A Place To Ponder
I noticed that blogspot has made it better when you go over the 200. Don't have to go back and forth anymore. I wonder how many other blogs go over 200??
Beautiful full moon tonight. Hope everyone got to howl at it. "Full Pink Moon – April This name came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names for this month’s celestial body include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn"http://www.farmersalmanac.com/full-moon-names/
Carol,Why don't you change the title to Full Pink Moon?
I had a sleepless night two nights ago. I was up gazing at the moon which created an eerie luminescence over the tree tops and sparkled on the surface of our lake. It took my breath away so much I was almost grateful for not being able to sleep. I found myself wondering what earlier people without all our scientific knowledge would have thought of such a sight.
You never mentioned your lake before Ivy. Tell us about it.
I always associate full moons with Native American spirituality.National Geographic Moons
I love the way the moon reflects on the water.
We have a lake. That's about it.
That's about it??? I expect a pome about it! And pics!
You can take a canoe on it, but no power boats. We don't have a canoe. Two days before Christmas a lost canoe floated to our bank. Hubs hauled it out of the water. He sent an e-mail to all the neighbors, but no one responded. He sent another e-mail after New Years. One person called but it turned out not to be their boat. Another neighbor sent an email that he too had found a lost boat. Turned out he had the boat belonging to our caller. Hubs started to get attached to the canoe. I told him that wasn't a good idea. One day, I came home and found the boat was untied. I figured kids did it. But the next day, the canoe was gone. Either the kids took it, or it floated away on its own the same way it arrived, or the rightful owner finally came around. We never found out.
I had pics but they were in the fall. My computer died before I could get them posted. Now I'll have to get timely ones of spring scenes. We have Canada geese and a few mallards. No wood ducks. Coreen is the lucky one. We do have a resident kingfisher. He is fun to watch and hear as he dive-bombs into the water. Lots of turtles too.
Can you fish in your lake? Does Hubs fish?
I have the perfect boat for you. Now that I have my Bass boat and the pontoon, my porta-boat just lays in the grass like a big surfboard. The porta-bote can be a sailboat, a rowboat or you can put a little trolling motor or small gas motor on it. Ever seen one?
The thing about American Idol at this stage is every week someone "good" will be sent home. With only six contestants left (now five) every person deserves to win, but only one can. The good part (for us) is no one ever gets "sent home." Didn't you notice last week, all the contestants from this season were present. I think the producers learned after Kelly Clarkson to write something in to the contracts that to be a contestant, you must agree to appear on the show whenever and however we tell you for the rest of your life.
This is what I looked like trying to put my porta-bote together the first time.
Sorry, I forgot the link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnYcxxmUiR0
Does it have a roof? I am like a vampire, I can't go in the sun.
I like the new thread title. Thanks for that.
Luna flew off the tree. Hubs saw him fly but I missed it. He didn't leave a forwarding address.
Is it a coincidence a Luna Moth appeared with the Full Pink Moon?
Ut oh, it's past my bedtime. Nite nite. Yes, they even have a little sun shade that can attach to the porta-bote. You ought to see the other things people have designed for that boat. I was a member of the Yahoo porta-bote message board for a while. Think I still am and probably have thousands of emails waiting at my Yahoo mail.
I will try to check that out tomorrow, Carol. Gots to go see "the shoulder man" tomorrow. Hoping he'll give me another shot of that jamba juice. There's a certain pain threshold the PT's haven't been able to push me beyond. They think with a little help, they might be able to. They want to do some "dry needling" as well, kinda like acupuncture, but she has to clear it with the doc.
I hated to see Siobhan leave tonight. I will miss her. I am losing interest in Idol. Now there is too much testosterone for me. Last season it finished with 2 guys. I think more women vote and they are voting for the guys. Carol, I did watch Modern Family tonight. It was hilarious. I loved the movie scene. Reminded me of when I was a kid. I was like Manny - We had to leave a movie once b/c I could not handle the scary-gory part - the movie was King of the Khyber Rifles. I don't think my brother and sister ever forgave me. To this day I can't handle movies like that.
You are right Ivy, at this stage of Idol, they are all good. It seems like a few seasons ago, there was some gender equity and there was more even distribution of males and females up until closer to the end.
