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2014-04-03 15.17.23

Lola

The littlest of the three chee-hooa-hooas, Lola, is now six months old, and has grown from under two pounds four months ago, to a powerhouse of almost SIX pounds!  :-)

She successfully survived her hysterectomy (with a barely visible scar) and now is content terrorizing the large boy dog (DJ), who is probably 15-20 pounds.  Yes, he’s a throwback, every genetic trait one doesn’t ask for in a chihuahua.  Including massive size.

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DJ

But, he’s a big, stupid, happy lummox and we love him.

Lola is VERY bright.  Try to lure her into a trap (like her kennel for the night) and she’ll fall for the bait.  Exactly ONCE.  And never again.

She also has an Early Warning System, if she’s penned up and wants out to ‘do her business’.  We didn’t train her to do this – she trained us.

I’m usually awake around 0600-0700.  Shower, dress, morning stuff and blog.  And when the mistress-of-the-manor is absent, Lola bivoacs in MY room.

A Sample Morning

0600 – I Awaken.  Kissed by a tiny dog who has been watching me wake up, who then curls up in my armpit and snuggles back to sleep.  Then she produces 61,000 btus, forcing me to arise.  (Well, that and my impatient bladder!)

0605 – Shower.  Lola must be kenneled, lest she join me in the shower.  She doesn’t require a bath daily.  I do.  Besides, I might accidentally step on her!

0615 – Dress.  Lola remains kenneled, half or completely asleep, or sometimes therein quietly watching me check my email and blog.

UNLESS, NATURE CALLS HER!

Me, sitting at the computer, tiny kennel on the adjacent bed, containing tiny dog.  All is quiet, except occasional keystrokes and the ever-present fan.  (This IS AZ, after all!)

Suddenly there is a tiny, tiny bark.  Not particularly high-pitched, but very slight in volume, as if distant outside.  Usually no response from me.  (We designate this DOGCON 3)

Then, a slightly louder bark, perhaps 20 seconds later.  This is obviously from inside the house; inside my room.  More apparent urgency (DOGCON 2)

(Followed by, if I choose to ignore it…)

DOGCON 1a loud, piecing, deafening bark, threatening immediate negative consequences unless she is allowed paper access IMMEDIATELY!  This usually also agitates my chronic tinnitus!

My usual response is to get up from my desk, open the kennel, and she jumps up to my chest, sometimes my shoulder – and I carry her to the bathroom, containing the all-important morning paper.

And all is shortly right with the World!

(Until the tiny kitten Belle is heard screaming outside the bedroom door to be included in the blog process (aka walking willy-nilly across the keyboard).  Please note, I usually learn from this and ignore her!)

Another ‘Special Interest’?

Australian judge says incest may no longer be a taboo

Via avordvet
Judge in Australia says incest may no longer be a taboo and the only reason it is criminal is potential birth abnormalities, which can be solved by abortion

A judge in Australia has been criticised after saying incest may no longer be a taboo and that the community may now accept consensual sex between adult siblings.
Judge Garry Neilson, from the district court in the state of New South Wales, likened incest to homosexuality, which was once regarded as criminal and “unnatural” but is now widely accepted.
He said incest was now only a crime because it may lead to abnormalities in offspring but this rationale was increasingly irrelevant because of the availability of contraception and abortion.
“A jury might find nothing untoward in the advance of a brother towards his sister once she had sexually matured, had sexual relationships with other men and was now ‘available’, not having [a] sexual partner,” the judge said.
“If this was the 1950s and you had a jury of 12 men there, which is what you’d invariably have, they would say it’s unnatural for a man to be interested in another man or a man being interested in a boy.Those things have gone.”

I had some had concerns about multiple marriages following in the footsteps of gay marriage.  Some of those folks have surfaced judicially.  And the NAMBLA folks have also jumped on the bandwagon.
This is the the libertarian conundrum – if every human has rights, including minors, how much can the State infringe on those rights for the protection of all?

