Wednesday, November 29, 2006

I've Just Realized

My digital camera reset itself and isn't putting the right date on the pictures.

People really will buy anything on ebay. I just sold all my Burger King buttons (the ones employees wear for promotions and such) for $40.00. Yeah, I know...they are probably collectors items and worth more...but $40.00 for something that was packed away in my basement - I'll take that.

I actually do have a desk at work - it was just covered by mounds of paperwork.

The winners of "America's Next Top Model" never actually become a "Top Model".

My "Missile Launching Lex Luthor" Action Figure is missing his sunglasses (as is the one at work - must be a conspiracy).

I've been too far off my diet for sometime now.

.......need I say more?

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

New York City

Kevin Spacey is bringing the play "A Moon For The Misbegotten" to Broadway in the spring. While I'm anxiously waiting for tickets to go on sale, I've been looking at hotels. WOW!!! Such an expense for little crappy rooms. It's hard to plan until I know what date I'll be seeing the play. Actually I can fly there round trip for $100.00 - it's the hotel (and eating and such) where the big expense will be.

I'm beginning to think it may have been cheaper to go to London!!!

Monday, November 27, 2006

Absolutely Nothing

I have absolutely nothing for I'm sharing some photos:

Hubby and I in our dating days:

On Our Wedding Day:

And My Family:

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Sunday Mornings

Hubby and Toby get up early on Sunday mornings and take a walk thru Renfrew Park and thru the field behind the schools.  Here's some pictures from this mornings romp:


    Saturday, November 25, 2006

    The Weekend After The Holiday

    Well this is going to be a long day. I have my co-worker's viewing this afternoon followed by the Sheriff's Retirement Party this evening. Will be really hard to celebrate after the viewing.

    Not much to say today, just trying to get some laundry done. Here's a picture of Strat, Toby and Sebastian enjoying Thanksgiving:


    Saturday, November 25. 2006 Kim wrote:They look like they ate way too much turkey! Though you know I am automatically a cat lover, Toby is so freaking adorable!

    Friday, November 24, 2006

    So Here It Is!

    Okay, the floor is complete and here are pictures of the dining room:

    Looks nice doesn't it? I'm very excited and pleased!!!

    Thursday, November 23, 2006

    Tomorrow There Will Be Pictures, But Today....

    Tomorrow will be the picture tour of The Grand Finale of the Floor. Yes, my readers, the floor was completed this morning. Dinner is in the oven and smelling good.

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

    Tuesday, November 21, 2006


    Bob Rouse is a co-worker of mine. He's a correctional officer and has been with the department a good many years. His wife is the Warden at one of the local State Prisons which my oldest sister work's for.

    Bob's the kind of worker that is negative. You know the type...nothing seems to make him happy when it comes to work. I remember when we got the new uniforms; he immediately hated them because they were cheaply made (he was right). He ironed his shirts and scorched all 5 of them - noticeably scorched. I told him to see me for new ones. Absolutely not, he insisted on wearing those scorched shirts as some kind of statement. After 2 years, he did exchange them for new ones. Despite his negative side, he was like a big teddy bear and you couldn't help but love him. His wife and he went on several cruises, they enjoyed them so much.

    Back in September, Bob had some really bad back pain; but being the good employee he showed up for work with the pain. Eventually though it got bad enough that he couldn't stand straight. The Warden told him not to come back to work until he saw a doctor.

    I'm sure you know where this is going. Tests showed that Bob had lung cancer. Being the trooper he was he was determined to fight it. There were set backs. Twice he needed blood transfusions due to becoming anemic, after the first blood transfusion an MRI indicated that the cancer was also in his bones as well as his brain..he was considered terminal. But Bob continued to fight and decided to go the chemo/radiation route. Last week he was in the hospital with pneumonia. Another officer had visited and asked if he needed anything. He said he would like to have one of those motorized scooters to get around his house in. Due to his weakness he always needed his wife to help him to the bathroom and such and he was afraid that since he was so much bigger than her that she may get hurt in the process. Unfortunately, the insurance wouldn't pay for the purchase.

