Monday, December 31, 2007

I Love My Email part 3 on NFL, Super Bowl

Here's the perfect email for this time of year. Got this one last year but, well, better late than never...
A man had 50 yard line tickets forthe Super Bowl. As he sat down, he>>noticed that the seat next to himwas empty. He asked the man on the> >other side of the empty seat whetheranyone was sitting there. "No," the>>man replied, "The seat is empty.""This is incredible," said the first man. "Who>>in their right mind would have a seat like this for the Super Bowl, the>>biggest sporting event in the world,and not use it?" The second man>>replied, "Well, actually, the seat belongs to me. I was supposed to come>>with my wife, but she passed away. This will be the first Super Bowl we>>haven't been to together since wegot married in 1967." "Oh, I'm sorry to>>hear that. That's terrible. But couldn't you find someone else -- a friend or>>relative, or even a neighbor totake the seat?" The man shook his head.>>"No, they're all at her funeral."

Here's a quote from

Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game, and dumb enough to think it's important.
Eugene McCarthyUS politician (1916 - 2005)

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Merry Christmas from Dimensionality

So, here's my Christmas present to all of you. You don't have to spend a lot of money this year after all. I've found some great free resources for you.
For starters, you can send all your Christmas cards for free online. Here's a unique little program from Office Max where you can elf yourself and send the newly made photos as a greeting card. Go ahead and give it a try...
Begin the Elfamorphosis! And while you're at it, send a snowflake to someone... anyone, anywhere. You never have to talk to them again cause you won't even know who they are. It's always snowing somewhere! If Christmas and music are someone's 2 most favorite things in life, try sending them The Jukebox Christmas card! Here's some less elaborate but humorous ones for the sarcastics on your list... Hello Crazy! Now if you really HAVE to send them through the standard US mail, try some free stationary prints from Rainbow Graphics! Never, but never forget our wounded and recovering soldiers on your holiday mailing list. Tell them... " America Supports You! ". You can watch a video here called Christmas in the Trenches! You will never forget them after that. While you're doing some printing anyway, go see Mom's Break! There you will find printable cards, tags, paper, coloring pages for the kids and grandkids, etc. More printable Christams stuff from Activity Village! Like the Victorian look a bit better? Go check out All Things Christmas! They have gift certificates too. Still printing? Get out your iron on transfer paper and get ready to make your own Peace on Earth shirt! Now you can kick back and read some very special letters to Santa from kids like yours and mine at Email Santa!
We all know that December is the absolute worst month of the year for shopping so if you were smart, you would have been doing little bits of this blessed chore throughout the entire year but in the remote chance you did not apply this rule and are completely broke, try some of thes ideas. Here are some good gifts
Kids can Make! Go to E How to learn how to make candy canes for everyone! Enchanted Learning will show you how to make a pinata for all the youngsters to enjoy! One gift for all the little ones... how's that? If I were you, I'd change the monster theme though. You cansearch for more ideas at The Crafter's Community! You could always print out a child's very own coloring book right here at Preschool Coloring Book! They can call Santa for fre HERE!
Planning a party couldn't be simpler with these helpful pages for your viewing pleasure. Build a
Gingerbread House! Preserve it! Make some Gingerbread Baby masks for the kids to go with the houses. Jan Brett is awesome! She will also tell you how to decorate your tree on a shoestring budget! And Crat Ideas will show you how to top it! Now comes the tech part. Watch this video! Is that cool or what? Want to learn how? Go check out Wiki How! Oh, you may need to untangle last year's lights first!
Organise Tips will show you how to
plan your party! You'll need some games of course! Get some more terrific ideas at My Punchbowl! All Recipes will help with the menu! More fun activities at Back Manor! So long as your cable is working you can find a whole lot more at Activity TV but if not just log on here! Keep it all under control. Learn how to avoid family discord!
Homeschooling? Here's some activities for the special students in your life.
Education World!, ABC Teach!, and here's some Christmas History Lessons! This next video from Teacher Tube should show you just how much kids love Christmas and why! Cats love Christmas too! If you have kids in college, spreading around this news article might help improve the holiday for those not coming home to enjoy it with their families. Santa hat could improve campus mood! Take a look at these shots from Reuters to find out more about the hat that makes people happy! And here's a few stories from novice writers as myself. Christmas Miracle! & A Dateless Christmas!
If you still must make some purchases before the big day, might I suggest
Gadgettastic's top ten Geeky Presents! ? And you may be pennywise to read some reviews on the best department stores at Rate It All! There's some other Christmasy things in there to rate and review as well if you like. You can find me by my name in there... Sharon Parry. Put me on your trusted network and I'll make every attempt to make you feel at home there. For Heaven's sake, be more carefull next year and check out The Frugal Shopper's seasonal shopping list!
Here's tow of my most beloved Christmas stories...
A Christmas Carol!, and of course, Gift of the Magi! Here's something for the rappers who love Christmas!
More traditional minded people will prefer these. Nonstop, Christmas medley that would have made me stop for a
breath after the first minute! Olivia sings " Silent Night "! Nothing at all would be complete without a mention of the most watched television Christmas show of all times. Let Linus tell you what Christmas is really all about!
Which brings me soon to a close for this happy season of the year. I have a few comments of my own to make here. Yep,
I won't be buying from Old Navy this year! Thank you to whomever posted that article. I took great pleasure in adding my vote as I do not believe in anyone telling me what I should call something unless it truly IS disgracefull to someone. I have never been known for politically correct and I'm damned proud of it. Christmas IS about the Christ Child although He was not born but rather conceived at this time of year. Yes, I can document that but it's not important to me. Nor will I listen to the so called Christians who tell me I cannot have a Christmas tree in my home casue it's an abomination to The Lord. He calls Himself a Great Fir Tree. I don't worship the tree for goodness sake. How far will some people take things? Obviously there's others who feel the same way I do as THIS article will show you!
Now, I will leave you with my favorite Christmas song... very old but well done and treasured by many,
Bing singing White Christmas! Merry Christmas to all and peace on earth. Sherry

