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Blogging, to take over the world.
The object is to teach an old dog new tricks. (not much hope ... )
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December 6, 2013 at 2:35am
December 6, 2013 at 2:35am
Notes to be looked at.

Rights and the law.

Not all that is right is law; and not all law is right.
This debate has been going on since way back.
A person could grow old and not know it -
such is life living under a rock.

Mr Mandela - past, present, and future.

There is a time for everything, so we are told.
The Mandela legend will get brighter as time goes on.
The man had a good innings - well past the allotted time of man.
18th July 1918 - 5th December 2013
A good 95 years.

Kids and their parents.

Heard this one a while back:
One mother can look after many children, not many children can look after one mother.

The other was:
Most girls will grow up to be like their mother - what a pity.
Most boys will hope to fill their father's shoes - what a dream.

Suppose one could swop those around, in all fairness to the genders ?

Things to ponder ...

Francis of Assisi

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.


November 26, 2013 at 12:37am
November 26, 2013 at 12:37am

Monday's child - is fair of face.

This remains to be seen, as this Monday; 25th of November 2013 - will be written up in my personal book, as the day on which D-day is seen to be a reality.

There are many D-days in life, as there are many battles.

How many of these battles could be avoided, or is it a question that Karma, or who ever, or what ever, places these in ones way for one to grow ?

I never seem to know how not to step into it. ♫ ♪ Fools rush in ♪♫ as the late, great, Elvis Presley sang.

Do we ever learn, or are we really our own worst enemy ?

Sometimes a week takes on a life of its own, it runs its own course - with no mind what one planned for it - this was such a week.

Monday, the D-Day notice was received, a major piece in a puzzle of how to fix a legal program fell into place.

Now the Law is supposed to take her own way, and this worries me, as the Lady of Law and Justice is blind. How will she see the truth ?
Intuition ?

Then Mother Nature took it upon herself to entertain us with a major hailstorm at the farm.
The prince was on the blower, calling in the re-enforcements to assist in the clean-up process.
What a mess the hail made, the kitchen was flooded and the pine ceiling was waterlogged.
Already quite a few of the strips have swollen and contorted out of shape.
Oh well, a new ceiling will be on next year's budget.
Other than the damage to the kitchen, paint peeled off the walls.

Outside was another story.

There were no leaves on any of the trees, the trees stood stark naked as if in the middle of winter.
In amongst the leaves were doves, a few small birds, and one swallow - all dead.
Some of the hail were as big as golf balls, enough to put out the lights of a fair sized living creature, permanently.
Mother Nature can throw a hissy fit when the mood suits her.

A story of long ago: 1594526 The Last Swallow

The 26th was supposed to be a '''day of no importance''' - there I have to disagree - it was a day of great importance to me.

27th was the day of '''pins and needles''' - which is true, as my seat is filled with those, and all of a sudden the end is in sight.

'''The red planet''' which is my dominant planet, is in play today, and '''making my own head''' was also on the cards. 28th it was.

A hail storm darkened the day, and it turned into '''Happy a black Friday''' There was not much to be happy about.They expected me to do a '''square dance''' on this day, I felt more like running in circles.

The month end was a day of ... nobody knows ? Saturday is like that.

November 11, 2013 at 9:11am
November 11, 2013 at 9:11am
Everyone gets his or her day, so it is said.
At last I have gotten mine - today is Veteran's day !

A lighter way of seeing today, is to know that each life consists of battles.
There is the first war, the one which starts on father's day and ends nine months later with the birth of the new arrival.

Life starts off as a battle between a zillion little sperms, where only the best will win.
With that in mind, remember each person one sees, was the best on the day.
From there on, it is the battle of wits, fighting germs, viral infections, an onslaught of umpteenth bacteria, and falls and bumps of all sorts.

Then life really starts, the teen years set in, and growing into adulthood is a battle of another kind.
Mental awareness is totally underrated, yet only the mentally fit will win this battle - or is it the lucky. or blessed ?
The books are full of the people who did not make this hazardous journey with success.

Eventually the person reach veterans status. And the final battle is faced, till the end.

The list of this week's National Whatever Day is available on N W D site.

It will end with a long itinerary on Sunday 17th;

Nice home made bread -
Unfriend day (yes, we can unfriend people) -
Prematurity awareness -
Take a hike -
and end it off with - World Peace.

The moon will be full @ 1716H today.
Those who need to, take note.

Dog saved from depths of South African 'Big Hole'

A pleasant closure to the week.
This is a story which gives a bit of hope that there is still some humanity left in the world.

