Tuesday, September 30, 2008


I must respond to your comment about The Villages being full of old, out of touch, white people, thinking they still live in the Reagan era. The retirees I spoke to were very well informed on what is going on in today's world and even surprised me as to how much they "knew" of pop culture, etc. It was a very pleasant, positive afternoon, just hanging around the crowded streets waiting on Sarah's arrival! Speaking of crowded streets---there were so many young people and young couples with small children out that day and everyone was having a great, positive time! Oh and they all weren't WHITE! I saw Asians, Blacks, Latinos! For the record, my hubby is latino.

You know, maybe we could experience more great days such as those when President Reagan was in office if we'd be willing to expel the hatred, come together, and be POSITIVE!

I have a question for you anonymous--when did it become a disgrace to be old or white? Your comment came across as though that is a terrible thing. I personally have high respect for the wisdom and experience of the aged who still know their worth and contribute to our society in POSITIVE ways.

I invite anyone to weigh in on this thought as well!

Monday, September 29, 2008

OH YES I DID.................



Too bad that big ol' mirror blocked her out of the picture. However, if you click to enlarge, I'm sure you'll be able to see "The First Dude" (Todd Palin) holding baby Trigg right up front there! (oh and his secret service dude looking out at the road ahead as well) Trust me, Sarah was standing at the front of the bus waving as they left the rally last Sunday. You can see her shoulder if you look really hard in the bus door's side window!

(Yes, Susan, I needed weights to keep me from floating! LOL)

I really wish I could write about my life experiences in a more "grown up" way, but the kid in me just has to come out at times. My bloggy friend Web has met many high profile people, but she doesn't gaggle on so. Maybe one day I'll be as sophisticated as she! Until that happens though, you'll just have to come on along with me for the ride!

We arrived at 'THE VILLAGES' around 2:30 Sunday afternoon, to find these!
GOLF BUGGIES GALORE! This is a small sampling of how many were out for the rally! Seeing so many golf carts made me ponder the thought:

"Do you have to be a republican to live in "The Villages"?

Main street was jammed pack! We were so excited though and didn't mind that we couldn't even get into the fenced in area where Sarah would take the stage. We were able to watch her on the big screen. Thankfully, the Lord supplied a shade tree for mom to stand under. Shane and I tried shading ourselves with the poster we had made. It read: "Vote for Trigg's Mommy!" The photos below tell the rest of the story!

Mom listening intently under her shade tree!

Can you tell Mom loves pink?! Click to enlarge photo for

a better look at the button she bought.

Some of the sights on Main Street in The Villages.

The theater marquee welcomes Sarah!

When leaving the rally and this guy stopped us at the corner, my heart leapt for joy, for I knew it signaled that the motorcade would be passing right in front of us.

That's when I yelled er, asked mom to put the car in park, I was getting out to take a photo. By the time I stepped up on the curb, mom was right beside me holding the poster we had made. Everyone on the street corners were taking a stance for good viewing of the Governor as she came by.


As soon as the nice officer allowed us to go, we followed the Straight Talk Express out of The Villages onto the county highway, where people were lined up for miles with signs of support for the McCain/Palin ticket!

What a day of excitement and pure joy! We now were on the road to Orlando to meet up with my aunts and cousin for a week in a resort! More to come about that later.

Friday, September 26, 2008

The Spoon Theory

Living with a chronic illness can be very unsettling at times. Many times I feel that I'm not doing my part for my family. I'm not holding up my end of the bargain, so to speak. When I read the following article on Deby's blog, I knew I had to post it here so that family members and friends who read my blog can get an insight to my thoughts. I didn't write 'The Spoon Theory', but the dear person who did write it has articulated my heart so well!


Thursday, September 25, 2008


Television has been an influential part of American lives since its early days in the 1940's. Although many shows have been memorable, only a few can be credited with influencing the way Americans viewed the world through television.


I LOVE LUCY(1951-1957)

The first show featured many firsts: First to be filmed in Hollywood, first to use three cameras and first to show an ethnically diverse couple. It is often credited by critics as the blueprint for modern sitcoms.