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Here's a History Lesson that's Unforgettable

Have a history teacher explain this----- if they can.

Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846. John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.
Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860. John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.
Both were particularly concerned with civil rights. Both wives lost their children while living in the White House.
Both Presidents were shot on a Friday. Both Presidents were shot in the head.
Now it gets really weird.
Lincoln 's secretary was named Kennedy. Kennedy's Secretary was named Lincoln .
Both were assassinated by Southerners. Both were succeeded by Southerners named Johnson.
Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln , was born in 1808. Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.
John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln , was born in 1839. Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.
Both assassins were known by their three names. Both names are composed of fifteen letters.
Now hang on to your seat.
Lincoln was shot at the theater named 'Ford.' Kennedy was shot in a car called ' Lincoln ' made by 'Ford.'
Lincoln was shot in a theater and his assassin ran and hid in a warehouse. Kennedy was shot from a warehouse and his assassin ran and hid in a theater.
Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.
And here's the kicker...
A week before Lincoln was shot, he was in Monroe , Maryland. A week before Kennedy was shot, he was with Marilyn Monroe.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

I Love my Emails : Part 2

This one had me laughing so hard I all but spit out my coffee...
Sundance just posted a great tip on how to give a dog a pill. Reminded me of an email I got with instructions on how to give a cat a pill. A little long, but stay with it!How to give cat a pill
1. Pick up cat and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat's mouthand gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.2. Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.3. Retrieve cat from bedroom, and throw soggy pill away.4. Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm, holding rear pawstightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouthwith right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of ten.5. Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call spouse off lawnmower.6. Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, hold front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat's throat vigorously.7. Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered figurines and vases from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.8. Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with head just visible from below armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force mouth open with pencil and blow down drinking straw.9. Check label to make sure pill not harmful to humans, drink a beer totake taste away. Apply Band-Aid to spouse's forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.10. Retrieve cat from neighbor's shed. Get another pill. Open anotherbeer. Place cat in cupboard, and close door on to neck, to leave head showing.Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with elastic band.11. Fetch screwdriver from garage and put cupboard door back on hinges. Drink beer. Fetch bottle of scotch. Pour shot of scotch, drink. Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus shot. Apply whiskey compress to cheek to disinfect. Toss back another shot. Throw Tee shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.12. Call fire department to retrieve the darn cat from across the road. Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil wrap.13. Tie the little devil's front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table, find heavy-duty pruning gloves from shed. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of fillet steak. Be rough about it. Hold head vertically and pour 2 pints of water down throat to wash pill down. 14. Consume remainder of scotch. Get spouse to drive you to the emergency room, sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm and removes pill remnants from right eye. Call furniture shop on way home to order new table.15. Arrange for SPCA to collect mutant cat from hell and call local petshop to see if they have any hamsters.
How to Give A Dog A Pill
1. Wrap it in bacon.
2. Toss it in the air.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Planet in Peril? Hell Yeah!

