Monday, November 30, 2009

Middle of the Night/Very Early in the Morning

Here it is, almost 430am and I am awake. I have been waking up in the middle of the night because of coughing fits. They wake me out of a dead sleep. Ugh.

Hope everyone had a good turkey day. I just hung out here with my parents, eating and watching football. I made our dinner: baked ham, mashed potatoes, peas, baked yams, rolls, and dad's pumpkin pie. It was fairly good, I thought. My brother and his family came over on Saturday and we had our 'Thanksgiving' then, as well as, celebrated my oldest nephews birthday. That was a good time.

Have gotten most of my Christmas shopping done. Have shopped just about exclusively online. It's so much easier that way. No driving into Lexington and battling the crowds. I have gotten some nice things and some really good deals. There will be a few things I will have to hit a store or stores for (like stocking stuffers), but it shouldn't be too bad.

Have been feeling quite down, depressed lately. However, a friend of mine reminded me of the verse that says (paraphrasing), turn,turn,turn; everything has a season etc. He reminded me in an email, then I read it on his blog. Then I was given a book called 'New Life After Divorce' and the first few lines of it basically said the same thing. There is a season for everything, and things will get better. So, to all who contributed to giving me that message, thank you so much! It was much needed.

I guess winter will set in here this week. I have all my coats, gloves, etc., ready. I need a new scarf and hat (although I have 2 already). I also got my snow boots ordered from Lands End. Hopefully we will get enough snow to make them useful. I am of the opinion that if its going to be cold, it might as well snow! Snow is so much better than rain anyhow!

Well, I guess I had better close this out. I don't feel like I have said anything of importance, but sometimes it just feels good to blab. Hope everyone is getting a good nights sleep!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Obama's Speech on "Health Care Reform"

Tonight, Obama will address the United States Congress as well as the American people, on what seems to be a last ditch effort to save his precious 'health care reform'. He has lost all control of this, which does not bother me.

He seems to be waffling on the 'public option' part of the bill and yet Nancy Pelosi says no bill will be presented on the floor of the House of Representatives that does not have that 'option' in it! Representatives and Senators from his own party are jumping ship quickly! I do not know how many of them actually held town halls and listened to people, but I do know that some are in terrible trouble for re-election next year!

Again, we are rolling fast down the hill of socialism. We already have it in some areas of our lives, but we need to pay attention to everything, not just health care. The things that Obama and his administration want to do to this country, would make us a socialistic country, not a republic that is ruled by democracy. They are cramming things through so fast, it makes my head spin, but we must pay attention to it all!!

Do not listen to the smooth talker tonight and buy into his words. He is just giving a good speech, which about all he is good at, he does not know what he is saying. Do not be lured into his smooth words, it will be the death of America.

Here is a link to the House of Representatives bill that's been floating around out there. I would have put the actual text on here, but it would have taken way too long. Look through it, read it, use the brain the God gave you and learn!

Yesterday when I wrote this, I included a song done by the Glenn Beck Show. For some reason, when I clicked on the link today, it said the song wasn't there on YouTube anymore. So, I found another one. It's the same song, new words 'hailing' Obama set to the tune of "Gimn Sovetskogo Soyuza" the national anthem of the former Soviet Union. Hopefully this link will work better.

Again, have a smile or two with it, but also give it some pause and thought. It is a serious matter.

Take Our Country Back!!! Throw These Socialists/Communists/Marxists Out on Their Bum!!!

Monday, August 17, 2009


Thought I would share this before I head off to bed. As some of you may or may not know, Tropical Storm Claudette came ashore very early this morning at the Florida/Alabama border, basically. Well, here is it, almost 11pm here in Kentucky, of the same day!

And lo and behold, we have the first bits of the remnants of the same storm pounding on our doorsteps with heavy rains, high winds, and fierce lightning!! We went out on the porch to survey the storm and you could still smell the sea salt in the rain! Gosh, it smelled so good!!! I have missed living on/near the ocean waters and beaches, yes, even with the hurricanes.

That made my day. Being able to go out and smell that ocean smell in the rain was just wonderful! I have missed it soooooo much!

Hope any of you that have been to or lived by a beach can picture (and sense the smell in your nose) just what I am talking about!


Friday, July 31, 2009

July 26, 2009 Post: "Question"

Why haven't more of you spoken out in answer to my question? If you don't know an answer, say so. Are you afraid to speak out? You shouldn't be at all. I'm not looking at names on the answers, I am looking for honest, serious answers. Here is the question again:


I am looking for some honest, serious answers here. Let me hear from ya.

Sunday, July 26, 2009


Why in a situation of sin in the church, do churches fail to act as God and the Bible directs us to?

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Saturday Night

Here it is, another Saturday night. This one is the second one here in July. Gosh this summer is sure flying by fast!!

Let's see, a brief summary of politics this week. Obama continues to sell our country down the river, agreeing to cut back ships, planes, subs, oh my!! What an idiot! What's he think we are going to fight with when the time comes, and the time is coming!

The Democrats in Congress want to appoint yet another Czar, this on for health care! Huh?? Has anyone actually looked up the definition of the word Czar? Here is it:

Czar - (1)an emperor: title of any of the former emperors of Russia and, at various times, the sovereigns of other Slavic nations(2) any person having great or unlimited power; autocrat*

and since some of you will wonder:

Autocrat - (1) a ruler with absolute power; dictatorship; despotism (2) anyone having unlimited power over others (3) any domineering, self-willed person.*

Do you guys actually want this kind of power over you and yours? We already have it in a number of 'czars' (not sure of the count, but it's getting up there in numbers) in a variety of things. We have already allowed ourselves to be put under this kind of domination in other areas of our lives. When will it stop? When will we, as Americans, have the guts to stand up and say "ENOUGH"!!!

Wake-Up America!

Okay, enough with the politics for tonight. Let's move on to other things..hmm...where to begin.

I turned 40 years old on June 27th!! Had a party with very good turn out and much, much fun!! I don't really feel any older, body wise, which is good. My cake was absolutely fabulous. It was horses racing (40 being chased by 30) with the fence and everything! It said something to the effect of 'Meg's 40.....And She's Off'! Off to the races! Off to a new life. Off to a new beginning. It was a great day all the way around!

The bummer thing is that I have been battling a terrible asthmatic cough for almost a month now. There was a couple of weeks where I coughed, hard, every evening for about 4hrs or more. That has settled down some, although last Sunday night, I was up all night coughing and pulled some muscles on my left side (shoulder, neck, chest). Ribs are mighty sore too. See doc again this week, hopefully we can figure something further out about this. My cough has reared its ugly head again tonight.

Finally got my application into the college here in town! Whew! I am not planning to start there till spring of next year (Jan 2010). They are on semesters, so this won't be at such a break-neck speed, thank goodness! I am looking forward to getting back to it and getting it (the degree) done!

Nephews are growing like weeds! Both are going to be tall, but I think the younger one will be taller than the older one! It is interesting to watch them learn and grow! Think we may hit the circus next month, which would be awesome!

Well, I guess I had better go for now. Tried to just briefly update about this and that. As usual, heavier on the politics than anything else, but it's needed right now.

Ya'll stay aware and get active about your country!!! Be safe, as always. Now to try to find a song....hmm.

Ok, in honor of where I currently live, here is:

Miranda Lambert with "Dry Town"


Ya'll have a good one!

*definitions of Czar and Autocrat taken from Webster's New World College Dictionary. Thank you, Mr Webster!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Words for Thought

"If, from the more wretched parts of the old world, we look at those which are in an advanced stage of improvement, we still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised, to furnish new pretenses for revenues and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape with tribute."

-Thomas Paine
1791 from "Rights of Man"

Mr. Paine was a smart man, wasn't he? What he wrote 218 years ago still applies today. I don't think much more needs to be said.

Call your US Representative and beg them to vote no on today's "Climate" or "Cap and Trade" Bill. It is vital! This government is already into "every corner and crevice" of our industry and our lives!! You can find your representatives on

God Bless America!

Thursday, June 25, 2009


I sincerely urge all members of the US House of Representatives to vote NO tomorrow on the 'Cap and Trade' Bill. This is also known as an energy/climate bill. I also urge all of you to contact your Representative and urge them to vote NO on this bill.

If this passes it will not only cost us millions of dollars, but cost thousands and thousands of jobs! This obviously would further aggravate our economic situation. We are already in serious trouble on the economic front and this bill will not help!

