Thursday, January 31, 2008

List of Oxymoron statements

OK I just heard one of the biggest oxymoron statements I have ever heard in my entire life. Jill is borrowing the "Mother's" car to go to the bus stop to pick up the 3 grandchildren. For the life of me I cannot understand why but she agreed to take the three year old with her. Call her CRAZY cause she is to do that. But as he was screaming at his "Mother" that he was going she said "JZ behave" now that is a true oxymoron because he can't, will not, and never mind anyone period! So that got me thinking about other oxymoron statements so I am going to try to list a few of them.

  1. a cappella with music
  2. accidentally on purpose
  3. act naturally
  4. a little big
  5. Amtrack schedule
  6. bad health
  7. civil war
  8. clear as mud
  9. clearly misunderstood
  10. deafening silence
  11. diet icecream
  12. front end
  13. paper tablecloth
  14. perfectly awful
  15. quiet scream
  16. real phony
  17. restless sleep
  18. single pair
  19. slight exaggeration
  20. small fortune
OK I could have listed hundreds more but didn't want to bore you so much you became "Half Dead".

Letter for Uncle Sam

I finally got my W-2 form today. I left the job last April and I knew how much I had earned because I kept the records while I was there. But, I had e-mailed them a couple of times asking for my W-2 form. The last e-mail I sent was yesterday and they mailed the w-2 out yesterday and I got it in the mail today. So now I need to figure the dreaded taxes. I only have the one w-2 form so it will be real easy to do. I used to purchase a tax return program for about $30.00 but now it is much easier you can file your taxes all without ever leaving the comfort of your home. I am here to tell you that if life gets any easier I just won't know what to do. I have no reason in life to even get dressed in the morning. This is much easier it is a self service online website for your US tax preparation. In Florida we don't have to file a state tax return but if you do you can save over 50% on your state return. So get on the ball and send your favorite Uncle his annual letter from you. Hope everybody gets a refund back and then you can go out and spend spend spend.

Crazy Woman

I have officially become a crazy woman and if you doubt it I have the road sign right there to prove it. I can be there in either a camper or a tent if I want to be. But it doesn't appear that there are any restaurants. Good that means I have to fix my own food and from the looks of the surrounding area I might even have to trap and kill it too. The Mother of the three year old is faking a cold and stayed home from work yesterday. Every so often she does a weak "cough cough". Today she had doctors appointments for both of her children and Jill was going to go with her to tell them all of the problems we have with the 3 year old. So Jill is up dressed and full makeup and the "Mother" comes up to give her some kind of line that the doctor's office called and the doctor had some issue at home and had to cancel their appointment. She can't even lie good, so that means she has been home all day again today. About 12:30 pm the baby just kept crying and Jill asked her if they had eaten anything yet and her response was "they had a few grapes". GRAPES that is no meal for an 18 month old much less the 3 year old. So Jill fixed the 3 year old something to eat and I fixed the baby something to eat and they finally went back into the room with the "Mother". Well a few minutes later she comes out and goes and gets herself a big can of chunky soup and sits at the kitchen table to eat it for herself. I mean she can't manage to feed her children but she can manage to sit there and feed her face. She has to be the poorest excuse for a "Mother" that I have ever in my entire life seen. Yesterday Jill and I kept her kids upstairs all day so we didn't have to listen to them scream and cry all day long. But today we both refuse to do that, she has had them but she cannot make either one of them mind. But this is what is absolutely driving me crazy. Dinner last night was a total nightmare neither of her kids would eat. She absolutely can't get them to eat for her and when she is at the table they will not eat for anybody else either. I am really at my wits end. All she does is scream and yell and cuss at them but let her walk in the door and they both absolutely kill themselves to get to her. If somebody treated me the way she treats them I would not want to get within a million miles of them. I really can't figure it out. But I do know she is a pathetic mother.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

It's Not My Job

This Year's It"s Not My Job award and the winner is..... The only thing I can think of is that the the guy who was responsible for clearing the side of the road must have taken the day off the day the crew painted the lines on this road. It is a good thing that there was not a whole tree laying across the road or people in this area might have gone off road to stay to the left of the line on the side of the road.

