Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Doctors and Guns

I got this in an email and thought it was too good to not post.

(A) The number of physicians in the U.S. is 700,000.
(B) Accidental deaths caused by Physicians per year are 120,000.
(C) Accidental deaths per physician are 0.171.Statistics courtesy of U.S. Dept. of Health Human Services.
Now think about this:
(A) The number of gun owners in the U.S. is 80,000,000. (Yes, that's 80 million)
(B) The number of accidental gun deaths per year, all age groups, is 1,500.
(C) The number of accidental deaths; per gun owner is .000188.
Statistics courtesy of FBI So, statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000 times more dangerous than gun owners.
Remember, 'Guns don't kill people, doctors do'.
FACT: NOT EVERYONE HAS A GUN, BUT ALMOST EVERYONE HAS AT LEAST ONE DOCTOR. Please alert your friends to this alarming threat. We must ban doctors before this gets completely out of hand !!!!! Out of concern for the public at large, I withheld the statistics on lawyers For fear the shock would cause people to panic and seek medical attention.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

My Hot Date

Oh ya, I had a hot date with my husband last night!!!! Long overdue and much needed! My husband came home and asked what I'd like to do, and I really didn't have any great ideas. Then he said, "You want to go to the shooting range and shoot a handgun?" That question would mark the moment when a lot of women would have recoiled, but knowing that this is something my husband truly enjoys and I don't mind...It was a definite YES.

So, off to the range we went. Brett let the guy know that we were there to try a gun in my hands since he's getting me one soon. Ick, gasp, breathe...I chose a Glock 9mm. One man informed me with a bit of a teasing tone that choosing the Glock showed a character flaw while another man argued that indeed I'm wise because the Glock is clearly superior. And most of us don't really know what that all that means except that the bullets are really big and expensive. Anyway, away we went to shoot. My husband is a fantastic aim, even without his glasses. I hit my target and in the general area except for two bullets who drifted south...but still good enough. You know how interesting I am? I cut myself on the gun...not exactly the wound you expect from the gun. Anyway, we came out and looked at some other guns. The guy asked how it went and I said "interesting." Everyone started laughing and said they'd never heard shooting described like that. The man found out it was my first time shooting a hand gun and said he wished he'd known that because they would have started me off with a .22. My husband quickly replied, "Ah, no, she's good." So cool to have my husband be proud of me and believe in my marksman skills.

We got a second target paper and did go with a .22 pistol. Long story short, our cable for the return broke and my target paper was out there in the middle of no where. Brett told the guy and the man said to finish and he'd shut down the range to get it because, "She's gonna want that paper." How nice was that!!! He didn't make fun of me and even went the extra mile for sentimental needs-a target paper that had 6 direct bulls-eyes and four just around the rim...That is pretty good, if I don't say so myself!

I love this man!!!

To quote my husband, "Hi I'm Adelia, and I have a gun." He said it in a mocking girly, happy tone. Ya, funny.

Then Brett and I went to Abuelo's...love, love Abuelo's. We had fantastic food and real conversation. You know, not the usual silence or talk of children that we married people sometimes get stuck in. And one of my favorite songs was played as we ate...Perfect. On our way home, I asked if we could stop by Hobby Lobby-----And he said YES! Do you know how huge that is????? He asked if he could use the "crafty toilet." He thinks he's so funny. Hobby Lobby ended up being the source of laughs and flirtation for us. Who knew?

My mom spent the night with us, and we had a fantastic day today. She made us a delicious breakfast this morning. So nice to not have to cook!! We purged my garage!!!! And made crafts and food...it was all just so wonderful!!

I am so blessed!

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Monday, November 17, 2008

A New Look for Our Home

I just had this fabulous home interior designer come in and do a few tweaks to our home. We were going for a neolithic look. What do you think? And he was so good...he thought of decorating things we never would have thought of like the T's desk, the floor, a storage box, a construction helmet, a rocking chair...he got so wrapped up in the wonderfulness of it all that he decorated his foot and head. This guy really puts himself into his work. If you like his design talents, you can call me and I'll set you up with the guy. Don't be alarmed when you see how short he is...he goes by Ike. He's a real hoot.
I find it interesting that this happened the same week that I said I was buying primer and paint to touch up my horrible walls. And the same week I'm trying to make my nice and loverly. And ya, I've already attempted the Mr Eraser...Trust me...Primer and paint is needed.

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Sunday, November 9, 2008

A Rockin' Good Fairy House

This has been on my fall to do list for some time now. I've been cracking the anti-procrastination whip today. However, I realized that I wasn't making ideal progress, so T and I decided to go for a walk. That really got the blood pumping, and by the time we got back home we were ready to do something. We started with the yard. I moved all of my has been flowers and their pots the the east side of my house, and there they will wait until spring. I also de-cluttered my porch. Only one pot hanging out there now. We tried to get rid of most of the leaves. Ugh...that's a work in progress. I pulled up some old remaining dead flowers. Which made way for the fairy house idea. T and I went to our neighbors with little red wagon in tow and loaded up a couple of discarded logs. Our neighbor had to cut down another tree thanks to the ramifications of the past spring tornado series. Anyway, a blessing for us. Then we loaded the little red wagon with fairy house fixins. Yes, fixins.

