Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Ok...I'm really trying to get into the "holiday" spirit along with some cleaning and decorating. However, I'm having some difficulty "focusing" b/c...WELL, I'm a bit perturbed b/c of Mr. Blogspot; HE is not letting me post comments on some of my favorite blogs! Now...to me...when friends stop by for a visit I like to do the same and visit their blogs along with leaving a little comment or two...but sadly, I am not able to comment on ANYONE'S blogs. This has been going on for over a week or two (I'm so disturbed about it I've lost count)...and people THAT'S TOO LONG!! So please if you haven't heard from me in a while, don't think I'm being all snooty or aloof...it's NOT me...seriously...I don't know what the deal is...last time this happened Mr. Blog wouldn't let me post pictures...and sadly I think he's up to his evil and selective ways again. I'm just going to threaten him right here, right now...it worked last time...but that was AFTER I waited nearly 3 weeks. WHAT is up with his attitude???
So I just wanted to stop doing all the cleaning and decorating for just a minute and wish all my friends out here in blogland...a very Blessed Thanksgiving! I will comment as soon as I have a little "talk" with Mr. Blog and he lets me out of detention! OH! and if any of you are wondering...NO! this isn't my dining room...but isn't it lovely. I don't know where I found it...but it is one that I love and wanted to have as a reference for building the dream house! OH! and that reminds me...we have some more NEWS going on around here...I'll be sharing that AFTER Thanksgiving...And NO! it's not grandbabies!! DRAT! None the less things are changing around here with every passing week! It's just crazy!!
firstname.lastname@example.org LivingTheLife at 11:31:00 AM
Friday, November 21, 2008
The guy in the middle is our son...today he turns 26 (the other 2 guys are my hubbin to the left and our son-in-law to the right)...OUR baby...I can't believe that he is now 26 any more than I can believe how fortunate we were to be blessed to have him as a son! This picture was taken from the "guys" fishing extravaganza in Alaska in August/Sept. of 06....in all the pictures you will see them smiling like this...I think they had a GREAT time!
Because I've done posts before where I have poetically (in my mind) described how much we love our son and daughter...I decided I would take the easy way out today...instead of writing another boring essay...I am going to cheat and make a list of all the things I love about our son...it's not hard to do...in fact I could go on for days with lists about both our children and children in laws...but today is...Marcus' day...and these are things that make him...well...Marcus...and the things we both love about him.
1. He loves the Lord
2. He is a great son to both of us.
3. He treats his wife with tremendous love and respect.
4. He loves his sister.
5. He chose a wonderful girl to spend his life with.
6. He makes me laugh.
7. He has the best laugh.
8. He has a beautiful smile and uses it often (he learned how to smile from his gorgeous sister)
9. He is honest.
10. He has a strong work ethic.
11. He is a loyal friend.
12. He cares about ALL his family and his wife's family.
13. He cares about being fair.
14. He is one of the best "grand-dog" owners I've seen. (he and his wife own one of my fabulous grand-dogs...the other is owned by our daughter and SIL.)
15. He is a fabulous chef...I'm a bit biased...but hey the guy can cook!
16. He never minds cooking...even when it's his day off!
17. He has great friends and we love them all!
18. He has a winning personality!
19. He has great manners.
20. He is smart AND funny!
21. He isn't perfect and he's not afraid of that...thank the Lord...he really is my son!
22. He is a great combination of both my husband and my father!
23. He is adventerous.
24. He considers his dad his best friend. (aside from his wife)
25. He laughs at my silly jokes.
26. He is and always has been a cuddlier...I loved it when he was a child...and his wife loves it now!
Happy Birthday! Marcus...you are an awesome son...and we love you very much!
A picture of Marcus and his wife at a friends wedding...I know if you've read my blog for any length of time...you have probably seen this picture...but hey, I said I was going to take the lazy way out and post things that made it easy! It's one of those days...besides I was in labor for 4 hours 26 years ago today...doesn't that count for something! Besides...I love this picture...I love how they are looking at one another...after all it was only a short time before this that they walked down the aisle...goose bump memories I tell ya!
Love you forever,
email@example.com LivingTheLife at 10:25:00 AM
Friday, November 14, 2008
Just wanted to post about something exciting that is happening for our daughter. Starting today and running for several more weeks she will be the "featured" artist at a sweet little shop in an area of Arvada, Co. called "Olde Towne"...now doesn't THAT just sound scrumptious. This is the invitation that was sent out...she'll be featured for a while (she also designed the invitation for "Lovely")...We are so excited for her and praying for much success...and I pray she enjoys EVERY minute!! If you are in the Denver/Golden/Arvada area...go check it out...if not you can look on-line at her site... www.jackieland.blogspot.com and you can reach her photography or etsy site from there!
firstname.lastname@example.org LivingTheLife at 8:25:00 PM
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Today....29 years ago, the queen of our hearts was born...I am talking about our daughter "Jacquelyn" or Jackie as we've always referred to her. She came into our lives on Nov. 9, 1979...at 8 pounds 6 1/2 ounces and 21 inches long...a head full of beautiful brown hair and the most gorgeous eyes and dimples I've ever seen. Yes, she swooped in and captured our hearts at 15 minutes past 4:00 p.m. CST and stole our hearts...forever and always. I hate that I don't have pictures to post...but I am in California as I post this...so I have no access to my photos...but you all know her...and you know how lovely she is...So-oooo I just wanted to give a little shout out to our girl...and wish her the best birthday ever. To let her know we love her, are constantly amazed by her heart, her talents and her sweet little ways...I know kids don't always want to hear that they will always and forever be our little child...but when I think of her...I can't help but remember those days of soft curls around that cherub face...those expressive eyes...and those deep delicious dimples...but then again...she still has those gorgeous curls, expressive eyes, and deep dimples...so I don't have to look far to be reminded of how precious she is and always will be to both lovin' hubbin and I.
So HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Jackie...we love you...and pray you have a fabulous day!!!
So HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Jackie...we love you...and pray you have a fabulous day!!!
email@example.com LivingTheLife at 11:53:00 PM
Saturday, November 1, 2008
I may be starting something here that isn't of great interest to some out here in blog land...but I've sat on the sidelines a little too long not to say something. I mean to tell you...we ALL think we know what the right answer to our next president is...and thank God we have THAT freedom...but please folks...don't believe everything you read or hear...and please by all means do the research yourself...don't depend on the media...as you will see and most already know our media has been so biased during this election...more so than I've ever seen before...so please READ, READ, READ...about your candidates...look at their voting records...take into consideration how long they have served our country and to what capacity. Look at whether or not your candidate was willing to take a stand for his beliefs without worry whether they were popular with their prospective parties or future contributors to their campaign funding...check into the people they have associated with most of their lives. Look at what they have put on the line to be running in this election...and look at the state they are from and read about how their state has faired...and what the candidates have done to encourage unity in those states. Just try and get your hands on something other than the not so unbiased news cast and newspapers...reading the candidates records and remembering their voting records may be your only chance to see and read fair and balanced reporting. Also, look at whether your candidate ACTUALLY voted for a specific bill OR if he just managed to be "present"....it's hard to change things in our government if you are physically present...but not mentally engaged enough to vote....hmmmm...is that what they are referring to as a "telflon" canidate...nothing of any substance to stick to him??? Makes me wonder???
I ran across this tonight before heading off to bed...it is less than 96 hours away from election day and of those days only 2 are voting days...and just NOW they are coming out with a report that the media has been biased and unfair in their reporting of the election toward John McCain and Sarah Palin and the entire Republican party....REALLY...how many folks had to participate in this little study before they managed to come up with that little tid-bit of information...better yet, if they knew this(and believe me they have known...we ALL HAVE!) 1) why didn't they put it out here before now 2) why isn't it ALL OVER the tv programs that run non-stop polls on how well one candidate is doing over the other...HECK, I could have told them about the biased journalism months ago...AND I would have done it for FREE!! The media has been so far left-sided since oh I don't know Feb. or March of this year...so much so...I felt they might need to invest in ankle weights to keep them from completely tipping over! Honestly, I know that the republicans are trying so hard to get the word out there and trying their best to win this election without any media help...but why oh why? have we just now had the opportunity to hear what others have known for a very long time...I am so tired of all this liberal media crap...what ever happend to fair and unbiased journalism...OK...sorry, I'm on a tangit...but when I saw this report tonight...I just couldn't believe it has taken this long to garner ANY media attention. WHY oh WHY haven't they released this way before now...but then again...would it even help??...whew...I'm afraid we are heading down a path that soon we will want to run from! But that is just my opinion...and I am thankful we still have that freedom...for now anyway!!
Below is the article to which I refer...
NEW YORK – John McCain supporters who believe they haven't gotten a fair shake from the media during the Republican's candidacy against Barack Obama have a new study to point to.
Comments made by sources, voters, reporters and anchors that aired on ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts over the past two months reflected positively on Obama in 65 percent of cases, compared to 31 percent of cases with regards to McCain, according to the Center for Media and Public Affairs.
ABC's "World News" had more balance than NBC's "Nightly News" or the "CBS Evening News," the group said.
Meanwhile, the first half of Fox News Channel's "Special Report" with Brit Hume showed more balance than any of the network broadcasters, although it was dominated by negative evaluations of both campaigns. The center didn't evaluate programs on CNN or MSNBC.
"For whatever reason, the media are portraying Barack Obama as a better choice for president than John McCain," said Robert Lichter, a George Mason University professor and head of the center. "If you watch the evening news, you'd think you should vote for Obama."The center analyzed 979 separate news stories shown between Aug. 23 and Oct. 24, and excluded evaluations based on the campaign horse race, including mention of how the candidates were doing in polls. For instance, when a voter was interviewed on CBS Oct. 14 saying he thought Obama brought a freshness to Washington, that was chalked up as a pro-Obama comment.(this is the one that has me most afraid!)
When NBC's Andrea Mitchell reported Oct. 1 that some conservatives say that Sarah Palin is not ready for prime-time, that's marked in the negative column for McCain.
ABC recorded 57 percent favorable comments toward the Democrats, and 42 percent positive for the Republicans. NBC had 56 percent positive for the Democrats, 16 percent for the Republicans. CBS had 73 percent positive (Obama), versus 31 percent (McCain).
Hume's telecast had 39 percent favorable comments for McCain and 28 percent positive for the Democratic ticket.
It was the second study in two weeks to remark upon negative coverage for the McCain-Palin ticket. The Project for Excellence in Journalism concluded last week that McCain's coverage has been overwhelmingly negative since the conventions ended, while Obama's has been more mixed.
Meanwhile, another survey issued Friday by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press showed that television continues to be Americans' main source for campaign news, particularly the cable news networks.
But there were clear partisan differences in where people turned.
For instance, of the people who said they got most of their campaign news from Fox News Channel, 52 percent identified themselves as Republican, 17 percent as Democrats and 30 percent as independents, the Pew center said.
MSNBC viewers interested in campaign news identified themselves at 11 percent Republican, 50 percent Democratic and 36 percent independent. The breakdown for CNN: 13 percent Republican, 45 percent Democrat, 38 percent independent.
The study was based on a survey of 2,011 people taken Oct. 17-20 and 24-27. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percent.
firstname.lastname@example.org LivingTheLife at 1:02:00 AM