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All 4 Kids Fall

A photo I took in the Fall of 2003. My kiddos.

I have been editing this photo today to upload it to a site that will put it on a canvas. My daughter gave me the gift a year ago for Mother’s Day. Yes, the procrastination in me showing through. :) I wasn’t sure at first what picture I was going to do. I took the year to think, yes, that is the reason for the procrastination. :) (It sounds good.)

I went to upload and they suggest a bigger size. I will have to play some more in Photoshop. I do like how it turned out. I tried and tried that day to get them to all look at me and they never did. :) I ended up with a couple photos with different expressions. I took this with an old 35mm film camera because I didn’t own a digital at that time. It was a cheap and simple camera. This is scanned in from a photograph. :)

I am glad digital camera’s were invented. I still have about six rolls of film to develop from back then. I have already developed over fifteen rolls. They have turned out well, other than my terrible photo taking skills. I kept them in a box in a drawer so they were not exposed to heat or light over the years.

I love when I get them back in the mail. It’s a good thing I know the year of the surroundings otherwise I would have no idea what year they were. :)

Funny when you can label your years by what home remodeling project was going on. :)

I have a whole tub of photos that need slapped in a photo album. I haven’t even begun to print off all the digital photos. It will keep me busy. I will always have something to do on those boring days.  :)

I really should get them done before the two older kids start having their own families. :)

How do you keep your photos? Are they in a scrapbook or in a tub like mine? :)

 

 

 

 

Book Cover Reveal…Like or Not?

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My first design. Do you like or not?

Check out the new page I added next to the About Little Ole Me.

I decided to have some fun with the characters in my novel by adding a separate “get to know me” page.

Check it out!

Have a great evening/day wherever you are! :)

A Mile Marker…100th Post!

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My stats says this is the 100th post so it better not make a liar out of me. :)

My grandpa always said I was “windy” growing up. I never thought when I began this blog that I would get to this point in two years time. I congratulate those that can blog several times a week. I suppose in time I will get to that point, maybe.

My problem is I think of something fun to blog about, discuss it with my “thoughts” and then I forget what it was when I finally sit down to write it. I have a small notebook but forget to jot the ideas down. I guess I should start putting scratch paper everywhere. :)

OR

I could place my post-it notes around the house.

14 - 1 I have plenty!

I can usually recall a memory from a few notes so the small ones would be plenty big. I can write pretty small.

Actually, that jogs my memory from school days.

I can remember a few of us girls going through a phase of seeing how tiny we could write. It drove the teachers nuts! The writing was nice and neat, so I don’t understand why they frowned handing the paper back.

Of course, now that I am that age, I do see the problem. I imagine after grading tons of papers the last thing they wanted to see was something so small they needed a magnifying glass to read it. :) It sure was fun though.

I almost messed up blogging about my 100th post. I did those two reblogs, about did another, when a little light bulb went off in my head and I remembered I was about to hit the 100th!

Phew, that was close.

I meant for the 100th to be my first book cover reveal, but I am still working on it. I am also working on my edits. I am over halfway done. When I edit, I edit one chapter at a time. I actually end up editing it close to four times if not more.

I do my crossing out in red,

type it, reread,

retype, shake my head a few times,

talk to myself about how ridiculous that sounds, grab a Pepsi, watch some detective movie,

reread, retype,

daydream the scene with me in it. (LOL), go on to next chapter.

I will come back after a few chapters and read from the beginning till the end of my editing. I can not seem to do it in one sweep from the beginning to the end. In fact, I can not tell you my ending as of this moment. I wrote it a year ago. I’m weird. :)

I’m hoping to be ready to hit that publish button by the end of the month. Hopefully, the movie watching won’t delay that. :)

I want to start the next book during Camp NaNoWriMo in April. The books are part of what will be a trilogy. I rocked it last year so I have a good vibe about this year!

I like writing in the warmer months better than the colder months.  The last two years, November through February, I have not been inspired to write my book or edit it. I call it my vacation time. :) Sounds good to me.

