Friday, February 27, 2009
"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."
"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." Thomas Jefferson
I truly hope it never comes to this but our founding fathers thought it might and made the provisions should it be necessary. Posting this is bound to put me on a banned list I'm sure. But I've oftened wondered why they felt it necessary to include "right to bear arms" in our inspired constitution.
"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. "
"It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world."
"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."
"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government."
"To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."
"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."
I've been singing "Hunter, she said is the name of the star" all morning.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Want to know when you were conceived? Were the planets aligned that day? How many days old are you as of today? All important questions.
Go here to find out.
Your date of conception was on or about 4 January 1969 which was a Saturday.
You were born on a Saturdayunder the astrological sign Libra.
Your Life path number is 7.
Your fortune cookie reads: Do not mistake temptation for opportunity.
Life Path Compatibility:You are most compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 1, 5 & 7.
You should get along well with those with the Life Path numbers 4 & 22.
You may or may not get along well with those with the Life Path number 9.
You are least compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 2, 3, 6, 8 & 11.
The Julian calendar date of your birth is 2440491.5.
The golden number for 1969 is 13.
The epact number for 1969 is 11.
The year 1969 was not a leap year.
Your birthday falls into the Chinese year beginning 2/17/1969 and ending 2/5/1970.You were born in the Chinese year of the Rooster.
Your Native American Zodiac sign is Raven; your plant is Ivy.
You were born in the Egyptian month of Choiach, the fourth month of the season of Poret (Emergence - Fertile soil).
Your date of birth on the Hebrew calendar is 15 Tishri 5730.Or if you were born after sundown then the date is 16 Tishri 5730.
The Mayan Calendar long count date of your birthday is 188.8.131.52.7 which is12 baktun 17 katun 16 tun 2 uinal 7 kin
The Hijra (Islamic Calendar) date of your birth is Saturday, 15 Rajab 1389 (1389-7-15).
The date of Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 6 April 1969.The date of Orthodox Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 13 April 1969.The date of Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent) on your birth year was Wednesday 19 February 1969.The date of Whitsun (Pentecost Sunday) in the year of your birth was Sunday 25 May 1969.The date of Whisuntide in the year of your birth was Sunday 1 June 1969.The date of Rosh Hashanah in the year of your birth was Saturday, 13 September 1969.The date of Passover in the year of your birth was Thursday, 3 April 1969.The date of Mardi Gras on your birth year was Tuesday 18 February 1969.
As of 2/26/2009 6:38:33 AM ESTYou are 39 years old.You are 473 months old.You are 2,057 weeks old.You are 14,397 days old.You are 345,534 hours old.You are 20,732,078 minutes old.You are 1,243,924,713 seconds old.
Celebrities who share your birthday:
Avril Lavigne (1984)
Stephan Jenkins (1964)
Shaun Cassidy (1958)
Mike Schmidt (1949)
Meat Loaf (1947)
Wilford Brimley (1934)
Greg Morris (1934)
Jayne Meadows (1926)
Arthur Penn (1922)
William Conrad (1920)
Top songs of 1969
Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In by Fifth Dimension
In the Year 2525 by Zager & Evans
Get Back by Beatles (with Billy Preston)
Sugar, Sugar by Archies
Honky Tonk Women by Rolling Stones
Everyday People by Sly & the Family Stone
Dizzy by Tommy Roe
Wedding Bell Blues by Fifth Dimension
I Can't Get Next to You by Temptations
Crimson & Clover by Tommy James & the Shondells
Your age is the equivalent of a dog that is 5.63483365949119 years old. (You're still chasing cats!)
Your lucky day is Friday.
Your lucky number is 6.
Your ruling planet(s) is Venus.
Your lucky dates are 6th, 15th, 24th.
Your opposition sign is Aries.
Your opposition number(s) is 9.
Today is not one of your lucky days! Crap.
There are 213 days till your next birthdayon which your cake will have 40 candles.Those 40 candles produce 40 BTUs,or 10,080 calories of heat (that's only 10.0800 food Calories!) .You can boil 4.57 US ounces of water with that many candles. (This is depressing.)
