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Eye Candy from Vancouver

February 17, 2011

Here are visual treats for you from Vancouver, B.C.  I have more to come, but these are your starter.  Am not able to edit or crop photos. Didn’t download software before I left. You’ll just have to use your imagination.  Thanks for that.

I'll let you guess

Charlie - has been hanging around the hotel for about 15 years

Building reflecting building

Sudden Sunburst

What's real?

View in the bath

Self portrait


Just following the rules — in style

February 17, 2011

Here I sit in a lovely lounge in Vancouver, B.C.  sipping English Breakfast tea.  Lots of noise around me — conversations and a little bass from the  background music.  All unobtrusive.  I’m soooo happy.  Happy to be here; happy to be writing; just plain happy.

Yesterday, I got snagged by Barbara as a Stylish Blogger.  Thank you, ma’am!  I’ve been snagged before, back when I was a newbie blogger.  Didn’t know what to do; didn’t want to do it when I found out; so I didn’t.  But thank you anyway, Jane and Wendy.  It’s the thought that counts.  At least your thought. Mine was pretty lame.  I also realize that one must come up with 6 poor souls who must then find 6 poor souls, who must then . . . like a pyramid scheme, isn’t it?

Well, I’m on vacation, so can indulge myself and ask my loving friends to indulge me.  You see, I’m able to get back at Jane and Wendy, drag out JaimeLynn, who may wish to remain anonymous and nudge spirit2go and jevcat. These five women have very dear places in my heart.  If you haven’t visited with them, time’s a wastin’!  You’ll be glad you did — and for very different reasons. 

I’d like to bring Evangeline to the fore — afterall, she’s the reason I blog.  Met her and her lovely man on the streets of Santa Fe, NM, was it two years ago or just last year?  We were photographing the same ancient doors.  She’s a marvelous photographer.  She really captures the heart and soul of New Mexico in her photos.

 And Charles — a poet who continually touches the raw places in my soul.  My dream is that he awaken us all to the things we habitually deny, avoid or run away from. 

The winners of the Stylish blogger are:

PlaneJaner’s Journey at her brand new location

Herding Cats in Hammond

CrazyintheMaking still hidden from stalkers

Evangeline’s Art Photography

Read Between the Mind

This Woman’s Spirit

Jevcat’s Blog

SO HERE ARE THE RULES:    I must list 7 things no one knows about me.  Then choose 6 nominees to pass on the Stylish Blogger Award.  Leave a message for each of the six letting them know I have something for them on my blog. 

  1. I just got my 2nd speeding ticket in my life – 54 in a 35 zone in tiny Rupert, Idaho. Cost me $150. Blech! And to think that will support the small-minded, narrow-visioned, uneducated nincompoops that make up part of our state senate. Glralsch!
  2. I lived in Germany for 6 years as a teen.  Wiesbaden.
  3. My grandmother’s name was Drusilla Victoria.  My grandfather’s name was Cephas Lee.  Both very biblical.
  4. My middle name is Victoria.  My daughter’s middle name is Victoria. My first cousin’s middle name is Victoria and her daughter’s first name is Victoria.  And I have four grandsons.  What happened to the Victoria line?  Must be a secret.  Awwww! And, yes, I have been to Victoria, BC.
  5. I make a delicious Tomato Chutney. Want the recipe?
  6. I flunked my first test ever in Organic Chemistry. A fellow graduate student said I should skip inorganic and go straight into organic.  I listened.  Such hubris!  I marched straight from the test to drop the class.  Yowsa!
  7. I had my first 12-year-old Scotch night before last!  It was yum and petey.

God, I hope that’s all I have to think up.  I’ve taken all these wonderful pictures I wanted to post, and it’s taken me almost 2 hours to do this.  Thanks, Barbara!  Did you hear sarcasm in that? Naw!  I love your ing I’m stylish!

Off to the potty and photos.  See you soon!


Greetings from Canada!

What’s-her-name sent me this whatcha-ma-callit

February 11, 2011

Thank you, sister-in-law! You get it, don’t you?

Beauty outed from inside

February 8, 2011

I received this today from the Courage Campaign.  I think it’s marvelous! Hope you do!


Cruelty — How could someone . . .?

January 20, 2011

I was unable to embed the following video for some reason, even though Channel 7 in Boise offered the means to do so.  Please watch, although it’ll be tough to see.  It’s  a bad dream that has turned around.  Funny, no not funny at all, that I just read yesterday in  “Rehab for Milly . . . Say It’s Not So” on Cafe Conversations Blog by Barb7802  about a little kitten who was severely addicted to alcohol and marijuana.  People can do the cruelest things to precious creatures. I can’t fathom how.   Like Liz Scott, D.V.M. (our vet) in this video says,  “It’s criminal.”

Here’s the video. (And BTW, I’m in it!)

Here’s the partial story in writing:

Dozens of malnourished animals seized from farm

Idaho’s NewsChannel 7

by Jamie Grey
PAYETTE COUNTY — Dozens of malnourished horses and livestock are being treated after authorities say they were being severely neglected at a farm in Payette County.

The Payette County Sheriff’s Office, the Idaho Humane Society, and the Idaho Department of Agriculture rescued nearly 70 animals from a property in New Plymouth Tuesday and Wednesday.  That includes 27 horses, 15 sheep, 13 llamas, 9 pigs, 2 cows, goats and 1 dog.

According to the Idaho Humane Society, the conditions of the property and many of the animals were deplorable.

“These animals had been starved.  Some starved to death.  And it’s absolutely abusive,” Veterinarian Doctor Liz Scott said.

The investigation started nearly two weeks ago, but this week authorities say they finished up the work they needed to take the animals away from their owners.  The animals are now being rehabilitated at the Humane Society’s rescue ranch, a private farm, and in the worst cases, at the clinic where Scott works.

“As you look at [one horse’s] body, I can put my hands between his ribs, my fingers fit in between his ribs,” Patricia Vance, Idaho Humane Society, said of one of the horses brought to the clinic.
On a scale from one to nine for body condition, Scott and Vance say that particular young horse is a one.

“Preferred is five or six.  One is as low as you can go.  I mean, the next step… they’re done,” Vance said.

Vance says conditions on the farm were terrible, and rescuers were worried some of the animals wouldn’t make it to the clinic.

“The conditions were very deplorable.  No food.  The animals didn’t have water,” Vance said.

Rescuers say they couldn’t save all from starvation, infection, and other problems.  Vance said one horse and two goats were in such poor health, a veterinarian had to euthanize them.

“There were some animals on the farm that had already died, some that had to be euthanized, and then the rest were taken from the place,” Scott said.

Scott anticipates the several animals in her care will pull through and eventually be adopted out to new homes.

“It makes me very sad,” Scott said.  “I think that as owners of horses that we have a duty to take care of them and to feed them appropriately, and if we can’t then we need to find somebody that can.  And I think that it’s criminal what’s happened to these horses.”

The Humane Society is asking for the public’s help to care for these animals.

Donations to help purchase food and medication can be made online at the Idaho Humane Society’s website.

Authorities are still working to determine the ownership of the animals.  The owners could face animal cruelty charges.

Someone made a video about us!

January 19, 2011

Laugh, chuckle, smile, guffaw, snort

January 14, 2011

I think these are worth sharing. Join me and raise your endorphine level and lower your stress.  Please.  BTW, these are examples of Light–as important as snow sparkles.