Using Obama's own words when he was a candidate last year for President, paraphrasing the first part: passing a cap and trade bill would cause our utility bills to "skyrocket"! HELLO??!! How fast can this man flip-flop?? My goodness!

So, get on your telephones or computers today and tonight, contact your Representative(s), and urge them to vote NO. Tell them to not take anymore of our country's future or our kids/grandkids future, by allowing this bill to pass!


Monday, June 22, 2009

Had A Bad Day

Had a bad day today. Won't go into the reasons why right now. Just suffice it to say that things have been stressful and I have had my fill! LET'S GET ON WITH IT!

Ok, here's some quick songs:


Daniel Powter: "Bad Day"

Now, two songs for moving forward:

Queen: "I Want to Break Free"

Queen: "The Show Must Go On"

Later ya'll

Saturday, June 6, 2009

D-DAY 1944

Today is D-Day. It was on this day, 65 years ago, that Allied troops landed on the shores of Normandy, France to begin the liberation of Europe from Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. People in Europe and America will be remembering throughout the weekend, the sacrifices made by those who fought and lived, and those who fought and died.

This landing and subsequent battle, was one of the worst of any war, I think. There were boys who did not even make it off their landing crafts, boys who drowned, boys who were killed and floated in the water, in and out with the tides, or on the bloody beach. That did not stop them however, they had a unified mission to fulfill and didn't stop until it was fulfilled and the Nazis had been defeated.

I want to salute all the boys of the United States, France, England and Canada who fought that day and and those who fought forward from that day. There are huge cemeteries in Normandy, just full of rows and rows of white Crosses and Stars of Davids. Thousands of them. God Bless those boys and their families.

My Uncle Phil was not apart of the European War in WWII, but he was with the United States Marines in the Pacific. He fought on the islands with names like Saipan, Iwo Jima, Tarawa Atoll etc. I was able to hear some of his war stories several times over the years till he died. He fought bravely and missed his buddies that didn't come back with him after the War.

The Pacific War was very different from the European, but the main thing is this: That no matter where you fought during that War, it was for The Cause: Freedom, and each of you fought heroically and bravely.

We thank you for all you have done for our country and for the cause of freedom. I will never forget you.

God Bless America!

For All Of Our Boys In WWII and Their Families:

Glenn Miller: "Moonlight Serenade"

Anne Shelton: "I'll Be Seeing You"

Glenn Miller: "In the Mood"

Andrews Sisters: Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

WWII Tribute - Hymn to the Fallen

Thank you once more, boys of WWII. This American will never forget you!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

He Didn't Bow!

Yes, I am still here. Sorry it has been so long since I have written, a lot has been going on with me. I will write about that another time.

Today, I wanted to focus on Obama's trip to Saudi Arabia. Now, this guy has been in office about 4 months and this is his second trip to that country. Interesting. Wonder why? Hmm? He has also said two very important things in the past 4 months. First he said, to a foreign press I might add, that America is no longer a Christian nation. What? Who made this decision? Then, before he left for this trip, he told a Paris newspaper that if they counted all the Muslim-Americans in this country, that America would be considered a Muslim country. Huh? Why does he only say these things to only foreign press and not to American press? Hmm. Just some things to think about.

Anyways, the thing I wanted to emphasize today is that Obama did not bow when greeting King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Hmm. I felt sure that he would, but he refrained. I am sure it took every fiber of Obama's being not to bow. I think that he (Obama) is slowly showing us that he is truly Muslim; sort of preparing us for it. I won't be at all surprised if it comes out. I guess I would be more surprised if it didn't come out.

Anyways, blah, blah, blah.

So, anybody built their bomb shelter yet since it seems that North Korea is going to start a nuclear war? Nobody seems to want to stop them, so I guess I had better start digging in the back yard.

Well, I guess I had better go for now. Need to get some things done today. I do want to say that I have nothing against true Muslims. I do have a problem with fanatic Muslims. I also have a problem with someone who seems to want to hide his true religion from this country...why?

Ya'll have a great day!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Let's Dance

It has been quite a month, I will tell you. I moved down here to Kentucky on Friday, April 3rd, after furiously packing for 2 weeks. It was a long two weeks and the drive down here (the actual move) was just almost unbearably long!! But, we made it.

I am slowly getting settled here in Georgetown. Have seen several old friends and everyone is glad that I am back. It has been a little tough since I have been here. Trying to get settled into my room, dealing with the ex-boss not paying me (still!) and of course as always, the soon to be ex, who seems more and more unbalanced each time I have to communicate with him, which is less and less, thank goodness!

This past week, my Pops and I have been very sick with what turned out to be dueling sinus infections that had digressed into bronchitis!! So much fun!! We both ended up at the doc and came away with antibiotic and inhalers to deal with it all. Whew!!

So, things are progressing on the dissolution and I cannot wait for it to be over and done with!!! I am so ready to be finished and to really be able to get on with my life. He likes to yank my chain so much, I have decided just today, to not let him yank it anymore. I am not going to let his attitudes etc., affect how I feel (easier said than done!), but that's how I have decided to do it.

Pops and I went to Kenneland the Saturday before Easter. It was the day they ran the Toyota Bluegrass Stakes! What a day for the races!! It was just a beautiful day and we had so much fun, even though our horses didn't win. My arms and face got soooo sunburned, but it felt great!! I am so glad that we got to go and enjoy the day!!

I am planning a huge party for my 40th birthday in June. I have something very unique I want to do and so far have recruited my brother and a friend to go do it with me. I need to write one of my cousins and see if he wants to come do this thing with us!! Its a secret!! But, it will be fun!

So, even though I have had my ups and downs since before coming here and since I have been here, I wanted to say, that's all in the past, so LET'S DANCE!!!

Here's some music:

"Let's Dance" by David Bowie

"Rolling On the River" by Tina Turner (1966)

"Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen (the greatest!)

"Crazy Little Thing Called Love" by Queen

"Foot Loose" by Kenny Loggins (from the movie "Footloose")

"Dancing Queen" by ABBA

And in honor of my new (old) Kentucky home:

"She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" by Kenny Chesney

Later Ya'll!!!!!!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

A Big Change and a Goodbye

Well, as some of you know, the last few weeks of my life have been very heartbreaking, stressful and almost unbearable. So, I made the decision to move back to the South, the home of my heart. I am in Kentucky currently with my family; going to finish my degree, get my feet on the ground etc., and then we'll see what's further down the road.

I had to leave my precious baby dog behind with my soon to be ex. I am glad he was willing to take her since it was not possible to bring her with me at this time. He and I finally have an initial agreement worked out for our disillusionment to finally come to an end, thank goodness. I am so tired of it all and ready for it to be over and done with.

Also as some of you know, I had to quit my job because things just got too out of control. I won't go into all of the details, but one of the big things was that I kept getting promised that I would be paid and never did. Suffice it to say, my former boss owes me quite a bit of money and I think it make take the legal route to get it out of her, which is a shame. She has not acknowledged my resignation letter, my request for my pay, the box of work things that I sent back to her at my cost...nothing. Its such a shame, really. I am pretty aggravated at her right now because of all of the hurt and pain that she caused me on top of the pay situation.

It was a little hard leaving Columbus the other day; a little tear in the eye, but it was the right move to make. I had had enough of having my chain yanked over and over by the soon to be ex; he has been not very nice about some things since I have been here even. Geez, I am so ready for this to be over and to just get on with my life. I have had enough of him and enough of a lot of things lately; just need to the dissolution done, my former boss to live up to her obligation and pay me what I am owed and get on with my life.

So, here I am. I am taking classes on the web with Columbus State this quarter and both professors have been cool about it all, the move etc., willing to work with me and me being in a different state and all. This fall I hope to be back at the college I started my college career at 22 years ago; I should be able to finish up my degree in a short period of time. My graduation gift to myself will be a trip to Tuscany, Italy. I love that movie "Under the Tuscon Sun" with Diane Lane and it fits me right now.

Here's a song for my soon to be ex:

"I've Always Been In Love With You" by Madonna

And now a song for the new life I am starting and what a blast it will be:

"We Will Rock You & We Are the Champions" by Queen

Ya'll have a good night.

