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Skyline - Houston, Texas

Tuesday, March 31, 2009


I am only me, that is all that I can be
No more, no less, don't second guess

I love, I laugh, I live and cry,
I've wished at times, that I could die

Some days I'm funny, others I'm not,
sometimes I'm in overdrive and can't stop

I am a loyal and honest friend,
You know that I'll be there until the end

I am a father/mother, my children my greatest gift,
The smiles on their faces always give me a lift

I am a romantic, sensual, sexual, and passionate too,
to the love of my life, I'll share this with you

I can be sweet and shy or sassy and bold,
I'm quite a handful, or so I've been told

I am not perfect, I do have my faults,
like when I get scared I put up high walls

Or I'm not as forgiving, as I'd sometimes like to be,
because when I hurt, I hurt deeply

My logic is all my own, at times misunderstood,
because I don't always do things for my own good

I have many facets, like a diamond you see...
I am only me.

~by Ruth Bourdon~

Blogger Worried American said...

That poem describes you very well, my Friend.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 7:52:00 AM

Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

"Some days I'm funny, others I'm not,
sometimes I'm in overdrive and can't stop"

NO!!! Ya Think?:)

I prefer to look at it this way: "I'm not in overdrive. You're just slow. Get your ass in gear or get off the road!!"

Wednesday, April 01, 2009 12:19:00 AM

Blogger Spadoman said...

Like Popeye the Sailor always says, "I am what I am and that's all that I am" The poem said it well. We're human beings and we are alive.

Sunday, April 05, 2009 6:48:00 AM

Blogger Gadfly said...

SPADOMAN!!! How totally GREAT to hear from you. Old Worried and I have missed you like blazes. Welcome, welcome. As she 'd say, "Do come back again. You are always welcome at our fire" or "Mi casa es su casa" (or something like that. My Spanish isn't so good but you know what I mean.)

Monday, April 06, 2009 7:27:00 AM




Monday, March 23, 2009

Apologies for 2008......
There were many, many times during the year when I may have disturbed you, troubled you, pestered you, irritated you, bugged you, or got on your nerves. So today I just wanted to tell you..... Tough Shit! There are no changes scheduled for 2009 either!

So scold me, bawl me out, email me criticisms all you want.

But I do still luv you. :)


Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

Trying to make amends for the great BBQ farce of 09, are we?:)

If you write the story, write it at my place, PLEASE!!!

I can't write anything that will make people laugh, like that will!:)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 5:18:00 AM

Gadfly: Great BBQ farce?? Sounds like somebody in this family is a SNITCH!!

Blogger Worried American said...

A snitch? Whoever could that be?

If you haven't reformed or re-invented yourself by this age, you never will. We'll just accept you as is and love you the same.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 7:55:00 AM



Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Whole World Is Pissed About Financial Crisis Bush Brought Down

Click on link to view slide show of mad as hell people around the globe. The slide show is tricky about the download. If the slide show hold still, click on the arrow below pics to advance slides or best bet, click on thumbnails after you open slide show.

Europe protests: Greek farmers

Greece, France, Russia, Iceland: Angry Demos Across Europe

After nearly two weeks of demonstrations, Greek farmers used their tractors to block border crossings and highways across the country for days, demanding financial help from the government. A farmer hits a riot police officer with his crook at the main port of Piraeus, near Athens, Feb. 2, 2009.
(Thanassis Stavrakis/AP Photo)
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Thursday, March 19, 2009

That Maternal Instinct!

This is an oldie but I'm running it again because I like it.

From an email:

Tiger Mommy

In a zoo in California , a mother tiger gave birth to a rare set of triplet tiger cubs. Unfortunately, due to complications in the pregnancy, the cubs were born prematurely and due to their tiny size, they died shortly after birth.

The mother tiger after recovering from the delivery, suddenly started to decline in health, although physically she was fine. The veterinarians felt that the loss of her litter had caused the tigress to fall into a depression.

The doctors decided that if the tigress could surrogate another mother's cubs, perhaps she would improve. After checking with many other zoos across the country, the depressing news was that there were no tiger cubs of the right age to introduce to the mourning mother.

The veter inarians decided to try something that had never been tried in a zoo environment. Sometimes a mother of one species will take on the care of a different species. The only orphans" that could be found quickly, were a litter of weaner pigs. The zoo keepers and vets wrapped the piglets in tiger skin and placed the babies around the mother tiger.

Would they become cubs or pork chops????????????? Take a look........ you won't believe your eyes!!!!

Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

Ya, but the thought of a pussy that goes "Oink, Oink"........

My Uncle had a cow who lost her calf. She was spotted three days later nursing an orphan fawn.

