Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Monday, September 28, 2009

A house can be reclaimed, A SOUL CAN'T

I just found this in my sweet little blog idea notebook that Julie from Moment's of Perfect Clarity sent me. I had written this sometime this summer. I thought it profound to look back on. Although it is not in complete sentence form I am going to write it as it is scribbled in the book. I think the thought process flows enough. (I will try to recreate the pattern of writing with my spacing)

What is wrong with me? Why am I scatterbrained, why am I only doing the bare minimum?

dust is collecting
laundry is staying in baskets
But along with this my thoughts are collecting I am starting [to] think again
making room for emotion instead

Like a caterpillar to a butterfly
it is taking all my energy to metamorphosize / to change.

I am having a hard time thinking and doing for others.
I don't want to lose myself
I don't want to be that bitter lady
at 40...

My family will hopefully appreciate this year that I have taken
for myself.

I am going to have to start naming the dust bunnies

A house can be reclaimed


This is what I wrote.
I barely remember writing it,
I find it profound.

Excuses, excuses

Update: As you can see I did get the header done. Changed font colors for Fall too. (plus hey, I finally gave myself some "elbow room" around here) Enjoy the changes. Hopefully you will feel more like hanging out and putting your feet up on the coffee table (go ahead, it's ok)

Original Post:
I am working on a new "Fall Seasonal" Header for my lovely Just Jules blog (Let's all just pretend we think this blog is lovely)

It is taking me a bit more time then I was planning.

(I will keep this short)

#1- I got sick. Full out, lay me down, dead to the world sick. The flu- NO, not the swine flu - just the flu. Aches, chills, fever, sweats, headache, sore throat, kill me now misery - the flu.

#2- Hubby was goofing around working on the computer for most of the afternoon and evening.

#3 - It started pouring rain when I drug my not fully recovered self out to snap some pics for said header. (what I won't do for you people!)

#4 - I suck! Time we just admitted it. I suck and let you all down. Sorry, unfollow now. I will close my eyes. It is fine.

To try to kiss butt make up for this injustice I did post a few of the pics I took (in the rain, while sick, just because I care that much.)

That is it.
The End.
No more excuses.

I will be working on this project today (Monday).
Look for it soon or more excuses to follow.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

A B*tch/ I Mean A Rant

If you missed it, part one of this b*tch I mean rant was here.
Again, my friend co-owns, and manages a gym. Needing a little space to vent and some free therapy I have opened my blog to her. Laugh and cry with her --->

Blog Gripes Part 2
What in the world is wrong with kids today? My list of annoyances regarding my employees
(and FYI most of these girls no longer work for me):

1. I have stated over and over the employee uniform is your staff shirt, black pants and sneakers. Sneakers and sandals are not the same. No open toes - you work in a gym for God's sake. Also white short-shorts are not the equivalent of black pants - not even close.

2. This is an all woman's gym. Aside from customer service our number one goal is keep it clean! There is a list for our employees of all the things they need to clean at closing. When I come back after being gone for a few days I should not see brown streaks in the toilet bowl (from rust down the back where the water runs). There have never been streaks in the toilet - pretty sure they just don't appear. Clean the freakin toilet - I don't care if you don't clean your house at home - you clean my "house" cause that's what you get paid to do.

3. If you are going to search for another job while you are on MY time, please at least be smart enough to empty the desktop trash bin. I don't want me to find your cover letter and resume.

4. When I give you a short questionnaire to fill out so I can put up a "Meet Our Employees" board, DO NOT write that you work out at a competitor's gym and love it over there.

5. DO NOT think that it is ok that you failed to show up for your very first shift (after I have spent two separate days training you). Then when I do call you to see if you are planning on coming in DO NOT text me back saying that you have a lot going on and are not going to be able to work here. I don't care if you dropped your phone in a pond and only the test message part works - YOU DO NOT QUIT IN A TEXT MESSAGE. Don't then get huffy with me when I tell you I am disappointed by your actions and your text and how this reflects poorly on your best friend who vouched that you were responsibly enough to hire. How hard is it to get in your darn car and drive to a pay phone to call me BEFORE your shift was supposed to start......I'm pretty sure they still make pay phones.

