Tuesday, September 30, 2008

U.S. Presidential Politics


We live in Iowa and in the fall and spring we see flocks of geese heading either north or south. The other night when my husband and I were sitting outside there was a long line of geese heading north and I thought that seem kind of funny because in the fall they fly south. It was later in the day and my husband thought maybe they were heading to the lake just five miles north of our town to stay for the night. That made sense to me. I think they are fun to watch and it is interesting to see them fly in a V.

Saturday, September 27, 2008


When I go shopping just about every store has a machine where you can swipe your credit or debit card for your purchases. I guess I just take it for granted that they are always there but sometimes we have visited small shops that still have the old style of swiping the credit card. There is a great way for businesses to get set up with a eCommerce Merchant Account that accepts all major credit cards and the funds from the business's sales will be deposited directly into their bank account and that is through authorize.net. They not only set up for retail businesses but online and mail/phone services. So if you have a business that could use some help in getting set up check them out.


This is so nice because this will be my second Saturday off in a row from work. Normally I work every other weekend but since I worked for another staff last Sunday she is working for me today. I also have next Saturday off and am going to a scrapbooking retreat for the day. I haven't done scrapbooking for several months now and am looking forward to it.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Death All Around US

Lately we have had so many people we know pass away. It first started with my mother in law and then this past Sunday a very dear friend of ours passed away. Yesterday we got a call that my sister in law's father passed on and is now in glory. I hope it stops soon, there is too much sadness lately.

Friday, September 19, 2008


I have never been on a cruise but know of several people who have been very lucky to do so. My husband and I talk about it a lot and we recently were asked to go on an Alaskan cruise with some friends but declined to do so. Of course, I am regretting that now. I know when we do decide to take a cruise we will be checking online for some great prices on cruises. We have already done some looking.

Ryan O'Neal

Did you hear that Ryan O'Neal was arrested along with his 23 year old son? They found Meth in their house. This is not the first time O'Neal has been arrested. How horrible to involve your own son in craziness like Meth. What a sad, messed up ordeal.
My oldest son is 23 and I can't imagine something like that ever happening with him. I give thanks to the Lord that he is a great young man and has never gotten into drugs or alcohol because he loves the Lord and knows it is wrong.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Miami Heat Tickets

If you are a Miami Heat fan you need to check out this website at www.premiumseatsusa.com to find some good Miami Heat tickets. They have a large inventory of great tickets for these events. They also have tickets that can be sometimes hard to find at other sporting events. I have searched sites before for tickets to a Vikings game. Every time I look they are either sold out or the only seats available are way up high. Using this website helps you find good seats that are otherwise gone. You can find tickets to concerts, Las Vegas, and theater. So, if you are struggling to find tickets to a special event be sure and check this website out.

Dr. Phil

Dr. Phil's new season has started. It began almost two weeks ago. Of course, I tape his show everyday on our DVR. I hate to miss any of them. I like there new song they play when the show starts and they have made a new video that starts out the show also.
I have learned so many things from watching his show and the one comment that Dr. Phil has said several times is " Pick your battles" and it has really stayed with me. When I hear arguing about small things I always say "Pick your battles" and I just recently brought that up in a staff meeting at work and everyone agreed. It says a lot.


I enjoy watching all kinds of movies, adventure, dramas, comedies but mainly love stories. The more action packed movies are fun to see at a theater otherwise we just watch them in the comfort of our own home. It's nice not to have to go out when it's cold out and you can just stay in where it's warm and enjoy a good movie, then. We have surround sound a large flat screen television so that makes it more enjoyable too and more like a theater.

VoIP Phone Systems

Businesses big and small need reliable phone systems. It is good to have reliable, user friendly systems for people to use. It is nice with a the Xpander IP phone and virtual phone systems protect businesses from ever suffering a phone outage. These phone systems & services are even hurricane proof. Many Florida businesses have found this out and love these systems. With Nimbus VoIP phone systems, unlimited US calling and free dialing to any other Nimbus VoIP phone in the world are included. This is the best phone system that all businesses should have. These phones and systems can be easily activated within 7 business days throughout the lower 48 states.


Camping can be so much fun. It's great to visit parks around the state. It's relaxing and a good time to spend with your family. You can walk trails, go fishing or swimming, or just relax in a yard chair. The time spent camping is quality time. Campfires are the best. I love it when we sit around it at night and have smores and just watch the fire flicker. It's most fun when it's a little cooler out.

Fall Leaves

Fall leaves are so beautiful. They add so many colors to the outdoors. I realize as they fall they cause us to have to rake them up but then if you have little children that gives them something to jump and play in. I think fall has to be the most beautiful time of the year with all the orange and redish colors.

