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March 2009 - Posts

  • Ability 1st

    We had some visitors from Ability 1st today at Rocket Daddy. They were: Sarah, Phillip, Eric, Allan Michael, Derek, Emily, and Cat, Kira.

    Posted Mar 31 2009, 07:34 PM by Blogette with no comments
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  • A Musical Day

    My husband has recently joined a band called "J-Fred Band". They played two different gigs on Sunday resulting in an 8-hour day filled with music. The songs were a variety of oldies rock, blue grass, and country. The "J" in the "J-Fred Band" is for Jimbo, the rhythm guitar player. The "Fred" is for Fred, the lead guitarist and fiddler. I guess people around town don't know how the name of the band was picked, because most people in town have started calling Fred by the name J-Fred.

    I shot some video of the band playing. It was difficult finding a small section of the video where I didn't have people dancing and getting in between the camera and the stage.

    Posted Mar 30 2009, 03:52 PM by Blogette with no comments
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  • A Better Launch

    On Sunday my husband and I took the little boat (Isis-1) for a short cruise on the bay. We decided to try the launch ramp located near the lighthouse. Usually we launch at the confluence of the St. Marks and Wakulla rivers but we chose to change location to see how the ramp worked compared to our usual routine. The first thing that we noticed was that there is no dock along side so, when you put in the boat, you had better be prepared to start your motor and move on down the canal. The second thing that we noticed was that the ramp is not as steeply angled as we are used to. This means that we had to back the trailer into the water much further until the boat floated off. Normally we just back the trailer down until the axles are touching the water so that the boat becomes easier to launch. The third thing that we were aware of was that there was no crowd waiting to use the ramp. It is so annoying when we have to get in line behind several others who are waiting to launch their boats; sometimes the wait can be more than a half hour, though it feels like two-and-a-half hours. But here it was relatively simple and easy to launch compared to the other ramp at the river.

    I would say that it is better to launch at this new location than to launch where we usually do. We start in the water only about a quarter mile from the lighthouse (our usual destination) instead of the five miles by water from the other ramp. Of course we have to drive to the ramp (fifteen miles compared to 8/10ths of a mile from the house) and this sort of balances out the two ramps for convenience. But we would rather drive a little more and not have a crowd at the ramp than the other way around.

    Posted Mar 25 2009, 09:12 PM by Blogette with no comments
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  • Finally, A New Floor

    Ever since we moved into this new house I have wanted to get rid of the carpet that probably was the original rug put down when the house was built back in 2001. It was stained in many areas and constant cleaning just could not get it to look right. I tried all the traditional methods, including steam cleaning, but everything failed. This past Monday was the grand day when the carpet installers came to put down the new carpet.

    Ever since last week I have been anticipating seeing a brand new floor. My husband and I talked about how we could help prepare the house so that the workmen would have an easier time of doing their job. My husband decided that it would be best to start on Sunday afternoon to move as much of the furniture and other stuff so that we would not be trying to do it while the workmen were here. I wanted to wait until Sunday night so that our day would not be disrupted. He started late Sunday morning moving things outside to the shed. Of course there is only so much room in the shed, but every little space helps. By late in the evening we had pretty much moved most of the contents of the house to other areas.

    The workmen showed up at about nine thirty on Monday morning and they got right to work. They were very pleased to find that we had moved all the furniture. Usually, they have to move the furniture and it takes longer to do the job. We were hoping that they could get the whole house done within one day. We stood by for the entire day to assist where we could; my husband even pulled up some of the old carpet and then took some of the doors off the hinges so that the workmen could lay carpet faster. The men were finished by about five in the afternoon and now I have a great looking, new floor. I highly recommend these great workers!

    Posted Mar 25 2009, 08:50 PM by Blogette with no comments
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  • No More Weatherline Forecast

    Every morning, as part of my daily routine, I call the weatherline forecast service to find out what the weather will be for the coming day. I need to know what clothes to wear. Is it going to be cold or sunny or windy or rainy? I think I have called the time & temperature & weather forecast phone number every day of my life. Well, at least since I started dressing myself and was tall enough to reach the phone that hung on the kitchen wall. I was devastated when I called yesterday morning and heard their recording saying that the Weatherline Forecast Service was going to be discontinued on Tuesday, March 31. This is for the one in Tallahassee, Florida. The recording lately has been seeking businesses that want to advertise on the weatherline (they get over 75,000 calls each month), even offering a "recession fighting package". I guess no one had been interested, because now they are going to shut it down.

