~♥~Omni vincit Amor~♥~

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tuesday Tails: extremely rare Wolverine shot dead, and Wolfie's tail, and what I'm reading...

I thought I'd put a plug in for getting Wolverines protected.  I'd like to bounce the The US Fish and Game into the wall a  few dozen times, those rascals!

"Terrible news: An exceedingly rare wolverine was apparently just gunned down by a rancher in North Dakota. Even though there are only 300 wild wolverines left in the contiguous United States, this tragic killing was perfectly legal -- because the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service didn't protect them under the Endangered Species Act when the Center for Biological Diversity asked it to in 2014"  

The quote is from a newsletter from the Center for Biological Diversity.  

Wolfie was begging in the kitchen this AM and I thought his tail too cute to not make a snap of it.

His tail looks a lot like my hair right now.  Like I combed it with an egg beater.  I have gray hair that can't make up it's mind if it's curly or not.  It used to be thick and curly unless it was very long.

Well, back to the book, The Help

This older title was gleaned from the city library, and though we've already seen the movie the book is still very much worth reading.  I hope you will give it a try.  It keeps me from thinking too hard about things, and also reminds me just how far we've come as a nation, and, indeed, how far we still have to do.

Change really does begin with a whisper.  It's because of Oppression.  If you are white, all white, you didn't notice it so much, probably.  Remember the song, "At Seventeen"?

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Toughness and such... do you have what it takes? I don't! *Screams!* Sunday Stealing.

April 30, 2016
A to Z 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.
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A to Z Meme

Stolen from: i take surveys

A) What does the last text you sent say? And to whom?
My daughter Gee, to say "Hearts, smilie face, Heart"

B) What does the last text you received say? And from whom?
My sister.  And no, I'm not going to say what it said.

C) What time do you wake up most mornings?
7:00 ish, sometimes more ish than 7's.

D) Are you afraid of walking alone at night?
Hell, yes!  I'm 73 years old and couldn't fight off anything bigger than a mosquito anymore.

E) What do you do to relax at the end of a stressful day?
Day's actually end?  Stress isn't normal in modern (and not so normal) societies? People actually DO things to relax besides drinking a pint of gin and then doing a face plant on the bed? 

F) Where did your last kiss take place and with whom?
Mr Z and I kissed each other when we were setting the table, actually we met while clearing our crap off one end of the table, so we kissed. and we laughed and then set the table.

G) Do/did you get into trouble a lot at school?
Trouble found me.  I had what was perceived as a Spanish surname (it was not), and I went to school through most of high school in the Los Angeles County School system in the 50's.  Trouble found ME....

H) Do you enjoy your job? If unemployed, are you content being so?
I'm retired and I loved all my little jobs when I was employed.

I) Do you often pick up on double entendres and innuendos?
IF they are sexual, no, I'm the stupidest, some might say most innocent, person on the planet where that is concerned.  That's most of what double entendre and innuendo is about, yes?

J) Have you ever been offered drugs but declined?
No.  Drugs where about two or three years behind my generation, so we grew up in a sort of bubble.  The kids from East L.A. knew about them, and probably sold them and used them but not the rest of us.  Actually, I tend to blame jazz musicians for drugs, and there weren't any jazz bands in our schools or neighborhoods at the time.

K) Have you ever met someone who has completely altered your way of thinking?
One boy in a political science class at college.  I will never forget the moment when the light of insurrection went off in my head.  It was a completely peaceful take over of my consciousness.

L) Have you ever been offered drugs and accepted?
Please see J above.

M) Tell us something weird that turns you on.
I'm not a teenager anymore.  There is nothing weird about sexual attraction.  Or is there?  Or, maybe that's not what you mean by "turns you on.".  Hmmm.  *looks askance*.

N) When did someone last admit romantic or sexual feelings for you? Was the feeling mutual?
I think I'd better go get a bottle of Geritol to continue with this meme.

O) What is something you have given a lot of thought to lately?
How to use a combination of herbs and other things, like Yoga, to empower the immune system to re-balance itself.