American working class issues surfaced in this sit-com as it offered an alternative to the squeaky clean, suburban lives of most TV characters of the 1950's.

MARY TYLER MOORE (1970-1977)

Centered on the life of a single professional woman, this program came along at the height of the feminist movement and proved that an unmarried, female lead actress could gain big ratings; it also launched the workplace sitcom trend.

ALL IN THE FAMILY (1971-1979)

This show was the first to deal with hot-button topics that were formerly taboo on television, such as racism and the anti-war movement of the 1970's.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (1975-present)

This live sketch comedy show is known for pushing the envelope with its edgy and racy comedy. Now more tan 30 years old, many of its cast members have gone on to rank among the most influential comedians of their time.

(Personal Note: I believe this program has sped along our nation's degradation.)

DALLAS (1978-1991)

The first prime time soap opera to gain mass popularity, its 'Who shot J.R.?' murder plot introduced the cliffhanger to television audiences and started the trend of nighttime soap operas.


This show revolutionized the cop drama by portraying a realistic, grittier side of police life while setting the tone for future shows with large ensemble casts.

THE COSBY SHOW (1984-1992)

Not only was this one of the first successful African-American family sitcoms, this show has often been credited with saving the American sitcom during the 1980's.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008



I'm afraid many have forgotten that war was declared on us that day!
I'm saddened that we've lost the unity that the tragedy of 9-11 prompted us to.

In commemorating 9-11 a couple of weeks ago, I came across many posts with great videos. I've chosen to share this one with you because it's sung by Daryll Worley,the cousin of a dear friend of ours. I think that's pretty cool!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

An Alaskan Blogger!

Since learning about Sarah Palin, it seems every where I turn, I hear something about Alaska! Even while watching the Food Network last week, a Chef contestant was from Wasilla, Alaska. Another evening, while watching the National Geographic channel, the group was on an adventure in Alaska. There have been many other references to Alaska lately as well. I was really excited to have accidently come across a blog from a young lady who lives in Alaska. The link below takes you to a sweet post written by her.


Monday, September 22, 2008

Signs and Tidbits from the Rally

Signs that were handed out at the McCain rally. Also a list of 'Road to Victory' offices in the Tampa Bay area, with ideas on how to help as a volunteer for the campaign.

A close up of the button/pin I bought for myself!

The button Shane chose. I LOVE it! You can't tell in the photo, but it is John McCain as Mr. Clean and the stains around him are labeled as: "Iraq", "Federal Deficit", etc.

When I walked into Shane's room Tuesday night, this is what I found thumb-tacked to his wall; his sign from the rally!

Sunday, September 21, 2008


My friend Patti sent me such a positive e-mail today, I just had to share it here. Many of you still ask about her in emails, so this will answer some of your questions.

Hi ya'll,

These were taken last weekend at the Weekend to Remember conference. It was wonderful.

My friend Raisa edited them to look so nice. Thought you'd like to see how I look post-cancer, and on the road to being well.

My blood work checkup this past week was great. My oncologist said that all my blood counts are perfect, and now that I'm a year out from the treatment, I'm getting my port out next Friday.

I am so blessed!!!



Patti with her husband, Todd!


I'll be leaving town for a week of fun in the sun, and not sure if I'll have internet on a regular basis. Therefore, I'm posting several posts using automatic publishing. I do hope to get online a bit during the week though, so I can read all your wonderful blogs and keep up with your busy lives!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Like Jewelry???

I have three very dear friends who make very pretty jewelry. I'd love for you to check out their new website which shows off some of their designs. They not only offer the jewelry, but perform cleaning and repairs as well. I have several pieces from them already which you see pictured here. They also do jewelry parties for both adults and little girls.

The silver bracelets on the left of the photo are my favorites for everyday wear! I receive so many compliments on them!

I'm wearing them in the photo of me with dad. This photo was taken the Sunday before dad had his last heart procedure. He actually was suffering a heart-attack at the time this was taken! He had to sit down after service as he had no strength or much breath.

I love this pearl bracelet the Howard girls made for me!

