• Hi everyone! Hope you’ve all been well. xoxo

  • Hey there, thanks for reaching out. I didn’t get the notification but I got contacted from those who did. The first thing I did was a google search, turned on my tv & radio, and opened a window to listen for the civil defense sirens. After a minute or two – there was nothing. In my mind, I had concluded that it was either a hoax or a mistake. My…[Read more]

  • I have very odd dreams. All of my dreams seem to run as if by some script that I am not aware of. I am regularly surprised in my dreams. In most of my dreams I am able to control my actions, but I cannot control the outcomes. I would imagine that I should be able to control and know every aspect of the dreams that are constructed by my…[Read more]

  • @BelleMadre I only wish I could get more animal babies. I adore having pets…my husband however, he does not. The darn party pooper I tell ya!

    Somehow, we manage to pull through the demands of the holidays. It’s a Christmas miracle!

  • @Gina That tweet that you shared from Obama is beautiful. I don’t follow Twitter so it’s nice to see that these kinds of tidbits are being shared and appreciated.

    And two new grandnephews in the family?! It will be an exciting year of growth and new discoveries for everyone. :smile:

  • @griz Thank you for all of your bunny insight! I don’t know what kind of bunny she is, but I don’t think she’s a Dutch Dwarf as she’s about 3 pounds now and her ears are proportioned with her size, I think she’s just a Dutch. She’s very sweet and she likes to run about the yard. Her name is Ellie. :smile:

    I have tried to litter train her and…[Read more]

  • @ladybarbara I am sorry to hear about the pirate’s mother. But I am glad that you got to meet her before her passing. She lived a long life.

  • @Spitfire3dC I love the name Tucker. He’s adorable! I only know about your grandson, I didn’t realize there were more. He must be a lot bigger now, it’s been a while since I’ve seen you share photos of him.

  • It’s time to move on when you can’t find anymore excuses not to. Many of us are not creatures that adapt easily or willingly to change. Change is super hard for some – especially me!

    Good luck with your new adventure and remember to take one day at a time, be prepared set backs and expect those discouraging thoughts, but just keep swimming!

  • Hey everyone. It’s been a busy couple of months for me and I hope you all have been well! Christmas almost did me in this year, but I have once again prevailed.

    Before the year comes to an end, tell me one

    • Merry Christmas MJ!

      I am thankful that I get to see my kids and grandson often. They are part of my life and I appear to be a part of theirs.

      I could have done without my wife having a sore knee this summer. Our usual pattern of hiking slowed a bit during her recuperation, but better to be safe than sorry, All’s well now.

      …and meet Tucker!

      • @Spitfire3dC I love the name Tucker. He’s adorable! I only know about your grandson, I didn’t realize there were more. He must be a lot bigger now, it’s been a while since I’ve seen you share photos of him.

    • Glad to see you back on here, Mamajoy. I like your new bunny.

      It has been a great year with our new President keeping his promises and America is on it’s way to becoming great again with a strong leader. That makes me very happy.

      I am thankful to have met Immortal Pirate’s Mom this year. Sorrowfully, she broke her hip last month and then, the day after Christmas, she went to sleep and died. I got to meet her and for that I am thankful. These are sad days for Immortal Pirate. When our parents die, it always shocks the soul. A part of you is gone.

      We got through Christmas, also.

    • Aww, a lovely Dutch Dwarf it looks like. If you’re not had one before, they make wonderful pets: sort of a cross between a dog that demands attention and a cat that keeps to itself and only comes when called, when it wants to!

