Thursday, April 28, 2005

Ode to a Sweet Kitty

My dear sweet Cinnamon, whose eyes were so blue, I hope we always showed just how much we loved you.

Your fur so soft and brown multi hued, we'd rub and rub until you mewed.

You were so sweet with your little clubbed foot, and the sound it made with a muted tunk, tunk, tunk.

You lived twelve years under our care; and shared with us all of your hair.

We loved you kitty, David, Owen and me; and know that your are somewhere you'll be free of pain and happy.

Albert misses you and so do we.

We had to let you go, so you could be free.

Cinnamon - March 1993 - April 28, 2005

My Sis-in-law

My husbands' brothers' wife is in France as we speak/write. Oooh, I wish I was with her! We could really paint the town red or "rouge" as the Parisians parlez! :-) I am so happy for her to be able to see the world, and on the company dime, no less. This has been a great eye opener for her.

Eventhough, she is in metropolitan areas, she's able to see just how different we have it here in America. Things like having ice in your glass are taken for granted here and is just not done in Europe or other continents.

We Americans are spoiled with the tiny things; ice, clean running water, refrigeration, indoor pluming, etc. I love these things, would not live without them.

Although, I would enjoy visiting these other places, I'm not all that sure I'd want to live there. Not unless I just totally fell in love with the people and culture, which knowing how freely I give my heart; might just happen.

I really love living around the block from my husbands parents, though. It's a neat thing to see them 2 or 3 times a week and my son being able to see his grandparents, basically whenever he wants to, without having to make a special trip out of it. That's the main reason why I would not want to move from here, family.

Well, Jean should be back soon, then she can tell us all about her trip, show us the pictures and we can ooh and aah & wish we were there. She can un-pack her adjectives and tell us her tale.

American Idol

I can not believe that Scott Savol is still in the competition! I also am flabbergasted that CONSTANTINE was sent home!

I was so upset that I had to watch the second movie in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. If you know anything about this movie, it is the darkest of the series. I needed to see some blood and guts, to get over the complete disgust of Constantine going home last night.

Scott does not have as much talent as ANY of the other contestants. There has got to be a better way to
vote! Obviously, Scott has a whole passel of people who are doing repeat voting and flooding the lines with multiple votes, per person, for him.

There is going to be a public outcry for a better voting system after this, I am sure! I'm just completely disgusted!

Monday, April 25, 2005

Harry Potter & the "So-Called" Religious Right

If you ask most of the people who are violently against Harry Potter, I'm willing to bet real money that they have either only read one book or haven't read any of them at all. This drives me CRAZY! How can you have such a strong opinion on something you know nothing about.

It's ignorance & paranoia, they think they know something about the subject because of what they have heard on the radio or seen on a news program on television. Come on people, have some dignity, don't be lazy and let others think for you. Get out there and do your own homework. Above all, don't believe everything you hear on the news! They are paid to "sell" the news. Get people watching "OUR" channels boys!

I am a conservative Christian. Hopefully, when you read that statement, you didn't automatically tune out.

When I was pregnant with my child five years ago, I bought all the Harry Potter books, knowing full well that my child would someday read these books. I wanted to know what was in them, so I'd know what my kid was into. Hello. Responsible parenting???? Anyway, that's when I became a fan. J.K. Rowling did not offend my Christian sensibilities. Frankly, the books are more about Harry's emotions and travels through his life, than the magic. In fact, I would venture to say that the magic aspect of the books are secondary to the relationships and history of this young boy.

The point, basically, is to think for yourself. It's going to take more energy and effort on your part, but I really think you'll be more informed and much happier with life in general, when you have looked at all the sides and have formed a well balanced opinion for yourself. This way, when someone asks your opinion on something, you can feel confident in your convictions and say with most certainty, what you think. Perhaps you'll be able to sway the minds of others in a positive manner.

Friday, April 22, 2005

On a Serious Note

My sis-in-law is in Munich today. She has the opportunity to see the gas chambers. A remembrance of a very dark time in the history of Germany.

There are so many people talking out about how the war in Iraq is bad. I don't want our men & women to die in any war. I would choose a long, happy, full life for them; if it were my power to do so. On the other hand, tyranny must be stopped.

Unfortunately, the old saying that you have to bully a bully is true. Whether it is on the playground or is happening in another country, it must be stopped.

Things like this start out small. Someone is hurt, so they lash out at whoever is closest & weakest or whom they know won't fight back. Then this person gets away with the bullying. They now think that this is the way to deal with their pain, inflict it on others. Let's see how many people I can make to feel miserable, then maybe I can feel better. This is a really inappropriate coping mechanism. We must teach our children to stand up for themselves, not to take the abuse laid on them by others. All the while also teaching them not to dish it out on those who are innocent. Give credit where it is due, be it good or bad.

