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The Day After the Storm.

Well we all survived, but I’m not sure for how much longer. Another 26inches of snow dumped on us yesterday. Another snow day! There is no more room to put the snow. In other parts of the world they are experiencing serious droughts, and us? WE can’t get rid of these heinous snow storms! Snow, snow and more snow! I am so ready for spring.

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sleeping beauty, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

The love of a child grows each day even if they are not yours. Emma is my great niece and she turns four years old today. A time of wonder. I remember the day like yesterday, it will live in my mind forever. You see I was the first one to see her born to my niece Amy. I watched her come into this world four years ago today. I passed her to her mother and looked into her eyes as she made her grand entrance. It was one of the greatest moments of my life. She brings joy and happiness to those lucky enough to know her. Her mother is like my own daughter, part of me. May this child, who has brought more joy into everyone’s life that she touches, have a wonderful birthday! I love you with all my heart bebe! Thank you for loving me unconditionally. You are the sunshine of my life, the stars in my sky, and the moon to light my way! Be happy today “Tinkerbell” and enjoy this special day. We love you very much! Thanks to her mom Amy and her Grammy Tammy, she is raised in a home filled with unconditional love and understanding. She is a child filled with wonder and grace.  A child who is very inquisitive.  My all of your dreams come true to you!

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david, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Today is Friday the Start of another weekend. I am in bliss…

WASHINGTON — President Obama told the nation’s mayors on Friday that he would hold them accountable for how they spend the money in his $787 billion economic stimulus package, which he described as “a true partnership” between the federal government and cities that have been too long neglected by Washington.

“I want to be clear about this: We cannot tolerate business as usual — not in Washington, not in our state capitols, not in America’s cities and towns,” Mr. Obama told a gathering of the United States Conference of Mayors. He said he was putting them “on notice” that if they propose a wasteful project, “I will call them out on it.”

The mayors, who also spoke with Cabinet secretaries during their visit to the White House, came with a variety of projects in mind for the money: community health centers, new water towers, sewage treatment plants. They said afterward that their main concern about the money was that it would be bottled up in state government. Even some Republican mayors who had been uneasy about the stimulus package said they were happy to have the money.

“Now that the bill has passed, I want it to work the best way it can,” said Patrick McCrory, a Republican and the mayor of Charlotte, N.C., who said he had concerns about the package before it passed.

Kevin Burns, a Democrat and the mayor of North Miami, Fla., said: “Whether we like it or not, this money is here; we have to account for it, we have to spend it. The time for bickering that it’s a bad program is over with.”

In his remarks to the mayors, Mr. Obama further distanced himself from his predecessor, George W. Bush, whom he accused sharply, though not by name, of paying too little attention to urban problems. He also sought to defuse frequent Republican assertions that the Democrats’ idea of solving problems is to toss taxpayers’ money at them, heedless of where it lands.

Alluding to the astronomical sums in the stimulus program, President Obama said, “What is required in return, what I will need from all of you, is unprecedented responsibility and accountability — on all of our parts. The American people are watching.” http://www.nytimes.com/

Ya Think?    I always see the bright “side” of things!  🙂

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Day dreamin’ about my home away from home! It’s my blog and I can do what I want to!

Hey and if you don’t like….don’t open the Pandora’s box, by clicking on the link.  Oh, wait a minute……isn’t that human nature?  Got ya!

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Things I miss the Most.

florentine pizza, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Folks always ask me what types of food I miss the most. If I had to pick the top ten food items it would be:
Pizza
Sweets, pastries
Chocolate (any type)
Being able to eat lots of pasta
Bread, muffins, biscuits, particularly toasted artisan bread
Full Fat Gourmet Ice Cream
Diet Coke (sometimes)
Margaritas
Chicken/Poultry especially buffalo wings
and did I already say Lots of Pasta?

Things with food are different now, but sometimes I still get rather frustrated with my head hunger and how to deal with the beast some days. But most days are better. I wonder how my body/head will differentiate when we are in Italy in June?  Some time smy own insecurities challenge my beliefs in myself to make this work. Even though I have already lost 114 pounds, I still can’t help bu wonder if their is a potential for me to fail?

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Waiting for Spring

from my husband, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Valentine’s Day and my 11th Wedding Anniversary came and went this past weekend. My dearest husband sent me the above flowers to celebrate the day.

Today the sun is shining here, tomorrow more snow is expected…..I am counting down the days til spring arrives here. Nothing else to say today. Except the world is sometimes and ugly place to live. Always bad news, bailouts, layoffs, deadbeats, crime, bankruptcies, will there ever be good news again?

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Happy Valentine’s day!

I wish all my readers and Flickr friends a very Happy Valentine’s Day. Remember to show someone how much you really love them!  Don’t be afraid to share your love with someone today!

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