Saturday, December 29, 2007

SO...Guess kids can Sneak kid, at school, someone posted....awwckkk!!!

What color are you

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You scored as Yellow

Out of all the colours, yellow is the one to cheer everyone up, and this tends to be your job. You are the one cracking jokes, making light of the situation and always trying to make people like you. And you know what, they do. You are never without a smile and love hot sunny days because they reflect your sunny personality. You are optimistic, bright and childlike.



















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BLUES are motivated by INTIMACY, seek opportunities to genuinely connect with others, and need to be appreciated. They do everything with quality and are devoted and loyal friends and employers/employees. Whatever or whomever they commit to are their sole (and soul) focus. They love to serve and will give freely of themselves in order to nurture others lives.BLUES, however, do need to be understood. They have distinct preferences and occasionally the somewhat controlling (but always fair) personality of a confident leader. Their code of ethics is remarkably strong and they expect others to live honest, committed lives as well. They enjoy sharing meaningful moments in conversation as well as remembering special life events (i.e., birthdays and anniversaries). BLUES are dependable, thoughtful, nurturing, and can also be self-righteous, a bit worry-prone, and emotionally intense. They are like sainted pit-bulls who never let go of something once they are committed. When you deal with a BLUE, be sincere, make an effort to truly understand them, and truly appreciate them.
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You surround yourself with art and music and are constantly driven to express yourself. You often daydream. You prefer honesty in your relationships and believe strongly in your personal morals.

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Pregnancy and boobs...remember when...

JerseyGIRL had a post that made me remember this:

When I was preg for #2, Hub worked in a Restaurant and the owners wife was a wench.
She never spoke to staff or help let alone their spouses. When she turned 40, they had a MANDATORY Birthday party for staff to attend. It was at their house. Not enough people showed at the first party, and she hid in the bedroom and "cried" so then they had the mandatory one.

I was standing in line with in laws after church one morning waiting for a table. The Foyer was packed. The line went out the door.
For some reason, the owners wife wanting to impress the in-laws about how close we are, came up, and rubbed her hands ALL AROUND my belly while saying, "BABY BABY BABY BABY", and as God is my witness, before I could think of the consequences, I reached out....
Grabbed her Boobs,
rubbed around them...
and said..."BOOBIES BOOBIES BOOBIES"....Yah. felt REALLY good!! LOL

Wednesday, December 26, 2007


I can't believe how much my Preemie little one has grown since this. She's seven now and 85 pounds. Go figure. PS>>>>Have been thinking of sending this to the "hate santa" photo site. She HATED seeing Santa!!


SO MUCH FUN!! You can ADD your own photos, use theirs, its a blast!! and ADDICTING!

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Christmas Re cap 2007

Started a whirlwind of activity. I"m going to write, and then revise as I get more time.
Saturday-Went to my brothers house, had a wonderful meal of grilled tuna with seseme seeds. I took my salad (below) which was a big hit. I felt AWFUL as we just didn't have money this year, but stopped at the local 7-11, and got 1$ lottery tickets and put them in a CMU (GOOOOOO CHIPS!) Folder. Sorry, its all I could do-they were gracious and actually it was fun.
My kids were very creative, the girls kept wrapping presents that were THEIR toys, to give to the others. My mom had given Little one a set of "classic" books last year, and Several of these were regifted and re wrapped. It was sweet.
Sunday was the hub machine's family Christmas in Rosebush. I took a 1989 Cabernet I had --at first it was a little vinegary, but then it opened up VERY nicely. I still had a case of wine so I brought up a bottle from there and "retail" now is over $600 dollars. It's been SO LONG since I tasted great wine, I was just THRILLED I could really TELL the difference....the velvety smoothness hit my tongue..Oh my God...whoever thinks wine is just wrong. The "nose" the smell..was FABULOUS filling the glass, the aroma...yummy, fruity, with tones of brown. I still have another bottle in the cellar so I'm thrilled. My contribution again was my salad, and it was a BIG hit. Usually this party is very FOOD oriented...Family brings some favorites..Uncle Howard always makes his stuffed mushrooms that go FAST, this year Don made his famous Potato Soup, Aunt Tracy makes this incredible chip dip which I didn't get any of, and lots of cheese, bread, crackers, Aunt Laura made a couple Meat pies that were great, on and on.
Life is really appreciated this year--Aunt Chris, was in a terrible Bike/Van accident. She was riding her bicycle and a Van hit her near Lansing...her recovery has been slow, but steady. Her Legs are messed up, but didn't have a closed head injury (WEAR A HELMET!!). I was in the hospital in July for emergency Gall bladder surgery, and I really haven't been right since last year when I was in for 10 days from Diverticulitis.
Christmas eve, My Mom came down and Don had made BEEF BRISKET. It was fabulous.
WE had salad, and potatoes with parsley, corn and wine. Mom brought down two pies.
We opened presents. Mom got mostly socks, but I had put together a montage Photo Frame for her..She really liked it. I had taken photos at my brothers house Saturday, and got them developed quickly, and used some of them...I was pretty happy with results but would have liked to have more time to put it together.
I got a BEAUTIFUL ring from Minnie Me, she spent her own money on it. It has diamond like crystals all around it.
I also got a Butane torch..which may seem rather odd...but I can't WAIT to make my own Crem' Brulee with it and use it to darken the sugar on top. OOH that Santa!!

We watched our copy of "the Christmas story".
Hub had to work on Christmas, but I took the kids to Ithaca Baptist Church for the Christmas eve service at 10. It was very nice. Candle light, got to see the Powers, Doug Wolfgang, Brian and his two boys etc. It was very nice, and not nervous which I was as we had not been there in a while.
Christmas we slept in and were lazy. Made another salad to take to Beth and Jerry's, We got there about 4, Beth made a WONDERFUL ham, Ty made tatos. hub got there a while later, we got to see their cool Florida vacation photos. They have a condo down there, I can't wait to be able to visit and stay there. Ty gave William this COOL scarf that he has been wanting with "Jack" from Nightmare Before Christmas movie. It Matches his hat that he never removes.
Robyn had sent us a box that we got to open for Christmas. She sent the kids each gift cards from Wal mart, Don got some luscious coffee and mugs, and I got a Nice jacket--she said if it didn't fit me to send it back to her. I got to break the bad news to her that it FITS ME PERFECTLY!!! I'm keepin it!! Robyn's generosity always amazes me, and I simply don't know what to say sometimes. I am literally left speechless, and that doesn't happen very often.
Earlier this year, Joy got some clothes for her Webkinz pets. One was a santa outfit for "bella"

Today..took kids to Midland mall to use their Gift certs'. William got a new "Nightmare before Christmas" hoody. In Keeping with "Love and Logic", I made both William and Helena pitch in for gas are napping, and I"m going to join them!
Hope your continued holiday is restful and filled with peace.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Favorite of late: SALAD

I've made this about 5 times in the last two weeks, and I can't BELIEVE how many comments..ALL POSITIVE I got.
Main ingredients: Bag of whatever blend of salad on the bottom of the bowl, then a bag of CLEANED and deveined spinach-I just fold over the edges of the leafs, and rip out the big vein
We had some left over Baked WHOLE garlic cloves,-bought a LARGE container of peeled garlics..oh my GAWD these are great! Fresh, peeled and QUICK. Coated the cloves with olive oil one time and baked them about an hour and a half...turned to Mush and were great. Tonight...ran out of the baked ones, so I sort of deep fried some- Corn oil in Cast iron pan, and cooked them till deliciously brown color...crispier than the baked, but a nice variation.
then..Toasted sesame seeds
Sunflower seeds..LOTS
Cashews or Almonds (If using almonds I toasted them--sliced or whole)
and a BUNCH of Mandarin oranges.
I layered it out..and man was it BEAUTIFUL.
Dressing recipe is here...EASY and CHEAP to make at home!! Also used one time a bottle of Marzetti's Spinich salad dressing- it was good, but $$ and not quite enough.

