Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!!



Good Morning everyone :)
First of all ~ Happy Thanksgiving !!  to my American readers (smile)...
I hope your day is happy, peaceful and full of contentment whether you be celebrating this holiday solitary or whether it is just with your spouse, your friends or your whole family ~ it's a day not to worry about diets overtly (for the exception of those on a medical diet, then you have to stick with those sadly <pout>).

As for me and my home, we are both off and the b/f is also.  I have been up awhile now getting things going in the kitchen - Cindy received a Smoked Turkey (10 pound one mind you) at work for Thanksgiving, all I have to do is warm that for the rest I've started the Giblet Gravy (I cook it for hours) and I've started baking...I've got a batch of Cinnamon Bread in the oven, next is pineapple bread, then blueberry bread...after those?  Peach Pie and Pumpkin Pie.  I also have to bake a couple pans of cornbread to make cornbread for Cindy 'cuz she doesn't like celery in any form (sigh) that's one thing that won't change with her I think  lol ~ and one WITH celery - I love celery in my cooking.  Then some fresh Green Beans with a rich smokey bacon in them...home made biscuits etc.  I'm not fixing too much because it's only the three of us.  I would like cranberry sauce but Cindy is allergic  :(  don't want to take her to the hospital LOL.
I am determined to maintain good spirits today and be happy, no matter what. 
Every once in awhile I feel this "down" feeling creeping in like a little whirlpool and I'm avoiding it nicely so far. 
The temperature is about 35 degrees this morning and there's a breeze my opinion? it's a beautiful day for Thanksgiving.  I'm even listening to Holiday music on AOL  <laughing>  I'll listen till I'm over it !!
The "boys" are loving this weather!  Kissy is meowing her head off and Heathen is being his lazy old man self...
Trying to keep Draco out from under my feet in the kitchen LOL.
Okayz, I'm gone... things to do and stuff to bake.
(((((((Hugz and Love to all of you)))))
Be Happy!!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Graphic Tag is courtesy of Emmi over at "Sweet and Simple Pleasures"  thank you Emmi (smile)
Hello all ~
Updates, Updates, Updates...
Things are pretty much the same as they have been, work, home, stress etc.
I've come to the knowledge that I have no Thanksgiving spirit whatsoever - trying to but it's hard at the moment.  I hope to be able to bake some things this week/on Thanksgiving day to eat and give as gifts. I love baking...
Work has been pretty slow actually, the schedule has sucked this week - which really wasn't too bad because I had a stomach flu for a couple days that had me feeling absolutely yucky.  Seems to be over itself now so that's a good thing.
Last night Cindy & I went out with her b/f on a date - it was nice.  We got home about 9ish, the b/f went with her other friends that were there so Cindy and I came home and talked.
The b/f's house closing has been put off for another 4 to 6 weeks at least... I'll leave that with that.
Lares and Draco are doing wonderfully (smile) they love this weather.
My best friend's Terry and Dar have gone to New Mexico to spend Thanksgiving with her Mother, almost everyone in the family is going there also - in remembrance of Alfie.  I think it's a good thing because of family situations they have been drifting apart in the last five years and this hopefully will bring all of them together again happily.
I may be going to Oregon for a few weeks with Terry and Dar around the 15th of December I believe, will know for sure on Monday.  I look forward to it in a sense, I really miss Oregon...I will also be picking up the rest of my things that are in storage and bringing them back with me - will save me $85 a month in storage fee's.  I could use the money for other things.  Oregon has always been a healing place for me and I miss it desperately at times.
Guess that's all the news for now.  I hope everyone has a great day.