Monday, January 28, 2008

I am back

I wonder if anybody missed me? Bet cha didn't. But Randy and I were gone for a couple of days. We have some friends that took pity on us and we went to spend the weekend with them. They know that a person of our age can only live in a house with 5 children and 3 other adults. OK 2 other adults and 1 person that is of adult age but not really and adult. But anyway, our friends thought we needed a rest and a break and we really did. We had a very good time and really didn't do anything all weekend just kind of rested and didn't hear any kids yell, scream and fight with each other. But all kidding aside we had a good weekend and came home feeling rested and relaxed and by the time dinner was over I was ready to go someplace else for another time of rest and peace and quiet. Right now as I type the baby is across the hall crying because she can't do just what she wants to do.

Moby Dick

Nate has to do a book report and it is now suddenly due tomorrow for school. The only thing is I am trying to figure out if he is doing a book report or an art project. He has to have a cover page. OK, that I can understand but he has to have a picture on the front that he either colored or drew. (Has this teacher seen his art abilities? I think not) But then he has to have several pages where again he draws pictures about important things in the book. So like I said this is a book report not an art project. But I have many questions about this teacher of his. I met her and I just don't like her for some reason. But as we speak Jill is supposed to be searching for pictures on the internet that we can print and let him do some sort of coloring to them so that when he has a picture of a whale it will actually look like a whale and not a legless cow or some sort of alien monster. Then once he gets all of his pages done for this stupid book report we have to put it into a notebook. I am beginning to think we would be better off if we invested in some type of binding machines then we could just bind it all together in a nice book looking project and he could hand it in. Maybe he would actually get some extra credit points for that. But since the project is due tomorrow I think our chances of getting that delivered here to the house today would be well.... slim to none. So I guess we will be making a Wall-Mart run later today to find some sort of notebook that he can put his project into and try to get all of the points possible. I mean come on he gets like 10 points for the cover and 10 points for the back and 20 points for this and 5 points for that. I think this teacher needs 25 points for being a nut case.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Sleeping 3 year old

Well it is now almost 12:30 PM and the three year old is still asleep. He was gone all day Tuesday with his mother which means he didn't take any sort of nap that day. Then she keeps her TV running all night long so he lays there and plays and watches TV while she sleeps like a baby. Then yesterday she took him to the home of the married man that she sleeps with and I use the term sleep very loosely. He was supposed to be part of a birthday party for this guys kid. She finally brought him home about 10:30 PM last night and you could tell he had been asleep in her car. Well at 11:30 he went to the kitchen with her while she popped pop corn and got them both drinks. So guess he watched TV all night long again last night. So now she is at work and he is sleeping like he should have last night. We have tried to tell the mother that her kids are staying awake all night long while she sleeps but she doesn't think anybody knows anything but her. I really do feel sorry for the kids.

Work Work Work

I have been trying to find a new source of income to support Randy and I in the lifestyle we haven't yet grown accustomed to, and in doing so have been thinking about some of the past jobs I have had. I remember when the girls were little I took a job working in the office at a grain elevator. Well to make a long story short it went from a 4 girl office to a 1 girl office and you guessed it I was the 1 girl. But, I was still doing the work of the original 4 girls. I was at the point that I was going to work at about 6:00 AM and not leaving there until about 12:00 AM or later. I actually went 2 weeks without seeing the girls awake. They were in the hands of their Dad and also a lot of help from his Mom.

I finally insisted at work that they either hire someone or else the Manager was going to be doing the work of the said 4 girls. Well they finally hired some young kid and I have never seen anyone so incompetent in all of my life. Back at that time we didn't have computers (I know you are saying WHAT were you born back in the dark ages? Yes I was) But we used to have to actually use the old fashioned way of cutting checks we actually had to type them out on a typewriter. I remember giving this kid some checks to type and instructed him that there could be no mistakes at all and no typos on them. I gave him several check that needed to be typed and after what seemed like weeks later I checked back with him and have never seen so many typos in all of my life. I told the manager I was going to go to lunch and when I got back that kid had better be gone or I would be gone. Now years later I look back and realize that all that kid needed was for an employer to have TrainingTime Workplace Training Resources available to him. He was young and needed training. But as busy as that job was I know even now that I did not have the time to train him myself. Now employers have many more options available to them than were ever available back in the "Dark Ages" and I really believe that companies should take care not only to train new employees but to give their long time employees additional training.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Hit and Run

