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What's on my mind this morning

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Mostly when I wake up, I go through the usual list of things - what day is it, what time is it, what's the weather like, what do I need to accomplish today, etc. Today, though, was different . It began yesterday when I was at the library during children's hour and listened in on their songs. So today I awoke with a couple questions - feel free to postulate answers.

- emoticonin the first scenario, a predetermined number of monkeys are jumping on a bed. Then, they are all seen to be lying down. The smallest of the monkeys insists that the group roll over and apparently this results in a larger monkey being pushed off the surface of the bed onto the floor. This act is repeated until all the monkeys have fallen to the bedroom floor. But wouldn't you think the monkeys would get back up on the bed?

I'm willing to believe that monkeys are jumping on beds. But when, and why, do they all lie down? Wouldn't monkeys sleep in a sort of pile, rather than lined up like forks in a drawer? And why would the junior member of the tribe be able to order the other monkeys to turn over, especially when it causes a presumably older and more powerful member of the group to be expelled from the bed? You'd think, too, after a couple rounds of monkeys falling off the mattress, that they'd stop obeying the wishes of the youngest monkey.

- Next question: Bunny FooFoo. emoticon He is seen hopping through the forest, harassing the local population of teeny rodents by "...scooping up the field mice and bopping on their heads." Why would a rabbit do this? One would think at first that the idea would be to render them unconscious so that they could be consumed, but rabbits are herbivores, so it must be out of sheer maliciousness. And why are the mice in the forest? Shouldn't they be, by definition, in a field? *FooFoo*??

And what about the fairy emoticon that comes to remonstrate with the bunny? In some versions of the song, s/he is concise in criticism, and the song ends, but in others, the fairy gives the rabbit three chances (apparently everything in fairyland comes in threes) to overcome his habitual abuse of the mice or else FooFoo will be turned to a goon. He fails, and is transmogrified, and the song ends with, "Hare today, goon tomorrow." My feeling is that FooFoo was intentionally set up, so the fairy can be clever with the spoken ending.

- One of the few songs geared towards small children that I actually enjoyed was from an episode of Veggie Tales, when one of the vegetables emoticon - can't recall which one right now - is looking for his hairbrush. Why a vegetable needs a hairbrush is never adequately explained, but I'm willing to overlook this. The vegetable goes on to sing: "Oh where is my hairbrush? Oh where is my hairbrush? Oh where, oh where, oh where oh where oh where (there may be more "oh where"s in there) is my hairbrush?" This song was taken up by my family and used ad nauseum, substituting whatever article was misplaced at the time: car keys, wallet, back pack, etc. Any two-syllable object was fair game.

I've done my best with the illustrations, but they don't give you a lot to work with here at SP.

We now return you to our regular programming.

  
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REDWRITINGHOOD 11/17/2011 2:58PM

    Here's the low-down:

The monkey song was an error in translation and it is actually the biggest monkey that rolled the others out of the bed.

Bunny FooFoo is the local officer and it is his duty to make sure that pesky field mice stick to their own turf (as ordered by the Forest Guild). The fairy is godmother to the field mice and therefore against the bopping lesson FooFoo is giving them.

Larry the cucumber is the one looking for his hairbrush (we own almost ALL the Veggie Tale movies/episodes), and he is just silly but we love him anyway. So he is forgiven. What is truly bizarre is his love for Barbara Manatee. That's Jerry Springer worthy.

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HIPPICHICK1 11/17/2011 2:21PM

    I do not know the story about the monkeys or the vegetables, and I'm only a little familiar with the rabbit FooFoo.
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OMG! I've missed my childhood!!

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_UMAMI_ 11/16/2011 7:28PM

    All of them were invented to keep small children in line, were they not? Aren't the Brothers Grimm actually GRIM? I think children do have a bit of a dark side, or flirt with it. My eldest (now 12) LOVES dystopian-type literature and some creepy stuff, but he's always been *such* a good-natured, sunny guy.
Wakes up at the crack of dawn with a smile on his face, since birth. (Child #2 is my Dark Seed. j/k. Maybe.)

