This little number took 1st place!
This one took 2nd!
This little number took 1st place!
So you know its cold...
Approxiamately 117,000,000 Americans are potentially about to receive something that is fairly unprecedented. A "rebate" for working and having children.
The first thing my husband said to me last night (after a really crappy day mind you) was "we are going to get $1,800 in July!".
All of these awful thoughts ran through my head...
Because money is evil. We earn more to spend more. And the government "gets it", so they are waving it like a little carrot in front of our noses to "boost our economy" by expecting us to spend it. They aren't suggesting that we do with it what most of us are in dire need of doing... Saving. They are saying that the economy needs us to shop more, so they will give us an allowance in which to do so.But here is the problem...
A large majority of the people who will receive this caviat are already in debt. Living paycheck to paycheck. Refinancing. Borrowing. Refinancing. Working hard to make ends meet. Never quite getting there because advertisers have the fools market. They know how to make widgets and wazoo's, gadgets and gizmo's that we don't need look so good we can't live without them. And now the government is pimping us out.Soon we will be flooded with mailers and ads and t.v. commercials with "Zero Interest, BUY NOW" car's, big screen tv's, recreational vehicles, large ticket items that will inject 100 times the value of the rebate back into the economy. Its great for the country. But it sucks for those who really should be saving it.
Including us.I will never forget September 1st, 2001. There are many reasons why...
But we still ended up in a recession. So will this boost in the economy really save us? And if it does, will it save the millions who are already in debt?
I have my doubts. But I am watching my mailbox.
Saturday edit to my post:
Heidi posted some very good articles in my comments, and I didn't want them to be overlooked, so I am posting them here:
You know you are having a bad day when...
You know its not a sleeping disorder when...
So now for the hmmmm....
Heidi has been sharing "Bad Poetry Mondays" for a few weeks. Today I was listening to the only radio station that comes in in my office, and thought to myself... Are all pop songs just a bad excuse for bad lymerics put to music? And better yet, how many times did they re-write that phrase to find a better rhyming word?
So maybe I don't have this blog thing down yet, but here is my point of view:
A blog is an outlet for the author(s) to express their feelings about their life, their ambitions, their woes, their work, their passions. The things that make them think. The things that they want to share with others. Sometimes to express their views, sometimes to share their craft.
But not to have people ridicule them. Or tell them that they should post about something or someone else. Someone who a few of us (you know who you are) got really close to, who really needed the support and pulled out some difficult decisions with dignity because he received such support, had to go private because of people telling him he should quit blogging about his issues and find something else to blog about... Um, it was HIS blog. Go somewhere else and read if you don't like what he writes. But don't ruin it for him, or his friends. Within days of sharing his excitement about reaching 100,000 views (and being a "blog of note") someone ruined it for him. Burst his bubble and took away his security. His life has changed a lot in the past few weeks, and he is amazingly changed. And its great. But the idiots out there who think they have a right to make him change the way he shares his LIFE should be banned from blogging.
Then there are those people who dont do their research and call someone a complete fake. Over and over again. "What th'a?" Before you call someone a fake, maybe read a little more and discover not only passion, and compassion, but creativity, and a talent for making an experienced chef blush!
I have always wondered what makes people think they have the right to treat people this way. To hurt people in ways that make them feel insecure, and make them have to defend their very being. Its disgusting.
And maybe it is proof that while we have the 1st Ammendment, there are some people that shouldn't be allowed that right.
But that is just my opinion!
On another subject.... My husband called me today and asked me to do something for him that I have been waiting 7 years to hear him say he was ready to do (belle, no not that!). I don't want to jinx it, but I am really happy, and I hope it really happens! Pray for strength on his part.
I love this one of Mitz and Alex!
This is one of my favorites partly because of the conversation that was taking place while I took it - Jadon was telling Mantha to "look at all those little fella's". It was a bucket of minnows. Stinky slimy little fish used for bait. But it made for a great picture!
This is Mantha's bff Bailey. She went camping with us for Manta's 10th Birthday. This deadwood tree was a climbing tree for the kids all weekend. I Bailey was the only one that posed for a picture.