Presidential Dollars

I recently was watching television later in the evening and ran across the Cable Shopping Network or CSN. On there they were advertising the Presidential dollars and coins. I thought they were pretty cool looking and I've also seen them on their website. I looked to see if they had any that would be in my budget and found that there is something that is affordable for everyone. The price range for these presidential dollars varies quite a bit. Not only does CSN have these dollars but other collectible items. So, if you are a collector of something special check them out.

Old Time Westerns

We love to watch these old time westerns. For example two of my favorites are Gunsmoke and Bonanza. Festus is such a character in Gunsmoke. The way he wears his hat and makes his ear fold down is funny. You can't help but laugh at him. Then in Bonanza I like Little Joe. Michael Landon did such a good job in show. He also was so good in Little House on the Prairie. That is also one of my favorite westerns. I think I've seen ever episode of that show. We've enjoyed the Rifleman and Rawhide. There's really nothing quite like the old westerns.


Jesus died for our sins so that we may have eternal life with him in heaven. I'm so glad that I have accepted him into my heart and that I know where I will spend eternity. I want everyone I know to have him in their hearts and lives. I want to see everyone I love and care about in heaven for eternity.

Beauty Jobs

There are a lot of young people who are interested in cosmetology. They are getting the education they need to be successful. Once they are out of school they are on the look out for a great job. Maybe there is someone who is planning to relocate and would like to find a beauty job in the state where they will be moving to. At the website called beautyjobs.com these people can apply for certain positions. There they can access jobs that are available from coast to coast. Also, employers can find people to fill their vacant positions. This is a great opportunity and makes job hunting much more easy.


I saw a couple of weeks ago that a new 90210 show was starting. I use to watch the older version and it wasn't too bad. I think this show is aimed more toward the younger people. Some of the stars from the former 90210 will be on this new one. Jenny Garth and Shannon Doherty will be on the show. It is on the CW on Tuesdays, 8/7 central. I'm not sure if I will watch it or not.


About a week ago my niece sent me a couple of pictures of her baby girl named Kaelyn. She is over 10 months old already. The time has flown by. She is just a little sweetie pie and so active. I just love her new pictures and thought I would post one on my blog. I think you will agree with me that she is pretty adorable.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Rare Coins

There are a lot of people who have collected special things over time and some of their collections become quite valuable. People will collect stamps, dolls, comic books, there is a variety of things people collect for fun or value. I personally think it would be fun and interesting to collect rare coins. I really don't have any knowledge of where to start buying rare coins but I know of a company who has expertise in this and how to get started in collecting and investing in them and this company is Monaco rare coin. Through the website www.zoomcoin.com a person with interest in rare coins can find out all kinds of interesting information.

Cat or Skunk?

I heard a story on the radio yesterday that a woman was outside before dusk and she thought she was petting her neighbor's cat. She found out quickly that she was petting a skunk. The skunk sprayed her and ran into her house. The police were at her house for a few hours looking for this skunk and the person telling this story said they really were not sure if they got the skunk out of the house or not. I think she will be more careful before she goes to pet a cat again.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Top Five Music

Prison Break

My husband and I love to watch Prison Break. We've watched it from the beginning and always look forward to the new episodes. It is kind of funny though, how these former inmates always end up in the same area. They get spread out for awhile but somehow run into each other again. That's the most unrealistic part of the show. We still really enjoy watching it.

The picture is courtesy of http://www.starpulse.com/Television/Prison_Break/Pictures/.

Disaster Recovery Software

Can you imagine the information that large companies have on their computers? It has to be important for these companies to have high quality software to protect the information they store. It is also important that there is software to perform efficiently. With Syncsort products these business will save time and money. They provide high performance solutions for business data. They have software that speeds applications up to 98%, that means faster information delivery. There is a reliable disaster recovery software that delivers fast server backup and business stability. This company has been in this software business for 40 years and many businesses use their software daily. That says a lot for their products and service.

Minnesota Vikings

I have a couple of big Viking fans in my family. Yesterday the Vikes played against the Colts. My husband didn't get to see it on television so my son would call him with updates during the game. The game was a close one and it was looking like they were going to go into overtime. Then the Colts kicked a field goal and won the game 18-15. What a bummer and my husband was pretty disappointed. Well, there's always the next game and hopefully they win that one.


