Monday, October 12, 2009

Breast Cancer Prevention

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month ladies! I'm sure if you are faithful readers of my blog you have already discovered that. I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (cancer) in January of 2006. At the time of diagnosis, I was pregnant with our sixth child and 38 years old. The Lord brought me through it and I am a two and a half year survivor now!!!! I have been struggling to write down "My Cancer Journey" but decided to get to it and I finally finished it today, just in time for BCA month!! Perhaps it can encourage others somehow. Anyways, I thank the Lord for bringing my family through it.

I consider myself (A Breast Cancer Survivor) an advocate for Breast Cancer Awareness. I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (just one of several types of breast cancer) in January of 2006. At the time of diagnosis, I was pregnant with our sixth child and 38 years old. I am now a two and a half year survivor!!!!

If you are the 1 in 8 women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime you need to have a plan that helps you detect the disease in its early stages. When breast cancer is found early, the 5-year survival rate in the United States is 98%, which is why there are over 2 million breast cancer survivors today. Whether you are 20 or 80, you need an early-detection plan.

Every month (regardless of your age) you need to do a self-exam. Taking a few minutes to do a breast self-exam a minimum of once a month can make the difference of a lifetime, literally. Nearly 70% of all breast cancers are found through self-exams. Write it down on your calendar. I send out reminders on the 19th of every month (my birthday falls on the 19th). Click here to go to my page on how to perform a self-breast examination. If you find a lump, schedule an appointment with your doctor, but don’t panic—8 out of 10 lumps are not cancerous.

Once a year have a clinical breast exam by a qualified nurse or doctor to check for lumps or other physical changes.

Get a mammogram once a year. A mammogram is an X-ray photograph of the breast and the primary tool in diagnosing breast cancer.

If you would like to share your story please, please, please leave a note or a link in the comments section.
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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Red Meat Risk and Breast Cancer

Many studies have proven that women who eat the most red meat have an 88 to 330 per cent increased risk of breast cancer. Alarming!

When animal protein is cooked structural changes in the protein, amino acids and creatine in the meat creating dangerous carcinogens. One study found that red-meat protein is associated with a 220 to 770 per cent increased risk of breast cancer.
The animal fat in red meat raises insulin levels also increasing risk of breast cancer by 283 per cent.

Growth hormones and simulators is linked to an alarming 700 per cent increased risk of breast cancer.

Cooking at high temperatures (grilling and frying) to well-done also had a significantly higher risk of breast cancer.

This is scary stuff ladies! I still eat some red meat, but I have drastically reduced my consumption of it. After researching will be reduced even further!

Credit: The Perils of Eating Red Meat, Christine Horner, MD,article in Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine, Fall 2008.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Breast Cancer Affects Young Women Too

When you're young, breast cancer is probably the furthest thing from your mind. However, it shouldn’t be. Although breast cancer in young women is significantly less common among those from 20 to 39, it does happen. Don’t believe it won’t happen to you, I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 38 while pregnant with our sixth child. Finding time to incorporate breast self exam into your monthly schedule is easy when you realize just how important it is. Since my birthday in on the 19th of the month I have chosen to do my exams on the 19th of every month and I will remind my readers to do their exams your's too.

Except for certain types of skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in women of all ages. Although the most confirmed and noteworthy risk factors for developing breast cancer are gender and growing older.

Younger women diagnosed with breast cancer often experience a more aggressive cancer and a lower chance of survival. This fact alone is enough to make early detection and breast self exam crucial for younger women.

Generally, screening mammograms are recommended at age 40. Sadly, this occasionally results in younger women not being diagnosed with breast cancer until the cancer is in a later stage, and can lower their chance of survival.

Because breast tissue isn't as thick when you're younger it can make diagnosis of breast cancer difficult. For this reason young women should begin monthly breast self exam at age 20, so that you can become familiar with how your breasts look and how they feel, thereby making it easier for you to notice any changes in your breasts.

Because the lifetime risk of breast cancer is one in seven for American women, establishing good breast health practices while you are still young can reduce your chance of getting breast cancer at a later stage.
Remember, anytime you see or feel any kind of change in your breast(s) you should see your health-care provider. Only a qualified medical professional can definitively diagnose the cause of breast issues. Breast changes don't always mean breast cancer, but they do mean you should see your doctor.

Click HERE for instructions on how to perform a self breast-exam.

