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A Time for Gratitude

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Isn't is wonderful that we live in a country that sets aside a full day for gratitude and Thanks giving!

Despite all the problems we are experiencing with our government, the economy, the riots that have emmanated from the sit ins, unemployment, we can still find reasons for giving thanks.

We can give thanks for our beautiful country, where we can travel anywhere in it without being checked at state borders by armed guards.

We have the right to vote and speak freely of our own opinions without the fear of reprisal.

We have the freedom to worship, and the right to read whatever we choose.

We (still) have the right to medical treatment with a doctor of our choice.

We have the right to attend schools and further our education.

No one can demand we work in a particular field, like many other countries do.

We have the right to bear arms, and the right to be heard in our courts.

We can have wonderful friendships with those of different faiths than our own without the worry of reprisal.

Oh, indeed, beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain.
For purple mountains, majesty, among the fruited plains!
America, AMERICA! God shed His grace on Thee!
And bound Thy GOOD with BROTHERHOOD,
from sea to shining sea!!



  
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RUFFIT 11/21/2011 4:53PM

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too!! Moni emoticon emoticon

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NYBABE1 11/19/2011 12:12PM

    Awesome blog! I am so greatful and proud to be a American! emoticon

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DRKYASHI 11/19/2011 12:12PM

    Amen! I think we often (during these economic times) lose sight of how truly great it is to even LIVE in this country. Thanks for a positive post! emoticon

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FANTASTIC CHRISTMAS IDEAS!!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011


Christmas/Holidays 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition

A dear friend sent this to me, and I am sure most of you will love it like I do.


Great Idea!

Hi folks. This seems like a very good idea to me.
Christmas/Holidays 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear
to provide North Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods --
merchandise that has been produced at the expense of North American labor. This
year will be different. This year we can give the gift of genuine concern for
our countrymen. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing
can be found that is produced by North American hands. Yes there is!

It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a
shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?
Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from
your local hair salon or barber?

Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health
improvement.

Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, privately owned
detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book
of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down your
dollars on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would
like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all
winter, or games at the local golf course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates.
And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what
about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this
isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town
friends and neighbors with their financial lives on the line to keep their
doors open.

How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle,
done at a shop run by the neighborhood working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local
cleaning lady for a day.
My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is
struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their
own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and
beautiful wooden boxes.

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your
server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your
hometown theater.

Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights
for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents
stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the
mailman, hair stylist or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining North American pockets so that
China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US,
encouraging local small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams.
And, when we care about other our neighbors, we care about our communities, and
the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine.

THIS is the new North American Christmas tradition.
Forward this to everyone on your mailing list -- post it to discussion groups --
throw up a post on Craigslist in the Rants and Raves section in your city --
send it to the editor of your local paper and radio stations, and TV news
departments. This is a revolution of caring about each other, and isn't that
what Christmas is about?

  
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RUFFIT 11/11/2011 9:47AM

    Great ideas!! Thanks for posting. Moni

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4DOGNIGHT 11/11/2011 8:49AM

    I approve! Thanks! Carol

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GRANDMA1951 11/11/2011 8:32AM

    Great list!!

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MNABOY 11/10/2011 11:30PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/10/2011 6:37PM

    emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 11/10/2011 3:40PM

    YES!

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PJBONARRIGO 11/10/2011 3:23PM

    YES YES YES!!

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I WILL NOT GO, OH NO, NO, NO

Saturday, October 29, 2011

We live in a neighborhood that has a homeowners association.

When we first moved here, I was voted in to serve on the Board. What a mess THAT little exercise was! Since it was the first home owners association we have ever been part of, little did I know the politics and power plays that go on.

There is a small group of people who have the need to control everything. (I have since learned that this is "normal" for these types of committees.)

They set their own agenda, and pretty much do whatever they want doing. A lot of politicking goes on, and it winds up with "our' side against "their" side. And the issues they fight over are really peanuts.

So I served the Board, found out what it is like, and couldn't wait to have my term expire. As a matter of fact, I quit before my term was up.

I have lived too long to continue to fight with red squirrels, put up with all the petty bickering and in-fighting, and play with power mongers.

I mean! When I think of all the things going on in my life and country, the pettiness of a homeowners association is really quite irrelevant.

I have lived too long to suffer fools gladly and participate in time wasting arguments about how something should be worded.

Boards have a tendency to want all things done with great verbosity. The more words, the better.

In my book, the more words the more confusion they create.

So today is our annual association meeting. I have read the agenda, and it is more of the same stuff they have been fighting over for the past 5 years.

