Top Ten Crimes of 2009

I am way out of the loop, this is the first I had heard of any of these...of course, my only exposure to world news is facebook, The Mirror, The Post-Telegraph, & Kevin's Yahoo homepage...

Top Ten Crimes 2009
The story of Jaycee Dugard raised disturbing questions about both Stockholm syndrome and California's parole system, but it also rekindled hope that other long-missing children may be found alive. Dugard was 11 years old when she was abducted as she was walking to her school bus in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. When she was finally found 18 years later, in Antioch, Calif., she was the mother of two girls, the first born to her when she was 14, the second when she was 18. Dugard had been living with Phillip Garrido, a registered sex offender who had somehow gotten his parole status terminated in 1999, eight years after he allegedly kidnapped the girl. Garrido and his wife Nancy, who kept Dugard and her children in a makeshift hut in their backyard, face charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment and rape. They pleaded not guilty. Dugard, who kept her silence, readjusted to her new existence with her mother and half sister. Her children apparently were doing well in their first days in school.

If the charges against him are proved, Anthony Sowell is the perpetrator of one of the most gruesome series of crimes in recent history. A convicted rapist, Sowell was arrested after police came to his duplex apartment in Cleveland to check on a woman's allegation that he had sexually assaulted her and nearly choked her to death. He wasn't home, but the cops quickly smelled that something was wrong in the house. They found two decomposing bodies in his living room and four more bodies in a shallow grave in the basement and in crawl spaces. The backyard was dug up to discover the remains of four more bodies, and a human skull was found in a bucket, bringing the total to 11. Neighbors said Sowell used to stink so badly that their eyes would water when he approached but that no one investigated his house, despite the terrible odors emanating from it. The former Marine pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to five counts of aggravated murder.

Friends were quick to come to the defense of Philip Markoff, 22, a burly, baby-faced Boston University medical student who was arrested for the killing of a masseuse. "He could not hurt a fly," his fiancée, Megan McAllister, initially said. "All I have to say is, Philip is a beautiful person, inside and out." But it was an ugly crime. Julissa Brisman, who advertised her services on Craigslist, apparently struggled with her killer in a room at an expensive Boston hotel. She was struck on the head and then shot three times, once in the heart. Markoff was also accused of robbing another woman, who also advertised on Craigslist. She accused Markoff, reportedly a compulsive gambler, of stealing $600 from her. Police found a gun and duct tape at the second-year medical student's Quincy, Mass., home. Markoff's attorney said his client was not guilty of murder, robbery and kidnapping charges.

For Muslims around the world, this was the crime of the century. On July 1, Marwa el-Sherbini, 31 — a devout Egyptian-born pharmacist — appeared in a court in Dresden, Germany, to testify against Alex Wien, an unemployed Russian émigré who was appealing an earlier conviction of defaming el-Sherbini by calling her an "Islamist" and a "terrorist" on a playground. Prosecutors said that after el-Sherbini's testimony, Wien lunged at her with a 7-in. kitchen knife he had smuggled into court and stabbed her at least 16 times. Her husband Elwy Okaz, 32, was also repeatedly stabbed before being shot by a police officer who mistook him for el-Sherbini's attacker. He survived. El-Sherbini, who was three months pregnant at the time, bled to death in front of the couple's 3-year-old son. Wien was tried in the same courtroom where el-Sherbini was killed. He was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. El-Sherbini's husband filed lawsuits against the judge and regional court overseeing the original trial.

William Sparkman's body was found on Sept. 12 near a small family cemetery in a remote patch of the Daniel Boone National Forest in Clay County, Kentucky, about 18 miles south of the county seat of Manchester. The alleged details of the death of the U.S. Census Bureau worker were chilling: he was reported to have been found hanging from a tree, with the word "Fed" scrawled on his chest. That description rippled through the national consciousness more than other crimes from rural, tucked-away corners might have, coming at a time when conservative media, tea parties and white-hot town-hall meetings were fanning anti-government sentiment. But no one was ever arrested. And in November, local authorities declared that it was a suicide staged to look like a lynching, perhaps in order to qualify the lymphoma survivor's heirs for insurance payouts totaling $600,000.

As the country's best-known provider of late-term abortions, Dr. George Tiller was not unused to being attacked, both verbally and physically. His clinic was bombed in 1986. In 1993 he was shot in both arms. He received death threats regularly, wore body armor and traveled with a guard dog. But on May 31, while serving as an usher at his Lutheran church in Wichita, Kans., Tiller was shot in the head and killed, allegedly by Scott Roeder, an anti-abortion activist. After the murder, both sides of the abortion debate braced for battle. Supporters called Tiller a martyr; critics called him a murderer. Both groups deplored his killing: abortion-rights activists warned that it could signal a fresh wave of clinic violence; abortion opponents warned that it would lead to the demonizing of their movement. Roeder has pleaded not guilty and will not change that plea even though he reportedly told the Los Angeles Times that he did kill Tiller.

Maurice Clemmons was 16 when he was sentenced to, among other things, two 30-year terms in prison for burglary and a violent, armed purse-snatching in Little Rock, Ark. But in May 2000, after 11 years behind bars, he wrote an impassioned letter to then Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, an ordained pastor. "I have never done anything good for God," Clemmons wrote, asking for clemency. "Now, I'm humbly appealing to you for a brand new start." Huckabee commuted the sentence, and Clemmons got out on parole. But Clemmons never went on to do anything good for God. Instead, he almost immediately violated his parole and returned to jail. In and out of prison on various degrees of parole and clemency, he lived a life of crime. He moved west to Seattle, where he had grown up, to try to start a lawn-care business. But in May, he began acting and speaking erratically, telling people he could fly and that his role as the Messiah would be acknowledged by President Obama. He attacked his neighbors. He sexually assaulted two young girls. Arrested in July, he posted $40,000 bail on Nov. 23. Then, on the morning of Nov. 29, he walked into a suburban Tacoma coffee shop and shot four police officers while they were working on their laptop computers. An intense two-day manhunt ended with Clemmons' being shot to death in the early hours of Dec. 1. But his life raised many questions about the management of the country's criminal underclass — issues that will reverberate for a long time.

At first, many thought she was another runaway bride, but Annie Le's disappearance turned out to be a horrible tragedy. After being reported missing for days, the 24-year-old Yale pharmacology graduate student was found dead in a research lab on Sept. 13 — the day she was supposed to be married. Almost immediately, suspicion centered around Raymond Clark, 24, a technician with access to Le's lab who had reportedly entered the building as many as 10 times the day she disappeared and bore suspicious wounds on his chest, arms and back. Clark was arrested on Sept. 17 and charged with murder. He has not entered a plea.

The details of the murder of the wealthy Pensacola, Fla., couple that had adopted many disabled children were so shocking, they recalled Truman Capote's In Cold Blood: after their home was invaded by men in black ninja-style clothing, Byrd Billings, 66, was shot three times in the head and once in the leg, and his wife, 43, was shot twice in the head and twice in the chest — all in front of their nine young children. (In all, the Billingses had 17 kids, 13 of them adopted and most with disabilities like Down Syndrome.) The alleged killer was Leonard Patrick Gonzalez Jr., a failed karate instructor, who the local sheriff said may have been part of a conspiracy to get rid of Byrd Billings, who ran a loan company. Six other men were also charged with capital murder. Like Gonzalez, they pleaded not guilty. Investigators said Gonzalez's accomplices fingered him as the sole gunman.

