Thursday, November 30, 2006

Oh Dear




Well...the pantry is stocked, we have firewood just in case, and plenty of toilet paper. Guess we're ready.

Blogging the Hunt

Old Sarge has shot hisself a buck this morning, but the bastard was inconsiderate enough to make it into the neighbor's field- and they're not home right now. The game warden told him to go ahead and get it, but Old Sarge and Oldest Son are waiting a bit just in case.
Oldest Son had to track the blood trail as Old Sarge is a little color blind- he can't see reds very well. Well yeah, that WOULD be a problem!

Alas, the critter crossed over onto someone's property that is gated, locked and has NO Trespassing signs all over. Hunting etiquette being what it is, the guys can't track it any farther, as the property owner lives in Chicago and will not be out until the weekend. Damn shame. This is one aspect of hunting that reallly bothers me- leaving a wounded animal out there. It doesn't bother me that an animal is killed as long as it doesn't go to waste, but this? It doesn't sit well, and I know it will be bothering Old Sarge also.

Of Holes And Holidays

There are some people who should not be allowed unsupervised vacation time. Old Sarge is one of them.

Before I start my rant, let me just refresh your memories on Jackass Acres. When we bought our house from my aunt five years ago, it was pretty crappy. Paneling everywhere, and I mean the kitchen, the bathroom, EVERYWHERE! Behind the paneling is old lathe and plaster walls. Old Sarge is not a drywall expert, so we started modestly by tearing out the pantry, just about the time the boys left for Basic. This was October 2002. Well, there IS drywall up, but Old Sarge has never finished trimming around the basement door or the two doorways on either end of the pantry. In four years, he has “not gotten around to it.”

Now, as you walk in the front door, there is the front room (useless space) and the living room to the right, divided by the landing to the upstairs staircase. At one time, the stairs were straight, but now there is an L shaped landing with the last three stairs coming into the front room. The inside fake wall of the landing had a huge hole in the paneling and I thought it might make things a little lighter and more open to just take the wall out and open the entire staircase. (Just so you know, the hole was caused by a runaway box spring, NOT yours truly getting pished and stumbling down the stairs as SOMEONE suggested.)

Old Sarge has been on vacation this week, and wanted to surprise me by taking down the wall. Oh I was surprised alright. Since he did it AFTER I had the house immaculately dusted and vacuumed, all my Christmas knickknacks out, (more dusting) and the house decorated for the holidays. I came home to find everything covered in sawdust, and a gaping hole in the living room wall. No trim, no railing, nothing, nada, zip. And just in time for holiday entertaining. Oh, and the Christmas that was upright when I left for work? In three different sections on the living room floor because 7 of the nine light strands don’t work.


Well, I guess I could buy more garland to cover the raw wood edges of the hole. As for the tree, if it is not up by the time I get home tonight, it may be on the curb and a new one replacing it. Merry Flippin’ Christmas!!!!

I'm a Rock?

I borrowed this from Tammi:

Your Birthdate: October 6

You tend to be a the rock in relationships - people depend on you.
Thoughtful and caring, you often put others needs first.
You aren't content to help those you know... you want to give to the world.
An idealist, you strive for positive change and dream about how much better things could be.

Your strength: Your intuition

Your weakness: You put yourself last

Your power color: Rose

Your power symbol: Cloud

Your power month: June

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

A Prayer to the Venison Gods

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Please please please please please!!

Yes, it is shotgun season again starting tomorrow. My whole weekend will depend on the success of my menfolk reducing the deer population. You know, little things like will I go to my company Christmas party alone again for the third fucking year in a row???

Let there be bountiful big bucks for the boys who go bang!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Question for the Guys

Old Sarge is a streetwalker. Well, in the sense that since he reads meters once a month for the water department, he walks all over town. And complains about how bad his feet hurt.

Would this be too...metrosexual...for a man who spent most of his adult life in the military?

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This massager features counter-rotational massaging action to rejuvenate tired muscles. It also has thumb-like pressure and soothing infrared heat.

I'm thinking he might like it. Along with an oversized driver.

They Have Names

I have never put anything on my sidebar, mostly because I don't know how! But with T1G's expertise, I now have a picture. With a link. For a wonderful website that everyone should read.

