18 December 2009

Flood 2.0

We're expecting another flood, this one short notice but I'm not sure it falls under "flash". Everything is up & in the house again. Hopefully come tomorrow morning there's minimal flooding (high tides at 10am & after noon) but we're prepared for the worst.

07 December 2009

A date which will live in infamy

To the Congress of the United States:

Yesterday, December 7, 1941 -- a date which will live in infamy -- the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that Nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its Government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to the Secretary of State of form reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese Government had deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. Very many American lives have been lost. In addition American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday the Japanese Government also launched an attack against Malaya.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam.

Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.

Last night the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our Nation.

As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.

Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us.

No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory, and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces -- with the unbounded determination of our people -- we will gain the inevitable triumph -- so help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December seventh, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire.

68 years ago we were sucker punched. 68 years later, we still remember.

Today, when the bell tolls again, remember those young men & women who withstood the onslaught of hate & terror. Who got themselves up, bandaged their wounds, buried their dead, & fought with a righteous anger against an aggressor without the intestinal wherewithal to fight fair. A bully is a bully, no matter what their size. Their hallmarks are to strike in the dark, attack civilians, & lay waste without thought to the costs in innocent lives. We've fought bullies before, we fight bullies now & I have no doubt that they will soon meet the same fate which is far more merciful than that which they gave out.

23 November 2009


New recipes (yesh, plural) on my Recipe Blog. Happy Thanksgiving y'all!

Oh, yesh, there's some slated for posting each day this week until Thanksgiving as a means to use those turkey left-overs.

13 November 2009

Nov 2009 Flood

We're fine. We've gotten past the worst of it. We had power & water the whole time, but we're flooded in. The house is dry and has been that way the whole time. The garage is a different story.

As the flood started, generally what happens when it rains here. Nothing big but we were already prepping.

The first high tide - 11/12 Nov

That gray shape in the upper-left corner is the garden shed. It sits outside the garage, by the side of the driveway. It will make another appearance soon.

The back yard

The garage
That big gray thing is the garden shed. It was trying to float away with everything in it (minus the mower & weedeater we'd already taken out to keep dry). We floated it into the garage instead. That was interesting to say the least.

The BIG high tide - 12Nov
Inside the garage again. Contrast with above to see the water difference in level & filthiness. Yeck!

The steps down from the house into the garage. Poquoson was severely damaged by Isabel when she tore through a few years ago so every building in town was raised off the foundation. We're a good 4 feet from the water to the actual hose so we were quite dry.

The cinder block line is the height of the water when Isabel came through, & the height the house was raised because of it. We were 1 full block short of that line, a good 9" or so.

The garage door half under water. Just means 1/2 is above water! It could be worse!
That black to white line is actually where the house proper is. Everything black is the cinder blocks. Everything white is the actual floor level for the house. Well above the water line.

The front steps - 4 of them lost to the water

Off the front porch into what was the yard but is now a small pond

13 Nov
Outside in the backyard

I did notice the squirrels (and maybe some birds) have found that there is still food in their feeder. At least that means some of them made it through as over the fence is a garden of creatures. Glad to know some of them will be back again when it dries out a little.

Down the back steps - at least now you can see the ground!

Out the front side of the house
Where the garden shed belongs, but not where it is!

We now know where in the garage we can start installing more (& bigger) shelves & hooks to put things on. The high water mark if you will. All the stuff that moved is in the sun room/dining room. We'll get a high pressure washer & scrub down the walls & floor & outside of the house before moving anything back in. I see this as a blessing of sorts. We stayed dry & we now know we planned well & can build on that planning for the future.

11 November 2009

Happy Veteran's Day

Thanks to all my readers who have served, or are serving. You deserve more than 1 day a year to hear THANK YOU!

10 November 2009

Happy Birthday

234 years young, and still the pride of the American people & the scourge of those who seek her destruction. Happy Birthday Marines! OORAH!

06 November 2009

Sad Day

Ft. Hood, largest military base on the planet, was attacked by one of its own. Ft Hood, shocked & in mourning & looking for answers to a horrible massacre at the hands of a mass murderer.

