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.