Monthly Archives: November 2007


OK.. You all know who Rascal is I am sure.. my guy is about 6 months now.  He has always had some time of seperation anxiety when we leave the house.  Naruto just sits quietly.. Rascal goes nuts and neighbors hear him for quite a bit after we leave.  Of course.. when we got him, we took him everywhere for the summer.. til Naruto came.  so for a month he was very spoiled.

About a week ago after coming back from shopping.. as we pulled in the driveway.. we saw him sitting on the couch.  He had obviously jumped the child gate we had in the kitchen.  So on Saturday we purchased a taller gate which was quite pricey.. but very sturdy.  It is metal. (wood would never last with my chewers.) We tried it out in the school room and Rascal can not jump it.

Yesterday we were on our way to church and then to Jade and Kate’s party.  we put the new gate up on one end.. then in the dining room.. I put the other gate.. (he always ignored that one)  I put it a little higher.. I went outside to load anna into the van.  Angel was still inside so the front door was open.  Rascal was barking and whining like a maniac. (as he always does when I leave).  Suddenly I see something fly by me.. and suddenly there is Rascal in the van!  He was trying to hide under the seat so I couldn’t reach him (he has grown a bit since we first got him).  He jumped the other gate to the dining room and bolted.. We spent 30 minutes trying to double up the gate.. (the dining room has a 1/2 wall) and missed church.  Poor thing.  He was just going nuts.

So for about 120.00 more we now have 2 more gates (one for dining and one to keep them out of the cat litter) and mama is happy because the gates have a swinging door that is so easy to use.  Now I can keep them out of the kitchen when I cook!  (Rascal is always under my feet)


I just saw this on Worldofrondadebi‘s site.. it is definately a must see.. I was just in tears..


watch the movie, it’s worth it

This is a story about a guy, a guy like most of us, common, questioning his existences, measuring himself to others, never believing in his abilities or his worth.

Then one day, his passion outgrew his fears as he stepped onto a stage, a stage that took him to a place beyond his self imposed prison. 

Watch the faces of the judges as this guy walks out on the stage. You can almost see what they’re thinking as they pre-judge this guy based on his looks and the fact that he’s a cell phone salesman.  

Maybe this guy stopped believing in what people told him for so many years and ultimately started listening to his passion.


Oh by the way there are links to see other parts of the competition .this is Britain ‘s version of American Idol. He did win the finals and sang for the Queen and now has his own recording contract. Take a chance today. Put yourself out there and don’t be afraid to fail.

Linda C Toupin

Well, Rascal did it.. he jumped the gate..

We went to Walmart tonight to pick up some pet food among other things.. We came back and there is Rascal on the couch..and urine on the floor.. thankfully he didn’t do anything else too damaging!  Poor Naruto was in the kitchen trying so badly to get out..

Guess I will have to find another solution..



Things my daughter says..

On a recent trip to walmart.. Annaleah found an outfit she really liked.. so we chose a set to purchase.  We then found a nice sweater and scarf.  We ended over to undergarments and looked for some t-shirts for her.. after we chose two pkgs of those.. my precious 6 year old says to me.. Mommy, am I old enough for a training bra yet??  Ok.. what to say to that.. umm.. honey.. they don’t come in your size.. you are not old enough.. That didn’t fly so much with Anna.  So my son’s girlfriend tried to help.. she said.. anna come look.. she picked up a bra and said.. you have to have something to put in it..

David’s laugher could be heard through the store while anna continued to stand there confused..

Why does my 6 year old want to grow up so fast??

  • I have been in a funk.. seriously..
  • Today I am pulling myself out..
  • so far I have woken up..
  • rode my bike 1 mile while listening to praise music
  • (it is all my leg will allow.)
  • I have to take 3 advils before bed to be ok in the morning..
  • I have prayed
  • made tea
  • made angel’s lunch
  • woke him up..
  • fought with internet. 
  • angel is on his way to walmart for the secret sale before work
  • pups are still sleeping in the crate right next to me
  • I washed their blankets, put extra blankets in there..a nd covered their crate..
  • they love it
  • tonight Angel picks up David and Brittney..
  • they are coming with us to my parents tomorrow. 
  • I have to make 2 pot pies for tomorrow, and ham soup for tonight. 
  • plus stick with the new schedule I did
  • Anna has one too..
  • they are in sheet protectors.. so she will have fun crossing things out.
  • I tried to quit a biggest loser group on sparkpeople
  • I have been doing awful food wise..
  • because of my moods/emotions
  • well, the leader won’t let me quit..
  • so it is time for me to get myself in gear
  • ok.. only about 20 min left online.. so off I go..
  • have a wonderful day!

Karen Hellier

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