1 1/2 c. sugar
2 t. dry mustard
2 t. salt
2/3 c. vinegar
2 t. soy sauce
3 T. onion juice or 1/2 c. chopped onion (sometimes I leave this out)
2 c. salad oil
3 T. toasted sesame seeds
(sometimes I just put the sesame seeds RIGHT ON The salad..makes a pretty combination)

In a food processor or blender combine sugar, mustard, salt, vinegar and soy sauce on medium speed for about 20 seconds or until completely blended. Add onion juice or onions. Blend until smooth. With the motor running on low speed add oil slowly in a thin, steady stream. Mix until thickened. Pour into a refrigerator container and stir in sesame seeds. Cap tightly and refrigerate to use within 1 month.(get real, I use it till it is gone)

Kid Quotes

From my 14 y.o. Son, "Mom, It's not's creating fiction with your mouth!"

From 7 y.o., "Dad, I don't have any PEEPS to wrap MY presents I give out..I'm my only peep, so I wrap my own".

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

HEADPLAY personal cinema LINKS to MEEEEE!!!
OK THIS IS WEIRD!! I wondered WHY WHY was I getting so many "hits" from weird places? Well SOMEHOW, Headplay linked to my original blog entry about the Video Viewing system that son won a few months ago. It took forever to get here, but everyone we dealt with was very professional. He did all the calling, arranging, emailing etc. They hooked us up with the correct email and contact person.

SO!!! Besides being a Lucky kids mom....I"M on a Freekin BIGTIME website!! Damn, I wish I would have taken more time with that entry!!

Old Family Pics

I got a bunch of pictures from my Aunt Gwen a couple days ago..thought I would share a couple here.

and in the spirit of "keepin it real" of my all time favorite photos. This is NOT a family member....that I know of.......

Sunday, December 16, 2007

It's called Christmas

City officials in Michigan change Dickens Christmas Festival to Dickens Holiday Festival
ADF attorneys send letter providing information to officials in Mount Pleasant on the constitutionality of using the word “Christmas” for its Dickens festival
Tuesday, December 04, 2007, 2:42 PM (MST) |
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MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund sent a letter Monday to city officials in Mount Pleasant explaining the constitutionality of using the word “Christmas” for its Dickens festival. City officials changed the name of its Dickens Christmas Festival to “Dickens Holiday Festival” in its advertising materials to be sent to a local school district after the school district enacted a policy banning the word “Christmas.”

“It’s ridiculous that a city thinks its festival named after Charles Dickens’ classic book, A Christmas Carol, has to be renamed a ‘holiday’ festival in order to appease the agents of political correctness at a local school district,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel David Cortman.

The Mount Pleasant School District enacted a policy that purportedly bans the use of the words “Christmas,” “Santa,” and “nativity.” ADF attorneys explained in the letter that such a policy is unconstitutional as applied to the private speech of students, teachers, and members of the community.

“The First Amendment of the Constitution restricts the government from infringing upon the religious liberty and religious speech of citizens, and the Constitution does not require the censorship of the word ‘Christmas,’” said ADF Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco. “What’s next? A reading at the public library of ’Twas the Night Before a Holiday?”

A copy of the letter ADF attorneys sent to Mount Pleasant Downtown Development Officer Michelle Sponseller can be read at

ADF is a legal alliance defending the right to hear and speak the Truth through strategy, training, funding, and litigation.

Thursday, December 13, 2007


I can't help it. I have reached the age when I read Obituaries. I didn't REALIZE I was at that age. I just sort of started a few months ago. My mom always jokes, "well I didn't see myself in the obit column so I guess I'm still ALIVE!".

Some are funny. Some are cute. Most are boring.
It's amazing what people put in obituaries. OF course it is the survivors that put this stuff in!!
Some...although on the surface seem ok, You just KNOW they were a Prick. I guess it wouldn't be politically correct to say, "Bob was a mean ass and took pleasure in giving co-workers pain, would make popcorn and not share, and stunk up the bathroom with his foul smelling shit". Yah. So not good.

So this one is in my hometown paper today. I don't know Mrs. Mueller. I say "MRS" because it just isn't proper to call an 85 year old lady "Elaine". And I'm all About being proper!...So what bothers me is the little line stuck way down in the bottom. 'She put others first and met their needs ahead of her own.'

Ok, On the surface it is very ...well "Christian" thing to do. I just know though...that meltdowns occur if you don't take care of YOURSELF as well as you take care of others. I DO take care of "the Others" around me. Very well in fact. If you happen to be one of "The Others" in my life..count your lucky stars! If you are not...So sorry..get to know's worth it!! (hey! Do I hear heckling in the background?)
So..for today...take care of YOURSELF are just going to die anyway.

Elaine Knaack Mueller
UPDATED: Thursday, December 13, 2007
Elaine Knaack Mueller, age 85 years, of Saginaw, MI, formerly of Bay City, passed away on December 11, 2007 at The Lutheran Home in Frankenmuth, Michigan of multiple health issues. She was born Elaine Norma Knaack on November 1, 1922 to the late Frank W. and Irene M. (Yahn) Knaack in Bay City. Elaine graduated from Bay City Central High School in 1940 and attended Bay City Junior College before earning her Bachelor's Degree from Central Michigan University and Master's degree from the University of Michigan. She was a long time learner adding 60 credit hours beyond her Masters. On November 16, 1943 she married Richard L. Mueller and he preceded her in death on January 1, 2003. She began her teaching career at several elementary schools and eventually taught many years for the Saginaw City Schools and the Saginaw Intermediate School District. Elaine was the second "Hospitalized and Homebound Teacher" of handicapped children. She finally retired in 1986 from the Millet Learning Center. Elaine had a very active life and enjoyed many activities including scouting, travel, bowling, bingo, golf, playing cards and watching TV game shows. She was a member of the Faith Lutheran Church in Bridgeport, the Saginaw Elks Lodge #47 Ladies Auxiliary (The Does), Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority (teachers' sorority) and the Michigan Education Association. Her main focus in life was supporting and guiding her sons and their families. She put others first and met their needs ahead of her own. Elaine had a lot of spirit and fully participated in the things she enjoyed.

Passive aggressive notes blog

RUN don't walk to "Passive aggressive notes" blog. I laugh every time till I spew coffee out my nose, which burns, then I have to get up and get toilet paper because this house eats boxes of Kleenex,and cats shred them, and the toilet paper is rough so it makes the bottom of my nose turn red.
Then..I have to refill my coffee, and nuke it so its hot enough, as it had cooled off as I was dealing with the snot/coffee dripping from my nose.
Then I get distracted, make toast, spread Peanut Butter and jelly, because really, I am NOT a heathen that eats hot toast with JUST peanut butter on it. What?? Do you think I"m that way? SOO NOT!...then I sit back down at the computer, realize I forgot my coffee, and go get it, THEN, I get Back to the computer, and the screen has coffee spew flecks on it. SO I have to get up to get Toilet paper to clean the screen...etc...SO just do yourself a favor, get a tissue (as you are just a LITTLE bit better than me and have KLEENEX in your house) BEFORE you head over to passive aggressive notes blog.
and have a nice day!! :)

so much for turning the other cheek
December 13th, 2007 ·

thanks to sarah for capturing this delicious little slice of life from her christian college in illinois. (delicious like a quart of starbucks coffee almond fudge, not one measly little low-fat frappucino bar.)


Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Parole/Probation Stories the bell ringer

Every season they appear, in every nook and cranny. Some, show their artistic side, bringing guitars or other things to pass the time. Some are nice, others NOT.
However, we can judge the "Season" when the BELL RINGERS appear. These Bell ringers are not volunteers as some think. They are hired by the local Salvation Army to be bell ringers. Granted, they don't have a stringent application process, but they do try to keep the genuine THUGS off the kettles.
While working as Parole/Probation Agent in "THE CITY", my partner and I went to do some rounds, check on our offenders and kill some time at local bookmark/coffee shop.
One of his guys was THRILLED to have gotten a job at the local Home Depot as a Bell ringer. This guy...was a lifelong career criminal, petty thief, and dumb and not very good at it.
We decided to check on him as my partners wife used to work at the store as Security. We cruise by the front of the store.....No bell ringer.
We cruise Through the store....NO bell ringer.
We SEE the skeleton bell holder for the bucket of donations, but NO BUCKET....We drive around the SIDE of the building, and there the bell ringer is. His focus is (as it should be) on the BUCKET. HOWEVER, He had a stick or knife and was sliding the money OUT of the bucket and into his hand then into his pants pocket.
WE COULDN'T BELIEVE it!! IT was WILD. We were watching for quite a while, and he never noticed us, so intent on his task he was. Finally, we went up, BUSTED. They guy showed some SURRPRISE!! As I recall...we had him empty his pockets back into the bucket , and call and quit. It easily could have been a new charge and violation of his Court Orders...but for whatever reason...him making us laugh SO hard, or showing mercy...he didn't get busted that day.
Merry Christmas, and for me and mine, we don't do the BUCKET.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Christmas cookies etc

Saturday, we didn't go to Tae Kwon Do. That usually entails us up and moving by 8:30, picking gf and her son up at 9:30, and then driving 45 min....the class thing, stopping for lunch thing after, and getting home about 2:00. Little one has been sick, sick and more sick...pneumonia, not pneumonia etc, she was sleeping soundly..the extra money for class and gas...just couldn't do it.
SOOO...Girls and I cashed my first substitute teaching check (2 days 102 dollars)..and got gas ($47.00), and got some ingredients to make cookies. Went to Alma IGA, and there was a BEAUTIFUL Pork Tenderloin on sale for 1.99 a pound. Nabbed one ($17.00).
...decided to make a "WOW" dinner in addition to Cookies.
We made rice Krispy treat balls-dyed green, Chocklate chip cookies from that email with 100 cookies that has been floating around--BEST EVER CHOC CHIP COOKIES...and they WERE!, Cinnemon chip cookies..(YES CINNEMON!!), Sugar cookies. ..
trimmed the pork loin fat, coated it with Garlic, cracked pepper and surrounded that baby in slices of bacon....Cooked it slowwwww....
Potato salad, stuffed mushrooms, Herbed french bread, double baked beans, and YEAH it was good. AND a nice bottle of Chateu Ste. Michelle Cabernet
I need/want to start taking pictures!!!...It was beautiful. I set the table with Christmas tablecloth and little Geese napkin ring holders.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Parole/Probation Stories Yes I'm an Idiot

I had an offender once,...Not "had" in the biblical sense either. This guy was a Smart inner city Black kid, his Grandpa was a Fairly well known preacher-Pentecostal in "THE CITY".
My guy...was dumb. Just no nice way of saying otherwise. He lived over the tracks, next to the highway.
He was on Tether-Home Confinement for a portion of his sentence. I used to tell offenders it was a PRIVILEGE to be on tether. On tether, one got to stay in their own home, eat their own food, have conjugal visits whenever they could find a booty call. They didn't have to share the tv etc.
So...My guy. Dumb as a rock.
I checked the police contact blotter and notice that HE had called police as a "victim" in a new crime.
I called him up...asked what the scoop was. He said, WELL..(no good thing EVER starts out good with "WELL"). ...Seems he had let some Gang members--"Just Peoples he knowed not that he hisself was in da gang"..He let them hide some crack in his car. The car was in his drive way, and they knew that he was on home confinement and would be there.
Evidently...this hiding spot was quite well known in "the community" because some OTHER gang bangers came and BROKE into his car, and stole the drugs!
He said He HAD to report the drugs as STOLEN to the police, otherwise, the original dope hiders would think he had stolen/used/gave their drugs away.'

"Hello Police? I need to report the theft of some crack cocaine from my vehicle."

I requested a warrant from the Judge for numerous reasons--associating with known felons, having contact with drugs, gang bangers, leaving his residence, and ...being DUMB.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

A song for Every Girl

This is a song for every girl who's
Ever been through something she thought she couldn't make it through
I sing these words because
I was that girl too
Wanting something better than this
But who do I turn to

Now we're moving from the darkness into the light
This is the defining moment of our lives

'Cause you're beautiful like a flower
More valuable than a diamond
You are powerful like a fire
You can heal the world with your mind

There is nothing in the world that you cannot do
When you believe in you, who are beautiful
Yeah, you, who are brilliant
Yeah, you, who are powerful
Yeah, you, who are resilient

This is a song for every girl who
Feels like she is not special
'Cause she don't look like a supermodel Coke bottle
The next time the radio tells you to shake your moneymaker

Sing with the song of India Arie, Beautiful Flower lyrics!

Shake your head and tell them, tell them you're a leader

Now we're moving from the darkness into the light
This is the defining moment of our lives

'Cause you're beautiful like a flower
More valuable than a diamond
You are powerful like a fire
You can heal the world with your mind

There is nothing in the world that you cannot do
When you believe in you, who are beautiful
Yeah, you, who are brilliant
Yeah, you, who are powerful
Yeah, you, who are resilient

Yeah, you, who are beautiful
Yeah, you, who are brilliant
Yeah, you, who are powerful
Yeah, you, who are resilient

Yeah, you, this song is for you
Yeah, you, this song is for you
Yeah, you, this song is for you
Yeah, you, yeah, you
You are brilliant

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Parole/Probation Stories

In inner city Saginaw, I had a very nice gentleman, who was prolific at ...well...."expansion". He had fathered 11 children from just about as many women. At his sentencing in Court, a female Judge ordered him "to father no more children". (actually SAID this in Court although not enforceable)or it would be a violation of his Sentence. He paid child support on exactly NONE of them. All kids were on welfare.
He was put on tether, (the TELLER machine to most inner city-ites, as it would "TELL ON" them when they left their residence)....and had to be moved from one residence to another about every other week. He would move in with one female, Service her for a time, then get in a fight, and have to be moved.
He did pretty well during his tether time. He never did get a job then, and did "Community Service" to "Pay" for tether. Much later, he let me in on the scam at the local Community Center where if an offender paid five bucks to a certain Someone, he would sign their sheet, and they could leave and go do whatever Felons do....

AFTER he got off tether, he got a job at the Local Bob Evans. As Agents, we always had to discuss where we could have lunch..Taco Bell? "No" --had an offender working there, and so on down the list of fast food joints we would go. Many times ended up at a run down hotel that had a great lunch menu.
After tether, the offender is transferred to a Non-tether agents caseload. I ran into my guy...who said things weren't going so good. He was wearing his Bob Evans apron, and I said...HEY YOU GOT A JOB!!!, He said that yes...he did but was having problems. REALLY? what was going on I asked? ..>WELLL...seems that "he couldn't hol' his water no mor'. I said in my oh so not politically correct way..."SAY IT IN ENGLISH WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?". He went on to 'plain that he had been STABBED on the way to report in a couple weeks ago, and since that time ...He couldn't "Hold his water" aka Would PEE himself all the time. He flipped back his apron..and...shor nuff...covered and WET!! He had JUST GOTTEN OFF THE COOKING LINE!! AWCKKK!! I tried to get him some help..and then I forget the rest of what happened to him.

