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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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November 22, 2019 at 10:38am
November 22, 2019 at 10:38am
Blog About Missed Connections:


Missed Connections

Missed Connections as a subject is usually loosely defined , as two people meeting quickly by chance and then losing the opportunity to continue to get to know each other. A glance on a bus, bumping grocery carts in a store, eyes meeting as you cross the street going in opposite directions. Lots of other scenes.

The theme is used over and over by authors and artists. Missed Connections is a movie, the subject is used in a NY theater production called Vignettes, and a group called The Upright citizens Brigade” uses the subject as comedy in their songs.

It’s a very well used subject in music. Frank Sinatra sang, Strangers in the Night. Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote about the subject in a scene from South Pacific. The song was called, Some Enchanted Evening.

Since it can be a real situational, situation, news media and websites have taken on the task of reuniting missed connections. Craig's List has moved their Missed Connections to the community section. London’s Metro Newspaper has a section named “Rush Hour Crush.” Where you can look for a Missed Connection. And, of course a website, www,gumtree.com, exists to help the lost find each other. Don’t leave out the obvious, Face Book, which is a great place to reattach people who have lost each other.

Personally, if I’ve missed a connection with someone, I don’t know it so the other half of the connection will have to make themselves known.

As for this blog, I won’t be online long today. We are experiencing a very overcast day with winds. The electricity has already blacked out once today and may again so I will post and be gone for the day. Electricity turning on an off suddenly is a danger of computer loss.

Reference: www.Wikipedia.com

Turkey Day is One Week Away.
November 21, 2019 at 11:53am
November 21, 2019 at 11:53am
What do you value most in a job/career? What about a job makes it satisfying and fulfilling? If you currently hold your “dream job,” what makes it perfect for you? If you are still seeking your dream job, how will you know when you’ve found it? If you are retired, think back to how you felt when you were working.
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“There's a world of difference between a dog that is off the leash and a dog that is trained to be off the leash.”Don Sullivan reference from: https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/dog-training

What do you value most? What makes it perfect? Satisfaction and knowing that to succeed is to make something better for someone else. Whether you are helping people learn to control a horse, live with a dog, or buy the donut that will make their day.

It does not matter whether you are writing for a publication, selling something, or training an animal. You are working with people who need something or want something more out of their life.

One of the most fun jobs I had was as a kennel worker. It did not pay a lot but it was enough to cover the expense of driving to the job and bought extra things for my family, that they would not have had. I fed dogs, bathed dogs, played with dogs and cleaned kennels all day. It was a 35 mile drive both ways. *Dog1*

I've worked in a Pizza parlor as the cleaner for the store after hours, as a dog groomer, kennel worker, the sales person in a second hand tack shop, a horse trainer, and teacher of riding, and worked counter help in a donut shop, I worked in a furniture factory running machines that shaped pieces of wood.

As a senior in high school I worked in an office taking dictation, processing payroll, typing letters, and I helped publish the school newspaper, also worked as the secretary, to the school chorus leader, and ran the school switchboard.

In college, I accomplished an internship with the Purple Martin Association. I wrote articles about purple martins and submitted them for publishing. It was a learning experience for sure. *Bird*

The End*Grasshopper*

November 20, 2019 at 11:47am
November 20, 2019 at 11:47am
Do you remember your first friend? Under what circumstances did you become friends? Are you still in contact with them or any of your other childhood friends?

Owl with signature *Sword2L*

Quote: “It's the worst part of seeing old friends: when your rose-colored memories become undone by reality.”
Brad Meltzer, The Inner Circle https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/old-friends


OK here is the gist of the story. After my mom died we moved to a different town to live with my aunt who was going to help dad take care of us kids while he worked.

When I was in second grade there was a boy who was in charge of the boys in the class at recess. The boys use to harass the girls when we went out to play. When the girls gathered at recess to discuss the reason the boys were so mean on the playground I took charge of the meeting. I don't remember everything about this except that the girls ended up as a gang that gave back to the boys harassment for harassment. So, we became a gang of girls against a gang of boys. The leader, (I'm not going to divulge his name) would come to me and say, "we won't bother you any more if your girls will quit charging us on the play ground." I would say OK we will quit. Then he would go back and tell the boys we were going to leave them alone. While the boys were gathered together discussing this deal I would yell charge and we would sweep over into their midst and push and shove them, then retreat down the playground to our spot. The boys gang leader would come back for another parley, complete with white flag, which pretty much happened over and over. It was deal, charge, deal, charge over and over. until the boys were fairly exasperated with the situation. I think it stopped after one day. My aunt or my dad was told.....I was reported to parental authority that year for more than one problem as I recall. The teacher and I did not get along.