As a military mom, I am reminded everyday that our soldiers have faces, and stories, and families. There are days I cry for Sue Tyrrell, knowing that as her son Scott lay burned, blinded, armless and on a ventilator, she had to make a choice no mother should ever have to make. I can never forget her face, at Scott's memorial, when she was presented with her Gold Star banner. Trying to be strong, yet there was a quick look of horror, and she was hesistant to touch the banner. My stars, thank God, are all still blue, but so many are not. And I am thankful everyday for those who sacrifice so much.

There you go, CJ. My pleasure and honor!

Monday, November 27, 2006

Creepy Santa

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Well, it's better than last year when she was not quite a year old and screamed bloody murder. But Santa kinda creeps me out in this picture for some reason.

OH, and she is NEVER getting whipped cream on her pie again! Might as well have plugged her into a light socket.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

A Dangerous Day

There is a terrible dilemma brewing in Rage World at the moment. You see, I find myself facing an unexpected four day weekend, and for the briefest of moments considered shampooing the carpets on Friday.

The problem?

I know in my heart of hearts that once I start cleaning the rugs, other bad, nasty thoughts will start creeping into my head. Like…the carpet really needs to be replaced. And it won’t stop there. I will start seeing windows that need replacing, paneling that must come down, only to find god awful lathe and plaster walls behind it, the front room and kitchen will almost certainly need to be repainted and who knows? It may even occur to me that our couch is shot to hell and we need a new one! See what will happen? This way lies madness!!

Pray for me, folks, for this is a hazardous path I am putting myself on.

Monday, November 20, 2006


I found this over at Richmond's and was a little surprised by my results:

You Are Mud Pie

You're the perfect combo of flavor and depth
Those who like you give into their impulses

This IS something edible, right?

Holiday Blues

I (we) have made a decision regarding Thanksgiving. Up until the last few years, we have had Thanksgiving dinner at my mom & dad's house. Now one or the other of my youngest sisters has it, and to be honest, I am not as close with the twins as I am my other sisters or my brother. Add to that, I am not very fond of one of my nephews. The last time he was over at my house (at Halloween) he hollered VERY loudly OUTSIDE "Aunt Raging, do you still do drugs?"

Where in the hell did THAT come from? Suffice it to say, the last time I partook, his MOTHER wasn't old enough to remember, much less him. Makes you wonder what gets said behind your back. My sister tried to pass it off that he equates smoking with drug use. Nice what they teach these kids.

So...I just don't want to go. I want to go to the VF*n*W in the morning and drink Tom and Jerry's
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24 eggs
1/2 jigger rum
2 lb powdered sugar
1/2 jigger brandy
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 oz vanilla
To make the batter: beat egg whites stiff with electric beator. Add sugar gradually. Add cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. Add in half of the eggs yolks, and blend until smooth.
In a large mug fill with 1/2 batter, 2 shots of [60% rum and 40% brandy]. Balance with boiling hot water.

...anyway, drink a few Tom & Jerry's until I am warm and glowing, go home and eat my own damn turkey dinner so that I have my own damn turkey leftovers, and then blissfully nap the afternoon away.

I think I have aged enough that I may add "cantankerous" to my resume`.

And How In The Hell...

...did it get to be Thanksgiving already? This happens to me every year- by the time I am ready and able to really enjoy the holiday season, it is already January. SHIT!

I have been working 60+ hours a week, my house is pure filth, the boat is still sitting in the back yard instead of safely stored for winter, and don't even get me started on how bad said yard looks at the moment. And in the midst if all this I should be getting ready for Christmas?? Gads!

(deep breath)

Well, at least there is only one more weekend of deer season. Old Sarge finally got a small buck last night.

Which means butchering this week.

Oh forget I said anything.

What Are The Odds....

...that every bra I own will break a wire in exactly the same spot on the same weekend??!!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Caution- Evil Genius at Work

Remember last month when the family met up in Georgia for Son #2's wedding? And how I was upset because the ex and her nasty mother were rude, not only to me, but pretty much ignored Young SGT and my Princess? See, they can be as rude to me as they want, but if you mess with my kids, well, my memory is long and my wrath is terrible.

Now, the vile bitch that is the ex-wife raises our oldest grandson, has since he was just a few months old. There is a WHOLE 'nother post I could do, but just suffice it to say, she and her new husband wanted a child and got one, even if it meant taking him away from her own daughter. Personally, I wouldn't let the woman raise hogs. Needless to say, we don't have a relationship to speak of with this boy, he pretty much ignores us when we see him. There may be a sweet unspoiled child in there somewhere, but I have never seen him.