There the fixins are.

And here is the beauty of a fairy house. Believe me, everything is strategically placed. T lives by his motto "we can do whatever we want." As in, if you put your mind to it, you can do anything. Not the rebellious side of that quote. Just clearing things for you.

The fairies have leaf rugs.

And all kinds of obstacle courses and places to sit. T has placed rocks here and there to make sure they have resting and talking spots.

There are rock steps, a giant gourd for them to feel more at home, a pot turned upside down for sure entry yet protection from the elements. And the pot also gives entry into the Crystal Ballroom where the light up the night with their parties and balls. Perfect.

And to quote my T-Bird, "The Tooth Fairy is going to rock it out here, isn't she?! She will love this!"

I love my party animal!

This was such a fun project for T and I to do together. We had soooo much fun!!!!

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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Say Hello to Sammy

We found a new friend yesterday...Look it's a salamander. T quickly dubbed him Sammy. Sammy will be released to a new location this afternoon. Our backyard isn't a friendly habitat. Little Guy, you're lucky I found you instead of the big bad dog!!

Me: Where is Sammy?
T: Hoot has him.
Me: Why would you let the baby have him?!
T: He asked for him.
Simple enough. I went to retrieve Sammy from Hoot, who was wearing a lizard shirt.

We have Sammy because Tristan wanted his dear friend, Nature Boy, to see him. Nature Boy wasn't at home at the time, but Mrs Savage promised to call when he got back. Once we got the call, we were off and the fun began. Once the fun stopped, it was too cold to release him which is why his release is set for this afternoon.

Come on, don't you know that salamanders are high fashion. Look at the great head piece they make.

This little guy is so great!!

And GOOFY overtakes my child.

Hmm, in my ear?
How about up my nose?

How does this thing taste?

Now that I think about it, I am a little hungry!

Oh, I almost forgot another wonderful thing. The day before, the boys were allowed some TV time and watched Reading Rainbow. The featured book that was read was called The Salamander Room. How perfectly blessed we are!!

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Focusing On My Boys

I wanted to share a pivotal moment in my life. I keep convincing myself that I'm okay with not having a girl, but some days I have felt unsure. Unsure until this day. On one of our vacation days we spent at a local ball field. Played some baseball, followed by playtime at the park along with a picnic lunch....it was awesome yet simple enough. Anyway, I looked down at our mesh bag filled with ball gloves and balls, baseball hats on the end of bats and realized, I love having boys. That sight of boy stuff was suddenly so beautiful to me...more beautiful than usual. I can't really describe it.

I am such a GOOD mom to boys. There we were at this ball field really focusing on our little men, and I didn't have to worry about a tea party that afternoon. I get to focus on one sex of child...That's awesome. Even though T and I have tea parties minus the pink china cups. He likes hot tea. And ya, I know the tomboy argument, that's true. But I have yet to observe either a tomboy or girlie girl who didn't come with some sass. I don't do sass. I'm sassy enough!!

It was just one of those "Baaaahhhhhh" moments when everything seemed so clear. Here's a look at my ball players.

Boo playing the singing outfielder. He sings ALL the time!

He looks grumpy, but I think he was just observing. Just to clarify, pout-y is not the same as sassy.

Little Hoot up to bat.

Deep concentration.

Go T Go!

What an arm!

Look at that stance!!

And then we came home and played with our marble run.

Followed by evening fishing. Look at that fish! T was the last to leave the bank, and he's patience paid off. By the way, this was the first time he had ever been patient. I thank the Lord for rewarding him. He was so excited that he asked his Dad to go fishing early the next morning. And so two fishermen set out and came back with 3 fish.

What a blessing of a day!

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

It'll Be Alright

Well, well, well...That didn't go as well as I wanted it to. Obviously, my guy and gal didn't win. I felt a little numb for a while. My T-Bird woke up needing a drink of water around the time everyone realized Obama is going to be our next President. T is aware of the political winds, and I told him Obama won. Then my little guy started crying. Part of the cry was just loosing. He really likes to win. The other part was just knowing that someone won who doesn't share our views is now going to be our leader. As soon as he started crying, I of course felt like a terrible parent!!! Hugging and shhhshing his tears away I asked him who leads our family. Daddy, the Lord, and our President. I added that even though our government and leaders may change, the Lord never changes and neither does his word. Jesus is the same yesterday, tomorrow and forever. Hebrews 13:8 I also told T this is where our job begins. We are called to pray and lift up our leaders. We will follow him as the President of the United States of America. The Lord calls us to this. We will also live a life that glorifies the Lord.

