>Countdown


>Sunday, one of my least favorite days!.  Sunday is actually Monday for our family.  The first day of Bill’s work week.  This day will be like most Sundays, lots of cleaning, laundry, chasing the boys, taking stuff away from the dog (who thinks that if you leave it on the floor or where she can reach it, it belongs to her, so she will destroy it).  Wait, that sounds like crap we do everyday.
Tomorrow should be interesting, Surgery @ 7am (they changed it yesterday from 8am). Which means Bill will probably get home about 2 hours before we have to be at the hospital.  Nana & papa are coming to watch the boys. Speaking of the boys they are so excited, they will be going home with Nana tomorrow to stay  the night- so of course they want me to leave now.
I am pretty ready.  Laundry is almost all done, a week’s worth of food for Bill & the boys (in case I can’t cook).  Presents are all wrapped (well at least the Hanuakkah ones are) We only have 2 more gifts to get but Bill can pick those up Friday on the way (if I get to go).  So as long as I get everything swept, dusted & mopped today we will be doing good.

It’s a bit scary not knowing exactly what is going to happen.  I used to be pretty good at just ‘winging it’, but seemed to have lost that ability as I get older.  So, I will just focus on the fact that I will at least get a good 3 hour nap out of deal 🙂  all uninterupted- no one is going to ask me to do anything 🙂 
I have stocked up on books.  I checked out 7 yesterday that should get me to friday at least.  That is if I can actually focus enough to read.

Since I will finish up Terry Brook’s  Genesis of Shannara today (the last book-Gypsy Morph) Somehow I missed it, but no worries all caught up now, I am Switching to R.A. Salvatore.

I don’t think I have ever read any of his books that I haven’t loved. I am probably half-way in love with Drizzit lol.  But I am going a bit away from my beloved Drizzit and checking out his series Spearwelders…who knows.

Just in case I am not thrilled with that series I also picked up Transitions since I have only read the first book in that series.  Drizzit is good for taking your mind off things- the fight scenes are remarkable and incredibly well written- but thats probably why R.A. Salvatore is such a successful author.

I would really like to find some new authors.  I will read anything and I pretty much do, but I really love fantasy. Not so much Science Fiction. Although I did enjoy some of Anne McCaffrey’s stuff – the Pern series once they forgot where they came from. 
Are there any new Epic Fantasy authors out there that I haven’t already read?  Loved Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson is doing a great job finishing up the series.  But who’s new or old that I haven’t read??  Every once in a while I will find someone I like.  Joanne Bertin a few years back wrote a couple of books I really loved (The Last Dragonlord), but to the best of my knowledge she has yet to finish the series. I have read the Hobbit to the boys twice, lsot them at Two Towers lol.  too much editing while reading I suppose. I guess that will be my New Years resolution, to find someone new.

Anyway I should really start getting stuff finished up for tomorrow. 

>The Joys of Black Friday


>Black Friday..  Such a wonderful day..Not.  Normally I skip it and stay home like a sane person.  I think its called black friday because everyone is suffering from a Thanksgiving hangover and doesn’t really want to be out.

We normally shop throughout the year or online.  We DO NOT SHOP on Black Friday.  Except this year.  Bill spent hours going over the online Walmart ad.  Convinced that there were several things we just have to have.  He didn’t decide we needed to go until about 10:30 Friday morning.  I didn’t say anything.  I knew everything he wanted would be gone.  Our town is tiny, our Super Walmart stocked to meet the tiny demands of our tiny population.

So we loaded up the boys and off we went.  2 1/2 minutes later (did I mention the town is tiny)  we have crossed town and are at mecca..oops sorry I meant Walmart.  Everyone in town is there, seriously the whole frickin’ town is at Walmart.

And they are all in the electronics section trying to find the $5 &  $1.69 or whatever amazing price they were, DVDS.  I gave up and went in search of sheets for the boy’s beds (no one is ever in those aisles anyway)  The sheets of course that were on sale are no where to be found.  1 1/2 hours later, after I have looked at everything in the store twice, the cart has 2 items.  Pull ups & aspirin.  Everything else is gone or hidden on some display hidden in the back I am sure the stock people were watching from wherever it is they watch laughing their asses off.  I would be.  I finally found Bill- still in electronics at the same display of $5 dvds that was still empty.  He was a bit unhappy.  We wandered over to the food section and there to our amazement, hidden in the egg aisle was, yes you guessed it, not 1 but 6 individual displays of the promo movies.  And there were still movies, mostly blue ray (which we don’t have) but still movies.  A wonderful holiday joke!  The displays were full, it was the day after thanksgiving of course, so who would think to look in the food section,  Simply Brilliant!!!!!  I swear I heard giggling when we found them.  We were able to pick 4 movies that we wanted. 

