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Saturday, November 12, 2011

This is a picture of my new boyfriend. LOL. Hubby loves him too.

As most of you know I usually comment on the weather every day. I hope it doesn't bore you but even if it does I feel compelled to do it. Suffering is part of life, you know. LOL. I've been interested in the weather from an early age. My grandma was in the Tri-State Tornado, the worst F5 tornado in history. Her huge family all managed to survive but there were hundreds of deaths across 3 states. Her home town was the hardest hit. The schools were destroyed and a lot of children died. The things she saw and heard haunted her and she had a life long fear of storms. So I grew up listening to the NWS. Wondering what caused these destructive forces and how to control them.

I was always fairly scientific minded anyway, though no one else in my family before or after has been other than my son and hubby. In junior high our school was chosen as the pilot program for gifted classes in my region. The classes were designed and monitored by a local university so were exposed to brilliant minds and concepts. We were tested a lot and encouraged to develop our gifts. We were given lists of potential jobs we might consider in the future depending on test results. My gifts were in writing and science so my suggested careers were things associated with journalism and science, careers like journalist, nuclear physicist, chemist, and, yes, meteorologist. It really perturbed the smartest boy in our class who was a genius. Phil was upset because his dad was a journalist and his mom was a scientist. LOL. In his reasoning, the jobs that were on my list should have been on his instead. He was kind of an obnoxious person and he asked one of the professors why this was so, "after all everyone knew he was smarter than me". LOL. No debate there. He was brilliant and I wasn't even the smartest girl in the class. Phil was not known for tact and the professor didn't care much for him really. Teachers seldom did and the professor, who was red in the face, gave him a semi-tactful dressing down. Phil was not happy with this answer and he socked me in the stomach. LOL. Our mothers were called to school where his mother told the principal that he actually loved me and my mom told the principal that this was not how I liked to be loved and that from then on when he loved me I would be loving him back until he bled. LOL. My mom was should have been a red head. LOL. Phil was a huge success when he grew up as we all knew he would be. He was the department head at an ivy league university. I assumed he would go into journalism and he assumed the same about me as I was being pushed in that direction by teachers but we both went into science. LOL. I happened to come in contact with some family members of his who told him where I worked as a head nurse and supervisor and he came to see me at my job when we were both in our late 30s. It was an interesting visit. He brought his trophy wife with him but still seemed oddly intent on impressing me. I protected my stomach. I mean, you never know. LOL. At least he had mellowed over the years.

At any rate I seem to be off topic and rambling. The sign of impending senility. In junior high I really got into the space program and the weather which are kind of cousins. In 7th grade I built a couple of rockets and my own Mariner II spacecraft model and I won the science fairs which irked Phil to no end. (Years later my hubby and I helped my son build a rocket too for the Gifted Program at Eastern Illinois University and he won First Place in the Rocket Division. Take that Phil!!) In 8th grade I built my own weather station and won again. Poor Phil. LOL.

So when I speak of wanting to be in charge of the weather....................... be the Goddess of Weather...................I'm completely serious. I would love to control the weather for man's benefit. In my opinion more should be done to explore this option. Think of all the money that would be saved if hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, droughts El Nino, La Nina, could be prevented. Just an idea for some of you who are young enough to do something important. Get on this!

On to the weather.......................
...a front went through here Monday. It was really windy and the temps were dropping like a rock. It was cloudy and the high for the day was at midnight.

I had a busy day Monday catching up on work around here plus I balanced my check book and got my bills ready so Tuesday I just had to do my morning chores and finish my grocery list before I left. My son left at the same time. I went to the post office, Dish provider, DMV (lol), newspaper office, bank, Aldis, Wal-mart, and Kroger. I was home by 12:30.

The DMV took the longest, of course. It never disappoints. Government offices specialize in lunacy. I was first in the sticker line but no one was working at it. I waited in line for a long time and people lined up behind me. Eventually a "handicapped" woman came in screaming, "Oh, Lord, help me!! I have to sit down!! Why are there not more people working here. I'm not trying to get in front of anyone. I'm just doing terrible. I'm sick. Can I pay with 99 one dollar bills?" Seriously 99 one dollar bills!!!!?????? Everyone ignored her, including me. And, no, I'm not heartless. I'm a nurse. My mother was handicapped for 19 years, non-weight bearing, in a wheel chair. My grandma was as well, blind and confined to a wheelchair. I've been in a wheelchair too, off an on since I was 38. So I'm an advocate of people who are handicapped. My mother took care of herself AND my grandma at home with help from my family and a housekeeper until 4 days before she died and I seldom if ever heard her complain. She never made a scene like that in public. People who are truly handicapped just want to be treated fairly. They are not looking to be singled out and given preferential treatment. I was disgusted. If you are this sick you have no business driving.

