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Monday, November 24, 2014

What Day is this?

We spent about three weeks at New Brighton Beach and other parts of Santa Cruz.  This photo is of
the cliff above the beach at New Brighton.

Very restful time except of one misadventure.  Kanga spat up her Water pump.

But, that's for later.....

Lovely place to while away the time...

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Some Bunny Loves you..... and some Wayback Machine travel to a farm in Ohio, too.

I'm not going to make it to Sunday Stealing as there is a big ToDo going this weekend. But I hope you enjoy the rabbit kittens, which I like as much as feline kittens for cuteness. We used to raise Holland Lops for show at 4H while I was homeschooling. There is NOTHING cuter than a rabbit kitten.
Ok, tell me you can resist this cuteness.
Couldn't you just eat them up!
Just Kidding!
In my mind's eye I can still see the tiny, mighty BunBun - all of five weeks old and weighing in at five ounces - "measuring" the cardboard "fence" of her enclosure, and then leaping about ten times her body length to almost clear the darn thing.  We taped on additional cardboard.

I don't think the kits above are Hollands but are babies probably from a similar breed.  Those little kits seem to be too dark in the eye for New Zealands, Below, which are the World's favorite eating rabbit.  
New Zealand White Kits have light pink eyes and are less cobby

When I was young, on mother's farm, we used to eat rabbit, chicken and the occasional bit of ground beef.  I can't imagine eating any rabbits NOW!  Oh that is disgusting!

But, then again, I can hear my grandmother's voice telling my four year old self that we had just eaten venison last Sunday, and "I'd like it just fine on my plate, and didn't I enjoy last week's roast?

Anyway, as we watched safely from the kitchen window - far above the action - Grandfather and the other hunters hoisted up a huge Elk,  and "Processed it".  Unfortunately, Mother had not long before that read Bambi to me.   I was four years old and thought they were hurting the animal because I didn't realize it was actually already dead.  After Grandmother's and my discussion, which I think was the first time I'd ever thought about where my food actually came from, I was pretty solemn.  I knew about milk and eggs, but yummy roasts?  And chicken?

Next time Grandpa went hunting, he brought back some big rabbits, most of which went into a stew.  Grandmother was careful to remove MOST of the buckshot, but hapless me, I got a piece with hair and a little ball of lead shot.  I can still remember the feeling of the fur in my mouth, and remember Grandpa reaching across the table to help me get it out of my mouth.  He didn't want his little Brown Eyed Susan eating that ball of lead!

It's amazing what a person remembers the most about things when they themselves are small.  That little ball of shot took some hair with it into the meat.  I couldn't eat it after that!

Here is a site for the Names of Animal babies 

I realize this is much more than you wanted to know about rabbits, or maybe even about hunting but that's a farm!  And, this won't happen again.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Saturday9 and Saturday Komeekz

Saturday Nine
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: Welcome to My Nightmare (1975)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) Tell us about a bad dream you've had.

Many years ago, I dreamt that DH and I were in a land that was on fire in many places, and you couldn't move around very well because it was also very muddy and dark except for the fire light. There were a lot of people in the dream, not really refugees and not unfriendly. We were all sort of in the same situation and trying to solve it and save other people and animals. The sky was a burning red color and the closer that we got to the houses on the edge of a cliff the worse everything got. We all did work together which was the ONLY truly good thing about the dream.

2) Sam is not crazy about spiders. What frightens you, or gives you "the creeps?"
Well, it's not spiders because I like them.  Sorry Sam!  I do understand.  
I am allergic to their little fangs though.  hmmm... I think that people creep me out, but not all of them, just the ones who enjoy hurting others, human or other earthlings.  That's creepy to me.

3) This week's featured artist, Alice Cooper, has always liked to dress up. Performing as Alice, he wears garish eye makeup. In his first group, he and his bandmates dressed as the Beatles. Will you be wearing a costume this weekend?

No, but I was going to dress up DH as a biker.  He can't be here so it "ain't going to happen". 

4) Alice says his makeup was inspired by Bette Davis in his favorite horror movie, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? This Halloween weekend, will you seek out horror movies and scary TV shows, or will you avoid them?

We are probably will watch "Adam's Family Values".  I love that crazy Raul Julia.  Sad that he's now gone.  Funny Guy!  I loved him in "Moon Over Parador".

5) Born Vincent Furnier, Alice used to tell reporters that he and his band got the name Alice Cooper from a Oujia board. Have you ever tried a Oujia board?
Yes, I once had a cute and crazy neighbor who was game for anything, (she is still one of my BFF people).  We would use the board to "divine" different things.  It was loads of fun but don't go taking it seriously.  hehe

6) Alice and his band (also called Alice Cooper) were discovered by music manager Shep Gordon while playing in Venice, California. Have you ever visited Venice, California or Venice, Italy?

Venice, California used to be one of my MAJOR hangouts since I was a student nearby,  and my Roomie at Uni was from there.  I've always wanted to see Venice Italy but it just isn't going to happen.  lol

7) In 1970s England, a morality campaigner named Mary Whitehouse persuaded the BBC to ban Alice Cooper. The ensuing publicity resulted in such a bump in record sales that Alice sent Ms. Whitehouse flowers. Do you believe in censorship? Or should adults be able to choose to see/hear whatever they wish?

Key word is adult.  I do NOT believe in censorship because if you start naming things that adult persons may not see if they want to, that's a slippery slope down which many a nation has slipped-   Nazy Germany comes to mind.  I believe that the major market takes care of things that are just too, too much.  I think it's a good thing to remember the bumper sticker that said, "Everyone is Someone Else's Weirdo".

