Saturday, 13 January 2018

l'├ętat, c'est moi (and some mini rants)

Louis XIV of France probably did not say that even though it is always attributed to him.

Courtesy Manny F

This is not Louis XIV, nor is it Napoleon Bonaparte.  But to President Trump, alongside many Chief Executives in very many Nations (and the members of the  current U.S. House and Senate), Lincoln's wisdom and words seem to be forgotten.

Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth. Abraham Lincoln (Gettysburg Address).


Now for the rants!

(a) I have no patience with various  journalists (and some of my friends) who speculate about President Trump's mental health.

They do not have the professional expertise to make such a judgment. There may be a "feel good" aspect to these speculations but a definitive diagnosis of mental illness can only be made by a medical professional.

What I can say based on his tweets and questionable public statements is that the President seems to be singularly lacking in impulse control.


(b) I have no patience  with the practice  of Publix Supermarkets which forces their check out staff to ask  "would you like to make a donation to this that or the other charity?".

FIRSTLY .  The amounts raised are never reported back to we the shoppers.

SECONDLY  It's dreadful to think that some shoppers nod and say yes simply because they are too shy or embarrassed to say no.

THIRDLY . Impulse giving is no substitute for carefully planned fiscal stewardship.


(c) I have no patience  with nor will I add my name to  the various on line petitions which my good hearted and well meaning friends ask me to sign.

Sometimes I have no reliable information about the originators of the petitions (could they be phishing expeditions?) .  Even when the authors are known to me, and I believe them to be reputable, I have never/ever heard back about the success or failure of the petitioner's goals.


(d)  I sometimes have no patience with my cat Adelaide

I seem to be living in a home where govermment is of the Povey, by the cat , for the cat.



Friday, 12 January 2018

When yer younger brother is a wise guy/smart ass.

Brother Andy (six years younger than I) and his wife Izzy came from Bristol U.K. to visit me in SRQ last December.

We had a great time.

Andy sent me a thank you gift.  It arrived today (Jan 12th 2018)

He'd told me in advance about the gift (and I feared that it might be something to wear).

That was not the case (phew!), 

Instead it was a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle about a home town football (soccer) club.

HOW VERY NICE you might think, except that in my home town there are two football (soccer) clubs, and they are mortal enemies.

Andy has the misfortune to be a fan of  the  Bristol Rovers Football club.

I am a fan of the greatly superior Bristol City Football Club!


Brother Andy was ranking on me, as only brothers can do. 

I love it!  I grinned from ear to ear when I opened the parcel. I love his teasing. 

Thanks Andy. I'll work on the puzzle when I am snow bound in Sarasota! 

But you should have sent me the 100 piece  puzzle for the under five year olds

Love you Andy.  Love yer fraternal humour!

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Protesting/ complaining brought good results.


This is my T.V.  (You may have seen one like this in an antique's store)

It's more than I need 'cause I rarely watch T.V.  (The last time was in September 2017 when Hurricane Irma was in my neck of the woods, though I did see some wondrous BBC programmes when I stayed with family members in England last year.)

It  stands all lonely in my sitting room and it can stay there, since my basic Comcast  T.V. service fee is included in my monthly Condominium Association assessment. ( have no choice in that matter even though I am not a  T.V. viewer)



But I need/want/ desire Comcast WiFi  internet service for my internet use (mostly e-mail, Face book, and my blog, never  for streaming movies and the like.

In 2016 Comcast charged me $66.65 per month for this Wi-Fi service

In 2017 the charge went up to $75.65.

In 2018 to $81.72.

Of these charges $ 11 per month was  the outrageous Comcast rental fee for the Modem



So I took my complaint/protest to the local Comcast store.

Their staff member offered me a deal.

For  at least one year  my monthly fee  will be reduced to $ 33, and  even less when I have bought and  installed my own modem.   It's on its way from Amazon at the princely cost of just over  $37. (better than $ 11 per month).


Comcast assures me that my 2019 charge will  no more than $ 59:00  per month. w

We will see

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

An honourable businessman (and other musings).

I had contracted with one Mike H to train Izzy.

He was disappointed that I had surrendered Izzy to HSSC and not continued with his training method.

The contract I signed stipulated "no refunds under any circumstances".  Nevertheless he insisted on refunding 3/4  of my not inexpensive fee.

That, as we might say in England "was awfully decent of him".


Of course I miss having Izzy in my home.  I took an early morning nap today.  When I woke up I said out loud "Oh Izzy, I forgot to take you for a walk this morning".

Then I remembered that Izzy no longer lives with me.

I miss her.

I need a dog in my home and life. Maybe Zion will take up residence by Jan 20th.


Meanwhile  Adelaide the cat is having a field day.  She got revenge for her involuntary confinement by walking through the kitchen floor which I had just wet mopped, and then leaving her paw marks all over the house.

She is back to her old teasing tricks by which she comes close to me, utters a plaintive miaow, and then runs away when I try to pet her.

But on the other hand,  when I was reading this afternoon she jumped onto the coffee table, and from there to my lap for a bit of TLC.

We live with cats on their terms.


Today I had lunch at the Oasis Cafe on South Osprey with St. Boniface friend Meade F; stopped by to see friends Jack and Donna (both in ill health) -   (they were not at home, but I left them some goodies) ;  and had a evening  snifter with newish neighbours John and Janice.

It's good to get out and about.


This picture is apropos nothing, but I thought that it would draw your attention  I have been fooling around with various settings on my I pad. This one is called Kaleidescope.,


Can't wait for these chilly SW Florida days to end so that we can moan about the humidity.

Monday, 8 January 2018

You silly Goose

At the lakeside of my home.

Such gorgeous and handsome water fowl.

But as senselessly honky and noisy as a group of Bishops and Priests!

God forbid that they nest.  If that happens the Ganders will be viciously protective of the Geese, their nests, their  eggs, and their offspring.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Random stuff!

I never cared for cocoa until this cold snap.  (By the way, what is the difference between cocoa and hot chocolate? )


My new French Press Coffee maker came with a four minute "egg timer" for brewing time.  Wonderfully low tech.


Adelaide says, now that Izzy is no longer in our home. "Free at last, free at last.  Thank John Michael I'm free at last!"

This is Zion, a two year old spaniel/mutt/Heinz 57;  and a bundle of affection.  

The canine behaviour specialist at  the Humane Society of Sarasota County and I took him up to the cat area.He moseyed around without any particular interest in the (caged)  cats, even with a kitten who let out a squawk and did a back flip when Zion wandered over to its cage.  That's a good sign that he will be cat friendly. HSSC has placed a hold on him and I'll be free to adopt him in two weeks or so .

I am keeping my fingers crossed!. I need a dog in my life!  

My family members are bemused (and delighted) because I never was a great dog lover. That all changed when I fell in love with Misty, a wonderful Greyhound who loved with my brother and his wife in the U.K.  (I meant "loved"!), and then when the ever gorgeous Penne who loved with me for nine years.

Zion will come to my home when  when he has recovered from his neutering surgery, and is free of heart-worm.


I have prepared his apartment!