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

~♥~ Happiness is a Do-It-Yourself Project ~♥~
~♥~ Enough is as Good as a Feast ~♥~
Anon

~♥~ "Memory is the Scribe of the Soul" ~♥~
Aristotle

Sunday, March 29, 2015

New Comment settings.

I've enabled Open ID settings, switching down from Anonymous.  I hope this helps some friends who can't comment to comment.  If it doesn't, I'll change it again.

Somehow I thought using the most generous setting would make it possible but apparently it doesn't.

This tells me that when Google bought Blogspot, they started right away trying to funnel our little netheads into a coneshape to fit into their data mining.


It's Dirty Dozen Day, Sunday Stealing, brought to you by, Insanity!


The Dirty Dozen Meme

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The Dirty Dozen Meme

I'm not sure I want to do this.. but here goes.....

Stolen from: The Archives

1. This weather is really..... probably going to clock out as the hottest March on record.

(Severe rant warning!!)2. You think you've seen it all, you should see me.... try to comfort a hapless neighbor who has just run over our tiny baby tortoise.  This was because the dog walker who found Majik (the size of a silver dollar) in the middle of neighbor's driveway didn't think to take 30 freaking seconds to move her safely onto the parking strip grass.   I know, it's nuts, but I really cared about that little being.

3.I'm sure you would still love me even if...you saw me freaking out over nothing in the greater scheme of things..


4. I think I have finally realized... that I need to calm the freak down about more things.


5. Since the last time we linked up... I can't talk about it.

6. I get super embarrassed... what?  I write a semi political blog.  What could I get super embarrassed about?

7. I really thought by now... I'd be dead because I take after my mother's side.

8. If I thought no one would read it, I would write about... Bare naked Ladies musical tours?  One thing I do know is they aren't scheduled for my town anytime soon. What?!

9. I knew I was in the wrong place... when I started this meme.  Wrong place, wrong time, wrong mood,wrong type of breathable Oxygen.....
"Ooooopsie"!  

10. I am so not above... wailing and getting dead drunk when the spirit moves me.  Though by now, believe it or not, I'm stone cold sober.

11. Let's pretend... that all this Earthly stuff really counts.  Then we can watch Ted Talks: Smart Laughs where the Catholic comedian tells about two Mormons who come to her door and exchange anecdotes about our own religious encounters.  I'll start with, "All animals have souls".  And, then, you can counteer with,"Take care of the Earth or It will cry out to me, and I will cast you from it".  Seems like a nice quiet place to start a war, eh?

12. Just you wait... this heat is coming your way!!!  March is usually a very nice, cool month here.  I'm so glad we got AC last year.

Grannie's off her Rocker tonight!  Don't try to catch her, she bites and has nine inch nails!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Saturday Komeekz and some sad news about the wee tort.



And, we found the baby tortoise but it was dead.

He got out of his yard.. it is the way of torts to wander far and wide.



So, RIP little Majik....

Thinking Out Loud, for crying out loud, in an already NOISY world? Saturday9





Thinking Out Loud


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Saturday 9: Thinking Out Loud (2014)

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


1) This week's featured artist, Ed Sheeran, was discovered by Elton John. Tell us your favorite Elton John song.  "Rocketman" but that's only by a hair.  Generally I love everything he ever did.

2) Ed's arms are covered in tattoos, so clearly he doesn't suffer from trypanophobia, or the fear of needles. Do you get nervous when the doctor gives you a shot? No, not anymore.  But when I was a little kid, it was terrifying to get a shot.  By the time it came to have the first polio shots, only the fear of that horrible disease got me through that set of shots.  When my own children were getting shots I was so unhappy for them, poor little babies.

3) One of his tattoos depicts a Heinz Tomato Ketchup label. What condiments are in your kitchen right now?  About three different kinds of mustard and several hot salsas of various manufacturers.  No ketchup at all.