And, the boy and I started walking to school and home together it was only a couple of blocks. We had some good talks as I recall. My brother got into some scrapes as well. That's when my dad decided to move us to Gram-ma and Grandad's farm, where I still live.

On the farm for awhile there weren't any other kids close. The adjacent farm had my aunt and uncle living on it and dad would drop us there in the morning to catch the school bus. Their family had a girl cousin that was about 9 months older than me, same school class. We spent a lot of time around each other growing up. It was a rocky friendship. Her parents thought we should be friends so they pushed her to interrupt my solitary lifestyle with friendship. The last time I was in contact with her was hmm...2007 or later? It is what it is. She can no longer lead me I've developed in my own right and all our parents are dead. I don't attend family gatherings; which I guess are reduced to about once or twice a year.

There are a lot of things about the cousins I don't appreciate. Besides, I was always a tell it like it is person and they are all Masonic or Eastern Star. Many different brotherhoods and sisterhoods are the state of the surrounding communities.

There were several girls in my class I liked as friends. Girls I talked to sometimes but living on the farm, we were not a social family. My dad was not masonic; but he had some friends somewhere, that advised him sometimes. I spent a lot of time with my female cousin in my teen years. She had a morning paper route. when I stayed over at her house we went to movies and got up at 5 to do her paper route in the early morning hours before school. I liked the paper route. My dad discouraged my school activities.

One or two girls, my age and classes, rode the bus with me. They were nice girls but, I don't think I realized what social life is suppose to be like.One of the girls who I rode the bus with came to me for advice when I was a senior. We use to sit together a lot on the bus. I was startled when she told me she thought I was smart. It was a rough type of life in this area. Sometimes, I don't think people in this area for about 50 miles around are very civilized. Then, I think it has to do with the split between the brother hood societies, who own most of the stores, companies, jobs, and the non brother hood societies, who are the workers, and followers.

Once, I talked to one of my sons about some of this. His children are in lots of sports and activities. In a different area and school district. Their parents encouraged them to be active so they would be socialized. Since leaving the church (we use to go on a regular basis). Church around here has been the basis for most social activity if you aren't a member somewhere you pretty much don't have a social life unless you make it some other way. Volunteer fire departments or other community service can bring you into contact with people.

I made friends in Panama Canal Zone, and Texas but, lost contact with them years ago. Long distance friendships are difficult to maintain.

I like people. On the other hand, I spent a great deal of time in life with dogs, cats, parrots, and horses. They take a lot of time to care for. I did community service when I was younger now I blog, read, clean house. Sometimes I think there should be more. I could not get a job after college. The bush years and the economy was shutting down. I lost the financial ability to keep my own car. That's a pretty big loss when the nearest social outing is 5 miles or more away.The nearest silver sneakers is 17 miles away. So, I use the SS app to do exercises. I could probably make more of an effort to get out but, I don't. I'm someone who can be alone in a crowd.



November 19, 2019 at 12:28pm
November 19, 2019 at 12:28pm
What characteristics do you admire in a leader? Is there or was there a time in your life when you took on a leadership role? Research different leadership styles and describe which style you would most like to follow. Which style are you? When you are in a leadership position, do you exemplify the qualities you admire in a good leader?

Owl with signature *MushroomR*

Quote: Visionary — mobilize people toward a vision. ...
Coaching — develop people for the future. ...
Affiliative — create emotional bonds and harmony. ...
Democratic — build consensus through participation. ...
Pacesetting — expect excellence and self-direction. ...
Commanding — demand immediate compliance. {from Google search (leadership styles)

This prompt is a little over my head? *Laugh* So, I'll take on the questions one at a time. Besides, I found places that said there was 6, 7, or 8 styles.

1. I like a leader to be honest, even bluntly honest and knowledgeable, about whatever the subject is they are leading. The person should be able to direct the people being led into some kind of knowledge, that may be needed for the situation.

2. Yes. I was a mother, a cub scout den leader, and a leader of a church youth group. Also, a riding instructor for horseback riding and training. And at one time I taught some children dog obedience for their companion dogs.) (for children and teens from about 12 to 17.)

