Well here it is May 31, 2013.  It is 365 days from June 1, 2012 and my challenge to myself is complete.  I have posted on my blog daily for one year.  It is time to review and I thought that an Exit Interview might just be the trick to do it for me.

In business when an employee leaves on their own accord an Exit Interview is conducted.  Of course if the company walks you out the door in a lay-off or firing it is a bit different.  Well unless you are the government then you are allowed to stay until your appointed leaving time or do not come to work and still collect the weekly part of your $170,000 annual salary.

The purpose of an Exit Interview is for the employer to see what they are doing well and what they could do better in your field.  It also is to make sure you are aware of privacy rules regarding their products if that is applicable.  It may also be for the employer to understand that you are not disgruntled in your leaving.  If you are then they will ask questions that could protect them should you sue.  An Exit Interview is optional in some cases.

I looked on the internet for questions that are asked in an Exit Interview.  As with anything on the web, there is an abundance of questions.  Most of them are pertinent to a work environment so I had to adapt to my situation.

Some I found are:

What is your primary reason for leaving?

What was most satisfying about your job?

What was least satisfying about your job?

What would you change about your job?

Were you satisfied with this company’s merit review process?

Were you happy with your pay, benefits and other incentives?

To begin the interview I have to go back to June 1, 2012 when I put forth the challenge to myself.  This would simply answer the first question with – it is time.  My challenge is up.  I have posted on my blog every single day for a year.  In fact being the “Queen of Underachievers” I surprisingly went overboard and posted twice on a couple of days.  Today will be post #373.

The most satisfying thing about the challenge was that I was able to have a voice.  Sometimes it was warm and homey.  At other times my voice was to give my opinion or to let others hear that all was not well in a particular situation.DCF 1.0

The least satisfying about it was the timeframe as I wanted to be posted by noon everyday.  I really wanted to be posted before one of my faithful readers went off to do their errands at 10:30AM.  This put pressure on me and I accepted it.  Writing was the first thing I did every morning with my “Paris” coffee cup at my side.  Some mornings it was a struggle and others the words poured out of me.

I think the only thing I would change about ‘my job’ is that I would make it less daily and not necessarily mornings only.  At this point I risk losing my readers.  I would also have to change the title ‘Good Morning World’!  Decisions decisions.

I loved the last two questions about merit review process, pay and benefits.  I have to tell you the financial reward is non-existent at this point.  The personal satisfaction reward is hitting the ceiling.  As far as the merit review I look to the comment section of my blog and thoroughly have enjoyed them all.  I am grateful for all my readers.

The last part of the Exit Interview is “Are there any other comments that you would like to make?”

Well of course there are!  I started this June 1st with a discussion as to the name of my blog.  I ended up with ‘ktsquaredtreasures’.  Well it was written by kt squared and I have decided not all I wrote were treasures!!!  In order to change the name I would have to create a whole new blog and it seemed like too much work at the time.  Even now so will keep the same name.

I have had some very positive comments about my political posts and some not so nice comments.  Taking all that in thought I have decided to separate the political from ktsquared and have established a new blog that will be designated for the controversial issues.  If you are interested in reading those let me know and I will get you connected.

I believe I succeeded in my quest and it was indeed a year of eclectic passion.  I look back at this with eyes of amazement.  I rarely follow through anymore even in my reading I have books open, started and unread on my tables.  Up until the one I just started and finished last week entitled “Queen Hereafter”.  The latest Dan Brown is next to me and is already half read and I started it yesterday.  I am chomping at the bit to get back to it!  If all goes well I will finish it today or tomorrow.  “Inferno” is a great read thus far.  I love Dan Brown’s plots!  Perhaps I am turning a page (pun intended) on follow through once again in my life.

The end of this blog is that it will not end.  I am going to continue to post on ktsquaredtreasures.  Again I know not all will be treasures.  I can guarantee that all will be eclectic and filled with passion.  I am going to not worry about posting before noon and still try to do so.  I am going to not worry about posting every day and probably will continue to do so as well.  I am going to look into dividing my blog into areas like the thought of the day or a movie review or book review.  Change can sometimes be a good thing.

I am going to take the weekend off.  I have to be in upstate New   York over the weekend and not going to bother trying to get something posted. I however will be thinking of topics.  Monday morning I will try to post again.  The fun thing is I do not HAVE to post!!!

So thank you for walking this journey with me.  It has proven to me that I can do it!!!  What is next?  I want to learn a new language.  I have been getting itchy to paint more.  Goodness knows I could certainly use some of this past year’s determination to take off a few pounds though that is less appealing to me as it means deprivation.  Well maybe not actually.  Oh well as you can see eclectic as ever!  So I am now off to new adventures…………..or as I have said everyday for the past year………..





I have long been enamored of Andy Andrews and his writing.  “The Traveler’s Gift” is on my list of favorite books.  It is closely followed by “The Lost Coin”.  He takes our history and weaves it into a story with inspirational lessons along the way.

I was in the web surfing the news sites and came across an interview he had with Glenn Beck.  My first thought was “These are strange bedfellows.”  Then I stepped back and thought that both of them are men of faith so maybe not so strange.

Andrews tells Beck that ‘thinking determines the choices and decisions’ that we make.  He contends that we have to have the right thinking.  He says it is what we think about and how we think about it.  He gave the example of Venus de Milo.  She is art and we think of this nude as art and as acceptable.  Playboy on the other hand has nudes that are thought of as pornographic.  It is the thinking that determines our choices and our decisions and our actions.

I found this very interesting as I have focused on making good choices as the most positive way to live.  I am going to have to put some thought into the thinking part of how I actually make these choices.  I have to agree that thought goes into making a good choice or not.  I have included the link so you can see the whole discussion.

How many times have we done something and regretted it and then said, “What was I thinking?”  In fact isn’t there a country song entitled by the same name?

When we look at choosing between two financial choices we use critical thinking do we not?  I simply have not ever given thought to thinking.

A friend of mine refers to negative thinking as ‘stinking thinking’. and of course it is.  It does not bode well for anyone to be stuck in the negative.  That type of thinking wears you down.  It leaves you grumpy and out of sorts.  We can change the way we think as I have said many times this past year by accentuating the positive.

Of course the conversation with Beck went on to referencing the government.  That is not really my focus with this post.  I am betting you are surprised.  I was really noting that Andy Andrews was speaking out yet again and I found what he had to say very wise.

I will be thinking about this for some time to come.  Adjusting our thinking may be the best way to save the world.




The state of our country is really interesting of late.  In the once strong proud America there is a less flag waving.  We are pulling back from waging war.  We are no longer standing strong to the world.  We are no longer helping out the ‘little guy’.  We are instead being led by a man who is apologizing for our actions.  We are being led by people who are trying to transform America. The question could be why?  Why do we have to be transformed.  What was so wrong with  America?

The USA today is once again embroiled in scandals.  We survived Watergate and will survive these as well.  Is it possible that so many things could be going so wrong in such a short span of time?   Or is it that I am finally becoming aware of the political nature of our country?  I try to be informed and yet the more informed I become the more sad I am about the state of the USA.

Today the USA is facing Obamacare once again.  This bill brought about a resurgence of protesting in this country.  The Tea Parties were born to ask strong questions and oppose this bill.  The bill was passed in 2010 for implementation in increments.  These were not teens protesting like in the 60s.  These were parents and grandparents – lots of gray hair – looking to find answers in Washington.

Now we hear that Obamacare which was passed without reading is not what it was touted it would be.  A few facts are that we could keep our same insurance.  That is true if your insurance comes from your company.  There is a caveat in all of this.  If an employer does not want to offer insurance they can stop.  Then you would not be getting your same insurance.  There is a fine in their Obamacare so that employers will not drop their insurance coverage.  The fee is steep and in some cases may still be cheaper than paying for employees insurance so dropping insurance and paying the fee may work better for larger employers.  OR they could simply pass the additional costs on to the employees so their insurance would cost more which Obamacare said it would not.

Businesses will cut employees and employee hours in order to comply with the law. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says 10 million involuntarily underemployed part-timers will be affected.