      My little Hans was 3/4 lb of fluff and fury! He had his moods where he loved to cuddle for hours at a time while I was watching TV; he would race around the house doing “binkies” as if the hounds of hell were after him, and then sit motionless in the same spot for hours. He even put a housemate’s 120 lb Shepherd/Timber Wolf cross on the run and showed him who was boss of the house.
      He went from a cage bunny to a house bunny, with full run of the house. Just read the articles on bunny-proofing your home, They love the texture of rubber electric cords and will chew through them, sometimes electrocuting themselves. Either elevate them, or run them inside the same “split-loom” conduit they run your car wiring harness through.
      Oh, and they will dig through the fabric barrier under couches and beds and get inside them. Just block them off.
      And keep your remote-controls out of reach. Again, they love the rubber texture and will nip all the buttons off level so you have to use a pen to poke at the buttons!

      Let me know if you have any bunny-related questions; and I used to know a good rabbit support group online. Not sure if they’re still around. But they’re wonderful people. A couple of them are still life-long friends even 20 years after Hans passed (He lived to 13 yrs, that I could account for — he had 2 previous owners).

      I don’t know if certain kinds of people are attracted to rabbits as pets — or if having a rabbit as a pet turns people “nice”! As in, invite a stranger you met on the internet to come visit and sleep over when they’re in town!

      If you don’t have a name for her yet, how about “Chainsaw”. (Those teeth are there just for show!)
      Oh, and they can be litter-trained. At least for their piss, which really stinks. Their little rollies sort of tumble out unabated, but are dry and have little odor unless they’re sick. Just suck them up with a dustbuster.

      • @griz Thank you for all of your bunny insight! I don’t know what kind of bunny she is, but I don’t think she’s a Dutch Dwarf as she’s about 3 pounds now and her ears are proportioned with her size, I think she’s just a Dutch. She’s very sweet and she likes to run about the yard. Her name is Ellie. :smile:

        I have tried to litter train her and she does pee in her box, but I wish she’d poo in it too. Now that she’s a little older, she never poos or pees when she’s handled which is nice. I can bring her indoors to cuddle for about an hour before I have to let her out to do her bathroom business. Even if she is in a hutch outdoors, she’s let out everyday and she’s brought indoors frequently. I think she’s a very happy bunny.

        I am a animal person, if I could have farm I would! Bunnies are cuddly, but they definitely aren’t as entertaining as a dog might be. I think people tend to think that bunnies are boring pets, but I really enjoy them. They are sociable, they’re cues are just a bit more subtle.

        • @mamajoy
          “Dwarf” is not just the size. I was looking at the very short snout and comparatively short ears. That picture of Hans I posted was when he was at least 9 yrs old.

          I agree that you can “do” a lot more with a dog: walks, vacation, take to work etc. And you’re not always worried some predator might make off with them.

          (Although there was a cougar population on St Joseph Island where I lived with my dad for a few years and they were known to take a dog or two when winters got hard!).

          Rabbit cues do seem subtle compared to other “classic” pets. But once you recognize them, they can be quite “loud”. (And nothing is “louder” than a buck bunny trying to hump your foot!)

          And an interesting side-effect of having had a rabbit, is that I went from hardly ever seeing them in the wild, to seeing them ALL the time! And because I know “their language” I found them a lot more approachable. With some even approaching me!

          This one, a native rabbit of the SD Badlands, fully wild, just sauntered up to where I was taking a break, and plopped down in medium-telephoto range.

    • Nice to see you MJ, and your darling little bunny.

      I am going to give you one positive thing that happened to me personally, which came in a “package” of two. I have 2 new grandnephews born one week from each other.

      On a social level, I finally feel hope for our country and the world after the November election, and the special election in Alabama. The tide is starting to turn, the resistance is working, and it is strong. I can’t wait for the 2018 elections, and watch us take back congress and the senate.

      Another socially positive thing I am happy about, our twitter loving president’s awful tweets throughout the year didn’t make it in the top 10 most retweeted tweets of the year; but 3 of Obama’s did. This one is #2. (#1 went to a guy who was trying to become #1 to win Chicken Nugs from Wendy’s. That’s pretty darn funny.)

      Love rules, or as many signs at protests read throughout the year….love trumps hate.

      • @Gina

        Trump is a success, and delivering on his promises.

