The Many Faces of Kaitlyn Mae-Halloween 2006; Who is Christine O'Donnell and Why Should We Vote for Her?

Kaitlyn Mae spent Halloween with her Mom-Mom and she was a kitty kat.

Kaitlyn now has many faces, click in to see a few, including the kitty kat.

Also, why is Kaitlyn Mae full of bullcrap?

Also, a Delaware update on an independent running for Senator. The odds are against her but she's got a slew of supporters here in the swamps of Delaware.

Pic of candidate, Mom-Mom and Kaitlyn included.

Pic of the Day
Bug that looks like a leaf

Quote of the Day
Classic Quotes by Stephen Crane (1871-1900) US writer
A man said to the universe: "Sir, I exist!" "However," replied the universe, "The fact has not created in me a sense of obligation."

Every sin is the result of collaboration.


You cannot choose your battlefield; God does that for you. But you can plant a standard where a standard never flew.


A man feared that he might find an assassin; another that he might find a victim. One was wiser than the other.


He wishes that he, too, had a wound, a red badge of courage.

Web Site Worth the Visit
Painting Onscreen

Click on the link and begin painting. Move the mouse around to paint. Click on the mouse key to change colors.

Good for kids. Kaitlyn Mae will love this site.


How many of these did you know about?

A sealed envelope - Put in the freezer for a few hours, then slide a knife under the flap. The envelope can then be resealed.(hmmmmmm...)
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Use Empty toilet paper roll to store appliance cords. It keeps them neat and you can write on the roll what appliance it belongs to.
For icy door steps in freezing temperatures: get warm water and put Dawn dish washing liquid in it. Pour it all over the steps. They won't refreeze. (wish I had known this for the last 40 years!)
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To remove old wax from a glass candle holder, put it in the freezer for a few hours. Then take the candle holder out and turn it upside down. The wax will fall out.
Crayon marks on walls? This worked wonderfully! A damp rag, dipped in baking soda. Comes off with little effort (elbow grease that is!).
Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like store receipt BLUE!)
rubbing alcohol on paper towel.
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Whenever I purchase a box of S.O.S Pads, I immediately take a pair of scissors and cut each pad into halves. After years of having to throw away rusted and unused and smelly pads, I finally decided that this would be much more economical. And now a box of SOS pads last me indefinitely! In fact, I have noticed that the scissors get sharpened this way!
Blood stains on clothes? Not to worry! Just pour a little hydrogen peroxide on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood. Works every time! (Now, where to put the body?)
Use vertical strokes when washing windows outside and horizontal for inside windows. This way you can tell which side has the streaks.. Straight vinegar will get outside windows really clean. Don't wash windows on a sunny day. They will dry too quickly and will probably streak.
When the bulb is off, spray a bit of perfume on the light bulb in any room to create a lovely light scent in each room when the light is turned on.
Place fabric softener sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes will Smell freshly washed for weeks to come. You can also do this with towels and linen.
Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for at least 3 hours prior to burning.
To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a paper bag and add the flowers. Shake vigorously as the salt will absorb all the dust and dirt and leave your artificial flowers looking like new! Works like a charm!
To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stove top.
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Spray your TUPPERWARE with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato based sauces and there won't be any stains.
Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.
When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn's natural sweetness.
Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in! half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.
Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces. (Left over wine? What's that?!)
To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area and you will experience instant relief.
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Ants, ants, ants everywhere .... Well, they are said to never cross a chalk line. So get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march. See for yourself.
Use air-freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job and better still, leaves a lovely smell to the shine.
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When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting to tweezers or a needle. Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter, then pull it off. Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily.
Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer. Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous China.
Clean a vase. To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets.

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Why Is Kaitlyn Mae Full of Bullcrap?

It was a perfect Halloween night in this year of our Lord, 2006. Kaitlyn came to Mom-Mom’s house dressed like the prettiest little kitty cat in the land. With flashlight in hand, Mom-Mom and Kaitlyn solemnly went trick-or-treating. Kaitlyn properly chanted the traditional “trick or treat” and just as properly said “thank you” when a treat was given.

