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Grizzly Mama

There's a Grizzly who has escaped the City of Brotherly Love..(and she's going back to homeschooling!!)

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Location: Out of Philly, Pennsylvania, United States

"All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." Aristotle - Greek Philosopher.

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Eragon, Your Lips Taste Like Pineapple..

This is how my six y/old talks sometimes. lol. She is something else. We rented 'Eragon' tonight. I thought the movie was very good, however my 10 y/old was quite disappointed. They left many important parts out in the movie. I haven't read the book yet and she has. She loved the book. We had a discussion about how many times the movie is never as good as the book. The Harry Potter movies follow the books quite well - - even though they leave some parts out. Most of the Stephen King books didn't translate over to movies very well. (Exception - the one about the hotel in Colorado - - you know - - Jack Nicholson and his 'Here's Johnny!' thing. lol)

The 6 y/old has won a poetry contest. The little one - who never has won anything. It has been quite a shock to her and she keeps saying, 'I can't believe that I won!' She will get a copy of the book that is being made containing the winning poems and a certificate at a ceremony. She's my little creative one! I am happy to see her win - her big sister racks up ribbons and medals and trophys without even trying. lol. She has been very sweet although I know she must be a bit disappointed because her own poem did not win. Another discussion followed about how she is very pleased with her poem and the point of writing poems is to express oneself in a different way - - and so did she express herself and her feelings in her poem? Does she like her poem? Both answers yes. Everyone cannot win the poetry contest - especially when we are talking thousands of entries. Thank goodness the girls can be happy for one another in their successes.

I'm beat. Don't know what's up. Just so much going on all of the time. We've got the handbell concert done - that was quite a big deal and they did very well. No more handbell choir until Fall. We just finished up our last session of gymnastics yesterday. Troll is in and out with his wrist. He is still in a lot of pain and is very bad about wearing his sling! He won't listen to me - you tell him - maybe he'll listen to you. Go on over to his blog and tell him to wear his sling and stop using that hand! Here is the link.

We have been helping my MIL with her move - it is a big one after being in the same house for almost 20 years. Quite traumatic for her. We are also helping our good neighbor leftist move. Yes - THE good neighbor leftist. No more fights over coffee.

So many changes happening. And then we are seriously considering putting our house up for sale soon. Just the thought of that sends me right over the edge. We have accumulated so much crap in the last 9 years of living in our little rowhouse.

I've just been terrible about posting. I've been following the shenanigans of our elected representatives, though - it's enough to make you want to cry isn't it? Putting that horrible bill through and then going on vacation. Then the British sailors being abducted by that nasty Iranian state? We need to do more than beg the Useless UN to send a strongly worded letter. It's time to hurt those islamic maniacs and hurt them bad. Speaking of islamic maniacs - CAIR and the lawsuit against the airline for booting those crazy imams? Huh. I think our legislature actually did get something right in protecting the John and Jane Doe's reporting suspicious behavior.

Okay. So. One thing they did right. We can be grateful for that anyway.


Blogger Abouna said...

I just went over to Troll's Blog and gave him your message to wear his sling. Hope it does some good.

31 March, 2007 02:08  
Blogger Mike's America said...

Troll won't wear his sling hunh?

Oh well, things could be worse.

Speaking of worse: In that Flying Imams lawsuit they are trying to sue the passengers who complained.

Republicans tried to get an amendment or whatever into legislation saying that you couldn't sue whistleblowers in situations like this. We wouldn't want people to be afraid to speak up for their safety because of fear of lawsuits.

Of course the Dems are against it.

Guess they've sold out to the CAIR crowd.

Congrats to the little one on her poem.

31 March, 2007 02:46  
Blogger CA said...

congratulations to the cub on her achievement! Being a poet, I can appreciate the effort.

Go to a quiet spot for at least a half hour each day. It's amazing what healing powers 'silence' has!

31 March, 2007 11:22  
Blogger tweetey29 said...

I just visited trolls blog too and told him to wear his sling. Hope it helps also.

The little one must be so proud of herself. I think we all are very proud of her. Even though we dont know her personally.

31 March, 2007 11:26  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Thanks Father Abouna - he is doing a little better the last couple of days.

Mike - yes - I thought that the law had been passed by both houses. I could be wrong but I sure hope not.

CA - thanks! The little one, although not terribly coordinated, is quite creative with painting and now poetry. I hear you on the silence thing. I love to hear nothing once in awhile!

Thank you Tweetey!

01 April, 2007 00:13  
Blogger Abouna said...

Grizzly Mama:
I am wondering if I can ask you a favor, could either you or Troll contact me by email, as I have a question I'd like to ask?

My email address is:


Thanks loads, I would really appreciate it.

02 April, 2007 13:15  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Email sent, Abouna!

02 April, 2007 18:40  
Blogger tweetey29 said...

I know how you feel about troll not wearing his sling. My godfather had carpel tunnel a few years back and he hated wearing his. He paints and couldnt paint with one hand so he kept taking it off to paint with.