Depending on the group I needed some musical ability to lead songs, organizational ability to teach classes about how to train and communicate with animals. And, any knowledge of children I could glean.

3. This is a part where it's over my head. I guess I did not know leadership styles was a subject you could research and chose to follow in such a strict manner.

When I took journalism classes the professors used transformational.

4. I always tried to impress honesty on any groups I was in charge of and make sure they had knowledge that they could depend on, as they grew, to be accurate and far reaching. I did not delve into this subject too deeply, so I would think maybe the way I led was as a coach, or in a visionary capacity. Mostly, my position was brought about by the fact, that no one else was available to lead the group. I was the one with the training, knowledge, or time to participate. So, it would have been a combination of leadership values to meet the need of the situation.

I will be interested in answers to this as many of you have college courses in psychology and leadership in business.

THE END.*Preserver*

November 19, 2019 at 12:09pm
November 19, 2019 at 12:09pm
11/18/2019 - What is something that most people misunderstand or wrongly assume about you?

Owl with signature *ElecGuitar*

???What a question? How would I know? I actually never talk to very many people. I tried to be friends with one of the neighbor ladies years ago and that turned into a mess. Actually, I'm stunned by things I know now I did not know 30 or 40 years ago. I don't think our children are being raised with enough knowledge about humanity.

One neighbor thought I was writing about her in a short story I wrote about some women gossiping about a neighbor at a meeting for coffee. I explained all this before in another blog.

I tried to join a book club a few years ago. The ladies tried to use psychology to put me to sleep or just get me to tell them if it was safe to take an over seas vacation? I just left quickly and then laughed for awhile at home. These ladies are into prophecy or oracle speech from spirits. I was interested to read in one book last year about Pope Benedict who loudly proclaimed. "I'm not an oracle!" when some church members wanted information from him about future events. It was in a book I might have reviewed. A catholic journalist who was covering the Vatican reported the situation.

I read a lot of journalist writings about church history. History does try to repeat itself especially if people are not inclined to read about past occurrences in the history of humans. Lots of history books have references of other books and sometimes I'm inclined to look up some book used for a reference and read the whole book. Of all the hundreds of books I read I feel like my total knowledge bank would still only fit on the head of a pin.

I'm just a person. I don't have all the answers. Besides, if you want to communicate with God you are suppose to develop your own relationship with the Creator.

In a Journalism class we were required to write an article about a person in a community. I'm rural so I'm not up on too many local special people. I read in a newspaper about a pastor that was retiring soon and had contributed to a lot of community enrichment. I interviewed him and wrote up an article about him. When the professor of the class read my article he said I made the man sound like any ordinary person just going about his every day work instead of a well known man in the Christian community. I was interested in the fact that the professor thought this person was not living an ordinary life because he was a Christian?

I like to listen to other peoples ideas about an ordinary life on the earth. Maybe there really isn't any such think since no two people approach life exactly the same I think you can train two people to do a job but they will follow the rules of the work of slightly different angles.



"Trees exhale for us so that we can inhale them to stay alive. Can we ever forget that? Let us love trees with every breath we take until we perish." Munia Khan
November 17, 2019 at 11:02am
November 17, 2019 at 11:02am
There are 45 days remaining in the year. What do you want to do or accomplish before 2019 is over?

Fairy playing a flute*TeapotV*

Quote from The Overstory by Patricia Westerford -- "It's a great idea, trees. "So, great that evolution keeps inventing it, again and again."


Yesterday a meteorologist on TV reminded us it isn't winter yet. He also, said this would be a good week to put up our trees? I've been watching the news. There are a lot of advertisements about Christmas shopping. Ads encouraging people to get their shopping done early. Early Black Friday Sales as well.

I do wonder if the weather will be a lot worse than this, when winter hits on the calendar. I'm half way through with my shopping. Even, that is good for me, as some years I am not starting until after thanksgiving. But, I won't put up the tree until the day after Thanksgiving.

Our tree is 30 years old or more. I don't like the trees I see in the stores now. They are not made as well as the one I now have but, it is beginning to see better days. Last year a row of bottom limbs fell off and we just patched it back together so, I think we may have to get a new one.

I have pictures every year of the tree we now have. My 48 year old parrot, that died this summer, used to sit in the limbs during the holidays. No, it was a well trained parrot. Never left poo any where but, in the proper part of its cage.

