Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Honest Scrap Award

I received an Honest Scrap award from Katie at Just Another Catholic Mom

Here’s the poop:

There are 4 steps that need to be taken in order to fully accept this award.

1 Say thanks to the presenter and give a link back to their site.
2 Share "TEN HONEST THINGS" about yourself.
3 Pass this award on to 7 people whose blogs you find brilliant in blog design and/or content. Or pass it on to someone that you find inspirational.
4 Let your chosen award winners know that they have been awarded with THE HONEST SCRAP AWARD.

10 Honest Things About Me

I have a history of fairly serious depression. Since my conversion I don’t get depressed but lately I’ve been very sorrowful over the disintegration of our country, culture, morality, families, government etc. I feel a few posts coming on about this topic.

I cooked my first homegrown chicken dinner recently. It was a bit disappointing. Kind of dry and tough. We got 6 meat birds this year and 4 egg layers. I hope the egg layers are a better bet. I’m going for the crock-pot for the other meat birds and hoping for the best.

I’m left handed, so is my dad, niece and son.

We are trying our hand at raising steer this year. Hubby is really into it and is planning for a heard of 40 or so including possibly heifers for breeding. Rarely do we do anything small scale in this family, suddenly the couple of steer we got to help graze down the horses turn out field has become an endeavor to help support our household.

Hubby and I have been married 19 years in December, and he’s not yet 40. They said it would never last, silly parents, siblings, aunts, uncles etc.

I’ve lived in a Detroit suburb, the city of Los Angeles, and rural Michigan. I like rural living best, followed by urban living. The suburbs don’t really work for me, to plastic and stiflingly cloned.

I’m an introvert. I find it more relaxing to read a book than hang out with a group.

I graduated high school with a 1.8 GPA, and it took me 4 ½ years. Not what you would call stellar.

I have a BA in History and English from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. I’ve come to believe that skipping high school didn’t hurt me none.

Hubby and I have been entrepreneurs for 17 of the 19 years we’ve been married. In that time we have had a paralegal service specializing in evictions, we’ve had a debt collection agency at one time specializing in phone sex debt, we’ve rehabbed distressed property to flip or rent, and we’ve designed, manufactured and installed timber frames, and apparently we are now going into raising beef. I’ve been everywhere man, been from here to there man.

I’m going to forward the award on to anyone who wants to participate!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

God Bless America, Land That I Love

Lately I feel like a woman waking from a long coma looking around to find that everything changed and I hardly recognize the landscape. I’ve been researching the underpinnings of the credit market freeze that crippled our company , and that has been the jumping off point into my education about the current American political landscape.

Some background about me as my frame of reference for my review of American politics 2009.

My father’s family came to America from England in 1639 a full 137 years before our first civil war, the American Revolution. My family was active in the American Revolution, one of my ancestors signed the Declaration of Independence for Maryland. Something I’ve always been aware of, peeking for his name when I pass the Declaration on display.

My mother’s family is more recent immigrants, coming to America in the wave of Polish immigration between 1795 and 1918 as Poland was endlessly divided and occupied by it's neighbors.

Why did these two families pick up their belongings and their family members and float across the pond to a foreign land? What continues to bring immigrants to our country today? Short answer: Freedom, but what does that mean? What is it that makes the American experiment unique in all the world? The answer lies in the opportunity for self-determination down to the level of each individual family. None of our ancestors came to America in search of a hand out, they came in search of the opportunity to sink or swim on their own merits. Our nation’s Constitution affords us this right and this opportunity to live our lives free from undue interference and restriction by our government.

This opportunity for self-determination, the opportunity to make independent decisions about education, profession, religion, family life, etc., this is the American dream, but it is in grave danger of slipping away.

We stand today at a critical juncture in our nation’s history. Our government has been overstepping its constitutional bounds for many years. For my part I’ve been so busy building our business that I’ve not had the time to look around and see what’s been going on, but the slow down we’ve experienced has given me the time and new eyes to see.

