Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Christmas Season 2007

As all of you are aware, the Christmas Season is approaching us very fast. Remember when you were a kid and it seemed like it took FOREVER for Santa Clause to come? Now it seems to come too fast. One day it's summer time, the next thing you know Christmas is a month away. My tress is going up soon and I will have my shopping complete this weekend. This has been the best year for us as far as Christmas and being prepared goes. Money is tighter (as most of you can sympathize) but it is not as stressful.

My home will also be the gathering spot for all the family to exchange gifts, ect... Finally we can just relax on Christmas, no running around, house to house. My daughter is really trying to be good and behave because she still believes in Santa and the fact that he can see you, even though you can't see him. (she still believes I have eyes in the back of my head, and only other mommies can see them) lol......

So as the end of the year is approaching, what are some of your resolutions? What do you hope Santa brings you? What is on your own children/grandchildren's wishlist? What was the best thing that happened to you this year?

Monday, November 26, 2007

Winter Weather

The good Ole Farmers Almanac is predicting "wet weather" for December 12 - 15. I CAN NOT WAIT!!!!!!! I love the snow, sleet or anything that resembles snow. So plan accordingly.

Baby Grace Identified

Some of you may recall last month a report of a little girl named "Baby grace" was located in a storage bin on an island just off the coast of Galveston, TX. I have followed this story closely and they have finally identified her. Her name was Riley Ann Sawyers, age 2. Riley's mother and her boyfriend have been arrested in connection with her murder. Yes, murder, she had a fractured skull.

I am sorry but, I could never hurt my children, or someone else's child for that matter. There is nothing in this world that a child of that age could do, to cause an adult - especially the mother, to be involved in injuring the child. What I see happened was this. 1. Mother found boyfriend online. 2. They decided to run away and get married. 3. Both decided child had to go, she was in the way. 4. They kill her and hide the body. FREAKING SICKOS

Riley has a father. They could have taken her there, then disappeared. Better yet, grand mom was available. I smell the death penalty for those monsters.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Thanks Joe Albero !!!

No this is not an Anti - Albero blog. This is a true Thank You to him for putting my link on his site. I have been watching him online for some time. I have left comments a time or two, but I watch faithfully everyday and also have turned some of my friends over to his site. It has been very encouraging to watch how he says what he feels, regardless of the consequences. I guess when you speak the truth, there are no consequences. Please, visit his site and you will see what I mean Kudos to Joe, and thanks for tuning in. Average Girl.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Bow Hunting for Women?

Yes, I am ready to be called a redneck.....

Over this past spring, my husband and I have both got wrapped up in Bow hunting. I come from a family of hunters, my dad, both my brothers, uncles, cousins, ect... Hubby has always had an interest in guns, but never ventured over to hunting, or to Archery. My brother happened to get him interested earlier this year and suprisingly enough, me too.

For my most recent birthday, I asked for a Bow. My hubby stepped up to the plate and made that happen for me. I have a Fred Bear SQ32 - Left-handed. Talk about hard to find. Anyways, I got the bow set up and went down to the local Gander Mountain to practice at the indoor range. (this was my first time, so we wanted to be in the hands of someone more knowledgeable) Well, I did very good, I hit very close to the bullseye. (go me!!!!) So I went home and practiced after work / dinner for a couple weeks. In the meantime, my hubby has been going to local archery shop and shooting competition with the guys.

I finally feel confident enough to go. So hubby, brother, cousin and I load up in the van. They take me to the same place they have been going. Now let me explain this, I am by no means a "big girl" but, I have had 2 kids in the last 5 years and yes, I am out of shape, but I am still hot by all means. Back to the story. They wanted to shoot OUTSIDE, in 95 degree weather with 100% humidity. I had sweat my ass off and was exhausted. I shot very well, got a couple bullseyes, never missed the target or lost an arrow. (go me again!!!)

Hubby decides, he needs a better bow. So he goes and buys a brand new 2007 Matthews Drenalin. It is nice and very light weight (for any person looking in the market to purchase a new bow - this one is highly recommended)

You see, when he and I both started shooting, it was about competition, not hunting. Now he decides he wants to hunt, Whitetail Deer. Me, ummm not so much. I will cook it and I will eat it. He went and got his hunting license, got all the camo and Orange needed along with all the accessories you must have to hunt. Good part is, he finally got his first buck of the season, bad part, he shot it with a muzzelloader. (he had already taken a doe with his Matthews on opening day for the entire season) The buck was wanted by all members in the hunting club, hunting the land. Everyone had seen it, but no one could get a shot on it. For this area, it is considered a big buck. 11 points, (both brow tines were broke off - so that would have been a 13 pointer), 170 lb field dressed. It is extremely tall, all the tines were very tall. This was the "Dominant Buck" in the area so to speak.

