Comment on Never came yesterday! by The Dad

June 22, 2009 by  

He is a cute looking little rascal! Will be a great addition to the family ….. our youngest “grandpuppy”! Congratulations!

Never came yesterday!

June 22, 2009 by  

Well I was wrong again, surprise surprise!!!! Yep never came yesterday in the form of a four pound nine week old shihchon male. And let me tell you he is already winning the hearts of all. Titan joined our family abourt four p.m. yesterday. Courtney and I said he was Tony’s fathers day present, but Tony said he thinks he is more of a Families day present.(Tony is probably right, but don’t let him fool you, he likes Titan too.) We all still miss our little Casey dog, and agree that Titan has big paws to fill but he is worming his way into all our hearts anyways!!!! So you see never say never, cause for me NEVER came yesterday

Raise your “Left” hand ………

June 21, 2009 by  

Friends and Family:
I would like to share with you a Letter to the Editor from our local newspaper.
This folks is the kind of “knowledge” that scares me silly:

Editor:

Your columnist Steve Chapman wrote (June 15): “The administration would pretend we can get generous government-sponsored coverage without higher taxes, higher insurance premiums, or rationing of health care. In short, it refuses to treat us like grown-ups. I wonder why.”

So for the last 50 years, the Canadians have had free health care financed by a seven-cent sales tax. The Germans have had free health care for the last 50 years, based on a small monthly tax. So does England, France, Italy, New Zealand. etc. The reason we don’t have it is because insurance companies want you to pay a thousand dollars a month to provide medical insurance for yourself and your family. And if you complain, they say, “Grow up! Adults know that medical care costs money.”

Well, I am an adult, 86 years old. And I know that if Canada and England and Germany have free medical care, we can have it too.

SYDNEY SPIEGEL, Casper

Talk abour blatant contradiction! “Free” to this gentleman means “tax-financed”? And thus – we are where we are.

Raise your “left” hand if don’t get it.

I feel queasey-

The Dad

Comment on Joy and Sorrow – 62 Years by Vickie

June 19, 2009 by  

My prayers for Bob and Dixie have been for healing. God has not quite finished with them for sure. God is so good to those who love Him and come to Him in prayer.

Comment on Joy and Sorrow – 62 Years by Ryan Elledge

June 19, 2009 by  

Update: The cardiologist told Dixie today that her heart is working well, and that the toxins level in her kidneys has improved. She is going home today and will have hospice. She is resuming her insulin (for her diabetes). Perhaps her Maker isn’t quite ready for her!

Joy and Sorrow – 62 Years

June 18, 2009 by  

Today, I had the honor of visiting Bob and , Gabe’s grandparents, on their 62nd wedding anniversary. This coming the day after and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary. It was joyful to see them both on this special day — I mean, 62 years… that’s a long time for two people to be married! Sadly, however, I visited them at Saint Luke’s North hospital. I was there for over an hour, and when I first saw she was in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). She actually looked really good and was very coherent. She called me over and gave me a hug and a kiss and joked with me that I still keep coming around… that they’ve tried and tried to get rid of me but I keep coming back. Of course, she was kidding with me and I knew it. She is such a wonderful, loving person. The entire pretty well took me in as one of their own when I ventured out here to City… they became my away from my , and I have loved spending time with them for the past 10 years. Soon they moved out of the ICU and into a large suite where more than a few visitors at a time could see her…. including all of her great grandchildren.

Today, on what should be such be a day of only joy for Bob and and the whole , is also filled with sorrow, as has requested that no further medical assistance be given to her to try and help her failing heart and kidneys. She is at peace and seemed so happy to have all of her loved ones together to say their goodbyes. Earlier in the day, I am told, she was not very coherent and was having a hard time recognizing people. But not tonight… she knew everyone, hugged and kissed everyone multiple times, and gave everyone some guidance and wishes. For such a weak body right now, she was so strong. She told her son Ed that she is ready to go see her parents and her other two sons who passed years ago… but wanted Ed to understand that it’s ok, and not to be upset with her — she is not choosing them over him. She was telling everyone she will see them again, but now is the time to go see her Maker and her loved ones that have departed before her. Tears were flowing, but so were the smiles. Six great grandchildren were there with her, all at the same time… and she asked each of them to always remember her, and that she will remember them and watch over them. While it was very sombering, it was also the way the day should be… very joyous.

has battled heart conditions since a much younger age. On many occasions that I have seen her over the past ten years, she has seemed frail. But she has always come around. Now, she is ready to move on and end the pain, and she is clearly at peace with it and helping those who will remain behind become more at peace.

