Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Not too much to blog about today. I've had a nasty headache all day. My son e-mailed some new pictures of the boys to me. They are growing so fast. He also told me he lost his job...again. I wish he would get a job and stay there. You don't ask for a raise when you've only been on the job a couple of months. That is a guaranteed way to tick off the boss.

We are supposed to go to a family reunion this Saturday. I'm sure there will be a lot to say about it Saturday night. Of course, the son-in-law is trying to get out of it, but that's not going to happen this year. I think once a year he could participate with Shauna's family, since he's around his family all the time.

Sir Mugley found out he is definitely going to graduate from Southwest Baptist University this coming December. He was hoping for one more semester, but he will have fulfilled the requirements for his Bachelor's in Psychology. Now he's gotta figure out what to do about grad school. Just two years of that, and he can get a job and support me the way I'd like to be supported. Of course, he knows that means paying the bills as they come in, going out to eat when we want, occasionally going to a movie, and having a couple of bucks left at the end of the month. I can wait. I love him, and I know he's doing this to give us a better life.

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Over at the Fox News website, they have a column(?) called Tongue Tied, which highlights stories that tend to make people speechless. Today is no exception. In Yonkers, the president of a New York branch of the NAACP called a member of the city council a "leprechaun". Naturally, the Irish councilman, Liam McGloughlin, was a tad upset. After much contention, an apology was demanded.

The offender, Karen Edmondson, doesn't feel she owes anyone an apology. And in her defense, she stated, "It was nothing. It's a Halloween term."

Now, I'm not always the brightest bulb in the room, but I am aware that leprechauns are not usually associated with Halloween, but with St. Patrick's Day. Perhaps Ms. Edmondson celebrates Halloween differently from the rest of us. Maybe she bobs for apples in green beer, pins shamrocks on pumpkins, and goes door-to-door exclaiming, "Kiss me -- I'm Irish!"

However, in my humble opinion, she does owe Mr. McGloughlin an apology. If she had made a derogatory remark to a black man, the NAACP would have had her head on a platter. As it is, she probably won't even be censured.

Have you ever read a column called Impromptus by Jay Nordlinger? You really should check it out. It's a wonderful read, full of information yet easy on the brain. Just right for those of us who find themselves in a hurry, yet want to stay informed.

Addressing a Democratic fundraiser in San Francisco yesterday, Hillary Clinton told wealthy contributors the government will need to take money away from them for the "common good". Is she a Democrat, or is she a Communist? You decide. I've made up my mind.

Monday, June 28, 2004

If you wish to believe the moonbats over at Democratic Underground, President Bush had to accelerate the turnover of sovereignty to Iraq because of the success of Fahrenheit 9/11. I won't link to those morons, but I will link to The Spoons Experience and you can scroll down for the link. It's optional; I wouldn't recommend polluting your mind with their poison, but this is America and you can do what you want.

Finally, some assistance for the white settlers being run out of Zimbabwe. Apparently Nigeria is willing and able to help them get set up there, according to this report by Mr. Minority. Check it out. There is some good left in the world.

Scientist Bradley C. Edwards wants to build a space elevator. It would extend 62,000 miles into space. Please somebody explain to me why we need an elevator to go that far into space. It won't be attached to anything. I guess it just hangs out there. I just don't get it.

Well, who wants to see what a pre-born baby is capable of? Check out this article in the BBC Online. Amazing what a "product of conception" can do. I wish every female contemplating an abortion would look at that picture. That is at 3 months! Hopefully, they would think twice before going ahead with the procedure.

Sad news tonight. William F. Buckley, Jr. is giving up control of National Review. At 78, Mr. Buckley has decided to retire from the publishing business after 50 glorious years. I hope and pray he will continue to contribute to the magazine from time to time. He will be greatly missed.

The turnover took place today because the maniac Zarkawi had planned a major "surprise" for the ceremonies on Wednesday. I guess we showed him. Of course, now people are mad because it was "too soon". If we hadn't made it by Wednesday, they would be made because we were stalling. Some people (and I think we all know who they are) won't be happy, no matter what happens.

I'm not real sure what's going on right now, but MSNBC is reporting that the turnover of sovereignty to the Iraqi government has been moved up, and may well take place later today. This announcement was made by the Iraqi Foreign Minister. My question would be, Why? Is there some kind of deal being made here? What about the hostages? What about the terrorists barricaded in Fallujah? I guess we'll all find out together. I just hope it's not something stupid. That's would be the final straw in the election. Caving in would be fatal to Bush's chances in November. Keep your fingers crossed.

