Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The 100 Things List.....

So, both Meadowlark and Wendy at Home Is... have posted this on their blogs, and I'd like to participate. Here's my accounting, with a few additons at the end, per Wendy's and Meadowlark's suggestions.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland (World, once)
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis (no, but I talked to one, recently, that found its way up from Seattle in a cargo trailer by train, and was rescued by the hubby of one of my coworkers.)
10. Sang a solo (a couple)
11. Bungee jumped (no, I enjoy my life too much to throw myself from high places held by only a rubber band.)
12. Visited Paris (yes, and I would again if I had half a chance)
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning (I'm sure, though fortunately I cannot pick out a single particular instance.)
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France (yes, but the Venus da Milo and the sculpture of Cupid and Psyche were my two favorite distinct and recognizable works of art at the Louvre.)
20. Slept on an overnight train (between Paris and Madrid)
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitchhiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb (no, but plenty of newborn puppies and kittens)
26. Gone skinny dipping (no, not in Alaska)
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run (*snort* NOPE! Not a chance of me ever succeeding at that.)
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors (some of them, in Germany and France)
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language (Does it count that I took 2 years each of French and German, voluntarily, in HS, but none of it really stuck?)
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo's David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance (would rather not have had this experience)
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing (I don't know, does a halibut charter count? though I spent the entire time in the cubby under the wheel, trying not to puke)
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris (Yep, but unfortunately I got up there to find out the batteries in my camera were dead.)
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain (I've danced in the rain, by myself. Does that count for something?)
53. Played in the mud (Yep, my sisters and I, and my best friend and her little brothers used to make matchbox-car towns in hills of dirt, as kids.)
54. Gone to a drive-in theater (Yep, did this once or twice as a kid, while in South Dakota.)
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business (not really, but I have sold some of my crocheted goodies)
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma (NOT A CHANCE IN HELL!)
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check (another one I wish I didn't have to highlight)
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar (no, but I LOVE Escargot!)
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone (yep, my right wrist, in 9th grade, in Tae Kwon Do.)
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person (only from the air, a few thousand feet up)
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car (bought the hubby a new truck, anyway. It was a piece of junk.)
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper (probably, but as I cannot remember for sure, I won't highlight it.)
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox (yes, in theory, seeing as I have the blood titers, but I don't recall having it, and neither does my mom recall myself or my sisters having the CP.)
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury (grand jury, as a matter of fact, almost 2 years ago. Very instructional, an experience I recommend for EVERYBODY, but not one I want to do a SECOND time.)
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby (yep, and one is enough!)
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a lawsuit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee (not really, but twice by horseflies!)
100. Read an entire book in one day (so many times it's not even a question of HAVE I, but HOW MANY.)

101: Baked bread from scratch
102: Picked apples (a couple of large-ish crab-apples at a wild tree near my Uncle Keith's place, strawberries at a U-Pick; also wild blueberries from a lot several houses down from where I grew up, and cranberries from near the hubby's moose hunting spot. Cranberries have been made into cranberry bread, and blueberries into various baked goods and quick jams/sauces/syrups.)
103: Made Jam or Jellie from picked fruit (crabapple jelly from thumb-nail-sized crabapples picked from Dad's front yard, little over a year ago.)
104: Made a FULL Thanksgiving Dinner (Mostly, usually somebody else would bring dessert, and I've NEVER made gravy from scratch.)
105: Walked in an unharvested wheat/corn/barley field
106: Dabbled your toes in the lake from a dock
107: Had fish for dinner that you caught that same day from a lake or pond not more than 100 miles from your home
108: Got a tattoo that carries more meaning to your life than simply "it's cool."
109: Dance/d in an ethnic/folk dance troupe (German folk dance! Thanks MOM! *wink* Included one or two Octoberfest celebrations.)

Ok, I think I'll call that good. (So, a couple of those were MY additions, as well as additions that Wendy and Meadowlark made.)

If you post this, see if you can add any MORE to the list. Preferably REAL experiences that don't require traveling hundreds of miles from home.

Have a Blessed Day!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

August Rush!

If you haven't seen this movie yet, SEE IT!!!!

