Sunday Yawning, er, Morning Moose Check-in and Open Thread for Meeses

by: JanF

Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 05:51:47 AM EST





  Make sure you let your peeps know where to find you!  

JanF :: Sunday Yawning, er, Morning Moose Check-in and Open Thread for Meeses
If you are new to the Moose, Kysen left a Moose Welcome Mat (Part Deux) so, please, wipe your feet before you walk in the front door start posting. Check out donnamarie's 1/5/2013 Introduction diary for some info on new moose and old moose (and leave your own intro so we know whoose yoose are).

The big stuff:
- Comments do not Auto-refresh. Click the refresh/reload on your tab to see new ones.
- To check for replies to your comments, click the "My Comments" link in the right-hand column (or go to "My Moose"). Comments will be listed and a link to Recent Replies will be shown. (Note: Tending comments builds community)
- Ratings: Fierce means Thumbs Up, Fail means Thumbs Down, Meh means one of three things: I am unFailing you but I can't Fierce you, I am unFiercing after a mistaken Fierce, or Meh. Just Meh.

(Some other commenting/posting/tending notes for newbies can be found in this past check-in)

~

This is pretty darned easy to remember ... the posting rules for a new diary:

Be excellent to each other... or else

From Kysen's keyboard to your eyes:

Think of our comment threads as dinner table conversations. We start with the assumption that all come to the conversation with good intentions and go from there. If you get upset or angry, get up from the table and step outside for a bit.

For those looking for a second chance to make a first impression, that is very good advice.

~

Yesterday's Daily F Bomb (don't forget to hover over the photos).


Mooselicious Comments - Roll Your Own

As you graze in the comment threads and come across a funny, witty, brilliant, thought-provoking, or coffee-spewing comment, please save it off and post it here in the check-in. Include a link, if you can, or at least the commenter's name so that we can admire them and their wit and wisdom.

See you in the threads!

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19 degrees in Madison WI (2.00 / 22)


Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


F Bomb is up (2.00 / 13)
if you want to come read the hovers, listen to the music, and say silly things.

http://www.motleymoose.com/dia...

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. - A.A. Milne


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Thanks, Floja Roja!! (2.00 / 11)
I will be leaving for sports mom stuff in 10 minutes and can't read hovers from my phone. :(

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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Good morning. 52 in Wilmington and up early (2.00 / 17)
because our choir is singing two services this morning.  Second cup of coffee is starting to kick in.  Dang a mule, er moose, it's dark outside!  Happy Sunday Mooz!

"Pin your money to your girdle and don't talk to strangers."  My Grandmom's advice when I went away to school.  I don't wear a girdle and have never met a stranger.  Sorry Grandmom!

Good morning, nannyboz! (2.00 / 19)
It is indeed dark outside!! Sunrise here is still 2 hours and 27 minutes away. But we have gained 17 minutes of daylight since Winter Solstice ... woo hoo!!!

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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Great minds and all that, I told my hubby the same (2.00 / 18)
thing recently.  The shortest day of the year is behind us!  

"Pin your money to your girdle and don't talk to strangers."  My Grandmom's advice when I went away to school.  I don't wear a girdle and have never met a stranger.  Sorry Grandmom!

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I am keenly aware of the cycles of the earth. (2.00 / 20)
Right now we are in our waxing moon cycle with a waxing crescent. It is my favorite moon phase because it is filled with such hope:

The waxing crescent is one of the most hopeful moons. Arriving just after the new moon and it's darkness, the crescent is the first visible sign of growth and energy.[...]

With the waxing moon, energy starts returning. The best time to start new projects is at the waxing moon because, while the energy increases gradually, it is increasing.

Waxing moon and sunset from a couple of years ago. I sometimes use it as an avatar:


Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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that's a great pic JanF and thanx for the info (2.00 / 16)
on the crescent moon and it's meaning to us humans.

the energy starts returning' is precisely how i'm starting to feel. fully recovered from my bought with West Nile and beginning to feel quite comfy in my purple skin.

 

time...it seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.