Monday, March 23, 2009 5:30:00 AM

Blogger Gadfly said...

It is amazing how many times that happens in nature. WA told me about a documentary where a mama lion or some big cat was spotted by Rangers mothering baby gazelles. She couldn't nurse them and the baby would die. Later, on different occasions they'd see her with another baby of that type. Once a male cat killed and ate the baby she had. She was determined to mother those orphan babies.

We don't expect that of animals but human women adopt other babies all the time. Other human babies or they'll take a baby animal as their "baby" and love it like it was human. The maternal instinct is wierd. Then some females seem to have none at all.

Monday, March 23, 2009 4:36:00 PM


Monday, March 16, 2009

Exquisite Visitors

I have a number of email addresses and I get a lot of email. Some of it is personal from family and friends but now and then I get something I want to share with others. This is one that delighted me. When I had my home with yard and gardens, I put out hummingbird feeders every year during migration time. I loved watching the tiny creatures flit about my yard and roost in my trees (you had to watch them land or you'd never see them perched on a limb.) Sometimes the males are territorial and will defend their feeding stations from an intruder wanting to feed also. Mighty and ferocious are the aerial battles fought by the exquisite lillipution warriors.

From: (deleted)
To: (deleted)
Subject: FW: Hummingbird Fly Zone-Amazing
Date: Mon, 9 Mar 2009 22:32:52 -0500

This is something I have never seen before, or ever even heard of. This woman lives in a Hummingbird fly zone. As they migrated, about 20 of them were in her yard. She took the little red dish, filled it with sugar water and this is the result.
The woman is Abagail Alfano of Pine, Louisiana - she has been studying them daily and one morning put the cup from the feeder, with water in it, in her hand; as they had gotten used to her standing by the feeder they came over to her hand. She says in touching they are as light as a feather. Abagail also said, 'if she had known her husband was taking pictures she would have put on makeup.'

Blogger fjb said...

I'm so going to try that if they ever get here this year, the winter has been so long and we still have lots of snow. The swallows have usually shown up by now, but so far not a sign.

I'm lucky to live at the northern end of a lot of the birds migration path, and every year it's so much fun to watch the humming birds and their babies.

Last year we had 10 of the little devils fighting over three feeders. Once the babes started foraging, the number increased to 16.

I've managed to figure out how to deal with the wasp problem at the feeders, but am still working on the ants. If anybody out there has some ideas other than wrapping the trunks of the trees with duct tape, and having to replace it every second day, it would be much appreciated.

Monday, March 16, 2009 12:15:00 PM

Blogger Worried American said...

Hi, fjb. Good to hear from you. Wasps and ants are a problem with the sugary feeders. The pleasure the tiny visitors bring is worth the hassle of dealing with the unwanted invaders.
It is too bad for us that we usually see the hummingbirds only on their migratory treks. If any ever stick around here long enough to nest, I've never seen them do it, nor have I ever seen their babies. That must be a wonderful treat! How great for you.
Yes, winter has been bad for our northern neighbors. Ours hasn't been too bad here. We usually have mild winters on the Gulf Coast. We did get a bit of rare snow but it was so little and brief that it was like a holiday for us. We don't like the hazards of ice, though. Too many drivers don't even know how to drive on rain slick pavement, far less drive on ice.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 1:21:00 AM

Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

One of our goals this year is to get bird houses built, and set out. We both dearly love to watch birds, but we never before had the room for birdhouses.

Your poster asking about wasp control may wish to take a look at this. Note: I have NOT tried any of their solutions yet.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 3:08:00 AM

WA: hope you get them up before nesting season. Ofcourse it comes later for your area than down here on the Coast. I think you will enjoy the birds.It is pleasant and relaxing to sit out under a shade tree with a cool drink and watch the birds' interaction. I will bring flb's attention to the wasp tip.


Friday, March 13, 2009

No Racial Hatred

No bigotry. No discrimination.

Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

No, it is up to us to teach them all that and so much more that is bad.....

Saturday, March 14, 2009 2:24:00 AM

WA: So true, Dan'l. They are so innocent when babies, then little by little adults warp their little minds and attitudes, teach them hate and wickedness. If there is indeed an afterlife and a judgement, and if there is indeed any justice in the universe, may every adult who warped and mistreated an innocent child they be forced to see the harm they have done and be punished accordingly.
Blogger Kvatch said...

"You poked me!"
"No! You poked me first."

- And with that mutually assured destruction begins. ;-)

Monday, March 16, 2009 9:11:00 AM

WA: Now, now! Kvatch. LOL!
Blogger Granny said...

"They've got to be carefully taught"

(from South Pacific many years ago)

Monday, March 16, 2009 10:00:00 AM

WA: True, Granny.Delete