Give 'em a visit and tell 'em Pam sent ya'!


Friday, September 19, 2008

More Images From the Rally Last Tuesday

Photo of part of the crowd waiting to enter the hall where the McCain rally was held. I took it from the top of the stairs.

Georgianne and Shane with their signs!

I liked this guy's sign. He happily posed for this photo. Click to enlarge.

The poster we made for the rally. Thanks Susan for the idea!

On the stairs ahead of us, we found several friends!

(Rita, enlarge and see if you know any of them! OK I'll tell you! On the top center is Pastor Turner from Westgate with several of the highschool students. Toward the bottom are Reva and Vanessa.

Off to the side, not in the photo was Merv Uhl!

I want to share with you how the Lord supplied a great parking place for only $5.00! I drove by several lots which were charging $10.00 for parking. I kept driving, hoping to find something closer to the convention center. I didn't find one any closer really, but I did follow signs for "rally parking" which led us to a parking garage. They charged half the price others were charging. We did have to walk about half a mile, but the walk across the bridge from Harbor Island was beautiful and good for us. We were rejoicing that we were relatively close to our destination and that the Lord supplied the right people to point us in the right direction!

Also, once in the building, waiting in line, I found a couple of wonderful people to chat with. One Christian mom had her 5th grade daughter with her for the experience. We chatted freely about issues. When I mentioned that it felt so great to be surrounded by conservatives, she said, "I know. It's nice to feel so safe."

God is so good!

Thursday, September 18, 2008


Most of you know my hubby manages a great restaurant!
Look who else seems to like it!


Can you spot who is who in the photo?

Alright, I reluctantly tell you the truth now! The McCain's and friends ate in the Orlando location, not in the store where my hubby works. Oh well! I still thought it was neat when I found these photos on Meagen McCain's blog! Click below to see more photos from this O.G visit.


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

I Shook His Hand!!!


I snapped this photo right before getting a handshake from the Senator! My friend Georgianne is showing off her pretty pink nails! LOL This was her first political rally and she was determined to get a handshake. I think she managed to get one from Cindy who is following her husband down the ramp. He looked good and was interacting with us quite energetically. Cindy was gorgeous! Just as feminine and elegant in person as I had imagined she would be.

YES DEAR PEOPLE-I SHOOK HANDS WITH PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN! And as I did, a flood of emotions overtook me. As I held his right hand in mine, the scenes from videos taken during his imprisonment surfaced and brought tears to my eyes. I desired to have a minute with him to humbly try and express my gratitude to this great man.

Are you ready to know a secret about me? I must admit, I easily get star struck! I was as happy as a kid in a candy shop yesterday as I stood so very near Senators, Mayors, Governors, Congressmen and YESTHE FUTURE PRESIDENT AND FIRST LADY OF THIS GREAT LAND! And to see my 10 year old son enjoying it 'almost' as much as I ---well it's priceless!

After some local entertainment, there was a trickle of speakers. Two of the gentlemen who spoke prior to the McCain's arrival, had been fellow P.O.W.s with John in the Hanoi Hilton. The Mayor of St. Petersberg spoke, and a congresswoman from the Bay Area. After she took leave of the podium, the music started. I could feel the energy build in the hall as we all turned our attention to the doorway and ramp which all the speakers had entered and descended from. I could literally FEEL the anticipation in the place. Then - the voice of the announcer over the PA-
"Ladies and Gentlemen, the next President of the United States, Senator John McCain with his lovely wife Cindy!"

And the cheers, oh the cheers! It was amazing to feel the hopes and support of all those around me! Accompanying the McCain's on stage were Jack Kemp who ran for Vice-President with Bob Dole. Also one of our state's former Governors, Bob Martinez and our state's current republican senator, Mel Martinez.

The rally was great and although sore and exhausted from standing for 6 hours, it was well worth it! My friend, Georgianne was with us and experienced her first political rally ever. She really enjoyed this new experience, but confessed, she was pooped afterwards! Photos below to prove just how pooped she was!

Shane and I in line waiting to enter the rally!