That said, we did our fair share of Veggie Tales, and even thought they were kinda Xtian, I enjoyed them.

Oh, gosh, now you've gotten me missing all their wee-ness. emoticon

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FRACTALMYTH 11/16/2011 2:40PM

    Phew I am glad I am not the only person in the world who goes around singing "Oh where is my hairbrush?" !!!!

"Why do you need a hairbrush? You don't have any ha-ir???"

"Take careeeee of my hairbrush...."

ROFL :D

As for the monkeys... I cosleep with my boys... they line up in rows because otherwise their mummy monkey won't tuck them in and kiss them good night... but once the lights are out (and the exhausted bigger one falls immediately asleep), the little one becomes the boss and generally finds reasons to order the biggest (mummy) monkey to roll over out of bed a number of times... :P

"Oh mummy where is my snuggle toy?"
"Oh mummy where is my drink bottle"

"Oh where oh where oh where oh where oh WHERE's my sleepy Munchkin???"

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BETHGILLIGAN 11/16/2011 10:25AM

    Love this blog!! As a special ed preschool teacher, I chose to not sing some of these songs (Bunny FooFoo was totally banned!) I also refused to sing many Thanksgiving turkey songs. How can we love little Tom and then eat him? Fairy tales, I think, were used as cautionary tales back in the time but they were pretend. We now have real dangers very similar to these fantasy tales so making light of them bothers me. I must add, some of the other teachers thought I was a bit loony but the violence and scariness bothered me. I couldn't imagine what it must do to the minds of little ones just learning to process language and their environment. There are certain books and videos we refuse to expose my granddaughter to and when there has been a "slip" she will refuse the book forever or ask that the video be fast forwarded through what is scaring her (not always "scary") and may refuse to watch it again. I agree with Morticia--we have too much of this stuff in real life. I've never seen Titanic for the same reason and totally prefer happy movies and TV shows. Maybe that is shallow but the real world news is depressing and scary enough for me.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/16/2011 10:11AM

    Isn't this kind of a metaphor for fairly tales, sparkpeople, and life in general? It shouldn't be.

I was a sensitive child and grew up in a home where my parents had severe marital problems. I'm not sure if that is why I often had nightmares associated with childrens books and movies but I did. A lot of these stories mirror life but should they? If I were writing childrens books and movies I don't know that I would make them about witches luring in innocent children and dogs to devour them, wolves trying to eat grandmothers and little girls, wolves blowing houses down, little girls breaking into houses and stealing the bears cereal, hunters killing mother deer and leaving their fawns orphans, etc. The problem is children and adults need to feel safe and we aren't. We don't need to fill them with images of being pushed off the bed and bonked on the head like this is fun or funny. I only watch movies now with happy endings. I know how the Titanic turned out so I have no desire to see it. Real life is tough enough without having a depressing fantasty world. We need to accentuate the positive - in real life and in fairy tales.

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 11/16/2011 9:57AM

    That may be why they called Fairy Tales--they do not always make sense.

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SUZYMOBILE 11/16/2011 9:15AM

    Thank God there's someone out there to question the validity of nursery rhymes. Foo Foo always drove me bats.

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WEIGHT, STRENGTH AND DEALING WITH CHANGE

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

A couple days ago, I ordered two cord of wood to be delivered to tide me over til I get mine chunked up and split, and the delivery guy dumped it in the middle of the driveway instead of the carefully cleared spot next to the furnace. I was on my way into the house to call them to come back and move it to where it belongs - about 10-15 feet away - when I thought, “Wait a minute! When did *this* happen?”
What happened to this woman:


and when was she replaced by this woman:


and even though it says in my Gallery that this is at my heaviest, I think I put on about another fifteen or twenty after that.

I can list the tragedies, but unless you are living through it, it just reads like Life. Rotten Life, perhaps, but Life nonetheless.