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Mooselicious Comments - Start Here (2.00 / 26)
I was reviewing my old diaries for late conversations and stumbled across this one:

When Damien (our first) was not quite a year old we moved from Toronto to Utah. I went down three weeks early and when Donna got off the plane I was nauseous with fear that my son would not recognize me and shy away. As they came out of the jetway his mouth opened and eyes went wide with joy and he spread his arms and snuggled against my neck, craning his head back to look me in the face then snuggling tightly back in again.

And yes I am crying. Go away.  

by: Chris Blask @ Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 11:40:51 AM RPT




Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


How wonderful! (2.00 / 21)
::: passes around the Kleenex :::

anyone else need one?


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thanks for reposting that (2.00 / 7)
such a sweet, heartwarming story.

I like the idea of reposts in a new check in diary.  


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Well, then ... we shall continue to do so!! (2.00 / 6)
:)

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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G'Mornin' ((JanFab and fellow Mooz)) (2.00 / 23)
35 and rain through the night. We were expecting a sudden drop of temp(sent to us from those Wisconsin folks), but it hasn't happened yet. I'm happy I had time to make it home first. Fire is started(by Chester). Life is good!!
Word is out about the fun we are having around here.....
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"Hair on fire complicates the decision of how to deal with the knot in your knickers while clutching your pearls with both hands." ~ wordsinthewind

Ha!! (2.00 / 23)
Good morning, Khloe. The moose surge is certainly working for me!! It is like finding the Internets all over again. Remember the fun we had in the Pootie & Woozle diaries back in 2009? All y'alls helped me figure out how to embed photos ... and the rest is history! I am now one of those famousbloggers who posts trite images taken from the Internet.

I am glad you got your fire. Now I need to fire up some client computers and decide if the network security software I have in place is going to be good enough to keep the Java bug at bay. :(


Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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2009 was a blast!! (2.00 / 21)
"I am now one of those famousbloggers who posts trite images taken from the Internet."

Isn't it funny how the pictures just suddenly would appear and beg to enbedded.....
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"Hair on fire complicates the decision of how to deal with the knot in your knickers while clutching your pearls with both hands." ~ wordsinthewind


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Ha! Reminds me of this one: (2.00 / 19)


Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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So last night I called... (2.00 / 20)
my conservative friend and computer guru. You know? The one that always sends me the latest and most powerful surge protector/battery back ups for my desktop tower "just in case." And the one that used to call me and remind me to update my virus software and windows updates. Well, he wasn't up to snuff about the Java bug but he wants to know why Homeland Security is bothering with this and he's tired of the government telling him what to do. Sigh.

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Durn gubmit! (2.00 / 20)
Messin' with my drinkin' water ... keepin' fecal matter out of it!!! Don't take away my liberties!!!!!

The Department of Homeland Security realizes that the Internet is a vital part of our business infrastructure.


Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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good morning fellow Mooz! (2.00 / 19)
it's 30 degrees on the lakefront, the clouds are constant. a very steady rain all night. am looking forward to doing a little writing again, it's been a while.

might even consider a diary, maybe one with words this time. :-}

peace.

time...it seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.


Shall I send you a pootie to assist? (2.00 / 21)
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"Hair on fire complicates the decision of how to deal with the knot in your knickers while clutching your pearls with both hands." ~ wordsinthewind

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sure khloe, the more the merrier. (2.00 / 19)
we're already a 2 pootie and 2 woozle household. a new face would certainly liven things up. we sometimes find them all lumped in a pile sleeping.

Gigi, the blond Frenchie is the boss of course, Scout the puggle attends to her every whim and fancy, Penny the anarchist, who jumped in my car during a snowstorm and LittleLittle who i got from a shelter 13 years ago, the black Halloween cat and vanilla ice cream eater off my spoon!

yeah, we got some characters here.

time...it seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.


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Tell those pooties to get to work!! (2.00 / 18)
It's inspiration time. They know what to do.

"Hair on fire complicates the decision of how to deal with the knot in your knickers while clutching your pearls with both hands." ~ wordsinthewind

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ok, i'll give them thier marching orders as soon (2.00 / 18)
as they wake up from the food induced, sloth like sleep they're in now. it will be a while.ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

time...it seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.