For my non-Texans, Ft Hood is the big ol red dot between San Antonio & Dallas. I find it only a little odd that Austin isn't found on that map. Killeen is also not on the map & it sits right outside Ft. Hood.

Yesterday was a terrible day, but I hope today begins the upward climb to recovery for those injured, healing for those mourning, & punishment for those guilty of such deprived acts of cold-blooded murder on unarmed men & women preparing to deploy in the service of their nation.

These will be challenging times ahead for III Corps & all her units (including) First Army Division West, 1st Cavalry Division, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command, 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, & the 89th Military Police Brigade.

Soldiers Angels have set up a collection drive for those wounded & the children of those present.
RIGHT NOW: Collecting encouraging notes and NEW stuffed animals for the families and children of the injured or killed. Please send cards/letters and stuffed animals (and anything NEW that may brighten the life of a child) to:
Soldiers' Angels
4408 PanAm Expressway
San Antonio, TX 78218

If you can give your life blood for those men & women who give you theirs, please DONATE! The local hospitals have an urgent need for more blood. Even hospitals as far afield as Ft. Worth have sent blood & must replenish their stocks so if you can, give blood today.

Don't forget to fly her at Half Staff until Sunday, by order of the Governor & common sense & decency.

16 October 2009

Enough with 2012!

Ugh. I hate doomsday predictions, and I hate chicken littles. Combine the two and you're in for a world of scorn and ridicule! Graft that stupidity onto an ancient calendar and we're reaching levels of animosity reserved for only the most insidious perpetrators of arrogant Western though.

The world WILL NOT END in 2012! The damn Maya say so, their calendar says so, astronomers say so, archaeologists say so, and so does the dang Bible! No amount of morons looking for star happenings in galaxies light years away, no number of dumbass hollyweird movies, or Discovery Channel specials will change that!

Look here, I may be a pagan and be quite proud of it but even I remember the Bible. Yea, that pesky little frame work so very few who espouse Christianity ACTUALLY follow. Its followers have been screaming Armageddon and the end of the world since 34 CE. They don't have such a good track record with the end of the world and all.

Then we have the sandwich board loons. The "END IS NIGH" kind of folks. The Y2Kers, the Hale-Bop comet crazies, and the like. The ones who screamed that Bird Flu, then Swine Flu would be the eradication of humanity. If only it was, to get rid of the likes of them!

Seriously folks, its time to put down the funky purple kool-aid and get a grip!

Mankind can not possibly fathom the end of the world. I have no idea when it will happen, but I'm perfectly okay with saying Dec. 2012 ain't it. The fact a cycle in a millenial old calendar comes to a close on that date does not equate to the end of the world. If I know you and you espouse this belief, expect an ass beating come 2013, because I will be around and you will be a moron in need of a boot up side your behind!

09 October 2009


I can't think of a title, I'm suffering mommy/pcs brain. Yeah, that's it! I'll go with that excuse.

The kids are in school. The oldest is already sliding on the path of not doing work & lying to mommy & daddy/teachers about homework. Note to child, I can log into your online school and see all your homework, and your grades. We have a conference next week and I'm ready to take her out of band. If she won't do her basic, core subjects of English, Social Studies, Science & Math then I can't in good conscience see her participating in after school fun activities. Of course I don't want to take her out of band, but its her choice of her behavior not mine. I will make her tow the line.

Middle one is doing well. I'm still not done with painting her bed. She's got the Iliad, the Odyssey, & the Aenid. She's got a few god/goddess symbols, and even some Dr. Who but I've got more drawn out & as yet unpainted. Life gets in the way sometimes...

Nox (aka Nyx), Eye of Horus, Hypnos

The Iliad - pretty clear depiction of the Trojan War in my opinion.

The Odyssey

The Aenid

The complete Trojan War as told by Homer & Virgil

(Why the Aenid & Odyssey & Iliad you ask? The child has read them all! She loves mythology and wanted to read them. More power to her I say, she's read more books, than most adults, on the subject.)

The Doctor makes an appearance. Or well, the TARDIS, his helpers, & his enemies.

