A Place To Ponder
Hope you have a wonderful day planned today Jan.
My flowers in order are:#1. that mystery wildflower#2. phlox, another yard weed#3. purple iris#4. yellow iris#5. morning glory. They climb all over the fences, along the ground and up the trees.#6. giant Turk's Cap#7. Shrimp plant. Can't eat it.
I woke up early to a sport's channel and saw that Koby Bryant probably tore his Achilles tendon. I Googled to see if they had an update and saw that a month ago he injured that ankle/foot. I wonder if he had some steroid injections to get him back up and playing sooner. If so, this injury was an accident waiting. Those big galoots are pushed past their limits for our entertainment and their disgusting salaries and then, in a moment, it's all over. Well, at least he goes down rich. Unlike myself who pushed myself past my limit to keep doing my job and then fall apart, not rich.
I fell asleep watching the Atlanta game. Couldn't find anything else on. I thought for sure they would lose. I was able to stay awake until the tied it up in the 8th inning. They had one inning left. I did hear, in my sleep, that they won. I wish I could have stayed awake but since I always wake up sooo early in the morning, after 9p, I'm fighting the fatigue. The Braves came back to win it 6-4. They are now 9-1. Hope that holds out. I do realize that the worm can turn in a minute.
I was really surprised that Tiger came up so fast when he didn't start in the top after the first day. He impressed me. I wonder if his confidence can overcome his bad luck in the second round. It was definitely bad luck in MHO.
Hey Jan...Happy, Happy Birthday!Hope you have a glorious day.
Yeah Carol... not only will Kobe retire rich... he got away with raping that woman. And OJ got away with murdering Nicole.It ain't fair.... but then, life is rarely fair.My RSox got rained out last night... I bet so didn't Coreen's Yanks. Really nasty weather up here... we got about an inch of slush. Good thing is... it will all melt today.
Happy birthday Jan...enjoy your day...The wildflowers are a great opening for the day...nice going Carol...
Awwww Carol. Thank you for this beautiful post. You are the first to wish me HB. I love you. I love the flowers. The only way it could be better if you posted a picture of yourself and Maggie. I will cherish this post. Thank you Renee for the birthday wishes. I woke about 5 am this morning and fixed myself a cup of tea. Took back down to the extra bedroom so as not to disturb John or Ryley and enjoyed the early morning to myself. It is a beautiful morning here in ABQ. The birds are already singing.
Hi Coreen, Your comment must have come up while I was writing mine. Thank you Coreen for your very kind birthday wishes. I hope all 3 of you have some great weather today.
Hard to believe that I am 72 today. We are having family over tomorrow evening to celebrate. John is taking care of the meal. He bought 2 separate candles to put on the cake - a 7 and a 2 and he plans to put them in reverse order on the cake = 27. Ha ha. Love that man.
I keep going back and looking at all the flowers Carol. So beautiful.
Yeah! that is the thing about being rich. Rich folks can buy off those bad behaviors and crimes. I do believe that Karma will come back and bite them in the ass. I don't think OJ has had a good life since he murdered Nicole and her friend. Sorry but cannot remember his name. The memory is slipping.
Renee, know the sox got rained out, but the Yankees did play in the cold & damp & won...got the chance to see them turn a triple play in the 8th...that went 4-6-5-6-5-3-4...the first time the Yankees did that since 1968...but the lead sports news here was as usual that mlb claims that theybelieve a player (that would be Alex Rodriguez) may have had a person try to buy documents from the closed Florida clinic that allegedly was providing PEDs to him & other BB players...a report broken by a NYT reporter...
Your welcome Jan. Hope you have a wonderful day.
that would be a triple play at home...they did on the road in 2010...and Carol there is a brewing controversy overnight at the Masters with a claim that Tiger took an illegal drop at 15 when his ball went into the water..usga is reviewing the claim, he could be disqualified...now that would prove interesting...(but I don't believe that will happen)...
Read that story about Alex on Huff Post this morning. If he goes down will the Yanks save a lot of money? Also read a story this morning that Tiger may have made a boo boo when he took a drop after his ball hit that flagpole and went into the water. It will be interesting to see how that turns out. People predict that they won't go after Tiger because of how much of a draw he is to golf. The rule does sound confusing.