P) When did you last swallow your beliefs to avoid an argument or confrontation?
I do this every day.  But not on my blog.  heehee

Q) Do you usually initiate hugs?
Yes, but this was not always the way it was.  I was shy and didn't like to be touched.  I guess I was belted around enough at school.

R) Are you a very affectionate person?
I am affectionate but I'm not an Italian Auntie.  I would like to have been raised by an Italian but didn't get the chance to be.  *sighs*  

S) Can you roll your own cigarettes?
Oddly, I am good at rolling cigarettes because I used to make them for my grandpa.  This was in the 40's when packs of cigarettes were mostly from France and VERY expensive.

T) What are you looking forward to?
Waking up tomorrow with my side kicks and living another day.  Today we moved the scanner to a place I can more easily use it, away from my gimpy arm, and tomorrow, THE WORLD!!!
I'm also looking forward to digitizing more printed photos, and going blog visiting to read all the answers from Saturday9 and this meme.  Yay!

U) Do you have any tattoos. Do you want any/more?
I don't have any tats and missed my chance at getting a little rose bud on my shoulder.
or this on my chest:  
Yah, it's a little much, I agree.

V) Are you mentally strong?
You don't make it this far without being mentally strong.

W) Are you physically strong?
I am stronger than most women my age. I've paid for it, and so I'll claim it. Incidentally,  I am secretly still a tomboy.  I'd like to be able to ride a motor cycle with my gang but I'm a bit past it.

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X) Do you think you’re a good person?
I don't think anyone can know, really KNOW that about themselves.  
There are so many obstacles, mostly mental, that keep a person from forgiving themselves or others, and this is the crux of goodness, so thus, this is a judgement for a superior being.  
Notwithstanding, I do try to do the honorable and the noble.  I try to be kind.  
Insofar as I achieve true kindness, my purpose for living will have been fulfilled. 

Y) Name one thing you wish you could change about your life right now.
I would wish that cancer would be no more.  Not anywhere, in plants or in the other earthlings, because right now, it exists in all of nature, and I want it GONE  from our little planet!

Z) What do you usually eat for breakfast?
I eat a rice cake, a fruit, and either an egg or some cheese.  Oh, and chocolate and, yes, tea.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Saturday 9: American Authors; "Best Day of My Life"


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Saturday 9: Best Day of My Life (2013)

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

1) This song begins by mentioning clouds. Do you see clouds in the sky this fine Saturday?
Yes, I did see them, before it got dark.  But that was Friday night, when I'm answering the question.  So, I hope it still counts.  They will be there tomorrow night, too.  May and June we suffer from June Gloom.  Something I actually like about the weather in San Diego.  It keeps the temperature down in the "you can live in this" range.

2) Lead singer Zac Barnett sings that, "Everything is looking up." What are you looking forward to today?

Going to bed and reading my newest book.  It came a few days ago all the way from Switzerland.  Canyoubelieveit?! 

 I'm also in a rush to finish a library book called, The Help. So Fine!  

3) 2016 is not yet half over, but what's been your best day so far this year?
It would have to be sometime in January.  After that, the year's been pretty much sandblasted.

4) The members of the group, American Authors, met in college. When is the last time you heard from a school chum? Do you know them from grammar school, high school or college?
My red haired room mate from Uni and her husband came down and we went around the town looking at this and that, and stopped off to eat some delicious fish and chips.  I'll always remember her as being one of the kindest people I've ever known.  She passed away 10 years ago. 

She and her sister and I climbed a freeway fence and ran through an underpass at midnight in East L.A. after running out of gas on the I-10 back to their parent's house.  We were rescued by the Highway Patrol.  I told that story before, but I just thought it would be nice to tell it again.  I think the world of the California Highway Patrol.  