In 1969 there were approximately 3.7 million births in the US.In 1969 the US population was approximately 179,323,175 people, 50.6 persons per square mile.In 1969 in the US there were approximately 1,800,000 marriages (9.3%) and 479,000 divorces (2.5%)In 1969 in the US there were approximately 1,712,000 deaths (9.5 per 1000)In the US a new person is born approximately every 8 seconds.In the US one person dies approximately every 12 seconds.In 1969 the population of Australia was approximately 12,407,217.In 1969 there were approximately 250,175 births in Australia.In 1969 in Australia there were approximately 112,470 marriages and 10,930 divorces.In 1969 in Australia there were approximately 106,496 deaths.
Your birthstone is Sapphire -->The Mystical properties of Sapphire
Though not meant to replace traditional medical treatment, Sapphire is used for clear thinking. Some lists consider these stones to be your birthstone. (Birthstone lists come from Jewelers, Tibet, Ayurvedic Indian medicine, and other sources)
Agate, Moonstone, Lapis Lazuli
Your birth tree is Hazelnut Tree, the Extraordinary
Charming, undemanding, very understanding, knows how to make an impression, active fighter for social cause, popular, moody and capricious lover, honest and tolerant partner, precise sense of judgement.
Now off to check Boyd's info...let's see if we have "Life Path Compatibility".
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Sometimes, in my head, I wonder why in the world these guys would offer this free service to millions of people all over the world. Of course, they don't do it for free.
But, if you stop and think about it....like I have....wouldn't it be so easy for someone to corrupt our computer systems and subconsciously pollute our minds? Not to mention...how many people do you think have succumbed to the plethora of ads convincing them all they need to buy what's being sold.
I'm telling you...it's a scam.
There's got to be a hitch to this wonderful blogland. A virus? A tracking device that monitors everything we do (which is true)? Are we all going to get bills in the mail one day saying if we'd like to continue our service we must pay $19.99 a month and commit to 100 years? Worse yet...are they stealing our identity? I'm just not buying it. It's just too good to be true. You've heard it said...nothing good is free...or maybe it's nothing free is good....just the same. There's something not right I tell you.
All I know is Blogger is acting very suspicious....messing around with our accounts, freezing up...causing all kinds of commotion. I bet they are preparing for their take-over of the world!I say we do something about...write a post, call our senators...whatever. I'd do something about it, but I'm too busy blogging.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Today was the funeral for John Shackelford, a man from my ward who died suddenly of a heart attack last friday. When we moved here to Kansas City, he and his wife at the time, Sarah were some of the original members of the newly created ward and life long residents of Smithville. We attended the St. Louis Temple with John and Sarah and also made the pilgrimage with them to see the open house of the Winter Quarters Temple. John and Sarah have since then divorced and while I keep in relative contact with Sarah, John became inactive in church and therefore I didn't see him often. In the years that I knew him, he was funny and always had a great story to tell. He is the epitome of Missouri to me.
In Memory of John A. Shackelford
March 11 1964-February 20, 2009
Kiera sang a beautiful solo during the funeral today. I'd like to post the lyrics as I had never heard them before and I found them to be perfectly sweet for this occasion.
Oh, What songs of the heart we shall sing all the day,
When again we assemble at home,
When we greet with a kiss, with the blest o'er the way,
There no more from our loved ones to roam!
When we meet ne'er to part, Oh, what songs of the heart
We shall sing in our beautiful home.
Tho our rapture and bliss, There's no song can express,
We will shout, we will sing o'er and o'er.
As we greet with a kiss, and with joy we caress,
All our loved ones that passed on before;
As we greet with a kiss, In our rapture and bliss,
All our loved ones that passed on before.
Oh, the visions we'll see, In that home of the blest,
There's no word, there's no thought can impart,
But our rapture will be all the soul can attest,
In the heavenly songs of the heart;
But our rapture will be in the vision we'll see
Best expressed in the songs of the heart.
Oh, what songs we'll employ! Oh, what welcome we'll hear!
