Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thankful for this day of Thanksgiving...


Where ever you are.. 
we are wishing you a day of

joy with friends and family.. 
hopefully full of laughter.   

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thankful for 3

Tomorrow is the big turkey day... and hopefully
everyone has somewhere to go to eat.. Some
chose to eat at home with their spouses.. some
choose to go to a restaurant. 

Most of us have the big table full of food. With family
around.. small and large families.  Ours is small
compared to a lot of years..  We will be 6.. one time
we were up to 17.. and we have a small house..

So for today... I am thankful for the town I live in.
In this day and age, there is so much going on.
So many in fear of their area.. and who come into
their neighborhoods. 
We are lucky in this little tiny town of 600+. We
were at 400 for many years..  But there is homes
being built.  But still we are a very low crime area.
So far.. 
We have great neighbors on all sides and down the
road from us.  We all look out for each other, yet
let each of us live our lives without snooping. Helping
when we can. 

And even though there is a few things in this state,
that drive us all nuts..  it is still a good state. Even with
others coming here and trying to change us to what
they left.. we still are good state.... a beautiful state.
God is surely in the plan, as you look around the
state.. I am sure there are many states with such
beauty,  But we seem to be a little more laid back.
And up here in the Northern end of the state this
surely is true.

And I am thankful to be a citizen of the United States
of America.  Even with all our warts, we still are a
country that comes together when the tough gets
going.  And I wouldn't want to live in any other.   

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thankful for .... day 2

Today, my thankfulness is for Friends.. I am not talking
about acquaintances.  Acquaintances are worthy to, but
not quite as much as a FRIEND.. 
Acquaintance, is some one you know thru work, or
volunteering, church, any varies ways, of getting to
know people.  You might have lunch with them, but
actually down deep they don't know you.. They know
the top layer.

A FRIEND.. knows you pretty much in and out. They
care enough to call from time to time.. and ask how
you are and truly they want to know.  They are there
to help, be it help with the house work so the two of
you can go somewhere...  They are there when it is
rough, even if they really don't do anything. Some one
to talk to. Thru the bumps of life.  You will hear from
them more when things are rough than when things
are good.  Because they know you need them. Where
as, when things are good, .. they know you are busy and
so are they.   But they are the ones who you don't see
for weeks, months or even years, yet when you sit down
with a cup of coffee in hand, it was like you were talking
to them yesterday. Friend last forever... usually.
I have one from 6th grade.. Alice... I have one when I was
pregnant with my youngest who is 45. That is Pat.
I have two from when I was raising my kids.. that
would be Cherie and Maureen.  I have a gal pal of
10 years, that would be Lorraine.  And then there
is one who we talk on the phone, meet at least once
a year for lunch and email and Facebook. And every
time we talk or have lunch, it is so enjoyable.. as
she is so interesting, does great things and has the
heart of gold and wants to see other succeed. and
that would be Mari...

All of these FRIENDS,  make me what I am.. I am
a better person because of all of these women. And
I hope I am someone they are proud to call Friend
as well. And then if you are really lucky.. you have
a child who you can call Friend as well... this is true
of me as well. I have a daughter who also has a daughter
who is her best friend.

And when you lose one of these friends.. it is like
losing part of you.   One of which I had, was my
husband, Marv.

So if you have a child, or a husband or wife who is
your best friend.. you are so very lucky... And you
don't have to have a lot of friends to be complete.
But have a lot of acquaintances, who think the world
of you, and you of them, also completes your world.  

Monday, November 23, 2015

Thankful for....

As we head into the week of Thanksgiving..
We start to think about what we are grateful
for.. Sometimes around the Thanksgiving table
there are words of thankfulness for these days.

Something we should do every day, not just
once a year.  Especially in these days and times.

So I am going to try to start each day this week,
with what I am thankful for... All it takes is a few
seconds.. and then say it aloud if you can..
While I do say it each morning.. I thank God for
giving me another day.. which at my age is a
big thing.

So for today.. I am most of all things.. thankful
for my family..  I am thankful that my family is
all safe and healthy.  Which is in my nightly prayer.
I am thankful that all my children, and grand children
are doing well.. That all of them and my great grand
children are well.  And a little prayer along with it..
That their lives continue to be safe and healthy even
after my passing..  Which is a big thankfulness and
prayer considering the way the world is going.  I
never take any of this for granted.  It is a great blessing
in my book of life.

