Tuesday, January 17, 2017

It may be UGLY but it works... so far.

What the heck is this thing? If you look closely you will see that it's a bird feeder hanging off the limb of a tree near my back deck.

Like most of you I have a BIG problem with squirrels attacking my feeders. I thought I had it licked when I poked a hole in the top of a large circular plastic tray and positioned it on top of my feeder. It stuck out about 10 inches all around and I was sure that the pesky squirrels would never figure a way to get to the seeds.. WRONG !

It seemed to work beautifully until a few days ago when I drove into my yard and saw a big fat squirrel literally upside down, clutching the sides of the feeder and eating to his heart's content. I'm not proud of the obscenities that I screamed at him but it didn't seem to faze him a bit. He leisurely hopped down and I could almost hear him laughing as he scooted away.

So now I've put my inventors hat on and hope this will work. I took a big garbage bag and adhered it to the tray that tops the feeder. It looks gruesome … the black plastic twirling and swaying in the breeze but the birds seem to love it and the price was right too. So far so good ….

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Lawrence Welk and “his girls”

Some of you “oldsters” will surely remember “The Lawrence Welk Show”. It was a musically based variety show that aired on ABC TV in the '70's and early '80's. It was squeeky clean compared to the TV of today and was emceed by Mr. Welk. He's seen here with Norma Zimmer … just one of an array of female singers that he featured on the show. My Public TV channel has re-runs of these shows every Saturday night and, since I only have “basic TV” the alternative to watching that is an array of sports events that hold no interest for me.
So, here I am on a Saturday night watching “The Lawrence Welk Show” and, to my surprise, actually reminiscing and enjoying it.


However, as much as I like the music I can't help but giggle at the variety of crazy hair styles that the girls wear. Actually, Norma Zimmer's ( in the first picture) is quite tame in contrast to the ones shown by the Lennon sisters. I swear to myself that I wouldn't be caught dead looking like that and then I shake my head and decide to just close my eyes and concentrate on the music only.

I guess I drifted off because the next thing I knew I jolted awake and the first thing that came to mind was when my husband and I attended the wedding of our friend Sheila …

It was in the 70's !

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Beautiful Rwanda … 22 years after the Genocide

This is a picture of Kigali, a thriving part of the “new” Rwanda. A friend of mine was given the gift of a trip to Rwanda and when she shared her journey with us she was bursting with excitement and praise for this small country that has made such an amazing come back.

I don't think she would mind if I share her words with you:  “
Today Rwanda is bursting with energy, the people filled with pride about how they have all come together to build a new and exciting country… the spirit is absolutely contagious. Everyone smiles ...a lot...and there is great pride in the direction the country is moving.”
One of the facts that she shared really caught my attention. Today Rwanda is number one in the world in the percentage of women in the Legislature ... 64%. How I wish we could say the same for our country. As of this writing the U.S. is at number 25 !

Many of you know that I have long been active in Kiva ... the worldwide organization that gives mini loans to people in need to help them start their own businesses. In August of 2009 I chose a man named Theodomil in Rwanda.  
I was just one of the many who put up $25 and his goal of $900 was soon met. He actually paid the loan back before it was due and, when I last checked, his business was thriving.

Theodomil is just one of the millions of men and women in Rwanda who have put the past behind them and are working passionately to make their country an example of dignity and success. Can we say the same?

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Setting the stage ...

I was shocked this morning when I heard what the House Judiciary Committee had done behind closed doors. Despite the weak twitter that President-elect Trump put out condemning it the fact remains that it was done.   I was so angry that I sat down and composed the following letter and am in the process of sending it re: fax, email or any other means to all 100 members of the Senate.   If I have the energy I will do the same for the House.  If any of you feel the same please lets flood our elected officials with out thoughts ... it may be our only hope.

Dear Senator _____________:

I am an 83 year old white female and citizen of our great United States. I have been a voter and political junkie for many of those years and I am writing to you, regardless of which party you belong to, to beg you to search out the inner core of your conscience when you proceed for the next 4 years.  

