Friday, December 24, 2010

Letter From Jesus about Christmas

Letter from Jesus about Christmas --

It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking My name out of the season.

How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your own. I don't care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate My birth, just GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

Now, having said that let Me go on. If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn't allow a scene depicting My birth, then just get rid of a couple of Santas and snowmen and put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn. If all My followers did that there wouldn't be any need for such a scene on the town square because there would be many of them all around town.

Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday tree, instead of a Christmas tree. It was I who made all trees. You can remember Me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you wish: I actually spoke of that one in a teaching, explaining who I am in relation to you and what each of our tasks were. If you have forgotten that one, look up John 15: 1 - 8.

If you want to give Me a present in remembrance of My birth here is my wish list. Choose something from it:

1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way My birthday is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from home. They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year. I know, they tell Me all the time.

2. Visit someone in a nursing home. You don't have to know them personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.

3. Instead of writing the President complaining about the wording on the cards his staff sent out this year, why don't you write and tell him that you'll be praying for him and his family this year. Then follow up... It will be nice hearing from you again.

4. Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can't afford and they don't need, spend time with them. Tell them the story of My birth, and why I came to live with you down here. Hold them in your arms and remind them that I love them.

5 Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her.

6. Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless? Since you don't know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile; it could make the difference.

7. Instead of nit picking about what the retailer in your town calls the holiday, be patient with the people who work there. Give them a warm smile and a kind word. Even if they aren't allowed to wish you a "Merry Christmas" that doesn't keep you from wishing them one. Then stop shopping there on Sunday. If the store didn't make so much money on that day they'd close and let their employees spend the day at home with their families

8. If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary-- especially one who takes My love and Good News to those who have never heard My name.

9. Here's a good one. There are individuals and whole families in your town who not only will have no "Christmas" tree, but neither will they have any presents to give or receive. If you don't know them, buy some food and a few gifts and give them to the Salvation Army or some other charity which believes in Me and they will make the delivery for you.

10. Finally, if you want to make a statement about your belief in and loyalty to Me, then behave like a Christian. Don't do things in secret that you wouldn't do in My presence. Let people know by your actions that you are one of mine.

Don't forget; I am God and can take care of Myself. Just love Me and do what I have told you to do. I'll take care of all the rest. Check out the list above and get to work; time is short. I'll help you, but the ball is now in your court. And do have a most blessed Christmas with all those whom you love and remember



Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Ray Stevens - We The People -

A Budget Guide to Surviving Christmas

Here, I have put together a guide to help you have a fantastic Christmas, without having to face the New Year with some serious debt to consider.

First, avoid taking out store cards. As tempting as '10% off' sounds, these cards are often disguised as a money saving option but can get very expensive, as well as making it easy to accrue a large amount of debt in a very short space of time.

Secondly, chop up the credit cards. If there is plastic cash available to you then there is a greater temptation to buy.

Wait until your bonus is in your bank account before you spend it. Businesses have had a tough year and therefore bonuses may not be as high as they have been previously.

Christmas shouldn't be all about lavish gifts. Explain to people that you are trying to control your spending this year, so look out for small token gifts which will mean something to that person rather than forking out on something expensive.

Try to spread the cost of Christmas by starting your shopping as early as possible. This will prevent panic buying situations on Christmas Eve.

A personal budget listing how much you have to pay out on essentials like bills and the mortgage will give you an idea of your Christmas budget. By reviewing and analysing your income vs. outgoings, you will highlight areas where spending can be cut down.

If it is possible, try and spread the payment for presents over a period of time. This will mean that you don't have to pay lump sums all at once. Give yourself time so your finances are not hit in one go.

Get crafty! Instead of forking out on decorations, entertainment and cards, have a go at making your own. Get your kids busy making bunting and paper snowflakes, send e-cards and plan games to play on Christmas morning. Not only will you save cash, you'll have lots of fun too!

Victoria Poolman is a freelance writer who writes for many UK businesses. For debt management plans, she recommends Debt Advice for Women who provide a specialist service just for women.

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milkandhoneydesigns: Super Big Book Giveaway

Check out this great giveaway!!

milkandhoneydesigns: Super Big Book Giveaway

I would love to win the book that has quilts from the 30's....I love scrap quilting and the use of flower sack quilts!!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Thrifty Decor Chick: Giveaway Weekend!

Check This won't be disappointed...I rarely share giveaway information but this looks like a good one!