I will also add.. I hope and pray that this is true of
your family as well.  

So I am thankful for today.. for my whole family. For
our love of each other, For our respect of each other.
As I look on in wonderment.

What are you thankful for........for today?  


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Bring in the refugees? What about our homeless?

In the paper and every other media.. there are
stories about the coming refugees..
Ever since the Paris massacre,
people are having second thoughts..

My own is .. how can we bring in more people
when we can't take care of our own..
We have thousands if not millions of homeless
people..   People living in alleys in boxes,
people sleeping in parks if they aren't run off.
People sleeping in their cars...doorways in cities. 

These people are men, women and CHILDREN.
There was in the news about a school in the
south that is trying to find a way to keep track
of their students.. as they have no addresses.

We have Vets who are homeless as well...How
can that be?  These men and women stood up for
this country, yet their illnesses leave them home
less.  Being jobless, leaves them homeless.

People who got zapped during our economy
and lost their homes.. and jobs.... are homeless.
Ask the government in Hawaii, about their
homeless problem..

So I have to ask you.. how can we push our
own citizens to the side?  How can we say, I
am sorry, we haven't helped you.. but  we
are bring in 10,000 + people from another
country, that by the way, hate us.  How can
we do that?

Some people are trying to make this about
religion.. it isn't about religion.. it is about
where do we get the money to take care
of these new dependants?  We can't even
take care of our own.

When the Vietnamese came in, we gave them
housing.. money for food, cars, and college
scholarships... Free and clear.. no student loan
like the Americans and some of them Vietnam be paid back.  We have done the same
for Haiti, and I am not sure about the 1955
Hungarians who came here in the thousands.
Why can't we take care of our own?

The other thing that bothers me is... in the beginning
they should show children.. walking.. with mothers
and some with both parents.. that was the first couple
of days.
Now you see 99% men.. some of them very outwardly
angry men...  Are these too, coming to our shores?

But the bottom line for me is .. take care of our own,
FIRST. When we no longer have homeless in our country.
When every child has a roof over his head, and food
for his body, and an education.. THEN we might think
about bringing in new dependants. Only then.. Other
wise we are just slapping the homeless Americans
across the face and telling they don't matter.

SHAME ON US!!!!!..


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Delayed by storm....

We had a storm come in last night. The winds were
heavy in some places.. we got up to 30 mph at one
time..   But other areas had in the 50's and some even
almost 70..   Now where I come from.. (the East Coast)
that is what we call a hurricane.

There is no school in our area, as there are so many
without electric.  We lost ours for about 4 and half hours.
We got it back for 2 minutes.. just long enough for me to
set all the clocks and as I was heading back to bed..everything
went black again.   Surprising how quiet everything is.

But we regain electric at 11:30pm.. and this time I waited
10 minutes before I set all the clocks again.. Blinking
clocks drive me crazy..   and the King depends on them
for getting up in the morning..  Well, not so much
depends on them, but when he wakes up for a bit, he
can see how much more time he has before he gets up at
2:30am.  He has an battery alarm clock, but he wakes
before it goes off..  Which I am grateful for, as he has a
Sponge Bob alarm clock from the days of his passion of
Sponge Bob with our grandson.  So being woke at 2:30 am
to "Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
Sponge Bob, Sponge Bob, Sponge Bob Square Pants!"

This morning he got up and went to work, only  to find
out that the school is closed.. so he stayed long enough
to tell the drivers that didn't get the message... that there
is no school, so go home and back to bed.  Bus drivers
come in about 5 to 5:30am.. to head out.  And the King
was home by 6:00am.. and asleep in the chair as I got up
at 7. I was woke at 5:15am by the school district auto call
that calls the house as well as his cell phone, but went back
to sleep.

Today is clean up day.. and Avista is working hard to get

everybody back up on line, with their electricity. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The draft...

Does anyone remember why they stopped the draft?
I know it wasn't a very popular program. 
Not everyone got drafted from what I remembered.
You had to sign up for the draft after you reach the
age of 18.  That was males only, but for the life of
me, I don't know why women weren't drafted as

Then you only went in, if your number/name came
up in the lottery of picks.  So not every one went.
There was deferments for those in college and or
married with children.  And you remained on the
list from 18 to 25, if I recall right.  I don't recall
the draft being for the Air Force, Marines or even
the Coast Guard.  It was for  the Army.  Don't know
why that is so.