Okay, here ya go. Mark Steyn on Bill Clinton. Figuratively. Not literally. Get your minds out of the gutter! Drink alert is in effect.

Sunday, June 27, 2004

Okay, enough is enough. Now they've got one of our Marines, Corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun, of the Marines First Expeditionary Force. Corporal Hassoun is of Lebanese descent and speaks Arabic. He has been missing in action since June 21. The terrorists want prisoners released, or they are going to behead him. Of course, U.S. officials are not confirming anything as yet.

When are we gonna start fighting back? Containment isn't enough. We've got to stop this evil before it spreads to other terrorist groups. As Barney Fife used to say, "Nip it in the bud!" When our children do something wrong, we punish them so they will realize they shouldn't do it again. It seems to me these terrorists have the mentality of five-year-olds, so I think we should treat them the same way. Of course, it would be on a much larger scale. The punishment should be appropriate to the crime. It's time to stop messing around, and take back Fallujah, then buckle down and kick some terrorist tail. Like I said, enough is enough.

Well, Moore's propaganda flick has had an effect, at least on one man. According to this Newsmax article, Richard Streeter of Las Vegas was assaulted after voicing a dissenting opinion to a member of MoveOn.org (spit). And they think we're the extremists!

The Washington Post made a highly unusual move by printing a poll showing the Iraqi people are happy about what's going on over there. How dare the Post go against the anti-war machine and print something in President Bush's favor? I'm sure they will suffer the "slings and arrows" of the liberals in the days to come.

Has anybody else been watching the amazing Ken Jennings story? He has won 18 straight days on Jeopardy!. I've never seen anything like it. He has won over $600,000. Hard to believe anyone could have that much trivia crammed into his head.

Saturday, June 26, 2004

The new Carnival of the Dogs is up over at Mickey's Musings. Check out all the cute widdle doggies.

Be sure to go over the checklist provided by the Llama Butchers before you see that piece of filth called Fahrenheit 9/11 (spit). You want to be prepared to get the full benefit from the experience. That completes this test of the emergency sarcasm system. You may now return to your regularly scheduled intelligence.

According to Suburban Sundries U. S. lawmakers have informed the Army that any ammunition purchased from Israel may be used for training only, not in actual combat! We mustn't offend anyone, right? Sometimes, you just gotta laugh, or you'll give up on civilization completely.

According to Timeswatch, the South Koreans aren't reacting to the beheading of one of their nationals the way the terrorists wanted. Apparently, they didn't get the message from Spain that you're supposed to run home to mommy when something goes wrong. You'd think they would have gotten the message when they threatened the Japanese, you just don't mess around with the Asian soldiers. Our guys can tell you from experience, they don't give up easily.

Corporate help is on the way: Home Depot is donating one million dollars in tools and supplies to the military for the rebuilding efforts. Thank you, Home Depot.

Friday, June 25, 2004

Well, it took less than a week. The NY Times is printing a new review, contradicting the one issued by Mr. Michiko Kakutani which blasted Bill Clinton's new work of fiction which he's passing off as an autobiography. In it's place will be a review by Larry McMurtry, who wrote Lonesome Dove, a movie I enjoyed (until the end when Gus died, but that's beside the point). No word yet on how Kakutani is coping. If you want to read the review, go ahead. I guarantee it will get your hackles up.

How great is this! Democrat Zell Miller of Georgia has agreed to speak at the Republican National Convention in New York. Frankly, I don't know why he still calls himself a Democrat. The man obviously has the heart of a Republican. I just know this is a burr under the saddle of the Democratic bigwigs. Sweet!

Well, well, well. According to this article, the head of the U.S. team searching for weapons of mass destruction, his group is finding more WMDs every day. Sarin gas, mustard gas, other chemicals... but how is that possible? There are no WMD's in Iraq according to the liberal establishment. Hmmm.

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Well I guess I can die now; I have officially seen it all! Read this article in World Net Daily called "New Bible Translation Promotes Fornication". According to the article, not only is fornication a good idea, the various apostles and others have had their names changed (Peter is now Rocky), and the language is very, very "relaxed":

MATTHEW 26:69-70

Authorized Version: "Now Peter sat without in the palace and a damsel
came unto him, saying, 'Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.' But he
denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.'"

