Sunday, April 29, 2007

Trust the Man
I needed a chick flick.
Feeling much better now.

Friday, April 27, 2007

The daughter is in full swing of employment.
She signed up for direct deposit and should be getting her first check Friday. Of which she will quickly spend on Saturday. Shopping!
She and the boyfriend have broken up = so it has been a very dramatic week. We are pushing through each day. Remember first loves and first break-ups? What a mess.
I have a paper due over the weekend and other chores. My husband will be traveling for work next week, returning next Friday of which I have a MUTA 6 next weekend and will not be able to see him until Sunday night. My new unit is going to the range and training with SF. This will be a great opportunity, but I have to be at the armory at 630 am on Friday morning (an 80 minute drive) to turn around and get on bus to drive to a location that is seven minutes from my house. I cannot just meet them there, no, no, no they have ordered a 40 passenger bus and they need to fill it up so the state will get the money worth ;).
I am excited – because I have not fired a weapon with the new accessories, should be fun

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Dear Bored Youth,
This is a note to the kids last weekend that decided to have a little fun and smashed three car/truck windows on our street.
Do not let my husband catch you, He is not afraid to go to jail after he beats your arse.
There are plenty of things for you to be doing.
The $182 that I gave to the glass company, I had set aside for yoga and massage - so now my colleagues and family will be suffering as well.
Warning. Find something constructive to do.

Thank you
Owners of the new drivers side window.

PS - Area police, thank you for unresponsiveness, care and concern. We got your back.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Yesterday at about 0715 I put the tea kettle on the stove.
I set the burner on high and finished getting ready for work. I had a PT appt at 8 am – so, I was dressed for work waist up with a white cotton shirt, but on the bottom I had a pair of shorts and tennis shoes. An odd combination, but I was going to carry my jeans and boots with me and quickly throw them on after the appt.
The water was boiling and I was half dressed for work/gym. I thought I could sneak out to the front yard and scald a few dandelion plants and escape in my vehicle.
As soon as I walk out the door…. the guy across the street walked out to his truck – I am sure he questioned my appearance, as well as the steaming teapot that I was using to “water” my dandelions.
BUT, I think the boiling water and vinegar are doing the trick. I found three extreme wilted weeds last night.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

banana ... flavored... snacks

My neice and daughter love them....

Description: Banana Flavored Snack

NET WT.: 1.58 oz / FOR 1 SERVING
INGREDIENTS: Corn grits, sugar, glucose syrup, palm oil, rice bran oil, salt, casein, banana essence, FD&C yellow #5

MANUFACTURE: Nong Shim Co., Ltd.


They look like cheeto's but taste like banana's. I think you have to be young to enjoy them.

Description: Barley Tea "Bo-Ri-Cha" - whole bean

NET WT.: 2 Lbs / SERVINGS ABOUT 149AMOUNT PER SERVING: Calories 25 / Calories from Fat

NGREDIENTS: BarleyNutritional Facts: Barley grass is an exceptionally nutritious food, containing an abundance of phytonutrients including antioxidants known to protect the body from free-radical damage.The mild alkalinity of Barley Tea also helps to neutralize the acidity caused by eating meat and fatty foods. Researchers at such leading universities as the University of California at Davis and George Washington University have found that barley grass contains the potent antioxidants superoxide dismutase, 2"-O-glycosylisovitexin (2"-O-GIV) and vitamin E succinate. Each of these important phyto-chemicals have been shown to help prevent lipid peroxidation caused by free-radicals.


Since, I do not have time to make and deliver Dandelion bouquets to my neighbors - I am trying the things below this week.

Poach Them: As a low tech weed control, pour boiling water over dandelion plants. The neighbors might think you're crazy, but in 2 or 3 days the plants will look like a herd of elephants walked over them. Incidentally, this method is also effective against orange hawkweed. However, if you've got a large area, the best way to control them is to smother them. This is also known as sheet mulching.

