Saturday, November 29, 2014

For Brigid...

And all the other Warbird lovers out there.  Enjoy...
A little radial love...
Yes, this is a real, and functional Corsair, in half scale.  The sign at the front of the display reads:  "Although fully flight capable, this particular airplane was never flown.  Mr Smith donated this aircraft for the public to see.  He stated she was to honor the men and women who designed, tested, and manufactured this aircraft and to the memory of those who flew her to protect the freedom of the United States."

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

What are you thankful for?

As Thanksgiving in this country approaches, a city in Missouri burns, the fires stoked by the race hustling poverty pimps.  It's enough to give one pause to think, "Just what am I thankful for?"

Honestly, I am thankful for a whole lot this year!  I am thankful for the resolution of various medical issues in my family this year, including my thyroid diagnosis and treatment.  I am incredibly thankful that DH's apnea has been fixed!  I really was getting scared I would lose him back in the spring. (I never told him that, but I guess he knows it now...)  I am thankful for my mom's continued health.  My kids are getting the chance I never had, to know their grandparents and to make those memories to last their lifetimes.

I am thankful for my faith, and the love and support of our congregation.  I am thankful I live in Texas, where we have a bit more freedom than in other states.  I am so thankful to have the husband I do--he loves and supports, and encourages me when I need it most.  (He even puts up with my moodiness that strikes at times.) I am truly blessed to have him in my life.

I am also blessed and thankful for my friendships--some lifelong, others newer.  Some even have grown out of that which is shared publicly, on the web.  It is a joy to find such kindred spirits out there.  It gives me hope, hope for this country, and the generations to come.  Thank you all, my friends!

And dogs?  I can't forget to count my blessings of the Hounds.  Yes, for over 30 years of my life, I have been lucky enough to share my homes with hounds, large and small.  Once as a child, it was a dachshund, and now it is Ridgebacks...and my house is truly a home with them in it.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A place for everyone...

And everyone in their place! 

Yes, a sight rarer than hens teeth.  That's Shiloh in HER spot on the left, and woe to the dog or Monkey who tries to claim it from HER!  Cody claims the right side as HIS, but today was willing to leave the gap in the middle for Indy to slip into.  Cody has been known to block the middle deliberately, when Indy tries to get up there.  Silly old hound! 

Cody says that Indy makes a decent headrest too. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

How YOU can help out the Hounds!

Yes, finally there is a way you, my friends and readers, can help out the hounds at Texas Independent Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue, at no additional cost to yourself, AND irrespective of your geographic location.

TIRR, a 501c3 charity, has been accepted into the Amazon Smile charitable giving program.  Since this IS the holiday shopping season, this makes it simple for shoppers to help out the hounds.  You simply sign into Amazon Smile, instead of the regular Amazon website.  You then choose Texas Independent Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue as your charity of choice. 

Whenever you shop at Amazon, just go through Smile instead and many/most of your purchases will be eligible for a donation to TIRR.  Amazon Smile donates a portion of the sales to your chosen charity, and does not charge you for this.  The more people who choose to shop via Smile, the more funds TIRR recieves.  This helps them out more than you can imagine. 

For example, consider Heather, a recent rescue...

Heather was found lying in a ditch near TIRR, by a rancher.  She had been struck by a car, and had a broken back leg.  The rancher, kind soul that he was, took her home, and called TIRR.  TIRR arranged for Heather to be evaluated by the excellent vets at Justin Animal Hospital, where they determined they could save her leg, and hopefully get her fully healed.
However, with such treatments, come expenses, all borne by TIRR willingly, to help a little mixed breed Ridgie.  There will be follow up treatments, to ensure the bone is knitting properly, to make sure there is no infection, and to eventually remove the appliance.  Yeah, I said appliance.  This poor little (probably dumped in the countryside) girl has a 5-screw and bar external brace pinning her leg back together.   It looks awful, but as you can see, she is already able to bear weight on the injured leg.
For those of you who do choose to help support TIRR via Smile, I thank you!  If only there was a way I could show you all the dogs there, and how much love the folks at TIRR have for these dogs.  Then you would better understand my passion for this breed (and its mixes too), and my desire to help out TIRR Rescue any way I can.

Now, for those of you who haven't read a good dog story lately, or are in need of an excellent gift item for those dog lovers in your life, I suggest The Book of Barkley, by LB Johnson.  Also available via Amazon Smile, AND currently on SALE in the Kindle format, just in time for the holidays!  It's already on my order list for my gift giving, and the sale just makes it even more attractive.  Thank you LB!  And just to encourage you even more to buy the Book of Barkley, the author, LB Johnson even donates a significant portion of the royalties to various animal rescue organizations.

Wishing all of you a Happy Thanksgiving, (and a crowd-free, stress-free online shopping experience!)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Brrr! Winter isn't coming, it's already here!

 It generally does not get this cold this early in north Texas.  But with this latest cold spell, it has been this cold or colder every morning for over a week now.  Hehehe...Winter isn't coming, Winter is here!

We awoke this morning to a relatively rare sight in this part of Texas.  Normally if there is precipitation in the Not Hotter 'N Hell Summer time of the year, it is either rain, or freezing rain.  One is welcome, one is not.  I think y'all can figure out which is which.  But today, it was the other choice, the one not mentioned.  The white fluffy stuff!  Yes, it snowed last night!  The Monkeys are thrilled, even though there is not enough to even make a decent snowball, it is still SNOW!

