Tuesday, July 28, 2015

What Is Worth Your Tears?

Seldom do I delete comments put on my blog.  I do moderate them but usually put them on because some are so stupid they just make me laugh.  Well today I deleted a comment and I really wish I had not done it!

The comment was regarding my dismay at how this president has not responded to the shooting of Five Servicemen in Chattanooga.   At first the person agreed with me by saying something along the line of "we are all wondering and watching" BUT then she said something equating the fact I gave a cat away to a farm so she could give them kittens to the killing of the servicemen.  I deleted it because it was so silly to even discuss the two things in the same sentence but then I regretted deleting it. (please forgive me for not quoting it correctly)

My regret was because it was a perfect example of the silliness I see in America right now.  We groan and cry over animals yet we aren't crying over Planned Parenthood aborting babies and selling their bodies for profit.  We cry about abandoned animals, but not abandoned starving children.  We pass laws to protect turtles but pass other laws so that babies can be killed up to the time they are viable.....

Our world is upside down.

It amazes me the people who worried about the one cat we gave away not spayed but those same folks aren't worried about orphans.  When I write on this blog about orphans, it gets strangely
 quiet....you can hear the protected crickets croaking....

Guess what folks HUMAN lives matter. 

We, as a nation should be concerned about our leader's lack of concern of five servicemen's deaths.  Those men took an oath that they would serve America and protect her with their lives.   They fulfilled their part.....we should show them the respect they deserve. 

Don't let yourselves become desensitized to human suffering and heartache.  It's fine to care about animals but animals are not humans. 

I know plenty of people who get worked up about dolphin or whale killings but could care less about orphans, the disabled or the poor.  That ain't right! 

I tell my kids when things happen in life that there are things to cry over and there are things not worth their tears.

Let's remember what is worth our tears......

Monday, July 27, 2015

Torez Ukraine


This afternoon I sat with Sarah and went on YouTube.  since Torez Ukraine is so close to my heart after our time there, I looked it up to see if there was anything new on the war and found some interesting videos. They are interesting to me because we were there....


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbc6uma8rhM  This video shows the streets of Torez, towards the end, the building with the blue roof is our friend's church.  They had to flee under the threat of death last year.  It was so moving to look at places we've been....across the street to the right is the cemetery, we walked through there, it's huge! 

Then this has English subtitles and was filmed in downtown Torez.  At one point, you can see the statue of Lenin, we took many pictures in that square. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGSQPB1WZs0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyXIY6EBm7g this part of the interview was  shot in the park where we spent many days with Sam.  After Jon and I would go to the orphanage, we'd go walking with the boys all over Torez. 

Living was hard there, even before the war, I can't imagine how it is now for the people of Torez that remain. 

Over the years, I've traveled quite a bit, but no where else has become a part of me like Torez has.  There was nothing "lovely" about the town, nothing glamorous  or easy.   I didn't like the food, the water situation was sketchy, the bathrooms (expect for our apartment was rough) there was no Wifi, we couldn't watch tv because it was all in Russian.  the supermarkets didn't smell good.....but I loved the place.   The place just grabbed me and it's still in my heart.

Still Wondering!

 You know I'm still wondering about WHY Washington and our POTUS has been so quiet about the  shooting of 4 Marines and 1 Sailor by a Muslim.  Have we not heard from the President about so many things like having to do with guns or race? 

There was a quick reaction to speak about the crazy guy in Charleston that killed 9 people in a church, in fact I remember the President leading the congregation singing the old song "Amazing Grace"  (For the record, it amazes me how somehow THAT song is accepted by all at times of crises, yet the very same folks who sing it out, scream about the separation of church and state at other times)

Did the President make it in for any of the military men's funerals?  ................NO!

Is it odd to anyone else how the crazy shooter in Charleston was immediately classified a racist and the whole country began taking down Confederate flags, renaming streets and trying to unearth old DEAD Confederate war generals and YET we still wait to hear our government tell us that the shooter in Chattanooga was a Muslim terrorist.  In stead we are hearing very little except that he suffered from depression.  We are told to be careful not to judge a whole group of folks by one person..... and that is TRUE!

