Monday, October 29, 2012

Cat Addicts Anonymouse

My cats had their picture on Cat Addicts Anonymouse

If you are an animal lover you will want to check them out on Facebook. 
http://www.facebook.com/cat.addicts?ref=ts&fref=ts


Its been up for only an hour and has almost 4,000 likes.

( proud cat mama) 


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Cat's Den



Chester made himself a den in the foliage of our yard.


Friday, October 26, 2012

NEW DINING ROOM CHAIRS!!!!

Finally!!!!

I've wanted some decent dinning-room hairs for about a year. I had no idea how expensive they are. Even cheep ones are $30-$60 each.

I've been stalking yard sales all summer for something I can refurbish. I LOVE refurbishing furniture and making it my own, I just didn't want to spend more that $10 a chair.

On of my girlfriends ended up finding a super great deal on chairs at a yard sale. They where perfect for her style house and gave me her old ones!!!! THANK YO SO MUCH, LAURA!

WHAHOOOO!

I only had to make one small minor repair and paint!


They are perfect for my Fantasy-Style-Steampunk Dinning-room!


Before!



After



Saturday, October 20, 2012

Blackberry Love Pie



Made this for my sister, Amy.
My real pie pan was full of apple pie I had made the day before, so I got creative and used a glass bowl  .
It turned out great!

Leaf Pocket


Leaf pocket to be sewn onto Kal'el's Halloween Costume.
More to come soon!




Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Homemade Breakfast Sandwiches

Such a good morning!

The sandwich on the right it is a cheese omelet with turkey bacon and the one of the left is turkey bacon, tomato and Parmesan cheese, with olive oil and salt and pepper.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Book of Morning Warning about Political Leaders



Mosiah 29: 21-23


21 And behold, now I say unto you, ye cannot dethrone an iniquitous king save it be through much contention, and the shedding of much blood.
 22 For behold, he has his friends in iniquity, and he keepeth his guards about him; and he teareth up the laws of those who have reigned in righteousness before him; and he trampleth under his feet the commandments of God;
 23 And he enacteth laws, and sendeth them forth among his people, yea, laws after the manner of his own wickedness;....

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Grilled Pineapple

Grilled Pineapple



I cut the pineapple placed it on a buttered grill and cooked.

So easy and delicious. You can also add brown sugar.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Obama, Slaves, and the Book of Mormon


Obama, Slaves, and the Book of Mormon




I found some interesting correlations between the current US tax system and a passage I read in the Book of Mormon.

What percentage of your income do you pay in taxes?
25%?
30%?
Add Medicare tax, Social Security tax, property tax, gas tax, and sales tax.
About 40%-50%?


Mosiah 7
 22 And all this he did, for the sole purpose of bringing this people into subjection or into bondage. And behold, we at this time do pay tribute to the king of the Lamanites, to the amount of one half of our corn, and our barley, and even all our grain of every kind, and one half of the increase of our flocks and our herds; and even one half of all we have or possess the king of the Lamanites doth exact of us, or our lives.
 23 And now, is not this grievous to be borne? And is not this, our affliction, great? Now behold, how great reason we have to mourn.
 24 Yea, I say unto you, great are the reasons which we have to mourn; for behold how many of our brethren have been slain, and their blood has been spilt in vain, and all because of iniquity.


So, are you in bondage to some king? Or at least someone who thinks he is king?



Interesting List of Taxes that exist today. I found this list at: http://www.thepowerhour.com/news2/tax_list.htm


TAXES:
Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
Capital Gains Tax
CDL license Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Court Fines (indirect taxes)
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel permit tax
Gasoline Tax (42 cents per gallon)
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax Interest expense (tax on the money)
Inventory tax IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax)
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Local Income Tax
Luxury Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Septic Permit Tax
Service Charge Taxes
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Taxes (Truckers)
Sales Taxes
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Road Toll Booth Taxes
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone federal excise tax
Telephone federal universal service fee tax
Telephone federal, state and
local surcharge taxes
Telephone minimum usage surcharge tax
Telephone recurring and non-recurring charges tax
Telephone state and local tax
Telephone usage charge tax
Toll Bridge Taxes
Toll Tunnel Taxes
Traffic Fines (indirect taxation)
Trailer Registration Tax
Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax

COMMENTS:
"Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago and our nation was the most prosperous in the world, had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world and only one parent had to work to support the family."