Pickle Them: A 5-percent concentration of vinegar, similar to that found in household vinegar, is an effective weed killer against annual and perennial weeds such as dandelions, foxtail, velvetleaf, smooth pigweed and thistle. It works in the garden or greenhouse.
When applied to the weed foliage, the acid in the vinegar acts as a contact herbicide that kills the plants but does not persist in the soil or cause water or other pollution. For older perennial weeds, you may need to apply vinegar more than once. Try heating the vinegar for added punch.
So, much to write.
I find myself in the middle of another weekend.
I have a long list of things I want to do, but I am feeling sluggish.
Yard work is the foremost item on the agenda.
I planted a forsythia bush, a rose bush and evergreen yesterday. I transplanted lamb's ear from the front to the back.
If it does not take, I am not that sad. I have gotten my 4.99 out of the original plant I planted three years ago.
I woke up and started cleaning. Wiped down the back patio door. I still have not made the switch from vertical blinds to a rod and curtain. Windows get so dirty! That would be considered frivolous, and most of the frivolous spending ends up for an at the moment necessity. I stayed within the $25 per weekend budget at nurseries and Lowes's until we need to get the nozzle replaced on the power washer. That darn thing was $40.
I dropped the daughter off at her shift from 11-5 today and ran in quickly to the commissary. In and out in 25 minutes and only $65. a miracle!
I have reading to do for my online class and a few boxes to prepare. I have a much younger cousin that just landed in Iraq, broken crystal to send to Princess house and vintage swap.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Things have been a bit crazy.
We both had Drill last weekend.
We stayed up in Denver to make things easier, but also shoves all the weekend housework back two days. My new unit is ok, just strange not to have my buddies with me.
My daughter is busy. She is an official Mark representative and she started her job at Burger King. She was frustrated for weeks about not being called and in the airport coming home from Easter she received two calls for two interviews. One at Burger King and one at a Castle as a maid. She got the BK job and has not heard from castle. She was very excited about the possibility at peaking into others personal belongings while cleaning up, ha... It would be interesting, but BK is good for now. I shuttled her to watch the training video and to buy black shoes. Of course, she picked black converse that are flat as pancakes and now I need to grab some inserts for her. She survived day two and is happy.
I went to my second PT session, I was given a handful of exercises. I went to Yoga on Tuesday and rode the bike slowly for 30 minutes. More of the same today.

Last night I came home from work to an empty house. So, I made a quick meal and settled down to watch Jesus Camp. I have been wanting to see this for a while. Netflix delivered it over the weekend. All I can really say is, ok. OK. I turned off the dvd feeling a bit upset and just prayed. It was subtle attack on the Conservative Right Wing Church. They wanted to pass along the message that we need to keep church and state separated. My thought is... If Christianity is what you believe in, it is hard to separate it. The thing that bothered me the most is the 5-6 minutes that featured Ted Haggard. My heart just ached. I am sure a lot of naysayer's found this bittersweet. The movie must have resonated deep in my psyche last night.
Right before the alarm sounded, I was dreaming. I was at sandwich shop and Ted Haggard was taking my order. No one around realized who he was. I asked how he was doing and he asked if I had attended his church, I said no and ordered a sandwich with avocados. I was staring into his eye looking at his hurt when the alarm sounded. Weird, huh. So, my advice is to watch the movie, take it in, but not right before bed time.

Friday, April 13, 2007

If you have a few moments take time and read this post. WOW.

read this post

Thank You Stephanie for making me think today.
I had my first physical therapy appt this yesterday for my knee.

Well, I thought it was my knee, but maybe not.

After a pretty thorough exam, I am uneven. My hip and pelvic bones might be out of alignment on my right side which may have caused issues on my left side, which might be causing issues to my knee.

In short, I have PT for the next three weeks. I also, plan on getting a message every week for medical reasons (she was laughing how tight my lower body felt) and trying to find a pilates or yoga class that fits in my schedule. I have a PT test in 6 months, I need to make sure I have this figured out prior to that.