The girls took the Grandkids out to eat this evening and decided that Randy and I could have a quiet evening here alone. Well they hadn't been gone to long and the phone rang and it was the girls. I thought ok so much for the quiet evening. Well, Jill said that they were going down the road and a deer ran out and ran into the drivers side of Joy's car. They are not home yet so I haven't seen it yet. But, I guess they said he knocked the side view mirror off and something about a hole in the front quarter panel near the hood. I guess they are very blessed that they did not have an accident. It did not kill the deer as it ran off into the nearby grove. So I guess you could say they were involved in a hit and run accident. Guess the deer didn't have any insurance cause he didn't stick around to make any kind of accident report. I am just thankful that they were not injured and didn't actually wreck Joy's car. Guess I will get a look at it when they get home later this evening. I mean the stupid deer could have come through Joy's open window or through the windshield and it could have been a very serious issue. Thankfully things are ok.

Heart Day!

It is just about Valentines Day so when you start your shopping be sure do use the online coupons that are available at I have determined that shopping online is just the way to go. I did some of my Christmas shopping online and it was a breeze. One of the things I am going to look for is Target Coupons. I know I can get Randy something there for sure. I think I will check KB Toys deals and try to pick something up there for the grandchildren. I ought to be able to score big there for the kids and surely there is something there that will please all three of them. They make is as simple as entering your coupon code and presto you will have taken care of everyone on your shopping list.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Making of the band

I swiped this from the Jill. Here’s the deal. You’re going to create an album cover but its totally random. Follow the links below and follow the instructions and see what you come up with.

Let’s make a band:
The first article title is the name of your band.

The last four words of the very last quote is the title of your album.

The third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

Now take your pic, add the band name and title to it, then post it. Here is my album cover. Thankfully mine didn't turn out as freakish as Jill's.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Top 10 Signs You're Broke After Christmas

Christmas is over and we are just a little bit through the month of January. I know everybody in our house is broke, busted and disgusted. I don't know about your financial situation but I know our family definitely accomplished #5 last week and we didn't have to do #9 since they have one of those coin machines at the grocery store that spits out a ticket for the amount of your change. (less 8.9% of course)

1. American Express calls and says; "Definitely leave home without it."
2. Your idea of a 7 course meal is taking a deep breath outside a restaurant.
3. You think of a lottery ticket as an investment.
4. You give blood everyday, just for the orange juice.
5. You finally clean your house, hoping to find loose change.
6. McDonalds supplies you with all your kitchen condiments.
7. Sally Struthers sends you food.
8. You go back for seconds at communion.
9. You've rolled so many pennies, you've formed a psychic bond with Abe Lincoln.
10. You rob Peter and then you rob Paul.

Living in a nut house

OK, now the pressure is on. I am being pimped out on the blog of the Dutch Bitch so I have to think of something kind of funny. For me that is kind of hard because living in this house for as long as I have I seem to have misplaced my sense of humor. I mentioned it last night and I immediately had 4 children get that look on their face (which I can only describe as the Home Along look" you know the one I mean the mouth wide open and the shaking of the head from side to side. But they all four wanted to immediately make it perfectly clear that they had not taken my sense of humor. They said they hadn't even been in my room to even see it let alone take it from me. On the other hand the 18 month old just gave me that look like "Your Crazy Nannie" and she is right and the reason she know it is because she is the one who has pushed me right over the edge. The other night I was feeding her dinner. I do this every day because I am the only one that she will eat for. (I think it is that crazy look in my eyes she is afraid of me) but anyway. I can't remember everything she ate for supper but the last thing was some homemade applesauce that I had made. So I got ready to get her out of the high chair and she has this stuff all over the front of her shirt. I remember thinking that I didn't remember her getting food all over her but guessed she must have because there it was. I carefully picked her up being very careful not to get said food on me. Well she waived bye bye to everybody at the table and I took her to her room to change her diaper and get her PJ's on her so she would be ready later for bed. When I laid her down on the bed boy did I get a major shock. That was not food on her shirt it was poo and it was coming out of her diaper and down her leg. I immediately did what any sane person would do and yelled for someone else to come to assist and I tip toed out of the room only to find another lump of said poo deposited in her high chair. Now I ask you how does something so nasty come out of something so sweet? Cause I am telling you she can produce some nasty stuff.

Friday, January 18, 2008

What age do you act?

