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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Saturday9: The Fourth and all, Happy Fourth of July... if you celebrate.. I hybernate

Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!

Saturday 9: Hungry (1966)
... because it's 4th of July 
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? 
Hear it here.

1) Are you eating anything as you respond to these questions?
I'm headed for bed.  Too late to eat anything.  Doesn't that cause Nightmares?

2) Paul Revere and the Raiders performed in Revolutionary garb. Have you ever worked at a job that required you to wear a uniform?
Nope, I never had to wear a uniform.  Oh wait,  UpDate... I had to wear a uniform at Dairy Queen, working for my Guitar.  It was worth it.

3) The "Paul Revere" of Raiders fame was born Paul Revere Dick in Boise, Idaho. What else is Idaho known for?
Russet potatoes of course.  Or are these spuds called Idahoes?  

Of course this potato was made popular by the original Mr. Potato Head toys,and by all the death of Mr. Potato Head YouTubes, and of course, the classic motorcycle gathering in Sturgis

4) The original Paul Revere was a silversmith by trade,  known for making church bells. Can you hear church bells from your home?
I can hear no church bells in this house but where we lived before this, we could always hear them.  I miss them.  Now I ring my own three bells and drive the neighbors bananas with wind chimes.  But they all have more than I do.  I'm afraid to try to keep up because it will scare all the birds away.  

5) In April, 1775, Paul Revere literally rode into history when he galloped into the night, spreading the word that "the British are coming." Name another Revolutionary War-era hero.
My Heart will always belong to George Washington, who survived an assassination plot and starved with his men.  He was a great Warrior Leader, as some have said before me, he is, was and will always be, the embodiment of Courage.

6) Historians tell us that Revere's famous "midnight ride" actually took place between 9:00 and 10:00 PM. When is your usual bedtime?  10:00 but I never make it to bed at that time or go to sleep before around 1 am.

7) Earlier this year, officials from Boston's Museum of Fine Arts uncovered a time capsule buried in 1795 by Paul Revere and Gov. Sam Adams. It included coins and newspapers. If you were to bury a time capsule that reflects American life in 2015, what would it include?
I saw Harriet's time capsule inclusion and couldn't agree more.  We could include pictures of all the Vietnam vets who show up at "Muster" in the Park every summer.  

8) Will you attend a fireworks display during the 4th of July weekend?
We stay home with the Puppy.  We can't leave him alone on a dreadful evening when all that horrible noise is going.  I am afraid for the birds who are here along the Pacific Flyway.  There, I rained on the parade.  

9) What's your preferred way to celebrate Independence Day -- a parade, a picnic, or both?
picnic, when we can be bothered to wade through bodies on the beach.  Look we love ya, but couldn't you come in the other seasons?  The Oceans just as warm, since it never gets over 67 most of the time anyway.  And the sun shine is the same, you can get a horrid sunburn just as easily in January as in August.  Take it from me, the parking situation is better.  Give yourselves a break, and us along with it?
San Diego Digital's Picture
We'll celebrate the END of summer in this Beach town.  It's not so much the Bodies in the water, it's the all cars parked all over people's lawns, and driveways, sidewalks... not being able to find a place to park at your favorite bead shop.  You know... Scroogie sorts of thoughts..... Bah humbug.  And you thought only Christmas engendered such ill will.... buhahahaha!

Thanks so much for joining us again at Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come back, see who has participated and comment on their posts. In fact sometimes, if you want to read & comment on everyone's responses, you might want to check back again tomorrow. But it is not a rule. We haven’t any rules here. Join us on next Saturday for another version of Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!" Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, July 3, 2015

friday5: Under the vibes today?

Hello, and welcome to this week’s Friday 5! Please copy these questions to your webspace. Answer the questions there; then leave a comment below so we’ll all know where to check out your responses. Please don’t forget to link us from your website!

Come on over and throw your 2 cents into the ring!  It's fun!!!  Button on the side bar is a Baby rat sleeping with a Teddy bear.

What goes under grape jelly?
Usually don't have grape jelly.  But I suppose it must be that  butter, peanut butter and a rice cracker would go under it.

What goes under your car?
Oh, the wheels go round and round, oh, ho ho, ho ho, and they come out ___________?

What gets under your skin?
You really want to know?  Remember, you did ask..... It's Territorial Imperatives and Aggression stretching back so far that people forget they existed or were acted upon, and then they stand around scratching their heads and asking themselves, "Now, why do "they" all act like that?"  "They" can be whatever nationality you want to insert. 

What’s the underlying cause of your latest figurative headache?
Not having a body under command of the brain.

What do your underlings generally think of you?
I am so happy to inform you that I have no underlings.  I don't have any "overlings" either.

Thanks for participating, and have an overwhelmingly terrific weekend!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Yesterday it rained and filled the water butts back up.  This reminded me to be thankful for being able to collect rain from the roof!  I made a video but Picassa won't let me even see it.  The beast!  I put another program on the Machinetta so that I can wrangle my photos and videos with more ease.