    Over the weekend I thought about this. I emailed another officer - Steve - to see if he thought a collection could be possible for this purchase. He definitely felt it would work. Since I'm off work this week, I emailed Kathy to email the county contact to request a "casual day fundraiser" be set ASAP; Steve was going to handle the employee collection. Everything fell into place yesterday and was a go.

    Last night I woke up thinking..."I'm off work and don't get a newspaper; what if Bob dies and no one calls me and I miss the funeral?" Odd thought I know, but for some reason it woke me up. That call came from Steve at 8:30 this morning...Bob had passed away last night.

    This one is going to be a really hard one.

    Monday, November 20, 2006

    The Art of Laying The Floor Part 3 & Other Things

    Just a quick update....the floor is almost complete. One more board to go - around a doorway, so it'll take some cutting I'm giving him a break. Then the molding and everything can get back in place in time for Thanksgiving (hopefully). I must say this weekend was much better, no cussing what-so-ever!!!! Not even by me - and I hammered my thumb!!! Hurt, hurt, hurt....I thought I was either going to pass out or puke. Fortunately it turned out not to be too bad, as my thumb is normal - like it never happened.

    Currently watching "The Bachelor" - The Women Tell All. Although I find this show stupid and very degrading to women...I can't help but enjoy the entertainment of watching young women with their entire lives ahead of them, so desperate to find a husband. I really like the ones that are in love with him before they even meet him. Why does society still insist on making women feel worthless if they don't have a man???

    I've also never updated on Thanksgiving Dinner. Hubby insists on doing the turkey himself - so I'm letting him.

    Friday, November 17, 2006

    Happy Retirement

    Today we had a Retirement Luncheon for Lt. Whittington.  He's been with the department many, many years and though he will be missed, I'm sure this is a day he's been waiting on for sometime.

    It's always sad to see long term employees leave.  It's getting very hard to find correctional officers that can pass the background investigation and soon, I'm afraid, we'll be lowering the standards in order to get qualified applicants.  The biggest drawback is that everyone seems to have a drug history.  Now you don't have to have a perfectly clean drug history, but you do have to have one for the past 5 years.  That's unfortunately is becoming a very tough call!!

    I have to wonder as the years go by, what kind of officer is going to be there protecting my back......

    Thursday, November 16, 2006

    The Miracle of Christmas

    As I mentioned yesterday I was at Sight & Sound Theatre in Lancaster County, PA. This is a professional Christian theatrical company. The production was the Christmas one entitled Miracle of Christmas; which of course was the story of Mary and Joseph and the birth of Jesus.

    These productions are absolutely magnificent. They use LIVE animals. We were in the front row to the side and there was a parade of donkeys, horses, goats, sheep, a llama and even camels (for the wise men). The angels actually flew above the audience. If you've never been here, it's worth the trip. We plan on coming back to see In The Beginning this coming spring.

    After the show we went and had dinner at this huge buffet and then shopped in the gift shop in the basement. You can visit the theatres website at . You can also enjoy another reading of this trip at my friend Kim's blog . She's a much better writer than I am. Here's some pictures to enjoy as well...unfortunately none of the show itself - not allowed.

    Wednesday, November 15, 2006

    Road Trip

    I was at the "Sight & Sound" Theatre in Strasburg, PA to see the "Miracle of Christmas". More information can be found here .

    This was a very nice trip. I have pictures to post but since the day has been very long and I need sleep, I'll post about it tomorrow.

    And in case you are the floor still isn't complete.

    Tuesday, November 14, 2006

    Monday, November 13, 2006

    The Art of Laying The Floor Part 1

    So we started with the laminate floor yesterday and almost have the dining room complete. Despite how easy they make it sound, this is a very time consuming task. Yes, the boards just snap together, but they forget to mention that some boards will have to be cut and that you need to stagger boards to make the floor look right.

