Monday, August 29, 2011

Turkey Update

(No, I'm not talking about politicians!)

If you've read my blog in the past you may have noticed my mentioning that we have a Wild Turkey infestation. Yeah, the wily (snort!) illusive (snicker!) rarely seen (Gack!) Wild American Turkey. It isn't native here but was another of those ecological errors made by some stupid (Oops, that isn't PC!) unaware "sportsman looking to import something to shoot and kill. Wish that fellow was here right now...

The turkeys thrive and invade and multiply. So far this morning I've hobbled out to discourage 2 hens with 2 poults and then, minutes later, a single hen with 4 poults. I'm betting by tomorrow these two groups will have joined together, as turkey moms "group parent".

That noise you hear around 7AM PDT will be me swearing and shaking my fist to chase the secretive wild birds off my porch. Judging by past events, I scare the s*** out of them, albeit briefly.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Is there anybody else out there who gets as irritated as I do about having to fish blindly down the throat of a commercial pill bottle in an attempt to extract that cheerfully shredding hunk of cotton?

And while I'm at it how do YOU feel about buying that plastic bottle of pills and finding 3/4 of the container is that self-same wad of useless white gunk PLUS a little cylinder of anonymous "moisture reducing stuff"? Gee, until I looked inside I thought I was buying some pills!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Is it lack of resolution, confusion, or something else entirely? From a person who could cheerfully juggle a multitude of activities I've evolved into someone who seems to have all the trouble she can stand trying to engage in a single pursuit. The inner sense if that of a Bumper Car who touches one chore then careens off to chase another which, once met sends it off chasing another.

My emotional state wobbles between overwhelmed and stunned.

Whatever happened to the woman who could throw laundry in the washer, tidy the kitchen, read half of a recent novel, and water the garden all after sending her child off to school, lunch in hand and writing several letters and setting the mail out? All this before lunch. I still make the attempt, mind you. Well, except for sending the child off to school. She's now the super-woman handling those things before work in the morning.

Where was I? Oh yes, whatever happened to the me that was? I think about accomplishing all those things and the thought is so daunting I require immediate resuscitation followed by a lengthy nap. Those times when a task is begun I am quickly sidelined. This needs my attention. That requires a decision. The other thing demands notice. I end up neither attending, deciding, or noticing.

Is my dilemma that of being stuck as tasks pile up? Or is it that of not acknowledging this phase of my reality?

Saturday, August 20, 2011

A few days ago a friend sent me an email with a list of changes for the US Congress that, especially in light of recent history, seem very appropriate. It goes like this:

Congressional Reform Act

1. No Tenure / No Pension.

A Congressman collects a salary while in office

And receives no pay when they are out of office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates

In Social Security.

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund

Move to the Social Security system immediately.

All future funds flow into the Social Security

System, and Congress participates with the

American people. It may not be used for any

Other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement

Plan, just as all Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay

Raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower

Of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system

And participates in the same health care system

As the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they

Impose on the American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen

Are void effective 1/1/12.

The list has been circulating but it seems perhaps not to be getting to the right eyes. I've passed it along to my Senators and Representative. I'm not terribly well-informed on the political front but it does seem that these people should be in all respects PART OF and SUBJECT TO all the rules they impose on the voters. (See #6)

Friday, August 12, 2011


I came in from the outside deck yesterday, where I'd been basking in the elusive bit of sunshine that had gotten through the fog and graced the Oregon coast, and as I crossed the service porch area I spotted a lizard. A lizard peering out from under the chest freezer.

Lizard and I exchanged stares as I considered the impossibility of capture/rescue/eviction. If approached it was certain to duck back under the freezer. Or dash under the nearby upright freezer. Or the washing machine. Or the dryer. Impossible to move hiding places were plentiful and the lizard was sure to mistake my helpful "you can't survive here you're gonna starve" approach and interpret it as "Ooooh, yummy meal for the taking!" A dusty cobweb filled dark place was bound to beckon more than a giant clumsy human hand.

My decision was to let lizard karma rule. I left the door wise open and sent a mental "Run! Hide out there!"

This morning there is no sign of my scaly guest and I hope it took advantage of the chance for freedom. If not it may be quite some time before we discover the small desiccated corpse let behind.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Sinking or swimming?

It is time for a few small observations. I'm lucky that only a couple of tough pals read my blog since I'm sure my comments would irk any number of other less intrepid folk.

1) I'm as irritated by the most recent budget foolishness that the US Congress has fostered as anybody else I know but I also feel bound to notice that the citizens loudest in squawking are those who are fastest to avoid taxes, quickest to draw some sort of subsidy, and seem least inclined to do their public duties… i.e. jury duty, etc.

2) I wish I could justify running my household budget on deficit spending!

3) One look at the sort of television programs prevalent should be enough to explain why our citizens elected the idiots in Washington DC.

4) It is doubtful anyone with integrity would want to be an elected official - locally, statewide, or nationally.

5) It doesn't seem much better anywhere else on the planet.

I swear at the evening news. I twitch. I bite my lips. I despair. Thank goodness for those people I know personally who are thoughtful, caring, compassionate, and intelligent. Though they are greatly outnumbered by the cheaters, the liars, and the brutal of this world they provide some hope for a future. Bless you all.