~♥~ Happiness is a Do-It-Yourself Project~♥~

~♥~ Happiness is a Do-It-Yourself Project ~♥~

~♥~ Enough is as Good as a Feast ~♥~

Friday, October 24, 2014

Dare: Friday Five Word for this Day...

Friday Five Minutes.....  Dare!  Sorry this was supposed to post at midnight but obviously I booboo'd.

Dare is supposed to be about superlative Courage.  What it says to me is that anyone who wakes up and puts their feet on the floor and walks into the day of a life that is so difficult that they can hardly breathe, are daring the day that it won't defeat them, and it will not be the last day they dare to do this thing over and over until it doesn't hurt so much.

Daring all odds, there are people who live their lives this way for decades, as they believe that "this too, shall pass".  You have to dare to believe this even in the face of crushing pain and depression from loss of love, status, physical ability or any other loss that is suffered by a human.

My best teacher in this have been my pet dogs.  They do not give up until the very last ounce of strength leaves their bodies.  They go on as happy as they could be just because you are there with them to play, or give a treat or pat them on the head and say "Good Girl!" or "Good Boy!" just one more time.  Jazzie played up until the morning of the day he died.

I don't dare talk about this anymore because it makes me too sad.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Friday5 a little early because I can't stay up any later!

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!

I am amazed this is still up here.  I hope that it hasn't been hijacked to Outer Mongolia.  It must have been a fight!

1. How would you rate your negotiating skills?  Sometimes they are priceless because a precious Life is involved.  This has nothing to do with money but I've talked a teenager out of a knife. Otherwise I have absolutely no skill with money negotiations.  In Fact, I'm rotten at it.

2. When you were most pleased with a transaction involving a trade of items or services?
See the above.  I don't negotiate about money.  If someone has something I want at a yard or garage sale, I pay their price or just don't buy.  I don't understand the haggle thing, at all.

3. What’s something you happily overpay for?
No one happily overpays for things, do they?  Happily?  Well, ok.  Charity items at auction.  I've done that.  Now that, I happily overpaid for.  I get it now.

4. What’s something you acquired at an incredibly low price?
I have bought many a wonderful book for a single penny + S&H.  That's pretty incredible.  Oh, and a sewing machine.  There's one for ya.  A used Singer.

5. What have you sold or traded at greatest profit, either percentage-wise or dollar-wise?
Not a thing.   I haven't acquired a single thing that is worth a lot of money.  I reckon that this is a life style.

Thanks for participating, and have a delicious weekend!

Thankful Thursday, medical care for all! And other stuff

Getting signed on to the new healthcare has been a big, long process to go through, but our personal story, the biggest one, is that now all our daughters have coverage!

And so do many of the younger people, especially children, as they are now covered for preventative care who were not.  Thank you God that the United States has now joined the rest of the world, or nearly all of it, in providing this benefit for people who were born with strange ailments that a modern industrial world is capable of creating in the gene pool!   I'm so glad for families that now are covered!

I saw my doctor today for the yearly check up, and got a new pneumonia shot that includes some strains that weren't in the old one.  So, if you had a shot when you were 65, you might want to ask about it, if you are of that age, or more.  It's rather costly, but having had pneumonia once, I thought it ill advised to pass on this protection.

I'm very thankful that I have such a wonderful doctor.  I hope that you all do, too.

Let's see, when I arrived back home there was this:

Heavens!  It was a hardcover, too!
Color me tickled Pink.

I love it when I can get a bargain in a hard cover. This is one of the best Succulent books around.
And, I am so happy to have found it used. I'm going to go crazy this winter planting stuffffff....

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday Tails... these are feathered Tails.....

.... and they are having some fascinating encounters with the newest adult human's radio controlled "toys", meaning Drones.

Drones are invading air space of many more animals than just the Capture and recording of the human female's backyard topless sunbathing behaviors..

Hawks, Ravens, Crows and Canada Geese have taken a dislike to drones for obvious reasons.  All these birds are territorial, and all of them are as big or bigger than the drones.

Watch HERE for some amazing videos of "Birds VS Drones" as the Drama continues!

Kudos are due to the Master Techie of Casa Z, Mr. Z.  He found the page.
Check out the other links that show even more Arial Security encounters besides the first two.

God Bless the Birds!  And the Avenging Rams!  Huzzah!