Thanks Jules - had to get it out!

There ya go. My space is your space my dear friend.
So.... anyone need a job? She is hiring ;)

Be Like The Sun

...but may they who love you
be like the sun
when it rises in its strength
Judges 5:31

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Do You Live In Your House? Keeping it real.

Keeping it real.
I saw this on a blog. I am so sorry, but, I was in my fog (it was around the first day of school) so I have forgotten which of you lovely bloggers did this first.
If you call me and tell me you are coming over now for coffee- as long as I have 10 minutes min. I can pull my house together and have it looking half way decent. But, if you were to just pop in unannounced you would find "reality". Real life. We live in our houses, that is what houses are for after all. If we spend every moment of every day keeping it up to Ms. Stewart's standards we would go batty.

So in that light I would like to show you my house- to keep it real. But, because I am human - I feel like I should tell you that these pics were taken after three additional children were here for play dates. But trust me, it doesn't take long for my kids to reek this much havoc on our house in a short amount of time.

Lincoln logs, Imaginext, Star Wars, Hot Wheels, Dinosaurs
We support them all
This mess is from the boys primarily.

Breakfast still on the table, clean and dirty dishes waiting to be put away,
the bread drawer exploded
More toys
This that and everything collects in the kitchen/dining room

I don't even want to know what they were doing downstairs
with all of those pillows and blankets?
cannon balls of the couch possibly?

This girl knows how to play. Of all the kids in our house she uses
everyone of her toys and has quite the imagination.
However she is not so good with the clean up.
Yes, my girly is the worse. However most of her fallout stays in her room.

While my house will never be worthy of a magazine shoot I find I don't care. When we were first married and didn't have any kids we kept our house as though it may be photographed at anytime - but guess what? they never came calling. Back then how things sat of the shelf mattered to me, and the fact that one thing was out of place was a problem. But it wasn't comfortable. It was neat and clean and the fact that there wasn't a disaster around each corner was nice. But there was a different pressure. The pressure to keep it that way.

Now days we clean the house. Every night before the kids go to bed, everything is back in it's place and the kitchen is cleaned - but in between, during our "living" time- that is what we do, we live.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Date Night

I have a date tonight

A small bar, out of town- out of the way
A couple of burgers
A beer for me.

Eventually laughter.

Home after the kids are asleep
A rented movie.
Falling asleep happy and relaxed
(it's ok mom, we're married)

What is your idea of a perfect "Date Night" ???
Tickle my comment box.

images from here

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Shut Your Mouth

Click pic for a more realistic take
(warning, they use the *f word)

Today I have a guest posting on my blog. A person who needed a little space to vent. If you have been to a gym or know people that go, you will find this funny.

If not, it is still a good read.

Vent away dear friend, vent away:

I manage a Woman's only fitness spa. This is the worst job in the world for someone like me. Now you would think that an all woman's gym would be very easy to keep clean - this would be a myth. We're talking makeup, hairspray, tissues, tampons, toilet paper - need I say more? Not only is the cleaning an issue but then we have the attitudes and the griping (yes much like I am doing at this very moment). Let me break this down into my list of pet peeves:

1. You are adult women - you know how to pick up after yourself. I can only imagine what your house must look like. Who leaves dirty tissues laying out on the counter - the garbage can is two steps away! Same with the towels - no one really wants to go behind you and pick up your dirty laundry - much like you don't like picking up your husbands stained tighty whiteys. We have a hamper in the locker room for a reason! Three extra steps, that's all - we even left the lid off for you. I know it can't be that you are to tired from your workout - doing random bicep curls while watching Ellen doesn't really count as a work out. I am here for your fitness needs not as your personal maid.

2. Quit your complaining. Yes I said it. Quit bitching about stupid things. I'm sorry that you fell off the treadmill when it stopped at the end of your workout. Really you are going to complain about the treadmill? No this can not be fixed. When you enter your program and start walking I would assume that the treadmill will stop when the program is over. Maybe if you would shut your dang mouth and quit complaining about your ____________ (fill in the blank -husband/coworker/big butt/diet) you would realize that your program is coming to an end and is about to stop - there is a reason that the treadmills slows and takes you through a cool down.