Thrifty Decor Chick: Giveaway Weekend!

Use Up Leftover Mashed Potatoes and Other Useful Ideas

Use up leftover mashed potatoes

Make potato patties from leftover mashed potatoes. Simply add an egg to 2 cups mashed potatoes, form into patties and fry in a pan with a little oil. You can add meat, seasoned breadcrumbs, cheese or onion for extra flavor. The first reader tip shares another way to use up leftover mashed potatoes.


We use leftover mashed potatoes to make potato soup. Simply thin it down with milk or water until it is the consistency you want, bring to a gentle boil and then top with bacon, cheese, chives and sour cream. An absolute favorite in our house. If you don’t have quite enough, add a can of creamed corn to stretch the recipe. — Daisy, Canada


I store my shoes on a shoe rack on the closet wall. I noticed that the U-shaped wire made indentations on the leather of the shoes. I now stuff TP cardboard rolls into my shoes first, THEN slide the tube onto the U-shaped wire support. It keeps the shoe from resting against the wire of the rack. I adjust the length of the tube to suit the shoe; sandals get a paper-towel tube. — Sandra N., e-mail

I use the tubes from paper towels, the few I get, to roll linens in so they don’t crease and wrinkle. Works well for me. — Liz, e-mail


It can be hard to see the potential in thrift-store or recycled items, so I like to approach the problem from the other direction. I browse the high-end stores to find ideas that I like, then search for ways to re-create them. A $200 feather trimmed chenille throw was re-created with a $20 Target chenille throw and $40 of feather trim from my local upholstery shop. Granted, it’s still a major splurge. But when company is over, it makes my beat-up, cracked leather love seat look lux. — W. Herdman, e-mail


You can cut apart cereal boxes and make templates for measuring quilting pieces or make stars, bells, etc., and cover them with foil for Christmas decorations. The lightweight pasteboard is useful for many crafts. — Pat, e-mail


I remember my neighbors looking at me oddly when I picked two sets of draperies out of their garbage can. (I had their permission, of course). I didn’t see old draperies. I saw new bags for groceries. It took me an enjoyable afternoon to make the totes and have been using them for two years now. They are sturdy and wash beautifully. My neighbors’ trash is my treasure, funny though they still think it’s trash. What will it take for people to understand that we can be better stewards of our money, our environment and our time? — Julie, e-mail


With using mason jars as drinking glasses, you can also create iced tea (from a mix) right in them. Put the powder in and then add the water, put the lid on and shake. I love how convenient this is. I use jars from spaghetti sauce this way, too. — Cricket, e-mail

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sunday, November 28, 2010

quilting givaway

For all my frugal quilting is a great giveway to check out!!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Ok..I Lied..Black Friday lured me in!!

Sorry...had to do it...Hubby found a great deal on a Christmas present for my we did it..we spent all night at Wal-Mart and I ended up spending more money than I intended to.  But all in all we did really well.  I got myself 2 pair of lounge pajamas for only $ 4.00 a Matt a new shirt and 2 pairs of pajama bottoms for his birthday (total $ 15.00)....Les got that gift for mom (won't give away what that was or how much just in case she reads this ;)...we picked up Les 5 pairs of jeans at $ 9.00 a piece (ok..he doesn't need 5 pairs of pants but we will put them away and pray he stays the same Then we headed over to Staples to get a 2 new external hard drives for $100 each (savings of $200)....found 4 DVD's for Matt for a total of $ 8.00  (3 are the Lord of the Ring movies and I will package them up for Christmas)  and found myself the Blueray version of Wizard of Oz for only $10.00 (I love old movies).  We swung by MickeyD's and picked up a little nourishment and then headed to Joann's to stand in line for 2 hours waiting on fabric to get cut.  Had it not been for the long line..that would have been the best part of shopping for me.  I bought a total of $ 50.00 in flannel that would normally cost a minimum of $150.00 (on sale)...if not on sale it would have been $ 250.00.  Christmas shopping for us is complete except for a gift card for my daughter and grandson...but won't pick that up until I know where she is moving to.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Black Friday Deals: A Savvy Consumer’s Guide

Black Friday Deals: A Savvy Consumer’s Guide

Take a look at this frugal survival guide for Black Friday. I have, in the past, taken great advantage of Black Friday deals. I still have a stock pile of $5.00 coffee pots that I got 2 years ago at Wal-Mart. We have such horrible hard water in our area that I can go through a coffee pot in a relatively short period of time. Interestingly enough, however, these $5.00 coffee pots have lasted longer than any $20+ pot I have had in the past (that is why I still have a large stock pile).

