Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Fresh Fruit and Veggies

The end of summer is a wonderful time. I went to the open air market a week or so ago and got fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and squash. At the store I got cantaloupe, watermelon, fresh green beans and corn. It's all so delicious. And one by-product of eating all these good things is that my cholesterol is down. Yay!

When I was growing up in Pueblo over by Morton Elementary School, we had a plum tree in our backyard. It was great to go out and pick a snack. My children always loved it when we lived in a place where they could pick fruit when they were hungry. God gave us all good things to eat and just happened to make them good for our bodies.

I still want to get more green beans, corn, cucumbers and tomatoes before they are all gone. It's a lovely time of year!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Bad News--Good News

The bad news: our kitchen sink was backed up over the weekend. The good news: the plumber came by Monday afternoon and worked a miracle!

The bad news: Gary and Aaron both had a kidney stone at the same time. The good news: both are doing fine now (those stones may come back to visit if they haven't finished their work).

The bad news: Jen got bitten by something (maybe spiders) and has had an allergic reaction. Her eye was very swollen and so was her forearm. The good news: I haven't heard any more news yet, so I guess no news is good news???

The bad news: little Gizmo didn't want to go outside to go potty because the wind has caused the screen door to move and it scared him quite a bit. So he went a couple of places in the house. The good news: I think he's doing better on that.

This is good news as far as I'm concerned: Jen's extra special birthday is coming up on October 5. If you want to send her a card, let me know and I will give you her address or email so you can tell her Happy Birthday!! I know she would love hearing from you. If you know others who would like to wish her happy birthday, let me know. Gary, Aaron and I are preparing a box to send her. The largest regular Post Office box can be sent for $50--it's a little steep. It takes about 10 days to get to Jen.

Monday, September 7, 2009


I just talked to Jen. We started talking about 5:45 her time. She was getting ready to have a busy day. If you haven't been reading her blog, you ought to. It's very entertaining. It's:

Saturday was the ninth anniversary of my sister Gail's death--September 5. I still miss her so much. She was my best friend and a part of me and a part of my life. I would like to know what she has been doing all this time.

We are going to barbecue for supper. It will be good.

While I do enjoy my work most of the time, I'm always sorry when a holiday comes to an end. At least we only have a four-day work week.

God didn't make all of Creation for us. He made it for Himself.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


I noticed that other day that I was waiting for something...not consciously thinking about it, but I became aware I was waiting. After I thought about it, I find that I have a sense of waiting for many things. They are not all the usual. Here are a few that I can think of right now.

1. For the people who share our duplex to get rid of their van. They only got it a couple of months ago. It is handicapped accessible, and I guess I don't think it will be there permanently.

2. For Jen to come home.

3. For Gary to change some things.

4. For the need for new technology at work to finally come to an end.

5. For my leg to get better.

6. To move to a larger place.

7. To have more freedom with our money.

8. To write a book.

9. To quit being so tired.

10. To move back to Pueblo.

11. For a change in the government.

I know there are many things I should be waiting for and I probably am waiting consciously for a lot of things: the Rapture, to lose weight and others. But I know and think about those.

Do you have any things you are waiting for that are kind of at the back of your mind? Do you feel like sharing?

Friday, August 21, 2009

Some Thoughts

Yesterday was my husband's birthday. I would say he is getting old(er), but since I am older than he is, it might imply something about me!

Well, anyway for the first installment of his birthday, he chose the meal he wanted to have cooked. Actually he grilled the steak, and I cooked the corn on the cob, the baked potato, and the mushrooms and then made the salad. He was happy. Aaron had already given his gift along with his Father's Day gift. I gave him a book and gift card. Jen is giving him cash.

On Friday night or Saturday, he will have the second installment of his birthday. We will eat out and he will buy the gift of his choice with Jen's money. Good times.

At work we have changed some of our work processes which has made it more difficult/involved to prepare/release information--many little steps. The advantages of doing things the new way are 1) we eventually will use less paper, and 2) we can email reports. BUT it doesn't make things easier. I'm just saying.

There's a touch of fall in the air some days. I look forward to fall, but I'm sorry summer is coming to an end. The temperatures at night are getting down into the 50's.

Our two little dogs make us laugh a lot. Riley barks when he hears something outside (however, he gets in trouble for that so he is getting better), and Gizmo barks because Riley does. If Riley runs down the hall, Gizmo is running and practically putting his feet on top of Riley's as they run together. Riley is Gizmo's life; Gizmo is Riley's cross to bear..sometimes. Most of the time it's all good.

That's all for now.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Say What??

I thought I might have something to say after I opened up my new blog page. But I was wrong. I got nothing.

Have a great day!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Random Thoughts

Yesterday was the last day for Neighborhood Bible Clubs put on by my church. We had a high day of 17 kids, and there were 7 children who asked Christ into their hearts. While the numbers we not nearly as high as last year's, the week was still a great success, and God blessed.

So today, I am tired. I suppose when you get tired because you are working for the Lord, it's a really good tiredness.

We talked to Jen this morning by Skype. It's so nice to see and hear her. She of course is really busy. We were able to sell her car yesterday, and she is really ecstatic about is. She had just made the current payment this past week.

I only worked 3 1/2 hours each day this week (except for Friday--I was off all day) because of the Bible clubs. I find that that is a schedule I could be very happy with!

The temperature is suppose to get down into the upper 50's at night this week. Wonderful. During the day it will probably be in the mid to upper 80's. Everything is still green because of the rain we've been having--very unusual.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Jen's in China!

Jen left Denver Thursday night at about 9:00 for China. She finally arrived in Qingdao at about 10:00pm on Friday our time after a very long and tiring day. Praise the Lord she made it safely! God is good.

The time in China is 14 hours ahead of us, so she arrived there about noon on Saturday. She and some of the folks there walked to a restaurant for lunch. She says it is her new favorite place to eat. She says her apartment is big with a big living room and a very small kitchen.

At our house we are hooked up to Skype so Gary and I were able to talk to Jen and see her for several minutes this morning. It was great! This is a wonderful technology to have and use.

Even though Jen is way too far away, I'm very happy that she arrived safely and that she is happy with things so far. God is big and He literally has the whole world in His hands including Jen in China.

P.S. Jen shut down her blog and so I don't have access to any blogs that were listed in her blog list. I always went through her blog to read other blogs. Please respond to this blog or in email and give me your blog addresses. By the way she is setting up a new blog to tell of her adventures in China.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


This speech was given by Sheriff James Alderden at a Tea Party in Estes Park in celebration of the 4th of July. I have his permission to use it in my blog. Please read it.

Revolution - Back to the Future

Revolution. The word has several meanings.
· An opposition effort to overthrow a government.
· A momentous or sweeping change.
· A circular movement around a point.

As I use the word today, just in case there are any federal authorities monitoring this gathering and composing a potential terrorist watch list, I mean a sweeping change in the direction government is headed.

I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers.... We must make our choice between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude.

These are the words of our third President, one of our Founding Fathers and the author of our Declaration of Independence: Thomas Jefferson.

As I speak today about our heritage and foundation – and contrast that with where we are and where we appear to be headed – I hope you’ll forgive me for borrowing liberally from Jefferson and others who were true visionaries and much brighter than me. Over two hundred years after they were uttered, the words of our Paternal Patriots are just as relevant today as they were then.

Some critics have denounced the attendees of these Tea Parties as Tea-baggers and nothing more than ignorant racists. I prefer to think of us as Patriots with deep respect for the principles on which this great Republic was founded.
America has been the country that champions individual freedom, not the land of government control leading us like a pack of Lemmings into the sea of self destruction.

America was founded as the land of opportunity - opportunity for all regardless of race, color, creed or religion. Opportunity to succeed or fail - depending on one's ability and initiative. The land of opportunity, not the land of entitlement.

