Thursday, July 27, 2006

Ok, I stole this from my buddy Andrew over at 4th Avenue Blues:


name: Karin
birthplace: Iowa
current Location: North Carolina

eye color: Brown
hair color: light brown with shades of blonde
Height: 5'5"
righty or lefty: Righty
zodiac sign: Libra
your heritage: German/Norwegian
the shoes wore today Nike's that my son bought for me for mother's day..what a great gift!!
your weakness: chocolate
your fears: not seeing my grandchildren grow up.
your perfect pizza? Canadian bacon and pineapple with stuffed crust
goal you'd like to achieve: To have enough money in the bank so there are no worries.

your most overused phrase on yahooIM: LOL
your thoughts first waking up: Please let it be like 4 am so I can sleep longer.
your bedtime: usually around 11 PM--
your most missed memory: My dad and my grandparents, man I wish they could see my children now and the grandchildren, although I do believe that they do see them, I wish that they could be here.

Pepsi or coke: coke
mcdonald's or burger king: Burger King
single or group dates: Single
adidas or nike: Nike
lipton ice tea or nestea: Lipton
chocolate or vanilla: chocolate
cappuccino or coffee: Cappuccino

smoke: no, not anymore....going on 8 months yeah me!!
cuss: yes, I try not to though
sing: in the car
shower everyday: Yes-
have a crush: no
want to go to college? Yes,
like(d) high school: loved it
want to get married: I am married, it is wonderful.
believe in yourself: I try to
get motion sickness: If I read in the car I tend to get light headed
think you're attractive: I'm alright
think you're a health freak: not really
get along with your parent(s): absolutely
like thunderstorms: I love a thunderstorm
play an instrument:I sure wish I did, my husband plays the piano, guitar, drums, trumpet, you name it, he can play it.

LAYER SIX: in the past month...--
drank alcohol: no
smoked: no
done a drug: no-
had sex: yes
made out: yes
gone on a date: yes
gone to the mall: yes
eaten an entire box of oreos: nope
been on stage: No
been dumped: No
gone skating: Haven't done that in 30 years
made homemade cookies: no then I would have to eat them.
gone skinnydipping: No
dyed your hair: a little
stolen anything: No

LAYER SEVEN:Have you ever...--
played a game that required removal of clothing: yes
been trashed or extremely intoxicated: Yes.
been caught "doing something": Yes
been called a tease: Yes

age you hope to be married: already married
numbers and names of children: Jonathan (25), Emily Ann (22), Sarah Marie (18), Stephen (12 - step son),Amanda (10 - step daughter),
describe your dream wedding: I had my dream wedding, my husbands father married us, that is what I wanted.
what do you want to be when you grow up: I think I am already grown but when I was young I wanted to be a nurse.
what country would you most like to visit: I would like to go to Australia, or back to Amsterdam with just the sister that I like this time. I don't dislike my other sister but we have a hard time gettina along.

LAYER NINE: I took out layer 9 because it was what I liked in a girl and that is just too mushy for me, I don't want a girl....unless she is really, I am kidding.

# of drugs taken illegally: 2
# of people i could trust with my life: 8
# of CDs that i own: I would not have a clue.
# of piercings: just the ears
# of tattoos: a small one.
# of scars on my body: I don't know.

Last Person Who...--
Slept in your bed? David and I
Saw you cry? My husband this morning when he told me about the business meeting at church last night, I don't know how some of those people can call themselves Christians.. Sorry...trying not to judge.
Made you cry? My daughter in law when she said that she wanted to move to Wisconsin.
Spent the night at your house? Well, my kids did last night but that was just for the night, problems arose and they are fine now.
You shared a drink with? If you mean like Ice tea, then it would be David
You went to the movies with? Amanda, Sarah, Alex, Jasmine and David...we went to see Over the hedge, cute kid movie.
You went to the mall with? My daughter in law
Yelled at you? My 18 year old daughter, she is a brat like that sometimes.
Sent you an email? My mom

Have You Ever...--
Said "I love you"? Yes.-
Been to New York? Just passing through on the way to Amsterdam
Been to Georgia? Just passed through
California? Yes, lots of times.
Hawaii? Yes, my mom took me several years ago, that was a really nice trip, just me and my mom.
Mexico? No
China? No
Canada? No
Danced naked? yes
Dreamed something really crazy and then happened the next day? Nope
Stalked someone? Ewww. No.

