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Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
« Reply #9240 on: July 10, 2018, 12:39:39 PM »
Larry,  I had never heard a "professional" version of the states song!  Thanks for the link.
 Had forgotten that Califoned to say "Hawaii".  I think "seeing Oklahome" must have been our version of "where has Oregone".  Would also be an answer to "what did Tennessee?".  I think we always answered with "she saw what Arkansas".

Enough already.   :D

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« Reply #9241 on: July 10, 2018, 01:54:50 PM »
Mary Ann - I'm the only one I know of, who dislikes having my hair washed when I go to the shop for a haircut.  Something about leaning backwards with my head in the bowl, etc.  I just hate it, so I always wash my hair at home before my appointment.  My hairdresser sprays it with a little water and combs through, before she starts to cut.  Your omelets sound delicious.  I settled for oatmeal this morning, which is not on my favorite list.

Callie - like you, I had no idea that the states camp song, had made it to the "big time"!  Perry Como, no less! :o   
I was going to post a jump rope rhyme, but I think we've done enough reminiscing for now, on songs from our youth!  As you said, "enough already"!  (For now anyway.)

Patricia - I haven't heard much about fostering animals, here in this area.  Rescue dogs, cats and rabbits, are in abundance, and I guess that they must be residing in foster homes, waiting to be adopted?  I've been trying to talk my son and wife into getting a rescue dog, instead of a new puppy from a breeder.  I'm afraid it's a losing proposition, however.  They recently had to have their beloved 13 year old Lab, put down, and they want to get another Lab from the same breeder.

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I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones. -John Cage, composer (5 Sep 1912-1992)

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Re: Norms Bait and Tackle
« Reply #9243 on: July 10, 2018, 03:21:16 PM »
Tom's friend, Robin, last week had to have her rescue dog put down.  He was about 14 years old and she had him, perhaps, three years.  Her first rescue dog was a lovable bear, hence his name.  I think he was a mix, but huge and I think lab was part of his mix.  This last one was more pedigree, not too friendly.  Tom says she doesn't investigate the dogs before she takes them - and she doesn't investigate people before she takes them in, either (I'm talking about the girl she tried to help recently); heart of gold but doesn't use her head in making some decisions.  Tom says soon, on a whim, she'll go after another dog. 

She lives in a questionable neighborhood and feels she needs the protection of a large dog, regardless of breed, except she will not get a pit bull.  Tom would like her to get a lab or retriever, but she will get what she wants.

Changing the subject a bit - when I was in Indps in June, one of the quads had a new dog, an Austrian Shepard, friendly as all get out, but had a beautiful coat.  She was a wavy mix of black, grey and white; gorgeous.

Mary Ann

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« Reply #9244 on: July 10, 2018, 04:26:29 PM »
My sister bred Dalmations for several years, but I would not recommend them as issues with hip dysplasia and tend to be somewhat gassy. Labs tend to be friendly but headstrong in the ones I've known while Weimaraners tend to be a one-person dog and very protective sometimes to an extreme.

 I've no issues with pit bulls as everything depends on how and why they are trained or their environment. I've known german shepherds to be good dogs, but their training and environment shape their whole outlook and disposition. I recommend educating yourself before getting any dog due to temperament, medical issues or possibilities or behavioral issues.

As I said, my one sister raised dalmations, my mother raised Pomeranians, and my dad had a good sideline retraining bird dogs for people who had problems either with the dog or their training methods.

I was going to post a photo about cats and dirty laundry. I had mine on a large tray on a dresser and Farrah still managed to find it and take a cozy nap on the laundry.

https://www.seniorsandfriends.org/photos-and-more/photos-old-and-new/msg133907/#msg133907

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« Reply #9245 on: July 10, 2018, 07:15:05 PM »
Marilyne here is a home for sale with a private well and compost toilet system for $430,00.00.

https://www.searchfairbanks.com/search/details/c6/pblhgp/pbnc4p/alert/ACTIVE/10/

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I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones. -John Cage, composer (5 Sep 1912-1992)

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« Reply #9246 on: July 11, 2018, 12:00:41 AM »
Mary Ann, this afternoon I watched a boat arriving at the Soo.  I couldn’t read it's name, as it was in the second channel, the same as last night. I'm still not doing well with reading the map and seeing the names of the boats?
Toms friend Robin, sounds like a kind hearted lady, even though she may not always use good judgment. I'm sure she gives her rescue dogs a good and loving home.

Patricia - Thanks for all the links to the rescue sites.  I especially like the one for the Labrador Retrievers.  Beautiful photography!  I noticed that the senior dogs were all waiting for adoption, whereas the puppies that were shown, had already been adopted. 

I’ve never been a “puppy person", so if I were in the market for any breed, I would choose a dog who was at least one year old, and already house broken if possible.  At the age I am now, I would want a senior dog.  Dogs are much harder to manage than cats, so I wouldn’t get a dog anyway at this point in time.