You Act Like You Are 33 Years Old

You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!
You're responsible, wise, and have enough experience to understand a lot of the world.

You're at the point in your life where you understand yourself pretty well.
You are figuring out what you want... and how to get it!
What Age Do You Act?

OK, this I can actually live with. I was really afraid to take this quiz because I was afraid that it would actually give my real age which I guess I can tell you all now that I feel so good about myself. I am actually 35 years old. I know for those of you who actually know me in person you have a hard time actually believing that I am really this old. But it is time I admit my real age. I know I can no longer pass for 29 years old so there it is off my chest now. Everybody in the entire world knows all about me.

Bad knees

Randy doesn't want to admit it I know but his knees are so bad that I really think he needs something to help him get around. He finally got himself a parking sticker so he can park close to stores when we go out. But that doesn't help once he actually gets out of the vehicle. If he is fortunate he can get a scooter in some of the stores but sometimes they are all gone. So if he had something like one of the rollators that would probably be a good help to him. I would love to see him actually have his own mobility scooter that way he would not be dependent on finding one at each store we shop in. So we will have to see what happens.

Left overs

OK, this household is on a very strict food budget. We had chili two nights ago for supper and we had chili last night for supper and we are having chili today for lunch. So, now we are all very tired of chili. But it is pretty cheep to make if we make big pots of it and have left overs. Usually we only get two nights on it but this time we had a bonus and we actually got a free lunch. I am not really complaining but I am ready for something else tonight for supper. So now the search, what are we going to make tonight that we can get a couple of meals out of?

Time to think

Right now I know there are a lot of people out there that are thinking about refinancing the mortgage on their home. If you are one of those and you are interested in a Florida Refinance this is the option for you. This site will actually let lenders compete to give you the best rate. Imagine that they are competing for you and not against you. Now that is a novel thought. So if you are thinking about either a fixed or an adjustable rate mortgage here is where you have several options and there is absolutely no obligation. So what are you waiting for? Chop Chop get with it already.

Four Day Weekend

Good grief. We have the kids home for a crazy 4 day weekend. They have a teachers workday today and then the stupid government has moved poor Martin Luther King's birthday to next Monday so the kids have the day off from school then too. So we have 5 kids in the house for 4 days. I think I would go crazy but I have already been there and it just wasn't much fun there either. So guess I will just stay in this normal state of life if you can call this normal.

Surprise me

I cannot believe that it is almost Valentine's Day. This year I would love to get a valentines day teddy bear from Randy. He loves to get me things but he is a typical man and he hates to actually shop for them. So if he could just either go on line or better yet for him since he is really sort of computer challenged he could just let his fingers do the walking and dial an 800 number he could order and have something sent to me by surprise. I just love surprises and being a typical man he sometimes has trouble with the surprise element of gifts.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Happy Birthday

Today is Randy's 61st Birthday. So although he doesn't actually read my blog I will give him this Happy Birthday Post. We have been married for 40 years so it seems like we have been together all our lives which we just about have I guess. We met during my Freshman year in high school and Randy was a Sophomore. We dated off an on during high school and married the year after I graduated and well as they say the rest is history. I LOVE YOU RANDY!!!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Plan ahead

Randy had a cousin that lives in Seattle and he owns his own telecommunication business. He is younger than us so I really think it is time that he consider putting his S corporation salary into a SEP IRA. That way with a SEP IRA he could actually put up to twenty-five percent of his salary into the IRA. This way you can also lower your payroll taxes when you have a modest salary. It is a win win situation all the way around.

I am a What?

You're a Part Time Brainiac

No doubt about it, you have the potential for big brain power.
But potential doesn't get you to genius. It's going to take some work.

Like most smart people, you enjoy a good intellectual challenge every now and then.
But you do tend to shy away from anything difficult, frustrating, or complex.

Push yourself to think, learn, and explore more... even when it feels bad.
You have the capacity to solve amazingly difficult problems. You just need to let yourself do it.
Are You a Brainiac?

I never knew there was such a thing as a part time brainiac. But I guess it is good to know that at least part of the time I have a brain and I use it. So I could be a genius but it would take hard work. Well I don't know about that hard work thing I really think it is highly over rated.