PEEING and Cooking food at The local bob evans!!! AECKKKKK

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Sunday, December 02, 2007

My Christmas is Like...

Your Christmas is Most Like: A Christmas Story

Loving, fun, and totally crazy.
Don't shoot your eye out!

Friday, November 30, 2007

New Section: Parole/Probation stories

Inspired by comments at PUNTABULOUS ( )
talking about his eruption...I have been inspired to begin sharing stories of my sentence while a Parole/Probation Agent.

GET READY.... can anyone say..."VINES PLEASE"......and so much more!

My Response on Punt's site:

Oh you whining punk ass bitch. (smiles). Just TRY and get mammoth Craters EVERY MONTH….for 2 weeks before a flowing magma event, and during the week of the LAVA flow, and then complain again about a little tiny section of thy nose turning PINK not red.
You want red? I’ll show you red!…Where the “popping” surface is greater than the size of your
projecting spout you call a nose!
Where the pussy fluid fills itself over and over again because of hormone changes!
yes..get out your violin baby….

(I just HAVE to add this here. I’ve never been able to put it anywhere out of tenderness toward a reading audience. I was formerly a Parole/Probation Agent for adults. One “son” …said his MOM…used to make him lie he got BACK ZITS very badly…and..
oh…I don’t think I can do this…..

OK..its your blog…I think I can…

AND SHE WOULD BITE THEM to pop them!….

latest personality test

Done By Pictures

Nothing seems to bother you - you sail through life crisis free. It's not that your life doesn't have its ups and downs, it's just that you handle everything without unnecessary drama and antics. You approach each day fresh, not worrying about yesterday or tomorrow. You are confident that you can handle anything that comes your way and experience has shown that you are absolutely right about this.
You are continually pursuing a simpler and less complicated life - you don't allow yourself to fall victim to all of the "should do's" that society continually bombards you with. You are thoughtful about your life choices and think in terms of yourself, others and the world in which we live. You have a great sense that we are part of something much bigger and we must be good to others, if we want others and the world to be good to us.
Because you tend to be self reflective, you know your limits quite well and must remember to not exceed those limits. When you overwhelm your life with obligations and responsibilities, you tend to shut down and go into yourself even further. Take some time to find your serenity and kick back your feet.
You are a cuddle bug - from a warm hug shared with your best friend to steamy sex with your partner, you enjoy every bit of human contact that you can get. You demonstrate your love for others most fluidly through physical one-on-one contact and you feel the most loved when you are being touched. You feel disconnected when you are physically isolated from others. You're a people person and a lover of all things human.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

What's YOUR read?

This was quite thought-provoking, motivating, exciting, fascinating, attention-grabbing, out of the ordinary, remarkable, worthy of note, curious, attractive, noteworthy!. ...wonder if THAT will help?

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Why men don't write Advice columns

Why men don't write advice columns

Dear Walter:

I hope you can help me here. The other day I set off for work
leaving my husband in the house watching the TV as usual. I hadn't gone
more than a mile down the road when my engine conked out and the car
shuddered to a halt. I walked back home to get my husband's help.
When I got home I couldn't believe my eyes. He was in the
bedroom with a neighbor
lady making mad passionate love to her.
I am 32, my husband is 34 and we have been married for twelve
years. When I confronted him, he tried to make out that he went into
the back yard and heard a lady scream, had come to her rescue but found
her unconscious. He'd carried the woman back to our house, laid her in
bed, and began CPR.
When she awoke she immediately began thanking him and kissing
him and he was attempting to break free when I came back. But when I
asked him why neither of them had any clothes on, he broke down and
admitted that he'd been having an affair for the past six months.
I told him to stop or I would leave him. He was let go from his
job six months ago and he says he has been feeling increasingly depressed
and worthless. I love him very much, but ever since I gave him the
ultimatum he has become increasingly distant. I don't feel I can get
through to him anymore.
Can you please help?

Mrs.. Sheila Usk

Dear Sheila:

A car stalling after being driven a short distance can be caused
by a variety of faults with the engine. Start by checking that there is
no debris in the fuel line. If it is clear, check the jubilee clips
holding the vacuum pipes onto the inlet manifold. If none of these
approaches solves the problem, it could be that the fuel pump itself is
faulty, causing low delivery pressure to the carburetor float chamber.

I hope this helps.


Monday, November 26, 2007

Fun Monday

Washing the rest of the dishes!!! challenge-to show unfinished projects: GETTING Doctors visit scheduled

Sunday, November 25, 2007

a REAL Godly man.

US farmer cuts off trapped arm...maybe the preacher below should have cut off his "ARM" and saved years of trouble....

This...has it all....amputation, "Skin so burned it was dripping off"...UGH...Reminds me of my son's time in the Burn unit....5 weeks of hell...scrubbings. THIS guy...I'll pray for..but sounds like he does JUST FINE with himself..and his God.

Monday November 26, 2007
The Guardian

A South Carolina farmer was forced to cut off his arm with a pocket knife after a farm machine in which his hand was trapped burst into flames.

"If I was going to die here I was going to put up a fight, and that's basically what I did," Sampson Parker told a local reporter.

Parker had noticed a corn stalk stuck in a picker, but when he attempted to remove it, the machine caught his glove, pulling his hand into a mechanical roller.

Article continues
"The more I tried pulling my hand out, the farther up my hand went," he said. The farmer used a metal rod to stop the machine, and spent the next hour on his knees calling for help with his hand still trapped in the machine.

With no help forthcoming the farmer decided to cut off his fingers with his knife, but as he began cutting a spark from the metal rod caused the machine to catch fire.

Parker found himself trapped, kneeling on the ground with one hand in the machine and the other fending off the flames spreading in the grass.

"My skin was melting. It was dripping off my arm like plastic, plastic melting. I realised I was in trouble," he said.

He picked up his knife once more. "And I just jammed it into my arm, just like that, just started cutting away from the bone," he said.

Once he was free he drove to his home, where a passing firefighter came to his aid, wrapping his severed arm and calling for assistance.

Parker has since managed to put the incident behind him. "[I] came down here, had a prayer with God and the corn picker and me. Made it easier. Made peace with it," he said.


OOPS? You mean I wasn't supposed to screw my brothers wife???

and just WHAT THE HELL does this mean???
"My uncle is 100 percent guilty, but his accusers are guilty as well,"

This article just reinforces SO many things...WHAT REALLY MAKES A PARENT? Is it the SPERM DONOR? No! HE already HAS a Dad. So his uncle was the sperm donor...that is IT. I've seen this soo many times with Foster Children/Adoptive parents. AWWCKK I'll stop before I begin to RANT even more!!

DECATUR, Ga. - The 80-year-old leader of a suburban Atlanta megachurch is at the center of a sex scandal of biblical dimensions: He slept with his brother's wife and fathered a child by her.

Members of Archbishop Earl Paulk's family stood at the pulpit of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit at Chapel Hill Harvester Church a few Sundays ago and revealed the secret exposed by a recent court-ordered paternity test.

In truth, this is not the first — or even the second — sex scandal to engulf Paulk and the independent, charismatic church. But this time, he could be in trouble with the law for lying under oath about the affair.
The living proof of that lie is 34-year-old D.E. Paulk, who for years was known publicly as Earl Paulk's nephew.

"I am so very sorry for the collateral damage it's caused our family and the families hurt by the removing of the veil that hid our humanity and our sinfulness," said D.E. Paulk, who received the mantle of head pastor a year and a half ago.

D.E. Paulk said he did not learn the secret of his parentage until the paternity test. "I was disappointed, and I was surprised," he said.

