I just wanted you to know I love you. Sometimes I don't think I say it enough. I love you with all my heart and you are so important to me. Thank you for loving me.

Happy Halloween!

Well, it's Halloween. I hope everyone Fell Back like we're supposed to (as in set your clocks back an hour!!!!) Yesterday was an OK day although David didn't feel good and my teams all lost their games. We went and did our grocery shopping without major inccident and/or spending too much money, got Sean's pumpkin, and made it through Hobby Lobby without buying more yarn lol. We did get some little Christmas decorations at WallyWorld though. But didn't spend too much as this week was rent week (which we paid yesterday too) and we had to send some money back east to help David's son because they got screwed by their cellphone company so we're kinda short($400 cell phone bills are NOT good- always make sure you read AND understand your cellphone contracts). But nothing to worry about cuz we've kept spending under control the past few weeks. YAY US!!!!!! I'm almost done with Belle's Poncho. Pictures of everything I have done tomorrow I promise. I got my box o' Christmas decorations out to go through and see what needs to be replaced and what we need. That'll be today's big chore since it's going to rain all day or at least is supposed to. Happy Halloween everyone! I have to add thank you's to everyone who posted comments and sent emails in support of my bad anxiety time the other day. Your support and well wishes meant ALOT to me and I think you all ROCK!


Slip stitch Appearance in pattern - sl st Insert hook in st, yo, draw through lp on hook. From Stitchguide.com



Well it's Saturday morning. I sit with smiley coffee cup in hand (birthday gift from a couple years ago, yeah I am a coffee cup lover), husband on the couch awaiting his turn on the puter(he's such a sweetie, he got up after I started to make my entry so instead of shutting the windows down he just sat down and I brought his coffee to him )the boy is watching the Wiggles. I finished Hat one for David last night. I will put up pics later. I also made a decision. I frogged Belle's sweater. I decided that I just wasn't going to find the right color/type of yarn to finish it. Soooo I am going to make Baby Short Round Poncho which is a combination effort from Dot and Chelle and is so darling, Belle will look adorable (Of course she looks adorable in everything). So I hope to get alot if not all of that done this weekend. We have to go grocery shopping and pay rent today so I may not get much chance today to work on crocheting cuz there's laundry, have to do it today cuz it's going to rain Sunday, again. I want to start a project for My Secret Pal too. What is it? I'll not tell it's a secret. But it will be good and I am excited about it. Well, I'll try to get pictures up later. Have good weekends all.


Miss me?

I didn't blog first thing this mornin like I usually do. Did you notice? Yeah right... suuuuuure you did. Anyway I just didn't do it this morning. I had some really really bad anxiety going on this morning. So I just got busy 'round the house and worked on the computer some. Did some things that needed to be done on it. Like running windows washer and cleaning off the desktop and getting rid of old programs and such. So anyway I'm OK now. At least I'm not crying anymore (weird I know but sometimes when I get really anxious I cry uncontrollably for no reason). Sometimes I get really tired of being worried about every little thing all the time. I hate it and that makes me hate me or at least the anxiety having part of me. But at any rate today I worked through my anxiety, I didn't shut down (well I didn't blog which was cuz of the anxiety but that was it) I got busy. Which is a good thing. OK well... I don't really know what else to say right now. Oh except don't freak there was a problem with the volcano cam so it's down, the thing didn't blow it's stack it's just broke.


Shell stitch Appearance in pattern - shell Three or more sts with or without ch worked in same place that form a fan-look pattern. Example: (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same st.


SotD (Two for One sice I missed yesterday)

Double crochet (& variation) Double crochet Appearance in pattern - dc Yo, insert hook in st, yo, draw through 1 lp, [yo, draw through 2 lps] twice. Long double crochet Appearance in pattern - long dc Yo, insert hook in designated st or row, pull up long lp on hook, (yo, pull through 2 lps on hook) 2 times. From Stitchguide.com.

never fails

I washed a load of sheets and rugs, and hung them outside; came in, cleaned the bathroom and did two sinkfulls of dishes, fixed lunch for me and the boy and now it looks all cloudy like rain... I know those sheets aren't dry I'm gonna have to go get them and try to find room to hang them inside to dry. I hate not having a dryer grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr my luck.... EDIT: No sooner than I hit the Publish button it cuts loose and rains like crazy I run out grab all the things off the line noting that by the time I have the last sheets off it's stopped raining.... I am not hanging them back out if I hang them back out it'll rain again.


Going through a bit of some down time... maybe the moon? Speaking of moon, we missed the eclipse was cloudy here. Gotta shake this down mood. I can tell this will be a bad one if I can't. I won't let myself get way down. I can't. OK well anyway Cards lost, knew they would...still had hoped but.... at least it was good that the Sox won cuz it had been so long, that took the sting of loss away some. Didn't get much done crochetwise yesterday, had to much to do, with the dishwasher not working it's a constant task keeping up with dishes, there's still a sinkful this morning that I will have to do. Want to finish one of David's hats or get close. Have to refind a football pattern cuz mine just isn't looking right and want to compare. Got my secret pal, so I will start looking for things for the first package(starts nov 1st), I have somethings in mind to make too.



Blogger's service to day is spotty at best. At least it was long enough to edit some things. Everyone should try to watch the eclipse tonight. I'm awaiting an email telling who my new secret pal is. I'm so excited I cannot wait. Although I feel kinda strange because here we are getting Winter's assignments and I have yet to find out who was my fall sp. Oh well Oct isn't over yet. I'm so excited about this next round I cannot wait. Oh wait I said that already. hehe See how excited I am? Maybe it'll make this day be better.

It's about time!

Blogger has been totally screwy to me today, I could not get in to post until now. Couldn't go to anyone's blog but mine, it was weird. Anyway I wrote this mornin while I couldn't get into blogger.
Well, it appears blogger has had a nervous breakdown. So while I wait to get my morning blog on I will use word for my urgent need to blog my life. After David got home from work we went and did the early vote thing, "vote early, vote often" lmao ( I shouldn't laugh, with all the talk of voter fraud that's probably the case in some places); then went to Hobby Lobby and oooohed and ahhhed over their Christmas goodies. Found some way cool things that we will probably be going back for. We did get a wreath and Sean a Santa that sits on the mantel to hang a stocking from. Of course we went to the yarn section too; I did buy two balls of thread (one green and one red) to make a wreath but now (since we bought a wreath) I may make ornaments with them. Hey they were 88 cents! I should have picked up some more yarn to get to work on the rest of the Christmas presents but it's hard for me to do that sometimes; make myself spend money on something I want. I also really need to get the what I have going on right one done too. So I will get the footballs done for the boys; Belle's sweater and Nathaniels stocking done, the special request from a friend for her daughter and David's hats THEN I will grab some yarn for the rest of the presents. Well most important are the footballs and the stocking and sweater, I can work on D's hats and the special request (can't post it cuz the recipient might be reading) while working on other things. OK I just realized I have been rambling about yarn and crocheting. The Cards totally blew that game last night... They deserve to lose the series enough said... Well it's 6:30 am my blogger dashboard still hasn't loaded. The load of clothes is done and waiting for it to get light enough for me to go hang them out. (oh joy) So I guess it's time to go run the dishwasher and straighten up the kitchen and mop. Well it's almost 8:30 am, The dishwasher isn't working. The boy is being a monster, I battled skeeters and spiders and hung the clothes out, my back is hurting like crazy, and my mood is not getting any better and my head hurts.. In fact I wonder why I even got up today.
So as you can tell my day has been a bad one. I'm half tempted to go crack open a bottle of wine and have a glass.


Hairdryers, yarn, and naps

That boy of mine refuses to take a nap. LOL Not that it's THAT much of a bother, I would just like a little spot of peace and quiet oh well. He is also highly scared of the hairdryer. I even reeach for it and off he runs. Then he peeks around the corner to make sure I'm ok while I'm using it. He's such a cutie. I've been unwinding cone yarn into some more managable balls to work on Christmas presents. Mainly the boys footballs. Have 1/4 of one hat done for David. Have two rows of shawl done. Am out of sorts today as David's work is having phone problems so I haven't gotten any emails from him. I am way to spoiled hehe I miss him so much when he's not here. We're going to go to Hobby Lobby tonight if he doesn't have to work to late. I mentioned that they had a sale and have trees 30%off... I think he realizes that when I mention HL and sale theres yarn involved too hehe It doesn't cost to look! Well gotta go check the mail.


Berry stitch Ch 3, insert hook in next st, yo, pull through st, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook. Pop ch-3 to right side of work. From Stitchguide.com

Tuesday Projects

I had finsihed the boy's hat (I moved it up to entry just below this one) is finished. Hubby (Sweetheart that he is) requested two hats of his grey chenille that I made hisBDay scarf out of. So, I need to get busy on those, plus I have another stocking in the works, two presents, a couple of Dot's Lizzy hats, and a original design shawl I'm making to sell. Plus I figured out what the kids were all going to get so I need to really get busy. On another note, The Autumn Secret Pal Swap at Crochetville is coming to an end. My "reveal package" arrived at it's destination yesterday. Chie was a pleasure to be a secret pal for and I am glad she enjoyed her gifts. I cannot wait to get my next assignment! Sitting here with my coffee I can here my windchimes, not loud but enough to make me smile. Such a beautiful sound.