Pick One...--
Apples or bananas? Bananas
Red or blue? Blue
Walmart or Kmart? Wal-Mart
Math or English? English.
radio or CD? radio
drawing or painting? painting
High school or college? High School

Ok, I guess that is all. I should explain why the kids had to stay at my house last night after they just moved out last weekend. Well, seems that they did not call the electric company to change the name over and on Monday they got a notice that the electric would be turned off on Friday this week, well they thought....we have until Friday to turn it over to our sweat. WRONG...I am sure that the lady called that lived there before them and told the electric company that she was no longer living there so they came out and shut it off cause they did not know who to bill it to. So here I was kinda dozing in the recliner, kinda watching tv, all alone at home when I get a phone call ....Can we stay at your house tonight? Well, what could I say of coarse they could. Then here they come...with tons of crap (cause you know that you need tons of crap when you have 2 small children). I think that they have everything straightened out and they can stay in there own house least I hope they do.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Ok, just a quick note

I just read that Andrea Yates has been found NOT GUILTY BY REASON OF INSANITY!!
I am sorry, but this just makes me sick. Maybe she was nuts and maybe she is still nuts but she still MURDERED her 5 children. What does this mean for her? I don't know. I think that she will get institutionalized until she "gets well". Well, what if she "gets well" tomorrow? Do they just let her out...just like that?? She is not punished for MURDERING HER 5 CHILDREN?? I just don't know how a person can put their children in a bathtub and hold them under the water while they are flailing their arms and legs and just wait for them to die.

It just breaks my heart.

Do you all watch Big Brother All Stars?

I think this is the best season yet. I just love this show. I think Tuesday nights are the best nights to cuddle up and watch television. First you have Big Brother and then you get an hour of Dog the Bounty Hunter and then an hour of Roseanne.

I love Roseanne. I think that most people either love her or hate her. Well, I love her. I think that she is hilarious. I am so much like her with my kids that it is scary. And Dog the Bounty Hunter, what a show that is. I think his son Leland is just as cute as you can be. Now, their mouths sometimes leave a bitter taste in my mouth but hey, I was a teenager with a mouth, they just happen to be adults that have carried it over. I like how they pray each time before they go out on a hunt and I really like the way they treat the person that they have caught. They treat them with respect and dignity even though their butts are going to jail.

I can't wait until Desperate Housewives comes back in September and another show I cannot wait for is ER. I quit watching it for a few years but I caught the season finale this year and now just cannot wait to see it again.

Wait now, let me get back to Big Brother, for all of you that watch it. Do you think James did the right thing by nominating Jase? I think that was a mistake and I think that he should of put up both of the boys from Chilltown. If one of them wins Head of Household next week, I am sure that they are going to put up someone from season 6. James was not thinking. And just for the record, He should of NEVER put up Chicken George. Chicken George is great and not a threat to any of them. He is playing the game smart right now....GO Chicken George!!

Ok, I am rambling.....Just cannot think of something to blog about. Let me know what your favorite shows are if you have one, lets compare.

On another note, my sister called me this morning. You know how hot it has been out in California...People dying and all that. Well, she was passing a church this morning and noticed the said.....Are you ready for this????


Don't ya love it.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Ok, who wants to hear about John Edward????

Me-Me-Me....yes, I hear it out there.

He is fantastic, good looking and very humorous. We did not get a reading but it just did not matter. I think that the people that really needed a reading, got a reading. Yes, we would have liked to hear from our dad, grandparents etc but it was still ok.