I’ll send that Lab website to my son, and see if he is at all interested.  Oh, another thing I noticed, was how many Border Collies there were!  That surprised me, as I have heard that they make wonderful pets, so I'm wondering about why so many had been surrendered or abandoned? 

I just now saw your link to the house in Fairbanks.  That's a lovely house, and a great price.  Something like that would go for at least 2 Million, here in the SF Bay Area. (providing it was hooked up to the sewer system that is!) No composting toilets around these parts! :D  The houses shown in that HGTV show I mentioned that took place across the bay from Homer, were very pricey.  About one million on up, and I remember that the one they chose had composting toilets.

Larry - I got a laugh out of you finding the hamburger in your trunk! Whew, I know how terrible that must have smelled!  We had a similar situation here a number of years ago . . . horrible smell in our car, and we couldn't figure out what it was?  After trying everything to get rid of the smell, I reached under the back seat, and found an old hamburger from McDonalds, that our son hadn't eaten, and had stuck it under the seat.  At least two or three weeks had passed, so it was pretty ripe by then!  I think your smell was probably much worse, because yours was raw hamburger! :P

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« Reply #9247 on: July 11, 2018, 12:29:04 AM »
Hi, Friends! Was checking my e-mail and wanted to catch up with you all.  I don't even turn on the computer every day anymore since my e-mail comes in on my cell phone and if I need to answer one, I do it on the computer.  But it means that when I do get on, there are usually a bunch of e-mails I need to erase.

I watched the July 4th program from Washington also and really loved the "beach music" and the Temptations.  Actually beach music sort of orginated down our way in the 1950s and when I was in high school, some of us would come to Myrtle Beach from Conway (about 15 miles) on weekends to watch the beach music dancers at the Pavilion.  Ordinarily I don't spend much time watching TV.  Usually catch up with the news during breakfast and then get busy with other things.  Windell spends a lot of his time watching sports on TV.  His hearing and vision are gradually getting worse and sports are about the only thing he really enjoys.  I love the DVDs from the Great Courses on history, music, theology, and the sciences and watch them in the family room while Windell watches sports in the sun room next to the kitchen.

Bless you, Gloria!  I am so glad you have friends to take an interest in you and enable you to stay where you are!  I realized about three months ago that I really needed help perhaps a couple of afternoons a week to help me do some things and even possibly cook some dinner for us.  I had some brochures from the "help agencies" for seniors but wasn't sure which one might be better.  I was wishing I could really find a black lady like the one who raised me while I was growing up and my mother worked or like the ones that helped me with the children but didn't have a clue on how to find one.  I finally decided to call our church nurse to see if she would recommend one of the agencies from my brochures.  When I asked if she knew anything about them and would recommend one over the other, she said, " Oh, Johann, let me give you a phone number for a lady who is certified to stay with Alzheimers' patients and used to have her own cleaning business."  The lady had stayed with a friend of ours who died about four months back and she was picking up other jobs and sort of as an afterthought the nurse said, "And I should probably tell you that she is black."  I almost dropped the telephone and I looked up and thought to myself, "OK, Lord, was that you?"  I now have Patricia for four hours two afternoons a week and she is a gem and relates really well to Windell.  She cooks southern food that he loves and puts it on stove in the afternoons before she leaves so it will be ready by dinnertime and we cook enough that we have some left over for another meal. In addition she is almost six feet tall and can reach the high shelves in my closets that I cannot reach.

Windell was 89 last month and our children would really like for us to go to assisted living but he doesn't really want to do that and I think he would be miserable.  When he was in rehab after his accident three years ago, he hated the food.  They only cooked chicken white meat and he likes the dark meat.  They also had a lot of vegetables that he doesn't really like either.

Our daughter took last week off from work and came up from Charleston one day for scan of his bladder that he needed to have and now the doctor wants to do a procedure called a Uro-lift to make it easier for him to void his bladder so he will be having that in a couple of weeks.  We have to get a blood panel and see his regular doctor next week.

Gloria, you would hardly recognize Charleston these days with all the building that is taking place and the traffic.  Boeing and Google have both found Charleston and Port Authority is dredging the harbor and the Cooper River to enable the big container ships to come in to the shipyards.  Our daughter is still working as a research veterinarian for the Medical University and the VA Hospital supervising biomedical research and our oldest granddaughter is in an accelerated nursing program at the Medical University and will graduate in December.

Mary Ann, I'm so happy that you have an arrangement with Tom to enable you to stay where you are also!  I envy all of you your cats but just can't risk getting my allergies started again!

It always seems like July 4th sort of marks the halfway point in the summer for us since most of the schools start by September 1st.  Sometimes I feel like my life is running down the road ahead of me and I'm just fighting to keep up with it  :o

Sounds like you made a good decision to keep Wednesday nights more simple, Larry.  We don't need to make life more stressful than it needs to be!

Hope you all have a great rest of the week!
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« Reply #9248 on: July 11, 2018, 06:52:23 AM »
Morning, all!

Patricia, I had no idea that there were "permanent foster" programs out there. Interesting info.