OK I finished the boy's hat. The last one I just threw in because he was being silly and making faces.

Stolen Honor

We just through watching "Stolen Honor". I urge anyone that gets a chance to watch it to do so! I pray that anyone who is going to vote for kerry to do so before they cast that vote. I've taken some slack for deviating from crocheting to politics as of late. I do so because this election is weighing heavy on my mind. I cannot fathom how anyone in their right (or left) mind can honestly vote for this man kerry. The man (and I use that word in the loosest way possible in regards to him) sat before congress and called soldiers serving in Vietnam, "Monsters". Someone told me they could not read my blog anymore because it was disturbing what I was saying about kerry. It should disturb you, it's horrible stuff. But it's true. Which is more than just about anything he has come up with. They said they would not vote for Bush as they were afraid he would start the draft(A lie always told when dems are afraid of losing an election). I would be more afraid that kerry would be getting our soldiers killed like he did for POWS in Vietnam. Not to mention the ones who were mistreated when they came home because of his false accusations. He voted against getting our soldiers serving now better body armor. Then turns around and says he supports them... How? Is he going to turncoat on them too and start calling them monsters? I'm mad. No, I'm furious. People are so blind when it comes to kerry they will only see what he wants them too. PLEASE LOOK AT THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN IT'S THE REAL kerry! I wish I could find they words to convince people that voting for him is wrong. My dear sweet husband says it better over at Shadydowns, please go read it. Again please watch Stolen Honor.

I've tried

I really have tried to keep my political posts to a minimum. This one however deserves as much press as can be generated so : Some linkage THE WASHINGTON TIMES -Security Council members deny meeting Kerry Redstate.org http://www.powerlineblog.com/ I could go on but..... I won't


Love knot Appearance in pattern - lk Pull up long lp on hook to measure 1/2", yo, pull through lp, sc in back strand of long lp. From: Stitchguide.com

Monday, Monday

Well, yet another weekend has come and gone. Not much went on this weekend. Saturday we went grocery shopping since we all felt so bad during the week we didn't go. This cold really kicked my ass. Sunday was wash clothes and bum around the house day. We watched race. It's so sad about the plane crash, the Hendrick family has had their blows this year. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved. Watched alittle football. Baseball: I cannot believe the Cards have gone 0-2 - oh wait yeah I can lol. Lets just hope the come back once at home. Saturday during our shopping expedition we went to Lowes, they had some windchimes I was wanting but they were 50 dollars so I hadn't gotten them. Well we walked in and there they were marked down to $33! Needless to say we brought them home! They sound so beautiful. They are the big bronze ones by the little green one that David got me last week at Bed, Bath and Beyond. They both sound great together. He's such a sweetheart, so good to me. He spoils us rotten though. (not complaining lol) We got a couple things for our Christmas tree too. Getting to be that time of year, everyone has their Christmas stuff out. I didn't get much crocheting done Saturday, Sunday I got most of the boy's hat done hopefully today I'll finish it and post pics. Belle's sweater is slowed down as I am not going to have enough yarn so I am going to have to figure something out for her sleeves. Which is a real bummer.


Our Prayers with you

From Hendrick Motorsport's Website
HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS STATEMENT CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Oct. 24, 2004) - Hendrick Motorsports officials have confirmed that an airplane owned by the organization was reported missing and downed today. The craft was en route to Martinsville, Va., from Concord, N.C. The following is a full list of passengers: Randy Dorton, Hendrick Motorsports engine director; John Hendrick, Hendrick Motorsports president; Jennifer Hendrick, daughter of John Hendrick; Kimberly Hendrick, daughter of John Hendrick; Ricky Hendrick, son of Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick and owner of two NASCAR teams; Joe Jackson, sponsor representative; Scott Lathram, employee of NASCAR driver Tony Stewart; Elizabeth Morrison, co-pilot; Richard Tracy, pilot; and Jeff Turner, Hendrick Motorsports general manager. Hendrick Motorsports asks that those affected be kept in your thoughts and prayers, and respectfully requests that privacy be considered throughout this difficult time.



Popcorn stitch Appearance in pattern - pc 5 dc in st, drop lp from hook, insert hook in top of first dc of group, pull dropped lp through st, ch 1. From Stitchguide.com



That word doesn't even come close to describing how I feel at this moment. There is a person whose blog I read who is a military wife, her husband is in Iraq now as we speak. I started reading her blog because she crochets. Now, awhile back I went to read her blog and it was gone. Pretty much nothing but a blank page. I checked back several times but there was never anything there. Well it concerned me a little because it is highly unlike someone to just get rid of their blog. So I was afraid something was wrong. She hadn't been to the messageboard for crocheters either in awhile. Well I emailed her to check to see. She emailed me back saying she took her blog down because she was getting "hate" mail from people because her husband is in the military and she supports him and the troops and she just couldn't handle it anymore. OK now I am totally outraged. THIS IS NOT RIGHT PEOPLE!!!!! It's sickening. I'm not wanting to turn this into a political debate. This is about some nonhumans who think it is fun to pick on someone whos husband is overseas fighting in a war. It doesn't matter if you don't like the war or don't agree, you do not harass people because of it. You know what? The people who have to pick on the military wives and families of those in the service are scum, lower than scum, not even worthy to lick the scum off of the scum!!!!!!!!!!!! You want to pick on someone why don't you get in touch with me, we'll decide on a meeting place and meet up and we'll discuss all about how you feel about the war and picking on military wives while the ER Dr is removing my cowboy boot from your ass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Damn lowlife idiots with no life and no brain with nothing better to do with their worthless pathetic excuse of a world than to pick on someone whose husband is out making our world a better place. YOU MAKE ME SICK AND SHOULD GO BE A HUMAN SHIELD! I'm sure some would like the target practice!

Carnival of the Recipes #10 is up!

This weeks Carnival of the Recipes #10 is up!. Hosted this week at Inside Allen's Mind. Feeling so bad this week I didn't even think to submit anything so I'm not in it but check it out anyways.


Half-double crochet Appearance in pattern - hdc Yo, insert hook in st, draw lp through, yo, draw through all 3 lps on hook. From Stitchguide.com


St Louis won!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For once they didn't choke in post season! WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!! The Cards are going to the World Series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEAH!
"It's every little boy's dream. I'm glad to have won the MVP, but that trophy is going to stay right in this room because everybody here is MVP," Pujols said.
I don't really have anything else to say. Yesterday I felt so bad I didn't get much of anything accomplished, while shivering under a blanket in the couch I started a hat for the boy. Don't feel quite so bad but still feel pretty rough, hopefully yesterday will have been the worst and I'll start getting better. HAVE to clean house today whether I feel like it or not as I didn't do anything yesterday. You'd be surprised how much mess a two year old can make in a day. I sent off my "reveal" package to my Secret Pal yesterday, hope she likes it. Sent Sis's package to her too. OMG She has been without cigarettes for over a month now! I'm sooooo proud of her! David and I have been smokefree for almost 7 mths now, I tell you there are days..... Our favorite joke is well "we've been smoke free for xxx long." "Yeah, lets get a pack to celebrate!" In all seriousness, it hard to quit; damn hard, and that's scary. That was how I managed to quit the last time. I kept thinking about how addicted I was, how I just had to have those cigarettes and how much of a hold they had on us. It made me mad and made me even more determined to quit. Of course David quit together, that helped a lot. Sis did it by herself (although she didn't have much choice she was in the hospital with heart problems) her husband hasn't quit. I know how hard it is to quit and stay quit when someone you live with still smokes, for that I commend you even more Sis! OK I'll quit rambling.


Don't mind me

I'm just cleaning up links and such along the sidebar and bottom of page. Hopefully that will ease some of the delay in loading for some people. For my Crochet Blogs I read I have taken your buttons down and replaced with the bloglines blogroll. It's alot easier to keep track of and doesn't take up as much room. If I missed anyone in the transfer do not be offended, either let me know or I will figure it out when I go to read you next. lol


Cluster stitch Cluster stitch Appearance in pattern - dc cl (or tr cl) Double Crochet Cluster (dc cl) Yo, insert hook in st, yo, pull through st, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook, (yo, insert hook in same st, yo, pull through st, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook) 3 times, yo, pull through all 5 lps on hook, ch 1. Treble Cluster (tr cl) Yo 2 times, insert hook in st, yo, pull through st, (yo, pull through 2 lps on hook) 2 times, *yo 2 times, insert hook in same st, yo, pull through st, (yo, pull through 2 lps on hook) 2 times; repeat from *, yo, pull through all 4 lps on hook, ch 1. from Stitchguide.com


OMG OMG OMG The Cards won!!!!!!!! Can they? Will they???? On the other side I am shocked surprised and amazed the the Yankees lost what is up with that? I figured if the Cards were by some miricle gonna go to the series I think they'd have a better chance against Boston than New York but now I don't know.... Well, I want to get Belle's sweater finished today, if I feel like it. I feel so bad and didn't get much sleep last night. And to top it off I have a zit on my forehead over my temple, not a regular one but one of those hard ones that hurt like hell. I hate those! I finished Dot's Lizzy Hat. Hubby, the sweetheart that he is modeled it for the picture. I think it turned out great! Such a cool pattern! Dot you ROCK!