4) Spotify named Sheeran the most-streamed artist in the world for 2014. Do you use Spotify? Pandora?  No, but I have an old nano.  I like that tiny beast.  Wish they hadn't stopped supporting it.  I've never heard of Spotify but used Pandora for a little bit.  Life is so noisy that I prefer the Quiet now.

5) Ed celebrated his success by purchasing a farm near Suffolk, England. Would you prefer to live in a rural, suburban or urban area?  I want to be in rural Central Coast.  Farm life suits me.

6) In this song, Ed sings about kissing "under the light of one thousand stars." Were you able to see the stars last night? Or was it it too cloudy or overcast?   Living in a big city is not conducive to seeing many stars.  And a city by the ocean is even worse for stars but at least there is the Eternal Ocean to make up for it.
I love when a wave comes in an curls around my feet.
THIS LINK goes to the artist's flicker page, and it's a beautiful page.

7) Ed is a natural red head, a trait he shares with only about 2% of the population. Does red hair run in your family?  Oh yes....Big Time!  DH's family is ALL redheads, and I have tons of redheaded relatives.

 8) One of Clairol's most popular shades is a red (Nice 'n Easy Natural Light Auburn). Have you/would you dye your hair?  I have black hair, or let's say, "had".  Once I dyed my salt and pepper hair - I was about 55 at the time - and got loads of compliments from people who knew me.  But it grew out so fast I couldn't face the hassle and smell of the process.  It's still salt and pepper but a lot more salt now. heehee  Auburn... hmmmm... Nope don't tempt me!  It seems that everyone I know over 65 has that color hair!

9) Random question: Look at the windows in the room you're in. Are they covered in curtains or blinds?  Blinds- levolor type blinds with a top dressing.  I still like to sew drapes and curtains so other rooms have or had them.  We are repairing some window surrounds and it takes years to do things now it seems.  I'm very tired. lol

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday5 and Goodbye to Friday Five Minutes meme.

I had some computer troubles so this is late.....

Also, I will be doing only the friday5 meme from now on.  Since I like Friday Five Minutes meme, and like the idea of a "prompt" word to write five, glorious untrammeled minutes upon,  I'll only be writing in accordance to the rules of Five Minute Friday.  Let's just say I like the idea of this exercise, and do like much of the writing there, but I don't really feel like I fit there.

That being said, I'll go on with friday5 this week, and may pick up the prompt word at Friday Five Minutes but it's a big maybe.  Maybe I'll pull a Ted Talks word and write five minutes about that.

Speaking of Ted Talks, there is a talk, maybe the third in the series of "Ted Talks: Smart Laughs", that is so lovely and touching that I recommend highly that you watch it.  The first and second are good as well, the second being truly a hilarious spoof on "coincidences".  Absolutely a screamer!

The PAGE that tells how the song in the video below was conceived.

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Friday 5 for March 27: Without Lamps, There’d Be No Light

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One of my favorite movies of all time celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and I had the pleasure to see it on the big screen for the first time Thursday evening. I was sixteen when it came out (yes; I’m 46), and too young to see it in theaters then, so although I’ve seen it on cable and DVD at least fifty times, this experience was a first, and it was incredible. So this week’s questions are inspired by that film.

1. When you were seventeen, how did you spend most of your Saturdays?  In summer, I did carpentry with my younger brother and the paternal unit.  School days, my Saturdays were spent watching over my kid sister while Mom went grocery shopping, and doing the ironing.  I studied a LOT, and then were my chores.  I did all the dish washing in the family.  Time of my own, I read or took long walks with my dog, Shadow.  We lived in the country, on the edge of a little foothills town, so it was fun.

2. What was your high school locker like?  It looked like a regular locker, only we had actual LOCKS on them in those days.  I'm not sure if they still allow them to have combination locks anymore.

3. When did you last have to replace a missing screw?  A few months ago I had to replace the screw in my eyeglasses.  Most things we have around here don't lose parts. Or else the Handyman, Mr. Z, replaces them.