Source: Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

Thursday, October 1, 2009

My Cancer Journey

My Cancer Journey

In December of 2006 I was mom to four already plus my soon to be step daughter and pregnant with our number six. Kevin (my fiancĂ©e) found a small lump in one of my breasts. I asked my OB/GYN about it immediately. The doctor was certain it was just breast changes from being pregnant. I reminded him that my mother had breast cancer and he responded that my risk factor was low. Dismissed. About a week that small lump was almost twice as large. My OB/GYN again said. “We’ll, just watch it, don’t worry.” Days went by and now my small, turned large lump was four times the size it had been when we discovered it. Where do you think I headed…back to the OB/GYN. Finally, he scheduled me for an ultrasound. Did I mention, finally?

Three days later I’m big, fat, pregnant and at the hospital getting my ultrasound. After that I was sent for a mammogram. They fitted me with a makeshift lead shield with the lead aprons to protect the baby. Then they sent me back to ultrasound again. The radiologist came in and told me I will need to do a biopsy as soon as possible.

Friday, January 13th I had the biopsy. Monday evening we were just finishing dinner. I’m sure you can imagine how crazy it can get with five kiddies in the house, getting them all fed, clean up dinner and all of them baths. My phone rings and it is my OB, remember him? “Sorry Tammy, I sure didn’t see this one coming! You have Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. This is an extremely aggressive type of cancer so we really have to attack this head on. You need to get a lumpectomy followed by Chemotherapy and Radiation”. More was said but my brain seemed to malfunction. So…that was that.

Later that week I had the surgery. I had to have an axillary lymph node biopsy because of the pregnancy and couldn’t have the dye required in the less invasive biopsy. They removed one-quarter of one of my breast. The pathology report determined that there were clear margins! And my lymph nodes were all clear! I only had eight more weeks until Ki could be delivered full term. The OB, Surgeon, Pathologist, Oncologist, and Radiation oncologist all had a meeting to “discuss my case”. After lengthy discussion they agreed to wait until after the baby came to begin further treatment.

The baby’s scheduled inducement date (to weeks early) came. I chose to have an epidural block. It helped with the pain…way too much. Apparently I had too much medicine and it flowed up virtually hibernating my heart and lungs. Finally they got it all straightened out, of course that meant NO MORE PAIN KILLERS!!!! There she is, the newest addition to our family!

Six days after the birth of our sixth child I began chemotherapy. The very first session clashed with my medications because I felt suicidal (which is extremely not me). My meds combined with the stresses of being a mom to six children, still recovering from childbirth, dealing with a newborn, finances and the fact that I was losing my insurance in five weeks, apparently was too much for me. Jeez!

My hair lasted about 15 days, then it all started coming out. Not just a little here and there, by the handfuls. Weird!!!! I tell you some people are really rude too!

The next three and a half months of chemo went like this; total exhaustion, weight gain, weakness, absent-mindedness, clumsiness, nausea….I still did everything I always had done (laundry for eight people, cooking, cleaning, kids, normal stuff).

As soon as I finished chemo I started radiation. I had forty-three treatments of radiation to my right side. I found that radiation made me even more exhausted than the chemo did. It was summer vacation so I had all my children in tow for my treatments. This went on everyday, Monday thru Friday for 43-8 minute long sessions.

Now I am on Tamoxifen for five years. I also had an oophorectomy (removal of my ovaries and tubes). This was in hopes of reducing my estrogen.

You’ve heard about my cancer itself so far but the effects on life and my family in general was a whole other battle.

One of my daughter’s (six at the time) was parading around the house one day in one of my hats and said “When I grow up and get cancer, can I wear this hat?” To hear those words come out of your daughter’s mouth and then rationalize the fact that could be a reality for her.

On a separate occasion my step-daughter who was 5 at the time and myself were sitting on the swing talking. We were in the back yard and I asked her what if we saw a snake right now! She said I have an idea Tammy, you could just take off your hat and you head would scare him away! Was this what my reality was becoming? A scary old snake scarer!

Financially the impact was horrendous and we still haven’t recovered. In order to qualify for Medicaid I had to quit my job. The loss of my income made and is still making it extremely difficult just to pay for life necessities.

Cancer did give me a different view of life: I have absolutely no idea what trials and tribulations others are walking through; There is more to life than just getting dinner on the table, the laundry done and all six kids bathed; I want to enjoy every single day.

