Friday, July 30, 2010
One of my daughters asked me if there was anything from my childhood that I regret. Without hesitation I answered yes.
Of course they wanted to know what it was. So I told them. Afterwards they looked at me and couldn't believe I did what I did. They brought to my attention that I had taught them to accept people for who they are, not to pass judgement and most of all to be nice.
Then they looked at me and said they understood why I taught them what I had. But for me to understand and to teach my kids, I had to hurt someone feelings.
So here is my confession of a childhood regret.
It was the fourth grade. There was a girl, ( her name Elizabeth) and who was very heavy. Lived in the poorest house in town. She had no friends at the school. Her house was filled with family and relatives. And she had, well, really bad body odor all the time.
Well, one day a bunch of friends and I walked over to the play area where the playground equipment was. Elizabeth was sitting by herself on one of the pieces of equipment. When she saw us walking towards the area she got down and walked away. One of my friends made some comment about her having body odor and you could always tell she had been somewhere by the smell she left behind. So, being thesmartass I was, I walked over to the piece of equipment she was on and smelled it ( no, not exactly where she was sitting on it), then made a very loud comment to my friends that yes, the stink was still there.
Elizabeth heard me. She turned around and our eyes met. I can still see the hurt in her eyes. I wanted to walk over and apologize, but I didn't. Instead I chose to 'save face' and walked back to my friends who kept saying that they couldn't believe I did that. Here it was, they talked trash about Elizabeth behind her back all the time but never wanted her to hear it. And me, being a dumb ass, said it loud and clear.
It bothered me a lot and there were days I went out of my way and walked past her house so I could apologize. I couldn't do the right thing and apologize at school. No, that wouldn't be 'cool' ( sentence said in a very sarcastic tone). I never did see Elizabeth outside her house. And I never did the right thing and for hurting her feelings. In time her family and her moved away.
Even after all these years, and take my word for it, it has been a long time. I still regret not apologizing to Elizabeth. The harm and hurt I caused her.
So, to Elizabeth wherever you are, I am truly, truly sorry for what I said and not doing the right thing and apologize for the hurtful remark. All because I wanted to, "save face with my friends".
Yes, I am still outspoken. But in a much more productive way.
Do you have a childhood regret?
Until next time................
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
So, this means that thousands and thousands of more animals will be killed just for their fur.
Yesterday evening there was a small article about Janet Jackson who will be wearing mink for some designer. If I remember correctly she used to be against the wearing of fur. And now here it is she is promoting wearing it!
Back in the Golden Age of Hollywood fur was accepted. Mainly due to the fact that not many people knew exactly how the fur was obtained. They didn't care or chose not to want to know. A dark secret. It was luxurious. Made a statement of wealth. Etc...
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Have you ever reached the point where you are just plain and simple tired? Both physically and mentally? I've reached that point. It takes me a long time to get here.
Feeding twice a day every day 24/7, scrubbing water troughs daily, trying to keep up with the house work, selling on EBay, dealing with whatever needs to be dealt with at the time, etc..... It's finally taken its toll on me. Yes, I do this by myself.
There are four new stray cats hanging around now. That means four more mouths to feed. Which means more cat food to buy. Then if they can be caught, there will be the expense of spaying/neutering.
AJ's face has started to show signs of allergies to the oak trees. The only time of year this happens is when the trees are preparing for the Fall season. There is something on them that makes poor AJ itch like crazy. And with having over fifty oak trees,keeping her away from them is impossible. Time to get the medicated scrub out and start treating it as well as allergy pills to give to her. And she is miserable.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
This is what I find. One or more cats has decided that using a piece of furniture makes a great cat scratching post. I keep a blanket on the back of the chair and small sofa in the family room to help keep it in nice condition. A lot of good that has done!
It's a good thing I love them all otherwise they would know how it feels to live out of doors!!! Not that I would do that, but the thought did cross my mind briefly. :)
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Just came in from collecting eggs. Same routine, different day. However something happened that has never happened to me before. See Bonnie? Well, her behind shot. Bonnie is insistent on being broody and wanting to hatch eggs. She has been trying to sit on the other hens eggs as well as her own.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
I felt so bad when I realized that here is was, a nice clean container of water with ice cubes in it, for the chickens, but the chickens couldn't drink it because of my stupidity. When I walked into the coop and saw my chickens panting like crazy, I turned the fan on thinking that was the problem and when I turned around one of the chickens was trying to drink out of an empty container! Quickly I unscrewed the cap and as soon as the chickens heard the water coming out they all rushed over to drink.
You can bet I will double check that waterer from now on!!!
And speaking of chickens, Little Inger hatched out two eggs. So now there are two new babies in the coop.
And these two girls are from the first hatched eggs months ago. They are now gifting eggs pretty much on a daily basis. It's at the point now that I am giving away eggs. I know, I could charge something for them, but the way the economy is, well, money is so tight that if it helps someone save a buck or two, then why not.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
After explaining it was safe to get out of the car. That all he wanted was for them to throw his ball. They would get out of their car, E.Z. would drop the ball, stare at it and then them, waiting for them to throw that ball. When they did I warned them that he loved his ball and he would tire them out before he would tire out.
This pic was taken when E.Z. was 14, Jake on the right was almost two and Rosie on the far left was about four months old. E.Z. was such a great teacher to Jake and Rosie. By this time in E.Z.'s life he had been to all three of my kids kindergarten classes as show n tell. He was wonderful around kids. And one of the highlights taking him for show no tell was to educate both students and teachers that Pit Bulls are fantastic family dogs. That it is not the breed that is bad, but sadly owned by bad owners who taught them to be bad.
This is one of the last pictures I took of him. He was close to 15 1/2. He got cancer and it had rapidly spread throughout his body. One morning I took him outside to do his business ( he couldn't go outside by himself anymore due to his hearing was pretty much gone as well as his eyesight). When he peed, it was almost straight blood. The time had come to say goodbye to my best friend. On the way to the vet I stopped off at McDonald's, bought him a cheeseburger and gave it to him. The vet came out to the car and humanely put my buddy to sleep for good.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
My herd and Betsy are getting along great. In fact, Betsy now knows the feeding routine and she waits for me at the gate, then runs alongside the Gator as I drop off piles of hay. Oh, and Betsy has one eye!! As far as I'm concerned she can live here permanently!
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Yesterday evening the two small boys from next door knocked on my door and informed me that their goat was in my pasture. Really?! Since the donkeys and Patti Cake the mini mule are in the back pasture they couldn't go out there alone to get their goat. So, out into the heat to help catch the goat. After about 45 minutes catching her was out of the question. The boys started chasing her all over the pasture throwing a homemade rope at her. Duh, I would run too being chased liked that. I finally told them to put the rope down and walk towards her calmly. Did they listen? No! The older of the boys couldn't understand why the goat didn't want to be caught. Well, by this time I am hot and tired. I looked right at him and told him if him and his brother were nicer to their goat then she wouldn't mind being caught. I then asked him how many times I have yelled at him for being mean to their goat. He didn't answer me. Little turd!
Anyway, enough was enough. I told the boys to leave the goat here overnight and to go home.
Well, my goats weren't too happy about having a stranger in the pasture. Neither were the donkeys or Patti Cake our mini mule. I took these pictures this morning. The brown goat with the horns is the neighbors goat. Her name is Betsy.
Betsy trying to get close to the food.
My girl goats banding together to chase Betsy away.