Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A new Bird of Paradise..... We hope.

I have a cockatiel. I've had him since 1998. His name is Bird. Yes, I know, it's not too original but his name fits him perfectly. Over the years I have tried to tame him, much to his distress and my frustration. After several years of un-sucess... I stopped trying and since then we've lived in peace and harmony. Except of course when he hears the crows crowing. He hates them, and in some earlier part of his life before life with me, he must have had a scare of some sorts involving crows. Anyhow, Birds life has been very secluded, quiet and I would imagine very lonely. Today, that's all going to change. I was contacted by the Animal Rescue League last Saturday. They've got a three year old female cockatiel who needs adoption. I thought about it, all weekend... did I want the noise in the house? Did I want the added cost, care etc. of another bird?

I've already named her.

I'll be back in a bit... got to go pick her up.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Memorial Day!

Thanks to all our soldiers and veteran's for your service and dedication to our country!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Happiness is a beautiful flower!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Sound of Music Train Station

I don't normally succumb to just posting videos on the blog... but for the second day in a row I found something worth sharing! Hope you enjoy this as much as I did!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Just a few more flowers of Spring......

I'm not sure what this little guy is, but he looked rather odd sitting on the side of the road... He's probably a weed, but looked more veggie-like? Perhaps a wild head of lettuce!! Ha ha!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Around Craigville

I took a quick drive down to the beach for a walk this morning, just before the thunder started to roll. Couldn't resist taking a few shots before leaving. I thought you might like the view too!

This is from the hill above the beach, where the Craigville Conference Center is located.

I'm off to do chores before going into work... have a great day!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Not much news worth repeating on this end... Charlie is doing well and is back outside roaming the yard and scoping out the woodpile for mice. No ill effects from his ordeal, save for one of his nine lives being used up!
I'm in the process of getting interior painting estimates, a unexpectedly difficult process. I didn't think it would be that hard to actually get a painting contractor to submit a bid. I've had 6 contractors come out, walk through the house, promise an estimate in a day or two, and voila... nothing. One bid. The house is very, very old. It needs a fresh coat of paint. Some minor repairs. I do not expect it to look like the Taj Mahal, but the one bid I did get made me laugh out loud. Apparently this contractor didn't really want the job. His bid was so high it was almost insulting. So the quest continues, and maybe with a little luck I'll find someone who actually wants to work. (And one that is reputable, reliable and licensed!)

Yesterday I stumbled upon an article from June, 2008 about how Oklahoma passed legislation regarding their state being a "Sovereign" state.
Under the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and, according to these resolution's own language, each of these states is "serving notice to the federal government to cease and desist certain mandates."

The Tenth Amendment states, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people."

Traditionally, this language has meant that the federal government is limited in its scope and cannot usurp the sovereign powers of states. In recent decades, however, as the size and reach of the federal government has expanded, many have come to question whether Washington has stepped on states' rights and gotten too big for its breeches.

I wish I had paid more attention in school. I had to go back to my American History books and look for it... yes, there it was. Each state is already a sovereign state.
Charles Key, the Republican state representative who authored the resolution, told WND that he introduced it because he believes the federal government's overstepping of its bounds has put our constitutional form of government in danger.

Oklahoma State Rep. Charles Key

"The more we stand by and watch the federal government get involved in areas where it has no legal authority, we kill the Constitution a little at a time," he said. "The last few decades, the Constitution has been hanging by a thread."

Follow thislink for more information about other states doing exactly the same thing.

I don't know about you but I think it's about damn time.

I also read somewhere.... and I can't find it now so I can substantiate this claim... that Obama has approached several senators to discuss repealing the 10th Amendment.

Thanks for all your comments.... as always, I look forward to hearing from you.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Just a Touch of Spring

Things started to sprout, bloom, awaken, and change last week! A welcome change to what we've been looking at for the past six months! The pics aren't that great, (taken w/cell phone) but wanted to share with you what I see on my morning walks....