Saturday, March 31, 2007

New Place

I'll be gathering together all my boxes and start moving them into the apartment this evening. I will be able to pick up my keys this afternoon after 4 p.m. I'm going to take the 'stained glass', I've fixed for the sliding doors over with me along with a car load of boxes, so I'll have begun to make some progress. I'll be sending everyone on my email list my new contact information.

I've been boxing and bagging stuff that needs to be moved. So far so good. I've just about gotten the majority of the small stuff at least confined to my bedroom and the "staging area" in the living room. Of course, there are the miscellaneous junk drawers through out the house to go through, and the coat closet too.... I'm so glad that I have a whole week to get this stuff done. Thank goodness that there are going to be men with trucks here next Saturday.

We have a fellow that Tim & Walter work with coming over this afternoon to pick up the riding lawnmower. It is nice to that taken care of. The next hurtle is to get the refridgerator and freezer out - one of us is going to need to call Goodwill or some other such organization to have them pick them up the week of Easter break.

As I was sitting here typing this, I noticed that Sean had a "dirty" upper lip. I've been giving him a hard time about needing to go wash it off.

The boys and I will be heading off to the grocery store possibly this afternoon for the bi-weekly grocery hunt. Shopping went well, we did get out with one cart load. We even were able to put the word out to a few people in the store that the possiblity of a new home for Lilly. I hope that one of them does work out. It would be great if she was able to have someplace to go.

I was able to get the key to the apartment this evening at 4:00 p.m. I took over a full car load of things and was able to get them all put away, plus bring back the boxes to fill up for another load. Walter came by on his way out to the Shooter Jennings concert, and filled up the truck of his car with stuff to take to the apartment for me.

By the time I got back home the guys had found a home for Lilly. A couple with two children had come by with their dog to see if Lilly and she would seem to get along. She did and they came by after taking their other dog home to take her with them. She really did seem like she liked them. I am so happy that she has gone home with someone rather than just going to someplace.

I headed out to visit with Mom & Dad for a short while this evening - Just doing some catching up. I hardly ever get to 'really' talk with either of them, since I have been working. It was nice to see them both.

Sean was got two new rats to take with him to his new place. They are so terribly tiny - they are the same size as "Wee Cockrell" was when Danielle first brought him home. They tell me they are a cross between a regular rat and a hairless rat; so they are uniquely special.

The solid brown one has been tenatively named, Hershey; the other hasn't been named yet. Give it a couple of days and I'm sure that a name will just jump out.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Thought for the Day: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Attorney (This Is So Beautiful)

After living what I felt was a "decent" life, my time on earth came to the end. The first thing I remember is sitting on a bench in the waiting room of what I thought to be a courthouse. The doors opened and I was instructed to come in and have a seat by the defense table.

The corner door flew open and there appeared the Judge in full flowing robes. He commanded an awesome presence as He moved across the room. I couldn't take my eyes off of Him. As He took His seat behind the bench, He said, "Let us begin."

The prosecutor rose and said, "My name is Satan and I am here to show you why this man belongs in hell." He proceeded to tell of lies I told, things I stole, and in the past when I cheated others. Satan told of other horrible perversions once in my life and the more he spoke, the further down in my seat I sank I was so embarrassed, I couldn't look at anyone, even my own Attorney, as the Devil told of sins even I completely forgotten about. As upset as I was at Satan for telling all these things about me, I was equally upset at My Attorney who sat there silently not offering any form of defense at all. I know I was guilty of those things, but I did some good in my life - couldn't that at least equal out part of the harm I'd done?

Satan finished with a fury and said, "This man belongs in hell, he is guilty of all I have charged and there is not a person who can prove otherwise."

When it was His turn, My Attorney first asked if He might approach the bench. The Judge allowed this over the strong objection of Satan, and beckoned Him to come forward. As He got up and started walking, I was able to see Him in His full splendor and majesty. I realized why He seemed so familiar; this was Jesus representing me, my Lord and my Savior.

He stopped at the bench and softly said to the Judge, "Hi, Dad," then He turned to address the court. "Satan was correct in saying this man sinned, I won't deny any of these allegations. And, yes, the wage of sin is death, and this man deserves to be punished."

Jesus took a deep breath and turned to His Father with outstretched arms and proclaimed, "However, I died on the cross so this person might have eternal life and he accepted Me as his Savior, so he is Mine."

My Lord continued with, "His name is written in the Book of Life and no one can snatch him from Me. Satan still does not understand yet. This man is not to be given justice, but rather mercy."

As Jesus sat down, He quietly paused, looked at His Father and said,"There is nothing else that needs to be done. I've done it all."

The Judge lifted His mighty hand and slammed the gavel down. The following words bellowed from His lips... "This man is free The penalty for him was already paid in full. Case dismissed"

As my Lord led me away, I could hear Satan ranting and raving, "I won't give up, I will win the next one."

I asked Jesus as He gave me my instructions where to go next, "Have you ever lost a case?" Christ lovingly smiled and said, "Everyone that comes to Me and asked Me to represent them, received the same verdict as you, "PAID IN FULL."

Want a really good laugh(read this)...


February 6, 2007

Dear Mr. Thatcher,

I have been a loyal user of your Always maxi pads for over 20 years, and I appreciate many of their features. Why, without the LeakGuard Core(tm) or Dri-Weave(tm) absorbency, I'd probably never go horseback riding or salsa dancing, and I'd certainly steer clear of running up and down the beach in tight, white shorts. But my favorite feature has to be your revolutionary Flexi-Wings. Kudos on being the only company smart enough to realize how crucial it is that maxi pads be aerodynamic. I can't tell you how safe and secure I feel each month knowing there's a little F-16 in my pants.

Have you ever had a menstrual period, Mr. Thatcher? Ever suffered from "the curse"? I'm guessing you haven't. Well, my "time of the month" is starting right now. As I type, I can already feel hormonal forces violently surging through my body. Just a few minutes from now, my body will adjust and I'll be transformed into what my husband likes to call "an inbred hillbilly with knife skills." Isn't the human body amazing?

As brand manager in the feminine-hygiene division, you've no doubt seen quite a bit of research on what exactly happens during your customers' monthly visits from Aunt Flo. Therefore, you must know about the bloating, puffiness, and cramping we endure, and about our intense mood swings, crying jags, and out-of-control behavior. You surely realize it's a tough time for most women. In fact, only last week, my friend Jennifer fought the violent urge to shove her boyfriend's testicles into a George Foreman Grill just because he told her he thought Grey's Anatomy was written by drunken chimps. Crazy! The point is, sir, you of all people must realize that America is just crawling with homicidal maniacs in capri pants. Which brings me to the reason for my letter.

Last month, while in the throes of cramping so painful I wanted to reach inside my body and yank out my uterus, I opened an Always maxi pad, and there, printed on the adhesive backing, were these words: "Have a Happy Period."

