Scotties Toy Box

March 16, 2018

A student unable to walk out in protest. We need gun control. Ban AR-15’s

(cartoon by Jeff Stahler)

March 14, 2018

Student speaks in front of the U.S. Capitol

Filed under: Children, Family, Ideas, News, People I like, Political, Reason, Twitter — Tags: , , , — Scottie @ 13:43

January 13, 2018

Dealing with destruction. I need a xanax!

Filed under: Construction, Family, My Life and Rants, News — Scottie @ 10:49

Just a quick note of what I am dealing with at home.   We have been having major deconstruction – quick construction because we bought all new kitchen appliances.   We were slowly removing and renovating the kitchen.  We have done the rest of the home.  We have had to gut the house , so we were taking our time to repair it.  I have lots of pictures to do a few posts with.   However last week was spent tearing out the old door and wall and putting a new much larger door in .  Needed to get the new appliances in side.   This morning we tried to find spots for the rest of the stuff in cupboards as we started to remove the final cabinets.    Turns out the floor underneath had gone out ( we suspected that ) and the wall the upper cupboards were on had no support and needed to be replaced.  We suspected it as we found damage when we took out the door and the wall the sink was on we had to rebuild entirely back in 2007.    What a disaster his project is getting to be.   

Here are the pictures of my morning. 

Old kitchen.


Two of our new appliances, the huge new refrigerator and the huge new stove.

Now the morning mess.   I will not have a kitchen for a few days after what the guys found this morning.

I just got informed that the sink and last bit of counter must go also.  So for several days I will have no sink, no counter, no living room ( it is full of everything that could be shoved into it ) .   I will have a toaster oven and a microwave on a rolling cart, but no where to set anything heated in them and nowhere to clean up.  Looks like a few days of pizza and mcdonalds.   Be well.  I am a nervous wreck.   Hugs

January 12, 2018

A big thank you

Filed under: Family, History, My Life and Rants, News, People I like, Thanks — Scottie @ 19:25

I just want to give everyone who comes to my Toy Box a huge thank you.   I started my blog 8 years ago.  I don’t think I had a plan for it then.    But it grew and matured and so did I.  Today I looked at my 2017 stats.

1,737,810 Views       1,376,232  Visitors    754 Followers    5,738 Likes   3,894 Comments

Very warm loving hugs, Scottie


January 9, 2018

Children’s health in the USA. An important read.

Filed under: Children, Economics, Family, Health, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 19:46

January 7, 2018

The power of our government at work. Is this the best use of our resources. Hugs

Filed under: Children, Economics, Family, Love, News, Political, Questions, Sad — Scottie @ 09:19

January 6, 2018

This is one of the dumbest things the government could do. This is so short sighted. Hugs

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Family, My Life and Rants, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 08:35

December 25, 2017

A christmas cat

Filed under: Animals, Family, Love, Nature, Twitter — Scottie @ 16:34

November 29, 2017

Wild Elephants salutes the men who rescued their baby elephant from a ditch’

Filed under: Animals, Family, Health, Love, Nature, News — Scottie @ 14:57

If you ever thought animals had no feelings, watching this video will show you how wrong you are.  They do care greatly for each other and their young.   Let’s do what we can to stop their slaughter.  Hugs

November 22, 2017

Yet another study finds kids with same-sex parents do just as well as those with straight parents. Hugs

Filed under: Children, Facts, Family, Love, News — Scottie @ 11:48

November 20, 2017

Dad who let his child die plays the victim.

Filed under: Atheism, Children, Family, Harm, Health, News, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 10:25

This is why I think fake homeopathy and religious exemption laws are so  dangerous.   Hugs

November 19, 2017

Some animal stories I love.

Filed under: Animals, Family, Love, Magic, News — Scottie @ 13:49

This made me cry also.

Filed under: Animals, Children, Family, Love, News — Scottie @ 09:53

This made me cry??


November 11, 2017

Remember in their different holy books the wives / mothers were little girls.