The youngest heathen is doing well. We REALLY miss our Speech Therapist from Aviano. The one here is lovely, don't get me wrong, but totally not the same personality. Youngest is doing fine with it & enjoying school but we still miss those friends we left in Italy.

The krat & dog now get along just fine. They chase each other round the house on a nightly basis, she stalks him, he jumps like on a trampoline & she gives him evil looks. He's a member of the family when he gets the evil stink eye from the krat! They even share their food dishes nicely & show concern for each other so we think they're a good fit.

The dog has some new clothes. No I did NOT teach him to wear them. He came with 1 little sweater he loves. I can't even say clothes, I must spell it as he knows that word and goes looking for them when you say it. He's got a styling jacket, & a little back warmer poncho like thing, & a set of shoes (since there's 4 I don't think that's a pair...). I'm trying to decide what to dress him as for Halloween. He will be staying inside come trick-or-treat as he's not been well socialized & still likes to bark too much, but he's a good dog that just needs a little more help on the friendly meter.

The garden is dying back. Totally expected it as its been decidedly cooler in the mornings. Got nada from it this year except 1 zucchini (how is 1 even possible?? They're like the rabbits of the plant world!). Oh well, started it late and didn'e expect it to produce much so that's okay. Compost is ready to go down but I'll lay it in a bit, after the plants die back & I dump some horse manure & soil for a raised one for next year.

Okay, life calls. Until next time.

18 September 2009

Introducing ...


He's a "schnack" we adopted. Part Schnauzer, part Jack Russell terrier. He's not jumpy, he's not barky. He got the best of both worlds. He has not an Alpha bone in his little body - if you try to play tug-of-war with his tug toy, he gives it to you and lays down. He's a good dog though, and we look forward to a very long life with the family.

Nicole doesn't quite know what to do ...

11 September 2009

Today we remember.

Today saw man's extreme inhumanity to man, his desires of death and carnage for nothing other than evil sport for evil minds.

Today we remember.

Today saw death cross the land like a bird upon the wind, blown by evil winds, and swallow men up by the thousands belching fire and reining debris as it slaked its thirst for blood.

Today we remember.

Today we watched as our extended family suffered a loss none could comprehend, none could imagine.

Today we remember.

Today, we sat horrified at the view of our compatriots as they fell to their deaths, at the hands of brutal men who would make themselves our masters through fear and terror and blood.

Today we remember.

Today, oh but today, we saw the kindness and love and honor and compassion of those wounded, bloodied, and broken to care for their fellows who had received such grievous wounds at the hands of brutal thugs too terrified to fight on level ground.

Today we remember.

Today my people bled, today my people mourn, today my people are roused to righteous anger for the horrors given to innocent souls.

Today, we remember.

Today we steel ourselves to carry the burden that no man can share with us, no man understand.

Today we remember.

Today we awaken a stronger nation, we rise as the phoenix from the ashes of our wounds.

Today we remember.

I'm alive....

I haven't succumb to lack of oxygen on top of the mountain of boxes still in the house. I haven't been eaten alive by the mosquitoes (though they give it a good try each night). I haven't had to call in Noah when the tide comes in either. Just been busy living life.

The kids have started school, I've been painting furniture (which I'm still not done with), and we've been getting settled in.

We're looking to find a new dog. We put our beloved Buddy to sleep in July. His body was too old and tired to keep up with his spirit so we made the tough choice and let him go peacefully instead of in pain. We're not quite ready to adopt again just yet, but we'll be going to the Petsmart adoption fair this weekend in Newport News & Virginia Beach & Norfolk (maybe Portsmouth as well). We've been to a couple shelters already and its heartbreaking to leave all those wonderful animals in cages because we know they just aren't the right fit for us (or us for them). If you need a new pet - PLEASE ADOPT!! Those shelter animals have had some horrible things happen to them in their lives, and every one of them deserves to go to a loving home. Please, please, I beg you spay & neuter your pets and ADOPT ones, don't go to breeders if at all possible.

To all you military personnel out there that pull that damn "we're moving and can't take" excuse to abandon their animals... SHAME ON YOU!! You're not worth the love and affection of the animals you abandon! A pet is FOR LIFE! A pet is FAMILY! You don't leave your kid when you PCS, you don't leave your PET! Lazy bastards! Plan to take the whole family, or don't subject the poor animal to being abandoned in the first place. There are times I'm deeply ashamed of the military and its members.

