Saturday, August 20, 2011
This is certainly a busy time of year for a lot of us.
The weather is telling us we are headed toward the end of summer, and some of us will experience Indian Summer soon.
Kids are going back to school, and they have probably outgrown most of their clothes. Which means that ugly day of school clothes and supplies are upon the parents.
Summer jobs are coming to an end, and young adults are getting ready to go off to college. Moms will be tempted to "re-do" their abandoned bedrooms, but then feel guilty about it because the "Kids will be coming home for breaks".
New searches for lunch menus are going on, backpacks need to be checked for rips, holes and tears.
Hey! It's nearly cool enough to quilt too!! Have you noticed all the stores have their Autumn decorations up, the fabric shops are showing Christmas fabrics and patterns, and summer clothing is on sale everywhere.
I am even educating myself about putting in a winter garden of cauliflower, broccoli and the like. I have dusted off my dehydrater and gotten some of the summer produce and herbs dried and stored for winter, like a good squirrel should.
The summer mess in the garage is all cleaned up, and the car can actually fit with ease in there.
Life is GOOD.
For some of us.
Bossy Daughter went down to a town called Cordoba, Alabama to help with the hurrican victims. It is heartbreaking what she learned.
While our news is constantly doing political chatter, they ignore what is actually going on the the American people who are (yes, I said ARE) suffering so badly from the hurricane.
It seems that our wonderful government has forgotten these people. They are getting no aid at all.
The town was wiped out, people still do not have homes to live in, and they have no food.
There is much more than that to report, but I will wait to see if Bossy Daughter is going to post what she saw and learned. If she does not post, then I will.
But now I ask you to perform a Random Act of Kindness. I am doing so, and hopefully some of you will be able to as well.
These folks need donations for FOOD AND HOUSING. You can send money donations to Free Will Disaster Relief, 475 1st Street, Cordoba, AL 35550, Attention: Andrea Pate. Specify whether you want your donation to go to the Food Pantry or Housing.
Do NOT send packages at this time.
While no one is watching the store in Washington, D.C., because they all "need a vacation", we Americans must take care of ourselves and each other.
Please consider this random act of kindness, and let others know about the need.
You'll love yourself for doing so.
Friday, August 12, 2011
We all know the old tattered saying "when the cat's away, the mice will play". Well, the mice must be having the time of their lives!
Amid all the shenanigans in Washington, all the "crisis" we are in, all the drama, the intrigue and hidden agendas, Americans are supposed to be tearing our hair out over all the castrophes.
We got hoodwinked on the debit/budget thing, which actually wound up to be the same old shell game. As usual, Congress gave us some good sounding talk, but still did their own thing, which was to immerse us into a greater hole.
Lots of subterfuge going on, that's for sure!
We have border problems, debt problems, credit problems, budget problems (for God's sake........let's not have a BALANCED BUDGET!!), no budget in site, magazines pulling cheap shots with photos and labels, we are in three wars (at least), entitlement problems, unemployment sky high, people with no homes or jobs, people hungry with no food or money with which to buy any, Gore screaming his head off with profanity while he throws another temper tantrum, the press sniping at any and all candidates for Presidency and bypassing any of the important stuff, and we are getting "polled" to death, a President who has decided he can do whatever he wants without the consent of Congress while his wife eats ribs and french fries while trying to make into law what WE eat. And the stock market is the newest roller coaster of death in the world.
Marie Antoinette would have loved it.
We are fast approaching becoming the richest third rate country in the world.
The list can go on and on.
So what does our illustrious President and Congress do?? TAKE A VACATION, OF COURSE!
Don't forget, we get to foot the bill. It will not be a surprise to learn that our Presiden't vacation will cost at a minimum one million bucks.
So what can we do about it? Nothing, you say?? Not True, Fellow Americans.
There's plenty we can do. But it will take reinserting our back bones and dare to stand up to the corruption that is so wide spread in both parties of Congress and in the white house.
An election is coming up, as we all hear constantly. We NEED an election! The sooner the better.
We need to get rid of the CONGRESSIONAL ENTITLEMENTS first. They need to get the same medical We get, and who in hell ever decided to give them all raises again this summer? They are all out of control with their raises, chauffers, private health care, and lifetime body guards and full pay after they retire.