First, I should tell you that when he came out on stage, he took my breath away. I mean wow, he is good looking. The first thing I told my husband was "I'd do him", now, my husband just laughs at that because we joke about things like that all the time. I think it has something to do with trusting each other, we can say it and get away with it and it is alright.

He first talked to a girl that was about 5 or 6 rows in front of us. He talked with her father and asked who the little baby was that her father was holding. He told her that it was a very very little baby but her father wanted her to know that the baby was with him. Turns out that she had a miscarriage 3 days before. It was amazing.

He spoke with a couple of others then got to a guy and his wife about 3 rows in front of us. This guy's son had died but his own hands. He was not speaking with his father at the time he killed himself. His father was just distraught about this but knew that it was in the sons best interest that he not speak with him at the time, they were just not getting along. The son forgave the father and asked that the father forgive him. The father (visibly shaken) could hardly stand up he was crying so hard, as were the rest of us.

Next he got to the people directly in front of us, at this point we looked at each other and just knew that we were going to be next.....NOPE..He moved to a lady who's son was killed in Iran so that was ok, she needed to hear from her son more then we needed to hear from dad.

He was onstage for about 2 1/2 hours, the time went so fast, it was incredible. I will tell everyone that will listen, there is no way that he could be making this up. I will never believe it.

At the end he told us a story of his 3 1/2 year old son. Turns out that John's wife went to pick up the son at day care and his teacher said to her "I hear congratulations are in order" Now, John's wife is thinking "do I look fat or something" and tells the teacher no, that is not true, I don't know where he got that from. She went home and went about her business and a few days later she was laying on the bed reading and she said to John "I don't know why I am so tired lately, I have not been this tired since I was preg......oh wow" So this is how they found out that they would be having a baby. Their son told them. WOW!!

I would love to do that again someday. My sister told me that her husband said he would keep watch and when John's list goes down and they start taking names again, he will book us for an private reading. That will be very cool. His list right now is about 3 years long and he is not taking any more names until it gets down to at least 6 months. He does not want people to have to wait that long and did not want it to get this long to begin with.

So that was it for John Edward. On another note, the kids have found a house about a mile down the road from me. They will start moving this weekend. We are all looking forward to it. I did tell them that the cannot come to mom's to do their grocery shopping. They told me that they might have to for a few weeks until they are both getting a steady paycheck. Shoot, I was kidding. They can come and I will help them with groceries if they need help. I never want to see anyone go hungry.

Everyone have a great weekend

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Ok, I am back!!

This one will have to be short and sweet however. My desk is piled high with work to do.

California was great, John Edward was fantastic!! and Vegas was fun.

My sister and I drove to Vegas in her hot little red Mercedes convertable, we had the top down, air conditioner on, she has air conditioning in her seats as well as a massage mechanism so that we got massages all the way from California to Vegas (4 hours). About half way there I told her that my shoulders were beginning to get hot so we put the top up. week later, I am still peeling, still burnt and still hurting but we had such a great time.

About half way there we also got pulled over for speeding. I was about asleep when I hear my sister say "oh shit", I asked what was wrong and she says that she thinks that we are getting pulled over. She moves over a lane and the cop comes up beside her and motions for her to pull over and then speeds up to get one other car. We pull up behind the police car (note: radar detector never went off) and he comes back to the car, points to the radar detector and asks us if it went beep-beep-beep, when we tell him no, he tells us that it was a waste of shit. He asks for license etc. and says that he will be back in a few because he is going to check on the guy in front of him. We just laugh because...well just because. I tell her that she should take a picture of the cop car with her phone and e-mail it to her husband, we are laughing so hard when he comes back that I think he is going to take us out of the car and search us. He asked me where I was from (guess I don't sound like I am from California) I told him where I was from and told him that I was visiting my sister. He really is a nice cop, he hands my sister the ticket to sign and tells her that it is a $ 250.00 ticket and a point off her license. She looks at the ticket and gives him a little shit because the court date is the day before her birthday. She then asks him if she can "only get one speeding ticket a day" he just looks at her and laughs, tells her no. But, says that we are "too much fun" and crosses off the speeding ticket (93 in a 70) tells my sister not to go blonde on him, hands her back her license and tells her "next time, make sure that you have your license on you when you are driving". Give's her a $ 10.00 ticket instead of the speeding ticket. Tells us that the guy up in front of us is a dick and he is going to go get him. Tells us to "have a nice day ladies". What a great cop.

