Thursday, May 29, 2008

Ariel Joy 4/1/1984 - 5/29/2007

It was May, 29th 2007, around 6:00 PM, when I received the frantic call from my niece.

"My daughters dead,come quick!"

It is a night I try not to remember, but will never forget.

Today was suppose to be the sentencing for the dealer who sold her the Heroin
she overdosed on. This was the second time it was delayed, now rescheduled for June 6th.

At approximately 11:05, some of the family went to the location where she died and spent some time.

Then in the afternoon, many of us gathered at their home watched some videos, shared memories and released balloon messages.

Now that one year has passed maybe healing will be faster.

It is not something they/we will ever get over, but I know first hand that the pain subsides as time goes by.

Though at the time she was struggling, we know she was also trying to overcome her addiction while hiding it from her family.

We will always wonder what path her life would have taken.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Misogyny in the Press??

Speaking up a little to late if you ask me.

It is sad that the worst offenders have been liberal woman who have had to crawl slowly up the ladder in their own professions.
I hope Hillary stays in the Senate and shows the world what a winner she really is.
I remember 1980, when Ted Kennedy stayed in the race right through the Convention no voice out there was telling him to get out of the race.
Not one Liberal Democrat was calling him out at every turn.
Then when he lost handily, he refused to even acknowledge Jimmy Carter on the Stage.

Take a deep breath before you watch this.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

We need to remember.!

We took a quick road trip yesterday to see my Aunt Lo ( my Dad's sister) in Iowa.
She turns 96 in June, and we want to spread out the visits so she can enjoy them.
Each time I go I see a little more physical failure, but still a very upbeat lady with a mind as sharp as a tack.

What she wanted to talk about most was politics and Hillary being President, she said she had hoped to see that before she died.
But now since it doesn't look like Hillary will make it she is ready to go to sleep and not wake up.
Then she said..
"I guess thats not my decision to make."
"Who knows maybe I'll make it to 100."
She just might do that, she has already lived longer then her parents and siblings who have died, but just in case I think I will try and get down again later this summer.

On our way home we stopped in our hometown overnight to celebrate a
surprise birthday party for an old friend.
Again most of the conversations were about the upcoming election and the anger that Hillary won't be on the ballot.
The funny thing about it was, my female friends, though not very happy with the outcome so far, are mostly like me.
Disappointed but willing to vote for any Democrat on the ballot.
It was the older male Democrats that seemed less likely to accept him.
But because of their disgust with what is going on in this country,
I think they will come around, and if they don't,there have been so many new voters that have come out this year, maybe they will pick up the slack.

A lot of changes are going to have to be made after this primary season is over.

After visiting all of our family graves,we headed home this morning.

Cost of gas for the weekend?
About 75.00

Thursday, May 22, 2008

American Idol 2008

This was the song that turned me and most other mature woman

"Cougars for Cookie"

Finally an Album I will purchase.


Monday, May 19, 2008

Guess who they are voting for??

Wedding Day !

Last Saturday my second Grandson got married.
The three brothers have always been very close,
and if their mom would ever decide to blog I would suggest
the topic be.

"How to turn three rebels into men."

When she became a single mom, the oldest was 4 and the twins were 2.
I hope someday she finds time to write all of their experiences down
for her grandchildren to read.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Maybe he needs his loofa!!

How does someone like this stay on the air, and this was before his harassing phone calls, back when he was on Inside Edition.

If you get bored this weekend just google Bill O'Reilly..

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mothers Day!!

Maybe you already know about the origin of Mother's Day. I didn't.
Womans concern about war goes back even further, I remember my oldest son
appearing in a college production of Lysistrata by Aristophanes 410 BC
Guess things never change..Remember your Moms today!

*Mother's Day* is celebrated each year on the second Sunday in
May. Inspired in part by Mothering Sunday in England, the U.S.
Mother's Day originally was intended to

"unite women against war."

The Mother's Day Proclamation

written in 1870, was a call for peace and disarmament. In 1907
Anna Jarvis started a crusade to found a memorial day for women,
the first of which was celebrated in Grafton, West Virginia, on
May 10, 1908. President Wilson declared the first national
Mother's Day as a day for the American flag to be flown in honor
of women whose sons died in war.

The* "Mother's Day Proclamation"* by Julia Ward Howe was one of
the early calls to celebrate Mother's Day in the United States.
Written in 1870, Howe's/ Mother's Day Proclamation/ was a pacifist
reaction to the carnage of the American Civil War and the
Franco-Prussian War. The Proclamation was tied to Howe's feminist
belief that women had a responsibility to shape their societies at
the political level.

Today, the proclamation is included in the Unitarian Universalist
hymnal,/ //Singing the Living Tradition/.

*Mother's Day Proclamation*

Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts,
Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!
Say firmly:
"We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for
caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy
and patience.
We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of
another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."
From the bosom of the devastated Earth a voice goes up with
our own.
It says: "Disarm! Disarm! The sword of murder is not the
balance of justice."
Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil at the
summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great
and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace,
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of
But of God.
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And at the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Happy Birthday Crash!

Today was my Moms birthday.
If she was still on this planet, she would be 100 years old.

She was a little pistol, whose feet hardly ever touched the ground.
Busy every minute..
She loved her sisters and her baby brother, and we had so many fun times
during Holiday gatherings.

Many of us cousins are still close because of those get together's and the crazy Trowbridge girls.

She never drove until after my Dad died, then at the ripe old age of 55 she took lessons.
One week after she got her license she headed for Iowa with sweet little Sally and totaled her car.
After that we all referred to her as Crash.

She was one Independent little Irish Lass, a nurse who worked until she was 65
at a State Mental Hospital.
When she retired she spent time with her grandchildren in between her trips to Arizona.

In 1991 just before her illness she reigned as the St Patrick's Day Queen
in her hometown celebration.
She loved every minute of it.

She is missed!!

Friday, May 02, 2008

Rain Rain go Away!!

News that next week will bring normal temps for this time of year helps my state of mind.
The cold I had thought was over came back with a vengeance yesterday, a quick trip to the Doctor this AM told me what I already knew..
Bronchitis, most likely from a virus, so antibiotics won't help.
She did prescribe a Bronchial Dilator, and it has helped somewhat.
I am not a pleasant ill person,
I have things to do.
Poor Hubba has just crept down to his TV room,I did feed him first.
If anyone has any good suggestions other then the usual chicken noodle soup and steam..
Please be my Doctor Nurse..

Mean while I am going to fix a hot whiskey and water and hit the couch.
( the doctor didn't say what kind of steam :D )