LAWANDMUSIC's SparkPeople Blog LAWANDMUSIC's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Bags of Trash Three more taken out of the basement. I figure about 20 more. <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:43:33 EST Cleansing Activity I am on a bender: <BR> <BR> I am cleaning my house. <BR> <BR> I started law school 11 years ago, and an just NOW cleaning out all of the paperwork from those three years. <BR> <BR> For some reason, I thought that my class notes would help me in my actual career. <BR> <BR> Very silly! <BR> <BR> Anyway, this is a cleansing activity for me and for my house. <BR> <BR> It will take a few weeks to do this, but that is OK! <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Tue, 8 Jul 2014 17:07:49 EST Racing heart I don't like it. <BR> <BR> I has been over 14 years since the last "racing heart" event. <BR> <BR> This one lasted more than an hour. <BR> <BR> All is well. <BR> <BR> But, golly!! Is this really necessary? <BR> <BR> ONWARD! Sun, 6 Jul 2014 11:40:35 EST Saturday Drive We went out for breakfast today in the northern area of Columbus. <BR> <BR> Since we were that far away from the house, I asked that we not go directly home. <BR> <BR> So, we drove the LONG way home via 270 around Columbus and then went home. <BR> <BR> I know that is somewhat strange, given the need to conserve gasoline at these high prices. <BR> <BR> But I REALLY wanted to see a route other than home to work, work to home. Home to church, Church to home. <BR> <BR> NICE!!!! <BR> <BR> ON... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 17:57:24 EST Independence Day Independence from tyranny. <BR> <BR> And freedom from a King and his cohorts. <BR> <BR> And freedom from taxation w/o representation, well, sort of. <BR> <BR> But the best part! <BR> <BR> Fire in the sky! <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Fri, 4 Jul 2014 09:24:20 EST Second day of gloves and paint mask My friend, Amy, came over this evening to help with the task at hand. <BR> <BR> She is wonderful!! <BR> <BR> Amy kept me focused on the task while having a wonderful discussion. She kept me talking about things other than DD2. <BR> <BR> And we got 15 bags of trash, all of the cat poo, about 100 empty milk/water bottles and about 100 boxes (that used to hold canned soft drinks) out to my van. But the van overflowed, so Amy, bless her heart, took the overage into her own car. <BR> <BR> So,... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:39:46 EST Gloves and paint mask I love DD2. <BR> <BR> But I think she needs some psychological help. <BR> <BR> I spent some time cleaning the basement. <BR> <BR> Where DD2 has been living for five years. She moved out, sort of, a month ago. <BR> <BR> And, well, it is clear that she did not take out her own trash for quite a while. <BR> <BR> And the cats . . . are gone, but, well, their presence is well noted in the basement. <BR> <BR> Gosh. I have a LOT more work to do. <BR> <BR> And I need to take care to stay heal... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 18:51:48 EST Lovely Saturday Today was lovely. <BR> <BR> I got in all the walking that I planned. <BR> <BR> I did some genealogical research. <BR> <BR> I responded to THREE letters sent to me by my husband's cousin. <BR> <BR> And I am really, really pleased with the day. <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Sat, 28 Jun 2014 20:31:54 EST Exhausting hearing We had a hearing today. Nothing terrible. <BR> <BR> But exhasuting. <BR> <BR> Mom is marginally intelligent, but keeps herself looking neat and clean. <BR> <BR> Eldest child, age 19 is on her own, and coping, but not terrible capable of making her own decisions. <BR> <BR> Youngest child, age 14, is in front of court for truancy. Mom cannot seem to work with the system, has had the kid on drugs since age 3, and the only diagnosis is "anxiety", but even the children services worker thinks... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:41:32 EST Red Car I like my red car. <BR> <BR> I always like red cars. Well, usually. <BR> <BR> I had another red car: a 1986 Dodge Colt. Loved it!! <BR> <BR> Well, this red car I have had since 2008. A 2003 Chrysler Sebring. I got her with 56K miles on her. She now has 120K miles on her. <BR> <BR> And I had her detailed today. <BR> <BR> Pretty!! <BR> <BR> And very nice for an 11 year old car!! <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:53:04 EST A gentle breeze Ah. <BR> <BR> My desk. <BR> <BR> Loaded with work. <BR> <BR> But soothed and eased by: <BR> <BR> My ancient red fan. the body is made of iron. And the motor works like a dream. <BR> <BR> Love it! <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:58:13 EST Another gray day This is my last day at Cedar Point. <BR> <BR> It POURED rain from noon until bedtime yesterday. <BR> <BR> Thus I did not get in the walking around the point that I had planned. <BR> <BR> Oh, well. <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Sat, 21 Jun 2014 08:35:49 EST Cooling Rain Yes, indeed. <BR> <BR> We are at Cedar Point. <BR> <BR> And it is raining. <BR> <BR> Cold rain. <BR> <BR> So much for lounging around in the sun!! <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:13:21 EST Cedar Point I worker, attended a hearing, and drove from Logan, OH, to Cedar Point, OH. <BR> <BR> For an Ohio Prosecuting Attorney Association CLE tomorrow and Saturday. <BR> <BR> The water looks great!! Lake Erie!!! <BR> <BR> Classes in the morning, free time in the afternoon! <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Thu, 19 Jun 2014 22:12:06 EST Storm is brewing over home education and equality Ah. <BR> <BR> I just LOVE being called an elitist because I chose to home educate my children. <BR> <BR> I was told that my choice to home educated my children shows that I think that my children are worth more than other people's children, and therefore I am judging the parents of those children. Not only that, apparently the choice of a judge to send his/her kids to a public school that is NOT local is somehow wrong, too! <BR> <BR> Just like my parents thought about people who sent their... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:27:31 EST Sliding into home base (happiness) I am so very happy!! <BR> <BR> For no reason other than that I feel thankful for my home, my family, my stuff, my relationship with my creator, and my job. Not in that order. <BR> <BR> I read, sometime last week, a meme on the internet that went something like this: that thankful people are happy. Not necessarily the other way around. <BR> <BR> So, After yesterday's events with Caddy, and coupled with my most recent "mantra" - "adequate to the task" thinking, I end up sliding into home ba... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:34:40 EST fumble fingers My Caddy and I are not getting along, it seems. <BR> <BR> I had to check the power steering fluid, as it might have a leak. I only note that because Firestone wrote that they had to top off the PS fluid on Thursday. <BR> <BR> Now, on the Caddy, the lid for the power steering fluid container is farily small. And, when I got it off (more easily that I expected), I DROPPED the lid down through the engine compartment. <BR> <BR> And it landed on a little shelf. One of those shelves that, i thin... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 09:47:50 EST Umm. . . a leak! Caddy is leaking oil. Again. Quite a bit, actually. <BR> <BR> I thought this would be solved by having the engine rebuilt. <BR> <BR> Not so much, apparently. <BR> <BR> So, back to the folks who rebuilt the engine to find out WHY there is a leak. <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Sat, 14 Jun 2014 16:10:12 EST Death of a friend She was funny, had a large, delightful and toothy smile, love her family intensely and spread happiness and solid joy everywhere. Even through two divorces (with the same man). <BR> <BR> She raised her children: the eldest a sophomore in college, the youngest a new seventh grader. These kids are stupendous, high achieving and funny in their own way. <BR> <BR> She was only 41. <BR> <BR> She was diagnosed with breast cancer just after Memorial Day. <BR> <BR> The cancer spread to her liver... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:12:55 EST Sadly mistaken Ah. Such a day. I had many opportunities to take a SHORT walk between hearings today, and I thought I would do that!! <BR> <BR> But . . . not! <BR> <BR> I ended up talking about pending cases with other attorneys and keeping a children services case worker happy. <BR> <BR> Yet another day floats by without substantive action on my health. <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:07:26 EST OK. Truth be told . . . I HATE my weight. I walk and do weights, measure my food, log everything, and still . . . do not lose weight. <BR> <BR> The same 15 pounds over and over and over. gain/lose. That is not even considering the 80 that I need to lose. <BR> <BR> So, I am going to hand it over to God. <BR> <BR> Sun, 8 Jun 2014 09:24:22 EST Automobile maintenance Three cars. <BR> <BR> Different issues. <BR> <BR> 2003 Sebring - needed two new tires. Done. <BR> <BR> 2004 Cadillac - needs air conditioning recharged. Scheduled. <BR> <BR> 2013 Dart - needs to be washed. Set for Monday morning. <BR> <BR> All is well in the fleet. <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Sat, 7 Jun 2014 15:58:28 EST I filed the motion today That is, the motion to dismiss the appeal by the Indian nation. <BR> <BR> We will see what happens. <BR> <BR> I do not think the Nation will give up so very easily. <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Fri, 6 Jun 2014 20:37:34 EST Great news!! I have a case of dependency where a local, unregistered, Indian tribe claims that the potential father (now deceased) was a member of the Indian tribe, and therefore the child should have been handed over to the tribe instead of placed in foster care. <BR> <BR> A motion to intervene was filed on behalf of the tribe. <BR> <BR> I filed a motion a motion to dismiss the motion to intervene without prejudice (because of lack of standing and because of the unauthorized practice of law). <BR> <BR... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 20:34:51 EST Fancy stuff I generally do not like fancy stuff. I was never a "girlie" girl. <BR> <BR> I like Tudor homes, lots of bookcases leather furniture (want more), and oriental rugs. HOwever, I love hand made quits, embroidered pillows with tassels, etc. <BR> <BR> But I have a "girlie girl" daughter, age 35, who wants some stuff for her upcoming October birthday that is her style. <BR> <BR> And I am stymied!! <BR> <BR> So, what to do?? <BR> <BR> ONWARD! <BR> <BR> Wed, 4 Jun 2014 06:51:16 EST A nice talk with a judge! I had a very nice hearing this morning. <BR> <BR> Even though the court dismissed my motion to impose a sentence. <BR> <BR> It was the right thing to do. <BR> <BR> And afterward, the judge remained at his post and spoke to me like a real person. <BR> <BR> For 20 minutes! <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Mon, 2 Jun 2014 19:36:45 EST Front porch issue - groundhog We have a groundhog living underneath our concrete porch. He/she can last year. NO sign of babies, so far as I can tell. <BR> <BR> But the creature is back this year and is digging underneath the concrete pad again. <BR> <BR> I put concrete blocks in front of the holes from last year = to no avail. <BR> <BR> I put small bricks over the other hole from last year - to no avail. <BR> <BR> I do NOT want to be surprised again when I open the front door and there is this HUGE groundhog on my fr... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 10:00:45 EST Sunny Sunny Day Yes it is. <BR> <BR> And I am in the basement, cleaning up after DD2 sort of moved out. <BR> <BR> Yuck! <BR> <BR> And she asked that I not clean up after her. <BR> <BR> But I figure that she has been here only to pick up the mail. Twice. And it is not her house. And the basement is an unfinished, open basement. <BR> <BR> I will NOT through out anything other than actual trash (paper wadded up, cardboard boxes from the pizza place, miscellaneous plastic pieces). <BR> <BR> I do not like... Sat, 31 May 2014 11:00:16 EST And the water was shut off because . . . Actually, I did it. <BR> <BR> By myself. <BR> <BR> You see, I observed a note taped to the door of the bathroom that our daughters use. A long note. Saying, in very specific terms, that the water in the bathtub/shower would NOT shut off, and the writer was deeply concerned that the water might be running in the wall, etc. <BR> <BR> The note, I later discovered, was written about 2 am, some