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Sat, Mar 31st - 11:03PM

March 29: Break-in

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 66
55.0 miles

124 recordings of 32 types. 31% free.

Big Government:

Now is your chance to own a national monument: the Solyndra factory, built to honor the wildly successful stimulus bill of 2009 and celebrate the great economic achievements of our government under President Barack Obama. The building is now for sale, and in a sign of extraordinary generosity, the government is allowing you to pay for the Solyndra factory yet again.

Obama panicking.

Here’s an idea: Do your job as president and don’t cram through unconstitutional legislation that more than half the electorate not only oppose but want repealed.

Conan: Charlie Sheen says he cringes watching his crazy rants from last year. Sheen says he's moved on and is now focused on his new career as a JetBlue pilot.

Leno: After this week's arguments it looks like Obama now expects the Supreme Court to throw out his healthcare plan. Today he started calling it Bidencare.

I managed to get the alarm right. Of course, I was nervous about it and woke up at 3:30 anyway.  When I got down there, I tried to turn on the TV, no joy. I couldn't figure it out, so had to tell Gareth no TV today. We had this discussion a number of times during the day.  He thought about crying about it at one point but I explained that wouldn't help.

Joanna rides the rocking horse. Gareth told me where the can opener and the diapers were.

Rich, they have oranges and a lemon!!

Gareth was reading "How things work" and likes "wevers" so we made a lever with some of his Duplo.  Then he had a potty accident.

I was reading a couple of books and had an "I'll explain it to Rich" moment.

They have crayon markings on their chair seats.  Surprise! I think there are cleaning pens that will remove it.

DSC00433     DSC00435

I was running on fumes when I got back to my neighborhood so stopped at a crowded gas station. I was watching all the backing and filling and confusion to get to a pump and just decided to wait my turn behind a guy who'd just come in.  Then he disappeared for almost 5 minutes!  Apparently besides paying for his gas he just HAD to have a drink!

Then I got a pepper grinder and a few birthday cards, and went home. I was picking the stuff up, then noted a youngish guy walking along the front of the neighbors'. I almost asked him what he was doing but figured maybe they'd asked him to do something. And into the house, let the dog in and wipe his muddy paws.  I was putting the towel back close to the laundry and noted the door to the back part of the house was open. Well, that's odd, maybe I didn't close it tight.  I walked in to be sure the cat wasn't there, noted a pile of something on the ground and that the outer door was open.  Well, how in heck did THAT happen?  I closed it, then checked the pile of stuff (without my glasses, I wasn't sure it wasn't dead animal bits) which turned out to be little china figurines. OH. I've been burgled!  So I headed down the hall toward the computer, and it was fine, but the carport door had been broken into, the window was broken and it was open too. I headed all over the house, and nothing appears to be missing. 

A neighbor helped board up the window.  I called the sheriff and was totally embarrassed by ending up in Hoarder Central as we retraced my steps.  A CSI came out but she couldn't get prints.  And I've come to believe he broke in the carport door, went to the back and was looking around when I came home, so he went out the other door and into the neighbor's yard which is where I saw him.  I was lucky nothing was stolen.

OK. I *really* miss Rich.  A bit nervous about going to sleep. A little scared to leave the house. A little scared to stay in the house.

HURT: Brutal week for Obama, the worst of his presidency

Reading: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (vol 1), Edward Gibbon, The Bible (1 Machabees), The Introduction to the Devout Life, St. Francis de Sales, Blue Highways, William Least Heat Moon, Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand, Fire in the Hole, Elmore Leonard, A Princess of Mars, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Finding Your Way After Your Spouse Dies, Marta Felber, and The Death of a Husband, Helen Reichert Lambin.

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Sat, Mar 31st - 11:16AM

March 28: Pleasant Day

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 66
55.0 miles
rain, then partly cloudy

168 recordings of 35 types. 10% clear.

Rasmussen: -13: 48/51.

Allies?  What allies?

Ann Althouse is watching the Supreme Court.

Steven Den Beste says they WANT the mandate struck down, but severable, so they can go to single payer. Argh.

And my brother's posting articles that back this up.

There once was an X from place B,
Who satisfied predicate P,
The X did thing A,
In a specified way,
Resulting in circumstance C.

Ignorant Congresscritters.

This turned out to be a pleasant day. It was still raining in the morning and I thought maybe I'd spend it in all day, but I called Ron anyway and he was going downtown to the concert so I agreed to go along.  Then I called Mary (another person from WPAC) and chatted for about half an hour. She'd blown up at bridge last week and I wanted to know how it had gone Monday.  She was uncomfortable.  Then it turns out that she's felt like a fifth wheel with these women for years, since they all make trips with their husbands and she's been caretaking a guy with emphysema and stuck at home. Now that she's a widow, there's even less in common.  I suggested, and she's going to check it out, the WPAC bridge group. They're all widowed, and will understand each other.

Meanwhile, she surprised me by saying she felt sorry for me.  She thinks my grief is worse than hers because Rich and I did so much together and had so many good memories together.  I actually think I feel sorry for her, for not having that.  It was a relief when her husband died... of course she misses him, but now she can do things for herself.  I think I had the better deal.  Of course, the 20 years difference... I really would have liked that.

I almost missed meeting Ron at the Light Rail because my watch battery slowed down again.  Fortunately, I noticed in time.  I got there about 5 minutes before the train.  He was interested in my Sacajawea coins which I use just like Rich did.  We rode down, walked through Capitol Park, went to the concert, which was violin and harp today.  I was particularly swept away by the "Meditation" from Thais, which I recognized, just not by name. The whole concert (4 pieces, 1 hour) was really good.

Then Ron, who seems to know all the restaurants in town (he's been doing this awhile), made some suggestions and I decided on Thai.  We went to Bangkok Thai and had a nice lunch and good conversation. We split the check, since the waitress apparently didn't hear me say separate checks, and rode the train back. There was a lot of talk about our spouses.  His wife had a quilt she loved, made by her friends, and he's at a loss what to do with it, since his sons have shown no interest.  Afterwards, I thought maybe he might want to hang it on the wall. I guess it depends on if it would make him happy or sad. I'll suggest it on Sunday.

I'm not interested in a relationship, but the companionship was wonderful. I had a really good time, and I think he did too.

Then I ironed 22 Blood Donor t-shirts to take north with me so my sis can help get me started on MY quilt.

I was watching recordings (trying to make room for while I'm gone) and saw the Duggars burying their unborn dead child Jubilee. Of course it's sad: but they put the tiny coffin into an ammo can before burying it and, well, I've been geocaching too long. Very inappropriate thoughts. In reality, I figure Rich welcomed her (she died about the same time) and will care for her for her family till they turn up.

Bernadette has jury duty tomorrow so I MUST wake up. I think I've figured out how the alarm works (this is the first time I've used it.)

I didn't have as long a list for Vince's weekly call.  And next Wednesday I'll be there!!

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Fri, Mar 30th - 10:12PM

March 27: Library Day

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 66
53.7 miles

Trayvon Martin update.

Brad says: 

Missed the three school suspensions, truancy, graffiti and pot. And womens jewelery and a large screwdriver found in his book bag, possible evidence of burglary. Trayvon claimed to be holding those for a friend he would not name.

Also Zimmerman told police thst he had lost sight of Trayvon, started walking back to his truck, when the teen approached, said “You got a problem?” No. “Well, you do now” and punched him.

Messy and tragic case for all involved. Innocent until proven guilty is a good topic.

Another one might be race-baiting for political gain. The President might even be happy to provide a comment for that column.

Don L says:
“Seldom have opinions been so hardened…”

When one trains a pit bull to attack -it should be no surprise when it does. The viceral hatred is a long-run political weapon by the left -who could care about restoring unity and peace to the nation they deliberately divided.

That’s all we really need to know – the politically immorality of fostering entrenched victimization, becomes a major reason for our economic woes, as well, behind every dollar not earned, is usually a moral choice by someone.

0bamacare and then what?

I also heard about former Vice-President Dick Cheney’s heart transplant, and some of the less-than charitable, often outright hateful remarks emanating from the left. The most interesting of those, I think, are the ones instantly re-embracing the “constitution-shredding” and “war criminal” narratives of 2001-2008 without the merest acknowledgment that the current president has assaulted the first amendment, circumvented the congress, and has either kept most of the Bush-Cheney policies in place or expanded upon them.

Funny how that works.

...Once a society commits itself to the notion that only certain people meeting certain specs will be considered for certain procedures, it will soon determine that fatties who are 50 will either submit to increased governmental control over their appetites and exertions or be denied a stent. And then what? Perhaps expectant parents, unwilling to do the socially-and-fiscally-responsible-thing and abort their less-than-perfect children, will face the wrath of their fellow-citizens; having been identified as cruel, heartless people too-willing to birth a child whose quality of life has been determined to be sub-optimal, they may not be allowed to parent at all.

And then what? Perhaps a 45 year-old woman who has never married and has no children (and therefore with no one in urgent need of her existence) will be thought too dispensable and unnecessary for chemo therapy. What does she have to live for, anyway?

And then what? Perhaps people with lower IQ’s—whose lower earning potentials can never generate substantial tax revenues—will be deemed unworthy of costly extended therapies.

Big protest in San Francisco ignored by media.

Komen not pretty in pink.

My take is pro-life women are upset with the cave-in to Planned Parenthood and sacking Komen, which is a tax-exempt corporation with an annual budget of around $400 million.

Obviously, the pro-abortion crowd is not as big about supporting Komen. Liberals are less charitable with their money than conservatives are. Or maybe there are just more pro-life women.

Had Komen stuck to its guns, conservatives would have supported it and Komen’s coffers would have increased in size.

Today was Library Day!  It's been a long time.  Joanna is really into it these days. She throws a ball, and rides the riding toy, and draws pictures, and it points out the differences from Gareth at that age.

Back at our house, and Bernadette stayed. I liked the company.  Gareth, last night on the phone, "are you Mama are you Mama are you Mama?" Apparently he'd learned that Grandma was Daddy's mommy and was interested that I'm Mommy's mommy.  Today he was trying to tell me he was 5 (so he could play with the little Lego) and I said he was 3 and he told his Mom he was 4 now and she said "no, buddy, you're still 3" and he cried.  He's eager to start school next week.

Joanna is over being afraid of the dog. She tries to push him away, and today she barked at him.

