Friday, December 23, 2005

Merry Christmas!

Well, dang it all anyway.... I have this lovely little Christmas poem going on in the back of my head, but I can't stop long enough to put it down... so I'm gonna do the time honored classic ~

& Happy New Year!!!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Another lousy poetic moment best left in the annals of history for other experimental poets

Well, I think it's plain to see that poetry can be both beneficial AND detrimental, all in one fell swoop. Thanks to my previous heinous examples, no-one in HISTORY need repeat my haiku-limeric meshing experiments. See? I have already left my feeble mark on mankind. O Joy~ Strange, I think i feel another taste of poetry at my lips.
Oh dear. I believe I shall take a small break, come back with some hot chicken & rice soup, and see if I can swoosh that taste right outta my mouth.

Oh Dear ~
It isn't going away.

Mighty tasty soup, though. hmmmmmm

I know a place wherein resides
a well-placed poem, & besides,
some haiku-limeric mess derides.

O Constant Poem rule divine,
If I seek thee not, I am bovine,
therefore here-after I shall be thine.

I'll falter not, and recklessly rhyme,
nay, nay, I say, ~Pendamic Time~
From here on out, O Thee I'll mime.

For who can say of those wise old fathers
that made up poem rules bothers
to lift the chaos souls of others.

For from continent to continent
those poem styles seem quite content
to stand alone & represent.

So I suppose, in the end,
Unless I Deaf to be pretend,
I cannot mesh them without end.

And thus this little poem goes,
and yes it warms me to my toes,
oh hang it.... that's the soup, I knows.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

I advise against poetic meshing ~ it leads to sad messes, pathetic attempts at that new ~chaos theory~

OOOHHH BBEEAAAUUTTIIFFULLL for SPPAAAYYYYY-shus skies.....all righty then, boys and girls, old ladies and pandering males of all ages ~ GUESS WHATTTTT???? Oh HALLL-AAAYYYYY- LOOOOOO- YAh! The fall carnival is over, the fall carnival is over, weee-haa! Yayyyy RAH! Go ME! And my fundraising chair! Especially her! she ROCKETH, my friends, she truly ROCKETH!! WWWAAHOOOOOOOOOO! All right ~ well, wow-ee-ka-zow-eee ~ cuz yah see, THAT was a MAJOR deal, and now it is OVER. We had a HUGE turn-out, and made thousands of dinero's y peso's me amigos! Which is TRES BON, tre bon! AND, we got coverage on our local tv channel AND newspaper!! YEAAAHHHHHHH! PTO lives again ~

Ok, so, there resides in all of us a touch of suburbia, and lo & behold, it hath reared it's mundane head, roared it's mighty roar, and consumed it's pithy members. Now the only major events left of this year is our Scholastic Book Fair and the Dec. Teacher Appreciation Dinner. And I love the book fair ~ I get to pick out my favorite books, and dress up and go read them to the kids with ~accents~.
This may just call for a pithy, mundane suburbia-ish haiku... I seem to be haiku-ing a lot lately. Perhaps a limeric. Perhaps a haiku-ish limeric, or a limeric-ish haiku...

Here, the PTO,
Asking for your money-O
Hand out-stretch'd for-e'er.

Begging Happily,
Adding funds to school coffers
Taking all offers.

Happy are we-O
Off to the school we go-O
Singing Merrily.

The Staff loves us So,
We bring them donuts-O-O
This Haiku sucketh!

Ok, so, maybe that's why poets of old never bothered to mesh those two styles. I can see it was an utter fiasco. However, I must leave these sad examples here for future poets who may have similar dis-illusioned plans of mesh-ment.
Don't do it, I say, don't be tempted by the dark side of chaos poetry. It's all a bitter LIE.. ALAS, there must be SOME rules, or you TOO will end up with poopy for poetry. (check out that illiteration, I may be tempted that way as well some day)
Ah me, ah me.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Well THAT sucked ~ Haiku to my computer & the sucky battery

