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Maybe it's the full moon...

Thursday, April 25, 2013

(Warning: this blog isn't my usual mix of cheerful and snide )

...but I just can't seem to get myself together today.

I woke at my usual 6:30, but because I knew the house would be freezing (don't ask) I stayed huddled in the bed with Lucy (the dog) and KayKay ( the cat who sleeps on my head), reading and generally putting off the inevitable. Finally rolled out about 9:00.

Proceeded to do absolutely nothing other than drink a mug of coffee and eat a handful of walnuts for the next FOUR HOURS. I have plenty to do, but no will or desire to tackle any of it. Halfhearted Sparking, some staring into space. I have to (as in MUST) go out at some point today, because I'm out of cat food.

Finally took Lucy for a nice long ramble - although FitBit only acknowledges 2800+steps, WE thought it was a nice long ramble. We went in the grove where the people are buried (supposedly - and over 200 years ago), spoke with the faeries, looked to see if the wild onions are ready (almost), sat on the twin boulders (my late husband John and I had each claimed one) and looked for spring. I wanted to somehow drag the boulders up to the lawn, but realized today that that isn't going to happen. They're each the size of a large lounge chair, and that's the part ABOVE the ground. So we said our good-byes, because they're in the parcel that will be sold. We went through lots of places you can only go in late April and early May, because everything is still flattened down from winter - later on it'll be too scrubby for walking.

Selling 100 or so acres was the only alternative to moving altogether, and it's a great solution for everyone. I get to stay and have some money and a good 60 acres, the lovely Amish family has a place to live and farm and cut wood, and generally God's in His heaven. It makes perfect sense. On paper. In my head.

I guess somebody forgot to inform my heart.

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2BMYOWN 4/27/2013 12:32PM

    Awwwww, I am so sorry, Scooter. I know it will help you, financially, but's so hard to let go of what means so much to you, too. God bless and give you peace, inside and out, with it all. Big hugs your way. emoticon

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VALERIEMAHA 4/26/2013 2:51PM

BIG news!!!

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    You have had to make a hard decision and you know it is the right one. These memories will remain in your heart and most likely the Amish people would allow you to visit these places occasionally should you feel the need to. I think it is wonderful that you are able to stay. Taking care of 160 acres would be a lot of work. Too much for one person. The money can be spent to make your life a little easier. You will have the money to buy things like cat food and power. We are here for you. We have gone through rough times with you in the past. We care and will be by your side no matter what you face in the future. You are teaching us all how to survive difficult times with humor and grace. We love the person you are. emoticon

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SHERYLDS 4/25/2013 5:51PM

    emoticon at least it's an Amish couple.
In my area you would be worried about young adults with blaring stereos

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SOULFISH80 4/25/2013 5:44PM

    I'm sure selling your land is hard, but it sounds like you are so blessed to be able to stay on your 60 acres. I dream for 1 acre someday! Hope your heart heals and feels balanced with the decision that had to be made.

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BETHGILLIGAN 4/25/2013 4:47PM

    I think it is only natural that you are grieving the loss of your land. You have your home and 60 acres but you won't have those 100 acres with the memories. It is another loss to endure. Maybe that nice family will let you visit the boulders? Sending you hugs and peace.

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 4/25/2013 4:07PM

    It is always hard to make difficult choices. But the one you made will give you some security and you do get to keep your home shared with your husband. As a widow myself, my busband and I built my home together and shared so much in it. I would really hate to give it up. emoticon

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DAWNSJOURNEY 4/25/2013 3:08PM

    emoticon giving up something you love is not easy.. while getting to stay is Awesome. I hope you get a few more moments on your boulders before your final goodbye. I guess think of the peace they have given and your moments of joy rather than the goodbye that is to come.

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Banks, exchange rates, and other things arranged to make us crazy.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Because I've started working with developmentally disabled folks, I've had to take a couple days' worth of specialized training (we'll talk about that another time) about 50 miles from here. 50 miles x 2 (I'm coming home again every night) x 3 days = more fuel cost than I had handy. Luckily, I had $21 in Canadian dollars from a trip not long ago. Easy one, I thought. I'll just stop at the bank and convert it.

I'm slowly learning that any time I think, "Hey, no sweat!", it's going to turn out to be a real fiasco. This was no exception.

First bank:
me: "Excuse me, can you exchange some Canadian cash for me?"
teller: "You mean, you have, like, Canadian money?"
me: "Yes"
teller: "And you want us to, like, change it into American money?"
me: "Yes, please"
teller: "Do you have an account here?"
me: "Yes, yes I do."
teller: "Well, we can't do that. Money from Canada? Huh-uh."
me (wondering why she wanted to know if I had an account there...)

