Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Taking Chance

Taking Chance is a wonderful movie we watched last Saturday evening. Auntie K, Hubbie and myself all had our moments of blubbering and sniffing, and through the entire film felt pride and honor. This movie is a must see!

It has Kevin Bacon in it, and along with the cast, it is one of the best acted movies I have seen in a long time. You feel you are outside looking in, and it makes one feel very good at the actions of many wonderful Americans with heart. As a veteran, I give my complete approval!

Again, this is a must see....

In April, 2004, casualties mount in Iraq. At Quantico, choices focus on increasing troop strength or only replacing casualties. Lt. Col. Mike Strobl crunches numbers. Stung by his superior's rejection of his recommendation because he lacks recent combat experience, Strobl volunteers for escort duty, accompanying the remains Pfc. Chance Phelps, killed at 19. From Dover to Philadelphia by hearse, from there to Minneapolis and on to Billings by plane, and then by car to Phelps' Wyoming home - person after person pays respects. Kind words, small gifts, and gratitude are given Strobl to deliver to the family on this soul-searching journey.


Monday, April 26, 2010

I knew there was a reason....

Look!! I found out why I am gay!!!! Donnie Davies says it is because I was corrupted by music! Click Here!

It lured me in, but he has the cure! Click Here! Check out his program!!!

Really? Seriously? Wait, I don't remember, did the gays kill Jesus? Did the gays create Nazi Germany? Did the gays create slavery? How about The Holy Roman Wars, Witch Hunts, Enron? Maybe, the Church views child molesters as a protected species or something.....Hmmmmm, well, I guess if those sins can be forgiven and being gay can not, then I am on a one way ticket to Satans playground! What ever shall I wear??

All kidding aside, the first thing I suggest is a review of the Bible reference about passing judgement....oh, and stop knocking on my door to "help" me, you interrupted my viewing of the Boy Scouts multi-million dollar court ruling regarding the sodomized child (good thing us homosexuals don't get into the Boy Scouts....that might be bad press!).


Sunday, April 25, 2010


The Dalai Lama once said " We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves."

In a world that constantly reminds us of the darkness of living, we seldom reflect on the gifts life gives us. I would like for you to take this moment, right now, to look in the mirror at the positives of who you are.

You have been given the greatest gift of all, simply with your birth, respect it and your self. Your heart has more power then just pumping blood, it can love. Love yourself, forever.

Know that you are beautiful.
Accept your own praise, and by all means, praise yourself often.
Allow yourself to relax and have fun.
Take deep meaningful breathes, and smile.
Set aside time for yourself. Read, listen to music or simply sit in silence and ponder the things that make you proud.
Do something, just for yourself, every day, no matter how small.
Reward yourself for being you.
Give yourself a pat on the back or a hug, and never be afraid of your own affection.
Be grateful for being you, and allow yourself the feeling.
Set worry aside as it resolves nothing, and instead feel inner peace.
Tell yourself (out loud) why you are so important and why you are needed.

Please do this every day, even if only for a short moment. Also, everyday, tell at least one person why they are so important, why they are needed, and most of all how much you love and accept them.

To you I say.....

You are so very important to me for many reasons. You are a connection to the beauty that is life. You are another point of view, an offering of advice, support and warmth. You are valuable and amazing. You are my fellow human being.

You are needed, always. You are hope, honesty and integrity. You are there, when I stumble. You are there when I can not stand alone. You are there when you need me, and I need to be needed. You are my family.

I love you for all these reasons, and respect you just as much. I accept you, just as you are, simply because I love you. Love yourself as much as I do.


Saturday, April 24, 2010

musical choice...

Civil Twilight may be unheard by you, but one day soon they will be a household name. They are very young indeed, but have the soul and sound of seasoning. I commend them, both for their honesty and strength.

Give them a listen....


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Lil Deb and The Colonel...

So, as some of you know, I recently was hired for a real job. Since I have been "temping" for a while (actually, a long ass time!), I wanted to do a couple things before my first day at the new job. I gave notice at my temp job, and was let go early and had a few days off before starting my new position on the 21st.

With quick work, The Hubbie and I made the plans to see as many people as possible in this time frame, as I may not get any time off for the next year or so. Lil Deb and The Colonel topped the list......

Hubbie took two days off from his work, and we let Lil Deb in on the plans. After running around screaming in fits of excitement, she calmly said "I have so much to do!". Shortly after that phone call, she began her prep work for the overnight excursion we were taking to her house. You see, instead of simply riding the vacume around the house and calling it good, Lil Deb had to gut the entire house, clean every inch inside, and then clean every item as it came back into the house! I would classify it as "Spring Cleaning gone Wild!"....Anyway, there really was no reason what so ever for this mad rush of frenzied domestic upheaval, as her home is always in perfect order anyway (no matter when)!!!

So, the night before, we packed early, ate supper early, and went to bed early. It was like Christmas. We thought the sooner we go to sleep, the sooner it will be time to head out on our trip! Well, that just didn't seem to work. See, Oscar had seen the bags we packed, as well as the new toy we put in his overnight bag, and simply could not sleep. After about a million trips outside with him, and telling him over and over we would leave in the morning, he finally fell asleep.

5:00 am. Hubbie deep in the morning crossword, I packed the truck, took Oscar for his walk, and ran through the inventory to ensure we were on track. At 6:20 am we were on our way! Just four hours from our destination, and the excitement was peaking!!

