Cold Comfort


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Have I told you this story? When I ask you something like that, I’m not joking. I strive to be correct and accurate with all I post here, but I regard this as our morning conversation. I’m not going to take a lot of time to search the archives to make sure I never repeat myself, because that’s what friends do. They swap the same old stories. And yes, as a handy example, the “Indian Summer’ artwork of the previous post has run here before, not long ago. Anyway, when I was a boy the family dog was a terrier named Spooks. We fed Spooks Ken-L Ration dogfood (I can still sing the jingle!), but she was never a voracious eater. What she didn’t consume, Mama would cover with foil and put in the back of the refrigerator. My father, a dedicated midnight snacker, unwittingly consumed Spooks’ leftover supper one night, and the next day when he asked my mother what it was he’d eaten she told him. Without batting an eye, he simply said, “I thought it was a little mealy.” As I know I have said before, there was a lot of Arlo in my father.

60 thoughts on “Cold Comfort”

  1. There are those who consume dog food unwittingly (through cognition failure), and those who consume it wittingly (for economic reasons). Since I still don’t remember seeing “Indian Summer” previously, and based on how my retirement funds are doing lately, there seems to be a possibility that I may one day belong to both of those groups.

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  2. A friend of mine was eating a chicken sandwich at a fast food place and placed her sandwich upside down to get a drink. She then took a picture of the sandwich with green mold on the bottom of it. She only got a new order of chicken tenders. Most commented that they would not have been able to eat after that. I told her that the good news was that it would not kill her or even make her TOO sick. But is was disgusting….

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  3. Two interesting events will occur in the next few days…the autumnal equinox arrives on September 23 at 4:21 A.M. (ET), and a “Super Blood Moon” will arrive Sunday night. Ooo, scary, right? Well, not really…

    From space.com: “The supermoon lunar eclipse of 2015 will occur Sunday, Sept. 27, and is a confluence of three events: a full moon; a lunar eclipse, in which the Earth blocks the sun’s light from hitting the moon; and lunar perigee, when the moon is in the closest part of its orbit to Earth. The last time such a confluence happened was in 1982; there were just five instances of it in the 20th century. This time around, viewers looking from the Americas, Europe, Africa, western Asia and the eastern Pacific Ocean will have a chance to see the show.”

    So the moon will not only look huge, it will appear to be somewhat reddish. Despite that, the end of times is not expected to occur Sunday. At least not because of the Super Blood Moon.

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  4. The good news for Ghost is that if I.get my act together and start writing for printl publications and don’t get eaten by a python or alligator and paddle and train for 8-12 hours per day I will probably be skinny and in a publication you can buy at a magazine rack. Even if you have to go to West Marine to do sO

    Unfortunately there won’t be anyone in swamp to do hair or makeup! Love.

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  5. From yesterday
    The library in the next town has a genuine – honest to goodness Escher print hanging
    on the wall – forgot which one , not an optical illusion. Will report
    next trip in.

    Many solar orbits ago my grandmother worked for a man that produced canned dog food-
    he ate it for lunch. He was that proud of his product.
    Had a buddy that ate dog biscuits all the time as snacks. Must have kept his teeth clean.

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  6. Info: People who buy dog food because that’s all they can afford subsidize those of us who can afford standard or even pricey human fare, because, in most places, non-restaurant human food does not get sales-taxed whereas pet food does.

    Peace, emb

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  7. Good morning Villagers…

    So by the time I finish this comment, it’ll be Autumn….hmmmm….time flies.

    Didn’t we have a blood moon once this year?

    Mark, I love electric violins. Such as Poppa John Creech (?) on ‘Red Octopus’ by Jerfferson Airplane. I set sometime aside in the morning to play a little solitaire, “Wish you were here” will be playing in the background 🙂

    Jerry, thanks for trying, sometimes I get that face on U Tube also….

    Yesterday was a Monday at the poultry house…both of them. The Boss only has Andrew right now as maintenance….over the weekend he put in a water pump in the big, big generator. Fought belt wraps, feed leaks and an auger out yesterday and today. While still trying to help me fight that dang manual lifter. Even after gaining 4 pounds, I still struggle trying to manually lift that contraption…then drag it into the cooler room, and push it in line with the other skids of eggs.

    GR 😉

    ya’ll have a blessed …what day is it?????

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  8. Good morning Debbe who goes to bed with and rises with the chickens. I had eggs Benedict Florentine.for a late late lunch yesterday . I don’t eat eggs often and definitely not with hollandaise but when I do now I think of you and the clucks.

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  9. Debbe 😉 I pay monthly dues to have a place to drag weights around, and you get paid for it.

    You can probably out-lift me, though. Heck, you can probably lift me. 🙂

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  10. Just thought that I’d point out, Ghost, that lunar eclipses always happen when the moon is full because that’s the only time it gets anywhere near the Earth’s shadow. And, while I’m at it, solar eclipses always come during a new moon.

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  11. Had an early-up today to carry my BIL in for one of those tests from which they will not permit you to drive yourself home. While trapped in the waiting room with a TV tuned to one of the 24/7 “news” channels, I recalled why I stopped watching news “opinion” and “commentary” shows of all stripes a while back. The words “pompous” and “fatuous” come to mind.

    On a happier note, initial negative results from my BIL’s test, and I got to see a couple of old friends I’d not seen lately who are on staff there.