The first photo is maybe 5 years ago, when I was working daily as a landscaper. I would - not happily, but I would - without hesitation shovel stone or wheelbarrow dirt for eight hours a day. I was about 150 and muscled up. And now I’m *telephoning* someone to move a pile of split wood ten feet??!? WTF???

What happened to ME?

I gained the weight almost imperceptibly - maybe a pound a month. The problem is that I did that every month for five years. I justified it by being too busy taking care of others to care for myself. “Being good to myself” took the form of another two fingers of Laphroaig scotch, or another slice of meatloaf with gravy, and resting whenever possible. A lot of the inactivity was unavoidable - sitting in medical/legal offices or spending precious hours with the bedridden loved ones - but there had to be moments I could have used to at least maintain my fitness; I just didn’t take advantage of them.

I realized that I had not only gained weight and lost muscle tone, I’d lost the idea that I had any control over what was happening in my life. People I wanted to live, died. Houses I wanted to keep, I was forced to sell at a loss. Children I wanted around forever went on to live their own lives (which is certainly what they *should* do.) I think I looked in the mirror and said to myself, “Damn, not good” but somehow thought it was beyond my control, just like everything else. So I’d “try”, but I didn’t really get anywhere because I didn’t expect to.

Just this past week, I’ve been taking a hard look at that attitude. I’ve been making myself write, walk the dog, eat three reasonable meals, do One Minute Yoga, pay bills, take animals to the vet, and count steps with my armband. In other words, I’ve been responsible - to others and to myself. I think I’ve finally figured out what “Being kind to oneself” means - not causing your own imminent destruction by overindulging in every poor habit available and using stress as an excuse, but by supporting your body with love.

I may still call to complain, but I threw the wood over to the spot by myself, one piece at a time. I think I’m on my way back - to me.

  
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SUZYMOBILE 11/14/2011 9:16PM

    Damn, that's good!


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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/11/2011 11:02PM

    It sounds like you are on your way to where you want to be.

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JSPEED4 11/10/2011 10:19AM

    Me, too!!!!! Thanks. Even though I don't do hours of work, I have figured out that doing even part of an hour of work, 2-3 times a day, gives me a much-more, decent life. emoticon

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HIPPICHICK1 11/10/2011 9:00AM

    That just about the best news I have read all week long!!
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JLPEASE 11/9/2011 8:33PM

    What a great blog and aha moment! It really resonated with me.
Good job movin' that wood!
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PUDLECRAZY 11/9/2011 5:50PM

    Oh, sweet friend, your story sounds so much like mine!

I am glad you are on your way back!

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JUST_ALICIA 11/9/2011 3:52PM

    Yup, you had the WTF moment and it is a real eye-opener. Good for you moving that wood yourself. Taking care of you is hard to do and may seem to take a lot of time at first but eventually it will not take as much time and you will be feeling great!
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BETHGILLIGAN 11/9/2011 3:34PM

    OMG!!! I love this blog! It brought tears to my eyes. I think all of us can relate in some way to what you're saying. Thank you for sharing!!!!

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REDWRITINGHOOD 11/9/2011 2:32PM

    Yay! I'm getting there. I need to get back into writing and few other things. I will do my best to support you on your journey :)

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Response to PUDLCRAZY's challenge about outdoors

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Here's the link to PUDLCRAZY's original post:
http://www.sparkpeople.com/
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I absolutely agree with your sentiments here. When I was a child, we were put outdoors after breakfast and basically not let back in until supper time - you were fed a PB on white bread sandwich at whoever's house you were near at lunch time. If you were thirsty, well, most houses had hoses. And this was year-round, in suburban Philadelphia. If it were raining, we were told we wouldn't melt. The only time we weren't outdoors was when it was sleeting, and even then we were probably out briefly.

If we were "stuck" indoors, we had to entertain ourselves somehow - board games (which I was at least twelve before I realized weren't "bored" games - things you did when you were bored and that were boring) or standing on your head (one broken arm, here, from that particular game.) People had television sets, but other than Saturday early morning, they weren't considered things for kids to use.