I don't think every Muslim is out to kill me.  My kids have a teacher who is a conservative Muslim and I like her very much and trust her with my kids.  She comes and works with them in my home and I'm very happy to have such a great teacher to work with them. 

However we have to be aware that there is a faction of Muslims who do not want to live peacefully with us.

Why is the President and Washington so quiet? 

It took FIVE days and Congress going ahead and lowering their flags for the President to call for the flags to be lowered.  In 2012 when there was a shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, where 6 people lost their lives, the president ordered the nation's flags to be lower to half staff within 24 hours of the shooting.  There was noting wrong in him doing that, I'm just wondering WHY he doesn't react the same when five of his military men are killed?  It's very baffling to me! 


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Saturday, July 25, 2015

"Go Set A Watchman" by Harper Lee

"To Kill A Mockingbird" has always been one of my all time favorite book.  I'm not even sure how old I was the first time I read it.  But I know I loved it from the first page. I have no idea how many times I've read it, but let's just say I have parts memorized!   The thing I liked so much about the book is that it was written by a person who knew her world.  I loved the way she describe her life as a child in the 1930's, in the deep South.  It was authentic.

So I always wondered about WHY didn't Harper Lee write another book (or two or thousands?)  Did she think the book was a fluke and she'd never do as good? 

Then I heard of the manuscript that was found   Woohoo!  A friend of mine and I could not wait till the book came out!

Of course I got it right away and began to read it.....




Long before I got to the controversial parts, I knew this book was not all written by Harper Lee.  It did not have her "feel" of things.  There are parts that she wrote but there are bridges that I truly believe she did not write. 

I had not read any reviews or anything about the book because I wanted to be surprised (and I was unfortunately)  So after I finished the book, I looked up it up on line and found my thoughts to be echoed by many. 

I am glad for the glimpses I have of more details of Harper Lee's writing. 

The thing that made it very unauthentic to me was the way she described the people of her home town.  It was like she'd been gone for decades, instead of only six years, with yearly visits home.  Scout knew her home and her folks.  To me it was written as if a Yankee was writing of the South in the 1950's, not a girl raised there. 

This manuscript was written in the 1950's  and set it the same time frame, but it seemed to be allude to social unrest that did not start until the 1960's.  That was probably the biggest clue to me that something was off.  You can't have the book written in the 1950's and put away and then allude to things that happened a decade later. 

Sadness..... at least there are parts of Harper Lee still there.....

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So it's been raining for days and will continue till next week!  We have a small pond in our front and back yards.  The "Clanton Creek" is up and running too around the side of the property.   We can't get to our dumpster!  I love rain but we need one dry day!

Yesterday I braved the rain with Steve and Sarah.  Sarah HAD to have her hair fixed (somebody aka Mommy tried to "trim the bangs"......not good!)   Steve wanted to go "college shopping"  He got his entire bed stuff/towels etc. It's all blue and grey and it all matches (thanks Target)  I was laughing at him, I took an old quilt and old sheets to college!  Nothing coordinated LOL!   But he is going to have it all matching and masculine.  He recently talked to his roommate to be on the phone, he sounds like a nice guy.  Only three more weeks till he leaves....reality is hitting!!!!!!

Well I hope everyone is having a great weekend!  It goes by way too quick for me!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Prepping and Old Memories

So my time out day was over this morning and I've been running errands all day again!  Even in a small town it's amazing how long a trip to the bank, post office, pharmacy and grocery store can take.  We are in our 'tropical weather pattern" so I got rained on twice.  It's ok I LOVE living in Florida. I'm a 5th generation Floridian and wouldn't want to live anywhere else in spite of the tropical rain showers!

I got home and put away the groceries and started two crockpots.  I make most of Sarah's foods, so today I'm making her beef stew and chicken noodle soup.  I make it nice and thick so even when it's pureed it has a thick consistency.   Between the two crock pots I should have about 20 meals for her (if no one else starts eating it!)  After it's done, I puree and freeze it in 2 cup size glass containers.   I also made a chicken and rice casserole for supper along with black eyed peas.  I'm so grateful for crock pots!  I use mine all the time. 

