Written by Captain Mary on Tuesday, December 30, 2008

My zoo residents are taxing my emotions to the maximum. If I had unlimited resources I would be the caretaker of all kinds of animals, I would take in every stray that needed a loving home.

These last few months have seen so much loss in my little animal kingdom, this time another of my kitties was missing for three days and I made my walk around the neighborhood each evening calling for him. It was Sunday morning and I was getting ready to make repairs on the screen on my patio, at the same time doing a kitty inventory as I do each day. When I noticed my missing kitty, Salty, was laying in the yard. I walked over to him and he did not get up to greet me, instead he was crying a loud meow, that I thought sounded different. When he tried to stand up, he fell over, he was breathing very hard and he had become dirty and skinny. I can't say what happened to him but he was in horrible condition, there wasn't a mark on him, no blood or obvious broken bones, but he was a mess.

I got on the phone and called Queenie, she rushed over to see if she could help, we got some water for him and food. Salty hesitated but finally began to eat and drink.

I can only wonder how he got back in the yard, when he could hardly stand up, I have a 6 foot privacy fence, but somehow out of sheer determination he scaled the fence and found his way home. Its been a couple of days now and he is not crying in pain, some of his injuries seem to be better, today he jumped up on the table for food. Most of the time he stays in the crate, even though I keep the door open. I can only hope that it was an accident of some type and not a person who injured my kitty. I wonder why anyone could hurt an animal, but I have so many animals because they have been abandoned or left to fend for themselves. I just don't understand why people find the lives of animals less important than their garbage.


Written by Captain Mary on Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Haven't written in awhile and I think the more time I spend at home the more things go wrong. I am getting back to my routine and looking for more work. I need to get back to my spinning class and my Karate class.
I take a look back at the passing year and have found so many good things, which always out weigh the bad ones.

  • I achieved my weight goal, but have gotten off track a bit.
  • I achieved State Champion in TaeKwonDo, and student of the month, and an award for the loudest Kihap.
  • I achieved my black belt.
  • My kids are healthy and happy.
  • My family is healthy and happy.
  • I have friends that are life long.
  • I manage a zoo of kritters.
  • I seem to make ends meet, even in times of trying economy.

There is so much more, but these are some of the important things that I can look back on and say I made it through another year. Like the good things I have a list of bad things, but I can't seem to recall them. Because, they have made me realise that looking at the positive and ignoring the negative gets me through each day with a smile on my face.


Written by Captain Mary on Monday, December 15, 2008

I have the opportunity to enjoy something that I had somehow lost in the years gone by. Christmas parties with friends. Last weekend was a fantastic gathering of friends and family, well friends that are like my family. I wish that the rest of my gang could all get together more often and have festive parties.

This party was my second at the Davis house and as always, the food was as festive looking as its flavor. Certainly I ate my share of that famous fudge, my fingers were covered in confections while placing them on platters and my resistance became weak. I savored every bite of chocolate and cookies and all the other goodies Shelah presented.

The most fun was just being with the gang, ever since I left my Karate school I miss my daily doze of these freaky friends of mine.

I am low on cash this year, but I wanted to give something to everyone, so I got out my crochet hook and yard and began making hats, scarfs, purses and also made some candles, I even made my own Christmas cards, out of recyled materials. I had so much fun and I enjoyed the appreciation of my small gifts. Everybody was wearing one of my creations and they looked adorable in them. I can never thank my friends enough for letting me be part of their fun.


Written by Captain Mary on Sunday, December 14, 2008

I have a special love for arts and crafts and want to extend that love to my grandchildren and friends when I can. I arranged a Workshop for the kids and collected all kinds of goodies and piled them on the table for them. The minute they walked in the door they began grabbing things and letting their minds go wild. The workshop started at 7pm and continued until I had exhaustion on my head at about 11pm that evening.

There was 7 children in the group and all their minds work in different ways. They created some fantastic ornaments and miniature Christmas trees made out of pine cones. They were most successful out of making a mess, but isn't that what makes it fun. It was nice that they exhausted some of my supplies that have sat in boxes and draws for far too long. Instead, they created things that will last for years and bring memories of the fun we had at Nana Claus Workshop.

The fun didn't end there, my 4 grandchildren spent the night so that their parents could get a little bit of a break. The next morning my son came over, because he had a school project that had to be completed. It turned out fantastic, Jason always comes by to do the kids projects, because I have so many supplies.

After doing some cleaning I realized that I had not made anything for myself. I proceeded to create a center piece for the table. I admit that I had as much fun as the kids did. I hope that this tradition lasts for years, it gives the kids a chance to get excited about the Christmas Season when they become part of it.


Written by Captain Mary on Thursday, December 11, 2008

Named by my granddaughter after the jellyfish in Finding Nemo, this kitty of mine was the most loving and wonderful of pets. I feel such loss for this beautiful creature, even though there is so many more kitty's left in my home, her face will always be in my mind. I remember her birth and her short life, that enriched my life and my love for animals. My dear Squishy you have brought love to my heart and every heart that you curled up with and purred.


Written by Captain Mary on Thursday, December 11, 2008

I had a wonderful time with family and friends, the time was too short. The food was excellent, here are a couple of pics for your enjoyment.