I just finished watching it finally. I've wanted to see it for months, simply because Jonathan Rhys Meyers is incredibly awesome. And Keri Russell is a fabulous actress...... But WOW. This movie totally supercedes EITHER of them as actors.

I have NEVER, EVER seen a movie that made me cry, the entire way through..... And not for sadness, but for the beauty that is expressed. The child who portrays Evan Taylor/August Rush is completely beautiful. The story is of love and loss and finding it all again and KNOWING what you've found.
RENT IT, BORROW IT. WATCH IT!!!!! I cannot stress how beautiful this movie was. WATCH IT!

Friday, November 21, 2008

What a Load of BS!!!

OMG, so check out this article on Yahoo news: Bush's Last Rule-making Hurrah! He's bound and determined to screw over our country before he leaves office, evidently. Here's more information on the rules and regs that GW Bush is pushing through in his final days in office: ProPublica Midnight Regulations.

And, probably the worst aspect of this is that the next president has a nearly impossible time repealing any regulations that the out-going president pushes through as a Midnight Rule. *shaking head* So, even when Obama takes office, he won't be able to repeal some of the monumentally F***ED UP regulations that Bush is putting forth (or, repealing, in some cases).

Gods..... May I just say that I am SOOOOOO happy that Bush is finally being thrown out of office, and that McCain didn't get INto office in his place.

As it is, I'm having a very hard time not wishing ill on Bush. I know that he'll get his Karmic @$$-kicking at some point, or a throw-down before the throne of God, if that's how you choose to view it, but man..... Part of me is hoping that some idiot decides to make Bush's last days in office THAT much shorter; keep him from pushing forth any MORE regulations than he already has.

(I know, I know, I know..... "An It Harm None" and "Do Unto Others" and all those other words of wisdom, but please, don't tell me you don't occasionally have similar thoughts about people you can't stand.)

GAH! This just pisses me off so bad I wanna play darts with a pin-up of his head! (And, I'm not a darts type of girl, seeing how badly my aim sucks. I'm likely to put pin-holes everywhere BUT where I'm aiming.)

Anyway, just had to share.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

What a Crazy World!!!!

We had a very scary example of what a desperate person can do, when he/she feels pressured by economic realities. Here's the news report from today's online paper.

At about 2 pm yesterday, a bomb threat was called into the middle school. The person on the phone said a bomb would go off in 2 minutes (according to the report). At the same time, the Federal Credit Union we use for our banking was robbed at the grocery store in the North Pole Plaza Mall. The whole mall was shut down.

AND, across town, in Fairbanks, a suspicious package was found at one of the post offices (the one down by the old Woolworth's, Mom) that resulted in the bomb squad from Eielson AFB being brought in. (It was a package of business mail that wasn't properly marked.)

The North Pole cops pretty quickly figured out that the bomb threat against NP Middle was most likely a diversion for the thief to hit the "bank". No idea how much money he got away with, but guessing it wasn't more than in the $500 to $800 range, seeing as it's an FCU and they don't keep much money on hand.

Tay called me at about 4 pm, when her two best friends arrived home and found no older siblings there to meet them. Meg. was freaking out. (Wouldn't know that her dad is an EMT and fire-fighter, with her inability to handle stress!) Trevor was worried, as the door to his house was locked and he couldn't get in, but he wasn't freaking. Both of them have older sisters who attend the middle school. Trev's sis should have been home and unlocked the door, but as she wasn't, Trev came over here to hang out till somebody got home to let him in. Tay was ALSO freaking. Anyway, I did what I could (from work) to calm the 3 of them down, before getting back to business.

Last night, however, Tay wound up in our room, sleeping on the floor. Kiddo was THAT FREAKED that this guy would try to break into our house and rob us too. *wry smile* As if we've got anything of value, right?!?! *snort* Ah well, so we locked the front & back doors and she camped out on the floor by her Dad all night. I think we all 3 slept pretty soundly, but didn't get nearly as many hours as I would have liked.

Anyway, the news this morning is basically that they're looking for the guy. It'll be interesting to see if the thief is anybody we know. It's a small town, and a small borough (80,000 people, give or take 5 thousand), it's hard to NOT know somebody.