six hours before I saw the note. <BR> <BR> I went downstairs and turned off the water supply to the... Fri, 30 May 2014 17:36:01 EST Rock and windshield A pickup truck passed me yeserday on the way home. <BR> <BR> And a rock left said truck and hit my windshield with a very loud "CRACK". <BR> <BR> And now, I have, for the first time ever, in any car owned by me, a windshield crack. <BR> <BR> On my one year old car. <BR> <BR> AAAAAARGH!! <BR> <BR> But, it is fixable. Now, to find someone to fix it! <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Thu, 29 May 2014 08:45:02 EST Easy Day if . . . . one thinks that spending an entire workday on BILLING for one's work for the prior month is fun and easy. <BR> <BR> NOT! <BR> <BR> I bill my work to two agencies, and sometimes I have a day full of work for each agency. And, of course, I have non-billable work as well. <BR> <BR> And, the auditors are very keen, as they should be, for double-booking even one minute to both agencies. <BR> <BR> SO . . . I must be VERY mindful of fairly precise timing when I move from one case to another, and... Wed, 28 May 2014 20:06:06 EST Confusing Tuesday We started off with a hearing at 9 am that involved children services. The caseworkers did not appear. They thought it was Monday!! HA!! <BR> <BR> Then, we had nine other hearings, mostly for compulsory attendance issues. Games were played by one parental unit. It was a mess. And we may have to dismiss that case in a month. <BR> <BR> Then, a screaming match in the courtroom that lasted from 3:45 - 4:45 and the judge, even with a warning, did not hold three parents in contempt. I wish he h... Tue, 27 May 2014 22:17:47 EST I am home! All went well on the seven hour drive home. I was able to hand wash my car (necessary because our retirement home is on a gravel road), and refill gas in a timely fashion. <BR> <BR> I discovered a big scratch on my car when I washed it. On the left front quarter panel. NO dent, but definitely a deep scratch. <BR> <BR> I have no idea how to deal with it. <BR> <BR> The Dodge Dart Ohio group is giving me some advice about that, though, so I hope that I can get that scratch out of it. <BR> <... Mon, 26 May 2014 19:43:24 EST accomplishment We did not do what I thought we would do this weekend: tear out flooring and subflooring at the mobile. <BR> <BR> But, we did clean out the garage and the summer kitchen. <BR> <BR> Whew!! <BR> <BR> ONWARD! Sun, 25 May 2014 14:38:42 EST Barking Dog That is what I was this morning. <BR> <BR> A defense attorney came into court yelling (!) that the agency did NOT do its duty in several ways. Granted, said attorney was correct, in part, about one thing. <BR> <BR> And the second defense attorney came in and whined about the discovery that I submitted on Monday to said attorneys and whined about where my witnesses were. <BR> <BR> And I spoke firmly and direcly about (1) how their clients have not complied with the court ordered visitation ... Thu, 22 May 2014 21:16:41 EST It's a rainin' Yes, indeed. <BR> <BR> Cold rain. Hail may becoming our way. <BR> <BR> And I would like to get home before the hail starts!! <BR> <BR> But the trees and grass and flowers and corn and soy and . . . . will all really soak this up. <BR> <BR> I like the rain. A whole lot. <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Wed, 21 May 2014 15:35:57 EST Sunny Disposition It never hurts, in my mind, to have a sunny disposition. <BR> <BR> Although, on occasions, it can be socially awkward, like when I am prosecuting a father for beating his child and leaving bruises all over the 3 months old's body. <BR> <BR> But, that aside, I find that people respond in a more positive fashion when I can muster up some positive, and, yes, sunny disposition to fling around the place. <BR> <BR> My work is so very serious, but, golly sakes. We need to smile a bit more. <BR> ... Tue, 20 May 2014 12:51:27 EST Family History Today I am dedicating to family history work. <BR> <BR> One of my husband's cousins, actually, a cousin of his mother, is turning 70 this year and I am in communication with her. She is a cancer survivor (still undergoing treatment) and her immediate family has essentially abandoned her for reasons unknown to