sharon_dubois: (upsidedownWyn)
Stepped out on the front porch and said to self I didn't need a jacket and then turned the corner of the house and was in the wind. Windchill reduces the temperature by a significant amount.

Cami and I went for dim sum and a run of charity. An acquaintance of ours has been at home sick and we went to the grocery store to do a bit of shopping and dropped it off. It would have helped if she hadn't been so passive/aggressive and actually sent a shopping list. It was more of a "something to roast" and "doggy treats" kind of list. The doggy treats part was the most difficult -- cat person here.

On entering our neighborhood I noticed a dead rabbit. Up until then it had just been a lot of squirrels. I got home and decided that I had to post some garden pictures. The flowering trees in my back yard are lovely this afternoon.

The thing on the left is the rose bush (Reine de Violettes) that is trying to eat my house with my rusty gate in the foreground (it coordinates well with the house).



Near the house, mid ground and the far back yard.





sharon_dubois: (romy eye)
Had another back procedure yesterday so I'm still a little dopey, sleepy and sneezy today. Three out of seven isn't bad.

Cooler today (54F) with thunderstorms later. This is what the weather has been like for the last couple of days. Maybe more maple flowers will litter the streets. One can only hope.

Off for another nap. I may even be able to convince Romy to assist me in this endeavor.
sharon_dubois: (pissed)
A few quotes because I've been following the news and I'm not smiling.

“A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.”
― Gloria Steinem

“When a man gives his opinion, he's a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she's a bitch.”
― Bette Davis
...or these days a few other choice things...

“I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat, or a prostitute.”
― Rebecca West

“No woman can call herself free who does not control her own body.”
― Margaret Sanger

“If women want rights more than they got, why don't they just take them, and not be talking about it.”
― Sojourner Truth

or

“If you make some comment even obliquely alluding to menstruation or menopause and its effect on my judgment," Murphy interrupted, "I will break your arm in eleven places.”
― Jim Butcher, Changes

windy

Mar. 7th, 2012 09:36 pm
sharon_dubois: (totoroFly)
Headed to Ann Arbor this afternoon with a long shopping list from friends. It was the second day of above 60 F temperatures that today came with a lot of wind. In this year with no winter we have also skipped Spring and jumped into Road Construction. Again I say "weird!"

Eight-plus raptors in the air and a lot of road kill. The winter has been so warm they didn't starve so instead they became sacrifice to the ghod of cars. A couple of coyotes, a deer, an awful lot of raccoons and and one skunk died sometime today. As I navigated the road trying not to be blown off I realized that perhaps all this death was from drivers of smaller cars than mine. They didn't want to be blown off the road.

Got to Ann Arbor and it wasn't busy so they might also be on spring break. Made a number of circuits of the Detroit Street area until we found a parking space and then headed into Zingerman's Deli and nirvana. There were signs all around proclaiming that the Ides of March was their 30th Anniversary in business. I started eating there right after they opened. ...sigh...30 ?????? years...

They are still mid-renovation and you can see pictures here. I got out my list and starting collecting things as soon as we were inside the door. We quickly filled the shopping basket, refused to look at most of the stuff on display (away, away tempting evil things!!!) and progressed to the sandwich counter. Two women had sort of stopped in the middle of the area and were staring at the signage. I heard one ask the sandwich order person "how do you choose?" and his reply was "start with a meat?". I went to the other person taking orders and gave her Cami's and my order with a few take out sandwich orders from friends. We then moved to the checkout line and amazed the person at the register. We had a lot of food and she laughed when we said it was for six people. I think we set a new record and only spent a total of less than $200. The order included but was not limited to sandwiches (they are the two meal sort), bread, salads, hash, cheese, corned beef and yummy Dulce de Leche for Karren.

We ate our sandwiches -- actually me a half and Cami a WHOLE sandwich (it was the nosher size however) --then came home again battling the wind. I was backing into the driveway when the phone rang -- the start of the ravening hordes descending on my house began.
sharon_dubois: (Default)
...and other right wing crazies who think "personhood" is a good idea plus all you Catholic bishops:

If you hadn't lobbied against Single Payer you wouldn't be in the position you are now with regards to birth control. You know the new rule requiring most employers' insurance plans to cover birth control with no co-pay for employees. You may want women bare foot and pregnant but I think if you ask most women they will say that is a damn bad idea.

cat

Feb. 4th, 2012 12:20 am
sharon_dubois: (romy)

Romy came home today. She is severely pissed at me.

I went over to MSU and got lessons on how to give insulin injections to a diabetic cat before I got to take her home. They shaved spots on her shoulders to make it easier for me to see what I am doing. She looks funny but until I get the knack it is probably for the best.

There is a lot of fur on this cat so being sure that I actually get the insulin in her is necessary at this point.

Later this evening I got the biopsy results and the tumor was benign. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-) So I have to be very careful about Romy's diet, give her shots at each meal and she should do well. Giant sigh of relief!

sharon_dubois: (wrench_madAgatha)
or squirrely day, I'm not sure. This is how the day started. Looked out the kitchen window while pouring a bowl of cereal and saw a furry beast bouncing around. Didn't have my glasses on so grabbed the binocs and closely observed a tree rat. It was a red squirrel - a variety seen only one other time in my back yard. I pondered the sighting as I ate breakfast and then went out the front door to discover a black squirrel screaming, from it's perch in my street tree, at a fox squirrel rummaging around the mulch at the side of my yard.

When I first moved in, the yard (and trees around it) contained only fox squirrels. Slowly the black squirrels moved in from the east until a couple of years ago they crossed the street and are now the predominate squirrels on the block. We will have to see if the red squirrel was just a scout from the south or a settler and who will win the battle for ownership of my yard. My bet is on the neighborhood cats but that is another story.

So I went to school. This was the last day for two of my classes. So wacky behavior continued for most of the afternoon, just not tree rats behaving badly.

I stopped on the way home for some Chinese takeout because by this point I am just frazzled. Watched some TV, killed some pigs and am not looking forward to tomorrow -- it being a day of meetings when I should be grading. Grades are due Monday so it will be a fun weekend. Then two weeks off !!!!!!!!!!!!!#@#$!!

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