Earl Paulk, his brother, Don, and his sister-in-law, Clariece, did not return calls for comment.

A judge ordered the test at the request of the Cobb County district attorney's office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which are investigating Earl Paulk for possible perjury and false-swearing charges stemming from a lawsuit.

Admitted affair to the church last year
The archbishop, his brother and the church are being sued by former church employee Mona Brewer, who says Earl Paulk manipulated her into an affair from 1989 to 2003 by telling her it was her only path to salvation. Earl Paulk admitted to the affair in front of the church last January.

In a 2006 deposition stemming from the lawsuit, the archbishop said under oath that the only woman he had ever had sex with outside of his marriage was Brewer. But the paternity test said otherwise.

So far no charges have been filed against Earl Paulk. District Attorney Pat Head and GBI spokesman John Bankhead would not comment.

The shocking results of the paternity test are speeding up a transformation already under way in the church after more than a decade of sex scandals and lawsuits involving the Paulks, D.E. Paulk said.

"It was a necessary evil to bring us back to a God-consciousness," said the younger Paulk, explaining that the church had become too personality-driven and prone to pastor worship.

The flashy megachurch began in 1960 with just a few dozen members in the Little Five Points neighborhood of Atlanta. Now, it is in the suburbs on a 100-acre expanse, a collection of buildings surrounding a neo-Gothic cathedral.

Once had 10,000 members
For years the church was at the forefront of many social movements — admitting black members in the 1960s, ordaining women and opening its doors to gays.

At its peak in the early 1990s, it claimed about 10,000 members and 24 pastors and was a media powerhouse. By soliciting tithes of 10 percent from each member's income, the church was able to build a Bible college, two schools, a worldwide TV ministry and a $12 million sanctuary the size of a fortress.

Today, though, membership is down to about 1,500, the church has 18 pastors, most of them volunteers, and the Bible college and TV ministry have shuttered — a downturn blamed largely on complaints about the alleged sexual transgressions of the elder Paulks.

In 1992, a church member claimed she was pressured into a sexual relationship with Don Paulk. Other women also claimed they had been coerced into sex with Earl Paulk and other members of the church's administration.

The church countered with a $24 million libel suit against seven former church members. The lawsuit was later dropped.

Jan Royston, who left the church in 1992, started an online support group for former members to discuss their crushed faith and hurt feelings.

"This is a cult. And you escape from a cult," she said. "We all escaped."

These days, Earl Paulk has a much-reduced role at the cathedral, giving 10-minute lectures as part of Sunday morning worship each week.

"My uncle is 100 percent guilty, but his accusers are guilty as well," D.E. Paulk said, declining to talk further about the lawsuits.

Things and Thanks

*For a turkey
*For 50 pounds of Potatos
*For being rejected from a really good job that was very far away that I would have accepted if it had been offered to me
*For Not being in the hospital for almost 5 months
*For medicine
*For having a breathing machine for daughter so she can not get full blown pneumonia every 6 weeks
*For My chickens, (3) that make me laugh every day
*For cable tv
*For alone time
*For my kids, and family
*For Tae Kwon Do family
*Dance Family
*Church family....although its like family in divorce a lot of the time
*Being able to Walk as well as I do after my wreck
*For having one other female that asks for and takes my advice
*For having a couple females I can ask for advice
*My Mom being alive
*A vehicle that starts and drives
*Funny Funny kids
*for one kid getting invited to be WHO's WHO
*for soo much

My Daughter can SEE!!

Monday, November 19, 2007

World Class Tournement-Nov 2007

The tournament took place at Grand Rapids Community College, on Nov. 17th.
High Blue Shelly, High Blue Helena, Low blue William, Red belt Brice, and Yellow green Joy and their mom headed down the day before the event. This portion of the trip was sponsored by our Mentor Cathy. Thanks to Cathy, Helena, William and Joy were given their equipment. Helena is HAPPY to have a helmet that fits her properly!!

Shelly and Helena tested for Red belt. Shelly got a silver for sparring and _____ for form.
Helena got a Silver for Form and Bronze for Sparring.
William got a bronze for both Form and sparring
Joy got two silver--form and One step
Brice got ______ form, and ______ sparring.
JR and Anne came down with their parents, as did other classmates from Mid Michigan.
We met competitors from Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky. It was amazing!
The hotel for the tournaments was the DAYS INN 310 Pearl Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504.
The hotel was very nice, rooms were clean, and the hot tub and pool area were well used!! The kids had a blast throwing small foam balls back and forth.
Friday night we ate in the hotel lounge, with appetizers being 1/2 price until 7:00. Brice's brother Evan, and Evan's gf Ellen came down to support us!!
We had Connected rooms.
William Brought his Headplay gaming system--which consists of a visor like screen, allows for individual play as tho you are viewing a 7 ft screen from 5 feet away.

Saturday we had breakfast across the street at Burger King. It was fast convenient..and..their bathrooms were broken and were letting out a HORRIFYING smell from broken sewer lines. On our way worker LOST IT....aka THREW UP RIGHT in the KITCHEN@@!! Yikes!!
We had a difficult time getting to the Community COllege as the SANTA PARADE was taking place.
I helped at the table selling shirts, patches etc. Master G designed a t shirt specifically for the tournament. Poppy, a black belts mom was working also.

Required tournament sparring equipment: Trunk pad, Head pad, Groin guard (male), Hand / Forearm pads, Shin / Instep pads, and Mouth safety equipment.
I was frustrated as a mom, as the girl that was sparring with Helena did NOT have ANY equipment on, as she entered the ring. Helena was prepped and ready, THEN had to wait as they peeled equipment off of another competitor and put it on. Helena was very strong.

Overall I was SOO impressed with the professionalism and fair play of competitors!! I am SO happy my kids have a chance to learn from Mrs. Paula Robison, Her son Brian, and Mr and Mrs G. WOW. Paula kicked butt in her fight, taking a gold!

Saturday, Don came down and we ate at SAN CHEZ. WOW. it was great--garlic almonds, fabulous food! Voted GR's # 1 restaurant. Sunday, the entire P clan, and us went to a COOL GRILL, just down from the hotel. There was a HUGE real wall safe. Pictures were taken will post when I get them.

Great Job everyone!! Then Don and I headed across the State to Ann Arbor for the Guitar quartet. It was fabulous!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

My life.....

"I read and walked for miles at night along the beach, writing bad blank verse
and searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness
and change my life. It never crossed my mind that that person could be me."
-Anna Quindlen


LAGO: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet!! ANN ARBOR

The Record Shelf review of "LAGQ Brazil":

The most accomplished and recorded guitar quartet since the Romeros, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet has just released its newest Telarc album, and album called "Brazil". It not only features the work of that alluring Brazilian singer (and muse of the Argentian composer Osvaldo Golijov) Luciana Souza, but also serves to introduce the quartet's newest member, Matthew

Catch up

Ok...been job searching, interviewing, substitute teaching...all in search of the ALMIGHTY DOLLAR!!

Had a "GREAT" gig last week...(I'm loving the use of too many quotations having been on the blog fo unnecesary quotations marks recently). I, Yes I...your stalwart and never read blog writer, was substitute teaching high schoolers beginning sign language all week. This was done through TECHNOLOGY....TELEVISION. At the Local School Resource building, classrooms can be connected---with each other and the instructor in REAL time. (well One has a 5 second delay). It was fun, scary, and interesting. The former instructor had been "let go" in the middle of the semester, and I filled in while they hired a "real" teacher. I learned a lot.

THEN....Had an interview for a Social Work position in a nursing home north of us. It entails a drive, good not FAB giving up 11 hours of my day/home/child life worth this? Jury is out. Seems like a great organization, which with some of the places I've worked would be nice. Reminds me I'll have to google them.

