Wednesday, February 07, 2007


Since you're all loving the doodles I cooked up a farm set - some one requested a farm theme a bit ago. As long as you have suggestions I will keep doodling. I am also featuring a set of snow sculpture pictures today - shared with me by my freind June, who lives in Vernon - thats about a two hour drive north of here. There is a winter carnival on this week and this was part of the competition. Thanks for sharing, June!

Blog reader, Rebecca from New York, who keeps popping into my inbox in the most funny ways - just when I'm needing a little pick-me-up, sent me this rendition of me dressed up with my own victorian doodles. The first time I met Rebecca she was rescuing a praying mantis from the concrete depths of her fine city and we've been long distance friends ever since.

I had requested cell phone stories yesterday too, and Rebecca entertains us with this one:

This is a pretty funny cell phone story about my sad story of going for a hike, taking my brand spanking new two day old cell phone with me through about three miles of beautiful wooded trails and then very briefly crossing over a road where everyone flies like a maniac then turn towards home.... only to discover I lost my phone! (sorry for the super run on sentence, or is that hike on sentence)

So, I go back across the whole trail thinking its gotta be somewhere around there since I was kinda jogging and it probably fell out of my fanny pack but I can't find it. My fear is mounting the closer I get to the busy road... and I say a little prayer that it isn't there... because I don't have any phone insurance and its a two hundred dollar phone... soooo, where do I find it? Of course, on the busy road, in a million little pieces... with a tire mark going over the one part that's large enough to show such evidence! Ughhhhhh! That's it, end of story... not really that funny but kinda when you know life isn't really hinging on what happens to a cell phone.

Well Rebecca, if my dear friend Rose was a blog reader (really - she works two jobs and rarely gets to read) - I would beg her to share her sad tale of how she lost hers from her shirt pocket leaning over a toilet...

Surely there are MORE tales out there...

I was boiling for a while yesterday. Yes, I'm still sick, but I don't have a fever. It was not due to my body being too warm. I was boiling because I recieved a phone call. I received a call from a Telus representative.

Miles and I watched the news the other night and were shocked and disgusted to hear that Telus is choosing to provide adult porn for their cellular customers. Miles immediately got on the computer and submitted a complaint.

You know, the funny thing is - they showed a customer on the news, who was cancelling her service due to this, and she showed, right in the contract she had to sign to GET cellular service through Telus that she could not send any questionable or objectionable materials from her phone.

So, this representative calls me. I don't think she was corperate - all the indications were that she was a local representative, as Miles had complained on our residential number.

Oh, she tried every way to argue. "Everybody will be doing this - we will just be first in line" and " They have been doing this in Europe and China for years now" and "Its protected so kids won't have access", "We HAVE to do this to stay competative" and "You won't be able to find another provider - everyone will be doing this ... so and so company is signing up next" and so forth.

I let her spiel on till she ran out of words, then waited another several minutes. This makes people very uncomfortable.

I assured her EVERY COMPANY has a choice. Not EVERYBODY is doing this. They cannot GUARANTEE that kids don't get ahold of this, no matter how much saftety is applied. Bad enough that some porn - addicted person can view it in their own home but now can just park outside a school yard and turn on their phone... etc... I also said I believe SOMEONE will step up to the plate and not stoop to this level - and that their reputation would shine -therefore setting them above the rest.

I did not mind that she phoned to let me know that they recieved our complaint and would pass it on... it was that she did her darndest to let me know that people like me who think otherwise were outnumbered and old fashioned and on the way out. Hmpf...

Help me folks. If you care about this issue, I beg you to visit the following link to read for yourselves, and even if you don't live here would you take a moment or two out of your day to send an email to the address at the end of this news article to have your voice heard? Even if you don't live in Canada? I think once you read this article it will change your mind too!


I haven't shared a song with you on my blog yet - a song which is very dear to me... it's Miles and I song - a song he picked out for me long ago, and has sung to me often:

all of my life
i have dreamed
that somehow love would find me
now i can't believe you're standing here

If beauty is all
in the eye
of the beholder then i
wish you could see
the love for you that lives in me

(Chorus)And you would know you have my heart
If you could see, what i see
that a treasure's what you are
if you could see, what i see
Created to be
the only one for me
If you could see, what i see

I know there are days
when you feel
so much less than ideal
wondering what i see in you
It's all of the light
and the grace
your belief in me drives me to say
that i promise youa faithful love, forever true
if you could see
then you'd understand
why i fall down to my knees
and i pray my love
will be worthy of
the one who gave his life
so our love could be

if you could seewhat i see(x2)

You're created to be
The perfect one for me
If you could seeWhat i see
if beauty is all
in the eyeof the beholder then i
am beholding...true beauty
Geoff Moore and the Distance

Oh yeah, and when he sings this to me, specially in pubic, I get teary eyed every time, because I know he means each and every word.
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  1. Thanks for all the cute doodles! And thank you for your stand against the abomination of cell phone porn! How God lets this world go on, I can't imagine! But in His Time!

  2. Thank you sooo much for your terrific farm doodles.:) They are so cute.:)
    Thank you also for commenting on my truck qp.LOL Glad you like it:)

    About the cell phone..the bible says that the love of money is the root of all evil...and this company is proving it! How much lower can you get than selling garbage to make money??? Too bad there are people who will buy garbage....:(

    Have a great day....he is coming soon.:)


  3. These are such fun doodles! Thank you!

  4. I love the checklists thanks for sharing them!! the doodles are absolutely adorable. We live on a farm so I can definately use them!!! Your hubby singing that song, how sweet is that? I wish My hubby wasn't so shy.. he wouldn't do that sort of thing with me. I wonder if we have any songs?? I guess any song from 1995-1997 would work.. LOL I am going to have to ask him about that. HAHAHA:) Thanks for being such a beautiful person.. I really hope you are working yourself out of your sickness.. Its seems to be harder and harder to get UNSICK these days..


  5. Thank you for the wonderful doodles Barb - you always have something fun to share! I enjoy visiting your blog.

  6. I just LOVE your blog. It is on my everyday read list. I don't always have time to comment (I am a homeschooling mom of four little ones), but I just had to let you know that we too love this song! It was our first dance as husband and wife.

  7. I love Geoff Moore and the Distance. We took the kids to see them in person when they were still a group (have signed photos!). Thanks for your inspiration every day and for your stand against porn!

  8. Thanks for the farm doodles. Very cute.

  9. Hi Barb! That song was sung by a friend of ours at my wedding, almost 8 years ago! Love it. I'll check out the link about the Telus porn. My sister and nephew have Telus cell phones.

  10. Hi Barb! The doodles are cute!!!! I cannot believe that about the cell phones. That's just wrong...simple as that. So much for everyone being gungho to keep porn out of our children's reach. Probably 9 out of 10 kids have a cellphone now...they'll make it safe *LOL* the same way the kids learned how to get around parental controls on the computer they will find a way with their phone. Terrible!

  11. Thank you for your wonderful doodles. I love them. Perhaps you could doodle a tractor to go with the farm doodles? I do not live in Canada, but I did send an email to the address at the end of the news story about cell phone porn. As if it isn't bad enough that anything you try to watch on television has at least one scene of some woman running around in her underwear. Thanks for taking a stand I appriciate it.

  12. Love these doodles! Thanks so much!

  13. Thanks so much for the wonderful doodles and the link for the checklists. :)

  14. O' Barb! That picture of you with the lovely hat is adorable... You could make a very cute Fridge magnet with it! I love it! Valerie

  15. Thank so much !
    The doodles are great !


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