New Version: "Meanwhile Rocky was still sitting in the courtyard. A
woman came up to him and said, 'Haven't I seen you with Jesus, the hero
from Galilee?' Rocky shook his head and said, 'I don't know what the hell
you're talking about!'"

Can you believe this? And it gets worse. Read it for yourself. I don't know about you, but I don't want to be around when God asks the author, "How do you explain this?"

Our son Tom called today. He wanted to wish his dad happy Father's Day and happy birthday. He and Michele and the boys live in Oregon, so we never get to see them. But they are all doing fine, except Michele needs surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome, and he needs surgery for some kind of fatty tumor in his arm. Neither of them major surgery, but limiting to say the least. With three boys at home, they are going to be very challenged. I wish I was able to help them out, but right now that's not possible. Prayers for them would be appreciated.

Yesterday I had to go over and babysit my daughter for a while. She has four children, the oldest just turned 8, and they were giving her a real bad time. Apparently, the two middle kids, Sammy and Gwen, decided to give each other haircuts. Well, when she found them there really wasn't much hair left to salvage. Gwen now looks like a little boy, and Sammy, well, he has a very short buzz cut. She was so livid I had to go calm her down. Do you have any idea how hard it is to sympathize with someone when you want to laugh so hard tears are coming into your eyes? I had her go take a short walk while I "spoke" to the children (Have you lost your minds?? Go to your rooms and get them clean before your Mom gets back or else!!) I sometimes wonder if she's gonna survive until school starts again. Delia, the oldest, helps a lot with little Nathan, age one, but the two in the middle are little hellions when they get bored. But I wouldn't trade any of them for all the money in the world!

AFI have announced their 100 top songs from the movies, and I must say I can't really complain too much. Here are the top 10:
1. Over the Rainbow (Wizard of Oz)
2. As Time Goes By (Casablanca)
3. Singin' In The Rain (Singin' In the Rain)
4. Moon River (Breakfast At Tiffany's)
5. White Christmas (Holiday Inn)
6. Mrs. Robinson (The Graduate)
7. When You Wish Upon A Star (Pinocchio)
8. The Way We Were (The Way We Were)
9. Stayin' Alive (Saturday Night Fever)
10. The Sound of Music (The Sound of Music)

All good songs. I didn't really think Over the Rainbow should have been #1, but I'm pretty satisfied. Tell me what you think... Should other songs have made the Top Ten?

Well, prepare yourself for another episode of Too Much Information:

I've had my IVP and BE as well as creatinine tests today. Yowza, if you ever have to have these tests run, be prepared for some very painful moments. First is the creatinine test. That's just a simple blood draw to see if you can handle the dye they are about to flood you with. That was the easiest part of the day. Although the technician had a little trouble because I was shaking (we had a little run-in with a deer on the way to the hospital. The deer won. We now need a new headlight assembly on the car. It's a miracle we don't need to clean the seats!). Then we proceeded to the IVP.

The worst part of it for me was lying on the X-ray table for 45 minutes. With my scoliosis, that is extremely painful. They take a set of X-rays for a baseline. Then you are given an IV through which they inject dye into your veins. The most immediate effect is an extreme warm (not hot) feeling in your nether regions, as if you just applied a hot water bottle to your crotch. That wasn't altogether bad, as the room was cold. Then they waited to see if I was going to have an allergic reaction to the dye. After that, they moved me around like a rag doll, taking X-rays from every conceivable angle, including a few panoramic shots. Then it was off to the BE.

Pray you never need one of these. A BE (also known as a lower GI series, or barium enema) is one of the most painful things I have ever experienced. You spend about 40 minutes with the extreme feeling you are about to defecate all over yourself. This starts as soon as they insert the "tube" and inflate the "balloon" so it doesn't fall out. Then your system is flooded with white chalky goo. That is fairly unpleasant, as you can feel it running backward through your system. Then they take some pics. Then, you have to roll around like a fish out of water to thoroughly coat your innards. Then more pics. As if that wasn't enough, then the radiologist grabs a bulb thing and starts pumping air into your colon. Have you ever had gas so bad you thought you'd puke? That's what it's like. Then more pics. Finally, they drain the fluid and let you go to the bathroom to clean up. But be prepared. You are not going to be popular for a while, because all that air is gonna come back. Yep! You are a human farting machine. You will want to avoid people for a while. Then they want more X-rays. I'm surprised I don't glow in the dark.

