Friday, July 29, 2011

Back To School

It's hard to believe Monday is August 1st already. Where did the summer go? It seems like summer just began and it's almost over. It's hard to believe I will be doing school shopping in a couple of weeks. School shopping is one of my most dreaded things I have to do. It is a massive shopping trip. My children can very rarely fit anything from the year before. It is like with all the sunshine and playing outside they grow like weeds over the summer months. I think sometimes they grow more over the summer months than they do all year round.
 Not only do you have to buy a new wardrobe, it is  constant reminder of how little the schools provide for the students anymore. It makes you wander where your tax money goes. The list is endless from the typical pens and pencils to the tissues and even Clorox Wipes for the classroom. I remember when I was growing up, the schools asked for the basics like pens, pencils, and note books. Plus, that's when kids used things like the comic section or brown paper bags to cover our books with.  Now, they want actual book covers and  everything under the sun and then more. Asking parents to donate things like paper towels, tissues, and hand sanitizers.
I remember when my son was in the first grade, his teacher drove us nuts with her requests. She would ask for more supplies than he could even use in one year. Later, I found out that she was taking the school supplies and putting them in the supplies cabinet and distributed them to the classroom. I figured that out when I called her, because she sent a request home for more school supplies half way through the year. She socked it to the parents who would send in school supplies. I wouldn't be surprised if the schools didn't start sending bills home for books. That will probably be next.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

High Five Friday Blog Hop

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Have fun!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

FBI Investigates A Brutal Hate Crime Against A Native American Family

The FBI are investigating a alleged race hate crime in Lyon County, Nevada. The Bontas Family, members of the Reno Sparks Indian Colony stopped at a gas station on their way to Reno and were harassed by three men at the gas station. The attacks occurred outside a Fernley convenience store at 1 p.m. on May 24. Fernley is located between the Indian Nations of Pyramid Lake Paiute and Fallon Shoshone Paiute.

The Bontas said, they tried to escape the men by driving away and the men followed them causing a crash on the highway and attacked the family. Johny was knocked unconscious with a baseball bat and had his nose and sinus cavity broken, his son-in law suffered a crushed elbow and broken hand.

Indian County Today released a statement by Lisa Bonta
"I saw one of them hit my husband in the head with a bat, and the other one was trying to cut off his braid with a knife," Johnny's wife, Lisa Bonta, said. "Johnny was covered in blood and they just kept hitting him with a crow bar. They even tried to slit his throat."

Lisa said that one of the alleged assailants, Jacob Caswell, taunted the family as police officers began arriving at the scene.

"You hear those cops coming?" he said. "They’re not going to help you. My daddy is a cop in this town, and nothing is going to happen to me. You fucking niggers are going to jail."

When the police arrived they took statements from the three men and arrested Johny for a fine he had owed and took the rest of the family to the hospital. While Johny was in jail they refused him medical treatment for six days and told him he would have to be treated by an Indian doctor.

It was reported by Censored News, that one of the alleged assailant, Josh Janiszewski, bragged about the attack on Facebook.

He wrote, "Just layed the fists and boots to some 6' 5'' tongan dude. what you got on little guys?" and later added, "sent em to the hospital, they got fucked up man, thats for sure."

When asked by another person if they gave them hell, Josh responded. "Oh we did. That's for sure!" at 3:48 pm.
"Amen," said Jacob Cassell at 4:07 pm.
Dee Cassell, the mother said, "So...who has blood? You guys need to come home to mom?" at 4:48 pm.

Then she states she gave them First Aid.
"Better have ur asses at home after I did 1st aid. Don't piss off women - they r worse than men!" Dee Cassell wrote at 8:00 pm.
When asked by another person on Facebook asked if they got "some good licks" in Josh responded.
Josh said, "sent em to the hospital, they got fucked up man, thats for sure."

Lyon County officials are claiming the incident was a mutual fight and was not race related, even though the three men are Neo-Nazis and shouted racial slurs.

Lisa Bonta said nearby tribal police assisted eventually in the release of Johnny Bonta, since no charges were filed. The convenience store clerk told her that there is a video which shows the attackers jumping out of the vehicle with baseball bats, but police had not asked for the video as evidence.

