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My dream Vacation.

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With the economy I DREAM of taking a family Vacation. I dream of one day taking my husband and kids for a full European tour.

I dream of them flying past the Statue of Liberty so that they can see her in her wonder.

I dream of seeing them fly over the ocean and seeing it for the first time.

I dream of showing them history of the world. I dream of showing them not just the good history but the bad history.

I long to show them the concentration camps so that they can understand the pain that people suffered and have more compassion for people that are different and having understand for others beliefs.I want them to smell the smells I want them to see what the prisoners had to endure because of 1 mans false idea of the way things should be. I wan them to feel all of them. I want to see the tears running down their face when they realize the pain that I just showed them will make them a better person.

I long to show them the Louvre in Paris. I want them to see how art has transformed the world. I want them to see the Mona Lisa. I want them to understand that such a small and simple painting has literally changed the world in many ways.

I would love to see their face at the top of the Swiss Alps. So that they can see the beauty that God has given us.

We would have to go to Tuscany Italy to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa. So that they can see something that shouldn’t be really is.


We would have to see Rome. So that they could see the Rome Coliseum. History is a love in our family and for them to see this first hand would be amazing.

We would also have to add in something fun and exciting for the kids that isn’t just about History and what better way to do that then throw in a little trip to Euro Disney.

There are so many other places we would go in Europe but those are just a few of the highlights we would have to see. A girl can dream right?

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Do I look like the Goodwill store?

Recently I put an ad on Craigslist for a set of bunk-beds. Our bunk beds are WAY under-priced and they are an EXCELLENT condition.

You would not believe the responses I have gotten. I have gotten offers for trades. YES trades. What kind of trades?

  • a horse- just because I live in the country doesn’t mean I need a horse.
  • a goat.- see above
  • a llama

I have also gotten the sob story of we are having a hard time, I left my husband, we lost our job. So on and so on. So here is my question if you are having such a hard time why are you looking at bunk beds that are listed at $500. If I needed new beds and I was hard up we would use just a mattress or sleep on the couch or floor. I don’t get it.

People have made me feel guilty for not GIVING it to them. As they have told me this poor me story and told me that they had no money and need it for their kids and if I could find it in my heart to give it to them. If I was going to give it away WHY WOULD I HAVE POSTED IT for $500. Also if I was going to give it away don’t you think I would give it to a friend of mine that I know could use it.

I love how people only look at their situation. They don’t look at it as maybe I need to use the money to buy a new bed for my kids or maybe clothes for my kids maybe we need to buy groceries. Keep in mind these are all maybes.  I am also very skeptical of people that say that they are hard up. I have learned over the past few years that people that “claim” that they are hard up are living better than most of us that aren’t. They are living the life of large screen plasma’s, new computers, Wii, going out to eat all the time, and remodeling their homes the list can really go on and on.  So I have little tolerance for people that claim that they are hard up and really aren’t. While YES I do understand that not all people live like I just mentioned and YES I understand that people out there are TRULY hard up. I feel for those people. I want to help those people. But in today’s society it is really hard to tell the difference of “hard up” and hard up when they want something for free. It really ranks up there with the person sitting along the side of the road with a pair of band new Nike’s on with a sign that says Hungry need food or money but when you tell him you will feed him if he does some work he refuses. All to often people just want something for nothing. (I really need to get off of this I have a whole post that I can talk about the Land of Entitlement.)

So I guess that means. NO I don’t want your llama, goats, horses,chickens or any other farm animal you have. NO I am not giving you the bunk beds, NO I am not going to feel sorry for you when you say you are having a hard time and you are shopping for a set of bunk beds that are $500.

Lack of Courtesy

Dear Neighbor.

While I understand that living in the country means different things to everybody. But to me living in the country means not having to deal STUPID people paying no regard to the people that actually live out there.

I do understand that your mommy and daddy bought you all this land to “Play” on and farm. You don’t not live on your land you live in the city. (though I think you might be living in your barn because your wife kicked you out) But have you no courtesy for the people that actually live out here.

  • you till up your land at 1am.
  • you throw your beer cans everywhere and thus it ends up in my yard.
  • you took down my property markers.
  • you put your drive way as close as you could to my property so that when you come and go at all hours of the night your lights flash into my windows and your loud beat up car wakes up my kids.
  • You and your buddy’s party all night long blaring your music so loud that it rattles my windows.
  • Lets not forget about the 100’s of cars out all over your property thus causing it to look like a junk yard.
  • You and your buddy’s race your cars up down the road at all hours of the day.
  • But today is the final straw. I sit here typing with wet hair from just getting out of the shower. Why would I tell you this? Because your DOGS just came into my yard and pooped in it. So when I let my dog out she found it and ROLLED all over it. Thus causing me to 1 clean up YOUR dog poop but also bath my dog who had YOUR dog poop all over her.

Due to your lack of courtesy you have left me no choice but to go to drastic measures. What am I going to do? The only thing I can think of is to call the people in charge of the covenants in this area. You are VOLATILIZING several of them.

In the mean time please keep the redneck parting to a minimum and please keep you big nasty dogs on your own land and off of mine and if they do come over please follow them and clean up after them. I have enough to do without cleaning up after your dogs to.



Wordless Wednesday

Sleep positioners on recall.

