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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Everyone!


And a very Happy New Year!



Food For Thought

American flagWhile browsing the web yesterday, I came across this comment left by someone named Bobby in response to an article concerning the national debt and other problems facing our country. I thought it contained some pretty good “food for thought”. So, I decided to share it with my blogging friends and followers.

* Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and
then campaign against them.

* Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are
against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

* Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation
and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

* You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The President does.

* You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on
appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

* You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.

* You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.

* You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

* One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme
Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are
directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the
domestic problems that plague this country.

* I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that
problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its
Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally
chartered, but private, central bank.

* I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason.
They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator,
a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t
care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The
politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the
lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine
how he votes.

* Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that
what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con
regardless of party.

* What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive
amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker,
who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The
President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to
accept it.

* The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole
responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and
approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House?
John Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow
House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. If
the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree

* It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot
replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of
incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic
problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you
fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the
federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they
want to exist.

* If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.

* If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red.

* If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it’s because they
want them in Iraq and Afghanistan ….

* If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement
plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.

* There are no insoluble government problems.

* Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they
hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and
advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to
regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let
them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical
forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them
from doing what they take an oath to do.



In Loving Memory

My Sweet Michael

My Sweet Michael

August 30, 1967–January 29, 1991

I miss you more than words can say
through every hour of every day.

I long to look and see you here
sharing life you once held dear.

To hear your voice, to see your smile
to hold you close for just a while.

To tell you things I failed to say
when you were with me every day.

Each time you called or just stopped in
I should have shared so many things.

I hope somehow that you can see
how very dear you were to me.

In memories you’re with me still
I love you son, I always will.


Holiday Spirit

Holiday SpiritIt’s that time of year again! How did it arrive so quickly? Seems like yesterday we were sweltering in an oppressive heat wave and now we are bracing for an arctic blast of snow and below zero wind chill temperatures. Well, since it is that “most wonderful time of the year”, the snow and cold temps will help us get in the holiday spirit. I love sipping hot chocolate while sitting in front of a glowing fire in the fireplace with the Christmas tree all lit up and my favorite Christmas music playing in the background. Gives me that warm and fuzzy feeling! Kind of wish it could last the whole year long. Maybe I’ll just leave my tree up and pretend it is Christmas every day. Wonder if I’ll get a Christmas present every day if I do?



A Gift of Love

As most of you know, if you have been a follower of my blog, I am a self-employed childcare provider. Over the years, as children I have cared for have grown up and gone on to preschool or kindergarten or moved away due to their parents having to relocate, I have received some lovely parting gifts as an expression of their appreciation. Today,I would like to share one of the most touching gifts I have ever been given by a child and his parents.

Little A J came to me when he was a little past one year old. He is now five and ready for kindergarten. A J is a very loving, lively, energetic and imaginative young man! Although I will miss seeing his sweet smile and hearing of his many childhood adventures, I am grateful for the opportunity to get to know him and watch him grow and develop. Oh, did I mention that he is extremely smart too? But then I could be just a little bit prejudiced in that area!!

  • Here is a picture of A J taken recently when he and his family were on vacation at the beach! Isn’t he quite the little man?


A J’s mom, Alisia, wrote this lovely poem, designed the background and put it in this lovely frame. I will always cherish this gift, not just for the beautiful words, but because it was a gift of love that came from the heart.


Thank you for the last 5 years
for always being there
Thru the joy and the tears.

Someone we could trust with our little bundles of joy
Without a worry
Someone who would care for our little girls and boys.

Early in the morning we would arrive
Day after day we would go to work
Knowing that you would love and protect our
precious prides.

Feeding them, cleaning them, teaching them too
Correcting them, loving them and kissing their booboos.
Getting them through those terrible twos.

Helping through the hard times
always supporting through the good
no matter what came up
you always understood.

Today we want to Thank You more than ever before
and let you know we really appreciate
all your hard work, love, support and oh so much more!

You have been there through the thick and the thin
Someone we could trust with our children
a part of our family until the end.

You will always have a special place in our hearts
Our children love you and will never forget
in their lives, you have played an important part.



A Gift From the Heart!

DSCN2152I don’t have to tell you how bad things are in our world today. It’s broadcast loud and clear for anyone who is listening and watching. But in the midst of all the chaos and suffering, a lot of loving is going on as well! I am amazed at the generosity we humans are capable of. We just love to help others in any small way we can and in most cases it’s the “little things” that really count! I’d like to share with you today one of those “little things” that has blessed my life in the past week.

