Monday, December 28, 2009


It is overwhelming to keep up with all the technology out there, isn't it?  I have 90+ friends on facebook, 285 followers on Twitter and 5,897 subscribers on YouTube.  

Why doesn't somebody consolidate it all into one to make it easier???  

We could call it something like....

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Civil War Records

There are 50 pages of records for my great, great grandfather's service in the Civil War!    So far, this is what I know.... He was wounded in the battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi on December 29, 1863.  Shrapnel from a cannon ball hit him in the head, fortunately the wound was minor.  I have his signatures on several documents, and also his wife.

My great, great grandfather helped burn Atlanta.  Remember the scene from Gone with the Wind where Rhett and Scarlett barely escape with their lives as they pass a 5 story building full of flames? ... Yes, my grandpa was one of those dirty yankees in Georgia!

An 85 lb. soldier
from the Civil War
 He served as a private from beginning to the end of the Civil War.  His company "was reenrolled at Woodville Alibama on the 1st day of January 1864 was with the Army of Gen Sherman on the March from Atlanta to Savannah in the State of Georgia – That the soldiers had no tents but Shelter Tents that on said March by reason of Exposure and hard marching the said James M. contracted the Chronic Disease – The same was in the line of his duty.  The Army left Atlanta Oct 3rd 18yr and got to Savannah December 24th 1864."

 The disease he contracted toward the end of the war disabled him for the rest of his life.  When he went to war he weighed 180 lbs, healthy for a man who was 5' 10" tall.  When he arrived back home at the end of the war he weighed 85 lbs.  

He fought in many battles, I'll have to make a list, watch for that in the near future.  

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

12 truths for adults


1. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

2. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

3. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

4. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

5. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind-of tired.

6. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day..

7. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

8. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

9. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Light than Kay.

10. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

11. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?

12. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

American Quilt

I watched "How to make an American Quilt" last night for the umpteenth time.  This movie has subtle life messages in it, and some not so subtle.  Each time I watch it something new stands out.  For instance, last night there was a scene where Constance says the hardest thing about being friends with women is that they're women.  She lost her husband to cancer a year before, and although she joined the other women in their quilting task, it seemed she was singled out as the one they picked on. I thought she handled their treatment of her graciously and with forbearance.

As the movie progresses, we're shown the various struggles each woman has had in her life.  The only woman whose life was picture perfect was the woman they picked on.  Constance had a wonderful relationship with her husband, she missed him terribly.  A husband of one of the other women targeted her vulnerability, and was rebuffed.  Her character, out of all the women, was notably the most sterling.

If someone picks on me, (it happens to all us) I try to keep this in mind, you don't know what they've gone through in life.  The mere fact that they're picking at you, is proof they have some struggle going on.  Sometimes I fail, and lash back, but most times I absorb it... and let it roll off my back at a later time.

Anyway, these are just thoughts running through my head this morning.  How is your morning going?

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Lost 3 lbs. Will it find me again, that's the question!

Sooooo.... I was weighing myself today and I've lost 3 lbs.  

There's a website where you can fill in the blank with 
the weight number you've lost, right?  

And it will tell you what you lost in something other than lbs.  

Such as: "you lost the weight of a penquin" or "you lost the weight of a Suzuki".  

So I put my measly little 3 lbs in the blank and this is what I lost....

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Yes you are!