But now I'm done until I go to the hospital for my pre-admission workup. That's next month. Stay tuned. If the tests don't kill me, there's no way the surgery will.

The Cardinals managed to stay in first place tonight, beating Chicago 10-9. Of course, Allan over at Barking Moonbat Early Warning System isn't too happy about that. Well, as the Stones say, "You can't always get what you want." Tee Hee. Go Cards!

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

I would like to apologize to my older sisters and brother. I did not mean to leave you out of the story about Dad. I simply don't remember a lot of what transpired between you and him. However, I do know that he loved you just the same as he loved us, and never did I hear him call you his step-children. I know it made him feel good when you called him "Dad", and he was as proud of you as any dad could be. He never tried to take Leonard's place, but he was always there for you. I'm sorry I didn't mention that before. I love you all very much. I wouldn't hurt you deliberately for anything.

You have absolutely got to read this story from Neanderpundit, called On Bullfrogs. This is one of the funniest stories I've read in a long time. I laughed so hard I was crying. Seriously, read this. If you don't think it's funny, you must have a real thing for frogs.

Just a short note for those keeping track: I think the run-up to my surgery next month is going to be worse than the surgery itself. I went to the Pharmacy today and got the preparation kit for my tests on Wednesday. When I got home and read the instructions, I realized I wouldn't be able to eat until after the tests. Unless you count broth, tea and Jello eating. I personally don't! They didn't tell me that in advance. I'm not talking about tomorrow, I'm talking about today. No supper for me; I had a bowl of Ramen noodle juice. Yecch! Tomorrow I get Jello, and I get to follow a timetable of what and when to drink their potions, take their pills, etc. After my tests on Wednesday morning, I can eat. I hope Sir Mugley has saved up some money; he's gonna need it. Tomorrow is his birthday, so we've had to postpone the birthday party our daughter was preparing. Who wants to go to a party when you can't have cake and ice cream?

I can do this. I've gone without food like this before. I've fasted for three days before (one time I did this at Thanksgiving. Mom said I was a master of timing, but I didn't cave in). I've been on liquid diets before when I had my gall bladder out. But they could have warned me. I would have had a really good lunch, instead of a bowl of refried beans with Taco Bell taco sauce and smothered in shredded Cheddar. I better stop. I'm making myself hungry.

Monday, June 21, 2004

The funniest thing I've heard to date about Bill Clinton's "tell all" book: "I tried to inhale. I just couldn't do it." If that were true, he'd be dead, and we wouldn't have had 8 years of nonsense in our nation's capitol.

Has anybody noticed anything hinky about the way Paul Johnson's murder has been covered? The Saudi government is not telling us the truth. How do you know? you ask. Well, the Saudi government told us they killed the terrorists who killed him as they were disposing of Mr. Johnson's body. If that were true, why haven't they found the body yet? Think about it.

Sunday, June 20, 2004

testing testing

Happy Father's Day to all you fathers out there. My own father passed away 15 years ago next month (my goodness, has it been that long already?), and I still miss him, but I learned so much from him. He was a lot like Gary Cooper: quiet, yet strong when necessary. I only remember seeing him cry one time. Mom was running a neighborhood store and was robbed, and the thief beat her with a five-pound window weight. She nearly died from that beating, and never regained her sense of smell. He held it together, since he had two small daughters at home to take care of. But I overheard him talking to his mother on the phone, and when he started describing trying to get the blood out of her clothes he just lost it. Of course, when he saw me, he quickly dried his eyes and acted like nothing was wrong. Most of the time, when he felt like crying, he would start swallowing hard. My little sister and I used to laugh about that. We had a great relationship with our dad: playing baseball in the back yard, fishing trips, being carried up the stairs and tucked in at night, and last but certainly not least, his awesome portrayal of Santa Claus each Christmas. I wish all kids had a dad as good as ours was.

Apparently, Sen. Kerry is opposed to the Varela Project, the Cuban dissident movement. Frankly, I don't think he even knows what the Varela Project is.

