Sunday, September 22, 2013

Thinking of you!

Hello everyone, just to bring you up to date. The children are all back in school making our home quiet again. As for myself, I would rather have them running around driving me crazy, making noise and getting into childhood trouble that only a loving parent can settle. The home is a sanctuary for the love of a family and we try very hard to keep it that way.
Last week the school had an ice cream social in order to bring the parents in to meet their children's new teachers. There were a lot of parents there, I was very surprised at the turn out. We had  a nice time and met Hannah's new teacher who is called Mr. "W"...don't ask me why he goes by that name, I guess that it's a nickname. Anyway, it's her first male teacher and by my surprise, she really likes far! lol. He gives a lot of homework to his class, but in todays world a child must have a high level education in order to compete, so I'm ok with it.
There have been more terrorist attacks around the world, so I hope that all of you, wherever you may be, are safe from  harm. I wouldn't want anything to happen to you, you mean a lot to me. I wish people would stop killing one another and at least try to get along. No matter how many people die from all this terrorist nonsense, people in the end will have to settle their differences by negotiations, not with guns and bombs.
Do you believe in Ghosts? There is a TV show here in the USA that airs every Friday night called Ghost Adventures, where (3) young men, Zak, Nick and Aaron try to communicate with the dearly departed at various locations. They use electronic devices such as a "Sprit Box" which scans high frequency audio channels to try and capture words from the dead. They also use other devices as well, and if you watch the show on a regular basis as I do, you can't help from believing that something is going on just beyond our reach, something that we cannot see with our own eyes. It's a fascinating show. If you would like to see some of the episodes, they post many of them on  YouTube. Leave me a comment if you wish, I would like to know what you think about death and the afterlife.
Well I guess that I don't have that much more to say to you, so I'll close for this time, wishing all of you a wonderful week ahead full of peace and happiness. I pray God will keep you and your loved ones safe from harm...until next time my dear friends.
Here's a wonderful love song that I wish would replace all this violence...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

An Amazing singer...must see!

Hi everybody,
I was just surfing YouTube videos when I came across an amazing amateur singer that I would like to share with you. Can you imagine standing in a store and having someone start singing like she did right next to you?  All I can say is WOW! I hope someone sees her and gives her a chance, ENJOY her rendition of I'LL Always Love You.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Flies were biting us at the beach!

Well we've reached the mid point of summer, how fast time passes by. We took our two little girls to the beach for a day of swimming and fun Saturday. It all started out great but we soon found out that the beach had been infested by flies. They were biting everyone! No matter what we did they kept biting, it was awful to say the least. I don't know why this happened. As long as we've gone to this beach, it has never happened before. I will make it up to the kids by taking them again. Hopefully the fly problem will be gone in a few days.
The weather man said that we will get thunder storms today, we had really bad weather about three days ago too, high winds and rain with a lot of lighting caused a power line to come down in our backyard. So far no one has removed it, so I have to watch the children while it's still there. I will call again today to try and get it removed.. Update: A lineman stopped by and removed the line, all is now well.
So how have you guys been? I hope you and your loved ones are all well and in good spirits wherever you may be.
I've decided to get a complete physical while the children are out of school. I get very little time to myself during the school year so I have to take advantage of their summer vacation do a few things for myself.
Tiana's Birthday was July 18TH, she turned 13 years old! Hurrah Tiana! Her older brother Tim, who lives in Colorado Springs Colorado sent her some money, so we took her to the mall and purchased a new pair of shoes for her. She will only wear Adidas, crazy kids!  lol Anyway, she picked out a black pair with pink stripes and she seems pleased. She also got an IPod, new stereo headset and some CD's she likes, plus some clothes of course. It becomes harder and harder to buy for older kids, the older they get the higher price of the gifts!
I guess that I've run out of things to tell you for now so I'll close and get this posted for you. As always, you know how much I appreciate you coming by my Blog, I wish more of you would leave me a message though, but I understand if you don't...just stop by once in a while and say "hello", don't be afraid, I don't bite! lol
Here's a new song I picked out just for you...and remember, please don't text and drive, give your cellphone a break, turn it off while driving. Have a wonderful and safe week!

