Sunday, October 31, 2010



Not sure if I have introduced you to our house guest....?

Robby, the Madhatter....

Robby was Harry's RP (religious specialist) in Souda Bay.  He is currently in Norfolk processing out of the Navy... and our house guest for the past month and will be for another month.  It's a good thing...I was beginning to scare myself with all that murder mystery television.

As for the Madhatter costume, we spent a few days sew and constructing.  And whala... I think he looks pretty Mad alright.

Harry and I are not big on Halloween, except for fall festivals... so it was a nice change to get excited with designing and constructing a costume.

Happy Halloween,


Friday, October 29, 2010



It's home!




Thursday, October 28, 2010

Car problems


So Harry's truck is about to get tossed into the nearest river.... so I can buy him / me the Porsche!

Every time I turn around there's something a miss with his truck.

The outside door handle on the driver's side will not open.  Fortunately, I can hold down the unlock button on the key fob and the window will automatically lower... allowing me to crawl through the window and open the door from the inside.

That was until the window no longer works.  So... I will must always have a fellow passenger (to open the door from the inside for me)... or climb in through the passengers side to open the drivers door or climb into the drivers seat from the passengers side.

Oh and least I not forget the pinkie finger size bolt protruding through the back drivers side tire.

In addition to the door handle problems and the tire... someone has slightly hit / brushed their BLUE vehicle on the back bumper and continues to brush the side of his truck.... little minor scratch but nonetheless damage


By the time Harry returns... there may not be much left in the way of his truck!



Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Mail Call


Curious how excited the guys get when it's mail call....

So excited they snap a picture of its arrival...

 And it's off loading...

And it's distribution...

And yes... there are several packages from me to Harry in this shipment.  I am getting better at this whole military wife shipping packages to her husband on deployment!



Monday, October 25, 2010



  1. Alabama introduced the Mardi Gras to the western world.
  2. Alabama workers built the first rocket to put humans on the moon.
  3. The world's first Electric Trolley System was introduced in Montgomery in 1886.
  4. Montgomery is the capital and the birthplace of the Confederate States of America.
  5. The Confederate flag was designed and first flown in Alabama in 1861.
  6. The town of Enterprise houses the Boll Weevil Monument to acknowledge the role this destructive insect played in encouraging farmers to grow crops other than cotton.
  7. Baseball player Henry Louis (Hank) Aaron was born in Mobile in 1934.
  8. A skeleton of a pre-historic man was found in Russell Cave.
  9. Huntsville is known as the rocket capital of the World.
  10. In 1902 Dr. Luther Leonidas Hill performed the first open heart surgery in the Western Hemisphere by suturing a stab wound in a young boy's heart. The surgery occurred in Montgomery.
  11. In 1995 Heather Whitestone serves as first Miss America chosen with a disability.
  12. The United States Army Chemical Corps Museum in Fort McClellan contains over 4000 chemical warfare artifacts.
  13. The pecan is the Alabama's official nut.
  14. Singer and entertainer Nathaniel Adams (Nat King) Cole was known as the man with the velvet voice. He was born in Montgomery in 1919 and died in 1965.
  15. At the Battle of Mobile Bay Admiral David Farragut issued his famous command, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead." The event occurred on August 5, 1864.

So many more states to go...



Sunday, October 24, 2010

Emerging Church

I am not this traditional, but with the lack of finding a Virginia church... I am taking my cattle and parking them in front of the computer....

Our church from home, Mount Paran Church of God not only has podcast of their sermons.... they now have Sunday morning services LIVE!

Not really the same as going to church, but flying to Atlanta every Sunday is just not possible (how would I herd all my cattle ... and the scrolls may have a problem in airport security)



Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Happy Anniversary

I thought we were at the 10 year mark, but that's next year!

Happy 9th!

Love and Miss you!


Monday, October 18, 2010



No fears... I scared a few people (Harry)... but I do have a few low maintenance plants to place in the now barren yard.

It's just... that I am in NO hurry to plant them.

Peabody does not mind the new landscaping....

I think she prefers the loose soil... it's easier to dig in.