3. If you don't like someone else who works out here you should know that I don't care. I don't care if she slept with your boyfriend while you were broken up for one night. I don't care if she looks funny while using the elliptical. I don't care if she left the spoon in the water after she was done in the sauna - oh wait I do care about that because it wrecks my special sauna scoop. Don't complain and gossip to me, suck it up and leave the drama for your mama.

4. If you are not seeing results quick enough it is probably because you are eating donuts for breakfast along with your full fat mocha choca latte. Close your mouth as my good friend would say. It is not the equipment, it is the fact that you are not using it enough or you are to busy watching Ellen to concentrate on your workout.

Plan B

Somedays it is good to have a Plan B.

What is you Plan B?

I am still getting used to this new Fall/school schedule. Preschool this a.m. short on time. Must learn to write something on Monday and Wednesday nights for the next morning.... :) We as adults never stop learning either. But since I didn't do that - my plan b is to post a cool pic.

I posted this on Facebook one morning. But, I really love this pic. (which I found here)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Captured - Picture Post

First the rebuttal to my post on Venus -vs- Mars is up. The ever so controversial and corny Sage has given the male perspective. Go, read, go ahead... I'll wait. Then come back and look at my pics.


Train Museum in Nebraska

Train Museum in Nebraska
Mail Train
Train Museum in Nebraska

Zoo in Sioux Falls

Zoo in Sioux Falls

McCrory Gardens
Brookings, SD

McCrory Gardens
Brookings, SD


Taken at the Falls
Sioux Falls, SD

Taken in Naturita, CO

Taken in Naturita, CO
Pictures taken on our Colorado trip. Sharing the shots that "capture" me.

The pics that were enhanced -
giraffe and my son and I

Monday, September 21, 2009

Be My Guest

Well, actually....
I am a guest contributor today.
At this fabulous blog --->

Oh come on, it is only one little click. It's worth it (I hope).

I'm not sure what time in the morning (Tuesday) the post is going up. So, if it is not up yet, please check back later. (geez I really don't know if it is worth all that energy. I really hope so ;)

Happy Birthday Buddy!

Yesterday was my son's 10th birthday.

Happy Birthday Buddy!

You can send well wishes here.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Friday, September 18, 2009

Did she say Kiss Her A*s ? Yes I did.

I am losing followers quickly.
That both cracks me up and makes me shake my head.

It makes me shake my head because I wonder why I care, or notice. Maybe I should move my follower widget further down the page. It cracks me up, because this occurred after I post an entirely too long post about the swine flue and the stupidity of the FDA. Perhaps it wasn't that. Perhaps it was as the ever so beautiful and fabulous Queen suggested. Perhaps someone was offended that I called Diet Coke an unhealthy beverage? Well you know what??? Yes I am talking to you- people that stopped following. Come back, come back please... at least for one quick second. Just long enough to kiss my a*s!!!! Because I have decided I need to blog like no one is watching again.

Granted the quality of stuff I have been pumping out has admittedly not been the quality reading you all have grown accustomed to (insert sarcastic intonation here), and I have posted more about my family than I ever have before. But this time of year is wrapped in the kids' affairs. School, sports, etc. However, as far as I see it, most people on blogatopia have slowed their pace a bit.

I have today to myself basically (except for 6 or 7 kids running around) so I intend to blog. Blog like no one is watching. Write some quality posts, like those you come here to read. I will also be guest posting on a blog or two (ok, so it is only one, unless someone else throws me a bone)

Now, onto one more family thing quickly. (The nice thing about family things is it helps you and I develop a closer relationship. Right? Like friends, the more you know the more you can hold against them... no wait!!!! I mean the more you know the closer to them you feel)

Ok... so I am babbling.

My oldest son earned his Black Belt last night in the art of Tae Kwon Do. You can read a very very quick take on it here, at his blog (yes, his blog.... like I didn't have a hard enough time with my own lately ;)

Everyday Adventures of an Up North Boy (link always available in the side bar ---> )

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Here suuuuuuuuuey suey suey....

