Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Roller Coaster

Jack, Russel, and Buddy
This has been an emotional month for me and my family. On the thirteenth we found out our little dog Jack was dying of heart failure. He had heart worms and they were killing him. I called Scout and told him so he could come say good bye to Jack before we went to the vet the next day. We had him put to sleep that Friday. 

Colt and I were with Jack while he was put to sleep. He went so quick, it wasn't painful, but I felt so guilty looking at the sorrow in his eyes. I think he knew we were putting him down. It''s painful when you decide to kill something that you have come to feel is a major part of your family.

We barely had time to absorb the pain of losing Jack when we noticed Buddy acting funny. I locked the dogs up at night in Guantanamo, the pen, until Jack died but after his death, I let Buddy start running loose at night.

On Monday Buddy was laying in the back of Colt's truck and wouldn't get down and come to us. I went out there to see what was wrong with him. Buddy was curled up in a ball and couldn't raise his head. He looked like he was about to die. I called Scout to tell him about Buddy. He came to see Buddy for himself. We stood by the side of the truck looking at Buddy, crying and petting him, trying to figure out what was wrong with him. 

Scout noticed his left butt cheek was swollen up real bad. His left eye was also matted shut. We put eye drops in his eye, in case there was any trash in it. He acted like it hurt, but he didn't feel like fighting us.

Around dusk I went back outside to feed the cats and check on Buddy. He actually seemed to feel a little better. He stood up and circled around and laid back down. He was holding his head up even when he was laying down. Before, he had been limp as a rag. Scout came back over to check on Buddy and was thrilled to see Buddy was better. I promised to take him to the veterinarian on Tuesday if he lived. Donny agreed.

Scout didn't work because of the weather, so he and I took Buddy to the Animal Hospital. The same doctor who saw Jack, saw Buddy. She said that Buddy had a temperature, and an abscess on his hindquarters that needed to be drained. Buddy would have to stay at the hospital for the surgery. She also treated his eye.

I was able to pick Buddy up from the vet the next day. He was full of pep and so much better than he had been when we took him there.  He enjoyed riding in the car, looking out the windows, on the way home. He hung over the front seat watching me drive as I talked to him. The doctor told me to keep the wound clean and dry so I kept him in the house so he wouldn't re-injure his wound. 

Buddy has never been an indoor dog but he's surprised me with his intelligence. He hasn't had a single accident in the house. He will go to the backdoor when he wants to be let out and will come right back inside when he's done his business. I can't believe he's that good. He likes laying in the floor next to Colt's bed, but when I lay down and no one is around, he comes into my room to lay by the bed. 

I've been giving him medicine wrapped in bread or bits of meat and he's been real good taking his pills. He doesn't even mind it when I put salve in his eye. I couldn't have asked for a better patient.

Donny and I had to go to the doctor last week too. Donny had the flu and needed a shot. I had to go to the doctor for a physical and to get a doctor's order for a mammogram. They had already done a mammogram a couple of weeks ago but wanted to take more tests. 

I hope we don't have another week like this again. It was too expensive and too stressful. Thankfully, we all seem to be doing better now. Buddy is lively and happy, Donny is getting over his congestion, and I don't have to go back to the doctor again for six months. 

We are very blessed to have come though everything. I can't complain. Several of our friends have been having a much harder time. They have lost loved ones who were unable to overcome serious health problems. Our loss and sorrow is insignificant compared to theirs. I wish I could do something to help ease their pain but I know there is nothing I could say that would make it any better. As stupid as it sounds, the only thing that will ease the pain is time. It doesn't make the pain any less real, it just makes it more bearable. 

My heart goes out to you all. 


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Save The Georgia Archives

Governor Deal announced this week that he was closing the Georgia Archives to the public on November the 1st. 

The Georgia Secretary of State, Brian Kemp, had cut the staff to a paltry 10 employees in charge of the Archives. A full crew was 90 employees before budget cuts in Georgia. 

On Tuesday Kemp let more employees go. Ironically on Wednesday Governor Deal declared September "Archives Month in Georgia". Gee, do you think Governor Deal is yanking our chain?

Budget cuts should not be made by cutting the staff and hours open to our public institutions. The Georgia Archives and the National Archives are major sources of information for everyone interested in the history of Georgia and her residents.

Over the last four years open hours had been cut to two days a week, Friday and Saturday, from 8:30am to 5:00pm. Govern Deal intended to close the Georgia Archives, except by appointment only. That would virtually guarantee that people would not have access to public records in the state of Georgia.

The power of the internet has caused people to rally, and collect signatures, in protest. People are petitioning to keep the Archives open. It is a vital resource for Georgia history and research. People from Georgia and other states use the Archives for research and genealogy. The Archives reaches back to the beginning history of Georgia, from  in 1732, and Georgia's founding as a trustee colony by King George II of Great Britain.

The Archives are used to support legislators and state agencies by providing background information and context for proposed legislation and current issues, maintains records that protect citizens legal and property right, and those of the state government and counties, decreases liability, and increases efficiency of state agencies through proper record management.  