4. What was the last thing you drank out of a Thermos?  It was so long ago that it's beyond remembrance!

5. Do you still possess anything you created in high school (say, an elephant lamp that lights up when you pull the trunk)?   Not a thing.  I graduated 55 years ago.  My paintings have all gone, most of them destroyed by a wrathful parent.  Such is life.  Be happy!

Oh I just found out about someone called Ze Frank.  This is so incredibly sweet! It's called "The Chill Out Song"  It's in the Ted Talk linked above, but I think this is JUST the song.  I hope anyway.
HERE is the page that tells how this little song came about.




THIS version screams at you at the end, like fifty steam engines letting out air right at the end!  If it does, I'll try to clip it!

Thanks for participating, and don’t you forget about me this weekend!






Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thankful Thursday. Making a butterfly garden. Doctors, and remembering Quartzsite.

Today was "three ring circus" day.

Wolfie got a blood test and so did I.  I think mine cost more. heehee
I stayed up late and watch the first three Smart Laughs Ted Talks.  If you get the chance to see them, the first one is a little scatty but the second two are good.  Second is hilarious, and the third one is very wonderful.  You'll love it.  The Web is a wonderful place, and it's something that I've watched grow up, and it just gets better and better.

I'm thankful that the clinic and vet part of the day is over.

And, though knowing empirically that every day above ground is a blessing, having more evidence before your eyes in the form of toddlers who are living proof of it, is quite humbling.  Those tiny, brave kids keep going no matter what, as long as their little legs work.

I'm going to go knit, and make the pieces for a new zeolite pad for the compost can.  It's not the classic use for the stuff so I hope it works.  Film at 11.....

I think when the five buddlieas are in the ground, we are only in need of a SEEP or two for the Butterflies.  When we were leaving the other morning for ceramics, I spotted a Monarch flitting around the blossoms of the aloes in the front yard.

Here's something I'm thankful that we could do for so many years...

This show is actually called Cloud's.  It was so much fun!
We used to go every year to the Quartzsite Rock Hound Gatherings and the Rock Sales!  It's a lot of fun and pretty exciting.  There is everything from beads to rough.  You don't need a camper to go there but it helps as it means less daily driving in from outside the area.  And don't worry about the heat.  It's in the winter and can get chilly at night, and day temps or only in the 70's to 80's and sometimes a whole lot cooler.





Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tuesday Tails (Hard to Know about Thing) and Plant Garnering. 2 Buddleias..




I'm so thankful to the people, with such big hearts, who will go to whatever lengths it takes to save these beautiful animals from the horror that awaited them.

It was happening here for awhile, too, in my city.  Now it's probably just underground.  It makes me cry.

Something more pleasant:

We got two buddleias, at the end of their season almost, at the same nursery that the roses came from.  We just had to drive a little further since they'd moved out to East County from South Spring Valley.




This is one of them, for certain.  Black Knight



The other is another davidii variety in purplish blue  probably looks like this below, from the description of color of the Nurseryman.

I won't credit because it would go to a source that pops up windows. Duh!

So, I guess you could say that I have the purple sprectrum covered, eh?  Now for pinks and a white. All tall varieties, but it was the tail end of the season for them at nurseries so I guess I have to trust I can plant the others next Winter Season.  Believe me, they will be so very welcome!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Love, Hate, Sing, Cry, Regret; it's a regular Italian Opera! Sunday Stealing.

March 21, 2015

The I 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 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!!!


The I Meme

Stolen from: The Archives


I am... therefore I blog.

I want...to learn how to fly, and to have wings like a bird.  Not a Sparrow, mind you, but like a Bateluer Eagle.
Picture Source
Ah, for the wings of a dove, to fly away into the desert and make a new home.
or maybe this one:
Garuda

I have... watched a Sora stalk silently through the reeds of the now non-existent (if the web can be believed) Guayome Slough with Fern Tainter.

I wish... I'd done a whole lot more bird watching before my creaking knees could alert birds to my presence anywhere near thirty yards of them.