Saturday, November 10, 2007


The above snag is by Missie over at "Missies Magical Creations" - thank you Missie !  (smile)
Good Morning ~
Update on the goings on here and elsewhere (smiling)
This won't be a long entry, mainly because I don't feel like writing and my mind isn't focused enough to bring what's on/in my mind out in words, nothing bad, just meandering thoughts with no form.
First of all, Heathen is fine ~ his sugar glucose is perfect, the vet said that She thinks it's just age and the fact he has some inflammation around his lower hips and lower back, that I should give him a baby's aspirin if it acts up, one every three days.  That was a load off of my mind, I'm glad that I am doing things right with him.  A couple of days ago, Draco got a little too rambunctious with Heathen, Heathen swatted him and Draco snapped at Heathen and evidently "connected" so now, Heathen hisses and bows up  whenever Draco is around in particular... Lares also but not as evidently as Draco  lol.  It will soothe itself out though I'm sure with time.
Cindy's best friend  has finally finalized her loan to purchase a house, has the house picked out and the closing date is set for the 26th if the home inspection goes well, she also has to get a survey of the property done.  Sooooo that means that Cindy and I will have our home back to ourselves by the beginning of December.  I'm very relieved about that needless to say - Cindy and I need our time together...and we are both solitary souls when not at work, both huge homebodies.  Not to mention the utilities and other things should go down cost wise.
Work? it's there - and I'm getting so tired of the politics and the fraud going on.  I don't play "games" that well, been doing this for far too long for those "younglings" to try to rip me off.  Not going to happen & if it does, it won't go on for long because I won't stand for it. period.
I have to go to work later on today, only have a single shift - hopefully Cindy and I will get some time to ourselves.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007


"Papu" by Violent Contact aka "Blanca Marzal"
Good Morning !
Things have been ok here, it's a little cooler this morning, wind is blowing quite steadily; which I like lol.  The boys are in the run hopefully tiring themselves out, will go out as soon as I finish this and bring them in.  They will be dirty of course (yuck).  Cindy & I just gave them a bath on Sunday I think it was?  We are lucky in the fact they are actually very good boys when getting a bath - their fur is heck to get wet all the way through because of their breed, they are made to be "weather proof" 'cuz they are in the weather all the time in their "working mode" with Sheep/Cows etc.  So it always takes a little longer when bathing them have to get enough water on them to actually get thru all of their fur lol.  They have to be in the same room (the bathroom) with each other or Lares has a absolute fit, he can NOT be away from his brother, he'd have a stroke and I'm serious about that, he would.  The boys are extremely attached to each other (in other words, think of the book "Where the Red Fern Grows") if we lost one of them <waving sign about warding against evil eyes> the other would mourn itself to death.
Didn't get the peach pie made this weekend, just didn't feel like it, so I didn't.
Cindy took the b/f and I out for dinner at Red Lobster Sunday.  Had the create your own feast (both Cindy & I had the same thing) of a double portion of Snow Crab Legs and a single portion of Grilled Garlic Shrimp for me and Shrimp Scampi for Cindy.  I crack Cindy's crab for her so she has all the meat out before I crack mine - I'm faster than she is  lol.
Am taking Heathen to the vet this afternoon after work... I don't think it's his diabetes as much as I think he's done something to the nerves or twisted something either in his hips or lower spine.  Please keep your fingers crossed for me ok? and for my  Heathen?
Alrighty then, I'm gone.  Everyone have a good day.
Blessings************ Teresa