The Georgia Archives was built next to the National Archives specifically so that people would have access to both Archives for research close to one another. Now they want to restrict access to the records at the Georgia Archives. In contrast, beginning October 1, 2012, the National Archives at Atlanta will be open for public research Monday through Friday and the third Saturday of the month. 

The National Archives has a Microfilm Research Room and an Archival Research Room.which contains information for genealogy research and general historical interest. 

The Archives has 180,000 cubic feet of archival holdings dating from 1716 to the 1980s, primarily textual records but also maps, photographs, and architectural drawings.

Georgia Archives and the National Archives are public information consortium's  designed to preserve and disseminate information about the history of our state and our nation to the public.  People use the Archives to research projects for research, family history, land and property, census records, and various other uses.

Please add your voice to the growing throng of people banning together demanding that Georgia keep the Georgia Archives open to the public. 

They are closing a building that was opened in 2003 and won an award for design.

Our building
Our facility, opened on May 6, 2003, is a winner of many awards, including the National Design Award from the American Institute of Architects. It was designed by HOK. 

They've decided not to close the Archives.
Please sign the petition anyway and let them know
So they don't change their minds again!
Thank you
The battle isn't over yet. Governor Deal is waffling.
Please sign the petition.

Archives are Limited to 2 hour Appointments
***IMPORTANT CATCH*** From Linda Davis please note:

" the Atlanta Business Chronicle, states the Archives will be open two weeks a month. That is a little misleading. According to this press release it will only be open Thursday, Friday and Sat, by appointment of 2-2 1/2 hours. We gained a day of appointments only (for a few people), but lost full day usage at any time."
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Friday, September 7, 2012

Comments I Saw

Ramblin's on the Web

I've been enjoying the election showdowns between the Democrats and the Republicans. It's going to be an exciting race between now and November. 

I didn't watch all of the Republican convention, but I saw enough of it on the news to keep up. When I did watch it, I noticed a subdued excitement across the crowds. They seem reluctant to see Governor Romney as their candidate because of all the baggage he carries. He's rich, he's a Mormon, he's a flip-flopper, he's controlled by super-pacs, and he's surrounding himself with the extreme right wing radicals in the party. 

Tell me, do any Christian churches preach that Mormonism is part of the Christian community? I'm curious. I doubt any do here in the south but, if I am wrong, please let me know. I welcome an answer. I wonder if preachers have changed their tunes and support Mormons, and tell their flocks that Romney is the better man. It's ironic that they accused Obama of not being a Christian and now they are going to vote for a Mormon. No offense, if you're a Mormon. To each, their own. It's just that the irony is staggering.

We got the joy of a double whammy in the last two weeks for political junkies like me. The Republican convention was last week and they nominated Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential candidate. They kept saying that they had a plan. Their plan is to continue tax cuts for the wealthy and cut programs for the poor.

This week the Democratic convention is in full swing. President Obama is the Democratic presidential nominee for 2012. For me, it's must-see TV. I'm so excited. President Obama is working hard to help the needy and the poor. He is fighting to shore up social security and to help educate our children so that they can attain a better future. He is working for the people. Romney is working for the corporations.

Let the games begin.

Last time I posted this

A comment about the atmosphere of the 2012 election fervor on a message board summed it up nicely. James Holloway said: So the racists are circling the wagons. The one thing that Mr O's election has done that no one can debate is, it's brought the racists out of the closet into the main street of town. 

It got me thinking about all the other comments I've read.
So I decided to collect a few and give you a peek
At the things I've seen 
Like this . . . 

Magelan Smejkal: listed Obama's Accomplishments: Lilly Ledbetter equal pay act, Credit Card companies thwarted from additional interest, stricter tobacco control, hate crimes bill, 4,000,000 uninsured children now insured, college loan revamping to cut out middleman and waste for more student loan availability, Kennedy service act tripling Americorp, cash for clunkers that rescued falling auto sales, stimulus bill which was the largest tax cut, education investment and clean air support ever, ACA, real health reform that a dozen Presidents tried but Obama completed, the financial reform bill to curb Wall Street excesses to avoid future catastrophes, Veterans reform expanding VA access, 25 tax cuts, land conservation, and formed a consumer protection agency and reduced the deficit, too! The Democrats did this IN SPITE of the Republicans not voting with them. The Democrats risked their political career to stand for what was right instead of just for their own political career. Now, we have a Congress that has obstructed and sabotaged every forward motion for one reason, interest in the benefits of being a career politician. Republicans stand for making Obama fail, giving billionaires and big business tax cuts so that "YOU PEOPLE" must continue to carry the load. VOTE

Some comments were informative, and others more passionate.

Cathy Hosie Roberts: I posted a message on Paul Ryans fb page telling him he is a liar and it was removed so he is a chickenshit too

I pointed out that He knows that the money President Obama took from Medicare he reinvested into programs that actually extend the life of medicare by 8 years and that his own budget takes the same 716 billion from medicare but because it is given to big oil and in tax breaks to the wealthy it shortens the life of medicare by 4 years. So how can he sit there and lie like that and expect our votes does he think we are too stupid to read the budgets for ourselves and know whats up? And now my post is gone. What a chicken shit.