Even though we didn’t get the stuff Bill wanted to get, I think that it was time well spent.  A very, very valuable lesson was learned.
Black Friday is not the day to go to Walmart, but if you have to, and you can’t find what you are looking for.  Follow the faint, merry sounds of laughter, look under security cameras in places where you wouldn’t think what your looking for will be. 
I probably should have checked the frozen food section for the sheets- it does kinda make sense 🙂

>Happy Thanksgiving- yeah


>So its Thanksgiving… whoopty doo.  For some reason this year I am having a hard time getting into the spirit of things.  I think its great that we have set aside one day out of the year to be thankful.  Although, I think alot of people miss that point, and like so many other holidays it has just become another excuse to have us spend money-few have to spare now. Although an extra day of football is never a bad idea.

But I am thankful for alot.  My Husband and children are a blessing that some days I don’t think I deserve, even though they drive me crazy most of the time:).  I am thankful for my husband’s family, who have been so accepting, supportive and loving all these years.  I am thankful that I have found my brother and uncle and they are happy and well.  I am thankful we have a house and my husband has a good job and we have insurance, alot of people don’t.  We have what we need and we have each other. I could go on, but I won’t.
I am thankful I found this blogging thing- its a good way to write down my thoughts & feelings. Even if I am the only person who reads it lol.

I still wonder though, why turkey??  why not chicken? 

>Thunderstorms, Hail & Tornados…..Oh My


>Happy Thanksgiving Eve!  The roofers are getting started on the yankee gutters today and should start the tear off on Monday.  Finally!.  However I wonder if we shall see them today with the forcast being for nasty weather..personally I really wouldn’t want to be crawling around on the roof.

Italianate style victorians typically had 7 different colors.  Right now it only has blue, red and white, most of it faded.  so we will update it, using as many colors as we can.  We like green, red and light yellow (more a beige actually), but that is as many as we can come up with unless we start going with different shades of those colors.  What is red now will stay red since it was orginal.  The nasty gray blue that someone went nuts with will go and will probably be replaced with a dark shade of green.  The gingerbread will  be red (center) and possibly green background , but we still can’t figure out the rest.  It would probably be better is I wasn’t so afraid of color.  I like beige- can’t go wrong with beige 🙂  The stairs on the house will be painted something, but the ones leading up to the house & the sidewalk will be brick.  The crappy pipe handrail will be replaced with a wooden rails on both sides. the maple tree will stay where it is but the bush will come down to the front of the yard.  The yarrow will be moved down as well.

>Protesters, Church Members Briefly Scuffle At Funeral – Kansas City News Story – KMBC Kansas City


>Protesters, Church Members Briefly Scuffle At Funeral – Kansas City News Story – KMBC Kansas City

This is just stupid.  I can understand protesting the war. Fine.  Go ahead but there are alot of other places you can protest.  These funeral protests are very common now. It’s stupid.  These people are protesting at a funeral for someone who died protecting their right to protest. Huh??? Am I the only one who finds this confusing?  A few weeks ago there was a funeral in Weston, Mo that a group of Church members wanted to protest at.  I am not sure if it is the same church group or not.  Anyway, they had to pull a permit, and I am sure within seconds everyone in town knew what these idiots were planning to do.  Weston is a very small community, made up of people who are either veterans, have sons & daughters currently on active duty or have some tie to the military.  It is a very Patriotic Town.
The church groups might have wanted to check out the town first before deciding to stage their little protest their. I am sure a quick drive through town, a glance at all of the signs supporting our military, would have giving them a clue.

I am sure by now you have guessed what happened.  The day of the funeral arrived and the entire town and alot of people from nearby communities showed up at the corner the church was supposed to set up at.

The Church group just left.

Family and Friends were able to say goodbye in peace.