We really did have too much fun, I will tell you more about it soon.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Ok, so I thought since I showed you one grandchild I should show you the one that lives with me. This is an old picture, she will be 4 at the end of this month.

She does not understand at all that I am leaving tomorrow morning for California and will be back in 6 days. I told her that when I get back we will do something special, just the two of us. She has decided that we will see a movie, go to McDonalds and to top it all off, she want me to go and buy her some clothes. I swear this is the only child that I know of that when you come home from the store, it is not candy or a toy that she wants you to buy, it is clothes. She is such a girly girl and I love her more then I ever thought I could love another human being. It is not that I don't love my 3 grandsons just as much, but she is the oldest and the only girl and she makes no mistake telling people that she is grandma's girl.

So, tomorrow I am off. I leave Raleigh at 7:45 in the morning and get into Burbank at noon. On Thursday my sister and I will go to Vegas where we will see John Edward on Thursday night and then we will spend one more day in Vegas and head back to California. I will be able to spend some time with my mom and my brother as well. I guess my older sister is not going to drive down (she is in northern Cal.) to see me. I should tell you that this does not break my heart. I can get along with her for so long but she is the type of person that has done everything that you have done, but she has done it longer and better. I can only deal with that for so long. Also her children are thieves, yes I said it... they will steal you blind if you don't watch what you have. To top it all off, 3 of them are adults and they are just as bad. Now, my kids are not perfect in any way, shape or form but I can honestly say to you that they have NEVER stolen money from me. Her kids are not only stealing money from her but they have taken money and other things from my mother also. This is their grandmother, you would think that they would have just a little respect for her. But, they do not. I really don't think that they have been shown how to respect anyone and another sad sad thing is I don't really think that they have been shown how to love. Now, that just breaks my heart.

On the other hand I had better not see any of them taking advantage of my mother when I am there. I will not put up with it and I will say something. I can already tell you that my mother will ask me not to say anything because she just wants peace in her house but JEEZ...THEY ARE STEALING FROM HER!! One of them even went so far as to steal the medicine that her doctor perscibed to her for pain, thats right....for pain, the one that did this (and I know which one it was so, if you are reading this...know that I am coming after you) left her 1 that is ONE pill in the bottle. Now, when my mother told me about this she said "well, I was not going to take anymore anyways" I am thinking that it does not matter whether she was going to take them or not, they were not yours (and you know who you are) to take. Shame on you. Ok, enough rambling, I will be back on Wednesday next week, I don't think that I will be on here at all but I will try. Everyone please have a great week and pray that I will not be tempted to smoke.

Monday, July 10, 2006

I know, I know.....2 in one day??

I just read this and I had to share, what a wonderful story. The title is " To Read When you are Alone"