me. <BR> <BR> So, I am working on her family history: Meyer, Partridge, Cooley, and Cahan lines. It appears that her Cooley line (NY in 1755) left for Canada during the American Revol... Sat, 17 May 2014 14:08:41 EST Chilly sunshine This morning was somewhat chilly in central Ohio. 40 degrees at 7 am. <BR> <BR> And the sun was SO BRIGHT that I had to use my sunglasses for the first time since last October. <BR> <BR> The three hearings went well: a review on a juvenile delinquent; a juvenile sexual offender classification (my first one) and a female child support obligor picked up on a FTA warrant in a Contempt action. <BR> <BR> All in all, a pretty nice day to be at work. <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Fri, 16 May 2014 16:24:09 EST Cool air in central Ohio My, my. <BR> <BR> Cool air. No umbrella needed. But why, oh why, did I leave my coat at home? <BR> <BR> Having lived in Ohio for more than a decade, clearly I know that the weather changes without notice on a daily or semi-daily basis. <BR> <BR> We went from winter to summer in early May. Today, it feels like early spring. <BR> <BR> Well, I am glad that my car has HEAT as well as air conditioning. <BR> <BR> Now, to rush from the office to the car when work is done for the day!! <BR> <... Thu, 15 May 2014 14:21:30 EST Lovely sunny day Ah, such a lovely sunny day. <BR> <BR> I was able to walk between the office and the courthouse a number of times without use of the umbrella. <BR> <BR> So nice!! <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Wed, 14 May 2014 16:54:55 EST Two trials down! Well, I got rid of two trials today. The defendants admitted. Whew!! <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Tue, 13 May 2014 19:35:32 EST Moaning and groaning about nothing much Aaaaaaargh. <BR> <BR> I just overate. Not calories, but volume. <BR> <BR> Yuck. <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Mon, 12 May 2014 19:59:25 EST The Dart Side I am off to a small Dodge Dart Meet. <BR> <BR> I like to go to these things so I can learn more about my car: its mechanics, its power train, etc. <BR> And these young people are so SMART!! <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Sat, 10 May 2014 08:02:58 EST Gray morning Well, today is an interesting one. <BR> <BR> Some conflict with DD2, who says she has wasted the last 10 years of her life. I agree, in part. She is some hurt, and I can do nothing but pray for her. <BR> <BR> Onward~ Fri, 9 May 2014 07:37:11 EST Nice oral argument All went well. <BR> <BR> I am pleased. <BR> <BR> ONWARD~~ Thu, 8 May 2014 21:23:46 EST at home with everything I am at home. <BR> <BR> Rehearsing for tomorrow's oral argument at the appeals court. <BR> <BR> Speaking of which, the mom in our last appeal is appealing her case to the Ohio Supreme Court. I do not think the Court will accept her petition, but we will see. <BR> <BR> So, off to Chillicothe tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I am feeling enough better to actually read and study today. <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Wed, 7 May 2014 13:45:13 EST Winning ways Ha! I knew I could do it. <BR> <BR> Even through the coughing and sneezing, I won this morning's trial. <BR> <BR> Maybe I won it because of the coughing and sneezing. <BR> <BR> I will never know. <BR> <BR> Anyway, <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Tue, 6 May 2014 14:07:03 EST Glad to be at work All is well, except for me. <BR> <BR> I have a trial and several more hearings tomorrow. Hopefully my voice will hold up. <BR> <BR> And several hearings on Wednesday. My boss offered (!!!!) to take them for me. <BR> <BR> And the oral argument at the appeals court on Thursday morning. my boss is handing all of my afternoon cases for me. I cannot imagine why she is doing this. <BR> <BR> The first time in 5 years that my boss has, on her own, offered to take hearings for me. <BR> <BR> I wil... Mon, 5 May 2014 15:13:49 EST Need some down time Still not entirely well. Fever keeps poking up and the coughing is from DEEP in the chest. <BR> <BR> But, I need to get to work tomorrow. <BR> <BR> So, I am loading up on OTC meds. <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Sun, 4 May 2014 17:07:51 EST