Wednesday, July 18, 2012
This weekend is our annual quilt show and lavender festival. Our little community is gearing up for boatloads of tourists and all kinds of traffic.
Generally, our little town is a quiet, friendly, laid back kind of place.
But this weekend will more than quadruple our population, and bring all sorts of activities such as live music playing everywhere, busses hauling tourists from lavender farm to farm, a huge craft fair, full eating establishments, stores over run with people and, of course, the quilt show.
If you have never come to the Lavender Festival and quilt show, put it on your bucket list!!!
We have some of the most talented quilters and artists I have ever seen right here in my back yard so to speak. Everywhere you look, it is a feast for the eyes.
Lots of BBQ's going on and the smell from them is terrific.
Lavender food specialites like Lavender ice cream, muffins, cakes, cookies, sausages, breads, rolls,.................you name it, we got it!
All of this takes a whole village to participate and volunteer, and the big time action began today.
So if you don't hear from me for a while, you will no doubt be able to find me somewhere at the quilt show or festival, wearing some badge or another that says I am a volunteer. Stop and say HI, then move on. I will be very busy at my volunteer duties, but never too busy for a hug and a smile!
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Obama and his campaign have been making Mitt Romney’s time at Bain Capital one of their premiere mantras that have over and over backfired in their faces. They decided to attack the fact that Bain outsourced jobs during the restructuring of the companies they acquired. So what does Obama have to do with it? During the time he points to, 1999-2002, the executives of Bain donated to Obama for his campaign. No doubt at that time Barack Obama was not at all upset about jobs being outsourced as he got some big, fat checks from the executives.
Ben Shapiro points out,
The same SEC form from February 2001 that lists Mitt Romney as “sole shareholder, sole director, Chief Executive Officer and President of Bain Capital … the controlling person of Bain Capital” also lists over a dozen other managing directors of Bain Capital, Inc. — all of whom were undoubtedly more active than Romney was during this period. And President Obama took money from many of them.
Take Joshua Bekenstein. Bekenstein has been a managing director of Bain Capital since 1986. In 2008, he signed Barack Obama a $4,600 check. In 2004, he gave a $50,000 donation to the Democratic National Committee. That’s outsourcing money, plain and simple. And Obama was happy to take it.
Or how about Stephen Pagliuca? Last year, he cut a $35,800 check to Barack Obama’s Victory Fund. Then he cut another $30,800 check to the DNC. And another $30,800 check to the DCCC. Jonathan Lavine and Mark Nunnelly have both maxed out to Obama already, as well as to the DNC. Lavin was a bundler for Obama, and raised over $100,000 for him. Michael Krupka gave Obama $4,600 in 2008.
Now there is nothing wrong with outsourcing jobs. There is nothing wrong with taking campaign contributions from businesses. The problem comes when one wants to bash his opponent over being in a company that did something you claim is bad and then took money from the very same people. In this case Barack Obama was fine with outsourcing while getting a check, but not fine when it becomes a political advantage.
Once again it is proven that when we throw mud at other people, we need to be sure our OWN doorsteps are clean!!!
Friday, July 13, 2012
With all the bluff and bluster about Mitt Romney's money, the Democrats have gotten caught with their fingers in the cookie jar.
One of the big bloviators has been Debbie Wasserman Schultz. She has been self righteously blasting away at Mitt, while keeping the secrets of her OWN off shore accounts. Seems like she is investing in a LOT of off shore business as well as investing in other countries.
Shame, shame Debbie!! You are old enough to know that you need to be sure your own doorstep is cleaned before screaming epithets at your neighbors.
Another sneak is Nancy Pelosi. Seems like our good old Nancy has been making millions on her investments too. According to Pelosi’s 2011 financial disclosure statement, the Democratic House Minority Leader received between $1 million and $5 million in partnership income from ”Matthews International Capital Management LLC,” a group that emphasizes that it has a “A Singular Focus on Investing in Asia.” A quick trip to the company website reveals a featured post extolling the virtues of outsourcing.
“Designed in California, Made in Manila” sounds like an excellent title for a smear ad to be run the by the Barack Obama campaign. Instead, it appears to be Nancy Pelosi’s investment strategy.
Pelosi is also a small investor in the embattled “Moduslink Global,” one of the “outsourcing pioneers” that Mitt Romney has been criticized for associating with while at Bain Capital.
It’s not surprising that a wealthy politician would invest globally (nor should it be considered problematic). This is interesting because of the attacks on Mitt Romney’s investments — because Obama purportedly believes in the virtues of “insourcing” and anti-globalization. (Obama appears to be running on a protectionist platform that went out of style with Canadian tuxedos)
Obama sure can preach the economic nationalism, but it doesn’t appear his fellow leaders and surrogates are buying the message.