Please Keep A Good Thought In Your Heart

or say a prayer, if that’s what you do.

Mary C.Dave-the-mechanic’s mother passed away Father’s Day, after a short illness.  She was 88, having had her birthday that Saturday.  Her memorial is today.

Mary was longtime volunteer at Desert Samaritan Hospital, serving for 24 years in many different offices and was Volunteer of the Year for the State of Arizona in 1983. She was an active member of King of Glory Lutheran Church, singing in the choir for 35 years and serving as choir librarian for 20 years.

Mary is survived by her husband of 62 years, Al; her children Mick, Dave, Ruth, Karen; 8 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

To have been the center of such a great family, and been a giver of such service…

She will be missed.

My thanks to all of you who commented, wrote or at least stopped for a moment in your day to think of Dave and his family. – Guffaw

Another Gun That Got Away

Not a woman, nor a fish (this time)…

I’ve recounted previously in these pages about my 800 pound safe having been stolen (in 2008), and the loss of 50+ firearms, parts, credit cards and personal papers and effects.

One of the firearms was not mentioned, as I knew nothing about her history, how she was acquired, or anything else.  I suspect my Father acquired her when his Father passed.  I’ve no idea of her origins.  Obviously the 1800s.

She resembled this, with a more visible trigger.  Her mainspring was broken, and she was in a little rougher condition.

2007-05-03 14.38.02I think there was a 3 digit serial number on the butt, however I’ve no idea what it was.  As none of the papers, credit cards or other firearms have surfaced, I still believe she is lost to history.

Thank God for the security of Fort Knox safes!

I’ve a number of recurrent themes in this blog.  One is secure your vault, even if it weighs a lot, to the floor and wall.

You never know.

Any ideas as to the kind of pistol?  Inquiring minds want to know!

FTC – Ft, Knox gave me nothing!  Go away!

 

 

REMEMBERING THE FORGOTTEN

My Father taught me that not only was Memorial Day to honor those who gave their life in service to this Nation, but also to take a moment to remember those who have gone before who were dear to us.  He and I visited the grave of my Mother Charlotte on Memorial Day 1977.  She passed when I was in the Second Grade.

He knew he wouldn’t survive past August that year.  I didn’t know.

Being disabled, when my conditions allow, I spend time doing research on the Internet.  It’s amazing what information is ‘out there’ if we only bother to look.

And, sometimes information is absent, even if we do.

Below. a photo of my friend Everett, who served in the Army in Europe in the 70’s..  He was a big man, both tall and wide, had a deep booming voice and a great sense of humor.  He paid his way through college hustling pool.  Another blogger whom I don’t know was his friend in his last years, and said he was the most ethical man he ever knew.  I believe him.

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Everett

Marla was a woman I dated after my marriage broke up.  She was funny, quirky, sexy and loved her children.  Sadly, not only do I not have any personal photos, but neither does the Internet.  I’d lost contact with her after she moved on with her life, and was attempting to reestablish a friendship when I found out she had passed.  I’ve no information as to how.  She was in her 50’s.

PLEASE take the time to remember those who served and those you love, because you never know…

I STILL look askance at those people/businesses who say ‘Happy’ Memorial Day.  I choose to reflect and remember these folks, and not to be morose.

My life was better for having known these people.

Brothers

I’ve been whining of late, in this venue, regarding my lack of funds, a decent transportation vehicle, lack of guns, health ISSUES,  in other words, me, me, ME!

How shallow and self-centered of me.  Seriously.

I’ve had two brothers.  One, a step-brother, lives a short distance away, was pre-eminent in his field (is now retired), and is a truly fine human being.  But, we have no real relationship.

Why, you ask?

Because he is 12 years older than I and we have absolutely nothing in common, except we lived in the same house for a year or so, after my Dad remarried.  He, in college, me, in the third grade.

You see the problem?

The other brother remains unnamed.  Why?  Well, I only found out about him a couple of years ago.  You see, I am a twin, and my brother didn’t survive.  And my parents never told me about him.