Pay for WHAT?! Pay for destroying the credibility of our country? Pay for not doing one damned thing about unemployment other that point the finger at each other?? Pay for passing laws which the people find out about AFTER THE FACT??? Pay for all their trips, expensive lunches while their aids do all the work for them???? THIS list could go on and on, too.
They all need to get their butts back to Washington and actually EARN their pay. Unheard of, I know. But we, the people, need to demand they get back to work.
Our nation is on the slippery slope while they, like Nero, stay home and fiddle.
Americans, we need to take back our power. We need to vote these crooks out. We need to throw the thugs out of office.
We need to get involved!
Today, just for inspiration, I invite you all to join me in listening to a day of Patriotic music while you go through the hours of your day. Reflect on what each of us wants for our nation, and how we can help achieve that.
There is always something one can do for our country. Fly the flag. Wear red, white and blue. Go to your town meetings. Re-read the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Make notes about how these two precious documents are in jeopardy and are being ignored, abused and ridiculed.
Educate yourself, America! Learn what is actually going on, and what it means for our country.
Volunteer in your own communities to serve those less fortunates. Get into your closets and pull out all those clothes that are just hanging there and haven't been worn for a long time, and donate them to homeless shelters.
Clean out the pantry, and get the food over to the food banks. Buy a homeless person a meal. For those of us who CAN, give the gift of a night's lodging in a motel to a homeless person. I am sure they would love to have a hot, soapy shower and nice clean sheets on a comfortable bed to lie in.
Sit our children down, and tell them about our nation's history. Visit a military cemetery with them, and have them put flags on the graves, or at the least, pull the weeds that grow over these brave heroes.
Let our children know that we, as adults, American Adults, are going to do whatever we can to leave them a better world than what is happening to them now.
Be a role model to our children, our neighbors, our families and our community. Get involved with doing the right thing.............for fun and for FREE.
No one is left minding the store but us, folks. Let's get the brooms out, and start cleaning!
Friday, July 29, 2011
Dear Mr. President,
I heard you say you will not guarantee SS checks if the debt ceiling isn't raised.
Why is it the scare always has to do with SS, Medicare, & our Soldiers pay?
Why not stop your pay, your staff, or Congress and the Senate to save more money for our country?
Why use Seniors, Soldiers, & our Needy as examples?
Take the money from those who take no risks and reap the benefits!!
Instead of threatening to withhold Social Security, VA and disability payments of people who really need the money....
Again,,,Lets hold the paychecks of the Executive Branch ( White House staff, all of the Treasury and the Fed),,all House & Senate members and their staff, along with the Judicial Branch and their staff,,,then see how fast they resolve the debt ceiling crisis !!!!!
That would be Leadership by example...
If you agree repost this & keep it going across the whole USA.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Today I decided to take on a task I have been avoiding for over a year. I decided to edit my Food Favorite List.
I was absolutely amazed as to the foods I had on there!
As I went down my list, I deleted a whole lot of stuff I used to eat on a regular basis.
Like: Snickers candy bars
Lipton onion soup (I make my own now, with a whole lot less salt!)
Buttered movie popcorn (always bought the BIG bucket and got refills)
hot dog and hamburger buns (I now eat the skinny whole wheat ones)
Costco apple cinnamon muffins (that was a hard one to give up!)
Costco blueberry muffins (not so hard to give up)
Jimmy Dean sausage
Jams and Jellies (except for mint apple jelly when I have lamb chops, which is about once every three years.)
Bottled sweetened ice tea
potato chips (I now buy the air popped potato slices when I DO buy them)
Regular sour cream
chocolate macadamia nuts
deep fried fish and seafood.........INCLUDING fish sticks!!!
I did, however, keep Oreos on the list. I'm not ready to take them off, even though I haven't had any in the house OR in my mouth for four months now.
I didn't want to go overboard with deleting EVERYTHING that put me in need of Spark all at one time. I mean, EASY DOES IT, right??!!
I took off a lot of other stuff that I can't recall just now, but it really gave me insight as to the changes I needed to make, and with Spark's help, have made.
No wonder I was overweight, and no wonder I am getting in better shape now.
Spark!! You definetly have changed my life...........and all for the better!!!
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