In Andean popular legend, the Pishtaco is a vampire-like figure who attacks wayfarers and slices off their fat, a terrifying fate in a culture that traditionally celebrates rotundity. The Pishtacos became 21st century news when Peruvian police arrested a gang of men who allegedly murdered people for their fat, supposedly selling the substance to European perfumeries. While police displayed evidence of the gang's alleged subcutaneous devilry, international perfume makers were skeptical because the market for the material is small. Most humans who use fat for cosmetic reasons — as an anti-wrinkle treatment — use their own. By the end of November, local journalists began questioning the official account, alleging that it may have been a way to distract public attention from more-sinister crimes, including the existence of police death squads in other parts of the country. On Dec. 1, the head of the national police who announced the existence of the fat-stealing gang was put on administrative leave.



took yesterday off to go to NCMC Holiday Hoops Mercer game...boys &girls won. KJ finally got off the bench towards the end. we stayed & watched the girls too, then had a late lunch at Applebee's, went to Walmart & spent entirely too long at the Verizon store getting KJ's new phone. got home too late for him to meet friends at the movies. watched Christmas Vacation & Vacation.
snowing again today. chili for supper. watched Vegas Vacation. if only I could find European Vacation...



after work ran into Grammy's Groceries for necessities...milk, chocolate milk, & bread. magically transformed the leftover mashed potatoes into...wait for it...wait for it...potato salad! got the Xmas tree took down & lugged back into garage. actually drug out sewing machine & made 1 1/2 denim potholders. thinking I will actually finish other potholder tomorrow after Kj's Holiday Hoops game at NCMC & maybe get back to work on Katie's denim quilt. it is sooooooo close to done.
I bought a trailer house for $5000 coins on YoVille...at least I own a house in cyber space...now it's time for jammies & Coraline.

a one a.m. phonecall...

when I rolled over & looked at the clock..my first thought was damn Johnson Controls (work). my 2nd was Doug & Kevin were stranded. but caller id told me it was Davis City Iowa, which means Mackenzie, which was just Katie wanting to come home a bit early from her sleepover. I put on my sweats over my jammies, the roads weren't bad, & by 1:30ish I was back in bed while Katie got herself ready for bed.


all alone....

while I was at work Katie went to Mackenzie's, where she ended up spending the nite. kevin went to work...Kj was summoned to the square, and it was just me, Johnny Depp and a huge mug of iced Pepsi...

from deb's reading....

...she was sitting on the fence between youth and old age. The time had come for her to put aside regrets and 'what ifs' and accept life as it is and will be...to make the best of each day.

...his steps showed everyone of the forty five years he'd been on this earth. The lines on his face were etched with a thousand aches and pains.

living with her took patience. she was outspoken and headstrong. he loved her despite her opinionated ways.

just insert "deb" & "kevin" into the appropriate spots...


here comes Santa Claus

when I was a kid, I remember wanting the Junior Girl Scout doll from the GS catalog, a giant stuffed Pink Panther at Trenton, & The Sunshine Family for Xmas. my kids have asked for various toys, movies, cds, clothes, games, & book series over the years. this year Katie wanted WiiCheer2 & Bratz dolls. KJ wanted the new Smackdown vs. Raw game. Kevin got a new Chiefs hoody & deb got a bag full of dvds.

when I was a kid, we opened our gifts on xmas eve, after milking & supper, because we had to milk early & head to Grandma Grace & Grandpa Vermals in Trenton xmas a.m. for mom's family xmas.

we saw Santa at church xmas programs at Half Rock. he'd bring every kid a gift & we'd have gift exchanges.

my kids have participated in church xmas programs sporadically over the years. right now we dont' attend church much.

santa always left the Axsom kids a thank you note for his fudge & coffee.
I didn't even put out Santa snacks this year,,,,the last few times we did, KJ ate them. KAtie requested I put the stockings out this year & she stuffed them. koren couldn't wait to tell kj that santa wasn't real, he couldn't wait to tell katie, & katie has no one to tell until she becomes an aunt!

back when we lived away, had to plan our little xmas with our kids around visits back home to family & our service industry jobs...so we opened our gifts anywhere from Dec. 21 on when we had a few minutes. spending holidays back homemeant spending the nite at my father in laws, so had to pack clothes, diaper bags, blankies, huggies, plus the Santa snack & stocking stuff. what a royal pain in the keester. now that we're back home we mainly stick to ourselves, inviting my parents over for supper when we're in the mood, but mainly hanging close to home for our holidays.

this was the first christmas koren couldn't come home...had an ice storm, & blowing blizzard conditions, so her & cody spent their first married xmas home with Lola & Watson in their cozy duplex. I bet they had a blast! I miss her, but I'm glad they got to have a low key day with the 2 of them, no long car rides, luggage, etc.

korens first xmas we were poor as church mice, we went to the new bethany walmart to get her a gift. he wanted the pink teddy bear with the ice cream cone that played music. i wanted the elephant with the huge rainbow ears. we couldn't afford both. he wiggled the toys in front of baby koren, she picked the bear. we went thru hardee's drivethru on the way home & split an order of fries with our change.

kj got a power ranger saba sword when he was 2. i'd forgotten the batteries, so drove around albany & found a gas station open & paid a fortune for batteries. he was SO happy!

when katie was still small enough I rocked her to sleep (& why I did this with 3 kids & never learned my lesson I still don't know!) she went to bed waaay early so I put out the santa stuff. she woke up about bedtime & was craning her neck to see why I wouldn't let her look over by the stockings. kj of course knew why...

I used to pose the kids by the tree before the school xmas concert...& make them listen to xmas stories...I made koren read them katie's first xmas while I took pics of them...I made it a point to watch every xmas special....this year can't even find the classic cartoons dvd set I bought a few years ago ...or the vhs OR dvd of my fave xmas movie National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. we did make cookies for the Girl Scout Xmas party, but that was our holiday baking, with the exception of pumpkin pies for thanksgiving & xmas. koren made xmas candy, but it is at her house.

over the years we have cut different holiday deals in the barn, I was supposed to have the morning off this year, got a call at 6:53 from the guy who was supposed to do a.m. shift, he was stuck in a snowdrift, so I got kevin up, he cleaned ice off the truck, & I went to work, where we found the office door frozen shut so kevin had to break in thru the barn while I walked risers 45 minutes late. also had a frozen broken water line in hallway & the boar kept opening gates while I was breeding. kevin had xmas eve off but had to go back tonite.

so, merry freaking christmas to us. and may god bless us everyone!


what an eleven year old girl can do

11-Year-Old Girl Raising Money To Build Orphanages

Comments (0)KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- One trip to Haiti -- witnessing extreme poverty and meeting children living on the streets -- moved an 11-year-old girl to use her musical talent and her loving heart to change the lives of children thousands of miles away.

The children of Haiti inspired Anna Lipscomb to do something unbelievable.

"I wasn't imagining that these kids would have to live in small huts -- no parents, living on the streets taking care of each other," Anna said.

One boy's story, in particular, haunted Anna.

"When the hurricanes were going on, he actually watched his parents being washed away," Anna said. "He gets emotional (while telling his story). It made me sad."

Anna's song and the pictures of her trip to Haiti evolved into a CD and music video.

"One night, I felt inspired to write a song and God just gave me the words. I wrote them down and eventually it became a song," Anna said.

"She spent more than a year working on it, sacrificed play times with her friends, sacrificed in many ways," said Anna's father, Tom.

Anna's dreams to build one orphanage grew bigger so children living on the streets will find solace in an orphanage.

"I want to build as many orphanages in Haiti as I can," Anna said.

"I'm thrilled with her heart. I'm thrilled with who my little girl is becoming," Tom Lipscomb said. "It's pretty special."

So far, Anna has raised $8,000 in CD sales and donations.


the Squeakquel

was awesome! also had Pizza Hut buffett, found Kate an adorable coat at Pamida, & donated $5 to a Salvation Army bellringer. thick thick fog coming home.



brave katie went to school to face the music, her & kay kay are still friends, all a misunderstanding. it's not easy being a kid....
I wish grownups got Xmas break....this is the first elementary xmas party I has missed since Katie started school...well, I missed last year, but I had the day off & it ended up being a snow day...but my manager took xmas week off someone bless her so I just can't go. and katie will most likely have a rough day at school today facing the music. hopefully we've all learned our lesson.
the kids break starts about 12:20. kj has bb practice.
he brought home his bb pictures, he has his eyes closed in the team one. the individual one is good. I didn't get the ticket things I paid for.
live and learn and then buy Loves.

Toxic Dogs

PARIS (AFP) – Man's best friend could be one of the environment's worst enemies, according to a new study which says the carbon pawprint of a pet dog is more than double that of a gas-guzzling sports utility vehicle.

But the revelation in the book "Time to Eat the Dog: The Real Guide to Sustainable Living" by New Zealanders Robert and Brenda Vale has angered pet owners who feel they are being singled out as troublemakers.

The Vales, specialists in sustainable living at Victoria University of Wellington, analysed popular brands of pet food and calculated that a medium-sized dog eats around 164 kilos (360 pounds) of meat and 95 kilos of cereal a year.

Combine the land required to generate its food and a "medium" sized dog has an annual footprint of 0.84 hectares (2.07 acres) -- around twice the 0.41 hectares required by a 4x4 driving 10,000 kilometres (6,200 miles) a year, including energy to build the car.

To confirm the results, the New Scientist magazine asked John Barrett at the Stockholm Environment Institute in York, Britain, to calculate eco-pawprints based on his own data. The results were essentially the same.

"Owning a dog really is quite an extravagance, mainly because of the carbon footprint of meat," Barrett said.

