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Or Nightmare before Christmas…
The Preface: The image above makes me smile from ear to ear. Growing up, we were never allowed to have any pets. When I was in sixth grade, my mom finally relented to our pleas, letting my brother and I each get a hamster. Over a five year period (they don’t live that long) we both had two hamsters. The entire time we had them, we begged her to pet them. She flatly refused. She would not touch, much less “pet” one. Our constant pleading finally led to her reluctantly touching one with a single finger, quite gingerly, on the head. That was it. Never again…until…
The Post: I remember teaching my childhood hamster, Cinnamon, how to do what you see in the image above. Yes, he became very good at it too. Maybe a little too good. One night he broke out of his cage, jumped down three feet to the linoleum, made his way across the house and climbed upstairs (carpeted not hardwood…lucky hamster) to the second floor. He found his way along the upstairs hall and into my parents bedroom. The little fellow must have been quite tuckered out, because he came upon my mom’s house slippers as we all slept. Well, he crawled into the toe area of one and curled up.
He must have felt so nice and cozy, all snuggled in there that he went to sleep. Everything was going along fine just like “The Night Before Christmas”. Unfortunately, my mom got up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night and discovered his little nest. We were suddenly woken up by my mother’s screaming.
She had slid a tootsie into one of her slippers and “found” my hamster. I’ll never forget it! It was a mad dash for my brother and I to locate and capture the furry little beast who had scurried away in absolute terror. Luckily my dad was out of town because we were laughing hysterically the whole time. (No, mom was not laughing.) Don’t know if she ever got back to sleep that night. Or the next….
Hope you enjoyed my little tale and have a lovely “turkey” day. Create lots of warm memories. You can never have too many. They’ll warm you on the coldest and saddest days of your life and cheer you on the happiest ones.
Well, if yesterday was sizzlin’ today is broiling. Weather. com says it’s 110F which means it’s about 120F here and boy, is it hot! Just sitting and watching old reruns of Frasier and also YouTube vids of anything with snow in it! LOL 🙂 Yes. Just trying to maintain some semblance of “cool”.
Was looking for an image to post showing the heat. Found a wonderful image and great article I think you may enjoy! Seriously, read the article. Didn’t know about heat and airplanes!
If I was worried about the electric bill yesterday, well, today I’m freakin’. It’s going to be hideously high. I HAD to turn on the 2 AC units at 11 a.m. today. That’s the earliest I’ve ever had to switch them on!
Received my grocery order yesterday and let the few fresh veg I ordered sit out on the counter overnight. Was too exhausted to put them away. Not a good idea. Everything looks wilted and I have it all soaking in a bowl in the sink. Sadly the pipes for water must have had no building code back in the “50’s” and are laying very shallowly in the ground so the tap water is warm no matter how long you run it.
But, what can I do? The quart of strawberries I ordered (on sale) look like the delivery guy took a handful out to eat…sigh, so I only have about 1 pint. They’ll be in the water soon but with a few spoonfuls of vinegar to help preserve them. The goal is to cut up and freeze to use in drinks like ice cubes. We’ll see if that works.
Humidity’s only 20% thank heavens. IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have a pet, make sure you don’t walk them on hot asphalt or concrete! It can seriously burn their pads. And if you think you’re hot, imagine it with a fur coat!!! Fur as insulation? There’s a point past which it isn’t and doesn’t…like now. Make sure to care for your pets and call animal control when you see someone else’s in jeopardy.
Here’s another article on animals and heat. Please check it out! Well, I’m moving into the bedroom hoping to chill in front of AC unit…stay cool!
Isn’t it odd how when things, events, and so on are out of sight (so to speak) we still get odd mental “jogs” about their presence? Such is the case with my beloved little Welsh Pembroke Corgi, Blue.
Of late, more than normal, he’d been on my mind and to me, for no particular reason I thought, other than I loved and still missed the little honeybun.
Turns out, November 18,2015 was the two year anniversary of having to put him to sleep because of the crippling disease degenerative myelopathy or DM. Found this out on my computer calendar. I hadn’t realized how little time had passed since he left. He was just…gone.
DM is like ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. If you want an idea of what DM or ALS is like, you can find an amazing portrayal by Hillary Swank in the movie “You’re Not You” (currently streaming on Netflix). It broke my heart to watch it because I watched Blue go through it.
It’s an excellent movie, I hope you enjoy it and learn about these two horrid diseases.
In some ways I’m glad I grew up when I did (no helicopter parents and so on). I’m also glad I “have” all my kitchen “things” like the little ring with the measuring spoons on it. Plus with a limited budget I’m not tempted by things like this:
What’s annoying about gadgets like this is first their cost. This item is $55.00 plus shipping. Second, is that it will need batteries and probably not your basic AA’s or AAA’s. It brings to mind my digital cooking thermometer that’s been sitting on my kitchen counter for over two years to remind me it needs batts. And I have no idea how to open it in order to see what kind of battery is needed.
I took it to Bed, Bath and B (where I purchased it) and they were mystified. Couldn’t even figure out how to open it. Called the company that manufactured it and they were of no help either. Glad I still have my old “analog” one with the dial. It may not be instant but it’s accurate and needs no batts.