I got home and put everything away and then got some more chores done before I had to meet hubby at his lawyer's office. The meeting went well and we got a lot of good news. The lawyer is fairly savvy and understands the pressure that my husband is under from outside sources. He is a good judge of character.

Wednesday morning when I went to feed Baby I saw the huge owl in the yard.

My son has MRSA big time! Golf ball size and the poor kid is having to still work wearing a dressing.

Hubby's brothers were upset again as the crazy one is driving the other one crazy. LOL. So our evening was spent dealing with taming the savage beasts.

I feel so sorry for the fawn in our yard. I saw it every day for days. It was by itself - it's mother has lived here for years and has obviously finally been killed . She was too friendly with humans and I always worried about her. Every year I was glad to see that she made it through hunting season and was all right. The baby didn't know what to do. It was right outside my bedroom window. To hunters - if you are going to kill the mother you may as well kill the baby too. This isn't Bambi! A fawn doesn't know how to take care of itself yet. It's frightened and has no one to turn to. When I talked to it the fawn almost came to me because it didn't know what to do. I hear hunters talk and I know they don't want to waste their killing allotment on something that won't get them in the paper for it's rack. Three fourths of this is just a perverted male thing and is for the thrill of killing, all excuses aside. You know who you are and I'm praying that some of you get a conscious because while I'm listening to you brag about the death toll you bagged I'm puking on your inhumanity. Did I mention that I hate you. LOL. I'm wondering how you would feel if the tables were turned and the minute your wife and kids came out of your home someone was hiding in a tree and blasted them and ate them. And don't any of you dare lecture me about how these people are starving and need the meat - they are driving Humvees and $50,000 pick ups with out of state license plates. Starving, my big butt! I haven't seen anyone hunting with a beater out here in years. These bows they use cost hundreds and thousands of dollars, let alone all the goofy accessories. Deer pee? Good grief. Get a life!! I live on less income than most of these people waste every year because I abhor waste. Half the time they just leave the deer where it lays intact and take the rack or if they take the meat they take only the loins. I know lots of people who hunt and I can stand only a handful of them and not just because they hunt. It's because they are kind of people I couldn't stomach anyway. Meatheads. I only know a couple of families who hunt because they need the meat. There wouldn't be so many deer on the highway if they could stay in their home in the woods and not be chased out on the highway running from us. I live here. I watch them. They are running every minute this time of year looking for some place to hide and there is none. If I had money I would buy up all the land around here and hunting would be off limits. And if you dared to trespass on my property you better be ready to be dinner for my Doberman guard dogs

I'm sure many of you hear the stories every year about the casualties related to hunting. Drunken idiots falling out of their deer stands are actually the chief injury. And we know about someone's dairy cow ending up shot by mistake by some trespassing fool like a few years back. This year we have had a person shot and a horse. I can beat all those stories though.

A few yew years ago we had some half-wit from northern Illinois come down here, as they do every year, to trespass and hunt. About a mille from here by the lake one hunter had spotted some deer and was excited as the opportunity to kill drew near. Unfortunately some young adolescents on their four wheelers were riding on their property making a lot of noise and they scared the deer off. The idiot was really angry and confronted the boys, who more or less smarted off to him and they told him to shove it as they would do what they pleased on their own property. Idiot didn't like that and was still mad so he shot one of them in the heart with his bow and arrow!! Miraculously this kid managed to live!! Idiot went to court where he squalled and snotted and told the judge how sorry he was. The stupid judge fell for it and let him off with probation which is outrageous in my opinion. I would have thrown the book at this creep. He could squall and snot to his cell mate boyfriend in prison.

It was cold Thursday!!! And frosty! I saw the owl again.

I had to go to town to get a printer cartridge and looked at Kohls. It is such a nice store. I can't afford to buy anything right now but it was nice to look. I went to the meat market and came home.

We have a pain in the butt investor who wants to buy my MIL's house and flip it and we are sick of his crummy offers. He told the realtor that someone in the family or someone who knew the family said he could buy the house for under $100,000. We gave us a final offer of $95,000 and we said go away but then he had the balls to counter again. Hubby put a stop to it. No earnest money, no more bids.

As you know some prick hunter has been cutting off branches of my trees to mark his trespassing way onto my property. Grrrrrrrrrrr!! Friday I found a trail of single squares of toilet paper every 2 feet going at least 600 feet on my property. Some of them had blood on them. Maybe the useless prick has killed the fawn now. Nothing would please me more than catching this creep on my property. I would like to hang his family jewels on my wall next to the idiot congressmen who decided to make it legal that some butthole chasing a wounded deer could trespass on my property. That does not give them any right to destroy my property or litter on it and if I catch him he will pick up every piece of toilet paper or I will personally shove it up his nares.