You can almost always trace the issue of a dictators roots to his "troubled childhood". I'm sure most of them were abused in some form, so maybe they didn't "know any better". Someone needed to step in and stop their behavior and redirect them in a more positive manner. Then perhaps, most of the horrible persecuting in the world would stop.

Now, I'm no fool. I know that there will always be injustice & war. It's human nature, some call it original sin or the survival of the fittest. I just think that we can mold our future generation into being better than we are.

It is so important, as parents, teachers, soccer moms & baseball dads to recognize inappropriate behavior and nip it in the bud. Perhaps, if we take a more active role in our childrens lives and the lives of those around us, then perhaps we can stop the tyranny before it starts. Then the wars and gas chambers of the past, can stay in the past.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

I Can't Believe It.

I can't believe that Scotty "the Body" Savol slipped through again! Sorry, Anwar.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Constantine Maroulis!!!

Oh palsee walsees!! I am an avid American Idol fan!! I just love Constantine! I have since the moment I heard him sing! Oh baby! It doesn't hurt that he went to the Boston Conservatory & is classically trained. Man that guy can SING! He's not too hard on the eyes either! Can't wait to see the results tonight! Scott Savol needs to go home, but I'm afraid it might be Anwar from his performance last night. If any of you love to talk American Idol, please respond!!!

A Conversation

Today, I had the best conversation with a great lady on the net.

She had posted a comment on my sis-in-laws blog WellSpring. Jean had mentioned an article that she reads that kind of worried her abit about all the non christians in the world.

The lady who commented was a buddist. I found her blog & emailed her. We had a very nice exchange, I got to see where she was coming from, and vice versa. It was really great. Just thought I'd share. Love to you all!

The Perfect Name

You know how when you are expecting a child, you think long and hard about the name you are going to bestow upon your child. You look in the baby name books just to make sure your kids' name doesn't mean "demon son of...". Then one day your darling, who has been answering to the lovely name you picked out, suddenly after 4 years says, "My name is Tyrone!" or "My name is Jimmy Newtron, or Boots, or Timmy Turner and Daddy is Hugh Newtron and YOUR name is Sugar Booger!"

With a giant grin on their face, they expect you to remember to call them this name until the end of time or when they all of the sudden, with no warning or announcement to you, stop playing the game. My 4 year old is doing this currently. It's pretty funny. He's been Tyrone from the Backyardigans for 8 days now. The only time it's not so funny is when you are fussing at them about one thing or the other & they stop you dead in your tracks and say, "MY NAME IS NOT ----! IT'S TYRONE!!!"

Well, you have a choice at this time. You can choose to say, "excuse me?!" or you can laugh it off. Usually for me, the first response comes, then I laugh about it later. Oh well, in the grand scheme of things, I think my kid has a pretty good imagination. It could be much worse...he could be acting out those horrible Herbal Essence commercials. :-I

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

It's Kinda neat

It's kinda neat to see all the different things people are blogging about. The one daily blog I read is pretty serious & personal. However, through fiddling around with my own; I've discovered some pretty interesting bloggers out there, poets, Huge Jackman fans (of which, I am one :-) ), gamers, people in to medieval lore, of course I adore that stuff too. It takes you to another world, place and time.

Then of course, reality comes streaming through the door dressed in a red monkey, houston zoo t-shirt & sponge bob square pants boxers, sayin' "Hey Mom!" drinking orange juice from a sippy cup, then scuttles right back out to watch Dora, Dora, Dora the Explorer. Man, life is really great!

Monday, April 18, 2005

It Never Fails

It never fails, that when you think you have something to say, nothing comes at all. Then there are times that you wish you hadn't uttered a syllable.
Unfortunately, the latter happens to me quite frequently. Although, I'd like to think that I'm getting better at holding my tounge.
Then, of course, here I am starting in a medium which will allow you to say pretty much what you want.
Quite dangerous! Who would have ever thought that words could be dangerous???
Shakespeare certainly new the power of words, "Which is mightier, the pen or the sword?" I pick the pen, words can break your heart over and over; the sword, just once.
I would say, for today, be aware of your words. Are they kind, harsh, pleasant, cruel? We have a choice every moment of everyday we are alive in this world. You can choose what is called the "Higher Road" or you can choose the "easy way". It takes much more control to be nice and polite, than just throw out what shows up as your first instinct.
What will you choose? I will try my best, to give my best. It doesn't always happen...BIG Suprise!!! :-) With the help of God I can accomplish many things.
I hope that when you read this you won't just register blah, blah, blah. :-)
Have a great day! Enjoy life, that's what it is for!

Welcome to Dreamers' Reality

Hello to all those traveling in this great exspanse known as cyber space. This is my first experience in blogging. My hope is that in reading this blog, you will be touched in a positive way. Peace and love to you!