6 Reasons To Let Go of Your Lawn Obsession

I have friends who spend all of the spring, summer, and fall months monitoring their lawns like those who live along a river watch the water levels during times of heavy rain. They make having a perfectly coifed lawn at all times a top priority.

I try to keep up with my grass, but believe me, when it’s 101 degrees outside, I’m not sweating over the lawn. It can grow tall…it’ll be there when I get to it.

Last weekend my old lawnmower conked out. We’d had several days of rain and the grass was pretty tall. When I cut the grass, I don’t bag it for a variety of reasons…environmentalists say it’s better to leave the grass clippings on the lawn, it’s more work, and it costs more to pay to have it hauled a way. So when I bought a new mower Memorial Day, it shot out large clumps of grass giving my suburban lawn that “farmer’s lawn” look. That works for me.

Last night when I pulled into the driveway, there was a nice bunny rabbit sitting oh-so-still about eighteen inches from the edge of the driveway. Instead of jumping out of the car, I sat there for a couple of minutes looking at the rabbit. She was sitting in front of a big clump of grass clippings. She didn’t move. I knew I had to get out of the car, but I didn’t want to disturb her. I had a feeling about that grass clump.

As I got out of the car, Bunny Rabbit hopped away. I walked over to the grass clump, peered in, and BIG SMILE saw two or three teeny little bunny babies. They were oh-so-cute. So I left them alone.

We had a big storm overnight. The big grass clump has been blown away completely. This morning I can count six sets of tiny little ears in a huddle. I just read on an animal rescue website that a healthy Momma Rabbit will visit her nest only for a short time each night to avoid predators, but she’s probably nearby. I hope so. I’ll keep an eye out.

I’m trying to think of something I can use to protect the nest. Rabbits are always welcome on my lawn.

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Who Will Get the White Chick Vote?

The last time this White Chick voted for a Republican for President, it was Nixon. Of course, elementary school elections don’t count.

Now it looks like Obama is going to be the Democratic candidate. That doesn’t thrill me. It has nothing to do with race. I want to know what he’s done…besides run for President since he was showcased at the last Democratic convention as a possible front-runner in the future. The future is now and I don’t think he’s paid his dues.

I wanted Hillary. Is she perfect? No. But I wanted her when it came down to these two.

So here’s my question: How many of those primary votes cast for Obama were cast by Republicans disguised as Democrats? How many played “Democrat for a Day” because they figure Obama will be easier to beat than Hillary? I’m not the only one who has been thinking this for several months.

There are a lot of people who will vote for Obama just because he is black. The Democrats better hope they all show up at the polls. But how many people are NOT going to vote for an African-American, no matter who he is? There is still a lot of racism in this country. It may be below the surface…but it’s there. And the ballot box is one place where you are allowed to vote your conscious, no matter how well or ill-informed you are.

In the last election, candidates were scrambling for the Hispanic and other minority votes. The economy is in shambles. This should be the Democrat’s year without any question. But race will play a role. This time around, if Obama is on the ballot, the white people’s vote will be coveted by both parties. We will be the voters the two parties will be scrambling to attract.

Sad News About A Good Friend

I received this sad email today:

I must let you know that Yardman Lawnmower passed on today at 5 pm.

It was due to complications involving his magneto, and he went into spark plug arrest, a failure to create a spark to ignite the gasoline in his piston.

He had a wonderful 11 years of life, enjoyed the outdoors, and his winter vacations.

Don’t languish about his untimely demise. There are many Yard Machines like him at Home Depot. Why, I saw one today for $140….But, I know that there will be ONLY one Yardman that you will cherish the most and that was this one.

My Condolences

Maybe if I bury him in the front yard someone will cut my grass while I’m at a barbecue Sunday.

Recent Happenings

Posted On May 6, 2008

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Well since Theresa stopped by my blog again, I feel like I need to write something.

Today is Mom’s birthday. My sister and I took her out to dinner last night. My sweet niece and nephew came along. She showed us her newly minted driver’s license…she looks exactly like her mother in the picture! When the ladies at the license bureau asked her how much she weighed, she said she didn’t know. So they looked at her and typed in 95 pounds. When she weighed herself later, they were off by 5 pounds.

Only two more weeks and I will be relieved of Idol Watching duty. I wonder if David Cook likes older women? I sure hope he wins.

Are they ever going to have a Middle Aged Idol? I might try out. Mom always said I couldn’t sing, but at karaoke, some people tell me I have a good voice. Most people do not encourage bad singers to keep on singing, so either Mom was wrong, or these people are tone deaf. If I ever win the lottery, I’m taking private singing lessons.

If I win enough money, I could host Middle Aged Idol. Of course by then, I might be Elder Idol.

Blah, Blah, Blogging

Posted On May 1, 2008

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I haven’t written anything since Sunday….four days ago. Too tired to write anything after working all day. Started something two days ago, but didn’t finish it.

I’m yawning now. Gotta figure out what I’m going to eat for dinner. Stop by again.

Today’s The Big Day

Posted On April 27, 2008

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I’m going to cut the grass. Unless it rains before I get dressed. First time this season. So that means drag out the old lawnmower, see if I have any gas, see if it will start without too much cursing.

The grass is sufficiently high now….. the neighbors have had plenty of time to talk about it.  That’s what’s great about the suburbs.  They are wondering if I’m ever going to cut the grass…I’m wondering why that door across the street is now green. Seems to be a bit bright for the house. Are they selling it? Or is someone FINALLY moving in? Maybe while I’m outside, I’ll find out.

It’s cool enough outside I won’t pass out from the heat…that will be next week.

