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Interesting morning...

Saturday, April 20, 2013

It's been a really weird morning. Activities included pulling a cat out of the woodstove, trying to convince a dog that a backhoe is not a dangerous thing that could charge at any moment, and digesting the fact that it's snowing again.

The cat thing was actually kind of funny. There was a bird caught in the back room wood stove pipe (its an old pot-bellied Franklin which I never use) and I opened the valve in case it was stuck in a crevice. I also opened the front of the stove to see if the bird would fall down. It didn't, but the idiot cat jumped in and had to be extracted manually, because it's not a cat-shaped launch-out place. No more fluttering, so I figured the bird had been freed and gone out the top vent the way it got in.

Not so! Two minutes later - I had *just* sat down with my coffee - there was a huge fluttering and this massive black bird came flapping frantically out of the kitchen into the living room with all four cats in hot pursuit and good old Lucy the dog leaping around yelling "bird in the house!!! bird in the house!!!" in case we all hadn't noticed.

The bird doubled back into the dining room, then did a quick 180 into the living room again. Pocket doors divide the two rooms, so I managed to capture all the cats in one part of the house and only the bird, the upstairs cat, and the dog (still frantically proclaiming the threat level) in the other part.

Shooed the bird into the front hall and hooked the door so the dog was dealt with. Ran upstairs, called KayKay, the upstairs cat (who always answers, bless her), located her and shut the door to that bedroom. All domestic animals now dealt with.

Ran back downstairs, keenly aware of my rapidly cooling coffee. Opened the front door and the screen/storm door. (Please remember that it's extremely windy and my other screen/storm door blew off on just such a day.) The bird responded to the wide open portal and inrushing fresh air by immediately flying upstairs.

The bird flies into a few windows and doors, with me swearing a blue streak and trying to herd it, by waving a coat hanger (totally ineffectual as a bird-herding tool) back downstairs to the open door and dangerously swinging storm door. Finally the bird (by now identified as a starling) flies into the bathroom. Ooookay. Can deal with this. Shove all the stuff out of the way of the door and try to shut the door, figuring I can then open the window and the idiot bird will fly out.

Nope. Bird flies back out into the hallway (still ignoring the wide open door only fifteen feet away and rams into a few more things, but then flies back into the bathroom. Got it! I tear into the bathroom, shut the door behind me and try to gently approach the bird, which is batting frantically at the window.

I go to open the window and, since I'm watching only the bird, step into the litter box. Yes, bare feet - of course. Said a few more things I'm not proud of. Opened the window, threatened the bird verbally, and it actually flew out. Thank you, god of birds.

Freed all the domestic creatures, shut the various portals, and tried to calm the dog, who has changed from barking about the bird to barking about the backhoe that's been parked across the street for two days but apparently hasn't posed a threat until now.

Return to coffee. Oops - wood delivery! Find boots, run outside. Deal with all of that. Come back in. Coffee. Is. Still. Hot.

Moral of the story: if you're ever in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, get one of the Resort Hotel insulated mugs. They are awesome at keeping coffee hot.

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SLIMLILA 4/22/2013 4:40PM

    Loved your story... the bare feet in the cat litter, Not so much!!! ONe of the reasons why I don't have a cat..

glad to hear your coffee didnt' get cold... emoticon

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NINJA_SMOO 4/22/2013 11:52AM

  Sounds like quite the adventure! You sure had me giggling :)

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HIPPICHICK1 4/22/2013 9:57AM


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    The exact same thing happened with us recently - a bird was in the house thanks to our flue and stove pipe. Hubby had to catch the bird and take it outside. Ours was a starling as well and we have few around here. They must be stupid. I'm ready to get rid of the stove. LOL.

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 4/21/2013 9:53AM

    LOL! I neededa good story to make me laugh. Thanks so much! My cat surfs on my rugs, climbs the screens, leaps at the shut windows, watches the toilet flush with vigor, and races about sometimes like he is in a survival mode, awakens me at 4 am with pulling my hair and licking me, screams and claws to get in my bedroom only to wake me since I have ejected him to finish my sleep after the licking me and hair pulling. But we still do love them.