Filed under: Children, Criminal, Family, Harm, meme, News, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 07:41


October 28, 2017

#SaveAmna – YouTube

Filed under: Children, Criminal, Family, Harm, News, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 14:01

This is important!   It is about a young girls life!   or if she will have one.  Yes it is about religion and what it is doing to these young girls.   It is about countries our president fawns over that should instead be criticized to the max and not given favorable status.   Please spread this.  Maybe we can still find a way to save her life.  Hugs

Satanist Billboard in Texas: “Our Religion Doesn’t Believe in Hitting Children” – Friendly Atheist

Filed under: Atheism, Children, Family, Harm, My Life and Rants, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 10:54

As a child I was hit.  More correctly said I was beaten.  After my hips were dislocated at five, my spine needing to be readjusted for almost a year due to being thrown down the stairs repeatedly, after my grade school sent me to the hospital and called what would become child services due to a body covered in bruises and fear response to people …In first grade… my beatings got less and easier to avoid, other tortures were employed on me.   But the hell spawn I grew up with some of them I watched get badly beaten regularly.  In the home the biggest and the most violent got their way.  That was because the people who adopted me were raised in the same fashion.   They were hit, they were raised in an authoritarian fear of the adults anger at home.   They had no need to hurt me or any of us, but they did because it was all they knew.   The world had moved past what the white trash like them could handle.   So please take this seriously.  Take the idea that children are being hit seriously.  DO everything you can to prevent it.  How many times as the hand came up and the threat clearly issued did I flinch and crouch looking around to see if anyone would help.   You can help.   Sad hopeful hugs 

If your church can’t say the same thing, why haven’t you left?

Source: Satanist Billboard in Texas: “Our Religion Doesn’t Believe in Hitting Children” – Friendly Atheist

October 24, 2017

The republican way

Filed under: Children, Economics, Family, meme, Political — Scottie @ 08:38

September 22, 2017

One of our wedding photos. Hugs

Filed under: Family, Love, My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 21:55


August 31, 2017

The bake penne creation

Filed under: Family, Food — Scottie @ 10:10

I have been trying to do more at home.  I started planning daily supper meals.  However bad start to the seek.  Starting on the weekend I got really ill.   Vomiting, sweats, chills, complete fatigue.    Anyway I have to thank James.  He stepped in and kept the kitchen cleaned up and helped me out greatly.   I tried to make the marinara sauce and between vomiting trips to the bathroom I screwed the sauce up entirely.    I got way too much oregano in it.  It was uneatable.   Again James stepped up and made the sauce for me.   We cook differently James and I.  He like plain and simple, I like highly seasoned and full bodied.   But I really thank him for the help and his sauce was good.  

I was unable to make the baked ziti ( made with penne pasta as I did not have ziti ) so Ron stepped up and made it as I took pictures.   Rather than go through a step by step written procedure of how to make a simple dish I will say the one thing Ron does differently is he adds basil to the ricotta cheese.   SO I will just add the pictures and if there are questions just ask.  Ron baked it at 350 for about 40 min.   Hugs

** Sorry for so many pictures.  I had to pare them down from about 70 to 24.   Also the extra large coffee cup is mine.   Everyone else likes standard size but I always loved bigger.   Size can matter if used correctly.   Hugs **


July 11, 2017

One more step

Filed under: Family, Health, Love — Scottie @ 16:42

Yesterday Ron took a call from the hospital saying they needed me to come in today and get more blood tests, a urine test, and chest X-Rays for my surgery.  Pre-Opt testing.   So Ron came home from working his fourth 12 hour shift in a row, got four hours sleep, and got ready to take me to the hospital.   This time we took the manual wheelchair as my shoulders are really torn and not healed from trying to use the walker the last two times.  I hate to complain about my shoulders though because when I look into the worn tired eyes of my 62 year old lover and realize how hard he is working, how he is taking care of me rather than get much needed sleep, how he has taken on all the things of daily home life on his shoulders.   I remember how he pushed me around the hospital so I wouldn’t hurt my shoulders pushing myself, I did not even ask him too.  When we got home he took a few minutes for himself.   I was happy he did.  I got him a bag of his favorite cheddar white popcorn and he sat and watched TV.  Now he has gotten up and is doing laundry.   And life goes on.  One more step.   Hugs

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