Monday, June 23, 2008

Two Sparkling Awards

I have been awarded these two sparkling awards by my blog buddy LadyBanana
Thank you LB

I would like to pass these awards on to the people who have commented on my blog recently. The photos on my blog didn't come out exactly sparkling like LadyBanana's so you might want to go to her post by clicking here to pick them up. The following have won these two lovely awards...

Sheep and Goats

Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

Spiritual Brush Strokes

As The Pump Turns

Debo Hobo dot com

Dr. Deb


Moments Of Randomness

dcr Blogs

And So It Goes On

Momma Mia, Mea Culpa

Note: I may be adding a top commenter's wedget soon, and possibly refer to it for future awards like LadyBanana did. Good idea LB! I'm sure it was a time saver.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Have You Heard of Willowbrook?

Geraldo Rivera a hero? Children naked, filthy, neglected, and abused. Robert Kennedy. The state of New York...What do these things have in common? Read "A Willowbrook Legacy" written by my blog buddy Tom of "Sheep and Goats" and find out. Tom has a wonderful post on the subject. While you're there please leave him a comment. You know how we bloggers love comments. ;o)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Severe Thunderstorms with Hail, Spells Disaster for Upstate NY

HAIL NO! On June 16th the Upstate New York, (NY), area got pounded by rain, and hail during a severe thunderstorms with winds sometimes exceeding 60 mph. The hail ranged in size from pennies to golf balls. It looked like it had snowed in some areas. It was the worst hail storm in years. The state agriculture commissioner will survey hail damage suffered by upstate orchards.

Agriculture officials say apple, peach, strawberry and cherry crops from the Niagara Frontier east to the Hudson Valley suffered extensive damage. Some growers reported losing as much as 75 percent of their crops in the storm, which also damaged corn and other vegetable crops.

Officials in Wayne County, on Lake Ontario just east of Rochester, have called on Gov. David Paterson to declare the county a disaster area.

The storms knocked out power to nearly 10,000 RG&E customers in Gates and Rochester.

It was a strange start to Wegmans LPGA week as hail fell during a weather delay at Locust Hill Country Club.

As for my area, we had a thunderstorms on and off all day, but no hail. Frankly, I was a bit disappointed.

This post was based on readings from...

Buffalo News


And another WHEC-TV 10 article

View slide show here

Monday, June 16, 2008

California same-sex weddings and Ellen VS. McCain

California gay weddings start today. Hallelujah! Here are some snippiest from various newspapers about it. At the end is a YouTube video from the Ellen Degeneres Show where she interviews John McCain about same-sex marriage. I think that she did a wonderful job. It's only 3 minutes long, and well worth seeing.

California wedding one more step on long road -

This evening, some county clerks in California will stay open late to start issuing marriage licenses and officiating the exchange of vows for gay and lesbian couples - the first of thousands of same-sex marriages expected in the coming days.

It's a bold step that has been hailed by many gay-rights advocates as a significant milestone while being attacked by opponents as an unmistakable sign of societal decay.

As of Friday evening, 646 same-sex couples had booked appointments to get marriage licenses at San Francisco City Hall over the next 10 days... But the latest wave of same-sex marriages may be short-lived. The court's ruling could be undone when California voters are asked on Nov. 4 to decide an initiative sponsored by conservative religious and legal organizations...

Calif. same-sex weddings will affect other states -

New Yorkers heading west for weddings have a big advantage over most other non-California same-sex couples. New York Gov. David Paterson has stipulated that state law requires recognition of legal marriages performed elsewhere, including same-sex unions.

Most other states have statutes or constitutional amendments specifying that marriage is between a man and a woman, and denying recognition to same-sex unions. The federal government also doesn't recognize such unions...

California economy boosted by gay marriage bonanza -

California's economy is poised for a multi-million-dollar windfall as same-sex marriages get underway here Monday, with the tourist sector eyeing a bonanza as gays and lesbians flock to the state to tie the knot...

YouTube - Ellen Degeneres and John McCain Debate Gay Marriage (3 minutes)

Saturday, June 14, 2008

My Wild Unwanted Visitor

I was coming out of my apartment when I heard my neighbor calling, "Chippieee Chippieee!" She was putting nuts on her window sill calling the chipmunks. She was standing in her open window. A Chipmunk appeared, and scurried up the side of the building to her second story window, grab a nut, then back down. It never entered her open window. He repeated this several times.

Weeks later I was watching T.V. when I heard a noise. I noticed a shadow. "It has to be outside." I thought, but kept an eye on it. I saw my curtain move, and a chipmunk appear on the chair. Great, just great! If it had been a squirrel I might have screamed, and fled the apartment. But this cute little guy wasn't as scary. Still, I could feel my heart beating fast. I went over, and opened a window calling it trying to coax it out. It just looked at me. So I closed the window. I closed some doors in my apartment bathroom, closet, and such. Then I went into my bedroom to get dressed in a hurry since I was in my lingerie.