I have been struggling with the question of, will anyone like my book? I think that has made me slow down on editing the most. I hope people will like it, but at the same time, I am writing it for me first. I have wanted to write a book since I was in junior high.

I am thankful for the technology of e-books. I will complete one dream because of it. :)

When was the first time you wanted to publish a book?

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Cool! Who wouldn’t like free internet? :)

Originally posted on Tales from the World:

I’ll believe it when I see it. The usual monopolistic dinosaurs ruling how we get our information will not stand for this. We do need an Internet for the people away from any corporate control. Are you not getting sick of all the commercialism sneaking into your web pages?  Could we possibly dream of accessing information and data without having our searches and queries being monitored by Internet Neanderthals that only care about control and profits? It does not have to be that way. Lou

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In 2015 Everyone Will Get Free Internet Access!.

With permission from  Anna at http://www.learning-mind.com

By Valerie

March 11, 2014

free global internet

A team of IT-specialists from Media Development Investment Fund has developed a project of a new network access to the Internet, which will be completely free of charge and will cover the entire planet.

The product called Outernet provides placing miniature devices CubeSats on…

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I love this lady’s photography. The flowers make me think of Spring, yes it is around the corner. :)

Originally posted on 2me4art :

I cannot go to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens without stepping inside Leaf & Petal. My poor husband knows I will come home with another mouth to water. :) Glorious blossoms in miniature. The pear beside is to give scale as to the size of this African Violet. My Grandmother's favorite is slowly becoming mine.  An inheritance of sorts.

I cannot go to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens without stepping inside Leaf & Petal. My poor husband knows I will come home with another mouth to water. :) Glorious blossoms in miniature. The pear beside it is to give scale as to the size of this African Violet. My Grandmother’s favorite is slowly becoming mine. An inheritance of sorts.

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That Calorie Counter Thingamabob

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Well, for the last few weeks I have been keeping track of my food intake. I downloaded the myfitnesspal app to my phone.

It has been an eye opener.

It has me on calorie intake of 1550. I know from shows I have watched that I can actually do more than that but I have tried, note the word tried, to stick to the 1550.

I have lost about 4 pounds. :)

What I am amazed at on this neat little app is the adding up of the carbs, sugars, etc.  It has made me think twice about getting that extra pepsi during the day. Note I said twice and extra. :)

Actually, most days I have talked myself out of it or I have added more ice to the pop. I’m trying to trick my brain. I know I don’t need the sugar. My last doctor visit my blood work was showing an elevated sugar level, so I am trying to get that back down to normal.

If anything, this app has taught me to downsize what I eat, drink and to exercise, even if it is twenty minutes a day. I am not a big snack eater so that was never my problem. I was surprised to see how fast the calories, sugar, etc add up for a meal. Meals that I thought were fairly healthy and low calorie.

The sugars are astounding in some foods. I had always thought of sugars as desserts. This app has showed me my thinking is all wrong. I could never give up the foods I love, but I will definitely eat in moderation.

The weekends are my lazy times. My oldest son keeps bringing me a McDonalds meal. I call it sympathy food because he wants someone to eat with. (His girlfriend is grounded, she is in High School still, nice girl, good parents)

I add the meal to the app and watch the calories blow up, I begin to exercise. Anything to get more calories for the day. :)  Sneaky little app, bad son.

At this moment I am trying to decide whether to order pizza. My app says no, but my tummy says you can work it off later. :)

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Ready for Spring. Love the storms here. Just don’t want anyone hurt. :)

Originally posted on Avial Blog:

Stormscapes from Nicolaus Wegner on Vimeo.

The Great Plains of the United States produce the most beautiful thunderstorms, supercells, and unique cloud structures in the world. Nicolaus Wegner spent the summer of 2013 on the northern Great Plains photographing some of these storms.

Shot in Wyoming and South Dakota by  Lightalive Photography

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Be Still My Beating Heart.

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My cell phone rang this morning, which is pretty unusual. No one calls me, really, no one. I glanced at the number it was an in state one, so thinking, I better answer it.