From then it was two more days with Mom-Mom and while I can’t speak for Kaitlyn, I had a blast.

We begin with Kaitlyn’s NEW BED! Indeed visits to Mom-Mom’s used to require porting a cumbersome playpen/crib affair not to mention Mom-Mom’s total ineptness at assembling such things. While walking the dog I chanced across a yard sale. For sale, for only ten bucks, was the neatest little bed, complete with mattress and sheet. The child’s bed has a metal headboard and footboard and fit perfectly in Mom-Mom’s bedroom. The mattress was only about a foot above the floor and the first morning Kaitlyn did fall off of the thing. Fortunately not much was hurt but her pride.

Kaitlyn and Mom-Mom did the normal things. We both walked the big galoot of a dog. Kaitlyn asked if she could hold the dog leash and I was skeptical. This is a great big Belgian shepherd and when she’s not tired this dog pulls Mom-Mom along as if I were a matchstick. So I waited until near the end of the walk then gave Kaitlyn the leash.

Amazingly, the galoot Belgian shepherd immediately slowed down and walked right by Kaitlyn’s side as she held her leash. Will miracles never cease?

Kaitlyn, who will be three full years old in December, is fully potty trained and no longer needs a diaper even at bedtime. Indeed, Kaitlyn has the most fastidious toilet habits of any toddler that age I’ve chanced to know. In this house located in the swamps of Delaware we do, not that I’m proud of this, put our toilet paper in the trash can instead of in the toilet. Our motto is “If it’s brown, flush it down; if it’s yellow, let it mellow”. Septic systems fail regularly in this part of the world.

Well Kaitlyn thought this practice to be an abomination and she firmly asserted that she will flush her toilet paper and her own brand of “yellow” down each and every time. I figured our septic system could handle it.

Kaitlyn will never use the toilet in any unusual place. She will not, I’m not making this up, even pee in the ocean. When in her bathing suit and in the ocean Kaitlyn will demand that her adult caretaker at the time get out of the water and take her to the bathroom. Kaitlyn’s other grandmother told Kaitlyn to go ahead and pee in the ocean but Kaitlyn would have none of it. So she must be taken on a long trek across the hot sand to a seaside restroom because Kaitlyn will not pee in the Atlantic Ocean. Which is peed in by all sorts of fish, including whales when you think about it.

Heaven forbid that anyone would suggest the child pee in the woods.

So at bedtime Kaitlyn continually went to the potty and here she had a bed that she could easily exit for just that need. After a while I got suspicious. It seemed that Kaitlyn was going to the potty an awful lot; no child that age could possibly produce all that urine within a half hour time span. I suspected Kaitlyn was using the excuse of potty visits to avoid the dread of falling asleep.

Many Faces of Kaitlyn Graphic

Kaitlyn Mae Halloween 2006

Kaitlyn Mae in Pigtails 10.06

Kaitlyn Mae in Red 10.06

“Kaitlyn I think you’re full of bullcrap,” I told her when she informed me, for the twenty-fifth time, that she had to potty.

Kaitlyn immediately burst into a gale of laughter and to my surprise, she knew damn right well what I meant.

“Who’s full of bullcrap?” I asked her. “Me,” Kaitlyn said, pointing to her fine self proudly.

With each trip to the potty I would remind her she was full of bullcrap.

“You’re full of bullcrap,” I told the fleeting Kaitlyn when once again she got out of her bed and went into the bathroom.

“Yes I am,” Kaitlyn said proudly from the bowels of the bathroom.

The next day Kaitlyn and I played like silly kids on Mom-Mom’s living room floor. I would lie flat on the floor with my knees bent. I instructed Kaitlyn to put her belly against Mom-Mom’s feet and to my amazement again, I am still able to heft the child into the air on those same feet. Kaitlyn loved this game and at times I would removed my feet from her belly while she was in the air then I would catch her as she fell the full foot or so down to my chest.

This was the perfect opportunity for Mom-Mom to tease Kaitlyn Mae. She’s no fool, this two-year-old. She understands that some of Mom-Mom’s comments are outrageous.