One of the commenters on the news report was kinda wondering as to how much of this sort of thing went on in the early days of the LAST Depression. I'm guessing it may be a lot more common THIS time, than it was the last time. This time we're lacking the common decency and respect for others that was more ingrained in the population last time. It's unlikely that this thief stopped to think of the money he might be taking from somebody else's proverbial pocket or paycheck.

All the more reason to be investing one's money in tangible goods (food, clothing or fabric, useful camping goods) than in money or gold & silver. (Not that it probably wouldn't be helpful to have a limited amount of both gold & silver -more limited on the gold, than the silver- but why invest in something that's shiny & metal and appealing to many other people?!?!?!)

Anyway, must get back to schooling, if we hope to get ANYTHING done this morning.

Have a Blessed Day!

Friday, November 07, 2008

It's Been a While.....

Ok, so what have we been up to???? A whole lot of the usual, basically.

Schooling is, well..... It's going. Some moments are better than others. (Yes, I mean MOMENTS, seeing as it can go well one moment, and the next, we're fighting.) We're on lesson 25 now, with 15 more to go in Nov. The rest must be done, and the quarter test finished and graded, by the end of Nov.

We had our first appointment with our new "therapist" on Wednesday. It was an "intake" as my mom would term it. Basically, Ligia spent 45 minutes having Scott and I fill out paperwork and asking us for more detail about our concerns with Tay. Then she called in Tay and went over 3 goals she'd set for our family (and Tay in particular) for the coming couple of weeks.

1) Reduce "Dangerous Behaviors": cut down on the fighting, slamming doors, throwing temper-tantrums, and take a voluntary time out as needed. (This goes as much for Scott and I, as for Tay.)

2) Express feelings and emotions APPROPRIATELY (again with the stop fighting). Talk things out, instead of yelling and fighting. (Also again, for Scott and I as much as Tay.)

3) Personal hygene: brushing teeth and showering without arguements, and keeping room tidied. (This goal is solely for Tay, really.)

Ligia (the therapist's name) said she'd contact the guy who FCSA works with to set up an appointment to have an educational assessement done for Tay. She said he or his office would call us to set up this appointment, hopefully within the next week. Once we get that assessement done, we'll set up regular appointments set up for Tay to go in and talk to Ligia (pronounced "Leesia") and work on her behavioral issues. Potentially this will include getting her into the "Yess" school next semester, if her educational and behavioral issues merit it. That's a possibility, but not a certainty yet.


I've done well, the past 2 days, keeping in mind that I must keep my temper in check. Yesterday, Tay spent the first hour and a half of the morning being a right little pill. But, I kept my temper, and calmly told her to go to her room till she could come out and treat me respectfully. At one point I did almost lose it when I got upset over her calling me retarded.

(I put in Christmas music, of all things, to chill out to while she was in her room raging. To give me something lighthearted to focus my mind on instead of getting worked up by Tay's screaming and yelling at me from her room. She came out, saying that she was going to act responsibly and respectfully, and proceeded to start ranting about the Christmas tunes and how anybody who listens to Christmas music this early in the year is retarded.) Suffice it to say, I sent her BACK to her room, and when she came back out, I started telling her how badly she'd hurt my feelings by calling me retarded for listening to Christmas songs. I also told her that as she was determined to be so darned disrespectful of me, she was going to eat cold cereal for breakfast, instead of the coffee cake I'd been making. I wasn't going to allow her to have that special treat, if she was going to be disrespectful of the person making it: ME.

After more ranting and raving on her part, she was sitting there at the table, grumbling about how I kept repeating myself over the schoolwork (if she'd let me finish a thought, I wouldn't have to repeat myself over and over and over -ad nauseum- again, as I told her). And, right about 9:30, evidently it got to be too much for her, how I wasn't arguing back, or letting her rile me, and she suddenly just crumbled. A weeping, blubbering mass of tears. Me too, for that matter, considering she started apologizing profusely (and sincerely!) for being so mean and rude and disrespectful to me all morning.