Maann, I am SO bummed! I wrote up a whole blog on my new laptop, and the battery hadn't charged the whole way, so it was plugged in, and the plug came out, and as a result, I LOST it ALL, because i didn't have it saved~ AARRGGGGGGHHHHHH, what IRRITATION! This irritation is worse than a butt-rash caused by over-zelous use of Charmin, folks. This irritation surpasses a nasty case of scaby-infested, swollen, allergy-ridden misery. In fact, this irritation borders on the down right spiced-curry-Kashmiri Dum Aloo effects coupled with IBS on a sweaty hot day in the middle of August!
AAARRGGHHHHH ~ the blue screen of death has heard me woeful cries, and it does not answer. Tears drop on the $200+ piece of living plastic now reduced to stone.
My naval umbilical to the www has been severed and hung to dry in the winds of ~unsaved data~.
My commemorating haiku ~

In the wind flutters
my data. Say goodbye to
the last three hours.

fear not, O Blogger,
all is not lost as of yet ~
you are still breathing.

The Noh of Data Death
has once again removed
all traces of thought.

Upon retrospect
I have wasted more time on
less important things.

Like writing haiku
to recall poor habits of
battery usage.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Prelude to a blog or ~Oh Vote, my people, VOTE!~

All right, It is 1:40 am. Later on this morning, I am going to go down to the school ( from 7 am to 9 pm) & help out with the whole elections deal. This is my first time doing it, and I am pretty sure it's gonna be a *Greyhound Bus* moment. You know what I mean, all the strangest people in the world, collected before you, in this one little moment in time. When I get done, it's gonna be a ~Sit-&-watch-all-the-funny-people-go-by~ EXTRAVAGANZA! I'm even gonna take notes. So when you go to vote tomorrow, know that I am sitting there, watching you all file past me, taking notes on your strangeness, all for my future blogging pleasure. And you know what? I am HAPPY to perform this little *civil service*. :-D See yah all in a few hours!!!

Friday, November 04, 2005

It's a great day for a redhead

HAH! well, I got the dang thing onto my blog, but it doesn't want to go onto my profile ~ what's up with that, anyway? Oh well, so much for a zippy little blog entry today. I'm trying, rand,lol, but 15 minutes is SHORT SHRIFT when you need 10 of it to make one cognizant thought.

obsessive compulsive redhead

Yes, yes, it's TRUE ~ I have a slight obsessive -compulsive issue from time to time ~ some people think it has to do with the red hair, others think it may just be a personality defect. I think it depends with whom you are talking to & about. Since I am just talking to me, however, I am gonna take a little ~authoritative liberty~ and say, it's probably a real asset. Well, I mean, in SOME ways.

All right, moment of truth here ~ who really reads this blog? not too many people. Probably just MAYbeeee HOPEFULLY no one that knows me personally. By that I mean that lives down the street from me. Or even in the same town. SOOooooooo......................

I think that gives me license to be completely honest. Totally lay the cards face up on the table. No holds barred. Below the belt acceptable. It's ALL good.

Laid bare the soul for all to see
What's going on inside of me~
Tragic, comic, ghastly grand,
Foul or sweet, spastic bland
This little limeric a tale doth tell
A rumbling gut producing smell~

ok ~ I digressed slightly there. That was just to blow off some steam. My poetic license was actually just revoked, due to poor 6th grade style rhyming efforts.

About that obsessive compulsive issue~ it has it's good sides, and it's detrimental effects as well. we can call them pro's & con's.

Pro~ heavy tendency to *collect*
Con~ house full of crap
Pro~ at least it's mostly interesting crap
Con~ There's a heck of a lot of it
Pro~unavoidable desire to constantly write
Con~ most of that writing is stupid ramblings
Pro~ At least then I am not speaking it out loud
Con~ you wouldn't know that to talk to my husband
Pro~ strong need to manipulate others
Con~ They made me the PTO president
Pro~ I get to meet more people to manipulate
Con~ some of them aren't as manipulatable as I'd like
Pro~ Overwhelming urge to make zillions of friends
Con~ Trying to keep said friends straight
Pro~ they usually will correct me
Con~ it's embarrassing to forget
Pro~ Keen craving to sell sell sell
Con~ while researching items, tend to buy buy buy
Pro~ do make good money
Con~ gets spent on the buy buy buy
Pro~Racking Voracity to read
Con~ you can waste a lottttt of time reading
Pro~ some of it can be really useful information

