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Monday, July 17, 2017

We Are in Trouble

My brother send the following link to me.  It may not work as it may have been pulled but if it hasn't you are in for a shock.  This girl has just graduated from Harvard?

http://eheadlines.com/wp-content.uploads/2017/06/StraightOuttaHarvard.mp4

I fear for our future.

Friday, July 14, 2017

The pond

Yesterday my friend D came over early and we went down to the pond with some Pond Master and a super soaker to try to get the weed killer on the lily pads that have taken over.  I wouldn't mind so much if they would flower but they don't. Only a small area of the water is visible.  I'm pretty sure the carp I put in there a while back are gone, either by suffocation or blue heron.  The reason for the super soaker is that it will spray 30 feet whereas a normal sprayer only goes about 10 feet.
I have not been down to the pond in quite some time.  The last time I went down there (about 2 years ago) alone, I broke my leg.  That's another story.  Needless to say the vegetation has taken over and needs to be dealt with. My friend D doesn't want me to go down there by myself and, actually, neither do I.  Anyway, she had the day off yesterday so she came over early and down we went.  The super soaker worked like a charm and it was actually somewhat fun to let the lily pads have it.  Hopefully the solution soaked into the pads and started to work.  We did have a brief shower in the afternoon so we'll see if that affected the stuff.
As for the dam, I'm going to try to get the guy who mows for me to go down and take care of cleaning that up.  A number of sweet gums have sprung up and they need to be gone along with the rest of the weeds, which are knee high.  It isn't surprising that things are a mess since it's been neglected all this time.  The overflow pipe is still clear enough for water to go into it even though there is growth around it.  That kind of acts like a filter I guess.  If all else fails I'll make up some non-toxic weed killer and go down when it's a clear day and let the weeds have it.  Would really rather not have to though.
"Owning" property (I really feel that I don't own it, but rather am caretaker) can be hard work.  I'd rather that than rent.  At least I can pass it down to family.
If any of you out there in the blue nowhere have any suggestions as to how to get rid of the lily pads please give me the information.  Thanks!
Y'all have a loverly day and remember:  today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Weeding

Going outside to weed before it gets too hot  Tried yesterday and only lasted about 45 minutes.  It's getting hot early in the day here.  And muggy.  Then there's the rain in the afternoon and evening.  I think the weeds are going to win...sigh.
Y'all have a good day.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Memorial

Off to another memorial this morning.  My long-time friend Alex. He was a Vietnam vet and is getting  a proper send off at the lake where he lived.  He had a hard time of it when he got back from the war and fought drugs and alcohol for a long time before he got clean.  Liver cancer finally took him.  The really sad part is that he died alone at home.  His long time off and on girlfriend had tried to call him but no answer so she called the local police for a welfare check.  They had to break into the house where they found him.  She was on her way from Texas to talk to him about what he wanted done.  I wish he had called me.  I'd have been there in a heartbeat.
This is the second memorial I will have been to in a week.  The first was a woman who was killed doing what she loved to do....working as a corner marshal at Road Atlanta.  She went to help a downed motorcycle rider and tripped.  The rider who hit her couldn't avoid it.  It was the first time a worker has been killed at the track and hopefully the last.
I will mourn their passing but know that they are in a better place with no pain.  Blessed be.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Code of Ethics for Professional Journalists

I took this from the Colonial Williamsburg magazine.

Ethical journalism should be accurate and fair.  Journalists should be honest and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information.
Ethical journalism treats sources, subjects, colleagues and members of the public as human beings deserving of respect.
The highest and primary obligation of ethical journalism is to serve the public.
Ethical journalism means taking responsibility for one's work and explaining one's decisions to the public.

The Society of Professional Journalists, once called Sigma Delta Chi, first adopted a code of ethics in 1926, borrowing from the American Society of Newspaper Editors.  The latest code was adopted in 2014 and can been seen in its entirety at spj.org/pdf/spj-code-of-ethics.pdf

One has to wonder just how many journalists actually have read the code and follow it.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Cleaning house

I have a house guest coming on Monday.  She will be presenting a talk and workshop at my quilt guild.  Therefore, I must clean my house.  It isn't too bad anyway, mind you, but could do with some dusting and vacuuming.  So the next couple of days will see me doing just that.  I'm only going to worry about the downstairs.  The upstairs is for the grandchildren, cats and my room (which IS a disaster). I might straighten the loft up a bit.  That will certainly confuse the cats.  Happily my guest likes cats and, when asked about food likes and dislikes, stated she's like Mikey except for a couple of things, things I don't like either so no worries there.
I'm hoping the blueberries last while she is here.  I've been picking them every morning and it looks like they may be gone by next week.  I'm keeping some in the fridge just in case.  I'm also going to ask my neighbor if he'd mind if I come over there and pick.  He has lots and LOTS of blueberries.  Once mine are gone I'll be cutting the bushes back in hopes that the bush out instead of up.  I know they are happy where they are (the drip line from the roof).
Y'all have a really, really, REALLY good day.
P.S.  I will be SO happy when the special election here is over.  The ads are nothing but mud slinging and I'm sick of it.  No matter which one the 6th district gets it's a losing situation.  And I'm sick of all the negative stuff coming out of DC.  Never have I seen so much attempted destruction of a president.    Glad I'm not just growing up in these times.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Received word last night that a long time friend has passed away.  He had been fighting cancer for a while and we had hoped the treatments would work.  The really sad part is that he died alone.  Another friend was on her way from out of state to check on him and help him.  When she couldn't get him on the phone she called the local police and asked them to do a welfare check.  They got no response when they got to his house so they broke in the door.  I wish he had called me, so does my daughter.  We've known him for so long.  He wouldn't, though, because he wouldn't want us to see him in such bad condition.  Nor would he want us to "go out of our way" to help him.  He was a very private person.  I mourn his passing but know he is no longer in pain.
If only he had called.