Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Hormone Guide

The Hormone Guide
Women will understand this! Men should memorize it!

Every woman knows that there are days in the month when all a
man has to do is open his mouth and he takes his life in his hands!

This is a handy guide that should be as common as a driver's
license in the wallet of every husband, boyfriend, co-worker or
significant other!
DANGEROUS: What's for dinner?
SAFER: Can I help you with dinner?
SAFEST: Where would you like to go for dinner?
ULTRA SAFE: Here, have some wine.

DANGEROUS: Are you wearing that?
SAFER: Wow, you sure look good in brown!
SAFEST: WOW! Look at you!
ULTRA SAFE: Here, have some wine

DANGEROUS: What are you so worked up about?
SAFER: Could we be overreacting?
SAFEST: Here's my paycheck.
ULTRA SAFE: Here, have some wine.

DANGEROUS: Should you be eating that?
SAFER: You know, there are a lot of apples left.
SAFEST: Can I get you a piece of chocolate with that?
ULTRA SAFE: Here, have some wine.

DANGEROUS: What did you DO all day?
SAFER: I hope you didn't over-do it today.
SAFEST: I've always loved you in that robe!
ULTRA SAFE: Here, have some wine.

A letter From Dianne Feinstein

I got an email response from Dianne Feinstein regarding a letter I sent about the current housing market.
Here it is -
Dear Mrs. McCarthy:

Thank you for contacting me to express your support for including housing market reforms and foreclosure prevention measures in the recently enacted economic recovery bill. I certainly appreciate hearing your suggestions and would like to share with you what was included in the final version of this legislation.

Like you, I am extremely concerned about this severe economic crisis, which has been caused in part by the declining housing market. Last year, there were 837,665 foreclosures filed in California alone, an increase of more than 100 percent over 2007.

As you know, on February 17, 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (H.R. 1) into law. This important legislation represents a significant investment by the Federal Government in an effort to create jobs and improve our Nation's aging infrastructure. The bill also makes a major commitment to stabilizing the housing market and assisting hardworking Americans. Specifically, the bill will:

oAllow first-time homebuyers to receive a tax credit worth up to $8,000 for homes purchased after January 1, 2009. Recipients of this credit will not have to repay it.

oProvide the Public Housing Capital Fund with $4 billion to help local public housing agencies address a $32 billion backlog in capital needs.

oProvide the HOME Investment fund with $2.25 billion for state and local governments to acquire, construct, and rehabilitate affordable housing.

oInvest $2 billion in the Neighborhood Stabilization Program to allow state and local governments to purchase and rehabilitate foreclosed properties to reduce blight in communities.

You may be interested to learn that I joined Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL) in introducing an amendment to the Senate-version of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 that would have extended the $729,750 maximum conforming loan limits through 2010. However, this amendment was not included in the final version of the bill passed by the Senate.

It is critical that Congress work with the new Administration to restore the American dream of home ownership and this bill is part of that effort. Please know that I will keep your comments and suggestions in mind should further legislation to address our country's housing crisis come before the Senate.

Once again, thank you for writing. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841. Best regards.
Sincerely yours,
Dianne Feinstein United States Senator

Well thank you Dianne Feinstein for your response.
Now here's what I think
First of all the $8000 tax credit won't help very many people because the maximum income cap is $75,000 for singles and $150,000 for married filers.
In San Diego where the average price of a home is around $400,000, a single would have to make around $76,000 a year with no debt; car payments , credit cards, etc... in order to qualify for a loan.
How about the $4 billion to help a $32 billion backlog of Public Housing funds. Better than nothing but ....
I grouped the Home Investment fund and Neighborhood Housing fund together because they're essentially the same thing and once again $4.25 billion is of course better than nothing.
Up front all these Obama programs look and sound so nice; money for everyone who needs it and maybe more later, but where is the money coming from? Diane writes ," this important program represents a significant investment by the Federal Government...", aren't WE the government? So the people who are behind on their payments, losing their jobs and business are going to be taxed to provide programs to restore America. Now that really is a new deal and a new direction.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Parkinson's Stories

The past few weeks have introduced so many new opportunities to help my husband with his Parkinson's. As I continue to meet people and share I discover information and stories that help us cope. What impresses me the most is how strangely I run into the stories.
Like meeting the 92 year old lady at an open house that I was hosting and hearing her stories of the healing miracles of Lourdes. I had forgotten all about Lourdes and there she was telling me how she had been 13 times and witnessed and heard of so very many stories. I laughed and shared how I have always wanted to go to Hawaii but maybe Lourdes should be my dream destination. I was so excited to hear her that I got chills from the possibility of all that Lourdes had to offer.
Every Wednesday I pray the Rosary with a group at my sons school. All very remarkable women and all praying for others needs which in many, many ways are so much more serious than my husbands. I'm talking about mothers dying who have three children in school, or teenagers committing suicide or Dad's diagnosed with brain tumors. It is both humbling and overwhelming to participate in such a group, but always in the voice of group prayer there grows a strength that is far beyond any hug or get well card. Hope and Peace bring great comfort to those who suffer the fates of others, knowing that there is so very little they can do. A lady in this group introduced us to a man who is being treated by an acupuncturist for Parkinson's and is currently off all medication. When I was given this news ( and I do feel like it was a gift), I felt so very blessed, almost as if God himself had talked to me.
In the beginning I was so very scared of the future of Parkinson's and what it would do to my husband, myself and my children, but now I feel a determined comfort that everything will be okay.
In the beginning I felt the situation was hopeless because Parkinson's is an incurable disease and my husband is a difficult patient but now I feel that searching for answers and being supportive is a great help.