I checked on the new cache and it was gone, so I made up a nano and Bernadette took me by, but there's only one spot it will fit, and I imagine it won't last. :( Grumble.

And the rains came. And came. And came... I'm so so glad the roof is fixed.  I stepped out on the porch... it was nice and warm. I remember one spring night I was sitting out there with David when Rich got back from a Sharing God's Bounty committee meeting at the Sutter Club. He took pride in not being a gourmet, but he was really impressed with this. He raved about it for weeks. Mushroom encrusted something and expensive wine paired with each course. I miss him so

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Fri, Mar 30th - 6:22PM

March 26: Ugly Chore Day

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 66
53.7 miles
partly cloudy

162 recordings of 33 types.  13% clear.


Elaine Stanford: I read this the other day and had to smile: "Wyoming has 4 seasons: early winter, mid-winter, late winter, and damn-fer-sure winter".

The George Zimmerman Lynch Mob.

Florida’s Castle Doctrine doesn’t apply here since Zimmerman followed Martin, but you still have a right to self-defense that goes beyond that. Zimmerman may very well be guilty of say, manslaughter or negligent homicide, but he also may be innocent. If Zimmerman is innocent, he shouldn’t have to go to jail because he turned out to have the wrong skin color — and almost nobody would care about this case if he was black. If Zimmerman is innocent, he also shouldn’t have to go to jail because Al Sharpton wants to fundraise, Jesse Jackson wants to be on TV, and Barack Obama wanted to try to score a few political points by once again, stupidly ramping up the tension on a criminal case he shouldn’t be involved in to begin with.

Don Surber

Ike Eisenhower sent the 101st Airborne to protect 9 black students as they integrated Central High in Little Rock.

Our coward-in-chief sides with the angry mob and refuses to speak out against that $10,000 reward for killing George Zimmerman offered by the New Black Panther Party, which is his main support group in Philadelphia.

Victor Davis Hanson, Beware of the Mob

The case is not helped by presidential editorializing that now, after the beer summit and Sandra Fluke, seems a gambit to divert attention from $4 a gallon gas and 8% plus unemployment (17% in Fresno County)....
In each case, facts did not matter… The role of a president is to rein in the mob, not to unleash it. The latter is what community organizers do; the former is what makes statesmen. Yet on issue after issue — anti-terrorism, global warming, government ethics, and racial relations — a frenzied mob, egged on by the media and demagogues like Barack Obama, have almost stormed the jail, only to dissipate when met by either evidence, or the knowledge that the incarcerated was one of their own — as if they had never screamed and threatened in the first place.

Vodkapundit: "A 17 year old was shot and killed in Florida last month, and the professional left spent the weekend feeding on his corpse" -- Steve Green

New Details Emerge.

I weeded in the garden and discovered the little tree in a pot that I've been neglecting is alive. I moved it to a spot where Alicia will be able to water it. How on earth did it live this long? I also saw the bamboo getting tangled with the phone wire, and decided to try to cut a couple of the stalks. AND I DID IT!  Another thing I didn't know I could do!  The big stalk will have to be hauled.  I can hardly wait to get rid of this stuff!

Ugly chore day. I vacuumed. I emptied both litter boxes and threw out the bags of poop, and also got the bag of dog poop out.  Then another chore I hate, I went to the commissary. I saw one of Rich's friends there, from when he played softball. He introduced me to his new wife (he was widowed) and said "you remember I went to the funeral, about a year ago, wasn't it?"  Nooooo Al, less than 5 months. I even used some coupons.  I'm trying to keep up here.

I got some dressy black flats at the BX, another thing I don't have to shop for now.

Monica finally called and I talked to her easily an hour.  She should call more often and I wouldn't have such a long list!

I was looking for a jar to fill with water to re-root my begonia which has gotten far too leggy.  Unfortunately, I've thrown out all the jars... well, except for the one with suddenly appeared on the bar by the wooden nickels.  Thank you, Rich!

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Thu, Mar 29th - 9:42PM

March 25: A Bad Day

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 66
53.6 miles
partly cloudy

157 recordings of 29 types.  16% clear.

Carbon Dioxide Just Saved Earth.

Conservative columnist Mark Steyn has recently come back from visiting Australia and has some severely disturbing observations about our future...

"I was in Australia earlier this month and there, as elsewhere on my recent travels, the consensus among the politicians I met (at least in private) was that Washington lacked the will for meaningful course correction, and that, therefore, the trick was to ensure that, when the behemoth goes over the cliff, you’re not dragged down with it.
.... I get asked with distressing frequency by Americans where I would recommend fleeing to. The reality is, given the dollar’s decline over the last decade, that most Americans can no longer afford to flee to any place worth fleeing to. What’s left is the non-flee option: taking a stand here, stopping the spendaholism, closing federal agencies, privatizing departments, block-granting to the states — not in 2040, but now. “Suddenly” is about to show up."

The Real Message Behind the Race Hustler's Manipulation of the Travon Martin Killing.

Second, people are beginning to catch on to the media’s games.  In a way, it’s useful that the Martin killing followed on the heels of the Toulouse massacre.  It’s a reminder that the media has a few templates for murder:  When a black person dies at the hands of a non-black person, it’s a front-page racially motivated crime.  When a non-black person dies at the hands of black person, it’s a bottom of page 27 story.  And when a Muslim kills people while shouting “Allah is great,” Islam has nothing to do with it.

...What the race hustlers are telling Americans is that, if they don’t reelect Barack Obama, there’s going to be rioting on the streets, and that those who haven’t gotten with the pro-race program, can expect to have a bounty placed on their heads (dead or alive).

This isn’t about racism; this is about threatening American voters.


A VERY bad day in Church. I'd woken up thinking it was a pretty good day, but then the Mass was about Lazarus and Resurrection, and I started thinking about Palm Sunday and how Rich loved this season, and all the Masses we'd gone to together, and I just started to cry.  Then they started to play "Roll Away the Stone" and that just finished me.  Rich's favorite song, and the first one we played at the funeral.  OK, I am NOT brave enough for Palm Sunday, not this year!

Bernadette came by for a short time, which was nice.

I definitely needed the Sunday Support group, where I cried some more. It was a big group today. Then I also went to dinner, and then put out the replacement cache on Watt. I sure hope tomorrow is better.

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Thu, Mar 29th - 8:54PM

March 24: Jammie Day

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 66
53.6 miles
cool, gray

167 recordings of 33 types. 11% clear.

Monty Wolf: after reading the headlines today about the u.s. soldier who shot up afghanistan civilians, I couldn’t help noticing an irony: there is all this clamor to try this guy quickly and execute him, never mind his having suffered a traumatic brain injury. yet this major hasan, who shot up fort hood while screaming allah akbar, still hasn’t stood trial, and they are still debating whether he was insane, even with the clear evidence regarding his motive: slay as many infidels as possible. so we have a guy in a war zone who cracks, and he must be executed immediately. but this muslim psychiatrist who was stateside in a nice safe office all day murders 13, wounds 29 of our own guys, and they try to argue the poor lad suffered post-traumatic stress syndrome, from listening to real soldiers who had actual battle experience. two and a half years later, they still haven’t tried the murderous bastard.

James Wittenbach Are his [the French guy] motives still a mystery? Like Nadal Hasan's? Funny how the MFM knows exactly what motivated George Zimmerman (racism) but is still in the dark on what could have motivated Islamists who kill people.

My pneumonia shot gave me a reaction. Yesterday morning I had a lump and a lot of redness down the arm from the shot.  Also, I'd woken up with my palm itching with fire, so very painful. I thought at that time that it might be the shot. Since I've been nowhere near poison oak.  Finally it eased up and I was able to get back to sleep.  Today there's still redness but the lump is gone and the palm hasn't done that again.

In fact, I slept late today. Slow sad waking up. So it seemed like a jammie day. I went out long enough to finish policing the back yard.  I have a thorn in my finger from the gardening gloves which I used the other day and which got a lot in them. 

I got my notice about the double payments for the next three months to the dental insurance. At the same time PG&E has more than doubled its bill, and the pay has gone down and I had that huge vet bill... I'll be losing capital the next few months.

And I've gotta be careful on WHEN I go to the Galapagos Islands, I don't want to miss this election!!

After the gardeners* left I went out and freed up some pots for Vince.  I discovered a HUGE plot of miner's mattress.  Amazing. It's been years and years since Sailor and Rich brought these seeds back.

*who actually blew the paint off the back door!!

I finished the world puzzle.

Map of the World

I was looking at Galapagos trip and also thinking about the big train trip next year.  And somehow it became midnight.

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Tue, Mar 27th - 6:08PM

March 23: Cache count

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 66
53.6 miles
cool, gray

168 recordings of 35 types. 11% free.

5 Reasons that Shouting Racism Doesn't Work Anymore.

John Hawkins: The good news is that if Hispanics are white now because of Zimmerman, then it can't be racist to oppose illegal immigration.

Got up late, made it to Mass, stopped at the store for a Friday newspaper and foot cream, and dug up all kinds of weeds from the garden.., then got breakfast.  I found out last night that if your hands are damp when you load pills, the pills dissolve.

In the afternoon I called my new widow friend Mary and talked for awhile, then went for a long walk with the dog. I got a VERY nice card from a friend from Laramie.

I was counting cache finds: 1727 on archived caches, 7102 (including those) while Rich was alive, and 287 more myself.  That's almost as many as we've found ourselves. Excellent.

And I went to Stations of the Cross.  I still like the bilingual ones. I had a reading on the third station.

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Mon, Mar 26th - 5:20PM

March 22: Bad Kitty Nana!!!

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 66
51.3 miles

170 recordings of 34 types. 9% clear.

The Anchoress:

Lately, I admit, my willingness to assume good-faith of others, particularly of the administration, has collapsed, mostly thanks to the HHS mandate and the shameful willingness of some to mischaracterize the church’s opposition as being about something other than a genuine concern for first-amendment freedoms, and to play along with the utterly false, media-contrived, so-called “war on women” narrative.

I don’t like feeling like this; I don’t like surrendering that “good faith” instinct—and I most certainly do not like being in discord with fellow Catholics, many of whom I have long liked and respected, over a matter of policy.

Pdn Michael:
At the risk of a juvenile-sounding accusation of "they started it," I think that the Palin candidacy is where the left started it. But the more interesting question is why? What was it about Palin that caused the media driven scorched earth policy that has dogged her ever since?

