Friday, July 31, 2009
Then there is beaver boy... yes, he said he was trying to be a beaver...
Then a Walrus....
Do I have funny offspring or what... Big Son is SO not interested in being any type of animal. He wants to read about WWII and guns - I love my boys, as wierd as they are!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
oh - I cant bear this anymore.... so here are just a bunch of pictures.. *SOB*
See how dirty his tshirt is after his daddy held him..
The worlds bestest babysitter - is what we call this one....
LIke a baby bird waiting to eat..
and these.... are you getting bored yet... what a stroll down weight gain lane.. I mean memory, MEMORY lane....
How do they grow so fast.....
not sure I can take much more of this.....
I will post the rest after his party tonight - your ALL invited!!!!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Well, amongst all that the Milk Man and I made 8 gallons of Saur Kraut today.... can anyone say its BEDTIME yet! LOL
Thank you again my dearest friends - I can never thank you all enough for sharing my life with me and letting me be part of your day and life. May you all be richly blessed!!!!
Love - The Milk Mans Wife
Monday, July 27, 2009
I hate to ask, but would you all be willing to say a little prayer for my dad - he was at work tonight and inhaled something. They are not sure what it is, but he is in the hospital now and are going to transfer him to Regents hospital in the twin cities.... If you would add him to your prayer lists I would REALLY appreciate it.... his name is Mike... THANK YOU and I will keep you all posted.
LOVE YOU ALL!!
Friday, July 24, 2009
First - I worked as a W-2 worker in our great state for 7 years. If you are not familiar with W2 look it up. Its called Wisconsin Works - don't be fooled, its still welfare but under a different name. Anyway - W2 itself is not the only assistance programs there are. Medical Assistance, from now on will be referred to as MA - is also a part of public assistance in general. To qualify for public assistance you have to meet certain criteria for each program to be eligible for said program. For MA - there were 17 different categories you could fall into - you had to either have children or be disable and/or elderly. The income limits for these programs were VERY low when I first started, but Wisconsin was in the middle of revamping our whole welfare system - thank you Tommy Thompson - when I first started and the state was billed by the doctor/hospital or clinic directly. At that time each facility had its own billing dept and certain people would handle the MA billing - most facilities are still this way (Willow Witch - any insight on this would be great - thank you) Soooo the clinic/facility would bill the state directly. When billing for MA there are certain codes that need to be used so that the $$ is ear tagged and they know how much $$ was spent on what illness's etc. MA coding is a big deal, HOWEVER, the state had specialists to help the clinic or facility if they were not coding correctly. It was a good system and it WORKED well - very cost effective with little issue about payment. Fast forward about 8mo into my work as a W-2 specialist- enter HMO's, or in other words - come on in and lets throw money into a bottomless pit so we can raise taxes, get poor service, have chaos in billing and payment practices and basically spend $$ NEEDLESSLY!! Before HMO's were allowed into the MA world you had direct bill - direct pay... so if you had a $300 bill from the doctor it was billed to the state and the state payed $300 simple right - right. So if the next month you didn't have any medical expenses the state paid nothing.... sound good so far? WELL, when the HMO's were allowed to come into the picture this is what happened, I hope you can follow this....its kind of confusing. The HMO's would 'facilitate' the billing/payment process of MA but to do this each person on MA had to be enrolled in the HMO and the state had to pay the HMO for EACH PERSON that was enrolled in it. getting this so far? Not only did they have to then pay for the service that was provided they had to pay for the HMO to 'handle' the billing for each recipient. The state had to pay for the MA recipient EACH MONTH regardless if they used the MA or not. The state has to pay on an average of $150 PER PERSON PER MONTH - whether they went to the dr. or not.... stupid huh? That 'premium' is on a sliding scale, but that is the 'average' - so a family of 4 cost the state $600 per month whether they went to the dr or not.... now how dumb is that???? There were no jobs lost or gained in the process of allowing HMO's into the scheme of things - it was purely for the benefit of HMO's - friends of politicians... Wisconsin had 5,900,000 people in it and in 2004 there were 800,000 people on MA JUST IN WISCONSIN.... so for 1 month of HMO premiums the state paid $120,000,000 - for the year it was $1,441,000,000 - from one state...... Now it could be more, but it wont be less. People that are ill more often or have chronic issues its more - but for people who never or rarely use it - it is still paid.... Fee for service worked and saved SO MUCH BETTER. The HMO's argue that people were abusing the 'system' because they were going from one dr. to the next or going to the ER more than needed... well - I really doubt that they were spending $120,000,000 per month of frivolous medical expenses.. how does this equate into the current nonhealth agenda - well, it would just be on a bigger scale.