Obamacare kills small business. “If [employees] are thrown out of their medical plans now, where they’re covered in a good plan and thrown under the bus, they’re going to be destroyed,” The Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD) co-founder Bernie Marcus said on Newsmax TV. “If, in fact, they don’t stay as full-time employees but go to part-time employees, they’re going to be destroyed. People have to understand that the villain is not their employer; the villain is the U.S. government. Obamacare is the capper. That’s the bullet to the temple.” (1)

Doctors are opting out.  The was a survey recently of over 13,000 doctors and 77% of them believe that Obamacare will not work.  Many are selling their practices.  With more people coming to insurance there will be longer lines waiting for services and fewer doctors.

From the outgrowth of Obamacare the Tea Party people decided that they wanted a larger voice in politics.  Many of them filed for the 501c3 tax status.  Move to the latest information that these people who had Tea Party or Patriot or even some faith groups have been targeted by the IRS for further review before giving them this status.  This has now blown up into a full problem.  It appears that this goes back to 2010.  The head of the IRS says they are not really aware of all of this.  The President fired one man though let him work for a week as he was going to resign anyway!  The lady in charge of all of this pleaded the 5th before congress and is now on administrative leave with pay.  She is earning $177,000 to sit at home right now.  That is more than 4 times the average salary in this country.  Most private companies have what is known as a ‘zero tolerance’ and if you do something against the company you are walked out the door – end of job and income. The administration knew nothing of this until they read it in the paper.

In the middle of all of this last September on 9/11 there was an attack on a Consulate in Benghazi Libya.  Four Americans were killed.  There was information that the Ambassador was abused before his body was recovered.  No one is talking much about that and they deny any wrong doing.  It makes no difference the former Secretary of State said before Congress.  I have written much about this.  There are questions that linger like where was the President and who pushed the video?

The Justice Department has targeted some AP reporters by getting some of their records.  James Rosen of FOX News was targeted under the espionage act.  Attorney General Eric Holder said before Congress that he knew nothing of this.  The Rosen papers had Holder’s signature,  Now if you say one thing and do another and then tell someone something else is that not called lying?  It is a crime to do that to Congress.  The President read about this in the newspaper.

Kathleen Sebelius is believed to have violated the Hatch Act when she gave endorsed Obama during the 2012 campaign.  She is now also asking for funding for Obamacare from industries that will be regulated by the bill.

The key to understanding this request is the nature of Enroll America.  It’s a non-profit group that will supposedly help to get Americans to participate in ObamaCare exchanges — a task of HHS, actually.  Sebelius wants the assistance to keep from having to ask for more funds from Congress to accomplish the enrollment, which could require tax hikes on insurers.(2)

AND there is more that is going on.  The EPA is out of control with new regulations and spending.  Much of the money however is not staying in the USA.

Ranking members of a congressional energy committee call it “foreign handouts” amid record deficits, soaring unemployment and U.S. cities declaring bankruptcy. The money — close to $30 million — has been issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is headed by Ms. Jackson, according to Judicial Watch, a group that pursues government documents through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) or through lawsuits filed in federal court.

The cash was distributed via 65 foreign grants that don’t even include what’s given to Canada and Mexico, according to a report released by the House Energy and Commerce Committee and obtained by Judicial Watch that reveals in the past the U.S. EPA over $100M in foreign grants to battle pollution … in grants to foreign countries aimed at reducing global pollution. (3)

It appears our country is in a free fall to destruction.  Then again that is transformation.







It has been years since I have been interviewed for anything.  Perhaps this is why I occasionally stay on the phone and actually take those surveys.  It is nice that someone wants my opinion or to want to know what I know.  The last one I took was last Friday and it was from our local hospital.  I think Union Hospital is the neatest place.  They are very friendly and on time – a huge deal for me.  I have not had to stay there any length of time – just go in for a test or two.

The interviewer asked if I would give him a few minutes to take the survey.  He obviously had a script and was flustered when I would offer unsolicited comments.  He spoke distinctly and slowly and while I wanted to take the survey we could have gone quicker.  Most of my answer were ‘yes definitely’ anyway.  I told him he could just check that all the way down and no he had to ask them all.  It was more than a few minutes.

I am interested in what I would say at a job interview now.  Any formal education that I had was over almost 50 years ago.  The experience I have now is on the job training.  The question would be for what would I interview?  I have bookkeeping experience balancing (more like juggling) checkbooks and household accounts along with our rental account.  I have experience with taxes as I do our own with a program.  I can landscape.  I can clean house.  I can iron.  I can organize.  Jill of all trades and master of none.  I am not certain I could be hired for any job.

I look at what is going on in our country right now with all the scandals that are coming out of Washington D.C.  What do we look at when we hire these people?  We do hire them you know.  Running for office is the interview.  Many of our legislators have failed to fulfill what they spoke in the long interview campaigns.  When a legislator keeps their political promises they also can be dubbed as obstructionists.  I think that is not so bad as they are doing what their ’employer’ they said they would do in their interview.

I go back to the election of 2008 and the resumes of the two candidates.  There still is such a contrast in my mind as to the resumes of both men.  John McCain had years of service in the Senate.  Had served in war and was a prisoner of war.  Barack Obama was a community organizer and was in the Senate for 172 days.  It did not make sense on the surface of the resumes back then.  While I am not so sure McCain would have been good, his resume surely spoke more about the possibility than Obama’s.  Does not matter – here we are embroiled in more scandal then there was with Watergate.  That was only one issue.  Even Clinton’s issues really were about womanizing – one issue.  Clinton at least knew how to work with people.  The community organizer in chief that we have now does not.  I think it is going to be a long hot summer of hearings once again.  There will be no impeachment,  There will be much illumination though I believe.  Honesty will win out in the end.

What good is an interview?  It is the first take of the person coming for a job.  I think it is wise now that companies have two or more before making a decision on an employee.  Are they honest and upfront or do they do what is necessary to get the job?  I think it does not matter as in the end character is what we are hiring.  If a person has good character they are going to be open and upfront and the follow through will prove their worth.  If they do not have good character it is going to show.

In the end the judgment comes when the person gets into the job and we can see how he or she does or is doing.  My interview – the latest – one was June 1st of 2012 when I offered my challenge to the blogosphere.  In a few days I will be judged by me, you too if you want, as to whether I did the job.  It simply amazes me that I am looking at the end of my challenge in three days.  It then will be time for the exit interview.




There will be parades today all over this country.  The parade where I am will take no more than 20 minutes to pass by.  It is not large and filled with spirit just the same.  I remember marching in the same parade years ago.  Not a long walk and yet carrying a french horn it seemed interminable.

There will be family picnics and BBQs all over this land of ours.  We celebrate the men and women who protect us so that we can enjoy the festivities free from harm.  Today is a day of thanks to our men and women in the service of our country.

Rather than write for hours on something we all share I thought I would find some pertinent articles to share with you.

The first is the Mission BBQ place in Glen Bernie Maryland.  They have the best BBQ they believe.  Having lived in North Carolina, Tennessee and Missouri I can tell you for certain there are others who would disagree with that statement,  In fact “Memphis is May” is all about the best BBQ.  There is a winner too so not sure how Mission BBQ can claim best.

What they do and do specifically well is to honor those in service to our communities and country.  Every noon they stop what they are doing and play our National Anthem.  Those in uniform eat free on 9/11 and two other designated days.  It is quite a story and can be found with the links below.

Another story I heard this past week was about former President George W. Bush and his 100K bike ride at his ranch in Crawford Texas.  This is not the first year he has done this.  It is the first year it was done on his ranch.  You can read about this at the link below.

There was a reunion dinner held for POWs at the Nixon Library this weekend.  It brought back POWs that were honored 40 years ago in the same way.  They tried to recreate the event as much as possible even seating the men at the same tables they sat at 40 yrs ago.

On this day I am thankful to live in the greatest country in the world.  Freedom would not be free without the men and women we honor today.


By ktsquared Posted in Trivia



Is there somewhere that you go that leaves you breathless?  I hope so.  I hope it is not far away and that you get to visit often.  The place does not have to be the most beautiful place or the most majestic place or a palace for kings.  It could simply be your home when you walk in each time you have been away or at the end of the day and you look around at the accumulation of your life and say ‘thank you God this is good’.  It could be walking into the home of one of your children and being thankful as your breath is taken away by the joy of their happiness.   Or the breathless of walking into their home and seeing the grandchildren that are now part of your life.  This breathless feeling is best described as the occasional intake of joy that leaves you breathless with d88c307c-9266-476d-a8c1-b72ec8e82637.1amazement. It is an overwhelming feeling of wonderfulness.

The word feeling is a noun.  The meanings are below.

1. the function or the power of perceiving by touch.

