Wednesday, November 07, 2012

May the Lord Help this Country

Everyone has already said it all. I have nothing new to add. The American people including 40% of Catholics have voted in the most pro-abortion president that there has ever been.

Lord God, you have given Men the gift of Free Will and it has been exercised to continue to leave your Church and your innocent ones to the wolves. I pray that you give me and my fellow Faithful Catholics to stand up for our rights and convictions during this upcoming term.

Sunday, October 07, 2012

One thing I can't take.

I can handle people who wish to vote for Obama for a second term. I don't understand their thinking but I know that there are many people out there who believe in him and believe he's best for the country or they want his brand of politics to become the norm (socialism, etc). I get all that and I am not going to argue with them or try to stop them from voting the way they feel is right.

However, there is one thing I cannot take. That is those people who consider themselves faithful Catholics. They consider themselves loyal to the Church and to the Pope but still are going to vote for Obama.

As Catholics, the most important issue is that of Life. As John Paul II said so eloquently (and much better than I could ever say.) "Above all, the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights -- for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture -- is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition for all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination" (Christifideles Laici, 1988)

How can you call yourself a Catholic, attend Catholic functions, proclaim to be members of Catholic groups all while voting for the most pro-abortion president this country has ever seen. He is the most biblically-hostile president in history.

Obama has been at war with the Catholic Church since he first started in Chicago and it continues today.

How can these people live with themselves and vote with a clear conscience?! I just can't take it, I have started un-friending Catholics on Facebook who promote themselves as loyal to the Church all while voting for this president. I must have standards and stick with my principles or else I cannot stand for anything.

If you are among this group of Catholics for Obama. Feel free to unfriend me because when I eventually find out your stance, I won't have to do it myself.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Extreme Picky Eater

I'm sick of these dietitians and their "solutions" for picky eaters.  I have a few children who are picky and it is agonizing. They are not just toddlers either, they're 14, 13, and 11. Today, my 11 and 14 year-olds actually PEALED their pancakes because the normal browning on the pancake outside was too much for them and they would eat it. You can imagine what was left of their pancake after peeling both sides.

We had the rule for a while where if you didn't eat what was for dinner, you didn't eat. All you had to do was put it in your mouth and spit it out and that would be acceptable. Well, two of the children didn't eat dinner for two years. A nutritionist told us we couldn't do that anymore.

So. What are some of these solutions that doctors suggest?

Make Food Fun: Make Shapes and such.
Doesn't work! They don't give a crap that it's in another shape! They see right through that. All my children have even when they were 2 or 3.

Let Them Cook
That doesn't work! We even put them in cooking classes at the rec center, still wouldn't eat what they cooked.

Be Sneaky, Hide Good Foods in What They Eat
Tried that, when they found out that something was in there (because they could taste the difference) they stopped eating that food altogether because they didn't trust us anymore. Also, it is hard to hide stuff in hot dogs, chicken nuggets and pizza.

Don't Let Them Eat an Hour Before Dinner
So they come to the table hungry. Well, when you have children to sneak and steal food all day, (snacks/sugar) it's hard to have them be hungry. We don't notice they're going out to the garage to steal food. We haven't yet invested in something to lock up ALL the food in the house. It's not real easy to do that anyway. Who wants to live like that? "Honey, I need the key so I can get the bread out!"

Require one bite or at least put it in their mouth and spit it out.
We tried that with the children. They would sit there and stare at the food for hours. One day my 14yo son, when being forced to try eggs, he sat at the table from 9am to 2pm and when he was told on penalty of grounding he better get it done, he gagged and threw them up.