But, since I do try to be a good grandma and be fair to all the kids, I went shopping for the oldest one since his birthday was Saturday.

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Oh yes. I did. And two 6000 count boxes of BB's to go with it.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

I pick....Air Force!

Valour IT is having its annual fundraiser for laptops for our injured troops. Old Sarge and I have donated several times, and will be again.

Make a donation, join a team, every little bit helps with this great cause!

UPDATE: 11/3

This post will stay on top until the fundraiser ends. Remember, it doesn't matter which team you donate to, as long as you donate! We have family and friends that have served in every branch of the service, so it's all good!

Saturday, November 11, 2006


I do not have the words to express my thanks and gratitude to America's armed forces, so this morning I will let the Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars do it for me. From the VFW website:

By VFW Commander-in-Chief Gary Kurpius
America’s armed forces are at war in two theaters: Afghanistan and Iraq. This fall marks the fifth anniversary of the Afghanistan War; operations in Iraq have been under way for well over three years. Already, 1.3 million GIs can call themselves veterans of these conflicts.

So what does the nation owe this newest generation of warriors? What comes to mind immediately are respect and recognition. They are placing their lives on the line for a society largely unable to identify with their sacrifices. With those in uniform constituting the mere fraction of 1 percent of the population, it is the least the public can do.

This lack of a shared sense of sacrifice is a subject that occasionally comes up in newspaper print, but not often enough. Consequently, it is imperative to note some of the related commentaries.

“This is one of the most challenging and uncomfortable subjects in American society—the lack of shared responsibility, across all social and economic classes, in the nation’s defense,” Dan Rodricks wrote in the Baltimore Sun. “We support the troops, but most of us have no interest in seeing our own families engaged directly.

“The point is, one part of America is fighting this war and making all the sacrifices while the rest of us go about our business, concerned but hardly strained. … In fact, those in uniform and their families are being asked to make sacrifices on top of sacrifices.”

As Rodricks said, “We have a great divide in this country—between the military culture and the civilian culture, and it has never been more pronounced than it is right now.”

Ben Stein, writing in the New York Times, asked: “Now, who’s fighting for us in the fight of our lives? Brave, idealistic Southerners. Hispanics from New Mexico. Rural men and women from upstate New York. Small-town boys and girls from the Midwest. Do the children of the powers on Wall Street resign to go off and fight? Fight for the system that made them rich? Fight for the way of life that made them princes? Surely, you jest.”

The theater in which one fights has no bearing on the value of his or her service. Frank Schaeffer, co-author of AWOL, makes this clear. “The act of volunteering to be sent wherever your country needs you must be acknowledged as a priceless gift from the individual citizen to his or her country,” he wrote in the Baltimore Sun. “This gift’s morality doesn’t depend on the rightness or wrongness of any war, but on the soldier’s high-stakes commitment to the value of our democratic experiment.”

ENGAGE, folks! DOn't be a stranger to our military! Today and every day, let them know they have your support.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Happy Birthday Marine Corps!

There ARE no words to express my love of the Marine Corps. So I will let a few pictures do that for me:

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Honestly, if I didn't know how old that poster was, I would SWEAR it is Oldest Son's Senior Drill Instructor.

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That says it all!

And a special Happy Birthday to T1G and Eric!

Ahem...apparently I forgot someone. Sorry Silent!!

Thursday, November 09, 2006


For those of you who know me, I have had the weight of the world on me for the past year.

11 months and $7000 later...dismissed!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

8th of November

Some time ago, Jim at PRS had posted about a great website with a fantastic playlist of Viet Nam era songs.

Well, not ALL Viet Nam era. Some are newer, but just as relevant. Please visit here, go to playlist #8 and listen to the 11th song from the top. Please. Because it's the 8th of November.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

It's a Boy

Ladies & gentlemen, may I present my newest grandson, Drake Xavier.

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Who will now be inevitably known as "Ducky".

My Muse

In my younger days, I read everything Ayn Rand ever wrote and accepted it as gospel. And as I grew older, I realized that, for me, I still agreed with alot of what she had to say, but the sun no longer rose and set with her every utterance.

My new muse is Bill Whittle and the muse has spoken.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Free Speech...