I received an email this morning that my friend forwarded on from her Papa who is a pastor. Part of the email was this, and I think it is quite relevant: 1 Peter 2:11-19 NKJ Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.
Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good.
For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men as free, yet not using your liberty as a cloak for vice, but as servants of God.
Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh. For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully.

How quickly we forget the Lord and who he is. He doesn't forget us. Is Obama and is the government not allowed to be touched by the Lord. Can change not come through Him who is the creator of all things...he that created Barack Obama? Doesn't the Lord use times of hardship to bring us closer to Him? Is government beyond the reach of the Lord?

I want you to know that there are no lost causes. Here's an example, my husband used to work with a man that was always drunk and had no personal relationship with the Lord. Brett tried to minister to him and share his testimony. We prayed for him. It's been 3 and a half years and no change. Brett ran into him the other day and the man was sober. He's given up drinking and invited us to church. That's right, he found the Lord. All this time the Lord waited on him, while Brett and I had given up. God remained. Let us not forget this.

No worries, guys, Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Playing With the Savages

My boys have enjoyed some great days with the Sun-Kissed Savages recently. I have to tell you that these are some of the most pleasant play times that we've ever had. My kids each have someone to play with and there are NO fights among each other. I have prayed for the last year for my boys to have friends..er...boys to play with. Boys need to be around boys! And The Artist might as well be a boy somedays. And on the days she chooses not to tote toy assault weapons with her fairy wings, she finds herself a seat and begins drawing. Soooo nice to not have to worry about drama among the kids. Look at the 5 of them...so happy...wonder where the 2 littles were at that moment??
They made masks and decorated little paper people, thanks Mrs Savage!

These two are so sweet. Just this past Spring, Dash and Blondie-Boo didn't play well together. I don't think Dash liked him very much---But now, they do everything toghether! What an answer to prayer!
See. Inseperable.
At one point, they were all in costume, but I don't think we caught that moment on camera.

T-Bird and The Artist battling out...see tomboy at the moment.
Little Lad...he likes to be chased.
My Little Hoot enjoying his alone time.
Next picture post will be the park. Now that was a fun time!!

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Last One and I'm Finished

Here's an example of why higher taxes are bad: New Hampshire has some of the highest tax rates in the country. The producers (wealthy people who create jobs) have left NH. Eighty percent of businesses have only 20 employees or less! Okay, I'm just gonna tell you, "That's not good." We want industry, competition, capitalism to thrive. It's okay for people to make more money than us...they create jobs. We don't want to punish them for making different decisions. We have forgotten what America is, we don't teach our kids what it means to be a citizen of the USA.

However, people outside the US have learned and come here for opportunity and to make decisions to put themselves in different circumstances. Just in my area, do you know how many Asian Indians own gas stations and hotels. Let's see, if I were in India making $1 a day (by the way, they are taxed so heavily that only cents are left over from every dollar earned--well, not dollar as in US dollar, but you get it) would I rather stay there or go some where to change my life and have hope. Okay, other nationalities know this about us, but our kids are taught to stick their hands out and wait for someone to take care of them.

I had a chance to see Robert Kiyosaki being interviewed about our economy and the election. Robert is a very wealthy man and has written several best sellers on how to make different decisions and make a side income on your own. He didn't grow up wealthy, actually his dad was a regular working man, but his friend's dad was in business for himself and had more money. He chose to be mentored for success by his rich dad. You can read about it and his advice in Rich Dad, Poor Dad. Anyway, he was quite clear in not endorsing either candidate, but did say he had his CPA crunch the numbers and if McCain wins he'll save Robert about $400,000 and Obama would cost him about $2 million!!! Once again, NOT good!!

Do you know the story of Argentina? You know Evita, Eva Peron? Yes, she thought it was a good idea to "spread the wealth" as well and did so. Guess what? The producers left and the country was left impoverished. We don't want our producers to leave...to send jobs elsewhere...it's already been happening. If you haven't noticed, I have certain ideas I stand by and one of those is American made. Last year it took me 30 minutes in the local WM to find a pan and spatula that was made in the USA. Ridiculous! My mom bought Isaac a scooter, and it was made in China...Look at the instructions: By the way, our scooter is blue, not pink, that's just the instructions which were awful and didn't make any sense. What I hope you can see is the last step: "5. It is completed. You play it now!" Give me a break. Wouldn't you rather Jim in the heart of America helped make that scooter? He might have even written much better instructions.

And don't misunderstand me, I want oppressed countries to be free and able to rise. But I don't want our country and children to be lost in the process!!

And lastly, if I didn't know one thing about either candidate except one served our country and paid for it and one has done nothing except vote present on hard issues (84 times) and apologize for being late to hearings repeatedly(have you seen that video...funny)...that alone could decide my vote. Get real people. Think for yourselves. Ask questions. And go vote!

Lord, be with this country and our people during this time. Guide and direct our paths. Let us seek wisdom and elect one who will also seek you and your will!

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