    For starters, there was old brown carpeting in both the hallway and dining area. We pulled that back to reveal a hardwood floor. Unfortunately, due to pet urine stains...refinishing was not an option and replacing the damaged area was too expensive:

    Dining Room:


    There's lots of prep worked involved in this as well: Cleaning the floor completely, pulling up staples, loose nails, fixing squeaks and creaks. I walked on the floor hunting for creaks as hubby hammered and cussed. He then finished off the prep work, with Strat supervising:

    Strat inspected the materials:

    Once approval of material was complete, the task began. Despite Strat's supervisory skills - the padding was laid wrong:

    But once I noticed that the side that said "Install with this side up" was facing the was corrected:

    What's done so far:

    Which, of course, Strat inspected:

    Saturday, November 11, 2006

    Busy, Busy, Busy

    Today's been an extremely busy day.  When I originally started my blogspot blog, my hubby and I had just completed refininishing the hardwood floor in the spare bedroom.  It originally had carpet that the rabbits had destroy and we discovered hardwood.  It was alot of work but the floor is beautiful.

    This week we pulled up carpet in the hallway and the dining room.  The same hardwood exists under it except that this time we had pet urine damage badly.  Apparently the only way around it is to replace the boards or stain extremely dark.  Since it's too damaged to sand and the darkest stain will not cover the spots AND we cannot afford to replace the hardwood; we've decided to go the laminate flooring route.

    More tomorrow....

    Friday, November 10, 2006

    The Weigh Down Workshop

    I'm no stranger to dieting.  That should be obvious as I've started and stopped many times.  I always have the greatest intentions, but I immediately get tired of reading labels, weighing food and planning menus.  Dieting is not an easy task.

    A few years back, my church did a diet class called "The Weigh Down Workshop" (WDW).  WDW is a faith based program - .  Another faith based one is "Thin Within" - .   Both basically work the same.  They are not your normal diet programs.  Their goal is to take your focus off food and put the focus on God.

    When I did this program through the church, the entire church was also doing "The 40 Days of Purpose".  My faith very much grew during that time period.  And as strange as the WDW guidelines are - they work!!!

    WDW does not provide a menu plan; there's no "good food" or "bad food" list.  There's no measuring, weighing and planning;  no special foods to buy - no exercise required.

    So how does it work?  Mostly by pray and depending on God to help you not to overeat.  That's the key.  It may sound strange, but it works.  Now once I stopped depending on God, my weight came back and I've been trying every diet since.  This week, I dusted off my WDW program and decided to start over.  Right now, I'm transferring the cassette tapes over onto CD, so I can listen to them going to and from work.  They're mostly motivational.   Both of the programs I've listed above offer online classes or can direct you to a class nearby.  But you can do both just with the books that are available.  You can purchase them on ebay, at the sites or at amazon.  And you'll definitely need a Bible.

    Your body tells you when it's hungry.  Once you get out of the habit of the man-made rules of breakfast, lunch and dinner - you eat when you're hungry not just because it's time to eat.  You eat until you are full, not until you are stuffed.  Going out to eat?  Eat 1/2 of everything on your plate or rate your food - eat all of your favorite thing, 3/4 or your next favorite, 1/2 of your next......   Get the picture?  You can eat whatever you want, just have God help teach you when to stop.

    With other diets your focus is on food - reading about it, measuring/weighing it, and planning menus for it.  Think about it for a can you stick to the program, if your focus is on the food???  Direct your focus to God instead and the food won't matter as much.  It seems strange, but it does work.

    Over at amazon there are other faith based diet books.  I know nothing about them, but hopefully they are the same type.  "Thin Within" and "Thin From Within" are two different studies. 

    If anyone would like to join me in faith based weight loss...please email me, I'd like to set up a yahoo group. 


      Wednesday, November 8, 2006

      I like Kevin Spacey. Actually that's no big surprise to anyone that comes regularly to this blog, my friends or my co-workers. But I often get asked what it is I see in him that I'm attracted to.

      Let's face it, Kevin Spacey is not one of the "pretty boys" of Hollywood. I don't like "pretty boys", I like men. Back in 2003 I was on a Gabriel Byrne kick (another Hollywood hottie). I started to research his movies and ended up renting "The Usual Suspects". Somewhere within that movie, I stopped and thought "hey wait a minute" was then and there that that Spacey guy caught my eye.

