The first one is too obvious, and the second...we'll talk about that later on.
It is F-R-I-G-I-D outside this morning, and it's not getting much better as the day progresses.
With the wind chill (currently), it feels like between -17 to -20 degrees out there.
|Where's Ian Ziering when you NEED him?|
Streets with snow still on them are better left to those with ice skates than with tires...be careful.
Our Hoosierland weather for today finds us with PLENTY of cold conditions (dangerously cold if you're not properly attired with several layers, and don't forget proper insulation on the feet, too).
Looks like we'll have sunny skies for the most part, temps will only rise to around SIX DEGREES (of separation?). and yes, we will have breezy conditions to boot (coming from the west).
Now, how's about joining me for a nice BIG, hot cup of coffee (or tea or perhaps cocoa) as we see what else has been going on around the old familiar places, hmm?
*** First off of the glacier is the answer to yesterday's WHO SAID THAT? quote.
"Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings."
This was spoken by William Arthur Ward (1921 - march 30 1994), who was one of America's most quoted writers of inspirational maxims. Here is his WIKI:
I'm surprised more is not known about this man
Since it's such a brief read, you'll surely have time enough to look it over.
*** Next up, it's time for our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
DECEMBER 15 -
---Today is National Wear Your Pearls Day
---It's National Cupcake/Lemon Cupcake Day
---It's Bill Of Rights Day
TRYING to amend for ages)
It's a bill of RIGHTS...NOT privileges,kapeesh?!
---And, it's Cat Herder's Day
IF you have the rights "tools")
*** Next up, Let's get our daily dose of STUPID out of the way with another robbery at a frequently targeted Marathon station nets one. Here's the story link:
Police believe this might be the same perp that robbed the place a couple times over the last few months. (sure hope so)
Whatta dumbass...keep robbing the SAME place until they catch you...dipshit!
*** Next up, and still a bit on the stupid side, schools are not closing in spite of the bone-chilling weather.
|Not an option today?|
We were not parading about on some fashion show runway, so screw looking "cool".
Today's kids wear athletic shoes in ice and snow, rather than what we called GALOSHES or "overshoes".
Athletic shoes were meant for warmer weather and NOT for winter. Kids don't have adequate head covering, either, and not many are wearing GLOVES (or mittens).
|These kids looked better prepared.|
*** Next up, this story had me both pissed AND laughing...for the OBVIOUS reasons too. Here's the link:
CLEAR your sidewalks...like WE do (all the damn time)...yasureyoubetcha. Not gonna happen with too many people and businesses around town.
Then What the f*ck are you doing to STOP people from ignoring the ordinance?
Not ONE fine levied against ANYONE in ALL that time...now THAT is deplorable.
|Don't bother with OUR house. We do it RIGHT.|
*** Next up, and speaking of snow and ice along the streets....I was going to check on the mail yesterday as it was after 2PM and was not sure it the carrier had come.
|The scene of the "crime"|
My one foot fell through a soft spot, while my other foot got hooked under an ice chunk which did not give.
Into the damn street I tumbled, tearing my camo pants at the knee on the concrete, and falling onto my right hand. Both feet were hurting very well after that.
Needless to say, the mail came later, so that was a wasted trip to the mailbox.
Well, it wasn't REALLY wasted, as both feet became swollen in less than an hour, Walking was quite painful.
|Yeah, that's an "ouchy".|
It HURTS like the devil. Got me a real nice limp working...just in time for the holidays.
Don't need my cane (from a bad sprain way back in the late 70s), but I'm still not gonna be running any races for a spell, or spending time brushing up my "two-step" routine.
Now, if God was trying to use this as a "teachable moment", I think I could find several dozen BETTER methods for Him to choose from.
On the up side (you mean there is one?), I didn't crack a kneecap, or bust a hip, or shatter my sternum or spine.
Thankfully, the military pants had a DOUBLE-KNEE, so no abrasions, and I sewed the pants back up.
A so-so job, but they're (now) knock-arounds.
Maybe THAT was the lesson...to appreciate not being hospitalized (or robbed if I was laying in the damn street)?
It's a stretch, but I guess I can work with that for the time being.
Besides, I can STILL handle a gun, so NO worries here at the "Fortress".
*** Next, let's slide on over to visit "Kitten Corner"...
|"I LIKE this toy - it SQUEAKS!"|
Have to dose them once a day for the next several weeks, and that should take care of any ringworm fungus stuff (we'll see). As for them transmitting it to me? Not worried.
|"All this dumb BALL does is ROLL."|
I just add the meds to some wet food and presto...instant ingestion.
They were both hanging around me last evening, as they knew I was not on my "A" game and hurting.
Earlier on, they were busy playing near where we put our shoes at the back door in the family room.
*** Last back to the iceberg...when you least expect it, sh*t happens.
|I don't wanna be the hydrant today.|
And, when it does, we don't have to necessarily like it, but we DO have to deal WITH it.
Now, I spent some time yesterday after injuring both my feet swearing at everything BUT God...wasn't HIS fault.
I blamed the city for the lousy plow, myself for not clearing a path TO the street, and the city in general for their "lack of vision" when it comes to OUR part of town. I even blamed global-warming...LOL.
Yet, it could have been much worse.
It's just another day in the life, as it were, and despite what happens, the sun will still rise and set, the clocks will still move forward in time, and the planet will keep on spinning.
|Yeah, sorta like that.|
Well, it might turn out different, but some things are locked in time - can't be changed.
(We Timelords know this kinda stuff)
Best thing to do is move forward, learn from whatever experience took place, and add it to the knowledge files (for future reference).
And perhaps, if more people tried to do the same, a lot of our major problems would be lessened.
Again, we can always hope, right?
Stay SAFE out there, America.