Yesterday we went to my sister's house and discovered that the roses there were blooming, almost as if people were watering them again with their gray water.  It would have been so easy to help the bushes all survive just with all the families on her quadrant putting grey water on them every day.  I said it loudly enough for them all to hear it, several times, this spring.  My excuse is that I'm getting a little deaf and so is DH so this necessitates some rather loud exchanges between us, sort of like a Laurel and Hardy skit.

So, I'm thankful for the people who are saving the roses.  All the roses are so lovely and are very good rose bushes in the bargain.

I finished the book, Brain of  Fire   by Susannah Cahalan.  It was a gripping tale, to not put too fine a point on it.  I know, trite, but true!  You will not want to put this book down.  Now, in a search, I find that it's been made into a movie, though I'm not sure I want to watch a movie.  How can it be true to, or even do justice to, the book?  There is no work of fiction that is more exciting to read.

That Mz. Cahalan lived to tell her story is the result of having an amazing family support, lots of Luck, and some amazing physicians putting everything they had into finding out what was wrong with this young woman.  Susannah ( I need a proof reader!) Cahalan is also a brilliant writer.

I'm reading  a book called, Three Daughters , now, by Consuelo Saah Bauer, for a change of pace- or so I thought.  It's nothing like any of the Asian tales of family life, since this takes place in Palestine, from well before WWI and carrying on through, I presume, the 1940's.  I'm not able to get the information anywhere on line because I haven't got the Physical book.

See, there is at least one reason to read REAL books!  Thank you God that print books still exist!

From OldBooks.org
oldbooks.org may now be defunct.  Sad.....

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Sky Watcher Post; Garden report; Wolfie report, and The Tort report.

There is lots and LOTS of thunder but no Bolts so far.  I hope we get some rain and not just lightning strikes which can cause fires.  It's over 80 degrees and very exciting!  Wolfie is not bothered by all this but then, it hasn't really crashed to the ground and hit anything.

One year before we had Wolfie and before the trees were out,  a bolt of lightning came down the tree, lept over to the house and fried the electric meter before it traveled through the grounding wire into the ground.   Smokin'!  That was a very big noise!  Living at the top of a Mesa really has it's exciting moments!

Garden Report: Mr. Z saved tomato seeds from the Heirloom Zebras, and this is the second year we've been able to use last year's seeds.    I'm so stoked!  I'd love to plant potatoes, too, but the little skunks and possums would just probably dig them up.  And, the potato plants are, like tomatoes, bad for the tortoises.  This pot is thigh high to me, so the torts can't figure out how to get at them.   We use our compost and some potting soil, new, every year.

Wolfie Report:  Wolfie is very calm during this storm, and we are hoping that most of his PTSD, from living with gunfire and in the rough for God only knows how long, is over with.  He came from somewhere in City Heights, which can be a real Wild West Show sometimes.  He's just been to the groomer's though, so he may be a little deafened from the blowers.  Holy Smokies, is it ever LOUD in there.  He runs away when I try to take his picture so here's one from earlier.

He's small enough to fit inside a grocery sack when he wants to.
Tort Report: The baby torts spent the winter outside for the first time this last year.  They missed their rose feasts but they had plenty of grass in their enclosure.  40% of what a tortoise eats in the wild is dried grass anyway.  We keep a good eye on them lest they tried to escape to the larger world and meet the horrible fate that met their youngest sibling.

Mother Poko went out the gate this year as well, though she was large enough to attract the attention of a passing neighbor who came and told on her.  Mr. Z nabbed the miscreant and immediately fortified the gate with bricks.  How that huge tortoise managed to wedge her way in and then out of such a tight space still has us scratching our heads.  Tortoises, it seems always want to go where "the grass is greener", and will do just about anything to get to it.    

Tuesday Tails... Free range hens in California. Yay!

Eggs Lovely Eggs!
...And, I quote:

"The State of California will end the sale of eggs from out-of-state battery cage facilities beginning January 1, 2015.

On Tuesday, July 6, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law Assembly Bill No. 1437, which requires all sales in California of shell (whole) eggs for human consumption to comply with the state’s Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act. This act prohibits the confinement of egg-laying hens in a manner that does not allow the birds to fully extend both wings without touching the side of an enclosure or other egg-laying hens, effectively banning the use of battery cages.

The Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, also known as Prop 2, was brought into law through a successful November 2008 state-wide ballot measure. It phases out the use of battery cages by Californian egg producers by January 1, 2015, while the new assembly bill extends that ban to out-of-state producers selling to consumers in California.

The Associated Press reports Schwarzenegger as saying the new law is a positive step both for California egg producers and for animal welfare. With just under 40 million consumers, California is the most populous state in the nation. Observers expect AB1437 to have significant impacts on egg production methods outside of the state."

End Quote

Oooops I forgot to link but now it's in place...

This is from HERE : the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Page.  Our Other twin daughter has a degree in Sustainable Agriculture.  We are dancing over this victory for the hens because there was,of course, a protracted fight by Industry to have the law thrown out.

"Animals" magazine ran an article about a local egg ranch who started making the transition before hand, not waiting for the overtime end around play to get stomped, which it did.

Many farmers actually don't want to treat animals the way that has been pushed by the largest Agribusinesses like Tyson, for one.