Are you kidding me?

What I mean is, does any part of your tiny middle-manager brain really think happiness-actual smiling, laughing happiness-is possible during a menstrual period? Did anything mentioned above sound the least bit pleasurable? Well, did it, James? FYI, unless you're some kind of sick S&M freak girl, there will never be anything "happy" about a day in which you have to jack yourself up on Motrin and lock yourself in your house just so you don't march down to the local Walgreens armed with a hunting rifle and a sketchy plan to end your life in a blaze of glory. For the love of God, pull your head out, man. If you just have to slap a moronic message on a maxi pad, wouldn't it make more sense to say something that's actually pertinent, like "Put Down the Hammer" or "Vehicular Manslaughter Is Wrong"? Or are you just picking on us?

Sir, please inform your accounting department that, effective immediately, there will be an $8 drop in monthly profits, for I have chosen to take my maxi-pad business elsewhere. And though I will certainly miss your Flexi-Wings, I will not for one minute miss your brand of condescending crap. And that's a promise I will keep. Always.

Wendi Aarons
Austin, TX

Friday, March 30, 2007


After I got home last night I turned right around and went back out to church so that I could finish up the set. I did finish it up, but didn't do so until 11:15. I did even open my computer last night or this morning until I got to work.

Things have been busy here and I'm just taking a minute to update the site. Lots to do, which is good and it keeps the mind active.

I dropped by the church this evening on the way home and the set pieces were being put together in the sanctuary. It is going to add a whole lot to the drama. It will give it some added dimension.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Thought for the Day: "The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them to the impossible." Arthur C. Clarke

From a Dog's Diary:
    8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!
    9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!
    9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
    10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
    12:00 pm - Lunch! My favorite thing!
    1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
    3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
    5:00 pm - Milk bones! My favorite thing!
    7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
    8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
    11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!
Excerpts from a Cat's Diary:
Day 683 of my captivity:

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.

The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the floor.

Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates of what I am capable. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a "good little hunter" I am. The audacity!

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of "allergies." I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow -- but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released - and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded!

The bird must be an informant. I observe him communicating with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe ... for now.

Thursday, March 29, 2007


I was able to get quite a bit of the scenery done last night at church. I did have an audience on a couple of occasions. People getting out of church last night, stopped in to see what was going on.

I got a surprise in my email this morning - Danielle had posted a couple of new things on her MySpace and I found this beautiful little on there. Miss Faith is just so cute! I had to share.

I saw on the news this morning that JibJab has been at it again. They've got a new video call, "What We Call The News". It is pretty humorous.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Thought for the Day: “You can observe a lot just by watching.” — Yogi Berra

Bubba has shingles??

Doesn't it seem more and more that physicians are running their practices like an assembly line? Here's what happened to Bubba:

Bubba walked into a doctor's office and the receptionist asked him what he had. Bubba said: "Shingles." So she wrote down his name, address, medical insurance number and told him to have a seat.

Fifteen minutes later a nurse's aide came out and asked Bubba what he had. Bubba said, "Shingles." So she wrote down his height, weight, a complete medical history and told Bubba to wait in the examining room.

A half hour later a nurse came in and asked Bubba what he had. Bubba said, "Shingles." So the nurse gave Bubba a blood test, a blood pressure test, an electrocardiogram, and told Bubba to take off all his clothes and wait for the doctor.

An hour later the doctor came in and found Bubba sitting patiently in the nude and asked Bubba what he had. Bubba said, "Shingles." The doctor asked, "Where?"

Bubba said, "Outside on the truck. Where do you want me to unload 'em??"

Wednesday, March 28, 2007


More work on the book today. I've been moving along at a nice pace. I've a couple of ideas that I'm going to work on adding in today.

WOW, Verizon sure is ready for me to have my internet service hooked up at the apartment. It seems that they have already shipped my connection kit to the apartment. I was able to get home this evening and intercept the package and have it delivered to work instead. I'll have the connection kit tomorrow, but still no phone service at the apartment until Monday. You would have at least thought that Verizon would have shipped the package on Friday.

I finished laying out the first book today - many, many, many days ahead of schedule. There is still 'tweaking' to do, but the major part is completed.

I'm heading out to church this evening to attempt to finish up the set for Easter.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Thought of the Day: "When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied." - Herophilus

Tuesday, March 27, 2007


Off for another day. After work this evening I'll need to head over to the church to work on scenery.

I spoke to Danielle this week and found out that graduation is going to be on June 8th. Manchester will be the first high school in county to graduate so they will be walking early in the morning.

I worked on the "book" all day today. On my way home this evening I got a couple of heads up phone calls from Walter about accidents in my path. It was nice knowing to detour before I got stuck.

I was going to go out to the church, but didn't make it. That just means that I absolutely have to go out on Wednesday and Thursday nights to get it finished.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Thought for the Day: "It is time for us to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever, the one who recognizes the challenge and does something about it." - Vince Lombardi

Monday, March 26, 2007


Today was an extremely busy day - which flew by like a rocket.

We had an afternoon staff meeting to set our goals for the next few weeks. I am going to be working a whole ... lot. Just a couple of goals for me are putting together three books, a membership website and a couple of other products before June 1.

Sean was sick today - he ate something that didn't agree with him. Dean stayed home with him today to care for him. He had turned around by the time I got home this evening.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Thought for the Day:
  • "Good looks catch the eye but a GOOD personality catches the heart. You're blessed with both!"
  • "Nor do I hear in my imagination the parts successively. I hear them all at once. What a delight this is! All this inventing, this producing, takes place in a pleasing, lively, dream." - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Happiness keeps You Sweet,
Trials keep You Strong,
Sorrows keep You Human,
Failures keep You Humble,
Success keeps You Glowing,
But Only God kee ps You Going!

Sunday, March 25, 2007


It is a gorgeous day. The temperature is warma and there is just the hint of a breeze in the air. The girls are all up and at it for the day. Carla has staked out her usual spot on the sofa and Lilly is just hanging around. Tweat is having a great time. I do believe that the morning sunshine has put her into grand spirits as well.

After lunch I headed out and had the Camry cleaned. It was the first "official" cleaning since we purchased it - and since we've sold the house. I could finally get it completely cleaned out - no more girls riding in the car every 15 minutes so we could leave while someone looke at the house. When I got back from having the car cleaned, Dean took a break from his final exam, and the boys took me to play a few games of putt-putt. We had great fun. The weather was particularly nice to be out in playing.

Dean went back to finish up his exam and after dinner I took Sean back out for a couple of more games (it's all you can play for one price). Afterwards I headed up to the church to work on the scenery. I finished up the windows and put in the awnings in the market areas. They are coming along nicely.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Thought for the Day: "In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was within me an invincible summer."- Albert Camus

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Saturday Silliness

Dean had a moving company come by this morning to set up packing up the house for the move to their new place. I've got a bunch coming to help me out on the 7th, so I'm pretty set myself.