Through it all I had a beautiful daughter who thank God was not affected by my cancer and Kevin and I got married in February 2007. As far as I know I’m cancer free. Unfortunately I have been without insurance for some time now so I haven’t had any of my follow up testing done. However, at the end of the day I must say thank you to everyone who was there for me.

One in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. When breast cancer is found early, the 5-year survival rate in the United States is 98%, which is why there are over 2 million breast cancer survivors today. Whether you are 20 or 80, you need an early-detection plan.

Every month (regardless of your age) you need to do a self-exam. Taking a few minutes to do a breast self-exam a minimum of once a month can make the difference of a lifetime, literally. Nearly 70% of all breast cancers are found through self-exams. Write it down on your calendar. I send out reminders on the 19th of every month (my birthday falls on the 19th). If you find a lump, schedule an appointment with your doctor, but don’t panic—8 out of 10 lumps are not cancerous.

Once a year have a clinical breast exam by a qualified nurse or doctor to check for lumps or other physical changes.

Get a mammogram once a year. A mammogram is an X-ray photograph of the breast and the primary tool in diagnosing breast cancer.

Early detection is essential ladies. If you forget to change the oil in your car…your car may have engine problems….if you skip your self-exams, you just might lose your life for it.

Please CLICK HERE for great instructions for a breast self-exam. THESE ARE SOOO IMPORTANT LADIES!!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Words are mere bubbles of water, but deeds are drops of gold.

~Chinese Proverb

Monday, September 7, 2009

The tired princess

Awe! Too cute. And (ahem) no of course I didn't take this pic while I was driving. That would be dumb! I was stopped at a red light......I think!

Friday, September 4, 2009

My Boys

What fine young men!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Josh and Scrappy

Too cool Man. Josh hanging out on his hammock with the baaaaaad pup Scrappy!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

I am such a sucker

A new nameless (still) puppy. She's adorable thoug.
Chocolate lab, German Sheppherd and Wolf mix.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

My girls

What little princesses!

My Kiddies

Aren't they adorable???

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"Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best."
– Henry Van Dyke

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


If God had wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates. - Jay Leno

The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous. - Shana Alexander

Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Potty Tots Training System

Potty Training Kit - Girl Version

Emily's little sister, Lilly, is starting preschool and doesn't know how to go potty. Emily comforts her sister by sharing a story of her experience in Miss Maggie's preschool class. Through colorful laminated charts, DVDs, songs, a book and even tattoos potty training can actually be fun! My two year old daughter and I have been working on potty training.

I love the six step chart walking her through going potty. She used to pitch a fit if her pants weren't completely off until she saw the little girls with their pants by their ankles. This even walks her through washing her hands. I was so excited when this arrived in the mail! It is beautifully packaged as well and came with a letter addressed to my child.

There is also a wonderful interactive web site we have frequented regularly. She can watch the videos, print out coloring sheets, and even a diploma. There are also great tips for parents as well including a newsletter. I was very impressed with this kit.

I am mother to six great kids and have done the potty training bit more than I care to remember! This actually makes it enjoyable!

The kit includes: • A story/guide book • Animated DVD -featuring three original Potty Tots songs and 2 bonus music videos • One 11"X17" Illustrated potty chart (easily wipes clean with damp cloth) • One 11"X17" “Toilet Bowl" progress/reward game with clings (easily wipes clean with damp cloth)

Notice: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Chalkboard Tee

Chalkboard Tee

I honestly had no idea what this t-shirt was going to be until it arrived and I was completely in awe! I have five children full-time and they all wished they had one (especially my 15 year old son!). What a creative idea. I ordered a small for my youngest but in retrospect I think this would make a totally awesome gift for an older child. They could have a ton of fun at school or church letting their friends write on it! If there is a design with chalkboard on the back….just imagine! I only wish I’d thought of the idea. This is a very fun and creative product.

Click on the photo of the adorable shirt to get to the site!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Eco Bag

I was supplied my ecobag from the company. I love the black with the bright green detailing. The black hides soil but the green helps to locate it! The bag is constructed of very rugged material and well stitched. I have been putting my bag to the test.

I have purchased many re-useable bags at grocery stores and other retail stores. However, seams seem to fall out and the material is so incredibly thin they certainly don't last long around our family of eight. There is truly no comparison between this bag and the regular retail bags. The design and construction makes it truly a "green bag" whereas other bags seem to be fairly disposable.

