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July 22, 2015

I'm going to start today to record on a daily basis whatever happens to strike my fancy. So, it is a very cool breezy day. I just posted 5 short book reviews to The Monthly Reading Challenge. I'm suppose to put away some winter wood today from the woodpile outside but I'm playing hookey from work to write so starting this blog will get done.

I'm having a daily fight with a flock of English Sparrows that are trying to take over my barn. They are making a terrible mess so they have to go. I have destroyed several nests so far they don't leave but they get out of the barn when I am around. I'm just starting the fight so I guess I don't know how far I have to go to discourage them.

I'm trying not to spread myself to thin on WDC because I find so many things that are interesting here and I am trying to work on a new story. I really enjoy sitting at my desk with a cup of tea and reading blogs on WDC.

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February 26, 2024 at 11:59am
February 26, 2024 at 11:59am
Where is your desk locate? If you don't have a desk, where do you write? Does the location of your desk encourage or discourage your creativity?

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My desk is located in a corner of the room. However, my computer is offline permanently. Once again, my computer was sabotaged. I lost two other computers the same way. There is a group of fundamentalists that believe every family should only own one computer, TV, or other appliance All of the books I use to research or do bills, or other types of computing are on my desk. I use Keith's computer and I do not write on it as easily as I do in my own spot. If I am on his computer, I have to move everything I might need that day to write over, then move it back when I am finished. For a while the printer did not work now, we seem to have fixed that problem. Wi-Fi is part of the problem.

Plus, since last summer when I started an overhaul on the house I have hit all kind of snags. What I am experiencing is very involved and very serious. I don't wish to share everything that is happening to me online. There is enough horror going on in the world and I prefer to keep fighting quietly the evil that is being presented to me personally as a part of life.

Financial instability is part of the situation. If we don'[t keeps the bills paid, we will bankrupt, and I won't be on WDC anymore which would make a lot of people near me happy. Also, someone recently as in the previous year was asking questions about how to put me in an old folk's home?? No mention of the fact that I'm in pretty good health for a 79-year-old person.

I'm not bragging I'm as startled by good health at my age as anyone. As a child I avoided food as often as I could.
Now I've learned that the less food we eat the better we are. I've become an advocate of the idea that the body is built to exist on just enough food that is good for you to sustain life.

As for writing, I am trying to write more. Twice lately, I had short story ideas and did not sit down to write them. Some writing time is being taken up by reading. I found this in the library where I get books for my kindle. "Michael A. Sheehan, Erich Marquard, Liam Collins-Routledge Handbook of US Counterterrorism and Irregular Warfare Operations."

This book is helping me grasp a lot of the names and places that have been in the Media for a lot of years. So far it is also explaining most of the Muslim groups and countries that have been or are presently involved in Middle East struggles. I thought it would be difficult to read instead it reads easily and is a very don't put it down type of story.

I recognize there is a worldwide struggle for the control of worldwide populations. Some of the groups involved are fundamentalist protestants, the Catholic Church, different sects of Muslims, Democracy vs. Republics and others. Maybe you can name a few? I guess my simplistic view is let farmers farm, manufactures manufacture and the public buy. I know how simple that really seems but I'm tired of warfare that most of the public does not really want.

Guess I've bent your ear long enough over a simple prompt. *Smile* Hope your day is peaceful and full of profit. See Ya!

February 20, 2024 at 3:24pm
February 20, 2024 at 3:24pm
Andre the Blog Monkey *MONKEY* is looking for short blog entries about US Presidents

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I find this totally fascinating.



According to the above reference 42 out of 43 USA Presidents are related to King John of England. And there is a comment on the reddit site where you can read about this that they might all be freemasons as well (comment by Occultist). I did read a book written by a pastor of some protestant denomination. (sorry don't remember author) that put the number of freemasons who had been Presidents of the USA lower than 20.

Actually, reading the comments that followed the above referenced article were interesting because it seems it is easy to find people related to English royalty in the USA. Because a lot of people were in prison for refusing to follow the indoctrinations of the at the time prevalent Catholic church and when the option to run to the colonies came up, they quickly jumped on board a ship and sailed to the new world. Church history is full of information about rebellion.