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_UMAMI_ 4/21/2013 1:26AM

    Outnumbered by cumbersome domestic animals! I wish it could have been captured on video (er...maybe that's something Google Goggles will do in the future?).

I once inadvertently toasted my cat. He'd crawled into my oven, unbeknownst to me, when I was trying to toast/broil my bread one morning. I heard loud thumping while simultaneously smelling an odd burnt-hair smell. He survived. That was about 20 years ago, and he lived through many other adventures.

My feral-animal adventure story involved my big cat bringing a squirrel to me, that turned out to be ALIVE. It ran though the house, while the cat and I freaked out. I ended up catching it with kitchen tongs, while opening a window with my other hand, then I flung it out the window on my neighbor's driveway. Yeah, I was pretty proud of myself.

p.s. You live with acres around you and the cats use a litter box? Here, I'm so annoyed that these THREE ADOPTED STRAYS that we own, will go outside for 2 hours, then come inside to use the litter box?! (WTH?)

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AJDOVER1 4/20/2013 11:03PM

    wow, I guess I had a great day by comparison! Thanks for putting everything into perspective for me.

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BETHGILLIGAN 4/20/2013 7:32PM

    Love this story; it sure made me laugh!! The good news is the coffee was still hot!!!

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SUZYMOBILE 4/20/2013 3:08PM

    OMG, that is tooooo funny! I can see (and hear!) the whole incident. I have been to Lake Buena Vista, as a matter of fact. Why they, of all places, should have such hot-insulating mugs is beyond me, but good to know. And I was staying at the Buena Vista Palace when that cute picture you were commenting on was taken. How weird is that?

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FRACTALMYTH 4/20/2013 3:07PM

    And washed your feet ;P sounds like our kind of craziness! Yay for hot beverages staying hot!!!

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ACIMPEGGY 4/20/2013 2:16PM

    This story is HILARIOUS!!!

You paint great word pictures, honey. If you ever join Toastmasters, it would make a wonderful speech!

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NORASPAT 4/20/2013 12:37PM

    Scooter you are back for a while. I must tell you I have never stopped laughing since the dogs and cats were getting locked in to their elected rooms. DH heard me laughing he asked if it was joke I said not but is a damned good read.

Thanks for making me laugh. The barefoot litter box brought tears to my eyes.
Sorry not sadness or sympathy My visual was so very amusing.
I bet you burned a lot of calories though. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Tuesday, April 09, 2013

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/10/2013 12:32PM

    Don't you love it???!!! I know I do. I patiently await those first harbingers of spring and am overvalued when they arrive.

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AJDOVER1 4/9/2013 11:29PM

    Love it! Thanks for sharing your Spring!

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NORASPAT 4/9/2013 11:07PM

    I love it!
I Blogged daffodils I think I can watch them getting taller .
The rain kept the Crocii and the daffs closed tight . Thanks Good to see you here!

We have much needed rain, we had ahigh alert for forest fires, this should dampen everything down HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_UMAMI_ 4/9/2013 8:08PM

    I see this and think Orff's "Burana", not Handel's "Messiah".

A very dramatic start to Spring (and heard ya'll are blowing hot and cold on the East Coast this week---good luck w/ that!).

On a lighter note, I was looking for a link to Orff's Burana, and found this:


Happy Spring!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 4/9/2013 7:15PM

    It's great to hear from you! I hope you are well!

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HIPPICHICK1 4/9/2013 4:56PM

    Nice!!! Mine were all eaten up by chipmunks last summer.
If there are any left there are still under 3 feet of snow...that is rapidly melting!

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SUZYMOBILE 4/9/2013 4:50PM

    Aaaaah! Here, too, it is now approaching 90.

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BETHGILLIGAN 4/9/2013 4:18PM

    Don't you love it??? It got up to 80 here today. From winter to summer---we've been skipping spring the last couple of years. How are you? Where have you been? I've missed you!

