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Gender: Female
Hometown: Oswego County, New York
Home country: USA
Current location: Lake Ontario Snow Belt
Member since: Fri Apr 23, 2004, 11:56 PM
Number of posts: 33,289

About Me

I've been a female working a "man's job" (mechanical engineer), stay at home Mom (6 kids), working Mom (6 kids to put through college), unemployed, underemployed, temporarily employed and now working from home! We live on an old, small farm with 2 dogs and 2 cats in the house, variable number of chickens out in the yard.

Journal Archives

The Silent Spring is here:

I live on an old farm, now mostly reverted to woods. I walk my dogs along a half mile power line right of way. I planted it with Red and Dutch clovers, now in full bloom. The path is bordered on both sides with scads of multiflora rose, also in full bloom, baby's breath, Indian paintbrush, yarrow, native viburnum and flowers I can't name.

This morning i saw 3 bees - all three what i call "sweat bees" - the tiny wild kind.

Not one honeybee

Not one bumble bee

I saw 1 butterfly.

I saw no dragon flies.

I saw only 1 horse fly.

Normally in Spring we deal with a few weeks of black flies - known locally as punkies - but not this year.

I'd say we're all in real trouble.

I am uncertain whether we should worry about what Mr. Snowden has revealed;

at best I think we need better management of the employees involved. That is, I'm not concerned about what the government is doing, but rather about technicians abusing their access to look at private info. That said, why the hell are we talking about Snowden's personal life? The focus should be on the NSA program and how it is carried out, not on Snowden!

Does anyone know the context of the Franklin quote that is currently going around:

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

What were the circumstances behind this quote? What liberty was being given up, what safety was involved?

An observation about guns: it seems to me that the decision to own a gun for self defense is in

direct correlation with a combination of the perceived effectiveness of local law enforcement and rising mistrust of other people. Instead of focusing on guns exclusively, maybe it's time to discuss how to get at the roots of the problem. What will it take to make people stop fearing "the other" in their own community? What will it take to get people to buy in to self government instead of seeing government as an outside force?

Well, we finally have learned a lesson from the Vietnam War -

no more dominoes.

I heard the situation in Syria described as being the middle row house on fire, and we have to go in or all the other row houses will catch fire.

Please, please, please! Whatever you think of the situation, can we please stop referencing

the character from Joseph Heller's Catch -22 every time Edward Snowden is mentioned!

I and three of my daughters have serious problems with autoimmune disease:

Lupus, Fibromylagia, Sjogren's Syndrome and Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. There are pallative treatments for these, but nothing that really gets to the root of the problem, and nothing that really addresses the more serious symptoms without side effects. So you can imagine how thrilled I was to hear of this:

Biomechanics experts at Southern Methodist University have teamed with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to carry out a scientific study of the unsavory practice of player flopping in basketball and other sports.

Flopping is a player’s deliberate act of falling, or recoiling unnecessarily from a nearby opponent, to deceive game officials. Athletes engage in dramatic flopping to create the illusion of illegal contact, hoping to bait officials into calling undeserved fouls on opponents.

The phenomenon is considered a widespread problem in professional basketball and soccer. To discourage the practice, the National Basketball Association in 2012 began a system of escalating fines against NBA players suspected of flopping, including during the playoffs, “NBA announces anti-flopping rules for playoffs.”

The Cuban-owned company Radical Hoops Ltd. awarded a grant of more than $100,000 to fund the 18-month research study at SMU, Dallas.


Weird summer weather - so far

I've been very happy with the way all the shade trees keep my house about 10 degrees cooler than the outside all summer - except this summer, the outdoor temps have been running bt 65 and 70 degrees! I'm wearing sweaters indoors and not outdoors.

I think any politician urging us to go into Syria should put some skin into the game -

Bill, until Chelsea joins the Armed Forces, no more trash talk!

So I ordered some soft, soft yarn to make a baby bankie for the expected grandchild,

and it came, and it was so soft, and I was all set to start with it when I spotted the label :handwash, dry flat.

Why would anyone label a yarn for babies that is hand wash, dry flat?

If i really hated my daughter and/or were passive aggressive, I'd make a baby bankie that required special care!

Next time, I'll be reading the label more carefully!

It's 100% acrylic, so i suspect that the way it is spun to make it extra soft is what requires the special care.
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