Brrrrrrrrrrr. We finally got our hard freeze on Friday. It was 26 degrees. And it was pole barn laundry day as my son was off. LOL. Oh happy, happy, joy, joy. LOL. Actually I am very happy that my 27 year old, tired, homely creeky Maytag is still working it's butt off to give us clean clothes. Poor old Betsy!

I had to call the lawyer's office to get info for my hubby.

I had to break down and turn on the heat yesterday as my chinchillas were cold and Reek and Porkie both wanted to go down my shirt and stay in there. LOL. Reek hates my bra so I knew he was desperate.

Today I got up early as my son had to work. I went outside and looked for trespassers and saw a big buck and doe together in the front yard doing who knows what.

I decided I wanted to go to the post office today since it was closed yesterday and our tiny post office is only open 2 hours on Saturday. Hubby went with me and we saw........................... eagle buddy that I saw the other day!!! We went home and got the video camera and found him again and took some video and pictures.

Hubby and I went to town to Tractor Supply as we had a 15% off coupon and we bought some seed, suet, and chinchilla food.

We came home and after lunch hubby hooked up the Mow N Vac and picked up 3 loads of mulched leaves and I leaf hogged the back yard and the east side of the house for 3 hours.

Today was Porkie and my little Angel Stinker's birthdays!

Well, I'm tired. Time to rest. LOL.
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    Aww I'm so sorry to hear about the baby fawn and it's mother. I agree hunting is a terrible sport.
    I can't believe that idiot hunter got off with probation. I would think he should have been charged with attempted murder!
    3183 days ago
    Well, tell us what ya think, won't ya?

    We enjoy it when you let off that much steam, but I know that behind it is a lot of pressure.

    I GASPED when I saw that bald eagle! What a handsome creature, and how privileged you are to have photographed him! I love animals and may try to make a way to do more work with them. We have no pets now, so I veer toward every wild animal I lay eyes on. We had turkey vultures circling the vacant land near our house today, for some reason, and earlier, I felt obliged to google "why hawks cry out" this morning. (My suspicions were confirmed.)

    Being department head has never been a guarantee against being a total pr**k ... in fact, it proves that you've qualified as an (oooo!) administrator.
    3184 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/15/2011 9:21:02 PM
    Beautiful photo. Much better looking than my turkey vulture....LOL. Love the blog. It's a good thing you didn't go into might have made a fortune.

    3185 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/14/2011 9:21:27 PM
    Morticia~ You're a hoot! *LOL* Love your blogs! Love the eagle, too. WHEN are you gonna get a new washer? *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon
    3185 days ago
  • JUNEBUG1944
    Ah yes, the hunters. I lived in the woods in PA and hated it. Never knew who I would find in my yard...or what! One day my dog got loose and brought me back a deer leg...yuck! What a present!

    Well, you have quite a blog today...enjoyed it all!
    3186 days ago
  • SUNNY332
    Love, love, love the photo of the Eagle. Very regal looking - I would say!

    I have mixed emotions about deer hunting. While I think it is awful, the flip side is that it also keeps the population down and as a result, less people get hurt in accidents resulting from the deer getting onto the highways. I worked with a nurse who swerved to avoid a deer and hit a semi. She was killed - bless her heart!

    Have a great week.

    3186 days ago
    I think every deer hunter should be hunted by bear. Seems only fair to me. I grew up with a Phil, he was mean in junior high and loves me now. Apologised for it after we were out of school for 30 years.
    3187 days ago
    Yay! I've been missing your blogs.

    I don't like hunters either. I know a guy who spends thousands of dollars on hunting and claims "it's for the meat". lol

    I remember reading an article about a woman who was new to her area getting killed by a hunter in her own backyard. The hunter got off scott free because the judge said she should have known better than to wear white mittens. Sad.

    I love your wildlife pictures and descriptions. I can't hike yet (hoping that will change soon) so you're one of my windows to the woods. emoticon emoticon
    3187 days ago
  • DEE797
    Love your photo of the eagle. What a magnificent creature. I'm with you on hunting just to hunt. Now your other BIL's know what you and your dh have been going through. Payback time!
    3187 days ago
    Ahhhh... finally got my Morticia fix!
    I love Kohl's. I have to drive over 100 miles to the one that is closest to me, & I do! :-)

    3187 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10266745
    Hi! I'll keep it short. Thought Phil was going to be Dr. Phil, I was surprised! LOL Weather in the Atl is cold. Dipping down into the 30's at night. Have a great week ahead ~ emoticon
    3187 days ago
  • FITB4-40
    Now that's a blog a half! Great story about the saga of you and Phil. As I started reading, I was expecting it to turn out that Phil became your hubby, lol.