I have pictures of piles of gifts under the tree, past pets, well remembered cats and dogs, that curled up among the gifts, because the hand crocheted tree rug was a soft place to take naps. 2019 has a lot of started projects that, won't be finished until 2020. Some things just were started too late to finish in the present cold weather.

A new tree is kind of a promise, that the new projects might get finished in the new year. Different cats will sleep under the new tree and bat at the plastic decorations on the lower limbs. I'm wondering if I can find a tree that looks as good as this one always did at a price I can afford.

Thanksgiving might be catered this year, which means I won't have to cook. *Smile*. I'm sure 45 days is going to fly by. Other than that, I think I'll just keep moving on odds and ends projects and see how the rest of the year goes. Grandma always said, "Don't wish your life away."

Turkey Day is on it's way*Lettuce* .
November 16, 2019 at 10:38am
November 16, 2019 at 10:38am
If you had to spend one million dollars in one day, what would you spend it on? *Dollar*

signature dancing owl *BurstB*

Quote from The Overstory: by Patricia Westerford. "The Secret of Life: Plants eat light and air and water, and the stored energy goes on to make and do all things."


Aha! The Millionaire one of my favorite shows at the time.

First a new automobile. Probably a Jeep of some sort and a trailer to haul stuff. Pay off my mortgage and school loans, Give to some charities, Hire some work done on the house. I could do a lot of that on about 200,000. Make the dog run bigger and get another dog. This may be an under estimation.

Then invest in something and see who in the family needed more cash for their own problems. If I absolutely had to spend it all in one day I bet I could find away. It's actually fun to think of ways to spend or even give away cash. I'd be penniless at the end of a day.

Some ways to spend lots of cash:

1. Buy kindles and put them in food boxes to the hungry at Thanksgiving.

2. Build a cottage on some land and give it to a needy family.

3. Pay electric or cell phone bills for people who could not pay their own.

4.. Buy some solar panels and hire someone to install them for people who don't have a lot of cash to spend. Buy infrared heaters to run with the solar energy.

5. Put up a tower and rent out space for cell phones or TV channels. Put up a windmill.

6. Open a factory to turn bamboo into lumber for sale at a reasonable price.

7. Build a factory to turn recycled plastic into insulation for homes.

8. Fix my driveway.

9. Trade in my tractor for a newer one.

10. buy a snowblower with a cab on it.

11. If I started early in the morning I bet I could spend a lot of money in one day and sleep well at the end of the day.

12. Buy land and put up one room cottages and camp space for the homeless. Lots of thought will have to go into this one.

12. Start a school specifically for homeless people. Put them to work in my factories. Only if they want a job of course.

{BYE FOR NOW)*Tomato*

November 15, 2019 at 12:53pm
November 15, 2019 at 12:53pm
In your entry today, write about focus. Use the following questions to guide you. At what time of day are you the most focused? When you need to focus on a task, how do you prevent distractions? How do you manipulate your environment to keep yourself focused? How else do you practice focus in your life? Any tools or techniques you can share?

signature dancing owl *BurstBR*

Quote for Today:“Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. ...Paulo Coellto {link:www.planetofsuccess.com › blog › inspiring-focus-quotes}


I know it is after morning chores are finished. That's the time I will take on a new job or sit down to knit, or write or take on a special cleaning job that needs done.

Distractions? If I'm alone I don't get many. If it is a long term project, more than one hour or one day. I might have to meditate or prepare myself mentally to continue the job. Some jobs I just hate. Some jobs I don't think I should have to do. I tell myself to do the job. When the job is over I get a reward. An example would be wheeling loads of wood into the wood shed each day. Ugh! I think of how nice it is to burn the wood when it isn't piled high with snow. I don't have to go out in a storm to get it. And, I'm working monetarily toward a heating method that will eliminate the need to carry wood forever. Might happen next winter.

Some distractions are worse than others. Some can be put off. If it's K I may have to be specific. He can fix his own computer or phone or app or find a hammer or tool on his own.

This one made me laugh. Bob Gates uses a mantra. It's in the link above. So, do I. It drives out thoughts that are not worthwhile. While your body works to get the job finished. Hauling wood, cleaning the freezer, moping floors are all mindless jobs. Sometimes if it's possible music keeps me going. I work faster and steadier to music.

Knowledge gained by reading also help. But, I'm one of those people who can't write or read with music turned on. I can do the day to day busy work of cleaning and storing and cooking to music but nothing that needs a mental input.