I might suggest (not as an answer but as a discussion point) that the outrage on the left was because the Republicans stole a key play out of the Democratice playbook: They found a reasonably electable woman. And not only that, a woman who was rather attractive, certainly charismatic, and in possession of a certain magnetic energy. In short, the play instantly started working better than it ever had for the Democrats (witness Ferarro, Hillary, etc.) and they were having none of it. The insult-laden rest is history.

Scary. I remember South Chicago: we accidently ended up there once and it was a frightening place to drive through.

Monty Wolf: cbs news finally reports the obvious : the national debt increased more in president obama’s first three years in office than in the entire eight years of the bush administration. well, he did promise hope and change: we are hoping things will get no worse and things certainly have changed. he's a man of his word.

Top Accomplishments show why 0bama will lose. (from his lips to God's ears.)

Obama 2012: Four More Years of Having Killed Bin Laden

John Hawkins: If you think it's a "gutsy call" to kill Osama Bin Laden when you have a chance, you're probably not ready to handle the presidency.

Double Standards and Noodle-Spined Media

The story is newsworthy because it implicates taxpayer concerns:  Malia is going to a nation that the State Department warns is dangerous, and Americans are footing the bill for the 25 federal employees who are necessary to offset that danger.  I know that these Secret Service agents are on the payroll regardless, but feeding and lodging them outside of Washington, D.C. becomes the taxpayers’ burden.  (In the same way, Obama’s little basketball jaunt with PM Cameron cost the taxpayers an extra $478,000 over the regular fixed costs in the “taking care of POTUS” budget.)

So I had slept in too late to make it to the Retreat House, and I was just puddling around, reading those articles above and yawning and stretching when suddenly "OMG!! I was supposed to go take care of Bernadette's cats!!!" Oh, what a bad kitty nana!  I was so panicked I ended up taking the TV remote with me in the car (I'm glad I noticed later, or I'd have been in a real mess.) I headed down (had a bit of a near miss on the freeway) and charged into the house to be greeted by a peeved Percival. There was still some water, fortunately. I filled that and located the kitty food and filled the bowls, then went looking for Nimue.  No luck. I looked under the bed and everywhere else I could think of.  Then I started through all the closed off rooms and closets, in case she got locked in anywhere.  No, no luck.
I changed the kitty litter and took one last look under the bed, and there she was.  Alive. Whew.  OK, I brought in the mail and locked up and was much more relaxed going back.

I had an $8 coupon for the new Supercuts, so I stopped in and got a haircut.  This is probably the first professional cut in 20 years or more.  I like the result a lot. And it'll be easier to care for. I was getting really tired of the way my hair was behaving.

The last three times I cut it, Rich didn't notice (the first two of those) and Bernadette didn't either. I bet she'll see it this time!

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Mon, Mar 26th - 6:54AM

March 21: Yuba City

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 66
51.3 miles

167 recordings of 35 types. 12% left.

Rasmussen: -14: 47/51.

Math is still hard, but $1.25 is not the same as $107.

Today was my doctor visit. I haven't been eating properly, or sleeping well, or exercising as I should, so I figured she would gently suggest I start to behave. Instead, I found out everything was good, my blood pressure, my weight, my blood test... my cholesterol is better than it's been in years.  My blood sugar is still right at the top acceptable level, so giving up candy for lent was a good thing and it would be good (I say, she didn't) to pay more attention to fruits and veggies.  Still, apparently mybody, like my teeth, thrives on neglect. I'll have my mammogram after I get back. So, I guess I'll live to get the house cleaned out.

So this afternoon I headed for Yuba City to the geocaching event. I had a couple of funeral bookmarks I wanted to share. The four ladies are headed to Ireland in April, lucky bums. Oh, and Cathie has made use of the firewood.  Yay!  Anyway, I'd marked some caches on the way, and pulled off for the first one... but it was away from the road, through the grass, and I began to doubt I actually wanted to go there.  Fortunately, a geocaching friend pulled up and told me it was an easy walk, so the dog and I went and got it. OK, that got me started, I can do this. I found 2 others and had a no-find before the party, and got another before I went home. The party was nice enough. At the raffle, the two geocaches I was looking at went quickly, but when I got the last prize, a pack of candy, I played the widow card, "Brian, please trade me, you wouldn't deny a poor old widow would you?" So now I have a cache to put out to replace the Chicken Ranch Slough one.

A pretty good day.

Libya Mess.

Gallup: Most Independents Reject Global Warming.

John Steele Stephen: I believe in global warming and/or climate change. It has happened a hundred times in the history of the planet and will happen again (and again) in the future. I do not believe that what we do causes it or can "correct" it.

Global Warming's Last Breath. Literally.

the problem is lefties lost their credibility because none of their predictions of fire and brimstone are true. Instead, the fault is we are too stupid to realize what geniuses they are.

(God, they're forbidding the asthma inhalers that actually work. Punishing asthmatics to "save the ozone.")

Huh?  But he doesn't pass blame, just ask Tom Hanks.

Leave Bill Maher Alone says Bill Maher.

Who could possibly have any problem with a guy calling a mother of 5 a “c**t” because he disagrees with her politically? How could anyone genuinely find him repulsive? They must be playacting. Ah, the keen analytical mind of Bill Maher.

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Sun, Mar 25th - 12:04PM

March 20: Woodland Opera House

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 66
51.3 miles
cold, cloudy

167 recordings of 33 types. 12% left.

Rasmussen: -14: 48/50

Romney/Hayes 2012

Hayes may not be on Mount Rushmore, but the nation was better off when he left office in 1881 than it had been four years earlier.

Obama will be unable to say that.

After Mass I went to breakfast at Denny's with the WPAC ladies. I took the Yarnot Family Program that Vince made, and they really enjoyed looking at it.

This is the third Tuesday, and I met a woman at the retreat house who is a docent at the Woodland Opera House on third Tuesdays, so today I wanted to go take the tour. I picked Laurie up and off we went. I found my way there without any problem and in we went.  Irene didn't recognize me at first, but then was happy to see me.  The tour is great.  We were all over the place. I'm not interested in "South Pacific" but will keep my eye on the place.

Then we walked down Dead Cat Alley a little bit. I didn't see all the cats on the roofs, but we did see some of them.

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Then I dropped off three Knights of Columbus t-shirts at a Knight's house, then took Laurie to look for a geocache so she could see what it is I talk about all the time! I thought at first we couldn't find it, but I changed trees and there it was!  She was thrilled.  All in all, a good day.

Jim Treacher: What an uncanny string of coincidences.
Don't blame Islam for the Toulouse killings – Telegraph Blogs

California Union to Parents -- Stop Volunteering.

Oh, my.

One of my Facebook friends posted:  Had epiphany while foam rolling. Fresh git repo, fresh requirement doc for self. FORK O RAMA.

I commented: there are times I wonder if you speak English.

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Sun, Mar 25th - 6:53AM

March 19: Eating Out

(So I wrote this yesterday and completely forgot to post it!)

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 66
51.1 miles
partly cloudy, cold

171 recordings of 37 types. 8% clear.

Rasmussen: -15: 49/50.

How Barak Obama lost the Presidency. I'll believe it when I see it.

J in StL says:
In business, we would call Obama a Seagull manager (among other things). They fly into meetings late, squawk and make lots of noise, sh*t on everything, and then fly away.
He is incompetent on more levels than can be counted. No wonder liberals love Him. They glorify non-productive drones

Update: Jim Geraghty notes that Obama himself attended six separate fundraisers on Friday, a new record.

Alfonzo Rachel
Because I'm a conservative republican, liberals and afrocentrics accuse me of sucking the white man's d**k. Yet the democrat supported Planned Parenthood is killing off the black community. Notice how the liberal democrats themselves portray the position of the black person to the white person in their video marketed to TEENS, and paid for with tax dollars. And I fellate the white man because I'm a conservative republican? Wow!!! WATCH!!!

St. Joseph's Day, a day Rich liked better than St. Patrick's Day. 

The cleaners didn't come till 1. Poor Abby kept trying to get into the house from 10 o'clock on. The team has changed, though I know Karla. 

Then I went to SAFE.  First, though, I called the cleaning company, because Karla forgot a bucket. Oops.  At SAFE, I looked past the girl at the counter to Laura's desk, and oh, woe she wasn't there.  That's because she was the woman at the counter!  Embarrassing. OK, the accounts now belong to the trust. Back at home, though, I got a call from the lawyer's office... the county needs a certified death certificate.  Who issues these death certificates?  Why... the county.

Then I went to the Newcomer's dinner with WPAC.  I knew a lot of the people there. It's only the third time I've been to Sam's, even though it's in the neighborhood.  All three visits were in the party room. The first time was with my BBS friends, and we were telling one of them that he should abandon his Stuff and take his kid away from his junkie wife.  The Stuff was really powerful in his life, he got quite annoyed.  Though eventually that's exactly what happened.  The second time was to meet the people in the geocaching group. It was almost the last time the group was small enough for this party room. This is when we met some of the founding members, and got more and more excited about caching. (We'd been at it a month and found 50 caches!) Tonight was nice: I sat with some people I knew and met others. There was one lady who is brand new and couldn't tell people about her deceased husband.  I even got home before it got too dark.

Bristol Palin Calls out President 0bama

If Maher talked about Malia and Sasha that way, you’d return his dirty money and the Secret Service would probably have to restrain you.  After all, I’ve always felt you understood my plight more than most because your mom was a teenager.  That’s why you stood up for me when you were campaigning against Sen. McCain and my mom — you said vicious attacks on me should be off limits.

Yet I wonder if the Presidency has changed you.  Now that you’re in office, it seems you’re only willing to defend certain women.  You’re only willing to take a moral stand when you know your liberal supporters will stand behind you.

[Don Surber] A real man protects his daughters. A coward hides behind them.

She called him out. She is absolutely right. The ruthless and savage campaign against the Palins by liberals was shameless.

The call for civility begins with his own troops.

A real president would have long ago called off the hounds.

Bristol Palin came on the American scene at age 17. She has done a lot of growing up since then.

When will Barack Obama mature?

0bama Burns Jet Fuel to Downplay Gasoline Prices

President Barack Obama is about to launch a 5,000-mile, four-state, two-day trip on Air Force One to contain the political damage caused by high gas prices.
Obama is slated to fly out this Wednesday to camera-ready podiums in Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Colorado, from where he’ll tout his administration’s efforts to reduce the nation’s use of gasoline.

