Sunday, October 29, 2006

Go Cardinals!!!

(Pretend the colors are black, red, and white; I did the best with what I've got.)

The Chadron Cardinals will play in the second round of Nebraska High School Football Playoffs this week. Go Cardinals!!!!!!

On for Chadron,
On for Chadron,
Fight hard for your fame!
We will victory,
We will victory,
A touchdown is our aim!
Rah! Rah! Rah!
On for Chadron,
On for Chadron,
Fight hard for your fame!
Fight, Cardinals, fight
and we will win this game!!

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Sometimes life tosses lemons at ya...


and you catch the suckers and make lemonade!

So, my son's football team makes it into the state playoffs (yea!)...first playoff game is at home (bigger yea!). Big crowd, psyched football players, band, school song, the whole nine yards (so to speak). And, shortly into the second quarter, a lemon just friggin' kicks my son on his arse...he was tackled by a player and it took out his right knee. He hobbled to the sideline (at least he was still mobile), and the trainers immediately began working on him. They massaged his knee, iced it, wrapped it up...he hobbled into the locker room at half time. There we sat in the stands, his father and I, wondering how bad it was, was he in a lot of pain, would he be able to play in the second half...

Now mind you, he's still got ankles and feet taped like spats, a big ol' lobster claw for a left hand, and now the right knee....

Anyhow, the team comes out for warm-ups before the second half, and he jogs into the field and does some running to warm up, with the trainers watching closely (oh, we're feeling good about this...he looks good, mobile, running....it's gonna be OK!). Then he tries to stop...that doesn't work so well....and go backwards....oh my, that doesn't work at all...and it's back to the bench, ice being taped to the knee. And there he sat for the third quarter....on the bench....alone....dammit....

He went in to the locker room and changed into his street clothes then rejoined his team on the sidelines for the fourth quarter, managing to stay upright most of the time. The team did very well, winning 44-7 and advancing to the next round of the playoffs (YEA!).

The next day was a day of doctor visits, MRI, x-rays....and a diagnosis of "torn PCL, no surgery needed, but a couple of months of physical therapy and no more football playing for the season." Most definitely NOT the type of news a senior in high school wants to hear when his football team is moving through the playoffs.

But, like I said before, lemonade can be made from such lemons. The local radio sportscaster gets wind of the injury, calls my son, and now he's lined up to provide "color commentary" for the next playoff game....isn't the same as playing on the field, but given the circumstances, it's damned good lemonade.

And so, little ones, it's all (still) good....

Thursday, October 26, 2006

So, tell me a little bit about yourself....


I found this on tubbysnuggles.livejournal.com (my friend Sher’s blog); she got it from Jola (a friend of Sher’s). Anywho, I thought it was rather cool, so I decided to do it myself, and share the entire thing with you, little ones.

1. Pick your birth month.
2. Strike out anything that doesn't apply to you. (I put the nonapplicable things in parentheses.)
3. Bold the five-ten that best apply to you. . . .

NOVEMBER: Has a lot of ideas. Difficult to fathom. Thinks forward. (Unique and brilliant.) (Extraordinary ideas.) Sharp thinking. (Fine and strong clairvoyance.) (Can become good doctors.) Dynamic in personality. (Secretive.) Inquisitive. (Knows how to dig secrets.) Always thinking. (Less talkative but amiable.) Brave and generous. Patient. Stubborn and hard-hearted. If there is a will, there is a way. Determined. (Never give up.) (Hardly becomes angry unless provoked.) Loves to be alone. (Thinks differently from others.) Sharp-minded. Motivates oneself. Does not appreciate praises. (High-spirited.) (Well-built and tough.) Deep love and emotions. Romantic. (Uncertain in relationships.) Homely. Hardworking. High abilities. Trustworthy. Honest and keeps secrets. Not able to control emotions. Unpredictable.

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1. Pick your birth month.
2. Strike out anything that doesn't apply to you.
3. Bold the five-ten that best apply to you.

JANUARY: Stubborn and hard-hearted. Ambitious and serious. Loves to teach and be taught. Always looking at people's flaws and weaknesses. Likes to criticize. Hardworking and productive. Smart, neat and organized. Sensitive and has deep thoughts. Knows how to make others happy. Quiet unless excited or tensed. Rather reserved. Highly attentive. Resistant to illnesses but prone to colds. Romantic but has difficulties expressing love. Loves children. Loyal. Has great social abilities yet easily jealous. Very stubborn and money cautious.

