Monthly Archives: December 2005

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!!

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 Hello from the sadness of my heart today…One of our space friends has had a bad time this week and I feel we must support them all we can right now. I am referring to Lottiemae’s.. daughter Wilma, who was assaulted recently. If you have some help or advice for her please drop by her space at  http://spaces.msn.com/members/wilma/ and give her some support when you can.The new year is fast apporoaching and we should resolve to be kinder to our fellow man and woman friends.
Resolve to be of help when you can and understand the
hardships of others. I have learned over the past months that I have been blogging, that there are so many people out there in this world that are in need of some human compassion and caring. In reading the spaces I have seen lives be lost and misplaced by such joy and sheer devistation
 
In keeping touch through these spaces I learned the hardship of those who were totally wiped out of all their posessions in the hurricanes that we had this year in the south.
I learned the lives of people all over the planet are so diverse from my own culture and I read about how they deal with things in their daily lives. I have been lucky this year to find this
MSN SPACES spot to just read and learn or to share some comments or to make someone smile.We all need that bond now and then with others who are out there.
IN 2005, I can truly say my life has been changed drastically by meeting all my new space friends and sharing with them.
So, I wait for 2006 and I wait for it to be better than 2005. There are many in my prayers that need some help along the way, that maybe my one more prayer to whatever power that is holy can help them.
BLESS YOU ALL IN 2006 MAY YOU ALL HAVE HEALTH HAPPINESS AND PROSPERITY….
 
 
 
 
 
           
 
 
 

SPACE WALK SPACE

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YES.. I  again went on a space walk and found a very deserving space this week… it’s called……..MAGGIE’S PLACE..  she is from Kentucky in the USA, and has a very interesting space to read and see. She has obviously put a lot of time and effort into her space with the graphics and the links. You can check her out at .. http://spaces.msn.com/members/momwifeandcrazy/  I am sure you will like it a lot…
 
I hope you all are having a better week than I am.. I have been pestered  with some kind of  BUG for a few days and it just doesn’t want to let me alone.
 
 
Typical I think.. I rushed around so much at Christmas that I should be attacked for New Year’s is no surprise. I let my guard down in the stores. I didn’t wipe my hands down with anti-bacterial gel after using the carts.  YOU laugh… but it really helps keep the lousy stuff away from you. You can just imagine what is on those handles of the carts. EWW!  It has been cold and now it’s warmer and raining, perfect weather to get sick in.  I have been using my AIRBORNE product and it seems to have such an effect.. if used fast enough. Believe me the first sign of a  scratchy throat I am grabbing for the stuff. IT WORKS for me!!
 
Those effervescent tablets have saved me hours of misery…No I am not kidding either…look it up on your search engine…I won’t post a picture here of the product, but it works…my throat felt better within 10 minutes! It was amazing!!
 
So I get ready for the New Year. I am hoping to see Dick Clark back to his old post on ABC..I know he has had a struggle over the past year and I really hope he looks well and on the way back  to a better 2006.
I am looking forward to some new episodes of some shows I have been missing. LOST has been off so long it seems.. I hate to miss any of those shows. These re-runs are so bad.. I am so tired of them.
GIVE ME MY 24… I can’t wait!!!  Give me anything but a re-run!
I hope you all have great plans for 2006, as for me I am gonna spend it learning more new things and visiting more new spaces everyday that I can……………
 

SOBER VIRUS IS OUT THERE ALREADY!

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THIS MIGHT SAVE YOUR COMPUTER !!! It did mine! My anti virus stopped this attacker… when I did my scan I found that it had tried to attack my computer already..it did not wait until Jan to do it.
 
  SOBER VIRUS SET TO WREAK HAVOC !!
 
 National-NBC) December 27, 2005 – With the new year also comes the threat of more computer viruses. Experts are warning about one in particular, set to hit next week, and this one is particularly ugly. It’s called the "sober worm" and although it’s been around for several years now, a new variety set to hit January 5th is prompting a flood of warnings.

Some experts say it has the potential to disrupt Internet traffic, that’s how serious it is. But it’s ugly, coinciding with the 87th anniversary of the founding of Germany’s Nazi party.

The virus has been detected in thousands of machines and is timed to activate on the 5th, spewing forth millions of e-mail messages filled with pro-Nazi propaganda in both English and in German.

All the major anti-virus programs can protect your machine against this, but because so many people fail to keep their computers inoculated, Internet security firms are bracing for what could be a serious online problem January 5th and 6th.

So what should you do? Make sure you have anti-virus software installed, and that it’s up to date.                    It is better to be safe than sorry I say…computers cost too much to fix !!!

 

AFTER HOLIDAY THOUGHTS

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  WELL..we survived our holiday madness and came out smelling
like scented candles and sugar cookies. It seems we go through this every year..can’t wait til it gets here and then, wham… it’s over in what seems like five minutes. All that work cleaning and cooking and wrapping and planning all over in a fog of garbage bags full of empty boxes, bags, bows and tissue paper.
 