Friday, March 27, 2009


Hope 'n' Change: The (Toxic) Elephant in the Room
The nation's Kommissar of Economic Cheerleading, a.k.a. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, unveiled his plan to save our ailing economy this week -- the so-called Public-Private Investment Program (PPIP). The announcement was punctuated by a much-ballyhooed 500-point surge in the Dow, an indication that the market, at least, likes PPIP. But why wouldn't it? Investors tend to appreciate "free" money.

At its core, PPIP provides investors with mega-leveraged government financing. Patterned roughly after the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) thrift bailout plan of the late '80s, PPIP is composed of two parts: The first part addresses "legacy" loans; the second, "legacy" securities. "Legacy," incidentally, is the new kinder-gentler buzzword for "toxic," as in "toxic assets," the former nom du jour for radioactive financial instruments like subprime mortgages and mortgage-derived securities.

PPIP offers private investors enormous amounts of cheap, taxpayer-backed financing for every dollar they put up of their own money. Under the program, government lends up to 85 percent of investor funding, with the Treasury "investing" one dollar of taxpayer money for each private capital dollar to cover the remaining 15 percent.

From an investor's standpoint, of course, there's no personal downside. Investors leverage government money at a 6-to-1 ratio and the lion's share of any losses generated are absorbed by taxpayers. Thus, if a borrower defaults on his mortgage, the government would only be able to seize the real estate -- private investors walk away relatively unhurt.

Independent of taxpayer liability, however, the program is not without risk. As indicated by Vincent Reinhart, American Enterprise Institute resident scholar and director of the Monetary Affairs Division of the Federal Reserve, PPIP assumes that "assets are troubled because their true values are obscured by irrational self-doubt and market illiquidity, and not by fundamental problems in the prospects of repayment. It also assumes that the solution to problems created by excessive leverage is for government to encourage more leverage."

Apart from PPIP, our strategic issue, the elephant in the room, is one of accountability. Helped by a willing media, the central focus has been shifting from Congress and the Executive branches to business. Still, for all the finger pointing at banks and insurers, and for all post-hoc economic crater repairing, we hope those as yet unenlightened Americans who have been blinded by the Obama media will soon learn the origins of this mess: government.

---from The Patriot Post


If we let this continue, how long before we are calling each other "Comrade"? Pres. Obama is changing things fast and furiously; so fast it makes even my head spin. So how many Americans, how many of you out there are really paying attention to what your government is doing to this country and to you personally?

The "War on Terror" or "Global War on Terror" has already been changed to "Overseas Contingency Operation". HUH? Is that supposed to be the "kinder, gentler" name for something that is a serious, serious matter? Is it not supposed to terrify the terrorists that we are supposed to be after? I don't understand this at all. It is a WAR and it is against TERROR and TERRORIST. They have not only attacked here in American, but Spain, England, Africa etc., etc., etc.

And don't even get me started on the U.N. "Climate Change" issue. This will cost trillions of dollars, cost jobs, ruin country's economy's, make global taxes on everyone, including us? Excuse me?? The U.N should have absolutely no power over us, America. The fact that the Obama administration is willing to even "talk" about these things should scare the pants off of us.

Put all of this together, before you know it, we will no longer be America: Land of the Free, Home of the Brave. We will be some other country, a socialistic/communistic combination, and your freedoms to do anything, and I do mean anything, will be out the window. Take care, Comrade.

Rise up against this. Remember this is the kind of thing we originally left England for all those years ago and came to this brave new world? If we aren't careful, things will be worse than when we left England over 200 years ago. Those days will seem like a picnic compared to what is happening to this country now; and you, yes, you, are just letting it happen. Get off your duff and stand up for your country, American!

"God Bless America" by Kate Smith

Thursday, March 26, 2009


this week has just been unbelievably and i do mean unbelievably distressing. i am sick and tired of this town and the people in it (with exception of a select few).

so, goodbye. i am going home to the South where i belong, where my heart has always been. this city is run by corrupt people and it seems to have spread out to the people in the community, unfortunately. i have been hurt over and over by the same people and i am so tired of it; i am not going to take it anymore.

answer me this: how can my soon to be ex be so sweet and supportive one day and mean as a snake the next??? who's been whispering in his ear? our divorce should have been over months ago and its still not done....i don't know when it will be done. beginning to wonder if it will ever be done. i will tell you one thing, he's not going to hurt me or rip my heart out anymore. i have had enough and am so done with him.

i hope that ya'll enjoy the terribly cold winters here for years and years to come. i will not be thinking about it. i especially won't miss the days of 70 degrees one day and 30 degrees the next, not at all.

will write more once i am settled in my new home state. goodbye Ohio, i will be back to parts of it, but plan to avoid Columbus when it at all possible.

hmm, what kind of song tonight? let me see what i can find. be right back.

"Na, Na, Na, Hey, Hey, Goodbye" by Crazy Frog

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Yes, yes, I know. I am mostly German, but I do have just a wee bit of Irish and Scottish in me. So, I am free to celebrate this day too! Where do you think the bits of my red hair come from?? :~)

I am wearing a Mardi Gras shirt today. It's the only thing I could find this morning that had green in it besides my eyes. So, I guess I am hitting two holidays in one today because I couldn't find my Mardi Gras shirt when it was time for that. Oh well.

I had a bit of an accident this morning. I don't know what I hit (no child or animals or other cars), but it bent the rim and immediately flattened my front passenger tire. I was okay, but it did scare me and give me the shakes a bit. Called the soon to be ex., and he came to my rescue. He took the bad tire (rim and all) to be replaced, but the spare on my car. Now he is on his way over to put the new tire and rim on (taking the spare off). I am cooking supper for him as my way to say 'thank you'.

Things have been just nuts lately. We have been working our tails off trying to get the business off the ground etc., and dealing with lots of other stuff too. I have had a few days where it was all I could do not to pack up and go home to Kentucky. I NEED A VACATION!!! Lots of stress, stress, stress. I feel it in my back every day. It's days like this that I miss the small town/county of Kentucky and Tennessee and South Carolina. If I had a job, place to live etc., I would be gone in a heartbeat. Sometimes this city is just too much.

Still planning on getting a newer vehicle, just not sure on the timing. I originally had planned to go do that around the 30th of this month, but things are getting pushed back a little. Want to make sure I have a steady paycheck etc., before I commit to a car payment. It will come though, I am sure of that, and I am soooo looking forward to getting a better vehicle. And one that I like!!!!

It's about 70 degrees here today and is just corgeous. Why can't it stay this way all the way to summer? It won't though. We will be back and forth, warm, then cooler, then warm, the cooler...I miss my southern winters. Nothing changes except what days you can go to the beach!

Right now I am sitting here waiting on soon to be ex, just jamming out to my favorite radio station; The Brew, 105.7 Columbus. Good stuff and good way to relax for me. Music always relaxes me, even if its rock n roll.

Got tickets to go with my sister to see Kenny Chesney, Sugarland, Miranda Lambert and Antebellum all together in May here in Columbus. I cannot wait for that! Should be an awesome time. I just hope its good and warm as it all starts at 530pm. I would like to go see Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood in June for my 40th birthday. Have to see if I can round up a group to go with me; that would be awesome too! I am ready for concerts, pools, the beach, constant sunshine, warmer temps and just an overall good time this spring and summer!

Well, I guess I had better go for now. Let's see if I can find a song or two to put at the end here. Hang on...Okay, here we go:

"Love Shack" by the B-52's

"Sweet Child Of Mine" by Guns N' Roses

And for St Pat's Day:

"Where The Streets Have No Name" by U2

Monday, March 9, 2009

With a Little Help of My Friends

Well, as I shared in my previous post, last week was just awful. But my friends were calling and checking on me, others were praying for me, even the soon to be ex helped with things (thank you again so much!). And of course, God has been with me every step of the way; at night in bed when I am in so much pain I think I am going to die: He has given me the strength to fight through it all and get up yet again!

So, I worked a few hours today. I have tried to clean the house in spurts. So far, got the laundry done and put away, dishes done, cleaned the bathroom, changed the bedding. Tomorrow I should sweep and mop. We'll see how the morning goes before I have to work, I have quite a lot I am juggling right now and need to get some other stuff done too.

Anyway, so I am laying here, just about to drift off to sleep and sleep well, I hope. VH1C is carrying the original Woodstock tonight, oh man. I have the Cd's from the original, but need to get the DVDs for it. It is truly an unique experience many have tried to "recreate" the original Woodstock and have failed. Cannot make better that which was perfect the first time around; the original experience cannot be repeated. Once in a life time.