Yes Jan, it was when the guy came to Manny's window when I almost lost it. This morning I was enjoying the Colbert Report when I realized there might be some significance to Sandra's adopting an AA child from New Orleans. Colbert said something about signing the kid up right away. I forgot about that movie where she takes on that young guy who becomes the famous football player. Her new baby does come from the city of our famous Saints. Maybe she's hoping.
Colbert has a segment about this guy from Oregon who is testing his freedom of free speech, actually his freedom to shoot the bird at the cops. He is testing it in court now. Jan, I remember many, many moons ago, when I went out with Katie's brother and another couple. Actually it was the night when I came home from Alexandria, where dad was dying, because my Grampy, his father, had died. We were just sitting in the car somewhere talking. I had a couple of beers and am sure I was quite snockered. It didn't take much. A cop rode by and shined a light in the car and Katie's brother shot him the bird. He was arrested and mom had to go bail him out of jail. When we got home, we learned that dad had died also, which, if you remember, was a blessing. I was praying he would. I'm not sure what came of Pat's charge. Shooting the bird to a cop is like waving a red flag at a restless bull.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/28/AR2010042805753.html?hpid=topnewsGoldman is "plowing forward with a more aggressive lobbying and public relations campaign, one aimed at making sure that when the history books are written, Goldman's side of the story is told. One focus will be the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, the independent group set up by Congress which is putting together a massive report on the causes of the financial collapse." Check this out, they are using lots of those people who worked in previous or current administrations. Lots of recycling done in Washington, going from the government to the businesses that need the government to say in business and then back to government. What a racket. The sh** that comes out of Washington every day you would think would be a scandal but it isn't, it's just business as usual and we have become desensitized to it.
IMO, I still think the most significant visual image of our government's decadence is financial regulators download and watching porn while the world's economy burns. Anyone want to chip in for a few billboards. Too many people are starting to stick their heads in the sand because they can't handle the truth anymore. Look at us. We have to dilute the misery with lots of more peaceful thoughts. We also did it at TM. I think they may miss some of our distractions.
BTW, I love the more peaceful thoughts concept even though it is still a little habit for me to fret over the sh**. We have to keep the balance tipped toward the peace side. Peace to you sisters and brothers. Have a wonderful day!
Ivy, be careful with too much steroid in the joint. Docs love to do it because of the relief it yields but it is eventually absorbed systemically and can screw with your immune system. And it causes salt and water retention and the muchies. I've seen people who have lots of those injection blow up like a big balloon. Be cautious.
Also too much steroid in ajoint make tendons brittle where they can snap likea dry twig. Then guess what, you need a tendon repair or joint replacment. Not a bad deal for ortho. Seen that happen more than once.
MG Carol, You're going to scare the hell out of Ivy about those steroid shots. I know you're right, and you've seen these things happen, but this would only be her second shot (I think). Aren't those symptoms you're talking about usually for people who get the shots regularly over a period of time?With Ivy going to physical therapy, and getting all the help she's getting, I can't imagine her doctor over doing it too much.BTW, all this said in the most friendly way. :)
... oops, sorry - double postLooks like that oil leak is worse and more massive than they thought:"A massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is even worse than believed and as the government grows concerned that the rig's operator is ill-equipped to contain it, officials are offering a military response to try to avert a massive environmental disaster along the ecologically fragile U.S. coastline...... time may be running out. Not only was a third leak discovered — which government officials said is spewing five times as much oil into the water than originally estimated — but it might be closer to shore than previously known, and could have oil washing up on shore by Friday." BP welcomes military help for larger Gulf oil leak."
Ivy, Your moth is beautiful - I'm not used to seeing 'pretty' moths. Also, I'm with Carol, can't wait to see a pic of your lake. That moon last night did seem especially beautiful and striking last night. What I like most about those full moons are the shadows that create, both in and outside the house. Nothing to compare.
"We have to keep the balance tipped toward the peace side. Peace to you sisters and brothers. Have a wonderful day!"Such a nice, touching post Carol. I hope you have a wonderful day too.
