Archive for October, 2004

Me, in general

I’ve been feeling very unmotivated. After waking yesterday morning at 4am and unable to get back to sleep, I fell asleep last night about 8pm (on top of the covers) and got up this morning about 8:30am. I’m getting sleepy now (11pm) and will probably go to bed soon.

Had company today (well, they’re hardly “company” anymore, but still) and my in-laws are going to eat dinner here tomorrow.

This morning, Robby sent me to Wal*Mart for a NIC for a customer and I got pie shells, whip cream, and … no pumpkins!? So I went to the farmer’s market and got a pumpkin, cooked it up (about 10 cups of puree!) and made four pies. We had one tonight, I sent one home with our friends, and we have two left for tomorrow. If we only eat one tomorrow, I may take the other to my neighbors. Robby also got two more pie crusts and I can make one more with the leftover pumpkin, so I may make another to give away, also.

Robby also had to go to the store, and came home with a 16qt roaster (using it for roasting the roast for dinner tomorrow) and two Coke bowls and a Coke pitcher and 7 Coke plates (we already had one that my mom gave us).

Oh, and today was Timmy’s 8th birthday so he was excited about that and MIL brought him a Scooby-Doo balloon and a Scooby-Doo cake – – and we had some Scooby-Doo plates in the cupboard that we bought a long time ago!

Our friends brought a hardcover copy of a book we had, so I’m selling the softcover on ebay. If it doesn’t sell, it’ll go to the thrift store along with the extra plates we have that we no longer need.

Lost a customer.

One our customers was a delightful gentleman from India. He was in a wheelchair, and he had had a few minor heart attacks, but his mind was sharp. He had a good sense of humor and was caring. When Robby was sick, he would call to check on him. I suspect many of the times he called Robby for computer work, he really just wanted the company. It’s sad to know I will no longer answer the phone and hear him say, “Where is he?” or “Can he come Wednesday at 4:30?” They found him dead in his hot tub on Sunday.

Dream…

I was dreaming this morning about a house that has been in my dreams before. Large house, large dining room behind a large living room, cupboards in the dining room behind the table, down low, had signs of a previous mouse infestation in my last dream about the house.
So this time, we had just found out about a special deal at the local pool, and since my mom and her parents and my brother’s family were in the area, we decided to make a day of it. I mentioned that we were doing this to a few other people, who decided to join us (including our friends Tom & Mara, and some other acquaintances). And they brought other people with THEM. So we had a houseful while we were waiting for my brother’s family to arrive.
My grandpa and my mom were sitting at the dining room table and Joni (one of the acquaintances) was sitting across the table, and a few other people were sitting around, too. I had decided to look under those cupboards before people got there and had taken out a few leftover things that were down there and set them on the table: a square two-tone candle, two old old old chocolate candies, and a couple other miscellaneous things. When I got up, after confirming to myself that there were no longer any critters down there, I turned and saw the candies missing from the table. I can’t remember the exact conversation – not sure if I asked about the candies or if my mom asked what I had gotten out from below – but I remember saying something about some “inedible candies” at which my grandpa and Joni both paled. They had eaten them! Apparently they were ok, though LOL!

Special meetings ramble

Our church is having special meetings this week. Today was day one. The evangelist was talking about healing and said, if God gave him the gift of healing, he would be at the hospitals, the burn centers, the cancer centers, clearing them out.

I agree; if I had that ability, I would do the same.

At least, as long as the medical community didn’t stop me… as I know that they would. Medicine is a multimillion dollar industry in the USA. They would not stand still and quietly for someone to take away their income, regardless that it meant that everyone was healthy.

Sad, isn’t it.

Church musings

I was thinking tonight. You know how usually even small towns (in the southern US, anyway) have at least two of each denomination of church? Seems to me, if church people – both those in charge and the congregation – follow the Bible, there shouldn’t be more than one in small towns. And when there is more than one in a larger town, they should be on opposite sides of town. And they should be able to fellowship together at times. Because the body of Christ should be ONE.

Unfortunately, church elders and church members are all… human.

Have some fun and…

Make your own Bush speech – fun for supporters AND non-supporters alike!

Do you realize

…that there are more than two candidates for President?

IMO, EVERY candidate should be included in the debates. They should ALL be covered by the media. The American people should be aware that they have more than TWO choices!

For those who weren’t previously aware, the current *main* Presidential candidates are:

George W. Bush – Republican, incumbent
John F. Kerry – Democrat
Michael Peroutka – Constitution
Michael Badnarik – Libertarian
David Cobb – Green
Ralph Nader – Independent

(Actually, it appears there are no less than *73* who have chosen to run, though only 11 are serious enough to also have a Vice-Presidential candidate running with them.)

Just FYI.