Sunday, October 17, 2010

Too busy


How do you know when life has changed gears

and the pace seems to be speeding out of control....


and there's too much to do


and simply not enough time?


When your blogging is consistently 2 weeks behind.

I could promise that things will "get back to normal", but I am not so sure of that here lately.

Harry... I think it's time for you to come home now!



Saturday, October 16, 2010

Change of Color


With the change in temperature... working outside is somewhat pleasant.

For six months, the baby blue color has assaulted my sight every time I walk out the front door.

So I decided to go ahead and paint the front porch.

It took a while to clean all the dirt and grime...

Let's see what grey squirrel looks like...

This might take a little longer than what I thought!



Thursday, October 14, 2010

No more weeds


Have you ever used a weed eater to mow a small lawn?

Well, I have. 

And I have to say....  I am not sure I will ever do it again.  My arms felt like they were going to vibrate off once I finished with that silly machine.  My hands ache.  My back is sore.  And I think I have the beginnings of a sinus infection.

My solution for never having to weed eat again....

That's right... it's all gone!

Bare... until I have a retaining wall built, top soil delivered, and low maintenance shrubs planted.



Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Hard at Work

USS Carter Hall Sailors Participate In Bahrain Community Relations Projects

MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) Sailors participated in three community relations (COMREL) projects between Oct. 3-8, while in Bahrain.

The Sailors performed the projects at the Regional Institute for Active Learning Centre, the Bahrain Mobility Institute and the American Cultural and Education Center.

The COMREL projects gave the Sailors the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the local culture while doing something beneficial for others.

"COMRELs give our Sailors a great opportunity to interact with the local population and learn something." said Lt. Harry Hansen, USS Carter Hall command chaplain. "At the same time, the experience of helping others allows them to grow as individuals."

Sailors worked with autistic children, painted walls, played wheelchair basketball and spoke about American culture during their visit to Bahrain.

Culinary Specialist Seaman Apprentice Stephanie Madrigal said she enjoyed taking part in Carter Hall's COMREL projects during Operation Unified Response in Haiti earlier in the year, and was eager to volunteer again.

"It is such a valuable and eye opening experience for us and for the children," said Madrigal. "We get the chance to learn about each other and have fun at the same time. Through certain activities, like wheelchair basketball, we are able to communicate without even using words."

"These events promote a good name for the ship and Navy," said Hansen. "They enable us to show human kindness to our partner nations and develop the relationships necessary to work together in cooperation."

Lt. Cmdr. Marc Massie, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command deputy chaplain, said people in the local area enjoy when Sailors volunteer to help out and look forward to their visits.

"We have had an overwhelmingly positive response from the local community," Massie said. "We try to do projects where Sailors can sit down and talk to the people, because our primary goal is building relationships."

Massie is in charge of scheduling COMREL projects for service members aboard U.S. Naval Activity Bahrain as well as for visiting ships.

"It's something that I really wish everyone would get involved in," Massie said. "Any time you build friendships and relationships there are benefits, but this is a long-term project. What you do now may just be a small thing, but down the road it can make things better for the future."

USS Carter Hall is part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group which is deployed to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kristin L. Grover, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/5th Fleet Public Affairs


Sunday, October 10, 2010



I thought that date looks kind of cool today

10 / 10 / 10.

So on 10 / 10 / 10... I am tackling the weed eater.

I have never used one before.... Harry always mows the lawn.  

The lawn has become a thick jungle of weeds and shrubs.  I feel like some female version of Indian Jones as I try to navigate the scary forest of bugs and mosquitoes.  

Feels rewarding to be able to do something for the first time... 

Although, I think Malaria has set in from all the mosquito bites and I am sure that I did not have this itchy rash before I started this little adventure.... 

I need to google poison ivy!

Hop you have a blessed 10 / 10 / 10, 


Saturday, October 9, 2010



While passing through the great state of Georgia...

home of one of our mortgages (I love that house and want to move back almost daily)


Birthplace of Oliver!