My daughters asked me what we *did* outdoors, and honestly I can't remember. I know we didn't play games per se, like baseball. I remember we did a huge amount of hunting for turtles and frogs and salamanders (then put them back, because none of us had aquaria or anything). Mostly, I think we just were outside, in woods or fields, seeing what we could see. And we were allowed to go as far afield as we wanted, as long as we got home in time for supper.

Now, of course, it's not safe to allow children to live the way we did as kids. If a parent didn't see a child from early morning until supper time, in all likelihood the police would be called, and lunch has to be arranged as a "playdate" hours or days in advance. No one would think of feeding another parent's child without asking.

When my daughters were 8 and 10, my husband and I decided that the area in which we lived didn't have enough play space for kids - as you say, it was always an organized adult-led trip to someplace to explore. The neighborhood was also doing a gradual decline in terms of safety. That was when we picked up and moved out to the country in central NY, where they could take a dog and a friend (or just a sister) and go explore to their hearts' content. We could do this because of the business we owned (a small, independent trucking company - we could live anywhere within reasonable proximity of major highways) and probably isn't feasible for most folks.

One idea that might fit more families is this: we took the children camping every opportunity we had - that was how we spent not only our longer vacations but also any weekend we could manage. As a result, they haven't seen anywhere near as many museums as I wish they had, but they did get to see a lot of outdoors "up close and personal." You can visit museums anytime, but childhood outdoors comes only once. Stay in a tent or trailer instead of a motel.

We also made sure that everyone had a decent bicycle and arranged ways to transport all four bikes to biking places so we all got exercise and outdoor fun. The Rails to Trails program offers excellent opportunities, but here again, it's adult organized and led.

I was a Girl Scout leader, so we did as many camping trips as I could manage to arrange, and any nature-themed activity I could come up with - and there are plenty, if you use your head and your local library for suggestions. There are books full of outdoor or nature-themed activities for kids.

If you're the type that can put up with it (and I was) one way to keep kids tuned in to nature is to have a variety of pets - feathers, fur, scales, fins, shells, you name it, we had it at one time or another (except tarantulas *shudder*.)

I loved TRULYVISIBLE's idea of scavenger hunts outdoors on her property.

One artist I know had a big house in Philadelphia and also had five boys. She turned her center hall, with its eighteen foot ceilings, into a small basketball court. It wasn't pretty and it wasn't quiet, but to my mind she had her priorities straight. Her boys grew up getting exercise and having fun.

On birthdays, don't give a video game - give a badminton set, and be willing to play, too (and likely be humiliated.) Look in the National Geographic catalog for gift ideas that focus on outdoor learning and play. Also - and I hate to say this - we have to be "good examples" and walk outdoors instead of on our treadmills, be willing to play frisbee and fly kites and all that good stuff instead of sitting here Sparking.

Now that we can't just pitch the kids outside the way our parents did, I think we need to be willing to devote a little more of our time and energy into coming up with ways for them to play outdoors. I'm sure it would have been much easier for you, PUDLCRAZY, to show slides (or whatever one does now) of igneous boulders than to take all those kids out to experience them, but you went the extra mile and got them outside. It's not automatic for kids to want to go outdoors anymore - not with the siren call of the computer and tv - so I think parents and teachers have got to take the initiative to take them out and show them how much fun and freedom there is to be had outdoors.

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/11/2011 11:00PM

    Same in rural southern Illinoisan. We didn't want to ever go inside because if your parents saw you they put you to work.

I can recall some of the things we did outside and it's probably not a good thing to tell about some of them. ahem. We loved to swing, play in the sand box, ride our bikes, play with the hose, in our kiddie pool, with dogs and cats, play tag, hopscotch, jump rope, army men in the dirt and sand, play shadow tag, catch lightening bugs, kick the can, flashlight tag, basketball, baseball, made clover necklaces, picked dandelions, dug in the dirt, played with trucks and cars in the dirt, played with turtles, frogs, and lizards. Cicada lassoing . Ant lion fishing. Hide and seek. Croquet. Badminton. Flew kites. Yo-yos. Skated.

