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Friday, January 4, 2008

The wonders of kids never cease

How many of you have ever experienced this? This is snow in the freezer. Well, it was snow; at the time I took the picture, it was a hard rock of ice. Now it is watering my grass through my septic drain field.

Finding snow in my freezer chilled to the form of ice was quite a surprise. According to Bigfoot, this is a fish's best friend. If that's the case, the multiple trout we have stashed in the freezer definitely have a friend to keep them company. Although, I'm not quite sure how frozen snow is a fish's best friend. I do know Danes, Swedes, Finns, and Norwegians, along with the Scandahoovians of Minnesota go ice fishing. Even then, I don't quite completely comprehend the camaraderie developed between the two. I guess here in Washington, fish enjoy the snow becasue it keeps the fishermen away here. Maybe Washington trout revel in the lacking presence of ice fishing.

Fortunately, the dear hubby informed Bigfoot there is a proper method of storing snow. The special process involves deep freezers, plastic containers, and at least a dozen snowballs. I do beleive if we ever hook up a deep freeze, I will hide the Tupperware in the winter.

Put the kids FIRST!

Sometimes, growing up in the world of Boy Scouting, I've run across adults who make the hair on that back of my neck stand straight up. I will be discreet and not mention those names. You know who you are and you know I'm talking about you.

Those of you who irritate me the most are those of you who don't put the kids first, but put higher value in your own personal agendas. I've seen too many of you approve boys for Eagle Scout just because it makes you look good. Some of those boys didn't qualify in dedication or character for that particular rank. These are boys whom you have held their hand during an entire scouting career. They are the same boys who now aren't making any difference in society because they are still relying on you to hand them everything. You make me sick.

There are others of you who decide its a good idea to reject the idea of another just because the project doesn't mean anything to you. As a result, someone in your own community suffered because the idea that you rejected didn't happen. You make me even more sick. If something is good for the community, let the creator of the idea run with it. You might just like the end result of the encouragement you gave. You make by stomach churn.

Others of you can't be bothered to encourage anyone else at all. Why? Largely because what others bring to the table doesn't fit within your perfect box. These people generally come to you with mountains of excitement wrapped up in a very raw mustard seed of desire. Mustard seeds are small. They are one of the smallest seeds of any plant. However, they produce a very lovely, fruitful, useful crop. You see several factors in this situation. You see the other person as a threat to your position. Because you lead not by example or growth, but by position and submission, the talents of others are seen as a threat instead of something to be nurtured. You are not capable of encouragement because the dreams of others might interfere with your plans. You find it better to squash everything that doesn't look flashy and perfect. It doesn't look sweet, smell sweet, or fit in your box, therefore it is a threat and needs to be eliminated. This is the number one reason adults don't volunteer to work with you. You make me throw up.

There are some of you out there who decide to route program funding to your pet projects. We have enough problems with this in government. How is your behavior any different. All this does is lead to other people feeling rejected. If you are willing to fund one, fund all. I see this issue rise to greater annoyances in the ScoutReach program more than anywhere else. I work with a ScoutReach pack in the Westpark community in Bremerton. Scout reach is a program within BSA that is intended to bring the Boy Scout program to at-risk communities. Everything done for these kids comes from volunteers and a few paid employees of BSA. No support whatsoever comes from the parents of these kids. These kids come to us from homes where lurid values are present. Video games and television are the majority influence for the kids we service. Most of these families live on welfare aid. We try to minister to every family we can.

Funding in Chief Seattle Council for ScoutReach gets routed to King and Snohomish counties before Kitsap, Jefferson and Mason counties receive anything. Any money we raise in donations in Kitsap County get routed to Seattle; we are supposed to be grateful for getting 10% or less of any of that cash. We are struggling to purchase supplies. Most of our boys get older editions of books, used uniforms, and cheaper program. It takes money to run a program fro Cub Scouts. It takes even more money to operate a program that follows the Cub Scout program itself. All too often, lack of funding leaves some of these ScoutReach units turning into arts and crafts hours.

What money there is, comes out of personal pockets for these kids in Kitsap County. Our local ScoutReach Director is already pushing the $1000 mark buying uniforms, books, and supplies for kids all across Kitsap County. Our ScoutReach Cub Scout Pack in Westpark has been in existence for thirteen years, and has hit well over $1000 per year. Field trips don't happen for us, we have no money to go anywhere. We're not asking for gas compensation; we're asking for assistance with admissions into the places we want to go. I know expenses can be deducted from income taxes, but to what point do we draw the line? How much of our personal income do we give up for these kids? As living expenses rise, our ability to purchase supplies diminishes. To see other units in King County receive FULL funding FOR TRIPS TO CANADA makes us wonder who is really important. Unequal funding is only penalizing what these kids receive. Placing some kids as more important than others is not what I thought scouting is about.

It is those of you who make me sick that have helped hinder the mission established by the founders of BSA. If the mission of BSA is to develop boys into the men of society, what are you doing by placing restraints upon others? If your personal mission in Scouting is to develop people who will make the world a better place, my question to you is this: Are you actions and words helping these boys become great people who will make the world of their generation a better place for everyone?

I would like to know how dictating directions, rejecting ideas and differences, funding of pet projects while letting other projects suffer makes you a better person. Are you truly setting the example of what you are expecting boys to become. are you coming together as a team for the common good of the lives of these kids, or are you putting your personal interests first.