Marilyne
, I don't get my hair washed either; I just get a hair cut. It started out as an economic thing with me, but then, I get my hair cut so short that a wash and set would be worthless.

Larry - Eeeewwww, gross!  Glad you were able to find the stinky culprit. Did it take long for the smell to disappear after removal of said offender?

It is Oscar's turn at the vet today. He has developed a hematoma on his other ear now. It is not nearly as large as the one that he got on the other ears a few years back. What the Vet didn't tell me before lancing the first one was that it would likely return, and with the second lancing he had, that the "potato chip" crinkling of his ear would be permanent. He also did not mention the surgery option. I vaguely remember, but not sure, that he said it may go away on it's own. I'll have to ask him. Also, Oscar has been drooling a bit off and on, so I want him to double check his teeth and gums. He might be getting stomach upsets, but I suspect it has more to do with his ongoing sinus condition.

I am going to sign up for another season of Latin this year on Senior Learn. I skipped last year. Right now, I am participating the the Latin Summer Reading discussion. We are doing Livy. He is even more difficult, IMO, than Cicero. Pliny (we were doing him two years ago) is much easier to translate.

It will be another hot day with no rain. I hope that means the humidity stays low.


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« Reply #9249 on: July 11, 2018, 09:12:19 AM »
Hi Everyone.  Another clear and beautiful morning here in South Carolina.  Nothing on my schedule for today except going to dinner tonight at the Church and then Scott probably will come out for a couple of hours.  I will help Pat with a load or two of washing and fix her breakfast.  We had another of our salad dinners with either chicken or tuna last evening.  We enjoy these and they are very easy to prepare.  So it should be a fairly restful day.

Yesterday a little after 4 pm I took a big bag of paper records over and had them recycled at one of our credit union branches.  There was quite a line and I had to stand out in the sun probably 10 minutes or so.  I had also parked where I had to walk back to the car up an incline but made it OK.  The AC in the car felt mighty good.

Mary Ann,  you can't bet a get two for the price of one offer.  I get those coupons all the time from Ruby Tuesdays and also do the surveys at Firehouse Subs for a free drink and at Dairy Queen for a free Dilly Bar.  I also sign up for the various restaurant sites that send offers for various things.  A penny saved is a penny earned and these are about the only opportunities I have to earn anything other than investments.  It does sound like Robin has a very kind and caring personality.

Patricia, I can understand your enjoying the days in the 80's and must admit they usually are not too bad down here unless the humidity is very high.  Thanks or the information on Pet Pride.  Your cat looks very fluffy sitting on your dresser. 

Marilyne, Pat doesn't have her hair washed when she gets a haircut either.  It wasn't raw hamburger but a cooked beef sliced for sandwiches in a sealed bag.  I am sure hamburger would have been worse being left in the trunk for several days. 

Johann, I also read a lot of my email on my cell phone.  I find I am spending less and less time watching TV.  Pat watches a lot more of it than I do and I generally watch from 6 to 8 pm for the local and national news and then the Wheel and Jeopardy.  Glad you found the black lady that fills the needs you had for some help.  Do you suppose God had a little hand in letting her be known to you right at the time you were seeking.  That should take some of the strain off of you.  Maybe the rehab was not preparing very tasty meals to encourage the folks there to work harder on their rehab so they could improve more quickly.  I do try to keep the stress level down as much as I can as I believe stress is what caused the heart problems to begin with. 

MarsGal, the few times Pat has had her hair washed and set at the beauty shop she would come home and recomb it like she wanted it.  Once I got the spoiled roast beef from the truck and sprayed a bit of Febreze the smell basically went away.  It could have been much worse.  Good luck with your Latin. 

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« Reply #9250 on: July 11, 2018, 09:13:34 AM »
This is a bit long but I thought it was worth reading and so decided to share it with you all:

I spent the week before my daughter's June wedding running last-minute trips to the caterer, florist, tuxedo shop, and the church about forty miles away.   As happy as I was that Patsy was marrying a good Christian young man, I felt laden with responsibilities as I watched my budget dwindle . . So many details, so many bills, and so little time. My son Jack was away at college, but he said he would be there to walk his younger sister down the aisle, taking the place of his dad who had died a few years before. He teased Patsy, saying he'd wanted to give her away since she was about three years old!
  To save money, I gathered blossoms from several friends who had large magnolia trees. Their luscious, creamy-white blooms and slick green leaves would make beautiful arrangements against the rich dark wood inside the church.
  After the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding, we banked the podium area and choir loft with magnolias. As we left just before midnight, I felt tired but satisfied this would be the best wedding any bride had ever had! The music, the ceremony, the reception - and especially the flowers - would be remembered for years.
  The big day arrived - the busiest day of my life - and while her bridesmaids helped Patsy to dress, her fianc? Tim walked with me to the sanctuary to do a final check. When we opened the door and felt a rush of hot air, I almost fainted; and then I saw them - all the beautiful white flowers were black.  Funeral black!  An electrical storm during the night had knocked out the air conditioning system, and on  that hot summer day the flowers had wilted and died. I panicked, knowing I didn't have time to drive back to our home town, gather more flowers, and return in time for the wedding.
  Tim turned to me. "Edna, can you get more flowers? I'll throw away these dead ones and put fresh flowers in these arrangements."