There are still many good stories left, tho it is sometimes a bit difficult to see through the haze of muck.

This is my version of the story:

Kimberley's big hole is given as being the biggest man made hole on earth.
This started many years ago when diamonds were found at this spot.
Now it is just a hole, and a museum on the history of the diamond mining's heyday.

Somehow, a dog dropped into the hole.

to be cont ...
October 30, 2013 at 2:56pm
October 30, 2013 at 2:56pm


Muphry's law is an adage that states that "If you write anything criticising editing or proofreading, there will be a fault of some kind in what you have written." The name is a deliberate misspelling of Murphy's law.

As the Vulture said, ''i've done waiting, i'm gonna kill something!''

"An activist is the person who cleans up the water, not the one claiming its dirty."

"All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to stand by and do nothing." Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
- George Washington

Today; the third; is national 'Housewife's day' and 'Sandwich day'.
This seems to let itself open that, for a housewife to prove her worth, she should be making 'sandwiches'.

The rain has helped a bit in turning the world green.
For it to stay green, we need a lot more rain.
The snails have all come to life, and now life will start.

4th - King Tut's day - a day to remember the greatness of the past and all who have gone before us.

Followed by the day to remember, the 5th of November, Guy Fawkes day, and logically - Gun powder day.

National Marooned without a compass day, is today the 6th,
and also Saxophone day; heaven forbid if one should have both at one place.

The seventh day, is a day of rest, and bittersweet chocolates with almonds.
Altho today is Thursday, we can still rest - any day is a good day to rest.

8th Novembre:
The day of the Dunce - the day today.
A day suited to my ways; dolt, dullard, and dumb.
Quoteth - Urban Dictionary:
"Dolt" may be the most sophisticated insult in the English language.
Dolts commonly populate such stereotypes as jocks, nerds, fruits, bookworms, and dorks.

A logical day to follow the day of the Dunce -
is the day of - Chaos will never die.
Saturday is the most chaotic day of the week, is it the day of many things, nobody knows, nobody cares -
Prunes, paw-paws, pineapples, pears, plums, pomegranate, bananas; a real fruit salad.

Peaches are peaches, those are another story.

Today is last day of my week - the day of rest. Sunday 10th November '13
Many will be writing for Nano, in all fairness, I did think on it - a lot.

For all that - I get nothing. *Frown*

Forget-me-not is today's national day; a day to remember the national flower of Alaska, and every one else.
A few in the USA can remember the Marine Corp, it is their day as well.

October 18, 2013 at 1:15pm
October 18, 2013 at 1:15pm
some one did ... some one called me a name;
i can do what all good men do --- deny, deny, deny
or do what a few would do - own up
or what the wise would do - shut-up

October - Friday - 18th @ 1.38 is the official full-moon moment.

Nothing important except the Basset who popped in frequently this week. His friend, the Sheepdog, also showed his face for a short visit.

The summer is turning into a disaster zone, as rain has not fallen much.
Drought is now official here.
This week saw 10 mm on the farm and 3 mm on the hobby farm. (25 mm = 1 inch)
We will have to teach the young frogs how to swim.

Each home suffers its own madness and/or habits.
Here I am the boss, I get to make all the most important decisions, see that the doors are locked, and lights are off before we sleep.
The better half said I could.
I can say ''I am the boss.''

Evaluate Your Life Day - October 19th (borrowed from a fellow blogger's blog. Crowarrowinc )
The words - midlife crises - is used.
Evaluating one's life and a midlife crises are not on the same table, altho, the one may influence the other.
When one evaluates life, some form of action is expected - hopefully of a positive kind.
A midlife crises is a situation where the word control is not in sight - hence; crises.
It is not the end, it is a crises that needs control and re-direction.
Once it is under control, a new life has to be dealt with, and evaluation would be a good thing here.

Again, an over simplification of a highly complex issue.
Never underestimate the importance or impact of a midlife crises.
This can be a very telling time in the lives of the people involved.

The official color for this month is pink.
South Africa has declared this month as - Breast Cancer month.

25th @ 8pm onwards, rain started falling. 35mm was measured the next morning
- thereby officially breaking the current drought.

The frogs are a singing, zillions of them, soon they will be going a frogging.
Many more frogs will join the food chain - eat and/or be eaten.
That is life
♫♪♥ a frogging they will go, a frogging they will go, la de da ...

And the snails came out of their slumber; not all.
So far it is only the brown garden snails which are eating.