FEBRUARY: Abstract thoughts. Loves reality and abstract. Intelligent and clever. Changing personality. Attractive. Sexy. Temperamental. Quiet, shy and humble. Honest and loyal. Determined to reach goals. Loves freedom. Rebellious when restricted. Loves aggressiveness. Too sensitive and easily hurt. Gets angry really easily but does not show it. Dislikes unnecessary things. Loves making friends but rarely shows it. Daring and stubborn. Ambitious. Realizes dreams and hopes. Sharp. Loves entertainment and leisure. Romantic on the inside not outside. Superstitious and ludicrous. Spendthrift. Tries to learn to show emotions.

MARCH:
Attractive personality. Sexy. Affectionate. Shy and reserved. Secretive. Naturally honest, generous and sympathetic. Loves peace and serenity. Sensitive to others. Loves to serve others. Easily angered. Trustworthy. Appreciative and returns kindness. Observant and assesses others. Revengeful. Loves to dream and fantasize. Loves traveling. Loves attention. Hasty decisions in choosing partners. Loves home decors. Musically talented. Loves special things. Moody.

APRIL: Active and dynamic. Decisive and hasty but tends to regret. Attractive and affectionate to oneself. Strong mentality. Loves attention. Diplomatic. Consoling, friendly and solves people's problems. Brave and fearless. Adventurous. Loving and caring. Suave and generous. Emotional. Aggressive. Hasty. Good memory. Moving. Motivates oneself and others. Sickness usually of the head and chest. Sexy in a way that only their lover can see.

MAY: Stubborn and hard-hearted. Strong-willed and highly motivated. Sharp thoughts. Easily angered. Attracts others and loves attention. Deep feelings. Beautiful physically and mentally. Firm Standpoint. Needs no motivation. Easily consoled. Systematic (left brain). Loves to dream. Strong clairvoyance. Understanding. Sickness usually in the ear and neck. Good imagination. Good physical. Weak breathing. Loves literature and the arts. Loves traveling. Dislike being at home. Restless. Not having many children. Hardworking. High spirited. Spendthrift.

JUNE: Thinks far with vision. Easily influenced by kindness. Polite and soft-spoken. Having ideas. Sensitive. Active mind. Hesitating, tends to delay. Choosy and always wants the best. Temperamental. Funny and humorous. Loves to joke. Good debating skills. Talkative. Daydreamer. Friendly. Knows how to make friends. Able to show character. Easily hurt. Prone to getting colds. Loves to dress up. Easily bored. Fussy. Seldom shows emotions. Takes time to recover when hurt. Brand conscious. Executive. Stubborn.

JULY: Fun to be with. Secretive. Difficult to fathom and to be understood. Quiet unless excited or tensed. Takes pride in oneself. Has reputation. Easily consoled. Honest. Concerned about people's feelings. Tactful. Friendly. Approachable. Emotional temperamental and unpredictable. Moody and easily hurt. Witty and sparkly. Not revengeful. Forgiving but never forgets. Dislikes nonsensical and unnecessary things. Guides others physically and mentally. Sensitive and forms impressions carefully. Caring and loving. Treats others equally. Strong sense of sympathy. Wary and sharp. Judges people through observations. Hardworking. No difficulties in studying. Loves to be alone. Always broods about the past and the old friends. Likes to be quiet. Homely person. Waits for friends. Never looks for friends. Not aggressive unless provoked. Prone to having stomach and dieting problems. Loves to be loved. Easily hurt but takes long to recover.

AUGUST: Loves to joke. Attractive. Suave and caring. Brave and fearless. Firm and has leadership qualities. Knows how to console others. Too generous and egoistic. Takes high pride in oneself. Thirsty for praises. Extraordinary spirit. Easily angered. Angry when provoked. Easily jealous. Observant. Careful and cautious. Thinks quickly. Independent thoughts. Loves to lead and to be led. Loves to dream. Talented in the arts, music and defense. Sensitive but not petty. Poor resistance against illnesses. Learns to relax. Hasty and trusty. Romantic. Loving and caring. Loves to make friends.

SEPTEMBER: Suave and compromising. Careful, cautious and organized. Likes to point out people's mistakes. Likes to criticize. Stubborn. Quiet but able to talk well. Calm and cool. Kind and sympathetic. Concerned and detailed. Loyal but not always honest. Does work well. Very confident. Sensitive. Good memory. Clever and knowledgeable. Loves to look for information. Must control oneself when criticizing. Able to motivate oneself. Understanding. Fun to be around. Secretive. Loves leisure and traveling. Hardly shows emotions. Tends to bottle up feelings. Very choosy, especially in relationships. Systematic.

OCTOBER: Loves to chat. Loves those who loves them. Loves to take things at the center. Inner and physical beauty. Lies but doesn't pretend. Gets angry often. Treats friends importantly. Always making friends. Easily hurt but recovers easily. Daydreamer. Opinionated. Does not care of what others think. Emotional. Decisive. Strong clairvoyance. Loves to travel, the arts and literature. Touchy and easily jealous. Concerned. Loves outdoors. Just and fair. Spendthrift. Easily influenced. Easily loses confidence. Loves children.