I already know the song I am going to pick and I hope that God is a rock 'n' roller deep down inside too! It's just a great, classic song. Okay here's the song: enjoy it, its truly one of the great ones. Love ya'll and Peace

"With A Little Help of My Friends" by Joe Crocker

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Oral Surgery and the devil on my back....

Hi all! I feel like its been forever since I have written on here. It's been rough going the past week or two; well, really longer than that.

I had oral surgery last Monday (March 2nd). The surgery went well, and I thought the recuperating would go easily as well. I had a runny nose a couple of days before the surgery, and the morning of the surgery, but thought it was because it was so darn cold (like 7 degrees in the morning!). Evidently it was not. I progressed through the day of and the day after the surgery and thought I was going to be okay. Then I started having trouble; terrible pain in my jaw, head congestion, then a cough. For the first bit of trouble, I thought it was from the surgery, but now I know it was a sinus situation that was just aggravated by the surgery. It's been a week!

I am feeling some better today, still a little sinus pain and body aches, but I am sure part of that is the huge cold front that is coming through later today. I still get out of breath pretty easily, and get worn out easily, but don't feel quite as bad. Hopefully another night of Mucinex D and good rest will help kick it out for good.

The soon to be ex has been a big help throughout this past week. He has brought me medicine, groceries, come and taken care of the dog, etc. I really appreciate all of his help very much. It was very nice of him to be of such a big help.

I just feel like ever since I fell back in January and hurt my knees, that the devil has just taken this opportunity to keep me down by constantly beating me up with physical ailments. Unfortunately, he knows that is my weakness and he also doesn't like the growth that I have had in and with the Lord. He wants to discourage me and keep me down and I am determined not to let him. I have asked friends and family to pray that the devil would just get off my back, that my strength would return so that I would be able to continue on the path and growth that the Lord wants/has me on. I would ask those of you who may read this, to do this as well. Thanks.

Unfortunately, I missed our Spring Women's retreat because of all of this. I was so looking forward to going and to hearing Tammy Smith, the speaker. I was just not able. It would have taken every ounce of strength to just shower and get ready to go, let alone to be able to go and sit there etc. I was so disappointed, but knew I would have just been miserable. Laurie B., our Women's Ministries leader at Church, said she has a "goodie" bag for me that is full of good stuff from the retreat. I am looking forward to receiving that from her whenever we work it out to meet up; and it was sure nice of her to remember me and save one back for me since I was not able to attend!

Not much else is going on (that's enough, don't ya think?). We started out last week soooo cold, and ended yesterday at 77 degrees for a high. It's about 63 today, but is kind of a cool 63, would be different if the sun were out. We've had some rain this morning and are expecting storms this afternoon/night, as the cold front comes through. They are saying we will be back to winter temps by the end of the week. What a thrill! I hate this time of year; wish that it would just get warm and stay warm, or stay cold until its ready to be warm for good!

My good friend's cousin is supposed to be coming out with his first CD soon (I almost said record, that will tell you how old I am!). He was runner-up on last years' American Idol. His name is Jason Castro and I like what I have heard so far of his music. He is a Christian and has great family support, but Kathy, my friend, asked that we all surround him with prayer as he steps out with his first CD and for the Lord's path for Jason's life. So, I am asking all of you to pray as well as this young man steps out into the music world, that he will keep to the Lord's path and leading with his career and life. Will keep you posted as to when the CD is out and what the title is, as I don't know either just yet. Thanks so much.

Well, I guess that's it for today. Please do keep me in your prayers, I would appreciate it very much. Okay, now let me find a song, be right back. Okay, here we go, enjoy and God Bless.

"Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Jason Castro

Sunday, February 22, 2009

New Week

Today is Sunday and I will say it again, whew! Last week was just a week like I don't know what. It seemed like it lasted forever long and yet flew by, all at the same time. I started out the week so very sick and ended it, thankful that it was over.

Well, I wrote just last Thursday, but that seems years ago. I did venture out for a bit Friday and did a little work, and had PT. Yesterday, I worked around the house and then couldn't sleep last night. Today, I ran a couple of errands on shaky legs and have done the laundry.

I did my exercises yesterday that my physical therapist wants me to do every day here at home when I don't have PT. Well, by last night, my leg and hip muscles were twitching and cramping something fierce. Even taking my muscle relaxer at bedtime didn't help. I did not get to sleep till about 5 am this morning because of it and the pain that it caused; then only slept for a few hours. They are still twitching a lot and just feel so heavy today. I did not do my exercises today; thought maybe it was a bit too much, might try again tomorrow.

I got rid of my wedding rings last week. Sold them to a jewelry store. So, that's that. Got rid of the engagement ring around Christmas, trading it in on a pair of diamond earrings (which I love to wear), I just sold the rings for cash. No twinges or tears this time.

The soon to be ex floored me last night by asking a loaded question at the end of a short email. I haven't answered him yet. Actually sent him an email asking him why, after all this time, does he want to know this or that about what went wrong, when he didn't care to before now...even though I begged him to at times. Geez. This one is going to take some thinking.

It snowed some today and is soooo cold. It's in the low 20s with wind chills in the teens. Ugh. I hate winter. March is at the end of this week and I wished it were June instead. I miss the sun and the warmth of it on my skin. Can't wait to hit the beach this summer. I hate winters in the north. Oh, and this new daylight savings time thing, I especially hate. We didn't drop back till November and we bounce forward 2 weeks from today. Ugh. Ugh. I hate it.

Thinking about taking my classes for Spring quarter online. It wouldn't require me to actually have to go sit in class, which would leave me more time to work. Just have to be disciplined about getting the work done etc. Not even sure yet what I am going to take. Need to figure it out soon though; Spring quarter starts March 30th.

Still planning on getting a different vehicle at the end of March before classes start back up. I just can't handle that stupid Buick anymore, physically and every week it seems like something new goes wrong with it. Already got the plans in the works for the newer vehicle. Can't wait to get it.

Well, I guess that's it for now. Not really a lot to say today, I guess, but felt like I wanted to write anyways. I will leave ya'll with one of my all-time favorite songs. I have loved it ever since I was a kid and hearing it always reminds me of being on a beach at the end of a summer's day. Till next time....

"In My Room" by the Beach Boys

Thursday, February 19, 2009


Well, for those of you who may have started to think that I fell off the face of the earth, I am still here. It has been a wild (and by wild, I mean not fun) past few weeks.

First of all, ya'll remember that I fell here at home about a month ago and buggered up my right knee pretty badly. Well, I was on crutches because of that, which was not fun at all. We had a big snow and ice storm about a week after that, and of course, being the klutz I am, I slipped on the ice and snow (on my crutches) and landed on my already injured right knee and then buggered up my left one as well.

The good news is that all x rays and MRI's show no tears or anything major like that in either knee, that would require surgery. My right knee is actually starting to feel more normal, although it still aches at the end of the day. My left knee is taking longer to heal; but of course, that is my bad knee anyways. I started PT on both knees last week and also have exercises to do here at home. They are saying my PT will be twice a week for 4 weeks, then we will go from there. So, my mom had come up to help me with things since it was really difficult and even painful for me to drive. She stayed two weeks, bless her heart, and helped with stuff around the house and ran me around for this and that.

I had a migraine out of nowhere towards the end of January. I could not figure out where it came from; or what was causing it. It also made my right ear hurt which was really weird. Well, the headache and earache just kept getting worse and worse, so I called my doc, who saw me last week. She diagnosed me with a sinus and ear infection (so much fun!). She put me on a strong antibiotic and told me to go home and rest. Well, it got worse before it got better. I spent the beginning of this week just miserable. For the first few days, I still had the headache and earache. The headache went away finally and then the earache, but then I had just the most awful body aches. I think everything, the injuries to my knees and the sinus and ear infections, just aggravated my fibromyalgia. I hurt all over, even in my toes! But, I am feeling much better today. I have 3 more days on the antibiotic, so hopefully that will be the end of it!


I didn't make it to church this past Sunday because I was so sick, but I went the Sunday before, even though I didn't feel well already (had the headache and earache, but it wasn't constant yet). Our Pastor is speaking on First Peter right now and they have been great sermons. I have really enjoyed them and the spirit that has been in our services over the past month or so. It has been awesome.