        I mumbled, "Sure," as he be-bopped down the hall to put on his cuff links.
          Alone in the large sanctuary, I looked up at the dark wooden beams in the arched ceiling. "Lord," I prayed, "please help me. I don't know anyone in this town. Help me find someone willing to give me flowers - in a hurry!" I scurried out praying for four things: the blessing of white magnolia;courage to find them in an unfamiliar yard, safety from any dog that may bite my leg, and a nice person who would not get out a shotgun when I asked to cut his tree to shreds.
          As I left the church, I saw magnolia trees in the distance.    I approached a house... No dog in sight. I knocked on the door and an older man answered. So far so good . . . No shotgun. When I stated my plea the man beamed, "I'd be happy to!"
          He climbed a stepladder and cut large boughs and handed them down to me. Minutes later, as I lifted the last armload into my car trunk, I said, "Sir, you've made the mother of a bride happy today."
          "No, Maam," he said. "You don't understand what's happening here."
          "What?" I asked.
          "You see, my wife of sixty-seven years died on Monday. On Tuesday I received friends at the funeral home, and on Wednesday....? He paused. I saw tears welling up in his eyes. "On Wednesday I buried her."  He looked away. "On Thursday most of my out-of-town relatives went back home, and on Friday - yesterday - my children left."
          I nodded.
          "This morning," he continued, "I was sitting in my den crying out loud. I miss her so much. For the last sixteen years, as her health got worse, she  needed me. But now nobody needs me. This morning I cried, 'Who needs an eighty-six-year-old wore-out man? Nobody!' I began to cry louder. 'Nobody needs me!' About that time, you knocked, and said, "Sir, I need you."
          I stood with my mouth open.
          He asked, "Are you an angel? The way the light shone around your head into my dark living room..."
          I assured him I was no angel.
          He smiled. "Do you know what I was thinking when I handed you those magnolias?"
          "No."

                "I decided I'm needed. My flowers are needed. Why,  I might have a flower ministry! I could give them to everyone! Some caskets at the funeral home have no flowers. People need flowers at times like that and I have lots of them. They're all over the backyard! I can give them to hospitals, churches - all sorts of places. You know what I'm going to do? I'm going to serve the Lord until the day He calls me home!"
                  I drove back to the church, filled with wonder.  On Patsy's wedding day, if anyone had asked me to encourage someone who was hurting, I would have said, "Forget it! It's my only daughter's wedding, for goodness' sake! There is no way I can minister to anyone today."
                  But God found a way. Through dead flowers.
                 
                  "Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference."

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« Reply #9251 on: July 11, 2018, 09:14:47 AM »
MarsGal, I took Latin in high school and remember that many Latin words are the basis for English words of today.  I can't imagine trying to use Latin today.  I often say I am never too old to learn, but I'll pass on the Latin and learn other things!

I hope Oscar's problems are soon taken care of; I'd hate to find anything like that with Kendrick; he'll be five next week.

Johann, it's always good to see a post from you.  I'm glad to see you were able to get a competent black woman to help you.  We had a friend of Tom's do some cooking for us - she did it at home, then Tom would pick up the food and bring it here; some went in the freezer.  The food was good but the friend lives in Holland and it was not a convenient set up.  But it was fun while it lasted!

When Norm was in Pilgrim Manor the last few months of his life, we'd go to join him for meals about once a week.  They always had something special on the menu which was an "upgrade" of a usual item, but they'd gussie it up for that particular day.  And it was better than the "regular" item.  It was not just for guests (residents could order it too). 

When Tom came here, he had no job and no place to live, so his living here has benefitted both of us. 

Marilyn, when you go to the marine map and you see a boat icon, put your cursor over the boat and a box should come up with the name of the boat, also it would tell the destination.  You can tell by the direction the icon is facing as to where it is going.  The box also shows the knots the boat is traveling. 

Last night Tom picked up two deck chairs from Lowe's and put them together.  Tom is not a handyman and this was unusual.  Anyway, after he placed them on the deck we sat out there - in the new swivel chairs - and talked for a half hour.  Tom usually does not sit on the deck, so I hope this will bring him up and give him a little relaxation.

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« Reply #9252 on: July 11, 2018, 01:11:07 PM »
Larry, what a wonderful story. It really caught my attention.

Mary Ann, I am back from the Vets. Unusual for him, Oscar mouthed off the whole way in, the whole way back, and for about 15-20 minutes after he got home. Hmmmm! Anyway, since the hematoma I was not near the size of the one that he had gotten on the other ear, we decided to let it subside on its own. That can take months. In the time between my making the appointment, and getting there, it had not increased much larger. The Vet cleaned out Oscars ears and, on my request, checked his teeth and gums. They are okay, so it must be another artifact from his constant sinus/allergy problem. I really need to keep up with cleaning the gunk out of his ears on a regular basis, whether he likes it or not.

