can make the time. there are also a lot of people out there that have no idea how to bake a cake or pie. They think all you do is open a box or call the bakery. Even the cakes where I use a box mix I add something else to it. It is rarely made by the directions on the back of the box! I love how my house smells right now!

Ellen and the dog

The limelight has been stolen from Britney. Ellen has managed to get herself in the spotlight again. Ellen gave away a dog that she adopted. People are hollaring that there is nothing wrong with that. I think there is. She signed a contract and agreed to if she did not want the dog or it was not working out then she would give it back. It was not up to her to just give the dog to who SHE thinks is fit. Everyone keeps saying that Ellen gave the dog to a loving family. HOW do they know that it is a loving family? How knows them? She says she spent $3000 on the dog getting its shots and training. ( I say she is crazy) She PAID to get the dog trained to be with her cats? Come on now. Cats train their own dogs. If is is a puppy, it won't take long to get the puppy trained.

In my opinion Ellen was wrong. Then to compound everything she gets on tv and boo hoos about it.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

a little bit of stuff

Brook went back to school yesterday. She did not have the worse fall break. A girl in her class is in the hospital from injuries she got from a car running her over. Poor child. She was in the yard helping her grandma do some work and a car went off the road and mowed her down. She has  a crushed pelvic and other injuries. It is unknown as to how long she will be in the hospital.

Brook has a science project to do. She has to make a 3D model of of the planets and the sun. Her science book is a new book yet it still lists Pluto as the 9th planet! I am glad. They can call it what they want now. IT IS A PLANET! Any ideas?

The fields look great. I will get a picture of them soon. We have another horse here now. Spirit is back with me. We went and brought her over here. We still have some grass in our pasture, she had none. She was feeling good when we released her. Started up on the bucking bronc routine. Kicking and bucking and running all over until she spotted he other 2. She then took off like a bullet to meet them It actaully went rather well. I was worried that there would be a big time fight. Spirit is happy enough to leave the status quo as it is.

Time to go. I need to get Brook to  school.

 


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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Chit chat

Hey there.

Brook is doing pretty well. She sleeps a lot which is a good thing. Yesterday she went all day without asking for any pain medicine.

She is plenty disappointed about not taking her black belt test but is coming to terms with that. She is planning on taking the reading part of the test. that way she will only need to take 2 tests in the spring.

She is way bored but learning to do some things with her left hand. We go back to doc in a month and then maybe she will get to come out of the sling.

We went in halves on a brushcat. pat is out cutting the fields right now. Our tractor broke down so we are using Dee's bobcat to do the fields. Hopefully we can get some hay off of it next year. Part of the fields had a grove of yucky trees grow up in it. We tried clearing some off. We will need to use the dozer and just push it up in a pile and do a controled burn. Can't do that yet. We are under a fire burn due to the drought.

I did some clean up this morning in the garden so it can be cut also.

Well it is time to cook. I think everybody should be hungry now. I know I am.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Good news, bad news

The good news is no surgery for Brook. The bad news is she will take longer to heal. After looking over her X-rays, probing a bit(not much but it still hurt), and measuring the depth of the bone spread, the doctor decided that the best thing all around would be to leave it alone. He said the bones were parallel to each other so they will form a bond but it will take a little bit longer. I asked about the nerve problem that developes sometimes when non union bones form a bond. He said in all the years he has been practicing he has only seen it twice and those were adults. He said that he was glad that the doctor did not try a figure 8 splint on her as that is far more painful than it needs to be. She will have a slightly smaller shoulder. Poor child, she already has small shoulders!

She said thank you to all of you.

Monday, October 8, 2007

screaming

After calling around 48 different orthopaedic doctors from here to Atlanta I just about gave up. Finally I got ahold of the insurance company again. They said for me to get Brook's PCP to get an out of network referral. Lucky for me they were able to do so fairly quickly. Brook has an appointment tomorrow as the doctor was already gone for the day. I only have to drive 30 miles for this appointment.

