Is your family disaster ready?

Uncategorized, prepping, for the future, Nonfiction

The warning sirens just went off in Madison. Now today was a drill but I had to look it up to be sure because I knew it was at 11am and knew it was Wednesdays but I always think it’s the first Wednesday but nope it’s the second Wednesday at 11am. So no real threat today. Whew!

But then I realized—as a parent or grandparent, aunt or uncle, etc.–what would you do if the sirens had gone off and it wasn’t a drill? Do you know where the school would take your loved ones for you to pick up? Do you have a full tank of gas–right now? Do you have anything prepared so that you could jump into your car and take off from home and be prepared to not come back for several days, or a week or more? What’s the plan for your pets if you have to leave? Does your extended family have a planned meeting place that everyone knows about? What is the plan if someone doesn’t arrive? I’d be curious to know how many of us are ready for a real disaster?

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Co-Parenting is Tough Stuff

parenting, Relationships, Uncategorized, Your Ex

If you’re a single parent, whether divorced or never married, you will find yourself dealing with a myriad of issues that weren’t part of your dream of having children.

On top of implementing new routines and schedules to fit your new family dynamics, you still have to go to work everyday, get the kids to/from school, and handle running the household without assistance from your former partner.

In addition to all those daily changes, you are also dealing with other issues like paternity tests, divorce paperwork, child support, visitation schedules, missed visit disappointment, along with issues that either of you finding new partners brings for everyone. The list seems to go on forever.

As soon as you feel you may have resolved or conquered one issue, the next one rears its ugly head and the roller coaster begins again. But for the sake of your children and their emotional well-being, life must go on. And it is ultimately up to the adults to make sure that happens when there are minor children involved.

Children from single parent families need reassurance that things will be okay and they need some kind of stability above all else to heal. So how do you achieve stability for your child in a way that acknowledges and sustains the bond children should have with both of their parents and doesn’t compromise your dignity?

Co-parenting is made more difficult if you are dealing with a former spouse or partner who isn’t willing/able to remain in their child’s life on a daily or at least a regular basis. Trying to co-parent effectively can be fraught with emotional wounds between the parents that still need to heal. So how do you make sure that the emotional wounds or possibly unpredictable actions of the other parent don’t interfere with what’s best for your children?

Control, Communication, and Compromise are the three C’s that will help you get through whatever issues you have to deal with from the point of your single status forward. Control your emotions, communicate the needs of your children, and compromise with the other parent to make sure their needs are met.

It’s a tough journey, it takes maturity, and it requires the ability to put your pride and ego in the backseat. You must do your best to give respect while requiring it from the other parent as well. You won’t always do it perfectly and there will be times when your resentment and anger get the best of you.

How do reassure your children that things will be okay when you really aren’t even sure yourself what’s ahead of you?

Have confidence in your ability to provide a life for your children no matter what happens. If you commit to doing whatever it takes to make sure that things are “okay”, then you can confidently project that aura to your children. It’s okay for them to see you frustrated, angry, confused, or sad. The key is to make sure that you role model for your children the appropriate way to deal with and resolve those feelings.

Just as children are different from one another, relationships between parents who have separated, can really vary. What might be an issue for you and your former partner could be a total non-issue for another divorcing couple. While there could be no one set of instructions as to how to co-parent perfectly with your former spouse or partner, there are some basic rules to follow.

  • Do not bash your child’s other parent. It’s okay to vent your feelings of frustration or anger to another adult. It’s especially crucial to avoid doing this in front of the children.
  • It becomes very important to separate your emotions and relationship with your former partner from the relationship between the children and their other parent. You may need to seek therapy or counseling to identify and separate these emotions and issues so you can make decisions solely based on what’s best for your child’s needs at the time.
  • Although it’s natural to want to shield your child from disappointments and you want to avoid speaking negatively about your ex, sometimes it’s better to just give honest answers (without blaming the other parent) so children can begin to accept what’s happening and start the healing process also.