2. physical sensation not connected with sight, hearing, taste, or smell.

3. a particular sensation of this kind: a feeling of warmth; a feeling of pain.

4. the general state of consciousness considered independently of particular sensations, thoughts, etc.

5. a consciousness or vague awareness: a feeling of inferiority.

As I read these it appears feelings cannot be planned.  From the descriptions above they are spontaneous.  The description in number 3 best describes what I feel.  That is what I am describing with the breathless a feeling of warmth and #4 includes the spontaneity.  It is a moment that just hits you and you take in a breath in joy, pleasure and amazement.  I am not talking the amazement of stupidity. I am focused on the joy and happiness on this dreary rainy Sunday.

Every time I walk into the Head of the Harbor Cottage I am breathless.  I am immediately filled with joy as I look around the small living space and kitchen.  I am home.  It is the home I had not ever dared to dream.  It is the home that was procured with a leap of faith and daring to dream the impossible.

Home is a noun as well.  The meanings are below.  My home is with my husband of course and the second meaning references that and I am glad it used the word affections.

1.a house, apartment, or other shelter that is the usual residence of a person, family, or household.

2.the place in which one’s domestic affections are centered. institution for the homeless, sick, etc.: a nursing home.

4.the dwelling place or retreat of an animal.

5.the place or region where something is native or most common.

It is the last two that come to mind when I think of this cottage.  It has been a retreat of sorts for me in my native area.  I love it.  I walk in here and all care seems to melt away even though my to do list is long.  Even when it was just a one bedroom ramshackle shack.

The history of this place is probably part of the happiness.  I had been talking with a friend, a teacher and the mother of one of our daughters best friends.  She was talking about investing and buying land and property and getting ahead.  I was a stay at home mom and going through some self worth issues in that I brought no money into the house.  I think I’ve mentioned the growth of a woman’s movement that said we all had to be equal.  A stay at home mom is equal to what?  I decided we needed to invest in property and since we were going to retire to my home area it seemed logical to buy something there.  It was an island and they were not making any more land up there.

We looked for a couple of years actually.  The realtor that we went with was the only one that kept in touch with us even when we did not call her.   She knew what we were looking for and that we had little money.  When this place came on the market we looked at it and we were not wowed yet it would be perfect for our needs to rent it to pay for itself, give us a small tax deduction and make it work for us until we could live in it ourselves.

It has done everything we planned and more.  We now use it on the shoulder seasons of summer rentals.  We use it as much as we can.  I more than anyone else as I have the freedom to come and go as my ‘job’ has no time requirements.

ef8506d2-8e53-4e2e-9297-3d16d2c08f0b.1Every time I walk in here all that history floods me as I look at the home we have created from four walls and open windows that were left after hurricane Gloria had gone through in 1986.  I am filled with love of memory of my very cautious husband trusting my instincts and saying yes ‘offer them $500 more and please stop crying’.  I am flooded with the thought that my grandfather used to live up two doors down.  My dad as a young child played in these fields.  I lived across the street as a toddler.  We cut Christmas trees in my youth from part of the acreage that we now own with this cottage.  It all comes back to me as I feel, almost physically, a blanket being placed around my shoulders to shelter me from the cold.  My feet are on earth that has had connection to my family from way back.  I am home.  This time truly as I am not alone.  My husband has taken time to come with me.  We have work to do to prepare for the summer rentals yet last night as we sat on the couch with a small fire in the woodstove all was well and I was completely home, body and heart.

Now we hope that our rental season is filled with lovely people.  Thus far we have a family coming from Maryland who have not ever been in New England before.  In fact they have only been in our country for 20 years arriving from China.  Another is a family from the Midwest.  They have not ever booked through and were a bit concerned about the process.  I tried to simplify it.  We also have our special Liz and Ken who are from Maryland as well and they will be coming back for the sixth year in a row.  This is one lovely couple and we even met them one Thanksgiving.

We have 8+ weeks left to book.  It is my hope that we do.  Yes of course I want the defray our costs.  More though I want people to come to share our ‘home’.  Not only this building, even more the island of Mount Desert and Acadia National Park.  Some of the most spectacular vistas I know.  Then again I may be biased.

view from the porch

view from the porch

television area

television area

Commercial break – if you are interested in booking a week at this cottage please go to #318828!  Here are some pictures that take my breath away.  You may believe  that it does not take much to make me breathless.  I hope you now understand that while this cottage is very comfortable and welcoming, breathless is more than simply the building.




I am a feminist.  I believe in equal rights.  I was not accepted by the feminists of my time.  While feminism is the right for a woman to choose her own path and be equal to men, it seemed that my choosing to be a stay at home mom was not acceptable.  Feminism is the right to be active and fight for social, political, economic and legal rights.  I am politically active though I am still not allowed into that group.  You see I believe a woman’s right to choose about having a baby occurs BEFORE she has intercourse.  If she does not take precautions and becomes pregnant she has made a choice.  I also enjoy having dinner ready for my husband, doing his laundry and putting him first which feminists see as servitude. It seems feminism has definite ways to believe we are equal.  My choices do not qualify.

I am a feminist and I believe in a Father God.  I do not have to call this entity a supreme being or she to make it more comfortable.  I accept the Biblical God.  I believe this God loves me and tells me so on a daily basis.  In my prayers that I speak I tell Him I love Him as well.  In the letter prayer I write Him at each days end I tell him just how much as I thank Him for my day.

I found this letter that He wrote to women.  After reading it you too may decide God is the first feminist or really does not care about feminism.  He does care about women all kinds.  I love this letter.  I am thankful for it.  I tried to authenticate it to no avail.  I present it as I found it.  I hope on this May 25th it celebrates women, the love of a man and woman and enhances your day.


When I created the heavens and the earth, I spoke them into being. When I created man, I formed him and breathed life into his nostrils.

But you, woman, I fashioned after I breathed the breath of life into man because your nostrils are too delicate. I allowed a deep sleep to come over him so I could patiently and perfectly fashion you. Man was put to sleep so that he could not interfere with the creativity.

From one bone, I fashioned you. I chose the bone that protects man’s life. I chose the rib, which protects his heart and lungs and supports him, as you are meant to do. Around this one bone, I shaped you…. I modeled you. I created you perfectly and beautifully. Your characteristics are as the rib, strong yet delicate and fragile. You provide protection for the most delicate organ in man, his heart. His heart is the center of his being; his lungs hold the breath of life. The rib cage will allow itself to be broken before it will allow damage to the heart. Support man as the rib cage supports the body.

You were not taken from his feet, to be under him, nor were you taken from his head, to be above him. You were taken from his side, to stand beside him and be held close to his side. You are my perfect angel…..You are my beautiful little girl. You have grown to be a splendid woman of excellence, and my eyes fill when I see the virtues in your heart.

Your eyes……don’t change them. Your lips-how lovely when they part in prayer. Your nose, so perfect in form. Your hands so gentle to touch I’ve caressed your face in your deepest sleep. I’ve held your heart close to mine.

Of all that lives and breathes, you are most like me. Adam walked with me in the cool of the day, yet he was lonely. He could not see me or touch me. He could only feel me. So everything I wanted Adam to share and experience with me, I fashioned in you; my holiness, my strength, my purity, my love, my protection and support. You are special because you are an extension of me.

Man represents my image, woman my emotions. Together, you represent the totality of God. So men……treat women well. Love her, respect her, for she is fragile but yet strong at the same time. Tell this to all of the wonderful women you know to bless their day. This is for all the women in your lives. Your sisters, your mother, your wives, your daughters, and the ladies you work with everyday. Tell it to men too, they need to hear it as well. Tell it to everyone.

~Author Unknown~




The question was poised to me a few weeks back.  “If you could make any movie over which would I do?”  It seemed an interesting thought considering I mentioned do-overs in the post on Wednesday.  So what movie would it be?

We have had remakes of movies often.  Is it that writers cannot think of new ideas or that some of the old ideas actually do well in a different presentation?  I am not sure.

“The Great Gatsby” has had more reinventions in its time then the light bulb has in recent years. I did not like the original nor Robert Redford and will not see DiCaprio.

Other movies that have had remakes that were fairly successful were “The Invasion of the Body Snatchers” in 1956 and 1978.  “A Star is Born” in 1937 and 1954.  “CapeFear” was made in 1962 and again in 1991 and both were good.  Then there is “Oceans 11”.  I liked the original in 1960 as it had the ‘rat pack’ playing the characters.  The remake in 2001 was also very good ad entertaining.  While I think those were enough I am certain there will be remakes of these at some point.  Looks like every 2-40 years or so what was old becomes new again in filmmakers minds.