 Supporters of the Bontas set up a Facebook page and petition after reports of the attack began being published at the end of June.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Road Trip

We returned home yesterday from North Carolina. What used to be a trip I would fly is now a trip we drive, because airplane tickets for a family has gotten totally ridiculous. Twelve hours in a car with three kids and a dog is a rough ride. I would have left the dog at home with the neighbor, but Max has some anxiety issues.  He loves riding in the car. He is definitely a rode trip dog. Especially, when he has the kids sitting with him. He enjoyed stopping at the rest stops and watching the pretty lady dogs in the dog walking area. The last hour of the trip, he insisted on sitting on my lap in the front seat. He amused the passing drivers as they were driving by, because he was sitting up in my lap like he was a person looking out the front and side window. I think after watching the kids hold the little dog all week, he thought people should hold him too.
Who ever thought sitting in a car would be so exhausting. Every couple of hours, the kids were asking "How much further until we get to Michigan?"  At least my power was back on when I returned home. My cat was angry with us for leaving, even though my neighbor came over to let her out and feed her she peed on my couch where I usually sit to let me know she was displeased with me. But, she did bring me home a welcome home present today, a dead mouse at the back door.
My daughter fell in love with my mother's new puppy, Lexy. The two were inseparable.  She walked around with Lexy wrapped in a blanket and showered her with attention. Lexy would wake her up in the morning. I'm sure she woke up this morning wandering where all the kids went to and was disappointed when she didn't find them.

Adam fell in love with the tree frogs and wanted to bring one home. But, we decided not to bring one home with us. The car ride with three kids and a dog might be a little much for a tree frog. That and Sasha Kitty likes to kill small prey and the frog would probably be first on her list. Some how, some way she would get to the frog, she is a determined little kitty when it comes to small things that move. He did take pictures, but he locked his phone up playing with it in the car. I needed to replace his phone anyway, because while he was down there he jumped in the swimming pool with his phone in his pocket.  But, we did buy him and Sammy a Venus Fly Trap there, because he wanted one and they are native to South Carolina and North Carolina swamps. He had fun catching flies to feed the Fly Traps.

They both had a fun time at Carowinds and are begging to go back for Scarowinds. It was Adam's first time riding a roller coaster and Sammy our little dare devil couldn't get enough of the roller coasters. 
We did have a nice trip visiting my parents and hopefully we will make it back there again soon. It was nice getting away from Michigan for a week and the constant power outages we have been having and coming home to our power finally back on.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Without Power Again

Here I am sitting without power again. I had to use an extension cord just to get on for a few minutes to check my stuff, so my time is very limited. I don't want to get a power surge and crash my computer in case the power comes back on. We spent most of last week with out power and now our power has been out since Sunday. Apparently, there was a wire sparking down the street and our power went off again. They have a few houses blocked off with tape.
This entire mess is insane. I have really lost my patience with DTE Energy now. All of this is, because their lack of maintaining the power lines. The government should really crack down on DTE and make them maintain their power lines and if they don't them hit them with a big penalty. Can you imagine not being able to go in your house, because it's not safe. That is ridiculous! They are taking their time at getting over here to fix the power lines. They are putting people out on the street and they don't have to answer to anybody for it. We are supposed to hand over thousands of dollars a year to DTE and when the power goes out they can take their time fixing it. I'm sorry, but they are a bunch of jackasses.  It's not like we live in a third world country and energy is free. We have to pay big bucks for the service. In the winter time our gas and electric bill is almost as much as our mortgage and this is what we get for our money. Sitting in a hot house during a heat wave with no electric. Not for just a day or a few hours, we are talking about days without electric. Damn, I feel like I am sitting in a third world country. This is freaking insane.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Michigan Antihistamine Laws

Michigan just signed a bill requiring people who buy antihistamines will be registered into a law enforcement data base every time they buy an antihistamine. I don't have a problem showing ID when I buy allergy medicine. Adding people to a law enforcement database is just taking things too far. Our household goes through a lot of allergy medicine. We have three people and the dog who all have seasonal allergies. We buy a lot of allergy medicine every month. I don't want to be questioned by law enforcement about how much allergy medicine we buy. There are bigger fish to fry than how much allergy medicine someone is buying. I know why they are imposing laws on antihistamines, but leave it to the stores to report someone who is attempting to buy an excessive amount of antihistamines. There is a limit on how much you can and you have to show ID when buying certain medicines, it's not stopping anything. The people who are using them to make drugs with most likely aren't buying the medicine, they are probably stealing the medicine, because they can't buy enough of what they need to make drugs with.
More people are injured or killed a year from drinking and driving than any other drug. The funny thing about it is, they don't put as much effort into busting drunk drivers. Drunk drivers scare me, because it is usually the innocent who get hurt from someone else being irresponsible. Investing money to put peoples names in the criminal law database is a waste of money. Keeping a limit on how many you buy and requiring identification is the way to weed out people who were buying cold and allergy medicines to make drugs. Innocent people will probably be the ones questioned, because those who do use them to make drugs will just steal the medicines to keep their names out of the data base.
Why don't they take that money they are going to spend to set up and maintain the data base and give the money to the local law enforcement to bust the real criminals and bump up cracking down on drunk drivers? The government wastes too much time and money on the wrong problems and the problems they do need to crack down on get ignored. It's time for the government to get their priorities straight.