Here’s a great co-parenting guide with some more helpful information>>>>https://www.custodyxchange.com/guides/co-parenting/

An Appeal from One Woman to Another-Be the Voice of Reason!

civil rights, parenting, politics

As a woman, a mother, stepmom, and a grandmother I would like to appeal to all women everywhere. It’s time that each of us step up as the voice of reason within our own families and circle of friends. Our husbands, boyfriends, brothers, nephews, our sons and stepsons, grandsons, and great grandsons are killing and are being killed in alarming numbers.

There is fault on all sides and I’m not going to debate that here.

I’m appealing to each and every woman in America, and all over the world to step forward and be the change I know that each of you want to see in our world.

There is no longer a reason to fear the war overseas for the war has already begun and it’s right in our own neighborhoods. If you want to help ensure that your loved ones regardless of their skin color, sexual orientation, or political affiliation come home safely, there is one thing you can do that will make a difference if we ALL STAND TOGETHER.

Talk to your family! Sit down with your family, those people who are dear to you, the people you love so completely, the children and friends that you would cry for if they were to be caught up and killed in this war that has begun in our country.

Talk to them about the importance of forgiveness, love, and peace. Talk to them about why it’s so important to you that they choose to turn the other cheek when situations arise in this world that give rise to anger and hatred. This is not to say there are not people in this world who already advocate peace because of course there are. But as women we know that many of us, many of our family and friends are quick to anger, quick to step up to defend and protect, quick to spread hate and gossip rather than “talk”.

It is way past TIME my human sisters. The turning point is here for our country. The point where we will either continue to spread hatred and condone killing based on fear and anger or we will say enough is enough.

We as women must stand together as wives, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, nieces, sisters. We must stand together and encourage, nay we must plead on hands and knees if need be, for our families, and especially our men and sons to stand with us AGAINST all of the violence and hatred that is threatening to consume this world.

We cannot begin to make change in our neighborhoods or the world until we make changes in our own families.

We as women have stood united in the past and won on many fronts. I beg of you my human sisters, be the peacemakers and the voice of reason within your own family and friends. If we stand united in just this ONE TASK, We can reach everyone and turn the tide to save the lives of our loved ones.

Mark Zuckerberg, I’m happy for you. I’m sad for our nation’s families.

parenting, Uncategorized

I think it’s great Facebook is so generous to its employees, I really do. But this hits a nerve for me and I’m sure for many others.

For most Americans who live in the real world and yes, that means they live paycheck to paycheck, maternity leave is NOT something pleasant or a time of joy. It means a missed paycheck, maybe more than one. It means lean times all the way around as you figure out how to pay bills and rent and finance things a new baby needs or your recovering body needs, on even LESS income than you had before.

I’ve raised four children alone. There was no “PAID” time off available for any of them. In some cases I wasn’t even sure I would still have a job when my body recovered and I returned. I worked up until the day I went into labor with all of them, except my 4th because extreme stress took it’s toll and landed me in the hospital and then on doctor ordered bed rest 3 weeks before she arrived.

I can’t even tell you the financial burden that incurred–because again–no PAID time off. With all but my first child (I was 18), I was back to work in 2 weeks or less because I couldn’t “afford” to stay home. Not to mention the pain and guilt involved with having to leave your newborn all day, five days a week, in the care of someone other than you. And the added guilt of knowing they will basically be raised in daycare because if you don’t go to work all day, every day, then there is no money for anything let alone all those things that as a mother you want your child to have and experience. You come to dread basketball signup sheets, fundraiser packets, picture day, field trips, all of it because it just means MORE money that you have to figure out how to come up with from somewhere, someway, somehow. And most can’t count on child support to help at all because unless they were impregnated by someone in the 1%, it’s virtually impossible to receive it on a regular basis, without the help of an attorney, which you can’t afford. If you do get receive it, it’s a drop in the bucket compared to the expense of raising children and comes very sporadically or coupled with an ex who is angry about giving you money and so thinks they can complain about how much they pay to everyone they know and/or question you about where “their child support” goes.

So I think it’s great Mr. Zuckerberg and his wife have the luxury to stay home with their newborn. Their child is extremely lucky. I think it’s great that they have such a great plan available for their employees because those children will benefit greatly.

I think it’s just extremely sad that we allow so many other companies to get away without providing such a needed benefit….we know it makes better families, we know it makes better employees, we know that leads to happier communities and yet—I don’t see any boycotts of companies that don’t give their employees PAID maternity or paternity leave.