02 April, 2007 21:28  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cubed here.

"We have accumulated so much crap in the last 9 years of living in our little rowhouse."

Then the move will do you good! As an old Navy family, we agree with the adage, "A move is the equivalent of a good housefire!"

Good for your little one (re: the poetry contest). Next thing we'll hear is that she has won the National Geographics competition and the National Spelling Bee - I understand that winning things like that are becoming something of a homeschool monopoly.

Shame on Troll! What kind of example is he setting for the girls? Tell him to wear his sling; one way or the other, he's paying for it, and he should get all the good he can out of it.

Mike's America,

For the first time in our lives, we actually attended a demonstration on Saturday. It was sponsored by the United American Committee, and the focus was Islamofascism. The head of the local CAIR office came over and stayed with the group to talk for the whole time we were there (all was polite and cordial, despite an undercurrent of tension), and needless to say, the issue of the "flying imams" came up. He feigned a total confusion about why anyone would have any concern about the incident, and ended up handing out paperback copies of the Koran (Ali version). Oh, well. Anyway, little by little, it's beginning to look as if "Operation Pushback" is beginning to kick into gear.


"I hear you on the silence thing."

Me, too; now if it just weren't for the darned tinnitus thing! Like an idiot, about 20 years ago, I took up a ceramic tile floor with a crowbar (I had just laid about 200 square feet all wrong!) and didn't wear ear protection.

Suggestion: Always wear ear protection while taking up ceramic tile with a crowbar.

02 April, 2007 22:04  
Blogger Abouna said...

Thank you for the info. I have created the petition. If you go to my blog site and look on the top of the righthand column, you will see the link to the petition. If you agree, I look forward to your signing it and please get as many people as you can to sign, if they agree.

Thank you and God Bless.
"Abouna" Gregori

I tried emailing this to you, but I kept getting a notice that my ISP was being blocked.

03 April, 2007 01:06  
Blogger Henry Cate said...

My daughters told me to first watch the movie. I was pretty busy when the movie came out and didn't get around to seeing it.

A month ago I told them the DVD was coming out. Each of them contributed $7.00. We got the DVD a couple days back. We will be watching it tonight.

03 April, 2007 15:45  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

We just finished up our last session of gymnastics yesterday.

What?! You mean they're done? Or just taking a break?

Here's something to bring a smile to your heart.

04 April, 2007 00:37  
Blogger Mike's America said...

Ann/Cubed: Glad you could attend the United American event.

They've got some photos on their web site:


You might recall Monica's run in with the CAIR crowd.

This whole episode with the Flying Imams is part of a larger strategy.

Always on Watch sent me the "20 year plan to take over America" which I posted a while back:


The first time I read it, I thought it was nuts. But then, bit by bit the action of the Islamic Fascists, I like to call them Muzzies, is fitting right in with that plan.

Glad you made the effort to get out there and show that not all Americans are duped by the siren song of defeat and multiculturalism that would willingly place ALL our heads on the chopping block.

04 April, 2007 01:31  
Blogger Gayle said...

Good morning, Grizzly Mama. Congratulations to your little one!

Things have been very hectic around here too; so hectic that I took two weeks off from blogging! Sorry to hear that Troll is being stubborn; we'll have to gang up on him. ;)

I also signed Abouna's petition. He's right; no politician, regardless of whether a Democrat or a Republican, should be able to get away with what he did!

04 April, 2007 08:42  
Blogger MamaGeph said...

Congats on your wee girly's poetry! That is just SO cool!

04 April, 2007 18:41  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Thanks so much, y'all!

Moving day happened but was it hard. It should have been easier, but my MIL crashed at lunch with severe pain in her ear and throat. The girlies and I had to take her to the doctor - she had an ear and throat infection and her right lung didn't sound good. The doc loaded her up with antibiotics but it ended up with us just shoving the last minute stuff into our truck and her car - - and getting her to where she was staying ASAP. We finished cleaning the house and her cat found a way to get behind the drywall in the basement and refused to come out. It was a mess. She's good now though. Troll got the cat out of the house at about midnight and settlement went through fine today.

We've been so busy today that I hadn't even heard about the deal with the devil made to get the British hostages home from Iran. Unreal.

I won't be back to normal again until probably after Easter...

04 April, 2007 23:15  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Oh! And Wordsmith - they are not totally done. We will be starting back in the Fall. For now we are going to be checking into ice skating lessons at a rink nearby that holds classes for homeschooling kids. And - love the video.

Oh - and Gayle - thanks for signing the petition. I will do it too.

04 April, 2007 23:27  
Blogger MonicaR said...

And they are on a swim team for the summer months. Grizzly Mama keeps them running.

A tired cub is a happy cub!

04 April, 2007 23:29  

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