Wednesday, December 31, 2008
We picked up George and headed for the beach. It was a little chili, but there was not a cloud in the sky and the ocean was just perfect.
As we were eating we asked this one lady if she would like to give her son some bread to feed to the birds. She said no. So we started breaking up the bread and tossing it into the sky. I am not sure what type of birds they were but they were beautiful. Nikki reminded me that there was a bird refuge just down the beach, so who knows. Anyway it was so cool watching the birds hover over us. Everywhere we looked there were birds! It was just so cool!
As we were getting ready to leave the lady came back up to us and asked us if we any bread left. I did not but we did have two bags of corn chips left, so we busted them out. One of the boys came up next to me and I handed him some chip and started talking to him. The lady said "he has Autism and is none verbal, but his name is Warren".
Warren and I had a great time feeding the birds. By the end of our 10 minutes together he was smiling. Warren made the day at the beach a blessing. Even if he was none verbal I knew he was having a good time.
Then we headed to the art museum, The quilts were just awesome. It was different from what I was expecting. Not all the quilts were "quilts". A few people had actually pained on the material. They were very nice and very creative. The handi work that went into these quilts was just amazing.
Then Nikki said lets go to the thrift store. Nikki scored so great deals today. We found two formals, a shirt and a pair of slacks for her. I scored this awesome dress. I am not sure what country it is from, but I just love it. I would say I will have to take a picture of it, but that really does no good since I cant load the pictures right now. Anyway, $75 later we finally got out of there.
Then we headed home. I am going to go down to the VFW for a little while. They are having free food, so that is a good price. I am not going to be gone to long, because Nikki is having friends over tonight.
The last time I left Nikki home alone with friend she ended up needing stitches.
I do hope that everyone has a safe New Years Eve and remember that the best is still to come.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
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Monday, December 22, 2008
My mom is out with the girls, and Rusty took Ryan shopping so I actually had some time to myself. I forgot how nice it is to have the house to myself.
Ryan has chores that he has to do every day. He has to unload the dish washer, take out the recycling, and hoover the house. Then every time Rusty gets paid Ryan gets $10 dollars. Ryan really does not have a concept of money, but he knows that he has to have it to buy stuff. Rusty said that Ryan did good this year and that they found some great bargains. Ryan even bought Rusty lunch. I am really impressed with Ryan because he really try's to buy stuff that everyone would like.
We have two ideas for Christmas eve. We are either going to stay home and get drunk on egg nog and have a ginger bread house building contest. Or we are going to go visit a dear friend in the assisted living home. We were going to go visit this friend, but they moved him on the day we were going to hospital. We are waiting to here what home he was moved to, if it is to far then we are not going to try to fight the traffic. So we will see.
The kitten is getting so big and is trying to learn to stalk. It is just to cute. I should wean him, but I am just not in the mood, so I figure I will wait until after the holidays.
Most of the marines have headed home for the holiday's, but they all stopped by to say goodbye and to grab a bite to eat. I swore that I was being turned into a short order cook, but I would not have it any other way. I love cooking for my boy's.
Well I still need to attempt to get my dinning room table cleaned off, and I need to get my bathroom cleaned, so I better get it done. I just wish that some cleaning elves would stop by.....
Saturday, December 20, 2008
I have done this for this guy several time's, but yesterday, he turned and looked at me and said thank you. That was the first time the homeless guy ever spoke to me.
Later that evening I told Amber that I had run into this guy again. Amber said "I wonder if he has any family? Do they know he is homeless?" I don't know the answers to these questions.
What I do know is that it is getting cold here and this man does not even have a winter coat. We do not have a homeless shelter here, so I have no idea where he is sleeping, or what he is doing to stay worm.
Then I remembered an entry that I wrote some time last year. It was called women unite. http://thoughtofasonerwhitewomen.blogspot.com/2007/03/women-unite.html
So I am going to raise challenge that I gave to everyone else. I am have a nice warm sweatshirt that I am going to give him, Rusty has some really nice cold weather sock's, so I know he wont miss one pair, and I going to do my best to get a tie blanket done for this man.
I still have a few last minute things I need to get done today. Today is Rusty's birthday and he is already gone. He had to take that marine to the airport. This afternoon I have to go get my mom and then the real fun will begin.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Here are some pictures of my eco friendly gifts.