“You don’t love me,” I would say in a pouting manner.

“Yes I do!” Kaitlyn would squeal.

The teasing went on and one game I like to play is the “Where is Kaitlyn” game. I’d pretend I couldn’t find Kaitlyn while she would run around me to get in front of my face to inform me that she was, indeed, RIGHT HERE.

Finally, in a humorous exasperation at the teasing, Kaitlyn looked me in the eye and said “Mom-Mom, you are full of bullcrap.”

Kids gonna be a politician. She has the concept of bullcrap nailed.

More Kaitlyn posts HERE

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Who is Christine O’Donnell and Why Should I Vote for Her

Scuttlebutt here in Delaware is that Christine O’Donnell SHOULD have been this state’s Republican nominee to challenge Delaware’s incumbent Senator, Tom Carper. O’Donnell did run in the primaries but the current GOP challenger to the incumbent, Jan Ting, won. O’Donnell was beloved by many of this state’s Republicans but she was not backed by the Republican party as she was considered, ah, too “controversial”.

It was when Christine got an interview with the local but mighty WGMD talk radio station that I sat up and took notice of Ms. O’Donnell.

She speaks well and everything she said during that interview pleased my ear. It’s not that Mr. Ting is a bad candidate. It’s just that Ting is, well the word lackluster comes to mind.

The real controversy about Christine is the fact that she is a Christian and openly espouses Christian values.

Well can’t have that in a state which continually re-elects plagiarizer Joe Biden with the Cheshire cat smile.

Somewhere along the line a small but very discernible groundswell rose and soon the highways and byways of Delaware were filled with billboards adorned with Christine’s pretty face. Lawns began to sprout signs urging voters to write in Christine O’Donnell for Senator from Delaware.

I began to wonder, could a write-in candidate for Senator ever hope to win?

Christine was scheduled to speak at a local pizzeria in Rehoboth Beach and my curiosity got the best of me. Since Kaitlyn was visiting and since the locale of O’Donnell’s campaign stop was right by the ocean, I decided that Kaitlyn and I would drive down and meet this amazing woman in person.

Christine O'Donnell addresses crowd

Christine O'Donnell, Mom-Mom, and Kaitlyn

So many people showed up for this event that the restaurant had to move the crowd from a smaller room to a room upstairs almost three times as large.

She’s refreshing, she’s pleasant, she’s got morals and she’s not, ahem, full of bullcrap. Christine O’Donnell tells the truth when she speaks and a seasoned political observer such as myself, heh, could see that this would-be politico had some rough edges.

Yet she is sincere and her words have the beauty of truth.

Christine, with little help from a skeletal campaign staff, handled that large crowd handily. She took questions unabashedly from the crowd and at times I cringed at her responses, which were so politically incorrect that I feared she’d be arrested on the spot.

O’Donnell leans to a complete Conservative idealology with the added humbleness of Christian teachings. Doesn’t she know how unpopular it is to declare yourself a Christian in public, much less actually think our country is based on Judeo-Christian values?

There was free pizza, which Kaitlyn enjoyed, lawn signs and instructions for completing a write-in vote for Senator.

Grumble-heads complain that O’Donnell’s candidacy is slicing votes from GOP candidate Jan Ting. Hey, Tom Carper is going to win this thing. Neither Ting or O’Donnell have a chance. So what’s it matter if amazed people like myself vote for a candidate who says what a voter wants to hear as opposed to sticking with a party nominee that doesn’t inspire a whit?

Way I see it, this Delaware state, especially one of the largest counties in America-Sussex county, is being swamped with an influx of older, moderate voters hoping to escape nearby liberal enclaves of New Jersey, Merryland and Pennsylvania. Yet Delaware’s Republican party is too scared to take a stand on what those same ready-to-tap voters feel.

If nothing else, a write-in vote for O’Donnell will send a clear message to Delaware’s GOP. Time for this state’s Republican party to REALLY represent conservatives.

I will write-in Christine O’Donnell’s name for Delaware’s Senator and smile as I do it.

More Delaware posts HERE

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