Does not necessarily apply to MY blog. If you have a problem with our military or our government, this is NOT the place for you!

We can, and do, discuss the best margaritas, crap blogging, anything pretty much goes.


If you disrespect our men and women in the armed forces or start spouting nutty conspiracy theories, THIS IS NOT THE BLOG FOR YOU!

I am indeed a benevolent dictator at heart, but I have my limits.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

After Action Report- Samhain

I was reading about Bou's boys' Halloween this morning, and she was wondering what we did up here in the frozen tundra when it gets cold. Layers, honey! Lots and lots of layers!

We had decorated our house as a pirate ship this year. Rolls of brown parcel paper wrapped around the porch pillars were transformed into the sides of a ship. Skeletons with black eye patches were swinging everywhere, and of course my beloved skull head tiki torches lit the way up the gangplank. The fog machine was billowing, the haunted house CD was blaring- all good.

My nephews' football team was invited over this year. These boys, mostly 5th graders, not only went undefeated in Jr. Tackle, but never allowed any of the other teams to score against them. These kids are awesome! I hope I am still around when they get into high school. Anyway, the boys all converged on my house and proceeded to climb the maple tree, hide in the bushes and crawl under the porch bench. At any given time, as kids were passing by, the tree would start shaking, someone would jump out of the bushes, or kids would get their ankle grabbed as I handed them their candy. We did have to set the guideline of not scaring the really little kids- one poor little Tinkerbell started crying when Mooch jumped out of the tree and ended up peeing on the sidewalk.

It did get pretty damn cold. I had a propane heater on the porch and was drinking coffee, but still...chilled is chilled. My butt and legs were frozen for hours afterwards.

Next- Hogwarts!!!

Here We Go Again

Scary Kerry just can't leave it alone, can he? When the very veterans he supposedly supports are telling him to shut the fuck up, you'd think he'd get a clue. But, not our Johnny:

VFW to Kerry: Don’t Use Troops as Butt of Jokes
WASHINGTON, Oct 31, 2006 - The national commander of America’s largest organization of combat veterans is calling for an apology from Sen. John Kerry, who told a group of college students yesterday that education is the key to keeping themselves out of Iraq.

“The senator was attempting levity and it backfired, big time,” said Gary Kurpius, the commander-in-chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. “You don’t use troops as the butt of your jokes.”

The Massachusetts senator, who was speaking at Pasadena City College on behalf of the California democratic gubernatorial challenger, said: “You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

“Senator Kerry is a decorated Vietnam veteran and a fellow VFW member who differs with the president on the prosecution of the war, but that doesn’t give him carte blanche to use education as a weapon and our servicemen and women as his targets,” said Kurpius, who’s also a Vietnam veteran.

“There’s already a serious disconnect between the war’s impact on the general population and the 2.2 million who proudly serve in uniform,” he said. “Let’s not use politics to widen that gap.”

-from the VFW website.

American Legion to Sen. Kerry: Apologize Now
INDIANAPOLIS, October 31, 2006 - The National Commander of The American Legion called on Sen. John Kerry to apologize for suggesting that American troops in Iraq are uneducated.

“As a constituent of Senator Kerry’s I am disappointed. As leader of The American Legion, I am outraged,” said National Commander Paul A. Morin. “A generation ago, Sen. Kerry slandered his comrades in Vietnam by saying that they were rapists and murderers. It wasn’t true then and his warped view of today’s heroes isn’t true now.”

While addressing a group of college students at a campaign rally in Pasadena, CA., Monday, Kerry suggested that they receive an education or “if you don’t, you’ll get stuck in Iraq.”
“While The American Legion shares the senator’s appreciation for education, the troops in Iraq represent the most sophisticated, technologically superior military that the world has ever seen,” Morin said. “I think there is a thing or two that they could teach most college professors and campus elitists about the way the world works.

“And while we are on the topic of education, why doesn’t the senator and his comrades in Congress improve the GI Bill so all of today’s military members – reserves and guard included – can achieve the educational aspirations that the senator so highly values?” Morin said. “The senator’s false and outrageous attack was over-the-top and he should apologize now.”

The 2.7-million member American Legion,, is the nation’s largest veterans organization.

- from the American Legion website.

Us quaint, uneducated folks here in flyover country have a little saying:
Better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you're a fool than open it and remove all doubt.