It is an amazing drive. The surroundings move from lush Northwest Rainforest, to rocky crests and water falls, to the windy river and eventually desert landscape. Every color of the rainbow is represented, and the beauty of nature is overwhelming. We even saw the windmills that are slowly being placed to change our power use to something more eco-friendly.

As wonderful as the drive was, it was best when The Colonel gave us directions via the phone to get to their house! We arrived to open, loving, welcoming arms (as usual)! Of course, the yard and the house were immaculate, but the most wonderful thing was their home. The Hubbie and I walked in, and we were instantly comfortable. You know what I mean, it isn't just a house, it is a home, and a wonderful one at that.

We poured our first cocktail of the day, and relaxed in the back yard playing "catch up" with our stories. After laughter galore, and maybe just one more cocktail, we started investigating some of the treasures that Lil Deb and The Colonel have in their home. From money printed before George Washington, to safes probably used in the "Wild, Wild West", to Indian grass and even chop stick holders. We even got an impromptu slide show from when The Colonel was just a little ol' LT in that skirmish over there in Vietnam!

They are my most favorite two people to spend time with. They have the kind of lives that are story book fascinating! I simply began walking around, pointing at items in their collections, and was given the tale of it's being as well as how it came to be a part of their lives. I was in heaven!!!! We even took a little tour of the town, which of course had to include a stop at the very best french fry place in the county! (I am not sure why, but when Lil Deb and I get together, there is always fried foods and cheese......Hmmmm..).

They live in this delightful little town! The yards, the sidewalks, the parking lots, and even the streets were all clean. Everything was wonderful. It was like being in Mayberry! Everyone there was friendly, and everything was so quiet! I think one day I could move there...

After hours of chatter, laughter and wondering through their little museum, we had supper. Of course we ate far too much, and of course The Hubbie then started to fade. The drive, the excitement, the good food, the good friends and the good drink all took their toll. Off we went to get a little shut eye.

The next morning we had breakfast at a "Hotel Buffet" which of course was just like any other hotel buffet. We chattered back and forth, and picked up where we had left off the night before, just in time to have to leave to head home.

I always find it sad to leave good friends. The thing I try to focus on is how much I love them, and how wonderful they are. I know that does not make leaving them any easier, but it does help me to know they are just a phone call away. So, to my wonderful, fabulous Lil Deb and The Colonel - Thank you for a wonderful (yet short) trip, and Thank You for being you! The Hubbie and I love you both so incredibly much that we could not imagine having to endure life without you!!! Big Hugs to you two!!!


Saturday, April 10, 2010

SSG and Special K caught on film.....

Yes dear readers! I have caught the illustrious SSG and Special K on film. It is Saturday, and after minutes of sitting in the parking lot of the nail salon, I caught them "pink" handed. Of course, Peter Frampton was on the radio, so I had to listen to the complete "Do you fell like we do". I crept out of my camo-mini-cooper, slunk behind some bushes and awaited the arrival. Special K was first, I met her at her vehicle door, and in a state of shock she saw me. She ran into the salon screaming "PAPARATSY, PAPARATSY" while covering he head with a nice angora throw she just happened to have laying around. Then SSG arrived, prepared as usual. Her limo pulled up, and the driver (dressed scantily, in some mock fireman uniform) opened the door. Just as SSG was about to step out, I was clubbed from behind, with a pigeon, by some small asian woman. I fought hard before the eighty-something, kung-fu wielding, one legged woman knocked me down for the count!

Regardless, I was able to sneak these photo's below......

Above, is SSG sporting the color for spring. This lavender/pink mix is quite impressive, if only the black light drying machine would let me get a clear look at the tone that will certainly set teen-age hearts all a flutter in a rage to get themselves the exact same brand!

Special K of course, went awe natural as she has to break bricks in karate class and did not want to worry of chips in the polish. Plus, she doesn't want to be all "flashy" like those people out at Walmart! But listen Ladies, what ever the reason, natural french tip is always a true classic, and should be worn at least 8 weeks out of the year.

After the nail salon, it was a quick trip for Thai food for these two fashion plates. They dined on noodles and rice in the secluded "Members Only" section, where I was not allowed to take photo's. The food however, was lover-ly!!!

After lunch, SSG tried to escape me on the road, but I was too quick for her and caught the above photo at the stop light. Yes, it is true....An actual SSG sighting!!!!!! Calm down now, there is no charge, everyone is free to examine!!!!

I continued to follow SSG and was led to the most secretive find to date. I am afraid I have to tell you, that among us lives a group so devious, so sneaky, so secretive that even the FBI knows little of them. I have no other way then to just spit it out. Prepare yourself, here it is. You see, among our kind lives....knitters! RUN, SAVE YOURSELF, WOMEN AND CHILDREN AFTER ME!!!!

Just kidding....SSG is now developing a scientific knitting process that will change the face of the planet (as long as what ever she is knitting is flat and rectangular with no seams or counting).

Here is my proof! I caught her slinking off to this place!!! She even took a business card!!! I think she may even be planning a "Dirty Gyrls Knitting Party" with lemon drop coasters made in yarn and everything!!!

I present to you, The Yarn Barn!


Friday, April 9, 2010

Looking for part time house keeper....

If you meet the following criteria, please apply.....


Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Ah, passing time......Click here.


Thursday, April 1, 2010

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