I became a member of New Life, a week ago Sunday. We had to stand up front and tell our name and about where we lived in the greater Columbus area. Of course, I had to go first! I was nervous, but I at least got the crowd to laugh a little with what I said. It felt good to be fully welcomed into the fold, so to speak; not that I hadn't felt that before, but it was just a cool thing and I look forward to doing the work that God wants me to do in and with the church.

I did get to go to a Columbus Blue Jackets hockey game several weeks ago. We had a good time and even though I was in pain with my knees, I really enjoyed myself! And they actually won that night, which was really cool. I hadn't been to one of their games in quite a while. And there were a couple of good fights during the game, which makes it a really good hockey game. You know the old saying "In the middle of a fight, a hockey game broke out"; that's what I call good hockey.

They announced that Kenny Chesney is coming to Columbus in May at Crew Stadium (where our pro soccer team plays). I wrote my sister in law and asked if she was up for going; she of course said yes. I told her that if Kenny was coming for an outdoor concert in May, it meant that summer wasn't that far away!! Thank goodness. I am looking forward to going to that with her.

Our weather has been just weird. January was so bitterly cold and we had that big snow and ice storm that left us with about 10 inches of snow. Well, over the past 2 weeks it has warmed up some and all of that melted away, slowly. Yesterday at about 7pm, it was still 51 degrees! Then it all came to an end, of course. A front came through yesterday evening and overnight, dropping temps dramatically, with rain and high winds (currently it is about 18 degrees with a windchill of 9) and its snowing again! They said on the weather last night that at some point in the next week, we are supposed to get about 4 or so inches of snow and its supposed to stay really cold again! Winters' back! It's snowing now, just a little bit. The weatherman said last night that we couldn't really say that winter is over here in Columbus until about May 1st. We may have warm spots here and there, but then get cold etc., again. Fun, fun. I am ready for summer and the warmth of the sun.

Well, our Republican National Committee has elected a new chairman. They chose Michael Steele from Maryland, which I am not happy about at all. I was hoping that they would smarten up and put someone like Ken Blackwell into the spot, but they did not. I just don't think that Mr Steele will give the Republican party the true leadership that it desperately needs right now. The conservatives feel left out, that the party has abandoned us; but then I have heard my moderate friends say that they feel abandoned by the party also. So, Mr Steele and the committee in general certainly have their work cut out for them. I hope that they will listen to us, the members of the party, and what our concerns are and what we want to see done. I don't hold out much hope for that.

Our state party needs some real leadership also. They elected the same people in as party leadership, which has gotten us nowhere. We lost the 2006 gubernatorial election; we didn't carry McCain/Palin in last years' Presidential election; and we lost a couple of seats to the democrats in the US House/Senate. So, what does the state party do? They elect the same type of people that got us nowhere in those elections and expects them to be able to turn the party around, state wise. I have my doubts on that also. But, we will see on both situations, national and state, as time moves forward.

Well, I guess I have blabbed enough for now. Just wanted to pop up and say hi and write a bit about what's been going on. I am so ready for summer, I will have to try to find a summer song to end this with. Ya'll take care and God Bless.

"Summertime" by Kenny Chesney

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Yet Another Winter Storm Warning!!! (Where is Summer??)

Oh my. It is about 1235am and I should be asleep but I got to messing around on my computer for work and thought I would write on my blog for a bit since I haven't for about 1 1/2 weeks.

Yes, we are under another winter storm warning and it is really coming down! We had mostly snow earlier, and now we are having some sleet, then back to more snow. They are calling for a total of about 8-11 inches here in my county, depending where you are in the county ( I don't know why that makes a difference). They just announced that The Ohio State University will be closed tomorrow because of the weather and they never close! And I mean never!

Well, it seems a lot has happened, good and bad since I wrote last. I hinted when I wrote last that my knee was killing me. Well, its my right knee, not my left knee (the bad knee). I fell here at the house on the 17th of this month. It swelled and bruised badly right away. I thought I had just bruised it badly, but by Sunday afternoon, it was hurting pretty badly. I had my Discover New Life class to attend that night, so I hit an urgent care over by the church. They did x rays and said nothing was broken, but the doc never really moved my leg around or tried to feel around the knee or anything. They just wrapped it up and gave me some pain killers and sent me on my way.

Well, that Monday (MLK day), I managed to make it to the store for a few things. But by that late afternoon, evening the knee was burning which I knew wasn't right. I called my doc after hours and she called me right back. She had her nurse set me up to see the Sports Medicine Doc the very next day, which was great. I good and dear friend came and took me, because by this time, it hurt very badly to drive with that leg. Well, the Sports Med Doc looked it over good and suspects I have torn my MCL, and no telling what other damage. I am having an MRI this Monday (2/2) to see how bad the tear is and what other damage I might have done. That will tell us whether or not I will have to have surgery. Fun. I have been through this before with my left knee almost 3 years ago to the month.

I was supposed to have the MRI this past Saturday, however, I had had a migraine since last Thursday! Where did that come from? It turned out to be a 4 day migraine, when my dear friend called between services from church this past Sunday and said 'I think 4 day is enough don't you? And I, of course, said yes'. It has just been too much. So, she took me to the ER that afternoon. We were there till about 330-4am, but PTL, they finally found a medicine that got rid of the headache. They gave me 3 rounds of different kinds of medicine, until this last bit finally did the trick.

So, because I have been on crutches and unable to drive (although I did for a little bit today; its still very painful to do that), I dropped out for this quarter from school. I was very disappointed, but didn't know how I could do it, with or without surgery, it is still going to take a while to heal and I definitely could not see my trying to drive or get around campus on crutches. I am filling out paperwork that is requesting a tuition refund because I missed just about all of the cut off dates for dropping classes and getting money back. It may take them up to 6 weeks to decide whether I get more than 25% back, but a little more than that is better than nothing.

The good thing about all of this is that I am able to rest and really collect myself. I just felt so rushed into this quarter and felt like I could not 'get my feet under me', so to speak. This will also give me time to get into a good groove with work and help my boss get things up and running real well before Spring Quarter starts. So, I have tried to look at the good through the bad.

I know that the devil is just attacking me in a major way because of opportunities that I have had presented to me lately through Church etc., as well as other things, and he (the devil) is just trying to get me down and keep me down and I am not going to let him. I have had a lot of people praying for me, not only healing physically, but also spiritually, that the Lord will just kick that ole devil off my back. Those are the last words I speak before I go to sleep at night since all of this started happening: "Lord, thank you for getting me through another day. Thank you for my migraine finally going away with the help of the doctors at the hospital and that it has stayed gone away. And Lord, keep that devil off my back and away from me. In Your Name, I demand the he (the devil), will go away and stay gone."

Whew! It has been a very trying month in so many ways. Just so many ways. I have been hurt by several people this month in ways that I thought I would never be hurt; and that has been hard to deal with. But, I am just leaning more and more on the Lord and letting Him heal me from these hurts and help me to get over them and not to hold them against these people.

I have decided to join New Life as a Member. I am meeting with one of the associate Pastors this Friday morning to talk about some personal stuff, and he will also be doing my membership interview at that time as well. I have been presented with some opportunities that will require my membership there and I just felt that it was time. The Church as a whole has been so supportive and helpful during the past 7 or so months; I truly feel led to be there and blessed by the Lord to have found such a great Church. I have also had the opportunity to talk to kids at school about the Lord and witness to them, which has been awesome to do; truly led by the Lord.

My mom is coming up later this week to stay with me till we get my knee to a good place. If I have to have surgery she will stay through the surgery and the follow-up therapy. If I just have to have intensive therapy, she will be here through that and help me with the therapy as well as get the house organized (which it desperately needs) more organized. I am looking forward to her coming and being here with me for a while. One of my Aunts will be over sometime this weekend too, just not sure on the timing yet. But, either way, it will be great to spend some time with her; we haven't seen each other in quite a while and she said on the phone tonight that she was looking forward to seeing me and spending some time with me.

Well, I guess I had better get going for now. It's after 1am and I have some things to do in the morning before work tomorrow afternoon. I worked several hours today too. And we have small group tomorrow night, then my mom will be here! I am so excited for her to come up and spend some time with her and also to see my Aunt this weekend!

