Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I Spy

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Is everyone ready for today? I know I am. I can't wait to see what everyone else is sharing with me and my buddy Dazee today. I know she's excited. We are having so much fun with this. So get your camera out and start snapping. We really want to see your vision.

Next week's categories are "Decoration(s)" and "Your Choice".

Link up with us today to share your photos!

Up

This is literally up.


We have some really cool old buildings downtown. Most are brick and have all the fancy brickwork.


Up a tree!


Looking up to the angel on top of my tree.


Your Choice

Let's just say a bad setting on my camera and Christmas lights on the tree.


These guys are hilarious to watch. They fish all the time. Sometimes I find them with their heads underwater for what seems like forever.




Tuesday, November 29, 2011

There Are Certain Words

There are certain words that are rather abhorrent to me. I’ll explain why with each one. My buddy Dazee thinks I just don’t swear. That isn’t entirely true. I have been known to use a couple. Of course, people usually look at me funny because it isn’t normal for me. It doesn’t mean I’m a goody two shoes either. It just means I use other words. Well here we go with my personal list of not-so-acceptable words. And out of respect for others, some will not be spelled out.

The “C” word that refers to a woman’s body part is absolutely disgusting to me. It isn’t like other words that have been in use for 100 years, it was first used as a vulgarity in the 1970’s. It is meant as demeaning to women and I find it so bad, I cringe when I hear it. A man first used the term and that tells me it is used for humiliation. That is not acceptable for me.

Another word is tolerance. We all have to tolerate certain things in our lives. We don’t like what we are subjected to with others but that is life. I am talking about the need to teach “tolerance” of others. This term is usually used when society tells us we need to tolerate those not like us. I am specifically referring to prejudicial issues such as gay or lesbian, or race. My question is simple. Why do we not teach children acceptance? There is a HUGE difference in the two terms. Think about it. What a person does may not acceptable, but who a person is, should be.

The last word that really gets me is used far more than should be. It began as a medical term and is now used to demean others. That word is “retard”. Even typing this I am cringing. I have a personal example of how this word can hurt someone. And it all begins with a little girl named Amanda.

Amanda’s health issues had left her virtually speechless. Two strokes, viral encephalitis, and damage from a brain tumor and subsequent surgery had left her with only a handful of words and you had to speak “Amanda” to understand most of those. The thing that took people by surprise was the fact that she understood everything that was said to or around her. It also meant that words could make her cry because she understood them.

One day at school, she was in the hall talking to her brother when another little boy came up to her brother and said he had a retard for a sister. Of course my son stood up for Amanda, but Amanda started crying. SHE KNEW WHAT THAT MEANT!!!

People should stop and think before they open their mouths and insert their feet. Some say that words cannot hurt if you don’t let them. I’m here to tell you they cannot be taken back once they have been put out there. Some things should just be kept to yourself.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Tuesday Train

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Wow! I almost spaced this one! Thanks to my girls (cohosts), they made sure I got the linky ready and didn't forget my own post. I've been gone most of the last two days and let's just say that the older I get, the more my memory shows its weaknesses. Anyway, I made it again thanks to the girls. Be sure you visit them and have some fun. They really are fun.

Enough about me and my failings! On with the ride!

Join the train ride with me and my cohosts, The Survival Mama, and The House on the Corner. I'm looking forward to it, aren't you?



Sunday, November 27, 2011

What Is Happening?

I know I’ve been gone for some time and can’t seem to write anything. I will tell you that the last week has been very busy for me. I fixed two big meals this week.

On Thursday, it was only four of us that got together because of everyone else’s schedule so we made the big meal on Saturday. The only problem was that I still had people to fix for on Thursday. So I thought I would do spaghetti. Well, I made a production of it. So it was almost as big a deal as Saturday.

My son requested meatballs. Not just spaghetti, but spaghetti with meatballs. And I can’t make just any meatballs. No, I have to make real meatballs and make them large. I figured out I didn’t have enough Italian sausage so I took an equal amount of ground beef and added garlic, oregano, and all the seasonings, then mixed it with the sausage. Then I could make some big meatballs.

That wasn’t all of it. I also fixed a huge amount of pasta along with garlic bread. Before I even started on that I made cinnamon rolls. I know I’m so awesome!

