Wednesday, August 31, 2011
We lost power for three full days due to Irene breezing through, but are OK. Poor willow crashed. Dock broke loose on one end but was saved and re-secured before it got away like others did.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
I have another "long-time" person in my life, but this person is not a friend. This person has outwardly insulted me and several of my immediate family members and other loving friends over the past 15 years to the extent that I have now shut this person out.
It wasn't only the insults, it was the game-playing and disrespect of feelings. I do not do shouting matches. I do not associate with people who do this. At ALL. There will never be a confrontation nor a conciliation. It is too late.
It took a great amount of tolerance from me to have it come to this. At first, I just turned away; the wound wasn't deep. The next time it happened I walked away and licked my wound. The third time, I ran away to tend to a deep wound and then I had completely gone away - bleeding profusely - to join others who were also stricken and injured in the same fashion. There is something seriously skewed in this person's way of thinking and inconsideration of reactions by verbalizing in such venomous manner. This person has a poisonous tongue. It is intolerable and treacherous behavior pointedly intended to entrap and tear apart.
Now "long-time" person wants to get together. It won't happen. My feelings of ill treatment are justified and today my bite punctures are repaired.
I'm reminded of an old-time tale of a frog and a scorpion.
One day a scorpion is hanging around the side of a stream. A frog happens by on his way across the stream. The scorpion cannot swim so he stops the frog and asks if he can climb on his back for a ride across the water.
“Do you think I am crazy?” The frog says. “If I let you on my back, you’ll certainly sting me and I’ll sink in the water and die.”
The scorpion replies, “hey just think about it for a second, I can’t swim. If I sting you, then you’ll die and I’ll sink and die too.”
The frog thinks for a second and decides that makes sense, so he proceeds to give the scorpion a ride across the stream.
About half way across the stream, the scorpion stings the frog. The frog screams “What are you doing? Why did you sting me? Now I am going to drown and die and you are going to sink and die too.”
The scorpion says “because I am a scorpion.”
In this irritating tale there is a disturbing truth: it really happens that people behave in incomprehensible manners with no other reason than, nobody knows why, "that is their nature."
This is a disease that lies deep in human nature. There are many examples, practically every day. We can laugh when they are just funny. But some are dismally tragic.
Sometimes they don't really know or understand life and friendships. I forgive that. Some people never find what they're looking for. It's pitiful.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Just a thought......
Friday, August 19, 2011
I'm afraid I'm going to have to turn down your offer to trade Scaroidosis for Ed. Scaroidosis would get under my skin and not respect my space.
I don't want to share Scaroidosis with you either. That's a threesome that would be a sticky and tacky union.
I'm certain that I'd never steal him. You would just let me keep him and that would be no fun at all. I'd be out of breath all of the time!
If you had Ben (Gay) instead, I'd grab him in a minute. He'd be good to take to bed with me. Arthur (Rtis) is a "no-no" because he hurt me before and he always took me from joint to joint. Charley (Horse) makes me get up and go when I don't feel like it. Will (Power) would cramp my style and Johnny is cold right to the bottom. Al (Zymer) is always flirting with me and my other friends.
So you see, I guess I don't really want any companion anymore; especially one that causes me to have lumps and bumps. He sounds like a brutal and difficult cohabitant and besides, his feet are too big.
Please forgive me for my selfishness, but your generosity is well thought-out and very diplomatic as well. Oh, and cruel!
Your true friend, Gere
Note: (The bit about Ben, Arthur, Charley, Will, Johnny and Al has been taken from the experience of others, so no credit can be given here.)
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Last night while washing supper dishes, for some reason I turned and looked out the living room window and saw this elusive turkey in my yard. I have been trying to get a shot of this little jake for a couple of weeks. He is an extremely cagey critter, always sees me first and dashes away. He usually comes to visit during the very early morning on grassy the side of the cabin. I would have to take his picture through the window that has a screen and that never works.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
I want to show you my view from in front of Cabin Tranquillity. I dashed out onto the lawn when I looked out of my kitchen window while washing dishes and this is what I saw! Magnificent! It was, at first a double, but, by the time I got my camera, put on my "camera eyeglasses" and got out there, the double had faded. This is the largest rainbow I have seen in many years.
Friday, August 5, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
For all food lovers who are on a very limited grocery budget, I would like to share one of my creative experiments that was successful - as far as we are concerned.
Is taste and enjoyment of a meal ruled by constrictions of a sparcely stocked cupboard? Is a meal hindered and constrained by meager supplies? NO! Is the cook restricted to no exploration or inventiveness? NO!
A two-serving meal or three-servings if appetites were moderate, was enjoyed by this couple last evening.
Ingredients were as follows:
1/2 of 1 pound box of Ronzoni Trio Italiano Pasta
($1.00 on sale**Used 1/2 so 50¢!) reg. $1.49
Two 6.5 oz. cans of Snows (by Bumblebee) minced clams in juice
($1.00 ea. on sale) reg. $1.83 ea.
One 15 oz. can of Progresso white clam sauce
($1.19 on sale) reg. $1.79
Empty the 2 cans of minced clams, including juice, and the one can of white clam sauce into a teflon pot. Heat very slowly and when it is steaming, add the uncooked pasta. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until all liquid is absorbed and the pasta is ready. (About 15 minutes, as I remember.)
Serve in large pre-heated (in microwave oven) soup or spaghetti bowls. Top with grated Parmesan/Romano cheese.
There is enough left over for today's lunch.
Total cost: $3.69 Thanks to ShurSave Gold Card
and Tuesday Senior Shopping day!
Don't ask me "Where's the salad?"
Our vegetable intake is just fine.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
I'm privileged to watch my hummingbird visitors through the cabin's dining room window. It's a good thing that I don't have as many fly in for my home-made nectar as many bird watchers do, because then I wouldn't be able to name them. One-at-a-time they come and only once in a while does a "swoop and bomb" occur. I've deducted that their sparse numbers are due to the wildflowers in this area. Every July the first one will arrive and look for my feeder. Only then do I make it up, using one cup of boiled water with 1/4 cup of white granulated sugar and a drop of red food coloring. The old feeder has been broken and repaired several times, but is definitely still in service. I wash it only with hot water and never use detergent or disinfectants. MY birds like to rest on the perch while drinking. They dip, lap, raise up, look around, and dip again to their heart's delight.