Okefenokee Swamp encompasses over 400,000 acres of canals; moss draped cypress trees, and lily pad prairies providing sanctuaries for hundreds of species of birds and wildlife including several endangered species.
Historic Saint Marys Georgia is the second oldest city in the nation.
The City of Savanna was the first steamship to cross the Atlantic.
It sailed from Georgia.
The pirate Edward "Blackbeard" Teach made a home on Blackbeard Island. The United States Congress designated the Blackbeard Island Wilderness Area in 1975 and it now has a total of 3,000 acres.
On January 19, 1861, Georgia joined the Confederacy.
In Gainesville, the Chicken Capital of the World it is illegal to eat chicken with a fork.
Georgia was named for King George II of England.
Stone Mountain near Atlanta is one of the largest single masses of exposed granite in the world.
Georgia is the nations number one producer of the three Ps--peanuts, pecans, and peaches.
Each year Georgia serves as a host to the International Poultry Trade Show, the largest poultry convention in the world.
The oldest portable steam engine in the United States is on display at Historic Railroad Shops in Savannah.
Known as the sweetest onion in the world, the Vidalia onion can only be grown in the fields around Vidalia and Glennville
Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi River.
Georgia's population in 1776 was around 40,000.
Cordele claims to be the watermelon capital of the world.
The annual Masters Golf Tournament is played at the Augusta National in Augusta every first week of April.
Georgia is often called the Empire State of the South and is also known as the Peach State and Cracker State.
In 1828 Auraria, near the city of Dahlongea, was the site of the first Gold Rush in America.
Coca-Cola was invented in May 1886 by Dr. John S. Pemberton in Atlanta, Georgia. The name "Coca-Cola" was suggested by Dr. Pemberton's bookkeeper, Frank Robinson. He penned the name Coca-Cola in the flowing script that is famous today. Coca-Cola was first sold at a soda fountain in Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta by Willis Venable.
Berry College in Rome has the world's largest college campus.
The Little White House in Warm Springs was the recuperative home of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
In 1942 Jekyll Island was a private resort sold to the state by the owners, a group of millionaires.
The popular theme park - Six Flags Over Georgia, was actually named for six flags that flew over Georgia. England, Spain, Liberty, Georgia, Confederate States of America, and the United States.
Chickamuga National Park is the site of the bloodiest battle in American history.
Plains is the home of Jimmy Carter, the 39th President.
The figures of Stonewall Jackson, Jefferson Davis, and Robert E. Lee make up the world's largest sculpture. It is located on the face of Stone Mountain. Additionally Robert E. Lee's horse, Traveler, is also carved at the same place.
The world's largest Infantry training center is located at Fort Benning.
The largest Farmer's Market of its kind is located in Forest Park.
Wesleyan College in Macon was the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women.
Madison is known for its beautiful antebellum homes spared during Sherman's fiery march to the sea.
Athens is the location of the first university chartered and supported by state funds. 



Thursday, October 7, 2010

Birthday Boy



We love and miss you!

Not really sure how to celebrate your birthday without you.... but we are going to try!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Another 2 inches....


I have pumped and pumped nasty river water from the basement til I am sick of it...

Everyday the sump pump runs until almost all the water is gone....

then overnight.... the tide rolls in and when I wake...

there is another 2 inches in the basement.

We are going on 5 days of this now....

I am sick and tired of the house smelling like moldy, mildew, river rats.


Days like today... I REALLY wish Harry were here.



Sunday, October 3, 2010

Fraidy cat


Fraidy cat is a slang term for a person who is very skittish or fearful.

And that's me here lately.  

I'm not sure if it's because Harry is deployed ... he has been gone before.  

It could be the new house... it's old and a little scary.

Or possibly... it could be all the murder mystery shows I watch before bedtime.  

Maybe, I should hold off on all the CSI, Law & Order, and Dexter until Harry gets back....?



Saturday, October 2, 2010

Under water


After 3 days of straight rain...

there's 6 inches of water in the basement.

Nothing like waking up to the musty smell of river water in your basement.

Time to get pumping!


Friday, October 1, 2010

TS Nicole

It happened again.....

The East Coast is welcoming another tropical storm... Nicole.

Great, there goes our basement!



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