I will stand today as my ancestors stood in generations past to ensure our rights of self-determination. I will oppose as I am able my government’s attempts to enslave me to an agenda which seeks to rob me of the fruits of my labor as our ancestor’s did so long ago in that Boston harbor. I will work to teach our children of the bravery of their ancestors in this fight against tyranny, but above all I will seek first God and his Kingdom and ask him to guide us in our struggle.

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!

God Bless America!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

7 Quick Takes - A Tour of My World Edition



You know what makes me bat-shit-crazy? Bat shit. I have it all over my family room. Jen has her scorpions, and I have bats. They are simply disgusting with their little beady eyes; fur covered bodies and tiny little hands. And what’s with the way they fly? It’s just creepy. Darting and weaving all over the place with no rhyme or reason they swoop out after dark as we are peacefully winding down the day with Glen Beck. Yuck.


Glen Beck for president!!!

I doubt he would take the pay cut, but I think he could win. According to the 20/20 story his program is more popular than any other talking head program on the air and this gives me great hope for our nation. The man has really hit a nerve in particular with those of us in the “fly over” states. His take, politicians are out of touch and represent special interests above their constituencies and we foot the bill. Yea, I’m pretty fed up with that.


Hip Hip Hurray for Glen Beck’s Wife.

Apparently, according to Glen on the 20/20 interview, she’s hot. Before anyone get a different kind of hot and blow a gasket let me continue. She’s hot and SHE WOULD NOT HAVE SEX WITH HIM UNTILL THEY WERE MARRIED AND THEY WERE PRACTICING A RELIGION! So they joined the Mormon church. Well I’m not going to quibble about theology, the point is cultural.

What’s the point? The “sexual revolution” of the last 40 years has deteriorated our culture to near destruction, pelvic problems as our pastor calls it. What is the underpinning of the disconnect? Artificial birth control and its fall out sex with all comers (really sorry about that one). What’s the solution? Ask Mrs. Beck, she’s on to something here.



It’s permeating our culture and is shockingly blatant at the top levels of our nation’s leadership, as GMs bondholders know all to well. AmEx is in on the game in a big way. They have turned off our employee’s personal AmEx cards because our company card is behind. Understand that no employee has signed any sort of agreement to assume the company’s indebtedness for a card issued in their name, and AmEx has yet to produce any documentation supporting their action.

It gets better. AmEx has gone so far as to send a demand letter to each employee’s home. It gets even better than that. They made a demand in writing for the entire amount of the company’s outstanding balance not simply for the amount outstanding on an employee’s individual company card. I wonder what would happen if each of the ten employees actually sent in the full company balance, would they donate the overage to charity? I’m not holding my breath.


“We don’t have an economic crisis, we have a morality crisis.”

I’ve been chewing on this concept for weeks. It’s a comment made to be by a family friend I called for advice on investing in gold. When I see the lawlessness in our nations leadership as well as private institutions, the blatant disregard for any sort of standards or little things like our laws I have to say I agree with his assessment.


“You Said Everyone Was Taking a Pay Cut,...But They Didn’t”

I try really hard to be meek as instructed in the Gospel and as lived out in the lives of Saints like Therese of Liseiux, but my confessor keeps directing me to St. Jerome a man who was banned to the crying room during Mass because he got in his Bishop’s grill about something or other.

Why the parallel with St. Jerome and his hot temper? Well I think it has something to do with situations like these.

Our shop guys, the three that are left, banded together this week and came into HR, what’s left of it, demanding to know why they took a pay cut and the two guys out in Washington… who are closing up our Washington shop…permanently….didn’t take pay cuts.

Good news…these boys are still alive. Bad news… I hurt their feelings.


Google is a Godsend for those of us who can barely spell our own names.

My 10-year-old son spells better than I do. Thank goodness he’s around to ask most of the time, but for those times when he’s not, and Word just is not picking up what I’m laying down, there’s my faithful companion Google. He always gets me. And he asks so politely, “did you mean parallel” when I’ve typed perrell. “Oh, yes, yes, thanks, that’s what I meant, my fingers are just a bit clumsy”. My fingers and apparently the spelling part of my brain. Ain’t technology grand?