I have been using my bag very often for the last seven months now. I have even tossed it in the washer about four times and it still keeps on serving our needs. I consider this bag a good buy and a wise investment.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

If Mama Don’t Laugh, It Ain’t Funny: A Review

Written by Lucy Adams
Palm Tree Press

A copy of this humorous book was provided to me for review. Lucy Adams is a hoot. Adams is a syndicated humor columnist, web blog host and second grade teacher. She shares stories of her life and motherhood with us with such an entertaining flair. She turns the everyday humdrum of being a mom into laughter and joy. I am the mother of six children so I could definitely sympathize with many, many of her "experiences". I am certain though that non-moms would also appreciate her humor as well.

Here is a snippet from her story about burying their beloved pet Jimmy (the watermelon), "My spouse said a few words over the dissected: "Here rests Jimmy, red and green, put to pasture by the Queen of Mean. [I shot eye darts at him] Poor Jimmy, a life cut quick, by a woman who needed a Ginsu fix. [I glared] Okay. Sorry. Sorry," he chuckled. "Jimmy, we hate that you fell to pieces man."

Adams’ southern charm also comes out in "A Pig that Good," "Difficult Decisions" and "Oh, the Delirium of Summer." She also shares about marriage in "Rambling My Way to Purgatory." Short story after story will have you least this mama was laughing.

 I was provided a free book from the publisher for my honest review.


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

At the park


Friday, July 3, 2009

Thursday, June 25, 2009

At the Beach

Debbie (big sister) and I at the beach, decades ago!!!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Cat Number 9

Introducing Jackie! We named her Jackie because she has a white Jack-o-lantern face on her belly!! Really! Guess I should snap a pic of that too before our "cat curse" kicks in again!!!!

Our zucchini

Hmmm....guess we didn't see this one! The wonders of MiracleGrow!


We went to the Pow Wow Saturday. We met Pocahontas.  She was the voice in all the movies and she even looks like her too. She has been in 48 movies and television specials. I was thrilled to meet her. I asked her if it was still exciting and she said "Absolutely!"

Pretty cool, huh??

I guess Josh (16) was too "old" for a photo with Pocahontas.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Top Ten Reasons Eve Was Created

10. God was worried that Adam would frequently become lost in the garden because he would not ask for directions.
9. God knew that one day Adam would require someone to locate and hand him the remote.
8. God knew Adam would never go out and buy himself a new fig leaf when his wore out and would therefore need Eve to buy one for him.
7. God knew Adam would never be able to make a doctor's, dentist, or haircut appointment for himself.
6. God knew Adam would never remember which night to put he garbage on the curb.
5. God knew if the world was to be populated, men would never be able to handle the pain and
discomfort of childbearing.
4. As the Keeper of the Garden, Adam would never remember where he left his tools.
3. Apparently, Adam needed someone to blame his troubles on when God caught him hiding in the garden.
2. As the Bible says, It is not good for man to be alone!
And finally, the Number 1 reason why God created Eve . .
1. When God finished the creation of Adam, He stepped back, scratched his head, and said, "I can do better than that."
I got it here. Check out this site - cool stuff!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


A little girl walked to and from school daily. Though the weather that morning was questionable and clouds were forming, she made her daily trek to the elementary school.

As the afternoon progressed, the winds whipped up,along with lightning. The mother of the little girl felt concerned that her daughter would be frightened as she walked home from school and she feared the electrical storm might harm her child.

Full of concern,the mother quickly got into her car and drove along the route to her child's school. As she did,she saw her little girl walking along. At each flash of lightning, the child would stop, look up and smile. Another and another flash of lighting followed quickly and with each, the little girl would look at the streak of light and smile. When the mother's car drew up beside the child, she lowered the window and called to her 'What are you doing?'

The child answered, 'I am trying to look pretty because God keeps taking my picture.'

My mom sent me this and I smiled big. I thought you might enjoy it. Thanks Mom! See I read your emails!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Happy Summer

I got it here! What an awesome shot!
Happy summer everyone!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Mexican Chicken

Another Paula Deen winner!

1 10 3/4 -ounce can cream of chicken soup
1 10 3/4 -ounce can cheddar cheese soup
1 10 3/4 -ounce can cream of mushroom soup
1 10-ounce can tomatoes
1 whole chicken, cooked, boned, and chopped or 4 cups leftover cooked chicken
11 1/2-ounce package flour tortillas
2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, stir together the three kinds of soup and the tomatoes. Stir in the chicken. In a greased 13 x 9- inch pan, layer the tortillas and the chicken mixture, beginning and ending with tortillas. Sprinkle the cheese over the casserole and bake for 30 minutes.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Country Blueberry Coffee Cake (Paula Deen)

Don't you just adore Paula Deen?

