Wednesday, November 29, 2006


The same two squirrels

I think this is the last squirrel photo I'll post, this week. I have some cute kitty pictures I could be posting.

Q: Why do squirrels swim on their backs?

A: To keep their nuts dry.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006


Looks like someone is having breakfast.

I took several photos of these squirrels. The one eating, at the base of the tree, is the same one that was running down the tree. I might post a squirrel photo each day, until I run out of pictures, just for fun. And then, again, I might not.

Monday, November 27, 2006


It sure is Monday

Oh boy, one of those full work weeks. The holiday weekend has been great. It, pretty much, flew by. Last night's news was threatening snow, later this week. Ugh!

Sunday, November 26, 2006


She's baaaack!

I was planning to leave the door open, last night, in hopes that Rocky Girl would magically appear. I was too tired (and really, kind of depressed - it's been a crappy week or so) to do it. I moved the trap and set it. I went to bed.

This morning, I went outside to see if the treats on the porch were touched. They weren't! But all of a sudden, a series of "Meow meow meow" came from the trap. I ran inside and got the flashlight and my shoes. I didn't think that hoarse meow was my kitty, but boy was I pleasantly surprised! YAY! Rocky Girl is home. It looks like the water heater is heating, too! The tune, I'm the happiest girl, in the whole USA, comes to mind. I think Rocky Girl is pretty happy, too.

Thank you, all, for your kind thoughts and comments. You really helped lift my spirits when they were lowest.

Saturday, November 25, 2006


Not exactly what I was hoping for.

Wrong cat! I guess I'll try again.

Friday, November 24, 2006


One more cat picture

The trap works! Unfortunately, it's not the cat I want. In fact, now that I see it's coloration, I wonder if the sighting under the trailer, early morning, was actually this cat, and not Rocky Girl. I'll try again!


Friday Cat and Chicken Blogging.

Here are some of my sister's chickens. She's trying to get the big one to lose weight, so she scattered the feed dishes around the yard. This way, that chicken would have to walk around to eat."Did you like my joke, Grey Feather? I can't stand it, I crack myself up, sometimes."

"Did you say something, Cotton? I wasn't listening."

As always, check out the wonderful animal pictures linked for Friday Ark at The Modulator.

Thursday, November 23, 2006


Happy Thanksgiving.

Cotton, Lady Fortuna, Sgt Mango, and Grey Feather suggest taking naps after eating turkey. I haven't gotten to speak to Rocky Girl, so I don't know what she suggests. We also wanted to say a big "Thank you" to all our friends on the Internets:) Sometimes, we need to speak (problems, anxieties, etc.) and it helps when others listen (read) and respond. Thank you, all. We hope your Thanksgiving Day is pleasant.
Cotton hopes to bring a little laughter (or at least a grimace) with his Thanksgiving riddle.

Q: What did the turkey say to the computer?

A: Google Google!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006


Not for the timid

I wasn't sure if I should show this or not, it's so yucky looking. All this wet, moldy, material was pulled out and replaced with new. It looks beautiful, now, compared to the photo shown.

I do have water. Not hot water, but still, having water is good. The guy checked to see what the problem is - it kept tripping the breaker, but not the little red button on the water heater. It looks like the circuit breaker needs to be replaced. I'm not too unhappy about that, because this place is quite aged. For that particular breaker to have given no problems, until now, is amazing.

Rocky Girl hasn't been captured, yet. She was spotted, under the trailer, at about 2:30, this morning. I have hopes to get her back inside, within the next couple days.

Saturday, November 18, 2006


Lemons - and I'm tired of lemonade

Thursday morning, I noticed water leaking from the bottom of my trailer. I called the guy that used to live here and asked if he could replace the water heater. He said he could do so on Friday. I got home Thursday night and noticed the water was spraying from the copper tubing that led out of the water heater. I figured that meant I didn't need a new water heater, just a new floor in that area. I shut the main water valve. This guy says I probably should get a new water heater, anyway.

Once the water heater is pulled out, it's bottom falls off. It's all rusty and corroded from who knows how long the water has been spraying out of the pipes. Luckily, it had fallen through the floor at an angle, so the rest of the floor didn't get all wet.

Oh, did I mention that most trailers have a water heater door on the outside. Mine doesn't. Nope, that would be too easy! So, the room is all musty and wet from the steam. The area that holds the water heater was sopping wet, with mildew growing on the drywall. He pulls out the flooring (that nasty particle board) and drywall. He couldn't do any more, because it needed to dry out. A fan was turned on to dry it, and he left. I went to work.

When I came home, it was dark...and a cat ran from the front of the trailer to the backyard... and under the trailer. It was Rocky Girl. I called and called to her. Crawled under, but when she figured I was too close, like a rocket, she flew to the back. I hoped she would come to the door to see the other cats, or something, but no.

Today, this guy thought he would have walls and floor finished, with the heater installed. He wasn't finished when I had to run to work for a couple hours. I took a change of clothes and towel/soaps, etc. I took my shower there. Luckily, there is that option! I got home and found that walls and floor are finished, but the heater is still not installed. Hopefully, it will be finished tomorrow. Oh, and I can't find the cat.

Friday, November 17, 2006


Friday cat blogging - three cats.

It looks like it's up to Lady Fortuna to chaperone Sgt. Mango and Rocky Girl.

As always, check out the wonderful animal pictures linked for Friday Ark at The Modulator.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006


checking the E-mail

I figured I hadn't shared my E-mail on the blog, lately. Here's one I received, just recently. Darn! I guess I need to head out to the beauty parlor.




Sunday, November 12, 2006


Two thoughts.

I think The Practical Press should be renamed Fixer and Oldwhitelady's Writing Blog. Heh!

