Thursday, October 29, 2009


This made me want to move to Iowa's 5th district! This is Congressman Steve King questioning Roger Goodell, the NFL Commissioner. Isn't it rare these days to be really proud of an elected official? Well, I was today! Even if the exchange was only about someone's right to be able to put in a bid to own an NFL team! It really is heartening to see someone stand up for what is true!

I especially liked the quote at the end! I get so angry at times when people accuse Rush of being a racist! I wish people would actually LISTEN to his program instead of letting the media shape their opinions. They would then hear things like this... (From today's program.)

"You know, it really is true, I've always believed in this notion of colorblind. That's why I treat people the way I do. I do not treat people differently based on what their skin color is or what their sexual orientation is, and I assume that most people are intelligent. And maybe I have missed the boat in assuming that everybody else wants a society that's colorblind. And maybe what I'm learning is that there are people out there who say they want a colorblind society in no way mean it. I'm thinking, yeah, it's a good thing, it would be a great objective, so I'm out there living it, and that of course dictates a lot of how I behave, what I say. People are people first, Americans, and then all the other hyphenated things come in to me much later. It's like Jamie Gangel, NBC, "Aren't you overwhelmed with the first black president?" Yeah, it was great, but I got over it in five minutes because his policies matter more to me. I don't see him as a black guy, I see him as the president of the United States. He's got policies here that I really want to fail, and not because of the color of his skin but because of his policies. There are people who want to turn that around and, "It's racism," and I sadly predicted all that would happen, too. "

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Franciscan Friars and Fall!

I own pets that like to smile! I've been REALLY feeling happy the last couple of weeks! Even though it is still alittle hot, it finally FEELS like fall! It is my very favorite time of year! Leading right into the holidays... It is the best time of year for hiking, mountain bikes, pumpkin spice lattes, candles, fire places, and just driving with the windows down in my truck instead of cranking up the air conditioner! The trees turn beautiful colors... Me, my dad, and Tahoe all have birthdays! It is clearly the best time to be born! We give thanks, hang Christmas lights, and break out the Bing Crosby and Andy Williams. It really is the best time of year!
I took Serra and Pio outside this morning for a quick photoshoot. They are growing up so fast, and I wanted to get a couple of pics of them at "this stage." Tahoe wanted to get in on the mix. It's funny how the best pictures aren't planned. Just like life! I actually had the pumpkin and a scarecrow set up to the left of this. I kept yelling at Tahoe to get out of the way... Then there was this adorable shot, and I feel really bad for yelling at my baby. He IS this sweet.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


I found this on someone else's blog last week... This is both heartbreaking and inspirational! I participated in a Walk For Life this last weekend... The proceeds going to Riverside Life Services. They are trying to raise 30,000 dollars for an ultrasound machine. Statistics show that 9 out of 10 women will choose life if they can see a picture of their baby!

Friday, October 16, 2009


I couldn't care less either way... But Tahoe is a very strong willed dog!
Man! Shouldn't they be knocking down my door, offering me big money to allow them to use him as their mascot?

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Friday, October 9, 2009


I love this song! Somebody just posted their whole house concert on youtube... Isn't that illegal? The video and sound on these is actually really awesome!

HA HA! This is REALLY funny! Get medicine here!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Wonderful Riverside!

Random pictures from the weekend!

Looks like I did some traveling... but only by bike!

These aren't marshlands in Florida... No alligators down there!

Not an ancient bridge in a foreign land!

Local ducks...

The green water is everywhere isn't it?

Not Hawaii...
All in my own backyard!!! But really, how cool is that old Riverside bridge (at the top!) that I never knew for 37 years? The things you discover by bike!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi...

Is this coming Sunday... Don't forget to give your pets extra hugs and kisses and thank God for making them so special for us to enjoy!
I decided to hang my bird feeder that my grandparents sent me for Christmas a few years back. I have been admiring it on my kitchen counter for all this time and thought this would be the perfect occasion to finally place it outside where it belongs... with all the birds! Well, hopefully all the beautiful ones will come to my yard to feast!
In honor of the Patron Saint of animals, here is the Saint Francis Prayer:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.