We have more families than ever breaking apart early in a child’s life. We have fathers killing their children and/or the mothers. We have mothers killing children. We have children killing each other and children killing themselves.

And yet we just shake our heads, post how sorry we are or how tragic it is.

Or worse, we take the easy way out, and we blame the parents when issues in families become overwhelming. When the continuous rat race becomes unbearable. When parents and their attention deprived children just suddenly snap and make news headlines. That’s when we care but only until the next one comes along.

So WHEN are we as a society and a nation going to insist that employers recognize the importance and value of spending quality time with our families? I think we’ve failed as a country hugely in this regard.

I think I’ll be doing some research about companies without such liberal PAID parental leave policies.

When I have the list, I’ll pass it along. You can decide for yourself whether to stand aside or stand up for families!

In a post to his millions of followers, Mark Zuckerberg announces his plan to take two months of paternal leave after his baby is born.
SCARYMOMMY.COM

After Demanding Voter ID Laws, Alabama Republicans Close DMVs In ALL Black Counties | Occupy Democrats

civil rights, politics, prepping

The state of Alabama announced that it will no longer be issuing drivers licenses in predominately African American counties. This is extremely problematic because Alabama now requires a photo ID to vote. By making it impossible to receive a driver’s license in counties where 75% of registered voters are black, they eliminate the black vote […]

Source: After Demanding Voter ID Laws, Alabama Republicans Close DMVs In ALL Black Counties | Occupy Democrats

 

Pay attention folks!  We cannot allow this to happen in Alabama or any other state in this country!!  I just read this today. I’m floored actually. I will be researching to find out how much truth there is to this article. But if it’s accurate?  Our country is headed for a world of trouble!

52 Week Money Saving Challenge

52 Week Money Saving Challenge, Money, saving money

If you’re anything like me, saving money is a challenge in itself. It’s been a pretty rough year and there never seems to be enough money to save. I can remember a time, several decades ago, when my oldest children were little and I said to a friend, “If I could just make more money, life would be great.” But recently I’ve decided it’s not about how much you make, it’s about what you do with it.

So this year I’m determined to save money!  I’m going to follow the 52 Week Money Saving Challenge and see if I can save all year. The basic premise is to save $1 for each week in the year. So for example, this week, the first week of the year, I would save $1. And next week, the second week of the year, I would add $2 to my savings, the 10th week, I add another $10. By the last week in 2016, I should add $52 into my savings to bring my total saved for the year to $1,378. Not bad, huh?

I figure $1.00 this week is about .14 cents per day over the seven days. I can find that much in the cushions of my couch or the bottom of my purse. Or maybe the ashtray in my car. So I’ve got this week’s $1 in the bag so to speak.

Stay tuned to find out how I do with this challenge. Let me know below how you rate yourself when it comes to saving money and what you are saving for currently.

If you’d like to take this challenge with me and my friends and family, find me on Facebook and send me a message. I’ve started a Facebook group, called the 52 Week Money Saving Challenge, so we can hold one another accountable. I’d be happy to have you along for the journey.

Is your family disaster ready?

postaday2011, prepping

The warning sirens went off one day last year in my hometown. My first thought–oh nevermind it’s Wednesday.  I knew the regular siren testing was at 11am and knew it was Wednesdays. But wait…it was the 9th–but now to be sure I have to look at the calendar.

Then I have to check the county emergency website just to confirm the schedule. I always think the testing is the first Wednesday but nope it’s the second Wednesday at 11am.  So no real threat that day. Whew!

But suddenly I realized—as a parent or grandparent, aunt or uncle, etc.–what would you do if the sirens had gone off and it wasn’t a drill? It took me at least ten minutes to check to confirm it was a drill–would I want to waste those precious minutes if it had not been a drill?

Do you know without a doubt what the testing schedule is for your community?

Do you know where the school would take your loved ones for you to pick up?

Do you have a full tank of gas so you could get to them without needing to stop at a crowded gas station–right now?

Do you have anything prepared so that you could jump into your car and take off from home and be prepared to not come back at all for several days, or a week or more?

What’s the plan for your pets if you have to leave?