This morning my son Jessup was trying to get out of going to school and thought maybe it was the school calling saying his “cold” got worse. He was not liking that younger brother had no school and thought it only fair that he could stay home as well.

Sniff sniff this morning. I said no and took him to school. :)

Well, the number ended up being a lady from the IRS!

My mouth dropped and I about fell off the chair. My heart started beating fast and I really wanted to hang up but thought I better not. She went on to tell me that my business was being audited for the last three years and if I got the paperwork in December. I said no, that goes to our permanent address and during the winter we shut the water off and don’t go back until spring. I said we are military and live on the other side of the state currently. She replied oh, ok. Do you mind if I ask you a few questions? No, I guess if I did, I probably shouldn’t say so. :) She asked a few questions, I must of gave the right answers, and she said this will take care of it.

Wow, I had always heard horror stories. My business is small so maybe that helps. :)

My first audit ever. I have had the business since 2002 so I think that is pretty good odds of not being audited until now. :) Even if, it would have been more intense, I have everything documented and don’t take off any expenses that don’t need to. Plus, I know there are other things I can take off but I don’t because I am not sure about them and I like to keep it simple and honest. :)

Originally, the business was a computer repair and graphic design business. As things changed over the years it dwindled down. Last year there was no business but I kept the license and will change it over to my writing and art this year.

It was a blank slate for taxes this tax year. No sales and no expenses were taken off. Depending on if we stay here I will then change the address but until we know for sure the business remains at home. :)

But boy, it had my heart going. She really was a nice person. Hopefully, if ever a next time, the person will be nice too. Don’t know about those odds.

Have you had any dealings with the IRS?

Yes, I’m Still Here Blog Land.

I am finally feeling back to my normal self. I was pretty lazy for awhile thanks to having a nasty chest cold last month. I didn’t even read any books let alone write anything.

My mind was blank.

The last month hubby has been home more because he was going through his out processing for the Army. He was officially done wearing the uniform on Feb. 7th. :) The very next day he packed away all those uniforms. It is so weird to not see them in the closet or hanging on the door.

A good note, more room in the closet! For me?

NO, well I guess he does deserve to get some new clothes.

I think the biggest change will be we don’t have to plan around the military anymore. :) Yay!

I am proud of him for his service, a total of 34 years. He joined when he was 17, he was a rebel child. His dad told him to pick one and to be the rebel he was he chose the Navy because his dad was retired Army. :) He was active duty for 14 years sailing on ships and seeing the world. The base he was at ended up closing down and that is when he chose to go into the reserves and go to college. He did that for a short time. He eventually got out of the military and moved back to his hometown area in Nebraska.

He went to work installing computer systems for none other than the warehouse that supplied the groceries to the little grocery store that I worked for. Low and behold we crossed paths. I believe it was fate for us to meet. He was a Navy recruiter the same year and in the same town I went to college after graduating high school. We use to go to the same places and yet we never met.

It was meant to happen. :)

Once again, his dad stepped in and said you really should finish your time with the military, you have too much in to not finish. So, while we were dating he reenlisted into the Navy Reserves. I had no idea what to expect. In fact, I really didn’t think anything about it. I think I just thought it was something he would go do once a month and have no effect on me. So not true.

He did many drill weekends and trainings. Once a year did the two week AT training. I got use to him being gone. No big deal. It was our way of life.

When I was pregnant with our second child, our youngest, I was at work and he walks in with this long face. My heart began to beat fast and already the tears were forming. He told me they just called him up to deploy.

I was like, what, you said it would never happen.

We didn’t know that terrorists would change that. This was in Sept 2002 before the war started. I was 7 months along. We dashed home to get things together because they wanted him in Denver the next day. It sucked.

We had been remodeling our bedroom and it was literally a disaster zone and open to the outside because we were adding on a bigger addition and tearing down the old stuff.  He did his best to clean it up and asked a friend if he could help enclose it for us since he had to leave.

My boss sent my good friend and co-worker with us so she could drive back since I would be too upset. He reported the next morning to the base to see what time he would leave. He came back and said, guess where they are sending me, Hawaii!