Something happened here yesterday evening that upset me greatly. I had been discussing a previous entry I had made with some people. One of whom had an opposing view. It wasn't a heated discussion and I was actually enjoying the exchange of opinion. In the mean time my husband commented to her in reply to something this person had said (he was at work) and she replied back in a manner that irritated him. When he got home and saw it he replied in kind back. Not realizing my name was the name entered into the field since I had been commenting earlier; so when it posted it said it was from me. As a result of that there was a personal attack levied against me and my husband by this person. I will not tolerate personal attacks. They are uncalled for. I never said I was a genius, do not care if my grammar isn't proper enough for you or if I misspell words. I am not typing to please anyone but myself. My husband has removed the remark and this person said they would not be back. It matters little for the damage has been done.


New Feature SotD (Stitch of the Day)

Today's Stitch from Stitchguide.com Double treble crochet Double treble crochet Appearance in pattern - dtr Yo hook 3 times, insert hook in st, yo, draw lp through, [yo, draw through 2 lps on hook] 4 times. st= stitch YO = yarn over lp(s)= loop(s)

Back to School

I think something was greatly misunderstood in my Church and State post, that I would like to clarify in this post. I am by no means advocating mandatory prayer in public schools. I believe that prayer and religion should be something personal and for each person to determine for themselves about themselves. I will however state that I do believe that in schools where there is no uniform policy children should be allowed to wear Jesus saves TShirts if allowed to wear shirt with saying/symbols from other religions. I believe children should be allowed to take a moment of silence to pray or reflect or whatever at one point during the day IF they choose to. Red Mind Blue State says this:
I hate to be the skunk at the picnic, but here's what I think is the problem. By saying there cannot be an organized prayer in a public school (key words--organized & public) we are guaranteeing freedom of religion. You can pray anytime-- your kids can pray anytime. What you can't do is force my kid to pray at the same time, in the same way, as you want your kid to.
I agree totally. As far as his point about the Ten Commandments being in buildings, I have to say right off I think it has an religious symbolism moreso than anything else; afterall how could it not be? It is a religious artifact. Although there could be a historical aspect to it I guess and defiantly has moral implications most people should be paying attention to but that's not the discussion. I will never proclaim to have all the right answers. Because I do not know what a good solution is. I was merely pointing out how it was worded and how I thought it was meant. I would not have posted it period had I know people would automatically jump to the conclusion that I was advocating mandatory prayer in school.


All that's left on Belle's sweater is the sleeves and finish the whole thing (like sewing together and edging). Got started on the sleeves last night but stopped working on it as I ws too tired and didn't want to mess up. So I started Dot's Lizzy Hat ended up messing up after starting the flower row so I am going to have to frog it. I'll post pics as soon as I get it done. I'm so totally sick... David has had a cold and I have been fighting it, I think the boy is coming down with it. I was feeling bad yesterday. This morning it's horrid.

Interesting Read

Glenn Reynolds over at Instapundit.com points to this interview: Nobelist Prescott lauds Bush policies excerpt:
"When you cut tax rates, employment always goes up," he said in a phone interview Monday with The Arizona Republic. Prescott, speaking from Minnesota, where he advises the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, described Kerry's plan to roll back tax cuts for top wage-earners as counterproductive. "The idea that you can increase taxes and stimulate the economy is pretty damn stupid," he said. Bush's campaign on Monday released a letter signed by Prescott and five other Nobel laureates critical of Kerry's proposal to roll back tax reductions for families earning $200,000 or more. In The Republic interview, he said such a policy would discourage people from working. "It's easy to get over $200,000 in income with two wage earners in a household," Prescott said. "We want those highly educated, talented people to work."
I too am surprised this hasn't gotten more attention.



Got alot done on Belle's sweater have the back and one side of the front done so far. . My camera is flashing it's low battery sign so the pic isn't too good. Watched the baseball game last night. Was going to watch the Cards game but ended up watching the sox/yankees game since they were tied. I CANNOT believe that I watched a baseball game while a football game was on and it was The Rams. lol Anyway... Cards lost(figures) Sox won after 14 long innings. And The Rams won. The boy brought a hat pattern I had sitting on the coffee table and said "Hat Mommy" so I asked if he wanted a hat and he said" yes mommy, hat" lol Found this Christmas tree skirt pattern I want to make. http://www.craftown.com/cropat35.htm

Church and State

I've been working on this for a bit, decided to post it once I read Right Wing Nut Jobs Unite-Do the Ten Commandments have a place in the Courts of America? this morning. --------- Now, I'm just a simple girl who grew up in the Ozarks', I'm not world traveled or schooled in the versus of educated essay writing so bear with me while I plunder through this. People neglect to recall or rather decide not to recall that this country was founded by deeply religious people. It was founded BECAUSE of religion. They did not want to be punished because their religion of choice was not what their country(ies) wanted them to believe. The foundation of our government is religious freedom. NOT freedom FROM religion but religious freedom- being free to follow the religion of your choice without fear of persecution by the government. This is the well-touted oft misused First Amendment of the constitution:
Amendment I - Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression. Ratified 12/15/1791. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
And a footnote of the definition of redress since it is not a well-used word this day and age: Redress redress v. 1. To set right, remedy or rectify. 2. To make amends for. n. 1. Satisfaction for wrong done; reparation. 2. Correction OK Let's dissect... First: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion," What does that mean? Looks to me like it means Congress (our government) can't pass a law that says this one religion is better than the other. Let's continue: "or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;" OK What's that one mean? Looks like it means they(government) cannot stop someone from freely practicing religion. I won't touch on the rest of the amendment since I am only talking religion right now. Let's review- Congress, meaning our Government, cannot make a law saying they prefer a certain religion. Nor can our government stop us from practicing a certain religion. Now, in October 1961 the Supreme Court of the United States removed prayer from New York schools in a case called Engel v. Vitale. This case said basically that because the U.S. Constitution prohibits any law respecting an establishment of religion, officials of public schools may not compose a public prayer even if the prayer is denominationally neutral, and that pupils may choose to remain silent or be excused while the prayer is being recited. In plain English, the supreme court said this school could not have a school prayer, it was unconstitutional. Thus, the invention of "separation of Church and State" which is yelled form the highest hilltops in any corner of the country where someone is not happy with a statue, word, prayer, book, etc... Now it gets fuzzy here because in banning school prayer they are prohibiting the free exercise of religion. Right? That's my interpretation of it. A couple more definitions: semantic SYLLABICATION: se·man·tic VARIANT FORMS: also se·man·ti·cal (-t-kl) ADJECTIVE: 1. Of or relating to meaning, especially meaning in language. 2. Of, relating to, or according to the science of semantics. semantics SYLLABICATION: se·man·tics NOUN: (used with a sing. or pl. verb) 1. Linguistics The study or science of meaning in language. 2. Linguistics The study of relationships between signs and symbols and what they represent. 3. The meaning or the interpretation of a word, sentence, or other language form: i.e. "We're basically agreed; let's not quibble over semantics." Why did I put those there? Because semantics is where it all falls. Because the First Amendment is worded the way it is, it can be interpreted a couple ways. I was not there when this wonderful country was founded (No, honestly although I feel that old sometimes I am really not). I cannot say that they intended their words to be interpret the way they have been. But I have a pretty good hunch that if they knew their wording would keep kids from being able to pray in school or the ten commandments from being displayed in a government building they would have used different words. In my genealogy research I have done a lot of studying on the beginning of this country. I can confidently say that I believe their intention was to allow for the freedom to practice religion without fear of persecution and nothing to do with keeping it out of schools or state funded buildings/events etc... They just didn't want the government to tell us we HAD to believe this one religion or face persecution. Keep in mind Christianity is not just one religion but a generalized term for religions that believe in Jesus Christ as the son of God. My basic and bottomline point is I do not believe they had total "separation of church and state" in mind when they penned the constitution and amendments.



This weekend was one I'm kinda glad is over. Nothing really went right. Just re-enforcing that I cannot do a god damned thing right. I'm sorry David. Enough of that, one of the good things is I actually got Belle's stocking finished. Got her sweater started and got a cool filet crochet book at a yard sale for a quarter! The other things in progress or finished cannot be disclosed here as the benefactors may be reading this blog.