Friend's dad is in critical condition in North Carolina. She visited last week, and he's gotten much worse. I offered to drive down on Monday, but then couldn't get a FILL IN for ME!!...Some of my commitments I could have gotten rid of, but the kids have Tae Kwon Do tournements in Grand Rapids this weekend that they have worked months for...and we've already paid for. hub would have had to call in sick for 2 days, we have concert tickets for a California Guitar band in Ann Arbor on Sunday, I may have official "2nd" interview for job etc.

Am supposed to take Doug down to Lansing tomorrow to see his son play!! That should be a blast. I love Lansing. May try and talk Don into going--two guitar things in one week.

I am subbing today at the alternative High School. Great bunch of kids..mostly self directed. I love this place, I've taught Love and Logic here before.

Sunday, November 04, 2007


Celtic Woman
Dow Event Center, Saginaw, MI
Sun, Nov 4, 2007 07:30 PM
Our Tickets are in FIFTH row, Front and CENTER!!!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

HEADPLAY-Personal Cinema Experience

WOW WOW WOW. Son got his "Headplay"...this is incredible. It is a VISOR aka Star trek stuff, that plays movies, allows gaming RIGHT IN FRONT of your eyes. I can only imagine the next generations getting smaller and smaller. THIS is the "virtual" stuff on star trek to allow them to take escape vacations. It is SOO much better than looking through binoculars. The lenses are individually able to be adjusted. It is an EXPERIENCE. Blogger is not letting me post a picture right now.
At $$ 500++ it really was a gift from God.
He WON it at a gaming event his dad took him too. Thanks to Z-93 Radio!!!
PRODUCT DETAILS : IT is like watching a 52 Inch tv at 6 feet away. WOW. SOO clear,
Your HEADPLAY Personal Cinema System is a portable visual headset and multi-media center delivering a comfortable, immersive, high-resolution, cinematic viewing experience for gaming, movie watching and Internet use.

It is versatile, convenient and gives you the feeling of being in your own private theater. It is also compatible with most media devices.

With content availability, the HEADPLAY Personal Cinema System delivers a breakthrough in personal entertainment enjoyment - next generation stereoscopic 3D gaming and movie viewing.

for those who may dig this stuff:
Features & Specs:
Field of View: 36 degree diagonal
Virtual Image Size: 52" diagonal at 6'
Display Technology LCoS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon)
LCoS Refresh Rate: Up to 120 Hz
Color Depth: 8 bits RGB
Resolution: Supports 1024 x 768 VGA, 800 x 600 VGA, 720 x 480 VGA, and 640 x 480 VGA
Video Output: Progressive Scan 800 x 600 native
Resolution: 360 color fields per second
Video Input: S-Video/Composite
Audio Input: Stereo
Audio Output: Stereo headphone jack
Built-in 3D video playback support
Supports 16 million colors
Automatic PC resolution configure

JPEG Photo

What's in the box:
Personal Cinema System: Liberator, Visor, Navigator
Storage Case
A/C Power Adaptor
Headplay S-Video / Composite AV RCA Adaptor
USB Key with sample content
High Performance Noise Reduction Ear Buds
Visor Lens Cleaning Cloth
Cushioned Visor Inserts
User Manual & Head Start Guide

Note: The battery is optional and not a standard accessory.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Asperger's, and autism

So , On top of the stupid thing My son did in school 2 weeks ago, (He was diagnosed about 1 1/2 years ago with Asperger' hence he is an "Aspy" kid) we have a "special staffing" yesterday. Mostly to get the special Ed teacher to Get him to use his planner which was supposed to be occurring all Last year and never did. However, I'm becoming more vocal as an advocate. Anyway..for my son's part in "stupid fest" choice at school, he got suspended 3 days. This was something HE did, not TO anyone else.
So yesterday..he got "pants". I was told about it like some casual thing. What it actually is, another kid PULLED his pants down. HELLO. Isn't this BULLYING? In my former Parole/Probation Job, this was ASSAULT. So..after talking to son's dad this morning, I have to call the principal, discuss event again. And see how many days this OTHER kid got suspended for for his ASSAULTIVE behavior. If this had occurred outside the school setting, Police would be involved. Ugh. Not looking forward to this.

Some think about extending Grace to offender's. I don't. I've seen too many offenders get away with a behavior, and all they think about is...COOL I got away with it. It encourages them to be more sneaky, so they don't get caught. If there are no consequences, it empowers them to do it more often.

Monday, October 29, 2007

2 very fun halloween games a VERY funny bones word game

This gets addicting trying to improve your score!

Check it out. bowling for cats!

Friday, October 26, 2007


Asperger's related situations are KICKIN my ever lovin Mother ass.

IT's even too horrid to go into right now.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

STARTLING STATS, Children's defense fund

Imagine coming into this world with a prison cell
already reserved in your name.

Dear Donna:

That is the tragedy that awaits at least one in three Black boys. Millions of poor American children are condemned to prison by the time they reach their teens because they are failed at every turn in their lives — failed by their family, the child welfare system and the juvenile justice system.

Consider this:

* Today, 580,000 Black males are serving sentences in state or federal prison, while fewer than 40,000 Black males earn a bachelor's degree each year.
* A child is born into poverty every 36 seconds and born to a teen mother every 60 seconds.
* Between 2000 and 2006, the number of children living in poverty increased by 1.2 million to reach 12.8 million children. One in six children is poor.

Support CDF Efforts to Dismantle the Cradle to Prison Pipeline
Donate to CDF

Frankie, who first appeared in juvenile court on a misdemeanor assault charge when he was barely ten years old, embodies this tragedy all too well.

Taken from his mother at birth, he was passed from one foster home to another for the first eight years of his life. At the age of ten, this troubled, depressed young boy hit an adult, the police were called and he took another step towards the adult criminal system.

Frankie was failed from birth by all those adults who should have protected and nurtured him — his family, the child welfare system and the juvenile justice system.

For a nation that claims to be the world's greatest democracy and a beacon for justice and freedom, the "Cradle to Prison Pipeline" is a national disgrace that costs billions of dollars, ruins tens of thousands of our children and deprives us of the young talent that could build a brighter future.

Join the CDF Cradle to Prison Pipeline® Initiative to dismantle the “pipeline” and
help children like Frankie!

With your help CDF will:

* Continue to demand that public officials renew and increase funding for existing programs, such as early childhood education and health care, which are designed to keep children out of this pipeline.
* Partner with the faith community to create safe havens from the streets and help nurture the minds, bodies, and souls of our children.

Please join us… your contribution will make a critical difference as we launch this new movement for America's children.

Stand with us, and help prevent any more children from following Frankie down that pipeline to a prison cell.


Marian Wright Edelman

Donate to CDF

Clemson rips CMU 70-14, I was there

I was there. AMAZING. it is so HUGE my neck got a kink in it trying to look up. There were a few hundred CMU fans from the area, Atlanta, etc. We were HIGH in spirit. As a friend wrote tho, "The Chippewas' got their heads rattle rattle rattled by the TIGERS".
The slaughter was complete. We Did score first, THAT was cool.
South Carolina is beautiful! I got a FREE ROUND TRIP Airline ticket FOR LETTING THEM bUMP ME TO THE NEXT FLIGHT!!!!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Strep throat season begins

Middle one was sick on Saturday...thought she was faking it. Let her sleep in instead of go to Tae Kwon Do. She rallied. She went to school yesterday...said she was sick today. We just got back from RediMed, and the NEW Walgreen drug store (so much better than redneck little drug store that never has anything!!)
She always GACKS with the stick in the mouth thing. PA said if she would STICK out her tongue and SING....she wouldn't Gack. Well she tried..but couldn't do it.
I have a really icky picture to put here but currently Blogger isn't working for that!!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

I feel a little like BoB BARKER have....A NEW CAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, October 08, 2007

Which Hair cut am I??