Now we can start on what happened on Saturday. A full Thanksgiving meal was had by all. My daughter brought a yummy salad and an even more yummy pie that was handmade. Had a couple of the grandkids with us too so it was fun watching them.

And what, do you ask, was the worst part of all? I don’t have a dishwasher! Yes, two full, large meals with no dishwasher. My hands are itching like crazy today. My skin doesn’t like dish soap very much. I feel like I washed dishes for three days straight. I know. Don’t cry about it. BUT MY HANDS ITCH!!!

So what is going on with all of you?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

FUF!!!

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Okay no excuses now. We tell everyone the same thing. J, at Boobies, Babies, & A Blog, and I, really don't care if you don't like or want to use our button. We really just want to share your irritations you've had for the past week. Really there is no catch. Just link up and let us sympathize with you. You might even have some fun.

I almost forgot. Okay, so the post went up with only the linky and the title on it. What? It's Thanksgiving! I was cooking all day. What were you doing? I thought so. Let's get on with it.

Here's my list. I'll be waiting for yours.

Fawk You to ME!!! WHERE WAS MY BRAIN? I COMPLETELY FORGOT ABOUT THIS AND POSTED ONLY THE LINKY!!! GET WITH THE PROGRAM KNUCKLEHEAD!!!

Fawk You to school and all the writing you make me do. REALLY? DO YOU HAVE TO MAKE ME DO SO MUCH?!!?

Fawk You to life right now. I know I used this one last week but it still fits. EASE UP ON ME PLEASE!!!

Fawk You to cancer. YOU HAVE MADE HOLIDAYS EXCEPTIONALLY DIFFICULT FOR ME AND MILLIONS OF OTHERS OUT THERE WHO LOST A LOVED ONE NEAR THEM. YOU ARE THE LOWEST FORM OF LIFE I CAN THINK OF AND YOU DON'T DESERVE TO BE ON ANY LIST THAT INCLUDES A LIFE FORM. YOU ARE VERMIN!!!



Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I Spy and Thankful Thanksgiving

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I hope everyone is having a great day. It's a little slow here for us. We are having the "big" get together on Saturday because of all the other plans going on. So I decided to make spaghetti. What does my son ask? Not just spaghetti, it has to have meatballs. We aren't Italian so I just put sausage in it. And he wants meatballs. Sheez! I'll be earning my chops today I'll tell you. Now are you ready for the hop? I am!

I know this is going to be fun! I look forward to this every week. Don't you? Are you ready to link up with me and Dazee at Crazy Daze and Nite Dreams? We are ready for you to link up and have some fun. And you know how it works. Every week we give you a suggestion for one category and it's your choice for the second. Take your photos with your phone, camera, or find it in your archives. I even have some 35mm shots in mine. That means you could have taken it years ago. It's okay! We don't care. We just want to see your vision. I can't wait to see what you have to show us this week.

Next week's categories are "Up" and "Your Choice". Link up and show us what you have. Here are my entries for this week!

Thankful

Let me just say that I have some funny kids. They always have to be goofy when I try to get their picture together. This was taken on the Fourth of July. It was one of the few times they are all in the same place at the same time. I will get that again on Saturday. I'm stoked.



Your Choice

I cannot get close enough to these swans to get a very good photo. They take up roost several hundred yards offshore. I can't get a good count on them either. I would have to say there are around 100 plus. They stay here every year for just a few days. It's so cool.





Monday, November 21, 2011

Tuesday Train and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Welcome to the Tuesday Train! I'm so happy to see you here. Since this week is Thanksgiving, I though I would start the week off by telling you all something I'm thankful for. The answer is simple. I know that when I die, they won't be talking about how much stuff I had. I'm going for the...."She really loved her kids". I am so thankful they are my kids I could not be prouder of them. I'm hoping that's what they talk about when I'm gone. It has been a privilege being their mom. And, no, I'm not dying. I'm just very grateful for my kids.

Enough about me! On with the ride!

Join the train ride with me and my cohosts, The Survival Mama, and The House on the Corner. I'm looking forward to it, aren't you?



Saturday, November 19, 2011

Scavenger Hunt Sunday



Here we go with Ashley at Ramblings and Photos. Come on and join the fun!