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Yes, do another diary! (2.00 / 18)
I have been looking forward to read what everyone has to say!

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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Good Morning! (2.00 / 18)
26 going to 29. I won't even talk about what we were supposed to get last night that we didn't even get one flake of.  We did get ice though, and poor Emma was confused when she was on the patio trying to get out to the grass to pee, and I was trying really, really hard not to laugh!

I have to go to the mall today because apparently my daughter's friends have been going on the weekends, but they just get dropped off. I think she is way too young to be walking around a mall without a parent at least in the vicinity, she is only in 6th grade - a young 6th grade since she just turned 11 at the beginning of the school year. I feel bad always saying no, so I said I would take them and then stay. They don't have to hang out with me, but at least I will be around. Am I being too overprotective???

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.


It is sad because when I was as young (get off my lawn!!), (2.00 / 19)
I went everywhere by myself or with friends. If I had needed to wait until my mother could go with me, I would not have done a thing (she had babies to tend for about 20 years).

I have a 13 year old and I try really really hard not to freak out when she wants to go somewhere with friends but, damn, it scares the daylights out of me to think of her OUT THERE among all those people who are harboring simmering rage at those who do not look like them.

I am lucky because she has nice friends who have nice parents and we all take turns watching out for our daughters. I hope it stays that way.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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That is nice. (2.00 / 18)
Unfortunately one of Sophia's friends lives right next door and her mom doesn't supervise at all, she never has. For years she ran an uncertified day care at her house and had tons of kids there and she would just send them out in the backyard by themselves, and we are talking toddlers and pre-k. I know for a fact that DCFS was called, but nothing ever happened apparently because it never stopped until those kids went off to school and she got a job at a restaurant. But I digress!  

I think I have read that kids are no less safe than they used to be, we just hear about every little thing now because news is so instant. I still worry though!

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.


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You're not being overprotective. (2.00 / 20)
You know your daughter and what she can handle best. It was different when we were growing up - My father could just drop me off and all would be well. Of course, I lived in a small town (you've been to the area - I grew up 15 minutes from Starved Rock). It's a different world out there now. We don't let Kidlet go many places unless we know who's going to be there, will parents be around, etc... - and she's about to get her driver's license!

No matter where you go, there you are...

Buckaroo Banzai


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Wow! (2.00 / 16)
I can't believe she is going to get her license!! You are going to have to drop the "let" pretty soon. ;)  

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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True, but (2.00 / 17)
we still have control over the car keys.

Really, though, she is a pretty responsible Kidlet.

No matter where you go, there you are...

Buckaroo Banzai


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not for much longer, though *evil chuckle* (2.00 / 7)
Prepare to walk the floor many a night . . .

Even if the voices aren't real, they have some pretty good ideas. -- Anonymous

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I told my daughter she could not get her license until she's 35. (2.00 / 16)
Right after I let her start dating.

Just kidding! I will let her drive when she's 30!!

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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Dating begins at 40. (2.00 / 9)
At least.....
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"Hair on fire complicates the decision of how to deal with the knot in your knickers while clutching your pearls with both hands." ~ wordsinthewind

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Jan: daughter's first date..... (2.00 / 7)
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Sorry Jan, but your words have inspired me this morning..LOL

"Hair on fire complicates the decision of how to deal with the knot in your knickers while clutching your pearls with both hands." ~ wordsinthewind


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Stick to your standards (2.00 / 6)
That's how I was when my kids were pre-teens and teens. They were supervised and had a curfew all through high school. My theory was there was nothing they could do being out after midnight that was good. What happened was all their friends ended up at our house every weekend night and consequently, I knew what they were doing and who they were with. I also got to know their friends really well and knew if any of them were going off the rails. I set rules and they had to follow them and every single one of those kids felt more secure with boundaries. I made a point of remembering what their favorite drinks and snacks were and they felt important. So for the price of soda and snacks, and a lot of sleepless nights, I had the ultimate peace of mind.