While our transports of love are complete,
As the heart swells with joy In embraces most dear
When our heavenly parents we meet!
As the heart swells with joy, Oh what songs we'll employ,
When our heavenly parents we meet.
I'm sure it is a grand reunion between brother and sister Carrie (who passed away from a sudden heart attack last September) as well as between father and son John Moroni. It is a comfort to know he is at peace.
This afternoon as I ran around my final errands after returning home from the funeral, I shut my arm in my car door. It wasn't too hard but hit just right over the elbow and has left the nerves burning and stinging up and down my entire arm. I'm sure that will leave a mark. I'm just so grateful it's not broken! Because of that, I can barely type this post and I'm feeling a little more than usually emotional. Off to nurse my emotional heart and sore elbow.
Till we meet again Big John.
quest /kwɛst/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [kwest] Show IPA Pronunciation
1.a search or pursuit made in order to find or obtain something: a quest for uranium mines; a quest for knowledge.
2.Medieval Romance. an adventurous expedition undertaken by a knight or knights to secure or achieve something: the quest of the Holy Grail.
3.those engaged in such an expedition.
4.British Dialect. inquest.
5.Obsolete. a jury of inquest.–verb (used without object)
6.to search; seek (often fol. by for or after): to quest after hidden treasure.
7.to go on a quest.
8.Hunting. (of a dog) a.to search for game.b.to bay or give tongue in pursuit of game.
–verb (used with object)
9.to search or seek for; pursue.
I have had a quest in life for the last few years or so. When I look at the definition of quest...I understand exactly what it means and how it feels to be on this journey.
My entire life has been one of fuzzy thoughts, lack of ability to concentrate, inability to study or retain anything that has been studied and pretty much being a day dreamer. I can remember as far back as middle school, sitting in class and thinking about stuff and zoning out the teacher and not even remembering where I was momentarily when the bell rang dismissing us from class. As an elementary aged child, I could easily keep myself busy in my own world of thinking.
There have been times while I've studied that I've read the same passage over and over again, dozens of times and not remembered one bit of information I've read. It's like feeling bored or uninterested only I'm not bored. I'm completely enraptured by my own story and conversation going on in my head as well as watching the world around me. It feels like I have a million thoughts going on at the same time. As an adult this has made it nearly impossible to write a talk, take a test, think through conversations, or have any sense of or desire to want to complete my college studies and earn my degree. I do somewhat better at visual or physical learning. This problem with not thinking clearly or not being able to think straight is something that has really bothered me, mostly in the last few years. As a child, I don't think it was even in my realm of reality to know I had a problem. I think for many years, I just chalked it up to not being smart. I was really confronted with this challenge when I started teaching seminary. It would take me several hours to read and re-read the material I needed to present in class. I could read the same scriptures or lesson outlines over and over and still not understand what I was reading or even recollect what it was about. Only because of prayer and some specific blessings have I been able to somewhat overcome this problem. I say somewhat, because in every other aspect of my life other than seminary, it's still a problem.
It doesn't help that for the last year and a half I've been taking a birth control pill that has enhanced this disability. It's as if the fog is more dense than ever. I can't even get myself motivated or have the energy to get out of bed each day. I could sleep all day and night. When I am up, unless I have literally a fire going, I'm not motivate one bit to do a thing. I have had my thyroid tested, I've had it suggested to me that I suffer from depression and was given medication. But, in all my research, I know there is a deeper issue and that it has been compounded by the medications I take.
I've decided that it's not right. I had already decided to make an appointment with my Dr., when I picked up this month's Ensign. I normally don't even read the Ensign because it isn't entertaining enough to keep my interest. I know that sounds terrible, but it's true. There is an article this month, about becoming self-reliant by M. Russell Ballard. Knowing that I wouldn't be able to read the entire thing without completely tuning it out, I did my old trick...I scanned the subtitles. That way if there was anything that sounded remotely interesting, I would read that section. Imagine what I thought when I saw this...."Think Straight". This was clearly for me. We are to master the ability to think straight. Benjamin Franklin said, "The foundation of all happiness is thinking rightly." Uh...no wonder I've been so unhappy for so long.