It's been one of those weeks. I almost didn't get anything done for this. I just realized that 3 of these would qualify for SOOC!

Mainly One Color

An odd choice, but it is an outhouse.


Around the Home

Pumpkins and leaves mean autumn!


Reflection

It was a very dreary day the day I took this one.


Writing

I love calligraphy. I just wish I could do it better.


Water

Living on the Mississippi means water, water, everywhere.


And next week's categories can be found here........

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fawk You Friday

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Okay no excuses now. We tell everyone the same thing. J, at Boobies, Babies, & A Blog, and I, really don't care if you don't like or want to use our button. We really just want to share your irritations you've had for the past week. Really there is no catch. Just link up and let us sympathize with you. You might even have some fun.

Here's my list. I'll be waiting for yours.

Fawk You to doctors and their constant nagging about your health. Okay, I know I need to be better. BUT HOW DO YOU GET BETTER WHEN ALL YOU HEAR IS YOU CAN'T EAT!??!

Fawk You to those who wish to "keep you in your place". WHEN YOUR PATTERN OF BEHAVIOR NEVER CHANGES YOU SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR THE CONSEQUENCES!!! I WILL FIGHT BACK!!!

Fawk You to life right now. YOU ARE THROWING TOO MUCH AT ME AND I'M TIRED!!! I WANT A BREAK!!!

Fawk You to cancer. YOU HAVE NO EXCUSES!!! YOU TEAR PEOPLE AWAY FROM THEIR LOVED ONES AND ALTER THEIR LIVES FOREVER!!! DO EVERYONE A FAVOR AND DISAPPEAR!!!



Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I Spy

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I know this is going to be fun! I look forward to this every week. Don't you? Are you ready to link up with me and Dazee at Crazy Daze and Nite Dreams? We are ready for you to link up and have some fun.

Now you know how it works. Every week we give you a suggestion for one category and it's your choice for the second. Take your photos with your phone, camera, or find it in your archives. I even have some 35mm shots in mine. That means you could have taken it years ago. It's okay! We don't care. We just want to see your vision. I can't wait to see what you have to show us this week.

Next week's categories are "Thankful" and "Your Choice". Link up and show us what you have.

Chair(s)

I love this chair. I think it is a great looking chair and love the design. I picked it up a garage sale for about 2 bucks!


Your Choice

This is just a character. He makes me laugh all the time.




Monday, November 14, 2011

Tuesday Train Once Again!

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So I did something I've never done. I dropped one of my classes. Because of the book issue, I was unable to find things I needed to in order to learn anything so I made a decision. We'll see how this plays out. I will have to take the class again, but I am hoping they will have fixed the ebook issue by then. It's just ridiculous. How can you learn without the proper materials? I'm already challenged! You know what I mean.

Enough about me! On with the ride!

Join the train ride with me and my cohosts, The Survival Mama, and The House on the Corner. I'm looking forward to it, aren't you?



Saturday, November 12, 2011

Scavenger Hunt Sunday



Here we go with Ashley at Ramblings and Photos. Come on and join the fun!

Before and After (processed image)

I don't do a lot of processing with my photos. I think I know why and it's a personal one. I want to remember what, or more precisely who, I shoot in full detail. So most of the time, you will only see a crop, maybe black and white or some other color change. These shots are of my favorite place in the area. So it may look familiar, just a different angle.

Here is the before...


And here is the after...


Opposing Lines

They are everywhere! I never realized it until I started looking for them. This first one was pretty obvious.


You can even find them in nature. No that is not a fallen limb. It is still living.


And gates always have the support lines. Lucky me!


Custom Bokeh

I could NOT get this to work so I did the normal Bokeh, at least as close as I could. We requested that everyone bring real plants and not just flower arrangements to Amanda's funeral. I divvied them up amongst those of us who actually have plants. To my knowledge, this is the only surviving plant. That was almost 8 years ago and this one is still going strong. WOW!


Which pair of shoes should I wear?

If I have a choice, it will always be these. We have walked many miles together. Merrell hikers are the best.


Little Features

My grandson's hands and feet. In the middle of winter he will be sans shoes and socks.


Next week's categories can be found here.........

I Had to Take One Day

I had to make a real post today. A post that didn’t rant and rave or just show photos was needed. Here’s what I have to say.