I hate... lies but not lies that save lives, I mean think this is one time, and the only time, to lie.

I fear... almost nothing.

I hear... very well for my age, when something in this old brain isn't pressing on a nerve - the last nerve, presumably!

I search... but do not find the few things that I have put away for safe keeping.  That doesn't include the Lagoon though.  It was probably drained or combined into another lagoon so the North County real estate brokers could sell off lots along the edge for very big bucks; no, these are small things that old women, and even some rather young ones, hide and then can't find again for love nor money.  




I wonder... Where that darling swampy lagoon went?  Did they just attach cables to it, and pull it out of the way?  The only Sora I've ever seen lived there, let them who have done it just rot in hell!

I regret... Not being more militant over lots of things, now all I can do is blog.  Militancy is much more active and burns more calories, so I can actually eat more chocolate when being so.  

I love...the quiet places.  No jets overhead.  Those places are a million miles out in Montana.

I never... got to learn how to ice skate.

I ache... to be able to have a Jacuzzi to sit in that actually worked again.  Old Bones, you know.

I always... remember to pray for the happiness of all beings.

I usually...need to go to sleep!

I am not... going to answer the rest, and just go get some sleep.  Ok?.

I dance... whenever I get the chance to.  I love just doing ballet moves here and there through the house.  Yes, Yuo can, too.  No one is going to see you and it's fun.  Don't be shy.

I sing...no more.  My voice control is now very bad.

I sometimes... wish it wasn't so, but it is.    

I cry... when I'm frustrated with life and the way people trear each other or the animals..

I am not always... serious, and see the funny side of most things.  My sister, brother and I have always been able to carry off amazingly funny skit like performances.  We have fun that way when we are together.  It's usually satirical and political.

I lose... patience with my self a lot more than when I was younger.  I'm practically cussing out my hands on a daily basis.

I am confused...  about why I'm now afraid of the police. 

I need... Peace in my life in so many ways.  I quit listening to the news a long time ago and don't read a daily paper.  I think I'm calmer now.  

I should... go to sleep now and visit all your blogs tomorrow.

Have a happy Sunday!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Saturday9- A little Unusual...





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: It's Not Unusual (1965)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Check here.

1) In this song, Tom sings that "it's not unusual to go out at any time." Will you be "out and about" this weekend?  Maybe to go to a plant nursery.  

 2) Before his music career took off, Tom supported himself and his young family by working as a vacuum cleaner salesman. Could the room you're in right now benefit from a thorough cleaning with a vacuum?  It needs vacuuming and Dust mopping and then scrubbing more like.  But I just finished dust mopping two big rooms and I'm done (in) for the day.   Yesterday, laundry....Whew! 

3) You can purchase a verified Tom Jones autograph on eBay for $299 (or the best offer). When you were growing up, did you collect signatures and sayings from your friends? (Autograph book? Yearbook? Cast?)  Yearbooks, yes.  I have no idea what happened to them, either.  Part of life I left behind.  The only thing I regret not taking was my dog, Shadow.  He was too big to fit in the seat of my tiny car with the other stuff.  I was tossed out, you see but damned glad to go!  Patrone did not like me dating DH.  I wish I had shot the jerk when I had the chance.  Shhhh.  Don't tell the FBI!  Lolz

4) At the height of his popularity, female fans would throw their panties onstage at Tom Jones. Sam can't imagine doing this, and not just because she's not that crazy about Tom Jones. She'd be embarrassed because her underwear drawer could use a serious refresh. If you could choose one new article of clothing to add to your wardrobe today, what would it be?  More little Summer dresses and tops.  I'm too tired to sew.

5) "Tom Jones" is also the name of character in a famous 18th century novel. Tell us about a character from a book you wish you were friends with in real life.  Fictional?  I can't think of a single fictional character in a book I've read that I'd like to know in "real" life to be honest - well, other than Precious Ramotswe.  I think we could be great friends.
 