Second bank, same question:
teller: " Sure, we can do that! Do you have an account here?"
me "No, I don't."
teller: "Oh. Well, then we can't do that."
me (wondering if they thought I was laundering currency internationally)

Third bank, same question:
teller "Sure! We can do that!"
me: "Whew! Ii thought I might have to..."
teller:"In increments of $100."
me: "But I only need $20..."
teller:"Nope. Sorry. Only in increments of $100."
me (thinking that *this* would be the place to do international money laundering)

Fourth bank, same question:
teller:"Sure, we can do that!"
me: "Whew! Here's my $21."
teller "Okay, great! Oh, by the way, there's a $15 service fee"
me:" A $15 service fee ...for exchanging $20..."
teller: *giggle* "Yep. Sorry!" *giggle "You know, you can, like, use it on the Thruway! They deal with money all the time!"
me (wondering if I should point out that banks also deal with ... oh, never mind.)

Fifth bank, same question.
teller: "No. No international currency whatsoever. You cannot deposit Canadian currency, nor can we exchange it for you."
me (thinking that first, I'm close enough practically to walk to Canada - it's not as though Canadian currency is all that unusual around here - and second, that it's not like I'm trying to change drachmas to francs.)

Sixth bank, same tired old question:
me: "Look, I don't have an account here, and I know there's probably a service charge, but I have $21 in Canadian currency. Could you, would you PLEASE exchange it for American currency so that I can buy some fuel for the car?"
teller:"I'll have to check with my manager"
me *clutches bridge of nose*
teller, returning with concerned looking manager
me (losing hope rapidly, becoming resigned to walking to Canada...)
teller and manager: "Yes, we can do that. We take bills, loonies and two-nies."
me:"Really? You can do that for me?"
teller and manager:"Sure. Just give us a second here..." *much clicking of computer mouse, consultation with papers...* "Here you are. $18.something cents. The coin and the bills have different exchange rates, and we did have a $2 service fee. And here is your receipt, explaining all that we did."
me: (happy. happy. happy. much thanking and praise, and promising to open an account if they ever have a branch anywhere near me.)

There really is no moral to this story, I'm afraid, other than perhaps some Benjamin Franklin quote about the virtue of perseverance. And keeping the proper currency on hand at all times.

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 4/25/2013 4:19PM

    Tenacity does pay. emoticon

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2BMYOWN 4/25/2013 2:33PM

    LMAO!!! Gawwwwwd, that so sounds like some of my days. I keep thinking it's gotta be some kinda cosmic karma or something, I think I must have been a serial killer in another life or something. LOL I'm glad you finally found a bank that was accommodating, tho. Lots to be said for that, I guess. emoticon

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CDCSMITH2013 4/25/2013 8:44AM

    Definately make a point of letting people know about the good bank. WHo knew it would be so hard to do. Good luck. And thank you for sharing. I'm sorry I was giggling at your expense, but it was an amusng tale (since I didn't have to live through it).

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SUSANNAH31 4/25/2013 8:23AM

    OMG! What a pain in the neck!
Good for you for keeping on until you got what you needed.

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HIPPICHICK1 4/25/2013 7:56AM

    You went to SIX banks?! That is crazy!
P.S. Currently our money is on par with USD. The banks stick it to us again.

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_UMAMI_ 4/25/2013 1:09AM

    I hear ya. Not the same thing, but we got stuck in a drive through bank for 20 or 30 minutes. I then realized that the banks (*cough* bailouts) cut back severely on real people and that I'm suppose to just deal with machines from now on.

Thanks for the humor about life's foibles. I need that now. And it helps to blog, and I have a HUGE problem crushing me right now that I'm sure some Spark Peeps could remedy.

p.s. I DID manage to make it outside to try and see the Lyris (?) meteor showers, but what I saw looked like spermatazoa----tiny, faint lines in all directions. Was it real, or my tired eyes??

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    Maybe you can get my bank to send my 2 debits card and my credit card that they always send to the wrong address. They are complete idiots.

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BETHGILLIGAN 4/24/2013 8:59PM

    You are one persistent gal!!! Somehow, no one is able to think anymore. Just go by the rules and customer be damned!! I'd love to hear about new job!!! I have special ed background and worked with disabled preschoolers and their families for over 20 years.

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GWTRIKER 4/24/2013 8:42PM

    That is terrible your bank would not help you. Glad you got it resolved.