Other animals aren't much better for the environment, the Vales say.

Cats have an eco-footprint of about 0.15 hectares, slightly less than driving a Volkswagen Golf for a year, while two hamsters equates to a plasma television and even the humble goldfish burns energy equivalent to two mobile telephones.

But Reha Huttin, president of France's 30 Million Friends animal rights foundation says the human impact of eliminating pets would be equally devastating.

"Pets are anti-depressants, they help us cope with stress, they are good for the elderly," Huttin told AFP.

"Everyone should work out their own environmental impact. I should be allowed to say that I walk instead of using my car and that I don't eat meat, so why shouldn't I be allowed to have a little cat to alleviate my loneliness?"

Sylvie Comont, proud owner of seven cats and two dogs -- the environmental equivalent of a small fleet of cars -- says defiantly, "Our animals give us so much that I don't feel like a polluter at all.

"I think the love we have for our animals and what they contribute to our lives outweighs the environmental considerations.

"I don't want a life without animals," she told AFP.

And pets' environmental impact is not limited to their carbon footprint, as cats and dogs devastate wildlife, spread disease and pollute waterways, the Vales say.

With a total 7.7 million cats in Britain, more than 188 million wild animals are hunted, killed and eaten by feline predators per year, or an average 25 birds, mammals and frogs per cat, according to figures in the New Scientist.

Likewise, dogs decrease biodiversity in areas they are walked, while their faeces cause high bacterial levels in rivers and streams, making the water unsafe to drink, starving waterways of oxygen and killing aquatic life.

And cat poo can be even more toxic than doggy doo -- owners who flush their litter down the toilet ultimately infect sea otters and other animals with toxoplasma gondii, which causes a killer brain disease.

But despite the apocalyptic visions of domesticated animals' environmental impact, solutions exist, including reducing pets' protein-rich meat intake.

"If pussy is scoffing 'Fancy Feast' -- or some other food made from choice cuts of meat -- then the relative impact is likely to be high," said Robert Vale.

"If, on the other hand, the cat is fed on fish heads and other leftovers from the fishmonger, the impact will be lower."

Other potential positive steps include avoiding walking your dog in wildlife-rich areas and keeping your cat indoors at night when it has a particular thirst for other, smaller animals' blood.

As with buying a car, humans are also encouraged to take the environmental impact of their future possession/companion into account.

But the best way of compensating for that paw or clawprint is to make sure your animal is dual purpose, the Vales urge. Get a hen, which offsets its impact by laying edible eggs, or a rabbit, prepared to make the ultimate environmental sacrifice by ending up on the dinner table.

"Rabbits are good, provided you eat them," said Robert Vale.

{who seriously only drives their SUV 6200 miles a year? and does the world need to be overrun by the little things that cats eat? lets find a cure for cancer here, folks. honestly. and that's my 2cents! deb}


it's not easy raising little girls....

especially little girls on the world wide web! we are in the midst of a situation...I want to believe my kids. I really do. Koren had a problem with prank phone calls. Katie may be taking a higher tech approach to pre-teen angst. either way, no facebook for a week. I tried to call Kayla's mom, but don't know if I even have the right #, left a vague message for the generic recording on the machine. the problem with doing shit like this on facebook, is that everyone gets involved...since kayla's mom is friends with katie's dance teacher, & mercer teachers...she probably won't have a very good day at school tomorrow.


weekend off.

lots of sleeping this weekend...cleaned the livingroom closet with Katie's help...cleaned out the tub with magazines & newspapers...watched dvds...went to Wal-Mart, lunch at Toot-Toots, carryout supper from Mercer Pizza Plus...Sunday lunch was beer bread & wild rice creamy chicken soup. well, for the grownups. Kj made himself a pizza & Katie opted for spaghetti. she got her homework done from being sick. and it's snowing....



kate & I tackled the LR closet, ordered pizza plus for supper. last nite cleaned all dresser drawers & hall closet, took 6 garbage bags of donations to the recyling textile collection point on square on my way to work today, it was gone when I went back to take stuff from the closet!

katie lost a tooth at bedtime

poor kid. she's having a week! this is the last one the dentist told us needed to come out now....the new tooth is already poking out.


katie to dr.

upper respitory infection. poor girl.


katie came home sick today

so I will just run her 4-H xmas gift for the exchange to the meeting. she is the secretary & we've missed every meeting since school started! kj has bb practice at 7. the last 2 nites we've went to the winston tournament....I missed the game they won saturday...saw the 2 they lost monday & tuesday....the boys are done in this tournament.

we all support the team...

kj is playing varsity ball this year...he has played elementary ball, jr high ball, summer ball, but playing varsity ball for the first time as a senior....talk about sitting on the bench! but we go when we can & support the team....here we go Cardinals, here we go!



worked all day in the pig barn, then Katie & I made a flying trip to Dollar General for provisions, then we baked her dozen cookies for the 5th grade cookie project, she selected some canned goods from the pantry for a donation at school (and bonus math points), KJ hurt his thumb at BB practice, so I typed his paper for him...
found Kevin's dress shoes for KJ to wear to game tomorrow...

The Last Victim

The Last Victim: A True-Life Journey into the Mind of the Serial Killer (1999), is a non-fiction work by author Jason Moss in which he details his fascination and subsequent correspondence with several famous American serial killers. Psychotherapist and best selling author Jeffrey A. Kottler, one of Moss’s UNLV instructors, contributes both a prologue and an afterword.
Jason was an 18-year-old college student at UNLV. While studying for his honors thesis, he established relationships with John Wayne Gacy, Richard Ramirez, Henry Lee Lucas, Jeffrey Dahmer, and Charles Manson. He obtained samples of correspondence from and interviews with these men. Jason researched what would interest his subject the most and then cast himself in the role of disciple, admirer, surrogate, or potential victim.

In his book he mentioned that he was interested in a career with the FBI; he reasoned that gaining the trust of a serial killer, possibly learning more about their stated crimes or unsolved murders, was a way to distinguish himself as a job candidate.

It was with 33-time killer John Wayne Gacy, the “Killer Clown”, that Jason forged the strongest relationship. Letters led to regular Sunday morning phone calls, during which Gacy trumpeted his innocence even as he gave Jason a guided tour of his world. In the book, Jason tells the story of his correspondence and eventual live meeting with Gacy shortly before Gacy was executed.

Jason felt he became Gacy’s “last victim” after a face to face meeting in prison, in essence being overpowered by the mind of the serial killer. He felt that this misadventure allowed him to understand how a killer’s mind works in not only controlling the vulnerable but also in terms of how to break them.

Sadly, the title took on new meaning when Jason Moss committed suicide in his Henderson, Nevada home on the morning of June 6, 2006. At the time of his death, he was a practicing criminal defense attorney.


winston tournament

KJ got to play a few minutes...boys & girls both won. I of course was at work. Kevin & Katie were home. will probably try to make Monday nite game. if I hustle hustle hustle home we can do it...he won't be starting anyway. he puts in so much work for so little end result...but I am proud of him. he won't quit. and he won't grumble. he'll just do his best. in the end, that's all a mom can really ask for...


back to school

KJ drove to school in the Lumina & had some fun in the parking lot...
Josh came over & treated us to Casey's Pizza!


snowday #3

the kids are loving it....

1971 Coke Christmas Commercial...

On a hilltop in Italy
We assembled young people
From all over the world
To bring you this message
From Coca-Cola Bottlers
All over the world
It's the real thing - Coke.
And they sang...

I'd like to buy the world a home
And furnish it with love
Grow apple trees and honey bees
And snow white turtle doves.

I'd like to teach the world to sing
In perfect harmony
I'd like to buy the world a Coke
And keep it company
That's the real thing.

What the world wants today
Is the real thing

I'd like to teach the world to sing
Sing with me
In perfect harmony
I'd like to buy the world a Coke
And keep it company
That's the real thing


snowday #2

"I've been dreading this day," said Kim Brust, shoveling the sidewalk in front of his Minneapolis home before sunrise Wednesday. "I was starting to enjoy the global warming."

the kids had another snowday...Kevin got to take me to & from work & go his dentist appt. in Trenton on drifty roads...school has been cancelled tomorrow, too....


snow day!

I took the day off for my 45th birthday, and the kids got a snowday so we get to spend a warm cozy family day together!