I loved the movie “Arthur” with Dudley Moore and could not imagine a remake and yet I have to give Hollywood credit in that they changed it enough with Russell Brand and Helen Mirren that it was not as painful as remakes can be.

I was surprised to read when I was researching some of this that “The Italian Job” with Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Edward Norton and a cast of other well known actors is a remake.  The original in 1969 starred Michael Caine and Noel Coward.  It has become the 27th most popular movie in Britain.

You may or may not be interested in knowing that in 2014 we may be seeing yet another remake of Godzilla!  The Amityville Horror which was made in 1979 remade in 2005 and perhaps will also reappear in 2014!

This summer we are going to have “The Man of Steel” and “Star Trek into the Darkness”.  Are these remakes or a new twist on an old theme?

The question was what movie would you put up for a remake?  And your answer is???

The additional question is who today would act as the characters in this movie.  In the conversation I was having it was the cast of characters that was harder to fill then the choice of movie.  So once again you would choose?


By ktsquared Posted in Trivia



The title is the catch phrase for Rachel Ray.  She whips up these yummy dishes and then tells us that this could be ‘what’s for dinner tonight’.  These food filled dishes sit there on her counter looking lovely as they are presented with all the flare of the professional which she is of course.DCF 1.0

We are having guests for dinner tonight and I have no idea what I am going to serve.  Several choices have been running through my mind and none of them have stopped and taken root.  Well except the dessert.  That is all decided.  I saw a strawberry recipe in the newspaper yesterday and it seems so simple and will hit the spot.  I even have special dishes that my sister gave me years ago in which to serve it.  So today I am working backwards it appears.

Usually I can plan a dinner with no problem.  I know what I am going to serve buy the appropriate groceries and go from there.  This is a dinner redo as it were.  Last week we were going to get together with these same friends.  I ended up waking up bent over with an attack of sciatica and could not move let alone make a meal for others.  I had to email a sorry to them only to discover they made a ricotta pie to bring with them. I really was feeling even lower when I read that on the email.  Until I received the following email from them later.

‘We are taking the pie to a ME friend’s house tonight who is ill. We are also taking dinner for her, her husband and her mother-in-law. I prepared it this morning and afternoon. We will eat with them as well. This misfortune of your back has brought great fortune upon our friend’s household. See you next week.’

My response to them is that I ‘love pay it forwards’.

Isn’t that the way though if you pay attention.  We make plans and God laughs and shows us HIS plan.  That same evening last Thursday turned out to be a night we needed to be alone as issues had to be dealt with and they were uncomfortable.  Had we not had the evening to deal with them the meal could have been full of tension.

Have you ever simply made a point to sit and review a situation that was changed only to discover the change was better than the plan?  I do it all the time and the only explanation I can come up with for it is that God had a better plan for me.

DCF 1.0All this still does not solve the problem of what I am going to serve before the strawberry dessert?  I guess I will go to the store and see what pops out at me for meat and go from there?  Life is such an adventure is it not.  Before I take off I will do one more thing to prepare for dinner!  I will get the puzzle off the dining room table.

…..ONWARD TO MORE MISADVENTURE…(and the grocery store)






This morning I was to help at an early hour with transportation.  I was sleepy last night at 10 so in anticipation of early rising went to bed.  I hit the pillow and woke up.  I tried every trick at my disposal to bring sleep upon my body.  I did not succeed.  When the alarm went off my eyes were still open.  I found a ‘plan B’ thankfully and tried to get to sleep.  Still no success as I now had a failure of action to add to my distress.  I failed all around.

I have not had a sleepless night in a long time so that was adding to my upset.  Knowing I had failed in my attempt to help led me to the thought that I was simply a failure.  Thinking I had caused stress to the one receiving the help led me to further think I was a failure.  I was not separating the action from the person.  I failed therefore I was a failure.  That was my thought process.  It does not have to be the conclusion.  It takes time to sort out emotion and feelings and thoughts.

I lived for years believing that one wrong action made me a bad person.  If I was rude then I was a rude person.  If I was mean then meanness was inbred in me.  I was the action.  It took years for me to separate the two.  I finally realized I am a good person who can do not so smart things some days!  Or I can, like last night, be in circumstances that are uncomfortable and have to make choices.

The negative thoughts of failure can be a heavy burden to carry.  To think that you are a failure leaves you having the sense of carrying a heavy load as certainly as if you had a pack full of rocks being carried on your back.  This feeling of failure can have a bitter smell to it like that of sniffing vinegar or tasting vinegar.  Pungent and distasteful.  It sounds chaotic like listening to a heavy metal band for hours.  The din in your ears leaves little room for any good news to enter.  Imagine a person living this life?  I think they would look like a man in disheveled clothing with stooped shoulders and a stumbling gait.

The reality of understanding that you failed in a situation can lead you to that same feeling of distress as above.  The good news here is that if you separate the action from the person you can soon see that it is simply an action.  A mistake.  An unfortunate occurrence.  A moment that can be fixed or changed.  The person may be stooped in confusion and begin to stand taller as clarity of understanding comes to the forefront.

I failed to help this morning and have since had the opportunity to apologize and now am trying to move on.  Sometimes the hardest thing is forgiving ourselves our actions.  Others are quicker to forgive us than we are!!!  I failed.  I am not a failure.  I will probably a nap later.  I am moving on today on a more journal than blog day.




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Up up and away were the first words in my head this morning.  First message is that this is a fun song and yet the up up and away that occurred in Moore, OK is a most horrid thing.  On facebook there are many prayers for the people in this area.  On the news was an interview with a country star that lived there and road those streets on his bike as a kid.  All over you hear of the devastation followed quickly by prayers and pictures of people helping.  This morning is not the light bright of up up and away.

When I think of up up and away it is quickly followed by the words in my mind ‘in my beautiful balloon’.  Of course balloons are associated with the Midwest in Kansas and Oz.  No joy in this area today.  Up up and away today is sad not fun only reminiscent of a tornado that lifted this entire town up up and away in devastation.

I am not a person frightened by weather though we have been through some not so good hurricanes.  A friend of ours posted on facebook that his son watched this tornado from the 36th floor of his office building miles away in OkalahomaCity!  I know our granddaughter in Missouri was well aware and preparing her family.  She is our resident weathergirl as she is petrified of storms.  At least in Missouri they have a basement, something they did not have in Texas.  While I think they will be fine Joplin, MO was hit a few years back.

It is preparedness that saves us in emergencies.  Do you have your emergency pack in your home?  Bet there is one in your car.  What about your house?  Got extra water?  Food?  Matches?  Batteries??  Generator? I like to think we are prepared and then again what good are seven cans of coffee going to do if we have no fire or pot in which to brew it?

Maybe today make a family plan of where to meet if you get separated?  The quickness and fury of this tornado almost makes the previous sentence useless.  Still a plan is important especially for young children like our granddaughter.

I will not ever forget the grasp she had on me one rainy thunderstorm filled night.  She ran into our bedroom and jumped on me and held on and cried.  I comforted as I could and she was seemingly inconsolable until the thunder subsided.   I could feel her fear through her grasp.

I keep telling her she could become a weather person and then she would understand all the noise.  I told her yesterday that she was pretty enough and she did not agree.  She is and believe me she has a plan for her family under the futon in the basement should they need to find shelter!!!  It’s the plan man!!

Prayers for MooreOklahoma.  I have no idea of their pain as I pray for healing love and kindness to engulf them all like a blanket in the cold.




Have you ever said or done something you wish you could take back?  Please who hasn’t?  The minute some words fall out of our mouths we sometimes wish we could inhale and have them all go back into our bodies!  Or you have worn a dress that was a huge mistake and wish you could zip back like Samantha in ‘Bewitched’ and instant outfit change.  Or you accepted an invitation and now at the event know it was a mistake to say yes?  If we could hit the rewind and back up like cartoon characters it would be a really great thing!

This morning the coffee pot – got a new decanter only – ended up brewing wrong as the filter was off kilter – there is a rhyme!!  The laptop had some sort of virus that was blocking access to the web.  It said it needed a fix.  I had no fix available.  Welcome to our home Monday!

