Other fun and exciting things that are going on

May 30, 2007 at 8:11 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

The vacuum cleaner broke and we can’t afford to get it repaired so I have been sweeping. Yup. It takes forever, the floors never seem all the way clean. However, I have taken a new appreciation for the advances of modern technology.

enapkins.jpgAdd to that my sincere attempts to dry clothes on the line. I have finally worked out a bit of a system and it is going a little better. The humidity here can make it hard to dry. That and the fact that the back yard is almost completely shaded. See those cloth napkins (no more paper for us) I picked up for a buck at a garage sale? Awesome! I enjoy the fact that I am line drying. I love knowing I can do this one act and be more frugal and help the planet.I also thought I would try whittling (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whittling) as a form of summer recreation and it has evolved into wood carving. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodcarving) I didn’t realize there is a difference. I also found that the items I am trying to make are called treen. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treen_%28wooden%29) I am using all found wood, even if it is construction scraps. Here is my first project. A “Beware of Gnomes” sign to warn folks before they enter the back yard. egnomesign.jpg ereallynow.jpg

The duck is a toy for the kids from a pine block, and the walking stick with a dog head is a work in progress.e2carvings1.jpg

I have also gotten back into batch cooking. I am doing this with using “cheap” meals. So, lots of beans, rice, pasta. We have almost no kitchen waste now as fruit rinds get dried for potpourri, food scraps go into the compost, and “extra” food gets frozen. I also have taken to making bread. Frugal, healthy, and fun. Making bread is hard, but rewarding.e2bread.jpg

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Update

May 27, 2007 at 8:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

OK, so I haven’t blogged much lately and there are so many reasons for it. The big one has been the continuing visit from the brother in law. It is not easy having another person in the house full time. Much less, an alcoholic in denial. Despite being given this fresh start, he has decided to continue all of the same behaviors and has ruined it for everyone. Good thing I have enough experience with alcoholics to not enable him. We have been down right hard on him, and super clear with expectations. It is very tiring. His decisions keep disappointing the kids. I hate that. It makes me want to throttle him, but it would do no good.

The other tiring thing about all this is that we have been fighting the government to be able to let him stay here. It is very hard for a person who is here legally to be able to stay here legally even when he meets all the requirements for being allowed to stay such as an employer willing to take him on, and a blood relative that is an American. We have filled out stacks of paperwork, spent hours on the computer looking up loopholes, on the phone to immigration till we find the loophole won’t work for us. We finally had to enlist the help of am immigration attorney. Things is messed up if this is what a person has to go through to stay here. No wonder folks get here, and then stay illegally. It is easier to live as a fugitive than to meet the governments requirements for staying here legally. Sigh.

So, I am absolutely physically and mentally worn out. We are currently getting ready to send him home in 15 days and we find out that the ticket we thought he had to go back home will not be honored by American Airlines. Another long story with hours on the phone and computer to find a plane ticket to get him home. Turns out he has spent all his money on booze and has nothing to buy the ticket with. We are so broke that even being frugal isn’t helping much so we can’t buy a ticket even if we wanted to. Now we have to deal with a sulky alcoholic who doesn’t want to go back home, but we can’t keep him here. I wonder why I am stressed.

Remnants of a life

May 23, 2007 at 1:52 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

On Friday evening I was taking the kids from my mom’s house, to the next town to meet Karma Hubby and offload kids before returning to moms. Traffic seemed a little slow, and then as we were almost at our exit, we saw a helicopter. The kids love seeing helicopters, but they always want to know if it is “daddy’s” taking sick kids to the hospital. I told them it looked pretty low for that, and that it was not Daddy’s. Then a police officer pulled up behind me and followed me all the way to the restaurant we were meeting at. He looked very somber. As I entered the parking lot, 2 minutes from when we saw the helicopter, I understood it all. There was a pickup truck that had come off the service road, plowed into a ditch and stopped when the truck crushed into the drainage pipe for the street. One look said no one survived. There were people standing about that had been in the restaurant when it happened. One man was even standing outside when it happened. He informed me that the man was purple when they were able to extract him, and he was pretty sure he was not alive. He was visibly shaken. As I gazed down on the truck, I saw a bag of golf clubs, and a car seat in the bed of the truck. The man informed me that no child was in the truck. No one knew his name, or where he was from. We later were told by the police who were removing the car that the man did die. I have tried for days to find out any info on the wreck, and have gotten no where. I have no idea who this man was, except he drove a truck, liked golf, and there is a child somewhere missing him. It gave the morbid thought of wondering what the remains of my life will look like to the outsider. Will I just be known for the contents of my car or home? I hope not. I hope that I remember this tragedy and never forget to tell those around me how much I love them, and to make sure that my life is in order for them.

When will this sh*t end?!?

May 16, 2007 at 7:52 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

http://www.todaysthv.com/news/news.aspx?storyid=45952&GID=x6O0BKEJeNF4Y3UPJ2Bo+FLUm5P806NMMQPNf8YdANI%3D

I am so tired of this! We were out yesterday and saw a soldier in his uniform. The kids always want to say “hi” to the soldiers and tell them thank you. Turns out that this fellow was just back and you could tell just from the way he talked about it. He was there with a woman I presumed was his wife, and I thanked her for her sacrifices made to keep thing running at home while he was away. (thinking of you H) While he was gone, one of his daughters went from 15 to 17 years old. I am so tired of all the sacrifices these families are making! I want this sh*t over and for Bush to get the hell out of office! So, for the man just back, Arkansas’ newest soldier fatality, and for my “H” and her family who have made it though all this, we love ya and are sorry for all you have had to go through!

