Ahhhh, fall is right around the corner!

downloadIt’s FINALLY that time of year … I’ve been watching college football since Thursday night and it’s helping me be pretty happy.  Of course, FSU doesn’t play until Monday night – but I love college football!  Right now, I’m watching Alabama vs VA Tech … go Hokies!  Ahhhh, fall is right around the corner!


I took Nica – my JRT above [18 months ago] – to the vet two weeks ago and they tested her left and right.  They said nothing is wrong with her.  Fast forward to the present time and she’s lost more weight … and seems to be weak.  But she is eating and going to the bathroom … and still wagging that nub of  tail just as fast as usual.

I’m emotional about it.  I’m not ready for her to leave this Earth and I’m just hoping it’s because she’s older.  My friend Ryan told me that sometimes older dogs just begin to lose weight — and so, I’ve I switched her Blue Buffalo from adult to puppy food and I’m adding the Blue wet varieties now.  So far, she’s eating it and loving it.

So, I’m just going to watch, wait and see.  If you have a four-legged child – you know what this is doing to me.


Therapy has been good and I’ve had to realise a few things about my family relationships.  I’d assume everyone has heard the adage “Blood is thicker than water.”  Sadly, that’s not always enough.  The bottom line is that until someone you love recognises their problem(s) and makes a concerted effort to deal with them – you just have to walk away.  And when they use children as a weapon … well, you’ve crossed a line that only selfish, insecure people resort to doing.

I’m happy to say that I’ve lost no sleep over it — it’s sad — because I’ve done everything I can do to make it better.  I had to decide between staying connected to a miserable person or continuing on my journey back to my happiness — and my happiness is more important because I’m just willing to go through my down times anymore.


Of course, Rafa is back in New York for the US Open!  He had an incredible win on Thursday night over Rogiero Dutra Silva 6-2, 6-1, 6-0 and his even more impressive win over Ivan Dodig 6-4, 6-3, 6-3  this afternoon.   His approach to the hard court is drastically different and it was on display winning the 25th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title in Montreal and winning the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati before heading to New York.

I believe he’s going to win it all and I’ll be right there for every match — losing my voice! VAMOS RAFA!

And then there’s the question of Syria.  I’m torn.  I don’t doubt that Assad ordered the chemical attacks on his own people (of course, I’d like to hear the results of the UN Report); however, I’m just not sure about the US going into Syria – alone.  The British have almost always sided with the US, but this time Parliament sent a resounding no to Prime Minister Cameron.

The bigger questions are:  What if nobody steps up to the plate to help Syria?  What if some sort of attack is perpetrated against Israel for US involvement (of course, Israel will resoundingly kick ass if Assad orders any type of weapons be fired, shot and/or pointed toward Israel)?

I don’t want to see innocent people to continue to die because a man – who says he loves his country – refuses to step down, but chooses to murder his own people.  And of course, the people around him allow him to keep doing these horrible things.

I just hope that whatever happens doesn’t turn into a bloodbath in the Middle East and that the people of Syria don’t become extinct because of one man.

And that’s it for me – right now!  I’ve got some college football to go watch! 🙂  I might post later this weekend!




It’s my Friday and I’ll party if I want to …


Yes, it’s my Friday!  Well, the last one of the summer anyway …

So, my emotional moments yesterday — seemingly unfounded.  If my bundle-o-energy a/k/a Jack Russell Terrier were really sick — she’d not be running around like she does.  I just worry sometimes.  I think I may have been emotional about something else, but I don’t have a clue as to what it is or was.

I’ve got many things to do today — thus, my reason for being up before the sun has even rolled over and thought about coming out to play for the day!

So, here are just a few thoughts for the day …





Everyone have a great day … obviously, there’s a lot more for me to ramble about and of course,  I’ve some TV shows to talk about and all of that will happen at weekend! 🙂

xo –


Emotions on a Wednesday AM








I’m up so early because I laid down early and zonked out.

I’m a bit emotional because my 13-year-old Jack Russell Terrier – Nica – seems to be struggling, but the vet says everything is okay.

I love her because she is, in fact, my child – she has been my unconditional supporter, friend and caretaker … and has given nothing but unconditional love since I’ve had her from day 57 of her life.

I’m already a mess thinking about her not being here which means … when the inevitable eventually happens – it will not be good. 😦  So, if you pray — I’d appreciate a word or two for her — I think she’s going to be okay, but prayer in my opinion and experience never hurts.

I hope everyone has a good day … I’m going to try my very best!




545 vs. 300,000,000 People

This, of course, isn’t my work, but it’s the work of one of America’s best columnists … and it rings with such incredible truth.

And no matter who you identify with politically, this really … well, read it … and know that he wanted it published over and over and over – so, in honour of his request, I’m publishing it here!

-By Charlie Reese

Orlando Sentinel

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The President does.

You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits.. ( The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.)

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House?( John Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. ) If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to. [The House has passed a budget but the Senate has not approved a budget in over three years. The President’s proposed budgets have gotten almost unanimous rejections in the Senate in that time. ]

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red.

If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it’s because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan ..

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power.
Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible. They, and they alone, have the power.

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses. Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees… We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

What you do with this article now that you have read it… is up to you.
This might be funny if it weren’t so true.
Be sure to read all the way to the end:

Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table,
At which he’s fed.

Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes
Are the rule.

Tax his work,
Tax his pay,
He works for
peanuts anyway!

Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.

Tax his ties,
Tax his shirt,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.

Tax his cigars,
Tax his beers,
If he cries
Tax his tears.

Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
To tax his ass.

Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won’t be done
Till he has no dough.

When he screams and hollers;
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till
He’s good and sore.

Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in
Which he’s laid…

Put these words
Upon his tomb,
‘Taxes drove me
to my doom…’

When he’s gone,
Do not relax,
Its time to apply
The inheritance tax.
Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Excise Taxes
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
Gross Receipts Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Luxury Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Personal Property Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service Charge Tax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Sales Tax
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax

Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

What in the heck happened? Can you spell ‘politicians?’
I hope this goes around THE USA at least 545 times!!! YOU can help it get there!!!


This was his final column after 49 years of being a journalist. The fact of the matter is that this isn’t even the least bit misrepresented – if you do the leg work, you can find that everything he presents is fact and in fact, is being carried out.

Wow – it’s a lot to think about, but it makes you think …

Here’s to everyone having a great week … I’m going to go watch Moulin Rouge and then crawl in my big, comfy King-sized bed!

xoxo –