To be or not to be

I have always given some thought to the fact that I would love to own my own business. But I have never done anything about it. But for awhile we lived in Virginia actually not to far from Washington DC. If I had decided to start my own business there I would have been smart in getting some help in creating a Virginia llc. So if you live in Virginia there is help with Virginia state forming a small business llc. You always need to do things right the first time. That was my Father's motto if something is worth doing it is worth doing right. It is always best to let the professionals at a firm like Virginia business formation handle all of the details for you and you know things will always be done right.

TIme for Lunch

Well I am just about to go downstairs and get me a paper plate out and sit at the table. The reason for this you ask? Well Jill and Joy have gone to get some lunch. They are getting their selves and their dad Chinese food. Yuck!!! I do not do Chinese food, heck there is a lot of American food I don't eat but that is besides the point here. They are going to get me a Wendy's Hamburger. I can't tell you how I have been wanting a Wendy's burger. I could eat them every day I think if they are actually hot and juicy. I do know it will not be piping hot and drippy juicy since they are bringing it home to be but well you just can't have everything in life. But nevertheless I will sit down and savor every last morsel of it I can guarantee you of that.

Time for a move

Randy and I are getting ready to start looking for our own place to live. I mean I love my daughters and grandchildren beyond measure. But... and again I say but. One house in not a good idea for three families who all have their own way of living. I want to be able to spoil my grandchildren like a good "Nannie" should do and well living with them that is just not possible. Because I don't want to be the one to have to discipline them when they are spoiled rotten. So in short we need to move away from them. So.... I was thinking maybe Phoenix would be far enough away from Florida. I thought I could go online to find one of the many Phoenix Homes that I am sure are beautiful. Plus I hear the weather in Phoenix is great. Because right now here in Florida it is kind of chilly again. So let's see I will need to hire a Phoenix real estate agent who will make me their top priority to take care of all of my needs on their end. Hey I am really liking this idea . But you know me I am not sure I could be that far away from the kids but ya just never know what we might do.

Spooky Things

When we moved into this house it has smoke detectors in every room just like you would think it should have. But they all were missing it seemed everything that would make them work. So we just never did anything about it at all. Well the detector in Jill's room a couple of weeks ago started beeping like it would if the battery were going dead. You know a beep, beep, beep, beep sound about every 30 to 45 seconds. But there was no battery in it and nothing there but the part in the ceiling and the wires. So we sent Randy to the circuit breaker box in the garage and told him to throw the circuit, which he did. Well I guess last night it has started about ever 15 seconds just giving off one pathetic beep. It did this to Jill all night long. So needless to say she did not sleep well. So now we have to try to figure out what we are going to do to stop that sound for tonight. Because if she goes two nights with little sleep. Well, just let me say you will not want to be in this house tomorrow. Maybe Jill should just try to make a song out of the beep. Nope I don't think she will fall for that idea.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Time to branch out

Jill has a very good friend Tracy who lives in Holland. Well Tracy makes very beautiful jewelry and the time has come that she needs to expand her business. Well, to be frankly honest she needs to sell more jewelry so that in the end she can make more money. Come on we all know she doesn't just make the jewelry for the fun of it or to just give it all away. However, I do love the jewelry that she has given away to me. But that is another subject entirely.

So, I have been thinking how does she expand said jewelry business? I think she needs to get a web site set up and sell online. Doing that she needs to be able to accept credit cards online and I have found a great site where she can get all of the help she would need to Set Up Credit Card Processing when she sets up her web site. Accepting Credit Cards On Website would be a great thing to increase her sales world wide. This would make it very easy for her to Process Visa Cards and before you know it she will be a very famous jewelry designer and I will be able to say I knew her when and she actually gave me some free jewelry. What more could I ask for?

Nintento DS

All three of my grandchildren have a Nintendo DS systems and all the assorted and sundry games to go with them. Just keeping up with them seems to be a major chore for them. I mean you have three of everything except the games of course and they probably have close to 20 games but everything else comes in threes.

1. Nintendo DS
2. Chargers
3. Stylist Pens
4. The little piece that goes into the back when you play a game boy game

At any given time they can only find maybe 2 chargers and there is always a back piece or game laying some place on the floor. I fuss and fuss and fuss at them for not taking care of things that they have. But they just seem to think that money and things grow on trees. But I am here to tell you that if money does indeed grow on trees I have yet to find that variety of tree. Because if I did I would plant a grove full of them.