The Middle

my new favorite tv show! Frankie is my hero!

my kids

it is nice having all my kids here together, laughing & playing Wii in their jammies. koren had been into her daddy's wheat beer, so she was especially having fun. I had them here all those years & took it for granted, now my oldest is all grown up, graduated from college, married, & moved away, & my middle one has one foot out the door....I am so grateful to koren for making time to come to her baby sisters dance recital, it means a lot to katie & a lot to old mom, too!

dandelion fluff

When fairies dance upon the air, reach out gently and catch one, fair. Make a wish and hold it tight, then softly toss your pixie back to summer's night.



Katie danced at the Senior Center, we ate lunch at McDonalds with Scott & Mackenzie, them went to rehearsal at The Gym, then to Wal-mart, then home where Koren was waiting for us.



smashed my finger in the doorjamb with the dead cart at work today, which got me a trip to the company nurse, a finger slint, a tetnus shot, & half a day off work.
kj's first varsity bb game, I had to miss it to take katie to dance class.
spitting snow.



I had the best intentions of getting most of KJs senior fundraiser stuff delivered and all the cookie moms reminded about order sheets. got 2 orders delivered & all but 2 moms reminded before I had some massive snot & antibiotic stomach woes going on & I just retreated to bed too much Immodium AD & a long nap. and now I am behind, but feeling better.
KJ's first ever varsity game is tomorrow nite, I can't go because Katie has her final dance practice before Christmas recital.
a cold winter wind is blowing.
and Frankie hatched a plot to get her kids to bond on The Middle!


tues. early in the morning....

coach announced starters, & KJ won't start, but he has worked long & hard & I am SOOOO proud of him.....to come back after 3 years off the team is a big accomplishment! plus working senior stand and being a cool teenage type guy.
went to dr yesterday, just an upper respitory infection. kate didn't feel good last nite, KJ is getting stuffed up, too. wonderful. I probably spewed my cold germs around the house waaaay tooo long.


the 2009 Dailey Family Xmas Newsletter

Koren & Cody wills were married September 19th at Mt Crested Butte Colorado in a beautiful outdoor ceremony. Koren has left Walgreens & started a different career path where she hopes no elderly customers will wave coupons & sales ads in her face & tell her she’s too young to be a manager.

KJ is a senior. He has played basketball, been in school plays, National Honor Society, band….and was named to the Honorable Mention HDC Academic Team! He has been accepted into Northwest Missouri State University for Fall 2010. He’s thinking biology/pre-med.
Katie is in 5th grade & has been singing and dancing in talent shows & competitions…she entered her first 4-H photography exhibits….and is playing the trumpet in elementary band.

We adopted a miniature Daschund, Sasha Rose.

Kevin & Deb have the same old jobs. We went on a fabulous vacation to Colorado. Life is good.

Wishing you & yours the Merriest & the Brightest this Holiday Season!

Kevin, Deb, KJ, & Katie Dailey



Josh, Corey, & Alisha over....they left. they came back. they left.
Mackenzie over to stay the nite & make a movie.
Kate & I both have stomach woes, hopefully not related to last nites thanksgiving supper....I think mine is overabundance of snot. and Katie waaaaay overate last nite....all her favorites in one place.

conversation with Marie

May 29 2003 what I think I remember of Kevin's conversation with Marie Dailey Hass. They lived in Grandma Jessie's little house and walked everywhere. They walked to school, home for lunch, back to school, and home afterwords. Wesley was a basketball star. She thinks she remembers Eva playing basketball, too, the court was outside. Newtown school was built the same way, only the stairs were on the other side. She had a friend that she would walk to the mile crossing with, they'd milk a cow and carry the milk back to town. On Sundays, they'd walk to Lineville and back.
When she and Howard lived in the house next to the old Princeton Baptist Church, they'd have church on Weds, Sat, and Sunday, they'd park the street full both ways so they couldn't get out of the driveway, one time they had to go somewhere and did inch their way out, but creased a car (she didn't say if it was theirs or someone elses). The church paid her for the house by tithes. Every house she has lived in has been torn down, she says.
She said something about her Grammy Toot and quilts.
Purple iris were Jessie Shroyers favorite flower because they smelled the best.
Her mother never yelled at the kids, she didn't put up with nonsense and would take a switch from a tree to them. They listened to her. Someone (can't remember who) remarked how they always remembered Jessie smiling and happy and wondered how she could be that way with eight children. Howard's home life as a child was much different.

Halfrock Cemetery

went dec. 29 and dec. 30, 2002
the stones:

Luther W Toot

Martin L Toot
died Aug 26 1889 aged 29y4m11d
Hannah A Toot
died July 8 1900 aged 74y1m14d
on front of stone is a picture of sunshine and a castle with the verse "In my Father's house there are many mansions. Weep not for those who now at rest have reached the haven of the blest."

there is a bulletin board with graph of grave locations and info on persons buried, but the Toot one was hard to read. I think this was it:

Toot Hannah grave 33.2 born 24May182_
died July 1900
Toot Martin L grave 30.1 born 27March1860
died 26Aug____
Toot Luther grave 20.4 born 13May1890 died 2_Dec1922

Martin & Hannah share a stone, his information is on the right side of the stone, hers is on the left side, and the front of stone has picture and verse. I don't know their relationship right now.

from Revised Edition of the 1911 History of Mercer County p.157..."Martin Toots, a resident of Grundy County, hanged himself to the limb of a tree near Half Rock, Monday, August 25, 1889. He was twenty-five years of age and recently married."



kids got out of school early for Thanksgiving break, KJ had time to get a haircut after BB practice, Katie had dance class, she gave Mackenzie the Littlest Pet Shop figurines she'd found at Dollar General. Her solo costume came in & she is happy with it & it looks fantastic on her! Koren & Cody came over late, she brought all the food she made for Thanksgiving supper....hot rolls, pumpkin pies, pumpkin cranberry bread, & corn casserole. we watched the wedding dvd Cody's uncle made. it was awesome!


put down a room deposit at NWMSU

(sigh)...I am letting my little boy go one baby step at a time....


I slept in again....still in my NyQuil haze from yesterday, I guess. read for awhile, then went back to bed, Katie ended up being late to Jessie's birthday party. she eventually got there & had fun. She knocked off the pinatas ear!
don't know where I put KJ's acceptance letter from NWMSU, need the id# of it to do the housing app...wonderful. did some digging...found some other stuff, so scanned stuff to put on my various blogs, so not a total waste of time...


saturday morning in mercer

I slept in...Kevin went deer hunting. The sr. stand went well, I stayed in the kitchen, 3 other parents were working as well, & those kids know their jobs. I had fun watching KJ work his shift. Katie found friends to hang out with.
its a foggy foggy morning, perfect for reading my new Stephen King book Under The Dome!



katie has all A's on her midterm grades!!!!
dance class is going so well that Stephanie says the competition classes will cut back to half an hour after Xmas!!!!
Corey wants to go see Twilight tomorrow nite, so will work for him in senior stand tomorrow.


yeah KJ!

he made the New A Honor Roll....3.67 GPA & above.
he has BB practice all week, plus the last 3 home jr hi bb games to work.
katie has 2 nites a dance class, GS meeting, & a birthday party.
kevin has work & deer season.
deb has work, the laundry, the dishes, & finding katie new winter boots...because Indian summer appears to be over!


the neighbors dog...

the neighbors dog is out on the front porch, jumping up and looking in the windows. Miss Cuddles is running around in the window, going nuts. Sasha is barking like mad. somewhat annoying. honestly....
so why do I have a picture of the neighbors dog? you ask. because it is always here. took this picture when we were doing a photo shoot with Katie & Jessie. the dog is very friendly.



it's been a long week....especially for KJ. he has had bb practice, senior class picture, found out he & Heather were named to the All Conference HDC Honorable Mention Academic Team, and worked at senior stand countless hours for the Mercer JHBB Tournament. he's not been feeling real well, either.
Kate had 2 nites of dance class, practiced her trumpet, did a lot of reading. She also helped Mrs Holt make the Basketball Play books that the HS Boys got at practice today. pretty cool!
Sasha sang along when Katie practiced her trumpet & had to pee about a million and a half times since I got home from work at 4:30.
Miss Cuddles is a bit hyper.
Kevin is at work.
I am tired.


Willie McBride

Well how do you do, Private William McBride
Do you mind if I sit here down by your grave side?
And I'll rest for awhile in the warm summer sun,
I've been walking all day and I'm nearly done.
I see by your gravestone you were only 19
When you joined the glorious fallen in 1916.
Well I hope you died quick and I hope you died clean
Or, Willie McBride, was it slow and obscene?

Did they beat the drum slowly?
Did they sound the fife lowly?
Did the rifles fire o'er ye as they lowered you down?
Did the bugles sing 'The Last Post' in chorus?
Did the pipes play 'The Flowers o' the Forest'?