Can’t wait to get out there!!!

Playing The Gas Tank Lottery

Posted On April 24, 2008

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On the way to work I pass several gas stations. When I’m getting close to needing gas, I try to guess which one is going to be cheapest. It varies. Most of the time, I wait too long and the price goes up, or I don’t buy from the cheapest one and I am forced to buy from the higher one as I’m now running on empty.

I noticed gas often goes up on Wednesday. The gas station by my house was cheapest yesterday, but I was too tired to stop. So I bought the same price gas this morning at the same station…..and for once… I beat the increase. It was 16 cents higher by the end of the day. Even though I only needed about 5 gallons to fill up, so the total savings was less than dollar….it was like winning a round for a change.

The Old Girl Did It!!!!

You go girl! Reporters and political “experts” keep asking Hillary when she’s going to drop out. Why the heck should she???? Look at Pennsylvania.

Asking her to drop out before the convention is the same as declaring a winner on election day as soon as the polls close on the East Coast. What about the rest of the voters? Don’t they count?

I don’t care if Hillary Clinton loses the rest of the presidential primaries…she should hang in there until the convention. No regrets.

What do you tell your kids when their baseball team keeps losing? Or when they struggle with math? Or when your homely daughter or geeky son is having trouble socially?

You tell them:

Hang in there!

Go for it!

Don’t listen to what everybody else says!

Do what you want to do. Be your own person.

You can be anybody you want to be.

Give it a try.

Don’t lose sight of your goals.

Hillary has wanted this for a long time. This is her big chance. Keep the faith. You won in Pennsylvania!!!

 

Little Cult On The Prairie

Sometimes two centuries collide. Twenty-first century laws and technology are clashing with a religious sect in Eldorado, Texas where the women wear 19th century style dresses.

Texas government officials are investigating allegations of sexual abuse of the female children at the Yearn for Zion Ranch. They are looking for evidence that young girls are forced to marry men who practice polygamy in the name of faith.

The mothers have been appearing on the news wearing solid colored, long prairie-style dresses. They grow their hair long, then artfully pin it up on their head. In television interviews, the women sound like zombies trained to keep the group’s secrets. Now the zombie men are coming out to meet the cameras, and they are just as evasive, talking in circles when asked if young child brides are marrying grown men. (Bring ’em young, so to speak.)

This religious sect is described as an offshoot of the Mormon church.

Joseph Smith created the Church of Jesus Christ Later-Day Saints from a book he wrote based on what he said were a couple of encounters with some visions in the woods and a couple of gold tablets he found. Smith’s book re-located the Garden of Eden to Missouri, wove in some other Biblical references, and anointed the Native American Indians as God’s chosen people….ie, he said they were descendants of some Israelites who had moved to America in 600 B.C.

Along the way, Smith added “group marriage” to his religious teachings….group as in many wives for one man. Another church prophet, Brigham Young, reportedly resisted the idea of polygamy at first, but came to embrace it….and his 20 wives.

Some people didn’t like Smith and his new religion. In 1844, he was murdered. In 1847 Young and his followers moved west to get away from some unfriendly neighbors they met in a couple of towns in Ohio, Illinois, and Missouri. Young settled in Utah and others ended up California. The more conservative members of Young’s group of Mormons stayed in the Midwest.

With his practice of polygamy, I guess this makes Brigham Young and the Mormons early West Coast liberals. Young was eventually the governor of the Utah territory.

So you see, the Texas group and the Mormon church in its various versions are distant cousins. A “cult once-removed” so to speak.

There are a few differences between Smith and Young and today’s news-making polygamist leader of the Texas sect, Warren Jeffs. Smith and Young didn’t have income tax laws to take advantage of and their children didn’t collect government aid, as has been alleged with regards to Jeffs. Jeffs is currently in jail as an accomplice to rape for forcing an underage girl to marry.

Here’s what I would like to know. Why does everybody – including the kids — in this group need a cell phone? The girls are running around in outdated garb on a guarded compound, living what looks like a communal life, where the kids are safe from drugs and bad people are supposedly locked out….. yet each kid apparently has a cell phone. What ring tone do you think they download? Home on the Range? Buffalo Gals (Won’t you come out tonight?)

Here’s another observation. Texas officials are running DNA tests on 400 or so kids to determine who their fathers are. A pretty major undertaking. One of the ladies being interviewed explained there is confusion with the kids many last names because some of the women “went with one man to another.” Interesting. Apparently “divorce,” or at least changing spouses/partners is also a part of this group’s behavior.

It’s ironic that we hear of cases of rapes going unsolved because law enforcement officials don’t always have enough funds to test crime samples for DNA evidence. We also hear stories of innocent men and women being released from jail after several years when a DNA test is finally administered after much wrangling in the courts and with the help of persistent attorneys.

I do think these kids should be tested. I also hope if the women are collecting government assistance, that the state of Texas applies its child support laws to the fathers of these children and seizes their assets to pay for their support and counseling.

Earthquake!!! In the Midwest

This morning’s early morning earthquake woke me up. It sounded like really heavy, weird hail running up and down my gutters.  The windows were rattling as it shook me out of deep sleep. I thought, “What the heck is that?” I didn’t think about it being an earthquake….it didn’t register “earthquake” on my sleepy brain.

I fell back asleep.

When I woke up again two hours later, I was feeling really groggy, but forced myself to switch on the TV.

Earthquake!!!!!!!! 5.2 . ….So that’s what that was…..in the Illinois Basin-Ozark Dome region.

Will there be aftershocks? I hope I am awake.

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