Monday, October 20, 2014

California: Vote No on Prop 1

This is a link to Center for Biological Diversity and is meant for California voters only.

At issue is how the proposed purchase of out of system water will be used, and for what purpose.  Proposition 1 on our ballot is not the sort of thing anyone wants to see on any State's ballot.  So anyone else in another state should watch anything to do with their own water issues.  Like other things, these sorts of ballot measures can have a, forgive the pun, a ripple effect.  We all know what that lead to in the last decade.  This is America.  I think we've done enough bending over.

Our state's water is used to a great degree by agriculture, and this is fine, but there are other issues here, the fact that once water goes to streams and rivers it is classified as "abandoned" and can be recaptured by agri-business, a nightmare conglomeration that has given rise to many problems in food production, and that is busily grabbing up small farms as well as water mandated for the survival of native habitat.  

California: Vote No on Prop 1

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Traveling Sunday Stealing Show...

October 18, 2014
Let's Talk Travel Meme
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 of 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.
Let's go!!!

From F Yeah, Surveys

Let's Talk Travel Meme 

Ok let’s talk travel, do you like to travel? 
I love to travel and hope to do more of it in the days to come.

Where have you been? 
I've been down to Mexico and as far East, as an adult, as Four Corners.  I've also been up to the Oregon border.  As a child I went all the way to the Eastern part of Ohio, and as far north as a lake property in Michigan that my Grandpa owned.

Next place you want to go? 
I would like to see all the Western States and some of the Eastern ones, too.

What is something you MUST take with you when you travel? 
My medicines.  They are a MUST!

How do you like to travel? (mode of transportation)
I like to go slowly by way of car or even an RV.

With someone, or alone? 
I've traveled alone to Central Coast, rented a car and stayed with my kids up there when DH had to go to school Back East.  It was fun.  Now, mostly I like to travel with DH and the Pup.

Do you dance in your car when there are other people with you? 
I have never had a car I could dance in.  I do dance in the kitchen and outside.

If you're quiet what does it mean? 
I'm thinking.  Or sometimes it's I'd rather not say something that I'm thinking.  And sometimes I would say what I'm thinking if I opened my mouth so for harmony, I keep it shut.  DH and I don't do this but it happens a lot with other people.

Favorite scent?  
I love the smell of alfalfa hay, and horses.  But Pine trees outdoors when a storm is coming, I like best.  I also like Tabu. It's made from the oldest fragrance in the world.

Favorite store? 
Good Lord, I think I love Costco the best.  Then Macy's.

Say you wanted coffee.. what kind is your favorite?  
Are we talking flavors?  If so, then Starbucks used to make it.  A Venezian Hazelnut Mocha Latte or something like that.

Favorite kind of pizza? 
I like pizza with cheese and canadian bacon, bell peppers and pineapple.

Do you get embarrassed easily? 
If I commit a heinous mistake, yes.  But then, that's a good reason to be embarrassed, eh?

Do you mind people asking you personal questions? 
They don't seem to mind it.  I guess this face says something like, "You can ask me any dumb, larky question you like and I won't be offended."?

You have a tank of gas, $50, and the day off… what do you do? 
Me?  I would wonder where I could go that would only cost five bucks because the rest would go in the gas tank tomorrow.

Favorite tv show? 
This changed daily.  Right now I'm liking "Bones" a lot, and some strange blond who is refurbishing houses and is a lousy painter.  She just ripped out an amazingly cute bathroom that she said a clown installed.  I wanted to grab the trowel out of her hands!

Song you turn the volume up all the way to listen to? 
It's one of IZ's song, "Kamalani".  I play all his music loud and sing along in the car if the dog is still at home. I love the Hawaiian language and his beautiful voice.

Sing along with him.  It's lovely.

Something you keep in your car?   Tiny packs of Kleenex, yes I am boring.  Also, a sawed off 12 gauge shotgun under the passenger seat to take care of not quite dead Zombies.  Maybe there is  Food and water to live off of if we should be caught away from our preservation stash?  Flares to warn off the Wolves that will come down the highway the moment the electricity flow stops to the cities?  Yes, all that. and more.

How many SUVs did you say you bought again, LeRoy?

 Highlight of your day?  Waking up in the morning and finding out it was all just a BAD dream!