October 11, 2013 at 5:02am
October 11, 2013 at 5:02am

(1) Summer and snakes:

Green is the color - and red - and blue - and all the colors there are.
These are summer colors, everywhere one looks, there is color.
Still the winter colors linger on this year, waiting for summer rains to wash the hues away; grey, brown, and dead.
The weaver birds are rushing to get the nests in order as the eggs are waiting to be laid and hatched.
There in the shadows lurk another life form who wait as well; it hibernated all winter and is famished ... the snakes are on the prowl.

The Cape cobra is described as nervous and deadly, and has an attitude.
To date we have met up with two Cape cobra and one brown house snake.

Wednesday, when we arrived home, our 'helper' was at the car and started off what he had seen.

The biggest, meanest, most colorful snake he has ever seen, the where, and the end of the story is - I took the snake reference book - and he identified it as a Cape cobra, of a particular color variation.

Personally, I have never seen a live version of this color, it is described as being - butter-yellow to dirt yellow with brown/green specks - which allows the maximum camouflage possible; and the length is about two meters plus, that is well over six feet six inches.

Thursday we got home and a very agitated helper called me over to come and have a look - - -

There at the stone wall was about 400 mm (16 inches) of brown house snake sticking out from a hole between two rocks, very dead, and slowly being pulled in by another snake.

The previous day's story in mind, we thought it would be our master piece doing the nasty here as cobras are known snake-eaters.

I phoned around; police first; who directed me to a snake wrangler.
On his arrival we decided to start breaking the wall down, the house snake had already gone from sight.
After about two hours and hardly a stone left unturned, we called it a day, and I invited the wrangler in for a look at my photo collection of the snakes to date we have found here.
Hardly had we started , when the 'helper' came screaming in telling us a snake had entered his house and he had almost stepped on it.
This all happened by torch-light.

The snake was found behind his fridge, caught, and bagged, it was not our monster, about a meter and a half (five foot) Cape cobra of the golden yellow variety; quite common around here.

At least our effort was not wasted, he left at nine pm and at ten pm he sent me an e-mail that the snake had regurgitated the house-snake.

Now I still have a master piece of a monster on the loose, and a broken down garden wall to rebuild.

(2) Kids and stuff

Normally the kids are left alone to do their thing, as it is their time.
Who-ever said that kids have their time should have their heads read!
Kids don't want their time, they want their parent's time - not so that one would notice it, then - when they need the parents, the parents should be there.
Again - an over-simplification of a very complex issue.
Woe is the child who has no parent to call on, a good friend in stead would have to do, or a partner worth the salt.

“The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop” Mark Twain

(3) Red October (South African style)

An undertaking which is very difficult to keep.

Never discuss certain topics on the internet. i.e.

Religion, politics, family, sex, and anything else of a sensitive nature.

That leaves the weather ...

Even the weather is turning into a sensitive subject.

to be cont.
September 30, 2013 at 9:48pm
September 30, 2013 at 9:48pm

The idea was to start a week's worth of blog per page, starting Monday.

On a Blue Monday - Yes !

Not everything which is blue is negative.

Granted; Blue Mondays are not the best, especially if the weekend was a winner - blue fingers which started off at a fleshy pink, then turned blue after meeting up with a hammer or something, is not nice at all - any body parts turning blue is not a good sight.

Then the cat, Snow White, had kittens, five of them - 3 males. There is one off-color kitten, as these are Red Point Siamese, and this kitten is black ... (?)
Do not look at me, I had nothing to do with it.

The sheep has been at it as well, four sets of twins to date out of six ewes. Set number four was today.

Summer is on its way. Soon the buzz of bees and flies will be the norm of the day.

Ways to spend a birthday: Tuesday 1st

We went into a supermarket and had a look at the latest in fax/copier machines - those nifty 4:1 jobs, then we visited the used book store. Next was the nursery, and the pet shop.
The wife got to choose a take-away dish, and then got dragged into the bushes, where I spent time watching butterflies and hunted for snail shells.
Caught a nice, filthy, big, fat, pitch-black cockroach - who in turn escaped.

Next birthday I get to pick the take-away dish, as this was her birthday, today.

To Be Con't ...
September 21, 2013 at 7:01am
September 21, 2013 at 7:01am
WHITE RHINO: White Rhinos are divided into two distinct subspecies: The Northern White Rhino and the Southern White Rhino. (visit the White Rhino page ...)

BLACK RHINO: Black Rhinos are slowly recovering from a 96% decline in population, and are now up to about 4,860 surviving today, thanks to conservation efforts. (visit the Black Rhino page...)

INDIAN/GREATER ONE-HORNED RHINO: The Indian, a.k.a. the Greater One-Horned Rhino, or Nepalese Rhino numbers approximately 3,000 today, thanks to conservation efforts. (visit the Greater-One Horned Rhino page ...)

