Monday, September 28, 2009

Reuse, Reduce, Recycle

344 days to go!

Bill and I were coming home from a visit and just before our road we saw an all too familiar sight. There was a deer that had been hit by a car on the side of the road. It was just around the corner from our road and we had the "Who is responsible to remove road kill?" discussion. Is it the homeowner, do you call the police, is there a game warden?

Game warden - Reminds me of a situation when I was living in Maine. We were driving back home to the Air Force base on the only road between the radar site and the base. We came upon a crowd gathered across the road and expected to see a terrible accident. It was terrible - a caribou (imagine a cross between a deer and a moose - moose not mouse) had been hit by a vehicle. It was still alive but desperately hurt. By the time we got there, the game warden had arrived and the discussion was about how to get this animal out of its misery. Finally, Lew said (for any who don't know, Lew is my ex-husband) to the GW - "You have a gun, please, take care of it." The GW says, "I don't want to kill it - you do it" and he tries to hand the gun to Lew!! Mind you, he didn't know us at all! Lew puts his hands up and says, "we're outta here!". We got back in the car and I actually don't remember where we went - probably drove around the group and went home.
Anyway - back to my story. The next morning as I was going to church I looked to where the dead deer was and saw 15 turkey vultures sitting on the lawn. One was on top of the dead deer, the rest were pretending they didn't know what was going on. "Nope, I don't see anything. He's the one - we're just sitting here minding our own business" And for good measure, they hopped and looked away. I was amazed. In all the time we've lived here, I have never seen more than one turkey vulture. The one I saw was sitting on our neighbor's roof - resting one really frosty fall morning. By the way - they have a really ugly face! So I go on my way.

After church, I glanced over to the road kill and was shocked at what I saw. I had only been gone about 2 hours.

By the end of the day, there was nothing but bones. Amazing! (No, I didn't take a photo of the cleaned bones. Actually - I didn't think of it!). Nature at its finest. Reuse, reduce, recycle.

You don't believe me that a turkey vulture is ugly? Like the saying "so ugly only a mother could love ...." Beautiful bird - one ugly face!

The whole thing was too cool!


Wednesday, September 23, 2009


349 days left

I can't figure out why I am having such trouble finding something to write about. My brother (whose birthday I forgot) nudged me about not writing today. The big 59 day came and went without any angst. So it isn't that. I think I've just been busy with stuff - and when I am, I don't spend time thinking about anything. I'm busy doing.

Part of what I'm not thinking about is losing weight. Actually, it is almost all I think about. I HAVE TO LOSE WEIGHT!!!!! My fatness is driving me crazy. It has been about 4 years since I really started putting on the pounds. At least I think it is 4 years. Wow - maybe it is longer..... Anyway, I am planning a new regimen, and am working a part of it already. It is important that Bill and I do this together. Why, you ask? Because we both have health issues that will go away if and when we lose weight. I have a fatty liver, he has high blood pressure - YUCH!

Bill is bicycling! Or he will be when he finds a bicycle that fits him.

Notice the One Way sign! He is so cute.....

So - we have serious, significant weight to lose. I may work my way into bicycling, but at this point I have it in my head that I'm going to fall and rip all the skin off my arms and legs. At some point when that fear dissipates, then I can ride. For now, I am walking outside. I was using the treadmill until we had our basement floods and leaks. Always, always, always the leaks are over and around the exercise equipment (giving me a good excuse to take a break). We can no longer be cavalier about our commitment.

Now we embark on our journey to healthy bodies! I wonder why it is so difficult......


Friday, September 4, 2009

September is Special

368 days left

I love September - school starts, flowers and vegetables are bursting out of the garden and the leaves turn those fabulous autumn colors. But what I like best about September is the crisp air, fall sports, apple harvesting and school supplies. Did you know that almost every September day is a celebration day? We celebrate the newspaper carrier day today. In case you missed it, Wednesday was National Blueberry popsicle day. And tomorrow is National Cheese Pizza day. Bill is so happy that we didn't miss pizza day......

The whole month is incredibly important. Where would we be without the special remembrances that fall to September?
•Baby Safety Month
•Better Breakfast Month
•Cable TV Month
•Children's Eye Health and Safety Month (not to be confused with BABY safety)
•Classical Music Month (competing with cable tv - tough one)
•Library Card Sign-Up Month
•National Chicken Month (do chicken really need a month? )
•National Courtesy Month (you're welcome)
•National Honey Month (food or people?)
•National Pediculosis Prevention Month (WTH? - this means HEAD LICE!!!!)
•National Piano Month
•National Rice Month
•National School Success Month
•National Sewing Month
•Read-A-New-Book Month
•Women of Achievement Month

There are so many family birthdays and anniversaries in September, I thought I’d match them to national days.

Jackie’s birthday – Sept 6 – Read a Book Day (bookworm 1)
Katie J’s birthday – Sept 8 – International Literacy Day (bookworm 2)
My birthday – Sept 8 – Pardon Day (think Richard Nixon – Gerald Ford, argh!)
Andy’s birthday – Sept 9 – Teddy Bear Day (aw…… reminds me of orange bear)
Pam’s birthday – Sept 10 – Swap Ideas Day (Freecycle alive and well)
Pam & Brian’s anniversary – Sept 10 – TV Dinner Day (‘Nuff said – LOL)
Dave’s birthday – Sept 11 – Make Your Bed Day (OR how to be a great husband..)
Bryan’s birthday – Sept 12 – National Chocolate Milkshake Day (great day)
Beverly’s birthday – Sept 14 – First Department Store opens (if you know Bev..)
Dann & Lisa’s anniversary – Sept 16 – National Working Parents Day (always working)
Katie B’s birthday – Sept 17 – National Apple Dumpling Day (mmmmm)
Someone should have this birthday – Sept 19 – Talk Like a Pirate Day (arrrrgh!)
Jim’s birthday – Sept 20 – First Railroad Station Opened, Sophia Loren’s birthday (Va-va-va-voom)
Nathan’s birthday – Sept 21 – Miniature Golf Day (can’t wait to take him)
Evan & Donna’s anniversary – Sept 24 – National Bluebird of Happiness Day (so sweet!)
Amanda’s birthday – Sept 29 – Scotland Yard was formed (this fits you Amanda!)

Celebrate the month (head lice? I think not), buy some pencils and pick some apples. That reminds me - it's time to make applesauce.