Ok, I have the perfect song. Hang on while I find it; I will be back. It's by Sugarland (whom are awesome in concert!). Anyway, I just love this song and it makes me feel so good when I hear it on the radio or CMT, I bought the CD today.

Here it is, enjoy:
"Love" by Sugarland

'I say it's love.....'

Night ya'll

Monday, January 19, 2009

It's Still Snowing!!!

It's about 315am. The dog woke me up about an hour ago; I don't think she is feeling well. I am trying to keep an eye on her, but need to get back to sleep and try to get some rest. My knee is killing me.

It is currently 11 degrees and still snowing off and on. I don't think its ever going to stop, really. I am sick of it already. I have about 9 inches or so in the backyard. It comes up over the tops of my boots when I walk the dog; need to get some taller boots tomorrow (today). Anyhow, they are forecasting snow at least every day through Wednesday of this week; then I think we get a break for a day or two, then it starts up again. What a thrill (not).

I went to a Discover New Life class earlier this evening. It was interesting. Some of it, I don't believe in; most of it, I don't have problem with it. We'll see. I want to talk to a few people and one of the Pastors' before I make a decision. I thought they were going to feed us at the class, but they didn't. So, I stopped at Subway on the way home and got just a sandwich (have chips and soda here at the house).

I got my hair cut this past Friday. Had her take about an inch or more off. It had gotten really long and cutting it perked up my perm a little. I got the perm a little before Thanksgiving, so I am really hoping it will last till Spring Break (end of March) but we will see. Feels better having finally managed to get it cut.

I've got to get to Walmart tomorrow and get a few things, food wise. Need a few other things too; need to look at their shredders and decided which one I want and how much I want to pay. Need to look at alarm clocks and whether or not I want one I can plug my IPOD into, once I get an IPOD. Want to look at new curtains for the kitchen (which means I need to measure the windows); just a few other things.

Well, I think I am going to check on the dog and try to get some rest, just in case she needs help later on. Keep her in your prayers.

Since it is really just plain freezing cold out there; and snowing and snowing and snowing: I think I will look at some songs to take us away to the islands or the beach etc. Be back after I find some.

"Everybody Wanna Go to Heaven" by Kenny Chesney and the Wailers

"Surfin' USA" by The Beach Boys

"Summertime" by Kenny Chesney

"Love" by Sugarland

"Mud On the Tires" by Brad Paisley

Ok, that's it for now. Hopefully it helped ya'll forget about the snow and cold for a little bit. It did me, although I'd give just about anything to be on a plane tomorrow to somewhere where its warm and there's a nice sandy beach with warm ocean water waitin' on me.

Night ya'll....

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Just Life...and Missing The Beach

Here it is the 3rd Saturday in January already. This month is just flying by, it seems like. Much like last year. I guess it seems like that when you are running at a pretty fast pace. I would rather it be like that, than just dragging by.

As of last week, my soon to be ex has been gone for 7 months. I am to the point where I don't even miss him anymore. The marriage is over, I know that it's over, that is that. We had a big fight last week, which now seems forever ago. I said some things and so did he; then he proceeded to cuss at me and told me to you know, using the f-word. We were in the basement at this point so he could look at the dryer, I put my hand on his chest to stop him from running up the stairs and out the door after he said that to me, telling him he could not speak to me that way in my house. I thought he was gonna hit me then, he was not happy that I touched him to stop him and told him that he could not speak to me that way.

He was supposed to come over this coming Monday to help me start going through things. Well, now he won't come without someone with him (he wanted to bring his dad). He said he wasn't going to end up in jail because of me (where in the world did that come from?). I asked him not to bring his dad, or anyone for that matter, because there are things we need to talk about and emotions I figured we would go through as we sorted through things. He wouldn't do it. So, I told him to forget about coming. I would take care of everything and ship his stuff over to him when I was done with it. He wasn't happy with that either. Nothing I do is the right thing anymore, and frankly, I am done trying to please him. He's making me the bad guy; every thing is my fault.

I don't understand this jail business unless he is afraid he will get mad enough at me for whatever reason, to hit me (like during out fight last week), then he knows I would call the police and he would end up in jail. But, that is his problem, not mine. If he's not grown up enough to control himself and is afraid he'll harm me, that's his problem to deal with, not mine. So, why do I feel like the bad guy and why am I being punished for it? Some days when I have had to talk to him or see him lately, he's been just as nice as could be, and other days, it's like this monster of a person who can't wait to bite my head off and blame every thing that is wrong in his life, on me. I don't get it.

We saw the mediator who is handling our dissolution on November 7th of last year. He has had our info since then. We have both emailed him with small changes and he emailed us about mid-December, apologizing that it was taking so long and that he would have our first rough draft to us in a week or so. Nothing since. I called him this past week, and got his voicemail of course, so I left a message asking him where our stuff was and why it was taking so long? We had originally said we didn't think we'd file till around June or so of this year in order to give me time to find a job and figure out health insurance etc. Well, I have a job and the benefits are coming, so we don't need to wait till June and I told him so; that we didn't want to wait til June.

He has yet to call me back or even email me. I am getting pretty aggravated with him and this business of getting our paperwork done. He's supposed to get us a first draft to look over for a week or so, then email him with changes (if any) and then he'll add the changes, we meet to sign the final copies and that's it; we can file any time after that that we want. I don't understand what's taking him so long? He's had 10 weeks (almost 3 months) to do just our first draft, so where is it? If it's taking him this long to do just the first draft, I pray there are no changes, cause we will never get this thing done then; and I think both of us (soon to be ex and I) need it to be done sooner rather than later. I'm gonna give him till this Thursday (that will make it a week since I called him) and then I will call him again; and keep calling till I get some answers.

It has been so cold here. I don't mean normal winter temps, I mean frigid. One day, I don't think we got above zero (0) degrees for a high. And the wind chills certainly haven't been above zero for a few days. Brrrr. I got an email from my math professor about a question I had asked and at the end of it, she said 'where is spring'? I smiled, because at this point, I want to bypass Spring and head straight for Summer! I am longing for someplace with a very warm beach, and a very warm body of water (Atlantic,Pacific,Caribbean etc) to go along with it!!

I just got another bin of the soon to be ex's stuff ready for him to get tomorrow. I was down in the basement anyways doing laundry and it didn't take long to get the bin together. I am leaving it outside for him; I wrote and told him that there was another one ready for him, that I would suggest he get it before Church rather than after, but that's up to him. It feels good to get the stuff out of here, even though its going to take me a while since its just me doing it. The fun thing is, I get to shred A LOT of stuff!! Of course, this will necessitate me buying a new shredder since our old one has bitten the dust...out to the trash it goes!! I love to shred!

School is going okay this quarter. I have felt a little overwhelmed here at the beginning, getting used to the schedule, the job (which I am slowly working into, increasing hours every week), taking care of just life things (grocery shopping, the dog, the house) and doc appointments. Course, I have had a few extra of those lately because of my back, which is doing much better by the way. I start PT this week. Was supposed to start it last week, on the day of the big snow and freezing temps; so I moved it to this week. which was no big deal. But, I feel some better about things this weekend and feel like I will have a moment to 'catch my breath' since there are no classes Monday.

Tomorrow is Church and I am really looking forward to it. Feel like I really need the refreshment this week. I am taking a class tomorrow evening called 'Discover New Life'. It doesn't mean I am necessarily going to 'join' the Church, but its a good way to get a good overview of the Church and their beliefs etc., ; more than what I have heard from people or read online. Plus, they provide free supper! So, I am looking forward to that.

Well, it's about 9pm now, so I guess I need to get going. The dog is whining to go out (I swear she can tell time) and I need to get ready for bed and think about what I am going to wear to Church in the morning. It's up to 25 degrees! Almost feels downright balmy!

Hmm, now I have to think about a song to add on here at the end. Be back. Okay, since I am right now missing the warm sand between my toes from the beach and the warm ocean, here's a song to transport all of us for a few brief minutes to that wonderful place....

"No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem" By Kenny Chesney

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Brrrr and a Little Laugh for a Cold, Cold Day

So, its currently about 6 degrees here today with a -4 windchill. Nice. We got about 7 inches of snow ( I haven't actually measured accurately) here at the house yesterday. Every thing is a slippery mess and there were more wrecks on the roads this morning than I thought possible.