6) When this song was popular in March 1965, Sarah Jessica Parker of Sex and the City fame was born. Do you share your birthday with anyone famous?  
Lady Bird Johnson.  I loved and admired this Lady.

7) Also in 1965, when this song was a hit, Americans were riveted by the Gemini space program and children all over the country wanted to be astronauts. Think back to your childhood: When you were in first or second grade, what did you want to be when you grew up?  I wanted to be a world famous singer, and a writer and an artist.

8) Fifty years ago, the most popular headache reliever was aspirin, and you could buy a bottle of 200 tablets for just $1. Do you have any aspirin in your medicine chest right now?  DH has some in his medicine cabinet.

9) Random question: You've just entered a public restroom. Would you rather find a paper towel dispenser or hot air hand dryer?  I vote for BOTH!  You need something to use to get out of the place, and nice clean paper is it.

Saturday Komeekz, water and droughts. And, introducing the newest baby tort.

Yesterday being the First Day of Spring, and all, it makes me think of celebrating- thus the cartoon. First day of Spring, isn't that the day when all that snowing in the Midwest turns into all that raining, unless your state is in drought.

In that event, it means that IF the Spring rains don't turn into Miracle March or something soon, in dear old SoCal, there is another record year of dead plants unless you don't stay home, where you belong after all, and hand water everything with a bucket and a cup.

Mr. Z has harvested well over 300 gallons of rain water, some of which has already been used.  But I wish that I could have prevailed, several years ago in the drought, for the purchase of a cistern in which to store 1000 gallons of water off the gutters - "And, where would we put such a thing?"

If I had done so, it's more likely that the Rain Devil would have laughed himself sick and just poured rain water on our city  reservoirs in abundance.  Well, enough to drop the price of acre feet to an mind boggling fifty cents a dozen, and thereby making the paying for such a "mighty cistern" stretch out, from a little over five years, to amortizing it out to the middle of the Century, eh?

Isn't that what Rain Devil's are for?  Are not they in the business of making fools of mere mortals like me?



Happy Spring!
I'm still waiting for the Buddleias.

This is what I'm after.  This sign.




It's this goal that keeps me ticking over....  We've been eligible for years and years but now we should have the sign, I reckon.

Newest Baby Tort:
I suppose this qualifies us for the place to raise young.
Well, there's the doves, Jays, and Towhees, too.
For size comparison.  "She's" about 6 months old.

This little squirt spent the whole winter on it's own.  Mr. Z. found her/him tucked up tight against something under the small deck.  I wonder how many others there are out there in the tall grass.  We haven't named it yet but I remember Button.  I wonder if it's safe to name him/her Button?  She/he is brown eyed.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Two Friday MeMe: friday5 and Five Minute Friday, I'm late to the Party!

All that you need to know about this the FMF Meme, is HERE for the Prompt word this week and HERE for the minimalist sort of rules.  It's fun, and very entertaining to find out how much you can write about a single word, all in just five minutes flat, without worrying to much about Syntax, spelling or Grammar of any sort,including, though not limited to, the use of adverbs.  Come on over and join us!

Friday Five Minutes

And she's off!

Real are we, but then maybe we are just a hologram on a space deck somewhere?  Why did we think, for so long, that we are the center of the Universe?  How real is that?  And the big Bang, actually predicted in the Vedas, was not news  to the Hindus.  Is the Higg's Bosen real?  Am I real when looking in the mirror, or is the one in the mirror real?  Alice in Wonderland was sort of a study of parallel universes.  I'm betting that many of the old fairy stories about magical characters were the same.

I want to be a real human being, as Christ and many others, like Buddha before him, suggested but it's a very painful process.  It requires being kind to enemies who just want to slit your throat or burn down your city.  No one said that being real was going to be easy, and the further we get from the teaching of the early REAL people we get, the harder it is to find our way back to their reality.  I want to live in Eden.  It is a very real place, I feel, just beyond our consciousness, as it is in the Real World.  Really, it is.  The Saints have seen it, and the Angels, who are, believe or not, very, very Real, live there most of the time.  Sweet Reality.... sigh....