Wednesday morning…

we went on a field trip to Huntsville’s Train Depot. It was fun, and I’ll have pictures up before long. While there, I had the privilege of meeting a delightful lady from England (who grew up in London). We had a nice bit of a chat before we had to be leaving. She and her husband of 50 years were there with their grandson, a friendly four-year-old named Jared.

We are officially all moved in, now. My inlaws got new furniture for their living room and gave us their old set, so we are fully furnished now, also 🙂

And yet, it still doesn’t “feel like home” yet… I’m just not used to it yet. I open a kitchen cupboard and it doesn’t feel like *mine* yet. I expect that will come eventually.

[Fwd: Another candidate]

{QUOTE}
www.Peroutka2004.com

This is the *other* guy. Take a look, if ya like him pass it on. I
don’t know how many people even know about this person. One of the
problems with the *other* candidates, is they are little known, and
while people may really like them, they don’t vote for them because they
are afraid of wasting a vote. (They like Candidate C best, but know it
is unlikely he will win, so they vote for Candidate A because Candidate
A is better than Candidate B). Anyway, I am just kind of wondering,
that with the power of email, letting people know about this guy might
make a difference?

I know the thought of voting for that other guy is risky because that
would take away votes from the “main” candidate we like better (I am not
sure how much that matters with electoral votes??). But I am thinking
here that if we have faith that God’s hand is in this election, we can
follow our hearts in this vote, and our vote will not be wasted.
{END QUOTE}

Check this out!

Editorial Cartoon

I watched the debates.

Transcript of Debate #2

I do not at all understand how anyone can be in support of Kerry. I just don’t.

God bless President George W. Bush, and may He allow him another term!

Some of my favorite bits:

BUSH: “And what are his health programs? First, he says he’s for medical liability reform, particularly for OB/GYNs. There’s a bill on the floor of the United States Senate that he could have showed up and voted for if he’s so much for it.”

BUSH: “You’re right, what does matter is a plan. He said he’s for you’re now for capping punitive damages?

That’s odd. You should have shown up on the floor in the Senate and voted for it then.

Medical liability issues are a problem, a significant problem. He’s been in the United States Senate for 20 years and he hasn’t addressed it.

We passed it out of the House of Representatives. Guess where it’s stuck? It’s stuck in the Senate, because the trial lawyers won’t act on it. And he put a trial lawyer on the ticket.”

BUSH: “And of course he’s going to raise your taxes. You see, he’s proposed $2.2 trillion of new spending. And you say: Well, how are you going to pay for it? He says, well, he’s going to raise the taxes on the rich that’s what he said the top two brackets. That raises, he says $800 billion; we say $600 billion.

We’ve got battling green eye shades.

Somewhere in between those numbers and so there’s a difference, what he’s promised and what he can raise.

Now, either he’s going to break all these wonderful promises he’s told you about or he’s going to raise taxes. And I suspect, given his record, he’s going to raise taxes.”

BUSH: “It’s stuck in the Senate. He and his running-mate didn’t show up to vote when they could have got it going in the Senate.”

BUSH: “Let me give you a couple of examples, I guess, of the kind of person I wouldn’t pick.

I wouldn’t pick a judge who said that the Pledge of Allegiance couldn’t be said in a school because it had the words “under God” in it. I think that’s an example of a judge allowing personal opinion to enter into the decision-making process as opposed to a strict interpretation of the Constitution.

Another example would be the Dred Scott case, which is where judges, years ago, said that the Constitution allowed slavery because of personal property rights.

That’s a personal opinion. That’s not what the Constitution says. The Constitution of the United States says we’re all — you know, it doesn’t say that. It doesn’t speak to the equality of America.”

KERRY: “We didn’t guard 850,000 tons of ammo. That ammo is now being used against our kids. Ten thousand out of 12,000 Humvees aren’t armored. I visited some of those kids with no limbs today, because they didn’t have the armor on those vehicles. They didn’t have the right body armor.”
BUSH: “He complains about the fact our troops don’t have adequate equipment, yet he voted against the $87 billion supplemental I sent to the Congress and then issued one of the most amazing quotes in political history: “I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it.””

Other Comments:

Quote: “VARNER: Thank you.

Senator Kerry, would you be willing to look directly into the camera and, using simple and unequivocal language, give the American people your solemn pledge not to sign any legislation that will increase the tax burden on families earning less than $200,000 a year during your first term?

KERRY: Absolutely. Yes. Right into the camera. Yes. I am not going to raise taxes.

I have a tax cut. And here’s my tax cut…”

Kerry DID NOT say what Mr. Varner requested him to say.

Kerry said, “Now, for the people earning more than $200,000 a year, you’re going to see a rollback to the level we were at with Bill Clinton, when people made a lot of money.

And looking around here, at this group here, I suspect there are only three people here who are going to be affected: the president, me, and, Charlie, I’m sorry, you too.”

From my understanding, the President makes LESS than $200,000 a year. So why would *he* be affected?