Saturday, November 3, 2007

The above tag is by our wonderful Donna over at "This and that, and Hockey!" fame.
I was sitting here wondering, maybe wishing ~ ok, definitely wishing.
I never knew my real father growing up, my mother divorced him when I was 6 months old... only one time was I made aware of a incident of where he tried to contact me; this was when I was pretty much living with my maternal grandparents most of the time.  I had just turned 16 or I was about to - apparently he called; my grandmother told him to never attempt to contact me again.  My grandmother told me about this, a long time later - don't know why she did what she did, don't even know why she felt she had to confess that this had happened.
At the time I didn't think much of it, yet as I grew older and even to this day I wonder why he called? I also wonder what it would have been like to actually have had a real father.  Even at 47 years old I wonder what it would have been like to have a father that loved me (who knows the man that was my birth father does love me, or at least thinks/thought of me) we could have done father/daughter me stories, tucked me into bed vs. the assholes my mother did marry yanking me out of bed in the middle of the night and beating me.  A father who would have protected me against all the monsters in the world.  Maybe it's a unrealistic wish, maybe fathers aren't like that anymore, don't know ~ thing is about what I dream of is it's just a wish maybe even hope.
In the last few years I've done a little digging with Cindy's help to find him - I know his name....Robert Elliott Danner... he's either the same age as my mother or a couple years older maybe (my mother had me when she was 16 or just turned 17...they married very young, she never did graduate from high school...quit in 10th grade to have me and to be married, she did get her GED though on through the years, never much more education. 
Thing is?  I don't and haven't seen my mother in over 15 years - I keep in contact with her via email just because of emergency reasons.  I don't think things will ever be truly right between she and I for the reasons of she didn't protect me as a child and left me prey to her husbands (of which there were several) 4 by the time I was 6.  I disinherited, quit acknowledging her side of the family for a longer amount of time than even her... to me they are gone and as far as my heart is concerned "dead to me".  My mother?  I try to think and remember that she did the best she could do with what she had... she married young to escape from a extremely controlling father herself... I never saw or realized this about my grandfather until I was in my late 20's & I was extremely disillusioned, I guess because I had put him up on a pedestal for so very grandmother too though I realize she was just a product of his almost rabid control of her actions and thoughts.  Me? I had always fought his control in a subconscious way and in many little ways without realizing that's what I had been doing.  He loved me I'm sure, but he loved me more when I followed his will unquestionably... something I did not do well at all.  By the time he passed away I had completely broken those bonds that I had, had with him as a child and young woman but oh I was so much wiser by then.  I was a disappointment to him because I didn't follow his direction or advice.  Why should I?  It wasn't for my welfare (those said directions or advice) but for his own sake and his own pride.  He had as much to do with the way my stepfather's throughout my life as the men themselves.  He knew what was going on and did nothing about it.  In my mind he was just as guilty as the men who did what they did to me.  Yet I still loved him and hoped one day he would accept me (in my subconsciousness).
I still would like to find my father one day - he may prove to be a huge disappointment, he may prove to be what I've always wanted him to be.  Who know's?  I may never....

Friday, November 2, 2007


"Lady of the Water"
Copyright of Michele-lee Phelan
Good Morning ~
Not that much of a entry today, just not in the mood to write really.
Heathen is back to not feeling well, think I'm going to take him to the vet either this afternoon after work or tomorrow morning.  He's really worrying me and I don't know what else to do.  I wish he could just talk to me and tell me what's going on with him, how he's feeling and if/where he is hurting.  The boys had me up at 3:45 this morning...took them out, tried to go back to sleep for a little while but it was not to be, Lares kept whining so I got up and stayed up then...took them out to the run and let them go for awhile. Fixed Cindy's breakfast and She's off to work.  She's had a very busy month and she is wore out, she's off tomorrow and Sunday so that should help her get some rest I hope, if she allow's herself to rest that is.  Doesn't know what the word stop is...workaholic I think is the term. (that is said affectionately).
Last night I cooked Chicken Piccata with a extra caper/mushroom/artichoke heart sauce over linguini for dinner... it was good I guess, everyone ate it, I'm the only one that ate my whole dish though.  This weekend I'm going to try to bake a Peach Pie...depends on if I feel like it or not.
I don't even feel like reading and that's something I do a lot of. Don't feel like doing much of anything.  Mad at myself because I feel like I'm going off on a "pity me" session when there are so many other things going on in the world that are bad.
I'm grumpy and restless...restless I don't know why, grumpy I'm not sure why  either..probably worried about Heathen.
Okay, going to go for now.  Hope everyone has a great day and a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

This entry isn't even worthy of a graphic...