SUMATRAN RHINO: The Sumatran Rhino, a.k.a. the Hairy Rhino, has suffered a 50% decline in numbers over the last 15 years, due to fragmented habitat, destuction of habitat for palm oil, and unrestricted hunting in the 19th and 20th centuries. (visit the Sumatran Rhino page ...)

JAVAN RHINO: With fewer than 50 Javan Rhinos surviving in only one known location, the Javan Rhino is quite possibly the most critically endangered mammal on earth. (visit the Javan Rhino page ...)

(This if from Rhino Day)

to be cont.
September 16, 2013 at 2:47am
September 16, 2013 at 2:47am
Note, Do not talk with your mouth full - or - take your foot out of your mouth before you talk.

A creed used here more common as a bumper sticker is:

[ When you criticize farmers, don't talk with your mouth full. ]

It is a universal situation which few people seem to think about.

The world can do without many people; the soldiers, tinkers, builders, and tailors, are all there, yet -
without the gatherer/hunter/farmer all would go hungry.

Just a thought ...

Then there is the greatest tale ever told ~

Baron Hieronymus Carl Friedrich von Münchhausen was known as a man of his word.
That his word was not worth much is another story, or is the word of a good story teller worth much ?

Think about a certain Stephen Edwin King who must be suffering in style, and all because of his ability to spin yarns of horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy.

I think I should take my foot out of my mouth and try to walk a mile in their shoes.

Maybe, maybe the stories may be told, those which spin around in my head.

Mondays are blue, that is normal, how else ?
This one is no bluer than any other Monday.
On that, let us begin a new week.

If there is no evil, there is no bible, hence - no good.
It is as it is.
An over simplification of a rather complex situation, or is it that complicated ?

The insight of a child is required to see the truth, so it is said.

The Moon was at its best on the 19th, as usual, it was as bright in the night as it could be.
The clouds are slow in arriving, spring is here, the apricot trees have their bridal gown of white.
Green every where, and the weavers are starting to build nests.

September 8, 2013 at 2:38pm
September 8, 2013 at 2:38pm
Note one:

Every now and then, an original idea pops into my mind.
My mind should be a fertile place for ideas to grow, as the saying goes;
"The most beautiful of lilies grow in the deepest of muck."
and my mind is filled with muck - wall to wall (or is that ear to ear?) and top to bottom.

A while back the idea of 'freedom' landed into my mind.

Freedom has been in my life a lot.
I was born through the actions of men and women fighting for a free world (World War 2);
Then I grew up in freedom as my parents fought for their own freedom (divorced);
Out of my own free will, a marriage was arranged for me, and all the trimmings which came with such, arrived on queue.
Again the struggle for 'freedom' came into my life, as one group took on the other group for equal and just opportunity, and used the word 'Freedom' freely.
About 'freedom', many long discussions have been held under fig trees by men who had nothing else to do.
Even today this concept is on the forefront where one group decides about freedom and the meaning of it.

Then it dawned on me a while back, "Freedom, true freedom, comes with much responsibility." and this week someone used a quote, and I realized, those old men under the fig tree already had a good idea about it.

Viktor Emil Frankl, M.D., Ph.D. (26 March 1905 – 2 September 1997)

That dog again:

Those two dogs are sure about one thing, they will never be kicked here.
Other than that, there is no food, no freebies, nothing - only water, that is it.
And yet they return. Things must be real bad over there.

Family and other people:

A strange family is the company I keep. This is never what was planned, there was I, learning from the mistakes of the past (not my past, I have not learnt anything to date) and the kids were disagreeing about 'his', 'hers', and 'theirs'.

Somehow we got involved, somehow our characters were on the cutting block, opened for all to see, warts and all ...

... and this by the new lady of the house of my ex-son-in-law - which makes her what ?

Needless to say, we have less people to buy X-mas presents for.


♫♪Never on a Sunday ♫♪ goes the song.

Sunday is the first day of the week for some people, for other it is the seventh day.

Non the less, it is another day of the week, and somehow, it feels different.

This means much to some and little to others.

And we are willing to fight to the death about this.

friggatriskaidekaphobia - another story

Freaking Friday the 13th

It's something like deja vu, it may have been there all the time, waiting to happen, then it did happen !

Somehow, this was predicted as an unlikely accident to happen, and then it did happen.

A car went through the gate - as in sideways (smash, crash, boom) this gate is part of the issue in my 'road story'. It seems no one was hurt except the gate. The full details are not yet known.

Creepy. I tell you ...

to be cont.

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