Scotties Toy Box

January 16, 2018

I support Chelsea Manning for Senate

Filed under: My Life and Rants, News, opinion, People I like, Political — Scottie @ 11:43

January 13, 2018

A few more.

Filed under: Construction, My Life and Rants, News — Scottie @ 11:46

So here are a few pictures after they pulled all the old insulation out.  The shinny is the old metal outer wall that the siding was put over.   The part of the floor that is out in the corner shows a leaking pipe, but they aren’t sure they did not cause that with the work.  Either way it has to be fixed.   Heck.   Hugs

More destruction pictures.

Filed under: Construction, My Life and Rants, News — Scottie @ 10:58

Old 2X4 eaten away by termites.  The termites are long gone as are the prior owners.   

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 8, 2018

My thoughts / rants on end of life.

Filed under: My Life and Rants, opinion, You Tube — Scottie @ 11:29

The third in a three part series I recorded.   This one covers end of life issues.  I talk about the dignity of death,  hospice care, dying.     Hugs

My thoughts on Pro-life, Pro-woman’s rights, quality of life.

Filed under: Children, My Life and Rants, opinion, You Tube — Scottie @ 11:09

If you seen my first video in this series you know I was asked about some of these issues.  I needed to break it down into several videos as they got long.    This video covers my thoughts on abortion, the real meaning of being pro-life, and my support for a woman’s rights to her body, I also cover what is written in the bible about abortion and when life begins.  Hugs

My thoughts and rant on the subject of suicide.

Filed under: My Life and Rants, opinion, Reason, You Tube — Scottie @ 10:52

I was recently asked to do a video on suicide.  The subject was more than could be covered on one video by me.  I broke the issues down into three videos.  This is the first one.  As always I welcome your thoughts, your opinions, your ideas.   Be well and happy.   Hugs

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

January 2, 2018

A short video on my views on stupidity. Facts exist and they are real, deal with it. Hugs

Filed under: Facts, My Life and Rants, opinion — Scottie @ 12:31

January 1, 2018

I never did learn my left from my right. Hugs

Filed under: Funny Stuff, Ideas, meme, My Life and Rants, opinion — Scottie @ 15:39

road less traveled

December 28, 2017

Culture, religions, Ethnic Grouping.

Filed under: My Life and Rants, opinion, Political, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 12:21

The video is my rant on the cultural, religious, and ethnic diversity of the USA and why that is a good thing.   I have a strong view that the US is not one culture and shouldn’t be a one religion country either.   I support immigration, integration, and a mixing of cultures and traditions.   For those who prefer not to watch 16 plus minute videos of me the solution I see is for a strong secular government and an end to any religious exemption laws.  Religions must operate under the laws and should have no legislative powers.  No any of them.  This keeps the country free for all religions and atheist.   Hugs 

December 16, 2017

Trump Administration Bans CDC From Using Certain Words: Transgender, Diversity, Fetus, Science-Based

Filed under: Harm, Health, My Life and Rants, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 09:30

Are we the people going to go along with no having clear and concise information based on it will hurt the feelings of a few demagogues?    I am beyond the boiling point.  WHen scientist can’t use the right terms because it offends those who hate science, when doctors must lie by law because those in charge prefer the lie, when some subjects can not be covered by the intelligence / security agencies that protect our country because it upsets the tyrant want to be tRumpsky, it is a farce past the time to stop.   We must not let this continue.  We are all now at risk because of this crap.  Hugs

December 14, 2017

Tribalism. My thoughts on the subject. Hugs

Filed under: Ideas, My Life and Rants, You Tube — Scottie @ 11:17

December 7, 2017

Fighting the Gov. Changing the Gov.

Filed under: My Life and Rants, opinion, Political, Reason — Scottie @ 13:44

December 3, 2017


Filed under: My Life and Rants, Questions — Scottie @ 14:45

I am so frustrated right now.  I bought a new microphone kit, with arm and shield and a higher quality microphone.    I looked at several online and as they were about the same price, I bought the one with the best microphone for my purpose.  Well it arrived this morning and I got busy setting it up.   I figured it would be better for doing videos.  However I ran into a snag.  My computers would see the microphone easy but no sound.   I check and recheck everything I could think of, but no sound.   

I went back online to look at the microphone kit, then at the other kits.  I notice something I missed before.   All the other kits included a 48v phantom power supply, but the one with the better mic did not.   Shoot.  But the write up said it was plug and play, which normally means just plug it into your computer and it works.  Yes it did not need a driver, but it will require this 48v power added.  I can get a simply power supply for 20 after tax.   However I looked at mixers that will do the same thing, but they run from 40 to 50 before tax.   As I am not planning to do this for a living, I decided I did not need a mixer.   

So now instead of doing my videos with a nice new grand microphone I am waiting another three days for my new phantom power supply to arrive to power the microphone I already bought.   I have to admit the write up on this seems misleading but the seller can claim that you should have known that some mics take a separate power supply.   Oh well I will be generous and think they were not trying to pull a fast one by not mentioning the need for a power supply and then selling their kit for about the same price as those that came with it.  grrrrr.     Hugs



November 30, 2017

I am glad you are happy today, sir.

Filed under: My Life and Rants, Reason — Scottie @ 11:00

I am starting to venture out in the van to do errands now that I can walk again and I am feeling better.    This morning I had planned to fill the van with gas for Ron as he works tonight, make a deposit in the bank , and then a quick trip to the grocery store to pick up some pork meats for supper the next three days.   

