Friday, July 8, 2016

Random Tid Bits

  1. Next week I have the whole week off. I mainly took it off to take the boys to and from camp. It's about a 25 to 30 minute drive to their next camp. The camp that they will be going to is at Lake Zorinsky. They will be canoeing, fishing, going on hikes, swimming, doing archery, and more. I think it will be fun! Some firsts for the boys with fishing and canoeing. Travis hates fishing, so it's not anything we've done.

  2. The camp the boys wrapped up is Fine Lines. It's an We're not taking a vacation this year. We're just doing fun things on the weekends. It was a writing camp for all ages. I have to be honest that I was a little nervous because there was construction all over the area where it was at - including inside the building. I had the boys meet me outside. I was also a little anxiety driven over the fact that it was for all ages. I knew little Isaak would be one of the youngest campers. They did pretty good. We got on Mica about writing better, and he wrote a pretty good story. 

  3.  Our Meeting Spot

  4. Our hot water heater has an issue. We won't have hot water until Monday. :( 

  5. A person passed away here this week due to an asthma attack. I've been having issues with nocturnal asthma for about 4 weeks now. 5 or 6 o'clock rolls around, and I'm wheezy and coughing up a storm. I hate spraying in my inhaler. I get every side effect listed. I'm thankful that it's there to save my life if needed. 

  6. I'm so down about all the shootings lately. Words can't express the sorrow that victim's families must feel right now! I thought by having a president that is part black that racism would get better.

    There seems to be 2 sides: People that love guns and people that want them banned.

    Then there's the other 2 sides: People that hate blacks, and people that hate cops.

    There's bad and good in blacks, whites, cops...

    I like the idea of freedom to bear arms because one of those gun owners could save lives in a mass shooting situation. People should be able to protect themselves. The flip side is that guns do get into mentally unstable people's hands. A mentally unstable person could do damage in other ways besides using a gun.

    I don't know what the answers are. It would be nice if I could wave a magic wand and say, Ok we all have to play nice now.

    I'd love it if families would go back to 1 person staying at home. I think it's sad that kids raise themselves to an extent. We're too busy to fix meals, grow our own food, keep a clean house, and play with our kids. It wouldn't have to be the mom that stays home. Playing video games, watching tv and eating crap can't be good for our kids. We're limiting recess, and many creative outlets from our education programs. When I say "Our Kids" I'm talking about the world's children. I limit a lot of screen time for Mica and Isaak, but I'm not perfect. 
By one of my favorite artists -  James Victore. I don't like his work because it's "pretty". I like it because his work speaks the truth. His podcasts on YouTube are just as truthful.

Something Pretty - Artist Unknown

This one is just ingenious. It's a poster by Milton Glaser. He's famous for the I Heart NY logo, the Bob Dylan poster, and he designed all of Brooklyn Brewery's stuff.


Theresa Mahoney said...

It's a shame what's happening in our country right now. I hope our next president will be able to bridge the gap that's going on and get us united. While I don't personally own a gun, I would never infringe upon the rights of my neighbors to own one. I'm sure we are the only family on the block that doesn't have one. Most of my neighbors are police or have served in the military. They aren't trigger happy Americans that the media makes most US gun owners to be. Police training needs better funding and revamped. These shootings need to end.

mail4rosey said...

Sorry to hear about your water heater. We're having septic problems over here that are no fun. Maybe this third time of clog removal will work. Third time's a charm, or so they say. ;)

All of the violence ... I wish you could wave that magic wand too.

Glad your boys are having fun at summer camp events. My youngest is going too. :)

Harry Flashman said...

Nice post, Alissa. I'm sure the majority of U.S. citizens feel the same way you do.

That's bad about the hot water heater. If the one in our house goes down, we can go out to the apartment and take a shower or whatever. I've always been glad about that because I am obsessive about keeping clean.

I once spent six weeks in Turkey, on a plateau near Troy, on Saros Bay. All the water for the entire camp had to come from the ships in the bay. But they could not run their water distillery units while in the bay, because it was polluted. So they had to go out into the Med to make fresh water. Also the ships needs came first, of course. So we had no fresh water for washing. Ever. Couldn't wash our clothing or ourselves in fresh water.

The engineers put up shower units, and ran them off sea water that was trucked in from the beach. But it was polluted, and washing bodies or clothing in sea water makes for a lot of problems.

By the time we came out our uniforms were literally rotting off of us. I got a skin disease from showering in sea water that took weeks to cure once we got back aboard ship.

So now, I always have two hot water heaters and sometimes I feel like that's not enough! ;-)

Lidy said...

Sorry about your water heater and it looks like your children will be having a great time at camp. This week has been horrible week of violence. My hearts goes out to the victims and their families.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
Hate multiplies hate,
violence multiplies violence,
and toughness multiplies toughness
in a descending spiral of destruction....
The chain reaction of evil --
hate begetting hate,
wars producing more wars --
must be broken,
or we shall be plunged
into the dark abyss of annihilation.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Strength To Love, 1963

~ Noelle said...

We've had a laid back summer as far as nothing olanned... but we have stayed busy. Life is just crazy.
The world today brings me so much sadness.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I do not know the answers either...but I wish we could find some. Enjoy your week off :)

Indah Nuria Savitri said...

It's such a great and strong art works which speak the truth. I also enjoy such masterpiece, Alissa. It makes me feels like we're doing something real that bring impacts on the ground :)

Cascia Talbert said...

Sorry to hear about your water heater. I feel the same way about the recent killings. We need to bring Jesus and God back to our country and start loving one another, like Jesus loves all of us. That is the only way we can bring about peace. We have shut out God in our culture and now the devil is in control. It's sad. Pray. That is all we can do right now is pray for healing, pray for the victims and love one another.

An Apel a Day said...

Cascia I have to respectfully disagree. Denmark is one of the happiest places in the world. They have a lot of Atheists that live there. Do we need more Americans at peace? Yes. Prayer can put people at peace, but so can a lot of other things.


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