Friday, April 30, 2010

quote of the day

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.
Ansel Adams


Just have to brag a second or two or a million!!!

Kelsey passed all the sections of the Georgia High School Graduation Test the FIRST TIME!!!!!!!

Heck yeah!

I will freely admit that when she sent me the text message at school, I started jumping up and down yelling "Yes, Yes, Yes!!!"

And that I had my entire class yelling it with me.

Plus showed the text message to anyone that cared to look.

Just a wee bit proud of her! Especially since she was concerned about the math and social studies sections, and was worried that she would have to retake those two areas.

Now to just get the remaining credits to graduate in 12 months.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Quote of the Day

Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships.
Ansel Adams

Mother's Day Celebration Dinner

I would like to formally invite all of you to attend the Mother's Day Celebration Dinner sponsored by the Friends of the Twiggs County Sheriff's Department.
When: May 7th, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Where: Mount Zion Baptist Church HWY 358, next to Interstate 16.
What: A dinner to celebrate Mothers everywhere, all proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Twiggs County Sheriff's Department.
Cost: $20 a person
Along with dinner, there will be door prizes, and a silent auction.
The Friends of the Twiggs County Sheriff's Department is a group of concerned citizens that raise funds to support the Twiggs County Sheriff's Department for needs that are not met by the county budget. Examples are: Christmas presents, dog houses and kennels for the K-9's, and United States Flags for the Sheriff's station, along with many more projects.
Please let me know if you would like to purchase tickets to this wonderful dinner!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Raw (e) Red

I found this fun photo contest over at Sailor & Company Where you enter a picture that meets the theme that is totally unedited.

So I thought what the heck, I am going to enter and have fun!

Without further ado, here is my entry, a picture of DJ warming up for his baseball game on Natalie's birthday. I love how his tongue is stuck out as he is concentrating! Plus the red clay, I figure counts on two fronts. :0)
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Prom Pictures

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Total loss of our local library

Early Sunday morning our local county library was struck by lightning (they believe) and burned to the ground. This is a devastating loss for our community, as it was a meeting place for people, stored important historical documents, and had technology that many people in our community could not afford to have in their own homes.
I am hoping that that community will work together to help rebuild the library so that once again the people of Twiggs County will have a place to read, use the internet, and get an education.
I am trying to come up with ideas as to how the community can raise money for rebuilding and replacing the books, technology, and furnishings.
I know that there are probably grants out there that the county can apply for, its just a matter of doing the leg work. I also am aware that those grants will probably not pay for everything, and we as a community will have to come up with ideas on our own.
I am going to try and attend the next county commissioners meeting to see what is said, and what they plan on doing to rebuild.  

quote of the day

Time cools, time clarifies; no mood can be maintained quite unaltered through the course of hours." – Mark Twain

Monday, April 26, 2010

quote of the day

Trust thyself only, and another shall not betray thee." – Thomas Fuller

I dislike Tri-care with a passion aka the broken toe saga

A week ago today, DJ's and my feet collided. My right foot/pinky toe, and his right foot with his cowboy boot.

I felt the crunch and about cried, but was able to walk so I thought I would be ok.

That night I looked at my toe and had an ugly bruise, and thought, yup I broke it.

Tuesday morning I tried to get an appointment on base to be seen, and of course they didn't have any available, so I waited til after school and went to the Med Stop.

The doctor at the Med Stop told me that it looked like a broken bone, but the radiologist would have to make the final call, and would call me the next day and let me know.

Wednesday, I didn't get a phone call until about 6 pm, which was too late to call Tricare. The Med Stop nurse said I had a "broken blankety blank" bone and I needed to go to the orthopedic surgeon. (I am guessing that the blankety blank bone is not as simple as a bone in my pinky toe since I am being told to go to the orthopedic surgeon.) The nurse said if we had any insurance other than Tri-care she could have gotten the referral for me, but since it was Tri-care I had to do it myself.