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 (12 ounce) can Pillsbury Grands refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup rolled quick-cooking oat
1 1/2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1/4 cup sugar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Generously grease a 9-inch square baking dish.
In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon and mix well with a fork. Set aside. Separate biscuit dough into 8 biscuits, and cut each biscuit into quarters.
Dip each biscuit piece into the melted butter, then roll in the cinnamon-brown sugar mixture to coat well. Arrange in a single layer in baking dish.
Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the oats.

Combine blueberries and sugar in a bowl and toss to coat.
Spoon blueberry-sugar mixture over oats and biscuits and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup oats. Drizzle remaining melted butter on top. Bake for 25 minutes or until cake is golden brown and center is done. Cool for 10 minutes, serve warm.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Shrimp Scampi Fettuccini

This one looks like a winner but I'm gonna save a little time and money and use the precooked salad shrimp just toss them in after sauteing the other ingredients. Mm-mm Looks delish!

1 1/2 lbs. uncooked fresh shrimp (prawns) in shells
2 Tbs. vegetable or olive oil
2 Tbs. green onions, thinly sliced
1 Tbs. dried basil leaves
1 Tbs. fresh parsley, chopped
2 Tbs. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 Tbs. butter
8 oz. fettuccine
, cooked
Grated Parmesan cheese

Peel shrimp and make a shallow cut lengthwise down back of each - rinse under running water to remove vein. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Cook shrimp and remaining ingredients (except cheese and pasta) in oil, 2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until shrimp are pink and firm. Add butter and toss with shrimp until fully melted. Remove from heat.

Toss fettuccine with shrimp mixture in skillet. Sprinkle with cheese and serve.

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Friday, May 8, 2009


Too Cute!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Cancer Update from John Hopkins

This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well.

No plastic containers in microwave.

No water bottles in freezer.

No plastic wrap in microwave.

A dioxin chemical causes cancer, especially breast cancer.

Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic.

Recently, Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital, was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us.

He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers...

This especially applies to foods that contain fat.

He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body...

Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food... You get the same results, only without the dioxin So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else.

Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper. It's just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc.

He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons...

Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food.

Cover food with a paper towel instead.

My Mom sent me this....I hope you found it useful.

Monday, May 4, 2009

We went mudding

It's been raining A LOT here. And the roads are all getting flooded. We decided to take the kids mudding down the country roads yesterday. They all had a BLAST!!! They even went for a swim in the road. the road! Sheesh to be a kid again! Sorry the camera batteries were dead but this one is cool! No where near as deep though!

Monday Menu

Okay so I haven't done a menu in eons so here's a rough one for my week:

Chilli & my new crockpot!
Hmmmm...something Mexican for Cinco de Mayo...Enchiladas perhaps!
Lemon Chicken with rice & green beans
Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes & corn! Mmmmmmmmm
Shepherd's's been a long, long time on that one! Miranda's favorite
Burgers, beans & Mac N Cheese!!!

For more menu planning go check out the Organizing Junkie.

Simple Lemon Chicken

6-8 boneless chicken breasts
1 cup lemon juice (ReaLemon)
1/2 stick butter (no substitute)
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Put all in crockpot and cook on LOW for 8-10 hours, or cook on HIGH for 5-6 hours.

This is good served with mashed potatoes or rice. The lemon sauce is great over the potatoes or rice.
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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Awe Factor

Found it here

Lemon-Lime Jello Salad

Remember this one? I must make it again very soon.

1 small box lime Jell-O
1 small box lemon Jell-O
1 small can crushed pineapple, NOT drained
1/2 package miniature marshmallows
3 ounces cream cheese

Mix lemon Jell-O with 1 cup boiling water and stir for 5 minutes until well dissolved. Gradually add 3/4 cup water to softened cream cheese, add all to lemon Jell-O. Add crushed pineapple and juice and marshmallows to lemon Jell-O. Let start to set and stir and add 1 cup Cool Whip. Let set up overnight.

Mix 1 cup boiling water with lime Jell-O. Stir well for 5 minutes. Add ice cubes to quick set and pour carefully over top of lemon Jell-O mixture. When well set cut into square and serve on lettuce leaf.


Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Silly Laws

Theaters in Glendale, California can show horror films only on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday.

You can't plow a cotton field with an elephant in North Carolina.