His 5,000-mile trip will consume roughly 25,000 gallons of jet fuel, according to Boeing.

That adds up to a fuel bill of $80,000, assuming the Air Force buys jet fuel at the cheapest cost, now estimated at $3.20 a gallon by the U.S. Energy Administration. The retail price for jet-fuel at local airports is just over $6 a gallon, including taxes.

VDH at his best

Study: 9/11 History Being Revised in History Books .

Here is a summary of the inaccuracies they bring up in their report:

    Jihad is either omitted, incorrectly defined, or understated.
    Blaming Israel for Palestine refugee problem.
    Blaming Israeli-Palestinian conflict for most terrorist groups.
    Muhammad's characted is elevated.
    Claiming that Islam has a history of tolerance towards Jews and Christians.
    Islamic slave trade is downplayed.
    Muslim conquest and imperialism is downplayed.
    Misrepresenting Shari'a Law
    Revisionist details of the creation of Israel.
    Omission of the fact that Arabs declined the offer of an independent Arab State Palestine (1947).

Quote from the Report:

    "Rarely are the terrorists identified as Muslims, and the jihadist motivations for their actions are omitted. Omitting these two critical facts leaves students with an incomplete, and thus inaccurate, understanding as to why 9/11 happened."

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Fri, Mar 23rd - 9:20PM

March 18: Discoveries

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 66
51.1 miles
confusing (showers and sunshine in rapid succession.)

167 recordings of 34 types. 11% clear.

I'm 2 pounds up for the week, with high Blood Pressure. Too much partying yesterday!

LA Geocaching story.

I never found the one at Griffith Park, either. When I later asked the cache hider where it was, he said it was an easy "lamppost cache" in the picnic area. My son and I had trekked up a steep hill in the opposite direction and explored the forest for a solid hour. While there, we marveled over a tree with lightning scars, saw an amazing view of the city and even locked eyes with a coyote.

This, I realized in that moment, is my kind of game: even in losing, you win.

I realize that the only house key I can give to the house-sitter is on Rich's key ring.  I've already taken one off (and put one on), but it's upsetting.  He won't like it, I'm thinking in the back of my head.

Gas was 2.85/gallon in mid-March 2009, 3.71 last year, 4.13 today.

Oh, glorp.  What have I done with the checkbook?  I wrote a check on Friday and started to put it back where it belongs, but apparently I got sidetracked. ARGH.

I was looking in Rich's computer for the St. Philomene festival money template.  No luck, but I ran into a lot of sad stuff. On the computer, yes, but also a lighter, his jeweler's screwdrivers (the kit I bought is better), 2 more pair of broken glasses.

I went to the Sunday Support Group and Ron brought me a schedule of the concerts. I talked to a woman who just got a Nook.  Another one is back from Hawai'i.  I went to dinner with this lot and heard a lot about big trips. For instance, a combined rail and ship trip to Alaska. I would like that! 

I was "muddy paws"-ing the dog and glanced over and noticed a pair of Rich's shoes, the ones he wore into the garden. I hadn't noticed them before. I think if I clean them up, they're OK for St. Vincent de Paul.

But all in all, a sad day.

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Thu, Mar 22nd - 10:31PM

March 17: St. Patrick's Day

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 66
51.0 miles
cloudy and cool

167 recordings of 35 types. 10% left.

-10: a recent high. Best in the last 9 months. 50/49.


Also good.

Mark Steyn:

So let’s see. The president sneers at the ignorance of 15th-century Spaniards, when in fact he is the one entirely ignorant of them. A man who has enjoyed a million dollars of elite education yet has never created a dime of wealth in his life sneers at a crippled farm boy with an eighth-grade schooling who establishes a successful business and introduces electrical distribution across Michigan all the way up to Sault Ste. Marie. A man who sneers at one of the pioneering women in broadcasting, a lady who brought the voices of T. S. Eliot, G. K. Chesterton, and others into the farthest-flung classrooms and would surely have rejected Obama’s own dismal speech as being too obviously reliant on “Half-a-Dozen Surefire Cheap Cracks for Lazy Public Speakers.” A man whose own budget officials predict the collapse of the entire U.S. economy by 2027 sneers at a solvent predecessor for being insufficiently “forward-looking.”

A great nation needs successful self-made businessmen like George Peck, and purveyors of scholarly excellence like Mary Somerville. It’s not clear why it needs a smug over-credentialed President Solyndra to recycle Crowd-Pleasing for Dummies as a keynote address.

I started the day depressed. I did some gardening in the back yard, pretty much filling the green bin again. I'm going to order a stand-up weeder and some more gardening gloves. I find I like it more than I'd have thought I would. I left the dog in, even though the gardeners came early and he could have gone out.

Laurie picked me up for the Catholic Woman of the Year luncheon. I especially wanted to go because my neighbor Margaret (whose husband did the second eulogy) was being honored.  Turns out Nick's sister was also being honored. Anyway, their families came. I knew a lot of the women there and the food was good and the company was good. I really enjoyed it. I was saddened to know Margaret's daughter is divorced.
No grandchildren for them. How lucky I am!

Then this evening I went to Nick's parents' and had the corned beef and cabbage. I didn't know anyone there except the host family and Major Nick's best man.  Still, it made a nice change. Alicia is going to be house-sitting while I'm gone. Anything to keep that cat behaving. And it'll be cheaper than a $20/night boarding.

Jesuit lost to Sheldon and Gonzaga lost to Ohio State.

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Thu, Mar 22nd - 10:04PM

March 16: Major Nick

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 66
51.0 miles

167 recordings of 35 types. 10% clear.

Rasmussen: -12: 49/49.

This one was actually reported in the Washington Post.

The real reason that Hayes doesn’t find his visage on Mt. Rushmore is that he wasn’t a very good President, not because he was a Luddite.  That’s also why Obama won’t find his visage on Mt. Rushmore, either … nor on the History Channel, except as a cautionary tale.  But if they put faces on Mt. Rushmore for mindlessly repeating bad data and false assumptions, Obama would get a peak all to himself.

John Hawkins: If @SarahPalinUSA made the same mistake Obama made with Rutherford B. Hayes & the telephone, it would make headlines for 3 days.

Wow, this is sad:

Charles Irvine
As in life they both did everything together so they continue.
Sweet dreams Mom may you hold his hand forever and be at ease I know you both are in a better place.
Dad I am so happy you won't be alone when you reach the gates of Heaven.
William Johnston Irvine Mar 18, 1939 - March 14, 2012
Patricia Ann Irvine March 7, 1937 - March 16, 2012

A Saint for Africa, and for the West.

"In the summer of 2010, Kenya passed a bill that essentially opened the floodgates to legalized abortion, although Kenyans were told the opposite during a deluge of propaganda funded primarily by the Obama administration, which was found to have spent over 23 million dollars to influence the outcome.[1] And in January of this year, International Planned Parenthood Foundation, the largest abortion business in the world, announced a plan to increase abortions in Africa by 82% by the year 2015.[2]"

Fundraisers through 3/16

Obama 108

GW Bush 52

Clinton 33

Obama raised, in January, 11.9 million
spent: 17.7 million
burn rate 158%

in other words, he treats this money just like he treats the country's money.

The EEeeeeevil Bush, in contrast

raised 12.9
spent 7.6
burn rate 60%

Krauthammer says he hasn't governed since election day in 2010.

I noticed the price of gas outside the White House is $5.39/gallon.  How much gas do these trips to fundraisers use? I wish he'd ground AF1 unless it's something important to the country.

Rich has come to Roni in a dream... OK, how about me, eh?? I mean, I'm glad you're taking care of me, but I'd love to see you again, my darling.

It was blitzing down rain today but I had to go see Bernadette, had to see the kids who will be gone next week. Also, I needed her to sign the papers for the credit union.  So, partway down, there was a big traffic jam and I would have turned around except that I had to go, so I drove across surface streets and caught up with the freeway after it got through downtown. This took an extra half hour.  The kids were cute and it was a nice visit.

Back at home, the phone rang.  Nick (that's MAJOR Nick to you) was in town for the weekend, and his mother was inviting me to corned beef & cabbage tomorrow. I'd already said I was going to the church cb&c dinner, so it may have taken me as long as two seconds to say yes.  Shortly later, the phone rang again and it was Major Nick himself. Was I home?  Yes.  OK, he'll be right over. I guess so, since he was parked in front.  He stayed and chatted for at least 2 hours.  Baby stories and mother-in-law stories.

Then Roni called. Besides the dream (sigh) she told me that Teddy is 70the percentile height and 50th weight. 

Eric wrote a great letter, such a nice surprise, and sent his geology homework. 

It's 4 months since the funeral. Nick hadn't heard that we wore the t-shirts. 

Monica has invited me to VIP day in May. I was looking at caches on the way home and got depressed. This is a long slog.

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Tue, Mar 20th - 9:34PM

March 15: Beware the Ides of March

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 66
51.0 miles

171 recordings of 37 types. 9% left.

Rasmussen: -15: 47/51.

Math is hard.

Don Surber: Actually, Dennis Miller is wrong. The Kardashians don’t demand half as much airtime as this president.

0bama slimes Rutherford B. Hayes. He was totally 180 degrees WRONG!

I went to see John Carter in 2D. I absolutely loved the Edgar Rice Burroughs MARS books.  This was an entertaining movie, full of action and good computer graphics.  I've read since that these books inspired other science fiction movies, so when the director stayed too true to the books, it looks derivative.  Kind of like the way Shakespeare uses all these famous quotes in his plays.  It was good, though. I was one of only three women in the theater, which didn't surprise me.

I called the widower who's going to these concerts. He made it to the Celtic one yesterday even with the rain.  He got me a schedule which he'll give me on Sunday.

Last year in March, Rich was all worried that I was doing too much.  I said I'd promised, it was in the job description.  Then he went out and when he came home he griped that there were dishes in the sink. I think about this every time I pass the sink, which usually has dirty dishes in it.

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Mon, Mar 19th - 9:04PM

March 14: Pi Day

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 66
51.0 miles
rain, rain, rain

174 recordings of 40 types. 9% clear.

Rasmussen: -15: 47/52. Repetition


Treacher: 0bama takes Maher's Money but not his Phone Calls.