My friend's relative has the swine flu. It is a child and she is quite sick. The mom is suspected to get it too, or already have it. This is a story we will hear repeated over and over. But, do you rush out and get a s.flu shot? I would do some serious independent research first my dear bloggy friends.

What I do know is this - your best line of defense is a healthy immune system. Yep, good old fashion - taking care of yourself. Eat well, drink plenty of healthy liquids (d.coke is NOT healthy), get plenty of rest, wash your hands wash your hands (washyourfrigginhandspeople!!!!)

Really- again, I can not stress it enough. Do your own research. Don't let the media's hype scare you into a decision when you are unaware of it's consequences.


I ran across this article and thought it an interesting take. Taken from Dr. Mercola.com

Sept. 17, 2009

vaccine, health care workerSurveys and focus groups show that health care workers, as well as members of the general public, may avoid getting swine flu shots when supplies become available this fall.

In May of this year researchers distributed 810 questionnaires to public hospital workers. Less than half of the nearly 400 workers who returned the questionnaires intended to accept pre-pandemic H1N1 vaccination.

In a separate article, very few of 85 focus group participants in British Columbia said they would be willing to be vaccinated in the event of a pandemic, and very few people said they or their children would definitely get vaccinated.

The most common reason for refusal was potential side effects, followed by questions about the vaccine's efficacy.


Dr. Mercola''s Comments Dr. Mercola's Comments:

The United States is set to receive as many as 600 million doses of swine flu vaccine, enough for 300 million Americans.

Health care workers are one of four “top priority” groups that stand to receive the swine flu vaccine first (the other three are pregnant women, children with chronic health conditions, and adults with chronic health conditions), under the premise that they will be more likely to be exposed to the virus and need to stay healthy to provide care.

Well, the fact that less than half of nearly 400 hospital workers questioned planned to accept the swine flu shot is very telling, though not surprising considering the majority of health care workers also refuse the seasonal flu shot.

The most common reason given for refusal, and rightfully so, was potential side effects, followed by questions about the vaccine’s efficacy.

Even among a focus group of 85 people, very few said they would get vaccinated in the event of a pandemic. Again, many noted the risks involved in using newly developed vaccines that are rushed to market as a primary concern. Many also believed, correctly I might add, that they could protect themselves through their own behavior, including:

  • Frequent hand washing

  • Staying away from crowded places and sick people

  • Eating well to maintain their immune system

These sentiments are right on, as it is the health of your immune system, which is primarily controlled by your lifestyle habits, that will keep you healthy during a flu outbreak. A vaccine is not the answer, and in fact can cause many other health problems.

Fortunately, this site, and many others seeking to shed light on this deceptive manipulation about the swine flu, are making a huge impact and people are refusing to believe the government propaganda.

Vaccine safety advocates everywhere are beginning to make a serious dent. According to a recent Fox News poll, the majority of people in the U.S. now believe the swine flu vaccine may be deadlier than the actual virus.

Why the Swine Flu Vaccine is a Disaster Waiting to Happen

Count yourself lucky that you still have a choice about whether or not to receive a swine flu vaccine … as I would no sooner choose to get this shot than I would run through a field full of landmines.

For starters, the swine flu vaccine contains dangerous additives such as mercury and squalene, which has been linked to the development of autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

Further, senior neurologists sent a confidential letter to the UK government warning that the swine flu vaccine has been linked to a deadly nerve disease known as Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS). GBS attacks the lining of your nerves, causing paralysis and inability to breathe, and can be fatal.

German lung specialist Wolfgang Wodarg has also come out about even more potential health risks associated with the swine flu vaccine. According to Dr. Wodarg, the swine flu vaccine contains animal cancer cells, and there’s no data indicating whether or not this may cause an allergic reaction when injected.

It also raises questions about the risk of contracting cancer.

Likewise, Johannes Löwer, president of the Paul Ehrlich Institute, believes the side effects of the vaccine can be far worse than the actual swine flu virus, which typically causes only mild symptoms, requiring just a few days in bed.

