16 November 2018

Friday Follies...
Well, at least we're NOT looking at some atrocious conditions outside THIS morning.
The city actually cancelled leaf pickup yesterday (we already had ours picked up LAST week).
Personally, I would have cancelled HALF the day (until all that crap ice went away).
I had to toss some rock salt on the pavement between the back steps and garage so Wifey wouldn't slip (I've walked in and on worse...or should I say SLID along...lol).
Our Hoosierland weather for today brings us cloudy skies, temps rising to about 35 degrees, and a light breeze, just to make you feel colder.
So, let's get the day started with a hot cup of Friday Fortitude, as we see what has been (and will be) going on elsewhere...
*** First off of the stove is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
NOVEMBER 16 -
---It's National Button Day
(make sure never to lose YOURS...heh)
---It's National Fast Food Day
(and Wifey's "cooking"...ROFL)
---It's National Indiana Day
(FINALLY...so what's the deal anyway?
*** Next, and since the end of the week has arrived, let us take a look at what we can observe over the following 48 hours...
NOVEMBER 17 -
---Saturday is National Adoption Day
(Being adopted means someone CARES)
---It's National Baklava Day
(haven't had that in a LONG time)
---It's National Homemade Bread Day
(a friend's mom used to make some AWESOME bread)
---It's National Take a Hike Day
(I tell that to everyone in OUR area, and in the voice of Beetlejuice)
NOVEMBER 18 -
---Sunday is the Mickey Mouse Birthday
(looking good for his age)
---It's National Princess Day
(let the little girls be little girls, I say)
---It's National Vichyssoise Day
(a COLD soup, but a tasty one)
And there we have it...lots of things to take note of.
Just remember to ALWAYS observe responsibly.
*** Next up, from our Special Kind of Stupid Department we have this:
https://wpta21.com/news/top-stories/2018/11/14/state-police-pumpkin-thrown-from-overpass-smashes-windshield/
I'm not smiling one damn bit.
Not only is that STUPID...it's pretty damn DANGEROUS.
Thankfully, the woman in the car as not killed.
You tell 'em, pup.
Police need to catch this jerk and toss a few books at him (or her).
Nothing funny about this AT ALL.
*** Next, I guess there still is a 1st time for everything:
https://wpta21.com/news/top-stories/2018/11/15/ice-storm-causes-fort-wayne-community-schools-to-close-in-november-for-first-time-in-20-years/
A shame. If Wifey still worked for them, she'd have had a day OFF WITH PAY.
I will say that for once, FWCS took the side of caution, rather than stay open and place kids at risk (as they tend to do).
*** Next up, another "OOPS" moment from the utility company. Here;'s the story:
https://wpta21.com/news/top-stories/2018/11/14/gas-line-bursts-forcing-neighbors-to-evacuate-their-homes/
This took place in the 6900 block of Baswin Cove (NW above Smith Field)
Wish to hell these guys who dig around the city would take the time to CHECK where the damn gas lines are...,save a LOT of hassle.
This is becoming all too common with these crews.
*** Next, country music legend, Roy Clark has passed away at the age of 85.
Here's the story:
http://www.cmt.com/news/1801082/roy-clark-dies-at-85/
And here is his WIKI:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Clark
I really enjoyed his music and man, could he play a guitar...and banjo...AND fiddle.

(Here he is with the late Jimmy Dean)
Not gonna be the same without hearing him any longer.
(thank God for vintage TV shows on obscure cable channels)
*** Next up, time to swing on by our "Kitten Corner"...
Just keeping your seat warm, daddy.
The kids have a very special day coming up (on Monday), but don't tell them. We want it to be a surprise.
They were both pretty good yesterday, and with little running about.
Violet and Gallifrey tried to watch some birds,. but even they didn't come out in the bad weather.
(plus, the feeder was empty - note to self there)
And I'm just being cute (as usual).
And there are THREE words that get them "busy"...Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (aka din-din)...and "treats".
Okay, that's FOUR words.
They do look forward to the routine.
*** Next, let's do our daily check-in with "Midnight and Whiskers"...
Well, someone used the shelter.
Our furry twosome did not become the frozen twosome yesterday, and we broke with tradition, and provided more WET food (at room temperature) to warm them up.
Suffice it to say, it was VERY well received.
As a result, they were here for all three meals (and hand held treats).
They also have a routine, and I think they look forward to it as much as I look forward to seeing them each and every day.
Nothing wrong with such familiarity, is there?
*** Last back to the oven...well, Red River has overcome (this week anyway) their  "aversion": to picking up our trash on the appointed day of the week.
Yesterday, trash pickup was around 1315 hrs, and would you believe it, less than 15 minutes later, recycle came through and grabbed that? Astonishment became the word of the afternoon (for me).
Simply A-Frigging-Mazing!
Let's hope they can MAINTAIN this...one day does not a changed mind make.
Also, we're standing at the door of Thanksgiving, and as a preface to that, let me say that we (as in ALL of us) should take time daily to realize just HOW thankful we truly are.
Aside from the hectic and stupid that's running rampant in our world today, it only take a minute to pause and reflect on what we have to be thankful for.
So, let's just not limit such things to a particular day.
Rather let's all make it a daily occurrence. We'll be better off in the long run , trust me.
Do have yourselves a good weekend.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and as always...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