And did you leave a wife or a sweetheart behind?
In some faithful heart is your memory enshrined
And though you died back in 1916
To that loyal heart are you always 19?
Or are you a stranger without even a name
Forever enshrined behind some glass-pane
In an old photograph torn and tattered and stained
And fading to yellow in a brown leather frame?


Well the sun's shining now on these green fields of France,
The warm wind blows gently and the red poppies dance.
The trenches are vanished long under the plough
No gas, and no barbed wire, no guns firing now.
But here in this graveyard it's still No Man's Land
The countless white crosses in mute witness stand.
To man's blind indifference to his fellow man
And a whole generation who were butchered and damned.


And I can't help but wonder now Willie McBride
Do all those who lie here know why they died?
Did you really believe them when they told you the cause?
You really believed that this war would end war?
But the suffering, the sorrow, the glory, the shame -
The killing and dying - it was all done in vain.
For Willie McBride, it's all happened again
And again, and again, and again, and again.




All Conference Academic Team!

KJ & Heather found out today that they are All-Conference! Yay!


I went back to work this week....vacation is over. KJ has been busy...BB practice officially started each nite after school, plus it's the Mercer Jr High BB Tournament, so he is working Senior Concession Stand every nite, too. the band & choir will perform at the Veterans Day program today, but my boss took the day off to go watch her daughter in the Newtown program, plus I just got back from vacation, so guess I will miss yet another thing in my kids lives.
Kate lost one of the 2 teeth that are supposed to be coming out, Stephanie changed her solo, removing the coffee grinder & replacing it with something else. Katie also got her pitch right on her trumpet in band! she got to help Kevin build fence a bit last nite, riding on the 4wheeler & eating Grandma Marie cookies.


Satuday & all is quiet...

the friends are gone, KJ picked up his last BB ad, & I finished reading The Indifferent Stars Above The Harrowing Saga Of A Donner Party Bride by Daniel James Brown. found a reference to William Cullen Bryant, his cousin Edward Bryant made it to California ahead of the Donner party & talked to survivors when they got to California & published a book What I Saw In California. So I get online to look up Edward Bryant, found letters of Peter Bryant....yeah! check it out on my family history blog...
(yes, I am addicted to blogging!)


Happy Birthday, Katie!

today is Katie's friends birthday party with two of her dearest friends, Mackenzie & Jessie. we've had a couple of photo shoots outside...she served them Chocolate Whipped Cream cake, Snickers Ice Cream Bars, & asst. Brach Chocolates....we will soon head to Bethany for supper at Toot-Toots & some skating at Roll-a-Roma, to Walmart for a new release dvd to watch tonite, then home for a sleepover!



it's 11:56 a.m., I have swept, swiffered, dusted the livingroom, straightened shelves in entertainment center, done some laundry, took the dog out potty about 10 times, & got KJ's last 2 basketball program ad businesses picked up...thanks Tiki Hut& Snappys! will run them to school after lunch. got Randys last nite.
mailed out notices about Nov. Girl Scout Meeting. shipped another book sold on amazon.com. rec'd & wrapped Katie's first xmas gift...going to use all the gift bags I've saved from Xmas past...this will be a Thrifty Christmas.



kevin had followup chiropractor appt. today, goes back in a week. Miss Cuddles appears fine today. Katie is going to bed & getting up in the mornings. Yesterday I picked her up at school, she sold ads to Grammy's Grocery, Robinsons Service, & The Shear Shop for the Dance Studio, & sold some Girl Scout Cookies, to boot.
Koren called, she got that job. she'll have weekends & holidays off.
KJ has last academic meet of the season tonite, then HDC tournament on Sat.
The BB kids have to sell the ads for the BB programs, he tagteamed with Dakota & Corey & got some of them done last nite, he asked me to go to Randy's & pick that one up.
listed books on amazon.com yesterday, have sold 2! bought new tennies at Browns so my poor old feet won't ache so bad. the sun is shining. life is good!


my baby is eleven years old today....

(sigh). how is this even possible? I baked a giant birthday cookie that was too giant for the baking stone, so had a bit of a mess to clean up & some smoke to contend with, but she said it still tasted ok. She took her Starbursts to school for treats & said they were a hit. Emily can't come to her birthday party & all her other friends play basketball too....
she is happy with her Bratz dolls she wanted, dance class went well because she has been practicing...we studied for science, she took her shower, & now is setting up a game for all the Bratz & My Scenes to meet the new Bratz. and Sasha has to go potty.
life is good!



slept in & laid around most of the day....took Sasha for a lap at the park, she also rode along to take Jessie home & then to Randy's to find something for Kate's bday treat for her class tomorrow....bought 21 packages of 75cent Starburst....19 students + Mrs Holt + 1 extra. much easier than baking cookies or some such shit. I did seriously consider using the brownie pan Koren gave me...but then I thought about the janitors cleaning up cake crumbs....
did a photo shoot of the girls & Katie edited some of them for me.
put the corkboards back up for my new improved messaging system.
Josh hung out with KJ for awhile.
Jessie & Katie buried Mittens, who was found dead on a day we were too busy to put her at rest, so she got bumped till today. They put her beneath another tree, our original burial tree is all full up.
the girls snacked on their Trick-or-Treat candy all day...my fave parts of the nite were the hot cocoa at the church sponsered spot & free supper at the gas station. Sasha went along & walked her little legs off, but I forgot to put her outfit on her...



K.J. has been accepted & rec'd a scholarship...today we go for a family visit day. on Halloween, my fave day of the year! rousting the family & KJ's friend Corey who is going with us.
doesn't seem like all that long ago that Norma & I went to the Freshman Orientation at Missouri Western State University with Koren & Cody. (back when it was still Missouri Western State College). but it's been a year or two. or almost six.
K.J. is thinking medicine/health. He wants to be a Dr. That would be cool! I love how our kids have goals & make plans instead of just taking what life hands them & making the best of it. That of course worked for me, but every so often...you start to think what if. I would of course keep my husband & kids, but what if I had gotten some kind of education & had a different job? hmmmm.....
I'm sure Miss Cuddles the cat will have a long day, what with the neighbors dog hanging out on our front porch looking thru the window at Sasha Rose the Miniature Daschund & making her bark all day. It does get annoying. I finally drug the hallway box of Barbies that Katie only plays with when she needs 'extras' to the garage, Daphne from the Scooby Doo Collection met with a serious accident that lead to her demise. Also took the extra stuffed animal box to the garage. maybe if I take the chairs off the front porch to the garage the neighbors dog will stop sitting in them & hanging out on the porch making Sasha bark....


cookie sale starts tomorrow

picked up the order forms today, distributed them at school Fall Festival, & Mackenzie picked hers up when she got done at Beggars Night in Lineville. price is still $3.50, same old varieties.
used troop money to pay the girls dues & to order the new Journeys books. will have to quit squandering $ for awhile & build the bank account back up...



agreed on a time/activity for katie's birthday party...we just have no open weekends. she wanted a trip to Independence Center mall. no time. so she consented to supper at Toot-Toots Friday Nov. 6th & then skating at Roll-a-Rama from 7-10p.m., then a sleepover. She has dance class Sat. from 1:50-5p.m., so Jessie & Emily can go home or go to dance with her...Mackenzie of course will already be there. A gal only turns 11 once...maybe next year we can go bigger...I think Halloweekend would be cool...or Great Wolf Lodge...or her mall trip....

he was married to....

he was married to deb, who shared with him the trials and struggles of his young life and his toiling hours, as well as the luxury and opulence of declining years, ....

I found this cool death notice on line & inserted my own name....pretty well sums it all up, eh?

his other life....

