Friday, October 31, 2008

Oh No!! Not again!! I can’t take it anymore....

Originally published on MySpace, Oct 31, 2008

Current mood:sad

I am sitting quietly in my living room, enjoying my book and suddenly,


Out of the corner of my eye I barely see something slam against my window. My first thought is "WTF!! Who's throwing stuff at my window!?!?" Then the next thought, the one I know is true, is, "Not again!! Another bird has hit!"

I rush to the window and look down to see a small yellow & gray bird lying dead on the patio. I go outside and down stairs and turn him over and wonder how hard he must have hit to be so totally dead so quickly. Then I notice something moving in the grass to my side. A robin is laying dazed & confused it's beak opening and closing trying to breathe. I realize now the gray & yellow bird is an older casualty and the robin is the newest victim. I pick him up and carry him back up to my deck. He's dead by the time I get there.

My house is now officially the Burmuda Triangle of the bird fly zone. Birds take off and never return home when they venture near our house. We've had 4 (FOUR!!!) feathered buddies die against our windows in the three months we've lived here. One other I am aware of managed to flap his way back to a branch low over my deck. He sat on that branch for over 30 minutes and finally was able to fly away. I did go and pet him and check on him after he first hit - I was ecstatic to see him eventually take off! But what's next? One of the geese that land just 50 or so yards away on the lake?

I don't know what to do. It breaks my heart every time one of these little creatures hits, breaks his neck and dies. I've looked at the windows from the outside and what I can determine is that they perfectly reflect the sky and the birds are going full throttle when they hit, believing there is no reason not to be.

Hanging something inside the window won't deter them since it's the sky's reflection that is fooling them. Anyone have any other ideas to keep these beautiful little birds alive? I'm so sad this is happening...

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Could it all really be so simple???

Originally published on MySpace, Oct 30, 2008

Current mood:excited

I finished a book last night that has taken me a bit of time to get through. Only because I have 5 books going right now...

The book I just finished is called Another Day in the Frontal Lobe: A Brain Surgeon Exposes Life on the Inside by Katrina Firlik. The book is about her time as a resident. The very last chapter and very nearly the very last page she talks about surgeries that can be very satisfying for a brain surgeon, and one of those is the treatment of NPH. As I read those last few pages my heart was pounding and I could feel the blood rushing through my head. NPH stands for Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus which is a fancy term about the body not absorbing brain fluid as quickly as it's produced. It occurs mainly in older people and is often mistaken for dementia, parkinson's disease, alzheimer's or cretzfeldt-jakob disease. My mother has been said to have each of these at one time or another (except the last one which I never heard of before).

There are three simple things to look for that can indicate the person has NPH....

1. Memory problems

2. Walking or gait problems

3. Incontience


What is the cure (or possible help)? Shunt surgery. A shunt is placed in the head to allow the excess brain fluid to flow to the abdomen and be absorbed by the body. The results of this can be amazing.

So now I am excited but confused. If this procedure did nothing more than allow my mother to actually enjoy reading a book again, I think it would be worth it. I hate that there is absolutely nothing that can entertain her anymore and yet she does know where she is and who I am and wants to very very badly to come home. I just wish we were still someplace that she had a regular doctor. At least then I would have a place to start. Not to be rude, but I just don't think the nursing home doctor is going to be much help.

Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Now for some REAL talent!

Originally published on MySpace, Oct 29, 2008

Speakin' out of both sides of her mouth

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

More Laughs(?)

Originally published on MySpace Oct 28, 2008

Current mood:sad

Pet Peeve 007

Monday, October 27, 2008

Laugh (?) for today....

Originally posted on MySpace, Oct 27, 2008

Current mood:discontent

Sunday, October 26, 2008


Originally published on MySpace, Oct 26, 2008

Current mood:curious

DH and I saw "W" last night. I am not sure what to make of it. It seemed to be a fair, even handed portrayal of the man, pretty much avoiding any real controversial political comment. I'm okay with that, but even as a video portrait of the man, I felt it lacked something. I am not sure I can put my finger on it.

Of course I can never know how accurate the movie is, but I hoped to come away feeling something. I'm not trying to take a pro or con Bush stand here, I just wanted to feel something - either an understanding of his former popularity or to have my own view of the man validated. What I felt more than anything was a slight sadness.

The movie ends four years ago and doesn't touch on the man during his second term. I do wonder, however, what is next for W. What is this man thinking or feeling as his presidential time winds down.

One thing I did strongly feel is that I want to know more about Laura Bush. This first came about while listening to an NPR program a week or so ago, and then further fed during this movie. Is there a good (fair and accurate) biography of Laura Bush I should read?

I'd really like to know what others think of this movie.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

At some point perhaps nothing will surprise me.

Pet Peeve 006

Friday, October 24, 2008

Weather Report

Monday, October 20, 2008

Pet Peeve 005

Originally published on MySpace Oct 20, 2008

I was reminded of this one earlier today....