I've been reading this morning about the little polar bear in Germany. He had his first outing at the zoo yesterday. Poor little thing - to have so many people watching you out playing I'm surprised it didn't spook him. He is a cute little fellow though. As with all babies it's hard to believe that they actually grow up as large as they do. The photographer for the AP who did all the pictures online did a great job capturing a whole lot of fun.

I've been working on doing some packing this afternoon and sorting. It is a BIG job. So much to go through and figure out exactly what to do with what.

I took a break and goofed off on the computer while Sean was playing WOW next to me. I made a really cute M&M at M&M's site Become An M&M. These are the characters I was playing with today. There is the Tourist M&M and the WebGoddess M&M.

I need to head off to church early this afternoon (probably right after lunch) to paint, and then we have choir practice at 4 p.m. So it could be a long afternoon. I thought that if I painted before practice I could utilize the drying time well.

I was able to get the trees and sky painted on the scenery, before it was time to head off to choir practice. We had a director of music candidate come this afternoon to practice with us. He is from Pennsylvania, by way of Texas and Virginia. Our practice went well.

This evening, Mom & Dad came by to pick up some of the stuff that is going to need to be stored out at their house. Some deck furniture, grill and other stuff from the tool shed. That was one truck load of stuff out of here, with many more to go. We have put the word out looking for someone who may be interested in purchasing the riding mower. We're also looking for someone who would be interested in the refrigerator as well. There have been a few nibbles of interest, but if it comes down to the wire, we'll just call Goodwill to pick up the stuff.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Thought for the Day: "The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude." Friedrich Nietzsche

Friday, March 23, 2007


Friday is here and it is such a pleasant morning. I even slept with the window open last night. :) Which was a real treat! It chases away all the stale air in the house

I accomplished a lot at work, but it sure didn't look like it. The biggest issue I had all day was trying to burn a DVD. It took 3 or 4 tries to get one burned. I don't have a clue as to what was the problem, but when I finally got one completed.

This evening the guys took me out to dinner at Panera. I had a really delicious grilled salmon salad. It had pignoli nuts, green beans, red peppers and mixed greens, topped with a fillet of grilled salmon with lemon pepper dressing.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Thoughts for the Day:

  • "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." Carl Sagan
  • "I'm a big fan of dreams. Unfortunately, dreams are our first casualty in life--people seem to give them up, quicker than anything, for a 'reality'." Kevin Costner
PLEASE DO YOUR PART....... Today is National Mental Health Day. You can do your part by remembering to send an e-mail to at least one unstable person.....
Well, my job's done!

Why Indeed ...?
  • Why do you press harder on the buttons of a remote control when you know the batteries are dead?
  • Why do we put suits in garment bags and garments in a suitcase?
  • How come abbreviated is such a long word?
  • Why do we wash bath towels? Aren't we clean when we use them?
  • Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?
  • Why do they call it a TV set when you only have one?
A Quiz For Those Who Know Everything!

This is a quiz for people who know everything! I found out in a hurry that I didn't. These are not trick questions. They are straight questions with straight answers.
  1. Name the one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends.
  2. What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward?
  3. Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every year. What are the only two perennial vegetables?
  4. What fruit has its seeds on the outside?
  5. In many liquor stores, you can buy pear brandy, with a real pear inside the bottle. The pear is whole and ripe, and the bottle is genuine; it hasn't been cut in any way. How did the pear get inside the bottle?
  6. Only three words in standard English begin with the letters " dw" and they are all common words. Name two of them.
  7. There are 14 punctuation marks in English grammar. Can you name at least half of them?
  8. Name the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form except fresh.
  9. Name 6 or more things that you can wear on your feet beginning with the letter "S."
Scroll down to the bottom of the entry for the answers.

Exercises for Older Adults

Just came across this exercise suggested for older adults, to build muscle strength in the arms and shoulders. It seems so easy, so I thought I'd pass it on to some of my friends. The article suggested doing it three days a week.

Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side. With a 5-lb potato sack in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute, and then relax.

Each day, you'll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer.

After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-lb potato sacks.

Then try 50-lb potato sacks and then eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-lb potato sack in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute. (I'm at this level)

After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each of the sacks.

Answers To Quiz:
  1. The one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends . . Boxing.
  2. North American landmark constantly moving backward . Niagara Falls (The rim is worn down about two and a half feet each year because of the millions of gallons of water that rush over it every minute.)
  3. Only two vegetables that can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons . . Asparagus and rhubarb.
  4. The fruit with its seeds on the outside . . Strawberry.
  5. How did the pear get inside the brandy bottle? It grew inside the bottle. (The bottles are placed over pear buds when they are small, and are wired in place on the tree. The bottle is left in place for the entire growing season. When the pears are ripe, they are snipped off at the stems.)
  6. Three English words beginning with dw . Dwarf, dwell and dwindle.
  7. Fourteen punctuation marks in English grammar Period, comma, colon, semicolon, dash, hyphen, apostrophe, question mark, exclamation point, quotation marks, bracket s, parenthesis, braces, and ellipses.
  8. The only vegetable or fruit never sold ! frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form but fresh Lettuce.
  9. Six or more things you can wear on your feet beginning with "s" . Shoes, socks, sandals, sneakers, slippers, skis, skates, snowshoes, stockings, stilts.

Thursday, March 22, 2007


Well it happened, I skipped a day. I was as busy as a March hare on Wednesday. The normal work routine, plus throw in moving my desk from the conference room to a different area, then running by the church to paint scenery later that night.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Thought for the Day: "Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." --Melody Beattie

The following is an actual advertisement in an Irish newspaper.

Automobile for Sale
1985 Blue Volkswagen

Only 50 miles. Only first gear and reverse ever used.
Never driven hard. Original tires. Original brakes. Original fuel and oil. Only 1 driver. Owner wishing to sell due to employment lay-off.

The Ten Commandments of Marriage

Commandment 1.Marriages are made in heaven. But, so again, are thunder and lightning.
Commandment 2.If you want your wife to listen and pay strict attention to every word you say, talk in your sleep.
Commandment 3.Marriage is grand -- and divorce is at least 100 grand!
Commandment 4.Married life is very frustrating. In the first year of marriage, the man speaks and the woman listens. In the second year, the woman speaks and the man listens. In the third year, they both speak and the neighbors listen.
Commandment 5.When a man opens the door of his car for his wife, you can be sure of one thing: Either the car is new or the wife is.
Commandment 6.Marriage is when a man and woman become as one. The trouble starts when they try to decide which one. (I couldn't decide which one either!)
Commandment 7.Before marriage, a man will lie awake all night thinking about something you say. After marriage, he will fall asleep before you finish.
Commandment 8.Every man wants a wife who is beautiful, understanding, economical, and a good cook. But the law allows only one wife.
Commandment 9.Marriage and love are purely a matter of chemistry. That is why a wife treats her husband like toxic waste.
Commandment 10.A man is incomplete until he is married. After that, he is finished..

