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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2011 6:44 pm    Post subject: June/July Reply with quote

Hard to imagine that in 7 days it will be the end of July! I'll say it once more 'How time flies'
How about some of you other members (who keep popping in)posting and telling Gil (and me) what you have been doing those past two months Think Pray Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 4:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I was about 6 or 7 years old I was complaining to my 90+ year old neighbor about how slow the school year was going and how long it was taking for Summer to get here. He told me "that the older you get the faster times goes by". Truer words were never spoken!!!

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Same here! That's so true!
It never was summer during school years, and now.. summer is almost gone. Confused
Since now, it has been a good summer only for people who, like me, are still in town because of our job, but it has been a very bad summer for tourists. The whole month of July has been cloudy, chilly and rainy. We're having thunderstorms every night (BTW, a thunderstorm is starting just now). It's not that bad for me, but it's the worse season ever for a tourist region like mine.

What I have been doing during those past two months??? Worked, looked for a house, worked, looked for a house, worked.... Confused
I've also given up playing Mafia Wars game on Facebook... Eh? Anxious

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I've also given up playing Mafia Wars game on Facebook...


Think Think Re the quote -- does this me you're going to do it for real now? Think Guess if you did it would be one sure way to finding a new house Dancing Dancing super LOL

The weather has been very changeable here too and we've had a few thunderstorms as well, yet where my daughter is in France they have been having very warm weather and its only now she said its a bit cooler but they have been wanting rain, the natural well they have which gives them water for watering the gardens etc has even dried up which is very unusual.

Gil that is a true saying. So my next birthday instead of being 73 I'm going to make myself reverse the numbers and think I'm 37 again I'll let you know if it slows time down Dancing

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good idea about reversing your age, but it won't help me as I'm 66. Simy, sorry that you have had wet Summer. That is strange as I remember reading about Africa type heat from Rome South. Where I live we just got over a real bad heat wave and could really use some rain.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

66!! That's a shame Gil I guess you'll need to wait until you hit 70 before you can try reversing the numbers Very Happy Applause Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Emmy wrote:
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Think Think Re the quote -- does this me you're going to do it for real now? Think Guess if you did it would be one sure way to finding a new house Dancing Dancing super LOL

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Simy, sorry that you have had wet Summer. That is strange as I remember reading about Africa type heat from Rome South. Where I live we just got over a real bad heat wave and could really use some rain.

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But my region in up to North... far from Rome... Dancing
I'd be glad to send some rain over there! yes

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Simy, thanks for the rain we had one heck of a cloudburst around 5pm (17:00) Tuesday afternoon!

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2011 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We were in the same heat wave as you, Gil - hard to keep Mom and the cats cool. Luckily the air conditioners were working in the front room and in my mother's room, but my room needed the box fan and later I took the window fan out and put it next to the bed.

Very little rain - actually saw a cell move into the southern part of the county, dissipate and then reform in the next county (Onondaga). Even the rain we got only lasted 15 minutes. Our basement de-humidifier has been supplying garden water lately.

Tried everything with the cats - putting water on their brushes (is this a good idea or does it harm them?) - put an ice pack in a bag and placed it next to Snip - she has a cold or something: mucus in one nostril (I wash it off) and she only wants the sauce, from a spoon until tonight). It's cool out

at night, so I put the blankets on them. Should bring Snip to the vet, always difficult to do.

The power connector broke again and I didn't resolder it for 2 and a half weeks. Result was 206 messages on Yahoo and 58 on Juno - many from Find-A-Grave and I don't have a digital camera.

Haven't been able to get to Amici lately, but will do so more soon, now that it is tolerable, weather wise. Lots of reading, esp. about relatives during WWII.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2011 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dave, Glad to hear from you. I have to get some work done and then off to bed. Will write more soon.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great to hear from you again Dave. Weather has been very chaneable here but the forecast is good for the next few days Pray Very Happy
Guess I'm burning the midnight oil tonight so like you Gil I guess it's off to bed for me too
Hope you all keep well
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 1:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi - --

Actually rained a bit today, but then ti became humid again. Forgot to say last time that the temperature downtown was 101 (38.33C) and the heat index was up to 114F (45.55C) - though our thermometer on the porch was around 98 in the shade.

Got some books from the library about cat health - Snip is better, Slug might need some hairball treatment.

The live trap is out because a (possibly) woodchuck is digging in our neighbor's yard where I filled in a hole. They just dig around rocks or bricks.

There were some deer in their yard and Jeannette said there were two fawns frolicking back farther. Also two opossums out back one night - one probably the mother who came towards me as I crouched down talking to them; she then moved after the other one down the hill, satisfied that I was no threat. They were probably after the mulberries, which I then realized were all over my slippers.

