Friday, July 30, 2010

It's Almost a Garage .

I will declare it a garage when my HD's big diesel actually fits in there.

We had have the garage loaded with "stuff" since we moved here in Feb. Finally moving things out but still are not sure the truck will fit.

It is looking so much better now!

May have to adapt the alcove at the front to allow for the front bumper to fit in there. We tried it on the other side and with it all the way up to the washer and dryer and the garage door still would not shut. It is a big truck! My little toaster car doesn't take up much room.

Maybe before too long. HD/s FORD will not have to sit outside!

Monday, July 26, 2010



May 21, 1994 
July 23, 2010


(Written by my HD for his "baby girl.)

"Dora was our 'child' for just over 16 years. She was loveable and never met a person she didn't like. In her life, she never had a cross word for anyone. She did have a few for some four-legged critters who tried to get in her space but for people, especially children, she was always ready to meet a new friend.

She was a red-head who had no fear of rattlesnakes or, for that matter, skunks. She never cried when she hurt. She was always ready with a hug for her 'parents.' Sometimes there was a kiss included with that hug. You never knew when, though, and it was always wet and sloppy, the best kind!

When she was very young, she managed to get into a cactus patch, prickley pear cactus, at that. We spent several hours pulling thorns from her little body. She never complained, not once, while we pulled those thorns. Later she developed cysts from the thorns we missed but, again, she never complained.

She was extremely bow-legged and, because of that, she had problems with long walks. After one such walk, she couldn't even use her back legs. She dragged them along the floor to get from place to place. We learned not to let her walk for long distances and she did well for a long time.

Over time, arthritis set in and the bow legs were again a source of problems. Sometimes, after a nap, her legs wouldn't hold her up for a few minutes. She never complained.

One night we thought she had a seizure. Turns out it was similar to vertigo, except extremely severe. She couldn't tell which way was up and would just roll on the floor and look terrified. We were terrified, too. The doctor gave her valium and told us to continue the medicine until she was recovered, which took about 6 weeks. After this episode, she couldn't tell where her snacks were when they were offered. We had to make sure to offer them to the left side of her head so she could find them. She loved carrots, raw carrots, and raw potatoes. And hotdogs. And anything else that was good to eat.

Her eyes turned from a deep black to a milky gray and her hearing failed. She could see shadows and could hear loud, sharp sounds. Still no complaints from her. We did notice that she was beginning to grunt when we would pick her up but we attributed that to her age. She was incontinent so we put waterproof sheets on her bed.

During her sixteenth year, she began to sleep most of the time and her body began to look as if she were getting fat, except that she was losing weight. This was also the year she lost her lifetime companion, Dach, who was 5 months her senior, to liver failure and just plain old age. We took her to her doctor and found that she also was suffering from liver failure. The doctor said her liver was 4 times normal size and the blood analysis showed it was failing.

Being the selfish parents we were, we told ourselves that she would be okay. We were wrong. She began to show the symptoms of not being able to think - senility. She would get lost in a corner and not be able to figure a way out. She would sit down almost anywhere and go to sleep. When she would wake, she would wander in circles as though she was lost. We could tell she was hurting by the way she walked. Her legs would collapse, especially the left rear.

It was time. We couldn't let her suffer the way Dach suffered before he was allowed to rest. It was probably the most difficult thing we had done since Dach. In fact, it was more so because she was our 'last child to leave home' and we knew she couldn't visit us, ever again.

I find myself looking for her when I come in the house and I had to fill the corner next to my desk where she would sleep for as long as I would stay at my desk. The clock in my head tells me it is time for her dinner or her snack and I can't seem to disconnect that clock. When I go to the couch to watch TV, I miss her lying next to me. When I go to bed, I miss her then, too. I only hope she is again able to chase the rabbits where she is now.

I am not sure I can ever have another 'child' like Dora. The pain of loss is just to much to consider. I learned from her, and from Dach. Patience and love had always been difficult for me to express. They taught me both during their altogether too short lives.

She was my baby girl and I miss her. "

Dora joins her big brother, Dach,  at Rainbow Bridge-

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...

Monday, July 19, 2010

Deficits. .

Deficits. .


The amount by which a sum of money falls short of the required or expected amount; a shortage.

a.  an excess of liabilities over assets
b.  an excess of expenditures over revenues during a certain period
c.  an excess of payments over receipts on the balance of payments

A situation in which outflow of money exceeds inflow. That is, a deficit occurs when a government, company, or individual spends more than he/she/it receives in a given period of time, usually a year. One's deficit adds to one's debt, and, therefore, many analysts believe that deficits are unsustainable over the long-term.

Another possible definition:  a deficit occurs when a government, company, or individuals are too stupid or lazy to control spending. This is especially true when they are spending someone elses money!

Mom and Dad taught us not to spend what you don't have or buy anything you will not be able to pay for. Also, we learned those same things in my bookkeeping class in high school. If you have a checking account, you have to balance it to know how much is really there. In years past when you went to purchase a home, you had to prove that you had the money to pay for it with your regular wages and no overtime. That doesn't seem to be happening now.

So why is it so hard for our country, states, county and city government to understand this concept? And the schools - the very ones that taught me. AND THEY ARE TEACHING OUR KIDS, GRANDKIDS AND GREAT GRANDKIDS !!!  Are they teaching them that it will be OK 'cause someone wilL come along and bail them out? 

I know prices keep going up despite our president saying the cost of living has not increased. This is keeping folks on Social Security struggling with no increase in their checks - would someone please pull get their heads out of the sand. How many government officials are getting raises?

WE are expected to live within our means and budget while we pay ever increasing taxes to take care of those who don't. There is something wrong with this picture !

OK, now I have vented - still don't feel any better though!

Support and Pray For Our Troops

It has been hard to put my feelings down . . . I have started several times. But then I looked down at the T-shirt I like to wear. . .

“We can all disagree but we are ALL Americans”
Support Our Troops
Army Navy Air Force Marine Coast Guard

Please pray for our troops and give them your support no matter how you feel about the wars we Americans are involved in.

Our sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, cousins and yes, even grandparents did not ask to be away from their families and put in harm's way. They are there protecting us and our freedom. They have a job to do. We don't have to like it but they need everyone's support while they are there.

Our son, Jay, left  last Tuesday for Afghanistan for a year's tour of duty. I won't lie  - I don't like it one bit, but I pray he will stay safe with God watching over him.

 I am very proud of him and all that he has accomplished in his personal and military career. I also know how hard it will be on his family having him gone for the next year, so prayers go out to them as well and we will give them any help we can while he is gone.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Family 4th in Amarillo

We had a great visit in Amarillo and enjoyed the July 4th celebration at Barbara & John's home with many other family members. Lots of good food, fireworks and good visiting went on.

Leftovers from fireworks stand.
The cooks - Barbara and Teresa. Hamburger, hot dogs and pork ribs - all very good!

Deviled eggs, fresh peaches, macaroni salad, fresh veggies, jalepeno dip - all yummy!

Didn't get a good picture of all the desserts . . . too busy eating . . . let's see. . . fresh baked peach cobbler, brownies, chocolate cake, angel food cake with cherry pie filling and cool whip toppings - mmmm good!