Thursday, July 30, 2009

A Life Changing Book--A must Read

I'll be honest, while I love to read, these days I mainly read decorating magazines so that I can drift away in dreamland and not use my brain. I have been watching this book for awhile on the shelves and picked it up a couple of times to buy--but finally did purchase it a couple of weeks ago. I dont like reading anything to "heavy" because after my daily job--I'm just not worth much. I began reading this book a couple of days ago and the beginning of it was so so--didnt really catch my attention. Yesterday I continued on and it began to grip me as I saw how the Author was leading us into a "new" relationship with our God. I became so amazed and drawn into it I couldnt put it down. I had the day off of work today and i laid around all day and finished this book.

I took several breaks--to sob...literally sob. I was bawling by myself in my room..but it was a good cry, a soul cleansing cry. I'm so amazed that this author took such a difficult topic we all struggle with and made it so clear! The story begins with a man who's little girl is abducted and murdered. That is gut wrenching to any of us..losing our child in such a horrific manner. This Author was able to take our minds off of that horrendous incident and get us focused on our relationship with our Creator in a way I've never seen done before. It was done with humor, wit, grace and even sadness and anger. He was able to help me distinquish my questions about the Trinity and even God as our Master. I simply could not put this book down. I pray they make a movie from this book because I truly believe it will change many lives. So many of struggle with things such as "Why do bad things happen to good people", Or why Dosnt God prevent some things from happening since he can?, and how does God feel about us...and even better, what could heaven be like? All these things were presented in a way that I felt my questions were answered, my hopes have changed and I'm grasping why Bad things do happen. I'm also feeling like this presentation of eternity is much more believeable and real to me. I truly beleive this is how Heaven could be like..and How God wanted us to live here.

I know many of you have a faith,,,if you havent read this book--RUN to get it. You wont be sorry. I think my heart is different and I do think I will read this book again and again to bring me back to this place, to remind me to NEVER judge again, to never have doubt, and to always remember how God loves each and every one of us--even the worst of the worst--and I now know why. I have to say--I got it!

I cannot stress enough to get will be amazed. I passed it on to my daughter in law tonight and I intend on continuing to pass it around. Thats my tip for the weekend!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Something wrong with this picture!

Well two things VERY wrong with this picture. First off, its my new chair and I barely have gotten to sit in it...AND.....we dont have a cat! Soo how did this sneaky little fellow get in here you wonder...well our son moved directly next door to us and before he moved in we were watching his cat for him. For some odd reason this cat likes being with us more than his own master. After our son moved in--I notice Peschy just wont go home. Every time we come and go, he will either run in or run out but he's always here. I think he approves of the new comfy chair.
Both of these photos I snapped this morning before going to work. It just occured to me--I have Genie on the sofa, Peschy who isnt mine on the new chair and I'm running off to work. These two clowns are enjoying my furniture and soft jazz music while I"m out pounding the pavement. Do they have a clue as to what we do for them?

Do you ever look at your animals as your on the way out the door, it really is funny watching them all spread out and snoozin away and we can barely find our keys. I'd say they have a pretty good life.

Monday, July 27, 2009

New Comfy Chair!

Look what came in today! Got a call when I got home from work that my chair had arrived. Me and Baldyman went to Madison to pick it up. Its VERYYY comfy...we spent the night kicking each other out so we could snuggle up. The living room is just about done now, just gotta make some TV switches in the Fall and maybe new curtains, not sure yet.

We are having a ton of rain the last few days, flowers are doing great and the grass is green again. Looks like we are in for some humid and hot temps soon. Maybe it will fill like summer again and I can stop checking out Halloween Decorations!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Updating my Living Room and Prelude to Fall!

Finally after only about 15 years, I have purchased a coffee table, an actual table! I've used a black trunk for all these years, that Baldyman never liked. I decided it was time to "class up" my living room and have it more user friendly and nice to look at for Fall and Winter. Being couped up in the house so much in Wisconsin, I made the decision to make the splurge! This little table is different and me and Baldyman always seem to be attracted to different. If you look closely-you can see underneath slides a little piece that you can use for your feet, or a bowl of popcorn, magazines etc.
Here's the piece that slides in and out from the table. I love the way it changed the whole feeling in the living room. I also bought new rugs. Since we've been in this house we have not had a rug in front of the sofa. I'm loving how it looks.
AND......can you hear the drumroll???? I know some of you will want to slap me, but I started my gathering of new Halloween decorations. This little guy will grace our mailbox. He's adorable. I have more coming and when it arrives I'll post it. Martha Stewart will grace my home this Halloween!

I also made a change in a chair which is on order. I've wanted a chair and half for years and finally went out and got that also. I cant wait to snuggle up in it with a good book and a fire and snuggle in for the cold weather. After seeing so many beautiful homes by you friendly bloggers its been giving me inspiration to get my home in a better condition. Do you ever just feel like your home just isnt "you"? Well thats how I've been feeling for a long long time. I've gotten some great ideas from all your homes and so I will be making some changes. In Wisconsin we are inside so much of the year so to me its really important that you have a home that you really enjoy being in as well as entertaining in.

I will be out visiting all your blogs and hoping everyone is enjoying the summer weather. Fall is really close isnt it?

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Sorry, but I cant keep quiet

In the last 2 days I've read about parents severely abusing and neglecting their children. This latest article just put me over the top. Forgive me, I know blogging for many of us needs to be upbeat, something to keep our minds off our own daily trials and those in our world. BUT....for the life of me, I just cant keep quiet on this topic. I'm beyond our country, legal system, always making excuses for people and trying to justify that there was a good reason, this severe neglect, abuse went on. It has to stop. Its destroying our country, killing our weak and young, and creating more and more monsters that eventually will get out of the system and once again prey on our vulnerable. Its in a Mothers instinct to protect and nurture her young. In my mind if your smart enough to go to work, figure out how to hide from the legal system, AND even worse in this case,,this woman actually was away from this piece of crap hours each day as she went to work!!!! ARE you telling me she could not have gone for help???? She surely could have. And yet she chose NOT to--AND she chose to have another if the 3 who were getting slowly murdered werent enough! She is only being charged with injury to a about doing it right and charging with attempted murder on 3 counts--Do it right! I'm beyond tired of our system making excuses for these Mothers, they were controlled, they were abused....STOP! Many of these women have plenty of opportunity to get help and choose not to. Now if you want to spend your life getting the pulp beat out of you day after day--thats your right and choice but its your job to protect your children. She chose not only to allow this nutcase to assault, starve, beat and neglect her 3 children but she chose to go further and bring another human being into what was already a nightmare. I'm sorry again folks, but I've had enough. Enough of our country playing the victim card and not assuming responbility for what THEY choose to do. Many of us have been victims in our lifetimes and we chose to change the course of our lives and make it better. We chose to NOT inflict onto our young what was done to us. We need lawyers and judges that will no longer tolerate this "poor me" crap and make anyone accountable that is involved in a horrendous crime such as this--both parents need to be charged with 3 counts of attempted murder plain and simple. She should also be forced to undergo some sort of sterilization so that she never brings another child into her screwed up mentality, as well as the father. People like this dont change, so we need to change their ability to harm our young.

Not a happy blog post by any means,,,,but I needed to vent! Here's the article if you havent read it....DALLAS - Three children were kept in a hotel bathroom for about a year and were "horribly emaciated" when police found them earlier this month, authorities said. One claimed to have been repeatedly sexually assaulted.

The children's mother, 30-year-old Abneris Santiago, is charged with injury to a child. Her 37-year-old live-in boyfriend, Alfred Santiago, is charged with aggravated sexual assault and continual sexual abuse.

The extended stay hotel where the Santiagos lived sits alongside one of Dallas' busiest freeways. It has daily and weekly rates and offers maid service for an extra cost, though it wasn't clear if hotel employees had entered the unit where the children were found.

An attorney for the hotel chain said there were no complaints from other guests and employees about the unit.

"When law enforcement and management arrived ... the unit was very, very clean," said Steven Stefani, senior counsel for a Budget Suites of America. "What became apparent is these people worked very hard in concealing these children in the back bathroom."

Couple remains in jail
The Santiagos remained jailed Wednesday. Abneris Santiago was being held on $50,000 bail, while Alfred Santiago was being held on $125,000 bail. Her initial court appearance is not expected until Aug. 3, said her attorney, James Jamison.

His attorney, Richard Carrizales, declined to comment.

According to an arrest affidavit, Abneris Santiago called police on July 2 and asked for help getting her children and belongings from the hotel. Officers found a healthy 1-year-old girl — the child of the Santiagos, Jamison said — in a crib.

Inside the bathroom, they found an 11-year-old girl, a 10-year-old boy and a 5-year-old boy — Abneris Santiago's children from other relationships, Jamison said. It was apparent the children suffered from "serious physical, emotional and mental neglect," according to the affidavit.

The 10-year-old was covered in bruises and all three were "horribly emaciated, underweight and malnourished," the affidavit said.

The 11-year-old told authorities that their mother left them with her boyfriend while she worked. She said they were allowed to leave the bathroom only when he took a shower and that they were regularly beaten and rarely fed.

The girl told police she had been sexually abused by her mother's boyfriend for at least three years. She described numerous rapes and said she was forced to perform oral sex on him. She also said the boyfriend threatened to kill her if she told her mother about the assaults.

Children in temporary foster care
The children were initially hospitalized for 10 days. The 10-year-old was hospitalized again recently, said Child Protective Services spokeswoman Marissa Gonzales. All four children are now in temporary foster care.

Abneris Santiago told police that Alfred Santiago did not care for her children because, according to him, "they were not his responsibility," the affidavit said.

"She just had a history of making poor judgments about her male companions," Jamison said. "I think ultimately the evidence will show that this man was controlling her and controlling the children."

Monday, July 20, 2009

Sunday Evening Boat Ride

Last night I got brave and went along for an evening boat ride. Anyone that knows me, knows i dont like boats, at least when they go fast. Well my son wanted to go to Madison and take a slow evening ride to check out our state Capitol plus the views...sooo I tagged along. This photo here is underneath a bridge, and it was full of bats. I was hoping to get the bats,,not sure if I did. I tell you, it was eerie. I put a washcloth over my hair. I'm the only one who had hair--Baldy isnt Baldyman for nothing and Joel has no hair either!
When we first arrived in Madison I got this photo of a Hot Air Balloon, probably out doing what we were--enjoying the scenery.
AND......I'm so excited but I was playing with my camera and got this black and white of tell me-does this NOT look professional or what?
Here is our Captiol at night...this picture dosnt do it justice. I tried and tried but couldnt get a clear, larger photo.
And here is Joel, the my 3rd son and driver of the boat. He dosnt know it but I took this photo and 3 of Bugsy that are in black and white and I'm making him a collage tonight. I enjoyed the ride of the lake, it was a nice slow ride the way I like them!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Oscar Mayer Weinermobile

I'm sorry folks but this is hilarious. No one was hurt so we can laugh our little butts off. Here In Wisconsin I dont think there is a soul alive that hasnt seen this weinermobile driving down the interstate. Its sooooo cute! Well yesterday the weiner crashed into someone's home. I think the driver was a female. She will NEVER EVER live this one down..this will haunt her for the remaining days of her life. LOLLLLLLL. Here's the article:

MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. – One southern Wisconsin homeowner is probably not in love with the Oscar Mayer wiener. The famed hot dog's Wienermobile crashed Friday into the deck and garage of a home in Mount Pleasant, about 35 miles south of Milwaukee.

Police said the driver was trying to turn the Wienermobile around in the driveway and thought she was moving in reverse. But she instead went forward and hit the home. It sat in the driveway as if it were stuck in the garage Friday afternoon.

No one was home and no one was injured. No citations were immediately issued.

Both the home and vehicle suffered moderate damage, which Oscar Mayer spokeswoman Sydney Lindner says insurance will cover.

Police hadn't been able to speak to the homeowner as of early Friday evening.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Welcome Karson Jon--

Welcome Karson Jon to the World! He arrived at 5:05 today. This is my 2nd son, Baldyman and little Karson.
Of course there is me. I was able to see him born which is one of life's greatest gifts.
Here is my daughterinlaw at the beginning of her labor. We had just gotten there and checked in. They broke her water at 2 and by 5:05 she was done.
Awwww, here is is! I have to tell you--he had alot to say. He cried alot. Once Janell got him breastfeeding,,he was a much happier little baby. When we left the hospital, he was up and looking around and checking out the world.
Here is our son, Janell and the baby. This is our first grandson. We have another grandson due anytime also. Its so exciting to see the boys coming.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Whose up for Boating?