When I came out about 2 minutes later, I could no longer see the Chipmunk. I looked out my window and saw a chipmunk near my building, but thought it was his mate waiting for him. It couldn't be him, could it? He couldn't be that smart, and fast? I made a quick phone call to my neighbor who feed the Chipmunks. She said she would be right over. My neighbor had brought some nuts, and called the chipmunk as I opened a window wide. But no luck. I moved the sofa, but Chippie wasn't under it. Latter that day, I closed the gapes between my a/c and window with tape.

That day I kept my eyes open. I looked around for it. I also would turn down the T.V. and listen. No sight, or sound of the critter. Could it have made his exit when I went to get dressed? Was it that smart? Or was it hiding? I left my light on all night, and reluctantly went to bed. I had visions of a hairy thing cuddling up to me in the middle of the night, but that didn't happen. All was quiet, but I only slept 4 hours. It's been several days, and no chippie. I did see several outside afterwards. I hope that Chippie was super smart, and dashed out the same way he came in when I went to get dressed. Time will tell. I think? Here Chippieee!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Wordless Wednesday - Bush in EU Germany

Pres. Bush is touring Europe. He is now in Germany.

Remember George do this...

Not this... (it's 6 seconds long)

Added later: The women is German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Severe Thunderstorm Slam Rochester Area Now

Several severe thunderstorm are hitting the Rochester NY, Monroe county area. We had 60 MPH winds in Geneva for example. Some areas had Tornado watches, large hail, trees down. One woman on the news said, "My tress just fell like matchsticks." Thousands in the area lost power. Syracuse got hit badly too with 30,000? losing power. The worst is over for Rochester, but not some surrounding areas.

Basically now west of Rochester looks good except for East Lockport. But another round of storms are due to hit East and South of Rochester including Wayne, Ontario, Yates, and Penn Yam counties. Dansville, Wayland, and Naples are being hit now. The storm could include large hail, strong winds, downed trees, and loss of power.

The good news is that it cooled off the area. We went from 86 degrees to 72 in no time. Finally relief after several days of 90ish degree weather. It's odd to turn off the A/C after it has been on non stop for days.

Get the latest including a slid show at 13WHAM

For more about the first storm - Democrat & Chronicle
"The first storm swept through the area midmorning. That fast-moving storm included about 10 minutes of heavy rain, whipping winds, frequent lightening and small penny-sized hail. Winds were recorded in excess of 60 mph. At peak, about 8,100 properties in the region were in the dark." Several schools were closed....

Monday, June 9, 2008

Heat Wave - Marilyn Monroe & CDC Extreme Heat

Marilyn Monroe sings "Heat Wave" in the movie "There's No Business Like Show Business" (1954)

Rochester, NY has one more day of very hot weather. The prediction is 92 degrees, near record heat.

Here is some information from the CDC on Extreme Heat including heat stroke, and exhaustion. Keep cool!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

The Card: A Sign of Dementia?

The following has been altered due to respect, and confidentiality.

A relative sent me a card recently. I will call her Katie. The card was about a special family occasion that takes place every year. This year Katie signed it "Love Granny." The problem is, she is not my Grandmother. She has grandchildren, and might have gotten mixed up, but I think it's more then that. I have noticed a slight decline in her memory for the last few years. Nothing major, but noticeable. Katie is in her late 70's. Her only sibling, (Mag), had dementia and was tested for Alzheimer's disease just before she died. Mag died before the results came back, but it was probably positive. So I'm a bit worried about Katie. I can't call her. She is gone for the summer, and I don't have long distance. At lest some of the family will be with her.

Katie is one of the nicest, sweetest, people you could know. She loves her family, is very caring, generous, loving, very friendly. She is the type of person that you would feel proud to have as a friend. A good, loyal, friend. But time might be taking a toll on her.

As a Nursing Assistant, (CNA.) I know that old age can be cruel. I have seen some people decline physically, and mentally to the point of torture. That's what I would call it. If one human did those things to another, it would be considered torture. I just don't want that to happen to Katie.

Several years ago Katie had a heart condition, and was operated on. If she hadn't had the operation she might have died. But it might have been a relatively quick death. Unfortunately modern science, (medicine), sometimes can be a curse in old age. I hope that when it is her time, that she goes quickly. I hope that she never regrets having that operation.

Please say a prayer for her.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Heat Wave and Fairport Canal Days Festival

One of my favorite festivals is Fairport Canal Days. It's one of our largest festivals in the Rochester, NY area. It's from June 6-8. It has over 300 artisan booths, 40 traditional & ethnic food vendors. It has lots of entertainment including fireworks. I enjoy the Boat cruise along the Erie Canal.

Unfortunately, I don't think I will be attending this year. It will be to darn hot! It will be near 90 degrees for the next 5 days with pop-up thunder showers over the weekend. Holy Crap! I really hate to miss the festival this year. :o(

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Wordless Wednesday (almost) Tops Market Milk $1.99

Great sale! This week at lest in the Rochester, NY area, Tops Market MILK is $1.99 per gallon. That includes whole, 2%, 1%, and skim. You need a store coupon from the flyer, bonuscard, and $15 minimum purchase. So run to your nearest Tops before the flyers disappear.

Aldi store- $2.19 for a gallon of milk, (whole, 2% or skim.)

Later- Hey, what happened? My original picture disappeared! Oh well, I posted another.