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WORKINGSTIFF 11/10/2011 10:42PM

    I like this blog too. (just came over from pudlcrazy's blog).

I was just talking with some women my age earlier today about running around free until the street lights came on...then it was time to get home.

The world has changed in good ways and bad.

I think the movement is afoot to get kids out into nature more.





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PENNYAN45 11/9/2011 7:41PM

    Like you, I was sent out in the morning, and came back for dinner at night.
We had a woods nearby, and I loved climbing trees, picking wildflowers, and just plain exploring.
We used to play hide and seek and tag. We ran around, and we had lots of fun.
I remember visiting relatives who were farmers, and exploring their barns and climbing haystacks.
We played outside in the warm weather and in the snow.
I loved the board games. I even enjoyed the family project of washing and drying dishes -- and singing songs while we did it.

Years later, I was happy to provide a semi-rural environment for my own sons while they were growing up. They have both chosen to live in cities now. We'll see what happens when their children get a little older.

Thanks for this blog. Those were different days.


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PUDLECRAZY 11/9/2011 2:49PM

    Wonderful! Thank you for posting more ideas for healthy activities and healthy gifting for children (adults can have fun this way, too.)

We all watched Walter Cronkite on the evening news each weeknight, and the kids watched Million Dollar Movie on one weekend day if it was an indoor kind of day. That was it for TV.

I am posting a link to your blog on my blog.

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http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4575801

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REDWRITINGHOOD 11/9/2011 1:30PM

    I grew up on an 80 acre farm in MI, and I was outside all the time. I played in the barn, the grainery, the stone house (probably the original house from ages ago), the hay field, the blackberry patch, the creek, and the burnt house (yes, I used to play barefooted inside the shell of a burned out house on our farm). I don't think my parents were negligent in any way and I had loads of fun and discovered all kinds of treasures, but that was one of my "playgrounds" lol. I'd NEVER let my kids play in a burnt house nowadays. My dad told me that his cousins and he used to take turns climbing small trees and the kids at the bottom of the tree would chop it down and the kids at the top of the tree would "ride" it down. I used to climb our apple trees, but I never did that, lol. Our farm had more fields than trees, so that's probably why. We also had an outhouse. Yep, we used it when we were outside playing. It also doubled as a rocket ship and a time machine.

I have to force my kids (well, the teens, anyway) to go outside with me and hunt fossils, ride bikes or whatever.

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TRULYVISIBLE 11/9/2011 1:20PM

  I really like this blog. I like how you describe it as bored games. That's what I thought of them. I was definitely an outside kid. In my old neighborhood, I lived in a condo that were 4 close together in one row and 4 facing you across the way. We got our mail in one area, not delivered to our doors. That would be the only place you would see and chat with neighbors. I lived there 3 years before I found out a neighbor I always talked to had a 9 year old child. He went from the condo to the car in the garage attached to the house to whatever activities he did, if he did any outside the school. I thought how the world has changed.

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√ Responsible Pet Owner (Caution: Rant )

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

One dog, three cats and $400 later, everyone is up to date on her shots, exams, worming, weighing and all that good stuff. We are now immune to everything, from rabies to other things too gruesome to mention.

But what I would like to mention is that mother cat and 4 kittens living under my deck and in my barn. These kittens are about eight, maybe ten weeks old and mom obviously has another batch in the oven. In a year and a half, mother cat has let me get from 1/8 mile down to about a yard away from her, but she warns the kittens off whenever she sees me, and they run like their little tails were on fire, so the chance of catching them, other than using big Havahearts, is slim.