If you remember a few months ago I wrote about a problem with my computer?  It was January 28th and entitled “Help – Tech Support”.  It was the same issue this morning.  I lifted the following from the previous post as it was the very same fix.

This box was entitled ‘Restore System Files and Settings’. I was about to click the ‘next’ button to run the program when I noticed a box that said ‘Choose a different restore time’. What??? I can choose a different date to go back to and restore my computer? You have to know that I clicked this button. Some dates appeared. Since I believed the whole thing happened on or around January 23rd I chose the date of January 17th as a restore date. With a very casual attitude I said to myself ‘here goes nothing’ and clicked the button.

This morning I simply did the same thing and set it a couple of days before today and VOILA!  Again it worked.  The only issue is my trying to remember each time how to do it!!!

How does the restore on the computer work?  It got me thinking this morning about a reset button for life if it were possible.  Could we have a ‘restore’ for everyday?  What would we do with it if we had it?

Of course I would immediately hit the restore and get the body back that I had the day I graduated high school!!!  I would find my best hairstyle and reset to that.  I would reset to the best mental attitude!  Reset to the best energy point.   I would find the most perfect time of my whole life and live in that.  Right?

Oh it is a fleeting intriguing idea and no I would do none of that – well maybe the high school body thing!  Seriously would you?  Are we not who we are from all of our experiences good or bad?  If we like where we are right now it is from choices we made before.  No restore button available.

If we do not like where we are we too are in charge of that.  I think we have to accept who we are – the good, the bad, the weaknesses, the strengths before we can make a clear choice.  Accept where we are.   Acceptance can be followed very closely by a different choice.  A choice to improve not simply restore!  Improvement takes work and effort not simply hitting a button!

Oh where is Samantha when you need her?



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Today is Pentecost.  Red is the appropriate color to signify the blazing fire of the Holy Spirit.  This day occurs 50 days after Easter.  The day signifies the Holy Spirit coming to the Apostles.  It is described in Acts 2:1-13.  [Please note that Pentecost had its name before this Christian observance.  The Jews celebrated Pentecost, same name, as the day God gave the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai 50 days after the Exodus.  Pentecost is 50 days after Passover in the Jewish tradition.] 1

This is also considered the birthday of the Church.  From now on the Apostles go and spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world.  The promise Jesus made was he would send the “Spirit of Truth”.  Pentecost is 10 days after Christ’s Ascension and fulfills the promise to send the ‘spirit’.

On Pentecost as the Bible says the Apostles were considered to simply be drunk.  After Peter spoke over 3000 people were baptized.  Thus the phrase ‘drunk with the spirit’.  This had no liquid involvement at all.  The early Christians ‘breathed in the Holy Spirit’ just like we breathe in fresh clean air today.

Can you imagine being a Christian in the early days of the church?  You were punished and had to hide your faith.  You could not speak out.  You were considered to be a drunkard when you were simply happy to be living in faith.

I have seen people who are filled with the spirit.  One of the favorite memories of this is a handsome teenaged boy who was so filled with the Spirit one day that he ended up dancing around in church in joy.  It was unusual to see this it was inspirational.  The Holy Spirit at work!

It takes trust to let go and let God as the saying goes.  It takes a similar leap of faith that the early Christians made.  Remember the times and they could not openly live their faith.

We watched ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ last night.  The scene where he steps out into thin air to me is the perfect pure visualization of a ‘leap of faith’.  That is the picture of Trust!

I try to live my life in trust that I am on the path that God wants me to live.  That means living differently.  That means making decisions that others do not necessarily understand.  That means trusting the voice in my soul that I believe is the Holy Spirit leading me.  It may make no sense to family and friends sometimes and it is not meant to make sense to them.

Trust has to make sense to me.  I have to have peace with my choices that I base on trusting God in my life.  If there is no peace; if I feel uncomfortable; if I am uncertain then there is no trust and I am not living what God wants.  Trusting God and living His choice brings peace.  I have written about this before.  Today it comes around again with it being Pentecost.

Take a break breathe and try trust today.




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Sorry to disappoint those who may have thought this was going to be a political rant.  I could easily use the same title.  No this is about we as a country.  This is about language, society and attitudes.

“Be naughty” was a saying my father used to say to us and he said we rarely let him down!!!  “Make yourself proud” was another.  Note he did not ask us to make him proud – just ourselves.  That is harder!  It was intended to lead us to strive to do our best to try the hardest and to succeed.  I believe we have all found our own ways to success and I believe we and he are proud.  He told us t not cheat.  He did not call us idiots or dummies.  We surely were to never lie.

What changed to make this now savvy?  The words above are used regularly in society and with them they bring approval.  Not only that they are accepted and money makers.

I just ordered a book for our grandson called “Ultimate Cheats”.  It is to help him navigate and win some of his Pokemon games on his DS game.  I thought about the title AFTER I ordered it.  Not so sure I would have done so had I given it a second thought before.  Then I started ruminating about the name and title and those of other books.

There is a whole series of books that long ago I refused to buy.  I said I would not buy anything that had dummies in the name as I was not a dummie.  That left out, according to Amazon, over 20,000 books.  Some individual titles are Writing Fiction for Dummies, Kindle for Dummies, Ipad for Dummies and so on.

The other group of books I refused to buy any of was the Idiot’s Guide books.  I am not an idiot so why would I treat myself as such.  Again Amazon shares that there are 4922 of those.

Stupid is another word we did not use and our children were raised not to use that word in our home.  No one is stupid.  Yet Amazon has a list of over 20,000 items with stupid in the name from the game Stupid Zombies to the book “Stupid History” the movie “Crazy, Stupid, Love”.

I used to play a game called liars dice.  I think there are other liars’ games. Amazon showed me Liars Poker, the book “Pretty Little Liars” and the best of all a New York Times Bestseller “Everything is Perfect When you are a Liar” by Kelly Oxford.

When did incorrect language become the norm?  If I called a kid at school an idiot or a dummie or stupid I was punished by my teacher or severely scolded.  Heavens, I remember thumbing my nose at my girlfriend in the “5and 10” store and the lady who was waiting on us was the owner and she told me that was very bad for a young lady to do!  Did all decorum and manners go away when these people died?

I believe I am railing at the lack of propriety and kindness and sensitivity as well as decorum.  To this I must add a comment on one lack by our Commander in Chief this week.

Our current resident of 1600 PA   Ave. asked, in a press conference, the Marines to cover him and the leader of Turkey with umbrellas.  A collective ‘OMG’ – Oh My Golly – went throughout the country with those who know (and I think all Americans should know) that Marines are not to hold an umbrella while in uniform.  There is a regulation in their book of uniform Regulations in Chapter 3 that says a male Marine is not allowed to carry an umbrella while in uniform.

Honestly, think about the servicemen who walk the Tomb of the Unknown day and night snow or rain or other inclement weather.  No umbrellas there!  As the Commander-in- Chief he could command the Marines to cover him.  My question is that rain was in the forecast why were they in the Rose Garden for the presser?

The fault here lies more with the Chief of Protocol at the White House who is not doing their job rather than with the President I believe.  Then again I could add a comment about the President not accepting fault for anything and think I will not.  It is Saturday and a day to lay off right???

It is the chip chip chipping away of our society is about what I am concerned.  Where did it start?  When did calling someone an idiot, a dummie or stupid become okay?  Again I am speaking in the wind to no real answer.

Thank goodness it is a Saturday.  The birds were loud this morning (see June 27, 2012 post) and the biggest thing I have to do today is replace the coffee maker!  I KNOW!  I wrote about this earlier on January 4th and got a new one.  The decanter of this one broke in the dishwasher last night – oh well.  Will try for a new decanter and betting a whole new pot will be less costly!


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Two weeks left of this one year challenge to myself.  I am lining up topics and honing in on a direction for this blog.  Still not certain of the changes and do know that there IS a change coming.  Until then I am going to utilize my time this morning as a journal and sending well wishes to some special people.

It is coming around to graduation time again.  This week we ordered supper from The Great Wall Restaurant.  Their flyer says

“Szechuan, Hunan & Cantonese Cuisine

Chinese Food To Take Out & Eat In”

AN ASIDE:  A smile is crossing my face and a chuckle is in my throat. Those who know me and even some of you who have been reading for a long time may look at the previous two sentences and know I will make sense of it at some point.  Yet they are such totally different thoughts!!!