The over-reaching of our federal government today can only be described as revolting.

We live in troubling times – a time when complacency has led to unrecognized or ignored danger. We must be vigilant from threats – threats both from abroad and within. We who are gathered here understand this and are willing to take a stand and be heard, just as the citizens of Massachusetts were in 1773 when they dumped 342 chests of tea from three ships docked at Griffin’s Wharf into Boston Harbor.

If there is one thing we should have learned by now, it’s that history does repeat itself.

What prompted the original Tea Party? It wasn’t that the colonials didn’t like tea. Indeed, tea was the coffee of the day and colonials drank an estimated six and a half million pounds of tea each year. The Governor of Massachusetts was appointed by the King and his pay linked to the tax on tea. One of the largest financial institutions in England at the time was the East India Company, second only to the Bank of England, but it was close to bankruptcy. To help the failing company, Parliament changed the law on how tea was sold and shipped, basically under-cutting American traders like John Hancock and creating an East India monopoly that benefited a very small group in Boston that included the Governor’s two sons and a son-in-law.

Government interference with free enterprise. Disproportionate taxation! Back to the future!

As dramatic as the events of that December night were, what is more relevant were the meetings which took place prior to the Tea Party and the efforts to have the tea returned to England. When the first ship to arrive had docked, posters went up urging citizens to gather at Faneuil Hall the next morning. As reported in the book Patriots: The Men Who Started the American Revolution by A.J. Langguth, a crowd of over 6,000 gathered there in violation of the government restriction which limited the size of Town Meetings. The men gathered said that even though they didn’t own enough property to qualify to vote, their sons someday would and that they were entitled to protect their children’s future. -- So are we! Not only entitled to protect their future, but bound to.

So, why we are gathered here today? Join me in being heard!
· Are we concerned about the pawning of the financial future of our children and our children’s children? YES.
· Are we concerned about the Ponzi Scheme known as the federal budget? YES.
· Are we concerned about government taking over private business? YES.
· Are we concerned about draconian government regulation and interference? YES.
· Are we concerned about efforts to remove God from the public discourse? YES.
· Are we concerned about the erosion of our Constitutional rights to keep and bear arms? YES.
· Are we concerned about environmental extremism that offers carbon taxes or cap and trade policies that will add to the costs of goods and services for all Americans? YES.
· Are we concerned about a Congress and President ignoring Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution and the 10th Amendment by assuming authority that was guaranteed to the State? YES.
· Are we concerned about our national security and our national sovereignty? YES.
· Are we concerned about the march of our country down the rocky path of Socialism and Fascism? YES.

The following frequently used quotation is attributed to Scottish history professor Alexander Tytler. He made his observation shortly after the Revolutionary War, about the same time the Constitutional Convention was being held in Philadelphia.

A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.

Back to the future! Dr. Tytler continued:

The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
· From bondage to spiritual faith;
· From spiritual faith to great courage;
· From courage to liberty;
· From liberty to abundance;
· From abundance to complacency;
· From complacency to apathy;
· From apathy to dependence;
· From dependence back into bondage

The accuracy and source of this quote have been debated, but the observations seem to conform to our history. It does appear that history repeats itself. If you recall one of the definitions of “revolution” as a circular movement around a point, it does appear that we’ve come nearly full circle:
· from the figurative bondage of the oppressive taxes and duties imposed by various acts of the British Parliament
· to the spiritual faith and courage shown by the Son’s of Liberty
· to the Declaration of Independence and freedoms guaranteed under our Bill of Rights
· to the abundance our great nation enjoyed through much of the 20th century
· to the complacency and apathy that has slowly permeated our society over the past few decades
· and finally, to the dependency we see today.

I have a great deal of respect and admiration for our Founding Fathers – for what they accomplished and the risks they took to win our independence. Let me share with you some of their thoughts on democracy.

Thomas Jefferson expressed the same concern as Dr. Tytler but did so much more succinctly, stating:
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

John Adams observed:
…democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.

The question for us is this:
· Is it possible to move from this stage of dependence, by-passing the stage of figurative bondage and move back in time to a new era of spiritual faith, great courage, liberty and independence?
I would argue and pray that it is possible – that it isn’t too late – because our government is not a pure democracy. Our Founding Fathers understood the inherent dangers of a pure democracy, where strict majority rule threatens the inalienable rights of the individual. They understood the fundamental difference between a pure democracy which is equated to mob rule, and a Republic which is a representative form of government - operating under a Constitution that places limits on the authority of government and ensures the sovereignty of the individual.

As noted by Jefferson,
An elective despotism is not what we fought for…
It appears to me that our hope for the future lies in the fact that we are a Republic. But the path back won’t be easy and there is no quick fix. Our Founding Fathers fought for independence - risking everything. We who are gathered today can do no less.

So, what do we need to do to get back on track?
The first step is to recognize how we got here. We didn’t get here overnight. It was a slow and incremental deterioration fueled by a liberal media and by a liberal educational system. We need to restore balance to both.
We need to support media outlets that aren’t beholden to the government and which present all sides of an issue. We need to vigorously oppose such things as the “so-called” Fairness Doctrine.

We need to take back our educational system, from the elementary schools to the universities, holding teachers and administrators responsible for educating our children, not imposing their ideology. If our public institutions of learning can’t do that, then we need to home school our youth or enroll them in select charter or private schools.

We – WE - need to instill our values in our children, not cede this important responsibility to the schools or media.

Second, we need to stand up, shout and be heard. We need to continue to gather in protest instead of wallowing in apathy.

We need to actively push for a return to our national foundation – with an emphasis on our individual God-given rights and respect for State rights over federalism.

Third, we need to get politically active - not just by casting a vote on election day - but in working on campaigns of candidates who uphold our ideals.

We need to ensure that all of our elected officials know, understand and uphold our founding principles – from the school board members to the city councilman, from the county commissioner to the mayor, from the sheriff to the governor, from the state and federal legislators to the President.
Leaders who understand and honor the Declaration of Independence, the United State Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Leaders who will govern based on our founding principles, not polls.

Leaders who understand their responsibility under a Republic. Representatives who will truly represent us and our country - not their self interest. Leaders who aren’t in it for the money or to satisfy their ego.

I can’t let a speech on the Fourth of July go by without quoting my favorite actor. In closing, this is from John Wayne playing Davy Crockett in The Alamo:

Republic. I like the sound of the word. It means people can live free, talk free, go or come, buy or sell, be drunk or sober, however they choose. Some words give you a feeling. Republic is one of those words that makes me tight in the throat – the same tightness a man gets when his baby takes his first step or his first baby shaves and makes his first sound like a man. Some words can give you a feeling that make your heart warm. Republic is one of those words.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Just Get Me to My Work on Time

Yesterday when I left work, I left a lot of details undone. All the crucial stuff was done, but there were probably another ten to twenty things that still needed to be finished. So yesterday, I thought to myself that I maybe would try to get to work by 5:00am. (my usual time is 6:00am). Knowing how I move in the morning, I knew this was possibly improbable, but I thought maybe I could do just this once.

Well, at 10:00pm last night when I was getting ready for bed, I suddenly knew for certain that I wasn't going to get up before 4:00 so I could be at work at 5:00. I decided instead to really get up at 4:20 when my alarm goes off instead of punching the alarm four times like I usually do (sometimes five times). I thought that I would then get to work by about 5:30.

I did pretty well. I only punched the alarm twice when it went off. I was ready to leave the house by about 5:15. That meant I might get to work by 5:40 or 5:45. Then I remembered--I had to get gas or I might not even make it to work, and since I was going a different route I could go through McDonald's and get something for breakfast to eat on the way.