Well last night we watched Netflix-big surprise there huh?  I don't even know why we bother with cable anymore.  Anyhow we overdosed on "Extreme Preppers" a show about people who believe the end of the world as we know it, is coming.  They are preparing their homes and families. 

I grew up with two little old ladies who had survived World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cuban Missile crises etc.....they were extreme preppers!  We had freezers FULL of food.  We had cabinets from the floor to the ceiling filled with canned goods.  They bought soap, sheets, toilet paper, whatever was on sale....  Most of the foods in the freezers and canned were homemade, straight from our garden or the family farm.   They grew gardens that put mine to shame.  I can't believe now, their stamina.  By the time I was school-age, they were in the 70's and working huge gardens.  Most people would call it a small farm actually.  It was smaller after my uncle died but not much.  I am such a wimp I could not do all they did. 

So I've always been one to "stock up" on stuff.  It's second nature to me.  I used to coupon a lot, I need to get back to that but it is so time consuming.  I have a friend who is a Coupon Queen.  She could have her own TV show.  A lot of times I buy things from her.  I still get a huge discount. 

I have another friend who is an "extreme canner" she cans everything!  I love seeing her pictures on FB and she has offered to come and work with me but I'm afraid I'd kill us all with food poisoning!!! 

During the summer of "04, Florida was hit by four hurricanes.  We survived all but the last one quite well.  The last one left us without power for over a week and phone for about a month.  One of my friends had neither power nor water for over a week although she was on county water.  I had prepared really good for number two and three but number one and four were more surprises to me.  For the first one, we had just moved out of our long term leased home and had bought a mobile home to put at the prison (prisons in Florida allow staff to live on the grounds)  We did that to save money since I'd just quit work because of Sam who was a newborn.   Anyhow we were waiting at my brother in law's  to have all the permits approved on our new home.  That hurricane surprised us and turned at the last moment.  Luckily we did not have a bunch of damage, but those to the south of us sure did.   By the next hurricane we were moved in to the trailer and rode it out in the prison's administration office.  The same way with the third one.  So after all that, I just kinda tuned out about that fourth one.....only one week after the third one, until it hit!  And it hit us hard!  We were so unprepared.  Like I said we lost power for over a week.  That meant no electricity, no grocery stores open, no gas stations open....it was a nightmare.  We (along with everyone else) had lunch furnished by the Red Cross, we got ice and water from them too.  I felt like we let our kids down by not being prepared enough for them!  I don't' ever want that to happen again. 

At our old house we lived on a well.  We had a hand pump added so we'd never be without water even if the electricity went out. Here we are on county water, I can't help but remember what happened to my friend.  She and her family were able to eventually go to a local gym and shower after the roads were clear but it was days.  So I bought a few cartons of water today and hid them from my husband.  One of his worst traits is he is addicted to bottled water.  The kids will drink water from the fridge and so will him if he can't find any bottles (LOL he does occasionally read my posts so I'm not telling where the water is!!!!) 

Anyhow I do feel no matter what is going on in the world, it's good to have supplies at hand.  We, who live in Florida, think about being prepared for hurricanes.  But any type of natural or man made disaster can happen. 

So like a good scout- Be Prepared!!!!

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Just a few days ago I was told by a couple of hometown friends that the old house I grew up in was "gone"   No one knows what happened, it's just gone.  The lot is empty. 

Here's a picture taken of it in 2013.  I was up in Perry for my 30th High School reunion.  My friend and I drove by and were shocked at how terrible it looked.  I asked the people on the porch if I could take a picture and I swear they scared me!  They did consent, grudgingly. 

My great uncle built it in 1919 and my family lived there until about 1990.  The last one to move out was my Aunt Ruby.  After she'd passed away I rented it for a short time, then sold it to someone.  I knew it had gotten worse but it had been some years since I had seen it. 



From the front you can see the front porch.  The porch used to be all across the front but when I was about four they made that side a playroom/bedroom for me.  It had 3 windows on the front and 4 on the side.  Plus two more windows that opened towards the porch.  It was so cool.   We had huge azalea bushes on both sides of the front door.  And huge trees in the front yard.  Along the side of the house we had trees and bushes as high as the house called "bridal flowers"  And there was no flag pole in the yard!  I moved out in 1984 and the picture does not seem like the house I know.  Often when I dream, the dreams are based in that old house.  Lots of good memories associated with that house.  Lots of night spent on that front porch!