I'd always ask if they wanted to call home and let their parents know where they were and was always astounded by how many kids from "nice" families would say their parents didn't care. I asked questions and probably had more talks about dating and problems at school and dreams for the future than I was entitled to.

My kids are all in their 30s now and their friends still come to visit when they're in town. I've been invited to all the weddings.

So, yes, I think you being there in the background providing a safety net is a good decision.


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Very excellent advice, you remind me of my (2.00 / 4)
sister because that is exactly how she was with her kids. Including their current ages, and their friends still staying in contact. I appreciate the positive reinforcement, I am going to do my best to stay involved!

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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Damn right. (2.00 / 2)
My parents were caught up in their own troubles so I "had my freedom", which did not serve me well. While we were only on the fringes of a "nice and respectable" (iow - rich) neighborhood, the number of Kids With Everything (including parents who didn't give a rat's ass) was staggering.

As parents we are much more involved (but studiously avoid Helicoptering at the same time). Looking back I wish that I had the support my parents were not able to give and would have happily given up all that 'freedom' for a more expressed interest in what the hell I was doing.

16 isn't a good time to be figuring out everything on your own, and 25 could use someone to turn to from time to time as well. Our neighbor in CA couldn't wait to get his 18-year-old son out of the house (to give him more opportunity to sleep with women he doesn't respect), makes me more than a bit sick.

I may have been cock-sure that I could handle everything on my own as a kid, but that was just bluster to cover the fact that I was scared to death that I would (and did) have to.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


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We all deserve perfect parents (2.00 / 3)
Because we are born perfect but, alas, none of us ever get them. I had negligent and verbally abusive parenting myself. There was good that came out of it - I knew what I didn't want to be as a parent.

And a big yes to avoiding the helicopter parenting. I fear a generation of kids who expect praise for everything and don't know how to take care of themselves.


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It is interesting. We definitely learn parenting from our parents. (2.00 / 2)
But some of us have the capacity to learn how we don't want to act while others seem to repeat their parents' mistakes.


Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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Like most everything, a strong hand and a light touch... (2.00 / 2)
Helicopter parenting is one of my biggest beefs. Given my own childhood I no doubt have a tendency to take that beef too far and try to bring it back a bit, and so the search for moderateness continues.

Kids need an appropriate amount of freedom and responsibility.

Kids need an appropriate amount of support and boundaries.

Kids need an appropriate amount of guidance from adults.

Kids need an appropriate amount of space to build their own compass.

...

In everything - politics, parenting, security... - there is a middle position that serves us best. Resisting the urge to go from one extreme to another is a good measure of our ability to be not just adult but grown ups.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


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Kids also need... (2.00 / 3)
To know there are consequences to their actions.

To be allowed to fail when it's not life-threatening.

To have responsibilities because that's how real self-esteem is built.



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That's where the Helicopter Parent Fail happens. (2.00 / 2)
And, like many fails, it is based on best intentions. From many VTOL friends I have had agruments emoted at me that revolve around, "But if your children die you will be sorry!!!!"

Well, yes.

And if my children grow into 47 year old nebishes unable and afraid to leave their bedrooms I will also be sorry.

The fault happens across the political-parental spectrum, based on the largely unfounded fear of excessive risk realized through perception bias. Parents hear about a tragic event, map it to within moments and inches of their children, and over-react accordingly.

My peers as a teen were Canadian kids, many with cottages which their parents would allow them to use on weekends chock-a-block with chainsaws and boat motors. I marvelled at the time at what a good job their parents had done, as the injury rate remained low and  - when something happened - how there was always the right first aid and sober driver to make the hospital run.

The majority of these kids have grown into Heli-parents, exclaiming how "foolish our parents were, we are lucky to be alive!!11!!"

Bollocks. Their parents knew exactly what they were doing, and they did it well.

Many of the children of my friends are today teens and chaffing against the iron bands that have been bound around them their entire lives.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


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Good morning! (2.00 / 19)
A nice day off. I think I will stay home and put my feet up. :) The busy season is finally slowing down.