Written by Captain Mary on Tuesday, December 02, 2008

I love the holidays and the travel, I find peace in the drive and love to travel. I had a wonderful Thanksgiving, had a great time with family and friends. I spent some wonderful time with my niece and nephew, who I miss being close. My sister and her employee (Joe, her husband), prepared a meal fit for royalty and I couldn't get enough of it. I gained the standard 5 pounds and now it is time to get it off for the next holiday.
Anyway, that was all fantastic until I got home. I gave myself a day to get back to the routine and rest before the week of work began again. I left my zoo behind and my temporary zoo keepers did a fantastic job. Everyone was waiting by the door when I got home, all 12 cats lined up with my dog, Baby in the middle. I opened the door and they all came in, things were great for awhile and then they decided to let me know that they were pissed off at me. My cats began marking everything in the house, the floors, the walls, my luggage, my computer, the counter tops, the freezer, any place and every place. I found myself spraying and disinfecting everything in sight. Thus leading me to throw every cat outside. Well if that wasn't enough, I went to check on my marine fish and found the tank was leaking all over the floor, as I was repairing that problem I had some laundry going. With wet towels in hand I make my way back to the laundry room only to find it was flooded, now it was time to clean up that mess and find out what was wrong there. After some time I ascertained that the drain was clogged, now I had to clean up the floor that was soaked into my storage room. Finishing the laundry by draining it out the back door I find the sink in the kitchen had also backed up onto the floor and the shower had backed up. Well, now exhausted and frustrated I sit back and ponder, what the hell! I think today I will get back to work and not worry about the little things, I got my work-out for the week.


Written by Captain Mary on Monday, December 01, 2008

Thanksgiving has just passed and the question this month is "Did you eat too much?", just kidding! Really,
"Besides all the traditional food that is served on this wonderful Holiday, what did your feast have that was outstanding?"


Written by Captain Mary on Thursday, November 27, 2008

Sorry no posts during the holiday, I am out of town eating myself into a comma.


Written by Captain Mary on Saturday, November 22, 2008

Last night I was honored to be able to attend a show that was put on by a home school enrichment program. There were kids performing from ages 3 and up, they were playing piano, singing, public speaking, double dutch jump rope, cheer dance and so much more. I saw so many talented children and their instructors were all volunteers.
The amazing part of this show was that, the children only go to this program a mere once a week and this is just the first semester. How can this all be put together in a such a short time. I guess this is what happens when parents are involved in their children's lives. Congrats to all the home-schoolers, you children are brilliant and talented.


Written by Captain Mary on Thursday, November 20, 2008

I had a phone conversation and the subject was our morning routines. Well, recently my best bud decided I needed to change my routine and add spinning class to the morning ritual. I have been fighting her forever on this subject and I finally gave in. So I got my happy ass up at 5am to go and work-out, now I am sitting at home after a great soak in the tub and wondering what I am going to do now. The animals are fed, the dishes are done, and it is hardly after 8am. Now I guess I can clean the house a bit, the problem here is I don't have to be to work until 10am. I just don't know if this is going to work out for me, but one thing I know for certain is that I don't have to find the time this evening to go and work-out, because I am finished for the day.
I have to admit this is not a bad idea, even though I am not a morning person, perhaps I could be a couple of days a week.
Have a happy day and keep the blood pumping.


Written by Captain Mary on Thursday, November 20, 2008

This has to be my favorite holiday, less stress, and more fun. I don't always get to be with my kids but that is alright, they rotate between parents. This is a holiday for traveling. This year, the turkey and trimmings are at my sissy's house in Central Florida. I have to find some clothing to wear because going north it gets cold. I am sitting here with my shorts on, the last couple of days have been a bit chilly in the 60's. It's all I can do to stay warm at night. Thank goodness my kritters have the same thought, last night I had about a half dozen kitties and my two dogs keeping me warm. When I woke this morning, I looked up to see bodies everywhere.
My family rotates the Thanksgiving Holiday, which is a great idea, between the four of us. Next year is my turn and there is no way to out-do my sister Cheryl, but I don't feel bad. I just look forward to the next one. Last year was at my brothers home with lots and lots of food and lots and lots of people. It's always different and it's always fun. After my turn is June's, she has the right idea, no stress, no mess in the kitchen, no exhaustion, she caters the affair and enjoys the fun. We all get a chance to visit the Keys, do a little fishing and sun-bathing.
All our lives have changed so much, the kids have grown, some have their own kids and their own celebrations, some people have to work and some are retired. No matter how the miles separate us, we still enjoy the time and the smiles we have together. Each day is special in our lives and knowing I have family and friends that I can call anytime I need one of those smiles, is precious.
Happy Thanksgiving.


Written by Captain Mary on Friday, November 14, 2008

I have come to a conclusion in my life, that being an American citizen I am getting the dirty end of the stick. I have decided to renounce my citizenship and become an alien. I can start by no longer paying any taxes, off I go to the welfare office to pick up some cash. Next, I go to the food stamp office and the Medicaid office, for food and health insurance. Lets see, now I need a place to live, I can turn my own home into a section 8 and live here for free. I definitely have to quit my job, so that the welfare keeps coming. Now I can tell all my friends and family to do the same thing and we can live the American dream without being an American.