I am able to keep her pain under fair control for now. I dread tomorrow. She will be in extreme pain if they fix it then.

yep it is

Well after a long wait in the ER we were finally seen. I am so glad that I had some pain medicine to give Brook before we left. Yes the bone is broken in the worse possible way. It is snapped clean into, separated, and displaced, meaning that it is not lined up. I have to get her into orthopedic today to determine what to do. No matter what, I know it will be extremely painful.

What a way to start your fall break from school.

She will not be taking the black belt test now. I have no idea when she will be able to get back to it. She is upset about that.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

this is pat celset ask me too send this  she is taking brook too the ER for a posible broken collar bone acident on bicycle

Leonard Pitts, Jr

"Never satisfy a short-term impulse at the expense of a long-term goal. Never do what feels good in the moment if it's going to cost you something that matters a whole lot more in the end. The trade is never worth it."

- Leonard Pitts, Jr., columnist for the Miami Herald

Friday, October 5, 2007

tired

I am tired. I have not done anything. I do not feel like doing anything. All I really want to do is veg out. At the same time, I do not want to do that. I want energy. I want to look at everything and be happy and glad that I can go get it done, whatever. I suppose I am a functional depressive. I do it even though all I want is to curl up and do nothing. PLease no suggestions of meds because I will not take them. I did once and it was horrible. I know what my problems are and I rarely air them here. I do have a blog where I do air them though.

Anyway. today was Career Day at Brook's school. It was a good day for the kids. they love it when they do not have school work! LOL. Brook and several other students preformed 7 shows today in 2 hours.  Me, I ran around the school gathering up goodies from everybody to give to the kids. I got stickers and more stickers, pencils, pens, flower seeds, frisbees, firehats, backpacks, sewing kits, toothbrushes, megaphones, ect. I love the seeds. They are the wildflowers that the DOT plants in the middle of the roads.

I am going to put this journal to bed tonight. I will feel better tomorrow.

Leonard Pitts, Jr

"Never satisfy a short-term impulse at the expense of a long-term goal. Never do what feels good in the moment if it's going to cost you something that matters a whole lot more in the end. The trade is never worth it."

- Leonard Pitts, Jr., columnist for the Miami Herald


Thursday, October 4, 2007

headaches

I just got a call from the school. Brook has another headache. I am getting concerned about them. She is having them with increased frequency. She has an appointment coming up with the doctor for a physical. I think it is sinuses but you never know. There is a chance it is her eyes even though that has been checked out also. Eyes can change fast in kids.

I guess instead of pretty fall weather I am going to get the dreary kind. The clouds moved in yesterday with drizzles . The drizzles are not all day or even all over. Actually it seems to only be on the road, just enough drizzle to make em slick and dangerous. With any luck the dreary will pass and beautiful color will erupt all over.

I love October. This year it is a busy month. Brook is taking her black belt tests. Her mama is going to Dallas for a few days. School has their fall break next week. Friday is career day at school (Brook will be performing). Prater's Mill craft festival is next weekend. To top it off, Halloween is at the end of the month. Awwww, this is a good month.

 

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

quote

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”
Carl Bard


 

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

1 down

One down and 3 to go. She passed! At one point , when they got a break, she came up to me crying that she was not passing. I just wanted to bundle her in my arms and take her home. I could not let her see my tears while I reassured her that she was doing good. She made mistakes but I think now she sees that she has to practice more. I am so glad that the first part is over. I sat there for 2 hours feeling like I was going to throw up.

It begins

Today is the day. Today is the day that Brook starts taking her black belt test. The first of four tests begins tonight. This is what she has been working towards for 3 years. This is why she has been taking extra classes. She wanted to be able to take her test with the same people that she has trained with for 3 years. Long time readers will recall that Brook has broken both wrists, here and here. The next year almost to the day she breaks her elbow in 4 places, here and here. Thsi year I almost wrapped her in bubble wrap. LOL I don't know who is more nervous, me or Brook.

Monday, October 1, 2007

the fight,

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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Goof things

 Good things

Fear less, hope more;
Whine less, breathe more;
Talk less, say more;
Hate less, love more;
And all good things are yours."
-Swedish Proverb