Good morning (2.00 / 19)
39 and foggy, with a predicted high of 68. Today's projects: going out to our land, removing an ugly gate that's been up from two owners ago, getting a tree stump along the drive as low as I can get it, and posting our building permit. Then, this afternoon when it warms up enough, we're taking iriti's new bike out for a spin (and I'll need to put air in the tires of my bike).

Yesterday, I, for the most part, finished the luxury doghouse I've been building for friends (cedar siding left over from the garage project, a hinged roof for cleaning). I need to put 4 trim boards on, caulk the siding, and polyurethane the whole thing. Other than that, it's done.

Contemplating putting up a photo diary in the next few days - opinions?

No matter where you go, there you are...

Buckaroo Banzai


I would really enjoy a photo diary from you. (2.00 / 16)
It's just what is needed!

"Hair on fire complicates the decision of how to deal with the knot in your knickers while clutching your pearls with both hands." ~ wordsinthewind

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Yes!! (2.00 / 15)
Without a doubt!

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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::jumps on bandwagon:: Yes, please! (2.00 / 5)
Would love it!

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photo diary, yes (2.00 / 5)
Polyurethene on dog house -- let it outgas at least 4-5 days, or longer, before the dog goes into it. Unless the friends don't care about having the dog long term.

Even if the voices aren't real, they have some pretty good ideas. -- Anonymous

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Poor Gene. (2.00 / 21)
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Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

nice cupcake (2.00 / 5)
centerpiece, or cookie jar or whatever.

Even if the voices aren't real, they have some pretty good ideas. -- Anonymous

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cold and clear (2.00 / 18)
here in the high desert of far west Texas. Since we started the year off with a bit more than an inch of rain I'm hoping this year the drought will break. It's been harsh out here for a couple of years and we've seen terrible wildfires. When people see that thousands of acres have burned and no structures they think the damage is limited. That's because they've never paid for a mile of fencing. Or thought about how long it was going to take for the land to recover. We're a hard lot out here but we can face a breaking point too.

There's nothing like eavesdropping to show you that the world outside your head is different from the world inside your head.--Thornton Wilder

I hope the drought will break. (2.00 / 13)
The wildfires are horrific.  

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yes they are (2.00 / 14)
we are fortunate that there aren't many people here so few are actually threatened but as I have explained to folks about other stuff-when it happens to you it's 100% and the odds don't matter. The scariest thing I have seen is a tumbleweed on fire rolling across the ground igniting everything in its path.  

There's nothing like eavesdropping to show you that the world outside your head is different from the world inside your head.--Thornton Wilder

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Shudder (2.00 / 11)
...tumbleweed on fire rolling across the ground igniting everything in its path.

That would scare anyone!


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Good morning (2.00 / 16)
going up to a preposterous 60 degrees in NYC.


"Most people worry about their own bellies and other people's souls when we all ought to worry about our own souls and others' bellies" Israel Salanter

Not a good morning (2.00 / 16)
Our oldest Sheltie (Dink) is not doing well this morning.

Report could be better. He's been on rice and chicken for several days now. Before that, he was very picky in what he would eat for the last few weeks. He was also eating much reduced amounts. He's had diarrhea on/off, too.

Early this morning, he had two bouts of black, watery diarrhea. He didn't want to eat either, but we got his pills into him. We're debating on taking him to the emergency vet or to our vet in the morning. He has an appointment for Thursday, but we don't want to wait that long. We're going to see how he does this morning and decide from there.

The black, watery diarrhea is a sign of many things, none good especially at his advanced age (almost 15).

Stay tuned.

"The story so far:
In the beginning the Universe was created.
This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move."
― Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe


Sorry about Dink (2.00 / 15)
Let us know what's going on, please.

Give him a hug and ear skritches for us.

No matter where you go, there you are...

Buckaroo Banzai


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If cost is not too much of a worry (2.00 / 12)
I'd go to the emergency vet. Then, at least, you'll know more.

Hugs.


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Ayup it's cold here (2.00 / 16)

Hold on to your pearls It's about 30 degrees in my neck of the woods going up to a paltry 54, but in exchange for the brrr the skies were most beautifully clear this morning.