While watching the news special on CNN, I also kept up to date on the " in between " news about the California firestorm. At the beginning of this program, said acreage destroyed was at 300,000. Near the end it was over 400,00 and quoted as being the equivelent to twice the size of New York. The recent news briefs were a compliment, for lack of a better word, to the program itself. My commendations to Anderson Cooper who not only assisted in the coverage of both stories but also walked through jungles, swam with elephants and had a blood test taken which revealed more than 100 out of two hundred something toxins tested for in his system. These toxins being potentially dangerous to his health, some were possibly remains of past trips he's taken in order to bring top news stories to us, the general public. Others, unfortunately, could be traced to the 70s when he ate contaminated fish from the Hudson River. As I don't have much respect for news programs which constantly cover the same old stupid stuff over and over again, I have to give credit where credit is due. Oh, the stupid stuff I refer to can be found on ET and I do watch it ocassionaly so am not saying it is a bad thing, just that it doesn't belong as a top story on main news channels where we are interested in finding out what's happening in our world that relates to our general well being. This CNN Special did just that.If the subtitle " Fire, drought and famine " doesn't sound to you like plagues I don't know what would. At the beginning of the program... " action and reaction are equal and opposite and create a ripple effect " or something like that.
Throughout the program I was horrified at the sight of our wildlife being destroyed, our trees cut down, our animals sold for such things as meat, medicine, skins, trophies, soup, jewelry and ashtrays. Many of them never reach their destination alive and are kept in unreasonable conditions up to the point of death. Statistics claim they are disappearing at 1000 times the average rate. Most are stolen from South America and Africa by poachers located throughout South East Asia and distributed through hidden markets in Madascar. It grieves me to the bone when I hear of Americans who are willing to support corruption like this, purchasing an illegally bought tortouise at a cost of 500 dollars or a Russian police officer selling illegal tiger skins. It appals me when I find out that only 10 % of specifically important natural habitats remain and soil collapses at an undescribable volume when 350 square miles of natural forests are lost each year.
Although China has always been known for their extraordinary appetite when it come to exotic wild life, little did I know what they do with it till now. Argghhh! A restaurant in Beijing, China, by the name of " Strength in a Pot " was discovered to be selling so called delicacies such as lamb testacles, tiger penis and tiger paws, the latter which cost the elite of China and it's tourists a whopping 1500 dollars per entree. Of course when asked to see the kitchen and questioned about the legality of the menu items they came up with an excuse and the crew members were not allowed access to the kitchen. Later, other restaurants were filmed at the rear entrances where poachers or middle men were about to unload these goods until they saw the cameras and made a bee line out of there. Most of the tourists who spend money to support this illegal activity are Americans. You bet that angers me. It also groses me out. Why would anyone want to spend a few thousand dollars in another country for a meal that consists of nothing but garbage? The film showed store fronts where thousands of turtles were displayed in crowded aquariums for meat purchase and among other eoddities... jars upon jars of deer tails. Only the elite of this country have access to the profits from this illegal and imoral trade, most of which the labor is done by the poor of the country for roughly a dollar a day and who, incidentally don't even have access to clean drinking water. One of the politicians there was asked if he would drink the water and of course his reply was negative.
Colon cancer is wide spread as is many other food and water contamination related diseases. One woman tells her story of a village she must live in after the death of her husband where she raises her daughter alone. Before his death his doctor told them not to drink the water or eat from the rice patties. With little access to health care and an overwhelming amount of responsibility to uphold, where was she left to go? At thirty years old, this man's life ended and he left this world with only one concern. Who would take care of his family? They call this place " The Cancer Village ". All these weird foods and their uncanny need for the inard parts of animals for use in their unproven medicines among other vanities and traditions is driving wildlife to extinction.
Contrary to popular belief, China is the number 1 consumer of meat and steel and also the largest co2 admitter. And we wonder why we have tainted meats and lead contaminated children's toys in our own markets. The water mentioned above is the same water they are using to irrigate the fields where those imported foods are grown for our consumtion.According to various reports online, Thailand is the poorest country in the world and most will do anything for a living. This is where the buck starts. Fact is they live on an average of a dollar a day. This is the reason for most of the corruption and it is throwing our entire ecosystem off. Cambodia being another of the poacher's havens of the world, a part of the program was dedicated to what is thought to be possibly the last tiger in Bokor. Sadly, he was not found. Estimated number of these tigers left in the world? 5000, if that. While searching for this wild cat, they came across poacher's snares, garbage, and, of all things... empty ciggarette packs. Now if that doesn't beat all. They can't find a proper way to make a living but they can afford to smoke. Solutes to the rangers who patrol those areas for a measley 30 bucks a month. Other points focused on were the meager 2-3 hundred wild elephants remaining in Cambodia and South East Asia.
I had the unexpected pleasure of seeing some of God's most beautiful creatures on this program, including the Day Gecko and the Lemur. I am hopefull the unknown species of lizzard they acquired is considered a new one once it's had examination. Supposedly it makes protecting the area it was found in a more likely happening. Although it would not have been an experience I normally could have to be able to see some of these creatures I am aware of the fact they are not living quite the way God intended in the first place. Is it any wonder that even nature itself screams out for justice? China seems mindless to the issues and in fact officials have said that it's not a priority because there are too many other things they consider more important. With 1.2 billion people, I should think they have a greater responsibility than any other country to make it a priority. That is, if they care about their own people and the health of their nation.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Never too stuck on " politically correct "

