Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Move

I've spent the last few weeks, packing a few boxes a day, sorting things between my daughter and I...splitting stuff that was purchased together to prepare for my move to Wisconsin.  And I am happy to say that the packing is almost done!  Tomorrow we load the uHaul truck and Thursday morning, I am heading off to a new life and new adventure.

There was a time in my life that I was a big risk-taker...I didn't hesitate to take a leap of faith and just go for it.  As I entered motherhood, and being a wife that changed...it was no longer necessary to act quite so impulsively.  (That's not saying that this move is impulsive...it's been carefully planned over the last couple of months!) I quit taking risks, and settled into a life of just going with the flow that life was taking me...whether I liked it or not.

Then, having the nervous breakdown in 2001...well, I didn't welcome any kind of changes, hated even having my routine broke up...let alone taking any form of risks...I was too afraid.  But having met the man I will be sharing my life and future with, he broke through that wall of fear and gave me back to myself...something that I have needed and couldn't do (or find) on my own.

I know that this is not a cure for my depression, but it will certainly help lessen it so that the down days will come less often.  I am still dependent on my happy pills though...without them, I still cry too easily over what is really petty things, and I also have learned my antidepressants help me focus better and I am a much calmer person over-all.

With this move though, comes an adjustment that I am hoping will pass somewhat easily mentally and emotionally...that being having spent the last 9 years living with my 3 grand-children from the moment they were born...leaving them and living a daily life without them is going to be a change that is necessary.  For them...and for me.  We have become far too co-dependent on each other, which for me isn't (and hasn't been) a good thing...not really.

As I begin my new journey and new life, I will be taking pictures along the way, and my next blog entry will detail my travels to my new home in Wisconsin....so...stay tuned!

And as always...thanks for reading!  8 )

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Sunflowers in bloom

I had the opportunity a few days ago to see my first field of sunflowers and I would like to share my photos of them with you. 

The field is located along State Route 13 in the town of Newfield, NY and is owned by Mazourek Farms.

Bees were all over the flowers...

This one has already seen better days

I love the color of these

The flowers all had their heads turned in the same direction

These next three photos have not been altered

Monday, August 22, 2011

"Say Something Nice"...ImprovEverywhere's latest video

I don't know how many people are familiar with a group called ImprovEverywhere who are a long form improvisation troupe that executes pre-planned "missions", usually involving socially awkward or unusual situations.  This time around, they did something a little different...enjoy!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Shawns Campbell's "Journey to Justice" taking the long road

Shawn and I, August 14, 2011
For those of you following my son Shawn Campbell's progress back through the court system, trying to right a wrong, things are happening so very slowly.  As anxious as he is...as anxious as we his family are...to see this pick up momentum, it feels like things are happening slower than a turtle's pace.

He now has a new set of lawyers working on his case, Susan Betzjitomir and Terrance Baxter of Bath, NY.  They work as a team and although they are doing their job and what they feel is best for Shawn's case, we can only wish that there was more to be done to move this along.

I visited Shawn this past Sunday, August 14th, and he was in good spirits although seemed a bit stressed.  It's not just stress from his case and what his lawyers are or are not doing, but also because he worries about all of his family out here.  I know he misses his life, his children and even being the workaholic that he once was.

We talked at length about his case; about my move to Wisconsin Sept, 1st; about his nieces and nephew; about his children and how he had hoped that I would be able to see them before I moved...and some other things as well. It was an enjoyable visit, since it will be the last one before I move.

His next court date is scheduled for Sept. 7th...and I know that he is worried about what could happen.  Please, keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

If you have a Facebook account, please check out Shawn's page @ Team Free Campbell and "Like" his page to show your support.

As well, you can write him directly if you are so inclined: 

Shawn Campbell 05B0846
Wende Correctional Facility
P. O. Box 1187
Alden, NY 14004-1187

The Recession is Having an Impact on Everyone

My neighbor got a pre-declined credit card in the mail.

CEO's are now playing miniature golf.

Exxon-Mobil laid off 25 Congressmen.

A stripper was killed when her audience showered her with rolls of pennies while she danced.

I saw a Mormon with only one wife.