I don't think I will be partaking in this years festivities at the wee hours of the morning of November 26th this year. There really isn't anything that we want or need. I have been able to purchase all of my gifts online this year. This, in and of itself, save me tons of money. I don't have to worry about getting sidelined with the "newest and greatest" shiny items, the "great sales", and the impulse buys that tend to cost a lot of money in the long fun. I simply look for a few specific items, click, and have it shipped. No crowds, no getting out of my jammies, and I can easily stick to my budget.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Great Frugal Blog

This is a great blog that I have subscribed to for a long time.  There are great cost cutting ideas throughout the blog as well as the occasional contest to try and win.  Right now I am entering the BISSELL Steam & Sweep contest.  This would be awesome on my kitchen floor. Take a look around this blog if you are interested in ways to save money.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

oooopsss..getting to know me take two

My hubby...a little nervously asked me about my "two divorces" on my last post.


I have had 4 weddings but only been divorced once.

No...this was not a prediction of a future event....I am not planning on another divorce.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Getting to Know Me

My friend Chris posted some interesting things on her blog that got me people that read my blog know me..I mean....really know me; things about me that are not really important things? So..let's play a little trivia..respond with your own answers or post to your own blogspot!

List 4 things you carry in your handbag

1.) My inhaler (never leave home without it; breathing tends to be pretty important to me)

2.) My Dave Ramsey envelope system.

3.) My library card...keeps me out of the bookstores  (I am a sucker for books!!)
4.) My coupons...I love saving money!

List 4 things on top of your desk

I don't have a desk at home; but considering I live my daytime hours in a cubicle; I like to make it homey.

1.) A picture of my baby girl with her big o' preggo belly...yes my baby is having a baby!
2.) Several stuffed Tiggers (and a few of his friends thanks to my friend Lindsey)

3.) A picture of Les, Matt and Me holding a real tiger cub..that was tons of fun getting to play with them!!

4.) A picture of me holding a real alligator that I had too much fun "wrestling".

List 4 of your favorite things in your bedroom
1.) My bed

2.) My Honey

3.) My Dogs

4.) My memories

List 4 things you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t

1. )Bungee jump
2.) Sky dive
3.) Buy a house in the country and get as many dogs as my heart can handle!!!

4.) Get myself a cat (we are allergic and hubby doesn't like them; so no cat for us)

List 4 things you really enjoy doing at the moment

1.) Spending time with my hubby

2.) Learning to crochet

3.) Learning to sew

4.) Visiting with my friends

List 4 songs you can’t get out of your head

Ok..just FYI these aren't in my head ALL the time; I have just been very nostalgic lately since my baby girl just turned 20 the other day:

1.) Neverending Song by Lambchop (yes, the sock puppet)
2.) I Love You by Barney (you know, the big purple dinosaur)

3.) The Ashley song (a song I made up the first time I held my baby girl in my arms)

4.) Who Let the Dogs Out (I have no idea who sing it but I think of it all the time when talking to my son about the dogs every day..LOL)

List 4 things we don’t know about you

1.) I’ve had 4 weddings but have only been divorced twice.

2.) My exhusband is from Haiti.

3.) My husband never graduated from high school but he is smarter than I am.

4.) I am addicted to The Young and the Restless.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Gina's Rantings: Frugal Reading

Gina's Rantings: Frugal Reading: "The Ultimate in Frugal Pastime The local library is a plethora of ultimate in frugal living. You can learn how to do something for yourse..."

Frugal Reading

The Ultimate in Frugal Pastime

The local library is a plethora of ultimate in frugal living.  You can learn how to do something for yourself; from gardening, to deck building, to plumbing, to grooming your dog.  The more things we learn to do for ourselves, the more money you save.

I love borrowing books on CD to listen to on my hour drive to and from work every day; that way my time is not wasted.  I can feel like I am still keeping up on my "reading" on time that would otherwise be wasted.

You can borrow magazines that you have been thinking about subscribing to (as a little trial) or just browse through them to get some gift-giving ideas.    In my opinion; a home made gift is far better than anything that can be bought in any store.

Often times libraries have sales on books or videos.  I just bought a VHS tape on learning to crochet and two brand new cardboard books for my soon to be grandson.  I paid a total of 75 cents for all three of these things....very frugal.