Techniques? (This is part of what made me laugh because I am trying to stay away from the God subject since we have members who may be offended. *Laugh* So, now in this part we are talking about just me. I tell it to God.)

I don't really just pray. Or, I don't call it prayer. Jesus made some statements and I just take him at his word. He said he would help so, if I need help I get specific and state what I need help with. God is neither male or female and God is eternal. but, in church you learn to say he when you probably should say God or it.

Just so you know--"One day at a time" (in the bible)-- People can't hear me" (in the bible) I use to say this when I would ask a family member for help and not get it. Then, yep found it in scripture. So, the electricity for thoughts moves out into atmosphere connects with elections in atmosphere molecules and moves along a line until it bounces back and I get help and focus and the job gets done. https://en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Airwatt
This makes one airwatt equal to 0.9983 watts, which rounds off to 1.0 watts.

My doves have returned to the feeders. Probably 25 or more. February or early march is breeding season for them. They get fat during the holiday months so those little fledglings will hatch and keep warm in the cold.

THE END *Blueberries*

November 14, 2019 at 11:42am
November 14, 2019 at 11:42am
Think back to a moment in your life when you were faced with making a difficult choice. (Which city to move to, which college to attend, what to ask Santa for, etc) How might your life be different if you had made a different choice than the one you did?

signature dancing owl *QuestionY*

Quote: Influence is when you are not the one talking and yet your words fill the room; when you are absent and yet your presence is felt everywhere. – TemitOpe Ibrahim https://sayingimages.com/influence-quotes/


I like a steady day to day life. Major choices make me gringe if I don't have a lot of information about the alternatives to back up my choice.

Most of my choices were not really mine. Sending my horses to a local sale was not exactly my choice . I was being pushed to do it. I did not even find out how I was influenced until years later.

The choices I made, to get a job outside of my home were mine. The kennel job was a great choice but, my family interfered with it so, I did not keep it.

Selling the sheep and goats was my idea too. Or at least enough of my idea to be beneficial. And, I used the money from the sale to buy a horse. *Laugh*

The Donut Shop job was also a good choice only once again, someone else interfered with it. Still, a good choice to work and earn my own cash.

College was a good choice also. I will never be sorry for going even at such a late date. It slung me mentally into the information age. It aided my self esteem. And, I became tech savvy.

It would have been good for me to learn the college things earlier in life. My brother suggested I become an airline stewardess after high school. I sometimes wonder how I would have managed if I had done that, with as little knowledge of the world as I had at the age of 17. I was a dumb blonde at age 17.

*FlowerB* } The End
November 13, 2019 at 10:35am
November 13, 2019 at 10:35am
In what circumstances do you believe it is okay to fib or tell a white lie?

signature dancing owl

Quote from Goodreads.com:“If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.”Mark Twain

My second son wanted to know about fibs and white lies? We were preparing for the holiday season. If you are in a gift giving scene, sometimes you tell people a white lie. Hiding the gifts and trying to keep the kids from searching for them? A white lie can be told to avoid hurting someones feelings but, in the end, whatever you avoid telling may hurt them over time. I just said, "Stay out of my room if you want any surprises at Christmas." When it comes to children I've met lots of them that don't care about the surprise just want to know what is going to be under that tree.

Sometimes truth is from experience and your own knowledge; so if someone is trying to catch you in a lie they will look for something to be wrong with something you said. Or, new facts may surface that will cause you to change or review what you know.

Or, if someone is lying to themselves they will be angry with the facts of a statement. They may look for a way to turn your facts against you?

A fib is a lie. You think it is unimportant, but again, sometimes small untruths take away from the way you are perceived as a person.

Personally, I think lies are more important than people realize. I've told the truth sometimes when I did not want to tell the truth. My experience is truth is like a living thing. Truth is a sound wave spreading like the fluctuation waves, in a pond. When you throw a pebble into the water. The center wave ring is the largest and makes the biggest movement. As the waves move out they get smaller but, can still rock a swimming duck or water lily floating in the pond.

Truth is a necessary part of life. Without truth you don't know who or what to believe unless you see it or experience it with your own eyes. It's why the journalist mantra is "Tell the truth, don't write dull material."

The words of truth or lies drives the way societies see the world. Telling lies destroys trust. Destroy trust and you destroy relationships between people.

The cover a Lie gives will disintegrate like sugar in water. Truth can clear the air, take away confusion, make things right, solidify trust.

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