I wish today had gone better, but it didn't, really. Less arguing from her, less disrespect in the form of rude names and such, but the fact of the matter is that she refuses to try, and then gets all pissy when I insist that she's going to find the answer for herself, and I'm going to keep drilling her and grilling her till I'm sure she understands the concept. She'll sit there, having read something out of her history or science book not 5 seconds before, and insist that she doesn't know the answer to a very specific question regarding what she's just read. I won't accept that. And even while it may be hard for her, some of this stuff, I'm not going to let her get away with playing stupid. I get that it takes more effort, and I may have to break things down even further than the science or history books do, but that doesn't mean I'm going to simply give her the answer and not expect some honest work from her as well. Sooner or later she'll get that, but for now she's still fighting me every step of the way. *sigh*


As for that coffee cake, I made a Gooey Butter Cake using a Pecan Spice cake mix, but the vanilla filling. YUM!!! Not QUITE as good, though, as almond flavored filling with a yellow cake mix crust, or pumpkin filling with spice cake crust.

Here's the recipe for those who haven't seen it before:

Gooey Butter Cake

1/2 c butter, melted
1 box cake mix (yellow cake, for the basic)
1 egg

Mix those ingredients together and press them into the bottom of a lightly greased 13x9x2 inch baking pan.

1 (8 oz) box of cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 c powdered (confectioners) sugar
2 eggs

Beat these ingredients together till smooth, then pour over crust. Bake at 350 deg. F. for 35 to 40 minutes or till puffed up and lightly golden-brown. Don't burn it. It will NOT test done as normal cakes do, and should in fact still be rather gooey in the center. Allow to cool completely (if you can stand it!) before cutting. Smallish pieces are best, as this cake is VERY rich. Good for a decadent breakfast treat, or dessert any time of day. *wink* (Serve with a glass of milk, for washing down that richness!)

To change it up for Thanksgiving, substitute spice cake mix for the yellow cake mix and add a 15 oz can of pumpking pie filling and an extra egg to the filling mixture. Baking may take just a BIT longer with this addition. Top each slice with a pecan half, before serving, and a dollop (or squirt) of whipped topping if you'd like.

Paula Deen has a bunch of suggestions out there in the WWW somewhere, on how to change up this lovely cake a bit, including this pumpkin version.


I've been needing to cook out of my stored food, the past two weeks. We wound up with a check that didn't get cashed when we thought it had, the check-book got a bit messed up because of it, then the check was cashed later and it really fouled things up, so we had a bit of a SNAFU with our checking account. Well anyway, that messed up our finances a bit, and it meant that last week's grocery shopping couldn't total more than $25 for the week. Fortunately I HAVE been stocking up for a while now, and I had food stashed away that could be cooked up to provide extras, and some leftovers frozen for quick suppers. Tomorrow's shopping is going to be SOMEWHAT slimmer than I like to do, but I'll be able to get a bit more than last week. Which is fortunate because we DO need things like fresh fruits & veggies, and we're now out of ground beef & chicken breasts. But, 2 weeks on stocked food certainly isn't too bad! We've still got plenty of food we could be eatting, if only I could persuade the hubby and kiddo that soups and vegetarian meals are more acceptable. They're not to that point yet, though. *sigh*

But, it was nice knowing that I could get through a couple of slim weeks with what we had in the pantry and freezers, and only need a loaf of bread, a couple of onions and cabbage and a bunch of apples for the fresh stuff. If I could find the time to bake some bread, I wouldn't even have to shell out for THAT. (It's the rising time that's getting me lately, I know I could get it all started with no problem, but hockey and such other responsibilities are meaning that I wouldn't be home at the time it needs to be punched down and seperated into loaves before the second rising. The last time I tried, I lost track of time and by the time I got home to my dough, it had collapsed after rising TOO much the second rising, and I couldn't salvage it.) As for baking bread on Fridays, it'd take up too much table room, and I can't kick Tay out of the kitchen long enough to do the bread mixing and kneading. The couple of times I've needed bread products, this past week, we've made do with cornbread muffins. Which are good, but don't go well with all different types of things. (And simply can't be made into sandwiches.) I'm REALLY in the mood to bake Cranberry bread, though. *drool* Maybe next Tuesday, when I've got Veteran's Day off.