I don't even know what to tell you except that I'm getting addicted to RSS now as I do with everything about the internet at first tries. Yeah, my last post was an article I loaded into Blogger from Newsgator which I've been using for a long time now to keep me updated on different subjects. Well, Idecided to finally hit the " blog this " button and after I posted that article, ( it was rather short but humorous ), I decided to make an attempt at creating my own widget for an RSS feed I watch. Well, this is what I came up with for my first attempt at it. As stated in the previous article... I hope it works. If it does then you can expect to watch it from the right side panel as well because I like the idea of picking and choosing what reads I'm interested in and, ( lots of smiles ), I love widgets. But I digress. The thing is that the side bars on your blogs are not suppose to look like mine... that is, messy. Well, I don't care neither! I've never been politically correct in my life. Why should I start now? As a matter of fact I think I'll soon add some more widgets and gadgets over there for other people like me who find them amusing. Grins!!! It's a wonderful life.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

It's Raining Babies

During the summer months I had a little nephew born to Eliz and Fati and another, Kenwin, born to my neice Kendra. In light of the newest additions to my family, Kalid, since then, my grand children, Logan, born to Terra and Lanasia, born to Amber, I decided to offer a free downloadable e-book on infant care to anyone visiting my website the Never Ending Library page and I wanted to see to it that anyone who reads this blog also has the opportunity so here's the link If you'd like to have some other free downloads in the future please visit the above page and bookmark it to check back.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

[audio] Sperm Bank In Thailand Hands Out Free Samples

Man, if people aren't crazy these days.
Forgive me for being a bit new to RSS, ( not new to reading but to using it for posting ) and I certainly hope this post works the way it said it should but while I was going through some feeds today, I came across this one and thought it was hilarious. I couldn't wait to share it so I simply hit the " blog this " icon and voila, here I am.
[audio] Sperm Bank In Thailand Hands Out Free Samples
Obviously this guy they're talking about has a problem with conceit not to mention a few other things but setting the perosnality issues aside, just think about the possible outcomes of such an event. ? Interesting, ha?

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

I Love my Emails Part 1

Okay, so here's an email I recently got from a friend. I'm not sure where she found some of these facts but they are interesting...
  • A shrimp's heart is in its head.
  • The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.
  • Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a million descendants.
  • Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
  • If the government has no knowledge of aliens, then why does Title 14, . Section 1211 of the Code of Federal Regulations, implemented on July 16 1969, make it illegal for U.S. citizens to have any contact&nb sp;with extraterrestrials or their vehicles?
  • A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.
  • 23% of all photocopier faults world-wide are caused by people sitting on them and photocopying their butts.
  • In a study of 200,000 ostriches over a period of 80 years, no one reported a single case where an ostrich buried its head in the sand.
  • It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.
  • A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.
  • Horses can't vomit.
  • In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all of the world's nuclear weapons combined.
  • On average people fear spiders more than they do death.
  • Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.
  • Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.
  • Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
  • It's physically impossible for you to lick your elbow.
  • The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to o take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.
  • A snail can sleep for three years.
  • No word in the English language rhymes with "MONTH."
  • Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
  • The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
  • All polar bears are left handed.
  • An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
  • TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
  • "Go," is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
  • If Barbie were life-size, her measurements would be 39-23-33. She would stand seven feet, two inches tall.
  • The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
  • Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Is Your Relationship Out of Control?