The rug is made out of plastic bags. I made my girlfriend a ball of plarn and she made a rug out of it! I love this. I am going to put it by my door. It can be washed and lets face it.... it will never break down.
Next our my tea cup ordainment. I found all of these cup and saucers at a yard sale. I had the glue and ribbon. So far everyone I have given them to have loved them. I love them because the are unique and everyone knows how much I love tea.
I have an idea for next Christmas, so I will have to start looking for all the items....at yard sales and thrift stores!
Just remember to think outside the box, and you will be amazed at what you can come it up.
Reduce, recycle and reuse.
I was just a little busy yesterday. I had a long to do list, but I did not get it all done, so today I need to finish up. I am trying to get everything done before my mom comes in. I don't want to have to be cleaning while everyone is here for the holiday's.
The quilt at the top of the page is the quilt that I was asked to make. This quilt is going to Warren. Now there is a story behind Warren, so go grab a hot drink and settle down.
Warren was in the military, I can't tell much more then that, I met him at the VFW. Warren tends bar and often cooks dinners.
Then it happened. Someone found out that Warren is HIV positive. The old people started raising hell about all of this. They wanted warren fired from tending bar, and they did not want him cooking anymore. This battle came to a head at a post meeting. When Rusty came home I asked him what the out come was. Warren gets to stay.
I was very glad to hear that. The next time I saw Warren I said "Warren, I am not a member of the post, so I knew it was not my place to go to the meetings, however I am so glad that you are still here. You can make me a drink and a meal anytime." Warren cried.
Over the years Warren has been in and out of the hospital for a lot of different things. I make it a point to go see him. I am the only one that goes and sees him. I guess I am the only one who knows you can't catch HIV from visiting someone in the hospital?
I found out that no one invited Warren to Thanksgiving dinner. I could not believe it. I told Rusty if I had known that I would have invited him. That was when I said "People can be so cruel to him". Rusty said "Yes, and they do it on purpose."
When Warren found out that I was in the hospital he pulled Rusty aside. Warren said "I hear Kelli was in the hospital?"
Rusty: "Yes she was, but she is home now and doing much better."
Warren: "Do you this shovel? I am going to shove this up your ass sideways the next time you do not tell me that Kelli is sick."
Rusty: "I will tell you next time"
So Warren is coming to Christmas dinner. I will make it a point to invite Warren to every holiday event we have. Also Warren has wanted one of my quilts for a long time, so here it is. Warren has no idea that it is coming, so I am hoping to get a picture of him when he sees his quilt.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I do believe that a few entries back back I said that I could do one kitten in my sleep. Well, this little guy is going to keep me on my toes! I go up this morning and he was sitting on my dirty laundry. He has already learned to scale the crate! Then I fed him his breakfast and put him down for a nap, well... he got out of his blankets and climbed up on the sofa! Oh he is such a boy.
I did finish the quilt top! I love this quilt. I just hope the gentlemen that is getting it loves it as much as I do. I am going to send Amber to the store to buy some batting, so I am hoping to get it quilted today.
I think I see the sun. I better look at it because we have more rain on the way. Someone should build me an ark.
Yesterday afternoon my chest started feeling tight. I know that it is caused by this crazy weather. So I went and bought some stuff to help me cough up this crap. Now I can't stop coughing. Oh the joys that are my life.
The boyfriend went home last night. I do feel bad for this kid. He is trying to get a job and once he gets a job, he is moving out. We did tell him that if he gets kick out to give us a call. We won't let this kid sleep on the streets. I still don't get it. However I am going to lead by example. I am going to teach the girls how to have compassion, and how to help others. I am going to make this a teaching opportunity without saying a word.
Rusty is taking next week off. I can't wait to spend a whole week with him! We will be able to sleep in, have morning sex, and just chill. Rusty so needs this down time, so I will have to pamper him.
Well I need to go find speed racer the kitten and then I need to get my day started. I am trying to get everything done before my mom arrives on Friday. I also have the carpet guy coming on Friday, so I have a lot to do.
Can someone clone me?
Monday, December 15, 2008
Rusty had to pull off the road and put his truck in 4 wheel drive! nI can't believe it was snowing here. Anyway, he jumped in behind a convoy of hummers going back to pendleton, so he made it home.
