Friday, May 30, 2008
As a meteorologist, I'm writing to remind residents of the dangers in leaving their dogs (or young children) in a parked car during days warmer than 80 degrees Fahrenheit. On days of 80 degrees or higher, and especially in direct sunlight, it takes 10 to 15 minutes for the heat in a vehicle to reach 140 degrees and kill an animal (or a child) quickly by heatstroke. Just think of how when you open your car doors after being out in the sun for 15 minutes, you get hit with a blast of hot air. Sunday, May 25, here in Bowie, I heard what turned out to be two crying small Maltese dogs in an SUV, parked in the hot sunshine. It was 85 degrees and sunny. The windows were only about 1 inch open on both sides of the vehicle. This is very dangerous to the animals. If they were half opened, it would have been better, but the heat was tremendous and they should have been left at home. Fortunately, I located the woman whose SUV it was in a nearby store (I had an employee announce it). When I spoke to the woman, she gave me an attitude but went outside (either she left or opened the windows wider).
I love our two dogs, but won't bring them in my vehicle on warm days. People also need to remember that dogs have fur and their body temperatures are usually at 102 degrees, so they have a jump on humans with heatstroke. If you love your dogs, leave them in your cool home on hot days.
RELATED ARTICLE FROM THE TENNESSEAN NEWSPAPER ON 5/30/08:
Woman's Day magazine tells you how to keep your furry friend safe all summer long.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
We took pleasure in a nice cookout with Brooke and Pat, and their Cavalier Spaniel, Eli; dropped by our friend Will's house for his graduation party from Univ. of Maryland; walked the dogs around the neighborhood (3 times a day) in the WARM sunshine! (on a weekend, yet); calls from friends; and a surprise visit from Steve and Jane when we were eating breakfast at Panera Bread on Sunday. Those are great, and simple pleasures that make life wonderful. Hope you can find some simple pleasures this weekend and every day -even if it's only a stick! :)
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
After 5 houses and around the corner, Dolly heard me and stopped. Franklin ran on (he sees rabbits as food, and being on a diet, there was no stopping him I guess). He gave up and walked to me when the rabbit went under a fence minutes later.
By that time I was totally hoarse. I could only whisper, and today, 4 days later, I'm just finding my voice again. I do, however, think Tom enjoyed his "quiet time" for the last four days!
It went from $100 to almost $1000 with lots of plumbing issues. First, we needed to run water lines in - we got a plumber to do that. Then we learned that the drain line wasn't big enough or something to take the water, so the first time we ran the washer machine - that was connected to the same drain line as the new sink- ALL the water gushed into the sink, through the sink drain... and didn't go down. SO, then we needed to make the drain to the sink the only drain into the line, and put a discharge line from the washer into the sink. Okay.
The sink STILL didn't drain. Then we had to buy a $225 sump pump for the sink (and washer) to ensure the water gets thrust down the drain. THEN it worked. Apparently, the 1" in diameter drain line wasn't large enough to take all that water. Oh, yeah, we also had to buy a "Backflow valve." Tom knows what all this stuff is and he installed the stuff post-plumber (I took care of the dogs and made banana bread- hey, you do what you're good at!)
We were finally able to get it finished and do 2 weeks of laundry (we were unable to do it, because it was attached to the same drain system). What a mess!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
AP- Dolly Parton says she is "completely devastated" by a segment on the Howard Stern radio show featuring her voice discussing sex and other celebrities.
The country performer released a statement Wednesday saying editing or trickery made it appear she was commenting on topics and celebrities including Kenny Rogers, Linda Ronstadt, Burt Reynolds and Johnny Carson.
"I have never been so shocked, hurt and humiliated in all my life," Parton said. "In a blue million years, I would never have such vulgar things come out of my mouth."
She's furious and said today that if there was ever a reason to sue someone, this would be it. I She has every right to be upset. Celebrity or not, NO ONE would want their words jumbled into something that may be deemed offensive about the people they love.
If some of the people think it's funny, it wouldn't be if it happened to them. Saying something directly and being quoted out of context is one thing, but to toy with audio clips to make something offensive on purpose is stupid, disrespectful, and childish. That is defamation of character, and frankly, I hope she sues Stern penniless. I know she'd give any award to charity. She is a great person and role model. Howard Stern is totally the opposite.
We think it's fascinating how a politician can be so totally opposite his running mate, only after losing the candidacy, endorse him simply because he's currently leading in delegates.
