Thursday, May 28, 2009

Babelfish


I wanted to view another bloggers website today but it was written in spanish. I can not read fluent spanish, so I went to babelfish.com and had it translated. It was so much fun....I wrote a comment on there and had it translated from english to spanish. I know this is probably something everyone already knows, but I found it fun to be able to leave comments on someone elses site in their language. How well did it translate??? I don't know...I'll let you know if they write back angry with me :)

So, don't let a blog that is written in a language you don't know prevent you from browsing it and commenting on their site.

Chicks


I'm getting pretty excited in a little over a week I will have chicks hatch out. I bought an incubator a month or so ago and decided I would start raising my own chickens, instead of buying them from someone else. Mind you, the fact that it is $10.00 for a laying hen had a lot to do with this decision. Call me cheap or call me crazy, either way, I am about to have my first batch of eggs hatch out.

Raising chicks is alot of work and initially I did not want to do this. But, the cost of laying hens has become ridiculous. First, my husband has to build a chicken pen. Our old chick pen is not snake proof. Oh yes, we have talked about those pesky predators. The chirping of the chicks draw the snakes to their pen and those slithering snakes slide right through the holes of the cage and will devour a dozen chicks in no time at all. Thus, the need for a new and improved chick cage.

Second, you need to purchase chick starter feed. This feed is high in vitamins and minerals to help the chick grow. They eat ALOT and you need to make sure their food bowl is always full. In other words, no vacation time for me this summer.

Third, since they eat so much then obviously you have to clean the cage ALOT. This is the worst part. Chicks stink! So keeping their cage in a well ventilated area and out off the hot sun and weather is a necessity. All in all, raising chicks is worth it in the end. Nothing can compare to fresh organic farm eggs and organic chicken. Yes, we butcher all the roosters...but that is another blog. I do need to note, that is a task I do not like.

As for the excess chicks I raise, I will sell them. I'll have my own little poultry business selling my chickens for $10.00 a hen. If you can't beat them, join them.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

My daughters photography








My daughter has a talent for capturing natures beauty. I wanted to share these photos she took today...a nice rainy spring day. I hope they bring a smile to your face and peace to your heart.






Tuesday, May 26, 2009

American Tax Relief

I was talking with a friend of mine last weekend and she used a computer software program to do her taxes this year. She didn't understand the program well and ended up owing more then she probably should have. I told her I had come across American Tax Relief when I was looking up information on taxes this past tax season. I told her they can settle tax debt for a fraction of the debt. American Tax Relief offers many other services including, stopping wage garnishment; preventing bank levy, tax levy and property seizures; removing penalties, interest and tax liens.

I think my friend's biggest concern was being able to trust a company. When I explained some of American Tax Relief staff conducted seminars for some of the nations largest accounting firms and they offer an ongoing clientele support line, she felt a bit more relieved. If you are having the same type of problems you should really check out American Tax Relief online.

Amos Tamam

I find it interesting to read about people who have worked hard on building a business from the ground up. Amos Tamam has done just that. He trained as an electrical engineer at Tel Aviv University in Israel, then he came to the United States and began servicing taxis at a fleet garage in New York City. Now he is the CEO of Verifone Transportation Systems, Inc. Amos Tamam possessed ingenuity and a creativity to develope the processes and products to solve problems for fleet owners. Ultimately, the greatest invention was to provide the fleet owners the ability to process credit cards using wireless technology.

The company has a record of the passengers and if a passenger leaves something in the taxi, it can be returned. This was also a great benefit for the taxi companies and the people using taxis. It provides a receipt for the passenger and the convenience of not worrying about cash. Amos Tamam is a man of great ingenuity that we can all benefit from.

Harley SwiftDeer Reagan


I'm not sure if I have mentioned in any of my blogs my interest in medicinal herbs. I have a small garden of herbs that I use for teas, tinctures, oils and salves. I am always looking to learn more and have found that the Native American medicine men completely fascinating. I came across Harley SwiftDeer Reagan while doing some research. My interest was even more peeked when I learned he also leads the Ten-No-Kishi dojo in Scottsdale, AZ.

Harley SwiftDeer Reagan is the founder of Deer Tribe Metis Medicine Society. which provides training and guidance for apprentices working the process of personal growth and spiritual awakening. Thoughout his lifetime Harley SwiftDeer Reagan has studied with a number of teachers known as "Twisted Hairs". In 1975, Harley SwiftDeer Reagan was designated as one of the Carriers of the Shields of Knowledge of the Sweet Medicine SunDance path by the Twisted Hairs Metis Medicine Council of Elders.