The good news is that I made it to work on time, early even, at 5:59. This is about ten to fifteen minutes earlier that I usually get to work (I make up the time at the end of the day--it works). So I can say I WAS 15 minutes early. I am both proud of myself and mostly very irritated.

Living with me is hard. I think one of the reasons I look forward to Heaven is that I will be changed, and that will be pretty miraculous. And I don't think I will have to be on time for work.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Some Random Things

Jen drove home last weekend from Florida so she could leave her car and dog with us. It was a long, long way to drive. Now she is in NY near Buffalo doing some intensive training with the organization she will be working with in China. She will be home for a few days after that and then again for almost two weeks later in July. She has had an awful lot of stuff to do and still has plenty more to do. Please pray for her.

Jen's dog Gizmo and our dog Riley are having a wild time together. They run and play most of the time even when they are both worn out. They are getting along pretty well. Life has changed a lot for both of them--and for us. Both dogs are cuties.

I am looking ahead and starting to work on the Neighborhood Bible Clubs with my church which will held the first full week in August. Work + good times.

We had a potluck yesterday at work. Our theme was "Stuffed Stuff." We had stuffed tomatoes, stuff celery, stuffed enchiladas, stuffed empanadas, stuffed kraut burgers, stuffed shells (mine), stuffed cheese cake, stuffed strawberries, stuffed ice cream sandwiches, stuffed spring rolls, stuffed deviled eggs, and some other things. It was all good. We had really different things than we usually have.

On Father's Day both kids were out of town, although Aaron arrived back home mid-afternoon. Gary wanted fried chicken for his day--homemade fried chicken. I cooked one pan full and then told him I could fry the other pieces on some other day so that I could make gravy from the drippings to go with the meal. He decided he wanted all the chicken cooked (he was afraid I wouldn't fix it later) and that we could eat later in the afternoon. So we ate at about 2:30. Aaron got home just as we were starting to eat. He doesn't really like fried chicken, so he had some veggies and potatoes and gravy. Usually I would have fixed him chicken strips or something else, but I didn't know he was coming home so early (he can stand fried chicken strips). Anyway, Gary's been taking chicken for lunch all week. He's been very happy this week, at least at lunch time.

Apparently I don't have too many thoughts today. I just found out I have to proof a paper for somebody in the building, so I guess I'm quitting with the writing.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

200th Blog

For my 200th blog I have 200 book titles. The list includes some repeats, but I'm going to leave the list as is. It's a good list.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien

3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

4 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

5 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

6 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell

7 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

8 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott

9 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy

10 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

11 Complete Works of Shakespeare

12 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier

13 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien

14 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger

15 Middlemarch - George Eliot

16 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell

17 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald

18 Bleak House - Charles Dickens

19War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

20 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh

21 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

22 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

23 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

24 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

25Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

26 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens

27 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis

28 Emma - Jane Austen

29 Persuasion - Jane Austen

30 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne

31 Animal Farm - George Orwell

32 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving

33 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery

34 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy

35Lord of the Flies - William Golding

36 Dune - Frank Herbert

37Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen

38 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

39 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

40 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

41Count of Monte Cristo - Aleandre Dumas

42 On The Road - Jack Kerouac

43 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy

44 Moby Dick - Herman Melville

45 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

46 Dracula - Bram Stoker

47 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

48 Ulysses - James Joyce

49 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray

50A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

51The Color Purple - Alice Walker

52 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert

53 Charlotte’s Web - EB White

54 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

55Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad

56 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Eupery

57Watership Down - Richard Adams

58The Three Musketeers - Aleandre Dumas

59Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

60Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

61Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain

62The Æneid - Virgil

63Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain

64Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

65Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll

66All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque

67The American - Henry James

68Animal Farm - George Orwell

69Anna Karenina - Tolstoy

Arrowsmith - Sinclair Lewis

70Babbit - Sinclair Lewis


72The Bible - God

73Billy Budd - Herman Meville

74Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

75Brothers Karamozov - Fyodor Dostoyevski

76Caine Mutiny - Herman Wouk

77Call of the Wild - Jack London

78Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer

79Complete Stories of Edgar Allen Poe - E.A. Poe

80 Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Mark Twain

81Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas

82Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevski

83Cry, the Beloved Country - Alan Paton

84Daisy Miller - Henry James

85David Copperfield - Charles Dickens

86Death Comes for the Archbishop - Willa Cather

87Don Quiote de la Mancha - Miguel de Cervantes

88Dune - Frank Herbert

89Emma - Jane Austen

90Ethan Frome - Edith Wharton

91Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

92A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemmingway

93For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway

94Giant - Edna Ferber

95Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell

96Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck

97Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

98Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

99Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald

100Great Short Works of Joseph Conrad - Joseph Conrad

101Gulliver's Travels - Johnathon Swift

102The Hobbit -J.R.R. Tolkien

103House of Seven Gables - Nathaniel Hawthorne

104Hunchback of Notre Dame- Victor Hugo

105The Iliad - Homer

106Ivanhoe - Sir Walter Scott

105Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

108Jungle Books - Rudyard Kipling

109Kidnapped - Robert Lewis Stevenson

110Last of the Mohicans - James Fenimore Cooper

111Little Women - Louisa May Alcott

112Look Homeward Angel - Thomas Wolfe

113Lord Jim - Joseph Conrad

114Lord of the Flies - William Golding

115Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien

116Main Street - Sinclair Lewis

117Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

118Moby Dick - Herman Melville

119Moll Flanders - Daniel Defoe

120The Morte D'Arthur - Thomas Malory

121Mutiny on the Bounty - Charles Nordhoff

122My Antonia - Willa Cather

123 1984 - George Orwell

124The Odyssey - Homer

125Of Human Bondage - W. Somerset Maugham

126Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway

127Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

128The Once and Future King - T.H. White

129Pearl - John Steinbeck

130The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde

131Pilgrim's Progress - John Bunyon

132The Plague - Albert Camus

133Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austin

134Quo Vadis - Henryk Sienkiewicz

135Rebecca - Daphne Dumaurier

136Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane

137Red Pony - John Steinbeck

138Return of the Native - Thomas Hardy

139Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe

140Sherlock Holmes, the Complete Stories - A. Conan Doyle

141Silas Marner - George Eliot

142Slaughterhouse-five - Kurt Vonnegut

143Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner

144Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway

145Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

146Three Musketeers - Alexander Dumas

147Time Machine - H.G. Wells

148To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

149Treasure Island - Robert Lewis Stevenson

150A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

151Turn of the Screw - Henry James

152 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Jules Verne

153Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe

154Vanity Fair - William Thackeray

155War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

156Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

157The Yearling - Marjory K. Rawlings

158You Can't Go Home Again - Thomas Wolfe

159Aesop's Fables - William Caxton

160Arabian Nights or One Thousand and One Nights

161Black Beauty - Anna Sewell

162The Call of the Wild - Jack London

163Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift

164Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates - Mary Mapes Dodge

165The Happy Prince and Other Tales - Oscar Wilde

166Heidi - Johanna Spyri

167Ivanhoe - Walter Scott

168Just So Stories - Rudyard Kipling

169The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving

170A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett

171Little Lord Fauntleroy - Frances Hodgson Burnett

172The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

173Peter pan - J.M. Barrie

174Pilgrim's Progress - John Bunyan

175Pinocchio - Carlo Collodi

176Pollyanna - Eleanor H. Porter

177Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm - Kate Douglas Wiggin

178Rip Van Winkle - Washington Irving

179The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

180The Swiss Family Robinson - Johann Rudolf Wyss

181Tales of Mother Goose - Charles Perrault

182The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Duras

183Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea - Jules Verne

184The Water Babies - Charles Kingsley

185White Fang - jack London

186The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

187Where the Sidewalk Ends - Shel Silverstein

188The Hiding Place - Corrie Ten Boom

189Charlotte's Web - E.B. White

190Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

190The Indian in the Cupboard - Lynne Reid Banks

191James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl

192Little House on the Prairie Books - Laura Ingalls Wilder

193How to Eat Fried Worms - Thomas Rockwell

194Pippe Longstocking - Astrid Lindgren

195Stuart Little - E.B. White

196Sideway School is Falling Down

197The Black Stallion - Walter Farley

198The Cat in the Hat - Dr. Seuss

199Green Eggs and Ham - Dr. Seuss

200The Little Engine that Could

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Amazing Date!