I am not going. Neither is DH. We are giving our proxy to one of our neighbors who likes to attend such things, and have made clear what our vote choices are.

I am going to spend my day walking with Winnie, doing a ten minute strength exercise and get some quilting done.

Heck. I just may throw talking DH into going out to lunch, and then to walk one of our beautiful trails.

It is a lovely Autumn day here..........much too beautiful to waste it by attending a stupid meeting where nothing but arguing will get accomplished.

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it's off to walk I go!!! emoticon


The woods are calling, and I must go!

  
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TINKLOVESBEAR 11/1/2011 5:56PM

    Yep, get out and enjoy the day! Let the folks who enjoy doing that kind of thing do it!! emoticon

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BABACHAN 10/31/2011 3:04PM

    Life is too short to do things we really don't enjoy! You gave it a try and it wasn't for you! Time to move on!!! Good for you!

Enjoy the Great Outdoors! emoticon
And your quilting!



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GRANDMACOO 10/31/2011 9:28AM

    I am sorry your (and it sounds like most) associations are like that. We live in an area that probably has an association for each "district"; our's is a small association and everyone knows everyone. It is usually well run and, for the most part, there is no fighting or arguing.

When we bought this house, we did NOT buy the one we really wanted (new development, house was going to be built) because of all the RULES the Association had - just couldn't live with those. I'm glad we found out up front that they dictated what you could and couldn't do.

Our youngest daughter bought a new home, moved in, and within 4 days had a notice from the association that she better get her yard in shape. REALLY? She had JUST moved in.

I'm glad you took care of yourself and enjoyed the wonderful outdoors instead of stressing yourself with so much nonsense.

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FANGFACEKITTY 10/30/2011 9:49AM

    My parents live in a community with an association and the stories they have told me! It is exactly as you describe. There is one woman with her little clique bound and determined that everyone is to live as she dictates. She even went so far as to send people letters on her employer's letterhead threatening possible legal action - she works for a lawyers office and the letters, on legal letterhead, were to give the impression that whatever she was complaining about was illegal. Finally someone did something about her, called the HR at the legal office to "inquire if the lawyers had taken the case and were representing her". Whatever her employers said to her (and I can imagine) she finally stopped her nonsense...at least for a while. The problem with the associations and this type of person is no one ever wants the stress of standing up to the bully and putting a stop to their nonsense.

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DIZZYDOC 10/29/2011 9:22PM

    emoticon I don't know if we have an owners association or not but, if we do it would probably be the same except the language would be Chinese.

Enjoy the beautiful day while it lasts.

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GRAMMAMARY 10/29/2011 8:06PM

    I'm glad we don't have a Homeowners Assoc where we are. We do still have yearly town meetings though and the same thing happens at those. We haven't gone in the last couple of years because of all the nonsense that goes on.
We are having rain turning to snow today and tonight so no outside walks for me.

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LKWQUILTER 10/29/2011 7:03PM

    Now that is what I call taking care of business!! lol Have a great day and enjoy the outdoors.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 10/29/2011 6:37PM

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TOWHEE 10/29/2011 6:01PM

    One of our requirements when we moved up here is "NO Homeowner Association".

Enjoy your walk and your lunch out.



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GETFIT2LIVE 10/29/2011 2:03PM

    I do not blame you one bit, my dear FBC! We made the mistake of going to one of our homeowner's association annual meetings, and it was a disaster. Never again! Enjoy this gorgorgrous day the way it should be, outside!

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LUNADRAGON 10/29/2011 1:38PM

    Good for you!

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Why the Wall Street Riots ?????

Thursday, October 27, 2011


WILL The USA SURVIVE?

The folks, who are getting the free stuff, don't like the folks who are paying for the free stuff, because the folks who are paying for the free stuff can no longer afford to pay for both the free stuff and their own stuff.

The folks who are paying for the free stuff want the free stuff to stop, and the folks who are getting the free stuff want even more free stuff on top of the free stuff they are already getting!

Now... The people who are forcing the people who pay for the free stuff have told the people who are RECEIVING the free stuff, that the people who are PAYING for the free stuff, are being mean, prejudiced, and racist.

So... The people who are GETTING the free stuff have been convinced they need to hate the people who are paying for the free stuff by the people who are forcing some people to pay for their free stuff, and giving them the free stuff in the first place.

We have let the free stuff giving go on for so long that there are now more people getting free stuff than paying for the free stuff.

Now understand this. All great democracies have committed financial suicide somewhere between 200 and 250 years after being founded. The reason? The voters figured out they could vote themselves money from the treasury by electing people who promised to give them money from the treasury in exchange for electing them.