Have you ever heard of a Liberty Bill? Apparently, some of our congressmen have put forth a bill to change the dollar bill by printing the Preamble, Article Summaries and Amendments of the Constitution on the back. I think they might be on to something, but I'm afraid they're reaching too far. If you put all that on the dollar, it would probably be too small to read. I think you should limit it to the Preamble and the basics of the Constitution, not every article. The amendments could be summarized as well in a short paragraph. Then you could use a larger print font and you'd be more likely to get people to read it once in a while. If you want more information on the details, sponsors, and what you can do to help, click here. There are ways to help, congressmen to contact, and more information on the Liberty Bill.

Saturday, June 19, 2004

Okay everybody, look out your windows immediately. You will see pigs flying everywhere! The New York Times (spit) has actually panned Bill Clinton's memoir, "My Life"! I couldn't believe it when I saw it. If you want to read this, click here. We should all send Michiko Kakutani our congratulations on not kissing Clinton butt. With any luck, this reporter will still have a job Monday morning.

Here's a must-read article. It's not very often you'll see a Muslim journalist praising Israel! Click here. It's really quite refreshing.

Hat tip: Little Green Footballs

You probably noticed I'm blogging more today than usual. Sir Mugley is ill, and shut down about 8:00 this evening in the living room, and moved to the bed at 10. He has slept straight through and I expect will still be asleep when I wake up tomorrow. I wish I could make him feel better, but I don't know what's wrong with him. Of course, when I asked, all I got was a grunt. Anyway, I'm not sharing phone line time tonight. Yippee!!

Check out the "letter" sent to a disgruntled member of society over at dgci. This is priceless. If only it were true.

Here's a little quiz for you:

1. Where were you when you heard that Ronald Reagan had died? I was getting ready to cook dinner when Sir Mugley told me the news.
2. Where were you when you heard about the Sept. 11th attacks? We had just gotten up to get my husband off to school and turned on the Today Show about five minutes before the second plane hit the towers.
3. Where were you when you heard about the death of Princess Diana? Getting ready to go to bed. I think it was on the news.
4. Where were you when you heard Kurt Cobain had died? I couldn't tell you. Up until a year or so ago, I had no idea who he was.
5. Take one for the Gipper: what's your favorite flavor Jelly Bean? That one I can't answer. I don't think there's a Jelly Belly jelly bean I don't like.
6. Where were you when you heard Magic Johnson was retiring from the NBA due to AIDS? Probably watching the sports reporter on the 10 o'clock news. Never was much of a basketball fan, except for the NCAA March Madness follies.
7. Where were you when Reagan was shot? Probably at work.
8. Where were you when the Challenger exploded? This one I know I was at work. I heard it on the radio, and called my husband at work to tell him. Then I went home at lunchtime and watched CNN replay it again and again.
9. Where were you when the OJ verdict was announced? Driving home from a fast food place, pounding on the steering wheel and screaming at the jury.

Ok, your turn...

Vladimir Putin, the big dog in Russia, made a statement which backs up President Bush in the fight against terrorists. Apparently, President Putin told the Bush government that Iraq was planning to attack the U.S., and this was after 9/11! Read more about it here.

Thanks to Michele at Small Victory for this tip.

Okay, here's a question for you: If you were a Care Bear, which Care Bear would you be? Now let's all be honest here; no trying to make yourself something you're not! I think I would be Share Bear. I always did prefer giving to getting. Check out the link, and let me know what kind of bear you would be.

Friday, June 18, 2004

There is available to the public graphic video of the types of torture Saddam Hussein used on his people. The American Enterprise Institute has the video available to anyone who wishes to see it. If you have a weak stomach, do not watch the video. There is graphic depictions of amputations of fingers, tongues, and much worse. It also includes the sounds of the torture.

This video was made available at a symposium for over 100 journalists, so they could report on the torture perpetrated under Saddam, in comparison to the "torture" of Abu Ghraib. So how many journalists showed up for this newsworthy event? Six. Do they really want to report the news? Or just their version of it?

Winona Ryder is getting off again! Instead of going to jail for her felony convictions, the charges were reduced to misdemeanors, and she is on 3 years probation, has to do 480 hours community service and attend counseling. Good grief! If that was any one of us, we'd be in jail. No reduction. No community service. No counseling. AND we'd have to pay restitution for the vandalism and shoplifting. And did I mention, her probation is unsupervised? That's right. No checking in, no periodic reports. If judges would start treating "celebrities" the same as they treat everyone else, maybe these people would stop behaving like two-year-olds, and act like the adults they supposedly are.