June 10th. This is my 37th anniversary. It is also my husband's 37th anniversary. We were talking last night about this anniversary. When we got married we hadn't even thought about being married this long. It wasn't that we thought we would get a divorce...we just hadn't visualized the possible length of time a marriage could last.

Some of the events on our wedding day in 1972 included these special moments:

Gary's mom got locked out of the motel room before she had gotten dressed for the wedding.

My mom sat in grease in my dad's car on the way to the wedding and we had to rush down to the church kitchen to wash it out. Fortunately the grease came out.

When my dad and I were just starting down the aisle from the back of the church, he almost stumbled when all the people turned to look at us. I think he hadn't realized that was part of the fun.

Gary and I sang a duet during the wedding, "Day by Day." The pastor had told us we probably shouldn't plan to sing because at his wedding he passed out he was so nervous, and he was afraid we might have problems.

My sister sang a solo and so did our friend, Allen. Both did a wonderful job. Someone made the comment since we were having so many songs (three including ours), we should just have the choir sing. We didn't.

The ring bearer picked his nose up in front.

We had two flower girls, Kay (my cousin) and Jody (Gary's niece). We also had three attendants on each side (my sister was my maid of honor and two friends were the bridesmaids; Gary's two brothers and his friend Allen were the groomsmen). Our colors were yellow and white--very pretty in June.

As part of the postlude, the organist played "The Fight is On, O Christian Soldiers." The truth. I don't know what she was thinking!!!!

It was a great wedding. I loved it.

Gary has been a great husband and I'm so glad to have him. And he is glad to have me (or else). With God, we have created a unique life together.

I am hoping for another 37!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Respect your Mother

A co-worker's mother can't keep her house clean. She was a lousy mother when my co-worker was growing up (she was/is an alcoholic), she needs to sell her house and move--she should be able to see that.

Another co-worker's mother doesn't know about or understand all the technology. When she asks her daughter questions, she tells her she's not going to use the technology and she doesn't need to understand.

Another co-worker's mother didn't fix food the right way and treat her right when she was growing up.

These women act like their mothers are foolish, unable, and not willing to do things the right way. I don't like to hear that kind of talk.

When I was a kid, I felt family loyalty. I might have thought my mom and dad didn't do everything right, but I didn't want other people to know their faults. I think no matter how fallible our parents are, we should be respectful and protective of them and their reputations.

My mother was a great mother. Not perfect, but great. Why we expect perfection from others when we can't be perfect ourselves is not reasonable.

My mother taught me many valuable things: ironing, laundry, spelling, sewing, driving, hair curling, shopping, cleaning, dishes, cooking. She taught me to read the Bible and pray and go to church. She provided a piano and piano lessons and a clarinet, and camp and library trips. She made me obey and taught me respect for my dad. She was a good example.

My son and daughter treat me with respect. I know they respect my opinion and my abilities. I think (and hope) they say kind things about me to their friends.

Being a mother wasn't always easy for my mother or for me. We just tried to do a good job.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Family Picnic

Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Brother, Sister-in-law, Brother-in-law, Nephews and Nieces ( some of these people have already been told about this, but if you read this blog, please spread the word),

I would like to invite you to a family picnic on Saturday, July 18. I don't know yet where it will be. Details will follow at some point, but I hope you will hold this date open for this event. This will be the last time we will see Jen for probably two years. I hope you can come. We will figure out food later.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Qingdao Demographics & Prayer Requests

By the end of 2006, Qingdao was estimated to be the home of about 8 million inhabitants, of which around 3 million reside in the Qingdao urban area. Another estimated 5 million live in other cities under Qingdao's jurisdiction.

The annual birth rate is calculated around 76,507, with a birth rate of 10.15 per year per thousand, and a death rate of 6.32, both calculated on an annual basis.

Living standards are among highest of leading Chinese cities due to the strong export economy and relatively high family wages.

While Qingdao is home to 38 Chinese ethnic minorities they constitute only 0.14% of the city's total population. Qingdao boasts a vibrant expatriate community, led by the Korean community which comprised over 80,000 individuals in 2007.

This information all comes from Wikipedia--not my brain.

Please pray for Jen. She has had so much to do and she is worn down. Pray that she will find someone to take her little dog. The girl who was supposed to take him changed her mind. Also Jen still has to raise about $5000. Her church is taking an offering this Sunday, and some friends are having a gold party (people bring broken gold jewelry, and then it is melted down). I'm planning a barbecue for the Sheriff's Office and asking for donations. Anyway, she needs your prayers.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Qingdao, China

My daughter will be going to Qingdao, China, this summer and staying for two years. I wanted to know some things about the place she will be staying and I thought you might too.

Qingdao is located on the south facing coast of the Shandong Peninsula. It borders three prefecture-level cities, namely Yantai to the northeast, Weifang to the west, and Rizhao to the southwest. The city's total jurisdiction area occupies 10,654 km². The populated sections of the city are relatively flat while mountains spur up within city limits and nearby. The highest elevation in the city is 1133 m above sea level. 15.5% of the total area is highland, while the foothill, plain and lowland areas constitute 25.1%, 37.8% and 21.7%. The city has a 730.64-kilometre coastline. Five significant rivers that flow for more than 50 km can be found in the region.

Qingdao's climate is monsoon-influenced and falls on the borderline between humid subtropical (Koppen Cwa) and humid continental (Koppen Dwa). Winter is cool to cold, sometimes snowy, and windy, with temperatures hovering around freezing. Summer is generally hot and humid, but very hot days are rare. Due to its proximity to the coast and being on a peninsula, it experiences a one-month delayed spring compared to most of central China. Conversely, autumn is much milder than inland areas. The water temperature peaks at about 25C (77F) in late August, with swimming possible two months on either side.

Weather averages for Qingdao, Shandong, PRC
----------------------- Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Ave high (°F)
------------------------(37) (41) (49) (59) (69) (75) (81) (83) (78) (68) (54) (42)
Ave low (°F)
------------------------(27) (30) (37) (47) (56) (65) (72) (74) (67) (56) (44) (32)


I will write more later. This info is quoted from Wickipedia.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Garage

Well, Gary, Aaron and I have worked for an hour or two on the garage. The other two have gotten more done than I have. I have mostly sorted through some boxes and re-organized them so they can be stacked along the walls.

We stopped to eat lunch and decided to watch a movie. After starting the movie, I decided it wasn't one I wanted to watch, so I have been reading blogs and writing this blog for the last hour. When the movie is finished, I suppose we'll go back out and at least straighten up the mess we've made in the garage. It's been very pleasant.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

13 Thursday And Friday Thoughts

A co-worker is having plastic surgery to remove a lot of excess skin after losing lots of weight with the stomach surgery. She will be out 4 weeks.

Gary and I will have 4 days off. We are taking off Friday and there is a holiday on Monday. Yay!

When Gary raises his voice while watching sports on TV, our dog Riley thinks he's in trouble and has to be loved on to know he's okay.

After being close to 90 degrees for a day or two, today it's supposed to be around 60. Spring in Colorado.

The lady next to me is using "God" as a curse word. Sad.

Jen leaves for China on July 24.