Monday, October 31, 2005

Carved Pumpkin Contest WINNER! Yeah!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! Isn't this a strange holiday? Wherein grown-ups feel compelled to go against centuries of ingrained reactions towards sweets, and lavish them upon children with glee ~ wherein mothers spend countless hours putting together costumes that will only last a few hours and end up stained and nasty within a single days' time ~ wherein grown men ignore all safety precautions and use power tools to shape ungainly mountains of squash & then proceed to light it on fire in a triumphant show of pyromania~

This was my husbands contribution this year ~
AND he won the carving contest ~ again :-D

He looked even better when the flames were shooting out of his eyes , and out of the little pumpkin's mouth, ~ both of them had these huge scented wax candles in them, which were green and red, and once it got really hot and started melting the wax, it looked great , wax dripping out of the mouths and eyes of both pumpkins, hehehehehe. We used a fire starter & a few pieces of kindling, which gave us about 1 1/2 hours of steady flames, melting wax, and burning pumpkins. :-D

Monday, October 17, 2005

Health Care Issues Today ~ We are headed for NO Insurance coverage by yr 2010 perhaps 2012

I posted a large amount of this blog at , as a commentary on another blogged comment.

My rant today ~ Health Care & Insurance Coverage ~ TAKE A STAND FOLKS! ~ I guess my main isssue is people who go running to the doc for every little thing ~ from a cold to a scrape, & that takes up the time of the doc, so that other more emergent care issues have to wait as well. Also, the doc then ends up prescribing those lovely antibiotics to a whole host of issues that probably could have done without, and in fact cause more problems than it solves. All because the patient wants ATTENTION, and a CURE, INSTANTLY. America is into INSTANT IMMEDIATE GRATIFICATION ~If the doc was not ~wheedled~ ( co-erced, begged, demanded, etc) into providing INSTANT REMDEDIES, the current state of anti-biotic issues would not be where it is at today.
Now , there are some major medical emergencies that can & do occur despite our best efforts at maintaining health, however, think of this ~ if people would put away ( into a flex fund, cafeteria plan, even just a separate savings account) the amount they would pay for health insurance every month, and be an ACTIVE partner in their own health care, I truly believe that that amount of money would be enough to take care of any medical needs OUTSIDE of major medical emergencies. (Approx. $2000 - $3000 per yr., much less on a per-person basis, more along the lines of $600 per yr for an adult. The $2000 amount is for my family of 7.) People should SHOP their health care ~ the name of the game is consumerism.
Take Lasik surgery ~ it's an elective surgery, so it isn't covered, so people will SHOP their doc to find the best deal. People KNOW what that is gonna cost, but you get the ~ copay or deductable~ covered expense going, and they almost ALWAYS can't even tell you what the total was, all they know is that their part was covered. Often, they don't even SEE the BILL.
So, Who really pays for insurance?? The real question should be ~ Who pays the Doc's bills? Insurance is a collective pot, usually heavily subsidized by employers. So, that means the EMPLOYERS are the ones paying the doc's bills. When its all invisible ( as in, you choose the doc, and let them bill whatever they ask, without being informed, or concerned) that's like your employer giving you carte-blanche, a credit card with no limit, a checkbook with no oversight. Is it any wonder that the system gets abused? It gets abused by employees who are ignorant of what their costs are, and health care providers who take advantage of insurance pools.