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« Reply #9253 on: July 11, 2018, 01:13:55 PM »
MarsGal - I also took Latin in high school, because it was required before you could take Spanish or French - the only two other languages available at my high school at that time.  I went on to take two years of Spanish, but back then, foreign languages weren't used much at all, unless you traveled a lot. consequently, I never used my Spanish at all, after graduation.  Now it's a whole different story, because 1/2 of California, is Spanish speaking.  It's a useful language here, for communication or for job opportunities. 
Poor Oscar!  He seem to have a bunch of health issue all at once. I hope the vet can rake care of the hematoma, and diagnose the other things.  How old is Oscar?

Mary Ann - Thanks for clearing up my problem with the marine map!  I wasn't using the cursor to highlight the names of the boats, but now I'll be able to identify them. 
I'm on my way right now to the local orchard, to buy some freshly picked apricots, nectarines or plums . . . whatever looks good!   The stone fruits are my favorites, so I enjoy all of them this time of year.  The best peaches aren't really ready until August, so I'll probably hold off on those for awhile. 

I'll return later . . . hope you're all having a pleasant summer day.
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« Reply #9254 on: July 11, 2018, 01:35:06 PM »
MarsGal, MaryAnn, and Marilyne; I remember Gladys talking about taking Latin back in SeniorNet in her nineties and really enjoying it! I took French and Spanish in high school and only remember a smattering of both.

I took an "in focus" photo of Farrah with my SLR rather than my cell phone showing only half of her stuff after an earlier conversation about pets being too much loved or spoiled.

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« Reply #9255 on: July 11, 2018, 02:11:11 PM »
Larry, I enjoyed the story.  My daughter-in-law’s parents were married 18 years before she was born (a miracle).  Consequently, her dad is much older than he would normally be for someone her age.  He recently had his 98th birthday.  He is a prisoner of war survivor and for many years couldn’t talk about his two years in prison camp in Germany.  But he joined a group of former prisoners and it helped him open up to tell about those years.  He has told about events that happened when his heavenly prayers protected him in some dire situations.  Miracles both big and small happen more than we realize.
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« Reply #9256 on: July 11, 2018, 02:37:05 PM »
Good afternoon, lots cooler then yesterday

Do not feel much like writing, but Jenny, I am so glad to read you have your Dadhome Also happy you got there safe and sound. Just seeing him makes you feel better I am sure.

I feel quite tired. Just home from the ematologist, had to get a shot, as my blood count was low. Now the doctor is fitting me in late this afternoon to look at my leg, which  is not getting anybetter..

Larry, didyou get the smell out?

Jane I am sorry about your knee, hope it feels better soon. You are never sure what to put on. ice helped me.

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« Reply #9257 on: July 11, 2018, 05:00:04 PM »
MarsGal, I have never cleaned out Kendrick's ears but I have asked Annie to do it.  He is really rather neglected, but he seems to love me just the same.  I do kind of look at his body to make sure there is nothing else that might bother him.  I hope Oscar gets along OK with his hematoma (the spell check did not like that word and suggested 'tomato').  Poor animals can't tell us verbally what is wrong. 

Patricia, Kendrick is very neglected because I don't have many toys for him.  He has three scratch pads and you can hear him use them.  And he does with a vengance! 

Marilyn, I'm glad you got the map figured out; it makes the hunt more interesting.  Now I'm trying to find a good overhead shot of the Soo for you.  What I've found is quite small.

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« Reply #9258 on: July 11, 2018, 09:42:06 PM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ow9DDqj-Hio

Marilyn, this isn't live, but it is a view of a ship going through a lock at the Soo.

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« Reply #9259 on: July 12, 2018, 07:17:23 AM »
Morning, here, is clear and at 61oF at 6:24am. It is to get up to around 87o today.

Marilyne, Oscar is eight years old and Lucy is nine. Gosh, I am glad I looked. Time flies so fast, I was thinking they were six and seven, respectively.

Oscar has always had sinus issues. When I first saw him at the local animal rescue, his eyes were "bugged" out and he looked wide eyed and frantic: think Bill the cat from Opus. Unlike the other cats, he followed George and me around the room, meowing, as we looked at the available adoptees. Because I already had Lucy in mind from the PAWS people at the local Pet Smart, I wasn't sure about Oscar. However, when we left he ran to the door and followed along through the glass windows, meowing all the time, as we left. We got about a mile down the road when I said to George, there was no way he was staying in that place (I wasn't impressed by the place). Back we went. It turned out that he had a major sinus infection and what is probably a cyst pressing on his sinus cavity on the one side. Not only that, since the antibiotics didn't help much, the Vet eventually came to the conclusion that he had allergies and probably a herpes infection which apparently can only be controlled but not cured. He has a lump above his left eye. The Vet, BTW, didn't think at Oscar's age at the time that it was a tumor, though it didn't feel exactly like a cyct either. It never goes away, but was much larger when I got him. Also, when he was rescued, he had a piece of wood puncturing his chest. They don't know how that happened. Well, needless to say, he gets a lot of attention (wanted or not) and is somewhat spoiled.