Friday, January 11, 2008

I have a headache

I have been having a lot of headaches lately. I really think I need to get some new glasses. I mean I have had the pair I am wearing for about 5 years now. So ya think??? I remember the sticker shock when I went to my regular eye doctor and got these. I had been wearing contact lenses but for some reason decided I wanted glasses. Well after picking out the frames, lenses, tint, progressive lenses. I dropped a bundle of money and almost had a coronary attack. But now I think I should absolutely check into a Great Discovery: They have frames that start at $8.00. They are able to do this because they have very little advertising and they cut out the middleman. ie my Eye Doctor who I know makes a ton of money on everything he sells. You ask how I know this, I know this because I used to work for a CPA as a bookkeeper and I did the books for said Eye Doctor. So I know what he bought things for and what he sold them for. So now I just have to decide what kind of frames I am looking for.


Well the grandchildren and their mother overslept this morning so guess what?????? OK did you try to guess yet? Come on here work with me just a little bit. OK I will tell you the kids are home all day from school. Now would that have been to hard for you to try to guess. The only good thing about this happening is that we don't have to walk to the school bus stop this afternoon to get them and walk them home. They are actually being pretty good today. But give them all 5 some time and that will change. It is only about 1:30 in the afternoon so they all have plenty of time to get into a fight with each other before the day is over.

Need wheels?

Randy and I really need a vehicle. Since we sold our truck when we moved to Haiti and then we have come back to the states we don't have any type of transportation. I would even be fairly happy with public transportation. But, where we live it is not available to us at all. I could get out on the highway and raise up my pants leg. But I am afraid that would cause a major pileup and not for any of the good reasons you would think about. I mean at my age using your womanly skills is not a good idea.

So having said all of that I have been giving some thought to going the route of contract hire. You can actually go online and pick out the exact vehicle you are looking for and in the budget you have available to spend on your monthly payment.

Maybe we can finally afford that new car we have always dreamed about driving! Bur, it gets even better, once we have made our choice, any one of the dealerships listed on BuyYourCar has agreed to deliver our newly leased vehicle right to our front door, free of charge. Now that is really great customer service!

What does your Birth date mean

Your Birthdate: May 16

You're incredibly introverted and introspective. You live inside your head.
You spend a lot of alone time meditating and thinking.
People see you as withdrawn, and at times they are right.
You are caring and deep, but it may be difficult for you to show this side of yourself.

Your strength: Your original approach to thinking

Your weakness: You tend to shy away from others

Your power color: Pale blue

Your power symbol: Wavy line

Your power month: July

What Does Your Birth Date Mean?

Well this seems to be pretty close to me. I do tend to shy away from others and I do like the color blue although I am not sure if it is my power color or not I just seem to like blue. I have no idea what a wavy line would say that it is my power symbol. That to me doesn't seem to powerful I mean a wavy line seems kind of wishy washy to me. But who am I?

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Take it off take it all off

I am telling you that it seems like I have been on a feeding frenzy since before Christmas. I tend to do this when I am down in the dumps and lately I have been so far down in the dumps that I have to look up just to see the bottom. So needless to say I think I have put on quite a few excess pounds that I would like to remove. My only problem is that it is always much easier to put the pounds on than it is to take them off. Let's face it folks it is more fun to eat than it is to diet. I think the option for me would be the los angeles weight loss surgery. I really think this would be the absolute best option. It is the perfect way to take the pounds off and to actually keep them off. This type of surgery is not only completely reversible but it is adjustable for life.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Foggy Weather

Wow! We are in the midst of our foggy season hear in Florida and then there is a big brush fire very near I4 which is right up the road from where we live. Well I guess at about 4:30 AM this morning the fog and smoke all met together and now there is a 50 car pileup on I4. At this point they are confirming that there are 3 dead and many many injured. Out of the 50 vehicles 20 of them are semi trucks. It is now 12:30 PM and they still have the highway closed both east and west bound. They are still going through the wreckage trying to find out if there are any more people trapped in the vehicles. They are showing it live on TV and some of the semi's have burned. Last week there was another multiple car accident right up the highway from us which killed two people. So the last week on our highways have been very deadly on the roads very near our house. Right now they have not released any names from this latest accident.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Homework Homework give me a break

OH good grief I can tell the kids are back in school after the Christmas break. Better known as the "Holiday break". They have started back in with homework out the wazoo. If you only have one child to help with homework that wouldn't be so bad but when you have three of them doing homework. You would think that with them all in the third grade they would be doing the same thing but nooooooo. They all have different homework and sometimes they all three have different spelling words too.

