Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Happy Veteran's Day... What?




Veteran's Day.                                                           Soldiers Tribute to the Troops- Coming Home
November 11th.                                                                    

The day to remember those who have fought so that the rest of us could go shopping?

Alrighty Then.... time to set the record straight!                                                                                
That is not what they gave their all for...
But sometimes that's exactly what it feels like.

Does no one care that to reduce Veteran's Day and Memorial Day and even September 11th to BIG SALE DAYS is to reduce the importance of what those who are to be honored really did?

So...
For all those Veterans that are currently living ...
WoundedWarriorProject.org -- Beautiful- Eminem
Those with families who await word from them while they are deployed...
Those who are working right along side the rest of us and never even tell us that they are Veterans...
Those who are homeless and only want someone to care enough to give them shelter...
Those who are injured and fighting harder to become the men and women they were before than they ever did on a battle field... whether those injuries are visible or not...

Those from WWI and II and Korea and Viet Nam and Concorde and Gettysburg and Mogadishu and Tikrit and all those places we simple Americans do not even know about....
This post is for them all...
The living and the dead.

                                                                                               A Soldiers Memoir- by Joe Bachman
                                                                                                 

Image result for a soldier's memoir joe bachmanThe links are found easily on Facebook and YouTube...

The sentiments are completely and honestly how I feel...

Enjoy them... Cry, laugh, be outraged, be compassionate...

But most of all remember that without all of these BRAVE and SELFLESS people from the beginning of America until NOW...
Without them there would be no America ...
Or at least not an America worth fighting for.

More Video Tributes:
Fallen Soldier Tribute -- See You Again - WhizKhalifa
8th November 1965... Tribute to 173rd Airborne
US Military Tribute -- Far Away -Nickelback
A Tribute to Chris Kyle
Soldiers Light by Rylee Preston
US Marine David Thibodeaux

Last but not least and MY FAVORITE:
Some Gave All -- Billy Ray Cyrus



SUNSET TAPS

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Here is the link to a post I did several years ago about the 
History of Veteran's Day

To All the Veteran's in my life... THANK YOU.... AND GOD BLESS YOU

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Once Upon A Time... or something like that

Once upon a time...

What seems like a long, long time ago....

A girl decided to put pen to paper ( well, actually words on a blog)
in an attempt to figure out exactly her purpose in life actually is...

And thus, Dawneing, the blog was born.

Somewhere along the way Color me Thin-
A blog about that girl's attempts to lose weight came into existence.

And then, along came Color me Crafting...
yet another blog. This one with crafting and homemaking ideas---
think Martha Stewart without the TV studio and people to do the actual farming and cooking and organizing for her...

As with all of her endeavors, she had high hopes of creating something...
that someone...
somewhere...

Just might find entertaining,
or perhaps, enlightening,
or maybe even worth visiting more than once.

But, as with most good intentions...
LIFE got in the way.

So, once again, she finds herself at a place in her life that is not quite what she had thought it would be.
Not going according to plan, as it were.
Not that there was ever really a plan at all.
Just a sort of take each day as it comes and hope for the best kind of thing.

And the best?
Well, it doesn't just happen now, does it?
The best is something one must work at,
like a marriage or a job, to get what they want.

Once upon a time....
There was a girl who wanted to figure out where she fit in the grand scheme of things...

And apparently, she still is.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Yummy recipe ... Chicken Taco sans shell


I was combing through the cupboards in an attempt to find something that the kids would eat that was easy, quick and somewhat nutritious...

because I do want TheBusyFamily to live long, healthy and productive lives and hope that some of what they are learning here in TheBusyFamilyHome will follow them when they finally leave,,,

They will all leave, eventually, right?

And what I found was...
frozen grilled chicken strips
a can of tomatoes and green chiles
a can of black beans
some taco seasoning
some tortilla chips
and some cheddar cheese

So I made Chicken Taco Bowls ...