The PAWS lady held Lucy for me, for a whole month while I was trying to get Oscar squared away. I didn't want her getting an infection of Oscar. I was horrified to learn, when I did pick her up, that she had been in that little cage for about six months. Occasionally, the PAWS lady would take her home for the weekend, though.

Shan is about 11 months old now and, not unsurprisingly, still a little blister. He has discovered that he is big and strong enough to jump onto the kitchen table so as to knock things off onto the floor. Last week, his first table foray netted him my packet of dried milk which ended up all over the floor as he punctured it and carted it about. I have had to reconfigure, less conveniently to me, the kitchen table collection. I have to find new toys for him because he is getting tired of the ones he has now. He knows better than to tackle Lucy (all she needs to do is glare at him), and Oscar is not always up to rousting with him. That, of course, means he expects me to keep him entertained, even if it is just to watch me try to get him to play with his toys.

Well, I really didn't mean to take up all this space on the cats. Later this morning I intend on getting my hair cut, finish shopping for a few grocery items I didn't pick up yesterday, and on the way back, stop at the library to take one book back and pick up another.

Mary Ann, the ship through the lock was interesting. It didn't seem that it was right in the middle, but only had a few inches to spare on the one side and maybe a foot or so to spare on the other. I noticed that the ship was a bit scraped up from other lock and dock encounters. Mostly the locks, I am thinking, because many of the scrapes were vertical rather than horizontal. 

Patricia, that's a lovely photo of Farrah with her horde of treasures.

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« Reply #9260 on: July 12, 2018, 10:43:02 AM »
MarsGal, I did enjoy reading about your cats.  Cats can be so entertaining and also so frustrating.  I've mentioned my new deck furniture, so last evening I was set to enjoy them.  When I go out, usually Kendrick goes out.  My neighbor bought some furniture at the same time I did - a swing and two hammocks.  She put the hammocks on the deck (we have walkouts and the decks are elevated).  She has a female cat, which doesn't matter because Kendrick is an "it".  Anyway, Kendrick discovered the cat next door.  He has not seen another cat since Annie bought him  4 1/2 years ago (he'll be five July 17).  He is not very vocal, but last night he was.  Our decks are about 5-6 feet apart and hers is a bit higher than mine.  While Kendrick was very interested in the other cat, she ignored him.  He'd put his head through the railing and I really was afraid he'd try to jump up to her deck.  A visiting cat to her unit once did jump to my deck but it is harder to jump up to hers than down to mine.  We didn't have Kendrick then.  I finally brought him back in the house so he wouldn't be tempted to jump.  I don't know how he'd treat another cat because he's so used to being an "only" cat.

Those freighters dock in small quarters too, probably as narrow as the locks.  On the Great Lakes, I think the Soo is the only place for locks, however when they go east to the St Lawrence River, there is the Welland Canal which are locks. 

Tom has been to pick up our groceries already this morning so we can eat a few more days.  It is so convenient to have him pick them up as it takes so much less time than doing the actual shopping.  My problem is that I put things on the order then Tom puts them away and I forget what I've ordered.  I found a salad that was about a week old so I ate what I could but I really like to eat them right away - like today - unless Tom suggests going out to lunch.

At 10:45 it is already 75 degrees and I think we will have a warm one, somewhere near 90 degrees.  The a/c has been working overtime, but we've been comfortable.  It's Thursday and the lawn guys have been here and are almost done with mowing.

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« Reply #9261 on: July 12, 2018, 11:07:26 AM »
Good morning everyone.  It's about 8:00 AM here, and still cool and pleasant.  I'm used to seeing a message from Larry, when I first look at S&F, butI guess  he's running late this morning?

Mars Gal - Oscar’s life must have been a miserable one, until he spotted you and George at the rescue site.  It’s heartbreaking to see those sweet kitties, who have been abandoned (dumped) by their former owners.  We also have the PAWS group at our local Petco every Sunday.  I hate to see them cooped up in those little cages, but at least someone is making an effort to find them a decent life.  I hope that Oscar will get a good diagnosis from the vet, and that can at least be comfortable.  As you said, even if he cannot be totally cured, at least having things under control is a good thing.

Mary Ann - I really liked the YouTube video, of the Soo Locks.  Those big boats just barely fit into that narrow space.  The Paul Tragurtha, will probably always be the largest boat on the Great Lakes, because of the size of the locks.  I wonder if that third lock, could be rebuilt and made larger to accommodate something larger?  I guess they don't need it, so things will likely remain the same.  It is fascinating to think that an engineer from so long ago, figured out how to raise and lower those huge ships.  I'd love to visit the Soo Locks, as well as the Erie Canal and of course the Panama Canal.

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« Reply #9262 on: July 12, 2018, 11:16:37 AM »
Hi Everyone.  I am late getting here this morning as have been busy with other matters.  I made a quick trip to Walmart while it was still cool.  I needed a couple more men's summer shirts so looked in the men's department and found two on the clearance rack that were marked for $7 and $7.88.  When I checked out one rang up for $3 and one for $5, what a nice buy.  I was able to ride the electric cart so didn't wear myself out doing the shopping.

At 12:45 this afternoon Pat is meeting three other ladies from our Sunday School class who also have birthday's in July.  They are going to have lunch at Ruby Tuesdays.  I will take her and then think I will go to a BBQ restaurant up the road for my lunch and then stop at the library, which is close by and wait for her call.  I haven't been tot he library for a long time.  That is going to do it for today.

Mary Ann, I am with you on passing learning a new language.  I sometimes can't remember the English words I know although they usually eventually come to me.  We have several new businesses in the area that will pick up meals you order at restaurants and deliver then to your home.  I am keeping these things in mind for future reference.  That upgrade idea is a good one as food in a care facility or anyplace some takes on a lack of interest after having it over and over.  Glad you got your new deck chairs and have already enjoyed them. 

MarsGal, I guess Oscar really told you off!  :)  I never thought about cats having sinus/allergy problems but guess they can have about everything humans have.  Glad he didn't need to have his teeth and gums cleaned.  Maybe you could give him a breath mint (not a serious comment). It sounds like Oscar deserves a lot of attention as he must not have had much before you got him.  Wait until you find Shan on top of your refrigerator.  Our cat was able to jump up on a counter next to our refrigerator and then jump on up to the refrigerator where he proceeded to eat off all of the leaves on a four-leaf clover plant we had put up there to keep it away from him as he had eaten off everything but the stems once before.  It  had grown back but we just gave up on it.  Your cat stories are interesting. 

Marilyne, when I went to high school it was do small there was no foreign language offered, just the basics.  So when I got in college I took a French course during a summer term just to prove to myself I could do it.  I basically remember only one French word, beside the common things we use, and that was for ink well.  There just isn't much occasion to use that in conversation.  I guess Spanish would be helpful all over the country. 

Patricia, I guess foreign languages learned are like most things in that if you don't use them you lose the ability to do so.  It looks like Farrah has plenty to entertain her. 

Jean, what a wonderful thing that the group setting helped your daughter-in-law's father open up about his terrible war experiences.  We who have never had to experience such horrors of war have little appreciation of what our military go through and bring back home in their minds. 

deAngel, sorry to hear you needed another shot for the low blood count and that your leg isn't any better. I noticed this morning that their is just a little lingering smell in the car and garage.  I have opened the car windows and left the garage up a quarter of the way and hope that will help air it out.  I think I will leave my garbage can out with the lid open until this evening.  My son brought the spoiled meat around from the back of the house and put it in the garbage can when he took it to the street.   

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« Reply #9263 on: July 12, 2018, 04:49:57 PM »
Mary Ann - I'm going to try to break my habit of wasting an entire day on the webcams! ha ha!  Were you watching the Soo Locks this morning, when the Mesabi Miner, was slowly moving into the second channel? I think the MM is the second largest boat on the Lakes, after Paul? While this was going on, the Saginaw pulled into the first channel, so I got a good close-up look. Interesting to see all the workers moving around and doing things on the second deck.  Then I checked in on the Bear cam.  There must have been a dozen bears in the water at that time.  Finally went back to the Duluth cams, but nothing happening at either one.  Somehow, Grand Haven got lost in the shuffle! ???  I'll look at it when I finish this.

It certainly has been quiet in S&F today. After I posted my morning message here, there were no more posts anywhere for a couple of hours.  I hope that things pick up in all the folders.  I'm going to post in Books and TV now, and maybe generate some activity there.

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« Reply #9264 on: July 12, 2018, 05:26:19 PM »
We’re relaxing today after what we hope will be the last vet visit for a while. Today we took Sadé, whom the vet says she likes best, for her once-every-three-years (triennial?) shots and strokes. We don’t take every cat every year, because the cost for seven of them would wipe us out. The cats don’t mind waiting.

Meanwhile, the humidity is down, so I get to go out and count hummingbirds and deer.

Larry, I chuckled at your comment about forgetting words in English. I’m renowned for using my hands when my brain goes awol.
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« Reply #9265 on: July 12, 2018, 05:50:10 PM »
Good morning from a hot, dry, partly cloudy Interior!

Its good to see you post Sasha. Do you ever do any permanent fostering or do you helm your organization? I remember back in TA when the Cats group there was sponsoring some of your cats. You do something very wonderful for the feral and or homeless cats where you can!

Larry, that is only some of Farrah's stuff and doesn't include her folded towel in the bedroom, her cardboard box condo by the bookcases nor the toys that are put away when not supervised.

Her life before was so lousy that I am overcompensating. When I was arranging everything in one place for that photo, she had to come over and supervised in case I took one of her belongings away! :)

Marilyne, the bear channel gets action in late August and September when the salmon runs begin, and the bears are stoking weight for hibernating or in case of the females, winter's in the den, live birth.