Day is starting pretty well here...after the cold rainy day, sun is out somewhat, but it is not as cold...Yesterday I noticed that the treesare definitely starting to bud...not as much home as just a couple of miles south on the way to my office...Going to try to plant some pansies...Oh & Carol, the latest is Tiger gets a 2 shot penalty but no DQ...reporting on cbs & the fan...so he is still well within range along with a dozen or so others...I'm still hoping that freddie couples hangs in though...
Well, Tiger just got a 2 stroke penalty for his infraction of the rule. Leaves him at a -1 instead of a -3. That penalty is actually not appropriate since that penalty is called a HD TV penalty, ie when HD sees something that wouldn't ordinarily be seen by the player. He was supposed to have two options when his ball went into the water, to either take a drop as close to the original shot or close to where the ball entered the water. He took a drop two feet behind where he originally shot the ball. That wasn't an option. The actual penalty for this infraction would be to be disqualified from the tournament. Don't think this will help his game today. Certainly Tiger was not aware of that rule or he would not have talked about what he did. Just like with other laws, no excuse to be ignorant of the law. I'm sure this is of no real interest to y'all but they will be talking about this forever.
Coreen, I was writing my comment when you were writing yours. We'll see if Tiger decides to eliminate himself before his tee time. I guess his karma wasn't over. If he does end up winning this tournament, it will be a cloud over the win. Can't see how it will improve his game today.
Why would he DQ himself Carol?...you have a totally different view of sports than I do...usga penalized him, you may not agree with the ruling, but that's it...
Carol, remember I don't dislike Tiger...I know you have commented negatively about him, for whatever your reasons, but as far as I'm concerned, if he plays his game & wins, fine with me..but I do like freddie first!...
Coreen.... it's great you got to see a triple play... it happens so rarely. The RSox did one a couple yrs ago at Fenway against Tampa Bay. It a thrilling thing to see.... and the fans go nuts.You know what "they" say.... if it bleeds, it leads. The tabloid type stuff always gets the headlines. I try not to pay much attention to it.
Coreen, I want to see Tiger in the tournament also but the committee didn't follow the rules. I don't think it would be fair to boot him out. I don't think he was trying to do anything wrong. Evidently, people who do know the rules were lighting up the phones yesterday. The experts on the Golf Channel have been talking about it all morning. Most are adamant that it would disqualify Tiger. I'm not making a judgement call here. I don't know poop about the golf rules to make a judgement. You can look at the rules yourself. After seeing them, it's pretty clear. Yesterday, the rules committee were pretty poopy on that 14 year old kid. They penalized him a point for playing slow when everyone was playing pretty slow because of the wind.
I do realize that we have a different attitude about sports. I remember that from some of our old discussions about the use of steroids in sports. I don't think an athlete should get an advantage by using drugs.
Tiger doesn't tee off until this afternoon. He may even decide to disqualify himself. We'll see.
So all the armchair monday morning quarterbacks are mouthing off...no surprise there...fyi the rules committee penalized him based 'on the rules'...whoever you are listening to & believing are just offering an opinion, their judgment based on their own version of the facts, you can decide you agree with them over the rules committee, but that doesn't make their judgment correct...end of story...
I was listening to the pros on the Golf Channel and the Master's site on the Internet, not your New York boys Coreen. I've been on it for 3 days now. And I've read a number of stories on the Net.They came up with a new little, save our asses, rule 33.7 which gave them the option of forgiving him the infraction Coreen but fining him 2 strokes instead. You aren't the rules police girl. Like I said earlier, I'd forgive him also but then, I'm not a golf pro just someone watching it on TV. I did play golf but didn't know many rules when I did. "The entire purpose of the rule amendment was to keep the new-age technology that can quickly allow folks at the course or folks watching not to flip the script by calling in to the PGA and busting players for something they unwillingly did." Under the new rule, "a penalty of disqualification may in exceptional individual cases be waived, modified or imposed if the Committee considers such action warranted."In other words, if the committee wants to do something...they can.
Actually, we're armchair quarterbacks, the people I was listening to weren't!