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NORASPAT 4/24/2013 8:20PM

    I am so sorry you had to find out the hard way. We have no international bank here so getting anything changed is difficult. Too bad you do not have an Irving anywhere near they usually do it at PAR. So many Canadians come in to Maine you can stop at an Irving and give either money. We usually give them US Dollar and we get Canadian money in exchange.
Driving so far, I hope you are loving your job. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon

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SUZYMOBILE 4/24/2013 7:51PM

    This is too funny not to be true! emoticon

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Addressing the Weight and Fitness Thing

Monday, April 22, 2013

This all started about a week ago, when a very dear (and significantly overweight) friend decided to address her weight problem and arranged for a personal trainer and nutritionist. I can't recall the exact numbers, but the nutritionist gave her something like 1100 calories a day and a list of ways to use them. The fitness aspect was going to start slowly, since my friend is a web designer and not used to much moving about that doesn't involve chasing children.

She sent me a list of all the excuses she'd used and lies she'd told herself over the years, and my response was along the lines of , "$%^&! These aren't her excuses, these are my *reasons*!" The next day, I put on my FitBit (the fact that it took me half an hour to locate it should tell you something) and at the end of a normal day, I had taken exactly 1,178 steps. I figure that's out to the barn twice, out to the kitchen four or five times, maybe to the bathroom, over to the window to look out, etc. In other words, totally sedentary.

I used to joke with one of my daughters that she'd pass me on the way down. I'm not laughing anymore - she did ( she's 5'11" - we started at the same place, I took an early lead and then just...stalled, I guess, while she's clean eating and eating chia seeds and running and boxing and all kinds of good stuff.)

One of my friend's excuses (that she's just not good at/has no time for recording the minutia of food and exercise) hit home for me, because I have never, ever been able to do that for longer than a meal or two. I've since realized that it's not that I can't do it, it's that I don't want to know. The only reason I "can't" track is because I don't want to own up to those guavatinis and garlic bread.

I'd like to be done with this losing phase by the end of October. That's six months...a little over a pound a week. Realistically, I eat probably 3000+ calories a day and exercise in massive spurts (it's the nature of farming.) If I cut the food (and alcohol *cough*) in half and add some reasonable amount of motion on the non-frantic working days, I just might be able to pull this off.

Yesterday I tried on a bunch of stuff that didn't fit this last summer. Much to my surprise, after having lost 45 pounds, it still doesn't fit! It's closer, but I still look like a link sausage instead of the graceful being I had envisioned. (And I can button my raincoat this year (useful now that it's rainy season.) I still hold my vision of sitting on my porch sipping...okay, it used to be mint juleps but now I guess it's just unsweetened tea.

So I'm going to go for it. I'm over all the trauma of the past couple years, life is definitely looking up (semi-gainfully employed, sold 100 acres so I'll have Amish neighbors and have a nest egg again, stuff like that) and it seems like time to give this an honest go.

1. Tracking food and drink
2. Tracking exercise (FitBit syncs - it's not exactly serious labor here)
3. Setting interim goals (I'll let you know when I've got them figured out)
4. Keeping regular mealtimes (I tend to grab-and-go)
5. Start applying a little discipline to my inner and outer life

This is a rough week for me - several anniversaries, none of them happy ones. But I figure I can either use that as an excuse to drink too much and eat whatever, or I can rise above that reaction. Do I really want this health deal, or am I willing to muddle along, looking the other way, inventing "reasons", and having absolutely no sense of accomplishment?

So I made a deal with myself - if I do decide to use this week to drink too much and eat whatever (I hope I don't, but I know me pretty well), the least I can do is be a big girl and record it. You've got to start where you are, true, but you can at least point yourself - honestly - in the right direction.

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VALERIEMAHA 4/26/2013 2:49PM

Man! I lost track of my buddies over the last several months hanging out south of the border. So, you're up for the challenge (once again) too. I'm workin' on getting myself there as well! And it's so true what HippiChick says, 'cause I've done it...and of course that's when I've been successful (duh). So the fact is, I have an excellent SP food data base already established. Now to use it....

I've "plugged into" your blogs. Gettin' wired one more time....

And like Billy sez, "When I want sincerity tell me where else can I turn, because (I'm) the only one that I depend on...honesty is mostly what I need from (me)"

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2BMYOWN 4/25/2013 2:39PM

    Gotcha. I used to be halfway decent on the tracking. Those days are pretty much gone, anymore. I hit a place where I felt kinda good and just kinda dropped off the wagon entirely and the tracking was pretty much the first thing to go. LOL Kudos for jumping back in the game, I wish I lived closer to you. LMAO WTH is a guavatini? Never heard of it but it sure sounds good.......hahahahahahaha.