Let's see what we will be giving up. Well, I won't be able to vote, that's a crap shoot anyway, isn't it? Social security, that's not enough to fill up a tank of gas. Recently heard that congress is going to give us that too. Pretty much have all the benefits as good tax paying Americans without having to pay for schools, bail-outs and such. I can still get credit cards, but if I don't pay my bills where can they deport me to? Back to the government offices and they will help pay all my bills.

If I remain an American I will be giving up all these free benefit's and will have to work for a living, paying a large percentage of everything I make to the government and aliens.


Written by Captain Mary on Thursday, November 13, 2008

I recently wrote to the governor of Florida, which did respond, with my concerns and suggestions. I wrote about the taxed amount I pay for Schools, and how it continues to rise. First I mentioned that I do not use this service, nor does anyone in my household, I don't feel as if the American tax-payer should pay for things that they don't use. Our schools have become an extremely dangerous place for our children to attend, not to mention they are not learning what they need to know. Yesterday, another child was shot and killed, imagine you send your child off to school for the day to empower their minds, the phone rings and it is the police saying they need you to come to the school to identify your child's body!
The schools are so busy with the testing that determines how much funding the school will get and now who suffers, of course it's the children. There is four schools currently that are going to be closed if they don't bring up their scores. It is all on the students and teachers to save the school, if the scores are F's than perhaps the schools should close. The money that is collected from each taxpayer is not going to the schools, it is going to build stadiums and finance the war. Perhaps the people who are sitting at their desks milking the American public, with their six figure paychecks, should donate some of the money to the kids. After all, they work for the school board, shouldn't their first concern be the children. The only people with security and is the people at the top of the food chain, milking the American Public and children are being killed for lack of education.
Parents, you need to step up and remove your children from these institutions, they are not safe and the only thing they get to learn is how dangerous our world has become. Children should be protected and nurtured, for they are our future. How can we expect damaged children to live up to the expectations we put forth. We are loosing a precious commodity, it is our job as parents to do something. Write your governor, school board, anyone who can do something, we have to save the planet, and that includes our children.


Written by Captain Mary on Tuesday, November 11, 2008

...STAYS TOGETHER. We have our up and downs, but one thing we have in common is we kick ass. I must admit I have a great looking family. I am so proud, considering I really didn't do much as a parent, I simply got lucky when it came to my kids. I have two more grandchildren and my hope is that we will have a picture in the future that includes the whole gang.

I recently received my Black Belt and my school proudly announced to me that I managed to make November's Student of the month. To see the article please Click Student of the Month.


Written by Captain Mary on Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Yesterday I was preparing to go to work, I was so close. I was sitting in my truck, looking through my day timer at my schedule for the day, when a lady pulls up in my lawn. This cute little Latin women walks over to me, I roll the window down and just figured she was lost. With her thick Latin accent I could hardly understand what she was saying, she said; "I was driving around and God sent me to you". My brow wrinkled in confusion and I asked her what she was talking about, again still thinking she needed help finding an address I said; "Let me see".

Much to my surprise we walked over to her car and she pulled out a box, I imagine she saw the confusion on my face and she began to explain why she stopped at my house.

She told me that she was driving around her neighborhood and stopped, she then told me a story of how her dog, killed a small kitten and the family was devastated. She found a kitten roaming around the street, picked him up, looked into the heaven and asked, "God help me, find a home for this animal", and she ended up in my yard.

I opened the box and looked inside, there looking up at me was a beautiful little kitten, I picked him up and he was shaking with fear. As I cuddled him he began to purr and my heart sank. Not that I could really use another animal. I told the lady that I already have eleven cats, she looked at me and said, "But god sent me here". That's when I looked up to the heavens and said, "Are you kidding me, when is enough a enough". I try so hard to not believe in things that I don't see or that can't be proven, but things like this make me wonder. Well, I can't pretend to fight fate, because everything happens for a reason. So now I have a new kitten, his name is Heathen. He is a beautiful little man, with a great disposition, now he has a home, even though it's a bit crowded he has found a place.


Written by Captain Mary on Wednesday, November 05, 2008

I never thought I would live to see the day, that prejudice was put aside. The American people for the first time in history voted on the party, we were so afraid of having another Republican in office that color and race did not have an effect on the decisions of the American people.
I also noticed that the voters did not allow any more taxation, I feel sorry for the community colleges, but we are sick of paying for schools, we don't need more taxes, and the people spoke up. Money's collected for schools are going over-seas to pay for the war anyway.
Historical or not, the new presidency has to take on the worst mess I have ever seen. He has to deal with the last administration and state of the economy. With any luck we can end our involvement in the war and keep our noses out of other peoples business. What kind of example our we anyway, we can't manage our own budget and we have the arrogance to tell other countries how to manage theirs. How can anyone learn from a country that has made a mess of everything. People are loosing jobs, income, security, their homes, and the American dream.
I have a glimmer of hope that what the country wanted was change, and that this is the administration that can make this change. This eloquent speaking president is a breathe of fresh air, who speaks to the American public as if we really matter. I am so proud of the American people, this has been the largest voting public in history, and America finally got off their ass to make a change.


