Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Jes walkin' along, mindin' my own bizness

Yep, I'm doin' my best Sarah Palin.  The more I hear of her the more I like her.  She's a down-to-earth woman who is learning, learning, learning.  I hope that America gives her and McCain a chance to show what they can do.

Now, on a different subject.  Yesterday I took a walk here in Fairfield, CA and I'm so much slower than I used to be.  My only knees protest at every step and the 12 minute mile I used to be able to walk has turned in to a 15 minute half-mile.  

One thing I really like while walking along the sidewalk is how the city keeps all the bushes and trees trimmed off along the sidewalk.  Everything is cut of evenly so that nothing protrudes out over the sidewalk to impede your walking.  I wish that my city in Oregon would enforce the policy they have whereby the property owners are supposed to keep the sidewalk area cleared.  Too often we have to step out into the street to avoid trees and bushes.  So, thanks Fairfield City Crews for keeping things cleared off for the walkers.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Number 101

This is my 101st post. I've blogged my way through Botswana, across the USA, and in Namibia. I've expressed my views on politcal and religious beliefs. I've shared about my battle with weight, my family and the lady who thought I wasn't going to stop at the stop sign. I've had mostly good comments although one person told me I was wrong to feel the way I feel about who should be the next President of the United States of America.

I am very concerned that our nation is quickly becoming Socialist--expecting the government to do everything for us from birth to death. God help us is my prayer.

Credit cards....stop using them unless you can pay it off EVERY month. It took me awhile to learn that lesson but I have found it is an excellent way to live--debt free.

House...don't buy a house that you can't afford to make the monthly payments. That is the cause of the foreclosure problem going on here in the USA.

Live within your means is a good motto to live by.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Four Letter Words or Five Letter Words or a Nine Letter Word

I admit I don't understand the need to use crude language.  There are so many other words to use.  I've already had to take one friend off of Facebook because other people posted on his/her site with bad language.  I hope I don't have to do that anymore.

Last night we saw the movie Fireproof and I totally recommend it.  Only one professional actor, Kirk Cameron, is in the movie--everyone else is an amateur.  It has much to say to every family.  I think anyone who watches it could pick something out and say "that is just the way it is in my family."  I know it affected me that way in several areas.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Margaret Wetterling has voted

Oregon has gone to mail ballots only making the day of the clerk announcing, "Margaret Wetterling has voted" to be a thing of the past.  I prepared my ballot yesterday evening and tomorrow I'll either mail it in or drive to the library and drop it in the ballot box there.  No one will announce one may even notice.  But I'll know that I have done my civic duty and voted for the presidential candidate of my choice (see below to see who that is) and for the various senators, congressmen, Oregon state measures and local city council representatives.  My friend, Joe, is on the ballot.  Yep, the same ballot as the candidates for President of the United States of America.  We live in a great country!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Working Out

It's all about the moving and moving and moving.  This is a picture of me in Windhoek, Namibia at Curves.  I exercise regularly at the Curves in Hermiston, Oregon.  Is it doing me any good?  I hope so.  I may not be seeing huge losses pounds wise, but it is good for me in staying limber.  Women of all ages exercise there.  Sometimes I think about quitting but I know that it is a good thing for me to do.  Gotta keep moving and moving and moving.

Saturday, October 11, 2008


I believe that I have the right to support for President whomever I wish.  I believe that YOU have the right to support for President whomever YOU wish.  I believe that I have the right to say so on my blog or in person.  I believe that YOU have the right to say so on YOUR blog or in person.

I don't think I have the right to tell you that you are wrong.  I don't believe that you have the right to tell me that I am wrong.  We have the feelings we do for various reasons.  My reasons are not wrong and your reasons are not wrong.  This is the United States of America where both you and I are FREE to say what we want (within reason--no shouting "Fire" in a crowded theater unless there really is a fire.)  And we are FREE to worship the way we please--the government does not have a state-sponsored church we have to attend.  And we are FREE to vote from our heart. Whoever wins this election will be my President and I will have respect for him.

