Saturday, August 30, 2008

Thursday, August 28, 2008


This game is called "Take a picture of your food storage and share it for all the world to see."

Our food storage is all over the place so it is very hard to take pictures of but I have a few.

We have about 16 of these boxes and a few assorted cans and pouches stashed around the house.

2 boxes represent a 30 day supply of food for 1 person, minus liquids. So Leanne and I have about 8 months of food each.

Box 1 contains Wheat, quick oats, macaroni, and flour. We each have a hand wheat grinder to go with the cans of wheat.

Box 2 contains Rice, Pinto Beans, white sugar, cooking oil and salt. I'm hoping some day someone can teach me to cook Pinto Beans so that they have the taste and texture of Steak or Chicken, or any thing else not beans.

We have a long way to go and there are items like maintenance medications, contact lens solutions, toiletries and toilet paper to remember, not to mention water.

I got a new book this week it comes highly recommended by the people who have read and reviewed it, to help learn all the things we need to do to be prepared.

This book is available at for less than 10 dollar, a good investment in my opinion.

The challenge to you is post pictures of your food storage, show off what you have and maybe talk about what you still need.

I borrowed this idea from Becky Orton, a old friend from Massachusetts. She did it in response to a press Release earlier this month by Church Public Affairs.

SALT LAKE CITY 14 August 2008 Church Public Affairs is asking Church members to share their experiences with maintaining food storage by posting video, text or other content on personal blogs, video-sharing sites, social media sites, or other Internet sites. Members can then e-mail a link to their story to The Newsroom site may link to some of them in an upcoming Web package on the Church welfare program, but in any case the stories may be beneficial to others who read them on the Web. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has long encouraged its members to store extra food to provide for possible future needs caused by economic hardship, disasters or other emergencies. Encouraging individual members to be prepared is part of the Church's overall welfare plan.


Its raining, it wasn't supposed to, but really how often are the forecasters right on the mark. As the radio personalities point out often, on the early morning show I listen to on the way to work, anytime the chance of rain is over 30% we most likely won't get rain. 20% chance, start building the ark. I love the rain, I'm glad for an unscheduled storm.

These are pictures I took from the from door during the storm. They don't do justice to the rain and lightening, but I didn't want to get soaked.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Cindy McCain

I usually shy away from all things political, but I read this article about Cindy McCain the other day and was really impressed with her. I haven't made any decisions about who I will vote for in November, I may leave the ultimate decision until I pick up my ballot, that afternoon. I will keep in mind the character of the potential First Lady and the First Family in the choice I make.
I copied the entire post as it was sent to me, except since I couldn't copy and paste the pictures I only included a few. If you want to see the rest of the pictures let me know and I'll forward them to you.

Cindy McCain

Bet you would have never guessed this one! No matter your politics.
The media will never tell of this, so pass it on.

GO GIRL!!!!!!!!!!

There was an article in the Wall Street Journal on Cindy McCain, John's wife.
All I ever saw was this attractive woman standing beside John. I was surprised
how talented and involved with world problems she is. This is a summary of the article.

She graduated from Southern Cal and was a special-needs

After her Dad died she became involved with his beer distributing firm and is now the chairwoman.
Sales have doubled since she has taken over from her father.

They have a marriage prenuptial agreement, her assets remain separate.
She is involved around the world clearing land mines - travels to these
countries on a detonation team and service on their board.

They have a 19 year old serving in Iraq, another son in the Naval Academy,
a daughter recently graduated from Columbia Univ., an adopted daughter in
high school, and a son who is the finance guy at the beer firm.

Raised kids in Phoenix, Az. rather than Washington DC. (better
atmosphere) He commuted.

In 1991, Mrs. McCain came across a girl in an orphanage in Bangladesh.
Mother Teresa implored Mrs. McCain to take the baby with severe cleft palate.
She did so without first telling her husband. The couple adopted the girl who has
had a dozen operations to repair her cleft palate and other medical problems.

They have a Family Foundation for children's causes.

She's active with 'Halo Trust' - to clear land mines, provide water and
food in war ravaged and developing countries.

She will join an overseas mission of 'Operation Smile', a charity for corrective surgery on children's faces.

She has had two back surgeries and became addicted to pain killers.
She talks openly about it which she says is part of the recovery process.

I'm surprised the media is so quiet about her attributes. She sounds more
capable than Hillary or Obama. We would really get two for the price
of one. A person with business and international experience. John did work for the firm for awhile when he left the Navy,
She, however, has the real business experience. Very interesting.

Cindy McCain--this will surprise you
This is an example all of us should follow. We need to be more hands on than just using our mouth/
This is an interesting article as not much was known about her. She was on Leno the other night and it was an interesting interview. It turns out that she is a character as she is or has been a race car driver and is also a pilot. She flies John around the country to his rallies. After hearing that about her and reading this I now have a lot of respect for her.
Election 2008: Cindy Hensley McCain has been disparaged as a trophy wife, a Barbie, an heiress with fancy purses, even the Paris Hilton of politics. But there's more to the picture than meets the eye.

