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it's about that time...

***Well, the year is almost spent.  I feel as though I should be looking over the last 12 months at my successes & foibles & learning something.  Or, taking those things into consideration, map out the next 12 months or come up with the usual resolutions.  Instead I’m continuously amazed at the fact that it’s flippin’ DECEMBER!!!  It’s crazy!  Where the heck did the year go? 

I’m noticing that as I age, this happens more & more frequently.  I don’t much like it.  I’d vote for whomever can make that stop.  Get on it, people.

Oh & I do hope you’re New Years is memorable!  (we can help w/that – check our End of the Year Bash – get your tix!)  And I hope that this next 12 months is all that you want them to be!  Remember, you’re the only one in control of that.

ok, can somebody help me down off this soapbox?
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let it snow....

this weather makes me long for hot chocolate w/a kick, a roaring fire (in a fireplace, mind you), cuddling &….a bearskin rug, strangely. I’ve never even been on a bearskin rug… weird how we can associate things w/stuff we have no experience with whatsoever.
Maybe I should get one. A fake one, of course. NO beautiful, majestic bear shall be harmed just ‘cause I have some weird longing.
in the meantime, I’d love a hot chocolate w/baileys…. * sigh *
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computers+me= ugh! helping our troops+me= happy girl!

Let’s try this again…just wrote this entire thing, pushed ‘publish’ & it disappeared.  It’s like in college when I didn’t backup my term paper & it was due the next morning & I hit the wrong damn button… I severely dislike technology right now.  Where’s my nerd tech king, Sidler when I need him? 
* sigh *

But I digress….


~ Soldiers are dreamers; when the guns begin they think of firelit homes, clean beds, and wives ~  Siegfried Sassoon


I have no idea who that is, but well said!!  I believe our troops deserve more than just one day of recognition.  So, I found a bunch of military-related charities that are always in need.  & some just need your expertise, your time, some old paperback books or your unused frequent flier miles – soooooo painless!!!  I did all the research for you, there’s something for everybody & here’s a quick overview of each…


ourmilitarykids.org – deployment is tough on everybody, especially the kids left behind – grades slip, morale drops.  The reduction of pay from civilian to military can make families cut things like tutoring, summer camp, arts & sports activities.  These guys provide funding for all that.  They’ve given almost $9m to kids across the country.


supportmilitaryworkingdogs.org – soldiers come in all forms.  These dogs perform search & rescue missions & search for hidden explosives & roadside bombs.  They are often injured – heat stroke w/temps more than 130 degrees, eye infections from blowing sand, injured feet from melted asphalt, glass, shrapnel, etc.  these guys send over cooling vests, paw pads, goggles, ear protection (for helicopter rides), grooming tools, collapsible water bowls, toys & packages for handlers.

booksforsoldiers.com – during deployment, soldiers are faced with massive downtime and are often restricted to their base due to travel limitations.  Imagine the boredom!  mail-call days are one of the most anticipated events of deployment & books are like ‘care packages for the mind’!!


homesforourtroops.org – they provide specially adapted homes for our severely wounded service members all over the country at no cost to them.  They’re looking for $ but also need expertise, supplies & even land.


unmetneeds.com - deployments can be incredible financial and emotional hardships for soldiers and the families they leave behind.  These guys brought together three successful, longstanding programs: VFW Operation Uplink, VFW Unmet Needs, and the VFW Military Assistance Program (MAP).  They do a ton of different things like – give connections home for deployed troops and hospitalized veterans, give grants toward emergency financial aid to military families & sponsor a bunch of scholarships for military kids, etc.


fisherhouse.org donates "comfort homes," built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers,  enabling family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times - during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury.  there is no charge for any family to stay.  They also do a bunch of other things like – sponsor scholarships, flier miles, etc.

*** go to ‘about’ on their page, near the bottom go to ‘hero miles’ to donate your unused frequent flier miles.  Also there, go to ‘Newman’s Own Awards’ & it’ll take you to a large list of other military charities.

legion.org – these guys have been around since 1919 & are the nation’s largest veterans service organization.  They are ‘committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.’  They do a ton of stuff for kids & help w/nationwide reintegration assistance for wounded veterans.  They also do a lot of pushing for legislation to help military families.

there ya go!  have a stupendous weekend!!!

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thank a vet!

I figure my first real blog couldn't happen on a better day!  It's Veterans Day!
some kind of Remembrance day has been in existence since the end of WW1, around 1919, and for good reason.  those in the military have basically written a check to the US gov't for their lives, which could be cashed at any time.  that's some responsibility.  and without that devotion, I wouldn't be able to do what I do.  no talking on the radio.  no playing around on the internet.  no going to school.  no owning my own home or car or anything (woman can't do MANY things in most parts of the world).  no wearing whatever I want & certainly no cleavage.  no big dreams & certainly no going after them.  no voting.  no freedom to live the way I choose to live.  that's a lot of no's.  & there are many, many more.
so on this day, I think about everyone I know personally who have served or are now serving.  and I think of the thousands I don't know & who don't know me, but are fighting for my freedom anyway.  THANK YOU from my deepest depths of my being!
oh!  & everybody go eat at applebees today!  I found out they're all giving free entrees to past & present military!!
& I'm gonna try my hand at including a video or 2 on here that'll make those in & out of the military chuckle!           
ok, that didn't work.  where's Sidler when I need him????  so, go to our facebook page & you'll see the videos there!
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