8) Today Alice has a popular syndicated radio show, Nights with Alice Cooper. Listeners all over the United States, Germany, Denmark, New Zealand, and the UK hear him introduced as, "a man for whom even Dr. Phil has no cure." Do you watch Dr. Phil?

I tried to watch him during the time I tried to watch Oprah, both of whom I liked a lot.  Oprah and Dr. Phil are fun and instructive to watch. Alas, I just couldn't stand the commercials; they just drove me crazy.  

9) Did you get many trick or treaters this year? What candy did you give them?
We never get many now- the neighbors and I were just talking about this yesterday.  Our candy this year was Organic Pops with some Hershey's Kisses for a side.  

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!

Saturday Komeekz, The Joy of Tech, c/o Mr. Z.

I'm so glad that Windows isn't a person....
Have a great Weekend!  It's going to rain here!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Five Minute Friday: this week the word is "leave". Also, How to tie a bandanna, like a pirate, or a biker.

Welcome to the Friday Five Writing Group's Raw Writing Challenge.  The challenge word is, "leave".

How it works:

We write, flat out and with no pauses for spelling or punctuation.  It's Raw stream of consciousness writing, like Jack Kerouac did it.  And this week without fail, I'll read as many as the posts that everyone has done for this MeMe.  It is both a rule and a pleasure that you agree to read someone close by you on the Linkie.

If you'd like to join in, click in the MeMe section of the side bar for Friday Five Minutes.  The button will take you there.


The word, Leave, has a sad aspect to it, maybe it's in a minor key?  It sounds like an order, or command.  It can mean, "Get Lost".  My experience with "leave" is very shallow.  Usually I am arriving at a new place in life almost daily and all I want to do is leave for somewhere else, and quickly.  People who have had to leave behind everything they couldn't carry on their backs or in their hands have so many stories to tell when people have the time to listen.  I remember hearing that this was the way that my great,great, grandparents came from Ireland and Scotland, by turns, during the Great Famine, and the Upland Clearings.   They were told to Leave, or die, in one case, being put onto boats and sent into the North Sea to either perish or to make it to Ireland, since the Highland Clearings came first.

Leave is the antithesis of Arrive.  I remember a comforting story about a sailboat that was leaving, taking away a person to another shore.  The friends left behind were saying Goodbye and crying, likely knowing they would never see their friends again.  Yet, on the other far shore, there would be people waiting, and upon seeing the boat on the horizon, would shout, "There they are!  They are coming to live here with us now forever!"

Many will recognize this story as a passage of life story.  The Sadness and the Happiness both come about from the Leaving and the Arriving.


Oh, Wishing you a safe and Happy Halloween!

These are Mr. Z's new bandanas!
He's going to look very pirate-like tomorrow!

I want to make him one of those head rags like bikers wear.  Won't that be RAD!?

or maybe this:

Don't you love the Music?  I sure do....  You can actually spend a whole day watching people, male and female, putting these things on their head.  Ah... America!  And then there are things called, Buffs.  They better be cheap!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thankful Thursday: Bugs

I love all the sentient beings, but am especially fond of, and thankful for, the beautiful bugs. Life on Earth can literally not go on without the insects.  They do the heavy lifting for the Earth's recycling system.

Here is one that flies.  We found it's delicate and desiccated body on the RV dashboard.  It's a very small insect that I used to call a Mosquito Hawk.  It's actually a Crane Fly.  They are harmless so please let them live if you encounter one.  They don't bite but are so delicate they are easily injured by handling them.  I gently catch them in a tissue and release them outside.

This tiny fellow has wings that are iridescent
The piece of paper it's body is resting upon is
a corner of a print out from a daily crossword, so you can see it is small.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tuesday Tails... Dr. Albert Sabin's efforts to kill polio around the world. Teeny bit ranty

This is about Ape tails and you will see how it is in a minute.

Though tomorrow is a very busy day, I want to catch up to all the blogs in the  memes today and tomorrow.  Thanks for your patience.  Reading what you all have written is such  a pleasure.

Dr. Albert Sabin created a vaccine that virtually eliminated Polio from the globe, first from humans and then eventually from all Primates.  All the apes could get this terrible disease.  And Sabin himself would have been pleased when his vaccine stopped the epidemic among the great Apes in their jungle sanctuary.

Because of the efforts of Dr. Sabine and the Coalition  which he lead (link goes to an article at the NIH) , this terrible disease was beaten back from the Western Hemisphere, and even from our cousin species, the apes.  Using this same model polio was eventually driven off the planet.

Why a scholarly article would mention Dr. Sabin's irascibility is beyond me.  With the sort of vision which he possessed, it is an insult at the very least.  He worked well enough to Kill a killer  that left misery in it's wake.  He set aside social pariah issues he had to contend with and got the bloody job DONE!

I hope that we have such an irascible visionary for the fight against Ebola, and Nile Fever, which just killed a 78 year old man in La Mesa.  It's still out there  folks so empty any standing water, even if it's in a spare tire somewhere in the lower forty, because it could be a breading ground for the mosquitoes that carry Nile Fever around.   The world will thank you.  Just remember it doesn't matter if you cussed them out the day before.  So what?  You are a part of something huge, the elimination of a Killer disease.  Thanks for reading.

Now, some Earthly beauty to sooth the savage, irascible  Beast in you:

Ceanothus (Wild Lilac ) Last Year at Mission Trails Regional Park