Written by Captain Mary on Tuesday, November 04, 2008

So clear in my brain the embarrassment of the Florida Elections commission. I remember as if it were yesterday, how we held up the presidential race, because we can't count. It was not only an embarrassment to the State, but the Nation. But, wait it traveled even further.
I was traveling in a 3rd world country and made the mistake of wearing a sweat shirt, that said: Miami on it. All I know was, that it was cold and I just threw the thing on to stay warm. Not really paying attention to what was written on the front of this big green sweatshirt. I found myself in a village market, people were pointing and staring at me. I didn't think much about it, at first, but then people began to laugh. Surprised by this I went over to see what was so funny, so I too could enjoy the laughter.
A child no more than eight years old, in a third world country, points to my shirt and says, "Corrupt Elections", I was shocked to hear these words come from such a place. I imagine the education in other countries is far better than ours. I couldn't possibly get upset, I began to enjoy the laughter, even though the joke was on me. Perhaps, this country is just a joke to the rest of the world.


Written by Captain Mary on Monday, November 03, 2008

I have pondered this question in my mind, getting ready for the election. As I spoke to friends and family, to get their input. Listening to the debates, reading as much as I could about the candidates platforms. Still, in my mind I can help but think, what I really need to do is vote for the Vice-President.
I know what kind of hate must be igniting around our candidates, and then again, how about old age itself. There has already been attempts on the life of one of our candidates and the other is just old as dirt.
So, I have concluded that, since the survival of the Presidency is in question, then I should select the candidate who has the best Vice-President. Am I being absurd or did someone already think about this?
Whatever you decide, tomorrow is the last day to have your voice heard. Please get out there and vote, mine is already being counted as we speak.


Written by Captain Mary on Sunday, November 02, 2008

Me as a Flapper

Kitty as a Classic lady of the Evening

It's been years and years since I went to a Halloween Party, but this year I did it! Not like my best friend, Shelah, was going to let me sit home anyway. She told me if I didn't get a costume she would. It started hours before the event with costume and make-up and keeping the dog from snagging my stockings. Best thing about dressing up, my daughter, Monica, keeps a hardy supply of costumes on hand.

Jesse and Carlo

Dave, Shelah and Father Jeff

It was a grand affair, with lots of people in great costumes, and my friends were awesome. The party was full of pirates, cowboys, immigrants, ghouls and goblins, gangsters and hoodlums, the costumes were great and the music was too. We danced the night away, all the way into daylight saving time.

Jesse and Luke's Grill

Sweet Charlotte

As the liquor flowed our brains turned to mush, but the fun continued. Even though some people had masks on, you could tell they were smiling. Halloween is a fun holiday where we get an opportunity to be something different, play roles and enjoy the gathering of great people.

Father Jeff

Can you find the Puppy?

A festival of fun and fantasy.



Written by Captain Mary on Saturday, November 01, 2008

My daughter came by with the kids to go Trick or Treating, but when she arrived my once fun neighborhood was dark. The indication as you well know is a light on at the front door. My neighborhood was very quiet, so we headed out in the car to find a better place. As we drove down the side streets full of darkness we happened upon a great neighborhood not far away.

My daughter had become very discouraged for this is her very favorite holiday, but then things began to light up and the Spooks came out, the boys, Max and Sam, were going from house to house, filling their bags full of goodies. Some of the houses were decorated in perfect Halloween fashion.

The evening became a festival of fun for the kids and I am so glad I got to enjoy their faces when the Spooks came out.


Written by Captain Mary on Saturday, November 01, 2008

This is a fun one!

  • Have you ever farted in public?
  • How did you cover it up?

Read the responses and leave one of your own.


Written by Captain Mary on Friday, October 31, 2008

I got this in an email and thought that it was worth posting due to the Upcoming Election.

COWS Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that during the mad cow epidemic our government could track a single cow, born in Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall where she slept in the state of Washington? And, they tracked her calves to their stalls. But they are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering around our country. Maybe we should give each of them a cow.

THE CONSTITUTION They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for Iraq .... why don't we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it has worked for over 200 years, and we're not using it anymore.

THE 10 COMMANDMENTS The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments posted in a courthouse is this -- you cannot post 'Thou Shalt Not Steal' 'Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery' and 'Thou Shall Not Lie' in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians ... it creates a hostile work environment.

It is time for America to speak up!


Written by Captain Mary on Friday, October 31, 2008

We all know how much our pets mean to us and when we loose one it is a great loss, like the loss of a family member. My beloved ferret Romeo, has passed on and leaves his great friend Oreo behind. The last hours of his life he was free to go and play, his best friend Oreo was with him to the end. The last few minutes of his wonderful little life was spent in my arms, wishing him a peaceful sleep.

A private service was held, he was put to rest in a wonderful place in the garden, where he romped and played when times were good. He was given to me by someone who no longer wanted him, I adopted him, gave him a buddy and he was loved by many people. Romeo as the name implies, a lovable ferret who would always offer a kiss to anyone who would pick him up to play with him. He played with the kittens and chased them endlessly until they ran and hid.