Still others reflect feelings of disilluionment and sorrow.

Jack B. Quik: Sad commentary on our times. Those in politics bare a great responsibility to our country in keeping peace amongst our citizens. Yet many abuse this power, demonizing one side or the other, calling them names, saying one party wants to hurt you or that it is ok if you hurt members of that party.

Intelligent people know this and can disregard political bravado. But politicians seem to forget that there are not only talking to intelligent people. There are sick people, easily misled people, schizophrenic people, scared people and anti social people out there as well. And to these people, threats of government takeover or demons or whatever other boogeyman you can think of are very real inside their heads. The more you joke that hurting the other side is ok, the more people like this believe it. And the more people like this believe it, the more people end up dead.

Holding office is a public service. It is up to you to use that power responsibility, and using it to encourage peace amongst our citizens, not to encourage a civil war. If we keep polarizing the country into two sides, you can bet that that is exactly what will happen.

When Soledad O'Brien put the smackdown on Christione O'Donnell
for misusing communism, socialism, and Marxism

Buck Johnson: Christine put on a little weight since her last attempt at the senate. What Christine needs to understand is if Obama and his administration was communist, why bailout the banks? In a communists nation all those banks would have been nationalized and taken over and it would be all under a name like the National Bank of the US of A. He bailed out those banks (which he should have had them wound down and broken up) to save the US economy. He should have allowed GM go into a real bankruptcy, that thats the free market way. The reason he didn't is because that would have seized up the supply chain and costs millions their jobs and possibly push is right over into a harder depression. And the levee's Soledad is correct that was built with govt. money. Christine is saying that govt. supposed to do that infrastructure but that was a cop out. If the govt. is supposed to look after the good of the whole then what about the EPA or FDA which the republicans want shut down because of to many rules.

Rules just like those levees are there to protect everyone pure and simple. Her logic is so flawed it's amazing. If the govt. was smaller private money wouldn't have built those levee's. Actually they would have for their own protection (homes of the rich, their factories etc. etc.) but for the rest, do it yourself. A pure capitalists society would end up to be a feudalistic structure where it would be impossible unless by the graces of a person at the top for an individual to go up in society or get a loan or start a business.

Politics are like watching a magician but instead of scarves and cards
They use fear and bombard us with lies.

Cari Loveland: How anyone could vote for him is beyond me-- but then again, propaganda and fear-mongering have always been successful techniques for brain-washing the masses. Emotion, not logic, rules the kind of cognitive dissonance that is required in order to vote for the Romney/Ryan ticket and other politicians of their ilk... :-\

People are starting to realize they better speak up and fight back.

They aren't willing to sit back and listen to the lies from the right any longer.

After President Clinton spoke at the Democratic National Convention,

Thomas Bailey: Republicans STILL aren't over Bill getting with Monica? Even after all of his accusers in the Congress (Vitter, Burton, Livingston, Barr, Newt) were found to have love-children, and be having affairs, and Newt was screwing his intern at the very same time while breaking up with his wife by phone? Really? Still? Even after Vitter's hooker scandal, and wide-stance Larry Craig in the bathroom, and Foley chasing intern boys? Really? You still want to talk about Monica? OK, you dirty old hooker-hiring, boy chasing, anonymous-sex-in-bathrooms GOP. Let's talk about Monica then.

I think the tide has turned. Americans are no longer sitting idly by 
Allowing the Republicans to control our economy
And our destiny.

I think, this time, we're in the fight for our lives and nothing could be
More important than preserving our American values for
Our children and future generations of Americans.



Saturday, September 1, 2012


This has been a whacky summer. At first it was so hot I thought we would be in a drought all summer, then it started raining and cooled down to mild temperatures in the 80's. Before you knew it summer was over and fall is upon us. 

My Rose of Sharon bushes didn't bloom out like they usually do by the fourth of July but they are spectacular now. There are big, bright, red berries on our dogwood trees in our front yard. The rains, and the milder temperatures must have confused the cycle of the plants because they aren't acting normal.

We got lots of vegetables out of our garden and the freezer is full again. That will help our food bill this winter. Don has been taking our excess tomatoes and okra to the neighbors to share. We have more than we need so I think we had a very good summer.

Schools have started back and Colt's back at the University so I'm back in my old routine. I've gotten used to not having the boys around and I spend all my spare time playing on the internet and on Facebook. 

I know I'm going to alienate lots of friends between now and November because I can not resist a meme, or an article, or blog about the candidates. I am a big Obama supporter. I dread what America will be like under a more conservative and impersonal Republican presidency. I don't necessarily think Mr. Obama will be reelected but I hope he does. 

The Republicans want to take us way back to 1950's America. I thought that, by the turn of the century, we would be living more like the Jetson's than back in time like in Pleasantville. Talk about going Back in Time. Whew!

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