I like to watch the Duluth cams by going back and forth from the canal to the bridge and then to the Two Harbors Depot or in reverse to follow the ships. I have yet to see any boats at the Soo.

MarsGal, I'm sure your vet has checked Oscar for ear mites? Every cat has them, and while many aren't bothered, I had one cat, Thomas who was allergic and had a plum size hematoma on his left ear. It was over a thousand to drain it, medicate it and Thomas had to wear tubes and a cone hat for quite awhile.

The vet used Revolution to prevent the ear mites return, however, Thomas had to be resuscitated twice during surgery. The vet also counseled me not to attempt the many home remedies put there for ear mites, saying while most were harmless, and none worked; many are dangerous for the cat and humans.
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« Reply #9266 on: July 12, 2018, 06:20:54 PM »
I just thought I'd pass on something I give the cats each morning which seems to help with the sinus stuff. It is an L-lysine/Brewer's Yeast combo. The vet said that for a while, some time back, he and many other Vets recommended it. But, he said it turned out not to be that great. I think too many people must have expected it to cure their kitties completely, but it didn't. It does work some. So far, Shan has not picked up the sinus problems, and both Lucy and Oscar have improved enough to be noticeable.

I forget who mentioned, a while back, the cat toy where you put some treats in it and make the cat work to get at them. I just ordered a ball that they have to roll around to get it to dispense the treats. I expect Shan will like that a lot. If the others show an interest i will order a second. I also found a replacement for the kitty laser lite/flashlight that died last month. It has a switch rather than the little button you have to hold down. Rather than a battery, it comes with a USB cord to recharge it. It's worth a try.

Larry, I hope Pat had a wonderful time at her lunch today. Did you find anything at the library?

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, the cats don't have mites. Shan was given the Revolution treatments as part of his flea treatment. He (the Vet) quite likes it for the kitties. Lucy has been shaking her head again. The last time she did that, I took her up to the Vet and she said she couldn't find anything but a little pinkness in the one ear. She gave me some Synotic which helped. Vet says I can get it, or something similar, OTC. He said to look for a pet ear formula with DSMO in it. It apparently works to reduce itching. Oscar had no mites either, but he does have a yeast infection (rare in cats, so the Vet says). He gave me some TrizEDTA to clean his ears out with. I've  been a bit remiss on that, lately. In fact, I didn't realize it came  back in his left ear. My lighting isn't near as good as the lighting at the vets office and the gunk is down in (another good use for the laser/flashlight I ordered). His cauliflower ear is hard to clean completely. So, now I am back to giving them a clean as best I can, every day. Oscar disagrees that he needs any of this, of course.

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« Reply #9267 on: July 12, 2018, 06:53:59 PM »
Marilyn, I hit the jackpot at the Soo today with seven ships going one way or the other.  I saw when the Saginaw zoomed past the Mesabi Miner; it was fun watching them today.  When I looked at the Duluth schedule, it seems everything was going out tonight or tomorrow.  The schedule will list something to dock at Two Harbors but I'll find the ship is already there.  I enjoy the Duluth/Superior cams and the Soo.  In fact, i like any live cams.

I have a TV program coming up now, so I will quit the computer and S&F for awhile and I'll be back either later tonight or tomorrow.

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« Reply #9268 on: July 12, 2018, 07:14:34 PM »
Mary Ann, don't know what I did but I can't find the Soo Locks webcam site on my computer now.  Can you post it for me?

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« Reply #9269 on: July 12, 2018, 08:39:32 PM »
I'm not MaryAnn, but I copied her post for you Mary as she may not be back until tomorrow.

"http://dev-9and10news.pantheonsite.io/weather/live-skycams/sault-st-marie-cam/

In case you're interested in watching the Soo Locks, this is the cam for that site.  It is not as busy as Duluth, but I don't know why because most of the boats from Duluth, Superior and other ports must pass through the Soo to get to the East.  I will also post a map site that will take you from Duluth to the Atlantic Ocean if you have enough patience to travel that far.  The map shows boats with their names and only shows Duluth and other MN and WI ports as destinations even though they are leaving.

https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/centerx:-85.0/centery:47.0/zoom:10

The above is the map site.  It starts in Canada, but with your cursor, you can move the screen and get to the Soo. 

Our family would sometimes take a vacation to northern Lower Michigan or to Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  If we went to the UP we often would go to the Soo.  Before conditions got to the point where conditions were dangerous, we could walk across the locks.  Also we would take boat trips through the locks and stop in Canada where we would buy tins of Canadian candy.  The boat trips are still available but walking out to the locks is not.  They are thinking of building another lock on the US side because of the amount of traffic. 

In case you don't know what the locks do, Lake Superior is higher than Lake Huron and the St Marys River that runs between them was originally a rapids.  The locks make it possible to raise water in a lock to the level of Lake Superior, or lower the water to the level of Lake Huron so the boats can continue on their trips.

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