    Posted Mar 19 2009, 04:13 PM by Blogette with 3 comment(s)
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  • Carpet Buying

    Ever since I bought the house that we live in, I have wanted to get rid of the carpet. It is a light colored (sort of a cream color) medium thick pile rug that seems to show every stain and blemish. It probably was the original carpet in the house. The people who owned the house before me had all kinds of spills that I can't seem to remove, no matter what shampoos I have tried. But all that is over now.

    Yesterday we went to a carpet outlet and selected a carpet that will hopefully last forever, will never stain, will be easy to keep clean, and it will look great. The color is a medium brown that, we hope, will not show any dirt or dog fur between cleanings. Also, the darker color will help pull the room together better than the cream colored carpet that we started with two years ago. Also, the vinyl flooring in the kitchen is looking kind of ragged and I am going to have the new carpet cover the kitchen floor as well. This will help keep us (and the dogs) from slipping on the floor, especially when it is wet.

    When the dogs go out into the backyard they get covered in lots of dirt from the lawn and they bring it all in on their paws and coats. Then they lie around the house and use the rug to scratch their coats. Of course this action deposits much dirt, water, and fur wherever they come in contact with rug or furniture. There is just no way to keep the carpet clean looking all the time, even though my husband sweeps everyday and we vacuum frequently.

    Posted Mar 15 2009, 07:35 PM by Blogette with 2 comment(s)
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  • Free BBQ

    On Saturday we took a bike ride around the neighborhood and then we stopped for lunch at one of the local restaurants. Afterward, as is our habit, we rode down to the dock to watch the boats going on their day's journey. As we passed another of the local eating places, my husband noticed that there was a band setting up to play in the afternoon, about two o'clock. Since they were not set up yet we did not stop, but continued on to watch the boats on this bright, sunny afternoon. My husband said that he wanted to ride back to hear the band play; he is always interested in listening to music. This we did after a short time at the water's edge. As we rode up to the restaurant we saw that the band was indeed playing their first set. There were three musicians. We recognized two of the players as people we had seen before. We listened to the music and when the band finished their first song they spoke among themselves about needing a drummer. The leader turned to my husband and said, "He's a drummer". With interest, all three players asked my husband if he would like to play drums with them for the afternoon. It took us ten minutes to ride home, pack the drums, and to drive back to the restaurant. No one in the band had ever heard my husband play before.

    At the start of the next set the band was now a four-piece group instead of a three-piece group. My husband had never heard most of the songs that the band played, including a lot of bluegrass music. When the set was over the musicians said that they wanted my husband for their drummer since he had played every song perfectly and he had made the band sound better. The band was working for nothing but the owner provided all the food and drink that the musicians (and their wives) wanted. My husband said later that he might put a sign on the bass drum saying: "Will play for food".

    Posted Mar 14 2009, 07:36 PM by Blogette with 3 comment(s)
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  • Whooping Crane Update

    Almost two months ago, I blogged about Operation Migration leading young whooping cranes to the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge to their new winter home. (My original post is here, my picture gallery is here.) My husband and I were at the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge yesterday and we noticed a man arrive in a van with "OperationMigration.org" on the side of it. He went kayaking in the bay. When he returned to his vehicle, we asked him about the status of the whooping cranes. He said they were still in the refuge and doing well. The whooping cranes, or "whoopers" as he called them, would probably head back to their summer home in Wisconsin sometime next month. He and another man were spending the winter in the refuge watching over the cranes. They have about 3 acres fenced in to keep predators, such as bobcats, out, but it has an open top. Inside of the pen, they have a completely enclosed area. Every night they try to get the whooping cranes to come back inside. During the day they are free to go on short flights around the refuge. Since these birds are being introduced back into the wild, the humans that are taking care of them dress in white sheets with sleeves and a white hood (so they aren't visible as human) and they never speak around the birds. They have a recording of parent whooping cranes calling to their young. If the young whooping cranes don't come back to the pen on their own in the evening, they play the whooping crane call over a loudspeaker. Most of the time the birds come back on their own. However, he said that they have two birds that like to land outside of the pen. If the two birds can't be enticed back inside, either with food or with the calling of the other young birds, then the humans have to spend the night out in the marsh watching over the birds.