There is no question that our new President-elect will bring his own set of values into the administration but we, the citizens, deserve to have our needs considered and acted upon too. After all, we are the ones who have voted you into the offices that you hold today.  

It gave me a chill this morning when I heard that the Office of Congressional Ethics had been killed by the Republican-led House Judiciary Committee in a secret session. This office was set up specifically to be a watchdog of the administration and, although it goes without saying that I am pleased that this vote has been reversed it doesn't erase the fact that it happened at all. 

A statesman is one who follows his own moral compass and I pray that you will be strong enough to stand against the tide when you know something is not right. Always keep in mind that 4 years pass quickly and the eyes of the country are watching your every move.   With hope for our future …

Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 … an unPRESIDENTed year ! 2017 … ????

Our President-elect has become famous for many things but perhaps topping it all is his tendency to tweet ! As ridiculous as this may seem it is no laughing matter. His recent tweet accusing China of an “unpresidented act” when they seized an unmanned American submarine is a perfect example. His misspelling of the word unprecedented highlights his ignorance but the fact that he tweeted about it at all is incredibly frightening.

We all know that “the pen is mightier than the sword” and that wars and grave decisions have begun when words are used unwisely. We also know that the minute Trump has a thought that he feels is worthy of sharing with the rest of the world he tweets about it (and often denies he wrote it, even when we have the evidence in black and white.) This gives an entirely new definition to the phrase “open door policy” and could easily be our undoing.

What happens to our system of checks and balances when our President arbitrarily bypasses it all ? Our government, set up by the U.S. Constitution, is divided into three branches: legislative, executive, and judicial. They are independent but are devised to “ensure the misuse of power.” It is this MISUSE OF POWER that I see happening and I just pray that our elected Senators and Representatives of both parties are strong enough to keep it in check.

Hang on tight America … 2017 may be our biggest challenge ever !

Monday, December 26, 2016

Potent drugs for women …

                                 … to help us get through the next four years !

DAMNITOL  ... Take 2 and the rest of the world can go to hell for up to 8 full hours.

FLIPITOR ... Increases life expectancy of commuters by controlling road rage and the urge to flip off other drivers.

MENICILLIN ... Potent anti-boy-otic for older women. Increases resistance to such lethal lines as, 'You make me want to be a better person. '

BUYAGRA ... Injectable stimulant taken prior to shopping. Increases potency, duration, and credit limit of spending spree.

ANTI-TALKSIDENT ... A spray carried in a purse or wallet to be used on anyone too eager to share their life stories with total strangers in elevators..

PEPTOBIMBO ... Liquid silicone drink for single women. Two full cups swallowed before an evening out increases libido, decreases intelligence, and prevents conception.

DUMBEROL ... When taken with Peptobimbo, can cause dangerously low IQ, resulting in enjoyment of country music and pickup trucks

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

My mother, the Santa Collector ...

This is just one of many hundreds of Santas that my mother collected over the years. She had traveled quite a bit so she had a veritable United Nations of Santas. Then, of course, we (her five daughters) couldn’t resist adding to her collection … which we did for many years. Each of those were carefully labeled by mother with the date and the name of which girl gave it to her so that “he would go back to his rightful owner once I’m gone”.

Mother lived to be 94 and when she died in 1988 we honored her wish. We dispersed her collection by claiming those with our names attached and then divided the rest of the collection by choice.

This was the beginning of my own collection which includes this hand-blown glass Santa that I picture here. It comes from Germany and is probably my most valuable one. He measures barely 3 inches from base to stopper and is filled with red water. It’s really a very sweet piece but the picture does not do it justice. I have only seen one other that resembles it and that was about ten years ago in an antique shop. I was shocked at the hefty price tag. Of course that was interesting but there’s actually no way to judge the value of a collection like this … the memories alone are priceless. 

So, as I end this entry I call on my all-time favorite Santa to help me wish each and everyone of you a safe and joyous Holiday Season… or, as he would say it …

HO, HO, HO !