Friday, February 27, 2009

WHY WE CARRY... be sure and keep up with HR45. it is a gun bill that may come up for a vote. with the people in power, it may just pass.

I don't carry a gun because I hate the government. I carry a gun because I understand the limitations of government.

I don't carry a gun because I want to shoot someone. I carry a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed, and Not on a sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon.

Police Protection is an oxymoron. Free citizens must protect themselves.Police do not protect you from crime, they usually just investigate the Crime after it happens and then call someone in to clean up the mess. They can not be everywhere and protect everything and everyone. We don't expect teachers to raise our children, we can not expect people to protect everyone. There simply isn't enough manpower, and frankly, we should be willing and able to take care of ourselves.


In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953,about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were roundedup and exterminated.--------------------

In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up andexterminated.------------------------------

Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a totalof 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves wererounded up and exterminated.--------------

China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 millionpolitical dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded upand exterminated------------------------------

Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up andexterminated.---- ------------- -------------

Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up andexterminated.------------------------------

Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, onemillion educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded upand exterminated.-----------------------------

Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Centurybecause of gun control: 56 million.------------------------------

It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forcedby new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed bytheir own Government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than$500 million dollars. The first year results are now in:

List of 7 items:

Australia-wide, homicides are up 3.2 percent.Australia-wide, assaults are up 8.620 percent.Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent)!

In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent. Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in,the criminals did not, and criminals still possess their guns!

While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease inarmed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically upward in thepast 12 months, since criminals now are guaranteed that their prey is unarmed.

There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults ofthe ELDERLY. Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how publicsafety has decreased, after such monumental effort, and expense wasexpended in successfully ridding Australian society of guns. TheAustralian experience and the other historical facts above prove it.

You won't see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.

Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.

The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind themof this history lesson.

With guns, we are 'citizens'. Without them, we are 'subjects'.

During WWII the Japanese decided not to invade America because theyknew most Americans were ARMED!

The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in just defense. The sword is more important than the shield, and skill is more important than either. The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental.

I'm a firm believer of the 2nd Amendment!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Joys of little boys...

On Saturday, Sara was throwing a Scentsy party at my house. There were a fair amount of adults and little kids there. Not a problem, I have toys and there is room to run around now. About half way through the party, someone informed me there was problem with the toilet. Lovely, it couldn't happen while it was just Ethan, Mark, and I hanging out at home, no, in the middle of the party. They had tried to flush and the water level wasn't going down. No overflowing thankfully. Out comes the plunger. Spend a good amount of time with that, and water level come down, but there is obviously something in the way. Many thanks for people who helped me!

I didn't know what to do, so I start IMing Ethan at work asking him. Not much he can do, he is stuck at work until 10pm. I asked him if he wanted me to go buy one of those toilet augers, or snake things to see if that helps. Tells me no, that he can probably get it taken care of when he gets home. Fine, no problem. After picking him up and his failed attempts, we finally say, we'll worry about it later tomorrow.

Next morning, before church, Ethan takes the toilet off, in hopes that whatever the stupid thing is, will be right there, and problem solved. Not the case, but we needed to get going to church. After church, we hit Home Depot and pick up an auger and wax seal. Immediately set out to revive the toilet. Tried going through the top, no such luck, I am holding the toilet now, and Ethan is seeing if we can get the item out from the bottom. After about 5 minutes, the auger itself it stuck in the toilet. Spend about 15 more minutes just fighting the toilet to free the auger, so we can at least try something new. I get tired of holding it, and ask if we can turn it on its side. Ethan agrees and voila' the auger has been freed with a few tugs. We are both starving, so we sit it back up and hear the miracleous sound of "clink" and open the top. We can see something, so down the stairs for gloves and now we can see the wonderful present Mark left for us in the toilet.

Its a candle lid.
Now, the one is the pictures is not the same one that was pulled out. That got pitched. But just so you have an idea. We thought we had been pretty good about keeping the bathroom door close, but apparently not.

Friday, February 20, 2009

I love watching little kids dance!!!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

1. Have eaten alligator, emu, barimundi, and kangeroo meat. I have also eaten camel a half hour after riding one.

2. Have swam in the Great Barrier Reef.

3. Gone Hot air ballooning at dawn.

4. Dove's Raspberry Dark Chocolate cover Caramels are my all time favorite candy.

5. Ridden an Elephant.

6. Am allergic to all fur-bearing animals, with the exception of rabbits and sheep. Even though,
sheep don't have actual fur.

7. During my senior year, I was incharged of the flys for the high school musical. While doing "Anything Goes" I hit the male lead with the Brig (boat's jail), on opening night.

8. Have worn hearing aids from the age of 2. Hearing loss is considered moderately severe. 20% loss in my right ear, and 25% loss in my left.

9. My hearing loss is suspected of being a congenital defect, but we don't know for sure.

10. Use lip reading to help make out what people are saying on a regular basis. If you are facing the opposite direction as me, 90% chance, I won't make out what you are saying. Forget it, if you are in another room.

11. I will encourage anyone to have at least one summer working away from home, doing something they have never done before. is great site for that. That is how I got my dude ranch job in Colorado.

12. Have seen a Humpback whale in the Pacific Ocean.

13. Have swam in both the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean.

14. Know how to use a whip properly.

15. Favorite Christmas gift was a .22 semiautomatic rifle from Ethan our first Christmas together.

16. Favorite book is usually whatever book I just finished.

17. I love going to garage sales. Mark's books and toys can almost all be contributed to garage sales.

18. "The Face on the Milk Carton" and " Whatever Happen to Janie" by Caroline B. Cooney were my favorite books as a young teen.

