Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Arrived here by collusion and conspiracy. Not an Airborne cat since Mark is not a cat person. But since my oldest son, the prime conspirator, is a Jimmy Buffet fan....she is a Margaritaville cat. She has taken over the Tiki bar as her own.
Glider is recovering from surgery. Absolutely hates the cone...he is miserable. The vet said to keep him calm for a week. Riiggghhht. He is an Aussie with only one speed: full speed ahead. Good luck with that.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
*Airborne dog Glider is resting comfortably after surgery this morning. This was scheduled and part of the contract when he was purchased. All of the dogs and cats that we have owned during the last 35 years have been neutered. We can pick up from the vet tomorrow at 9 a.m. The house is eerily quiet without him.
*All the stories we have heard about the VA are apparently true. They are painfully slow in processing benefits and have put a veteran and parents in a predicament as to how to afford college in stressed economy.
*After two weeks of collusion and conspiracy between Gayle and my oldest son, a feral kitty has shown up at our house. She is all black and named Isabeau (pictures to come). My son and DIL are moving to Port St. Lucie and there have been a number of feral cats born at an apartment complex behind his house. He has rescued two and we now have the third. She has gone from feral to domesticated in about 24 hours. Border collie Olustee is quite taken with her.
*MSM has started to pick up its coverage of Afghanistan....finally. Couple of stories in both the Post and the Times and NBC and CBS have run some Afghanistan related stories.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Sgt. Gregory Owens Jr., 24, of Garland, Texas
Spc. Anthony M. Lightfoot, 20, of Riverdale, Ga
Spc. Andrew J. Roughton, 21, of Houston, Texas.
Pfc. Dennis J. Pratt, 34, of Duncan, Okla.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
The next day, Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird announced they were drafting another 50,000 young men and the draft number was moving to 95.
The very next day, I received a letter in the mail that began: "Greetings from the President of the United States." I was in the Army.
Yesterday, an Army Reserve recruiter called for Mark.
Then Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced that the Army needed another 20,000 men.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
I'm not sure I'm ready to read something like this but I probably should.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
She and her family are the only other 82nd Airborne families in our neighborhood, although we are a former 82nd Airborne family.
She looked good and I am glad that one of our local soldiers is home safe and sound.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Vets in toyland:
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Georgia recently sent elements of its 48th BCT to Afghanistan. Within 3 weeks 3 of their warriors were killed by an IED explosion. The following video is simply magnificent. It's 12 minutes long, but it makes an incredible point - the people of America love and honor their warriors and appreciate the sacrifice they make. The video is shot from inside the procession which picked up the remains of SSG John Beale and shows the crowds which turned out to honor him as it traveled through various parts and towns in Henry County, GA, where SSG Beale was from.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Four soldiers and a sailor come home. Would have been nice if they would have told us who they were and what happened.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
From Sunday's letters to the editor in The Washington Post.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
My nephew, Brian Bradshaw, was killed by an explosive device in Afghanistan on June 25, the same day that Michael Jackson died. Mr. Jackson received days of wall-to-wall coverage in the media. Where was the coverage of my nephew or the other soldiers who died that week? There were several of them, and our family crossed paths with the family of another fallen soldier at Dover Air Force Base, where the bodies come "home." Only the media in Brian's hometown and where he was stationed before his deployment covered his death.
I remember Brian as a toddler wandering around in cowboy boots and hat, not seeing the need for any other clothing. He grew into a thoroughly decent person with a wry sense of humor. He loved wolves and history. Most Christmases, I gave him a biography or some analysis of the Civil War. He read such things for pleasure.
He had old-fashioned values and believed that military service was patriotic and that actions counted more than talk. He wasn't much for talking, although he could communicate volumes with a raised eyebrow.
He was a search-and-rescue volunteer, an altar boy, a camp counselor. He carried the hopes and dreams of his parents willingly on his shoulders. What more than that did Michael Jackson do or represent that earned him memorial "shrines," while this soldier's death goes unheralded?
It makes me want to scream.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Glider - 4 months, 32 pounds
Trouble is: he still wants to be a lap dog and he uses his great leaping/pouncing ability to remind you.
Quiet Fourth: The Fourth of July generally has been a pretty noisy celebration at our house. But this year, my oldest son and his wife are down in Port St. Lucie with the in-laws and Mark, now that he is out of the Army and out of harm's way, doesn't think he has enough "pull" for a party. Probably just as well. We have a new baby next door.
Butterfly garden: One of our coping strategies - things to do to keep our minds off of a deployment - was to plant a butterfly garden. We've been at it for three years now (of course, no more deployments) and it looks like we are going to have our first crop of baby butterflies - Monarchs. See La Florida.