Does your immediate and extended family have a planned meeting place that everyone knows about?

What is the plan if someone doesn’t arrive? I’d be curious to know how many of us are ready for a real disaster?

#104 Me Today versus Me Ten Years Ago

Finding Self, postaday2011

In a verbal debate between me ten years earlier and me today, I’d definitely have to say that the older version of me would win.  There is something to be said for experience in that it brings a wisdom that can’t often be gained other than by living those extra years.  I think the two versions of me would be about evenly matched in a game of chess or any other mental challenge.

Now if the competition is a physical one, the younger version of me would definitely have the advantage.  I’ve not kept up like I should as some people tend to do as they age.  So the 5K run competition would definitely go to the younger version of me. And the older version of me would most likely volunteer to stay at camp and get the food cooking while the younger version hit the trails or hiked the mountain.  Hey someone has got to cook!

I think another area where the older version of me would win out would have to be in business, especially when it comes to marketing and social media and the confidence level that it takes to be an entrepreneur.  I definitely have more of that ability than I had ten years ago.  And the thing I’ve learned or at least have been reminded of lately gives the older me a great advantage. Sometimes the only difference between those who are successful and those that want to be successful is having the confidence to take action and be persistent.

What about you?

#103 If I Were President for a Day

politics, postaday2011

This probably won’t be a popular post with a lot of folks but here goes.  If I were President of the United States for a day, I would make some changes that would redistribute the wealth throughout the country.

I mean think about it.  Do we really need to have people paying $500 for a pair of shoes to match their outfit that in all likelihood they will wear one time because they have three dozen other pairs of shoes to choose from?  Trust me there are people who pay $40 or less for a pair of shoes and have to wear the same pair every single day and they get by just fine.

Does anyone need to pay $3,000 for a sweater or a dress that you’re going to wear once or twice in your lifetime?  Are there really manufacturers who need to make that much profit on a sweater that cost them less than $50 to make?  Can you think of a better way to spend some of that money?  I know I can.

Do sports figures really need to drive 200,000 cars when a 40,000 car will get them around just as well?  Does anyone really need to have more cars than they can drive on a regular basis?

Do our pets really need to have their own closet full of outfits made to order?  There really are people who buy special made outfits for their dogs when they know that there are children in our country that often go to school without boots or a coat in the winter time.

I’m not saying that the wealthy cannot be wealthy or that they shouldn’t reap the rewards of their hard work, I just think that there are plenty of people who put in a hard day of work every day, 365 days a year without fail for very little in return.  Hard working people should be adequately compensated, period.

If that means we raise the minimum wage then we need to do it.  People with the motivation and drive to get up every morning and go to work should not have to come home at night and worry about whether their electric was shut off that day because the bill was past due.  There are people who get up every day and to work for sometimes ten or twelve hours a day and still don’t have enough to pay basic bills.  I’m talking food, heat, electricity, not extra things like internet, cable tv or cell phone.

Parents should not have to send their children to school in shoes or boots that are too big or too small because all they can afford is hand me downs. Parents should not have to choose between buying tampons or buying diapers because they only have enough left after paying bills to get one or the other.  And before you brush this off as unrealistic, I can tell you that there are many, many people who make these kinds of decisions every day.

I came across a group of three kids in the grocery store one time, the oldest was probably seventeen or so.  They had a list obviously from their mom and they were trying to decided between buying I think it was peanut butter and cheese because they didn’t have enough money for both things.  In that instance I gave them $10 out of my pocket and told them to get both. Children raised in households where there is barely enough food to get by….hmm I wonder what the long-term effects of that would be on society?

C’mon America.  Don’t be fooled by the media.  Are there some folks who milk the system, yes.  But the majority of people on welfare are working every day and still not making enough to get by.  Think for yourself.  Open your eyes and look around.  Those of you who have more than you need, you know who you are.  Find a worthy cause in your area that you can donate to if you aren’t doing it already.

Do we live in the land of the free and the brave?  Because I can tell you that for many people, including many of our veterans that risked their lives to protect that freedom, it is the land of the poor and hungry.  Veterans are living homeless on the streets in many cities.  Why?  Because the stress and trauma of serving their country was overwhelming, their minds snapped under the pressures, and they returned home to little if any resources.  Trust me I’ve worked with these guys.  They served our country and were discharged some dishonorably but most honorably and there was nowhere for them to go. Resources through VA facilities have long delays, are difficult to access, and care is half-hearted and uncoordinated.