Secondly, in the new nonhealth care plan - people who have chronic illness could be REFUSED treatment because it was/is not cost effective. Excuse me? I pay taxes and you will not give me the health care I am paying for? Also, if you are over 59 you will not be allowed to have heart stents, open heart surgery etc because its not 'cost effective' - Tom Daschel stated and I quote
"health-care reform will not be pain free. Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them." Now remember, that doesn't include Tommy boy or Mr. Obama OR ANY representative that has ever been in office... They have free health care and pension FOR LIFE regardless of how they got into office or how long they stayed there and that includes their spouse....
Well, that is enough of my rant for now. There are other things that I want to write about and I will in the future, BUT I think this is enough to digest for the moment. Let me know if I have any information that you feel is incorrect.. I have fuzzy math syndrome sometimes.. *snicker* but I promise it is not with the intent to deceive - it has to do with 3 children pulling my hands as I type or try to use the calculator...
Love to you all - The Milk Mans Wife
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
This is how we can know the depths of Gods love for us, by seeing it in other people. This man showed his love for his fellow man in such a way that I cant even describe. When I read this, I literally sobbed.... If there were some way that I could personally thank these men - I would do it in a heart beat...
This was the email..
Michael Jackson dies and it’s 24/7 news coverage. A real American hero dies and not a mention of it in the news. The media has no honor and God is watching
You're a 19-year-old kid. You're critically wounded and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley , 11-14-1965, LZ X-ray, Vietnam . Your infantry unit is outnumbered 8-1 and the enemy fire is so intense, from 100 or 200 yards away, that your own Infantry Commander has ordered the MediVac helicopters to stop coming in. You're lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns, and you know you're not getting out. Your family is half way around the world, 12,000 miles away and you'll never see them again. As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day. Then, over the machine gun noise, you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter and you look up to see an unarmed Huey, but it doesn't seem real because no Medi-Vac markings are on it. Ed Freeman is coming for you. He's not Medi-Vac, so it's not his job, but he's flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire, after the Medi-Vacs were ordered not to come. He's coming anyway. And he drops it in and sits there in the machine gun fire as they load 2 or 3 of you on board. Then he flies you up and out, through the gunfire to the doc tors and nurses. And he kept coming back, 13 more times, and took about 30 of you and your buddies out, who would never have gotten out.
Medal of Honor Recipient Ed Freeman died on Wednesday, June 25th, 2009, at the age of 80, in Boise , ID. May God rest his soul.
Medal of Honor Winner Ed Freeman! Since the media didn't give him the coverage he deserves, send this to every red-blooded American you know.
THANKS AGAIN, ED, FOR WHAT YOU DID FOR OUR COUNTRY. RIP
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
See, he's a very gracious host - he treated them just like family. He wanted to make them feel so comfortable that he even stripped to his undies and did his Water Welcome dance for them... I got great kids don't I? Big Son joined him of course and well, the picture perfect family fell apart right before the eyes of our guests... but they were gracious and didn't flinch..... I swore I saw them drinking on the way out of the driveway - I am sure their nerves were a complete frazzled mess..... glad they were not driving to Montana from here!!
Now to be serious - what a wonderful couple. I cant wait for their return trip and wish they could visit us weekly. Trout is great fella and Schnitzel - she is one of the sweetest woman I have ever met - truly!
