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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Random Rants


Sure, just as I get used to getting up at a particular time and the horses and cats get used to being fed at a certain time, SOMEONE, and I don’t know who, decided we should set our clocks back an hour! They didn’t have eleven cats clamoring for their breakfast, fighting amongst themselves, and harassing me in a big way, for if they did they would have thought twice about doing such a silly thing! Does EVERYONE do this? I doubt it!

Yesterday, I was repairing the fence around the arena from a seriously strong wind that broke two posts a few weeks ago. After digging the post holes and setting the new 4x4s I went to lift a section of board into the position near where they needed to be. As I lifted I heard and felt something give in my right hamstring. I said bad words and nearly fell over and decided to call off the repair for the day. Fortunately, I could still get on the tractor and drive myself back to the house. It was one of those, “I don’t remember that ever happening before!  It was a not-too-subtle reminder of my mortality and possible stupidity. I need to stretch all my parts before doing any physical work. My quick morning walk wasn’t as quick this morning as the limp slowed me down a bit.  Oh, well.

Did you vote yet? Vote early and vote often, I always say! Since voter fraud is rampant against voters, in the form of suppression, the rise (again) of Jim Crow, and candidates overseeing their own elections(Georgia), to name but a few methods, it is extremely important to get everyone out to vote. This country has an appalling record of poor turnout, but indications are that it is much better this time, even though it is an “off-year” election.  Maybe people are waking up to the embarrassing and often frightening reality that is our current regime. I am hopeful for some meaningful change, but no amount of optimism will guarantee that we will get back to the (sort of) decency of our former selves. We vote by mail, so I already did it, but be sure that those of you in the U.S. get out and participate. Otherwise we will continue this downward spiral.  

One last thing. It takes me a long time to get used to certain changes in this world. While I am fairly adaptable, I do have issues with the date, the year, specifically. I am finally getting used to 2018. I still have a tendency to write 19 instead of 20 and the 18 part gets me all confused. So, after practicing for the better part of a year I am getting the hang of it. You know what? They (yes, THEM again!) are going to change it after the end of next month! Seriously?! I’ll have to learn to write 2019. Not only learn it, I will have to remember it each and every time I write the date!  Give me a break, people! You probably think it is an aging thing. Well, I can tell you that it isn’t the case. I just looked at an appointment card written by a young person a month ago. I have an appointment for this January fifteenth and they wrote 2018! Hahahahaha! See? It isn’t just me! 

Just so you don’t think I am always complaining, here are a couple of pics. The first is of a few Blue Geese that were passing through a few days ago and another of five of the cats being calm and peaceful. This is their sofa.


29 comments:

  1. I read and agreeeee. Vote early and vote often. Sent mine in a week ago and was proud to do it. I have been honored and proud to do it since the day I started. I love this home of ours but right now....it's not as easy.

    But then....I got to the last picture and how could anyone help but smile!!!??!! Great pic but where is gorgeous Vinney?

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  2. I have never seen blue geese before. and look at all those precious puddy tats! I am voting on tuesday no matter how long I have to stand in line!

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  3. I love the photo of the cats on THEIR sofa!

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  4. Thanks for sharing! Already voted; hope you feel great soon

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  5. I hope the cats allow you to sit on their sofa. At least occasionally.
    Glorious photos. Sigh at the mucking around with time caper.

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  6. vote and if you really want to be a great human being? call nursing homes or senior centers and ask if anyone needs a ride to the polls.

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  7. I vote by mail but I would rather stand in line.
    Not to be really awful... hahahahahaha. Arizona does not change the time. It is wonderful and no vengeful kitties to deal with.
    I love the last photo.

    cheers, parsnip and badger

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  8. Linda, Thanks for voting! I haven't missed an election since 1972 and plan to keep doing it. Vinny is doing great! He and I took a quick nap together this afternoon.

    anne marie, We get all kinds of cool birds migrating through here. When I was a kid I used to stop at the Prime Hook Wildlife refuge in southern Delaware just to look at the flocks of waterfowl. Bring a snack and something to drink when you stand in line. I hope it is that log of one.

    Debra, Once in a while they share, but I have to wait for an opening.