And once again, it's all about the money and Tiger brings in the MONEY.
One final time Carol...The rules committee made a ruling, based on the rules...& the rule they applied is not a 'new' rule, it has been in existence for a couple of years...you don't have to like it or agree with it, but that doesn't make your opinion correct...or those of the 'experts' you are listening to...what? you think you are the only who gets the golf channel, espn, yada, yada...& yes I'd stand with the NY sports guys any day...but then again I understand that they only offer 'opinions'...'rules police girl'...you are the one posting 'rules'...but yet not accepting that THE RULES COMMITTEEmade a decision BASED ON THE RULES!!!!....enough already....
Actually this little controversy will probably draw in a few more viewers, those pro and agin Tiger. I heard the rules guy's new conference and he did a lot of hemming and hawing. He was definitely on the hot seat. Tiger did decide to play today, not real surprised there. We'll see if it hurts or inspires his game. If he does win, it will be a win that is clouded by controversy. He's not a stranger to that.
I haven't found anyone who I want to pull for. I pull for each of them to make their best shot, even Tiger. I was upset when he hit that flagpole and thought it was a crappy break. I do enjoy seeing each of them get out of tough situations.
And just so it's clear..or muddy..the Swamp has no rules. A swamp is naturally muddy so even if there were rules, you couldn't read them through the stained water. I'll be tuned in to see what my guys at Yahoo sports think about all this Monday. It just makes it more interesting for me.
I have been so lazy today. Every time I sit down to watch a little TV, I fall asleep.
It's your birthday Jan, you have the right to be lazy today. I've had to strain, sprain and herniate things to justify mine. I'd recommend that you don't try that.
I've been watching another Big Bang fest. There are a few episodes that I haven't already seen a couple of times.
We have been watching some of the Big Bang episodes too.
Carol, I was once again looking at the beautiful pictures you posted here. How interesting that every time you look at a picture you see something different. This time I noticed the beautiful greens that frame the flowers. The leaves and vines of each picture is a different color green. It is amazing how the color green is beautiful with any color flower.
Leaves and vines are...My grammar is slipping.
Jan, hope you have a wonderful dinner tonight. And you can tell us how you feel to be 27. I watched golf, glad it's over. Congrats to the Aussies. I also made some gumbo. It's a little warm for gumbo so I turned down the AC. First time in quite a while where I felt OK to stand up and cook for a while.
Carol, posted a video of 2 Great grandkids on FB. I had a great time this afternoon. am exhausted but was so much fun.
Gumbo sounds so good. Cannot remember how long it has been since I had gumbo. I never did learn how to make gumbo.
Because of that golf game, 60 Minutes was delayed. Since I was in the mood to do nothing but watch television, I put on that show The Voice that you talk about, Carol. I liked it. Thought it was way better than Idol... and I liked that the judges stayed positive with any criticisms.The last guy they heard was a bluesy soul singer.... he was really good. I might watch it here and there to see how he does. Although that will be hard... with both the Celtics and the Bruins being in the playoffs that start shortly. But overall... I have to say I was impressed with The Voice. Wouldn't have watched it if it weren't for you guys talking about it... thanks.
Renee, not only do they have great talent, they aren't into looks, and they are nice to the talent even when they give their critiques. My fav part of the show is watching the judges interact with each other. They are all so cute with their interactions. I like the new judges this season more than I did the old judges they replaced. I wasn't sure I would. And, if it weren't for you guys, I wouldn't be watching so many sports. I think that now, half my TV viewing is watching sports. I spent most of my weekend watching that golf tournament. I found out that the winner's caddy was Tiger's old caddy. Tiger canned him after his sex scandal. They had a falling out. I bet his old caddy was extra happy with the win. Also heard that Scott said that he had to depend on Steve, the caddy's, advice for his very last putt. It was getting dark and he had some trouble judging the hole.
I've been having a squirrel war. The squirrels get their own bowl of seeds but they want to climb up on the feeder and eat the birds seeds also. Last week I created what I thought was a clever squirrel block. It worked for a little while and they figured out how to get over it. I then got my super water gun to shot at them but that gun had a bad leak and didn't hold water for long. They continued to laugh at me. I just got back from Walmart with a new and better water gun and now I haven't seen a squirrel to shoot at.