Place the chicken strips, the can of tomatoes & green chiles the can of black beans...               add a little taco seasoning...( or a lot :)
 Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, for about 8 minutes, then reduce heat and cover...
Simmer until sauce has thickened ...

 put a handful of tortilla chips in a bowl
                 spoon chicken mixture over chips and              sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese




Top with cherry tomatoes and a little plain greek yogurt if you'd like and Voila'...


Super yummy and even the kids liked it!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Trending Now... winter is cold?

I find it funny...
in the odd kind of way...
that suddenly there is an awareness of the short-comings in the wardrobes of teens across America.

Why?

Because contrary to the belief of the moms who are complaining because their kids are heading out the door in freezing temperatures wearing shorts...
This phenomenon IS NOT NEW!

Hey, I just turned 49 the other day and...
you guessed it...

I did not wear a coat to school.
Okay, I did wear pants...
or skirts if the mood struck, but...

Many of the kids I went to school with never wore coats...
and they lived in shorts and a sweat shirt
 (sorry hoodies were not yet 'IN')

My own son, ManBoy, who is 25, wore shorts all the time...
Actually, although he no longer lives at home...
I am pretty darn sure he still wears shorts 99% of the time.

And SIX?
He is 16 now and shorts are definitely the dress code of choice for him and his friends...
no matter what the weather.

So why are all of these mom bloggers and TV hosts suddenly up in arms about the lack of leg covering on kids today?

Perhaps it is because they are now the parent...
Not the child...
and not only have they forgotten that they too, most likely...
dressed just as foolishly in their youth...
and how perplexed and down-right angry their parents were too.

Me?

It's just clothes and really...
If the kids aren't cold...
If they refuse to acknowledge the cold...
If they get frost bite...

Well, it's their choice to make...
And I will get them medical attention...

Right after I tell them...

"I Told You So"

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Dr Phil... He's Stirring Up Trouble on ReRuns

After yet another terrific night of no sleep I found myself wide awake at 5:57am
Once I had ascertained the time was indeed AM and that the day of the week was in fact Saturday...
meaning I did not have to wake anyone for school or work...
meaning that I did not actually HAVE to be awake at all...

I found myself channel surfing to occupy my sleep-deprived brain...
as I attempted to lull myself back to sleep.

I was unsuccessful.

After watching Nate Berkus redecorate a lady's house that had become a 70's time capsule...
and re-pinning about 100 DIY and craft projects and life hacks that I will never, ever get around to using...

I realized that a Dr. Phil re-run from 2010 had come on at some point.
And this is the statement that pulled me out of the world of pinning...

"The average stay at home mom has 30 hours of leisure time a week..."

Evidently, some guy, okay he's some kind of doctor...
the PhD kind, not the M.D. kind...
I think...
did some kind of study...

And that study somehow came up with 30 hours of leisure time in the average mom's life...
using these definitions as to what leisure time is...
according to the man who did this study...
Of course.

Organizational leisure time is:
Volunteering, clubs, church

Entertainment/Social leisure time is:
events, movies, parties

Recreational leisure time is:
sports, hobbies, travel

communication leisure time is:
Media, conversation, reading

So, using the above, leisure time would include ...

traveling from home to preschool to drop off and pick up kids... travel category

running through Walmart, Sam's club and Dollar Tree to get all the shopping done in the 2.5 hours the kids are at pre-k... sports category

repainting the wall where the 3 year old drew a pretty picture in Sharpie while you were hosing off the 2 year old in the kitchen sink after she "helped" you make pancakes, even though you weren't actually planning to make any pancakes... hobby category

drinking a cup of coffee and reading the back of the Clorox 2 box while waiting for the 1st load of laundry to be ready for the dryer at 5:30 am before you have to wake the rest of the house up at 5:45... reading category

Yep... I am positive that I had more than 30 hours of leisure time a week back when TheBusyFamily offspring were... 18, 14, 9, 3, 18 months and 6 weeks old... and at anytime before or after December of 1998 ( that's when they were those exact ages...)