I went to school at 9 a.m. for a brief Fall Festival Planning Meeting...they have it all well in hand, my contributions will be showing up Friday a.m. about 9:30ish to decorate food tables & taking our Halloween cd for the dance room. while there I saw KJ in the hall headed to the bathroom...I waved at him, he had to acknowledge me. When I see him out in the real world I am always amazed at how grownup he looks. He is tall & handsome & strong. He was wearing his Academic Team shirt since they have a meet at North Harrison after school. Didn't get a glimpse of Katie, she is in the "older elementary" & I had no reason to stroll down that hallway. I did check out the masks in the hallway to see if I could guess which was hers. They aren't all done yet...
Johnnie has the classes doing halloween inspired projects for the Halloween Contest this year instead of just coloring pages. what a cool idea! she is also in charge of the tattoos & food this year, with her students helping. they will wear gloves serving food trying to prevent spread of disease. Mrs. Palmer said 24 kids were out sick this am, then Tara (who was at the meeting) got a call from Nurse Mary that one of her girls was sick & had to go home...
this will probably be the last year for the bouncer....the price goes up every year, they have to go clear to KC to get & return it this year....will have to be brainstorming for something spectacular for next year....maybe we can bring back the hayride....


back in my day, your guy proposed, you decided if you wanted to be married indoors or out, veil or no veil, real or artificial flowers. not a lot of decisions, not a lot of drama. all the men in our wedding wore suits they already owned, all the women but 2 wore dresses they already had....my mom made my dress, & made herself a new dress.
I picked out a cake topper. I picked out my theme...autumn. I rented candleabras & bought autumn silk flowers...corsages, bridal bouquet, etc. We picked the church. We talked to the Reverend. Kevin picked me up, drove me to the church, where my matron of honor helped me into my dress in the church bathroom. It was a beautiful day & we have been married 26 years. Our budget was small...I remember the pictures were $100, the flowers were about $100, we bought all the cake ingredients & the actual cake baking & serving were a gift from our neighbor/cake maker Rosie Wolf. her daughter Peggy was our photographer. I did something old, something new, somehting borrowed, something blue, & a penny in your shoe. My mom already owned the sheet music to the songs I wanted, we had friends Sarah Vertrees & Staci Trainer sing & play the piano. My sister & Keri Sue Bryan were candlelighters. My sister Lisa ran the guest book. Kevin 's grandma Marie took care of the reception. Mom & I made the mints. My best friend from high school Shirley Slaughter Thomas was my matron of honor. Kevin's best friend from high school Brad Riggs was his best man. He had Gary Porter as an usher. The dress was a gift from my mom. The rehearsal dinner at Ma & Pa's at Lake Marie was courtesy of Lije. Our honeymoon was going to Worlds of Fun one weekend in October. We were so happy. We were so in love.

When Koren & Cody got engaged, it was so exciting. And I had no idea how much the world of weddings had changed. I knew there were bridal magazines. Koren was watching Amazing Wedding Cakes & Bridezillas. I got hooked on these shows. Now you don't get married inside or outside, you select a venue. There are themes. Wedding programs. wedding favors for your guests. candy buffets at the reception. wedding cakes that match your dress or showcase your favorite hobbies and take teams of professional cake decorators days to create. reception dresses. couples learning elaborate dances for the first dance. seating charts. menus. gift registries. limos & horse drawn carriages. trial hairdos, trial makeup, trial manicures. numerous dress fittings. officiants. elaborate table settings. outdoor tents. $ $ $ $ $. and screaming. tantrums. tears. threats. I just don't remember it all being so dramatic back in the day...

the cattle are lowing & Katie can't sleep....

the boys weaned calves at our place yesterday. the cows aren't happy. when bedtime rolled around, Katie wasn't happy. she couldn't sleep with all the mooing. bet the new neighbors weren't really estatic either....



KJ had a field trip, then bb conditioning & sr. stand.
Kevin was 'at the farm.'
Katie was home alone after school. Kevin called to check on her, then called to tell me she was ok.
guess she'll have to be ok with it....the days of KJ being home after school are about behind us.
picked up proof book that Kris made. I love it!


and another week begins....

I have the usual...crappy job, cats & dogs to feed, laundry, the dishwasher, keeping the tea pitcher full, keeping the house not too disgusting to live in, & taking Sasha out potty about 3 million times a day. and working at the fall festival. and remembering to sign katie's 5th grade book so she gets candy or prizes or whatever.
KJ has 2 away academic meets, a health fair in milan, a junior high ballgame to work, academic practice, bb conditioning & scrimmages.
kate has 2 nites of dance class & the big school fall festival to look forward to.
kevin took tonite off because he hasn't been feeling good.
the whole family plus corey will go to maryville for a college visit at NWMSU on saturday, then hopefully home in time to trick or treat with jessie!
maybe we can sleep in on sunday....
we also have to find time to squeeze in an awesome birthday party for katie....she wants to go to the city to the mall. that would be a whole day & we never seem to get a whole day on a weekend....must think!


All By Themselves...

I am always amazed that my kids have an existance totally separate & apart from me...they know people I haven't met, have learned things in school I never even heard of, & really don't need me for much of anything anymore. I drove past the park on my home from work, KJ was there for his usual Sunday afternoon football game "with the guys."
Koren navigated the unfamiliar world of college & big city living...all by herself. She has flown in airplanes like it's an everyday event. She has been to fabulous places. She planned the wedding she wanted. All by herself. I have never done these things.
Kj has been in plays, played baseball, auditioned for chairs at HDC, participated in spelling bees, on basketball & academic teams. I haven't done any of these things.
Katie learns complicated dance steps, writes her own stories & songs & is a computer genius. She sings & dances in talent shows. These are things I can't do.
Did my years of love & encouragement help my children achieve these things? Or would they have been just as fabulous being raised by wolves?
I credit our love of reading with the kids all being such good readers. That is something we did right.
Evidently we are damn good parents, our kids are just fantastic.



parent teacher conferences went well...it's cool having smart basically well behaved kids. to dance, then home to finish getting ready for halloween party....all in the rain.



made it to the Academic Meet at Mercer....got to see KJ answer questions! I am so proud of him! then to Toot Toots & Walmart, bought some cards, will think about how I want to do announcements. finished shopping for GS halloween party (I hope).
tomorrow is PT conferences & dance class. will do final decorating & double check everything, since I get home about 4:30 & party starts at 6 on Friday...
Kevin found my credit card in the truck.
Sasha is chewing everything.
Katie is giving me a synopsis on the book she just read...it was waaaay past her bedtime but they only have a half day of school tomorrow.
behind on laundry.
house needs cleaned.
KJ found his tassel in his car.



the school has to order a minimum of graduation announcements from Herff Jones to have them printed....not enough were ordered...so guess I'll be making announcements. Will just go with cardstock & maybe vellum, since I already have ordered the wallets to put in them...
I just figured I really had enough on my plate without trying to get creative...too bad I can't remake the ones I found under Koren's bed that she forgot to send out & somehow magically rework them from 2004 to 2010...will have to look them over. hmmmm. maybe after we get thru the GS halloween party, school fall festival, NWSMU college visit and BEFORE the Xmas stuff begins...I'll find time to ponder on this.


Return of the Japanese Beetles

after dance class, Katie started assaulting them with a fly swatter, my weapon of choice was bug spray all around the outside of the house. we took Sasha for a walk. what a beautiful day...which is exactly why the Japanese beetles are back!
Kris called, she has the reception photos edited & will put them on computer for me to see!!!!!

another weekend is over....

and back to f****** work I go. forgot to give Katie kudos for decorating the tables at the reception...she arranged the 8x10 photos, the books, and the photo frame I took. It looked fantastic & I didn't get a picture of it...
yesterday did a few Halloween party things, made a list of things to do today, changed sheets, caught up on laundry, watched the new Bridezilla's, took a nap, watched Marley & Me with the family. Koren & Cody were here for a bit.
my riser week. wonderful.
KJ has BB conditioning after school every day (I think? now), so Kevin will run Kate to dance, I'll pick her up. He has the makeup academic meet with Newtown tomorrow, and NHS is still painting the gazebo which they started on Sunday, then the regular home meet here Weds. that I will try to leave work early for.
Thursday they have a half day & P/T conf. Kate has dance. KJ will job shadow at the Bethany Medical Clinic.
Friday is the Girl Scout Halloween Party. have to find time to run to Hy-Vee for popcorn, gummy worms, & punch ingredients.
still have a few Halloween party things to do....but we'll probably make it. or get close enough.
AND Katie needs new snowboots.
next week is the school Fall Festival...need to make Katie a Dr appt for a checkup about her fainting episodes...and put together an 11th birthday adventure. she also wants to go shopping in the city with Koren. Halloween is the NWMSU college visit. and trick or treating.
Nov. 2 is my little girls birthday. And my week off!!!!!!


Koren & Cody official wedding pictures

posted on the photographers blog. check them out!

Koren's Reception

was a success! a fabulous cake, a beautiful bride, a photographer...
it was mainly family, a few of their friends showed up & drank into the nite with them. Koren did Katie's hair & my hair....I left the reception photography up to Kris & just tried to relax & have fun. The kids even cleaned up the Community Building! yeah!



at Pattonsburg, MO Friday October 16, 2009
the last concert Mr. K.J. Dailey, Baritone, will participate in....