   NO one was disappointed thanks to those cute little things called gift cards. No one complained because the size was too small,too big or the wrong color. It was bright happy faces at just anything they received this year. You see, we feed lunch before we open the gifts, that way they are in a stupor of full bellies and contentment…works everytime!!  Times right now are tough.
Taxes are higher and home insurance has risen and cost of living has went up, the heating bill is higher than ever too! It is tough making ends meet sometimes, so whatever you receive you are grateful to get.
 
  WE come to the task of deciding when to take the tree down..ours is after Jan 1st..so that way I get to look at it longer. In Ca. we used to make a New Years tree..we would make some small balloons and place them and some streamers on the tree and make it festive for the new year. Take a small piece of paper that you can roll up and write some resolution or wish for the new year there and then roll it up and tie it with some wrapping twine and hang it on the tree. You can make as many as you like. My aunt started this at her office and it was a big hit. When the party is over or the tree is taken down, the wishes are taken off the tree and put in a ceremonial burning dish or pan or bucket. In our house it was the fireplace!! We would burn the wishes or resolutions  and hope for them to come true. The kids would have fun popping the balloons!    Decorated tree - Click image to download.
 
 
 
  MY Aunt passed away in 1995, I often wonder if they still do that tradition in the office where she used to work. Well it was a fun way to bring in the new year that was for sure. I tried to keep it alive when I lived there, but who knows if they still do it or not.
I make tons of snacks and small dishes and we nosh on them all through the new year’s eve day and night so I don’t have to cook. JAN. 1st,  the matriarch of this family insists on the old southern standby’s of good luck.. blackeyed Peas, cornbread, turnip greens, ham and sweet potatoes. Her great grandmother used to put a shiny new dime in the pot and whoever got the dime in their serving would, supposidly, have good fortune all through the year.
 
 
 I hope all of you have some new year traditions that you keep going in your families. I have to say that we have had our fair share of not so good luck too, even though the meal was shared by all. So much for the good luck dime, or the blackeyed peas, or the wishes on the tree.  Maybe we left something out.. I have no idea..anyone out there got any ideas???
 
 
 
               
 

THE SANDS OF CHRISTMAS

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FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Friday the number of U.S. combat troops in Iraq

would be cut by some 7,000 by early next year, but the number involved in training Iraq’s new military would increase .President (George W.) Bush has authorized an adjustment in U.S. combat brigades in Iraq from 17 to 15," Rumsfeld said, addressing several hundred U.S. troops at a military camp east of Falluja."
 
I only hope this comes true and the sooner the better..they will miss this Christmas with their families , but may be able to enjoy next Christmas. I said the word "may" because they still have time over there and each day poses danger to most of the troops over there. Let us hope the troops over there are being watched over by the most powerful of protectors..OUR LORD…I pray for this everyday…….below is a poem I found that suits this very well..
please stop and say a silent thanks everyday for those who serve in our military to protect us.
                       
THE SANDS OF CHRISTMAS  by Michael Marks
I had no Christmas spirit when I breathed a weary sigh, And looked across the table where the bills were piled too high. The laundry wasn’t finished and the car I had to fix, My stocks were down another point, the Chargers lost by six.
And so with only minutes till my son got home from school I gave up on the drudgery and grabbed a wooden stool. The burdens that I carried were about all I could take, And so I flipped the TV on to catch a little break.
I came upon a desert scene in shades of tan and rust, No snowflakes hung upon the wind, just clouds of swirling dust. And where the reindeer should have stood before a laden sleigh, Eight Humvees ran a column right behind an M1A.
A group of boys walked past the tank, not one was past his teens Their eyes were hard as polished flint, their faces drawn and lean. They walked the street in armor with their rifles shouldered tight, Their dearest wish for Christmas, just to have a silent night.
Other soldiers gathered, hunkered down against the wind, To share a scrap of mail and dreams of going home again. There wasn’t much at all to put their lonely hearts at ease, They had no Christmas turkey, just a pack of MREs.
They didn’t have a garland or a stocking I could see, They didn’t need an ornament–they lacked a Christmas tree. They didn’t have a present even though it was tradition, The only boxes I could see were labeled "ammunition."
I felt a little tug and found my son now by my side, He asked me what it was I feared, and why it was I cried. I swept him up into my arms and held him oh so near And kissed him on the forehead as I whispered in his ear.
"There’s nothing wrong, my little son, for safe we sleep tonight Our heroes stand on foreign land to give us all the right, To worry on the things in life that mean nothing at all, Instead of wondering if we will be the next to fall."
He looked at me as children do and said, "it’s always right, To thank the ones who help us and perhaps that we should write." And so we pushed aside the bills and sat to draft a note, To thank the many far from home, and this is what we wrote:
"God bless you all and keep you safe, and speed your way back home. Remember that we love you so, and that you’re not alone. The gift you give you share with all, a present every day, You give the gift of liberty and that we can’t repay."
 
                       

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!!!

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