Of course, the leisure time was fit in between the full time be at home Mommy duties and my 'real' job as a full time pediatric night nurse...

And I had the audacity to complain about being tired and never having enough time to get everything done...

Silly me!






Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Aging Gracefully... Or Something A Lot Like That

This is the year I turn 49...
in 4 days to be exact.
Me- age 48 1/2
slightly out of focus makes me look okay

Because I never want to be the lady that looks like she has 6 kids...
looks like she's almost 50...
looks like a frumpy housewife or crazy dog lady or...
you get the drift...

I decided this is the year that I undo the last 15 years of my life...
by losing weight...
de-wrinkling any where that has accumulated wrinkles...
finding a way to gracefully go gray...
because covering it is fast becoming an exercise in futility;

Basically I want to spend the next 6 months finding the ME I used to be that is hidden somewhere deep inside.  

If someone somewhere would like to send me some free samples of wrinkle cream...
Bliss - The Youth As We Know It™ Anti-Aging Moisture Cream
the name makes me want to try it...
 because looking young is the instant recipe for happiness?
or hair color that actually covers the gray...

or a weight loss program like say, Jenny Craig or Physicians Weightloss or NutriSystem- that I can discuss over on my Color Me Thin blog...

(please note that of the 3 programs I have tried thus far... NONE have had long term results but I am still trying to lose weight )

or makeup that makes your skin look young and dewy and ... well, young


Foundation Makeup | Age-Defying Liquid Makeup

 I admit it, I like Covergirl products, and if I can look like Drew Barrymore or Brooke Shields...
Color Me Covergirl!

I am more than willing to try any and all things in the interest of bettering the human race...
or at least the female portion of it

Friday, May 30, 2014

Traitors and Heroes and... rose-colored glasses

( the views stated here are my very own and you are allowed to disagree... as long as you remember that I respect your right to your views and expect the same courtesy as well...after all, that is what America is all about)

In the news they are promoting the interview with Edward Snowden...
A kid who grew up in my area...
who actually was in elementary school with my son-in-law.

A poll of american viewers has 60% calling him a patriot...
40% a traitor.

I don't have any answers, but...
Seriously, does the American public believe that it is okay for one person to directly jeopardize the lives of operatives around the world because the public NEEDS TO KNOW?

Why do we need to know?
Does knowing make a difference?

Well, actually, I think it does make a difference.
In a bad way.

I know that there are things the government does that I do not know about...
I probably don't even agree with...
But, I accept that in order to make my world a safe place things get done.

Covert operations happen all over the world that John Q Public has no knowledge of...
But these operations make the world a safer place for John Q Public.

And when JQP finds out about these things what does he do?
He complains about the rights of people to privacy and full disclosure...

If JQP would step back and look at the operations that have been declassified and use his imagination to imagine what would have happened if any one of them had not been carried out...

What a very different world we would be living in.

One where we speak German?
One where there are no Jews or any organized religion?
One where Mother Russia is alive and well and covers the entire globe?
One where every state is a separate country?
One where being different, having an opinion, being able to voice an opinion, are punishable by death?

And the list could go on and on and on and on...

So, John Q Public...
instead of complaining about what you see as an infringement on your rights...
stop and think about those rights and why you are able to have them...

Those men and women who have been fighting and dying...
on and off the battlefields of the world...
since Columbus stepped foot in the Americas..
Those HEROES who have been striving to make a difference since the beginning...
They deserve respect...and the same rights as everyone else...

And try, just try, to wrap your mind around the idea that the rest of the world is not a nice place and is filled with bad people...
As is our own country...
and isn't making it harder for those bad people to win...
well, isn't that what all of this is really all about?

Not everything is black and white...
But looking at the world through rose-colored glasses isn't the answer either...