He will be sorely missed, but his life was full and fun.


Written by Captain Mary on Thursday, October 30, 2008

The election is just around the corner, I completed my absentee ballot, because I needed the time to read carefully the tricky wording of the proposed amendments and such. It is amazing to see what they want from the citizens of this state. How they want to tax us if we use alternate energy, how they want us to pay for community colleges, when they already collect plenty of tuition.
I noticed so many things, how they want people who are making $6,000 to make over $91,000, I would call that a bit of a stretch. I thought that there should be more things to vote on, insurance, taxes, taxes and more taxes. It doesn't really look like we get much of a choice when it comes to the things that really effect us.
I know one thing that really bugs me is how much I am paying on my home taxes for schools, I haven't had a kid in school for years. I think that only the people who use the school system should pay for the schools. I don't generally pay for things that I don't need or want. Why do I have to pay for schools? I would rather pay for police and fire services, something that we all want to have. They cut the things that we all need to increase the things that only a few need! Does this sound American to you? We don't have health care or any of the things that really matter. The economy is shot, we constantly bail out the rich, they make mistakes and who pays for it.
I think I have rambled enough, my point is, we must vote in order to make those real changes. We have to make our voice loud and make them heard. Your vote represents the little guy, but only if the little guy gets out there and does his/her job.



Written by Captain Mary on Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Well two years of hard work has ended up with me receiving my First Degree Black Belt. The ceremony was wonderful, my nerves were shot. The hardest part of the ceremony was when I had to get up and make my speech. I kept breaking down in tears, and then trying to fumble through the rest of my speech without my glasses on, it was hysterical. Then I had to get back up to receive my certificates for State Champion, in sparring and forms.

The ceremony consisted of first lighting a candle, then presenting the Master with a gold coin in our appreciation, next was the tying of our new Black Belt for the first time. As I begun this part of the ceremony my sister June walked in the door and along with my daughter, Monica, the kids, Shy, Sam, and Max and best friend Shelah held the end of the belt to complete this part of the ceremony. I was so shocked to see my sister and so happy when I saw her smiling face, I fell once again into tears.

I was so honored to have so many people be part of this great accomplishment. My entire IMA family, my sissy, June, my sister-in-law, Margo, and Monica and the kids, and as always the wonderful Davis family. I can't thank my instructors enough for their efforts, they worked as hard as I did to get me to this point. As the Master says, we are now truly a student of TaeKwonDo, and only now is when the adventure begins.

To see more photos click Black Belt Ceremony Pics


Written by Captain Mary on Monday, October 27, 2008

I was in the zone while testing, which means my focus was to do the best I could and not let anything or anyone distract me. My friend Scott took some pictures because everyone who had a camera was also testing. After looking at the photos I was convinced that I did well, not to mention I didn't get the phone call that said I failed. My instructor did tell me that some of my timing on my hand movements were off. I will work on that for next time, the graduation ceremony is tomorrow evening and I have my speech ready to go. I will probably fumble through it, because this is something I am so nervous about, but I am also proud of my achievement. I will be there to cheer on my friends who have worked so hard to get their promotion too. I can't wait, tomorrow seems so far away.

This weekend I was also lucky to give a kitten away to a new home, a cute little boy, #5, I can't wait to find out what his new name is, thank you Emily for giving a good home to my little boy.

The kids had great fun at the first Halloween party of the season, hosted by Monica and Jeff. They wrapped each other in toilet paper to make mummy's, it was funny to watch and Monica had some of the greatest decorations, jars of eye balls, ghosts in a cup, a jar of lost soles, and everything she had was edible. Tis the season to get ready to spook and party, just the beginning of Halloween celebrations, all the witches will be out!


Written by Captain Mary on Sunday, October 26, 2008

I had a group of women over the house yesterday for a Potluck BBQ, Shelah and I were the hosts of this fun event. It was a great opportunity to sit and relax with some beautiful, intelligent and fun women. It was a chance for most of us to get away for a couple of hours from the nagging kids or husbands. The air was full of laughter and some tears of joy. We enjoyed each others company, even though some of us had met for the first time.
Now the food was incredible, there were burgers and dogs, homemade dip, potato salad, beans, and much more, the deserts were sinful and I know that I will have to work out the calories that I consumed.
My spinning instructor, Ann, was there, and she is spinning this weekend for breast cancer. I will be getting ready soon to help support the cause. Our women's groups have to support each other and our causes, not to mention I do have breasts. Today, is a day to relax and perhaps pop over to my daughters house this weekend to watch the kids have fun at a Halloween Party. My friends will be there and it's a chance for me to meet more people. Have a great Sunday and enjoy the coming cool weather.


Written by Captain Mary on Saturday, October 25, 2008

Two years of training and practice, the day to test for my Black Belt Rank was here and now gone. Last night I performed my 4 forms and broke my two boards, displaying my sparring skills and now wondering if I passed.
After all the testing and the nerves calmed down I could take a sigh of relief for it was over and I felt good about my performance. If we fail to qualify for our new rank, we will get a phone call over the week-end, I think I will keep my phone turned off. I did get a sign that may indicate I passed, before I left the school the Master came over to me with his arms out and said "How about a Master Hug" Master Isaacs also told the testing group that it was the best performances he had seen from his students. We worked very hard and it showed. There were tears of joy and shaking hands, but the group looked like a synchronise performance of professionals.