Anyway, I like Obama and I'm a democrat (because I love everyone) -but I worry that he can't carry us to the White House because the blue collar workers, older Americans (and there are more of us), and low-middle income folks, haven't been identifying with him.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Being a mom is hard work - we know. It's ashame that some people have kids when they're not ready for all that comes with it. We feel for those that don't have good moms, and we really appreciate our moms.
Mother's Day in the United States, celebrates motherhood generally and the positive contributions of mothers to society. It falls on the second Sunday of each May. It is the result of a campaign by Anna Marie Jarvis (1864–1948), who, following the death of her mother on May 9, 1905, devoted her life to establishing Mother's Day as a national, and later an international, holiday.
Friday, May 9, 2008
1) The Post Office said they had "no further info" about the certified mail I sent on 4/30 from Md. to Calif. It has been 8 days. Turns out, the place I mailed it to DID receive it on 5/5, and the Los Angeles post office "forgot to scan the Certified Mail bar code." FORGOT! Didn't I pay for that service?
2) I called our bank and verified that a check sent to pay off a loan was received. The cust. service person said "You overpaid the loan (they apparently gave us a wrong payoff figure) and there's a credit balance. Did you want to close the account?" UM - the LETTER that accompanied the check said "please close the loan, this is to pay it off." DUH!!! - When someone zeroes out a loan, don't you think they want to pay it off???
- On another note: LENGTHY MEETINGS: I was in a FIVE, yes, 5 hour meeting Tuesday night. People were alloted a certain amount of time for their presentations, because it was supposed to be a 3 hour meeting. Obviously, they didn't heed it. Someone went on for 20 minutes about finding an "extra washer" near a spacecraft! **When I lead meetings, I MAKE people stick to their time. Nothing makes me more crazy than useless meetings where people waste time... Do you have a Meeting story?
Eddy Arnold, one of Country Music's Greatest Stars of all time passed away at 4:40 a.m., on May 8, 2008, in Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Arnold was 89 years old. Eddy's wife preceded him in death in March 2008.
Arnold had more top 10 hits (92) and spent more weeks at No. 1 (145) than any other country act. He is the only country singer to have charted in every decade from the 1940s to the 2000s. A remake of Cattle Call, sung as a duet with LeAnn Rimes, provided Arnold with a final hit. He briefly emerged from retirement in 2005 to record one last album.
THE NO. 1 HITS
What Is Life Without Love, 1947It's a Sin, 1947I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms), 1947Anytime, 1948Bouquet of Roses, 1948Texarkana Baby, 1948Just a Little Lovin' (Will Go A Long, Long Way), 1948A Heart Full of Love (For a Handful of Kisses), 1948Don't Rob Another Man's Castle, 1949One Kiss Too Many, 1949I'm Throwing Rice (At the Girl That I Love), 1949Take Me in Your Arms and Hold Me, 1949There's Been a Change in Me, 1951Kentucky Waltz, 1951I Wanna Play House With You, 1951Easy on the Eyes, 1952A Full Time Job 1952Eddy's Song, 1953I Really Don't Want to Know, 1954The Cattle Call, 1955 That Do Make It Nice, 1955 What's He Doing in My World, 1965Make the World Go Away, 1965I Want to Go With You, 1966Somebody Like Me, 1966Lonely Again, 1967Turn the World Around, 1967Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye, 1968
Source: Billboard magazine
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
SO, certified and delivery confirmation is useless to track something. Further, if you're sending a CHECK for paying something off, either send it Fed-Ex, or USPS Express Mail. Otherwise, "it's somewhere in the system and we can't know where it is until delivery," said the Post Office Rep. Wonderful. So, after 7 days, I'm STILL waiting for a certified letter with a check to arrive at its destination. The Post office is no help.
Marvel eagerly awaits the June premiere of The Incredible Hulk, their second self-produced film.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Pull over and put down the dog.
A California lawmaker wants to ban motorists from holding pets on their laps while driving and getting caught can net a $35 fine. The bill passed the Assembly on a 44-11 vote on Monday, and heads to the Senate.
Assemblyman Bill Maze says his legislation has nothing to do with pet-loving celebrities who are photographed driving around Los Angeles with their small dogs.
Maze says he introduced the bill after seeing a woman driving with three dogs on her lap. He says pets are a distraction that put motorists and their passengers at risk.
Monday, May 5, 2008
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.