Chloe, have your ever read thewarnings that come with your prescription. Injections given inan office don't get that opportunity. Thisis available online andI care enough about you guysto tell you the truth. Buyer beware. Ingnorance may bebliss but .....
"I care enough about you guysto tell you the truth"... and we appreciate it Carol.I have nothing but respect for your opinion. I added the sentence at the end about meaning what I said in a nice way, because I know how harsh things I say can sound in writing, when I can't talk to you face to face. I was actually laughing when I wrote 'MG' - because those symptoms sounded so severe, I thought it might scare her - it would me. I know very little about the medical field, and would never try to suggest that I do, and always appreciate your advice.
My link didn't show up on that story I linked about the oil link. BP welcomes military help for larger Gulf oil leak
Carol, I do remember when your dad died. I didn't remember about you going out with Katie's brother. LOL about "cops and birds" he- he. I remember Katie has a sis but did not remember she had a bro. Do you ever hear from Katie? I have lost touch with her. Wasn't Katie's sis a beauty queen and didn't she get hit on by the LA gov? I could have my details screwed up - not good with details.
Carol, will the oil spill affect you?
Yep Jan, Katie had a brother. He was a hippy guy, unlike Katie and her sister. I didn't know about Katie's sister and the gov but if it was our infamous gov who is in the Federal pen right now, it could be true. He was quite the womanizer, or young womanizer. I hope that oil spill doesn't affect me. I'm quite a few miles up river from the Gulf. It would have to affect a long distance before it gets to me.
Chloe, I didn't think you were being harsh and my warning was actually pretty tempered. If you don't believe me just google, hazzards of cortisone. I've just seen so many problems with use of cortisone. I use it only when I feel it's benefits significantly outweigh the risks. It can be lifesaving in some situations. I had a class under this pretty brilliant prof from UTMB. He was one of the sharpest profs I've ever had the pleasure to learn under. He really stressed the dangers.
Jan, that prof impressed me like Dr. Geddes, our pathophysiology prof at TWU, did. I used to test the depth of her brilliance. I did that by asking some really tough question to see just how good her understanding was of what she was teaching. That's probably why I tried to become as knowledgable as I could, when I taught. I knew I might have some punk student in my class wanting to do the same thing.
Target still has the original Big Roll.
I don't know if that's just until they run out. I stocked up and I may go back and get the rest. I have done that before when I learned a favorite product was going obsolete.
I need to check Walmart shelves too. I should have done that today when I was there.
They better get some kind of "big rolls" in the Gulf to sop up that oil spill. It's worse than they first thought.
The doc only gave me half-a-shot today. He was reluctant. The only reason I pushed for it was two PT's have said they think it might help me get over a hurdle that I'm not otherwise getting over.
The doc signed off on a request from my PT to apply "dry needles" to my shoulder muscles. He never heard of it before. But he said fine with him if I want to. My PT is trained in it...it's an acupuncture therapy that uses a different philosophy than ancient Chinese techniques. Have to run now...post later.
I have an idea Ivy. Have Hubs hold that Blue Bell ice cream just outta reach and you can stretch for it. Got to have some kind of reward to work for.
Coreen, I recorded that Sunset Daze but haven't watched except a few minutes of it. It's that reality show about people over 50, you linked an article on. I was thinking about it and realized that we are pretty much a reality program made up of people over 50 and I bet we are pretty entertaining.
More on the 'financial reform' bill from Elizabeth Warren....must keep your eye on whether they pass a bill including an effectiveconsumer protection agency or just a wolf in sheep's clothing...the list of the usual suspects, that we haveto rely on....not to confident....'reform-minded dems want a powerful independent entity able to defend powerless families from the banks & financial firms...moderates want to say that they voted for a bill that protects consumers, even if it reallydoesn't, andrepublicans profess a desire to protect consumers, acknowledging regulators' past failures....but they also don't want to stem the flow of credit or needlessly harm lenders' ability to make a buck...Elizabeth Warren on the prospectsfor a real financial reform bill
Carol, I watched a little of it, got the gist of it...mixed reaction...thought it was a bitdepressing....is that what we have to look forward to? (not us specifically, but theboomer generation in general)....Surprise, arizona, yikes!....a hot-bed of aging boomers looking for love?!....maybe it will get better, I'll give it a couple of more looks, but I kind of just rolled my eyes....but I didthink the friendship among the women was positive....
