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Not my usual sort of music

Posted August 17, 2014 By Ruth


But I’ve always appreciated the use of “classical” instruments to produce non-classical music.

H/T to Bayou Renaissance Man

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Color/theme change

Posted August 7, 2014 By Ruth

No, its not your eyes.  I got frustrated with my previous theme.  Or rather the changes that the guy who actually writes it keeps making (which I then have to fix to make it look the way I want).

So I’m playing with a new setup…….

Feedback on colors and setup appreciated!

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If you shop at Market Basket….

Posted August 3, 2014 By Ruth

….Get ready for higher prices and horrid customer service.

Apparently the family decided they weren’t rich enough, and so they fired the CEO who’d produced a successful business with employees who WANTED to stay long term, and his replacement has already made it clear that his goal is to wring as much money out of the company as possible.  I can’t think of a single company I’ve worked for (retail and non-retail) where I’d have voluntarily gone on off the job in order to protest the removal of my CEO.  If it was just a few employees I’d shrug it off, but the articles make it sound like its HUGE portions of the company.  And he was not only encouraging employee loyalty he was doing it while keeping product prices low AND bringing in a profit.  The company has already fired some workers, who are now suing, and the AG is keeping a close eye on things.  

Previously I’d have said that Market Basket was an AWESOME example of how to treat your employees while still having a successful company, but now it looks like its a perfect example of how to run a company into the ground……

There are reports that the fired CEO is attempting to buy out the share owned by his brother, the new CEO, we shall see what happens!

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Punctuation marks I want

Posted July 6, 2014 By Ruth

Go here.  Yup. I could use those….

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Posted June 23, 2014 By Ruth

We’re expanding the fenced in area for the dogs.  Meant to do it last summer and just ran out of time/money/energy.

Yesterday we rented a single man gas powered auger to put in the post holes.  Digging one post hole by hand is fine (and infact we have one left we have to do that with due to its location), digging 10 just isn’t going to happen.  And at $80 for the day I’ll take it.

The auger isn’t that heavy, less than the 50lb bags of concrete anyway.  But the muscle power required to hold it on target was noticable, and it was a two person job to lift it out of each hole.  Husband and I swapped out every other hole, so that the work got spread around.  

Between the auger and moving the 50lb bags of concrete I hurt today.  Upper body’s not TO bad, just enough to let me know I did WORK yesterday.  My legs though, the thighs and knees are sure yelling at me.  Guess that means I was lifting right at least……

But the fence poles are in, the fence itself is going to be 10×6 chain link “kennel panels” which should be pretty easy to actually put in, so it should go pretty quickly now.  Good thing two, I have a pair of dogs who need the extra space to run around in!

Why I find “Smart Homes” scary

Posted June 16, 2014 By Ruth

Found this over at Weekend Pundit.

Nightmare on Connected Home Street.

Yup, can you picture the viruses that would be possible, considering today’s computers loaded into the entire home?  I love the concept of the smart thermostat that can learn your habits and control the temperature appropriately for you.  And I can just picture the havoc that such would cause when it gets hacked…..

Happy Father’s Day Daddy

Posted June 15, 2014 By Ruth



Before someone asks, yes, thats me (age, between 2 and 3yrs of age), no, I’m not still blond, nor is my hair nearly that curly any more…..

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Little guy was still shaky on his legs, but momma was determinedly leading him away from the big barking dog who was protesting the invasion of his yard…..

Catching up

Posted May 22, 2014 By Ruth

Not a whole lot going on here.  I’m out of a job again, having finally quit my job at *major retailer who’s not long for this world if they keep doing what they’re doing*, which I should have done a long time ago, but I kept hoping to find something else first.  But I finally decided that I needed to quit before I lost my temper at the store manager again.  Its easier to find a new job when you’ve QUIT your last job vs having been fired from it.

The garden is mostly doing very well.  I’m not sure that the sunflowers and corn are going to make it, not sure what I did wrong there, but I have some guesses, we’ll see I guess.  Everything else is thriving, though I added some bloodmeal to the dirt under the cucumbers and the sugar snap peas yesterday as they were looking a bit yellowish.  We came within a few degrees of a frost just a couple days ago, but everything seems to have survived the experience.

We almost ended up with another Tibetan Mastiff this month.  There’s a breeder in Oregon who has a special needs litter, and as such is struggling to place them into appropriate homes.  The number of folks who can handle TMs is limited.  The number of folks who can handle TMs AND the potential medical costs and needs and heartbreak is even smaller.  Unfortunately we were unable to arrange suitable transport from OR to upstate NY.  Apparently NO ONE flies direct flights from OR to any of the upstate NY airports.  I found 1 flight direct into JFK, but thats a 5-6hr drive each way depending on traffic.  My parents who’re in MA offered to pick up the pup at the Boston airport and drive her to us, but even there, direct flights were almost non-exsistant, and none met the needed requirements.  At that point I started looking at what it would cost for me to fly out there and pick her up and fly back (that way we could do a layover), but it would have been $950 just for the plane tickets, another $200 to check the puppy as baggage (she’s to big to go as a carryon), plus crating and medical cert costs.  And since I can realistically expect to have to drop at LEAST that much money on vet appointments within the pup’s first month here I just didn’t have that to spare TOO.

On that same note, if you’re up to a Tibetan Mastiff (think bigger fluffier Akita with extra guardian), and up to the potential medical and heartbreak please let me know, I’ll put you in touch with the breeder.

On a happier note, last week while taking the dogs on their property rounds we discovered that the warblers had invaded the pines on the back lines.  There were a TON of little brightly colored birds hopping around in the pines.  They’re such little jumpy little things, I struggled to photograph and ID them, but I managed to catch solid looks at a Yellow Warbler:



A Chestnut Sided Warbler:



And a Magnolia Warbler:



The late migrating Snowy Owl who was hanging around a nearby farm finally moved on, but not before I managed to snatch one last picture:



This year I decided to experiment with putting out orange slices on a platform feeder to see if I could entice in the Orioles, and boy did I ever!

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The above are all Baltimore Orioles, and I’ve been enjoying watching them.  Though I could have done without the one male who kept trying to attack his reflection in the window…..

What really made it all worth while though was this bird:


That, ladies and gentlemen, is a female Orchard Oriole!  Not technically rare here, but often hard to spot, and I’d never seen one before.  She’s been back a few times since, but so far no sign of a male, cross your fingers for me!


Posted May 2, 2014 By Ruth

The lastest theme update broke my pages links, hopefully it’ll be fixed soon….


Temporarily fixed, now to figure out the cause….