Friday, September 26, 2008

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Friday, September 19, 2008

In honor of my 200th post

The pirate speaks, Just a smartly note t' say hi! In honor o' me 200th post and me bucko Patsy on Talk like a Pirate day, I decided t' give a few words that would make old Captain Jack proud.

All be good at home. I canned 7 quarts o' peaches tonight. That scurvy dog man o' mine kept tryin' t' steal them and eat them- he needs t' be thrown in t' stocks..ARRRR!

well me buckos, thar be not much more I can write in this language, so off t' bed with ya

oh yeah, and have some rum and stuff!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

100lb of peaches and 25lb nectarines...

Whew! Was I tired yesterday!

I went to the u-pick orchards with friends and we came home with a huge lot. the peaches were free as it was the LDS orchard and they were gleaning. I had Harrison on my back in an ergo...and sling bucket on my side crawling up ladders picking peaches! It was truly picture worthy. then we stopped at the orchard next door and I got 25 lbs of nectarines for $10

I have jars and got my book to learn how to can.

I think I bit off more than I can chew! LMBO

here are the nectarines I canned today...first time ever! LOL

I couldn't figure out how to get more in the jar without mushing them (I just shook it around to help them settle down in there more)-so there seems to be a lot of space at the bottom
and the first jam I have ever canned: roasted apple butter and kiwi jam

I think this could be addictive! There are so many great recipes out there. The problem is all the stores and all the thrift stores around here are TOTALLY OUT of jars and other canning supplies!
I really want to get one of these for next year so I can do applesauce, pear sauce etc

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

McCain and Palin's health insurance plan

this astounds me. truly astounds me. how McCain and Palin can even think this is ok....
From the NY independent study was conducted concerning the McCain-Palin health care plan...this is some excerpts below

These are changes that will set in motion nothing less than the dismantling of the employer-based coverage that protects most American families. A study coming out Tuesday from scholars at Columbia, Harvard, Purdue and Michigan projects that 20 million Americans who have employment-based health insurance would lose it under the McCain plan.

For starters, the McCain health plan would treat employer-paid health benefits as income that employees would have to pay taxes on

The net effect of the plan, the study said, “almost certainly will be to increase family costs for medical care.”

and then:

Mr. Goodman, who helped craft Sen. John McCain's health care policy, said anyone with access to an emergency room effectively has insurance

Really Mr Goodman?? Really?? So instead of having insurance, people should go to the ER for medical care-get charged 4-5 times that of what they would pay in the doctors office, and then if they can't pay for it...depend on the hospital to write it off? or get sued for non-payment...or heck,lets just declare bankruptcy.
yup-that sounds like health insurance to me!

Brilliant plan. Truly brilliant.

Knock knock
who's there?
McCain who?
just another scary man behind a mask as Scooby Doo would say

Monday, September 15, 2008

Top 5

Got a call from Kaitlyn's cross country coach on Friday. She was asking my permission to enter Kaitlyn into the Bob FirmanInvitational this next week. From what I understand-it is a huge meet! 5-6 states are involved. they only send the top 5 kids from each team-and Kaitlyn is one of them!
Of course I said yes! She will have fun. And it is local to us so we can go watch.

Go Kaitlyn!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Lots on the plate

Wow, there is just so much going on!

First off, we all started school! Shawn and I included. Doing pretty good so far. Knee deep in chapters and quizes and a biology research paper.

We were able to go down to Twin Falls to see the family. As you read before, my grandfather is not doing so well. We celebrated him and grandma's 60th wedding anniversary and family came from all over.

Here are a few pictures.

Grandpa and his brother Pete

My Uncle Stan and his toy!

My mom (the red head) and her grandma and grandpa

Me and my crew of motley cousins
(oh yeah, and my stinker little brother in the cowboy hat!)

and my there any doubt she is related to me?

Conner has started football and Kaitlyn cross country. They are loving it and have had a few games already.

Conner and Noah both got bounced up into accelerated Math due to their ISAT scores (conner's was high enough to graduate) and Noah is also in accelerated reading.

Shawn is busy with school and work and I am trying to keep it all pulled together.