I realize that most of my posts are from a lighter side view point and are often loaded with sarcasm and even melodrama at times. This is a more serious matter. Two out of every four women are battered each year according to the National Organization for Women. 170,000 of these incidents will require medical attention each year. These are rather alarming statistics, don't you think? Admittedly, there are males who also develop and remain in abusive relationships and there are abusive women in the world but the fact remains these are a very small amount of the domestic issues compared to male abusers and so this is what the article will concentrate on. There are helpful agencies out there for both and I sincerely hope you will make beneficial use of them. If you are an abused male, please use the above link as well as anyone else and I'm certain they can find you the help you are in need of.
Throughout this article you will find some warning signs which may indicate a need for concern even at the very beginning of a relationship with an abuser but for the most part, your relationship will begin as sweetly as any healthy one... the normal " getting to know each other " period or what most counselors refer to as " the honeymoon period ". A clear warning sign may be those times when roughhousing gets out of control to the point of you getting physically hurt. Trust your initial instincts in most cases. More often than not you will get a feeling if it were intentional on the abusers part, especially if they completely shrug it off as though it's not important because you were both playing and it was an accident. He may slap a bit harder each time you play like this, testing your pain threshold or tolerance level. If he is the one to get hurt, you may find him throwing a tantrum or raising a fist in anger or his voice may become alarmingly temperamental. He might display fits of rage as he goes about breaking personal property or putting holes in walls, etc. He will tell you later that you have nothing to worry about as he would never take it out on you and that's why he takes it out in the manner which he did.
Abusers have a tendency towards quick attachments. However misplaced it may seem, they can convince their victim that they adore them and only want to be with them. They have no problem with displaying affection in very dramatic ways even at the onset of a relationship or while attempting to develop one... one of their most prized qualities, although quite deceptive. Most women will jump at a guy who seems to have no problem with commitment. The ability to commit to one person so soon after meeting should be a clear warning sign something is wrong. Question a date on a few occasions about previous relationships with girlfriends or ex-wives or even immediate family members and friends and often you will hear some horrific stories of torment and emotional upheaval and the would be abuser will always tell you that it wasn't their fault though because of the stuff they put him through before he reached his breaking point. It is always someone else's fault when it comes to any past relationships gone bad. They will present their side of a story and all the time they are off guard as to the general information you can be getting out of them if you pay close attention. When they clam up, it is usually because they noticed they were getting too graphic and it might be a turn off for you. At this point it is a good time to stop the questioning as it can provoke them to hostility.
The soon to be abuser will lavish you with gifts and attention very soon after they made their move towards furthering the friendship and sometimes they will discuss moving in with you or getting married within only a few short weeks. They will talk about the future as though they have already made up their mind and it is up to you to simply agree to all which has been planned for the two of you. This all within a short period of time. Consider the fact that in any healthy relationship, both parties take their time in making decisions about things like where to live, what to do for a living and how many kids, if any, they will have, and with whom. He will want a commitment on your part as well and he presumes you will be more than flattered at his attempt to " stay together " at all cost. He will tell you you are his heart's desire and that you were meant for each other. He will spare no expense when it comes to keeping in touch... at all and any hours of the day... at the oddest places... sometimes he may have you paged at work just to say " I love you, honey. ". There will be times he shows up at a place he knows you are expected for no apparent reason or stop by your place unexpectedly or at an odd time claiming he just had to see you, to look into your eyes, or some other romantic lines he can accomplish and believe this... it was all very well rehearsed. He is now checking up on you to find out who your acquaintances are and what your interests are so that he can plan on how to damage them.
There may be times when, out of the shear blue, he will drive extremely fast or display a short quick temper about something such as his food not being perfectly cooked in a restaurant and more often than not the anger will be directed towards the waitress and NOT the male cook. Any counselor or expert on domestic abuse will agree with me that the way you see him treating other women or some women is identical to the way he will be treating you within a few months. He will kick something out of his path now and then... hopefully not your pet, and sometimes knock or slam loudly on a wall or piece of furniture to get a rise out of you. He will visit often and stay late, knowing you have to get up early for work and he will tell you that there is no concern for your career because he will take care of you if you lose your job. In fact, he will most likely prefer you are a stay at homer or will choose a home career to be closer to him and more available.
A would be abuser does not like a person with self esteem so if you have any at all, expect not to hold onto it for long with an abuser in your life and if you manage to hold onto it, you will have to become violent yourself in order to do so. They will find fault in everything about you including but not limited to the way you dress, your weight, your hobbies, your family, children, pets and yes... even your god or religion. If you are a Christian, eventually there will bibles which are totally destroyed by whatever means they have and if you are smart you will not keep family photos within reach of the abuser because he will only tear them or cut them into pieces along with what remains of your self respect and dignity. You will also find yourself keeping glass and mirrored items to a minimum in your home as time goes by. They will butt into your relationships with family and friends at a drop of a hat and tell you that nobody cares about you except him and they are all jealous of such a love as like the one you share. As time goes on you will witness more of their temper and violence and if you choose to remain you can rest assured you will never rest assured!
Careers are intolerable to the abuser. These mean socialization to him, something not in his plans for your life, let alone his own. A night out with the girls now and then i8s out of the question. Hobbies are just plain stupid and YOUR family and friends dropping by are an intrusion on HIS privacy. If you have children from a previous relationship, you were all wrong in the way you raised them and therefor they are unbearable. He will not tolerate another minute with your pet in the home so if he moves in, guess who's moving out?
Plans for your future often include moving far away from anyone you know and any familiar surroundings. This way they will have more control with less negative input from those who love you. You will be foolish to agree to this one even if all else was overlooked. It means a total lack of any sort of support system. The reasoning they use for wanting a new life somewhere else can include too much friction between your loved ones and himself, a fresh start, a new job, etc. Whatever it takes to get you to agree. It is on the agenda.
He blames anything and everything on you, his ex, his family and friends and the world in general. Every single thing he does has something to do with a way he was treated in the past or something you, someone else or society does to provoke him. He refuses to take any responsibility for his own behavior at all cost and will not be held accountable for any actions or reactions he may have. Indeed, most abusive people have been doing this their entire lives. If they feel threatened by the possibility of you leaving, more than likely they will let you know in no uncertain terms that they will hurt themselves or someone else or kill themselves and this becomes your responsibility also. They simply cannot help themselves. At times they may go as far as to tell you they believe you have a spell on them or something similar.