Speaking of Veterans, Dad had to have surgery this past Monday. He had 2 hernias (matching, on opposite sides of his groin) that needed fixing. It was, fortunately, an out-patient matter and he was back at my Aunt & Uncle's place by the end of the day. He's back in Spokane now and staying with Mom's oldest Brother and Sister-in-Law. Fortunately he gets along well with my Uncle and Aunt, and he helps out around their little "homestead" while he's there. He'd planned on being there long enough to get his storage trailer unloaded and the belongings rearranged into his home-trailer, but now it looks like he's going to be spending the winter there in Spokane.

My Aunt Norma Sue also had to have surgery on Monday. Apparently she's got Glaucoma related to her diabetis. She had surgery on one eye last year to relieve the pressure from the Glaucoma, but was having problems with SOMETHING leaking, so the Dr schedualed her for another surgery to repair the problem, and to graft in some skin from her thigh to cover the spot that was having problems. I'm hoping to call her back tomorrow to find out how she's recovering. Last Sunday was her 72nd birthday, so she's not young by any means. (She's the wife of my Dad's now-deceased older brother. She lives in the Dallas TX area in the home she occupied with my uncle, and her older son -my oldest cousin on that side- now lives there with her.)

So, prayers for the continued recoveries of both Dad and Aunt Norma Sue, if y'all would.


Last but not least, the election: While I've got a couple of qualms about our new President-Elect, I'm pretty reasonably happy to see that he won the election. And I'm happy that the whole process is over for a few more years. This one dragged on for FAR too long! My prayers are that President-Elect Obama is emotionally and morally prepared to lead our country into and through the coming depression and the ecological hardships our country and our world now faces.

The hubby was considerably less than thrilled that Obama won the election. Scott, unfortunately, listened avidly to all the fear-mongering that's gone on toward Obama. While I admit to lingering concerns about Obama's stance on gun ownership, I think that he all-in-all will be able to lead our country much better than McCain could have. And while there are obviously still folks in our country who aren't quite ready yet for a president of African-American heritage, I think Obama's got a much better chance of surviving the next 4 years than McCain has. And between the lack of honor that Palin showed in her attitude at rallies, and in her speaches to the press, and McCain's age, I'm pretty sure we would have had the unfortunate reality of Sarah Palin winding up running our country with not nearly enough experience, and a tendency to incite hot-headed feelings in her followers toward those who don't believe the exact same way. So, all in all I think we're in for a hard time, but not nearly so hard with Barack Obama as it would have been with McCain and Palin. (And now, having seen Sarah Palin's behavior as Vice-President Candidate, I'm highly unlikely to vote for her as Governor, if she comes up for Re-election in that stance. But there's also some evidence that a great many other Alaskans were just as disenchanted with her behavior while she was the VP Candidate. We'll see if it's enough to keep her from getting reelected.)

Anyway, I've had to hear a couple of snippy comments about how Obama's going to beggar us with taxes now that he's going to be President. To that, I reminded Scott that Obama's wanting to raise taxes on big business and folks who actually qualify as wealthy in this country. Those folks, and those companies, have gotten away with reduced taxes for a LONG time now and the "trickle down effect" that was supposed to help our country has been shown to be a load of balogna. Instead of taxing us "little guys" (because Scott and I will NEVER qualify as rich in OUR country), Obama wants to tax the "big guys" and reduce some of the strain on the rest of the country through that. Hey. Good! About damned time the CEO's raking millions (billions?) per year are taxed on that money, and about damned time Walmart was taxed, and Exxon, and BP, and Conoco Phillips..... I'm glad that there's somebody gearing up for the Presidential office who doesn't seem determined to give his cronies platnum parachutes and tax the poor and lower class of this country to do it. We'll never qualify as wealthy. Hell, neither of our dad's would ever qualify as "wealthy" by the standards of our country. So why Scott's worried about the rich getting taxed while the poor finally see a break...... *shrug*

I've also had to listen to some really freaking stupid comments on the fact that Obama's African-American, the balogna-supposition that he was actually born outside of the country, and the equally bogus supposition that he's Muslim based on the fact that he attended a Islamic school in Indonesia (where it's required by law, from what I understand?). I'll be so happy when the guy can actually get into office and flex his political muscle and show folks like my hubby how much bull that all is. And, as Sharon's said, I hope Obama takes on the mantle of greatness and proves that he's got the mettle to pull our country through the messes the current president has heaped upon us.