In Lehigh, Nebraska it's against the law to sell donut holes.

Anti-modem laws restrict Internet access in the country of Burma. Illegal possession of a modem can lead to a prison term.

In Idaho a citizen is forbidden by law to give another citizen a box of candy that weighs more than 50 pounds.

Every citizen of Kentucky is required by law to take a bath at least once a year.

It is against the law to whale hunt in Oklahoma. (uhh...)

According to law, no store is allowed to sell a toothbrush on the Sabbath in Providence, Rhode Island. Yet these same stores are allowed to sell toothpaste and mouthwash on Sundays.

Before the enactment of the 1978 law that made it mandatory for dog owners in New York City to clean up after their pets, approximately 40 million pounds of dog excrement were deposited on the streets every year.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Rollie Pollies Galore

These pesky little guys nest like fire ants here and they are eating up my vegtable garden!!!

Related to lobsters, crabs, and shrimp, pill bugs breathe with gills and require a humid environment for survival. They inhabit cool, damp places under rocks, rotting wood, and other decaying vegetation.Their bodies consist of a head, thorax, and abdomen. The head has two antennae and simple eyes. The thorax has seven scaly segments, each containing one pair of legs. When threatened, pill bugs can curl up into a tight ball for protection.
After web searching I found this: Posted by Miah z7 TX (My Page)
We've had problems with Rollie Pollies too. My wife and I implemented what we learned from the Dirt Doctor's book and it is working great! Set out small containers (we used small coffee cups) in the problem areas. Place the cups down in the ground so that the brim is at or barely above ground level. Boil water with two packets of yeast in a medium-sized pot to dissolve the yeast. Pour the yeast solution (FYI - you can use beer also, but the yeast packets are really cheap) into the cups. Put covers over the containers to keep rain water (yard water) and other elements from diluting the solution. We used small cheap water retainers that you put below small pots and put a few rocks on top of the retainers to keep them from blowing away. You'll get rid of pesty snails, rollie pollies and beatles (but not lady bugs). And if you have a lot you need to get rid of quick, Seven dust works great.
I hate to kill the little guys but hey ---- this garden was ALOT of work!!!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Nathan

We love you Mr. Decade Old!

Our new puppy

Our dear 15 year old Blue Heeler seems to have vanished off the face of this earth! Poor ole boy. We now introduce you to....Scrappy! A Blue heeler-Pit mix. He's two months. The kids LOVE him.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Rescue Horses

My sister is a horse rescuer. Here's her latest endeavor!

Here are the pictures of the 4 horses I took in today. As you can see, they really need feeding and vet work. The lady that gave them to me, doesn't know the ages of them as she rescued them from various sources herself. The black morgan mare was in a barn fire a year ago and has been through 3 owners since then. She will not be going anywhere. The other 3 will be adoptable as soon as they are ready. It will probably be 3 to 6 months though. One is a Quarter horse gelding. One is a anglo-arab mare. The third is a Saddlebred mare. If you can contribute to vet care or hay for these horses please let me know. My website is, email is Hay costs $85 per roll and they will need 2 rolls per month. Initial vet treatment will be about $200 per horse plus recommended follow up care. Dental work will be $200 per horse and they will probably all need it.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Civil War Reinactment

We went to a civil war re-inactment this weekend. It was pretty good. I've definitely seen better ones though. No one started dying til about the last 2 minutes, and we are talking about around two hours of acting! No medics either. I understand once your dead you no longer play but let's be a little more realistic. Oh yeah, get this one of the Union Calvary Soldier actually SWITCHED SIDES near the end!!!! HA! Lol! What a traitor!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Our Pond

We spent the better part of the weekend cleaning up the pond area and Kevin built a little dock out of pallettes. Pretty cool huh. The kids have really, really been enjoying it. The pond is all of about 18 inches deep. Josh found that out the hard way, by falling out of the little dingy boat. Hee Hee. It's been fun but the snakes will be out soon, yikes!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Pond

Here's a picture of the pond across the pasture at our house.
See Garit up in that tree??

Saturday, March 21, 2009


Looking at the giraffes through the fence.
Josh texting ...

Friday, March 20, 2009

Miranda Square dancing

Miranda's school had a square dancing show.
It really looked FUN!!
She's the cutie-pie in the blue jeans, tan boots and dark brown hat!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Nathan harassing Miranda

Nathan harassing Miranda earned him a kiss - girl cutey style!!!