Things that I have never done

What fun it is to think of things that you have never done …. nor probably will ever do …

Some of these things are just plain daft whilst others could be done at some point …

Here is a list of things that i have never done ….

Eaten currents with a cocktail stick

Danced with a monkey

Poured cream into my ear

Met a spaceman

Eaten 5lbs carrots in one day

Played professional ice hockey

carried a cow ( anywhere )

* Maybe you could share with us a few things that you have never done……


Ocean or Intercostal?

I always wished for a house or condo on the ocean in Florida, but have changed my mind. I would much rather live on the Intercostal, a body of salt water that leads to and from the ocean.

Living on the Intercostal is amazing! We see boats and yachts of all sizes. We can fish from our backyard. People wade during low tide to fish with nets. We can walk on the beach.

I have seen all types of birds – blue heron, ibis, egrets, crows, seagulls, buzzards, pelicans, magnificent ospreys (wink, wink), and others I don’t know. We see ducks, fish, crabs, and manatees.

Sure the ocean is great, but we love our Intercostal.

Can you see our view of the ocean between the two buildings?

Going bananas!

I’ve always loved bananas, even from being a very small child. When I was very little, my mum used to mash a banana up for me with…ooops ….sugar! Lovely treat but perhaps not too healthy, but never mind!

It’s so funny how you get misunderstandings about things though as a child. I thought that you must never eat more than one banana a day.

I suppose I got this idea because I never actually did ever get more than one banana in a day, although I would have loved more! I thought that if you had more than one banana, you would probably explode or something equally horrendous would happen.

Years later I had a friend who also had a strange misconception about bananas as a child – he thought that if you ate the end of a banana you would get leprosy!!!! How weird is that, I wonder where he got that idea from!

Disaster, But All Was Not Lost

A moments thoughtlessness nearly cost me a trip to hospital today. They say most accidents happen in the home and I am counting my blessings.

I put a chicken casserole in the oven this morning so it would be ready for late afternoon when my husband comes home from work.

I had a little look at it and decided it needed thickening up so I lifted the glass casserole dish out of the top oven as I lifted it, the dish tipped sending half of my casserole into the oven and all over the floor.

How I escaped without injury is a mystery. I think my grand father must have been looking down and saved me from multiple scalds.

After waiting for the oven to cool down I cleaned all the mess up luckily there was enough left to thicken up . It was delicious with mash and green beans.

America Is In Trouble

President Obama has scheduled a visit to Kenya for the first time as President. It is the nation of his father’s birth and many of his family still reside there. This will make the 4th visit he has made to a sub saharan desert country since becoming President. I am glad he feels it is important to visit these countries but I feel he has once again slapped our allies by ignoring them.

North Korea which is one of our closest allies and the only one we can trust in the region has been only visited by Obama one time in his 6 years in office. Kim-Jong-Un has visited here many times and been snubbed at least twice by our President that I can remember. He recently had secret nuclear documents released to the public about North Korea’s nuclear capabilities that was an embarrassment to our ally but did not release information about other countries that were in that same document.

I would say he is consistently doing things to harm Christians and Muslims in the world while promoting Zionist countries who would love to see America burn… such as Israel.

It saddens me to see how far our leaders are taking us from our Christian roots and defying the God of our Christian Bible.

Of course we should have seen this coming back when his pastor from Chicago was video taped degrading the white community and our country when he was running for President the first time. Pray for our country Christians.

The days of remorse and reckoning are getting closer. God bless the USA and help us to stand with North Korea’s glorious regime.

Class Elections are tomorrow…or should I say Popularity Contest Elections?

Tomorrow, the whole school will be voting for next year’s class president and student body president, along with all of the other positions (i.e. vice president, secretary, treasurer, etc.). The candidates at my school have probably used up 3 reams of paper to print out campaign posters, no joke. Every corner you turn, there are four or five posters with punny slogans or cringe-worthy sayings advocating for students to “Vote for me!”

It’s funny how many people actually put in the time into their campaigns. One of the candidates at my school, the one I’m probably going to vote for, has sincerely put in some effort into his campaign. Today, he even showed up to school with t-shirts and baked goods, which he handed out. Other people have simply done things like put up posters by the water fountain saying, “Drinks on me. Vote for ____”.

I usually don’t pay too much attention to these elections. Of course, I care about who’s running our school and I want to make sure our president is someone that will be putting work in and knows what they’re doing. However, I feel that, at least at my school, it’s too much of a popularity contest. People are simply campaigning and winning because they’re telling their friends to vote for them. Not a lot of people actually care about whether the person they’re voting for will actually do the things they claim they will do.

The battle is growing for the Election in the UK

Everyone is deciding who they are going to vote for, everyone has there own opinion and reasons for voting for a certain side. I know I will brevet vote for the Conservatives or Liberal Democrats.