I made stuffed shells on Sunday for lunch. Gary said it was the best thing I had made in a long time. Humph.

Gary heard something about selling a loved one's body after death to have it squashed and processed into a diamond. I think he was trying to tell me he's ready to make the sacrifice.

Gary, Aaron and I are going to meet my brother and brother-in-law and some of the kids for lunch at Castle Rock on Monday. We plan to have the larger family get together in July when Jen is home.

Gary is planning on the two of us working on cleaning out the garage this weekend. The trouble is, I had planned a different list of things to do, and it didn't include the garage. Humph!

My mother's birthday is on May 25. Memorial day used to be a time the family would get together for Mother's birthday and have a picnic. We are not as faithful to do this anymore.

The Bible says we shall return to dust. I think someone in this house (I'm at home now, not work) has already started turning. Won't someone please dust this house?!

We have to get new tires on my car. There goes the vacation money! What could be better!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Accoutrement of My Life--a List

Cough drops
Glasses (on my face)
Feeding Riley
Practicing with singers
Being nosy
Teaching piano
Mexican food
Chinese food
Cotton (for the times of our lives)
That's about it for now. What things make up your life?

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Christ First

When Christ is first in a person's life (mine), it would look like this:

Eating habits will change.
Serving others will be a constant activity.
Bible reading will supersede all other reading.
Prayer for others will be a constant attitude.
People will hear words that will glorify God instead of self.
Love for others will be more noticeable to them.
Gossiping will be a cause for conviction by the Holy Spirit.
Time will be used more profitably.
There will always be a looking-out for opportunities to witness.
Sharing, helping, forgiving will all become a way of life.
Talking to the Lord about needing His help to live the way He wants will be a constant prayer.
There would be no attachment to sci-fi (most sci-fi does not exhibit a belief in the one true God. It's mostly humanistic.)

I can't do these things without the Lord's working in my life. He can't work in my life unless I ask Him to and then am willing to do as He directs. I believe if I ever truly live for the Lord, I will be a totally different person than I am today. I don't believe I have to change first on my own. I can't live like this on my own. Only God can change a heart and a soul. And it really would take a miracle.

But--we will only be perfect in Heaven. We have to live the imperfect, sometimes sad, life we have now that is hopefully growing and changing spiritually. This is done through prayer for help, reading God's word and applying it, being influenced by godly men and women, serving the Lord, and sitting under the preaching and teaching of the God's word in the local church.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Random Thoughts

My husband went to the emergency room on Friday. He had a kidney stone that caused him much pain. He passed the stone on Saturday. He's much better now.

I attended a Mother's Day salad luncheon at church on Saturday. I was responsible for the music and I was the Emcee. It was fun. My salad was a pasta salad with noodles, cucumbers, tomatoes, bacon, orange bell pepper, onions, and low-cal Italian dressing. There were 3 or 4 other pasta salads there also. Humph.

My family was generous with me and so I get to go buy some clothes for Mother's Day.

Husband grilled hamburgers on Sunday. Very good.

Jen called and Aaron conversed with me on Mother's Day. It was all good. They are good children.

The dog hurt his eye on Sunday and could hardly keep it open some of the time. This morning it was much better. So glad.

The front lawn was aerated on Saturday, but the backyard didn't get done because the machine wouldn't fit through the gate.

When Jen gets home before she leaves for China, she wants to go fishing and on a picnic in the mountains. It will be great to have her home. She will be gone two years. That's a really long time.

We missed both of our mothers on Mother's Day. They were both wonderful women. No one else prayed for me like my mother.

The Genetics of Onion Eating

My grandmother ate onions.

My mother ate onions a lot. She could take a bite out of a whole onion and enjoy it.

I love onions. Better than chocolate. There's hardly anything that isn't better when eaten with an onion--except for sweets. This is just a cross my poor husband has to bear. And my co-workers. And my son. And many other people. Onions help me to know if people are really my friends. They would avoid me if they weren't true friends.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Let Me Eat Cake

My cousin, Kay, wrote some poems she entered into the 2009 Bad Poetry Contest. I entered the contest also. Here is my bad poem.

Let Me Eat Cake

I pant
I moan
I cry
I groan.

No more cake.
Bad, bad snake.

You ate
You stuffed
You chewed

Where's my piece
Selfish beast?
Plate licked?
Got sick?
Good. Good.

Happy me
Plumpy you.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

I don't write poetry. I just quote others who do.

Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. ~Leonard Cohen

Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary. ~Kahlil Gibran

Ink runs from the corners of my mouth. There is no happiness like mine. I have been eating poetry.~Mark Strand, "Eating Poetry," Reasons for Moving, 1968

There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money, either. ~Robert Graves, 1962 interview on BBC-TV, based on a very similar statement he overheard around 1955

Poetry is what gets lost in translation. ~Robert Frost

Imaginary gardens with real toads in them. ~Marianne Moore's definition of poetry, "Poetry," Collected Poems, 1951

A poem is never finished, only abandoned. ~Paul Valéry A Certain World, 1970, MBT p258

He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though he has never written a line in all his life. ~George Sand, 1851

Always be a poet, even in prose. ~Charles Baudelaire, "My Heart Laid Bare," Intimate Journals, 1864

Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast possession of definition. ~Eli Khamarov, The Shadow Zone

Poetry is the journal of the sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air. Poetry is a search for syllables to shoot at the barriers of the unknown and the unknowable. Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away. ~Carl Sandburg, Poetry Considered

Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted. ~Percy Shelley, A Defence of Poetry, 1821

Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history. ~Plato, Ion

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


We used to have a wonderful Chinese pug named Katy. She first belonged to Jen, but I fed and bathed her and took her to the vet. So when Jen went to college the dog stayed with us. I loved that little dog and I miss her.

Her tail was a cinnamon roll. Her eyes were very bulgy. Her mouth was bigger than my hand. She constantly snorted and made noise. She was very entertaining.

I look at the picture of the pug puppies on this page and I would really like to have another one. (Actually I would like to have her back.)

Our little Riley is a wonderful little guy. I guess I want him and a pug. We need a lot more room, though.

Monday, April 13, 2009

40 Facts of Me

I saw this on another blog, and I enjoyed reading it. If you want to do this too, please just copy and paste and put in your own answers.

1. My uncle once: pulled my tooth with pliers. (Uncle Buck)

2. Never in my life: have I eaten dog meat (as far as I know)

3. When I was five: I was already in first grade and turned six in December.

4. High School was: a distant memory.

5. I will never forget: my mother's words--Didn't you even think about doing right? Don't look at me like that. Let's go do the dishes (my sister and me)

6. I once met: a crippled boy who was very good looking and had very strong arms.

7. There’s this girl I know who: can put her whole ear inside her ear so it pops when it comes out.

8. Once, at a bar: I don't think I've really ever been at a bar except maybe in a restaurant where they served meals.

9. By noon, I’m usually: ready to go home from work.

11. If only I had: a bodyshaper that would whittle me down to a size 12.

12. Next time I go to church: I will not stand up and shout "fire."

13. Terry Schiavo: was a sad case.

14. What worries me most: is the liberalizing of America.

15. When I turn my head left, I see: greener grass.

16. When I turn my head right, I see: Bella Lagosy

17. You know I’m lying when: I talk (NOT true) ( or am I lying about that too?)

18. What I miss most about the eighties: the childhood of my children.

19. If I was a character in Shakespeare, I’d be: sorry.

20. By this time next year: I won't be pregnant.

21. A better name for me would be: Always Right I Don't Care What You Say (ARIDCWYS).

22. I have a hard time understanding: people who don't try to understand motivations of others.

23. If I ever go back to school, I’ll: get my masters in English/Writing.

24. You know I like you if: you're where I can see you.

25. If I ever won an award, the first person I’d thank would be: Remington Steele

26. Darwin, Mozart, Slim Pickens & Geraldine Ferraro: Bad, good, interesting, wrong.

27. Take my advice, never: eat cold cream. I made my sister eat it once, and then I worried what it would do to her. Apparently nothing.