See?  White crap all over the van!
Barely a dusting, by Northerner standards, but hey, in the South, you take what you can get, snow-wise.
Even enough to make some of the grass white instead of brown-green.

Monday, November 10, 2014

My better half reminded me...39 yrs ago today.(Updated)

DH asked me this morning, if I knew what anniversary today was, 39 years ago.  Cheating, I used Google, and came up with either the anniversary of Jimmy Hoffa's disappearing, or Sesame Street's debut.  WRONG!

The one I missed, was the one that resonated most throughout my childhood.  The loss of 29 souls. and a good ship and true, the Edmund Fitzgerald.

I grew up listening to Gordon Lightfoot.  He was a musician my parents favored, and given the opportunity, I would put on his albums instead of the Muzak that was another staple of my parents' musical habits.  So I grew up as a GL fan, though I have never had the good fortune to see him in concert, I did once or twice IIRC, buy concert tickets for my folks to go.

Most folks of my era are probably familiar with the Lightfoot song, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.  I can remember listening to it from a cassette tape, nightly, as I fell asleep.  My father had been in the Royal Merchant Navy as a young lad, and I think I inherited an appreciation for big water from him.

This is one of the better youtube videos set to the song by Gordon Lightfoot.  Apologies for the ad that leads off the video.

What I don't think I have mentioned before was what happened on our engagement trip to the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior.  We took our Dagger kayaks, paddling out from the Reservation at Red Cliff, to Stockton Is, and then on to Oak Is. a couple days later.

It was on our paddle back to the Reservation, that it happened.  We were using the Red Cliff Bouy as a navigation marker.  We could see it in the water, and it made for a convenient aiming point.  The bouy was painted red, anchored to the bottom by an unknown length of heavy cable or chain.  It grew larger in our sight as we came closer and closer.

The fine details of what happened next are somewhat lost to the passage of time, but what I DO remember is this:  I got it into my head to "ring the bouy" by bumping it with the bow of my kayak.  The bouy does not have a bell, only a strobe marker on top of a floating steel housing.  But it does have a voice... a voice I honestly wish I had never awakened.  I rang the bouy alright. It boomed a deep, sort of hollow unhappy sound.  You've heard the saying that you can feel it when someone steps on your (future) grave?  Yeah, well I knew immediately I had done something very wrong by ringing that bouy.  I felt an enormous sense of dread and discomfort, just floating beside it.  DH felt it too.  We both immediately decided to get the heck out of there!  We didn't know who or what we had disturbed out there in the deep water, but we both knew we had made a mistake.

In Bayfield WI, we purchased a book, The Unholy Apostles (Shipwreck Tales of the Apostle Islands), by James M. Keller.  In this excellent small book, I found what had happened.  Oct. 2, 1939, the Lighthouse Tender boat Marigold, was moored to the Red Cliff Headlands bouy.  Three men were there to exchange the acetylene tank that fueled the light.  There was a freak accident, a spark or something, and the acetylene tank exploded, destroying the Marigold bouy, and killing all three men instantly.  (See newspaper clipping below)

The lake it is said, never gives up her dead.  Nor do they all rest quietly.  Native Americans of the Great Lakes region have often used tobacco (N. Rustica, rather than commercial tobacco) in ceremonies to seek forgiveness or communicate with their spirit world. Tobacco use in ceremonies.  It would seem that I owe an offering to the dead from the Marigold.
Caption: The USLHT Marigold was responsible for getting offshore lightkeepers safely delivered to the mainland before ice conditions made Lake Superior a frozen wasteland. While the Marigold normally finished up this duty by December 1, an early cold blast in 1919 complicated her mission. Here, she was pictured doing a little ice-breaking on her own as a crewman trekked over the ice to the crew of a lighthouse.
Caption: The USLHT Marigold was responsible for getting offshore lightkeepers safely delivered to the mainland before ice conditions made Lake Superior a frozen wasteland. While the Marigold normally finished up this duty by December 1, an early cold blast in 1919 complicated her mission. Here, she was pictured doing a little ice-breaking on her own as a crewman trekked over the ice to the crew of a lighthouse.

Monday, November 3, 2014

If you haven't voted yet...

Just be aware of the multiple reports of touch screen voting machine fraud where the Republican vote is being changed by the machine to Democrat.  Odd that this is happening only to Republican votes, in highly Democratic areas of Illinois and Maryland.

Had those "Calibration Errors" been changing Democratic votes to Republican, it would be the top story on all the mainstream media networks, the President would be calling for an inquisition special prosecutor, there would be a media driven push to recount or re-vote multiple elections....

Don't believe me?  Here are some of the news stories, just from this year. advice to you, my friends, is if you have to use a touch screen voting machine to cast your ballot, PLEASE verify that the machine is recording your vote properly.

Don't forget, you must be a CITIZEN of the USA to vote, you must be of LEGAL AGE in your state of residence to vote (age varies), you must be REGISTERED to vote, and you may have to provide some valid form of ID to vote.  Any questions look HERE.

Think non-citizen voting isn't a problem?  Think again!

So if you are really eligible to vote here in this country, whatever your political leanings, get out there and cast your ballot!