My husband's cousin, Liz, took a video of Sarah Palin at a rally and how she handled a heckler. Liz posted this to You Tube.  It got picked up on the Drudge Report and bodabing bodaboom over 41,000 people have seen it.  Unfortunately, other people claimed it was their video and actually made money off of it.  Now tell that fair or honest????

Friday, October 10, 2008

Who will win?

I'll admit it...I'm just a tad bit scared.  I'm scared of what will happen if McCain is not elected.  I'm scared that the time will come when we'll lose our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to bear arms, etc.

I know there has been a lot of stuff out there about Obama that ISN'T true, but there is also a lot of truth being told.  McCain doesn't have a stellar past either and that has been brought up also.  One thing I have admired about McCain is that he admitted his errors.  He admitted he was not faithful to his wife when he returned from Vietnam.  I have yet to hear Obama admit to any of his past mistakes. (Perhaps he has and I just haven't heard it.)

The Bible tells me "that he who is without sin should cast the first stone."  I'm not without sin, I admit that.  But when I asked Jesus into my heart to be my Savior and Lord I have someone to go to and ask forgiveness when I do sin.

If you read this and you're feeling a little scared, please vote for McCain.  And for peace of mind and heart, ask Jesus to be your Savior.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

A little brag about my kids

Larisa, who is 35, and her husband Paul have 2 children of their own and have over the past few years taken in foster children.  Just yesterday 2 siblings were brought to their home, a 5 month old and a 2 year old.  I don't know how long they will be there.  Thankfully, Paul has a great job which allows Larisa to be a stay-at-home mom.  

Nolan, who is 32, and his wife Maryanne have 3 children.  They are also fortunate that Nolan has a job which allows Maryanne to be a stay-at-home mom.  To earn extra money Nolan mows lawns on the weekend.  Maryanne is homeschooling their oldest daughter who is in kindergarten.

I am proud of my children and how they are parenting their children.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A New Marine is being birthed

As I write, my nephew Spencer is in The Crucible.  He is at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego in his last week of boot camp.  The Crucible is 55 hours of intense training,  where you absolutely must depend upon your fellow Marines.  In these 55 hours each Marine is given food for 2.5 meals.  In honor of what he is going through my sister, Spencer's mom, is only having 1 meal a day.  I'm very proud of the choice Spencer made to join the military.  He knew that college was not for him and so he chose this direction.  He has really loved boot camp and this 18 year old kid will come out an 18 year old man.  Semper Fi

My other nephew, Cleighton, is in the Navy and is serving on the USS Ronald Reagan--somewhere out in the ocean.  While this may sound exciting, it isn't.  It isn't like being on a cruise ship.  But what they are doing is important.  Cleighton has his watch times, like the other sailors, always being observant for what is out there.

God bless the USA.

Whinin' about the Wind

Today I worked at my former work place as a substitute for 4 hours.  I helped some third graders with writing sentences using subjects and predicates and how they must match.  It seems to be a difficult concept to comprehend for children, especially when they don't read what they've written out loud.  When I read the sentences to them they could hear what was wrong and what needed to be changed.  I enjoyed that time period of learning.  Why, oh why, oh why didn't I stay in college and become the teacher I was planning to be!!!

About the wind?  The person I subbed for has playground duty with the first graders.  It is not a difficult time--just walking around, talking to kids, making sure they don't hurt themselves or someone else.  But today in Eastern Oregon it is terribly windy.  Back in the "old days" when I first worked at the school and had playground duty every day, I wore contact lenses.  I was always having to pop in to a nearby classroom and work to get the grit out of my eyes.  Now I'm back to glasses and the wind was no problem.

The wind is probably my least favorite thing about living in Eastern Oregon.

Go McCain/Palin!!  

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Died in the Wool Conservative Republic

Yeah, that's me.  Originally I was a Republican because my parents were so I didn't know any difference.  Now I pretty much know why I'm a Republican...because I'm a conservative.  I did tell a fund raiser on the phone one day that if they called me again asking for money I was going to become an Independent.

Yeah, I'm going to vote for McCain/Palin.  I was very pleased at how Gov. Palin handled the debate this evening.  She may not have been perfect, but she is very new to the national scene.

Yeah, I'll be glad when the election is over because shortly after that we get to go to Texas to see our beautiful granddaughters.