"I honor the place in you where Spirit lives
I honor the place in you which is
of Love, of Truth, of Light, of Peace,
when you are in that place in you,
and I am in that place in me,
then we are One."  Namaste Friends!


TYVM! (2.00 / 7)
One of my very favorite songs. I saw them in concert years ago.  

"Hair on fire complicates the decision of how to deal with the knot in your knickers while clutching your pearls with both hands." ~ wordsinthewind

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40 degrees with a severe fog warning (2.00 / 13)
don't get those too often.

about to get into workout clothes and walk to Starbucks for my morning shot, which is just about enough to fuel me for the walk home.

hope you all have a moozical Sunday~


Morning! (2.00 / 15)
16 degrees in snowy western IL. Mr. mama is out shoveling, supervised by crazy dingo dog.

Breaking lurkdom to tell you about something cool that happened to me yesterday. The kids (15 and 13) each had other stuff going on yesterday, so hub and I went out to lunch in the cute-shop part of town. Walking back to the car, we passed a little gallery that sells art made with reclaimed objects. Sitting outside was a little garden house (is that what you call it? something you'd put out in your garden, taller than a birdhouse). It was roofed with old license plates--my parents'. The plates had been sold at my mother's estate sale, 100 miles away, last fall.

The little house had already sold, but we went into the gallery just to tell someone that we were happy to see what had become of the plates, and that we wished the buyer our very best. As it turned out, the person who made the house was there. She's nearly done with a little birdhouse made out of one of the other plates, and I promised to be back to buy it in a couple of days.

I'm still slowly dealing with my mother's 15-month illness and death, and the months we spent clearing out her big, packed-to-the-gills house. It was good to see some of her stuff out there making people happy.


Serendipity! (2.00 / 5)
That's such a cool story.  

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Serendipity! (2.00 / 5)
That's such a cool story.  

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3rd day in a row (2.00 / 14)
of gloomy fog. Start in a new position tomorrow and off to London on Friday for 10 days. Even at my age, I get the "first day of school" butterflies.

The Lone Bellow - You Never Need Nobody (2.00 / 10)

NPR Music"s First Listen is featuring the CD .. http://www.npr.org/2013/01/06/...  

It's 21° and still dark in the PNW this morning.....I'm going to keep waking up slow and easy.

Love is the lasting legacy of our lives


"Waking up slow and easy" (2.00 / 3)
I did that yesterday morning and regretted it because I did not get done what I needed to get done and now ... here it is Sunday night and I am going to have some 'splainin to do to my clients tomorrow.

Hope you had a lovely day, princesspat.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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Thank you Jan, (2.00 / 3)
I have had a most relaxing day, and as I answer (mostly) to myself now, I plan to laze the rest of the day away, watch Downton Abbey, and then go back to bed with my book. Fighting the last battle is exhausting....Ha!

ps  I'm referring to The Memory of Light, the last book in the Wheel of Time saga if I have confused someone new to reading my ramblings.  

Love is the lasting legacy of our lives


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good morning! (2.00 / 12)
mostly sunny and a cool 12*

we think Kali the cat has regained at least part of her eyesight.  she has transitioned to both wet and canned kidney diet food and i've figured out how to get a blood pressure pill into her every morning.   she's jumping up onto stuff again and back to waking us up for those middle of night snuggle pets of purr-delight.

my relief knows no words.   :-) this little 5 lb thing may be 13 years old, but she is on her first life and about as naive as they come.

i think we got her to the vet in time last week.  she'll have a checkup in another 3 weeks to see if her blood pressure is down and if her eyesight has returned.

"From single strands of light we build our webs." ~kj "


((KJ and Kali)) (2.00 / 12)
I hope Kali gets well soon. If not, call Dr. Tiny Cat.....
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"Hair on fire complicates the decision of how to deal with the knot in your knickers while clutching your pearls with both hands." ~ wordsinthewind

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hysterical! (2.00 / 8)
i've got to learn how to post pictures....

oh, the vet doc said with her hypertension, she probably had been having roaring headaches.  poor baby!

"From single strands of light we build our webs." ~kj "


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Hugs and scrithies to her from me. (2.00 / 8)
Poor lil girl!