Shane was such a trooper and SO into the whole thing. Last night while cuddling together on the couch he said, "Man I had fun today. I'm just a political baby I guess!" I assume he meant he was born with the inclination to love politics!?

All during the evening, off and on, he would come to the room I was in and exclaim, "Wow I can't believe I shook both of their hands!" You see, he lucked out and got a handshake from Cindy McCain AND the Senator!

I hope as you look at the photos, you try to imagine my joy and excitement as I was taking them, standing in the midst of HUGE JOHN MCCAIN FANS! Realize there was much screaming and whooping and hollering, even some whistling. I was on cloud nine!

I took this right before I got my handshake!

The bright stage lights in my photos were a thorn in my flesh all afternoon.

Senator Mel Martinez stepping onto the stage.

A pooped Georgianne! After the rally, we grabbed a seat and rested awhile before walking the mile back to our parked vehicle! While waiting, I was able to visit with Senator Mel Martinez a bit and get a great photo of him just "hangin' with the folks!"

Senator Martinez in the concourse after the event.

It was a great honor for me to be able to chat with Mark Sharpe,whom I voted for several times over the years. He is now serving as a County Commissioner for Hillsborough County. Mark's last name fits him well! He is one "sharp" looking guy!

John McCain was greeted by an enthusiastic crowd of more than 2,500 supporters at the Tampa Convention Center. In light of the nation's worsening financial crisis, Senator McCain gave a fiery speech vowing to reform Wall Street and make corporate executives more accountable. As someone who has taken on the pharmeceutical industry and the tobacco industry, John McCain seemed eager to take on the task of reforming America's broken financial system and putting an end to the excesses of corporate greed.

WFLA TV in Tampa had a one-on-one interview with John McCain on Monday. Senator McCain candidly addressed America's economic troubles and the importance of keeping taxes low in this economic environment.

More photos tomorrow! I want to share some of the posters and buttons seen at the rally. Oh and photos of some "other peopele" I ran into!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Guess Where I'll Be On Tuesday???!!!???

Sunday, 9/14/08
51 Days to the Election of John McCain

McCain Nightly Memo
From: SE Regional Offices, Tallahassee
To: McCain Team Member
Topic: John McCain Coming to Florida

John McCain in Florida on Monday and Tuesday

John McCain will make a swing through the state of Florida on Monday, September 15th and Tuesday, September 16th. John McCain will appear at public events in Jacksonville on Monday and Tampa on Tuesday. Here are the details.

Special Guests at the Event will include:

Senator Mel Martinez, (Pam says: he has a wonderfully compelling life story, came, as a child from Cuba without his parents, lived in a foster home until Vuelos de Libertad brought his parents here.)

Governor Charlie Christ, (Pam says: We LOVE him! A very popular governor here now)

Former Governor Jeb Bush, (Pam says: We miss him terribly! We've met him when he was governor of FL!)

Former Governor Bob Martinez,

and American Idol Finalist Phil Stacey. (Pam says: He's the bald contestant with pretty blue eyes!)

Pam also says:

I REGRET Sarah Palin won't be at this rally, however, due to our great state of FLORIDA being a large swing state, I have a feeling she'll be through these parts before November 4th. If she does come for a visit, you can bet the bank I'll be there to see her!

We'd love to make and take a poster to the campaign rally on Tuesday morning. We welcome any ideas you all can come up with for us to write on our poster. Simply leave your suggestions in the comment box of this post. Thanks in advance!

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

My Front Door!

What Your Front Door Says

You are bold, brave, and easily excited.

You are passionate about what you believe.

And you're never afraid to tell people exactly what you think.

You're picky and particular. It's sometimes hard to meet your standards.


Hi Friends!

Just checking in to let you know I'm still alive and kickin'! We've been busy getting our schedule tweaked to work for us as we have resumed our homeschooling with Shane. He started 5th grade this year and we've had so much fun so far! Today's lesson in Heritage Studies, comparing Capitalism to Socialism, was very timely, I thought, considering the political/election climate in which we find ourselves. The picture on the chapter cover sheet showed a family playing Monopoly. At Shane's suggestion, we pulled out the old Monopoly gameboard to find out which one of us made the best capitalist. Well, Shane! He whipped me!