I looked up the comparison between King and President. A president is elected by the people. Usually,
his power is controlled to some extent by people other than his relatives.

A king or queen inherits his right to rule by blood. He makes the rules even if he or she has a group of advisors the end decision is by the ruler.

In the USA presidents have rules to follow just like every other citizen. I'm not sure I know what the rules governing the president are. We hear about them in the news sometimes.

This article is a day late and very short. I don't even know if we are still following the 300-word rule. Valentines' day is gone. Presidents' Day sailed right by me. Walmart is putting out Easter candy on the same day the Valentines Day candy went on sale. I think I'm ignoring the calendar to often. Just happy to see we are getting sunshine all week.

HAPPY TRAILS//word count by WDC= 343

February 14, 2024 at 3:10pm
February 14, 2024 at 3:10pm
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I decided to think about this for a while. Valentines Day is not a holiday I ever celebrate. When you consider it as a day though, it is really one that is especially for people or a person you might put in the effort to do something special for on this day.

Februaty moves quite swiftly even though it is only one or two days shorter. Valentines falls inside a week quite often, so it comes and quickly. goes. Just a flash inside a normal week. Unless you make it one to remember. Its a people holiday.
February 14, 2024 at 2:44pm
February 14, 2024 at 2:44pm
Prompt: Define a happy Valentines Day from your point of view.

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From my life experience and point of view: THERE IS NO SUCH THING!

Nevertheless, if you see it as a special day---Happy Valentines Day.

February 2, 2024 at 12:30pm
February 2, 2024 at 12:30pm

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This largest animal of the marmot family is much loved by humankind or not; depending on whether one of these vegetarian cat sized rodents are snacking from your garden or just roaming your fields.

In Pennsylvania there has been an open season on woodchucks for lots of years. Open season means a hunter can shoot them at any time of the year. There are reasons for this. They build extensive tunnels underground or under buildings. The tunnels have specialized burrows for sleeping areas, bathrooms, and nesting areas.

The animal is called by more than one name. Some of the most used are groundhog, woodchuck, and whistle pig. Many like to reside in mowed yards close to crops of lawn grass, dandelions, and goldenrod. The females give birth to 3 to 5 young at a time and can actually have more than one litter a year. The young leave the female parent within 2 months of birth to strike out on their own. Building their own tunnels. Unchecked they would soon over run the world if given a chance. Unfortunately, man is not the only predator. Dogs, fox, bear, coyote, any animal that will eat meat will predate on whistle pigs.

Whistle pigs is one of the other names tagged to them, because they give a loud shrill, warning whistle when they are startled by danger.

Lucky for them the animal has lots of fans who rescue them from a life lived in the wild and give them plush homes as weather predictors. In captivity woodchucks, the name I know them from, make excellent pals. playing with toys, being petted and eating a healthy vegetarian diet. Their grey undercoat with a banded overcoat of black and brown is brushed and pampered.

The Algonquin name for the animal was "wuchak" which seems to have traveled to English as woodchuck, Woodchucks don't particularly chunk wood they leave that to the beavers. I guess they do eat wood shavings and bark sometimes its part of their veggie diet.

There are actually many groundhogs in captivity being used as weather predicters. They have about a 37 per cent accuracy in spite of caretakers who say 100 per cent accuracy. One in Canada tops out at 50 percent accuracy. Yes, there are groundhog weather predicters in Canada and the United States. Philidelphia Phill must hire a good publicist.

"How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck would chuck wood. Your guess should be approximate.

Just a few facts about our favorite February weather predicter from your local journalist. Have a good day.

February 2, 2024 at 11:21am
February 2, 2024 at 11:21am

Prompt: Rhyming February

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How about: February lacks strawberries. or I'm merry in February. or February follows January. or February cold and airy. or February good for fairies.

February is a difficult word to tack on a rhyme. As a poet I don't always show it.

February 1, 2024 at 10:10am
February 1, 2024 at 10:10am
“Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.” – Arnold Palmer. Let this quote inspire your writing.