19. My baby toe nails' are the size of a baby's. I swear Mark's were bigger at birth than mine are.

20. Slept outside in negative temperatures. Will never do that again.

21. Don't mind doing laundry, but hate putting it away.

22. First initial reaction to seeing Mark when he was born was," Conehead". He seriously looked like he had two brains in his skull. I was glad that went back to normal in just a couple of days.

23. Tried talking Ethan out of buying a king-sized bed when we were looking at mattresses, and now am forever grateful he stood his ground. I love my bed.

24. Ducktales, Chip'n'Dale Rescue Rangers, Darkwing Duck, and Gummi Bears are my favorite cartoons.

25. Hate how ironic my due date is. Its Labor Day.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Here are some more updated picutres of the house, now that we are a little more finished.

We dry walled over the plaster walls, to help insulate better. There is no insulation, just two solid pieces of wood for the exterior wall. The windows are new as well as the cabinets, stove, and refridgerator. The floor will be the next thing done, I am not a hundred percent sure what color it will be, but it will be something new.

I need to do a new comparison shot with this room in particular. When we bought the place, this room had a tub and toilet. You could see the outside walls, and there was nothing on the floor. We have since tiled, installed a new toilet, insulated and hung drywall, add the towel bar and hook, as well as put that giantic hole in the wall.
Oh and as a present for Valentine's day, the gift of a door, kind of seen in the picture, was installed. This may seem kind of lame, but this is easily the best present I have received in a long time. PRIVACY!!! from little boy, plus no more random opening of the toilet to discover what recent toy he decided just had to go in. His current favorite is to get the dirty diapers from the trash and throw them in. Luckily, the toilet handle has to be turned up to flush, not down. He hasn't figured that part out yet.

Better view of bedroom completed. New drywall, and fresh paint can do wonders.

You can see in the mirror the big hole that was put in, it is there on purpose. The laundry room is on the other side, and when we get the cabinets ordered, they will be installed in the hole and I will have a built in laundry shute, and the cabinet will be dual side opening. This is going to make laundry so much easier.

Another shot of the bedroom.

Ethan grouted the tile for the fireplace as well for Valentine's Day. And no, that is not the normal use for the treadmill, we threw a family birthday party last night and wanted to make sure there was enough room for everyone, and that little kids didn't try to play on it, so on the toys went.

I am trying to show how cool the black granite tiles really are, when the fireplace is going, you can see the reflection of the flames on it.

Voila' that is the end of today tour, come again, and we will show you more someday!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Margaret needs

You just google "(Your First Name) needs" and check out the first ten links that come up! It can be pretty funny and sometimes true, as you can see! Here's mine...

1. “Margaret needs to know what the heck a2 - 2ab cosq + b2 is all about.” Yeah, I really need to know that.

Margaret needs to be admitted. I disagree. I may not fit everyone's definition of normal, but I don't think I need to be admitted.

3. Margaret needs a tech makeover. Well Ethan would probably agree with that one.

Margaret needs your help for speech therapy. I did take speech in Elementary school. Couldn't hear myself saying s's.

Margaret Needs Us. I don't think I want to know who us is.

6. Margaret needs a collar with a bell on Flickr. Ummmmm........

Margaret needs someone to talk to, but, who??? Somedays I could agree with that.

Margaret needs a blog. Already have one.

Margaret' Needs More Laughs' I'll accept that one.

Margaret needs our prayers. I won't say no.

Friday, February 6, 2009

He is going to hate me later. Hehe.

Superficial, but annoying

A couple of months ago, I did something to my right hand thumbnail. Smash it, hit, bumped it, I don't know, I don't remember. Because of this random injury, I now have, what appears to be, two separate nails. It is split all the way down past the cuticle line. And I mean split, they both grow at different pace. That is right, it keeps growing. Now the split is not in the middle, conveniently it is off to the far left side, therefore not as noticeable. But with it being split, it means I catch it on everything, my clothes, my gloves, my son's diaper, my blankets, Ethan's hair, my hair, anything.

Plus, it looks ugly. I am very proud of my nails and the way the look. I was a nail biter until 6th grade, then after 3 attempts, I managed to quit. Since then they have grown strong and have great shape.

Therefore with it being ugly, misshapen, and a general pain, I am asking for any suggestions on how to fix it. Nail polish isn't strong enough to keep the split sealed. I have tried superglueing it, but I want something a littl more permanent. The only idea that seems to be left in my mind is smash my nail enough that it turns black and just falls off and hope a nice new one grows in its place. Problems with that is, I am a wuss when it comes to pain, and that idea holds no appeal to me whatsoever. Suggestions would be appreciated.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Couple of thoughts about the game

1. Learned that Sara's baby, Ari, can sleep through even the loudest screams.
2. Really think Harrison could have won the MVP, if he hadn't gone punching the other team, causing a penalty.
3. Didn't realize how tense my stomach muscle were getting until after the game was over.
4. Mr. and Mrs. Potato ad, absolutely hysterical, there were some other good ones as well, but its early and I don't remember.
5. Harrison will never have his record-setting 100 yd interception return ever beaten, matched, yes, beaten, you can't beat the max
6. The Cardinals played an amazing game, they have every right to be disappointed, but no right to be ashamed with the outstanding game that was performed.
7. Oh, and last but not least, Pittsburgh won the Superbowl!!