Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
J.D. has been under the weather all day today. The pollen is so heavy right now and he has been out in it the past few days. As a result his allergies have started kicking up a fuss and has him sniffling, sneezing and coughing. So he toddled off to bed early tonight. I know he would appreciate it if you dropped by his blog, J.D.'s Soap Box to wish him a speedy recovery.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Now I bet you are asking "What's with all of the pinwheels?" That is exactly what I asked when I saw this display last year.
When you read the sign, all of those pinwheels brings about a pretty sobering effect. 409 cases of child abuse in one county in Ohio. Like the sign says...... "and those are only the ones reported." It makes me wonder how many reported cases of child abuse was there for the entire state? How many reported cases of child abuse was there for the entire nation? I am sure that those numbers reflect physical and sexual abuse, but not emotional/verbal abuse. Emotional/verbal abuse can be just as damaging as its siblings sexual and physical abuse. It lays deep rooted in the mind and soul of the abused child and plays an intricate part in a child's development the same as the other forms of abuse. The difference being that because there are no visible bruising, cuts, breaks, etc. it is often overlooked by others who can help stop the abuse. What a very sad life these children live, at least those children that live through the abuse.
I know that many people are thinking there wasn't this much abuse years ago when they were growing up. I think there was, we just didn't hear about it as much. It was for the most part not talked about. Pretty much like divorce, alcoholism or unwed pregnant women were not talked about. All of these things were locked away within the walls of a house and kept secret. So many people are very uncomfortable with the topic of abuse. That needs to change, because a child that is being abused needs someone that will stand up for them and be heard. Many times abused children remain quiet about this awful thing that is happening to them because they have been made to believe that they were at fault and deserve what is happening to them.
I checked Wikipedia for their definition of child abuse. Check it out, you might find it interesting. If you are a parent or grandparent of a child still at home, take a good look at your children and give them a big hug and say a little prayer of thanksgiving for being trusted with such a wonderful gift. If you are an abusive parent, please look at your children and give them a big hug and say a little prayer that you will be forgiven for mistreating that wonderful gift that you were trusted with and Please, Please seek help before it is too late.
Wishes for a blessed week to all. ~Jo
Sunday, April 27, 2008
After a few days of sunshine and warmth this is what it looked like. I need to either thin out the phlox or add more rocks. I think adding more rocks will be the easier solution and I'm all for easier.
Now let's all hear a round of applause for me. The baby blanket that I started when there was snow on the ground is finally finished. Yes, the new great grand baby won't have to wait until he is going off to pre~school to get this little gift. His arrival date is creeping up on us..... Just another month to go.
I know, I wouldn't have the patience to do this. Even if I dared to try, it would take me two years to complete the hot pad and probably five years to complete a throw pillow cover.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Rules of the game:
- Link to the person who tagged you.- Post their rules on your blog.
- Write six random things about yourself.
- Tag six random people by linking to their blogs.
- Let each of the six know they’ve been tagged by leaving them a comment (on their blogs).
- Let your tagger know when your entry is up.
6 Completely random facts about me:
- Easter fell on my first birthday (April 9, 1950) and in 59 years has never fallen on it again. According to an old almanac I read once, Easter will fall on my birthday again when I am in my 70s.
- I am 1/4 Cherokee and have tried to instill some of the Native American ways of living into my children and now into my grandchildren. We are, but visitors in this world and should treat the gifts we have been given with care and respect. We should walk softly on our journey through life so the beauty of mother earth is still here for future generations to enjoy.
- I believe that we are visited by aliens (and not the kind that come from Mexico illegally). I find it difficult to believe that in this big universe with all the other planets out there, that our planet would be the only one that is inhabited by people and animals. Of course there is the scientific view point that people could not exist on this planet or that planet for one reason or another. Perhaps 'WE' couldn't exist there, but who is to say that there isn't a life form that can actually exist out there?
- I have smoked the biggest part of my life, but was able to lay the cigarettes down and walk away from them on June 15th of last year. I was able to do this with thanks to the help of a Rx called Chantix and the love and support of my family. The only time I feel the desire for a cigarette is when I am under a lot of stress and when I think of how much weight I have gained. The weight gain isn't all due to kicking the habit, most of it is due to other meds that I am taking.
- I feel closer to God right here in our mountain top home at the edge of the woods with all the sounds of nature wrapped around me, than any place else on earth.