    Wonderful photo. It is amazing to see an eagle in nature like that!

    Have a great week.

    3187 days ago
    OMG, M!!!!! You are on quite a rant!!! I laughed out loud at your Phil stories!!! How do you get all those errands done before 12:30??? It takes me until 12:30 to get psyched up to run errands! I can't believe that hunters are able to use your property!! Is that true? That doesn't seem right. I, too, am appalled at the hunting--I don't know how you stand it every day. I live in the suburbs and don't see that impact every day! I agree with codemauler--bag the poopy geese!!! Sounds like MIL stuff is moving along!! Hopefully, it ends soon!! Have a great Sunday!!!!!
    3187 days ago
    Wow, quite the recap; you've certainly had a week!!

    I hear you on the weather!! I'd vote for you as Goddess!!

    I am fortunate to live in an area of responsible hunters. They police each other. My friends who are hunters have had permission to hunt on my property since, during my annual "hooray, it's Spring" walk, I found a dead deer in the back 40 who had apparently starved to death during a tough winter. We've had problems with overpopulation for a long time and I'd rather see a hunter take them then to have the deer die a slow death and buried under the snow.

    I'm also fortunate to have eagles in my vicinity. My brother took the most amazing photo of an eagle in flight and I think it's the photo he's most proud of and loves to show off! I just read somewhere that the turkey was once proposed as our national bird. I have turkeys too; very stupid birds that always bring me a smile! I'm glad that the eagle is the symbol of our country!

    Thanks for the blog; I hope you have a calm day today!!

    3187 days ago
    Thank you so much for your wonderful blog.
    Those hunters sure have a nerve. I hope the fawn
    is still alive, but seems unlikely. That makes me sad.
    I love learning about your childhood and I feel as though
    I was there growing up with you. You are a special lady,
    Miss Morticia. The chinchillas sure know who to cuddle up to.

    Seems like the MIL business is slowly starting to head toward
    the finish line emoticon Those Bil of yours need to cool it.
    You have enough on your plate and they should respect what you
    and your hubby are accomplishing with the estate.
    Glad that the lawyer is understanding.

    I love your explanation of the weather and how you know so much
    about it. You can come to Australia and help us predict our weather.
    We are expecting 4 cyclones and lots more wild storms...
    Anyway, I just want to say how much I enjoy your writing and sense
    of humour. Thank you for being my friend. emoticon emoticon
    3187 days ago
    Now if the huntards would spend half the money and effort on bagging those darn geese that show up in the city parks by the hundreds, I might actually advocate the process.


    Eagles are amazing. We have quite a few of them along the Mississippi River, especially come January. In the city we have falcons and turkey vultures, and you don't have to go far before you see hawks. They are an amazing site.
    3187 days ago
    Loved reading your blog, as if I was with you all day long and didn't miss a thing! LOL emoticon
    3187 days ago
    Well.. Hmmm...I think I'm on your side on this one. I believe if you must hunt for food then it should be a simple bow. I know they have killed deer around here because they say the population is too much. I don't much like that answer either.

    Have a great weekend. emoticon emoticon
    3187 days ago
    wowee good blog just like everyone of them my dear you are always here in our hearts even if only to say goodnight
    i love the eagles..i worked for years on an indian reservation in the hospital and i was given an eagle feather by the chief there as it is only legal for them to have the feathers...i am so honored by that to this day for sure
    the lady mary
    3187 days ago
    Finally we got our long blog. Thanks M , its nice to know a bit more about the people we Friend, it make for a better understanding of their lives.
    I really loved your school days. I am happy you went so far as a nurse, supervisor.
    I could not live where you are either. We do hear gun shots even in the city which is quite small despite it being the Capital. I think the buildings muffle the sounds. I used to target shoot but seeing the dead animals just gets me all riled up too. I am just waiting for the month to be over. Thanksgiving seems to be the big day to be out there, They all seem to think the others will all be home with their family's so its like black Thursday in the woods Black Friday(FOOLS) in the city. I cannot believe they camp out at night to be first in the stores. Thanks again for the insight in to your life M. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3187 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5645667
    Well!! What a blog my friend. We should put you up for the pulitzer prize.

    I don't think I could live out there with Hunters, I would shoot them all!.
    Sounds like all is getting sorted out with MIL's stuff . Sounds like you had one interesting Childhood too my friend!!!.
    Love that your Eagle is still there. and those dear little Chin Chins sure know how to keep warm!!.
    Thanks for such a lovely insight into who you are and what you are made of.
    Glad you are my friend
    Hugs and Love Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3187 days ago

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