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NORASPAT 4/22/2013 9:18PM

    Great BLOG SCOOTER, Honesty is the best policy and the only way to go. I am trying to eat more but I find when i eat more I want more so I am going back to my old ways after the end of this month. I said I would do the eat more weigh less thing suggested by Spark, so far I eat more and weigh more. I can't wait till the end of the month.
Pat in Maine. Remember it's all up to you my good friend so make a plan and move a little more. (((HUGS))) and much love.
Great you were able to sell the land well don.If they farm the land they might do the CSA thing I cannot find anywhere in my area,, HUGS I have to go for my walk.

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BETHGILLIGAN 4/22/2013 8:38PM

    Boy, I hear ya!! I have more excuses/reasons than you can shake a stick at!!! My best is: I don't have enough time. I am busy every day but I'm retired, for God's sake!!!! Your blog struck a chord in me. It's time for me to get back on track, too. My last blog was on my inconsistency. I need to address that now!! Thanks for sharing this--I needed to hear it!

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SLIMLILA 4/22/2013 4:35PM

    Accountability.... or confession, whichever, you did both. Now, to follow through and know we'll be watching for your accomplishments too. Good Luck.. I have set myself a small goal this week, and I am going to use the upstairs bathroom, instead of the one down on main floor, I don't have fitbit, but I did find 2 pedometers when we moved and I know they are right on the dresser, so no excuse there, is there?

What always surprised me, in my 40 year history of dieting, that whenever I tried really hard to eat healthy, that I really did need to eat MORE, yes I did say, MORE. Of course, it was the right stuff, like lots of veggies and fruit. I think what is helping us now is we are making a conscious decision to make tea more often and I am surprised to find I am not eating as much lately. Last nite though, I was sitting reading, and thinking I was really hungry, but NO chocolate, NO chips, couldn't think of any junk food on hand and couldn't think of anything (well, not worth putting my book down to look for) and finally popcorn (air-popped) came to mind.. We had found the missing part to the popper when we moved, so Yeah.... sure can eat a lot of that stuff and it doesn't do much damage.

As for the eating what's available, I did find this week that I had taken the time one afternoon to bag up individual portions of veggies, and often, opening the fridge to find them right at eye-level, did work!!! I even had phili fat-free dip, but found I preferred them naked!!

Another sweet type suggestion that works for me, is a 35 cal yogurt mixed with a 5 cal refrigeration jello.. really feels like a treat and helps me through some of "those times". emoticon

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AJDOVER1 4/22/2013 12:51PM

    Thanks so much for writing this! It was great to read your words and the support from your awesome SparkFriends!

We can do this! The good thing about tracking nutrition is: it gets easier!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 4/22/2013 11:50AM

    Do it! Keep your focus! I am confident that you know how to observe with respect the anniversaries coming up this week along with your present need to take great care of your body and your psyche. Keep pushing, but not so hard that you resent it.

You are an inspiration to me, and to many others.

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HIPPICHICK1 4/22/2013 9:53AM

    I hope you go for it, no matter what.

Tracking everything and doing it all of the time can be pretty painless if you have practise at it. I can track a whole day of food in under 5 minutes. I have a great database of foods that I've created over the nearly 5 years I've been here. Where I try to cut time is in writing blogs and reading other member's blogs too and earning points. I could care less about earning spark points. I also am completely inactive on every team to which I belong. I like to be social so I do try and get around to reading blogs and giving out goodies and such because the friend I have here are really important to me, but honestly I wouldn't be here at all if it weren't for the nutrition tracker.

Sending you love and emoticon

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    I have lots of excuses too and they are all valid but they don't help me achieve my goals. I guess if we really want to achieve our goals we will have to knuckle under. LOL.

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SUZYMOBILE 4/22/2013 9:16AM

    You can do this, and you're right--you have to start somewhere, and recording is a good start. I'm also really glad to hear that you sold that land, have Amish neighbors, and hold a nest egg!!

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CDCSMITH2013 4/22/2013 9:13AM

    Good for you. Your plan seems logical. You can do it!

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MSJESSPDX 4/22/2013 9:03AM

    Good luck, and congrats on doing a "personal inventory"--it can be hard, but you're being accountable to yourself, who is the only person you need to be accountable to!

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PROUD-GRANDMA 4/22/2013 8:31AM

    You inspire me! Thank you! emoticon emoticon

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Tracking is not fun, especially when you know what you've eaten is not healthy/you KNOW you've gone over your calories. Have you tried pre-tracking what your meals should look like, and then tracking what you really ate? I know it sounds like a lot of work, but on the days I don't, I usually go over over at least one nutritional goal.