A Conservative's Analysis of John Kerry's Record

Read my warning: HERE
FROM: History News Network Roundup: Media's Take on the News A Conservative's Analysis of John Kerry's Record John Perazzo, in frontpagemag.com (Feb. 17, 2004): When analysts look back on the moments that catapulted Sen. John Kerry to frontrunner status in his quest for the Democratic presidential nomination, they will acknowledge that one of the biggest turns of the campaign occurred on January 25. On that day, Kerry campaign strategists whisked Jim Rassmann from Florence, Oregon, straight to Iowa for an emotional, “surprise” public reunion with Kerry. As Rassmann's fellow soldier in the Vietnam War, Kerry saved Rassmann's life by dodging a hail of enemy gunfire to drag him out of a river and carry him to safety. As John Hurley, director of the Veterans for Kerry campaign, acknowledges, Rassmann's appearance with Kerry gave the senator an enormous boost. “It was just thrilling to get [Rassmann's] phone call out of the blue,” Hurley said. “Normally I'm a calm guy, but I was dancing and shrieking.” Kerry has made frequent references to his military background, depicting himself as a proud American who served his nation honorably during the Vietnam War. However, what most people do not realize is when Kerry returned from combat, he became a key figure in the early-1970s, anti-American and pro-Hanoi movement personified by Jane Fonda. Like so many of those protesters, Kerry publicly maligned American soldiers, and went on to become a prominent organizer for one of America's most radical appeasement groups, Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW). He developed close ties with celebrated activists like Fonda and Ramsey Clark, the radical Attorney General who served under President Lyndon Johnson. (Clark went on to head the pro-North Korean International Action Center.) Kerry also supported a document known as the “People's Peace Treaty,” which was reportedly composed in Communist East Germany and contained nine points – all of them extracted from a list of Viet Cong conditions for ending the war. By participating in VVAW demonstrations, Kerry marched alongside many revolutionary Communists. Exploiting his presence at such rallies, the Communist publication Daily World prominently published photographs of Kerry addressing anti-war protestors, some of whom were carrying banners with portraits of Communist Party leader Angela Davis. Openly organized by known Communists, these rallies were typified by what the December 12, 1971, Herald Traveler called an “abundance of Vietcong flags, clenched fists raised in the air, and placards plainly bearing legends in support of China, Cuba, the USSR, North Korea and the Hanoi government.” In early 1971, Kerry organized one of the most confrontational anti-war protests of the period, in which nearly 1,000 purported Vietnam veterans gathered on Washington, D.C.'s Mall for what they termed “a limited incursion into the country of Congress.” As part of a carefully orchestrated buildup toward that demonstration, Kerry had recently testified before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, claiming to have personally heard U.S. soldiers boast about having raped, dismembered, tortured, poisoned and randomly executed innocent civilians – sometimes even razing entire villages in a manner reminiscent of Ghenghis Khan. During that same time period, Kerry charged that American-perpetrated war crimes in Vietnam were the norm, not the exception – and were carried out with the full awareness and blessing of officers at all levels of American military command. Today, many American veterans and their families deem Kerry's past public excoriation of U.S. troops as unforgivable acts bordering on treason. As a result, veterans have formed several groups opposing Kerry's presidential ambitions. The root cause of their anti-Kerry sentiment is summarized by the publication U.S. Veteran Dispatch , which notes that Kerry's aforementioned testimony “occurred while some of his fellow Vietnam veterans were known by the world to be enduring terrible suffering as prisoners of war in North Vietnamese prisons.” Indeed, Senator John McCain has stated that his North Vietnamese captors had used reports of Kerry-led protests to taunt him and his fellow prisoners. Retired General George S. Patton III angrily charged that Kerry's actions were giving “aid and comfort to the enemy.” One anti-Kerry group, Vietnam Veterans Against John Kerry (VVAJK), recently formed a national coalition with two other groups: Vietnamese-Americans for Human Rights in Vietnam (VAHRV), and Vietnamese-Americans Against John Kerry (VAAJK). “We represent hundreds of thousand of American veterans,” says VVAJK founder said Ted Sampley, “who do not want to see John Kerry anywhere near the Oval Office.” A formal VVAJK statement reads, “As a national leader of VVAW, Kerry campaigned against the effort of the United States to contain the spread of Communism. He used the blood of servicemen still in the field for his own political advancement by claiming that their blood was being shed unnecessarily or in vain . . . Under Kerry's leadership, VVAW members mocked the uniform of United States soldiers by wearing tattered fatigues marked with pro-communist graffiti. They dishonored America by marching in demonstrations under the flag of the Viet Cong enemy.” In a similar spirit, VAAJK member Dan Tran says, “On behalf of tens of thousands of Vietnamese-Americans, we are determined to demonstrate against Senator Kerry all across this nation . . . John Kerry aided and abetted the Communist government in Hanoi and has hindered any human rights progress in Vietnam.” As chairman of the Select Senate Committee on POW/MIA (Prisoners Of War/Missing In Action) Affairs, which was created in 1991 to determine whether any American POWs or MIAs were still alive in Vietnam, Kerry doggedly pushed the panel to conclude all Americans were dead. According to U.S. Veteran Dispatch , “[N]o one in the United States Senate pushed harder to bury the POW/MIA issue, the last obstacle preventing normalization of relations with Hanoi, than John Forbes Kerry.” Controversy erupted in December 1992, however, when, according to the nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity, “Hanoi announced that it had awarded Colliers International, a Boston-based real estate company, an exclusive deal to develop its commercial real estate potentially worth billions. Stuart Forbes, the CEO of Colliers, is [John] Kerry's cousin.” Kerry's career in the U.S. Senate began in 1984. Since then – and notwithstanding his efforts to portray himself as a political moderate – he has established a long record of support for a wide array of left-wing causes, ideologies, and associated pieces of legislation. Among the most significant features of this record are the votes he has cast with regard to national defense and security issues. During his Senate career, Kerry has voted for at least seven major reductions in defense and military spending. Even after the 1993 World Trade Center bombing by Islamic terrorists, he voted to cut intelligence spending by $1.5 billion for the five years prior to 2001. In 1996 he voted to slash defense spending by $6.5 billion. However, Kerry has been a big spender on non-defense projects, having earned a lifetime rating of only 26 percent from the organization Citizens Against Government Waste. Over the years, Kerry has voted against a Balanced Budget Amendment at least five times, and against lowering overall government spending at least three times. In 2001, he voted against President Bush's $1.35 trillion tax cut package, marking at least the tenth anti-tax relief vote of his Senate career. By contrast, Kerry voted in favor of President Clinton's 1993 tax hike, which was the largest tax increase in American history. In fact, Kerry recently called for “a return to the fiscal responsibility we gave this country in 1993 when we passed the Deficit Reduction Act.” Kerry's consistent pattern of voting in favor of high taxes has earned him a meager 25.2 percent rating from the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) for the period of 1985-2001. Similarly, the group Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) gives him a paltry 12.5 percent rating for the years 1999-2002. The issue of taxation, of course, has enormous implications for entrepreneurs and small businesses. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce gives Kerry a 36 percent rating for the years 1985-2001, and the National Federation of Independent Business rates him a pathetic 21.4 percent for the years 1997-2001. Kerry's positions on most political and social issues are consistently leftist. In 2000, he voted to expand federal hate-crime protections to include such categories as gender, sexual orientation, and disabilities. He has consistently voted in favor of Affirmative Action and set-asides in employment and contracting. With regard to environmental issues, he consistently supports the positions of radical leftist groups like the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which has endorsed him for the 2004 presidential election. During the past six years, the LCV has approved of 95 percent of Kerry's votes on environmental matters. According to the Capital Research Center, which rates the political leanings of nonprofit organizations, this group's rating places it at the extreme Left of the political spectrum. Kerry has voted in favor of federal funding for abortions, and against requiring parental notification for minors' abortions. On at least three occasions he has voted against proposed bans of partial-birth abortions. While Kerry has earned a Zero-percent rating from the National Right To Life Committee, his National Abortion And Reproductive Rights League rating is consistently 100 percent, year after year. With regard to criminal justice, Kerry opposes the death penalty “because I think it's applied unfairly.” After 9/11, however, he conveniently changed his tune. Said the senator, "I am for the death penalty for terrorists because terrorists have declared war on [our] country. I support killing people who declare war on our country.” But this is a new position for Kerry, who, between 1989 and 1993, voted at least three times to exempt terrorists from the death penalty, on grounds that anti-death penalty nations would refuse to extradite suspected terrorists to the United States. As Michael Dukakis' Lieutenant Governor from 1983-1985, Kerry supported a furlough program for hundreds of Massachusetts' inmates, a program that many critics deemed too lenient toward criminals. In a case that garnered national attention during the 1988 presidential debates between Mr. Dukakis and George H.W. Bush, a prisoner named Willie Horton brutally raped a woman while he was free on such a furlough. Though Kerry characterizes himself as a political moderate, his voting record is, in fact, every bit as far-Left as that of his fellow Massachusetts senator, the candidly left-wing Ted Kennedy. According to Congressional Quarterly , over the course of Kerry's Senate career, he has sided with Kennedy fully 94 percent of the time for key votes. In a number of different years – 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1998, 1999, and 2001 – that figure stood at 100 percent. Kerry's lifetime Vote Rating from the leftist group Americans For Democratic Action (ADA) is 93 percent. Senator Kennedy's ADA rating is a slightly lower 88 percent; that is, a avowedly leftist group states that John Kerry's voting record is to the Left of Ted Kennedy's. By contrast, Kerry's lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union (ACU) stands at just 5 percent – the third lowest figure in the entire Senate, higher only than the ACU ratings for Ted Kennedy and Barbara Boxer. The ACU ratings for some other notable Democrats are: 13 percent apiece for Richard Gephardt, Hillary Clinton, and Tom Daschle; 14 percent for John Edwards; 15 percent for Dennis Kucinich; and 19 percent for Joe Lieberman. Senator John Breaux, one of the upper chamber's few moderate Democrats, has a 46 percent ACU rating. Kerry's stated positions on various major political issues have, on numerous occasions, been inconsistent and contradictory. For instance, he fiercely condemns the Patriot Act as the slippery slope toward a police state, and excoriates Attorney General John Ashcroft for violating Americans' civil liberties. “We are a nation of laws and liberties, not of a knock in the night,” says Kerry. “So it is time to end the era of John Ashcroft. That starts with replacing the Patriot Act with a new law that protects our people and our liberties at the same time.” But in 2001, Kerry in fact voted for the Patriot Act – parts of which he himself originally wrote. He said at the time that he was “pleased at the compromise we have reached on the anti-terrorism legislation as a whole.” “It reflects,” he said on the Senate floor, “an enormous amount of hard work by the members of the Senate Banking Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee. I congratulate them and thank them for that work.” In 1991, Kerry voted against authorizing the use of force in the Persian Gulf. Yet he now claims that he fully supported Operation Desert Storm, but voted against it only because he wanted the first President Bush “to take a couple more months to build the support of the nation.” At the dawn of that war, Kerry warned that the elder Bush's “unilateral” action constituted a “rush to war” that might lead to “another generation of amputees, paraplegics, burn victims.” “Is the liberation of Kuwait so imperative that all those risks are worthwhile at this moment?” he asked rhetorically. Eleven days later, he wrote a letter to a constituent explaining that he opposed military action and preferred to give economic sanctions “more time to work.” Nine days after that, however, he wrote to the same constituent and said that he “strongly and unequivocally supported President Bush's response to the crisis.” More recently, Kerry has exhibited similar shifts in his stated stance on the 2003 Iraq war. Amid his blistering criticisms of President George W. Bush's foreign policy, Kerry has said, “We did not empower the president to do regime change.” Yet in fact, Kerry supported an October 2002 Senate resolution that specifically cited regime change as a goal. That resolution, which passed by a 77-to-23 margin, authorized President Bush to attack Iraq if Saddam Hussein refused to abide by UN mandates. Kerry had similarly voted to make regime change a U.S. objective back in 1998. Throughout 2003 and into 2004, Kerry has condemned what he calls President Bush's needless “rush to war” against Iraq. But in October 2002 Kerry himself addressed the Senate with a stern speech declaring Iraq “capable of quickly producing [and] weaponizing” biological agents that could be delivered against “the United States itself.” In a January 23, 2003, foreign policy speech at Georgetown University, Kerry stated, “Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime. He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation. He miscalculated an eight-year war with Iran. He miscalculated the invasion of Kuwait. He miscalculated America's response to that act of naked aggression. He miscalculated the result of setting oilrigs on fire. He miscalculated the impact of sending scuds into Israel and trying to assassinate an American President. He miscalculated his own military strength. He miscalculated the Arab world's response to his misconduct. And now he is miscalculating America's response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction.” Despite his consistently leftist stance on the issues, John Kerry has staked out public positions all over the political map since the early 1970s. But one thing has remained troublingly consistent: He prefers to hide his three decades of left-wing activism from the American public. We hope the American people will not be so easily fooled.