More books about what our relatives were doing during the war - this time in Sicily and Italy - one uncle was on a destroyer in the Med, then off to the Pacific where my birth father and foster father were. A friend's father was a door gunner on a B24 and his diary is on line. Wonderful surname: Fantasia; my Dad called him Stretch perhaps because he was tall - originally Emilio, like my Grandfather. That was the 93rd Bomb Group in Hardwick. Got a book titled "Round the Clock" about the RAF and 8th Air Force...lots of photos and stories, plus the nose art. I have to show it to my friend next time she works at the library.

Humid up here in my room, so off I go downstairs to sit with the cats. Slug is the only cat I know that can eat laying down, also drinking sometimes. Snip has something about pawing the water before she drinks, checking each water bowl and the bird bath for the best flavor, I guess.

Quite a few fireflies/lightning bugs, maybe 50 blinking about. Not as many as when I was young - hundreds - and my mother's youth, in the thousands. I think of Emmy and wish she could see this wonderful sight - as well anyone else who hasn't ever seen them.

See you later,

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dave it sounds you live in an animal paradise.
I love all those things too but we dont have opossums here I'll need to look up google and see what they look like. One thing for sure is animals do know very quickly if you are a friend or foe. I often think they have more sense than lots of human beings Very Happy
I guess 'bird flavoured water ' would seem like champange to Slug Dancing Dancing
I did see 'fireflies/lightning bugs' - glow worms at my daughter's place when I was in France. It was facinating because at night there are no street lighting there only the lights in the gites/house so when you go out at night you can see things that I wouldnt see here at home and over there the stars look wonderful too. Just wished I didnt have to travel by 'plane to get there. It would be just fantastic if I could get there as quickly as I get to my other children's homes (1/2 hours drive).
So far my two wee dogs are doing not too badly just now and they are on a strict diet! Same food but vet said to give them 1/2 of what they normally get, like me , they need to lose weight and I think its helping Bengy- at least he's still with me and it didn't look like that 2 months ago. So fingers crossed we'll all be a little slimmer in a few months time Dancing Dancing
Give your mum my love and tell her I still remember her in my prayers.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 4:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Emmy,

It can be woody wonderland, but some of the denizens can be dangerous to the cats, which is what I most worry about. Even from an diseases they might carry.

Most people do not like the looks of the opossums - rat tail and a long toothy jaw - but they are just trying to survive and are not a threat...mostly to deter attacks. Thirty-two teeth in each jaw, by the way. The cats just ignore them. Even the raccoon (if it is younger and small) just walks past Slug, and he goes back to looking over the yard.

It is Snip who has the strange water obsession. At the bird bath, she stares at the water and paws away, getting right in the water. I think she is looking for any larvae that might be harmful. You should see her at the bucket of rain water - stretched out with front legs up to her armpits, pawing away, then drinking from the far side.

Glad that your pups are feeling well. They and you have been through quite a bit. It's hard not to feed them when they look at you with big eyes. It's better that they lose weight though - Slug, I'm looking at you, bub.

Did you say that there were flying lightning bugs in France, or the glowworms only? That is the way it is in Californis, but I never say any glowworms. The female fireflies stay in the bushes and lawns, signaling to the males flying above - and they go up pretty high. They're gone now, but the cicadas are singing now. One empty shell was on one of my new flowers...no harm done.

There was a problem with Japanese Beetles this year, but not as bad as last year. It

Today our neighbor called to say that there was a red fox walking along her back yard. That is not good - though they usually want voles and not cats. I read that sometimes they can climb trees too. So, the live trap went up, on my neighbor's picnic table bench (to deter any skunks), held down by a bungee cord. Perhaps the burrow digging was not by a woodchuck. Another thing to worry about. The woods are right behind the house and they go down to the river where all these critters come from. We are on the second street from the city line.

Going to check on the cats again. Slug is off somewhere. They both have been across the street staring a the rotted tree trunk in our neighbors' fence. And Slug saw something coming down the sidewalk last night and went to challenge it. I got the flashlight but it was already gone. Last time it was the young raccoon coming from across the street. It went up the tree out front and I couldn't see where.

Oh well, another night of wonder.

Take care,

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did look up the opossum on google and it looks as though it could be quite vicious with all those teeth! but it also looks so cute when you see all those young ones hanging onto the mother's back.
We dont have raccoons here either.
Foxes we do have though and quite a few of them do get killed on the road but I've always thohgt they LOOK such lovely creatures and it's a shame to kill them although I guess if you have hens and they come and raid the henhouse you may feel different?! Think
but I definately do not approve of foxhunting I think that sport was cruel but that's just my opinion.
Thinking back I've looked after so many hurt/ill animals I feel they all have a right to live as nature meant them to live although there are some creatures I do stay clear of---ants for one they give me the creeps! :grin and yet they are facinating how they protect their eggs if they are disturbed guess there are millions of other life forms on this earth that we know nothing about all living in their own little world
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