Showing posts from July 27, 2014

A Dog's Day in August

Penne has had a wonderful day. We have been together all day long  (she likes that). Apart from our walks, the only time I have been out of the house was early this morning when I drove to get gas/petrol.  That was at about 8:00 a.m. when it was still cool enough for Penne to come in  the car  (she loves that). This evening my friends Ron and Charlotte, Ben and Bob came for drinks and nibbles. Penne likes Ron, she "adores" Charlotte. Penne likes Ben, she "adores" Bob. As they arrived into my driveway (in two cars at separate times ) I let Penne run out of the house to greet them.  She was so giddy with happiness that she gave Ron a "kiss". What a fine evening for Penne.  At home with her "Pops", and with four of her best friends. As I write she is lying on the bed behind me. We just had a chat. Me:  "Penne we've had a wonderful day together". Penne:  "Wag, wag, wag, wag, wag    etc". SEE ALSO…

First and second sleeps (from the BBC)

Maybe this could be a solution to my sleep problems

For a smile

via Sally C

The Long Shadow

By happenstance (and thanks to my Facebook friend Susan R) the following popped up on my Facebook page today. Well I never, I had just finished reading "The Long Shadow" which I had borrowed from the Sarasota County Public Library (probably a day or two after it had been placed on the "New Books" section at the Fruitville branch library. It's a fascinating (if very occasionally tedious) read  which made me think anew about all I had been taught about the Great War, and the consequences of that bitter blood-letting. For instance: The experience of the ANZAC troops at Gallipoli (and other places) moved  Australia to see itself as a proud co-equal nation in the Empire/Commonwealth, and not as a junior partner or ex-colony. The incredible number of volunteers from the British Isles (2.5 million from England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales) who were convinced of the…

Apposite comment via Mario Livio

Mario Livio * writes: "I like this conversation from Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass". It seems to me to be applicable to many situations today": 'There's glory for you!' 'I don't know what you mean by "glory",' Alice said. 'I meant, "there's a nice knock-down argument for you!" '  'But "glory" doesn't mean "a nice knock-down argument",' Alice objected.  'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in a rather scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less.' * Re Mario Livio see

Uh Oh

There are a few things which need fixing in my home,  simple enough stuff for which I have neither the skill or tools.

I have been looking for an old fashioned "odd job man" (woman), 'cause none of these jobs call for a skilled craftsman (woman).

Chief among these needs is the leaking tank in my bathroom.

There is a shut off valve right next to the toilet, but it is "stuck" -  even the use of a wrench would not budge it.

So, for now I've shut off all the water supply using an outside valve.  This is all well and good for now since I can turn the water supply on when I need to shower or do laundry  - making sure of course that I have a dish-pan under the toilet tank.

I mentioned my needs to parishioners C and M when I shared communion with them at their home this  morning.

They put me on to  a local business called  "Meyers Makes House Calls", run by one David Meyersburg.

His business card has the sub-titles
Master Tinkerer Dependable and Knowledgea…