Consider this your warning!

We went to the fair Wednesday as most know. Had a blast of course because anything we do together is fun. One of the places we went while there was the Vietnam War Memorial. Nothing can even come close to describing the feelings a place like that stirs up. I saw a picture once with the caption of "If you were not there, no words can describe it. If you were there, no words are needed." Pretty much how David and I were... Silent( except for the my sniffles). David was there and I was not, yet both looking on in silence. Ever since I was old enough to learn about Vietnam I have been bothered by how soldiers were treated then. I often wondered how and why people reacted the way they did. I have never found the answer. I never will, no answer could satisfy the feelings of horror I felt when told how soldiers were spit on and called "baby killers". AMERICAN soldiers. THE GOOD GUYS! Treated like scum. Makes me ill. I could not imagine the pain those things caused. I still cannot. I guess it's the mother in me that wants to somehow make it better, somehow, in some way. I long ago adopted a POW/MIA from Operation Just Cause I have since then adopted another as I moved to a new state. Now That I live in Texas I have requested another. Once received the page will be placed along with the rest on Shadydowns. Right now they are plain, as I had to remove any fancy design I had due to the fact the web host is kind of crappy but once I get things lined up for our domain I will hopefully bring them back to their former glory. But I digress; there was supposed to be a warning in here... The warning is. To those who have differing political views from me be ye hereby forewarned that over the new couple days some posts may contain information and views about John Kerry you will not like. Such as: Consider yourselves warned.

Carnival of the Recipes #9 is up

From She Who Will Be Obeyed And I am in it! Carnival of the Recipes #9

Wilson’s Creek

Senate Passes Talent Bill to Preserve Civil War Battlefield in Southwest Missouri Above is a picture from our visit. Senate Passes Talent Bill to Preserve Civil War Battlefield in Southwest Missouri October 10,2004 (WASHINGTON, D.C.) The U.S. Senate today passed legislation to preserve the historic Wilson’s Creek Civil War battlefield near Springfield, Missouri that stands at-risk in one of the fastest growing areas in the country. This legislation was sponsored in the Senate by U.S. Senator Jim Talent (R-Mo.) “This is a historically significant battlefield and we need to expand it because of the rapid growth in the Springfield area,” said Sen. Talent, a member of the Senate Energy Committee. “Our legislation would protect the field on which the battle was fought so that the full story of the first major Civil War battle west of the Mississippi can be preserved for generations to come.” Sen. Talent’s legislation was cosponsored in the Senate by U.S. Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.). Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) introduced the companion bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. Talent, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, worked to pass this legislation out of committee and today brought up the companion measure for passage in the Senate. The current acreage of the Wilson’s Creek battlefield park is approximately 1,750 acres, but only 75 percent of the actual combat areas associated with the battle are within the park’s boundaries. Sen. Talent’s bill would provide permanent protection from development for significant resources that are integral to the historic events that the park was established to commemorate. The legislation will add approximately 615 acres from six parcels of land that make up the remaining significant resources outside the park boundary that are directly related to the battle. This bill also authorizes the acquisition of the Sweeney Museum property and collections, one of the most complete private civil war artifacts collections in existence. The bill is now waiting to be signed by President Bush to become law.


My Grandpa

Anyone who knows me (Pre-blog) knows that early last spring my grandparents were really sick, they both ended up in the hospital with pneumonia. Grandpa was the sickest, Grandma got out within a week and did fine, Grandpa was in for quite a spell, and every one of us who live away made their trip back to see him - that's how bad he was. But, he made a remarkable recovery and did fine. However he is back in the VA hospital. My Aunt said he was falling down alot and not eating again. They said he was doing better since being admited and was eating again. Please keep him in your prayers.

Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers: INGREDIENTS: 1 pound ground beef 1 cup uncooked minute rice 6 green bell peppers 2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (or free minced garlic) 1 med onion chopped salt and pepper to taste 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a skillet over medium heat, sweat onion then add ground beef; brown graound beef. (drain when brown) Remove and discard the tops, seeds, and membranes of the bell peppers. Arrange peppers in a baking dish with the hollowed sides facing upward. (Slice the bottoms of the peppers if necessary so that they will stand upright.) In a bowl, mix the browned beef, minute rice, 1 can tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Spoon an equal amount of the mixture into each hollowed pepper. Mix the remaining tomato sauce and Italian seasoning in a bowl, and pour over the stuffed peppers. Bake 1 hour in the preheated oven, basting with sauce every 15 minutes, until the peppers are tender. Serves 6

Interesting Picture

I would think it's just runoff from melting snow? Maybe the sun is shining on it. Anyway when I first saw it well you know what I thought lol.

Mark Martin's Press Conference

In progress... God someone shut up Rousch..... He's babbling about himself.... Mark doesn't look happy athough he has smiled a couple of times. Oh man... Mark's voice is all weepy... I'm gonna cry!!! 2005 is his final year to race for Nextel cup.

Ch Ch Ch Changes

I changed the comment system to Haloscan to see how I like it. Ufortunatly you have to pay to have your old comments imported and I won't pay until I know I am gonna keep it. So for now the old comments aren't going to show up.