My body is not at all happy with this storm (and storm after storm pattern we seem to be in right now). My fibro is acting up and my bone arthritis is just killing me. That, of course, does not include the migraine I am currently fighting (and have been since about 530am this morning), or the cough and small fever that I have because my lungs can't handle the cold air at all. Thrilling. Ahh, the sun is trying to come out and it hurts my eyes, but I doubt it will do any good in warming us up. Tonight and tomorrow are supposed to be worse temperature wise and I am so looking forward to that!

Anyways, don't have any songs to share today, but one of my friends sent the "laugh" below in an email and I thought I would share it with ya'll. You know the saying, ' there's a sucker born every minute'; well, I would almost guarantee that there's an idiot born every second. Enjoy the laughs (and you will shake your head at some of these).

For those of you reading this that are in the deep freeze like me, try to keep warm and not get frostbite. Also be careful on the roads if they are snow/ice covered; just remember that probably half of the other drivers out there with you are those 'idiots'!

Enjoy and God Bless.

Guaranteed Your Laugh for the Day!

Number One Idiot of 2008:
I am a medical student currently doing a rotation in toxicology at the poison control center. Today, this woman called in very upset because she caught her little daughter eating ants. I quickly reassured her that the ants are not harmful and there would be no need to bring her daughter into the hospital. She calmed down and at the end of the conversation happened to mention that she gave her daughter some ant poison to eat in order to kill the ants. I told her that she better bring her daughter in to the emergency room right away.
Here's your sign, lady. Wear it with pride.

Number Two Idiot of 2008:
Early this year, some Boeing employees on the airfield decided to steal a life raft from one of the 747s. They were successful in getting it out of the plane and home. Shortly after they took it for a float on the river, they noticed a Coast Guard helicopter coming toward them. It turned out that the chopper was homing in on the emergency locator beacon that activated when the raft was inflated. They are no longer employed at Boeing.
Here's your sign,guys. Don't get it wet; the paint might run.

Number Three Idiot of 2008:
A man, wanting to rob a downtown Bank of America, walked into the Branch and wrote this, "Put all your money in this bag." While standing in line, waiting to give his note to the teller, he began to worry that someone had seen him write the note and might call the police before he reached the teller's window. So he left the Bank of America and crossed the street to the Wells Fargo Bank. After waiting a few minutes in line, he handed his note to the Wells Fargo teller. She read it and, surmising from his spelling errors that he wasn't the brightest light in the harbor, told him that she could not accept his stickup note because it was written on a Bank of America deposit slip and that he would either have to fill out a Wells Fargo deposit slip or go back to Bank of America. Looking somewhat defeated, the man said, "OK" and left. He was arrested a few minutes later, as he was waiting in line back at Bank of America.
Don't bother with this guy's sign. He probably couldn't read it anyway.

Number Four Idiot of 2008:
A motorist was unknowingly caught in an automated speed trap that; measured his speed using radar and photographed his car. He later received in the mail a ticket for $40 and a photo of his car. Instead of payment, he sent the police department a photograph of $40. Several days later, he received a letter from the police that contained another picture, this time of handcuffs. He immediately mailed in his $40.
Wise guy........But you still get a sign

Number Five Idiot of 2008:
A guy walked into a little corner store with a shotgun and demanded all of the cash from the cash drawer. After the cashier put the cash in a bag, the robber saw a bottle of Scotch that he wanted behind the counter on the shelf. He told the cashier to put it in the bag as well, but the cashier refused and said, "Because I don't believe you are over 21." The robber s aid he was, but the clerk still refused to give it to him because she didn't believe him. At this point, the robber took his driver's license out of his wallet and gave it to the clerk. The clerk looked it over and agreed that the man was in fact over 21 and she put the Scotch in the bag. The robber then ran from the store with his loot. The cashier promptly called the police and gave the name and address of the robber that he got off the license. They arrested the robber two hours later.
This guy definitely needs a sign.

Idiot Number Six of 2008:
A pair of Michigan robbers entered a record shop nervously waving revolvers. The first one shouted, "Nobody move!" When his partner moved, the startled first bandit shot him.
This guy doesn't even deserve a sign.

Idiot Number Seven of 2008:
Arkansas : Seems this guy wanted some beer pretty badly. He decided that he'd just throw a cinder block through a liquor store window, grab some booze, and run. So he lifted the cinder block and heaved it over his head at the window. The cinder block bounced back knocking him unconscious. It seems the liquor store window was made of PlexiGlass. The whole event was caught on videotape.
Yep, here's your sign.

Idiot Number Eight of 2008:
We live in a semi-rural area, ( Weyauwega , Wisconsin ), and we recently had a new neighbor call the local township administrative office to request the removal of the Deer Crossing sign on our road. The reason: "Too many deer are being hit by cars out here! - I don't think this is a good place for them to be crossing anymore."

STAY ALERT! They walk among us, they REPRODUCE!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Winter Storm Warning

Right now we are under a Winter Storm Warning. We have been since late last night and it will continue throughout today. Right now we are getting just plain freezing rain. I took the dog out about 915am and realized then that my driveway is nice and crunchy and slick; just full of ice and slush! Yuk! After this, we may have some sleet or just plain ice off and on and then snow. I am not sure how many inches we are supposed to get; I have heard anywhere from 1-3" to 3-5" this afternoon/evening. Nice.

This is one of those days when I wonder if I manage to get down the driveway in the car (I need to just run down the road briefly), will I be able to get back up the driveway? When I came home last night, it (the driveway) already had slick spots when I tried to come up it and maneuver the car into the garage.

Oh, thank goodness for the garage!! I won't have to scrape all of this off of it!! Its not much of a garage, just can fit the car in it, but at least its a roof over the cars' head!! I park in the garage at school too, for the same reason. One of these days I will come out of class, it having snowed a great deal, and I won't have to worry about clearing the car; just getting home!! I truly thank God for these small 'favors', truly.

My dryer is having problems. We are hoping that it is the heating element; especially since my Pops found the part for it and shipped it over-night from Kentucky on Thursday (it did arrive yesterday on time). The set is about 14 years old and they are Whirlpool. This is the first bit of trouble I have had with them all of these years. Hopefully it is the heating element (it takes forever to dry my stuff when I do laundry, but there is still a little warmth to things when I pull them out), and when my friends come to replace that this morning, that's all that will have to be done. If we replace the heating element and that doesn't fix the problem, I am told it could be possibly be the thermostat or a sensor. So , we will see. They (the set) have to get me through College and graduation. By then, I plan to have all but my school bills paid off and hopefully able to get a new set on credit (if I need to) by then, if I need it.

My car also needs some help. Evidently I have a hole or the beginnings of a hole somewhere in the muffler system. It sounds just awful and I am embarrassed to drive it with it making such a loud noise. I do not know if it is possible to perhaps put a patch on the hole or if I need to replace the whole thing. I am going to try to seek out a mechanic through my Church and see what they think. Pray that it can just be patched right now and that the patch will hold until I can get rid of the car and get something else. Thanks, ya'll.

Well, I have been given the okay to share that big news. I have found a JOB! It came through my small group at my Church (how cool is God?) and was just amazing how it all came about. When I realized that I did have this opportunity and we first talked about it, I actually cried (this was before Christmas and we were in a restaurant at Easton). I have been looking for 'that' job for so long; since the end of last July/beginning of August! It's just like my mom said: God would provide the right job at the right time, and He has! She had even said last fall when I got a little discouraged about it all, that maybe the job didn't even exist yet (little did she know!). God is just so great!!

Ok. So here is a little about the job. It is just getting started, first of all. Not just my job, but the business in general. It is called B.L.E.S.S. INC. (how cool is that?). That stands for: Building Lasting & Evolving Steps to Success. Cool huh? Our mission is: "We are dedicated to providing exceptional customer care to people in need of assistance with breaking barriers, dealing with life changes, and building to self-sufficiency." As I said, we are just getting started, but hope to be fully up and running by the beginning of February and have our office downtown set up by the first of March. It's going to take a lot of work, but God is with us. My boss and I truly believe in this and that God wants us to work together on this.

So, that's a little bit about it. I worked a few hours last week and this week and will again this coming week, steadily increasing my hours. The pay is beyond what I even prayed for; where she wants to put the office is exactly what I prayed for; and it comes with benefits!!! God does provide for all!!! He knew exactly what I needed in every aspect of this position, right down to the pay and benefits, and has provided exactly what I needed and more!!! WOW! How amazing and cool is God??

