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Gender: Female
Home country: US
Current location: retired to MidWest
Member since: Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:15 PM
Number of posts: 6,043

About Me

Still an ardent Irish-American Catholic damnYankee Yellow Dog Democrat socialist after all these years. (cue Simon music) Army brat and wife for many years, now have been on the loose far longer than I was married. After my two red chows died, I took in a mini-beagle cross that I named Molly Maguire, thinking she might need a good Irish name like my original real one. Later she got a baby sister, a smooth-coat JRT I named Brigid after the greatest of the ancient Celtic goddesses. My great-grandfather and his son fought for Michael Collins and barely made it out of Ireland one step ahead of John Bull. They slipped over to Wales for new identities and then forward to the States for a fresh start. That makes me second generation of illegal but certainly justified immigrants. There are precious few people to whose defense I fly immediately, but the list includes Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama even when I disagree with him - it happens! - and living Irish patriots Gerry Adams and Martin \\\'Mind Your Kneecaps\\\' McGuiness. I pray earnestly for a united and free Ireland rescued from all official British occupation, with every square inch of alleged \\\'ancestral lands\\\' now held immorally and illegally by the invaders returned to the rightful owners. Irish-only rule for Ireland. No foreign masters anymore! I find it passing strange when Brits chide ME about \'interfering\' in Irish politics!

Journal Archives

If you remember, Dragonly Speaking was an early voice software program. I liked it but there was

never any reason - before - to sit down and really learn it. Somebody gave me their copy years ago, so it might not work with today's machines either. But I need to do something.

For some reason most of my symptoms have abated, meaning it probably hasn't gone far enough for surgery - yet. Another person also suggested that I get a glove to wear at night to keep my fingers from curling under as I sleep. Said it helped her.

That's great!

Sorry to say it's probably too late for Bernie Sanders to be president too; not only his age, but also the fact that he's from such a small state with relatively few electoral college votes. Bless his heart, though; wasn't he the one who suggested a Clinton/Warren ticket just this last week? It was one of our majors, anyway. I'd love to see such a ticket, and '16 might be the very year for two women. Of course I want one of the Castro brothers to run someday too, especially Joaquin, because he'd pull in Texas.

Yes, I do have certain neighbors who'd benefit by seeing me with a scythe!

I'd love to switch to meadow mode but need to think it over awhile first because I have dogs, and they're harder on flowers than grass.

And I'm afraid there are no men around here who'd mow w/o $, and if they did they'd expect more than a meal. Because it's such a rabid teabagger area - boy, I can sure pick a retirement spot, can't I? - I'm lucky I can even hire one to mow. When an ancient oak rotted at the base and threatened to fall over on the house, one of the area's main tree trimmers refused the work expressly because of my politics - which I don't discuss at all hardly ever unless I'm cornered, btw. That was an expensive job, too, as you can well imagine.

So I really want to figure out some way to sit and mow for myself because I don't know that I'll ever be able to afford a Yard Bug, no matter how much I like them.

Here in RedNeckLand, the last time someone disrespected him in my presence, I said:

"Go ahead and hate him then. Hate him all you want. It just makes us love him more."

That shut 'em up good.

I know how to nail people when the long knives come out. Even if I do mix metaphors.

Thank you.

I like the idea of the scythe, but at my age - almost 69 if still sturdy - my toes might be in danger. So might my extremely irritating neighbor on the south side. He's a belligerent old bully who takes my rejection of him very poorly. Sometimes he can be beyond nasty and sometimes I can be tempermental. Bad combo.

If I were competent at handling it, your 3-wheeler towing a reel mower would work great. Unfortunately I'd probably wind up cutting down all sorts of things I've worked almost a decade growing to maturity. The yard's almost a 1/4 acre but I didn't landscape with an eye to easy mowing. I'd navigate like a drunk Woody Allen, the world's worst driver. I need something slow and steady with a clear view of what I'm doing in front. When I told my kids I had eyes in the back of my head, that was a lie.

Yes, the MSI has an internal fan that works fine. I keep it elevated too, which is probably one

reason it's lasted so long. Can't imagine what was burning in there. The main (and just about only) thing I know about opening a computer or laptop is that it's way too easy to make matters worse. When the Dell graphics card started to fail, I asked a local repair shop about it and the owner, a Mennonite, discouraged the idea because the replacement part would probably be unreliable too. So for now I'm switching between machines regularly, even though the MSI no longer seems to have problems. The Dell has always been elevated on a device that has external cooling fans too.

When computers first came out and people were well warned not to keep them too close to phones etc., there was some concern about whether I'd literally kill them. My body carries such strong physical magnetism that if I hold a pair of scissors in my hand for 10-15 minutes, they become so charged that pins will slide as much as 2 feet across a flat service. As yet I don't have any metal replacement body parts, not even many dental fillings; but I still used to set off security alarms at airports and government offices. After several cops rushed at me with guns drawn one time, I started calling ahead to warn them I was coming.

Hopefully this is not related to the computer problems, though, because I do tend to be very careful with them.

Any other Ruthie Foster fans out there?

She's mainly blues and folk, but I first heard her on NPR singing what you'd have to call gospel blues. Not surprising when you consider her family background. She sounds a lot like a younger Aretha Franklin.

Anyway, if you want to expand your horizons, check her out. She's fabulous.

Which McGyver out there can tell me the cheapest best way to make a riding lawn mower?

I mean one suitable for an older lady with a lot about 1/4 acre. The one with a reel mower where the front tire of a bicycle goes wouldn't work for me. I'm not mechanical so it needs to be simple and cheap. Can't tether a goat because the dogs would attack it. Actually I'd love to buy a Yard Bug because it has a rear engine and nothing in front to block any vision. But they're a tad spendy too.

To a certain degree I've been through similar.

Went from a huge house on a ranch in AZ to a merely big house in the Midwest. But then I had the added incentive of trying to stay alive when it turned out my cash buyer was a drug dealer who tried to force me out early because he wanted to move in wayyyy before my time was up. He started telephoning and harrassing me, even drove up and down the road waving a shotgun out his vehicle window. I put a no trespassing sign on the gate so I could shoot him if it came to that.

Everything possible went wrong. I'd been packing for weeks but on moving day we had to load the van with that fool driving by and watching us. Made things very nerve wracking. We'd dragged everything out in the yard because we didn't know exactly how much could be crammed in the Penske, and I'd promised my friends anything left over. But they were in such a hurry to leave that we simply took what wouldn't fit in the van and made a nice little bonfire. Even the volunteer fire department didn't show up for that one because everyone knew the situation.

From what I heard later, the buyer didn't exactly thrive. The Hells Angels HQ was less than a mile from the ranch. They didn't appreciate competition or the way that nutjob riled everybody around. People like that have a way of disappearing. He also got hit by a severe flash flood because he tore down the berms that slowed ingress and egress on the property. For some odd reason he wanted to be able to do that rapidly at will. I pretty much figured if the law didn't get him, the HA's would soon enough.

Anyway, instead of paralysis, I wound up downsizing in a frenzy!

In Los Angeles,

I used to visit the nursery on trash day because once the dumpster was curbside, it wasn't stealing for me to remove easily reached good prospects on top. I know which plants are easiest to revive, so those are the ones I took. Had beautiful gardens for nothing but a little timing and elbow grease. Heck, I wouldn't even buy anything at a thrift store unless it was marked down at least 50%.
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