For more entertainment ideas; often libraries have movies you can borrow.  Our local library doesn't have a very good selection of "entertainment" type videos; but they have a great selection of videos for kids that I borrowed quite a bit when my kids were smaller.

Next time you think you need to head to the store to buy that new book from your favorite author; check your local library....then pocket those $avings.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

School Suppies on the Cheap.

I still have no idea why we have "fund raising" for people to get school supplies for their kids.  There are so many sales before school and things are so cheap; I just don't get it.  We have a whole "fill the bus" full of school supplies at my place of employment for those that are unfortunate in this community.   I went shopping for my own child and even with the expensive $15 calculator he needed for Algebra, I only spent $25.00.  Ok, that's not exactly all I spent, a couple of weeks ago I got him a new backpack for $16.00.  But still; the problem I see is that people don't know how to tell their children "no".  My child doesn't need the $3.00 notebook just because it has some sort of "cool " character" on it.  The $ .15 plain blue notebook works just fine and has the same amount of paper in it.  If he wants something "cool" on the outside; then get the markers out and let your creativity take control!  Besides, from what I remember from being in school; those covers to the notebooks don't last very long anyway.  To save money throughout the year; be sure to stock up on, at least,also twice as much as you need to start the school year so that when you need to replenish stuff, you have those lying around (it also saves on those last minute trips to the store which always costs more in the long run).

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Preparing for the Holidays

Check out my friend Chris' blog about getting ready for the upcoming holidays.

I's only August but ya know..she has a point...Christmas is just around the corner and if you want to give a homemade gift; you have to plan ahead.   You can't just wake up around Thanksgiving and decide to make something for the people in your life.  So...what should I make for those I love?  I don't really know how to make much of anything.  I've been playing with my sewing machine making some baby gifts; but none of my friends or family member have babies.  I have been trying to crochet, but that hasn't been going very well.  Maybe a batch of cookies...I can bake pretty ok, nothing gourmet, but I haven't killed anybody yet. LOL

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Multi-purpose Product from the Laundry Room

I got this emailed to me the other day...thought I'd share the knowledge.  More uses for the Bounce dryer Sheet:

1. It will chase ants away when you lay a sheet near them. It also repels mice.

2. Spread sheets around foundation areas, or in trailers, or cars that are sitting and it keeps mice from entering your vehicle.

3. It takes the odor out of books and photo albums that don't get opened too often.

4. It repels mosquitoes. Tie a sheet of Bounce through a belt loop when outdoors during mosquito season.

5. .Eliminate static electricity from your television (or computer) screen.

6. Since Bounce is designed to help eliminate static cling, wipe your television screen with a used sheet of Bounce to keep dust from resettling..

7. Dissolve soap scum from shower doors. Clean with a sheet of Bounce.

8. To freshen the air in your home - Place an individual sheet of Bounce in a drawer or hang in the closet.

9. Put Bounce sheet in vacuum cleaner.

10. Prevent thread from tangling. Run a threaded needle through a sheet of Bounce before beginning to sew.

11. Prevent musty suitcases. Place an individual sheet of Bounce inside empty luggage before storing.

12. To freshen the air in your car - Place a sheet of Bounce under the front seat.

13. Clean baked-on foods from a cooking pan. Put a sheet in a pan, fill with water, let sit overnight, and sponge clean. The anti-static agent apparently weakens the bond between the food and the pan..

14. Eliminate odors in wastebaskets. Place a sheet of Bounce at the bottom of the wastebasket.

15. Collect cat hair. Rubbing the area with a sheet of Bounce will magnetically attract all the loose hairs.

16. Eliminate static electricity from Venetian blinds.. Wipe the blinds with a sheet of Bounce to prevent dust from resettling.