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  12. OF just winding down. Should be a new prediction [MDT, add 1 hr.] soon. emb

    http://www.nps.gov/features/yell/webcam/oldFaithfulStreaming.html

    “Supermoon” lunar eclipse “due” 2007 [= 8:07 pm] CDT Sun. 27 Sept. Trouble is, that site did not say if 8:07 was the beginning or middle of the eclipse. I’ll be out there at sunset, which, of course is when a full moon rises. Ah, just remembered the Sky & Telescope calendar on the back of my office door. It says 9:11-10:23 pm CDT. The 8:07 likely is when Luna first enters the penumbra of Earth’s shadow, and 9:11-10:23 pm CDT the period when all of Luna is in the umbra.

    Please ignore dire predictions, based on Revelation or astrology or psychics or whatever. Dress warmly and enjoy the show. The management is not responsible for the weather; that’s Thor’s job or Zeus’s, depending on your theological preference.

    Now go check the OF website.

    Peace, emb

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  13. The best thing I ever did was turn off the telly. Operative word seems to be “tell”. Never keyed to that until just now.
    The one in my hotel room is festooned with an extensive collection of scarves I must pack but a good use of that big screen.

    Now I have to learn how to avoid political comments on Facebook. A friend asked what one thing we would rid the world of if we could choose just one? I replied pollutants, social, political and chemical.

    Rather like the question they used to ask in the beauty. Competitions. Love.

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  14. A Super Moon brought the water back into Florida Bay in the Everglades and allowed us to save the Red Scamp and get her out in that infamous stuck in the mud in endangered grasslands debacle. Fun memories.

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  15. About our oviparous cockatiel: The cage she favors for egg-laying is next to an outside wall having a heating/cooling vent. Thus, we keep a large piece of cardboard vertically between the cage and the wall/vent so as to minimize drafts on the avian inhabitants.
    Today’s egg was laid atop the edge of that vertical cardboard! It did not end well. Cockatiel omelet, anyone?

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  16. Dearest Ghost, Glad that your brother-in-law had good results, and you saw old friends. About TV in waiting rooms, a pox on it! If it’s annoying, I will sweep a smile around the room and say, “Are you guys watching the TV?” Surprisingly, no one ever is! So I look around for a way to turn it off. The controls are usually on the right edge. Sometimes I can unplug it. Sometimes it’s too high up on the wall; that shouldn’t give you any trouble, Ghost! Or Mark either.

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  17. Oh, that’s a funny one, Ghost, and Jerry’s reply! You should be on TV!

    Jackie, I’ve been enjoying your stories ever so much — what a writer you are! And you make it look so easy. Sigh.

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  18. R.I.P. #8 – Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra

    May 12, 1925 – September 22, 2015

    You didn’t even have to be a baseball fan to be a Yogi fan.

    “It ain’t over till it’s over.”

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  19. Charlotte in NH, I could probably reach most of them. Wonder if you could just ask the receptionist for the remote, or to turn it off. My smartphone has a nifty feature that lets you program it to work as a remote for most a/v from cable and satellite boxes all the way down to stereos. But I have it programmed for my own stuff and would have to be seriously annoyed to use it on waiting room (or restaurant) tv. Bet I could have fun till somebody caught on though! Go in a sports bar and change all their tvs to PBS or something else opposite to their usual background.

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  20. Our flower shop held a contest to name the new kitten we acquired while making a funeral delivery. The bereaved handed us the kitty.

    Winner was Boutineer until he went into heat and we sent to vet for diagnosis which was that our cat identifier had made serious mistake. Surgery and name change occured.

    She went thru rest of a long life as Booty which in today’s world means something it didn’t then.

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  21. Good morning Villagers….

    Good grief…we’ve had three Mondays in a row at work, antiquated comes to mind when I walk through those doors. I believe the egg belts are the original ones put in when the building went up. Andrew and I could not get out of there fast enough yesterday afternoon. Figured it would still be there today….different day, same BS.

    Cxp..I like reading your stories about your egg laying cockatiel…do you have a male? Can you have little cockatiels in the future?

    Mark, I think I’ve heard of that group through Ian. I bookmarked that page…liked it. Did a little research on them too. They were a band ahead of their time. Thanks for tuning me in.

    Jackie, I love eggs benedict… with the hollandaise sauce…that is the only way I would eat eggs right now. My hens are spent, word is they are going out in November. AND I am not cleaning the hen house. Too hard on me.

    Jerry….be sure and have Tippi/Tipper tested for HIV and leukemia while you are at the vet. I had to put to sleep two rescue cats because they tested positive.

    When sitting in a waiting room, I usually grab a magazine to read, as for the news…same old story, same old song and dance.

    GR 😉 and Jerry, you two have become the Rowan and Martin of the Village….in that order.

    Good morning Miss Charlotte….don’t sell yourself short, you too are a very creative writer.

    Sure do miss Denise’s postings……speaking of MIA, where has Sandcastler been, still at the Sandcastle Hotel???? You can check out anytime, but never leave.

    Indy Mindy…how is that new job hunting going?

    gotta go….

    ya’ll have a truly blessed day….I pray mine is uneventful today.

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  22. Debbe, glad you liked them. I had bought that as a vinyl LP when it first came out. When you mentioned electric violins they were the first group I had heard use them, so I looked them up for you.

    As for the Exprocreator status, some friends of mine referred to this as getting the animal broken, due to the fact it was in working order before going to the vet.

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  23. Debbe: Both cockatiels are female, but we do have a male parakeet with delusions of grandeur. Cannot say if it is his presence and attempts at mating which inspire the egg-layer. Probably eMb could state something more concrete.

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