I was 13 years old. My family had moved to Southern California from North Florida a year before. I hit adolescence with a vengeance. I was angry and rebellious, with little regard for anything my parents had to say, particularly if it had to do with me. Like so many teenagers, I struggled to escape from anything that didn't agree with my picture of the world. A "brilliant without need of guidance" kid, I rejected any overt offering of love. In fact, I got angry at the mention of the word love.
One night, after a particularly difficult day, I stormed into my room, shut the door and got into bed. As I lay down in the privacy of my bed, my hands slipped under my pillow. There was an envelope. I pulled it out and on the envelope it said, "To read when you're alone." Since I was alone, no one would know whether I read it or not, so I opened it. It said "Mike, I know life is hard right now, I know you are frustrated and I know we don't do everything right. I also know that I love you completely and nothing you do or say will ever change that. I am here for you if you ever need to talk, and if you don't, that's okay. Just know that no matter where you go or what you do in your life, I will always love you and be proud that you are my son. I'm here for you and I love you - that will never change. Love, Mom.
That was the first of several "To read when you're alone" letters. They were never mentioned until I was an adult. Today I travel the world helping people. I was in Sarasota, Florida, teaching a seminar when, at the end of the day, a lady came up to me and shared the difficulty she was having with her son. We walked out to the beach, and I told her of my mom's undying love and about the "To read when you're alone" letters. Several weeks later, I got a card that said she had written her first letter and left it for her son.
That night as I went to bed, I put my hands under my pillow and remembered the relief I felt every time I got a letter. In the midst of my turbulent teen years, the letters were the calm assurance that I could be loved in spite of me, not because of me. Just before I fell asleep I thanked God that my mom knew what I, an angry teenager, needed.
Today when the seas of life get stormy, I know that just under my pillow there is that calm assurance that love - consistent, abiding, unconditional love - changes lives.

Ok, the picture is my grandson. I miss him so much, I just had to share a picture of him with you. Come on now, its ok to tell me how adorable he is and I hope that when he is a teenager and he is rebelious (and he will be) I remember this post and I am able to be close enough to him to put a letter under his pillow once in a while.

So.....This is what I recieved in my e-mail this weekend.

Hello Karin
Your Quit Date is:Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 8:30:00 PM
Time Smoke-Free:188 days, 8 hours, 30 minutes and 54 seconds
Cigarettes NOT smoked:2260
Lifetime Saved:17 days, 6 hours
Money Saved:$396.90

Now I leave for California on Wednesday this week and I am scared to death that I will end up smoking. It has only been 6 months. I think that I should of put this vacation off for a little while but I did not think about this at the time.

I look at this and I am so proud of myself. I think ONLY 17 days of my life saved and then I think, I have 17 more days to spend with my grandchildren. I really don't care about the money saved, it was never about that. I also look at the cigarettes not smoked and think "holy cow", I don't want to go back to 1 cigarette not smoked again. I don't think I could do it again.

Please pray for me. I will be strong, I swear I will.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Hey all, I got this e-mail today so I thought I would pass it along, I won't tell you how I did on this little test because.....well, frankly I am embarrassed.

It's that time of year to take our annual senior citizen test. Exercise of the brain is as important as exercise of the muscles. As we grow older, it's important to keep mentally alert. If you don't use it, you lose it!

Below is a very private way to gauge your loss or non-loss of intelligence. Take the test presented here to determine if you're losing it or not. The spaces below are so you don't see the answers until you've made your answer.

OK, relax, clear your mind and begin...


1. What do you put in a toaster?

Answer: "bread." If you said "toast," give up now and do something else.
Try not to hurt yourself. If you said, "bread", go to Question 2.

2. Say "silk" five times. Now spell "silk." What do cows drink?

Answer: Cows drink water. If you said "milk," don't attempt the next
question. Your brain is over-stressed and may even overheat. Content yourself with reading a more appropriate literature such as Auto World. However, if you said "water", proceed to question 3.

3. If a red house is made from red bricks and a blue house is made from blue bricks and a pink house is made from pink bricks and a black house is made from black bricks, what is a green house made from?

Answer: Greenhouses are made from glass. If you said "green bricks," why are you still reading these??? If you said "glass," go on to Question 4.

4. It's twenty years ago, and a plane is flying at 20,000 feet over Germany (If you will recall, Germany at the time was politically divided into West Germany and East Germany.) Anyway, during the flight, TWO engines fail. The pilot, realizing that the last remaining engine is also failing, decides on a crash landing procedure. Unfortunately the engine fails before he can do so and the plane fatally crashes smack in the middle of "no man's land" between East Germany and West Germany. Where would you bury the survivors: East Germany, West Germany, or no man's land"?