Historically health care was a service oriented profession. Our habits and our ways of thinking about docs in general are driven by decades of this kind of thinking. HOWEVER, health care today, is a BUSINESS. And businesses are about maximizing profits. Today we have a business climate for health care that lacks consumerism, and more importanntly, often lacks competition. Again, is there any wonder that the system is being abused?
People don't want to have to think about what their health care costs are, or about their own actions or lack of actions in their own self care. Ther is no question about IF insurance will continue to be provided by employers, the only question is WHEN it will no longer be available through employer-paid premiums. Some say yr 2010, others project 2012. People MUST be in charge of their own health care!!
Some people argue that "now, if we all ate our veggies and took nice relaxing walks on a daily basis, the world would undoubtedly be a better place, but somehow i think having low or middle income people hold even greater responsibility for their healthcare costs would be seriously detrimental. "
Why does being a a low or middle-income person automatically QUALIFY you for getting all the health care procedures that science can dream up? Why should that be subsidized? Why should ANYONE AUTOMATICALLY DESERVE to have these things available to them? Since when does being created EQUAL mean that if I don't make as much money as you, I DESERVE to have YOU pay for the things I can't afford? I am sorry, but there is NO SUCH THING as free lunch folks!
It's like the Whole Katrina Disaster relief thing ~ While I am perfectly WILLING to donate time, money, items, etc. to those folks, I am not REQUIRED to. And no-one should be required to, either. Yes, we should want to help our neighbors in times of need, and yes, if we don't, we may be called to task for that in the here-after, HOWEVER, and this is a BIG HOWEVER ~ it is not their RIGHT to EXPECT others to pay for them.
And insurance pools are just precisely that. You take a pool of individuals, put all their money into a pot, and dole it out as each person needs it, right? But what about Johnny over there, who keeps on dipping into the pot, never even asks what he can do to STOP dipping into the pot, never even bothers to find out HOW MUCH he is getting out when he starts dipping, and really, DOESN'T CARE, as evidenced by his continual dipping. In fact, Johnny is CAUSING HIMSELF to dip, because he refuses to take care of himself properly. And as a result of that, everyone else in the pool pays for Johnny. And you know what? Johnny thinks it's OWED to him. He thinks he DESERVES to be able to dip, without consequence. Maybe Johnny thinks that his employer OWES it to him. Why should an employer be required to add to the pot, just for Johnny's sake? What if the pot were for vehicle maintaince? Is Johnny's employer responsible for Johnny's vehicle? Or is Johnny? Is Johnny's poor driving habits and reckless use & abuse of the vehicle something that Johnny's employer should have to help pay for through maintainance of Johnny's vehicle?
Of course not! And health care is EXACTLY the same! WAKE UP AMERICA! START TAKING RESPONSIBILITY for your OWN HEALTH! It is VITAL that we do so!

Ah Yes, Medical School

Ah Yes, Medical School

A little Appreciation ~ Hurricane Katrina

I feel for the Hurricane Katrina situation, but I just have to say something ~ why should the government be the only responsible parties here? Why is it the government that should suck up all this loss? Because you know what? When you say ~government help~ what you are really saying is ~taxpayers dollars~.
Now, I would FAR prefer my taxes and such to go to a good cause like this sad state of affairs in New Orleans and else where that has been hit by such devastation. BUT ~ I just think people should realize that when they are out there demanding ~The Government~ to get into action, they are really demanding the rest of the nation. Again, let me stress this, I would FAR rather have my taxes and such go to devastating events like this , but, let's not forget who it is that funds ~the Government~.
I think it's more up to each state to be somewhat self-reliant in helping their own out, and when that is exhausted, other states lending a helping hand. When does the responsibility of the state of Louisiana come into play? Why aren't all these folks from New Orleans calling for help from their own state? Hate me if you will, but demographically speaking, seems to me like more than just ~The Government~ is responsible here.
Also, I was willing to open my home to a family that had to relocate, and now has a job in this state, and now will live here, and raise their family here. So please don't think me a callous cad ~ I am helping out in all the ways I can, BUT, I also know this to be true ~ if you're too good for someone, you make them good for nothing.
And in so many ways, it just defies reason that folks are already back to partying it up in the French Quarter, instead of getting down to business and helping out those around them. When the twin towers went down in New York, all of New York came to eachother's aid, and because of their ~rebuild, renew, redo ~ attitude, so many many others joined in to help them out.

