Friday, April 30, 2010


First came the drill, then came the spill and now for the ecosystem in the Gulf of Mexico it’s the kill. This is such a horridly sad situation we are seeing in the Gulf and even sadder now as we find out had BP been required by the US to use the same equipment that is required in other country’s offshore drilling this may well have been prevented.

Today we are hearing that this could exceed the deadly Valdez spill. Tell me again why we shouldn’t be investing every cent we have into solar and wind energy.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Suicide watch for Republicans?

After the bill was passed in Arizona last week and then yesterday the Republicans voted against the financial reform bill, you have to wonder if the Republican party has become suicidal. Have they learned from the Democratic party how to pull defeat from the jaws of victory? Looks like it to me.

Monday, April 26, 2010


This the writing of a person who had three hours of sleep last night. About two in the morning a big and noisy thunderstorm came rumbling through our area and brought all its thunderstorm buddies with it. With the constant thunder and the weather alert radio going off about every fifteen minutes, the only ones here who could sleep through all that were Martini and Fred the Cat. They were out like a light and this morning they were full of friskiness. Mr. Pop and I look like hell and feel like it too.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

My Earth Day

My Earth Day began at sunup this morning. I went out in my backyard and saw that one of my tomatoes was beginning to show color and the bean plants had tiny little beans growing on them. How’s that for a nice beginning?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Frustration computer style

My computer has been in the shop for a week, again. I must have a target on my machine because I am being hit by a virus just about every four months starting last year. I have two security systems. I do not open most of my emails and never follow a link in an email or open an attachment. The only way it seems I can be completely safe is to never turn on the computer and I’m never going to do that.

Funny though, I sure get a lot done around here when the computer is not on the scene. Maybe the virus makers are doing me a personal favor if not a financial favor.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Martini’s Silent Suffering

During the last years of Murphy’s life I found an outstanding groomer for him. This groomer was a retired dog show groomer who just wanted to do grooming on a small scale. He was so good and so gentle with my little aging dog. He was wonderful. Not long before Murphy’s death this groomer moved to Georgia, much to my disappointment.

When I got Martini I relied on another groomer who I knew and trusted to take care of Martini’s needs. Two weeks ago when we picked up Martini from this groomer he looked strange as she had trimmed the fur on one of his ears to a point and the other ear was blunt on the top. Up until that time she had done a so-so job and this mess put me over the edge.

Last Wednesday I called my vet and asked if they could recommend a good groomer. To my relief and happiness they told me Murphy’s groomer had moved back in town and was grooming near by. I called him and made an appointment for this past Saturday to see if he could make Martini’s ears at least match.

We took Martini to him Saturday and waited as he took Martini to his grooming table to see what he could do. A few minutes later he brought Martini back with his ears looking beautiful. But he was holding something in his hand. It was two wads of long hair. Straightened out, each wad was about four or five inches long. This was hair he had removed from the inside of Martini’s ears. For over a year the previous groomer had not cleaned out the hair from the inside of Martini’s ears. This is something basic a groomer always does.

Needless to say Martini will now be a regular customer of this gentleman and he’ll never see the other groomer again. Imagine having your ears stuffed with tissue paper for a year. I am embarrassed that I did not check to see if she had done a complete grooming job, but sometimes you expect a professional to be professional.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Birthday Bummer

The good news is today is my birthday. The bad news is there is something that needs tweaked in my computer which means it has to go to the shop Monday morning.

Oh well, I’ll just enjoy this box of pecan pralines that arrived today from a candy shop in Savannah, Georgia. Thank you Mr. Pop, this is going to be fun! I’ll take handmade pecan pralines over a birthday cake any day.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Just one of those things

Why is it that I can sleep through fireworks on the 4th of July, a window rattling thunder storm, even the alarm on our weather alert radio, but if my dog coughs just once during the night I am up and on my feet so fast it makes me dizzy?

I guess it is the instinct of a dog mom.

Monday, April 05, 2010

If it's True

If it’s true that you are what you eat, then today I am officially a chocolate bunny.

Friday, April 02, 2010


All of us here in the Pop nest wish you and your Easter Honeys a wonderful Easter weekend. Watch out for those chocolate bunnies, they can be addictive, but in a good way.

Thursday, April 01, 2010


I am deeply and sadly disappointed in the President’s decision to allow offshore exploration for oil off the east coast of the US and even more wells in the Gulf of Mexico. Aside from the environmental impacts, which I have no reason to believe there won’t be, there is also the hurricane factors. If you look at the travel history of hurricanes, almost every one that has hit the US has traveled through the very areas designated for drilling.

I know the President never completely ruled out the possibility of offshore drilling during his campaign, I just never believed that he would completely rule it in.