Monday, December 29, 2008
My surgery went well thanks to a super surgeon. I am feeling so much better than I imagined I would. Christmas was low key this year but still wonderful. Adding this bundle of joy to the celebration made it extra fun- next Christmas will be even more fun with more grandchildren!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
While we struggle with choices and worry about timing and selling a house I am assured knowing that He has it all planned out and knows why we are moving, when we are moving and where we will live. Why can't I just sit back, relax and enjoy the journey?
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I will get back to blogging this weekend.
Friday, November 7, 2008
I stopped at Ulta last night and ran into someone I know through my job. She is a childcare center director and commented on how they are going to miss me once I move. She asked if I had a job lined up and I joked, "Now that Mr. Obama is in I may never have to work again!" She laughed and said, "Don't get me started I am so angry right now." We stood in the middle of the store for about 20 minutes discussing the future of our country and the stupidity of Americans. She actually had an employee say, "I am so excited now that Obama is in I am going to get a pay raise!" How misinformed our youth are! From where will this raise come? Thin air? You don't manufacture money with a new president. This is why some folks voted for him. The fact is that she will probably be losing her job.
I teach at various centers in our area and every one I have been to lately is at the lowest enrollment point they have ever been at. People are out of work or are finding cheaper alternatives for childcare-neighbors and grandparents. They are not opting for center care. If Obama can put universal preschool in then these childcare providers may get raises but many will not meet the educational requirements to get the government funded jobs. I have been in the early care and education field for 30 plus years and there is NO WAY I want to see universal preschool. Children thrive best in a loving home environment with a constant caregiver who loves them and meets their every need. Yes, there are some excellent childcare facilities and caregivers but the minute the government gets involved, that loving homey feeling evaporates. It is replaced with bureaucracy and paperwork. Most funding goes to support administration of such programs. And it ain't cheap and guess who will be footing the bill...........YOU AND ME!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
We had a local employer try to do that to his staff. Rather than raises he gave gift cards in paychecks. This way he avoided payroll taxes and earned perks for purchasing the cards. NO, NO! I advised the staff who reported it to me to contact wage and labor and if they wanted they could forwarn him and give him a chance to mend his ways.
Interesting how Obama has figured out a path to avoid taxation while planning to stick it to the rest of us! Someone had initially commented on this article that you can't expect a paycheck right away, it takes awhile for checks to be processed. When you have never held a real job you don't understand that and I think that is why these workers did not understand the system or that the payment method is extremely questionable.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Guess What? I've been Boo-Ed! I just sat down here at my computer and opened up my blog to find that I had been booed....by Paula. It is just a little diversion and hope that you will play too so here are the rules: "Go to as many friends as you want and tell them they've been Boo-Ed." Have them link back to your blog to pick up their Halloween treat (picture) and tell them to Boo their friends. (Then put the picture in your side bar so everyone knows you've already been Boo-ed and to send the picture to someone else.) Are you scared yet!!?? Boo! Now I have to go as I have some tricking/treating to do....Boo!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
There has been a lot of talk about Joe the plumber. I happen to have Joes in my family. None of them will be making $250,000 this year and yet none of them will vote for Obama. Having someone spread their wealth around smells like socialism to the Joes I know. Our family wants to have the power to choose who we share our blessings with. Why should we be forced to have our money given to people and causes that do not match our beliefs and values?
I continue to pray that hearts might be open to seeing the truth and not be swayed by the slick words of Obama.
Friday, October 17, 2008
So sad when someone uses their time to make comments against someone else. I have read plenty of blog posts I disagree with yet would never dream of leaving a negative comment on their blog. We each have the right to our own words and blogs are a great opportunity to share them but not the space to squash others' voices.
One of the great things about our country is the freedom to express our thoughts and beliefs. Unfortunately liberal democrats only think it is ok if you are in agreement with them. They are the first to yell if someone tries to silence their voice yet they never have the courtesy of their convictions to allow others the same opportunities. I think it is because they are afraid. As I look at Sarah Palin I see a woman who has done everything that I was told to do in my liberal women's college of the 70's yet now she gets so much flack from liberals. Why? I believe it is because she is not afraid to share her faith. I applaud a person who is not afraid to share her convictions
Someone accused me of not being very intelligent- ironically I have lots of letters after my name and teach for a very big University. I am used to being the minority each day at work so these attacks are nothing more than humorous to me.