Get ready to giggle!

May 15, 2007 at 2:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

This came my way via The Drudge Retort, and it made me giggle. I am now convinced that in a past life I really did work for the airline industry. Not as a fabulous, seductive, and heady blonde stewardess, but as a member of the ground crew. While much less glamorous, I was able to crack wise however and whenever I wanted.

Read on:

After every flight, Qantas pilots fill out a form, called a “gripe sheet,” which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems, document their repairs on the form, and then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight. Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humor. Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by Qantas’ pilots (marked with a P) and the solutions recorded (marked with an S) by maintenance engineers.

By the way, Qantas is the only major airline that has never, ever, had an accident.

P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.

S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.

P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.

S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

P: Something loose in cockpit.

S: Something tightened in cockpit.

P: Dead bugs on windshield.

S: Live bugs on back-order.

P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent.

S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.

P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.

S: Evidence removed.

P: DME volume unbelievably loud.

S: DME volume set to more believable level.

P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.

S: That’s what friction locks are for.

P: IFF inoperative in OFF mode.

S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.

P: Suspected crack in windshield.

S: Suspect you’re right.

P: Number 3 engine missing.

S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.

P: Aircraft handles funny.

S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious.

P: Target radar hums.

S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.

P: Mouse in cockpit.

S: Cat installed.

P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something with a hammer.

S: Took hammer away from midget.

Ack!

May 13, 2007 at 2:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Like I didn’t have enough to worry about!

http://www.break.com/index/the_real_hustle_the_long_stick.html

Belle story

May 13, 2007 at 1:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

I love the way my favorite Big Ass Belle writes! Here is a great story she shared about a fun little breed she happens to put up with every day!

http://bigassbelle.blogspot.com/2007/05/hero-jack-russell.html

FUBAR

May 12, 2007 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I have been have a few FUBAR days

(http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&defl=en&q=define:Fubar&sa=X&oi=glossary_definition&ct=title) as my computer has not been working properly. Seems that something with my Norton is not letting me get online. A real PITA. Anyway, I have days of e-mails and blogs to catch up on. Expect much writing when I get caught up! May you all have a beautiful weekend!

I want a raise!

May 9, 2007 at 4:46 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) – If the typical stay-at-home mother in the United States were paid for her work as a housekeeper, cook and psychologist among other roles, she would earn $138,095 a year, according to research released on Wednesday.

This reflected a 3 percent raise from last year’s $134,121, according to Salary.com Inc, Waltham, Massachusetts-based compensation experts.

The 10 jobs listed as comprising a mother’s work were housekeeper, cook, day care center teacher, laundry machine operator, van driver, facilities manager, janitor, computer operator, chief executive officer and psychologist, it said.

The typical mother puts in a 92-hour work week, it said, working 40 hours at base pay and 52 hours overtime.

A mother who holds full-time job outside the home would earn an additional $85,939 for the work she does at home, Salary.com.

Last year she would have earned $85,876 for her at-home work, it said.

Salary.com compiled the online responses of 26,000 stay-at-home mothers and 14,000 mothers who also work outside the home.

(Reporting by Ellen Wulfhorst)

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070502/us_nm/work_mothers_dc;_ylt=AoiQ8kXGzwqGExIYy2pz5YJH2ocA

Just to be nominated!

May 5, 2007 at 2:55 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

My beautiful and wonderful Lael                  thinkingbloggerpf81.jpg

(http://thoseweirdhomeschoolers.blogspot.com/2007/04/i-think-im-pretty-lucky.html) has honored me with a nomination for a thinking blog award! I have never had a blog award before, and probably won’t again, but I am absolutely tickeled to have been chosen. Now I get to pick 5 blogs of my own to nominate. See? Here is how it works!
1) You are supposed to link to the posts
Chelle’s (http://itsmyescape.blogspot.com/2007/04/and-award-goes-to.html)
Cori’s (http://corimommy24.blogspot.com/)
Cece’s (http://lovinlaughinlivin.blogspot.com/)

2) Choose five other blogs that make you think and pass along the love and adoration and the special award,3) and that are award virgins (that rules out some of my favorites already!).

So my five blogs will have to be (in alphabetical order) so as there is not “more favoriteist” of them. I love so many that it was hard to narrow this down, but I did.

1) Big Assed Belle

http://bigassbelle.blogspot.com/

Lynette is a Southern gal after my own heart. She writes on healthier living, her opinions of politics, and the losses we have in life.

2) Extreme Craft

http://extremecraft.typepad.com/extreme_craft/

When ever inspiration needs a kick in the hiney, Extreme Craft is there to provide it. I love the wonderful and sometimes weird ideas.

3) Frugal for Life

http://www.frugalforlife.blogspot.com/

Dawn really keeps me on track with keeping things simple. Her works are varied and they are always relevant! She also has a wicked sense of humor!

4)Joe.My.God.

http://joemygod.blogspot.com/

Joe provides with much to think on. He keeps me up to date on politics, the club scene, and sometimes just funny stuff he hears around town. I love me some Joe.

5)Wise Bread

http://www.wisebread.com/

For a wide assortment of ideas! I love the frequency of the updates and the variety of content. I have learned a lot from Wise Bread.

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