Note to the left: We’re going to point and laugh every time you open up a can of worms and then complain about the taste of worms. Bon Appétit! ;)

Patrick Dorinson commented on
Unicorns and PipedreamsMore nonsense from California's Department of Boondoggles
(about high speed rail)

Vince Yarnot: It has been a few years, but changing a diaper is just like riding a bicycle....a bicycle that pees on you whenever it's cold.

0bama said in 1990 that America was selfish and he would refine it.

Jo Anne Moretti:
"they think that somehow we can’t cope in the classroom,”. Now he treats Blacks like they can't even pull off getting a free voter ID. Can't think for themselves. Wants them dependent on govt, instead of independent and successful. What has he or any of the extreme race baiters done for the black community? Meanwhile the baiters are doing quite well. They drive fancy foreign cars, llive in fine Mansions, vacation on the Vineyard. They are making a lot of money on the backs of poor blacks. They are the 1%ers they pretend to despise. The rest of the country is getting along just fine. We are not stuck in some warped 60's fabrication of a world.

So I was reading the WPAC newsletter and burst into tears when I saw the Solvang trip.  I loved Solvang when we were there.

Blood test today. I stayed up late and slept in late so I wouldn't be too hungry. Or rather, not hungry for too long. I kept telling myself not to make coffee. I fed the dog. There was a half-banana since the kids only ate half yesterday, so I absent-mindedly peeled and ate it. Oh, drat. So I'll do the blood test tomorrow.

Then I had a funeral to go to. This lady has been a pillar of St. Philomene's, and used to sing in the choir, had the plant booth before we did, always was involved.  Her son sold us our car, and when I had it serviced, I asked how she was doing. (Not well.) I found out at the funeral that her life was a lot like mine, 15 years ahead. She was born 15 years before me, married 15 years before me, had 5 kids, moved here 15 years before we did, and was widowed 15 years ago. So maybe I'm fated.

At the reception, one woman said she keeps expecting to see Rich at Mass.  Another expects him to take the collection in and put it away safely.

I was back into my jammies at 2 PM. I looked at geocaches going north, so many memories.  The Douglas County museum, the caboose at Castle Crags, so much fun, so many arguments.

My therms are finally down from last year.  But my bill is way up now.  On the same month the DoD cuts my pay.  Spooky's vet bill is also going to hurt next month's bills, so with the trip I'll probably lose money.  (Gas tank fill ups of $60 don't help, either.)

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Sun, Mar 18th - 10:08PM

March 13: A New Idea

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 66
51.0 miles
showers, cold

168 recordings of 38 types. 9% clear.

Rasmussen: -14: 49/51

Cartoon.  Hypocrisy, much?

I'm leaving in 3 weeks! I'd better get organized!!

From the Come Pray the Rosary intentions: "protect my incoming grand kid."

    Kathy Mathews: A new rumor is circulating that radical Muslims are planning to go on a rampage in downtown Los Angeles, killing anyone who is a legal U.S. Citizen.

    Police fear the death toll could be as high as 23.

Andrew Malcolm: POTUS Update: OK, bedtime everyone. Obama back home safely from his $362K flight to see an NCAA  basketball game & eat a hotdog in Dayton.

Survey: Liberals More Likely To Block You Online For Posting Differing Opinions | Mediaite

Yep. I've apparently been unfriended by my godson because I was bored with his fascination with how much Rush Limbaugh knows about contraception. So last week!

I went to the WPAC ladies' breakfast this morning.  I left in time to get home for Bernadette, but they'd arrived about a minute earlier and gone in.  Since I had left the dog inside, he'd thoroughly licked Joanna so she was crying while Bernadette was trying to get the gates up. I got the dog on the other side of the gate till he'd calmed down, and poor Joanna got no sympathy from any of us. "Oh, he didn't hurt you." Once Bernadette had left, I let the dog in, and the rest of the day Joanna would push him away if he got too close. I think someday they'll be great friends.  She picked up his bone and threw it at him. 

Oh, he knows the word "bone!" 

Joanna is really good at spoonfeeding herself. Gareth didn't eat much, he was too distracted.

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My friend called back and we talked about tours. She's going to Spain and Portugal, but pointed me to a couple of possibilities.  Then this evening, I was looking at some of the things I taped last summer, including National Geographic's Galapagos.  I was sad, looking at the marine iguanas: how Rich would have loved to see this, I wish I'd watched it in August or September when he could enjoy it.  But then the light dawned... I could go see the Galapagos Islands.  I looked it up at Elderhostel (Roadscholars) and they practically live there. And there's a great tour in October-November that includes Macchu Pichu!  Ooooh.  Two things I couldn't have done with Rich, who got seasick and also couldn't have done the altitude.  While I'm dreaming of this, I might as well add the 5 days to Lake Titicaca.   (I've also looked up geocaches in Ecuador, the Galapagos, Macchu Pichu.)  OK, let's see what the doctor says, because this is "moderately strenuous" (I'm fine with "active", but will have to train for this. After that little hike last Saturday when I had such a hard time climbing the hill, I really will have to work.)

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Sun, Mar 18th - 6:58AM

March 12: Neverending Paperwork

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 66
51.0 miles

173 recordings of 40 types. 7% clear.

Rasmussen: -16: 47/52. Lobbyists.

0bama has NEVER spoken the truth.

The Girl Scouts are 100!

Jim Treacher: If Derrick Bell would be happy that people are talking about his theories, why does Soledad O'Brien want us to stop talking about them?

Bre McGloughlin: My trainer must be so happy with my fitness level because he said I'm getting atrophy... I've never been given an award before!

Kathleen A. Brown: They say "my body, my choice." What about the baby's body? The baby who cringes and tries to move away from the needle that inserted into them with poison to kill them? The baby who collapses and dies when the needle reaches them? And stop calling them "fetuses" - just to make it impersonal. Every day, 4000 babies are killed. Every single day.

Mother Teresa, National Prayer Breakfast, 1994: "And if we accept that a mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?"

John Hawkins: Running against Obama for POTUS should be like running against Michael Vick for head of the Humane Society. His record is terrible.

The paperwork will NEVER be done!  I went to SAFE to transfer the accounts to the trust, and was told that because Bernadette was a co-trustee, she would have to sign everything jointly with me: paying bills for instance, or getting cash. Eek. So we made the trust the beneficiary of the accounts when I die.  Then I told the lawyer and he said they were idiots, to read such-and-such a clause, etc. Wednesday, maybe.

While there I put all my change into the machine and deposited $55.  Then realized that was stupid since I will need some to put into the Easter eggs I'm taking north. Oh, well, I should have enough coins to do that later, or I could raid the stuff Rich had (though some of that might be valuable for different reasons.)

I went to the Commissary and also got bananas at SaveMart.

Neuschwanstein Castle

At home I finished the Neuschwanstein puzzle.  This is the second puzzle of this scene I've done, but the other one was 40 years ago or so. I put the table away at midnight.  When I went to bed I discovered I'd left the water running outside, so the back is really soaked in one area.

Deep down, I feel like I'm just keeping it together till Rich gets back.  I suppose that comes from the  times he was deployed elsewhere. Then it hits me, he isn't.  Sigh.

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Sat, Mar 17th - 8:12PM

March 11: Incredibly Happy, Incredibly Sad.

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 66
48.5 miles

169 recordings of 39 types. 9%.

Rasmussen: -19: 44/54.  For the third consecutive day, Mitt Romney leads President Obama by five points in a hypothetical 2012 matchup. It is still, however, too early to tell if these results reflect a lasting change in the race or are merely statistical noise. Today's numbers show Romney at 48%, Obama at 42%. That matches the largest lead Romney has ever enjoyed over the president

I woke up early, then saw Vince's message that Niki's water had broken, so when Vince called I knew what it was.  I'm incredibly happy... and incredibly sad.  How much I miss Rich!! He would have been so pleased and proud. Of course, I am too.  But so so so sad.

Vince Yarnot: Announcing AJ (Andrew Jack) Yarnot! Born 5:10 AM, 6 lb 15 oz, 19 in. He is beautiful. Niki did well (she's beautiful too). Clearly he is a basketball fan. He did not want to miss selection Sunday.

I went to the Support Group and dinner afterwards. I talked jigsaw puzzles with a guy. It's a nice group and I felt better this evening.

Reading: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (vol 1), Edward Gibbon, The Bible (1 Machabees), The Introduction to the Devout Life, St. Francis de Sales, Blue Highways, William Least Heat Moon, Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand, Fire in the Hole, Elmore Leonard, Temptation, Brenda Jenkins, Finding Your Way After Your Spouse Dies, Marta Felber, and The Death of a Husband, Helen Reichert Lambin.

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Fri, Mar 16th - 9:56PM

March 10: Run for the Seals

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 66
48.5 miles

John Hawkins: There's far more sexism, racism, & hate on the left, than on the right, except in the fevered imaginations of liberals.

William Bailey: Recall W. Churchill’s comment, when assessing the isolationist and antiwar movement in Britain and the US, as Nazi Germany rolled over Europe prior to WWII- "Some folks behave as they do because they hope the crocodile will eat them last."

    You know what I love about Lefties? They ignore their Progressive eugenics past that spawned the Holocaust. And it really is a core tenet of their belief system.

    John the Libertarian on March 10, 2012 at 2:10 AM

Yep. And everyday the abortion factories continue Margaret Sanger’s mission and vision…Maybe, just maybe, a useful idiot might discover realize their secret…

Gohawgs on March 10, 2012 at 2:22 AM

Heh. Or it would be funny if I weren't paying for it.

Don Surber:  This video will not bring down President Obama. His sorry record of no accomplishments will. We cannot afford to live in 2008 and mope about Obama not being vetted. The job before us is to show that the last 3+ years have sucked and 4 more years of Obama — a red-blooded, true Christian American who was born in Hawaii — will suck even harder.

Hypocrisy: Demanding that the government stay out of your bedroom and womb... while at the same time demanding that the government pay for your birth control and abortions.

Mark Steyn:

"40 percent of female students “struggle financially” because of the heavy burden of maintaining a respectable level of premarital sex at a Jesuit institution.

As I said, I’m on the other side of the planet, so maybe I’m not getting this."