Even if I could round up all five, and opted to neglect neutering the boys - a female in heat will always find a tomcat somewhere - say I just need to spay the mother and two daughters (2 out of four kittens might be girls - or they all could) - that's going to be another $400, (or, worst case scenario of four daughters, morel like $700) and more if the vet has to deal with abortion as well (just because it's a more complicated surgery.) After they all recovered from their surgeries, I'd have to let them go back to the barn, because a) that's their home and b) they all hate me, despite the fact that Ive been feeding the barn cat population for years. Spaying the girls, at least, is the right thing to do - it's also a mortgage payment worth of spaying cats that aren't even tame enough to pet, let alone love.

I live in an area that has summer visitors, and the number of cats wandering around my barns at the end of summer always jumps. People on holiday apparently get kittens for the kids as a summer toy, then just leave them, assuming they'll be fine. I have news for them: they'll be some coyote/weasel/fox/hawk/owl/dog's breakfast, or they'll be hit by a car, or they'll starve, and that's the sad truth. If parent's want their children to experience "the miracle of birth", let them rent a video; don't bring more kittens into the world than you are willing to be responsible for. Don't adopt a cat (or dog) you aren't willing to care for for fifteen or so years.

I don't know, yet, what I'm going to do about the mother cat and the four kittens, or the next batch that is clearly nearly ready to be born. I know I can't single-handedly deal with every cat (or dog, although not as often) that turns up in my barn, under my deck, or on my doorstep. I don't want to sound like Bob Barker, necessarily, but:

PEOPLE! SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS!!!


PS: I should add that I feed the cats that show up in the barn, not because I'm a soft touch or feel responsible, but because barn cats are hugely useful in keeping down the pigeons and barn swallows that otherwise make our barns dangerous (pigeon droppings) or unpleasant (being literally attacked by barn swallows.)

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/11/2011 10:44PM

    We are definitely related. I have this rant several times a year until I am practically foaming at the mouth. The problem is irresponsible pet owners. Once when I griped to the neighbors about their 23 dogs running lose and asked him what he was going to do with them he said, "Dogs f----! What do you expect me to do about it?' It's a shame there is no open season on irresponsible pet owners.

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TRULYVISIBLE 11/9/2011 1:28PM

  I agree with you that you can't take on the expense of neutering every stray on your property. In my area we have a program called spay and release. For free, sponsored by donations, they spay and neuter feral cats and release them back at their original place where they found them if people were not complaining they didn't want them around. If people did not want them on their property they have cat colonies in the area where they release them. They don't tell you where they are as they don't want unwanted pets left there.

I had a neighbor that moved and left her cat thinking it would know what to do on it's own outside. Crazy thinking. Luckily a neighbor took it in.

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SPAYYOURCAT 11/9/2011 12:48AM

    Spaying and neutering them doesn't have to be expensive and you will have healthier, happier barns cats. They will also be less likely to become coyote candy as they will no longer need to roam in search of a mate. There well may be a non-profit feral group in your area that will loan you traps for free and may provide (or know who can)-low cost services. Email me in private from my Spark page and I can try to find one for you.

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DANCINGGARDENER 11/8/2011 5:31PM

    WWBBD? What would Bob Barker Do?

Spay, neuter, and until animal shelters are empty, don't be breeding or buying designer-bred pets.

Seriously people.

(edited because I can't spell my way out of a wet paper sack)

Comment edited on: 11/8/2011 5:32:39 PM

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SCOOTER4263 11/8/2011 5:14PM

    Something to consider about feral cats, too, is that they are largely miserable indoors, in a forced community of humans, other cats, maybe dogs. They aren't meant to be pets, and while I'm all for cutting down on the feral population, I don't want to give them a life in which they'll likely die of stress and general misery. Being some other creature's lunch is not only quick, it's the way Nature works.

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BETHGILLIGAN 11/8/2011 5:05PM

    I totally agree!!! Spay or neuter and kittens and puppies are not toys. We have 2 rescue beagles, my son has one rescue beagle, and my daughter has 2 rescue beagles. Argghhh!!!