Fast-forward to this past weekend.  I’m fumbling around here, trying to get computers to work and get on-line long enough to post on this blog, with limited success.

And I didn’t get to read many other blogs, as I usually do, daily.

I missed word from Brigid that her brother ‘Big Bro’ had passed away, after his long battle with cancer.  He was a U.S. Navy veteran, a motorcyclist, and a fine man.  How do I know this?  He’s her brother, how could he not be?

Please say a prayer for her and her family, if that’s what you do.

And take time to remember brothers everywhere – named and unnamed.

Thank you.

 

Something Life-Affirming Today!

My roommate has almost always had multiple dogs and/or cats.  And especially chihuahuas.

I’ve never been a big fan of tiny dogs, but her dogs have been great!  Sadly, we lost Crosby at age 19 a few months ago.

Roomie has been shopping for ‘someone’ to replace her spot in the pack.  Yesterday afternoon, we got a rescue dog -

LOLA!

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She’s hysterical!  Non-stop prancing and dancing and playing!  And wanting to play with the dog in the mirror.  The other girl dog is a little jealous; the cat wary (she wants to play with the cat, who usually hisses in response!).  But the lummox boy dog loves her!

And so do we!

Hard To Believe – It’s Been NINETEEN YEARS…

Yesterday was the anniversary of the accident.

2014-03-19 07.32.29Nineteen years ago, today, her life support was turned off.

Had she lived, she would be 31.  Instead, she is permanently 12.

She was a terrific kid, blossoming into a terrific young woman.  Smart, funny, aware, and a good citizen.

I love you and miss you Molly.

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IF YOU TAKE NOTHING ELSE FROM TODAY’S POST, GO AND HUG AND KISS THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE, AND TELL THEM YOU LOVE THEM.

BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW…

(and no place for comments today – you’ve all been kind enough, thank you! - Guffaw)

The Interloper

The Interloper

The Interloper

SO…

Roomie and I return from a short trip the other day, and were met by a cat outside the back gate.  We already have a cat.  She doesn’t play well with others.  Or us.

HOWEVER,  THIS new cat was friendly and welcomed affection.  She appeared to be well cared for, and either had recently had surgery or given birth. (this due to the appearance of a floppy undercarriage.)  We opted not to feed and water her, lest she stay and disrupt the ecosystem of our home.

AND, she’s more likely to go home if we don’t offer treats.

So much for THAT idea!

She’s been hanging around outside, making the inside cat VERY upset.  There have been a few faux battles – save the Arcadia door glass in the way.  Lots of yowling and hissing from the indoor car.  And, the girl chihuahua treed her in the back yard, barking viciously the entire time.  (As vicious as a chihuahua can be, under the circumstances.)

Roomie keeps making noises about getting a kitten.  Considering the indoor car is clamoring for more attention and acting more lovable in the outdoor cats presence, this could happen.

If the girl chihuahua doesn’t stroke out, first.  The boy chihuahua is just a big stupid lummox who doesn’t care as long as he gets food and attention.

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big, stupid lummox

For better or worse, the interloper stayed two days and then apparently went home.

h/t Warner Bros.

The Beatles

The Silicon Graybeard (and many others on the ‘Net) reminded me tonight is the 50th anniversary of the Beatles performing on Ed Sullivan.  Their big American break.

A real snooze for me.

1)  I was into classical music – popular music (like Rock and Roll) just didn’t do it for me.  And, I had memories of my Dad ranting about Elvis (and my Sister, the Bobby Soxer, fawning over him) years earlier.

2)  My Dad’s rant continued regarding The Beatles long hair.  “Unkempt, unclean, like a beatnik”, etc.

AND 3)  (most important) being a 6th Grader, I was extremely jealous of the 6th Grade girls fawning all over these British invaders!  What was so special about them, anyway?

Of course, regardless of my and other Dad’s rants, they went on to super stardom and changing the face of music forever.

Used to be there was a derisive term for classical music – longhair music.  Obviously that went out of favor!

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