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A BobCat:

Thursday, February 07, 2013

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AUGUSTDRAGON 3/14/2013 4:19PM

    Nice Kitty, Kitty. Oh my, what big teeth you have! emoticon

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FLORIDASUN 3/13/2013 8:14AM

    Ark...I was looking for the furry kind with pointy ears. emoticon

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MYOWNHERO 2/8/2013 2:02PM

    Now THAT looks like fun.

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    I would take one too if someone wants to give me one. LOL.

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NORASPAT 2/7/2013 11:44PM


emoticon emoticon Pat oxoxox

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AJDOVER1 2/7/2013 1:34PM

    That explains everything!

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    Now your ready!

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HIPPICHICK1 2/7/2013 9:23AM

    Oh yeah! Now we're talkin!

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BETHGILLIGAN 2/7/2013 7:32AM

    Love it!!!

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SHERYLDS 2/7/2013 5:16AM

    beats shoveling the driveway by hand emoticon

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ADOUGLASMHOR 2/7/2013 5:06AM

    Hah! I used to drive an older one like that but mine was fitted as a forklift.

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Ooh, look! One of those quiz thingees!

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Courtesy of ANGELA76H:

Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers.

Where is your cell phone?


Your hair?

Your mother?

Your father?

Your favorite thing?

Your dream last night?

Favorite drink?

What room are you in?

Your hobby?

Your fear?

Where do you want to be in 6 years?

Where were you last night?

Something that you aren't?


Wish list item?

Last thing you did?

What are you wearing?

Your pets?


Your life?

Your mood?

Missing someone?

Nope *sigh*

Your car?

Something you're not wearing?

Your favorite store?

Your favorite color?

When is the last time you cried?

Where do you go over and over?

Five people who email me regularly?

Favorite place to eat?

Favorite place I'd like to be right now?

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FLORIDASUN 3/13/2013 9:09AM are unique and one of a kind...just my kind of spark peep...for sure...for sure! emoticon

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    great answers.

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    Last thing I did, lugged wood to the wood stove. Miss my husband too.

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NORASPAT 2/6/2013 9:39PM

    I will do it but time is a wasting,. HUGS Thanks for the comment.

I agree why a BOBCAT, I fear them for sure. AND why no shoes, that is not a good idea in the winter. We are being told we will get a Nor'Easter, ---I wonder. HUGS PAT in Maine with no snow where we are. HUGS You are just the emoticon LIMEADE for the LIMEY, always loved the stuff. Pat

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HIPPICHICK1 2/6/2013 8:24PM

    "Wish list item?
"BobCat. "

I'm more of a cougar type of person...

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Reply to HIPPICHICK1 that got too long, and so wound up as a blog.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

I have a Fit for Life cookbook that I liked - that was pretty much my whole reason for knowing about the Diamonds. They ate the kind of food that I like (pretty basic, and not in down-to-the-gram measured amounts) and, other than breathing techniques, didn't invoke huge amounts of radical exercise.

That being said, my feeling was (and is) that a way of eating can hardly be deemed "best" if humans haven't evolved in a way that takes advantage of that method. Early humans were lucky to have enough to eat at all - at any point on the globe - year round, let alone evolve a digestive system that works optimally when certain food groups are eaten only under certain circumstances. Humans - like all other creatures - ate what and when they could and it seems contradictory to common sense to assert that only some combinations of food are optimal. It's only in the last 40 or 50 years, surrounded by plenty, that we've had the luxury of choosing what and when to eat, and see where that's got us - a US obesity rate of what, 30+%?

If I had to pick a New York Times best selling diet book, it would probably be one based on ancestral eating patterns, on the theory that indigenous peoples evolved an optimal eating and digestive style that reflected their surroundings; e.g., Norwegians would thrive on fish, but people from central Africa probably wouldn't digest it well at all (as the Norwegians wouldn't digest a diet heavy in fruit terribly well.) Still, we move around so much today that "indigenous" barely applies to anyone anymore.