Thursday, July 14, 2011


I got very little sleep last night. Don't you just hate it when you really want to fall asleep, but you can't? I am missing my children and I am too worried about my father to sleep. My father may be going in for his second surgery in a week. Last week when he had surgery, I was relieved that they found out what was wrong with him. Hoping he would have the surgery and then everything would be fine. A week later, he is having the same problem again and is it back to the beginning. Except for this time, it didn't take them as long to figure out what the problem is. They did a few things hoping to correct the problem, but if it doesn't work he will have to go back in for surgery. Hopefully, everything will work out for him today and he won't need to go for surgery. I feel terrible for him that he is going through so much pain.
It is so scary when you parents become ill, because you know they are older and have more health problems and their bodies can't take the same illnesses they did when they were young. It's even harder when you are so far away from them and can't go to them every time they become sick. I'm just hoping they will fix the problem today and he will be home to enjoy his new car soon and get the chance to enjoy spending time with his grandchildren before they come home next week. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Power Outage

Well, the posts are lacking again. Except for this time it's not due to my laziness to get on here and write. Rather, it's due to a major power outage here in southeastern Michigan. Our house only has partial power. How strange is that one? We only have power on one wall in our house due to a fuse that has blown underground. I needed to get online to do a few things, so I had to run an extension cord to use my computer for a brief period. We have not had power since Monday afternoon. DTE was saying our power would be back up by 11:30 p.m. Monday night, but it hasn't happened yet. Now, when I called DTE again this morning they don't have a date or time the power will be back up.
A bad storm hit Monday afternoon knocking down power lines and blowing underground fuses causing 50,000 customers to be without power. I guess, I can consider myself one of the lucky ones. I have partial power where as some people have no power what so ever. I wasn't feeling so lucky last night laying there in bed when it was still 83 degrees at 11 pm and no central air.
I am trying to respond to comments on my phone, but there is only so much I can do on my phone and blogger doesn't always want to work on my phone.
There is one positive aspect to the power outage. My house is cleaner, because I get bored and start cleaning more. I find myself sitting there and I'm spotting things that could use a scrub down, because I have nothing better to do with my time. A little light when on in my head yesterday, I suddenly figured out why it seems like my house used to be cleaner years ago. It's because I didn't have a computer in my home. My house isn't dirty. But, it takes me longer to do my spring cleaning every year. Yesterday, I found myself moving furniture to clean under them and washing walls and baseboards.
Thank God, the kids are in North Carolina visiting my parents, because they would be driving me crazy this week with "I'm bored, there's nothing for me to do."

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Word of the Day

Myrmecophobia- Myrmecophobia is the fear of ants.

Imagine walking down the sidewalk with someone who has a fear of ants. They would start running down the sidewalk screaming at the sight of an ant and you would be standing there wondering what is going on.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Funny Words Of Wisdom

Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.
If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the trip.

Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of checks.

No husband has ever been shot while doing the dishes.
Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.

If you're too open minded, your brains will fall out.
Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.
Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.

When you eat a candy bar or have a wonderful dessert, have a diet drink. The calories are cancelled out by the diet drink.
If swimming is so good for your figure, how do you explain whales?
Is it my imagination, or do buffalo wings taste like chicken?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Wacky Wednesday's "What If?"

One comedian brought up the discussion "What would the Internet be like if it was a real world?" Can you imagine if the Internet was a real world? The upside would be, it would have the biggest shopping mall ever, you wouldn't have to wait for a movie to come out, you could always find the music you wanted, everyone would look better than they really do, everyone would have access to all the medicine they needed, the world would be at you finger tips but, there would price to pay for all those conveniences. The down side would be hackers would crash your home, it would be a gamblers dream world, you would be bombarded by commercials. Wait, the world is already filled with sickos and commercials.