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This is another way of saying, "Be all that You Can Be." or

The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor. ~ Vince Lombardi Or

Philippians 4:13 = I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Because there is only one God, some Bible interpretations change this to God who strengthens me.

These sayings are meant to bring out the best in people who may be struggling with whatever effort they are pursuing. Encouragement is always welcome in any of life's struggles. In every way it is said, it tells us to put forth our best effort at all times, because we cannot know how the effects will show up later in life.

January 26, 2024 at 11:30am
January 26, 2024 at 11:30am
Prompt: Peanuts


I ate peanut butter sandwiches all during grade school. Now I eat about 1/4 cup of peanuts 5 out of 7 days a week. I just like all kinds of walnuts, pistachios, peanuts and other kinds of nuts. Prefer them for snacks. Having a pumpkin pie for my birthday celebration. *Laugh* no candles.
January 23, 2024 at 9:40am
January 23, 2024 at 9:40am
Prompt: Begin your entry with "The only option I have left is _________."


This is not a prompt I should be answering today. I try to be mild mannered about most problems, not today.

I put in a large order from Chewy.com for different kinds of feed for my pet crew. It has been 6 days since the order and the merchandise is not here yet. They broke the order into two packages and now FedEx will not acknowledge one of the tracking numbers. Everything is supposed to arrive today. I have received emails two days that the package, one or the other would arrive on that day. So far, no pet food arrived. If the packages do not arrive today, I will have to cancel the order, get in the car and find a place to buy the food. The parrot pellets I use are not available anywhere near me. I have been buying them through the mail for years. My patience is just being tried. A game to somebody not to me.

The ignorant thing is; any day since last Wednesday would have been better to bring those packages in here, than today. Yes, we had snowstorms, but roads were decent. Today, we are having ice conditions because it rained lightly on the snow this morning and froze. I have ski poles with sharp ends that drive into the ice and used them to travel the short way to the bird feeder when I filled it. the driveway is a slippery mess. I salted the porch and steps to front and back doors, when I went out. It is actually quite warm out. Lots of melting going on outside. I just have to wait to see if they actually deliver my packages today.

Keep Warm

January 22, 2024 at 12:25pm
January 22, 2024 at 12:25pm
Here are the two prompts for Week Three

Prompt # One: I hereby resolve to get a job.

Andre say's "Not Likely".

I hereby resolve to take better care of my teeth.
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As for jobs, this is what I experienced lately. I could probably not get out of my driveway. Too much snow. So, no danger of me getting a job. and my internet does not allow me to earn money at the level we presently rent. If I made any resolutions like this, it would collapse as I made the sounds of the words.

So, let's look at teef. Nope no sense in doing any resolutions concerning teef either. I noticed on the picture Andre sent out one day a couple weeks ago he has big teef. Beavers have big teef too. Beaver teef grow out as they wear down when they chew wood. Human teef just fall out if you don't take care of them.

I always say I don't make new year's resolutions. Then, I realized I was thinking I should try to do more walking on my treadmill. And I was thinking that on 01/02/2024. Horrors! Is that a New Year's resolution? If it is it is already trashed because I have not walked on that treadmill since 01/02/2024. However, I might get it done again one day soon. I have been sidetracked by baking new recipes of buttermilk bread in my bread machine. I never tried buttermilk recipes before, and they are exceptionally yummy. I think my children would have liked the new recipes. Too late. They are all in their 50's with their own lives to beat up.

It has been windy, snowy weather for two weeks. I'm tired of it, so, I hope it goes away again soon. I watched a documentary video this morning about the Mohawk Trail. I think it would be fun to go vacationing by driving the Mohawk Trail. Maybe not in the winter as a lot of it is in Massachusetts. Probably under more snow now than we are.

As for new Years resolutions I wonder what qualifies as a resolution. It is easy to look out at the desolation of snow bound forests and resolve not to visit any outside places near my home for the imediate future. Almost impossible not to resolve to do something or to resolve to not do anything until winter is resolved.

word count on WDC = 402



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