Unfortunately a tendency towards violence is not the only bad trait they hold near and dear. In general they are liars, thieves, lazy and will often cheat and sneak and if you find out, that will also be thrown on your shoulders. It is your fault they have to lie because they knew you would be upset if they told you the truth. It is your fault they had to steal to support you once they talked you into dropping your full time job. It is your fault they are lazy. They can't trust you to be at home alone so they won't have a job. You can no longer hold down the fort by yourself. Worst of all it is your fault they cheat because you are not woman enough for them or appealing enough for them or can't care for their needs properly. Of course, all said and done, they will stop and promise never to do thoe things again and they will go to counseling and they will improve themselves, etc., etc., etc.. Will you believe this bull? Ladies, don't forget that nine out of ten cheaters will not take proper precautions to protect you from venereal disease and sometimes will have other children floating around with an absentee father who refuses to take on yet another of his most important responsibilities. HELLO!!!
You will most definitely have telephone ear when there is an abuser in your life, although, if it were'nt for their obsession with contacting you, they would much prefer you didn't have one at all. If you receive a call while they are present they will stand close by to hear your side of the conversation or if possible they will pick up another phone and eavesdrop. If you notice the first thing they go for when entering the home is the telephone, it's probably due to their uncanny insistence on dialing *69 to find out who called you last or redial to find out who you called and you be be damned sure they will interrogate you after finding out who it was, whether it's a family member or help wanted ad. Friends and relatives will also experience the telephone ear syndrome as the relationship progresses. The abuser will call all of them each time he can't find you or when you leave after a fight. He will insist they beg you to talk to him or constantly remind them of where he can be reached should they hear from you.
The typical abuser is a good presenter. When they keep calling looking for you or sending you gifts, others will get the impression that you are being foolish and causing this poor man to be in misery. Even the law enforcement often find it hard to side with the abused woman and it's not for the reason you think. Yes, most of them are male. The real reason, though, is the abuser presents himself as the battered instead of the abuser and makes a very adequate crack at it to boot. He gives sob stories and tells your most well kept secrets to make it appear as though you are driving him crazy. By the time they get to the point of the violence, they are normally calmed down and YOU are the one frazzled and seemingly out of control. Your fear may be mistaken for a temper tantrum if you're not careful. Due to the ability of the abuser to remain calm exactly when needed and act sweet when around the people in authority for his own sake, the battered woman will sometimes stay for the simple reason that nobody would believe her and so she cannot find the help she needs or so she thinks. The help link is at the top of this post. ;)
If you are unfortunate enough as to have a vice which is illegal, such as cocaine, heroine, weed, the abuser has yet more ammunition. In the average abusive situation, he will supply your habit either financially or by finding the source but when the abuse gets bad he will blame it on your using or tell you he will turn you into authorities if you tell anyone how much he hurts you. If you are an alcoholic or in recovery of any kind, he will use this against you as well. If you have children he will have you believe you can lose them if the proper authorities find out about it. This is simply not true and know this right from the get go. For every problem there IS a solution. Get whatever help you need for the problems you have. You may have to wait until after leaving your abuser to get the other type of help you need and I would never tell you it will be easy but you must make up your mind what is easier to do. You have two choices in this situation... stay with the abuser in constant, consistent agony or find the help you need and get started actually living again. Both your abuser ad your vices are a threat to your mental and physical well being and that of those you love.
If you are already in an abusive relationship, please take the next few paragraphs and contemplate them carefully. God's blessings be with you.
You will never be happy or at peace with an abuser. You will never be safe. The abuse progresses, sometimes quickly but more often over time so that it isn't as noticeable to you or others around you. Some women wind up dead, others seriously injured. Most are repeatedly injured and hospitalised many times over. If you have children, pets or anyone or anything living in your home, these are at risk along with you. No amount of your time or attention will be enough to satisfy the abusive person. You cannot save him from himself and you cannot change his behavior. It is NOT your fault that he behaves in such a poor manner. Don't count on others to see what you do. Your abuser belongs to only you at this time. Don't expect any sympathy or make attempts to convince the abuser's family or friends circle... that is if they have any. Just get your plan together and go to a safe place. Before you just jump out of your seat and out the door, read on.
Before going any further, consider what he does know about your life and what he doesn't. If he knows you go online, learn how to clean out your temporary folders so he cannot trace where you have been on the Internet... such as reading this blog post. If he has a habit of dialing *69 on the phone, cancel the service. If he asks why you've done so, tell him they keep adding extra charges to your phone bill and you don't know where they are coming from. After making calls you don't wish him to find out about, phone someone more familiar so it's not stored in the redial. Accidentally break the caller id phone and replace it with a more conventional design so there is no log of the calls you receive or make. Deleting call logs only makes the abuser more suspicious and you will put yourself at greater risk. If he checks the milage on your auto, make sure to skedule private appointments along the way to other places such as the doctor or family member. If you have anyone who you are certain you can trust, make them aware of your decision and tell them that you must make plans. They may be of some assistance in the future as they are more capable of certain meetings and phone calls and such. Be sure they are trust worthy. Never trust information such as this to HIS family/friends even if they bring it up first. Abusers have a way of getting others to help them get info. ???
In your own mind and never on paper, make a plan for your departure and then stick to it. Figure out where you are going. Figure out who will help you move. Figure out what the important things are you must take and how long it will take to move it. Take into account if those who live with you will be going to the same location and how they are going to react once they learn of it.
Battered women make lousy liars. More so than others they have been programmed by the batterer to tell everything in such complete detail it's actaully painful in itself just giving a reason for an action, ( something which the normal healthy brained individual would not require of you in the first place ). You have to be consistent with the lies for your own safety. It's not the same as HIS lies for his own self gratification.
Remove living targets of danger before anything else and make certain that YOU are safe by not letting on what you are setting out to do. The next time he complains about the kids, send them to gandma's for a few weeks. Tell him you think you both need regroup time. This should please his demanding little ***. pretend to send the cat to the SPCA. You may actually have to do this one but keep in mind it's for the good of the animal as well s yourself. I'm sure you can find an excuse for this one. He never cared enough to know if the pet was spayed or neutered yet.
If you have a lot of personal belongings you intend to keep, get him in on the idea of renting a garage. You may want to get some stuff out of the way or plan a near future move together, ( false of course ). Once you've made your move you can be prepared to either change the garage door lock or move it to a different location at the same time as the move. Take things out of the home in small quantities. With the batterer in your life, nothing is ever about quality. It's the quantity that may make him nervous.
For your own sake, don't try to develop another relationship at this time in order to make hijm stop coming around you. If you think that will stop him, you're in for a rude awakening. Besides that... now is not the right time for a relationship. You need to heal and you need to get yourself back. He took you away from you.
Plan your move around his skedule. Make the final finishing move when he is not going to be there and have it all set ahead of time who will be with you to help and what type, if any, of law enforcement you may need and notify them in advance.
Once you have made your move, stick to it. No last flings. No one more night on the towns. No daily phone calls. No reports on your personal life. No matter what he says, you don't owe him. If you have children together get some parental intervention from child agencies and by all means, get counseling, counseling, counseling. Oh, by the way, did I mention... get counseling!
Help link can be found below the post title at the top of this entry.
Peace and blessings!,