"Hair on fire complicates the decision of how to deal with the knot in your knickers while clutching your pearls with both hands." ~ wordsinthewind

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I'm Late. 39.3 °F in Saugerties Hudson Valley NY (2.00 / 15)
was up at 3:30 AM doing some writing and for some reason my morning coffee did not keep me awake so I took an early morning nap.

Now feel really groggy.  

So, good morning almost afternoon  

"If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition"

Bernice Johnson Reagon


oh, i hate it when that happens. (2.00 / 10)
struggle all day to stay awake and then finally, by the time evening arrives and it's time to go to bed, i'm awake.

but.  we will benefit from whatever you wrote, so, you know Dee, thanks.  (ha!) ;-)

"From single strands of light we build our webs." ~kj "


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Good morning! (2.00 / 9)
Always good to see you.

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hhmm, i did exactly the same thing. (2.00 / 8)
was up until 6, ate and slept 'till 10.
i love those delicious short naps!

that's pretty much my schedule when i'm in writing mode.

time...it seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.


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I've been up since (2.00 / 8)
a decent hour but only now getting around to checking on Purple.

High 50s heading for low 60s here in North Bygawd Carolina. Smells like spring. I'd say January thaw, but we haven't really had any freezing weather to speak of this winter, for the second year in a row.

in a few weeks, daffodils will be coming up. Yeah, I know, I couldn't believe it at first, either.

Even if the voices aren't real, they have some pretty good ideas. -- Anonymous


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morning mooseroonios. (2.00 / 10)
chilly here in LA (hahaha i know).  You live here awhile, you become a total weather wimp.

plus four (fierce) to all!


We will go to the ER if we have to... (2.00 / 9)
Cost is a problem because I've been out of work for 15 months and counting. My wife is working, but cash is extremely tight.

Since his last diarrhea at 0800, he's been pretty much normal. He snoozed a good part of the morning away, follows my wife everywhere as usual, etc. She's an RN and is keeping a close eye on him. He's her baby.

What worries us is the black, watery, odorless diarrhea. Never seen any dog have it before. He's been on a bland diet for a few weeks (that's all he would eat), so there shouldn't be anything irritating his bowels. There is a 24/365 ER about 30 minutes from here we can use if we absolutely have to take him in. Right now, we're just watching to see what happens. If nothing changes, we're going to take him in to our regular vet when they open in the morning.

"The story so far:
In the beginning the Universe was created.
This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move."
― Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe


I'm sure you already thought of this (2.00 / 4)
But in case in the midst of worrying you didn't, make sure to take a stool sample.

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afternoon all (2.00 / 6)
hard to catch up on all the comments on Le Purple.

Going to a Spurs basketball game this evening. We got the tickets for Christmas. We're playing against Minnesota. Would be a hoot if it was against Orlando Magic, and I'd be cheering them on. Heh.


For those following the Java Exploit: Microsoft has a patch. (2.00 / 4)
An out-of-band security patch is being released to address problems in all versions of Internet Explorer (6 through 9). Computers which have automatic updates set will pick up these updates tomorrow, January 14. If you don't have automatic updates turned on you should obtain the updates manually.

Normally, Microsoft issues patches on Microsoft Patch Tuesday which is the 2nd Tuesday of the month. This month it was the 8th.

An out-of-band security patch is a BHD and indicates the level of Microsoft's concern.  

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


If you don't have automatic updates on, (2.00 / 4)
turn it on.

Unless you are a full-time security geek,

then turn it on, anyway. ;~)

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


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Home computer users should have Automatic Updates on. (2.00 / 3)
If they are uncomfortable with the idea of Microsoft getting on their computer in the middle of the night, installing software and rebooting, they can choose the Download and Notify option. But then run it, dammit!!

On the networks I manage, I control the updates from the server. I always let the new patches age for a while (usually 4 days) in case there are problems with the fixes themselves. I prefer getting the fix to the patch instead of being one of those testing the patch. :)  

For out-of-band patches, I carefully weigh whether my clients are affected and then decide. The January 14th patch will be approved right away and we will take our chances. In this case, the unpatched computer would be worse than a buggy patch.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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That's good admining. (2.00 / 1)
Balance things to the best of your ability.  

