Friday, June 29, 2012

So how does Mary's garden grow

It's not a very big garden this year no cucumbers, I've got one tomato and pepper plant, of course my herb's are doing fine. Didn't plant as much as last year. The weather has been weird here and all over the world. Spring came early two days later more like summer then back again to spring, a week later winter then not enough rain then too much. All my flowers and herbs are in pots so if we get too much rain they can drain and if not I can water. Tuesday we had a high heat index warning, I went out early in the morning to give everything a bit of water also gave birds, squirrel food and water. Waited until the sun isn't shinning in the yard anymore, before I went back out there.

My goodness it was and still is HOT, now it's not as bad as other place's. It's our first heat wave of the year, it's a bit early but normal isn't what it used to be well, not in my lifetime anyway. Slowly getting things done around the house no rush, was able to give Ben a bath this week, he does like being clean. The upside to being sick and having to change my diet is I've lost 19 pounds that I didn't need to lug around anymore and my clothes fit and it feels great! Having M.S is one thing add in the flu and my digestive system that makes more acid then it needs I think it has m.s. too it's scared my intestines, much of the time everything work's okay, this just isn't one of them. Soon I'll find normal again no need to worry, it's just I miss chewing my food, having more better day's then bad and that's a good sign.

Monday, June 25, 2012

How Ben learned to fetch.

Would like to say it was me but, honestly I very little to do with. Since Ben came to live with us Owen has been Ben's  best buddy. Owen is our friend and neighbor Lisse's dog who loves to play fetch and tug of war. When Lisse goes out of town we get to take care of him, he is wonderful and easy going little man. On Owen's first visit we were playing and Ben was just watching, Owen starting running around me and gave the toy to Ben who used it as a pillow. Owen did this until Ben had all the toys and was sound asleep on top of them. Over Father's day weekend Owen stayed over again, much to my surprise as Owen and were playing Ben started to join in, the three of us playing fetch and tug of war. It's great watching Ben feeling safe enough to have fun being a dog.

video

With play Ben is getting stronger and growing more confident. The shaking in fear is being replaced with curiosity. Hes warming up to Jane too that's making it easier on both of us, since I've been sick he's learned that without Jane's help I'm stuck! So instead of growling and showing his sharp white teeth at her, he wines softly to her, what a good dog hes becoming.  
   

Saturday, June 23, 2012

I'm fed up with this being sick crap!

Getting better then Boom I'm taking two steps backward again! Starting over again. Tuesday started no good thought I was going to have to start over again! Feeling okay for the most part, afraid to eat much not wanting to push my stomach too far. Really not a fan of spending so much time in the bathroom, never been one for taking a long soak in the tub, that's what swimming is for. Feeling like I'm on a roller coaster ride that all I want to do is get off! Not to worry like with all things this too in time will pass. That's enough about being sick it's boring! Having so many other things I want to write about like; Ben, my garden and so much more other stuff I love. Next post will not be about being sick that's for sure!!  

Monday, June 11, 2012

An email forwarded to me from a friend.

That today I learned from another friend it's old news and has been around for years. Now I don't put other people's stuff on my blog. However this came as news to me. So for my friends that don't live in United States, please don't laugh too hard at me or us for too long. Learning that the people we vote to represent us in the United States Congress. Once there they no longer seem to work for the people who sent them there. If Warren Buffet wrote this and it's true which I hope it is but wish it's not. Understanding now why so much money is spent trying to get elected to public office, this year alone over a billion dollars will be spent in advertising not counting what will be spent in the race for President. 

This is a copy of the email that was sent to me

Winds of Change....
Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward
this email to a minimum of twenty people on their
address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

This is one idea that really should be
passed around.

_*Congressional Reform Act of 2012*_

1. No Tenure / No Pension.

A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they're out of office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.
The following was not in the email.
Did a bit of fact checking and this is what I found.
(As of  January, 1 1984 Congress participates in Social security.
Members of Congress receive retirement and health benefits under the same plans available to other federal employees. They become vested after five years of full participation.)

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/women are void effective 12/31/12. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women.

Congressmen/women made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in
Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their
term(s), then go home and back to work.
  
THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!

I guess We The People have little say in government when the people who make the laws don't have to abide by them. If my math is right 535 people make up the legislative branch of government. Members of Congress receive retirement and health benefits under the same plans available to other federal employees. They become vested after five years of full participation. Can anyone outside of congress say they are vested after only working for just 5 years? 
#5. Like to see how much they like the Health care system after paying for their own premiums for a few years.

It is my view that congress isn't working to make life better for the people of the this country, but then again we can't afford the advertising needed to get them elected but the new person named corporation can. One question the humans that work for a corporation do they get to vote twice? Once as a human then as a corporation. Just saying don't make sense, why The United State Supreme Court ruled that way. I maybe wrong about everything I wrote in this. Just saying what I think, the system doesn't work right or the way it should.

Okay I'll get off my soap box now thanks for reading!    

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Dislike when it starts out with...

... And I was doing so good! Of course we all have days like this.  I'm slowly getting over being sick, trying to take it easy not something I'm very good at. With many things I want to do but none are things I need to do! Not yet on solid food however, I will be soon if I keep doing the things I should and not the things I want to. It's nothing I did caught a bug putting my body into to a tailspin. Now that I'm able to sit up longer at the computer, it won't be long until I'll be playing in the garden dirt a bit late but that's okay. So Haven't been posting much anywhere until Friday. I've had a scanner for over a year finally learned how to use.

Here are a few old pictures of my Mom, and our home in Amery, WI. been missing the open sky's of home. After being stuck in the house so long!

Picture was taken in 1977 
This is Tony he fell for his nest, his eyes weren't even open when he decided, I was his Mommy. Did my best to teach him how to be a squirrel, he was never a pet. Once he was strong enough he moved and spent the rest of his life living in our backyard trees. Only squirrel our dog Rusty nerve chased, and he hated squirrels as much if not more then the mailman. 


This was taken at our family reunion in 2009
With Granddaughter Katie, Mom-Grandma and Nick
Everyone who could come had a great time! 


Taken on her visit to our house in Wisconsin 1997
Next to her is Peggy Hart, in white is my Auntie Alice.
That were affectionately called the snoop sisters by many
family and friends

Our house in Amery, Wisconsin.

View from Lake Beautiful 

The wild life.

Moved back to Minneapolis, Minnesota. In the fall of 2007 so I would be closer to V.A. Hospital. Miss it the most when I stuck in the house for too long. Now we live in a place that works great for me, and no one needs to worry about me, being so far away from a Doctors care. Jane loves the 10 to 15 minute commute instead of an hour and a half to and from her work in Minneapolis. 
   

Friday, June 1, 2012

Life is crazy, I know that's nothing new.

It's funny how life can surprise me after all these years. Glancing back it wasn't easy, some of my choices uff da, not sure how I lived through those yet I'm still here. So much have changed in just 50 years and too many have stayed the same. Still I'm looking for answers to questions I've been asking for years, here are just a few of them.
1) As for fossil fuel like oil when it's pump out of ground what is it replaced with or is the space just left to fall into it's self?
a) If oil keeps hot things cooler, was it helping to keep the planet cool or don't we know or care?
2) Why do we seem to know more about outer space then the planet we live on and how and why it works?
a) Is it now the plan to use up all the natural resources of this planet and just leave it?
a.1) Will the same people that think it's Okay to do what we've done to this planet, be the ones going to find a new place to start over?
3) Why do we grow more food to feed animals, then we do to feed people. When so many people die from hunger each year?
4) Now that a corporation is a person are they going to be held to a higher standard and care about the people that work for them by paying a living wage?