Right now, he is being stuffed to be proudly displayed on a strong wall in our home. My Dad had been watching this deer for 2 years with hopes of being "the one" to take him down. When it was all said and done, my dad said he was glad one of HIS boys got 'em.
I will continue to shoot competition, and I hope to one day go hunt for Mule Deer or Elk, or other big game. Whitetail just doesn't do it for me, besides, I think it would be hard to top the one hubby got.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Post Secrets

Some of you may already be familiar with a site called I have to admit, my hubby and I visit this site every Sunday. The idea behind that site is to help people get things off their chest, namely - Secrets. You make a postcard anonymously, and put your secret on the back. Every week the author gets 1,000's of secrets and goes through them and posts one's that might be of interest to others. He has also published books with secrets in them. (which just happens to be what some people are getting for Christmas) It can make you feel a whole lot better about your own secrets, or make you feel worse. Depending on YOUR secret. There is a link to a suicide hotline, along with a personal story from a woman who needed that number and how it helped her.Postsecret is the largest advertisement free blog. That has alot to say in itself. Check it out for yourself.

Hunting Accidents

In the area near where I live, there has been a report of the first hunting fatalities. On Nov. 10 a man in Richmond, VA was accidentaly shot while hunting. Come on now. Someone explain this to me. My father, uncles, brother and husband all hunt Whitetail Deer. Me, I am interested in big game, Mule Deer, Elk, Bear, ect... Now being around hunters all my life, I have yet to understand how someone can be so irresponsible hunting. No one in my family has accidentally shot someone, or been accidentally shot. When you are in "The Zone" in your tree stand and it's cold and windy, WHY ON EARTH WOULD YOU EVER SHOOT AT SOMETHING YOU CAN NOT IDENTIFY???? Why would you shoot into the bushes because it moved? There are hunter safety courses out there, and they are in place for a reason. In most states it is mandatory to take those classes if you are under a certain age, to even be able to obtain a hunting license. Last week, I had to take my new kitten to the vet and get his shots. While I was in the waiting room, a classy woman walks in and tells the lady at the front counter " I have 3 Labs and they got out of the fenced in area, when they come home, one had been shot. It is not vital, but we need to get her looked at." Now I am pretty sure this woman had collars on her dogs. How can a hunter shoot a dog? I know dogs have a reputation for running the deer, but you do not have to shoot them. What if it was your animal? What if it was your Dad? Or Bother? When you pick up your bow or shotgun or muzzelloader, please think about what you are shooting at. If you can not see it clearly or at all, DO NOT SHOOT. It is that simple. Besides, who wants a bad shot on an animal, then you have to track it for 100's of yards, then even if you find it. Try your best shot when shooting, you want the kill to be as humane as possible. Please take the time while you are out there to hunt properly.

Black Friday Madness

Ok, now am I the only one who does not get up at 2:00 a.m. and put on a smiling face to head out into a world of more crazy women????? I know there are some fabulous deals out there and all, but not enough for me. A girlfriend of mine got up at 11:30 p.m. on Thansgiving, just to be at the stores when they open. CRAZY !!!!!! I do not own a pair of elbow pads or a helmet, so obviously I was not prepared to go. LOL. My husband and I will go by ourselves one day and Git-R-Done. Yes, my loving husband participates and I would not dare dream of going without him. I salute all you women out there right now rushing through the crowds, getting bruises and disorderly conduct tickets!! Everyone be safe and good luck finding parking spots anywhere you go. I will have no problem when I go, and I won't get the bruises or the tickets.........

Thanksgiving Day

Well, I can say I am glad it is over. I prepared food for 3 days, for 15 people. It was nice to have my husbands family here. Believe it or not, I have a great relationship with my In-laws. I know, most people dread the holidays because of their relationships with In-laws, but that is not the case here.
My family (who live next door) decided they were going to cook even though they had an invitation to my home. Were my feelings hurt? ABSOLUTELY. My home is large enough to have entertained them and my husbands family. My mom can be a bit nervous around people (social anxiety disorder - that's my guess, for those of you who know what that is.)That's OK. I still wanted her to be here though.
You see, my mother and I have a very strong relationship. When I was little I was always in the kitchen helping her cook, holidays or not. So now that I have my own family and a new house, I thought it would be my turn to return the favor after all these years. I wanted to take that burden away from her. I enjoy cooking and entertaining, so it is not stressful to me, as it is to her.
About 10:30 a.m. I took a break from my home and went over to have some coffee and down time with her. I knew if I didn't, I probably would not have seen her at all on Thansgiving. We laughed and talked about how the day was progressing. So leaving her was akward for both of us. I wanted to tell her my feelings were hurt, but I did not want her to have that on her mind the rest of the day.
At the end of the night, I felt Ok about the situation, knowing we are still next door to each other and as close as we are, we didn't have to eat dinner together to show we are family. I love you mom, Happy Thanksgiving.