Ok, now for something completely different.

friday5  

Friday 5 for March 20: Stitches

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1. Where on your body have you had stitches, and what were the circumstances?  I have wrist held together with titanium, and an artificial knee, due, respectively, to an accident, and disease.

2. Who most recently left you in stitches?  Mr. Z and I went to visit my sister, and  had a good Chin Wag!  We also had a hilarious, skit-like exchange about some darn thing, lately on the news.

3. “A stitch in time saves nine,” says the proverb, which means that mending one small tear in a fabric now prevents having to make nine stitches later when the damage is worse. How has this been illustrated in your life?  To me, this means a person can avert disastrous consequences by repairing a relationship asap if it's one you really want to keep.  Sometimes it leads to looking like a fool, but no one can blame you for trying.  Some relationships are too toxic to keep crawling back to.

4. What are your thoughts on Disney’s Lilo & Stitch?  I'll have to look that up.  Ok, did that.  I don't remember anything at all about this, but it sounds very lovely.  I've always been crazy about anything to do with Polynesia.  If I have to be reborn, if that  turns out to be the way things work, I want to be re-born on the Marquesas Islands.  I am a little worried about seas levels though, hmmmm?!

5. What experience do you have with needle and thread?  My "I"s are a little too close together here but ......I was a seamstress, earning money, for a few years.  I've sewn by hand since small.  My mother taught me embroidery and fine hand sewing. 

Since learning, in Jr. High, how to use modern machines (zigzags) I've sewn clothing for myself.  In High School, sewed most of my own clothes.  Then, as the years went by, I sewed most of my children's clothing when they were young, and sewn for Mr. Z.  

I also know how to make really good undies, and quilts, and just about anything that requires a needle and thread.   I've done nearly everything except to make sails, which I wish I could have learned.  I've even taken a tent making class and could sew those.  

I love handwork and embroidery which I learned from my mother who was a very fine hand seamstress.  She made all my clothes by hand until I was three because it was the war years.  It is a Joy to Sew.  I'm lucky enough to have my paternal grandmother's treadle machine and that is a great treasure to me.  



Thanks for participating, and have a lovely weekend!  May you also!

PS. to the Friday5 creator and blogger:  I so completely agree about OHANA, and what it means.  

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Thankful Thursday: The Nothing Box, and a video called, "The Ugly Truth About Medication" with Dr. Kevin Cuccaro - Part 1 and Part 2


I am thankful for the difference between the brains of Men and of Women, except for this one feature......

I want the Nothing Box.  I'm going to try to make one for my brain.  It's called the "Emptying the Mind" box by Buddhists,  and that's what the Peace Bell is for.



Happy Be Here Now Day!  I have to go get a crown on a molar.  Hopefully I'll live to write Five Minute Friday, and friday9.

Kudos to Pina!

 Now for something I'm also very Thankful to be able to post here.  This relates directly back to a discussion about what our health care system has actually become, in that it isn't set up to actually cure, but to drag too many things into chronic treatment levels.  Kudos to Larj, and to Bee, for bringing these things into my awareness and raising them above merely my suppositions and into reality.  Thank you.



I will watch for Part 2.

Here it is.



 These, together, are around 40 minutes. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tuesday tails... Mother Dove on nest under the shade patio; the tort report; Sweet Wolfie; Knitting Report UPDATED; Seahorse that imitates seaweed.

Mother Dove, this morning...




The big torts are soaked* and have been let loose in the garden.  These pictures are from summer before last summer... Last summer the snaps are from in front of the garage and not nearly as interesting, artistically.  You know, all cement and cement colored shells.  Very DULL!  Their noted weights are from right after hibernation last week.

* this means that they get put into trays of warmish water, and let drink as much as they like.  They absorb water through their skins at the same time that they drink.  This operation in Tortoise care takes the place of coming out of burrows in the desert in Spring and all piling into big puddles that form when a cloud bursts.