Gabe said it best after we left… he is so happy to have seen her like this tonight… in a much better condition than earlier today… and this is how he wishes to remember her forever.

Nobody knows whether tonight will be the night for or if it might be weeks away, but tonight, and her whole and know the love they have for each other, and I am quite certain will have a wonderful journey ahead… one that will be so much harder on those behind than herself.

Happy Anniversary, Bob and . Savor the time left, no matter how short. And have a wonderful journey, . You are a beautiful person. I am honored to have known you and hope you will remember me, too. Today, you taught me a lot about life while in the face of death.

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Happy Day

June 17, 2009 by  

Happy Birthday Courtney, Happy Anniversary Ryan and Rebecca.
Hope all of you have a wonderful day, filled with sunshine, fun and the love of the Lord.
Waiting today or the next few days for niece Jamie to have her new baby boy. Kaylee will be a Big Sister soon. Tomorrow Rebecca is having the 3d ultrasound so hopefully we will have new pictures soon of baby boy Elledge (Brody).
Brandon is supposed to be getting his braces off today and will go to the dentist to be fitted with a permanent retainer. Happy Day for him…(he is in Colorado now awaiting all of that).
Bummer the Rockies winning streak ended last night. Hope they will be able to start a new one tonight. 11 wins in a row was great.
Nate started a new job on Saturday. Dont know how he likes it, but when the first paycheck comes he will be happy I am sure. Courtney and Wendy are back from a softball tournament in Vegas. They did have a good time, and the weather was HOT. Guess Keegan, Tony and Nate survived without the girls, at least we have not heard anything to the contrary.
Spencer spent a week in Florida on the beach. He went with his Grandma Linda and Grandpa Bill.
Ashley is taking drivers education this next 2 weeks in summer school. The 1st day was boring (or so she said) sitting in class all day in the summer. Stevie’s team played baseball last night and he had 2 very good hits. Stephanie and Mike are running running running keeping up with the kids this summer. Ashley and Steph will be going to Vegas in July for nationals in dance for Ashley. (another mother daughter bonding trip).
Steph, Stevie, Steve and I are going to Overland Park for a week to visit Ryan and Rebecca at the end of the month and over the 4th. That should be fun. Cant wait to see Braelyn again and her mom and dad.
Well that is about all the news here, so I will go fix some lunch for Steve. Happy Day….Love you all

Money Well Spent?

June 15, 2009 by  

Found interesting an article I just read on MSNBC.com — CBO: Senate health bill $1 trillion over 10 years. The Chief Budget Officer says the health care legislation currently being considered would cost $1 trillion over 10 years. The most interesting part of this $1 trillion bill is that while 39 million not with coverage currently would get it, this number would be offset by about 23 million losing their current coverage–15 million lose employer-provided coverage and another 8 million would lose it from other sources. This definitely seems like great legislation to me!

I am definitely a supporter of health care becoming more affordable, but not through mandates and penalties to business who cannot afford to provide coverage and individuals who choose not to get coverage. The company I am the Cheif Operating Officer for provides what I think is a nice program for our employees. While we don’t cover 100% of the insurance costs, we do provide individuals with 75% coverage for employees only covering themselves, and a lower percentage (can’t remember right now if it’s 50% or 60%) for family members. Health insurance adds significantly to our payroll and benefit budget. Fact of the matter is, if mandated, for example, to cover 100%, we would have to cut costs elsewhere to make up for this additional spend. Would those cuts come from general operational areas or from salaries and wages/reduced head count? Would small raises become smaller or non-existent? Inevitably, it would likely come from a mix of all. In essence, we would be able to spend less on goods and services (hurting the ), reduce headcount (hurting employment rates) and slowing salary growth (despite rising gas rates, inflation, cost of living, etc). It’s not as if companies, as a rule, are just rolling in extra cash and padding the pockets of the executives. Certainly that climate exists in some businesses, but I would speculate that is not the norm.