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Restaurant Review Rocky Mountain Drive Inn


Review of Rocky Mountain Drive Inn




http://www.utahvalley.com/shopping-dining/dining.aspx?detailID=406


My family went here for shakes on family night. The shakes were thick and large, and the customer service was AMAZING.

I didn't notice they accidentally charge me too much, but the man at the counter noticed and was honest enough to refund me the difference. He also gave my three-year-old son some fruit snacks while we waited for our shakes to be made.

The food is a little pricey. We paid about $3.50 for a small shake, but it was an over size small and we all had to put out ice cream in the freezer when we got home and ate it again the next day.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Kick A Thon for Serena


Margaret Turley is an author friend of mine and the founder of Writers Unite to Fight Cancer, an organization that raises community awareness about cancer and holds fundraisers for cancer research and families struggling with cancer.
For more info on Writers Unite to Fight Cancer  see http://writersunitetofightcancer.com/

This February, Margaret’s own daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Now that cancer has hit this wonderful family we want to rally around them and support them in their time of need.

Leif and I decided to combine our specialties, karate and books, to do a Kick-a-Thon/Book Signing for Serena. Everyone who came got a $50 gift card and everyone was invited to participate in kicking with Leif’s Ninjas.


Sensei Leif and Master Perry on KSL news promoting the event.





The Event:




 Auction Items:


 Companies:

 Authors:













 Kickers:













Friday, October 5, 2012

What a Great Message


Saw this guy on the streets with a cardboard sign. 



Thursday, October 4, 2012

Two Types of Men





I was reading Mosiah chapter 19 today and came across and interesting situation.
Remember this guy, King Noah:





Yeah, he’s like the Jabba the Hut of the Book of Mormon, but according to Arnold Freiburg instead of having Princess Leah on a chain he had these leopards.

Anyway, King Noah was glutinous and encouraged his people to commit sin and all kinds of whoredoms and he was also a drunk (for full juicy details see Mosiah 11)

In chapter 19 the Lamanite army attacked them. King Noah's people were pretty much helpless because there was no army. I guess they were all too busy working at the wine press.

Look at what King Noah asks his men to do:

19: 9 And the king commanded the people that they should flee before the Lamanites, and he himself did go before them, and they did flee into the wilderness, with their women and their children.
 19:10 And it came to pass that the Lamanites did pursue them, and did overtake them, and began to slay them.
 19:11 Now it came to pass that the king commanded them that all the men should leave their wives and their children, and flee before the Lamanites.
 19:12 Now there were many that would not leave them, but had rather stay and perish with them. And the rest left their wives and their children and fled.

In this moment of crisis all the men of this tiny kingdom were divided in to two groups.
Those who would leave their wives and children and those who would rather die then abandon their families at what they thought was the end of their lives.

It’s interesting to think about what these family relationships were like on a day to day basis. What was the relationship between the man and his children who decided to leave his kids and save himself while the enemy slaughtered them? How strong was the marriage of the man who outran his wife and left her in the hands of the warriors from the enemy kingdom?

I can guarantee that he was not leading out in family prayer, home evening, and scripture study.  Was he supporting his family spiritually, financially, and protecting them physically or did he follow the king in his example of being a drunk that chased after harlots and expected other people and government taxes to take care of him? (see Mosiah 11:3-6 to learn about this welfare program.)

What about the men who stayed? They would rather die then return and see the slaughtered bodies of the ones they love most. Family was the most precious thing they had.

This story does have a happy ending (sort of, It’s hard to say “happy ending” because the Book of Mormon would be considered a tragedy since everyone dies at the end. Sorry for the spoiler.)

The Lamanites come into this town full of beautiful women and children. “And it came to pass that the Lamanites had compassion on them, for they were charmed with the beauty of their women.” (Mosiah 19:14)

The men who ran away had a change of heart, or rather, they were inwardly tortured by guilt and the images of their slaughtered families.


19: 19 “Now they had sworn in their hearts that they would return to the land of Nephi, and if their wives and their children were slain, and also those that had tarried with them, that they would seek revenge, and also perish with them.”

Then King Noah gets in the way again, but this time it backfires.

 19:20 And the king commanded them that they should not return; and they were angry with the king, and caused that he should suffer, even unto death by fire.


So they went back after their bonfire, but can you imagine being one of those guys and trying to ask for forgiveness? Talk about sleeping the doghouse for the next decade.
In a moment of truth, in a moment of crisis, when it really comes down to life and death, what kind of man are you?