As many of you already know, my husband was recently laid off from his job of 15+ years. It has been especially difficult for him, I guess because as the head of the household he feels especially obligated to provide for his family, even if that means just me and himself. I try to encourage him to be positive but sometimes I don’t feel so positive myself. At our stage of life, we are thinking retirement, not unemployment!

It was during one of my “not so positive” moments that I received an email from a dear and very special friend I met on the web. Pam, also known as Screaming Mimi has been through some extremely difficult times and through it all I have yet to hear a word of self-pity come from her mouth! She has a wonderful blog in which she will make you laugh a lot and sometimes cry a little. She has been such a joy to me and I would heartily advise all of you to pay her a visit! Be sure to tell her that I sent you!

Now, back to the email Pam sent me. She had received a copy of a great book called “50 Ways to Feel Great Today” to review and one for a giveaway on her blog. I didn’t win her giveaway but after hearing of my difficulties, she took it upon herself to get a copy and send it to me in the hopes it would cheer me up. Is that sweet or what?! Thank you Pam! This book has some wonderful strategies to help anyone beat stress, worry and the blues. I would recommend this book to anyone who is going through stressful situations.

Receiving this special gift from a special friend was the highlight of my day! Sometimes, all we need is to know that someone genuinely cares about us and what we are going through! They may not be able to take away our problems but just knowing they care somehow lifts the clouds a little higher and let’s the sun shine through! Thank you again Pam, not only for the book but for being the wonderful person that you are. I hope one day to be able to meet you in person and give you a big hug!



Introducing: Pet Research!

Today I’d like to tell you about a wonderful web site called Pet Research.net. It was founded by my son Jason and his lovely wife Christy, who are both devoted animal lovers, having been exposed to pets basically all of their lives. A lot of time and extensive research has been invested in learning how to best care for any and all animals that have crossed their paths. They are delighted to be able to share their findings and experiences with other pet lovers the world over!

jason-christy-portraitIf you are considering adopting a pet or already own one or more pets, you will find pertinent and useful information at Pet Research.net to help you better understand how to give your pets the best possible care. For example: Jason just recently did a how-to article on building an inexpensive cat house for outdoor cats. An amazing idea he invented for his own outdoor cat, Big Worm, who stays snug and warm in the coldest of temperatures! This is just one of the many informative articles you will find at Pet Research.net.

You will also find a great many colorful and illustrative photographs on Pet Research.net, as Jason and Christy are both really into photography. As their knowledge and experience grows, you can rest assured that many more will be added in future articles. You will even find a few articles they have graciously allowed me to write for them! So take a few minutes and stop by Pet Research.net and check out everything it has to offer. You and your pets, both present and future, will truly be glad you did!

While you are visiting this amazing site, don’t forget to become a fan of Pet Research.net!



Other Names for Sugar

aother Names for SugarDSCN2054If you are one of the millions of people who are becoming concerned by the amount of sugar that we find in virtually everything we buy, with the exception of fresh fruits and vegetables, you will find the following list unbelievable! I was totally amazed by how many different names there are for sugar. When you read the ingredient labels of foods you buy, watch for these other names for sugar!

Barley Malt
Beet Sugar
Brown Sugar
Buttered Syrup
Cane-Juice Crystals
Cane Sugar
Carob Syrup sugar, brown sugar,
Corn Syrup Solids
Date Sugar
Diastatic Malt
Ethyl Maltol
Evaporated Cane Juice
Fruit Juice
Fruit Juice Concentrate
Glucose Solids
Golden Sugar
Golden Syrup
Grape Sugar
High-Fructose Corn Syrup
Invert Sugar
Malt Syrup
Raw Sugar
Refiner’s Syrup
Sorghum Syrup
Turbinado Sugar
Yellow Sugar

After reading this extensive list of names for sugar, I began to read the ingredients labels on some of the foods in my pantry. I actually found as many as 4 of these in the same product! Is it any wonder that we have a nation of obese and overweight people! Not to mention so many with the terrible disease, type 2 diabetes! Perhaps our medical and health organizations should take a closer look at the food manufacturing industry and find out why it is necessary to fill our food supply with such excessive amounts of sugar! Could it have any anything to do with the addictive nature of sugar?