17. Wipe up sawdust from drilling or sand papering. A used sheet of Bounce will collect sawdust like a tack cloth.

18. Eliminate odors in dirty laundry. Place an individual sheet of Bounce at the bottom of a laundry bag or hamper.

19. Deodorize shoes or sneakers. Place a sheet of Bounce in your shoes or sneakers overnight.

20. Golfers put a Bounce sheet in their back pocket to keep the bees away.

21. Put a Bounce sheet in your sleeping bag and tent before folding and storing them. It will keep them smelling fresh.

22. Wet a Bounce sheet, hose down your car, and wipe love bugs off easily with the wet Bounce.

By the way...I have used many of these ideas over the years...and they do work.  My favorite way to do this is just about the time I am prepared to throw away that used fabric softener sheet.  I never use the name brand product and I always use it in at least 2 dryer loads.  I always look at ways to stretch the use of things which adds up to lots of $$ in my pocket to use for more important things.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Bartering..the Ultimate Frugal Idea

I needed help getting my sewing machine working...she needed to get her e-mail up and running.  She had the know-how about sewing machines and my hubby is my computer geek.  This was a perfect match.  This was a great way to help both people involved and no one spends any money..just a little time.  Remember when people use to pay their bills by offering goods or services?  Why don't people do this more often?  I think this is the best frugal idea in the world!  I think we sell ourselves short by not offering this as a solution to help everybody involved.  Am I suggesting that we pay all our bills that way; that is not how society works anymore.  But why not allow us to use our talents to benefit everyone involved?  Think about how you could exchange your goods or services the next time you need or want something..this could be a win-win situation.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Living Without a New Car?

Is it possible to live your life without paying car payments?

My response is yes. I know; it's a novel idea. Credit has been a main staple in most people's lives in this day and age. But what did people do 100 years ago when they wanted or needed to buy something? There were no credit cards at that time, and there were no "borrow money from the bank to buy that horse to get you where you need to go". People paid cash...imagine that... using cash for your purchases. "But I need a new car to get to and from work", you say. But do you? Will a good quality used car do the job? We don't have brand new cars, but they are good quality cars that get us both to and from work and we work a minimum of 30 miles away from home; often times my husband works much farther away.

But cash for a car? I am living proof that it can be done. We don't drive new vehicles. My husband drives a 2002 Pontiac Bonneville and I drive 2006 Chevy Malibu Max. These are definitely not luxury cars but they were well maintained prior to our purchase and we have taken good care of them since aquiring them (other than the baseball size hail that put some pretty dents all over mine). But that didn't hurt anywhere near as much as those people in my office watching the storm and crying over their new, financed car and wishing they were in the position I am in.

Is this something that can be done overnight? Of course not...but it can be done. I highly recommend for you to read "Financial Peace Revisited" by Dave Ramsey. This is a guide to help you do the things you want in life...all without paying someone else to use their money.

(Edited 8-1-10)..just found more information on this idea at:

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

New Uses for Things You Already Have

I love learning about new uses for things I have lying around the is a few ideas for something that most women have lying around.

Nail Polish

1. Keep an eyeglass screw in place. If your specs are a bit wobbly, tighten the screws and top them with a dollop of polish.

2. Secure buttons. Apply a thin layer of polish to the center of a button to keep the thread from coming loose.

3. Avoid rust stains in the bathroom. Coat the bottom of a shaving-cream can to fend off rings on the ledge of the tub.

4. Seal an envelope. When a flap won’t stay stuck, find closure with clear polish.

5. Extend the life of jewelry. Paint a thin coat onto a costume bauble to prevent it from losing its luster.

(From Uses for Everyday Items By Sharon Tanenbaum and Ashley Tate
The hidden talents (both new and tried-and-true) of kitchen and bathroom staples
6. When You bring a new prescription home from the drugstore, paint over the label with clear nail polish. That way, even if the bottle gets wet, the ink won't run and you'll still be able to read the instructions.

7. Do you have trouble lining up those all-but-invisible arrows on childproof medicine bottles? Pain the marks with brightly colored nail polish, and you'll get 'em together on the first try, every time.

8. If you drip-dry clothes on wire hangers, nicks or rust spots on the hangers can end up staining you clothes. Keep 'em sealed with clear nail polish.

9. Are your shoelaces fraying at the ends? Twist the strands together tightly, dampen them just a little, dip them in clear nail polish, and let them dry.

10. Stop pantyhose and stocking runs from spreading by dabbing them with clear nail polish (I have used works!).

(From Supermarket Super Products by Jerry Baker)

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Sneaky Chef Mastermind..the Frugal Way

What for dinner? I have leftover taco meat...what to do with it??

Cook some Ziti noodles; drain...
add one can of Spaghetti sauce (I use Hunts w/veggies in it)
add the taco meat
add 1 container of cottage cheese
add in 1 cup of thawed and drained frozen spinach

Stir all this up and put in a dish and add mozzarella on top.Bake until cheese has been melted.