YMT Vacations

My aunt needed me to help her find a vacation for her and her friends online. That is when I came across YMT Vacations. There were so many different types of vacations to choose from, I was like a child in a candy store! YMT Vacations specialize in mature adult travelers and group cruises.

My aunt was concerned about handling all the details of her vacation, but was reassured when I told her YMT Vacations would handle everything and has over 40 years of customer satisfaction. If any unexpected complications occur during the trip, YMT Vacations has a history of giving their customers a full refund. 50% of their clientel are repeat customers or referrals. With that said, my aunt was ready to make a phone call to book a vacation. I have to admit after seeing the pictures on their web site of their vacations, it made me want to book a cruise myself. I guess I will have to wait a few more years.





K-Designers

While doing some research on home remodeling for my husband I came across K-Designers again. They are ranked in the top ten remodeling firms in the nation for 10 years running. They have to be doing something right. So I did a little more digging and found out that they have 11 locations across the United States. The company was founded by Larry and Lee Judson in 1978. K-Designers has grown from 2 employee to over 1000.

K-Designers successful company comes from their fine quality products. They also offer the customers product and labor warranties that exceed the industries standards. They are also fully licensed and insured. With over 30 years of experience and over 100,000 satisfied customers, you can't go wrong using K-Designers for your next home remodeling job.

Brad Scott

I have spent the afternoon watching a DVD series by Brad Scott. I normally get bored watching someone teach on a video, but Brad has a wonderful way of capturing your attention and speaking "to you, not at you". He is humorous and light hearted and makes the Bible come alive.

On his website, Wildbranch Ministries he has a section for a Hebrew word of the week. It's been fun to follow these words and understand the meaning. No matter what your religious background is, Brad Scott helps you understand the meaning of the Bible in the language that it was written.

If you get the opportunity stop by his web site. You might find sometihng of interest there.






Monday, May 25, 2009

Off to WORK the stay at home mom says....

Today I get to go to work with my husband. He co-owns a construction/remodeling company and needs an extra pair of hands. That's about all I have to offer....did I mention I know NOTHING about construction!! SO my to go coffee cup is full and I am ready to experience my husbands work day. I have a feeling I will appreciate him MORE when my old aching body gets home tonight.

Maybe tomorrow, we can try him doing a load a laundry and fixing dinner....wonder if he'll appreciate me as much as I will appreciate him???

HI - HOO HI-HOO, it's off to work I go....


Sunday, May 24, 2009

Honeysuckle


For years I have dreamed of having an arbor with honeysuckle bushes growing over it. After several years of training the branches, I have finally accomplished it. This weekend they finally bloomed this season. They smell so wonderful! You have to walk under the arbor to walk up to our front door. It so beautiful, it will make you forget your troubles. Even though you all can not smell my honeysuckle bushes, I am going to share the picture of them with you. I hope you enjoy the beauty of them and they put a smile on your face.


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Santuary of Marriage

While reading the morning local news, I came across an interesting story. A man that had come back from the Iraq war did not go home to his wife and 5 children. He met and married another woman. The first wife found out about his marriage when her mother saw him getting married on a Valentine's day wedding special. The first wife then proceeded with filing bigamy charges against her husband. Sadly enough, this isn't the weirdest part of the story. The criminal charges against her husband were dropped. His attorney claims that the husband has post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) and did not think he was married. Let me explain that statement for you. His first wife and he were in the process of getting a divorce, but decided to work things out for the kids. The husband claims his PTSD did not allow him to remember the "reconciliation" part, therefore he went on with his life. At this time, the man is married to two women until one of them files for divorce.

I have mentioned in my other blogs how disappointing our society has become. The "throw away" mentality is destroying our lives. In our marriage vows we make a covenant agreement before our heavenly Father. That part in the marriage ceremony when you repeat what the person performing the marriage says and then say "I do". That would be the vow! I believe the statements where you agree to the " better or worse , in sickness and in health, in richer and poorer"are the parts of the vow people forget.

I've been married 23 yrs, and trust me when I say we have had the worse, poorer and sickness part in our marriage. Those things just don't seem to matter, because you know that there will be the better, richer and health part. If it wasn't for the hard times we wouldn't appreciate the good times. Marriage is work and you have to put into it what you want out of it. It's about serving another person before yourself. It's not what can you do for me, it's what can I do for you. Where did our idealogy change? When will we come back to a foundation?