It really does make sense.  You see the owners of the restaurant live across the street from us.  When I call for take out she recognizes my name and says “157 right?”.  I get an extra hello and they always give us a discount.  Their food is so good I am uncomfortable taking the break.  The thing that eases it is I think they do it for all in our subdivision.  The other thing is I take them a large box of goodies, cookies, jams, breads, at Christmas.

I do not even know their names.  They rarely interact with us and are rarely out “playing” or working in the yard except to mow the lawn once a week.  Still we have seen the 2 boys grow up these last 7 years as they come and go from school.  When the food arrived this week it was being delivered by the oldest.  I asked where he was in school now and he said a senior with two more days to go!!!  We chatted briefly about where he was going and the school he was now attending as he had on a shirt with the school logo.  So thus Chinese food and graduations do go together!!!

I got me to thinking about celebrations and remembering that today is my husband’s sister and her husband’s wedding anniversary.  I think it is their 54th.  A few years back we all gathered in Florida for their 50th.  Every year is special for a married couple.  The longest married couple found this year in the US was over 80 years I think.  Anne and Tom have a real shot at that as they are very healthy and take good care of themselves!!  Hope they have a great day.  I remember their 40th well.  We were unable to attend that party as we were in Paris.  We toasted them on that day and will remember them tonight in our prayers.

Another anniversary is coming up next week.  It is the 11th anniversary of some of my dear ‘old’ friends.  I may have mentioned them earlier – certainly I did her as Liz’s birthday card was one of my first posts last June.  She and her husband, Dale, were both childhood friends of each other and me- and still are friends.  As kids they used to fight in school and NEVER dated nor wanted to do so!  As life happens paths are not straight and the winding road led them back to a dinner with another friend which led the two of them to talk and talk and talk and then the wedding invitation arrived.  Could have knocked me over with a feather!!!  Life is good and next weekend they will celebrate their anniversary.  They celebrate their love and lives every day they tell me as they awake thanking each other for their happiness.

No matter what you celebrate – be it a big day or simply the fun of going to get a grandchild for the weekend make it the best day ever!  You have a choice in that!!!




I have not ever met Frank L. VanderSloot.  Never heard of him till this week.  I watched him on a talk show and seemed like a good man.  You know how you can get an impression of a person by their demeanor?  I thought to myself, I would enjoy talking to this man!  I liked some of the things I heard him say in the interview.  The only Van der Sloot I ever knew of before was connected to the arrests in Aruba – not so nice a person and no relation.  So I thought I would go see just who this Mr. Frank VanderSloot was on the internet.

It turns out he is very very rich.  The bio on the internet sidebar from en. said:

Frank L. VanderSloot is an American entrepreneur, radio network owner, rancher, and political campaign financier. He is the founder and chief executive officer of Melaleuca, Inc. His other business interests include Riverbend Ranch and Riverbend Communications. VanderSloot also serves on the board of directors and executive board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In 2011, the Land Report listed him as the nation’s 92nd largest landowner. · Text under CC-BY-SA license

I decided to look further and discovered he has a blog dedicated to him!!!  I could not find the author of the blog.  There was a comment that the author considered Frank VanderSloot a mentor.  The design was a WordPress theme.  I wish I could name the author.  What I can do is say the author documented his words with links.  Another thing I can say is the author really like Mr. VanderSloot.   From what I read so did I.  It is hard not to like someone who works hard for a living.

So I looked up Melaleuca.  It too has its own website and facebook page and a foundation.

It turns out that it is a company like Herbalife and Amway.  It is a pyramid business.  Having worked in one of those with BeautiControl, I cannot condemn them.  It is like anything else if you work hard you will be rewarded.  If you do not you will complain.

Frank was born August 1948.  He is younger than I am!!!  He put himself through college with no loans.  He sold cheese from his own cow, worked in a Laundromat, sold beef jerky in bars and taught Dutch!  In 1972 he graduated from BrighamYoungUniversity with a BS in business.  He went to work for ADP, Cox Communications in Vancouver, Washington.  In 1985 when he was a VP at Cox he was approached by his brother in law about an opportunity to take over the helm of their Oil of Melaleuca, Inc., a startup business based in Idaho Falls.  According to the blog his wife was homesick and this seemed to be a good way to get back to Idaho from Washington.

When he got to Oil of Melaleuca, Inc. in 1985 he discovered it was a ‘mess’.  It was based on the tea tree market and that the company owned 80% corner of the market when it was more like 5%.  The FDA then came calling as it was reported that the products were being hyped with much exaggeration.  The other item is that VanderSloot did not like the multi-level practice of people being lured to buy $5000 of inventory.  Oil of Melaleuca, Inc was shut down by the partners later that same year.

Melaleuca, Inc. [edit]

In 1985, VanderSloot founded Melaleuca, Inc., a multi-level marketing company that sells environmentally friendly[30][31] nutritional supplements, cleaning supplies, and personal-care products,[1][13][32][33] and he has been president and chief executive officer ever since. Melaleuca operates internationally, with U.S. operations centered in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Knoxville, Tennessee.[34] Customers buy directly from Melaleuca’s website[35] or retail locations and[36] “independent marketing executives” receive commissions from Melaleuca for each purchase made by people they refer and by people their customers refer, through seven “referral generations”.[37] The company refers to this arrangement as “Consumer Direct Marketing,” a term it has trademarked.[38][39][40][41] Half of the legacy distributors from Oil of Melaleuca left after the new company was formed.[1]

Inc. magazine included Melaleuca on its Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States every year from 1990 to 1994 before inducting the company into its Hall of Fame in 1994.

 As any company of this kind they have endured their share of investigations into its practices.  Still I like the story that I think speaks to Mr. VanderSloot’s own beliefs of working for a living.

According to a 2004 article by Phyllis Berman, Melaleuca’s sales flattened in 1998, and VanderSloot “discovered that some senior directors were living off their residuals and doing little in the way of recruitment.”[1] This resulted in “a new policy that reduced payments to those who didn’t either bring in new converts or help others do so.”[1]

Again I worked for a multi-level company and I know you have to share your business to grow your business and having been part of a couple of different teams it can be fun as you work together!

I have taken way too much time on the business part of this post.  Yet it goes to who Mr. VanderSloot is in Idaho.  He bought a cheese farm to save the industry. Again from Wikipedia.

Snake River Cheese factory [edit]

In 1994, VanderSloot was approached by two dairy farmers with a plea to invest in the Snake River Cheese factory in Blackfoot, Idaho, after Kraft Foods had announced a decision to close it.[73] Kraft had operated the plant since the early 1920s.[74] In response, VanderSloot bought a $1 million interest in the plant, and an investment company assumed control, but the operation closed anyway within six months. VanderSloot then paid off a $2 million debt the company owed to the dairymen, staffed the plant with his own personnel and supplemented the milking herd with two thousand head of cattle.[75][76] He promised that all five hundred people whose jobs depended on the plant would remain employed and leased the plant to Beatrice Cheese, a subsidiary of ConAgra.[77] In 1999, the facility netted $278 million in sales. The next year, VanderSloot sold his interest in the company to Suprema Specialties[75][78] after Beatrice broke its lease.[79][80] VanderSloot again promised that employees would keep their jobs.[81] In 2006, the factory, which by then had been renamed as the Blackfoot Cheese Company, was sold to Sartori Foods.[82]

One of my favorite stories I read about this man had to do with his belief was in a Forbes article.

Most Melaleuca sales folks work hard and listen to VanderSloot’s advice about cleaning up their lives. Cathy Blandino of Las   Vegas recently sent him a package containing the shredded remains of her 36 credit cards, on which she owed $64,000, all paid off over five years with help from her company earnings (she scaled back her efforts and brought home $5,800 last year). “We could never have done this without Melaleuca,” she added in a note.

VanderSloot reinforces the message. When one of his sales staff pays off a home, he flies to the nearest airport, shows up and throws a mortgage-burning party. Over the last four years he and his wife, Belinda, went to 31 such events. That’s on top of all the incentives to spur sales, from $2 inspirational tapes and an annual Fourth of July party in Idaho   Falls (the largest display of fireworks west of the Mississippi) to the lure of car payments and exotic vacations with Frank and Belinda for the biggest producers.

Corny though they are, these gestures go the heart of VanderSloot’s values: hard work, decent rewards and simple living.

Seems like a nice guy.  Tough businessman as reported in the following articles.