His text book gave a history of the famous board game that I'd like to share with you. I never realized what a "folk" game it really is. I hope you enjoy reading about it as much as we did!


(The following is taken from "Doors of Opportunity" Heritage Studies for Christian Schools Second Edition, Bob Jones University Press.)

Do you know how to play the game Monopoly? Players buy property and try to improve it, collecting money from renters and paying taxes. The game teaches, among other things, that you have to pay more taxes when you own more land and that is easy to be ruined by overspending.

The game of Monopoly is something like the real business of buying and selling. People buy property they think will be valuable. They sell property when they need money or when they can make a profit. A profit is an amount that is more than the original cost of something. For example, if you buy a used bicycle for ten dollars and spend five dollars to fix it up and then sell it for twenty dollars, you make a profit of five dollars.



The game that became Monopoly was probably invented by Elizabeth Magie Phillips, a woman who wanted to teach children that it was wrong to try to own everything. She called her game The Landlord's Game and had it patented in 1904.

But since The Landlord's Game was never packaged for sale, people in the area who played the game began to make up their own rules and to change some of the names of the places. And they called it Monopoly. Then others, especially college students going home on breaks, took the game to other states. Dan Layman took his new pastime to Indiana. There he made many changes and called the game Finance.

An Indiana woman took the game of Finance to New Jersey, where she and her friends named places on the board after places in Atlantic City---places such as Boardwalk and Marvin Gardens. Then the game came into the hands of Philadelphian Charles Darrow, who made his own board and rules and sold the package to Parker Brothers, a large manufacturer of games and toys.

But the game was not Darrow's invention; it was a folk game that had grown out of Mrs. Phillip's idea. When Parker Brothers discovered Darrow's lie, the company was already making a lot of money on the game. So the owners decided to buy out all other claims to Monopoly, including the original one. Mrs. Phillips got five hundred dollars for her rights to the game that became the world's most popular board game.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Some Neat Signs I Read Today

"Say no to B.O."
"Read My Lipstick!"
"Sarah, you had us at hello!"

Sunday, September 07, 2008




With the important election coming up this year it is even more important that we fly our flag.

Not only in remembrance of 9/11, but to remind us of the importance to pay attention to the issues in this election, and be preparing to vote on November 4th.

Please join us in this FLY THE FLAG campaign. It is just 4 days to get the word out all across this great land and into every community in the United States of America.

THE PROGRAM IS THIS: On Tuesday, September 11th, 2007, an American flag should be displayed outside every home, apartment, office, and store in the United States.

Every individual should make it their duty to display an American flag on this seventh anniversary of our country's worst tragedy. We do this in honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11, their families, friends and loved ones who continue to endure the pain, AND those who today are fighting at home and abroad to preserve our cherished freedoms.

In the days, weeks and months following 9/11, our country was bathed in American flags as citizens mourned the incredible losses and stood shoulder-to-shoulder against terrorism. Sadly, those flags have all but disappeared.

Our patriotism pulled us through some tough times and it shouldn't take another attack to galvanize us in solidarity. Our American flag is the fabric of our country and together we can prevail over terrorism of all kinds.

So here's what to do: (1) Take a moment to think back to how you felt on 9/11 and let those sentiments guide you. (2) Fly an American flag, of any size, on 9/11.

Honestly, Americans should fly the flag year-round, but if you don't, then at least make it a priority on this day.

SUSAN (A.K.A.PENLESSWRITER) says: "We fly a 3'x5' most every day, unless the weather is really bad. Mickey went out yesterday and purchased two of the little flags to put on our vehicles on 9/11. Remember the ones that clip on the window that so many of us flew right after 9/11?"

I love those ideas Susan!

Thank you for your participation. God Bless You and God Bless America.

And in case you haven't noticed---

I support John McCain for President!

I love the following statements from Senator McCain's speech last Thursday night!

"Despite our differences, much more unites us than divides us. We are fellow Americans, and that's an association that means more to me than any other.