Scouting should be a ministry for developing a better world through people. Make your priority the kids. Encourage everything that carries any benefit to the community. Look past your own box of dreams and promote the dreams of others. Your community will find scouting to be the greatest youth organization available.

I'll close with this: I was once asked when my son was still an infant why I was involved with Scouting. I responded, after giving this question some in depth thought, with this: On the surface, there's no real reason for me to be involved with Cub Scouting. My son was not old enough for the program ( now he's too old for Cub Scouting). the only real reason I have to volunteer my time and money, is the knowledge that if I can take one kid off the street or out of a broken home, give that child a better view on life through Scouting, then I've done my duty to God and my Country. Putting kids first is most important.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

More of 2007 in Pictures

Veteran's Day Dinner November 10, 2007. Sponsored by Bremerton #117 F&AM.
I've edited this photo, so hopefully when you see it, my little-big brother will be standing straight up and not dancing on the wall.
If you are bothered to turn your head, you will see my little-big brother's hair before he cut it for his flight school program. The opportunity to cut off his hair was raffled for the support of WA Child Identification Program (WACHIP). He made over $250 dollars at $5 a pop!
Our good friend Tony eliminated 14.5 inches for Locks of Love!
Sailors from the USS Andrew Jackson getting ready to present Old Glory.
Chuck, how dare you eat donuts! I'm telling Laurie on you!
I really do have a can of worms. Clowning is so much fun. I made a reference to this picture on my Yahoo 360 page
I love this sign. I think my mom sent it to me via email. It speaks my life philosophy.
Who can do without two homeschooled kids and a mom packing over 300 school kits for kids less fortunate overseas.
BeadGirl carried her own pumpkin this year.
The first of three snowmen created this year.
He used grass for hair so he wouoldn't have to make another hat.
We have three sections of yard. Our yards combined are larger than our entire house. When you have three yards, you have to have three snowmen.
BeadGirl avoids mom and dad's kissy scene at midnight. Happy New Year!
Explorer Academy September field trip to the library. Small Port Orchard Library, large group, very cramped, very fun.

One more good reason to drop Yahoo 360

I just got a response from Yahoo regarding why I can't post blogs on their system right now. This is their answer:
Hello Terri,

Thank you for writing to Yahoo! 360.

Thank you for your report of this issue. Due to the recent announcement

on transitioning Yahoo! 360, the development team is focusing all of
resources on building a new universal Yahoo! Profile with blogging
solutions which we are certain will delight you. Because we are
focusing our efforts on the new solution, this bug will not be resolved

prior to the transition of Yahoo! 360.

You will be able to find regular updates here:


Keep in mind, there is still a lot of work to be done! We will do our
best to provide you the most current details through the 360 Blog.

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this transition
for contacting Yahoo! 360.
I'm not trying to be a jerk. What are they thinking, we can all just sit and wait with our blogs for them to shut down Yahoo 360 and loose our work, find it, and repost it on a different setup? It would make sense to me to dedicate some of your people to solving some of the glitches like this during the changing period. If a blog is going to be lost between writing and previewing, don't let the blog link work at all, and let people know the system is down.

I found more photos to post. The third batch i tried to upload didn't go through. I have other stuff to do right now. I plan on trying later today.

2007, my year in pictures

This is what happens when the big boy and Bigfoot have the same color shirt. You grab one, thinking it belongs to Bigfoot when it really belongs to the Big Boy.
My friend May passed away September from cancer.
Bigfoot became a Boy Scout. This is one of the few photos you see of him. Everything has to be taken in secret.
Special Ladies Luncheon decorations. Hosted by Bremerton #1117, William H. Upton #206 and Steadfast #216 F&AM of Bremerton. This is the first event i've decorated with flowers since my wedding.
"Look Mom! I can actually CARRY my pumpkin this year!"
Saint John's Day. June 2007 I'm the third from the left.
More of Saint John's Day, My friend Gace and her son Dante
Armed Forces Day Parade, 2007 The Washington Masonic Family Float. I actually got to take pictures at this parade.
ACCCCKKK!!! It's three of the four stooges!!! The middle one is Bigfoot. The Nile Clowns makeup party before the Puyallup Fair.
Dear Darling, oops, I meant to say Stooge number 4 as he becomes Picadilly before the Fair

Happy New Year!

I was trying to post blogs on my Yahoo page, but for some reason, they've been lost in Yahoo land. This is not a good thing when you're trying to use one networking site for the promotion of another. I know Yahoo 360 is shutting down sometime this year, but loosing my blogs between writing and posting is crazy. I thought my life was insane, but this is another ticket.

I could go on about all the stuff that has happened in 2007. However, you can read all of that stuff here. I'd give you my Yahoo 360 page, but I'm not sure they know what they're doing yet.

New Year's Eve was a pleasant night at home, playing games, watching movies, snacking, generally having fun. We tried to watch the Space Needle light up, but computers didn't work and fireworks didn't go off. Yesterday, we spent the late day snacking over the Rose Bowl. I tried to catch up on housework, but dear hubby told me NO. I was not to take on any work yesterday. So, I knitted, and finished on several projects while watching Labyrinth.

Today, we are back at work, school, and chores. I would like two children to catch up on their progress with k12, finish the laundry, get answers regarding our loan, mail off pay out checks, do the dishes, clean the bathroom, and press clothes. I think I might even blog today. I'm not sure.