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June 29, 2012

The drive to create … inspired by the people in my world!

Inspiration comes from many places, in my case it came from my family, friends and complete strangers.

My mom, wears with great pride, the custom appliqued sweatshirts I’ve been creating for her for years now.    Being asked by friends and strangers alike… “Where did you find that sweatshirt?” Her response was always the same… “My daughter makes them and sells them.”  Ocean Breeze Boutique was born.

Having five nephews and nieces, I find that I create with them in mind.  The boys love taggies and “Boy” inspired things, ala planes, trains, pirates and automobiles, while my oldest niece, who is a six year old “Fashionista”, forte is anything pink or dresses, bows, skinny jeans and anything her Auntie creates for her to wear.  My youngest niece rocks the latest in bows and cute outfits designed to show off her girlie side newborn style!

I always enjoy doing small boutique shows, talking to customers, who often times, come up and ask if I can make this or that.   Their ideas are refreshing and help to keep my finger on the pulse of what people want, need and desire in functional crafts.

Looking at my fabric and ribbon piles, I marvel at the possibilities to create, is today a bib day? Fancy pants? Bows? I never know what I’ll be making next as a phone call from a certain set of children can change my direction in the blink of an eye.

I look forward to creating fun, fashionable and functional items for you and your love ones to enjoy!

So when you have a moment… Swing by the new shop located here Ocean Breeze Boutique and take a look around!

Have a wonderful day!!!

Kat and the Kids!

March 27, 2012

Supreme Court’s Recent Decision to Revoke Law Enforcement’s Ability to Utilize GPS Trackers Without a Warrant

Once again our favorite guest blogger has the floor… G’s response regarding this issue …

I was responding to the comments
regarding the Supreme Court’s recent decision to revoke law
enforcement’s ability to utilize GPS trackers without a warrant. Seems
most people immediately jumped on the (cops are breaking the
law!!!….fire them!!!) bandwagon, and didn’t really consider anything
beyond that ridiculously shallow mindset. So, my response is as
follows……

I think what people here are failing to realize is that the FBI (and
other agencies) didn’t overtly do anything wrong. Due to passed
legislation like the Patriot Act, federal agencies were allowed to
utilize tracking devices without a warrant.

Also, before using a tracking device, it’s probably common practice to have an Assistant
United States Attorney providing guidance as to whether it’s
appropriate or not.  So, these agencies like the FBI have acted with
guidance from the United States Attorney’s Office, which is the
appropriate thing to do.

The United States Attorney is nominated by the
President, and confirmed by the Senate, but once appointed, can act at
the behest of the President. The President is supposed to act on behalf
of his constituency, which is the people (ALL of the people).  So, if
you want cops, you’re going to have to provide them with some
power….it’s just a fact of life. If, however, their power becomes
overreaching like the Supreme Court has found, then that power gets
limited.  It’s the natural ebb and flow of the the collective mindset of
the country that is happening here. I’m willing to bet that the
complaints about “big government”, and law enforcement were far fewer
within a year of 9/11, but now that that has become somewhat removed by
time, people have started to shift the other way again in favor of
curtailing what the government is able to do.

To claim that it’s all the ‘government’s fault’ is silly……the government is empowered by
those you elect. The Patriot Act didn’t get enacted by some magic
being…….it got enacted by your representative government. The
public gave the power to congress to pass that act, so if it’s anyone’s
fault for that piece of legislation to exist, it’s ours (the public) in
a majority sort of context. So, if the public elects politicians that
enact silly laws, be they conservatively silly or liberally silly, then
it’s the public’s fault for putting people in power that would do such
a thing.

You don’t like how things are going?  You use your voice in an
official capacity by voting, and contacting your congressman. If they
act as they should (which is questionable nowadays, regardless of what
side of the aisle we’re talking about), they would act on behalf of
what their constituency would want, and hopefully would pass more
intelligent legislation.

The point is simple……if the laws are silly, then the public allowed silly people into office to make silly
laws…..which means the public is silly by association. The government
is made from people, who are hired either directly or indirectly by
appointed officials, who were appointed by elected officials, who were
elected by the public.

So, guess what……..the government is YOU.  I
know none of us want to admit that when things aren’t going well, but
it’s just the way it is, folks. You vote emotionally, you get emotional
based results….you vote fiscally, you get money based results…..you
vote angrily, you get over reactive results……you vote
intelligently?……well, I’m sure you can fill in the rest.

~This is the G we know and love… and as always he’s right on point!

Have a wonderful week

Kat and the Kids

Filed under: Food For Thought,Life,Politics,Rants by Kat at 11:53 pm

January 18, 2012

Aging is When…

Aging is when…

Everything hurts and what doesn’t hurt, doesn’t work.
The gleam in your eyes is from the sun hitting your bifocals.
You feel like the night after and you haven’t been anywhere yet!
You get winded playing chess.
Your children begin to look middle aged.
Your knees buckle and your belt won’t.
After painting the town red, you have to take a long rest before applying a second coat.
You just can’t stand people who are intolerant.
The best part of your day is over when your alarm clock goes off.
You burn the midnight oil until 9pm.
Your back goes out more often than you do.
The little gray haired lady you help across the street is your wife.
You get your exercise acting as a pallbearer for your friends who exercised.
You remember today that your wedding anniversary was yesterday.
You have too much room in the house and not enough room in the medicine cabinet.
You sink your teeth into a steak and they stay there.

Thought you’d enjoy this!! Have a simply marvelous day!

~Kat and the Kids

Filed under: Entertainment,Food For Thought,Funnies,Life by Kat at 12:05 pm
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