I'm horrified by what happened in Boston today. I was watching the marathon live as it happened. I love watching the marathon. The Red Sox play an early game starting at 11 am... I watch that and always turn back to the marathon at noontime, as the elite runners come in. After the BB game is over is when it's the most interesting to watch. At that time it's the slower runners.... people running for charities or in honor of others. That's when the bombs went off... as the more fascinating (at least to me) runners were coming in.I'm pissed and saddened...
So sad about the bombings at the Boston Marathon.
I've been watching that tragedy since it happened this afternoon. We had a group of our own homey's running in the race. They have all been accounted for. The entire country has people participating in that race. It's not just a Boston Marathon, it's a US marathon. Watch the Voice and take a break. I'm going to now. Then I'll check back with it later. I have a bad habit of drowning myself in these tragedies. That will make you sick. That Newtown tragedy is what might have started my medical meltdown. I'm just starting to get a little better.
Renee, since your sports were cancelled, check out the battle rounds on the Voice. They're more interesting than the blind auditions.
I can just hear the NRA pro assault weapon people saying..see, if guns are not available, people can build bombs. Well, so far only 3 dead compared to 26 in a smaller area. And there were no good guys with guns who were able to stop it. I do feel that in this day of surveillance cameras everywhere and with all the people with camera phones, someone has some importance evidence that will bring this terrorist to justice.
Some countries deal with this kind of horror every day but when it hits home...it really hits home!
Carol...I couldn't watch The Voice last night. All the major stations come from Boston... they were all covering what happened all night. Probably all day today too.We finally did take a break and put on the food network and watched Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.
And actually, the Boston Marathon has become a World Marathon. The winners are now always Kenyans and/or Ethiopians. There are runners from many many countries.That's why it will be difficult to know if it was a domestic event or not until someone or group claims responsibility. Haven't turned my tv on this morning... so I don't know the latest findings.
This tragedy is unsettling...sadness for those personally affected, and anger and disgust at those who caused it...Unfortunately it also provides another example of the deep divide that exists today in people's views...Yesterday listening to the news, within an hour's time the left leaners suggesting 'right wing wackos' such as McVeigh could likely be the cause, while those on the right sounded the alarm that foreign al queda like terrorists surely were involved...Disappointing that neither side canwait to see what the facts reveal, and waste no time in reinforcing & voicing their own set of bias...
Thankfully here the tv coverage of the repetitious speculation did not continue once prime time started (at least on the networks & most cable channels, other than of course cnn, fox, msnbc)...
It is interesting how the Boston bombings are coming in April- not long before April 19. These are dates of the Waco issue and then the OKC bombing of the federal bldg. Cannot help but wonder if there are still crazies out there who are still angry about Waco.
Jan... the Boston Marathon is longest continuous marathon in the world. Yesterday's was it's 117th running. It is always held the third Monday of April... which is also Patriots Day in Massachusetts... a holiday celebrating the start of our revolutionary war in Lexington and Concord Massachusetts.IF it is a domestic event... my guess would be that it had to do with the symbolism I mentioned above... and not Waco. But who knows. It's now an international event with all the best runners from all over the world attending. It could have been anyone from Albania to Alabama. Lots of misinformation usually floats around this type of event in the early aftermath.
Coreen, it's likely to be some homegrown crazy with some ridiculous motive that no sane person will understand. I saw a tweet from the Westboro Baptist Church: "@ WBCSays : BREAKING: Westboro Baptist Church to picket funerals of those dead by Boston Bombs! GOD SENT THE BOMBS IN FURY OVER FAG MARRIAGE! #PraiseGod"Can you believe that??
Carol...such hate... it says that Islam isn't the only religion where it's believers exhibit hate. Those people actually call themselves "Christians". They're a sorry lot.
Renee, it's those kind of people who turn people away from religion cuz no one wants to be a member of any club that they belong to.
Hasn't that crew from that so-called church been exposed many times for the haters they are...do they still attract attention...or mostly ignored....and twitter world provides an instant forum for spewers of all sorts of venom...where would you even come across those cretins rants...
