Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Pursue your goals...
With a bit of determination and effort...nothing is out of reach.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Power of Suggestion

The mere mention of Brown beans and cornbread...along with the weather change...puts me in the mood for a good size bowl...wish I could visit Megan right now...she's bound to have some left over.

It might not be good for the 10 hours I spent in the crusier with my FTO though...

Friday, September 19, 2008


Due to recent budget cuts and the rising cost of electricity, gas, and oil:
the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off.
We apologize for any inconvenience.

Don't despair...You can always look up.

P.S. I'm out on the street right now...my faithful blogger is posting this for me. If you think of me now and again...lift me up in prayer...this is a rough rotation.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

It's the perfect time for...

I got up at 3am today...trying to keep myself on a sleep through the day schedule so I must not sleep through the night on my days off. Do you realize how hard it is to pull yourself out of the comfey cozy bed at 3am? Just to wake up and go study...cause I do anything else without waking the rest of the household. However, I should be taking advantage of the time and studing since I have another oral board review coming up Monday, the 22nd. It's just so dark and quiet and a perfect for sleeping.

Yesterday, the weather was fabulous. It was the perfect time for hiking. But instead I had to sleep...This third shift stuff takes a special kind of animal. I pray I do not get placed on third shift after my final rotation. I need time to hike. I need time to be more regimented in my physical training. Sleeping through the day does not allow for these important asspects in life. When the clouds are big and fluffy and the sky is so blue and the leaves are in crunch mode and the air is fresh and inspiring...it's the perfect time for hiking...

I wrote this over six years ago...hiking is aways in the back of my mind.
Thinking of hiking up a steep, rocky trail?
Listening to the sounds of bugs and birds mixed together.
Catching a glimpse of a "toad lizard" as William calls it,
scurrying up the tree for safety.
Tripping over a rock in the path a time or two,
but knowing it will be worth it once you get to the lookout.
Laughing at Craig as he seems to get all the spider webs
that the rest of us shorties have no idea are even there.
Stopping to take photos of the wildflowers that are
just about finished for the summer.
Thinking it would be tasty to try the blackberries that are
abundant along the side of the hiking trail.
Feeling shaky in the knees once you are
at the top looking over the huge rocks,
realizing how far up you came.
Taking your new hiking boots off,
wishing you had broken them in better before you hiked this far in them.
And thinking how nice a cool brook would be about this time
to stick your feet in and cool them off.
Going back down the hill looking up into the canopy of trees,
seeing blue skies above,
feeling closer to God, the Creator in these spaces.
Realizing His awesome power and detail
as you watch the breeze fan through the many different leaves way above you. ..
I know these thoughts are running through your mind today.
At least, now they are.
Besides...You Never Know What You Will See....

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Happy Birthday, Ariel!

Twenty three years ago, I gave birth to a sweet little girl...
and what a blessing she has been every since.

23rd celebration

I would have had photos of her older sisters with her on this post...except for the fact that I have split all the photos up and they are in boxes in my bedroom where my prince is sleeping soundly. These were already scanned and in my picture archive.
Digital cameras did not come soon enough!

Just for the fun of it...brother and sister 23 years after the photo on the right...whoathunkit?

Monday, September 8, 2008

Adjustment Time

I have been awake and drinking coffee since 0330 hrs. My time has been occupied by studies of patrol duties, proper procedures and many other topics. I am fighting myself to stay awake. You know that overwhelming feeling similar to your computer going into "sleep mode"? You feel it happening, you know you shouldn't give in, but the "screen" seems to slowly shut down. To combat this "computer" trouble I thought I might deviate from my studies and spend a minute or two with my blogging buds updating my travels through the FTO phase.

I have completed my first rotation. It was eventful and enlightening. It was first shift 0700 to 1700. Except for having to get up at 0530, These hours weren't that bad. My second rotation begins Thursday...2200 to 0800...these hours are just plain out NOT me. I sleep when it's dark. I get sleepy at night. I love the sun. In order to try and get my system to accept the insufferable hours, I am spending my weekend, getting up at early morning hours...even before it's "time to make the doughnuts."
Any suggestions on making this easier? I'm going to bed at say, 2300 and sleeping 4 hours...getting up with hopes of lying back down at 1000 and getting 4 more hours. Hence, adjusting to being awake during night hours and sleeping during the daytime hours. A fellow recruit officer who was the smartest guy in the class suggested this. (I was the smartest girl, fo shizzle!)

I am using this time to study as the FTO phase of oral boards is approaching. I'm also listening to third shift radio traffic to get an idea of the going ons.

This would seem like everything is in working order. BUT...I have had a horrific headache for the past two days. When I awoke today, I still have remnants of it...I have to wonder if the whole sleep schedule adjustment is going to cause more issues with it. Migriane medication isn't working, nor asprin and tylenol. I have moved up to 4 Ibuprohen. I guess it could be my bodies reaction to Emme's virus she had this past week while she was visiting. Just don't know...I do know...it's got me by it's claws and when I took a report yesterday referencing criminal mischief; I found myself relating to the the piece of cement brick and the shattered rear glass. It is exactly how my head feels. It took the whole thrill of running lights and sirens to an emergency call tetotaly away.

For the record...my cat thinks I'm great...someone to roam the house with in the wee hours of the morning.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Should you at any point ...

Should you at any point decide to talk politics with your hair dresser...and should you know ahead of time that you are of different political affiliations...then wait until the color and cut are complete BEFORE you open the floor to political opinions. I left there looking at my hair saying, "What the heck?" I picked William up from school and he turns to me first thing and says, "What did you have done to your hair?" I get home and the Schwan's man is ready to take my order and he says, "Say, now, did you get a new 'do?" I said, "This is what you get when you are a republican and your hair stylist is a democrat." He said, "Why didn't you just tell him, we're gonna win no matter what." *Smile* ...a friendly face. Then Papa comes home and says, "Your hair is a bit shorter than usual." Oh, yeah...let me tell you about a disgruntled man with scissors and a point to be made.

AND everyone says...it will grow out in no time.

Now, to change the topic because I am NOT going there with any of my blogging friends....

Yesterday, I sat down at the main computer in the home and found what I thought was a poem by Papa. It read:

A drink before the war
darkness, take my hand
gone baby gone
prayers for rain

I read it and thought, geez, Pa, that is pretty deep stuff...and I read it again...recoginizing the fourth line of the poem...I realized that this is not a poem at all...it is a list of titles by the author Dennis LeHaye...Man...how did I pass that psychological test anyway? Must have been a good week...I'm praying for more.

And finally, yesterday, I left with my grandkiddos to take them back home. I got a piece down the road and realized I did not have my license. EEK! I told Molly and Jake that I had to turn around and go back and get my license. Silence in the truck...

Then Jacob quietly says to Molly, " We could get in trouble with a Police officer." Molly, in a disgusted, get real tone, replies, "Jacob, we are riding with a police officer."
Grinning just replaying it on my head.