Monday, August 6, 2007

Critters for the picky eaters in your family

I've found that, by changing the way foods look, you can actually get the kids to eat some of those foods they normally would say " Yuk " to. Instead of arguing with them about the need for nourishing foods, why not just disguise them? It's pretty easy as you can see from the recipe below...

  • Older frying pan, preferably cast iron

  • 2 slices of whole wheat, rye or pumpernickle bread

  • butter

  • 2 slices of cheese ( your preference )

  • slice of tomato ( skinned )

  1. Peel the skin from the tomato and slice it fairly thick.

  2. Lightly butter two slices of bread.

  3. Place 1 piece of bread, butter side down, in frying pan.

  4. Place 1 slice of cheese on bread.

  5. Place tomato slice on top.

  6. Place the other slice of cheese ojn top.

  7. Place remaining slice of bread, buttered side up, on top.

  8. Use cookie cutters or sharp knife to design ghost, bat and other critter shapes out of the sandwiches.

  9. Fry on low heat to prevent butter from burning.

  10. You will want to use an older pan for this to prevent it from getting scratches when creating your design.

  11. Leftover pieces can be fried in the same pan and used for top decorations unless, of course, you have a hungry canine garbage disposal.

  12. The larger the cookie cutter is the less waste there will be.

  13. Don't forget to throw those tomato skins in the compost bin now.

Critterwiches @ Group Recipes

Monday, March 19, 2007

Recovery At It's Best

I just bet you thought I was going to talk about drug abuse, didn't you? Nope, not this round. I have something much more creative to talk about. ;)
I have to share this link with you but first I wanted to tell you why.
The authors of this site would have been happy if they received a bit of attention in a serious matter... Breast Cancer Awareness. Fact is that most of those who do have this dreaded disease will not know about it until it's past the point of medicine and into the stages of small to larger scale operations and everyone knows there is plenty of media coverage of case studies and philanthropy regarding the issues. I'm quite sure they had no idea in what other ways they would be helpful to their readers.
In coming up with a perfectly good use for an otherwise useless item, they are not only recycling. They are providing yet, another means of promoting a good cause. To boot, they have also provided us with some amusement, which I do not feel was intentional on their part. I suggest you read the article itself when you get there so you will know what all the "Ta Das" and "Oh nos" are about and then scroll down and read the comments. It goes to show how a perfectly thoughtful idea can turn into an explosion of traffic. And, all this without a second thought as to how it would have a mental effect on both the breast cancer patient and the potential volunteers. I am certain the majority of survivors will agree with me that the comments are worth the read as it tends to lighten the burden just a tad. I read each and every comment in there and had myself quite a chuckle. Go ahead and laugh your butt off. My comment is near the bottom. I signed it as usual... Peace, Sherry