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A_NEW_JAN 11/8/2011 4:57PM

    Well said!
I would look into finding a humane society or other local group that might be able to help you defer the involved costs, but if the ferel cats cannot be caught, unfortunately the is little you can do.

Bless you for doing what you can.

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JANEDOE12345 11/8/2011 4:20PM

    Feral is not on you. It is sad but necessary that coyotes and bobcats prey on feral pets.

PS Mary Elizabeth Betsy is getting spayed Saturday for $77 with shots & worming if needed. There is a vet van that does this as a community service and since my usual vet wanted like $250 -- I am happy about the price. Too bad they won't travel out your way. Remember, it's not on you to spay or neuter the poor creatures that are wild, so I hope you are not stressing over it.

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SUZYMOBILE 11/8/2011 4:05PM

    The expense of Have-a-Hearting and neutering all of them is mind-boggling and NOT your responsiblity. Our old neighborhood--an over-55 park where all the little old ladies felt it was cruel not to feed stray cats--had so many feral cats that some local organization (maybe the NHSPCA, I'm not sure) took it upon themselves to set traps and try to round up as many of the beasts as they could, for spaying, neutering, and shots.

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Progress...of a sorts.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Still fiercely behind on my daily word totals for NaNoWriMo.

HOWEVER:
- i ate three actual meals today (still seems like an awful lot of cooking and cleaning up for one person.
- I met both my step (a modest 5000, but it means something if you've been sofa-bound for a year) AND my moderate activity goals today - plus found a weather balloon when walking the dog, which was a) one of my "other" goals (walking the dog, not finding weather balloons) and b) totally cool.
- I paid a pile of bills, which, to my way of thinking, let me off the hook for a bunch of other useful stuff. Plus, yesterday I was stung by a wasp when cleaning, so obviously that's too dangerous a task to be undertaken. >_>
- I made vet appointments for all the indoor critters, so I feel like a Responsible Pet Owner.

Not so bad for a total slacker. :)

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/11/2011 10:35PM

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Darn. I'm going to have to get busy now. I don't think I want to clean and get stung but I would like to find a weather balloon.

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AWESOMECAROL55 11/8/2011 6:48AM

    That is great progress and a great Monday!! Keep it up!!Good for you being a responsible pet owner..We LOVE our pets!!

Carol

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PENNYAN45 11/7/2011 11:06PM

    I think that wasp sting was a definite omen. You should lay off cleaning - at least for the time being.
More walking... More writing...

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EMRANA 11/7/2011 9:00PM

  I'm with you about the three meals thing. I thought it was a lot of trouble too, so I used to batch cook to avoid constant kitchen messes.

You made a lot of good progress in that entry ~ and I know that the NaNo thing is fun, but ultimately, if you get a good quality start on a novel, then that's better than finishing something that's less than your best. You'll get there!

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PUDLECRAZY 11/7/2011 8:58PM

    Sounds like you accomplished a lot! And the fur kids are happy.
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_UMAMI_ 11/7/2011 8:58PM

    I would love to find a whether balloon.
Or a "whither?" balloon---that would be cool, too. Especially one that is still inflated.

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You sound positive. I even envy your dogs, and I'm a Cat People.

But cats aren't much good for walking and I'm a Walker.

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BETHGILLIGAN 11/7/2011 8:41PM

    I think it sounds like you had a wonderful day!! Cool about the weather balloon!!

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SUZYMOBILE 11/7/2011 8:08PM

    And one of the wonderful side benefits of taking a walk is running across things that surprise and amaze, like your weather balloon. That's part of what keeps me going out twice a day. There's the parrot out on his patio along my route, whom I've been trying to teach "The Stars and Stripes Forever," and he's making progress at it. At least I think he is. He's been whistling something other than the usual wolf-whistle and "Pop Goes the Weasel"--a garbled something that just might be what I've been trying to teach him. After dark, there's the moon and Orion. The daily walk might sometimes be boring, but the world will surprise you with marvels sometimes.

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 11/7/2011 7:50PM

    emoticon emoticon Sounds like a great day!

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