Here are some pictures of our flooded yard, and one of the new baby. We are guessing he is about 3 or 4 weeks old now.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
2. Fill a sock with rice or wheat, heat in the microwave for a few seconds, and use it as a heating pad.
3. You can certainly make a sock puppet, or two, or three ...
4. Put a ball inside and tie off the end to make a tug toy for a dog. Or fill with catnip for a kitty.
5. Fill with leftover soap pieces and use in the washing machine for washing delicates.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
BRRR is all I can say about our weather here. I live in Southern California so I expect it to be warm all the time, but not this week. BRRRR there goes the gas bill.
So yesterday Amber ended up with three bottles of pill's. I wrote the street name on all the bottles, so she would know what she had. Then I started reading all the side effects. Amber took her pills and placed then on the counter. She said "the side effects are worse then what I have!" Oh yes my dear.
This morning woke up a few minutes before the alarm clock went off. The alarm finally went off and Rusty beat the clock up trying to turn it off. I said "Well good morning sexiest man alive".
Rusty just grunted and went to the bathroom. He came back and crawled into my half of the bed. He put his arms around me and said "You really should put your glasses on."
Then both of the dogs jumped in bed with us.
I asked Rusty if need me to wash an of his cold weather stuff since he will be outside working all next week.
Rusty said "I was watching the weather channel last night and they said that we are getting snow as low as 1000 feet."
I said "So it will be snowing in 29 palm while you are there?"
Rusty replied "Yes, and we need to move, I hate snow"
I quickly said "well I can pack a bag, lets move back to Hawaii"
Rusty just glared at me. He loved Hawaii while we were there, but he said that there are way to many people there.
It looks like I might be heading out to Palm Springs on Friday. There is a very young marine we know who is getting stationed at 29 palms and he will be flying in. This poor kid does not have a clue about the marine corp yet.
Today I am going to go deliver all my quilts. I have 4 going to the Wounded warrior center and 10 going to the animal shelter. Man I have been busier then I thought. But there is no rest for the wicked. I did go buy some blue material and I will get another quilt done before Christmas. It is going to simple squares, but it will be a quilt and it will get done.
While I am down at base I am going to look for some more last minute gifts. I still need to find one or two small things for Ryan, and I have not bought Rusty anything yet. Why are guy's so hard to shop for?
Well, I have a few things to get done before I head out for the day.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Yesterday would have been a good day for someone to remind me that children are a blessing.
Amber and Nikki went at it all day long. I was waiting for them to start punching each other, but that did not happen. The last time they came to blows I made them go fight in the front yard. If they are going to act like white trash then at least everyone could watch the fight.
Ryan's teacher still can't figure out how to give him a calculator. So I had to call the principal again. Once again it blows my mind, there are only five children in his class!
Then we got a call from someone at the school asking us if we needed help with some Christmas gifts for Ryan. I listened to this lady babble on. I understand Ryan needs new shoes and he is getting them for Christmas. I just got him new shoes 2 months ago. I am so sorry that my child is hard on his shoes. Yes Ryan does have several winter sweatshirts and a coat. The problem is he wears them to school and never brings them home. So I had to tell Ryan that if he did not bring home all of his crap that he could not play video game or watch t.v. for two day's. That is the only way we can get through to him. We have to take away the two things that can do. I swear if you have not raised a handi cap child you have no clue what goes on behind closed doors.
Today I have to take Nikki to school and go pay my car registration. I am going to go look for a pair of shoes for Ryan, and then it is back home to do the same old routine.
Amber is not feeling well today, so she has a doctors appointment today at 2. This poor child is just so miserable.
As for me. I have taken some radical steps as far as my health goes. My friend Deb told me that she had been praying for me and that she just knows that I am not going in for surgery. I had to laugh.
I laughed because for a while now I have been really thinking and researching all of my options. Which are very limited when you have no insurance and no money. I went to the hippy store because I needed some more herbs and some ear candles. I got to talking with the lady and she suggested that I use raw wheat grass, on top of juicing and everything else I am doing.
So when I was over at Deb's the other night I had to laugh at what she said. I told her that I did not want to have surgery. I do not want to have to take hormone replacement's for the rest of my life and that I was looking into other options.
As it turns out one of the pastors uses wheat grass because he had cancer and he did not want to go through chemotherapy. HMMM.... I have also stopped taking my birth control pills.