- There are few music styles that I dislike. My musical tastes are wide and varied. The only "Music" that I just can not stand to listen to is Rap music or music that is more screaming and yelling than there is actually music.
Now you know six random things about me. I don't think I will actually tag anyone for this because it has made it around the block a few time. Let me say though that if there is anyone that has not done this one and would like to share six ramdom things about yourself with us please do so and let me know so I can come and read it.
I have put a couple of doctor's visits behind me this month. Yesterday I had an appointment with our family doctor as a check-up. He has been adjusting one of the medications he has me on for fibromyalga (Elivil) and has me where he thinks he wants me for a while. Which translates to 'I don't have to see him again for 3 months'. My Rheumotologist has started me on Neurontin for the fibromyalgia. He knows that I am taking the Elivil and doesn't see a problem with me taking both. I can't say much for either or both of them helping with the pain, but they sure do help me sleep. I have been sleeping until 7:30 or 8:00 most every morning. That is a lot of "zzzzzzzzzzzzs" for someone that not more than a month ago was up every morning between 4:30 to 5:30 after fighting to try and sleep all night. We will just have to take it one day at a time and go from there. Next week I am to adjust the dosage on the Neurontin to taking two a day instead of just the one. That may bring about some pain relief.
Tomorrow promises to be a busy day. Of course the first part of the day is Seth Day. I received a call from our Amy yesterday saying that she would be home from Kentucky for the day so we are meeting her and Frank after 4:00 for some catch up time. At 7:00 we will meet Tersie and go to watch Britt perform in her Drama Club play. That will be a full day for us. I need to be sure to put the camera where we won't forget to take it with us.
I don't want to waste away such a beautiful day so I am going to sign off for now. Have a beautiful blessed day. ~Jo
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
~ Joyce Kilmer
Here are a few links that can better tell you ways that you can do your part for the environment.
- Earth Day Network
- The Human Footprint (I have added this link for those that are not able to get the National Geographic Channel.)
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
This clip has sound so you might want to page down to
My Play List on the side bar and turn it off before playing the clip.
"Happy Birthday Riley"
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
I spoiled them with sausage gravy and biscuits for breakfast. We really enjoy it when the grandchildren are here.
I learned an interesting detail from Britt. She has participated in the "Quiz Bowl" for several years now. I asked her if she would be taking part again this year and she told me that she was busy with other activities and forgot to get her application in. She said that by the time she thought about it it was too late to get her drug test.. ??????????????? My response was. "A drug test to take part in the Quiz Bowl?" She said that everyone that takes part in any extra curricular activities has to be tested for drugs. I have mixed feelings about this. I know it has been a couple of years since I went to school, but as I remember it, the kids that did drugs seldom, if ever, took part in anything extra that went on at school. If that is still the case, it seems as if the kids that are most likely doing drugs are slipping through the cracks. If they are going to do drug tests I think it should be random testing on the total student body.
Today was Seth Day and when we arrived we were greeted by Riley. He is so excited because his birthday is coming up on the 23rd. His Birthday Party will be tomorrow though. G'ma and G'pa will take some pictures to share. It is so hard to believe that he is going to be 5 years old. Come fall he will be going off to Kindergarten. He is already counting to 100 and reading sentences. ..... I just don't know where the time goes.
Of course right behind Riley, we were greeted by Mama and Seth. He is such a sweety and G'Pa's Boy. He has learned something new so we did a clip of it to show you. I tried to add it to this posting, but I am having a problem with it. As soon as I can figure out how to post it on my blog I will share it with you.
One last note of interest, this morning a little after 5:30 I was checking my e-mail and I heard the house making noises and the computer monitor was shaking. It was just for a minute and then it quit. I dismissed it and then later heard on the news about the earthquake. The time was right, so I figure that must be what it was. What I experienced though was so faint and quick, had I been asleep it wouldn't have been noticed at all.
Have a Great Day..... ~Jo
Monday, April 14, 2008
Tax his land,
Now here is something to ponder....
Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax (42 cents per gallon)
Gross Receipts Tax
Hunting License Tax
IRS Interest Charges
IRS Penalties (tax on top of Tax)
Marriage License Tax
Personal Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service Charge Tax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle income group in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids. What the heck happened?Repeat after me: "politicians?" And, on top of that, we still have to "press 1" for English!!!