After I heard the news, I made myself sit and try to visual each room, as I knew it.  My kids had never gone in it.  My husband had a few times to help me empty it after my aunt died.  Hardly anyone except my childhood friends have ever seen it.  But it is a part of me, even tho it's gone. 

It was a "shotgun" house.  The front porch opened to the living room, then there was the dining room and then the kitchen.  The kitchen opened up to the back porch with a bathroom back there.  On the right side of the house was four bedrooms that opened up to each other and the last one opened up to the back porch also. 

Of course it did not have AC.  Nor did it have central heat.  It gets much colder in north Florida than down here!  We used little gas heaters that were attached to the walls of each room!  Talk about a death trap!  I burned several dresses by getting too close to the flames.  Every morning the heaters had to be lit, we never slept with them on so the house was so cold, you could see your breath!   But back then it was no big deal.  I only had one friend who had a house with central heat and air! 

One time we drove through Perry, about ten years ago and we showed Steve the house.  He was shocked and said "poor Mama"  I started laughing and told him it wasn't really THAT bad!  He was very serious and upset about me living in the house.  I told him it was in a bit better condition when I lived in it. 

Anyhow I'm not one to look back too much, but hearing the news that the house is gone did make me think about it......

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Time Out!

After more than a month of non stop activity, I've put myself in time out for the day. Last night I was so bone tired, that I was almost afraid something was seriously wrong with me.  So today I'm giving myself a break.  I've got things I need to do but I need one day to breath more than I need to do those chores.  And have you ever noticed how one chore turns into two or three chores? 

So today all I'm doing is changing diapers and doing eye drops.  Oh and feeding a few kids.  Otherwise, I'm relaxing. 

After I took my husband to work, I took a walk down our new street.  Just one house down, the road goes into the next county and becomes a dead end.  It was magical to walk down there early this morning, some horses walked along their fence line with me, there was no traffic sounds, just the birds singing.  That was relaxing for me.  For me, being out in the country, just relaxes me like nothing else.  How in the world did I ever live in NYC??????   I think I would die now if I had to live in a city. 

Well I was glad that my last blog post made the difference to Obama and he finally lowered the flag.   Now I know I'm being stalked by the government.  No seriously, after five days, it was about time.  I'm still shocked by this....

And what else I'm shocked about is the Planned Parenthood videos that are coming out proving that PP sells aborted baby parts and even does abortions so there is more tissue intact. 
http://dailysignal.com/2015/07/21/new-undercover-video-shows-planned-parenthood-executive-haggling-over-price-of-aborted-baby-body-parts/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=thffacebook  is the latest.

this is the first to come out last week
http://www.care-net.org/abundant-life-blog/planned-parenthood-uses-partial-birth-abortions-to-sell-baby-parts?utm_campaign=ppsellsbabyparts&utm_content=17999097&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook

I can NOT believe how little I'm seeing about this on the news......

And what I find "funny" is my friends who are great animal lovers, are quiet for the most part about this.  I wonder  what if they (Planned Parenthood) were doing this to puppies?  We'd have people marching in the streets.  I wonder about some of my readers who were so worried about our dog being outside or me giving away a cat to become a barn cat to have some kittens are concerned about this with Planned Parenthood???? 

I've come to the conclusion that we live in a messed up world....maybe that's why I needed a Time Out!!!!!

Monday, July 20, 2015

What's Wrong With This Picture?

I know I've already written a blog but I could not let this past.....

One of my friends is in Washington DC on vacation.....on Saturday she snapped this picture of the White House.



Notice the flag,
notice the flag is not at half mast for the four Marines and one Sailor who died in a terrorist attack in  Chattanooga.

It hit the news by Sunday morning but yet the White House has not given a reason for not showing respect to the fallen.  In fact the White House has been strangely silent about the attack.   does anyone besides me think something is wrong with this picture???????