      I had heard of Kevin Spacey, I had even some of his a matter of fact, I was pretty sure that if he were in a movie - it was a good movie. But that particular day, he caught my eye in a way that the Bay City Rollers, Adam Ant, Duran Duran and Loverboy had back when I was actually the right age for idol "crushes". At that moment I began buying every movie I could come across that he was in. I realized he'd been in quite alot - some good, some bad. I realize I had seen him in movies prior to knowing who he was.

      Eventually I began to do research on the internet. To my delight, I came across some pretty good fan sites. I chose to lurk for a long time as I was sure the fan sites were run by teenage girls. I was very wrong - it was women around my age (though there are some young ones out there). My "crush" grew, because now I had someone to share it with. I was able to get dvd's of his old tv movies, old interviews on talk shows, british talk shows, etc... My Spacey collection has become quite large, thanks to alot of these ladies.

      As I've mentioned before, Kevin's show in Atlantic City was my Christmas present in 2004 from my husband. He always figures I could have worse habits - smoking, drinking, drugs...but he'll take Kevin Spacey anyday over any of that!!! He enjoyed the concert as well.

      Another Spacey "high" for me was when I received a handwritten "thank you" from him for a hat I sent.

      Yes, my "crush" has grown..guess I won't be satisfied until I get to meet the man himself in person!

      getout77 wrote:I know this story , the same happened to me too. As a matter of fact I am happy and satisfied choosing him my big love... There is no day passing without trying to "convert" somebody from my friends. I think there is no minute without having him in my mind. I'm crazy, aren't I?

      Tuesday, May 01. 2007 spaceymini wrote:I like your stories about Kevin. Sometimes it's just like “reading” my own thoughts. Loved the story about his “thank you letter”. That was so nice and sweet of him.
      You wrote you won’t be satisfied until you get to meet him, well that day will come soon!!! Have a grrrreat time!!!!! And I know you will!

      Tuesday, November 7, 2006


      Don't have much to write today.  I'm waiting for some local elections results as the results of the Sheriff and County Commissioners directly affect my job.

      The results are coming very slowly.........

      Monday, November 6, 2006


      This is my Toby. About March of this year, I decided I wanted a dog. I didn't want to go the pet store or breeder route, I wanted a rescue. I soon learned, that these days, adopting a pet is like adopting a child. Now I know it's important to adopt to good homes; but some of the local humane societies and rescue groups make it nearly impossible. I have nothing to hide, but I do not think it's necessary for a house inspection, credit check or several interviews to adopt a pet. A child - yes; a dog - no. All you would need to do is call my Vet. He'll tell you I had a guinea pig one time that had $200 surgery. I think that shows I'm a responsible pet owner.

      But I decided I wanted a dog. So I began a search online at . I found a rescue in Mechanicsburg, PA called Molly's Place Rescue . They didn't seem to have the huge adoption process that most places had. I found the picture above and fell in love...the rescue had named him "Kingsley" and had him listed as a dauchsand/terrier mix at 6 months of age.

      My husband and I drove up. There are 2 cat rooms in this place, where all the cats are just wandering around. When you walk in the door you're in an immediate area with dogs wandering about. There's also an enclosed dog area (for the more aggressive ones) and puppies were behind glass. "Kingsley" along with his sisters "Sissy, Prissy and Sassy" were behind glass. As soon as hubby and I looked in we both said "oh he'll get too big" and immediately walked away. I then began to look at some of the Jack Russell Terriers they had. It was hard to look however, everytime I picked a dog up and tried to set down with it...another dogs face would be right there. There was no way to get to know a dog. "Kingsley" kept scratching at the glass at us, but he was "too big"...we left empty handed.

      About 3 weeks later we stopped in a pet store and saw this dear little beagle (my husband's favorite breed). We hadn't really wanted a small puppy, but he was adorable. However, his price tag was $500.00 (and that didn't include papers, shots or anything really). We decided that was too much to fork out. When we got home I got back on Molly's Rescue site and low and behold...there was a one year old beagle - "Beasley" as they called him. We decided to go up the next day.