28. My ideal breakfast is: cooked by IHOP.

29. A song I love, but do not own is: a song not yet written.

30. If you visit my hometown, I suggest: you visit Union Street.

31. Tulips, character flaws, microchips, & track stars: a favorite flower, in everyone else, come in a bag, are run of the mill.

32. Why won’t people: realize I do know better.

33. If you spend the night at my house: expect a dog attack, kiss, and a little dog food supper.

34. I’d stop my wedding for: the lack of a preacher.

35. The world could do without: is crime.

36. I’d rather lick the belly of a cockroach than: lick the belly of a rat.

37. My favorite blond is: probably not.

38: Paper clips are more useful than: false eyelashes.

39. If I do anything well, it’s: talk.

40. And by the way: don't trust anyone over 90--unless she is your grandma.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Thoughts on the Resurrection

Without the birth, we would have no Jesus. Without the death, we would have no example. Without the resurrection, we would have no salvation. Without Jesus, we would have nothing.

He had to have obedience to begin the process.
He had to have patience to bear the garden and the disciples.
He had to have stamina to bear the beatings.
He had to have commitment to bear the cross.
He had to have love to take all our sins.
He had to have power to rise from the dead.
He had to have a view of the future to appear to the disciples and others.
He had to follow the plan to the end to go to sit on the right hand.
He had to be Jesus. No one else would have done.

"He is not here for He is risen. Come see the place where the Lord lay."

"O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?"

Thursday, April 9, 2009

China or Bust

JEN IS GOING TO CHINA! She just found out yesterday.

Jen said I could put this announcement in my blog. She will be leaving around the end of July. She does get to come home for 2-3 weeks before she goes. It has not been confirmed what city she will go to yet, but she should find out soon.

Remember the old saying, if you go into a barn, does it make you a cow?

Well, if you live in China, does it make you Chinese? Maybe in some small way.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

And One Thing Led to Another

Monday I accidentally left two reports on my desk under a couple papers. I thought they were "no tape" reports which meant no one else would be assigned those numbers by the computer. Well, one really was a report with an uploaded dictation. So one of my co-workers along with two others had to look and look for it and finally found it hiding on my desk (however unintentional the hiding was).

So the next day they gave me what for--off and on for about 3 to 4 hours. It was pure joy.

So yesterday I decided to do almost the same thing I had accidentally done on Monday with a few changes: I left all reports in plain sight and I confided in one of my co-workers what I had done so she could tell anyone looking for a report that it was on my desk--before everyone got up in arms again.

It should have been at least a little bit funny. Maybe it was, but three of the worker bees decided vengeance was needed. When I came in this morning, my bulletin board papers were upside down; my big calendar was set on a different month; many things on my desk were changed to the opposite side; my phone and mouse were taped so they wouldn't work, my short metal filing cabinet was taped so securely I thought it was really locked (and it was moved to the opposite side of the desk); and last and certainly the most irritating: my computer display was moved to the right so I couldn't see the right-hand buttons, and I couldn't find a way to fix it.

Well, everything got straightened out by about 0830. But I'm going to change my evil ways. No more jokes, even though my kidding wasn't personal!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Random Thoughts

It snowed again last night and this morning. It looks like about 3-4 inches out there. Yay! But it's cold.

My husband had a sinus infection about 3 weeks ago, and now it has come back. He's pretty sick.

Riley, our dog, wet on my bed. I was NOT happy. I'm washing all the bedding today. I know he doesn't like to go out when it's cold and blowing, but yesterday was up in the mid to upper 50's. What's up with that?? And again I say--I was not happy!!

I am buying a used roll-away bed today. Aaron is going to help me get it from someone who also works for the county. The woman advertised on the county bulletin board. The roads are clear and things aren't too messy, so we should be good to go.

Jen has her crazy interview early this next week. Hopefully any craziness she has can be kept under wraps until after the interview. Seriously, please pray that everything will go well. The interview is in Michigan and she will be flying out of Miami on Monday morning.

Our church had evangelistic meetings last week Sunday through Wednesday night. The speaker was very good. We enjoyed the services and the music. My husband and I don't seem to have the stamina or energy we used to have. To be out 4 nights in a row while working full time through the day made us pretty tired. In the old days there were times when we were out over 10 nights in a row. I don't think we could do it now unless we absolutely had to. We don't.

I've already cooked twice today. If I make it to the store later, I'm going to try to have something for supper that I don't have to cook. I'm not allowed to cook 3 times in the same day!!

That may be all the random thoughts I feel like putting into writing. If you have any thoughts, random or otherwise, that you would like to share, please do it.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Yesterday I was assigned to answer the phone at work (along with many other things). Mid morning I received a call from someone who sounded like a young girl--maybe 14 or 15. She wanted to know what the results were on her DUI breath test.

So I asked my usual questions. "What is your name?"

She said, "Angela Jones (made up name).

I said, "What is your birth date?"

She said, "I don't remember."

I said, "You don't remember?"

I proceeded to tell her that the results of a breath test were public information and that she could have that information even if she wasn't Angela herself. I then turned into mom/teacher/preacher, and I said, "I can give you the information, but I need you to tell me the truth." I was pretty sure she wasn't Angela.

She said, "Okay. I'm just getting the information for Angela."

I said, "Well, the breath results were .107."

I think she thanked me, and as I was hanging up, another young woman from the department came over and whispered to me, "It's Joann." Joann as in another worker in our department. She played an April Fool's joke on me, and it worked. I laughed and told other people in the department as she came walking down the aisle back into our department.

Earlier in the day I had played a couple of jokes on her since it was not only April Fool's but also it was her birthday. I had taped across the bottom of her mouse so it wouldn't work and I taped her phone so she couldn't hear or speak when she picked up the handset.

Usually I'm a little bit afraid of April Fool's Day, but a good time was had by all.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

More Mostly Funny Puns

1. The roundest knight at King Arthur’s round
table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his
size from too much pi.

2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan
island, but it tuned out to be an optical

3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her

4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from an
algebra class because it was a weapon of math

5. The butcher backed into the meat grinder and
got a little behind in his orders.

6. No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll
still be stationary.

7. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and
was cited for littering.

8. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France
would result in Linoleum Blownapart.

9. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a

10. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a

11. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall.
The police are looking into it.

12. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

13. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the
hallway. One hat said to the other, ‘You stay
here; I’ll go on a head.’

14. I wondered why the baseball kept getting
bigger. Then it hit me.

15. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center
said: ‘Keep Off the Grass.’

16. A small boy swallowed some coins and was
taken to a hospital. When his grandmother
telephoned to ask how he was, a nurse said,
‘No change yet.’

17. A chicken crossing the road is poultry in

18. The man who survived mustard gas and pepper
spray is now a seasoned veteran.

19. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a
taste of religion.

20. Don’t join dangerous cults. Practice safe

Friday, March 27, 2009


Well, northern Colorado finally had a snow storm. When it was all finished, we had about 12" in our yard. Many offices and school districts in the area closed early yesterday, and the schools were still closed today.

I left the Sheriff's Office about 11:15 yesterday morning to go home. It took me about two hours to make a 25 minute drive. The problem wasn't the storm so much as the traffic. It was bumper to bumper going about 5-10 miles an hour through town. That part took most of the two hours. When I finally got on the open road of Highway 287, I was able to go about 25 miles per hour. I felt like a speed demon.

The roads were mostly snow packed, but they were also car packed.