    Posted Mar 13 2009, 11:54 AM by Blogette with 1 comment(s)
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  • Ships in the Night

    I came across this funny story and thought I'd share it:

    This is supposed to be the transcript of an actual radio conversation between a US naval ship and Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October 1995. The Radio conversation was released by the Chief of Naval Operations on Oct. 10, 1995.

    - Please change your direction 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision.

    - Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to South to avoid a collision.

    - This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.

    - No. I say again, you divert YOUR course.

    - THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER ENTERPRISE, WE ARE A LARGE WARSHIP OF THE US NAVY. DIVERT YOUR COURSE NOW!

    - This is a lighthouse. Your call. 
    Posted Mar 06 2009, 04:03 PM by Blogette with no comments
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  • Where's George

    Several weeks ago I received a one dollar bill that had "Track this bill at www.WheresGeorge.com. I had heard about this website although I had never visited it before. The Where's George website allows you to enter the serial number of the bill and the zipcode where you received it and it records where that the bill was there. You can also look back at its history to see all of the other places it had been. I thought it might be interesting to see the history so I kept the bill instead of spending it. In fact, I had gone to several stores over the past few weeks and each time I saw it in my wallet, it would be a reminder that I needed to go to the website and add this bill. I finally got around to entering the bill on the website and, to my disappointment, I discovered only one other entry for this bill that was entered over a year ago. That wasn't very interesting. I will be spending this bill today and sending it on its journey.
    Posted Mar 04 2009, 09:55 AM by Blogette with 1 comment(s)
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  • Will UPS transport a person's ashes?

    I had to go to the UPS office the other day to pick up a package. I arrived slightly before they opened so I stood near the door and several people lined up behind me. Right on time the office opened and we were ushered in. I was first in line and was promptly taken care of. As I was putting my ID away, the clerk spoke to a man several people back in the line and said, "I have your package ready." The man stepped up to the front of the line and the clerk handed him a package. I happened to notice a big dark green sticker with write lettering on it that said "FUNERAL". Hmm, I wondered, what was in it? Obviously the man has received many packages like that for the clerk to recognize him and get his package ready ahead of other people in line. He didn't even need to show the postcard that stated when and where his package could be picked up. The box looked about the right size to hold a person's ashes.
    Posted Mar 03 2009, 02:54 PM by Blogette with 1 comment(s)
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  • Finally getting our cat spayed

    Last year our cat gave birth to three litters for a total of 23 kittens. We decided it was time to have her spayed. We were very reluctant to do this. The mom cat loves having babies and takes excellent care of them. We also enjoy watching the litters grow up. The problem lies in finding homes for all of these kittens. If the cat had normal size litters (average is 3 - 5 kittens), we probably wouldn't spay her. However, she has two to three times the normal litter size and it is just getting too difficult finding homes for everyone.

    The veterinary office brought a new process to our attention. They will put a tattoo on the cat right near the incision for the spaying. We had a choice of the standard female symbol O+ (a circle with a plus under it) or a heart with a plus under it. I had never heard of this so I did a little research.

    Found on http://www.vet.cornell.edu/maddiesfund/spayNeuter/

    Evidence of an abdominal incision from previous spay surgery may be lacking, particularly if the animal was spayed at a very young age or if a flank approach was used (a common practice in cats in European countries). In many instances, cats and dogs undergo unnecessary anesthesia and surgery, only to reveal that previous surgery has been performed. This translates into unnecessary trauma for pets, expense for shelters/owners, and frustration for practitioners. For these reasons, we strongly recommend the use of tattoo ink to permanently identify spayed cats and dogs. This is a simple, safe, quick and extremely inexpensive technique!

    I'm not sure when this practice became routine. It seems like a really good idea to me.

    Posted Mar 03 2009, 02:26 PM by Blogette with 1 comment(s)
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