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The Pledge of Allegiance

Published June 12, 2018 by lynn k scott

My sister used to post the Pledge of Allegiance on her Facebook every day.  After reading a post, from a Canadian no less, commenting on our country, it never ceases to amaze me the ignorance of some people.

I consider myself a conservative and I’m REALLY tired of the liberal agenda we’ve had to endure prior to this last election.  While no president is perfect and will never appease everyone, at least Trump is trying.  He’s not setting race relations back to the 1960s, unlike his predecessor did.  He is upholding current laws, holding people and countries accountable and showing respect to our military.  Don’t like how he presents stuff; too bad.  Sorry…not really…but there is nothing wrong with a direct approach to saying what needs to be said.

Just really tired of seeing people wanting to be placated or having an opinion on something that’s none of their business (*cough* Canada).  Today, is one of two days per year, I don’t tolerate anything and I will say whatever I feel needs saying; filter be damned.

I rarely write political posts, but the older I get, the less I give a shit.  I firmly believe liberalism is a disease and should be treated as such.  I’m about to get a bunch of “hug-me-jackets and rent some padded rooms for those who get all bent out of shape and need their “safe” space.

We need to go back to live and let live.  And while the (many) 20-somethings are finding out who they are, they might want to respect their elders and observe a bit before opening their mouths to speak on topics they really have no clue about. NO life is more important than another.  You get what you work for so stop using excuses as to why you don’t have what you think you should.

Will I lose followers?  Perhaps.  Do I care?  Nope!  I know this post makes me sound like a bitch.   I, however, know, and own, my bitch status.  If you don’t like the U.S., turn off social media (if not in the U.S.) or feel free to leave from any airport or nautical port.  Either way, I’m an American and I’m proud of it!

 

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Air Fryer XL

Published April 20, 2018 by lynn k scott

A few weeks ago, I treated myself to an air fryer.  I have been wanting one for over a year.  Kohl’s was having them on sale.  I received an additional 30% off by using my Kohl’s card and even received $10 in Kohl’s cash.  When all was said and done, I purchased this beauty at a great deal!    air fryer

I have used it a few times now and have yet to be disappointed.

If you follow my blog, you know I am a devoted mom to my now 12-year old daughter and my husband is Filipino.  That being said, I make sure my daughter understands her heritage, even though she is American.

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Last night, she learned the art of rolling lumpia.

Now, she had me cracking up; had to tell you.  She is methodical in her “rolling”.  There was a distinct difference in our technique.  My looked like traditional lumpia rolls.  Hers…well, they looked like perfectly little packages.  They were a tad flatter and looked exactly like a perfect package.  It was ADORABLE.  She was so proud of herself (as was I).

 20180419_190001.jpg   She’ll improve her technique.  Yet, we had another cooking bonding moment.  As homeschoolers, life skills are at the top of the list.  It’s great to have knowledge of history, able to do math, know some science, etc., but if she can’t function on her own, then I failed as a parent.  I do not have to worry where cooking is concerned.

As my daughter got into her rolling groove, she would start humming.  I’ve caught her doing this before.  She is very content in the kitchen, even if she says she wants to be a vet and take care of animals.  It’s nice to see her so relaxed when she’s preparing food whether it’s for herself or for a family dinner.

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Now, as far as the air fryer goes it makes perfect lumpia!  No frying, but all the crispy goodness that should be there when you bite into the perfect little roll.  I cook mine in a single layer (about 6 or 7 at a time).  I set the machine to 390 degrees and each batch took 10 minutes to cook.  I would flip each lumpia at the halfway mark.  You will need to cook in batches, but they are very hot when they come out of the air fryer, so they will still be warm when you go to eat them.

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Anyone who’s ever fried lumpia on the stove knows your house smells of cooked oil for days after making batch after batch of lumpia.  Using the air fryer, you only smell your food.  Not to mention, how much healthier this option is.  You lose nothing by using the air fryer over traditional oil.  Well, maybe you’ll lose a few pounds…but that’s a good thing, right?

Who Can I Trigger?

Published February 16, 2018 by lynn k scott

Trigger, that’s not a word I usually use.  Why?  I feel it’s a word for the younger generation.  I don’t care if you a Generation X, Y, Z or Millennial.  Your character speaks more than the year you were born.  That being said, this blog will probably “trigger” a few of the younger and less conservative followers.  If you don’t follow this blog or know me personally (and some people do), then you should know one of my favorite sayings is, “I’m not a bakery and I don’t sugar coat what needs saying”.  So in the infamous words of Graham Allen….”Heeeeere we go!”