If the bank returns your check marked "Insufficient Funds," you call them and ask if they meant you or them.

McDonald's is selling the 1/4 ouncer.

Angelina Jolie adopted a child from America.

Parents in Beverly Hills fired their nannies and learned their children's names.

My cousin had an exorcism but couldn't afford to pay for it, and they re-possessed her!

A truckload of Americans was caught sneaking into Mexico .

A picture is now only worth 200 words.

When Bill and Hillary travel together, they now have to share a room.

The Treasure Island casino in Las Vegas is now managed by Somali pirates

Congress says they are looking into this Bernard Madoff scandal.  Oh Great!  The guy who made $50 Billion disappear is being investigated by the people who made $1.5 Trillion disappear!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Nine Things That Will Disappear In Our Lifetime

Whether these changes are good or bad depends in part, on how we adapt to them. But, ready or not, here they come...
[I can't lay claim to these thoughts...they were in an email!]
1. The Post Office
Get ready to imagine a world without
the post office. They are so deeply
in financial trouble that there is
probably no way to sustain it long       
term. Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just
about wiped out the minimum revenue
needed to keep the post office alive.
Most of your mail every day is junk
mail and bills.

2. The Check
Britain is already laying the groundwork
to do away with cheques by 2018. It costs
the financial system billions of dollars
a year to process cheques. Plastic cards
and online transactions will lead to the
eventual demise of the cheque. This plays       
right into the
death of the post office. If you never
paid your bills by mail and never received
them by mail, the post office would
absolutely go out of business.

3. The Newspaper 

The younger generation simply doesn't
read the newspaper. They certainly don't
subscribe to a daily delivered print
edition. That may go the way of the
milkman and the laundry man. As for reading
the paper online, get ready to pay           
for it. The rise in mobile Internet
Devices and e-readers has caused all
the newspaper and magazine publishers
to form an alliance. They have met with
Apple, Amazon, and the major cell phone
companies to develop a model for paid
subscription services.                               
4. The Book 
You say you will never give
up the physical book that you
hold in your hand and turn
the literal pages. I said the
same thing about downloading
music from iTunes. I wanted
my hard copy CD. But I
quickly changed my mind
when I discovered that I could get
albums for half the price without
ever leaving home to get the latest music.
The same thing will happen with books.                               
You can browse a bookstore online and  
even read a preview chapter before you buy. 
And the price is less than half that of a
real book. And think of the convenience!
Once you start flicking your fingers on
the screen instead of the book, you find
that you are lost in the story, can't wait
to see what happens next, and you forget
that you're holding a gadget instead of
a book.
5. The Land Line Telephone
Unless you have a large family and make
a lot of local calls, you
don't need it anymore. Most people keep
it simply because they've always had it.But
you are paying double charges for that
extra service. All the cell phone companies
will let you call customers using the
same cell provider for no charge against
your minutes.
This is one of the saddest
parts of the
change story. The music
industry is dying
a slow death. Not just
because of illegal
downloading. It's the lack of innovative
new music being given a chance
to get to the people who would like to 
hear it.
Greed and corruption is the 
problem. The record
labels and the radio conglomerates are
simply self-destructing. Over 40% of the
music purchased today is "catalogue items,"
meaning traditional music that the public
is familiar with. Older established artists.
This is also true on the live concert
circuit. To explore this fascinating and
disturbing topic further, check out the book,
"Appetite forSelf-Destruction" by Steve
Knopper, and the video documentary, "Before
the Music Dies."
7. Television 
Revenues to the networks are down
dramatically. Not just because of
the economy. People are watching TV
and movies streamed from their computers.
And they're playing games and doing
lots of other things that take up the
time that used to be spent watching TV.
Prime time shows have degenerated
down to lower than the lowest common
denominator. Cable rates are skyrocketing
and commercials run about every 4 minutes
and 30 seconds. I say good riddance to
most of it. It's time for the cable
companies to be put out of our misery.
Let the people choose what they want to
watch online and through Netflix.
8. The "Things" That You Own
Many of the very possessions that we
used to own are still in our lives,
but we may not actually own them in
the future. They may simply reside in
"the cloud."
Today your computer has a
hard drive and you store your pictures,
music, movies, and documents. Your
software is on a CD or DVD, and you
can always re-install it if need be.
But all of that is changing. Apple,
Microsoft, and Google are all finishing
up their latest "cloud services."
That means that when you turn on a
computer, the Internet will be built into the
operating system. So, Windows, Google,
and the Mac OS will be tied straight into
the Internet. If you click an icon, it will open
something in the Internet cloud. If you save
something, it will be saved to the cloud. And
you may pay a monthly subscription fee to the
cloud provider.
In this virtual world, you can access your music or your books, or your whatever from any laptop or handheld device. That's the good news. But, will you actually own any of this "stuff" or will it all be able to disappear at any moment in a big "Poof?" Will most of the things in our lives be disposable and whimsical?                          
It makes you want to run to the closet and pull out that photo album, grab a book from the shelf, or open up a CD case and pull out the insert.