Friday, June 7, 2013

As the years pass by...

Hello everyone. I just wanted to bring you up to date with what has been going on. The school year is almost over and the kids will be out of school for the summer soon, June 12TH to be exact, they will return in September. Tiana has to transfer to a new school (Kennedy, Saint Clair Shores) since she'll be starting 7TH grade. It's hard to believe that she's almost 13 years old! 
We are planning an active summer with the kids. The beach is high on our list since our two children love to swim. To kick things off, we had a picnic in the park the other day, and they loved it!
Their school (Kaiser Elementary)had an end of year concert, where each class sang for the parents. It was the best concert that I have ever attended at the school. They put everything into the event and it was wonderful. Great job teachers! Some of the songs the children sang almost brought tears to your eyes, only a child's voice can do that. I was so glad that I attended and will always remember how well the children performed. As I listened to the children singing, the thought of the children who were slaughtered at Sandy Hook school in Connecticut only months ago popped into my head, and how they would never get a chance to sing for their parents. What a terrible thought. Something has to change in this country when dangerous weapons are so easily attained by people with mental problems. We can do a lot to prevent a lot of this from happening, but everyone has to get on board before change will happen. Let's hope that common sense will prevail and people with the will to make life in the country safer for our children will prevail. All children should be safe from harm, at school or anywhere else.
As summer moves on and I have something to add, I will post more, so please check back.
Have a wonderful weekend and summer from your friends in Michigan USA!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Flight 261, the 13TH year remembered

Hello everyone, I know, I'm late writing again. but I want all of you to know that I have not forgotten the victims of Flt 261, nor will I...ever. I have had a few recurring problems related to the car accident that I was in two years ago. Unfortunately, these things never seem to go away completely, so it's something that I have to live with.
I just Googled FLT 261 and found the 13TH anniversary page. I hope to attend a remembrance ceremony myself someday. I have almost run out of words to describe how I feel, I have mentioned it so many times in my former posts...but believe me, all of what I write is honest and true.
I think of the victims all the time, what many of them would be doing today had this disaster not happened. The children especially hurt me the most, because they had no chance at all to enjoy life. All this misery could have, and should have, been avoided. Tragedies like this affect so many lives in so many ways for such a long time, it seems like the pain will never go away. Safety should always be a top priority, but unfortunately when it comes to profit it sometimes gets pushed aside.

Another potentially deadly disaster narrowly avoided was the discovery of Boeing's Dramliner battery malfunctions. Maybe this time they got "lucky" and saved a lot of lives in the process. Boeing has deadlines to meet, if they miss a deadline, it means the price tag goes up substantially for that aircraft, the longer it takes, the more money it costs Boeing. Rushing to get the job done and getting an airplane back in service is exactly why many disasters happen in the first place. No one should ever have to step onto an aircraft unfit for flight, but as long as time and money is the top priority disasters will continue to happen.

So let me finish with this. Please God, bless all the victims, and keep all the victims families and friends who still suffer today safe from harm,
I want all of you to know that I will certainly never forget them, remember, I was on another Alaska Airlines Flt just ahead of Flt 261 that terrible day.
I will continue to write about the tragedy for as long as possible because it impacted me as well. Believe me, I understand your suffering and I know that there is never really closer. Closer means to turn the page and go on with your life...but please tell me, how is that done, can a person really do that? In reality we learn to live with the hand that we're dealt, nothing more than that. Rest assured, this sort of pain lasts for a lifetime, we get through each day with the help of others who understand and share our grief and pain, when we fall, they pick us back up so we can go on for another day. May our almighty God bless and keep you always...FLT 261're never to be forgotten.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Sandy Hook School shooting