I consider myself an ‘old-school’ mom.  I am the mother of five children; with one child under 18-years old.  I am not a perfect mom.  I made A LOT of mistakes with my older children (another story; another time).  However, I am hell bent on correcting some of those past mistakes with my youngest daughter.

I live in California.  It would be an AMAZING state if not for all the liberals and illegals (not undocumented – ILLEGAL) that are here.  I don’t placate the “entitled ideology” that far to many young adults and their children seem to have.  I have conservative values but also feel I help those in need when I can.

That being said, my take on parenting:  You are NOT there to be a friend to your child.  You are the PARENT!  Rules and accountability are first and foremost. If you think your child is your BFF, he/she is NOT!  They are a child in need of guidance, enforced rules, etc.  That friend you are looking for will be there when adulthood is reached.  For now, focus on raising good kids.  “NO” is not a four-letter word and your kids need to hear it.

I love my daughter with all my heart.  She is spoiled rotten; I admit this.  However, there is a point where she knows what is right and wrong.  Is she allowed to do whatever she wants, whenever she feels like it?  HECK NO!  She is given chores that are to be completed. She used to get an allowance.  When she got a phone, the monthly amount equaled her allowance, no more allowance.  The phone is routinely checked and no downloads without consent.  She gets called out when she gets too sassy.  Respect is a key role to raising kids.  She has manners:  Yes, please.  No, thank you.  Excuse me, ma’am.  She is being raised as a child of Christ.  Ooooh, I went there:  religion.  Yup, I sure did.  I honestly believe, if more people had God in their lives, this world would be a much better place.

I have rarely spanked my youngest.  Why, because rules were set early and more importantly, they were enforced.  My daughter in on the verge of becoming a teenager.  While her hormones are kicking in and sometimes she gets called out a bit more on her at-home behavior, I don’t foresee her being one of “typical teens”.  If she ever went that route, my house would be spotless, because nothing makes you think more about what you’ve done than a few good hours of manual labor.  Has it come to that?  Not even close.  Is it an option (if need be); you bet it is!

Is she allowed to wear make-up?  Nope.  She gets to wait til she is 15.  I allow lip gloss and that’s it for now.  Why?  She’s 12!  She doesn’t need makeup.  A cashier at Ulta even said, “maybe next year she can add mascara”.  Sorry, not happening.  There’s no reason to push her to become older than she is.

Is she allowed to wear ripped jeans, shirts that show cleavage, run around unsupervised with her friends?  Nope!  She may not dress ultra-conservative (she’s not going to a nunnery after all), but she knows what is appropriate.  Has she ever tried to get to get away with pushing the clothing envelope?  Of course.  Then, I tell her to go back upstairs and change.  You know what?  She does.  Why, because she has been taught to listen.  Silly me.  I know the parents of her friends.  Sleepover or movie outing?  I speak with the other parents to make sure we are on the same page.  Get involved!  It’s what you should be doing.

My daughter is also at the age we can cover social topics.  What is appropriate for certain situations.  What would would be the consequences for acting like a fool in public?  Or blowing a potential job interview because your friends or mall time is more important?  How about wanting excess clothing or shoes?  I am proud she gives the appropriate responses.

We have covered race, in a variety of instances.  She’s a bi-racial child who isn’t allowed to use that as a reason something did/did not happen.  There are far too many successful, minority people, to let race stand in their way.  I am proud to say, my daughter doesn’t see color.  She will be anyone’s friend as long as they are respectful and are willing to chat.  Her cultural heritage is important; but she’s an American first.

Oh yea, and we say the Pledge of Allegiance in our home too.  We stand, quietly, with hand over our heart, anytime we hear the National Anthem.  We support the 2nd Amendment. My daughter will be visiting a gun range soon to learn weapon safety and how to shoot.  Take a guess at what I think about gun reform.  I may not own any weapons (currently), but I sure as heck could care less what over-paid, non-working, liberal Democrats think “we the people” are entitled to.

Do you know, my daughter already has the mentality that she will need to get a job, as a teen, to pay for the extras she deems important to her?  Do you know, she’s not dreading that? Why?  She has been taught from an early age:  you work for what you want.  Nothing is given to you and further more, you shouldn’t expect it would be.