Saturday, October 06, 2007


I can hardly stand it.!!!
We have been involved in negotiations for Months regarding a CERTAIN SURPRIZE. It is NEARLY here. IS here, but I can't spill the beans yet.
Speaking of beans..
I have to go deep fry two turkeys, get the cajun potato salad where it is suppose to go, and get the sugury baked beans there. Got a sort of catering gig tonight.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Hen Eggs!!

Our Beautiful Wonderful Rhode Island Reds, that our friend TY started as baby chicks..have started "delivering" beauties!! Every day we have 2-4 eggs!!

Then and Now garage

Garage roof fix, and shelves in entry way top to bottom!!

Then and Now shots



Then and Now shots

Age Four THEN

NOW age 11

Monday, October 01, 2007

What I watched

For some reason, we are getting Free HBO. Well I got sucked into a movie this morning, with David Ducovney. Robin Williams, Williams daughter as a girl that is a "first" girlfriend.
Great movie. Hard to keep going through it..SO worth it. So, if you are unemployed, bored, have tons of laundry, dishes and want to cry...Yah.

Plus..feel good family ending.

Saturday, September 29, 2007


Discussion on another blog reminded me of what we had as a kid, and mom STILL has in her basement! My Mom even has the matching MANGLE CHAIR. FUN! "How to Iron shirts without hating your husband"!!

Friday, September 28, 2007

What kind of animal are you?

DD and I ended up with SAME result...freaky!!

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Money flows to me freely

Have been cleaning out the van...found 20 in an envelope from the Insurance company, and assorted change!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Do You believe me?

So...with all this "do gooder" reading I've been doing, prayer, meditation still begs the question..."Do I fully trust?". Can God do what He says He will, and Can I rest and trust in that?
Yesterday's reading was about the 3 blind men..coming to where Jesus was, and being asked..."Do you BELIEVE I can heal you?"...they said Yes, HE said.."Be it unto you ACCORDING to your Belief".
Well..I've been trying to walk FULLY seeing. EYES WIDE OPEN. Can I believe?

Yesterday, had some fairly devastating news regarding Middle child's teeth/jaw. Major problems, will need surgery eventually, and of course bottom dollars..--over $4000 plus implants at $5000 a piece. She is missing SEVEN teeth total, Ortho thinks he can close the gap so she may only need two implants. CAN I TRUST? Yes, Lord, I can trust.

Over $200 came in mail yesterday from an unexpected Insurance payment.

Today, We got a dreaded letter from MICHIGAN TAX in Lansing. My "hiney" did a cringe as my blog friend Ree would say. I call the number...They have Missing money of the tune of over $500. HOW COOL IS THAT?

"Money flows to me freely, Money comes in the mail". Help Lord my unbelief.

Monday, September 24, 2007


definition: Gleaning is the collection of leftover crops from farmers' fields after they have been mechanically harvested or on fields where it is not economically profitable to harvest.

We live in a small rural town within 4 miles of "town" yet surrounded by farmers fields.
In the back, there is a partial Parcel (say THAT 5x), of woods in which a momma dear and her two doe have been all summer. I've enjoyed watching them devour the farmers crops around the woods.
Well...Fall is here, and the farmer harvested last week. One of the fields was beans. Black beans specifically. I had not been out to the forest recently, and decided to sneak out there one night when Hannah Montana was blaring from the tv. You'd think I'd KNOW by now, that the sound of a mother sneaking is enough to broadcast LOUDLY to each of her children!!
OUT came the two girls. IGNORING shouted questions, I continued in my journey.
OUT came the girls with their shoes on. OUT OUT they came to the field. I was on my way back and had started picking up the left over plants, "gleaning" them. I had a little handful.
The girls asked what I was doing. YES!! A PERFECT moment for learning! ...Welll ...I started...remember the story of RUTH in the bible.....and how Boaz took care of her...even telling his workers to leave a Few extra handfuls out for her also. umm.>Yah..I didn't get into the whole Wife buying thing....
we have been sitting on the back deck splitting the pods open for getting the beans out. How cool is this?

Sunday, September 23, 2007

New way to live my life

I can't remember where I read this recently, but I LAUGHED right OUT LOUD, and now..its gonna be added to those "life verse" things to live by.

"Whenever I'm going to do something,
I stop and Pause, and ask...
Would an IDIOT do this???---and if they
I STOP and don't do it".

HA HA HA!! LOVE IT. Even better than...if this made the front page of the newspaper with me doing it...would I want it there???

What are YOUR sayings that help mold, shape your choices?


Saturday, September 22, 2007

and the winner of $

I LOVE pioneer woman blog. NESS won the "name that photo" contest!! she won a $600 gift certificate to JC PENNEY's!!! How COOL IS THAT!!!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Movies I watched

wow. Two Winners. Both pretty tense. Not the laid back relaxing mode of movies. No. Psychological thrillers. Scary. Almost over the Edge.

Susan Serandon: Irresistible
Watch? Yes


Watch: Yes.

Both good. Sit on the edge of the couch good. Put the kids in bed first good.

Friday, September 14, 2007


The Health and Wellness center had a fundraiser for Youth Programs. I took oldest son, and a buddy, and we went. IT WAS GREAT!
it was bring your own beverage, they had snacks--(healthy albeit good!!). Relaxed...kick back..Mandolin! guitar! Kick ass lyrics! Good lookin !!
Met a guy (YEAH!! ) hee hee--actually we were chatting and out of the blue he says.."So do you want a full time job?--Send me your resume!"
Gotta love it when it comes together. My thoughts and prayers have been this week, " I am expecting, and accepting the perfect job". I got my HAIR cut and primed today, and am looking for a couple outfits to have on hand so that I am READY for the jobs.

Great selection on their myspace page
Band Members Brian FitzGerald on guitar, mandolin, vocals; and Martin McCormack on bass guitar, guitar and vocals

The Secret POst card guy!

He was GREAT!!!
Frank Warren is the creator of the popular website This website was named the third most popular blog by New York Magazine. He also won many awards at the 2006 Bloggy Awards. He has been seen on 20/20, CNN, MSNBC, Today, NPR and Fox News.

It is a lecture you won't want to miss. (I DID'T MISS IT!!). Hub did not want to I was able to round up a buddy and go.

(PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Facilitated Communication

To Sandra...a person having a Facilitated Workshop coming up.
From Their Flyer:
. "Many people with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Rett syndrome, and other challenges cannot speak (or cannot use speech to communicate fully) and have not found alternative systems of communication that allow unlimited use of language.

A method of communication that has made interactive language possible for many is facilitated communication (FC). This technique requires a facilitator who supports a person's hand or arm which in turn makes it possible for that person to direct a finger to her or his chosen spot on a keyboard. Some people who use FC are able to realize independent typing."
Dear Sandra-
I am on a listserv and somehow got your information on the FC conference.
I wanted to tell you about my use of FC.
I was working at the Michigan School for the Blind in Lansing at the time. (around maybe 89-90). FC was just being introduced Stateside I think. As I recall there was a lot used in Australia I think, and it was full of controversy. I was finishing up my Bachelor of Science from Central Michigan University.
My Student Was Keith. He was non verbal, a very LARGE kid--sometimes bad behaviors. Nobody thought he was worth anything on..he's was just a "blob". (I'm just trying to tell you how it was not trying to put judgment or anything). He was a "tucker"...(He had tucked his Private for so long and would PULL it.....well...he would tuck --WAYY tuck and it would show out the BACK of the top of his too small Sweat pants that his mom kept him in ALL the time.) I share that to just add the picture of how people dealt with "him that was Keith".
Anyway..I always liked him--I had come out of working at a State Mental Institution and was just loving the school setting. I would tease Keith...he lived in the dorm that connected to the one I worked at. He would move over and make room if I went over there to watch TV or whatever, talk at the desk. He LOVED magazines...looking at the pictures (we thought), or greeting cards etc. He loved after Christmas when Staff would bring in all their holiday cards and give them to him.
The students lived at MSB during the week and went home on the weekends. They would come in about 4 on Sunday, and leave Friday afternoons.