5) One of the all-time best-selling American authors is romance writer Danielle Steele. She's been writing for more than 40 years and has sold more than 800 million books. Have you read any of her work?
Years ago, someone gave me about 15 of her books, all hardbacks.  I don't regret so much not reading more than five pages from the first, as much as in not keeping them as first editions to sell later!  I regret that I have nothing but hindsight!  Image result for funny images of hindsight
6) Have you ever dreamed of being an author?
There have been times when I have actually written a newsletter to my friend D about rats who formed a society on Mars or the Moon- right now I can't remember which it was.  It was fun and that's when I knew I could write if I wanted to.  It was loads of fun! Brilliant fun!

7) Do you have an e-reader?
Yes.  It's kept the house from tipping over and skidding down hill.

8) American Authors rang in 2016 in Chicago, giving an outdoor concert on New Year's Eve on a stage not far from Lake Michigan. There are 5 Great Lakes in all,including Lake Michigan. Without looking it up, name the other 4. 
Huron, Erie, Superior and Ontario.  Yep, I do the crossword puzzles.

9) Random question: You see photos on Facebook of a dinner party hosted by a friend. You recognize most of the attendees, yet you weren't invited. How do you feel? Left out and angry? Do you wonder what you may have done to offend your friend? Or do you just forget about it and move on?
Well, I, personally, don't have a facebook account, and so I'd never know.  So, none of the above, or rather, none of the above except for moving on, which is what I'm going to do right after this word from my sponsor.......

Friday, April 29, 2016

Amphibians are never out of trouble for very long.

Green tree frog
Too cute to lose forever!

We'd better save these precious, little beb├ęs in the woods and waterways before it's too late.  They are an important link in the Circle of Life.

Learn more at the Environmental Defense Fund's "Amphibian and Reptiles Extinction Crisis" SITE

One selfish way to look at this is that we all drink the water they need to live in..... just sayin'

Thursday, April 28, 2016

A haha for a very smart lady....Hertha Marks Ayrton


Google, ya just gotta love em sometimes.  To Google, with love and ♥♥♥s and all the other googlygook

Read about Hertha HERE at the London Telegraph.   Today is her 162nd birthday.

Happy Birthday, Dear Hertha!  Happy Birthday to you.

Last Friday's friday5, only on Thursday


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Tomorrow is the generally assumed birthday of William Shakespeare, based on records of his baptism and the traditions of the time.  We celebrated the Bard’s birthday last year and six years ago, so if you find these questions less than satisfying, try those instead.  Links in the questions go to attributions in Barlett’s Familiar Quotations*.  Shout-out to Kimberly, who six years ago answered her questions in (rhymed!) iambic pentameter.

1, If brevity is the soul of wit, how witty are you?
I'm very good at one liners.  So are my Bro, Sister, Mr. Z, and our kids.  We can, at times, have a very merry time of it.

2. When did you last play fast and loose with the truth?
Probably when I was a teen trying to save someone from my paternal unit's wrath.  Usually it was a pet he meant to kill.  He loved killing pets.

3. When did the green-eyed monster last rear its head?
I'm jealous of talented artists who make a living by it.  So, that thing has always got it's head up to me, showing all it's teeth.  I could have put the kids through college.

4. What has often required you to screw your courage to the sticking place?
Lately it's been, shall we say, every waking  minute of every day.

5. What’s a custom that you have found more honor’d in the breach than the observance? **
Public Drunkenness/ carousing.  Custom being what it was in the old days, and sometimes in the "new", I'll follow Hamlet on this as well. 

I suppose this "custom" hasn't changed much, in view of how generally acceptable weekend public drunkenness is observed (with mild benignity) in the world as well as celebrated both in film and on television.  

Thank you for participating, and may your weekend be as merry as the day is long!

* For those disinclined to link-clicking (I don’t blame you!): Hamlet, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Othello, Macbeth, and Hamlet (questions 1 through 5 in that order).  Shout-out to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on question 4!

** This phrase is often misused, according to this enlightening piece in the NYT.  Hamlet was saying that it was more honorable to breach (that is, violate) the local custom of carousing than to follow it.  It’s usually used to mean “more often broken than followed” or something like that.  Answer the question whichever way works for you, but I like Hamlet’s meaning.