Okay, here's a quick update for anyone who cares: I am going to have a total hysterectomy next month. I'm not sorry; as I told my family I haven't needed those particular parts since 1978. I am a little leary of the surgery. I don't like being out of control, which is why I've never been drunk and never got into drugs. And frankly, pre-op drugs make you feel so stoned... I hate that. I'm not worried about the pain, or menopause, or any of that junk. Just the idea of "being put to sleep" is a little creepy. Anyway, I've got to go next week and start all of the pre-operative tests and pre-admission. Yuk!

Well, the terrorists killed Mr. Johnson, just like they said they would. Did anyone doubt that? The only thing I doubt is that they waited until today. Personally I think they killed him right after the video was made. Only an autopsy will know for sure.

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Well, I'm sitting here tonight, hoping I'll be able to sleep for a change. I haven't slept well all week. Tomorrow is my doctor's appointment. I'll find out if he wants to do anything about these foreign things growing inside me. That is such a strange feeling; knowing something is there that isn't supposed to be there. Most of me isn't worried about it; fibroids aren't usually dangerous. The other tiny little part of me is focused in on that word "usually". There is a long history of cancer in the family, and that does cause some concern. I don't really think it's cancer, but I can't say I'd be mad if he wanted to take it out. I don't like the idea of wierd things going on inside me.

We had strawberry shortcake for dessert tonight. Is there a more perfect dessert on this planet? I don't think so. Sir Mugley likes his with more strawberries, but I prefer mine with more juice. Of course, we never buy those sissy little shortcakes they sell in the store; we buy a angel food cake and smother it with berries and juice. YUM!!!

We finally got some rain today. I thought it would never happen. I guess the humidity couldn't remain suspended in the air any longer. Boy, when it lets go around here, it really lets go. It was raining sideways for a while! I'd guess we got about 1.5 inches of rain in about an hour, then it was over. I hope that's not all we're gonna get, but it sure did clear the air.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Go on over to Sgt. Hook and check out "Operation Shoefly". Thousands of little kids in Afghanistan have no shoes to wear. The soldiers stationed over there are collecting shoes for kids, new or old, up to age 14, to distribute to these children. Spread the word. These kids aren't the enemy; let's help them if we can.

Monday, June 14, 2004

Thanks to the Llama Butchers, who are cute in their own right, we now have access to a new game called Shoot The Teletubbies . How fun is that!

Okay, so I went for my follow up ultrasound. At least this time I didn't come away with bruises. However, the mass is still there, and they were able to visualize two fibroids on the uterine wall. So at my appointment on Friday the doctor will probably tell me he wants to take them out. That's fine with me. I'm not using them anyway. Haven't needed them since 1978. If I could have had them removed then, I would have. But, I won't know anything for sure until Friday.

This is scary. "Rev." Moon has been crowned King of Peace. And this took place at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in our nation's capitol. This is absolutely outrageous! There is only one King of Peace, and it certainly isn't Moon. According to the story, 81 of our Congresspeople attended the ceremony. Read the article. It will give you chills.

Sunday, June 13, 2004

I just read that the British Newspaper Library in Colindale, North London, is planning a project to put their collection of 19th century newspapers on line. This is so great! To be able to read Dickens, Wordsworth, Thackaray, etc., without commentary which tends to change meanings through the years. If you want to read the article, click here Personally, I'm looking forward to it.

I just read that the British Newspaper Library in Colindale, North London, is planning a project to put their collection of 19th century newspapers on line. This is so great! To be able to read Dickens, Wordsworth, Thackaray, etc., without commentary which tends to change meanings through the years. If you want to read the article, click here Personally, I'm looking forward to it.

I read a beautiful article about former President Bush's parachute jump today. It mentioned that Mr. Gorbechev was at the birthday party, and was invited to jump with him. I wonder if our parents ever dreamed that something like that could happen. When we were children, did we believe things could change that much in our lifetimes? Probably not. Thank God there were some people such as Ronald Reagan, who believed changes could take place.

Finally we get some rain! It has rained about three times today, never for very long, then it stops so the rain can soak into the ground. This would be perfect if I had a garden out. Too lazy to put one in. No, just too lazy to care for it after it's in the ground. I don't mind planting, or harvesting. It's all the weeding in the middle that wears me down. Still, it's not too late to plant some veggies, if it weren't just so darn humid this time of year! With my breathing troubles, I can't get too active outside without having to take a breather, literally. It's just easier to stay in the air conditioning. I know, I'm pitiful.