Can you BELIEVE this crap?? I know many Christians that are a loving group of people, but this one? it's all about HATE, IGNORANCE and I'm sure that "God" is sitting there with tears running down his/her face that His followers would actually act like this or behave like this.  Personally?  I think it should have been more money granted to this father... and I think it needs to be delved into more as far as seizing more of their assets etc.

Thing is ?  I could face this kind of thing happening where I live...because of being a Lesbian, because of being a Pagan... It is freaking WARPED. 

  Funeral Protests Cost Church $11 Million
Posted: 2007-11-01 06:11:08
Filed Under: Nation News
BALTIMORE (Nov. 1) -Members of a fundamentalist Kansas church ordered to pay nearly $11 million in damages to a grieving father smiled as they walked out of the courtroom, vowing that the verdict would not deter them from protesting at military funerals.

"Absolutely, don't you understand this was an act in futility?" said Shirley Phelps-Roper, whose father founded the Westboro Baptist Church.

Westboro Baptist Church members protest a funeral
Al Maglio, The Kirksville Daily Express / AP

Supporters of the Rev. Fred Phelps, of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church, protest outside the funeral service for Marine Lance Cpl. Rex Arthur Page in Kirksville, Mo., on July 9, 2006

Members promised to picket future funerals with placards bearing such slogans as "Thank God for dead soldiers" and "God hates fags."

They believe that U.S. deaths in the Iraq war are punishment for the nation's tolerance of homosexuality. They say they are entitled to protest at funerals under the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech and religion.

Albert Snyder sued the Topeka, Kan., church after a protest last year at the funeral of his son, Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, who was killed in Iraq. He claimed the protests intruded upon what should have been a private ceremony and sullied his memory of the event.

A jury agreed. On Wednesday, the church and three of its leaders — Fred Phelps and his two daughters, Phelps-Roper and Rebekah Phelps-Davis — were found liable for invasion of privacy and intent to inflict emotional distress.

What's Your Take?

Jurors awarded Snyder $2.9 million in compensatory damages and $8 million in punitive damages.

It's unclear whether Snyder will be able to collect the damages.

The assets of the church and the defendants are less than a million dollars, mainly inhomes, cars and retirement accounts, defense attorney Jonathan Katz said. The church has about 75 members and is funded by tithing.

Craig Trebilcock, one of Snyder's lawyers, had asked jurors to question the truthfulness of the defendants' financial documents, one of which show Phelps-Davis having only $306 in the bank. He noted that Phelps-Davis is a practicing attorney, who could afford to travel to spread the church's message.

"Rebekah Phelps-Davis has $306? She must be using It doesn't make any sense," Trebilcock said.

The attorney had urged jurors to award damages that would send a message to the church: "Do not bring your circus of hate to Maryland again."

Trebilcock later called the verdict "Judgment Day for the Westboro Baptist Church."

"They're always talking about other people's Judgment Day. Well, this is theirs," he said.

Snyder sobbed when he heard the verdict, while members of the church greeted the news with tightlipped smiles.

They are confident the award will be overturned on appeal, Phelps said.

"Oh, it will take about five minutes to get that thing reversed," he said.

Another of Snyder's attorneys, Sean Summers, said he would tirelessly seek payment of the award.

"We will chase them forever if it takes that long," he said.

A number of states have passed laws regarding funeral protests, and Congress has passed a law prohibiting such protests at federal cemeteries. Snyder's lawsuit is believed to be the first filed by the family of a fallen serviceman.

Snyder, of York, Pa., said he hoped other families would consider suing.

"The goal wasn't about the money, it was to set a precedent so other people could do the same thing," he said.

Earlier in the day, church members staged a demonstration outside the federal courthouse, while passing motorists honked and shouted insults.

Phelps held a sign emblazoned with "God is your enemy," while Phelps-Roper stood on an American flag as she carried a sign that proclaimed "God hates fag enablers." Members of the group also sang "God Hates America," to the tune of "God Bless America."

2007-10-31 19:31:44