9. Privacy

If there ever was a concept that we can look back on nostalgically, it would be privacy. That's gone! There are cameras on the street, in most of the buildings, and even built
into your computer and cell phone. But you can be sure that 24/7, "They" know who you are and where you are, right down to the GPS coordinates, and the Google Street View. If you buy something, your habit is put into a zillion profiles, and your ads will change to reflect those habits.
"They" will try to get you to buy something else. Again and again ............


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Perks of being 50+

1. Kidnappers are not very interested in you.

2. In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first.

3. No one expects you to run -- anywhere.

4. People call at 9 pm and ask, "Did I wake you?"

5. People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.

6. There is nothing left to learn the hard way.

7. Things you buy now won't wear out.

8. You can eat supper at 4 pm.

9. You can live without sex but not your glasses.

10. You get into heated arguments about pension plans.

11. You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.

12. You stop trying to hold your stomach in, no matter who walks into theroom.

13. You sing along with elevator music.

14. Your eyes won't get much worse.

15. Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off.

16. Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the national weather service.

17. Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can't remember them either.

18. Your supply of brain cells is finally down to manageable size.

Monday, August 8, 2011


1· I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.
2· There are two kinds of pedestrians: the quick and the dead.
3· Life is sexually transmitted.
4· Healthy is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.
5· The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.
6· Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.
7· Have you noticed since everyone has a camcorder these days no one talks about seeing UFOs like they used to?
8· Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
9· All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.
10· In the 60's, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it Normal .
11· How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?
12· Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, 'I think I'll squeeze these dangly things and drink whatever Comes out'?
13· If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a song about him?
14· Why does your OB-GYN leave the room when you get undressed if they are going to look up there anyway?
15· If quizzes are quizzical, what are tests?
16· If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, then what is baby oil made from?
17· Do illiterate people get the full effect of Alphabet Soup?
18· Does pushing the elevator button more than once make it arrive faster?
19· Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?

Friday, August 5, 2011

An act of kindness

Over the last handful of years, we all have often heard about people who have touched another's life through a random act of kindness.  Although I try to do the same, offer help when I can, it seems nice to have it reciprocated when put in a rough spot.

This past week, while my daughter and I were headed to a garage to have the oil changed, we heard a noise that alerted us to the fact that we had a tire going flat.  She pulled off the side of the road, and I got out to look...and our worry was confirmed...we had a flat tire on the front driver's side.

We opened the trunk and started getting the jack out as well as the spare (donut) tire when I realized we did not have a lug wrench of any sort in the car.  She called a family member who was luckily down the road a ways, to come help us out.

Although I have changed flat tires in the past, I am no longer in a physical position to do so.  My back...spine...has herniated discs and severe arthritus in the lower back...so the only thing I could do...once a lug wrench arrived, would be to talk my daughter through the process.

While we were waiting, an elderly gentleman pulled up, and did more than offer his assistance, he went so far as to change the tire.  The whole time, he said little and when the task was done, we said thank you and he was gone.  We never even found out his name.

Even though the family members did show up just before the man was finished we ended up not needing their help after all!

Selfless acts like this gives me faith in our fellow man again...while there is so much wrong with the world...there are a few people out there who still aren't afraid to lend a hand. 

Chances are that he will never come across this...but if on a fluke that gentleman does...many thanks again!