The Conservative Nation

For victory in 2008, please forward this message to your family, friends and associates. Let's color the nation conservative once again!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Spring Has Arrived

Tuesday - Spring Is Coming

The amazing event of the day!!! - Dad slept in this morning even thought it was a terrific morning, it seem that he just didn't want to get up and go out and listen for turkeys today. What a shocking statement from the mighty turkey hunter.

This morning I'm off to an IEP meeting at school with the boys before heading off to work. I'll be doing some video taping at some point today as well as continuing to work on a couple of large scale projects.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Thought for the Day: “There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” - Henri Matisse

Something to Ponder: “How could this great land of plenty produce too few people in the last 30 years? Here is the brutal truth that no one dares to mention: We’re too few because too many of our babies have been killed. Over 45 million since Roe v. Wade in 1973. If those 45 million children had lived, today they would be defending our country, they would be filling our jobs, they would be paying into Social Security. Still, we watch as 3,700 babies are killed every single day in America. It is unbelievable that a nation under God would allow this.” —former Senator Zell Miller

Monday, March 19, 2007


We are going to be starting off the week with cold temperatures. Burr....I've had to go out this morning and turn the defroster on in the car. Icy conditions on the windows.

I have had a busy, yet productive day at work. I stay busy but am not stressed out at all. Today I've been doing a little bit of this and that. Working on training, transcription, documentation for video segments and a tiny bit of PhotoShop work.

I went out for a while today with Rose to have an article about the spa in the office framed. Pretty cool, going to Ben Franklin for work.

After I got home this evening, I got the girls settled down for a while. That is until Dean came in from class. Miss Lilly just wants all the attention. Meanwhile, Sean is warm to the touch and that has sent Dean scurrying back out to pick up a new thermometer. I don't know what it is with the ones that we have, but they don't register at all.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Thought for the Day: I dream a lot. I do more painting when I'm not painting. It's in the subconscious." Andrew Wyeth
Why Indeed ...?
  • If work is so terrific, why do they have to pay you to do it?
  • If all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting?
  • If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?
  • If you are cross-eyed and have dyslexia, can you read all right?
  • Why is bra singular and panties plural?

Sunday, March 18, 2007


Time to rise and shine! Choir practice starts in a couple of hours. I'll be heading out close to 9:00 a.m.

Dean has taken Sean to Patient First, again, this morning. He is still suffering from bronchitis - but not showing any signs of improvement since Thursday; and he even got a shot of antibiotics at his Thursday visit to the doctor - which is usually a sure sign that you are going to start feeling better.

For now he isn't doing that much better and woke up with a very warm body temperature. He wasn't running a fever, but...I hope that they will be able to offer him some releif from all the coughing that he is doing. Once he can get that under control it will make him feel so much better.

The report from Patient First confirmed the diagnosis of bronchitis and the P.A. there Don, put Sean on a course of steroids and also gave him a prescription for a cough medicine. Since I've been home and he has been awake, his coughing has decreased in its severity. He's still doing some coughing but definitely not nearly as much as before.

I remember the last time I had bronchitis myself, which was the December before Sean was born. I suffered through that for about two months. I truly would not wish that on anyone. Terrible stuff when it starts lasting that long.

I was heading out this afternoon and Alice called me and I hopped out and picked her up so that she could ride with me out for a while. We took Terry with us and paid a visit to Walter's house in order to begin my collection of house keys for the people that will be moving into the house in April. Walter didn't make it to church today - it turns out that he had a migraine headache. Just as soon as I left he was heading back to bed to sleep.

I gave Miss Alice a call this evening, I had been going through my closet packing up clothes and found a number of things to pass along to her. She even brought me a few items to swap as well. It was like going on a big shopping trip. Loads of fun, without the expense of actually shopping.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Thought for the Day: Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.

The Washcloth..............

Ladies this has to be read, laughed at and passed on. There is not a woman alive today who won't crack up over this!

I was due for an appointment with the gynecologist later in the week. Early one morning, I received a call from the doctor's office to tell me that I had been rescheduled for that morning at 9:30 am. I had only just packed everyone off to work and school, and it was already around 8:45am. The trip to his office took about 35 minutes, so I didn't have any time to spare. As most women do, I like to take a little extra effort over hygiene when making such visits, but this time I wasn't going to be able to make the full effort. So, I rushed upstairs, threw off my pajamas, wet the washcloth that was sitting next to the sink, and gave myself a quick wash in that area to make sure I was at least presentable. I threw the washcloth in the clothes basket, donned some clothes, hopped in the car and raced to my appointment. I was in the waiting room for only a few minutes when I was called in. Knowing the procedure, as I'm sure you do, I hopped up on the table, looked over at the other side of the room and pretended that I was in Paris or some other place a million miles away. I was a little surprised when the doctor said, "My, we have made an extra effort this morning, haven't we?" I didn't respond.

After the appointment, I heaved a sigh of relief and went home. The rest of the day was normal ... Some shopping, cleaning, cooking.

After school when my 6 year old daughter was playing, she called out from the bathroom, "Mommy, where's my washcloth?"

I told her to get another one from the cupboard.

She replied, "No, I need the one that was here by the sink, it had all my glitter and sparkles saved inside it."

Never going back to that doctor again...........never!

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Happy St. Patrick's Day


Morning all...It is going to be another busy day. We'll be heading out to the grocery store this morning. Then this afternoon I will be working on the painting of the scenery for the church program. I don't really have anything scheduled for this evening, so I may take a minute or two and work on my 'stained glass window'.

We are working on beginning to get together stuff for the big moves that are coming up. We are setting up the living room and dining room as 'staging' areas. Each putting our boxes together in some organized fashion.

I took Lilly out this morning and it was snowing! Just a little flurry, but it was really neat.

We got the grocery shopping done this morning. Shopping is always an adventure, but Saturday morning shopping is just about down right dangerous.

I worked on the 'stained glass' for my sliding glass doors. This is the second half of the design. I've been waiting around this afternoon to hear from Steve H. about being ready for me to head out to begin the painting on the set for the play. It's almost 7 p.m. now and I still haven't heard anything. I was expecting to hear from him around noon.