I HATE it when I get to the last spritz of a favorite cologne just to find out it's not a scent that's being made any more!!

Dang you, Bath & Body Works!!

Aurora Bridge

Saturday, October 18, 2008

I'm Impressed!!

Pet Peeve 004

Originally posted on MySpace Oct 18, 2008

Current mood:amused

If you are someone who follows my blogs I doubt you will miss the irony of this pet peeve.....

Pet peeve 004 is "Private" blogs. You know the ones... you click on them and get this message:

This specific blog entry you're trying to read is currently set to be private, and only the blog owner can see it.

You might want to take this as advance warning.. . my next blog is going to be private. How else did I become aware that it's another pet peeve?

Just one reason I am voting for BOB

Friday, October 17, 2008

ACORN and Senator Flip-Flop

Originally posted on MySpace Oct 17, 2008

Did McCain turn on Acorn simply because they chose to back Obama?

The Brad Blog

Don't miss the Videos at the end!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Frustration multiplied....

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Pet Peeve 003

Originally published on MySpace, Oct 12, 2008

This peeve is in honor of Markey who reminded me just how much this annoys me! Thanks Markey...

Pet Peeve 003 is about people who don't think you have any business inquiring about their whereabouts or when to expect them home/back/whatever. In some cases, this is completely true. But often there are others involved and that makes is simple courtesy to at least give some basic details.

I understand the young adults who are exercising their new freedoms and don't want to be responsible to anybody, but I don't think that disregards the responsibility of courtesy. If you are living with other people, whether its your parents, a college roommate or just a friend, and you are leaving for the evening, day, weekend or whatever, I believe it is simple courtesy to let the people you live with know when you expect to return. And if something comes up and you will be delayed or changed your plans, you owe them an update. I don't care if you provide details or not, but if I expect you in my home at 10:00 pm and you aren't there I am going to start worrying. And to not update me is simply rude and discourteous.

I had a boss that didn't think he needed to let anyone know why he left the office or when he would return. This not only was unprofessional in my opinion, but it led to a lot of office gossip and disrespect from his other employees. A simple, "I have a meeting to attend and should be back around 'X' o'clock," would suffice (and he could have even lied if he's just give me something). As his admin assist I didn't think it would have been out of line to leave me that information, either. It would have made taking his calls a bit easier.... But he thought it just wasn't anybody's business how he spent his business time. Hm....

Can you imagine having a guest staying with you for whatever period of time who decides to take off for the day without letting you know when they expect to return? Or call you if their plans change and they will be later? In this day of cell phones I find that totally unacceptable.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Irresponsible campaigning - does this work for you?

Originally published on MySpace Oct 11, 2008

Current mood:disgusted

(It's interesting that this article was written by a Republican that worked on McCain's 2000 Campaign)

McCain's attacks fuel dangerous hatred

John McCain: If your campaign does not stop equating Sen. Barack Obama with terrorism, questioning his patriotism and portraying Mr. Obama as "not one of us," I accuse you of deliberately feeding the most unhinged elements of our society the red meat of hate, and therefore of potentially instigating violence.

At a
Sarah Palin rally, someone called out, "Kill him!" At one of your rallies, someone called out, "Terrorist!" Neither was answered or denounced by you or your running mate, as the crowd laughed and cheered. At your campaign event Wednesday in Bethlehem, Pa., the crowd was seething with hatred for the Democratic nominee - an attitude encouraged in speeches there by you, your running mate, your wife and the local Republican chairman.


John McCain: In 2000, as a lifelong Republican, I worked to get you elected instead of George W. Bush. In return, you wrote an endorsement of one of my books about military service. You seemed to be a man who put principle ahead of mere political gain.

You have changed. You have a choice: Go down in history as a decent senator and an honorable military man with many successes, or go down in history as the latest abettor of right-wing extremist hate.

John McCain, you are no fool, and you understand the depths of hatred that surround the issue of race in this country. You also know that, post-
9/11, to call someone a friend of a terrorist is a very serious matter. You also know we are a bitterly divided country on many other issues. You know that, sadly, in America, violence is always just a moment away. You know that there are plenty of crazy people out there.

Stop! Think! Your rallies are beginning to look, sound, feel and smell like lynch mobs.

John McCain, you're walking a perilous line. If you do not stand up for all that is good in America and declare that Senator Obama is a patriot, fit for office, and denounce your hate-filled supporters when they scream out "Terrorist" or "Kill him," history will hold you responsible for all that follows.

John McCain and Sarah Palin, you are playing with fire, and you know it. You are unleashing the monster of American hatred and prejudice, to the peril of all of us. You are doing this in wartime. You are doing this as our economy collapses. You are doing this in a country with a history of assassinations.

Change the atmosphere of your campaign. Talk about the issues at hand. Make your case. But stop stirring up the lunatic fringe of haters, or risk suffering the judgment of history and the loathing of the American people - forever.

We will hold you responsible.