Don't tell my 13 yr old that there are healthy veggies in this dinner (he just knows it is delicious) ;)

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Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired

This is day two of being sick and tired..two days that I have had to use vacation time to enable me to continue to get paid while trying to rest and recuperate here at home. I have yet another ear infection and not only is extremely painful...but it is killing me to use vacation time, risk getting written up for missed time at work that is considered "excessive", but it is also not good at all for my budget. After a $20 copay for office visit and then another $10 for my copay for the antibiotics; I know this doesn't sound like much; and it really isn't; it is just more of a nu sense. I pride myself in saving money so that we can do fun things on occasion; and this weekend the hubby wants to go to Cheyenne to celebrate his birthday by going to Sanford's Grub and Pub and watching the Rockies game on one of their many TV screens.

I just got done putting a German chocolate cake in the oven (from the box) to surprise him when he comes home; this will be a great surprise since his birthday isn't until August 3rd.

I am proud of him for a relatively frugal idea for his birthday. In the past we have actually spent hundreds of dollars actually going to the Rockie's game; this birthday (gas included) will cost around $100. For some people that maybe only have one income or who have a much tighter budget than we do..this would be extremely excessive for a birthday. But that is the exact reason I scrimp on a lot of little things all the time so we can enjoy times like this.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Immigration All-Inclusive Resort?!?

On June 9, 2010...this was posted on the Immigration Chronicles: "Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are preparing to roll out a series of changes at several privately owned immigration detention centers, including relaxing some security measures for low-risk detainees and offer some art classes, bingo and continental breakfast on the weekends." (you can view the remainder of this at:

Ok...let's face it..I am a republican true and true...I believe if you get into our countries through legal measures and are a benefit to society...come on in...I will welcome you with open arms. If you, however, break the laws to enter this country..GET OUT and STAY OUT! It is not my job to take care of you and your family...provide healthcare for you and your unborn child just so you can "miraculously" go into labor while in the United States so you an give birth to a US citizen, educate your children that don't speak the language, and translate all of our documents to make things more comfortable in my country for you, and I don't believe things should be cushy while we are waiting and detaining you to find out if you actually belong here!

Why don't we just provide a nice B & B with a spa and olympic size swimming pool for their use too!! If we have to detain you and it's not comfy..feel free to go home!!

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Sex Offenders Rights?? it just me or is this the epitome of an oxymoron??? Sex offender and rights do not belong in the same sentence. As I open up my computer this evening, something comes up in my e-mail box. The title reads "DateLine NBC's 'To Catch a Predator' Violates Sex Offender Rights"...

All I can say is OMG! What is so wrong with our justice system? When did we go soooo wrong that we care that there is no search warrant. We catch them sending vulgar e-mails and messages to a "child" over the Internet and we watch them as they go to a "child's" home with the intentions to have sex. These men show up with condoms and alcohol and WE are doing something wrong???? They are told that these girls are minors so they go to meet these "girls" with that knowledge and we are the ones who are violating rights? I, for one, WANT these creeps off the streets because I don't want them anywhere near my daughter or the daughter's of my friends. I say, thank you DateLine NBC for bringing this awareness to the public. I say, shame on you legal system for trying to protect them!

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Facebook Addiction??

As I get up earlier in the morning to make sure I have sufficient amount of time to take care of my resort and harvest my crops; I I a facebook addict? I purposefully make sure I get all the points I possibly can to continue to advance in this artificial world but how does that apply to my real life? Am I doing things I find valuable and rewarding? Have my hobby's gone by the wayside just to harvest artificial crops? The answer is yes...I started some embroidery projects to get to my daughter who is expecting my first grandchild in October; which is currently packed away to allow more room for my laptop. I have tried to teach myself how to crochet but never could stay with it because my computer was begging me to come back for that instant gratification. Is this allure of facebook due to the overwhelming need we have in society today to get it served to us in 5 minutes or less and if it takes longer than that you better believe that a manager will be notified? I want to believe I am far more educated and have the insight to not fall for something so trivial..but do I?

As I contemplate this theory I look lovingly over to my hubby who is not harvesting crops, but is playing pitch online with a group of that any better than what I do. Yes there is some sort of "exchange" going on as he is playing this game with other people; not just against the computer. Is this really living or is this just our escape from reality? Are we filling up our minds with petty, useless things instead of dealing with the thousands of things we have to do and procrastinate away? name is Gina..and I am a facebook addict...

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