Friday, September 12, 2014

The Cuckoo's Nest: Our Newest Resident



This isn't an actual picture of the cat who has adopted us, but it's close enough to her that I decided to include it to give you some idea of our little charmer.

She showed up about a week ago, skinny and noisy but very friendly.  I'm not sure if she has a home in the neighborhood or was just dumped in the area, but it was clear she hadn't eaten in a while, so the residents of the Cuckoo's Nest have adopted her and we've begun feeding and petting her.  She's been a regular part of our lives since then.

She doesn't come inside, but hangs out near the front door of the facility, often sleeping on one of the chairs placed in the area for those of us who smoke (one of the two designated areas).  She greets me every morning at 6 AM when I come out for my first cigarette and cup of hot tea and waits expectantly for her breakfast.  I put down a bowl of dry food, which she samples, and then she hops on my lap for a few pets while she waits for the squirrels to make their appearance.

She's great at stalking the squirrels and birds, but not so great at actually catching them (thankfully).  They let her get just so close, and then scamper up the tree or fly off.  Kitty hasn't yet learned the art of tree climbing, but she soon will, I guess.

For those of us who miss our pets (pretty much all of us), she is a god-send.  I know I've fallen under her spell, and judging by the little bowls of various kinds of food left in "her" spot, she's worked her magic on all of us.

She reminds me of that old hymn:

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.
 
 
And she brings a lot of cheer to us old farts.

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Sunday, September 07, 2014

Sunday Funnies

Cartoon by Matt Wuerker and published 9/4/14 at Daily Kos.  Click on image to enlarge.

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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Been Down So Long ...

(Cartoon by Yaakov Kirschen and published 9/2/14 on his blog.  Click on image to enlarge.)
I've decided to ease up on my compulsive devouring of the news.  All it does is depress me.  Here we have this perfectly fine planet, one we ought to be taking better care of and one we should be sharing with other humans and all the other creatures on board, yet the only thing humanity appears to be interested in doing is blowing things up or blowing them away.

The Middle East.
Sub-Saharan Africa.
Germany.
Iraq.
Missouri (for cryin' out loud!)

One of the things I've learned over the past year or so is that life is precious -- all life.  Apparently I'm in the minority.

I think I'll curl up with my sleeping assistants and pull the covers over our heads.

ENOUGH, ALREADY!!!!

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday Funnies

(Cartoon by Lee Judge, published 8/29/14 in the Kansas City Star and featured at McClatchy DC.  Click on image to enlarge)

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Cuckoo's Nest/Bonus Critter Blogging + A Request

(Photo by me! of my "Sleeping Assistants:" Dumbo, BaoWao the Panda, Winnie the Pooh, and Spot the Snow Leopard.  Click on image to enlarge.)

Because today both my internet connection and brain-hand connection are working at the same time, I thought I'd post a little on my life here at the Cuckoo's Nest.  As many of you know, I am now living in an assisted-living facility, placed here by my doctor and my hospice organization.  When a friend finally located me, she asked if there was anything I needed.  I told her I needed a kid's stuffed animal to cuddle with at night.  Within a short period of time, I had three, and the fourth one (Dumbo) was a recent birthday gift.  All four are this week's "Bonus Critter Blogging" subjects.

I tell folks that I need all of them to keep my bad arm elevated due to a shoulder fracture I sustained a couple of years ago, and that's partially true, but I really do sleep better with all three hugging me at night.  I guess I really have turned into a dotty old broad.

Now, for that request mentioned in the heading.  One of my friends here --a woman with whom I've developed a close bond, collects post cards.  I'd really appreciate it if you would send one from your home area to me.  It doesn't have to be anything fancy ... just something that your area is known for, such as the beach, or a special building, or a park.

Just mail it to me at this address:

Diane Trzcinski
5600 Gracewood Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91007

That's the OFFICIAL US Post Office address, and cuts as much as 4 days off delivery, something I didn't know until recently.

Well, that's it for today.  Maybe I'll get lucky and actually post a Sunday Funny tomorrow ...

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Bonus Critter Blogging: Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

(Photo by George Grall and published in National Geographic.  Click on link to learn about this critter's sweet tooth.  Click on image to enlarge.)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tanks For The Shame

(Cartoon by Jack Ohman published 8/19/14 in the Sacramento Bee and featured at McClatchy DC.)

(Cartoon by Kevin Siers published 8/15/14 in the Charlotte Observer and featured at McClatchy DC.)

I've slipped back into that bad habit of watching the news on television and reading the news on line.  Unfortunately, the news has been more than a little distressing.  The big stories right now are the crazy Islamic terrorists who are into beheading folks who aren't sufficiently Islamic for them and (closer to home) the news out of Ferguson, Missouri of a police shooting of a young black man who turned out to be unarmed.  It was another case of "Walking While Black."

The latter story really depressed me.  Here we are in the 21st Century and this nation just can't get past its racism.  What makes it even worse is that the police are armed to the teeth with military grade weapons.  The excuse is that the "bad guys" have them, so the police should too.  Or something.  The victim in Missouri was shot six times by the automatic weapon the officer was carrying.

Why do police departments have to have tanks, or armed drones, or even the kind of automatic weapons that can fire off six rounds in quick succession.  Wouldn't one shot by a trained officer be enough to bring "the bad guy" down?  Are our police lousy marksmen?  What?

Wouldn't wearing protective body armor be a better choice if a military arsenal is involved?

I know: too many questions from a loony old broad.  It's just that I'd hoped to see some good kind of changes before I died.  I guess I'm asking for too much.

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