Big Agri, once the farmer was heavily in debt to them by making changes that were demanded, and in order to do the only business around (i.e. with big agribusiness firms like Tyson) they in turn forced a lot of things on farmers that no normal human being can stand.

I'm glad to see that this tide of filthy practices is changing.  Now to keep meats and other animal products out of the United States, from non conforming nations.   Agribusiness is moving off shore.

Europe and Britain are way ahead of us in this.  They are closer to being REAL human beings apparently.  But a fight against such horrors can be won, and I'm glad to see California began this under a Republican and it's enacted and enforced under a Democrat.  We are all together in this!  And that, my friend, is good for all of us.

The people won this one.  Power to the People!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Music Monday: Slack Key Guitar- Ledward Kahumoku, Cyril Pahinui, and also a history from Jeff Peterson

First, Ledward Kahumoku:  We saw Ledward in concert here in a beautiful little church in North Park, and he played this.  He was one of the three Slack Key players who played that night, and one of the ones I talked about in Saturday9.   Beautiful player, "bright guitar".  He is also Master Player

Now, a video from a younger Master Slack Key player.  This one explains the history of Slack Key Style.

My favorite Old Master is Cyril Pahinui.  I love the mellow sound of his guitar.  Not so "bright".  I don't like certain very famous guitars because of their "brightness".  It's just a preference.

One Song...with stills,

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sunday Stealing- The Usual Things!

Come on all you meme thieves!  Let's Rock this one!

June 27, 2015

Unusual Things

Welcome back to Sunday Stealing which originated on WTIT: The Blog authored by Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of memes from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent memes. You may have heard the expression, “honor amongst thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we try to credit the blog that we stole it from. We also provide a link to the victim's meme in our "Previous Victims" widget. (It's our way of saying "Thanks!") Sometimes we edit the original meme, to make it more relevant to our global players, to challenge our players, to select the best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from this new meme or recently asked questions from a previously featured meme.
Cheers to all of us thieves!!!

Unusual Things

Stolen from: My Random Randomness

1. Who was the last person of the opposite sex you laid in a bed with?

 Wait, wait, I read that wrong.  Trying again...

Mr.Z., that's who.

2. Where was the last place you went out to eat? 
Mrs. Kelly's Fish Market down in Point Loma.  Not the one that got a huge kitchen fire because someone didn't clean the exhaust fans properly.

3. What was the last alcoholic beverage you consumed?
A little bit of Champagne at New Years with the kids.  Oh wait, Mother's Day Margaritas made by our Grand Nephew.  Yummy stuff!

4. Which do you prefer - eyes or lips? 
I like eyes.  They can say more than lips can, you know.  What's he saying?  This horse is a little nervous...

5. Medicine, fine arts, or law? 
Fine Arts without a doubt.  Of course there are Detectives who specialize in Fine Art Thefts.  That might be fun.

6. Best kind of pizza? 
Cheese, pineapple, green pepper, and black olives

7. Is your bedroom window open?
Nope!  It's only open in the morning when it's cool out there!

8. What is in store for your future? 
More cortisone, and maybe arthroscopic surgery.  I'm looking up the $$$ for that.

9. Who was the last band you saw live? 
Well, they weren't a band per se, They were a trio of strings playing slack key guitar.  Fabulous!

10. Do you take care of your friends while they are sick? 
It's one of the givens of friendship, that you take care of friends when they are sick.  So, the answer is yes.

11. Any historical figures that you envy? 
Teddy Roosevelt before all the trouble hit him.  I would have loved to see the west through his eyes.

12. How many songs are on your iTunes? 
Probably 3,000.

13. What brand of digital camera do you own? 
I have an ancient Ricoh, and two of the smaller Canons.  My secret love is an EOS Mark 5 - if we could afford it.

14. When was the last time you got a good workout?
 When I hurt my arm about a year ago or more at the gym.

15. Are you experienced? 
What?  In the wilderness? I can call in 911 air rescue, give CPR, stitch someone up, but not amputate a limb, and I can administer pressure dressings.  At my age I've taken at least seven first aid courses and so on.  I worked at the Red Cross, etc.  If you mean something else, well, you just go away.

16. If you need a new pair of jeans, what store do you go to first? 
I like women's Levi's so I go where they are.  This means I shop Goodwill first.

17. Are you a quitter? 
No.  I'll stay until the job gets done.  My kids probably hate me for that.

18. What are two bands or singers that you will always love? 
Ok( just two-dammit- ) Boston, Kansas, Moody Blues, Aerosmith, and Pink Floyd, Otis Redding, and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on  and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on....

19. What of the seven deadly sins are you guilty of? 
Anger is the only one I think.  I'm mad as hell at the jerks in congress who want to start another civil war.  What a wet dream for the Military Industrial Complex!  Sorry to be gross but it's late and I've had my meds.  And I guess I'm a little jealous of people who can send their kids to any university or college no sweat, and then buy them a house to live in while they attend.  Ya, mark me green with envy.

20. Did you just have to google the seven deadly sins to see what they were?
No, I knew what they were, having looked them up recently to make sure I knew what I was talking about somewhere else.