Lucky weighs 9 and a half Pounds
but this little boy, a 23 year old from October 1991, is growing very fast.  He will easily be bigger than his Dad or Mother.  Yes, I finally did the math.

Sweet, Old Brown-eyed Churchy
weighing in at 9 and 7/8th Pounds
approximately 65 years old, give or take


Poko Ono - weight: 10 and 7/8ths Pounds
approximately 56 years old.  She was approx. 23 years old
when we got her from Project Wildlife.  

Baby Torts!

This February.  No weight yet.  I'll weigh them and plug it in.
They are too small to hibernate so we feed them all winter.  They are now out in their little cage in the garden, if they haven't dug out.  We may find other babies out there because a neighbor now has one that came through to HIS garden from ours.
Last but not least, the Wolfie report:

Wolfie has re-learned to whine when he wants anything, and if ignored long enough, he does a tiny growl.  Jazzie did this little growl, too.  I'm not sure how dogs learn this but they certainly do!
HERE IS A PAGE from the Daily Pup that explains what it all means.

I think this sweet, little dog was very suppressed when we got him.  He absolutely did not bark or growl for two weeks - until Halloween - two weeks after he came to our home.  At the pound, the only sound we heard from him at all, was a tiny whine when he looked at the door to the rear of his cage, as if to say, "Please rescue me from these people."  We were offering him treats of dog food and trying to coax him to the wire fence.

At the time, we were alone in the room full of cages, just outside the enclosure where he was being kept, and he obviously wanted someone to come through that door and save him.  This made me think that whomever had previously had possession of his little Self had him de-barked, or taught him not to bark.
Adorable Wolfie, Santa Cruz, 2012

Updated Knitting Report:  Though I thought the left front was finished, it isn't.  I have to decrease for the arm syce.  When it's fully done (!!!!) I'll do a snap.  I'll be casting on for the Right Front tonight tomorrow morning; then there will be a test run of a sleeve, in the round, on hat needles.  Everything depends on what my hands can stand.

A Seahorse at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Little Tricksters
Have a great Evening!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sunday Stealing

March 14, 2015

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.
Cheers to all of us thieves!!!


The One Thing Meme

Shamelessly Stolen from: Survey Haven

One Thing .....

that makes you smile:  The male Goldfinch, singing in the garden in the morning.

that makes you cry: Little children, and their mothers,  who get caught in the crossfire.

that you love to do on the weekends: Life has become sort of one long weekend.  I like to read mostly.  

that you do for only yourself:  Ring my Peace Bell so I can bring myself back.

that you have in your underwear drawer that's NOT underwear:  Had to go look.  A pair of white Marilyn Monroe sunglasses.  Very HOLLLYWOOOOOD!   

that you do before going to sleep: Turn off the chatter in my head.


that you do within the first 15 minutes after waking:  The first thing I actually do is go visit the little room..

that's in your purse:  a cute little yellow chico bag named Buttercup.  What, you don't name your chico bags?


that you actually LIKE to clean: Oddly, I like to clean everything, make them sparkle.  I just can't anymore.  I just do my best.

that you DETEST cleaning:  Hmmm.  You have given me pause..... I guess I don't like cleaning woodwork of greasy fingerprints.  I'm SO not CSI. 

that other people would find odd about you: I'm actually a quiet person who talks a lot to total strangers and all other sentients.  If you are human, you are family.  If you are a quadruped I talk to you like a person.  Moths, flies, bees, lady bugs?  I talk to you.  Sometimes just in my mind.  

that you would buy if I handed you a $100 bill:  We've done this before, I just know it.  My post Op brain sometimes cuts through the fog...  It's the money thing.  I remember it from somewhere.  Anyway, I would give the money to the Animal shelter.  That would make me smile!

that you feel you HAVE to do before you die: Pay off the Visa?  I think I'm old enough to have done everything I possibly could have done or even can still do before my little heart shudders to a stop.

Have a sweet Sunday.  No more emergency dashes to the hospital!