Up early to go to Sausalito, to the Marin Headlands, for the Run for the Seals. Roni drove, and Lexi came along.  We arrived before 8, parking about a half mile down the road, really close to the location of the earth cache I'd marked.  Aha. There were a lot of people, over 1300, there. We checked out the booths and walked around, waiting till the start (they didn't start the runners till 15 minutes late.)  Then the walkers started. The route is entirely different from the one we did 9 years ago, and I had a hard time getting up the hill. Puff, pant!  I went to open the fizzy water Roni'd given me and it sprayed all over me.  Well, onward and upward... and right at the mile marker we'd reached the top and the route was downhill from there.

We had dropped from the front bunch to 70-80 percent back, unlike my past experiences with Bay to Breakers, etc... Jan, you are OUT OF SHAPE! Then we went to get our t-shirts and on to the Marine Mammal Center. Oh my goodness!  It's really changed from when Rich and I were here last.  Then it was the cages and a little trailer that was the gift shop.  Now the cages (and pools) are still here, but there's a huge modern building with labs and feeding rooms and offices and a big gift shop.  Very nice indeed. Roni stood in line for a long time for the food, but it was worth the wait.  Total walk, 4 miles.

We actually left later than we should because there was so much to see and do.  Then we went through the tunnel which took a loooooong time, so Roni was late to Teddy's game. I started home, stopping for a geocache along the way. I went out and got Spooky about 2:30.  Back at home, Abby was still locked in the back (though it was good I'd put plastic down in the hallway) and Pharaoh was thrilled I was home.

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Fri, Mar 16th - 8:15AM

March 9: Santa Rosa

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 66
44.5 miles

168 recordings of 40 types. 9% clear.

Rasmussen: -16: 46/53. Shrug it off...

When Republicans pressed Bill Clinton to open up ANWR and offshore drilling, Clinton responded that it would take years for such a policy to deliver enough supply to matter.  When George Bush tried to get a Democratic Congress to agree to open ANWR, Democrats said it would take years for such a policy to deliver enough supply to matter.  Now that Barack Obama’s in the White House, he says that increased domestic production by opening up long-restricted areas would take too long to deliver enough supply to matter.

What a fun day!  I was a bit nervous about doing all this by myself, but it worked out well. I meant to start off at 9 but was half an hour late. I put the dog outside and locked Abby in the back of the house.  (Also put plastic down in the hall and at the front door just in case she got out.) I remembered to turn the heat down. In fact, the only thing I forgot was the Nook.

I had set the GPSr to a cache across the street from the Santa Rosa museum, and I'd looked at a map, too, so I had a pretty good idea how to get where I wanted to go. It was 100 miles and took me a little less than 2 hours. When I pulled in to the parking garage I took out my phone to call the vet, but apparently they'd called me and gotten voice mail. I must have been in between the area codes, or the solar flare got me, because I never heard the phone ring.  Anyway, the cat was fine, about to go into surgery.

On the way between Petaluma and Santa Rosa, I saw a new-to-me Clo billboard.  "Born and Grazed in Sonoma & Marin Counties."  Times like these I wish I weren't driving. Oh, well.

After I talked to the vet, I checked for the geocache where the GPSr was pointing. Nope. Apparently the solar flare was acting up.  I also ate one of the sandwiches I'd fixed for the trip. Then I went across the street to the Sonoma County museum. It used to be the Post Office and has the vaults etc. on display. One was also the office of the IRS guy.  Why didn't they just lock him in?  Another feature looked like it came from the Winchester Mystery House. There's a door halfway up a wall, with an alcove in the ceiling for headroom.  They used to use a ladder for this, which went to a walkway where someone could look down over the main Post Office.  Odd. But I hadn't driven all this distance to look at that. I came to see "The Tsars' Cabinet" which is porcelain that belonged to the Tsars of Russia, like Peter the Great and Catherine the Great and Nicholas and Alexandra.  The reason it's there is this is the bicentennial of Fort Ross, so the whole county is doing Russian things.

Rich and I were at this museum once before, to look at olde maps. That was actually my favorite thing in the exhibit, the map of the trip to Ft. Ross with a lot of interesting ideas what the coast of the US looked like.  Also, about 4 or 6 years ago Rich and I went to Ft. Ross (and geocached.) We'd been before but this time we really studied it.


Anyway, I liked the exhibit. I also looked at the art work outside.  When I was done, about an hour later, I went across the street to the other corner of the parking garage, where the map had said the cache was. And found it. 

Then I went to another parking garage, which took a U-turn.  And up close to the cache. I looked around for a couple of minutes then got it.  I moved away a bit, put down my GPSr and my glasses and the cache, and the phone rang.  So I spent about 15 minutes talking to the vet, with one hand plugging the other ear.  Spooky was just coming out of anesthesia, had done well, didn't need a tooth extracted and probably wouldn't need pain pills.  We discussed possibilities of tooth brushing. After that was over, I started trying to get the log out of the holder, using my Swiss Army Knife tweezers, and suddenly a voice said "are you all right?"  Yes, I'm fine, just trying to get organized. It was a security guard. Once she'd established I was OK, then it was "are you shopping today?" No, once I get packed up, I'll go to Novato. She checked me out again, finally left so I could pack up the cache and replace it.  I stopped by Station Square and got a couple of ideas before I also counted a multi cache.  And so down to Novato.

Plenty of time to talk to Roni and all.  Then after dinner we went to the talent show.  Such a crowd!!
I got a seat but Roni had to stand after R.J. got there and got the seat she was saving for him. (He has back problems, it's OK.) When the first act was a kindergartener doing "knock-knock" jokes, I thought it would be a Very Long Night (he did do well), but they kept it moving, the kids were well-rehearsed, the songs were positive and there weren't any inappropriate acts. (I remember a talent show with my older girls, when a 5th grader did a jazz dance that was just way too sexy.) I took movies, which Flickr cut short, but Lexi, in particular, was terrific.

The principal and her father did "Anything You Can Do" and the staff did a wildly funny dance.  And it lasted a little longer than 2 hours, which was about my limit.  We got home a little after 9, and soon went to bed.  What a terrific day!

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Wed, Mar 14th - 7:30PM

March 8: Errands

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 66
43.6 miles

176 recordings of 46 types. 7% free.

Laurie Mann: It's International Women's Day - Remember, the price of liberty is eternal vigilance, and women have lost rights in America -

Right, we can't vote any more, we have to wear veils...

She says those are all poor examples (not owning property, female circumcision.)  Apparently the only "right" that matters is abortion. Whiner.

Don Surber: The problem with the welfare state is twofold: welfare and state.

I went to the Retreat House and celebrated a birthday. I hurried home to hear from the vet, and of course I was outside watering when they called.  Spooky had vomited and so they postponed the surgery. I think he was homesick.

In the afternoon I went over and joined WPAC.  I stopped and looked at the new Fresh&Easy, which opened yesterday.  Raley's is going to be under even more pressure. I don't think they'd put up a sign for this store before Rich died. Then I got a couple of things at Raley's. I got gas at Winona for $4.13. My normal station is $4.15. Out close to the Retreat House, but I didn't have the cash with me, it was $4.12.

My lawyer paperwork came. I'll deal with it on Monday.

Eric is going to be reading at the school Holy Thursday Mass, so I'll be able to see that!

Tomorrow is a tiny bit of a dress rehearsal for the upcoming Big Trip.

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Tue, Mar 13th - 6:55PM

March 7: Pricy Kitty

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 66
43.6 miles

175 recordings of 46 types. 7% clear.

Rasmussen: -13:49/50

Well, when he said he had Israel's back, I thought he was lying.

Jim Treacher: One of my commenters summed it up: "This past week I've watched leftist cretins line up from here to the horizon, from one end of the twitterverse to the far side of the blogosphere, just to piss on Andrew Breitbart's grave, and I'm expected to get the vapors because a leftist activist got insulted by a radio host? Really?"

Michael V Lang It's about women's health, and what on earth is more important than that? certainly not some kids of a shock journalist, or kids in Uganda being forced into slavery...none of that compares to a Georgetown law student getting free contraception.

Still all Republicans.  You'd think his "assassinate Americans" testimony might get some Democrats on board.

Holder will just make it illegal to call for his resignation.
darwin on March 7, 2012 at 11:01 AM

But we need free birth control pills. And anyone who disagrees is a misogynist!
/leftist misdirection.
Eric Holder is an accessory to murder and should spend the rest of his life in prison.
rbj on March 7, 2012 at 11:02 AM

John Hawkins: Rush today: Roughly 18k "local" advertisers. Losing 30 means nada. 3 new national advertisers, 2 that left want back on the show. #noimpact

The Starter Party

Old School Conservative says: March 7, 2012 at 2:09 PM
Howdy, Don. 1953 was a vintage year. ;-)

I really would like to see the result of a Romney/Rubio ticket. I suspect that ticket would rival Reagan’s landslide victory.

My prediction – the only close thing this fall will be the Senate. ObamaRx is gone, Republicans will hold the House, and make gains in the Senate.

(from his lips to God's ears)

Today I took Spooky in for his checkup and shots. You probably heard him complaining if you were anywhere in the western U.S.  And she reminded me that they've been saying he needs his teeth cleaned. And he hasn't been in for two years. OK, then, why don't you do it now?  Well, they can't do it till tomorrow.  Since I'll be out of town for the next couple of days, I want them to keep him till Saturday.  ($20 a night. Ouch. It'll be cheaper for me to get a house-sitter while I'm gone. I need someone to care for Abby because she doesn't behave herself if her box isn't changed regularly.) Also, I authorized x-rays, so with today's stuff, if they have to extract a tooth, this is going to approach a thousand dollars. Ouch again. I'd hoped this month would be a little more reasonable after the lawyer and the toilet and with next month having a trip. Oh, well, I guess it'll never happen.

This afternoon I took a lengthy walk.  Sunday I was talking to one of the widowers and he goes downtown by light rail on Wednesdays to listen to concerts. Well I couldn't today. However, when he gave me his phone number, he said he was in the book, and I looked him up and it had his address.  So I did my stalker number (I'll do it for a woman I met yesterday next, don't panic) and walked past it. He's right across the street from Mission-North Park where we had our family reunion!  And I saw a possible cache placement place at his neighbor's... Hmmm. Anyway, nice walk, and my plan to highlight every street on my Thomas Brothers page after I've walked down it this year is beginning to look possible.

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Tue, Mar 13th - 6:25AM

March 6: Babysitting

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 66
40.7 miles

175 recordings of 43 types. 8% clear.