The interview I saw was on “Your World with Neil Cavuto”.  Frank VanderSloot has been audited by the IRS three times.  He was placed on an ‘enemies list’ by the Obama Campaign.  The following interview might have been lost or pooh pooh before this week.

The interview I watched with Neil Cavuto was this same man as well spoken as you saw in the above video.  Check out the one I saw this week.

A most important thought from Mr. VanderSloot in this interview I believe is:

“He (ref. Obama) has to expect they’re going to do something when he put the list out there.

He made the list.  He put the target up there.  He knew something was going to happen.”

The best line from a man who has incurred the wrath of this government is:

“I am hopeful that our country will no longer go down that path.”

I end with where I began.  This is a man I would like to meet.  I like his demeanor.  I like his story.  I like that he protects his family, business and good name.  After all the Bible says it best in Ecclesiastes 7:1.  “A good name is better than fine perfume…”,

Thank you Mr. VanderSloot for showing us that there is a there there with the IRS Scandal.





When you write that 50 is half a century it really sounds like a lot of years.  It really is a lot of years.  They simply fly by as you are living them.  It is amazing to me how fast time goes.  I remember those draggy school days when you thought the bell would not ever ring to bring it to an end.  That was only 6+hrs!!

Six hour school days dragged?  There are 4 six hour spans in 24 hrs.  There are 8760 twenty four spans in a year.  In 50 years there are 438,000 hours or 19,500 6 hour spans to drag.  They do not!  I passed the year 50 almost 16 years ago and I have to tell you TIME REALLY DOES FLY!

A half a century ago on this day I learned much about how babies can enter this world.  While I knew where babies came from at almost 16 I was not really thinking about the whole process.  Butterfly McQueen’s first role would become her most identifiable – as Prissy, the young maid in Gone with the Wind.  She said the words, I was thinking 50 years ago today, “I don’t know nothin’ ’bout birthin’ babies!”

So here is the scene.  We have just finished supper.  We are clearing the dishes and washing them.  My dad is on the phone checking in with his supper call as he is a traveling salesman and on a road trip.  All of a sudden there is water all over the floor in front of the sink.  I said to my step-mother, “Boy did you splash” as she had her hands in the sink.  She said, “No my water just broke.”  Enter Prissy’s words all in caps!!!  I relay the information to Dad in probably a not so calm voice and he says he will call back as there was a lot of activity in our kitchen at this point!

After all the hub-bub and clean up we were sitting there three girls – sisters – with one of Dad’s bosses wives (the Anna I wrote about last year) as her husband has my step-mother in his car on the way to the hospital.  He was going that way anyway for a board meeting at the local bank so Marie hitched a ride and Dad was on his way from his trip to meet at the hospital.  The next thing I knew I was being awakened in the wee hours of the morning with the news that I had a brother.

All in all this was really good news.  He has turned out to be a really neat man!  I am not so sure I would have given those odds earlier on in his life.  As cute as he was as a baby he was loud some nights with crying when I wanted to sleep.  Our house was very tiny and the walls thin so of course he could be heard everywhere!

He was a wild child full of energy.  He was here he was there he was everywhere – and indeed – so beware!  The most interesting thing is that when he went to school his teacher said he sat still and paid attention.  Go figure!

He was great date bait!  In my small town a boy was a potential basketball player, our only winter sport, so when we would take him for a ride in his carriage guys would pay attention some!!!  

I have many stories I could share.  Most are better kept off the paper.  One I remember as it involved me directly.  It was Nov. 9, 1975.  We were at Bill’s folks in NY having our daughter baptized at the church in which my husband grew up.  We had just finished dinner and the phone rang.  My mother-in-law answered and called me to the phone.  Who knew I was there except my dad.  It was Dad.

My first response before I heard his voice was that he had remembered our daughter’s special day.  Being a single parent at that time since my stepmom’s passing 4 years before I really did not think so.  Then he spoke and his voice was shaking.  He said that my brother had been hit in the eye with a BB.  I started to get upset until he said he was okay.  I think Dad just wanted to tell me.  My sister’s daughter was also very ill with a very high fever.  Things were not good on the home front.

It seems my brother and his friends had been shooting windows out of a bus.  I am thinking it was a school bus and may have involved some punishment after the fact.  Not so sure about that.  The BB ricocheted off the bus and hit my brother in the eye.  Blessedly the only harm was his tear duct does not work.  This was one lucky kid! 

When I think about his life he has been quite fortunate overall as some of his choices were less than good!  He has managed to come out of it all on top of the world!!!  His work life is a testament to that as well.  After working for corporate companies he decided to leap out and start his own business company.  It is doing quite well.  Is he a millionaire – I do not think so.  Nor do I believe that is the goal.  Is he happy – I know he is.  He is a man who is pleased with his life.

I believe the quote from Harvey says it best in summing up my baby brother.

Years ago my mother used to say to me, she’d say, “In this world, Elwood, you must be” – she always called me Elwood – “In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.” Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me.

James Stewart as Elwood P. Dowd

When he was named my father left a business card in a package of cigarettes on Marie’s table in the hospital.  On the business card he had put the roman numeral II after his own name.  Dad did not want a Jr. and he did want a namesake!

Happy Birthday Leslie William II.




Yesterday I told you that I watched all the Sunday news shows.  I learned a bunch of things and I call that a good morning.  I love learning and information.  I believe I have shared that often.  I also believe I have shared my distrust of the current government led by President Barack Obama.  Another President said, “The Buck stops here.”  On Sunday former Senator liberal Democrat Dennis Kucinich said it best.  He said, “The tone is set from the top.”


I learned that the ARB report on Benghazi was a report about the Security before and up to Benghazi not the whole incident.  I believe we have been led to believe that the ARB report was a review of oversight of the whole Benghazi attack through completion.  It was security alone.

I learned that if it is not heard on network news it may not be real.  FOX News has been following Benghazi since Sept.11, 2012.  It was not until this week when Jonathan Karl of ABC broke the news of the 12 talking point versions that Benghazi was important at all.  Steve Hayes of FOX had reported a timeline in the Weekly Standard a few days earlier.

I learned and knew actually on 9/12/12 that Mike Rogers Chairman of the House Intel Committee called this a terrorist attack.  I saw him do this in a Fox News interview from the House.  He did that in 9/12 before the administration did.  He never veered nor blamed a video.

I learned that former Senator Dennis Kucinich, a liberal Democrat, said that Benghazi was a “failure of policy”.  When asked if the talking points were scrubbed he answered, “Of course they were.”  He went on to say that this “had an impact on the 2012 election”.

Jonathan Karl of ABC said there is a “credibility issue with the White House”.

General Petraus said of the Benghazi Talking points that “I would just as soon not use them but it’s their call.”

There were three questions that concerned George Will, a newspaper columnist, journalist and author.  He gave the questions and answers.

Q. The security  A. was lax.

Q. The Rescue   A. doubtful.

Q. Were we mislead  A. certainly!

Many of the people on the panels believed there was much evidence of more than just scrubbing the talking points.  Cover up was mentioned often.  Even Sen. Diane Feinstein said we “should have moved faster to call it an attack.”  When asked if she could see political motivation she said, “It is hard for me to tell.”  I was surprised she did not simply say no.

Most poignantly Ambassador Chris Stephens’ mother was the most eloquent when she hoped Hillary had a nice Mother’s Day as she had her child with her.  She said she has heard from no one since the incident and they told her it was a video.  She is now angry.  I wonder why we are not hearing as much from her as we did Cindy Sheehan?  Both lost their sons in war.

NOTE:  I wrote extensively about this on Sept. 29th in a ‘Thank you to Special Report and Brett Baier’ of Fox News who were on this from the very beginning much like the reporters during Watergate.  They gave a very definitive timeline of when the word terrorist was used.  Hillary first used it on Sept. 13 and Jay Carney on Sept. 20th.  The day of Sept. 12th Obama referred to ‘acts of terror’ not being specific and in fact later that day in a “60 minutes” interview clearly said he was not sure and did not want to rush yet.  He blamed the video up until Sept 25th at the UN!!!

Yesterday Obama referred to the talking points issue as ‘politically motivated sideshow’.  Corrupt or Inept?  The buck stops at his desk.


When asked about the IRS scandal Kucinich said it was “not tolerable”.  He said “The tone is set from the top.”  This was referencing the IRS scandal as Doug Shulman, the head of the IRS and Bush appointee, had testified before congress that they had absolutely been no targeting.  If Kucinich thinks the IRS top sets the tone and lies occurred wouldn’t that also translate to the current Oval Office?  I wonder if this impacted the 2012 election as well.