I don’t care what someone’s education is.  You work hard and you make progress.  If it’s not within your means, you don’t get to have it.  I wish more people would understand this concept.

So my mini-rant about spoiled, self-centered, entitled parents/children is over.  I believe this country needs to get back to a Christian-based, conservative way of life.  Respect, a hard work ethic and caring for your community and country is needed.  If you are upset about this post, perhaps you might want to re-evaluate why you are now “triggered”.

 

You’ll never know what she’ll say

Published March 1, 2015 by lynn k scott

One night, my little one is looking for a snack. We had sushi earlier, which is a great dinner, but you still need a snack before bed; at least she does.

I suggested she have one of the Asian pears I just bought. She looks at the pears.  Then turns to look at me.  Her very matter-of-a-fact response was, “Mom, you know I only eat American pears.”

If I had been drinking something, it would most definitely be all over my laptop. Luckily, I didn’t choke and just laughed. So I break the news to my half-Filipina child. “Dear, you do realize you are half Asian, right?”  The look of disbelief on her face was hysterical.  I know we’ve had this conversation before, but it was funny.  A few moments later, she broke out in song about being American and Asian.  She’s now, according to her, AmAsian (pronounced “amazin”).  

I never can tell what she is thinking or how her thoughts will spill out of her mouth.  All I know is I have the makings of a hysterical book taking shape with every utterance she gives.

What’s Wrong With English?

Published February 25, 2015 by lynn k scott

I’m going to bring up a topic that probably won’t be construed as being politically correct (PC).  While I’m not purposely trying to offend anyone (this time) with my writing, I’m sure someone will not take these words to heart in the spirit in which it was written.

Most of my life I have had a fascination with language.  I would take different courses, use audio tapes (way back when), use bilingual chat rooms for practice or get together with people who spoke the language I was trying to learn.  I have learned some American Sign Language, Spanish, Tagalog, French and Hungarian.  While I am not fluent in any of these languages, I can utter a few words to having small conversations.

That being said, I couldn’t help but think about why I was listening to music on the radio and the next commercial was completely in Spanish.  It was actually a commercial for Verizon.  I started to question is it because I live in California?  Is it because as a society we’ve gotten completely complacent in assimilation?  What if I wanted to know what the commercial was about?  There wasn’t another version offered in English.

Those questions prompted more questions.  If I lived closer to the Eastern Canadian border, might this commercial been in French?  What about a commercial in Tagalog, Korean, Chinese or Japanese?  After all, we are on the Pacific coast with a fairly large Asian influence.  When does it stop or will it ever stop?

As someone born in the United States, who grew up learning English, it’s almost as if someone like me no longer counts. Companies are bending over backwards to accommodate foreign language speakers.  It’s not a matter of immigration, for this particular observation.  It’s a matter of facts.

The United States, while not having an official language, has the understanding that English is the language of this land. All of our courts, legal proceedings, contracts, treaties, etc. are all in English.  While some people will need an interpreter during certain situations, the written language is English.

When did the country change it’s thought on no one has to at least try to assimilate with the language and customs here? It’s one thing to be a tourist and “get by” while you are visiting in the USA.  It’s another thing to live here for say, five plus years and still only speak your native language.

I understand English isn’t the easiest of languages to learn.  Yet, being immersed in the culture can effectively aid in learning the language quicker, IF that’s a priority.  With making interpreters available in almost every agency, only hiring bilingual employees for companies not doing business out of the country, by not requiring employees speak English while working (unless it’s related to foreign business), does this country a disservice.

How many languages will the DMV offer a driving test in?  Will driving instructors be required to be multilingual because someone couldn’t be bothered to learn English?  Will the road signage be in 15 different languages at some point?  I believe if someone is going to make a residence within the United States, then it’s only common courtesy and decency to make an effort learn the language.  There is no excuse for multi-generations in one family, living in the U.S., who don’t speak English.

To me, this is offensive.  I should not have to change to accommodate someone else’s willful neglect at assimilation.  This country has gone PC-happy.  People who have grown up here are being told you are no longer a priority; in so many words.  I encourage my children to learn other languages and to learn about other cultures.  The fact is we are Americans, we speak English, and we have a right to be proud of that.

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