Elder Ballard tells the story of a printed statement in his offce that includes the last words spoken of by his grandfather, Melvin J. Ballard before his passing. Melvin had been in the hospital phasing in and out of a coma. He suddenly opened his eyes and looked into the room and said, "Above all else, brethren, let us think straight." A few minutes later he passed away. It was clearly something so important to Melvin that he uttered this phrase as he passed through the veil.
I was hit like a ton of bricks. The Lord really does want my mind to work. He really does want me to think "straight". He really wants to me have clear thoughts. He wants me to feel somewhat intelligent or smart. He wants me to be happy.
That is why I am on this quest. Even though Elder Ballard was referencing this quote to help us become self reliant, I know it was meant for me to read at this time as I approach some decisions that I will need to make.
Ultimately, I want to think straight. I want to be able to retain the things I learn. I want to not study in vain. I don't want my thoughts to take over and run my life. I want to be able to concentrate and listen. I'm tired of feeling like I'm not smart. I will be asking my Dr., what she can do and what my options are to help me in this quest.
One of the greatest rewards or compensations in this life for me has been to see that my girls don't seem to suffer from this disability. I admire their capabilities and even marvel at them. They are experiencing life completely different from the way I did and I feel so blessed to witness that.
Ultimately, I want what everyone wants to be happy. Aren't we all on that quest?
Monday, February 23, 2009
Or pray out loud..."for the love of....."
I may have been a little too offensive...I think I lost a follower today. Maybe my death cloud has permeated further than I thought! :)
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Did you know that you can go to: http://www.dearelder.com/ and type a letter to someone and they'll print it and hand deliver it to the MTC within 24 hours? They actually have some other cool stuff you can do too but I thought this was soooo cool! Way better than writing a letter that takes almost a week to mail, plus it's free. You can donate care packages to be sent to missionaries all over the world. You can also have a stand up cut out of your missionary made if you are missing them too much! It's just a fun little site. Now, these guys love donations but they don't require them. I just think it's a great service and probably worth a donation too! I think those guys need a blinkie.
If anyone doesn't have a missionary in the MTC currently to write to...feel free to use mine for the next 3 weeks. Sister Alexis Pomeroy.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Inventory...gloves, 3 sticks of Burts Bees (you can never have too much), 2 packs of gum (again, just in case the 1st pack runs out!), sunglasses, wallet, drugs...um...advil, midol, Dramamine (be prepared), check stub, pen and pencil, business card and punch card purse (I carry this pile of cards in a separate wallet thingy than my normal wallet), floss and toothpicks, a teeny light bulb, a penny, eye goggles, and my naughty druggie tanning cream...usually not in there but I went tanning yesterday. Not pictured, of course, is my camera. My camera is always in my purse.
Not too bad...sometimes it's worse than others. I was just thinking yesterday though that I'm in the mood for a new purse. It will be hard to match the capacity and accessibility of this one though!
So show me your purses ladies!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Look at your conservative hair cut girl!! Congrats Lexi...love you.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Maybe I just need to get me some leg warmers, a rad leotard...the kind that are wayyyy french cut and some new sneakers. Gotta go...gotta get back on the hamster wheel to the store for some retail therapy. Maybe I'll burn some calories along the way.
Friday, February 13, 2009
We found out this afternoon that Chloe was accepted into BYU...that's right...we bleed Blue in this family! Whoa, I'm a mother of a college student.
And the winner is.....
Amber Cato!!! Congratulations! And...I hope to get you your pan someday!!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
I couldn't say if I would ever do that for mine because someone would certainly tell him and he might read my blog...;)
But, I'm just saying....what are your ideas?
On my ITunes I have...
Chains of Love - Erasure
Bleeding Love - Leona Lewis
Bleed it Out - Linkin Park
This Love - Maroon 5
Hate that I love you - Rihanna
These aren't very Valentiney.
So, if you're thinking about using those on a cd for your husband...I suggest you don't.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I even documented my journey to your pan.