15 November 2018

Thoughts For Thursday...
Okay, let's review - a winter weather advisory, sleet, freezing rain, some snow later, school closings and delays, and several traffic accidents (and it's not even 0700 hrs)...sounds more like JANUARY than November, doesn't it
Well, to say you should take care driving or even going down your steps and sidewalks seems like  overstating the obvious, but do practice safety anyway...you'll be happy you did.
Our Hoosierland weather today brings us much of the aforementioned conditions, along with cloudy skies, temps rising to only around 34 degrees, and yes, some snow accumulation by midday (when this is SUPPOSED to end).
So, let's all brace ourselves for the day ahead with a nice big mug of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, as we see what else has been going on...
*** First off of the salt truck is the answer to yesterday's WHO SAID THAT? quote:
"The Internet is just bringing all kinds of information into the home. There's just a lot of distraction, a lot of competition for the parent's voice to resonate in the children's ears.a"
This was spoken by none other than Phillip Calvin McGraw (born September 1, 1950), but you know him as Dr. Phil. He's an American television personality, author, psychologist, and the host of the television show Dr. Phil, which debuted in 2002
And here is his WIKI:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_McGraw
He is the 15th highest earning celebrity in the world...how's that for success?
It's a rather lengthy read, and (imho) covers more of his personal life than professional, but it's still worth the time, if you're interested.
*** Next, let's take a look at our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
NOVEMBER 15 -
---It's America Recycles Day
(I know WE do, even it gets picked up days later...lol)
---It's (another) Great American Smokeout 
(yeah, like I'm gonna make that happen any time soon)
---It;s National Rural Health Day 
(wonder how this differs from URBAN health day?
---It's National Bundt (Pan) Day
(screw the pan, gimme the CAKE)
---It's National Philanthropy Day
(we could use a lot more of these)
---It's National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day
(no more "mystery foods" and science experiments)
---It's National Spicy Hermit Cookie Day
(these look pretty good, and I think I might have had these ages ago)
---It's National Raisin Bran Cereal Day
(well, I've bran flakes and raisins...sounds like a plan)
*** Next up, in spite of the craptastic weather outside today, there's some good news when you stop at the gas pumps)
https://www.wane.com/news/national-world/oil-prices-drop-for-12th-straight-day-bringing-more-relief-at-the-pump/1594695701
A little bit of "sunshine" on a nasty day. Just don't become a shooting victim because some mooks had a bad drug deal...be aware of your surroundings (including the people).
*** Next,  from the Only In the Socialist Republik of Kalifornia department cmes this:
https://wpta21.com/news/top-stories/2018/11/14/police-woman-beat-mcdonalds-manager-over-ketchup/
Looks like others are learning from the low-information blacks these days
All this bullshit over stinking KETCHUP? I mean WTH is this world coming to when people act in such a reprehensible manner?
*** Next up, an update on the Kroger gas station shooting:
https://wpta21.com/uncategorized/2018/11/13/shoppers-dont-feel-safe-after-double-shooting-at-popular-plaza-victim-idd/
Yes, crime CAN happen anywhere, especially in places where it didn't USE to occur. Wonder WHY that is?
(crime's been allowed to spread all over the city, that's why, thanks to government-sponsored lowlifes)
These people up north are just NOW finding out what WE have had to deal with for the last couple decades on the SE side. Welcome to the ":club", kids.
*** Next, from the Department of the Ridiculous comes this gem:
http://www.news-sentinel.com/news/2018/11/13/purdue-report-climate-change-will-impact-indiana-tourism/
Good thing the climate DOES change, otherwise we'd never have a PLANTING or HARVEST season, would we, folks?
 BTW, that CO2 (aka greenhouse gas) helps FEED everyone, because ALL the damn PLANTS depend on it.
And these experts worry about TOURISM? Seriously?
If they really mean "global warming", then why don't you "experts" try and make the Earth stop wobbling on it's axis,  or keep the Sun from getting hotter. Maybe you can keep the moon from moving AWAY from the Earth..
All THAT stuff has been PROVEN. It's really happening.
Yeah, go put your little insipid primate minds to work on THOSE.
*** Next up, rime to stop by our "Kitten Corner"...
A clean paw is a happy paw.
The kids did okay and were busy doing as little as possible, with the exception of acting cute.
We had a small bout of running about after dinner, but I suppose that was to run off the food.
"Peek-a-boo. I see you."
All you have to do is shout "HEY!", and they stop quickly enough.
After that, they settle back down, and live goes on.
*** Next up, let's check back in with "Midnight and Whiskers"...
Patrol...or NOT patrol?
Our furry twosome spent another day close by our home, and we even had the wet food away from under the patio table.
WAY too easy a choice.
He was thinking of doing a patrol, but I think he decided otherwise with it being colder than it has been.
Yeah, it's MUCH better to stay close by.
She just huddled in a nest of leaves (as he also did), and treats time was enjoyed right after dinner
And every day has THREE tasty reasons.
(because the sun sets so early now).
Today should be interesting with the weather.
*** Last back to the trash bins...I can only imagine  that our trash (and now recycle) might not be picked up today (due to the weather, no doubt).
Last week - a day late.
I hope that's not the case, but Red River HAS been a bit on the "allergic" side when it comes to our usual THURSDAY pickups over the last couple months.
And yes, the weather will have a lot to do with most everything today, especially traffic/
At least, we did get a leaf pickup before this all hit.
But the fact that we got this kind of weather kind of early will no doubt catch a lot of people off-guard.
The weird thing is that this stuff came at us from the SOUTH (rather than northwest).
Now, I said all that to say this...today's world is about control.
It's the way WE are manipulated, or nudged into a specific direction or to go along with certain specificities that others wish from us. Thing is, those things might not be what WE want, or even in our best interest.
And there's where the DISTRACTIONS come into play. If we're otherwise busy dealing with distractions, we might not be aware of how we ARE being "corralled" into changing our lievs in ways we didn't expect (or even need).
If anything, we really need to have control over OURSELVES (before anyone else).
Try it...you'll like it.
That's all too obvious, and should be relatively easy for many.
Maintaining focus on whatever task we have at hand will net us results more in tune with how we need to live.
(and not how others want us to live)
There's something to think about.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.