      We got there right as they opened with a ton of other people (the place isn't very big), there was a lot of commotion going on. "Beasley" immediately began howling and never shut up the whole time we were there - we immediately decided Beasley was "too noisy". However, their in the corner behind the desk was a little brown dog. He was very shy and wouldn't come to me...but I immediately recognized him as "Kingsley" - but hubby said I was wrong "Kingsley" was bigger than that. However, we both liked this particular dog, and the staff confirmed that it was indeed "Kingsley"; and that that was all the bigger he would get. It didn't take us long to decide that we wanted to take him home. It became an ordeal, not because the adoption process is long but mostly because of all the commotion going on in the place due to a group of children showing up to volunteer (in the mist of all the other customers there). While I was doing the paperwork, the staff bathed and frontlined "Kingsley" (who by the way, was already neutered and had initial shots). Hubby was holding him when a lady approached him asking if that were "Kingsley" and if so were we planning on adopting him. Hubby quickly told her that yes the adoption was in progress. He then directed her over to "Kingsley's" sisters (she did adopt one of them by the way). Adoption in hand, we went home with "Toby" (yes, I changed his name).

      I'd like to say this was an easy process. My cats weren't happy and I went into an immediate depression for about the first the point that I wanted to return him. But in the end it all worked out, and I wouldn't give him up for anything!!! And as it turned out, he wasn't "too big" after all.

      Sunday, November 5, 2006


      I believe in God. I believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins and if you accept Him as your saviour, you'll spend eternal life with Him.

      I don't always, however, believe in church.

      I grew up in a Lutheran Church. Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church on Cleveland Avenue in Hagerstown, MD to be exact. It's a nice little church. Most of the people that go there have been there forever and their children, grandchildren etc... follow. So the church has a lot of history.

      When I was little my mother forced us to go to church to around age 11, then we stopped. When I was a senior in high school I returned, join the church and became a Sunday School Teacher. I eventually did a 2 year church study - The Bethel Bible Series - and myself along with the others in the class had great fun running Vacation Bible School with all our knowledge one summer.

      Things don't always stay real happy in a church. As the years went by I went from being active to just attending to just not showing up at all. My nephew was taking the 2 year confirmation class, completed the first year with no problem. However, when year 2 arrived there was a new teacher, a retired pastor - Pastor Dave. Pastor Dave was old school. One Sunday my nephew forgot his Bible. Pastor Dave asked him where his parents lived (I assume had it been close he was sending him home to get it). Christopher answered honestly "Dad lives here, Mom lives there". Pastor Dave's response was that IF his parents really cared for him, they would still be together." According to Pastor Dave, Christopher has a low self esteem, needed good role models, etc... I don't think I need to tell you where this is heading. Christopher never became a member, and with the exception of my mother...none of us returned to that church.

      Years go by, I meet my husband and we joined Ringgold Church of Christ in Ringgold, Maryland not far from the house. We got married there. It's a larger church and more contemporary. The people are very friendly. My husband played drums in the praise band, I joined a Sunday School class. We were very involved. My faith grew and I looked forward to church once again. That is until the last presidential election. Mind you, I knew where the church stood on this issue and the issues at hand. And that's fine, they have that right. But then, don't I have that right too? One Sunday, for some forgotten reason, Hubby and I attended different services. The service that morning was about "Abortion". A touchy subject I know, and I knew what the church's opinion of it was. I never however, expected the sermon to become a political opportunity for Bush. Summing up the sermon the Pastor said, "only one man stands on the right of these issues, and if you vote otherwise your house is not built on a christian foundation." Ummm...what???? Did the pastor just tell me that in order to be a christian, I must also vote republican??? Oh yes, I think he did.... Needless to say, our dealings with that church ended.

      I'm writing of church today, because I'm on my way back to Christ Lutheran Church today. They've been through quite a mess in the past 2 years which resulted in over 1/2 the church leaving to start their own church (they basically tried to change the church from lutheran to baptist - long story). Christ Lutheran is rebuilding. I hope I can be part of that.