If I look to my own ancestors (who are, as nearly as I can tell, on one side purely Highland Scots and on the other French or German, depending upon who had the Alsace at the time) and see what they were likely to eat, then eat that way, I feel better - and my weight normalizes more readily - then when I eat, say, watermelon or avocados in January.

I dunno, I think we overanalyze these things. I think we all have an innate sense of what is right for us to eat - or do - at a given point in the year, but we let our desires drown that small voice out. My body wants me to eat meat in the autumn and winter, but for years I wouldn't do it - I was a vegetarian, dammit. In early spring, I'd drive home from the grocery snatching handfuls of salad directly from the bag but never put that together with my distinct non-desire for a salad in December.

Our bodies know what we need, and when we need it - all we have to do is be willing to listen and not override with fickle desire. The Siren song of "food" made in laboratories can't possibly be good for us, or it would already exist in nature. (Yes, I know that there are things in nature that are toxic, and you know well enough not to eat them. Stop playing that game.) There are lots of things that might appeal to us, from Velveeta to crack, but if you listen closely, your own body will tell you what to go to and what to avoid (like Velveeta and crack - both are probably to be avoided.) Just because it doesn't kill us, doesn't mean it makes us healthier or stronger - most grown-ups can survive a rattle-snake bite, but they're no stronger for it.

I guess my long-winded point is simply that if a given Diet insists that you can only eat one item from column A with one item from column C at the same time, and column B can only be eaten before 11:00 a.m. EST, then it's probably a construct for commercial reasons rather than health reasons.

I'm just sayin'.

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FLORIDASUN 3/13/2013 9:06AM

    The problem is that the 'big foodies' have us in a vice. They have learned in their little hidden test tube factories how to appeal to our taste buds in ways that are notoriously unfair to our brain wiring.

The sugar, fat, and salt that they slide into our diets should be illegal in much the same way that drugs are outlawed. Sometimes I really think that the big foodies, the AMA, and the FDA all sit in big fat swanky boardrooms plotting their money making scams to get us sick(FAKE food glop), then charge us out the kazoo for being sick and pump us full of drugs (sicker still), but great money making profits...shove us in long term care (prolong the sickness as long as humanly possible) big money there too from the family's pocket now that they have drained the patient's pockets..and then there is the funeral industry for their final payout. The things they tried to push on us for a swanky funeral for my little mother who died at 93. WHO the heck did she have left to even INVITE to her funeral at that point in time.

It's shameless capitalism all dressed up in it's best 'emperors new clothing'...I don't fall for it...I just WON'T fall for it.

I try to eat close to the land. And I even worry about that now with all the GM seeds out there. The only way to really be healthy is to grow your own.

Do I sound betcha! emoticon

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    I read the book also about the ancestral eating patterns. I do think the gene pool is diluted for most Americans. For me it came down to thinking that I am an individual science experiment; that I have biochemical individuality; that I need to listen to my body and decide for myself what works best with that. Then I realized that I had adjust for life circumstances, in my case, the ageing process!

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    Very interesting blog. I'm not sure if I have a Fit For Life Cookbook. I have so many. I tend to also think we should eat more whole foods and less processed. The longer the ingredients the more I worry.

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PEPPYPATTI 2/6/2013 7:14PM

    What an awesome blog! I so agree with you that if only we would listen to our own bodies, we would know what we need!
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BETHGILLIGAN 2/6/2013 8:14AM

    This is a thought provoking blog with many ideas and statements that resonate with me. I think getting too focused on food intake is not a good idea, either. What you say makes a lot of sense but I, too, wonder if my gene pool isn't extremely "watered" down which makes it difficult to follow that as a rule. I'm starting to lean more to a moderation diet (I still HAVE to track as portion control is my downfall!!). Trying to eat more natural and less processed foods. It's an ongoing learning process of what works and what doesn't. By the time I get it figured out I'll be dead anyway!!! LOL!!!!!

