28 thoughts on “Rants! and Raves! 4-22-17

  1. I have been waiting for a Saturday to share my raves. πŸ™‚

    πŸ™‚ Easter weekend with four of my Grandchildren.

    πŸ™‚ We went on a wonderful bus tour for 12 days to Washington DC and the historic triangle of Virginia. We visited Gettysburg on the way out. We took in as much as possible for the short time period in the DC area, including Arlington. We managed Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown in three days. Of course, we did not have enough time to do it justice, but we did our best. My husband had such a good time, he is ready to go again.

    We had gone on some shorter tours with this company, so we knew it would be good. God blessed us with good health for the whole trip, something that concerned me. It is the first trip where a couple of others were too sick to join us on a couple of the days.

    πŸ™‚ This has been a very busy spring for us and isn’t slowing down for now. I have tried to keep up here and especially with the prayer thread.

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  2. πŸ™‚ We’ve had some really beautiful, springlike days.

    πŸ™‚ We got to see a pileated woodpecker enlarging a nest hole (disappearing into it for a minute or two and then coming up with wood chips to toss outside).

    πŸ™‚ Apple blossoms are out in abundance this year after a sparse couple of years.

    πŸ™‚ Butterflies of many species are out, birds are singing and pairing up and nesting, and spring is in full blossom–and it isn’t yet even the end of March. (We’re about a month early on all of it–even the yards full of dandelions are generally a May phenomenon.)

    😦 My husband is having a very hard week. I don’t want to go into details, but this has been a brutally hard week for him and thus for me. Basically someone did something really bad and refused to take responsibility, and someone who could/should have dealt with it also refused to do so.

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  3. 😦 Sorry to hear that, Cheryl.

    😦 Stresses within the family that seem to land on my shoulders.

    πŸ™‚ Spring is actually starting to happen here! Living where the leaves are off the trees for half or more of the year, spring is always lovely & appreciated. But there is something about seeing the new life on the trees, & growing out of the ground, that is especially touching me this year.

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  4. Kathaleena – I’m glad to hear you were on an enjoyable trip, as I wondered why we hadn’t seen much of you lately. Glad it was for a nice reason.

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  5. Regarding what I said about the beauty of spring touching me in an especially deep way this year: For instance, Janice’s photo of that white rose made me cry. I went back to gaze at it a few times, & felt the same each time. And I teared up some at the Cheryl’s photo of the butterfly with the lilacs.

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  6. I sent some photos to The Real. This city is in its own microclimate. The leaves were barely buds at my parent’s place, but here they are already unfurling, the daffodils are already blooming, and some of the trees are in bloom.

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  7. πŸ™‚ Spring photos πŸ™‚

    πŸ™‚ One more very big (but unexpected) house project near completion — and friend/workers who worked hard while also trying to keep my costs down as much as possible. Unfortunately, it all just cost more than anyone anticipated because of the widespread issues.

    πŸ™‚ The pavers that were put in over the new sewer pipe in the driveway look terrific. Worker told me some neighbors who have strolled by while they’re working have admired them and asked how much they would charge to do something like that on their driveway. “Not enough,” worker #2 cracked. Anyway, I may be starting a trend inadvertently.

    πŸ™‚ I’m taking the week of May 1-5 off which will be perfect in setting up appointments for a junk hauler and to have my new garage door installed. Plus I just need to catch my breath a little bit.

    πŸ™‚ I dropped the dogs off at the groomer this morning for their summer cuts/shaves. Then I stopped in for my own regular haircut. I’ve been very slow to turn gray and my hair color doesn’t show gray much, but I am noticing more (finally) on the top. Not bothersome enough to start coloring, which I dread because of the hassle & expense. But I may have to make that decision at some point, depending on how my changing hair begins to look, whether I can live with it or not. πŸ™‚

    😦 Too many things to do around the house — picking up the living room (problematic due to the bedroom still awaiting delivery of the bed frame that’s getting fixed — and foxtails to pull in the backyard and items to tag for haul-away in the garage.

    πŸ™‚ So I’m currently doing none of it. πŸ™‚ Think I’ll just take an afternoon to read and rest, for a change. It’s been a long time since I’ve done that. And the house is very quiet without the dogs … (not that they’re noisy typically, but I do notice it when they’re not here)

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  8. DJ – Does Annie hang around you a lot when you’re home? (Just as I finished typing that, Rudy jumped up & head-butted my arm for attention. πŸ™‚ )

    Because of your profession, & our youth-obsessed society, you may want to color your hair. Then again, the grey may give you more gravitas as an older-&-wiser woman.

    I’ve been letting mine go grey since a little over a year ago. The way the grey/white is streaked among my (natural) dark hair looks actually really nice.

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  9. I took a walk with my camera this week and just sent out some photos. It is not Spring here, but, perhaps, it is always Spring? Praises for a friend who worked late to check my newsletter last night. There were only a few corrections, so I just sent it out. And 6arrows is my first response!

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  10. My thought is when the gray starts to look dominant — or is becoming the predominate ‘color’ — I’ll be ready to talk to my stylist about my options (I almost brought it up today but figured it can wait). But I plan to color when or if needed. πŸ™‚ So far it’s still just a hint of gray but now that it’s starting to turn it could go fast?

    One more big house project and I’ll probably get up one morning with Snow White locks

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  11. Annie does hang out with me (she’s next to me now) but she likes to take an afternoon nap on the patio.

    Cowboy was done so I brought him home — Tess is taking longer, they said the shaving was stressing her out a bit so they’re giving her frequent breaks in between sessions.