Oh no. It was not easy. I didn't get front row parking. I had to fight my way down the commercially flashing red and pink aisle, dig through piles of hideous stuffed animals, only to find the last pan high on a shelf. I practically shoved a lady out of my way. The checkout girl was kind enough to let me photograph her scanning the coveted pan. I bet everyone in the store was so jealous of me walking around with that pan.Don't you love how convenient the bathrooms are to the checkout?
Anyway, I've brought home the prize and I'm sending it to some one who wants it real bad...I mean bad.So if you want it, you'll have to play along. Leave a comment and I'll put your name in for a drawing. If you live far far away, you obviously won't be getting your pan by Valentines Day...poor you. The drawing will be held friday morning...that's the day after tomorrow ladies. I will deliver it if you live within a 3 block radius of me...or I'll snail mail it.
Good luck my friends. And don't blame me for the 5lbs you are about to pack on!
I think yesterday may have, in fact, been the nicest day of the entire year. How can it be that all that is washed away with today's weather? Come on.
If this is true, then my wish is that all celestial poker tournaments could be cancelled for awhile.
And I really, really wish I had the self-esteem of these young men. I wish I had
I wish BYU would hurry up and send us a notice of whether or not Chloe is getting in. Yesterday all the kids in our stake got emails of denial. Nice. Does this mean no news is good news? What could possibly be the advantage of not sending out all the emails at once?? I really wish all these darling young women who, along with their leaders, put on a fab New Beginnings last night...knew how much they were loved.
my own boy. I've decided that that is one great blessing of having all girls...that they will someday marry boys and then I'll have 3 sons!!I wish for Hunter to have the best experience of her life participating in the Wizard of Oz and for people to not put heavy expectations on her. I wish I would get off my bum and go run to Costco.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
You could make this cake with a strawberry cake mix and it would be so cute in pink. Also, for more chocolate punch...you could drizzle with ganache...
I'd say overall, it's not as chocolatey as the other cake but definately good and more Valentinish.
To see the original and recipe...go here.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Diet Coke and icecream
No...not that kind of grandma. I've decided that Grandma's can come in all shapes and sizes and ages. It's not having a "grandchild" that makes you a grandma necessarily.
I became a grandma a couple of weeks ago in an unusual way. I'm Val's grandma.
We believe, as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that we can be sealed to our families all through eternity. That means, when we pass away, we are still united as a family. Our lost children, our loved ones who pass away too soon...everyone...through all generations can be together forever. We perform ordinances here on earth for those who didn't have the opportunity in this life, that they may have the blessings of being with their families forever too. When I do this for someone else, I become a proxy or substitute. I act on their behalf as if they were here. We also believe that the person we stand in proxy for, has the option to accept or not...the work that is done for them. Two weeks ago, I acted on behalf of Val's grandma as she was "sealed" to her parents for all eternity. What an awesome privilege. I'm pretty sure Val's grandma was pleased and is looking forward to spending eternity with her family....even her grandkids.
So, you see...I'm a grandma. Just don't call me Granny.
Friday, February 6, 2009
I'd be a darn Choco-Millionaire!
"As with most fine things, chocolate has its season. There is a simple memory aid that you can use to determine whether it is the correct time to order chocolate dishes: any month whose name contains the letter A, E, or U is the proper time for chocolate."
— Sandra Boynton
"Strength is the ability to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands — and then eat just one of those pieces."
— Judith Viorst
"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt."
— Charles M. Schulz
If these statements are true...than I am truly wise, strong, and loved.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
This is just my luck...backordered wishes. Maybe that's why all my wildest dreams haven't come true lately!! I'll keep waiting.This is more like my reality. But in all seriousness....after studying the life of Paul these past two weeks, I have a new perspective on wishes. He wrote magnificent letters to the people begging them to evaluate their priorities and left them with truly pertinent advice on what to ask for.
"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
Ahh...so now I know what to wish for. Who doesn't want peace that passeth's all understanding? I don't really NEED a vacation to Hawaii, I can have a mini vacay there in my mind. But if you want to read some great wishes, Nikki never disppoints. Happy Wishful Wednesday.