KERRY: “Well, first of all, the president’s figures of $2.2 trillion just aren’t accurate. Those are the fuzzy math figures put together by some group that works for the campaign. That’s not the number.”

So, why didn’t he tell us what IS the number? *IF* that’s wrong, then it can’t be *much* less, or why wouldn’t he have said so? If the number was within the $600k-$800k amounts that the President mentioned, wouldn’t he have *said* so, thus ‘clearing his name’ on this issue?

KERRY: “The fact is that the Kyoto treaty was flawed. I was in Kyoto, and I was part of that. I know what happened. But this president didn’t try to fix it. He just declared it dead, ladies and gentlemen, and we walked away from the work of 160 nations over 10 years.”

So if he agrees it wasn’t a good thing, why is he so down on Bush for not joining it?!?

KERRY: “Jane, there are a lot of ways to be competitive. And unfortunately again I regret this administration has not seized them and embraced them. Let me give you an example.

There is a tax loophole right now. If you’re a company in St. Louis working, trying to make jobs here, there is actually an incentive for you to go away. You get more money, you keep more of your taxes by going abroad.

I’m going to shut that loophole, and I’m going to give the tax benefit to the companies that stay here in America to help make them more competitive.”

What *I* want to know is, if he is SO into bringing jobs home, WHY are his WIFE’S factories still overseas??

KERRY: “Now, I believe that you can take that position and not be pro- abortion, but you have to afford people their constitutional rights.”

Would someone show me in the constitution where it says one of our rights is the right to murder the unborn? No, you can’t. It isn’t there.

KERRY: “I’m against the partial-birth abortion, but you’ve got to have an exception for the life of the mother and the health of the mother under the strictest test of bodily injury to the mother.”

NO, you DO NOT have to have an exception. Partial-BIRTH abortion means the child is BEING BORN! If birth is that dangerous to the mother, then the partial-BIRTH abortion would be JUST AS DANGEROUS. I don’t believe that is grounds for exception. That would be grounds for a C-Section, perhaps, but NOT for murdering the child in any way, much less such a cruel, gruesome way.

KERRY: “Secondly, with respect to parental notification, I’m not going to require a 16-or 17-year-old kid who’s been raped by her father and who’s pregnant to have to notify her father.”

How often does he think *THAT* is going to be the scenario? Hopefully very rarely! As a parent, I think if *my* child goes to an abortion clinic, I have a right to know BEFORE any surgery is done! If *I* must give my consent for an appendectomy or a tonsillectomy right up to age 18 (and I must, legally), then I CERTAINLY should have to give consent for abortion, which is MAJOR SURGERY.

KERRY: “I made a mistake in the way I talk about it. He made a mistake in invading Iraq. Which is a worse decision?”

Rhetoric! Jargon! No, the mistake wasn’t in “the way he talks about it.” It’s that he voted against it!

KERRY: “I also thought the wealthiest people in America ought to pay for it, ladies and gentlemen. He wants your kids to pay for it. I wanted us to pay for it, since we’re at war. I don’t think that’s a bad decision.”

Of course you realize, when he says *us* he means the government, who pays for things with TAXPAYER money – and therefore it isn’t “your kids” who are paying for it, it’s *YOU*.

Friends!

My dear friends Filip & Kim and their six children came to our house today! They spent all afternoon and evening with us. It was great! The children behaved quite well (10 children total!) and we played some games (board & card) and they went to church with us this evening. Filip said, “We just doubled the congregation!” LOL! I sure wish they didn’t live so far away!

Dream…

I dreamed last night that one of my friends was doing a new sort of pregnancy test. The test had a spot for a bit of blood, which one would get from her pricked finger, and then two pages underneath; one page was for negative and had possible other causes and other information, and the other was for positive and – if it was positive – said, “You’re pregnant! Your son [or daughter] will be born [DATE]. You might not want to tell anyone.”
So while she was working on doing her test, I decided to do one, and after pricking my finger and applying the blood, I turned the page and it was positive!

Pretty weird.

One would think…

…that now that we have a house, dreams of houses would be of the past, but not so!
This morning I dreamed that we moved into this house that had one room on the left end that was huge, where all the kids had full-size beds and plenty of room between them; the middle room where our bed… and someone else’s bed were. Between the beds was piled a bunch of stuff where we’d moved in and not unpacked. Much of the stuff in the room was not ours. And the end room, nearest the neighbor’s house, I never went into, but it had to have been a bathroom, I guess. The neighbor was someone I knew from the message board I’m on, but I can’t remember who. The next neighbor was my friend Kim in MI and her family. I remember being SO excited to be living next door to these two ladies! But it was about an hour away from where we lived, so Robby had to go a long way to work; and we had a long way to go to church. We went across the driveway to a little diner that was there, and a bunch of kids came in and we invited them to go to church with us that evening (Wednesday) even though we’d have to drive an hour to get there and wouldn’t get home until about 9:30.
It was weird.