Carol, don't want to burst your bubble, but pretty sure we all would be considered, wellpretty boring kid....
I don't know about that Coreen. I often laugh my ass off at you guys. It's especially good when you get to know the cast of characters. We do have a small but consistant followingThanks for linking that Warren article
I have not been able to find "Sunset Daze" We have cable but apparently not that network.
Ivy, hope that shot of steroid gets you over the hump. Carol, I find all of you pretty entertaining but don't know what someone on the outside thinks about that.
I started clearing some papers in my office today. This is the longest I have been in the same office. One good thing about moving is that I tend to clear out stuff. I have been known to be a little bit of a hoarder. At this time, I don't have room for it at home so I have to get rid of it. If I can't put it on a hard drive, it is going in the recycle bin. I have friends at work who are hoarders. my theory about nursing faculty and hoarding is that - the more education- the more one hoards. This does seem to play out in my building. The word out is these folks are pretty well known by the firemen who check out our offices every 6 months.
Well, I guess there's something wrong with me then because I find you all pretty entertaining and with where I work, I do know entertainment.
I'm with you Carol. I'd tune it - I find the crowd here interesting, and even entertaining too. But I'd have to record it and watch it in the morning, which is what I'll have to do tonight. That's what's nice about this place, you can read and enjoy it at your leisure.See y'all tomorrow.
... forgot to include informative. I learn a lot here, and that's what I like most.
One last thing, a couple of our co-stars (I won't say who Solar and Mary) need to visit a little more often.
Chloe, I agree this is a pretty informative place - all the way from politics to fishing-to birding and all the beautiful pics that are posted - particularly of where people live and play. Sometimes it is like a folksy National Geographic.
Anyone catch the Reille Hunter interview with Oprah? I saw a little of it and a friend was telling me about some of the rest of it.
Carol,That was an LMAO. I did encourage Hubs to torture me the other night by yanking my arm out of its socket. It was during the "Lois" movie, so he was inspired. lol
Carol, sorry didn't want to bum you out by suggesting that others might find us boring...but as with any group those not part of it, don't always have the same image of the group as those involved...And no did no catch the Oprah interview...thereis an article in the NYT about it, will go getit....What did you and/or your friend think of it....
Here's the NYT take on it by their tv reviewer,who is for the most part condescending whenshe reviews just about any tv show...One Woman's Take
My experience with my doctor today was another exercise in being your own best advocate. That's another story that I may have to wait to tell until I have some perspective (and serenity) about it. It just was a good thing I was able to anticipate and look out for myself. Otherwise, it may have been a waste of time.Gratitude moment: during my hour-and-a-half wait, I saw two kids - and they WERE kids - with amputated legs. Neither one carried in their body-language the tell-tale signs of misery, but rather faith and fortitude.
This also from NYT tonight about some protesters who are against the Arizona immigration law, gathering at the Cubs/Diamondbacks game in Chicago....for the most part, sports fans don't want to be bothered with this stuff, they are there tosee their team...Diamonbacks protested inChicago
I wasn't impressed with what I saw and my friend was even less impressed. My friend thought she was a dork. And yes Chloe, it is interesting and educational here. Where else can you read about moons, moths, the sex lives of ducks and why you can't trust your Federal government, all in the same place? And to update you all on the latest episode of "As the Feathers Fly", Mr and Ms Mallard are out there on the wharf together tonight, all alone. Don't know what's up but Mr is a very persistant bird. I even think his wing is healing. He has been doing a little flying of late. May have gotten his girl back. Let that be a lesson to any men folk out there reading, you may not be the best looking duck in the pack or the most macho, but just keep trying and you may win the love of your life, at least until she lays her eggs.
Ivy, you got my curiosity peaked.
And Ivy, you always have to be your own advocate these days. Every family needs a doctor, lawyer, accountant, construction and mechanical expert, etc in it.
And we can learn so much from children.
