Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Hooked on phonics

My five-year old students are learning to read. Yesterday one of them pointed at a picture in a zoo book and said, 'Look at this! It 's a frickin' elephant!'I took a deep breath, and then asked... 'What did you call it?''It's a frickin' elephant! It says so on the picture!'

And so it does...

' A f r i c a n Elephant 'Hooked on phonics! Ain't it wonderful?

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Confessions of the soul

We all live life in many different styles. The way we dress,walk,eat,laugh,work etc... We are all different. Many people might consider me a loser,while others view me as simple and or High maintenance.

Myself I know I am a loser. As if that was a bad thing? I have lost a lot of things in life,not all of it was bad. I have gained a lot in life from what I have lost. Have I lost you yet? LOL

I have lost many a friend from moving on in life in different directions, from illness that took their life away a bit to soon. I have lost what I thought to be good friends to only find out they were maybe not true friends to begin with. "To have a friend, you must be a friend first" is my motto.

One of the biggest things I have lost in the past almost year is-
I have lost my ability to say "yes" to everything, I have lost my spontaneity to be able to just jump in the car with a moments notice and just go out to eat. Things that are so simple in some peoples world are no longer in mine, Yes, you see I am a loser!

Do I say this to drag myself down? To make people feel sorry for me? To shine a negative light around the world? HELL NO! I say all this because it is true!

When I say I am a loser it is because I have lost the desire to eat fast foods,lay around doing nothing,being sick all the time. Yes, I have taking control over my life and done something to change it
I am a loser- I have lost 94 pounds in 8 months, I have taken off 76.5 inches on my body. I have lost 20.5 sizes in clothing, I am a loser!!

Did it come to me easy? Hell no, It has been a lot of blood,sweat and tears. I have to work at it hard every day and I have to have a mind set of this is going to work. I have to be very mindful in all the foods I put in my mouth, I have to exercise to achieve my goals, I have to be honest in everything I do. It is so Physical,emotional and takes complete dedication!

I am for the first time in my life PROUD to be a LOSER! I have Self worth,Power,Drive,Confidence and Health!

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Time to "Pond"er

Living in Fargo ND has brought many different things into my life. In the past 8 plus years, I have learned a lot, heard a lot and now I have seen a lot.
A lot of water that is! We are in bad shape here in Fargo. We have made National News,Obama has called our state offices,Hospitals,nursing homes,peoples home etc.. have been evacuated. We are in the midst of a huge flood. The river will crest on Sunday at a perdicted 43 feet. The record was 40 feet in 1997.
We have had people show up to sand bag from all over. People have drove 7,8,9 etc hours to help save our towns! It has been an unreal pouring amount of support from strangers. Our town people have pulled together and helped fight the fight. We are a strong group here that have the same belief. We like where we live and have it good. My thanks go out to those people who have helped,prayed and did what ever it is you do to send positive vibes to our end of the world.
This morning when I took the dog out,all I could hear outside was quiet. Maybe a robin or two singing a song.No traffic,I could hear the heavy equipment grinding away as they finish any last ditch efforts of a taller clay dike. It is kind of an erry sound to hear- nothing. Our normal sound of traffic is a sure missed sign.
We are still in our house,packing a small bag today in case the dikes break. Curt thinks we will have half hour tops to get out of town if that happens. The one positive thing that has happened (can't believe I am going to say this) is that we got more snow! this has cooled off the melting of snow and allowed more ice to form. Making it a slower process of the flood.Made it harder for sand baggers tho.
Will keep people posted as I know more information. The picture up top was taken yesterday of the river. See that light post/top,yeah weird huh? That part of the river is usually/normally about 23 feet LOWER! Curt was taking the pictures on the only bridge left open between Moorhead and Fargo.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

For the love of dogs

I love dogs,do you?

We have 3 dogs that live behind us(not talking of the owners but that shoe could kinda fit as well). They are larger dogs and when they are outside they spend their time in a small upright kennel (guessing 10x10)

I watch them out my kitchen window when I am working on meals or such. Curt often hears me complain about how these dogs are treated or rather not treated.

There is no rule/law that you HAVE to give your animals love,compassion or such. Hell there isn't really a rule that you have to make sure they have water outside. Oh yes some say there is that rule- Ever try to enforce it? The cops will come out,talk to the owners and that's it. All the owners have to say is oh we gave them water,they drank it all or spilled it..there is no way of proving it.

Ok, let me get back on track because that is a whole nother rant I could go into for a long time.

Yesterday I was looking out that very window at the dogs and noticed the gal of the house was sitting outside on her back step while the guy mowed the lawn. Right then it hit me. A TOMATO CAGE cut down to size could be poked into the ground and their water bucket placed inside the cage!!