Hello everyone. yes it's me again, I know that is has been a while since I posted anything. But it's winter here in Michigan and I'm still sick from my car accident of 2010. The cold weather really bothers my back, and quite frankly, I just don't feel like writing anything during this time of year.
I'm posting today because of the recent tragedy in New Town Connecticut. We lost a lot of wonderful people that day by the hands of a deranged young man. He took out his frustration on innocent people, including 20 darling little first grade school children. Many Americans don't agree with this lawlessness and the legality of assault type weapons. Yes the US Constitutions second amendment allows for us to bear arms for personal and home protection, but I don't think that it means AK47's or Bushmaster rifles like the one used at Sandy Hook School. In the day of the founding fathers, muskets and flintlocks were the norm, so I think that if the founding fathers could revisit us today, surely they would amend the Constitution and ban some of these weapons themselves. I don't want to go into my own personal beliefs here, but I do want to show you what these weapons will do. I believe that most people will come to some sort of  common sense if they they take the time to watch this video.
So here is a video of a man test firing, first a Bushmaster rifle (the one used at Sandy Hook School), then an AK47 me, I don't see much difference. A person wouldn't stand a chance against either. So here they are, you decide.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Hannah is 6 years old today!

Let me start with how much my two daughters mean to me, there are no words to describe my deep love for both of them.Today Hannah, my youngest, turns 6 years old, she's so happy to be another year older. When you're young there is not much understanding to how short life really is, because you think that you're going to live forever. In reality it is quite different, which takes center stage after you're 30 years old, the mid point of life.
I can still remember being a little tyke around 6 or 7 myself, wondering what I would get for my Birthday and in the end being disappointed! In those days people liked giving clothing as a gift,  not toys which kids prefer. I liked cap guns, playing cowboy. Roy Rogers, Gene Audrey, Hop Along Casidy, Lash Laure, Whip Wilson and the Cisco Kid were some of my Cowboy hero's. My aunt, who raised me, worked for Daisy Air Rifle at the time, so I became very interested in B B guns which they manufactured. I had a Red Ryder model.
The children today have toys that we never could have conceived. The problem with technology is that the kids have become entangled in electronics rather than simple toys.
When I picked Hannah up from school Friday, she likes to play with her classmates on the activity center on the playground before going home. It has (2) hand swings, (3) slides and a climbing wall. Her school bought it brand new for the students this year and the kids just love it. As I watched her swing, jump and slide I noticed a tree branch laying on the ground. It had a "Y" in it which quickly brought back a vivid memory to me. In my day the kids used to make "Slingshots" out of tree branches. We'd find just the right one, then cut it just right. Go find an old rubber inner tube from a car tire, cut a piece about a half inch wide to make a rubber band then attach it to the branch. We would use small stones for shooters...what a great memory! The kids today would have no interest in making such a thing and that makes me very sad, because it was such great fun. I'd break a kids arm if he tried to take my slingshot! lol
Here's the bottom line. It's not how much money you have that makes you happy, or the wonderful things that it can bring you, and it doesn't take very long to find that out. I want my two daughters to know some of the simple things in life, so they don't get too many new toys, but just enough to make them know both sides. We always make them aware that many children have nothing at all, live in horrible surroundings without much food. Parents have to take the time to instill humility in their children, which as they grow older, will help them become solid citizens.
So, HAPPY BIRTHDAY my love, Daddy wishes you everything good in life. Remember to always be a good person, be kind to others and be kind to animals as well.This is Hannah.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Got a leak!