Alice dropped by to show off Cassie's dress and to pick up a book I had for her to read. Mom did a great job picking out the dresses - Cassie is going to look like a princess. Alice and Miss Cassie were off to get some groceries, they were doing some Italian cooking for the evening. Tim did a drive by today to pick up a bread machine for Elda. I bet their house is going to start smelling good on a regular basis. I also got to see the dresses that Miss Abbey got - they were beautiful as well.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Thought for the Day:"We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them." - Kahlil Gibran

WD-40 Well, Who Knew...?

I had a neighbor who had bought a new pickup. I got up very early one Sunday morning and saw that someone had spray painted red all around the sides of this beige truck (for some unknown reason). I went over, woke him up, and told him the bad news. He was very upset and was trying to figure out what to do probably nothing until Monday morning, since nothing was open. Another neighbor came out and told him to get his WD-40 and clean it off. It removed the unwanted paint beautifully and did not harm his paint job that was on the truck. I'm impressed! WD-40 who knew?

Water Displacement #40. The product began from a search for a rust preventative solvent and degreaser to protect missile parts. WD-40 was created in 1953 by three technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company. Its name comes from the project that was to find a "water displacement" compound. They were successful with the fortieth formulation, thus WD-40. The Corvair Company bought it in bulk to protect their atlas missile parts.

Ken East (one of the original founders) says there is nothing in WD-40 that would hurt you.

When you read the "shower door" part, try it. It's the first thing that has ever cleaned that spotty shower door. If yours is plastic, it works just as well as glass. It's a miracle! Then try it on your stovetop... Voila! It's now shinier than it's ever been. You'll be amazed. Here are some of the uses:
  1. Protects silver from tarnishing.
  2. Removes road tar and grime from cars.
  3. Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.
  4. Gives floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without making it slippery.
  5. Keeps flies off cows.
  6. Restores and cleans chalkboards.
  7. Removes lipstick stains.
  8. Loosens stubborn zippers.
  9. Untangles jewelry chains.
  10. Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.
  11. Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.
  12. Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing.
  13. Removes tomato stains from clothing.
  14. Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.
  15. Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.
  16. Keeps scissors working smoothly.
  17. Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes
  18. It removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor! Use WD-40 for those nasty tar and scuff marks on flooring. It doesn't seem to harm the finish and you won't have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off. Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.
  19. Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly! Use WD-40!
  20. Gives a children's play gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.
  21. Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers.
  22. Rids kids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises.
  23. Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.
  24. Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.
  25. Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.
  26. Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
  27. Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.
  28. Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.
  29. Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.
  30. Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.
  31. Removes splattered grease on stove.
  32. Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.
  33. Lubricates prosthetic limbs.
  34. Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).
  35. Removes all traces of duct tape.
  36. Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.
  37. Florida 's favorite use is: "cleans and removes love bugs from grills and bumpers."
  38. The favorite use in the state of New York WD-40 protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements.
  39. WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a LITTLE on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no time. Also, it's a lot cheaper than the chemical attractants that are made for just that purpose. Keep in mind though, using some chemical laced baits or lures for fishing are not allowed in some states.
  40. Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch.
  41. WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray on the mark and wipe with a clean rag.
  42. Also, if you've discovered that your teenage daughter has washed and dried a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and re-wash. Presto! Lipstick is gone!
  43. If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would displace the moisture and allow the car to start.
P.S. The basic ingredient is FISH OIL.
P.P.S. I keep a can of WD-40 in my kitchen cabinet over the stove. It is good for oven burns or any other type of burn. It takes the burned feeling away and heals with NO scarring.

Friday, March 16, 2007


It hardly seems like it should be Friday already....I've been so busy I've barely noticed the time go by. I guess that the old saying, 'Time flies when you are having fun' is really true.

I worked late last night, I was working on taping some video segment for Dr. Martin's websites. We were able to get nine takes done. Not too bad for a first effort on my part. I'm sure that it will become easier and easier as the time goes along.

I had a real sense of accomplishment after we go them done. It was a bit scarey in the beginning, a new skill being tried out for the first time. But it went great, no fear of doing it again. It all has to do with the level of comfort with the software and hardware that we are using.

I got off from work at 3:30 this afternoon. Dr. Martin told I could head out - it was really nice of him since we had worked late yesterday doing video segments for the internet. I've put the time home to good use. I've managed to get four loads of laundry done, and the main rooms downstairs vacuumed.

This evening I'm head out with a couple of people from church to pick up materials to use in the construction of the scenery for the production of the Last Supper. It shouldn't take long, but then again...when you get out with Steve & Jamie the fun could go on for awhile.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Thought for the Day: "If you want to enjoy success, fantasize about it. If you want a special love, fantasize about that too. When it comes along you will be more comfortable with it. It won't be a new experience." Madeline Hirschfeld, MD

Thursday, March 15, 2007


Today I'll be heading off to Walter's after work to pick him up so that he can come out and pick up his car. The windshield repair people will be here during the day to fix the trim that was broken when they put the new windshield on his car. Hopefully they will do better this time.

I'll be running out during a late lunch today to take Sean to the orthodontist to pick up his retainer. It is going to be a quick trip. - This didn't work out today, Sean has a case of bronchitis and was out at the doctor this morning. This had to get pushed back another week.

I was late getting out tonight and when I picked Walter up he and I head out for a bite to eat before heading to the house. We had a very nice meal at Chili's - I hadn't been there before and they had a very nice atmosphere and great food.

Poor Walter is going to be taking a First Aid class at work today. He really doesn't want to do it. He is almost pouting. He said he would, "Rather be cutting line in Fluvanna". That's dedication to doing the work and surely a sign that he really, really doesn't want to take a first aid class. I told him he could pout and protest (wear a sticker on his shirt that says, "I'd rather be cutting line in Fluvanna") but he still had to go.

The repair that they made on his car was excellent. He is quite happy with it.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings

Thought for the Day: “Where else but in America could the women’s liberation movement take off their bras, then go on TV to complain about their lack of support?” —Bob Hope

Ant & Grasshopper

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or
shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Be responsible for yourself!


The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving. CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. America is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper, and everybody cries when they sing, "It's Not Easy Being Green." Jesse Jackson stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house where the news stations film the group singing, "We shall overcome". Jesse then has the group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper's sake. Nancy Pelosi & John Kerry exclaim in an interview with Larry King that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.

Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity and Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of The summer. The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the government.

Hillary gets her old law firm to represent the grasshopper in a defamation suit against the ant, and the case is tried before a panel of federal judges that Bill Clinton appointed from a list of single-parent welfare recipients. The ant loses the case. The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ant's food while the government house he is in, which just happens to be the ant's old house, crumbles around him because he doesn't maintain it.

The ant has disappeared in the snow. The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the once peaceful neighborhood.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Be careful how you vote

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Wednesday Already?

It is hard to believe that it is Wednesday already? It just seems like it was Sunday just a day ago. Work is going great. There are still so many things to learn. But I'm beginning to get my head wrapped around everything that I am doing and going to be doing. So much information....yet it is wonderful. I'll almost have an entirely different skill set once I get finished learning all that I need to do just to maintain the membership website and doing video blogs.