I know,,,enough of Bugsy already...but hey I cannot resist him! This is Bugsy getting ready to go boating with our son, his daddy. This little guy goes everywhere his Daddy does.
I'm not a fan of boating unless they agree to go real slow and let me enjoy the beautiful home along the Wisconsin River. The Wisconsin River is so big and spacious that you think your on a huge lake. All along the River you will find beautiful homes, people swimming and enjoying the water. Its very easy to spend the entire day and into evening on the river. You can stop at bars on the water, enjoy an afternoon meal and drink. There are also many sandy beaches where you can dock your boat and then spend a few hours exploring or swimming. You'll find dogs enjoying the sand and water to. Bugsy runs from one end of the beach to the other until he's exhausted and then goes for a swim. When Joel brought him back from boating Bugsy wasnt his normal self, Joel said he was wore out, I rarely see that in Bugsy!

I hope for those of you who do enjoy the water whether swimming or boating--your having fun doing so this summer. For me, I would be in heaven if someone had a Pontoon boat and could take me slowly along the River and let me enjoy the scenery and a cool drink.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Linen Addiction

I guess I do have another addiction. That would be linen cloths. I think it came from my childhood. There was an elderly couple that we lived next as little kids. The woman always asked us kids for help. She would have me iron her cloths for her and pay me $5.00. At that time, $5.00 was a million, plus I learned how much those linen's meant to her and how she took care of them. I inherited the taste for various linens, but I didnt inherit taking care of them. I do iron them, but I dont watch out for stains or anything else.

I found this sea shell cloth this weekend. If you look closely you can see how they beaded and attached various little sea shells. You can tell it took them alot of work and was very tedious.
This is how the cloth looks, various shells on it. I fell in love with it. I surely will try to take care of this one. I know enough to not wash it in the machine and since I love the shells so much I will try to make sure nothing to bad happens to it.

Its the dog days of summer here in Wisconsin. It felt summery to put this out. I hope your summers are coming along well and your all enjoying being outdoors.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

My Grandma wishes she was doing this!

Hello there! This is Bugsy,,,and I'm relaxing at my Grandma's house. She's out working hard so that I can do this..pretty cool huh?

Its awful darn nice that you humans do this for us. I wonder if she gets mad when she comes home from work and finds me enjoying one of her favorite chaises...what do you think?

I think she outta be happy that I havent eaten it..I mean I could do that, this chaise is awfully chewable looking. I really hope she knows how much I appreciate all the neat places she has that I get to lay on.

Hmmmm, I think I hear someone coming home...I better greet them, jeezzz I gotta act like I'm doing something. I know she cant get enough of me and thinks I'm the cutest thing since candy. Actually, I think she's pretty cool to!

(Isnt this just the cutest dam photo of my grandson Bugs....) He's right I cant get enough of him. Can you believe he moved right next door to me? Yep last week 2 of our sons moved into our little cul de sac. I know have all my 3 sons on my block. I havent decided yet if that is good or not...I'll keep you posted!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

RV Time!

Baldyman and I are on the hunt for an RV. We decided since I'm turning in my leased car in a couple weeks, that we no longer want a car payment. BUT...since we like camping so much, an since we live driving so much, that we are gonna try and see what we can find. We dont have a very high price range so its gonna be tough. We both know from searching that we want the Class C home, and the bed in the back with windows. Thats about all we know so far. This trailer here is in our price range and has the layout we both like.
It looks pretty good, gonna go see it this week. The miles arent to bad, only 28,000. For the last 3 years we've driven to Las Vegas which is a 1750 mile drive for us. We still enjoy it, but this year we learned no more car drives. We need to stretch out, be able to walk around and if anyone rides with us, it will be alot more comfortable. Plus we decided when we take long drives, this will enable us to stop and camp along the way and possibly enjoy even more things.

If anyone has any RV tips for us...feel free to help us out. We dont know very much, just our price range and the layout we like. My goal is to have one by the end of summer, because we are planning a Early Fall trip to Nashville, another of our favorite cities to visit.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Happy 4th!

I'm off to our trailer for the next couple days. We havent been there in 3 weeks, so today will be a day of grass cutting, cleaning, weeding etc. I'm sure I already have tomatos growing and they need to be unburied! I plan on doing some antiquing, reading, good eating and golf cart riding. See ya Sunday! Have a safe, fun 4th of July!