Mike Rogers form the House Intel committee said the IRS issue ‘should send a chill up your spine”.  It needs to be investigated by and “external” authority and “fact based”.

George Will commenting on the IRS scandal asked, “How stupid do they think we are?” He went on to read item #1 of Article #2 of Nixon’s Articles of Impeachment remembering that this is the 40th anniversary of the Watergate summer.

No one was talking impeachment.  Nixon was not impeached.  Articles of Impeachment were drawn up however.  George Will was simply making a comparison. When I went to look for the item to post I decided to include the beginning part as well instead of just #1.


Using the powers of the office of President of the United States, Richard M. Nixon, in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in disregard of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has repeatedly engaged in conduct violating the constitutional rights of citizens, impairing the due and proper administration of justice and the conduct of lawful inquiries, or contravening the laws governing agencies of the executive branch and the purposed of these agencies.

This conduct has included one or more of the following:

1. He has, acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavoured to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposed not authorized by law, and to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be intitiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.

Yesterday Obama spoke about the IRS issue in a presser.

“But I’ve got no patience with it, I will not tolerate it and we will make sure we find out exactly what happened on this.”

Read more:

Didn’t he say the same about Benghazi?

Being so vocal I wonder if we will be audited soon?  Making a note here just in case.  Taxes from this house are nevere fudged – not even a penny!!!


Much discussion was about the ‘Red Line’.  Remember I called it pink and fuzzy?  The best quote was about a parent moving the line they set when they raise their children.  Finally the kids do not believe there is any punishment at all.  Due to the slowness of our willingness to act it was a general belief that few other countries seem to be interested in our policy in Syria.


The Justice Department is getting phone info from the AP news without going through the proper channels??  It has just begun.

Sunday I was feeling refreshed that real news was available.  We were no longer being fed the White House Wheaties.  We were being offered a full meal deal finally!  Disagreement over issues is upon what our America is based.  Get it all out there and let we the people decide.  I feared that was not done before the 2012 election.  It appears in a number of areas sadly this could be true.

Yesterday the President was mudding the waters again by trying to use hit and run quick comments.  President Obama your false outrage leads many of us to believe there is a ‘there there’!




Yesterday I decided that I would be diligent about watching the Sunday news shows to see how the week previously was reported.  We had big stories last week.  There was the story of the Congressional hearings of three people about Benghazi.  There was the story of the three women rescued in Cleveland.  There was the story of the revelations by the IRS about how they targeted Tea Party Patriots.  There was news from Syria.  The military was out with information about sex scandals.  And ends to the Aries and Gosnel trials.  It was a full news week and there was much for the Sunday shows to discuss.

I gave up on “Face the Nation” years ago when Bob Scheiffer started lobbing softballs rather ask probing questions ala Mike Wallace of Ed Bradley his peers.  Both of course are gone now.  I did review the transcript this morning and was so interested to read the questions and the interruptions.  I judged I did not miss much by not watching that one show.

I was interested to hear the other shows and their areas of focus.  Of the FOX, ABC and NBC shows the leads were Benghazi, the IRS and the sex scandals with the Cleveland and Syria stories added in.

To make sure I did not simply watch FOX news and be criticized as biased I watched Chris Matthews.  I was actually anxious to hear what he had to say about the news of the previous week.  Below is the timeline of his discussions with his panel.

10:00   no word of Benghazi – all about Hillary 2016

10:07   Matthews says Beyond Benghazi still focusing on 2016

10:10   Mother’s Day discussion

10:14   Me Me Me Generation

10:23   Immigration Reform

Biggest Question of the week: Do people watch this show live or DVR it?

Not ONE mention of any of the current news stories.  I can only surmise that this show was not live despite no announcement to that fact.  It most certainly contain an embarrassing lack of news for a Sunday news show!

I went to look to see who was on the panel for inclusion in this post only to discover that Matthews announced at the end of April that he was giving up the Sunday Show.  PHEW!  Less pressure on me to check it out!

Good news for those people that actually think this man is a journalist.  His biographical blurb calls him a news anchor and political commentator.  He has signed a contract to stay at MSNBC.  MSBNC I might note is consistently one of the lower rated cable news outlets.  On May 9th it rated well below FNC, CNN and even HLN!  My belief is that he is a showboat not newsman!


By ktsquared Posted in Trivia



Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s out there.  It is a day to pamper this very special lady.  Ladies it is a day to allow your family to pamper you.  That is the thing about mother’s it is easier for many of them to do for others than all others to do for them. It matters not whether she is a mom of birth or otherwise.  Moms are wonderful!!!

I gave birth to two children and am the mother of three and MOM T to even more!

My first Mother’s Day card this year was purple and sparkly!  My daughter #2 (the one from another mother) knows me well.  I loved it and I loved the sentiment inside.  I actually read the words!!! It is now on our mantle adding much color to that space.

I remember making Mother’s Day cards in school.  We also planted seeds and did crafts as I think back.  I have received some of the most wonderful “kid” gifts on Mother’s Day.  Some I still have and use or they are framed.

The history of the day can be found at a website called The Holiday Spot.

I also looked at Wikipedia.  It seems it traces way back to the Virgin Mary and in modern Times to Anne Jarvis.

Main article: Mother’s Day (U.S.)

The modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia. She then began a campaign to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday in the United   States. Although she was successful in 1914, she was already disappointed with its commercialization by the 1920s. Jarvis’ holiday was adopted by other countries and it is now celebrated all over the world. In this tradition, each person offers a gift, card, or remembrance toward their mothers, grandmothers, and/ or maternal figure on mother’s day.

Various observances honoring mothers existed in America during the 1870s and the 1880s, but these never had resonance beyond the local level.[6] Jarvis never mentioned Julia Ward Howe‘s attempts in the 1870s to establish a “Mother’s Day for Peace”, nor any connection to the Protestant school celebrations that included “Children’s Day” amongst others. Neither did she mention the traditional festival of Mothering Sunday, but always said that the creation was hers alone.[7] For more information on previous attempts, see the “United States” section in this article

History of Mother’s Day: Julia Ward Howe
The idea of official celebration of Mothers day in US was first suggested by Julia Ward Howe in 1872. An activist, writer and poet Julia shot to fame with her famous Civil War song, “Battle Hymn of the Republic”. Julia Ward Howe suggested that June 2 be annually celebrated as Mothers Day and should be dedicated to peace. She wrote a passionate appeal to women and urged them to rise against war in her famous Mothers Day Proclamation, written in Boston in 1870. She also initiated a Mothers’ Peace Day observance on the second Sunday in June in Boston and held the meeting for a number of years. Julia tirelessly championed the cause of official celebration of Mothers Day and declaration of official holiday on the day. Her idea spread but was later replaced by the Mothers’ Day holiday now celebrated in May.

To begin with Anna, send Carnations in the church service in Grafton, West   Virginia to honor her mother. Carnations were her mothers favorite flower and Anna felt that they symbolised a mothers pure love. Later Anna along with her supporters wrote letters to people in positions of power lobbying for the official declaration of Mothers Day holiday. The hard work paid off. By 1911, Mother’s Day was celebrated in almost every state in the Union and on May 8, 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

Interesting little bits of trivia today – one lady did not acknowledge the other.  Supposedly Anna Jarvis who never had children of her own was disturbed by the commercialization of the holiday.  Me – I like the cards and pampering!!!  Today is a gorgeous day here in my neighborhood and I plan to do nothing in particular.  I will probably watch all the Sunday news shows, do some needlework or read and simply enjoy the breezes on the porch.  Since I rarely do ‘nothing’ this will be great and there will be no guilt!

I wish to specifically wish a Happy Mother’s Day to my mother Millie.  She reads my blog everyday she says.  So today I am taking the time to tell her and the world that I love her.  I am rarely on time with cards.  Today I can change that.  On the actual day I am sending this as a card though no flowers or sparkles.  She can imagine them.  Hope it counts.

I am notably late with gifts.  I can put this habit to rest today (at least) and also tell her (and the world) that I am not late with a gift this time!!!  There is a gift certificate – her favorite thing to receive – waiting for her at A.C. Parsons to help with some landscaping she wishes to do around the house.  Does that score as two points my favor??? I hope so.  Love you Millie and enjoy this on time greeting and gift from me and all of this family!!!