I got out during lunch today and put down the security deposit and pet deposit on the apartment. They have everything they need to finish up processing my application. I believe that I have worked out so that I can get the key to the apartment the day before I actually move in so that I will have it without having to juggle getting to the office before they close on the 1st.

This evening Walter was at the house waiting when I got home. He was dropping off his car so that his windshield could be repaired tomorrow.

I've been hanging out on the phone this evening with Alice working on the APS logo design. I think that we have just about got it worked out, at least to the point of being able to get some feed back from the client as to whether or not we are on the right track. But what we have gotten together so far is really nice looking.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Thought for the Day: Finish each day and be done with it . . . You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it well and serenely. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

How Long Do We Have?

About the time our original 13 states adopted their new constitution, in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior:

"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship."

"The average age of the worlds greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
  1. From bondage to spiritual faith;
  2. From spiritual faith to great courage;
  3. From courage to liberty;
  4. From liberty to abundance;
  5. From abundance to complacency;
  6. From complacency to apathy;
  7. From apathy to dependence;
  8. From dependence back into bondage ."
Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the 2000 Presidential election:

Population of counties won by: Gore: 127 million; Bush: 143 million;
Square miles of land won by: Gore: 580,000; Bush: 2,427,000
States won by: Gore: 19 Bush: 29
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Gore: 13.2
Bush: 2.1

Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the territory Bush won was mostly the land owned by the tax-paying citizens of this great country. Gore's territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned tenements and living off government welfare..."

Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the "complacency and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy, with some 40 percent of the nation's population already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase.

Pass this along to help everyone realize just how much is at stake,knowing that apathy is the greatest danger to our freedom. "in God we trust"

Tuesday, March 13, 2007


Hi All!

It has been a good day. I've been busy working getting familiar with all the things that I am suppose to do at work. I have been getting familiar with loads of new people that I will be working with on the websites. I have really been enjoying working with all the people in the office and look forward to heading out each morning. They are a happy bunch.

Sean has been doing well with getting home in the afternoons and even got a lift this afternoon from Danielle. It was really sweet of her to pick him up on her way home. I know that he appreciated it as well.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Thought for the Day: Live simply. Love generously. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

Today's Message of the Day is:
Life is short,
Break the rules,
Forgive quickly,
Kiss slowly,
Love truly,
Laugh uncontrollably,
And never regret anything that made you smile.
Saying Grace In A Restaurant

Last week, I took my children to a restaurant. My six-year-old son asked if he could say grace.

As we bowed our heads he said, "God is good, God is great. Thank you for the food, and I would even thank you more if Mom gets us ice cream f or dessert. And Liberty and justice for all! ! A men!"

Along with the laughter from the other customers nearby, I heard a woman remark, "That's what's wrong with this country. Kids today don't even know how to pray. Asking God for ice cream! Why, I never!"

Hearing this, my son burst into tears and asked me, "Did I do it wrong? Is God mad at me?"

As I held him and assured him that he had done a terrific job, and God was certainly not mad at him, an elderly gentleman approached the table.

He winked at my son and said, "I happen to know that God thought that was a great prayer."

"Really?" my son asked.

"Cross my heart," the man replied.

Then, in a theatrical whisper, he added (indicating the woman whose remark had started t his whole thing), "Too bad she never asks God for ice cream A little ice cream is good for the soul sometimes."

Naturally, I bough t my kids ice cream at the end of the meal. My son stared at his for a moment, and then did something I will remember the rest of my life.

He picked up his sundae and, without a word, walked over and placed it in front of the woman. With a big smile he told her, "Here, this is for you. Ice cream is good for the soul sometimes; and my soul is good already."

I love this story! Sometimes, we all need some ice cream. I hope God sends you some Ice Cream today!

Monday, March 12, 2007


A brand new week and we are getting off on a fast pace. A special thank you goes out to both Troy and Mom for being there and their willingness to be on stand-by to help get things taken care of today. I appreciate all the help you both were willing to be there to give.

Sean's orthodontist appointment got put off until Thursday, he will be getting his permanent retainers then. We had to push it back since he had injured his knee last night while he was out playing in the neighborhood. While Dean was with Sean at Patient First this evening he was paged and they had to leave. Turned out that our internet was down at home and he had to make the trek all the way back to work to fix the issue with the servers.

Since he had to head back to work I was able to get word to his instructor that he was going to be missing class this evening. Good thing too, since as of 9:00 p.m. our internet service is still down. Dean only has three classes left before he finishes up for the semester. That will have him all set for Easter vacation. I know that both the guys are looking forward to that.

I've slipped up to Panera Bread, a local restaurant, which has wi-fi service available for use. I am so glad I remembered. I needed to get online to send some pictures that the local news will be using during an interview with my employer tomorrow. I hate like all get out that it was able to be done at 5:30 when I got home, but that is the way it is when you've got internet issues.

I also spent about an hour with Sean this evening at Patient First - we managed to make it back to have his knee looked at. Turns out the way that he twisted it mainly agitated the knee problems he already had, so they put him in a knee splint to wear for about a week. That should help him to keep it immobile for awhile.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Thought for the Day: "Your outer circumstances are but reflections of your inner thoughts."

Why Indeed ...?
  • Why does "slow down" and "slow up" mean the same thing?
  • Why does "fat chance" and "slim chance" mean the same thing?
  • Why do "tug" boats push their barges?
  • Why do we sing "Take me out to the ball game" when we are already there?
  • Why are they called "stands" when they are made for sitting?

With Tax Time rolling around this is a cutie that is making the email rounds:
It was worth the try!

Sunday, March 11, 2007


Off to choir practice this morning followed by regular church activities. I'm looking forward to a slightly slower pace today. But who knows if it actually will be or not. At some point this evening, I do know that it will be time to catch up on my laundry, since I've not been home to do it during the day as is usual.

Oh, Alice! Special information just for you...I found someone who does some really professional application of logos, etc..onto mugs and such. I'm going to check into it. I'll keep you posted on what I find out.

It has been a busy afternoon, I have found an apartment!! I will be living in the basement of the same building that Walter is currently in. I will get access to the apartment beginning on April 1st. I will need to have the electricity set up in my name by that date and all the other normal stuff. I most likely won't get everything moved over until around the 15th, since I'm going to do it it phases.

Alice went out with me to the apartments and on the way home we ran by Burger King so Mr. Terry could get a snack. He got to play in the car while we were waiting in the drive-thru line. Which took almost forever! But he was quite entertained since he climbed out of the carseat and was investigating the car. Here he is playing the 'celebrity' for the camera. You can tell he is having a great time!

