Thursday, July 31, 2008


I was told I was being lazy that I hadn't written in awhile. I have been waiting for a moment of peace and quiet in which to put together a cogent post. But thought I'd put a few things down.

Let's see I've got to get my homeschool clean, set up, and my lesson plans done in the next two weeks. I know some people will say that that is a self-imposed deadline but if there is no deadline at all things will NEVER be organized or taken seriously. I have started on my lesson plans for material not included in the school's plans. I am still waiting for plans in the mail. I do hope they come soon!!! I also have to complete my quarterly reports to send to the school for last year.

We've been in this house for almost a year and it still looks like we just moved in. I sure would like a clean garage to park my car in this winter--but I'll not hold my breath.

I just met the new DRE at church. She seems nice. We had been missinig each other on the phone--my kids do not relay messages. And, I emailed her without knowing the email address had changed. We each thought the other was not responding. I have mixed feelings about this year of CCD. My lesson plans are retreads from last year but it will have a whole different feeling starting on my own this year.

Saw the 'old' DRE today also. She is teaching 1st grade this year at the parish school. What a lot of work she was stuck with! Cleaning blinds and windows, wow! She also got furniture damaged by the carpet installers. They want her to store all the extra 1st grade material (for a second class they are not having this year) in her room somewhere--where? I rather like the sky blue they painted her room (only about a shade lighter than my breakfast-room-turned-office, but she hates it. I think it is bright and cheery.

I sure wish I could afford to finish painting and decorating. I think we may just paint another room soon. We'll see.

I discovered our dog has been "leaving his mark" in my youngest two children's room--AGAIN. Of course he doesn't respect either one of them. But, the real problem is that if I leave the house with my oldest in charge, the dog is ignored. The kids are oblivious to the dogs needs and don't see him wandering into the bedrooms to use them as a toilet. He is over a year old now; you'd think he'd be done with that by now.

In my mind, I am working on a cooking/cleaning schedule for the kids. I have to put it down on paper and get them going. I have to work out a reward system also. I am also trying to figure out how to fit some sewing in before serious work on school is completed. Oh, and I have to plan the Webelos Scout year as well.

I also have elements of a novel floating around in my head. I don't want to give away anything because I don't want my ideas stolen. The initial impetus for the story came from my 13 yo plus elements from various sources. It has some theology in it but it is mainly fiction. I hope to start work on it soon before I start to forget my ideas.

I'm feeling so overwhelmed, I can't seem to get anything done. Anyway, tired....

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

How many zeros in a billion?

This is too true to be funny.

The next time you hear a politician use the word 'billion' in a casual manner, think about whether you want the 'politicians' spending YOUR tax m oney.

A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency did a good job of putting that figure into some perspective in one of it's releases.

A. A billion seconds ago it was 1959.

B. A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.

C. A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age.

D. A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet.

E. A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20 minutes, at the rate our government is spending it.

While this thought is still fresh in our brain...

Let's take a look at New Orleans...

It's amazing what you can learn with some simple division.

The Louisiana Senator, is presently asking Congress for 250 BILLION DOLLARS to rebuild New Orleans. Interesting number...what does it mean?

A. Well... if you are one of the 484,674 residents of New Orleans (every man, woman, and child) you each get $516,528.

B. Or... if you have one of the 188,251 homes in New Orleans , your home gets $1,329,787.

C. Or... if you are a family of four... your family gets $2,066,012.

Washington, D.C.

< HELLO! > Are all your calculators broken??

Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL License Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax)
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Luxury Tax
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service charge taxes
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax (Truckers)
Sales Taxes
Recreational Vehicle Tax
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Tax
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Utility Tax
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax


Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago...and our nation was the most prosperous in the world.

We had absolutely no national debt...

We had the largest middle class in the world...

and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

What happened? Can you spell 'politicians!'

And I still have to press '1' for English.

I hope this goes around the USA at least 100 times.

What the heck happened?????

Note: I did not write this. I received this in an email from a friend. I think it is hilarious but not in a good way. Our nation is heading down a dark path. Choking the population by overtaxation has and will destroy nations.... I don't normally speak on "political issues" but this one is important. We need to let our legislators know that we don't want this to go on.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

This is Fun

You Are a Cappuccino

You're fun, outgoing, and you love to try anything new.

However, you tend to have strong opinions on what you like.

You are a total girly girly at heart - and prefer your coffee with good conversation.

You're the type that seems complex to outsiders, but in reality, you are easy to please

It's Been Awhile

To whom it may concern:
I can't believe it has been almost a month. But I guess it is just coincindental that my husband has been home for a month, also?. I has been an eventful month with 3 weeks of camps, swimming, rafting, and library trips for the kids. I am still waiting for my vacation. Hah!!

I'm exhausted. I get even more so when I think of all the work I have to do be for school starts in a few short weeks. I have to get the basement classroom clean and organized. The mountain of unpacked boxes in enormous; the space designated for the storage of all that school "crap" is small in comparison. Our basement floor is a lake every time it rains hard. We have no money to fix the foundation so must mop up and patch it the best we can each time.

I have gotten my kitchen and office area, my bathroom, and one kid's room painted since we moved in August of last year. I have only taken down the wallpaper trim in the dining room and living room so far--wow, the ceilings rose a couple of feet! I promised the kids in the other two rooms that we would paint this summer--I have no idea when we are going to do that.

My diabetic son went rafting with the youth group. I was nervous about it from the start. I am continually being laughed at as overprotective. Yeah... He lost his insulin and drowned his meter. His father went to get him--three hours away. Dad did not bring insulin because our son did not tell us he lost it. So he had to take a large corrective insulin dose when he got home. Yeah, I'm overprotective, right...

Anyway, the end of summer is fast approaching and I have no idea how I am going to get school, CCD, and cub scouts ready for the fall. And, I need to have my house ready, the kids clothes ready, school paid for, chores set up, etc, etc, etc... It never ends.

I love my life. I love my life. I love my life. I love my life.

Picture: Close up of "The Holy Family Resting - The Flight to Egypt" from the Crypt Church of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC.