Friday Morning Moose Check-in and Open Thread for the Meesefolk

by: JanF

Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 05:57:17 AM EST





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

JanF :: Friday Morning Moose Check-in and Open Thread for the Meesefolk
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 youse 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)

Here is a great link to have open in a tab: Motley Moose Recent Comments

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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.

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Yesterday's Daily F Bomb from Floja Roja.
Yesterday's Pooties from triciawyse.

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Mooselicious Comments - Share Your Finds Here

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.

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See you in the threads!

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16 degrees in Madison WI (2.00 / 23)


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


This is extra funny to me, (2.00 / 23)
Because when we walked in the homecoming parade for the humane society (whew, got it right), my friend and I were carrying the banner and our daughters were carrying/walking the cutest puppies. The route was over two miles, so for hours all we heard was " ohmygodlookatthepuppy". It was so funny, not a minute went by without hearing it! Of course, we ended up with one, so I guess all those people were right!

Have a great day everyone! I will be subbing all day which means wine o clock starts precisely at 4 pm. ;)

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.


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I thought of your puppy when I saw this!! (2.00 / 20)
See you at wine o'clock.

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


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Omagherd! (2.00 / 14)
A puppeh!  

"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


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Oh yes, she is a sassy thing. (2.00 / 4)
(sorry for the size, I don't know how to make it normal!)



Shake it like a Polaroid picture.


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love that sweet face (2.00 / 4)
I would thing width=350 or some number before the closing tag would do it.  

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I knew that it had to do with (2.00 / 4)
width =, but I never put it in the right place. I tried twice and gave up. Do you mean right before the / >?

It is sweet, but note the red lips. She had just eaten a red marker!

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.


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There is really no wrong place, except of course in the middle (2.00 / 5)
of some other parameter. Right before the / > works.

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


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Thanks! n/t (2.00 / 2)


Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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hah I do now (2.00 / 5)
looks so innocent.  

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Doggie pix... (2.00 / 3)
...are NEVER too big. ;-)

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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+4 (2.00 / 5)
Or perhaps I should say +4.

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


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what time is beer thirty? (1.88 / 8)
not so serious question

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I like to think of beer thirty... (2.00 / 5)
...as half-past gin. Not that I'd turn my nose up at beer, though. :-)

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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Ooh I love gin, and I get (2.00 / 3)
all kinds of slack for it.  

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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My whippet Frank is 8 now... (2.00 / 15)
but when he was a puppy, I always told people he thought his name was "No!"

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LOL!! (2.00 / 11)


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


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Kitty Irving thought his name was..... (2.00 / 13)
NoDamnIt for the first 6 months we were together. He was a wonderful poot who was dumb as a box o rocks. In time I figured out that he was being lead into the no no areas. The day I caught Abernathy leading the parade it all ended. Right after that poor Irving learned his new name.

"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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My Muffin (2.00 / 9)
thinks her name is "Come Here!" :)

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28 here (2.00 / 21)
and my seed shipment (from Johnny's Selected Seeds) arrived yesterday. I am going with all red this year. Red beans, red celery, red orache, red melons, radicchio, and some white tomatoes. Mostly my garden is in the front yard, so it is a good opportunity to screw with people.

I love Johnny's! (2.00 / 20)
I got most of my seeds and all of the seeds for our school garden through them. I like pinetree too. I love that you do edibles in the front, lettuce is beautiful.  

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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I'm a recent convert to Pinterest (2.00 / 6)
love the crafts section.  

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Pinterest rocks! (2.00 / 4)
I have spent way too much time one there, and I have so many boards that I need to subcategorize because they are getting too crowded. It is such a smart idea, I cannot believe it took so long for someone to execute it. For food, Food gawker is awesome.

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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I will look forward to pictures (2.00 / 20)
when blooming time arrives.  

"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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Sounds like a great idea, I hope you take pictures to show us. (2.00 / 13)
We're having a cold spell in Old Europe (southern Germany), with temps between 23° and 28°F today. Glad to work at home on days like this! Basement cat is curled up on my lap, but it's time to fix some lunch, so I'll have to disturb her in a few minutes.
Another wonderful address/website for seeds is here:

http://shop.nativeseeds.org/

They also have events which look very interesting, definitely worth taking a look at if you have a garden.


Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.
                       - Bertolt Brecht


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Another is (2.00 / 12)
Baker Creek. In my experience they are remarkably generous, throwing extra packets in, and not that expensive in the first place.

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oh I'll check out Johnny's (2.00 / 8)
Was browsing seed catalogs last week, looking for unusual veggies you can't find in the regular stores as seedlings and was really intrigued by the watermelon radishes. Beautiful color, and tasty, too, according to the reviews. Think I'm getting that. I love radishes.


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Jesus (2.00 / 17)
Mark Halperin and S E Cupp are sucking on each other and flapping their juicy lips on Morning Ho in a delirious, rabid defense of the NRA.

You got that right. Halperin is so out of his depth on everything (2.00 / 9)
and SE is just plain annoying.  Made for each other.  Someone made a comment elsewhere that after "Game Change" won an award at the Golden Globes, Halperin would become insufferable.  Sorry, but he already was.

"I base most of my fashion sense on whether or not it itches"  -- Gilda Radner

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Turned it off before we got to Chuck (2.00 / 8)
E Cheese Todd's probing analysis of the White House soup of the day.  

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Me too. And didn't go back until I figured they were through (2.00 / 9)
interviewing John Mackey (Whole Foods) about his new book on capitalism.  Not great timing given Mackey's comments about ACA being fascist.  He's always been a dick but I've always liked "Whole Paycheck".  Living where I am now, the nearest WF is in west St Louis, about 125 miles from here.  No special shopping trips for me!

"I base most of my fashion sense on whether or not it itches"  -- Gilda Radner

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Same here, they are thankfully too far away. (2.00 / 9)
Unfortunately so is Trader Joe's - Portland is hogging them all. But I have a friend who travels down there frequently and stocks up for both of us.

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Trader Joe had plans to open a store here in Columbia (great (2.00 / 4)
excitement!) but a month or so ago announced they would not be coming here after all.  Sad.  Trader Joe's has a great rep and I particularly like their policy of not stocking anything which comes from China.  I like tilapia but will no longer purchase it because about 80% of it comes from China and too many food purveyors can't, or won't, divulge where their fish comes from.

"I base most of my fashion sense on whether or not it itches"  -- Gilda Radner

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There are active campaigns pleading for TJ's in both Yakima (2.00 / 6)
and Richland (where I have to go anyway once in a while) but so far no dice.

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I shopped at WF for years when I lived in Houston. After moving to Colorado (2.00 / 3)
the nearest WF was in Boulder, about a 2 hour drive.  After the first WF store opened in Denver I drove up there (60 miles) about once a month and then one finally opened in Colorado Springs.  There are things I really like about Whole Foods (excepting prices for many things, and an idiot CEO).  We have two natural food stores here in Columbia but I'm totally underwhelmed with both of them.  I would be delighted to have either chains open an outpost here but I expect I'll be long underground before that happens.

"I base most of my fashion sense on whether or not it itches"  -- Gilda Radner

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G'Morning ((JanFab and Everyone)) (2.00 / 20)
3 degrees out and I'm shivering in places that aren't suppose to get cold. It's making me crabby!  

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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


Needz mor coffeeeeee (2.00 / 20)


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


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37 in Va Bch...and no snow! (2.00 / 22)
Just a wet cold mess...but, considering how drivers here manage snow, I'm happy for it. /grin

I'm also happy that the weekend is so very very close...it is so very very needed.

I think I'm going to have clam chowder for breakfast.

Hope everyone has a good mornin'!




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LOL, I just tried to brush that bug off my screen! (2.00 / 19)


"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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Maybe this pootie will chase it away ... (2.00 / 19)


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


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Let's see if I can apply flame to that spider (2.00 / 16)



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


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Lol - unfortunately a FAIL in the little green guy's case. (2.00 / 13)
Cute icon, though. Isn't there one with the flames going in the correct direction? Like downwards, in the general direction of hell?

Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.
                       - Bertolt Brecht


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I think all flames should be directed to the right. :) (2.00 / 14)


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


[ Parent ]
Good point! But ultimately a waste of good flames! ;-) (2.00 / 9)


Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.
                       - Bertolt Brecht


[ Parent ]
I fall for that every time (2.00 / 8)
grrrr

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Eeeek! (2.00 / 18)


"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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NB, just think of it as Charlotte. it helped me. (2.00 / 17)
now if someone posts a centipede, I'M LEAVIN'!

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


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LOL! (2.00 / 12)


"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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We will protect you.... (2.00 / 15)
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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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hahaha Bullwinkle, my Hero. (2.00 / 14)
seriously, i have a phobia for centipededes from an awful childhood experience. was told to clean away a damp pile of leaves from the drain at the boottom of our basement entry. without warning, a giant centipede crawled up my arm, under my short sleeve t shirt and...AACCHH!

it was a total freak out. i've never gotten over it.

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


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Someone better warn Lars ... (2.00 / 15)
If she sees that, she will throw something at her computer screen.

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


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Ok, I am seriously freaked out about spiders! (2.00 / 6)
That should come with a warning label ;)

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as my imaginary girlfriend told my imaginary boyfriend (2.00 / 18)


One of my favorites!! (2.00 / 20)
I saw Joe Jackson in Chicago in 1989 on his birthday. At one point, the audience sang Happy Birthday to him. It was a fun concert. He was about to do some of his classical stuff, and he told everybody that if they didn't like it, they could, and I quote, "piss off to the bar for a bit." The audience got a laugh out of that one.

For any Joe Jackson fans, read his book A Cure For Gravity. It's a good read.

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

Buckaroo Banzai


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When I first heard him I was picking apples. (2.00 / 20)
Someone slipped the Tuxedo Junction cd in and pretty soon everyone was rocking out to JJ instead of picking apples.

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luv me some Joe Jackson. a question on all our minds. (2.00 / 17)
WAS SHE REALLY GOING OUT WITH HIM?  



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


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Morning - (2.00 / 20)
It's 34° in the Shenandoah Valley, with an expected high of 37°. Today's project - replace a leaking main water line to a house. Not fun. Have I mentioned I hate plumbing?  This sums up my mood today


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

Buckaroo Banzai


Need assistance? (2.00 / 19)
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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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I wish... (2.00 / 16)
however, this is outside and involves the water line underground being about 3' away from the gas line to the house.

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

Buckaroo Banzai


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Be careful today. (2.00 / 17)
I know you are, but needed to say it anyway.  

"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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And watch out for electrical issues ... (2.00 / 18)


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


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Poor poor nannyboz /snark. 39 in Wilmington, the party (2.00 / 17)
is over.  Gonna be 25 tonight.  I had sandals on yesterday.  Dayum!

"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, everyone. (2.00 / 18)
It is 29 degrees here in central NJ--brrrrrrr. Dad and I have finally recovered from the jet lag. If the money comes through, I may get to Ukraine for a week in June. I will be attending a conference and looking at some Neolithic animal bones. Fingers crossed.

Neolithic animals with crossed fingers is how I read it first. (2.00 / 12)
I am glad I gave it a second scan.  Athough all the ceiling cat peeps here could produce a finger crossing animal without a problem, giving us a neolithic Ukrainian one might be "challenging."

19 degrees in town of the bean. even non-Mitten voters need their Mittens.


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good morning Fellow Mooz! (2.00 / 16)
22 bone chilling degrees on Chicago's lakefront and i'm so ready for my 3 day weekend as always.

i have a question maybe some of you experienced Mooz diarists can answer. my last diary looked nothing at all when published, as it did in preview. the published page width seemd much narrower than preview, as a result paragrahs and sentences were a mess.

i'm pretty sensitive to the overall appearance, any hints?

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


In a word - no. Sorry!! (2.00 / 12)
Hope you have a good day anyway. ;P
PS: I'm sure the tech-savvier folks will help you out, never fear.

Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.
                       - Bertolt Brecht


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This is from a past welcome diary... (2.00 / 16)
You may find that Preview while writing a diary is a frustrating experience. The font, spacing, and general 'look' do not accurately depict the way the diary will look once published. In order to see it properly, select Draft, then Preview, then SAVE (as draft). Viewing the saved Draft allows you to see the diary as it will be posted. It adds a couple steps but, in the long run, it can save time in editing.

It still is not quite an EXACT representation of the final product, but, it is worlds better than the regular Preview provides.

Hope this helps some. :)

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thanks, i missed that 3rd step Kysen. (2.00 / 15)
i'm kinda' cautious now 'bout pushing diary template buttons.:-/

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


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The other thing is that you can edit it after it posts. (2.00 / 13)
If you are quick you can fix the ugly parts before too many people show up.  

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


[ Parent ]
Or you can make the mistake in the (2.00 / 13)
middle of the night......

"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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well, i'll see how it one turns out, (2.00 / 11)
it's just a repost i thought we could all use. it has multiple pics so things could get very ugly.

oh well, i guess that's the price you pay for civility. hahahaha.

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


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28f in Dandridge, TN (2.00 / 18)
and not dripping wet for the first time all week, because it is frozen.

The Smokey Mountains are living up to their name, it is a lovely shade of foggy out there today.

Bloody amazing how much the lake came back up.

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


The water has risen an awful lot (2.00 / 12)
are those christmas tree ornaments on a dormant tree?

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Yep. (2.00 / 11)
Need to add a bit of color to the brown of winter. :~)

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

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It's almost winter again (2.00 / 14)
51 this morning in sunny South Florida. I had to put on socks. Hope you all have a Moozalicious weekend.

Dink's AM Pupdate: Back to the vet (2.00 / 18)
He ate some baby food last night, but gave it all back. More IV fluids today and more trying...

Our vet compared all the blood work since Sunday and says there's definitely an infection somewhere...possibly his pancreas. His white cell count is through the roof...Literally too high for them to count. Sigh.  

"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


((Sheltie and Dink)) (2.00 / 15)
Please keep the updates coming. Energy being sent.

"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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You might want to ask ZenTrainer or Aji on GOS (2.00 / 12)
They have sixth senses when it comes to animal ailments, and have helped several people's pets over there - might be worth looking into. I'm sure they would be happy to help.

Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.
                       - Bertolt Brecht


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Going to be in the 50s today and tomorrow in Columbia then the (2.00 / 14)
weather wheels come off on Sunday. No rain or snow, just cold.  Heading out the door to deal with a long shopping list.

"I base most of my fashion sense on whether or not it itches"  -- Gilda Radner

woke up to 32f this morning (2.00 / 11)
in Guadalupe Valley. Went as high as 68° yesterday. Come on, give us some snow.  

It is supposed to be 65* here in North Texas (2.00 / 12)
tomorrow. I just have to get through today first.

Good morning! (2.00 / 13)
Can't give you the exact numbers, but it's sunny and chilly out here in Chicago this morning!

Spent last weekend in NYC with my wife and the highlight was seeing an opera at Lincoln Center. That place is so amazing, I've been wanting to go there for years. We saw Puccini's La Rondine. Not my favorite Puccini opera, but the performances were great.

It's a shame opera has become associated with the 1%'er types. (Of which I'm certainly not.) It's really pop music for the masses. It can be very expensive, but most places - the Met included - have seating options that are cheaper than arena rock concerts.  

I'm more likely to be found seeing a rock band in a small club, but I get to a two or three operas each year. Once I forgot all my preconceptions and just listened, I was overwhelmed by the beauty. I still only see the more accessible and popular operas, while in the rock music genre I'm just the opposite.

Anyway, back home and happy to be here.



Good morning, purple peeps. (2.00 / 12)
Wishing everyone a happy Friday and a splendid week-end!

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Hi there! (2.00 / 10)
Good to see you this morning :-D

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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Good morning, Silks! (2.00 / 12)
I am working my way from bottom to top of the check-in ... because I feel contrary today.

If I don't run into you later in the F Bomb, have a wonderful weekend.

There may be a surprise visitor here on the Moose tomorrow evening. Let me know if you want an email invitation when she arrives.  

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


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Oh, I love surprises. (2.00 / 10)
Do you have my email addy? I think you do...

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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That I do! (2.00 / 9)
I am not sure of the time yet but probably late afternoon Central time so mid-afternoon in the Silks Time Zone.

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


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Okay, I'll be on High Alert. (2.00 / 9)
"Code Purple," if you will. ;-)

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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Email pls (2.00 / 9)
I have no time sense, miss everything, please email me. Thx.  

Let there be light. Then let there be a cat, a cocktail, and a good book.

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what if you do both orange and purple? (2.00 / 9)
are we bi-blo?  

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Heh. (2.00 / 4)
Good question. Let's see if our resident linguist checks in later.

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


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I think, (2.00 / 1)
that makes you a bibliophile.

But I could be mistaken.

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


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30* and foggy in Bellingham this morning..... (2.00 / 11)
My old maple trees are in stark relief against the grey sky and horizon.....I love seeing the lichen on the trees in this light.

David Horsey, from the LA Times.....

I traveled to Olympia to see Inslee sworn in. After all, how often does a friend become a governor? And what other governor at his swearing-in would have chosen to be introduced by Dennis Hayes, the founder of Earth Day?
~snip~
At the governor's mansion, two hours after his inaugural address and a few minutes before the basketball game, I reminded Inslee of that feeling he had when he first went to Congress, that sense that an older generation should still be in charge. I asked him how he felt on his first day as governor. His answer was firm: "I am ready now."

So much of the time, politics is dismal and disheartening, but, on Wednesday, I was reminded that elections matter. That is how we raise up good men and women like Jay Inslee who consider "daring greatly" to be their life's mission.

http://www.latimes.com/news/po...

Love is the lasting legacy of our lives


Good morning, princesspat! (2.00 / 10)
Thank you for that visual. We are now up to 33 degrees but I am hearing a lot of wind ...17 mph on my Weather Channel icon ... so I think something must be brewing. Looks like single digits for highs on Monday with the lows below zero.

Winter is here!!

Our politics is disheartening. If I can find some time, I will write a post about Wisconsin politics. I am trying not to be pessimistic but we are in a world of hurt with Gov. Scott Walker having majorities in both the state senate and the state assembly for the next two years. And he is not the kind of Republican who will "go moderate" like a Chris Christie as he approaches re-election time. He is looking to cash in on his ideological purity and our state is his steppingstone to his next job. :(


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


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You all worked so hard to oust him..... (2.00 / 8)
I can barely think of the frustration you must feel. The hard thing for me to accept is how many people still support him and his politics.

This article about Deception Pass State Park won't "fix" anything, but it is a nice reminder of the beauty in our world....http://adventureawaits.com/2013/01/parks-flashback-deception-pass/

Love is the lasting legacy of our lives


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I'm afraid we're in a similar boat in Texas.... (2.00 / 11)
Ricky Perry has grand plans to run for president again. No mistake about that. So he's going to push his tea party bonafides to the extreme. Last week we found out that instead of coming up short on the budget this go 'round, Texas actually has a 8.8 billion dollar surplus and the rainy day fund will rise to a little over 11 billion. From all accounts I've heard when the comptroller announced that little jewel, there was dead silence in the senate chamber.

While the budget cuts worked in some areas, a sudden surge in sales tax and MUCH higher than expect returns on oil and gas revenues were behind the surplus. No one's getting too excited just yet as the numbers are doubled checked as the state comptroller told us everything was peachy keen at the beginning of the session two years ago, only to have to come back and tell us there was actually a 9 billion dollar shortfall. (Course there are those who question if that was the case at all)

Common sense would say how about we go and fix our schools and help those in need so everyone is working and taken care of...Nope not going to happen. Perry is pushing putting that money into bringing more businesses to Texas--which has already proven to be a bust--and cutting more from the budget.

Texas is out of the Obamacare plan, our women, children and old folks will be sacrificed for the sake of Perry's purity tea party and evangelical ideals.

Yep same boat no life preserves and a pompous ass at the helm. Rah. Peachy keen.

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle"...."We make a Living by what we get...We make a Life by what we give."  


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Yippie! It's Friday!! (2.00 / 11)
And the weather is lovely, already in the lower 50's headed for the upper 60's today! My fingers and toes are very happy indeed.

On the disability news front...The University of Texas at Arlington has given the green light to officially form a women's wheelchair basketball team. This is great news, not only will the sport be played at UTA, there will be scholarships just like the men's wheelchair teams. Right now there are only 4 women's teams, with UTA that number goes to five. So excited for those young ladies!

And speaking of the Movin' Mavs...The UTA men's wheelchair team is pushing toward another championship. The games start today and will be live-streamed from the UTA sports complex. Exciting times ahead!

Hoping to get all my work related crafting done so I can spend some time doing fun crafting...bobbin lace and time at the spinning wheel on the agenda for the weekend...hopefully anyway!

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle"...."We make a Living by what we get...We make a Life by what we give."  


That's great news, LOFC! (2.00 / 10)
Let us know tomorrow how the Movin' Mavs do today.

We're even up to 40° here on Pikes Peak!  

"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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aww heck... (2.00 / 9)
I failed your comment Kelley...I knew I would do that eventually!!!!!  Sorry Moosette!!

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle"...."We make a Living by what we get...We make a Life by what we give."  

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I've had some close calls with that myself,... (2.00 / 8)
...because "Fail" comes first. Seems backwards to me, but what do I know? ;-)

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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I almost hide-rated someone in the GFHC diary (2.00 / 9)
meaning to fierce. Luckily, they ask you if you're sure over there.  

[ Parent ]
I almost hide-rated someone in the GFHC diary (2.00 / 7)
meaning to fierce. Luckily, they ask you if you're sure over there.  

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I don't mind. :) (2.00 / 9)
You've never failed me, and that's what counts. ♥

"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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hello mooz (2.00 / 11)
it was one of those mornings for me but the day has managed to redeem itself. I'm off to visit some friends who don't like to talk about politcs which should further lighten my mood. Hope everyone has a great afternoon.

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'm here tweeps, I mean meese... (2.00 / 13)
Thank you Jan for guiding me to a landing here!

Just to catch ev'ybuddy up, I'm JG in MD elsewhere and @AuntJill on Twitter. I don't know who I am on Facebook except Jill Groce.

I'm genealogy and cats mostly. My kittehs are Alice and Katie, I'll post them on a pootie diary.

I haven't read the Purple How-To because, well, I've sort of reached my limit on "Do this on the computer today." Sometimes I leap into new realms. I just started going to my friends' walls on Facebook instead of just my timeline.

I'm old as dirt and twice as interesting (still not much). Quality over quantity of computer action for me.

Love to you and yours,
Aunt Jill
Katie
Alice

Let there be light. Then let there be a cat, a cocktail, and a good book.


Good to see you here. (2.00 / 11)
I'm a newbie myself, only a couple days ago. And also thanks to our JanF. :-)

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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Jill! You made it! (2.00 / 11)
I think you'll find it worth the effort. :)

"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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WOO HOO!!!! (2.00 / 9)
I am glad my tech support skills did not fail me. Some days it seems like more goes wrong than goes right.

Ask anyone you see if you have a question. If they don't know the answer they probably know someone who does.

Can you do a genealogy diary here? I love those!!

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


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Welcome to the Moose, Jill! (2.00 / 11)
We are a motley crue, not to much surprise, but we get along well.

The main rule on the Moose is "Be nice, or else". We run a loose ship here to the point of almost not running it (we trust folks to do that), while at the same time actively defending the right for folks to reasonably talk about anything. "Trolls" you will not find here, because the few that cross the threshold are not debated with but rather removed forthwith, and their little dogs too.

We are not on aggregate as Left as many progressive blogs - we have actual Republicans here, so we try to discourage name-calling en masse for example - but the Moose is definitely more in the blue spectrum of purple.

We are a bit Victorian in discourse. In other words, while we may be as coarse underneath as anyone we accept a type of mannered civility even under duress.

Moose have no natural predators so are not generally afraid to talk about anything, howevermuch the other woodland creatures might scurry at the sight.

And we are fond of hot toddies and associated refreshments. Fogiv was last seen brewing up something dangerously sweet-smelling in the back, please help yourself to a cuppa and make yourself at home.

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


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Um, (2.00 / 4)
no one asked me if I wanted a hot toddy.  

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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Here, a special one for you, (2.00 / 6)
straight from the Auberge de Venise in Paris. An Irish Coffee designed by none less than Papa Hemingway himself.

Tastes even better than it looks. Gets you drunk and hyper at the same time, then you die of a heart attack...

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


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ooooh, thankyouverymuch! (2.00 / 2)
Wait, why are you trying to kill me?????? ;)

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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Oh no, my Evil Plan has been uncovered! (2.00 / 2)
Still, death by Irish Coffee is how I hope to go myself.

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

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Thanks Chris (2.00 / 8)
I live Near DC in Montgomery County, MD, about 12 miles north of the tippy tip of DC. I was born in DC, my parents lived a couple of miles into MD at the time. I love my Own True Metro Area and I'm deeply ashamed of the barbarians that have overrun the place. My anger is deep as well, so I try not to fan the flames.

I keep up with politics lightly on Twitter and MSNBC (Ed, Rachel, sometimes Lawrence). I read articles by the usual suspects-Krugman, Ezra Klein, Mother Jones writers et al.

I'm here to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. I appreciate the warm welcome.



Let there be light. Then let there be a cat, a cocktail, and a good book.


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Esp. Welcome on Inaugural weekend; will you be our native guide? (2.00 / 3)
Especially welcome on Inaugural weekend.
Might you kick off, and could others help continue:

A diary on how to watch the Inaugural and what the conditions on the ground are like would be great!

For example:
--Links to Local web sites doing live blogging of events and moods in the street for Sat/Sunday.
--Tips cut and pasted from local papers/tv stations-- reminders of Conceal carry laws in DC might be reassuring for those who worry about the FFOUS's safety since the NRA advert)

Some here do not have cable, so don't have access to live Rachel and Co., and the rest of the Network coverage, I mean Chuck on NBC and Major on CBS and Brooks on PBS....and whoever on ABC....


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Wish I could, but (2.00 / 3)
I tend to ignore DC's inaugurations, the Kemper Open, the folk festival on the Mall, Independence Day, and other Events That Tie Up Traffic.

I'm afraid I can't see what the inauguration fuss is about. This time, there isn't even a helicopter taking off from the Capitol with an old used President on it.

It's January 20. People crowd the city, people get interviewed on TV, the Metro is a total squash, everybody squeezes together and freezes on the Mall. On TV I want to see the oath and the First Couple dancing at the inaugural balls. Maybe I'm curious as to how they'll fill the coverage, so I'll leave the TV on with the sound down in case there's something interesting.

Do I sound snotty? I guess I do. I don't mean to.  

Let there be light. Then let there be a cat, a cocktail, and a good book.


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No, you sound local. I just love civic ceremonies. (2.00 / 2)
Trooping of the Color/Queens Birthday
Bicentennial of French Revolution
Presidential opening of whatever happened to be opening when I happened to be in DC
4th of July on the Charles River with the Pops

I must horrify you.....

But then as a NYer I have never been to the reopened Statue of Liberty, so I am snotty too.



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Oh, that's different (2.00 / 2)
As a total Anglophile, I love your ceremonies and history. Does the Queen still have to ride sidesaddle in... whatever that is where she has to do that? I've absorbed so many details about her it's embarrassing. Like that she was at the top of a tree when she inherited the throne.

There's a dish towel with Windsor Castle on it hanging in my kitchen.

Let there be light. Then let there be a cat, a cocktail, and a good book.


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I am a yank who happened to be lucky when living/visiting UK/Fr/DC (2.00 / 2)
UK as grad student with a boyfriend who knew how to get into these ceremonies,so then she did do the side saddle thing.
Even saw her go by in whatever coach she uses to go on her annual visit to the Lord Mayor
French Revolution, with a press pass and good connections from living there for 10 years
Presidential opening by coincidence and family connection,
and the same for (gasp) a presidential chanukah party. Probably was in the same room as Abramoff as it was GWB.

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Know what happens when you wash your car in <20 degree weather? (2.00 / 6)
Your windshield and stuff gets ice on it.  And you have to wait until it defrosts.  But Geoffrey (the car) is clean.

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette

Your car has a name? :) (2.00 / 2)


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


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I may do that...Could you do me a favor? (2.00 / 6)
Could you point one or both of them to this thread?

His white cell count is through the roof and he may still bleeding into his intestinal tract. We get so little stool from him that we aren't sure if what we're getting is old blood or not. He definitely has more going on than we first thought.

We're afraid that he might have a pancreatic abscess. The survival rate of surgery for this is only 40% with dogs and that's not controlling for his advanced age. We can't completely rule out the possibility that he has pancreatic cancer, either. At 15 years old, there is only so much we can treat him for without making him worse or killing him.

They're syringe feeding him Science Diet a/d, which is specifically for ill/recovering dogs at the moment. He hasn't vomited so far today at the vet's, which is a good sign. All we can do is keep on what we're doing for now, at least for the weekend. He'll spend the morning there tomorrow (they close at noon) getting IVs, and we'll care for him on Sunday with sub-q fluids and such.

"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 think you meant this for me? I contacted ZenTrainer (whom I don't know (2.00 / 4)
at all, only her name) and Aji (whom I do know her and have had extensive correspondence with), who is registered here but not a recent poster. I briefly explained the situation and directed them to your comments page here so they could get a more complete picture about your dog's condition.

I'm on European time, so I can't do anything more now (it's late and I'm off to get some sleep). I don't know their online habits so I can only hope they contact you somehow. I won't be around much this weekend, as I have a lot of office work to catch up on, so good luck!

Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.
                       - Bertolt Brecht


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Damn, sorry about the triple post! Can someone delete (2.00 / 4)
two of them? I think the long thread and pics slowed my pc down too much so it took forever to "take", which made me think it hadn't worked.

Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.
                       - Bertolt Brecht


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