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PINKEUROGIRL 4/22/2013 8:02AM

    Good luck on the journey! You can do it!

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Lyrid meteor shower tonight

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Lyrid Meteor Shower To Peak Tonight (April 21) But May Be Dulled By Moonlight

Posted: 04/21/2013 10:14 am EDT

Video, Astronomy, Comet Thatcher, Lyrid Meteor Shower, Lyrid Meteors, Astronomy, Meteor Shower Peak, Meteors, Moon, Space, Skywatching, Science News

By: Tariq Malik
Published: 04/21/2013 07:33 AM EDT on

The annual Lyrid meteor shower will peak tonight (April 21) and early Monday, but the moon's bright light may spoil the celestial fireworks display.

The Lyrid meteor shower occurs each year in mid-April when the Earth passes through a trail of dusty debris from the Comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1), which orbits the sun once every 415 years. Humans have been observing this particular meteor shower for at least 2,600 years.

Typically, the Lyrid meteor shower is a relatively faint stargazing event, though observers with clear dark skies away from city lights can usually spot up to 15 or 20 meteors an hour. The meteors appear to radiate out of the constellation Lyra (hence their name), which can be found in the eastern night sky tonight. [Amazing Lyrid meteor shower photos of 2012]

The moon is expected to spoil much of this year's Lyrid meteor display because it is currently in its bright gibbous phase, with the lunar disk nearly 85-percent illuminated, according to's stargazing columnist and meteorologist Joe Rao. That means that moonlight will likely wash out fainter Lyrid meteors, with only the brightest streakers being visible.

The best time to seek Lyrid meteors is actually in the wee hours of Monday morning (April 22) after the moon has set, but before the sun rises. This observing window opens at about 4 a.m. your local time and can close by about 4:30 a.m. At that time the Lyrid radiate will nearly directly overhead in the night sky, Rao explained.

Here are some tips to view the Lyrid meteor shower:

Don't stare directly at Lyra: Focusing on the radiant point of the meteor shower sounds like a good idea, but the Lyrid that tend to occur there appear to have short tails and look more like unimpressive dots, NASA scientists have said. A better technique is to lie on your back (or a comfortable reclining chair) and look straight up.

Get comfortable: It can be a long, cold night without warm clothes or a blanket, depending on your location. Also, don't expect to just step outside and see some meteors. Make sure to give yourself at least 40 minutes to allow your eyes to adjust to the darkness.

Get away from city lights: They really can spoil a meteor shower, and this year that potential is doubled since the moon is already interfering with the display.

The Lyrid meteor shower is not the only celestrial event occuring this week. On Thursday (April 25) the moon will pass through part of the Earth's shadow in a partial lunar eclipse. The eclipse will be primarily visible in its entirety from parts of eastern Europe or Africa, central Asia and western Australia, according to NASA eclipse expert Fred Espenak.

Editor's note: If you snap a great photo Lyrid meteor shower that you'd like to share for a possible story or image gallery, send photos, comments and your name and location to managing editor Tariq Malik at

This from the Huffington Post, where they have links to other years' photos.

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PAULA3420 4/23/2013 1:18PM

    I was so hopeful about viewing the meteor showers, until our last storm hit Monday afternoon and blessed us with snow throughout the evening into this morning. Maybe next year we will be able to watch. HOPE a HOPE!

Loved reading your blog. emoticon

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    It seems like we are always overcast when we have a meteor shower or anything else going on in the night sky.

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MCJULIEO 4/22/2013 12:28AM

    I love meteor showers...

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HIPPICHICK1 4/21/2013 10:21PM

    If I'm up for a pee at 4 a.m. and I can find my glasses I'll stick my head out the window and see it I can see anything.

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_UMAMI_ 4/21/2013 9:10PM

    Hmmmm.....maybe if I don't pee before bed, I'll wake up early enough to see the showers.

Oops, that came out wrong.

I'd love to see them. Must plan a camping trip around stellar activity one of these days.

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NORASPAT 4/21/2013 7:04PM

    Thanks for the information. I must read the whole rhing later scooter, HUGS Pat .

I am back it sounded very interesting. I was hoping to come over to Plattsburgh on Tuesday but once again it sounds like it will not happen. Too many appointments on their side HUGS Pat in Maine.
Take care I am glad to hear you are working a little. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AJDOVER1 4/21/2013 6:05PM

    Thank you!

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PEPPYPATTI 4/21/2013 4:10PM

    Thank you so much for all the information. emoticon emoticon

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DAWNSJOURNEY 4/21/2013 3:16PM

    emoticon I too posted about the shower in my blog today .. how funny. I hope you and I get to enjoy it for a moment tonight.

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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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