 Something you do everyday that you wish you didn’t have to do? 
I really wish I didn't have to eat.  I wish I was electric and could plug into a solar panel.

 Do you mind if people just show up at your house unannounced?   If I know them, no.  If I don't know them I really don't like that.

What do you do when you disagree with someone? 
I shut up.  I see no point in arguing about opinions anymore.  It changed nothing in the last 70 years and life is now REAAAALLLY too short for headbutting.  I still might try to take a swing at certain Politicians whose greed and Hubris marked them for public hanging in any civilized country.

Do you enjoy rain? 
I'm a Southern Californian, of course I enjoy rain.  I LOVE rain.  I would do a rain dance, drums and all, 7/24 if the neighbors wouldn't call the cops.

Who’s your favorite person in the whole world… besides me?
Is this a trick question?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Saturday Nine: The Power of Love

Join us in this Meme by clicking on the button in the side bar.  It is GREAT FUN on a Saturday!

Saturday 9: The Power of Love (1985)

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

1) In this song, Huey explains that you don't need a credit card to find love. What's the last thing you charged?  I bought a used book through Amazon.

2) This song was written for Back to the Future. At the beginning of the movie, hero Marty McFly traveled around town on his skateboard. Are you good on a skateboard?  I've never ridden a skateboard, but I used to roller skate.  Loved it.  It made me feel powerful for some reason.

3) Huey sings lead and his backup group is The News. Was the most recent news you heard bad or good?  Very Bad.  I hope it doesn't come true.

4) Huey's mother, Maria, was born in Poland. Who is the first member of your family to be born in the US of A?   My Great, great, great, great, and maybe great again Grandmother who lived to be 117 and whose name was Guzman.

5) Brainy Huey got a perfect score on the math portion of the SAT. Did you take the SAT? How did you do?  We took what were then called the College Boards.  I scored very high, nearly perfect, percentiles in everything but math which was only 88th.

6) This song also hit #1 in Australia, where anzac biscuits are popular. To make them (the recipe is here) you need coconut. Do you have any coconut in your home right now?  We have jars of coconut oil, which I use for making lip balms and other neat things, and we have sweetened flake coconut for making macaroons and candies.  

7) Thinking of dessert, would you rather have cookies, cake, pie, ice cream or frozen yogurt?
I'd rather have something I can eat. ;o)

8) We're definitely into autumn now. What will you remember most about Summer 2014?
My daughter graduated with highest honors from Berkeley, and this was the first time, ever, that I lived in a house with AC.  Of course the first thing is WAY more important.  We are so proud of her, fighting her way through a dread disease treatment and keeping her grades perfect, too.

9) Tell us your superhero name, as determined by the color of your shirt and an item directly to your right. For example, Sam fights crime as The Gold Kleenex Box!
Zippi fights crime as The Aqua White Tissue Witch.  This is for the Aqua color of my shirt dress, and the Kleenex on the desk to the right of the keyboard.  This is so hilarious!

Saturday Komeekz, Bookshelves and gardening books.

From a 1973 Family Circle Magazine

I just got another Succulent book,   I'm on the hunt for one more!  Got it!  I think I can keep in shape by dusting my gardening books.  

But, the big plan is to hit this coming gardening project like a whirlwind when the weather cools off enough out there in the side yard, sometime in December.  I want to feed birds and butterflies with plantings of Buddleia bushes and red hot poker plants, which they all love. 

Red Hot Poker Flowers From HERE

A little ancient history here:  I once had a heritage planting of these gorgeous flowers from my mother.  But it was lost to the local  Herbicide Poisoner who poured Round Up onto my neighbor's tree to kill it. We lived "down stream" from him and I suppose he was ignorant enough to think he would only be hurting the tree he was after.

He was a mean old buzzard who apparently finally dropped dead from his addiction to Adrenaline some time ago.  He almost killed our two elms, another heritage planting from my mother's trees.  I saved them by flushing the ground around them with water until the Round Up was leached out.  It took a lot of water.

Anyway, about completing the Wildlife Garden,  I need the exercise and we need to fix our gardens for birds and butterflies.  I'm hoping for the energy to come back to me, so I'll do a rain dance and also pray for more energy.  Do you think drinking Jolt Cola is a good idea??

I truly love used Amazon books. Goodwill Industry Stores are among Amazon's sellers of used books.

Hope you're having  a Very Good Weekend.