This country is capable of amazing feats of goodwill as demonstrated by the fundraising and support that took place after 9-11.

Since I’m not yet President of the United States, my challenge to you today is to find a worthy cause, anything that you determine is worthy of your help and make a commitment to help in whatever way you can.

Whether you help one family in your neighborhood or choose to go through a non-profit agency or other organization, do your part and pay it forward in whatever way you can.

Let’s work together to make this a world that our children and their children will be proud to call their home.

#102 Top Ten Fav Things to Do

Just for Fun, postaday2011

Here’s a great topic, my top ten favorite things to do that I haven’t done in a year.

1.  Go Camping, complete with bonfire and cold beer!

2.  All Day cookout/get together with my extended family

3.  Line Dancing at Jewels

4.  Read a book cover to cover without stopping

5.  Dance in the rain with the kids

6.  Horseback Riding

7.  Backyard Bonfire

8.  Water skiing

9.  Sit on the back steps and smell grapes from the vineyard next door

10. Downhill Skiing

#101 Invisible for a day

politics, postaday2011

Short post tonight because I’m already tired, it’s been a long day.

If I could go invisible for a day, I’d probably head to Washington D.C. and sit in on some political sessions to find out what really goes on behind closed doors when the politicians think no one is watching.

Wouldn’t you really like to know what kind of deals are being made based on who owes who for what?  I would.  If it’s anything like how the court systems operate, it’s no wonder we’re all in trouble.

Then I’d probably follow each of my kids around just to see what they really do when they think I’m not looking.

I’m pretty sure the youngest ones jump on the bed on a daily basis when they think I’m not looking.

It would be nice to bust each of them on a couple of things and prove that mama really does have eyes everywhere and know all!

What would you do?

#100 I can live without electronics, Riiiiight

for the present, postaday2011, prepping, technology in the home, Uncategorized

My phone, laptop, Ipad, tab and desktop are dead, which would I miss the most?  If this had been yesterday’s topic I would have told you that I could live without all of those things fairly easily.  But as luck would have it, this morning reality hit.

My desktop was infected with the Windows Recovery virus and I completely lost my mind as I realized that my data files were not only at risk but being wiped out systematically.  Now mind you folks, I teach computer skills and anyone that has been a client of mine will tell you that the very first thing I always tell them is backup, backup, backup your files.  So you would think that the teacher would follow that rule, right?

Wrong.  I’ve been swamped lately and I probably haven’t completely backed up in about four months.  Sure I moved some stuff to a new Drop Box account and I have some previous versions of my book on a flash drive but nothing complete.

And this morning, disaster struck.  I watched as my data files disappeared and the alerts popped up saying critical data error and damaged data sectors detected, etc.  And then suddenly I realized that the logo on the Windows Recovery message wasn’t actually a Windows logo at all.  It looked very similar, same color scheme and all the warnings certainly looked official, but it wasn’t their logo.  Ahh my computer mind kicked in, a virus and I needed to stop it and fast.  I launched my Malware Bytes Anti-Malware program but it derailed.  I closed it and launched again.  While it ran, I called the one person I knew could fix it but got no answer.

It was up to little old me.  So through my tears over my missing data files, I grabbed my daughter’s laptop and did a quick search.  I tried not to think about all the photos, my novel in progress, my project files disappearing.  I found instructions for removing the virus.  It seemed doable.  I downloaded RKill which by the way is my new favorite program.  The pop ups and critical error messages stopped!  Malware Bytes was able to complete.  I ran a full scan after that.  Virus successfully removed.  I could breathe again.  But my data folders were still empty.

I went back to the instructions and read further, the virus hides your files and they can be unhidden.  There was a glimmer of hope.  But would it work?  I held my breath and watched for several minutes as the program ran on that eerie black screen.  And then the message that my files should now be visible.  I checked and they were there!  I checked again just to be sure it was real.  And then I actually cheered out loud.

