Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Operation Iraqi Freedom Is Over

Seven years ago we went into Iraq with bombs blasting and gave them a taste of "shock and awe".  We all had our own feeling that night...fear, sadness, disappointment, rage, power.  Well now it's over.  4400 servicemen and women were lost on that desert battle field.  They won't be coming home.  Many will come home injured and will adjust to their impairments for the rest of their lives.

We are thankful, all of us, that the fighting is over.  Some of our solders will stay for awhile to keep order and help the Iraqis find their own way....whatever way they choose.

Now we're off to Afganistan with renewed resolve and vigor to root out  the bad guys and get rid of them forever.  Such a daunting task but now we have more manpower and resources to throw at the enemy.  I wish them well.

Do you know anyone who served our country 'over there'?  If so, share their story with us.  Are they your families, friends, or neighbors?  We are so proud of them all and glad they have made it thus far.

Monday, August 23, 2010

New Sunset Painting

Here is an acrylic painting that I just finished.  It's the largest one I've done so far.  Obviously it's all about color...and one of my favorite places.....the sea! 

Enjoy the day!

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

How To Prepare Your Child For The First Day Of School!

Some places in the country are still getting ready for the first day of school. Some have already started. My school started August 2 so we’re in our third week now. Whew! When I was visiting Florida this weekend I noticed they start school today! Many areas wait until after Labor Day. When do you start?

Getting kids ready for their first school experience is a biggie! How we prepare them for the big day can make all the difference. I still remember my first day of school….mothers went to school with us back then and stayed half the morning! I still remember the new paste and crayons. When my kids went to school for the first time it was so very exciting …for them and for us, their parents. Everything from what to wear, saying goodbye, riding the bus, meeting the teacher…..a whole new world opening up!

If you have one starting this year, this video gives you lots of helpful hints to kick the year off!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Girl Trip!!!

Tomorrow's the day!  Leaving at noon!  Driving 8 hours and then we're there...at the beach.  Four best friends, good food, swimsuits, shorts, and books.  Can't wait.  We'll have a ball.

We all live scattered around the edges of a very large city. We're all 'way out' but in different directions so it's hard to get together as much as we'd like.  So every now and then we find a way to go away for a few days and catch up, bond, laugh and all that girl stuff.

Four night together!  Will we run out of stuff to talk about?  Not a chance.  Wish us safe travels and fun times in the sun.

See ya next week!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Do You Know People Who Tell You How To Vote?

Why do I ask, you say?  Well, for the first time ever, I have actually told people how to vote.  I didn't really tell them, but I did express myself on my Facebook page and with emails.  I usually run the other way when people try to tell me how to think or tell me how to vote.   I don't like it when people assume that I think,and therefore vote, like they do.

Why then would I actually express my opinion and tell folks what I plan to do in the voting booth tomorrow?

Two reasons:
1.  There was a time about 10 years ago when an organization I was a member of was moving into a new building.  We had guests coming from all over.  It was a very big deal.  At the last minute our Certificate of Occupancy did not come through and we could not use the building.  There was some last minute work to do on the water line and the Fire Dept would not "okay" us.  It was a very cold time of year and we would have no choice except to meet outside in the cold!  I phoned our City Councilman and he came through for us at the last minute.  I didn't even know him.  He gave us a temporary permit.  Everyone else we tried to reach would not even give us the time of day.  So he is my hero for that reason.  Now, tomorrow, he is in a run-off election for Attny Gen of our state and little unpolitical me is really pulling for him and even asking people to vote for him.

2.  For the past two days I've been getting A LOT of robot-phone-callers.  You know the ones.  You say "Hello" and a recorded message comes on. "I am Joe Blow and I am running for ______."  No joke, the phone just rang and it was another one!  Anyway, I got a robot-call today from my guy's opponent.  His message was full of scare tactics, spin, and extremist verbage.  That surely turns me off.  How about you?

In case you live in GA and can't sleep at night cause you are up wondering who should be Attorney General, I would encourage you to vote for Sam Olens!  He's my guy!

So do you get involved, tell people how to vote, assume they think like you do???  Tell me about it.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Another Painting and a Quote I Like

‎"The more you seek quality, respect, growth, peace of mind, love and truth around you...the easier it will become for you to decide who gets to sit in the front row and who should be moved to the balcony of your life."    Anon

I painted this by looking at another painting.  I don't know who the painter was or I would give their name.  So it's an "original" copy of anonymous I guess.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Need Your Help But Nothing's Wrong

My sister and I often say..."Call me back. Nothing's wrong."  We've always been there for each other through thick and thin.  There were times when something was wrong.  There was her call to me when Daddy had his stroke, there was my phone call to her when he took his last breath.

There was her call to me when mother fell and broke her leg....and later her hip....and when she had that auto accident!  There were times with her two teenage boys and mine when phone calls were not always fun.  And we've both been married forever so you can imagine what some of those phone calls were like. :)

Good families, wonderful children, amazing husbands....still there were those times.  That's life!  So we leave our message and usually end with "Nothing's wrong."

So I'd like your help.  Nothing's wrong.  It's trivial really.  I have a new blog that has a totally different emphasis.  I'd love you to go there and help me give it kick in the arse as they said during the Revolutionary War.  That was REALLY 'back in the day'.

Thanks for your help!  Have a great day!  Hope nothing's wrong!