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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

How did we get here?


Since the Pledge of Allegiance and The Lord's Prayer are not allowed in most public schools anymore because the word 'God' is mentioned....A kid in Arizona wrote the attached:

NEW School prayer :
Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd.
If Scripture now the class recites,
It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.
Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
That's no offense; it's a freedom scene.
The law is specific, the law is precise.
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.
For praying in a public hall
Might offend someone with no faith at all.
In silence alone we must meditate,
God's name is prohibited by the state.
We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks.
They've outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.
We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
And the 'unwed daddy,' our Senior King.
It's 'inappropriate' to teach right from wrong,
We're taught that such 'judgments' do not belong.
We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
No word of God must reach this crowd.
It's scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns the school's a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot; My soul please take!


Monday, May 26, 2008

In Memory

A Lesson For Americans by Mike Dalka
My Grandfather was a glider infantryman in WWII, an advisor in Korea, and lost one of his sons, my uncle Gary Edwards, in Vietnam. I worked in his auto repair station during high school and he flew his flag in front daily. One day while I was sweeping the oil dry out of the bays it began to sprinkle rain. He told me to go get the flag and I said "gimme a second." He said, "It is raining, go get the flag NOW." Well I popped off my mouth about how he should cool it, it isn't going to melt or some such typical teenage comment.
My grandfather is the toughest man I've ever met. He explained once that he thought basic training was some sort of country club during WWII, because he was used to hard work anyway, and at home he didn't have indoor toilets or hot running water! And when I said whatever it was that I said to him, he turned deep crimson and I thought, "God save me, he's going to kill me for talking back." Instead tears welled up in his eyes and he squeaked out "You don't understand what this family has paid for the right to fly that flag." Then he turned his back on me and went out and got the flag. I just stood there feeling like the smallest person to ever live. Those words cut me so deep. I wish the entire country could have heard them.
[ I ] hope that this Nation might yet have enough people who understand the cost of liberty to turn things around.
Pray for our troops, thank a veteran and fly the flag that represents the land of the free.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Around Town

Chloride, Arizona.....never heard of it?

This popular song was filmed there Seven Spanish Angels (takes a while to load but worth the wait).

An old ghost town that began in 1860 with the draw of silver. It was serviced by the Butterfield Stage and holds whispers on high..........................

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Do you know

Do you know the names of these when they are babies?

1. Rhino

2. Rooster

3. Seal

4. Shark

Sunday, May 18, 2008


In our Red Hatters group the custom is that the person or persons with a birthday in the current month plans an outing...usually lunch. I was the only May birthday and chose to have a breakfast at the Lakes Restaurant. The timing was perfect, not too hot, a wonderful breeze and a gorgeous view.
This is a sunset picture but early morning is just as pretty.
Think I might consider inviting friends out for breakfast more often. How about you, do you usually do lunch with friends? Have you ever done breakfast?

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Give a Hoot!

Hopefully you have a desire look out for the welfare of others as well as caring for your own and here are just a few opportunities to do that. Click on the click everyday , (also on this web page) and you will see that there are several organizations listed on the top....each one can be clicked on and responded to in less than a minute. Go one step further to Let's say thanks and send a card to one of our soldiers that is serving for our freedom. All in all it takes less than three minutes and can make a difference in a life.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


This is the season to share pictures of babies and here is mine
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You will have to look hard but there are 10 baby quail with mom and dad:)

Monday, May 12, 2008


I picked up this little book for 49 cents and it has been a fun little read but I discovered a long time ago that statements could mean one thing to one person and a totally different thing to a different person so I am asking you for your interpretation of this little statement: "Don't burn down your house to kill a rat" found on page 41.

Friday, May 9, 2008

A shopping headache

Well the old washing machine bit the dust and I can't complain because it has been washing for nearly 20 years:)
The dryer sitting in the back is 16 years old so obviously we needed to buy a set. Simple right???

The newest and best thing is the front loaders...saves water and energy and etc.

What they don't tell you is that there is no control panel on top so they sit below the standard hook ups! So even if you didn't think you wanted to buy the extra pedestals to sit them on you now have a very ugly view............ so it is off to the store to buy the pedestals but wait there is more..................

My son-in-law pointed out that the way the hook ups are the washer is on the right and the dryer on the left and when you open the doors...............
So the solution? Buy an extra long hose and switch them so off to the store.........and people don't understand why I hate to go shopping. Please forgive me for grumbling..I know I should be thankful but 20 years ago things were so much more it, hook it up, slide them in.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Cinco de Mayo

May 5th is a day of celebrations. Many Mexican restaurants have special menu's and activities to celebrate this Historical day and in Scottsdale there is a parade and much more. Click here to find out more about the origin of this holiday.

Do you celebrate this holiday in your area or is it only in places close to Mexico?

Saturday, May 3, 2008


Our party came out without a hitch and everyone came plus a few surprises:)

The weather cooperated and did not have high winds like we have been having, so we were able to light the torches and all the candles etc.

Our theme was a Mexican Fiesta and we ordered food platters of tacos, flatus's chimi's and of course, chips and salsa. I added a chicken enchilada casserole and trimmings of lettuce, tomato, olives, and hot chili's.

The highlight of the party was the cakes....My daughter had the idea of using the colors in our napkins and plates which were very bright purple, lime green, hot pink, and gold to name a few to use for the colors of the cakes and each one was a different flavor.....Strawberry cake with Bavarian cream filling and butter cream frosting, Yellow cake with raspberry filling and butter cream icing, Marble cake with chocolate mousse filling and whipped cream icing and last.....white cake with lemon filling and whipped cream icing:) One for each birthday star and here they are:

See how they match the plates in the center?
They turned out so pretty and I was the hot pink!!

One of the birthday boys provided a full bar and bar tended for the evening....that was a hit:)

It was worth all the work and of is clean up:)