Oh, relief like no other.

They told him he could report back on Monday when he would fly out. Now why the heck couldn’t they have told us that on the phone. Denver was a four hour drive for us and we were worrying about everything. We headed back home and hubby spent the next two days enclosing our bedroom. He worked 24/7 on it. I helped where I could, but being big as a cow I wasn’t much help. :)

We already knew I had to have a C-section so it was scheduled and he was lucky enough to be able to schedule leave for then. But little Mr. Adric had better plans, he came early. Hubby missed the birth, but he was able to be there the next day.

It was one expensive plane ticket, but so worth it for him to spend two weeks with us.

On the upside, my two older kids and I were able to spend 10 days with him in Hawaii over their spring break. :) My first plane ride. We were there on base when the war officially broke out in the Middle East. We all survived his 9 month deployment to Hawaii.

A few more years go by and they start talking about downsizing the Navy and making people get out. He starts doing some research and decided to transfer over to the Army. It made his dad happy.

He was able to be closer to home for drill weekends. Yes, he had to go to boot camp again. Once again, he was gone for a few months. I was becoming a pro taking care of four kids, working full time, and making sure the house didn’t burn down. I knew it was what he loved to do, so I backed him all the way.

I joked over the years that all his time away is why our marriage worked. We didn’t have to put up with each other 24/7. :) I think it has made us stronger and appreciate each other more. Yes, it was difficult too but well worth it. He was military before I met him and I chose to accept it all. :)

At least the next deployment, we had a year to prepare. This time he did get sent to the Middle East, but to a fairly decent place Qatar. It was suppose to be 18 months but was shortened to a year. Thank goodness.

During the year before deploying there was a lot of training going on so it added up to being almost 18 months. This time I had a high school daughter, a junior high son, a grade school son and a pre-school son, and working full time. It did make the time go fast. I was glad he didn’t tell me about all the flying into Iraq and so forth until after he did it. Smart man, I would have been frazzled worrying.

About 3 years later, deployed again to the same area. He was part of a medical unit that kept track of supplies. This time there would be no flying into other countries cause they were getting ready to bring the supplies back because of the war ending in Iraq. It was to be a year deployment and was shortened to 10 months. :) This time though, the daughter was deployed with him.

She surprised us her senior year and decided to enlist in the Army. We were stunned. We never once suggested it or talked about it. She was 17 so I had to sign the papers. It was with mixed feelings but yet more feelings of joy and pride. The last half of her senior year she was able to join hubby at drill weekends and participate. Two days after she graduated from high school we sent her off to boot camp. It was so hard. She has made us proud. She is currently still in the reserves and an E5. :)

While hubby was deployed he learned of a program where if you are at your 18 years of active time you could go active duty and finish to retire. So, he signed up. When he came home from the last deployment we moved to Ft. Riley Ks where he finished his 20 years active time. :)

It has been an interesting last year and half being on the active side of the military. I have enjoyed it. I am glad we didn’t have to do this all along though. I have met some terrific people but it is sad that they have to move all the time and especially with kids. I really think they could improve on that in the military, but again what do I know. :)

We are going to stick around here for awhile, it’s only four hours from home, so a quick drive. We like the area and boys are doing good. The oldest son has moved back in with us. He does have a good job, he swears he is going to live with us forever, don’t think so. :) I think times are getting to be where kids are having to move back home unless they get lucky with roommates to split the cost or a high paying job. As long as he works and pays his bills and is out by the time we completely retire. LOL :)

Cheers to hubby for his time served!

No, he isn’t going be fishing and driving me nuts, he is now at school for driving trucks. He wants to truck drive. I guess I must smell because he sure wants to be away from me. Just kidding.

He says he has always wanted to and thought right now would be a good time before the boys were in high school. The company he is going to drive for has several different schedules.

He will be home regularly, I think. :)

14 - 1 I feel special, my very own certificate. :) It is too large to scan with the scanner, so sorry about the blurriness. :)

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