Things are a little better with the soon to be ex too. We have both made our apologies for the other night. We have talked some, though not a great deal. He has agreed to come a week from this Monday to help start working on the house and sorting through things. I appreciate that very much. Just keep us in your prayers. I am ready for this to be over with; however, at the same time, I don't want him to be my mortal enemy at the end of this either. I don't think we will be great friends (maybe good friends?), but I still hope and pray that some day we will come to a point where we can at least share a meal and talk once in a blue moon or so. But, there will be some hard times (not necessarily harsh, like the other night) before that happens and we both have a lot of healing to do yet, but that is what I hope. I want him to be well, happy and where God wants him to be.

Well, I guess that is it for now. I could probably write tons more, but I should get started on the house-cleaning and continue working on my homework. I need to find a song and I don't know what to pick for today. Hmm. Be back, going to look. Ok, here we go...

"Awesome God" by Michael W. Smith

Ok, this next one is kind of long, but WOW! I hope it moves you like it did me.
"Agnus Dei" by Michael W. Smith

God Bless and Ya'll Keep Safe.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Winter Quarter Begins

Well, winter quarter started this past Monday (5th). And it came with winter!!! What a surprise! Right now it is about 19 degrees with a wind chill (stressing the word chill) is about 9 degrees! So nice and cold! And there is snow on the ground. It snowed most of the day (at least down by campus it did); we don't really have that much snow, but it just makes it feel that much colder! But wait!! This next week, we are going to have highs in the teens and lows in the single digits!! How pleasant is that??? Find me a warm beach with some sun NOW!

It has been a long, long week. I am only taking 2 classes this quarter, but they are going to kick my butt. Its not that they are that difficult, just a lot of work; a lot of reading and assignments, a project, and just regular homework. Tuesdays and Thursdays are my long days and boy are they long! I am thankful, however, that my Political Science professor gives us a break about half-way through (its a 2 1/2hr class each day we meet) to get up and move around, take care of other business, whatever. So, I am glad for that.

With that and another thing that will start taking up my time on a more and more regular basis, I am going to have to drop one thing, I think. It's just too much with everything else that is going on right now.

So, today just to add to my stress (as if there isn't enough in my life already), my car decides to throw its two cents worth into the mix and start acting up. Took me about 10 minutes to get it started this morning. It was beginning to get to the point where I thought I was going to have to call for a ride so I wouldn't miss my classes, and it finally started. It hesitated on the way home, but started and then began making this awful racket. I don't know what it is, but its loud and right under my feet and I can feel the vibration in my feet on the pedals. Nice huh?? I hate that piece of junk.

I had my "independence day" over the weekend. My soon to ex was stopping over to get a few things on Saturday at a time I wasn't going to be able to be here. So, I left him a big (Rubbermaid) bin full of his stuff, clothes, pictures etc., in the kitchen for him. I left him a nice note and asked him if he would please take the bin full of his stuff. I also asked him to drop his house key in the mail slot after he locked the door and was leaving. To my surprise, when I got home later in the evening, he had taken the bin, left his key and no nasty text messages, emails or notes about it. That really surprised me; his attitude lately has left a little to be desired on my part and there have been times when he was just down right rude and mean over the holidays. But, I did that (I emptied his dresser into the bin) and asked for his key as a means of taking my life back and saying ' you can be as mean and rude as you want, I have a life and am going on with it.' IT FELT GREAT!!!

I got rid of my engagement ring over the holidays. I took it back to the store where we purchased it over 18 years ago and asked what I could do with it. So after looking around and doing some thinking, I traded it in on a nice pair of diamond earrings. It was a little difficult ( I shed a few tears in the car afterwards), but I had a friend with me, and after a few minutes, was fine. It felt great to do that too and I must say, I look great with the diamond earrings in two of the many holes in my ears! Another piece of the puzzle of getting on with my life and not letting anything he says or does (and believe me, a few things have not been all that great) get to me or affect me. He'll have to deal with whatever consequences his actions bring upon him, not me. I am done. DO YOU HEAR ME??? DONE!!!

So, I am laying here in bed last night, watching tv. It's bedtime and I had taken my bedtime meds, but was watching a tv show I like and I got to paying attention to the theme song and really liked it. I at first thought it was old school David Bowie, but after doing some digging, found out that it wasn't him after all. It's a group called 'The VLA'. The song is 'When I am Through With You', I particularly like the chorus. Now, I will put a disclaimer here and say this isn't directed at any one person. However, if some person should see this and hear the song and pay attention to it, maybe it will send this person a message of sorts.

As the sign I saw in the mall last weekend said "If you can't be nice; just leave!"

And as always, here is the song:

Thursday, January 1, 2009


Happy New Year to all of you! Or as we say in the south, to all ya'll!! I hope that each and every one of you had a great Christmas and if you went to a New Years Eve party last night, a great New Years Eve!

I myself went to a New Years Eve party at a friends' house. I had a good time, but came home just a little before midnight. Got the dog walked, it had just started to snow, and was back inside the house to see the ball drop in New York City. The party was nice and I enjoyed meeting some new people, but I wanted to be home before midnight for my reasons.

This was my first new years eve in 19 years as a 'single' gal. I put 'single' in little quotes because I am still married, although separated, and the marriage is ending. It was hard in some ways (another reason I wanted to be home before midnight), and yes, I did cry a little bit, but they were just mostly small tears. I was on the phone with my parents when the ball dropped and I said that this year was going to be a big year ( I turn 40 this year, my marriage is ending, I am back in school etc), and my mom said it would be my best year yet. I hope that she is right. I need a really good year.

Last year was a year of a lot of heartache, changes, and growth. In many ways I hated last year; In many ways, I was glad for what all of that brought forth. I grew in God in amazing ways (still am) and He is doing amazing things in my life and I am so thankful for that. Last year I found myself at a new church that brought new friends and great support with all that I have been through. I am so thankful for all of that.

Last year brought my return to college after a 18 year absence to finally finish my bachelors' degree. I got through fall quarter with a 3.0 GPA and winter quarter starts this Monday (5th). I am taking 9 hrs (2 classes) this quarter. Things are going a little slower than I wanted, but it is better this way I think, because I am able to adjust in small increments and concentrate well and do well.

Last year brought another nephew into my life. It was a surprise for every one, including his mom and dad! They had not planned for him to arrive until this year, but surprise!! We are glad to have him; glad that he was born healthy and easily. I got to spend some time with them over this past weekend and they are both growing so fast! I cannot get over it! This new nephew is going to be my little linebacker! He has my big German bones and is more leggy, like me, than his older brother; the older brother is tall (and I do mean tall!) will be my basketball player. He is built more like his dad and is so skinny!! They are both good, sweet boys though and I love them both very much.

Last year, late in the year, brought my cousin home from his last tour of Iraq. He has a few more months in the Army and then he is done. I am so proud of him and all that he has endured and accomplished, but I am glad that he is done. This last tour was his groups' longest and hardest on those of us left here at home. I prayed a hedge of protection around his specific little group, and to my knowledge, they didn't lose anyone this tour! Praise the Lord!

As many of you know, late in the year, we lost grandma. In some ways, I was surprised, and in some ways not. She was 94 yrs old after all. I will miss her, but know that she is happy in heaven and young and beautiful again. And I know that she'll keep an eye on me like others that have gone before her from my family.

This year, I am going to continue with my college pursuits. I hope at some point to finally find a job (its been so tough out there!). I hope that God will continue to grow me and continue to do the amazing things that He has already been doing in my life. I want to get my back healed (which we are working on) and get back to my workouts; I miss them and I don't like the shape my body is in. I have only been able to not do them for about 6 weeks and have noticed I am losing all that toning and strength I had worked so hard on. I hope to be a better person this year, a better friend, a better Christian, just better over all.

I hope that each one of you will accomplish what you want to this year. I hope that each of will grow in God. Will grow in your personal life. I hope that this year will bring each of you all that you hope for in your life.

Ok, so now I need to find a song. I am not going to pick the usual new years song. To me its too sad and I want something upbeat and happy. Something that supports what I hope this year will bring for me. So, I am off to find a song. Be back.

Ok. Here is the first song. It's probably one of my all time favorites and I like the way this group does it.

"Amazing Grace" by IL DIVO

"Hallelujah" by IL DIVO

"Fly Me to the Moon" by Frank Sinatra