Additionally, some employees simply choose not to receive coverage. Using my company as an example again, by nature of the tech industry, we have a high percentage of single male employees in their low 20’s working for us. Most of these employees are in excellent health, and right or wrong, opt not to get health coverage as it would dip into their take home pay. Forcing them to purchase coverage is like forcing them to take a pay cut. Currently, an incentive for them to go ahead and spend that extra money each paycheck on health care coverage is that the money withheld for coverage is not taxed — but that, too, is in jeopardy. I speculate that taxing the health care deductions would lead to additional employees opting out of coverage. Of course, that is where the mandates to have coverage will come in. Catch 22, seems like.

Certainly there are many people who need health care insurance but can’t afford it though they are working hard for it. This bucket of individuals are the group I would gladly support getting some sort of assistance from the government. No, I don’t have the perfect remedy (nobody does), but I think there are far too many issues with the current legislation ideas being forced down our throats currently.

Just a month or so ago, I took a trip to the emergency room one night to get checked out, as I had pretty well convinced myself I might be having a heart attack. I spent over three hours in the ER, getting an EKG, blood tests, chest xrays… the works! Final determination was that I had a stress-educed panic attack. My favorite part of the whole things was the doctor telling me:

“I’m going to have to have you take 4 Tylenol, to appease the pencil pushers upstairs.” Funny how much those little pills cost!

Hmmm, maybe that’s the biggest issue right there. Fear of litigation & mal-practice suits along with insane drug costs.

Really, I am just tired of the government trying to mandate more and more aspects of our lives. But, seems as though our society has become so unintelligent that we need a bundle of baboons in Washington D.C. to tell us what is right and what we have to do. Well, as wonderfully run as our government is, I appreciate the “guidance” as I am apparently a lot stoopider than I thinked I waz.

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A Stimulus Story

June 11, 2009 by  

Spam so good I had to share. Thanks for the forward, pops.

A Stimulus Story

It is the month of August, on the shores of the Black Sea. It is raining, and the little town looks totally deserted. It is tough times, everybody is in debt, and everybody lives on credit.

Suddenly, a rich tourist comes to town. He enters the only hotel, lays a 100 Euro note on the reception counter, and goes to the rooms upstairs in order to choose one.
The hotel proprietor takes the 100 Euro note and runs to pay his debt to the butcher.

The butcher takes the 100 Euro note, and runs to pay his debt to the pig grower.

The pig grower takes the 100 Euro note, and runs to pay his debt to the supplier of his feed and fuel.

The supplier of feed and fuel takes the 100 Euro note and runs to pay his debt to the town’s prostitute that in these hard times, gave her “services” on credit.

The hooker runs to the hotel, and pays off her debt with the 100 Euro note to the hotel proprietor to pay for the rooms that she rented when she brought her clients there.

The hotel proprietor then lays the 100 Euro note back on the counter so that the rich tourist will not suspect anything.

At that , the tourist comes down after inspecting the rooms, and takes his 100 Euro note, after saying that he did not like any of the rooms, and leaves town.

No one earned anything. However, the whole town is now without debt, and looks to the future with a lot of optimism…
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how the Government is doing business today.

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Vacation over

June 8, 2009 by  

The road trip is over. 2945 miles, 13 states, lots of fun and family times. I loved it. Thanks to Mike and Judy for their hospitality. Had a great time in Memphis area. I had never been there except at the airport on a lay-over. Really fun. Rockies won their first ballgame under a new coach while we were in Denver. We went to the game with Wendy, Tony and the kids including Nate’s girl friend Anna. We visited the Bombing Memorial in Oklahoma City. That was really a touching time. Oklahoma City is a very nice place. After Memphis we went to Branson, MO. Ashley says Branson is a town for old people. Well she is pretty much right. Steve and I were among the youngest persons there, but it was fun. We did not go to the amusement park as the weather was rainy that day. The Branson Belle dinner cruise was awesome. Last stop, Ryan, Rebecca, Braelyn, Hoover, and Sophie. Spencer was visiting Florida. We always enjoy being with them. We went to some nice resturants, and hung out at their house. Saturday night, long drive arriving home at 6:00 am Sunday morning.
Sophie and Brandon survived while we were gone. She did not drive him completely crazy. Brandon started a summer class at Casper College tonight.
Well check out the gallery under vacations (2009 road trip). I am uploading the 500 or so pictures we took on the trip.
Love to all
The mom

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