I just got this in my email from my sister and I thought that it was very interesting and that everyone might not know about it. I used the sleep positioner with all of my kids. I am not sure if there was underlying health issues with these babies or not. But something to be careful about.
Maternal-Child Medicine and Pediatrics was notified that an AF dependent, age 3 weeks old was found in his crib unresponsive Monday, 27 September. Notable history was the use of a wedge sleeping device to aid sleeping on the infant’s back.
On September 29th The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a statement warning  consumers to stop using infant sleep positioners. Over the past 13 years, CPSC and the FDA have received 12 reports of infants between the ages of 1 month and 4 four months who died when they suffocated in sleep positioners or became trapped and suffocated between a sleep positioner and the side of a crib or bassinet.  Please see the link below for the full announcement. It may be worth posting in your clinics, and consider discussing this product with your AAFES if they carry them.  Also, no base Child Development Centers should be allowing the use of these sleep positioners.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has done some outstanding efforts with the “Back to Sleep” campaign and has a great website with tons of resources.  Below is the website that has patient and child care provider handout.

Where is the common sense?

Have you noticed lately that stupidity seams to be around every corner? I mean everywhere you look there is somebody doing something stupid. What happened to good ol common sense?

Recently there was a HUGE toy recall that came out. So I went to the website to make sure that none of our toys were on there. (There is a few items that are on there) While I was looking at the different items making sure that it wasn’t ours I came across a pack and play. On this warning it said Never place a child in a Pack ‘n Play with a detachable changing table when the changing table is still in place. To receive a free warning label to put on your changing table, or for more information, contact Graco. This is talking about the bassinet that is in the pack and plays that you put your kids in. Now in my land we call that common sense. Don’t put your child in the pack and play while the changing table is on. But I guess it isn’t because some  people still need to order a label that tells them to do this.

So this got me thinking. Many years ago I don’t remember where or why but I saw a speaker and he was talking about warning labels. He was telling us that for every stupid warning label out there, there is a stupid person has done that and that is the reason that the warning label is on there in the first place. So after  a little research I found some classic warning labels for your personal entertainment. All of my responses are in PINK

On a hair dryer: Do not use in shower. Never use while sleeping.

how are you sleeping and using this?

On Tampax Tampons: Remove used tampon before inserting new one.

Thanks for clearing that one up.

On the package of an Ace Garden Hose: Do not spray water into an electrical outlet. Severe electrical shock could result.

That could be a shocking experience.

On a disposable razor: Do not use this product during an earthquake.

Very interesting.

On a Medela Pump in Style breast pump: “Close supervision is necessary when this product is used by, on, or near children or invalids.”

Somebody please explain to me why this is being used on children or invalids?

On a frisbee: May contain small parts.

I would like to see this one happen.
On a portable stroller: Remove infant before folding for storage.

Maybe I want my child to be hanging up on the wall with the stroller. JK

On a child sized Superman costume: Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly.

No comment on this one.

On an infant’s bathtub: Do not throw baby out with bath water.

freakin A that is what I have been doing wrong this whole time.

On a cardboard baler: Do not climb in to sit or sleep.

And to think that I was going to replace my sofa with this.

On a Petco brand dog muzzle: Not suitable for children.

I guess it was used by the same people that put their kids on a leash.

Armor-All wipes: Not to be used for personal cleansing!

Maybe a good buffing was in need.

On a curling iron: For external use only!

What exactly are they curling?

On an electric rotary tool.This product not intended for use as a dental drill.

Wow really somebody did this one?

On a toner cartridge for a laser printer. Do not eat toner.

Maybe it is a new diet.

On a toilet bowl cleaning brush. Do not use orally.

Maybe they were out of tooth paste.

On a laser pointer. Do not look into laser with remaining eye.

Notice it said on REMAINING EYE.

In the manual for a microwave oven. Do not use for drying pets.

There are strange people out there.

I guess with the law suit people out there a company can’t be to safe. You know after McDonalds got sued for hot coffee and making people fat. But I say enough is enough. Lets try to use a little common sense before we are really that stupid.

Sorry this is not normally something that I would write but I found it quite interesting. I am sure in the 1920’s there wasn’t warning labels on things like don’t snort the flour may clog your nose or make you sneeze.

Garage Sales how I loathe you.

I love going to garage sales. I love the rush of getting something great for a dirt cheap price. I love the feel of getting new things that have a history to them. I love finding clothes for the kids that have never been worn for next to nothing. I love going to garage sales.

Now I LOATHE having a garage sale. As I am sitting here writing thing I am actually running a garage sale. After weeks of preperation the day has finally come. The day to purge all of the things that are taking up so much space in my house. The items from having 4 kids. The items that I have bought and never use. The items that I have that I don’t know where they came from. The items that my kids have outgrown. The useless gifts that people have given me that I hald onto because I didn’t want to hurt someone’s feelings. You know how it is. All thesee years I have held onto clothes that I will never wear again. Clothes that I will never fit into again. And clothes that I have sentimental reasons for keeping. (I have this bra that I have kept because I was wearing it when something major happened in my life.) Yes I kep sillythings and it is time to sell sell sell.

So on this cold morning. I got up at 6am to put the tisns up. To start getting things ready and finish setting up and now that they sale has been open for about 45 minuets I have sold a big whopping $40 and only 2 people have been here. This my loyal readers is why I loathe garage sales. While nobody has nickle and dime me YET. I am sure they will come. But sitting her hoping and wishing that somebody would want my hidden treasures. While I realize that I live in the middle of NOWHERE I was hoping that people would still want to make the drive out to see my crap hidden treasures.

So what have I learned from this garage sale?

  • have it in warmer weather. I am not a fan of this cold feeling.
  • While hanging clothes up seams like a good idea, it is so much extra work.
  • I say screw tagging the rest of the items. I am pricing it as people are interested.
  • Maybe I should have put the sale in the paper instead of only online.
  • I am freaking freezing and my tea is cold.
  • Next time I am making a trip to goodwill instead.
  • Maybe I shouldn’t have put that battery in the car for the kids because the wind is causing it to drive on itsown.