      Saturday, November 4, 2006

      Becca The Betta

      Back in 2005, we got Betta Fish for Secretary's Day. We learned fast that the Betta in Vase fad shouldn't exist. The fish and the plant both get oxygen from the water, thus meaning there normally isn't enough oxygen for both. Normally the betta dies. We also learned that the tiny little bowls that are sold for bettas are cruel. Would you want to live in a tiny confined space like that? Once we had more adequate housing for our bettas they thrived.

      We did have some downfalls though and when we'd lose one we'd just replace it with another. Eventually we became pretty good at detecting illness and in some cases curing it.

      One day one of my co-workers came in with a "female" betta whom her daughter named "Bella". We loved Bella. Bella had more personality than her male counterparts. You could actually hold one of those freeze dried bloodworms overtop of the water and she'd jump up to get it. Actually you could hold anything up above her bowl and she'd jump for it. Bella did tricks. Everyone would come into the office to see the fish that did tricks. We enjoyed Bella for about a year before she went to fish heaven. Bella ate alot and probably over ate herself to death.

      Though female Bettas are less colorful and do not have the beautiful long fins that the males do, they are beautiful fish. They are also hard to find, so I was somewhat surprised today when I walked into Wal-Mart and saw 3 females sitting with the males on a shelf. I picked one up, dubbed her Becca and she now is living happily in a much larger bowl in the kitchen. She'll go to work on Monday; everyone will be thrilled. She may even do tricks!!!

      Thursday, November 2, 2006

      Thanksgiving Dinner

      Each year my husband and I alternate between his family and mine for Thanksgiving. It originally started because he had his children every other year, so when he had them we spent it with his family. The children are grown now, one being 21 and the other 19; so that isn't a big issue anymore, but we've continued to alternate this particular holiday.

      The difference between my family and his is that my family gets together at my parent's house and share the holiday. His family waits until the last minute to make a decision - will it be at his Mom's or at his sister's in Winchester? Will everyone be able to attend? Should we eat at a restaurant like his mother has wanted to do for years? I love these people dearly, but they are the most unorganized people when it comes to holidays.

      So since this year is our year with his family, I made the decision early - we'll have it at our house. Now I've started the task of a good housecleaning (of course, you'd never know it by looking at it) and seeing how to prepare a large meal ( I normally only cook for two). Hubby will help with the housecleaning. The first order of business was the carpet in the hallway. We have cats. My dear sweet Samantha (whom we had put to sleep 3 years ago) had an issue with leaving clothes on the floor. I would often sort my laundry into piles in the hallway - she'd pee on them. Needless to say, despite all the cleaning you do..cats can continue to smell the urine, even when you can't. After Samantha, the other cats just chose to pee there. While housebreaking the dog this year - he chose the same area as well. So though we probably have adjusted to the odor, I'm sure visitors pick it right up when they walk in the door. So my big cleaning project this year was to rip up that carpet. We had done this in the spare bedroom a year ago revealing a beautiful hardwood floor. This floor continues throughout the house.

      Now I'm no dummy. Cats have been peeing in this area for sometime. Wood and moisture just don't mix. But hubby was certain with the great amount of padding under the carpet that the damage would be minimal. I on the other hand was certain there would be noticeable damage. Boy, was I ever right. The smell is gone, but that floor has huge dark spots on it. I'm beginning to think we will have to replace boards. And since we've pulled up the carpet, hubby seems to have no more interest in the project. See the dilemma? Thanksgiving dinner, icky floor in hallway? Hmmmm......

      On a brighter note, I've decided to follow the Holiday Guide here:

      for our holiday meal.

      Wednesday, November 1, 2006

      Almost Forgot!

      It would of been terrible had I not remembered.  I signed up for this:

      And today is the first day!!!  I'm to post everyday this month.

      I don't have much to say today.  My posts this month will consist of the Thanksgiving Meal I'm cooking for my husband's family (my first big meal ever) and old photographs.  I'm making my family photo dvd's for Christmas, so I'm coming across alot of memories.  Of course, there will also be the usual chitchat about work and such and of course, Kevin Spacey!!!