Of my three oldest here is the list of foods each will eat:
Meal 14yo 12yo 11yo
Breakfast Oatmeal
Sugar Cereals
Life Cereal
Pancakes (peels off brown on sides to get the bits on the inside)
Turkey Bacon
Some sugar cereals
Turkey Bacon
Frosted Flakes
Fruit Loops
Pancakes (peels off brown sides like oldest)
Lunch Chicken Nuggets if from Fast Food
French Fries
Peanut Butter Sandwich
Ramen Noodles
Plain pasta w/butter
String Cheese
Maybe a Sugardale Hot Dog if forced (no other brand)
Peanut Butter sandwich if forced to.
Pizza (usually peels off cheese)
Pasta with Parmesan
Plain Bread
Chicken Patties (Must be Tyson Chicken Patties)
Sugardale Hot Dogs (no other brand)
Pizza with no cheese. Will take sausage as topping.
Dinner Rice (sticky rice not minute rice)
Rotisserie Chicken (Breast only, must peel off all flavor and only eat INSIDE meat.
Taco Shells with cheddar cheese in it (no meat)
Tacos with cheese and hot sauce
Mac & cheese
NOTHING unless having a lunch item for dinner.

No Fruits, No Salad (although I don't like salad myself), no vegetables.

I fully admit that I am probably the hereditary owner of their pickiness. I don't like Salad, Mayonnaise-based items, some vegetables. I get that but on those things I have tried them and don't like the taste. With these boys they will not try anything.. But I still eat way way more than these children.

I have heard once of a mother who did something extreme to break her child of pickiness. She served him something for lunch, he wouldn't eat it. Gave the same thing for dinner. He wouldn't eat it, she continued to serve the same meal to him for three days while he only had water to drink when he refused. On the third day, he ate the food out of pure hunger and that "broke" him of the picky behavior. I would think that I would be reported for child abuse if I did that mostly because I know that my children would stretch that out to 7 or 8 days.

I am at a loss. We're looking for counseling help again in the fall. We're going to get to the bottom of the fear these children have. I don't know how long it will take but we gotta persevere.

Monday, May 14, 2012

A Simple Repair

It was going to be a simple repair. All I had to do was put door of our tall cabinet back on its hinges.  See, we have a desk that is in a "U" shape that has a rounded end. Then next is the tall game cabinet. Next to that is our Lateral file.

Well, after laying down our new flooring, we had to put in the trim around the baseboard that caused everything to be in about 3/4 of an inch. So, the three items mentioned above were all put in nice and snug. What I didn't account for was the doors when they swing open extend beyond the edge of the cabinet. So, one day I opened the cabinet and the hinges came right off!

The solution, from what I could see, was to cut off a portion of the desk. So, I got my Japanese style saw and started sawing away, it is a beauty of a thing but it still took some time. I got about four inches in when I decided this was a job for my Circular saw.  Before I could do that, however, I removed some cloth that we had stapled to the under side to hide the stuff under the desk.  I pulled the cloth out but didn't remove the staples.

As I started with the saw I got sparks! I was hitting the staples. So, I stopped, cleared them out and started again. As I continued it got harder and harder to cut through the desk and the saw overloaded the circuit and popped it; shutting down the computer, printer, and everything else on the desk.

So now I'm on my way down to the basement to see which fuse I blew and didn't see any of them tripped. I thought it was strange but I flipped several just to see if it would bring back power. None of them worked. I finally flipped every one for the house and none of them worked!

I decided it must be the power strip I was in so I unplugged the one from the way, plugged it in elsewhere and my suspicion was confirmed. I had a power strip in a power strip so I had to get my orange extension cord out and plug my other power strip into that and things came online.

I put the saw away and started again with my Japanese style saw.  Every four inches I stopped and sucked up the saw dust with my trusty vacuum. I finally made it all the way through to the other side. I re-positioned the cabinet and found that I still needed another inch off the desk!

So, back to sawing I went. 15 minutes later, I sized everything up and I was in good shape. I saw down in front of the tall cabinet and re-attached the door.

Simple, right?!

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Its been a long time

Not sure anyone reads this, just installed the mobile app on my phone. Trying it out for the first time. Hee hee.