We desperately need the moisture so the open fields will be green at least through spring and maybe into summer. There is plenty of snow in the mountains to provide water for living and for watering the lawns, but the forests and fields don't get water unless we have snow and maybe some rain. So I thank God for the snow...and for the half day off work.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

My Dad--a repost

Yesterday was the 11th anniversary of my dad's death. Vernon Paul Horn, 77, passed away March 24, 1998. Father of Paula (Gary) of Pueblo, Gail (Bryan) of Colorado Springs, Keith (Rondii) of Pueblo. Also survived by his sister, Wilma of Lamar; brother Leslie of Springfield CO; grandchildren, Aaron, Jennifer, Caleb, Benjamin and Travis. Preceded in death by his wife, Margaret on December 5, 1997; parents Arthur and Goldie; brother, Calvin; and sister Alma. Born August 19, 1920 in Las Animas, CO.

Dad was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II and was a POW in Germany for more than a year. He also received a Purple Heart for being shot in the leg. He owned and operated Vern's Alignment Service until his retirement. His favorite pastime was fishing.

Dad's funeral service was on March 28, 1998, and he was buried at Mountain View Cemetery.

Dad was a wonderful provider. He was faithful to his wife and his family. He trusted Christ as his Savior when I was in 5th grade. He attended church after his salvation for a short time and for awhile sometime later. He read his Bible quite a bit and was faithful to tithe. My aunt made the comment that he talked a lot about Heaven and knowing the Lord after my mother passed away.

I didn't know he had a sense of humor until I was an adult, probably because I didn't understand it.As a mechanic with his own business for many years, Dad was scrupulously honest and fair. One time a man drove his own car up on the car rack so Dad could look under the car. Well, the man didn't have permission and ended up driving his car off the rack. My dad went ahead and fixed the damage for him.

Dad was a great fisherman for many years. Mostly he fished up and down the Arkansas River. He didn't really like to eat trout, so he ended up releasing them or giving them away to pleased strangers or friends.

When my mother passed away in December, three months before Dad did, it was a difficult time for him. The family, two caregivers and a friend stayed with him around the clock. I think at the beginning of that time he probably could have taken care of himself, but I think he didn't want to be alone in the house.

Just before Christmas that year, Dad went into the hospital to have a hernia corrected. At that time he was found to have lung cancer. He told me he wished he had stopped smoking sooner.On Sunday, 03/22/98, while my sister was staying with my dad, he told her to call an ambulance because something was very wrong. He was taken to the hospital that afternoon. Very quickly he lost many of his abilities until by Tuesday he was in a coma. He passed away that evening while several family members were there with him.

Dad was a good man. He always tried to do things right. I remember when some of us were out in the parking lot of the hospital right after he died, I told my uncle I wished I had told Dad to tell my mom hello. He said that by the time Dad got to do that, I would be up there myself. He meant that time is very short and even if I lived another 50 years, it would just be a very short time.Your time is short too.

Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior? Are you ready to go?

Thursday, March 19, 2009

13 Thursday Dr. Seuss Quotes

1."Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”

2.“You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

3.“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.”

4. “Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.”

5.“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”

6.“I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!”

7.“I meant what I said and I said what I meant.”

8.“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”

9.“How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”

10.“Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”

11.“I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities.”

12.“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own.And you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where to go.”

13.“And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed!”

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Things I'd Like to Do

Go hang gliding.

Go surfing.

Be a foster parent.

Write a book (this one is at least a possibility).

Go to both family reunions this summer (maybe).

Go on an Alaskan cruise.

Go up north to see the rock presidents (I really think I'll do this one).

Lose lots of weight.

Go camping in the mountains again.

But a new house.

Remember everything I want to.

Make two skirts with material I already bought (I hope to do this one).

Read all of the classics.

Get my garage cleaned out.

Go to Santa Fe.

Make my husband obey better (this one ain't gonna happen).

Ride a train again.

Be able to give away lots of money to missions, friends, church.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Exciting Times!

If you've been reading my daughter's blog, you know that she is applying to go teach at a Christian school in China. She's so excited. And I'm pretty excited. Last night she called to say that she got a telephone call from China--from the principal of one of the Christian schools there. She wanted to share the joy with me, which was a wonderful thing. The only problem was that it was 9:00pm and I had had a long day (at work at 6:00am, came home and taught a piano lesson, went to church and taught a children's class, and got home about 8:30pm), so I'm afraid I was a little blah. Then she was disappointed that I wasn't more excited.

So I put on my excitement voice and shook my hands to indicate my excitement, which made her happy. Then I had to tell her that it was put on a little bit. She said she would wait till today and tell one of her friends and that she would be excited for her (even if I wasn't). I told her to call me this morning too and I would be more excited, but she said it was too late for me to show excitement. Maybe next time I'll be really really excited!

In a side note, when I started shaking my hands in excitement, my dog Riley who was sitting beside me turned to look at my hands to see what was going on. Apparently I was showing too much excitement for him!

Exciting times thinking about China and going to China and changing everything. I think God has been preparing Jen to do this for a very long time.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

13 Thursday Puns--Very Sad

What happened when the cow tried to jump over a barbed wire fence? Udder destruction.

When I was in the supermarket I saw a man and a woman wrapped in a barcode. I asked, "Are you two an item?"

What do you call a fish with no eyes? A fish.

I used to be a transplant surgeon, but my heart just wasn't in it.

I used to be a train driver but I got sidetracked.

I used to be a tailor, but found the work to be just so-so.

I tried working in a bakery, but was told I wasn't "bread" for it.

What musical is about a train conductor? "My Fare, Lady"

Old printers never die, they're just not the type.

What do you call a baby monkey? A chimp off the old block

Old cooks never die, they just get deranged.

What did the chimpanzee say when his sister had a baby? Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle.

A termite walks into a bar and says, "Is the bar tender here?"

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

What Makes the World Go Round?

I have several ideas on what makes the world go round.

Of course it is truly God who makes the world go round. Hebrews 11: 3 says, "Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear." I love that verse. It settles Creation.

But on a more frivolous note, there are some other things that I believe make the world go round. According to the song, it is LOVE that makes the world go round. I guess I believe this to a certain extent, but there are many people and cultures that don't have much love. So it must be other things that make their world go round.

I also believe that BILLS make the world go round. I pay bills; therefore I am. If there are no bills to pay, we probably don't own a house or pay rent; we don't have utilities; we don't have a car or put gas in a car; we don't go to the doctor or vet; we don't buy gifts; etc, etc, etc.

Since I've been working at the Sheriff's Office, I've come to believe that CRIME makes the world go round. It lets many people know they really do exist either because they've had things stolen or damaged, or they've been harmed, graffitied, or scammed, or they just read the newspapers or listen to the news about these things. Or the big OR is that maybe they commit these crimes. Maybe a crop of drugs grown in Brazil is gathered and sold to a middleman and to another middleman, and then put on a boat and sold to an American dealer who sells it to many other American dealers who sell it to our children and druggies, which ruins their lives and the lives of their families. This one isn't really very funny or frivolous.

But my last idea of what makes the world go round is SEEDS. Apple seeds, tomato seed, cucumber seeds, weed seeds, human seeds, tree seeds, and many, many more. Without seeds human lives would come to an end. I'm so glad God planned the seeds along with the completed fruit, veggies, etc.

And maybe God spun the world like a top several thousand years ago, and it's still spinning. And that's why the world goes round.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Pastor Shot

I didn't see the news last night, so I didn't hear about the shooting of the Baptist pastor during church service until just a few minutes ago. My husband and I have been in the ministry for over 30 years. This event doesn't strike fear in my heart but it does strike a deep note of sorrow. Humanly speaking, this seems like a terrible waste and an awful hardship for his family and church.