Yes, Mrs. McCain is the perfectly coiffed blonde standing dutifully behind the senator during his speeches. And yes, she wears stylish clothing and carries a Prada purse. And it's true she doesn't say much. But feminist critics who write her off as a 'stand-by-your-man' shrinking violet are selling her short. In many ways, Cindy McCain stacks up sturdier than Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama. And she'd make a more impressive first lady.

Mrs. McCain: More than meets the eye.

While Obama's wife has been hating America, complaining about the war and undermining our troops serving in Afghanistan , McCain's wife has been worrying about her sons who actually are fighting or planning to fight in the war on terror. One, in fact, was until a few months ago deployed in Iraq during some of the worst violence.

You don't hear the McCain's talk about it, but their 19-year-old Marine, Jimmy, is preparing for his second tour of duty. Their 21-year-old son, Jack, is poised to graduate from Annapolis and also could join t he Marines as a second lieutenant. The couple made the decision not t o draw attention to their sons out of respect for other families with sons and daughters in harm's way.

Cindy also says she doesn't want to risk falling apart on the campaign trail talking about Jimmy who was so young when he enlisted she had to sign consent forms for his medical tests before he could report for duty and potentially upsetting parents of soldiers who are serving or have been killed.

The McCain's want to make sure their boys get no special treatment. Same goes for their five other children, including a daughter they adopted from Bangladesh . During a visit to Mother Teresa's orphanage there, Cindy noticed a dying baby. The orphanage could not provide the medical care needed to save her life. So she brought the child home to America for the surgery she desperately need ed. The baby is now their healthy, 16-year-old daughter, Bridget.

Though all seven McCain children including two Sen. McCain adopted from his first marriage are supportive of their father, they prefer their privacy to the glare of the campaign trail. Another daughter, Meghan, 23, helps him behind the scenes.

Cindy McCain not only cherishes her children, but also her country, which in an election year filled with America-bashing, is a refreshing novelty. She seethed when she heard Michelle Obama's unpatriotic remarks that she only recently grew proud of America . 'I am very proud of my country,' Mrs. McCain asserted.

She also may be tougher than the other women in the race. While Hillary thinks she's come under sniper fire on mission trips abroad, Cindy has actually seen violence. She witnessed a boy get blown up by a mine in Kuwait during a trip with an international group that removes land mines from war-torn countries.

Mrs. McCain also is a hands-on philanthropist. She sits on the board of Operation Smile, which arranges for plastic surgeons to fix cleft palates and other birth defects. She also has helped organize relief missions to Micronesia .

During a scuba-diving vacation to the islands, Mrs. McCain took a friend to a local hospital to have a cut treated. She was shocked, and saddened, by what she saw. 'They opened the door to the OR, where the supplies were, and there were two cats and a whole bunch of rats climbing out of the sterile supplies,' she recalled. 'They had no X-ray machine, no beds. To me, it was devastating because it was a U.S. trust territory.' As soon as she returned home, she arranged for medical equipment and teams of doctors to be sent to treat the island children.
Michelle Obama may contribute to CARE, which fights global poverty and works to empower poor women. Cindy sits on its board.

While the Democrat women talk about helping the poor and needy, Cindy McCain actually rolls up her sleeves and does it. Who's the out-of-touch elitist?

Monday, August 11, 2008


I saw this on Alayna's Blog and it looked kind of fun.

Memory TagHere are the rules:1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you.

If you don't want to play on your blog, or if you don't have a blog, I'll leave my memory of you in my comments.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Beware of Where you Click

A few weeks ago I joined In an effort to reconnect with old friends, I decided to splurge and pay for a membership, instead of using the basic free service. And I have found a few old friends with the help of classmates.
One of the things that happens with a paid membership is you are offered really good shopping deals. When you click on the ads that come up, the trouble starts. I made the mistake of clicking on an ad that promised great shopping deals, I didn't buy anything I just looked.
Last week while I was balancing my checking account, I noticed a charge to somewhere called Shopping Discount for $19.95 from the previous day. In looking back I had 2 other similar charges under different names, back to shortly after I signed up for Classmates.
I called the phone number listed on the bank's entry for the 3 charges only to find out that ad I clicked on back in May signed me up for a 7 day trial, with the understanding that I would cancel in 7 days if I didn't want to use the service. I explained that I had never gotten an email or snail mail telling me I was part of this shopping plan or how to use it, and I would like all 3 months of charges credited. I was told no, we can only credit the most recent charge, but I can transfer you to my Supervisor. She told me the same thing and after I had a fullscale temper tantrum on the phone, I advised that I would be going to my Credit Union in the Morning to file Bank Fraud charges.
When I called in the Morning to make sure they had cancelled my account and my credit had been issued, I was informed that all 3 months had been credited.

So, beware of where you Click---- these people have 30 different names and will attach itself to many websites like & and will charge you an equal amount every month to what you paid to the legitimate website. If you see a charge you can't remember making don't wait call right away. Insist they cancel your membership and issue a credit, Watch your account, because unless you cancel your debit or credit card they may keep charging you anyway. They make their money by people not noticing what they are doing.