My friends, if you find faults with our country, make it a better one. If you're disappointed with the mistakes of government, join its ranks and work to correct them."

Saturday, September 06, 2008


You Belong in 1984

Wild, over the top, and just a little bit cheesy. You're colorful at night - and successful during the day.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Third Installation of Vacation Photos from July

Before my actual post, let me start off by stating why I haven't been blogging this week. There are two reasons actually.
1) My computer had a little glitch which is now worked out, praise the Lord!
2)When it comes to political conventions, I'm a "gavel-to-gavel" gal!! Meaning I watch as much as I can of each convention from the sound of the opening gavel the first day to the closing gavel on the last night! During the day, I enjoy watching focus groups and sessions which meet in various venues around the host city. Wednesday afternoon had a great session with former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, former US Treasurer, and three other strong GOP women. The purpose of their meeting was to stand up to the liberal media concerning their biased treatment of Gov. Sarah Palin. I LOVED IT! THANKS C-SPAN FOR MAKING THAT POSSIBLE!!! I sometimes wander away from C-SPAN and listen to all the talking heads on the other cable news channels. It makes me feel like I'm in the mix of things! I guess my life's dream right now would be to attend the Republican National Convention someday!

So how was your week? I'll be making my rounds tomorrow to check up on all my bloggy friends. I've missed you for sure!

Many of you probably won't find all these photos very interesting; but I have family members who will enjoy them. So bear with me please!

I must say, this trip was really BIG for me! I hadn't been to West Virginia in 5 years. I anticipated this trip as a small child anticipates Christmas morning! It's almost as though I transition back to my childhood while there, amongst such loving relatives. I love all the attention, food, love, activities!!!

Uncle Ray with Shane.

Day Two - We arrived at Tara's home in the early afternoon. Lots of good food! A buffet of sandwich yummies. pot of pinto beans, pan of cornbread, and a most delicious pineapple-7-up cake!

I fell in love with the view looking out of my cousin Tara's dining room window.

This is her front yard. Click to enlarge. Look out over the mountians!

Mom with her sister Carol.

Part of Tara's back yard.
We left Tara's that evening and headed for the "holler" (hollow) where most of mom's family live. Some of dad's relatives live on the same holler. We passed through the town of Welch. My first born was born here in 1987.
Some of the older homes on the mountain side are seen in this shot. As we drove this route, it was as though time had stood still. I remember seeing these homes from my childhood trips. We are near coal mining territory. We passed through many rural, rustic small towns.

The highway from Princeton/Bluefield area we traveled on for nearly two hours. Click to enlarge this photo as well. NOTICE the rocks jutting right out of the cut away mountain.

We've now turned off the highway onto one of the hollows. This was the home of my parent's favorite teacher, Rosy Steele. Mom tells how she was always embarrassed by her freckles as a child. Mrs. Steele took her aside and told her how pretty she thought mom's freckles were! Mom says it has meant so much to her through the years. Rosy lived until recently. She had to have been well into her nineties. Every time we came to W. Va. for a visit, I remember mom saying, "Right up there is where my teacher Rosy Steele lives." This was my first time back since Miss Steele's death.
Whew! Ok - we've driven off one hollow and onto another. Both follow named creeks. In this photo, we are "descending" down Uncle Clarence's driveway. His house is out of the photo, but you can see my cousin Teresa's pretty home. This photo isn't really showing you just how steep this driveway is. GOOD GRAVY! How do these people maneuver these driveways during the icy winters? I was clutching and squinting in fear even in summer!

I'm fascinated with the lay of the land here. You see a mountain, then where it bottoms out, you have enough land to build a home on, then there's a creek, the hollow and another mountain. As a Florida girl, accustomed to flat, open space, I can feel somewhat claustrophobic and closed in when visiting. Usually though, I have a sense of security; as if I'm all "tucked in".

Monday, September 01, 2008


"Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged." --President Ronald Reagan

"Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the track of history to wait for the team of the future to run over them."

--Dwight D. Eisenhower

"Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged." President Ronald Reagan