This one's for you Renee...showed up on my FB page...New Yorker
Thanks, Coreen....I know that Boston fans were rooting for New York teams after 9/11... the turn around is much appreciated.
And Renee, just announced before the game started (but already read it)...in tribute to Boston, 'Sweet Caroline' will be played in the 8th inning, in the Stadium...
Coreen, that tweet was right in the middle of all the other news stories and tweets about this Boston tragedy, I certainly wouldn't seek them out. I'm kinda waiting for lightening to strike them.
I'd have that entire church group on the terrorist watch list.
I had to Google to find the significance of Sweet Caroline being played at Fenway Park. I'll have to admit I was a little disappointed with the answer. And I found that Boston and Fenway is not the only sporting event that shares the love for playing that song at their games. It actually started being played at other sporting events and someone named Amy Tobey thought it was cool so she started playing it at Fenway. Now that's what Wiki had to say. I still love that I can ask the Internet just about anything and get the answer.
Communities pulling together and showing their love is one small good thing that comes out of these kind of horrible tragedies. Wouldn't it be nice if we didn't need this kind of excuse for us all to show our love for one another. When I was pondering this morning, I remembered hearing a couple of those C2C programs I listened to when I first got my subscription a year or so before 2012. A couple of groups famous for prophecy were predicting that the world wouldn't end in 2012 but we all would have challenges that would force us to join together as a community to help one another. Maybe if we did that more often and weren't so polarized, we wouldn't need tragedies to force us to to come together to help one another?? How many lessons do we need?Can't remember when we were so polarized or when we seemed to have so many crises to bring us together. They seem to be rolling in at a frightening rate these days.And the Westboro Baptist Church is significant in the big picture. Not sure what the significance is though. We have this group of extreme haters who carry the title of "church" and "Baptist" certainly not titles we would normally associate with HATE and intolerance! Do those people realize that they are playing the devil's advocate?? The hierarchy of the Baptist church should sue that group for shaming their name.
Another thing I was thinking this morning is because those bombs had tiny nails with no heads on them, there will probably be some people who could have been hit and had a tiny nail embedded in them and not yet know it. It would have happened at the same time when they were distracted by the loud boom. They may not have even felt the pain. The puncture wound would be so tiny that it wouldn't even make the individual hit realize that they were hit. I had several experiences where a patient had a foreign body embedded but the incident when it was embedded distracted them so that they didn't realize that they were injured until the area where it was embedded started to fester. We may see more and more people realize that they were injured as time goes on. I know that anyone in the area had their eardrums ruptured. That kind of concussion will easily rupture eardrums. That will usually resolve in 3-4 weeks without any intervention. Some may even have brain concussions. That may be why we are seeing the number of people injured go up every day. They were too in shock to know that they were hurt.
And our political leaders, who we often ignorantly elect because many of us are too busy to do our homework and stick with the same old, same old, set the bar for our polarization. Even when it's in the best interest of their constituents and themselves, they refuse to compromise. They think any compromise will indicate weakness or give the other side an edge. Obama has often tried, even when it angers his team, to compromise and they kick him in the face for it.
I personally don't hold out much hope for our society. We have allowed this new tragedy to move us past the last one in Newtown, that was actually more distressing. The last hope for any meaningful legislation to help prevent another one of those, expanded background checks, is quickly losing steam. Maybe they will propose background checks for the purchase of pressure cookers. They don't have a lobby and how many people even use them anymore?
Carol...I bet you're correct about those injuries showing up later... heck, you're a nurse... so of course you've seen this kind of stuff and know what you're talking about.I know... the days when Tip O'Neil and Ronald Reagan would get together for drinks feels like ancient history.It also feels as if Tip's quip of "all politics is local" is dead and buried. It takes so much money to run campaigns now that politicians must pay attention to their true constituents.... them with the dough.Or as Coreen likes to remind us... it's ALL about the money!
I wouldn't be worrying about another pressure cooker bomb as much as another crazy person with an assault weapon and high capacity magazines showing up at an event with lots of people concentrated in one area.