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

[ Parent ]
Took our girls and the two next door down to the lake bottom today, (2.00 / 6)
for some unclean healthy fun.

Album here

Why wouldn't you?

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


Oh wow. (2.00 / 6)
they must have been in heaven! I know my kids would have been. :)

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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Yep, there's nothing like a patch of slurping wet clay to unleash Teh Joyz ;~) (2.00 / 5)
We picked up a pile of cans and things while we were at it and snuck in some edumacation about the formation of quartz and uplifting of sedimentary layers.

The geologic formations around here combined with the dramatic rising and falling lake level create the opportunity to find Douglas Diamonds, so we keep eyes peeled for those as well. Haven't found one yet, but I hope to come up with a beauty like the one below if I look long enough.



John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


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Good luck, (2.00 / 1)
that would be quite amazing to dig one of those out of the mud!

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

[ Parent ]
omg..!!..that looks like fun. (2.00 / 5)
n/t.

"No disrespect intended, please accept my apology and disregard my previous comments."~GTP

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Right, and just when you thought you were grown up, eh? (2.00 / 5)
I didn't fling myself into it. Feel a little stupid about that, now.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

[ Parent ]
today was my big election for delegate... (2.00 / 7)
 I didn't win...13th out of 21 males...top 6 become delegates.

I did not do bad considering I was up against 3 slates of insiders...one of the elders explained...I got caught in a fight between 3 groups due to redistricting...he said this was not a good year to run...of course he came in 4th.

I talked to a lot of people...but I was up against some seasoned delegates...these people had flyers and big name endorsers...I'm happy with how far I got...I even got 3 votes for the e-board...which I was not running for.

"No disrespect intended, please accept my apology and disregard my previous comments."~GTP


Congrats for the effort, (2.00 / 6)
that itself is a significan form of service to your community.

Lemme know next time, I'll vote for you!

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


[ Parent ]
I know you're disappointed, Glen. Hugggs! (2.00 / 6)
Now hold still while I give you an attaboy ...

A lot of people who are passionate about politics never get beyond talking about it, usually on partisan political blogs. You, Sir, got out there and offered to become part of the process. THAT'S what we need more of, imo, and I have no doubt you will continue to make a difference, as opposed to talking about everything that's wrong. (Not that there's anything wrong with that, she sez.) I'm very proud of you, and I suspect this is the last vote you'll ever lose.

"Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." ~ Desmond Tutu


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I'm good really...I knew I was in trouble when I got there... (2.00 / 6)
big glossy flyers...3 groups of insiders...I schmoozed...threw out my prepared speech...and winged it...I drew off a lot of votes...but not enough.

my dream menders group had already discussed that we needed to get out to the dem party meetings...we are outsiders...but our rallies have drawn attention...we just need face time.

I heard pNUT made it as an alternate in his district...very cool..!!

it's been a very long day...bedtime for me...peace...and hugs...I would have never even tried before I met my townie friends...thanks.

:7)..!!

"No disrespect intended, please accept my apology and disregard my previous comments."~GTP


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oops...double post...sorry. (2.00 / 6)
n/t.

"No disrespect intended, please accept my apology and disregard my previous comments."~GTP

[ Parent ]
hmmmm? (2.00 / 5)
;~)

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

[ Parent ]
Sounds like the next run will be easier. (2.00 / 4)
Don't give up. We need people like you. And also, what Nurse Kelley said. (I have to say that ... it is in my Nurse Kelley Minion contract).

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


[ Parent ]
Hey ho, late on Sat. late on Sun. excuse from the Pres. of US (2.00 / 2)
Lincoln, by name.

I went to see an early showing of Lincoln.
of course it was at 11:00 am
of course it opened in november
of course that's no excuse.
so I
ceiling cat face palm lol myself.

and hi 24 hours late.

great film though. and on film, too,  fancy that.


if anyone wishes to lease a condo... (2.00 / 3)
I'm your man. That's right.

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