Written by Captain Mary on Friday, October 24, 2008

Recently my daughter was in a traffic accident and if that's wasn't enough, things are just beginning to get bad. Her insurance representative called to let her know that my name is on her insurance policy as the holder, well I thought it was that way so that we would get a multiple car discount. Apparently, that isn't all it means, the insurance rep says the other party has retained an attorney and the possibility of suing me is real. They are going to offer a settlement to the injured party, but they may want more, that could mean they want my personal property or perhaps a lien on my house.
I do feel bad for their injuries, yet I was in no way involved in the accident and I would like to think that this great government of ours can see that. Now, I find myself very angry and worried, there has to be a way to cover myself from this kind of liability. I thought the reason we purchase insurance is to protect ourselves from malicious prosecution. I hope that I can keep all the things I worked so hard to keep, I would hate to think that I would be out on the streets for an accident that I didn't have any involvement in. The state of Florida is suppose to be a no-fault state and that is why we carry person injury protection, I hope that this is just as it says.
Tonight is a big night for me, I will be testing for my Black Belt in Taekwondo. I know everything that I am suppose to know, but when the time comes to perform, I hope that I don't have a senior moment or a brain fart. Wish me luck!!!


Written by Captain Mary on Monday, October 20, 2008

Its late Sunday evening, and as usual I can't sleep so I sit and write. Friday was busy even though it was a day off work. Went down to the Schnebly winery to pick up the new Avocado Wine, and what a yummy wine it is. It's not like you would expect, it has a light crisp flavor and really not a taste you would expect. It was wonderful and we put the bottle down in a few minutes at Queenie's house. Did a pick up at the Organic Food Co-op, eating right is a lot of work. I did the regular stuff at the house, when you have 22 animals to care for it does take time out of the day.
Friday afternoon arrived and Monica brought the crew over so we could compress her belonging and the yard sale stuff in one room. It took a little time, but we got it knocked out before you could yell for help. After the crew left I did my job of dog walking and then headed over to Shelah and Jeff's for an evening of relaxation and inebriation.
Saturday, I slept in and then began preparing the next room in my house for renovation. This took a lot of work, I had to scrape off the glow in the dark paint off the walls, fill in all the cracks, take down the shutters, remove the closet doors, tape all the edges for painting. But first I have to prime all the walls, to remove the Spider man theme. Silver buildings and spider webs among some of the decor. I ended the evening early and just enjoyed a couple of hours before my evening out to one of my women's groups. It was Italian Black & White cocktail party. What great food, the company was fantastic and we had a fantastic discussion on topics to amuse our groups. After that event I hit the bed and slept for awhile.
Sunday morning I promised my son, Jason I would clean his house for him before he got home from his cruise. There is nothing better than coming home to a clean house after being gone for the weekend, one less thing to worry about. I got home and began my yard work, mowed the lawn, got most of the edging done, until the weed-eater fell apart. It should be a quick fix at the Home Depot some time this week, for I have to get ready for a party next Saturday. After the yard work was finished I planted some seeds to start my garden, some green beans and peppers. Having a restless evening I cleaned out all of my junk draws, looking for more items to add to the yard sale. Well here I am now sitting at the computer nearly 2 am and I am going to sign off. A busy weekend with lots accomplished.


Written by Captain Mary on Monday, October 13, 2008

It's the time of the year when all the spooks come out. The place to come is my house for your crafting needs. I have been collecting goodies for years and I have just about everything you can think of to make all kinds of crafts.

My son brought over his kids to create a Halloween project for school, we needed buttons, cardboard, fabric, hay, glue, and some miscellaneous items. It was a family project and what we created came out wonderful. Jasmine worked hard coloring and picking out just the right colors to go with her Scarecrow project, buy the time she had finished; with our help, it was just picture perfect.

I think Jason had more fun than the kids, for this was the first time he got to use a glue gun, and I don't even know how a home can run without one. I fix loose wall anchors, repair small items, fix my sparring gear, repair torn screens and a ton more of items with my glue guns.


Written by Captain Mary on Sunday, October 12, 2008

Working around the house to get my place back in shape and finally finished painting the first room on my project list I lay down for a nap. Before I laid down I adjusted the picture frame with my mom's picture in it, I said to her, "whats up mom", its always a sign when the frame comes apart. Just as I was getting to sleep the phone rang and it was my daughter with a very distressed voice. It was the voice that you know as a parent, "something is wrong. It reminded me of a call I got from my son in the middle of the night when he was hospitalized because of a burst appendix, no details, just could tell something was terribly wrong.