If it is cathartic for you to send ugly notes, go ahead- maybe it somehow assuages your guilt at making such wrong decisions. It certainly will not sway me and it certainly will never be approved for publication on my blog.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I watched the debate last night and there is no debate about it, I DO NOT want to see Obama as our next president. He laughs off his associations with extremely evil people. You are known by the company you keep. He wants to spread the wealth around. I work too darn hard to have anybody take anymore than they already take from me! I don't want the same people who collect my taxes to be taking care of my health. Government bureaucracy and healthcare just don't go together-ask those living in countries where that is already happening. There is no such thing as free healthcare- someone is paying for it and under Obama's plan it will be you and me, the 60 % of Americans who pay taxes will be providing care for 100% of the population. Life is another extremely important issue. Our unborn deserve protection from those who would dismiss them as nothing more than a mass of bloody cells. The abortion in America is a shame on our country and a burden that women carry around after the fact. All life deserves to be born and it is not up to us as people or a government to choose otherwise.
I have had first hand experience working with those who would live off of my taxes. In my job I work with welfare clients and I am getting very tired of telling people how to set an alarm clock to get to work on time and how to keep a job once they are hired. I certainly do not want to get out of bed every morning when that alarm rings but I have a responsibility to do so and so I do it...then I pay taxes so those who can't do it get benefits! I could go on and on about these clients and the choices they make and how they have learned to play the game. Those working with them play the game too- after all if they all got jobs, there would be no need for their government supported jobs! Sounding a little hostile, well I am. Yes, there are people who are down on their luck and deserving of a hand but I don't necessarily think it is government's job to be the caretaker. There are plenty of people to help those in need other than the government. Churches do a wonderful job- in fact conservatives are the biggest charitable givers- go figure- us evil Republicans!
I have had hope in the intelligence of the American people and trust that they would never allow Obama to become our next president but now I am not so sure. I have seen neighbors sporting Obama signs on their lawns and I wonder if we are on the same planet. It will be a sad day for our country if Obama becomes our next president. All I can do is continue to pray fervently.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
I enjoyed the chance to spend the day with my sons, their wives, my husband and of course, Miss Hannah! She was such a trooper during a very long day. She really wanted the bouquet! My niece, Carrie, caught it and offered one of the flowers from the bouquet to Hannah but Hannah wanted the whole bouquet (she is one smart girl!).
Thursday, August 14, 2008
This is for all my pals in ADTED 588! We just finished our papers- the first draft, anyhow...the toughest part. YIPPEE!!!!
I put my paper to bed at 3:30 this morning, baked this cake and was at FedEx when they opened-sent the paper and the cake!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Miss Hannah has started to eat solid food! When she was here last evening I got to feed her some carrots- which she loved! We went to the basement to get the highchair our sons used. It was too wobbly and although I had visions of painting it up really cute, we opted for a new one, which Joe put together tonight.
So, Miss Hannah, we are ready to have you for dinner again....real soon!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
I have a thing for dishes...and don't think I could ever have too many. These are my sentimental favorite as my mom got these as a young woman. I do think that the "Dainty Blue" pattern by Shelley is so pretty too!
For some reason I am always attracted to platters. My husband always jokes, "go ahead and get it, you know we have nothing to serve from." Lucky for him, I never want anything full price.
Finding a plate, platter or other sort of dish at a yard sale, Goodwill or thrift shop is so fun for me! Even if it is a bit chippy- all the more memories it brings with it. The price is a thrill too! My glassware is from an auction. A friend made the purchase of the entire set for just a few dollars. Not needing them, she passed the bargain on to me. After washing them all I ended up with a cupboard of beautiful crystal. Now if one breaks, no problem! I will have to open that cupboard for a picture- one of these days!
These Lady Carlyle plates are from a set that my mother in law has given me over the years. I never chose a pattern of china as a new bride but finally gave in after being married 20 years. My tastes change and I had other things I wanted. I do like these. I love the plate rack that Joe built for me.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Although I did bring some of the garden in to enjoy.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I was at a conference in Pittsburgh for a few days and when I got home I was greeted by the first of our hibiscus blossoms. Even they are a bit droopy from the heat. I love hibiscus. These are not as impressive as the hibiscus hedges we had in Aruba.
I also found a bumper crop of swiss chard waiting to be picked. You can see that I did not waste any time picking it! I love it sauted with garlic and am constantly amazed at how it shrinks!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Interested in canning? I have not done any in years but might try my hand at it again. Sandy at 4 Reluctant Entertainers is having a giveaway. Go to her site and leave her a comment to enter the give away! By the way, your local Cooperative Extension is a great resource for all sorts of home preservation information. Try some of these links to get you started.
Didn't come home with much on Saturday but did find a mirror I love. Here is the before and after. The glass has the well worn patina that I love. Wonder what stories this mirror could tell? It was originally on a dresser and the shopper before me bought the dresser and left the mirror. For $12, I'll take it!