Hi everybody, sorry to be late posting but school is now back in so I've been tied up with the kids, teachers etc. So anyway, I'm trying to get a post in today before they wake up, so here goes.
What I want to talk about today is leaking faucets, yep, I have one. I bought this house sometime ago not really knowing how good (or bad) the plumbing was. I hired an inspector to check everything out at the time, he gave the house a thumbs up, so I went ahead and made the purchase. Some time went by when I noticed that the bathroom floor was a little unsteady, so I ripped up the tile and "low and behold" the floor was rotting! That's when the fun began. I had to replace the floor and re-tile the shower. You see, the lady that I purchased the house from took the easy way out and had plastic sheeting installed in the shower instead of tiling it properly and over time it leaked. She didn't know that it was leaking, so every time someone used the shower, water ran under the floor tile which in time rotted the wood floor. Somehow the inspector missed it and I got stuck with the bill...not to mention the labor!
So this leads me to today. I have a new leak, yep, I sure the kitchen this time. It's the kitchen faucet. It has trickled water off and on for some time now and I've been putting off fixing it because it seemed to be something that I could live with until I got around to it. Well, I had to get around to it alright sooner than I thought, because the bottom of our counter collapsed! I couldn't believe my eyes, here AGAIN was something that should have never happened. The old lady did something similar here too. She used a faulty cheap faucet that leaked under the sink and over time it caused the inner part of the counter to rot and finally give way and collapse. Now I got real angry, because I know from my own experience in life that you can never take the easy way out on anything. If you want something done right, then you have to do it right the first time, She wanted to save money, so she installed the cheapest materials in the bathroom and now here again, she installed something that wasn't worth bring home!. She did do something right however, she sold the house to me before the house fell down around her! Now I got stuck with the bill to fix everything! Love they neighbor alright!
So after collecting myself I  began looking for a replacement faucet, this time I wasn't going to install any more junk! So I went on the Internet to check out what was available. After Googling a few websites I came across one that stood out from the rest. I do not want any more leaks and I want this faucet to last. I was surprised when I found an excellent company that has everything I would need to correct my problem all in one place. The old adage "you get what you pay for" really stands out with me, because I can testify to what happens when you try to save a buck. You know I have an idea that I should also check the undermount bathroom sink because this is an area too that most likely, from my other experience with this house, may develop a future problem, or maybe even has one now!.
So on and on it goes and where it stops nobody knows. So here's my warning to you, don't go cheap, do it right the first time. In the end you're not saving a buck, you'll be spending a heck of a lot more.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Summer is almost over...

I can't believe that summer is almost over for another year. I cherish being with my two little girls, Hannah and Tiana, so much that it hurts to see them have to go back to school. Each day I cannot wait to see them again and hear what they did in school all day. During the summer we spend each day together, either doing things around the house, going to the park or as we did a couple of days ago, spend the day at the beach. Children grow up so fast that it's over before you know it. I really try to capture each moment as if it was our last together, believe me, from taking pictures to constantly filming them with my camcorder, I try to capture our time together as much as possible. When I finally pass, they will have these memories to share with one another and their families. Yes, my friend, life does pass in the blink of an eye.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Oldies Music and more

I know that I haven't posted for a while due to the heat wave, the temperature has started to return to normal now so I have to take this opportunity to write a little something. Boy, I didn't feel like doing anything with all that heat, so it's high time to catch up with my posting now that things are returning to normal.
You know me, I browse the Internet looking for things that I can talk about, I don't want to just talk about family all the time.
Anyway here goes. I decided to clean up the up stares of our house, because we store many things up there do to the limited storage space down stairs. After a while it gets out of hand, so it needs to be straightened up. So one day I decided to tidy up a bit. While I was putting some things away I opened a box, and low and behold I found many of my old 45 RPM records inside. I thought that I had given them away long ago, but no, there they were! I had a little time, so I looked through some of them...oh the memories that popped out at me each time that I read a song title! Seems that each time you come across an old song, you can remember something in your past connected with it. Well, I stacked them up properly with the idea that I would try and figure out what to do with them later. There they sat until one day I was browsing the Internet, and you guessed it, I came across a website that offers music from the 50's, 60's,70's and 80's just like the Oldie Songs 2 that I had just found. I, many people just like myself must have a lot of memories connected to this old music, so why not tell my readers about this oldies website? Anyway, the website is called ioldies Musicstore. So now you know, so go check em' out. You don't have to settle for scratchy old 45 RPM's like I found, no, they sell the same memorable songs on the latest CD, iPod and MP3 download formats You'll find over 15,000,000 titles to choose from! Gosh, I saw Buddy Holly, Elvis and many more great artists there. I don't know whether you noticed it or not, but it's getting very hard to find old music in stores these days. Everything is geared to Rap and Heavy Metal...well, I'm not one of those people myself.
Anyway, I just saved this website to my favorites so when I do decide to get rid of my 45's I will replace many of the songs I love on the latest CD's. I don't ever want to totally give up my past, and the old music is large part of it. Thank goodness that there is now an Internet with websites like this dedicated to saving the music that made this country great.