Monica burst into tears and said "My truck is totaled", I still quiver when I hear those words, I asked where she was and without hesitation I jumped in my vehicle and flew down the street to the scene of the accident. As I approached I saw the intersection filled with police and ambulances and saw my daughters truck completely destroyed. The only thing that came to my mind was I have to find her and hold her in my arms. I parked my vehicle near the scene and jumped out, there was my daughter with her back to me, I ran and just hugged her as hard" as I could. When I let go of my embrace I looked up into her face and saw blood running down her cheek, I was so relieved that she was standing and unharmed. So many things go through your head when you see how mangled a vehicle can get and wonder how people can walk away. I am not an advocate of seat belts, but my grandchildren and passengers are required to use them, perhaps I am not as protected as I thought driving a big truck! Monica was indeed wearing her seat belt and without a doubt it saved her from being hurt very badly, her purse, sunglasses and other items went flying. Her sunglasses were broken in the middle of the intersection along with her purse, if she was not seat belted in she would probably be right next to those items. So many thoughts go through my head, what if this and what if that. Now I think about her truck which could have been her coffin, became her savior. I remember giving her the truck, replacing a small Honda, thinking that I don't want my grandchildren or my daughter in this small car. I wish I could get my son to reconsider his choice of cars, because they are just too small to feel safe. Even with the price of gas so high, I would never consider changing what I drive in exchange for a few dollars. The price of life is worth much more than economy on the road. Perhaps one day they can be both, safe, large and economical, until then I will pay the price.


Written by Captain Mary on Thursday, October 09, 2008

I am beginning my re-decorating projects around the house. With the gang moving on, I have rooms in the house to put together and paint and personalize. I have some great ideas and the first thing I have to do is get back to a bare canvas. As an artist, I must look at this bare canvas and watch it grow into a work of art. But, I have to get rid of the last art work. The room that I am re-decorating was my granddaughter, Shy-Anne, it had a Sponge-Bob theme, you know with the jelly fish and the glow at night bubbles, it looked like the scene underwater.

The kids were over the house and doing their school work, I went to the local hardware store to get paint and much to my surprise I had a crew ready to work when I returned. We cleared the room of all the furniture and began the task of painting. My crew consists of a 5, 8, and 12 year old. I couldn't have asked for a better crew, they take no breaks and go and go. Three coats of primer later, the blank canvas was almost ready. I took some pictures of the crew, they are for hire if your interested.


Written by Captain Mary on Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Well, so many things in my life has changed in the last couple of weeks. I started by trimming the budget, got involved in some women groups. Got back to my spinning class and karate, and to get myself feeling good, I got back to eating no more junk foods. I just got back from shopping and if you want to be healthy it costs big time, but I'm worth it!
I am also adjusting to evenings in a nearly quiet house, with the gang off to their new home, it is pretty quiet. I still have the yelling of the parrots and the meows of the cats, barks from the dogs and such, but total silence would be grounds for insanity.
I still get to see my kids and the grand kids on a regular basis, but now it seems that the time we have together I spend appreciating them. I have focused myself back on the yard and I am planning to do a nice veggie garden this year. I have a knack of mixing my vegetables with my ornamental landscape so it doesn't look like a garden. Now, that I am again in charge of the yard work, I have been looking around and the list of maintenance is getting pretty long. Had an early day today and I am going to sit down and enjoy a movie and an apple, until the exercise portion of the evening begins. Starting at 5:30pm to 8:30pm, that should indeed get me in shape for my Black Belt testing which is less than three weeks away. Wish me luck!


Written by Captain Mary on Tuesday, October 07, 2008

That's it! I am calling out the Calvary, Blogger, friends, foe, I need your help finding a remedy for this Insomnia. I have tried a hot toddy, exercise, sleeping pills(work, but can't wake up), supplements and I have run out of options. I looking for something new to help me get past the sleepless nights. I know if I had more sleep I could rejuvenate my soul.
I have heard that as you get older you need less sleep, are you kidding, I know even old people need more than two hours at a time. Its a crazy cycle, sleep, 2 hours, wake, pee, sleep, 2 hours, wake, pee, how do I break the cycle? Maybe if I just stayed up, I would pass out from exhaustion. Could it be that the house is so quiet now, have I got used to the comfort of turmoil? The timing seems right. Maybe I just don't have enough to do, ha, that's a joke.
Please send your suggestions, your Granny's remedies or any suggestion, no matter how ridiculous or absurd it sounds, I will try anything.


Written by Captain Mary on Sunday, October 05, 2008

I had a couple of my friends over last week and among the goodies they brought with them one of my friends gave us a small pumpkin each. She told us, "I will tell you the story of this pumpkin later in the evening". We enjoyed each others company and drank a glass of wine, celebrating our friendship. The evening nearing its end, we demanded the story of the little pumpkin and what it's symbolic meaning was.

Here is the story to the best of my knowledge: There was a time long ago in a far away kingdom, a little lady was alone raising her children. The lady was very poor and her children were very hungry, so she set out to find food for her family. She began searching while riding her cart along the lonely roads.

At the other end of the Kingdom was a large festival of royal proportions. The king of the festival had this yearly event and all the Nobel's were invited, the king would always give as gifts to the guests a bag of trinkets. Some trinkets of gold, silver, jewels and coins. This year the king wanted to do something different, so instead of presenting the guests with a bag of trinkets he presented them with pumpkins. As the guests departed the festival with their pumpkins, they were not impressed by the kings gesture and threw the wonderful pumpkins outside of the kingdom gates. Each guest casting their gift as they left the gates.

