Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Shoving This and That.. Right Down the Throat of America...

....Yet another thing being forced upon us these days. Does anyone else hate these bulbs??  I don't like them, don't currently own any, and may have  Bobby buy cases of regular incandescent bulbs from work to stockpile for our future use, before the mandatory switchover occurs. My sister and I talked about these bulbs recently. Her husband is a doctor and I learned that doctors attribute the occurrence of increased migraines to the use of these bulbs. I can only imagine a country filled with migraine suffering Americans when the law forces us to use these things in a few short years.  I prefer good ole Thomas Edison's light bulb - hasn't it worked well for us, for all these years?? It was crazy to see this video detail the procedures for dealing with breakage of one of these newfangled killer bulbs! God forbid you break one!

I don't like it... not one bit.

(P.S. To Michelle - WHERE can I visit you? I saw your comment on my previous post!)

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

A Potpourri Type of Post...

This post will be a potpourri of  sorts. There is nothing really on my mind to write about. There is much on my mind to worry about. UGH... so this post is a distraction for my mind!

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The pictures above demonstrate some of the hazards of playing tournament fastpitch softball!

Hannah's foot is not normally "fat" - it is swelled to about twice its normal size in the picture!  And these pictures were taken a full week and a half AFTER she sustained the injuries and spent the week laid up in her bed with ice and elevation!  This resulted from a HARD blow to her lower shin which radiated down the ankle and into the foot. CRAZY huh! The same weekend she got hit by a ball in the arm and that also bruised and swelled. Again, pictures are taken over a week after that injury as well! I didn't get shots of the busted shin or the bruised chest!  I tell ya, one must be a warrior to play softball! It is NOT a game for sissies!

Katelyn's little softball team finished their season with an exciting round of play-offs that vaulted them into the championship game! Though they finished 2nd, runner up city champs - it was very exciting!

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The pictures above were all taken during the championship game. Wish we could have taken the city title but if you had seen us play during the season, you would know that receiving the runner- up trophies was a good accomplishment for us! LOL!

Now just a couple of random photos I've taken in the past couple of weeks... my favorite summertime treat and watching a summer sunset from my back porch....

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I LOVE strawberries and blueberries mixed together. I want to eat it every day! Unfortunately they can be cost-prohibitive. (WHY does it have to be expensive to eat things that are good for you??) I need to plant a blueberry bush or two so I can enjoy them to my heart's desire!

When I landed in the cardiac care unit for several days last year, I learned that blueberries are very good for you. I never had eaten them much before - not that I didn't like them, but I felt they were an expensive indulgence. As I left the hospital and began to take a look at my diet, blueberries showed up on the research radar as a powerful superfood! Now when they are in season, I try to stock up on the fresh blueberries and strawberries at Sam's and eat to my heart's content!

The final picture is the last light of a recent summer day. You can already see the small glow of my little lighthouse on the porch, flickering in response to the approaching darkness. One of my comments recently inquired as to how I was enjoying my own home, compared to years of renting. To be honest, I feel afraid to enjoy it. I feel afraid to turn loose and decorate and put my own imprints on this house. I love the house, but don't feel assured that we will be able to live out our lives here. I still live here in that "renter's mentality" - trying not to disturb anything. Sigh.

The rising cost of living is hurting us as it is hurting so many other families. We live paycheck to paycheck and that paycheck has not risen along with the high fuel and grocery prices.  Monthly expenses are now exceeding funds to pay them. I am feeling anxious about having bought this house now. Sad And I am feeling fearful that we won't be able to sell it and get what we put into it as there are 4 houses surrounding us, that are for sale. I don't want a profit, just to break even. I'm thinking we may have to consider looking for something less expensive, which makes me sad. This house is so beautiful and I was so proud after nearly 30 years of living in run down, worn out, very OLD homes - to have a newer home we could be proud of, and not ashamed of. 