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_UMAMI_ 2/5/2013 10:40PM

    Wow, lots of food for thought.
And, for the most part, I agree.

I think everyone has to find what works for their bodies. Dang---you and Lisa Marie are doing well enough---why are we, the UNCLEAN, still struggling?!

, my Irish/German hodgepodge had a smoked salmon w/ pasta (oops, Italian) meal w/ salad (homemade cider vinaigrette) w/ a Rose (French) and took a walk (channeling Kafka).

I do like the idea of "what worked for my ancestors". Most of whom were NOT FAT.

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NORASPAT 2/5/2013 8:34PM

    T think of it this way. If we have teeth for tearing flesh, we are hunters.
Hunters hunt animals not vegetables so my fish chicken and steak my body knows how to process.
I was born and raised in England an island that had the cool wet climate for root vegetables.
We had potatoes carrots parsnips and cabbages. So that went with the Meat and made us our feasts. I have never bothered to look up sugar history I just know it was rationed in my youth and my mother traded any sugar rations for fabric so she could make me clothes.

DH and I still eat pretty much that way. We rarely used any spice or herb, we always grew and used ONIONS. Rather large amounts of onions.
Salt was my hang up living close to the sea-The North Sea. We had lots of fog so there was always salt in the air. I CRAVE SALT never sugar.

It all goes back to my roots and my roots never saw a TV commercial. I am so glad . happy we rarely watch it.
When someone on TV says try this it is good for you or easy to make or even made for you most people will buy it.
Children watch all the ads all the time and pester overworked Moms to buy Junk food. It is so much easier to say yes than no-----so the beat goes on.

With the small but healthy selections from my past I am certain I could eat well but alas self discipline disappears. I am having a really hard time with portion control right now in fact just writing about my food history has made me feel hungry and we just finished DINNER.
Got to go to make a CUPPA TEA!!! HUGS Pat emoticon emoticon

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AJDOVER1 2/5/2013 8:22PM

    Great thoughts here! I've just been trying to get the majority of my food from local natural sources. Yes, I have occasional treats -- I'm not a fan of all-or-nothing thinking -- but I stay away from manufactured food most of the time. I've redeveloped a taste for simply-prepared food. I watch portion size, but I don't have a lot of complicated rules. It's working for me.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 2/5/2013 7:50PM

    You are wise. But as JaneDoe said, I do believe that many of us have "perverted" or have had perverted our natural sense of need and nutrition. I don't know if I can trust my body to know what it wants. My body is perfectly capable of convincing me that the hunter/gatherer within is crying out for Count Chocula or for Smurfberry Crunch.

So I tend to follow the dictates of reason, which I know can also be misleading.

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JANEDOE12345 2/5/2013 5:37PM

    It would be easier if our natural sense of what is right to eat were not perverted by our merchandising-minded culture. Especially with those who have weight issues -- how much of our natural taste is even left after being advertised at from childhood? Think of the studies (sorry, am not citing them) that show kids + TV = obesity. Then those obese kids turn into obese you and me, we who are of the TV generation.

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HIPPICHICK1 2/5/2013 5:25PM

    "...if a given Diet insists that you can only eat one item from column A with one item from column C at the same time, and column B can only be eaten before 11:00 a.m. EST, then it's probably a construct for commercial reasons rather than health reasons."
Yes! Absolutely. I agree.
The diet may actually "work" for some creating weight loss, but how sustainable is it?
I have been of the mind lately that hunter gatherer eating is the way to go, so I find it interesting that you talk about ancestry and eating in season. I agree with you there too. Are we too diluted now? I'm part English, Irish, Austrian, Ukrainian, Polish and French.
There are a billion schools of thought on eating, our evolution of how we eat, how we ate, what we should eat, why we shouldn't eat it...
I read a lot about food, take what I need or what works for me; what resonates with me and leave the rest.
Experimenting with food has helped me lose a big whack of fat. Let the experiments continue!

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OLIVIANIGHT 2/5/2013 5:02PM

    And I agree.

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