Strawberry

Strawberry lowreaz 3Wednesday I got a new fur baby. It’s been six months since my Dear Bogie passed. I keep telling myself I know he had a happy last seven years of his eighteen year live.

Strawberry mostlymutts I’ve grieved but now that is not so bad and I miss not having a companion so I rescued Strawberry from Mostly Mutts. They called her “Peppermint Patty” but by accident I found out she answers to Strawberry so that is her name now.

 

Apparently she was abused when she was younger because she walks in circles a lot and I’ve found out she is really scared of guys. I can’t understand how anyone can hurt such an innocent and wonderful dog.

I have to leave a leash on her even in the house so I could catch her when it’s time to take her out. I sleep on a love seat I have with her beside me. I think she is calming down now and realizes this is her forever home because now she doesn’t walk in circles so much.

She needs to lose a little weight. She weighs as much as Boogie but is smaller. So do I, hopefully we can do it together. I enjoy cooking so I’ve put a bed for her in the kitchen.

Strawberry DesktopTo say she’s stolen my heart is an understatement. This is now my Desktop image.

 

 

 

 

 

Strawberry Office BedI spend a lot of time in my home office. So I put a bed for my fur buddy in here so she can be comfortable. She seems happy just to stay on her bed while I work on my computer.

The US mid-term elections

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This is the morning for analysis of yesterday’s mid-term elections in the United States; so here is mine.  First, a bit of my background.

 

I know some about racism and how prevalent it is in the southern US. While I am Caucasian I have also had to use a wheelchair to get around for almost fifty years so I do know what it is like to be discriminated against. Balance against this I earned a 4 year degree and had a twenty two year professional career.

What qualifies me to analyze political developments? My degree is in Political Science so one of the things I notice is political action. So here is what I believe happened in the 2018 mid-term elections.

As I thought the corporate and controlling wing of the Democratic Party had a blue trickle not a blue wave. What was surprising was their devastation in the US Senate races. I thought they would gain one seat and not be further marginalized.

While I expected the gains by the Democratic Party in the US House of Representatives they were minuscule. That many were progressives with a generous sprinkling of women of color gives me hope.

Sadly I expected the electoral defeats of Stacey Abrams in Georgia and Andrew Gillum in Florida.

Election fraud by her opponent may be part of Stacey Abrams’ defeat. With Andrew Gillum’s his campaign after his primary victory was stupid. But the reason beneath both defeats is racism. I have lived in both states and have seen how rampant racism is.

The results of the election are mainly the result of the the usual incompetence of the Democratic Party corporate leadership!

What is to be expected from the election? One thing I knew would happen has already come true. Of course Trump already is saying it is a positive mandate for his actions. It is nothing of the sort.

Of more interest will be watching Nancy Pelosi trying to shoe horn progressive who are not beholding to corporate interests into what is her version of the Democratic Party of money money money. While also watching Chuck Schumer trying to make excuses for his lack of leadership.

Virtually satisfying your caffeine addiction.

Virtually satisfying your caffeine addiction.

A few months ago I started having painful headaches during the day while I was in SL. I tried many changes in life style but nothing helped until I eliminated caffeine and coffee from my diet. Today to satisfy my coffee cravings I try to start each day by going into SL and sitting in our front yard and having a cup of coffee. It seems to work!

Home automation-WOW Alexa

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I tried automating my home some twelve years ago. It was a disaster so I eventually removed all of the hardware and software that never worked well.

A couple of years ago I tried home automation again. The system from Apple it wasn’t quite as bad. I do a lot of cooking so I use the timer function often. About half the time when I tried to start the timer my Apple Watch would send the message “Wait I’ll tap you when I’m ready”. The only way to get it to work was say, “Set timer to five minutes and thirty seconds you stupid piece of s***”. Then the timer would start but the full message including “you stupid piece of s***” would even show up. But the timer would start. It may seem silly but I don’t like to cuss even at a machine. It was frustrating!

Alexz2 lowrezI didn’t give up but I did try something different for me. In the last year I’ve seen a lot of email from Amazon about their echo system so I chose to give it a try. Late Tuesday I received the Echo Plus I ordered from Amazon. What a difference!

When I set it up after supper I was amazed how easy it was. In half an hour I had a workable home automation system going. I had to force myself to go to bed and stop playing.

In twenty-four hours I still haven’t had to cuss at Alexa. I’ve found things I don’t like hearing someone’s voice when I requested instrumental blues music. That is a minor glitch I am having a blast exploring Alexa. It is fun and easy!

RIP Boogie Buddy

RIP Boogie Buddy

Its been over a week since I lost my buddy. At least I was holding him when he died.

It really affected me.  The depression didn’t really hit me until I came home and he wasn’t there to greet me. Since then all I did was wander around the house with audio novels playing on my laptop. My home is small and has a very open plan so I can hear it from anywhere in the house.

I know the last eight years of his eighteen-year life were filled with love. He was a rescue so I don’t know about his first years. But he did have a long life so I guess I did something right.

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I got up each morning and cooked him breakfast. He liked bacon and soft scrambled eggs with cheese.

My new neighbors.

Mommy FirstI have a young fox family living under my back deck. As you can see I can’t even get close to the window. If I even move around to get a better angle Mommy spots me and runs off. I don’t want to scare her because she might move the babies and I enjoy watching them. I’ve only seen foxes on television and I’m surprised how big she is. She is twice as big as I thought foxes were.

Baby OneHere is one of the babies. There are three. I apologize for the quality of the picture. I had to make it through a window with a screen.

Moma and Baby OneSo you can see how small the babies are here is one with Mommy.

One thing I love about living where I do is the chance to see wild animals close up like this. I get to see deer every day. The deer are so used to people I saw another mamma laying down nursing her new fawn in my back yard.

I haven’t been out on my back deck since the foxes moved in. Luckily, I can walk dog Boogie off the front deck.

Spring is here, fast food, finicky buddy, and Facebook

deck pollen lowrezWell Spring has officially started. I have to blow the pollen off my back deck daily or track it into the house. 😦

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An occasional fast food about once a month never bothered me. UNTIL Tuesday when needed a fast lunch. I couldn’t even eat more than a few bites then threw most of it away. I still tasted it all afternoon! 😦

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I get up before him letting him sleep while I go in the kitchen and and get ready to cook our breakfast. Mine is usually coffee and some of what I fix him. He has gotten very finicky. I have to cook his steak rare or at most medium rare then feed it to him bit size pieces by hand or he will drop it on the floor. I have to admit it is hard to smell his meat cooking and not sneak a piece of it myself. (I grew up in a culture that had meat every meal so I’m indoctrinated. 😦  )

BTW After the hard work of eating breakfast you do need a nap. I think my buddy has conned me well!

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WARING WARNING! Avoid Facebook! My Facebook account was actually in the name of my fictional virtual world avatar. After I saw how Facebook let Analytics scam them and steal my friends list I had even less trust it in their privacy and honesty. So, I canceled even that character’s account. Let me warn you Facebook will invade your computer. I still get junk from them. I’m spending a lot of time hunting down the malicious junk they put on my computer because I still get notifications from Facebook that one of my Facebook friends wants me to friend someone. So I haven’t found everything and I doubt I ever will.