        How bout that tax reform?
        And get ready for national reciprocity of concealed firearms.
        ISIS?
        No more individual mandate for Obamacare, basically killing Obamacare?

        Such a great year. No, the tide isn’t turning, and get your tissues ready, cause 2018 is going to be great for me but not for thee!

        • @Weenis

          Supply side econ without huge spending cuts is just putting it on the Banks of Foreign Nations Credit Card that we’re already just paying interest on.
          That’s not reform. That’s denial of responsibility for a short burst of political points.

          The GOP is as likely to pass state overlaps as the DNC was to take all thuh gurrrns!

          Iraq & Mission Accomplished?!?!?! I think I remember something about that being very much like the GOP’s current credit spending spree with the no payments ’til later scam.

          Killing Obamascare still doesn’t address the root problem of people getting robbed by the U.S. healthcare system.

          All Trump did was charge a bunch of holiday gifts to taxpayers in the near future, play golf, & give racists of all colors, umbrellas to unite under into mass movements that were previously fringe movements.

          …..how you label that a good year…….?

          • @luftballooneyegouge

            Because all the people I dislike are in tears, and people I respect confirm a lot of the activities are good for the country.

            So… being a betting man, I’m going to bet on these changes being for the good of the country.

          • @luftballooneyegouge Trump didn’t kill the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in signing their gross new tax law. It got rid of the individual mandate only, which is only part of the Affordable Care Act – the more generous elements of the program—like a major expansion of Medicaid, significant government subsidies for private insurance premiums, and strict protections for pre-existing conditions—are still popular, and still the law of the land.

            Once again, trump is lying to the American people, and only the gullible believe it.

            • @Gina
              Obamascare=mandate
              buy this or else

              Rising costs are not being curtailed.

              The protections & coverage are currently being whittled down, & they have almost a year to deregulate to their heart’s content.

              Obama’s biggest accomplishment was making for-profit-healthecare too-big-to-fail.
              Obama’s biggest accomplishment was enabling the corporations who directly profit from human misery the most, to set up the current system where they can simultaneously have record profits & claim they’re losing money.

              Forget the blue vs. red show, & pay attention to continuity.

              • @luftballooneyegouge The Affordable Care Act isn’t perfect, but it’s an improvement from what we had before it. This was Obama’s compromise with the GOP who fought him all the way. Single-Payer healthcare is what we need, and we will get there one day. It will probably take a group of woman to make this happen, as we are the bad asses. :)

      • @Gina That tweet that you shared from Obama is beautiful. I don’t follow Twitter so it’s nice to see that these kinds of tidbits are being shared and appreciated.

        And two new grandnephews in the family?! It will be an exciting year of growth and new discoveries for everyone. :smile:

    • i am loving all the new animal babies people are getting!!!
      i am thankful that in the end i manage to pull through! i am grateful to all the good cheer and gifts we were given to help tide us over a hard time, and for the grace of good friends, and welcome conversation!

      • @BelleMadre I only wish I could get more animal babies. I adore having pets…my husband however, he does not. The darn party pooper I tell ya!

        Somehow, we manage to pull through the demands of the holidays. It’s a Christmas miracle!

        • @mamajoy we strive and we survive!!!

          our only fur friend is a crazy cat but she suits us and we suit her i think. i think thats what she is telling me as she yowl-yells at me every time i am in the kitchen :D

          i feel like apartment and work life living wouldnt be fair to most pets, so we just dont do it rt now. but we Love all our friends furry friends, and consider more of our own one day. for now they are ours to visit, til they make a mess and then we get to leave :D

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    Time is relentless and it is beautiful. Just last night I was looking at historic photos of my city and as I sat there looking at the simplicity of life, the near deserted streets, the horse carriages and undeveloped lands, I was overcome with emotion. I cried for the changes that has been seen over the past 100 years. So much has changed…[Read more]

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  • @Scarlett I’m glad it’s still being utilized! You are a huge impact on this community and I thank you for being here!

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