Monday & Thursday were dance class. we skipped 4-H since it was during dance. KJ had to scrape paint on the gazebo after school one day for NHS....maybe Tuesday....the other afternoon scraping session was cancelled. we had to find a hat for Crazy Hat Day in 5th grade on Friday. it wasn't nearly as much fun as Katie hoped it would be...but she does expect a lot!
didn't get any more done on the GS Halloween party yet.
we all are sniffling & sneezing.
got an amazing late 1800-early 1900s dresser from Fabulous Finds. I love it! (yeah, some more stuff got moved to garage to make room!)
I got out of work in time to find Pattonsburg, The Newest Little City in the USA, (or whatever the billboard used to say...), found the white circular school...I didn't know where the school was...if KJ had said it was a series of connected white domes, that would've been helpful, but I used my SuperMom Sense & saw the line of school buses & ta-da! we were there. an hour and 2 minutes early to be exact, but we had the best seats in the house! This was KJ's last ever HDC Music Day. and he was FIRST CHAIR BARITONE! yeah! perseverance (& being the only one to audition!) does pay off! I love the concerts. Katie is not quite such a fan.
got my GS registrations together, still missing a few, but will send them in later. we're already about a month late registering!
think we're ready for the wedding reception....Kevin bought meat & cheese yesterday at Marko's, I went to Walmart on the way home last night for some stuff. I had taken a list & my credit card since I didn't grab cash for supper, we pull into Pizza Hut, I go to get my credit card & list from my camera bag...not there. I remember putting them in there Thursday nite when I was getting ready to go to bed. Katie had to help me remember my list & follow me as I wandered aisle to aisle & back again & again & again...then when the girl asked if I'd found everything I needed at checkout...I rememembered the mints & tableclothes, so left Katie in charge of checking out...then I couldnt' find her in the aisle because a larger size lady was obscuring her totally from view so had a panic attack, then saw the sleeve of Katie's sweatshirt & all was well. we didn't eat at Pizza Hut, we came home & I made Katie a pot pie & KJ a Red Baron Pizza. I had the last Hot Pocket.
quite a few other proud Mercer parents were there....Mercer took enough kids to need a bus this year! It is amazing that the directors give the kids the music, they all practice it in their individual schools, then get together on one day for a few hours & make such beautiful music!
I am so proud of KJ for sticking thru band all these years...he started in 5th grade & just never quit. I made it till sophomore year, not sure how long Kevin was in band, & Koren made it thru Jr. High till we lost Mr. Mount the Band Director. now our little Katie is learning trumpet in elementary band. she assured me last nite that she won't be in long enough to go to HDC Music Day!



KJ's first academic meet was postponed since Newtown had a softball game, which KJ got to work in Sr Stand at instead....
Kevin ran Katie to dance, I picked her up. We skipped Family Reading Night & just hung out at home instead, she tried to find a comfy place to read one of her new books. I hung the lights in the garage & a few other things.
Sasha found the Daphne barbie doll somewhere, she is missing one hand & a chunk of her face. She is no longer with us, earning a burial at trash can.
Katie wants to save up $ to go to the Bahamas. She figures if the Gannons can afford it, we can too.
Moriah will spend the nite here Wednesday since her dad will be having open heart surgery that day. We will break the no friends sleeping over on school nites rule for that one.
Kevin told me I should read one of his library books. I don't have time to read the books I want to, let alone his massive collection of authors he likes. I just assume I won't like it. I don't like the time restraints borrowing from the library puts on you, either. It is stifling. Just one of my many many many many many many many deals. We have many different interests in life, and we still share a few important ones that keep us together. Secret of a long marriage? maybe....


the inside joke

Katie & I went to Walmart, successfully getting everything on our list. of course, some stuff I forgot to put on the list....
I came home from Walmart, put away groceries, & climbed into bed...the cramps, cold, & sore throat were getting to me. Took a nice long nap, while KJ went to the park & played football & Kevin changed the hallway light bulb & left the shade crooked.
yesterday KJ took Alisha to Winston.
on my list of stuff to do today:
I DID go to Walmart
I DID sweep floors.
I DID find ghost cutouts so don't have to make cat ones
I DID type up my ghost stories into little books
I DIDN'T mop
I DIDN'T hang lights in garage

and I AM GOING to order stuff from KJ's fundraiser before I go to bed.


I was excited about Public Enemies being at Corydon...thought I'd go Friday nite....then maybe Saturday nite....then decided I had too much other stuff to do & I 'll just buy the dvd. Katie & I got the garage cleaned and about decorated, went to Fabulous Finds looking for white sheets & Show Me Bargains looking for 75% off Halloween stuff, watched ghost stories & read ghost stories.
her cold seems to be getting better.
heading to Walmart now to stock up on everything...ketsup, sugar, bread, toothpaste....


Mercer's Got Talent

sure enough! I cut out of work waaaay early to make the show. KJ played in the Pep Band & Katie sang Taylor Swift's Fearless. she was amazing! lots of brave kids got up on the stage & performed...1 skit & tons of solos. sure, it would be cool to see a sword swallower or an acrobat or a juggler...but I am so glad that Katie has an outlet for her creative energies...
she went to Mercer Pizza Plus with Kayla & Jessie for ice cream, pizza, & air hockey after school.
I finished Koren's bday scrapbook page, did some other random scrapbooking, located the preschool picture debbie goodman was looking for, found the OTC catalog to send to school, filled out the volunteer form...all in all a good day! tell you what, I can spend hours looking for the picture I'm after...so I'm not really getting that much done. most days.
Kevin was less than happy that no one came home to hang out with him before he left for work. it works out that way somedays.



Koren & cody were here yesterday when I got home from work visiting with KJ & Katie. I called Kevin, he had no idea they were going to be here, but came home from "The Farm" to see them.
Today Nurse Mary called me at work, Katie was dizzy & had to go to the nurse's office. I once again tracked down Kevin at "The Farm" & he picked her up and brought her home. KJ sang the anthem at the softball game which I missed...then he went back to work in Sr. Stand since OMG Princeton Ball Field was too wet to play on. Like that ever happens.
KJ has to play bingo at the nursing home after school one day next week with the senior class, National Honor Society is painting the town gazebo next weekend. It's part of the Character Training at school.
when I got home today, Budda was running free. Kevin did some work on her chain. She willing got back into her spot.
I am freakin' tired. the good news: Public Enemies will be at Corydon this weekend. the bad news: can't get into my Facebook profile. Kate needs to go to the dr for a checkup. Kevin thinks she is fine. He is the daytime parent, this falls under his thing. I have a week off in Nov., if he doesn't take her before then, I'll make her an appt.


grandma grace update

via a facebook message, Lisa tells me that Grandma will probably come to the reception because mom bribed her with KFC. whatever works, I guess....we all have our weaknesses. mine is of course Pepsi, the elixer of the gods. the photographer assured me that she had the whole day off, she could drive to Trenton & get a portrait of Koren & Grandma, if Grandma was too tired to get up, she'd just take the pic on the bed!


koren & cody were here today...kate had dance class, which kj took her to & I picked her up from. we took sasha for a walk at the park, kate made our Diner of the Dead sign for the Girl Scout Halloween Party...the daily specials are freshly squeezed Purple People Eater Punch & freshly picked Graveyard Gravel. I was going to throw the whole party outside & save myself the yearly garage cleaning...but I have to dig around to find the Halloween stuff anyway...and it has been cool...so will just plan on cleaning the garage this weekend &then decorate. we will have The Diner of the Dead complete with customers & other fun stuff. made a list of games & supplies we need last nite.


katie & I took sasha for a lap at the park. koren showed up to visit for awhile, open her wedding gifts thus far rec'd from relatives, & eat her birthday pumpkin pie. they saw a rainbow across the road on the way home. they drove thru snow on the way home. they saw a herd of antelope in a field of cows on the way home.



after wasting yet another day of my life at work attended the Lineville-Mercer Christian Church hayride & weanie roast...Katie practiced her trumpet & helped me make Koren's pumpkin pie...ordered Koren's photo album...did laundry...made supper...ran dishwasher...


friday nite

returned moms phone call, she says grandma will not come to the reception. so I guess we'll see if Koren has time to go down there for a picture...

got on snapfish.com & made a wedding photo album of pictures I took for Koren.

watched scary haunted house tv shows with Katie.

KJ went to the Princeton homecoming football game. bet they sell a lot of hot cocoa!