Tonight I’m backing up my files.  So….I guess the answer to that question is I can make it through the day without my electronics, I’d probably miss my phone and laptop the least.  But my desktop data files, now those I’ve got to have!

So just a word of warning, watch for the Windows Recovery virus and don’t click okay on something just because it says Windows.  I imagine it would have been a lot worse for me if I had clicked okay to anything.  Always double-check the logo to make certain that it is actually legit.

Are your files backed up? 🙂

#99 Danara’s Destiny-Prologue

Fiction, postaday2011

Lorisal

 Danara’s Destiny

Prologue

A silver-haired Elven man, more than eight decades old, stormed into the tower room without bothering to shut the door behind him.  Spotting the human wizard, bent over a work table on the far side of the room, he strode toward him. “Akuji!  It’s started again!  He waved his arms as he reached Akuji’s side. “Your brother’s mutated minions are raiding and killing entire villages now.”  Akuji remained bent over his work table as if he hadn’t heard a word.  “How can you just sit by and do nothing?”  The Elven spun Akuji around by the arm. “It’s worse than before, Akuji.  I can’t do this alone. I need your help”, he pleaded.  When the wizard didn’t respond, the Elven grabbed him by the shoulders and shook him.  Akuji just stared as if he could see right through him.  Frustrated the Elven threw up his hands and began pacing.  “Xorn has gone mad.” He declared.

“I have to bring her back, Lorisal” As Akuji spoke, Lorisal glanced at him.  The wizard looked different, more tired and beaten than when he’d last seen him almost a year ago.  His normally tanned skin looked pasty as if it hadn’t seen sunlight in months.  Lorisal studied him further.  His robes were dirty and threadbare.  Lorisal scanned the tower room and realized it was also a neglected mess.  Ingredients lay everywhere.  Not tagged and stored as usual.  He swung his eyes back to Akuji who had bent once more over his work table.

“So that’s it then?  Lorisal asked him.  “You’re going to stay locked up in your tower while your brother kills and mutates entire villages of people?”  Akuji glanced up, his eyes were glazed over and his hair was matted and dirty.  Realization hit Lorisal like a sword in the stomach.  Akuji was still obsessed with retrieving the soul of Nevaeh, his lover, who died decades ago.  As Lorisal sighed and turned to leave, Akuji mumbled under his breath.  “What did you say?”  Lorisal turned back to Akuji.

“Seek the gnome healer.”  Akuji’s voice suddenly rang clear as a bell.

“What gnome healer?  Lorisal asked.  “Where?”  Akuji didn’t respond.  “What gnome healer? Lorisal repeated. Still no answer from the wizard.  Lorisal sighed heavily and took his leave.

*****************************************************

Almost a month later, Lorisal entered the vision cave.  Smooth, confident strides took him along a familiar path that led deeper into the cavern.  He ducked his head in several places to avoid the low hanging ceiling.  As he walked, his eyes automatically scanned for any unwelcome observers, his Elven ears remained alert to any unnatural sounds echoing off the rock walls.  The rocky path opened into a large rocky cavern surrounding a crystal clear pool and he paused.  Lorisal knelt on the rocky ledge near the edge of the water.  He reached to touch the pool with his fingertips and then settled in to watch.  The ripples caused by his touch stilled and a scene appeared in the water. Danara Kelblaine, a gnome of twenty-six years, stood on a path among tall trees.  Lorisal leaned forward to get a closer look at her surroundings and nodded.  She was still in the forest outside of Riversend, the village where she’d spent the night before.  She had dainty pixie like features and was all of three feet tall.  Though he could sense her inner strength, he knew she’d certainly be no match in a physical battle against the Farlon.

He prayed that this time the pool was showing him the right gnome healer.  He still wasn’t sure why he’d first been led to her mother only so she could fail him.  Nor why death, like a thief in the night, now complicated things.  Time was running out and he couldn’t afford to be wrong again.  He continued to watch as Danara knelt beside the path, her dainty fingers hovered over fresh tracks.  She bent her head and took several deep breaths.  She called upon the many forestry lessons of her father.  Danara was on the wrong path but if he was right, fate would intervene and she’d soon find the strength to embrace her destiny.  Lorisal’s long fingers stroked his chin as he studied her.  Her reaction to the coming attack would go a long way toward convincing him that she was the one he sought.