I left the house very happy, I felt good and felt free, independant.   I have not felt that way in a long time.  It is hard when you have to ask someone else for everything.   So I was in a good mood.

Filling the van with fuel went well, got right in and did it, got right back out.   The roads were pretty clear as it was after morning to work traffic but before morning shoppers.   

I got to the bank about ten after 9 and there was only employees and me so I went right up to the counter.  A wonderfully nice young woman began to help me with my deposit and I mentioned that I needed more deposit slips but no checks as I don’t use them.  She was working away on the things I needed and we were chatting about stuff.  

Then I heard an angry voice beller out “Hey knock it off you two , there are people waiting in line here”!   The tone was belligerent.    My temper began to soar. 

 I should explain something that most wouldn’t know about me.  I have a dangerous temper that when triggered I can lose the ability to calm back down and to rationally deal with a situation.  It is a defence mechanism from my abusive childhood.  Fight first, protect yourself first , regret it later if need be.   I do not like that, and over the last 27 plus years Ron and I have worked hard for me to be better able to deal with my childhood and to control the volcano eruptions of fury.

Feeling my angry rising and realizing I was very close to losing control I had to do something fast.  I had already spun around to see an older man fuming with two ladies behind him.   I locked eyes with the man and pulled my self in hard.  In the same volume of voice I replied to him ” Well hello to you also sir, so great to see someone else so happy this morning”.  Trying to keep my rage out of my voice and myself under control I continued.  “The lady is working, she is handling my transaction.”  “That OK with you, it is alright for me to get my stuff done right”?  The man started stammering and looking around.  The woman behind the counter spoke up and said she was working to assist someone.  I finished with “Now if it is OK with you I will continue with my banking needs and when the machines are done and the nice lady finished I will move on, in the meanwhile it is so wonderful to see someone so happy and joyous in this holiday season”!    

With that I turned back to the counter as I had myself under control again but I knew if the man started again or said something stupid I would totally lose control and one of us wouldn’t be happy at the end of it.   I continued chatting with the lady behind the counter as she worked and she gave me a big thank you smile.  

She finished and I thanked her and wished her a happy holiday and turned again to the man.  His face was very red and I could see he was seething, wanting to say something back to me.  I knew I would blow up if he said something rude or insulting.   So as I was turning I stopped and addressed him directly.  “And you have a very enjoyable rest of your day and a great season”!

At this point the lady behind the red faced man began to laugh and the woman behind her winked at me as I walked by her.   My good humor was restored and my bad temper firmly put away where it wouldn’t ruin mine or anyone else’s day.  I again felt good.  

One last note:   It is hard to see ourselves as others do, as we appear to those around us.    On my drive from the bank to the grocery store I got into a bit of traffic.  The problem was the van ahead of mine was wobbling in their lane and was driving slower than the speed limit.  The van kept hitting the brakes, dropping speed, then speeding up , then tapping the brakes again.    I started to get closer than I normally do hoping the person would get the hint to drive and not fart around.  As I start to mutter to myself, the face of the man in the bank came to my mind and I heard the anger in his voice again.   I Quickly checked myself and backed off, giving the van some space.  I realized I did not know if there was a problem, maybe a medical one, and I figured the person was not doing it to just irritate me on my nice day.   Shortly after the mystery was solved as the van was looking for a particular street and they did not seem to know the area.   

I hope everyone has a wonderful joyful day and a great season.   Hugs.


November 28, 2017

Trying to learn

Filed under: Animals, My Life and Rants, Pictures — Scottie @ 16:49

I just viewed some grand photos on Arks blog at and I thought I would see what I could get taking pictures of the two cats , who were in the living room being lazy.  Some are in shadow without flash ( the dark ones ) some are with flash ( the really bright ones ) and some are in sun without flash.   So I present to all of you my two babies, Milo ( he ruffled his fur as I pointed the camera at him ) on the chair and Odis ( he has black spots on his nose called nose freckles by some ) on the couch staring out the window.   Hugs

Click on the pictures to enlarge them.  

November 27, 2017

Just thoughts on where I want to take my YouTube channel and a few other things

Filed under: My Life and Rants, You Tube — Scottie @ 13:02

November 24, 2017

The USA police state.

Filed under: My Life and Rants, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 07:15

The changes at the justice department are hurting the poor and non-white the most.  While whites and nonwhites use weed at about the same rate, black and brown people are arrested, charges, prosecuted, and sentenced to much harsher sentences.  In a lot of states a felony denies the person the right to vote.  Think on that.   IF you are a white nationalist, a white supremacist, what better way to slow down and stop progress of rights for other races.    It takes away all their power to achieve political gains.   The USA is in a very dangerous place internally right now.  It is tipping to a point that will take decades to rebuild the rights of its people.    Mass incarceration, sweeping arrests, an authoritative government are not a free society and it is a very dangerous slide to more oppression we are on.  Over the years the reversal of this trend is slow and hard fought.  But the deepening of an authoritative government gives more power to the upper echelon and they in turn try to push for more of it.  Look what is happening in Turkey for example.  A once free and secular country is quickly becoming a dictatorship build on religion.   FOr those who push religion as the answer here, think of what theocracies of the world have become, the harm they have done to the people.  A free people needs a free press.  We don’t have that.  A free people must be able to laugh at the political leaders, yet in our own senate  a woman was arrested for doing just that.  They tried twice to convict her.   Is this the country you want, afraid to speak out for fear of punishment?   Hugs

(cartoon by Jen Sorenson)

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