EEEKKKK! Giant Spider attacks Volcano

Chris over at Mt St Helens Watch Blog wonders if it is the cause of the tremors. I'm thinking to myself that this has all the makings of a very bad Godzilla movie.... In the meantime, the lava dome continues to grow and aparently you can see the glow from the heat at night. How cool is that? They continue to assert there is no danger as of yet to anyone. If there is an eruption it wouldn't be very big (as in as big as the '80 one). How do they know that?


Did I mention?

Did I mention that sweetheart of a hubby of mine has taken tomorrow off and we're gonna go to the fair? I think I'm more excited about cuddling late in bed than about the fair but it's good too. ---------------------------- OMG you HAVE to watch this Fellowship 9/11 it is soooo funny. I've seen it on several blogs today and finally watched it.

Corny? Yes- but hey....


Disgusting, sad, vicious, in poor taste, disruptive, petty, and stupid. Those are the nice things I can say about this. People are going to place hand painted anti-Bush signs on freeway on Oct 13th. October 13, 2004 National Freeway Free Speech Day: Driving America to Think

AMERICAN WARMONGER: Tororu (Japanese for Troll)

While out touring blogdom, I ran across thisThe Jawa Report: Troll Hunting. Which points to this:AMERICAN WARMONGER: Tororu (Japanese for Troll)


Say it ain't so!!!!!!!!!!!!
"Car owner Jack Roush said in August that 45-year-old Mark Martin indicated next season will be his last, and the two have called a news conference for Thursday."
I'm adding this: I cannot say I didn't see it coming if they are announcing cutback in races or even *gulps* retirement. Afterall Roush has pretty much all but kicked him in the ass to get rid of him. I know that he is wanting to work more with his son and his blooming racing career but I can say I am not happy about it if that's the announcement.

Everything (For David)

You are the sun. that lights my day. You are the moon, that brightens my night. You are the wind, that carresses my skin. You are the tree, that shades my path. You are the rock, that strengthens my resolve. You are the song, that sings in my heart. You are the hope, that keeps me going. You are the love, that makes me whole. You are my everything. copyright2004KLH

Retitled: It aint underwear boys!

Belle's Stocking: Need to put the finishing touches on it. But at least the main portion is complete. I don't think I did half bad. --UPDATED--- OMG you guys! It's a CHRISTMAS STOCKING! :-P lol knitty underpants? *shakes her head*


Echoes Of Forever: A Rant On Politics

Echoes Of Forever: A Rant On Politics I found this blog through a comment she left on Shadydowns Soapbox; ya'll should go read her.

Not Politics

OK, I know I said I'd be posting some political stuff but I feel so bad today I am not going to. In the meantime: Mt St Helen's is at it again.


MY Vast Right Wing Conspiracy: Attention: Trolling Children I ran across this yesterday, Thanks to Smoke Eater for reminding me I wanted to link to it. A really great read especially to those of differing opinions who want to start a flame war on someone elses blog.

Hey Smoke Eater

For some reason we can't get into your comment section to post on your blog. It just goes back to the main blog page. --UPDATED-- Looks like we can comment again, thx

Grrrr, Monday.

I hate Monday's. There's no nice way to say, they just suck! It pretty much misted/rained all day yesterday and it's misting now. Thats just adds to the mood lol David did smoke yesterday. He smoked a turkey breast and some pork steak and we made stuffing (well he made it, from scratch) and Potato salad. The turkey and pork was soooooooooooooooo good it should be considered a sin. I cannot believe that everytime he smokes he outdoes himself. It's just amazing. No luck on the racing front in fact it was so bad Mark dropped from 4th to 5th in the points. And I will say again, I believe this new "race to the chase/chase to the Championship" is a total crock. Football, Indy won, Dallas lost, Jacksonville lost, Minnesota won, KC didn't play, and St Louis won. Superman died... Mt St Helens passed some more steam. I finished one side of Belle's Christmas Stocking and have about 1/4 of the other side done. There a couple political things I'd like to go over but I will post later on them if I can.



Well yesterday's 20% chance of rain turned into an all day rain event. We didn't go to the fair (not because of the rian just because). Oklahoma won.WOOHOO! KState lost (CRAP!) Missouri won actually did a dang good job of winning. (30-10 vs Baylor) Virgina Tech won, Notre Dame won, South Carolina lost, we won't even begin to talk about Nebraska. Now for today it's racing and nfl... Thankfully Kansas City has a bye week so I don't have to worry about being embarrassed by them this week. All the teams I figured to do good are doing bad- no not just bad but way stinky like they don't know how to play football bad. The race is at Kansas, hopefully Mark Martin will continue to do well. He is fourth in points. It would be so nice to see him with a championship, just once before he retires. Well 70% chance of rain today so it'll be hit and miss for my laundry (at least the hanging out part) and David's smoked turkey breast- yum yum! We went to Lowes yesterday to get the stuff to fix the lamp the went crazy the other day. We saw a bunch of Christmas goodies that we'd love to pick up. And a couple that we are gonna pick up come next Thursday, one of which isn't Christmas related but is a very large windchime that is absolutly beautiful (yeah I know me and my chimes :P). We still have to get a tree, David said maybe we'll get a real tree this year. Yeah I know it's not even Columbus Day and I am talking XMas- It's Lowes fault. Funny thing about Lowes, everytime we go I am reminded of not to long after we moved to Springfield (Christmastime '02) and we went to Lowes and david sang throughout the store. It was cute. I love him so much. He is so cute especially around Christmas time. On the crochet front I have finally figured out Belle's Christmas stocking and will have it finished soon.



Wow, another week has flown by. Can you believe it? You know when I was younger and never happy with life time always seemed to drag by. Now that I am older and deeply in love and happy with life time flies by; and I don't want it to! I want time to slow down and let me enjoy my life with David. Well at least the weekends going slow would help, I mean it seems like they never last very long at all, and there is always so much to be done. OK enough whining; we didn't watch the debate. We watched "Alamo", which surprisingly, is a pretty good movie. Another thing to mention "toywise" is Blog Daisy. It's a blog directory for Women Bloggers. OK I hear David stirring around so I'm off to get his coffee. We MAY be going to the fair today, we're not sure if thats what we want to do or not. Have a good weekend everyone. I know I will because my sweetie is home.



I just realized today is Friday... how duh is that?????

Blog Explosion

Normally when I get a new "toy" for my sidebar I just place it and let you guys find it yourself. In this case it's to cool not to mention. If you have a blog you have to join this; especially if you need/want traffic. It's Blog Explosion and it rocks!


It seems to me that I have frogitis. I cannot work more than a day on any one big project without frogging it for "not looking good enough to suit me". It's really getting annoying as I need to get several things done and the sooner I get them done then I can work on other things but nooooooooooo I have be picky. The thing is, these are Christmas gifts, and I want them to look nice. Why am I always my own worst critic? Sheesh


No, I don't mean that ebay is doing it but it's about ebay... I got this email in my junk mail folder in my yahoo email this morning... the email address listed in the to section is NOT mine so I would have been suspect even if I didn't know about the scam.
X-YahooFilteredBulk: X-Originating-IP: [] Return-Path: Received: from ( by mta118.mail.re2.yahoo.com with SMTP; Fri, 08 Oct 2004 01:08:24 -0700 Received: from by ; Fri, 08 Oct 2004 08:57:30 +0100 Message-ID: From: "Ebay Billing Department" Add to Address Book Reply-to: "Ebay Billing Department" To: esmaili_biology@yahoo.com Subject: Urgent Ebay Account Information Date: Fri, 08 Oct 2004 05:58:30 -0200 X-Mailer: QUALCOMM Windows Eudora Version 5.1 MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: multipart/alternative; boundary="--7143038204744799" X-Priority: 3 X-MSMail-Priority: Normal Content-Length: 619 Dear valued eBay member, It has come to our attention that your eBay billing updates are out of order. If you could please take 5-10 minutes out of your online experience and update your billing records you will not run into any future problems with the online service. Once you have updated your account records your eBay session will not be interrupted and will continue as normal. Failure to update will result in cancellation of service, Terms of Service (TOS) violations or future billing problems. To update your eBay records click here: httpXXXX://billing.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?XXXXIn&XXXXXXX eBay Update team http://www.eBay.com
I altered the url so no one would click on it as I am sure it is to try to get someones ebay user id and password. I also decided to show full headers so people could see where it came from.


'nother scrunchi

That one is heading down to South Texas to Rachel who should be home from the hospital and not reading this blog.

Mount St. Helens' Crater Floor Rising

Mount St. Helens' Crater Floor Rising Don't count this bad boy out just yet folks...