If they aren’t, why should other Americans?
Sunday, July 08, 2012
This has been a very rough weekend for me.
Many years ago, I had a little boy. He had the face of an angel, and the blueist eyes I have every seen before and since.
My little boy was very ill, and we didn't know how to save his life. He managed to stay alive for 3 1/2 years, and then died.
All these years later, I still feel the emptiness and my heart feels so lonely for him.
I am not always aware of the grieving, and some years are better than others. But this one is very pronounced for some reason.
The grieving actually began on July 4 while we were watching fireworks from our deck. It brought the memory of the last time we celebrated the Fourth of July with him, and how much he loved seeing the sky all bright and cheerful. How he clapped and laughed!!
this year, I couldn't stay out and watch the fireworks. Too many memories were flooding in.
I look back now, and realize that since the 4th, I have been trying to shove the grief deeper inside, but on the 7th it came full force and would not be denied.
I couldn't chase it away any longer. So I cried. And I cried. And then I cried some more.
My wonderful daughter called, and listened to my pain, and encouraged me to allow the grief to be expressed.
I need permission for that, I guess, because it worked.
I allowed the grief all morning, and then decided to move out to the garden. I got right to work with the most difficult stuff............digging up a ratty rose that, no matter how hard I loved on it and tried to care for it, it just got more and more raggy.
I THIUGHT there were three roses, and if I just got rid of the most ratty one, the other two would survive better. But the more I dug, the more I had to dig. It was like getting nowhere, despite the sweat and pulling. I was getting all scratched up by the thorns.
Then, finally, I realized it was NOT three ratty rose bushes, but ONE. The roots of it were the size of a small tree trunk, I am not kidding you. So I huffed and I puffed and finally got the varmint out.
Strangely, I didn't feel a sense of accomplishment. Instead, I felt a heightened sense of loss of life.
Then I put in some new Miracle Grow soil into the crater, and began to plant some lilies.
The tears started falling rapidly, and I had to stop frequently to catch my breath. I realized my little boy was never coming back, and that I had dug up a lot of thorns that had been keeping me from grieving it all the way through.
While I was planting the lillies, I also knew that I was beginning a new life growth experience. I felt my son will look down upon the lillies and enjoy them in their bright red coloring.
Today I shared my experience and continued pain, albeit, not as pronounced as yesterday, with my friends at a breakfast meeting. These are friends that I don't have to "Be Okay" with, and they gave me great loving support and understanding. I shed more tears.
Now I am home again, and can still feel my lonely heart, so I am going out to dig more.
It's okay that my tears fall upon my garden. It is okay that I am feeling so bereft. It is okay to grieve while stepping in to a new day.
I will survive. And life will go on. Not all of it will be pleasant, but all of it is survivable.
Yes, it was a very sad and lonely time for me yesterday.
Today is a new day that I have never before experienced. I will look deliberately for signs of life, and clean up the past..........again, and again, and again.
I will be okay.
Saturday, July 07, 2012
When chemists die, they barium .
Jokes about German sausage are the wurst .
A soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran .
I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid . He says he can stop any time .
How does Moses make his tea ? Hebrews it .
I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Then it dawned on me .
This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I'd never met herbivore .
I'm reading a book about anti-gravity . I can't put it down .
I did a theatrical performance about puns . It was a play on words .
They told me I had type A blood , but it was a Type- O.
A dyslexic man walks into a bra
PMS jokes aren't funny, period .
Why were the Indians here first ? They had reservations .
Class trip to the Coca-Cola factory . I hope there's no pop quiz .
Energizer battery arrested . Charged with battery .
I didn't like my beard at first . Then it grew on me .
How do you make holy water ? Boil the hell out of it !
Did you hear about the cross eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn't control her pupils ?
When you get a bladder infection , urine trouble .
What does a clock do when it's hungry ? It goes back four seconds .
I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger . Then it hit me !
Broken pencils are pointless .
I tried to catch some fog . I mist.
What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary ? A thesaurus .
England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool .
I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest .
I dropped out of communism class because of lousy Marx .
All the toilets in New York's police stations have been stolen . Police have nothing to go on .
I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough .
Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes .
Velcro - what a rip off !
Cartoonist found dead in home . Details are sketchy .
Venison for dinner ? Oh deer !
Earthquake in Washington obviously government's fault .
I used to think I was indecisive, but now I'm not so sure .
Be kind to your dentist. He has fillings, too.
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