Oh, and FWIW, over at Gina's Blog it was mentioned the importance of writing to Obama and congratulating him on his win of the election, and giving him some advice, as his constituents and supporters through it all.

(EDITED TO ADD) I just sent this letter to Barack Obama:

Congratulations Mr. Obama, on your win in the election. I wish you all the best in your first term as president. I would like to tell you what I hope you will put some energy toward as President for our Country.

1) I greatly hope that you will endeavor to see that ALL Americans, rich, poor and the rare middle, are provided equal and EXEMPLARY medical care. I hope that this will include birth control and annual gynecologecal check-ups for women, and compassionate counceling for rape and incest victims, including abortions should they chose that route.

2) I hope that you will guide our Nascar-addled culture away from the desire to own a car, each and every individual one of us. I hope that you will encourage a rebuilding of our rail system, both trans-continental and light rail (trolleys or metros?).

3) I hope that you will encourage a major restructuring of our educational system. As the Mom to an 11 year old girl who was being passed from one year to another in an attempt to make her somebody else's problem, even though she should have been held back (and I advocated STRONGLY for that), the public school system is a shambles and our children are only falling further and further behind the rest of the world. Too many are graduating without even knowing how to spell the basics, because we've gotten away from TEACHING the basics. And our teachers should be encouaged to be the best they can be, and to be strong in purposefully HOLDING back those who might otherwise fall behind. (To be passed on to the next year does NOT mean a child is succeeding, it often means a blind eye has been turned in their direction.) I homeschool now, by the way.

4) I hope that you will push VERY strongly for rebuilding our nation's bridges, levees and dams, public buildings and public works. My workplace is a library, we're seeing SUCH an increase in the number of people who utilize our services as the economy worsens, I hope you will continue to support funding for such services as vital to our country's recovery.

5) I hope you will push for a build-out of energy producing "industries" such as wind, solar, hydro-electric, and geo-thermal. I know that nuclear is something you're enthusiastic about, but there is no SAFE way to EVER TRULY dispose of nuclear waste that won't endanger our children and our grand-children for a million years to come. Hydro-electric, Geo-thermal, Wind and Solar don't bear that same burden of disposal.

6) I hope you will encourage a return of support (on the local level, not the governmental funding level) for small farmers. I hope you will include the Victory Garden movement in this, even to the point of planting a vegetable garden on White House property and even rolling up your sleeves and working in it yourself, now and again. And meeting a portion of your family's grocery budget from that same gaden. A White House clothes-line would be a great factor as well, to encourage the rest of the country to put up a clothes line for home usage. But, esp. our family run farms. We need to move away from the mono-culture that farming has become, that is pressed upon us by such big businesses as MonSanto. We cannot be forced by big business to give up our right to grow our own food and save our own seed from year to year. Farmers need to be encouraged, not subsidized and condescended to. And the monopoly on food processing should be broken, to allow the farmers to get a TRULY fair price for their products!!!!

7) I hope you will consider that our founding fathers wrote the Second Amendment to protect the average man's right to own and operate fire-arms with the eye toward a dictatorship that may first try to remove those arms from our homes, then try to remove other rights, once we no longer have the ability to defend ourselves from dictators.

To now, we have not had a revolution to oust a dictator or tyranical official, but you've shown that a massive grass-roots movement IS possible, though your movement was peaceful. I hope that you will respect that we have the right by GOD to defend ourselves from a tyrany and will not impede that right by attempting to enforce a removal of gun-rights from the average (civilian) person. I'm afraid that if you did so, many people in this country would revolt against YOU, when my hope is that YOU will be the person that reunites this country after 10 years of divisive behavior by elected officials.

President-Elect Obama, my thoughts and prayers are with you as you begin to worry about the hardships facing our nation.

Thank you for listening to my hopes.

Blessings to you and your family, and my condolances for the loss of your grandmother.

I sent this letter through Change.gov.


Anyway, I think that pretty well covers it for now.

Have a Blessed Day!