Yesterday was Veteran’s Day, the day we show our gratitude to those who have served and continue to do so for the very freedoms we take for granted. I chose to extend that feeling through today.

I may not agree with everything our country does, but I will always be proud of this country. We are the first into natural disasters like the tsunami in Haiti and in Japan more recently. We not only brought in rescue teams, but supplies for those who needed them most. I remember when Mexico City had the massive earthquake in 1985. It was our search and rescue teams from the outside to assist in the efforts. We were first on scene.

We are one of the superpowers of the world and, yet, we are the youngest of all of those. With all the economic problems we have today, we are still here. We have survived wars, including one that could have torn us apart forever, but it only served to make us stronger.

What, do you ask, brought about this post? Well, I’ll tell you.

I was watching “Extreme Makeover, Home Edition” last night and they were focusing on our vets. One story has always made me proud of our soldiers enough to bring tears to my eyes. His name is Jason Thomas.

Jason was a Marine in Iraq. He came home without major injuries but continued to assist other Marines in his area that needed additional help. On 9/11, Jason, who was no longer an active Marine, put on his uniform and went to Ground Zero. He said he knew no one would stop him because of that very uniform. When asked why he did that, his answer was simple. “I’m a Marine. I have to go. It’s my duty”.

It is that sense of loyalty to our country that I find absolutely beyond words. Jason not only did this act of duty on his own, he is also responsible for finding the last two living Port Authority police officers during the rescue efforts.

On the same terrible day, retired Master Sgt. Max Beilke was working in the Pentagon. Master Sgt. Beilke was the last U.S. combat soldier to leave Vietnam. He lost his life on 9/11 still fighting for other veterans.

These examples are what I am most proud of in this country. Those that give so you and I can write what we want to, drive what we want to, and most importantly, live the way we want to.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Fawk You Friday

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Now I know some of you are worried about the button but you really shouldn't be. J, at Boobies, Babies, & A Blog, and I, really don't care if you don't like or want to use our button. I mean seriously. We really don't. We just want to read what's been bugging you. We know you have some complaining to do. Why do we know this? Because we always do. Why not share and commiserate together? I say the more the merrier.

I was able to lighten my load a little at this time. I had to make a choice to drop one of my classes. Both classes were causing me to work 10 hours a day in order to make deadlines. Even my adviser was amazed that I had both classes at the same time. So I have a big "Whew!!!" to say this week. I know, you're used to my complaining. So let's get on with it.

Fawk You to food. DO YOU HAVE TO BE SO YUMMY?!!? I NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT AND PAY ATTENTION TO MY HEALTH NOT THINK ABOUT YOU!!!

Fawk You to anyone who thinks I won't put my foot down. TAKE IT LIKE AN ADULT AND DEAL WITH IT!!!

Fawk You to the weather once again. I WANT COLDER WEATHER. NOT 40'S, IT NEEDS TO BE COLDER THAN THAT!!! I HAVE PROOF YOU ARE LATE THIS YEAR!!!

Fawk You to cancer. Still missing a little girl you took away from me. YOU NEED TO BE STOMPED OUT AND ERADICATED NEVER TO BE SEEN AGAIN!!!



Wednesday, November 9, 2011

I Spy

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Are you ready? I CAN'T HEAR YOU!!! Are you ready to link up with me and Dazee at Crazy Daze and Nite Dreams? We are ready for you to link up and have some fun.

Now you know how it works. Every week we give you a suggestion for one category and it's your choice for the second. Take your photos with your phone, camera, or find it in your archives. I even have some 35mm shots in mine. That means you could have taken it years ago. It's okay! We don't care. We just want to see your vision. I can't wait to see what you have to show us this week.

Next week's categories are "Chair(s)" and "Your Choice". Link up and show us what you have.

Map(s)

This is one is of the places I like to spend time. It's very peaceful there.


And this one is my favorite set of maps. Yes, I'm a little old fashioned. I understand there are GPS units out there. This one is way more fun. Can you tell it's been used a bit? I used tape so it's good as new.


Your Choice

This was taken this morning. It's our first snow of the year. It will all be gone by the end of the day but I had to document it you know.


Get ready for the next I Spy! Next week's categories are "Chair(s)" and "Your Choice".