Carol,DNA fingerprinting has revealed the world's MOST promiscuous bird as an unremarkable little sparrow called the Saltmarsh Sparrow..."a stocky little marsh-dwelling species with no territorial defense, no paternal care, and no pair-bonds...a mating free-for-all." ...from Bird Watcher's Digest, May/June '10. I'll try for some actual links tomorrow. Issue is chocked full of good stuff.
I had an hour-and-a-half today to read every single word in the current BWD issue at least once. I would have taken more mags with me if I'd known the wait would be so long.
There was a wonderful article about the birds of Lewis and Clark. I will be very attentive to their names from now on, 'cuz it's the name of what will be Miss College's new college.
Every minute of every day, no matter how much you scrub, there is still dirt on the floor.
I have not read the one woman's take you posted yet Coreen on the R. Hunter interview. I think the woman is a sociopath. She was completely cold and calculating in the interview.
and John Edwards is an idiot!
Carol, I am happy to hear M & M duck are back together. Maybe the good do win sometimes.
I did just now read "one woman's take..." My biggest concern about the interview was that Oprah just gave the woman some credibility by merely sitting across from her and interviewing her. Oprah - Not a good idea!
"The dirty secret of the Senate financial reform bill is that some of its biggest supporters work on Wall Street. Recipients of taxpayer bailout money have no concerns about the bill -- in fact, the CEOs of Citi and Goldman Sachs have publicly endorsed it, and several of the other big banks have expressed support. It keeps the "too big to fail" guarantees in place for another generation of financial services companies.""Regardless of what side you're on, the financial reform bill is special interest heaven -- a bill written by lobbyists, for lobbyists, and will probably be implemented by lobbyists. The Dodd bill has carve-outs right from the get-go. Real estate agents, title companies, the Farm Credit system, even Fannie Mae and Freddie Mae are exempt from its onerous and costly provisions. And for everyone else, it's been a special interest feeding frenzy."http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frank-luntz/why-the-dodd-financial-se_b_556225.htmlHelp me guys. We have to keep our eyes and ears open. It wouldn't be that difficult to confuse me.
I had a ponder this morning. What if the reason those SEC people were sitting around watching and downloading porn was because they knew they were not suppose to be watching anyone and they had to find something to do with their time. I'm sure some were shopping online and doing other things also. We may have missed what was really important here. We focus on porn but I really don't think all those supervisors would have been so useless unless they knew that that was what was expected of them. They were just token regulators and knew it. They were being paid to do nothing, to look the other way. And maybe that is why they don't seen to be all that concerned with being exposed or getting fired because they may know enough to screw a lot of people. What do you think about that? There are lots of clues here folkes. We have to keep from being confused by some of them. I think even the Universe is trying to give us some clues and having to take drastic steps to give them. This oil spill is a big clue also. We are learning that there are at least two things that need to happen. 1. End too big to fail.2. Need campaign finance reform. We also need to keep in mind that neither political party has a corner on the market on sleaze. There are some good guys on both sides. We need to figure out who they are.
And Dylan pointed out that we just can't hate Wallstreet. We do need them. We need to direct our anger toward those that have allowed the environment that let Wallstreet and Banks screw us and then took our money to reward them for it. We all know who that is, our elected officials.
Oh, and TGIF!
Good Morning,Carol, you are off & running this a.m....."They were being paid to do nothing, to look the other way."Let's hope that not all public sector employeesare in the category of the SEC porn stars....but whenever one deals with a publicgovernmental service...you often have to wonderjust what they are being paid to do....not all,but government bureaucracy does seem to allowfor the type of behavior exposed at the SEC....with little to no repurcusions....And while both changing the too big too failmentatlity and campaign finance reform....noblegoals...not likely to happen in the forseeable future....And yes, Rattigan's comment that Wall Street isneeded, is what I said the other day about howironic it is that those who created/caused themeltdown are the very same that we need tocorrect it....Doesn't leave much hope, just need to protect one's self as best you can....As far as the financial reform progress, you probably won't like this...but Jim Cramer "madmoney" last night said that Dodd's offeringis not really so bad for Wall Street, that itwas doable...in the end would not damageWall Street...
If what you guys are saying is true about the SEC, it was worse than being paid to do nothing. They were being paid to guard the chicken house...for the foxes.
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