One of the teachers became aware of FC. Keith had used some pictures, but not to much success. He did not have a "picture board" for communicating in the dorm, or the school as I recall. He really did not communicate, but just sort of existed. Not bad, not good...just "was". His head sort of rolled around on his too fat shoulders, and he was just "there".
I started working with Keith. I was instructed in the 'how to do it'. Put my hand over his..had the alphabet board etc. (please excuse if I'm not using the correct terms, I"m trying to just tell you this from memory before I get online and relook stuff up). I think his board looked like a keyboard, the thought being that maybe eventually they would be able to use a keyboard, but that was before Email and all that was really being used at the School. Some kids had Speak boards but not very many.

SO...Out comes a book. I read to Keith. The story was about a girl, with very long hair, getting ready for school in the morning. There was something about conversation with her mom, having her go down the stairs to get ready, brushing her hair etc.
Then the FC.
I'm Shaking as I remember this stuff. Everyone that was there swears I was faking it. I was NOT.
There were 'routine' questions prepared I was supposed to ask Keith, about the story.
IMMEDIATELY, the back pressure worked, and he began pointing out to letters. NO HESITATION. He was going so fast, I had to write letters down to try and get the "words" as they came up.
He knew the story..answered the questions, etc etc. At one point, when asked the girls name...he typed out MY NAME...and I realized...He was JOKING!! This...this..."Blob" of a nothing student...had SENSE OF HUMOR!!! I was laughing and he was laughing..and nobody GOT it. Some began to understand, others ALWAYS insisted I was doing the movement. Then worked with other people too. We realized---KEITH COULD READ. All those years of looking at mag's or whatever...He was able to somehow figure it out.
That MOMENT...of "contact" with Keith--was and is one of the "real est" moments of "human to human" contact I have had.
what did this do for Keith?
He was able to express that he wanted to learn to use the Microwave. When he went home on weekends, his mom (barely mentally competent) only gave him peanut butter sandwiches all weekend.
The teacher was able to teach him that, how to get his mom to buy food he could do etc. That was huge. He started doing his own laundry.

These were small things..but ...HUGE for the life of Keith.
I hope he still has someone to use it with.

Well, thanks for listening

"Good Morning Mrs. Teacher" said the students..

to the TEACHER.!!!!
Had my first "SUB" gig today. LOL. WOW. What a contrast...KINDERS to The Adult students I"m used to teaching.
Nasally John, to anyone that passed by him, "It's My MOMS BIRTHDAY to day and SHE IS FORTY"!!!
Girl: "We have a pet mouse that used to live in the Attic! WE caught him in a live trap and his name is Squeak". Same girl has a lot of health issues, and "my dad is studying to be a nurse. He's a LEEPIN (Lpn) Now but he's gonna be a EARNIN nurse." (RN). IS that perfect or what?
SAW: out by the playground, is a Ball backdrop, and 2nd recess--SAW A VERY BIG DEER out there. When pointed out to the students...there was the second moment of silence for the day.
9-11----Unexpected voice from loudspeaker for moment of silence for victims of 9-11. "How is being quiet going to help the dead people?". ...young boy

Thursday, September 06, 2007

It's My Birthday Friday September 7th!

Grateful home improvements part deux

Mark My maintainance guy for one more day...kept doing projects yesterday.!! I"m so Blessed and happy!
He painted the garage door trim in 3 places. This had been power washed last year, and I scraped it last week.
He put 2 lights in new shed-One a Halogen light fixture above Hub's dad's work bench. He put electrical plugs in new shed from the old shed. This saved tons, as we didn't have to run FEET AND FEET of conduit/wire etc from the House to the new shed. He was able to "split" off and reroute some of it. His dad had the extra wire so that worked out GREAT. He Ran the wire through PVC pipe between the two units so its protected.
By adding the two light units, it makes the shed a lot more inviting. One works by the new wall switch, the halogen is on a pull string-it will use a lot more power.

In "the breezeway" room...aka Aunt Barb's room, He installed 2 plugs up on ceiling, and added a florescent light unit I had gotten at garage sale for 1.50. It makes ENORMOUS difference! We can now read album covers etc. He also fixed the shelf unit that was above the door that was Sagging down for years. Now if we need too, a dehumidifier can be run in that room.
The LARGE overhead ceiling grate that fell out of the hallway months ago, almost striking Little Joy on the head has been screwed back into place!

Ty came over and I hired him to start work in the garage. Ty is an amazing organizer. He moved several doors from the garage to the Shed. We are trying to get a Large enough work space to have in Garage to actually be able to WORK, instead of filled with stuff.
Shelly came over for Lunch. I had made a turkey dinner on First day of School, so we had leftovers. Turkey, Dressing, mashed tatos and gravy.
For Dinner last night for all eight of us, (us + Mark + "little man" Mark) then later Big Mark, I made Taco salad. We were going to have watermelon but didn't get around to it.
It is a lot of work getting work done!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Mackinaw Bridge Walk 2007

What a Wonderful couple of days!! Helena really wanted to go see MYSTERY SPOT, and walk the bridge etc, so Sunday morning she got up and started researching about "getting a room". Right. On Labor Day weekend, with the 50th anniversary of the Bridge walk. Well She didn't find one, but was I was able to with my savvy detection skills!! We got a "Sweet suite" in St. Ignace. In Piled all the kids, plus Ty. We had four others supposed to go--then When I got to next location...delays. So, Picked up one, the other 3 were going fishing or something, and I wasn't going to wait for hours for them..then they were going to come up later. Kewl!
We hit the road about 12:30, sunny and bright. Got up to Mackinaw City about 3:30, had a picnic, walked around town, bought some fudge, then headed to hotel.
GREAT ROOM!! Had TONS of space!! A Bed, pull out bed, fold down bed, recliner that made into bed, Ty had brought his bed, and William slept on cushions so we all had our own space. With the microwave,--hot dogs, sausage, cheese and crackers, wine, we ate in the room with food I brought in the cooler...saving $$$,(and time) then headed to the MYSTERY SPOT.
IT was hokey, and great, and the kids loved it. Will post photos later when I get them.
The Bridge walk was PACKED. Joy made it across all by herself this year!! Last year, Buddy Jerry G. carried her most of the way! It was SUNNY and warm, and Beautiful.
We got done, got some ice cream --Dippin Dots and caught the bus back to get the vehicle in St. Ignace. They only had 99 buses for all of the crowd. I had to be savvy and cut in line...they had over 30 buses not show up. We all stayed together getting separated with thousands of people there. We Picnicked at the car, hung out at the beach.
On the way back to our vehicle, we saw the cops working on a dark van. Someone ..I can't believe it..had YES...left their DOG in their van, yes it had food and water but it was 80 degrees!! They were reaming on the van, and messin it up good. We left before the rescue was completed. I ended up jumping another van that couldn't get started--I love my jumper cables!!
Great trip back! Minor traffic jam north of Clare.
Kids started School today.
Middle Mark Is back at work on the shed doors, and finished the shelves in the breezeway.