Thursday morning right away I call the base clinic to get my referral to be seen by ortho (there are none on base here, so don't break a bone around here unless you want this run around!) After being put through to 4 different people (push 1 if you want to make an appointment, push 2 if you want .... Only to discover that the button you push isn't the right one after all, and only to have that person put you through to another wrong person) I finally get ahold of a person that can help me request the referral. They have me call the Med Stop and request that the Med Stop fax the information over to the base.
The lady at the Med Stop calls me back about an hour later and says that the fax keeps rejecting the number that Tricare gave me. So I call Jerry and ask him to run up to the Med Stop and get the paperwork, to take it to the base clinic for me.
Jerry does this, only for the Tricare woman to call me back and say that the Med Stop gave him the wrong paperwork. By which point I was livid, and told the referral lady someone needed to figure it out since I lived and worked 25 miles from base, and had already done my part, just because they are not communicating clearly with the Med Stop was not my fault. So she called the Med Stop. Who supposedly took until 5 pm to send the correct paperwork via fax.

Friday I call to find out about the referral only to be told that it was no longer considered a stat case since it had been 5 days since the injury, and that I would have to wait until I got the paperwork in the mail to schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgery. However she told me that I could call early in the week to see if they would give me the approval number before I got the letter.

Today I call to find out the status and am told that the referral was still under review, and that it would probably be another 2 to 3 days before it was approved.

Well to say that I lost it is an understatment. I let that gal have it. Basically I told her that I have had to walk around on a broken bone in my toe/foot that obviously the radiologist thinks is a big deal since he has said I am to go be seen by a surgeon, and now they are telling me I have to wait another 2-3 days to even schedule the appointment?

Well that got her attention, and she called someone and got them to approve the refferal for me to go in and be seen.

My appointment is on Wednesday, and I am going to cry if the orthopedic person laughs and wants to know why they had me come in to be seen for a broken bone in my toe.

But my toe is still swollen, and it still hurts to walk on that foot, or even put any pressure on that toe (including changing out the tape). So we shall see.

I Heart Faces~ Smiles Challenge

This week at I Heart Faces the theme is smiles. I thought this picture of the girls before heading out to prom meet the theme perfectly!
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Head on over ther and check out everyone's entries!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Quote of the day

If you want your life to be more rewarding, you have to change the way you think. - Oprah Winfrey

Quote of the day

If you want your life to be more rewarding, you have to change the way you think. - Oprah Winfrey

Saturday, April 24, 2010

quote of the day

Don't dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer. - Denis Waitley

Like this picture?

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And want a copy of it for yourself?

You can get one right here:

I was asked earlier this week if I would upload a couple of pictures to this site so that a friend could order one, and pay me for taking it, so thats what I did.

No idea what this may turn into, but its worth a shot!

You can see all of the shots that I have uploaded to the site by hitting next or previous underneath my name.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Quote of the day

Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners. - Laurence Sterne

Thursday, April 22, 2010

quote of the day

Be more humble than a blade of grass, more tolerant than a tree, always offering respect onto others and never expecting any in return - Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

More baseball pictures

More baseball pictures from this past weekend.
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Happy 17th Birthday Kelsey Marie

Thank you for the joy you have brought to my life! Its hard to believe that in a few months you will be a senior in high school! Here is a look back at the last 17 or so years!
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Quote of the day

Judging others against our own standards is being egoistical. Respect everyone's right to be different! - Wai-Fatt Yee

First dip in the pond

Easter Sunday dawned beautiful outside and topped out at about 85. So all of the kids decided that they needed to go for a dip in the pond at Larry and Norma's.
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Monday, April 19, 2010

Quote of the day

He who does not have the courage to speak up for his rights cannot earn the respect of others. - Rene G. Torres

Way To Go Glen!!

Congratulations to my cousin Glen on a great run in the Boston Marathon! Here are the official Boston Marathon Results from
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 Fuhrmeister, Glen R.    28      M       Iowa City       IA      USA             

Checkpoints     5k        10k              15k           20k              Half 
              0:20:38   0:41:20         1:02:18         1:22:42         1:27:09

         25k             30k              35k            40k
        1:43:13         2:04:13         2:25:04         2:45:44

Finish  Pace            Official Time   Overall      Gender     Division
        0:06:39         2:54:26         760          714        560

I Heart Faces Week 16 Collages

This week over at I Heart Faces the theme is collages. So I am entering this collage from DJ's ball game this past Saturday.
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Click on over to I Heart Faces and check out all of the entries in this weeks contest for bragging rights!

Good Luck Glenn!

Today my cousin Glenn runs the Boston Marathon, and I just want to publicly wish him the best of luck!

Sunday, April 18, 2010