The Long Road Home - A Story of War and Family
Moments in time concerning soldiers and the war archived for readers. Hats off to all heroes.
Home Remedies
I read this sitting in airport on Monday afternoon. Pretty good. She writes in a way that makes laugh and want to find out what happens next
Publisher's info
excerpt link

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Happy Birthday

Easter Dusting

Botulism Prevention

Botulism prevention

Over the weekend I was practicing an ounce of prevention.
I cleaned out grandpa's refrigerator.
I even tossed out the hummus from when we were home at Thanksgiving!

But the thing that amazed me....

Take a close look, Yes 1996.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

From 1973

SECTION 1. This joint resolution may be cited as the "War Powers Resolution".


SEC. 2. (a) It is the purpose of this joint resolution to fulfill the intent of the framers of the Constitution of the United States and insure that the collective judgement of both the Congress and the President will apply to the introduction of United States Armed Forces into hostilities, or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicate by the circumstances, and to the continued use of such forces in hostilities or in such situations.
(b) Under article I, section 8, of the Constitution, it is specifically provided that the Congress shall have the power to make all laws necessary and proper for carrying into execution, not only its own powers but also all other powers vested by the Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof.
(c) The constitutional powers of the President as Commander-in-Chief to introduce United States Armed Forces into hostilities, or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances, are exercised only pursuant to

(1) a declaration of war,

(2) specific statutory authorization, or

(3) a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.


SEC. 3. The President in every possible instance shall consult with Congress before introducing United States Armed Forces into hostilities or into situation where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances, and after every such introduction shall consult regularly with the Congress until United States Armed Forces are no longer engaged in hostilities or have been removed from such situations.

a note about Blake

From his dad:
Greeting Faithful Prayer Warriors and Friends,

On the eve of our observance of Christ’s resurrection I would like to give you some miraculous news concerning Blake’s continued recovery after his bone marrow transplant. Just yesterday we were told that his white blood cell count was at 5.5 which is an important milestone because the means he is no longer considered to be at high risk for infection. Then early this morning his count was at about 8.0 and by this afternoon it had climbed to 11.0 which is considered normal – what an incredible answer to prayer. That means that the stem cells have in-grafted very well and are doing an outstanding job in making white blood cells.

Also, this morning, Blake himself turned a corner in that he seemed to come out of a kind of mental fog and declared that he was ready to get up and start taking care of himself again. We have been praying for this and thought it would come on gradually but seemed to take a giant step in the right direction. So now we need your prayers to focus on getting Blake prepared to get out of the hospital. We will likely find him a place to stay that is close to the hospital for the first two weeks and then we hope that we can get a referral for a doctor in the Springs so that we can go ahead and get him home!

Life is a precious gift and as you celebrate the resurrection of Christ this Easter, please be grateful for the promise of a life beyond this life that was secured the day Jesus walked out of the tomb alive. It would make no ultimate difference at all if Blake could have his life extended on this earth if he was not sure of his eternal life in heaven.

Thanks for praying and now for celebrating with us each step Blake takes toward his recovery and cure from cancer!
Plenty to chat about...
We celebrated my Abby's 1st birthday and she was wonderful. The weather is cold and dreary in Michigan. My daughter's spring dress tomorrow might be cast aside. Maybe jeans on Easter (we each have carry-ons - so not too many options). It has been nice visting with family and friends. We impulsively went to midnight worship with friends last night. I got home at 2:20am. It made me smile as my daughter and I were sneaking in to the house trying not to disturb anyone. When I was 16 I used to do the same thing, only I was not coming from praise and worship. :) My daughter is out moonlight bowling with a few friends. It cracks me up, where I am from bowling is big. She is at center with 48 lanes. Umm... in my current home we might have 48 lanes, if we combined 4 bowling alleys together.
I guess this place is know for big bowling alleys and big pot holes (the roads are horrible).
Tomorrow will be nice and relaxing. We have dinner reservations at 3. That's right - no elaborate cooking, just relaxing and visting. We head back home on Monday. It was quick but very much worth it.

Happy Easter. He is risen.

Monday, April 02, 2007

I might not have the best waist line.

But as of this morning... I have a baseline.
It really was not that bad and the tech was fantastic.