The gadget up above is described this way “Simplify life and replace the large and painstaking rings of teaspoons and tablespoons occupying much needed space in your baking cabinet”. I didn’t realize my ring of measuring spoons was large and painful, did you? They nest very nicely and take up the space of a small spoon.
On a totally different note, I just have to say here and now that I don’t think “the donald” should get Secret Service protection paid for by us! You must watch the video in the attached link. Watch it to the very end which will give you an idea of how often this doesn’t happen.
Like Trump doesn’t have enough money. This alone would be reason enough for me to never ever vote for the fool! OMG, where does the lunacy stop and when will we the people totally run out of money to fund government crap. Sorry, but this just has smoke coming out my ears.
Now for a happier note. Ran across this photo on The Daily Corgi and thought it was hysterical (though I hope the little honey wasn’t hurt when going over and into the water). Corgi’s are just so cute!!!!!!
EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING
Yes, that’s the National Weather Forecast’s Prediction for tomorrow. Just like today and yesterday. It may get down to the low 80’s by 3 a.m. the following morning.
I am so utterly sick of heat. It’s about noon and 108F (4.5C). Miserably hot and still. There are no creatures outside making a sound. It’s like being in a very quiet, black and white (or all gray tones) Twilight Zone. And yet the sun is beaming down, like nothing is wrong. AAUUGGHHH!!
Now it’s become overcast and wind has come up. I can hear the oak tree’s branches scraping the roof and summer thunder crackling. Only problem is that the wind dies down and clouds hold in the heat. Totally oppressive and stifling. Anyways, so I’m sitting here, minding my own business (dying of the heat), trying to get my mind off of it and suddenly…no internet. Nothing. Zip. Zilch. Nada.
Yup, it has frozen. It’s dead. Not connected. Probably due to power outage. For almost an hour! That’s how flaming hot it is! I was on Safari. Tried Google Chrome. Got “This webpage is not available.” “DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_ NO_INTERNET”. Even Firefox was out.
Swell, can’t even distract myself with the internet! 😦
Okay. Could be worse. I could be a gardener. Due to the holiday, they arrived yesterday. Normally they show up on Mondays. So, yes, it could be worse.
Yay, it’s back! The internet! So now for some video distraction. Watch the Corgi’s face. Hysterical!
Over the weekend, I chanced upon some rather humorous videos of Corgis swimming and thought I’d share them with you. The underwater shots are pretty cute. (Sorry for the ads at the beginning of some of the videos.) First we have “Swimming Corgis”:
Due to their long bodies note how hard they have to work to keep their rears from sinking down as they paddle. Next we have “Swimming in a River”:
I get such a kick out of watching their little legs keep paddling even when they’re lifted out of the water. The next one is so cute because his/her little legs are flapping so hard. It was aptly titled “Good Luck with Short Legs”.
Such a little fluff ball! The following one illustrates why the little low riders need life vests. Note how when the Corgi finally dives in he/she flips over completely.
Then we have the swimming championship…
Note how pooped out the two babies in the pink polka dot life vests are at the end of the contest. Bet they’ll sleep well. Now, lest you think it’s just Corgis who swim when lifted in the air, here’s a compilation of a number of little characters doing the same thing.
And last, on a totally different note, we have “Trying to Take a Nap on Train Tracks”:
Some of the looks and glares the stubborn little Corgi gives the cameraperson when a train runs into him crack me up. I’m surprised the little creature doesn’t just pick one up and give it a good thrashing. Well, I don’t want to Corgify you to death so I’ll stop, but hopefully this added a little smile to your Monday.
Living on a reasonably busy street that is also the main route when emergency vehicles need to rush from one end of town to the other, I’ve grown used to the pretty constant noise of cars. But to illustrate just how long we’ve gone without regular rainfall I was shocked today at just how much wet roads amplify tire noise. Yes, shocked.
Ordinarily it’s just a kind of white noise that one gets used to and ignores. But as I sit here today typing, it sounds like the cars have snow tires on. Very strange.
We’re still enjoying a nice, even, soft rain. Very much like the kind we enjoyed all day last Friday which lasted well into the night. And like Monday and Tuesday. Today’s precipitation seems to be the same kind of medium, not heavy rain. It’s been falling pretty much all day. This is a really good thing since too much of a downpour would cause landslides in all the areas that had wildfires this last year.
I took a look at yesterday’s post and was surprised to find the falling snow flakes that I had turned on in WordPress last year had returned! They really help with the holiday mood. That or I’m just easily amused. Probably the latter.
On that note, I’ll share with you some interesting links I’ve come across. The first is QuizSocial.com. I just took a test to see if I could pass the test to become a U.S. citizen. I got 8 out of 10 so I passed.
You could try “how well do you Disney movies” (apparently I don’t know Disney well, only got a 4) or “which classic Hollywood beauty are you” (I got Marilyn Monroe) or “how old is your soul“. I did ace “how sharp is your memory” so it’s not all bad. The only thing I’d like is to know what the “right” answers were when I got one wrong.
Next, a link that will put a smile on your face. I did for the participants.
There’s also this link, it’s a Friskies commercial but I think it’s pretty well done.
And lastly, I apologize if this is a repeat, it just is really sweet and magical.