Wow, did it ever get cold last night. They say that this week is suppose to warm up and I sure hope so. Hopefully we will get into the 70s. It was about 42 degrees this morning and our house was chilly. It takes a lot for us to turn on our furnace and I hope we can hold off from doing that for at least a little while longer.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Ulcerative Colitis

Have you ever gone through a time when you just don't feel well and you want to try and figure out for yourself what can be wrong with you? You think of the symptoms and maybe compare what your dealing with with someone you may know that has similar symptoms. Sometimes we really don't want to go to a doctor and instead we would rather find out ourselves what we think may be wrong. Sickness or diseases like Ulcerative Colitis or migraine headaches have their specific symptoms so a person can search the internet trying to find what causes them or maybe see if your symptoms match a specific illness. A great website to look up this information is https://online.epocrates.com. Check it out, it is quite interesting.
This announcement was paid for by Epocrates.


We had a benefit on Saturday for our nephew who is dealing with cancer. It was a great turnout of people and seemed very successful. It is wonderful to see how many people care. The money raised will be so helpful to this family of five. We had a great day and a great time.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Fat Burners

As I get older I find that it gets harder and harder to keep weight off. I look for ways to take weight off and keep it off. I use green tea to help me burn fat and it seems a very healthy product to use. It is also quite popular and if you want to find out what the best types of fat burners there are to use be sure and check out the website fatburner.net.


We have had a couple of days of being with nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles that we haven't seen for awhile. Even when funerals are sad it is a great time to see loved ones that we don't get to see too often. It's kind of sad that a funeral is what takes families to come together every once in awhile. I guess we just all get too busy with our lives.

Sunday, September 7, 2008


I have a friend that not too long ago purchased a Nintendo Wii. She and her family have had such a great time with it. There are so many fun games that you can play on this. A couple of her favorites are bowling and tennis. She loves the movement you get with this game console. You don't just sit like a couch potato like other types of players. She has been trying to talk my husband and me into buying one and I am so tempted to do so. It sounds like such fun and would be a blast to have when friends and family get together. When I ShopWiki I can find anything that I am looking for to purchase and I found Nintendo Wii on there and many of the accessories and games you can purchase for it. It so great shopping with ShopWiki because it finds every store that is online when it crawls like Google. If you are ever looking for a specific item to shop for check out ShopWiki.


Last night we went to visit my mother in law in the nursing home because we heard she wasn't doing well. We all stopped at the nurses desk to ask some questions and then proceeded to her room. As we walked in, my husband said right away that she was gone. So he went to get a nurse to confirm that. She was still warm so she had just passed. What a blessing for her because she suffered with Alzheimer's. She is now in Glory and dancing on the streets of gold. She has been reunited with her husband and other family members. This is definitely a glorious day for her.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Custom Picture Frames

I love having pictures sitting around our house of family and special events that we have been involved in. I have pictures of my sons hanging on our wall and when it was time to put them up I had to find the perfect custom picture frames. I love wood for my frames. The pictures look so sharp hanging on our walls and when I start to miss them, because they don't live at home anymore, I take time to go look over the pictures I have decorating our home and it makes me smile.


Our nephew is taking treatment for cancer. He recently turned 40 and has a nice family that he is trying to support but is finding it difficult to work after his treatments. Tomorrow there will be a benefit held in his honor. There will be food and a bake sale and then later an auction. The auctioneer that was suppose to head that up backed out so my husband will have to try and wing it. It should be a great day and I hope a great turnout of support.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


Don't you just love this time of year with all the fresh fruits and vegetables. I have notice in most stores when it comes to buying peaches that they are all so hard. A trick we use in our house is to put them into a brown paper bag and let them sit on the counter for a couple of days. By doing this they ripen to perfection. Just don't forget about them, be sure and check them everyday, then enjoy.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

McCain runs with Palin

New Bikes

My husband and I have bought new bikes for ourselves. Our old ones are just not comfortable to ride. We found two bikes that match in a woman's and a man's style bike. They are the brand of Schwinn. I just love my new bike and my husband loves his too. They are considered to be comfort bikes and it's fun to ride them. The seats are comfortable and they really are a smooth ride. I know we will get a lot of enjoyment out of them. Mine is similar to the one in the picture, it's just a different color.

No Sweat

Swing Vote

The other night we went and saw the movie Swing Vote. It was kind of good. I do enjoy watching Kevin Costner and he was such a loser and a hick in this movie. He did very good acting but I didn't care for all of his swearing. I did like the comments from the actor who played his daughter, she let him know she didn't appreciate his foul mouth. It wasn't the worse movie I've ever seen but wasn't the best either.

The picture is courtesy of http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/swing_vote/.

2008 Movies

Cool Down

Wow, the weather has really cooled down today. It was so hot and sticky yesterday and now I'm wearing a sweatshirt and pants. I went for a bike ride tonight and was actually a little cold. What a switch. I think the fall air is arriving. It sounds to be on the cooler side the rest of the week.