We are raising up another generation with the "throw away" mentality. At some point we need to realize we are responsible for the moral destruction of our society and go back to the ways of old. When your word meant something. So next time you speak, remember someone might hold you accountable for what you say.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Snakes

This year seems to be a good year for the snakes. We live in the country and you expect to encounter a few slithering creatures now and again, but this year it's insane how many we have come across. Mind you, I don't have any real big issues with the hissing legless reptiles. They can actually be useful in extinguishing the rodent population around the farm. It's when I find them in the chicken coop with the guilty evidence of an egg swollen in their belly that tend to irritate me. The dear snake is then a dead snake on our property....we don't put up with any thief'n.

Then there is the not so friendly copperhead snake that coils up in the unsuspecting places ready to sink its fangs in to its next victim. That there snake is a dead'n too. You may be wondering how I get rid of those varmints. You see, I gave heir to "Annie Oakley". She's my snake killer. I rustle down the snake and she takes aim. We make a great team, so far we have eliminated 4 unworthy repitles.

The spring has only begun and we haven't even touched summer. I'll keep you posted on the adventures of the snake executioners.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Morning cup of coffee

I woke up yesterday and had difficulty speaking. My words were coming out backwards, my tongue was replacing words with others my mind was wanting to use. My dear husband thought I was just trying to talk to fast, so he would encourage me to slow my speech down. I felt like I was a character in a Dr. Seuss book. After a few frustrating conversations I realized what was causing my dilemma.....I had not had my morning cup of coffee.

Now you may wonder, how can a simple cup of java cause such a minor crisis. That was my question as well. So I began researching the effect of caffeine on the brain. One of the web sites I went to summed the information up nicely. Caffeine binds the adenosine receptors in your brain, these are the ones that make you drowsy. Then your neurons become more active telling your pituitary gland to release more adrenaline. This then causes a faster heart beat, your breathing tubes to open up, a release of sugar from your liver into your blood stream, an increase of blood flow to your muscles and a tightening of your muscles. In other words, it's like an electric jolt to your system....wah-la your awake!

I have thought in the past that I should maybe give up coffee. After yesterday morning and my research there is a good possiblity that people would not be able to understand me. So for the sake of others I will continue my morning ritual, drinking a cup of java before interacting with the world.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Gifts

I look around and and see so many people are truly gifted. Some may have the gift of speech while others may have the gift of creativity. Finding your gift and using it to it's fullest is a big job. You may want to share your gift freely or you may chose to make a living with your gift. Most importantly, use your gift to bless others. My daughter writes poetry, she often writes about experiences she has or about someone she loves. When she shares her gift she brightens the lives of others. My husband and sons are carpenters they earn a living with their gift. With integrity and quality minded craftsmanship they have gifted others in their skill. Seek your gift and share it with others, you will bless them and yourself. I'll leave you with a the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Good thoughts are no better then good dreams, unless they be executed". So go out and execute your gifts.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Work from Home

It's been 14 years since I have worked outside of the home. I say "outside" of the home, because I work very hard AT home. Working women have a double load on their shoulders. They manage a home and manage a job outside the home. They are spread so thin, at times they do not know if they are coming or going. When I became a full time stay at home mom, you can't imagine the weight that had been lifted off my shoulders. My stress level dropped to almost nothing. I had a lighter bounce to my step and more patience for my loved ones. I know many women who manage well, I didn't.

I think the hardest part was getting use to not having adult conversations on a regular basis. We moved to the country at the same time, so there were a few adjustments. After getting involved in social groups that involved the children I became accustom to the stay at home life.

Well, the kids are grown and now I am seeking work from home. Filling out applications has been interesting. They ask for previous employers and I don't think my husband counts as an employer. You may laugh, but how to put managing a house of five, coordinating social events, meal planning and preparation, housecleaning and laundry under previous employment? You can't even imagine, they want professionals to do telemarketing. If I can sell brussel sprouts to a five year old, trust me I can sell you anything.

If anyone out there figures out how to get companies to hire women how have an empty resume, let me know. I'm open for ideas!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Flowers - Mothers Day

Have I ever mentioned what a procrastinator I am? Well, now you all know. I have managed to put off ordering my Mothers Day Flowers for my mom. With Mothers Day coming up this Sunday...I finally placed my order with 1800flowers.com. Thankfully they have same day service on their delivery. I selected the pink rose and calla lily bouquet for my mom. I absolutely love calla lilies, they are my favorite flower and my moms is the pink rose.

I will have to admit, it was very difficult to choose from the 1800flowers.com large selection of flowers and gifts. They have a unique variety of bouquets for any type of mom. It was easy to move around on their web site too and with great prices. I am looking forward to seeing my moms expression when she receives her flowers.