So... what about Daniel Ortega being elected president of Nicaragua, again? Deja Vu. I guess Hugo Chavez is happy. It's doubtful that Shrub is.

Saturday, November 11, 2006


Veterans' Day

When I think of Veterans' Day, I usually think about the book, The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane. I read that he hadn't had any experience with war when he wrote that book. I am amazed, it seemed so real. What a classic!

"I presume so," remarked the general. Then he began to talk rapidly and in a lower tone. He frequently illustrated his words with a pointing finger. The two infantrymen could hear nothing until finally he asked: "What troops can you spare?"
This is probably a question asked in every war, all sides. I may not agree with our current war(s), but I do wish safety to our troops and hope they will come home, soon. I thank all veterans for the courage they've had to have to fulfill the duties and orders asked of them.

Friday, November 10, 2006


Friday Cat Blogging - Lady Fortuna

It seems as though I just posted kitty pictures.

Favorite Cat Riddles

Q: Why happened when the cat swallowed a coin?
A: There was money in the kitty.

Q: What type of cat purrs more than any other?
A: Purrsians.

Q: What does a cat call a bowl of mice?
A: A purrfect meal.

Q: What do cats eat for breakfast?
A: Mice-crispies.

Q: What do cats like on hot dogs?
A: Mouse-stard.

Q: What do cats put in their drinks?
A: Mice cubes.

Q: What does a cat read?
A: CAT-alogs.

Q: What is a cat's favorite color?
A: Purrr-ple.

As always, check out the wonderful animal pictures linked for Friday Ark at The Modulator.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006


Looking forward.

Finally! Election day has passed, voices heard, changes voted. I wonder how many votes were lost because of an advertisement that contained a statement, something like this: had money overseas, perhaps a tax shelter. I found it to be very offensive and misleading. The candidate, the advertisement was talking about, won. Perhaps other voters were as offended as I. Or...It could have been as one person wrote in a letter to the editor... I'm paraphrasing, here: After seeing what the known is like, I'm willing to give the unknown a chance. I guess it's time for the Christmas advertisements to start on TV.

Monday, November 06, 2006


He can't, but we can.

Cotton wants to remind everyone to get out and vote, Tuesday.

Sunday, November 05, 2006


The path he chose

Evangelical Dismissed Amid Sex Scandal
...Haggard told reporters he bought meth but never used it; he said he received a massage from Jones after being referred to him by a Denver hotel. Jones said that no hotel referred Haggard and that he advertises only in gay publications...

...Church member Christine Rayes, 47, said the congregation had hoped the allegations "were all lies."

"We all have to move forward now," she said. "This doesn't make what Ted accomplished here any less. The farther up you are, the more you are a target for Satan."..
What interesting reading for a Sunday. By my title, I meant that this is a guy who knew that he had homosexual impulses and followed them (according to his accuser) yet backed an amendment to ban gay marriages. Why deny gay people (taxpayers, at that) the right to be happy with a spouse they can love?

Saturday, November 04, 2006


What happened to "Kinder and gentler nation"?

Over at Steve Bates, The Yellow Doggeral Democrat, check out the following article - Revoltin' Joe's Storm Troopers. Steve links to Ned Lamont for Senate blog:
...When the bus moved and the door was partially opened for Ned and staff, Joe’s “volunteers” rushed the bus again, violently screaming in the door. Ned was never able to make it off the bus and into the senior center.
Steve says:
...Now we learn what we already expected: if Lieberman (I-Suck) is elected, he will fit right in with the Thugs-in-Chief. I am glad this man is no longer associated with my political party. Good riddance...
Isn't that the truth!?!

Friday, November 03, 2006


Values Family.

The 89-year old guy needs to start thinking before he opens his mouth. My mother called me this morning. She said Thanksgiving is going to be at my sister's this year. My mother says she's going to bring rye crisps and suggest we sisters also bring things we wouldn't ordinarily eat.

A couple weeks ago, my parents were watching The Biggest Loser. My father turns to my mother and says, "You, oldwhitelady's sister, and oldwhitelady should go on this." I think my mother is still pissed. ...And yeah, I'm bringing the jello;)


Friday Cat Blogging - Girl Power!

Oh where, oh where, is my sweet little Rocky Girl. I call and call, but I can't find her. What a beautiful flower on that plant!
Look at the mighty panthers. It looks like there might be a fight between these two beautiful beasts of the jungle. The mighty panthers are being played by Lady Fortuna and Rocky Girl.
I know I saw Grey Feather a little while ago. Where did she get to? Boy, it sure is difficult keeping track of the kitties around here.

As always, check out the wonderful animal pictures linked for Friday Ark at The Modulator.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


Oops - a slip of the tongue...

...and you have all the Republican (and their apologists') tongues wagging. Outrage - Crabbi writes about John Kerry's slip that have all the talking heads blabbing. Some explain that he was actually talking about the current administration, but others... even John McCain, go out of their way to pretend to misunderstand so they can blame John Kerry for bashing the troops. You'd think that with the many times Shrub has slipped up, and the media quietly swept it under the rug, they'd do the same for a real veteran. Someone (on radio) said that Kerry's remarks are galvonizing Republicans to get out and vote. Oh, bullcrap. They already realize the predicament they're in. They were already planning on getting out there and voting. Everybody else needs to get out there and vote, too. I'm ready!


Next dinner party - I'll...

bring the jello.

A practical joke involving jello
Here's a delightful treat someone once made for an office Christmas party:

A gelatin mold should be made with Knox Unflavored Gelatin and red food coloring. One would think that a flavorless food would not be at all difficult to swallow, but believe me, from the looks of people who inserted cold masses of gelatinous glop into a mouth that was expecting sweets, the experience is unexplainably horrifying! Some claimed to be nauseated by the feel of it; others politely swallowed.
This sounds like a great prank!

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