It hurt my heart to see so many sad images of what Hurricane Katrina did , and it hurt my heart even worse to see so many sad images of how so many of those folks reacted~ looting, shooting, etc. I saw a picture of a whole parking lot filled with boxes upon boxes of clothing, donated for the victims, and you know what, it was all torn through, laying all over the place, scattered, stepped on, looked as though it just wasn't appreciated! It blows my mind that NO-ONE had the initiative to organize sizes and at LEAST put stuff BACK into the boxes so that others could use it! I actually read a commentary on someone saying what a shabby lot of clothing had been donated~ you know what?? economy isn't all that great right now ~ MAYBE, just MAYBE, the folks that donated clothes gave whatever they HAD ~ oh, yah mean they didn't go out and buy yah all DESIGNER stuff? ~ you know, i am sorry, but dang it, it seems like when folks are in a tough situation, they oughta at least be appreciative of what help is given.
And yah, I know, I am probably going to get slammed for my harsh unfeeling words, cuz I am not the one living through this hell, & you know what, you are right. I DON'T know what it's like, BUT, I DO know that there are a lot of folks out there doing all they can to help, and I DO know that Katrina will be paid for by the rest of us, and I DO know that work is not a bad word, it's a good thing.
I don't normally go off on things like this, because my goal is not to be an inflamatory blogger ~ but I just really feel that people's efforts to help should be recognized as such, and appreciated, instead of decried. I understand that in times of stress, people often act different than they would normally , but you know what? If you can't have a good attitude under stress, then when CAN you have a good attitude, and WHY BOTHER if it doesn't do you any good when you need it the MOST?
I know I have my own issues, and I know that I am not the one dealing with my whole life being devastated, but you know what? You aren't the only ones either!! There are lots of people that have gone through total devastation through no fault of their own, that had NO HELP, and still managed to make it back to a more comfortable way of life. If you think you have it bad, look up information on pioneers, the dustbowl, immigrants, and the pilgrims, just to name a very very few. Crap happens, if you are alive, you are doing well. If even ONE other member of your family is there with you, GUESS WHAT? You are BLESSED! All the rest is just trappings, trappings that make life easier. All that can be had again. Quit moaning, get up off your duffs, and start MAKING things happen again! I SO RESPECT those folks out there that are ACTIVELY WORKING to make their life better! They have taken the initiative to be responsible for themselves, and maybe even for others. That's just part of life, folks.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Jib Jab, Walmart, & the Grand Scheme of Things

This version is great for adults,
Be sure to watch the one called ~This land ~ as well, it will crack you up~~

If you want a kid-friendly version, I suggest Madame Blueberry, put out by VeggieTales.

Madame Blueberry goes to ~Stuff Mart~ and fills her house up so full it BURSTS & topples over ~

And as Americans, we really need to reign in that ever-looming desire to ACQUIRE & OWN.
How many people do you know that actually ENJOY all the crap they accumulate? I find that I have so much crap, it would take MONTHS of endless WORK to actually USE everything I own. When does it stop being something we NEED and start being something we WANT? I'm not saying I don't like to get a bargain, and I fully admit to shopping at the Great Wally-World myself, but where is the line? How much is truly NECESSARY, and how much is FILLER? Do we all have it so easy, and is time so inconsequential to us that we have to fill it up doing INANE half-projects that produce nothing but dust-collecting CRAP?

more macro shots... Roses by any other name

This is a day lily I caught on its way out ~ I love the hot fiery colors and the perfection of layout ~ Who but God could create something so lovely?

Here is a tiny green spider, living in the petals of a rose ~ sort of romantic, isn't it? And yet, I bet he's dead now, since the frost came, and the roses are gone ~ the cycle of life must include death, even for little creatures like him.

I love the way the light refracts off of these natural lavender pearls ~ so many oysters worked so hard to make these~Here's a quicky little note of interest ~ a great way to tell if a pearl is real or not ~ rub it on your teeth, if it slides, its a fake-a-roony, if it's sorta gritty feeling, it's REAL. That gritty feeling comes from a whole bunch of little micro-crystalline structures, which is what makes up the nacre of the pearl, and that's what makes it so pretty, and full of luster. And of course, real pearls are cool, cuz they came from a living animal, and in fact, only oysters can make that nacre, man still hasn't figured it out. ( Well, hey, what do we need to figure it out for if we can get oysters to do it for us, double time?) Did you know that some oysters can produce up to 60 pearls at a time? Course, it takes a while, but when they are done, there's a load of them! Pretty cool huh? That's why I have a nasty little pearl addiction too! ;-D

Thursday, October 13, 2005

macroshots ~ A rose by any other name......

I liked the colors in this one, and my kids said it tasted good too. I can't remember the flavors, but they were funky, like the pink pastel one was actually licorice, and that green & yellow one was cherry. I think the dark red one was rootbeer. LoL, dollar store candy ~

This rose is called a ~Bonica ~, it opens up quite pink, then fades to a lovely blush in the sun. I have several Bonica's, they are a floribunda, and hardy to zone 4, which makes them perfect no-hassle roses!

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

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