Truth. What is it? Merriam-Webster Dictionary says:
Main Entry:truth Pronunciation:*tr*th Function:noun Inflected Form:plural truths \*tr**z, *tr*ths 1 : TRUTHFULNESS : HONESTY 2 : the real state of things : FACT 3 : the body of real events or facts : ACTUALITY 4 : a true or accepted statement or proposition *the truths of science* 5 : agreement with fact or reality : CORRECTNESS Synonyms veracity, verity
OK, so we all know what truth is SUPPOSED to mean right? My question is, how do we ascertain the truth when we cannot be there to witness events first hand? Who do we trust to tell the truth? Who do you trust? I could sit and tell you play by play of the Kansas State football game this past weekend and it would be the truth, the truth through my eyes. Not that I would lie but I am a K State fan so I am not impartial. The ball at fourth and goal would have been an inch further, that call would have been wrong... Whereas someone that liked the other team, although telling the truth as well, would see everything differently. See what I am getting at? What is the truth? As humans we have emotions, thoughts, opinions, and feelings. We are not robots that can just go through life impartial. There is no such thing as an impartial human. Every single one of us has an opinion on everything. I watch the news on TV, I cannot trust the newscasters to be impartial; there are subtle ways that newscasters can sway people's opinions, whether it is through little changes in the ton of voice or wording of a report, but those things can affect the way a report is perceived. Same applies to the written word, the way something is worded can affect what you get out of that article/story/book... And it may or may not be intentional. So, how can we find the truth? Someone once suggested to me (upon informing me I was ignorant for living in America because that meant I could not think for myself) that I should get my news from places like BBC and other global sources. Have you read these places? I learned a long time ago that they are no better at reporting STRAIGHT facts without bias than CBS is. So what does that leave? We cannot trust our news media, we cannot trust the global media; what's left? Nothing. So how do we get the real truth? Well, that's where it gets tricky. The truth is up to us. We have to sort through all the facts as we are presented them, and try to discern the accurate facts and make our decisions from there. To the best of our abilities. That's leads us back to the top or this post, my perception of the facts will of course have a rightwing slant as I am a conservative republican, likewise, a democrat's would have a leftwing slant. I was once called ill-informed. I wondered (silently) how one who reads every bit of news that comes across the vast array of news feeds throughout the internet, TV, and newspapers could be considered ill-informed. I guess it again goes to how I perceive the truth and how others do. Where am I going with this? My Point: Whether out in Real Life or Blogdom on the 'Net do not be so quick to label someone as ill-informed or ignorant. Before you jump to the conclusion that just because their opinion is different they are lying, remember that opinions can cause us to perceive things differently. Also, do not take everything you hear and read as being the total truth, always allow for the fact that the facts were probably reported by someone who is somehow biased. The old saying "There are two sides to every story" is very true. We should look at the world without the blinders of personal opinion on; however I do not know how we can do that so we must do the best we can and pray others are as well. Sorry for such a long post.

Too Funny

Cheney Meant to Say 'Factcheck.org'
(CNSNews.com) - Bloggers are buzzing about the fact that Vice President Dick Cheney mistakenly referred viewers of Tuesday night's debate to factcheck.com when he meant factcheck.org. The 'factcheck.com' website Cheney mistakenly mentioned was established in February -- updated in September, according to the WHO IS registry of domain names -- and it redirects viewers to a George Soros website, titled, "Why We Must Not Re-Elect George Bush."
Can we say "Open mouth, insert foot?"

Danger of Mount St. Helens Eruption Passes

Yahoo! News - Danger of Mount St. Helens Eruption Passes Guess it passed it's gas and now it no longer has a belly ache?


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Rodney Dangerfield Dies at Age 82

Maybe he'll finally get some respect... Yahoo! News - Comic Rodney Dangerfield Dies at Age 82

Jr swearing

This is the article which is by far to stupid to even post here so you'll have to go read it yourself. Yahoo! Sports - NASCAR - Swearing by Junior Here's the reply I sent this doofus:
You know what? I am glad they fined him. I'm one of those saying they had no choice. I don't care who his daddy was or if he was mad or happy, he cussed and if NASCAR is going to start having any credibility whatsoever then they need to start having some balls and start enforcing rules equally across the board! Everyone complained when it seemed that Tony Stewart was being coddled and wanted things to be equally enforced, but I guess that is just for those drivers who aren't Dale Sr's kids. Racing has gone to bleep in a bleeping handcart and there is only one bleeping way to handle it, and that is by having some sort of consistancy in it's bleeping enforcement of penalties. Oh and just for the record, I am not a JR fan, I am a Mark Martin and Tony Stewart fan; but I am one fan who believes that they did not do enough to penalize Tony for his actions earlier in the season. If they are going to have these rules (some of which are BULLBLEEP!), then they need to be men about it and actually enforce them even if it may not popular! Kari Holtz

Wednesday Again

Seems like it was just Wednesday last week.... OK yeah I know.. that was a very lame attempt at humor.

People over 35

It's for people over 35 but being 34 I remember doing all these things. It's going around the forward world again, I thought I would post it up here because it's true.
People over 35 should be dead. Here's why . According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids in the 40's, 50's, 60's, or even maybe the early 70's probably shouldn't have survived. Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets, ... and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets. (Not to mention the risks we took hitchhiking.) As children, we would ride in cars with no seatbelts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat. We drank water from the garden hose and not! from a bottle. Horrors! We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing. We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this. We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then rode down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem. We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the street lights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. NO CELL PHONES!!!!! Unthinkable! We did not have Playst! ations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound, personal cell phones, personal computers, or Internet chat rooms. We had friends! We went outside and found them. We played dodge ball, and sometimes, the ball would really hurt. We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. They were accidents. No one was to blame but us. Remember accidents? We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and learned to get over it. We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms, and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes, nor did the worms live inside us forever. We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or rang the bell or just walked in and talked to them. Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Some students weren't as smart as others, so they failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same grade. Horrors! Tests were not adjusted for any reason. Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law. Imagine that! This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all. And you're one of them! Congratulations!


nbc5i.com - News - Toby Keith's Bus Driver Shot On Dallas Freeway

nbc5i.com - News - Toby Keith's Bus Driver Shot On Dallas Freeway Highly interesting....

In Loving Memory

Rest in Peace Yard Dog, you were a credit to yard dogs everywhere.

Update on Rachel

Got an email from her and she's doing fine. She is hoping to be out soon.


St. Helens timeline - Oct. 4: The volcano emits a 40-minute-long steam and ash stream beginning at 9:42 a.m. Another tuft of steam comes from the crater at about 2:15 p.m. - Oct. 3: A 25-minute tremor and an increase in volcanic gases strongly suggest magma is moving inside the volcano. The volcano emits a short steam burst and a harmonic tremor between 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. - Oct. 2: A small steam emission occurs and seismic activity changes from single-event earthquakes to continuous tremor, which indicates magma movement. The government issues a Level 3 volcano alert. - Oct. 1: The mountain emits a large cloud of steam and ash that lasts for 27 minutes and rises to a height of 9,700 feet. - Sept. 29: The mountain begins rumbling more intensely, prompting geologists to raise the eruption warning level. - Sept. 25: Scientists issue a notice of volcanic unrest, closing the crater and areas around the volcano to hikers and climbers. - Sept. 23: Scientists begin monitoring Mount St. Helens closely after recording numerous tiny earthquakes.

Penalty Drops Earnhardt Out of First Place

Penalty Drops Earnhardt Out of First Place "DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. Was knocked out of first place in the Nextel Cup by a slip of the tongue. Earnhardt was docked 25 points and fined $10,000 by NASCAR on Tuesday for cursing during a TV interview after his victory at Talladega Superspeedway. Asked Sunday by NASCAR broadcaster NBC about the significance of his fifth victory at Talladega, Earnhardt said, "It don't mean s--- right now. Daddy's won here 10 times." Now, instead of leading Kurt Busch by 13 points in the Nextel Cup standings, Earnhardt trails by 12 with seven races left in the season. In February, NASCAR president Mike Helton told drivers to watch their language on radio and television. Less than a month later, he showed he meant it: Johnny Sauter was fined and lost 25 points for swearing during a radio interview " ---------------- My Take: I'm damn glad that happened, hell, there's too damn much cussing on TV in sports nowadays! All joking aside, I was worried they were going to play favorites... Jr didn't seem to have a problem with it since he was cussing because he was happy. I don't care who your daddy was or where you are in points or if you cussed because you won or because you lost, that is the rule and you broke it. NASCAR has had a problem with consistency in penalties season, they need to get with it and show some balls and actually enforce the same rules for EVERYONE!

My Friend Rachel

I'm sure most of the regular readers know that my best friend for life who is like my sister had been in the hospital getting: 1. blood clots removed in her leg. 2. A value replaced in her heart. Well she had gotten out, but over the weekend was put back in because she had fluid build up around her heart and lungs. Now, she's doing really well, I talked to her yesterday and she sounded great, was upbeat and said she felt wonderful (you would too if you'd lost 25 pounds of fluid buildup!). This morning; they are going to do a tap to remove the rest of the fluid from around her heart and lungs. Then hopefully in a couple days she'll be able to get out of the hospital. She's on the floor with the computer this time so she has been emailing me when she gets a chance and I just got one from her saying that all they were doing was waiting on the dr then they would do it. So just keep a little positive thought for her if you would.