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  12. DJ, you’re old enough that it’s normal to have some gray hair. Scripture talks positively about gray hair–as a sign of wisdom, of course, not that the gray itself is good, but symbols are important too. I’ve been going gradually gray (still mostly brown) for more than 20 years, since my late twenties. I pluck some of the grays, but I don’t want the hassle or expense of coloring it . . . and I detest the fact that I look around me and see fake hair everywhere. I’ll never know how beautiful my mother-in-law’s hair really is, for instance, which saddens me a little when I think about it. (I assume she colors it; she’s from the generation that has a standing weekly salon appointment.) The heads in church are suppose to be a range of fullness (for the men) and of color, and instead everyone wants to look young.

    I don’t think it’s morally wrong to color it, but I do think that the collective effect is a bad one, and it’s one place where I’ve chosen not to join the culture when I believe it teaches something directly opposite from what Scripture teaches.

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  13. DJ, I’ve always heard that long hair actually offers dogs protection in summer, too, not just in winter. I never left Misten outside as long in summer, but I never worried about her coat itself. Particularly if it stresses Tess, why is it necessary?

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  14. Rave
    Today is my birthday! I am 70.
    Rave
    Today is Earth Day. Why did they pick April 22? It is Lenin’s birthday. Commies, a birthday to celebrate by commies. Scum sucking dogs!!

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  15. πŸ™‚ Today was a much-needed day off for me. No babysitting, housework all done. This afternoon, I had the pleasure of watching After the Thin Man, the second movie in the Thin Man series. (I’ve seen most of them, but it’s been several years.)

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  16. Happy Birthday Bob!

    Tess was really matted so the short clip was necessary. We skipped the dog park today because it’s been hot and I didn’t want her out there without her protective coat.

    Yeah, I took forever to start getting gray hair so it’s not bothering me at this stage. Most of my friends have been coloring their hair since they were in their 40s. Right now it almost looks glimmer-y, like highlights, so it’s not bothering me. But if it went all gray it might. We’ll see πŸ™‚

    πŸ™‚ Driveway sidekick worker has made a bid to haul away stuff from garage, etc., and then to help me organize my garage, so I’ll go that route. They took a peek into the garage today (with my permission) and said it’s not that bad (which it isn’t). I just need to take time to sort in there a little bit and I’ll probably have to be here when he takes things out. Maybe next week when I’m off we can schedule a day

    πŸ™‚ I was at the grocery store late today and kept hearing this annoying music. It made me grumble because I couldn’t quite hear it and didn’t know where it was coming from, it wasn’t your normal supermarket sounds. Then I realized my phone had been turned on by accident and was blaring movie trailers from my jeans. πŸ™‚ Explained so much.

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  17. πŸ™‚ Neighbor, who’s in the desert at their other house for the week, called and asked me to check her koi pond in the backyard — they have security cameras and she said she saw a mysterious splashing around with what looked like an animal in there.

    When I got over there, I didn’t see anything the fish seemed ok (they kept puckering at me, thinking I was going to feed them πŸ™‚ ). Neighbor was worried a raccoon or something might have drowned, but all looked calm to me …

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  18. Happy birthday, Bob!

    I used to have a co-worker who shared Hillary’s birthday (same day and same year). She was not amused. My sister chose as her wedding date what became the same day as Columbine, which apparently was chosen because it was Hitler’s birthday. With 365 days to choose from, there’s gonna be something bad on any day!

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  19. I remember the first Earth Day — I was a freshmen at the local community college and it was kind of a big deal. We got campaign-style buttons to wear. Wish I could find mine, it probably would have been worth something by now.

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  20. “Remembering the First Earth Day”

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/04/remembering-the-first-earth-day.php

    ______________________________________

    I don’t think I participated in the festivities. However, I do recall a band playing β€œSeason of the Witch.”

    Beatniks are out to make it rich;
    Oh no, must be the season of the witch.

    Appropriate, as it turned out.

    The first Earth Day came full of gloomy commentary and predictions from the scientific community. Mark Perry at AEIdeas recalls 18 of them (he counts a few that were made after Earth Day, but during the same era).

    Here are the 18: …

    ….

    Understandably, the focus of dire environmental predictions has changed. However, the gloom remains. …

    … What will the Earth look like on Earth Day 2030? I wouldn’t hazard a guess. But I agree with this prediction by Bailey and Perry:

    There will be a disproportionately influential group of doomsters predicting that the future–and the present–never looked so bleak.

    And β€œbeatniks” will be out to make it rich.
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  21. Gray hair is a sign of wisdom. Oh good! That means I’m increasing in wisdom.

    A happy belated birthday to Bob. You are about six months younger than my father.

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  22. Earth Day Anthem (William Wallace)

    The “Ode to Joy” melody by Beethoven, the official anthem of the European Union, also is performed on the Earth Day. Lyrics for the Earth Day Anthem set to “Ode to Joy” are as follows:

    Joyful joyful we adore our Earth in all its wonderment

    Simple gifts of nature that all join into a paradise
    Now we must resolve to protect her
    Show her our love throughout all time
    With our gentle hand and touch
    We make our home a newborn world
    Now we must resolve to protect her
    Show her our love throughout all time
    With our gentle hand and touch

    We make our home a newborn world

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  23. Thank You all. I did make one mistake; that second “Rave ” should have been a “Rant.” Thanks for not embarrassing me by mentioning it.

    Oh, as best we can guess we have had over 120 inches of rain since the start of October. It is raining today, and tomorrow and the next day and the next … …

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