NOVEMBER: Has a lot of ideas. Difficult to fathom. Thinks forward. Unique and brilliant. Extraordinary ideas. Sharp thinking. Fine and strong clairvoyance. Can become good doctors. Dynamic in personality. Secretive. Inquisitive. Knows how to dig secrets. Always thinking. Less talkative but amiable. Brave and generous. Patient. Stubborn and hard-hearted. If there is a will, there is a way. Determined. Never give up. Hardly becomes angry unless provoked. Loves to be alone. Thinks differently from others. Sharp-minded. Motivates oneself. Does not appreciate praises. High-spirited. Well-built and tough. Deep love and emotions. Romantic. Uncertain in relationships. Homely. Hardworking. High abilities. Trustworthy. Honest and keeps secrets. Not able to control emotions. Unpredictable.

DECEMBER: Loyal and generous. Sexy. Patriotic. Active in games and interactions. Impatient and hasty. Ambitious. Influential in organizations. Fun to be with. Loves to socialize. Loves praises. Loves attention. Loves to be loved. Honest and trustworthy. Not pretending. Short tempered. Changing personality. Not egoistic. Take high pride in oneself. Hates restrictions. Loves to joke. Good sense of humor. Logical.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Tootin' My Own Horn


I've been taking pictures all my life, and I've gotten kinda, sorta decent at it - especially scenery-type shots (my people shots are still nothin' to write home about). I got gutsy (for me) and entered some of my photos in a photo contest (sponsored by the local radio station), and darned if I didn't win for Week 2 of said contest! My little photo will reside on the local radio station's home page for a week. Heck, I might actually start showin' some of my photos someday.

"Red Fence" by ~DKBB~

There's a moral to this, little ones: sometimes you need to step outside your comfort zone, throw caution to the wind, and put yourself out there for the world to see (so to speak). Yes, you might fall flat on your face, embarrass the heck outa yourself - or, you might just fly, little ones...you might just fly...

It's All Good


Senior Night for my son's high school football team was last Friday. All the parents lined up with their sons and walked on the field as each family was introduced. It was really a nice experience.

After all us parents scurried back to our seats in the stands, the defensive line-up was introduced, and once again our son's name was called out as he ran onto the field. I heard some gasps and several comments around me as "Lobster Boy" ran to the middle of the field. You see, he's had a few little injuries so far this season, so now they are taping up each ankle (both under his socks and over his shoes) so he looks like he's wearing spats. And he injured his thumb in practice last week, so he had to wear a brace, which was very well padded, for the game. He was quite a sight.

I've been a sports mom for well over a decade, so it takes a LOT to cause me concern in terms of injuries. For over a decade, my son was a soccer goalie (who took great joy in being able to "legally" take out the other side's players), and for the past several years he's been a football linebacker. I am very used to him getting the crud beat outa him, or better yet, beating the crud outa the other guy. I figure as long as he gets up and all limbs are still attached, it was a good, clean hit.

So, when "Lobster Boy" ran onto the field, amidst the concerned comments all around me on Friday night, I said, "It's all good! He's intact, and he's havin' fun. And that's all that really matters." And the fact that he played a great game and his team won - beating their rivals - was just gravy.

Yep, it's all good....

Image from a photo by Brandon Horst (www.chadronsports.com)

Sunday, October 08, 2006

The Beauty of Autumn


The fall colors in Cody (Wyoming) this year where the most vivid and brilliant in memory. I didn't take many pictures, but the ones I took were all keepers.
Burning Bush

Mountain Ash Berries

Fading Beauties

Bright Berries

Burst of Gold

Carpet of Leaves

And the fall colors in my own garden in Chadron (Nebraska) weren't too shabby, either:

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The Gift of Surprise


Today my mother and I got the most glorious, joyful, wonderful gift ever! My sister and her husband were picking us up to take us to lunch (an outing we had arranged yesterday). When they pulled up in their SUV, we went out to meet them. I opened the back door of the vehicle so we could get in, and sitting there on the seat was Meghan (my niece, Mom's grandaughter)! I have no doubt, little ones, that you heard my shouts of joyous surprise all around this earth. We have not seen Meghan since Christmas 2004; she lives and works in Charleston, SC, now and is oh so very far away from the backwaters of Wyoming and Nebraska where we all live. This surprise was so unexpected, so welcome, and so wonderful...making this one of the best days ever!!!

An Autumn Respite


I'm taking a little break...spending a few days with my mother in Cody, Wyoming. The fall colors are absolutely vibrant this year.

And the local deer are lovin' the bounty from Mom's crabapple tree.

As usual, photos by me (~DKBB~).