But sometimes as I see the younger generation, I
wonder if stopping the draft was such a bad idea.
The Army made men out of boys.  And as we see
a lot of young men who don't get good jobs, end
up in a lot of trouble.  So maybe we wouldn't
have so many guys in jail or prison, if the draft
was still available.   I know there was a time when
judges would have young men volunteer to join
up, .... it was either that or go to jail.. And 99%
chose the Army.  Maybe if it came back, they
could lower the age to 17, if you dropped out of
high school.

Maybe if we had the draft back and have the deferment
be .... in college, married with 2 or more children... or
a good paying job, and living on your own.  After all
in the Army, there was a lot of vocations that were
trained there to chose from.  So they got a profession
while serving.

Monday, November 16, 2015

The times are changing...

You have to be hid under a rock, not to know what
went on this weekend in Paris...

The word is 129 died...and much more wounded.
And of the 8 terrorist, 6 are dead, and 1 is caught
and one is on the run...out of France, and they were
thisclose to getting that they had him stopped
and for some reason didn't get it and let him pass.

The reports are up and down, what is truth and what is
rumors..  But are they telling us that only 8 terrorist
brought on all this mayhem?  Surely there had to be
more.. or was it the element of surprise got them as
far as it did?  Luckily the police were faster...

These days.. fighting, terrorist, wars are all different
from what we are use to.. 
Indians and Calvary.. leathers and blue suits and cowboy
Civil war.. union blue and rebel grey...
WW I and WW II it was the uniform differences.
Same with Korean war (it was not a policing...they
shot each other.. that is war)
Vietnam was a little different.. but still the uniforms.
But now?  they only thing that seems to be the same
all the countries are  in their uniforms. Ours, France,
Germany and etc. and the MidEastern's look like every
one else in their country. So our allies and the rest can't
tell who is who.. but they sure know who we are.

Then you take the renegades terrorist.. They look like
any other MidEasterner.. So is it a terrorist, or is it the
local doctor or welder or what ever?  

And when they come to the other countries.. every
Midwesterner is suspicious.  They must know what
it felt like to be Japanese during WWII..  With the
exception that they aren't rounded up and put in camps.

I hate to see what is coming.. where next?  are we next?
Will it be something like Paris.. or bigger like the Super
bowl..  scares me to even think about it..  We might
cuss the HOMELAND SECURITY.. but so far, they
have kept us safe.  So far..  

Thursday, November 12, 2015

More things I won't be able to do...

I have written before how electronic are starting
to baffle me..  That the smart phones are so
way far smarter than I am.
Computers are starting to run away from me as
well.  Movie cameras have left me in the dust.

All of these are disconcerting for me.. but
it has come to me, there is one more.. that I
have not thought about.  That is cars.
The new and improved, no key cars are going
so much into computer that I have realized
that I will never be able to have a new car.
Not that I can afford one...but even if I won
one free and clear...  I would have to take
driving lessons all over.  I would know how
to drive it down the road.  I just wouldn't
know how to start it up.

With that comes the realization, that not
only would I not be able to buy a new car...
but I would not be able to lease/rent a car.
Unless they have an older one. But in the
future.. I would be lost.

I wish the high schools would have night
school for those of my age.  To have different
computerize classes..  One for the Windows 10
and then one for smart phones... and now add
new cars systems as well.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Today sadden me..

Today is Veteran's Day... and some places will honor
those who have served and are still serving...

But it sadden me because the students are in school today.
The banks are closed, the post office is closed.. so tell me
why is it the students are in school?  Hopefully the
school are having an assembly for a program.. honoring
local veterans.  Hopefully they understand from the time
of World War I, World War II, Korean war (no I don't call
it a police action, when they are shooting at each other...
and then there is the Vietnam War...and I don't know what
they call this we are doing now.. it is war.. but not like the
war of years ago, where you go after each other, shooting
it out.. this war is so much different...  And our soldier,
our troops, need to be honored... by all.  And because they
have gone ... our youth who volunteered.. who were not
drafted... have stepped up for you and I. THANK YOU..

So to all of you who have served... and to all of you who
are serving now... We thank you for your service.. and we
are sorry that you have to be put in such a position. We can
only hope that some day.. people will stop hating others..
But in the meantime.. THANK YOU.. ALL OF YOU..