Answer: You don't bury survivors. If you said ANYTHING else, you're a dunce and you must stop. If you said, "You don't bury survivors", proceed to the next question.

5. Without using a calculator - You are driving a bus from Lond on to Milford Haven in Wales. In London, 17 people get on the bus; In Reading, six people get off the bus and nine people get on. In Swindon, two people get off and four get on. In Cardiff, 11 people get off and 16 people get on. In Swansea, three people get off and five people get on In Carmathen, six people get off and three get on. You then arrive at Milford Haven. What was the name of the bus driver?

Answer: Oh, for crying out loud! Don't you remember your own name? It was YOU!!

Now pass this along to all your friends and pray they do better than you. And, I wonder how many of you will forward this right back to me. 95% of people fail most of the questions!!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

I am going to copy Christina from over there on Christina's Shoebox, she has a great blog. Check it out when you get a chance

1. FIRST NAME? Karin
3. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY? Yesterday when I realized that my daughter and grandson were suppose to be here on vacation now and because of stuff going on they just could not make it.
6. KIDS? 3 kids, 2 step kids and 4 granchildren :)
8. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL? Does this count??
9. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? Nooooooo...never!
11. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? When I was younger I wanted to, not so much anymore :)12. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds
15. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR? hmmm do I have to pick one??
16. SHOE SIZE? 8
17. RED OR PINK? Red
18. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? I always want my own way, I try not to be that way but in the end I still do.
19. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? My daughter and mom and sister.
21. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Black pants and tennis shoes
22. LAST THING YOU ATE? A side salad from Burger King with Ranch dressing
23. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? Airplanes in the hanger ( I am at work)
25. FAVORITE SMELL? Fresh cut grass
28. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? Well actually, no one sent it to me, I kinda stole it.
29. FAVORITE DRINKS? Non sweet ice tea
30. FAVORITE SPORT? Football (Go Vikings, thats the MN Vikings if you don't know)
31. EYE COLOR? Brown
32. HAT SIZE? I think it is 7 1/2 but I am not sure
34. FAVORITE FOOD? mexican or italian
35. There was no 35...
36. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED AT THE MOVIE THEATER? Over the Hedge with the kids.
38. SUMMER OR WINTER? I like the winter now that I am in NC, it is not as cold as Wisconsin and because you are asking right now and it is stinking hot outside I would have to for sure say the winter.
39. HUGS OR KISSES? I want both, thank you very much
40. FAVORITE DESSERT? mmmmm is there a bad desert??
41. WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? Anyone who's bored
42. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? Anyone who's not bored
43. WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU READING? I love christian fiction
44. WHAT'S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? nothingm it is blue
45. WHAT DID YOU WATCH LAST NIGHT ON TV? Dog the Bounty Hunter.. I love that show.
46. FAVORITE SOUNDS: Thunder Storms
47. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Beatles hands down!
49. WHAT'S YOUR SPECIAL TALENT? Come on, I can't tell you that ;)
50. WHEN AND WHERE WERE YOU BORN? October 6, 1963, Iowa
51. WHAT IS THE MOST ROMANTIC THING SOMEONE HAS DONE FOR YOU? My wonderful husband wisked me away for a weekend at a bed and breakfast, it was wonderful.
53. STAY HOME OR GO OUT? Stay home
54. FAVORITE MOVIE? Dirty Dancing, I could watch the last 15 minutes of that movie again and again, also Saving Private Ryan.
55. WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? No one, I stole it from Christina

Now if any of you want to do this too, just so I can know you better, please feel free to leave it in the comment section or blog it yourself and leave me a comment so that I can go and check it out. Have a great night.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Happy 4th of July everyone. I don't know what we are going to do but I wanted to wish everyone a happy independence Day!!