Monday, January 23, 2012

Moon Phase Calendar


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Happy with Tears

Above is a photo of one of the sweetest little dogs currently residing on planet earth. I was blessed with her company for less than a week and only willing to give her up to someone who was in a position to give her the kind of life she deserves. Yesterday that person surfaced via a series of events and she is now starting her new life in her forever home.

It all started on Saturday August 6th when returning from a trip to the post office, my sister decided to take an alternate route through an industrial park. We were just about to exit the area when down this very empty, no human in site road we saw running toward us this little dog. We stopped and I jumped out. The day was sweltering and this little girl was glad to stop though she was breathing so hard I thought she was about to pass out. I picked her up and, though she didn't pass out, she went sort of limp in my arms. It took her a few minutes but, she began to revive in the air conditioned car. She slept while my sister and I proceeded to canvass the neighborhood located across the street from the industrial park. After 2 1/2 hours or more, we came up with zilch. When I returned home I set up a place for her in my bedroom. Due to the fact that I also have a 12 year old corgi who is Mr. Social Guy when it comes to people but can quickly revert to Mr. Attitudinal with his own kind, she had to be stashed somewhere safe.

The thought of what he might do to her was going to be nerve racking for however long this was going to take. I immediately went online and posted the reguisite Found Dog info. The next day I thought we had found a good lead - unfortunately within 24 hrs. it was pretty obvious that this was not the case.

So, I decided that I would need to find her a good home. Being a small dog, I thought she might have a better chance of snagging one. By the next day, I had lots of offers of help from people at work and a very good lead from someone I know who does ongoing fostering and rescue work. When I returned home yesterday, there was another lead from one of the neighbors who had actually considered adopting her at one point. Saturday afternoon to Tuesday evening is really not long - but, apparently sufficient to form an attachment with a loving little dog. There was something almost angelic about this little girl - who we were calling Lucy since we found her on Lucille Ball's 100th birthday. At least I still have contact via the neighbor and I can find out how she's doing from time to time. The main thing is that now I think she'll have more freedom and can relax and claim her territory hopefully while receiving all the love and attention she deserves.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Reserving the Right to Disagree

As I drove to work last Wednesday morning it crossed my mind that it had been a very long time since I posted anything to this blog. As it turns out, it had been exactly one year to the day. The passing year finds me still snugly burrowed in my “new” job and actually about to pass my two year anniversary here. Thank God (and I really, really do) I escaped (though narrowly) the hideous decaying mess that was my past position. Since the escape/liberation I have come to realize even more just how full to the brim the world is with people who are apparently in fierce, perpetual competition for scumbag of the planet. Luckily, I’m not talking about on-the-job personal experiences when I say that this time. Instead, I’m speaking of the nature of the job and what we do here. Stories of abuse and other employment woes pour in on a daily basis. If I live to be one hundred, I will have no problem recalling how unnecessarily miserable and sick of heart, mind, body and soul I became while being forced to deal with an all too similar kind of situation. Since beginning my job here, I have come to realize on a much grander scale that I am definitely NOT the only person on the planet dealing with evil sociopathic personalities who somehow - mysteriously and apparently with the aid of the devil himself - manage to slither into a supervisory position. Unfortunately there are thousands of people out there – especially today in the lagging economy – who are forced to deal with the same, if not worse, circumstances that I dealt with back then. People who just want to make a living and yet are being treated horribly for so many reasons and in so many ways. Of course, the lowest common denominator in more than a few of these situations turns out to be that old chestnut greed. Not that pure cruelty and lust for power don’t have more than a little to do with it as well. As I’ve said before and will continue to say forever; karma is a bitch and some of you bastards are applying for debt you can never repay. Well, enjoy your kingdoms, power, money and prestige as long as you can…however, just keep in mind that it won’t prepare you for what’s coming.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

More interesting footwear...

Here's a pair of very cute Wellies (by Chooka) that I found the other day online (Amazon). They go for about $50.00.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Scotster. Where Scotland meets. I just joined this little online community...seems very interesting so far. May be a good place to learn about Scotland as well as get some info on that direction of my roots! More later as the story develops.

Friday, November 14, 2008

My Fluevog Obsession

A few months ago, while surfing around on the Internet, I made the tragic mistake of discovering some of the most interesting shoes I have ever laid eyes on. I say it was a tragic discovery because, while everything I see or read about them is ultra positive (including fit, comfort, quality, style, fascinating design, pure unique funkiness and satisfied customers) – the price per pair is what I, on my real life (opposed to imaginary or wishful) budget would definitely consider prohibitive. The shoes I’m speaking about, of course, are Fluevogs (designed by John Fluevog @ ) and the designs are amazingly unique. Two of my favorites (so far) are…

Lily Darling – seen here in a lovely cherry red with black trim - which, depending on your source, run approximately $240.00.

And Giulia – going for a whopping $300 per pair

Well, big price tag or not, every time I see these shoes I feel more resolved to have them eventually. So, this may turn out to be an interesting experiment in the power of determination!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Eeeek, I’m so tired and burned out today, I feel exactly the way Bloom County’s Bill the Cat looks! Oh, weeeellll - at least it’s Friday and the day is nearly over. Can’t think of another thing to add to that.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Long time, no post...

Lots going on the past several months and none of it truly post-worthy. To sum up the positive side of it; I finally have new and renewed hope - so, a lot to be thankful for. Some ugly clouds have floated away for which I am grateful beyond words.

Just a word of hope for those who are in a seemingly un-fixable situation - you CAN get through it! The old saying, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger is exactly right. The trick is to persevere in the face of those people and situations that seem to want to destroy you. It's not what has happened but how you react that counts. For me that meant forging on at times when I would have rather crawled under my bed and dissolved in a pool of tears. But a sense of survival and faith in God kept me going by a thread.

Sunday, October 21, 2007 - Recipe - New England Boiled Dinner

This is a great variation on the classic...especially if you don't care for the corned beef version. - Recipe - New England Boiled Dinner

Friday, September 21, 2007

Angry Bird

I love this little bird...probably because I totally identify with him. Puffed up, angry and a little tired looking. It's Friday and I managed to make my way through another mind-numbing, life force-sucking week. Dontcha just love those times when you're crawling, crawling to the end of a miserable week - you can actually see the light at the end of the vortex and...two minutes before you're ready to spring for it, in walks some chuckle buns with a request for just onnnnne more thing! And then they have the gall to actually be surprised when you don't merrily skip around like you're happy to see them. Well, I wasn't and it showed. So sue me and quit being so sensitive. I guess that's why it felt so good to sit through the entire light when some dipstick truck driver started honking at me before my car finished rolling up to the intersection. Well, we all know his horn works now but he also found out he's a guy whose timing is just a bit off today.