Saturday, October 31, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

Another Sneak Peek:

Emmy (20 months old) is Tinkerbell by day ...

and Minnie Mouse by night - Trick or Treating at Disneyland!

First Halloween party of the season. Lincoln (3-1/2 yrs old) is Buzz Lightyear, Kyle is Woody, Amy  (8 months pregnant) is a bee keeper, and Emmy is a bee.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

How Much Obamacare Costs the Average Family

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann
Monday, October 19, 2009

"Whether or not you now have health insurance, Obama’s health care bill will cost you dearly.
If you don’t have insurance, you will be required to buy it. The legislation specifies how much you will have to pay for the coverage before any subsidy kicks in. All during the campaign, Obama kept speaking about affordable coverage. Now it appears that his definition of “affordable” might be a bit elastic.
If your household income is $66,000 a year, slightly above the national average, Obama’s health care bill will require you to spend 12 percent of your income -- about $8,000 a year or almost $700 a month -- to buy health insurance before you get any federal subsidy.
Even those making less will have to reach deep into their meager resources to satisfy Obama’s statutory requirement. Families scraping by on only $44,0000 a year will have to pay 7 percent of their income (about $3,000) on insurance. Even those making just $33,000 will have to ante up 4.5 percent of their income (about $1,500) for health insurance. The required payments reach so far down the scale that those who are living at the federal poverty level of $22,000 will have to shell out 2 percent of their totally inadequate incomes ($440) for insurance.
That Obama is charging premiums to those living at or on the border of poverty is absolutely incredible! And this from a candidate who pledged that he would not tax the middle class!
If you have insurance, you will get hit by his proposed 40 percent tax on insurance premiums.
When the tax -- and the legislation -- takes effect in 2013, all families making about $120,000 or more in combined household income (14 percent of all families or one in seven) will have to pay the tax.
By the next year, 2014, the tax will hit every family making more than $100,000 (about 18 percent of all families or one in six).
By 2019, 10 years hence, the tax will reach down to affect every family making more than $75,000 a year (31 percent of families or one in three).
The tax will take 40 percent of all premiums above $21,000.
So if you don’t have insurance, you will be socked with a mandate to buy coverage and pay a hefty proportion of your income to do it; and if you have insurance, you will be hit with an excise tax on the coverage.
(In theory, it is the insurance companies that have to pay the tax, but the Senate Finance Committee “assumes” that they will pass the tax along to their policyholders).
These costs make a mockery of Obama’s oft-repeated pledge to avoid any tax increase that would impact those making under $250,000 a year. He finances about half of his health care plan on the backs of the elderly by cutting Medicare and inducing scarcity and the other half by premium taxes and insurance purchasing mandates on the middle and lower middle class."
Just thought you might be interested!!!!!   What can you do to STOP Obamacare?  Donate to the League of Voters to support their ad campaign.  Donate as little as $25 HERE

Monday, October 19, 2009

Halloween Sneak Peek:

Do I have the cutest grandkids on the planet, or what?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Jennifer Performing at the Tin Roof in Nashville

Jennifer's Twitter:  "I'm beginning to think that the same fairy who lives in my dryer and steals all my socks also has a collection of guitar picks".

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Jennifer is performing at the Bluebird Cafe!

Hey friends, Jennifer will be performing at the legendary Bluebird Cafe on Friday, November 6th ( 9:30 to 11:30 p.m.). If you happen to be in Nashville, stop by. (I'm going!). I'll be posting a video when I get back so watch for it.

 P. S.   I'm not sending out Christmas cards this year.  I'm sending out Jen's CD's - so if you're not on my Christmas card list, and you want her CD's, email me your address and I'll send them to you.

The Nobel Peace Prize

Up until last Friday, there had only been three U.S. Presidents who had won the Nobel Peace Prize:
Theodore Roosevelt  (Republican : 1901-1907) in 1906 for his efforts in mediating the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905)

Woodrow Wilson  (Democrat : 1913-1921) in 1919 "in recognition of his Fourteen Points peace program and his work in achieving inclusion of the Covenant of the League of Nations in the 1919 Treaty of Versailles."

Jimmy Carter  (Democrat-: 1977-1981) won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 "for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development."
Now Barack Obama has been added to the list for his…..what?  He’s only been in office nine months.  What exactly has he done that deserves this kind of recognition? “A little less conversation, a little more action please”.   What about Ronald Reagan? I seem to remember the Berlin Wall coming down during his term of office, and um, Russia no longer being a threat to the planet.  Those were kinda big deals.  He never won the Nobel Peace Prize and here stands Obama, whose presidency began less than two weeks before the Feb. 1 nomination deadline for the prize and has yet to yield concrete achievements in peacemaking.  What's going on?

Monday, October 12, 2009

Best Ways to Ward off H1N1:

1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications)..

2. "Hands-off-the-face" approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (unless you want to eat or bathe).

3. Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don't trust salt). H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. Gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.

4. Similar to 3 above, clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. Blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.

5. Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C (citrus fruits). If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc/bioflavonoids to boost absorption.

6. Drink as much of warm liquids as you can. Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.

7.  Get at least 7-1/2 hours of sleep a night.

All these are simple ways to prevent, within means of most households, and certainly much less painful than to wait in long queues outside public hospitals.

(Don't go to urgent care unless you have a fever.  If you have difficulty breathing, call an ambulance)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Kids Say the Darndest Things!

 Here's an email I got from my daughter telling a story about what Lincoln, her son (my grandson) has been saying recently ( he's 3 years and 3 months old):

A car pulled out in front of Kyle and Lincoln asked, “Daddy, is that man a douche?”  Kyle said “no” and Lincoln asked, “does he know how to drive?”  Later, Kyle passed a Porsche that had an ugly paint job and was mocking the owner of the vehicle when Lincoln asked, “Is that man a douche?” 

A few days later, we were in Utah and Kyle was complaining that he hates Utah drivers. Lincoln asked again, “dad, are they a douche? Do they not know how to drive?”

Because Kyle is the one to blame for our 3-year-old calling drivers douches/ douche bags, I got back at him.   Kyle went over a curb and the car bounced violently from the impact. He apologized for throwing us all around and I asked Lincoln, “does daddy know how to drive?” to which he replied, “No, he’s a douche bag!”  I laughed for an hour!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

I call and raise you one...

Now these guys are die hard poker players! (This is my mom’s idea of “storing” Jennifer’s Halloween skeletons for her. She set this up in her driveway so her visitors would have a good laugh. I told you “tacky” is an inherited trait. She’s over 80 and still has an awesome sense of humor).

Click on the photo to get a good look at all the details.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Computer Geek

This scares me because it could be me someday!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Halloween is coming!

At my age, I don't have to worry about what to wear for Halloween. I don't go anywhere. But I like to dress up, so I look for excuses to look ridiculous. The last two years I went to my daughter's house to pass out candy to the trick-or-treaters in her neighborhood. I was a witch.
Why is it that when we are young, we want to be something glamorous (a Princess, a French maid, etc.), but as we age, we don't care. (That's a rhetorical question - don't e-mail me with the obvious answer - I don't want to hear it ). I think I'll be Snow White this year.
Good luck on your search for the perfect costume.

Thursday, October 1, 2009


I was having lunch with my two daughters (who have both been married for over five years now) and the youngest one (who has no children yet) said, "Wouldn't it be fun to have four kids and dress them up for Halloween like KISS?"
(Was she serious?)