Our family's future concerns me... our country's future concerns me. And that's a small portion of what is on my mind today. I'll be back on as I am able (still without a computer, and will be for some time as the cost of a computer is a low priority right now. )

Before I go I want to say CONGRATULATIONS to my old neighbor Emily who has recently learned that she is expecting a baby boy this fall.  She has a little girl who will be a big sister now! Emily grew up with my Gretchen - they are the same age and went through school together and played outside together, so Emily is sorta one of my kids too.

We're no longer neighbors (she lives many hours from me now) so I'm really glad she blogs so I can continue to keep up with her. I'm happy for you girl! Take care of yourself!

Until next time...


Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Summer Living...

Wow... a week has gone by since I last posted. The routine is different in the summer with the girls home, and still doing without my own computer makes my online time more erratic.  We've had ball tournaments the last two weekends but will be off for Father's Day weekend. Thank goodness! We need the rest and the break.

Katelyn's little rec league team made it to the championship game in city play-offs. They came in as runner up champs which was very good for them. All Stars will be chosen later this week and perhaps she will make that team. We'll see.

I do have some pictures to add here but don't have the time to upload them right now. Perhaps later I can do a photo post! I know... I've been slacking. There are things going on, stresses occurring that seem to sap my mental energies for blogging. Like so many American families, we are struggling to survive.

Life is hard.


Monday, June 02, 2008

Ball, Ball, Ball... we're ballin' 2008

Ooooh, what a weekend! I am TIRED! It may take me a couple of days to recover! All day Friday I washed, packed and prepared things here, for us to be gone the weekend. We were in Panama City Beach for the Fastpitch in Paradise softball tournament. Not having the money to stay in a hotel right now (very pricey at the beach) it was decided we should all stay in the camper that Bobby and Zach stay in through the week. So Friday night I loaded the car down with filled cooler, dog crate, bat/equipment bag, several bags of clothes, towels etc.that we would need to make it through the weekend. And at about 7:00 PM we (Lynn, girl and dog!) headed for Florida. Hannah road on down ahead of us with a teammate and stayed with that family in a condo (lucky Hannah!)

When we got there we found the camper in shambles - not at all like it was the last time I saw it, after a good cleaning after Bobby purchased it. Several months of two males living in it, and it is NOT the same camper, sadly. Of course they blame each other for the condition it has sunk to. I was so NOT THRILLED about having to live there for a couple of days! I'll spare the details here. Three words will suffice - DIRTY and CROWDED and SLEEPLESS. Thankfully, most of our time was spent at the ball fields and not in the camper, or it could have gotten ugly!

Hannah's team won their games all day on Saturday but fell into the loser's bracket on Sunday, which meant you play game after game with no break, clawing your way back up into a position to be in the championship game. The championship game was at 4:40 and and we got put out around 3, so we did pretty well for our first tournament this season. So far Hannah has been guest playing with another team - this is her team's first weekend out. So not a bad showing but there is work to be done and room for improvement.

Hannah came home pretty beat up. She got hit several times through the weekend. She has a lump on her arm, a lump/bruise on her chest, and the worst of the injuries - a lump on her lower shin which caused bruising and swelling down the leg, across the ankles and the foot. It seems unusual that the ankle/foot is all swelled and purple when the leg took the hit?  Hmm, well we iced it down last night and will do the same through the day today, and hopefully it will heal quick because we play again this coming weekend!There is not much time for recovery. 




I hope you didn't miss "batgirl's" picture at the top of the post and in the dugout shot! : ) It's GOOD to be back at home! Katelyn's team has their first play-off game tonight at 7:30 so there is no break from softball, but at least we are at home sweet home!

I'm off for a shower and going for a haircut. Need a few groceries and then I plan an afternoon of REST before an evening of being back at the ball field. Hope everyone has a good day. If I can wrestle this computer away from Hannah and Katelyn, later on (waah, I MISS my computer!) I'll try to visit some of you!