Short of that, all goes well at our end. Hopefully it goes the same for my readers.

24 August 2009

USO Rocks!

We were treated to a free concert, care of the USO, at NAB Little Creek Friday evening. While the traffic to get there was INSANE, the concert was worth it.

Not the greatest photos I know, but I was just stoked to get to see Gretchen Wilson in concert. SUPPORT THE USO if you can! We support them on a regular basis, and they've always been there when we need them. They support the troops, and the troops definitely support them.

I also strongly suggest you support those who support the troops - be they entertainers like Ms. Wilson (yea, great concert!) or corporate sponsors like Coca-Cola & others who help the USO complete its mission.

14 August 2009

Coming up for air

So the Household Goods are here. My house looks like a war-torn corner of Baghdad, or a cheap flea market with all the boxes and un-assigned stuff lying around.

3 beds are built (2 all by myself! - yes, I'm proud of that). The middle heathen wants her's painted black and grey so I can't put it together until after it stops raining, I get it sanded and painted, then dried. Have I mentioned it seems like monsoon season here in Virginia?

We've got family inbound on Saturday. At least the living/dining/kitchen/office areas are ready for visitors/habitation. The girls rooms not so much...Our room, not at all. Our bed is together but that's about it bud.

We own too much crap! I'm throwing away boxes worth after going through them on un-pack. But, its moving along at a slow pace, but moving none the less.

Hope all have a good weekend! I'll be 31 on Sunday and all I want is a hand-dipped DQ cone. :)

06 August 2009

Boxes, boxes, and more boxes

My whole world isn't made up of boxes, but I'll be danged if it doesn't seem that way sometimes. Unaccompanied Baggage came in yesterday. Household Goods today and tomorrow. I have the plan of this time next week the house being put away properly even if I have to be a mean task master where the hubby and kids are concerned.

I did pull a bonehead and forget to get the guys some bottled water. I've got sodas, ice, tea, and cups but I forgot the water. I'll pick some up today so they can have it later. We'll buy lunch for them tomorrow and I'll pick up some donuts or something as well.

31 July 2009


If race relations have come along so far, why do people keep harping on what race the President is? If its so very unimportant, shouldn't he fail or succeed on who he is, what decisions he makes, instead of playing the race card constantly??

29 July 2009

Hot Damn!

We got a race for Governor!

Cream that sorry sack of bulldung Perry! Give us a good show, and a great governor! Kay Bailey Hutchison!

21 July 2009

I ain't dead yet!

Still waiting on Unaccompanied Baggage, Household Goods, and all the fun things that moving brings. Can't set up the house without the furniture, so we're living like vagabonds at the moment. Oh well, there are worse fates in life.

Almost done enrolling the heathens in school. They'll need physicals which won't be for another week then we're done. Got most of their school supplies so far as well.

Things are moving along nicely. Hope all is well in blogger land (Boyd! Update your blog! Puleeze?)

02 July 2009

We have somewhere to live!

A fabulous somewhere, and we're leasing from a US Army Col. so we're good in the military lifestyle.

We've signed a lease, in the town I wanted so the girls will go to some of the best schools in Virginia.

I've finished transferring the utilities, so now we need to get a washer/dryer and fridge and we're good to go. I'll upload pics as soon as possible.

I can't express the sheer joy of having somewhere other than a hotel to live.

26 June 2009

We're Here...

VA, fear us! Hehe.

We're in Hampton, we've got a hotel, we've got the truck back, we've returned the rental, the pets are alive and well somewhat happy, the kids are alive and mommy and daddy are too.

Next up to find a house. Let's say the one at Langley is um, well, I've never seen 8 Senior NCOs (to include two Chiefs) crammed into one building. Unless that puppy has an engorgement charm or is hiding the TARDIS, there's no way in hell it has 4 bedrooms big enough for my family.

Off to WAL-MART!!!

14 June 2009

Happy Birthday USA

234 years old, and still doing a heck of a job! Happy Birthday to America's Army!

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