Sunday, September 13, 2015
The old story goes: Put a frog in a pot of boiling water and turn up the heat gradually. He won't notice he is being cooked alive until it is too late. We as a nation are "the frog" and society as a whole is "the pot of boiling water." It will soon be too late for us, it will soon be all over. When you are in the middle of the pot, it is hard to see the steam rising all around you. But, the bubbles are there, popping here, popping there, quickly darting up and down in the water before you can scarce turn around to notice them. They are there, just too fast to do anything about them.
How about we dowse the fire that is causing the heat? How about we take out some of the burning embers? How about we add back in some ice to cool things off a bit and restore some order to the water before it all boils right over!
This is why I wrote this post on Facebook. I don't know if anyone will ever even read it. But, I hope it will help others see that This Nation Is Not Normal! It Is Not Progressing in a Positive Direction. We need to all band together to work towards taking our Country, our Freedoms, our Sense of Self-Pride Back and putting it on a Better Course. Thank You.
911 - What is your emergency? Isn't that interesting that it was also chosen as THE DAY for America's Greatest Emergency? I don't think this was just random chance. Our most valiant Emergency Workers - Lost - in a matter of a few minutes trying to save ordinary citizens. Terrorists making a mockery of a system that was put in place to HELP others, and it ultimately took the rescuers' lives. Every time we are in trouble, all we have to do is call 911. We have trained personnel running to help us. The terrorists tried to destroy that assurance, that helping attitude. After the attacks, America pulled together as never before, neighbor helping neighbor, WITHOUT being asked. Sadly, we have forgotten what the terrorists were trying to achieve. We are destroying the system from within our own country with attacks on our own rescue workers, the police. The terrorists are winning without lifting a finger. We cannot let this happen. 911 stands for a lot more than "What is your emergency?" It needs to stand for America being united anything that can divide and conquer this great nation. It needs to stand for Never Letting It Fall.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
This is with everything out.
The large circle is where it vents to the outside from the vent hood. The little circle is where it went through the cabinet to connect to the power source to make the vent hood/cooktop controls work.The little circles at the bottom are the copper lines that were cut through when the cabinet was cut out. The line was the water line to the ice maker/cold water dispenser for the refrigerator. We miss it already. Hopefully it can get fixed soon.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
Not so! There was more to go! And, lots more fun in store.
Remember the Gondola? Well, we got back on and went further UP the mountain to the where the many, Many, MANY ski trails began. It was Heavenly! No, really. That's what the resort is called HEAVENLY! You ski off one side of the mountain and you're in Nevada and you ski off the other side of the mountain and you're in California. And, although I've never skied before, I got a real feel for it there. Mike was tutoring me through it and showing me what we'd be doing if we were there to ski it. "Fascinating!" As Dr. Spock would say. (For those of you who have done it - why?) Because there still was snow up there and we were unprepared and had to schlog through it in regular clothes (which was difficult enough). Could it be funner with all your gear on? CRAZY!!!
And, going through the snow turn out to be unavoidable, because..... we wanted to go on the ZIP LINE!!! Can you believe it??? Mike and I got the last couple of seats for the day on the longest zip line in the continental U.S. What a kick!!! We had to ride another lift up to a higher part on the mountain with the wind blowing a chill right through to the bone. (Remember, we hadn't planned to do any of these crazy things and we unprepared for all of this - Oh, well. You only live once!) We got into these seats with our knees against the doors, they strapped us in and then opened the doors. I went faster than Mike and hit the end pretty hard. It was a catapult catching system - pretty cool! These pictures are of the two guys that went just before us. See if you can track their progress. Watch the circles....
Getting loaded into the seats.
Here we are, being human projectiles! We were dropped from the altitude of 9,580 feet and got up to speeds of 55 mph! It was pretty fun and something that you probably only would do once. The landing was a pretty hard jolt and sort of hurt my arms. (I should have been holding on like Mike was, but I had to hold onto my purse (see picture). In comparison, the bungee ride at Lagoon was actually more scary than this was. Maybe we've just been riding motorcycles for too long and getting used to thrilling stuff already. I don't know... Still it was a pretty "heavenly" view and "heavenly" little zip run down the side of the mountain.
And, once again the circled picture shows the trailer and a little teeny bit of the back of the bike in the parking garage as we were coming back down the mountain in the gondola getting ready to head back to Chico. What a fun trip! (Especially for a couple of empty-nesters.) Mike said I couldn't say old, because we aren't yet. That is all....
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Goodness! What fun this empty-nesting can be!
We took off after work on Friday on the Goldwing with the trailer behind. You couldn't even feel the trailer at all. It got a little cold going through the mountains and we had to be constantly on the look-out for deer (scarey!), but we got there safely. We stayed in a little rustic lodge on the north side of the lake. What a gorgeous view! Lots of reminders of bears around and lots of reminders of $$$ around, also (boats, tourist spots, expensive homes, etc.). Had a lovely breakfast at a lovely little spot called "Ye Old Post Office."
Then we got on the bike and stopped at a little arts and crafts fair. Went all the way through without being tempted once! We then saw a cute little Christmas store up on a hill and stopped in there. They had a yummy smelling Chocolate Candle there, but it would probably melt in the side bag, so we left it in the store.
Then we drove around to the south end of the lake where the REAL action is - the casinos and the major shops. Oh, brother! You need to bring BAGS of money when you come to Tahoe! Little did we know....
First of all, we parked the bike in a parking structure. You can see it by looking in the circle of the picture. This shot was taken while we were going up the mountain on a gondola. This car went all the way up the mountain and beyond - quite an amazing site. The pictures won't do it justice.
This is a picture of Mike in the Gondola and if you follow the cables all the way up the mountains, that where the gondola took us - way up to the top of the mountain and beyond! It was a fabulous ride for a magnificent view.
We went up, Up, UP!
This is the Tahoe airstrip from way far away.
This is part of Lake Tahoe.
This is also part of Lake Tahoe - The bottom of the hill that we left from.
All around the decking they have interesting facts about the lake. We used this to compare it to Utah Lake. Lake Tahoe holds much more water than Utah Lake.
Here's Mike up on the decking playing tourist. It was a lovely day, the wind was blowing, but there still was snow up at that elevation.
OK. So, there's more to come, but rather than bore you with this post, I'll cut this off and save it for our next installment. More Fun, MORE FUN in LAKE TAHOE with us!!! I'll bet you can hardly wait. (All right, so maybe you can...)
Remember the decomp smell in the garage?
Here comes MIKE to the rescue again! He says, "Aw, shucks. It twern't nuthin'," brushing his foot across the ground in front of hisself. "The little ole mouse jist up and died right there in the middle of the floor by my tools. I found his poor little dicrepit body a stinkin' up the place and thowed it in the trash all by myself, I did."
And the smell has magically gone away. Hurray!!! Guess the fabric (Mickelle) and scrapbook stuff (Emily) will be fine after all. Thank Goodness!
Now, the food in my pantry.... That's another story.
It seems we've become infested with moths in the pantry. How they got in there and why just the pantry, I don't know. EXCEPT, I did find a partially open bag of flavored almonds that had some webs and some ... um..... shall we say..... little wiggly.... creepy crawly worms that had made themselves at home. (Sorry, Laura)
Next project, going through the pantry and throwing out lots of foodstuffs and disinfecting shelves, walls, etc. Good thing the pantry isn't that big. Just what I wanted. Another project! Oh, well. Spring Cleaning is upon us, eh?
Life on the farm...... sigh...........