This was take at our farm and that short German lady on the right is my mother in law - Betty. She is as much fun as she looks, if she couldn't laugh she choke to death. Schnitzel is next, then my hunk of burning love, I, I, I mean the Milk Man then the Trout... he's a keeper too! Ya know what I loved the most about his couple... I hope you guys don't mind me saying this out loud to the world but here it goes... They have been married for 40+ years and you can see that they are still VERY MUCH IN LOVE with one another. I hope that the Milk Man and I can be that way when we are at that stage of life. We miss you guys already and Milk Man said that on your way back from Montana - ya better stop back!!
NOW, before I close I have a couple of things I MUST show you. One of my favorite people sent me something that was made by another favorite person of mine..... isn't this gorgeous???
Karen from Fresh Fixins had this sent to me and Suzanne, the farmers wife made it and sent it. You guys are to much!! It is beautiful and I LOVE IT... so does the Milk Man - that apron and my red heels are now is favorite outfit for me.... did I just say that out loud.... sorry granny.... bleach your minds eye if you cant handle it...
AND - when S & T came she brought me these....
She made the dish towel and the cookbook is from her family - what thoughtful gifts. Milk Man was only disappointed that I couldn't wear the dish towel like I could the apron - then he said maybe I could just hold it up in front of me.... He's thoughtful like that...
Love to you all... Karen, an extra thank you to you. I don't think you realize how much your friendship means to me. When I have a downer day - something usually comes in the mail from you that makes it all better - for me and the boys.
Gotta run - Milk Man just called and needs help with cutting some brush along one of the fields.. and away we go!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
be back later, I have to start my bread for the week and get ready for work. I have a bunch of stuff to do today that I need to have done by Wednesday.... wish me luck!
Sunday, July 12, 2009
LOVE YOU ALL - You may never hear from me again... Schnitzel and Trout CANT WAIT for you to get here!!!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
See ya later!
Saturday, July 4, 2009
First I want to thank everyone for the wonderful support of my post a couple of days ago. It was just one of those days.. I don't have them very often and I was'nt in the throws of a deeply troubled day, but I was SO NOT feeling good about myself. Anyway that has passed and I am on to new things... like dieting... **snigger**
I don't know much today in the way of anything really - save one thing... I KNOW my boys don't have clean underwear on.... I am not sure they have underwear on at all......
Have a great day - drive sober and safe - eat till your satisfied and love life!!! It can go by so fast!!
All my love to you guys!!
The Milk Mans Wife
P.S - this is what we are doing.....
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
and realize that a the weight is worth every army man in the carpet that I step on, every 'Mom I am hungry - FEEEED MEEEEE', every 'He hit me first', every 'What do you mean we have no graham crackers', every 'I wanted fried eggs not boiled', every pair of stray stockings, under ware and mud caked bedsheets (don't ask)..... The other night Lispy was so tired, that when he got home from the farm he went straight to his room... usually Palmer or MilkMan help him shower while I get supper ready. Some how he snuck by me in the kitchen, it could have been when I had my head in the fridge singing - Lynard Skynerd, Sweet Home Alabama - at the top of my lungs. Anyway, I went looking for him when it was time to eat.... he was curled up in his bed and was filthy dirty...he had dried cow poop on his feet and his face was full of grease...but he was completely zoned out - I let him sleep, poopy feet and all. If you want the Children's protective services number, I am sure its in the phone book.... What I am getting at with all of this is - does anyone have some good ways that are not OVERBOARD with just taking a few pounds off. I work all day at home here, but have realized that I don't do as much as I used to. I don't do all the milking anymore, with all the house work, yard work and child rearing - I truly don't have the time. I do help out with other things that need to be done, but I am just not as active as I was a few years ago. Much to my surprise to say the least. I feel that I am always busy doing something and I am, but I guess its just not enough to loose much weight. ANYWAY!!!
How is everyone else doing? I have a couple of more posts to put up today or tommorow which ever comes first....