Rasmussen: -15: 48/51

Press conference.  They'll ask about the NCAA tourney.

When I heard that the first presser of 2012 “coincidentally” happened on Super Tuesday, all I could think of was a little child annoyed that people were not paying attention to him. Fact of the matter is that unless the jug-eared idiot doesn’t have something of substance to say, he will be more or less ignored as the media time this cycle is going to be taken up with speculation about outcomes and then the reporting itself. Yet another defense of his attack on religious institutions or faux claims about a recovering economy will be ignored.
Happy Nomad on March 6, 2012 at 8:14 AM

So, The Biggest Loser will be preempted by … the Biggest Loser?
Syzygy on March 6, 2012 at 8:32 AM

No watch. OD’ed on BHO.
petefrt on March 6, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Every time I see that self gratuitous smirk on his face, I just want to absolutely destroy everything he stands for, and everyone who stands with him in the ruination of this greatest of countries.
MooCowBang on March 6, 2012 at 8:36 AM

I did a couple of things today. I went over to Denny's after Mass to have coffee with ladies from the WPAC (Widowed Persons Association of California.)  Enjoyable, but I had to leave early because I was babysitting.

The babysitting went well.  Joanna still doesn't trust the dog, but is more accepting, only one bit of crying and she gave up, figuring it did her no good. When she had her goldfish snacks, I was amused to note she put them on the doll plates and tried to eat them with the toy spoons. Meanwhile, Gareth liked that I put the track together in a circle, and he made a big Lego tunnel as I had done last week.  Then he was playing with the Yo Gabba Gabba toys and the school bus, and I played with him driving them to the track to look at the trains and wave at them.  He hasn't been doing pretend play, one of the things that will be addressed in preschool, but today he seemed to have the idea.


This picture is from last week. I'm behind on pictures, too!

Then after they left I could get back to the jigsaw puzzle. SO TIRED.

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Sun, Mar 11th - 8:38PM

March 5: Puttering

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 66
40.7 miles

173 recordings of 42 types. 9% left.

Rasmussen: -18: 45/54

These get scarier and scarier.

If Bush’s policy was in tatters, it’s in part because the current President and Vice President helped undermine it by politically exploiting an NIE that turned out to be an embarrassing fantasy.

It was a bad day, and I was in tears quite a bit.  I started my new grocery list on the back of the Salinas cache map. I passed the new Marconi cache and thought I've got to see how many people visited our caches while Rich was alive. I went to Mass, kind of tear-y.

0bama called Sandra Fluke (why is that pronounced "fluk", by the way?) but never called Byron Terry's folks. Political all the way.  I think all this left-right acrimony and hatred seems like Millenium fever a few years late.  Actually, I blame Al Gore a lot.  The New York Times recounted the votes and Bush won, so of course they don't talk about that much, but that whole thing started the whole Bush-hatred schtick.  Anyway, it's really terrible nowadays.  Maybe the Mayans were right after all.

I raked out the front garden and did some weeding in front.  Not to my surprise, the 30-year-old red campion seeds I tried haven't germinated, what a shocker.  While I was out I saw a flight of 8 pelicans go by overhead!

So I waited around for the cleaners. I went through one paper box and finished it.  They took the ashes out of the fireplace.  Yay!!  While I was sitting out, I saw the young couple from down the street walking hand in hand. I'm so jealous.
Then I walked the dog and a guy pulled to a stop to ask if he was a dingo. Nope, just a nice-looking mutt. I checked on a nearby cache which someone didn't find. It's there.

It was burrito night. It just was.

Victoria Knox :Who didn't see *this* coming? Oh yeah, the entire Obama administration.
(Al Qaeda in Iraq mounts comeback).

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Fri, Mar 9th - 10:47PM

March 4: Sunday

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 66
38.9 miles

I've lost half a pound this week, and have high blood pressure.

167 recordings of 39 types, 12% free.

Gareth was WIGGLY in church today, and he hummed and sang a lot. I was really tired after Mass.  Unfortunately, I showed it to some friends who will never have grandchildren. Argh.

Bernadette came and they went home, and then I went to the Sunday Support Group. It was pretty good today.  The second hour we were talking about what we would be doing for ourselves this week, and my response was about my elaborate plans for next weekend (Santa Rosa museum, Novato, talent show, Run for the Seals, and Teddy's opening day game.) One guy talked about the lunchtime concerts on Wednesdays, and while this coming Wednesday Spooky has a vet appointment, I may go along some week. I got his phone number.

Afterwards I went to dinner with a bunch of them, then home to an empty house. I started picking up a bit for the cleaners tomorrow.

It's Not Because Breitbart was Combative.

The Politics of the HHS Mandate.

The Anchoress defends David Gregory:

I imagine while Gingrich was speaking, some producer was screaming in Gregory’s ear to cut him off, to interject something, to “change the subject, get him back on Limbaugh and Fluke and Contraception” because it’s all the Democrats have right now. It’s all the media has, and I suspect they are convinced — not without reason — that their non-stop talk about the bishops “taking away women’s rights” is working among the unthinking and those quick-to-embrace-victimology.

Jim Treacher: I can see why the left is so dissatisfied with Limbaugh's, ahem, "apology." The worst part: "I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke." Jackass

Pretending Contraception is the Crisis

Very depressing. And I don’t think we’re anywhere near out of the woods yet.

But by all means, let’s keep pretending that there is a “contraception crisis” looming before us — not the actual “constitutional crisis”.

Let’s keep making believe that entities besides Democrats, Democrat operatives and the Mainstream Media are talking about banning contraception.

Let’s keep promulgating the utter lie — and that’s all it is, a big, fat lie — that some mean, out-of-touch bishops are trying to take women’s birth control away from them! You know, the birth control that the CDC reports (pdf) 99% of American women call readily available and affordable....
Let’s keep pretending that the churches who have served the nation since its founding — who helped build the nation by providing services that the government was in no way prepared to address — are suddenly impediments to liberty, even as they fight for their constitutional rights, and in so doing, fight for ours, too.

The nation is in genuine crisis — take a look around your neighborhood; unless you’re living in the Upper West Side, Georgetown, Beacon Hill or Beverly Hills, it’s not looking too good, is it? And this is the crap that we are reading about and hearing about, endlessly, endlessly, because the genuine crises are not allowed to be discussed.

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Fri, Mar 9th - 10:32PM

March 3: Pleasant Hill

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 66
38.9 miles

169 recordings of 41 types. 11% free.

I forgot to mention that I put out a cache, one *I* made, yesterday.

This morning I went to open my bedroom crank window and there was a huge layer of dust on the screen.  It got in between the window and the screen.  Definitely time for new windows... but I'm not ready for that right now. I blew some of it out, then went outside and wiped it all off. Amazing.

Thursday night, as I was going home in the dark, I saw a guy on a bike with a gimme cap on, and it just was too much like Rich.  Sometimes I just get blindsided.

Paul Holman Ahhh, a prime example of the "trophy for just showing up generation" daddy says I'm a princess so I can have or do anything I want!

Michael Yon: 5 Soldiers to be Reprimanded Because of Weak US Leadership

Our people are facing loss of rank because primitive madmen murdered about 40 people (so far) over some accidentally burned paper that most of the madmen cannot read.

I got all excited about a trip my niece is going on to Africa, but it doesn't look like it would be a good idea for me to tag along on the trip. I looked at Elderhostel's trip, and while it's even more what I would like, they won't take a single, because the group is too small.  Meanwhile, the U. of Wyoming is offering a Tahiti cruise. I remember a friend at ch urch was talking about how she'd like to get back to traveling, so I believe I'll talk to her and maybe we can go someplace. I think she's already done Africa, though. 

First things first, though. I picked Gareth up and drove to Pleasant Hill.  We had a potty stop at the Target store there, then stopped in the Cafe. I had a hot dog, and he had chicken nuggets, carrot sticks, and milk with a twisty straw.  He was thrilled with the straw.  After the meal I handed him the straw to keep, threw everything else out, turned to refill my drink and he marched up to the trash can and dropped the straw in!  What's a Nana to do?  Fish it out, of course.

I then went to Play it Again Sports and took three bags (30 softballs) in.  Then the clerk was busy with a customer, so I couldn't ask him for help, but I spied a man heading toward the store and asked him if he'd help me.  Between us, it was only two more trips, and then I could take Gareth into the store and get the check ($150.00)

From there we went to the Lindsay Wildlife Museum, which interested him a little. I got in free, so that was nice. Rich and I saw this some years ago. Gareth wet his pants in the gift store, so we went back to the car for a change. I'd thought of getting him something, but by this time all he wanted was to go home. I did find a cache first, though.

He conked out around Davis and was hard to wake up here.  So he had a bit of a hard time going to sleep, but once he was out, he was out. Before that, he'd played and had dinner, but today I didn't give him a bubble bath. 

Nice day.  Tiring.

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Tue, Mar 6th - 9:29PM

March 2: Read Across America Day

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 66
38.9 miles
clearing, warmer

168 recordings of 43 types. 12% clear.

Yesterday I went out for coffee after Mass at the Retreat Center with a nice woman I've known for awhile. It was really nice. On the way to Mass, as I turned onto Auburn Blvd. really near here, there was a turkey crossing the road from the science center to apartments!

At the Retreat House, in the rain, the "gardening angel" was hard at work.

After Mass this morning, I went to McClellan to the school (in the old NCO Club) and read "The Cookie Tree" to my friend's 3rd grade class. It was so much fun!!

Read Across America Day

Then this afternoon it was time for Bernadette and I to sign a lot of papers to create my living trust, set up power of attorney and health representatives and my will.  I still have to transfer the mutual funds. Will the paperwork EVER be done??

Jim Treacher: Gas is heading toward $5 a gallon, Iran's flexing, everybody's broke, and we're talking about who should pay for rubbers. You win again, MSM.

If You Ain't Got No Condoms Take Your Broke Ass Home

A law student at Georgetown wants us to panic, because if she doesn’t have access to free birth control, it’s going to cost her $3,000 a year! My God, how do the common people function without their diamond encrusted platinum diaphragms?

Mike Walther I can't help but laugh at the fact that someone who can afford tuition at Georgetown Law whining that she doesn't have enough money to pay for her condoms / BC and thinks the taxpayers should pay for em.