Now "Z" has a survey for math. He is asking us our favorite color and our favorite animal. We had choices of a duck, bear, lion or tiger. I mean what the heck does that have to do with Math???

Calgon take me away.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Love you!

Brian Keith Arnold
Born April 11, 1969
Died January 6, 1972

We love you Brian and not a day goes by that you are not missed. I wonder many times what you would have grown up to be like. What would you look like. I know that in your short life you were a very special little boy. You touched many lives in your short life and in your death. Heaven has to be a much brighter place ever since you have been there.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Why do we need to even know this.

OK, I was looking at a area TV web site and found a list of 50 things that we did not know this time last year. Some of the 50 are interesting facts and some of them are probably important things to have learned. But come on now.... Let's look at just a few of them here.

#7. "Scientists have figured out that a unique bacterium is what makes the sea smell like the sea. They've also found a way to capture the aroma and bottle it. "

So what are they going to make a perfume that smells like the ocean???

#10. "Owls try to sound more macho by lowering the tone of their hoots."

Sounds like a lot of men I know too..

#11. "Electronic noses used in the food industry and for sniffing out explosives can perform better with the addition of artificial "snot.""

Now I think natural snot is disgusting as I am sure most people do so why do we want artificial snot???

#17. "Dolphins living off the coast of Wales whistle, bark and groan in a different dialect from dolphins off the western coast of Ireland.'

Some people really have tough jobs

#25. "Fish use the threat of punishment to maintain stability in their social order. Small goby fish at Lizard Island on Australia's Great Barrier Reef use the threat of expulsion from the school as a powerful deterrent to keep subordinate fish from challenging those more dominant."

This is an idea for punishment to the children in the house. OK so not really a good idea.

#26. "Ape-men ancestors began walking on two legs 6 million years ago because it used far less energy than clambering on all fours."

What they found a 6 million year old ape that was able to tell them about this?

#31. "Sex among African bat bugs is a violent affair. During copulation, males of the species pierce the abdomens of their mates with their genitals and ejaculate directly into their blood."

Sounds kind of kinky to me.

#37. "Fruit flies love the carbon dioxide fizz from beer. The insects have special taste receptors that are sensitive to the gas."

So now not only does Florida have to worry about drunk drivers we have to worry about drunk fruit flies.

#43. "It takes business people twice as long to enter text messages on an iPhone as on conventional cell phones."

Who cares?????

#49. "The parasitic jewel wasp uses a venom injected directly into a cockroach's brain to inhibit its victim's free will and its motivation to walk. Unble to fight back, the "zombie" cockroach can be pulled into the wasp's underground lair, where an egg is laid in its abdomen. The larva later hatches and eats the still living but incapacitated cockroach from the inside out."

So there is a way to get rid of the common cockroach.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Let there be peace

Well Joy has the day off today so she took her three children plus the "3 Year Old" someplace today. I have no idea where they are going and to be honest I really don't care. All I know is that there is now quiet and calm in the house. The only child home is the 18 month old and she is taking a nap right now. So, everything is pretty quiet in the house for probably most of the day. I am also very excited because today is the last day of the school holiday break. YIPEE!!!!!

Cover it Up!

I just found the neatest thing in the world it is a ipod case. At first I didn't think it was something that I would be interested in because I don't actually have an Ipod. I have an MP3 player but mine is a Creative Zen Plus. I love my MP3 player because I can put it on and when all of the kids are in the house I can just block everybody and everything out. But I am always so careful especially if I am out on the front screened in porch not to drop it or let it get scratched somehow. I am very picky that way. I guess it comes from growing up and not really having much that when I do get something I just go kind of overboard in taking care of it.

But, back to the subject at hand. They have one of these covers to fit my MP3 player and not just something that you buy that you can make due with it is made especially for each brand. Plus you can use these skins on your cell phone and other items too.

The invisible shield was originally designed for the military to protect the leading edges of helicopter blades from getting scratched by rocks and debris. Now if this can actually protect helicopter blades spinning at hundreds of miles per hour, just think what the invisible shield can do to protect your MP3 player while it is in your pocket! I am just so going to have to get me one of these.