Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A Couple Mind Boggling Thoughts For the Day

Wow! With the new gas prices today, the noon news just reported that the local school district will pay $625,000 for fuel for the school buses to get kids back and forth this year! That doesn't account for the potential for another steep rise and if one calls it luck, it was cheaper most of the school year! They approved $125,000 of that last night just to finish this school year! YIKES, and I thought my gas cost at the pump was bad.... Yes, it is! I had the initial thought that I would be thanking my "lucky" stars at the pump, and then the realization hit me quickly that I am paying a portion of that $625,000 out of my pocket as a tax payer!!! The oil companies are getting me double!

Now, IF the oil companies wanted to "play nice", couldn't they give some discounts? Yes, they will cheat us royally and probably sitting "scrubbing" their hands in glee, but it'd be nice if schools and police/fire/ambulances could be given a break. After all, their prices are paid by us all through our taxes.

I think it's time we all stand at the pumps screaming "This isn't fair!" as we pump the liquid gold into our vehicles. OR the greedy oil people should come to my vehicle with a little gilded tray with a paper doily and a piece of chocolate to collect my money and THANK ME!


The other mind-boggling thought was another news item. This one is teen safety at the wheel!

On the average 17 teens are killed daily in the US in vehicle accidents. Friday and Saturday nights are the highest danger. Being an average, I'll leave it to you to ponder the daily averages.

The report also discussed teen driving boot camp and other teen driving safety programs that are in addition to and post drivers education. My thought is that insurance companies give some discounts for wearing seat belts and such. I think parents of teen drivers should consider checking with their insurance to find out if they have any discounts for kids who have taken the "boot camp" safety programs and completed them. It might be worth the expense of the class and if it makes your teen safer then you've already earned a great bonus.


That's today's rambling and I hope you found something to ponder for a moment.... Have a good day and thank you for reading my blog!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Fun With Favorites

Have you pondered making a list of your favorites in life? I find the blog profiles and blogs themselves very interesting when they have a favorites listed. I read one a short time ago that made me think it would be fun to just list all our favs. Are you game? You don't have to share it, but it may be one of those time-capsule things that you go back and read some time later, so be sure to date it! Here are some favs to get you started in the thinking process. Don't forget we can all go back and add more or edit a fav listing!

A flower garden - the first crocus' and daffodils of the season - freshly dried clothes off the clothes line- spending time with family - my kids - hugs from a child - my 2 horses (mares) - our cats - my dogs - good friends - a hug from a good friend - a freshly painted room just as it's put back into order - a spring day - curtains blowing in the breeze - scented candles - my computer - vanilla - finding good bargains - curling up with a good book or sudoku in front of the tv- calves playing and bounding around their mommas - baby goats - chickens peacefully free ranging - a proud hen announcing her fresh new egg - a garden with veggies for the picking - apples and other fruit in the Fall - the first pot of chili in the Fall - good news from a doctor - good news from the vet - lilacs loaded with blooms

My list will become huge (as I've learned the age old ability to appreciate good things in life) and I'll be back to add to it!

Any comments?