Tuesday, February 28, 2012

He insulted my country!

One of our presidential candidates seems to think it is okay to use false information to make a point against socialized health-care.
I don’t really care if you are for or against it, but I do care when someone uses false information to make a point! And it really makes me angry when this false information is about ...

Rick Santorum actually accuses my country of killing the elderly!!!

He also mentions that 10% of all elderly are being euthanized against their will and that old people wear bracelets that say, “Please don’t euthanize me!”

I truly wished that mr Santorum would check out the facts instead of just using a sleazy story once produced by Fox, to spike their numbers!
No, we don’t include Fox in our tv-channels, we prefer truthful news!

This presidential candidate doesn’t seem to think he might check his facts. Nor does he seem to understand international policies. Much of Europe has socialized medicine and he didn’t make any brownie-points for the USA with such a statement.

I hope he doesn’t start any false rumors about the Middle East, we might be in another war!

Rachel Madden mentioned in her talk-show, “The Dutch are not amused!”

No, and this man is not a good presidential candidate, he could get the USA in big trouble!

My parents are elderly and have received wonderful care from doctors and nurses during recent hospital stays. Also, a chairlift has been installed in their home a few months ago (part of socialized healthcare) so they can stay in their own home longer and be independent and happy!
A local doctor stops in unannounced now and then!

Now here is the REAL SCOOP!

Only terminally ill may request to be aided into a peaceful parting of this world. There are signatures required from: the doctor, the patient, and two family members.

Some people agree with this, others don’t ... it depends on your religious beliefs!

I know Dr, Kavorkian died in jail at the age of 83 due to his believes. Many people may agree or disagree if we have the right to aid a terminally ill patient.

But that is not what this is about! It is not about the right to die!

Rick Santorum uses Holland to fight against socialized healthcare, without learning the facts!
He is wrong, we don’t kill our elderly ... we care for them as well as we can and we promote independent living and dignity .... as long as we can. Only a small percentage ASKS for help to leave this life!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Mom's clothesline!

You have to be a "certain age" to appreciate this blog....

(But you YOUNGER ones can read about "The GOOD ole days"!!)

I still remember many of the rules, even though I have not used a clothesline for many years.


(If you don't even know what clotheslines are, better skip this.)

1. You had to hang the socks by the toes... NOT the top.

2. You hung pants by the BOTTOM/cuffs... NOT the waistbands.

3. You had to WASH the clothesline(s) before hanging any clothes - walk the entire length of each line with a damp cloth around the lines.

4. You had to hang the clothes in a certain order, and always hang "whites" with "whites," and hang them first.

5. You NEVER hung a shirt by the shoulders - always by the tail! What would the neighbors think?

6. Wash day on a Monday! NEVER hang clothes on the weekend, or on Sunday, for Heaven's sake!

7. Hang the sheets and towels on the OUTSIDE lines so you could hide your "unmentionables" in the middle (perverts & busybodies, y'know!)

8. It didn't matter if it was sub-zero weather... clothes would ‘freeze-dry’. Don't bend them when you take these clothes down!

I broke my father’s arm once ... well, his shirt sleeve!

9. ALWAYS gather the clothes pins when taking down dry clothes! Pins left on the lines were "tacky"!

9 B . We had a long wooden pole (clothes pole) that was used to push the clotheslines up so that longer items (sheets/pants/etc.) didn't brush the ground and get dirty.

10. If you were efficient, you would line the clothes up so that each item did not need two clothes pins, but shared one of the clothes pins with the next washed item.

11. Clothes off of the line before dinner time, neatly folded in the clothes basket, and ready to be ironed.

12. IRONED???!! Well, that's a whole OTHER subject!

(I didn’t write this poem, but it inspired me to write the blog.)


A clothesline was a news forecast,
To neighbors passing by,

There were no secrets you could keep,
When clothes were hung to dry.

It also was a friendly link,
For neighbors always knew

If company had stopped on by,
To spend a night or two.

For then you'd see the "fancy sheets",
And towels upon the line;

You'd see the "company table cloths",
With intricate designs.

The line announced a baby's birth,
From folks who lived inside,

As brand new infant clothes were hung,
So carefully with pride!

The ages of the children could,
So readily be known

By watching how the sizes changed,
You'd know how much they'd grown!

It also told when illness struck,
As extra sheets were hung;

Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe too,
Haphazardly were strung.

It also said, "On vacation now",
When lines hung limp and bare.

It told, "We're back!" when full lines sagged,
With not an inch to spare!

New folks in town were scorned upon,
If wash was dingy and gray,

As neighbors carefully raised their brows,
And looked the other way.

But clotheslines now are of the past,
For dryers make work much less.

Now what goes on inside a home,
Is anybody's guess!

I really miss that way of life,
It was a friendly sign

When neighbors knew each other best...
By what hung out on that line.