I have been on a strict Herb regiment for almost two months now. I have been juicing for a couple week, and I just went off my birth control a few days ago. I am feeling so much better.
I know that most people do not believe in the healing power of food, and herbs, but I do. Now all I have to do is avoid this subject with my mother. Which will be very hard since she will be here for Christmas. i do trust my mother as far as my medical goes and she knows all about any drug. But my mom does not believe in the healing power of herbs and food. This should be interesting.
The never ending pile of laundry is waiting for me.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Tom got me to thinking. And we have been e mailing back and forth all night. He is a great guy and he got me to think. Which I should not be doing, because it is late I have not had dinner yet, and I still have two quilts to get done.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Rusty had a V.A. appointment yesterday and for the most part it went well. Rusty's blood pressure and cholesterol are still a little high, so they switched his meds. Rusty is down to 195 pounds, which is not bad since he is 6'2". Right after Rusty had his heart attack is doctor told him to start taking fish oil pills. Did Rusty listen.... NO. So yesterday the doctor prescribed them to him! Oh I love his little Korean doctor. She is all about natural remedies going along with prescription drugs. Rusty will have to be monitored every six weeks to check for his liver function.
Then I find out that Rusty is going to be gone the whole week before Christmas! I am really getting sick of him working all these shows. But I guess there are going to be a ton of people training, so he has to go. So let me get this straight. You are going to be gone the week before Christmas and the whole month of January? Yep.
Then he goes on to tell me that he is giving a marine a ride to the airport on the 20th. What? That vein in my head is starting to bulge. I helped this marine find some cheap airfare, but he said non of it was cheap enough because he was broke. How can you be broke? You just spent 9 months in Iraq, you did not pay your car off, so where is all of your money? I told this marine that the train goes 5 blocks from the airport and that he could then get a bus transfer to the airport, and that they between the bus and train it would only take him 45 minutes. Another marine told him to call the uso because they run shuttles down to the airport.
Oh no that would be to easy. Instead he asks Rusty for a ride. This marine has never given us gas money, and he expects Rusty to take time away from his family, and to top it all off it is Rusty's birthday! Whatever. I spoke my peace with Rusty. I hope they get stuck in a ton of traffic and that the marine misses his flight.
Yesterday I had to buy a belt for the vacuum. It is a good thing they come in a two pack. I blew both of those belts as well. Well that is just dandy. Here it is right before Christmas and I have to buy a new vacuum? Rusty said that he fixed it, so we will see. I am going to go buy some more belts and if they break then I am just buying a new vacuum. I can't go without a vacuum. I have way to many pets for that.
On an up note, over the weekend I saw a tree with names on it. I went over to look. They are usually for children, and we have adopted already adopted our family this year, but I went to look anyway. This tree was different, this was for shut In's. I pulled two gentleman's name off the tree. One guy wanted a backgammon game and a deck of cards. The other guy wanted a soft pillow.
Looking at the tree I was just in shock. Here it was in my face. We have a group of old people right here in our community that are asking for simple things, but I guess when you are on a fixed income there are very few luxuries.
I have bought the game and a deck of cards, and I also bought both men a tin of cookies. I am going to make a fleece pillow case and a matching lap blanket. Then I will buy a soft pillow for this gentlemen.
I was telling my mom about this and she said that every year since my dad has died she has donate to a similar cause. My dad was always scared that they would be old and that they would end up eating cat food. So that got me to thinking. One of my goals for next year is to make 12 lap quilts. Then I will donate them to the shut ins. I can reach this goal. I know my dad would be proud of me.
Last night my mother said "I want a desk clock that tells me the inside and outside temperatures oh and I also want a mouse pad with a picture of the children on it." O.K. this should be an easy request. After a great amount of searching I find out that what my mother wants is a weather station. Mom, you live in Chicago the winters are cold and the summers are hot and humid, what more do you need to know. I did finally find one that was a reasonable price. Last night the children decorated the tree. I told them to come stand in front of the tree that I needed to get a picture for their grandmother. All three of them just looked at me. Finally one of them said "You want a picture of us acting like the perfect little family?" Then they all walked away. So much for that mouse pad.
I am going to go make some juice and go buy a new belt. Maybe the girls will still be sleeping when I get back, and I will be able to wake them up by vacuuming under their beds.