Probably one of the most memorable foreign body incidents that I had was this guy who was walking around in some kind of sandals. I think he had diabetes with some neuropathy with loss of sensation in his feet. He somehow got a toothpick driven into his big toe. He didn't find that until a good bit later and ended up with progressive amputations. Another was fairly recent. This guy in the joint had a piece of glass, from a windshield embedded in his arm. It was over a year, after when he was in a wreck, when it started to work it's way out. When I saw him, it was close to the surface and I was able to easily remove it.
People who have diabetes are discouraged from wearing any open shoes or any shoes in crappy shape. I had another guy who wore his favorite rotten, torn up tennis shoes to mow grass. He ended up with some blisters that started a process of progressive amputations. The wound, before it's even identified, will get infected. The infection will complicate blood sugar control and then it becomes a vicious cycle. Have had more than I can count, people who put on shoes with something inside the shoe that they didn't feel. Walk around with that all day and you got a real mess.
Glad you guys remember what I try to remind you every so often...it is ALWAYS about the money, just human nature...I use always to signify at all times, rather than all which for me speaks to quantity, but in the end pretty much the same...People don't like to admit that money is a driving force in just about every decision made, even if one thinks they are acting for purely noble reasons, in the end, money is the driving force to accomplish anything...& hey, that is not necessarily a bad thing...
Ronnie & Tip...boy are those oldmemories...don't see much chanceof any leaders emerging today to bridge that grand canyon of differences that exist...no idea when the failure to communicate & to compromise started, but as long as it continues, I see no solutions tothe problems...and that goes for both sides of the political spectrum, one of the reasons that I have nothing butdisgust for all of them...
Amen Coreen. Now I have to concentrate on my squirrel war. I noticed that my heavy duty plastic container had sunflower seed shells all around it. I couldn't see how they got into it because all my stuff was still sitting on the top of it. They couldn't any longer chew into the top. Today, I found that they had chewed a squirrel sized hole in the side. I don't know how their teeth even got a start in the side. They must have some tools hidden somewhere.My high powered water gun worked for a while until they realized that the bird feeder had a roof and what was a little water going to do anyway. They are used to more rain than I was producing. They were climbing over the clever pole climbing block I designed. This morning I blocked the sides of my container, what's left of them. I also added an addition to my pole climbing block. I positioned my feeder where I had a better water shot at them. This weekend I bought them a bag of their favorite seeds and filled a bowl next to the tree for them. They were so full that they were burying the extra seed around the yard. I'll have sunflowers popping up all over..if I wait any time before mowing. It's worse than the Hatfields and McCoys. If anyone needs me, I'll be manning my high capacity, high powered assault water gun..unless they decide to outlaw it. I don't think there's a water gun lobby to protect my interest.
Found this and find it is so true.We are all addicts of fossil fuels in a state of denial. And like so many addicts about to face cold turkey, our leaders are now committing violent crimes to get what little is left of what we're hooked on.Kurt Vonnegut (1922 -)Source: A Man without a CountryContributed by: Kalil
Carol...I just chased a squirrel out of my feeders. I have a pole with bolts going through it to hold the feeders... it's a homemade contraption that my father built for me about 20 yrs ago. He put a sheet metal baffle around the pole. It sits in my front yard and there are no trees around it. In the past, I've only had squirrels in the feeders in winter.... when the snow gets too high, they can launch themselves above the baffle. This is the first time it's happened once the snow melts. We think it's one genius of a squirrel that's figured a way around the baffle. I'd shoot the little bastard, but we don't own a gun.
That's why I simply throw bird seedin a large area in the grass, in 2 different locations...& any & everybody gets to eat...there's plenty scatter around so they really don't have to fight for some...and I switched to the old fashiioned metal trash cans to hold the seed bags in the garage...
New Post....Squirrel Wars.
Coreen...I throw lots of bird food on the ground all around the feeders too. And I buy high quality feed with lots of hulled sunflower seeds, nuts & dried fruit. I stay away from the cheap stuff in the grocery stores filled with millet. I believe that's why I have such a huge variety of birds. That ground feed is also what attracts all the turkeys. They leave during the winter... but should be returning any day now.I just went outside and lowered the baffle... that may help. If not... it might be time to get a 22... or at least a bb gun.
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