The United States officially became a Republic in 1776, 235 years ago. The number of people now getting free stuff outnumbers the people paying for the free stuff. We have one chance to change that. In 2012. Failure to change that spells the end of the United States as we know it.




ELECTION 2012 IS COMING
A Nation of Sheep Breeds a Government of Wolves!


Let's take a stand!!!
Obama: Gone!
Borders: Closed!
Language: English only
Culture: Constitution, and the Bill of Rights!
Drug Free:Mandatory Drug Screening before Welfare!
NO freebies to: Non-Citizens!

"The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money". -- Margaret Thatcher

  
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GRANDMACOO 10/28/2011 5:19AM

    I wonder where the people getting the FREE stuff got the notion that they are ENTITLED to the FREE stuff! That's what's wrong with our country, but I try not to debate this. I am too busy WORKING!

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NOLAZYBUTT110 10/27/2011 9:50PM

    We are fast becoming a dead Nation!

Americans are fast becoming poor thanks to Liberals who dont care or dont know that they are being fooled into a deception of wealth, but are really destroying Americas economy by encouraging people not wanting to work!

Obamas plan is to destroy American economy with all these Freebies! Its just the first part of his plan. No jobs makes people want to take advanatage of anything free.

Comment edited on: 10/27/2011 10:58:44 PM

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BREWMASTERBILL 10/27/2011 8:00PM

    Elmer T. Peterson in The Daily Oklahoman (9 December 1951): "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy ensuing, always to be followed by a dictatorship, then a monarchy."

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MCLAFLIN 10/27/2011 7:50PM

    I could add to this list:
Congress doesn't get paid if they deficit spend.
Congress gets same health coverage as the general public.
Congress cannot vote themselves a pay increase.

I saw an email with a plan from Warren Buffet. These are some of the things he listed.

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Not Exactly My Idea of Fun, but

Monday, October 24, 2011

This is something I don't enjoy, but it is something worth doing.

Tomorrow is my colonoscopy exam.

Today I am drinking 64 ounces of apple juice with the prep stuff added to it.

At least it doesn't take as awful as it used to, and I really don't mind drinking it at all.

The results of drinking it...........well, that is another story that I will spare you. Most of you have probably gone through it and know what I mean.

This is not exactly my idea of Having FUN, but I do feel good about it.

After all, I am taking care of myself.

We learn to do stuff like this when we are active in Spark.

It's all about getting and keeping our bodies as healthy as possible.

Colonoscopies are not fun. But did you know that colon cancer is the SECOND most common causes of cancer deaths? Getting our exams done on a regular basis just may save our lives.

I'm not ready to check out yet. There is still too much living to do.

I have two things left on my Bucket List.

One is cruise through the Panama Canal, and the second is to visit the active volcano in Hawaii.

So, if I have to have this rather unpleasant experience to ensure I am doing whatever I can for my dear body, that's okay.

It just might save my life, and I am worth that.

Please, if you haven't already done so, check in with your Doc and see when you are due for your own life saving examination.

YOU ARE WORTH IT.

  
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DIANEDOESSMILES 10/25/2011 11:06PM

    Hope all is well,, please let me know your OK hon,, email me this info when you get back,,, for you know how BAD I am at other ways of info. Diane

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MNABOY 10/25/2011 9:21PM

    Up side is the weight loss, even if it is temporary. Great attitude.

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YIWEN39 10/25/2011 9:17PM

    Good that you're looking after yourself :-) I hope you'll get to Panama and Hawai soon soon soon :-) emoticon

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1BEARWIFE 10/25/2011 8:03PM

    I discussed this with my Doctor, and he said that people over 75 do not require colonoscopies. I'm not there yet, but I am glad I had mine done today. I still say that for those of us under 70 we need to get them.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 10/25/2011 9:04AM

    Good luck!

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GRANDMACOO 10/25/2011 7:23AM

    Well said! There are other things we need to do to care for ourselves besides eating and exercise.....you are doing a very important one.

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TOWHEE 10/24/2011 10:09PM

    Mom died of colon cancer, so I'm very aware of the consequences. I've been getting colonoscopies since I was 45 and I must say that the prep has certainly improved over the last 20 years.

Cruising the Panama Canal is an amazing experience. We did it for our 25th wedding anniversary. I, too, would like to see Kilauea in all her glory.

Good job taking care of your body.


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GETFIT2LIVE 10/24/2011 3:47PM

    Good for you, dear FBC--it's the prep that is the nasty part, but it is worth the relatively minor inconvenience. My first one was a couple of years ago, and they found (and removed) a polyp, so I'm very glad to go in regularly to make sure everything is okay.

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