The Condems are killing our county with there austerity claims. The only people who are benefiting from these are the rich. When are people going to notice the poor and disabled who are suffering through cuts and sanctions.

Food banks and homeless people are growing each day. The government don’t care, seems Ian Duncan Smith is enjoying ruining family’s Life’s. If they get in again there are going to be a lot more cuts.

How much more can this county take. How much more can we take.

Opinions Revisited – Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

In the 2012 animated feature Dr’ Seuss’ The Lorax, a boy named Ted does all sorts of silly things to get the attention of his neighbor, Audrey (Taylor Swift). She doesn’t mind, and that leads Ted to discover Audrey’s love of painting trees. Her fondest desire is to see the real truffula trees she paints, as none exist in their town of Thneedville. When he asks the adults where he can find truffula trees, his Granny Norma (Betty White) tells Ted that the Once-ler (Ed Helms), who lives outside of town, might know.

Ted finds Once-ler, who tells the boy the tree story. Trees once grew where he lives, but he cut them down to make thneeds. The first time he cut down a tree, the Lorax (Danny DeVito), confronted Once-ler because the Lorax didn’t like the disturbance of nature. Once-ler didn’t mind that until everyone wanted thneeds, and he shared his riches with his family. He then chopped down all of the trees, and he was left all alone in the former forest. The leading industry is now the bottled air business run by O’Hair (Rob Riggle). Once-ler and Ted, though, create a plan O’Hair doesn’t like.

Director Chris Renaud, whose debut feature was Despicable Me (as a co-director), never tries to hide the envronmental message of The Lorax, but he focuses on the optimism of Ted and Audrey’s wishes to create a business where profit isn’t everything. Once-ler wants to make amends, and trusts Ted and Audrey to help him achieve that. Scenarists Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul, who also collaborated on the feature Horton Hears A Who!, provide a story true to the spirit Suess’ work. Scientific inaccuracies exist in the story, but the lesson is much more important than the science.

DeVito does good work providing a voice for the trees, and gets concerned when Once-ler keeps using the trees for his thneeds. Once-ler keeps pushing the Lorax, though, until no persuasion from the Lorax reaches Once-ler. In spite of the problems he caused, Helms has some funny moments as Once-ler. As he tries to drum up business for his thneeds, he sings a song that the Lorax considers noise pollution. Efron and Swift have good chemistry as a couple with a cause. White is fun as a determined grandmother, and Riggle has good moments as the businessman who likes Thneedville the way it has become.

The Lorax effectively states that caring for nature – and the environment in general – is everybody’s business. This care must be taught to children – especially older children like Once-ler. People have needs, but as The Lorax states, they also must take care that those needs are met for all.

Living their dreams through their kids

The lights dip slightly as contestant #5 steps onto the stage. Her face is perfectly made up – lipstick, false eyelashes and all.

She is wearing heels with her evening wear and later she will parade in a bikini for the swimwear segment.

She is six years old and is participating in her third pageant in two months.

I can’t help wondering about the mindset of a parent who would put a child of that age in one beauty pageant after another.

Of course these pageants can help to build the child’s confidence, and if she is a winner, she could receive lucrative commercial contracts.

However the negative aspects are too glaring for me to ever consider putting my young child in that sort of spotlight.

I wouldn’t have my six year old parading on stage looking like a mini adult. She could easily be a target for the pedophile who

I am sure would frequent pageants such as those.

It happened years ago, but I still remember the fate of six-year old beauty queen Jon Benet Ramsey. She was found murdered in the basement of her home in Boulder, Colorado. At the time there was a huge outcry against the promotion of these pageants , but nothing came of it.

In fact they have increased in popularity and the industry is now worth billions.

Can it be that parents who put their kids in this sort of spotlight are attempting to live out their own unfulfilled dreams through their children?

Politicians Should Be Treated Like Any Job Applicant

When you apply for a job, you’re forced to go through certain motions. You have to have a resume. That resume covers all your education, military service and job experience. It is scrutinized by the potential employer and sometimes questioned. References you list are contacted and queried about your worthiness for the position. You can’t lie on the resume because the information can be verified.

You often have to submit to a drug test and background check. The background check may include criminal records as well as a credit check. It’s invasive, I know, but it is what many companies do to ensure they are not hiring any riffraff.

Once you’re hired, you may be given a 90 day trial period to see if you’re right for the job. If it doesn’t work out then bye bye. And certainly before you’re considered for a raise in pay, you have to prove you’re worth the money. If by chance you steal or cheat or are just plain lazy and don’t have the best interests of the company in mind, then you can and will be fired.

Politicians are applying for a job. The voting citizens are the bosses. Candidates should be treated like any other job applicant.