The screams began.  He watched via the pool as Danara lifted her head and stood abruptly as the screams continued.  She spun and scrutinized the forest behind her.  His heart swelled with pride as she broke into a dead run back toward Riversend.  Her speed picked up within seconds and Lorisal smiled.  He’d forgotten how quickly gnomes could run when needed.  Danara broke through the trees into the clearing outside Riversend and found the village engulfed in smoke and flames.  She stopped short and paused to catch her breath as she pondered what to do next.  He was sure that she now realized that this was more than just a bear attack.  Lorisal felt her fear building.  The village seemed oddly quiet now, save for the roar of flames.  No laughing children playing near the gate like when she arrived the day prior.  Danara stood rooted to one spot for several minutes and inwardly Lorisal groaned.  Would she run and hide?  He smiled as she shook off her fear and stepped through the gate.  She would help them or at least she was going to try.  She showed signs of a true healer even if she didn’t know it yet herself.  She would however, need a teacher and her mother would be no help now.  Lorisal stirred the water, the ripples erased the scene and he stood.  He’d seen enough for now.

He was going to pay another visit to Akuji.  The wizard was going to have to get involved whether he liked it or not.

So what do you think?  Would you buy this book?  Comments welcome.  Thanks!  –Meg

#97 If I could pilot any vehicle it would be..

Just for Fun, postaday2011

Short post today but I can’t pass up the topic.  If I could pilot any vehicle I think it would have to be that invisible plane which I think belonged to Wonder Woman.  Or maybe she just borrowed it from the League of Superheros but anyway the invisible plane would be fun!  Can you imagine?  I could sneak up on just about anyone in that plane and do a flyby…watch out Lyle you know I’m comin’ your way!  They’re bringing Wonder Woman back by the way and there’s a huge controversy over the costume she’s going to wear.  I’ll skip the costume but I’d love to have her lasso of truth, I can think of a few folks I’d like to use that thing on!

Course the other vehicle that would be fun is the Batmobile, now that was an awesome car!  I wonder if it would come with a sidekick at my beck and call?

Or the talking car, Kit, that David Hasselhoff I think it was used to drive.  I’d love to have a car that could talk to me on long road trips.  Shoot that car can drive itself probably better than I can.

We’re actually closer to that being a reality than most people would think with the introduction of the newest technology that includes forward collision detection.  With the help of GPS technology, cars can already talk to you and are now able to parallel park themselves, stop you from backing into something and alert you to something in your blind spot.  With the newest pedestrian detection system, the car will alert you to an obstacle in your path and if you don’t respond it will apply the brakes to stop the car or at least slow it down before impact depending on your speed.  Probably a good thing with all the people I see texting or applying make-up while driving!

So I guess if the talking cars that drive themselves are coming anyhow, I’ll stick with my wish for that invisible plane.  Course for me it will have to come with some kind of locator so I can find it when it’s parked.  It’s hard enough to remember where I parked my car in a parking garage or at the mall, I can’t imagine the trouble I’d have if I had to find an invisible plane!

So I’ve got dibs on that invisible plane.  What vehicle would you choose to pilot?

#96 Something About Bacon

Just for Fun, postaday2011

Any of you checking in daily with my blog realize that I’m having trouble staying disciplined enough to write something every day.  Well today’s post a day 2011 topic is one that I just can’t pass up.  I mean bacon is after all my favorite food.

To say that I love bacon is even an understatement.  Whenever I cook the bacon, I have to make extra because I eat so much of it while I’m cooking that there isn’t enough left for the kids.  Very rarely do I make less than a pound of bacon at a time and even more rare are the times when there is any bacon left once breakfast is over.

Now there are some brands of bacon that I don’t particularly like as well but in my years of eating bacon I’ve only found one brand that I thought was so awful I didn’t eat it.  Bacon is good just by itself or with eggs, French toast, or pancakes.  I love BLT sandwiches although I have to admit that I have been known to oder a BLT without the L and the T…yep I know that makes it a bacon sandwich.  I’ve also been known to make a bacon sandwich at home with just miracle whip and nothing else.

Hey did I mention that I love bacon?