Kevin was a good guy & drove the truck & put gas in it...

put pictures in the mascots book...still have the hayride tomorrow if we go...the college visit to NWMSU...school Halloween party...trick or treating...Koren reception...& Girl Scout Halloween party for Mai Len to attend before she returns home...

another of life's great mysteries solved....

tonite finally found out the reason why we've been consistently late to thursday nite dance class...we were five minutes early tonite & still late....one of the other moms told me they start at 5:20 so they can clog with the class ahead of them. wonderful. katie was measured for competition costumes. ordered her a louisville slugger bat off amazon.com for the duet.
filled out wedding reception invites & will mail out today. also mailing registration forms to my last girl scouts...there was a mishap of somekind when I sent them to school.
snapfish pictures arrived....wow. can't wait to see the REAL wedding pictures as good as my snapshots turned out....beautiful bride, beautiful scenery, hard to mess up unless you leave the lenscap on!


a surprise date!

I got home from work yesterday wearing my current fave outfit....about to fall apart jeans & my new Pike's Peak sweatshirt....Kevin announced we were going on a day after our anniversary date...I love it when he plans stuff & I just have to go along. we went to Chillicothe, ate at Washington Street, then saw Jennifer's Body, then went to Walmart. It was fun!
Kevin & I discussed all the things that sounded good for supper...then I made him the culinery delight of modern ages....Hot Pockets. He did eat them. I may not get any more surprise dates for awhile....

KJ WAS ACCEPTED TO NWMSU!!!!! with a $1500 Tower Scholarship!



a day of rest

I vetoed a friend visit today...slept in, took a nap, walked Sasha at the park twice...
printing out Colorado pictures for the vacation photo album...wrapped all the relative wedding gifts for Koren & Cody thus far...


the hostess with the mostest...

I slept in, Katie woke me up to tell me KayKay had to leave early. then I laid on the family room couch to read my Abe biography....fell asleep, Kevin woke me up at 2:00, so I started lunch. the girls ate their 2 bags of donuts & Doritos all a.m. last nite they wanted to go uptown, gave them some $...they got pops, candy, and ice cream. so when I made pizza for supper, they weren't real interested & left plates in the LR with various amounts of pizza on them, both Ms. Cuddles & Sasha helped themselves to some.
they were apparently on the computer ALL morning, then left for park after they had lunch on the back porch.


Big Puffy Clouds

on a day with clouds like this, I can deal with being A Flatlander....

The Sleepover

Katie, Kayla, KayKay, & Jessie.
dressing up.
walking uptown for pop & ice cream.
being wild & crazy.



I fell in love with Colorado. there is of course beauty & wonderment in Missouri, but I feel like Sally in Nightmare Before Christmas....."I'm restless. I can't help it!" The kids like school here & Kevin of course likes living here & I do most days but I am just ready to go somewhere & start over again...probably just my middle age talking.



we drove thru Kansas (twice), staying in Topeka. we drove to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where we ate breakfast with Koren & Cody at IHOP, drove to the top of Pike's Peak, went to the Manitou Cliff Dwellings, then drove into Crested Butte about 10:30p.m. & stayed in The Old Town Inn surrounded by mountains & beautiful skies. Crested Butte is a small town, hippies & artists & bike riders, lots of people walking their dogs, most of the buildings are very old & beautiful, tons of shops, cafes, galleries. I would LOVE to live there, after I got past the whole shortness of breath deal. We drove thru Gunnison National Forest, Keeblers Pass, Taylor River, Black Canyon, the ghost town of Gothic. Of course the highlight of the trip was our daughter Koren's wedding to Cody Wills At Mountain Wedding Garden at Mt. Crested Butte. It sprinkled a bit and was cold but then it cleared off & it was just beautiful. we drove pretty much straight thru coming home, switching off drivers & getting out to walk, thru thunderstorms. everyone is exhausted, we're quite possibly very broke, but it was a once in a lifetime adventure.
Koren was beautiful, calm, & laughing. she was having the time of her life. Cody was a bit more quiet. His parents went from Princeton, the 4 of us, & Koren & Cody's friends Jessie & LoAnn. The rest were Cody's Colorado relatives. She bought the bouquet from a flowershop by our hotel, Cody bought the bottle of champagne in town, too. She pulled together an amazing wedding by email & phone, & had her wedding folder with her at all times.



leave for colorado tomorrow when the kids get home from school!



Katie & I went to Sheryl's to look at Kelsie & Megan's 4-H books, then after a quick stop at the park on our walk home, made an impromptu trip to walmart for supplies to make our book. next year we'll know....but will I remember? Kevin & Sasha took KAtie to the chiropractor today, her back feels better, but she has a stomach ache now. KEvin picked up round 2 of Frontline for the inside pets, I found the suitcases in the garage, we went to Pizza Hut...KJ had offered to take Katie out for pizza today with the money he'd earned picking up hay, he ended up being $1.05 short, so I whipped out the card & he left a good sized tip. I have wonderful children!


my baby is getting married here Sept. 19th!

The Mountain Wedding Garden is a beautiful garden tucked in a quiet little park in Mt. Crested Butte, Colorado and is a joint project sponsored by the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival and the town of Mt. Crested Butte. The backdrop of the Elk Mountains, hills of wildflowers and, in the fall, golden aspens is, quite simply, breathtaking. The garden features masses of flowers, a fountain, and hanging flower baskets.

It is practical as well as beautiful: easily accessible, the garden has a flagstone aisle and vows area, electricity, bathrooms nearby, and limited parking is available; a simple pavilion may be rented as a rain option or it may be decorated for a reception.

The views surrounding the garden are so stunning, I got chills the first time my husband and I saw the setting."
-Bride, July, 2005

"The photographs of the garden simply do not do
it justice. We were absolutely delighted!"
-Mother of the Groom, August, 2006.

"The garden is just beautiful and the colors
were perfect for our mid-September wedding.
You all have done a beautiful job and it is a
great idea and use of the space. The scenery
speaks for itself! Thank you again!"
-Bride, September, 2004

•Parking for guests, electricity, and restrooms
•Easy accessibility off a paved road
•Space for seating of up to 125 guests and 125 folding brown chairs, if desired
•A covered, open-air pavilion measuring approximately 25ʼx40ʼ
•Fountain and beautiful benches

Something New At Mercer City Park!!!

Katie & Mackenzie think this is an awesome addition to the park!

Friday a.m.

didn't sleep worth a shit. achy, stuffed up, finally just got up...guess I get a few more minutes computer time before I go to work...
last nite KJ applied online to Northwest Missouri State University for his College Survival Class. his first college app.....(sigh).
found out last nite that Katie has a 4-H project book due next Friday. They'll have a meeting Sat. nite to show us what to do....4-H is a mystery to me.
closed all my amazon.com listings for vacation, still have a few Farmtown crops to harvest to have it shut down. Kevin isn't worried about his Farmville....we don't leave for days. (I know how much time my computer games suck up...and I have shit to do to get ready for vacation!)
Katie & I found our dress shoes & got our dresses ready...my shoes need a good cleaning. I have them in the hall by my bedroom door so I have to walk past them a million times a day so I will eventually just pick them up & clean them, Sasha has selected a favorite shoe & keeps dragging it off. She is a deal.


it is thursday....

I have worked all day in a hogbarn, reached level 30 in farmtown, took katie to a 2 hr dance class & dumped her off so I could work with the Northern Lights 4-H club at a Princeton Softball game, got done just in time to pick her up, we bought a pair of high heeled tap shoes from Stephanie, ordered a Dance Studio warm up suit, then Marcie & I watched the girls play at the park. Katie showered, showed me pieces of the FIVE new dances she is learning, & practiced on her trumpet awhile. She is such a busy girl!


weds. and life is good

I have to admit, I am getting somewhat bored with FarmTown & am just hanging in to get the bull. (will I ever get past level 29?) have been harvesting & shutting my farm down for vacation, the other day just happened onto the topiarys which I thought were cool, added a squirrel to my yard. today found a tool shed & outhouse & pigsty...so bought them. (still level 29).
still lovin' YoVille, on Katie's advice moved my coppers office into the kitchen & my kitchen into the friendship hall. have my eye on the stack of gold bullion. or the crates of jewels.
tonite while KJ was sweating away at open gym, Katie, Kevin, & I went to Chillicothe to buy Katie new jazz shoes for class tomorrow. also got her 2 pair of jeans at Wal-mart & ate supper at Applebee's. Chillicothe Applebee's is not my favorite, I like the ones that are more decorated in local theme. It is a nice place, just not as cool as the others.
Katie's trumpet arrived today! she was happy & blew on it, then cleaned it. It is nice to have the sound of music in our house again....KJ rarely brings his baritone home to practice, although I love to hear him play!

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