I stopped everything I was doing went over there and talked to her,she was accepting to the idea so, I went and grabbed a cage from the side of our shed and brought it over! I showed her where to cut the cage etc.. then I went back home to finish making dinner LOL

I watched out my window and sure enough she was cutting the cage like I suggested and placing it in a corner like I also suggested..giggles. This put hope and a bounce in my heart. These dogs will by gosh have water at all times if it means I take my garden watering can over, poke it through the fence and pour it into the bucket! Hence the idea of her placing it in a corner of the fence LOL

When she went to get the water bucket filled the dogs all went and inspected the frame work in their space. They also drank a ton of water when she brought the bucket out and placed it in the frame.

I am so proud of my idea! and that it worked. I might not of saved a planet but I have made it so 3 dogs will survive and have water!

There is more then one way to skin a cat..oh wait were talking dogs here LOL
take care

Friday, June 6, 2008

May I take your hat and coat?

I was out driving today when I noticed a man walking along. He was wearing a man's dress hat,coat and swinging his umbrella tapping it on the sidewalk as he walked.
This brought back memories of years gone by. Men don't dress like that much any more,if at all. He was not even an older man he was maybe in his mid 40s.

He walked as if he had not a care in the world. I noticed on his hat where the ribbon would normally be around the base of the hat, he had buttons of different types going around the whole hat. I wonder what the buttons said,were they political buttons,funny saying buttons..just what type of buttons could they have been???

My grandfather had a couple dress hats. One was black for formal and winter wear. The other was more of a tweed type hat with a ribbon of sorts around the base. The hats might of even had a small decorative feather on the ribbon. Each hat had a dress coat to go with,made of the same type of material or close to it. They had to match. Anything would go now days.

It made me remember how much I enjoy a well dressed man. Curt has dress coats and casual coats. Maybe teddy will have to get him a dress hat! for fathers day. I have a week to ponder that idea.LOL Curt is probably reading this blog, oh well we have been together to long to have secrets lol

Take care!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008


Change, what is it all about? Is it the jingle in your pants pocket? Is it the humm in your brain?
A few years ago we all prepared for the crash of the world Y2K. Remember that?

People were out buying bottled water,getting supplies ready in case of complete shut down.
I personally remember one of my g/f's doing all of this! I thought ok, you are out of your mind,nothing is going to happen and if it does so what! Someone,Someplace will fix it and everything will be ok.

As it turned out everything was ok,none of those bottled waters needed and no going into hiding. I sometimes wonder if people left those can goods in their shelters and ewww the thought of finding it all rusty etc.. ewww just ewwww!

Maybe I was silly for not believing or for believing everything would be ok. I will never know because it never happened.

I guess that is everything that brings me to this topic. Yes, change is hard. It is even harder when we age. I have made some changes lately and shared one of them with you all.

I made sure to have the back up blog page. I know a few of you have visited the page, I know a few more have refused to visit it. Yes, it is a couple more buttons to click and a place that wants yet another bit of information from you. But, really what have you got to lose at this point?
Chat rooms are null to none, we sit idle playing games and hanging out in messenger OR going to other chat sites and pretending we are not.

Maybe in my older age I am getting ready for the day of yahell really messing up, or no longer being around. It already is not supporting some of its programs and keep promising us something bigger and better, have yet to see that.

Micro-soft will keep things rolling at some point in time, if that all goes through. Until all the wrinkles get ironed out I will still be around in messenger and E-mail. I will have my blog at blogspot.com and I guess it is important enough to me to keep in contact with everyone so, I will have to keep posting here too, seeing as change is to hard for most.

I will always go that extra step, how about you?

Monday, June 2, 2008

Wisc. cop's

A Madison, WI policeman had a perfect spot to watch for speeders, but wasn't getting many. Then he discovered the problem - a 12-year-old boy was standing up the road with a hand painted sign,which read "RADAR TRAP AHEAD". The officer then found a young accomplice down the road with a sign reading "TIPS" and a bucket full of money.(And we used to just sell lemonade!)


A motorist was mailed a picture of his car speeding through an automated radar post in La Crosse, WI. A $40 speeding ticket was included. Being cute, he sent the police department a picture of $40. The police responded with another mailed photo of handcuffs.

A young woman was pulled over for speeding. As Wisconsin State Trooper Officer walked to her car window, flipping open his ticket book, she said,"I bet you are going to sell me a ticket to the State Troopers Ball. "He replied, "Wisconsin State Troopers don't have balls." There was a moment of silence while she smiled, and he realized what he'd just said. He then closed his book, got back in his patrol car and left. She was laughing too hard to start her car.