A great big happy birthday to my first-born granddaughter, Delia Marie Lewis Feezell, who is 8 years old today. Unfortunately, I won't get to see her, as she leaves early in the morning to visit the sperm donor's mother for nine days. She won't be back until Sir Mugley's birthday, so I guess we'll have to celebrate both at the same time. I know Barb has grandparental rights, as I do, but I have such a loathing for her son that it is hard not to be resentful when she spends time with my baby girl. But that's just one of the burdens I have to bear, isn't it?

Friday, June 11, 2004

If you'll look to your right, you'll see a countdown clock. We'll be keeping tabs on the exact moment Iraq becomes a sovereign nation, in case you were wondering. Let me know what you think.

That funeral was absolutely beautiful. There were several times I felt moved to tears this week. When the young soldier who lost both his hands in the war saluted the coffin; when Mrs. Reagan laid her head over on the coffin; when the children were speaking at the library tonight; when Mrs. Reagan broke down while saying her final goodbyes...

I was sorry to hear that Ray Charles had passed away. I have always loved his music, and he was an inspiration to many other musical stars. R.I.P., Ray.

I guess things must be better in Fallujah than has been reported on the news lately. Apparently Toby Keith and Ted Nugent just performed in concert there, and it was a big success. So glad the media is keeping us informed.

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Anyone catch the semi-finals of Last Comic Standing tonight? I didn't keep track during the first half, but on the second half I had seven of the ten selected. There were some very good comics there, but some of the ones who got through to the finals shouldn't have. Sue Costello was doing all right before, why not let someone new have a shot? Comments?

The procession to the Capitol today was visually stunning. Of course, the last time I saw something like that I was in the second grade. I was amazed at how well Mrs. Reagan is holding up. I wonder if she is under a doctor's care to help her hold it together until the public stuff is done. Anyway, the ceremony was lovely. I thought Dick Cheney's speech was very moving. Dennis Hastert, on the other hand, sounded a little stiff and insincere. I'm sure he meant what he said, but he should have relaxed a little. It would have come across better. I understand thousands of people are going to be viewing the casket overnight tonight. As a person who really doesn't like funerals, I don't think I would do that if I were there. I don't want a funeral. At least, not until I'm dead.

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

More good news:

1. The UN (blech) is gonna unanimously agree to the resolution on the new Iraqi government. Now anything nasty they have to say will be about Iraqi government, not US government.

2. The Iraqi government has disbanded ALL illegal political militias. Of course, Al-Sadr has ignored this, but that's his problem. He has no real supporters left.

3. The Iraqi prime minister and the foreign minister have both thanked the Coalition troops and governments for freeing them from the monstrosity that was Saddam's government.

4. Italy has arrested the mastermind of the Madrid train bombing. His name was "Mohammed of Egypt". If that was my name, I'd be a little cranky too.

5. And last, but certainly not least, the Coalition troops have freed the 3 Italian and 1 Polish hostages from their abductors. In addition, another Polish hostage was freed separately. I guess they didn't want to wait for us.

Just some good news to start your day, folks.

Apparently Mr. Clinton is boo-hooing that he hasn't been asked to speak at Ronald Reagan's funeral on Friday. Why would he? The current president is speaking, as well as Reagan's vice-president GHW Bush, and his contemporaries Margaret Thatcher and the former Prime Minister of Canada whose name eludes me at the moment. Other former presidents are not being asked to speak either. Someone needs to let some more air out of his head, methinks.

Sir Mugley and I were having a debate on the Home Health Aides going on strike in New York City. Apparently they want their pay raised from $7.00 to $10.00 per hour. One of us said that they were justified; you can't possibly live on $7.00 an hour in New York. The other of us said they knew what they were getting into; they didn't have the right to leave those home patients in the lurch. Any opinions?

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Prayers would be appreciated for Nathan, my daughter's youngest boy. He has a nasty ear infection. She took him to the doctor today, and he's on antibiotics, but apparently he woke up this morning with a 104 temp. It reminds me so much of his mother. When she was about the same age, she had a terrible ear infection. Her temp kept going up and down. That night, about 30 minutes after I put her to bed, she started screaming. When I went to check on her, she felt extremely hot, so I took her temperature. She registered 106! We immediately rushed her to the hospital. By the time we got there, her temp was down to 103. It was an ear infection, but we had no idea. She was our first, and we learned a lot from her. Boy am I glad those days are over!!!