RIGHT WING NUT JOBS UNITE!: How do you define Patiotism?

RIGHT WING NUT JOBS UNITE!: How do you define Patiotism? Once again The Smoke Eater hits that nail right on the head.

Something Stinks in Denton.

That's right folks, something stinks. It came around Sunday night and reared it's ugly head last night as well, causing everyone to be uncomfortable and ill at ease- or is that just ill. It's amazing what this community will tolerate as residents.... I'm thinking of maybe starting a campaign to get it out of the community and any family it just might have brought with it.... I guess we'll just have to see what happens. I think animal control are the ones who gets rid of skunks aren't they? (What? you HAD to know I was leading up to something )


Actress Janet Leigh Dies at 77

Actress Janet Leigh Dies at 77

omg! So cool!

I just went to check the Mt St Helen's WebCam and found it blowing off some steam and I could actually get to the cam site! (It gets overwhelmed at times and you can't get to it) Anyways here is what I saw:

Some of the People...

The old saying "You can please some of the people some of the time. But you cannot please all of the people all of the time." comes to mind right about now. What it fails to tell you is that some of the people are stark raving lunatics! We still have rain, alot of it actually, in fact there is a lake in the back yard. I finished working on the Serenity Through Hope Blog, you should go check it out. Pastor Rick is a dear friend of the family, heck he IS family. He runs a very good organization.


yup folks, just when you thought it was safe to have fun and relax; it's back, it's mean, it's vicious, it's horrendous, it's Monday! It's also storming. We're in kind of a break right now so I jumped on the puter to do my mornin' stuff... From the looks of the radar I will be shutting the puter back down though in a bit. This weekend was way to short, not really but it seemed to be so.


Opinions and Assholes

Everyone has them. While I like to vent at times on MY BLOG as it is my personal web log I am aware that there are those in this world who do not agree with everything I have to say. That's fine, we live in a free society; we are all free to have differences in opinion. Being in such free society, we must realize that while we are free to express our opinion so are those whose opinion differs from us. Point taken and considered fair. An opinion was stated on this blog by myself the other day, several people in turn commented on it (something I consider a good thing -the sharing of ideals). While most were positive there was one however who saw things differently and expressed their discontent in my opinion. In return, I replied. I tried to be civil and rational in my reply. I feel as I was. However, said person's comment was perceived as hostile and arrogant by some who replied in a manner that expressed their irk at the person who expressed their opinion towards my opinion which prompted another response in turn more irksome and another response was made... As you can well see this can go on forever as can happy with opinions and things that people feel passionate about. We live in a civil society folks. When things get to a point that opinions cannot be expressed civilly without hateful remarks then all involved need to step back and take a few breaths and calm down. PJ, if I offended you in stating my opinion on my personal blog and in my reply to your reaction to said opinion; then of course you have my deepest apologies. I would however also suggest that, you, as another person living in a free society consider getting your own forum for posting your views. When I go "blogging", which is what I call reading random blogs using bloggers next blog feature (on the bar at the top of page), I always come across blogs with opinions that differ form mine. Some I find reprehensible, some I find ill-informed. If it is something that provoke as response in me that I cannot rationally and calmly reply without flaming then I do not comment, I go about my way. Because the last thing I want to do is display myself as someone who cannot rationally discuss a matter. Furthermore, I feel it also a matter of common courtesy, not to start a fight on someone's blog for their opinion. I just exercise my freedoms that I have and do not go back to the offending blog, because I know it will upset me past the point of rational thought. Again, I will state for the record: The opinion that I state in my blog is just that my opinion. The opinions that are expressed in the comment section by others are their opinions. If my opinion offends you then perhaps you would be better served not reading my opinion. Thank you and have a nice day.


Mount St. Helens ready to erupt at any moment: geologists

Yahoo! News - Mount St. Helens ready to erupt at any moment: geologists Slideshow of yesterday's "Hiccups" Mt St Helen's WebCam

PJ's Answer

In answer to your comment: First I will again (as I have before in other circles we have traveled in together) Thank you for your service to this country and for your husband's continued service. Now onto the answer: I find it amazing how your comment was dripping with venom yet you end with "No hard feelings". Your comment was by all appearences intended to provoke for whatever reason. "...I guess we should all be speaking Native American and of course that depends on what tribe we are from.... " I cannot be made to feel bad for something that was done to a peoples hundreds of years ago. I was not there. "a simple smile and 'Excuse me' would have been fine to get where you need to get...I'm from San Diego I know how it can be-" I'm glad that where you are from that works for you; as it generally gets you blank stares around here. But then I do not expect you to understand that. "Actually it's not the spanish or Latino that is the problem (if that socio-economic population (not 'herd') was taken away us lily white people would feel it no doubt)...." Actually it was the fact they were speaking another language in front of us in a manner that can be taken as maybe they were talking about us (obviously I do not know if they were or not but as I said in my post if you speak a different language in front of others laughing and such expect someone to think that you are making fun of them)- I do not care for anyone from another country being in our country LEGALLY, thats fine. "people either get it or don't." Oh Boy Howdy, I couldn't agree more. "Wonder if Bush would apprieciate all those comments? (being that they have Mexican in the family!)" Well personally I have yet to hear any of the Bush's speaking another language in front of mostly English speaking public in a manner such as I was talking about. "I think it's a crying shame when people lose their language because its taught that it is ugly to speak it around other people!" I never said it shouldn't be spoken period, I just feel if you are going to live here you could have the decency to speak English in public. I would not move to another country and go around in public speaking English in front of people who couldn't understand me. I just don't think that would be polite- excuse me for wanting to be treated with the same respect. "really doubt they were talking about you..people have better things to do...probably talking about what they will be doing around dinner or how thankful they are they are 'buying' the fruit and perhaps not 'picking' the fruit!! One can only wonder!" Oh I really doubt they were talking about us as well, but given the context of the evening (you did read the whole post did you not?) it might be that it could be taken as such. Ummm before you play the picking fruit card please be aware that my entire family (both sides ) were fruit tramps up until I was a small child. So no I do not think poorly of people who go around picking fruit, harvesting wheat, canning, seasonal work is something that has to be done. "I will say I'm sorry to you- I know it's your blog and I've probably stepped over the line being that was your true feeling and in your blog it's a personal issue. My husband (whose black...yikes! I'm sure that just tears some people apart to seeing that too! Drats...they were made to be taught English too!) anyway he will continue fighting for his country so everyone CAN have their opinions (I fought for my country too for some time also) It's what makes the world go around :) no hard feelings.... " As for your husband being black... why that was brought up is beyond me for that is neither any of my business nor concern as it has no relevance, in less you are referring to white people making blacks into slaves then I will point to above where I say I can not be made to feel responsible for something someone did hundreds of years ago to any one peoples. I do not feel the remaining comment needs an answer. As most was already covered in various other parts.


Blogs for Bush: More Debate Questions

Blogs for Bush: More Debate Questions Makes me really wish I would have watched- sounds like it would have been good for a laugh.

Rain and TGIF and stupid people...

It's raining, has been for a little while. I love sleeping when it rains that nice steady rain. Didn't want to get up, didn't want David to get up and go to work (DANG alarm clock). *sighs* But he had to... It was sooo nice cuddled up in bed listening to the rain with him. At least it's Friday and he has two days to be home. We didn't watch the debate so until I read a transcript I'll not comment..... We watched John Wayne movies on TCM. Well actually it was late when David got home and we had to run to the store then ran by hobby lobby to get my secret pal some yarn (I DIDN'T BUY ANY FOR MYSELF)and grab some takeout- It was after 7 when we got home. I hate people.... Especially stupid people. Twice we almost got wiped out in parking lots because some one while starting to pull out was only looking in one direction. Inside WalMart I get run into I don't know how many freaking times by employees who weren't watching where they were going. (AM I FREAKIN INVISIBLE???) Shopping- which used to be a fun thing- was such a big pain, people just don't care about other people anymore.... We make it through to produce (good we're almost done) - go to get avocados and there's a "herd" of mexican women there in front of that area grabbing tons of peppers and tomatoes etc... Now one looks up and see David standing there, waiting to get to what we want, and goes about grabbing up tomatoes and talking and laughing (speaking spanish no less- another pet peeve of mine- if you live in America speak American). She kept glancing up and then talking and laughing like they all thought it was funny that we were waiting - (That's what happens when you don't speak English around others... they don't know if you are talking about them or what)... So as a result, David who was already tired and in a bad mood from all the shit we've already had to experience on this outting just gets madder and madder (we wait for a good 7 mins)... so finally they put bags of whatever they have gotten into their buggy leaving alittle room for David to squeeze through to grab some avocados and while he does that they look at him like he has done gone and killed the pope. Then going home.... People are in such a hurry to get to where they want to go they don't care how many cars they wipe out to get there. PEOPLE are just way to rude anymore... I don't care where you - common decency is disappearing in the world and it's a dang shame.

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