    Cloudia, Vote we must! I am feeling surprisingly good. Maybe because I just kept on doing which kept me stretched. I still seem to heel albeit more slowly.

    Elephant's Child, Once in a while they share. Time is relative so why not leave it alone and let it do it's thing? Humans always seem to need to interfere.

    JACKIESUE, We do have some seniors that may need help, but we vote by mail, mostly. I'll check anyway, just to make sure they don't need help. Otherwise I can be there. Excellent idea!

    angryparsnip, I think Florida doesn't screw around with time, either. You are lucky that it is not the nature of dogs to plot against their caretakers. I think your dogs are smart enough, but it's not their nature to be devious.

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    1. Just reset my comment section the way I want it. You can now comment on each other's comments if you would like. Whatcha think of that?

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    2. Love the new format! Drag about the hammie!

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    3. Hey, it works! The format, not the leg.

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  9. Nice streak of humour in the rants and nice pictures.

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    1. I have to laugh a little to keep from crying over my many woes! Besides, it is way more fun to laugh!

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  10. We voted absentee as we are currently residing you-know-where.

    It's nice that the cats allow you to live with them.

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    1. Where you are in the only place I will never try to compare bad winter weather. Gale force winds and heavy wet snow here yesterday, turning to mud today.
      Glad you voted before leaving and yes, the cats expect 24 hour service of their needs. Glad I have a real purpose in this life.

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  11. Love your cats all lined up on the sofa! So what about the other six (seven?) - do they each have their own armchair or what? :)

    Sorry to hear about the pulled hamstring - hope it's not broken. Old age is not for the faint of heart. Every time I turn around it seems I find another problem with my soul container.

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  12. jenny_o, The rest are in smaller clusters or doing, "I vant to be alone!"
    The hamstring probably scared me more than it should because of the sound it made, but it is just stiff and sore now. Seems like it will be awhile before I walk without a slight limp.

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  13. we popped off both of our absentee ballots on Friday. And I bought a big box of chardonnay for tomorrow night. either way, I think I'm going to 'need' it.

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    1. Well, it didn't turn out too bad. Flipped the House and gained 7 governors. It's a start.

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  14. I'm always a bit discombobulated at the time change too, however Sunday was my birthday so I got an extra hour after the clocks "fall back", making it a very special 25 hour birthday. And I don't have any horses or cats to feed so I enjoyed my extra 60 minutes.
    Yes VOTE everyone! Make a difference! I shall be eagerly waiting for the results of your elections.
    We just had some Municipal elections for mayor and councillors and sadly only 47% of the population voted. I wish it could be more than that. It is a priviledge to be able to vote.
    Love those kitties all lined up on the sofa and I haven't ever seen blue geese. Are you sure they're not simply really cold?
    How did you do that thing with your comments section, I'd love to do that, so I could reply directly to my commenters. But tech stuff boggles my tiny brain. oh well.....

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    1. The kitties are fine. If they want to get warm they will pile on me. Techiness boggles mine, too. I think I clicked on "embedded" for how the comments are seen. At least I think that's what I did.

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    2. I meant that the geese were blue because they're cold.... OK bad joke!

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  15. The Democrats--vote early and often. The Republicans--stay home tomorrow.

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    1. It didn't go too bad. Unfortunately it wasn't a tidal wave, but its a good start. I wonder if they will subpoena Drumph's tax records?

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  16. You're probably pretty happy about the election results, yes?

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    1. Generally, yes. I wanted more, but this is a good start. Its about keeping up the momentum for the next 727 days or so.

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  17. Aw, the cats are adorable! It makes me feel all purry just looking at them.

    I hate the time change, too - thank you for providing a convenient rant to express my feelings! And I hope your hamstring gets better soon. That must have been SOME wind if it broke two fence posts!

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    1. They are really good at napping and have taught me well!
      It was a gruesome wind that did a lot of damage to the area. Shingles missing on many roofs and a metal roof at work peeled off like a banana.

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    2. Wow. I do NOT like storm winds. Maybe it's because I grew up on the prairies where every storm came with the threat of a tornado.

      And hey, congratulations on your new blog comment setup - very nice!

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