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:

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:

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 Civic Action Team
  Thursday, December 20th, 2007
P.S. To learn more about the USO, a non-governmental, non-partisan organization, pleasevisit  

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


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


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.

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


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.