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

The Marvel of Mess

Well, maybe just some of the time. We all know that being too messy can make things hard to find, make us look bad when we receive company or clients, and generally make it impossible to keep things surface clean. What most of our anti-messy gurus would have you believe about clutter is not all true though.
The fact is that a certain amount of clutter is often an inspiration. While most of the inmportant "to dos" remain in plain site anyhow, those papers, gadgets and other items not so often used, if too well organised, will be over looked. The accidental finds can be of great value when least expected... that is, if we CAN find them.
I was recently reading about a book store in England where the guy doesn't organise anything and yet, he does better financially than his local Barnes & Nobel, not to mention two other book stores within a few miles of his local. His books are strewn all over floors, tables and shelves and nothing about his display method could possibly be considered alphabetical. The article I read did not mention this but I believe the secret to his success is that people love to treasure hunt. We naturally enjoy finding things, informational products included, which we were not neccessarily looking for and we think that someone else may have been. The most successful flea marketers, for instance, get there early and ask to look through the things which weren't unpacked yet. Why? Because it brings out the pirate in them.
A tendency towards piracy involves two processes. The first is the process of desire... the human part, the second is the search itself... the personality part. The reason this person sells more books is because while searching to fulfill a desire people often find accidental reads which appeal to their personality.
So, how does this apply to your life in general, you might ask? Well, is it not possible that you could find better use for the time you spend organising things? I bet you can! Most of us, at least in some part of our lives are way too concerned with WHERE things are rather than how we use them. How' bout you? Some of the items you would like to see hidden were meant to bring out the spontaneous self to view. Others were meant to be shared in a more material sense... as in " giving them to charity " or some similar out the door but not in the trash boot. I don't believe in throwing out anything which could be used by someone else. ;)
Only you can figure out what things to keep and what to hand over to someone else. Only you can decide at what point your organisational skills are becoming obsessive. Try to keep a healthy mental balance according to your unique personality, but, don't waste valuable time organising and reorganising. This also applies to your thinking process. Attempting to consistently put your ideas into a neat little pattern will eventually lead to a boring end product. At some point you will have to let go of the musings of the so called gurus of organising. Let the creativity flow at the pace that has "YOU" written all over it and don't let others shame you into doing it their way.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Ten Inspirational Quote of Woody Allen

I just bought the private label rights to a completely full package of reading material and guess who was the number one quoted individual throughout all that text? Yeah, I know... I gave it away in the title.
I never understood Woody the way some people do. Not only that but I am definitely not into the type of humor roles he plays or, for that matter, his personality as portayed on talk shows. Even so, I can find something in common with everyone I've ever met, known or known OF at any given time in my life. There's always something about a person you can find as common ground, you know?
Obviously, he wasn't the first to say that humor is the best medicine. There are literally tons of famous, infamous and just plain average people who have quoted it down through the ages and yet, only recently, have psycologists begun to realize the importance of humor to their patients in the process of emotional healing. It never ceases to amaze me how we keep rediscovering things.
I agree with Woody on that point and a few others as well. Here's 1. "Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons." Alright, so it's a bit vague. I still agree with the statement.
2. "I believe there is something out there watching us. Unfortunately, it's the government." 'Nuff said. I'm not interested in Woody's psychy, okay? Please don't leave questions in my comment box pertaining to his paranoia even if you think it's a problem for him. I'm not sure I agree with him totally on this one but even if I did, you're not interested in my psychy either. 3. "There are worse things in life than death. Have you ever spent an evening with an insurance salesman?" Ah, yes, it IS classic ! Think about it. 4. "Love is the answer, but while you're waiting for the answer, sex raises some pretty interesting questions." Yeah? Like possibly, when was the last time the potential partner had a blood test or who was responsible for bringing the party hats? 5. "A fast word about oral contraception. I asked a girl to go to bed with me, she said 'no'." It sounds, 'practical', I think. That one is more to my agreement than the previous quote. 6. "Basically my wife was immature. I'd be at home in the bath and she'd come in and sink my boats." This is a totally dimensional way of thinking. Just because you are chronilogically 40 or 50 or 60 something doesn't mean you must behave in a certain manner. After that you may want to give it a try for some rather practicle health and safety reasons though. I know someone who is very mature and still jumps in puddles now and then when nobody seems to be looking. ;) 7. "I am not afraid of death, I just don't want to be there when it happens." According to the tabloid's reviews of his behavior, I don't think he has much to worry about. 8. "I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose." All I have to say to that one is "OUCH !". 9. "If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans." Someone recently asked me if I think God has a sense of humor. I'd challenge anyone to read Daniel 5 and tell me He doesn't. I rest my case. Finally we have 10. "The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don't have." Wow, Woody, you caught me off guard with this one. Maybe I'll check out one of your movies after all.
Just goes to show you, insight can come from the most unexpected places. The next time you find yourself in a situation or around people you don't want to be, consider it a learning experience and enjoy whatever you can get out of it. It's not a predicament, it's a challenge.