The little lady still searching for food for her family approaches the gates to the kingdom and finds many pumpkins. She was so excited that she would be able to feed her family for many months, for as we all know pumpkins stay fresh for a very long time. She arrived home after loading all the pumpkins on her cart. The little lady began to prepare the pumpkin for her family when upon opening the pumpkin she found untold wealth, the king had placed the usual trinkets inside of the pumpkins, there were jewels, gold, silver, and many more beautiful items. So when someone gives you a pumpkin, they are giving you the gift of "Untold Wealth and Riches", because they care about you.


Written by Captain Mary on Thursday, October 02, 2008

After having my pay T.V. service suspended I have been going through some of my long lost video's and found one that I hadn't seen in awhile. Men of Honor, a great movie based on a true story. I have a special interest in true stories and history, this particular one is about Navy deep sea divers in the 1950's.

It's about a man who wanted to become a deep sea diver in the face of adversity. He came from a share cropper background, joined the military during a time that prejudice was high. Opportunity for black men was very limited, but he never gave up trying to reach his goals. This story is a great one for anyone who thinks about giving up, this man didn't give up no matter what the odds. He over came obstacles and hurdles that only determination could conquer.

As a diver and captain I appreciate the call of the sea. For every time I take my boat out and I reach the last channel marker leading toward the sea; it's like a veil is lifted from my soul. I look out toward the deep blue water and all my worries and sadness disappear. I find myself smiling uncontrollably and I don't understand it, all I know is that this is the place I am most happy. My next vision could be of dolphins jumping and playing, stingrays flipping into the air, or even whales exhaling. The sense of something incredible and maybe even dangerous, exhilarating my existence.


Written by Captain Mary on Wednesday, October 01, 2008

How is my little Gumba doing? The kitten that was adopted is living the life, he has two dogs that take good care of him. Duchess and Lucy are now his care takers. My sister June tends to treat her critters like family, which is a great thing for the critter. June is experiencing one of those things that only cat lovers know. For cats are the greatest of lovers, the best part is that they never sniff your crotch and don't drool on you. I am both a dog and cat lover and pretty much any animal that makes it to my door.

I am so happy to share these great pictures with you, of Gumba and his new family. I still have two remaining kittens, now 9 weeks old, they are both black cats a great Halloween gift.


Written by Captain Mary on Wednesday, October 01, 2008

This months question is "What bill do you hate to pay the most, and do you wish it didn't exist?"
Read responses and add your own here.


Written by Captain Mary on Monday, September 29, 2008

I took an extra day off work today and I began by sleeping late, then I went outside to see if I had a small window to mow the lawn, before the rain came. I began and within minutes the rain came down, instead of parking the mower I decided to continue. I was soaked, but cool, I continued until I heard thunder. The yard came out wonderful. I need to get back into the routine of yard work, my yard needs constant maintenance, "its a jungle out here".

I went out to the front yard to see if the water was standing and looked up toward the sky, "wow" is all I can say. The birds were flying away as fast as they could and the monster thunder head was just in front of me. I noticed that it looked to me as if it was touching the ground, but an indication that it wasn't, was the roar of sirens. It looked like there was fire somewhere in the distance and the clouds joined to look ominous.

I had a productive day, yard work to me is therapy and not to mention a little bit of exercise.

A special note: The kitty that I called #6 was adopted yesterday and now has a name. It took my sister a little bit of time, because she wanted the kitty to have a name with meaning. His name is Gumba, which in Sicilian means "friends for life". I think it is the first cat my sister has had, not sure. Anyway, Gumba is my sissy's best friend already, he follows her everywhere and tells her in his cute little voice what he wants. Gumba has made a friend with her lab, Lucy. Lucy has taken Gumba in like her own child. I need pictures of this, maybe I can get sissy to send some.


Written by Captain Mary on Sunday, September 28, 2008

That doesn't mean I spent the day wining. We have a local winery in the Redlands that has been officially opened for three years now and my partner in crime and I decided it would be great place for our Woman's group to attend and have some fun together.
We arrived to find the ladies waiting for us, but the beauty of the gardens made their brief wait wonderful. The day perfect and it was great for our tour of the property at the Schnebly Winery, the gardens were beautiful and surrounded by several waterfalls that could be viewed from many angles.
A casual walk through the gardens lead us to the actual areas where the wine was produced, fermented, bottled and labeled, did I mention it is all done "By Hand". The cold room with the giant stainless steel containers was like being in a very large refrigerator, I know exactly what is like to be in the vegetable draw of my frig. Couldn't wait to make my exit to the gardens again and of course the wine tasting part of the tour.

These are not traditional wines, yet available at the local grocery store, they are made from the fruits of the area and all the by products of the fruits are sent back out to fertilize the crops in the area. Thinking Green! The many wines produced were excellent, I found a new favorite and by the time we left I had a bit of a buzz. Our group decided not to part company until taking in a great local restaurant for some authentic Mexican food. A great meal and great conversation, we laughed and had a time only the ladies could truly appreciate.