Our choir practice went well this evening, we were working with a prospective Minister of Music and he did a terrific job. Of course, he answered our question about robes properly - they are a bad thing, but the ones that we currently have are. Yippee! He agrees with us about the robes.

Dean has had the house opened up all day to day. The fresh air has been making it's way into all the nooks and crannies and freshing up the place. It has been a good day to chase out the stale air from Winter. I bet we all sleep better this evening.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Thoughts for the Day:
  • "Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul." - Anonymous
  • Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound. - James Allen 1864-1912, author of As a Man Thinketh

Saturday, March 10, 2007


Conference Day Two: I'm off again early this morning and will be attending the conference all day.

Don't forget to change your clocks today - it is time to Spring FOREWARD, at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.

Evening All,

The past two days have been quite the adventure and highly stimulating. There is so much that, that I have learned that it is going to take some time to completely be able to take it all in and put it into practice. It is amazing how exciting and informative that this conference was. Dr. Martin is a fantastic speaker and really can drive home his points. He is surely at the top of his game and wants everyone others to be there with him. So much excitement....It makes you excited to go to work to see what is going to happen next.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Thought for the Day:
"Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream of things that never were and say why not." - Robert F. Kennedy

Why Indeed ...?
  1. Is it good if a vacuum really sucks?
  2. Why is the third hand on the watch called the second hand?
  3. If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, how would we ever know?
  4. If Webster wrote the first dictionary, where did he find the words?
  5. Why do we say something is out of whack? What is a whack?

Friday, March 9, 2007


Today is the first, Conference Day. I'm off across the river very early this morning. I'll be heading out about 6:15 a.m. and most likely won't get back until around 7:00 p.m.

It is hard to believe that I actually pegged the time that I would get back home this evening on the nose. It has been a FULL day. My mind is racing, in a good way, with all the new information that I have taken in during the day today. The conference has been, in my opinion, very successful thus far. The lectures have been marketing gold mines! To me, as a newbie in the field, it is a full immersion program with a potload of information to carry away with me each evening.

I've several new books to add to my "to read" list and some humorous comments to go through. Who know one or two may end up here as the thought of the day.

My day will be starting early again tomorrow and most likely run just as late.

Sean is off this evening skating, as has become his custom each Friday night. Ya'll sleep well, I'm going to call it an early evening since I'll be off and about so early in the morning.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Thought for the Day: Ninety percent of the game is half mental. - Yogi Berra

Click on the link to check on your dialect and see if you might have crossed over to the "other side"! Simply click on the correct answer. As you go, the quiz will automatically interpret each answer to show you what your answer implies about you. When you are done, press Compute My Score. Your score will be calculated as a percentage: 0% is pure Yankee and 100% is pure Dixie.

Well, of course, I scored a 96% (Dixie). The test then generated this burning question, Is General Lee your father?!

Prettiest Moms

Before I was a Mom I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.
Before I was a Mom - I had never been puked on.
Pooped on.
Chewed on.
Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind and my thoughts.
I slept all night.
Before I was a Mom I never held down a screaming child so doctors could do tests. Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I neve r got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.
Before I was a Mom I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put them down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.
Before I was a Mom - I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body.
I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond between a mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small could make me feel so important and happy.
Before I was a Mom - I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache, the wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much before I was a Mom.

Thursday, March 8, 2007


My goal for the day is to be able to import video clips into the video program that I am using. Hopefully that will work that way it should. I took several minutes of video yesterday, from around the inside and outside of the office. A test project of sorts to practice on. Just how it will turn out is anyone's guess at this point, it is just something that we'll find out for sure over the next few days or so. I'll keep ya'll posted on the progress. Perhaps even a video once I get it all together. goals for the day surely changed after I made it into work today. I worked on organization of several areas of the office. It was time well spent. I also did some work on creating several different CD's and DVD's of various types of documentation. Video clips will be for another day.

I have a couple of new things to read:
  • An article on Adobe Lightroom, and
  • "Secrets of Online Persuasion", by John-Paul & Deborah Micek
Tomorrow and Saturday is going to be an adventure. A number of us from the office are headed out to a conference for the two days. Lots of activity.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Thought for the Day: “Life is not so short but that there is always time enough for courtesy and chivalry.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, March 7, 2007


The week is hustling by at a steady pace. Today is going to be filled with learning web video creating. I have about 12 lessons in all to review and absorb. Lots and lots to learn and absorb.

Mini crisis today - new operatoring system, three new programs and a couple of really weird issues with the computer. One is sort of sorted out; the second is not logical and the third is going to be a test. Who knew!!

Computer literate I am, but there are so many different and new software pieces to learn, I thought there for a bit I was going to go into meltdown phase. The crisis has passed and I just am going to have to focus on one piece of the puzzle at once, rather than trying to do the whole picture at once.

My biggest problem was trying to work on three different versions of Windows 98, XP & Vista all at once. I was having trouble getting Vista to recognize my jump drive and hooking up the camcorder also. Success Finally!! Satisfaction at accomplishing at least a couple of goals on my list for the day.

This evening after work Ms. Max and I have a 'perm date', instead of our usual early morning get together. I hope that it all works out well. The perm turned out terrific. Lots and lots of nice curls.

Sean's missing phone has finally been replaced. Now we can get back in touch with him from the cell phones as necessary. He's happy and has been cheerfully been informing his 'cell phone buddys' about his acquisition.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Thoughts for the Day:
  • "Finish each day and be done with it . . . You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it well and serenely." --Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "Forewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory. Wisdom comes of such a recognition.” —Miguel de Cervantes
  • “Conservatism is a grasp and understanding of the value of every human being and the fact that when they earn money, they should be able to keep as much of it as possible so they can gain independence. That’s Reagan conservatism.” —former Virginia Gov. James Gilmore
Malachi 3:3 says: "He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver."

This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.

One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study.

That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn't mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining Silver.

As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities.

The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then she thought again about the verse that says: "He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver." She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined.

The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.

The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, "How do you know when the silver is fully refined?"

He smiled at her and answered, "Oh, that's easy -- when I see my image in it."

If today you are feeling the heat of the fire , remember that God has his eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you. Pass this on right now. This very moment, someone needs to know that God is watching over them. And, whatever they're going through, they'll be a better person in the end.

"Life is a coin. You can spend it anyway you wish, but you can only spend it once."

Tuesday, March 6, 2007


Day two! Away I go!

I finished by first step in our book compilation at work. So much to do, but the index of available material is finished for now. Unless of course, there are other things that need to be added as well. My next project is to being learning how to create video for the web. There are about 12 lessons to go through. Great stuff.

This evening I'm looking towards a nice hot bath to ease my aching legs. I've got to find a better chair to sit in at work the one I've got right now isn't doing the trick.