Another day, another...eh well, you know. Waited around all day for the FedEx guy to show up. Sir Mugley's laptop had a cardiac arrest, and now it's on its way to intensive care for a hard drive transplant. They say it will be back on the 11th. I don't think I'm going to hold my breath.

Saturday, June 05, 2004

R.I.P. Ronald Reagan. I thought he was an excellent president. He was in office during the time Sir Mugley and I were working for the federal government. We worked at the VA Med Center in Kansas City. Boy that was big money! We were both classified as GS-6, which meant between the two of us we grossed about 32K per year. For us, that was a LOT of money. Then in 1985, we realized we didn't need money as much as we needed security for our children. So we both left our jobs and moved to southern Missouri, where we could survive on less and didn't have to worry about our kids being killed on a daily basis. I don't regret that move at all, although I wish we had that kind of money now..

What a day! Did you see that race? I almost cried when Smarty Jones lost at the very end. There hasn't been a triple crown winner since my son was born. I was really rooting for him.

(tap tap tap)... is this thing on?

I hope this is working now. I've been trying to post for a while now, and it just won't seem to work.

I got a call from my son Tom tonight. He and Michele and the boys are all doing very well, although he's getting saddle sores since he took the new job at the dude ranch. Sir Mugley told him to quit sitting on his butt so much!

Anthony graduated from kindergarten this morning. The last time I saw him he was just starting to walk. His little brothers hadn't even been thought of yet. Man, I miss my babies!

Tom tells me he's going to send us tickets to come to Oregon for Thanksgiving. That would be wonderful, although I hate the idea of them having to pay our way. Ideally, we would be able to provide our own transportation to visit our grandchildren. Naturally, we're gonna have to stock up on goodies and presents for the boys.

I got a call from my son Tom tonight. He and Michele and the boys are all doing very well, although he's getting saddle sores since he took the new job at the dude ranch. Sir Mugley told him to quit sitting on his butt so much!

Anthony graduated from kindergarten this morning. The last time I saw him he was just starting to walk. His little brothers hadn't even been thought of yet. Man, I miss my babies!

Tom tells me he's going to send us tickets to come to Oregon for Thanksgiving. That would be wonderful, although I hate the idea of them having to pay our way. Ideally, we would be able to provide our own transportation to visit our grandchildren. Naturally, we're gonna have to stock up on goodies and presents for the boys.

Friday, June 04, 2004

Did anyone catch that stupid OJ interview this evening? Gads what a jerk! I only listened to a few minutes of it while fixing dinner. Almost made me lose my appetite. I wonder how much money he got out of NBC for the interview?

Hey, I heard from my baby boy this evening. He and his wife, Michele, live in Bend, Oregon with their three boys. Man I sure miss them. Anthony graduated from kindergarten today. Last time I saw him he was just learning to walk. The other two boys, Marcus and Austin, weren't even a thought yet. My son Tom works on a dude ranch. He was complaining about getting saddle sores, so Sir Mugley told him to get off his butt once in a while!

They are all doing just great, plus they are planning to fly us out to Oregon for Thanksgiving this year. I told him that would be wonderful, but if they needed to use the money for an emergency I would understand. I don't mean I wouldn't want to go, I ache to hold those boys. But I hate the fact that I can't afford to pay for my own ticket.

But I do get a thrill when I hear those young'uns fighting over who's gonna talk to grandma deece first. I do love to be loved!!

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

The grandson made a really good play in the baseball game the other night, and kept the other team from scoring. So what does he do? He starts doing a dance in the outfield, just like they do during the NFL games! What a ham! And he's only five. What's he gonna be like in ten years? Yikes!

Quite a weekend, wasn't it? Celebrations, blogger bashes in Colorado, memorial openings and dedications, etc. So what did I do? Nada! I stayed home and catalogued the goodies I got at the auction. I got such good deals, I'm sure I can make a profit on Ebay. Well, I hope I can. In addition to the other stuff I got, I found 4 pairs of beautiful dress gloves, 2 full length, 2 wrist length; a lovely lace tablecloth; some ceramic teapots; and a lot of other little stuff. It's amazing what you can find on Ebay. Whoa! This looks like it's turning into a commercial. That was not my plan here.

My blogging will be kinda light for a while. Sir Mugley and I are still trying to get our internet sharing times down. But I will be posting. Don't abandon me.

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