But God sees all pictures and all sides, and He makes no mistakes. His Word says precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. May God give this pastor's family and friends the comfort only He can give.

Thursday, March 5, 2009


There are two women who work in the department next to mine. That dept and mine are only separated by a wall about 5 and 1/2 feet tall, so we can hear a lot of what goes on over there. Those two girls (both under 35 yoa) often laugh many times everyday. I can't always hear what they are laughing at, but their laughter is very contagious and fun to listen to.

I often wish I could laugh that much. The problem is, I don't laugh out loud very often. I smile a lot and I laugh under my breath some. I enjoy a good joke or pun. I make silly comments and puns. It's all good times. But I don't laugh very much.

Here in the Sheriff's Office I hear men laugh quite a bit, especially the men in the Criminal Impact Unit. They laugh a lot. I really like to hear their laughter. Maybe they are laughing at criminals (criminals can be quite funny, you know).

For me, I find that men's laughter is more enjoyable to listen to than women's. Their laughter makes me happy. Sometimes women have high-pitched laughter that can grate on me. Sometime they make sounds like witch cackles or coyotes, but nevertheless I enjoy the laughing.

Have I told you that when Jen and I used to work together on her algebra at the kitchen table, sometimes we got to laughing and we would laugh on different pitches but in the same rhythm? It was like laughing a duet. And then that would make us laugh more. Good times.

So today, let's try to find something funny enough to make us laugh out loud. It activates the immune system and decreases the stress hormone.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Obituary of a Friend

This obituary came from the London Times.

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

..........Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
..........Why the early bird gets the worm;
..........Life isn't always fair;
..........And maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses, and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourselves from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault. Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled some in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.He is survived by his four stepbrothers:

.........I Know My Rights;
.........I Want It Now;
.........Someone Else Is To Blame;
.........I'm A Victim.

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

This is a great recipe that I have used a few times. It's good for a potluck or at home.


1 1/2 cups crushed pretzels
4 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
3/4 cup butter/margarine, melted
1 cup white sugar
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 (6 ounce) package strawberry flavored gelatin
2 cups boiling water
1 (16 ounce) package frozen strawberries


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix together the pretzels, 4 1/2 tablespoons sugar and melted butter. Press into the bottom of a 9X13 inch pan. Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly toasted. Set aside to cool completely.

2. In a medium bowl beat the sugar and cream cheese until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Spread evenly over the cooled crust. Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes.

3. In a medium bowl stir together the gelatin mix and boiling water. Mix in frozen strawberries, and stir until thawed. Pour over cream cheese mixture in pan. Refrigerate until completely chilled, at least one hour.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

13 Thursday Hindrances to a Life of Perfection

1. My sin nature
2. Food
3. I talk too much
4. Lack of motivation
5. Other imperfect people
6. Other people who think they are perfect
7. Television
8. Me
9. My dog
10. Me
11. Me
12. My location (not Heaven)
13. Valentine's candy

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Random Thoughts

The weather has been pretty good lately. It has had a slight drop in the temperature. Yay!

My husband has had the flu since Thursday. He was feeling better this morning but still not up to par, whatever that is. He did go to work today.

Last night I had my first ground chicken hamburger. It was really good. I flavored it with garlic, pepper and basil.

Speaking of food, it's on my mind quite a lot. Way too much. I wish I was one of those people who only think of food when they are hungry. But alas, food and I are best friends. Sometimes it thinks it's in charge of me. Bad friend!

I am getting information to write a paper about the Larimer County Sheriff "For Significant Contributions in Improving the Quality of Justice in Larimer County." I am nominating him for the Conrad Ball Award. The paper can only be two pages long, but before I started researching, I didn't know many details. Now I could write a five- or ten-page paper. It may be difficult holding it to two pages. You may ask, Queen, why is it that out of all of the personnel at the Sheriff's Office, you are the one to write the paper. It is because I think the Sheriff deserves to be nominated and no one else has volunteered to do it.

Daughter had a World's Fair with one of her school classes. I thought it sounded like a fun idea. Behind every fun idea, there is a group of parents and teachers who are working hard to help the students do what needs to be done.

At church on Saturday evening, February 14, Gary and I will be going to a Valentine's Banquet. We are having lasagna and garlic bread. I'm helping prepare some of the garlic bread. That whole meal may put me under the weather. Oh well, into every life some rain must fall.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Michael Jordan

We have Michael Jordan's distant cousin living at our house. It's our dog.

When Gary is sitting in his computer chair and Riley wants to get on his lap, he does a vertical jump that looks like he is doing a quick floating upwards with no effort. I think he really is an athlete.

Of course when he sits on the back of the couch and I'm sitting on the couch, when he jumps down on my leg, he feels like he's 50 pounds. He's really only about 13 pounds.

When he gets up on Gary's lap, he often tries to get on his chest. Gary holds him there and then he stretches out with his paws and kind of pets Gary and licks his ear. Riley is very affectionate and a little bit demanding. Good times!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Things that start with the letter "A" that I like

My cuz Kay assigned the letter "A" to me on her blog. So now I am writing.

Arabia - Gary's brother Rick used to live in Saudi Arabia. He worked in/with/near oil.

Aaron - He is my oldest child, and I like him quite a bit.

Avocados - I love them plain with a little salt or in a guacamole.

Andes Mints - I hardly ever have them, but I like 'em a lot.

Appaloosa Horses: I love the look of horses, especially of appaloosas with their wonderful spots.

Ark by Noah.

Animal as in my cute little Riley dog.

Artichoke hearts.

Additional information from almost anyone at any time.

Ample space to exist in.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

First Aid

On Thursday night I was downstairs at church waiting for my turn to do the music and teach the Bible story at Master Club. One of the other teachers was talking about first aid and what you should do when a person isn't breathing. One of the little boys, probably about 5th grade, said it was "mouth-to-mouth participation." He said it several times and the teacher could not think of the right word. So while I was being very amused, I told her the word "resuscitation." Now my word was correct, but it wasn't nearly as interesting a term as the little boy's was. "Mouth-to-mouth participation" is probably not done during first aid, but it may be done at other times.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Black and White

I know that the color of a person's skin is truly only "skin deep." If we truly are not prejudiced and we don't discriminate based on skin color, then we should only judge others on their beliefs, their actions, and their words. We can and should love everyone, but that doesn't mean we have to love everything a person says, thinks, does and stands for.

One time when I was in a state college, the English class I was in was discussing something about treating other people in certain ways. I made a statement to the effect that we could only treat others with love and kindness if we had help from the Holy Spirit. The professor said, "So if someone cut off your leg and beat you with it, you would still treat him with love?" I had to say I couldn't do it unless I had help.

I honestly don't know if I can love everyone. I only know I will need some help to do it. I do know that I can't overlook certain things about people even though I'm supposed to love them. I won't be able to support a person's wrong actions and beliefs even if I try to love or at least like the person. I think as Christians we are to be discerning--separate the person from his problems.

I guess you can judge me on that if you must.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

13 Thursday Songs of My Childhood

1. Goodbye Old Paint, I'm a leavin' Cheyenne

2. You Are My Sunshine, My Only Sunshine

3. Catch a Falling Star and Put It in Your Pocket

4. Que Sera Sera, Whatever Will Be Will Be

5. Make New Friends But Keep the Old

6. Everything's Alright in My Father's House

7. You Can Smile When You Can't Say a Word

8. Jesus and Others and You

9. My Lord Knows the Way through the Wilderness

10. Tis the Land Where the Columbines Grow

11. High, Betty Martin, Tip Toe, Tip Toe

12. Ring the Bells of Heaven

13. Pony Boy, Pony Boy

My sister and I had a little red record player when we were little. Some of these songs were on the red records. Others I learned from camp, church, TV and Girl Scouts.