During my lunch break today, I fiddled around in PhotoShop and reved up my desktop for March with this little number. I also managed to switch out my screen saver from house pictures to my bits and pieces that I've been working on during the year. Fun stuff and pictures of the kids and Miss Faith. Gives me some nice images to see from time to time.

Tomorrow after work I'll be giving Ms. Maxine a perm. So the day will sure be an extended one.

Sean has been making out well with getting home and handling the girls and himself until everyone else gets in from work. I'm pleased to see him taking on these responsibilites so well.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Thought for the Day: "As long as you are going to be thinking anyway, think big!" - Donald Trump

The Woman

When God created woman he was working late on the 6th day. An angel came by and said: "Why spend so much time on that one?"

And the Lord answered: "Have you seen all the specifications I have to meet to shape her?"

"She must be washable, but not made of plastic, have more than 200 moving parts which all must be replaceable and she must function on all kinds of food, she must be able to embrace several kids at the same time, give a hug that can heal anything from a bruised knee to a broken heart and she must do all this with only two hands".

The angel was impressed.

"Just two hands...impossible!" and this is the standard model?! "Too much work for one day...wait until tomorrow and then complete her".

"I will not", said the Lord. "I am so close to complete this creation, which will be the favourite of my heart".

"She cures hereself when sick and she can work 18 hours a day".

The angel came nearer and touched the woman.

"But you have made her so soft, Lord"

"She is soft", said the Lord, "But I hav also made her strong. You can't imagine what she can endure and overcome".

"Can she think?" the angel asked.

The Lord answered: "Not only can she think, she can reason and negotiate."

The angel touched the womans cheek..."Lord, it seems this creation is leaking! You have put too many burdens on her."

"She is not's a tear" the Lord corrected the angel

"What's it for?" asked the angel.

And the Lord said: "Tears are her way of expressing grief, her doubts, her love, her loneliness, her suffering and her pride."

This made a big impression on the angel; "Lord, you are genius. You thought of everything. The woman is indeed marvellous!"

Indeed she is! Woman has strengths that amazes man. She can handle trouble and carry heavy burdens. She holds happiness, love and open opinions. She smiles when feeling like screaming. She sings when she feels like crying, crys whn she is happy and laughs when she is afaid. She fights for what she believes in. Stands up against injustice. She doesn't take "no" for an answer, when she can see a better solution. She gives herself so her family can thrive. She takes her friend to the doctor if she is afraid. Her love is unconditional. She cries when her kids are victorious. She is happy when her friends do well. She is glad when she hears of a birth or a wedding. Her heart is broken when a next of kin or friend dies. But she finds the strenght to get on with life. She knows that a kiss and a hug can heal a broken heart.

There is only one thing wrong with her...

She forgets what she is worth...

Monday, March 5, 2007

First Day of Work

Card from DebbieToday is my first day of work. I'll be heading out at 7:00 a.m. to get into the office on time. I have loads to learn and get right into the thick of things. I've been doing my homework and will continue to expand each and every day. There are plenty of things to do and learn and I'm sure that I'll be able to meet the challenge.

Thanks for the words of encouragement, they are so uplifting on my first day out and about in the 'working' world.

WOW! What a day! Things went well and I felt right at home doing all the things that I seemed to already do at home. I am going to be learning so much and be able to expand my knowledge base so much in this position. So far so good and it is only day one. I have a couple of new Adobe products to learn and become proficient in using. Time is all it is going to take. I was able to transfer quite a bit of information from what I've been to doing right into my new position. It was great to be able to have 'the right' answer for a number of technical questions.

Sean made out with the new transportation arrangement with Danielle. He was able to help out with the girls once he got home. I know they both felt much better getting out to potty before dinner.

Dean just beat me back to the house. He was walking up the sidewalk as I was pulling into the drive. Dinner was a fly by the seat of our pants affair - everyone got fed but I'm really not sure how it actually all worked out. We were all just going in several directions at once.

Walter dropped by to speak for a little while on his way home from Fluvanna today. He's been out working for a long while today as well. He's been a busy beaver working at putting markers out. He even has a company truck to drive for this job.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Thought for the Day: "Finish each day and be done with it . . . You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it well and serenely." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monastery Life

A young monk arrives at the monastery. He is assigned to helping the other monks in copying the old canons and laws of the church by hand.

He notices, however, that all of the monks are copying from copies, not from the original manuscript. So, the new monk goes to the head abbot to question this, pointing out that if someone made even a small error in the first copy, it would never be picked up! In fact, that error would be continued in all of the subsequent copies.

The head monk, says, "We have been copying from the copies for centuries, but you make a good point, my son."

He goes down into the dark caves underneath the monastery where the original manuscripts are held as archives in a locked vault that hasn't been opened for hundreds of years. Hours go by and nobody sees the old abbot.

So, the young monk gets worried and goes down to look for him. He sees him banging his head against the wall and wailing,"We missed the " R " ! , we missed the " R " !"

His forehead is all bloody and bruised and he is crying uncontrollably. The young monk asks the old abbot, "What's wrong, father?"

With A choking voice, the old abbot replies, "The word was... CELEBRATE !!!"

Adam & Eve

Adam was hanging around the garden of Eden feeling very lonely.

So, God asked him, "What's wrong with you?"

Adam said he didn't have anyone to talk to.

God said that He was going to make Adam a companion and that it would be a woman.

He said, "This pretty lady will gather food for you, she will cook for you, and when you discover clothing, she will wash it for you.

She will always agree with every decision you make and she will not nag you, and will always be the first to admit she was wrong when you've had a disagreement. She will praise you! She will bear your children, and never ask you to get up in the middle of the night to take care of them. "She will NEVER have a headache and will freely give you love and passion whenever you need it."

Adam asked God, "What will a woman like this cost?"

God replied, "An arm and a leg."

Then Adam asked, "What can I get for a rib?"

Of course the rest is history......................
If only Adam had not been a Cheapskate!

The Three Little Pigs

Three Little Pigs went out to dinner one night. The waiter came and took their drink order.

"I would like a Sprite," said the first little piggy.
"I would like a Coke," said the second little piggy.
"I want beer, lots and lots of beer," said the third little piggy.

The drinks were brought out and the waiter took their orders for dinner.

"I want a nice big steak," said the first piggy.
"I would like the salad plate," said the second piggy.
"I want beer, lots and lots of beer," said the third little piggy.

The meals were brought out and a while later the waiter approached the table and asked if the piggies would like any dessert.

"I want a banana split," said the first piggy.
"I want a cheesecake," said the second piggy.
"I want beer, lots and lots of beer," exclaimed the third little piggy.

"Pardon me for asking," said the waiter to the third little piggy,"But why have you only ordered beer all evening?"

You're gonna LOVE me for this....

The third piggy says - "Well, somebody has to go 'Wee, wee, wee, all the way home!