Swine Flu is Typically NOT Serious

Media reports sensationalizing the “death toll” that could come from the swine flu are just that: sensationalized.

As you may already know, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) consistently claim the seasonal flu kills about 36,000 Americans each year. After investigating that figure, it has been found to be a gross exaggeration based on flawed data compilation, but still, the swine flu has claimed FAR fewer lives than the seasonal flu in any given year, and no draconian measures have ever been taken to curtail the seasonal flu.

Dr. Wodarg told the German press that the widespread fear of the pandemic was an “orchestration,” stating:

“It is great business for the pharmaceutical industry. Swine flu is not very different from normal flu. On the contrary, if you look at the number of cases it is nothing compared to a normal flu outbreak.”

Before you accept a vaccination, or allow your child to receive one, it’s always wise to examine the benefits versus the risks. In the case of swine flu, most often the symptoms are mild and resolve on their own. But no one yet knows what side effects could come from taking the swine flu vaccine.

Fortunately, for now the vaccine is still voluntary but there has been talk that it may become mandatory. For a great review of why mandatory vaccinations are unconstitutional and illegal, I recommend the book “Horrors of Vaccination Exposed and Illustrated; Petition to the President to Abolish Compulsory Vaccination in the Army and Navy,” by Charles M. Higgins.

Written in 1920, the book is now in the public domain and can be read and downloaded for free by clicking this link. It discusses the dangers of vaccinations, the cover-ups of vaccine deaths, and explains your constitutional rights and the medical trends that are stripping those rights away, and is every bit as relevant today as it was when it was first written.

If you prefer a hardcopy version, you can also purchase the book, as it has recently been republished.

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

When it comes to preventing the flu … any flu, including swine flu, natural prevention is your best option. Taking care of your health to reduce or eliminate your risk of contracting the flu is always going to be your safest bet. This past article details my top recommendations for avoiding the flu naturally, and I strongly urge you to start incorporating these changes into your life today.

I also strongly suggest you make sure your vitamin D levels are optimized prior to flu season, as vitamin D is a powerful flu fighter.

There is so much compelling evidence that I believe optimizing your vitamin D levels is one of the absolute best strategies for avoiding infections of ALL kinds, and vitamin D deficiency is likely the TRUE culprit behind the seasonality of the flu -- not the flu virus itself.

Ultimately, your best bet is to maintain healthy levels of vitamin D around 60 ng/ml year-round. Please note that this is far higher than most doctors will refer to as “normal.” Rather it is the optimal level you’ll want to maintain for disease prevention.

I highly recommend you watch my one-hour free vitamin D lecture along with my video on vitamin D’s role in flu prevention for more in-depth information about vitamin D’s role in flu prevention.

Want to Learn More AND Get Involved? Attend This World-Class Vaccine Conference!

This video originally aired August 12, 2009, featuring CBS News Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton and NVIC's Barbara Loe Fisher. Here they discuss the possible dangers of the swine flu versus the H1N1 vaccine. Both provide sensible information and guidelines on this issue. I can’t stress enough how important it is for this type of information to make it into the conventional media.

Interestingly the swine flu vaccines are going to be available in the U.S. around the time the finest vaccine conference in the world will be held. If you want to learn the absolute latest and best strategies for swine flu, then Washington DC is the place to be October 2-4. I will be sharing my strategies live at the event.

So join me at the International Vaccine Conference in Reston, Virginia (Near Washington, D.C.). It is the best vaccine conference in the world, and is only held about once every five years.

It is relatively inexpensive to attend, and highly recommended. But you’ll need to hurry to reserve your seat, as there is only room for 1,000 and the seats are going quickly.

This conference includes the best of the best speakers on this topic and I am VERY excited about attending. Plus, Washington DC is absolutely delightful in the fall and all the world-class museums there are free.

It is only $195 for the weekend and the hotel rooms are severely discounted. So even if you are only considering going, you should register for the hotel as there is no charge to cancel your reservation.



Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Margie (Pictures / Quotes)

Here are some pictures from the weekend. From our time at the hunting shack. It was fabulous to get out of town and into the depths of the woods. A bit too warm for this time of year...but it made for some lovely pictures and time to be surrounded by nature.


I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature,
which, if we unconsciously
yield to it, will direct us aright.
~Henry David Thoreau

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The spider's touch, how exquisitely fine!
Feels at each thread, and lives along the line.
~Alexander Pope

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Look deep into nature, and then you will
understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein



Camouflage is a game we all like to play,
but our secrets are as surely revealed by what we
want to seem to be as by what we want to conceal.
~Russell Lynes


Unfortunately, one of the downfalls of being so deep in the woods and the temps so warm is these little buggers. Getting the food out of the cooler for supper I thought I might go insane from the sheer number of mosquitoes on me. My hands were full of food and I was defenseless. I must have look ridiculous hustling across the porch doing the "get off me" mosquito dance.

If you think you are too small to be effective,

you have never been in bed with a mosquito.
~Betty Reese


It was a lovely weekend. I slept, and slept, and slept some more. I also finished an entire book. The kids played and hubby hunted (did you pick him out in the camouflage pic? Ahhh, go back and look!!!)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Sunday, September 13, 2009

I Can Do It Myself!

You know it,
You've Heard it.

I Can Do It Myself MOM!

Well now for two mornings a week - this is true. You will have to buddy. Mommy will not be there.

My 4 (almost 5) year old is a pre-schooler this year. Whaaaaaaaat?
It was only a few years ago (duh- 4 almost 5!) When I looked into the rear view mirror and saw four car seats lined up with four tiny faces looking at me - I knew I was in trouble. Talk about overwhelming!

Now only 4 (almost 5) years later he is the last one at home. We can "quick" run into the grocery store. ( -vs- carrying a car seat and an infant and two toddlers being kicked along, praying that they don't dart in front of a car, while balancing a diaper bag and a grocery list) I can decide to stop into the thrift store to see if they have a coat in a kid's size 8 and it really is a quick stop in.

With him, like the others, in the beginning of the summer I thought there was no way he was ready for pre-school in the Fall. Much less ready for Kindergarten the next year. But, he grew over the summer. What is it about the fresh air and sunshine? Not just grew physically (although he is as big as his older brother) but has grown in maturity and attitude.

This boy is ready, and he CAN do it himself.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Time to breathe

I am going between being incredibly busy
and avoiding things in general.
Perhaps making up for avoiding things I
have to kick it down and get busy?

School started yesterday, while pre-school started today.

I have three in Elementary school and my final sprout in preschool. That meant that today was the first day in over 30 + days of not being with my children for 24/7 . Yes, I had been with my children non stop day after day for over 36? days.... I love them, but really - distance makes the heart.....

I was a bit giddy, I didn't know what to do! I kind of walked in circles.

It will take me a bit to transition.
To re-group.
Give me time (Deb).
The weather is lovely too, and calling me outdoors.
I am here, even if you don't hear from me tomorrow
or the next day.
I will be back and better than ever.

I will be going to the hunting shack this weekend. Quiet time, as there is no electricity, running water, plumbing etc. It is time to breathe.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

First day of school- a picture too!!!!!

Yesterday was the first day of school.
I am now able to post the pictures from yesterday morn' Be gentle about how sleepy we look, the bus comes at 7am... which means these pics were taken before tehen.

Note- the bus pic in the corner- see how I am behind a tree and far away? I have taken the same bus pic since my oldest was in Kind. well, now that he is a Fourth grader I was told I could not stand at the end of the driveway and take this picture - so hahhaaa! I hid behind the tree. It is not like I was in my pajamas... geezzzzz!

Monday, September 7, 2009




The Last Rays

Today is our chance to enjoy the last official rays of summer.
Tomorrow it becomes Fall in our household
(celestial calender be damned!)

My little caged animals will be released
I will put them on the bus
and they will
be on their own (at school)
for most of the day.

yippy, yahoooo, *doing happy dance, a few cartwheels....
Ok, sorry....

So today we will be soaking up the suns rays and enjoying the day.

Anyone know where the rakes are?