Laura Branson Causgrove sorry, but like I saw someone say earlier, If you don't want to run the risk of being called a slut, don't go on national television talking about the fact that you have so much sex that you can't afford your birth control.

I just wonder with $3000 worth of contraception, how does she have time to study?

Nancy Pelosi, Unclear on the ConceptChevy Volt Temporarily Halts Production.

The dreaded Obama kiss of death strikes again. Just this week the head of Government Motors declared he’d be driving this piece of junk when he leaves the White House, hopefully 10 months from now. Sure enough, as soon as he utters the words, GM announces they’re halting production on the firetraps, for now.

Blue Hen: Soooooo, did Gandhi and Mandela preside over colossal screw ups and crooked deals too?

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Mon, Mar 5th - 10:11PM

March 1: February Summary

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 66
38.9 miles
clear, warming

166 recordings of 46 types. 12% clear.

Rasmussen: -13: 48/51

Calmed things down.

Elizabeth Scalia: Obama: "My apology calmed things down." I fear that's going to become his "Mission Accomplished." No joy in saying that, either. Lives matter.

Last month's summary: 18.8 miles in February, 2 pounds down, and 0 pages.

I read 4 books, went to 1 movie, 1 play, 20 Masses.

I found 7 caches last month, and I'm at 7846.  I'm (sniff!) 320th in the
world, (hydnsek is the person just ahead of me!) and 16th locally

In proofing, I'm in 1075th (out of 38823 proofers) place in the first proofing round, with 873 pages proofed, 19th (out of 4659) in P2 with 23523 pages, 592nd (of 967) in P3 with 469 pages and formatting 700th place (3661) with 1020 pages.

In Flickr I have 41956 pictures, with 92300 views, and 205 sets to work on.

All I watched with Netflix was 2 disks of Law&Order.

What if Catholic Bishops Aren't Bluffing?

it’s not just hospitals.  The Catholic Church runs over 7500 primary and secondary education schools in the US (where over a third of students are non-Catholics), educating more than 2.5 million students.  Thanks to a near-blanket moratorium on vouchers, taxpayer money doesn’t get used in teaching these students in a system that has a 99% graduation rate and a 97% success rate at placing students in college.  Based on an average student cost of $8000 in public schools, Catholic schools save taxpayers about $20 billion dollars a year.

Muslims are exempt from ObamaCare altogether. They are protected from any type of challenge to their religous principles. I am not Catholic, but I admire the amount of charitable services they provide, and not just to Catholics. I hope they are not bluffing. This showdown needs to happen and I don’t think Obama really has a leg to stand on with this.
I also believe this is an attempt to further the single payer thing.
Night Owl on March 1, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Monica and girls at 7:40.  She called tonight.  It was the first opportunity for Genevieve to sell me cookies.

Laurie and I went to Jesuit to watch "Hello Dolly."  She was glad to get out of the house for awhile, her daughter has just moved back in and L. was quite happy in her little house with just one granddaughter.  The play was fun!  A number of people sympathised about Rich.  Cathy L. said the food was in his memory!

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Mon, Mar 5th - 9:38PM

February 29: Leap into Jammies Day

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 66
38.9 miles
stormy, finally clearing

165 recordings of 43 types. 11% clear.

Rasmussen: -15: 48/51

We're happy you didn't take my no for an answer.


So I was going to go to Cordelia for a geocaching pizza event, meeting my cousin, maybe finding some caches, and down to Pleasant Hill to sell softballs.  But the weather!  I decided to stay home. Heck, I decided to stay in my jammies! It's disappointing not to see the Pleasant Hill guy, but he did say he remembered Rich as a nice guy.

Both the tax refunds got deposited.

In the paper box I'm working through there's a little book in which Rich was listing his expenses.  10-cent coffee every day.

Vince called. Nice.

One thing about jammie days, I am apt to spend money. I bought 11(!) jigsaw puzzles. I also got the sky done on the Neuschwanstein one I started yesterday.  This wasn't a wallow day, in fact it was pretty good.

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Sun, Mar 4th - 9:16PM

February 28: Joanna and the Big Scary Dog

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 66
38.9 miles
cloudy, then rain

169 recordings of 48 types. 10% clear.

Rasmussen: -14: 47/52

Did 0bama Ignore the Plea for Help?

Obama had no hesitation in demanding the ouster of nominal ally Hosni Mubarak just eight days after protests erupted in Egypt.  He still hasn’t demanded the ouster of the mullahs of Iran.


So Sharing God's Bounty has its own website now.

Jim Treacher: If the last four years have taught us anything, it's that a presidential candidate can be religious as long as he doesn't really mean it.

John Hawkins: Wow! With a huge cash advantage, a much better organization, & the press on his side, Mitt may eke out a win in his home state. #ELECTABLE!

Babysitting today.  Bernadette was a little late, I could have gone for coffee with the WPAC people.

Almost the first thing I did once she left was to let the dog into the living room.  Joanna headed for the couch and began to cry. I ignored her.  The dog lay down.  She stopped and I put a toy on the ground.  Well, she couldn't resist and she went down, keeping a wary eye on the sleeping dog.

All was well till I took Gareth to the bathroom (on the other side of the dog.)  She cried... and the dog came over to sniff her to see what was wrong.  Oh HORROR!  Tears and the whole gamut of crying, including the shriek.  I ignored her. She closed her eyes so the dog couldn't see her.

Can't See Me!     Sound Asleep

I'm really a nasty Nana. I eventually went over to take her picture crying. So she stopped.  So I helped her get on the other side of the dog so she could go into the playroom. Soon she was playing happily and forgot about the dog to walk close to him.  Occasionally she'd remember and look wary, but even when he got up and in her face (while Mommy was there) she was mostly OK.

I wanted to hear the talk about the Continental Railroad tonight, but lost track of time and I was LATE!  Rich will haunt me.

While I was letting Abby in after babysitting I locked Spooky in the pink room: then didn't let him out till the evening when I heard him crying. Oops.

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Sun, Mar 4th - 1:42PM

February 27: Goodbye, Firewood!

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 66
38.9 miles
snow in the foothills, sunny here

170 recordings of 53 types. 10% clear.

Rasmussen: -16: (the lowest rating this month) 45/53. I think the gas prices ($4.079 yesterday) are getting people's attention.

Poll shows 0bama trailing in swing states.

Rich loved a good fire. I enjoy them, but they're a pain to start, keep going, and clean up after. So a couple of weeks ago I asked the geocaching group if anyone up in the foothills would like firewood and two people replied right away, so I said they could split it.  Then nobody called for a week, and I was beginning to worry, but my geocaching friend Rubberpaws finally called.  We had a couple of days planned and then cancelled, but today really was going to work out.  Then she called, was it pouring rain down here, because it was snowing in Nevada City, where she lives.  Nope, come ahead. 

They pulled up with a huge trailer (a dump trailer he'd made himself) pulled by a pickup.  There were three of them and they also had a hand truck, so with me, my hand truck, ancient unwieldy heavy wheelbarrow and wagon, we got to work. This took almost two hours to get it out of the back yard and packed in the truck. It was Rubberpaws' 47th anniversary (envy!) and so I took her away for a few minutes to get one of our good neighborhood caches.  They almost were able to take it all... I don't have enough left to really worry about.

DSC00294     DSC00296



After     DSC00300


At one point I was telling my friend about Rich and the mandarins, how he'd lost interest at the end, and suddenly burst into tears and said "I miss him!" It's possible I'll be able to go geocaching with her one of these days. (We were together, with Rich, in Bell Buckle Tennessee, and she's fun to cache with.)

Then, as if that weren't traumatic enough, I called the Pleasant Hill Play it Again Sports, told him Rich had died but I had softballs, did he want any?  He says he'll take 200.  So I went to the bin and started to wash them. I got about 10 that were cut, but I did 50 today and will do the rest tomorrow. Sniff!

I got a nice thank-you note from Becca and a very nice call which I missed from the Salvatorian sisters thanking me for my donation.

I did a pre-made slow-cooker pork roast for dinner. When I opened the package, the potatoes fell out, and apparently I didn't pick one up, since the dog was having a nice nosh of it. Potato bits all over the carpet. How sweet.

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Sat, Mar 3rd - 5:23PM

February 26: Sunday Support Group

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 66
38.9 miles

166 recordings of 48 types. 12% clear.

I'm one pound down this week, with high borderline BP. 

The Scale of the Universe.  This is great fun.

Gareth has the same enzyme I do when it comes to asparagus.

He was pretty good in church. He even knelt down between me and my friend once, but then he couldn't see over the pew, so he stood up, but he put his hands in a prayer position. This didn't last long, but it's a start.

He had leftover salmon and rice for lunch.  Then I took him home. I let Pharaoh come too, and eventually heard "Stop that!  You're not supposed to lick Joanna.  Or me either." Heh.

Then I went to the support group.  There weren't many people there, because they had their Mardi Gras (a bit late) event going on.  Again with the "what are you doing to rebuild your life?" topic.  Now, cut it out. I'm doing all I can just to live it today.  Give me a chance.

Afterwards I went to dinner (10% off) with two other people and we had a nice talk.  I like that, I'll probably do that again.

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Fri, Mar 2nd - 10:43PM

February 25: Children's Museum

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 66
38.9 miles

166 recordings of 48 types. 12% free.

Rasmussen: -13: 47/51.

Dem. Representative Booed by Constituents over HHS Mandate.

“If you like your church you can keep your church.” BHO
Harbingeing on February 25, 2012 at 3:16 PM

I'm impressed by how easily he got the subject changed from the disastrous economy to contraception and Catholic-bashing.

Today I took Gareth for an overnight. My first order of business was to take him to the Sacramento Children's Museum in Rancho Cordova. I knew what street it was on, but of course turned in the wrong direction.  Finally got there. I got a family membership for me, Bernadette, and the two kidlets.  Then it was time to play.  Gareth liked the air tubes, though he couldn't get things in, not strong enough.  Nor did he understand the valves.  He liked the water play. I just hope none of these kids grow up to be plumbers!  He liked the gears and he really liked the golf ball ramps. The costumes and play store and play house, not so much. That's one of the things we hope the preschool will help with. 

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We had leftover chicken-broccoli-pasta bake for dinner, and he had a bubble bath again.  This time when he went to bed, he pretty well stayed in place.  He tossed and turned a little, but didn't try to kick me out of bed this time.

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